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    Blog Tour Review: STAR-TOUCHED STORIES by Roshani Chokshi

    Welcome to my stop on the STAR-TOUCHED STORIES Blog Tour!

    There aren’t many short story compilations that I would say are must reads, but STAR-TOUCHED STORIES is an absolute must. Not just because it includes the novella, Death and Night. Or because all three stories together expand on the world, give a longer look at the characters you already know and love, give a more complete picture of their lives. But because the writing is every bit as amazing. It lets you get lost in the worlds the author created. It will make you smile and will bring you to tears. It is absolutely magical.

    STAR-TOUCHED STORIES releases today in print, audio and electronic formats. So if you haven’t pre-ordered your copy, you can grab your copy at your favorite retailer or e-tailer.

    And if you’d like to know more about what I thought, my review is below.


    About STAR-TOUCHED STORIES

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    Title: STAR-TOUCHED STORIES
    Author: Roshani Chokshi
    Release date: August 7, 2018
    Publisher: Wednesday Books
    Pages: 400
    Formats: Paperback, audio, eBook

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    Death and Night

    He was Lord of Death, cursed never to love. She was Night incarnate, destined to stay alone. After a chance meeting, they wonder if, perhaps, they could be meant for more. But danger crouches in their paths, and the choices they make will set them on a journey that will span lifetimes.

    Poison and Gold

    Now that her wish for a choice has come true, Aasha struggles to control her powers. But when an opportunity to help Gauri and Vikram’s new reign presents itself, she will have to battle her insecurities and maybe, along the way, find love.

    Rose and Sword

    There is a tale whispered in the dark of the Empire of Bharat-Jain. A tale of a bride who loses her bridegroom on the eve of her wedding. But is it a tale or a truth?

    As the excitement builds for Chokshi’s next series THE GILDED WOLVES (February 2019), this collection will satisfy the cravings for her gorgeous prose and fans can catch up with their favorite characters. Even if dipping into the Star- Touched universe for the first time, STAR-TOUCHED STORIES will draw you in and leaving for more.

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    Note: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book. A Kindle eCopy was purchased for my collection.


    The Review

    Roshani Chokshi’s writing is beauty and poetry and romance. It conveys strength and bravery and sorrow and truth and love. STAR-TOUCHED STORIES is every bit as magical and imaginative and gorgeous as the author’s full-length novels, with each story connecting to the other and telling a tale that while shorter than a novel feels every bit as complete and satisfying and enchanting.

    Each story can be read independently of one another, in any order, whether THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN or A CROWN OF WISHES has been read or not. However, reading these stories following a read of the novels will allow for a better understanding of the characters and a better connection with them. And reading them in order will save the most anticipated and surprising and emotional story for the very end.

    Death and Night tells of how and why the two met and how their story began. It promises humor, romance, witty dialogue, the possibility of heartbreak, and the hope for a happy ending. It is instantly captivating, shares the viewpoints of both characters, returns readers to a world that is interesting and alluring, and reminds them just how extraordinary a writer the author is.

    Poison and Gold invites readers to get to know a bit more about Aasha – her fears, her struggle with her new identity, her wants and wishes. It’s a story of discovering oneself and of acceptance of who they are, and offers a touch of romance and a deadly test to keep things exciting.

    Rose and Sword is a tale of the possibility of a lifetime of love lost before it ever had the chance to truly begin. It is a story of choices and bravery and love and loss. It is beautiful and bittersweet and heartbreaking and beguiling. It promises a quest, beloved as well as unexpected characters, a peek into their future, and answers to the questions of what happens next. It is thoughtful and stunning and the perfect end to the compilation.

    For those readers who just can’t get enough of Roshani Chokshi’s insanely breathtaking writing, STAR-TOUCHED STORIES delivers this in spades. Each story is an adventure. Each story allows readers to become fully immersed. Each story will remind readers why they fell in love with the characters, the world, the writing in the first place.

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    About the Author

    ROSHANI CHOKSHI is the New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen, A Crown of Wishes, and Aru Shah and the End of Time. Her work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Shimmer, and Book Smugglers. Her short story, “The Star Maiden,” was longlisted for the British Fantasy Science Award.

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    THE INEVITABLE COLLISION OF BIRDIE & BASH Blog Tour: Review

    I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of the blog tour for THE INEVITABLE COLLISION OF BIRDIE & BASH by Candace Ganger. It may have been a book that made me want to read it based on title alone. But it was an incredible and completely unexpected read in all the best ways and it completely blew me away.

    If you’d like to know what I thought about this amazing story, my review follows below. But on a personal note I have to admit that I may have sobbed my way through much of the book but was left smiling at the story’s end.


    About THE INEVITABLE COLLISION OF BIRDIE & BASH

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    Title: THE INEVITABLE COLLISION OF BIRDIE & BASH
    Author: Candace Ganger
    Release date: July 25, 2017
    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
    Pages: 320
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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    Sebastian Alvaréz is just trying to hold the pieces together, to not flunk out, to keep his sort-of-best friend Wild Kyle from doing something really bad. And to see his beloved Ma through chemo. But when he meets Birdie Paxton, a near-Valedictorian who doesn’t realize she’s smoking hot in her science pun T-shirt, at a party, an undeniable attraction sparks. And suddenly he’s not worried about anything.

    But before they are able to exchange numbers, they are pulled apart. A horrifying tragedy links Birdie and Bash together – yet neither knows it. When they finally reconnect, and are starting to fall – hard – the events of the tragedy unfold, changing both their lives in ways they can never undo.

    Told in alternating perspectives full of the best nerdy banter this side of Ohio, some seriously awesome skate moves, and the promise of a kiss destined to make the world stop turning, The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash will break your heart and put it back together again.

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    NOTE: This review is based on an eARC received by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book. A Kindle eCopy was purchased for my collection.


    The Review

    From its title, THE INEVITABLE COLLISION OF BIRDIE & BASH may lead one to believe it’s a lighthearted story about two young people who are destined to meet. Perhaps in some chaotic or bizarrely funny way. But while destiny and chaos may play a part in this story, the events that bring Birdie and Bash together are anything but light or fun.

    Theirs is a story that is devastatingly heartbreaking, incredibly moving, achingly hopeful. Their lives are consumed by pain, tragedy and loss. But their connection is more than one based on shared sorrow. And their love story, while bittersweet, cannot be called tragic.

    If Birdie hadn’t been so upset about the news she received about her scholarship, she never would have gone to the party. She never would have met Bash that night. She never would have felt the need to try and confess to her mother, setting in motion the events that led to the worst thing to ever happen to her family.

    If Bash had listened to his mother, he never would have stayed friends with Kyle. He never would have been at the party where he met Couch Girl, a.k.a. Birdie. He never would have witnessed Kyle doing the stupidest thing in his life, setting in motion the events that led to Bash making the worst mistake of his.

    If either had done just one thing differently, it might have been enough to alter both outcomes. So many things had to come together just right for them to meet, for their lives to become inextricably interwoven, and for their worlds to be forever changed.

    Candace Ganger created a story about love and family and friendship that is unexpected and beautiful and heartrending. She introduces two characters who are interesting, kind, strong, sympathetic, and immensely likable. And she challenges them to find their way through their anguish and to each other.

    Told in alternating points of view, THE INEVITABLE COLLISION OF BIRDIE & BASH promises to put readers and characters alike through an emotional wringer. It invites them to question destiny, fate, and scientific theory. It is sad but not dark. It is sweet but not saccharine. It is gorgeous and intense and absolutely unforgettable.

    The Rating

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


    About Candace Ganger

    CANDACE GANGER is a young adult author, contributing writer for Hello Giggles, and obsessive marathoner. Aside from having past lives as a singer, nanotechnology website editor, and world’s worst vacuum sales rep, she’s also ghostwritten hundreds of projects for companies, best-selling fiction and award-winning nonfiction authors alike. Candace—aka—Candyland—has a severe Milky Way latter addiction + eats way too many donuts/doughnuts but all things in excess, amiright? FYI: She’s TOTALLY awkward in person (#sorrynotsorry). She lives in Ohio with her family.

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    Review: YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT

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    Title: YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT
    Author: Giovanna Fletcher
    Release date: April 25, 2017
    Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
    Pages: 352
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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    In this charming and exciting women’s fiction novel, Giovanna Fletcher explores the complicated relationship between three friends—Maddy, her fiancé Rob, and their best friend Ben.

    Maddy, dressed in white, stands at the back of the church. At the end of the aisle is Rob—the man she’s about to marry. Next to Rob is Ben—best man and the best friend anyone could ever have. And that’s the problem. Because if it wasn’t Rob waiting for her at the altar, there’s a strong chance it would be Ben. Loyal and sensitive, Ben has always kept his feelings to himself, but if he told Maddy she was making a mistake, would she listen? And would he be right?

    Best friends since childhood, Maddy, Ben, and Rob thought their bond was unbreakable. But love changes everything. Maddy has a choice to make, but will she choose wisely? Her heart, and the hearts of the two best men she knows, depend on it… Romantic, suspenseful, and a whole lot of fun, You’re the One That I Want is a great read about friendship, love, and the decisions that we make.

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    NOTE: This review is based on an eARC received by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book. A finished copy was provided to me. A Kindle eCopy was purchased for my collection.


    The Review

    YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT is a moving, romantic, wistful story of friendship, love, broken hearts, and a path not taken. It begins with a walk down the aisle, and goes back in time to reveal the beginnings of a childhood friendship between Maddy, Ben, and Robert, advancing through their lives to the present.

    Told only from the points of view of Maddy and Ben, they share how the three met, how their friendship grew, how it changed, and how the changes affected the threesome. Their story is a love story – joyful and sad, sweet and bittersweet. It is filled with moments that are, moments that could be, and moments that aren’t to be.

    The instant that Robert and Ben met Maddy, they adored her. And she adored them. Soon they were inseparable. The best of friends. Nothing could tear them apart. Not their changing interests. Not whomever they were dating. Not even Ben’s growing feelings toward Maddy.

    But when a trip to Paris with their art class ends in ways that none of them expected, leaving one of them heartbroken, keeping their friendship from falling apart won’t be easy. Especially with hidden feelings, bad timing, a colossal mistake, a lapse in judgment, unexplored possibilities, and impulsive decisions threatening to derail them and an important choice to be made that could irrevocably destroy their friendship.

    Giovanna Fletcher created a love story that was at times one-sided and maybe unrequited and at others was filled with possibility. The author also created another love story that was at times full of the promise of a happily-ever-after and at others was on the verge of a disastrous end.

    Both love stories involved Maddy. And the author left it up to her character to choose. A character who was loved and in love, who was both confident and uncertain, happy and angry, sentimental, emotional, regretful, remorseful, and guilt-ridden. Making for an affecting and captivating read with an unpredictable outcome.

    YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT is the perfect blend of charming and heartwarming and heartrending and tragic. The love story has the potential to be ill-fated for one of the three best friends, out-of-this-world incredible for another, and somewhere in between for the third. It is a lovely and enchanting and tearful read that is certain to make readers choose which love story they’d want for Maddy.

    The Rating


    About Giovanna Fletcher

    Photo Credit: Jamie Hughes

    Giovanna grew up in Essex with her Italian dad Mario, mum Kim, big sister Giorgina and little brother Mario, and spent most of her childhood talking to herself (it seems no one wanted to listen) or reading books.

    At thirteen she left Essex behind to attend the full-time Sylvia Young Theatre School, where she met her husband Tom Fletcher. Following SYTS she completed an acting BA (hons) at Rose Bruford – since then she’s been acting, chaperoning mini actors and dabbling in a spot of freelance journalism.

    Giovanna is a firm believer in the power of magpies and positive energy. To see what makes Giovanna smile, view her blog at www.giovannasworld.com, or her Twitter page @mrsgifletcher.

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    A CROWN OF WISHES Blog Tour Review

    I am super excited to be a part of the A CROWN OF WISHES Blog Tour. Author Roshani Chokshi has created a series that is so beautifully written and magical that I can’t wait for everyone to discover it and fall in love with her writing and her characters.

    If you haven’t yet read THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN I would definitely recommend reading it prior to A CROWN OF WISHES. And because A CROWN OF WISHES releases today you can read both books back-to-back without having to wait.

    For my stop today I’m sharing my thoughts about this amazing sequel. If you’d like to know what I thought, scroll down for my review. There’s also information on both full-length books in the series, and a few excerpts if you want to get a sneak-peek. And if you’d like to know more about the author, her details and places to find her online are at the end of the post.

    Oh… and a prequel novella, DEATH AND NIGHT, is releasing on May 2nd. If you’d like to add it to your Goodreads TBR pile, just click HERE.


    About A CROWN OF WISHES

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    Title & Series: A CROWN OF WISHES (The Star-Touched Queen #2)
    Author: Roshani Chokshi
    Release date: March 28, 2017
    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffn
    Pages: 384
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

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    Description…

    Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes – a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor.

    Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels. Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.

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    NOTE: This review is based on an eARC received by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book. A Kindle eCopy was purchased for my collection.


    The Review

    A CROWN OF WISHES is the epic, action-packed, magical, and completely captivating second book in Roshani Chokshi’s The Star-Touched Queen series. With writing that is gorgeous and poetic, a setting that is enchanting and dreamlike, characters who are dynamic and whose personalities balance one another, and a journey that offers the promise of a wish, this sequel is certain to keep the pages turning.

    Vikram wanted to be seen as more than just a figurehead for the Council of Ujijain to control. But not having royal blood running through his veins meant that they would always deem him unworthy and never give him the power to rule.

    Gauri cared deeply for the people of Bharata. She couldn’t stand idly by while her brother’s callousness, selfishness, and indifference destroyed her home. But when her attempt to overthrow him and take the throne failed, she was banished, imprisoned, and sentenced to death.

    Being a champion in the Tournament of Wishes is their only hope of becoming more than their empty titles – the Fox Prince and the Jewel of Bharata. It is the only way they believe they can achieve their dreams. They just need to find a way to trust each other, to pass whatever tests they’re given, and to figure out how to circumvent the rule that says only one of them can leave when the contest is over – that is if they both survive that long.

    Roshani Chokshi brought to life a story that is myth and adventure and romance and magic. She imagined a world of injustice and cruelty and one of hopes and dreams and desires and vengeance. She introduced beings of terrifying beauty, those with a deadly touch, those who are cursed, those who long for something they don’t have – fantastical and interesting and bizarre creatures who make this tale fascinating and exciting and absolutely wonderful.

    A CROWN OF WISHES will transport readers, with its beautifully written passages and stunning imagery, into both its human and mythical worlds. It will keep them transfixed as Gauri and Vikram confront their fears and put their lives on the line in their attempt to become champions and earn their wishes. And it will make them hope for each character’s happy ending and for the possibility that their happy endings will entwine.

    A quick pace, intriguing Hindu mythology, and a riveting storyline make this sophomore novel a must.

    [Note: A reading of the first book in the series is not required to enjoy this sequel, but it is strongly recommended.]

    The Rating


    Praise

    Named “One of the Most Anticipated YA Novels of 2017” by Entertainment Weekly, Teen Vogue, Bustle, BookRiot and B&N Teen Blog

    “Careful plotting, multiple viewpoints, high-stakes action, and a slow-burn relationship make this heady fantasy completely engrossing. A first pick for YA collections.” —School Library Journal, STARRED review

    “Chokshi’s debut, The Star-Touched Queen (2016), was lush and gorgeously written, and Chokshi has only improved; this lovely companion tale boasts a stronger narrative structure in addition to the delightful prose.” —Booklist

    “With a happily-ever-after reminiscent of beloved fairy tales, this is a great pick for voracious readers who like their bejeweled princesses to have hard edges.” —Kirkus Reviews

    “Set against this vivid backdrop is a story with two skill- fully drawn protagonists…this gem will likely send those new to Alaka back to the companion story as its fans wait for another invitation to Chokshi’s luminous world.” — The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

    “Lush and ornate ribbons of language… rich and dizzying.” —The New York Times Book Review on The Star-Touched Queen

    “The sentence-level beauty of this book often stunned me: There’s a smooth, understated loveliness to the writing that kept catching me off guard. In Chokshi’s prose, voices have substance and texture while light has color and flavor; never have I wanted to munch on books so much as after reading…Solidly crafted and very engaging, this is a smooth, lovely and assured debut.” —NPR.org on The Star-Touched Queen


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    About Roshani Chokshi

    Credit: Aman Sharma

    Roshani Chokshi is the New York Times bestselling author of THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN. Her work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Shimmer, and Book Smugglers. Her short story, “The Star Maiden,” was longlisted for the British Fantasy Science Award.

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    Other Books in the Series

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    Title & Series: THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN (The Star-Touched Queen #1)
    Author: Roshani Chokshi
    Release date: April 26, 2016
    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
    Pages: 352
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

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    Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

    Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

    But Akaran has its own secrets — thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most. . .including herself.

    A lush and vivid story that is steeped in Indian folklore and mythology. Roshani Chokshi’s The Star-touched Queen is a novel that no reader will soon forget.

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    HOW TO TAME A BEAST IN SEVEN DAYS Blog Tour: Review + Excerpt

    I am super excited to be a part of the HOW TO TAME A BEAST IN SEVEN DAYS Blog Tour. This is the first book by Kerrelyn Sparks that I have read, and I’m thrilled to say it won’t be my last.

    I absolutely loved the start to this new series by the author, loved being introduced to the world of the Embraced, and loved getting to meet Ana and Leo. And I can’t wait to see what happens next in Aerthlan, find out what new secrets are revealed, what new dangers and threats are looming, and what has Luciana so worried.

    Anyway… for my stop today I’m sharing a review as well as an excerpt from Chapter Four. So if you’d like to know just what I thought, or you want to take a peek inside this new series, scroll down.

    And if you can’t wait to get your hands on a copy of HOW TO TAME A BEAST IN SEVEN DAYS, the wait won’t be long, as it releases next week on March 7th!

    About HOW TO TAME A BEAST IN SEVEN DAYS

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    Title & Series: HOW TO TAME A BEAST IN SEVEN DAYS (The Embraced #1)
    Author: Kerrelyn Sparks
    Release date: March 7, 2017
    Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
    Pages: 416
    Formats: Mass Market Paperback, eBook

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    Description…

    Luciana grew up on the Isle of Moon, hidden away because of her magical powers. But when her father arrives, he offers her a choice: remain on the island or return with him and marry the Beast of Benwick in order to save their legacy – and her father’s life.

    Lord Leofric, the Beast of Benwick, has not been touched since he was a child. Born with the power to harness lightning, he is a danger to everyone he touches. When he meets his betrothed, he expects a loveless, lonely marriage…until he discovers she’s vastly more powerful than he realized. But is she strong enough to withstand his touch?

    If they can survive, their love will alter the future of the kingdom. But will their extraordinary powers cost them everything?

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    Praise

    “As Sparks starts a delightful new paranormal-romance series…Luciana and Leo’s erotic tension ratchets up. Readers will relish Spark’s lovingly detailed and memorable tale and look forward to the next.” —Booklist

    “An entertaining first entry for Sparks’ new series.” —Kirkus Reviews

    “Sparks…creates an intricate, layered world that’s easy to fall into without tons of backstory needed. Luciana’s gifts were unique and made for a fun read with situations that led to all kinds of trouble, making this story a joy to read. The Beast, Lord Leo, is everything you’d want, without being so dark he irks you. Readers will be fully invested in this Embraced series!” —RT Book Reviews, Top Pick!


    NOTE: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book. A Kindle eBook copy was purchased for my collection.


    The Review

    Kerrelyn Sparks introduces an exciting new world and characters in HOW TO TAME A BEAST IN SEVEN DAYS, the first book in her Embraced series. She begins to paint a picture of a world in conflict, where not only are the kingdoms at war, but differing belief systems have caused their citizens to live in fear. She imbues several of her characters with an interesting array of abilities that she only touches on in this book, but hints at the possibility of exploring more in future books.

    She brings together two characters who appear to be complete opposites – one innocent, one deadly – who are forced to keep secrets, and who have seemingly impossible odds of having a happily ever after. And she sets up a situation that is fraught with danger, that is filled with risk, and that demands trust, love, and bravery for any hope of success.

    HOW TO TAME A BEAST IN SEVEN DAYS tells the story of Leo – the Beast of Benwick – and Luciana – the daughter of a Duke. The secrets she must keep could get her and her father killed if discovered. His very existence puts him in danger.

    Forced to wed to keep the king’s murderous impulses at bay means a perilous and torturous life for them both. Luciana will have to live a lie every day of her life. Leo will have to be forever alert to keep her safe. Both will have to deny their attraction to avoid any possibility of harm from his lethal touch.

    Spies, assassins, a greedy, power-hungry and paranoid king, and deadly threats from neighboring kingdoms are just some of what awaits Leo and Luciana in this thrilling and incredibly appealing read. Instant attraction, lust, longing, and the inability to have a physical connection serve to torment both characters and readers alike.

    The romance has a tantalizingly slow build throughout the read that culminates in scenes that sizzle. The mystery surrounding their unknown enemies and whether certain secrets will come to light keeps the story suspense-filled. The hope for a happy ending will keep readers captivated. And the promise of new kingdoms to explore, new abilities to discover, new characters to meet, new romances to fall in love with, makes HOW TO TAME A BEAST IN SEVEN DAYS an absolutely delectable, must devour first book in this new series.

    The Rating


    About Kerrelyn Sparks

    Apparently, she has issues with reality. After writing 16 books about vampires and shifters, Kerrelyn has now completely gone off the deep end and wound up on another planet.

    Although Kerrelyn is best known (so far) for the Love at Stake series, which has hit as high as number 5 on the New York Times list and 22 on the USA Today list, she hopes her readers will love The Embraced as much as they did her merry band of vamps and shifters.

    Kerrelyn lives with her family in the Greater Houston area of Texas. You can visit with her on Goodreads or her Facebook page, where she does a monthly contest. On Twitter, she posts as @KerrelynSparks.

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    Book Trailer: Tempest

    Tempest by Julie Cross

    Book one in the Tempest series

    Available January 17, 2012

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    Once again I’m super excited to be able to participate in this trailer reveal for Tempest by Julie Cross, which comes out in the U.S. on Tuesday, January 17, 2012. The second book, as yet untitled, is slated for release in 2013 and the third book in the series will be available in 2014.

    A bonus short story released in December, called Tomorrow Is Today, is currently available as a free eBook download from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    This new series sounds incredibly exciting. Time travel. Being caught in the past. Trying to save a loved one. And being hunted by people called the “Enemies of Time” sounds absolutely riveting. I can’t wait for this book’s release, whose film rights have already been bought up by Summit.

    And this trailer has me even more excited to get my hands on a copy. It’s super cool. I love how the cover models’ images were incorporated into this trailer. And I love the soundtrack and teaser text. I seriously can’t wait to read this book!

    To read the first four chapters of Tempest on the book’s Facebook page, CLICK HERE and “LIKE” it for access.

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    About

    The year is 2009.  Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… he’s in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. But it’s not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps– it’s just harmless fun.

    That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now he’s stuck in 2007 and can’t get back to the future. Desperate to somehow return to 2009 to save Holly but unable to return to his rightful year, Jackson settles into 2007 and learns what he can about his abilities.

    But it’s not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these “Enemies of Time” will stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveler.  Recruit… or kill him.

    A success in the making: Pre-empted by Summit Entertainment (producers of Twilight) for feature film, with foreign rights sold in more than a dozen countries, Tempest, on sale January 17, is the first book in the buzzed about Tempest series by Julie Cross.

    “Julie Cross’s thrilling debut is brimming with excitement, romance, and intrigue. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough!” —Beth Revis, New York Times bestselling author of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE

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    Giveaway: Switched

    Today is the release date for Switched, the first book in Amanda Hocking’s Trylle series, published by St. Martin’s Press. Book two, Torn, is slated for release on February 28 and the third book in the series, Ascend, will be released on April 24.

    I am so excited to re-read this series as newly published by St. Martin’s and I can’t wait for Amazon to deliver my print copy. This edition also includes a never-before-published short story set in the world called “The Vittra Attacks,” which I’ve been dying to read.

    I am also super thrilled to be one of the blogs hosting a giveaway by the publisher for a copy of Switched. Details are below.

    Here is the brief description from Goodreads in case you haven’t yet heard of this amazing series.

    Goodreads description:

    When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn’t until eleven years later that Wendy discovers her mother might have been right. With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed – a world both beautiful and frightening, and Wendy’s not sure she wants to be a part of it.

    What’s Up for Grabs:

    One copy of Switched by Amanda Hocking to be sent directly from the publisher, St. Martin’s Press.

    The deets:

    1. One entry per person.

    2. You must be 13 or older.

    3. Giveaway is US and Canada ONLY.

    4. Book will be shipped directly from the publisher.

    5. Contest ends at 7:00 p.m. Pacific on Monday, January 9th.

    6. Winner will be chosen by Random.org and announced on Monday.

    7. Winner will have 24 hours after notification to respond with their details.

    There is no requirement to like or follow. But if you’d like to spread the word that would be awesome!

    To enter, fill out the form below:

    Thank you so much to everyone who entered. The giveaway is now closed. I’ll be running the names through Random shortly and will announce the winner in this post. Stay tuned…

    Congratulations Rabiah! You are the winner for the copy of Switched to be sent directly from the publisher. I will be contacting you by email for your details and you will have 24 hours to respond or I’ll have to choose another winner.

    Thanks again everyone, I’m sorry there can be only one winner.

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