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Check out a mood board for this YA time-slip... Words Composed of Sea and Sky by Erica George + Instagram #Giveaway! #yalit #yabooks #timeslip #moodboard @favouritepages


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Words Composed of Sea and Sky
YA Time-Slip Romance
Paperback & ebook, 368 Pages
May 25, 2021 by Running Press Kids

Summary

This modern summer romance set on Cape Cod features two young adult poets divided by centuries.

Michaela Dunn, living on present day Cape Cod, dreams of getting into an art school, something her family just doesn't understand. When her stepfather refuses to fund a trip for a poetry workshop, Michaela finds the answer in a local contest searching for a poet to write the dedication plaque for a statue honoring Captain Benjamin Churchill, a whaler who died at sea 100 years ago.

She struggles to understand why her town venerates Churchill, an almost mythical figure whose name adorns the school team and various tourist traps. When she discovers the 1862 diary of Leta Townsend, however, she gets a glimpse of Churchill that she didn't quite anticipate. In 1862, Leta Townsend writes poetry under the name Benjamin Churchill, a boy who left for sea to hunt whales. Leta is astonished when Captain Churchill returns after his rumored death. She quickly falls for him. But is she falling for the actual captain or the boy she constructed in her imagination?


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About the Author


Erica George is a writer of young adult fiction. She is a graduate of The College of New Jersey with degrees in both English and education, and is currently an MFA student at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She resides in scenic northern New Jersey, but spends her summers soaking up the salty sea air on Cape Cod.

Many themes in Erica’s writing rotate around environmental activism and helping young people find their voice. When she’s not writing, you can find her exploring river towns, whale watching, or engrossed in quality British drama with her dog at her side.


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Check out a Q&A with the author of this YA fantasy... Crownless by M. H. Woodscourt (Interview & #Giveaway) #yalit #yafantasy @XpressoTours


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Crownless
By M. H. Woodscourt
YA Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 303 Pages
June 19, 2021 by True North Press

Summary

A fugitive storyteller running out of time. A prince hiding from his mother. A kingdom on the brink of collapse. A search for a world of magic.

Convinced his tales are true, storyteller Jinji is determined to find the legendary fae realm of Shinac to save his world from a dread lord trying to cross over—before a fatal illness ends Jinji’s life.

Prince Jetekesh is caught between a controlling mother and his affection for his dying father—until he’s kidnapped and forced to journey with a delusional storyteller and a motley band of fugitives in search of a myth.

Hunted by the queen, hindered by a malady, and invaded by an enemy empire, Jinji and Jetekesh race across a crumbling kingdom to find the alleged gate between worlds.

But even if Shinac exists, how can a humble storyteller and deposed prince hope to stand against a devastating evil?

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Author Interview

What inspired you to write Crownless?

The character of Jinji came to me one day in high school while I was taking a test. Pretty sure I bombed the test, because I became too distracted to focus. The idea of a wandering storyteller whose tales inspire others in their distress made me so happy, because that’s what books have so often done for me.

Unfortunately, it took a lot of years and failed drafts before I landed on the right vibe and cast of characters to accompany Jinji. When I finally settled on a spoiled prince joining Jinji on his journey, everything fell into place and I drafted Crownless from start to finish in just over a single month. It was like magic!

Would you tell us more about the characters who make up the motley crew?

As I mentioned above, it was the spoiled prince who went from full-on antagonist to reluctant traveler that brought things together. He’s really Jinji’s foil. On the other hand, ten-year-old Rille has existed for years in my head. Her no-nonsense, grown-up behavior charmed me early on in my writing. She and Prince Jetekesh don’t get along very well, and their interactions proved some of the funnest to write. Yeshton, self-appointed protector of Rille, is a loyal, quiet, observant sort of man determined to do the honorable thing no matter what. Also along for the ride is Tifen, the prince’s protector, a man with a past of which he’s ashamed but a fierce platonic love for his prince. Later, they’re joined by a dishonored knight whose story is tied to one of the others in the company. These are the motley heroes of my tale.

Which character do you most relate to and why?

In one way or another, I relate to every character (even when I don’t agree with them) but I strive to keep them as separate from me as possible. Self-inserts aren’t my style or preference. But if I have to pick, it might be Rille. She fancies herself all grown up, and she’s very mature for her ten years. I remember feeling that way when I was a child; invisible to most adults, with fully formed thoughts and feelings, but few who took me seriously.

What advice would Jinji and Jetekesh each give about navigating their world?

Jinji would advise anyone not to rush. Take the time to savor your surroundings, whether it be a meadow path, a mighty fortress, or the barren wastes of a desert. Observation is the best method of understanding and navigating the environs of scenery and, most importantly, the human heart.

Jetekesh, on the other hand, would advise you to wash your hands often. And treat royalty and important persons with proper respect.

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

Definitely Jinji. He’s special to me and I want to be like him someday. [Laughs.] I’m actually pretty serious about that. Another aspect I love is the world I’ve created, borrowing from beautiful countries and customs from different continents on Earth, then tweaking those to suit my plot. This book has been a special labor of love.

What was a book that made you cry, a book that made you laugh and a book that made you swoon?

Lord of the Rings, specifically Return of the King, had me in tears for the last third of the book my first time through. And every time since, really. Lorna Freeman’s Covenants has me in stitches every time (and I’ve read it more often than I can count). She’s a brilliant and witty writer. For swooning, my favorite read is easily Pride and Prejudice. C’mon, it doesn’t get better than Mr. Darcy. It just doesn’t.

What’s something you enjoy doing when you’re not reading or writing?

Camping! I adore escaping to the mountains (about a twenty minute drive from my house) to hike up to a lake or river and unplug for a week. Although I usually read and write while I’m out there, so does that actually count? [Laughs] I also love watching old movies, and by that I mean 1940’s black and white movies. I’ve also discovered a love for baking and cooking as well as gardening in the past couple years.

What are you working on next?

I’m in the process of drafting Book 3 of my upcoming science-fantasy series (launching this Autumn), featuring elemental magic, ghosts, seers, twin swords, and political intrigue. But I’m unable to work on one project at a time, so I recently wrote Book 1 in a spin-off trilogy following the events of Crownless. So, yeah, Crownless is getting a sequel trilogy, which surprised me in the beginning but makes perfect sense looking back. I want to complete the trilogy before I release it, so it’ll likely come out sometime in 2022.

About the Author


Writer of fantasy, magic weaver, dragon rider! Having spent the past 20 years devotedly writing fantasy, it’s safe to say M. H. Woodscourt is now more fae than human. All of her fantasy worlds connect with each other in a broad Universe, forged with great love and no small measure of blood, sweat, and tears. When she’s not writing, she’s napping or reading a book with a mug of hot cocoa close at hand while her quirky cat Wynter nibbles her toes.

Learn more at www.mhwoodscourt.com


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I Can't Wait for... Secrets in the Mist by Morgan L. Busse (Can't-Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday) #CWW #WOW #yalit #steampunk #fantasybooks #newbook @enclavebooks


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.

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I was thrilled to come across this author's new series, and a steampunk one at that. There are so few releases in this genre and it's one I love, so I'm super excited about this one! It's my pick this week...

Secrets in the Mist
(Skyworld #1)
By Morgan L. Busse
YA Fantasy, Steampunk, Christian
Hardcover & ebook, 225 Pages
August 10, 2021 by Enclave Escape

Summary

What’s lurking in the Mist is the least of their worries…

In a world where humanity lives in the sky to escape a deadly mist below, Cass’s only goal is survival. That is, until she finds a job on the airship Daedalus as a diver. Now she explores ruined cities, looking for treasure and people’s lost heirlooms until a young man hires her to find the impossible: a way to eradicate the Mist.

Theodore Winchester is a member of one of the Five Families that rule the skies. Following in his father’s footsteps, he searches for the source of the Mist and hopes to stop the purges used to control overpopulation. But what he finds are horrifying secrets and lethal ambition. If he continues his quest, it could mean his own death.

The Mist is rising and soon the world will be enveloped in its deadly embrace, turning what's left of humanity into the undead.

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Will you be reading this one?

Read an excerpt from this YA fantasy... Black Dawn Series by Mallory McCartney (Excerpt & #Giveaway) #yalit #yabooks #yafantasy @prismbooktours

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Welcome to my tour stop! I've had this series on my list to read for some time. I'm about a fourth way through Heir of Lies and so far so good. Look for a review soon. In the meantime, read an excerpt and enter the tour giveaway below...

Heir of Lies
(Black Dawn #1)
By Mallory McCartney
Young Adult, New Adult Fantasy
Hardcover, Paperback & ebook, 456 Pages
April 21, 2020

Summary

"Hope was a dangerous thing. It could consume every dream and make them take flight, becoming wild daydreams in one's heart and mind. Or hope could incinerate everything you thought you knew, burning you down to your core, leaving you raw and exposed for the world."

Emory Fae has only known one thing--life at The Academy, a school for those who have special abilities. Following in her parents' footsteps, the pressure to uphold their dream falls on her and one of her best friends--Adair Stratton. An outcast and feared by most, Adair longs to break away from the expectations dictating his future. With whispers of dark magic spreading across Kiero, Adair starts to doubt The Academy is all it seems.

An unexpected visit ignites new tensions as the roguish king from across the Black Sea, Tadeas Maher of the Shattered Isles, and his heir, Marquis Maher, sail to Kiero. Notorious for their pirating and wrath, for the first time in years, they demand the Faes listen to their proposition for a new treaty. Caught in the middle of politics, Adair and Emory, with the help of their best friends Brokk and Memphis, search for the one thing that matters the most--the truth.

Their world is tipped upside down as unlikely alliances are made, and war ravages Kiero. Through the throes of betrayal, lies, hidden magic, and love, Adair is faced with a life changing decision. Will he fight or bow to the darkness within?

But, Adair's decision will change the course of Kiero forever, setting in motion irreversible destinies for everyone at The Academy as Emory Fae rises as heir.

Heir of Lies is the first book in the bestselling Black Dawn series.

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Queen to Ashes
(Black Dawn #2)
By Mallory McCartney
Young Adult, New Adult Fantasy
Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 350 Pages
April 21, 2020

Summary

"You lived your entire life feeling like half of you was missing. Fight for the missing part. Fight for this."

Emory Fae has abandoned everything she thought she knew about her previous life on Earth. Stepping up to her role as Queen of Kiero she makes a startling sacrifice- feigning her allegiances to Adair Stratton, the man who murdered her parents and casted Kiero into ruin. Emory's memories slowly piece together, and she soon realizes the Mad King may not be all he seems-- and the man who was once best friend, may be fighting beneath the surface.

With the King's attention on her, can she buy Black Dawn Rebellion enough time to recuperate their forces? And when the times comes, will she be able to kill Adair, ending his tyranny and rising herself as the rightful Queen? Fighting to hide her secret, Emory navigates the brutal trials of the Mad King, trying not to lose herself in the process.

Sequel to Heir of Lies, now a bestselling series, the sparks are ignited, as Emory learns the cost of freedom, and her heritage. Will the rebels unite in time? A sinister force has spread across the land, stripping everyone bare- their betrayals, their secrets, their intentions. But above all, what will their decisions cost? By refusing to give in to the darkness, will Emory rise as Queen?

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Excerpt from Heir of Lies

It was as if her body had been ripped into a thousand different pieces. Her lungs burned, begging for relief. Emory heard the soft crackle of fire. Her head was a spinning mass; it was its own continent. Squinting, she tried to focus. Blinking slowly, her surroundings came into view. Her pulse picked up. She wasn’t in her room. She wasn’t in her home. The metal world around her seemed to have one purpose. To keep people in. To keep her in. The last twenty-four hours rushed over her in a flurry of confusing memories. Him… Memphis. The name rolled around in her mind, familiar yet unfamiliar all at once. Her eyes flashed open, her heart thrumming with adrenaline. Heavily, Emory sat up, trying to pull her thoughts together. For now, the room was empty, her captors gone. Now. This is your chance to escape. The thought clambered through her wildly, and she acted. Standing from the bed, Emory stumbled, her legs weak, her clothes dirtied. Breathing heavily, Emory ran to the door, pushing the handle down as it opened. Containing her surprise, she slipped into the hallway. What kind of criminals would keep their prisoner in an unlocked room?

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About the Author


Mallory McCartney currently lives in Sarnia, Ontario with her husband and their three dachshunds Link, Lola and Leonard. When she isn’t working on her next novel or reading, she can be found day dreaming about fantasy worlds and hiking. Other favorite pastimes involve reorganizing perpetually overflowing bookshelves and seeking out new coffee and dessert shops.


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A story of letting go and taking a chance on love... Summertime Lilies by LM Karen (Review & #Giveaway) #romancebooks #cleanromance @Celebrate_Lit


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Summertime Lilies
(Oak Street Series #1)
By LM Karen
Adult Contemporary Romance, Christian
Paperback & ebook, 196 Pages
January 30, 2021

Summary

A sweet and sentimental contemporary romance with a uniquely witty voice.

There are three things you should know about Brittany Masters:
She’s a single mom and a nurse manager at the local cancer clinic
She has big plans for a quiet summer
She’s convinced that fudge pops are the answer to almost all of life’s most important questions

A new neighbor, Matt, making friends with her son while simultaneously pursuing her blow plans for a predictable summer right out of the water. A chance meeting at the cancer clinic where she works renews a connection with an old friend and gives her the perspective she’s been missing. From quiet nights on her front porch swing in Matt’s company to long talks in the clinic with her old/new friend, Brittany’s summer is anything but routine.

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My Review

SUMMERTIME LILIES is a story about a single mom and the guy who moves next door and befriends her and her son. It's about finding love in unexpected places and learning to trust someone else with your happiness. Great characters and a sweet romance is sure to delight fans of clean romance as well as Christian romance.

I loved Brittany and her son from the start! She is a woman who has had to depend on herself to support her little family, except for her parents who help out quite a bit. She's good at what she does as a managing nurse and as a mom, but her life is real and genuine. There were so many things I could relate to as a mom and everything felt realistic. I also really liked that this romance focused on a single mom as one of the main characters. There aren't as many of these stories out there as there should be. I also really liked Matt. He seems a bit too good to be true, but he is a genuinely good guy. They were both surprised to find themselves attracted to each other since they're next door neighbors. They also both have some baggage they had to work through.

I really loved the friendship and romance aspect of this story. Obviously the romance is why I read these types of books, but this was a slowly building and I loved how Matt slowly woos Brittany. It was sweet, very romantic and also showed the good heart he had. I also liked the family dynamics in this story. They're varied and all added an additional depth to the story. I wouldn't actually call this Christian. It is mentioned that the characters attend church and they prayers and such are referenced, but there isn't a religious theme or any preaching. It would make a good read for the clean romance general market.

I didn't have a lot of complaints with the actual story. There were things that could have been developed more or a resolution that could have lasted a bit longer with more depth, but didn't necessarily affect my enjoyment of the story. The only things that I really have to complain about were technical. There were a lot of mixed up tenses, grammatical errors, and a few misspellings. However, these might have been fixed in the final manuscript (if not, it definitely needed more editing to fix all those issues).

In the end, was it what I wished for? This was a pretty quick and light read, and one that I thoroughly enjoyed. It made me smile and pulled on my heart. I'll definitely check out future releases from this author.

Content: A brief reference to date drug rape (not descriptive in any way). Clean.
Source: I received a complimentary copy through Celebrate Lit, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

LM Karen writes contemporary Christian fiction romance. As a longtime lover of words, she can generally be found behind her laptop or with a book in her hand. A graduate of Toccoa Falls College, her heart is in the mountains. She eventually made use of the voices in her head by putting them on the page.

More from LM Karen

I am not artistic. I’m not someone who can look at a space, or an item and see it’s potential. If you give me white space, I will have no idea what to fill it with. Even if I had an idea of what I wanted it to look like, there is no way I could make it look like the picture in my head. My stick figures have always been lop-sided.

What I am pretty good at is making up stories in my head. At restaurants I enjoy observing other customers and giving them stories. In the grocery store I consider what a post-apocalyptic shopping experience might look like. On my drive home I might imagine the lives of the occupants in any given house I pass.

It became a hobby when I slowly began to write these stories down. If I considered a particularly interesting character the natural progression was to wonder what their story was. What started as a hobby quickly evolved into an obsession. Often times I consider myself a citizen of the world in my head more than reality (which has it’s pros and cons). I spent a lot of time quietly working on my stories, trying to become a better writer and honing my craft.

As an avid reader from a young age, I can’t count the characters that have influenced my life and the stories that have touched my heart. My deepest hope is to use my predilection for make believe to touch someone else’s life. That maybe a young girl would be positively influenced by one of my characters.

Tour Schedule

Genesis 5020, June 8
Kayem Reads, June 12

Tour-Wide Giveaway


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Do you enjoy the boy-next-door trope? Will you be reading this one?

Check out the tour for the Black Dawn Series by Mallory McCartney (Tour Launch & #Giveaway) #fantasybooks #yafantasy #blackdawnseries @prismbooktours

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Author Interview

What inspired you to write this series?

Thanks for having me! I feel like this story and world was always in me, and my passion for writing and reading really inspired me to want to put my own to paper.

What do you love the most about each of these first two books in the series?

I love the character development, especially in Adair and Emory. I also love writing a high stakes story with lots of action so both Heir of Lies and Queen to Ashes were a high adrenaline experience to write.

What challenged you about writing the series?

The biggest challenge for me was writing Adair’s origin story, because I want the readers to see both sides of him. As a villain he has done horrific things, but he also went through a lot of personal trauma as a teen, which was hard to write.

Which character do you most relate to and why?

I feel like with every character I have poured a little bit of myself into them, but throughout the series I relate to Nyx the most. She wears her heart on her sleeve and would do anything for her friends and loved ones.

What was the process like to re-release the series?

The process to re-release the series was a busy one, but also satisfying. I did fresh content edits and copy edits for both Heir of Lies and Queen to Ashes. I worked with my cover artist, Cora Graphics to do fresh covers. Then after the edits (which took about eight months) then I got each book formatted by Dark Wish Designs. Then I upload the files to Ingramspark and it is distributed online for pre orders. Next comes planning book launch and marketing goals which for me is a never-ending goal to continue to reach new readers.

What do you enjoy doing when you're not writing?

I enjoy drawing, walking my dachshunds, and of course trying to make a dent in my never ending tbr pile. I also really enjoy swimming in the summer.

Heir of Lies
(Black Dawn #1)
By Mallory McCartney
Young Adult, New Adult Fantasy
Hardcover, Paperback & ebook, 456 Pages
April 21, 2020

"Hope was a dangerous thing. It could consume every dream and make them take flight, becoming wild daydreams in one's heart and mind. Or hope could incinerate everything you thought you knew, burning you down to your core, leaving you raw and exposed for the world."

Emory Fae has only known one thing--life at The Academy, a school for those who have special abilities. Following in her parents' footsteps, the pressure to uphold their dream falls on her and one of her best friends--Adair Stratton. An outcast and feared by most, Adair longs to break away from the expectations dictating his future. With whispers of dark magic spreading across Kiero, Adair starts to doubt The Academy is all it seems.

An unexpected visit ignites new tensions as the roguish king from across the Black Sea, Tadeas Maher of the Shattered Isles, and his heir, Marquis Maher, sail to Kiero. Notorious for their pirating and wrath, for the first time in years, they demand the Faes listen to their proposition for a new treaty. Caught in the middle of politics, Adair and Emory, with the help of their best friends Brokk and Memphis, search for the one thing that matters the most--the truth.

Their world is tipped upside down as unlikely alliances are made, and war ravages Kiero. Through the throes of betrayal, lies, hidden magic, and love, Adair is faced with a life changing decision. Will he fight or bow to the darkness within?

But, Adair's decision will change the course of Kiero forever, setting in motion irreversible destinies for everyone at The Academy as Emory Fae rises as heir.

Heir of Lies is the first book in the bestselling Black Dawn series.

(Affiliate links included.)

Queen to Ashes
(Black Dawn #2)
By Mallory McCartney
Young Adult, New Adult Fantasy
Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 350 Pages
April 21, 2020

"You lived your entire life feeling like half of you was missing. Fight for the missing part. Fight for this."

Emory Fae has abandoned everything she thought she knew about her previous life on Earth. Stepping up to her role as Queen of Kiero she makes a startling sacrifice- feigning her allegiances to Adair Stratton, the man who murdered her parents and casted Kiero into ruin. Emory's memories slowly piece together, and she soon realizes the Mad King may not be all he seems-- and the man who was once best friend, may be fighting beneath the surface.

With the King's attention on her, can she buy Black Dawn Rebellion enough time to recuperate their forces? And when the times comes, will she be able to kill Adair, ending his tyranny and rising herself as the rightful Queen? Fighting to hide her secret, Emory navigates the brutal trials of the Mad King, trying not to lose herself in the process.

Sequel to Heir of Lies, now a bestselling series, the sparks are ignited, as Emory learns the cost of freedom, and her heritage. Will the rebels unite in time? A sinister force has spread across the land, stripping everyone bare- their betrayals, their secrets, their intentions. But above all, what will their decisions cost? By refusing to give in to the darkness, will Emory rise as Queen?

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About the Author


Mallory McCartney currently lives in Sarnia, Ontario with her husband and their three dachshunds Link, Lola and Leonard. When she isn’t working on her next novel or reading, she can be found day dreaming about fantasy worlds and hiking. Other favorite pastimes involve reorganizing perpetually overflowing bookshelves and seeking out new coffee and dessert shops.


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One winner will receive a signed copy of Kingdom of Broken Iron, book three in the series releasing this October (open internationally)

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A quirky children's book about being grumpy and finding calm... The Grumpy Frumpy Croissant by Mona K (Review) #kidslit #childrensbooks #kidart

The Grumpy Frumpy Croissant
By Mona K
Illustrated b Korey Scott
Children's Illustrated Book
Hardcover, Paperback & ebook, 36 Pages
January 8, 2021

Summary

Even Your Breakfast Has Bad Days!

Grumpy Frumpy Croissant isn't happy, and he's taking it out on the breakfast plate! Toast, Scone, and Milk think he's being mean, but Croissant thinks they’re being mean. A sip of Milk and ten deep breaths help everyone calm down and talk to each other.

Beneath the charming, hand-drawn illustrations in Grumpy Frumpy Croissant is a lesson about misunderstandings that any child can grasp. Croissant learns about letting anger pass by stopping and breathing, and how he hurts other's feelings when he yells. It's a simple story for parents to introduce ideas of managing feelings to children. Grumpy Frumpy Croissant also features:

✓ Delicious croissant recipes that parents can make with their children.
✓ Full-page coloring activities featuring the characters in the books (kindle and e-reader compatible too!)
✓ Beautiful illustrations with vibrant colors and fun, animated characters from the breakfast table.

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My Review

THE GRUMPY FRUMPY CROISSANT is a story about a croissant who is a bit grumpy. There is an argument about the space on a plate and the croissant feels unimportant which makes him grumpy. The book has illustrations that children will find entertaining. The story teaches about being aware of others and being kind instead of grumpy in an engaging way with easy-to-read, short sentences. My ten-year-old daughter enjoyed reading it after the cover caught her attention. There are also coloring pages in the back, which I thought was a really fun idea. An overall quirky, enjoyable book to have on children’s shelves.

Content: Clean
Source: I received a complimentary copy through DartFrog Books, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

How often do you pick up a children's book? What do you think about this one? You can see the inside of this book in my stories on Instagram (if it's no longer active, you can find it in my reviews section there).

New Releases/#Free & Bargain Books for June 7th - June 13th #freebook #booksale #booklinkup #booklinky


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)

This weekly link up is hosted by Beck Valley Books & these awesome book loving blogs...

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Top ten signs you're living in a mystery... The Marvelous by Claire Kann (Guest Post & #Giveaway) #yalit #yabooks #newbook #mystery @KannClaire @XpressoTours @SwoonReads


Welcome to my tour stop! Check out a really fun guest
post from the author and enter the tour giveaway below...

The Marvelous
By Claire Kann
YA Contemporary Mystery, Suspense
Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 330 Pages
June 8, 2021 by Swoon Reads

Summary

From the author of Let’s Talk About Love and If It Makes You Happy, this exuberant YA Novel follows six teens locked together in a mansion, contending for a life-changing cash prize in a competition run by a reclusive heiress.

Everyone thinks they know Jewel Van Hanen. Heiress turned actress turned social media darling who created the massively popular video-sharing app, Golden Rule.

After mysteriously disappearing for a year, Jewel makes her dramatic return with an announcement: she has chosen a few lucky Golden Rule users to spend an unforgettable weekend at her private estate. But once they arrive, Jewel ingeniously flips the script: the guests are now players in an elaborate estate-wide game. And she’s tailored every challenge and obstacle to test whether they have what it takes to win–at any cost.

Told from the perspective of three dazzling players–Nicole: the new queen of Golden Rule; Luna: Jewel’s biggest fan; and Stella: a brilliant outsider–this novel will charm its way into your heart and keep you guessing how it all ends because money isn’t the only thing at stake.


Guest Post

Top ten signs you’re living in a mystery
  1. People begin mysteriously dying around you.
  2. Suddenly everyone is convinced you’re an expert on everything.
  3. An unprecedented amount of thunderstorms for your climate begin to inexplicably roll in.
  4. You suddenly inherit a large sum of money from a mysterious relative and you must move to their derelict mansion to claim it.
  5. People keep asking where you were on specific days and times.
  6. There’s that house no one talks about in your town.
  7. You begin to receive anonymous messages filled with secrets you’ve never told anyone.
  8. Everybody is suddenly suspicious of that one unusual hobby you have.
  9. Things inexplicably go missing--like precious family heirlooms.
  10. You have to Google what “red herring” means. See also: “macguffin”

About the Author


Claire Kann is the author of LET’S TALK ABOUT LOVE and an award-winning online storyteller. In her other life, she works for a nonprofit that you may have heard of where she daydreams like she’s paid to do it. Find out more by visiting her website: www.clairekann.com (and while you’re there, tell her about your cats. She loves cats. A lot.)


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A fake engagement and a mischievous dog... Bound by a Ring and a Secret by Jennifer Faye (Review, Excerpt & #Giveaway) #HarlequinBooks #HarlequinRomance #romancebooks #sweetromance #newbook @harlequinbooks @prismbooktours

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Welcome to my tour stop! I'm sharing my review and an excerpt today for
this new sweet romance. Check those out and the tour giveaway below...

Bound by a Ring and a Secret
(Wedding Bells at Lake Como #1)
By Jennifer Faye
Contemporary Romance
Hardcover, Paperback & ebook, 175 Pages
May 25, 2021 by Harlequin Romance

Summary

A mistaken identity…
…a proposal that changes everything!

Photographer Gianna is done with men. Retreating to her villa on the shore of Lake Como, Gianna is stunned to find gorgeous Dario renting her house! When Dario is mistaken for her long-gone fiancé, they realize a fake engagement could solve problems for them both. Pretending to be in love should be easy, but what happens when very real feelings start to grow?

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My Review

BOUND BY A RING AND A SECRET is a sweet romance about a woman who is trying to prove herself and a man who is trying to make his own life separate from his family's expectations. There's an adorable meet-cute involving a dog who continues to play a mischievous role in the story. Overall, a fun and light romance ideal for summer reading.

Dario and his little dog tied for favorite characters in this story. The dog makes the introductions at the beginning and I loved how he continues to play a role as things progress, even literally tying the two love interests up a few times. I liked how Dario comes across as naturally confident without being overbearing or pushy. He's fairly laid-back, at least with Gianna. Gianna had to grow on me a bit. I think my issue was that she was a bit flighty and fit herself to whatever guy she was dating, even though she is an honestly genuine person. She has some character development to go through in this story. I also really liked the setting, with the villa, leisure walks, and small-town Italy. There's definitely chemistry between Dario and Gianna with the romance still being sweet, just past the clean line as there is one closed-door love scene. The fake relationship trope is always a fun one, and Faye executes it well in this story.

In the end, was it what I wished for? This was a fairly quick, entertaining read and on par for this line of books. The characters were likable, the romance sweet with a bit of heat, and a little dog was thrown into the mix adding extra charm. A book to grab if you're looking for some light romance to read on the beach or to escape with.

Content: One closed-door love scene and some innuendo.
Source: I received a complimentary copy through Prism Book Tours, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

Excerpt

He was strikingly tall as she had to crane her neck to stare into his eyes. His brown hair was a bit longer on top with a little curl. It was a casual look to go with the scruff along his prominent jawline.

A navy T-shirt fit snug across his broad, strong shoulders and clung to his muscular chest. She swallowed hard. She shouldn’t be checking him out. Whether he was hot or not, he’d broken into her home.

His phone buzzed. He withdrew it from his pocket, checked the screen and then slipped it back in his pocket.

When her gaze once more met his, there was amusement dancing in his eyes. He’d caught her giving him a brief once-over. She inwardly groaned. That was not good—not good at all.

Still, she couldn’t deny that he was quite handsome in that playboy sort of way. Not that she was interested. First, he was an intruder in her house. Second, he was infuriating in the way he didn’t take her seriously. And lastly, she was done with men, cute or otherwise.

In an effort to reach for her phone, she tried releasing the pan’s handle with one hand, but the weight of the cast iron was too much to hold with just one hand. Maybe she should have spent more time at the gym and less time traipsing around the continent with a sweet-talking man who didn’t really care about her and was just biding his time until his ex stepped back into his life.

“I have a dog,” she said, glancing down at the stray pup. It was hidden from the man’s view by the kitchen island.

The man smiled. “You mean my dog?”

His dog?

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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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