Hunting Prince Dracula: Giveaway & Top 10 Favorite Traits of Audrey & Thomas

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Hi everyone! I’m so happy to be talking about Hunting Prince Dracula today! I LOVED this book and devoured it. I highly recommend both it and Stalking Jack the Ripper if you haven’t read that for some odd reason. Kerri’s ability to transport you into the world of Audrey and Thomas is spectacular.  I loved the setting of Romania and Bran Castle. I wanted to roam the halls with Audrey & Thomas and visit the little town of Brasov. I wished I was the one traveling down the secret passageways with them to discover new mysteries. The supporting characters were fantastic too! I absolutely adored Daciana and Ileana and I hope to see them pop up in book three! This mystery was so fun to solve. I figured it out right before the reveal and was completely shocked. I won’t spoil it, but you’ll probably never guess who the killer is. (insert evil laugh)

Onto the real reason for this blog post, my top ten favorite traits of Audrey and Thomas! I’ve decided to break it down by including four personal traits for each and then two that they share. Up first is Audrey…

Audrey is an intelligent, curious, determined, and plucky woman. She is someone I aspire to be and dream of being friends with. Her determination in every aspect of her life makes me want to be more confident. I love how she never backs down and doesn’t conform to society’s rules. Her pluckiness (or bravery) is admirable and also scary at times. She seems to have no fear and sometimes that isn’t always the best. Her curiosity also gets her in trouble sometimes, but  it also leads her to great discoveries. Lastly, her intelligence is something that surprises me time and time again. She always seems to see the bigger picture and is quick to deduce what’s happened.

“Do you have any idea how difficult it is for me? Most men do not take me seriously based on the skirts I wear, and then you go and prove them right! I am not less than, Thomas.” – Audrey

Thomas has been one of my favorite male literary characters in the past few years. I love his snarky/witty disposition, his compassion for those he loves, his attention to detail, and his ability to be quick on his feet. One of the first things you learn about Thomas is his ability to remember or pick out the most minute details. As a scientist, I find this trait one of my absolute favorites, because it’s something I have to do. This skill of deduction has helped both Audrey and himself multiple times, as has his quick responses. I wish I was able to think as quickly on my feet as Thomas seems to. That and his witty banter has gotten him out of many a sticky situation. That witty banter and snark with Audrey is what makes me swoon. Whenever I think of their dialogue, I can’t help but think of my favorite couple, Logan and Veronica from Veronica Mars (I can get VMars into any post!). Their love hate relationship is what makes you yearn for more. Which leads to his compassion for those he loves. Thomas is the kind of man that will be there for you through thick and thin. He protects and supports those he loves, which I find beyond admirable.

“Your brain is quite appealing. Even in the face of all this, by far my favorite asset of yours.” – Thomas to Audrey

My final two favorite traits go hand in hand. The way Audrey and Thomas work together and also compliment each other is a wonderful thing. It feels as though they know what the other is thinking and they use that to their every advantage. They are always there for each other, no matter the cost. At times Audrey can be brash or impulsive and Thomas is there to reel her in and calm her down. I’m going to refer back to Veronica Mars again, but their dynamic reminds me so much of Logan & Veronica’s. They play off each other so well and bring out both the best and worst in each other.

“When Father had announced Thomas would escort me to academy along with Mrs. Harvey due to his illness, I’d practically chocked on my soup course while Thomas winked over his.” – Audrey

I hope you enjoyed my little analysis of Audrey and Thomas. I also hope you enjoy HPD as much as I did and I can’t wait to hear everyone’s guesses on who the killer is. But more importantly, thoughts on where they think book three takes place! I have many theories and have even shared a few with Kerri. The sleuth in me needs to solve this mystery! Below you’ll find a description of the book, a little more about Kerri, links to buy HPD, links to keep in touch with Kerri, and a GIVEAWAY!!!!

Screen Shot 2017-09-08 at 8.59.02 PMDescription: In this hotly anticipated sequel to the haunting #1 bestseller Stalking Jack the Ripper, bizarre murders are discovered in the castle of Prince Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. Could it be a copycat killer…or has the depraved prince been brought back to life?

Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine…and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.

But her life’s dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.

GIVEAWAY

Purchase Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleBooks-A-MillionBook DepositoryTarget

READ THE FIRST CHAPTER ON ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: READ IT HERE!

Screen Shot 2017-09-08 at 8.58.49 PMAbout the Author:
Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats.

Her first novel in this series, Stalking Jack the Ripper, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. It incorporates her love of forensic science and unsolved history.

Follow Kerri on Social media links:

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Week One
August 21st ~ Paper Cuts: Hunting Prince Dracula Playlist
August 22nd ~ Literary Legionnaire: Review of Hunting Prince Dracula
August 24th ~ Arctic Books: Hunting Prince Dracula Playlist
August 25th ~ 21st Century Once Upon A Times: A “Drink Your way through SJTR: Tea Edition”
Week Two
August 28th ~ Hiver Et Café: History of Prince Dracula
August 29th ~ Justice Reads: Review of Hunting Prince Dracula
August 30th ~ Nicole’s Novel Reads: Travelling Etiquette and tips for Victorian Women
August 31st ~ Sophie Reads YA: Favourite Stalking Jack the Ripper Fanart
September 1st ~ LILbooKlovers: Top Ten Quotes from Stalking Jack the Ripper
Week Three
September 4th ~ One Way or An Author: Hunting Prince Dracula Phone Backgrounds
September 5th ~ A Blinding Book: Hunting Prince Dracula Aesthetic
September 6th ~ Rants & Raves: Review & Snacks
September 7th ~ Rattle the Stars: Hunting Prince Dracula Playlist
September 8th ~ A Gingerly Reviews: Hunting Prince Dracula Review 
Week Four
September 11th ~ The Plot Bunny: Hunting Prince Dracula Ctomer Ideas
September 12th ~ Blame it on The Books: Hunting Prince Dracula Review
September 13th ~ The Reader & the Chef : Hunting Prince Dracula’s Menu
September 14th ~ Books, Tv, and More…Oh MY!!: Top Ten Favourite Traits of Audrey & Thomas
September 15th ~ Unquenchable Reads : GIF, GIFS, and more GIFS
Week Five
September 18th ~ Rattle the Pages : A Glimpse Back in Time: Vlad The Impaler edition
September 19th ~ Beyond the Book Reviews: Character Wears of the 21st Century
September 20th ~ The Heart of a Book Blogger : Hunting Prince Dracula Mood Board
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Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts: A Mini Review

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I know it’s been forever since I’ve posted. Life has been very hectic these past few months. Getting back to the blog will hopefully be my Fall resolution. Anyway, onto the main topic… Royal Bastards!

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I heard about this book what seems like forever ago. I think Andrew Shvarts was in a swanky seventeen Facebook chat or something when I first “met” him. He pitched his book and I was hooked. I LOVE GoT and while I’m not a huge fantasy fan, when written right, I love it. This book was pitched as GoT meets Six of Crows, which I haven’t read yet.  I know, I know I’ll get to it. It definitely resonated with the GoT angle. The characters are amazing and fun to follow. You feel like you’re there traveling across the country and fighting with them.

Below is a short review with minimal spoilers.

I enjoyed this book so much! I loved the world of Novaris and the people in it. Till was fierce and the type of girl I’d want to be best friends with. Jax and Zell were opposites, yet so similar and their heroism really resonated with me. Lyriana was so special. I was blown away by her character the most and how she transformed from start to end. I’m not mentioning the other person in the group because I dislike him so much. Shvarts wrote him well, because you never saw it coming. I’m very excited for book 2!

I highly recommend this book to fantasy lovers and to those wanting to travel across country with a rag tag group of Bastards.

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Synopsis:

Being a bastard blows. In ROYAL BASTARDS (On Sale 6/6/17) the bastards of nobles witness their parents instigate a violent coup, and must band together to get the truth to the king before their kingdom plunges into civil war. With an addicting ensemble cast of characters, life-or-death stakes, and tongue-in-cheek humor, this fantasy novel, the first in a trilogy, dares readers to put it down, and makes a perfect crossover read.

 

ROYAL BASTARDS Advanced Coverage:

Entertainment Weekly’s “35 Most Anticipated YA Novels of 2017” 

Goodreads “Most Popular Books Published In May 2017” 

Bustle’s “The Most Anticipated Young Adult Debuts of 2017—From February to June” 

Brightly’s “17 of the Most Exciting YA Books to Read in 2017” 

Culturess’s “12 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2017” 

B&N Teen Blog’s “Your 2017 2017 YA Pre-Order Guide” 

“This is one of those rare books that had me laughing and crying within a paragraph.”

—Cinda Williams Chima, New York Times bestselling author of the Seven Realms series

“We cannot wait for this high-stakes, edge of your seat fantasy.”—Bustle

“Adventure-loving fantasy readers will eat it up.” Kirkus Reviews

First in a planned series, Shvarts’s action-packed debut champions diversity, counsels perseverance, and highlights the human cost of war.” Publishers Weekly

Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead: Female Royalty by Birthstone & GIVEAWAY!

Hi everyone! Welcome to the blog.

I’m so excited to be on the Midnight Jewel blog tour! If you weren’t aware, Midnight Jewel is the second book by Richelle Mead in The Glittering Court series. There will be three books in the series and each is a standalone. While The Glittering Court was from Adelaide’s perspective, Midnight Jewel is from Mira’s, and the third book will be from Tamsin’s.

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Today on the blog I’m going to highlight some fierce, sometimes controversial, and strong women based on their birthstone. The Glittering Court is all about strong women who make a name for themselves. The jewels are also important, which is why I chose to focus on them for this post. I also was sent this fun quiz. What your favorite jewel says about you.

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January 22, 1797 – Maria Leopoldina of Austria
February 1, 1956 -Princess Stephanie of Monaco
March 25, 1347 -Catherine the Great
April 21, 1926 – Queen Elizabeth II
May 24, 1819 – Queen Victoria
June 18, 1901 – Grand Duchess Anastasia
Royals 2
July 1, 1961– Princess Diana
August 31, 1542 – Isabella de’ Medici
September 2, 1838 – Liliʻuokalani
October 15, 1959 – Sarah Duchess of York
November 2, 1755 – Marie Antoinette
December 8, 1542 – Mary, Queen of Scots
BOOK SUMMARY:

Screen Shot 2017-06-29 at 8.53.38 PMA refugee of war, Mira was cast out of her home country and thrust into another, where the conditions were inhospitable at best. In a life-altering twist of fate, she is given the chance to escape once more, and she takes it, joining the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. There, Mira finds herself subjected to persecution, not only from her fellow Glittering Court jewels, but from her suitors, as well—men she would potentially be expected to give her life to.

By day, she goes through the motions, learning the etiquette and customs that will help to earn her anonymity, even making a couple true friends in the process, the forthright ladies’ maid Adelaide and the ambitious laundress Tamsin. But by night, Mira hatches a different plan entirely—one that, if exposed, could get her hanged in the highest court of Adoria.

Goodreads | B&N | Amazon

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AUTHOR BIO:
RICHELLE MEAD is the #1 New York TimesUSA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Vampire Academy series and its spin-off series, Bloodlines. Originally from Michigan, she now lives in Seattle, Washington.

GIVEAWAY

Giveaway Legal Copy:
Enter for a chance to win one (1) of five (5) copies of Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead (ARV: $19.99 each). NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on June 26th, 2017 and 12:00 AM on July 17, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about July 21, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.
TOUR SCHEDULE:
Week One:
June 26 – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Top 5 Reasons to Read Glittering Court Before Midnight Jewel
June 27 – Mundie Moms – Favorite Quotes from Midnight Jewel
June 28 – Love Is Not A Triangle – Review
June 29 – A Perfection Called Books – Midnight Jewel Mood Board & Review
June 30 – BookCrushin – Top Leading Ladies Who Escaped Their Fates
Week Two:
July 3 – ButterMyBooks – Midnight Jewel Inspired Drink
July 4 – Books, TV, & More… Oh My! – Female Royalty By Birthstone
July 5 – A Page With A View – Midnight Jewel Photos & Review
July 6 – Once Upon A Twilight – Top 5 Reasons to Read Midnight Jewel
July 7 – YA Wednesdays – Couture Cloak & Dagger
Week Three:
July 10 – The Fandom
July 11 – Ex Libris – Review
July 12 – Novel Knight Reviews – A Book in Quotes
July 13 – The Eater Of Books! – Midnight Jewel Swoon Thursday
July 14 – Fiction Fare – Review

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss: Top Five Secret Societies!

Hi everyone! I’m here to kick off the blog tour for The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter. This book immediately grabbed my attention. Bad ass women, Check! Characters that are inspired by some of my favorite horror characters, Check! Solving murders, Check! Secret societies, Check!

Once I saw that the book featured a secret society, I knew what I wanted to pitch for a blog post. I’m fascinated by secret societies. I know a few people in one of the more well known secret societies and the fact they still won’t tell me anything kills me. I just wanna know! So below I’m going to talk about five of the better known secret societies and where you can see them in literature and the entertainment world.

My Top Five Secret Societies!

Skull & Bones – It’s an undergraduate senior secret society that was formed in 1832 at Yale University. Until 1991, the Skull and Bones were a male only secret society. “Tap Day”, held every spring since 1879, is when 15 men (and now  women) are chosen to become a member of the Skull and Bones. Those most likely to get tapped are students who are well connected and campus leaders. Some well-known members (past and present) are William Taft, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush and John Kerry. In entertainment, the Skull and Bones society is portrayed in The Skulls I, II, & III and in Gilmore Girls (Life & Death Birgade).

Freemasons – The Freemasons consist of a fraternal organizations that can trace back to the stonemasons and the 14th century. There are different levels within the freemason structure, Apprentice, Journeyman, and Master Mason and two main groups that are recognized, Regular and Continental (allows women) Freemasonry. The tradition (Regular) freemason lodge does not allow women, bans religious and political conversation, and requires that every member believe in a supreme being. It is estimated that there are around six million members worldwide. The first Freemason Lodge in America was formed in 1715 in Pennsylvania. Fourteen US Presidents were Freemasons as well as, Ben Franklin, Paul Revere, & John Hancock. You can find references to the Freemasons in National Treasure and Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon series. It is said that the Freemason’s work is all over DC & US government buildings.

Illuminati – On May 1, 1776, the Illuminatenorder (Order of Illuminati) was formed by Adam Weishaupt in Germany and was originally named the Perfectibilists (Covenant of Perfectibility). The main goals of this new secret society were to oppose obscurantism, religious influence over public life, superstition, and the abuses of state power. The Illuminati were based on the Freemasons, and had three levels for members to be ranked, Novice, Minerval, and Illuminated Minerval. Weishaupt favored members who were rich, docile, willing to learn and between the ages of 18-30. While the Illuminati did spread, they eventually declined due to internal dissention and the banning of secret societies in 1785 by Karl Theodor. Many theorize that the Illuminati are responsible for major historical events such as the French Revolution, Battle of Waterloo & the assassination of JFK. You can find the Illuminati mentioned in Angels & Demons by Dan Brown and War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy.

Sons of Liberty – Formed in 1765 to protect the rights of the American colonists, the Sons of Liberty also fought against taxation by the British government. One of their biggest accomplishments was in battling the Stamp Act of 1765. They fought to get the act repealed and then disbanded shortly after. Their motto, “No taxation without representation” is still widely known today. Many prominent men of early American society were members, including Sam Adams, Patrick Henry, Paul Revere, and John Hancock. Most notably, the Sons of Liberty were mentioned in the hit Broadway play Hamilton. In the song Yorktown, Hercules Mulligan sings, “I am runnin’ with the Sons of Liberty and I am lovin’ it.”

Knights Templar – One of the oldest secret societies, the Knights Templar was founded in 1119 and is said to be active from 1129-1312. The Knights Templar were skilled fighting units in the Crusades and were a widely popular charity throughout Christendom. Members, who didn’t fight, managed the economical infrastructure and developed early forms of banking. When the Holy Land was lost and the secrecy of the society caused distrust, the order declined. King Philip of France, used this distrust and decline to his advantage, arrested members in France, and burned them at the stake. The Freemason’s seemed to have taken a note from the Knights Templar, in that they also have three ranks, the noble knights, the non-noble sergeants, and the chaplains. They also had Grand Masters, who held the position for life. The Templars funded many building projects across Europe, many of which are still standing (Temple Bar & Temple Underground station in London). Like many of the societies mentioned above, the Knights Templar were mentioned in the Da Vinci Code & National Treasure. There are also rumors and theories that the Templars were in possession of or charged with protecting the Holy Grail and Ark of the Covenant.

Screen Shot 2017-06-19 at 6.00.44 PMABOUT THE STRANGE CASE OF THE ALCHEMIST’S DAUGHTER:

Based on some of literature’s horror and science fiction classics, this is the story of a remarkable group of women who come together to solve the mystery of a series of gruesome murders—and the bigger mystery of their own origins.

Mary Jekyll, alone and penniless following her parents’ death, is curious about the secrets of her father’s mysterious past. One clue in particular hints that Edward Hyde, her father’s former friend and a murderer, may be nearby, and there is a reward for information leading to his capture…a reward that would solve all of her immediate financial woes.

But her hunt leads her to Hyde’s daughter, Diana, a feral child left to be raised by nuns. With the assistance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, Mary continues her search for the elusive Hyde, and soon befriends more women, all of whom have been created through terrifying experimentation: Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherin Moreau, and Justine Frankenstein.

When their investigations lead them to the discovery of a secret society of immoral and power-crazed scientists, the horrors of their past return. Now it is up to the monsters to finally triumph over the monstrous.

LINKS: Amazon | B&N | Goodreads

Screen Shot 2017-06-19 at 6.00.29 PMABOUT THEODORA GOSS:

Theodora Goss’s publications include the short story collection In the Forest of Forgetting (2006); Interfictions (2007), a short story anthology coedited with Delia Sherman; Voices from Fairyland (2008), a poetry anthology with critical essays and a selection of her own poems; and The Thorn and the Blossom (2012), a two-sided novella in an accordion format. She has been a finalist for the Nebula, Crawford, Locus, and Mythopoeic Awards, and on the Tiptree Award Honor List. She has won the World Fantasy and Rhysling Awards.

LINKS: Website | Twitter

Tour Schedule:

Week 1:
6/26: TV, Books, & More … Oh My! – Top 10 Secret Societies
6/27: Resch Reads and Reviews – Makeup Looks
6/28: Wandering Bark Books – Guest Post
6/29: In Wonderland – Q&A
6/30: Avid Reader – Review 

Week 2:
7/3: Books Are Love – Q&A
7/4: Reading Is Better With Cupcakes – Review
7/5: Just Commonly – Review
7/6: Miranda’s Book Blog – Guest Post
7/7: The Book Return – Review

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss: Blitz

Screen Shot 2017-06-19 at 6.00.44 PMABOUT THE STRANGE CASE OF THE ALCHEMIST’S DAUGHTER:

How do I explain how amazing this book is? TSCotAD features found families, monster girls, snarky meta, and Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson all wrapped up in an incredible Victorian Era bow. Brianna took this book to London with her and devoured it. Hopefully you’ll love it just as much as she does!
 
Based on some of literature’s horror and science fiction classics, this is the story of a remarkable group of women who come together to solve the mystery of a series of gruesome murders—and the bigger mystery of their own origins.

Mary Jekyll, alone and penniless following her parents’ death, is curious about the secrets of her father’s mysterious past. One clue in particular hints that Edward Hyde, her father’s former friend and a murderer, may be nearby, and there is a reward for information leading to his capture…a reward that would solve all of her immediate financial woes.

But her hunt leads her to Hyde’s daughter, Diana, a feral child left to be raised by nuns. With the assistance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, Mary continues her search for the elusive Hyde, and soon befriends more women, all of whom have been created through terrifying experimentation: Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherin Moreau, and Justine Frankenstein.

When their investigations lead them to the discovery of a secret society of immoral and power-crazed scientists, the horrors of their past return. Now it is up to the monsters to finally triumph over the monstrous. 

LINKS: Amazon | B&N 

Screen Shot 2017-06-19 at 6.00.29 PMABOUT THEODORA GOSS:

Theodora Goss’s publications include the short story collection In the Forest of Forgetting (2006); Interfictions (2007), a short story anthology coedited with Delia Sherman; Voices from Fairyland (2008), a poetry anthology with critical essays and a selection of her own poems; and The Thorn and the Blossom (2012), a two-sided novella in an accordion format. She has been a finalist for the Nebula, Crawford, Locus, and Mythopoeic Awards, and on the Tiptree Award Honor List. She has won the World Fantasy and Rhysling Awards.

LINKS: Website | Twitter

Check back on June 26th for my blog tour post and a giveaway!

Internet Famous by Danika Stone: Interview & Giveaway!

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Synopsis :

High school senior and internet sensation Madison Nakama seems to have it all: a happy family, good grades, and a massive online following for her pop-culture blog. But when her mother suddenly abandons the family, Madi finds herself struggling to keep up with all of her commitments.

Fandom to the rescue! As her online fans band together to help, an online/offline flirtation sparks with Laurent, a French exchange student. Their internet romance—played out in the comments section of her MadLibs blog—attracts the attention of an internet troll who threatens the separation of Madi’s real and online personas. With her carefully constructed life unraveling, Madi must uncover the hacker’s identity before he can do any more damage, or risk losing the people she loves the most… Laurent included.

Interview:

1) You’ve written multiple books that deal with fandoms, what are some of your fandoms?

My fandom involvement tends to go in waves. I also tend to shift fandoms by television seasons. My very first fandoms were The X-Files, Twin Peaks, Star Trek and Dr. Who. Currently, I’m obsessed with The 100, the entire Marvel universe, The Walking Dead (though that’s mainly for Darryl and Carol) and The Star Wars franchise (especially The Force Awakens, Rogue One, and any storyline that includes a young Leia Organa).

2) What do you enjoy writing more, YA or mystery/thriller?

I love both, and that’s not a cop-out. I really do! YA allows me to explore coming-of-age challenges and youthful perspective. There’s a real joy to giving voice to stories I think need to be shared. I also LOVE YA fans. They are so open and caring that I can’t help but want to do and write better books for them!

The flip side is that mystery/thrillers let me go into the darkest part of the human mind. I adore the complex plotting that goes into them, and I love working with my editor, Dinah, to weave a story so water-tight that readers have to keep turning the pages to find out if they have guessed the ending or not.

3) You’ve worked with SwoonReads on multiple books. What do you love about working with them?

The Swoon team is absolutely AMAZING! They are so hands-on and accessible. I never feel like I’m writing into the void. I can just call them up (or in my case do a Google Hangout) and actually talk through story ideas and editing issues. If you are a writer and are looking for a place to submit, I’d strongly encourage Swoon Reads. They are incredible!

4) Would you want to be internet famous?

Yes! The great thing about internet fame is that – for the most part – your daily life gets to stay sane. Of course if I had to deal with trolls the way Madi does in Internet Famous, I’d probably change my mind.

5) What other upcoming projects do you have in the works?

My most current book is The Dark Divide, the sequel to my mystery/thriller Edge of Wild. It’s coming out sometime late next year or early the next. There is also an as-yet-untitled contemporary YA which I’m editing at the moment, set to come out from Swoon Reads. (No date set as of yet.) And, of course, there are about a hundred WIPs!

Random Fire:
1) Favorite female literary character?

Ack! Just one? I suppose I’ll go with Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games trilogy.

2) Hot or Cold?

I like cold weather more than hot. (That’s a good thing since I live in Canada!)

3) If you weren’t a writer, what would be your dream job?

Writing is definitely my dream job in this universe, but in another one, I’d LOVE to be that person at the zoo who gets to foster wild baby animals. I would pay for the chance to bottle-feed a lion cub or fluff up the fur of a baby otter so it could float. *sighs*

4) Favorite social media site?

I probably spend most of my time on Twitter, but I ADORE Tumblr, simply because the posts are so much more detailed.

My Thoughts:

I haven’t had the pleasure of reading this book yet, but based on the other books of Danika’s that I’ve read I know this one will be great too! I’ve had mine preordered for months! Also go read Edge of Wild! It’s an amazing thriller that keeps you guessing til the very end and I can’t wait for the sequel to it!

Goodreads Link

Preorder Links: Amazon- US / Amazon – UK / Barnes & Nobles / Book Depository

DanikaStonePortrait2About the Author:

Danika Stone is an author, artist, and educator who discovered a passion for writing fiction while in the throes of her Masters thesis. A self-declared bibliophile, Danika now writes novels for both teens (All the Feels and Internet Famous) adults (Edge of Wild and Intaglio). When not writing, Danika can be found hiking in the Rockies, planning grand adventures, and spending far too much time online. She lives with her husband, three sons, and a houseful of imaginary characters in a windy corner of Alberta, Canada.

Social Media: Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / YouTube / Tumblr / Pinterest

Ms. Stone is represented by Morty Mint of Mint Literary Agency.

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Tour Schedule:

Name Post Type Date Blog URL
MAY
Christine Mood board 22 Tine Reviews https://tinesreviews.wordpress.com/
Jordan Interview 23 The Heart of a Book Cover theheartofabookblogger.com
Fatima Guest Post 24 Fafa’s Book Corner: https://fafasbookcorner.wordpress.com/
Bianca Interview 25 The Ultimate Fangirl https://notoriouslaylow.wordpress.com
Brooke Review 26 The Cozy Little Book Nook http://thecozylittlebooknook.weebly.com/blog
Heather Guest Post 29 The Hermit Librarian http://thehermitlibrarian.wordpress.com
Cilla Review 30 Paved with Books pavedwithbookss.blogspot.com
Jamie Review 31 Books and Ladders http://booksandladders.blogspot.com/
JUNE
Nicole Lynn Review 1 Boundless Bookaholic http://www.boundlessbookaholic.com/
Breanna Guest Post 2 Recommends Book https://recommendsbook.wordpress.com/
Emily Interview 5 Little Book Wyrm http://www.little-book-wyrm.com
Amber Excerpt 6 Bookstackamber bookstacksamber.wordpress.com
Ardis Review 7 Pondering the Prose http://ponderingtheprose.blogspot.com
Bayy Guest Post 8 Bayy in Wonderland bayyinwonderland.wordpress.com
Annalisse Review 9 Hopeful Reads hopefulreads.wordpress.com
Sara Excerpt 12 A Gingerly Review https://agingerlyreview.wordpress.com/
Wren Review 13 The Litaku http://thelitaku.blogspot.com/
Krystianna Review 14 Downright dystopian http://downrightdystopian.blogspot.com/
Kathleen Interview 15 Books, TV, & More… Oh My! kcmmp13.wordpress.com
Bonnie Excerpt 16 A Backwards Story http://abackwardsstory.blogspot.com/

 

Checkmate: This is Effortless by @KennedyFoxBooks: Teaser & Review

✩♕★CHECKMATE DUET SERIES by Kennedy Fox | @kennedyfoxbooks!★♕✩
Checkmate: This is Effortless (Drew & Courtney, #2) is now available!
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​This friends to lovers romance duet is filled with HUMOR, DRAMA, & SIZZLING CHEMISTRY!​ #1Click book 1 to meet #TeamDrewtney or grab book 2 for the conclusion of their love story!​ —-> http://amzn.to/2mXKLfq


✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★

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​Synopsis:

Courtney Bishop is as sugary sweet as her famous blueberry muffins.

Southern belle at heart, Cali girl by choice.

She barged into my life and easily became my best friend.

All was great as roommates and just friends, but then I fell for the girl who could chop firewood, deliver baby calves, and bail hay without breaking a sweat. 

She’s the perfect mixture of sugar and spice, and I love her.

Being more than friends and trying to build our future isn’t as easy as it sounds.

Moving forward and creating memories is all I want for us, but when the past continues to come back and haunt me, I’m not so sure she’ll stay for the ride. 

Loving her is easy, but losing her will break me. Burning passion combined with an undeniable chemistry constantly pushes and pulls us together. In the end, I’ll prove we’re worth the fight, even when the game is far from over.

Checkmate, sweetheart.​

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I absolutely loved this second book featuring Courtney and Drew. It picks up exactly where book one (This is Reckless) left off, and boy was that a cliffhanger! No spoilers, but I absolutely hate Mia and her craziness. She’s the worst for numerous reasons. I really hope she doesn’t appear in the next duet, but she is a great character that everyone loves to hate. One thing I love about this series is that past (Viola & Drew) and future (Logan & Kayla) main characters are featured and not just swept under the rug. I really enjoy the friendships between all these characters. Drew and Court go though a lot of ups and downs in this book and I think it emulates real life pretty well in that respect. I love seeing Court’s brothers again and would definitely read a book about them. I’m also curious to see where books 5 & 6 will take us with Logan and Kayla. This book will put you on a rollercoaster of emotions, but I promise you’ll want to go for the ride!

I was given a ARC of this book for an honest review.
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SST: Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman Q&A

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Hi everyone! Today on the blog is an interview with Laura Silverman, author of Girl Out of Water. Below is a synopsis & the interview!

Synopsis: 

Anise Sawyer plans to spend every minute of summer with her friends: surfing, chowing down on fish tacos drizzled with wasabi balsamic vinegar, and throwing bonfires that blaze until dawn. But when a serious car wreck leaves her aunt, a single mother of three, with two broken legs, it forces Anise to say goodbye for the first time to Santa Cruz, the waves, her friends, and even a kindling romance, and fly with her dad to Nebraska for the entire summer. Living in Nebraska isn’t easy. Anise spends her days caring for her three younger cousins in the childhood home of her runaway mom, a wild figure who’s been flickering in and out of her life since birth, appearing for weeks at a time and then disappearing again for months, or even years, without a word.

Complicating matters is Lincoln, a one-armed, charismatic skater who pushes Anise to trade her surfboard for a skateboard. As Anise draws closer to Lincoln and takes on the full burden and joy of her cousins, she loses touch with her friends back home – leading her to one terrifying question: will she turn out just like her mom and spend her life leaving behind the ones she loves.

Interview:

Girl out of Water sounds like an amazing coming of age story, what made you want to tell Anise’s story?

Thank you so much! Honestly, Anise told her own story. I definitely wanted to play with ideas of feeling trapped / being scared of losing home, but it wasn’t until I finished the book that I realized how much I connected to Anise on certain things. Just like Anise, I was really worried I’d lose important friendships when we parted ways for college, and that’s something you have to figure out your whole life. Good friends are always moving away. Sometimes you’re always moving away. You have to learn to put in some work, but you can definitely keep those important relationships, no matter the distance.

Do any of the characters stem from people you know or from people watching?

Most of the characters are pretty much their own. If I had to pick one I relate to most it’s probably Tess – Anise’s best friend. We’re both very loving and loyal and…honest haha…with our friends

How long was the process of writing Girl out of Water to getting it published?

I wrote the initial drafts over about six months. From there, I queried the manuscript and found my agent. We worked on it again and then went out on submission for an editor and publishing house. So there were a lot of lulls in between when I wasn’t actually working on the book, but from first idea to on the shelves it’s been close to three years.

What was your favorite part about writing Girl out of Water?

Ooh! That’s hard to choose! I think probably the draft right before I queried agents when everything started clicking – it was the first time I looked at it and was like, whoa, omg, this really could be an actual book. It was really satisfying to feel all of the hard work come together.  

Random Fire:
Favorite female literary character?

Awesome question! Some recent reads come to mind – Starr from THE HATE U GIVE and Molly from THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED.

If you weren’t a writer, what would be your dream job?

I also love freelance editing and at one point I was going to be a copywriter at an advertising agency, but those are pretty similar haha Totally out of the box? Being a doctor would be amazing, especially on the research end of things.

Favorite sport?

Soccer! I was never particularly athletic, but I loved it as a kid and wish it were more popular in America.

Links: Goodreads/Amazon/B&N

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Checkmate: This is Reckless by Kennedy Fox a Review

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I started the Checkmate series by Kennedy Fox a few months ago because it was recommended by so many fellow book bloggers. I absolutely loved Travis & Viola’s story in the first duology. The second duology focuses on Viola’s brother Drew & her best friend Courtney.

Their best friends turned lovers romance is one of my favorite. I love reading about these people that have a past together and through it all, they find each other. Now of course not everything can be rainbows and blueberry muffins. They both face hurdles and have to fight for each other. I enjoy that there are some struggles because not every relationship is perfect; however, I detest the character of Mia and all the drama she brings.

This is Reckless is full of amazing characters. I enjoyed reading more about Viola & Travis’ life. Meeting Logan, Drew’s parter on the force, and Kayla, Courtney & Viola’s friend. I have a hunch they’ll be the next duo to get a book. Plus I loved all the little nods to Benita & her BookBeau empire. I think the characters of Drew and Courtney are well developed and are relatable. I highly recommend this new adult book. It’s got fun, romance, sexy times, drama, and lots of blueberry muffins.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Checkmate Duet Boxed Set by Kennedy Fox Early Release!!!

Live Early! Available on Amazon for a special release day price of $4.99 or grab it free with your Kindle Unlimited subscription!

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This enemies to lovers romance duet is now in one complete boxed set where you’ll get plenty of laughs, banter, & steam!

Synopsis:

Travis King is the worst kind of a$$hole with good looks and enough confidence to last two lifetimes. Viola Fisher is a goodie two shoes know-it-all who prefers fictional love stories over her own. The only thing they have in common is their mutual hatred for each other.

She’s had a secret crush on him since she was ten but Travis has always made it very clear the feelings aren’t mutual. He’s cruel, crass and takes every opportunity to get under Viola’s skin. She’s smart, beautiful, and too good to be true. Hating him is her religion but needing her is his.

Although Viola loathes his very existence, against her better judgment she let him into her bed. Her sexy curves and filthy smart mouth make Travis want her even more and although she’s succumbed to his manwh*re ways, she’s determined to not let that change a thing.

Too bad he has other plans.

Viola’s always been off-limits, but Travis is determined to keep crossing that line. She can try to push him away, but he always gets what he wants and he’ll do anything to prove he’s done playing games.

Until then, they’ll play by their own rules to see who will win the biggest battle yet—love or hate?

Checkmate.

Price will increase to $6.99 so get it now!

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