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    Cover Reveal: BLOOD PASSAGE + Excerpt & Goodreads Giveaway

    cover-revealPURP_darkenessI have been anxiously awaiting the release of BLOOD PASSAGE, the second book in Heather Demetrios’ Dark Caravan Cycle. And while it’s still a few months away, I’m totally stoked that it has a shiny new cover and that I get to share it here on the blog today.

    The paperback cover for EXQUISITE CAPTIVE, which is releasing in February, will match this new design with its vibrant color, its sheen, gorgeous fonts and sleek modern feel.

    If you haven’t yet heard of this awesome series, information on both books is below. There is also an excerpt of the first chapter of BLOOD PASSAGE, so if you’ve already read book one you’ll definitely want to check it out.

    And, for those of you in the U.S., HarperTeen is hosting a giveaway on Goodreads for FIVE (5) copies of BLOOD PASSAGE! The details and a link to the giveaway are a bit further down in this post.

    Anyway…I’ve rambled long enough. Just scroll down to see this lovely cover revealed. And leave a comment to let me know what you think about the redesign!


    The Cover Revealed

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    Title & Series: BLOOD PASSAGE (Dark Caravan Cycle #2)
    Author: Heather Demetrios
    Release date: March 1, 2016
    Publisher: Balzer + Bray
    Pages: 512
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

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    Description…

    A jinni who’s lost everything.

    A master with nothing to lose.

    A revolutionary with everything to gain.

    When Nalia arrives in Morocco to fulfill Malek’s third and final wish she’s not expecting it to be easy. Especially because Malek isn’t the only one after Solomon’s sigil, an ancient magical ring that gives its wearer the power to control the entire jinn race. Nalia has also promised to take Raif, leader of the jinn revolution, to its remote location. Though Nalia is free of the bottle and shackles that once bound her to Malek as his slave, she’s in more danger than ever before and no closer to rescuing her imprisoned brother.

    Meanwhile, Malek’s past returns with a vengeance and his well-manicured faade crumbles as he confronts the darkness within himself, and Raif must decide what’s more important: his love for Nalia, or his devotion to the cause of Arjinnan freedom.

    Set upon by powerful forces that threaten to break her, Nalia encounters unexpected allies and discovers that her survival depends on the very things she thought made her weak. From the souks of Marrakech to the dunes of the Sahara, The Arabian Nights come to life in this harrowing second installment of the Dark Caravan Cycle.

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    About Heather Demetrios

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    When she’s not traipsing around the world or spending time in imaginary places, Heather Demetrios lives with her husband in New York City. Originally from Los Angeles, she now calls the East Coast home. Heather has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a recipient of the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award for her debut novel, Something Real. Her other novels include Exquisite Captive, the first in the Dark Caravan Cycle fantasy series, I’ll Meet You There and the multiplatform serial novel, The Lexie Project. She is the founder of Live Your What, a project dedicated to fostering passion in people of all ages and creating writing opportunities for underserved youth. Find out more about Heather and her books at www.heatherdemetrios.com, or come hang out with her on Twitter (@HDemetrios) and any number of social media sites.

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    The Excerpt

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    The Goodreads Giveaway

    HarperTeen is hosting a giveaway for a copy of BLOOD PASSAGE on Goodreads. Click the image below to be taken the page to enter.

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    • 5 Copies available
    • Giveaway is US ONLY
    • Open until February 1, 2016

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    Other Books in the Series

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    Title & Series: EXQUISITE CAPTIVE (Dark Caravan Cycle #1)
    Author: Heather Demetrios
    Release date: October 7, 2014 (paperback releases Feb. 1, 2015)
    Publisher: Balzer + Bray
    Pages: 480
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Forced to obey her master.
    Compelled to help her enemy.
    Determined to free herself.

    Nalia is a jinni of tremendous ancient power, the only survivor of a coup that killed nearly everyone she loved. Stuffed into a bottle and sold by a slave trader, she’s now in hiding on the dark caravan, the lucrative jinni slave trade between Arjinna and Earth, where jinn are forced to grant wishes and obey their human masters’ every command. She’d give almost anything to be free of the golden shackles that bind her to Malek, her handsome, cruel master, and his lavish Hollywood lifestyle.

    Enter Raif, the enigmatic leader of Arjinna’s revolution and Nalia’s sworn enemy. He promises to free Nalia from her master so that she can return to her ravaged homeland and free her imprisoned brother—all for an unbearably high price. Nalia’s not sure she can trust him, but Raif’s her only hope of escape. With her enemies on the hunt, Earth has become more perilous than ever for Nalia. There’s just one catch: for Raif’s unbinding magic to work, Nalia must gain possession of her bottle…and convince the dangerously persuasive Malek that she truly loves him. Battling a dark past and harboring a terrible secret, Nalia soon realizes her freedom may come at a price too terrible to pay: but how far is she willing to go for it?

    Inspired by Arabian Nights, EXQUISITE CAPTIVE brings to life a deliciously seductive world where a wish can be a curse and shadows are sometimes safer than the light.

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    FREEDOM’S SLAVE (Dark Caravan Cycle #3) – Coming in 2017

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    PERSUASION by Martina Boone Mini Tour: Teaser + Giveaway

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    I am super excited to help spread the early word about PERSUASION‘s upcoming release this October. In anticipation of its release, Author Martina Boone has shared a teaser and is offering up some awesome prizes for giveaway.

    I absolutely loved the first book in the Heirs of Watson Island series and cannot wait for PERSUASION’s release. I’ve already started counting down!

    In addition, be sure to visit Compulsion for Reading (linked at the bottom of the post) each month for a chance to win some amazing prizes for your school or library.


    About PERSUASION

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    Title & Series: PERSUASION (Heirs of Watson Island #2)
    Author: Martina Boone
    Release date: October 27, 2015
    Publisher: Simon Pulse
    Pages: 464
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Description…

    Beautiful Creatures meets Gone With the Wind

    As reporters chasing rumors of a stolen shipment of Civil War gold descend on Watson Island, Barrie Watson discovers more is buried at Colesworth Place than treasure. A mysterious, magical man claims the key to the Watson and Beaufort gifts and the Colesworth curse also lies beneath the mansion, and Barrie has no option but to help him find it. While she and Eight Beaufort struggle to make sense of the escalating danger and their growing feelings for each other, Barrie must decide not only whom to trust, but which gift is more reliable—Eight’s or her own. With the fate of the founding families at stake, she has to choose between what she feels deep in her heart and what will keep her loved ones safe.

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    The Teaser

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    About COMPULSION

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    Title & Series: COMPULSION (Heirs of Watson Island #1)
    Author: Martina Boone
    Release date: October 28, 2014
    Publisher: Simon Pulse
    Pages: 448
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Three plantations. Two gifts. One ancient curse.

    Three hundred years ago, an ancient spirit cursed one of the founding families of Watson Island and gave the other two magical gifts that became compulsions. Arriving for the first time at her aunt’s plantation home, Barrie Watson finds herself haunted by the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she can’t see. With the help of Eight Beaufort, who seems to know what she wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family’s twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.

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    Praise

    “Skillfully blends rich magic and folklore with adventure, sweeping romance, and hidden treasure . . . An impressive start to the Heirs of Watson Island series.” —Publishers Weekly

    “Eight Beaufort is so swoon-worthy that it’s ridiculous. Move over Four, Eight is here to stay!”  —RT Book Reviews, RT Editors Best Books of 2014

    “Darkly romantic and steeped in Southern Gothic charm, you’ll be compelled to get lost in the Heirs of Watson Island series.” —JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT, #1 New York Times bestselling author


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    About Martina Boone

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    Martina Boone is the founder of AdventuresInYAPublishing.com, a Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers site, and YASeriesInsiders.com, a Tumblr site devoted to news, giveaways, and insider secrets of much-loved and up-and-coming YA series.

    From her home in Virginia, where she lives with her husband, children, and Auggie the wonder dog, she enjoys writing contemporary fantasy set in the kinds of magical places she’d love to visit. When she isn’t writing, she’s addicted to travel, horses, skiing, chocolate flavored tea, and anything with Nutella on it.

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    The Giveaway

    There is an awesome mini tour giveaway for some fab prizes…

    • A “Compulsion for Reading” t-shirt, oak tree necklace and two trinket bookmarks PLUS a chance for a Grand Prize tote bag, signed copy of COMPULSION, two trinket bookmarks, and ANY YA novel of your choice – Int’l (ends 6/30/15)

    There are THREE options for winning the t-shirt AND you can get an automatic chance to win the GRAND PRIZE here and at each of the following blogs by completing the Rafflecopter form by 6/30/15:

    For a bonus chance to win the GRAND PRIZE plus tons of author interviews, articles on writing, and many additional giveaways, stop by Adventures in YA Publishing!

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    The Compulsion for Reading Giveaway

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    Click the image above to be taken to the Compulsion for Reading monthly giveaway.

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    Book Teaser Blitz: SWEET by Tammara Webber

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    I am so excited to be able to share the first official teaser from Tammara Webber’s SWEET – a Contours of the Heart novel that can be read as a standalone.

    I love Tammara Webber’s writing and I adore this series and I cannot wait to meet Pearl and Boyce next month when SWEET releases on April 27th.

    First is some information about the book. The teaser graphic follows. What do you think about SWEET? And how excited are you for its release?


    About SWEET

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    Title & Series: SWEET (Contours of the Heart #3)
    Author: Tammara Webber
    Release date: April 27, 2015
    Formats: Paperback, eBook

    Description…

    He’s the love of her life, but he doesn’t know it.
    She’s his one moment of sacrifice in a lifetime of survival.

    He was damaged and wild, but resilient.
    She’s always been obedient; now she’s restless.

    Home for the summer between college and med school, Pearl Torres Frank knows two things: Boyce Wynn is the embodiment of everything she should run from, and everything she wants to run to. Rebellious and loud. Unconcerned with society’s opinion of him. Passionate. Strong. Dangerous.

    And one more trait he hides from everyone but her:
    Sweet.

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    The Teaser

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    About Tammara Webber

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    New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of EASY and BREAKABLE (Contours of the Heart series – NA), as well BETWEEN THE LINES, WHERE YOU ARE, GOOD FOR YOU and HERE WITHOUT YOU (Between the Lines series – YA/NA).

    I’m a hopeful romantic who adores novels with happy endings, because there are enough sad endings in real life. Before writing full-time, I was an undergraduate academic advisor, economics tutor, planetarium office manager, radiology call center rep, and the palest person to ever work at a tanning salon. I married my high school sweetheart, and I’m Mom to three adult kids and four very immature cats.

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    Other Books in the Series

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    Title & Series: EASY (Contours of the Heart #1)
    Author: Tammara Webber
    Release date: November 6, 2012
    Publisher: Berkley
    Pages: 336
    Formats: Paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Rescued by a stranger.
    Haunted by a secret
    Sometimes, love isn’t easy…

    He watched her, but never knew her. Until thanks to a chance encounter, he became her savior…

    The attraction between them was undeniable. Yet the past he’d worked so hard to overcome, and the future she’d put so much faith in, threatened to tear them apart.

    Only together could they fight the pain and guilt, face the truth – and find the unexpected power of love.

    A groundbreaking novel in the New Adult genre, Easy faces one girl’s struggle to regain the trust she’s lost, find the inner strength to fight back against an attacker, and accept the peace she finds in the arms of a secretive boy.

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    Title & Series: BREAKABLE (Contours of the Heart #2)
    Author: Tammara Webber
    Release date: May 6, 2014
    Publisher: Berkley
    Pages: 368
    Formats: Paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    He was lost and alone. Then he found her.
    And the future seemed more fragile than ever.

    As a child, Landon Lucas Maxfield believed his life was perfect and looked forward to a future filled with promise — until tragedy tore his family apart and made him doubt everything he ever believed.

    All he wanted was to leave the past behind. When he met Jacqueline Wallace, his desire to be everything she needed came so easy…

    As easy as it could be for a man who learned that the soul is breakable and that everything you hoped for could be ripped away in a heartbeat.

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    TALON Blog Tour: Teaser + Giveaway

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    I am super excited to be a part of the TALON Blog Tour hosted by Kismet Book Touring. Julie Kagawa is an amazing storyteller and this new series by the author has been on my radar for what seems like ever. I love stories about dragons, and while I haven’t read any stories where they were the focus before now, I have watched and loved a ton of films that were dragon-centric.

    TALON’s dragons are quite a bit different from those I’ve met in film, but they have that instantly likable quality that Julie Kagawa brings to all her characters. Especially Ember. And I can’t wait for you all to meet her and Dante.

    Anyway… for today’s stop on the tour I have a short but hilarious teaser to share along with a giveaway for a hardcover finished copy of the book. And if you’d like the chance to win one of Julie’s handcrafted dragon figurines + swag, follow the instructions for the “Catch the Dragon” grand prize giveaway.

    TALON releases on October 28th, so the wait is almost over (YAY!), but the tour continues through next week, so there are a few more teasers and posts to make the wait a little less torturous. The schedule is included at the bottom of this post if you’d like to check out all the stops.

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    About Talon

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    Title & Series: TALON (Talon #1)
    Author: Julie Kagawa
    Release date: October 28, 2014
    Publisher: Harlequin Teen
    Pages: 464
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description

    Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they’re positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

    Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

    Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon’s newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember’s bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.

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    About Julie Kagawa

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    Julie Kagawa was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish and the odd eel.

    To pay the rent, Julie worked in different bookstores over the years, but discovered the managers frowned upon her reading the books she was supposed to be shelving. So she turned to her other passion: training animals. She worked as a professional dog trainer for several years, dodging Chihuahua bites and overly enthusiastic Labradors, until her first book sold and she stopped training to write full-time.

    Julie now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where the frequency of shark attacks are at an all-time low. She lives with her husband, two obnoxious cats, one Australian shepherd who is too smart for his own good and the latest addition, a hyperactive Papillon puppy.

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    The Teaser

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    The Giveaway

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    • Each tour stop (including mine) is offering up a finished hardcover copy of TALON for giveaway
    • FIVE lucky Grand Prize winners will receive one of Julie’s amazing dragon figurines as well as some fun signed swag

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

    To enter for the grand prize, you MUST follow the tour each day, find and catch the dragon, and answer the daily question.

    Catch the Dragon Contest

    Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, a dragon will appear on a different blog and stay there for 48hrs. Once you have found the dragon, click on it and you will be directed to a Rafflecopter entry form for the Grand Prize Giveaway! To enter, you must answer the daily question found at the tour stop!!!

    Where could the dragon appear? On all Book Blogger Tour Hosts and The Harlequin Paranormal Blog, so go now and catch yourself a dragon! Will you find it? And will you be able to keep it?

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    “Catch the Dragon” Question

    Aside from TALON, what is your favorite dragon-focused book cover?

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    The Tour Schedule

    Week One

    Thursday, Oct. 2nd – Harlequin Blog

    Week Two

    Monday, Oct. 6th – Step Into Fiction

    Wednesday, Oct. 8th – Katie’s Book Blog

    Friday, Oct. 10th – Page Turners

    Week Three

    Monday, Oct. 13th – Bewitched Bookworms

    Wednesday, Oct. 15th – Mundie Moms

    Friday, Oct. 17th – Fiktshun

    Week Four

    Monday, Oct. 20th – Two Chicks on Books

    Wednesday, Oct. 22nd – YA Interrobang

    Friday, Oct. 24th – Supernatural Snark

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    The Immortal Circus Blog Tour: Review, Teaser + Giveaway – Summer Court {Week Ten}

    I’m kicking off the final week of the 10-week THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS Blog Tour which makes me equal parts happy and sad. Happy because I got the opportunity to read the final episode and learn just a little bit more about Lilith and Mab… and learn a lot more about the author.

    About how he likes to give readers just enough to keep them wanting to know more. About how he likes to leave many questions for the sequel…. Oh, did I forget to tell you? Yes, there is going to be a sequel. And while I don’t have all the details about that, I will just say that it is topping my list of “must read now” books.

    I am also happy because today kicks off the more traditional two week tour for THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS at Fantasy Book Addict with a guest post and an entirely different giveaway.

    But I’m also sad.

    Sad because come next Monday I won’t have another guest post to share from the author or my favorite King of the Summer Court, Oberon. After what happened in the final episode I am, without any doubt, TEAM SUMMER.

    And while I can’t reveal exactly what happened, let me just say that Oberon – and Hannah of  In the Best Worlds and I – need all of your support. Because that Mab plays dirty.

    I will be posting my final mini-review for this dark and gorgeous book today, along with my overall thoughts on the serial and book. And I also have my final teaser to share. Which is awesome and chilling to say the least.

    The last look at this amazing book will be revealed tomorrow at The Bookish Brunette. So be sure to stop by. Because I couldn’t agree with Vivienne’s last sentence more.

    There will be two more guest posts later this week for this tour. But there will also be interviews, guest posts and reviews for the two-week tour. You can find the schedule for that tour, HERE.

    And lastly, before I stop rambling and get to my review, share my favorite passage and the teaser the author provided, I just want to say THANK YOU so much to the incredibly talented and amazing Alex Kahler for writing such a fantastic book. For being such a wonderful author to work with on this tour. For creating a story that has kept me hooked week after week as I waited for each episode to download. For writing such intriguing characters. And for putting together words in such a magical way that I was transported, even for such a short time, into his Cirques des Immortels.

    Mini-review: Episode Five + Serial Summation

    What an explosive and epic conclusion to an absolutely amazing novel. This final episode, which encompasses chapters sixteen through nineteen plus the epilogue, is the most action-packed of the book.

    It was full of surprises – about Vivienne, about Lilith, and about characters whose names alone, were I to reveal them, would be spoiler-y. It answered some, but not all, of the questions raised throughout the novel. It left the door wide open for the next book in this series. And while not leaving off on a traditional cliff, I felt like I was left hanging off the side of a mountain, without a rope.

    Each episode has been building up to this conclusion, which if I were to call it “climactic” would be a major understatement. The tension has been mounting between the courts, between Lilith and Vivienne, between Kingston and Vivienne, between Mab and Vivienne. And that all comes to a head in this final episode.

    Secrets that had been buried have been dragged into the light. Motives have been revealed. A war has been waged. And the casualties definitely have piled up in this final installment.

    While I am left with so many questions about the fate of the Cirque des Immortels, about the Summer and Winter fae, about Mab and most of all about Vivienne, I do not feel cheated by the ending to this book. Answers were given about the “accidents,” about the Summer Fae’s appearance and about Lilith.

    And some, but once again not all, information was revealed about Vivienne and her past.

    THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS is a dark, captivating, and at times seductive, read. Released in serial format, each episode teases the story in a way that will keep readers riveted and make them anxious to return for the next episode.

    It keeps them guessing throughout – about the characters’ pasts, about the characters themselves and about who is behind just what is going wrong. It keeps them intrigued – about the contracts, about Vivienne, about Kingston, about the Summer Court’s role, about Lilith. It keeps them wanting more.

    Author A.R. Kahler has created a story that weaves together two fantastical elements – the fantasy world of the fae and the fantasy of what life is like under the big top. He has written scenes that are filled with beauty and magic and others that are dark, chilling and at time horrifying. He has given each of his characters a rather unique voice which makes them memorable week after week.

    And he has introduced a world unlike any other I’ve journeyed into.

    While I am curious to see just how I’d experience this book if I read it all in one sitting, I can’t imagine not having experienced it first in its episodic format. The author did a masterful job at giving just enough of the story in each episode to satisfy my curiosity until the next installment was released.

    Whether in serial format or as a completed novel, THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS is a must read for those who like to dip into the world of fantasy, to read something with just a touch of darkness, to experience a story that teases its secrets from beginning to end, and to be left hanging, with as many questions as answers, for the sequel.

    Now that I’ve completed this book, I can finally give it my rating.

    Reviewer gives this book….

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

    Favorite passage

    I had quite a few favorites, however all but one are so very, very spoiler-y. And most all of those involve Lilith. So I chose a favorite passage that wasn’t  of the jaw-dropping, startling or “what the heck just happened” variety and went with one that made me sigh… that is before it made me so very sad.

    But that part I won’t share.

    Every blink, every moment of darkness, and I felt his lips on mine, tasted the cinnamon of his tongue and felt the heat of his breath. Every blink, and I was back, crushed against his chest. Every blink, and I wished it would have lasted longer.

    The Teaser

    I try to swallow the blood in my mouth but the iron makes me want to gag. Lilith leans in close to my ear. “You are very lucky we are currently on the same side. Otherwise it would be so, so simple to dispose of you.”

    Poe hisses by our side and Lilith jerks her attention to the field. Something rustles in the undergrowth. Something chuckles. The sun has set, the horizon fading to hues of fiery pink and orange.

    Then, something takes flight, a streak of fire that arcs high overhead. We both watch it fly, watch as it curves to the other horizon. There’s a flash of light when it falls out of sight and then another flies a similar path. Then another. Arrows.

    Lilith and I look at each other. Her eyes go wide and the fire inside both of us vanishes.

    The Summer Fey have arrived. We’re already too late.

     ***Just in case you haven’t yet heard about this awesome book and author***

    About The Immortal Circus

    Publisher: 47North
    Pub. date: Dec. 4, 2012
    Format: Kindle eBook

    Murdered contortionists aren’t exactly what Vivienne signed up for when she ran away to join the circus. But like most things under the big top, nothing is what it seems. With a past she can’t quite remember, Vivienne finds that running away forever might not be as appealing as it once sounded—especially not when she realizes the devilishly attractive ringleader Mab is the Faerie Queen of legend…and that she and the rest of the troupe are locked in an age-old rivalry between the otherworldly Courts.

    Aided by her friends Kingston—a feisty stage magician whose magic is quickly stealing her heart—and his smart-ass assistant Melody, Vivienne finds herself racing against the clock to discover the culprit behind a series of deaths that should be impossible. However, the answer she seeks might reveal more about her own bloody past—and future—than she bargains for.

    The show’s just beginning.

    Step right up…

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    About A.R. Kahler

    Most little boys dream of running away to join the circus.

    Alex didn’t just dream it: he did it. But then, he rarely lets a good dream pass him by.

    In the past six years he’s toured and trained across America and Europe. He’s performed in Amsterdam, taught trapeze in Madrid, studied in Glasgow and even had a stint as assistant to Holly Black and Cassandra Clare in New England. He’s constantly on the lookout for new places to explore and new worlds to invent. He’s a Sagittarius fueled by full moons and espresso. The way to his heart is a latte and fan art. Just for the record.

    THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS is his first New Adult novel, and is being released exclusively through the Amazon Kindle e-Serials program by 47North. It will be available in print and audio when the episodes are complete.

    MARTYR the first book in his post-apocalyptic fantasy, will be published by Spencer Hill Press in October 2014.

    Find him:

    TWITTER @ARKahler , TWITTER @ImmortalCircus, WEBSITE/BLOG

    Tour Schedule – Week Ten

    MON, Feb. 11: Summer – Fiktshun – REVIEW & TEASER– Ep. 5

    TUE, Feb. 12: Winter – The Bookish Brunette – REVIEW & TEASER– Ep. 5

    WED, Feb. 13: Summer – In the Best Worlds – GUEST POST

    THU, Feb. 14: Winter – The Non-Reluctant Reader – GUEST POST

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    There are FOUR prize packs up for grabs!

    The giveaway is US ONLY.

    The giveaway ends Friday, February 15th.

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    Shadows in the Silence Blog Tour: Teaser + Giveaway

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    I am so unbelievably excited to be a part of the SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE Blog Tour. As anyone who has visited my blog since the beginning knows, I am a huge fan of author Courtney Allison Moulton’s Angelfire series.

    ANGELFIRE was one of my earliest reviews on the blog. Ellie, Will and Cadan were among the very first characters I met when I started blogging. They are characters I count among my favorites, characters that I will always feel a connection to, and characters that will always hold a place in my heart.

    I recently re-read the first two books in the series in anticipation of SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE and I fell even more in love with them. And while reading this final book in the series was heartbreaking, as I knew I’d have to say goodbye at the story’s end, it was also amazing.

    It was the perfect ending to this incredible series. It was hands-down the best book of the series. And it made saying goodbye just a little bit easier. But only just a little bit.

    Getting the opportunity to be a part of this “farewell” tour is such an incredible honor. I can’t thank Page Turners Blog and author Courtney Allison Moulton enough for allowing me to be a part of it. And I love that for my two – yes there are TWO – stops on the tour, I get to showcase a teaser and a deleted scene. Plus there is a seriously awesome giveaway to share.

    While the Twitter chat already happened, each stop on the tour offers some amazing peeks at SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE, a couple of deleted scenes, a couple “extras,”  the Angelfire artwork and a look at the author discussing her writing journey – the post I’m most excited for.

    Well… that and those deleted scenes. But those are for other weeks.

    For today, my stop includes a wicked awesome teaser. One that is so unbelievably perfect because it showcases some of the things I love most about this series. It highlights just how kick-a** Ellie is. It shows just how open-minded and trusting she is. It is a scene that includes Cadan. And with its final sentence leaves a little bit of doubt behind about….

    Okay, I’ll say no more. I’ll let you read it to find out just what I’m talking about.

    But before that action-packed and seriously awesome peek, I’ve included a description for SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE and one for the recently released novella A DANCE WITH DARKNESS about Madeleine and Bastian, if you’d like to check them out.

    There is also a little bit about the author and links to all sorts of places you can find her online. And if you haven’t yet seen it, I’ve included the SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE trailer for your viewing pleasure.

    Of course you can skip to the teaser first…. I know I would. It’s just that awesome. But don’t forget to check out the other stops on this tour and if you’re in the U.S. be sure to enter the giveaway.

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    ShadowsInTheSilenceAbout the Book

    Your strength in heart and hand will fall. . . .

    Ellie knows that the darkest moments are still to come, and she has everything to fight for:

    She must fight for Will.

    The demonic have resorted to their cruelest weapons to put Will in mortal danger, and Ellie makes an unlikely alliance to save him and to stop Lilith and Sammael, who seek to drown the world in blood and tear a hole into Heaven.

    She must fight for humanity.

    As the armies of Hell rise and gather for the looming End of Days, Ellie and her band of allies travel to the world’s darkest and most ancient regions in her quest to come into her full glory as the archangel Gabriel.

    And Ellie must save herself.

    Her humanity withers beneath the weight of her cold archangel power, but Ellie must hold tight to who she is and who she loves as she prepares for the ultimate battle for Heaven and Earth.

    In this final installment in the Angelfire trilogy, Courtney Allison Moulton brings her dark world of epic battles and blistering romance to a blazing bright conclusion.

    GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLEINDIEBOUND | SCHULER BOOKS (signed)

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    About the Novella DanceWithDarkness

    There were shadows in this alley that no light touched, and where there was no light, anything could hide.At the end of the fourteenth century, angelic reapers struggle to defend London against a legion of the demonic who have their sights set on claiming human souls and ancient relics for a dark purpose. Madeleine, a young but powerful warrior, is duty-bound to fight the demonic, and she lives for this pursuit above all else. Then, on a routine night of tracking, she is ambushed by a cadre of reapers and, though she defeats them all, she is left wounded and at the mercy of their lord, the notorious Bastian.

    Madeleine is astonished when Bastian lets her live. She goes deeper into the world of the demonic and is shocked to meet him again-this powerful reaper whose touch makes her restless and gives her a thrill unlike anything else. When they fall into a dangerous clandestine affair, her head and her heart must wage their war: can their love overcome his demonic nature? Will her dance with darkness burn her or bring Bastian into the light?

    With scorching romance and fantastic action, this original novella is a prequel to Courtney Allison Moulton’s gripping and epic Angelfire series.

    GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | SERIES ON GOODREADS

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    About the Author

    CourtneyAllisonMoulton

    Courtney Allison Moulton lives in Michigan, where she is a photographer and spends all her free time riding and showing horses. She has always loved reading about ancient mythologies, dead languages, and telling scary, romantic stories. ANGELFIRE is her debut novel.

    For more information about Courtney, visit her online at www.courtneyallisonmoulton.com.

    TWITTER | FACEBOOK | WEBSITE | BLOGTUMBLR | YOUTUBE | INSTAGRAMGOODREADS

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    The Trailer

     

    Teaser

    A hand closed around my neck and jerked me around. More hands grabbed my arms, halting my sword strikes, and they yanked the Khopesh swords from my grip. I thrashed against them, but at least three reapers had hold of me—there were just so many bodies, so many that I couldn’t focus, couldn’t think. I could only move and throw myself around. Gabriel was coming, I could feel that part of me swimming to the surface from black depths. I could see the reflection of my face in the glossy black eyes of the demonic reaper choking me. My own eyes were filling with white as I began to lose myself to my power, but I couldn’t let that happen. I tightened my entire body, straining to keep hold of my sanity, to stay here. If I let go, I was sure I could destroy every last one of the reapers in the room—but that included Cadan.

    Cadan.

    He was there, appearing out of nowhere, slicing the head off one of the reapers holding my right arm. Now that I was partially free, I locked my gaze with the reaper squeezing my throat. I slammed my hand into the weak point on her arm, right into her elbow joint. Bone snapped and she released me as she threw her head back and screamed in pain and rage. I smashed my palm into her face, shattering her nose, driving bone and cartilage so deep into her skull that she turned to stone immediately—dead.

    I turned to the last reaper holding my other arm and I buried my knee in his gut, making him double over with a grunt. A shadow fell over both of us and I looked up, gasping, with just enough time to dive to the side as Cadan slashed his sword through the reaper’s neck, nearly taking my own off with it. The reaper’s grip went slack and he crumbled to stone in front of me.

    Demonic energy exploded in my face, sending me flying across the room like a kicked doll. I landed hard on a table, pain shooting up and down my spine, wood cracking under me. I looked up and stared into the face of the vir as she came down through the air. I rolled off the table and hit the floor just as she hit the table, shattering it beneath her weight. I scrambled toward my swords. She tore at me, claws hooking my clothes as my hands found the silver helves. I bounced to my feet and reeled on her. My sword disappeared into her chest, slipping under her ribcage and shredding her heart. She screamed as her body went up in flames, and another demonic presence flashed behind me. I swung my body around with a cry of desperation, my blade sweeping up toward a bare throat—and I stopped, my sword barely an inch from taking off Cadan’s head as he locked eyes with me. I gasped and the angelfire went out. I lowered the Khopesh and he swallowed hard with a deep breath.

    “Sorry,” I mumbled, embarrassed that I’d nearly just killed him.

    “No sweat.” He looked around uncomfortably, but we’d destroyed every demonic vir. The female was the last of them—besides, Cadan at least. I took a moment to realize that I had never expected to find myself fighting alongside a demonic reaper. But he’d had my back very much like Will had always done.

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    Wasn’t that amazing? Don’t you wish you could just dive right into SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE and continue the story to find out what’s going to happen next?

    I know I do!

    And even though I recently read SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE, now that I have my finished copy I’m so very tempted to read it again. To get swept up in this world once again. To fight the epic battles with Ellie yet again. To say goodbye all over again.

    But maybe I’ll wait until after the tour. So I can read those deleted scenes and be able to put them in context with story. And also so I can hear from the author just what the journey has been like and just how difficult it has been to say goodbye.

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    Week 1: Jan. 28-Feb. 1

    Jan. 28 – Page Turners Blog – Trailer Teaser Pic: Ellie + Blog Tour Intro

    Jan. 29 – Twitter Party with Courtney (@camoulton), et al.

    Jan. 30 – Once Upon a Twilight – Trailer Teaser Pic: Will

    Feb. 1 – The Book Cellar – Trailer Teaser Pic: Cadan

    Week 2: Feb. 4-8

    Feb. 4 – Supernatural Snark – Teaser: Shadows in the Silence

    Feb. 6 – Mundie Moms – Behind-the-scenes Cover Pics

    Feb. 8 – Fiktshun – Teaser: Shadows in the Silence

    Week 3: Feb. 11-15

    Feb. 12 – Page Turners Blog – Faux Action Girls

    Feb. 13 – Once Upon a Twilight – Evolution of Angelfire Art

    Feb. 15 – The Book Cellar – Deleted Scene

    Week 4: Feb. 18-22

    Feb. 18 – Supernatural Snark – Teaser: both Wings of the Wicked paperback ‘Extras’ scenes

    Feb. 20 – Fiktshun – Deleted Scene

    Feb. 22 – Mundie Moms – Finishing a trilogy, what my writing journey has been like

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    • The awesome hosts at Page Turners are offering up THREE (3) signed sets of the Angelfire series for giveaway.
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    The Immortal Circus Blog Tour: Review, Teaser + Giveaway – Summer Court {Week Eight}

    It is the start of week eight of THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS Blog Tour. And I am super excited because this week the final episode releases and the book’s official birthday is on Tuesday, January 29, 2013.

    With just three weeks remaining on the tour and only one more chance for Oberon to check in on just how I’m doing in support of the Summer Court, I am both saddened and relieved.

    Saddened this book will be concluding. Saddened that there will be only one more teaser for me to share after this week. Saddened that I’ll only have one more peek at Kingston. And saddened that I won’t be teamed up with Hannah of  In the Best Worlds to try and defeat the seemingly all-powerful Mab and her Winter Court.

    But I will be relieved that I’ll be able to rest my battle-weary self without having to worry about just what Oberon might do. And relieved that I will get to read the final episode in just a few days and I won’t have to suffer the wait for each new episode. I shall have my answers!

    Of course I’ve heard some things… things best left unspoken for now. I’ll just have to share that in two weeks when I’ll be reviewing the next – and final – episode.

    Today I’m reviewing Episode Four. And as there are lots and lots of things that happen in this particular episode it may be slightly vague, as I’m desperately trying to keep my reviews spoiler-free. Even the teaser I’ve been allowed to share doesn’t give away too much.

    Although the teaser that will be included tomorrow at The Bookish Brunette, along with her review, is rather… how shall I say it… revealing. Yes, revealing… perhaps deliciously revealing… but revealing nonetheless. Though it’s one you won’t want to miss.

    My review, as always, is an attempt at mini review. But with the way I do tend to go on… and on… and on… I hope I’ve kept it as vague as I’d intended without being too obscure, murky or otherwise unclear.

    Oh, and one last thing… be sure to visit all the stops this week for more chances to win one of the four IMMORTAL CIRCUS Prize Packs and to check out this week’s guest posts.

    Mini-review: Episode Four

    After the cliffhanger ending of Episode Three, I didn’t think I could be any more anxious for another episode in this series. And yet, when I reached the end of Episode Four I was more desperate than ever for the fifth and final episode.

    The episode begins to answer those questions about Kingston and Vivienne that have been teasing and tormenting readers throughout the series. And while certain things about Vivienne’s past are revealed, there are still more questions awaiting answers about just where she came from, just what she did and just why she entered into the contract she was given.

    Each answer revealed seems to lead to more questions. With the biggest puzzle of all revolving around Lilith. About just who and what she is. About just what it is she can do. And about just what her fixation on Kingston means for Vivienne.

    There are still questions about many of the characters’ motivations, questions about what the Summer Court will do in retaliation for the events that took place at the start of this episode, questions about what Mab will do after a rather damning discovery she made and questions about the future of the Cirque des Immortels.

    Episode Four adds even more twists and turns to this already mysterious, dark and twisty story. It invites readers even further into this world that is full of secrets, lies, deception and betrayal. A deadly world of illusions where no one is safe. Where no one can be trusted. Where anything seems possible.

    At just four chapters, this latest episode is an incredibly quick read, but packs the most information onto its pages of any of the previous episodes. And it sets the story up for what I can only imagine will be an epic conclusion.

    With tensions growing between the Summer and Winter Court, between Mab and Vivienne, between Vivienne and Kingston and between Vivienne and Lilith, it doesn’t sound like things will end happily at the conclusion of this story. Someone… or many someones… are bound to lose. And it seems very likely one of those someones will be Vivienne.

    And with the way the episode ended – with betrayal, a set up, and a broken heart – the fifth and final episode promises to be deadly, exciting, and heartbreaking. And it is one that I am anxiously waiting for on the very edge of my seat.

    Favorite passage

    All my most favorite passages were spoiler-y. And my very most favorite one was the spoiler-y-est of them all. Because it was the last two paragraphs of this episode. The passage that made me incredibly desperate for next week’s episode.

    But this very short passage is one that I also love, as it says so very much, in very few words, yet very beautifully.

    I’m smiling, but I can feel it slip. Something digs in the back of my head, something pulling itself up to consciousness. It smells of brimstone and fear.

    The Teaser

    “I’m three hundred and forty-one,” Kingston says.

    The numbers drop like guillotines, but he doesn’t look away from me as he says them. Clearly, he’s judging my response. I try to keep my face composed, and my response is as witty as I can make it.

    “You don’t look a day over two hundred,” I say. “Must be all the popcorn.”

    He shakes his head, but he’s smiling nonetheless. Again, he looks at me like I’m amusing. But there’s something else behind it. Surprise?

    “What did you do?” I ask. “Why did you join?” Most of our performers were in a bind, Mab had said. What could Kingston have done?

    “Well,” he says. “I used to live in Salem.”

     ***Just in case you haven’t yet heard about this awesome book and author***

    About The Immortal Circus

    Publisher: 47North
    Pub. date: Dec. 4, 2012
    Format: Kindle eBook

    Murdered contortionists aren’t exactly what Vivienne signed up for when she ran away to join the circus. But like most things under the big top, nothing is what it seems. With a past she can’t quite remember, Vivienne finds that running away forever might not be as appealing as it once sounded—especially not when she realizes the devilishly attractive ringleader Mab is the Faerie Queen of legend…and that she and the rest of the troupe are locked in an age-old rivalry between the otherworldly Courts.

    Aided by her friends Kingston—a feisty stage magician whose magic is quickly stealing her heart—and his smart-ass assistant Melody, Vivienne finds herself racing against the clock to discover the culprit behind a series of deaths that should be impossible. However, the answer she seeks might reveal more about her own bloody past—and future—than she bargains for.

    The show’s just beginning.

    Step right up…

    Find the book: WEBSITE, FACEBOOK, GOODREADS, AMAZON

    About A.R. Kahler

    Most little boys dream of running away to join the circus.

    Alex didn’t just dream it: he did it. But then, he rarely lets a good dream pass him by.

    In the past six years he’s toured and trained across America and Europe. He’s performed in Amsterdam, taught trapeze in Madrid, studied in Glasgow and even had a stint as assistant to Holly Black and Cassandra Clare in New England. He’s constantly on the lookout for new places to explore and new worlds to invent. He’s a Sagittarius fueled by full moons and espresso. The way to his heart is a latte and fan art. Just for the record.

    THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS is his first New Adult novel, and is being released exclusively through the Amazon Kindle e-Serials program by 47North. It will be available in print and audio when the episodes are complete.

    MARTYR the first book in his post-apocalyptic fantasy, will be published by Spencer Hill Press in October 2014.

    Find him:

    TWITTER @ARKahler , TWITTER @ImmortalCircus, WEBSITE/BLOG

    Tour Schedule – Week Eight

    MON, Jan. 28: Summer – Fiktshun – REVIEW & TEASER– Ep. 4

    TUE, Jan. 29: Winter – The Bookish Brunette – REVIEW & TEASER– Ep. 4

    WED, Jan. 30: Summer – In the Best Worlds – GUEST POST

    THU, Jan. 31: Winter – The Non-Reluctant Reader – GUEST POST

    *** This is the same Rafflecopter form from last week. It will continue to be included in all of my tour stop posts. There are extra entries for tweeting at each stop.***

    THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS Prize Pack Giveaway includes a signed copy of the book, illustrated trading cards and seriously awesome circus-y goodies.

    There are FOUR prize packs up for grabs!

    The giveaway is US ONLY.

    The giveaway ends Friday, February 15th.

    There are a few extra entry opportunities, including the chance to Tweet daily for more chances to win!

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