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Friday, January 31, 2014

Book Review - Prophecy of the Most Beautiful (Oracle of Delphi #1) by Diantha Jones

Author: Diantha Jones
Series: Oracle of Delphi
Number in Series: 1
Format: ePub
Re-Release Date: March 1, 2012
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal Romance/Young Adult













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Synopsis from Goodreads


She has a destiny so great that even the gods fear her.

Constant hallucinations and the frequent conversations with the voices in her head, have earned eighteen-year-old Chloe Clever the not-so-coveted title of "Whack Job" in her home town of Adel, Georgia. With the onslaught of prescription medications and therapists threatening to push her over the edge, she wishes for a life far away from the one she has, a life where she is destined to be more than the butt of everyone's jokes and mockery.

Be careful what you wish for has never rung more true.

After living through an attack from her worst nightmare, she awakens to find herself far from home, surrounded by glorious riches and servants…and a few demigods who enjoy killing things. Upon learning that her favorite rockstar is an Olympian god, she is thrust into her new life as the Oracle of Delphi, the prophesier of the future, and the great Pythia that the gods have been anxiously awaiting to arrive for centuries. Setting out to fulfill the prophecy she has been given and to keep her family safe from a demigod Princess that wants her dead, Chloe learns of how great she is to become, all the while fighting mythical monsters, evading divine assassins and trying to outwit the ever-cunning Greek gods who harbor secrets of their own. In the hopes of discovering the Most Beautiful and the truth of her destiny, she strives to uncover the mysteries of the demigod Prince who has sworn to protect her with his life…and threatens to win her heart in the process.

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     Prophecy of the Most Beautiful is a story that follows a girl named Chloe. Chloe knows she is not like other teenage girls and her difference gets her in trouble, big time. When pretty much forced to leave school, she experiences something very tragic. That tragedy has led her into a world she never thought existed. She is now living amongst the gods, well Demigods, and Chloe finds out that she is one of them. The hallucinations that have been giving her hell all her life are scenes from the future. This newfound discovery has made her popular, so popular other gods want to kill her. She has to find out who wants kill her and how she can fulfill the destiny that has been  thrown at her feet.

     I love books on Greek mythology and Jones has done an incredible job mixing Greek mythology with her own ideas. I love the world she created for us. The story was well paced. It does start a bit slow at first, but it picks up when Chloe starts interacting with the other Demigods. The Demigods know Chloe is one of them and they need to uncover what. Assassins have been sent to kill Chloe and they need to find out why. There is something going on that they don't want Chloe to know about. There was so much action thrown in this book. I didn't expect that. It made the book that much more fun.

    I liked Chloe in the book. I loved the way she clicked with the characters especially Ace. Ace isn't the love interest, but he was a favorite for me in the book. I loved his personality. He cracked me up and was quite the badass. Our love interest was Stafford. I really liked him. He is Ace's older brother who is an even bigger badass. It took awhile for me to get into the romance between him and Chloe. They were so busy trying to stay ahead of the enemies, we didn't get a whole lot of them together. I hope we get more in the next book. The book did a great job  I loved a lot of the side characters in the book. I loved Swindle and his bird, Bill. Swindle was such a smartass, he kept a smile on my face.

     Overall, this is a great read. The mythology in the book adds so many layers and is easy to follow. Greek mythology has always been a favorite subject of mine and seeing gods we know of acting like modern, everyday people was a lot of fun. I had a blast with Cupid and Aphrodite and their marriage issues. This was a very fun read, full of action and laughs. I love how it ended. I am definitely hungry for the sequel. This is a wonderful YA read worth checking out.


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*This book belongs to the following challenges*
The Book Vixen's 2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
Under The Covers Book Blog 2014 Immortal Reading Challenge 


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About Diantha Jones


Diantha Jones was born the day thousands of turkeys sacrificed their lives to fill millions of American bellies on November 22 which also happened to be Thanksgiving Day (Her mother says she owes her a turkey). She is a Journalism graduate who wants to be a career novelist (of books, not Facebook posts). When not writing or working, she is reading on her Nook, being hypnotized by Netflix or on a mission to procure french fries.
The Oracle of Delphi fantasy series is her first series. She is also the author of Mythos: Stories from Olympus, a companion series, and there is another fantasy series in the works. She also writes (new) adult fantasy/paranormal romance under the name A. Star. Invasion (An Alien Romance) is her first title released under this pen name. Future releases under A. Star include, Mythos: Gods and Lovers series, the Love & Steampunk series, the Purr, Inc. stories, and more.


Connect with Diantha Jones here:
Amazon  |  Blog  |  Facebook  |  Goodreads  |  Pinterest  |  Twitter  |  Website


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The Billionaire Banker Blog Tour - Book Review: The Billionaire Banker (The Billionaire Banker #1) by Georgia Le Carre


Author: Georgia Le Carre
Series: The Billionaire Banker
Number in Series: 1 
Format: PDF
Release Date: November 1, 2013 
Pages: 275
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Erotic Romance/New Adult/Romantic Suspense












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Synopsis from Goodreads

When Lana Bloom learns the devastating news that her mother is dying, she is faced with a terrible dilemma. The one thing that can save her is the one thing she does not have.
For young and Innocent Lana, The unthinkable is her only choice.

When she walks through the door of that exclusive restaurant she has no idea of the seismic shift her life is about to take, for the highest bidder will not be the rich man she has accompanied.

Fate drops her at the feet of the deeply mysterious and dazzlingly gorgeous American banker, Blake Law Barrington. Throbbing with raw masculinity and arrogance, this is a man who owns all that he pursues.

And now he wants her.

Lana cannot deny she is both intrigued and intoxicated by the world Blake inhabits and the smouldering passion he stirs in her body, but she is also fearful for this man is addictive and right now she is very vulnerable. She knows she should focus only on the arrangement, but how can she?

When he has opened a door that cannot be closed…


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     The Billionaire Banker is a story that follows a young woman's desperate attempt to save her mother. Lana has just been let go from her job and doesn't have the money that could save her mother's life from cancer. Doctors say she doesn't have a lot of time left and so Lana must get money fast ans sadly, there is only one way. Lana's first attempt to sell herself to a rich man is worse then she ever would have imagined. She is somehow saved by an even richer man named Blake who has been watching her all night. They soon reach an agreement. It is strictly business, but it soon turns into something they both deny. Even if they were to talk about their feelings to one another, Blake's family and tragedy both get in the way before they can be together. And maybe it is for the best.

     Oh goodness gracious. My heart is still pounding. I finished this book in a day. It was hard to put down. This is Le Carre's debut and it is one hell of a debut. I loved everything about this book. I was so in love with Lana. For her to go to such depths to save her mom was just heartbreaking. She is very innocent and has a lot to learn, but that doesn't take away anything from her. She has a mind of her own and is always looking out for what is best for her family. I loved a lot of the conversations between her and Blake. The debates on the differences between the rich and the poor were fascinating. Lana said one quote that I thought was so wise and beyond her nineteen years of age.

"I learned that a successful parasite is one that is not recognized by its host, one that can make its host work for it without appearing as a burden. As such it must be the ruling class in every capitalist society that is the real parasite." pgs. 139-140

     I loved that. I also really loved Blake. I wasn't sure about him at first, but I started slowly falling for him too. He definitely is hiding a lot of things and it is mainly about his family. We meet a couple of them along with the people they run with, they are atrocious to say the least. The last couple of chapters had me screaming at my ereader, "No no no no no, you bitch, don't you dare!" You will be screaming the same thing too, trust me. But this story was both growth for Lana and Blake. Lana doesn't know much about the world because she focuses everything on her mother. Through Lana, Blake is slowly starting to open his eyes and see how blinded he has been and how wrong his family's way of thinking is. I felt really bad for him especially after meeting his father. 

     I also loved Lana's friends, Billie and Jack. Billie was a riot. That girl does not have a filter and I love it. She was a great friend to Lana and always there to help her. Same thing for Jack. He is more of a brother to Lana, but Lana's mom definitely thought there would be more between them. I did like the chemistry between them, but they did feel like they were more related even though they are not. But I love how protective he is of her and how he does understand her situation even though he doesn't like it. 

     The pacing of the story was just perfect and I love how it turns out. Do not go into this thinking it is a sweet and sexy romance. Oh no, there is a lot of dirt and shit these two have to tread through before they get to the sweet part. The ending of this book is a clear indication of that. There is a lot more at play than I first thought and more than the characters realize. Blake and Lana have entered this 3-month agreement in exchange for Lana getting enough money to pay for her mom's treatment. They both know this is temporary and it will lead to nothing. He expects to be bored of Lana like his other conquests, but they both see something more in each other. They come from two completely different worlds. Lana is barely making ends meet and Blake comes from old money. He was born into privilege. But events and certain people get in the way of things really progressing between them. I am dying to see how this plays out. Like I said, they have no idea that there is more going on behind their backs. 

     Overall, it may be January. But this is easily going on my list for favorite reads of 2014. It was just so good. The characters have such vast personalities and they are quite lovable. The story surpassed my expectations and more. I happily have my copy of Forty 2 Days which I will be cracking open tonight. Thank you Le Carre for not having us sit on that ending. It would have drove me over the edge. It isn't a cliffhanger ending, but more of a "shit just hit the fan" kind of ending. This book will put you at the edge of your seat. I am officially hooked. Do not miss this read, you will regret it.


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*This book belongs to the following challenges*
The Book Vixen's 2014 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge
The Book Vixen's 2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge 



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About Georgia Le Carre


Georgia Le Carre writes contemporary and adult romance.

She lives in a little old 19th century romantic cottage, surrounded by the most magical garden, filled with fruit and walnut trees and teeming with wildlife.

Her diet includes all things chocolate and a voracious appetite for Romance reads, particularly new authors with a fresh voice.

When she is not feeding words into Amy, her precious laptop, she can be found lost in a long walk in the woods, particularly on moonlit nights; and often with the man of her dreams.


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The Billionaire Banker Blog Tour Schedule
 
Monday, January 6
Tuesday, January 7
Guest Blogging at What’s On the Bookshelf
Book Featured at Moonlight Lace & Mayhem
Wednesday, January 8
First Chapter Review at Spicy Romance Connection
Thursday, January 9
Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner
Friday, January 10
Interview at The Writer’s Life
Monday, January 13
Interview at Acting Balanced
Tuesday, January 14
Book Review at Not Everyone’s Mama
Wednesday, January 15
Book Review & Guest Blogging at Crystal’s Many Reviews
Thursday, January 16
Book Featured at Escape by Fiction
Book Featured at Fallen Over Book Reviews
Book Featured at Passionate Encounters
Monday, January 20
Guest Blogging at Confessions of a Reader
Tuesday, January 21
Book Review & Interview at From the TBR Pile
Wednesday, January 22
Book Review at Socrates Book Reviews
Thursday, January 23
Book Review at Words I Write Crazy
Friday, January 24
Book Review & Guest Blogging at Jersey Girl Sizzling Book Reviews
Monday, January 27
Q&A + Giveaway at PUYB Virtual Book Club
Giveaway includes:
2 solid silver 1 ounce American Eagle coins from the Barrington family vault.
$25.00 Amazon gift card.
Signed copy of The Billionaire Banker.
Nail glitter courtesy of Billy Black
Tuesday, January 28
Wednesday, January 29
Book Featured at Deal Sharing Aunt
Friday, January 31
Book Review at Offbeat Vagabond
 
 
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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Release Day Blitz + Giveaway: The Genesis Project (New Earth #1) by Tigris Eden





Author: Tigris Eden 
Series: New Earth
Number in Series: 1 
Release Date: January 28, 2014
Publisher: Kats Kreative Ideas
 Genre: Romance/Science Fiction

Synopsis from Tigris Eden
Old earth has been deemed unsuitable for life, New Earth is home. With the Uni-Wars over, races have joined together in order to sustain their way of life. All life was considered worth saving, but only one race failed to submit. Humans.

Now extinct, humans are a thing of the past. The people of New Earth won’t acknowledge their hand in their eradication, but they have benefited from it. Dr. Vaggo Blackmore has found the answer, he’s restored his races way of life- sustenance through farming. The one thing that will give them back their long lives….. Blood, human blood.

Biologically engineered in a lab, Genesis Blackmore has always been different. Her father has told her it’s due to her enhancements, the Federated Council sees her as a genetic mutation; and her fellow peers see her as the shiny new toy. Gen has had better days.

Everyone on New Earth has milky white skin, platinum blonde hair, and electric blue eyes. It’s the norm. Genesis’ glossy, black hair, ice blue eyes ringed by gold, would have almost made her socially acceptable- if it wasn’t for her golden skin and blue, gold veins. In a sea of milky white she alone is the dark anomaly.

All Pars get their life’s nourishment through blood plasma. All Pars find their match through the tasting. Gen can do neither, forbidden by her father to do so. She can neither taste, nor be tasted. Something that’s never bothered her until now.


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Tigris Eden Bio
 
There is really not much to say... I love to write, read, and listen to music. My attempt at a music career sadly ended at the Apollo one warm night in May. LOL (Side note: I was not booed just outdone by two munchkins rapping to Biggy Smalls, they were good. 
Military brat extraordinaire; have traveled to a lot of interesting places.  This February I will be going over to the other side of the pond where I will spend two weeks in Europe.  I will be in Cambridge, London, Paris, Versailles, Bruges, and hopefully Cardiff.
The very first time I put pen to paper in story fashion (for fun), was in 6th grade.  The story was called, The Case of The Missing Pepperoni. It was a cute mystery where all the ingredients and shop appliances came to life when the store owner closed up for the evening.  See, pretty boring stuff. I always say I'm not the interesting one, but the people around me.

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Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Pinterest



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GIVEAWAY TIME!!!



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Monday, January 27, 2014

External Forces Blog Tour - Book Review + Swag Giveaway: External Forces (The Laws of Motion #1) by Deborah Rix


Author: Deborah Rix
Series: The Laws of Motion
Number in Series: 1 
Format: PDF
Release Date: November 16, 2013 
Pages: 242
Publisher: Dime Store Books
Genre: Dystopian/Fantasy/Romance/Science Fiction/Young Adult













 
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Synopsis from Goodreads
Treason, betrayal, and heartbreak.

A lot can happen to a girl between her first kiss and her first kill.
It’s 100 years since the Genetic Integrity Act was passed and America closed its borders to prevent genetic contamination. Now only the enemy, dysgenic Deviants, remain beyond the heavily guarded border. The Department of Evolution carefully guides the creation of each generation and deviations from the divine plan are not permitted.

When 16-year-old Jess begins to show signs of deviance she enlists in the Special Forces, with her best friend Jay, in a desperate bid to evade detection by the Devotees. Jess is good with data, not so good with a knife. So when the handsome and secretive Sergeant Matt Anderson selects her for his Black Ops squad, Jess is determined to figure out why.

As her deviance continues to change her, Jess is forced to decide who to trust with her deadly secret. Jess needs to know what’s really out there, in the Deviant wasteland over the border, if she has any hope of making it to her 17th birthday. Because if the enemy doesn’t kill her first, the Department of Evolution probably will.


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     External Forces is a Dystopian read that follows a girl named Jess. Jess lives in a world the genetics mean everything. If you show signs of being inferior, you are quickly taken care of. They are called Deviants. America has built a wall around itself to block out the inferior genes. They do not want "cross-contamination". Jess wants to be on the Special Forces that help protect America from the Deviants. But she has a secret of her own that is quickly that no one can find out about or else she is done for. While trying her best to make it on the Intelligence team, a certain sergeant has other plans for her. Jess soon realizes there is more going on in the Special Forces and she may be at the very center of it all.

     Hello Hollywood!!!! Wake the hell up and make this a movie pronto! Holy crap, this was awesome. This is Rix debut and boy what a debut it was. The world she has created is scary and believable. It really wasn't hard imaging America like this. If that one mad person took over America, this is what we will get. I loved the story Rix has built for us. If you love The Hunger Games and Divergent, you should add this right in that list. It would fit perfectly. Again, this needs to be a movie.

     I really loved Jess. She is smart and courageous. I loved seeing her progression in this book. Her mom seems to despise her very existence and was relieved when Jess leaves. Jess and her best friend, Jay, are great together. They were like brother and sister. I love how they look out for each other. Jess makes friends with a badass chick named Sheree, who I loved as well. I couldn't stop laughing when Sheree and Jay got so territorial over Jess. That was a lot of fun. I was a big fan of Matt in this book. He is the leader of the Black Ops team and he has an eye for Jess. Not only does her like her spunk and that he sees that she has a mind of her own which could get her killed. He takes her under his wing because she would be the perfect member for his team. He has something planned and he can't do it without her. I loved the scenes between them. Matt is definitely drool worthy.  

     Again, this worldbuilding is amazing. This book hooked me from the first page. Jess is not your regular girl and her not being normal could be a catastrophe for her. She wants to be in the Special Forces so she can avoid the Devotees. The Devotees will recheck her genes for any signs of being a Deviant and will eliminate her. There is a mark showing up on her body that the Department of Evolution will not like. She knows this is the best way to protect herself and her secret. But it may not be enough as it seems she is being watched. 

     Overall, this is a fantastic read. It has quite an interesting twist leading up to the end. But every part of this book was amazing. The characters all have strong personalities and are very memorable. I love the character development and the connection between all of them. The villains in the book are also very interesting and some I just didn't see coming. This book was full of action. There is not a dull moment insight. This book will keep you at the edge of your seat. You have to read this book. This is a can't miss kind of read. Highly recommended.


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*This book belongs to the following challenges*
The Book Vixen's 2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
Under The Covers Book Blog 2014 Immortal Reading Challenge



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About Deborah Rix
Deborah Rix’s favourite position for reading a book is head almost hanging off the couch and feet up in the air with legs against the back of the couch. She’s been reading too much from Scientific American for research and ideas and needs to get back to some fiction. She has a long standing love of science fiction, some of her favourite authors include William Gibson, Philip K Dick, Kurt Vonnegut Jr, Douglas Adams, Iain M Banks. A bit old school.
Deborah enjoyed a successful career in entertainment publicity, live music promotion and event management. Which means she slogged through muddy fields for music festivals, was crammed into concert halls with too many sweaty teenage boys and got to go to Tuktoyaktuk (that’s in the Arctic Circle) for a Metallica concert. She lives with her family in Toronto, Canada, where she is the proprietor of The Lucky Penny, a neighborhood joint in Trinity-Bellwoods.
External Forces is her first novel.
Visit her website at www.DeborahRix.com.



Connect with Deborah Rix here:
Facebook  |  Goodreads  |  Twitter  |  Youtube


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GIVEAWAY TIME!!! 


ACCELERATE YOUR POWER GRAND PRIZE
GRAND PRIZE: Winner will have a minor character named after them in Acceleration, the second book in The Laws of Motion Trilogy by Deborah Rix. PLUS: 1 (One) WakaWaka Power – a solar powered charger and light, 1 (one) Limited Edition EXTERNAL FORCES Black Ops Beanie, and 1 (one) signed copy of External Forces.
The fine print: Grand Prize winner will have a minor character named after them in the forthcoming book, Acceleration. The winner can choose a name other their own as long as it is mutually agreeable with the Author, Deborah Rix. That means nothing obscene, stupid or ridiculous, as decided at the sole discretion of the author. Winner agrees that the gender, race, physical description, sexual orientation or any other characteristics of the character are at the sole discretion of the author. Winner agrees that the character may suffer some sort of gruesome downfall or may be a heroic figure in the story, it is at the sole discretion of the author what the role of the character will be and to what extent the character will be part of the story. The author assures the winner that it will be a real character in the story and part of a sub-plot or major plot.
Terms & Conditions:
  • By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
  • One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive the Accelerate Your Power Grand Prize.
  • This giveaway begins November 4 and ends January 31.
  • Winner will be contacted via email on Monday, February 3, 2013.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
Good luck everyone!



 
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External Forces Blog Tour Schedule 

Monday, November 4
Interview at Blogcritics
Tuesday, November 5
Book Featured at Examiner
Thursday, November 7
Book Trailer Reveal & First Chapter Reveal at Moonlight Lace & Mayhem
Friday, November 8
Book Review, Interview & First Chapter Reveal at Reading and Sharing
Monday, November 11
Tuesday, November 12
Interview at Acting Balanced
Wednesday, November 13
Friday, November 15
First Chapter Reveal at Pump Up Your Book
Monday, November 18
Book Review & First Chapter Reveal at Deal Sharing Aunt
Tuesday, November 19
Book Review at Words I Write Crazy
Wednesday, November 20
Interview at Beyond the Books
Thursday, November 21
First Chapter Reveal at As the Pages Turn
Friday, November 22
First Chapter Reveal at The Fiction Enthusiast
Monday, November 25
Book Featured at To Read, or Not to Read
Tuesday, November 26
Book Featured at Sweeping Me
Wednesday, November 27
First Chapter Reveal at I’m Shelf-ish
Friday, November 29
First Chapter Reveal at Lori’s Reading Corner
Monday, December 2
Book Trailer of the Week at Pump Up Your Book
Wednesday, December 4
Book Featured at Queen of All She Reads
Thursday, December 5
Book Review & Book Trailer Reveal at Laurie’s Thoughts & Reviews
Friday, December 6
FACEBOOK PARTY (link coming soon)
Tuesday, December 10
Wednesday, December 11
Interview at As the Pages Turn
Thursday, December 12
Book Review & First Chapter Reveal at Rambling Voices in My Head
Monday, December 16
Book Featured at Hanging Off the Wire
Tuesday, December 17
Book Featured at Write Away Bliss
Book Review, First Chapter Reveal & Book Trailer Reveal at Hardcover Feedback
Wednesday, December 18
Character Guest Post & First Chapter Reveal at Crystal’s Many Reviews
Thursday, December 19
Friday, December 20
Book Featured at Between the Covers
Thursday, December 26
Book Featured at Every Free Chance Reviews
Friday, December 27
Guest Blogging at The Book Bag
Monday, January 6
Interview at Pump Up Your Book
Tuesday, January 7
Book Featured at Bookworm Lisa
Wednesday, January 8
Thursday, January 9
Friday, January 10
First Chapter Reveal at The Dark Phantom
Book Featured at Bibliotica
Book Featured at Krazy Book Lady
Monday, January 13
First Chapter Reveal at Read My First Chapter
Tuesday, January 14
Guest Blogging at The Book Faery Reviews
Wednesday, January 15
Book Featured at The YA Lit Chick
Monday, January 20
Book Featured at Once Upon a YA Book
Tuesday, January 21
Guest Blogging at Moonlight Reader
Wednesday, January 22
Interview & Guest Blogging at My Devotional Thoughts
Thursday, January 23
Book Featured at As the Page Turns
Monday, January 27
Book Trailer Reveal at SheWrites
Book Review at Offbeat Vagabond
Wednesday, January 29
Book Featured at YA Book Addict
Thursday, January 30
Book Review & First Chapter Reveal at Blooming with Books
Friday, January 31
External Forces Book Tour Highlights at PUYB Virtual Book Club

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