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HOW TO DISAPPEAR Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

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Today is the second day of the HOW TO DISAPPEAR Blog Tour and I’m thrilled to be one of the stops and to share my thoughts about and help promote this awesome book. I’m even more excited that HOW TO DISAPPEAR is now available for everyone to read!

Ann Redisch Stampler is an amazing writer. Her characters are always ones I want to take the journey with. And her stories always make me think – HOW TO DISAPPEAR is no exception.

If you’d like to know what I thought, scroll down for my review. If you’d like the chance to win some fab prizes, enter the giveaway. And be sure to follow the tour to learn more about this gripping thriller that’s just full of surprises.


About HOW TO DISAPPEAR

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Title: HOW TO DISAPPEAR
Author: Ann Redisch Stampler
Release date: June 14, 2016
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 416
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Description…

This electric cross-country thriller follows the game of cat and mouse between a girl on the run from a murder she witnessed—or committed?—and the boy who’s sent to kill her.

Nicolette Holland is the girl everyone likes. Up for adventure. Loyal to a fault. And she’s pretty sure she can get away with anything…until a young woman is brutally murdered in the woods near Nicolette’s house. Which is why she has to disappear.

Jack Manx has always been the stand-up guy with the killer last name. But straight A’s and athletic trophies can’t make people forget that his father was a hit man and his brother is doing time for armed assault. Just when Jack is about to graduate from his Las Vegas high school and head east for college, his brother pulls him into the family business with inescapable instructions: find this ruthless Nicolette Holland and get rid of her. Or else Jack and everyone he loves will pay the price.

As Nicolette and Jack race to outsmart each other, tensions—and attractions—run high. Told in alternating voices, this tightly plotted mystery and tense love story challenges our assumptions about right and wrong, guilt and innocence, truth and lies.

Find it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | IndieBound | Simon & Schuster | Goodreads


The Review

Ann Redisch Stampler immediately pulls you into her story with the prologue. It lets you know right from the start that something bad has happened. It just doesn’t reveal all that happened, who might be responsible, or how exactly it relates to the characters. It piques your curiosity, grabs hold, and makes you want to keep reading until you know everything.

HOW TO DISAPPEAR is a gripping page-turner that is full of surprises, suspense, difficult choices with grave repercussions, unexpected romance, and chilling secrets. It introduces two characters who are seemingly ill-equipped to handle the situations they find themselves in, but are more complex and capable than they might appear on first glance.

Being forced to hide their true identities makes their connection all the more intriguing. Not being able to explain their behavior makes for a tension-filled read. Knowing what we know makes things positively nail-biting. And discovering what we don’t will stun.

The story alternates between Nicolette’s and Jack’s point of view, giving just a bit more insight about one than the other, teasing just enough to become invested in each of their outcomes, but not so much that you’ll feel you can completely trust either one. Jack and Nick are both very different, both flawed, both damaged, both volatile, and a rather unlikely and unfortunate but interesting pair. And they are very much worth getting to know.

HOW TO DISAPPEAR does not rush to the payoff at the story’s end. It keeps you in a state of anticipation. It keeps you guessing. But it promises to be well worth the wait. Author Ann Redisch Stampler has penned a story that is exciting, shocking and unsettling. It will make you rethink everything you thought you knew. It will make you root for someone and some things you never thought you’d root for. It will keep you captivated until the very last page.

The Rating

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About Ann Redisch Stampler

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Ann Redisch Stampler is the author of the young adult novels Afterparty and Where It Began as well as half a dozen picture books. Her work has garnered an Aesop accolade, the National Jewish Book Award, Sydney Taylor honors, the Middle East Book Award, and Bank Street Best Books of the Year mentions. How to Disappear (Simon Pulse, 2016), her first young adult thriller, will be released in June. Ann lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband Rick.

Find her: Website | BlogTwitter | Facebook | Pinterest | Goodreads


The Giveaway

There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

  • ONE (1) winner will receive a $50.00 gift certificate for The Book Depository,  Signed HOW TO DISAPPEAR bookmarks + a Nicolette’s disguise inspired Smashbox makeup kit.

***Giveaway is INTERNATIONAL***

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The Tour Schedule

Week One

June 14th | Book Briefs – Review

June 14th | BookHounds YA – Author Interview

June 15th | Fiktshun – Review

June 15th | Becky on Books – Excerpt

June 16th | Just Commonly – Review

June 16th | Emily Reads Everything – Review

June 17th | Such a Novel Idea – Spotlight

June 17th | Curling Up With A Good Book – Author Interview

June 18th | Here’s to Happy Endings – Spotlight

June 18th | My So-Called Book Reviews – Review + Author Interview

June 19th | A Gingerly Review – Excerpt

June 19th | Book Whales – Excerpt

June 20th | A Dream Within A Dream – Review

June 20th | Jessabella Reads – Character Interview

Week Two

June 21st | Owl Always Be Reading – Review

June 21st | The Cover Contessa – Character Interview

June 22nd | Dani Reviews Things – Author Interview

June 22nd | Fishing for Books – Review

June 23rd | Once Upon a Twilight – Author Interview

June 23rd | Classy Cat Books – Review

June 24th | Star-Crossed Book Blog – Spotlight

June 24th | Lilians Book Stuff – Author Interview

June 25th | Pandora’s Books – Excerpt

June 25th | Reese’s Reviews – Review

June 26th | The Phantom Paragrapher – Review

June 26th | In a Bookish World – Excerpt

June 27th | Movies, Shows & Books – Review

June 27th | Wishful Endings – Character Interview

June 27th | A Bookish Escape – Review


HOW TO DISAPPEAR Pre-Release Blog Tour + Giveaway

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HOW TO DISAPPEAR by Ann Redisch Stampler releases in just two weeks on June 14th. Keep reading to learn more about this awesome book and author, to find out how to pre-order a signed copy and receive a swag bag, to enter the pre-release blog tour, or to follow the tour!


About HOW TO DISAPPEAR

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Title: HOW TO DISAPPEAR
Author: Ann Redisch Stampler
Release date: June 14, 2016
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 416
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Description…

This electric cross-country thriller follows the game of cat and mouse between a girl on the run from a murder she witnessed—or committed?—and the boy who’s sent to kill her.

Nicolette Holland is the girl everyone likes. Up for adventure. Loyal to a fault. And she’s pretty sure she can get away with anything…until a young woman is brutally murdered in the woods near Nicolette’s house. Which is why she has to disappear.

Jack Manx has always been the stand-up guy with the killer last name. But straight A’s and athletic trophies can’t make people forget that his father was a hit man and his brother is doing time for armed assault. Just when Jack is about to graduate from his Las Vegas high school and head east for college, his brother pulls him into the family business with inescapable instructions: find this ruthless Nicolette Holland and get rid of her. Or else Jack and everyone he loves will pay the price.

As Nicolette and Jack race to outsmart each other, tensions—and attractions—run high. Told in alternating voices, this tightly plotted mystery and tense love story challenges our assumptions about right and wrong, guilt and innocence, truth and lies.

To pre-order a signed copy from shoponceuponatime and get a swag bag, visit the author’s website HERE or check out the details below.


The Pre-order Giveaway Details

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Order a signed copy of HOW TO DISAPPEAR before June 14th, 2016 and you’ll receive a swag pack with your book order.

With your signed book, you’ll receive a bookmark; the tiny flashlight from Nicolette’s escape kit; Nicolette Holland and Cat Davis’ (fake!!!) ID’s; and one skeleton key in a pretty tulle bag (there are lots of different kinds of keys) that Nicolette used to unlock the doors at the Bluebonnet.

To receive your swag, order your copy of HOW TO DISAPPEAR online at shoponceuponatime.com and in the Order Comments field, enter a name if you would like to have the autograph personalized, or “signature only” if no name is required.

If you pre-order an electronic copy of HOW TO DISAPPEAR, forward your receipt or proof of purchase to HowToDisappearBook@gmail.com with the name & address where you’d like your goodies sent.

Offer valid in the only in the United States.


About Ann Redisch Stampler

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Ann Redisch Stampler is the author of the young adult novels Afterparty and Where It Began as well as half a dozen picture books. Her work has garnered an Aesop accolade, the National Jewish Book Award, Sydney Taylor honors, the Middle East Book Award, and Bank Street Best Books of the Year mentions. How to Disappear (Simon Pulse, 2016), her first young adult thriller, will be released on June 14, 2016. Ann lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband Rick.

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The Giveaway

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There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

  • A SIGNED copy of HOW TO DISAPPEAR by Ann Redisch Stampler + a special swag bag of stuff! (The book & special surprise item are not shown.)

Rules:

US only, giveaway ends June 11, 2016. No purchase is necessary. Void where prohibited. One set of entries per household. The blogs/author/publisher are not responsible for items lost or damaged in the mail. If you are under 13, please get a parent or guardian’s permission to enter, as you will be sharing personal info such as an email address. One winner will be chosen randomly via Rafflecopter widget a day or two after the contest ends. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to to the email, otherwise we will pick a new winner. If you have any questions, feel free to email readnowsleeplater@gmail.com.

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The Tour Schedule

For more about the tour visit the author’s website HERE.


THE SLEEPING PRINCE Blog Tour: ‘Five Favorite Quotes’ Guest Post + Giveaway

THE SLEEPING PRINCE

Welcome to the fifth stop on THE SLEEPING PRINCE Blog Tour. If you haven’t yet discovered this series by Author Melinda Salisbury you are seriously missing out. The books are dark and captivating, combining fairytale and folklore into something truly wonderful and magical and memorable.

The introductions tease the promise of the awesomeness to come and the endings just tease. If you don’t believe me, simply check out the first of the author’s favorite quotes and passages. And if you want to be teased a bit more, read numbers two through five.

While THE SLEEPING PRINCE is the second book in this series, you don’t have to read book one to fall in love. Of course if you want to be in the know while reading, and be more familiar with the world and a few of its players, you should definitely dive into THE SIN EATER’S DAUGHTER first.

This is not just a series with amazing covers. The stories are quite fantastic. And if you’d like the chance to win a copy of this second book in the series scroll down and enter in the Rafflecopter.

If you’d like to know more about the books and the author, some information is below. You can also visit the other stops on the tour for a few reviews, interviews and guest posts.

THE SLEEPING PRINCE comes out on May 31st, so now’s the perfect time to add it to your TBR pile and to pre-order your copy!


About THE SLEEPING PRINCE

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Title & Series: THE SLEEPING PRINCE (The Sin Eater’s Daughter #2)
Author: Melinda Salisbury
Release date: May 31, 2016
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: 336
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook

Description…

Return to the darkly beautiful world of The Sin Eater’s Daughter with a sequel that will leave you awed, terrified . . . and desperate for more.

Ever since her brother Lief disappeared, Errin’s life has gone from bad to worse. Not only must she care for her sick mother, she has to scrape together rent money by selling illegal herbal cures. But none of that compares to the threat of the vengeful Sleeping Prince whom the Queen just awoke from his enchanted sleep.

When her village is evacuated as part of the war against the Sleeping Prince, Errin is left desperate and homeless. The only person she can turn to is the mysterious Silas, a young man who buys deadly poisons from Errin, but won’t reveal why he needs them. Silas promises to help her, but when he vanishes, Errin must journey across a kingdom on the brink of war to seek another way to save her mother and herself. But what she finds shatters everything she believed about her world, and with the Sleeping Prince drawing nearer, Errin must make a heartbreaking choice that could affect the whole kingdom.

Find it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Indiebound | Goodreads


The Guest Post

Five Favorite Quotes (or Passages) and Why They are Favorites

by Melinda Salisbury

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The opening few paragraphs are some of my favourite work I’ve ever written. They set the tone for the whole book:

The night guard on the East Gate reached to scratch the sudden sharp itch at his throat. As his legs gave way beneath him and he crumpled, he saw his fingers, slick with blood, black in the dim glow from the lamp that lit the gate. He was dead before he hit the ground.

The golem stepped over his body.

The second guard turned, lips parted to scream, or swear, or beg, his sword rising to meet the creature, but too late. A silver flash through the air and the guard collapsed, his blood mingling with that of his colleague.

The lumpen, blank space where the golem’s face ought to be was tilted towards the sky, as though sniffing or listening. It passed through the gate, its misshapen head knocking the lamp, sending it swinging, casting nightmarish shadows over the thick stone wall of the East Gate. As the oil spilled and smoked, and the flame guttered, the golem stepped a trail of bloody footsteps through the gate and into the slumbering royal town of Lortune, dragging a club as long as itself in one hand, a large double-headed axe in the other.

Moments later a second golem followed, an axe and club of its own clutched in its twisted hands. Its weapons had yet to be christened.

The two creatures moved forward, slowly but steadily, their gait rocking and lilting, the motion more reminiscent of ships on the ocean than anything that moved on land.

The Sleeping Prince followed them.

As for the rest, presented without comment or context are my favourite non-spoilery lines from the book:

No2

“Mysterious boys are not as enjoyable in reality as they are in stories.”

No3

“How do I tell her?” he said. “How do I tell her he’s gone?”

No4

My eyes narrow. I don’t believe him, and my left eyebrow creeps up to let him know it.

“You wouldn’t understand my reasons,” he roars, his face turning purple. “You don’t understand anything, you stupid girl. I was kind to you. I looked out for you. I would have taken care of you. But no. I’m not good enough for you. Little miss high and mighty from Tremayne.” His head tilts as he examines me and my jaw tightens in anger. “Look at you,” he continues. “You’re not even that pretty.”

“If you lay a hand on me—”

“Ha!” He cuts me off with a bark of laughter. “I wouldn’t piss on you if you were on fire. Not now. Not now I know you’re soiled goods.”

No5

“Needs more salt.” He smiles.


About Melinda Salisbury

Melinda Salisbury

Melinda Salisbury lives by the sea, somewhere in the south of England. As a child she genuinely thought Roald Dahl’s Matilda was her biography, in part helped by her grandfather often mistakenly calling her Matilda, and the local library having a pretty cavalier attitude to the books she borrowed. Sadly she never manifested telekinetic powers. She likes to travel, and have adventures. She also likes medieval castles, non-medieval aquariums, Richard III, and all things Scandinavian. The Sin Eater’s Daughter is her first novel. She can be found on Twitter at @AHintofMystery, though be warned, she tweets often.

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Other Books in the Series

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Title & Series: THE SIN EATER’S DAUGHTER (The Sin Eater’s Daughter #1)
Author: Melinda Salisbury
Release date: February 24, 2015
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: 320
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

Description…

A startling, seductive, deliciously dark debut that will shatter your definition of YA fantasy.

Sixteen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, no one speaks to her. No one even looks at her. Because Twylla isn’t a member of the court. She’s the executioner.

As the goddess-embodied, Twylla kills with a single touch. So each week, she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love her. Who could care for a girl with murder in her veins? Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to her touch, avoids her.

But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose playful smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he’s able to look past Twylla’s executioner robes and see the girl, not the goddess. Yet a treasonous romance is the least of Twylla’s problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies-a plan that requires an unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?

Find it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Indiebound | Goodreads


The Giveaway

There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

  • Three (3) winners will receive finished copies of THE SLEEPING PRINCE – US only

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The Tour Schedule

Week One

5.23.16 | Dark Faerie Tales – Interview

5.24.16 | Addicted Readers – Spotlight

5.25.16 | Two Chicks on Books – Interview

5.26.16 | Once Upon a Twilight – Review

5.27.16 | Fiktshun – Guest Post

Week Two

5.30.16 | My Friends Are Fiction – Review

5.31.16 | Adventures of a Book Junkie – Guest Post

6.1.16 | The Broke and the Bookish – Review

6.2.16 | Fiction Fare – Interview

6.3.16 | Mundie Moms – Review


In Not-So-Bookish News: Jaime of Two Chicks on Books is a Perfectly Posh Consultant + Giveaway

If you haven’t already heard the news, Jaime of Two Chicks on Books is a Perfectly Posh Independent Consultant and has been since February.

As a friend I wanted to help her spread the news about her new endeavor and share her giveaway for some of Perfectly Posh’s fab products.

I never post promos for non-bookish things, but in this case I’ve made an exception because Jaime is awesome, a staple in the bookish community, and the biggest book lover I know, and because I use and love some of Perfectly Posh’s products.

Below are a few words from Jaime about her consultancy, the products, and places to find her online. And at the bottom of the post is the Giveaway Rafflecopter in case you’d like to enter for a chance to win some yummy Perfectly Posh goodies.


A Message from Jaime

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Have you heard about Perfectly Posh? I became an independent consultant in February because I love these products so darned much! I want to share with you what Perfectly Posh is and give away a pampering kit!

PERFECTLY POSH IS A PAMPERING BRAND 

If you love great products that are as fun as they are good for you then you’re going to love us. We were founded on some very simple principles:

We Simply Pamper 

Nothing complicated, tiresome, or mundane here. Come and be taken care of.

The best ingredients

We know if you want a product to feel great when you use it, it should be made of great things. We use the very best and most natural ingredients available so you can be proud to wear and share it.

Made in the USA

We love our country and those who make it work. At Perfectly Posh, it’s all about putting growth and goodness into our own communities.

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You deserve it

Yes, YOU. Life might never let you have a whole day off, but if you can take just a minute to take care of yourself you’ll be better able to do all the other things you need to. Take a little time to pamper YOU.

Perfectly Posh has tons of amazing products from face soaps and moisturizers, hand cremes, body soaps,  body lotions, face masks, and more!

They also offer a perks program (think rewards card). Every order you place you receive perks that you can use in a future purchase to get an item(s) FREE. The more you rack up, the more FREE stuff you get. Also you get 500 FREE perks on your birthday!

On top of all that awesomeness, they ALWAYS offer a buy 5 get 6th FREE special, and $5 shipping NO MATTER the amount of stuff ordered. How cool is that?

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So, Are you ready to #GetPampered?

I would love to be your consultant!

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Join my Facebook page I send out FREE samples, do giveaways, and talk about all things Posh!

Join my Facebook group, comment where you heard about my group (whether a blog, twitter post, etc.) and I’ll you’ll be entered to win a FREE lip balm!

Giveaway Details:

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In Bookish News: Book Launch Party for EMERGE by Tobie Easton

If you’re in the Los Angeles area this weekend, be sure to stop by Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena on Sunday afternoon to attend Author Tobie Easton‘s Book Launch Party for EMERGE.

Details about the event, author and book follow below.

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When: Sunday, May 22nd @ 3PM

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101

The Details: Tobie Easton, with Gretchen McNeil, discusses and signs EMERGE.


About EMERGE

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Title: EMERGE (Mer Chronicles #1)
Author: Tobie Easton
Release date: April 19, 2016 (HC release date July 8th)
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC
Pages: 300
Formats: Paperback, hardcover, eBook

Description…

Lia Nautilus may be a Mermaid but she’s never lived in the ocean. War has ravaged the seven seas ever since the infamous Little Mermaid unleashed a curse that stripped Mer of their immortality. Lia has grown up in a secret community of land-dwelling Mer hidden among Malibu’s seaside mansions. Her biggest problems are surviving P.E. and keeping her feelings for Clay Ericson in check. Sure, he’s gorgeous in that cocky, leather jacket sort of way and makes her feel like there’s a school of fish swimming in her stomach, but getting involved with a human could put Lia’s entire community at risk.

So it’s for the best that he’s dating that new girl, right? That is, until Lia finds out she isn’t the only one at school keeping a potentially deadly secret. And this new girl? Her eyes are dead set on Clay, who doesn’t realize the danger he’s in. If Lia hopes to save him, she’ll have to get closer to Clay. Lia’s parents would totally flip if they found out she was falling for a human boy, but the more time she spends with him, the harder it is for her to deny her feelings. After making a horrible mistake, Lia will risk everything to stop Clay from falling in love with the wrong girl.

Find it: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Indiebound, Goodreads


About Tobie Easton

Tobie Easton

Tobie Easton was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she’s grown from a little girl who dreamed about magic to a twenty-something who writes about it.  A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California, Tobie hosts book clubs for tweens and teens (so she’s lucky enough to spend her days gabbing about books).

She and her very kissable husband enjoy traveling the globe and fostering packs of rescue puppies. Tobie loves chocolate chip cookies and Oxford commas. Tobie is a member of SCBWI and YARWA, the Young Adult chapter of RWA.

Find her: Website, Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram, Goodreads


CIRCLE OF JINN Blog Tour: ‘5 Jinn Stereotypes Azra Wishes Weren’t True’ Guest Post + Giveaway

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I am super excited that CIRCLE OF JINN is releasing next week and that everyone will get to find out what Azra was trying not to spoil in her guest post below. (She was clearly having a hard time keeping secrets. I, on the other hand, have no problem keeping them. So you’ll have to find out on your own…unless Author Lori Goldstein plans on sharing a few secrets on other stops on the tour.)

Anyway…

If you want to know which five Jinn stereotypes Azra wishes weren’t true, be sure to check out her guest post below. (I definitely agree with her choices.) If you’d like to know more about each of the books in the series, information on all are also below. And if you’d like to know more about this series’ author, links to places you can find Lori Goldstein online are beneath her bio.

I also have a copy of CIRCLE OF JINN up for giveaway. So if you’d like the chance to win this awesome and delightful book, enter in the Rafflecopter. And if you plan on ordering (or already have ordered) CIRCLE OF JINN, details on a pre-order giveaway where you can get some super fun swag are at the bottom of this post.

And if you’d like to visit the other stops on tour, the schedule, which will be updated with direct links to each stop as they happen, is beneath the Rafflecopter.

The wait is almost over. So following this tour, with fun guest posts, interviews, and giveaways, is the perfect way to pass the time until CIRCLE OF JINN’s release.


About CIRCLE OF JINN

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Title & Series: CIRCLE OF JINN (Becoming Jinn #2)
Author: Lori Goldstein
Release date: May 17, 2016
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 400
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Description…

Being Jinn is Azra’s new reality. As she grants wishes under the watchful eye of the Afrit council, she remains torn between her two worlds—human and Jinn. Soon, secrets spill. Zars are broken. Humans become pawns. And rumors of an uprising become real as the Afrit’s reach extends beyond the underground world of Janna.

Straddling the line becomes impossible. Aware of her unique abilities, Azra must not just face but embrace her destiny. But when the role she must play and those she must protect expand to include a circle of Jinn greater than her own, Azra will be forced to risk everything. A risk that means there’s everything to lose, and at the same time, everything to gain—for herself and her entire Jinn race.

In this dramatic sequel to Becoming Jinn, Azra’s story comes to a heartfelt and thrilling conclusion.

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The Guest Post

5 Jinn Stereotypes Azra Wishes Weren’t True

First off, thanks for not using the “g” word (genie . . . and especially for not letting my Lalla Samara hear it . . . *shudders*). I, Azra Nadira, am a Jinn, descended from a long line of Jinn. So long in fact, my family cantamen (our genie . . . er . . . Jinn handbook) weighs almost as much as I do.

But, if I’m being completely honest (a trait not inherent to Jinn considering we live among humans, pretending to be one of them, our entire lives), the Jinn share a myth or two with your big blue “genies.” Some of which, I’d give up chocolate and caffeine to have not be true.

1. Bound to a ring or a lantern . . . or a bangle. We Jinn receive our magical powers from a shiny, intricately carved bangle that doesn’t go with anything I own and yet is my permanent accessory. I can’t get it off. I tried. It’s not only my fashion sense, or lack there of, that wants it gone. I also want it gone because . . .

2. Tied to a master. My bangle ties me to a “master.” Not in the traditional sense of your genies, but it shackles me to the Afrit, the Jinn “council” (uh, yeah, not so much a council as a . . . oops! spoiler alert). They can track not just my use of magic but me through it. Creepy. Wrong. Which is why they must be stopped. Which is why I’m going to . . . (crud, this spoiler stuff is hard!).

3. Able to grant a literal wish. You know, the one where the woman wishes to be thin and the tradeoff is losing last night’s dinner every morning? Where the dude wants to be invisible and everyone in his life ignores him? We can get away with granting a wish that way. It’s frowned upon. It risks punishment. But it can and does happen. It’s not right. I may not have wanted to become a Jinn, but even I know that.

4. Transformed into someone . . . well, kinda, sorta, hot. In your world, genies, at least genies of the female persuasion, look like they stepped out of a Victoria’s Secret catalog. I used to think the Afrit were mocking humans for making us more attractive when we become Jinn (heck, they probably are), but mostly, our transformation into someone taller with shinier hair is simply genetic. We are all descended from Lalla Mimouna and Sidi Mimoun, the first Jinn power couple. Legend has it that Jinn were once spirit creatures, made of smokeless fire. These spirits inhabited a plane between the air and the earth and embodied the purest elements of the natural world. In return for corporeal form, the spirits agreed to use the magical powers nature bestowed on them to serve humans for the “greater good.” Guess “pure” translated into “hot” when those spirits got legs. Then again, Jinn are particularly clever. It wouldn’t surprise me if the bargain with nature included an eye-candy clause and we Jinn actually are the most shallow of species.

5. Prevented from granting our own wish. That’s one of the few things we can’t do. We spend our lives granting wishes for humans, but are never able to make our own wishes come true. If we could, what would my wish be? I used to think it would be to not become a Jinn, to be . . . normal. Simply Azra. Now? After (redacted) and (redacted), if I could grant my own wish, would it be the same? In a way, maybe, but it would be more. My wish would be to (redacted).

I’m telling you, I’m so glad CIRCLE OF JINN is coming out on May 17, because these spoiler alerts are killing me.


About Lori Goldstein

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Lori Goldstein was born into an Italian-Irish family and raised in a small town on the New Jersey shore. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Lehigh University and worked as a writer, editor, and graphic designer before becoming a full-time author. She currently lives and writes outside of Boston. Lori is the author of the young adult contemporary fantasy series Becoming Jinn (Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan, April 21, 2015, sequel, Circle of Jinn, May 17, 2016). You can check out her editorial services here and visit her online at www.lorigoldsteinbooks.com.

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About BECOMING JINN

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Title & Series: BECOMING JINN (Becoming Jinn #1)
Author: Lori Goldstein
Release date: April 21, 2015
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 384
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

Description…

Azra has just turned sixteen, and overnight her body lengthens, her olive skin deepens, and her eyes glisten gold thanks to the brand-new silver bangle that locks around her wrist. As she always knew it would, her Jinn ancestry brings not just magical powers but the reality of a life of servitude, as her wish granting is controlled by a remote ruling class of Jinn known as the Afrit.

To the humans she lives among, she’s just the girl working at the snack bar at the beach, navigating the fryer and her first crush. But behind closed doors, she’s learning how to harness her powers and fulfill the obligations of her destiny.

Mentored by her mother and her Zar “sisters,” Azra discovers she may not be quite like the rest of her circle of female Jinn . . . and that her powers could endanger them all.

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About GENIUS OF JINN

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Title & Series: GENIUS OF JINN (Becoming Jinn Prequel)
Author: Lori Goldstein
Release date: March 15, 2016
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 51
Formats: eBook

Description…

In this prequel to BECOMING JINN and the upcoming sequel CIRCLE OF JINN, thirteen-year-old Azra and her nemesis Yasmin are whisked away to a mysterious land with a special language, awe-inspiring architecture, and quirky toilets: France. As the enchanting French Jinn Tayma guides them through the streets of Paris, they discover not only a book of spells, but a truth neither of them is prepared for: that in their inevitable transition to becoming Jinn, their shared genie ancestry may just make them stronger together than they are apart.

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The Giveaway

Courtesy of the publisher, Feiwel & Friends…

I have a copy of CIRCLE OF JINN for giveaway to ONE (1) winner – US only.

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The Pre-order Giveaway

The sequel to BECOMING JINN, which VOYA Magazine named one of the Best Science, Fiction, Fantasy or Horror of 2015 in a starred review, releases on May 17, 2016.

Advance praise for CIRCLE OF JINN from Booklist says “book two takes a sharp turn into high fantasy . . . Romance and wish granting take a backseat to friendship, political intrigue, and Azra’s maturation and ongoing discovery of her heritage. Fans of the first book should be satisfied by this conclusion.”

Preorder or buy a new copy of CIRCLE OF JINN by May 27, 2016, and you’ll automatically become a genie* yourself!

Every preorder, including signed preorders from Lori’s local indie, Porter Square Books (both books available for signed orders), will be mailed a signed bookmark, signed bookplate, and metallic bracelet tattoos.

But wait, there’s more! You’ll also be entered into the grand giveaway to win one of the exact shiny silver bangles featured on the cover of both Becoming Jinn and Circle of Jinn. Details: http://www.lorigoldsteinbooks.com/2016/04/18/preorder-time/

* Swag includes temporary bracelet tattoos; the power to become a Jinn must already be inside you.


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