Friday, January 31, 2020

Seduced by Snowfall Release Week Blitz: Giveaway for a $25 Amazon Gift Card


Today, we have the release week blitz for SEDUCED BY SNOWFALL by Jennifer Bernard! Check out the release festivities -- including two giveaways! -- and be sure to grab your copy today!

Title: Seduced by Snowfall
Author: Jennifer Bernard
Genre: Contemporary Romance

About Seduced by Snowfall:

Dr. Bethany Morrison is used to being the responsible one. The serious doctor everyone relies on. She isn’t used to needing a rescue -- especially from a sexy, lighthearted firefighter like Nate Prudhoe. And yet ever since she moved to Lost Harbor, Alaska, he’s been there for her. Is it any wonder she turns to him in her most embarrassing moment -- when she needs a fake boyfriend?

Nate’s more than aware that Bethany doesn’t take him seriously. And that’s fine; relationships, a family of his own … those things aren’t for him. Not when he knows how painful the loss of a loved one can be. But when he discovers a mysterious injured runaway hiding out in the firehouse, it’s his turn to ask the lovely doctor for help.

As winter closes in, the line between fake and forever keeps disappearing. How could Nate know that every moment spent with Bethany would chip away at the shield around his heart? How could Bethany guess that Nate’s brand of laid-back fun was exactly what she needed? It may take more than a snowstorm to make them see it’s okay to want it all … and to grab it before it disappears forever.


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An Excerpt:

Nate lounged against the doorframe, gray eyes smiling at her, hands in his pockets. He wore his LHVFD gear, navy trousers and jacket with insignia, and somehow made the drab uniform ultra-sexy. “I was hoping I’d get a Bethany hit. Save a life, get a kiss, isn’t that how it works?”

She stepped toward him with the sense that she was floating. “Maybe. Tell me about this life you saved.”

“Eight-year-old girl with a peanut allergy. We applied adrenaline until she could get an IV. She’s breathing easy now. Her friend who gave her an unauthorized cookie feels terrible.”

“Hmm, okay. I guess that deserves a reward.” She stood on tiptoe as he leaned his mouth forward, pursed for a kiss. At the last second she veered to the right and plopped it on his dimple instead. “Oops. I missed.”

He put his hands on her hips and shifted her position so she stood right in front of him. “There. Can’t miss from there, unless you have zero eye-mouth coordination.”

Smiling, she rose onto her toes again. “There’s a reason I never did sports.”


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Jennifer Bernard is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. Her books have been called “an irresistible reading experience” full of “quick wit and sizzling love scenes.” A graduate of Harvard and former news promo producer, she left big city life for true love in Alaska, where she now lives with her husband and stepdaughters. She still hasn’t adjusted to the cold, so most often she can be found cuddling with her laptop and a cup of tea. Sign up for her newsletter for book news and fun exclusives.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

The Waking of Ghosts Book Tour: Giveaway for a $10 Amazon Gift Card


The Waking of Ghosts 
Lost Souls Academy Book 1 
by Lilliana Rose 
Genre: Teen, YA Paranormal Fantasy

There is an evil awakening. 

At the Lost Souls academy, students aren’t your typical everyday alumni. 

Rejects from clans, packs, and covens walk these halls, but there’s something more sinister haunting the academy. 
A resident ghost has new student, Zarya, on the fight to banish it. Will her actions cause more enemies at her new school than friends? 

‘I’m coming for you.’ 

A message from beyond has Zarya fearful. Her skills are underdeveloped, but as a ghost hunter, she must stand and fight this new evil. 

Can Zarya grow to be the ghost hunter she’s destined to be or will forces overpower her and bring chaos and destruction to the Lost Souls academy? 




Lilliana is an Amazon bestselling author who writes romance in the subgenres of contemporary, paranormal, steampunk, and rural. She enjoys helping characters overcome problems or issues, and the misunderstandings that often plague relationships, to help them fall in love. Whether it's city heels being replaced with country work boots, or some magic beyond this world, or cogs and gears and corsets, each story shows how love can prevail. 





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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

The Matchmaker's Ball Book Blast



New Release: Promenade with Penelope (The Matchmaker's Ball Book 5)

Can two lonely and lost hearts find one another at the Matchmaker's Ball?

Jeremiah Washington cannot find employment as a cowboy -- the only thing he's ever done -- since the closing of the Wilson Ranch in Manassa. He came to Creede with his boss, Angel Wilson, and decided to try to make the place home, just as she did. When a job falls in his lap, he becomes the last thing anyone would have expected of him. A lawman. But his first job holds a bit more adventure than he'd hoped for, and he still has dreams of settling down and getting married, himself. Just when he thinks he's found the right woman for him, his new job as deputy marshal gets in the way.

Penelope Warner's grandfather passes on and leaves her with a house and life in Creede, Colorado. The only problem is that she's in Yuma, Arizona, and due to a rare sun sensitivity, she hasn't left her home in over fifteen years. How is she to go outside in the sun and travel alone and do all the things that she'd never dream she could?

Promenade with Penelope is the fifth book in The Matchmaker’s Ball series, a spin-off from the Cowboys and Angels Series. It is a clean and wholesome romance. Each book in the series is a standalone, but features some of your favorite characters from Creede, Colorado!


Release Day Blitz: And Then One Day by Samantha Chase


Go back to Magnolia Sound with Samantha Chase's AND THEN ONE DAY. If you love all things small town and best friend's brother romance, then this is the book for you -- grab your copy today!


About AND THEN ONE DAY

Courtney Baker is ready to put small town life -- and the man she can’t have -- behind her. Years of secretly crushing on her best friend’s older brother have led nowhere and she’s finally ready to move on. It would have been a great plan had she not drunkenly blurted out all her feelings and kissed him. 

At least she’ll be able to forget all about it when she leaves town in less than 48 hours.

It takes a lot to surprise Dean Jones, but a kiss from the girl he’s been secretly attracted to for years does just that. All it takes it one kiss for him to realize he doesn’t want to let her go. But she’s his sister’s best friend and that’s a line he knows he should never cross. Never mind that she seems determined to leave their small town -- and him -- behind.

When a storm and a broken car stop Courtney from leaving town, Dean sees perfect opportunity to get her out of his system. But can one night ever be enough?

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About SAMANTHA CHASE
Samantha Chase is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller of contemporary romance. She released her debut novel in 2011 and currently has more than forty titles under her belt! When she’s not working on a new story, she spends her time reading romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook, wearing a tiara while playing with her sassy pug Maylene ... oh, and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.

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Monday, January 27, 2020

A Case for the Winemaker Book Tour: Giveaway for a $50 Amazon Gift Card


A Case for the Winemaker 
Ainsley McGregor, Book 1 
by Candace Havens 
Genre: Cozy Mystery 


The closer she gets to the truth, the more she finds herself drowning in trouble. 

It’s an exciting time in Sweet River, Texas, and the whole town's talking. Maybe, a little too much. Former English professor Ainsley McGregor has gambled everything on her new business: Bless Your Art, an artisan market where local artists sell their wares and teach classes. 

The bright, white space is filled to the brim with colorful art, yarn, jewelry, pet treats, antiques and even a few medieval weapons. Oh, and there are wine tastings. Everything's better with wine. Ainsley is surprised by how well things are going -- right up until the moment her Great Dane finds a dead body. With her friend accused of the murder, it’s up to Ainsley to find the real killer. 

As the suspect list grows longer, Ainsley has her work cut out for her. The task is made more difficult by the fact her brother, the sheriff, doesn’t seem to want her help. If she doesn’t wrap up the case soon, she might be the next wine, um, one to die. 



A Case for the Yarn Maker 
Ainsley McGregor, Book 2 


Spin a yarn … at your own risk. 

Everyone at Bless Your Art in Sweet River, Texas, is excited about the Yarn Goddess (yes, that’s her real name) coming to town. Ainsley McGregor has set up a special event at the local community center, but when old Mrs. Whedon doesn’t see eye-to-eye with the Goddess about using quality yarn, a fight breaks out. Who knew the octogenarian had ninja moves like that? 

It’s all fun and games until George Clooney, Ainsley’s Great Dane, finds Ms. Yarn’s dead body in a booth at Bless Your Art. Now the prime suspect is Mrs. Whedon, and while she’s not the easiest woman to get along with, there’s no way she’s the killer. At least, Ainsley doesn’t think so. As this yarn unravels, Ainsley and her quirky friends learn some interesting things about the case and the Goddess’s checkered past. But there’s a killer on the loose. 




Bestselling author Candace Havens has published more than 25 books. Her novels have received nominations for the RITA's, Holt Medallion, Write Touch Reader Awards and National Readers Choice Awards. She is a Barbara Wilson Award winner. She is the author of the biography, Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy, and a contributor to several anthologies. She is also one of the nation's leading entertainment journalists and has interviewed countless celebrities from George Clooney to Chris Pratt. Candace also runs a free online writing workshop for more than 2,000 writers and teaches comprehensive writing classes. She does film reviews with Hawkeye in the Morning on 96.3 KSCS and is a former President of the Television Critics Association. 




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Monday, January 20, 2020

Release Day Blitz: Three Sisters Catering Box Set by Bethany Lopez


Today, we are celebrating the release of the THREE SISTERS CATERING Box Set by Bethany Lopez. The set contains A Pinch of Salt, A Touch of Cinnamon, and A Splash of Vanilla. Click here to grab your copy now.

Three Sisters Catering Box Set by Bethany Lopez
Contemporary Romance

Synopsis:
A box set of the Three Sisters Catering Trilogy by Bethany Lopez, including A Pinch of Salt, A Touch of Cinnamon, and A Splash of Vanilla.

A Pinch of Salt - When single dad and English teacher, Jackson, hires chef and entrepreneur, Millie, to cater his daughter's birthday party, things really start heating up.

A Touch of Cinnamon - Sexy restauranteur, Jericho, wants to remind smart yet stubborn Tasha that together they make the perfect dish in this sizzling second-chance romance.

A Splash of Vanilla - Dru doesn't expect to fall for Mick when she hires him to find her father, but something about this gruff, muscular PI brings just the right amount of spice to her life.

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Bethany Lopez is a USA Today bestselling author of more than thirty books and has been published since 2011. She's a lover of all things romance, which she incorporates into the books she writes, no matter the genre.

When she isn't reading or writing, she loves spending time with family and traveling whenever possible.

Bethany can usually be found with a cup of coffee or glass of wine at hand, and will never turn down a cupcake!

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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Review: "Writing Fiction: A User-Friendly Guide," by James Essinger

Anyone can improve their writing immensely by learning the basics of a good novel. Crafting believable and interesting characters, plots, settings and dialogue is a skill that everyone can acquire with the right tools and devoted practice. One such tool is the book, Writing Fiction: A User-Friendly Guide, by James Essinger. Writers will learn:

What is a plant? (Hint: It’s not a green, leafy thing.)
When should you “show,” and when should you “tell”?
Why is editing important?
What is a quest?
What is voice?
How do I add suspense?
How long should my novel be?
…and much more

Essinger cites many real-life novels and movies as examples of using various literary techniques. He also provides valuable tips for submitting the best possible manuscript to a publishing company. Appendices address grammar and poetry. Aspiring writers should study their craft diligently, and Writing Fiction is an essential addition to every writer’s toolkit.



Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate my honest review. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link, and I will receive a small commission on purchases made through this link.

Lock and Key Book Blitz: Giveaway for a $50 Amazon Gift Card and Paperbacks!


Lock and Key
Evangeline Anderson
(Nocturne Academy, #1)
Publication date: January 18th 2020
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
What do a mysterious necklace, forbidden Blood Magic rituals, and a sarcastic Nocturne boy with the face of a fallen angel all have in common?

Me, apparently. 
Since I started school at Nocturne Academy, strange happenings have befallen me. The weird key-shaped necklace I found at a flea market chokes me every time I try to take it off. Also, a tall, beautiful, and bitingly sarcastic Nocturne has the lock that matches it. 
His name is Griffin Darkheart, and -- like this freaking necklace -- I can’t seem to stay away from him, though he’s being Censured for mysterious crimes. Among a student body composed of vampires, witches, were -- dragons, and fairies, I no longer know what my future holds. 
To heck with graduating with honors. I’m just hoping to graduate alive. Nocturne Academy is full of deadly dangers.

And I’ve already got a target on my back…

EXCERPT:

A warm breath of humid Florida night air breathed through the hallway like the exhalation from a giant mouth. On it, I caught the scent of orange trees mixed with the flat, wet scent of the lake that surrounded the castle.

And running through it all was Griffin’s own scent -- a cold, clean, somehow completely masculine aroma that flooded my senses and made the key around my neck throb even harder.

Stop him! it seemed to be crying -- I swore I could almost hear its voice in my mind. Stop him -- he’s getting away!

Maybe that was what made me speak -- what made me call out to him, though every instinct I had told me I should stay silent and let him pass. Griffin was a predator -- seeing him in the darkness like this, I knew it to my bones. He was a killer and his kind preyed on mine. I had the feeling of a rabbit calling back a hawk that had wheeled by overhead or an antelope calling out to a lion.

But still I spoke.

“You’re wrong, you know,” I called to his back, when he was already halfway out the door.

Griffin turned, his eyes gleaming silver in the dim moonlight spilling in through the half open door. He seemed to deliberate for a moment -- almost to struggle with himself -- and then he let the door close and came striding back to stand in front of me, even closer than before.

“Wrong about what, little witch?” he murmured in that cool, silky voice of his. The voice a snake might use before it struck.

“I…I’m not a witch,” I told him, lifting my chin and meeting his eyes, though he radiated danger the way another male might radiate body heat.

“Oh no? Then what are you, Megan Latimer?” he drawled, putting emphasis on my last name.

“I’m just a Null,” I went on doggedly. “I can’t even light a candle with magic. I don’t have any magic -- I don’t belong here.”

“Yet, here you are. Putting yourself in harm’s way. Why?”

He reached out and gently -- oh so gently -- stroked one long, cool finger down my hot cheek. The key jumped at his touch and so did my heart. I was beginning to feel like I couldn’t get a deep enough breath.

“I…I don’t know,” I whispered. And then -- either daringly or stupidly added -- “Are you the harm you’re talking about?”

“Maybe.”


Author Bio:
Evangeline Anderson is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of the Brides of the Kindred, Alien Mate Index, and Born to Darkness series. She is thirty-something and lives in Florida with a husband, a son, and two cats. She had been writing erotic fiction for her own gratification for a number of years before it occurred to her to try and get paid for it. To her delight, she found that it was actually possible to get money for having a dirty mind and she has been writing paranormal and sci-fi erotica steadily ever since. 

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Best of 2019 Giveaway Hop: Enter to Win a Paperback or eBook Copy of "The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek," by Kim Michele Richardson!


Welcome to the Best of 2019 Giveaway Hop! Every blogger participating in this hop is giving away a book they loved that was released in 2019. For my giveaway, I am offering one lucky reader their choice of a paperback or eBook copy of The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek. I absolutely loved this novel. It was so unique. I had never heard of the real blue-skinned people of Kentucky or of the Kentucky Pack Horse library service, so this story was fascinating. Poor Cussy Mary faces extreme prejudice due to her unusual blue skin color, as well as many dangers traveling the hills on a mule to deliver books to the poor people in her community. This is the story of a woman of tremendous courage who never gave up trying to improve her life and that of her community. Read on for more information...

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek: A Novel
by Kim Michele Richardson

An Oprah's Buzziest Books Pick for May
Indie Next Pick
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Southern Independent Book Alliance SIBA Spring OKRA PICK

The hardscrabble folks of Troublesome Creek have to scrap for everything -- everything except books, that is. Thanks to Roosevelt's Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project, Troublesome's got its very own traveling librarian, Cussy Mary Carter.

Cussy's not only a book woman, however, she's also the last of her kind, her skin a shade of blue unlike most anyone else. Not everyone is keen on Cussy's family or the Library Project, and a Blue is often blamed for any whiff of trouble. If Cussy wants to bring the joy of books to the hill folks, she's going to have to confront prejudice as old as the Appalachias and suspicion as deep as the holler.

Inspired by the true blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the brave and dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse library service of the 1930s, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a story of raw courage, fierce strength, and one woman's belief that books can carry us anywhere -- even back home.

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One lucky winner will receive their choice of an eBook or paperback copy of the novel, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, by Kim Michele Richardson! Enter through Giveaway Tools form below. This giveaway is open to anyone who can receive an Amazon shipment and ends at 11:59 PM EST on January 31, 2020.


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Disclosure: I read this book by borrowing it from the library and will purchase the book on Amazon to send to the winner.

Friday, January 10, 2020

The Game Changer Blog Tour: Giveaway for a $25 Amazon Gift Card

Today, we have the blog tour for The Game Changer by Jennifer Brown! Check it out and be sure to grab your copy today!
Title: The Game Changer
Author: Jennifer Brown
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Crown Media/Hallmark

About The Game Changer:

Hollis and Daisy love podcasting about murder cases…

But can they solve one?

Hollis Bisbee used to be a big-city crime reporter. Now, she’s a small-town journalist, and she’s bored. She and a young mom, talented baker Daisy Mueller, start the Knock ‘Em Dead podcast -- ”Where murder and muffins meet!” It’s all fun, games, and baking tips until murder comes to Parkwood.

After a brutal homecoming game loss, the coach of the rival football team is the victim of a hit-and-run in the high school parking lot. The entire town is on edge, and the star quarterback -- who happens to be the police chief’s son -- may just look the guiltiest of all.

With Hollis’s investigative skills and Daisy’s famous muffins ... and in spite of the charming rookie police officer tasked with keeping Hollis out of the way ... the podcasting duo sets out to solve their first real case.

This cozy mystery includes a killer free recipe for Daisy’s Cherry Chocolate Chunk Muffins.


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“With all due respect, Mary Jean.” I licked my lips nervously. “I am abiding by the rules. My podcast has nothing to do with my job here.”

“In Parkwood, everything you do has to do with your job here. Everyone knows you’re one of our reporters. They think I’ve sanctioned this hooey about that coach being murdered.”

“It’s not hooey,” I said. “And you said nothing about moonlighting when you hired me.”

“It is hooey, but I’m not going to convince you of that, am I?” She slid a pair of readers onto her face. “And I may not have said it then but I’m saying it now. If you insist on moonlighting in this way, I would just suggest to you that you tread very carefully.”

“Wait. Is that some sort of threat? Are you saying I could lose my job?”

She pursed her lips and thumbed through some papers on her desk. “Did you get the bank story finished?”

Case closed. I wasn’t sure what resolution we had come to, but I was pretty sure I was on the losing side of it.

But, darn it, I was right. I was not about to let it go now.

“Yes, ma’am. All that’s left is to write it up.”

“End of the day,” she said. “And I’ve got a new one for you. Human interest piece on Wickham Birkland. His birdseed store is celebrating its twentieth anniversary this week. I thought we could do a brief history of seed in Parkwood. Or maybe a brief history of birds. Or both.”

The most gripping part of writing that story would be surviving Wickham’s ire du jour.

“I’ll get right on it,” I said in my best can-do voice.

I went back to my desk, noting on the way that Ernie was sleeping again. I thumped his desk with my fist. “Rise and shine, Ernie! Got stories to do!” He snorted and jerked awake, his hand flying to his computer mouse.

“I’ve got it right here, Mary Jean…” He started clicking on random things. I held back a laugh and kept on.

I was four paragraphs into the bank story when Mary Jean slipped out, telling Joyce she was going to run to Leaf It to Me and get some tea to soothe her sore throat. The atmosphere in the news room lightened drastically when she left. I breathed a sigh of relief. Joyce—earbuds in place— began humming along with the song she was listening to. Ernie raided the vending machine for Donettes.

The door opened and in walked a young woman.

“Obituary? Fill out this form,” Joyce said, automatically plucking the form from the file folder that sat permanently on her desk. Purchasing obituaries was really the only reason people ever came in anymore—and even that was waning after Bale & Sons began offering free webpages for their deceased. She tried to hand over the form.

“What? No. I don’t think so,” the woman said. She sounded kind of bewildered. She also sounded very familiar. Where had I heard her voice before?

Joyce blinked. “You don’t think so?”

The woman shook her head and began to tear up. “Unless you know something I don’t. Did someone call you?”

Joyce’s mouth hung open in confusion, the paper still dangling between her fingernails. “I don’t know,” she said. “Why would someone call?”

The woman began to sob. “Because you’re the news and all. Oh, no. Bad luck follows me everywhere.”

And that was when I realized where I knew her from. I stood at my desk. “Agnes Tellerman?”

The woman turned to me in surprise, her knees bending as if she were about to bolt. Or faint. “Y-yes?”

I came around my desk. “You’re Agnes Tellerman?”

“So someone did die? I just knew it.”

“What? No. I mean, yes. Gerald Farley died. And you witnessed it, right? I was there that night. I remember your voice.”

She wiped her eyes with the palms of her hands, the sleeves of her shirt pulled down over them, just like a child would do. And only then did it become obvious that Agnes Tellerman was not much older than a teenager herself. Maybe mid-twenties. She was pretty, in a droopy-eyed, downtrodden sort of way. She sniffed.

“You’re that podcast lady?”

Whoa. Four listeners in one morning. I was on a roll.

Thinking of the podcast and rolls made me think of Daisy and my heart dropped again. I missed her. I was going to have to make things right, as soon as I possibly could. Also, I needed to talk her into making cinnamon rolls soon.

“I am that podcast lady.” I stuck out my hand. “Hollis Bisbee.”

“I came to talk to you,” she said, shaking my hand with hers still covered by her shirt sleeve.

“About?”

“About what I saw that night. The night the coach died.”

About the Author:
Jennifer Brown is the author of acclaimed young adult novels, Hate List, Bitter End, Perfect Escape, Thousand Words, Torn Away, and the Shade Me series. Her debut novel, Hate List, received three starred reviews and was selected as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a VOYA “Perfect Ten,” and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. Bitter End received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and VOYA and is listed on the YALSA 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults list.

Jennifer also writes middle grade novels. Her debut novel, Life on Mars, was the winner of the 2017 William Allen White Children’s Book Award. She also writes women’s fiction under the name Jennifer Scott. Visit her at www.JenniferScottAuthor.com


Jennifer writes and lives in the Kansas City, Missouri area, with her husband and three children.

Jennifer is available for school visits, workshops, classroom and book club Skypes, and speaking engagements. Contact JenniferBrownYA@gmail.com to book her for your next event!


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Monday, January 6, 2020

Something Wicked Book Blitz: Giveaway for a $25 Amazon Gift Card


Something Wicked
by Nicole M. Rubino
(Something Wicked, #1)
Publication date: November 26th 2019
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
A break-up and a car accident are no way to begin your seventeenth birthday. 
For Theo Montgomery, that is exactly how it began. Her bad luck turns worse when she returns home from a school dance to find her home engulfed in flames -- with her parents still inside. 
Theo is sent to live with her estranged aunt, Elizabeth, in Salem, Massachusetts. Salem proves to offer many new discoveries, one of those being that Theo, like her aunt, is a witch. A witch who must keep her magic in check, lest the Town’s witch hunters discover that magic has returned to the world after more than three hundred years. But how can she navigate a new school, new magical powers and avoid the witch hunters, when she finds herself enjoying the company of one? 
Trystan de Lancre is a dangerous witch hunter and the only son of the Salem witch hunter clan leader, the notorious Joseph de Lancre. Despite his growing feelings for Theo, Trystan has his own reasons for getting close to her -- and they are far from romantic. Yet, Trystan isn’t the only one keeping secrets. Theo knows her aunt is hiding something, something linked to the tragedy that happened in Salem long ago, and to Theo, herself. 
Salem’s dark past rises to haunt Theo and the present-day witches, unraveling a shocking revelation: the true cause of the Salem Witch Trials.



EXCERPT:

Theo made her way down Essex Street, heading toward the center of the Town. There didn’t seem to be many shops this far down, and she wondered why Elizabeth hadn’t dropped her off further in the city.

Because she doesn’t trust you not to go into that bookstore to find Trystan, a voice reminded her.
Slightly disgruntled at that, she walked for a good five minutes, taking in various little shops and admiring the cobblestone street. She questioned when she would come upon a storefront she might be interested in, when a large figure came from around the corner and collided with her. She grimaced as her face landed directly on the hard bone of someone’s sternum.

“Ouch!” she exclaimed, rubbing her nose where it struck the individual, and felt strong fingers lay upon her arms to move her back.

Theo heard a small chuckle. “This isn’t exactly how I pictured getting you in my arms.”

She recognized the voice instantly, her eyes darting upward. “Trystan,” she breathed.

“In the flesh, I’m afraid. Sorry about pummeling into you. It was just payback.” His wide grin reached his sparkling eyes, making the features of his face more beautiful.

She was distracted, her eyes outlining his chiseled cheekbones and strong jawline, complete with a set of lips that looked perfect for kissing.

“Remember, you nearly killed me with a stack of books?” He must have mistaken the silence of her admiration of him for confusion.

“That’s right. I suppose it’s only fair.” She shrugged, hiding a smile.

The way he was looking at her gave her a fluttery sensation in her stomach. Once more at a loss for words, she bit her bottom lip and started twirling a strand of unruly dark hair around her finger.

“Where are you heading?” he asked, eyes now focused on her lips.

“I’m not really sure,” she admitted. His features contorted into a mask of puzzlement as she continued, “I was taking a walk, trying to explore more of Salem.”

“There isn’t really much to see this far down Essex Street,” he responded, still looking perplexed.
“My aunt is at the Athenaeum for a few hours. I walked from there.”

Trystan’s eyebrows rose in understanding, his eyes twinkling with intrigue. “You’re alone?”

She nodded. “For a little while, at least.” The corners of her mouth turned up in anticipation of what he would say next.

“Would you like some company? I can show you around. I’ve lived here all my life.”

Theo hesitated. Her aunt’s cold grey stare was visible in her mind’s eye, as well as the feeling of unease at disobeying her aunt’s request.

That you stay away from the bookstore... Theo replayed the conversation from this morning and the day before, realizing that in fact, her aunt had not specifically demanded to stay away from Trystan, but rather to stay away from the bookstore.

You know damn well that’s not what she meant, her own voice of reason argued. But seeing the way Trystan’s white thermal sweater hugged the muscles visible underneath, she made her decision:
“That would be great. Thank you.”

He flashed a heart-stopping smile, and she nearly melted.

“This way.” He held out his hand and stepped back, allowing her to pass first. His etiquette reminded her of the gentlemen she had read about in books written by the likes of Jane Austen -- gallant and courtly. He lightly placed his hand on the small of her back to guide her; the small touch sending jolts of electricity throughout her entire body.

Trystan led her around the corner and stopped in front of an ominous looking sports car. It wasn’t sleek and refined the way she remembered Tali’s BMW. Trystan’s car had a rugged, dangerous look to it, and she briefly wondered if boys picked cars the way girls picked shoes, as extensions of their own personalities.

Theo reached forward to grab the handle, but Trystan was there first, opening the door for her. She thought this old-fashioned gesture had disappeared, along with returning text messages and phone calls.

“I see chivalry isn’t dead in Salem,” she commented as she nestled into a black leather seat that was even darker than the color of the car.

He paused to look at her, one hand still on the door frame and the other twirling his keys. “You will find there are a lot of things that aren’t dead in Salem,” he replied with a mischievous smirk and shut the door.


Author Bio:
Hello! I'm Nicole Rubino, author of Something Wicked, the first in a four-book series about witches, witch hunters, and everything in between! 
I fondly remember Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach as the first book that took me on an adventure, and so, I fell in love with reading and writing fantasy. Another one of my favorite books by Dahl should come as no surprise: The Witches
My equal love for history propelled me to dive further into the witch hunts throughout Europe and the witch hunts in Salem, which is where I got the idea for my debut novel. 
Authors I love and whom inspire me are Leigh Bardugo, Holly Black, Sarah J. Maas, Jay Kristoff and Pierce Brown. 

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