Book Tours: Starter Day Party The Sailweaver’s Son

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I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for MG/YA fantasy “The Sailweaver’s Son”. The tour runs from September 29 to October 29.

Tour Schedule

September 29th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

September 29th: Guest Post @ SolaFide Publishing Blog

September 30th: Book Excerpt @ Jessica and Gracie’s Tree

October 2nd: Book Excerpt @ The Bookworm Lodge

October 5th: Book Excerpt @ Ms. J Mentions

October 7th: Book Review @ Adventures Through Wonderland

October 11th: Book Excerpt @ Books, Dreams, Life

October 14th: Book Excerpt @ Just Books

October 15th: Book Review @ Pop’s Blog

October 19th: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ The Silver Dagger Scriptorium

October 21st: Book Excerpt @ Paige Turner Reads

October 23rd : Character Interview @ The Book Daily

October 25th: Book Review and Giveaway @ I Heart Reading

October 27th: Book Excerpt @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

October 29th: Author Interview @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

About the Book

front coverTitle: The Sailweaver’s Son

Author: Jeff Minerd

Genre: MG/YA Fantasy

The Sailweaver’s Son combines traditional fantasy with a dash of steampunk and takes young readers to a unique world—Etherium. A world where mountains rise like islands above a sea of clouds and adventurers travel the sky in sail-driven airships.

When fifteen year-old Tak rescues the survivor of an airship destroyed by one of the giant flammable gas bubbles mysteriously appearing in the sky of Etherium, the authorities react like a flock of startled grekks.

Admiral Scud accuses Tak of sabotage and treason. Tak’s father grounds him for reckless airmanship. Rumors spread that the bubbles are weapons devised by the Gublins, a race of loathsome but ingenious underground creatures. The King’s advisors call for war, hoping to win much-needed Gublin coal.

To clear his name, solve the mystery, and prevent a misguided war, Tak must do what anyone knows is suicide—visit the Gublins and find out what they’re up to. When the wizard’s adopted daughter, an oddly beautiful and irksomely intelligent girl from the Eastern kingdoms, asks Tak to help her do just that, he can’t say no.

The adventure will take Tak from the deepest underground caves to a desperate battle on Etherium’s highest mountaintop. It will force him to face his worst fears, and to grow up faster than he expected.

Author Bio

Jeff 2Jeff Minerd thought he stopped writing fiction a long time ago until the story for The Sailweaver’s Son came to him not in a dream but after a dream. He is grateful for that, and for the opportunity to explore the world of Etherium and entertain others with what he finds there.

Jeff has a son, Noah, who is also a writer and avid reader. Jeff hopes to one day place in the top ten—or maybe even top five—of Noah’s favorite authors. But the competition is pretty stiff.

In a previous lifetime, Jeff published short fiction in literary journals including The North American Review. One of his stories won the F. Scott Fitzgerald competition, judged by former NPR book reviewer Alan Cheuse.

More recently, Jeff has worked as a science and medical writer for publications and organizations including the National Institutes of Health, MedPage Today, The Futurist magazine, and the Scientist magazine.

Jeff lives in Rochester, NY.

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About the Book

front coverTitle: The Sailweaver’s Son

Author: Jeff Minerd

Genre: MG/YA Fantasy

The Sailweaver’s Son combines traditional fantasy with a dash of steampunk and takes young readers to a unique world—Etherium. A world where mountains rise like islands above a sea of clouds and adventurers travel the sky in sail-driven airships.

When fifteen year-old Tak rescues the survivor of an airship destroyed by one of the giant flammable gas bubbles mysteriously appearing in the sky of Etherium, the authorities react like a flock of startled grekks.

Admiral Scud accuses Tak of sabotage and treason. Tak’s father grounds him for reckless airmanship. Rumors spread that the bubbles are weapons devised by the Gublins, a race of loathsome but ingenious underground creatures. The King’s advisors call for war, hoping to win much-needed Gublin coal.

To clear his name, solve the mystery, and prevent a misguided war, Tak must do what anyone knows is suicide—visit the Gublins and find out what they’re up to. When the wizard’s adopted daughter, an oddly beautiful and irksomely intelligent girl from the Eastern kingdoms, asks Tak to help her do just that, he can’t say no.

The adventure will take Tak from the deepest underground caves to a desperate battle on Etherium’s highest mountaintop. It will force him to face his worst fears, and to grow up faster than he expected.

Author Bio

Jeff 2Jeff Minerd thought he stopped writing fiction a long time ago until the story for The Sailweaver’s Son came to him not in a dream but after a dream. He is grateful for that, and for the opportunity to explore the world of Etherium and entertain others with what he finds there.

Jeff has a son, Noah, who is also a writer and avid reader. Jeff hopes to one day place in the top ten—or maybe even top five—of Noah’s favorite authors. But the competition is pretty stiff.

In a previous lifetime, Jeff published short fiction in literary journals including The North American Review. One of his stories won the F. Scott Fitzgerald competition, judged by former NPR book reviewer Alan Cheuse.

More recently, Jeff has worked as a science and medical writer for publications and organizations including the National Institutes of Health, MedPage Today, The Futurist magazine, and the Scientist magazine.

Jeff lives in Rochester, NY.

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Book Tours: Starter Day Party Adventures with Ragweed

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I’m happy to host one final starter day party for today – that for YA humor / short stories collection “Adventures with Ragweed”. I”ll review the book on June 5. Visit the other tour stops in the mean time.

Tour Schedule

May 15th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

May 17th: Book Excerpt @ Hollow Readers

May 19th: Author Interview @ Taking Time for Mommy

May 21st: Promo Post @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

May 23rd: Book Review @ Forever Book Lover

May 25th: Book Excerpt @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

May 27th: Author Interview @ The Writer’s Life

May 29th: Promo Post @ The Book Daily

May 31st:  Book Excerpt @ Bookaholic Ramblings

June 1st: Author Interview @ The Single Librarian

June 3rd: Book Excerpt @ Cajun Book Lover

June 5th: Book Review @ I Heart Reading

June 7th: Promo Post @ 365 Days of Reading

June 9th: Author Interview @ Endazzled Reading

June 11th: Book Review @  Bookish Madness

June 13th: Promo Post @ Majanka’s Blog

June 14th: Book Excerpt @ Books Direct

June 15th: Book Review @ Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock

Adventures with Ragweed

RAGWEEDCOVERTitle: Adventures with Ragweed

Author: Linda Lou Crosby

Genre: Humor / YA / Short Stories

Whimsy – Humorous Tales of Adventure, Friendship and Outdoor Ventures

For Young Adult Readers and those young at Heart

Adventures with Ragweed is a collection of humorous short stories filled with adventure and family themes.

Ragweed is a tribute to the whimsical part of each of us. Follow this young teen and her best friend, Marney as they travel to Mexico for a fishing trip, where the family is to shoot a pilot for a television show, instead, find themselves in an unexpected sea storm.

Laugh out loud as Ragweed takes on the tennis elite at the country club or attempts to rearrange their perfectly cut lawns.

Always one to learn new things, this young freckled face gal with the unruly blonde hair, builds a float, rides a horse and grows a garden – always getting into unintentional trouble and conning her friends to partake. Each task done with her own unique vies of the world.

Light Hearted and Funny

These stories are meant to entertain. It’s difficult to narrow it down to one specific genre as the book is a collection of short stories suitable for young adults as well as for an older crowd with a sense of humor. Family Relationships, Friendships, Essays and Humor are categories all presented within the pages of this book.

If you like the outdoors you might enjoy reading about Ragweed’s horse riding exploits or her compost-creating stunts. She spends a great deal of time playing sports and in the garden. Most of the stories are based on the author’s own experiences when she was a young adult but some of us know that inner youth tends to follow us into adulthood – so if you have similar backgrounds, these tales will make you grin.

Beautifully Illustrated

Author Bio

LL mugLinda Lou Crosby is a video producer, storyteller and former professional athlete. Like Ragweed, she has a unique approach to life. Ragweed is a part of herself she wanted to share with others. Linda Lou has a great sense of humor and likes to laugh and make others laugh too.

She currently lives with her husband in Montana and California where on clear days you can find her fishing, hunting or hiking.

Links

Website: For trailer promo and excerpts of book http://ragweedadventures.com/

Paperback: http://amzn.to/1iDHpDS

Kindle http://amzn.to/1iDGX8L

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Book Tours: Starter Day Party The Druid’s Doorway

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Today is also the starter day party for the book tour for YA urban fantasy novel “The Druid’s Doorway”. We celebrated the release day party yesterday, and that was a blast, so I can’t wait to read the book. I’ll be reviewing it on Christmas, on December 25.

Tour Schedule

December 15th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

December 16th: Book Excerpt @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

December 17th: Author Interview @ The Single Librarian

December 18th: Book Review and Giveaway @ Forever Book Lover

December 19th: Book Excerpt @ Bookish Madness

December 21st: Book Review, Excerpt and Giveaway @ My Tangled Skeins Book Reviews

December 22nd: Book Excerpt @ 365 Days of Reading

December 23rd: Author Interview @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

December 25th: Book Review and Giveaway@ I Heart Reading

December 27th: Book Excerpt @ Hollow Readers

December 28th: Book Review and Giveway @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

December 29th: Author Interview and Giveaway @ The Most Happy Reader

December 31st:Book Excerpt @  The Reading Guru

January 1st: Book Review @ The Book Daily

January 3rd: Author Interview @ Editor Charlene

January 5th: Book Review @ Endazzled Reading

January 6th: Book Excerpt @ The Book Gazette

January 7th: Author Interview and Giveaway @ Majanka’s Blog

January 9th: Book Review @ For The Love of Books

January 11th: Book Excerpt @ Bookaholic Ramblings

January 13th: Book Review @ Readers Writers Connect

January 15th: Book Review, Interview, Excerpt and Giveaway @ Dalene’s Book Reviews

About The Druid’s Doorway

The Druid's Doorway - Front CoverTitle: The Druid’s Doorway

Author: S.G. Daniels

Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

Jake Reese thinks he’s just a screwed-up high school kid living in a small town isolated in the Arizona desert. Traumatized at an early age by his mother’s sudden death—and believing he might have had something to do with it—he’s allowed his guilt and lack of self-confidence to rule his life.

Hailey is the fiery little redhead that sees Jake as more than a just a good friend. When she invites him as her date to a school function, it brings down the walls he’s built to protect his heart, and sets off a series of events that threaten not only Jake’s life, but that of everyone around him.

The discovery of a portal on the outskirts of town brings Jake face-to-face with death and reveals a closely guarded secret about his mother. No longer is his memory of her the only thing that haunts him. Something evil from her past has escaped through the portal, and nothing will prevent it from trying to steal Jake’s future.

Can Jake overcome his fears to keep Hailey safe? Will the decisions he’s forced to make destroy everyone he knows and loves? And ultimately…is he strong enough to live with those choices?

Author Bio

S.G. Daniels lives in rural Central Illinois with her husband of thirty-one years, and two spoiled cats, Payne and Jenks. She works full-time in a local medical facility as a patient accounting refund specialist. Most of her evenings she can be found in front of her computer, working on story ideas, or learning the ins and outs of the writing world. On the weekends, if she’s not spending time outside, she’s usually found nose-deep in a book. When S.G. unleashes her inner daredevil, she usually takes off through winding timber trails or country roads on the ATV. Her weaknesses are iced tea and pretzels, especially when she’s working on a story.

Links

Website: www.sgdaniels.com
Twitter: @SGDanielsAuthor
Facebook: www.facebook.com/s.g.daniels.author
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/sgdanielsbooks

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7515006.S_G_Daniels

 

Book Review: The Madrona Heroes Register by Hillel Cooperman

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Author: Hillel Cooperman
Genre: YA Superhero Fantasy
Age Group: Young Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Someone in ten-year-old Binny Jordan’s family has a super power – and it’s not her. Binny’s seven-year-old sister Cassie can turn herself invisible and now a strange man is keenly interested in what Cassie can do. Binny’s parents seem more distracted than ever, and her older brother Zach is hiding something of his own. Binny needs to find a way to protect her sister, but she’s never felt more alone.

The Madrona Heroes Register was a fun, quirky adventure featuring three kids: ten-year-old Binny (what an awesome name, by the way), seven-year-old Cassie, and twelve-year-old Zach. They’re siblings, which means that they don’t always get along great, but in the end, they always look out for each other. Their interactions ranged from arguing to standing up for each other, and it was great to see their sibling relationship develop. Cassie was definitely the cutest, while Zach was the most intelligent one, and Binny brought them all together.

The story starts with Cassie stealing Binny’s mirror – well, the mirror she stole from her mom, anyway. Binny chases Cassie down the road, but then Cassie vanishes. She thinks nothing of it, but one of their neighbors saw Cassie disappear. When Binny finds Cassie talking to a stranger with a dog later on, she doesn’t trust the stranger – who happens to be the neighbor who saw her disappear – at all. But when she tries to warn her parents and Zach, they have more urgent matters on their mind, as usual. Binny feels ignored yet again, but she can’t shake the feeling something is wrong.

She befriends a new neighborhood girl, Penny, who has the ability to destroy things she touches. It’s more of a hassle than anything else, as far as Penny is concerned, but Binny thinks it’s pretty cool. When Cassie disappears one night, Binny, Zach and Penny go investigate and find her at the strange neighbor’s house. They overhear a conversation and figure out the neighbor works for a strange corporation, and he knows all about Cassie’s ability to disappear into thin air.

With everyone hiding more secrets than she can count, and Cassie in danger, Binny has to come up with a plan to save her sister, while trying to survive the secrets that come crumbling down upon her.

I loved Binny. She was my favorite character, because as the middle kid, she always felt a little left out, and the target of both Cassie and Zach’s frustration at times. Kids will probably be able to relate to her well. The book was full of quirky humor, and the kids really behaved like kids. There were a lot of interesting secondary characters, and while it was obviously fantasy, it wasn’t over the top, and felt very real.

The writing was solid too. As an adult, there are some clues you notice early on (like, what’s going on with their parents) but I don’t think kids will know that right away. The plot was great, and I liked how the kids had to rely on their intelligence to get out of tough situations.

A great read for middle graders and young adults, and even for adults in the mood for some light superhero fantasy.

Book Review: Tidal (Watersong #3) by Amanda Hocking

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Author: Amanda Hocking

Genre: Fantasy, YA, Paranormal Romance

Age Group: Young Adult

Rating: 5 stars

Purchase: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N

Her only hope lies with her greatest enemies
Gemma is facing the fight of her life. Cursed by beautiful but deadly sirens, her extraordinary powers have a terrifyingly dark side, and becoming human once more is proving her greatest challenge yet. As she struggles to break the curse, the sirens, Penn Lexi and Thea are determined to kill her before she can set herself free.
Gemma’s only allies are her sister, Harper, and Harper’s boyfriend, Daniel. Together they must delve into their enemies’ mythical pasts – to discover their darkest secrets. But Penn has also set her sights on Daniel. Soon, the sirens threaten everything Gemma holds dear: her family, her friends, her life, and her relationship with Alex – the only guy she’s ever loved. Can she save herself and those she cares about before it is too late.

Tidal is the third installment in the Watersong series by indie author Amanda Hocking. I enjoyed the first two books in the Watersong series, so I was eager to get started on this one. In Tidal, things start to get together, and the suspense starts to rise to a new level in this third book. Gemma is struggling with coming to terms about being a siren, while the other sirens still hang around in town, proving a great risk. Harper and Daniel are struggling to find time for each other and their new relationship while Harper balances packing for college and Daniel tries to keep Penn off his back, who’s expressed an uncanny interest in him. Alex is suffering from the aftermath of Gemma’s siren song, which left him not only hating Gemma, but practically hating life itself.

I liked this book the most of all three. Why? Because Harper is awesome, and she plays an even bigger part here than in the previous books. What I really like about this series, except for the cannibalistic, bat-shit crazy sirens is the main characters. This is the only book I know of that features two sisters as main characters, and it’s awesome. I didn’t like Gemma that much at first, but the more the story progresses, the more I start to like her as well. She’s grown up, willing to take responsibility for her actions, and stronger than she looks like. From the start, I’ve been the biggest fan of Daniel, and he shines even more in this book, although he made a crazy decision about Penn at the end. No good.

I also like Penn and Thea. Lexi is still annoying as well, and Penn is murderous, but at least there’s more personality and reasoning behind her attitude. Thea has started to become friends with Gemma, and I liked that development.

The plot was great, and Amanda Hocking added some interesting lore about how monsters were made, with curses by the gods and ancient scrolls and such. Loved that! As usual, the pacing was fast, the romance spot-on and the characters had some great, funny replies here and there.

Watersong is an awesome series, and one of the best YA series currently out there. I liked it more than the Switched trilogy. It’s obvious Amanda has evolved as an author. I can’t wait to read the fourth book!

Book Review: The Goddess Inheritance (The Goddess Test #3) by Aimee Carter

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Author: Aimee Carter

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Age Group: Young Adult

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N

Love or life.
Henry or their child.
The end of her family or the end of the world.
Kate must choose.

During nine months of captivity, Kate Winters has survived a jealous goddess, a vengeful Titan and a pregnancy she never asked for. Now the Queen of the Gods wants her unborn child, and Kate can’t stop her–until Cronus offers a deal.

In exchange for her loyalty and devotion, the King of the Titans will spare humanity and let Kate keep her child. Yet even if Kate agrees, he’ll destroy Henry, her mother and the rest of the council. And if she refuses, Cronus will tear the world apart until every last god and mortal is dead.

With the fate of everyone she loves resting on her shoulders, Kate must do the impossible: find a way to defeat the most powerful being in existence, even if it costs her everything.

Even if it costs her eternity.

The Godess Inheritance is the final conclusion to The Goddess Test series, a thrilling ride of a book, offering suspense and action from start to finish. Kate is captured by Kronos and Calliope and held captive until her child is born. Henry doesn’t know about the captivity and has no idea what’s going on, so Kate is left to fend for herself. The Titan gives her a deal, but it still means her mother and the other gods will die, so of course she can’t take it, but Kate has to do something to save her child.

Eventually she’s saved, but it comes at a high prize. Henry falls into a coma, unaware of what’s going on around him and that they need him. With Henry gone to protect her and the other gods slowly succumbing to Kronos’ threats, it’s up to Kate to save the day. She has to find the power within herself to go on, to keep on fighting, even if everyone else already has given up. For her child. For the world. But Kronos’ powers grow every day. Calliope’s vengeance seems almost a certainty with the Titan by her side.

Kate is still as whiny and emotional in book two, but at least she grows up every now and then and takes charge of the situation as well. I’m all for character growth, and it definitely worked here, because it made her a lot more appealing for me than the whiny teenage brat we get in the second book. There’s less Henry, and whenever there is a glimpse of him, he doesn’t act as distant as in the second book, another bonus. I thought the whole baby thing was rather silly as a cliffhanger at the end of book two, but it gave Kate opportunity and reason to grow up and start acting like an adult. The plot, again, wasn’t as strong though. We have Kronos trying to destroy the world and Calliope wanting her vengeance on Kate, so the villains definitely got their priorities set up, but the “good guys” seem to switch ideals rather often. First it’s all about protecting humanity, but these gods are quick to give up and only defend their own skin when things get a little worrisome.

As usually, I adored James. He’s everything Henry isn’t and would be a so much better match for Kate than the tormented lord of the underworld. When I read about Henry, he’s like this forty-something guy who’s already seen the best years of his life gone by during his first marriage. James is young and vibrant, and not scarred by previous experiences. But alas.

All in all, I liked this conclusion to the series, even liked it a lot better than Goddess Interrupted. The story is better, story progression has improved, character development is solid and there’s a lot more at stake.

Book Review: Goddess Interrupted (The Goddess Test #2) by Aimee Carter

9780373210459_TS_SMP.inddTitle: Goddess Interrupted (The Goddess Test #2)

Author: Aimee Carter

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Age Group: Young Adult

Rating: 3 stars

Purchase: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N

Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Kate Winters has won immortality.
But if she wants a life with Henry in the Underworld, she’ll have to fight for it.

Becoming immortal wasn’t supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she’s as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, he’s becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kate’s coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans.

As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate must enlist the help of the one person who is the greatest threat to her future.

Henry’s first wife, Persephone.

Goddess Interrupted is the second novel in The Goddess Test series. I enjoyed The Goddess Test, and was looking forward to the second installment. Unfortunately Goddess Interrupted didn’t move me the way its predecessor did. I thought the story was a little clumsy and the pacing was off. It started out fast-paced, practically jumping straight into the action, with the King of Titans, Kronos, breaking free from his prison. Instead of being able to adapt to her life as a goddess, Kate’s training is cut short when everyone focuses on stopping the Titan. On top of that, Henry gets kidnapped and brought to Tartarus just when Kate is about to get crowned Queen of the Underworld. Along with James and Ava, Kate starts on a journey through the underworld to get Henry back, but she’ll need the help of the most unlikely person to help them…Persephone, Henry’s ex-girlfriend and Kate’s older sister.

I liked the start – it was all pretty hectic, all events following each other rapidly, but I liked the pacing. The book slows down once Henry and some of the other gods get kidnapped though, and from then on it’s more about Kate’s journey and character development. Which would be great, if Kate wouldn’t be such an annoying character. She has her moments of greatness, even moments where I genuinely like her, but she spends half the book moping about why Henry liked Persephone more – they were married for over a thousand years, so that’s bound to happen – and how she can save the gods. Then for some reason Kronos decides he wants to become Kate’s friends, which makes absolutely no sense to me because he’s an evil overlord and he likes Kate because she was ‘nice’ to him. Yeah. Totally evil overlord behavior.

The most annoying part though is Henry. In some stupid quest to protect Kate and/or give her the ability to choose for herself, he’s become even more withdrawn, barely sharing anything. As far as husband material goes, Henry has a lot to learn. He’s afraid to let anyone in his heart, even Kate, who’s done nothing to earn his distrust. By halfway through the book, I was pretty much rooting for James because Henry had turned out to be even more annoying than I thought possible.

Calliope was, as usually, a mixed bag of emotions, which I loved. For a villain, she makes a really interesting character. She’s not evil just for the sake of being evil – in fact she’s more lonely and heartbroken than evil, and I don’t really blame her.

I liked finding out more about the gods and their pasts and interactions. The bits and pieces about the gods and goddesses various affairs was fun too: of course with supernatural beings who are basically immortal they can’t stick with one person for the rest of their lives. It made their relationships all the more complicated and entertaining.

The story didn’t move me as much as I had hoped. Kate is too whiny, her major concern Henry’s love. Henry is a total idiot who can’t see clear about who’s being honest with him and who isn’t, and who constantly wants to protect Kate and risks his own life for no reason. James and Ava made up for a lot of the main characters’ flaws, but not enough. The story wasn’t that original either – I had kind of expected to see the Titans introduced sooner or later, considering how closely linked they are to the Greek Gods. Nevertheless, I’m looking forward to the last part in the series.

Goddess Interrupted, although not my favorite, is an interesting, entertaining read with solid writing and intriguing mythology.

Book Tours: Starter Day Party Schoolgirl Cinderella

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I’m happy to host a starter day party today for YA Fairytale Romance “Schoolgirl Cinderella”. This book sounds like a great read, and I’m sorry I won’t have time to review it, but the tour will be a blast!

Tour Schedule

May 6th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

May 6th: Book Review and Giveaway @ Deal Sharing Aunt

May 7th: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ Reviewing in Chaos

May 8th: Book Review @ Walking Butterfly Feet

May 10th: Book Review, Excerpt and Giveaway @ Penny for Them

May 12th: Book Review @ All Sorts of Books

May 13th: Promo Post @ Blooding Book Reviews

About Schoolgirl Cinderella

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Author: Priya Narendran

Genre: YA Fairytale Romance

Ten year old Briony Duke and her parents own a prestigious girls’ school in the country. This is in contrast to Mrs. Eyres, a middle-aged woman who has just been sacked by Briony’s father for embezzling funds.When Briony’s parents are killed in a car crash, Mrs. Eyres and daughter Lucy take over the school and Mrs. Eyres now becomes Briony’s guardian. Mrs. Eyres makes Briony sleep in the kitchen, cook, clean and tend to her and her daughter’s every whim. Seven years pass and one day Briony meets 19 year old Tom Logan, the sixth richest man in the country. She slowly starts to fall in love with the charismatic teenager, the only question is; can she win his heart before her evil stepsister does?

Author Bio

My name is Priya Narendran and I have been a fan of fairy tales and paranormal fiction for years. I started writing when I was seven years old and haven’t stopped writing since. So far I have written 2 books and I am in the process of writing my third.

As well as writing, I’m an avid film buff. My favourite films include My Fair Lady, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Shining and Beauty and the Beast (Disney version).

Cinderella is also one of my favourites and I decided to change things a little by making the little Cinder girl appear a little more daring and quite intelligent. I hope you enjoy reading my book as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it.

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17161405-schoolgirl-cinderella

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Schoolgirl-Cinderella-ebook/dp/B00ASMJGKK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1358084142&sr=8-1&keywords=schoolgirl+cinderella

Starter Day Party Syrenka Series Tour

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We’re celebrating the starter day party for the Syrenka Series Tour today. The Syrenka Series looks like a great read, and I’ll be reviewing all three books in the series during the month of April. YAY!

Tour Schedule

April 1st: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

April 3rd: Book Review “Promises” (Syrenka #1) @ All Sorts of Books

April 4th: Book Review “Promises” (Syrenka #1) @ I Heart Reading

April 6th: Author Interview @ The Book Lover’s Report

April 8th: Book Review “Betrayal” (Syrenka #2) @ All Sorts of Books

April 10th: Book Review “Betrayal” (Syrenka #3) @ I Heart Reading

April 11th: Guest Post @ Blooding Book Reviews

April 12th: Book Review “Arise’ (Syrenka #3) @ I Heart Reading

April 13th: Guest Post @  Writers and Authors

April 15th: Book Review “Arise” (Syrenka #3) @ All Sorts of Books

April 18th: Book Excerpts @ Reader Girls Blog

April 19th: Book Review “Promises” (Syrenka #1) @ Darlyn and Books

April 20th: Book Review “Promises” (Syrenka #1) @ Sara in Bookland Blog

April 21st: Book Review “Promises” (Syrenka #1) @ Unshelved Book Reviews

April 22nd: Book Review “Betrayal” (Syrenka #2) @ Unshelved Book Reviews

April 23rd: Book Review “Arise” (Syrenka #3) @ Unshelved Book Reviews

April 26th: Book Review “Betrayal” (Syrenka #2) @ Darlyn and Books

April 30th: Author Interview @ Majanka’s Blog

May 1st: Book Review “Arise” (Syrenka #3) @ Darlyn and Books

About The Books

13182274Title: Promises (Book One of The Syrenka Series)

Author: Amber Garr

Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

Sometimes following your heart can end up destroying the ones you love.

When seventeen-year-old Eviana Dumahl is faced with the responsibility of an arranged marriage and clan leadership, she is forced to choose between the life required of a mermaid and one of a teenage girl simply infatuated with the wrong guy. Kain, her devoted fiancé, would make a wonderful husband except that she’s been in love with Brendan, a shape-shifting selkie, ever since they were kids. Choosing to abandon her family, her clan, and her life with Kain will have dire consequences far beyond anything she could have imagined.

A war is brewing amongst the clans and Eviana unwittingly becomes a pawn in the intricate schemes of a twisted mastermind. With Brendan’s life on the line, she has no choice but to involve those she once considered friends. Amidst encountering senseless tragedies and immense loss, Eviana discovers that she is more valuable as a clan leader than anyone ever suspected. Her survival is not only dependent upon the loyalty of her friends, but also on her acceptance of a life she so adamantly tried to escape.

13495244Title: Betrayal (Book Two of the Syrenka Series)

Author: Amber Garr

Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

Life as a mermaid can be suffocating.

Eviana Dumahl has returned home as a clan leader, an orphan, and a heartbroken teenage girl. Her parents are dead and her boyfriend, Brendan, has decided that he needs some time away. While battling her inner turmoil, Eviana is forced into the war that Lucian Sutherland has incited amongst her own kind. With the help of Kain, her friend and formally betrothed, the two work together to prove that they deserve their birthrights as young merfolk leaders.

When The Council requests a demonstration of Eviana’s mermaid powers, she finds herself with an opportunity to win back Brendan’s heart. But her orders to train with a repulsive merman and the presence of an attractive new suitor challenges Eviana to embrace her leadership and resist temptation. Lucian is after her, and no one seems to understand why. Loyalties are tested as the casualties increase, showing Eviana that sometimes it is impossible to delineate between friends and enemies.

14686464Title: Arise (Book Three of The Syrenka Series)

Author: Amber Garr

Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

With power comes the responsibility to accept its consequences.

After the betrayal of those closest to her, Eviana Dumahl struggles to cope with her new reality. Kidnapped, broken, and confused, she is forced to engage in a war that will alter merfolk politics forever. With her estranged father leading the charge, Eviana has no choice but to stand by his side. Her continued existence hinges on the acceptance of the power growing inside her, even when that means embracing the family’s dark lineage.

Kain Matthew will sacrifice the world for Eviana. And he is not alone. As time runs out, her friends fight to save her life and theirs. An unlikely alliance gives them the edge they need to take a stand, although it keeps Eviana’s heart trapped in the past. A new discovery explains some of her previous mistakes, but it may not be enough to stop her father’s plans. Merfolk, selkies, and water sprites work together to save their kind, only in this final battle, not everyone will survive.

In the striking series conclusion, Eviana will learn the true meaning of power, sacrifice, and love.

Author Bio

ambergarrAmber Garr spends her days conducting scientific experiments and wondering if her next door neighbor is secretly a vampire. Born in Pennsylvania, she lives in Florida with her husband and their furry kids. Her childhood imaginary friend was a witch, Halloween is sacred, and she is certain that she has a supernatural sense of smell. Amber is a multiple Royal Palm Literary Award winner and the author of The Syrenka Series and The Leila Marx Novels. When not obsessing over the unknown, she can be found dancing, reading, or enjoying a good movie.

Website: http://www.ambergarr.com

Blog: http://ambergarr.blogspot.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Amber-Garr/232359720165110?sk=wall

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AmberGarr1

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5374297.Amber_Garr

Email: amber@ambergarr.com

Series Website: http://thesyrenkaseries.blogspot.com

 

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