Check out a Q&A with the author... A Thousand Fires by Shannon Price (Interview & #Giveaway)


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A Thousand Fires
By Shannon Price
YA Suspense, Thriller
Hardcover & ebook, 304 Pages
November 5th 2019 by Tor Teen

Summary

Shannon Price's A Thousand Fires is a breakout contemporary debut―think The Outsiders meets The Iliad―that's perfect for fans of Courtney Summers and Veronica Roth.

10 Years. 3 Gangs. 1 Girl’s Epic Quest…


Valerie Simons knows the city's gang wars are dangerous—her own brother was killed by the Boars two years ago. But nothing will sway her from joining the elite and beautiful Herons to avenge his death—a death she feels responsible for.

But when Valerie is recruited by the mysterious Stags, their charismatic and volatile leader Jax promises to help her get revenge. Torn between old love and new loyalty, Valerie fights to stay alive as she races across the streets of San Francisco to finish the mission that got her into the gangs.  

Praise for A THOUSAND FIRES

"A Thousand Fires pulls you in close and shows you the essence of what it means to keep fighting. Shannon Price is one to watch." ―Gwenda Bond, New York Times bestselling author of Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds
"Brutal and beautiful, A THOUSAND FIRES broke my heart. A fast-paced tragedy of love, betrayal, and vengeance." ―Heidi Heilig, author of FOR A MUSE OF FIRE

"Modern, unflinching and filled with haunting, lingering imagery, A Thousand Fires gives the story of the Iliad the bare-knuckled update it deserves." ―Colleen Oakes, author of The Black Coats

"Fast-paced... Vivid descriptions and intricate details bring San Francisco to life ... A promising debut." ―Kirkus
"A heart-wrenching tale... action-packed and intense... A fantastic read." ―School Library Journal   

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Interview

Would you tell us a little more about Valerie and Jax, the main characters from A THOUSAND FIRES?

Valerie is a character who’s trapped. Having lost her brother at a young age and feeling like it’s her fault, she’s paralyzed by her grief and fixates on one way to break out of it (even if that’s not the healthiest of ways, by any means). Jax, on the other hand, has always felt free to do what he wants. When they meet, Val is struck by Jax’s recklessness, and Jax in turn is drawn to Val because he admires her sole focus on what she wants. Once he decides to help her, he doesn’t really care about the consequences or that the other Stags don’t understand why. It’s what he wants, and that’s all Jax cares about.

What one piece of advice would Valerie give about surviving in the gangs?

Keep your mouth shut.

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

Writing Jax was such a blast. He’s the Achilles-figure, so there was a lot of rich source material for me to work. Achilles has been portrayed in so many ways over the centuries, and it was fun to decide which shade of him I wanted to display in my book.

Did you find anything especially interesting while researching, or challenging while writing A THOUSAND FIRES?

Working with a source material like the Iliad was really daunting—I wanted to honor the text without writing a scene-by-scene retelling. In the end, there are some plot points that are more obviously a nod to Homer’s epic than others. My hope is that readers who are familiar with the story pick up on those elements, while others who haven’t read the Iliad might be intrigued enough by ATF to do so.

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

I love baking and baking shows—I rewatch The Great British Bakeoff all the time, and it usually inspires me to go make something myself.

What book are you currently reading or what three books are on your tbr?

Currently reading Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin. The writing is really beautiful and it’s full of witches and twisty secrets—perfect for this time of year!

About the Author


SHANNON PRICE is a proud Filipina-American and Bay Area native. She once led an a cappella group for three years despite not knowing how to read music, and she carries that same level of confidence in every area of her life. When not writing, she can be found watching baking shows, exploring old bookstores, and going to the beach as often as she can.

Her debut novel A Thousand Fires is a YA reimagining of the Iliad set in modern day San Francisco. She is represented by Elana Roth Parker of Laura Dail Literary Agency and thanks her lucky stars that she is.

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A story of heartbreak, friendship, and second chances... Maggie's Place by Annette Haws (Review & #Giveaway) @covenantlds



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Maggie's Place
By Annette Haws
Adult Contemporary, Women's Fiction, Christmas, Suspense, LDS
Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 272 Pages
November 1st 2019 by Covenant Communications

Summary

Years ago, Mary Margaret Sullivan changed her name, boxed up her previous life, moved into the Eagle Gate Apartments, and hid her painful memories in her chicken-wire storage unit in the basement. But secrets have an inconvenient way of surfacing when least expected.

Three weeks before Christmas, an elegant man in a penthouse, a young woman named Carly—homeless and ill with pneumonia—and two calculating thieves invade Maggie's carefully reconstructed life, and in different ways, each is connected to Maggie's difficult past. As Maggie and friends nurse Carly back to health, hearts begin to heal with a hope for the future. But all is not as it seems. When faced with the shocking truth, Maggie must rely on her wits, her friends, and her own strength as never before.

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My Review

MAGGIE'S PLACE is part women's fiction and part suspense. It's a story of heartbreak, loss, and mistakes, but also friendship, forgiveness, and second chances. It's full of charming, quirky, and sweet characters that readers will fall in love with, and how their lives connect in complex ways. Definitely recommended to women's fiction and LDS fiction readers.

These characters! What a riot these ladies were!! I loved them all immensely! I also fell in love with Carly and Ed. I loved the motley crew these characters make and the way they interact with each other. Their lives have such a full history and they're in the latter end, and yet they're still learning and developing friendships. There were so many laugh-out-loud moments as well as sweet ones. Then there were moments that made me want to cry, that were heartbreaking. Add to that the suspense elements and the situation Carly finds herself in. It was the perfect balance of a slue of emotions and plot twists that kept this story entertaining and heartfelt from beginning to end.

Just a note about this book... I wasn't sure, at first, if this was a general market release or a religious one. For those not members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, there aren't any religious moments or preaching. The characters are members of the church and there are some cultural references, but nothing that those not members wouldn't understand. It's more of a background to the characters and the downtown setting of Salt Lake City, Utah.

In the end, was it what I wished for? I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked this up, but I definitely enjoyed this story. It was engaging from the first to the last page, with lovable characters, and a story full of heart with plenty of intrigue. Highly recommended!

Content: Some violence and blunt references.
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

A people watcher from an early age and a native of a small college town on the northern edge of Utah, Annette Haws examines the tribulations and the foibles of characters playing their parts on a small stage. A graduate of Utah State University, Annette also did honors graduate work in American Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Iowa and the University of Utah. Annette’s best memories from her years teaching in the public school system are coaching mock trial and a; particularly, an all girls team of ninth-graders that advanced to win the state championship.

After spending fourteen years in the classroom, Annette set aside her denim skirts and practical shoes to pursue her interest in writing fiction. Three of her short stories, “Fish Stories,” “The Gift of Tongues,” and “Come to Zion” have been published in Dialogue Journal. Her first novel about the travails of a school teacher, WAITING FOR THE LIGHT TO CHANGE, won Best of State, A Whitney Award for Best Fiction, and the League of Utah Writers award for best published fiction. Her second novel, THE ACCIDENTAL MARRIAGE, a delightful story of a new marriage that runs amuck, was released in December of 2013. In MAGGIE’S PLACE, Ms. Haws tackles young love, homelessness, suicide, knitting, dementia, and the personal baggage that encumbers people entering the third act of their lives.

She is the mother of four above average children and is the spouse of a patient husband. She’s available for entertaining book club presentations on Skype or in person. She would love to hear from you at annette_haws@yahoo.com.


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Tips in Recognizing the "Swarm"... Every Stolen Breath by Kimberly Gabriel (Guest Post, Moodboard & #Giveaway) @The_FFBC


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Every Stolen Breath
By Kimberly Gabriel
YA Suspense, Thriller
Hardcover, Audiobook & ebook, 336 Pages
November 5th 2019 by Blink

Summary

The Swarm is unrecognizable, untraceable, and unpredictable—random attacks on the streets of Chicago by a mob of crazed teens that leaves death in its wake. It’s been two years since the last attack, but Lia Finch has found clues that reveal the Swarm is ready to claim a new victim.

Lia is the only one still pursuing her father’s killers, two years after attorney Steven Finch’s murder by the Swarm. Devastated and desperate for answers, Lia will do anything to uncover the reasons behind his death and to stop someone else from being struck down. But due to debilitating asthma and PTSD that leaves her with a tenuous hold on reality, Lia is the last person to mount a crusade on her own.

After a close encounter with the Swarm puts Lia on their radar, she teams up with a teen hacker, a reporter, and a mysterious stranger who knows firsthand how the mob works. Together, they work to uncover the master puppeteer behind the group. Though if Lia and her network don’t stop the person pulling the strings—and fast—Lia may end up the next target.

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Guest Post: Tips in Recognizing the "Swarm"
  • The Swarm attacks in crowded, public spaces.
  • The average age of its participants ranges from 15 to 21.
  • Be suspicious of teens wearing heavily concealing clothing. This might include but is not limited to hats, hoodies, scarves, gloves, sunglasses.
  • Be suspicious of teens who seem to be alone, especially if you can spot several of them scattered throughout the crowd.
  • Be suspicious of teens constantly checking their cell phones like they are waiting for a signal.
  • If you start to hear or see dozens of cell phones going off at once, run.

Moodboard


When I think of a swarm I think of bees, so I wanted to include them in this. I also wanted to include an eeriness among strangers and crowds in the city, that I felt matched this book, and particularly the "Swarm." Then there's Lia who is investigating her attorney father's murder, and mention of a reporter, a hacker, and a mysterious stranger. I hope you get a feel of all of this in the moodboard. To find the original pictures as well as more that aren't included here, check out my Pinterest board here.

About the Author


Kimberly Gabriel started writing in fourth grade when she wrote, bound, and gave away books of terrible poetry to family and teachers as holiday gifts. Today she is an English teacher, who still squanders all free minutes to write and uses it as the best scapegoat for her laundry avoidance issues. When she is not teaching or writing, Kimberly is enjoying life with her husband, her three beautiful children, and a seriously beautiful boxer in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Every Stolen Breath is her debut novel and a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection.


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Read an excerpt from A Silver Willow by the Shore by Kelli Stuart (Excerpt & #Giveaway) #SilvWilPrism @PrismBookTours


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A Silver Willow by the Shore
By Kelli Stuart
Adult Historical, Contemporary, Time-Slip
Paperback & ebook, 380 Pages
October 15th 2019 by Fine Print Writing Press

Summary

How do you face the future if you don’t know your own past?

When an unexpected pregnancy changes her dreams, seventeen-year-old Annie tries to keep it from her mother and her grandmother. But secrets have a way of coming out. In a household of strong women, the arrival of a new life sets off a spiral of truth that reveals a past full of whispers and lies—a past that existed in another world under the heavy hand of Soviet oppression. This history has dictated the circumstances of the present, but hope, redemption, and forgiveness will grow in the rocky places of these generational differences.

A Silver Willow by the Shore is the story of the unshakeable love between mothers and daughters and of the impact that past decisions can have on present day circumstances. This novel weaves together the stories of generations of women, from the gulags of 1930’s Siberia, to the quiet oppression of 1980’s Soviet Moscow, to present day Tennessee. It is an unforgettable narrative of the treachery of secrets, and of the light that unites the heart of a family.

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Excerpt

Walking to the large window that overlooks the city, Nina takes in the lights. She focuses in on her reflection in the window. She’s older now than she was then. Her face is more drawn, eyelids a little heavier. Gone is the innocence of that young girl who came to America, certain that she’d prove her mother wrong. In her place is a grown woman who is less sure now than she was twenty years ago—a woman who wants nothing more than to hear her mother say “I love you.”

About the Author


Kelli is a wife, mother, novelist, and the driver of a smoking' hot minivan. When she isn't wrangling her five children, she can be found tapping away at the keyboard. Kelli is the award winning author of Like a River From Its Course, her debut novel which won the ACFW Carol Award for Best Historical and was nominated for two Christy Awards. Kelli is also the co-author of Life Creative: Inspiration for Today's Renaissance Mom with Wendy Speake. You can find more information on her life and writings at www.kellistuart.com.


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Weekly Update #343, thank goodness for breaks...


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.

This past week was another busy one. I had something almost every night which made keeping on top of reading and tours a bit of a challenge. The kids at work were also having a tough time and there were some fights on Friday. Definitely makes me super happy for school being out in honor of Veteran's Day on Monday. I hope to get caught up on some things and also spend some wonderful time with the kids. 


This Week


New Books

It's definitely fall release time and I've been getting a bunch of fun bookmail every week, but still need to take a picture of last week's haul. I did share the October NerdyPost box on Instagram today though:

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Last Week

New Releases/#Free & Bargain Books for November 4th - November 10th #freebook #booksale #booklinkup #booklinky


Here are the New Releases / Free & Bargain Books, hosted by
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A Medieval romance not to be missed... The Heart of the Rebellion by Sian Ann Bessey (Review & #Giveaway) @covenantlds


I love the contrasts found in this time period with its fierce warriors, sweet, but tough
maidens, and beautiful, but harsh lands. Read my review and enter the tour giveaway below...

The Heart of the Rebellion
By Sian Ann Bessey
Adult Historical Romance
Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 276 Pages
November 1st 2019 by Covenant Communications

Summary

September 1400

King Richard II of England is dead. And after three years in His Majesty's service, Rhys ap Tudor and his brother Gwilym are finally free to return to their ancestral home in North Wales. Their long anticipated homecoming is overshadowed, however, by the harsh changes they encounter in their once peaceful land. The new king, Henry IV, rules with an iron fist, and the country is ripe for rebellion. Instantly thrust into the forefront of the conflict, the proud Tudor brothers enter the fight for their freedom.

Lady Catrin Buckley is alert to the unrest swirling around her. As the daughter of an English father and a Welsh mother, she knows too well the trouble her lineage poses. Her own battle, however, is one of the heart: she is to be married to a man she neither knows nor loves. Then an unexpected encounter with the enigmatic Rhys ap Tudor changes everything. Soon, Catrin finds herself swept into a rebellion that could not only change history but also rewrite her own future.

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My Review

THE HEART OF THE REBELLION is a story readers will love with its lush setting, charming characters, and a plot to cheer on as these characters fight for their freedom. Highly recommended!

It was so easy to love these characters! From the start, Rhys and his brothers hd a natural bond full of care for each other and humor that I just adored. I especially loved Rhys as he was strong and brave, but also kind and intelligent. Then there was Catrin... she was also fierce in her own way, but also kind and sweet. I appreciated how well these characters were fleshed out and that their dialogue and actions allowed me to feel a connection grow between them. I never felt that I had to be told the story, but rather experienced it with them. The romance slowly buildt over the course of the book and is charmingly sweet to the very end.

This was also a story with a very well written plot. I find this time period to be very intriguing and the story only increased my interest. I also love stories where characters are the underdogs but fight anyway for something that is so important, and here the Welshmen are fighting for their freedom against England and the burden their people are continually put under. It's a noble cause that I could easily get behind. The author didn't sugar coat the difficulties and challenges these characters faced, but she didn't go into gory details, and still conveyed what she needed to.

In the end, was it what I wished for? I loved this story from beginning to end! It's definitely a book I will be recommended to others and would also be a good book club read. If you're a sweet historical romance fan, do not skip this one!

Content: Some violence, but clean.
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

Sian Ann Bessey was born in Cambridge, England, but grew up on the island of Anglesey off the coast of North Wales. She left her homeland to attend Brigham Young University in Utah, where she earned a bachelor's degree in communications with a minor in English.

She began her writing career as a student, publishing several magazine articles while still in college. Since then she has published historical romance and romantic suspense novels, along with a variety of children's books.

Although Sian doesn't have the opportunity to speak Welsh very often anymore, she can still wrap her tongue around, "Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch." She loves to travel and experience other cultures, but when she's home, her favorite activities are spending time with her family, cooking, and reading.


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Read an excerpt from Her Christmas Pregnancy Surprise by Jennifer Faye (Excerpt & #Giveaway) #HCPSPrism


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Her Christmas Pregnancy Surprise
By Jennifer Faye
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 256 Pages
November 1st 2019 by Harlequin Romance

Summary

A festive reunion…

…with an unexpected gift!

When Pepper Kane’s home and bakery are burned down in the weeks before Christmas, billionaire CEO Simon Ross—the man she spent one unforgettable night with—comes to the rescue! Pepper knows this playboy doesn’t do relationships, but staying with him in his penthouse and caring for an abandoned puppy, their spark is rekindled… And then comes a festive surprise that shocks them both: she’s carrying his baby!

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Excerpt

He knew he should hurry. He didn’t have that much time to get out of the city and to his country estate, where the big Christmas celebration was taking place. But he didn’t move a muscle as he stood there watching Pepper do her thing. Each golden caramel corkscrew was then placed atop a cupcake. They looked too good to eat.

When Pepper had finished with all the cupcakes, she straightened, glanced at him and blinked, as though she’d forgotten that he was still there waiting to talk to her. And then her gaze moved to the clock above his head.

“I have to hurry.” Her beautiful face creased with worry lines.

“What happens if you don’t finish these?” He knew the stakes were high, but he wondered how high they were.

Pepper shook her head as she boxed up the cupcakes. “That can’t happen.”

He moved next to her, placing a lid on the full box. “Pepper, stop for just a moment.”

She turned to him. “Simon, I’m sorry. I just don’t have time to talk. I have a very important party.”

“That’s the thing.”

“What’s the thing?”

His gaze met hers. “The party. It’s mine.”

“Yours?” She shook her head. “I spoke with a woman. Elaine something or other. I have her full name written on the order. And this party is in Connecticut.”

He nodded. “Elaine Haskins is my assistant and the party is at my country home.”

Pepper’s face creased with lines of frustration. She didn’t say a word as she digested the information.

“I’m sorry,” he said. “This is my fault. Everyone was so impressed with you at the office party that Elaine added you to our catering list. After what happened between us, I forgot to say anything to her. I totally understand you wanting to cancel—”

“Cancel?” Her shoulders straightened and she lifted her chin slightly. “I’m not canceling.”

About the Author


Award-winning author, Jennifer Faye pens fun, heartwarming contemporary romances with rugged cowboys, sexy billionaires and enchanting royalty. Internationally published with books translated into nine languages. She is a two-time winner of the RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Award, the CataRomance Reviewers' Choice Award, named a TOP PICK author, and been nominated for numerous other awards.


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Happy release to Find Me Their Bones by @Sara_Wolf1 with @chapterxchapter & @EntangledTeen



I loved the first book in this series (read my review here) and
am looking forward to reading book two! Check it out below...

Find Me Their Bones
(Bring Me Their Hearts #2)
By Sara Wolf
YA Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, ? Pages
November 4th 2019 by Entangled Teen

Summary

No one can save her.

In order to protect Prince Lucien d’Malvane’s heart, Zera had to betray him. Now, he hates the sight of her. Trapped in Cavanos as a prisoner of the king, she awaits the inevitable moment her witch severs their magical connection and finally ends her life.

But fate isn't ready to give her up just yet.

With freedom coming from the most unlikely of sources, Zera is given a second chance at life as a Heartless. But it comes with a terrible price. As the king mobilizes his army to march against the witches, Zera must tame an elusive and deadly valkerax trapped in the tunnels underneath the city if she wants to regain her humanity.

Winning over a bloodthirsty valkerax? Hard. Winning back her friends before war breaks out? A little harder.

But a Heartless winning back Prince Lucien’s heart?

The hardest thing she’s ever done.

The Bring Me Their Hearts series is best enjoyed in order.
Book #1 Bring Me Their Hearts
Book #2 Find Me Their Bones

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Bring Me Their Hearts
(Bring Me Their Hearts #1)
By Sara Wolf
YA Fantasy
Hardcover & ebook, 400 Pages
June 5th 2018 by Entangled Teen

Summary

Zera is a Heartless—the immortal, unaging soldier of a witch. Bound to the witch Nightsinger ever since she saved her from the bandits who murdered her family, Zera longs for freedom from the woods they hide in. With her heart in a jar under Nightsinger’s control, she serves the witch unquestioningly.

Until Nightsinger asks Zera for a prince’s heart in exchange for her own, with one addendum: if she’s discovered infiltrating the court, Nightsinger will destroy Zera’s heart rather than see her tortured by the witch-hating nobles.

Crown Prince Lucien d’Malvane hates the royal court as much as it loves him—every tutor too afraid to correct him and every girl jockeying for a place at his darkly handsome side. No one can challenge him—until the arrival of Lady Zera. She’s inelegant, smart-mouthed, carefree, and out for his blood. The prince’s honor has him quickly aiming for her throat.

So begins a game of cat and mouse between a girl with nothing to lose and a boy who has it all.

Winner takes the loser’s heart.

Literally.

Read my review HERE.

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About the Author


Sara Wolf lives in Portland, Oregon, where the sun can’t get her anymore. When she isn’t pouring her allotted life force into writing, she’s reading, accidentally burning houses down whilst baking, or making faces at her highly appreciative cat. She is also the author of the NYT bestselling Lovely Vicious series.