House of Shadows: Blog Tour + Review

Release Date: October 19


USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde returns to the Royal Houses series with House of Shadows: the story of Kerrigan Argon, a half-Fae, half-human as she seeks her place in an unforgiving world filled with magic, mayhem, and romance. Perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Holly Black, and V.E. Schwab.


Kerrigan Argon, a half-human, half-Fae, has joined the Dragon Society against almost everyone’s wishes.

A year of training is required with her dragon.

First she must travel with the dark Fae prince, Fordham Ollivier, back to his home in the House of Shadows. Nothing but slavery and death has ever awaited a half-Fae in their halls.

But something is wrong within their wicked world. A thousand year old spell is weakening. Cracks forming in the foundation. And Kerrigan may just be their ruin or their salvation.

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Meet K.A. Linde
K.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of the Avoiding Series, Wrights, and more than thirty other novels. 

She has a Masters degree in political science from the University of Georgia, was the head campaign worker for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as the head coach of the Duke University dance team. 

She loves reading fantasy novels, binge-watching Supernatural, traveling, and dancing in her spare time.

She currently lives in Lubbock, Texas, with her husband and two super-adorable puppies.
Visit her online at FacebookTwitter, and Instagram @authorkalinde.
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While I really enjoyed House of Dragons, I absolutely loved House of Shadows. We delve more into Kerrigan’s past here, get to see the faces behind the daunting House of Shadows, get more world building, more dragons, and more badass, unflinching Kerrigan 👏🏻👏🏻 not to mention that romance 😏🥵 DONT EVEN GET ME STARTED ON THAT ENDING all I have to say is House of Curses better come quickly before I lose my sanity 😭

ABSOLUTION: Blog Tour + Excerpt + why you should read it!

When I was informed that Absolution by Rachelle Storm is a thrilling fantasy romance (HELLO where are all my romantasy lovers at??) that is a lover letter to YA fandoms everywhere (Absolution blends together the forbidden romance of Twilight, the hidden magic and secret guardians of City of Glass, and the non-stop action of The Fifth Wave– UM YES PLEASE MY ENTIRE CHILDHOOD ALL IN ONE SENTENCE!!)- say no more, just give me the book please!

And if you’re still not convinced, here’s the full synopsis:

Perfect for fans of I am Number Four and Gone, Rachelle Storm’s debut, Absolution [979-8528023656; $18.99; July 2021], weaves together an unforgettable plot of forbidden desire and sworn duty as three immortal brothers struggle to protect themselves—and all of humanity—from a corrupt world.

Chris Harris’s destiny was bestowed on him before birth, just as it was on his two brothers, John and Randy. Not human but the physical embodiment of elemental water, earth, and fire, they’ve been burdened with protecting Earth and freeing the world from the Ultimate Evil.
However, unlike their elemental forms, their human selves have desires of their own.

After being hidden away in the remote town of Anderson, North Dakota, Chris and his two
brothers hoped that their problems would end, but they’ve only just begun. Now their individual destinies are intertwined with the unpredictable McNamara sisters—Joanie, Victoria, and Stacie—and the Ultimate Evil is drawing ever nearer.

Forced to choose love or duty, regardless of their decisions, nothing will ever be the same for the Harris brothers.

The first in a four-book series, Absolution blends together the forbidden romance of Twilight, the hidden magic and secret guardians of City of Glass, and the non-stop action of The Fifth Wave. Absolution is a whirlwind of adventure for Chris and his brothers as they explore a world more vast, and more dangerous, than any of which they’d dreamed. But now, the nightmare comes.

Excerpt

“Alright, I played along, so what do you need to tell me?” Chris took in a deep breath to still his nerves. He wrapped his arms securely around her waist and gazed into her eyes. 

“I know how I behaved earlier was more than inappropriate. I promise never to treat you that way again. The truth is that I left with them because I did not want my brother to cause a scene. Randy is not the most open-minded person to new ideas. My love for you is not supposed to exist. It is a forbidden emotion in his eyes and I needed to get him away so I could explain to him and Dominic what was happening.” 

“I don’t understand what you mean by forbidden. Chris, you are an adult and it confuses me how much power Dominic has over you. Are you in some sort of cult or something?” He could not help but laugh at the question.

“A cult, really, tesoro,” he chuckled and she huffed.

“Well, what else am I supposed to think? This guy you never really see can waltz into your life and dictate your every move. You grew up extremely sheltered and were deprived of a lot of experiences many people get to have. The way you talk and act shows me that you definitely did not go to public school and you have all these secrets that seem to keep you separated from the rest of the world. Sorry, but it kind of screams cult.” Chris was about to argue, but he slowly nodded as he remembered all he read about cults and religious leaders throughout history who claimed to be prophets and chosen ones.

“Hmm, I suppose I can see how it would look from your perspective,” he conceded.

“Yep, pretty culty,” she assured.

“My brothers and I are not in a cult. I understand why you have such a negative impression of Dominic, but it is not like that. It does not matter anymore, though, because he no longer is in charge of my actions. You are right. I am an adult and can take care of myself. It just took us both some time to realize that.”

“Because he is your cult leader,” she asked as a teasing smile crept onto her lips and he shook his head in amusement.

“No, because he is my Guardian,” he confessed and Joanie shrugged.

“I know he is your father, but…”

“No, he is a Guardian. They are a Brotherhood sworn to protect the three saviors of the world,” he confessed and she giggled as she shook her head.

“Saviors, what are you talking about?” He looked down and took in a deep breath as he braced himself for her reaction.

“Joanie, I am different and I do not mean in the way that you are different from other humans. I mean that I am not human,” he revealed and she took a step back from him as she eyed him cautiously.

“Why are you talking like this? I just want to know why you were acting like a jerk earlier and instead you tell me lies about not being human?” 

“I would not lie to you. I refuse to lie anymore. I will show you,” he said as he held out his hand and her eyes widened when a blue light appeared in his hand. The light glowed from the edges of his hand and flowed through his fingertips like some sort of energy she had never seen. 

“I am an Element,” he confessed. A sphere of water appeared and swirled around his palm. Her jaw dropped and she was stunned speechless as he continued.

“My brothers and I are immortals. We each can create and manipulate a natural element. I can create water, John creates earth, and Randy creates fire. We were born to save the world and create Absolution. We are destined to save humans from evil and corruption,” he explained, but the beautiful hazel irises he loved were now full of fear. She stepped away from him.

“What are you,” she asked as tears filled her eyes. He tried to take her hand in his, but she jerked away from him.

Excerpted from Absolution by Rachelle Storm. Copyright © 2021 Rachelle Storm. Reprinted with permission from Rachelle Storm. All rights reserved.

About the Author:

Rachelle Storm has been a fandom geek since its earliest beginnings and never stopped. A Black scholar holding a doctoral degree in Writing Studies, she researches rhetoric, music, and popular culture. In truth, Rachelle never isn’t writing or sharing her knowledge with her fans. However, on the off-chance she isn’t working or experimenting with paper and ink, you can find her at music festivals and independent bookstores. Absolution is her debut novel. The second book in the series, Absolution: Revelations, will be published July 2022. Find her online at rachellestorm.com or connect with her on social media (Instagram; TikTok; Twitter; and Facebook). Join the Absolution fandom on Facebook or Goodreads.

“A contemporary, modern fantasy-romance, the story is traditionally romantic and yet feminist, mainstream and diverse, with multiracial characters looking to break through the glass ceiling to shatter the expectations of what love interests and heroes in the genre can embody,” Storm says. “The book is a love letter to the YA fandoms of the past who embraced and welcomed me as a young adult.”


Wanting to write multiracial, diverse main characters she wished would have been available when she was a young reader, Storm’s story shares her message that what we are taught to believe and told we are in the world are not the only things that define us as people.

Absolution is available now at Amazon.com. The second book in the series, Absolution: Revelations, will be published July 2022.

About Pacific Court

Pacific & Court is a Brooklyn-based boutique publicity and digital marketing company specializing in promoting independent authors and book publishers. Together, the P&C team has over 30 years of experience publishing, promoting, and marketing bestselling books. Focusing on heavily tested and proven PR and marketing methods, P&C will reach the exact audience that will be receptive to your unique book. Follow P&C on social media @pacificandcourt.

Thank you so much P&C for the gifted copy!

I’m With The Banned: Creative Blog Tour + Excerpt

Today I’m excited to participate in the Bookstagram & Creative Tour for I’m With the Banned by Marlene Perez hosted by MTMC Tours. I’m With the Banned is the second installment in the Afterlife trilogy, a snarky, hilarious take on the vampire romance novel written by the bestselling author of the Dead Is series and it is published by Entangled Teen!

Title: I’m With the Banned
Series: Afterlife #2

Author: Marlene Perez
Publisher: Entangled Teen

Publication Date: October 5th, 2021
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Purchase a copy: Amazon | Book Depository | Indiebound | Blackwell’s| Barnes & Noble
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I never wanted to be a vampire queen.

But on the bright (if not sunny) side of the debacle, I’ve got a super-hot new boyfriend. And he just might be the perfect guy.

Well, if the perfect guy ghosts you for a month and then comes back to school with a new look, a pack of friends, and a secret. But we have bigger problems.

The Drainers are back. They’re singing a different song, but have they really changed?

Even worse, werewolves’ hearts are being ripped from their bodies—which is putting the people I love in danger. I need to figure out who is behind the murders before there’s an all-out vampire-werewolf war.

No one is going to mess with my friends, even the ones who like to get wild and howl at the moon.

Sometimes, all a girl can do is grab her tiara and start kicking some supernatural ass…

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Review

I’m With The Banned, the second installment in the Afterlife series did not disappoint at all. I loved The Afterlife of the Party and loved this one even more. Marlene’s writing is so fluid and absorbing that both the first and second are easily some of the most bingeable books I’ve read. The plot is gripping and the characters are just as alluring.

I found I loved this amazing cast of characters even more in this installment. Tansy is just as amazing as she was before (probably even more so) and such a fantastic friend. We even got to see Rose and Thorn more and I’m a tad bit obsessed with them. I wasn’t a fan of Skylar and Vaughn here but I’m hoping they’ll redeem themselves in the third book.

I highly highly recommend this series if you’re in the mood for a fun, hilarious, gripping young adult book with paranormal characters AND even an entertaining old ladies witch book club. I can’t wait for the third installment of this captivating series.

Excerpt


​I was getting better at taming the monster inside me, at least in public, but my gangs would descend involuntarily when I got angry or upset.
​I had high hopes that today would be fang free. I might even go as far as to say it was going to be a great day. I would see Vaughn, who was finally back from Texas.
​I hummed as I waited for him at the lockers. We hadn’t talked much while he was gone, but I knew he had been busy training. And a vampire queen constantly checking in on her boyfriend while he’s off learning how to be a vampire hunter? That would be as clingy as Saran Wrap.
​The warning bell rang, but Vaughn still didn’t show up. My good mood deflated faster than a popped birthday balloon.
​“What’s wrong?” Skyler asked, slamming her locker door shut.
​I didn’t want to sound like I’d been just hanging around waiting for my boyfriend, even though I clearly had been.

“I miss sunshine and the water and spending the whole day at the beach,” I said as we started walking to class. “We live in California. Beach time is practically the law.”

“You miss Vaughn, huh?” my best friend asked. “It feels like he’s been gone forever,” I said. No use trying to hide my worry now. “And it’s not like him to skip the first day.”

“He probably just overslept or something,” she said.

“Maybe,” I replied, but I wasn’t convinced.

“You should take the opportunity to remind Vaughn what he missed,” she replied. She wiggled her brows as we took our seats in the classroom.

“What’s with the eyebrows?” “Just remind him what he left behind when he went to Texas.”

I flinched at the reminder that he had left me behind. I knew she wasn’t trying to hurt me, but the comment stung.

“How exactly am I supposed to do that?” Again with the eyebrows. “Skyler,” I chided. So much had happened between Vaughn and me. We’d spent the summer chasing a vampire rock band—and it wasn’t to get their autographs—but somewhere during all the chaos, Vaughn and I had gone from friends to a couple.

Vaughn Sheridan was my boyfriend. The thought still brought a smile to my face.

“Senior year is looking up,” I said.

Class started before Skyler could respond to me, but Ms. Ferrell’s lecture on nineteenth-century poets was quickly interrupted when the classroom door opened. Principal Townsend stepped inside and cleared her throat.

“Sorry to disturb you, but we have two new students joining us today, Rose and Thorn…Assassin.” She paused. “Unusual last name.”

Someone in the back row choked on a laugh.

What the hell? Skyler mouthed to me.

My sentiments exactly. What were two vampire hunters doing at my high school?

Rose and Thorn were identical twins who, at first glance, looked nothing alike. Rose’s hair was pink, and Thorn’s was black. The blue highlights were new, though. Rose wore floral dresses and looked like woodland creatures would do her laundry, while Thorn preferred leggings and leather jackets and looked like she’d hunt and eat those woodland creatures for breakfast. Rose’s weapon of choice was poison, and Thorn’s was her pointy dagger.

I eyed her up and down as she strode across the room; I had no doubt the blade was concealed on her somewhere.

When Ms. Ferrell turned her back to us to write something on the board, Thorn glared at the guy at the desk in front of me until he got out of his seat, then took his place. He shot her a look that was part confused, part annoyed, before finding an empty desk in the back of the room.

“You are not enrolled here,” I hissed at her.

“My queen, I hate to contradict you, but yes, we are,” Rose whispered. She was sitting right behind me.

Queen. Whenever someone used that word to describe me, my body felt as though I’d guzzled about a thousand cups of coffee.

I wasn’t 100 percent certain whether the sisters were my friend or foe. They’d been helpful this summer, but I could never be too sure where their loyalties were. 

“Why are you here?” I asked.

“In English Literature?” Rose sounded confused.

“Why are you at my school?”

“We go where you go,” Thorn said. “Until further notice.”

“Why?”

“For your protection.”

Great. So now I had two bodyguards I hadn’t asked for.

I waited until Ms. Ferrell had turned her attention to the other side of the room before whispering, “You can’t kill anybody. Not unless you absolutely have to.” 

Thorn frowned but nodded that she understood.

They didn’t work for me. They worked for the Paranormal Activities Committee, aka PAC. The PAC ruled over the supernatural world, or what Granny and her coven called the hidden world. They had oversight in every supernatural realm, including mine.

Why had the twins been ordered to stick so closely to me? Did they know something I didn’t? It wasn’t a reassuring thought, since I knew their entire job was exterminating vampires.

“We’re not only here to protect you,” Thorn said.

“We’re also going to train you.”

“For what?”

“Survival,” she said.

I was embarrassed by the relief I felt, but if I was really in danger, whether it was because someone wanted to hurt me or because this was standard for any queen, I couldn’t think of anyone better to help than the twins.

Ms. Ferrell ordered us to form into groups of four and work on a project about Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Rose, Thorn, Skyler, and I went to a back corner of the room and pushed our desks together. With the class allowed to talk now, it would lessen the chance of being overheard. I had more questions.

“How was vampire hunting in Texas?” I asked in a low voice. They’d been there with Vaughn over the summer. Maybe they knew why he wasn’t here today. 

“Unexpected,” Rose said.

“Unexpected how?” I asked. When a frown crossed her face, I sat up straighter.

“We had to leave a week early,” Rose said. “I did not even get to have any barbecue while we were there.”

“Why did you have to leave?”

“To report to PAC headquarters,” she replied.

“Did Vaughn go with you?”

“No,” Rose said. “Haven’t you talked to him?”

I shook my head. “He isn’t back yet.”

“He did leave Texas when we did, though…” Thorn said. She and Rose exchanged a glance, which did absolutely nothing to calm me down.

Then Thorn clamped her lips shut and pretended to be fascinated by what Ms. Ferrell was writing on the blackboard. Unlike the twins, I needed to pass this class, so I actually paid attention to what the teacher was writing.

“Who can tell me who wrote this?” Ms. Ferrell asked.

I raised my hand. It was a quote from Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Having a librarian for a grandmother came in handy.

Where was Vaughn? And where had he been while Rose and Thorn went to PAC headquarters? My stomach felt like it was full of shards of glass. I told myself I was overreacting, but I slid my phone out anyway. I kept one eye on Ms. Ferrell while I texted Vaughn. Where are you?

He didn’t reply. I waited a few minutes…and still nothing.

When I realized Ms. Ferrell was looking my way, I pocketed my phone and pretended to be writing something down, but my mind raced. Why wasn’t he answering my texts?

“Where did Vaughn go when you guys left?” Skyler asked.

Rose shrugged. “He said he was going to head home.”

I frowned. What if something had happened to him?

Thorn gave me a long look. “Now that we’re back, we’ll begin your physical conditioning.” She started going over a long and tiresome-sounding workout regimen.

I exchanged a look with my best friend. My idea of exercise was a long walk on the beach. Thorn’s was an hour of burpees followed by a fifty-mile run.

Senior year was not looking so up anymore.

INTL Blog Tour Giveaway

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INTL Tour-wide Instagram Giveaway

Head over to my Instagram account to enter the tour giveaway where you can win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! Ends on October 16th, 2021. Winner will be announced on @mtmctours’ Instagram account.

Tour Schedule

October 4
@thereaderandthechef – Bookstagram + Book Blog

October 5
@romantasy_royalty – Bookstagram

October 6
@paperfury – Bookstagram + Book Blog

October 7
@idreaminbooks – Bookstagram + Book Blog

October 8
@moonlight_rendezvous – Bookstagram

October 9
@bookishbelleeBookstagram + Book Blog

October 10
@readerofthewrittenword – Bookstagram

October 11
@book_withquotes – Bookstagram + Book Blog

October 12
@paperfates – Bookstagram

October 13
@a_bookish_dream – Bookstagram + Book Blog

About the Author:

Marlene Perez is the author of paranormal and urban fantasy books, including the best-selling DEAD IS series for teens. The first book in the series, DEAD IS THE NEW BLACK, was named an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers as well as an ALA Popular Paperback. DEAD IS JUST A RUMOR was on VOYA’s 2011 Best Science Fiction, Horror, & Fantasy List.

Her novels have been featured in Girl’s Life, Seventeen, and Cosmopolitan. The AFTERLIFE OF THE PARTY, a teen vampire novel, will be released September 22, 2020.

She grew up in Story City, Iowa and is the youngest of twelve children. She lives in Orange County, California with her husband and children.

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GLEAM by Raven Kennedy: Creative Blog Tour + Spoliery Thoughts + Mood Boards + Giveaway

Today I’m excited to participate in the Bookstagram & Creative Tour for Gleam by Raven Kennedy hosted by MTMC Tours. Book 3 of this adult fantasy series continues in this epic story inspired by the myth of King Midas, fae, fated romance, and insurmountable greed.

Title: Gleam
Series: The Plated Prisoner #3

Author: Raven Kennedy

Publication Date: May 31, 2021
Genres: Adult, Fantasy

Purchase a copy: Amazon | Book Depository | Indiebound | Blackwell’s
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“I don’t choose him. Not anymore. I’m choosing me.”

King Midas made me the woman I am today. Notorious. Unattainable. His.

The thing about being confined is that you believe it’s to keep the bad out. …Until you realize it’s about keeping you in.

I’m now in a strange kingdom surrounded by liars, with no allies of my own, but I won’t sit idly by and let myself wither. No, there’s something that’s bloomed from the pit of my repression. Something dark. Something angry.

But the last thing I expected was for my anger to call out to him. King Ravinger.

He’s sinister and powerful and entirely too seductive. I’ve learned my lesson with trusting manipulative kings, so why does my chest constrict every time he’s near? I need to tread carefully, or I’m at risk of losing much more than just my freedom.

Regret and revenge war inside of me, and I need to figure out a plan fast before I get tangled up in the schemes of kings and queens.

Because I won’t be caught in a cage again. No, this time, it’ll be me setting the trap.

…I just hope my heart comes out of this unscathed.

Please note: This is an adult fantasy series with dark elements that may be triggering, including Stockholm Syndrome and emotional manipulation, as well as explicit romance scenes. Read at your own discretion.

The Plated Prisoner series:

Mood Boards

There is sooo much that I can say about Gleam, all of which positive. I didn’t think the series could get any better but Gleam took it up quite a few notches. There are two things that stood out the most for me here- Auren’s superb character development (she was phenomenal), which I tired to showcase in my ‘Auren’s Development’ mood board:

I loved seeing her fight for her freedom, loved seeing the way she kept putting Midas in his place and become the strong willed female she was meant to be. This moodboard is a collection of her progress throughout the book, from the metaphorical cracks in her gilded cage to the final sentiment of her taking her gold back (-literally that ending was just 🔥🔥).

And second, of course our Commander/King Rip/Slade (which swoooon, seriously Auren and Slade are in my top fave couples of all time):

I also have to say, Gleam has some of my favorite quotes of all time (I’m pretty sure I highlighted more than half the book) and some of the ones I wanted to showcase were the ones that display what is initially Auren and Slade’s whole relationship dynamic, so QuoteBoard below:

I’m also bringing back my moodboards from when I read Glint because I am dying to see where Malina’s story leads:

INTL Tour-wide Instagram Giveaway!

Head over to my Instagram account to enter the tour giveaway where you can win your choice of any book in The Plated Prisoner series! Ends on September 25th, 2021. Winner will be announced on @mtmctours’ Instagram account.

INTL Tour-wide Blog Giveaway!

Enter the Rafflecopter below to win kindle copies of all three books in The Plated Prisoner series!! Ends on September 25th, 2021. Winner will be announced on the Rafflecopter and contacted via email by MTMC Tours.

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About Raven Kennedy:

Raven Kennedy writes in a range of genres, including fantasy, paranormal, contemporary, dark romance, and romcoms.

Whether she makes you laugh or cry, she loves creating worlds and making characters you can root for.

She is a California girl born and raised, drinker of tea, and lover of dark chocolate. When she’s not writing, she can be found binge watching The Office and The Great British Baking Show, or with her nose stuck in a book.

Website | Instagram | Goodreads

Tour Schedule:

September 13
@paperfury – Bookstagram + Book Blog
@victoriabooklover – Bookstagram

September 14
@bookishbelleeBookstagram + Book Blog
@thebeautyandthebooks – Bookstagram

September 15
@bookswithmichellee – Bookstagram + Book Blog
@jupiterdropsco – Bookstagram

September 16
@thereaderandthechef – Bookstagram + Book Blog
@mtmctours – Bookstagram

September 17
@nelthewhichcraftsbooks – Bookstagram + Book Blog
@journeybetweenpages – Bookstagram

September 18
@a_bookish_dream – Bookstagram + Book Blog
@courtofbingereading – Bookstagram

September 19
@my_heart_is_booked – Bookstagram + Book Blog
@books_over_everything – Bookstagram

September 20
@larasbookcase – Bookstagram + Book Blog
@unexpectedbook – Bookstagram
@clarkbookreviews – Bookstagram

September 21
@pavlinamich – Bookstagram + Book Blog
@asternyx – Bookstagram

September 22
@elle.cheshire – Bookstagram + Book Blog
@calmdust – Bookstagram

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The Golden Key of Gangotri: Blog Tour + Excerpt

Synopsis:

Twenty-year-old Columbia University student Harley Green is ready to seize her future and leave her past behind. But when her father vanishes from the Himalayas, leaving behind a mysterious golden key, she must forego all plans and travel to India to find answers about where he went and who was the mysterious companion who last saw him alive. She teams up with a young local named Rajou who assists her in finding the philosophical exploration to the meaning of life. But as they get closer to the fateful glacier that will unlock their answers, Harley makes a surprising revelation that will change how she sees the world forever. Can unlocking her father’s fate help her find her own path in life?

For fans of The Alchemist, The Monk Who Sold his Ferrari, and Rebirth, Harley’s soul-searching and gripping adventure will leave them on the edge of their seat. TheGolden Key of Gangotri is a captivating read for those who root for brave heroines, inspirational journeys and those seeking answers for our greater purpose in life.

Excerpt

Chapter 1

Harley felt a tap her shoulder and opened her eyes. The passenger sitting beside her had woken her up. The sun piercing through the bus window colored him gold. Raising his arm, he pointed at the surrounding view. “Rishikesh,” he said and looked out the window. Harley stretched, and as she ran her fingers through her tangled hair, they grazed the painful bruise on her fore- head. She bit her lip and looked around. On her left, green mountains sloped down gently toward the road. In the opposite direction she saw the Ganges River and a string of white-and-pink temples on the riverbank. The tips of other temples, hidden deep inside the green mountains, glowed in the distance. She recalled this was the very place where the Ganges completed its long journey from the Himalayas and began winding its way throughout India, and her heart swelled. 

The pilgrims filed off the bus and headed straight to the river, speaking to each other in brisk sentences. Harley followed them. They passed through an area on the riverbank that was flat and full of small white rocks. Huge purple rhododendrons flowers surrounded them, and the blue-green water flowed quickly down the wide river. When the pilgrims arrived at the edge of the water, they wasted no time before going in, fully clothed. Faces aglow, they rejoiced at having made it to the mouth of the Ganges. 

Harley observed them for a few minutes, then took off her shoes and placed them near her backpack. She removed her wristwatch, shoving it deep inside her bag, and walked into the river, still wearing her clothes. The frozen water was rejuvenating. Dunking her whole head in, she felt all the aches from the night ride evaporate and her thoughts become clear and sharp. She carried a silent prayer of gratitude for having made it, for being alive and breathing and experiencing life with such clarity. She had no idea how the adventure she had gotten herself into might end but was finally living the life she had always wanted to live, freely and bravely. She smiled, and the Indians nearby smiled back, happy to see this Western tourist connecting to the ancient ritual of bathing in the holy river. 

After the refreshing dip, the pilgrims sat down and drank sweet hot chai. Harley held the steaming cup and felt a strange camaraderie with the group gathered on the banks of the sacred river. She began walking toward the main road. Rishikesh was bustling and noisy. Buses and trucks passed through with loud honks; peddlers hawked their wares with hoarse shouts; and rickshaw drivers art- fully navigated the chaos. This was a far cry from the quiet, peaceful town Harley had envisioned. A rickshaw driver pulled up and signaled her with his weathered hand. She gave him the name of the ashram and he nodded, then loaded her backpack at the rear of the rickshaw. Harley sat in the back and he sped off, honking a loud horn every chance he got. 

Within ten minutes they arrived at their destination. Harley descended from the rickshaw near a magnificent metal bridge that crossed the river and walked closer so she could examine its beauty. She had long admired beautiful structures and had spent countless hours drawing bridges of every kind. Once I cross this bridge, she thought, I can no longer go back. Engrossed in the moment, she had failed to notice the fading noise of the rickshaw’s engine. She turned her head and saw the rickshaw in the distance, disappearing around the bend. Harley began running toward the bend in the road. There she saw a bustling main street crammed with trucks and buses, all creating a commotion. The rickshaw driver and her backpack were nowhere to be seen. A peddler approached her proffering packs of chewing gum. With a wave of her hand, she sent him away and scoured the street for a police officer. Soon she gave up, overtaken by a sickening feeling. The driver had no intention of coming back. She had just lost all the possessions she had brought with her for the journey, and one possession that was more important than all the others combined. Harley’s father’s letter was lost forever. 

The Golden Key of Gangotri was released on August 18 and can be purchased on Amazon.

Glint: Creative Blog Tour + Giveaway + Review

Today I’m excited to participate in the Bookstagram & Creative Tour for Glint by Raven Kennedy hosted by MTMC Tours. Return to the seductive story of magic inspired by the myth of King Midas, and get caught up in the world of Orea!

Title: Glint
Series: The Plated Prisoner #2

Author: Raven Kennedy

Publication Date: January 11, 2021
Genres: Adult, Fantasy

Purchase a copy: Amazon | Book Depository | Indiebound | Blackwell’s
Add on Goodreads!

“You want to make your life easier? Then be the caged bird that you are and sing.”

For ten years, I’ve lived in a gilded cage inside King Midas’s golden castle. But one night changed everything.

Now I’m here, a prisoner of Fourth Kingdom’s army, and I’m not sure if I’m going to make it out of this in one piece. They’re marching to battle, and I’m the bargaining chip that will either douse the fire or spark a war.

At the heart of my fear, my worry, there’s him—Commander Rip.

Known for his brutality on the battlefield, his viciousness is unsurpassed. But I know the truth about what he is.

Fae.

The betrayers. The murderers. The ones who nearly destroyed Orea, wiping out Seventh Kingdom in the process. Rip has power sizzling beneath this skin and glinting spikes down his spine. But his eyes—his eyes are the most compelling of all.

When he turns those black eyes on me, I feel captive for an entirely different reason.

I may be out of my cage, but I’m not free, not even close. In the game of kings and armies, I’m the gilded pawn. The question is, can I out maneuver them?

This is the captivating second book of The Plated Prisoner series. It’s an adult epic fantasy story blending romance, intrigue, and beautiful imagery. Return to the seductive story of magic inspired by the myth of King Midas, and get caught up in the world of Orea.

Please note: There is explicit language and romance in this book, not suitable for those under the age of 18.

Review

Where to start with this series???

Let’s do the classic bullet point method to help convey my thoughts

⁃ the setting: sooo fascinating and intriguing and what a phenomenal take on King Midas

⁃ The characters: with each turn of a page I’m more and more intrigued by each and every one, I am giddy with how obsessed I am with them, I can’t even decide who I want to root for more. not to mention the character development is superb

⁃ The writing: what beautiful writing, I am in awe- the amount of quotes I’d highlated!!!

⁃ The story: addicting and I can’t wait to see how it all unfolds

⁃ Would I recommend? 100/10 you won’t be disappointed but I also advise to check the trigger warnings for the book!!

Aesthetics

And another one for my fave Malina

INTL Tour-wide Instagram Giveaway!

Head over to my Instagram account to enter the tour giveaway where one reader will win a copy of Gild (book 1) OR Glint! Ends on August 22nd, 2021. Winner will be announced on @mtmctours’ Instagram account.

About Raven Kennedy:

Raven Kennedy writes in a range of genres, including fantasy, paranormal, contemporary, dark romance, and romcoms.

Whether she makes you laugh or cry, she loves creating worlds and making characters you can root for.

She is a California girl born and raised, drinker of tea, and lover of dark chocolate. When she’s not writing, she can be found binge watching The Office and The Great British Baking Show, or with her nose stuck in a book.

Website | Instagram | Goodreads

Tour Schedule

August 9
@paperfury – Bookstagram + Book Blog
@victoriabooklover – Bookstagram

August 10
@bookishbelleeBookstagram + Book Blog
@thebeautyandthebooks – Bookstagram

August 11
@thereaderandthechef – Bookstagram + Book Blog
@jupiterdropsco – Bookstagram

August 12
@bookswithmichellee – Bookstagram + Book Blog
@clarkbookreviews – Bookstagram

August 13
@nelthewhichcraftsbooks – Bookstagram + Book Blog
@journeybetweenpages – Bookstagram
August 14
@a_bookish_dream – Bookstagram + Book Blog
@courtofbingereading – Bookstagram

August 15
@elle.cheshire – Bookstagram + Book Blog
@books_over_everything – Bookstagram

August 16
@unexpectedbook – Bookstagram
@larasbookcase – Bookstagram

August 17
@pavlinamich – Bookstagram + Book Blog
@asternyx – Bookstagram

August 18
@my_heart_is_booked – Bookstagram + Book Blog
@calmdust – Bookstagram

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The Secret of Dartwood Manor: Creative Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway

Today I’m excited to participate in the Creative Blog Tour for The Secret of Dartwood Manor by N.A. Triptow hosted by MTMC Tours! On sale this week for $0.99!!

Title: The Secret of Dartwood Manor

Author: N.A. Triptow
Series: The Witchling Trilogy #1
Publisher: Wishing Well Publishing

Publication Date: January 18th, 2021
Genres: YA Contemporary Fantasy

Purchase a copy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound | Blackwell’s 

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Witches. Ghosts. An ancient secret. Enter a world of myth and magic through this contemporary fantasy reimagining of Jane Austen’s beloved classic, Sense and Sensibility.

The small New England town of Tarryville, Maine is steeped in history, having been settled by the Dartwood and Farris families who fled Salem during the witch trials. The Dartwood sisters, Eden, Mariah, and Melissa, unexpectedly return home after their parents are found murdered. Upon their arrival, the girls are plagued by dreams in which dark spectral beings haunt them. When the hellish creatures seem to be more than just nightmares, another mystery begins to unravel as they discover that the circumstances around the murder of their parents may be far more menacing than they appear. Frantic for answers, they must untangle the mystery of their parents’ murders and reconstruct the pieces of an ancient secret. With the help of the young assistant curator of their family museum, Baden Correia, and an estranged friend from their past, Evan Farris, the orphaned Dartwood sisters must uncover the truth before the darkness haunting their family descends upon them as well.

EBOOK SALE!

The ebook of The Secret of Dartwood Manor is currently ON SALE for $0.99! Don’t miss out on this epic deal, only for the duration of the blog tour! Grab a copy HERE.


And here’s a link to Wishing Well Publishing’s shop where you can find witchling and bookish swag The official shop of Wishing Well Publishing – Wishing Well Merch (wishing-well-merch.myshopify.com)

Character Aesthetics


The Secret of Dartwood Manor Playlist

A sneak peek into the atmospheric world of The Secret of Dartwood Manor. Check out the theme song for The Secret of Dartwood Manor by the brilliant Beckee Davis!

https://youtu.be/iVP2o4eVMjQ

Mood Boards

INTL Blog Tour Giveaway!

Enter the rafflecopter below to win a kindle copy of The Secret of Dartwood Manor + a $10USD Amazon Gift Card!

This is open internationally & it ends on July 21st, 2021 at 11:59pm EST.

Link to rafflecopter:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/2aeeb25b85/?

Review

There’s always an expectation with retellings, especially of a beloved classic such as Sense and Sensibility, to be true to the original while still holding its own and bringing forth something new and unique.

The Secret of Dartwood Manor did just that. I loved the author’s take of The Dashwood Sisters, keeping true to their personalities and struggles through the Dartwood Sisters. But most of all, I absolutely loved the aesthetic of this world- magic and myth, ghosts, the Salem Witch trials, enchanting manors, and the museum of my dreams. A mystery that completely sucks you in, secrets and twists that will consume you, and captivating, descriptive writing that brought the story to life so vividly.

I am astounded and look forward to reading so much more N.A Triptow!

Tour Schedule:

July 12
Paper Fury
July 13
L.M. Durand’s Little Book Corner
The Beachy Reader
July 14
The Reader and the Chef
Elle Cheshire
July 15
Bookish Bellee
Subtle Bookish
July 16
The Loyal Book
I Dream In Books
July 17
The Ink Slinger
Ramblingmads
July 18
Shelves of Starlight
Broken Geek

About N.A. Triptow:


Author of young adult contemporary fantasy and retellings, from fairy tales to classics, N. A. Triptow graduated from The University of Utah with a Bachelor of Arts in English Teaching with minors in History Teaching, Theatre, and British Studies. She teaches high school English and Film Studies. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Strategic Communication and Advertising from Purdue University. In her free time, you can find her reading, watching and analyzing movies and television shows, attending the theatre, going on walks or hikes, and playing board or video games with family and friends. She lives in Utah.

Website | Instagram | Goodreads | Twitter

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The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri: Why You Should Read It

…listed in easy, short bullet points (like all the best things are).

Synopsis:

Author of Empire of Sand and Realm of Ash Tasha Suri’s The Jasmine Throne, beginning a new trilogy set in a world inspired by the history and epics of India, in which a captive princess and a maidservant in possession of forbidden magic become unlikely allies on a dark journey to save their empire from the princess’s traitor brother.

Imprisoned by her dictator brother, Malini spends her days in isolation in the Hirana: an ancient temple that was once the source of the powerful, magical deathless waters — but is now little more than a decaying ruin.

Priya is a maidservant, one among several who make the treacherous journey to the top of the Hirana every night to clean Malini’s chambers. She is happy to be an anonymous drudge, so long as it keeps anyone from guessing the dangerous secret she hides.

But when Malini accidentally bears witness to Priya’s true nature, their destinies become irrevocably tangled. One is a vengeful princess seeking to depose her brother from his throne. The other is a priestess seeking to find her family. Together, they will change the fate of an empire.

Rating: ALL THE STARS ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Review:

Oh but be still my aching heart, we have found a new love.

This is one of those fantasy books that hit every single mark for me. Actually it might be the fantasy book that hit every single mark for me to utter perfection. It built and built- a burning fever within me that consumed me wholly. It is the most brilliant fantasy I’ve read this year. And that’s saying a lotttt considering I’ve had many great reads already.

I’ve decided rather than writing a rambling review that is probably not going to convey all that is this greatness of a novel, I will instead use the classic bullet point method to list them all that I loved.

2. Multiple povs (noted) that introduce us to perfect specimens of morally grey agendas that are just *chef’s kiss*.

1. Beautiful writing that is everything that makes reading great for me. Short, daunting sentences that piqued my interest with every turn of a page and kept me beyond invested.

3. Characters that are all just as enchanting as the next with gripping backstories that moved me in a way I didn’t know possible. I genuinely loved each and every one I didn’t know who to root for.

4. ENEMIES TO LOVERS DONE RIGHT- yes my one true love, enemies to lovers that is tension, tension, and more tension filled scenes, banterish convos that had me CRYING, not to mention THE KNIFE TO THE RIBS SCENE YES FOLKS HOLDING THE KNIFE TO SOMEPLACE ON THE OTHERS BODY plus A WATERFALL SCENE so you know it’s good — it’s sapphic and it’s glorious.

5. A horrible, ruthless, evil emperor who deserves all the death- rebels and magic, a mysterious forest , a rot that targets the underlings of the caste system.

6. Ancient magical stories based on Indian folklore *chefs kiss chefs kiss chefs kiss* and an age of flowers, phenomenal world building, empires, politics- all the things that make my soul SING.

7. So soooo much more with well fleshed out themes about women, power, political intrigue- all the best things.

8. Less I forget, a traitor prince- YES.

9. EPIC FANTASY I MEAN NEED I SAY MORE.

Gosh, I’m shaking just thinking about this perfect, fabulous book. It was a build up of characters, world building, magic that hit me right in my very core in the best possible way. It had me wholly immersed with every beginning and ending of a sentence. It consumed me so strongly and now- the long, agonizing wait for the sequel.

Thank you to the publisher for the early copy in exchange for an honest review.

The Crimson Countess: Creative Blog Tour – Review + Aesthetics + GIVEAWAY

Today I’m excited to participate in the Creative Blog Tour for The Crimson Countess by Brynn Myers hosted by MTMC Tours! The Crimson Countess is an Adult Gothic Romance inspired by the tales of the Blood Countess, Elizabeth Báthory, and it will be republished on June 5, 2021 from Indigo Ink Publications.

Title: The Crimson Countess

Author: Brynn Myer
Publisher: Indigo Ink Publications

Publication Date: June 5th, 2021
Genres: Adult Gothic Romance

Purchase a copy: Amazon

Add on Goodreads!

Synopsis:

Nola Blair is a free-spirited artist who’s been offered a hefty sum to create a unique piece for a party at Elizabeth Bathory’s ruined castle. It’s an assignment she declined––twice. However, at the behest of her sister and her best friend, she finally gave in, choosing her career over her annoyance with the misogynist ass trying to secure her services.

Erzsebet Bathory has been trapped for centuries and would do anything to escape, including using her own son, Paul, to do her bidding. Soon she’ll be free and take her place among the ferals as their queen.

Andrik Kane had no idea his life would change when he saved Nola from a band of rogue vampires. Charged with the hunting of ferals and their creators, one broken rule and the blood of a beautiful brunette in distress ends up giving him more than he ever bargained for.

One wants her blood, the other wants her to be his. Who will decide Nola’s fate?

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Review:

As someone who is exceedingly obsessed with Elizabeth Bathory, aka the Blood Countess, I went into The Crimson Countess with a certain expectation of a vibe that I wanted and it delivered. Dark, gothic, the vampire romance that I crave with the added intrigue and origin story of vampires that I absolutely LOVED! A riveting, fresh take on Erzsebet Bathory and her legacy, vampires and an exemplary romance perfect for lovers of the paranormal genre.

About Brynn Myers:

Brynn Myers is a paranormal romance author. After considering writing a hobby for years, she finally turned her passion and talent into a career. She came into the paranormal genre later than most but has always loved fairy-tales and all things magical. Using that love, she creates charmed worlds by writing stories involving passionate, strong willed characters with something to discover.

Brynn lives with her family in Central Florida.

Website | Instagram | Goodreads | Twitter

Giveaway

INTL Blog Tour Giveaway!

Enter the rafflecopter below to win:

Grand Prize:
– An autographed copy of The Crimson Countess, TCC swag, and a $10 Amazon gift card.

Runner-Up Prize:
– 10 readers will win a digital copy of The Crimson Countess!

This is open internationally & it ends on June 26th, 2021 at 11:59pm EST.

Link to rafflecopter:http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/2aeeb25b84/?

Tour Schedule:

June 14 – The Reader and the Chef
June 15 – ShelfLove
June 16 – Bookish Bellee
June 17 – Paper Fury
June 18 – Ramblingmads
June 18 – Her Bookish Obsession
June 19 – MTMC Tours
June 19 – Elle cheshire
June 20 – Bibliosini
June 21 – Yours A-fiction-ately1
June 21 – Sprinkled With Words
June 22 – Vanilla Moon Books
June 23 – Brinn’s Books

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Aesthetics

Thank you to the author and MTMC Tours for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.

The Chosen and The Beautiful: Review

Synopsis:

Immigrant. Socialite. Magician.

Jordan Baker grows up in the most rarefied circles of 1920s American society—she has money, education, a killer golf handicap, and invitations to some of the most exclusive parties of the Jazz Age. She’s also queer, Asian, adopted, and treated as an exotic attraction by her peers, while the most important doors remain closed to her.

But the world is full of wonders: infernal pacts and dazzling illusions, lost ghosts and elemental mysteries. In all paper is fire, and Jordan can burn the cut paper heart out of a man. She just has to learn how.

Nghi Vo’s debut novel The Chosen and the Beautiful reinvents this classic of the American canon as a coming-of-age story full of magic, mystery, and glittering excess, and introduces a major new literary voice.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Review:

There’s a certain expectation with a reimagining, especially of a classic that is well loved, to hold true to the awe and love for the original while also bringing forth something of an elaborate uniqueness that sets it apart from that original…. The Chosen and the Beautiful faaaaaar exceeded that expectation for me. I genuinely don’t think I took a single breath from the moment I started until the moment I finished in complete and utter wonderment.

If you were to ever read a Great Gatsby retelling (reimagining in this case) then let it be this one. While I thoroughly loved The Great Gatsby, in all honesty the ideologies that it represents are predominantly meant for the American people that ‘matter’, who at the time, meant white Americans (Tom and Daisy in this book are perfect representation of that). I’m sure for many of us, myself included, to truly connect with a classic such as The Great Gatsby in this time and age that it was written, is difficult because of the lack of inclusion and acknowledgement of the prejudice that was present in the 1920s. But that is different in this book. Vo flawlessly exposes so much of what was wrong of the time period and brings forth The Great Gatsby that should have been written with a very real look at racism, sexuality, mental health and so much more.

Not to mention the magical aspects of the novel which bring more depth not just to the the story but to the characters as well. I think what Fitzgerald originally created and symbolized with these characters is tenfold here given their uniqueness, especially with the twist at the end.

1000/10 would recommend and I can already tell I’ll be rereading this one again very soon!

Thank you to the publisher for the free review copy in exchange for an honest review.