Blog Tour: Stricken by C.K. Kelly Martin (Spotlight & Giveaway)

StrickenStricken by C.K. Kelly Martin

Release date: November 4th, 2017
Publisher: Dancing Cat Books
Genre: Young adult, thriller

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Naomi doesn’t expect anything unusual from her annual family trip to visit her grandparents in Ireland. What she expects is to celebrate her thirteenth birthday, hang out with her friends Ciara and Shehan, and deal with her gran’s Alzheimer’s. What she finds is a country hit by an unexpected virus that rapidly infects the majority of the Irish population over the age of twenty-one.

Amnestic-Delirium Syndrome (ADS) starts off with memory loss, but the virus soon turns its victims aggravated, blank, or violent. Naomi and her friends must survive on their own, without lucid adults, cut off from the rest of the world, until a cure is found.

But there are whispers that ADS is not terrestrial, and soon Naomi and her friends learn the frightening truth: we are not alone.

About the Author

C.K. Kelly MartinLong before I was an author I was a fan of books about Winnie the Pooh, Babar, Madeline, Anne Shirley and anything by Judy Blume. Throughout high school my favourite class was English. No surprise, then, that most of my time spent at York University in Toronto was as an English major—not the traditional way to graduate with a B.A. (Hons) in film studies but a fine way to get a general arts education.

After getting my film studies degree I headed for Dublin, Ireland and spent the majority of the nineties there in forgettable jobs meeting unforgettable people and enjoying the buzz. I always believed I’d get around to writing in earnest eventually, and I began writing my first novel in a flat in Dublin and finished it in a Toronto suburb. By then I’d discovered that fiction about young people felt the freshest and most exciting to me. You have most of your life to be an adult but you only grow up once.

Currently residing near Toronto with my Dub husband, I’m an aunt to twenty-one nieces and nephews, and a great-aunt to two great-nephews. I became an Irish citizen in 2001 and continue to visit Dublin as often as I can while working on novels about young people.

My first young adult book, I Know It’s Over, came out with Random House in September 2008, and was followed by One Lonely Degree, The Lighter Side of Life and Death, My Beating Teenage Heart and sci-fi thriller Yesterday. I released Yesterday’s sequel, Tomorrow, in 2013 and put out my first adult novel, Come See About Me, as an eBook in June 2012. My most recent contemporary YA books, The Sweetest Thing You Can Sing and Delicate, were published by Cormorant Books’ Dancing Cat Books imprint in 2014 and 2015.

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Blog Tour: Monstrum by Kat Ross (Review & Giveaway)


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MonstrumMonstrum by Kat Ross

Release date: June 15th, 2018
Publisher: Acorn Publishing
Genre: Fiction, fantasy
Format: eBook



In the third volume of the Fourth Talisman series, the hunt is on for the three daevas whose powers saved the world once before….

On the wave-tossed White Sea, realm of smashers and sea monsters, a ship is carrying Nazafareen and Darius to the Isles of the Marakai, where the wise woman Sakhet-ra-katme has guarded the secret of the talismans for centuries. But another is searching too, a man born in the brutal prison of the Kiln, who plans to use the talismans to free the Vatras and their mad king. Between them stands a young Marakai girl, ignorant of her own powers. From the moonlit treasure vaults of the Isles to the emperor’s lavish palace in Tjanjin, Nazafareen and Darius face their deadliest and most cunning foe yet.

In the mountain fastness of Val Moraine, the Pythia’s minions are on the scent of another talisman, this one from the Danai clan. Trapped behind a thick wall of ice, everyone’s going slightly mad—the perfect cauldron of suspicion and betrayal for Thena, who sees a chance to redeem her failure and bring the talisman back to Delphi. Then she’ll be free to indulge her twisted obsession with Darius—and make him pay.

And in Samarqand, Javid is drawn into the treacherous currents of a royal succession. When the old king dies and his son takes the throne, the depths of the prince’s depravity become clear. A journey north reveals the source of the spell dust he’s addicted to—and leaves Javid with an impossible choice.

I’m at a loss for words…this book was honestly that AMAZING! I’ve adored everything that Kat Ross has released so far, but Monstrum is something truly special. It didn’t feel like the third book in a series and it certainly didn’t act as a bridge or set-up for a grand finale. Even with a fourth book already proposed, this novel did not hold back. It was action packed, fun to read and all consuming.

I don’t want to write too much about the plot here because I don’t want to accidentally spoil anything. Basically, the story revolves around three magical talismans, which in the wrong hands, could lead to world destruction. Like in the previous book, Solis, the adventure picks up right where it left off. That’s one of the things that always stand-out to me with Ross’ books. She wastes no time in setting things up. If you’re reading the third book in the series, then you don’t need a massive recap. You know what’s going on and if you don’t completely remember, she drops hints here and there. Instead, the focus is on driving the story forward. The pacing is relentless and I really enjoy that because it really immerses the reader into the world and situation of the characters. Ross really upped the stakes this time and the characters are forced to make tons of difficult decisions. My heart was beating non-stop the entire time!

While the world building and magic is amazingly well written, what has always made the author’s books standout for me are the characters. I feel like Nazafareen and Darius are old friends of mine. This is the sixth book to feature their relationship and I love them to pieces! While I’ve read about these two for quite sometime now, Ross never lets them stand still. They are always developing and changing. Nazafareen has always been my favourite character…she’s impulsive, inquisitive and strong willed. Her storyline has been by far the most interesting and I would love for her to have even more page time than she already does. That said, I do appreciate how Ross is slowly making me feel for the “evil” characters. The villains are “bad” and do things that are morally questionable, but she slowly strips away their layers and reveals why they do or believe certain things. It makes it so difficult for the reader to takes sides, and this makes for a complex and interesting reading experience.

Finally, FINALLY…a lot of my unanswered questions were finally addressed in this book. Of course I have even more now, but I was fascinated by the magical people called the Avas Vatras. They were mentioned in the previous book, but not much was revealed. Here we learn more about them and they are honestly much more frightening than I thought! Basically, this book is fantastic and one that you don’t want to miss out on. If you haven’t started the series yet do so now!!! I can’t wait for the fourth book in the series. Right now, there isn’t any information up on Goodreads and the wait is already making me suffer. I NEED THE NEXT BOOK ASAP PLEASE!

About the Author

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKat Ross worked as a journalist at the United Nations for ten years before happily falling back into what she likes best: making stuff up. She’s the author of the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day, the Fourth Element fantasy trilogy (The Midnight Sea, Blood of the Prophet, Queen of Chaos), and a new gaslamp mystery series that opens with The Daemoniac and continues with The Thirteenth Gate. She loves myths, monsters and doomsday scenarios.

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Blog Tour: Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga (Author Guest Post & Giveaway)


32173635Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga

Release date: July 3rd, 2018
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: Young adult, romance, fantasy


In the war against the Forces of Darkness, the Royals are losing. Princess Ivy is determined to end this centuries-long conflict once and for all, so her new battle partner must succeed where the others failed. Prince Zach’s unparalleled skill with a sword, enhanced by Ivy’s magic Kiss, should make them an unstoppable pair—but try convincing Zach of that.

Prince Zach has spent his life preparing for battle, but he would rather be branded a heretic than use his lips as nothing more than a way to transfer magic. A kiss is a symbol of love, and love is the most powerful weapon they have—but try convincing Ivy of that.

With the fate of their world on the line, the battlefield has become a testing ground, and only one of them can be right. Falling for each other wasn’t part of the plan—but try convincing their hearts of that.

Author’s Guest Post: Which character should have a spin-off book and why?

If anyone has ever created a character as a plot device, or as a way to get the protagonist from one scene to the next, then you’ll understand how Ivy’s page, Bromley was born. At first, that’s really all he was–her page. He delivered her messages, helped her train, provided a way to hint at Ivy’s backstory, etc. But somehow, through the course of writing the first draft, he transformed into this sweet, impossibly brave kid, whose role was actually critical to Ivy’s character development. I grew to love him so much that he’s the one character for which I would consider writing a whole other novel.

Brom was assigned to Ivy when he was very young, mere days after his parents were killed. In the book, Ivy even tells a story of how Brom had gotten sick one night not long after he was assigned to her, so she stayed up nursing him back to health. Because of that, he sees Ivy as more of a mother or an older sister. His allegiance is not to the Royals, but to her, and her alone. Brom and Ivy are like family and their powerful bond became surprisingly important towards the end. But it’s still ultimately Ivy’s story so I didn’t get a chance to grow Brom or expand on his backstory as much as I would’ve liked.

Before I dive into my thoughts on how a spin-off for Brom might go, let me explain the inspiration for his character. When I was a kid, I simply adored the Warner Brothers’ cartoon movie, The Swan Princess. The prince in the movie has a friend named Bromley (nicknamed Brom) who is a bit of a goofball–you know, the comedic relief that you often see in kids’ movies. But at the end of the movie, without spoiling anything, Bromley kind of…saves the day. My Brom’s actions in the book actually mirror the actions of the Swan Princess Brom. (It would amazing if anyone notices it and points it out to me.)

The biggest difference between the two is my Brom is younger, and extremely capable. He’s a good fighter, with a ginormous heart, but unfortunately I didn’t have time to go much deeper than that. You see some of his insecurities arise but I couldn’t explore them that well. When my editor and I decided that this book would be a standalone, the only thing I really regretted was not having the chance to really show what happens between the last chapter and the epilogue. If I were to write a spin-off it would be following Bromley during this brief period and allowing him to really grow as a character and as a young man.

And who knows, someday Brom could get his own novella. Even if it doesn’t end up happening, he will always have a special place in my heart as Ivy’s brave little bro.

About the Author

15853318Lindsey Duga is a middle grade and young adult writer with a passion for fantasy, science fiction, and basically any genre that takes you away from the real world. She wrote her first novel in college while she was getting her bachelor’s in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University.

Other than writing and cuddling with her morkie puppy, Delphi, Lindsey loves catching up on the latest superhero TV show and practicing yoga.

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Blog Tour: Cinderella’s Inferno by F.M. Bought (Spotlight & Giveaway)


Cinderella'sInferno coverCinderella’s Inferno by F.M. Boughan
Release date: May 28th, 2018
Publisher: Month9Books
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook
Pages: 324
Genres: Young adult, fantasy


It’s been two years since Ellison defeated her stepsisters and sent her evil stepmother back into the Abyss.

Though she’s learning to control her dark magic and has spent time traveling with Prince William and bringing peace to the kingdom, one fact remains. She is a necromancer and he is a paladin of light. And so, the king refuses to give his blessing for them to marry.

To appease his father, William has begun to avoid her. But when even her younger brother Edward grows distant, Ellison learns her mother’s spirit has been visiting Edward in secret, threatening to overwhelm him with her own loneliness and longing. When Ellison accidentally touches her mother’s spirit, her tainted touch condemns her mother’s spirit to eternal damnation.

Ellison resolves to descend into hell to save her mother’s soul and bring her physical body back to the world of the living. William hopes this good deed will bring Ellison into favor and finally allow them to be wed.

But the journey through hell is fraught with peril. Temptations abound and the demons Ellison sent back to the Abyss are thirsty for revenge.

Evil cannot be defeated without sacrifice—but when that sacrifice means choosing between the ones Ellison loves and her very own life, how far is she willing to go to make her family whole again?

Book Excerpt:

My father was right.

We needed to run.

“What is it?” is all I managed to breathe.

“This is the circle of gluttony and greed,” my father said, taking my hand and pulling me away from my sisters. This time, I did not resist. “What else could dwell here but the true green-eyed monster itself?”

Jealousy. We faced the incarnate form of jealousy made manifest by my stepsisters. They envied my ability to walk upon the earth, and they envied the power they thought could be gained by aligning themselves with mortal royalty. Victoria had, after all, tried to marry William.

“Let’s go,” I whispered. “I cannot fight this. I don’t know how.” The monster roared again, and I turned to flee—but in that moment, Hund launched himself toward the beast. “Hund! No!” I nearly pulled out of my father’s grasp. “Come back!”

“He’ll be fine,” my father said. “Watch.”

And I did, for as my canine companion leapt, he began to grow. And grow, and grow, new heads bursting from the sides of his neck, jaws widening until three mouths filled with sword-sharp teeth snarled before the heinous Jealousy. Hund’s fangs dripped yellow venom, and the claws on his enormous paws were at least as long as my brother was tall.

This was not Hund at all, this spirit I thought I had called to do my bidding. No, Charon had spoken the truth when he’d said I had tamed a guardian, though I had not fully understood. This monstrous ally, this hound who trotted by my side and risked his own body for my protection, I knew by his three heads. This was none other than Cerberus, the hound of Hades, guardian of the underworld.

And he had chosen to protect me.

About the Author:

FaithF.M. Boughan is a bibliophile, a writer, and an unabashed parrot enthusiast. She can often be found writing in local coffee shops, namely because it’s hard to concentrate with a cat lying on the keyboard and a small, colorful parrot screaming into her ear. Her work is somewhat dark, somewhat violent, somewhat hopeful, and always contains a hint of magic.

You can follow Faith on Twitter (@FaithBoughan) for plenty of flailing about food (she likes to cook!), TV shows (she watches too many), and world dance (did you know she’s been performing & instructing in Bollywood-style dance for over 8 years?).

Or catch her on Facebook where she just might post pictures of her adorable cat & bird… among other things.

F.M. Boughan is represented by Bill Contardi of Brandt & Hochman.

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June 18th – Zach’s YA Reviews – Review
June 19th – Bluestocking Bookworm – Review
June 19th – A Dream Within A Dream – Excerpt
June 20th – books are love – Review
June 20th- Here’s to Happy Endings – Excerpt
June 21st – Blushing Bibliophile – Review
June 21st – Two Chicks on Books – Interview
June 22nd – Bookroomreviews – Guest Post
June 22nd – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Guest Post

Blog Tour: Burning Bright by Chris Cannon (Excerpt & Giveaway)

40019526Burning Bright by Chris Cannon
Release date: June 4th, 2018
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Genres: Young adult, fantasy


Bryn is back for her senior year at the Institute for Excellence, also known as shape-shifting dragon school. She isn’t sure which is scarier, the life-force sucking dragons stalking campus or the fact that she’s officially betrothed to Jaxon, a guy who will never love her. Not that she could ever love him, either… That’s just ridiculous.

Senior year should be fun. Her parents are alive, she’s finally fitting in, and she’s learning how to be a Medic. But what’s with Jaxon giving her strange looks? He runs hot and cold, and he doesn’t even have the excuse of being a hybrid fire-and-ice-breathing dragon like her. One minute they’re having a great time and the next, she wants to blast a fireball at his head. The marriage contract of doom looms over them–unless this match not made in heaven kindles a flame…


“I guess I should say thank you for coming to look for me.”

“You’re welcome, though you seemed to have the situation taken care of by the time we got there.”

“Mostly,” he said. “But it’s nice to know that someone notices when I’m not where I’m supposed to be.”

And now this felt awkward and a little too serious. “I guess it really is our job to look out for each other now, isn’t it?”

He grinned. “I’d like to point out that I’m normally a lot less trouble than you are, so you’re getting the better end of this deal.”

She rolled her eyes. “Yes, I’m one lucky girl.”

He acknowledged her joke with a grin and then pushed to his feet. “Do try to remember that.” He walked to the door and let himself out.

She locked the door behind him. Weird how she felt closer to him now. Shared drama probably had that effect on a relationship. Whatever kind of relationship she had with Jaxon, it seemed to be shifting…which was natural given their strange circumstances. Nothing to worry about. Nothing at all.

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About the Author:

Chris CannonChris Cannon is the award-winning author of the Going Down In Flames series, the Boyfriend Chronicles, and the Dating Dilemma series. She lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and several furry beasts. She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures or romantic comedies.

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Blog Tour: Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch (Guest Post)

32333026Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch

Release date: May 8th, 2018
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: Young adult, romance, contemporary


Addie is visiting Ireland for her aunt’s over-the-top destination wedding, and hoping she can stop thinking about the one horrible thing she did that left her miserable and heartbroken—and threatens her future. But her brother, Ian, isn’t about to let her forget, and his constant needling leads to arguments and even a fistfight between the two once inseparable siblings. Miserable, Addie can’t wait to visit her friend in Italy and leave her brother—and her problems—behind.

So when Addie discovers an unusual guidebook, Ireland for the Heartbroken, hidden in the dusty shelves of the hotel library, she’s able to finally escape her anxious mind and Ian’s criticism.

And then their travel plans change. Suddenly Addie finds herself on a whirlwind tour of the Emerald Isle, trapped in the world’s smallest vehicle with Ian and his admittedly cute, Irish-accented friend Rowan. As the trio journeys over breathtaking green hills, past countless castles, and through a number of fairy-tale forests, Addie hopes her guidebook will heal not only her broken heart, but also her shattered relationship with her brother.

That is if they don’t get completely lost along the way.

Author’s Guest Post

As I’m gearing up for the release of Love & Luck on May 8th, I’ve found myself thinking a lot about the past two years and everything it has taken to get to release day. Would you mind taking a trip down memory lane with me?

image004Back in 2015 when I finished my first novel, Love & Gelato, I knew immediately who I wanted to write about next: Lina’s best friend, Addie. I also knew it would be a road trip story, but I had no idea what a (literal) trip this book would be. Originally the book was set in Hannibal, Missouri (one of my favorite places, btw). Then one day I was on the phone with my editor and she casually asked if I’d ever considered setting this book in Europe. The second she said it I got the tingly feeling I get whenever I happen upon something important to my novel. The very next second I knew where that European location would be: Ireland. It was perfect.

This realization brought on a whole lot of problems. For one, I had a newborn. For another, I had a deadline. There were so many reasons not go to Ireland that I decided to ignore them all. Right after I hung up with my editor I called up one of my BFFs and our conversation went like this: “Are you busy next weekend? Do you want to go on a road trip across Ireland with me?” To her credit, she paused only a second before saying yes. (Everyone needs a friend like Fife.)image001

The trip itself was full of all sorts of things I couldn’t anticipate—almost missing our layover in NYC, the absolute terror of driving overgrown, winding roads on the wrong side of the street, a cat sized rat that ran at me in a parking garage in Dublin, the fact that I packed absolutely nothing weather appropriate…oh, and the fact that we only had 72 hours to drive across the entire country.

I’m exhausted just thinking about it.

Love & Luck was written in a whirlwind and is meant to be experienced as one—as a fun, emotional, winding adventure that plucks you out of wherever you are and sets you down on an overgrown Irish road, the countryside exploding in green outside your window. I hope you enjoy the ride.

With luck (but mostly love),

About the Author

www.echosphotos.comJenna Evans Welch was the kind of insatiable child reader who had no choice but to grow up to become a writer. She is the New York Times Bestselling author of LOVE & GELATO and the upcoming LOVE & LUCK.

When she isn’t writing girl abroad stories, Jenna can be found chasing her children or making elaborate messes in the kitchen. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband and two young children.

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Blog Tour: Spies, Lies and Allies by Lisa Brown Roberts

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31450640Spies, Lies and Allies by Lisa Brown Roberts
Release date: May 1st, 2018
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Genre: Young adult, romance, contemporary
Format: eBook


Summers are supposed to be fun, right? Not mine. I’ve got a job at my dad’s company, which is sponsoring a college scholarship competition. I just found out that, in addition to my job assisting the competing interns, I’m supposed to vote for the winner. Totally not what I signed up for.

There’s a crazy guy running the competition like it’s an episode of Survivor. Then there’s Carlos, who is, well, very distracting –– in a good way. But I can’t even think about him that way because Crazy Guy says any fraternizing on the job means instant disqualification for the intern involved.

As if that’s not enough, an anonymous weirdo with insider intel is trying to sabotage my dad’s company on social media…and I’m afraid it’s working.

Much as I’d love to quit, I can’t. Kristoffs Never Quit is our family motto. I just hope there’s more than one survivor by the end of this summer.

I discovered Lisa Brown Roberts’ book last year and totally loved them! Spies, Lies and Allies was such a fun read full of Star Wars references, funny jokes, friendship, mystery and an oh so adorable romance. I honestly couldn’t stop reading it once I picked it up. It’s very rare when I read a book in a day, but this one I just devoured within a few hours. I should have been grading essays, but this was just so much more enjoyable!

The story focuses on Laurel who lands a summer job at her dad’s company in order to spend more time with him. She’s assigned to help a group of interns competing for a scholarship, however, nothing is what she expected. What I really enjoyed about this story was it’s many layers. It’s not just about the romance because it explores friendships, trust, betrayal, prejudice and family relationships. All of these aspects were well written and blended together perfectly. The book easily transitioned between serious to silly to swoon worthy without feeling forced or like it was trying too hard. Everything just flowed and the pacing was spot on. As I wrote above, I didn’t want to stop reading. It was exciting and full of so much fun!

What made the book for me were the characters. I completely loved Laurel right from the start. She’s determined, curious and very much a fangirl. Her constant Star Wars references had me smiling from ear to ear because it reminded me of a friend. Her relationship with Carlos had the perfect amount of cheesy one-liners, sass and romantic tension. I loved reading about their interactions and conversations. It’s something the author does well in all of her books.

If you are looking for a fun contemporary read this summer than this book is definitely for you. Also, don’t forget to check out the author’s other books as well!


About the Author

lbr-color-headshot-200x300-1Award-winning romance author Lisa Brown Roberts still hasn’t recovered from the teenage catastrophes of tweezing off both eyebrows, or that time she crashed her car into a tree while trying to impress a guy. It’s no wonder she loves to write romantic comedies. Lisa’s books have earned praise from Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, and the School Library Journal. She lives in Colorado with her family, in which pets outnumber people.

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