Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Book blogger Hop (4) November 9th - 15th

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer's permission, Rambling of a Coffee Addict relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013. 


Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday.
There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop's purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

Question of the week:
Do you subscribe to any book subscription boxes? 
(submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)


Melissa: I don't have a book substitution box but I have ordered single purchase boxes from OwlCrate and Fantastical boxes. At some Point I would like to get a book subscription box but until then I will just buy one purchase boxes.

Jessica: No but I've been thinking about it more often. One of these days I'll actually sign up!

Silver Dagger Tours + Gieaway + Excerpt::A Pirate's Calling



The Dangerous Legacy
A Pirate's Calling Book 1
Author: Darren Simon
Genre: YA Historical Fantasy



Thin, pale, awkward, bullied, Sam Every is a thirteen-year-old who finds comfort among his friends and his days at the beach. The ocean beckons to him. It is where he feels safest. Fitting in no longer matters when he is near the Pacific’s rolling waves. Gazing toward the endless blue where it touches the horizon, he imagines the ports he might someday reach and ponders his future.

Little does he know an apparition—a hauntingly beautiful girl from the sea—will lead him farther from his home than he could ever dream, for destiny has given him a dangerous legacy
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Deadly Waters
A Pirate's Calling Book 2




Thirteen-year-old Sam Every has traveled back in time to the Golden Age of Piracy to face Captain Jem Slayer, master of the dark arts. Deceived into handing Slayer the ultimate weapon, the Sword of Zel-Kar, Sam has lost his hands, sliced off in his first clash with the evil pirate.

But all is not lost. 

Sam’s friends have found their way back in time, and with the help of the pirate hunter, Benjamin Hornigold, have rescued him from the island where Slayer marooned him. Now, aided by a new band of rogues and a mystery friend, Sam must rise above his injuries and find the strength to again face Slayer before it is too late—before the future is forever shattered.
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Deadly Waters
Come on, you bastard. Show yourself!
He’d had enough of this world pushing him around. Enough of Slayer. Enough death. Enough of being scared of the next threat. No more! The time had come to start kicking some ass. Closing his eyes, he concentrated on the magic within him. He had to figure a way to control his powers. To command them to life… now.
Think, Sam! Words flashed though his mind. Ancient words. An incantation. Atamou Runfora Tananou. He knew what the words meant. Serve me now. His arms and wrists vibrated. His eyes shot open. A crimson glow surrounded his stumps. Yes!
“Captain, three points off bow,” a young crewman shouted from the bow. “Looks like mountains rising from the sea.”
“What say you?” Rackham whipped out his spyglass and held it to his eye. He climbed atop a railing, grasping a shroud with one hand. “Hell’s bells. I’ve never seen the like. Devil boy, you best see this. Me thinks this be our destination.”
Sam joined Rackham at the bow. The glow around his stumps vanished. The pirate captain leaped from the railing and held the spyglass up to Sam’s eye. Peering through the telescope, Sam gaped at the discovery.
Actually, stone pillars— maybe ten in all— towered over the sea, like rows of skyscrapers along a city block. How was such a thing possible in the middle of the ocean with no shore— no island— visible in any direction? The pillars shouldn’t be there, but they were. As if by magic. “That’s where we have to go.” Sam again thought of the incantation. His stumps ignited. “Get us there, Captain. Leave the beast to me.”
A terrible roar bellowed, rocking the ship to the starboard side.
Sam stumbled against a chest. The icy touch of fear rose up his back, threatening to steal his courage. Men around him grabbed onto lines, the long guns— anything to keep from falling. When the ship righted itself, he crossed to the port side. No way was he going to cower.
This showdown was going to happen. “I’m waiting for you.”
The monster rose from the deep off the port side. A massive serpent with two reptilian heads. A serpentine body, covered with diamond-shaped scales towered over the ship’s sails. Two necks branched off, each with a dragon head and snout filled with dagger-length teeth. A line of spikes stretched from the top of each head like Mohawks.
Sam’s chest burned. His heart beat like a horse’s hooves charging over a dirt road. “Come on, you filthy snake. You want me. Here I am. Come and get me.”





Darren Simon is a former longtime newspaper journalist who now works in government affairs on California water issues and teaches college English. In his spare time, he is a freelance magazine writer. Guardian’s Nightmare is his first novel. The second book in the series is also under contract with Divertir Publishing. He resides in California’s desert southwest with his wife, two sons and two crazy dogs. 

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Release Day Blitz:: The Hidden Children (The Lost Grimoire #1) by Reshma K. Barshikar

~ Release Day Blitz ~
The Hidden Children (The Lost Grimoire #1)
by Reshma K.Barshikar
13th November 2018


‘What price would you pay to be extraordinary? What would you do to speak to a butterfly? 

Shayamukthy cruises through life: shooting hoops, daydreaming and listening to her favourite books. Even moving from the US to India, to a new school, a new culture, hasn't really rattled her. But something isn't right anymore and it begins when 'New Girl' joins the school.

She pulls Shui into a world of magic and wonderment, a world she has been hidden from all her life. What starts as a quest to look for a lost book, hurtles Shui into a world where people live in trees, talk to the dead and speak to butterflies.

But like all power, magic comes at a steep price, and under all things wondrous lie demons waiting to crawl out. The more Shui learns, the more she doubts everything and everyone around her. 

Will she be able to master her powers, or will they devour her and everyone she loves?

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I think I am ordinary. I lack purpose. Boohoo you think, typical teenager angst. But if I died tomorrow, it wouldn’t impact anyone’s life except my parents’. My friends, on the other hand, they have a life. See them there, yes there, to the right, next to the banyan tree behind the basketball court. You see a slightly pudgy boy and a beautiful girl? The boy’s name is Jai. The girl’s name is Nallini. Both have purpose. Jai wants to write comic books. He wants to be like Neil Gaiman or something, some famous comic-book guy. Nallini wants to be an actress, the next Deepika Padukone – that, and to win next year’s gold medal in Jujitsu.

She has absolutely no problems reconciling the inherent contradictions in both her desires.

I want nothing, need nothing, except something to need. I can’t see past today even to tomorrow; I have a hard enough time figuring out what I am now. I am not from a broken home, unless you count the fact that parts of the building I live in are falling apart. I am not poor, not like Anuki Chabria who got called out of her exam because her parents couldn’t pay her fees. I do not have acne bursting on my face, making me look like a human cheese grater. I am just, well, ordinary. So could you really blame me? Blame me for wanting to be special? Blame me for wanting to be fierce? To be like Storm from the X-Men, or like Beyoncé? When I look back now, at everything that has happened in the last few months, I realise I’m just as much to blame as her. The big question – well, it’s not a big question at all, really, because it’s all rubbish now, because you can’t go back. Even I can’t go back. So the absurd question everyone around me seems to asking is – would I have acted differently, would I rather NOT be the person I am now?

No.

And neither would you. What price wouldn’t you pay to be extraordinary, to ride the wind, to float with unicorns, to be the one chosen...? Because, you see, I’ve gotten into some serious trouble and want to explain myself. I didn’t mean for things to happen. I didn’t mean for someone to die. So I ask you – wouldn’t you have said yes if someone said – ‘Do you want to learn how to speak to a butterfly?’ 


About the Author:
Travel writer and novelist Reshma K Barshikar is an erstwhile Investment Banker who, as she tells it, ‘fell down a rabbit hole and discovered a world outside a fluorescent cubicle.’ As a travel and features writer, she contributes to National Geographic Traveller, Harper’s Bazaar, Grazia, The Sunday Guardian, SilverKris, The Mint Lounge and The Hindu. Fade Into Red, published by Random House India was her debut novel and featured in Amazon Top 10 Bestsellers. She also holds well renowned workshops for young adults at both BDL Museum and Kala Ghoda and is keen to build a strong Young Adult reading and writing community to fill the desperate lack of young adult fiction in the Indian Market. Her new Young Adult novel, The Hidden Children, will be launching at the Vizag Junior Literary Festival. Reshma is from the ISB Class of 2003. She calls both Mumbai and the Nilgiris home. 



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Monday, November 12, 2018

Silver Dagger Tours + Gieaway + Guest Post:: Holiday of the Heart



Holiday of the Heart
by Angel Wolfe
Genre: Contemporary Romance


Author Morgan Paige has had more than her share of ups and downs; but can a long-term affairturn into something more, or will the flame smolder only to be fanned by a new love? After a horrendous Valentine's Day nightmare, and a hot and steamy reunion, Morgan and Ricky part ways only to have Ricky show up several months later asking her to wait for him.

 The problem is, Morgan has already been waiting for years. How much is too much? Will their romance survive yet another separation or will someone new fill the aching hole in her heart?






Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story? Definitely! My characters tell me their story, I just get to tweak it a bit. I think that’s part of why it takes me so long to get my stories written. I have to wait for them to show me the way. I’ve tried to force my ideas into the story, but it always turns out bad and I end up spending days, weeks or months rewriting. It’s easier to wait and see what happens then try to guess and have to make changes. 

Convince us why you feel your book is a must read. I feel that my book isn’t as predictable as a lot of books I have read. My characters are relatable and realistic, and the situation is one that I could see happening in real life. I try to write my stories so that the reader feels that they are in them. They feel like they are the main character and see the events happening almost as if they are happening to them.

Have you written any other books that are not published? I have a new one coming out for Halloween. I also have about 14 pending in various stages of completion. I don’t think I will ever be a one at a time kinda person. When I have an idea, I start writing and go as long as it stays fresh in my mind. Then I go back to other partials only to pick it back up again when something new shows itself to me.

How long have you been writing? Since I was in Jr. High.

Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write? Most of my characters are there from the start but sometimes I have a new guy show up and it’s kinda like ‘Hey, where’d he/she come from?’

What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book? This totally depends on the book. I try to have the setting already mapped out in my head when I start writing. Other bits and pieces are usually researched as I write. For Moonlight Immortals, I did quite a bit of research on the cars that were driven, the clothing that was worn, the technology available things like that associated with the time period of the book.

Do you see writing as a career? I would one day love for it to be my career but for now, its what I do to get through the bad days, and to “get away” from reality now and then.

Do you read yourself and if so what is your favorite genre?
I read a ton! I love pretty much anything romance. Historical, Western, Paranormal, Contemporary, Holiday and even erotica. I definitely love a hot cowboy probably the best, but I read the back of the book and can pretty much get hooked on anything that’s well written.


Angel Wolfe was born in Muscatine, Iowa and learned to read by the age of three. When she was five, she moved with her family to northwest New Mexico where by the time she reached the age of eleven, she began reading romance novels pilfered from her mother.

In high school, Angel often sat with the textbook open and a romance novel sitting inside it. After high school, she began writing stories in notebooks because she didn't own a typewriter.

 Later, Angel neared completion of her first novel, Damaged Hearts but she couldn't bring herself to end it (until recently!) Since that time, she has written four short stories, a contemporary holiday novella, a historical romance novel, a contemporary novel ,and is nearing completion on a paranormal romance novel.

When she's not writing or curled up with a book or watching college football, Angel loves to go to local dirt tracks and watch racing. One of her greatest dreams is to find herself listed on the New York Times bestsellers list.

 Angel still lives in New Mexico with her husband, her son, and her dog, a little Muppet with teeth, otherwise known as Rusty.




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Friday, November 9, 2018

Silver Dagger Tours + Giveaway + ::No One Like You





No One Like You
A Chateau Jolie Romance #1
Author: Heather McGovern
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pub Date: 10/30/2018




In the quaint mountain town of Windamere, North Carolina, the three Sargent sisters are determined to make their hotel and winery, Chateau Jolie, a success. And one by one, they’re finding that nothing pairs better with new beginnings than unexpected love...

The downside of living in a charming small town is that it’s impossible for Brooke Sargent to avoid anyone. Especially someone as big, handsome, and friendly as Trevor Bradley. At his brother’s wedding, they flirted and danced...before Brooke recalled that she’s not ready to trust any man after her divorce, let alone one who’s the competition. Her family’s struggling chateau is planning to host the local senior prom—without the Bradley family’s renowned Honeywilde Inn muscling in and stealing the glory.

Trevor has thought of no one else since the night he and Brooke connected. Even though she shot him down—hard—he’s seen the warmth beneath her guarded facade. Working together, they could give the high school students a spectacular prom. Navigating the rough terrain of Brooke’s business, while proving himself to his own siblings, won’t be easy. But Trevor loves a challenge—especially one that could win him the woman he can’t stop wanting . . .

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Brooke clung to her menu like it was a full skirt on a windy day. “Coffee,” she said to the

Honeywilde waiter.

Her hands cramped, palms sweaty, and the pinching start of a headache worked its way upboth temples.

Meeting with Roark Bradley shouldn’t set her on edge like this. Roark was professional and
pleasant. All of the Bradleys were nice people.

Trevor Bradley in particular.

Nice looking too, though that was beside the point.

Since Devlin’s wedding in August, she’d seen Trevor only in passing. In town, she’d see him maybe shopping or walking down the sidewalk, but the glimpses were enough to confirm what she already knew—he was still as wickedly handsome as ever.

Her muscles tensed, ready to jump out of her skin, but her nerves couldn’t be because of
Trevor.

“I’m back. Sorry to keep you waiting.” Roark took the seat across from her and motioned forcoffee. “Anyway, as I was saying, the high school needs Chateau Jolie’s help with their
prom.”

Ding, ding, ding.

The prom.

That would be the source of her anxiety.

Didn’t matter that she and her sisters had been running Chateau Jolie for almost a year, thep rospect of being the location for the school’s emergency prom had her more wound up than a set of novelty chattering teeth. Brooke unclenched her jaw. “I believe you were about to ask if we could host the prom at Jolie.” Both a blessing and a curse that couldn’t come at a more inopportune time.

“Yes. The venue they were going to use went out of business last week.
With no notification to the school, their prom is just…gone.”

“Gone?”

“No place to have it, no backup plans. Nothing.”

“Those poor kids.”

Taking this project on wasn’t ideal, but how could she say no to a bunch of sad teenagers
who would get all dressed up and have no place to go?

Roark sipped his coffee and shook his head. “They lost their money too. That event place in Newton went bankrupt. All of the juniors and seniors had bought tickets, so that’s their hard-earned cash gone. Which means they’ve got no budget.”

Her stomach dropped. “Well, that—” Sucks. “That’s awful.”

And she couldn’t help them without a budget. Chateau Jolie certainly didn’t have the spare cash to fork over.

“The assistant principal came to me yesterday asking—actually, pleading is more
accurate—to use Honeywilde. But we’re booked solid for the whole season.”
Of course they were.

Honeywilde was always booked. This season, next season. Every season two years from
now. Honeywilde’s success was one of the reasons for Jolie’s lackluster couple of years.
But she wasn’t about to tell Roark Bradley that.

“Then Sophie thought of Chateau Jolie. Thank goodness your ballroom is available.”
She pasted on a smile. “Yes. Thank goodness.”

“That is, if you can host the event. It’s in two and a half weeks.”

Her eyes almost popped out of her skull.

“I know, I know. It’s not much time, but we’re still going to help,” he rushed to add. “You
wouldn’t be doing this alone. I’m ready to offer up a donation for food, décor, and other expenses. And some added manpower for the event itself, since Jolie is…well, we have a larger staff here.”

He was understating to be polite. Honeywilde had the money and people to spare. Chateau Jolie did not.

The throb in her skull got a little bit worse. “I think…”
She didn’t have the luxury of thinking. Chateau Jolie needed to catch a break, especially nowthat she had to shell out thousands of dollars to keep from losing part of Jolie to an evil a-hole of a man.

Not only was hosting the school’s prom the right thing to do, but a community event and
charity might give the hotel the kind of promotion and PR it needed to spark off their slumping reservation rates and make
some much needed money.

“We wouldn’t throw all of this on you to deal with alone.” Roark leaned forward, his coffee mug cradled between his hands. “We plan to help out as much as we can. But what the school needs most is a location.”

Brooke flexed her fingers to get some blood into them. Chateau Jolie could easily be the
location, but they didn’t have Honeywilde’s financial resources to fund a party.
She wasn’t about to tell Roark Bradley that either.

“We’d love for the school to use our ballroom,” she said instead.

“Great!”

But she couldn’t only offer up a location.

If all she provided was a room, then yet again, Honeywilde would be the hero of the day.
They’d swoop in, save the town, and hog all the glory. Again. Chateau Jolie would be the little stepsister who got dragged along to the dance.

Her family’s business couldn’t afford to be the stepsister anymore.

Brooke stiffened her spine. “We’d want to do more than provide a location though. We have resources of our own.” Pitifully few, but potay-toe, po-tah-toe. “If the prom is at our hotel, I’d prefer to be the one in charge of coordinating with the prom’s committee chair.”

Roark nodded. “Absolutely. I agree.”

Proms weren’t in her wheelhouse, but she knew enough about parties to handle one for
teenagers.

Roark took another sip of his coffee, looking proud as a peacock. “That works out perfectly for us too. With the Blueberry Festival coming up, and peak season, we don’t need to commit to managing more than we can handle.”
Peak season. Must be nice.

She shook off the resentment to concentrate on the possibilities. This prom could be the very thing Jolie needed, and if she could run the show with a Honeywilde income, even better.

She could make this the goodwill event of the year, get on every social media platform, and prove her family’s hotel was every bit as charitable and wonderful as Honeywilde, and she might be able to redeem herself. No, she would redeem herself.

“Hey.” A deep voice interrupted her pep talk.

Brooke looked up, into striking blue eyes and dimples that ought to be outlawed.
Trevor Bradley.






Heather McGovern writes contemporary romance in swoony, southern settings. While her love of travel and adventure takes her far, there is no place quite like home. She lives in South Carolina with her husband and son, and a collection of Legos that's threatening to take over the house. When she isn't writing, she's working out, or binging on books and Netflix.
She is a member of Romance Writers of America, as well as Carolina Romance Writers, and she's represented by Nicole Resciniti of The Seymour Agency.

Connect with Heather on her website, Facebook, Twitter, or her group blog. She'd love to hear to from you!

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Blog Tour + Giveaway + Review: A Heritage of Death by Alexa Padgett



Title: A Heritage of Death
 (A Reverend Cici Gurule Mystery, #2)
Author: Alexa Padgett 
Publisher: Sidecar Press, LLC
Release date: October 23rd 2018

An unconventional pastor. A brutal murder. To solve the case, one reverend will look for help from beyond the grave…


Reverend Cecelia “Cici” Gurule dreams of a bruised and bloodied woman who looks alarmingly like Cici. She’d like to pretend the dream is a nightmare and nothing more, but there are too many coincidences in her waking life to write it off. Like the baby that turns up on her porch–a baby that disappeared weeks before.

Cici and Detective Sam Chastain race to find the woman, but the killer finds her first. As the trail grows cold, Cici’s only chance to solve the mystery before she becomes the next target may be a clue left by her ghostly twin. 



A Heritage of Death is the second novel in a compelling female sleuth mystery series for fans of Ruth Ware and Gilly MacMillan. If you like convention-shattering heroines, vivid Southwest settings, and a touch of the paranormal, then you’ll love Alexa Padgett’s twisty mystery. 


Buy A Heritage of Death and hold on tight for a white-knuckle thrill ride today!



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Title: A Pilgrimage to Death
(A Reverend Cici Gurule Mystery, #1)
Author: Alexa Padgett
Publisher: Sidecar Press, LLC
Release date: August 14, 2018
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Thriller

They murdered her sister. They threatened her church. But their day of reckoning will cost her everything...

When Cici Gurule finds the dead body of a parishioner in the nearby Santa Fe National Forest, she's horrified to realize the victim bears the same stab wounds that ended her twin sister's life one year earlier.

Now, as a freewheeling, progressive reverend who'll stop at nothing to protect her flock, she'll need to join forces with her detective friend and loyal pair of Great Pyrenees to hunt down the killer before she's forced to officiate another funeral.
Soon, however, Cici discovers her sister was on the trail of a deep-rooted criminal operation, and her death was no random act of violence. With the criminals out for Cici's blood, she needs to catch the wolf by the tail…before it goes in for the kill.

Fans of Sandra Brown, J.D. Robb, and Stacy Claflin will love Alexa's Padgett's new edge-of-your-seat novel!



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My thoughts...

I definitely have to be in the mood to read, mysteries but this was a pleasant surprise! A Pilgrimage to Death and A Heritage to Death were my first books by Alexa, and will not be my last. 

A Pilgrimage to Death, we meet Reverend Cici, who has just lost her twin sister, and still not over her sisters death. Cici goes to her hometown after finding out that her twin sister is dead, and starts a investigation. Cici starts looking into her sisters death, and looking into people that could've wanted t harm her sister. Then she starts receiving dead birds on her doorstep, some members of her church tart dying, and she starts receiving warning notes. Before Cici decided to go home, was planning an adventure in South America, with her boyfriend. Cici gets help with the investigation from Sam, a local detective who wants to solve the murders that've been happening. Not to like spoil anything...but help from the beyond, is totally a thing! This is not your average mystery, there is a paranormal aspect too! Supernatural meets paranormal meets mystery and with a religious main character. This was a great read, the character development, and the mysterious town of Santa Fe. I didn't even talk about the killer or the other victims!! Definitely check it out! Rating 4/5

A Heritage to Death, Cici is back but still grieving from the loss of her twin sister, and a few church members. Cici gets to explore her twin bond more, we learn that Cici and Anna have always been linked or bonded. Meaning that they could always feel each others emotions, and pain. So of course when Anna was in danger Cici could tell, and it's what brought her back to their hometown in A Pilgrimage to Death. Now that Anna is gone, Cici can still feel her sometimes, more like her presence. Anna is trying to help Cici from the grave, to help solve other crimes. Did I mention people were dying left, and right, and missing folks? What leads Cici to helping Detective Sam? Dreams of course, Cici is dreaming about a woman being murdered, and of course a missing baby shows up on her doorstep. They are unable to save the woman in time but will Cici be next or is the killer toying with her.....Rating 5/5

Both books were amazeballs, the characters are great! I can't wait for the next book! I would definitely recommend both books to anyone who loves a good mystery, murder, and possible romantical feelings!!

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About the Author

With a degree in international marketing and a varied career path that includes content management for a web firm, marketing direction for a high-profile sports agency, and a two-year stint with a renowned literary agency, award-winning author Alexa Padgett has returned to her first love: writing fiction.

Alexa spent a good part of her youth traveling. From Budapest to Belize, Calgary to Coober Pedy, she soaked in the myriad smells, sounds, and feels of these gorgeous places, wishing she could live in them all—at least for a while. And she does in her books.

She lives in New Mexico with her husband, children, and Great Pyrenees pup, Ash. When not writing, schlepping, or volunteering, she can be found in her tiny kitchen, channeling her inner Barefoot Contessa.


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