Read an excerpt from City of Beasts by Corrie Wang (Excerpt & #Giveaway)


Welcome! Check out an excerpt and the tour giveaway below...

City of Beasts
By Corrie Wang
YA SciFi, Dystopian, Thriller
Hardcover & ebook, 384 Pages
September 17th 2018 by Freeform

Summary

"If you see a beast, and you have the shot, don't hesitate. Kill it."

For seventeen years, fees have lived separate from beasts. The division of the sexes has kept their world peaceful. Glori Rhodes is like most other fees her age. She adores her neighborhood's abandoned Costco, can bench her body weight, and she knew twenty-seven beast counter attack moves by the time she was seven. She has never questioned the separation of the sexes or the rules that keep her post-nuclear hometown safe. But when her mother secretly gives birth to a baby beast, Glori grows to love the child and can't help wondering: What really is the difference between us and them?

When her brother, at the age of five, is snatched in a vicious raid, Glori and her best friend, Su, do the unthinkable - covertly infiltrate the City of Beasts to get him back. What's meant to be a smash-and-grab job quickly becomes the adventure of a lifetime as the fees team up with a fast-talking, T-shirt cannon wielding beast named Sway, and Glori starts to see that there's more to males, and her own history, than she's been taught. Glori, Sway, and a motley cohort of friends will go to the ends of the earth to find her little brother. And maybe save their divided world while they're at it.

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Excerpt


About the Author

Corrie Wang is passionate about libraries, recycling, and eating all the food, everywhere. Corrie grew up in Buffalo but spent her formative years in Brooklyn, where one of her last paying gigs was managing a three-story nightclub on the Lower East Side.

Writing to fix things that make her angry and explore things that frighten her, Corrie’s novels are about girls unapologetically conquering scenarios they should have little control over. Tired of seeing women and girls lose in this culture - spoiler - they never do in her stories.

Her debut novel, The Takedown was chosen as one of the best books of 2017 by the New York Public Library and a 2018 YALSA selection for Best Fiction for Young Adults. City of Beasts is her second novel.

Seeing, as Corrie wrote an entire novel about the freakiness and perils of socializing too much on the internets her existence there is haphazard at best. Now, more than ever, she feels it is time for everyone to look up. (Also stand up, step up, and eat up.

Woot!) That being said, you may follow her poor photography skillz on INSTAGRAM.

AND P.S. Wang rhymes with 'song' y'all.


Tour Schedule

Week One:
9/2/2019- Country Road ReviewsExcerpt
9/3/2019- Two Chicks on BooksExcerpt
9/4/2019- Character Madness and MusingsExcerpt
9/5/2019- Shelf-RatedReview
9/6/2019- BookHounds YAReview

Week Two:
9/9/2019- Lifestyle of MeReview
9/10/2019- Daily Waffle - Excerpt
9/11/2019- A Dream Within A DreamReview
9/12/2019- Life of a Simple ReaderExcerpt
9/13/2019- Here's to Happy EndingsReview

Week Three:
9/16/2019- Jena Brown WritesReview
9/17/2019- Kati's Bookaholic Rambling ReviewsExcerpt
9/18/2019- Wishful EndingsExcerpt
9/19/2019- Book-KeepingReview
9/20/2019- Jade Writes BooksReview

Week Four:
9/23/2019- Eli to the nthReview
9/24/2019- two points of interestReview
9/25/2019- The Layaway DragonReview
9/26/2019- Smada's Book SmackReview
9/27/2019- PopTheButterfly ReadsReview

Week Five:
9/30/2019- lori's house of reviewsReview

Tour-Wide Giveaway

3 winners will receive finished copies of CITY OF BEASTS, US Only.

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This one sounds intriguing. What do you think?

A princess and king from two different peoples meet... Wayfarer by Janalyn Voigt (Excerpt & #Giveaway) #WayfarerTour


On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Welcome to my stop for...

Wayfarer
(Tales of Faeraven #2)
By Janalyn Voigt
Fantasy, Christian Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 296 Pages
January 3rd 2014 by Harbourlight Books

Summary

Trouble stirs between nations and rebellion threatens Faeraven.

When Kai returns with the supposed DawnKing, Lof Shraen Elcon cannot trust that the Elder youth truly is the prophesied deliverer. Driven to prove himself, Elcon banishes the boy and embarks on a peace-keeping campaign into the Elder lands, where he falls in love with an Elder princess betrothed to another.

Sometimes the deliverance of a nation comes only through the humility of one.

Declaring his love would shame the nations, but Elcon is torn. As war approaches, Elcon̢۪s choices lead him on a journey of discovery that will either settle the lands or leave them mired in conflict. Can his kingdom ever be united, or will the consequences of his decisions forever tear asunder the fabric of Faeraven?

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Excerpt

[Note: Aewen, princess of the Elder people, meets Elcon, the Lof Shraen (High King) of the Kindren nation outside her family’s castle.]

Movement caught her eye. At the edge of the torchlight pranced a black horse with wings—a creature of surpassing beauty bearing a Kindren youth with fair hair tinged red in the torchlight from the guardhouse. She took a step toward him but halted, speechless.

“Well met, fair one.” His voice, soft and cool, stirred her.

She stared back at him with wide eyes.

His brows drew together. “Do you speak?”

She dipped her head and found her voice. “You are of the Kindren.”

He smiled. “I am indeed of the Kindren, as are my companions. Pray tell the watchguard that Lof Shraen Elcon seeks audience with King Euryon. But if the hour be too late, we can return tomorrow.”

His light gaze went over her as he spoke, touching her hair, her eyes, her mouth, speaking things his mouth did not say. She stumbled backward and ran from him as laughter broke from the Kindren riders who accompanied him.

“Princess Aewen, are you unharmed?” The voice of Darbin, one of the gatehouse guards, rang out as she approached. The sounds of mirth behind her ceased, and she realized the Kindren riders must have overheard. They’d taken her for a servant before, despite the rich garments she wore. It was one thing, it seemed, for a Kindren to laugh at a servant, but quite another to mock a princess of Westerland. She turned her head and shamed them all with a glance. But her gaze snagged with the light-eyed Kindren’s.

Other Books in the Series

DawnSinger
(Tales of Faeraven #1)
By Janalyn Voigt
Fantasy, Christian Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 342 Pages
June 29, 2012 by Harbourlight Books

Summary

The High Queen is dying...

At the royal summons, Shae mounts a wingabeast and soars through the air to the high hold of Faeraven, where all is not as it seems. Visions warn her of danger, and a dark soul touches hers in the night. When she encounters an attractive but disturbing musician, her wayward heart awakens.

But then there is Kai, a guardian of Faeraven and of Shae. Secrets bind him to her, and her safety lies at the center of every decision he makes.

On a desperate journey fraught with peril and the unknown, they battle warlike garns, waevens, ferocious raptors, and the wraiths of their own regrets. Yet, they must endure the campaign long enough to release the DawnKing and the salvation he offers into a divided land. To prevail, each must learn that sometimes victory comes only through surrender.

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About the Author


Janalyn Voigt is a writer and professional speaker with a photography habit and a passion for travel. Her unique blend of adventure, romance, suspense, and fantasy creates worlds of beauty and danger for readers. Tales of Faeraven, her epic fantasy series beginning with DawnSinger, carries readers into a land only imagined in dreams. She is represented by Sarah Joy Freese of Wordserve Literary.


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Have you read either of the books in this series or other books by this author? What do you like about reading fantasy?

I Can't Wait for... Songs from the Deep by Kelly Powell & Chasing the Shadows by Maria V. Snyder (Can't-Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday) #CWW #WOW


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've been so swamped guys that I haven't made it over to see everyone's picks the past two weeks. I hope to get to it this week, but if I don't, it's not for lack of desire. It's just really busy with the kids all in sports and me working part-time.

Songs from the Deep came across my radar one day when I was browsing books. It sounds really intriguing and nothing like other books I've read with sirens. I have a review copy, so I'm hoping I'll love it. I reviewed Navigating the Stars last year and have been anticipating the sequel. I've been a little frustrating because it seems it's not being sold in the US at this time and I'd like to continue the series. If you're outside the US and can get this one, I have to admit that I'm a little envious. These are my picks this week...

Songs from the Deep
By Kelly Powell
YA Fantasy
Hardcover & ebook, 304 Pages
November 5th 2019 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

Summary

A girl searches for a killer on an island where deadly sirens lurk just beneath the waves in this gripping, atmospheric debut novel.

The sea holds many secrets.

Moira Alexander has always been fascinated by the deadly sirens who lurk along the shores of her island town. Even though their haunting songs can lure anyone to a swift and watery grave, she gets as close to them as she can, playing her violin on the edge of the enchanted sea. When a young boy is found dead on the beach, the islanders assume that he's one of the sirens’ victims. Moira isn’t so sure.

Certain that someone has framed the boy’s death as a siren attack, Moira convinces her childhood friend, the lighthouse keeper Jude Osric, to help her find the real killer, rekindling their friendship in the process. With townspeople itching to hunt the sirens down, and their own secrets threatening to unravel their fragile new alliance, Moira and Jude must race against time to stop the killer before it’s too late—for humans and sirens alike.

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Chasing the Shadows
(Sentinels of the Galaxy #2)
By Maria V. Snyder
YA SciFi
Paperback & ebook
November 18th 2019 by HarperCollins Australia

Summary

New York Times bestselling author Maria V. Snyder returns with the next page-turning instalment of the new sci-fi series: Sentinels of the Galaxy 

Year 2522. Lyra Daniels is dead.

Okay, so I only died for sixty-six seconds. But when I came back to life, I got a brand new name and a snazzy new uniform. Go me! Seriously, though, it's very important that Lyra Daniels stays dead, at least as far as my ex-friend Jarren, the murdering looter, knows.

While dying is the scariest thing that's happened to me, it morphed my worming skills. I can manipulate the Q-net like never before. But Jarren has blocked us from communicating with the rest of the galaxy and now they believe we've gone silent, like Planet Xinji (where silent really means dead).

A Protector Class spaceship is coming to our rescue, but we still have to survive almost two years before they arrive - if they arrive at all. Until then, we have to figure out how to stop an unstoppable alien threat. And it's only a matter of time before Jarren learns I'm not dead and returns to finish what he started.

There's no way I'm going to let Jarren win. Instead I'll do whatever it takes to save the people I love. But even I'm running out of ideas...

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Will you be reading either of these?

They do more than just watch kids... The Babysitters Coven by Kate Williams @The_FFBC


Welcome! I've had this book on my list for a while now and am excited to share
it with you as part of this tour. Check out my review and the giveaway below...

The Babysitters Coven
(The Babysitters Coven #1)
By Kate Williams
YA Fantasy, Witches
Hardcover & ebook, 368 Pages
September 17th 2019 by Delacorte Press

Summary

Adventures in Babysitting meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer in this funny, action-packed novel about a coven of witchy babysitters who realize their calling to protect the innocent and save the world from an onslaught of evil.

Seventeen-year-old Esme Pearl has a babysitters club. She knows it's kinda lame, but what else is she supposed to do? Get a job? Gross. Besides, Esme likes babysitting, and she's good at it.

And lately Esme needs all the cash she can get, because it seems like destruction follows her wherever she goes. Let's just say she owes some people a new tree.

Enter Cassandra Heaven. She's Instagram-model hot, dresses like she found her clothes in a dumpster, and has a rebellious streak as gnarly as the cafeteria food. So why is Cassandra willing to do anything, even take on a potty-training two-year-old, to join Esme's babysitters club?

The answer lies in a mysterious note Cassandra's mother left her: "Find the babysitters. Love, Mom."

Turns out, Esme and Cassandra have more in common than they think, and they're about to discover what being a babysitter really means: a heroic lineage of superpowers, magic rituals, and saving the innocent from seriously terrifying evil. And all before the parents get home.

Read an excerpt from Penguin HERE.

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My Review

THE BABYSITTERS COVEN is, as the book summary states, a mash-up of Adventures in Babysitting and Buffy. These sitters don't know what is going on, but they know something is and do their best to protect those they're supposed to. YA fans who like their stories full of friendship, complex family dynamics, some magic and a little danger will enjoy this one.

I liked the protagonist, Esme, from the start. She's one of those girls who just wants to keep her head down and get through high school as best she can. She's got a good head on her and good instincts. I also really liked her friend Janis and Esme's dad who was trying to raise a teenage daughter as best he could. Cassandra bothered me from the time she enters to almost the very end of the story. There were some other characters, but most of them were fairly one dimensional.

I was mostly curious on what the plot would be and the reasoning behind the girls' powers. Not all of it was explained, so there weren't a lot of details. You kind of have to go on blind faith here. It was interesting though, how things were presented (without spoiling anything I can't give much more than that). The ending definitely builds to a climatic ending with some action and a few twists. I'm definitely curious to see how things turn out in subsequent books. I can see the girls not quite sticking to the rules, especially with some parents involved in the outcome.

I just had a few qualms about the book. There were some really blatant comments and crude descriptions. Obviously a lot of it is the norm in high school, but I don't really want to have to read it in my books, especially in having to deal with it in real life too. At least not quite to the extent here, especially as it really had nothing to do with the story. There's also a lot of acronyms and labels (as an example, Esme's dad was stated as being nerdy for being a Tom Cruse fan and liking Dave Matthews), so depending on the audience they may not even know some of the references or might be offended by them (my daughter doesn't know who Dave Matthews is, but she does love Tom Cruise in the Mission Impossible movies and she shouldn't feel like there's anything wrong with that). Sometimes it's dangerous to be so specific with your audience, particularly if you're attaching a negative connotation to a label or even labeling at all, and using slang too much.

In the end, was it what I wished for? Overall, I enjoyed the story. More so the friendship and family dynamics, as well as the second half of the book where it's fairly clean in content. The magic and the way the sitters' system works is interesting, and I'm looking forward to more details about how it all works as the series continues.

Content: Some crude and blatant gestures and references. Some swearing. Some violence.
Source: I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher through The Fantastic Flying Book Club, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.

About the Author


I'm a YA write or die, originally from Kansas but now living in California.

I've written for Cosmopolitan, NYLON and Seventeen, amongst other magazines, and worked with brands including Urban Outfitters, Vans and Calvin Klein.

The Babysitters Coven is my first novel, but fingers crossed it won't be my last.


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Are you a Buffy fan? Is this one on your TBR?

Check out my moodboard for The Bookwanderers by Anna James (Moodboard)

The Bookwanderers
(Pages & Co. #1)
By Anna James
Middle Grade Fantasy
Hardcover, Paperback & ebook, 288 Pages
September 24th 2019 by Philomel Books

Summary

An enchanting story about the magic of books and the power of imagination from debut author Anna James. Perfect for fans of InkheartThe Land of Stories, and Story Thieves. Soon to be a major television series!

Since her mother's disappearance, eleven-year-old Tilly Pages has found comfort in the stories at Pages & Co., her grandparents' bookshop. But when her favorite characters, Anne of Green Gables and Alice from Wonderland, start showing up at the shop,Tilly's adventures become very real. Not only can she follow Anne and Alice into their books, she discovers she can bookwander into any story she chooses. Tilly's new ability leads her to fun and exciting adventures, but danger may be lurking on the very next page...

When new secrets are uncovered, it's up to Tilly to solve the mystery of what happened to her mother all those years ago. From debut author Anna James comes a charming and exciting adventure about a bookish young heroine, a mysterious librarian, and a magical bookshop that will delight book lovers everywhere.

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Moodboard


I thought some favorite book characters as mentioned in the book summary and noted on the cover, as well as a young girl reading and a bookstore were all perfect to create the mood for this book. To find the original pictures as well as more that aren't included here, check out my Pinterest board here.

About the Author

Anna James is a writer and journalist. She was a school librarian before joining The Bookseller as their Book News Editor. She now writes for a variety of newspapers and magazines, and chairs events at bookshops and literary festivals across the UK. She lives in north London, in a flat full of books. Visit Anna online at anna-james.com. Follow her on Twitter @acaseforbooks.


Tour Schedule

Week One
September 16 –Because.my.mother.read – Creative Instagram Picture
September 17 – Wishful Endings – Moodboard
September 18 – Dad Suggests – Reflection Piece
September 19 – Novel Novice – Top 5 Fictional Characters I’d Like to Meet/Hang out with

Week Two
September 23 – Vicariously & Voraciously – Dream Cast
September 24 – The Bumble Girl – Review + Creative Instagram Picture
September 25 – Brandi O Donnell – Top Five Favorite Quotes 
September 26 – Imaginary Book Stack – Bookstagrammers Interview: What character they would most want to meet, where, etc + Creative Instagram Picture

Week Three
September 30 – Two Points of Interest – Review + Favorite Character + Dinner Theme
October 1 – AEB Book Reviews – Review
Doesn't this book sound so fun?!! What do you think?

An interview with the author... A Treason of Thorns by Laura E. Weymouth (Interview & #Giveaway) @The_FFBC


I featured this book a few months back as my pick for one of my most anticipated reads, so
I'm thrilled to be posting a Q&A with the author. Check that out and the tour giveaway below...

A Treason of Thorns
YA Historical Fantasy
Hardcover & ebook, 352 Pages
September 10th 2019 by HarperTeen

Summary

Violet Sterling has spent the last seven years in exile, longing to return to Burleigh House. One of the six great houses of England, Burleigh’s magic always kept the countryside well. And as a child, this magic kept Violet happy, draping her in flowers while she slept, fashioning secret hiding places for her, and lighting fires on the coldest nights to keep her warm.

Everything shattered, though, when her father committed high treason trying to free Burleigh from the king’s oppressive control. He was killed, and Vi was forced into hiding.

When she’s given a chance to go back, she discovers Burleigh has run wild with grief. Vines and briars are crumbling the walls. Magic that once enriched the surrounding countryside has turned dark and deadly, twisting lush blooms into thorns, poisoning livestock and destroying crops. Burleigh’s very soul is crying out in pain.

Vi would do anything to help, and soon she finds herself walking the same deadly path as her father all those years before. Vi must decide how far she’s willing to go to save her house—before her house destroys everything she’s ever known.

Content warnings are available via the author's website.

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Author Interview

Would you tell us a little more about the main character from A TREASON OF THORNS?

The main character of A Treason of Thorns is Violet Sterling, the dispossessed daughter of a treasonous nobleman, and her family home, Burleigh House. Vi is metaphorically a force of nature—though she has her low moments, she’s untiring in the pursuit of what she thinks is right. Burleigh House is literally a force of nature—as a sentient Great House, it oversees the wellbeing of the countryside, controlling things like weather and crop production.

What one piece of advice would Violet give about living at Burleigh?

Do unto your House as you would have your House do unto you.

What part or aspect of this story do you love the most?

Creating Burleigh. Getting to write a setting that also functions as a character, and to figure out how to convey emotion and intent through things like greenery and weather. I love descriptive writing, so that was a real treat for me!

Did you find anything especially challenging or interesting while researching and writing A TREASON OF THORNS?

It really only comes into the first couple chapters, but I did a lot of research on what the fen country on the east coast of the UK actually looks like, so I could write it convincingly. I spent a lot of time puttering around with maps and on wildlife preserve websites, which for me is always an enjoyable part of the process!

What’s one of your hobbies or something we might not know about you?

Oh man. I feel like my life is more or less an open book on social media! But I can actually embroider really well, I just don’t do it often anymore. Maybe I should take it up again!

What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

Read widely—across multiple genres and categories—and write with abandon. When you start out, don’t write for the market, or with any intention of publishing what you’re working on. Learn your voice and what you love about the craft. Give yourself time to find your footing as a writer before you set your eye on publication. It will hold you in such good stead, to develop confidence in your authorial voice before you start getting rejections.

What book(s) are you anticipating reading this year?

I’m still SO looking forward to THE LIGHT AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WORLD, by London Shah. I got to read a few early drafts of it and can’t wait to get my hands on the finished product!!!! Also THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY, by Alix Harrow, because I’ve got a huge soft spot for portal fantasy.

What are you working on next?

A lot of secret projects 😊

About the Author


Laura Weymouth is a Canadian living in exile in America, and the sixth consecutive generation of her family to immigrate from one country to another. Born and raised in the Niagara region of Ontario, she now lives at the edge of the woods in western New York, along with her husband, two wild-hearted daughters, a spoiled cat, an old soul of a dog, and an indeterminate number of chickens. She is represented by the inimitable Lauren Spieller of TriadaUS.


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Both of Weymouth's books, this one and The Light Between Worlds, are high on my tbr. Are they on yours? What did you think of the interview?

Wayfarer by Janalyn Voigt (Tour Launch & #Giveaway) #WayfarerTour

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Book Tour Launch for
Wayfarer
By Janalyn Voigt

Note from the Author

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the book tour of Wayfarer, a medieval epic fantasy tale. Wayfarer combines Christian allegory with bardic storytelling to carry you backward through time into the day when castles flew banners and knights wandered in search of adventure. Ah, but somewhere along the way you’ll take a turning into a land only discovered in dreams.

Wayfarer is the second book in the Tales of Faeraven series, which tells the story of a nation through the lives and loves of its leaders. Kai and Shae, primary characters from DawnSinger find that their paths intersect in surprising ways. Wayfarer follows Elcon, an untried youth who struggles to prove himself worthy to rule his divided people. Danger comes from a quarter Elcon doesn’t expect, in the form of a beautiful Elder princess desperate to escape her fate. With his betrothed awaiting his return, Elcon makes a choice with far-reaching consequences. Elcon’s decision sets the stage for a final showdown with an ancient foe. At stake is the welfare of every soul in Elderland.

I can relate to Elcon’s strengths and also his weaknesses. I share his tendency to rush in where angels fear to tread and also the self-doubt so at odds with his boldness. And like the new high king of Faeraven, I must continually learn to cast my crowns at the feet of the highest King of all.

Thanks for participating and enjoy the tour!

—Janalyn

Wayfarer
(Tales of Faeraven #2)
By Janalyn Voigt
Fantasy, Christian Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 296 Pages
January 3rd 2014 by Harbourlight Books

Trouble stirs between nations and rebellion threatens Faeraven.

When Kai returns with the supposed DawnKing, Lof Shraen Elcon cannot trust that the Elder youth truly is the prophesied deliverer. Driven to prove himself, Elcon banishes the boy and embarks on a peace-keeping campaign into the Elder lands, where he falls in love with an Elder princess betrothed to another.

Sometimes the deliverance of a nation comes only through the humility of one.

Declaring his love would shame the nations, but Elcon is torn. As war approaches, Elcon̢۪s choices lead him on a journey of discovery that will either settle the lands or leave them mired in conflict. Can his kingdom ever be united, or will the consequences of his decisions forever tear asunder the fabric of Faeraven?

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Tour Schedule

September 16th:
Launch
Pause for Tales
Uplifting Reads
Daughter of Increase
September 17th:
Heidi Reads...
Remembrancy
Colorimetry
Paper Ink & Lizard
September 18th:
I'm Into Books
Bookworm Lisa
Hearts & Scribbles
September 19th:
Jorie Loves A Story
My Devotional Thoughts
Library Lady's Kid Lit
September 20th:
Teatime and Books
Reading On The Edge
Tell Tale Book Reviews
J. L. Mbewe
Jessica Belmont
September 21st:
Grand Finale

Other Books in the Series

DawnSinger
(Tales of Faeraven #1)
By Janalyn Voigt
Fantasy, Christian Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 342 Pages
June 29, 2012 by Harbourlight Books

The High Queen is dying...

At the royal summons, Shae mounts a wingabeast and soars through the air to the high hold of Faeraven, where all is not as it seems. Visions warn her of danger, and a dark soul touches hers in the night. When she encounters an attractive but disturbing musician, her wayward heart awakens.

But then there is Kai, a guardian of Faeraven and of Shae. Secrets bind him to her, and her safety lies at the center of every decision he makes.

On a desperate journey fraught with peril and the unknown, they battle warlike garns, waevens, ferocious raptors, and the wraiths of their own regrets. Yet, they must endure the campaign long enough to release the DawnKing and the salvation he offers into a divided land. To prevail, each must learn that sometimes victory comes only through surrender.

(Affiliate link included.)

About the Author


Janalyn Voigt is a writer and professional speaker with a photography habit and a passion for travel. Her unique blend of adventure, romance, suspense, and fantasy creates worlds of beauty and danger for readers. Tales of Faeraven, her epic fantasy series beginning with DawnSinger, carries readers into a land only imagined in dreams. She is represented by Sarah Joy Freese of Wordserve Literary.


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One winner will receive a $10 Amazon gift card, a reader's journal, and a Tales of Faeraven bookmark (US only)
Ends September 25th, 2019

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Weekly Update #335, we're still in the 100s here...


Welcome to my Weekly Update where I share what's been going on and what's coming up!

I'm linking up to The Sunday Post, hosted by Kimba @ The Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

It's the middle of September and we're still super hot here. Normally by now we'd be in the 90s to 80s, but this year the heat is hanging on. It has been a little cooler than it was the week before though, which means the kids I was as an aide actually get outside recess. They so need to run around. My job is continuing to cut into my time, so this week I'm starting my new schedule where I get up earlier, go to the gym earlier and hopefully get some work done before I go to work. We'll see how that goes. I'd like some time to keep the house picked up and read at night and that hasn't been happening.


This Week


Other Things of Note

My annual Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon is coming up in another week. If interested check it out:

Giveaways

Go enter my monthly giveaway (for a book of the winner's choice):

Last Week

Sweet Melody by Heidi McCahan (Tour Grand Finale & #Giveaway) #SweetMelTour

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Book Tour Grand Finale for
Sweet Melody
By Heidi McCahan

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

Launch - Note from the Author

. . . Sweet Melody is more than just a romance about a songwriter and a bakery owner. It’s also a story about failure, how we cope with unspeakable heartache, and what we do when our dreams don’t come true in the way we’d imagined or expected. Whatever you’re going through right now, I hope this novel inspires you, offers a temporary escape from your current reality, and reminds you of the hope that is found in walking with a God who loves you unconditionally.

Happy reading!
Heidi McCahan

Uplifting Reads - Review

"I was drawn to this book description right off the bat because it combines two of my favorite storylines - a bakery and a musician. . . . Watching the two of them grow together just made me feel happy inside. I may or may not have had misty eyes toward the end of the book. I want to be able to peek in on them later on, and have a feeling we'll be able to, as this is just the first book in the series. And I have a good guess as to who will be the focus in the second book. I'll be watching for it!"

Hallie Reads - Review

"Heidi McCahan’s Sweet Melody easily proves to be as sweet as the title and cover suggest. Focusing on dreams and failures and sweet, sweet romance, it’s a perfect read for contemporary romance fans. I recommend it and look forward to seeing more Seabrook stories, hopefully, in the future."

Pause for Tales - Review

"What a sweet love story this was. . . . This had just the right amount of romantic tension and a story line that kept me glued to the pages. I look forward to more stories by author McCahan."

Colorimetry - Guest Post

Lindsay Carmichael and Rhett Foster are the heroine and hero of Sweet Melody. This manuscript evolved through multiple re-writes, mentoring from Susan May Warren and the incredible editing insights shared by Kristin Avila. Here are a few key details that inspired the development of both Lindsay and Rhett. . .

Remembrancy - Review

'The charming Washington coastal town of Seabrook will have you planning your next vacation while the descriptions of the goodies Lindsay offers at her bakery will have you salivating. The attraction between Rhett and Lindsay is instantaneous and builds from their first meeting and left me anxious for more. . . . Hopefully, readers will get more of Seabrook and this group of friends in future books from McCahan (because I really want to learn more about Cat and Micah!).'

Faithfully Bookish - Interview

Share your inspiration behind Sweet Melody.

H: My family and I visited Seabrook over ten years ago and I was instantly smitten. I think it is a wonderful setting for a novel or possibly a whole series. As the book was launching, we were at Seabrook celebrating my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary, which was a lovely full-circle moment.

B: How sweet! Congratulations to your parents!


"On the one hand, the plot is a familiar one – girl meets boy, attraction and friendship soon grow into something more, but certain facts are held back that could crush any chance for a positive outcome – yet the skill and execution of author Heidi McCahan elevates the story to so much more. It’s a fun, heartwarming, emotionally engaging read with compelling spiritual truths gently woven in. I was hooked from the beginning and enjoyed every minute spent with these characters."

I'm Into Books - Guest Post (with a sweet recipe)

Scones are a popular treat at bakeries and coffee shops. In Sweet Melody, Lindsay serves scones at her bakery, Sugar Buzz, so I thought it would be fun to include a recipe for my favorite scone, the glazed cranberry orange. Sally’s Baking Addiction features a lot of fantastic recipes and I often visit this website when I need a fun dessert or special treat for our family.


"Sweet Melody will have you booking a trip to the cozy coastal town of Seabrook, the real-life town coming alive under the author’s talented scene-setting. Layered and engaging characters become instant friends, and I’m looking forward to the stories still to come from this delightful mix of people. Faith, family, friendship, and chasing dreams combine with a sweet and swoony romance to give readers a compelling and thoroughly enjoyable story from start to finish. If you’re a fan of Hallmark movies or Irene Hannon’s Hope Harbor series, you’ll want to grab a copy of Sweet Melody for yourself!"


The front door opened, and a twenty-something guy came in, wearing a tight-fitting black T-shirt, ripped jeans and black work boots. Huh. Definitely not a local. With his brown hair swooped upward and classic handsome features, he looked like a front man for a band. Or the cover model for a romance novel. His caramel-colored gaze found hers, so intense. A delicious tingle swept across her neck then danced around to her cheeks. She couldn’t look away even if she wanted to.

"Hi.” She squeaked out a greeting.

Quinn’s eyes widened. “Hey.” He moved closer, his gait easy and confident. “Do you know where I might find the owner or manager?”

Lindsay couldn’t stop a frown. Did she not look qualified to be in charge? Granted, she probably seemed younger than twenty-four, in jeans and frilly apron over her yellow T-shirt. Still, he didn’t have to jump to conclusions.

“I’m she. I mean, this is her.” Oh brother. Maybe she was too young. Or he was too good-looking.

Bookworm Lisa - Review & Guest Post (with a sweet recipe)

My parents bought a lodge in Alaska when I was a baby, so I spent a lot of my childhood watching my parents and grandparents prepare food and serve it to our customers. It wasn’t safe for me to be near the oven and grill, but I was allowed to climb up on a stool and hang around my mom while she baked pies and cookies in the evenings after the lodge was closed. I have fond memories of “sneaking” chocolate chips from the Nestle Toll House bag while she prepared the cookie dough. . .

"This book is a "happily-ever-after" but there is a ton of story from the beginning to the end. At times I wondered how in the heck the two would work things out. What I got was a story that had depth and a great storyline. I am definitely glad that I took the opportunity to read this book."


Mr. Perfect could be real trouble.

Not that he wasn’t qualified. He was more than qualified. He made the best vanilla latte she’d had in months, possibly ever. And he was telling the truth about his past—a simple Google search confirmed his story.

But serious amounts of time around that smile, those caramel eyes and the way his voice spilled out so effortlessly, doing crazy things to her insides … yeah, good thing it was a part-time temporary gig. She needed her full attention—


"McCahan has a gentle style to her INSPY Contemporary Romances - she lets you drink in the world she is creating for you first, gives you time to find feet inside the story and grants you this lovely place where despite the fact there are moments of adversity, there is a willingness to seek out the unexpected and the good in order to overcome what is giving the characters the most stress and anxiety to overcome. . . . McCahan has definitely thought hard about how she wanted the Seabrook Romances to look, feel and taste to the reader and it is a delight to curl inside this entrance of the series to see where the foundation will not just begin but will give wings to where future installments could continue forward from here."


In a library or a bookstore – what section do you head to first?

The new releases always grab my attention in a bookstore. Our library always has a clever display featured front and center and I usually stop there first. Basically I can’t walk past an interesting arrangement of books without stopping to explore my options.


"Such a beautiful romance with a beautiful setting. . . . I recommend it for readers who enjoy a sweet, clean and light romance with inspiration and faith."

Wishful Endings - Guest Post

I decided to write a book featuring Seabrook as the setting because my family and I have enjoyed several wonderful vacations in this gorgeous coastal community. When you read Sweet Melody, I hope you’ll get a small taste of this amazing part of Washington State and maybe you’ll take the time to visit Seabrook too. . .


"If you're looking for your next sweet romance... nothing could be sweeter than Sweet Melody, pun fully intended. Oh what a cute romance story this was. . . . Sweet Melody was a quick and fun read... I finished it in less than a day! It had a great flow that kept me intrigued right to the last page."


A lot of romances these days include food, as in a character owns a bakery or the like. What is it about this that makes these romances so appealing to readers?

My editor asked me to answer this question because she wanted me to show readers why Lindsay, the heroine in Sweet Melody, cared so much about her bakery and her motivation for launching a food truck. In my opinion, the kind of food one finds at a bakery, especially during a trip or a vacation, provokes happy thoughts and positive emotions. What’s not to love about a cake pop or a cupcake? Readers want to feel good and reading about yummy food recreates positive experiences and memories that also make the reading experience even more enjoyable.


"I really did love the way the attraction and romance brewed between these main characters (pun intended, as the hero was the barista). . . . I really enjoyed this book and the community that was introduced in it. I look forward to returning to Seabrook and reading future stories set there."

Among the Reads - Review

"Sweet Melody is delightful and filled with romance. . . . Sweet Melody was very enjoyable. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys sweet romantic fiction."


"I found Sweet Melody to be such a heartwarming read. The chemistry between Rhett and Lindsay was so charming and vibrant throughout the entire book. I also enjoyed the overall theme of resilience in the face of deep personal struggle."

Splashes of Joy - Review

"This was my first book by author Heidi McCahan, and I really enjoyed this story. The blend of characters throughout the story developed very well as they told their story. . . . the author pulls everything together so smoothly and gives readers the perfect ending to the story."


"This book is such a cute story. Lindsay was determined to make her business work. The characters were so much fun."


“There’s something about this beach—it will cure what ails you.” She moved past him and started down the stairs. “I joke all the time that the marketing people sneak out at night and inject a secret ingredient into the air. No one believes me, of course.”

“A complex hypothesis like that doesn’t get much support, huh? Shocking.”

She paused and fired a playful look over her shoulder. “Don’t mock me.”

He held up both palms and tried not to laugh. “No mockery here. I’m sure your top-secret injection theory is spot on.”

“You wait and see. Fifteen minutes in, and you’ll forget whatever was bothering you.” She pivoted and trotted down the next flight of stairs.

His smile faded. If only that were true.


"The characters were cleverly and realistically developed., and while there were no major surprises in the story, it was well-executed on every level. If you love old-time romance with food trucks, bakeries, and country music, this is for you!"

Jypsylynn - Review

"This is a feel good clean contemporary romance with quaint small town vibes and aromatic lattes. It's a very good read overall for fans of the genre. I recommend for something light, happy and a little bit spicy!"


"It is purely delightful and so very sweet. The author is a new to me author and I loved her writing style and her characters are likeable which made reading this novel a pleasant weekend read. The coastal setting was perfect, the close friendships are such a nice touch because there is no jealousy between them and they want to help each other no matter what. . . . Grab a copy of this book and a cup off coffee and enjoy this heartwarming novel."

Batya's Bits - Review

"I really really enjoyed reading this book. It was such a comfortable and easy read. . . . The author’s writing style was awesome. Even though it was a romance novel, the book wasn’t swimming with heated scenes. It was very clean to read. I enjoyed it immensely. I hope to read more from this author."

Tell Tale Book Reviews - Guest Post (with a sweet recipe)

Here in the South, pound cakes are a staple at family gatherings, church functions and any occasion that calls for a delightful sweet treat. We love our pound cake around here. There are probably hundreds of recipes and iterations available, but this one caught my eye because the author states her mother has been making this pound cake for more than thirty years. It’s apparently a crowd-pleaser and an award-winner. . .


That text message was burning a hole in his pocket.

Rhett grabbed a white ceramic mug from the stack nestled beside the bakery’s espresso machine and poured in a generous shot of hazelnut syrup. Brandi’s text filtered through his head while he pulled the shot of coffee.

I played our song for Paige Tyson. She loved it! Amazing, right? Her manager wants to know when we can finish it??

Ha! How about never? He added the coffee to the mug, then reached for the frothing pitcher full of milk. Empty.


"A sweet book that will make you drool throughout with a coastal backdrop as the setting. . . . I strongly recommend this book. Maybe you've been through mine and Rhetts situation in your life along the way. Have past hurts that need forgiven. Talk to the Lord my reader friends. He will point you the way. Forgive and love while that person is still there. You won't regret it."

Cover Lover Book Review - Review & Guest Post (with a sweet recipe)

"I had so much fun reading this sweet story! Though Sweet Melody is light and fun, it still carries plenty of substance. . . . This is the first book I’ve read by Heidi McCahan, and I plan to seek out more of her work. Her writing style is easy to read, and her characters are well developed."

A shout out to the brilliant soul who created the cake pop! Cake on a stick? Yes, please. In real life, I listen to a podcast that features a woman who used to make cake pops for a living, but didn’t own a bakery. It was more of a side hustle that made her friends and family happy. That’s how cake pops ended up playing a supporting role in Sweet Melody, because I needed a treat that appealed to a wide variety of customers and symbolized the happiness and contentment Lindsay longs to offer her customers at Sugar Buzz. Like Lindsay says in Sweet Melody, “Who doesn’t love a cake pop?” . . .

Harlie's Books - Excerpt & Review

From the first verse, the mood of the gathering shifted as Rhett’s tone dived deep and took on a mournful, seasoned quality—as though he’d lived every minute of the pain he crooned about.

Lindsay gripped the armrests of her chair, hanging on every note, captivated by the emotional journey of the songwriter. Captivated by Rhett. The chorus and subsequent verse told a powerful story of unrequited love, then came to an abrupt end as Rhett stopped playing.

“That’s all I’ve written so far.” He shifted in his chair. “Sorry.”

They were all staring with rapt attention. Clearly, she wasn’t the only one who wanted more.

"I’m just going to say it. I loved this book from the start. From the setting to the characters, to the plot and especially how I felt after reading it. Peeps this is a sweet contemporary romance with inspirational undertones to it. . . . I found that while reading the book, my heart opened and made me take stock in certain parts of my own life. . . . Do yourself a favor a pick up this gem of a book."

Don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end of this post...

Sweet Melody
(Seabrook Romance #1)
By Heidi McCahan
Christian Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 242 Pages
August 1st 2019

When a struggling bakery owner is rescued by a wannabe songwriter with hidden culinary talents, they discover they can make sweet harmony … if they can only learn to work together.

Rhett Foster longs to change the world with his music, yet he can’t even finish writing one song. Battered by a string of failures and disillusioned, he returns home to Portland, Oregon. While he desperately wants to create a chart-topping hit, his dad mandates a new mission: move to coastal vacation hotspot Seabrook, Washington and expand the family’s successful restaurant chain.

In danger of destroying her late parents’ legacy if she doesn’t diversify her menu, Lindsay Carmichael will try anything to save her bakery. But with a tiny budget and an injured employee who can’t work, she has no choice but to sink the last of her savings into buying a dilapidated food truck and hiring Rhett as a part-time barista. What she doesn’t know is that the handsome songwriter has a secret … one that could destroy her business and her heart.

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About the Author


Heidi secretly dreamed of writing a book for most of her childhood, but a particularly painful rejection letter in middle school convinced her to tuck that dream away. Instead, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington and a Master’s Degree in Athletic Training from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. After a brief career as a Certified Athletic Trainer, Heidi married her husband Steve, then she dusted off her big dream of becoming a published author and launched her first contemporary romance into the world in 2014. A huge fan of coffee, dark chocolate, and happily ever after, Heidi currently lives in North Carolina with Steve, three active boys and one amazing Goldendoodle.



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