September 16, 2019

Six Goodbyes We Never Said Blog Tour: Excerpt

Six Goodbyes We Never Said
Author: Candace Ganger
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release Date: September 24, 2019
Publisher: Wednesday Books


Two teens meet after tragedy and learn about love, loss, and letting go

Naima Rodriguez doesn’t want your patronizing sympathy as she grieves her father, her hero—a fallen Marine. She’ll hate you forever if you ask her to open up and remember him “as he was,” though that’s all her loving family wants her to do in order to manage her complex OCD and GAD. She’d rather everyone back the-eff off while she separates her Lucky Charms marshmallows into six, always six, Ziploc bags, while she avoids friends and people and living the life her father so desperately wanted for her.

Dew respectfully requests a little more time to process the sudden loss of his parents. It's causing an avalanche of secret anxieties, so he counts on his trusty voice recorder to convey the things he can’t otherwise say aloud. He could really use a friend to navigate a life swimming with pain and loss and all the lovely moments in between. And then he meets Naima and everything’s changed—just not in the way he, or she, expects.

Candace Ganger's Six Goodbyes We Never Said is no love story. If you ask Naima, it’s not even a like story. But it is a story about love and fear and how sometimes you need a little help to be brave enough to say goodbye.  


"Two teens maneuver painful routes through profound grief as well as the complex quagmire of severe mental illness...Ultimately hopeful, and readers will connect with the messy, visceral lives simmering on the page. Profoundly emotional and truthful." – Kirkus Reviews

"Six Goodbyes We Never Said is a knowing tour de force filled with crackling wit, pain, and mini, freeze-dried marshmallows. Original and funny, the best parts may be found in the small moments, especially Ganger’s hilarious, spot-on dialogue, as well as tucked within the brilliantly-placed parentheticals. All that and a bowl of Lucky Charms. Or maybe six boxes." - Gae Polisner, award-winning author of The Memory of Things and In Sight of Stars  

More Praise for Candace Ganger:

"Naima is diagnosed by the author with obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder, while Dew is diagnosed with social anxiety. These issues are explored with humanizing examples that invite empathy. Sure to be reassuring to those working their way through grief."- Publishers Weekly on Six Goodbyes We Never Said

"Candace Ganger weaves a beautiful story of loss, grief and the struggle to move on in Six Goodbyes We Never Said. One of the realest voices of our generation, Ganger infuses this story with relatable, flawed teens who must learn how to cope in this world or be lost forever. I laughed and cried while reading and this book will stick with me for ages." - Jessica Burkhart, editor of Life Inside My Mind: 31 Authors Share Their Personal Struggles on Six Goodbyes We Never Said

“Smart, raw, often biting in its reflections of the haves and have-nots, this debut will appeal to fans of John Green’s An Abundance of Katherines...You’ll find yourself not only wanting to (re)study chemistry but learning what you get in life isn’t always what you deserve—sometimes it’s more. [A] must-have for every shelf.”—Patty Blount, award-winning author of Some Boys

“A stunning and brilliantly crafted debut that peels back layers to the raw and the real. Birdie + Bash = 2 characters impossible not to fall in love with.”—K.M. Walton, author of Empty and Cracked

"THE INEVITABLE COLLISION OF BIRDIE & BASH is part love story, part page-turner, and part intricate character study. Ganger writes her characters with great care, and the beautifully structured story is filled with giant truths and tiny, perfect details. Falling for this book was quick, thrilling and, yes, inevitable."―Corey Ann Haydu, author of OCD Love Story and The Careful Undressing of Love

"Smart, emotionally rich, and beautifully written, THE INEVITABLE COLLISION OF BIRDIE & BASH is an unforgettable, heartfelt novel―realistic YA at its best.”―Jamie Kain, author of Instructions for the End of the World and The Good Sister

Candace Ganger is the author of Six Goodbyes We Never Said and The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash as well as a contributing writer for HelloGiggles and obsessive marathoner. Aside from having past lives as a singer, nanotechnology website editor, and world’s worst vacuum sales rep, she’s also ghostwritten hundreds of projects for companies, best-selling fiction and award-winning nonfiction authors alike. She lives in Ohio with her family.

Twitter: @candylandgang + @WednesdayBooks

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September 15, 2019

The Babysitter's Coven Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

The Babysitters Coven (The Babysitters Coven #1)
Author: Kate Williams 
Genre: YA Fantasy/Witches
Release Date: September 17, 2019
Publisher: Delacorte Press
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Adventures in Babysitting meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer in this funny, action-packed novel about a coven of witchy babysitters who realize their calling to protect the innocent and save the world from an onslaught of evil. 

Seventeen-year-old Esme Pearl has a babysitters club. She knows it's kinda lame, but what else is she supposed to do? Get a job? Gross. Besides, Esme likes babysitting, and she's good at it.

And lately Esme needs all the cash she can get, because it seems like destruction follows her wherever she goes. Let's just say she owes some people a new tree.

Enter Cassandra Heaven. She's Instagram-model hot, dresses like she found her clothes in a dumpster, and has a rebellious streak as gnarly as the cafeteria food. So why is Cassandra willing to do anything, even take on a potty-training two-year-old, to join Esme's babysitters club?

The answer lies in a mysterious note Cassandra's mother left her: "Find the babysitters. Love, Mom."

Turns out, Esme and Cassandra have more in common than they think, and they're about to discover what being a babysitter really means: a heroic lineage of superpowers, magic rituals, and saving the innocent from seriously terrifying evil. And all before the parents get home.
The Babysitter's Coven is the first book in a fun and spooky new young adult fantasy series that will leave readers demanding the next book. I want to say first off that I don't read any other reviews before I read I book I'm going to review because I don't want to have any bias going in. And I also really don't like it when books get described as perfect for fans of "X Show" or that it's a blend of "X" and "X." Like when the description for this book said that it was a mix of Adventures in Babysitting meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I immediately groaned. I think it's setting readers up to hope for and expect things that the story might not live up to, leaving readers unhappy and not giving the best reviews. After reading that comparison in the description though, I tried to keep it out of my head and keep an open mind - but I will admit that it kept creeping back in there and I found myself finding similarities and differences that really stood out to me.

That being said, I did enjoy the book overall. The story was somehow upbeat while facing these terrible situations and evil. I have to say that took some imagination because I didn't think it those things could be blended together in a way that would work as a novel, but the author managed to pull it off. The reason I immediately knew I had to read this book was because it's about witches and magic - basically any type of story that has witches in it means I'm going to read it. I did really like reading and learning about this crazy magic - it's history, the rituals performed, the "superpowers" that came with having this task of being a babysitter, and the horrible evil they are charged with stopping and saving innocents. It was really fun for me to learn about all of it and I hope we get to find out even more in the next book.

Esme is the book's main character and I think she was a great one for the story. She was definitely realistic and I easily identified with her right from the beginning. She's smart, tough, brave, loyal, and loving daughter and friend, and is willing to take on heavy responsibilities that she had no idea were coming. But she is human and a teenage girl, so she definitely had her fair share of flaws too. I liked the other two major characters in the story, Janis and Cassandra, as well. They both had rounded personalities that made them feel realistic and not just flat characters or stereotypes. The author wrote the book in the first person point of view from Esme's perspective, which I absolutely loved. If you've read any of my other reviews, point of view plays a huge part in whether I like a book and can literally make or break it for me. I think it was a fantastic idea to tell the story with Esme as the narrator. We get to know her on a deeper personal level than the other writing styles allow. We get access to her inner thoughts, emotions, memories, hopes and dreams, fears and nightmares, and everything in between. By the end of the book I felt like I really knew Esme and had been by her side throughout the entire story. This was a fantastic start to a quirky new YA fantasy that breathes some fresh air into the genre. I'll definitely be keeping my eye out for the next in the series. Highly recommended for fans of YA, fantasy, paranormal, witches, and contemporary.
I'm a YA write or die, originally from Kansas but now living in California. 

I've written for Cosmopolitan, NYLON and Seventeen, amongst other magazines, and worked with brands including Urban Outfitters, Vans and Calvin Klein. 

The Babysitters Coven is my first novel, but fingers crossed it won't be my last.
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Stormrise Blog Tour: Top Tens List + Giveaway

Author: Jillian Boehme
Genre: YA Fantasy/Dragons
Release Date: September 10, 2019
Publisher: Tor Teen
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A combat warrior will risk everything to awaken the dragons and save her kingdom in Jillian Boehme's epic YA Fantasy debut, Stormrise, inspired by Twelfth Night and perfect for fans of Tamora Pierce.

If Rain weren’t a girl, she would be respected as a Neshu combat master. Instead, her gender dooms her to a colorless future. When an army of nomads invades her kingdom, and a draft forces every household to send one man to fight, Rain takes her chance to seize the life she wants.

Knowing she’ll be killed if she’s discovered, Rain purchases powder made from dragon magic that enables her to disguise herself as a boy. Then she hurries to the war camps, where she excels in her training—and wrestles with the voice that has taken shape inside her head. The voice of a dragon she never truly believed existed.

As war looms and Rain is enlisted into an elite, secret unit tasked with rescuing the High King, she begins to realize this dragon tincture may hold the key to her kingdom’s victory. For the dragons that once guarded her land have slumbered for centuries...and someone must awaken them to fight once more.


1. JANE AUSTEN I’m listing these alphabetically, but Jane belongs on top, anyway—she’s my favorite author of all time. NORTHANGER ABBEY is the only one of her novels I don’t adore, and PRIDE AND PREJUDICE is my number one favorite novel.

2. LEIGH BARDUGO I was late to the Grishaverse, having only read the SHADOW AND BONE trilogy last year. The SIX OF CROWS duology slew me, and I’m looking forward to the NIKOLAI duology!

3. NANCY BILYEAU She grabbed my heart with THE CROWN and never let go. THE BLUE is patiently waiting on my current TBR.

4. RAE CARSON Such a gorgeous fantasy voice! THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS trilogy is one of my favorite fantasies.

5. SUZANNE COLLINS I can’t even express how excited I am about her upcoming Panem novel!

6. KATHERINE KURTZ I grew up reading her DERYNI books, which are part of the foundation of my love for fantasy and my desire to write it.

7. PATRICIA MCKILLIP Same as above. THE RIDDLEMASTER OF HED is one of my all-time favorites.

8. MARY E. PEARSON Not only do I adore THE REMNANT CHRONICLES and DANCE OF THIEVES (and am dying to read VOW OF THIEVES, just out), but also Mary inspires me with her fearlessness and energy as a woman of a “certain age” in the publishing industry. I want to be her when I grow up! ;)

9. RUTA SEPETYS Her gorgeous prose drew me right in. BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY and OUT OF THE EASY are two books that shouldn’t be missed (SALT TO THE SEA is also languishing on my TBR pile).

10. JRR TOLKIEN Of course. But to clarify—it’s LORD OF THE RINGS I adore. I’ve tried, truly, to sink my teeth into THE SILMARILLION and others. And I couldn’t. Perhaps I should try one more time.

JILLIAN BOEHME is known to the online writing community as Authoress, hostess of Miss Snark's First Victim, a blog for aspiring authors. In real life, she holds a degree in Music Education, sings with the Nashville Symphony Chorus, and homeschools her remaining youngster-at-home. She's still crazy in love with her husband of more than thirty years and is happy to be surrounded by family and friends amid the rolling knolls of Middle Tennessee.


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September 14, 2019

Book Blitz + Giveaway: Georgie's Secret by Elsa Kurt


Georgie’s Secret (Welcome To Chance #3)
Author: Elsa Kurt
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: September 10, 2019

Publisher: Limitless Publishing


Secrets in a small town never stay secret for long.

Charles and Georgie Brightsider have been the image of the perfect marriage for as long as anyone can remember.

After fifty years together, no one could imagine them having secrets from each other. Until Georgie’s secret comes back to haunt her, that is.

Now she has no choice but to go back in time and relive the past… and face the consequences in the present.

Find out what happens next to the Brightsider’s and the rest of the residents of Chance in book three, Georgie’s Secret.

Elsa Kurt is a multi-genre, indie & traditionally published author to eight contemporary women's fiction novels, and several romance novellas. She has also penned several children's books (written as Melanie Cherniack), and a book of empowerment & inspirations based on her life experiences. She is a lifelong New England resident and married mother of two grown children. Visit her website,, and join her in 'Finding Beauty in the Imperfections of Life'. Follow Elsa on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram: @authorelsakurt. Elsa is also on Goodreads, AllAuthor, and YouTube as well.


September 13, 2019

A Treason of Thorns Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

A Treason of Thorns
Author: Laura E. Weymouth
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: September 10, 2019
Publisher: HarperTeen
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Violet Sterling has spent the last seven years in exile, longing to return to Burleigh House. One of the six great houses of England, Burleigh’s magic always kept the countryside well. And as a child, this magic kept Violet happy, draping her in flowers while she slept, fashioning secret hiding places for her, and lighting fires on the coldest nights to keep her warm.

Everything shattered, though, when her father committed high treason trying to free Burleigh from the king’s oppressive control. He was killed, and Vi was forced into hiding.

When she’s given a chance to go back, she discovers Burleigh has run wild with grief. Vines and briars are crumbling the walls. Magic that once enriched the surrounding countryside has turned dark and deadly, twisting lush blooms into thorns, poisoning livestock and destroying crops. Burleigh’s very soul is crying out in pain.

Vi would do anything to help, and soon she finds herself walking the same deadly path as her father all those years before. Vi must decide how far she’s willing to go to save her house—before her house destroys everything she’s ever known.

Content warnings are available via the author's website.
A Treason of Thorns is a beautifully written young adult fantasy full of secrets and magic. First, I want to take a minute to just admire the cover. Isn't it gorgeous? Anyway, I when I read the description and saw it was about magic - I knew I was in. I honestly wasn't sure what to expect, but I definitely got more than I hoped for. I really liked everything about this book, except that the pace felt a bit slow in the beginning. I understand that a lot of history, background and world building had to happen in order to get the reader into the story and give us a place to start from. So, while it was a bit slow in the beginning, I understand the reasoning and appreciate that the author took the time and energy to do such a fantastic job immersing the reader into Vi's world.

Vi is a great main character and I connected with her right from the beginning. She has great qualities like being smart, having strength, determination, love, loyalty, and not giving up until the end. She's raised knowing that she'll have this huge responsibility when she's grown up, but instead of rebelling against it or hating it, she wouldn't have it any other way. She loves Burleigh House more than anything in the world. She will take over as Caretaker of Burleigh and it's magic when the time comes. Obviously, things don't go as planned and her father is arrested for treason and sentenced to house arrest until death. Vi goes into exile to wait until the horrible day when her father dies and she can finally return to the home she loves and take over its care. There's a lot more to the story, but I'm not going to go through the whole book. There's lots of magic (which I absolutely loved), political intrigue, secrets, lies, and some twists. The story also talks of deeper topics like responsibility, doing the right thing, friendship, family, love, and so much more. The author wrote the book in the first person point of view, which is my style of choice, so that was the finishing touch for me. I love that we get to experience everything that happens through Vi's perspective and how we get to know her on a deeply personal level throughout the book. We feel what she does, see what she sees, learn of her inner thoughts, emotions, memories, hopes and fears, and dreams. I think this was the perfect choice for the story. I highly recommend this book to fans of YA, fantasy, magic, action, and political intrigue.
Laura Weymouth is a Canadian living in exile in America, and the sixth consecutive generation of her family to immigrate from one country to another. Born and raised in the Niagara region of Ontario, she now lives at the edge of the woods in western New York, along with her husband, two wild-hearted daughters, a spoiled cat, an old soul of a dog, and an indeterminate number of chickens. She is represented by the inimitable Lauren Spieller of TriadaUS.
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