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Friday, September 30, 2016

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Perilous Journey Of The Much Too Spontaneous Girl (The Perilous Journey of the Not So Innocuous Girl #2) by Leigh Statham


Title: The Perilous Journey Of The Much Too Spontaneous Girl (The Perilous Journey of the Not So Innocuous Girl #2)
Author: Leigh Statham
Publication Date: September 20, 2016
Publisher: Month9Books

Lady Marguerite Vadnay and her trusty automaton, Outil, have settled into life in New France rather well. Marguerite is top of the class at flight school and her future as an aerpilot is nearly secure. She has everything she wants— except a commission on the pirate hunting dirigible The Renegade. Using every card in her aristocratic arsenal, Marguerite wiggles her way onto the finest warship France has to offer. But as usual, Marguerite’s plans endanger the lives of those she holds dear— only this time no one else is going to save them. As Marguerite and Outil set off on a rescue mission they may not return from, she finally realizes it’s time to reorder her cogs.

This steampunk adventure is littered with facts from The Golden Age of Piracy and follows (not too closely) some of the lives and adventures of the brave men and women who sailed the seas as privateers, pirates and soldiers.


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Lady Marguerite lives a life most 17th century French girls can only dream of: Money, designer dresses, suitors and a secure future. Except, she suspects her heart may be falling for her best friend Claude, a common smithie in the family’s steam forge. When Claude leaves for New France in search of a better life, Marguerite decides to follow him and test her suspicions of love. Only the trip proves to be more harrowing than she anticipated. Love, adventure and restitution await her, if she can survive the voyage.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Leigh Statham was raised in the wilds of rural Idaho, but found her heart in New York City. She worked as a waitress, maid, artist, math teacher, nurse, web designer, art director, thirty-foot inflatable pig and mule wrangler before she settled down in the semi-quiet role of wife, mother and writer. She resides in North Carolina with her husband, four children, five chickens and two suspected serial killer cats. If the air is cool and the sun is just coming up over the horizon, you can find her running the streets of her small town, plotting her next novel with the sort of intensity that will one day get her hit by a car.


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GIVEAWAY
  • One (1) winner will receive a scrabble tile book cover charm (US ONLY) 
  • Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of books 1 and 2 in the Perilous Journey of the Not So Innocuous Girl series by Leigh Statham (INT)

Blog Tour, Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: Fates Divided (Halven Rising #1) by Jules Barnard


Title: Fates Divided
Series: Halven Rising #1
Author: Jules Barnard
Publisher: Fresh Fiction
Publication Date: August 31, 2015
Pages: 432
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Source: ARC
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Elena's goals are simple: 1) be the first in her family to graduate college 2) become a kick-butt chemist.

Until she comes into her half-Fae powers from a mother she never knew.

The Fae are willing to harm the last of Elena's loved ones if she doesn't use her power over the elements to cure them of a deadly disease.

Her brooding neighbor, Derek, isn't the friendliest guy, but he has access to an off-hours lab and is willing to help Elena create the antivirus. He has his own secrets to keep, and this business Elena is mixed up in could blow his cover.

But when Elena and Derek get together, more than chemicals spark fire--and they soon discover just how complicated attraction can get when they find themselves on the other side of the portal, fighting for survival.

Lives collide, and allegiance and love are tested, in Fates Divided.

In the Halven Rising Series, love and ancient allegiances are threatened when the worlds of Fae and Halven collide. Each Halven Rising novel features a different couple and may be read as a standalone, but an overreaching story arc connects the books, so it’s fun to read them in order.
I received this book for free from the author via YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

I admit that I don't read very much New Adult, but if they are anything like this book, then sign me up! I have to admit, this story read like a Young Adult book to me.

This is such a fantastic urban fantasy world. I was totally immersed in all of the details. 

The plot was so intriguing! I loved the meshing of paranormal with a tad of science fiction mixed in. It made for a wonderful combination. The plot was captivating, and the pacing was fast and appropriate to the story. 

I loved the scientific aspect to the story. It was a very unique twist to the traditional "fae" trope in paranormal books. Plus, the nerd inside me was salivating over it!

The characters were well written and very likable. 

I loved the romance, though it came together rather quickly. There are some explicit sexual scenes in the book, so keep that in mind if that is something that bothers you. All in all, I thought that the main characters were very compatible, and I enjoyed reading about them coming together. 

Overall, this was just a fantastic book! This is a quick, very fun read. I cannot wait to read the next book in this series! If you love paranormal romance, urban fantasy, or books about the fae, then you will want to read this! I very much recommend it!
She jumped up and jerked on her backpack, accidentally knocking into Derek’s arm. With her chest.


Not the first time her boobs had collided with an unsuspecting object, just the most embarrassing.


She froze then carefully eased back an inch, only to find that the air between them had changed the way it did before a lightning storm—positive and negative molecules separating, creating the urgency to rush back together. She glared at the empty space between them, as if it, like the liquid anomalies, had betrayed her.
A RITA-nominated author, Jules Barnard began her publishing career in 2014 with Deep Blue, the first book in the contemporary Blue Series, hitting bestseller lists on Amazon, iBooks, and All Romance. In 2015, she launched Fates Divided, the first of a romantic fantasy series Library Journal calls “…an exciting new fantasy adventure.” Whether she’s writing about beautiful Lake Tahoe, or a Fae world embedded in a college campus, Jules spins suspenseful stories filled with realistic characters who have heart and humor.



When Jules isn’t in her sweatpants writing and rewarding herself with chocolate, she spends her time with her husband and two children in their small hometown on the California coast. She credits herself with the ability to read while running on the treadmill or burning dinner.



Blog Tour, Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: The Lying Planet by Carol Riggs

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The Lying Planet
Title: The Lying Planet
Series: N/A
Author: Carol Riggs
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: September 19, 2016
Pages: 285
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia
Source: ARC

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Promise City. That’s the colony I’ve been aiming for all my life on the planet Liberty. The only thing standing in my way? The Machine. On my eighteenth birthday, this mysterious, octopus-like device will scan my brain and Test my deeds. Good thing I’ve been focusing on being Jay Lawton, hard worker and rule follower, my whole life. Freedom is just beyond my fingertips.

Or so I thought. Two weeks before my Testing with the Machine, I’ve stumbled upon a new reality. The truth. In a single sleepless night, everything I thought I knew about the adults in our colony changes. And the only one who’s totally on my side is the clever, beautiful rebel, Peyton. Together we have to convince the others to sabotage their Testings before it’s too late.

Before the ceremonies are over and the hunting begins.
I received this book for free from the author/publisher via YA Reads in exchange for an honest review.

This book reminds me of why I love science fiction and dystopia. The story is so compelling that I could hardly put the book down!

This book has such a carefully constructed world. Everything is so creative and imaginative. I loved all of the details and descriptions. 

The plot was very engaging. I did see some similarities to other science fiction and dystopian tropes, but they were not overwhelming. The way that these tropes were woven into the story was very well done. There was plenty of suspense, mystery, and great plot twists. The writing style was a pleasure to read, and the pacing was perfect.

I thought that the main character was well developed, but some of the other characters were rather dull. I felt that I needed more background information on some of the character.

I would have loved to see more romance in the book. There is some romantic appeal, but not exactly full blown romance. 

Overall, this was an enjoyable and compelling read. It was fast-paced and suspenseful. I recommend this book to all that love science fiction. This book will not disappoint.
Carol Riggs

I’m a writer of Young Adult fiction. My YA sci-fi debut novel, THE BODY INSTITUTE, explores themes of body image and identity. My YA fantasy, BOTTLED, released July 7, 2016, from Clean Reads. My YA sci-fi, THE LYING PLANET (formerly called Safe Zone), will release September 19, 2016, via Entangled Teen. I live in the beautiful, green state of Oregon and have a Studio Arts degree. I’m an SCBWI member.


You’ll usually find me in my writing cave, surrounded by my dragon collection and the characters in my head. I enjoy reading–mostly young adult novels–as well as drawing, painting, and quilting. I also attend writing conferences, walk with my husband, and enjoy music and dance of all kinds.




Email me! carolriggsauthor [at] gmail [dot] com

Inside the enormous building, I walk by rows of empty bleachers. My footsteps slow as I near an imposing apparatus.

The Machine.

A full three meters tall, the Machine’s silver arms flare out from a single seat, making it look like a predatory mutant octopus. A plexifiber dome encloses and protects it. A biolock secures access to the dome. It looks almost alive, as though it’s waiting, sleeping…conserving energy until it’s time for the graduation ceremony.

Shivers crawl down my arms. Eerie as it is, the Testing Machine is my ticket out of Sanctuary. It’ll show what I’ve contributed to the zone and prove I’m worthy to join the colony of Promise City. Thanks to the uncanny way it judges us—and the Board rewarding high scores and threatening banishment for low ones—productivity has skyrocketed. The Machine boggles my mind. For the last six years it’s been here, ever since kids were eighteen and old enough for the Testing to start up, it has held the power of life and death on this planet.

Literally.

A rowdy whoop echoes around the stadium, making me flinch.

“Hey, Lawton, ogling the beast?” a deep voice calls. “Making sure it’s recording every single one of your dedicated community services?”

I turn to find one of my friends wearing a helioball cap walking into the building. Nash Redmond. A ludmium-powered pruning device and a maintenance bucket dangle from his hands. Two of our other friends are on landscaping duty with him, carrying tools and wearing gloves. Leonard walks beside him, his lanky form mimicking Nash’s casual walk, but Peyton copies no one. Her petite, tomboyish body moves toward me with purpose. Her uniform is mismatched, an orange shirt paired with dark blue pants.

“Hey, Nash,” I say. After what we’ve seen at the education compound, I don’t know how he can act normal, almost cheerful. I give Peyton a half smile. “Why are you still hanging out with these guys?”

She grins, her slightly crooked teeth crisp and white against her naturally brown skin. “They’re insane. I adore insanity.”

“I hope you don’t regret it.” I toss a meaningful glance at the Machine, and it’s not reassuring that she shrugs. She’s changed over the seasons, gone renegade. Ever since that one Harvest Equinox party two years ago, when we stopped hanging out. Now she skips education sessions with Nash and Leonard and works at community service only long enough to log in her required hours. I doubt she’ll flunk and get banished, but she won’t score very high. Apparently the Machine doesn’t spur everyone into being more productive.

“Peyton doesn’t care, so why should you?” Nash asks me. “All we need to do is pass the Testing, not reach superhero-level scores. Take me, for instance. Do I look worried? No, because tomorrow at my ceremony, I’m gonna pass.”
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The Tour Schedule:


September 19th



Tome Tender – Promo Post



Elizabeth Delana Rosa – Promo Post



September 20th



Literary Meanderings – Promo Post



PBC – Promo Post



September 21st



NovelKnight – Interview






September 22nd



Gracekalli – Review



September 23rd



A Leisure Moment – Review



September 24th



Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog – Guest Post



September 25th



Book Lovers Life – Guest Post



September 26th



The Book Beacon – Guest Post



September 27th



YaReads– Promo Post



Sleeps on Tables – Promo Post



September 28th



Just One More Chapter – Promo Post






September 29th






September 30th



The Alchemy of Ink – Review



October 1st



Roxy’s Book Reviews – Promo Post



October 2nd






RoloPoloBookBlog – Promo Post

Cover Reveal: Shadows of the Forest by Emma Michaels


Title: Shadows of the Forest
Author: Emma Michaels
Publication Date: November 05, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Everyone is dying to live in the Shadows of the Forest.

They gave me three rules to follow in exchange for my brother’s life:

1. Do not enter the West Wing;

2. Do not go outside after darkness falls; and

3. There is only one exit; The Gates.

This is what happened when I broke them…


Emma Michaels is the award winning author of the Society of Feathers series with over 15 publications under her belt. With a love for all things story-telling this bibliophile plans to take over the world one cup of coffee at a time. A rule breaker who isn’t afraid to have uncommon opinions she is an avid lover of mathematics and stand out fiction which transcends both its genre and format whether books, games, movies, or otherwise. A good story is a good story. When she isn’t online she is out dancing in the Washington rain or seeking new adventures.

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