Refuge for Masterminds by Kathleen Baldwin (Blog Tour Review. Excerpt & #Giveaway)


I love this series! Check out my review for this third book, an excerpt, and the giveaway below...

Refuge for Masterminds
(Stranje House #3)
by Kathleen Baldwin

YA Historical
Hardcover & ebook, 352 Pages
May 23rd 2017 by Tor Teen

Summary

Lady Jane Moore has a secret. A secret that must be kept buried. If anyone discovered the truth, her life at Stranje House would crumble. And with Napoleon Bonaparte threatening to invade England, everyone at Stranje House is already in mortal danger.

There’s a traitor in the house. Someone is sneaking information to Napoleon’s spies, Lady Daneska and Ghost. Jane is determined to find out who it is before suspicions rip apart the bonds of friendship at Stranje House. Her desperate hunt for the traitor ensnares a brash young American inventor, Alexander Sinclair, Robert Fulton’s nephew, into an ambush that puts his life in danger. Sinclair is the most maddening young man in all of Christendom, a sharp-tongued rascal with boorish manners, but Lady Jane cannot bear the thought of the golden-haired genius being harmed.

Is Jane enough of a mastermind to save Alexander, her friends at Stranje House, and possibly England itself?

Fans of Gail Carriger, Patricia Wrede, and Caroline Stevermer will love this Regency-era alternate history filled with spunky heroines, handsome young lords, and dastardly villains.

Praise for the Book

"Baldwin has a winning series here: her characters are intriguing and fully rendered." - Stacey Comfort, Booklist

"Refuge for Masterminds moves at a fast pace from the first page and doesn’t stop. Although it is written with a young adult audience in mind, it is a fun and enjoyable novel and will also appeal to adult readers." - Francesca Pelaccia, Historical Novel Society

(Affiliate links included, meaning I receive a small kickback when you make a purchase using my links.)
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Weekly Update #216, School is almost over...


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.

It was another crazy week. I've had quite a string of them, so I'm looking forward to the kids being out of school, the three youngest this week and the oldest early next week. My days will be much more hectic, but my afternoons and evenings will be much improved. Plus I'm sick of the homework. No, I don't actually do it, but helping four children do it kind of feels like I do. Lol!


I have some awesome books coming up! Plus look for a series of posts to start helping to prep you for summer. Here's what to expect:

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New Releases/#Free & Bargain Books for May 15th - 21st #BookSale


Here are the New Releases / Free & Bargain Books, hosted by Sharon over at Beck Valley Books for this week! Check it all out below...

Authors please feel free to add your own books.
Readers please free to add your own finds.
(any genre except erotica welcome)
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True to You by Becky Wade (Blog Tour Review & #Giveaway)


If you're a Becky Wade fan or a Christian romance reader, do not miss this one!

True to You
(Bradford Sisters Romance #1)
by Becky Wade
Christian Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 368 Pages
May 2nd 2017 by Bethany House

Summary

It's the exciting start of a brand-new series by a contemporary romance fan favorite!

After a devastating heartbreak three years ago, genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford has decided that burying her nose in her work and her books is far safer than romance in the here and now.

Unlike Nora, former Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient John Lawson is a modern-day man, usually 100 percent focused on the present. But when he's diagnosed with an inherited condition, he's forced to dig into the secrets of his past and his adoption as an infant, enlisting Nora to help him uncover the identity of his birth mother.

The more time they spend together, the more this pair of opposites suspects they just might be a perfect match. However, John's already dating someone and Nora's not sure she's ready to trade her crushes on fictional heroes for the risks of a real relationship. Finding the answers they're seeking will test the limits of their identity, their faith, and their devotion to one another.

(Affiliate links included, meaning I receive a small kickback when you make a purchase using my links.)
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Famous in a Small Town by Kristina Knight (Blog Tour Grand Finale & #Giveaway)

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Grand Finale for
Famous in a Small Town
By Kristina Knight

We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops, go back and check them out...

Launch - Note from the Author


We are taking 10% of the proceeds from the Slippery Rock series to provide Sweet Cases from TogetherWeRise to foster children in our area. In 'Famous', Savannah was a foster child who was adopted at the age of 7 by the Walters family; she was dirty, had ill-fitting clothes and nothing else. The trauma in her early life causes her to act out, even into her adult years...right up until the moment she decides to come home. The trauma she faced in the book is so similar to the trauma that foster children face every day, all over the United States.
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Wrong for You by Jenny Proctor (Blog Tour Review & #Giveaway)


I loved this author's last book, Love at First Note, that I read last year and have
been looking forward to this one! Read my review and enter the giveaway below...

Wrong for You
by Jenny Proctor
LDS Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 256 Pages
May 1st 2017 by Covenant Communications

Summary

Lane Bishop is a hardworking, intelligent, young woman. With her recent move to Chapel Hill, she is determined to leave behind the drama and effort of keeping up with the dating scene. Even so, Lane somehow manages to get dragged out by a gaggle of girls to go watch boys play soccer. Just watching is not Lane’s forte, so she joins in the fun and leads her team to victory.

Rather than feeling intimidated by the vivacious beauty on the opposing team, Jamie Hamilton is intrigued. Risking his “untouchable” dating status, he decides to pursue Lane—with a little help from his older brother Simon. With Simon’s behind-the- scenes assistance, Jamie proves irresistible, even to a disillusioned dater like Lane. But as she gets to know both brothers, Lane can’t help but wonder—beneath the grand gestures and romantic words, is she falling for the wrong guy?

(Affiliate links included, meaning I receive a small kickback when you make a purchase using my links.)
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The Truth About Happily Ever After by Karole Cozzo (Blog Tour Interview & #Giveaway)


I'm welcoming Karole Cozzo to my blog today to ask some questions about her
new young adult release. Check that, the book info, and giveaway out below...

The Truth about Happily Ever After
by Karole Cozzo
Young Adult Contemporary
Hardcover & ebook, 320 Pages
May 16th 2017 by Swoon Reads

Summary

Chin up, Princess, or the crown will slip.

A theme park princess must put her life back together after her happily ever after falls apart in The Truth About Happily Ever After, a contemporary YA romance from Karole Cozzo, author of How to Keep Rolling After a Fall and How to Say I Love You Out Loud.

Everything was supposed to be perfect. Alyssa has a job she loves, working as Cinderella at her favorite theme park; a fantastic group of friends; and a boyfriend who will no longer be long distance. But as the summer progresses, her prince becomes less charming and more distant, and Alyssa’s perfect summer falls apart.

Forced to acknowledge that life is not always a fairy tale, Alyssa starts working to pull her herself back together. Fortunately, she doesn’t have to do it alone. With her friend Miller’s support, she’s determined to prove that she’s more than just a pretty princess. And with his help, maybe she’s finally ready for something better than dreams. Maybe she’s ready for something real.

(Affiliate links included, meaning I receive a small kickback when you make a purchase using my links.)
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It Had to Be You by Lizzy (Blog Tour) @chapterxchapter @lizzycharles_ @EntangledTeen



Welcome to my tour stop! There's a really fun guest post you
should definitely check out as well as a giveaway below...

It Had to Be You
(Brokemore Academy, #1)
by Lizzy Charles
Young Adult Contemporary
ebook, 184 Pages
May 15th 2017 by Entangled Crush

Summary

James Parson has a problem. His military dad is going to yank him out of his expensive boarding school if James doesn’t prove he’s no longer hooking up, pulling pranks, and charming his way out of consequences. What better way to show he’s now responsible than becoming the committed boyfriend of a U.S. diplomat’s daughter?

Level-headed, book-smart Edelweiss may have traveled the world thanks to her dad’s job, but when it comes to friends and boys, she knows exactly nothing. Newly enrolled in boarding school, Edel is now on a mission to learn it all. James says he’ll help her experience the ultimate high school life—if she’ll be his fake girlfriend. And fake is perfect, because he’s exactly the kind of player she’d never date.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains red-hot romance, all the feels, and a soul-mate bad boy.

(Affiliate links included, meaning I receive a small kickback when you make a purchase using my links.)
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The Guns Above by Robyn Bennis (Book Blitz Excerpt & #Giveaway)


Check out my review of this book here and an excerpt and giveaway below...

The Guns Above
(Signal Airship #1)
by Robyn Bennis
Adult Steampunk, Fantasy
Hardcover & ebook, 336 Pages
May 2nd 2017 by Tor Books

Summary

The nation of Garnia has been at war for as long as Auxiliary Lieutenant Josette Dupris can remember – this time against neighboring Vinzhalia. Garnia’s Air Signal Corp stands out as the favored martial child of the King. But though it’s co-ed, women on-board are only allowed “auxiliary” crew positions and are banned from combat. In extenuating circumstances, Josette saves her airship in the heat of battle. She is rewarded with the Mistral, becoming Garnia’s first female captain.

She wants the job – just not the political flak attached. On top of patrolling the front lines, she must also contend with a crew who doubts her expertise, a new airship that is an untested deathtrap, and the foppish aristocrat Lord Bernat – a gambler and shameless flirt with the military know-how of a thimble. He’s also been assigned to her ship to catalog her every moment of weakness and indecision. When the Vins make an unprecedented military move that could turn the tide of the war, can Josette deal with Bernat, rally her crew, and survive long enough to prove herself to the top brass?

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

Praise for the Book

“Steampunky navy-in-the-air military tale full of sass and terrific characters. Great storytelling. Loved it.” ―Patricia Briggs

“The Guns Above is a sharp, witty Ruritanian adventure full of flintlock rifles, plumed shakos, brass buttons... and airships! Taking place in an alternate mid-nineteenth-century Europe where dirigibles ply the smoky air over battlefields and women have been grudgingly admitted to the air corps,The Guns Above takes a clear-eyed, even cynical view of the 'glories' of war, complete with blood, shit, shattered limbs, and petty squabbles among the nobility. The aerial combat is gut-clenchingly realistic, the two viewpoint characters are well-drawn and as different as can be, and the action never stops. Hard women learn compassion, soft men learn bravery, and the fate of a nation depends on one rickety airship and its stalwart crew. A winner!”―David D. Levine, author of Arabella of Mars

“An engaging gunpowder adventure with a helping of witty Noel Coward dialogue and a touch of Joseph Heller.” ―Tina Connolly, Nebula Award-nominated author of Ironskin

“Wonderfully adventurous and laudably detailed. Bennis paints airship battles so clearly you'd swear they were from memory.” ―Becky Chambers, author of The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

“Buckle in. The crew of the Mistral will take readers on adventures they won’t soon forget.” ―Pip Ballantine, author of The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series

“Hold on to your goggles, Bennis' The Guns Above is a nonstop ride.” ―Suzanne Lazear, author of The Aether Chronicles Series

“A fast-paced military fantasy, full of colourful characters and quirky humour that had me laughing throughout. Every fan of airships should read this.” ―Marc Turner, author of Dragon Hunters

“Bennis writes a pleasing mix of banter and gritty battle scenes, combining both the adrenaline rush of combat and its horrifying results, and never indulging in too-sudden social victories that might cheapen the longstruggle against embedded prejudice.”― Publishers Weekly
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I can't wait for... Roar by Cora Carmack (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 love the cover for this and the whole premise. I hope it ends up being as awesome as I'm hoping it will be! It's my pick this week...
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Posted by John David Anderson (Blog Tour Guest Post & #Giveaway)


Welcome to my tour stop! Find the full tour schedule hereCheck out the guest post below (it's fill in the blanks and the author's answers are so much fun!) as well as a giveaway...

Posted
by John David Anderson
Middle Grade Contemporary
Hardcover, Audiobook & ebook, 384 Pages
May 2nd 2017 by Walden Pond Press

Summary

"Kids, and the rest of the world, need more books like this one." —Kirkus Reviews

From John David Anderson, author of the acclaimed Ms. Bixby’s Last Day, comes a humorous, poignant, and original contemporary story about bullying, broken friendships, and the failures of communication between kids.

In middle school, words aren’t just words. They can be weapons. They can be gifts. The right words can win you friends or make you enemies. They can come back to haunt you. Sometimes they can change things forever.

When cell phones are banned at Branton Middle School, Frost and his friends Deedee, Wolf, and Bench come up with a new way to communicate: leaving sticky notes for each other all around the school. It catches on, and soon all the kids in school are leaving notes—though for every kind and friendly one, there is a cutting and cruel one as well.

In the middle of this, a new girl named Rose arrives at school and sits at Frost’s lunch table. Rose is not like anyone else at Branton Middle School, and it’s clear that the close circle of friends Frost has made for himself won’t easily hold another. As the sticky-note war escalates, and the pressure to choose sides mounts, Frost soon realizes that after this year, nothing will ever be the same.

(Affiliate links included, meaning I receive a small kickback when you make a purchase using my links.)
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The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich (Blog Tour Excerpt & #Giveaway)


The Love Interest
by Cale Dietrich
Young Adult Contemporary, LGBTQIA
Hardcover & ebook, 384 Pages
May 16th 2017 by Feiwel & Friends

Summary

There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.

Caden is a Nice: The boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: The brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose a Nice or the Bad?

Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be – whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.

What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.

(Affiliate links included, meaning I receive a small kickback when you make a purchase using my links.)
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Lady of Sherwood by Molly Bilinski (Book Blitz Excerpt & #Giveaway)


Lady of Sherwood
(Outlaws of Sherwood #1)
by Molly Bilinski

Young Adult Fantasy, Fairy Tales
April 24th 2017 by Clean Teen Publishing

Summary

Robin of Lockesly was neither the son her father wanted, nor the daughter her mother expected. When she refuses an arranged marriage to a harsh and cruel knight, the deadly events that follow change her destiny forever.

After a night of tragedy, Robin and the few remaining survivors flee to Nottingham. With a newfound anonymity, they start to live different lives. There, she and her band make mischief, robbing from the rich and giving to the poor. But charity isn’t the only thing she wants–she wants revenge.

As the sheriff draws his net closer, Robin’s choices begin to haunt her. She’ll have to choose between what’s lawful and what her conscience believes is right–all while staying one step ahead of the hangman.

Lady of Sherwood is a unique young adult retelling of the beloved Robin Hood legend. Filled with action and romance, this new series follows a teenage heroine through her fantastic, yet dangerous adventures.

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


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Weekly Update #215, Happy Mother's Day!


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.

I've had a crazy, busy week, but also a very fun week and weekend. We celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary. My son made a comment in the car on Friday when I was talking about how we were going to be going out to celebrate on a date that night and he asked how many years we'd been married. He said: "That means you've been married longer than I've been alive!" I told him that was the ideal, to be married before having kids. Lol! He just was processing and doesn't always filter, but it opened up an interesting conversation. ;) 


I got a combined anniversary/Mother's Day gift of a Intuos drawing tablet (you can see it here and also in my additions below) and some software. I've had this on my wish list for a couple of years now and have missed it several times when I've wanted to be able to do some things with graphics and was limited with the mouse and the program I had. I have quite a few tutorials to go through to figure it all out, but I've already played around with it and it is so awesome!!! I know I'm going to love it!

For Mother's Day we have a special part of church tomorrow where the women will all be meeting together to celebrate womanhood and eat food and visit (there is always a time during church when the women meet, but they do something special on Mother's Day) and then we'll be eating dinner with my parents and I won't be cooking at all. It will be such a nice day!

On the book front, it's a pretty busy week with some fun books coming up. Here's what to expect:

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Win a $10 Amazon eGift Card (Monthly #Giveaway)


This is going up rather late, but it's been busy... This month I'm giving away another $10 Amazon eGift Card!


Good luck!

Must have a branch of Amazon that you can use from wherever you reside. Must be at least 13 years old to enter and have parental permission if under 18. Please ensure that you correctly enter your email (and check your junk mail folder if I'm not on your contact list) so that I have a way to contact you. You can read my giveaway policy on my policies page. Void where prohibited by law. Enter via the Rafflecopter below.

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The Fireman's Son by Tara Taylor Quinn (Blog Tour Grand Finale & #Giveaway)

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Book Tour Grand Finale for
THE FIREMAN'S SON
By Tara Taylor Quinn

We hope you enjoyed the tour and getting a look at this author's 80th release with Harlequin! If you missed any of the stops, go check them out...

Launch - Note from the Author

The Fireman’s Son is a story particularly close to my heart. I can tell you from firsthand knowledge that women suffer as Faye did more often than you’d ever expect. I can also say, unequivocally, that with love, kindness, and the right man, women like Faye do find pure joy again. Abuse is horrible. But that doesn’t mean the other side of abuse has to be. The world is filled with survivors. Women who know and value their strengths. Who reach out to other women who’ve been where they’ve been and are struggling to get where they are. Women who care.

Please, come on in to The Lemonade Stand. Join us. As a collective group, we’re going to make the world a beautiful, safe place. One heart at a time.
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Famous in a Small Town by Kristina Knight (Blog Tour Launch & #Giveaway)

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Launch for
Famous in a Small Town
By Kristina Knight

Note from the Author
We are taking 10% of the proceeds from the Slippery Rock series to provide Sweet Cases from TogetherWeRise to foster children in our area. In 'Famous', Savannah was a foster child who was adopted at the age of 7 by the Walters family; she was dirty, had ill-fitting clothes and nothing else. The trauma in her early life causes her to act out, even into her adult years...right up until the moment she decides to come home. The trauma she faced in the book is so similar to the trauma that foster children face every day, all over the United States.

Most children going in to foster care have nothing but the clothes on their backs. Sweet Cases are duffel bags given to children coming in to care, and once given, the bags remain with that child, giving them a sense of home and, hopefully, a sense that they aren't alone. Each duffel costs about $30, and includes a warm blanket, a teddy bear, hygiene kit, and art supplies.

— Kristina
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New Releases/#Free & Bargain Books for May 8th - 14th #BookSale


Here are the New Releases / Free & Bargain Books, hosted by Sharon over at Beck Valley Books for this week! Check it all out below...

Authors please feel free to add your own books.
Readers please free to add your own finds.
(any genre except erotica welcome)
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It Started With Goodbye by Christina June (Blog Tour Tens List, Review & #Giveaway)


Welcome to my tour stop! You can find the rest of the participating stops hereCheck out a fun tens list from the author (with lots of pun intended - love it!), my review, and a giveaway below...

It Started With Goodbye
by Christina June
YA Contemporary
Paperback & ebook, 304 Pages
May 9th 2017 by Blink/HarperCollins

Summary

Sixteen-year-old Tatum Elsea is bracing for the worst summer of her life. After being falsely accused of a crime, she’s stuck under stepmother-imposed house arrest and her BFF’s gone ghost. Tatum fills her newfound free time with community service by day and working at her covert graphic design business at night (which includes trading emails with a cute cello-playing client). When Tatum discovers she’s not the only one in the house keeping secrets, she finds she has the chance to make amends with her family and friends. Equipped with a new perspective, and assisted by her feisty step-abuela-slash-fairy-godmother, Tatum is ready to start fresh and maybe even get her happy ending along the way.

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

Praise for the Book
"You won't be able to put this book down. This heartfelt read totally sucked me in. A (Prince) Charming read." -- Miranda Kenneally, author of Catching Jordan

"Honest, fun,and entirely compelling, this is a story about how being in the wrong place at the wrong time can lead to a whole lot of right. Tatum is a character you'll relate to, cheer for, and want to befriend." -- Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, author of Firsts

"Tatum's complex and realistic relationships with her friends, family and the potential love interest will have you savoring every chapter while heavily anticipating the next. It Started With Goodbye is an adorable and clever contemporary that will enthrall you with its fairytale-esque charm." -- Ami Allen-Vath, author of Liars and Losers Like Us

"I loved this fun, contemporary take on the Cinderella tale that explores what it takes to be yourself while finding your place in life, love,and your family. June's characters are vividly drawn, complex people that you'll want to root for, and Tatum's story will strike a chord for anyone who's felt like they were misunderstood." -- Lisa Maxwell, author of Unhooked, Sweet Unrest and Gathering Deep

"A sweet and satisfying portrait of family, friendship, and discovering your own path. Tatum's journey from fear and disappointment to honesty and freedom to be herself is one that will resonate with many readers." -- Ashley Herring Blake, author of Suffer Love

"A fresh, charming debut, brimming with friendship, family, and love." -- Marci Lyn Curtis, author of The One Thing
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Deadmen Walking by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Blog Tour & #Giveaway)


I was immediately caught by this cover. It looks like pirates and I've been really in
the mood for pirate tales. I saw that yes, it was a pirate tale, but with mythical
gods... I was immediately intrigued! Learn more and enter the giveaway below...

Deadmen Walking
(Deadmen's Cross Trilogy #1)
by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Adult Urban Fantasy, Fantasy, Pirates
Hardcover, Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
May 9th 2017 by Tor Books

Summary

Hell On Earth

When the Chthonians brought the primal gods to a truce at the end of their great war, part of the pact they forged was that the worst of the evil the gods had unleashed against each other and mankind would be forever banished.

But forever is a long time. And nothing can contain those determined to find a way back.

To catch evil, it takes evil . . .

While Thorn is able to contain the demons unleashed on the ground, the ones who prey on the innocent sailors and sea faring travelers are beyond his reach.

For the sake of humanity, he makes a shaky alliance with an old foe, Marcelina. In the form of the ship they sail upon, she assembles a team under the command of Captain Devlyn Nathaniel Bane, one of the most notorious and bloodthirsty pirates to ever sail the high seas.

Damned and murdered by his own, Bane is out for revenge. With his own secret agenda, he agrees to take charge of the motley crew of pirates and brigands, and to protect the seas from the preternatural terrors that seek to devour every unwary soul they can take.

Theirs is a sacred and deadly task, as they are hunted by their prey and human authorities alike. If they fail, the world will fall to the ancient gods of chaos, and anarchy will reign. Most of all, the Southern gate, where the greatest, most powerful darkness is imprisoned, will be opened and there will be no stopping it.

It’s yo ho ho and a bottle of high seas stakes where the souls of all humanity are the ultimate prize and bargaining chip.

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

Praise for the Book

"Kenyon (Born of Legend) puts the lie to the old adage “Dead men tell no tales” in this jam-packed, appealing first book of her Deadman’s Cross historical fantasy series...this piratical tale is filled with swashbuckling, death, glory." ―Publishers Weekly on Deamen Walking

“Kenyon’s writing is brisk, ironic and relentless imaginative.” ―Boston Globe

“Arguably the most in-demand and prolific authors in America these days.” ―Publishers Weekly

“[An] engaging read.” ―Entertainment Weekly
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Sense and Second Chances by Brittany Larsen (Blog Tour Review & #Giveaway)


I really enjoyed this author's first book, Pride and Politics, and was curious if
I would equally like this one. Read my thoughts and enter the giveaway below...

Sense and Second Chances
by Brittany Larsen
LDS Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 272 Pages
May 1st 2017 by Covenant Communications

Summary

Emily Carter is on the fast track to success when the unthinkable happens: a tragic accident claims the lives of her parents. Now Emily must set aside her dreams and raise her two younger siblings, Annie and Bryce. Emily and Annie are sisters, but that doesn't mean they are anything alike. Whereas Emily reacts to the tragedy with her characteristic stoic calm, passionate Annie spirals into depression. Just when things seem like they can't get any more difficult, Emily's older half-brother and his fiancee arrive, not to help but to claim the family home he's inherited from their parents. Without a place to call their own, Emily must take action—and fast.

When an exciting employment opportunity arises in Utah, the displaced Carters decide to build a new life in a new home. But it soon becomes clear that their future prospects will go far beyond professional as each sister is faced with an unexpected romance. Yet love is never simple, and in matters of the heart, one sister must proceed with caution while the other needs to take a leap of faith.

(Affiliate links included, meaning I receive a small kickback when you make a purchase using my links.)
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I can't wait for... With You Always by Jody Hedlund (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.

Jody Hedlund has become such a poignant author and I'm really looking forward to her upcoming release! It's my pick this week...
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The Guns Above by Robyn Bennis (Blog Tour Review & #Giveaway)


This is a perfect read if you're in the mood for a mix of Steampunk and lots of action...

The Guns Above
(Signal Airship #1)
by Robyn Bennis
Adult Steampunk, Fantasy
Hardcover & ebook, 336 Pages
May 2nd 2017 by Tor Books

Summary

The nation of Garnia has been at war for as long as Auxiliary Lieutenant Josette Dupris can remember – this time against neighboring Vinzhalia. Garnia’s Air Signal Corp stands out as the favored martial child of the King. But though it’s co-ed, women on-board are only allowed “auxiliary” crew positions and are banned from combat. In extenuating circumstances, Josette saves her airship in the heat of battle. She is rewarded with the Mistral, becoming Garnia’s first female captain.

She wants the job – just not the political flak attached. On top of patrolling the front lines, she must also contend with a crew who doubts her expertise, a new airship that is an untested deathtrap, and the foppish aristocrat Lord Bernat – a gambler and shameless flirt with the military know-how of a thimble. He’s also been assigned to her ship to catalog her every moment of weakness and indecision. When the Vins make an unprecedented military move that could turn the tide of the war, can Josette deal with Bernat, rally her crew, and survive long enough to prove herself to the top brass?

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

Praise for the Book

“Steampunky navy-in-the-air military tale full of sass and terrific characters. Great storytelling. Loved it.” ―Patricia Briggs

“The Guns Above is a sharp, witty Ruritanian adventure full of flintlock rifles, plumed shakos, brass buttons... and airships! Taking place in an alternate mid-nineteenth-century Europe where dirigibles ply the smoky air over battlefields and women have been grudgingly admitted to the air corps,The Guns Above takes a clear-eyed, even cynical view of the 'glories' of war, complete with blood, shit, shattered limbs, and petty squabbles among the nobility. The aerial combat is gut-clenchingly realistic, the two viewpoint characters are well-drawn and as different as can be, and the action never stops. Hard women learn compassion, soft men learn bravery, and the fate of a nation depends on one rickety airship and its stalwart crew. A winner!”―David D. Levine, author of Arabella of Mars

“An engaging gunpowder adventure with a helping of witty Noel Coward dialogue and a touch of Joseph Heller.” ―Tina Connolly, Nebula Award-nominated author of Ironskin

“Wonderfully adventurous and laudably detailed. Bennis paints airship battles so clearly you'd swear they were from memory.” ―Becky Chambers, author of The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

“Buckle in. The crew of the Mistral will take readers on adventures they won’t soon forget.” ―Pip Ballantine, author of The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series

“Hold on to your goggles, Bennis' The Guns Above is a nonstop ride.” ―Suzanne Lazear, author of The Aether Chronicles Series

“A fast-paced military fantasy, full of colourful characters and quirky humour that had me laughing throughout. Every fan of airships should read this.” ―Marc Turner, author of Dragon Hunters

“Bennis writes a pleasing mix of banter and gritty battle scenes, combining both the adrenaline rush of combat and its horrifying results, and never indulging in too-sudden social victories that might cheapen the longstruggle against embedded prejudice.”― Publishers Weekly
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Digging in the Stars by Katherine Blakeney (Book Blitz & #Giveaway) @chapterxchapter @YorwickCastle @BlazePub


Digging in the Stars
by Katherine Blakeney
Young Adult SciFi
Paperback & ebook, ? Pages
March 28th 2917 by Blaze

Summary

A lost ancient civilization and the tomb of a legendary king lie buried beneath centuries of ash on the volcanic planet Thror, but that’s not the only reason sixteen-year-old Carter has tricked her Archaeology of Outer Space class into coming here. Her best friend Conrad has just disappeared on a trip to Thror, leaving behind little more than a broken vintage camera. The strange and disturbing photographs she manages to extract make her suspect Conrad’s disappearance is somehow connected to the hidden tomb of the last king of Thror.

Unfortunately, the ludicrously over-friendly ‘Furry Giants’ who have taken over the planet’s barren surface would rather offer her cheap souvenirs than answers, and the local officials insist they have no record of Conrad’s existence. Inspired by fear for Conrad’s life and the chance to make the greatest archaeological discovery of the century, Carter and her friends follow Conrad’s footsteps deep into the mountains of Thror’s forbidden Black Zone and launch an illicit excavation. Coded messages, stunning ancient ruins, and clues left by Conrad himself begin to surface as the young archaeologists fall victim to an alarming series of accidents staged by the increasingly hostile Furry Giants. Piecing together a history of dictatorship, terrorism and disguise, Carter glimpses the horrors beyond Thror’s flamboyant façade and startling revelations about the friend she thought she knew. The masks of Thror hide devastating secrets, and the golden tomb buried deep in the frozen core may claim the lives of everyone she loves.

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Praise for the Book

"I had a lot of fun reading this unique book!" - Carla, Goodreads Reviewer

"a refreshing twist on a lot of modern sci-fi that can be too dark or aloof" - Samantha, Goodreads Reviewer
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Sweet Tea Tuesdays by Ashley Farley (Blog Tour Grand Finale & #Giveaway)

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Grand Finale for
Sweet Tea Tuesdays
By Ashley Farley

We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops, go back and check them out...

Launch - Note from the Author

As these three women share their lives—their past sorrows and fears of an uncertain future—readers will shed more than one tear. Sweet Tea Tuesdays introduces many topics of discussion for book clubs through themes of friendship, parenting, trust, infidelity, and death.

The Silver Dagger Scriptorium - Excerpt

No, Midge! She turned her back on her bed. You need to enjoy tonight. You finally have a date to the ball. She went to the window and peeked through the blinds. Night after night for most of her adult life, she’d watched Georgia and Lula leave for social engagements. Georgia to her charity functions and dinners with her husband’s doctor friends and their wives, and Lula to neighborhood gatherings that Midge was never invited to. The other wives stopped including her in their backyard barbecues and holiday cocktail parties after her divorce. She was the pariah, the woman no one wanted to associate with for fear their husbands might be tempted by the attractive young divorcée.
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Weekly Update #214, The heat is on...


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 past week brought serious heat! We hit 100 degrees where I live and it made me realize how not ready I am for the summer heat. Luckily, this next week the temperature drops significantly and we'll be in the mid-70s to low 80s all week. We've had such weird weather this year. But enough about the weather... 

I also had a crazy week! Just lots going on in life and with tours and books and all. Then we took family pictures this weekend for the first time in 5+ years. It was time and I'm hoping they'll turn out really well. Tonight (as I'm writing this), my body is just tired. It was a long week and I'm so looking forward to the Sabbath and a day of rest. We are having my parents over for dinner as I try out another recipe from the cookbook I reviewed this last week (review here). My house is clean and I don't have any pressing deadlines and it will be nice to just have a family day, eat good food, and visit with my parents.

Of course, you're here about books, so here's what to expect:
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The Fireman's Son by Tara Taylor Quinn (Blog Tour Launch & #Giveaway)

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Book Tour Launch for
THE FIREMAN'S SON
By Tara Taylor Quinn

Note from the Author

I’m so glad you are joining us in Santa Raquel. I love this town, the beach, the people, and, of course, The Lemonade Stand, Where Secrets Are Safe.

The scary thing is that abuse comes in many forms. From different, often unpredictable, sources. It comes verbally, physically, emotionally. And sometimes…sexually.

The really really good news is that in every city there are places where caring people help victims of abuse recover. Places where victims can find healing. Where many can find hope and the ability to open their hearts and love again. The Lemonade Stand is one of those places.

The Fireman’s Son is a story particularly close to my heart. I can tell you from firsthand knowledge that women suffer as Faye did more often than you’d ever expect. I can also say, unequivocally, that with love, kindness, and the right man, women like Faye do find pure joy again. Abuse is horrible. But that doesn’t mean the other side of abuse has to be. The world is filled with survivors. Women who know and value their strengths. Who reach out to other women who’ve been where they’ve been and are struggling to get where they are. Women who care.

Please, come on in to The Lemonade Stand. Join us. As a collective group, we’re going to make the world a beautiful, safe place. One heart at a time.

—TTQ


Want to chat with TTQ and three other Superromance authors? Join the Facebook party HERE!
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