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Friday, December 9, 2016

Book Tour: Silence Interrupted

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Silence Interrupted
by Sania Shaikh

Synopsis:

Two months before Troye Saavedra’s senior year of high school, his father’s drinking problem skyrockets. When Troye’s parents make an impulsive move to Georgia in order to “help” him finish high school on a positive note, he is forced to leave behind everything he knows. Things couldn’t get worse for Troye. That is, until he meets three enigmatic teenagers: Adelaide, an independent violinist with radical ideas; Zaidan, fiercely loyal and always funny; and Arabella, a girl who harbors secret struggles. Together, the four friends try to pick up the jagged pieces of their lives without getting hurt themselves. An insightful tale of perseverance, Silence Interrupted is a young adult novel about the beauty and peril of traversing the world as a teenager.

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About the Author


Sania Shaikh is a junior at Cambridge High School. Inspired to write from a young age, she worked on Silence Interrupted, her debut novel, starting in eighth grade.

Connect with the author: Website | Twitter | Facebook



Tour Schedule


Dec 5 -   Working Mommy Journal - book spotlight
Dec 5 -    FLY HIGH! - book spotlight
Dec 5 -    Room With Books - book spotlight
Dec 6 -   Turning the Pages - book spotlight
Dec 6 -   Books, Dreams, Life - book spotlight
Dec 7 -   Rockin' Book Reviews - book spotlight
Dec 7 -   100 Pages A Day - book spotlight
Dec 8 -   A Mama's Corner of the World - book spotlight
Dec 8 -   Lukten av Trykksverte - book spotlight
Dec 9 -   Zerina Blossom's Books - book spotlight
Dec 12 - Shoshi Reads - book spotlight
Dec 12 - Christy's Cozy Corners - book spotlight
Dec 13 - Bound 2 Escape - book spotlight
Dec 13 - Reading Authors - book spotlight
Dec 14 - The Autistic Gamer - book spotlight
Dec 14 - The All Night Library - book spotlight
Dec 15 - Books for Books - book spotlight
Dec 15 - Library of Clean Reads - book spotlight
Dec 16 - Celticlady's Reviews - book spotlight
Dec 16 - Mystery Suspense Reviews - book spotlight
Dec 19 - Book Lover in Florida - book spotlight
Dec 19 - Heidi's Wanderings - book spotlight
Dec 20 - E-News With Jessy  - book spotlight
Dec 20 - Outset - Rakhi Jayashankar's Blog - book spotlight
Dec 21 - The Journey Back - book spotlight
Dec 21 - Bookworm for Kids - book spotlight
Dec 22 - StoreyBook Reviews - book spotlight
Dec 23 - Svetlana's Reads and Views - book spotlight



Cover Reveal: The Last Shadow Gate

Friday, November 18, 2016

Book Tour, Guest Post, and Giveaway: The Breedling and the City in the Garden

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The Breedling and the City in the Garden
by Kimberlee Ann Bastian

Synopsis:

Absolute obedience, servitude, neutrality.
These were the laws that once governed Bartholomew, an immortal soulcatcher, until one ill-fated night when he was forced to make a choice: rebel against his masters or reveal an ancient, dangerous secret.

He chose defiance.

Imprisoned for centuries as punishment for his decision, Bartholomew wastes away—until he creates an opportunity to escape. By a stroke of chance, Bartholomew finds himself in the human world and soon learns that breaking his bonds does not come without a price. Cut off from the grace that once ruled him, he must discover a new magic in 1930s Chicago.

Armed with only a cryptic message to give him direction, Bartholomew desperately tries to resume the mission he had started so long ago. Relying on the unlikely guidance of the streetwise orphan Charlie Reese, Bartholomew must navigate the depressed streets of the City in the Garden. But in order to solve this riddle, he must first discover if choice and fate are one in the same.

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About the Author


Kimberlee Ann Bastian has a unique love affair with American nostalgia, mythology, and endless possibilities. This melting pot of elements is what prompted the creation of her epic ELEMENT ODYSSEYS series, starting with the reboot of her debut novel now titled THE BREEDLING AND THE CITY IN THE GARDEN.

When she is not in her writer's room, working her current "day job", or consuming other literary worlds, she enjoys hiking and cycling around the bluffs of your Southeastern MN home and catching up on her favorite pop culture. ​

Connect with the author:  Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~Pinterest  ~ Instagram


Guest Post


A Historical Soundtrack

For me, music has always been a big part of my life, so when it came time to add some songs to The Breedling and the City in the Garden, I dug through the archives of the late 1920s and ‘30s. To get started, I first turned to the Grammy award winning soundtrack Oh, Brother Where Art Thou for inspiration. Set during the Depression Era, the film had its pulse on the vintage sound I was looking for and though a handful of the songs are original, I knew my story wouldn’t be complete without the 1928 classic Big Rock Candy Mountains by Harry McClintock. The folk song was an easy start to my soundtrack, but I knew I had to diversify, especially since the story takes place in Chicago.

I knew I needed to highlight the city’s timeless jazz/blues sound, and while on the hunt I discovered Fats Waller. Now, one of Waller’s most famous songs, Honeysuckle Rose, didn’t grab me the first time I heard it and I wasn’t even going to consider it, but what really sold me on Waller was his connection to Chicago. According to the late singer’s biography by Maurice Waller & Anthony Calabrese, Fats Waller was kidnapped while leaving a performance in Chicago in 1926. As the account goes, four men bundled him into a car and took him to the Hawthorne Inn, which was owned by Al Capone. Gun to his back, Waller was pushed towards a piano, and told to play. Terrified, Waller did as asked and later discovered he was the "surprise guest" for Capone's birthday party. But it was not just that night Waller played. According to rumors, Waller actually played for three days, upon which, after the third day, he left very drunk, extremely tired, and had earned thousands of dollars in cash from Capone and other party-goers as tips. With a story like that, Fats Waller had to be a part of my soundtrack and so his comical jazz tune made the cut.

For my next selection, I stumbled on the 1933 song, Stormy Weather. Originally sung and recorded by Ethel Waters at the Cotton Club in Harlem. Notably one of the first African American superstars, Ethel’s promising vocal career took her to the stage as well as motion pictures. I choose the song because of its foreshadowing element for the coming of the Black Blizzard. Later in the book, at the speakeasy, the resident Canary sings an unidentified song accompanied solely be a piano. I couldn’t find a specific song to feature in this scene, at least not one I liked, but I envisioned something closely related to Chicago The Musical’s When Your Good to Mama. The additional song the Canary sings in the speakeasy is the haunting Undertaker Blues by Rosa Henderson with The Kansas City Five. Oddly enough I came across the song on a 1920-1930s Halloween playlist just within the last rewrite of the novel. I couldn’t find any history on the song itself, but after listening to it a few times and reading through the lyrics, I knew I needed to feature it in the story.     

The two instrumental songs that exist in the book are both played on a single harmonica. The mouth organ or blue’s harp as it is sometimes known, became a character all its own, weaving a tune a regret, wickedness, and a lullaby throughout the story. The first one is the Snake Charmer’s Theme, played by Hades and the other is Jimmy’s Song, played by Charlie and Bartholomew. Both of these songs exist only in my head at the moment as I don’t actually play the harmonica. However, to get an idea of what the haunting sound of Hades’ tune would sound like I gathered inspiration from composer Ennio Morricone’s score The Man with the Harmonica from the film Once Upon a Time in the West, although image it without the added orchestra. For Jimmy’s Song, it is completely an original piece that features the harmonica as a soothing instrument, singing a somber lullaby, and unfortunately has no compatible comparison.

There were dozens of other songs that didn’t make the final cut, but a full listing can be found on YouTube @ https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrMO5LmKGw2LyHwg6-JMZq8vtwYEQxyDJ


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Monday, November 7, 2016

Book Tour, Review, and Giveaway: The Perfect Tear

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The Perfect Tear
by Connie Lansberg

Synopsis:

Eleanor, a timid orphan, has no clue to her real purpose, but she also has no desire to become a subservient old maid, like the miserable nuns she is forced to with. Eleanor believes Edward, whom she loves, will save her from being forced to take vows. She knows Mother Superior has no intention of letting her leave–her songs are the only thing keeping the grey mist at bay. Her devastation is complete when she discovers Edward is a prince and heir to the throne, but it is the impetus she needs to leave the safety of the abbey and go in search of her long lost father.

She doesn’t get far before discovering her true destiny. With only her instincts to protect her, she must match wits with a powerful being intent on the destruction of her world. If she does not find The Perfect Tear and release its healing power into the land, she will become an accomplice in the destruction of all she loves.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Life in the Danger Zone Release Day and Giveaway

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Hello Readers! Welcome to the Release Day Celebration for
Life in the Danger Zone by Patricia B. Tighe
presented by Swoon Romance!
Don't miss out on this new release, and be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Cover Reveal and Giveaway: The Breakup Support Group

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Hello Readers! Welcome to the Cover Reveal for
The Breakup Support Group by Cheyanne Young
presented by Swoon Romance!
Be on the lookout for this upcoming title!
Make sure you enter the giveaway found at the end of the post.

Monday, October 24, 2016

The Sound of Silver Book Birthday Tour!

Hello and welcome to The Sound of Silver birthday blog tour! I’m posting today about Rachelle Rea Cobb’s second installment in the Steadfast Love series, an inspirational historical romance set during the 16th century!

Rachelle is also the author of The Sound of Diamonds, the first book in the series, and a newlywed! This summer, she married a man with the same first name as the hero of the series! I’m joining in this blog tour to tell you a little more about Silver and spread the news about the rocking giveaway Rachelle is hosting—make sure you enter using the Rafflecopter form to win the lovely necklace pictured and your choice of any of the Steadfast Love titles!

Description


The Sound of Silver (Steadfast Love #2)
by Rachelle Rea

Synposis:
The stalwart saint and the redeemed rebel. One fights for faith, the other for honor…

After Dirk rescues Gwyneth from the Iconoclastic Fury, she discovers that faith is sometimes fragile—and hope is not as easy as it may seem. Gwyneth continues her quest to learn more about the love of God preached by Protestants she once distrusted.

Meanwhile, Dirk’s quest is to prevent his sullied name from staining hers. Will his choice to protect her prove the undoing of her first faltering steps toward a Father God? Once separated, will Dirk and Gwyneth’s searching hearts ever sing the same song?

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Book Review: Shades of Doon

Hello! Emily, here! I just wanted to let you know a couple things. I am planning on making some changes to this blog in the coming weeks, namely, moving this blog to Wordpress and possibly its own website. Also, I'm currently taking a class about Adobe Photshop and Illustrator, and I'm planning on incorporating what I'm learning to make some interesting images for this blog. Fingers crossed that everything goes as planned!

Today, I have a book review for Shades of Doon, which is co-authored by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon. For once, it's not a book I got specifically for review, and because of that, my review is a little bit more sporadic than usual and doesn't have a summary at the beginning for once. I hope you enjoy it.


Description


Shades of Doon (Doon #3)
by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon

Synopsis: 

After cheating death, Veronica Welling is determined to savor every moment in her idyllic kingdom with both her true love and best friend by her side at last. At the same time, Mackenna Reid is enthusiastically building her new life and a theater with her prince. But just as their dreams of happiness are within reach, the world Vee and Kenna have chosen is ripped away, leaving them to face their most horrific challenge yet—their old lives.

Thrust out of Doon, the best friends are confronted with tormentors from their past and no way to return to their adopted land. When the MacCrae brothers rush to their rescue, the girls' situation turns from nightmare to modern-day fairy tale. But their happiness could be short lived: unbeknownst to them, someone in their closest circle is aiding the witch of Doon in her bid to destroy the kingdom once and for all.

Find out more about Carey and Lorie and the Doon series at www.doonseries.com.


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Book Tour: "Hide it In Your Heart" Coloring Book


Book Review: "Gilt Hollow" by Lorie Langdon

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Gilt Hollow
by Lorie Langdon

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Willow Lamott’s best friend is a murderer, and no one in the small town of Gilt Hollow will let her forget it. For four long years, she’s tried to fade into the background—but none of that matters when Ashton Keller comes striding into school, fresh out of juvie and fueled by revenge. The moment their eyes meet, Willow no longer feels invisible. Drawn to the vulnerability behind Ashton’s mask of rage, she sinks deeper into his sinister world and begins to question whether he’s a villain, a savior, or both.

Ashton thought he wanted vengeance, until Willow reminded him what he’d been missing. Now he longs to clear his name and become the person she sees in him. But the closer they get to uncovering the truth, the darker the secrets become, and Ashton fears his return to Gilt Hollow will destroy everyone he loves, especially the girl he left behind.



Review


Four years ago, Willow’s best friend, Ashton, was sent to Juvenile Detention for manslaughter. She hasn’t heard anything from him in all that time, though she sent him dozens of letters and defended his innocence to anyone who would listen. Now, though, Ashton has been released from prison and is coming back to their town Gilt Hollow for revenge against those who falsely accused him. What does that mean for Willow, who Ashton believes deserted him?

Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon was an interesting book. It is a YA romance and mystery, the characters seniors in high school and the story revolving around the mystery of who is really the murderer. The murder mystery part of the plot was very intriguing. Someone was framing Ashton for the weird things that were happening in the town and high school—a shredded football uniform, a robbery, and more. The characters eventually started working together to discover who was framing him, and their discoveries kept me in suspense throughout. The setting was wonderfully described and used to the story’s advantage, as were the events and quirks in the town. I wasn’t always sure what to make of the romance though. We have this young man bent on revenge and this sweet girl trying to survive high school, and it was cute how everything turned out. But there were times when I wondered, with the knowledge that Willow had at the time, whether she should want a relationship with Ashton at all. He seemed creepy and cruel at times, though some of that was just her perception of him without all the facts, and made me wonder about the healthiness of their relationship. Everything turned out all right at the end, though. The characters were perfect for each other.

I enjoyed this novel and recommend it to those who enjoy YA contemporary novels.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Monday, October 10, 2016

Book Review: "A Lady Unrivaled" by Roseanna White

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 A Lady Unrivaled (Ladies of the Manor #3)
by Roseanna M. White

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Lady Ella Myerston can always find a reason to smile--even if it's just in hope that tomorrow will be better than today. All her life everyone has tried to protect her from the realities of the world, but Ella knows very well the danger that has haunted her brother and their friend, and she won't wait for it to strike again. She intends to take action . . . and if that happens to involve an adventurous trip to the Cotswolds, then so much the better. 

Lord Cayton has already broken two hearts, including that of his first wife, who died before he could convince himself to love her. Now he's determined to live a better life. But that proves complicated when old friends arrive on the scene and try to threaten him into a life of crime. He does his best to remove the intriguing Lady Ella from danger, but the stubborn girl won't budge. How else can he redeem himself, though, but by saving her--and his daughter--from those dangerous people who seem ready to destroy them all?



Review


The problem with the Fire Eyes (red diamonds) has not gone away, and Lady Ella is determined to work with Duke Justin, Duchess Brook, and their cousin Lord Cayton to thwart Lady Pratt and her brother Lord Rushworth once and for all. But what happens when Ella discovers that she has unknowingly had the diamonds all along, creepy Lord Rushworth decides to court her, and Lord Cayton is working as a double agent and fake-courting her also?

A Lady Unrivaled was a beautiful end to the Ladies of the Manor trilogy by Roseanna M. White. Both of the main characters had made appearances in the previous novels, and it was sweet to watch them fall in love, if rather unwillingly at first. Lady Ella had already been one of my favorites and, perhaps, the character most like me in the series. Lord Cayton was not a character I particularly cared for in the previous books, since he broke the heart of one of Brook’s cousins and married for money, but the growth that began in him in The Reluctant Duchess continued, making him a wonderful main character. Both he and Ella struggled with some insecurity issues due to some of their previous mistakes, and it was wonderful to see them change and mature in the light of God’s and each other’s love. The situation with the Fire Eyes was the other major conflict A Lady Unrivaled. Lord Rushworth was as determined as ever to get the diamonds, though he claimed the only reason was to save his sister from the “Russian mobster” who already gave them a down payment. He was dark and creepy as usual, but seeing him with a shard of humanity through his attraction to Ella somehow made him even worse. He is not an enemy I would want—much less a suitor! The conclusion of this tale was immensely satisfying and tied up a few loose ends with the other characters, including Lady Pratt’s grief over her lost son and what to do with the Fire Eyes for good.

I enjoyed this novel and this trilogy very much and would recommend it to those who like sweet historical romances.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Book Tour & Review: "Brainwalker"