Thursday, May 26, 2016

Julia Vanishes Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Julia Vanishes! I have a fantastic guest post by the author to share with you - and don't forget to enter the giveaway!

Julia Vanishes (Witch's Child #1)
Author: Catherine Egan
Genre: YA Paranormal/Thriller
Release Date: June 7, 2016
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers


Julia has the unusual ability to be…unseen. Not invisible, exactly. Just beyond most people’s senses.

It’s a dangerous trait in a city that has banned all forms of magic and drowns witches in public Cleansings. But it’s a useful trait for a thief and a spy. And Julia has learned—crime pays.

Her latest job is paying very well indeed. Julia is posing as a housemaid in the grand house of Mrs. Och, where an odd assortment of characters live and work: A disgraced professor who sends her to fetch parcels containing bullets, spiders, and poison. An aristocratic houseguest who is locked in the basement each night. And a mysterious young woman who is clearly in hiding—though from what or whom?

Worse, Julia suspects that there’s a connection between these people and the killer leaving a trail of bodies across the frozen city.

The more she learns, the more she wants to be done with this unnatural job. To go back to the safety of her friends and fellow thieves. But Julia is entangled in a struggle between forces more powerful than she’d ever imagined. Escape will come at a terrible price.

* “There is a richness to this inaugural volume of the Witch’s Child trilogy, and readers will be hard pressed to put it down.” –Booklist, Starred

My First Book

I wrote my first book when I was six years old. It was about a bunch of kids who lived on a farm and ran a lot of races. I had never been to a farm, but I’d never heard the old adage “write what you know” either. There were ten chapters in pencil that got progressively shorter and sloppier, and each chapter detailed one of the races. The fastest runner was named… ahem… Cathy, and every chapter ended thus: “CATHY WON THE RACE AGAIN!”

When I was finished, I showed my opus to my grandmother, who was visiting. My grandmother is a musician, and she had been married to a writer, so she knows a thing or two about the life of an artist. She was a violin prodigy growing up in Hungary and at six years old she was already a serious musician; she saw no reason to coddle me or offer false praise as adults so often do with children. She read my book, one page after another, and I watched her read with bated breath. When she was finished, she looked at me and said: “Darling, this is a very good first draft.”

I didn’t know what a draft was, but I solemnly promised her that I would revise the book “several times at least.” She told me that being a writer would take commitment, and there would be – I remember this vividly because I was so struck by it – hundreds of rejections. I had to ask her what rejection was. It sounded very glamorous.

I took my book up to my room and I remember still the glow of pride I felt. My grandmother had not told me it was wonderful. Oh, much better than that – she had taken me seriously.

I’ve traded in my pencil for a laptop, I’ve come to love the slow work of revision, and Cathy doesn’t win every race anymore, but otherwise not so much has changed. I’m still in it for the moment when Cathy breaks into a sprint, when Julia goes over the wall, and I know what I’m doing, I know what’s on the other side, and my power is absolute.

CATHERINE EGAN grew up in Vancouver, Canada. Since then, she has lived on a volcanic island in Japan (which erupted while she was there and sent her hurtling straight into the arms of her now-husband), in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Beijing, on an oil rig in the middle of Bohai Bay, then in New Jersey, and now in New Haven, Connecticut. She is currently occupied with writing books and fighting dragon armies with her warrior children. You can read more about her at Follow her on Twitter at @ByCatherineEgan

Giveaway: (1) Hardcover copy of JULIA VANISHES - Open to US only!


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: The Darkest Torment by Gena Showalter

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  The Queen of Paranormal Romance, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Gena Showalter, returns with THE DARKEST TORMENT, the eagerly anticipated twelfth novel in her Lords of the Underworld series, available May 31, 2016! Pre-order your copy today!

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New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter returns with her most explosive Lords of the Underworld tale to date, about a fierce warrior on the brink of sanity who will stop at nothing to claim the exquisite human with the power to soothe the beast inside him…

Driven to his death by the demon of Distrust, Baden spent centuries in purgatory. Now he's back, but at what cost? Bound to the king of the underworld, an even darker force, he's unable to withstand the touch of another…and he's quickly devolving into a heartless assassin with an uncontrollable temper. Things only get worse when a mission goes awry and he finds himself saddled with a bride—just not his own.

Famed dog trainer Katarina Joelle is forced to marry a monster to protect her loved ones. When she's taken hostage by the ruthless, beautiful Baden immediately after the ceremony, she's plunged into a war between two evils—with a protector more dangerous than the monsters he hunts. They are meant to be enemies, but neither can resist the passion burning between them…and all too soon the biggest threat is to her heart.

But as Baden slips deeper into the abyss, she'll have to teach him to love…or lose him forever.

Check out this exclusive graphic teaser we have for THE DARKEST TORMENT!

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Pre-order your copy of THE DARKEST TORMENT by Gena Showalter, and each week, be entered to win 1 of 4 darkly dangerous prizes! Just fill out the form!

Author pic- Gena Showalter Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the spellbinding Lords of the Underworld and Angels of the Dark series, two young adult series--Everlife and the White Rabbit Chronicles--and the highly addictive Original Heartbreakers series. In addition to being a National Reader's Choice and two time RITA nominee, her romance novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan (Red Hot Read) and Seventeen magazine, she's appeared on Nightline and been mentioned in Orange is the New Black--if you ask her about it, she'll talk for hours…hours! Her books have been translated in multiple languages. She’s hard at work on her next novel, a tale featuring an alpha male with a dark side and the strong woman who brings him to his knees. You can learn more about Gena, her menagerie of rescue dogs, and all her upcoming books at or    

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Warrior Prophet Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

The Warrior Prophet (The Watcher Saga #3)
Author: Lisa Voisin
Release Date: April 13, 2016
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing


Mia Crawford is a prophet.

She can see angels. She also sees demons. Everywhere.

The angels are preparing for war to get her fallen angel boyfriend, Michael, back. A war that could take years.

Haunted by visions of Michael's soul being tortured, Mia can't rest until she knows he's safe.

To save him, she must make an impossible journey through Hell with the one person she prayed she'd never see again.

My Top 10 Favorite Fiction Books

First of all, I’m really grateful to be on A Dream Within A Dream today. As a book lover, it’s hard for me to pick only ten favorite books. There are so many to love. Some I’ve loved for my whole life. Others, I’ve just recently discovered. I know I’ve missed a few (hundred).

1. Good Omens – Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
It’s hard for me to express how much I love this book without gushing. Angels. Demons. The Apocalypse. Decades before the TV show Supernatural made it cool. The BBC Radio play of it was also pretty cool.

2. The Red Tent – Anita Diamant
This story showed me the beauty of relationships between women.

3. Anne of the Island – Lucy Maud Montgomery
I loved the entire Anne of Green Gables trilogy (What kind of Canadian would I be if I didn’t?). But, this one was my favorite.

4. Hamlet – William Shakespeare
This one deserves mentioning because I think I’ve read it a dozen times, then watched every rendition of it available to me. If it were possible to specialize in one play in university, this would have been mine.

5. Anansi Boys – Neil Gaiman
I have read this book a few times and listened to it recorded as well. Lenny Henry breathes such life into the recorded version that it’s worth listening to again and again!

6. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – J.K. Rowling
It was hard to choose a favorite in the Harry Potter series, but this one was pretty fabulous!

7. The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje
This blew me away by how heartbreakingly beautiful it was, right from the first sentence.

8. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
This story moved me with its elegance. Its style was simple, yet profound.

9. Valiant – Holly Black
I enjoyed the entire Modern Faerie Tales series, but this was my favorite.

10. The Clockwork Prince – Cassandra Clare
This was my favorite book in all of Cassandra Clare’s world of Shadowhunters. The combination of steampunk, romance and urban fantasy, as well as tie-ins to characters in the Mortal Instruments series made this a great read. 

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your top ten favorite books with us today Lisa!


Millennia ago, he fell from heaven for her. 

Can he face her without falling again? 

Fascinated with ancient civilizations, seventeen-year-old Mia Crawford dreams of becoming an archaeologist. She also dreams of wings—soft and silent like snow—and somebody trying to steal them. 

When a horrible creature appears out of thin air and attacks her, she knows Michael Fontaine is involved, though he claims to know nothing about it. Secretive and aloof, Michael evokes feelings in Mia that she doesn’t understand. Images of another time and place haunt her. She recognizes them—but not from any textbook. 

In search of the truth, Mia discovers a past life of forbidden love, jealousy and revenge that tore an angel from Heaven and sent her to an early grave. Now that her soul has returned, does she have a chance at loving that angel again? Or will an age-old nemesis destroy them both? 

Ancient history is only the beginning.

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Now that she’s found him again, all Mia Crawford wants is some downtime with her fallen angel boyfriend, Michael. But the call of duty keeps him away—from school and from her—with more demons to smite than ever. 

When Michael is mortally wounded by a cursed sword, Mia must perform an ancient blood ritual to save him. But the spell exacts a price. Haunted by visions of war, torture, and despair, Mia discovers the world is in more danger than she ever imagined. Behind the scenes, an evil adversary pulls all the strings. 

After redemption, there’s Hell to pay.

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A Canadian-born author, Lisa Voisin spent her childhood daydreaming and making up stories, but it was her love of reading and writing in her teens that drew her to Young Adult fiction.

Lisa is also a technical writer, a meditation teacher with the Training in Power Academy, and the leader of the Young Writer’s Club, a local writing group for teens in her home town. 

A self-proclaimed coffee lover, she can usually be found writing in a local café. When she's not writing, you'll find her meditating or hiking in the mountains to counteract the side effects of drinking too much caffeine!

Though she’s lived in several cities across Canada, she currently lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her fiancé and their two cats.

More about Lisa can be found on her web site: or blog:

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Withering Rose Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

Withering Rose (Once Upon a Curse #2)
Author: Kaitlyn Davis

Genre: YA Fantasy/Fairy Tale Retelling
Release Date: May 17, 2016


**A USA Today Recommended Series!**

What if Beauty was cursed, and the Beast was the only one who could save her? Don't miss WITHERING ROSE, a dystopian romance from bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis that reimagines the classic fairy tale of Beauty & The Beast. This is the second book in Once Upon A Curse, a series of interconnected stand-alone novels all set in the same fantasy universe.

"As the heat finally disappeared, I felt the bloom blossom in the very core of my soul, a rose just like my name a ticking clock hidden behind a façade of beauty. From that moment on, my life would become a countdown, and all I could do was wait and watch as the petals of time slowly started to fall."

Omorose Bouchene has a secret magic. There's only one problem. At the age of seven, an earthquake struck, catapulting her into a new world. A land made of skyscrapers and cell phones. Fast cars and fluorescent lights. A land where magic isn't supposed to exist and anyone who wields it is the enemy.

But after ten years of hiding, she's desperate to find a place where she can be free. Because all magic comes with a curse, and her curse is time every ounce of power she uses strips days off of her life. The clock is winding down, and the only option left is to escape to the realm ruled by a man known only as the Beast. But the king of monsters isn’t what he seems. And the more Omorose opens her heart, the more she comes to realize that the only person she may need to fear is herself.

Inspiration Boards – Cole

One of my favorite things to do when working on a new book is to create an inspiration
board on Pinterest! First, because I'm obsessed with photography and art, so I love incorporating that passion into my writing process. And second, because it's a great initial
way to outline the mood I want throughout the story, the characters I hope to portray, and
the settings I'm trying to visualize.

So, of course, Withering Rose got its own inspiration board! The first few guest posts of my blog tour are diving into the different images that inspired my story, and right now we're taking a closer look at the second main character, Cole, our elusive beast.


In the beginning of the story, Cole is just the unnamed, mysterious King of Beasts — a
fellow magic-user who Omorose hopes will offer her safe haven from the soldiers looking to destroy everyone with power. Needless to say, not everything is as it seems.
And since I don’t want to give the story away, let's just leave it at that!

Just like the beast in the classic fairy tale, he's supposed to be a lonely, dangerous figure who is shrouded in secrets! So hopefully these inspirational images offer just enough intrigue to make you wanted to discover more!

Gathering Frost (Once Upon a Curse #1)
RAVE REVIEWS for Gathering Frost:
"My favorite thing about this book is the action. Jade isn't a sleeping princess. She's the best fighter and so fierce in her "empty" state. I felt like this was an urban fantasy with all the steam of a romance, and it was almost perfect for me." - Jessie Potts, USA TODAY Happy Ever After Blog

"Davis writes with confidence and poise, and the story's many twists and turns stave off predictability and allow readers to become immersed in a starkly magical world filled with last hopes." - Publisher's Weekly

"Gathering Frost is just awesome in every way. Beautiful prose, lots of heart-wrenching emotion, action and romance, a great, unstoppable villain, and a smart, tough heroine who will fight for what she wants." - Geeks in High School

"The writing is flawless as always and I must say, way to take a classic and make such a creative and wonderful twist to it...It's well thought out and it unbelievably magnificent. I  seriously couldn't put it down. Wait I never actually put it down. I started and finished in one sitting because it's just that good. This one is a MUST READ." - Happy Tails and Tales Blog 

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Bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis writes young adult fantasy novels under the name Kaitlyn Davis and contemporary romance novels under the name Kay Marie.

Always blessed with an overactive imagination, Kaitlyn has been writing ever since she picked up her first crayon and is overjoyed to share her work with the world. When she's not daydreaming, typing stories, or getting lost in fictional worlds, Kaitlyn can be found indulging in some puppy videos, watching a little too much television, or spending time with her family. 

If you have any questions for her -- about her books, about scheduling an event, or just in general -- you may contact her at:

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Cover Reveal: Olivia Decoded by Vivi Barnes

  An action packed read with a dash of computer hacking!

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Olivia Decoded by Vivi Barnes
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Check out the newly designed cover for Olivia Twisted too!

  Olivia Decoded (Olivia Twisted #2)
Author: Vivi Barnes
Genre: YA Thriller
Release Date: September 6, 2016 



This isn’t my Jack, who once looked at me like I was his world. The guy who’s occupied the better part of my mind for eight months.

This is Z, criminal hacker with a twisted agenda and an arsenal full of anger.

Olivia’s spent the past year trying to get her life on track. New school. New friends. New attitude. But old flames die hard, and one look at Jack—the hacker who enlisted her into his life and his hacking ring, stole her heart, and then left her—and every memory, every moment, every feeling comes rushing back. But Jack’s not the only one resurfacing in Liv’s life.


If there was any part of her that still wanted me, even a little, I’d never be able to let her go. But I couldn’t do that to her. She deserves better than a criminal like me.

When a stalker hell-bent on scaring Liv and framing Jack enters Liv’s life, Jack and Liv will have to work together to find out who it is before someone gets hurt, or worse. But can Liv learn to trust Jack again, when he can’t—or won’t—give up his life of hacking for good?

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And check out the new cover for Olivia Twisted:

He tilts my chin up so my eyes meet his, his thumb brushing lightly across my lips. I close my eyes. I know Z is trouble. I know that being with him is going to get me into trouble. I don’t care.

At least at this moment, I don’t care.

Tossed from foster home to foster home, Olivia’s seen a lot in her sixteen years. She’s hardened, sure, though mostly just wants to fly under the radar until graduation. But her natural ability with computers catches the eye of Z, a mysterious guy at her new school. Soon, Z has brought Liv into his team of hacker elite—break into a few bank accounts, and voila, he drives a motorcycle. Follow his lead, and Liv might even be able to escape from her oppressive foster parents. As Liv and Z grow closer, though, so does the watchful eye of Bill Sykes, Z’s boss. And he’s got bigger plans for Liv…

I can picture Liv’s face: wide-eyed, trusting. Her smooth lips that taste like strawberry Fanta. It was just a kiss. That’s all. She’s just like any other girl.
Except that she’s not.

Thanks to Z, Olivia’s about to get twisted.

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Vivi Barnes was raised on a farm in East Texas where her theater-loving mom and cowboy dad gave her a unique perspective on life. After college, she convinced her supportive husband to move with her to be part of the sunshine and magic in Orlando, Florida. On a good day, she manages to divide her time writing, working, reading, goofing off with her three kids, and avoiding dirty dishes. Vivi is a proud member of SCBWI and attends conferences whenever she can.


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Happily Ever After Blog Tour: Teasers + Giveaway 

Happily Ever After: The Write More Publications Fractured Fairy Tale Anthology
Author: Various Authors
Release Date: April 17, 2016
Publisher: Write More Publication


From princesses and princes, to witches, ice queens, imaginary friends, and dorks, Happily Ever After: The Write More Publications Fractured Fairy Tale Anthology has it all! Seven unforgettable stories by seven talented authors! Some stories are fractured takes on classics, while others are originals that will stay with you long after you've turned the last page!

Featured Authors: Dana Piazzi, Jordan Hancock, Kim Stevens, Elaine White, Vanessa Hancock, Michelle Feury, and Stephanie Parke

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Book Blitz + Giveaway: Under My Skin by Laura Diamond

Under My Skin
Author: Laura Diamond
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 12, 2016
Publisher: Swoon Romance

Summary from Goodreads:

Bookish Brit Adam Gibson is one wonky heartbeat away from a fatal arrhythmia. He's torn between wanting to live and knowing that someone else must die in order for him to do so. He needs a new heart.

Adam stops talking to his friends, refuses to meet kids at his new school, and shuts his parents out entirely. His days are spent wondering if can cope with having a dead man's heart beating inside his chest, or if he should surrender to the thoughts of suicide swirling around in his head.

And then a donor is found.

Outspoken artist Darby Fox rarely lets anything stand in her way of achieving her goals. She also happens to be the twin sister to a perfect brother with good looks, good grades, manners, and the approval of their parents - something Darby has never had.

Darby's always had bad timing. She picks the worst time to argue with her brother Daniel. In a car with bald tires, on an icy road in the freezing cold, the unthinkable happens. In a split-second, everything changes forever.

When life forces Adam and Darby together, undeniable sparks fly, and a deep connection is made. But the secret inside of Adam may be the thing that pushes them apart forever.

I clutch my well-worn paperback of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein close to my heart. The doctor robbed graves, stealing body parts to create his monster. I suppress a shiver. In a way, the transplant surgeon does the same thing by harvesting a donor’s organs when they’re on the brink of death. If I get prioritized on the list, I’ll be waiting for that poor victim to arrive. Then I’ll steal his or her heart and with it, their life.

Then I’ll be the monster.


Images blur on a merry-go-round from Hell that spins faster with each turn. Sleet pounding the windshield. Daniel fighting with the clutch and brake. The truck’s headlights impaling us. Crunching steel. Daniel’s bloody face.

Pain stretches from my head, dragging its dirty talons down my neck and across my shoulders, ending in cold numbness at my chest. Something presses my body down. I can’t move. I can’t escape it.
Laura Diamond is a board certified psychiatrist currently specializing in emergency psychiatry. She is also an author of all things young adult—both contemporary and paranormal. An avid fan of sci-fi, fantasy, and anything magical, she thrives on quirk, her lucid dreams, and coffee. When she’s not working or writing, she can be found sniffing books and drinking a latte at the bookstore or at home pondering renovations on her 225 year old fixer upper, all while obeying her feline overlords, of course.

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