Blog Tour: The Boyfriend Bracket

The Boyfriend Bracket
Kate Evangelista
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: June 19th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

The only way to get over a hopeless crush is to find someone new…Enter: The Boyfriend Bracket!

Putting a new spin on a classic trope, Kate Evangelista explores family bonds, changing relationships, and senior year as our heroine tries to get over her brother’s best friend.

Stella has had a hopeless crush on Will, her older brother’s best friend FOREVER, but now that Cam and Will have graduated and are going off to college, this year is her chance to really strike out on her own. Without her overprotective brother and his sidekick around to distract her, she can focus on having all the typical high school experiences that she’s always dreamed of―starting with finding a boyfriend! With the help of her best friend, Franklin, she comes up with the perfect plan to have a boyfriend by Christmas: The Boyfriend Bracket.

Or it seems like the perfect plan . . . right up until Will starts showing up again. How is she supposed to find the perfect boyfriend when none of her dates measure up to the one boy she can never have?

The Boyfriend Bracket puts a new spin on a classic genre in a fun, unforgettable way.

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Author Bio:

When Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn’t going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department of her university and never looked back. Today, she is a graduate of De La Salle University – Manila with an Bachelor of Arts in Literature. She taught high school English for three years and was an essay consultant for two. Currently she writes full time and is based in the Philippines. To learn more about Kate, please visit her website at http://www.kateevangelista.com or follow her on Twitter @KateEvangelista

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What inspired you to write The Boyfriend Bracket?

My editor and I were talking story ideas over the phone for my next book. When my editor suggested the brother’s best friend trope, it was like lightning hit me. The story formed in my head right away. That night I couldn’t wait to write the story that would eventually become The Boyfriend Bracket.

How do you decide on character names?

Early on in my writing career, character names needed to have meanings related to the character and the story. As I matured, I learned to wait until the character introduces himself or herself. Once I know their names, I usually start to know what their story is and how they fit into the world I’m building.

What are you planning on writing next?

I already have an idea for what the next book will be and am doing my research, but I’m keeping what it is to myself for now. I’ve also come to learn not to talk to much about what I’m working on next because the initial draft is never what the final story will be.

Any advice for aspiring authors?

Learn to love editing more than the writing. Editing is the lifeblood of a novel. Just think about the book you are currently reading and how many drafts it took for the final product to reach your hands. The editing process is usually the longest part of the process, which is why learning how to love it will help keep up your motivation when you no longer what anything to do with the story.

What books/authors inspired you?

Lisa Kleypas. Reading her work always inspires me to write. That’s why every book has an element of romance. My characters are falling in love no matter what. I can’t help myself. I love love and Kleypas delivers lots of it. She’s also awesome at creating interesting characters.

Did you always want to be an author?

No. I never thought about writing as a career. I was supposed to be a doctor. Then I because a teacher. Then an essay consultant. Only when I realized that writing was always there despite whatever job I was in. I was always happiest when writing. It took me a few years, but when I finally committed, I never looked back.

What kind of music did you listen to while writing?

Interesting fact, for this one, I didn’t listen to anything. I actually wrote The Boyfriend Bracket at night, when all was quiet. I turned down the lights and in the cocoon of darkness and silence the words flowed.

Current favorite tv show?

RuPaul’s Drag Race. I don’t know why it took me so long to watch this awesome show? I’m currently binging season 7. The queens get prettier and cattier with each new season. I totally recommend this show. I’ll even confess that I have a crush on RuPaul when he’s in drag. So gorgeous.

What’s your hogwarts house?

Gryffindor. Is it wrong that I want to be in another house? Ravenclaws are so interesting. Hufflepuffs are fun to hang out with. And Slytherins are darkly funny. Gryffindors are great too, but my heart is in another house.   

Other YA books you love? Give us some recs!

I’m currently reading Let’s Talk About Love by my Swoon sister Clair Kann. It’s definitely a recommend for me. I want to be friends with Alice and Takumi. Hanging out with them for an afternoon would be so fun. I suggest picking up this book when you grab a copy of The Boyfriend Bracket.

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Book Blitz: Superhero High

Superhero High
T.H. Hernandez
Published by: Soul Mate Publishing
Publication date: July 5th 2018
Genres: Adventure, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Sixteen-year-old Annarenee Stevens is the sole member of her family without a super power. The only time she feels powerful is in the pool. With her sights set on swimming for U.C. Berkeley, she’s ready to win it all at the State championship and secure her future.

When the government unexpectedly ends the secret Genetically Enhanced Asset (GEA) program, Annarenee is uprooted from Dayton, the only home she’s ever known, and relocated to San Diego with all of the other GEA families. Queen of her public school, Annarenee is just another zero at Superhero High, a school without any sports teams.

With the end of the program, her hero older brother now needs a college education, too, meaning the only way Annarenee is getting into Berkeley is on a scholarship. Her dream is slipping through her fingers, no matter how tightly she clings to it. To make matters worse, super hot superhero, Ren Gonzalez, is paying too much attention to her. The kind of attention that has Ren’s ex-girlfriend intent on making Annarenee’s life even more miserable.

But when heroes begin disappearing, zeros and heroes will be forced to team up in order to solve the mystery. If they don’t kill each other first.https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?ui=2&ik=5c9f152ab4&view=fimg&th=164391b5525e3ff0&attid=0.7&disp=inline&safe=1&attbid=ANGjdJ9RL8uPeWLs4DPl4f6a4cS1hD5GKAmjlIuTjOMLFDh-6aKUqH0CrL6GPcq7oIO6luHwHm8ywJSBMleZvmlkRhGW9FnZ9EAbYim-SxURX-aF847DQmH2lV4nV_o&ats=1529973571718&rm=164391b5525e3ff0&zw&sz=w4248-h2418

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Smith slides in beside me and drapes his arm around me, kissing the side of my head.

Ryan glances over his shoulder before backing up. “You guys are coming tonight, right?”

“Wouldn’t miss it,” Smith answers for both of us.

The drive to my house is less than five minutes. On the way Smith leans in and whispers in my ear, “Anyone going to be home?”

I shake my head then wonder if I should have lied. Smith’s been hinting more frequently that he wants to have sex. We’ve been dating for three months, but unlike Smith, I’m not ready. Call me old-fashioned, but I want my first time to be special. I like Smith, he’s cute, popular, and funny, but I’m not in love with him. Plus, I’m pretty sure you shouldn’t keep secrets from the person you share the most intimate part of yourself with, and I’m keeping a huge secret from Smith.

We pull up in front of my house, and Smith and I hop out, grabbing our stuff from the back.

“I’ll call you later,” Ronny yells as Ryan roars off.

I wave as they turn the corner and disappear, nerves twisting in my belly as Smith takes my hand. I glance at him, my gaze drawn to his crystal blue eyes beneath messy-wild blond hair. Smith moved here last summer and rapidly became one of the most popular guys in our class. He’s always tan and his body is cut, a result of time spent in the pool or surfing in his native Florida. Every single girl in our school, and possibly even a few with boyfriends, would be thrilled to have my problem. I need to figure this out soon before he decides he’s tired of waiting.

Smith guides me up the walkway toward the porch, and I wonder how far I can let him go this time before I put on the brakes.

Our front door opens and two men dressed in black suits, white button-ups, black ties, and sunglasses exit our house. The taller of the two seems to size me up behind his dark lenses before he nods and passes. I turn and watch them get into a black Escalade parked across the street.

My brother, Noah, cruises up and parks his vintage blue Mustang convertible in the driveway. He climbs out, his eyes glued to the SUV as it pulls away from the curb.

Smith snorts. “What are the Blues Brothers doing here?”

I don’t share his humor and instead turn toward my brother, eyebrows raised in silent question.

Noah shakes his head, and inside my own head, I hear, “I don’t know, they were blocking me.”

A chill runs through me starting in the pit of my stomach. It’s not unusual to get a visit from the Men in Black, but my parents should be at work, and Noah should still be at his school for another couple of hours. Something is wrong.

Don’t panic, AR,” Noah says in my head.

I turn to Smith, “Um, I’ll call you later, okay? Pick me up at eight?”

He leans in and kisses my cheek. “Sure. Wear something sexy.” He smiles and waggles his eyebrows.

Douchebag,” Noah says only to me before heading inside.

 

Author Bio:

T.H. Hernandez is the author of young adult books. The Union, a futuristic dystopian adventure, was a finalist in the 2015 San Diego book awards in the Young Adult Fiction category.

She loves pumpkin spice lattes, Game of Thrones, Comic-Con, Star Wars, Doctor Who marathons, Bad Lip Reading videos, and all things young adult, especially the three young adults who share her home.

When not visiting the imaginary worlds inside her head, T.H. Hernandez lives in usually sunny San Diego, California with her husband and three children, a couple of cats, and a dog who thinks he’s a cat, affectionately referred to as “the puppycat.”

You can find her online at http://thhernandez.com

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Superhero High by T.H. Hernandez Playlist

  • Luck by American Authors
  • Lampshades on Fire by Modest Mouse
  • Catch Me Now I’m Falling by The Kinks
  • Something Just Like This by Chainsmokers and ColdPlay
  • Hate Me by Blue October
  • So Alive by the Goo Goo Dolls
  • Waiting for Superman by Daughtry
  • Fade Into You by Mazzy Star
  • The Underdog by Spoon
  • Superhero by The Script
  • Hey Girl by Ingram Hill
  • Just Breathe by Eddie Vedder
  • Hero by Chad Kroeger

Excerpts

Excerpt #1

Smith slides in beside me and drapes his arm around me, kissing the side of my head.

Ryan glances over his shoulder before backing up. “You guys are coming tonight, right?”

“Wouldn’t miss it,” Smith answers for both of us.

The drive to my house is less than five minutes. On the way Smith leans in and whispers in my ear, “Anyone going to be home?”

I shake my head then wonder if I should have lied. Smith’s been hinting more frequently that he wants to have sex. We’ve been dating for three months, but unlike Smith, I’m not ready. Call me old-fashioned, but I want my first time to be special. I like Smith, he’s cute, popular, and funny, but I’m not in love with him. Plus, I’m pretty sure you shouldn’t keep secrets from the person you share the most intimate part of yourself with, and I’m keeping a huge secret from Smith.

We pull up in front of my house, and Smith and I hop out, grabbing our stuff from the back.

“I’ll call you later,” Ronny yells as Ryan roars off.

I wave as they turn the corner and disappear, nerves twisting in my belly as Smith takes my hand. I glance at him, my gaze drawn to his crystal blue eyes beneath messy-wild blond hair. Smith moved here last summer and rapidly became one of the most popular guys in our class. He’s always tan and his body is cut, a result of time spent in the pool or surfing in his native Florida. Every single girl in our school, and possibly even a few with boyfriends, would be thrilled to have my problem. I need to figure this out soon before he decides he’s tired of waiting.

Smith guides me up the walkway toward the porch, and I wonder how far I can let him go this time before I put on the brakes.

Our front door opens and two men dressed in black suits, white button-ups, black ties, and sunglasses exit our house. The taller of the two seems to size me up behind his dark lenses before he nods and passes. I turn and watch them get into a black Escalade parked across the street.

My brother, Noah, cruises up and parks his vintage blue Mustang convertible in the driveway. He climbs out, his eyes glued to the SUV as it pulls away from the curb.

Smith snorts. “What are the Blues Brothers doing here?”

I don’t share his humor and instead turn toward my brother, eyebrows raised in silent question.

Noah shakes his head, and inside my own head, I hear, “I don’t know, they were blocking me.”

A chill runs through me starting in the pit of my stomach. It’s not unusual to get a visit from the Men in Black, but my parents should be at work, and Noah should still be at his school for another couple of hours. Something is wrong.

“Don’t panic, AR,” Noah says in my head.

I turn to Smith, “Um, I’ll call you later, okay? Pick me up at eight?”

He leans in and kisses my cheek. “Sure. Wear something sexy.” He smiles and waggles his eyebrows.

“Douchebag,” Noah says only to me before heading inside.

Excerpt #2

“No running!” I yell at the boy who’s on his latest attempt to make cannonball history.

He slows his approach slightly before picking up speed again just before launching himself into the pool with a spectacular spray. Two girls in the splash zone scream and put their hands up to fend off the water, which is pointless considering they’re already drenched.

The kid pops up, shaking his head, water flying off the tips of his hair, further dousing the girls.

I blow my whistle and point at him, crooking my finger to let him know we need to talk.

He heads over to my chair and looks up at me with a sheepish grin that no doubt drives tween girls to fits of giggles. Not going to work on me.

“You need to sit out for ten minutes.”

“What? No!”

“Yes. I told you three times not to run.”

“But I can’t slip and fall,” he whines. “If I start to lose traction, I can levitate myself before I eat pavement.”

I roll my eyes. The Red Cross did not prepare me for lifeguarding superheroes. “There are other kids around here without that ability. If you run, they’ll think they can, too.”

He crosses his arms and mumbles a “fine” before slinking off and plunking himself down on one of the chairs.

“You should wear red more often,” says a low, sexy voice. I twist around and stare down into a pair of blue-green eyes. He’s grinning up at me, making him somehow even more attractive. “It’s definitely your color.”

Don’t smile, don’t smile, don’t smile. Oh hell, I’m smiling. “Your girlfriend doesn’t like you talking to me, you know.”

He leans his shoulder against the frame of my chair. “Here’s a little secret not too many people know—I don’t have a girlfriend.”

“I’m pretty sure the blonde I saw you with last week thinks you do.”

His grin only broadens. “She used to be my girlfriend, but she’s not anymore.”

“Interesting,” I say, because I don’t know what else to say. Is he being honest with me? It’s hard to tell. I study his face, trying to figure out if he’s only saying what he thinks I want to hear. I mean, she might’ve been a bitch to me, but she’s gorgeous. And why wouldn’t she be staking her claim on him? If he was my boyfriend, I’d be doing the same thing.

“Oh yeah? Why’s that?”

“What?” I forgot what the hell we were talking about.

“Why is that interesting?”

Oh shit. “Umm . . . I . . . uh, it was just something to say. It’s not interesting, or boring, it’s nothing.” I shrug in a way that I hope conveys how completely uninterested I am.

“Hey, Ren, quit wasting time with that zero and get over here,” says the dark-haired muscular boy that was with him the other day.

I glare at the boy, unsure how he knows who I am and whether or not I’m enhanced. A fight in the pool catches my attention and I blow my whistle, yelling at the group of boys to knock it off. When I turn back, Ren has joined his sister and the boy, although Lexie isn’t with them. Perhaps he was telling the truth.

Not that it matters anymore. Now that I’ve been outed as a zero, Ren Gonzalez won’t be wasting any more of his time on me.

Excerpt #3

Ren hands me the syllabus and we go through them together, with me highlighting some he should read and letting him choose some others. When I’m done, I hand the paper back to him and catch him staring at me, or more accurately, staring at my mouth.

Oh my God, is he . . .? No, he wouldn’t. My throat goes dry and I swallow hard. I should get up, but the thought of Ren’s lips pressed to mine keeps me from moving. My breathing escalates to the point that he must notice, and my hands curl and relax at my sides.

His gaze lifts to mine, and the vulnerability in his eyes steals my breath. I’ve never seen this side of him. Not really. He’s been unsure, or nervous, but not this. Ren searches my face for something, and I’m pretty sure all he’s going to see is pure fear. Because if I kiss this boy, nothing between us will be the same.

My tongue darts out and moistens my lips before I can acknowledge that probably wasn’t the best idea. His pupils dilate before his eyelids drift closed. He leans closer, tilting his head.

Holy crap, this is happening, and I’m not doing anything to stop it. Which means I must want this. My breath catches as my eyes close, and I wait for the soft brush of his lips. The mattress dips next to me, and the heat from his body’s proximity radiates to my arm and chest.

His warm breath, minty and clean, dances close to my lips. I part mine slightly as he gets closer, waiting, wondering for a brief second if he’s about to tell me this is all a big joke or make fun of me. The scent of sandalwood and soap fills my senses, and rough whiskers rasp against my chin. I take in a sharp breath and . . .

“Ren, I need—oh, oh, I’m so sorry. Mom said you were studying, and . . .”

Ren pulls back from me so fast, he creates a breeze that ruffles my hair. When I open my eyes, he’s standing beside the bed, his hand on top of his head. “Hey, M, what’s up?”

Mattea’s eyes dart between us. She’s clearly agitated about something, whether from what she walked in on or something else isn’t apparent. “It’s Ian. He’s missing.”

Okay, something else. Good.

“What do you mean he’s missing?” Ren asks.

“I mean he was supposed to meet me an hour ago, but he never showed. No text, no call, nothing. That’s never happened. I called his mom and she hasn’t heard from him, either. She says he’s not at home and his phone’s offline.”

Ren glances at me, then back to his sister. “I’m sure it’s nothing, Mattea. His battery’s probably dead.”

“He’s never disappeared like this without calling. Something’s wrong. I know it.”

“Okay, I get it. What do you want me to do?”

I stand and grab my bag off the floor. “I should go.”

“Wait . . .” Ren’s lips part, as if he’s going to say something more, but he doesn’t.

“I’ll see you on Thursday.” Before I can say or do something stupid, I rush from the room. “Bye, Mrs. Gonzalez,” I call as I fly out the front door, not waiting for her response.

A Prom to Remember Blog Tour – Interview with Sandy Hall

A Prom to Remember
Sandy Hall
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: April 24th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Love it or hate it, you’ll never forget it. In this heart-warming novel, Swoon Reads star, Sandy Hall, explores a classic high school celebration, capturing every relatable and hilarious teen milestone along the way.

Cora: Dating Perfect Boyfriend Jamie. Has NO IDEA how to break up with him…

Paisley: Anti-prom. Somehow nominated her anxiety-ridden best friend for prom king…

Henry: Hates social situations. Invited to prom by the most popular girl in school. SEND HELP!

Otis: Half of one of the cutest couples in his class. Not quite ready for a post-prom hotel room…

Lizzie: Shy. Excited to go to prom. With a boy. Whose name she doesn’t know.

Cameron: Loner. Over high school. Just wants to meet the mysterious girl who’s been leaving him notes…

Jacinta: Unnamed Nerd Girl #3. Determined to become the star of her own life, starting with prom…

Chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, A Prom to Remember, from Sandy Hall (author of A Little Something Different), is a funny and cinematic look at the biggest dance of every high schooler’s life.

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Author Bio:

I’m a teen librarian from New Jersey where I was born and raised. I have a BA in Communication and a Master of Library and Information Science from Rutgers University. When I’m not writing, or teen librarian-ing, I enjoy reading, slot machines, marathoning TV shows, and long scrolls through Tumblr. A LITTLE SOMETHING DIFFERENT is my first novel.

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Interview with Sandy Hall

What inspired you to write A Prom to Remember?

My editor actually gave me the idea to write a book that was like Love Actually plus the Prom. I thought it was a great idea, so I ran with it!

Which of your books was the hardest/easiest to write?

Everyone always says the second book is the hardest to write and they’re not wrong. Signs Point to Yes was SUCH a struggle. I just couldn’t get it right, no matter how many drafts we went through. My first book, A Little Something Different, was definitely the easiest since there were no expectations for it and back then I was just writing for myself. 

Which of your characters is most like you?

I like to think there’s a little bit of me, or at least my experiences, in every character, but sometimes bigger stuff trickles in. For example, in PROM, Henry and Paisley are best friends. As I was reading it over for the millionth time, I realized that I had based their banter on the relationship I have with my friend Ryan. While neither of us is like Paisley or Henry, there’s definitely a vibe to the way they talk to each other that I lifted directly from my real life friendship. 

How do you decide on character names?

I use nameberry.com pretty much exclusively. Rather than just alphabetical lists of names, it has a variety of lists of names grouped together like “Vintage names” or “Flower names” or “No nickname names.” It really helps when I know the vibe of the name I want but can’t come up with the right one. 

What are you planning on writing next?

I have a book in with my editor that I can’t say too much about yet, but hopefully, if all goes well, it will be announced soon.

Any advice for aspiring authors?

Finish what you start! Don’t go back and edit until you get to the end. 

What books/authors inspired you?

Too many to count! The first book that really made me want to be a writer, and believe that I could be a writer, was Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. Up until that point my book ideas hadn’t panned out, but that book really inspired me to try harder. Most recently it’s been The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. I’ve read it at least a dozen times. There’s something about the enemies to lovers trope that just gets me every time. 

Did you always want to be an author?

Nope! As a kid I wanted to be everything from a teacher to an ophthalmologist to a pediatrician. In college, I wanted to be a speech therapist, but ended up getting a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science, so I worked as a childrens and teen librarian for a long time. It was only a few years ago that I decided to give writing a try. 

What kind of music did you listen to while writing?

I can’t listen to anything with words while I’m writing, so usually it’s classical or even just white noise for me. Though lately, I’ve needed complete silence to get anything done. 

Current favorite tv show?

Brooklyn 99 or This Is Us. Depends on whether I want to laugh or cry. 

What’s your Hogwarts house?

Hufflepuff! 

Other YA books you love? Give us some recs!

Most recently I read Let’s Talk About Love by my fellow Swoon Reads author Claire Kann. It was fantastic! Adorable and a little bit heartbreaking, pretty much everything you want from YA romance. Other favorites are definitely Alex Approximately by Jenn Bennett and The Only Thing Worst Than You is Me by Lily Anderson. Both of which feature my favorite enemies to lovers trope. 


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Blog Tour: The Big Bad Wolf – Review

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About The Big Bad Wolf:

Kensey Deaton comes from an elite werewolf lineage, but just because her family is royalty, doesn’t mean she’ll fall in line like some perfect little princess. She has plans and they don’t include an arranged marriage!

Slade McAlister has his own family drama. His Alpha father happens to be the most reviled wolf on the eastern seaboard, and it’s a stigma he can’t escape. So when his neighbor Kensey–the girl of his dreams and his nightmares–proposes a solution to solve *both* of their problems, he sees an opportunity he can’t ignore.

Kensey and Slade aren’t only from opposite sides of the tracks, they’re from opposite sides of the war. But if they can sell their ‘relationship’, they might just make it out of this with their freedom.

You know, as long as all that fake PDA doesn’t turn into more…

Buylinks: https://entangledpublishing.com/the-big-bad-wolf.html


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About Jus Accardo:

JUS ACCARDO spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. At the last minute, she realized her true path lay with fiction, not food. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and twelve angry chickens.


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Author Links:

Author Website: http://www.jusaccardo.com

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Review:

Star Rating: 3.5

I like Jus Accardo’s writing, and so I joined this blog tour. I’m also a sucker for enemies-to-lovers and fake dating tropes.

This book feels a little like a fan fiction or Lifetime movie – its a short, cheesy guilty pleasure sort of read.

There are parts that feel like an adult trying too hard to sound like a teenager, and it was a little strong on the stereotypes but not necessarily in a bad way.

I overall thought it was a cute, fast read. If you like cheesy romance or paranormal romance you’ll probably like this.


 

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Excerpt from The Big Bad Wolf:

He took a sip of water and nodded. He eyed the new plate as the girl set it down in front of him. “Raw fish? You’re buying me a burger as soon as we’re done here.”
“It’s Japanese,” I whispered. “Odori don. When you pour—”

The maid leaned across him and poured soy sauce over his plate. The squid in the center twitched once, then started to squirm with spastic enthusiasm.

“What the—” Slade flinched and jumped back, falling out of his chair and taking the maid—and the soy sauce—with him. She let out a squeak as the gravy bowl flew from her hands and hit the wall behind us. The ceramic shattered, splintering into a thousand tiny pieces as salty brown liquid splattered in all directions.

I managed to extract myself from my chair as Slade was helping the maid to her feet. Once she was up, she scurried into the kitchen, mumbling something about towels, and he turned back to the table. “My apologies,” he said with a bow toward our out of town guests. “I wasn’t expecting my dinner to dance.”

My father stood, the look on his face anything but forgiving, but I didn’t stick around. I grabbed Slade by the wrist and led him up the stairs to my bathroom to clean up.

“Haven’t been in here in years,” he said as we passed through my room. “Your décor hasn’t gotten any better.”

I rolled my eyes and shoved him through the bathroom door. Once inside, I clasped his shoulder and pushed him on to the edge of the tub. “Neither have your manners.”

“How was I supposed to know the damn thing was still alive?”

“It wasn’t.” I ran a towel under the water, then rang it out. “It was dead.”

“Beg to differ. It moved. It fucking started moshing on my plate.”

I knelt in front of him then paused. This wasn’t going to work while he was still wearing the shirt. “It was the salt in the soy sauce. The muscles in the squid were reacting to it. Take your shirt off.”

He waggled his brows. “Finally.”

I sighed and grabbed the back of his collar then gave a hard yank. The material caught on his chin for a second before coming over his head. “Says the guy who insisted I was a horrible kisser.”

He snorted. “That was years ago.Like I said, you’ve gotten a little bit better.”

He leaned back and I didn’t miss the way he flexed, the hard planes of his chest moving in an almost mesmerizing way. I also didn’t—couldn’t—miss the scattered assortment of marks and scars.

“They’re not pretty, are they?” His voice was low calm, but the look in his eyes was anything but.

“Gavin?” The scars were a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, and left very little skin unmarred.

“For the most part.” He shifted, almost like he was uncomfortable with my scrutiny.

I cleared my throat and turned away. “Ya know, scars are a sign of honor in the wolf community.”

“Yeah?” There was a twinge of amusement in his voice and I was glad. “Then pick one. I’ll let you honor it with a kiss.”


Monday, March 5th: 

@crossroadreview – Review
Crossroad Reviews – Review
 
Wednesday, March 7th:
Rachel’s Book Reviews – Review
Dizneeee’s World of Books – Review
Chapters through life – Review
Smada’s Book Smack – Review
 
Thursday, March 8th
Jessabella Reads – Review
definitely, possibly, maybe – Review
We All Make Mistakes in Books – Review
 
Friday, March 9th
@msrandomcreation
MsRandomCreation Booktuber – Review 
MsRandomCreation Tumblr – Review
Nightly Reading – Review
Bout-a-Book blog – Review
fortheluvofbooks – Review
Witchy Richey’s Booktastic Reviews Book Blog – Review 
 
Monday, March 12th:
Here’s to Happy Endings – Review
The Young Girl Who Loved Books – Review
Ashleys Got Bookcitement – Review
@gotbookcitement Instagram Feature – Review
Read. Eat. Love. – Review
Charlotte Foster – Review
 
Tuesday, March 13th:
Jennifer M Eaton – Review
Happy Tails and Tales blog – Review
Whats Beyond Forks? – Review
 
Wednesday, March 14th:
Books and Blends – Review
Denise Van Plew – Review
Laurens Crammed Bookshelf – Review
 
Thursday, March 15th:
A Dream Within A Dream – Review
Book-Keeping – Review
Becky on Books – Review
Confessions of a YA Reader – Review
Dark Faerie Tales – Review
Words That Fly – Review
More Books Than Livros – Review
 
Friday, March 16th
…always time for a nice cup of tea and a good book! – Review
Carrie Reads A Lot – Review
RiverMoose-Reads – Review
Moriah’s Musings – Review
@moriahreads Instagram Feature – Review
@kaitlynsbookshelf Instagram Feature – Review
Kaitlyns Bookshelf – Review
books are love – Review
@viewsfromthe_desktop – Review
Motif by Tanya – Review
Ali’s Bookshelf – Review
By Valia Lind – Review
Lovely Loveday – Review
Evil Queen Books – Review
Book Bite Reviews – Review
Girl Who Reads – Review
Reese’s Reviews – Review

Alpha Cover Reveal

Let us know what you think of the cover for Alpha (The Infinity Division, #3) by Jus Accardo, which releases July 3, 2018!

This cover reveal is brought to you by Entangled Teen.

About Alpha:

“A fun YA sci-fi story with a compelling cast of characters.” —Kirkus Reviews on Infinity

Sera is the obsession of a killer chasing a ghost. G is a soldier with too much blood on his hands.

Dylan lost the only person he ever loved—and will stop at nothing to get her back.

In a whirlwind chase that takes them back to where it all started, Sera, G, and Dylan will have to confront their demons—both physical and mental—and each other, in order to win their freedom.

Want to read more? Pre-order your copy of Alpha (The Infinity Division, #3) by Jus Accardo today!

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About Jus Accardo:

JUS ACCARDO spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. At the last minute, she realized her true path lay with fiction, not food. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and twelve angry chickens.

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Blog Tour: The Eldritch Heart – Promo

The Eldritch Heart
Matthew S. Cox
Published by: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication date: August 1st 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Princess Oona Talomir enjoys the little things that come with her station: a handmaiden, her lavish bedchamber, and scores of fancy dresses―the duty to win a decades’ long war, not so much.

Oh, did I mention assassins?

Seers foretold the conflict would end by her hand. From the moment she drew her first breath, the neighboring kingdom has been trying to kill her so she could not grow powerful enough to destroy them. The king, fearing for his daughter’s life, has kept her confined to the castle grounds for most of her sixteen years. With the tide of war turning against them, the burden of her crown becomes too much to bear, yet one thing lifts her spirits amid the gloom.

Her servant girl, Kitlyn.

Alas, in a kingdom obsessed with the god of purity, she is terrified to confess her forbidden love. When her father makes a demand she cannot abide―marry a prince to forge a military alliance―Oona panics. He is handsome and honorable, but he’s not Kitlyn. Unable to admit why she cannot obey, Oona does the only thing she can think of, and runs away.

Alone and unprepared in the wilderness, she prays the gods will let Kitlyn find her—before the assassins do.

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Author Bio:

Born in a little town known as South Amboy NJ in 1973, Matthew has been creating science fiction and fantasy worlds for most of his reasoning life. Somewhere between fifteen to eighteen of them spent developing the world in which Division Zero, Virtual Immortality, and The Awakened Series take place. He has several other projects in the works as well as a collaborative science fiction endeavor with author Tony Healey.

Hobbies and Interests:

Matthew is an avid gamer, a recovered WoW addict, Gamemaster for two custom systems (Chronicles of Eldrinaath [Fantasy] and Divergent Fates [Sci Fi], and a fan of anime, British humour (<- deliberate), and intellectual science fiction that questions the nature of reality, life, and what happens after it.

He is also fond of cats.

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Top Ten Inspiring Books:

Books that inspired The Eldritch Heart

1 Sprawl trilogy: Neuromancer, Count Zero, and Mona Lisa Overdrive by William Gibson

2  Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick

3   Ghost in the Shell (manga)

4    Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

5    The Martian by Andy Weir

6    The Minority Report by Philip K. Dick

7    Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

8    Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

9    A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick

10    The Running Man by Stephen King as Richard Bachman


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July 31st
Loves Great Reads >> Excerpt
Full Moon Bites >>Guest post
Rainy Days and Pajamas >> Excerpt
Amie’s Book Reviews >> Review
Hike2Forty and beyond >> Spotlight

August 1st
SolaFide Book Club >> Guest post
Treestand Book Reviews >> Review
With Love for Books >> Review
Bookish Revelations >> Top 10 List

August 2nd
Girls With Books >> Excerpt
The Mortal Jessica >> Review
Brooke Blogs >> Excerpt
Celticlady’s Reviews >> Spotlight

August 3rd
CBY Book Club >> Excerpt
Bibliobakes >> Review
Urban Fantasy Investigations >> Excerpt
So Few Books >> Interview

August 4th
Jazzy Book Reviews >> Excerpt
Shomeret: Masked Reviewer >> Review
Casia’s Corner >> Review
Abooktropolis >> Review
The Avid Reader >> Review

August 7th
BookWorm8619 😉 >> Excerpt
Everything Alyce >> Review
Literature Love >> Review

August 8th
RiverMoose-Reads >> Top 10 List
QueenBeeBooks >> Excerpt
50 Book Challenge >> Excerpt

August 9th
Shh, I am Reading >> Excerpt
Style Reader >> Guest post
The Cover Contessa >> Interview
Book Huntress’ World >> Review
Hot Off the Shelves >> Review

August 10th
All Things Dark & Dirty >> Excerpt
Hauntedbybooks13 >> Review
Reviews in the City >> Interview
Adventures Thru Wonderland >> Review

August 11th
Ms. J Mentions… >> Review
Second Run Reviews >> Top 10 List
Bookgasms Book Blog >> Review
Two Ends of the Pen >> Interview

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Blog Tour: The Last Gambit – Promo

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The Last Gambi
by Om Swami
Genre: YA Coming of Age
Release Date: February 2017
Harper Element (Harper Collins)

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Summary:

Success by design is infinitely better than a win by chance. Vasu Bhatt is fourteen years old when a mysterious old man spots him at a chess tournament and offers to coach him, on two simple but strange conditions: he would not accompany his student to tournaments, and there was to be no digging into his past. Initially resentful, Vasu begins to gradually understand his master’s mettle.

Over eight years, master and student come to love and respect each other, but the two conditions remain unbroken – until Vasu confronts and provokes the old man. Meanwhile, their hard work and strategy pay off: Vasu qualifies for the world chess championship. But can he make it all the way without his master by his side?

Inspiring, moving and mercurial, The Last Gambit is a beautiful coming of age tale in a uniquely Indian context.

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About the Author 

Om Swami is a monk who lives in a remote place in the Himalayan foothills. He has a bachelor degree in business and an MBA from Sydney, Australia. Swami served in executive roles in large corporations around the world. He founded and led a profitable software company with offices in San Francisco, New York, Toronto, London, Sydney and India.

Om Swami completely renounced his business interests to pursue a more spiritual life. He is the bestselling author of Kundalini: An Untold Story, A Fistful of Love and If Truth Be Told: A Monk’s Memoir.

His blog omswami.com is read by millions all over the world.

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3 Excerpts of 250 Words Each


Excerpt 1

‘You are a genius, Vasu,’ he said. ‘I’m investing all my time in you because I know some day you’ll surprise everyone, including yourself.’ My chest swelled with pride. ‘And that day is not far,’ he added. I felt as if I had won the world championship. He thinks I’m a genius! I couldn’t contain my smile and adjusted myself in my couch. ‘But,’ he said, gently bringing me down a notch, ‘you are not consistent. You do play some brilliant moves, but they don’t add up.’ As always, he had a nugget of wisdom. ‘Every move, Vasu, every move must put greater pressure on your opponent. To win, you must play good moves and do so consistently.’ ‘The same goes in life too,’ he continued. ‘A consistent and persistent man of average intelligence is more likely to succeed than an erratic and lazy genius. A hundred well played draws, or a hundred lost but well-fought games are better than one victory by fluke. Success by design is infinitely better than a win by chance.’

Success by design is infinitely better than a win by chance – this got etched in my mind. This was it. The missing link. I had been playing in the hope that success would come, that it would just happen. It dawned on me that success was a sculpture that I had to carve and chisel at patiently. I had to design my success.


Excerpt 2

‘Do you know who the finest teacher is?’ he asked. ‘You!’

Ignoring my answer, he continued, ‘Experience is the greatest teacher, Vasu. Always replay your own games to see where you went wrong and what made you play the way you did. People don’t lose because they make mistakes, they do so because they repeat their mistakes. The first time, it’s not a loss but a learning.’

‘So, how do I avoid making mistakes?’

‘Just don’t repeat them,’ he said after coughing and clearing his throat. ‘Be it life or chess, that’s the only difference between a grandmaster and an amateur. An amateur expects to reach a different destination by walking the same path. He hopes for miracles or serendipities. A grandmaster, on the other hand, relies on his own effort and intelligence. He does not commit the same error twice.’

‘But Master,’ I said, curious, ‘I do try my best to not repeat my mistakes. Why do I still lose?’ ‘Because you nourish the body and starve the soul.’ I gave him a blank look because I didn’t have a clue about what he just said. ‘Do you know the soul of chess, Vasu?’


Excerpt 3

Saving a few times, like when he was sleeping, living with Andrei was a continuous challenge. He was just not designed with any sense of living in a world sans chess. He couldn’t even pour tea without spilling it in the saucer. He would never remember to turn the gas off after cooking. And the only thing he knew how to cook was an omelette. It was scary to be in the same car with him because he would just stop anywhere and start making notes on some game.

He would forget his wallet in the restaurant and keys in his car. It’s hard to imagine that the genius Andrei, immaculate on the chessboard, would be so clumsy in real life. The man who could think through lengthy lines of variations in his head could not string together two words to hold a conversation. He never spoke to my parents. He would say he didn’t have any conversational skills. Surely, he could have learnt these skills, if only he had made an effort.

I kept my hopes up for six long years and then one day I realized that ‘if only’ doesn’t work with people like Andrei. If it could, he wouldn’t be Andrei then.


Blog Tour Schedule –

July 24th

Adventures thru Wonderland    http://adventuresthruwonderland.blogspot.com/   Review

The Cover Contessa      http://www.thecovercontessa.com       Promo Post

Huntley’s book Reviews      http://huntleyandbooks.blogspot.co.uk   Promo Post

Mythical Books http://www.mythicalbooks.blogspot.ro/      Promo Post

Loves Great Reads          https://lovesgreatreadsblog.wordpress.com/    Promo Post

3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy,&,Sissy, Too!   http://3partnersinshopping.blogspot.com    Promo Post

July 25th

CBY Book Club   http://cbybookclub.blogspot.com/     Promo Post

The Bookworm Chronicles      http://muretbookworm.wordpress.com    Promo Post

YA Book Divas    http://www.yabookdivas.com Promo Post

The Bengali Nomad; Daydreaming Bookworm    http://bengalinomad1102.blogspot.com   Review

SolaFide Book Club  http://solafidepublishing.net/solafide-self-publishing-and-book-blog/ Promo Post

July 26th

The Layaway Dragon    https://thelayawaydragon.com/    Review

What Is That Book About   www.whatisthatbookabout.com    Promo Post

Nerds with Words    http://themindofawordnerd.wordpress.com   Review

Just Us Book Blog    http://justusbookblog.blogspot.com/    Promo Post

July 27th

A New Look On Books   http://anewlookonbooks.wordpress.com   Promo Post

The Book Lounge    http://gbshortcake.com/      Promo Post

deal sharing aunt     http://dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com/ Promo Post

RiverMoose-Reads     https://rivermoosebooks.wordpress.com     Promo Post

BethLee’s Book Blog    Www.bethleesbookblog.blogspot.com      Review

July 28th

The Adventures of SacaKat     https://sarahfairbairn.com/   Review

Hike2Forty and beyond http://hike2forty.blogspot.com/     Promo Post

A Night’s Dream of Books    http://anightsdreamofbooks.blogspot.com/  Promo Post

Lisa Loves Literature    http://misclisa.blogspot.com/    Promo Post

Bibliobibuli YA    http://bibliobibuliya.com/    Promo Post

Blog Tour: Dream Me – Top Ten List

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Dream Me
Kathryn Berla
Published by: Amberjack Publishing
Publication date: July 11th 2017
Genres: RomanceTime-TravelYoung Adult

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Summary:

Zat is a dreamer from the distant future—a time when humans no longer dream and Earth is a desolate wasteland. He dreams of the beautiful Earth of the past, and a fiery-haired beauty named Babe. Against the wisdom of his peers, Zat decides to risk everything to travel back in time and live in Babe’s dreams…

Babe is the perpetual new girl in town. Her father’s job frequently moves the family around the country, and Babe just longs for a place to call home. As she settles into the sleepy town of Sugar Dunes, Florida, Babe begins to have strange dreams of a green-eyed boy named Zat. Night after night, Babe shows Zat her world. But the dreams come at the cost of nearly crippling migraines every morning. Babe’s life outside of her dreams pales in comparison to her growing love for Zat and their time spent together.

But the more time Babe and Zat spend together in her dreams, the more Babe’s pain increases, and Zat begins to question the reality of his existence. How can he live a life with Babe, when all they have is her dreams?

Can a dream become a reality?


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kathryn Berla graduated from the University of California at Berkeley as an English major. She has lived in many different countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. She currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Top Ten List:

If You Like These Ten Books, You’ll Like Dream Me!

Dreamology (Lucy Keating)

12 Hours in Paradise (Kathryn Berla)

Girl Against the Universe (Paula Stokes)

The Rest of Us Just Live Here (Patrick Ness)

At the Edge of the Universe (Shaun David Hutchinson)

Second Chance Summer (Morgan Matson)

Walking in Time (Angie Stanton)

Traveler (L.E. DeLano)

No Love Allowed (Kate Evangelista)

Saint Anything (Sarah Dessen)


Schedule:

July 17th
CBY Book Club >> Excerpt
Hot Off the Shelves  >> Excerpt
Full Moon Bites >> Interview

July 18th
Hauntedbybooks13 >> Guest post
Books of a Shy Girl >> Review
The Genre Minx Book Reviews >> Top 10 List

July 19th
Lisa Loves Literature >> Excerpt
Padme’s Library  >> Interview
The Unrated Bookshelf >> Review

July 20th
Book Randomness >> Excerpt
Dreams ‘N Books >> Review
Loves Great Reads >> Guest post

July 21st
Another Book Hangover >> Excerpt
RiverMoose-Reads >> Top 10 List
Mes Livres  >> Review
Creating Serenity >> Review

July 24th
Only True Magic >> Review
Fabulous and Brunette >> Top 10 List
The Cover Contessa >> Interview

July 25th
Lovely Paranormal Books >> Excerpt
A Very Bookish Girl >> Review
Haddie’s Haven >> Review

July 26th
Brooke Blogs >> Excerpt
Hooked To Books >> Interview
Jazzy Book Reviews >> Excerpt

July 27th
Bibliobibuli YA >> Guest post
Adventures in Writing >> Review
Celticlady’s Reviews >> Excerpt

July 28th
The Avid Reader  >> Review
Fanatical Paranormal Romantical >> Review
So Few Books >> Interview

Blog Tour: The Forbidden Darkness Chronicles – Promo

Fiery Passion (The Forbidden Darkness Chronicles #3)

by Alec John Belle
Genre: YA Paranormal

Release Date: September 2017

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Summary from Goodreads:
After the unexpected events at the end of Shadow People, Heather, Hayden, and their friends are trying to move forward with their lives. While trying to hunt down the new vessel of the Darkness, and trying to avoid a very complicated relationship, Heather thinks she can keep everything under control.

Until she’s taken by a demon named Ziminiar.

As Hayden, Kadin, Philip, and Kristen try to find their friend, Heather unravels many truths about the world she lives in, the core of her being, and the true origins of the Monster Hunters.

In the third installment of The Forbidden Darkness Chronicles, secrets will be exposed, relationships will be tested, and the ultimate betrayal will leave fans breathless.

Because in a world where demons exist, nothing is ever as it seems.

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About the Author

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Alec John Belle resides in Carson City, NV, where he is currently attending high school for his senior year. At the age of 16 he wrote his first novel, Before I Break. His hobbies include reading, writing, and obsessing over Pretty Little Liars. He writes about tough topics that many are too afraid to talk about like suicide, homosexuality, self harm, bullying, mental illness, among other teenage issues, and he often blends these ideas with the paranormal. Despite writing such topics, he is a very cheerful person who enjoys looking for the best in life, while trying to help others do the same.


Author Links:

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Excerpt 1

My boyfriend stepped into the room, and the first thing I caught notice of was his black tuxedo. He was typically dressed in casual attire, with jeans a t-shirt, so seeing him all dressed up was a bit of a surprise. His short dark hair was even slicked back with some type of gel and his green eyes met mine.

“You look beautiful,” he said, staring at the dress. “Kristen made a good choice.”

I snorted. “You only like it because it shows off my boobs.”

He shrugged. “Nothing wrong with that.”

Although we officially started dating, there was still a bit of awkwardness between us. I hoped that eventually it’d go away, but for now, I blushed at his comment. “There’s everything wrong with that.”

Ignoring my statement, he said, “Are you all ready to go?”

“As ready as I’ll ever be,” I said. “I just don’t know how much more of this I can handle.” Philip reached out and grabbed my hand. “Don’t worry. Whatever happens, we’ll get through it together.”


Excerpt 2

The sun disappeared as clouds rolled through the sky, creating an overwhelming darkness that I could find no words to explain. Lightning flashed in the sky, reminding me of Kadin.

I let out a scream when men started falling from the sky—big men, wearing suits of armor and wings outstretched for all to see. When they landed, the ground shook beneath them.

They were Angels.

The townsmen pulled their arrows back, shooting at the Angels, but within seconds, the they pulled out their weapons—giant swords that gleamed in the dark. I watched in horror as one of the Angels swung their weapon, beheading a man in seconds. More Angels fell from the sky, chasing after the women.

“What the hell are you doing?” I wasn’t entirely sure why I shouted, but I couldn’t watch the attacks happen trying to do something to stop it.

Right after I said it, one of the Angels looked at me—smiling a mischievous smile—and said, “You have a lot to learn, little Neph.” Although I couldn’t make out his features, that smile couldn’t be forgotten.


Blog Tour Organized by:

YA Bound Book Tours

Blog Tour Schedule –

July 10th

Huntley’s book Reviews      http://huntleyandbooks.blogspot.co.uk    Promo Post

T’s Stuff      http://teresanoel.blogspot.com/   Promo Post

3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too!   http://3partnersinshopping.blogspot.com    Promo Post

July 11th

CBY Book Club   http://cbybookclub.blogspot.com/   Promo Post

The Avid Reader   http://the-avidreader.blogspot.com   Promo Post

A New Look On Books   http://anewlookonbooks.wordpress.com   Promo Post

July 12th

Adventures Thru Wonderland   http://adventuresthruwonderland.blogspot.com/    Review

Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog  http://uptildawnbookblog.blogspot.com      Promo Post

Mythical Books http://mythicalbooks.blogspot.com    Promo Post

July 13th

Loves Great Reads     https://lovesgreatreadsblog.wordpress.com/    Promo Post

Booklove     http://readdayandnight.blogspot.com    Review

July 14th

RiverMoose-Reads         https://rivermoosebooks.wordpress.com      Promo Post

Lori’s Little House of Reviews   http://lorimurray.booklikes.com/   Review

Deal Sharing Aunt     http://dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com/ Promo Post

Blog Tour: Nostalgic Rain – Promo

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Nostalgic Rain: Galaxies Away
by A.S. Altabtabai
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: July 1st 2017

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Summary from Goodreads:

What seventeen-year-old Leland finds in the abandoned basement of his house is something he will never forget.

Leland lost his father when he was seven. Since then, he has successfully adapted to the awful life of being a student, the man of the house, and a father figure to his two younger siblings. All of that changes when he and his best friends stumble upon a secret in his deserted basement, and fall into another dimension with three moons, foggy woods, and an ancient castle-Oremanta.

Learning who he really is, how he came to this remote planet, and the shocking, ugly mystery of Oremanta aren’t as bad as the quest he finds himself obligated to complete-killing someone he never thought he’d meet in Oremanta to save everyone.

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About the Author

Medical student, writer & travel passionate.

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Chapter One

Voices

The ceiling, barely visible in the dark room, greeted Leland. He didn’t know how long he’d slept, but that didn’t matter much. It was summer. A thump resounded in the atmosphere, and it mixed with the squawking of birds and the chirping of grasshoppers. Leland rose from the sweat-soaked sheets of his bed and went to the window overlooking their small house garden. The sky was a mixture of red, orange, and yellow on one side, where the egg-yolk sun rose, and black on the other. In between the two, various degrees of blue adorned the horizon. It’s dawn.

Be it summer, spring, winter, or autumn, all dawns in Temblewood City were cold. Leland put on his red hoodie, the one he got last year on his sixteenth birthday from Jennifer, his best friend, and stomped down the wooden abode’s creaky stairs. Leland’s heavy-lidded brown eyes skimmed the familiar dilapidated furniture of the living room, but he didn’t dare complain. It was his grandfather’s house, and he had lived here with his mother and two little siblings for ten years now since his father had died.

Today, he didn’t want to drink coffee. Drinking coffee meant staying awake and alert for a long period, and he didn’t want any of that. He wished he could sleep for the rest of this summer. Instead of coffee, Leland headed to Jaime’s Café, a place more popular than Starbucks in Temblewood City, and bought a cup of hot chocolate. The cup was so hot he had to wrap it with two layers of napkins.

This summer was different from the last. Last year, he’d seen Jennifer and Dylan almost every day. He’d gone hiking and horse riding and fishing, and he’d camped on Mount Lamen, which wasn’t a good idea—they had ended up lost for two days with cops searching for them. But now he was running from everyone and everything. Jennifer and Dylan were calling every day, and he’d been creating excuses to be alone. But he missed them. A lot. The most awful thing in life is changing into someone worse but not realizing it.

Leland sat on a wooden bench not so far from Jaime’s Café and gazed at the road, which was gradually getting more crowded with cars and people. A young man wearing a black suit and a red tie sat beside him. The man, who genuinely smelled good, scrolled down his phone’s screen, checking his Twitter timeline. Yeah. That’s what normal people do. They work and they socialize and they live. Leland missed that. Fear can paralyze one’s mind and create thousands of fake barriers.

A raindrop fell on Leland’s cup. He stared at the gray clouds in the sky, and an army of a million other drops flooded the ground. That’s why he hated Temblewood. It would rain any time of year, and Leland despised rain. He knew it was going to be a bad day. All rainy days are bad. The day his father died had been a day of heavy rain and dark memories he wished he could forget. But that was impossible because it was impossible not to have rain throughout the year. And every time it rained, a powerful resurrection of that day occurred.

Leland realized the suited man beside him had left at some point during his deep and useless thinking session. It seemed Leland was the only one on the street now. He put the hoodie cap on and walked underneath shop awnings on his way back home. Now that he thought about it, Leland hadn’t learned much from his absent father.

But there was one sentence that kept ringing in his head. Leland wasn’t even sure how or when or why his father had told it to him: “The more you feed your fear, the more you become imprisoned by it.”

***

Karla and Fred giggled and ran in the corridor. They’ve grown up really fast. I can’t believe they’re starting to write and read already. Karla opened the door wide and nestled between Leland’s arms. She curled and made herself comfortable in his hands.

“You can’t touch me now!” she told Fred, sticking her tongue out.

“You’re cheating!” Fred replied, his palm on his waist.

“Hey, you two,” Leland said. “You’re supposed to be in your beds now, aren’t you?”

“We’re waiting for Aunt Abbey!” Karla said. “Mom said we can stay up late tonight.”

Leland had totally forgotten that. His aunt, Abbey, was coming back to Temblewood from Todland, a city five hours away by plane. She worked as a nurse there. The last time he’d seen her was a year ago when she came for New Year’s Eve. She’d brought them two bags of Made-In-Todland-Only candies. Leland hoped she’d bring them again this time.

Leland’s room was the smallest in the house. In one corner was his bed and in the other was a desk and a bookshelf with many Xbox games and a few novels. The only good thing about the room was the window that overlooked the street.

Fred toured Leland’s room. He flipped the pages of a book he could barely carry and then dropped it when the doorbell rang. It was more of a noisy croak rather than a musical sound.

Abbey had arrived.

***

Leland’s grandma, glued to her usual spot on the worn rocking chair she’d bought right after Leland’s birth, glimpsed him for a moment and then rolled her eyes back to the TV.

“Where have you been all day?” she complained, switching channels. “Your aunt is here, for God’s sake.”

On the table in the living room sat a cake with ‘Welcome Home’ written on it. The living room was lit by an old, handcrafted chandelier, but it did its job quite well. Leland hugged his aunt. She hadn’t changed much.

“How’s everything?” Leland asked.

“Perfect!” She replied, taking a bite of her cake. “Everything is too perfect!”

“Great. I’m glad.” He took a seat beside her. Fred and Karla were on the ground playing rock, paper, scissors. His grandfather, Richard, was listening to the news, his ears touching the radio’s speaker.

“What about you?” Abbey asked.

“I’m fine,” Leland replied, faking a smile.

“No, he’s not,” Leland’s mother said, cutting cake for Fred and Karla, pretending not to care much about the issue. “Something’s wrong with him. He hardly leaves his room.”

Leland’s face flushed. He felt stupid for not realizing his mother must have felt something was wrong with him. This meant Dylan and Jennifer, his friends, likely also noticed.

“No, it’s just—” Leland said, attempting to fake an excuse.

“Is he always alone?” Abbey asked.

“Almost,” Maria, Leland’s mother, replied.

“And he’s not eating a lot?”

“Yes.”

Leland’s heart raced. There’s no way Abbey would know what he’d been through lately. She’d been away, and he made sure no one knew.

“And he doesn’t talk much?” Abbey asked.

“Yeah. Only a little,” Maria answered.

Abbey clapped her hands and cried, “He’s in love!”

All eyes turned toward Leland. But he was relieved. She knew nothing after all. Leland pretended her assumptions were correct. He gazed down and said nothing in reply.

“There’s nothing to be ashamed of, Leland. We’ve all been through this before,” Aunt Abbey said, and then her voice dropped to a whisper. “And don’t chicken out. Women hate that.”

Leland didn’t know how to reply, so, rather awkwardly and loudly enough that everyone stared at him again, he said, “I like her.”

Okay. That’s enough for today. Leland had paid his social dues and now he had to leave. Embarrassed, Leland said, “I gotta go.”

And he went back to his room.

***

Leland collapsed into his bed with Les Miserables in his hand. He’d bought it a month ago from Harry’s Bookstore, a local shop at the end of the street. Leland read a book or two per year, but he wished he could dedicate more time to reading. He read some pages then put the book on the bedside table. With the lights on and the window opened, Leland dozed off without realizing it. Deep in his sleep, Leland woke up, sweating and trembling in fear. His breath quickened and his heart hammered against his chest. It had happened for the fifth time this week.

Voices—hundreds of thousands of throats—whispered in Leland’s ears and mumbled words he couldn’t understand. And it seemed he was the only one hearing them.

For God’s sake, what the hell is going on?


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July 10th

A New Look On Books   http://anewlookonbooks.wordpress.com   Promo Post

Reading for the Stars and Moon    http://readingforthestarsmoon.blogspot.com/   Promo Post

The Cubicle Escapee     http://TheCubicleEscapee.com     Review

The Cover Contessa    http://wwwthecovercontessa.com   Promo Post

Adventures Thru Wonderland   http://adventuresthruwonderland.blogspot.com/      Review

July 11th

Why I Read    Http://whyiread17.blogspot.com  Review

Shh, I am Reading     https://shhiamreading.wordpress.com/    Promo Post

Loves Great Reads     https://lovesgreatreadsblog.wordpress.com/    Promo Post

YA Book Divas    http://www.yabookdivas.com Promo Post

SolaFide Book Club    http://solafidepublishing.net/solafide-self-publishing-and-book-blog/ Promo Post

July 12th

Hooked To Books  https://www.hookedtobooks.com/   Promo Post

CBY Book Club   http://cbybookclub.blogspot.com/   Promo Post

The Avid Reader     http://the-avidreader.blogspot.com      Review

Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog  http://uptildawnbookblog.blogspot.com    Promo Post

Booklove     http://readdayandnight.blogspot.com     Review

July 13th

Mythical Books http://www.mythicalbooks.blogspot.ro/     Promo Post

Adventures thru Wonderland    http://adventuresthruwonderland.blogspot.com/     Promo Post

Infinite Lives, Infinite Stories    http://infinitelivesinfinitestories.blogspot.com/    Review

RiverMoose-Reads   https://rivermoosebooks.wordpress.com    Promo Post

July 14th

The Page Unbound    http://www.thepageunbound.com/      Promo Post

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Just Us Book Blog     http://justusbookblog.blogspot.com/    Promo Post

forthenovellovers     https://forthenovellovers.wordpress.com/  Review