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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Keeper of the Dragon Sword Blog Tour - Review: Keeper of the Dragon Sword by Linze Brandon


Author: Linze Brandon
Format: PDF
Release Date: April 1, 2013
Pages: 336
Publisher: Self-published/Smashwords 
Genre: Fantasy/Romance/Science Fiction

















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Synopsis from Goodreads

It was definitely not her week. Her uncle had been murdered, her life had been threatened, an old school friend had re-appeared, she had two body guards and a new home. Elizabeth L'Emery was not having a good time as the new owner and chief executive of the largest fabric manufacturer on Xa'an.

Randall Storm had missed his best friend from school, but he had so many secrets that staying away from her had seemed to be the only solution to keep her safe from the uncontrollable lust for blood of his dragon half. But when he was assigned to her protection detail, he didn’t want to be anywhere else.

As they search for ways to control his magic that didn't enslave him - and didn't kill her - more threats came to try and pull them apart. When the opportunity arises to put a weapon of incredible power into her hands, Elizabeth has to decide if the violence of the blood ritual would be worth the sacrifice of becoming the Keeper of the Dragon Sword.
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      Keeper of the Dragon Sword follows a woman named Elizabeth who has just discovered that her uncle and her father are dead. To makes matters worse, the one behind it may be her very own husband, Mertin. The one to deliver the news happens to be an old best friend named Randall from high school that she has had feelings for. He has been assigned to protect her after they find out that a huge amount of money has been spent to take her out. Not only does Randall have to protect Elizabeth, but he must keep himself in check as well. He obtains a lot of power and if he loses control, he will put a lot of people in danger.



      Wow, talk about starting off with a bang. This book grabbed my attention from the get go. Although getting to learn all the characters was a bit overwhelming because they show up all at once, I got used to them quickly. Along with some other people, I realized that this book is a sequel or a companion to another series. If that is the case, I plan on grabbing that series as well because I loved this group of characters.



      I loved that instant connection between Elizabeth and Randall. They had amazing chemistry together. Randall definitely has his share of demons and I loved trying to uncover his past. They were both very strong especially Elizabeth. Even though her life is in danger, she doesn't hide and cower in a corner. I love that she is able to keep her head above water. She even goes as far to visit her husband while he is on trial. She faces him and notices too late that he not the man she married. He obviously wasn't the most lovable person, but he seems like a completely different person. He is someone that definitely wants her gone.



      Even if you aren't a fan of science fiction, Brandon has managed to add a little something for everyone. This book was full of twists, mystery, fantasy, and magic. I love Brandon's creativity. The world she has put together was amazing and vivid. The book is placed on a planet named Xa'an. The terminology was different, but easy to understand after a while so you won't feel like a fish out of water. The book is so full of action and romance. I won't spoil it or anything, but this book is very easy to love. Brandon is so going on my authors to watch list and she should go on yours as well.



      This story is so intriguing. I couldn't put it down. The build up of the story and learning about the characters was an incredible experience. I loved the love story especially with the connection of the dragons. This book was fun, creative, and complex. Highly recommended.
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About Linze Brandon
Linzé Brandon is the pen name of a South African engineer and project manager who taught herself to read before she went to school. She started writing in a time period of her life when she was self-employed as an export consultant, and had much better time management skills. Focusing on writing what she loves to read, fantasy and paranormal romance, she does dabble in SF, erotica and erotic romance when writing short stories. It is her dream to write novels full time, but until then she divides her time between work, writing, marketing her books, cross-stitch, archery and painting mixed media abstracts.

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Book Blast + (2) Amazon GC Giveaways - Desolation (Infernal Designs #1) by Travis Simmons




Author: Travis Simmons
Series: Infernal Designs
Number in Series: 1
Release Date: June 11, 2013 
Publisher: Wyrding Ways Press
Genre: Horror/Post-Apocalyptic 
Presented by: Book Nerd Tours


Synopsis from Goodreads

Asher St Paul thought it was just a typical zombie apocalypse like in the movies, until the necromancers crawled out of the woodwork. Since the undead have chased the living into hiding, the necromancers are able to roam freely in a new America of their making. Asher is seeking safe harbor. The need for safety is what drove him from his home in Philadelphia Pennsylvania before it was shelled. He has searched from quarantine to quarantine, always finding them overrun with zombies until he hears of The Refuge, a military compound in Binghamton New York.

With his family and lover lain to rest by his own hand, he has nothing left to lose and gives everything he has to reach the safe haven. But questions arise when he reaches The Refuge, mainly, how has he been able to sustain multiple zombie bites and not change? He thinks he has found safety in the military compound turned quarantine, but he was wrong. Even now there is a necromancer trying to make The Refuge their kingdom of the dead.


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About Travis Simmons

I have always been a do-it-yourselfer. I haven’t had any formal education on writing, and I haven’t been raised around writer types. For that matter, I wasn’t even encouraged to read when I was a kid, even though plenty of people in my family read. When I was a teenager, I discovered Cliff’s Notes on Mythology, and it sparked something in me. It was like a floodgate had been opened, and all of these stories started rushing in. I would get ideas at random times, and I would jot them down. I have a pretty big file system of everything I have ever written. Someday I will get to them and put them all into electronic files. There is some good material in there, but there are a lot of bad stories too.
I started writing when I was thirteen or fourteen. At an early age I was already writing books of Saracin (the world The Bonds of Blood takes place in). The first book I wrote of that place was “The Calling of the Two” (not yet released). While I was writing that, I kept thinking of these characters Jovian and Angelica. I knew they had a part to play in the storyline, but they weren’t going to be in the same series. For that matter, they weren’t even going to be in the same age. As I finished the first draft of “The Calling of the Two” I went on to write the first book of Angelica and Jovian’s story. At that time it was The Mirror of the Moon. Later an editor told me it was so massive that I should make the one volume into two, and so The Bonds of Blood was born, and The Revenant Wyrd Saga went from a planned three to six.
That story has taken many forms until now, and I am sure if I didn’t declare that it was “done” it could continue to transform.
Along the way, I discovered my passion for research. I absolutely love researching. It would be nothing for me to sit for days on end, barely eating, just getting up to take care of necessities, and research really odd theories and stories. I get my ideas from them to be honest. Of course, my idea’s are never the main theme of the research I am doing, but it always seems to come from some obscure topic mentioned while I am researching. For instance one book I am outlining now is based on something I heard while watching Ancient Aliens.
Unlike most authors, I have not always loved reading and writing. I hated it until I was in 7th grade. My teacher wanted us to read the entire semester. We would read a book and write in a journal about it. Back then the teachers were allowed to spend more time on what their passions were, and actually foster something in their students, and she did just that. She made me love reading and writing. She told me to go to her book shelf and pick out a book that I was interested in. I found one of my first loves: David Eddings’ Pawn of Prophecy.
Back then I was in remedial reading, and my teacher (Mrs. Peters) would sit with me for the time I was in her classroom, taking turns reading the story out loud with me. We would read where the adventure was taking Garion, and then we would flip to the beginning and look at the map so we could follow them as well.
I think it was at that point, getting lost in a book I love to this day, that I knew I had to do this. I had to create the same magic for others that Mr. Eddings created for me.
At times it is boggling. I have three series of books started, and 2 more forming in my mind (and outlined on the computer). At this point I have to step back and finish the ones I have started before I can let myself move forward.
I feel that I am blessed in being able to write, and forging a life of my passion. It is tough at times, but that is what makes the payoff all the sweeter. The writing business is a huge adventure, trying to figure out what to do and what not to do; when to do things and when not to do anything. Currently I am planning the release of the second book to “The Bonds of Blood”. This is the first time I am armed with the knowledge of what I must do for a book release, and I finally understand why it nerves so many authors up, but it is that excitement that makes me love writing. Every time I hear a reader I don’t know praise my work, it makes my heart race and brightens my day.
Travis is the author of The Bonds of Blood, the first book in his epic fantasy series The Revenant Wyrd Saga. He has also written a young adult novel called A Lament of Moonlight which is book one of his pre-apocalypse series The Harbingers of Light. He is currently seeking publication for the first book of a third series, a zombie novel called Desolation. When he isn’t writing he is helping his family and trying to live a normal, under the radar life. His interests lie in cooking, gardening, green living, and human rights advocacy. He is a huge supporter of the Trevor Project and all agencies that seek to preserve natural resources and protect pets from abuse.”

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GIVEAWAY TIME!!!


Must Be 13  To Enter | Open Internationally | Prize to be delivered via e-mail
One winner will get a $15 Amazon Gift Card
One winner will get a $10 Amazon Gift Card


 

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Book Blast - The Ixeos Trilogy by by Jennings Wright



Author: Jennings Wright
Series: Ixeos Trilogy
Number in Series: 1 
Release Date: February 13, 2013 
Publisher: Createspace
Genre: Young Adult/Dystopian/Science Fiction 
Presented by: Book Nerd Tours
   
 
Synopsis from Goodreads 
 
The McClellands are enjoying a lazy summer vacation at the beach when they are lured from our world into Ixeos, an alternate Earth. Finding themselves lost in a maze of tunnels under Paris and surrounded by strangers, they discover that they have been brought to Ixeos for one purpose: to take the planet back from humanoid aliens who have claimed it. With the aid of the tunnels and a mysterious man named Landon, the teens travel the world seeking the key that will allow them to free Darian, the long-imprisoned rebel leader. But the aliens aren't the only problem on Ixeos -- the McClellands have to deal with brutal gangs, desperate junkies, and a world without power, where all the technology is owned by the aliens, and where most of the population has been killed or enslaved. The worst part? There's no way home. 
 
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Author: Jennings Wright
Series: Ixeos Trilogy
Number in Series: 2
Release Date: June 4, 2013 
Publisher: Createspace
Genre: Young Adult/Dystopian/Science Fiction 
Presented by: Book Nerd Tours
 
 
Synopsis from Goodreads
 
With rebel leader Darian free at last, the humans and outsiders on Ixeos must find a way to join forces and defeat the Firsts. The problem? All slaves are tracked with GPS, the Firsts are the only ones with power, and roving gangs hate the rebels just as much as they hate the aliens. As Darian and the outsiders from Earth travel the globe through the mysterious tunnels in Paris, they learn that the Firsts are preparing to launch another wave of biological warfare. With a transporter that will allow the aliens to target any city, anywhere on the planet, the rebels know they must stop them at all costs. As things get more dangerous on Ixeos, the outsiders find that they're pushed to their limit. Will they fight for freedom, no matter the price?  
 
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About Jennings Wright
 
Born and raised in Rockledge, Florida, Jennings spent her early years reading anything she could get her hands on, when she wasn't spending time in and on the water. She won a prize in the 6th grade for her science fiction stories.

Jennings attended the University of the South and the University of Tampa, graduating with a B.A. in Political Science, and almost enough credits for B.A.s in both English and History. She spent time over the years doing various kinds of script doctoring, business writing, editing, and teaching writing, but mostly having and raising her family, homeschooling her children, owning and running a business with her husband, and starting a non-profit to Uganda.

Thanks to a crazy idea called NaNoWriMo Jennings got back into creative writing in 2011 and hasn't stopped since. She's written four novels and a screenplay in less than a year, with more ideas on the drawing board. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband, also a writer, and two children, and travels extensively.
 
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Friday, June 28, 2013

Irina Argo Blog Tour - Spotlight + $35 Amazon GC/ebook Giveaway: Vampire Elite (Vampire Elite #1) by Irina Argo



Author: Irina Argo 
Series: Vampire Elite 
Number in Series: 1 
Release Date: June 9, 2013 
Publisher: VESBooks 
Genre: Paranormal Romance  
   
Goodreads 

Synopsis from Irina Argo

How can you make a choice between saving your people and destroying the one you love?

 A millennia-long war between two immortal races is about to come to an end. Long ago, the Vampire Elite began capturing members of another race of immortal beings, the Amiti, forcing them to become their blood suppliers—bloodstock—and locking them in underground cells, where they are treated like livestock. Now, the few remaining free Amiti are making a final attempt to strike back. The Queen of the Amiti has been proclaimed a traitor and executed. Her death makes possible the rise of a new Queen, her young daughter Arianna, who becomes the last hope of her dying race. Arianna totally embraces her mission and is ready to fight for her people to the last drop of her blood but encounters an unexpected challenge—the vampire King Tor. The Amiti Queen and the King of the vampires are drawn into a trap of love where each has to make the ultimate choice: to kill their loved one or risk the extermination of their people.

Vampire Elite is an epic story of a bitter conflict between two peoples, and the effect of that conflict on everyone living in its grip. The characters are driven to love and betrayal, vengeance and sacrifice in a world without easy black-and-white answers.

Based on an ancient Egyptian legend, packed with action and intrigue, Vampire Elite will pull you into the entrancing world of immortals and open new portals into their hidden universe.
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About Irina Argo

Irina Argo is the pen name of a writing team composed of two close friends.

Irina is originally from Russia, where she worked as a journalist; now she has a PhD in clinical psychology and counsels violent offenders in the criminal justice system.

Jo-An exercised her creative spirit for many years as the owner of a costume shop and writer of short stories. Both love cats and welcome the occupational hazard of paws scampering across keyboards. Vampire Elite is their first book.

To learn more about Irina Argo you can visit the VAMPIRE-ELITE Website or you can connect with them on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.


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GIVEAWAY TIME!!!

Irina & Jo-An are giving away the following prizes at the end of their tour:

Grand Prize: $25 Amazon gift card (1 winner)
2nd Place: $10 Amazon gift cards (2 winners)
3rd Place: eBook of Vampire Elite (5 winners)



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Irina Argos's VAMPIRE ELITE Blog Tour
June 7 - July 7

6/08 - The Book Chick

6/09-  Book Monster Reviews (spotlight)

6/09 - In Shadows (interview)

6/10- Fandom Fanatic (spotlight)

6/11- United by Books (interview)

6/14-  Mythical Books (spotlight & excerpt)

6/16-  Literal Hotties Naughty Book Reviews (spotlight)

6/18-  Page Flipperz (spotlight)

6/20-  Mama's Reading Break (spotlight)

6/22 - Close Encounters with the Night Kind

6/23-  GraveTells (spotlight)

6/25-  Salacious Reads (spotlight)

6/28-  Offbeat Vagabond (spotlight)

6/29-  Romance Junkies (interview)

7/01-  You Gotta Read (spot)

7/03-  Wicked Readings by Tawania (spotlight)

7/03 - Confessions of the Paranormal

7/04-  Literal Addiction (spotlight)

7/05-  Sassy Book Lovers (spotlight)

7/06-  Froggarita's Bookcase (interview & spotlight)

7/07-  Book Lovin' Mamas (spotlight)

7/07-  The Reading Cafe (interview & review)

  

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Spotlight - Warrior's Revenge by Coreene Callahan


Author: Coreene Callahan
Release Date: June 25, 2013 
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Genre: Medieval Romance

Presented by: Book Monster Promotions

Synopsis from Coreene Callahan

After the death of her parents, Lady Aurora de Marquise is left with no illusions. Stripped of her birthright and betrayed by her uncle, escape is her only option. With her life on the line, she narrowly avoids another murder attempt—only to run headlong into Lord Brigham de Mornay, a man most consider a monster.

With her uncle’s henchmen nipping at her heels, Aurora knows better than to trust a stranger—especially one as compelling as Brigham. Well-honed instincts urge her to flee before his abundant charm takes a nasty turn into aggression—and she ends up neck deep in trouble.

Wary, but undeniably drawn to him, Aurora pits her will against his, challenging his authority every chance she gets. But when her uncle manages to track her, the game of fox and hound takes a perilous turn and she is left with the ultimate choice—surrender to the man who now holds her heart or risk it all trying to escape again.

Gritty and fast-paced, Warrior’s Revenge brings to life the magnificence of the medieval age while exploring the meaning of honor, duty, and nature of true love.

When Aurora de Marquise escapes her vicious uncle and fells one of the most powerful barons in all of England, she knows she’s bitten off more than she can chew. Only one question remains…who will reach her first—the warrior hell-bent on revenge or the uncle determined to see her dead?

This book is a Kindle Serial. Kindle Serials are stories published in episodes, with future episodes delivered at no additional cost. This serial currently contains three episodes out of an estimated 10 total episodes, and new episodes will be delivered every week.
  
Episode List
An additional episode will be delivered every week until the book is complete. New episodes will be added to the same book on your Kindle, keeping your place and retaining your notes and highlights. You'll be notified via email when a new episode has been delivered.
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About Coreene Callahan

After growing up as the only girl on an all-male hockey team, Coreene Callahan knows a thing or two about tough guys, and loves to write characters inspired by them. After graduating with honors in psychology, and taking a detour to work in interior design, Coreene finally gave in and returned to her first love: writing. Her debut novel, Fury of Fire, was a finalist in the New Jersey Romance Writers Golden Leaf Contest in two categories: Best First Book and Best Paranormal. She combines her love of romance, adventure and writing with her passion for history in her novels Fury of Fire, Fury of Ice, Fury of Seduction, and Knight Awakened. She currently lives in Canada with her family, a spirited golden retriever, and her wild imaginary world.

For more information please visit Coreene Callahan's Website, Facebook, Twitter or Goodreads pages.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

He Belongs To Me Blog Tour - Review: He Belongs To Me by Theresa Rizzo

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Author: Theresa Rizzo
Format: ARC ePub
Release Date: June 15, 2013
Pages: 317
Publisher: JKS Communications
Genre: Contemporary/Romance


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Synopsis from JKS Communications
Catherine Boyd will do anything to regain custody of her young son… Even reconcile with the husband accused of killing their son’s twin.
Catherine graduates from college, eager to start a new life with her six-year-old son, Drew.  But when she tries to bring him home, her parents refuse to relinquish control of the grandson they’d raised.
Wrongly accused of a horrible crime, Thomas Boyd has buried himself in his career, determined to forget his painful past and the family he lost.  But now, five years later, Catherine is back, requesting his help to regain custody of their son — custody he thought she had.
Though older and wiser, when courtroom battles reveal lies and secrets and generations of pain, will Thomas and Catherine find more tragedy and loss, or will old wounds finally heal?
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      He Belongs To Me is a story that follows a woman names Catherine and her struggle to get her son back. After a tragic death, Catherine and her husband split. She is struggling to get her life back on track. So Catherine agrees to give her parents temporary custody of Drew while she gets her life together. But she is thrown for a loop when she finds out her parents have taken full custody of her son. Catherine now has to do whatever it takes to get her son back and that starts with trying to reconcile with her estranged husband, Thomas.

      I really enjoyed this book. It surpassed my expectations and more. Catherine definitely has the entire world on her shoulders. She may come from a rich family, but her family controlled her every move. They still want to control her life. The only way that she can see her son is if she moves back to live with them. Catherine is done with her parents overbearing ways. They treat her like she won't amount to anything unless it is what they say is right for her. They believe they are better suitable parents for Drew because they have the money to get him what he wants. Catherine just received a degree in art and her parents don't think that is good enough to make a proper living. I felt so bad for Catherine. You think you have it bad. Then we have Thomas. I wasn't sure if I liked him at first. I mean, he abandoned his wife and kid! But I understood after I heard his story and what he has been through due to Catherine’s parents. Wow, just wow. I love how emotional and in depth Rizzo made this read. You will be fully invested in this story and its characters.

      The story really packs a punch from the beginning. We learn why Thomas and Catherine are estranged and it is huge. I couldn't believe how dark that turned. Catherine accuses Thomas of something she knows he didn't do and he paid the price for it. He feels like a failure and couldn't face Catherine and their son anymore. So he left them, but things change when Catherine comes for a favor. In order for her to get Drew back, her and Thomas have to live together and pretend to be a couple until they get full custody of Drew. But the story gets even darker when we start learning things from Catherine's parents. Oh my goodness, the things these people do. Seriously, Catherine's parents are the scum of the Earth.

      I don't want to give anything away, but this is a story you should be reading. It is beautifully written and takes you on such an emotional rollercoaster. It focuses so well on tragedy and second chances. You will be rooting for our main characters like nobody's business especially Catherine. I love that even though her parents seem like demons, she didn't give up on trying to get her son back. She wasn't going to let them control her anymore no matter what tricks they may pull. I love that this story felt real. This is not some lighthearted story that would most likely feature Katherine Heigl. Rizzo bears so much in this book. From the dysfunctional family to the dysfunctional marriage. It is when we get to see where it all comes from and then seeing how they can repair it (or of they can). I loved this book. Not my usual type of read, but I am very happy I took the plunge. Highly recommended.

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About Theresa Rizzo

I was born and raised in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Growing up in an Irish-Italian family was never dull or quiet. I have four siblings, two sisters and two brothers. My mother was a nurse and my father a general surgeon, so my interest in medical issues is hardly surprising. 


As a youngster, I struggled with mild dyslexia. I couldn't read until third grade, but after years of remedial work, the wondrous world of books opened up to me and I've been a voracious reader ever since. Though possessing a fertile imagination, my practical side never even considered pursuing a writing career, because I'm too fond of eating. So I became a registered nurse. 


After college, I married my high school sweetheart and had four children. Though I adore my kids and am very proud of them, parenting requires a lot of patience-- not exactly my strength, so I began writing. Writing gave me a creative, intelligent outlet that I needed, and it was far less expensive than therapy and a defense attorney. Writing allows me to create wonderful characters who, if they disappoint me, I can make their lives miserable--literally-- or simply kill them off, without going to jail! How great is that? 


We lived in the Chicago, then San Diego, before settling in beautiful Colorado. We absolutely love the mountains! When not skiing, hiking, or writing in the mountains, I love to play tennis, take long walks, work in my gardens, decorate our house, read, work with my tile mosaics, and crochet.

It's true that writing is a lonely endeavor. Learning the craft and the publishing industry is a lengthy, complex process made much more fun when I joined the Romance Writers of America, and later, the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and the Crested Butte Writers


I've been fortunate to make friends with many interesting people. Writers are a remarkable, entertaining breed who possess quick wits and huge hearts. They've enriched my life immensely and I'm very grateful to each and every one as you can see is you watch my writing journey video.

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Follow the Tour:


June 2
Interview, Review and eBook Giveaway at Jenee’s Book Blog 

June 4
Review at Will Read for Books 

June 5
Book Spotlight at My Fiction Nook

June 6
Guest Post and eBook Giveaway at Moonlight Gleam’s Bookshelf

June 7
Review at The Kari AnnAlysis 

June 9
Review at Owl Tell You About It

June 10
Review at The Booi3
Review at Novels on the Run

June 12
Author Interview and eBook Giveaway at Books a la Mode

June 14 & 15
Author Interview and Review at Therian

June 16
Book Spotlight and eBook Giveaway at CMash Loves To Read

June 17 & 18
Review and Guest Post at The Book Bag

June 18
Excerpt, Author Bio and Review at Book-Loving

June 23
Review and Author Interview at The Reading Cafe

June 24
Guest Post at RR&H Novel Thoughts & Book Talk
Guest Post and eBook Giveaway at Jessica Loves Books

June 25
Excerpt and Book Feature at Little Library Muse
Review at Crystal’s Random Thoughts
Interview at Literary Lunes
Review at
Offbeat Vagabond

June 26
Review and Book Feature at J Barrett Reviews 

June 27
Guest Post, Book Excerpt and Review at Jersey Girl Book Reviews

June 28
Book Feature at Manic Readers

June 29
Review from Terra Kelly

June 30
Review at Cocktails and Books
Review at Thoughts and Reflections