Book Review Winterwood

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What was your last 5 star read?


Winterwood by Shea Ershaw comes out November 5th and I highly suggest everyone go out and get it. This book was gifted to me by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, and Cassie to give them both a huge thank you!

The author transports you into a world of witch magic and a spooky snowy woods

  • Shea Ernshaw
  • Winterwood
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publishing Date November 5, 2019
  • 5 star’s ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    Be careful of the dark, dark wood…

    Especially the woods surrounding the town of Fir Haven. Some say these woods are magical. Haunted, even.
    Rumored to be a witch, only Nora Walker knows the truth. She and the Walker women before her have always shared a special connection with the woods. And it’s this special connection that leads Nora to Oliver Huntsman—the same boy who disappeared from the Camp for Wayward Boys weeks ago—and in the middle of the worst snowstorm in years. He should be dead, but here he is alive, and left in the woods with no memory of the time he’d been missing.

    But Nora can feel an uneasy shift in the woods at Oliver’s presence. And it’s not too long after that Nora realizes she has no choice but to unearth the truth behind how the boy she has come to care so deeply about survived his time in the forest, and what led him there in the first place. What Nora doesn’t know, though, is that Oliver has secrets of his own—secrets he’ll do anything to keep buried, because as it turns out, he wasn’t the only one to have gone missing on that fateful night all those weeks ago.

    For as long as there have been fairy tales, we have been warned to fear what lies within the dark, dark woods and in Winterwood, New York Times bestselling author Shea Ernshaw, shows us why.

    Winterwood releases November 5th.


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    Editorial Reviews

    Kirkus Reviews “Falls Biggest YA Books of 2019”

    B&N Teen Blog “Most Anticipated Fantasy YA of 2019”


    B&N Teen Blog “10 of the Biggest Fall Fantasies” 

    B&N Teen Blog “Our Most Anticipated Sophomore Novels of 2019”

    “A delectably immersive, eerie experience.” — Kirkus 

    “A spellbinding tale of witchery, deadly secrets, and woods that hold grudges. Winterwood is immersive, atmospheric, and bewitching.  –Stephanie Garber,  #1 New York Times & international bestselling author of the Caraval series.

    “Winterwood casts a deliciously dark spell with a rich lineage of witches, secretive boys, and a sinister forest that will pull in any reader and never let them go.” — Megan Shepherd, New York Times bestselling author of Grim Lovelies  

    “Shea Ernshaw spins yet another haunting tale in Winterwood. Mythic prose and atmospheric storytelling will leave readers spellbound and hungry for more of Ernshaw‘s witchy worlds.” –Adrienne Young, New York Times bestselling author of Sky in the Deep.

    “The beauty and mystery of the natural world infuse every moment in this lush, spellbinding story that weaves romance with witchcraft—a seductive, lyrical tale of lost boys, old legends and haunted woods.” –Lexa Hillyer, author of Spindle Fire

    “Lyrical, magical and mysterious, Winterwood left me intoxicated, dancing beneath an endless moon.” — Dawn Kurtagich, author of Teeth in the Mist

    “Ernshaw weaves an irresistible spell, entwining nature, romance, and magic through a lyrical text.” — Booklist 

    “A vivid fantasy world and a dark, thrilling atmosphere that drives the biting cold of Winterwood deep into readers’ bones.”

    –Publishers Weekly

    “Gasp- and sigh-worthy.” — BCCB

    “A dynamic thriller for fans of paranormal fiction.” — SLJ

    This book was received from the Author, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own

    Winterwood is an eerie experience, dark, and unsettling, imaginative, with gothic elements. This spellbinding tale following Nora Walker, and the women in her ancestral family. The Walkers have a chilling connection to the enchanted forest near their home

    Shea Ernshaw writing slowly pulls you in this richly atmospheric setting that is mysterious and gothically darkish The writing strategically slowed to create an intense moving novel, with exquisite prose and intriguing storyline.

    The descriptive imagery that creates the cold solitude and isolation, makes the reader feel haunted. Nora shares the point of view of telling the story with Oliver Huntsman, a young boy who has been attending the “troubled boy’s camp” on Jackjaw Lake. After Nora finds him in the woods, pieces of his memory returns to explain how he came to be in the woods, and how he’s survived them for so long. On the night of the snow storm, a boy had gone missing from the camp, and Nora believe she’s found him. But Oliver and Nora begin putting the pieces together of what truly transpired, and they both realize that there is something more sinister is happening.

    A haunting tale set deep in a magical snow-covered forest, where the appearance of a mysterious boy awakens a dangerous centuries old curse. The enchanted, atmospheric setting, woven by Ernshaw’s eerie prose and chilling suspense builds to a thrilling an darkish atmospheric haunting tale.

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    I live in an imaginary world

    And sometimes, I live in a small mountain town in Oregon.

    I have been writing stories and crafting characters since I was young—filling notebooks with stories about magical horses and fairy underworlds. I always knew I wanted to be a writer and I was lucky enough to grow up in a house filled with books, where my parents were always reading or painting or making something out of nothing.

    Now, I share my home with my husband, two editor cats, and an itty bitty dog named Diesel, who all tolerate my days—and sometimes weeks—spent locked away in my writing palace where my characters dance around inside my head telling their stories.

    I also love lakes and deep dark woods and yoga and delicious vegan pastries.


    Shea Ernshaw is a NYT bestselling author and winner of the 2019 Oregon Book Award. Her books have been published in over eleven countries/languages and her debut novel, THE WICKED DEEP was an Indie Next Pick and has been acquired by Netflix for film adaptation. 

    Trailing The Hunter

    Hello Bookish Friends

    Today I’m really excited to be taking part in the Book Tour of, Trailing The Hunter
    by Heidi Eljarbo which is being hosted by HFBT

    Trailing The Hunter by Heidi Eljarbo

    Publication Date: October 30, 2019
    eBooks & Paperback; 298 Pages
    Genre: Historical Fiction

    A ruthless witch-finder.

    One determined woman.

    1661 in southeastern Norway.

    Clara Dahl has made a decision. She has seen the dread and sorrow witch-finder Angus Hill has caused in her hometown and sets out to find him. Her goal is to fight the wrongful and wicked misconceptions about witch hunting. But the witch-finder influence is strong. How can she warn the villagers of something they don’t understand?

    Clara’s heartfelt desire is to protect and rescue the women who are in danger without causing more harm. As Clara develops secret plots to thwart the plans of the notorious witch-finder and works to help the villagers, she finds friendship and the possibility of true love.

    Available on Amazon


    A spellbinder from the very beginning. Eljarbo sound historical research is evident and impressive. Gus A. Mellander, Ph. D., D.H.L. Ms. Eljarbo words come alive on the page. Jana Pawlowski

    Excellent research and stunning writing. Pauline Isaksen, author of Dying for Justice

    This novel has fascinating history, endearing as well as diabolical characters and exciting twists and turns. I couldn’t put it down. Linnea Shaw

    This book was received from the Author, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own

    1661 in southeastern Norway.

    Clara Dahl has made a decision. She has seen the dread and sorrow witch-finder Angus Hill has caused in her hometown and sets out to find him. Her goal is to fight the wrongful and wicked misconceptions that have led witch hunting.

    Clara is all to knowing that the witch hunter, Angus Hill fans the fame of witch hysteria everywhere he goes. Hoping to be be one step ahead of him. By arriving head of Angus Hil In the village of Berg.

    This vividly rich historical mystery fiction, that will draw the reader into the challenges facing woman during the 1600-1700’s Europe. Sweet and courageous, Clara Dahl is hopping to prevent innocent women from being burned by an witch hunter. Set in the back drop of a village in Berg, Norway 1661. The authors meticulous research is interwoven in historical and captivating fiction to create a riveting novel. A wonderful page turner that unfolds perfectly, and keeps you glued to the pages.

    I loved Clare’s determination to protect the townspeople from vile, Angus Hill’s accusations. Her compassion and willingness to sacrifice and help people in a different level of caste system than hers. She is courageous for stepping out of the norm of the woman of her day.

    Struggling at the bonds placed on woman, she takes on the task of educating young children which normally is only reserved for males. Education is usually only for the upper class and not the average person. Overall it closes the gab between the privileged and underprivileged, it also help blanket the flames of superstition by giving logic to natural occurring events.

    A wonderful suspenseful, entertaining read, with the perfect amount of light romance that didn’t overshadow the main objective of the plot-line. The cast of characters, were engaging and the writing was fluid. Wonderful narration, along with brilliant dialogue and suspense, that keeps the reader vested all the way through until the end.

    A dark and tumultuous times, when superstition along with malicious gossip and greed can lead to death. A deeply thoughtful stirring storyline that was heartwarming, but also tragic. The author masterly sets the character conflict with precision in this riveting storyline.

    A little history ~

    When gossip and hate along with misconceptions and general knowledge of normal events can get you arrested in these dark times.

    As Europe killed more than 40,000 people accused of sorcery in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, there were vicious witch trials taking place at the edge of the earth, in Norway’s tiny fishing villages

    During the 17th century Finnmark had many witch trials. Northern Norway was a place with weak central security, where the local authorities had a great deal of power. These officials were not Norwegians, but often men from Scotland, Germany and Denmark, countries with a history of witch trials. They were influenced by the contemporary prejudice in Europe, where religious experts often claimed that “The evil came from North,” from Nordkalotten, the home of the Sami people, who were not Christians and had a strong reputation for sorcery.

    These officials often believed in the teachings of the European clerics that “magic came with the Northern wind” down over Europe, and they had been placed there to correct the population according to Protestant orthodoxy. They painted the Sami as a people of magicians, and disapproved of Scandinavian women along the coast being alone at home for months when their husbands were out at sea fishing, suspecting them of committing adultery with demons. About 150 people were executed for sorcery in Northern Norway between 1621 and 1663, before legal security and administration became better organized in 1666. Of these, all the men were Sami and most of the women were Norwegian.

    Memorial opened in June 2011

    On June 23, 2011 Norway’s Queen Sonja opened the Steilneset Memorial to the Victims of the Witch Trials in Vardø, a new monument by the Swiss architect Peter Zumthor and the French-American artist Louise Bourgeois. It is also hoped that the Steilneset Memorial will draw visitors to a remote and economically depressed region of Norway. The Vardø project is also part of the Norwegian Public Roads administration’s National Tourist Routes program, through which distinctive buildings are being erected to encourage visits to outposts of exceptional natural beauty.

    About the Author

    Heidi Eljarbo is the bestselling author of Catching a Witch. She grew up in a home filled with books and artwork and she never truly imagined she would do anything other than write and paint. She studied art, languages, and history, all of which have come in handy when working as an author, magazine journalist, and painter.

    After living in Canada, six US states, Japan, Switzerland, and Austria, Heidi now calls Norway home. She and her husband have a total of nine children, twelve grandchildren–so far–in addition to a bouncy Wheaten Terrier and a bird.

    Their favorite retreat is a mountain cabin, where they hike in the summertime and ski the vast, white terrain during winter. Heidi’s favorites are family, God’s beautiful nature, and the word whimsical.

    If you would like to know more, please visit Heidi’s website. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

    Blog Tour Schedule

    Wednesday, October 30
    Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

    Friday, November 1
    Feature at The Writing Desk

    Monday, November 4
    Review at Red Headed Book Lady

    Tuesday, November 5
    Feature at What Is That Book About

    Wednesday, November 6
    Review at History from a Woman’s Perspective

    Sunday, November 10
    Review at Carole’s Ramblings

    Monday, November 11
    Character Interview at The Book Junkie Reads

    Thursday, November 14
    Interview at Passages to the Past

    Friday, November 15
    Review at Passages to the Past

    Saturday, November 16
    Review at 100 Pages a Day

    Tuesday, November 19
    Feature at Maiden of the Pages

    Wednesday, November 20
    Review at Locks, Hooks and Books

    Friday, November 22
    Review at Coffee and Ink
    Review at CelticLady’s Reviews


    During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a paperback copy of Trailing the Hunter! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

    Giveaway Rules

    Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on November 22nd. You must be 18 or older to enter. Paperback giveaway is open internationally.
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    The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen.

    Trailing the Hunter

    Cover Reveal Guilded Ruins

     Hello Bookish friends.

    Today is the cover reveal for Chantal Gadoury‘s upcoming release, the sequel to Blinding Night,


    out on May 12th, 2020!

    Gilded Ruins, by Chantal Gadoury

    “The Story Continues. . . 

    Summer and Darce are summoned by the order of Zeus himself to travel to the home of the Gods: Mount Olympus, where they’re to face even more ancient Gods and Goddesses.

    Summer braces to confront her mother again, illuminating secrets about the truth of her tragic pasts, while also persuading Zeus to allow her to stay with the God of the Underworld, her true love – Darce. 

    Aboard Poseidon’s luxury yacht, Summer meets her mythological family, while also uncovering what exactly happened to her past lives – and the true roles her mother and Darce played. 

    When Darce and Summer suddenly find themselves separated, Summer must find her inner power and unite them together, before her mortal time runs out.”

    Today only

    Check out this Book Trailer

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    And here is a link to the Gilded Ruins book trailer:

    HappyBook Birthday

    10/29/19 Releases

    Hello Bookish Friends,

    Have you had a chance to read any of the books that are being released today?

    Gravemaidens by Kelly Coon

    “In the walled city-state of Alu, Kammani wants nothing more than to become the accomplished healer her father used to be before her family was cast out of their privileged life in shame. 

    When Alu’s ruler falls deathly ill, Kammani’s beautiful little sister, Nanaea, is chosen as one of three sacred maidens to join him in the afterlife. It’s an honor. A tradition. And Nanaea believes it is her chance to live an even grander life than the one that was stolen from her. 

    But Kammani sees the selection for what it really is—a death sentence.

    Desperate to save her sister, Kammani schemes her way into the palace to heal the ruler. There she discovers more danger lurking in the sand-stone corridors than she could have ever imagined and that her own life—and heart—are at stake. But Kammani will stop at nothing to dig up the palace’s buried secrets even if it means sacrificing everything…including herself.”

    A River of Royal Blood by Amanda Joy

    “An enthralling debut perfect for fans of Children of Blood and Bone set in a North African-inspired fantasy world where two sisters must fight to the death to win the crown.

    Sixteen-year-old Eva is a princess, born with the magick of marrow and blood–a dark and terrible magick that hasn’t been seen for generations in the vibrant but fractured country of Myre. Its last known practitioner was Queen Raina, who toppled the native khimaer royalty and massacred thousands, including her own sister, eight generations ago, thus beginning the Rival Heir tradition. Living in Raina’s long and dark shadow, Eva must now face her older sister, Isa, in a battle to the death if she hopes to ascend to the Ivory Throne–because in the Queendom of Myre only the strongest, most ruthless rulers survive.

    When Eva is attacked by an assassin just weeks before the battle with her sister, she discovers there is more to the attempt on her life than meets the eye–and it isn’t just her sister who wants to see her dead. As tensions escalate, Eva is forced to turn to a fey instructor of mythic proportions and a mysterious and handsome khimaer prince for help in growing her magick into something to fear. Because despite the love she still has for her sister, Eva will have to choose: Isa’s death or her own.

    A River of Royal Blood is an enthralling debut set in a lush North African inspired fantasy world that subtly but powerfully challenges our notions of power, history, and identity.”

    Beyond the Black Door by A.M. (Adrianne) Strickland

    “Kamai was warned never to open the black door, but she didn’t listen …

    Everyone has a soul. Some are beautiful gardens, others are frightening dungeons. Soulwalkers―like Kamai and her mother―can journey into other people’s souls while they sleep.

    But no matter where Kamai visits, she sees the black door. It follows her into every soul, and her mother has told her to never, ever open it.

    When Kamai touches the door, it is warm and beating, like it has a pulse. When she puts her ear to it, she hears her own name whispered from the other side. And when tragedy strikes, Kamai does the unthinkable: she opens the door.”

    Dark Consort by Amber R. Duell

    “Nora has faced the horrors of the Nightmare Realm and put a stop to the Weaver. But the girl that went in isn’t the same one who has come out. Now, as the Lady of Nightmares, Nora’s next passage to the Night World will be permanent. Months in the Day World have already taken their toll on her new identity. Her body aches from the strain of magic and her mind is tormented by a powerful darkness. The only thing holding her together is the thought of returning to the place that beckons her as much as it terrifies her.

    The Sandman knows Nora needs to return to her realm, but that doesn’t mean he has to like it. Especially when he sees firsthand what happened in the Nightmare Realm since she left. Not only have the nightmares become restless, but Rowan stole the Weaver’s Keep and is gathering an army strong enough to rip the magic from Nora so she can dominate the realm. If the Sandman can put off the inevitable for a few more days, he will.

    When Nora finds her own way back to the Nightmare Realm, her relationship with the Sandman stretches thin, but there isn’t time to dwell on hurt feelings. Not when she’s delivered straight to Kail, the masked nightmare that got her into this mess. Unfortunately, her allies are too few and Kail’s desire for Rowan’s death seems to burn as brightly as her own. Nora must decide whom to trust if she wants to survive the Nightmare Realm. And, if she wants to reclaim what’s hers, she must embrace the darkness within.”

    The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah

    “At the end of the twenty-first century, the world has changed dramatically, but life continues one thousand feet below the ocean’s surface. In Great Britain, sea creatures swim among the ruins of Big Ben and the Tower of London, and citizens waver between fear and hope; fear of what lurks in the abyss, and hope that humanity will soon discover a way to reclaim the Earth.

    Meanwhile, sixteen-year-old Leyla McQueen has her own problems to deal with. Her father’s been arrested, accused of taking advantage of victims of the Seasickness-a debilitating malaise that consumes people,often claiming their lives. But Leyla knows he’s innocent, and all she’s interested in is getting him back so that their lives can return to normal.

    When she’s picked to race in the action-packed London Submersible Marathon, Leyla gets the chance to secure his freedom; the Prime Minister promises the champion whatever their heart desires. The race takes an unexpected turn, though, and presents her with an opportunity she never wanted: Leyla must venture outside of London for the first time in her life, to find and rescue her father herself.

    Now, she’ll have to brave the unfathomable waters and defy a corrupt government determined to keep its secrets, all the while dealing with a secretive, hotheaded companion she never asked for in the first place. If she fails, or falls prey to her own fears, she risks capture-and her father might be lost forever.”

    Girls like Us by Randi Pink

    “Set in the summer of 1972, this moving YA historical novel is narrated by teen girls from different backgrounds with one thing in common: Each girl is dealing with pregnancy.

    Four teenage girls. Four different stories. What they all have in common is that they’re dealing with unplanned pregnancies.

    In rural Georgia, Izella is wise beyond her years, but burdened with the responsibility of her older sister, Ola, who has found out she’s pregnant. Their young neighbor, Missippi, is also pregnant, but doesn’t fully understand the extent of her predicament. When her father sends her to Chicago to give birth, she meets the final narrator, Susan, who is white and the daughter of an anti-choice senator.

    Randi Pink masterfully weaves four lives into a larger story – as timely as ever – about a woman’s right to choose her future.”

    Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett

    “Simone Garcia-Hampton is starting over at a new school, and this time things will be different. She’s making real friends, making a name for herself as student director of Rent, and making a play for Miles, the guy who makes her melt every time he walks into a room. The last thing she wants is for word to get out that she’s HIV-positive, because last time . . . well, last time things got ugly.

    Keeping her viral load under control is easy, but keeping her diagnosis under wraps is not so simple. As Simone and Miles start going out for real–shy kisses escalating into much more–she feels an uneasiness that goes beyond butterflies. She knows she has to tell him that she’s positive, especially if sex is a possibility, but she’s terrified of how he’ll react! And then she finds an anonymous note in her locker: I know you have HIV. You have until Thanksgiving to stop hanging out with Miles. Or everyone else will know too.

    Simone’s first instinct is to protect her secret at all costs, but as she gains a deeper understanding of the prejudice and fear in her community, she begins to wonder if the only way to rise above is to face the haters head-on…”

    All the Things We Do in the Dark by Saundra Mitchell

    “There’s no such thing as a secret.

    SOMETHING happened to Ava. The curving scar on her face is proof. But Ava would rather keep that something hidden—buried deep in her heart and her soul.

    She has her best friend Syd, and she has her tattoos—a colorful quilt, like a security blanket, over her whole body—and now, suddenly, she has Hailey. Beautiful, sweet Hailey, who seems to like Ava as much as she likes her. And Ava isn’t letting anything get in the way of finally, finally seeking peace. But in the woods on the outskirts of town, the traces of someone else’s secrets lie frozen, awaiting Ava’s discovery—and what Ava finds threatens to topple the carefully-constructed wall of normalcy that she’s spent years building.

    Secrets leave scars. But when the secret in question is not your own—do you ignore the truth and walk away? Or do you uncover it from its shallow grave, and let it reopen old wounds—wounds that have finally begun to heal?”

    The Shadow Prince

    Hey there fellow book lovers! Today, I am excited to be participating in the blog tour of The Shadow Prince, which is hosted by Xpresso Book Tours.

    The Shadow Prince
    Stacey O’Neale
    (Mortal Enchantment #0.5)
    Publication date: March 25th 2014
    Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

    Prequel novella to the award-winning YA fantasy series Mortal Enchantment. Discover a world of elemental powers, courage, duty, sacrifice, forbidden romance and a war for the very elements of life.

    Sixteen-year-old Rowan is an elemental prince. Banished to the mortal world, he doubts he will ever return to Avalon and claim the fire court throne. Until he receives a challenge from his estranged mother. If he slays Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental, princess of the air court, she will abdicate her throne. Is he capable of completing such a heinous task? And what price will he pay if he refuses?

    Perfect for fans of Holly Black and Sarah J. Maas.

    “Filled with betrayal and intrigue, The Shadow Prince is a dark and twisty novella from an exciting new author!” Katee Robert, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author

    Goodreads / Amazon / Barnes & Noble / iBooks / Kobo

    Thank you so much Netgalley, Stacey O’Neale and Xpresso Book Tours for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

    “Through it all, I remained focused on my mission. It was time to cast aside the childish prince and become the stone-hearted warrior. I would be the monster they feared— the slayer in the night. I am the shadow prince. “

    Fast paced, intriguing and enchanting, Stacey O’Neal’s introduction to her new series, Mortal Enchantment is definitely right up my street.

    Rowan is about to become the new king to the throne but before he does, he is set a task which must be completed or face the extreme consequences. He has to kill the daughter of a king. I loved the world building and the characters and the friendship between Rowan and Marcus.

    THE SHADOW PRINCE is an amazing story, written well, with a unique story and intense plot. O’Neale is a wonderful writer . I was instantly drawn into this world of elemental courts and shapeshifters that were nothing more then slaves. She kept the world-building simple, choosing to leave aspects up to my imagination instead of describing everything. You are transported to the mythical Avalon with only a few short descriptions, yet it plays out in front of you. Rowan is faced with huge choices, moral dilemmas and life changing decisions and it all plays out as real and logical. All of it setting the stage for what I can only believe will be a great first in series.

    Then I have to go on to describe the uniqueness of this novella. The novella has both an adult concepts , but with YA backbone.

    You don’t find many YAs penned from the male POV, so that also had something to do with it. If you are a fan of great world-building, hot male heroes and young adult fantasy and paranormal stories, you’ll really enjoy Stacey O’Neale’s THE SHADOW PRINCE.

    I really enjoyed the creative humor that was in here. If you like Fantasy, Paranormal, Fairies, Royalty, Magic, a touch of romance, action, Alternative World’s that have portals between our world and theirs, then I highly recommend this. I also have to agree that this reminds me of Author, Holly Black. So for fans of her, this is a must!

    The prequel novella. At only 76 pages, it’s short, but definitely leaves you wanting more. I thought it was a great introduction, to which I believe will be a very promising series by a talented debut author. The Shadow Prince gives you a lot of insight of what’s to come and I can’t wait to read more.

    This Novella is currently FREE on Amazon

    Recommendations: Recommended for a PG-13 crowd, because of mild violence and some mature themes.

    The Shadow Prince is part of the
    Mortal Enchantment box set
    OUT NOW!

    Author Bio:

    Award-winning author, Stacey O’Neale, lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she’s not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter.

    Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult fantasy and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing.

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    Cover Reveal Disenchanted

    It is CHILLS & THRILLS week over at @theparliamentpress and I am so THRILLED to bring you the first cover reveal of the week!

    Meet the cover for the upcoming novel DISENCHANTED by Brianna Sugalski (@petit.beignet ), coming March 2020!

    Don’t forget to add it to goodreads and check out the synopsis below! .


    Brianna Sugalski

    Published by: Parliament House

    Publication date: March 10th 2020

    Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

    Centuries ago, the flames of a terrible war engulfed the sprawling wildwood of Brittany, displacing hoards of monsters in its wake. These beasts fled to the remaining patches of forest, the largest known as Brocèliande—home to the elusive Fae, and within unsettling proximity to the mortal kingdom.


    A Breton princess at the peak of the French Renaissance, Lilac lives prisoner in her parents’ castle after a wicked secret is revealed on the eve of her tenth birthday soirée. Years later, her coronation ceremony looms, and between the riotous townsfolk and scheming nobleman bent on snatching the throne, Lilac prepares for the worst… Until a mysterious letter arrives from The Witch of Lupine Grotto, detailing a curious offer to cure her darkness forever.

    Lilac begrudgingly trades her coronet for a cloak and ventures into the forest Brocéliande in pursuit of the impious enchantress at the edge of town. With only the protection of an inherited dagger—and unsolicited help of the gregarious stranger who inserts himself on her quest—she must traverse Brocèliande and return in time to claim her rightful position as sovereign monarch.

    This is the story of a cursed princess,

    A crestfallen killer,

    The town that wants them to burn,

    And the witch that can save them both.

    Add to Goodreads

    Author Bio:

    With an education in Mass Communication—and an engrossment in all that is curios, conundrum, and bewitching—Brianna Sugalski is a writer and blogger for The Parliament House Press. Previously, she was a contributor for Lifestyle & Fashion online magazine, Sarah Scoop, and also served as Copy Editor and Editor-In-Chief at her school publications. All this time spent writing paid off; her New Adult/ Dark Fantasy novel, DISENCHANTED, was recently acquired for publication, and is slated for release in Spring of 2020.

    Brianna was born and raised on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, but now travels every few years with her husband and two children. As the first writer in a family whose majority works in the medical field, she also feels an important calling to heal others as an artist—though she is content doing so through the often underestimated power of communication. She admires many luminaries of the Victorian Era; the romanticism of period literature has inspired her to paint vibrant settings of nature and narratives that readers will hopefully enjoy.

    Ultimately, she aspires to make readers laugh, to challenge their perspectives and to help them discover the magical meaning of their own powers within.

    Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

    All The Things We Do In The Dark

    Its Manic Monday, Bookish Friends

    Today I have the author, Sandra Mitchell on my Blog

    Print Length: 301 pages

    Publisher: HarperTeen

    Publication Date: October 29, 2019

    Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers

    All The Things We Do In The Dark by Saundra Mitchell

    There’s no such thing as a secret.

    She has her best friend Syd, and she has her tattoos—a colorful quilt, like a security blanket, over her whole body—and now, suddenly, she has Hailey. Beautiful, sweet Hailey, who seems to like Ava as much as she likes her. And Ava isn’t letting anything get in the way of finally, finally seeking peace. But in the woods on the outskirts of town, the traces of someone else’s secrets lie frozen, awaiting Ava’s discovery—and what Ava finds threatens to topple the carefully-constructed wall of normalcy that she’s spent years building. Secrets leave scars. But when the secret in question is not your own—do you ignore the truth and walk away? Or do you uncover it from its shallow grave, and let it reopen old wounds—wounds that have finally begun to heal?

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    SOMETHING happened to Ava. The curving scar on her face is proof. But Ava would rather keep that something hidden—buried deep in her heart and her Ava was raped and assaulted when she 9 leaving her scared both physically and emotionally.

    She has her best friend Syd,—and now, suddenly, she has Hailey. Beautiful, sweet Hailey, who seems to like Ava as much as she likes her..

    In the woods on the outskirts of town, she finds traces of someone else’s secrets lie frozen, Ava’s discovery threatens to tear open the perfectly stitched normalcy that she’s spent years creating.

    Will Ava be able to ignore the truth and walk away?

    This is a most read, emotional raw book with a little magical realism.

    Told In first person in such away that makes the reader feel the main protagonist is speaking just to them alone. A phenomenal creepy and edgy read. I definitely including some warnings::CW: sexual assault, rape, PTSD involving sexual assault and rape, anxiety

    All the Things We Do in the Dark by Saundra Mitchell is an edgy mystery perfect for

    the creepy October season. A creative thought provoking storyline that Sucks you in, but what really stood out to me was the enthralling writing style

    LGBTQIA+ rep in this book, our main character ends up in a f/f romance

    To me this didn’t feel forced or included on purpose. It complimented the storytelling very well.

    I want to thank this amazing author for having the courage to write a book surrounded by truth alongside contemporary realism.

    The author writes in the afterword that she tells her story so others out there don’t have to. She didn’t want to make up something to damage this character that would just be another fictional happenstance that we would read about and then close the book and set it all aside.

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    Saundra Mitchell has been a phone psychic, a car salesperson, a denture-deliverer, and a layout waxer. She’s dodged trains, endured basic training, and hitchhiked from Montana to California. The author of fifteen books for tweens and teens, her work includes SHADOWED SUMMER, THE VESPERTINE series, the non-fiction THEY DID WHAT!? series, and two anthologies for teens, DEFY THE DARK and ALL OUT. She always picks truth; dares are too easy.

    We had the pleasure of chatting to Saundra about her upcoming emotional thriller, All The Things We Do In The Dark, which is described to be “Sadie meets Girl in Pieces”. Saundra talks of what readers can expect, which includes trigger warnings, along with book recommendations, her dream cast, and more!

    Hi Saundra! Tell us a little about yourself!

    Hi there, thank you for having me! I’m an author and editor of young adult and middle grade fiction. I love writing for young adults, and it’s a real honor to get to share stories with them. (And when I go on the road, it’s an absolute pleasure when they choose to share their stories with me!) When I’m not writing, or reading books, there’s a good chance I’m writing or reading fan fiction. It’s kind of an obsession.

    Where did your love of writing come from?

    The matriarchs of my family. When I was a little kid, I’d go garage sale-ing with my grandmother, and we’d buy all the ten cent paperbacks we could carry. My mother took me to the library every single Saturday when I was growing up. And my Auntie M used to come to my house, just to read to me. I’ve been surrounded my whole life by books and the women who love them. Big surprise that I grew up to love books—and women who love them. My wife is a librarian!

    Your new novel, All the Things We Do in the Dark, publishes on October 29th. If you could only use five words to describe it, what would they be?

    None of us are alone.

    Now, let’s hear a little more! What can readers expect?

    This is a hard book, and I want to offer trigger warnings in advance. This book discusses sexual violence, violence, rape, PTSD and anxiety. It’s the hardest book I’ve ever written, but everything in my blood and bones made me write it.

    In this book, Ava is a 17-year-old rape survivor. She has a best friend, and her mother, and a nice regimented life that disguises her PTSD. She thinks she’s doing fine, until she starts to fall for a cop’s daughter, and her best friend suddenly runs hot and cold. That knocks Ava out of her safe, carefully constructed orbit. Then, already uncentered, she stumbles over the body of a murdered woman in the woods. Rather than let anyone else violate the woman’s body, Ava decides to solve the murder on her own—and crashes into another damaged soul with motives of his own.

    There’s darkness and light; a mystery and a romance, but most of all, there’s a survivor who does what she has to do to keep moving forward.

    Where did the inspiration for All the Things We Do in the Dark come from?

    From my own life, from my own lifelong obsession with true crime, from all the readers I’ve met in the last ten years who have shared their secrets with me, from all the people who survive and all the ways they make it through the day.

    Was there a certain aspect of the novel, such as a scene or character, that you really enjoyed writing?

    This was a tough book, but I think I really enjoyed developing Ava’s relationship with the dead Jane. It was an interesting push and pull, between what’s real and what’s not—while still maintaining a very real world, and a very real story in a real place. I couldn’t have done it without my editor, Kristen Pettit. She helped me find my way.

    If All the Things We Do in The Dark was adapted, is there anyone that would be part of your dreamcast?

    Oh man this is hard I think Arden Cho from Teen Wolf is perfect for Hailey—she’s a truly enthusiastic fangirl, just like Hailey. Maya Hawke from Stranger Things or Cierra Ramirez from The Fosters/Good Trouble have the perfect edge for Syd. Aria Shahghasemi from Legacies or Tom Holland from Spider-Man would be a great Nick.

    I always hate to cast the protagonist, because I want her to be whoever the reader wants her to be. I like Amandla Stenberg and Sophia Lillis and Zendaya and Maisie Williams and Jenna Ortega and Lyrica Okano… any of them would be extraordinary.

    What’s next for you?

    Next is my next anthology, OUT NOW—featuring seventeen more amazing YA stories about queer protagonists, by sixteen incredible queer YA authors and me (I’m in no position to say whether I’m incredible or not!) I also have CAMP MURDERFACE coming. I wrote it with Josh Berk, and it’s a middle-grade horror comedy set in a summer camp. Those are coming in 2020! Also in 2020, I have an essay in Janet Gurtler’s YOU TOO anthology.

    Lastly, do you have any book recommendations for us?

    Yes, always! WE SET THE DARK ON FIRE by Tehlor Kay Mejia is a stunner of a debut, and I love Julian Winters’ HOW TO BE REMY CAMERON. If people want to read more like ATT, then I recommend Joy McCollough’s BLOOD WATER PAINT, Cheryl Rainfield’s SCARS, Courtney Summers’ SADIE, and Laurie Halse Anderson’s SHOUT.

    Have a wonderful day

    To Tame A Scandalous Lady

    Hello Bookish Friends

    Today I’m really excited to be taking part in the Book Tour, To Tame a Scandalous Lady by Liana De la Rosa, which is being hosted by HFBT


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    To Tame a Scandalous Lady
    by Liana De la Rosa

    Publication Date: October 21, 2019
    Entangled Publishing/Amara
    eBook; 400 Pages

    Genre: Historical Fiction/Regency/Victorian



    In the wake of a fire that decimates his racing stock, Christian Andrews, the Marquess of Amstead, struggles to keep his family’s stud farm from slipping into ruin and painstakingly rebuilds the program. When one of his prime stallions is injured, he notices his new assistant trainer has a special way with the horses. As talented as the trainer is, once he realizes he is a she…and a very beautiful, spirited she at that…he should sack her before scandal breaks. But it’s only weeks before the high stakes race he’s counting on to build back his fortune, and Flora should be by his side for the win.

    Miserable under the weight of the ton’s expectations, headstrong Lady Flora Campbell laments her privileged life in London. Embracing her dream of working with racehorses, she disguises herself as a lad and slips away to learn as much as she can from England’s premiere expert, Christian Andrews, never thinking of the scandal she courts but the glory to be had.

    Although she develops a tendre for the dashing marquess, she can never let on that she’s not only a woman, but the daughter of a duke…

    “Sparkling, sensual, and oh-so-smart!” —Lenora Bell, USA Today bestselling

    This book was received from the Author, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own

    To Tame a Scandalous Lady by Liana De la Rosa is book Three in the Once Upon a Scandal Series. This is the story of Christian Andrews, the Marquess of Amstead and Lady Flora Campbell.

    Lady Flora Campbell, is the youngest daughter of the duke of Lake Kilmorrow in Scotland, struggling within the bonds placed on the woman during this time period. High spirited Lady Flora is fighting to make her unconventional place in the high society of England. Bored with the traditional expectation placed on her, she flings caution aside and follows her heart’s desire. Disguising herself as a man, to get a job as an assistant trainer of racehorses in one of the oldest and most storied stud farms in England, Amstead Gardens.

    Knowledge that Amstead has acquired two stallions from a bloodline from Egypt, and has hired a trainer that has trained some of the best horses in the Orient. Flora’s desire to work alongside one of the best horse trainers, and acquire gain as much knowledge to further her dreams and own a stud farm of her own.

    With everything at stake, her brother’s political career, her sisters place in society, and lets not forget her scandalous behavior will threaten her reputation along with The owner of Amstead Gardens, The Marquess Lord Christian.

    Christian Andrews, the Marquess of Amstead, is struggling to keep the family stud farm afloat and restore his family’s legacy. A devastating fire took his father’s life along with the lives of many of his prized racehorses.

    Liana De la Rosa, delivers a wonderful historical romance. Strong characters that I truly enjoyed. The pace was brisk and vividly rendered. The subject matter held my attention, I was captivated by the descriptive details of horse training. These details add a rich texture to this historical romance, making the novel have more depth. The plot line was enjoyable and stimulating.

    I absolutely loved our main character here, Flora and thought that she was an extremely well-written, realistic, driven. DeLaRosa has a way of fleshing out the personalities of the hero and heroine, in this lovely book by keeping the reader thoroughly engaged in the storyline

    The romance is tension filled and perfectly flows seamlessly from friends to lover troupe. Which happens to be one of my favorites.

    Liana De la Rosa, is a talented author that has once again written a delightful, refreshing historical fiction. A passionate read that keeps you interested all the way through. I highly recommend reading this along with the other books in the series.

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    About the Author

    Liana De la Rosa is a historical romance writer whose stories are set in the Georgian and Late Regency periods. As a longtime fan of the romance genre, Liana can remember sneaking Harlequins into her bedroom to read on the sly. After her second child was born, her husband challenged her to write her own book and shes been writing ever since. Liana is a proud graduate of the University of Arizona and enjoys cheering on her alma mater in all things (BEAR DOWN!). When shes not writing witty heroes, saucy heroines, and secondary characters screaming for their own stories, she is a wannabe domestic goddess and fashionista who wrangles a rambunctious brood of small children with her patient husband in Arizona.

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    Blog Tour Schedule

    Monday, October 21
    Review at The Romance Dish

    Tuesday, October 22
    Review at Historical Romance Lover

    Wednesday, October 23
    Review at Rose is Reading

    Thursday, October 24
    Excerpt at Historical Fiction with Spirit

    Friday, October 25
    Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

    Monday, October 28
    Review at The Book Junkie Reads

    Wednesday, October 30
    Excerpt at Coffee and Ink

    Friday, November 1
    Review at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

    Monday, November 4
    Interview at Passages to the Past

    Thursday, November 7
    Review at Nursebookie
    Feature at The Lit Bitch


    During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

    Giveaway Rules

    Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on November 7th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
    Paperback giveaway is open to the US only.
    Only one entry per household.
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    The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen.

    To Tame a Scandalous Lady

    A Convenient Fiction

    Hello Bookish Friends

    Today I’m really excited to be taking part in the Book Tour of, A Convenient Fiction
    by Mimi Matthews, which is being hosted by HFBT

    A Convenient Fiction
    by Mimi Matthews

    Publication Date: October 22, 2019
    Perfectly Proper Press

    Series: Parish Orphans of Devon, Book 3
    Genre: Historical Romance



    The mysterious Alex Archer returns to England in Book 3 of Mimi Matthews’ USA Today bestselling Parish Orphans of Devon series.

    She Needed A Husband…

    It’s been three years since Laura Hayes’s father died, leaving her and her invalid brother to subsist on the income from the family’s failing perfume business. But time is swiftly running out. What she needs is a husband, and fast. A noble gentleman who can rescue them all from penury. When a mysterious stranger arrives in the village, he seems a perfect candidate. But Alex Archer is no hero. In fact, he just might be the opposite.

    He Wanted a Fortune…

    Alex has no tolerance for sentiment. He’s returned to England for one reason only: to find a wealthy wife. A country-bred heiress in Surrey seems the perfect target. But somewhere between the village railway station and the manor house his mercenary plan begins to unravel. And it’s all the fault of Laura Hayes–a lady as unsuitable as she is enchanting.

    From the beaches of Margate to the lavender fields of Provence, a grudging friendship slowly blossoms into something more. But when scandal threatens, can a man who has spent his entire life playing the villain, finally become a hero? Or will the lure of easy riches once again outweigh the demands of his heart?

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    Praise for the Parish Orphans of Devon series

    “For this impressive Victorian romance, Matthews crafts a tale that sparkles with chemistry and impresses with strong character development… an excellent series launch that will appeal to fans of Loretta Chase and Stephanie Laurens.” -Publishers Weekly (The Matrimonial Advertisement)

    “Matthews has a knack for creating slow-building chemistry and an intriguing plot with a social history twist.” -Library Journal (The Matrimonial Advertisement)

    “As always, Matthews’ attention to historical accuracy is impeccable.” -Kirkus Reviews (A Modest Independence)

    “Mimi Matthews is an exceptional story-teller.” -Passages to the Past (The Matrimonial Advertisement)

    “Matthews is a bright, shining star in historical romance…” -Austenprose (A Modest Independence)

    Gwendalyn’s Books

    This book was received from the Author, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own

    She hadn’t the luxury of a champion. In the absence of one, she’d learned to champion herself.

    This is the third book in Mimi Matthews’ Parish Orphans of Devon series.

    A compelling historically accurate, novel that is quick paced and a joy to read. Mimi Matthews is my auto buy author for historical romance.

    Exquisitely written, rich in historical detail, endearing and fleshed out character. Immersive storyline that is engaging. There is something about Mimi Matthews, graceful writing that enchants you. Swoon worthy romance that transports you to the Victorian times.

    A Convenient Fiction was such a wonderful captivating read for me.

    Matthews knows how an engage the reader, and keeps you completely vested in this perfect romance.

    Ever since her father’s death, Laura Hayes has been forced to shoulder the burden of her aging aunt Charlotte, and her invalid brother, Teddy.

    A shady solicitor is the executioner of Laura’s fathers will. He holds the purse strings until her brother Teddy’s, 21st birthday or if Laura marries before her 25th birthday. Laura is shouldering the management of a the households income on a monthly stifling from what is left of family’s failing perfume business.

    Alex Archer has arrived in countryside of Surrey England, for the sole reason to collect a debt by snaring an heiress with a considerable estate. Alex is a tortured soul, running from the demons of his childhood.

    He is looking for a sense of connection and property is way of putting down roots without emotional ties. A cad of unscrupulous morals and relying on his ability to lure unsuspecting nobility into the game of cards as an income. Running from scars of orphanage, surviving the horrors of young adult life. Haunted by his past betrayal to boyhood friends. He believes the very worst of himself.

    “I have a family,” she said. “You should marry me.”

    Will Alex be able to secure an Heiress or will he fall victim to his heart ?

    Creative dialogue and characters that I absolutely adored. The romance captivated my heart. By the end, the characters felt like they were a part of me, and I was so disappointed when the story had to end. I can’t recommend this book enough.

    A Convenient Fiction by Mimi Matthews is a brilliant example of the perfect Historical Romance. Intriguing characters that leap off the pages, along with vibrant historical details makes this a perfect addition to your bookshelf.

    About the Author

    USA Today bestselling author Mimi Matthews (A Victorian Lady’s Guide to Fashion and Beauty, The Matrimonial Advertisement) writes both historical non-fiction and traditional historical romances set in Victorian England. Her articles on nineteenth century history have been published on various academic and history sites, including the Victorian Web and the Journal of Victorian Culture, and are also syndicated weekly at BUST Magazine. In her other life, Mimi is an attorney. She resides in California with her family, which includes an Andalusian dressage horse, two Shelties, and two Siamese cats.

    For more information, please visit Mimi Matthews’ website and blog. You can also connect with her on FacebookTwitterBookBubPinterestGoogle+, and Goodreads.

    Blog Tour Schedule

    Tuesday, October 22
    Review at Courtney Clark

    Wednesday, October 23
    Review at The Lit Bitch

    Thursday, October 24
    Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

    Friday, October 25
    Review at Bookish Rantings

    Monday, October 28
    Review at Amy’s Booket List

    Friday, November 1
    Feature at View from the Birdhouse

    Monday, November 4
    Review at Austenprose

    Wednesday, November 6
    Review at Passages to the Past

    Saturday, November 9
    Review at Robin Loves Reading

    Monday, November 11
    Review at Lost_in_a_book_reviewer

    Wednesday, November 13
    Review at For the Sake of Good Taste

    Friday, November 15
    Review at Coffee and Ink


    During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a signed paperback copy of A Convenient Fiction by Mimi Matthews! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

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    A Convenient Fiction

    Not Like Everyone Else

    Not Like Everyone Else Synopsis:

    Ryan can’t seem to get her memories in order. When she breaks it off with her long-term boyfriend, Corey, she can’t help but feel free. But mysterious events keep Ryan asking “just what happened?” After her family moved to Ryton, after Carter goes missing, after Jacob is in the hospital. All of these afters, but Ryan can’t remember the befores. With Harper and Elliot by her side, Ryan can only hope that she does not forget… again. Will Ryan be able to recover her memory to figure out what happened when it all went dark?

    Facts About Not Like Everyone Else:

    -Genre: YA Mystery

    -Topics: Friendships, Relationships, Amnesia, Camping

    -Triggers: Partner Abuse

    Book Links:

    Bound to Writing



    About Jennifer Leigh

    Jennifer Leigh is a self-published young adult author and blogger. Since a young age, stories called to her until she set pen to paper. Her blog, Bound to Writing, focuses on young adult books and writing. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and her loving animals.

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    Praise for Not Like Everyone Else

    “An addictive mystery that will keep you hooked and wildly guessing all the way to the very end!” – Annie Woods

    “It kept me at the edge of my seat wondering what’s going to happen next.” – Faith at Sucker for Coffee

    “It’s a great book that I will definitely recommend to my YA fans out there!” – Ashley at Adventures for Lit

    “Kudos to the author for keeping me entertained last night and possibly even awake in the middle of the night when my door creaked open for no reason!” – James Cudney 

    My Bookish Thoughts ⁣

    This is a stunning psychological thriller. With amazing unpredictable twists that keeps you guessing. A darkish fiction that kept me engaged from start to finish. ⁣

    A brisk faced paced book that is a roller coaster ride. Well developed characters and a compelling storyline.⁣

    This is one book you need to pick up and read ⁣

    From Chapter 2 of Not Like Everyone Else

    The rush starts to die down, and I finally think that I’m in the clear. I haven’t seen the familiar face in at least two minutes. But with one final look up before going back to my book, I realize that’s not the case. 

    I look up to see Harper waving to me from the ordering counter of the café. 

    A sinking feeling enters my stomach. This is the last person I ever wanted to see again. And yet 

    here she is only a few feet away and waving in my direction. Well, this sucks. 

    Harper makes her way with a coffee in hand toward my table. “Hey, Ryan how have you been? It’s been years since I last saw you!” She sets the coffee down and sits her tan ass right in the chair across from mine. Completely uninvited.

    “Oh, you know I’ve been good. What have you been up to?” I try to make enough small talk to not be completely rude. And hopefully get her to leave me alone.

    “Nothing really. I’m still at the community college and trying to figure out what I want to do with my life and all. But what about you? How are you and Corey? You guys have always been the cutest couple!” Harper is all smiles as she talks. 

    I slowly shrink down to nothing. Of course, she wants to know about Corey. Everyone in our high school knew about us but since high school, not a single person stayed in touch. All those friendships real or fake just disappeared into thin air as if they never truly existed. I knew it would happen like that once everyone left on their big college journey and only visiting on holidays. And honestly, I was much happier this way. Except, before I had Corey, now I’m alone.

    October 21 – Monday

    Jenn at Bound to Writing

    Casey at Jersey Girl Reads

    October 22 – Tuesday

    Gwendalyn at Gwendalyn Books

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    Amy at Zany Bibliophile

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    Laura at YA Book Divas

    Kjerstin at KJ Book World

    October 25 – Friday

    Cathleen at Northwest Reader

    The Emperor’s Assassin by Autumn Bardot

    Hi everyone! Today I’m really excited to be taking part in the Book Tour of, which is being hosted by HFBT

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    The Emperor’s Assassin by Autumn Bardot

    Publication Date: October 1, 2019
    Flores Publishing
    eBook & Paperback; 437 Pages
    Genre: Historical Fiction

    History paints her as the first female serial killer…

    Locusta is the daughter of a winemaker in the Roman province of Gaul. She enjoys the indulged childhood of the elite, her concerns only about the day’s amusements. She rides gentle ponies, attends parties, reads Ovid, and learns the herbal arts from her servant. But the day after meeting her betrothed, Locusta discovers the consequences of possessing such dangerous knowledge.

    Ordered to leave her pastoral life, Locusta is thrust into a world of intrigue, scandal, and murder—where treason lurks behind every corner and defying an emperor means death. Locusta’s life changes forever when a young Emperor Nero requires her herbal expertise. And commands her to be his personal poisoner. Caught in an imperial web, Locusta must embrace her profession or die.

    Or is there another way out?

    History paints her as the first female serial killer. Or is she yet another maligned woman in history?

    Available on Amazon

    Hello Bookish Friends,

    Today is my stop on The Emperor’s Assassin Book Tour feaI was given the chance to read another book by historical fiction writer Autumn Bardot.

    Once again historical fiction writer Autumn Bardot has delivered a vivid, engaging, captivating, novel. I did immediately connect to the writing style just like I have with other books by this author. Bardot writing keeps gets better and better, this is definitely one of my favorite books so far.

    Locusta of Gaul, a vintners daughter has been patiently waiting on her marriage negotiations. Hoping her intended is everything her young heart has in mind.

    Being the eldest daughter, Locusta must make a favorable match to keep the vineyard afloat. She spends her carefree days reading and learning everything her principle maid Pricilla can instruct her on the healing properties of certain herbs and plants. But, not all plants are used for healing and prevention. Some have a darker side. And can be used for death.

    Her older brother is incompetent to take over the vineyard and her father’s mind is slowly slipping more and more. However, when she is introduced to her betrothed, everything comes crashing down. Unforeseen circumstances change the direction her well planned life. The demise of her betrothal and news that her father has neglected to pay the the winery’s estate taxes to the Roman Emperor Claudius.

    Locusta along with her longtime maid Pricilla who happens to be a skilled herbalist are sent to Rome, To ask for a pardon for the unpaid winery’s estate taxes.

    Things don’t go as planed while staying with relatives in Rome she is denied a pardon. Slowly notorious famed knowledge of herbs becomes knowledge of of Rome’s greedy and ambitious elite. In those days who some wanted to hurry along the deaths of their rivals or their rich relatives, Locusta was so skilled she was able to make the death look like she was from natural causes. Locusta provided her client’s them with the means to accomplish their goals, and became a very rich as a notorious poisoner. Rising very high and infamous.

    The book was absorbing and satisfying with gripping intense characters. I thoroughly enjoyed the structure of this story and it had me hooked right from the very first chapter.

    I loved every minute of this captivating book from start to finish!,

    About the Author

    Autumn Bardot writes historical fiction and historical erotica. Her debut historical fiction is THE IMPALER’S WIFE. Her debut historical erotica is LEGENDS OF LUST.

    Autumn, a pen name, has worked as an educator for more than sixteen years. She teaches literature, writing, and the magic of words. She has a passion for history and a special affinity for the unsung courageous females that history has neglected. Or misunderstood. Autumn lives in Southern California with her husband and every-growing family. She wishes she was one-tenth as brave as the women she writes about.

    Historical Fiction
    ~ The Impaler’s Wife
    ~ Dragon Lady
    ~ The Emperor’s Assassin ( coming Oct 1, 2019 )

    Historical Erotica ( Cleis Press)
    ~ Legends of Lust, Erotic Myths from around the World
    ~ Confessions of a Sheba Queen ( coming March 10, 2020)

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    Blog Tour Schedule

    Monday, October 21
    Review at Passages to the Past

    Tuesday, October 22
    Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

    Wednesday, October 23
    Excerpt at The Book Junkie Reads

    Friday, October 25
    Review at Al-Alhambra

    Monday, October 28
    Review at Red Headed Book Lady

    Wednesday, October 30
    Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

    Thursday, October 31
    Review at History from a Woman’s Perspective

    Friday, November 1
    Guest Post at History from a Woman’s Perspective

    Monday, November 4
    Review at Jessica Belmont

    Tuesday, November 5
    Feature at CelticLady’s Reviews

    Wednesday, November 6
    Review at Locks, Hooks and Books

    Thursday, November 7
    Review at Beth’s Book Nook Blog

    Friday, November 8
    Excerpt at Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots

    Monday, November 11
    Review at Books and Zebras
    Interview at Jorie Loves A Story

    Tuesday, November 12
    Excerpt at Maiden of the Pages

    Thursday, November 14
    Review at 100 Pages a Day

    Friday, November 15
    Review at Broken Teepee
    Review at Coffee and Ink
    Review at Jorie Loves A Story
    Review at WTF Are You Reading?


    During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a paperback copy of The Emperor’s Assassin! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

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    – Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on November 15th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
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    The Emperor’s Assassin

    Blog Tour The Never Tilting World

    The Never Tilting World (The Never Tilting World #1)

    by Rin Chupeco

    Publisher: HarperTeen
    Release Date: October 15th 2019
    Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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    Frozen meets Mad Max in this epic teen fantasy duology bursting with star-crossed romance, immortal heroines, and elemental magic, perfect for fans of Furyborn.
    Generations of twin goddesses have long ruled Aeon. But seventeen years ago, one sister’s betrayal defied an ancient prophecy and split their world in two. The planet ceased to spin, and a Great Abyss now divides two realms: one cloaked in perpetual night, the other scorched by an unrelenting sun. 
    While one sister rules Aranth—a frozen city surrounded by a storm-wracked sea —her twin inhabits the sand-locked Golden City. Each goddess has raised a daughter, and each keeps her own secrets about her sister’s betrayal. 
    But when shadowy forces begin to call their daughters, Odessa and Haidee, back to the site of the Breaking, the two young goddesses —along with a powerful healer from Aranth, and a mouthy desert scavenger —set out on separate journeys across treacherous wastelands, desperate to heal their broken world. No matter the sacrifice it demands.
    Despite an unsettling resemblance to Japanese revenants, Rin always maintains her sense of hummus. Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, she keeps four pets: a dog, two birds, and a husband. Dances like the neighbors are watching.
    She is represented by Rebecca Podos of the Helen Rees Agency. She is also fond of speaking in the third person, and may as well finish this short bio in this manner. While she does not always get to check her Goodreads page, she does answer questions posed to her here as promptly as she is able to.

    October 15th

    October 16th

    Wishful Endings – Official Dream Cast
    Alys in Bookland – Review
    Book Slaying – Review + Favourite Quotes
    The Layaway Dragon – Review + Favourite Quotes
    Utopia State of Mind – Review + Favourite Quotes

    October 17th

    NovelKnight – Character Playlist
    Bibliobibuli YA – Meet The Characters
    The Hermit Librarian – Review + Favourite Quotes
    Luchia Houghton Blog – Review + Favourite Quotes
    Sometimes Leelynn Reads – Review + Playlist

    October 18th

    Kait Plus Books – Guest Post
    A Court of Coffee and Books – Review + Favourite Quotes
    What She Will Read – Review + Favourite Quotes

    October 19th

    Bookish Looks – Character Playlist
    My Lovely Secret – Review
    Hauntedbybooks – Review + Favourite Quotes
    Lost in Storyland – Review

    October 20th

    L.M. Durand – Review + Dream Cast
    Moonlight Rendezvous – Review + Favourite Quotes
    Jinxed Reviews – Review + Playlist

    October 21st

    Gwendalyn’s Books – Guest Post
    Aimee, Always – Review
    Confessions of a YA Reader – Review + Favourite Quotes

    THE VINE WITCH by Luanne G. Smith Official Blog Tour


    Print Length: 263 pages
    Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1542008387
    47North (October 1, 2019)
    Publication Date: October 1, 2019
    Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
    Language: English 

    It starts with a toad. A slimy one, too, warts and all. But as you may have guessed, with witches involved, this toad just happens to be enchanted. This toad, in fact, is the witch—and now that she’s free, she’s out for revenge against whoever has cursed her.

    Elena Boureanu, former toad, is a vine witch. Her magic is responsible for creating some of the best wine of the age, and her legacy is all but ruined when she finally returns home. The vineyard’s new owner may be handsome, but he’s a city man of science who knows nothing about the valley’s vine witch tradition. And on top of that, Elena can clearly detect dark magic surrounding the estate. She knows her own curse must be connected to the hex on the fields, and she vows to put her world back into balance.

    Elena’s story of redemption may be fantasy, but it feels real enough to touch. Reading this novel is like falling into an Instagram picture—atmospheric, and surrounded by the smells and tastes of the natural world. I hope you’ll fall with me. ―Adrienne Procaccini, Editor

    A young witch emerges from a curse to find her world upended in this gripping fantasy of betrayal, vengeance, and self-discovery set in turn-of-the-century France.

    For centuries, the vineyards at Château Renard have depended on the talent of their vine witches, whose spells help create the world-renowned wine of the Chanceaux Valley. Then the skill of divining harvests fell into ruin when sorcière Elena Boureanu was blindsided by a curse. Now, after breaking the spell that confined her to the shallows of a marshland and weakened her magic, Elena is struggling to return to her former life. And the vineyard she was destined to inherit is now in the possession of a handsome stranger.

    Vigneron Jean-Paul Martel naively favors science over superstition, and he certainly doesn’t endorse the locals’ belief in witches. But Elena knows a hex when she sees one, and the vineyard is covered in them. To stay on and help the vines recover, she’ll have to hide her true identity, along with her plans for revenge against whoever stole seven winters of her life. And she won’t rest until she can defy the evil powers that are still a threat to herself, Jean-Paul, and the ancient vine-witch legacy in the rolling hills of the Chanceaux Valley.

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    It starts with a toad. A slimy one, too, warts and all. But as you may have guessed, with witches involved, this toad just happens to be enchanted. This toad, in fact, is the witch—and now that she’s free, she’s out for revenge against whoever has cursed her.

    Elena Boureanu, former toad, is a vine witch. Her magic is responsible for creating some of the best wine of the age, and her legacy is all but ruined when she finally returns home. The vineyard’s new owner may be handsome, but he’s a city man of science who knows nothing about the valley’s vine witch tradition. And on top of that, Elena can clearly detect dark magic surrounding the estate. She knows her own curse must be connected to the hex on the fields, and she vows to put her world back into balance.

    Elena’s story of redemption may be fantasy, but it feels real enough to touch. Reading this novel is like falling into an Instagram picture—atmospheric, and surrounded by the smells and tastes of the natural world. I hope you’ll fall with me. ―Adrienne Procaccini, Editor 

    “She is apart of the vineyard as the vines themselves.”


    This book was received as an early ARC from the publisher and Author, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own .

    Sorcière Elena Boureanu, is Château Renard’s Vine Witch. She was brought to live as as an apprentice to Monsieur and Madame Gardin. Elena, disciple of the All Knowing and daughter of the Chanceaux Valley. Her spell-work and careful nurturing helped created the world-renowned wine of the Chanceaux Valley.

    Weak after finally breaking free of the bonds of a curse that has kept her confined to the shallows of a marshland as toad. Elena emerges after seven long winters with her magic weakened but her memory intact. She is bent on seeking vengeance to the one who betrayed her and used a transformed curse on her.

    Vigneron Jean-Paul Martel is a lawyer by trade, has purchased the vineyard Château Renard from Mademoiselle Gardin {Grand-Mere}. Allowing to Grand-Mere to continue to reside in her ancestral Chateau. Jean-Paul naively favors science and methodology over superstition. In his heart of hearts he still want to creat a great wine.

    Elena’s beloved vineyard, Château Renard has been sold off, And the vineyard is in a tragic state and has rapidly declined in her absence. She needs time to recover her strength to breathe new life into grape vines and revive the vineyard to what it once was. All the while excepting the fact that someone else now owns the place her life has been rooted to for so long.

    Luanne G. Smith debut novel., THE VINE WITCH, is beautifully developed. The story line has the perfect blend of suspense and romance. Mixed together with the right amount of spellbinding magic that makes for an incredible read. The authors descriptive writing creates beautiful imagery that is perfectly paced, and a plot that was thought-provoking, that is richly detailed and unique. An engaging book set in early 20th century France. With well developed characters that I felt connected to and absolutely feel in love with. The story held my attention fully all the way through with just enough romance to a create a tension filled slow burn.

    I enjoyed the creative elements of dark blood magic and herb lore that made for a stunning witchy read. Luanne, describes scenes with such lush imagery that you are able to fully immerse yourself into the world she has created. The novels premise and the writing definitely intrigued me and kept me entertained.

    From start to finish this book delivered the perfect amount of mystery and mystical realism that I can’t say enough about.

    A captivating book, and by far has been one of my favorite reads this year.

    So, pour yourself the perfect glass of your favorite wine and grab this book now that it’s available

    ☆❥¸.•*´¨☆❥¸.•*´¨❥☆🍷☆ ❥¸.•*´¨☆❥¸.•*´¨❥☆

    #magical, magical realism, #witchy #Fiction #spellbing #5star #fantasy

    Photo Content from Luanne G. Smith 

    Luanne G. Smith is the author of THE VINE WITCH, a historical fantasy novel about witches, wine, and revenge set in early 20th century France, and the forthcoming second book in The Vine Witch series, THE GLAMOURIST. She’s lucky enough to live in Colorado at the base of the beautiful Rocky Mountains, where she enjoys reading, gardening, hiking, a glass of wine at the end of the day, and finding the magic in everyday life.

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    The Rift

    Hey Book Nerds!

    Welcome to my stop on THE RIFT by Rachael Craw Official Blog Tour. Read my review and don’t forget to enter the Giveaway


    Print Length: 368 pages
    Candlewick Press (October 8, 2019)
    Publication Date: October 8, 2019
    Language: English

    Young Adult Novel/Hardback

    Praise for THE RIFT

    “Thrilling … A fresh and original story; a standout in the fantasy genre. The romance between Cal and Meg blends envy, desire and uncertainty with a potent authenticity. Written with a sparse lovely poetry, The Rift demands an immersion that is intoxicating. I can’t recommend this enough.” ―Isabelle Carmody, author of The Obernewtyn Chronicles and The Gathering

    “Gripping, brutal, tender. You won’t be able to put this book down.” ―Michael Pryor, author of The Laws Of Magic series and Gap Year in Ghost Town.

    “Beautiful, dark and deliciously tense – an astonishing world that will hold you in its finely wrought claws.” ―Alison Goodman, author of the Lady Helen series and the Eon series.

    “Masterful and brilliant! Beautiful world building, stunning writing, a cracking plot, perfectly paced and hot romantic tension. Craw has outdone herself.” ―Fleur Ferris, best-selling author of Risk, Black, Wreck and Found

    Storylines Notable Book Award, 2019
    Finalist, New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, 2019

    As corporate greed is pitted against supernatural forces, two young friends must try to protect the precious Old Herd — and their island itself.

    For generations, the rangers of Black Water Island have guarded the Old Herd against the horrors released by the Rift. And Cal West, an apprentice ranger, fights daily to prove he belongs within their ranks. But even greater challenges await with the return of his childhood friend Meg Archer and the onset of a new threat that not even the rangers are prepared for. Now Meg and Cal, while struggling with their mutual attraction, must face their darkest fears to save the island from disaster. In a possible near future where Big Pharma is pitted against ancient traditions and the supernatural, Rachael Craw’s gripping and brutal tale, inspired by Greek mythology, will immerse readers and leave them intoxicated by its richly imagined world.

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    This book was received from the Author, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own

    When the Rift opens, death follows

    Rachael Craw, has created an impressive atmospheric read that will transport you to the island, with imaginative visuals and meticulously details. A fierce and compelling magical realism storyline within a richly textured world. The Rift, is a riveting themed ya fantasy that weaves environmental conservation elements into an urban mythology. Rachael Craw’s The Rift, has stellar writing, a perfection of a survival adventure, In twined with romance and perfectly placed humor.

    A stunning backdrop to the plot line, Black Water Island is immersed in tradition, a millennia since The Rift emerged causing the mountain to fracture. The residents of Black Water are isolated from the mainland, For generations, the Rangers of Black Water Island have guarded the Old Herd against horrors released by the Rift.

    The Rift by Rachael Craw is told from two different narration between the two protagonists. That of Cal West, an apprentice Ranger with rare abilities living on Blackwater Island and responsible for the safety of an ancient herd of deer, And Meg Archer, the daughter of the Master Ranger swept away to the mainland by her mother to live a “normal life” after a terrible childhood accident. Meg is finely returning to the island after being gone for years.

    The two must navigate their way through their growing attraction for one another all while facing their fears to save the island and the Old Herd from disaster.

    Beautifully developed, the story line had the perfect blend of ya adventure and romance. Thrown together with the perfect amount of earthly atmospheric magic makes for an incredible read.

    Photo Content from Rachael Craw

    Rachael Craw began her working life as an English teacher after completing a degree in Classical Studies and Drama at the University of Canterbury. She dabbled in acting, directing and writing for amateur theatre productions and small independent film ventures. Her passion for dialogue and characterisation finally led to long-form writing with the Spark series. Rachael’s enthusiasm for classical heroes, teen angst and popular culture informs much of her creative process. She enjoys small town life teaching, writing and mentoring at the top of the South Island of New Zealand where she lives with her husband and three daughters.

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    Memory Thief

    Welcome to my stop on the Storygram tour for this beautiful book
    The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy. I’m so excited to share this with you



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    The Memory Thief
    by Lauren Mansy
    Publisher: BLINK
    Release Date: October 1, 2019
    Genre: Young Adult Fiction — Fantasy
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    Many thanks to The Fantastic Flying Book Club and Blink for having me on this tour and sending me the book to review!

    The Past is a Maze ,

    She is the Key 🔑

    Lauren Mansy, delivers a compelling, intriguing, and well-written read here with absolutely fantastic characters that totally captivated and fascinated me right from the the first page.

    When seventeen year old, Etta Lark finds out that her mother is going to be condemned to death and her memories sold. In the city of Craewick, memories have become a commodity to purchase or they can be stolen. Etta Lark is gifted with the rare ability to to take memories through touch. In order to save the life of her mother she joins forces with a rebel group. The same people she betrayed, Upon reaching the Shadows headquarters. A task has been set before her, to prove her loyalty she must steal a map of a Maze out of the mind of, the ruler of Aravid. This brutal and dangerous man, is known for his cruel and vile behavior.Etta, must face her past and overcome her guilty actions.

    Lauren Mansy creative storyline is gripping and faced paced, with inventive world building. The story weaves with flashbacks to the past and present. With just amount of Romance to make this YA Fantasy a very appealing read.

    This gripping, captivating, thought-provoking, and fabulous ya fantasy that I was immediately drawn into and devoured quickly. The story was so entertaining, with it’s twist and turns. An intriguing adventures fantasy that was absolutely un-put-down-able!!!! 

    A captivating storyline with well developed characters, that I was easy to relate to. A wonderful debut from a innovative new author, about the love for the people close to you, and sacrifice.

    Lauren lives in the Chicago area, where she’s spent years working with youth, from young children to high schoolers. When she’s not writing, Lauren is usually with her family or exploring the city to find the best deep dish pizza. The Memory Thief, which was inspired by Lauren’s own journey with her mother, is her first novel.

    October 14

    That Artsy Reader Girl – Welcome Interview

    October 15

    Adventures and Reading – Review (E)
    L.M. Durand – Review
    Dazzled By Books – Review, Creative Post, Instagram Post (B)
    Metaphors and Miscellanea – Review, Favorite Quotes
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    October 16

    The Baroness of Books – Review (B)
    Petrichor – Review (E)
    Alpha-Beta-Hannah – Review (E)
    The Reading Chemist – Review (E)

    October 17

    Reading Is My Superpower – Author Guest Post
    Becky’s Book Blog – Review (E)
    Clarissa Reads It All – Review (B)
    Feed Your Fiction Addiction – Review
    Lori’s Bookshelf Reads – Review (E)

    October 18

    Library of a Book Witch – Review (B)
    Sincerely Karen Jo – Review (B)
    Starlight Reads – Review, Creative Post (B)

    books_andpoetrii – Creative Post
    YA/NA Book Divas – Review (E)

    October 19

    NovelKnight – Author Q&A
    Natalie Helena – Review (E)
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    Books of Amber – Review (E)
    Forever the Wanderer – Review (E)

    October 20

    Lifestyle of Me – Review (E)
    Moonlight Rendezvous – Review (B)
    Savings In Seconds – Review, Favorite Quotes, Instagram Post (B)
    Nay’s Pink Bookshelf – Review, Favorite Quotes (B)
    Sometimes Leelynn Reads – Review, Creative Post (E)

    October 21

    Lost In Storyland – Author Guest Post
    Synopses By Sarge – Author Q&A
    PopTheButterfly Reads – Review (E)
    TheSecret Reader – Review
    A Bella Fairy Tale – Review (E)