Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Silver Dagger Tours + Giveaway + Excerpt ::The Anastasia Series



Destria Waves

Anastasia Series Book 1
by Lily Raine
Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy






Anastasia has always been different, and not just because she knows over fifteen languages and prefers to be alone. After she was attacked while visiting family in Russia over seven years ago, Ana has been able to heal rapidly amongst other things. Unable to accept her own immortality, despite increasing proof, she goes away to Joya Del Mar Arts Academy with her two cousins, Jo and Mason. Instead of worrying about recitals and dance steps, Ana discovers a secret world of demons, mermaids and angels. Their only connection however, seems to be an increasing need to find her so that the demons can force Ana to bring back their master.

After transforming a bear into a human boy, Ana can no longer hide her abilities and struggles with the idea that she is not human, although she does not know what she is. When a mysterious man in a mask continues to stalk Ana with the intention of getting her to eat a blue flower, Ana gets the sinking suspicion that the man in the mask is the same young man who destroyed her life seven years prior. When Ana discovers a secret lair hidden beneath the waves where the demons are regrouping, Ana realizes she has a terrible choice to make. Sacrifice her life and the life of the mermaids who fuel the underwater power source, or escape and allow the demons free reign to destroy the human world. But if Ana chooses to accept her immortality, then the life of her cousins and boyfriend, Daniel, will forever be compromised.


“Destria Waves”

Slowly, he perched the violin on his shoulder and raised his bow. There was a wave of
whispers going around the room, but that all stopped when he began to play. The piece was slow, but didn’t lack depth. I found my head swimming with emotion as the music took over my mind.
I lost sight of his fingers moving and the crescendo of sounds buckled down over my ears until every note reverberated twice fold.
Then I smelled the flowers. Why now? Mason was still on stage, his arm perfectly bent,
his dark Japanese hair framed around his face. But the pale haired woman with the beautiful
wings stood beside him, her lithe fingers inches from his strands of hair. Holding my breath, I tried to move forward to push her away from him, but she only chuckled.
In my head, her words were like air. “I would not harm your shikisha. You would not
manage without.”
Then there was applause so loud my ears were deaf to everything else. I closed my eyes
and when I looked up, she was gone. Finding my feeling in my hands, I clapped until my skin felt raw.
There were many more auditions before mine. Dance solos that were both lively and
solemn, violin, flute, and piano pieces. And drama monologues of all kinds. After four hours, it was my turn, and with weary legs from sitting for so long, I trudged up the stairs.
It was courteous to stay after you’d auditioned, so there were still a lot of students
remaining in the hot auditorium. I could only hope they would turn the air on for the actual
concert.
Behind the stage was a darkened narrow space with stairs leading down to where I
assumed the dressing rooms were. The layout seemed common enough for a large stage.
In a daze, I brushed against a guy standing near the curtain. I muttered an apology, but I
could feel his eyes on me as I made my way to the end of the line.
My hand was warm where I’d grazed his arm, but when I tried to look at him, I saw he
was already on stage. He was tall, so I could see he had light brown hair tinged with golden
streaks. He kept his back to me as he crossed over to the piano and clumsily sat down. He looked more nervous than Nora had.
I’d always thought Mason was the best teenage musician I’d ever heard. But the sounds
that came from the brunette’s fingers drove me into a whole new state of appreciation.
If they did a duet, they would be able to bring people to tears.





The Demon King's Assassin
Anastasia Series Book 2





After destroying the Demon King’s lair, Anastasia Sokolov believes her and her cousin’s lives are finally safe. Unfortunately, when a King who practices necromancy is determined, more than mermaids are needed to destroy the demon clan.

Anastasia’s cousin Jo, has warned her to keep away from their new accountant, dashing and handsome, Arkin. Arkin is infatuated with Anastasia, but it isn’t until he asks for her help she comes to realize why. In a desperate attempt to become immortal, Arkin had joined the demonic, Destria Organization. But when a deadly assassin learns of his plans to escape, Arkin turns to the only one who can save him.

With the King’s ability to change bodies each time he dies, there is no way of telling friends from enemies apart. As the assassin threatens to destroy any hope of peace, Anastasia learns just how inhuman her friends and boyfriend really are.

A dagger from the other world, creatures who are neither human nor animal, and a web comic detailing future events are all Anastasia can rely on. And when the assassin’s interests turn to her beloved cousin, Mason, where is the line between who should live and who should die?


“Demon King’s Assasin”

My mind pounded viciously within the confines of my skull. I reached for the cup of cold tea
beside my bed and felt stability when my fingers clasped the bone white china handle. The same dream that had been haunting me for weeks had once again made an appearance. Unlike the other times, I recognized the boy with the glasses.
There was no denying the boy was Daniel as he pleaded for me to save him with his
emerald green eyes.
Shivering, I could still feel the cold within my bones from diving into the icy depths to
save Daniel. When I’d had visions of the woman in white, I had literally been rendered immobile no matter where I was or what I was doing. But with these dreams, the moment I regained consciousness, they were gone.
I was afraid. Afraid I would never be able to find the demon king. But what made me
more worried was whether or not I wanted to.
All I wanted was to find the person who had killed my family.
Setting the cup down, I plucked my music box from my nightstand and turned the knob.
The twinkling music flooded my room, eradicating the looming silence.
Slipping from between my sheets, I padded over to the window. Thick blankets of snow
clung to the earth and the sun was just starting to rise.
A low guttural noise made my breath catch in my throat. Standing in the break in the
trees was a large black bear streaked with brown. For as long as the Sokolovs had been living in Bay Shore, there had never been a bear sighting. Without thinking, I pulled on my boots andgrabbed a coat before racing down the stairs and bursting through the front door.
“Jolan?” I whispered.
The bear was gone, but I saw the unmistakable shape of paws darting into the woods and
quickly followed them.
There were so many things I had to say to my friend. It had been my fault for turning him
into a human, and then I’d selfishly asked him to die with me because I’d been scared. I held
onto the vain hope he was alive, and if I could just catch up….
“Wait, Jolan.”
Gasping and out of breath, I stopped as the tracks abruptly ended. A bare bush devoid of
leaves beside a tree had been uprooted.
I felt something inside me shatter and prepared to turn back to the warmth of the Sokolov
mansion when a tiny thread of glittering metal stopped me.
As I peeled away the broken branches of the bush, I uncovered a knife with a gleaming
blade. The handle was rather ordinary, but it was the five-inch blade that captivated me. It looked like it was made of a bluish metal I’d never seen before, like a hybrid of sapphire and diamond.
I pressed the small button and the blade retracted.
I felt foolish and wanted to chuck the knife, but something in me stopped. Upon closer
inspection, I saw the handle was carved with an intricate wood pattern of a bear. Even if Jolan had only been a figment of my dreams, the knife wasn’t.






Lily Raine, author of the Anastasia Series, is happy to be part of World Castle Publishing. Lily lives in Michigan where when it's not cold, the weather and the lakes are beautiful. Lily married her best friend, Thomas, when she was eighteen years-old. They live together with their two cats, Misaki and Mason.

Lily enjoys biking, swimming, dancing, painting, and going anywhere there are animals. She is currently working on her Master's Degree from Wayne State University. Afterwards, she hopes to own her own practice.

Lily loves young adult novels, particularly ones with paranormal elements. She also really enjoys LGBT literature with young adult characters and wishes there were more with paranormal aspects.

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Silver Dagger Tours + Giveaway + Excerpt ::Heartwood



Heartwood 

by Nance Newman
Genre: Fantasy, Magical Realism




In the Adirondack Mountains the forests are dying by the hand of a demon whose only purpose is the destruction of the natural world.

Within the high peaks of the Adirondacks a magical edifice, Heartwood, appears yet remains hidden from the world. Inhabited by the descendants of an ancient race who have been protecting the natural world since the beginning of their existence, they will wait for the next true Xylem who is the only one powerful enough to fight the demon. 

The battle will soon begin. 

Heartwood weaves legend into reality as the world’s ecosystem is threatened by supernatural demons. Elathea is a typical teenager whose parents can no longer keep the family secret from her—that she is a descendant of an ancient race of women whose legend says only one progeny every hundred years or more will have the powers needed to face nature’s magical enemies. As her powers begin to emerge, they can no longer deny her destiny. They send her to Heartwood to learn about who she is and what she must do. Only Ela doesn’t want the job.

Sometimes, you don’t have a choice. 


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Prologue
“Ela!”
The five-year-old stood just inside the edge of the woods wondering why
her parents couldn’t see her. She hadn’t wandered far from their campsite. The
child was fascinated by a butterfly painted in bold colors darting from one bush
to the next. She zealously chased the insect as it fluttered up and down and
sideways but all the while heading straight toward the woods that lined the back
of campsite 222.
Ela was oblivious to the shouts, cries, and commotion that took place thirty
feet from her. Her world at that moment was swallowed up by the intriguing
creature that led her away from her parents and their thirty-foot fifth-wheel
camper. She giggled with glee as she zigzagged in the path the butterfly took, her
hands reaching out to touch its delicate wings.
“What’s wrong?” a man called out.
“Ela’s missing!” a woman shouted.
Ela stopped at the agonizing sound of her mother. She turned away from her
playful pursuit. What was wrong? She could see them. They had to see her. She
cocked her head and studied her mother who looked scared and was crying. Her
mother was talking at such a fast pace Ela couldn’t understand what she was
saying.
“Elathea!” Her mother was staring straight at her but it was as if she was
invisible.
Ela heard her full name and the panic in her mother’s voice. That’s when
she took two steps out of the woods and toward her parents and the camper.
“Ela!” her mother screamed and raced to the little girl. She picked her up
and hugged her so tight she thought her mother was going to squish the life out
of her. “Where were you? How many times have we told you to never wander
off? You should never leave our view.”
“Mama, I was right here.”
Ela felt hands touch her. Her father’s. She was finally able to pull away
from her mother’s tight grasp and noticed strangers standing around.
“Thank you. Thank you very much for helping us.” Her mother’s voice
sounded shaky.
Ela was confused. What did they help her mother with? What was all the
fuss about?
“Mama, why couldn’t you see me? I was right over there.” She pointed to
the spot where she was standing just inside the woods.
Her mother looked at her father.
“I didn’t see her,” he said adamantly. “I looked over there.”
She touched his arm. “I know you did. I didn’t see her either.” Her mother
smiled at Ela and then added in a whisper, “She doesn’t want to get in trouble for
wandering off.”
Ela looked back and forth between her mother and father. It was the first
time she sensed that something wasn’t right, but it wasn’t a bad something. Well,
maybe a little because her parents were upset that she was missing. But she
wasn’t, so Ela did the only thing a five-year-old could do: she promised her
parents she would never wander off again.
It was a promise she knew even at the tender age of five that she would not
be able to keep.
How can you keep a promise that was made because of something you didn’t
do?







I live in upstate New York with my two dogs; a 17 year old Min Pin (Zeus) and a female dog I recently rescued from the Puerto Rico hurricanes (I have been learning Spanish and she is learning English!). Her name is Ela and she is a joy.

I have been writing in some form or other since high school when I bought my first guitar (a 12 string for $50 from one of those magazines my mother used to receive in the mail) and began writing songs. In college, I started my first novel that I hope to go back to and finish someday.

I currently work for a school district in transportation as a router and dispatcher where I use software to solve the puzzle of getting 5600 students to many different schools, but my goal is to become a full time writer of novels and music. I try to fit writing in with my full time job and hobbies that include biking, gardening, hiking, kayaking and watching movies (lots of them and all kinds)

I continue to write songs and perform with Dooley(my music partner) We have a CD of original songs and it is available for your enjoyment. Visit me at nancenewman.com to check it out.

I am really excited to share my work with you, and some days you might see me driving a big yellow school bus.


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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Blog Tour::Pretty in Punxsutawney






Pretty In Punxsutawney by Laurie Boyle Crompton
Release Date: January 15, 2019
Publisher: BLINK
Genre: Young Adult - Contemporary, Romance

A Groundhog Day meets Pretty in Pink mashup from author Laurie Boyle Crompton, Pretty in Punxsutawney tells the tale of a girl willing to look beneath the surface to see people for who they really are.

Andie is the type of girl who always comes up with the perfect thing to say…after it’s too late to say it. She’s addicted to romance movies—okay, all movies—but has yet to experience her first kiss. After a move to Punxsutawney, PA, for her senior year, she gets caught in an endless loop of her first day at her new school, reliving those 24 hours again and again.

Convinced the curse will be broken when she meets her true love, Andie embarks on a mission: infiltrating the various cliques to find the one boy who can break the spell. What she discovers along the way is that people who seem completely different can often share the very same hopes, dreams, and hang-ups. And that even a day that has been lived over and over can be filled with unexpected connections and plenty of happy endings.

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My thoughts...

This is the cutest story, and makes me wish I was born in the early 80's!! But unfortunately Andie has to relive her first day of school over, and over again!! Can you imagine reliving high school days over and over again? I would literally die...I like I could not, so many awkward conversations, situations, and people...Andie is taught a special lesson that what makes us different, can also be what makes us the same. Please be warned that this book is breaking down social road blocks, and it's wholesome!! Love, love, love!! I just want to reiterate that Andie is reliving the same day over, and over for MONTHS!...This is traumatizing and she manages to do this with a smile on her face, makes new friends, and has time for love!?! Andie does make questionable choices, has melt downs, and that just reminds us that Andie is still a teenager, whose life is stuck on one day... all because she fell asleep watching Pretty in Pink, after a horrible first senior day of high school....Best part of the book is when Andie stops being selfish and starts helping others, talk about growth!! Andie's mom was a hoot and a half!! This was such a fun, read!! 


***BTW I LOVE Breakfast Club & Pretty in Pink****

My rating 5/5!!




My fave quotes...

"Sometimes, we're simply enjoying whatever day we happen to be in."

"Connecting with a group and trying to do something really well together can make anyone feel less alone." 

"Being a girl is not a competition."


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About the Author
Laurie Boyle Crompton is the YA author of the upcoming PRETTY IN PUNXSUTAWNEY (Blink/HarperCollins 2019) as well as ADRENALINE CRUSH (Macmillan/2014, Square Fish/2016), BLAZE (or Love in the Time of Supervillains), THE REAL PROM QUEENS OF WESTFIELD HIGH and LOVE AND VANDALISM (Sourcebooks/2013, 2014, 2017). Growing up in ‘Pennsyltucky’ in the 1980s, Laurie couldn't wait to escape rural life. After saving up her tips from waitressing at a local greasy spoon at 18 she packed up her acid wash jeans and moved to NY. Where everyone else had stopped wearing acid wash.

She graduated first in her class from St. John’s University with a BA in English and Journalism. Since then she’s written for national magazines like ALLURE, survived a teaching stint at an all-boy high school, and appeared on Good Day New York several times as a Toy Expert. And yes, ‘toy expert’ is an actual profession. Really.

She has lived in places like Orlando, Florida where she and her husband spent all of their spare time and money visiting theme parks before moving to the Cotswolds in England for six months, which was every bit as cool as that sounds. The Cromptons are now back in New York where their two children resent never going to Disney.

Laurie occasionally enjoys hanging out in fields of blooming flowers
and also referring to herself in the third person.

Contact Links:: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

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~~ Tour Schedule ~~

January 7

That Artsy Reader Girl - Welcome Interview

January 8


A Court of Coffee and Books - Review
Latte Nights Reviews - Review
The Book Duchesses - Review

January 9


The Book Return - Review + Favorite Quotes
A Backwards Story - Spot the Difference Game
Book Briefs - Review

January 10

We Live and Breathe Books - Author Guest Post
Here's to Happy Endings - Book Spotlight
Dazzled By Books - Review + Favorite Quotes

January 11


Moonlight Rendezvous - Review
Pink Polka Dot Books - Author Q&A
Min Reads and Reviews - Review

January 12


Resch Reads & Reviews - Review
Ramblings of a Book Nerd - Review

January 13


A New Look On Books - Author Guest Post
Confessions of a YA Reader - Review + Favorite Quotes
Everywhere and Nowhere - Book Spotlight

January 14

That Bookish Princess - Review
Lisa Loves Literature - Review
Betwixt the Pages - Review

Blog Tour:: The Fallback


Today we are celebrating the release of THE FALLBACK, a standalone, contemporary romance title by Mariah Dietz! It is the book many readers and bloggers are calling Mariah's best work to date. It's FREE with KindleUnlimited.

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THE FALLBACK by Mariah Dietz
Available now in KindleUnlimited


Breaking up is hard to do.

It's even harder when you're not expecting it. Brooke Jensen is a planner. Not only in her personal life but also professionally as one of the most sought after event planners in Chicago. But, when the ideal life she built for herself, complete with handsome, long-term boyfriend and perfect apartment crumbles, she realizes there are some things you just can’t plan for. While trying to start anew from her best friend's guest room and discovering the best doughnuts in the city, an idea sparks to life when she meets Levi. He's intriguing, funny, and shockingly good-looking, and what had been a few stray thoughts becomes a new passion for Brooke, a blog detailing learning how to be single. The project introduces Brooke to new people and experiences, and keeps returning her back to Levi. But, Brooke learns kismet may have been wrong when she learns Levi is the last person she should be interested in. Falling for the wrong guy once has Brooke hesitant to start a new relationship, but Levi is quickly proving that The Fallback might be even better. 


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My thoughts... 
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I want to let to let everyone know that I do not read contemporaries or romance novels unless they involve shifters, bad boys, vampires...things like that but I loved this book! Brooke is one of the most sought after wedding planners, who plans thee best weddings! Brooke picture perfect life gets turned around, and she moves in with her BFF,and her family... Brooke makes this drastic life change to reinvent herself, and become the best Brooke...What do millennial woman do to reinvent themselves??? Start a blog, Brooke hasn't been single in 6 years!?!?! After Brooke makes the move with her BFF, she meets Levi! Nope, she is not ready to start dating again but ehh. Brooke let's Levi take her on one date because you know it won't hurt. But Levi wants more, Brooke isn't to sure she can offer more than that. But this book focuses on Brooke finding herself without a man. Brooke, and Levi's relationship slowly builds from friendship to a relationship over the course of the book. 
This was a delightful read, and everything worked out so well!! 
Did I mention that Brooke totally finds herself? 
Did I mention that Levi is totally swoon-worthy? My rating 5/5

My favorite quotes:

"I'm boring. I prefer pajamas to dresses, barefoot to shoes, and I am realizing that I really suck at almost all girly things. My idea of fun is finding the best doughnut shops in town."

“If you give me your heart, you’re never getting it back.”


"I had focused on my negative traits rather than my positive ones. Don't listen to those doubts. They're poisonous and will keep you from being who you're meant to be."




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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:   

Mariah Dietz lives with her husband and three sons, who are the axis of her crazy and wonderful world in Raleigh, North Carolina. Mariah grew up in a tiny town outside of Portland, Oregon, where she spent most of her time immersed in the pages of books that she both read and created. She has a love for all things that include her family, good coffee, books, traveling, and dark chocolate. She’s also obsessed with Christmas ornaments and all things Disney.



 

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