Blog Tours, Excerpt

A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe Blog Tour + Excerpt!

A Golden Fury: A Novel
By Samantha Cohoe
Published by Wednesday Books
On Sale October 2020
Hardcover | $18.99
ISBN: 9781250220400

Set in eighteenth century England, Samantha Cohoe’s debut novel, A GOLDEN FURY (Wednesday Books; October 13, 2020), follows a young alchemist as she tries to save the people she loves from the curse of the Philosopher’s Stone. The streets of London and Oxford come to life as this historical fantasy unravels. Weaving together an alluring story of magic and danger, Samantha’s debut has her heroine making messy decisions as she toes the line between good and evil while it becomes blurred. Thea Hope longs to be an alchemist out of the shadow of her famous mother. The two of them are close to creating the legendary Philosopher’s Stone—whose properties include immortality and can turn any metal into gold—but just when the promise of the Stone’s riches is in their grasp, Thea’s mother destroys the Stone in a sudden fit of violent madness.

While combing through her mother’s notes, Thea learns that there’s a curse on the Stone that causes anyone who tries to make it to lose their sanity. With the threat of the French Revolution looming, Thea is sent to Oxford for her safety, to live with the father who doesn’t know she exists. But in Oxford, there are alchemists after the Stone who don’t believe Thea’s warning about the curse—instead, they’ll stop at nothing to steal Thea’s knowledge of how to create the Stone. But Thea can only run for so long, and soon she will have to choose: create the Stone and sacrifice her sanity, or let the people she loves die. A GOLDEN FURY and the curse of the Philosopher’s Stone will haunt you long after the final page.


Excerpt

“I wouldn’t have an afternoon to waste if you would let me into the laboratory,” I said.

“Don’t be pitiful, Thea,” said my mother. “Surely you can think of something worthwhile to do when I don’t happen to need your assistance.”

I clenched my teeth so tight that my jaw ached. Shut- ting me out of the laboratory, our laboratory, was the great- est injustice she had ever committed against me. Worse than all the moving about, worse than sending Will away, worse than any insult she could think to level at me. Before she had done that, I believed we were together in alchemy at least, even if nothing else. That she had raised and trained me not simply to be of use to her, but to be her partner. Her equal, one day. Throwing me out of the lab- oratory just when we might achieve what we had worked for told me that Will was right. She would never let me claim credit for my part of the work. She would never ac- cept me as an alchemist in my own right.

And yet she described it as though she had simply let me off my chores. As if I were no more necessary than a servant. There was no point in arguing with her, but even so I could not let it stand.

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Spotlight

Spotlight: The Key of F by Jennifer Haskin

A secret identity. An ancient war. And a key that connects them all.

When eight-year-old Fale comes home to find her father brutally beaten and dying from his injuries, she has no idea who has attacked him.

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Blog Tours, Excerpt, YA

Kingdom of Sea and Stone Blog Tour

KINGDOM OF SEA AND STONE
By Mara Rutherford
On Sale: October 6, 2020
INKYARD PRESS
Teen & Young Adult; Epic Fantasy; Siblings Fiction
978-1335146519; 1335146512
$18.99 USD
368 pages


About the Book
“A fabulous interweaving of fantasy, politics, and sisterhood – this unusual, tense tale will have
you on the edge of your seat!” –#1 New York Times bestselling author Tamora Pierce on Crown of Coral and Pearl

The Cruel Prince meets Ash Princess in this thrilling fantasy, the much-anticipated sequel to Crown of Coral and Pearl.


Ever since Nor was forced to go to a nearby kingdom in her sister’s place, she’s wanted nothing more than to return to the place and people she loves. But when her wish comes true, she soon finds herself cast out from both worlds, with a war on the horizon. As an old enemy resurfaces more powerful than ever, Nor will have to keep the kingdom from falling apart with the help of Prince Talin and Nor’s twin sister, Zadie. There are forces within the world more mysterious than any of them ever guessed—and they’ll need to stay alive long enough to conquer them…


Excerpt

On the day Zadie and I turned thirteen, Father surprised us with a trip to the floating market—our first glimpse of the world beyond Varenia.

I spent the journey perched on the bow of our family’s boat, welcoming the cold ocean spray on my face and the wind in my tightly plaited hair. Zadie sat between Mother and Father, her knuckles white on the edge of the bench, her golden-brown eyes wide with anticipation.

As we approached, I eagerly took in the sight of the intricately carved wooden boats, with their colorful wares and raucous merchants. While Father traded our precious Varnian pearls for drinking water and food, Mother made Zadie and me sit next to each other near the front of the boat where everyone could see us. She had shown us off to every villager in Varenia a hundred times, but today an entirely new audience was at her disposal.

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Promo Events, YA

Winter of the Wolf Promo

An exploration in grief, suicide, spiritualism, and Inuit culture, Winter of the Wolf follows Bean, an empathic and spiritually evolved fifteen-year-old, who is determined to unravel the mystery of her brother Sam’s death. Though all evidence points to a suicide, her heart and intuition compel her to dig deeper. With help from her friend Julie, they retrace Sam’s steps, delve into his Inuit beliefs, and reconnect with their spiritual beliefs to uncover clues beyond material understanding.

Both tragic and heartwarming, this twisting novel draws you into Bean’s world as she struggles with grief, navigates high school dramas, and learns to open her heart in order to see the true nature of the people around her. Winter of the Wolf is about seeking the truth–no matter how painful–in order to see the full picture.

In this novel, environmentalist and award-winning author, Martha Handler, brings together two important pieces of her life–the death of her best friend’s son and her work as president of the Wolf Conservation Center–to tell an empathetic and powerful story with undeniable messages.


Excerpt

My first thought is that I might be dead. I’m cold and stiff and I feel disoriented. If I’m not dead, then why am I lying on my back—something I never do—and why are the covers pulled over my head? I begin moving the fingers on my right hand slowly back and forth across the sheet, which feels somewhat reassuring. I slide my hand up along my body, brushing past my face before reaching out from beneath the covers. The frigid air startles me. I feel the top of my head and discover that my hair is partially frozen. Very odd. 

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Blog Tours, Excerpt, GIveaway

The Heir Blog Tour feat. an action-packed except and chance to win both books + a $25 Amazon gift card!

The Heir
by Kj Moullen
(The Spinner Sagas, #2)
Publication date: August 25th 2020
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Synopsis:

Entrusted with the safe keeping of The Book & the wickedness contained in it, Blaine & Elian embark on a journey filled with unusual creatures & a looming prophecy in the unfamiliar & ancient land of Vestia. First, they have to find their way back to each other, trusting new allies & befriending old foes along the way.

With time running out & the fate of the universe resting squarely upon their shoulders, Blaine & Elian face an unknown enemy who will stop at nothing to unleash the evil soul trapped in The Book. But Elian knows a secret about Blaine’s destiny. Will the secret prophecy divide their pathways, letting doubt & fear sabotage all they have accomplished?


 Excerpt

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Blog Tours, Excerpt

Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles Blog Tour: Exclusive Excerpt and Giveaway!

In a city covered in ice and ruin, a group of magicians face off in a daring game of magical feats to find the next headliner of the Conquering Circus, only to find themselves under the threat of an unseen danger striking behind the scenes.

As each act becomes more and more risky and the number of missing magicians piles up, three are forced to reckon with their secrets before the darkness comes for them next.

The Star: Kallia, a powerful showgirl out to prove she’s the best no matter the cost

The Master: Jack, the enigmatic keeper of the club, and more than one lie told

The Magician: Demarco, the brooding judge with a dark past he can no longer hide

Where Dreams Descend is the startling and romantic first book in Janella Angeles’ debut Kingdom of Cards fantasy duology where magic is both celebrated and feared, and no heart is left unscathed.


Buy it here!


Excerpt

Never come to Hellfire House without wearing a mask.

It was one of the rare rules in a joint without any. The only rule the master of the club did not mind following. He blended in with the sea of suits and white masks that arrived every other night, switching appearances from crowd to crowd. A bartender one moment, a dealer at the card tables the next.

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Blog Tours, Excerpt, GIveaway

All Our Worst Ideas Blog Tour (Feat. and excerpt & giveaway!)

All Our Worst Ideas
by Vicky Skinner
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: August 11th 2020
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Synopsis:

Two teens who have nothing in common work together at a record store in All Our Worst Ideas, a powerful and voice-driven YA novel from Vicky Skinner.

When Amy, on her way to becoming valedictorian of her graduating class and getting accepted to her dream school, gets dumped by her long-term boyfriend, she takes a job at a record store to ease the pain. She needs a distraction, badly.

Oliver, Amy’s record store co-worker, isn’t so sure about Amy—his complete opposite—but what he is sure of is his decision not to go to college. He just can’t figure out how to tell his mother.

As they work late-night shifts at the record store, Amy and Oliver become friends and then confidantes and then something more, but when Amy has a hard time letting go of what she thought was her perfect future with her ex, she risks losing the future she didn’t even know she wanted with Oliver.


Excerpt

“You don’t like the new girl, do you?” 

My hand freezes on the paper, the tip of my pen still pressed down. “Why do you say that?” 

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WWW Wednesday

WWW: 8/12/20

WWW is hosted by Taking On a World of Words and is a weekly meme where bloggers can respond to a few questions about what they are currently reading and what they’d like to read in the future.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez and an arc of Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston. I’m only a little ways into BatB because it was slow to start and The Friend Zone has been super interesting. I’m just about halfway through and am absolutely loving Kristen and Josh’s relationship!

What did you recently finish reading?

I recently finished The Star-Touched Queen via audiobook and Scooby-Doo Team-Up Vol. 3. TSTQ was an easy listen but it was so confusing an hard to follow that I really didn’t enjoy it and I don’t think I’ll continue on with the series. Scooby-Doo was its’ usual easy, nostalgic fun.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m gonna try to go back to Bookish and the Beast full time but I don’t know about after that. Since I’ve really been liking The Friend Zone, maybe I’ll pick up another romance!


What are you currently reading? Have you read any of these books? I’d love to hear about your current read and how you are liking it so far in the or how you liked any of the books above in comments below!

Blog Tours, Q&A

Wednesday Books’ The Mall Blog Tour: Q&A with author Megan McCafferty on malls, 90’s trends and which 90210 hottie she prefers!

The Mall
by Megan McCafferty
Publication date: July 28th 2020
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Synopsis:

New York Times bestselling author Megan McCafferty returns to her roots with this YA coming of age story set in a New Jersey mall.

The year is 1991. Scrunchies, mixtapes and 90210 are, like, totally fresh. Cassie Worthy is psyched to spend the summer after graduation working at the Parkway Center Mall. In six weeks, she and her boyfriend head off to college in NYC to fulfill The Plan: higher education and happily ever after.

But you know what they say about the best laid plans…

Set entirely in a classic “monument to consumerism,” the novel follows Cassie as she finds friendship, love, and ultimately herself, in the most unexpected of places. Megan McCafferty, beloved New York Times bestselling author of the Jessica Darling series, takes readers on an epic trip back in time to The Mall.

Purchase The Mall here!


Q&A with Megan

What inspired you to write The Mall?

Honestly, I was getting bummed out by the daily onslaught of bad news. So I decided to write a novel set in 1991 as a form of creative escape. Little did I know how much worse it would get! I hope THE MALL can bring a little levity and light during these dark times.

Is the Parkway based off any mall in particular?

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Blog Tours, GIveaway, Guest Post

Last Chance Summer Blog Tour: Author Shannon Klare talks about her favorite summer camp memories!

Last Chance Summer
by Shannon Klare
Publication date: May 26th 2020
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Synopsis:

In Shannon Klare’s fun and sexy YA novel Last Chance Summer, a teen is shipped off to work as a counselor at a summer camp―only to butt heads with her co-counselor.

Alex is a sheriff’s daughter with a less than pristine reputation. When she’s caught drinking at a party by her dad’s deputy, she’s in deep trouble. With an already incriminating incident in her past, Alex’s parents ship her off to her aunt’s summer camp to work as a counselor.

What’s worse than spending your summer deep in the mosquito-infested woods of Texas?

Being paired with an obnoxious co-counselor who wants nothing to do with you.

Alex is determined to make the best of her summer, even if it means putting up with Grant, who has secrets of his own that he’s determined to protect. Can Alex and Grant put their egos to the side and find the bright side of a summer that neither of them signed up for?


Buy Links

Amazon|B&N|iBooks|Kobo


To celebrate the release and blog tour, I asked author Shannon Klare what some of her favorite memories from summer camp were (since the book takes place at one!). Here is what she said!:

This is hard.  I have a ton of great memories at summer camp, but if I had to pick I could maybe narrow it down to two!

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