Blood Oath – Cover Love

Cover Love

Like the cover of Blood Road, the first book of the duology, Blood Oath’s cover is bold and eye-catching, and I appreciate the way the designer, Monika MacFarlane, made sure the cover reflected the “Roman” feel of Torien’s world while giving it its own unique flair. I also like the way the laurel wreath motif continues in the interior design, at section breaks and chapter headings.

It’s always tricky to put a character on the cover, and although the model isn’t exactly how I picture Torien, I certainly think Torien could be pictured this way! All in all, I very much appreciate Monika’s thoughtful work in bringing all these elements together to create a striking cover.

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Blood Oath (Blood Oath #2)

by Amanda McCrina

Release Date: June 19, 2018

Publisher: Month9Books

The aftermath of what happened in the capital has shaken Torien to the core. Battling self-doubt and bitterness, he must find his resolve as he is sent back to Tasso to quell a violent uprising on the Road.

But Torien will need more than resolve to navigate the deadly path before him. His troops are inexperienced and his new adjutant untrustworthy. A series of murder attempts leaves the whole camp on edge. As the threat of mutiny builds, the mission seems doomed before they even reach Tasso—and Torien is beginning to suspect it was meant that way. He and his men are being set up to fail.

With his best friend in the hands of the rebels, his commanding officer refusing to negotiate a peace treaty, and his own men ready to turn on him at any moment, Torien must decide once and for all how much he’s willing to sacrifice for an empire he no longer believes in.

About the Author

Amanda McCrina has studied in Italy, taught English in Japan, and currently tutors Latin in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her BA in History from the University of West Georgia, and is now pursuing her MA. She writes stories that incorporate her love of history, languages, and world travel. She drinks far too much coffee and dreams of one day having a winning fantasy-hockey season.

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Burning Bright – Excerpt

Burning Bright by Chris Cannon Excerpts

Excerpt #1

“I think we are at the no-news-is-good-news stage,” Jaxon said.

“That works for me.” Bryn said. “I’m hoping my chaos magnet days are over. I’d love an uneventful holiday season.” “The Christmas Ball should be safer this year. Your grandfather has hired extra guards and installed more surveillance cameras around the estate.”
“That’s comforting, but I don’t think I’ll ever be able to relax and believe an event is safe.”

“I feel compelled to point out that the common denominator among all the recent chaos has been you.”

“And you get to spend the rest of your life with me,” Bryn shot back. “You lucky duck.”

“I can barely contain my joy.”

They drove back to the Institute for Excellence trading comments and laughing. It was nice. On the way to her room, he said, “Do you still have the present I asked you to keep for me?”

Way to put a damper on the day. “I do.” Where is he going with this?

“Can I have it back?” he asked.

“Of course.” She unlocked her door, letting him into the living room and then went to retrieve the bracelet from underneath her sweaters. Should she admit she’d looked at it? No.

Jaxon accepted the box from her and held it in his palm like he was testing its weight. “I finally figured out what I should do with it.” He slid it into his coat pocket and then said, “I almost forgot.” He pulled a small white cardboard box from his pocket and handed it to her.

“What’s this?” She opened the box and looked inside to find brownies dotted with green Christmas tree-shaped sprinkles.

“I stopped in a bakery to order something for my mother, and I saw those.”

That was oddly thoughtful of him.

“I know normal girls wouldn’t want to eat brownies after baking cookies all day, but I figured that didn’t apply to you.”

“It’s not like I can argue that statement, so thank you.”

“Good night, Bryn.”

“Good night.” She locked the door behind him before taking a bite of brownie. It was chocolatey fudgey heaven. A small voice in her head whispered that he must actually care about her. The smarter part of her brain said to shut up and enjoy the brownie. No reason to read anything even remotely romantic into the nice gesture.

Bryn stopped mid chew. Wait. What? Did she just think of romance and Jaxon in the same sentence? Sure, he was funny, and smart, and handsome when he wasn’t being an asshat, but that didn’t mean there would ever be any real feelings between them. Right?

Excerpt #2

He stood. “Let’s go for a walk.”

“Okay.” She set her mug on the bench and let him pull her to her feet. Should she tell her grandparents where they were going? That would kind of ruin the moment she and Jaxon might be having, so she shelved the idea.

Hand in hand, they walked down one of the slate paths back into the trees with the fairy lights. “This place is amazing.”

“This has always been my favorite part of the house. I used to spend a lot of time out here.”

“Doing what?”

They walked down a path and into a stand of trees. Several single swings and a double swing where two people could sit, like a porch swing, were suspended from the trees. There was also a staircase that spiraled around a tree and led up to a walkway suspended between the trees, high up in the branches.

“Can we go up?” Bryn asked.
“Sure.”
The spiral steps were easy to climb, but the walkway was higher up in the trees than it appeared from below. “What do you think?” Jaxon asked.
“I think it’s the perfect place to hide from the world.”

Wait a minute. “You made fun of me last year when I said I wanted a treehouse.”

“This isn’t a treehouse, it’s a far superior tree bridge.”

“Right,” Bryn mocked. “That makes sense.”

Jaxon tugged her back toward the platform of the first tree. “There’s more.” Around the back side of the tree there was a bench. “If you don’t feel like walking, you can sit.”

“As one does when one is tired from adventures on their tree bridge.” She sat and relaxed back against the trunk of the tree, very aware of Jaxon’s proximity and the heat coming off his body.

“Exactly,” he said.

She laughed. From inside the tree the fairy lights seemed even more magical. “You know this is basically a tree house without walls.”

“No. That doesn’t work for me,” he said.
Bryn rolled her eyes but didn’t comment.
“I saw that,” Jaxon said.
“You were meant to.” Joking around with him felt comfortable. “This is nice.”
“The tree?” he asked.
“No.” She pointed back and forth between them. “This. Us. No pretenses or small talk…just us.”
“Speaking of us.” He leaned in, slowly, like he was giving her a chance to move away. She met him halfway and pressed her mouth against his. Time seemed to slow down as his hand touched her cheek and then cradled the back of her head. Heat thrummed between them, burning bright as the kiss grew, which was strange yet somehow right.

Excerpt #3

I guess I should say thank you for coming to look for me.”

“You’re welcome, though you seemed to have the situation taken care of by the time we got there.”

“Mostly,” he said. “But it’s nice to know that someone notices when I’m not where I’m supposed to be.”

And now this felt awkward and a little too serious. “I guess it really is our job to look out for each other now, isn’t it?”

He grinned. “I’d like to point out that I’m normally a lot less trouble than you are, so you’re getting the better end of this deal.”

She rolled her eyes. “Yes, I’m one lucky girl.”

He acknowledged her joke with a grin and then pushed to his feet. “Do try to remember that.” He walked to the door and let himself out.

She locked the door behind him. Weird how she felt closer to him now. Shared drama probably had that effect on a relationship. Whatever kind of relationship she had with Jaxon, it seemed to be shifting…which was natural given their strange circumstances. Nothing to worry about. Nothing at all.

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Burning Bright (Going Down in Flames #5)

by Chris Cannon
Publication Date: June 4, 2018

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Bryn is back for her senior year at the Institute for Excellence, also known as shape-shifting dragon school. She isn’t sure which is scarier, the life-force sucking dragons stalking campus or the fact that she’s officially betrothed to Jaxon, a guy who will never love her. Not that she could ever love him, either… That’s just ridiculous.

Senior year should be fun. Her parents are alive, she’s finally fitting in, and she’s learning how to be a Medic. But what’s with Jaxon giving her strange looks? He runs hot and cold, and he doesn’t even have the excuse of being a hybrid fire-and-ice-breathing dragon like her. One minute they’re having a great time and the next, she wants to blast a fireball at his head. The marriage contract of doom looms over them–unless this match not made in heaven kindles a flame…

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chris Cannon is the award-winning author of the Going Down In Flames series and the Boyfriend Chronicles. She lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and several furry beasts. She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures or romantic comedies. You can find her online at http://www.chriscannonauthor.com.

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Standley and Hazel – excerpt scene

This scene is one where Stanley’s right hand man and best pal, Arthur, is digging for information about the disappearance of some of the street kids in town. More about this will be revealed in Book 2.

Arthur tried to prevent his hands from trembling as he lit his cigarette. He wouldn’t show weakness to this pigeon. To anyone. Not even Stanley. But all of the info coming in reminded him of his pa and that night. That terrible night.

He breathed in the tobacco and blew out. The little kid watched him in awe.

Good, he thought. Exactly what I want.

“Look, kid, I need to know what’s going on. Tells me. Why all youse disappearing? What gives?”

The kid looked left and then right. He wiped his nose, glanced up at Arthur then down to the ground.

Fear, Arthur thought, I can almost smell it on him.

“Come on, cough it up, ya knob. Ain’t nothin’ to be afraid of.”

The kid looked up, tears coming out of his eyes. “That’s because you ain’t seen ‘em, Sir. You aint’ seen him. You don’t know.”

“Seen what? The coppers?”

The kid trembled and chewed on his frayed cuff. “Nah. Not the Coppers. I ain’t afraid o’ them.”

“The Raven’s guys?”

“Nah. Ain’t nothin’ more to fear from them than a bloody lip.”

Arthur chewed on his cigarette a little and said, “Listen, I’m gonna give you a bloody lip if you don’t spill.”

“Legion. They come for us. Out of the Shadows. And then we’re gone.”

“Gone? Gone where?” Arthur stuck his hands in his pockets.

“No one knows, sir, not really. But I heard them talk about an island. Bloody Island.”

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Stanley and Hazel by Jo Schaffer

Release Date: May 15, 2018

Publisher: Month9Books

A great depression has gripped the city of St. Louis in 1934. Stanley, an orphaned newsy, lives in a poor part of town hit especially hard by the economic downturn. One night, Stanley runs into Hazel, a restless debutante in waiting who has begun to question her posh lifestyle in the midst of the suffering she sees. She’s out and about without an escort and against her father’s wishes.

When they discover the body of a girl with her head bashed in by a baseball bat, the very different and separate realities of the two teens inform their decision. Together they will figure out what happened to her and bring those responsible to justice.

But getting involved with each other and digging into the secrets behind this murder earns them some powerful enemies, including a secret group seeking to rid society of all they deem “undesirable.” They’ve put into motion “The Winnowing,” a plan seeking to take over the city and enforce their will.

As Stanley and Hazel’s forbidden feelings for one another grow, their investigation turns deadly. Now, it is up to Stanley and his gang of street kids to stop Hazel from becoming the next victim.

About the Author

Jo Schaffer was born and raised in the California Bay Area in a huge, creative family. She is a YA novelist, speaker, writer at Patheos.com, works in film production and is a Taekwondo black belt.

She’s a founding member of Writers Cubed and co-founder of the Teen Author Boot Camp, one of the largest conferences in the nation for youth ages 13-19. She and a crew of local and international bestselling authors present writing workshops to hundreds of attendees at the Utah-based conference as well as hundreds of others worldwide who view the conference online.

Jo loves being involved in anything that promotes literacy and family. She is passionate about community, travel, books, music, healthy eating, classic films and martial arts. Her brain is always spinning new ideas for books and sometimes she even gets around to blogging.

Jo is a mom of 3 strapping sons living in the beautiful mountains of Utah with a neurotic cat named Hero.

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The Dylan Dilemma – Book Review

Title: The Dylan Dilemma

Author: Patricia B. Tighe

Publisher: Swoon Romance

Publication Date: April 24, 2018

Rating: 4 stars

**Thanks to the author and publisher for sending me a copy**

Synopsis: Kenzie doesn’t have time for anything other than playing basketball especially a boyfriend. Her school gets a new basketball coach and makes Kenzie lose her confidence, she falls into a slump and is afraid of losing her basketball scholarship. The last thing she needs is to be in a relationship with Dylan, a friend who recently went on a vacation with her family.

Dylan, on the other hand, is ready for a relationship and won’t be getting over Kenzie anytime soon.

Will the two end up together with so much at stake for Kenzie?

Thoughts: This was so cute! Kenzie is such an adorable character. The struggles and anxieties she feels are super relatable. Dylan is just as cute, his commitment to Kenzie is so adorable. I love the use of double perspectives and I can’t wait to see what else Patricia writes.

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The Dylan Dilemma by Patricia B. Tighe

Release Date: April 24, 2018

High school senior Kenzie Harper-Shea has no time for dating, especially after the arrival of the basketball coach from hell. Now Kenzie has lost her confidence, is in a slump, and in danger of losing out on a scholarship to play college ball. The last thing she needs is her “vacation boyfriend,” Dylan McCoy, distracting her with warm smiles, inside jokes, and swoony kisses.

Dylan, however, is totally ready to date. He finally lives in the same town as Kenzie and is not about to lose the chance to let their relationship grow into something more. But for now, he’ll stay in the friend zone because he’s determined to find out what has her running scared. It can’t be just about basketball.

As Kenzie spends more time around Dylan, her feelings become a jumbled-up mess. It’s obvious they’re into each other. So, why does she panic whenever she thinks about dating him? Is it connected to basketball or to something deeper? She’s not sure. Does she have the courage to examine her heart, even if it means breaking Dylan’s?

About the Author

The mother of two grown sons, Patricia B. Tighe lives in West Texas with her husband and dog. She eats way too much pizza, drinks way too much coffee, and watches way too much NFL football. On the bright side, she also reads and writes teen fiction. She promises to include as much romance, angst, and adventure as possible in her books.

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Fractions of Existence – Blog Tour


I love the cover of Fractions of Existence because the location is hinted at in chapter 3.14, which is a short chapter that is important to the Existence series. The cover also features a drawing of two Fibonacci spirals twisting from the same point of origin, in a gold hue, which is the tattoo that marks the group of the main antagonists.

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Fractions of Existence by J. Lenni Dorner

Publication Date: September 20, 2017

Once they were humanity’s exalted protectors— now they are being hunted.

Xavier will weigh all human life against Gwendolyn’s ignorant happiness.

The good news is that her choice can blow his away.

Omnipotent beings find each other while playing an online game. Xavier has been searching for Gwendolyn, his true mate and the missing member of the Existence. Only if reunited can the group regain the rest of their memories and access all of their powers. Hidden in plain sight, disguised as humans, they help who they can, as best they can, when they can.

The Eyes in the Shadows, a religious sect, has been trying to free humans from the “prison” of life on Earth for millenniums. The Existence has always been able to thwart them… until now. They’ve discovered a way to end the world that no one will see coming.

Gwendolyn has her future all laid out. There is a plan. She knows what her parents want for her and how to get it. Then Xavier, a friend from a virtual game, makes her question everything. He’s full of secrets, one being an understanding of her fear of the wind.

She tries to suppress her intense attraction to the mysterious and frustrating Xavier. She’s engaged, after all, and the thoughts she’s having aren’t proper. Gwendolyn is swept into a whirlwind of secrets, danger, and a forbidden attraction. She’ll drive across the country in her beat-up old car, not knowing if he is genuinely interested or just being polite. (He refuses to kiss her!) Gwendolyn’s journey is full of self-doubt, sacrifice, and dark visions that invade her sleep. Will she uncover the truth about herself?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

J. competed in Write Club 2014 &2016. The Creative Writing Institute held writing contests that resulted in J Lenni Dorner being published in “WRONG!: A themed anthology 2014” and LOST!: A themed anthology 2017. J self-published “Preparing to Write Settings That Feel Like Characters,” in 2015. Winner of the Write Edit Publish Now flash fiction “Youthful Frights versus Adult Fears” Halloween challenge 2015. Signum University’s Mythgard Institute held a creative writing contest in the autumn of 2015 called “Almost an Inkling” in which J Lenni Dorner was the Popular Vote Winner of week 6, resulting in publication in The Soul of Wit. The Operation Awesome Flash Fiction Contest 12 win in April 2016 went to J Lenni Dorner.

A to Z Challenge co-host as of 2017.

When not reading or writing, J enjoys video games, laughing at funny cat videos, finding drawings of dragons on Pinterest, and watching movies.

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Serpents and Saviors – Road to Publication

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SERPENTS AND SAVIORS (PROJECT EMERGENCE #2) BY JAMIE ZAKIAN BLOG TOUR – DIGITAL ASSETS

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Serpents and Saviors (Project Emergence #2)
by Jamie Zakian
Release Date: April 10, 2018
Publisher: Month9Books

Lord of the Flies meets the 100.

Joey got separated from her twin brother Jesse when their luxury spacecraft broke apart halfway to Mars. The terrorists are dead, but so are most of the passengers who escaped a dying Earth for a new life on a new planet.

The remaining survivors, the future of humanity, are scattered across the lush planet of Mars. Joey and Kami are in a mountainous forest, and they’re locked in a power struggle to guide the people. Jesse and Rai landed on the coast, and are desperate to reach their sisters.

This new world can be a fresh start, where everyone is equal and class sectors are finally made obsolete, if only Kami would give up her self-appointed position as Commander of Mars. Both Joey and Kami are willing to die for their beliefs, even sacrificing the lives of those who’ve chosen to follow them, unless clearer heads can prevail before it’s too late.

AUTHOR INFO:

Jamie Zakian is a full-time writer who consumes the written word as equally as oxygen. Living in South Jersey with her husband and rowdy family, she enjoys farming, archery, and blazing new trails on her 4wd quad, when not writing of course. She aspires to one day write at least one novel in every genre of fiction.

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Road to Publication

The road to publication has many paths. I chose to walk along the small press path, which has worked well for me. I’ve been lucky enough to collaborate with some amazing and talented editors, cover designers, and marketing pros who’ve helped bring my work to new levels. The family type approach a small press offers really provided a nurturing feel, which was something I personally needed when starting out in the industry. There is no single right or wrong way to becoming published. I always encourage aspiring authors to do extensive research on all avenues available to them, whether it be self-publishing, small/indie presses, or the agent/big five pub route.

Notes of Magic by Jessica Butcher

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Notes of Magic (The Bohemians #1) by Jessica Bucher

Publication Date: February 24, 2018

Enchanted city. Old magic. New threat.

Taq, a young fiddler, comes to Prague with dreams of joining the Bohemians—a band of immortal, magic-wielding street performers. With a mission to right past wrongs, things don’t go as planned when he meets the beautiful performer, Katia. Now, he must decide if revealing his secret is worth losing her heart.

Katia has spent one hundred years chained to the city, broken-hearted and silent,

waiting for her chance to be free. But with an impending threat on Bohemia itself and a mysterious newcomer, peace is starting look farther than ever. Now she must decide if she should trust Taq or put her faith in the one who broke her heart—the tyrannical Magistrate of Bohemia.

Curses can be broken, but at what cost?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jessica Bucher is a Young Adult author living in Texas with her husband and children. Her first book, The Hereafter, was published in 2016. When she’s not writing, editing, or chasing her kids, she can be found scrolling through Facebook or planning her next travel adventure.

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Reyet Trap – Deleted Scenes


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Reyet Trap (Torch World #2) by Dee Garretson

Release Date: April 3, 2018

Publisher: Month9Books

No planet. No hope.

Quinn Neen and his friends have survived the uprising and the ruthless Fosaanian leader’s attempt to kill them, but the galaxy is still hurtling toward war. With just a few days before Quinn starts his mandatory military training, he plans to spend the time with Mira, the Fosaanian girl he’s in love with. When a mysterious message forces them on a journey to an isolated planet named Reyet, Quinn’s plans quickly change.

A coup on Reyet throws everything into chaos, leaving Quinn and Mira evading enemies they know, and some they don’t, including the planet itself. Now, time is running out for Earth, Fosaan, and Reyet, and there may be no place left in the galaxy that’s safe.

About the Author

Dee Garretson writes for many different age groups, from chapter books to middle grade to young adult to adult fiction. She lives in Ohio with her family, and in true writer fashion, has cat companions who oversee her daily word count. When she’s not writing, she loves to travel, watch old movies, and attempt various kinds of drawing, painting and other artistic pursuits.

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Deleted Scenes

Even though it was the middle of the night, people still wandered around the shops and food stands on the upper bridge. The heat had lessened a little, but the air still felt heavy and I tasted the dust with every breath I took. I felt an uneasiness in the crowd, as if everyone thought it was safer to stay awake and to keep moving.

I felt safer being out at night because we blended in better. Unless someone looked closely at us, they would just assume Mira and I were two more Far Edge trekkers who had come to Reyet for a little excitement, only to find ourselves trapped after the coup.

Mira grabbed my hand and pulled me over to a stand crowded with people. A fruity scent rose from the containers sitting on the counter. “Can we afford a couple of those?”

My stomach rumbled. If we ever got off Reyet, the first thing I planned to do was organize a feast for Mira and I.

“Yes, well, not really but we’re going to buy some anyway.”

The drink was heaven, smooth and cold made of something sweet that I couldn’t even describe. I sipped it slowly trying to make it last as we walked.

We passed an old man holding up circlets of tiny bells. “Charms for your sirls! Charms for your sirls! Soothe their spirits!” He had a sirl on the ground next to him with three or four of the circlets placed around the neck of the small statue. The statue didn’t look particularly soothed by the jewelry. Its two black circles meant to represent eyes stared out with a baleful expression.

Near him a bunch of Far Edge trekkers clustered around a woman seating on an upturned basket. A thin dust veil covered her entire face, so that her features were only smudges in the flickering firelight from the brazier next to her.

“There’s something that hides in the mists in the gorge,” she said in a low throaty voice. “It is what causes the burning inside the victims. It’s no disease at all.” The crowd murmured. She held up her hand to silence them. “The mists used to linger only down in the gorge, but they are rising bit by bit. Look for yourselves. You’ll see them.”

There was something about her voice that made me want to look so we moved with the group to the edge of the bridge. Even in the darkness down below I could see wisps of mist floating about, like they were being moved by a breeze we couldn’t feel.

“Are they ghosts?” someone asked, their voice shaking.

“No one knows what they are,” the woman said.

“Mira?” A man’s voice called.

I put my arm around her. “Let’s go,” I whispered, pulling her away from the voice. “Don’t react, because that will be a giveaway.”

“Mira? Wait.” The voice was louder.

I looked over at Mira. She nodded. We broke into a run.

My Freshman Year of Fabulous – Book Review

Title: My Freshman Year of Fabulous

Author: Jennifer DiGiovanni

Publisher: Swoon Romance

Publication Date: March 30, 2018

Pages: 353

Rating: 4 stars

****Thanks to the chapter by chapter tour for sending me a copy for review****

Synopsis: Avery Thronton is completely nervous and excited about her first day of high school. During the first day, a senior leads her astray and she ends up nowhere near her classroom. Instead of ending up where she’s supposed to be, she ends up in an equipment room. When she runs into the room she runs into Eli Fields, who is having just as bad a day she is. He just got benched from the football team. Eli isn’t allowed to quit because his two older brothers have received scholarships for playing football. Avery learns this in their short time together and tries to get him to be her dance partner. His response is he doesn’t dance. What happens when Avery spots him at a dancing game at the mall? Will she still be able to dance with her current partner when she would rather be dancing with Eli?

Thoughts: This is a super cute read. It’s great if you need something light but still with a good purpose. Eli is such a cute character that I’d love a whole story just dedicated to him! The connections between both characters are very realistic. I so love the relationship between Avery and her sister. You can tell how much they care for each other. They both support each other’s hobbies, Avery with dancing and her sister with soccer. This was a great read, that was really fun and entertaining.

The Novella included was just as cute and sweet. I really enjoyed getting to see a different perspective on a bake-off show. These are some great reads for the summer.

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At Woods Edge – Book Review

Title: At Woods Edge

Author: E.M. Fitch

Publisher: Month9Books

Publication Date: March 27, 2018

Pages: 298

Rating: 4 stars

****Thanks to the Chapter by Chapter Tour for sending me a copy for review****

Synopsis: Cassie is trying to live a normal life. Her boyfriend, Ryan, adores her. She also has a great set of friends. One person, in particular, keeps taunting her with gifts, even though she hasn’t seen him. Ryan wants her to not worry about these things happening and her to take her life back in her hands. The woodland creatures have been quiet, other than Aiden. Cassie is trying her hardest to ignore him. Some unexplainable events start to happen, especially now that Laney, her best friend, are on opposite sides.

Thoughts: I really enjoyed this continuation of Of The Trees. I loved the romance between Cassie and Ryan. Ryan is such a sweet boyfriend, who’s very supportive. I also really love Aidan’s character and the gifts he gives Cassie are super cute and well thought out. This was still a creepy book but still not terribly scary.

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Of The Trees – Book Review

Title: Of The Trees

Author: E.M. Fitch

Publisher: Month9Books

Pages: 300

Publication Date: February 28, 2017

Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis: Cassie and Laney are best friends. Laney is an amateur ghost hunter. Cassie stays many nights at the cemetery waiting for a ghost to appear.Cassie swears that she hears whispering in the trees and she feels that someone is watching her. Cassie and her friends go the local carnival and some creepy things start to happen and Cassie’s life will never be the same. Lamey starts to hang around older guys and Cassie doesn’t trust or like them. They make Cassie feel afraid, and every time she sees them they change their appearances. While Laney is off with those men, Cassie seeks comfort from her other friend, Ryan. Things start to get even creepier when people Cassie knows start to die. With all this happening Laney is still hanging around those men, Cassie fears for Laney, will everything be okay?

Thoughts: This is a fantastically creepy story. I liked how I creeped out but not enough to keep me up at night. I liked how you knew something was wrong but you didn’t know what. I really loved Cassie’s character, she is such a sweet and caring friend. She only wants the best for her friends and she doesn’t want anything bad to happen to them.

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The Trail Rules – Book Review

Title: The Trail Rules

Author: Melanie Hooyenga

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Publication Date: March 9, 2018

Pages: 294

Rating: 4 stars

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Synopsis: Junior year is going to be Mike’s (Mikayla) year. Her new best friend isn’t controlling, her boyfriend adores her and she’s learning to bike with in the mountains without running into trees. She meets a group of rider’s and they welcomed her into their group and she finally feels like she belongs. One special person in particular, Mica, who she really likes and helps support her and gives her confidence but, they’re not dating. When things finally start to come together for Mike her family starts to pressure her into taking more time for school in her future than hanging out with her friends and doing what she wants to do. She also needs to decide if she wants to be a follower or if she wants to do what she wants to do.

Thoughts: This was a cute coming-of-age type of romance. I really loved Micah, he was super cute and you could tell that he really cared for Mike. They had a great connection with there being bikes and they really seem to understand each other. It also is a very relatable book because Mike has all these choices about what she needs to decide for her future her friendships and any and everything else. Mike also learns that she has to be true to herself and make decisions just for her nobody else. Overall this was a really enjoyable and fun read.

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Multi-award winning young adult author Melanie Hooyenga first started writing as a teenager and finds she still relates
best to that age group. She has lived in Washington DC, Chicago, and Mexico, but has finally settled down in her home
state of Michigan. When not at her day job as a Communications Director at a nonprofit, you can find Melanie
attempting to wrangle her Miniature Schnauzer Owen and playing every sport imaginable with her husband Jeremy.

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Yellow Locust – Cover Reveal

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Yellow Locust by Justin Joschko

Release Date: May 8, 2018

Publisher: Month9Books

Selena Flood is a fighter of preternatural talent. But not even her quick fists and nimble feet could save her parents from the forces of New Canaan, the most ruthless and powerful of the despotic kingdoms populating America-that-was.

Forced to flee the tyrannical state with her younger brother Simon in tow, Selena is now the last chance for peace in a continent on the verge of complete destruction.

In her pocket is a data stick, the contents of which cost her parents their lives. Selena must now ensure it reaches the Republic of California—a lone beacon of liberty shining across a vast and barren wasteland—before it’s too late.

Between New Canaan and California stretch the Middle Wastes: thousands of desolate miles home to murderers, thieves, and a virulent strain of grass called yellow locust that has made growing food all but impossible. So when Selena and Simon stagger into Fallowfield, an oasis of prosperity amidst the poisoned plains, everything seems too good to be true—including the warm welcome they receive from the town’s leader, a peculiar man known only as The Mayor.

As Selena delves deeper into the sinister secrets of this seemingly harmless refuge, she soon learns there is a much darker side to Fallowfield and the man who runs it. Before long, she must call upon the skills she honed in the fighting pits of New Canaan to ensure not only her own survival, but that of her brother, in whom the Mayor has taken far too keen an interest.

And she’d better act fast, for an all-out war inches ever closer, and New Canaan is never as far away as it seems.

About the Author

Justin Joschko is an author from Niagara Falls, Ontario. His writing has appeared in newspapers and literary journals across Canada. Yellow Locust is his first novel. He currently lives in Ottawa with his wife and two children.

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The Dylan Dilemma – Cover Reveal

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The Dylan Dilemma by Patricia B. Tighe

Release Date: April 24, 2018

Publisher: Swoon Romance

High school senior Kenzie Harper-Shea has no time for dating, especially after the arrival of the basketball coach from hell. Now Kenzie has lost her confidence, is in a slump, and in danger of losing out on a scholarship to play college ball. The last thing she needs is her “vacation boyfriend,” Dylan McCoy, distracting her with warm smiles, inside jokes, and swoony kisses.

Dylan, however, is totally ready to date. He finally lives in the same town as Kenzie and is not about to lose the chance to let their relationship grow into something more. But for now, he’ll stay in the friend zone because he’s determined to find out what has her running scared. It can’t be just about basketball.

As Kenzie spends more time around Dylan, her feelings become a jumbled-up mess. It’s obvious they’re into each other. So, why does she panic whenever she thinks about dating him? Is it connected to basketball or to something deeper? She’s not sure. Does she have the courage to examine her heart, even if it means breaking Dylan’s?

About the Author

The mother of two grown sons, Patricia B. Tighe lives in West Texas with her husband and dog. She eats way too much pizza, drinks way too much coffee, and watches way too much NFL football. On the bright side, she also reads and writes teen fiction. She promises to include as much romance, angst, and adventure as possible in her books.

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Girl Vs by X. Culletto


Why You’ll Love this book

I believe anyone who’s a fan of The Hunger Games or The Fifth Wave will love this book. The elements of a worldly threat, complex moral dilemmas, and of course a kick-ass heroine are all there. I’ve had several readers tell me they didn’t like Rhyan much at the beginning of the story, but by the end, absolutely loved her. Rhyan’s character arc is natural, and there will be much more development of it in the sequel.

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Girl Vs (Sinister Skies#1) by X. Culletto

Before the Vela invasion, Rhyan’s biggest concern was getting through a day of school. But when she is thrust into the madness of a kill-or-be-killed world, her true strength emerges and a deadly warrior is unleashed. Stumbling through the new morals of a post-apocalyptic world, she learns to depend only on herself. As she gets closer to discovering what the aliens actually want, her lethality becomes unmatched, and she soon learns the extent she’ll go to in order to survive.

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Xela Culletto loves all genres, but especially loves to geek out to sci-fi and fantasy. She currently lives in Utah with her husband and three children.

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