Saturday, March 31, 2018

Blitz + Excerpt, Teaser, and Giveaway: Dragon Raider by Ava Richardson



Dragon Raider
by Ava Richardson
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: March 28th 2018

Will adapting to a changing world make one young woman lose touch with where she came from?
Far from the kingdom of Torvald, on the Western Isles near the coast, Sea Dragons rule the skies. Lila is the daughter of the Raider leader, destined to take his place one day aboard their plundering ships. Her people value only what shiny trinkets they can get their hands on, but she aspires to much more than that: Lila wants the Raiders to become Dragon Mercenaries, dragon riders who help protect merchant fleets and navies from attack. Her father Kasian is skeptical, but a young monk named Danu—with a quest of his own—comes bearing a prophecy claiming that Lila is the lost heir of Roskilde, a born Dragon Rider.
With Danu’s guidance, Lila finds the unruly dragon she’s destined to bond with—but the mismatched pair soon learn that much more than just their futures is at stake.
Buy Links: 
Amazon US -> http://amzn.to/2HtaG4x  
Amazon UK -> http://amzn.to/2p622kK 
Amazon World -> http://myBook.to/DragonRaider 

EXCERPT:

Churning seas, bright with blood. Fire billowing over the water, and dark skies heavy with thunder…
“Aii!” The old woman awakes with a start to find herself in her simple round room in her simple round hut. The inner walls are dark, though she knows with the dawn the plaster will gleam white. The floor is yet the solid, deep mahogany planks she has trod for decades. The roof is still the weathered, bone-white but also bone-strong giant supports of giant driftwood, with heavy, warm thatch over that. Here are not the churning and frothing waters of her dreams. Not the billows of fire, not the dark storm skies.
The old woman sighs deeply, patting her frail chest as if to quiet the night terrors that had so recently fluttered there.
To say that this woman is old is an understatement. Chabon Kaidence is beyond ancient. Her pale skin is deeply lined as if cracked, and her eyes are sunken – but there is still a spark of vitality within their depths, like hidden stars. Even the folds and wrinkles of her skin still glows despite its age.
The Matriarch of the West Witches has been alive for a long time, long enough to know when a dream has stopped being just that, and has instead, become a prophecy.
A pale hand moves unsteadily to the wicker table, where a silver bell sits on piece of rough-woven, colorful fabric. She rings it, once, for the silver chime to cut through the night like a shooting star.
“Mother?” A voice sounds almost immediately at the heavy purple curtains that hang over her door, and, for a moment Chabon blinks from the glare of brighter light outside.
“You fool!” snaps another voice behind the first, and into her room step two women: one is tall and lean, with skin the color of rich, warm earth, and the other is as pale as Chabon lying before them. The first has braids of black hair falling behind her back like tree roots, whereas the pale woman has fields of golden hair streaming behind her like sunshine. It is this fair and pale woman who snaps at her darker colleague.
“Afar, you’ll blind the Mother. Turn off that light!” she says angrily, pushing her way into the room to cross the mahogany floor and stand at Chabon’s bedside.
Afar scowls for a moment, but she does as she is advised, turning the notches on the lantern until it only emits a dulled, yellowish glow as she steps into the room. Behind her, the Matriarch catches a glimpse of the wooden walkways that stretch from one hut to the next, crisscrossing the island of Sebol like vines.
“I am blinded by the darkness, Ohotto, not the light,” Chabon breathes to her two most-trusted sisters amongst the witches.
“Yes, Mother.” Ohotto hangs her pale head in shame, as Afar steps to her bedside bringing with her a pouch of rich and nourishing purple berry juice.
“Are you thirsty, Mother? Do your aches pain you?” Afar says in her heavy voice. She is not a native to these Western Islands, but she has spent many years here, under Chabon’s tutelage.
“No time to drink. I will repeat a dream for you, a nightmare – and I want you both to remember it, and to set it down on paper as soon as you can,” Chabon says. “It is a nightmare that I have had many times over the years, but now it comes frequently, every moon! Every week!”
“A prophecy.” Afar nods her head in awe. This will not be the first such prophecy that has fallen from the oldest witch’s lips. Afar Nguoa just hopes that it is also not the last.
“The seas are churning, bright with blood, and atop the waves there are flames,” Chabon intones, her voice carrying in the still airs of her hut. “There is a darkness to the skies, a darkness that is more than thunder, but a darkness as if the sun is blocked by great wings….” The old woman wets her lips, remembering the other parts of the nightmare that she has had throughout her life. Like the stationary stars in the sky can suddenly coalesce into a constellation when one squints at them right, so the nightmares fall into place, one after another.
“There is a child, born from the waters. A girl, rising from the north-east sea, under a dragon’s angry call and upon her head is a crown made of leaping waves.”

About the Author:
Ava Richardson writes epic page-turning Young Adult Fantasy books. She creates lovable characters and drops them into intricate worlds that are barely contained within your eReader. Her current work is the ‘Return of the Darkening Series’, which features Seb, Thea and their shared dragon, Kalax.

She grew up on a steady diet of fantasy and science fiction books handed down from her two big brothers – and despite being dog-eared and missing pages, she loved escaping into the magical worlds that those authors created. Her favorites were the ones about dragons; where they’d swoop, dive and soar through the skies of these enchanted lands.


  


GIVEAWAY:
Enter to win a Dragon Trinket Box HERE!

Friday, March 30, 2018

Tour + Excerpt and Giveaway: Tiger's Dream by Colleen Houck


Tiger's Dream by Colleen Houck

A tiger left behind.

A goddess in need of an ally.

Stranded in a time and place he never wished for, Kishan Rajaram must carry out his destiny of assisting the beautiful yet extremely irritable goddess Durga. This daunting task is not made easy by the fact that he must also face the truth about the girl he loves and the brother who stole her away.

When the wily shaman Phet appears and tells Kishan that Kelsey needs him, he jumps at the chance to see her again. In his efforts to save her, Kishan discovers that the curse he thought was over is just beginning. As time unravels around him, Kishan realizes that the fates of all those he holds dear lie in hands.

The goddess’s power hangs in the balance. Kishan has no choice but to sacrifice the unthinkable to fight the dark forces swirling around the woman he’s charged to protect. As he does, he discovers that love and loyalty create their own magic and accepts that he must decide his destiny once and for all.

Tiger’s Dream is the conclusion to the epic Tiger’s Curse fantasy romance series that left you breathless.



Praise for TIGER'S CURSE



“…a sweet romance and heart-pounding adventure. I found myself cheering, squealing and biting my nails-all within a few pages. In short, Tiger's Curse is magical!” ―Becca Fitzpatrick, New York Times bestselling author of Hush, Hush



"High adventure ensues. As in Tiger's Curse and Tiger's Quest, this story is part action-adventure and part romance…The novel will satisfy the saga's fans, who will be delighted by the prospect of a fourth volume.” ―Booklist



“Houck cranks the love-o-stat up another notch…Hypersteamy romance...'hot, melty, smoldering' (but still chaste) make-out sessions…” ―Kirkus Reviews



“Forget vampires and werewolves, tigers are the new hottest thing…a guaranteed page turner with a huge twist at the end that will leave you breathless.” ―RT Book Reviews

EXCERPT
Phet will be a good teacher. I promise. He taught me everything I know.”
She peered up at me distrustfully, one eye peeping through her curtain of hair. “It won’t be the same,” she said.
“I know. But you don’t need me anymore.”
“It doesn’t feel like that.”
“No,” I agreed. “It doesn’t.”
I heard a sniffle and saw her dash her hands across her eyes.
“I’ve brought something for you,” I said.
“What is it?” she asked, turning halfway toward me.
“It’s something to remember me by.” Pulling out the pouch, I drew out the tiger necklace and held it out to her.
“Is it the tiger we saw on our journey?” she asked.
I shook my head. “No. This tiger is very special. When you feel lonely or sad or if you aren’t sure what to do, ask your tiger. He will always be there for you and he will tell you the right way to go. Here.” Prying open her fingers, I placed the tiger on her palm. “Ask him a question.”
“Will…,” she paused and licked her lips, “…will I see Kishan again?” The tiger glowed and she gasped with wonder.
“There. You see? He’s got a bit of magic in him. I promise that he will always watch over you and do his best to keep you from harm. When he warms in your palm, the answer is yes and those around you speak the truth, but when he remains cold, you should move forward with caution. Do you understand?”
Ana nodded, her eyes large with wonder. “Thank you for this gift.”
I touched my finger to her chin and smiled. “I would give you anything you asked for, Anamika Kalinga.”
Tears filled her eyes. “Then will you stay?”
“I will always be with you Ana. Even if you can’t see me.”

Copyright © 2018 by Colleen Houck


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


New York Times
 Bestselling author Colleen Houck is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, paranormal, science fiction, and romance. When she’s not busy writing, she likes to spend time chatting on the phone with one of her six siblings, watching plays, and shopping online. Colleen has lived in Arizona, Idaho, Utah, California, and North Carolina and is now permanently settled in Salem, Oregon with her husband and a huge assortment of plush tigers.

Photo Content from Colleen Houck






GIVEAWAY:


Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter


5 Winners will receive the Ultimate Tiger’s Dream Swag (Physical Copy, Necklace and Book Plate) by Colleen Houck.
- 5 Winners will receive an E-Copy of TIGER'S DREAM by Colleen Houck.

ENDS: April 6, 2018

Review: Ellie, Engineer by Jackson Pierce

35525589Ellie, Engineer by Jackson Pierce

The hilarious and smart start of a series about a girl who loves to build—STEM-powered, creative fun for girls.

Ellie is an engineer. With a tool belt strapped over her favorite skirt (who says you can’t wear a dress and have two kinds of screwdrivers handy, just in case?), she invents and builds amazing creations in her backyard workshop. Together with her best friend Kit, Ellie can make anything. As Kit’s birthday nears, Ellie doesn’t know what gift to make until the girls overhear Kit’s mom talking about her present—the dog Kit always wanted! Ellie plans to make an amazing doghouse, but her plans grow so elaborate that she has to enlist help from the neighbor boys and crafty girls, even though the two groups don’t get along. Will Ellie be able to pull off her biggest project yet?

Illustrated with Ellie’s sketches and plans, and including backmatter with how-tos, this is full of engineering fun!



Pages: 192
Format: Hardback
Published By: Bloomsbury USA
Genre: MG - Realistic Fiction

Rating:
✮✮✮

Review:
Ellie, Engineer by Jackson Pierce is a cute, quick read about a young girl, Ellie, who likes to build and design inventions. This book is one that I would consider a must-read for parents with young children because of the attack on our societal view of how young girls and boys should act, and what they should like. It has such a positive message for today's children.

Ellie is very active about likely, something as a society is considerably more "boyish", and at points in the novel, she even states that she likes it, and therefore it cannot be "boyish" to paraphrase. It also mentions a boy liking tea parties. It just brings a huge impact about how what we enjoy should not be defined by girlish or boyish, but just accepted as an event that children like.


I would highly recommend Ellie, Engineer to parents with young children, who are more likely to be impacted by the positive message in the book. I also think that it's a great read for adults and young adults who enjoy reading MG books.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Tour + Review and Giveaway: Full Fusion by NJ Damschroder


Title: FULL FUSION (The Fusion Series Volume 1)
Author: NJ Damschroder
Pub. Date: June 4, 2014
Publisher: Dragonsoul YA 
Pages: 322
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Find it: AmazonB&NiBooksTBDGoodreads


Eighteen-year-old Roxie Sebastian lives a charmed life, and she knows it. Too bad she can't feel it. 
All her life, she's felt disconnected from the world around her. Everything changes just before
graduation, when she's drawn to an eerie, brilliant light-which narrowly misses her as it blows up her
friend Lincoln's car. Clearly someone's after Roxie, and finally Lincoln tells her the truth: He and
Roxie are angels, beings from another dimension, and that light is her soul, separated from her human
body in a traumatic birth. 
Once a skeptical Roxie rules out the other possibilities-like Lincoln created this delusion to escape his
abusive father-she accepts her gut-deep knowledge of the truth. But someone has been screwing with
her light, using it to commit crimes, and their actions are about to cause irreparable damage to two
worlds: the one she lives in, and the one she can't remember. 
Aided by her best friend Jordan, her boyfriend Tucker, and Lincoln, Roxie tracks down the criminal
and uncovers many more secrets not only of her past, but of the history of their race on Earth. And then
Roxie faces a horrible dilemma-the only way she can stop them from ripping apart both worlds is to
fuse with her light...which could be tainted by the evil with which it was used.


Review:
4 Stars

Full Fusion by NJ Damschroder was an interesting read about angels. I have mixed feelings when debating whether to read an angel book or not, because I have mixed feelings about past angel books that I have read. I am glad that I decided to read this one when I was presented the opportunity.

I found Roxie to be relatable and likeable, and very well written like all four of the prominent characters in the novel. They were all very distinct, and I liked the different relationships between the characters. I also loved seeing Roxie grow throughout the novel as she changed to fit into her new world.

I would recommend this novel if you are a fan of YA fantasy or angel novels.


About NJ:
Natalie J. Damschroder is an award-winning author of contemporary and paranormal romance, with an
emphasis on romantic adventure. She has had 24 novels, 7 novellas, and 16 short stories published by
several publishers, most recently with Soul Mate Publishing, Entangled Publishing, and Carina Press.
She recently debuted her Fusion Series, a young adult paranormal adventure series, with Full Fusion,
as NJ Damschroder. Learn more about those books here.
Natalie grew up in Massachusetts, and loves the New England Patriots more than anything. (Except her
family. And writing and reading. And popcorn.) When she’s not writing, she does freelance editing and
proofreading. She and her husband have two grown daughters, one of whom is also a novelist. (The
other one prefers math. Smart kid. Practical.)

Giveaway Details:
3 winners will receive a Box Set of the FULL FUSION Series, US Only.

Tour Schedule:
Week One:
3/19/2018- Caffeine And CompositionInterview
3/19/2018- A Gingerly ReviewReview

3/20/2018- Twirling Book PrincessExcerpt
3/20/2018- The UndergroundReview

3/21/2018- Elley the Book OtterGuest Post
3/21/2018- Wonder StruckReview

3/22/2018- Am Kinda Busy Reading- Review
3/22/2018- Two Chicks on BooksGuest Post

3/23/2018- BookHounds YAInterview
3/23/2018- two points of interestReview

Week Two:
3/26/2018- Always MeExcerpt
3/26/2018- RhythmicBooktrovertReview

3/27/2018-Smada's Book Smack-Review
3/27/2018- Wonder StruckExcerpt

3/28/2018- books are loveExcerpt

3/29/2018- Reading for the Stars and Moon- Review
3/29/2018- A Dream Within A DreamExcerpt

3/30/2018- Paulette's PapersExcerpt
3/30/2018- Diary of an Avid ReaderReview