September 19, 2018

Dark Tomorrow: Rise of the Crow Blog Tour: Spotlight + Giveaway

Dark Tomorrow 
Author: Jeremiah Franklin 
Release Date: September 18, 2018 
Publisher: Month9Books 


When a deadly virus decimates the majority of Earth's population, 16-year-old Sawyer Bradshaw finds he is both immune and alone in a world that has descended into violent chaos. Armed with only his estranged father's shotgun, and an unrelenting desire to stay alive, Sawyer discovers that he not only has an uncanny knack for cheating death, but also for taking lives. Still, it is not long before he meets his match in a fierce and cunning teenage girl named Sara and by her side Sawyer emerges as more than just a natural-born killer, but also as a leader among men. Nevertheless, as quick as the young survivors fall desperately in love, they find themselves caught up in a series of conspiracies and twisted struggles for power, and they soon realize that more often than not, love, betrayal, and death, tend to walk hand in hand.
Jeremiah Franklin is a former private investigator, arm-chair survivalist, and author of the Dark Tomorrow trilogy. When he is not creating thrilling post-apocalyptic worlds, or discussing himself in the third person, the author enjoys reading, staying active, and spending time outdoors with family and friends. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Education, and several other certifications that no one really cares about. 

  • One (1) winner will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card and a digital copy of Dark Tomorrow


Book Blitz + Giveaway: Twisted Lies 4 by Sedona Venez


Twisted Lies 4 (Dirty Secrets #4)
Author: Sedona Venez
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: September 19, 2018


From USA Today Bestselling Author Sedona Venez comes an edge-of-your-seat captivating, heart-wrenching, romantic suspense.

If you’re a fan of love/hate relationships, then read Twisted Lies 4. Or, just read it anyway.

A beautiful, captivating, angst-filled story with lessons about the fine line between love and hate—and two beautifully broken characters who will stick with you long after you finish this series.

For Core and Sin… there’s a thin line between love and hate—and nothing is what it seems.

Core’s a billionaire bad boy—living in a dangerous world—with an empire filled with dirty secrets, twisted lies, and scorching lust.

He’s a corporate god, one that sassy, curvy Sin hasn’t been able to avoid… or resist. But now the truth has come to light, and all secrets have been unveiled.

Lives are destroyed, and old wounds resurface.

It changes everything.

Core and Sin are teetering on losing the love of a lifetime.

A decision must be made… but Core has one last chance to make Sin his—or ruin what they have—permanently.

Sin is the only one who can heal Core’s broken heart—but she no longer knows if she wants it.

Can Sin trust Core?

Or will she walk away and abandon their future… forever?

Twisted Lies 4 is the last book in the suspenseful and sexy contemporary romance Dirty Secrets Series by author Sedona Venez. A steamy romp of twists and shocking turns, readers will fall in love one last time with the ending of the popular and highly anticipated Twisted Lies serial.

He rasped, “You going somewhere, Sin?”

There was no smile. When he crossed his muscular arms, my eyes traveled up his tall, well-built body that was pure rippling muscle. Hardened abs trailed downward to the waist of his black designer-looking jeans.

Damn, no man should look this fucking good all the time.
And why the hell wasn’t he wearing a damn shirt? His body, from chest to wrist, was a beautiful composition of Japanese tattoos and other beast-themed ink.

“Yep,” I replied. “I’ve got shit to do.”

He arched a brow. “Like?”

“Like it’s none of your business,” I replied while slowly plodding toward him, stepping into his massive kitchen. We stood face-to-face as I leaned my hip against the granite kitchen counter.

He scowled. “That’s where you’re wrong. Everything about you is my business.” He was studying me too closely, his expression brooding.

Sedona Venez is a romance author with a dirty mind. She lives in New York City with her hot ex-military hubby--hooah--and their fur baby. She loves writing sizzling, sexy intricate stories about strong but broken characters who push limits, overcome their fears, and risk it all for love.

You can chat with her on Facebook (, Twitter (@SedonaVenez), and her kick-ass romance website, (

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September 18, 2018

Ancient Nine Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

The Ancient Nine
Author: Ian K. Smith
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Release Date: September 18, 2018
Publisher: St. Martin's Press


Spenser Collins

An unlikely Harvard prospect, smart and athletic, strapped for cash, determined to succeed.
Calls his mother—who raised him on her own in Chicago—every week.

Dalton Winthrop
A white-shoe legacy at Harvard, he's just the most recent in a string of moneyed, privileged
Winthrop men in Cambridge. He's got the ease—and the deep knowledge—that come from

These two find enough common ground to become friends, cementing their bond when
Spenser is "punched" to join the Delphic Club, one of the most exclusive of Harvard's
famous all-male final clubs. Founded in the nineteenth century, the Delphic has had titans of industry, Hollywood legends, heads of state, and power brokers among its members.
Dalton Winthrop knows firsthand that the Delphic doesn't offer memberships to just anyone.

His great-uncle is one of their oldest living members, and Dalton grew up on stories of the
club's rituals. But why is his uncle so cryptic about the Ancient Nine, a shadowy group of
alums whose identities are unknown and whose power is absolute? They protect the
Delphic's darkest and oldest secrets—including what happened to a student who sneaked
into the club's stately brick mansion in 1927 and was never seen again.

Dalton steers Spenser into deeper and deeper recesses of the club, and beyond it, to try to
make sense of what they think they may be seeing. But with each scrap of information they
get from an octogenarian Crimson graduate, a crumbling newspaper in the library's archives, or one of Harvard's most famous and heavily guarded historical books, a fresh complication trips them up. The more the friends investigate, the more questions they unearth, tangling the story of the club, the disappearance, and the Ancient Nine, until they realize their own lives are in danger.  

Ancient Nine is a suspenseful mystery that will leave fans of the genre begging for more. I really enjoyed everything about this book and have no real issues with it. The only reason I'm not giving it a full five stars is because it took a little while to actually get into the story and it took a little effort to stay in the author's world. That's my own personal opinion though, and says nothing to how others will react to the novel. Here are my major positives from the book:

Characters: I loved both Dalton and Spenser. They were each realistic and complex, and I was able to identify with each of them early on in the book. I also liked watching their friendship start and grow throughout the story. It ends up feeling like it's the two of them against the world.

Setting: I'm a sucker for novels set in colleges or private/boarding schools, and this book definitely checked that box. There's just something about the history of the university combined with the secrets and mysteries involved that take it to another level for me.

Plot: Thrillers are one of my favorite genres, so I was immediately intrigued by this book. I had decently high hopes and I was certainly not disappointed. I loved the building tension and sense of urgency that ramps up as the book goes on. The mysteries were fascinating because of all the history and people behind them and there were some interesting twists and turns that I didn't see coming.

Writing Style: This was a huge plus for me for a couple reasons. First, the book was told in the first person point of view from Spenser's perspective. I love the first person POV because I think it allows a deeper bond between the narrator and the reader that isn't possible with the other writing styles. I also really loved that there were other "documents" included throughout the book - articles, notes and letters, secret communications, and excerpts from books to name a few. This gave the book a whole new dimension for me in a very positive way and I only loved it more because the author included these within the story.

Definitely recommended for fans of suspense, mystery, thrillers, and readers who enjoy secret societies, history, and books set in colleges/universities.
Ian K. Smith is the author of nine New York Times bestselling nonfiction books, several of them, including Shred and Super Shred, #1 bestsellers, as well as one previous work of fiction, The Blackbird Papers. He is a graduate of Harvard, Columbia, and the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine. 

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Book Blast + Giveaway: Peet, the Creature with Big Feet by Leo Aquino

Peet, the Creature with Big Feet
Author: Leo Aquino
Genre: Children's Picture Book 


Peet is a big footed creature who is always on the run. He’s constantly hiding because he’s scared of what the other animals may think of him and his big feet. He can barely sleep at night because his struggle with insecurities never rests.

One night he was so tired from running that he managed to fall asleep. The next morning Peet wakes up and spots an unusual sight. He sees Squirrel and other animals heading west together. Peet decides to hide and wait for the animals to head over the hill where they could not see him.

Though when Peet feels secure with the animals gone, he spots a forest fire heading his way from the horizon. With no hesitation, Peet quickly runs towards the water to save himself. But when he has a moment to reflect, he realizes that he’s done something awful. He’s left all the animals behind who know nothing about the forest fire heading their way. Peet had to make a choice: Stay put and be safe? Or, head back and save the others?

Peet takes a deep breath and makes the right call. With the power of his large feet, he makes it back to the group of animals before the fire is able to. He tells the animals that a forest fire is heading their way and there no time to waste. The animals panic, but Squirrel comes up with a great idea. He suggests that Peet use his big feet to smash a large rock blocking their only exit. Peet steps up and gives the rock a great kick and breaks it with one swift hit.

Peet heroically leads the group of animals straight to safety over the water. Seeing rain clouds heading directly over the forest fire makes the group feel a sense of relief.

Squirrel reassures Peet that he shouldn’t be ashamed of his feet and it’s ok to be different. All the animals in the forest are unique too. Peet never has to hide again because from now on they are all friends.

Peet, the Creature with Big Feet

Leo Aquino is raising funds for Peet, the Creature with Big Feet on Kickstarter! A children's book about a Bigfoot who is self conscious about how large his feet are.
Leo Aquino grew up in the Bay Area. As a boy, he loved drawing his favorite cartoons, such as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Dragon Ball Z. He hoped that someday he could grow up and draw for a living. Now, he is lucky to have been working as a professional artist for eleven years. From Disney Interactive to Jam City, Leo has had the opportunity to illustrate iconic characters such as Snoopy and Charlie Brown, Belle & the Beast, and the whole cast of Monsters Inc. to name a few.

Most recently, Leo was inspired by his many nieces and nephews to write and illustrate his first children’s book, “Peet, the Creature with Big Feet.” Leo hopes that his art and stories can inspire the next generation to shake off their fears and follow their dreams.

When Leo is not illustrating, he loves longboarding and making pizza in the Napolitano style. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his girlfriend and their cat, Charlie.

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September 17, 2018

Magic Harvest Blog Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway


Magic Harvest
Author: Mary Karlik

Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: September 18, 2018

Publisher: Ink Monster LLC


Young fae girls are disappearing.

Layla has never belonged to the fairy realm – at least, half of her hasn’t. She’s never known anyone with human blood, not even her father. When she was three, the dragon Fauth attacked the fairy festival, murdering her fae mum & stepfather. Frankly, some fairies think she should’ve been eaten too.

As she grew, despite being called names like “fuman” for being a half-blood, she’s discovered that being half-human isn’t terrible. She may lack magic, but she is immune to iron sickness, and she can wield a sword with elven skill.

Magic in the human world is disastrous.

Sixteen years later, when Layla’s half-sister is kidnapped and taken through a portal to the forbidden human realm, Layla rushes to the rescue. She’s older and stronger, and she’s not about to let her last living family member be taken from her without a fight.

Only someone who belongs to both worlds can find the truth.

The portal spits her out in the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, but neither her sister or the kidnapper are anywhere to be found. Stuck in a world she only knows from school books, Layla forges unlikely alliances to find her sister. As she becomes tangled in the dark world of fairy trafficking, magic harvesting, and murder, Layla will have to find the strength within if she is to survive and save her sister.

Esme and Isla scrambled to the high branches above her. Esme cried out, “Layla, run!”

And then, as if a window had closed, a dead calm filled the air and with it came an ominous sensation, as if it were heralding something cold, empty, and evil. Layla stopped and turned in all directions, searching for the source of the presence.

A gray horse broke from a copse of trees. Black fog swirled at the creature’s feet. Mounted on it was a figure wearing a brown monk’s robe with the hood pulled forward so that its face was shadowed.

Wickedness emanated from the man on the horse as he slowly and deliberately leveled a nocked arrow at Layla’s chest. For two heartbeats she couldn’t breathe.

Then he tipped his bow higher—to the trees.

Layla screamed, “Fly!”

But Esme and Isla didn’t fly. They hovered as if frozen in mid-air.

He released the arrow.

Completely helpless to stop it, Layla held her breath as she tracked it into the sky. It arched above Isla and Esme and Layla blew out a heavy sigh. He’d missed.

But, as quickly as that thought raced across her brain, a net exploded from the tip of the arrow. Layla fey-sized and flew toward them. But it was if she were flying through molasses and everything was happening in agonizing slow motion.

The net spread wide above the fairies. Still, they didn’t try to flee. Esme looked up and shrieked, and as the net fell upon them, Isla curled into a ball and covered her face with her wings.

Layla forced every ounce of her energy into her muscles, but couldn’t reach them before the net tightened around their bodies. From the pit of her stomach she bellowed, “Use your magic.” Then, she realized the net had to be at least partly iron. Their magic was useless.

She neared, almost close enough to touch the net. Her head spun as her mind struggled to reconcile what was happening. Isla remained curled with her face hidden. Esme knelt with her

hands wrapped around the ropes of the net. Her face was contorted in terror, her mouth wide open in a silent scream.

Powering forward, Layla lunged for the net just as the hooded man gave the line a jerk. Then he reeled it in, crashing the fairies through the leaves from one branch to the next.

Layla chased them like a helpless kitten after a string. Before she could reach them, the horseman gave a final tug, snapping the net to him. He slung Isla and Esme over his back like a bag of fruit, casually patted the side of his horse’s neck, and cantered back into the trees.

Disbelief rattled through Layla. This cannot be happening. But it was. Esme and Isla had been taken and it was up to her to save them.

She flipped the bow over her shoulder, shoved the arrow back in her quiver, and pulled the sgian-dubh from her boot. A warrior cry erupted from her as she held the knife ready to strike, and flew hard and fast after him. When she neared, he spun the horse to face her and flung up a wall of wind.

Human-sized, it had slowed her. Fey-sized, as she was now, it sent her tumbling backward into the solid trunk of a critheann tree. The impact rattled her bones like pods in a gourd. Her breath whooshed from her and she spent precious seconds flailing her arms and wings while trying to suck air into her lungs.

When she was finally able to breathe enough to fuel flight, she charged into the wind after the horseman. The force was too strong. It was like trying to fly through a stone wall. If she couldn’t get through, she had to go over it. She shot straight up to the tops of the trees. As soon as she broke free of the forest canopy, she was able to increase her speed and search for the horseman through gaps in the leaves.

Before she saw him, she felt his sinister presence. The crĂ dh awoke and filled her chest. It told her that without magic, she could not win against him and that she’d fail her sister. Layla pushed the parasite’s words away and listened to her heart instead as she folded her wings and

dropped through the trees toward the horseman and the net that hung over his back.

Layla’s lungs burned as she struggled to catch up with the horse. As she closed in on the net bouncing on the horseman’s back, she saw the spikes protruding at intervals along the twine and sensed there was terrible, evil magic mixed with it.

She grabbed the net with her free hand and prepared to saw the twine with her dirk. A tingling sensation crawled up her arm, tightening her muscles in its path. As the bracelet released its protection against the net’s magic, it danced on her wrist, causing her hand to knock against Esme’s leg. If she hadn’t seen it, she would never have known she’d touched her sister’s skin. It was ice-cold. But more than that, it was hard, as though it was inanimate, as though it was porcelain. The kind of porcelain dolls were made of.

Layla’s mind struggled with the impossibility of what was happening. Her sister and Isla were prisoners of the magic in the ropes that held them. And to free them from the net, she had to first stop the horseman.
Mary Karlik has always been a dreamer. When she was a teen, she read The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, and then sat in every wardrobe in her Nanna’s home, trying to open the door to Narnia. She didn’t find it, but she did discover her voice as an author: one filled with her young adult self, and grounded in her roots as a Texan and her Scottish heritage, nourished by obscure Scottish folklore.

You can find her Texas roots in her YA contemporary romance Hickville series , which has been described as “100% solid storytelling,” and begins with Welcome to Hickville High, a “lovely story about growing up.”

She digs deep into her Scottish roots – there is magic there, she just knows it – for the forthcoming YA epic fantasy Fairy Trafficking series, beginning with Magic Harvest.

She makes her home in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo mountains of Northern New Mexico where she is a certified professional ski instructor, but she also loves visiting Scotland where she is currently studying Scottish Gaelic at the University of Highlands and Islands in Skye. Mary also earned her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, has a B.S. degree from Texas A&M University, and is a Registered Nurse.

Mary currently serves as the President of the Young Adult Chapter of Romance Writers of America and looks forward to raising a glass or two of gin and tonic with her fellow writers every year at RWA’s national convention.


Book Blast + Giveaway: The Iron Flower by Laurie Forest

The Iron Flower (Black Witch Chronicles #2)
Author: Laurie Forest
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: September 18, 2018
Publisher: Harlequin Teen


Elloren Gardner and her friends were only seeking to right a few wrongs, but their actions have propelled them straight into the ranks of the realm-wide Resistance against Gardnerian encroachment. As the Resistance struggles against the harsh rulings of High Priest Marcus Vogel and the Mage Council, Elloren begins to realize that none of the people she cares about will be safe if Gardneria seizes control of the Western Realm.

With tensions heating up in Verpacia, more and more Gardnerian soldiers continue to descend upon the university…led by none other than Lukas Grey, now commander of the newly rebuilt Fourth Division base. Though Elloren tries to keep him at arm’s length, Lukas is determined to wandfast to her, convinced that she has inherited her grandmother’s magic—the prophesied power of the Black Witch. As his very nearness seems to awaken a darkness inside her, Elloren finds it more and more difficult to believe that she’s truly powerless, as her uncle always claimed.

Caught between her growing feelings for the rebellious Yvan Guriel and the seductive power offered by Lukas Grey, Elloren must find a way to stay true to what she knows is right and protect everyone she loves…even if that means protecting them from herself.  

Praise for THE BLACK WITCH Chronicles:

“Elloren learns to question authority and Gardnerian history, while developing real empathy for different races and species. Forest uses a richly imagined magical world to offer an uncompromising condemnation of prejudice and injustice.” —Booklist, starred review

“Exquisite character work, an elaborate mythology, and a spectacularly rendered universe make this a noteworthy debut, which argues passionately against fascism and xenophobia.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“This briskly paced, tightly plotted novel enacts the transformative power of education, creating engaging characters set in a rich alternative universe with a complicated history that can help us better understand our own.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review 

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Laurie Forest lives deep in the backwoods of Vermont where she sits in front of a wood stove drinking strong tea and dreaming up tales full of dryads, dragons and wands. The Black Witch (Book 1.0, The Black Witch Chronicles – OUT NOW) & Wandfasted (Book 0.5, The Black Witch Chronicles Prequel) are her first published novels. Coming in 2018 are Light Mage (Book 1.5, The Black Witch Chronicles) & The Iron Flower(Book 2.0, The Black Witch Chronicles). She is currently ensconced in the woods, hard at work on The Shadow Dryad (Book 3.0, The Black Witch Chronicles).

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September 16, 2018

Book Review: The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein
Author: Kiersten White
Genre: YA Historical/Retelling
Release Date: September 25, 2018
Publisher: Delacorte


Elizabeth Lavenza hasn't had a proper meal in weeks. Her thin arms are covered with bruises from her "caregiver," and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets...until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything--except a friend.

Victor is her escape from misery. Elizabeth does everything she can to make herself indispensable--and it works. She is taken in by the Frankenstein family and rewarded with a warm bed, delicious food, and dresses of the finest silk. Soon she and Victor are inseparable.

But her new life comes at a price. As the years pass, Elizabeth's survival depends on managing Victor's dangerous temper and entertaining his every whim, no matter how depraved. Behind her blue eyes and sweet smile lies the calculating heart of a girl determined to stay alive no matter the the world she knows is consumed by darkness.
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein was one of my most anticipated reads of this year, so I started it with high hopes and expectations. I'm happy to say that it didn't let me down in the least, even if it wasn't exactly what I thought it would be. The writing was superb and drew me in from the very first line. I ended up reading the entire book in a few hours, in one sitting. 

One of the top things that were a huge plus for me was the author's writing style. She uses the first person point of view to tell the story - from Elizabeth's perspective. I absolutely love that she wrote the book this way. It's by far my favorite writing style and I never think books written in another POV are quite as good. I admired Elizabeth and enjoyed getting to know her throughout the novel. She was always in a cage of some sort - worrying about her future and making sure she would never have to go back to the poverty she knew as a child. This was achieved by making Victor Frankenstein adore her and refuse to be without her. I felt bad for Elizabeth and can't imagine what she had to put up with and the thought that her life never really felt like hers at all. Another thing about the book that I really loved was the portrayal of Victor. It's almost like a character study of him and his descent into madness. I loved seeing him as a child and then growing into the strange and intense man that we all know from Shelley's novel. The author did an amazing job keeping with the original character and making him feel realistic and authentic. 

The plot was fascinating and took a few turns I didn't see coming - especially the ending. Don't ask me why I didn't see it - looking back it was plain as day. It was almost a kind of love story, in a twisted manner, of Victor's feelings toward Elizabeth - and even Elizabeth's love for Victor. It shows in the extent they go for one another, supposedly without the other ever knowing. Except Elizabeth finds out and that's when everything erupts into chaos. It's sick but sweet the lengths that Victor was willing to go for Elizabeth. Or maybe I'm just crazy myself. The ending was great - and don't forget to read the epilogue! I'll be re-reading this again soon just to lose myself in the past and into the crazed world the author created for Victor and Elizabeth. Very highly recommended for fans of YA fiction, historical, fiction, fantasy, horror, and re-tellings.