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The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell (Blog Tour Interview & #Giveaway)

I'm welcoming the author of this new release to my blog today for an
interview, so make sure you check that out as well as the giveaway below...

The Last Magician
by Lisa Maxwell
YA Fantasy, Urban Fantasy. Time Travel
Hardcover & ebook, 512 Pages
July 18th 2017 by Simon Pulse


Stop the Magician.
Steal the book.
Save the future.

In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she's been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta's training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.

(Affiliate links included - I receive a small kickback if you make a purchase using my links.)

I can't wait for... Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao (Can't-Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday)

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted here, at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. If you're continuing with WOW, feel free to link those up as well! Find out more here.

I love the cover for this one (my favorite color is green) and the synopsis just sounds like it will be an awesome story. I also love that this is set outside the US and is a retelling. It's my pick this week...

Let's discuss... Book Reviews that Offend

I don't believe that people should hide how they think, feel, or stand on an issue, but I also think they should be respectful of others and stick to what is being discussed and not take things personally. I have a group of friends who believe all sorts of things differently than I do and I've never felt that meant I couldn't be respectful, kind or their friend. In fact, I love learning why they think or believe the way they do and how I can better understand them. Sometimes we just agree to disagree.

This translates to book reviews as well. I know that reviews are subjective. They're based on the reader's feelings and preferences. I totally went against the trend when I reviewed the Hunger Games series quite a while back because I didn't enjoy it. I know, shocker. I actually like the movies better (except that last one with aliens instead of dogs). I've never written a review with the purpose to offend other readers or the author. In fact, I usually try to be nice about books I don't end up liking, although it can be a tough line to balance.

Have you seen readers get offended by others' reviews or have you been offended by a review?

The Renegade's Redemption by Stacy Henrie (Blog Tour Grand Finale & #Giveaway)

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Grand Finale for
The Renegade's Redemption
By Stacy Henrie

We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops

you can see snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below:

Launch - Note from the Author

Ever since sharing some of Tex’s story in my last Love Inspired Historical book about his twin brother Tate, I’ve eagerly anticipated the chance for readers to get to know Tex better—through his own story this time. A legendary, charismatic outlaw, Tex was a fun and complex character to write. So, too, was his reunion with the girl he left behind eight years ago Ravena Reid.

Grounded Hearts by Jeanne M. Dickson (Blog Tour Review & #Giveaway)

I enjoy inspirational stories set during war because they usually throw two unlikely characters
together and then test their strength while forming an unbreakable bond. This is such a story...

Grounded Hearts
by Jeanne M. Dickson
Christian Historical Romance
Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 337 Pages
June 13th 2017 by Waterfall Press


A brave midwife. A wounded pilot. A risky secret.

In the midst of World War II, Ireland has declared herself neutral. Troops found on Irish soil must be reported and interned, no matter which side they are fighting for. When midwife Nan O'Neil finds a wounded young Canadian pilot at her door, she knows she's taking a huge risk by letting him in. Not only is she a widow living alone, but if caught harboring a combatant, she'll face imprisonment.

Still, something compels Nan to take in "flyboy" Dutch Whitney, an RAF pilot whose bomber has just crashed over County Clare. While she tends to his wounds and gives him a secret place of refuge, the two begin to form a mutual affection-and an unbreakable bond.

But Nan has another secret, one that has racked her with guilt since her husband's death and made her question ever loving again. As Nan and Dutch plan his escape, can he help restore her faith?

(Affiliate links included - I receive a small kickback if you make a purchase using my links.)

Weekly Update #223, in which there might be an end in sight to my crazy life...

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'm starting to feel like a broken record... Another extremely busy week down and this upcoming week, that I thought was going to be lighter, is turning out to not be. BUT, there is an end in sight. I have the classes finished that I needed to take and a test this week for some licensing for my new part-time job and then the following week will finally be less crazy. Hallelujah! Then I can relax again with reading at night and get my life back (including returning comments and being on instagram again). The thought makes me quite happy.

In the meantime, I do still have stuff going on here, so this is what to expect:

Rebel in a Small Town by Kristina Knight (Blog Tour & #Giveaway)

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

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

Note from the Author

I'm super-excited because it's a brand new month and I've got a brand new book out for you! It's the second in my new Slippery Rock series, and features interim town sheriff, James Calhoun and Mara Tyler, the absentee sister from Tyler Orchard!

One of the themes throughout the Slippery Rock series is home. Home can be a million different things to a million different people, but I think what it holds in common for all of us is a feeling of safety. Of belonging.

Home is something that Mara has been missing since leaving Slippery Rock in a misguided attempt to protect James ten years before; what is surprising to Mara is that she's missed home at all. Because, although she does love her family, she's always felt a little out of place in Slippery Rock. For a while, she and James had a secret affair, and when things got a little too hot for Mara to handle, she ran. Now, though, a tornado has torn the town apart and her family needs her...and she needs her family, too. There's just one little problem: when she ran from James the first time, she didn't know she was pregnant...and now, she's going to tell him.

My family's special project for this new series is continuing with the release of Rebel in a Small Town, too. We’re donating a portion of the proceeds from the Slippery Rock series toward providing Sweet Cases from TogetherWeRise to foster children. 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 includes a warm blanket, a teddy bear, hygiene kit, and art supplies.

— Kristina

New Releases/#Free & Bargain Books for July 10th - 16th #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)

Home to Stay by Kate James (Blog Tour Grand Finale & #Giveaway)

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Grand Finale for
Home to Stay
By Kate James

We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops
you can see snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below:

Launch - Note from the Author

This promises to be a fun-packed tour with lots of stops along the way. Heartfelt thanks to all the bloggers who signed up for this tour. I put together a special prize-pack to recognize the terrific response. I’m looking forward to all the stops, and I hope to see you along the way!

— Kate

The Renegade's Redemption by Stacy Henrie (Blog Tour Excerpt & #Giveaway)

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

I love Stacy Henrie's books and am excited to share an excerpt from her
newest release with you today. Check that, the book, and giveaway out below...

The Renegade's Redemption
by Stacy Henrie
Inspirational Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 288 pages
July 1st 2017 by Love Inspired Historical


Refuge for the Outlaw

When Tex Beckett arrives at Ravena Reid's farm, he's eight years too late for the elopement they'd once planned—and it's far too early to win her forgiveness. He's seriously wounded, though, and she can't turn him away, though she knows better than to trust him. Yes, it's wonderful having help with the farm, and with the orphans she fosters, but if she opens her heart, she'll get hurt again when he leaves. And Tex always leaves.

As a notorious bank robber, Tex is used to danger. Yet reuniting with the only woman he's ever loved is the riskiest thing he's ever done. All he wants is to stay with Ravena and the children. But can he build a new start before his past catches up with him?

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