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    IF YOU WRONG US Blog Tour: ‘Favorite Quotes and Passages’ Guest Post + Giveaway

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    I am so excited to be today’s stop on the IF YOU WRONG US Blog Tour. The description sounded awesome and I couldn’t wait to dive into this book.

    And it was even better than I imagined it would be. It just kept getting darker and more disturbing with every passing chapter. To say I loved it would be a major understatement.

    For my stop I have a guest post from Author Dawn Klehr in which she shares a few of her favorite quotes and passages from IF YOU WRONG US. They are the perfect tease without spoiling any of the stuff that makes this book so chillingly amazing.

    This tour also includes a giveaway for some fab prizes. Scroll down to the Rafflecopter to enter for a chance to win.

    And if you’d like to know what I thought about IF YOU WRONG US, feel free to check out my review, HERE.

    To follow the tour, visit Barclay Publicity’s website to view the tour schedule by clicking the tour banner above or the logo at the end of this post.


    About IF YOU WRONG US

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    Title: IF YOU WRONG US
    Author: Dawn Klehr
    Release date: October 8, 2015
    Publisher: Flux
    Pages: 240
    Formats: Paperback, eBook

    Description…

    Becca and Johnny become entangled after a car crash steals the lives of two people they love. Officially, the crash is an accident. But Becca and Johnny are convinced: someone did this.

    As they plot revenge against the person responsible, a bond—intense, unyielding, and manic—takes hold of them. And in an unexpected turn of events, they fall for each other.

    Or so they think.

    In an upside-down world where decay is beautiful and love and hate become one, Becca and Johnny find themselves grappling with reality. Nothing is exactly what it seems, including what they’ve come to believe about the crash. Question is: will they learn the truth before it’s too late?

    No. The question is: when they learn the truth, will they care?

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    Praise

    If You Wrong Us is “an intricate psychological page-turner that explores the darker side of vengeance and reads like *Gone Girl* through a teen lens.” – Kirkus Reviews.


    The Guest Post

    Revenge, Love, and Hate…

    by Dawn Klehr

    Thanks for having me to talk about my new YA book, Rachel.  Today, I’m going to share some of my favorite quotes and passages from IF YOU WRONG US – with a few photos to match. If you like creepy, twisted books, this one might be for you!

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    I lived there. In darkness. Going through the motions of my life in a haze. The only thing that made sense was seeing that justice was done.

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    I put my arm around Becca and pull her to my side. She’s bony and her skin feels like ice. This is all taking a serious toll on her. I’m sure she didn’t sleep last night either. It’s been this way for weeks now. I just hope when it’s all over, we can go back to normal.

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    After the bell dismisses History class, Becca meets me in the hallway. My gut sinks when her eyes follow Travis as he walks out the door. A predator and its prey.

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    “Becca would call it proper planning. The authorities would call it premeditation.”

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    My arms tighten as I lower him down, careful not to drop him too hard. Becca goes to work on his restraints. After he’s all nice and secure, she gives him another dose of drugs and closes the door.

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    Eeek! I hope you check it out! IF YOU WRONG US is available today!


    About Dawn Klehr

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    Dawn Klehr is the author of the young adult thrillers: The Cutting Room Floor and If You Wrong Us.

    She began her career in TV news and though she’s been on both sides of the camera, she prefers to lurk behind the lens. Mostly, she loves to get lost in stories – in film, the theater, or on the page – and is a sucker for both the sinister and the sappy. She’s currently channeling her dark side as she works on her next book.

    Dawn lives in the Twin Cities with her funny husband, adorable son, and naughty dog.

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    The Giveaway

    There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

    Dawn is offering up some fabulous prizes:

    • ONE (1) lucky grand prize winner will receive a $25 Gift Card from Amazon or B&N (winner’s choice)
    • TWO (2) runner-ups will win an eBook copy of Dawn’s young adult psychological thriller The Cutting Room Floor

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    Review: IF YOU WRONG US

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    Title: IF YOU WRONG US
    Author: Dawn Klehr
    Release date: October 8, 2015
    Publisher: Flux
    Pages: 240
    Formats: Paperback, eBook

    Description…

    Becca and Johnny become entangled after a car crash steals the lives of two people they love. Officially, the crash is an accident. But Becca and Johnny are convinced: someone did this.

    As they plot revenge against the person responsible, a bond—intense, unyielding, and manic—takes hold of them. And in an unexpected turn of events, they fall for each other.

    Or so they think.

    In an upside-down world where decay is beautiful and love and hate become one, Becca and Johnny find themselves grappling with reality. Nothing is exactly what it seems, including what they’ve come to believe about the crash. Question is: will they learn the truth before it’s too late?

    No. The question is: when they learn the truth, will they care?

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    NOTE: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.


    The Review

    IF YOU WRONG US is a darkly appealing and incredibly chilling read. It’s a story that lulls the reader into a false sense of security as at first glance everything appears to be normal. It is only as the story progresses that the author introduces elements that hint that not all is as it seems, giving the reader a nagging sense of wrongness that will continue to grow as things become darker and more disturbing. And with alternating points of view that allow for a glimpse into the minds of characters who are frightening, devious, calculating, cunning, slightly unbalanced, vindictive, this twisty-turny tale will be positively riveting.

    Johnny Vega’s world came undone when he lost his mother in a fatal car crash that was ruled an accident. He came undone. And he didn’t know how to put the pieces of his shattered existence back together. At least not until he met Becca Waters who gave him a reason to pick himself back up, who gave him something to focus on other than his loss, who gave him an outlet for his anger.

    Losing her identical twin sister in the crash that killed Johnny’s mom was like losing a piece of herself. As much as her sister’s controlling ways always bothered Becca, Brit’s absence was infinitely worse. Especially because she felt partly responsible for the crash that she was certain was no accident.

    And the only way she could think of to ease her guilt would to be ensure that justice was served and that the person responsible for Brit’s death would not go unpunished.

    Love and loss, vengeance, hate and heartbreak become inextricably interwoven in this fascinating and disquieting story of gamesmanship, manipulation, retaliation, revenge. Author Dawn Klehr has penned an absolutely thrilling story that will keep readers engaged and will leave them feeling uneasy and unsettled. She created characters who are sure to surprise, irk, repulse, horrify. She gradually peeled away their facades, revealing their true natures, uncovered their secrets, plots and schemes, and gave them a chance at redemption.

    IF YOU WRONG US is shocking, suspenseful, and masterfully written. Each detail is inserted at just the right moment for maximum effect. Each twist is unexpected. Each turn of events takes the story to an even darker place.

    This is not a story for the faint-of-heart. It is designed to make readers feel ill at ease, to give them goosebumps, to make their blood run cold. The romance is not of the feel-good variety. It is obsessive, unhealthy, codependent. The author does not promise an ending anywhere in the vicinity of happy.

    What she does guarantee is a deliciously disconcerting and simply amazing read.

    The Rating

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    About Dawn Klehr

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    Dawn Klehr is the author of the young adult thrillers: The Cutting Room Floor and If You Wrong Us.

    She began her career in TV news and though she’s been on both sides of the camera, she prefers to lurk behind the lens. Mostly, she loves to get lost in stories – in film, the theater, or on the page – and is a sucker for both the sinister and the sappy. She’s currently channeling her dark side as she works on her next book.

    Dawn lives in the Twin Cities with her funny husband, adorable son, and naughty dog.

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    Giveaway: Witch Eyes Series

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    As you may or may not already know, I’m a huge fan of Author Scott Tracey’s Witch Eyes series. I have loved this series from the moment I first heard #TeamFakeScott reading a passage from it. I got chills.

    Well, PHANTOM EYES, the third and final full-length book released this week, and it’s now officially time to say goodbye to this series and world and look forward to new books, new characters and new worlds from the author.

    And I am totally stoked to be able to do just that. But I’m still sad that it’s time to say goodbye to a series I’ve loved.

    So…

    I am offering up a set of this amazing series to one winner. If you already have one or two of the books you can still enter, and if you win you can always give your extra copies to a friend.

    And for those of you who aren’t familiar with the author and each of the books in this series, I’ve included some information below. Of course if you are already familiar but you just haven’t gotten your hands on a copy, then you can just skip to the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

    Whoever wins, I hope you love this series as much as I do. Good luck!

    About Scott Tracey

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    Scott Tracey is a YA author who lived on a Greyhound for a month, wrote his illustrated autobiography at the age of six, and barely survived Catholic school (and definitely not for the reasons you might think).

    He is the author of the WITCH EYES trilogy, of which the final book, PHANTOM EYES, will be released in the fall of 2013.  He is also the author of the LEGACY OF MOONSET series, the first book of which, MOONSET, will be released April 8, 2013, as well as a contributor to the SHADOWHUNTERS & DOWNWORLDERS anthology, edited by Cassandra Clare.

    His career highlights include: accidentally tripping a panic alarm which led to nearly being shot by the police; attacked in a drive-thru window by a woman wielding a baked potato, and once moving cross country for a job only to quit on the second day.

    His gifts can be used for good or evil, but rather than picking a side, he strives for BOTH (in alternating capacity) for his own amusement.

    He is represented by Ginger Clark of Curtis Brown, Ltd.

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    The Witch Eyes Series

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    About Witch Eyes

    Braden was born with witch eyes: the ability to see the world as it truly is: a blinding explosion of memories, darkness, and magic. The power enables Braden to see through spells and lies, but at the cost of horrible pain.

    After a terrifying vision reveals imminent danger for the uncle who raised and instructed him, Braden retreats to Belle Dam, an old city divided by two feuding witch dynasties. As rival family heads Catherine Lansing and Jason Thorpe desperately try to use Braden’s powers to unlock Belle Dam’s secrets, Braden vows never to become their sacrificial pawn. But everything changes when Braden learns that Jason is his father–and Trey, the enigmatic guy he’s falling for, is Catherine’s son.

    To stop an insidious dark magic from consuming the town, Braden must master his gift—and risk losing the one he loves.

    Series: Witch Eyes #1
    Publication date: September 8, 2011
    Publisher: Flux
    Pages: 336

    Formats: Paperback, eBook

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    Demon Eyes

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    About Demon Eyes

    Demons don’t die without a fight…

    After destroying the demon Lucien, Braden—son of Belle Dam’s most powerful warlock, Jason Thorpe—doesn’t need the power of his witch eyes to see that everything in his life is turning against him: friends, family, and even his visions. When disturbing nightmares of Lucien’s return haunt him, Braden discovers that the simmering feud between the city’s two witch dynasties is fast approaching its explosive boiling point.

    While struggling to come to terms with his attraction to Trey, Catherine Lansing’s son who should be his mortal enemy, a diabolical plan starts to unveil before Braden’s eyes. Young women are disappearing from Belle Dam, and as he investigates, Braden is forced to explore the dangerous unknown power within himself. But when the truth about his family is revealed, Braden must pay a terrible price.

    Series: Witch Eyes #2
    Publication date: October 8, 2013
    Publisher: Flux
    Pages: 408

    Formats: Paperback, eBook

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    Phantom Eyes

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    About Phantom Eyes

    Every child in Belle Dam is taught about the feud from an early age. There are ‘our’ people and ‘their’ people. Friends and enemies. Associates and strangers. It’s the kind of town where eyes are always watching, and you don’t need a reason to sell out your neighbors.

    But the feud is a lie. As a new wave of fury sweeps through the town, creating a third front to an already overtaxed war, Braden has been broken worse than ever. His innocence? Shattered. His heart? Crushed. His magic? Gone. His new life? Ruined. And this is only the beginning.

    Beneath the city lay deep wellsprings of power. The one who controls them is the one who will win the feud. In a city filled with puppet masters, Braden must elude their strings and end the feud once and for all. But first, he must outsmart his father, evade Catherine’s dark magic, regain what was stolen from him, trick a phantom who refuses to die, and foil a demon’s master plan.

    Even then, he may not survive. Because power is a problem, and victory comes with a cost…

    Series: Witch Eyes #3
    Publication date: October 8, 2013
    Publisher: Flux
    Pages: 408

    Formats: Paperback, eBook

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    The Prequel Novella

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    About Homecoming

    A fast-paced short story from the author of Witch Eyes.

    When it comes to making friends, witch-in-training Braden is no rock star. But he gets more than he bargained for when one little charisma spell goes disastrously wrong at the social event of the season.

    Includes free bonus chapters from Witch Eyes.

    Compelled to learn about his shadowy past and the family he never knew, Braden is drawn to the city of Belle Dam, where he finds himself caught between two feuding witch dynasties.

    Series: Witch Eyes #0.5
    Publication date: April 1, 2012
    Publisher: Flux
    Pages: 45

    Formats: eBook

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    The Giveaway

    What’s Up for Grabs?

    A paperback set of WITCH EYES, DEMON EYES and PHANTOM EYES + Kindle eGift of HOMECOMING to ONE winner

    The Deets

    • Must be 13 or older to enter
    • There will be one winner
    • Giveaway is open to wherever The Book Depository ships
    • Books will be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository depending upon location
    • Winner will be chosen by Random via Rafflecopter
    • Winner will be contacted by email and announced in the Rafflecopter
    • Winner will have 48 hours to respond after notification

    There are no requirements to like or follow. Just leave a comment and if you’d like gain a few extra entries you can do so by following the author.

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    Book Watch: Phantom Eyes

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    PHANTOM EYES by Scott Tracey will be released in the U.S. on October 8, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and in paperback format at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Flux, the print edition is 408 pages.

    PHANTOM EYES is the third and final full-length book in Scott Tracey’s Witch Eyes series.

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    Every single week seems to be filled with “must read” books and the week of October 8th is no exception. I’ve long been a fan of authors Melissa Marr, Lisa McMann and Gayle Forman, all of whom have books releasing that I’m absolutely dying to read. But when I saw that PHANTOM EYES, the third and final book in Author Scott Tracey’s Witch Eyes series, was releasing I just had to put it in the spotlight.

    Because I know how awesome it is. I know how this series concludes. I know what challenges Braden has to face. And I know whether he lives or dies.

    Of course I won’t reveal what I know about the ending to this riveting series. I won’t talk about that thing the author did that tore me apart. I won’t reveal what I know about Braden’s magic. And I most certainly won’t say whether this series ended in happiness or heartache.

    But I will say that I thought this book was epic. It was exciting and nerve-wracking and heartbreaking. I was glued to the page from the moment the story began. And I was devastated that there was no more story once I reached the end.

    So while I cannot wait to read DESERT TALES, JUST ONE YEAR, BANG, RESIST and THE BROKENHEARTED along with many of the other awesome books releasing this week, I already know just how amazing PHANTOM EYES is. And as it is the book I’m most anticipating, I just had to select it as the book to watch this week.

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    Places to Watch

    The author on TWITTER

    The Witch Eyes series on FACEBOOK

    The author’s WEBSITE

    The author on TUMBLR

    The author on GOODREADS

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    About the Book

    Goodreads description:

    Every child in Belle Dam is taught about the feud from an early age. There are ‘our’ people and ‘their’ people. Friends and enemies. Associates and strangers. It’s the kind of town where eyes are always watching, and you don’t need a reason to sell out your neighbors.

    But the feud is a lie. As a new wave of fury sweeps through the town, creating a third front to an already overtaxed war, Braden has been broken worse than ever. His innocence? Shattered. His heart? Crushed. His magic? Gone. His new life? Ruined. And this is only the beginning.

    Beneath the city lay deep wellsprings of power. The one who controls them is the one who will win the feud. In a city filled with puppet masters, Braden must elude their strings and end the feud once and for all. But first, he must outsmart his father, evade Catherine’s dark magic, regain what was stolen from him, trick a phantom who refuses to die, and foil a demon’s master plan.

    Even then, he may not survive. Because power is a problem, and victory comes with a cost…

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    Other Amazing Books to Watch

    Here are just five of the many, many awesome books releasing the week of October 8th:

    DESERT TALES (A Wicked Lovely Companion Novel) by Melissa Marr

    JUST ONE YEAR  (Just One Day #2) by Gayle Forman

    BANG (Visions #2) by Lisa McMann

    THE BROKENHEARTED by Amelia Kahaney

    RESIST (Breathe #2) by Sarah Crossan

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    Gold Blog Tour: Blake Williams Character Interview + Giveaway

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    I am so excited that GOLD, the second book in Talia Vance’s Bandia series, has been released and everyone will be able to read it and find out just why I have been dying to talk about it for the many, many months since I first read it.

    I am also totally stoked to be a part of the GOLD Blog Tour so that I can help spread the word about this amazing book and series. I absolutely love the mythology in each of these books. I loved the insta-hate and intense reaction Brianna and Blake had when they first met.

    And I love how radically things changed in this sequel. Things that I haven’t been able to talk about with very many people. But they are things I’m just dying to talk about.

    While Austin plays a bit larger of a role than Blake in this second book in the series I just couldn’t resist the chance to ask Blake a few questions. Which actually proved a bit more difficult since I didn’t want to ask any questions he couldn’t answer for fear of being too revealing about all that went down in this book.

    So I tried to keep things just a little bit vague. But for those who have read GOLD I think you’ll be able to figure out just where I was going with my questions.

    The interview follows the book’s details, which you’ll definitely want to take a peek at as they shed some light on what’s going on in this sequel. And following the interview is some information about the author and places you can find her online, as well as some information about SILVER, the first book in this series.

    And… there is also an amazing giveaway that I desperately want to enter included as part of this tour. The author is giving away to three winners a signed copy of GOLD and there are two signed sets of SILVER and GOLD up for grabs. (US ONLY.) Just scroll on down toward the bottom of the post to enter for a chance to win.

    But now, without any further too much more ado aside from some brief details about GOLD, let me share my interview with Blake Williams.

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    About GOLD (Bandia #2)

    Release Date: September 8, 2013
    Publisher: Flux
    Pages: 408
    Formats: Paperback, eBook

    Description:

    Descended from an Irish demigod, Brianna has fled to Ireland to escape destruction at the hands of her sworn enemies, the Sons of Killian. Taking refuge at the estate of her former nemesis, Austin Montgomery, Brianna discovers a rift in time that opens to an era before the feud began.

    Wrestling with her newfound feelings for the more innocent Austin, Brianna begins to wonder if she can alter the past. But when Brianna and Austin learn that the Sons are raising an army of mythical beasts, the pair will need to use their magical strength in the present to avoid a tragic end.

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    Q. For those who didn’t get the chance to meet you last year can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

    BLAKE: I’m a pre-med student getting ready to start my sophomore year, I play a little poker on the side, and I accidentally bound my soul to the girl I was supposed to kill.  She turned out to be nothing like I expected and I would’ve done anything to keep her alive.  I thought she felt the same way about me, but things got weird after she accidently killed me and then used some ancient magic to bring me back.  Without the soul bond, it was hard to know how she really felt.  I still don’t know…

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    Q. When you first met Brianna things got just a little bit intense. Just a little…. What were your first impressions of her?

    BLAKE: She was the most gorgeous and dangerous thing I’d ever seen.  I was terrified, and maybe even a little in love:

    When I feel confident that I can handle it, I let my gaze shift to the dark-haired girl.

    It takes all my concentration not to lunge for her.

    Focus.

    She’s not going to blow me up in the middle of a party.  That’s not how it works, right?  No.  She’ll lure me in first.  Make it personal.

    I let myself breathe.

    Damn, she’s something.

    Our eyes meet and I can’t stop staring.  Even without the claiming. I would know what she is.  Anyone would.  She’s a freaking angel on earth with that hair and that face, and oh my God, those lips.  But that’s not what makes me ache for her.  It’s the power.  It pulses off of her like liquid fire.  I want to wrap myself inside of it.  In her.

    Easy.

    The only thing she wants is me dead.  I can’t let myself forget it.

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    Q. And after getting to know her, how did your feelings about her change?

    BLAKE: I was still a little scared, but once I got to know Brianna, there was no question that I was completely in love with her.  She was smart and funny and she had no idea how to use her power, but she fought like hell for the people she cared about, even me.

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    Q. Can you talk a little bit about the Sons of Killian and what it means – for you, for your relationship with Brianna – to be one of them? And if you could not be one of them, would you choose to give it all up?

    BLAKE: As a Seventh Son of Killian, a descendant of the gods who can manifest their power, I have a lot of responsibility.  We’re the last line of defense between humanity and the gods who want to return to earth to rule it.  Brianna is a bandia, one of Danu’s descendants, the last of the gods’ warriors.  We’re soldiers in a centuries’ old war we didn’t start in the first place.  I would give it all up if I could, but the fact is I never can.  The best I can hope for is to help keep her alive.

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    Q. What has been your favorite moment with Brianna?

    BLAKE: There was this moment on the beach, before we were bound.  She had no reason to be with me, every reason not to, really, but she was there, not as a bandia, but as a girl who joked about electricity and looked at me like I was someone who mattered.  But I think my favorite moment was when she doused Jeremy with a wall of water and messed up his hair.  I haven’t laughed so hard since.

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    Q. Things between you and Brianna got complicated. What would you say is your biggest regret?

    BLAKE: That I let myself doubt her, even for a second.

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    Q. When Brianna left for Ireland what was your plan? To bring her back? To let her go?

    BLAKE: When she first left, I was just going to let her go, but within a day I knew it was hopeless to think that I ever could.  Everyone was convinced that she burned down my house, and the only way to protect her was to find the bandia who did it.  Beyond that I didn’t really have a plan.  In retrospect, maybe I should have…

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    Q. What do you really think of Austin? And would you feel the same way if he didn’t seem interested in Brianna?

    BLAKE: Austin and I were friends once, but the dude did try to get me killed.  There’s no going back from that as far as I’m concerned.

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    About Talia Vance

    Talia Vance is a practicing litigation attorney living in Northern California with her real life love interest, two-point-five kids, and a needy Saint Bernard named Huckleberry.

    Talia has been writing since she could talk, making up stories for every doll, stuffed animal and action figure she could get her hands on. She grew up hoping to write the great American novel, but her life ran more along the lines of tortured romance and fast paced thrillers, so that’s what she writes.

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    Silver

    About SILVER (Bandia #1)

    Release Date: September 8, 2012
    Publisher: Flux
    Pages: 384
    Formats: Paperback, eBook

    Description:

    “As I step into the room, a silver flash blurs my vision. Before I can take a breath, the world falls away.”

    Brianna has always felt invisible. People stare right past her, including the one boy she can’t resist, Blake Williams. But everything changes at a house party where Brianna’s charm bracelet slips off and time stands still. In that one frozen, silver moment, Blake not only sees her, he recognizes something deep inside her she’s been hiding even from herself.

    Discovering she is descended from Danu, the legendary Bandia of Celtic myth, Brianna finds herself questioning the truth of who she is. And when she accidentally binds her soul to Blake, their mutual attraction becomes undeniable.

    But Blake has his own secret, one that could prove deadly for them both.

    Bound together by forbidden magic, Brianna and Blake find themselves at the heart of an ancient feud that threatens to destroy their lives and their love.

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    There are some amazing prizes being offered up for giveaway during this tour. (I want one!)

    • A signed set of SILVER and GOLD to TWO (2) winners
    • A signed copy of GOLD to THREE (3) winners

    ***Giveaway is US Only*** 

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    Week One

    Sept. 9th – My Guilty Obsession – Guest Post

    Sept. 10th – Fiktshun – Blake Interview

    Sept. 11th – Magical Urban Fantasy Reads – Guest Post

    Sept. 12th – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Guest Post

    Sept. 13th – Tater’s Tall Tails – Austin Interview

    Week Two

    Sept. 16th – BookPics – Brianna Interview

    Sept. 17th – What the Cat Read – Interview

    Sept. 18th – The YA Sisterhood – Guest Post

    Sept. 19th – A Book Obsession – Interview

    Sept. 20th – Two Chicks on Books – Quarters Scene from Austin’s POV

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    Book Watch: Gold

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    WatchBOOK-2GOLD by Talia Vance will be released in the U.S. on September 8, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats.

    It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and in paperback format at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Flux, the print edition is 408 pages.

    GOLD is the second book in author Talia Vance’s Bandia series.

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    There are so many books releasing the week of September 3rd that I’m incredibly excited about. One I’m currently reading, one I am dying to read and several I have pre-ordered. But of all the books releasing that week, GOLD by Talia Vance is the book I am most anxiously awaiting, so I just had to put it in the spotlight this week.

    I did get the chance to read it quite a bit early, but that just makes me even more eager to get my hands on a finished copy of this book. I want to know if any major changes were made to the story from the version I’d read. I want to see if the ending remained the same. I want to re-read this book in its finished form and fall in love all over again.

    I was so surprised by SILVER when I first read it. I fell madly in love with it from the very first pages. And the same was true of GOLD. It was insta-love for me. Which was also a surprise given how much things had changed between book one and book two. Changes I might normally have been devastated by.

    But they were changes that just felt right for the story. And they were changes that I absolutely love, love, loved.

    Of course there were other things I absolutely adored. I loved the new setting in this sequel. I loved the look back in time to what happened in the past. I loved what was happening with Brianna in the present. And I loved that Austin played a bigger role in this story.

    Though I probably shouldn’t say any more. Or I might reveal just why I thought I’d be devastated. Or why Blake… no, I probably shouldn’t talk about him. At all.

    As I have already read GOLD there is no guesswork as to whether I think this book will be amazing based upon its description. I know it is. It’s exciting, it’s suspense-filled, it’s heartbreaking, it’s heartwarming. It’s a story I’m just dying to re-read.

    So it doesn’t matter that I already know what happened in the past before the feud began. Because I want to discover it all over again. And it doesn’t matter that I know exactly what happens, or doesn’t happen, between Brianna and Austin. Because reading about it a second time will be just as awesome as the first.

    And while there are so very many books releasing the week of September 3rd, books I’ve been pining over for a long while, they don’t come with a one hundred percent guarantee that I will fall in love with them, be transported by them or make a connection to the characters. Whereas all of those things happened during the course of reading GOLD.

    Which is why I had no choice but to select GOLD as the book to watch this week.

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    Places to Watch

    The author on TWITTER

    The author’s WEBSITE

    The author’s BLOG

    The author on GOODREADS

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    About the Book

    Goodreads description:

    Descended from an Irish demigod, Brianna has fled to Ireland to escape destruction at the hands of her sworn enemies, the Sons of Killian. Taking refuge at the estate of her former nemesis, Austin Montgomery, Brianna discovers a rift in time that opens to an era before the feud began.

    Wrestling with her newfound feelings for the more innocent Austin, Brianna begins to wonder if she can alter the past. But when Brianna and Austin learn that the Sons are raising an army of mythical beasts, the pair will need to use their magical strength in the present to avoid a tragic end.

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    Other Amazing Books to Watch

    This is just a fraction of the multitude of other awesome books releasing the week of September 3rd:

    THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN by Holly Black

    ALL OUR YESTERDAYS by Cristin Terrill

    TAKEDOWN by Allison Van Diepen

    THE TRUTH ABOUT YOU AND ME by Amanda Grace

    CONJURED by Sarah Beth Durst

    ETERNAL (Winterhaven #3) by Kristi Cook

    ETERNITY (The Fury Trilogy #3) by Elizabeth Miles

    SCORCHED by Mari Mancusi

    STARRY NIGHTS by Daisy Whitney

    SWEET LEGACY (Medusa Girls #3) by Tera Lynn Childs

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    Moonset Blog Tour: Character and Author Interviews + Giveaway

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    I am so excited to be a part of the tour for MOONSET by Scott Tracey who happens to be one of my very favorite authors. I had the chance to read MOONSET early and may have read it more than once… more than twice… more than that, even… and I can only say that it was amazing and where’s the sequel?

    While I won’t be posting my review as part of the tour – apparently I have several posts scheduled for today – it will be up on the blog on Wednesday. So if you’d like to see what I thought about the Moonset coven, its legacy and its characters, feel free to stop back then.

    For today, though, I have an awesome interview with children of MOONSET and with the author. And while I’d love to ramble on for awhile, because this post is long and because the interviewees are much more interesting than I could ever be, I’ll stop now.

    Of course I have to share the book’s description – just in case you haven’t seen it – some places where you can find it online, a short bio of this incredibly talented author (with photo) and places where you can find him online.

    If you’re already a fan and know all about this book and author, then just skip ahead to the interview and be sure to check out the giveaway below for a chance to win one of five copies of the book!

    Now, without any further ado, may I present to you….

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    Moonset

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    About the Book…

    Moonset, a coven of such promise . . . Until they turned to the darkness.

    After the terrorist witch coven known as Moonset was destroyed fifteen years ago—during a secret war against the witch Congress—five children were left behind, saddled with a legacy of darkness. Sixteen-year-old Justin Daggett, son of a powerful Moonset warlock, has been raised alongside the other orphans by the witch Congress, who fear the children will one day continue the destruction their parents started.

    A deadly assault by a wraith, claiming to work for Moonset’s most dangerous disciple, Cullen Bridger, forces the five teens to be evacuated to Carrow Mill. But when dark magic wreaks havoc in their new hometown, Justin and his siblings are immediately suspected. Justin sets out to discover if someone is trying to frame the Moonset orphans . . . or if Bridger has finally come out of hiding to reclaim the legacy of Moonset. He learns there are secrets in Carrow Mill connected to Moonset’s origins, and keeping the orphans safe isn’t the only reason the Congress relocated them .. .

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    About the Author…

    Scott Tracey is a YA author who lived on a Greyhound for a month, wrote his illustrated autobiography at the age of six, and barely survived Catholic school (and definitely not for the reasons you might think).

    He is the author of WITCH EYES, chosen as one of Amazon’s Best LGBT Books of 2011, as well as an ALA Popular Paperback in the Forbidden Romance category. The final book in the WITCH EYES trilogy, PHANTOM EYES, will be released in the fall of 2013.

    He is also the author of MOONSET, a new series which will be released April 8, 2013, as well as a contributor to the SHADOWHUNTERS & DOWNWORLDERS anthology, edited by Cassandra Clare.

    His career highlights include: accidentally tripping a panic alarm which led to nearly being shot by the police; attacked in a drive-thru window by a woman wielding a baked potato, and once moving cross country for a job only to quit on the second day.

    His gifts can be used for good or evil, but rather than picking a side, he strives for BOTH (in alternating capacity) for his own amusement.

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     The Interviews
    Justin…

    Even though you’re not the oldest you seem to be the one in charge, the one trying to keep the peace. How do you feel about shouldering this burden? Are you angry that Mal hasn’t taken the lead?

    It has to be someone’s job. I don’t mind that it’s me. I mean, it’s not easy all the time: trying to keep everyone from killing each other is a full time job on even a good day. Mal gets too angry sometimes, he wouldn’t make a good mediator. So I think it’s a good thing that it’s me. At least I can try to make everyone happy.

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    Would you rather be normal – no magic, not related to the Moonset coven – or is having magic worth all the negatives?

    Ouch. Give up my family just to be free from who I am? Never. I mean, sure magic might have its downsides, but I wouldn’t be who I am if I didn’t have all of them. They’re my family. I like who I am. I like who they are. And how would I ever make up for what my parents did if I didn’t have the gifts that I have?

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    Jena…

    What do you think about Carrow Mill? If you knew your last expulsion would land you in this town would you have done it anyway?

    We moved from the middle of No-One-Cares to a town filled with Witches and Covens? I call this a win-win. Sure, things in town are a little…off. But we’re always being taught by sideshow talents with only a few tricks up their sleeves. I want to know the things the Covens know. Where better to start learning?

    No one wants to talk about how stifling our last town was. There are a lot of places we’ve gone where the town is small and in the middle of nowhere, but you can tell the witches know what’s up. This wasn’t one of them. We didn’t even get any real training. Kids my age should be able to cast a decent glamour on themselves. I can barely eavesdrop on someone in the next room. Tell me how that’s fair?

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    What is your favorite way to piss Justin off?

    Some days all it takes is a smile, did you know that? It drives him crazy, wondering what’s going on in my head. That’s the thing about Justin – I always know what he’s thinking, and he can never really figure me out. So sometimes I walk around with a smug little smile and wait for him to implode.

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    Malcolm…

    How does it feel to be stuck with your siblings? You’re the one most likely to be able to live a normal life, do you think that’ll ever happen?

    A normal life? You’re kidding, right?

    Look, we are what we are. There’s nothing that I can do about it. I leave schools when they have to leave, I move when they move. Wherever they go, I have to follow. Normal has a restraining order out on me. I can’t get within five hundred feet of it.

    Do I think it’ll ever happen? No. I’ll be with the rest of them until we die.

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    Cole…

    If you could pull a prank on one of your siblings, who would you prank and why?

    Mal, of course. Bailey cries too easily, and no one in their right mind pisses Jenna off. And Justin’s boring. Besides, Jenna gets dibs on that. But Mal freaks out and it’s always hilarious. This one time, I took pictures of him sleeping and posted them up around the school, and girls wouldn’t leave him alone! They had to have a sexual harassment assembly just for him. I mean, not like for him, like he was the only one there. I mean there was one for the whole school, because of the way people treated Mal.

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    What do you think about the Witchers? Cool or creepy?

    Dude, have you seen them? They’re so badass. One of them saved my life, y’know. Quinn’s cool. He has this knife thing and he can use all kinds of wicked magic with it! He used it to stop this gash on my face from bleeding and then turned around and blew up a building like it was nothing!

    I tried asking him to show it to me, but he said not until I was older. Which is lame, because Justin and Jenna and Mal are older, and they don’t do anything fun with knives. They don’t do anything fun anyway, but especially not with knives.

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    Bailey…

    What are the best and worst parts of having Jenna as your sister?

    Oh…I don’t…is she going to read this? I don’t know.

    Jenna’s sweet, she really is. She shows me how to do stuff, she makes sure I’m taken care of, she protects me when she thinks I need it. It’s just…she’s under a lot of pressure. I think it’s harder for her than the rest of us, and she doesn’t want us to know that. I don’t think she wants us to get in trouble, but she just doesn’t know of any other way to make her point.

    I just wish people would stop treating her like she’s the worst of us. She’s really not. Evil people don’t take their little sisters shopping and stay up half the night talking about boys. Or do makeovers together. I just wish people could see the Jenna I see, sometimes. I wish Jenna could see. Because I think she’s starting to believe what they tell her. And that scares me.

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    My Thoughts…

    Justin – Your answers just prove why you’re the perfect one to “lead” your family. You rock!

    Jenna – Ha! A “little off”???? Really, Jenna? Though it is totally unfair that you can’t glamour yourself. That would be an awesome skill to have. Oh, and I didn’t know that about Justin, though I should have guessed. 🙂

    Mal – You sound a little resigned, a little depressed. Time for a coffee run? Maybe Justin could make one for you. 😉

    Cole – Hehehe! Poor Mal. But you totally chose the right sibling to prank. Love it! As far as the Witchers, I have not had the chance to see them first-hand. And as much as I’d love to, if they were around, that would mean something really bad was going to happen.

    Oh, and Cole, you’re scaring me just a little bit with your fascination with knives….

    Bailey – Somehow I don’t think Jenna wants everyone to see just how great a person she can be. And I agree, she’s not evil. But magic can be a dangerous thing….

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    Scott Tracey…

    If the Moonset coven were pitted against the Lansings and the Thorpes who do you think would win? Whose magic would you say is strongest?

    Well, the Moonset kids have the curse that protects them from being separated/killed, so in a full out assault I’d say they’d win out. But if the Lansings/Thorpes did their research, they might find alternative ways to deal with them.

    Magic wise, definitely the Moonset kids. At least the potential is there. In Witch Eyes, everyone has a certain level of strength and/or skill. Jason and Catherine are leagues above most witches, and Braden is leagues above them. But in the Moonset world, you’re only as strong as what spells you’ve learned, but anyone can be a powerful badass. At that point, it becomes a numbers game, and there’s 5 Moonset kids, and only two adults. Moonset all the way. 😉

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    Who would you say is the strongest character in MOONSET? The most magically inclined? The most clever? The most secretive? The most complicated?

    It’s funny, because I’m working on the second book now, and my answers would change significantly between the two books. But since we’re talking MOONSET, here’s what I would say.

    Strongest: If we’re talking straight up ‘witch fu’ it’s a tie between Illana Bryer and Quinn, the kids’ guardian. Quinn doesn’t really get a chance to flex his muscles too much in Moonset, but his reputation is well earned.

    Magically inclined/clever: These go hand in hand. Jenna is the MacGyver of the group – she has a knack for taking a dozen harmless spells, and finding a way to combine them towards explosive results. Justin is clever, but in different ways, and his gifts would suit him well in rivaling Jenna for most magically inclined. The two of them have the potential to be the most dangerous (in a much different way than Bailey) out of all the Moonset kids. Which is to be expected, because their parents were the most magically gifted members of the original Moonset coven.

    Secretive: Justin. The adults keep a lot of secrets, but Justin has an inherent distrust of anyone outside of his family unit, even when keeping secrets is to his detriment. Maybe it’s because he knows that sometimes, a good leader has to hold back, but he has trust issues on a monumental scale.

    Complicated: Jenna for sure. Yes, she can come across a thoughtless, spiteful person, but I think there’s a whole interior of mushy emotions and fear that she’s trying to conceal. Jenna to me is the most layered character of the five, because I think that there’s always something deeper at play with her. That’s part of the reason she dislikes Ash so much, because in a way they’re too much alike.

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    Quinn was another character who played a fairly significant role in the story. How would you describe him and his role? Do you think Justin and his siblings see Quinn the same way you do?

    To me, I see Quinn as the older brother that the kids always needed. Even if they don’t understand it like that. He’s someone in a unique position – he’s one of the heir apparents to the witch Congress (as the grandson of the two most politically powerful witches around), he’s one of the most highly regarded Witchers to come out of training, and he’s one of the few people who doesn’t look at Justin and the others and think “Moonset.” It affords him a position where he’s able to look out for the kids, and try to guide them, in the way that an older sibling should.

    Quinn’s one of my favorite characters, because I see him as being something different to each of the Moonset kids. He models himself after what he thinks each of them need, so as a result the relationships he forms with each of them is just a little bit different. It’s not just that he’s looking out for the kids, but he knows them. He knows how they behave, what they want out of life. And he genuinely wants to be a part of their lives.

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    If you could pick one line of dialogue that made you grin while writing it, what would it be?

    “You look like Betty White’s grandmother, and you smell like a Kardashian!”

    Basically, any time Cole is in a good mood and feeling mouthy, it’s my favorite.

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    Each of your chapters offers up a little bit of Moonset’s history. What made you decide to reveal pieces of the dark coven’s past in that way? And is this something we’ll see more of in the sequel?

    I’m not sure where the idea first came from, but I remember latching onto it as soon as I wrote the first one. I needed something in terms of Moonset’s history, and it became an extension of the worldbuilding, because of course in a world where magic was regulated there would be books written, interviews done, investigations, etc.

    Each book will probably continue this trend, but not in the same way. Book one was the ‘setting the stage’ book, so it was mostly about Moonset and the war they started. The second book’s epigraphs will be tailored to the mysteries of that book. But so far, I only have one written for sure. (I don’t write the epigraphs until after the book is done).

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    You’re working on the sequel to Moonset right now. How is the research for the second book different than what you had to do for the first?

    Well, with the first book, most of my actual research was just in putting together the theories about how this world worked. How the government operated, who was in control, how Moonset had happened, etc. So I spent a lot of time figuring out the structure of the world. My goal was to create a world of witches that was bogged down in bureaucracy and ineffective because of its size. Shades of our real world government, in a way.

    With the second book, I’ve had to do a lot more actual research. The first book was all about setting the stage, and the second has become more about advancing the story. I’ve had to do a lot of research into psychopathy in teenagers, what causes psychotic breaks, other types of disorders that stem from a loss of control.

    And then of course there’s the fun stuff: there’s a wealth of websites that deal with abandoned structures, and the people who investigate them. Second to actually going to these places to investigate for yourself, a website full of stories and high-res pictures of it’s current state are incredibly inspiring. I like to think of Carrow Mill as a quintessential New England kind of town, but it’s a town with a big history. So I think that probably around the time Moonset came to it’s end, the town reincorporated itself, shedding layers and buildings that no longer fit it’s “new” image. The idea that there are parts to the town that were just cast aside or swept under the rug fascinates me.

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    My Thoughts…

    Yay for the children of Moonset! Though I’d still love to see a full out Lansing/Thorpe assault. That would be awesome!

    Woot, I love Quinn! And not just because he’s older, has mad skills and is a great guardian. But what he does… oh, I probably shouldn’t say, should I?

    LOL re: the MacGyver reference. Explosive, I totally agree. But I think her results are more of the “happy little accidents” variety. And I love that you dropped the reference to Bailey in there. 🙂 And oh Justin and his trust issues. Though I think Jenna probably has some major ones, too.

    Love Jenna! And I love layered characters. Makes them much more interesting. I’d love to see a story from her POV at some point.

    I’m so glad to hear from you that Quinn is in fact genuine. As much as I do love him, I always have trust issues with characters in his particular position. The fact that you tell me he’s genuine makes me smile. Of course, I am a little worried you’ll change your mind down the road…. Yes, I have trust issues as regards authors and their characters, too.

    Cole is awesome! That line, LOLOLOL!

    I love those peeks into Moonset’s history. I don’t usually pay attention to things at the beginning of a book’s chapters as I find they pull me out of the story, but in MOONSET they were tidbits of info that I was excited to discover.

    Ahh research…. I would say it doesn’t sound like fun, but “psychotic breaks”? “Psychopathy”? Yeah, that could be very interesting. But… OH MY GOSH what is going to happen in book two!?!

    Those neglected buildings from a bygone age fascinate me, too. I can’t wait to see what you do with all of that… and your other… research. So… how long again until the sequel?

    Forget about these tours, KEEP WRITING!

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    And I just have to say a huge THANK YOU to the author and his characters for sharing all sorts of insights with me and my blog’s readers. You totally made this final stop on the tour ROCK!

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    The Giveaway

    The very awesome publisher is offering up for giveaway FIVE copies of MOONSET. It is US ONLY and you must be 13 and older to enter.

    There are no requirements to like or follow, just answer the question from the Rafflecopter in the comments section about which witches sound more like your kind of witches – those from the author’s Moonset coven or those from his Witch Eyes series. (The description for WITCH EYES can be found HERE.)

    There are also a few extra entry opportunities (not required).

    Just enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    The Tour Schedule

    As this post is super long, I’ve only included the tour schedule for this last week of the tour. But if you’d like to check out the full schedule you can find it on Rockstar Book Tours HERE.

    Week Three

    Apr. 8th – Tynga’s Reviews – Interview
    Apr. 8th – Bibliojunkies – Review
    Apr. 9th – A Dream Within A Dream – Guest Post
    Apr. 9th – BookPics – Review
    Apr. 10th – JeanBookNerd – Interview
    Apr. 11th – The Best Books Ever – Guest Post
    Apr. 12th – Reader Girls – Guest Post
    Apr. 13th – Unabridged Bookshelf – Review
    Apr. 14th – Fiktshun – Interview

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