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    EMPIRE OF DUST by Eleanor Herman Giveaway

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    I cannot wait for EMPIRE OF DUST by Eleanor Herman to be released this June. LEGACY OF KINGS was, is, and will forever be amazing and I am so excited that the next book in this incredible series will be releasing in less than three months! The wait is finally almost over!

    For those of you who are just as excited as I am, I have an awesome giveaway to share: An ARC of EMPIRE OF DUST plus some really fun gold snake tattoos – the temporary kind – inspired by Olympias, courtesy of Paper Lantern Lit.

    If you haven’t yet had a chance to check out Eleanor Herman’s Blood of Golds and Royals series, details on each book is below. Though you may want to scroll quickly past the description for EMPIRE OF DUST so as not to have even a moment of LEGACY OF KINGS revealed.

    And if you you’d like to read a short prequel story, the eBook of VOICE OF GODS is currently free – links are included below.

    This giveaway is only open for a week! Just enter in the Rafflecopter for a chance to win.


    About EMPIRE OF DUST

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    Title & Series: EMPIRE OF DUST (Blood of Gods and Royals #2)
    Author: Eleanor Herman
    Release date: June 28, 2016
    Publisher: Harlequin Teen
    Pages: 432
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Description…

    In Macedon, war rises like smoke, forbidden romance blooms and ancient magic tempered with rage threatens to turn an empire to dust

    After winning his first battle, Prince Alexander fights to become the ruler his kingdom demands—but the line between leader and tyrant blurs with each new threat.

    Meanwhile, Hephaestion, cast aside by Alexander for killing the wrong man, must conceal the devastating secret of a divine prophecy from Katerina even as the two of them are thrust together on a dangerous mission to Egypt.

    The warrior, Jacob, determined to forget his first love, vows to eradicate the ancient Blood Magics and believes that royal prisoner Cynane holds the key to Macedon’s undoing.

    And in chains, the Persian princess Zofia still longs to find the Spirit Eaters, but first must grapple with the secrets of her handsome—and deadly—captor.

    New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Herman entwines the real scandals of history with epic fantasy to reimagine the world’s most brilliant ruler, Alexander the Great, in the second book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series.

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    About Eleanor Herman

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    Eleanor Herman is the New York Times bestselling author of Sex with KingsSex with the QueenMistress of the Vatican, and King Peggy. Obsessed by all things royal and historical, she lives in McLean, Virginia with her husband and four extremely dignified cats. Legacy of Kings is her first novel.

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    OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES

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    Title & Series: LEGACY OF KINGS (Blood of Gods and Royals #1)
    Author: Eleanor Herman
    Release date: August 18, 2015
    Publisher: Harlequin Teen
    Pages: 432
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Imagine a time when the gods turn a blind eye to the agony of men, when the last of the hellions roam the plains and evil stirs beyond the edges of the map. A time when cities burn, and in their ashes, empires rise.

    Alexander, Macedonia’s sixteen-year-old heir, is on the brink of discovering his fated role in conquering the known world but finds himself drawn to a newcomer…

    Katerina must navigate the dark secrets of court life while hiding her own mission: kill the Queen. But she doesn’t account for her first love…

    Jacob will go to unthinkable lengths to win Katerina, even if it means having to compete for her heart with Hephaestion, a murderer sheltered by the prince.

    And far across the sea, Zofia, a Persian princess and Alexander’s unmet betrothed, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit Eaters.

    Weaving fantasy with the shocking details of real history, New York Times bestselling author of Sex with Kings Eleanor Herman reimagines the greatest emperor the world has ever known, Alexander the Great, in the first book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series.

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    Title & Series: VOICE OF GODS (Blood of Gods and Royals #0.5)
    Author: Eleanor Herman
    Release date: July 15, 2015
    Publisher: Harlequin Teen
    Pages: 122
    Formats: eBook

    Description…

    As the end of an age approaches, gods whisper horrors, families scheme for power, and one woman may hold the secret to a lost legacy.

    At 19, Ada of Caria yearns to take the Snake Blood throne from her mad older siblings—and seeks the help of a young orphaned girl named Helen, the first True Oracle to have walked the earth in more than three hundred years.

    Helen may be able to channel the voice of the gods, but she hates her gift, and will do anything to get rid of it—even lie to her best friend, Myrtale, the priestess-princess of Epirus who is destined to marry King Philip II of Macedon even though she loves another. And in the shadows lurks a handsome green-eyed stranger who has more at stake—and more to lose—than anyone could possibly imagine.Amid jealousy and heartbreak, torrid affairs and secret rendezvous, it is spoken by the gods that either Helen or Myrtale —newly named Olympias— will carry the destiny of the known world within her womb.

    The prequel to LEGACY OF KINGS, VOICE OF GODS traces the intricate web of love and betrayal that led up to the birth of history’s most powerful leader, Alexander the Great.

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    The Giveaway

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    Courtesy of Paper Lantern Lit…

    • To ONE (1) winner – an ARC of EMPIRE OF DUST + Gold Snake Temporary Tattoos

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    A MAD ZOMBIE PARTY Blog Tour: ‘Character Phobia’ Guest Post + Giveaway

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    I am so excited to be a part of the A MAD ZOMBIE PARTY Blog Tour hosted by Kismet Book Touring. I love, love, LOVE this series and was over the moon that it did not end with THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS.

    I may have been a little late to the party – I only just got the chance to devour this installment – but OMG this book. So many, many feels. It was thrilling. And nerve-wracking. And heartbreaking. And maddening. And holy wow, was it sexy.

    I never thought that I could like Camilla Marks. But that happened. I never thought things could get worse for the slayers. But that happened too. I knew I would be heartbroken for Frosty. I knew I would be reluctant to read about Frosty and anyone other than Kat. I knew I would love getting glimpses at what was going on with Ali and Cole. And I did not think Frosty’s story could as hot as Ali and Cole’s, but yeah, it was.

    Anyway… for my stop today I get to share Milla’s phobia. If you asked me how much I loved the idea of hosting Milla before I read A MAD ZOMBIE PARTY it would have been “not at all.” Though I would have loved to have known what she was afraid of so I could wish that whatever it was she feared would come true. Now, though, I am totally stoked to host her. And if you’d like to know what her phobia is, be sure to check out the phobia graphic below.

    And if you’d like to know what five other characters’ and six bloggers’ phobias are, be sure to visit the other stops on the tour.

    I’d thought about rambling about some of my phobias, but then this post would go on endlessly. I was also afraid to share my list in case someone I knew decided to use my fears against me… hmm… I guess I’ll have to add that to my list of phobias. But I will reveal a couple – fear of fire, fear of spiders… or any insects. *shudders*

    There is also an amazing giveaway as part of the tour. If you’d like the chance to win some fab prizes, enter in the Rafflecopter.


    About A MAD ZOMBIE PARTY

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    Title & Series: A MAD ZOMBIE PARTY (White Rabbit Chronicles #4)
    Author: Gena Showalter
    Release date: September 29, 2015
    Publisher: Harlequin Teen
    Pages: 448
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    The battle rages on.

    Ali Bell and Cole Holland’s crew of zombie slayers thought they’d won the war against Anima Industries, the evil company responsible for capturing and experimenting on zombies in an effort to discover the secret to immortality. In the last epic clash, the slayers lost many of their crew and closest friends. But Frosty, the ice man himself, has not recovered from one casualty in particular—the love of his life, Kat Parker.

    On the path to self-annihilation, Frosty receives a message from beyond—Kat’s spirit returns, insisting he partner with rogue slayer Camilla Marks. Frosty will do anything for Kat. Except that. Camilla is the one who betrayed them all, leading to Kat’s death.

    But when Anima rises from the grave to become a force the slayers may not have the strength to overcome, Frosty, Camilla and all the slayers will have to work together to survive. And one broken slayer will learn that sometimes, the line between hate and attraction is blurred…and the road to redemption isn’t through revenge, but in letting go of the past and grabbing hold of the future.

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    About Gena Showalter

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    Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in paranormal and contemporary romances, as well as young adult novels. Her series include White Rabbit Chronicles, Angels of the Dark, Otherworld Assassins, Lords of the Underworld, Alien Huntress and Intertwined.

    Her novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan Magazine, and Seventeen Magazine, and have been translated all over the world. The critics have called her books “sizzling page-turners” and “utterly spellbinding stories”, while Showalter herself has been called “a star on the rise”.

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    About the White Rabbit Chronicles

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    Inspired by the classic Alice in Wonderland, The White Rabbit Chronicles series features romance, high-action zombie slaying, and shocking twists that will leave readers gasping for more.

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    Other Books in the Series

    Alice in ZombielandTitle & Series: ALICE IN ZOMBIELAND (White Rabbit Chronicles #1)
    Release date: September 25, 2012
    Publisher: Harlequin Teen
    Pages: 416
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.

    Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

    Her father was right. The monsters are real….

    To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies.

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    Through the Zombie GlassTitle & Series: THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS (White Rabbit Chronicles #2)
    Release date: September 24, 2013
    Publisher: Harlequin Teen
    Pages: 480
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Zombies stalk the night. Forget blood and brains. These monsters hunger for human souls. Sadly, they’ve got mine…
    Alice Bell has lost so much. Family. Friends. A home. She thought she had nothing else to give. She was wrong.

    After a new zombie attack, strange things begin to happen to her. Mirrors come to life, and the whispers of the dead assault her ears. But the worst? A terrible darkness blooms inside her, urging her to do very wicked things.

    She’s never needed her team of zombie slayers more, but ultra bad-boy Cole Holland, the leader and her boyfriend, suddenly withdraws from her…from everyone. Now, with her best friend Kat at her side, Ali must kill the zombies, uncover Cole’s secret and learn to fight the darkness.

    But the clock is ticking…and if she fails at a single task, they’re all doomed.

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    TQoZHTitle & Series: THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS (White Rabbit Chronicles #3)
    Release date: September 30, 2014
    Publisher: Harlequin Teen
    Pages: 464
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    I thought I had nothing left to give. I thought wrong. They started the war. Now I will end it.

    In the stunning conclusion to the wildly popular White Rabbit Chronicles, Alice “Ali” Bell thinks the worst is behind her… until Anima Industries, the agency controlling the zombies, launches a zneak attack, killing four of her friends. It’s then she realises only the worst has only begun.

    As the surviving slayers prepare for war, Ali discovers she, too, can control the zombies… and she isn’t the girl she thought she was. She’s connected to the woman responsible for killing — and turning — her boyfriend’s mother. How can their relationship endure? As secrets come to light, and more slayers are taken or killed, Ali will fight harder than ever to bring down Anima — even sacrificing her own life for those she loves.

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    The Giveaway

    The team at Harlequin TEEN is offering up for giveaway…

    • A complete set of the White Rabbit Chronicles – to ONE (1) winner
    • A copy of A MAD ZOMBIE PARTY – to THREE (3) winners

    ***Giveaway is open to US/Canada***

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    THE NOTORIOUS PAGAN JONES Blog Tour: ‘On Being Notorious’ Guest Post + Giveaway

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    I am super excited to have the very awesome/scandalous/notorious Pagan Jones on the blog today for THE NOTORIOUS PAGAN JONES Blog Tour with a guest post by the character “On Being Notorious.” When I first heard of Author Nina Berry’s book I couldn’t wait to order a copy, and I devoured it the moment it landed on my Kindle.

    If you haven’t yet heard of this fantastic book, there’s some information about it below the guest post. But as I thought you might like to get to know Pagan Jones just a little bit first, her post immediately follows. Read more

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    Interview with LEGACY OF KINGS Author Eleanor Herman + Giveaway

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    I am super excited to be able to share an interview with Blood of Gods and Royals series author Eleanor Herman on the release day for VOICE OF GODS, a prequel novella that looks to be the perfect introduction to the series in anticipation of the release of LEGACY OF KINGS this August.

    It is currently available for free download at Amazon and Barnes & Noble (links are below) and I can’t wait to dive into my copy today. Because I love, love, love this world, the characters, and how the author brought them all to life. I got the chance for a super early read of LEGACY OF KINGS last December and I devoured it. (My Review)

    The wait for the next installment has been killing me, so I’m thrilled to be able to have the novella to tide me over. Though I will definitely be re-reading LEGACY OF KINGS when it releases next month.

    As I am such a huge fan of the series I am also offering up a pre-order of LEGACY OF KINGS. You can enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of the post.

    First, though, here is the Q&A with the very awesome and talented author, Eleanor Herman, where she talks about her book, the setting, favorite character and scene, and more!


    The Interview

    Q. If you had to describe LEGACY OF KINGS in 25 words or less, how would you describe it?

    An epic saga of Alexander the Great at sixteen, where history meets magic, where empires burn and evil stirs… I think I’m out of words.

    Q. What is it about the time period your story was set in that drew you to it?

    I am SO into the ancient world. Civilization had this peak in terms of sophisticated thought, luxury goods, and travel. People were very accepting of the gods and religions of others. Then, with the advent of Christianity, people lost their tolerance because monotheism means there’s only one god so if you don’t accept my version, I’m going to beat the crap out of you until you do. The quality of everything—art, household comforts, hygiene, and travel—totally tanked. Thought became limited. Plumbing plugged up and wasn’t repaired as the pope said bathing was a sinful vanity; people got filthy and everything smelled.

    For a thousand years the Vatican kept the lockbox of knowledge securely closed to keep ignorance alive and their power strong. So until the Renaissance, everything was sort of depressing. I suppose it’s no coincidence that the second historical period I’m drawn to is the Renaissance when things got ancienty again in terms of tolerance and sophistication but maybe not bathing.

    Q. What made you decide to write about a young Alexander III of Macedon? What was it about his early life that made you want to tackle it as a writer?

    There are great possibilities writing about Alexander the Great because before he was twenty and ascended the throne of Macedon, only two stories are known about him. One was how when he was very young he spoke to Persian ambassadors waiting for his father to come into the throne room. He asked them highly intelligent questions about Persia, its geography, and how far its major cities were from one another. The second one, which is detailed in Legacy of Kings, was how he got his war horse, Bucephalus. So that leaves wide open all kinds of possibilities about his early life without contradicting stuff we know actually happened.

    And the fascinating question is, based on the man he became, who was he as a teenager? We have to extrapolate backward to come up with that answer: ambitious, earnest, awesomely smart and brave, ready to take on the world.

    Q. Who was your favorite character to write about in LEGACY OF KINGS and who was the most challenging character to write about? And why?

    All the girls were easy to write. Kat and Zofia are nice people who manipulate their way into—and try to manipulate their way out of—highly unusual and dangerous situations. But I love Cynane best for her in-your-face bitchiness. There’s a good part of me in her, the part I deny and repress because I want to be a nice person. With Cynane, I could just let it all hang out. She’s smart-mouthed, physically lethal, riddled with pain, and aching from a sense of not belonging, ever. That’s the part of me I try to hide, except for maybe the physically lethal thing.

    I have to work harder at writing from a male perspective than a female’s because, while I know men have their own way of thinking, I can’t really understand it. Emotionally, if women are an entire piano of keys, men are—maybe–an octave. So Alexander, Heph and Jacob aren’t manipulative like the girls; they’re more goal-focused. That’s their octave.

    Q. What was your favorite (non-spoiler-y) scene to write in LEGACY OF KINGS – and why was it a favorite?

    Oddly, the Tournament of Blood and the big battle chapters at the end were my favorites. It’s ironic because at first I was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to do them justice; I am so non-violent I hustle bees out of the window and gently deposit ants and stink bugs outside. But once I got into these bloody slash-and-hack scenes, I was SO INTO them. I think they are among the strongest scenes. It helped that I have read just about everything there is on ancient warfare, including all the ancient writers, some of whom were Greek generals. So most of what I used actually happened.

    Q. How did you decide upon how much fact vs. how much fiction to include in LEGACY OF KINGS? How did you strike a balance between the two that made sense to you as a writer?

    That’s quite a challenge. The non-fiction historian in me wants everything to be completely accurate, which isn’t possible since so little is known of Alexander’s youth. Plus, the fantasy elements are what make the story unpredictable and fascinating. So I focus as much as I can on getting daily life absolutely accurate: the lighting, the food, the clothing, the warfare, the functioning of a palace, the travel. The goal is to make this a gripping ride for the reader, weaving fact and fantasy into a breathtaking pattern.

    Q. What do you find to be the biggest challenge about bringing history to life for your readers? And what do you love most about breathing new life into events from the distant past?

    Even in my adult non-fiction books (Sex with Kings, Sex with the Queen, Mistress of the Vatican) I made history “sparkle off the pages,” as one reviewer wrote. It’s all in the presentation. Kids would love history if their teachers presented it in an interesting way. These were people just like you and me, trying to get through their lives in some comfort and with a certain measure of success. But in past centuries, invaders could wipe out your entire country, burn it to the ground, and kill or enslave you. Epidemics could kill everyone you knew in a matter of weeks. Civilizations could topple practically overnight. And women, servants, and people of color had absolutely no rights.

    Ask yourself, what if you had been born a slave owner in the Deep South? The child of a top Nazi in Germany? What would you have believed? How would you have acted? That’s what I love most about breathing new life into events from the distant past: getting people to think, to ask themselves what they would do, who they would be, what they would want and how they would go about getting it. We’ll never know, of course, but it’s amazing to imagine it.

    Q. What other historical figures are you dying to re-introduce to a YA audience?

    Julius Caesar! What was he like at sixteen? Cleopatra. Nefertiti. I could go on and on and on…


    About Eleanor Herman

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    Eleanor Herman is the New York Times bestselling author of Sex with Kings, Sex with the Queen, Mistress of the Vatican, and King Peggy. Obsessed by all things royal and historical, she lives in McLean, Virginia with her husband and four extremely dignified cats. Legacy of Kings is her first novel.

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    About LEGACY OF KINGS

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    Title & Series: LEGACY OF KINGS (Blood of Gods and Royals #1)
    Author: Eleanor Herman
    Release date: August 18, 2015
    Publisher: Harlequin Teen
    Pages: 432
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Description…

    Imagine a time when the gods turn a blind eye to the agony of men, when the last of the hellions roam the plains and evil stirs beyond the edges of the map. A time when cities burn, and in their ashes, empires rise.

    Alexander, Macedonia’s sixteen-year-old heir, is on the brink of discovering his fated role in conquering the known world but finds himself drawn to newcomer Katerina, who must navigate the dark secrets of court life while hiding her own mission: kill the Queen. But Kat’s first love, Jacob, will go to unthinkable lengths to win her, even if it means competing for her heart with Hephaestion, a murderer sheltered by the prince. And far across the sea, Zofia, a Persian princess and Alexander’s unmet fiancée, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit Eaters.

    Weaving fantasy with the salacious and fascinating details of real history, New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Herman reimagines the greatest emperor the world has ever known: Alexander the Great, in the first book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series.

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    About VOICE OF GODS

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    Title & Series: VOICE OF GODS (Blood of Gods and Royals #0.5)
    Author: Eleanor Herman
    Release date: July 15, 2015
    Publisher: Harlequin Teen
    Pages: 122
    Formats: eBook

    Description…

    As the end of an age approaches, gods whisper horrors, families scheme for power and one woman may hold the secret to a lost legacy.

    At nineteen, Ada of Caria yearns to take the Snake Blood throne from her mad older siblings. She seeks the help of a young orphaned girl named Helen, the first True Oracle to have walked the earth in more than three hundred years.

    Helen may be able to channel the voice of the gods, but she hates her gift and will do anything to get rid of it—even lie to her best friend, Myrtale, the priestess-princess of Epirus who is destined to marry King Philip II of Macedon even though she loves another.

    And in the shadows lurks a handsome green-eyed stranger who has more at stake—and more to lose—than anyone could possibly imagine.

    Amid jealousy and heartbreak, torrid affairs and secret rendezvous, it is spoken by the gods that either Helen or Myrtale—newly named Olympias—will carry the destiny of the known world within her womb.

    The prequel to Legacy of Kings, Voice of Gods traces the intricate web of love and betrayal that led up to the birth of history’s most powerful leader, Alexander the Great.

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    The Giveaway

    I’m offering up for giveaway….

    A pre-order copy of LEGACY OF KINGS to ONE (1) winner.

    • Must be 13 or older to enter
    • There will be ONE winner
    • Giveaway is open to anywhere The Book Depository ships
    • Prize will be ordered from either Amazon or The Book Depository depending upon location
    • Giveaway ends on August 2nd at 11:59 p.m. Pacific
    • Winner will be announced in the Rafflecopter and contacted by email
    • Winner has 72 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen

    There are no requirements to like or follow the blog. But there are extra entry opportunities to follow the author and publisher on social media, for adding the books on Goodreads, for leaving a comment, and for tweeting about the post.

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    Review: LEGACY OF KINGS

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    Title & Series: LEGACY OF KINGS (Blood of Gods and Royals #1)
    Author: Eleanor Herman
    Release date: August 18, 2015
    Publisher: Harlequin Teen
    Pages: 432
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Description…

    Imagine a time when the gods turn a blind eye to the agony of men, when the last of the hellions roam the plains and evil stirs beyond the edges of the map. A time when cities burn, and in their ashes, empires rise.

    Alexander, Macedonia’s sixteen-year-old heir, is on the brink of discovering his fated role in conquering the known world but finds himself drawn to newcomer Katerina, who must navigate the dark secrets of court life while hiding her own mission: kill the Queen. But Kat’s first love, Jacob, will go to unthinkable lengths to win her, even if it means competing for her heart with Hephaestion, a murderer sheltered by the prince. And far across the sea, Zofia, a Persian princess and Alexander’s unmet fiancée, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit Eaters.

    Weaving fantasy with the salacious and fascinating details of real history, New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Herman reimagines the greatest emperor the world has ever known: Alexander the Great, in the first book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series.

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    Note: This review is based on an eARC received from the literary agency in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.


    The Review

    Eleanor Herman’s LEGACY OF KINGS puts the epic in epic fantasy. It is an absolutely riveting story rich with detail, brimming with secrets, magic, betrayal and deception, and filled with treacherous journeys, deadly battles, political machinations, and hidden agendas and motivations. And with a number of intriguing characters whose points of view readers will get to experience, it is a thrilling start to a series that looks to be even more amazing.

    Set in 340 BC, in Macedon and Persia, the story follows a number of different characters who have a key part to play in the young life of one of history’s greatest conquerors, Alexander the III of Macedon. Each character’s story and life intertwines with his in ways that are revealed or are yet to be revealed. Whether family, friend, betrayer or enemy or someone whose role or allegiance is still to be determined, each of their stories is gripping, action-filled, exciting and completely captivating.

    Among them are Kat, a peasant girl, whose affinity for animals and life’s mission are secrets she must keep even if it drives a wedge between herself and the boy she loves; Cyn, Alex’s half-sister, whose goal is steeped in treachery and betrayal; Queen Olympias, Alex’s mother, whose secret desires are deadly; Heph, his best friend, whose pride and doubt could threaten to destroy everything he has; and Zo, whose wish to change her fate could lead to her ruin and that of everyone around her.

    Alex, whose leadership and skills on the battlefield have yet to be tested, must prove that he can identify his enemies, uncover the plots against him, defeat those who seek his assassination, and defend his kingdom. Even with the bulk of Macedon’s army absent, with envy and distrust plaguing those closest to him, and with his enemies more numerous and powerful than he could have imagined.

    LEGACY OF KINGS is a stunning, imaginative and spellbinding saga that will send readers back to a time of magic and myth, prophecy and fate, bloodshed and brutality, dishonesty and deceit. It is a tale that will capture readers’ interest from the start, will ensnare them as the story unfolds, and won’t let go until the very end. It is an absolute must read first book in a series that is guaranteed to be awesome.

    The Rating

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    Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.


    About the Author

    Eleanor-Herman

    Eleanor Herman is the New York Times bestselling author of Sex with Kings, Sex with the Queen, Mistress of the Vatican, and King Peggy. Obsessed by all things royal and historical, she lives in McLean, Virginia with her husband and four extremely dignified cats. Legacy of Kings is her first novel.

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    In Bookish News: Epic Reads Revealed LEGACY OF KINGS Cover

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    I know I’m late to the party, but I just had to share the news…

    In case you haven’t already heard, last week Epic Reads revealed the cover for Eleanor Herman’s LEGACY OF KINGS, the first book in the Blood of Gods and Royals series, which is releasing on August 25, 2015 from Harlequin Teen.

    You can check out the reveal HERE to see the cover in its entirety and learn more about this amazing book and author. I happen to think the cover is awesome and fits the book perfectly. What do you think?

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    LEGACY OF KINGS is also available for pre-order at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE in hardcover format. So if you don’t want to miss it you can add it to your order queue now!

    It is definitely a must-read book for fans of historical retellings and high fantasy.

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    RYAR Review: BREAKING THE RULES by Katie McGarry

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    ABOUT THE BOOKS


    BREAKING THE RULES by Katie McGarry
    Series: Pushing the Limits #1.5
    Published by Harlequin Teen on December 8, 2014
    Genres: Contemporary, Romance
    Provided by: Purchased
    Rating: 5 stars

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    A summer road trip changes everything in this unforgettable new tale from acclaimed author Katie McGarry

    For new high school graduate Echo Emerson, a summer road trip out west with her boyfriend means getting away and forgetting what makes her so… different. It means seeing cool sights while selling her art at galleries along the way. And most of all, it means almost three months alone with Noah Hutchins, the hot, smart, soul-battered guy who’s never judged her. Echo and Noah share everything — except the one thing Echo’s just not ready for.

    But when the source of Echo’s constant nightmares comes back into her life, she has to make some tough decisions about what she really wants — even as foster kid Noah’s search for his last remaining relatives forces them both to confront some serious truths about life, love, and themselves.

    Now, with one week left before college orientation, jobs and real life, Echo must decide if Noah’s more than the bad-boy fling everyone warned her he’d be. And the last leg of an amazing road trip will turn… seriously epic.


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    The newest addition to Katie McGarry’s Pushing the Limits series is its most powerful, emotional, heartrending and beautiful. BREAKING THE RULES reunites readers with Echo and Noah in the summer following their high school graduation, when their lives are at a turning point and they’re on the verge of adulthood facing all the challenges that come along with it.

    Both Echo and Noah are still struggling with the demons from their pasts and are coming to realize that it’s not as easy to be the people they want to be. Echo is still afraid of the unknown, afraid of change, afraid of risk, afraid of being abandoned, and afraid that she might not be able to stand on her own as an artist. Noah wants to be the man that Echo needs him to be, but his insecurities and his fear of loss might cost him the one person he can’t live without.

    Author Katie McGarry has taken their story to the next level. It’s raw, it’s real, it’s heartfelt and moving, it’s relatable. She tackles a point in time in the lives of this young couple where their paths could lead them in different directions. The obstacles she puts in front of them are ones that can’t always be overcome. She makes them face the hard truth that sometimes love may not be enough.

    And she does it all in a way that will put readers on an emotional roller coaster, make them ache for everything that Noah and Echo have to go through, and make them wish desperately that the two get their happy ending.

    BREAKING THE RULES is a road trip story told in alternating points of view that readers will be able to make a strong connection with, one that deals with real-to-life issues that most couples encounter in their relationship. It’s a story that they’ll fall instantly and madly in love with, with characters that they already adore. It’s a story that shows just how deep the author is willing to dig to add authenticity and to touch readers’ hearts with her characters’ vulnerabilities, their doubts and fears. It’s an amazing story. The very best of the series. And one that is an absolute must read.

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