Blog Tour | “5 Things I Didn’t Know About Being A Published Author” Guest Post by E. Latimer

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Hi everyone and welcome to my stop on the Witches of Ash and Ruin blog tour hosted by The FFBC! Today I’m so excited to be having a guest post by author E. Latimer on “5 things you didn’t know about being a published author” Keep reading for the behind the scenes life of the published life and then an amazing giveaway!

5 THINGS I DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT BEING A PUBLISHED AUTHOR

S 1) Waiting is everything.

I absolutely underestimated the amount of waiting that being an author would require. I think I pictured furiously typing away at my laptop, and then looking at the bookshelves proudly as my book was displayed. It just sort of clicked from one picture to the next in my mind, like a slideshow. There was no long, drawn out period of agonized waiting in between.

But one thing I’ve learned over the years is that publishing moves like a herd of turtles stampeding through molasses. First you wait while your book is on submission with publishing houses, then for your contract to come through, then another few months until you can announce. Then you wait two years for the book to come out. Repeat.

And that’s not counting all the waiting you do while people are reading your manuscript. Beta readers, your agent, that reviewer you really hope will love you. That author you hope will blurb you. It never really ends.

2) The bar can always be raised.

Before I was published, I got into this terrible habit of dreaming about life “after I get published”. Things along the lines of, “I’ll be truly happy when I get published” and “I’ll be more confident when I get published” and, “my hair will be super shiny and fall in perfect Disney princess waves at all times after I get published”.

Spoiler, none of that happens. I’m more satisfied, yes. And I’m even a little more sure of myself. I confidently write in “author” at the doctor’s office when they make me fill out the forms. I no longer flinch when I’m at a wedding and someone asks, “So what do you do?” But the problem is, once you reach the bar you’ve set for yourself, you tend to reach up and give it a little nudge. You know, just push that sucker up a little higher.

Maybe I won’t be truly happy until I sell the next book. Maybe my hair won’t be super shiny until I hit the NYT bestseller list (I hear that’s a common side effect).

Eventually I learned to catch myself thinking like this and now I attempt to put a stop to it. To coach myself to savour every milestone I reach, and to look back on the journey once in a while, to see how far I’ve come. It’s good to be driven, but it’s also good to celebrate your achievements.

3) Seeing your book on the shelf never gets old

I knew seeing my published book on the shelf for the first time would be exciting, but I didn’t know I would tear up the very first time in the middle of Indigo Books. I also didn’t know the feeling would never fully go away.

With Witches of Ash and Ruin out on the shelves now, I have two books out, and it never fails to make some kind of impact when I see them out in the wild. Sometimes I’m just wandering the bookstore and it almost takes me by surprise, other times I’m honing in on the “L” section like my cat going for that slice of cheese on the coffee table.

Either way, seeing my book there always feels a little surreal.

4) Imposter syndrome doesn’t go away

Maybe this is a symptom of above, but the same way I can never fully believe I made it onto shelves, wow, I also regularly wonder if at some point the people at the bookstore will realize I’m a total imposter and throw my books out.

Or that my publisher will wake up one morning and think, “Wait, why did we publish this person?” and the jig will finally be up.

Every time I’m in front of an audience, or on a panel, I wonder if I really have any right to be here. The first time a reader came up to me and said I was her favourite author I was completely stunned. My friend later told me that I just stared at her like a deer in the headlights. It was like my brain just stalled out, I couldn’t process it. Thankfully the poor kid’s mom had the presence of mind to ask for a photo, and my brain coughed back to life and I became a functioning human being again.

5) Each book is different, and it never stops being exciting.

The same way that seeing my book on the shelf never gets old, the writing process doesn’t seem to either. I don’t even know how many books I’ve written by now (many of them will never see the light of day) and every time I start another one, the process seems completely new. In a way, it’s a bit scary, I feel like I don’t know what I’m doing. But it’s also exciting, because I never know what’s going to happen. If this book will be even more fun than the last one, if it will be even better. If the writing process is going to transcend every experience I’ve had up until then.

I thought things would be scarier when I got published, like maybe I’d be writing for other people instead of myself after that, but thankfully at this point that hasn’t happened. I still write for myself. I still write the story I want to tell and the one I’d want to read if I could pick anything in the world off the shelf.

I hope it keeps being that way no matter how much I publish. That no matter how many books I have on the shelf, the writing process will stay fresh and exciting. That I’ll always be eager to discover new worlds, and the potential the blank page has.

E. Latimer is a fantasy writer from Victoria, BC. Her middle grade novel,The Strange and Deadly Portraits of Bryony Gray was published by Tundra Books, and was recently nominated for the Red Maple Fiction Award.In her spare time, she writes books, makes silly vlogs with theWord Nerdsaboutwriting, and reads excessively.Her latest novel,Witches of Ash and Ruin, will be released Spring/Summer 2020from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

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About Witches of ash and ruin

Title:Witches of Ash and Ruin

by E. Latimer

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Release Date: March 3rd 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, LGBT, Queer

Synopsis: Modern witchcraft blends with ancient Celtic mythology in an epic clash ofwitches and gods, perfect for fans of V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic trilogy andA DISCOVERY OF WITCHES.Seventeen-year-old Dayna Walsh is struggling to cope with her somatic OCD; theaftermath of being outed as bisexual in her conservative Irish town; and the returnof her long-absent mother, who barely seems like a parent. But all that really mattersto her is ascending and finally, finally becoming a full witch-plans that arecomplicated when another coven, rumored to have a sordid history with black magic,arrives in town with premonitions of death. Dayna immediately finds herself at oddswith the bewitchingly frustrating Meiner King, the granddaughter of their covenleader.And then a witch turns up murdered at a local sacred site, along with the bloodsymbol of the Butcher of Manchester-an infamous serial killer whose trail has longgone cold. The killer’s motives are enmeshed in a complex web of witches and gods,andDayna and Meiner soon find themselves at the center of it all. If they don’t stopthe Butcher, one of them will be next.With razor-sharp prose and achingly real characters, E. Latimer crafts a sweeping,mesmerizing story of dark magic and brutalmythology set against a backdrop ofcontemporary Ireland that’s impossible to put down.

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Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42773037-witches-of-ash-and-ruin

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B&N:https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/witches-of-ash-and-ruin-e-latimer/1132410677?ean=9781368052252#/

iTunes:https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/isbn9781368054317?mt=11

Bookdepository:https://www.bookdepository.com/Witches-of-Ash-and-Ruin-E-Latimer/9781368052252

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Google Books:https://play.google.com/store/audiobooks/details/E_Latimer_Witches_of_Ash_and_Ruin?id=AQAAAEAsPW99UM


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Blog Tour| Salty Bitter Sweet Review

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SYNOPSIS: A slow-burn romance in a cutthroat kitchen! There’s more to becoming a top chef for 17-year-old Isabella Fields than just not getting chopped … especially when the chances of things heating up with an intriguing boy and becoming a food star in the kitchen are both on the chopping block.

Aspiring chef Isa’s family life has fallen apart after the death of her Cuban abuela and the divorce of her parents. She moves in with her dad and her new stepmom, Margo, in Lyon, France, where Isa feels like an outsider in her father’s new life. Isa balances her time between avoiding the awkward, “why-did-you-cheat-on-Mom” conversation with figuring out how a perpetually single woman can at least be a perpetually single chef.

The upside of Isa’s world being turned upside-down?

Her father’s house is located only 30 minutes away from the restaurant of world-famous Chef Pascal Grattard, who runs a prestigiously competitive international kitchen apprenticeship. The prize job at Chef Grattard’s renowned restaurant also represents a transformative opportunity for Isa who is desperate to get her life back in order—and desperate to prove she has what it takes to work in an haute kitchen. But Isa’s stress and repressed grief begin to unravel when the attractive, enigmatic Diego shows up unannounced with his albino dog.

How can Isa expect to hold it together when she’s at the bottom of her class at the apprenticeship, her new stepmom is pregnant, she misses her abuela dearly, and things with the mysterious Diego reach a boiling point?


When Isas grandmother passes away, her family goes to ruins. Add on top of that her parents divorce, Isa knows her life will never be as it once was. Going to live with her father and his new wife in Grance, the only upside to this turn of events is being a mere distance from a world renowned chefs kitchen. Hoping to piece back the pieces of her old life, Isa is anxious to excel in the lucrative international apprenticeship she was able to obtain in hopes of getting an internship with the renowned chef. But still dealing with grief of losing both her abuela and her parents divorce, Isa is finding it much harder to do than she originally thought.

Overall I did enjoy Salty Bitter Sweet. It was a sweet coming of age story. Isa had great growth as the story progressed and I loved all the FOOD in this. Mmm it made me so hungry. The slow burn romance was fun I just wish the love interest would have been someone other than her new stepmoms step son. This story touches on dealing with grief, the trials and tribulations of growing up, and family. While I found the first bit of the book hard to fully get into, I really started to get into it around the halfway mark. This was a quick read that gave me all the feels. I am giving it 3 out of 5 stars

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Mayra Cuevas is the author of the YA romcom SALTY, BITTER, SWEET (Blink/HarperCollins), to release on March 3, 2020.

She is also an accomplished writer and TV producer for CNN Worldwide.

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Review tour:

Monday, March 2nd: Becca Leighanne

Tuesday, March 3rd: Bookish Connoisseur and @bookishconnoisseur

Thursday, March 5th: @thehireader and Curly Book Owl

Thursday, March 5th: All Roads Lead to the Kitchen

Monday, March 9th: @myreadingchronicles

Tuesday, March 10th: Shelf-Rated and @shelfrated

Wednesday, March 11th: @amanda.the.bookish

Thursday, March 12th: @rcbooksandfood

Monday, March 16th: PhDiva Blog and @thephdivabooks

Wednesday, March 18th: @ya.its.lit and YA It’s Lit

Thursday, March 19th: @babybibliophile

Monday, March 23rd: @createexploreread

Tuesday, March 24th: @_ebl_inc_

Wednesday, March 25th: Audio Killed the Bookmark and @beritaudiokilledthebookmark

Friday, March 27th: Run Wright

AUDIOBOOK TOUR| Nite Fire: Flash Point Review + Character Interview+ Giveaway

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Audiobook Blog Tour: Nite Fire by C.L. Schneider

Author: C.L. Schneider

Narrator: Cassandra King

Length: 15 hours 51 minutes

Series: Nite Fire, Book 1

Publisher: C.L. Schneider

Released: Nov. 30, 2018

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Synopsis:

Slated for execution, shape-shifting assassin Dahlia Nite flees her world to hide in the human realm. As payment for the shelter they unknowingly provide, Dahlia dedicates herself to protecting humans from what truly lives in the shadows. Moving from town to town, she hunts the creatures that threaten an unsuspecting human race, burying the truth that could destroy them all.
But the shadows are shifting. The lies are adding up. When Sentinel City is threatened by a series of bizarre brutal murders, light is shed on what should never be seen. The secrets that have kept humanity in the dark for centuries are in danger of being exposed.
Wrestling with a lifetime of her own deceptions, Dahlia investigates the killings while simultaneously working to conceal their circumstances. But with each new murder, the little bit of peace she has found in this world begins to crumble. Each new clue leads her to the one place she thought to never go again: home.
Flash Point is the first audiobook in the Nite Fire series.

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C.L. Schneider is an award-winning author of immersive fantasy fiction, including The Crown of Stones Trilogy and the Nite Fire Series. Born in a small Kansas town on the Missouri river, she penned her first novel at age sixteen on a typewriter in her parent’s living room. She currently resides in New York’s scenic Hudson Valley with her husband and two sons.
To learn more about C.L. Schneider, and the worlds she creates, visit clschneiderauthor.com where you can read reviews and excerpts, subscribe to her newsletter, and join her Street Team. An active part of the indie author online community, you can often find her on social media, chatting about the daily ups and downs of a writer’s life.

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Narrator Bio

Cassandra is a professional actor from New York. She works with a private acting trainer and has been making her way into the voice over world. Becoming an audiobook narrator was a great way to combine her desire to act and her passion for literature. She is currently working on book 2 of the Nite Fire series entitled ‘Chain Reaction’ as well as a Warhammer 30k fan film called ‘Death of Hope’. In addition to reading and acting, Cassandra also enjoys anime, sports, cooking, and traveling.

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This is my first novel I’ve read by CL SCHNEIDER but certainly wont be my last. I was completely drawn in from the first chapter! The main protagonist of Nite Fire is a strong, badass female dragon shifter. Dahlia was once living in her magical realm of Drimera, but when events lead to her being sentenced to execution, she must flee to the human realm. And there she lives for 100 years bouncing around from town to town disposing of creatures from her world that threaten the humans. She is currently working alongside the police as an arson investigator, assisting them with jobs trying to keep her world apart from the human world. Soon though, her city is under attack from one of her kind. And as she struggles to uncover what is happening , she realizes she may just have to return home.

Nite Fire is basically an urban fantasy mixed with murder mystery and I absolutely loved it. It was full of twists and turns and the plot was dark and gritty and DRAGONS. I loved Dalia and her character overall and really enjoyed all the side characters. The character development was well fleshed out and it was easy to connect with the. With action abound, I was on the edge of my seat the whole story eagerly waiting to find out what was going to happen next.

The narrator for the audiobook version of Nite fire was Cassandra king and holy cow was it fun listening to! She did so great narrating and I love all the different voices characters were given. This was such an entertaining story all around and I can’t wait to dive into the next book!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by C.L. Schneider. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Q&A with Dahlia Nite, Protagonist of Nite Fire: Flash Point
  • You weren’t born on our world. Tell us about Drimera and your life there.
    • Drimera is ruled by the powerful dragon-queen Naalish. Though, she’s more of a tyrant than a queen. Below her are lesser dragon kings, each in charge of their own tribes. Laws are enforced by the Guild, a military style organization that sticks its nose in whatever business Naalish decides is hers. My kind, lyrriken, we do all the heavy lifting and all the dirty work. We’re born from the mating of a male dragon in human form and a human female. We can’t reproduce ourselves. When we try, a mutation occurs. And the creature we give birth to… It isn’t worth the risk. Our existence is entirely dependent on the dragons, and they make sure we know it. Which makes us born beholden and willing to serve. Free will is not a concept on my world.
    • The Guild chose me for their ranks when I was young. They educated and trained me. I worked hard for years to earn my place among them. Eventually, I gained command of my own squad, and the queen’s favor. Back then, it was all I’d ever wanted.
  • What do you miss the most about your home world?
    • The sense of belonging, the camaraderie that existed between lyrriken—especially between those of us with in the Guild. Aside from living, working, and training together, many of us grew up together. Our connections weren’t built on friendship or love. Most lyrriken find such emotions cumbersome and pointless. Our solidarity was based more on mutual respect, commonalities, instinct, and shared experiences. We had the same goals and hopes, the same love for our home, and the same desire to please our queen. Except, none of it was real. My entire upbringing was fabricated and manipulated. We were brainwashed, tortured, abused. And we asked for more because we believed we had the greatest purpose of all: to serve those who gave us life.
    • So, if you take away all that bullshit, what I miss most is the smell of the air. And the twin moons. With all my travels to other worlds, I’ve never seen their like. All I had to do was look up at the sky, and know I was home.
  • A lyrriken is half human and half dragon. Of all three species, which do you feel the closest to?
    • Humans. Though, if you’d told me a hundred years ago that would be my answer, I would have laughed at you. Fifty years ago, even twenty, I’m not sure I could have answered it at all. I was a fugitive when I left Drimera. My early years here consisted of one long blur of running. Then it was decades of investigations, fake IDs, cover-ups, shitty motels, truck stops, and dive bars. I struggled with things like connections and trust. I still do. But it’s different now. I’ve found something here in Sentinel City. For the first time, I’ve let myself form real connections. And they’ve rooted themselves deeper than I could have ever predicted.
    • It scares me, sometimes. That I have something to lose now. I have a life. It’s not one you would consider normal. I’m never going to have that. I’m not a 9-5, white-picket-fence kind of girl. I’m still investigating monster sightings and covering them up, but I work as a consultant for the SCPD now. I have a job, an apartment. I have friends who care about me.
    • It’s my version of a normal life. And I’ll do anything to protect it.
  • Lyrriken have special abilities, powers one might would consider “superhuman”. What gifts did you inherit from your dragon father? Which is most important to your survival?
    • All lyrriken are born with rapid healing, longevity, strength, heightened senses, and the ability to shift between our scaled lyrriken forms and human. We also have offensive powers such as: the generation and manipulation of fire, water, air, land, and a talent for crafting illusions. In rare cases, other psychic abilities can manifest.
    • I’m one of those rare cases. Aside from being able to produce and wield fire, I’m also empathic. Though fire is my go-to weapon in a fight, my empathic ability is directly related to my survival on this world. It’s allowed me to understand and experience the emotions of others on a level that’s foreign to other lyrriken. I can read, see, and experience only the negative (things like grief, regret, loneliness, fear, anger).
    • Humans are inherently emotional creatures. While I’ve come to know them well, they still manage to surprise me. And if a species can thrive this much, carrying around the weight of so much trauma, they’re worth my protection and respect. Neither of which I would feel so deeply if not for my empathic ability.
  • If you had to choose one of your forms for all eternity, which would you pick?
    • Damn. You don’t pull any punches, do you? The closest I’ve come to happiness is here in this place, in my human form, with these people. But if I had to pick one, it would have to be lyrriken. No matter how comfortable I’ve grown with my human half, no matter how much they’ve come to feel like home, I will never be one of them. I was born scaled. I don’t think I could live without that part of me.
  • Do you have any hobbies? What do you do for fun?
    • I’ve never had time for hobbies. Though my self-appointed sidekick, Casey Evans, has recently turned me onto the art of binge-watching. Does that count?
    • Fun is tracking down a mystery. Solving a case. Knowing you’ve saved lives. Maybe you see that as more rewarding than fun, but every mystery is its own roller coaster. And solving it comes with an adrenaline rush bigger than any ride in the amusement park.
  • Do you have a role model?
    • Not anymore. There was a time when I worshipped Queen Naalish. She was everything to me. She was everything I wanted to be. Until I realized she was a calculating, cold-hearted, manipulative bitch. That about did it for me and hero worship. But there are human traits I’ve come to admire and aspire to. My partner, Detective Alex Creed has a sense of morality and justice that just won’t quit. The energy and eagerness that Casey Evans brings to every situation, no matter how dark and dangerous it is; I wish I could see the world the way he does. I wish I could see myself the way he does.
  • What do you consider your greatest strength? What’s your greatest weakness?
    • I have the same answer for both those questions: I don’t give up. Depending on the circumstances, that’s a strength. Other times, not so much.
  • Do you have any quirks or bad habits?
    • Hmmm…maybe a few. Tequila, whiskey, beer, coffee, junk food, energy drinks—those things will kill you. I’m hard as hell on clothes and quick with a punch. I drive too fast. I curse like a ship-full of drunken sailors. Creed will tell you I crack bad jokes at highly inappropriate times. But I mostly do it to piss him off.
  • If you knew you were going to die in 24 hours, what would you do in the time you had left?
    • Well, I wouldn’t tell anyone my time was up. Being empathic, I deal with enough negative emotions on a daily basis. Processing someone else’s grief over my impending death—no thanks. I’ll pass.
    • As far as what I’d do with the time… I’d grab an extra-large coffee and walk the streets of Sentinel City a while. Alone. At night. Just soaking it all up one last time. Then I’d grab the few friends I’ve made here and bring them to my favorite bar: Nadine’s. The place itself is nothing special. Just a dark, dingy, little jazz club. But the tequila is top shelf. And the ice cream is to die for. Okay, maybe the bad jokes aren’t just for Creed.

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Blog Tour| Wild, Wild Rake Review + Giveaway

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Title: Wild, Wild Rake
Authot: Janna Macgregor
Genre: Historical Romance
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Publisher: St Martin’s Press


Synopsis: Wild, Wild Rake, the next sweeping, emotional, witty, and sharp romance in the Cavensham Heiresses series from beloved author Janna MacGregor.

Her first marriage was an epic fail.

Lady Avalon Warwyk never did love her husband. Arrogant, selfish, and cruel, it’s a blessing when she’s widowed and left to raise her son all by herself. Finally, Avalon can live freely and do the work she loves: helping fallen women become businesswomen. She’s lived these past ten years with no desire to remarry?that is, until Mr. Devan Farris comes to town.

Can he convince her to take another chance at happily ever after?

Devan Farris–charming vicar, reputed rake, and the brother of Avalon’s son’s guardian–is reluctantly sent to town to keep tabs on Avalon and her son. Devan wishes he didn’t have to meddle in her affairs; he’s not one to trod on a woman’s independent nature and keen sense of convictions. But she’ll have nothing to do with a vicar with a wild reputation–even though he’s never given his heart and body to another. If only he could find a way to show Avalon who he really is on the inside–a good, true soul looking for its other half. But how can he prove that he wants to love and care for her. . .until death do they part?

This was a fun and sweet historical romance!

The story begins with our main character, Avalon who is trapped in a marriage with Richard, a man whom her parents picked for her to marry and who is an absolute garbage person of a man. When he meets his demise, Avalon is free to raise their son on her own and doing what she pleases. But then Devan Farris is sent to keep an eye on her and her son. Not quite wanting to do just that, Devan reluctantly agrees to and tutor her son and perhaps do some digging on Avalon, or as he likes to call her, Ms Warlock. But the longer he’s their the more sparks fly and the harder it becomes for them to fight their feelings for each other.

Ah. Don’t mind me I’m just over here swooning. I loved this romance! Devan and Avalon were so perfect for each other! They start out as enemies and their banter is so. fun. Enemies to lovers is one of those tropes that I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of🤷‍♀️ Avalon and Devan each go through a pretty big growth as the story goes on and I was here for it, particularly Devans growth. Although the beginning was slow the pace really started to pick up and pull you in after a few chapters in. I found myself grinning like a fool by the end.


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Blog Tour| The Insurrection Review

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About The Insurrection

Hardcover:320 pages Publisher:Permuted Press (February 18, 2020)


SYNOPSIS: They are protected by lies. He is armed with the truth. Having survived the Initiation and expedition, one battle remains: the fight for the heart and soul of New America. Drayden and his friends, enlisting the help of Professor Worth, must find a way back to New America before the Guardians imperil their return. But for these teens, their problems are only beginning. The Bureau, which never expected them to survive the expedition, will do everything in their power to prevent New America’s darkest secrets from getting out. Drayden’s only hope is the insurrection led by ally Kim Craig. The David versus Goliath battle between good and evil, between truth and lies, will push Drayden to his breaking point and require bravery, self-acceptance, and above all, belief in himself. Backed by the will of the citizens, he’ll need to engineer an ingenious strategy to defeat the all-powerful authoritarians. The question is, will it be enough? Social Media Please use the hashtag #theinsurrection and #theinitiationseries, and tag @tlcbooktours and @realchrisbabu.

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About Chris Babu

Chris Babu is a lifelong math and science geek, with a math degree from MIT. For nineteen years, he worked as a bond trader on Wall Street. Now he writes full-time, indulging his love of young adult books. He splits his time between New York City and the east end of Long Island, where he lives with his wife Michelle, daughter Lily, and Great Dane Buddy. He’s the author of The Initiation and The Expedition, and can be found at chrisbabu.com. Connect with Chris on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

The Insurrection is the third and final book in The Initation series. Since it’s a continuation of a series I will try to leave my review spoiler free.

I love a good dystopian book and this series was amazing! This takes place in a futuristic New America where our main characters are fighting against corrupt government. This picks up right where book 2 left off which was great. I hate when theres like weird time jumps in between books. I feel like there’s not much else I can say about the plot that won’t spoil things though🤔🤔 the characters go through some crazy growth throughout the series with the best definitely being in this book, it’s amazing. I loved the high suspense of the plot and all the action that’s packed into this. It was a fast moving story and I found myself staying up far too late reading it.

This story had me eagerly tearing through anxious to get to the end. Soooo good and a great conclusion to the series! I am giving it 4 out of 5 stars.

*Review copy received in exchange for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Many thanks to TLC book tours for including me on the tour!

Blog Tour| The Shadows Between Us Review + Giveaway+ Favorite Quotes

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Title: The Shadows Between Us

byTricia Levenseller

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

Release Date: February 25th 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy


Synopsis: Alessandra is tired of being overlooked, but she has a plan to gain power:1) Woo the Shadow King.2) Marry him.3) Kill him and take his kingdom for herself.No one knows the extent of the freshly crowned Shadow King’s power. Some sayhe can command theshadows that swirl around him to do his bidding. Others saythey speak to him, whispering the thoughts of his enemies. Regardless, Alessandraknows what she deserves, and she’s going to do everything within her power to getit.But Alessandra’s not the only one trying to kill the king. As attempts on his life aremade, she finds herself trying to keep him alive long enough for him to make her hisqueen—all while struggling not to lose her heart. After all, who better for a ShadowKing than a cunning, villainous queen?

BOOKLINKS

Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35702241-the-shadows-between-us

Amazon:https://amzn.to/2CEq5yj

B&N:https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-shadows-between-us-tricia-levenseller/1130768982?ean=9781250189967#/

iTunes:https://books.apple.com/us/book/the-shadows-between-us/id1474633180

Bookdepository:https://www.bookdepository.com/Shadows-Between-Us-Tricia-Levenseller/9781250189967?ref=grid-view&qid=1573658351433&sr=1-1

Kobo:https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-shadows-between-us

Google Books:https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Tricia_Levenseller_The_Shadows_Between_Us?id=kD2LDwAAQBAJ


Um wow. I am still reeling from this amazing story. I was completely hooked from the first sentence.

The story starts out with our MC, Alessandra, talking about murdering her first boyfriend when she was only 15 because he didn’t love her. Um crazy right???!

Sorry not sorry but I have a weak spot for morally grey characters and hoo doggy this story did not disappoint. Alessandra is an ambitious, intelligent woman who knows what she wants and how to do it. She was fierce and funny and I loved her as a main character. I felt the plot was quick paced and everything was well fleshed out. I found myself totally wrapped up in this world and I didn’t want the book to end.

Overall, I devoured this book in one sitting and recommend for fans of dark fantasy! 😈I will definitely be reading more from Tricia.

Favorite Quotes

“His last word was my name . His last thought was of me. I won.”

“Who in the world would steal and then not keep the riches for themselves? That’s just bad business. Someone that stupid must surely be caught soon.”

“Alessandra Stathos, that’s positively despicable.” He says the words like they’re the highest compliment he can give me. “You are an absolute gem, do you know that?”

“I know when I’ve been beaten, and I have barely even started.”

“I handled Hektor as I have handled everything else in my life: alone and with the utmost thoroughness.””


Tricia Levenseller is the author of the Daughter of the Pirate King duology, Warriorof the Wild, and forthcoming The Shadows Between Us. She likes to describe herbooks as young adult alternate–world historical fantasies with heavy romanticsubplots.Initially from a small town in Oregon, Tricia now lives next to the Rocky Mountainswith her bossy dog, Rosy. She received her degree in English Language and editing,and she is thrilled that she never has to read a textbook again. When she’s not writingor reading, Tricia enjoys putting together jigsaw puzzles, playing volleyball, playingOverwatch with her siblings, and watching shows while eating extra-butteredpopcorn.

AUTHORLINKS

Website:https://tricialevenseller.com/

Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14358948.Tricia_Levenseller

Twitter:https://twitter.com/tricialevensellFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/tricialevensellerbooks

Tumblr:https://tricialevenseller.tumblr.com/

Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/tricialevenseller/

Pinterest:https://www.pinterest.es/tricialevensell/

Pinterest Board (by the author):https://www.pinterest.com/tricialevensell/the-shadows-between-us/

Official Book Trailer:https://youtu.be/uc76g6mvgPU

TOUR SCHEDULE

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Blog Tour| Foul is Fair Review

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Title: Foul is Fair

Author: Hannah Capin

Genre: Young Adult

Publisher: Wednesday Books


Summary:
Hannah Capin’s Foul is Fair is a bloody, thrilling revenge fantasy for the girls who have had enough. Golden boys beware: something wicked this way comes.

Jade and her friends Jenny, Mads, and Summer rule their glittering LA circle. Untouchable, they have the kind of power other girls only dream of. Every party is theirs and the world is at their feet. Until the night of Jade’s sweet sixteen, when they crash a St. Andrew’s Prep party. The night the golden boys choose Jade as their next target.

They picked the wrong girl.

Sworn to vengeance, Jade transfers to St. Andrew’s Prep. She plots to destroy each boy, one by one. She’ll take their power, their lives, and their control of the prep school’s hierarchy. And she and her coven have the perfect way in: a boy named Mack, whose ambition could turn deadly.


Foul is Fair is a young adult retelling of Macbeth and I am here for it🙌

Jade is our main character. On the night of her sweet sixteen she attends a party when tragedy strikes. Now Jade has one thing on her mind: REVENGE.

This is a twisted, dark story! I feel it’s a bit hard to write a review on this without spoiling it all so I’ll just keep it brief. This is not for the faint of heart. I loved the authors writing, it was so unique. Jade and her coven are ruthless and hellbent on exacting the vengeance the St Andrews Prep Boys so deserve. This was a crazy, wild ride that I was more than happy to buckle up and enjoy. I will be looking out for the continuation of this series!


About the author:
Hannah Capin is the author of Foul is Fair and The Dead Queens Club, a feminist retelling of the wives of Henry VIII. When she isn’t writing, she can be found singing, sailing, or pulling marathon gossip sessions with her girl squad. She lives in Tidewater, Virginia.


Blurbs:
“Fierce, vicious, and electric. If books had teeth, Foul Is Fair would have fangs. Capin’s language glitters dark and her writing cuts deep. Revenge is a dish best served by this deliciously unapologetic coven.” – Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, author of Firsts and Last Girl Lied To

“Capin’s writing will seduce you with its beauty and then, when you least suspect it, slice you to the bone—just like Foul is Fair’s captivating, vicious, entirely unforgettable heroine, Jade.” – Layne Fargo, author of Temper and co-host of Unlikeable Female Characters Podcast

“Vicious and beautifully brutal, Foul is Fair gives a sword to every girl who has ever been a victim and makes them a warrior. This book is pulls no punches and will make anyone think twice before uttering the phrase ‘just a girl’. An unapologetic feminist battle-cry that leaves you breathless and thirsting for vengeance.” – Sonia Hartl, author of Have a Little Faith in Me

Foul is Fair delivers the story of a girl who snatches control back from a world that stole it away, through whatever means necessary. Hannah Capin deftly combines stunningly lyrical prose with the raw power of engulfing fury, sending a message written in blood. In a world where too many are forced into silence, this book roars back.” – S. Gonzales, author of The Law of Inertia and Only Mostly Devastated

Author’s Twitter/Instagram: @tldaaollf
FOUL IS FAIR buy link: https://wednesdaybooks.com/the-real-deal/foul-is-fair/

Blog Tour| The Seventh Sun Review + Giveaway

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Title: The Seventh Sun(The Age of the Seventh Sun #1)

byLani Forbes

Publisher:Blackstone Publishing

Release Date: 18th February 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy


Synopsis:The sun of the Chicome people has been destroyed six times. First by water, then bystorm, fire, famine, sickness, and beasts. After each apocalypse, the creatorgoddessallowed one of her divine children to sacrifice themselves to save civilization. The gods paid their blood as the price for the lives of the people, and the people owed them blood in return.Mayana is a noble descendant of the water goddess and can control water whenever her blood is spilled. She has always despised the brutal rituals of her people—especially sacrifices. She can’t even make it through a routine animal sacrifice without embarrassing her family. Prince Ahkin has always known he would beemperor, but he didn’t expect his father to die so suddenly. Now he must raise thesun in the sky each day and read the signs in the stars. But the stars now hint atimpending chaos and the sun has begun setting earlier each evening. Ahkin fears hemight not be strong enough to save his people from another apocalypse. And to addto his list of worries, he can’t truly become emperor until he selects a wife.Mayana and six other noble daughters are sent to the palace to compete for Ahkin’shand. She must prove she is a true daughter of water and face the others who havetheir own magical gifts from wielding the elements to the control of animals, plantsand healing. And in a society centered on rigid rituals, Mayana must conceal hertraitorous beliefsbecause if she doesn’t make Ahkin love her, she will become aceremonial sacrifice to bless his marriage. But darker forces are at play and it won’tmatter if Mayana loses if the world ends first…Rich in imagination and romance, and based on the legendsand history of the Aztecand Mayan people, The Seventh Sun brings to vivid life a world on the edge ofapocalyptic disaster.

BOOKLINKS

Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44100454-the-seventh-sun

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2rcbsQF

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-seventh-sun-lani-forbes/1133399303?ean=9781982546090

Bookdepository:https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Seventh-Sun-Lani-Forbes/9781982546090

Kobo:https://www.kobo.com/gr/en/ebook/the-seventh-sun-1

Google Play:https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/The_Seventh_Sun.html?id=aIqtDwAAQBAJ&redir_esc=y


The Seventh Sun was an enthralling start to a brand new series! I completely enjoyed it from start to finish.

Based on Aztec and Mayan culture, The Seventh Sun follows the story of Mayana, the daughter of a lord and Ahkin, the prince/soon to be king. Unable to be king until he marries, Ahkin holds a competition to determine his future bride. Mayana is amongst the other 6 noble daughters competing for his hand. But this is not a friendly competition. It’s a brutal trial that if you lose, you die.

I really loved the magical aspects of this! I am just a sucker for elemental based magic and loved the system that the author built for it. So unique! The world building was exciting and the plot held my attention throughout. The romance was delightful and I loved it. I will say this felt more like a New Adult book rather than Young Adult🤷‍♀️ overall, this book was full of fantasy, action, romance, and a world you will love to get lost in. I give it 5 out of 5 stars. I cant wait for the sequel!


Lani Forbes is the daughter of a librarian and an ex-drug smuggling surfer, which explains her passionate love of the ocean and books. A California native whoseparents live in Mexico, she now resides in the Pacific Northwest where she stubbornly wears flip flops no matter how cold it gets. She teaches middle schoolmath and science and proudly calls herself a nerd and Gryffindor. She is also anaward-winning member of Romance Writers of America and the Society forChildren’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

AUTHORLINKS

Website:https://laniforbes.com/

Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18903487.Lani_Forbes

Twitter:https://twitter.com/LaniForbes

Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/laniforbes/

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLaniForbes/

TOUR SCHEDULE

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Blog Tour| Night Spinner Review+ Giveaway

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Night Spinner(Night Spinner #1)

byAddie Thorley

Publisher: Page Street Kids

Release Date:February 11th 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings


Synopsis: A must-read for fans of Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse, transforming The Hunchbackof Notre Dame into a powerful tundra-inspired epic.Before the massacre at Nariin, Enebish was one of the greatest warriors in the SkyKing’s Imperial Army: a rare and dangerous Night Spinner, blessed with the abilityto control the threads of darkness. Now, she is known as Enebish the Destroyer―amonster and murderer, banished to a monastery for losing control of her power andannihilating a merchant caravan.Guilt stricken and scarred, Enebish tries to be grateful for her sanctuary, until heradoptive sister, Imperial Army commander Ghoa, returns from the war front with atantalizing offer. If Enebish cancapture the notorious criminal, Temujin, whose bandof rebels has been seizing army supply wagons, not only will her crimes be pardoned,she will be reinstated as a warrior.Enebish eagerly accepts. But as she hunts Temujin across the tundra, she discoversthe tides of war have shifted, and the supplies he’s stealing are the only thing keepingthousands of shepherds from starving. Torn between duty and conscience, Enebishmust decide whether to put her trust in the charismatic rebel or her beloved sister.No matter who she chooses, an even greater enemy is advancing, ready to bring theempire to its knees.


The Night Spinner was a captivating fantasy novel that is also a Hunchback of Notre Dame retelling, say whaaaaaaat. Honestly as soon I saw that I was immediately all for it 🙌.

The world of The Night Spinner was lavish and well drawn out. I loved the authors tone. We are also given a fair amount of characters to fall in love with. I’d say our MC,Enebish, was my absolute fave. She is constantly growing and changing and I love that in a character. We’ve also got villians, morally grey characters (such a sucker for them tbh😏😏), and a sweet bby cinnamon roll.

Whilst starting out slow, the plot picks up pace once you’re a few chapters in and then you won’t be able to put it down. Watch out for the plot twists they will getcha!! Overall, I adored this retelling and cant wait for the next book( yes this is a DUOLOGY)

BOOKLINKS

Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43603777-night-spinner

Amazon:https://amzn.to/2q98BYj

B&N:https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/night-spinner-addie-thorley/1131253821?ean=9781624148880

iTunes:https://books.apple.com/us/book/night-spinner/id1470964391

Kobo:https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/night-spinner

Google Books:https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Addie_Thorley_Night_Spinner?id=oVCSDwAAQBAJ


Addie Thorley is the author of An Affair of Poisons, a YA historical fantasy, whichwas chosen as a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and is aYALSA Best Fiction for YoungAdults nominee. Her forthcoming novel, NightSpinner, will be released on February 11, 2020.She spent her childhood playing soccer, riding horses, and scribbling stories. Aftergraduating from the University of Utah with a degree in journalism, Addie decided“hard news” didn’t contain enough magic and kissing, so she flung herself into theland of fiction and never looked back. She now lives in Princeton, New Jersey withher husband, daughter, and wolf dog. When she’s not writing she can be foundgallivanting in the woods or galloping around the barn where she works as a horsetrainer and exercise rider.

AUTHORLINKS

Website:http://www.addiethorley.com/p/hi-im-addie.html

Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17590955.Addie_Thorley

Twitter:https://twitter.com/addiethorleyInstagram:https://www.instagram.com/addiethorley/?ref=badge


TOUR SCHEDULE

:https://fantasticflyingbookclub.blogspot.com/2019/12/tour-schedule-night-spinner-night.html


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Ends: February 25th, 2020m

Blog Tour| Malice Review + Giveaway

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Title: Malice
byPintip Dunn
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Release Date: February 4th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction


Synopsis:What I know: a boy in my class will one day wipe out two-thirds of the population with a virus.What I don’t know: who he is.
In a race against the clock, I not only have to figure out his identity, but I’ll have tooutwit a voice from the future telling me to kill him. Because I’m starting to realizeno one is telling the truth. But how can I play chess with someone who already knowsthe outcome of my every move? Someone so filled with malice they’ve lost all hope in humanity? Well, I’ll just have to find a way—because now they’ve drawn a target on the only boy I’ve ever loved….

Malice follows the story of a girl named Alice. One day a voice appears in Alice’s head, claiming to be her from the future. The voice tells her that someone she loves will create a virus that wipes out most of the world and now she must find a way to stop the person responsible.

This was a fast paced, high action, science fiction novel that left me so curious as to what was going to happen next. All the characters were well drawn out and complex and the world building was unique and . I do wish some parts of the world were elaborated on more(mainly the time travel aspects) We’ve got time travel, some romance, mysteries, and lots of action. I thought some parts were predictable but it was an overall riveting read.



BOOKLINKS

Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37638107-malice

Amazon:https://amzn.to/2QlGpfH

B&N:https://perftest.barnesandnoble.com/w/malice-pintip-dunn/1127684931#/

iTunes:https://books.apple.com/cy/book/malice/id1409697738

Bookdepository:https://www.bookdepository.com/Malice-Pintip-Dunn/9781640634121

Kobo:https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/malice-42

Google Books:https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Pintip_Dunn_Malice?id=e8pkDwAAQBAJ

AUTHOR INFORMATION

Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of young adult fiction. Shegraduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B., and receivedher J.D. at Yale Law School.Her novel FORGET TOMORROW won the 2016 RWA RITA® for Best First Book,and SEIZE TODAY won the 2018 RITA for Best Young Adult Romance. Her bookshave been translated into four languages, and they have been nominated for thefollowing awards: the Grand Prixdel’Imaginaire; the Japanese Sakura Medal; theMASL Truman Award; the TomeSociety It list; and the Romantic Times Reviewers’Choice Award.Her other titles include REMEMBER YESTERDAY, THE DARKEST LIE, GIRLON THE VERGE, STAR-CROSSED, and MALICE.She lives with her husband and children in Maryland.

AUTHORLINKS
Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13442212.Pintip_Dunn

Website:http://www.pintipdunn.com/

Twitter:https://twitter.com/pintipdunn

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/AuthorPintipDunn?pnref=lhc

Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/pintip_dunn/

TOUR SCHEDULE http://fantasticflyingbookclub.blogspot.com/2019/12/tour-schedule-malice-by-pintip-dunn.html

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Ends: 18thFebruary 2020

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