Blog Tour (Book Spotlight): How LJ and Rom Saved Heavy Metal – S.D. Mckinley

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for ‘How LJ and Rom Saved Heavy Metal’ by S.D. McKinley organised by Storytellers on Tour, and I’m delighted to share an extract with you. I hope that you will check out the book and the author, and enjoy the rest of the tour with the schedule in the banner below or (HERE). There is also an opportunity – open internationally – to win a copy of this fantastic book for yourself!

Book Summary:

Ride along with LJ and Rom as they travel the US to stop the death of their friend Dom, a legendary heavy metal guitarist. What unravels before their eyes is a trippy conspiracy against them and technological warfare on the dreams of not only Dom, but humankind alike. Action packed with fast cars, guns, monsters, magic and an ending like no other.

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“This book is a whimsical ride, easy read and a thrilling piece of literature.”

“I especially enjoyed the authors sense of humor.”

“You’ll love the pop cultural references and dialog.”

“In most logical circumstances everything in this story shouldn’t work, but it does and the style of writing just flows and works flawlessly in what is one of the most original books I have ever come across. It’s clear that the imagination of S.D. McKinley is one of a gifted story teller with an original voice.”

***** *****

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Book Blitz (Spotlight): A Sea of Pearls & Leaves – Rosalyn Briar

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Today I am delighted to be part of the Storytellers on Tour Bookl Blitz for ‘A Sea of Peals & Leaves’ by Rosalyn Briar. I will be reviewing the book later this week, as unfortunately I have been unwell the last few days and I am a little behind and I want to do the book justice rather than cobbling together a hasty review. So here is a spotlight and a chance (US only) to win yourself a copy of this beautiful book (just look at that cover!).

Book Summary:

Princess Ingrid of Norella Isle does not want to get married. So, her priestess girlfriend, Lilura, devises a wicked plot to deter suitors with a nearly impossible marriage contract: should Ingrid die first, her husband must be buried at sea beside her.

The plan backfires when all seven suitors agree, and the king announces a competition for Ingrid’s hand. Ingrid must keep her head above water as she deals with the suitors, a jealous girlfriend, and the news of two murdered priestesses.

As the suitors are eliminated, one man stands out: the quirky and anxious Prince Soren who charms both Ingrid and Lilura.

When Lilura goes missing, Ingrid and Soren must piece together who has murdered the priestesses and why before it’s too late.

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Blog Tour (Author Q&A) – Cooking with Cannibals – Rich Leder

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for ‘Cooking for Cannibals’ by Rich Leder organised by Damppebbles Blog Tours. It is also a first for the blog in that I am hosting an Author Q&A and many thanks to Rich Leder for taking the time to answer my questions.

I hope that you will check out both the author and the book, as well as the rest of the blogs involved in the tour.

Book Summary:

Fountain of youth? More like murderous medication!

Carrie Kromer pushes the boundaries of science, not her social life. The brilliant behavioral gerontologist’s idea of a good time is hanging out with her beloved lab rats and taking care of her elderly mother and the other eccentric old folks at the nursing home. So no one is more surprised than Carrie when she steals the lab’s top-secret, experimental medicine for aging in reverse.

Two-time ex-con Johnny Fairfax dreams of culinary greatness. But when his corrupt parole officer tries to drag him from the nursing home kitchen, the suddenly young-again residents spring to his defence and murder the guy—and then request Johnny cook them an evidence devouring

dinner to satisfy their insatiable side-effect appetite.

As their unexpected mutual attraction gets hot, Carrie and Johnny find themselves caught up with the authorities who arrive to investigate the killing. But even more dangerous than the man-eating not-so-senior citizens could be the arrival of death-dealing pharmaceutical hitmen.

Can Carrie and Johnny find true love in all this bloody madness?

Cooking for Cannibals is a dark comic thriller with a heaping helping of romance. If you like

fast-paced plots, unconventional characters, and humor that crosses the line, then you’ll have a feast with Rich Leder’s wild ride.

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Blog Tour (Book Spotlight) – Steel & Stone (The War of the North Saga #1) – Kate Haley

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for ‘Steel & Stone’ by Kate Haley organised by Storytellers on Tour, and I’m delighted to share an extract from this YA Epic Fantasy. I hope that you will check out the book and the author, and enjoy the rest of the tour with the schedule in the banner below or (HERE).

Disclaimer: ‘I was given a copy this book in exchange for an honest review.’

Book Summary:

Ten years. Thousands dead. No memories.

The amnesia was supposed to be a good thing. Other soldiers bask in its freedom. Except for Elvac it doesn’t feel right. When he returns from his first year at war he can’t shake the niggling sensation that something is missing. His life has been turned upside down, yet he can’t remember being gone. The only proof of his time away are the scars, and the haunting dreams of fire.

With the help of his friends, Elvac begins to regain his lost memories, and with them uncover the truth of his missing year, and what the Church of Sunne is really doing with their War of the North…

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Book Blitz: A Season of Whispers – Jackson Kuhl

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Today I am delighted to be participating in the Book Blitz for ‘A Season of Whispers’ by Jackson Kuhl organised by Storytellers on Tour, with a review of this supernatural, gothic horror novella and I hope you will check out the book, author and the other blogs participating in the blitz. There is also a giveaway running where you can win a copy of this fantastic book for yourself, so please check out the details at the bottom of this post.


*Disclaimer: I received a e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are my own*

Book Summary:

In the summer of 1844, Tom Lyman flees to Bonaventure, a transcendentalist farming cooperative tucked away in eastern Connecticut, to hide from his past. There Lyman must adjust to a new life among idealists, under the fatherly eye of the group’s founder, David Grosvenor. When he isn’t ducking work or the questions of the eccentric residents, Lyman occupies himself by courting Grosvenor’s daughter Minerva.

But Bonaventure isn’t as utopian as it seems. One by one, Lyman’s secrets begin to catch up with him, and Bonaventure has a few secrets of its own. Why did the farm have an ominous reputation long before Grosvenor bought it? What caused the previous tenants to vanish? And who is playing the violin in the basement? Time is running out, and Lyman must discover the truth before he’s driven mad by the whispering through the walls.

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Book Blitz: The Crown of Bones – Rosalyn Briar

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Today I am delighted to participate in the Storytellers on Tour Book Blitz for The Crown of Bones by Rosalyn Briar. Today I am sharing chapter one with you, and I will be doing a review of the book on Sunday for this weeks Indie Sunday, as work has set me back considerably this week, although it means more chances to show this books some love. Also keep an eye on the bottom of the post for a chance to win your own copy of the book!! (US Only)

Book Summary:

Fairy tales are not what they seem.

Gisela knows about sacrifice all too well.

She abandoned her education, friends, and fairy tales to support her family and care for her sister.

But when she jilts a wealthy suitor, Gisela is chosen for another type of sacrifice.

As an Offering to the Goddess Bergot, Gisela and seven others are sent on a deadly quest for a mythical crown. To return home, Gisela must overcome obstacles which darkly resemble the fairy tales she once believed.

Weaving through a tapestry of friendship, romance, violence, and magic—Gisela becomes the target of an ancient evil force, while an ominous detail from the past haunts her at every turn.

To what lengths will Gisela go to save the ones she loves?

Sometimes sacrifices must be made.

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#WomenSFF: Twenty Books by Twenty Women

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This is not a top 20, but rather a list of 20 recommendations – some old, some new, a mix of YA and Adult and a couple of Sci-Fi/Science Fantasy reads (my reading is definitely biased to the second F in SFF although I am working on trying to balance them out). There are many other books that I could have put on this list, and it was hard to choose which to include and as such I have not put them in any particular order or included ratings, as I just wanted to share books that I have enjoyed by female authors.

I will be doing another list of books that I want to read by female author next week, as I have discovered a lot more books to add to the TBR Tower through the #WomenSFF tag, and in particular I blame (in the best way possible) The Fantasy Hive for adding many books to the pile.

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#WomenSFF: Protector of the Small Quartet – Tamora Pierce

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As part of the #womensff on twitter, I wanted to talk about some of my favourite female authors, and today I am kicking this off with one of my favourite series and authors of all time (and I would apologise for the length of this post, but even this is barely enough to convey my love for this series).

The Protector of the Small Quartet was actually the third series that I read by Tamora Pierce. I started with The Immortals after finding a copy of Wild Magic hidden away in our school library. I fell in love, swiftly consuming that book and then the rest of the series before moving onto The Song of the Lioness (I have since read them more in order many times), and then Protector of the Small. Now, I love all three series, and I have reread them countless times over the year, but it was that last one that really hooked both as a child and as an adult.

It was reading about Keladry that had little me so obsessed with Knights, that my parents started taking me up to the Jousting tournaments that were held at the local Castle a couple of times each year, and one of my teachers scratching their head when after wanting to be a vet for a long time I suddenly declared that I wanted to be a Knight. After all, if Kel could be one, then why couldn’t I? Sadly, I did not become a Knight, although there are still days when I daydream. However, I can see the influence of these books in other places such as my love for books with female warriors and strong female leads, and also in my own writing, because I have never once questioned that girls/women can fight as well if not better than men, and it was Kel that was first taught me that.

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Book Spotlight: The Running Lie by Jennifer Young

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Today I am delighted to host a book spotlight for ‘The Running Lie’ by Jennifer Young, as part of the tour organised by Damppebbles Blog Tours. So please check out the synopsis and author below, and see if we can tempt you.

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Book Summary:

In Cold Crash, when Archaeologist Max Falkland, the Anglo-American daughter of a British peer, meets American John Knox in London in April 1952, her already troubled life takes on mystery. As the Cold War thriller progresses, Max finds herself in increasing danger, but three weeks after the events of Cold Crash, the point at which The Running Lie begins, Max has found an archaeological dig in London and John Knox has entered her life. But even now, can he be trusted? Max encounters both skulls and sexism on the dig site at the bombed out shell of St. Bride’s Church in London. A family request sends her to the Berlin International Film Festival, away from the dig and her growing relationship with John Knox. But after she sees John in Berlin with another woman, Max forces him to confess he is an American spy. When his current case collides with her family life, Max has to find a way to navigate layers of lies. As fireworks explode for the Fourth of July party, Max must make a dangerous choice if she wants to save both John and her family. The Running Lie is a page-turning Cold War spy thriller that reboots old school cloak and dagger Max Falkland is the James Bond of the 21st Century.

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Book Spotlight: ‘Operation Large Scotch’ by Bill Flockhart

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Today I am delighted to host a book spotlight for ‘Operation Large Scotch’ by Bill Flockhart as part of the #operationlargescotch and #damppebblesblogtours Book tour. So please check out the synopsis and author below, and see if we can tempt you.

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