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.

Royals 1
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.

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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!

Internet Famous

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


✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★

🎲 Amazon US 🎲 Amazon UK 🎲 B&N 🎲 iTunes 🎲 Kobo 🎲

​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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Checkmate Boxed Set by Kennedy Fox + Excerpt & Giveaway!

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 Title: Checkmate Boxed Set

Series: Checkmate Duet (Travis & Viola)
Titles Included: Checkmate: This is War & Checkmate: This is Love

Author: Kennedy Fox

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Trope: Enemies to Lovers
Photographer & Designer: Sara Eirew

Release Date: April 5, 2017

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 Synopsis

Travis King is the worst kind of asshole 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 manwhore 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.

*Recommend for ages 18+ due to sexual content and adult language.*

Excerpt

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Watching Viola’s cheeks turn bright red gives me a thrill every time. She’s easy to rile up, even easier to embarrass. She pretends to hate me, but let’s be honest, there’s hardly anything about me worth hating. Even when she was just ten years old and we’d just met, I could make her blush without even speaking.

I work out every chance I get, eat right, and work my ass off both in and out of the gym. When I’m not working out or at my job, I enjoy other types of recreation.

Currently her name is Rachel and she’s basically salivating at the mouth as she waits for me to give her what she’s begging for.

I give in, of course.

I’m a guy after all.

When we’re both sated and panting next to each other, I clean up and pull my boxer shorts back up. She curls her body around mine and places a quick kiss on my shoulder. “Are you kicking me out now?”

I look over my shoulder and give her a sympathetic grin. “Sorry, babe. No sleepovers.”

That’s not entirely a rule set in stone, but I prefer to sleep alone. Especially if there’s no chance of morning sex the next day. I get up at five a.m. and head to the gym before I have to be to work at eight.

“All right.” She gets up and searches for her clothes. Once she’s dressed, she grabs her purse and walks over for a goodbye kiss. “Call me later.”

“Sure.” I escort her out of the house and kiss her once more before shutting the door. I spin around and nearly run over Viola as she passes in the hall.

“Aw…another victim released. How sweet of you.”

“They aren’t victims if they’re willing,” I retort matter-of-factly.

“Well, they’re airheads if they are.” She continues walking to the kitchen and reluctantly I follow.

“You sure sound pretty envious.”

“It’s not. It’s pity. There’s a difference.” She opens the fridge and reaches for a bottle of water.

“Trust me…she’s not feeling any amount of pity right about now.” I lean up against the doorframe and watch her take a long drink.

“If not pity, then definitely regret. Or perhaps she’s wondering where the nearest clinic is so she can get tested.” She takes another pull of her water and ignores my glare.

“Just because a woman likes sex, doesn’t make her an airhead. But you wouldn’t know that would you? Not when you keep your V-card hostage like it’s a million-dollar diamond.”

“For the hundredth time, I’m not a virgin!” she retorts sharply. “Just because I don’t spread my legs as much as a gymnast, doesn’t mean I’m a prude.”

“Well it sure as hell doesn’t make you a delight.”

She tosses the bottle out and steps toward me, shoving her shoulder against me as she walks past. “Knowing how to use your dick doesn’t make you a god, Travis.”

I spin around and face her as she walks away. “You speak as if you know from experience.”

“Trust me. The walls are thin. The entire neighborhood knows from experience,” she calls over her shoulder.

“So are you saying I should be sorry for knowing how to use my dick?”

She freezes and turns toward me. “No, you should be sorry for anyone that falls for your shit that gets them into your bed in the first place.” She presses her lips together in a fake smile and walks down the hall and back to where Drew is still playing his game.

I don’t know what her problem is, but I’m determined to find out.

It’s already ten o’clock, and I have a long day at the office tomorrow, but I can’t get Viola off my mind long enough to fall asleep.

This never happens by the way.

Okay, well, maybe it does. Only when she gets under my skin, which happens to be all the damn time.

But you can’t blame me. She’s always perfect and proper, never wrong and always knows the answer to everything. She’s that annoying smart kid in class that always fucks up the grading curve for everyone else. The one that wears modest clothes but somehow always ends up looking sexy as fuck.

On the outside, Viola Fisher is the poster child of innocence and purity. But I know better.

Viola Fisher has tattoos and a right hook that could make any grown man cry.

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The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead Paperback Release & GIVEAWAY!!!

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Hi Everyone!

I’m so happy to share The Glittering Court paperback release with all of you. I first fell in love with Richelle Mead’s writing after a friend suggested Vampire Academy to me. The rest was history after that. The Glittering Court is an amazing book. I hope y’all enjoy reading it and don’t forget to enter the giveaway for one of TEN copies available! Thank you to Chelsea and the wonderful people at Penguin Teen!

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GLITTERING COURT SUMMARY:
Big and sweeping, spanning from the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join 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. Adelaide naturally excels in her training, and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and then when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.

But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands…

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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.

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