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EXCERPT: Curses and Ash by Tiffany Daune | Xpresso Book Tours

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About the Book:

Discover the spellbinding sequel to Coral & Bone…

A demented twin sister, a demon hijacking her powers, and a mysterious journal filled with more questions than answers—Halen needs her Guardian Dax more than ever. But if she confides in Dax, she fears he will never forgive her, not after all he sacrificed to help her vanquish Asair. Halen drowned Asair in a tornado of wings—at least, she thought she killed him. Why then does his mocking voice snake through her thoughts, enticing her to surrender her power? Maybe she screwed up—big time—but she will never allow Asair to control her magick. And when Etils’ fires threaten the Earth, suspicions surrounding Asair’s death rise, igniting restlessness within the realms. Her life in balance, Halen must race time, purge the demon’s soul before flames consume the Earth or the Tari strike first.

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Prologue

“WHEN THE TIME comes, promise not to kill me.” Galadia rested her head in the crook of Tarius’ neck.

He inhaled her sweet salty scent, taking in each breath as if it where his last. “You will have to leave before the change.”

She propped up on her elbows, meeting his gaze. “I am jesting. I know you could ever harm me.”

“But the beast I will become might.” He brushed her soft cheek, wishing for another way.

“Let us try again then. We must convince heaven’s council we need to be together.” Her tone grew determined.

The hope in her eyes cut deep like dragon talons in the flesh of prey. “We have tried. You are to be the mother of Elosia and I the father of Etlis. We cannot change destiny.”

“But we can fight it. Visit me on the shore each night when the moon is high above the water. Earth can still be our home.” Her mouth turned with a smile.

He loved that smile; the mischievous grin that often led to trouble. He would do anything for that smile.

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On the winter’s full moon, Tarius stood by the shore as he had every night since he had kissed Galadia goodbye and still, season after season, year after year, she never showed. The waves lapped his hooves and he wished for a body with gills and fins to bring him closer to her.

“I have lost her,” he said to his trusted advisor, Nora.

“She does not love you anymore.” She stroked his fur, running her hand along his antlers. “You need to let her go.”

“But what if something is wrong? Maybe she cannot surface.” He had to believe Galadia still loved him, otherwise, what was the point of going on? A life without her was not worth living.

“Her people come to shore. The Elosians mate with the humans.” Nora faced him, her eyes dark as the churning sea. “There is nothing keeping Galadia from here.”

“Bring me an Elosian, then. We will find a way to Galadia.” He struck his hoof against the sand and lightening flashed in the sky; a warning to tame his frustration.

“We have tried that before. They die before we get answers. They cannot breathe long enough to withstand interrogation.”

“Then bring me a siren.” The sky trembled with thunder at his suggestion.

Nora’s lips parted, her tongue on her teeth, and he knew she would advise against it. The sirens were wild and filled with dark magick. Yet, he had witnessed miracles in the presence of these magnificent creatures. Sirens very existence defied the heavens, planting jealousy in his soul—they were free, while he remained tethered to his realm. “If I can tame one, perhaps find a way to shackle their magick, then I can send a message to Galadia.”

“It is too dangerous. Even the Elosians have abandoned the sirens.”

“I need to know why she hasn’t come.” His voice came out wounded, as it always did when he spoke of Galadia.

“I will do as you ask, but when she does not return, promise you will let her go.” Her mouth broke with a soft smile. “There are others who love you—others waiting for your heart.”

He knew she yearned for his love just as he longed to witness Galadia surface in the sea. Nora stood by the shore of his heart waiting to be swept away in his love. Why did she not see, he could never love another? But he needed this favor, and if Galadia returned, then he would never have to break his promise. “I will let her go, if she does not come. I give you my word.”

Nora bowed with quick nod. She spread her arms by her sides and the wind whipped around her, picking up her hair, spinning it around her as she transformed to the raven he trusted. She flew toward the trees lining the shore, disappearing into the thick of the forest. Had he known his most trusted advisor would betray him, that everything he created, every tear, every smile would be lost in that one promise—he would have drowned the wretched raven in the sea that day.

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About the Author:

TiffanyTiffany Daune writes stories about magic, love and dark creatures lurking in the shadows. She is the author of Coral and Bone (The Siren Chronicles Book One) for which she also recieved a Watty Award in the category of Trailblazers. When not lost in Editland, you can find her reading a book from her towering TBR pile or kicking back and watching movies with her family. She lives on an island, in the Pacific Northwest, surrounded by mermaids that are much nicer than the ones found in her books.

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COVER REVEAL: The Rules of Rebellion by Amity Hope | Xpresso Tours

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About the Book:

1. Skinny dip (her idea)

2. Stargaze (his idea)

3. Prank someone (her idea)

4. Go on a date (his idea)

Leo Zimmerman has had a crush on his curvy friend Kylie Jenkins since forever, so when he discovers the girl with a flair for candy making has a newfound plan to rebel against her overbearing parents, he’s determined to be the one to help her carry it out. Who better than himself to show her the ropes of letting loose?

Sure, taking her to her first high school party, helping her sneak out of the house, or watching a sunset together isn’t exactly a hardship, but much harder is masking his feelings the more time they spend together. And when he suggests adding “a first date” to Kylie’s plan and she accepts…suddenly all his dreams seem to be coming true.

But Leo’s got a secret that could change everything between them, and it’s only a matter of time before it comes to the surface.

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About the Author:

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Amity lives in beautiful northern Minnesota with her two sons, two cats and their Rottweiler.

She has a degree in elementary education and worked in that field for ten years before deciding to self-publish.

Her first self-published novel, Twisted, was listed by Amazon as a Top 100 Kids & Teens Kindle Book of 2012. It hit Amazon’s Teen & Young Adult Contemporary Romance Best Sellers List in several countries. Truths and Dares held the #1 position on Amazon’s Best Sellers in Teen & Young Adult Contemporary Romance eBooks in the UK.

If she’s not writing, or spending time with her boys, she’s most likely reading.

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COVER REVEAL: Dwarves of Calcus (Fairy Tale Galaxy Chronicles #3) by Katie Hamstead | YA Bound Book Tours

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When she was thirteen, Snow Sabbia crash landed on the dwarves’ home planet of Calcus. After fleeing from her step-mother’s huntsman, seven brother dwarves took her in to hide and protect her. She has hidden for years on the peaceful planet, tinkering with old automobiles and pushing papers in the mine office.
Then, Timothy White shows up.
The shy, nervous, nerdy heir captivates Snow before she even knows who he is, and quickly she falls in love. But his high profile in society draws unwanted attention from her vengeful stepmother, who wants Snow dead.
Geneva believed Snow died years earlier and she had consumed her innocent heart. With her late husband’s wealth, Snow’s inheritance, in tow, she married a young lord, Conrad. Both are using each other–Geneva for his title and to have a child, Conrad for her money and beauty. But when Conrad lays eyes on his boyhood rival’s lovely fiance, Snow, his overwhelming desire for her reveals the truth to Geneva, that Snow lives.
Desperate to hold onto her wealth and power, Geneva seeks to kill Snow properly this time. Snow has the power to wield the one thing that can destroy her, so she cannot let the girl claim possession of the family heirloom, the Nevollo Sword.
Snow soon learns her step-mother knows she is alive. But she is a pacifist, so she must outwit Geneva and remain hidden… until Geneva, disguised as a child, presents her with an apple.

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About the Author:

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Born and raised in Australia, Katie’s early years of day dreaming in the “bush”, and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories, inspired her passion for writing.
After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughter and their dog.
She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing.
When her debut novel, Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh, climbed into bestselling status, she believed she was onto something, and now has a slew of novels now available, and is published through Curiosity Quills Press, Soul Mate Publishing, and REUTS Publishing.
Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports, and be a good wife and mother. She now works as an Acquisitions Editor to help support her family. She loves to write, and takes the few spare moments in her day to work on her novels.

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UNBOXING: The Candle Lit Shelf’s Infernal Romance Candle Box

Hey, avid readers! I am very excited to write my first review for a candle box! I’ve already reviewed book subscription boxes before, but I haven’t reviewed a candle box yet. So, here it is!

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MINI BOOK (overdue) REVIEWS #1: REVIEW COPIES (mostly fantasy) EDITION

Hey, avid readers! It’s that (very rare) time when I get to realize that I haven’t written a review yet for the books that I’ve read for the last couple of months, especially review copies (AND I’M SO FREAKING ASHAMED RIGHT NOW I’M TELLING YOU I COULD LIVE 50 FEET UNDERGROUND FOR 50 YEARS!!!) and I’m glad that I already have to motivation to write reviews again.

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JUST A WARNING!!! Please prepare your snacks because this is gonna be long. I’ll be reviewing SIX books in this post. But of course, just short and sweet reviews, because, DUH, it’s a MINI-REVIEW. So, are you ready? Are you? Are you? ‘Cause I ain’t but we gotta do this NOW!

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REVIEW: What To Say Next by Julie Buxbaum | #WTSNPHBlogTour

TITLE: What To Say Next

AUTHOR: Julie Buxbaum

PUBLISHER: Penguin Random House

PUBLICATION DATE: July 11, 2017

GOODREADS’ SYNOPSIS:

From the New York Times bestselling author of Tell Me Three Things comes a charming and poignant story about two struggling teenagers who find an unexpected connection just when they need it most. For fans of Sophie Kinsella, Jennifer Niven, and Rainbow Rowell.
  
Sometimes a new perspective is all that is needed to make sense of the world.

KIT: I don’t know why I decide not to sit with Annie and Violet at lunch. It feels like no one here gets what I’m going through. How could they?  I don’t even understand.
 
DAVID: In the 622 days I’ve attended Mapleview High, Kit Lowell is the first person to sit at my lunch table. I mean, I’ve never once sat with someone until now. “So your dad is dead,” I say to Kit, because this is a fact I’ve recently learned about her. 

When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, everyone is surprised, most of all Kit and David.  Kit appreciates David’s blunt honesty—in fact, she finds it bizarrely refreshing. David welcomes Kit’s attention and her inquisitive nature. When she asks for his help figuring out the how and why of her dad’s tragic car accident, David is all in. But neither of them can predict what they’ll find. Can their friendship survive the truth?

MY REVIEW:

What To Say Next by Julie Buxbaum is a weird (“good weird” 😉) book for me. It has weird (“good weird”😁) main characters. It has a good weird plot. I good weirdly love it!

My attention hasn’t been caught until Chapter 7. For the first six chapters, I thought it was kind of slow-paced, and I hate slow-paced books. But, when I got to Chapter 7, I already thought that “Wow, it’s getting interesting!”

Before reading this book, I have zero idea of what it is about. I think the synopsis is so vague, especially when you get to actually read the book, you’ll just realize that the synopsis gives nothing about what the book is really about; and I think it’s good. It’s good to be surprisingly amazed!

This is my first time reading a book by Julie Buxbaum and I’m thinking why I haven’t read Tell Me Three Things (and her two other novels) before. Now, I’m putting Tell Me Three Things on my to-buy-and-to-read-ASAP list because I REALLY LOVE JULIE BUXBAUM’S WRITING!

What I love about What To Say Next:

  • It’s so fun to read! I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed getting to know David and Kit.
  • It’s like David and Kit are my BFFs and they’re telling me their story! It’s so cool to be part of the their tribe. 😉
  • It is such a DIVERSE read! 💓
  • It has unique characters and unique plot.
  • David is so weird, good weird.
  • I get to know more about David’s situation (I’m not gonna say what situation because I think it’s spoilery? 😀)
  • I feel so connected with David and Kit.
  • I love how the feeling of loss and being different was dealt so real and raw here.
  • All these are caused by one thing actually: SUPERB WRITING!

There’s only one thing that I didn’t like about it though. It’s the last part, like the last four or five chapters. I think the ending is somehow good, but I think it could be better. It’s just that I feel cheated. But nevertheless, I want more of David and Kit! 💓

I recommend this if to everyone. You’ll surely love it! It’s now my new favorite YA contemporary novel. Welcome to my tribe!

*Thank you so much to Fay of Bibliophile Soprano and to Penguin Random House for making this blog tour happen. This, however, does not affect my opinion on the book.*

MY RATING: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: Everything All At Once by Katrina Leno

TITLE: Everything All At Once

AUTHOR: Katrina Leno

PUBLISHER: HarperCollins

PUBLICATION DATE: July 25, 2017

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From the author of The Half Life of Molly Pierce and The Lost & Found comes a magical new YA novel about 24 dares, 3 weeks, and taking a leap into the unknown.

Lottie Reeves has always struggled with anxiety, and when her beloved Aunt Helen dies, Lottie begins to fear that her own unexpected death might be waiting around every corner.

Aunt Helen wasn’t a typical aunt. She was the author of the best–selling Alvin Hatter series, about siblings who discover the elixir of immortality. Her writing inspired a generation of readers.

In her will, she leaves one last writing project—just for Lottie. It’s a series of letters, each containing mysterious instructions designed to push Lottie out of her comfort zone. Soon, Lottie’s trying some writing of her own, leaping off cliffs, and even falling for a boy she’s only just met. Then the letters reveal an extraordinary secret about the inspiration for the Alvin Hatter series. Lottie finds herself faced with an impossible choice, one that will force her to confront her greatest fear once and for all.

This gorgeous novel is perfect for fans of Jennifer Niven, with the scavenger hunt feel of Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes, and a dash of magic that evokes Tuck Everlasting.

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