June 22, 2018

Book Blast + Giveaway: The GIrl with More Than One Heart by Laura Geringer Bass

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The Girl with More Than One Heart
Author: Laura Geringer Bass
Release Date: April 17, 2018
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams 
Age Range: 8 - 12 years
Grade Level: 3 - 7

Description:

There are times we all feel we need more than one heart to get through. When Briana’s father dies, she imagines she has a new heart growing inside her. It speaks to her in her Dad’s voice. Some of its commands are mysterious.

Find Her! it says. Be Your Own!

How can Briana “be her own” when her grieving mother needs her to take care of her demanding little brother all the time? When all her grandpa can do is tell stories instead of being the “rock" she needs? When her not-so-normal home life leaves no time to pursue her dream of writing for the school literary magazine? When the first blush of a new romance threatens to be nipped in the bud? Forced by the loss of her favorite parent to see all that was once familiar with new eyes, Briana draws on her own imagination, originality, and tender loving heart to discover a surprising path through the storm.   


Praise for THE GIRL WITH MORE THAN ONE HEART:

"Bass tackles some heavy issues—having a sibling with a disability, losing a parent suddenly and at a young age, and coping with a parent's depression—but she manages to do it with grace and empathy." ―Kirkus Reviews

"In this tenderhearted tale, Bass (Sign of the Qin) conveys the complex, conflicting emotions that arise in a family facing the unexpected death of a parent... It’s an emotionally nuanced exploration of grief and resilience." ―Publishers Weekly

"Bass excels in portraying the family members, their relationships, and how they shift when one person is no longer there... A heartfelt story of loss, grief, and healing." ―Booklist

"Bass balances the coming-of-age narrative with a grief journey that sensitively and realistically shows how friendships and family relationships change after a tragedy." ―School Library Journal

"Readers struggling with responsibility for younger siblings might especially relate to this." ―The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Throughout The Girl with More Than One Heart, Briana reflects on happier days with her late father...and those memories propel her to find her own way, to “be her own” (as her second heart tells her) and embrace her new life." ―BookPage 


You can purchase The Girl with More Than One Heart at the following Retailers:
 
The day my father’s heart stopped, I discovered an extra heart deep in my belly, below my right rib. It talked to me. I wasn’t crazy. Before that day, I had just one heart that never said a word.
 

My little brother, Aaron, was kind of crazy, I guess, but everything in our house was what my grandpa Ben liked to call “under control.” At least I always knew what to expect.
 

Aaron and I had two parents, but really we each had one. Mom was in charge of Aaron. As soon as he was born, she quit her job so she could take care of him. She was his. Grandpa Ben was Aaron’s, too. Dad was mine.
 

I missed Mom—the mother I remembered from Before Aaron. She used to pick me up every day after school. If my nose was running, she had tissues. She took them from her purse, and they smelled sweet like flowers.

 

I tried not to pay much attention to Aaron and Mom. I really didn’t need Mom to pick me up from school. I was old enough to walk home with my friends. I played with Peter, my best friend, and Tina, my next-to-best friend, and Reena, who tagged along. They came over to my house almost every day, or I went to theirs. Actually, it wasn’t ever Reena who tagged along. It was me, but I didn’t know it back then.
 

On weekends, it was harder not to notice Mom and Aaron in their own little bubble, but Dad was more fun than Mom and we had adventures, just the two of us. We’d sneak out of the house without letting Mom and Aaron know where we were going. Mostly, we just went to the movies at the Loews around the corner. Or we rode our bikes in Inwood Park. Or we went swimming at the Y. Or we took the subway to museums like the New York Hall of Science in Queens, the one with the giant yellow slide and the see-through floor and the water wheel in the play-ground. Dad walked on a weird treadmill there once with special sensors in the handlebars. It spat out a crinkly blue slip of paper like the fortune in a cookie. Dad read the paper and looked annoyed. He crumpled it into his fist and shook it at the machine. “What else is new?” he said.
 

I hopped off my treadmill. It was a twin to Dad’s, but it spat out a red paper. Don’t quit now, it said. Go for pro.
 

I showed Dad my printout. “What does yours say?” I asked. “I’ll trade you. I like blue better.” 
He handed his to me in an angry little ball. I rubbed it with my finger to flatten it out. It said: Your heart is working too hard.
 

“You may as well tell me I’m alive,” said Dad to his machine.
 

“Mine didn’t say that,” I said. “I’m alive.”
 

“You may as well tell me I have a family,” he said.
 

“I do, too,” I pointed out.
 

“And that I love my family no matter what,” he added, not looking at me. He was still talking to the treadmill. “If you’re human, your heart is working too hard,” he said.
 

I wondered if my treadmill could tell I didn’t love Mom and Aaron no matter what. I wondered if it knew that when it came to Mom and Aaron, I wasn’t sure I had a heart at all. When Dad was tired, the pale scar on his forehead from when he was a little kid and rode his bike through a glass door bulged a bit, as if a worm had gotten under his skin. It did that now. I wondered if Mom and Dad had been up all night again, talking about Aaron, worrying about him.
 

“I’m human,” I reminded Dad.
 

He looked at me then and smiled. “As human as they come,” he said.
 

“I love you, Dad,” I burst out. I hugged him. I reached up and touched his scar and then his beard gently, the way I’d seen Mom do it. “I’m not so sure about Mom and Aaron. I guess I love them—but not as much.”
 

He didn’t correct me. He didn’t say, “Of course you love Mom and Aaron.” He gathered me in his arms and squeezed me tight. He said, “I love you, too, Beautiful.”
 

Copyright © 2018 by Laura Geringer Bass

 


As publisher of the award winning imprint, Laura Geringer Books, editor, story advisor, teacher and writer, Laura Geringer Bass has collaborated with many celebrated authors and artists in the field of children’s books. She has worked with numerous publishing houses and entertainment studios including HarperCollins, Simon and Schuster, Scholastic, Houghton Mifflin, Hyperion/Disney, Dreamworks, Fox, and CBS. She develops picture books, illustrated novels and YAs in partnership with Shannon Associates LLC a global talent agency representing over 200 writers and artists worldwide. She teaches writing workshops privately and at the JCCand is a faculty member of New York Writer’s Workshop (NYWW), an instructor for Prison Writes serving teens at risk through New York City's Administration for Children’s Services' Close to Home program (ACS), and a mentor for Girls Write Now. Laura is the author of twenty books for children including the bestselling A THREE HAT DAY, an ALA Notable Book illustrated by Arnold Lobel, a Top Ten featured selection on LeVar Burton’s Reading Rainbow. Her YA fantasy, SIGN OF THE QIN, an ALA Best Book was shortlisted for the Printz award. MYTH MEN, her popular series of graphic novels was adapted by CBS as an animated TV show. Her love of story informs her service on the board of First Book, a non-profit organization that has delivered over 150 million books into the hands of children in need. Her new novel for middle graders, THE GIRL WITH MORE THAN ONE HEART, is due out from Abrams on April 17, 2018. 
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 (5) Winners will receive a Copy of THE GIRL WITH MORE THAN ONE HEART by Laura Geringer Bass.
Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

June 21, 2018

The Merciless IV: Last Rites Blog Tour: Author Dream Cast


Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for THE MERCILESS IV: LAST RITES! If you haven't check out this amazing series yet - now is definitely the time to get started! Read on for more information on the latest installment, the book that started it all, and the author. Don't forget to check out the other stops on the tour and check out more awesome content!


The Merciless IV: Last Rites (The Merciless #4)
Author: Danielle Vega
Genre: YA Paranormal/Horror
Release Date: June 12, 2018
Publisher: Razorbill

Description:

The fourth book of the scream-worthy cult series The Merciless combines Stephen King level terror with true crime stories like the Amanda Knox case.

The ropes tighten on Berkley Hubbard's wrists. Blood drips down her fingers and lands with a smack on the cold floor of the church basement. She's trapped, bound, and petrified by fear. A knife punctures her fragile skin as Berkley's captors search for the mark of the devil on her body. They say they want to save her--drive the devil away and cleanse her soul--but will she make it out alive?

When Berkley arrived in Italy a week ago, the last thing she expected was that she'd end up fighting for her life. After spending six months at the Institute, confined to a room with the dangerous-yet-alluring Sofia Flores, Berkley was certain that a vacation in Italy with her two best friends would be the perfect getaway. But Berkley is hiding a terrible secret, one that threatens to undo everything. As she's forced to face her wicked past, she learns that the devil is always watching, and no one is coming to save her.
 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36536878-the-merciless-iv

THE MERCILESS IV Dreamcast

- Characters -
 
Sofia Flores:

I probably wouldn’t have picked Camila for the Sofia of the first Merciless. When we meet Sofia, she’s meek and easily manipulated, and the actress who plays Betty on Riverdale is anything but meek! That said, by book IV, Sofia has become a completely different girl. [SPOILER ALERT] By now, she’s living in a mental hospital, and has fully accepted the evil inside of her. With those eyebrows, Camila could do her unhinged and conniving personality justice.

Camila Mendes: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6161516/

Berkley: I’m going to be real here…I truly believe that Millie Bobbie Brown could play any character on this list. She won me over as Eleven on Stranger Things, and since then she’s been rocking the red carpet like she was born there. Likewise, Berkley is girl with a few different faces. We need to see her losing her shit in a mental hospital and then, in the very next scene, walking the streets of Italy in strappy sandals and a cute sundress. Millie definitely has the range to pull this off!

Millie Bobbie Brown: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5611121/?ref_=nmls_hd

Harper: We need to see someone casually beautiful, but with an undercurrent of mean girl manipulation to play Harper, one of Berkley’s two best friends. Rowan’s roles in Girl Meets World and A Wrinkle in Time have been mostly innocent, but I think she has the skills to pull off something a bit darker.

Rowan Blanchard: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3688576/

Mara: I’m dying to seen Kiernan in more roles, and I think that she perfected the stone-faced, “you couldn’t possibly know what I’m thinking” look during her run in Mad Men. Mara is a type-A perfectionist, who’s ruthless enough to do whatever it takes to come out on top. Kiernan is perfect.

Kiernan Shipka: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2215143/


Giovanni: Giovanni was the hardest character to cast! He has to be young and Italian and hot, and every hot Italian actor I found was in his thirties (which makes sense, since I am in my thirties and otherwise it would be yuck.) I’m looking for an Italian Timothee Chalamet type, but he doesn’t exist, I tell you! I’m totally stuck, guys. Tell me who you’d cast in the comments?

(someone like) Timothée Chalamet: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3154303/

Francesca: I discovered Matilda in Rings and immediately knew that she’d be the perfect actress to cast as Giovanni’s unhinged, obsessive ex-girlfriend. Doesn’t this chick look like she wants to punish you for stealing her boyfriend?

Matilda Lutz: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4436761/?ref_=tt_cl_t1

The Merciless (The Merciless #1)
Author: Danielle Vega
Genre: YA Paranormal/Horror
Release Date: June 12, 2014
Publisher: Razorbill

Description:

Forgive us, Father, for we have sinned

Brooklyn Stevens sits in a pool of her own blood, tied up and gagged. No one outside of these dank basement walls knows she’s here. No one can hear her scream.

Sofia Flores knows she shouldn’t have gotten involved. When she befriended Riley, Grace, and Alexis on her first day at school, she admired them, with their perfect hair and their good-girl ways. They said they wanted to save Brooklyn. They wanted to help her. Sofia didn’t realize they believed Brooklyn was possessed.

Now, Riley and the girls are performing an exorcism on Brooklyn—but their idea of an exorcism is closer to torture than salvation. All Sofia wants is to get out of this house. But there is no way out. Sofia can’t go against the other girls...unless she wants to be next...

In this chilling debut, Danielle Vega delivers blood-curdling suspense and terror on every page. By the shockingly twisted end, readers will be faced with the most haunting question of all: Is there evil in all of us?
 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18667769-the-merciless


Other Books in the Series:

  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27209488-the-merciless-iihttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32510206-the-merciless-iii
  
Danielle Vega spent her childhood hiding under the covers while her mother retold tales from the pages of Stephen King novels. Now an adult, she can count on one hand the number of times in her life she's been afraid. Danielle is the author of the Merciless series and Survive the Night. Follow her @dvegabooks.

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SCHEDULE 


WEEK ONE:

June 5 – Lisa’s Lost in Lit – Instagram Giveaway

June 6 – Bookish Lifestyle – 5 Reasons You Need To Read The Series

June 7 – @xenatine – Instagram Giveaway

June 8 – Here’s To Happy Endings – Series Review



WEEK TWO:

June 11 – FearYourEx – Creative Instagram Picture + Playlist

June 12 – Bookie Crumbs – Creative Instagram Picture + Unboxing

June 13 – Lost In a Book – Creative Instagram Picture + Review + Playlist

June 14 – [thehollowcupboards.blogspot.com]The Hollow Cupboards – Book Aesthetic + Creative Instagram Picture



WEEK THREE:

June 18 – [instagram.com/the.book.talk]the.book.talk – Book Aesthetics

June 19 – Under the Book Cover – Moodboard + Creative Instagram Picture + Review

June 20 – [instagram.com/bookhoarderproblems]Book Hoarder Problems – Creative Instagram Picture

June 21 – A Dream Within a Dream – Author Guest Post: Dream Cast







Book Blitz + Giveaway: Escape Forbidden by Ruth Silver


 

Escape Forbidden (Aberrant Prequel)
Author: Ruth Silver
Genre: YA Dystopian
Publication Date: June 15, 2018

Description:

Fight to stay alive.

The Gravelands are a dangerous place.

In a world of uncertainty, Cora Manning knows one thing without a doubt: getting into Genesis will offer her a brighter future.

When the intake coordinator agrees to let her in because of her genetic makeup, Cora discovers the promised city of utopia is nothing like she imagined.

The rebellion has begun.


“Sit,” Noelle said and gestured toward the cot positioned on the floor.

Without much thought I wandered over and stretched out to lie down. Had it not been a trying day and with bombings outside, I’d have opted to go home or at the very least refused special treatment. That was what Noelle offered me, wasn’t it?

“You don’t have to stay here all night,” I said. It felt weird to be watched as I slept. “If I need anything, I can let you know. Or I mean, whoever stays.” I didn’t want to assume she wouldn’t go home either. I shut my eyes and relaxed against the cot. It wasn’t the most comfortable bed I’d been in, but it beat the straw in the barn.

“Toby and I will alternate, unless your fever breaks. Then we’ll both go home and let you sleep in peace.”

Hearing her words was enough to help me relax. “Okay,” I mumbled. If only I had the ability to control my own body temperature.

Noelle shut off the lights which helped ease the throbbing pulse behind my eyes. The distant wail of the siren ceased. Had it ended? Was everyone safe? I took momentary comfort in the quiet of Noelle’s office and allowed myself to fall asleep.

During the night, I heard the door whine and I attempted to roll over, only half cognizant of where I was. The cot groaned beneath me and I felt the warmth of metal against my cheek.

“Wake up, little girl,” an unfamiliar voice said, and I heard the distinctive click of the safety released from a gun.

My eyes flashed open, staring up at the intruder, the gun tight against my skin. How would I get out of this mess?


Ruth Silver enjoys reading, traveling, writing, photography, boardgames, and playing with her dogs.

REFUGE FORBIDDEN (Aberrant Book 4) by Ruth Silver will be available June 29, 2018.

She also writes adult romance under the name Allison West.





 
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June 20, 2018

Bring Me Their Hearts Blog Tour: Review

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Bring Me Their Hearts
Author: Sara Wolf
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: June 5, 2018
Publisher: Entangled Teen

Description:

Zera is a Heartless—the immortal, unaging soldier of a witch. Bound to the witch Nightsinger ever since she saved her from the bandits who murdered her family, Zera longs for freedom from the woods they hide in. With her heart in a jar under Nightsinger’s control, she serves the witch unquestioningly.

Until Nightsinger asks Zera for a prince’s heart in exchange for her own, with one addendum: if she’s discovered infiltrating the court, Nightsinger will destroy Zera’s heart rather than see her tortured by the witch-hating nobles.

Crown Prince Lucien d’Malvane hates the royal court as much as it loves him—every tutor too afraid to correct him and every girl jockeying for a place at his darkly handsome side. No one can challenge him—until the arrival of Lady Zera. She’s inelegant, smart-mouthed, carefree, and out for his blood. The prince’s honor has him quickly aiming for her throat.

So begins a game of cat and mouse between a girl with nothing to lose and a boy who has it all.

Winner takes the loser’s heart.

Literally. 
 
 


Get yourself a copy HERE!  

Bring Me Their Hearts is a fantastic mix of several genres that will end up appealing to almost every kind of reader. It blends so many different things together - magic and fantasy, politics and court, wars and history, and romance (of course) - and the end result is a wonderfully unique new young adult novel that will leave you begging for more. For me personally, I loved basically every single aspect of the book. The world building was fantastic and incredibly thorough. I loved learning everything about the history of Zera's country, the wars that had been fought, about the witches and the Heartless, and then there was all of the political intrigue and issues that spanned the entire plot. I thought it was all fascinating and added lots to the story line. 
 
The characters were all well rounded, but Zera (our main character) was obviously the most complex and developed. I loved getting to know her throughout the book. She's been through a lot in her short life - most drastically being made into a Heartless. Even though she has this "hunger" inside her because of the magic, she's still a good person and I easily identified with her right from the beginning. Writing style is one of the most important aspects of a book for me and can easily make it or break it for me. The author used the first person point of view for the story, which is by far my favorite, and I was so thankful she did. Zera is the narrator, so we learn everything from her point of view, which also allows us to get to know her on a deeply personal level (another thing I love about the first person POV). I loved watching her character grow and change throughout the course of the book, and I also liked watching her relationships with other characters change as well. All of these things added up to make a really great read for me and is one that I highly recommend to fans of all genres.
 
Sara Wolf is a twenty-something author who adores baking, screaming at her cats, and screaming at herself while she types hilarious things. When she was a kid, she was too busy eating dirt to write her first terrible book. Twenty years later, she picked up a keyboard and started mashing her fists on it and created the monster known as Lovely Vicious. She lives in San Diego with two cats, a crippling-yet-refreshing sense of self-doubt, and not enough fruit tarts ever.
 



Love Me, Love Me Not Blog Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway


 

Love Me, Love Me Not
Author: S.M. Koz

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: June 19, 2018

Publisher: Swoon Reads

Description:

Family, abandonment, and forbidden romance are at the core of SM Koz’s powerful and emotionally charged novel about a teen who falls for her foster brother.
When Hailey Brown is removed from her home and put into foster care, all she wants is a safe, comfortable place where she can finish school and move on with her life. It’s not easy adjusting to a new school and a new life, but Mr. and Mrs. Campbell and their teenage son, Brad, welcome Hailey with open arms.

As Hailey begins to adjust to her new life, she and Brad grow closer. For the first time, Hailey feels like she might have a real shot at a future. Soon, however, Hailey realizes her relationship with Brad has crossed the line from friendship into something more. But being with Brad would mean giving up the perfect life that Hailey has waited so long to have.

Can Hailey and Brad resist the feelings that are developing between them—or will they risk it all to be together?

Chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, SM Koz delivers a powerful debut about the ups and downs of being a foster child.


I have to talk to Brittany. This whole Brad thing is messing with my head. For the past four nights, I hardly got any sleep as homecoming kept replaying in my mind. I finally decided I needed help. Maybe someone on the outside can provide me with a better perspective and get my stupid hormones in line.

“Can we talk?” I ask, sliding in next to her and her friends.

“What’s up?” she replies.

I motion for her to follow me to the other end of the table so we can have some privacy.

“This must be big,” she says, pulling a fruit cup out of her lunch bag.

“I like Brad.”

There. I said it. You can’t fix a problem until you admit you have one, right?

“No kidding,” she replies, rolling her eyes.

“This is a huge problem!”

“How so?”

“He’s my foster brother! What is wrong with me? How can I even think of him like that?”

She opens her fruit, then says, “Because he’s hot as hell and the nicest guy in school?”

“And also my brother.”

“Come on,” she says, waving the plastic lid in her hand. “He’s not really your brother.”

I stare at her like she’s got a unicorn horn coming out of her forehead. “He is as long as I’m living in his home with his parents. Do you ever think about your foster brother’s gorgeous eyes?”

She cringes. “No, gross.”

“Exactly my point.”

“Jonas is ten, Hailey.”

“Oh.” I thought he was older. “I need to figure out a way to only think sister thoughts around him.”

She drains the fruit cup in three bites. “I’m pretty sure he’s not thinking brotherly thoughts around you.”

“What? Of course he is. He’s been the perfect big brother.”

She searches in her lunch bag for something while saying, “I saw the way he looked at you at homecoming.” She pulls out her hand, holding a plastic bag of Oreos. “Michelle wishes she could get that look. Want one?”

I grab an Oreo. “You’re being ridiculous. He was acting nice. Trying to make me comfortable.”

“Uh-huh,” she says, laying the cookies on the table and reaching down to her backpack on the floor.

“What are you doing?”

“Texting a friend. I want to know if there’s a DSS rule about dating your foster sibling.”

I practically spit out my Oreo. “Of course there is!”

She shakes her head. “I’m not so sure. They want us to be normal. They aren’t going to tell us we can’t date.”

“Dating in general is way different than dating the boy whose house you live in.”

She types a message and then lays her phone on the table. “Maybe.”

When I’m done with the cookie, I turn to my chicken wings. After swallowing a bite, I ask, “How do you convince yourself a guy is physically repulsive?”

“Never gonna happen with Brad.”

“It has to happen.” If not, I’ll end up driving myself crazy.

Her phone vibrates on the table and she picks it up. After scanning the screen, she says, “Bummer.”

“What?” I ask, licking sauce off my fingers and craning my neck to see her phone.

“There were two foster kids in the same house who started dating a while back. DSS moved one of them somewhere else. So, you’ve got to decide—Brad or your placement.”

“There’s nothing to decide. Brad’s not into me. I just need to get my hormones under control.”

She smiles. “Maybe if you convince yourself he’s a serial killer?”

I frown. “That’s the best you’ve got?”

“Yeah, sorry.”

SM KOZ is a medical writer from North Carolina, where she lives with her husband, two sons, and numerous pets. She has a BS in Biology from Duke University and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from North Carolina State University. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys reading, photographing nature and her family, gardening, travelling, and attempting, usually unsuccessfully, to decorate birthday cakes. Love Me, Love Me Not is her first traditionally published novel.






 
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June 19, 2018

Cinderella's Inferno Blog Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway



CINDERELLA'S INFERNO (Cinderella, Necromancer #2) 
Author: F.M. Boughan
Publication Date: May 28, 2018
Publisher: Month9Books
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Pages: 324


Description: 

Purity cannot abide the darkness.

It’s been two years since Ellison defeated her stepsisters and sent her evil stepmother back into the Abyss.

Though she’s learning to control her dark magic and has spent time traveling with Prince William and bringing peace to the kingdom, one fact remains. She is a necromancer and he is a paladin of light. And so, the king refuses to give his blessing for them to marry.

To appease his father, William has begun to avoid her. But when even her younger brother Edward grows distant, Ellison learns her mother’s spirit has been visiting Edward in secret, threatening to overwhelm him with her own loneliness and longing. When Ellison accidentally touches her mother’s spirit, her tainted touch condemns her mother’s spirit to eternal damnation.

Ellison resolves to descend into hell to save her mother’s soul and bring her physical body back to the world of the living. William hopes this good deed will bring Ellison into favor and finally allow them to be wed.

But the journey through hell is fraught with peril. Temptations abound and the demons Ellison sent back to the Abyss are thirsty for revenge.

Evil cannot be defeated without sacrifice—but when that sacrifice means choosing between the ones Ellison loves and her very own life, how far is she willing to go to make her family whole again? 


Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N, iBooks, TBD
Excerpt from Chapter 4, “The Damning”


I crouched beside the iron gate, peering above the branches of a roughly trimmed hedge to watch Edward’s hand reach toward our mother as she, too, extended hers to him. I hoped for a word of joy or encouragement that Edward might pass on to Father and me. Or, better still, a reason for her absence. I didn’t need to touch her, I would not inflict purposeful pain, but did she truly believe otherwise? Perhaps she recalled that moment two years prior when we’d reached for each other—how angry, black scabs had formed over her luminescent spirit flesh when we’d made contact. I still heard her cries of pain, recalling easily the way my skin had burned at her touch. Did she fear I would reach for her again, that I would cause her purity to fester? Was that why she’d stayed away?

Anger flared in my belly and unbalanced my deep crouch. My toe caught on the front of my skirt and I toppled forward to land directly in front of the closed gate. No longer hidden by the hedge, I held a quiet hope that the fumble had gone unnoticed. But when I glanced up to regard my family, Edward gaped as though he had forgotten my presence at all, and my mother—oh, my dear and most precious mother—was not pleased to see me. If she had any reaction at all, I might have called it … anger. Or was it blame?

“Ella, go back,” Edward pleaded.

“Mother, please,” I breathed. She didn’t speak to me but the air around her shimmering form darkened. The dulled brightness of her spirit dimmed further, and I stared in alarm as I rose to my feet.

“No, Ella. Go.” Edward took a step toward me as I found myself pressed into the iron gate. My trembling fingers caught the latch and raised it. My mother’s spirit, faded and stark, lifted her palms toward me—not beckoning, but forbidding.

“Why don’t you want me?” My voice cracked, and I choked on the words as I stepped through onto hallowed ground. “Why doesn’t anyone want me?”

 F.M. Boughan is a bibliophile, a writer, and an unabashed parrot enthusiast. She can often be found writing in local coffee shops, namely because it’s hard to concentrate with a cat lying on the keyboard and a small, colorful parrot screaming into her ear. Her work is somewhat dark, somewhat violent, somewhat hopeful, and always contains a hint of magic.

You can follow Faith on Twitter (@FaithBoughan) for plenty of flailing about food (she likes to cook!), TV shows (she watches too many), and world dance (did you know she's been performing & instructing in Bollywood-style dance for over 8 years?).

Or catch her on Facebook where she just might post pictures of her adorable cat & bird... among other things.

F.M. Boughan is represented by Bill Contardi of Brandt & Hochman. 



(1) winner will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card.





Tour Schedule: 
Week One: 
6/11/2018- Dorky Girl and Skeletor- Excerpt 
6/11/2018- Writer of Wrongs- Review 

6/12/2018- Book Briefs- Interview 
6/12/2018- Book-o-Craze- Spotlight 
 
6/13/2018- For the Lover of Books- Review 
6/13/2018- Books a Plenty Book Reviews- Spotlight 
 
6/14/2018- Lauren is Reading- Review 
6/14/2018- A Gingerly Review- Excerpt 
 
6/15/2018- Book-Keeping- Guest Post 
6/15/2018- RhythmicBooktrovert- Spotlight 
 
Week Two: 
6/18/2018- Zach's YA Reviews- Review 
6/18/2018- Rattle the Stars- Spotlight 
 
6/19/2018- Bluestocking Bookworm- Review 
6/19/2018- A Dream Within A Dream- Excerpt 
 
6/20/2018- books are love- Review 
6/20/2018- Here's to Happy Endings- Excerpt 
 
6/21/2018- Blushing Bibliophile- Review 
6/21/2018- Two Chicks on Books- Interview 
 
6/22/2018-Bookroomreviews- Guest Post 
6/22/2018- Tales of the Ravenous Reader- Guest Post