Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Last Things Blog Tour: Read an Exclusive Guest Post from Author Jacqueline West on Her Inspiration ~ Plus a Print Book Giveaway!


Last Things
by Jacqueline West
Publisher: Greenwillow
Release Date: May 7th 2019
Genre: Young adult, Fantasy

Synopsis:

When strange things start happening to local music idol Anders Thorson, everyone blames his number-one fan, Thea. But is she out to hurt him? Or protect him?

High school senior Anders Thorson is unusually gifted. His band, Last Things, is legendary in their northern Minnesota hometown. With guitar skills that would amaze even if he weren’t only eighteen, Anders is the focus of head-turning admiration. And Thea; Malcom, a newcomer to the insular town, is one of his admirers. Thea seems to turn up everywhere Anders goes: gigs at the local coffeehouse, guitar lessons, even in the woods near Anders’s home. When strange things start happening to Anders—including the disappearance of his beloved cat, then his sort-of girlfriend, and, somehow, his musical talent—blame immediately falls on Thea. But is she trying to hurt him? Or save him? Can he trust a girl who doesn’t seem to know the difference between dreams and reality? And how much are they both willing to compromise to get what they want?

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GUEST POST
Inspiration: Coffee Shops
by Jacqueline West

LAST THINGS literally wouldn’t exist without coffee shops.

Like a lot of writers, I need coffee shops to get my work done. I don’t just need the coffee (although that’s certainly part of it). I need the atmosphere, the lack of at-home distractions, and the chance to be around people while being entirely inside of my own head at the same time.

So a huge amount of LAST THINGS was written in coffee shops. I wrote the very first pages in a former grain mill in a small Wisconsin town, huddled between an exposed brick wall and a cheerful fireplace, with a cappuccino beside me. (Those pages were also set in a coffee shop, which made for ridiculously perfect symmetry.) I wrote big chunks of LAST THINGS at Philz Coffee just off Market Street in San Francisco, where plate glass windows framed the crowds hurrying past, and pigeons waddled around my feet. I discussed chapters with my critique group in the high-ceilinged café at Open Book in Minneapolis. I scribbled at the little marble-topped tables at Kopplin’s Coffee in St. Paul. I hid in the corners of the coffee shops in my small Minnesota town, imagining the lives of my characters in their own small Minnesota town.

Just like me, LAST THINGS needed a coffee shop: a space where people would come to create, to talk, to listen to music, to people-watch, to take shelter from the world outside. That’s where the Crow’s Nest came from.

The Crow’s Nest doesn’t exist in the real world, but if it did, I would definitely want to write there. I might actually want to live there. The Crow’s Nest is a coffeehouse in the woods outside a small Minnesota town, its walls covered with art and tattered flyers, its patio filled with mismatched furniture and junkyard sculptures. In the evenings, it hosts live music—and its big draw is the already legendary local metal band, Last Things.

The Crow’s Nest was inspired in part by a long-gone coffee shop in the town where I grew up (it was called the Java Hut, and it was a tiny bungalow that had been converted into a four-room café full of art and live jazz), in part by the Spider House Café in Austin, Texas (check it out if you ever get the chance), and in part by the slightly creepy bars that you can find off the backroads in the Minnesota woods. Without the Crow’s Nest as a gathering place, as a creative hub, as a reason for a bunch of slightly odd people to come together, the plot of LAST THINGS wouldn’t have gotten off the ground.

So LAST THINGS literally wouldn’t exist without coffee shops. Not its setting. Not its story. And not its scribbly coffee-stained drafts that slowly turned into a book. Thank you, coffee shops. I’m lifting my mug to you.

AUTHOR INFORMATION
Jacqueline West is the author of the New York Times bestselling middle-grade series The Books of Elsewhere, the YA novel Dreamers Often Lie, and the new middle-grade fantasy The Collectors.

She is also the author of two poetry collections, Cherma and Candle and Pins: Poems on Superstitions, and her poetry and short fiction appear in a variety of publications.

She lives in Red Wing, Minnesota, with her family.


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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Southern Devotion Series Book Tour: Giveaway for a $10 Amazon Gift Card (2 Winners)

Southern Devotion Series Box Set
Books 1-4
by Amy K. McClung
Genre: Contemporary Romance

noun: devotion

1. love, loyalty, or enthusiasm for a person, activity, or cause.

A complete series of stories about love, friendship, and making some of life’s most difficult choices.


For The love of Gracie •• Book 1

What lengths will the man of her dreams go to… for the Love of Gracie?
Curves in the Road •• Book 2
With a decision to make, is it possible for two lost loves to find their way back to each other or are there too many curves in the road?
Complicated Relationships •• Book 3
Love ... it’s complicated.
Twisted Fate •• Book 4
Two love stories. Two lost souls. Two fates, twisted together.

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For the Love of Gracie
Southern Devotion, Book 1

Always falling for the wrong guy, Gracie Walker hasn't had much luck finding Prince Charming. She's reached a point where it's easier to forget about romance and focus on what's important: college, clubbing, and her friends. 

But the best-laid plans don't always pan out as hoped. 

Caught up in a web of relationships that threaten nothing but pain, Gracie has to decide who she can trust and who can help keep her safe. 

What lengths will the man of her dreams go to… for the Love of Gracie?





Curves in the Road
Southern Devotion, Book 2

Living in Nashville with his daughter, Katelyn, single dad Derrick Collins’s main goal is to provide a good life for his daughter. With no social life to speak of, he knows it’s time for a change. He just needs to find the perfect woman who will complete his happy family. The problem is he’s already met her and let her go. 

Mary Jane Evans’s life took a path she could only dream of. Though leaving her home in Nashville meant saying goodbye to childhood friends, family, and the first man she ever loved. Now she has to choose if she will return or continue her new journey. 

With a decision to make, is it possible for two lost loves to find their way back to each other or are there too many curves in the road?



Complicated Relationships
Southern Devotion, Book 3

Tristan Jacob’s life is full of complicated relationships. Having been hurt by love and loss, and with his focus on taking care of his younger sister, Macy, for the past five years, it was safer to put his romantic life on hold. 

But he's finally ready to find the girl of his dreams. 

When an auburn-haired beauty captures his attention, Tristan doesn't realize she has a connection to the woman who broke his heart. Will he get his happily ever after? Or will the complications prove to be too difficult to overcome?


Twisted Fate
Southern Devotion, Book 4

Two love stories. Two lost souls. Two fates, twisted together.


Old habits are hard to break when lust factors in. Angel is celebrating her sobriety and making changes in her life. Surrounded by happily married couples, she realizes how much she wants to fall in love. Angel meets her match in more ways than one. 

Cameron has been working behind the scenes, manipulating fate to help his friends find their happiness. But as he works to make everyone else happy, he’s hiding his own pain. So focused on concealing the truth, his relationship with Gavin suffers because of it.


Join Angel and Cameron in the spectacular conclusion of Amy K. McClung’s The Southern Devotion series, as this group of friends battle to find their happily ever afters.




Amy K. McClung was born in Nashville, TN. She is the second oldest of four girls and occasionally suffers from middle-child syndrome. She met the love of her life online in August of 2004, on his birthday of all days, and married him in September 2005. Currently, they have no human children -- only the room full of colourful robots that transform into vehicles and the large headed Pop Funko's who represent their favourite characters. Collecting movies, shotglasses, Pop Funkos, and dust bunnies are some of her favourite pastimes. She began writing in September of 2011 and independently published her first YA novel called Cascades of Moonlight, Book One of the Parker Harris Series, the following May. Her first book was a means of therapy for her as it enabled her to escape reality for a while during a difficult transition in her life.



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Cover Reveal: "Blood of a Huntsman" by May Sage


Blood of a Huntsman
by May Sage
(After Darkness Falls #2)
Publication date: May 23, 2019
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
The vampires have always feared the first of their kind and his descendants. Now all immortals know there’s a new Eirikrson threatening their way of life. 
And they don’t intend to let her.
Catherine Stormhale has spent decades trying to crawl out of her family’s shadow. Now they’re calling her back home to serve their clan against her new friends, and she has a choice to make.
Bash used to know who he was. A protector. A provider. A huntsman.

After being bitten by a feral vampire and turned into a blood-craving thing, he’s lost everything. Family, purpose, honor.
When students are attacked outside of the Institute, all warriors are called to help secure their borders.

Bash and Cat sign up for the same schedule. He’s a newborn vampire with no control over his thirst and she, a princess born to this life.

Neither knows what they’re in for.
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Author Bio:
May is a USA Today bestselling author living in Windsor, Berkshire, with a German shepherd, a moggy and two savannahs. She writes every sub-genre of romance, from fantasy to contemporary. You're signing up for strong, sassy, kick-ass women and swoon-worthy male protagonists. Enjoy the ride!


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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Release Day Blitz: "Just a Taste," by Shannyn Schroeder

Today, we have the release blitz for Just a Taste by Shannyn Schroeder! I am so excited to share this new romance with you—check out the release festivities and be sure to grab your copy today!

Title: Just a Taste

Author: Shannyn Schroeder

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: O’Leary’s, Book 4


About JUST A TASTE:

Grief has brought them together again—will love open the door to their future? When it’s an O’Leary in the picture, finding out is just part of the adventure…

Carmen Delgado is left reeling when her father dies. Taking care of him has been her sole purpose for so long, she’s forgotten what it’s like to have dreams of her own. And with steady, sexy Liam O’Leary inheriting a share in her dad’s successful food truck, Carmen is suddenly free to explore her life’s possibilities. She never expected Liam to provide the kind of temptation she’s not sure she can resist…

A talented chef, Liam O’Leary has been itching to open his own restaurant for years—and the death of his mentor is a reminder that time passes too quickly. Gus’s Taco Taxi isn’t exactly what he dreamed of, but he can’t desert Gus’s daughter. Working side by side is an unexpected pleasure—and grownup Carmen is alluring in all new ways. Is love on the menu—or will old fears and insecurities drive them apart?


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He entered the house and looked around. People packed the entire living room. He stood still for a moment, allowing the air of the room to warm him. He studied the faces and realized he didn’t know anyone. No one approached him, but many looked in his direction with open interest.

Then he spotted Carmen. She bustled around, taking plates and delivering coffee to older men and women around the room. He crossed to her and followed until she went into the kitchen. He waited in the doorway.

The kitchen was empty of guests. She put the dishes in the sink and then braced her arms on the counter and released a breath that shuddered through her. Guilt poked at him. He was interrupting a private moment and he should leave, but his feet wouldn’t listen.

He cleared his throat. “Carmen?”

She straightened slowly before turning to face him. A slow smile formed on her face. “Liam.”

He hadn’t been sure she would remember him. “How are you holding up?”

She lifted her shoulders in answer. The question was dumb. That was one of the worst parts of dealing with people after his father had died. The dumb questions from people.

“Here.” He held the flowers out to her. “I know it doesn’t help or ease the pain in any way, but I couldn’t come here empty-handed.”

“Thank you. They’re beautiful.” She took the vase from him and looked for a free space on the counter. The entire kitchen table and the length of the counter held trays and bowls of food. The smells made his mouth water even though he wasn’t hungry.

“Can I get you something to eat?” she offered after she stashed the flowers in the corner near the refrigerator.

“No. Can I help with some of this? Do something for you? You look like you have your hands full with all of your guests.” He removed his jacket and hung it on the back of one of the kitchen chairs. He rolled up the sleeves of his shirt, prepared to help.

She blinked a couple of times. “Uh… In all honesty, I’ll probably end up throwing most of this out. There’s just too much.” She turned in a circle. “Coffee. I need to make more.”

Liam moved forward. The girl looked dead on her feet. How could her family not see this? He pulled a chair out from the table. “Sit. I’ll make it.”

“No, it’s okay.”

“Carmen, sit down. Take a break and relax for a minute.” While not harsh, his tone was firm and she sat.

He remembered when Gus’s wife, Inez, died and the house had been filled like this. Gus loved having the family here, but Carmen had hidden in the kitchen, overwhelmed. Liam had joined her then too. He moved around the kitchen making coffee and then washed the dishes that were in the sink.

“You don’t have to do that, Liam.”

“I know. I like to feel useful. And I don’t think anyone in your family wants to chat me up.” He rinsed a dish and put it in the drain. “I came here to see you, Carmen. I don’t know anyone else. Your dad was my friend.”

He heard her hiccupping breath. When he turned, he expected to see her crying, but she just stared off at nothing. Drying his hands quickly, he squatted in front of her. “What do you need, Carmen? I watched you run around here, taking care of everyone. What can I do for you?”

Her focus shifted until her eyes met his. So much sadness. He wanted to wrap her in a tight hug, but they had never had that kind of relationship. They’d had a teasing, laughing one with minimal contact. And that had been years ago.

“Could you take the coffee into the living room? I just need a few minutes.”

He patted her knee before rising. “Take all the time you need.”

About Shannyn Schroeder:

Shannyn Schroeder is the author of the O’Leary series and the For Your Love series, contemporary romances centered around large Irish-American families in Chicago and the Hot & Nerdy series about nerdy friends finding love. Look for her new series, The Dating Challenge, in 2019. When she’s not wrangling her three kids or writing, she watches a ton of TV and loves to bake cookies.

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Book Review: "The Weaver's Daughter," by Sarah E. Ladd

About the book:
Loyalty has been at the heart of the Dearborne family for as long as Kate can remember, but a war is brewing in their small village, one that has the power to rip families asunder -- including her own. As misguided actions are brought to light, she learns how deep her father's pride and bitterness run, and she begins to wonder if her loyalty is well-placed.

Henry Stockton, heir to the Stockton fortune, returns home from three years at war hoping to find a refuge from his haunting memories. Determined to bury the past, he embraces his grandfather's goals to modernize his family's wool mill, regardless of the grumblings from the local weavers. When tragedy strikes shortly after his arrival, Henry must sort out the truth from suspicion if he is to protect his family's livelihood and legacy.

Henry has been warned about the Dearborne family. Kate, too, has been advised to stay far away from the Stocktons, but chance meetings continue to bring her to Henry's side, blurring the jagged lines between loyalty, justice, and truth. Kate ultimately finds herself with the powerful decision that will forever affect her village's future. As unlikely adversaries, Henry and Kate must come together to find a way to create peace for their families, their village, and their souls -- even if it means risking their hearts in the process.

My thoughts:
Sarah Ladd is one of my favorite historical fiction writers, and The Weaver's Daughter is one of her best. It's evident that she really did her research in writing about the weaving industry in England in the early 19th century. This story highlights the conflict between tradition and progress, and shows that there are no easy answers. Kate is a plucky heroine who fights her father's insistence that she stay in the background and fulfill her traditional role as a wife and mother. Henry understands the need for progress but is also sensitive to the sacrifices that are made when machines replace people. Despite their different backgrounds, Kate and Henry come to realize that they have more in common than they think, especially their love for their community and its people. I loved watching Kate and Henry's journey toward each other as they learned more about each other's perspectives and realized that solutions can be found through unison rather than opposition.

About the author:
Sarah E. Ladd received the 2011 Genesis Award in historical romance for The Heiress of Winterwood. She is a graduate of Ball State University and has more than ten years of marketing experience. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing family and spunky golden retriever.

Visit Sarah online at SarahLadd.com
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Twitter: @SarahLaddAuthor



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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Once Upon a Murder Book Tour: Giveaway for a $20 Amazon Gift Card!



Once Upon a Murder
A Fairy Tale Mystery, Book 1
by D.E. Dennis
Genre: Cozy Mystery

In the town of Castle Rock, many residents live a fairy life but not all get a fairy tale ending.
The home of Michael Grimm is a unique place where the line between the haves and the have-nots might as well have been a canyon. The gated community of Fairy Tails houses the wealthy, royal, and connected while the simple townsfolk they ignore putter about their lives on the other side.
Despite the embittered classes, not much happens in their divided town and Michael, along with his sister Monica, struggle to keep the doors of Grimm Investigations open.
That is until Preston Charming, the wealthy son of one of the most powerful families in Fairy Tails, is found murdered in Siren Woods. The Grimm siblings eagerly take the case, but soon Michael finds himself on a collision course with the scars of the past and people who inflicted them.
Amid old enemies, abandoned shoes, hardened servant girls, and infamous parties; will Michael solve this homicidal puzzle before the killer sees to it he doesn't get his happy ever after?

**Only 99 cents!!**


D.E. Dennis grew up in the United States but has spent most of her life within the pages of a book. A great novel has the ability to transport you to another time or place, and she loves all the worlds she has had the opportunity to visit. 

Now, she spends her time traveling the world and visiting new (and real) places and cultures as her love of being transported to another place only grew as she got older. 

When D.E. Dennis is not writing, she is reading, eating cheesecake, and changing countries.



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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Band of Shadows Blog Tour: Giveaway for a Hardcover Book

Band of Shadows: The Scarlet Onyx Saga
by H.P. Waitt
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Scarlet has to work on growing her confidence and inner strength, but she also has to learn to trust and rely on her friends. She has never known her family and has spent most of her childhood bouncing from foster home to foster home, so trust is a nearly foreign concept to her. Since Scarlet is uprooted from her normal life and thrust into the mystical world of Avalon, her coming-of-age story is quite tumultuous. Her strength and morality will be tested time and time again. Luckily, she has her friends -- Stiles, Lena, and Ryker -- who are a lovable mix of intelligent, loyal, and witty (often quite sarcastic) to show her the ropes.

The novel is a work of fantasy fiction that includes fantastical powers and abilities, mystical lands, plants with hidden powers, and a battle for what is right. It also includes an illustrated map of isle of Avalon, as well as two gorgeous interior illustrations.

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One lucky winner will receive a hardcover copy of Band of Shadows: The Scarlet Onxy Saga, by H.P. Waitt! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM ET on Sunday, April 21, 2019.

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Summers' Deceit Book Blast: Giveaway for a Cat Necklace (3 Winners)

Mystery Twisted with YA Romance by Sara J. Bernhardt

BRAND NEW completed series.

Running from a painful loss, Jane Callahan fled to Oregon and met an unusual boy named Aidan Summers; but his ghastly secret could destroy ... everything.

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Jane Callahan is a reclusive, seventeen-year-old high school student dealing with the death of her beloved brother. Her home in Southern California with her mother is a constant reminder of her loss and pain. In hopes of escaping her past she moves to North Bend Oregon to live with her father, where she meets a beautiful boy named Aidan Summers.

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Sara J Bernhardt is an author and poet who has been writing since a very young age and is a winner of several poetry and short story contests. Bernhardt writes in a realistic tone while still creating the enthralling feeling of fantasy. Her writing puts readers in a world that they will truly love to be a part of.

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Saturday, April 6, 2019

Past Presence Book Tour: Giveaway for a $20 Amazon Gift Card




Mystery
Date Published: April 1, 2019
Publisher: Literary Wanderlust

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Only by looking into the past can Audrey save her future.

Audrey Eames is happy living the wanderer’s life. After a near-death experience in her teens, Audrey can see people’s past lives whenever her skin touches theirs, and afraid of being labeled delusional, she’s never stayed in one place too long or made any deep connections.

So when Audrey’s estranged aunt dies and leaves her the historic Soberly Inn and Public House on the scenic Oregon coast, Audrey wants nothing to do with it. She’s determined to sell the inn and leave town before someone discovers the power she’s been hiding from the world, but clauses in her aunt’s will seem to block her at every turn.

Yet once ensconced in Soberly’s small town life, the people—particularly the inn's bartender, Kellen Greene—start to grow on her, and she begins to feel that maybe she’s finally found a place of her own. As accepting as the townspeople seem, Audrey fears their reactions—and Kellen’s rejection—and decides to keep her visions a secret. But all is not well in Soberly. Soon after Audrey arrives, people in town start dying in the same manner as in their past lives—but in this lifetime it’s murder. When suspicion starts to fall on Audrey and Kellen, Audrey vows to use her gift to find the murderer and protect the people she loves—before it’s too late.


About the Author

Nicole Bross is an author from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where she lives with her husband, two children and one very large orange cat. When she’s not writing or working as the editor of a magazine, she can be found curled up with a book, messing around with her ever-expanding collection of manual typewriters or in the departures lounge of the airport at the beginning of another adventure. Past Presence is her debut novel.


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Twitter: @brossypants


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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Winners in March 2019

Wildfire and Roses Book Tour: $20 Amazon Gift Card


Congratulations to the winner: June S.!

Romance Is in the Air Kickoff: $100 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash


Congratulations to the winner: Sheila R.!

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