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Blood Road by Amanda McCrina (Blog Tour Review & #Giveaway)


I thought the premise for this one was really intriguing. Read what I thought below...

Blood Road
(Blood Oath #1)
by Amanda McCrina
YA Historical
Paperback & ebook, 329 Pages
April 25th 2017 by Month9Books

Summary

Nineteen-year-old Torien Risto has seen dissidents dealt with before. He knows the young local girl who just knifed him will hang for assaulting an Imperial officer, unless he can stop it.

Someone inside the provincial government is kidnapping Imperial citizens and selling them across the desert to the salt mines, silencing anyone who tries to intervene. The girl’s brother is one of those who has been taken. Rejected by the corrupt courts, she’s waging a personal war against the Empire.

Determined to save her life, Torien sets out in search of answers on the Salt Road, the ancient trade route running deep into the heart of a desert—territory claimed by the hostile Mayaso tribe.

Now, Torien is no longer sure where his own loyalty lies, or how far he will go to break the cycle of tyranny, political bullying, and social injustice in an empire that seals its borders in blood.

You can read an excerpt HERE.

(Affiliate links included, meaning I receive a small kickback when you make a purchase using my links.)

Rebel Cause by Cassandra Giovanni (Cover Reveal & #Giveaway)


Welcome to the Cover Reveal for
Rebel Cause by Cassandra Giovanni
Coming July 11th 2017...

Crossing in Time by D. L. Orton (Blog Tour Grand Finale & #Giveaway)

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Grand Finale for
Crossing in Time
By D.L. Orton

We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops, go back and
check them out and grab ebook copies of the series on SALE while you can...

Launch - Note from the Author

Love is the most powerful force known to mankind. It wrecks kings, destroys barriers, makes us risk everything for a few stolen moments. . . . And all of this makes for a great story.

Chance for Home by Traci Hunter Abramson (Blog Tour Review & #Giveaway)


I own almost all of this author's books and have been looking
forward to her newest! Read my review and enter the giveaway below...

Chance for Home
by Traci Hunter Abramson
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 234 Pages
April 1st 2017 by Covenant Communications

Summary

Beautiful pre-med student Kari Evans believes she’s found the man of her dreams—right up until the moment she discovers he’s a two-timing cheat. Desperately gathering the pieces of her broken heart, she realizes that what she needs most is space to reconsider her future. A summer in Washington, DC, with her professional baseball player brother, Ben, sounds like just the change of scene she’s after. But if complicated romantic entanglements are what she’s trying to escape, she’s out of luck.

Ryan Strobel has had it with spotlight-seeking women. As third baseman for the Washington Nationals, he’s dealt with more than his fair share of opportunistic admirers—but his ex-fiancée, Brandi, may be the worst. When the woman refuses to take no for an answer, Ryan’s teammate Ben offers a crazy solution: Ben’s sister will pose as Ryan’s new girlfriend. Though an unlikely pair, Ryan and Kari find themselves getting surprisingly comfortable with the charade. Soon, the line between fact and fiction is blurred, and the very real feelings that develop between the couple are undeniable. But when faced with the interference of conniving exes, family objections, and the reality of their very different lives, are Ryan and Kari destined to strike out in the game of love?

(Affiliate links included, meaning I receive a small kickback when you make a purchase using my links.)

I can't wait for... Dark Breaks the Dawn by Sara B. Larson (Can't-Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday)


Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted here to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released as well. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. Find out more here.

I enjoyed Larson's Defy series and I love that she's written a story based on Swan Lake. It's my pick this week...

The Sound of Emeralds by Rachelle Rea Cobb (Birthday Blog Tour & #Giveaway) @RachelleReaCobb


I'm joining in the celebration for this inspirational series. Check it all out below,
including a giveaway. You can also check out an interview with the author here.

The Sounds of Emeralds
(Steadfast Love #3)
by Rachelle Rea Cobb
Christian Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 250 Pages
April 15th 2016 by WhiteFire Publishing

Summary

What once was blazing hatred has turned to lasting love, but could the union of a wild heart with that of a lady ever result in more than heartache?

With the help of an old friend with uncertain loyalties, Dirk inches ever closer to clearing his name. Gwyneth throws her faith into good tidings and the promise of a future as a family. But an old evil comes to call, just as tragedy rips apart a fledgling truce. Enemies from the past and grief for the future threaten to tear asunder what God had brought together…

As the date of Dirk’s trial approaches, his fate and his family hang in the balance. Will he be proven innocent of Gwyneth’s parents’ murders—or separated from her forever? How much pain does it take to erode a love steadfast?

(Affiliate links included, meaning I receive a small kickback when you make a purchase using my links.)

Blood Road by Amanda McCrina (Blitz Excerpt & #Giveaway)


Happy release day to...

Blood Road
(Blood Oath #1)
by Amanda McCrina
YA Historical
Paperback & ebook, 329 Pages
April 25th 2017 by Month9Books

Summary

Nineteen-year-old Torien Risto has seen dissidents dealt with before. He knows the young local girl who just knifed him will hang for assaulting an Imperial officer, unless he can stop it.

Someone inside the provincial government is kidnapping Imperial citizens and selling them across the desert to the salt mines, silencing anyone who tries to intervene. The girl’s brother is one of those who has been taken. Rejected by the corrupt courts, she’s waging a personal war against the Empire.

Determined to save her life, Torien sets out in search of answers on the Salt Road, the ancient trade route running deep into the heart of a desert—territory claimed by the hostile Mayaso tribe.

Now, Torien is no longer sure where his own loyalty lies, or how far he will go to break the cycle of tyranny, political bullying, and social injustice in an empire that seals its borders in blood.

(Affiliate links included, meaning I receive a small kickback when you make a purchase using my links.)

Ninja Girl by Cookie O'Gorman (Blog Tour Guest Post & #Giveaway)


I'm welcoming the author on my blog today to share some of her
heroine's tips. Make sure you check that and the giveaway out below...

Ninja Girl
by Cookie O'Gorman
YA Contemporary Romance
ebook
March 30th 1016

Summary

Seventeen-year-old Snow-Soon Lee kicks ass--literally. She teaches at her family-owned martial arts gym, The Academy, and cares more about training to be the next Bruce Lee than hooking up. In fact, Snow's never even been kissed. But when Girls Night rolls around, Snow decides to prove to her friends (and herself) that she's not just some boring tomboy. Impulsively, she kisses a hot stranger and even manages to escape his two security guards.

One stolen kiss…

Ash Stryker's senior year sucks. His politician father pulled him out of Chariot High, separating him from his championship-winning soccer team. Now he's stuck at a prissy private school with no friends, no team and no chance of being scouted. On top of that, thanks to the death threats his dad's received, Ash has a security tail aka professional babysitters. When the mystery girl from the movies shows up at his school, rappelling from the rafters, Ash knows one thing: he won't let her get away again.

One interesting job proposition…

After a seemingly random attack, Ash's mother surprises everyone. She hires Snow to be Ash's personal bodyguard until after the election. But can Snow's kick-ass skills hold up against the rising threats to Ash's family? More importantly, can Ash convince his ninja girl to screw ethics and kiss him again?

Opposites attract in this YA romance where a smooth talker meets his match in the tough girl who (literally) sweeps him off his feet. Moral of the story:

Sometimes even bad boys need a bodyguard.

(Affiliate links included, meaning I receive a small kickback when you make a purchase using my links.)

A Fragile Hope by Cynthia Ruchti (Blog Tour Review & #Giveaway) @CynthiaRuchti


This book... It was quite a read. Read my thoughts and enter the giveaway below...

A Fragile Hope
by Cynthia Ruchti
Christian Contemporary Fiction, Romance
Paperback & ebook, 320 Pages
April 4th 2017 by Abingdon Press

Summary

Hope grows when seeds are planted—even in the muddy middle of life.

Josiah Chamberlain’s life’s work revolves around repairing other people’s marriages. When his own is threatened by his wife’s unexplained distance, and then threatened further when she’s unexpectedly plunged into an unending fog, Josiah finds his expertise, quick wit and clever quips are no match for a relationship that is clearly broken.

Feeling betrayed, confused, and ill-equipped for a crisis this crippling, he reexamines everything he knows about the fragility of hope and the strength of his faith and love. Love seems to have failed him. Will what’s left of his faith fail him, too? Or will it be the one thing that holds him together and sears through the impenetrable wall that separates them?
(Affiliate links included, meaning I receive a small kickback when you make a purchase using my links.)

Weekly Update #212, reading by my mood...


Welcome to my Weekly Update where I post my blog's schedule for the week!

I'm linking up to The Sunday Post, hosted by Kimba @ The Caffeinated Book ReviewerTynga's Reviews for Stacking the Shelves and Mailbox Monday showcasing the books I added to my shelves or Kindle this week, and It's Monday! What Are You Reading? hosted by Kathryn @ Book Date.

This weekend I ignored the books I was supposed to be reading and read what I felt like. Romance. I don't read a lot of mainstream romance, but I was just in the mood for it and will have some reviews coming soon for what I read. Generally I can fit a book or two in here or there that I'm in the mood for, but otherwise, it's pretty scheduled. Not that what's on the calendar aren't books I don't want to read, because they are, but I'm not always completely in the mood for them. So, I'm curious. Do you schedule your reading, do you read whatever you want, do you have a mix? Let me know.

This week is a mix of genres, as usual. Here's what to expect:
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