Friday, January 20, 2023

Mirror of Ice Book Tour


 

BOOK INFORMATION


TITLE:  Mirror of Ice

AUTHOR:  Jennifer San Filippo

PUBLISHER: Self-Published

RELEASE DATE: September 29, 2022

GENRES: Fantasy, novella,Upper MG
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SYNOPSIS:

Clara doesn’t mind that her Christmas is going to be a disaster. Really. She’s happy to spend the biggest holiday of the year with her weirdo, reclusive uncle in a cabin in the middle of nowhere, instead of living it up with her rich parents.

But the season is turned upside-down when Clara falls through ice into another world: a place called Winterlight, full of fierce elves, haunted forests, and an abominable snowman. Clara just wants to find a way home from this freezing-cold nightmare, but Winterlight may have other plans for her.
Review:
This was a quick read that started off slow but when it took off it was a whirlwind of adventure as Clara encounters fantastical creatures in a frozen world she must find an escape from.The book was received as a part of a tour.

Friday, January 6, 2023

Copper Waters by Marlene M. Bell

 

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This is my post during the blog tour for Copper Waters by Marlene M. Bell. In Copper Waters a rural New Zealand vacation turns poisonous.

This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours and the tour runs from 2 till 15 January. You can see the tour schedule here.

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Copper Waters (Annalisse Series #4)
By Marlene M. Bell
Genre: Mystery / Suspense
Age category: Adult
Release Date: 5 December 2022

Blurb:
A rural New Zealand vacation turns poisonous.

Antiquities expert Annalisse Drury and tycoon Alec Zavos are at an impasse in their relationship when Alec refuses to clear up a paternity issue with an ex-lover.

Frustrated with his avoidance when their future is at stake, Annalisse accepts an invitation from an acquaintance to fly to New Zealand—hoping to escape the recent turbulence in her life.

But even Annalisse’s cottage idyll on the family sheep farm isn’t immune to intrigue.

Alec sends a mutual friend and detective, Bill Drake, to follow her, and a local resident who accompanies them from the Christchurch airport dies mysteriously soon after. A second violent death finds Annalisse and Bill at odds with the official investigations.

The local police want to close both cases as quickly as possible—without unearthing the town’s dirty secrets.

As she and Bill pursue their own leads at serious cost, the dual mysteries force Annalisse to question everything she thought she knew about family ties, politics, and the art of small-town betrayal.
COPPER WATERS – PASSAGE TWO
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Today we’re on the way to Woolcombe Station and in livestock country big time. I’ve researched the current sheep population at almost thirty million, at a rate of about five sheep for every person in New Zealand. Sheep and lamb numbers continue to drop due to loss of the land needed to produce meat and wool. Raising vineyards for wine grapes has become popular, and many farmers have turned to dairy farms, not to mention the urban development to house an increase in the country’s overall population. In the past twenty years, New Zealand has gained two million residents. What began as seventy million sheep in 1982 has rapidly been on the decline.
The animal kingdom still dominates this nation. From the moment we hop in our SUV and hit the main route toward Woolcombe Station, the hillsides’ deep crevices spill into miles upon miles of rocky pastures less suitable for humans but more to grazing animals like sheep and crossbred cattle. I don’t recognize any single cattle breed except perhaps black Angus. Cows of mixed colors and shapes, some with horns, most without, support a hearty gene pool of four-legged critters, with ancestors that made ship voyages as far back as the 1800s. In addition to the one hundred thousand indigenous Mori population, first New Zealand settlers were convicts from penal colonies in Australia, or they traveled over three months on the ocean, seeking seals and whales for fur, fat, and lamp oil.
Out my window, red-roofed homesteads nestle at the base of taller peaks, surrounded by large, natural Totara shade trees, owner-operator granaries, woolsheds, and cooking stations. Bunkhouses for workers and shearers are rough and unpainted, broken down from age—a throwback from the war years when the world began to hum back to life in the 1970s after Vietnam. Those wars include Aussies and Kiwis fighting alongside the United States against aggressors pushing communism on a gullible public.
Bill and I drive past a smaller station, paddocks and chutes sporting little white bodies awaiting the shearers. I hope Bill will get to see how shearing is undertaken while we’re visiting, or Ethan can show us another station with shearers at work. I’d like to photograph them in action.
“This is going to sound like a stupid question, but what exactly is a sheep station?” Bill asks. “We have farmers raising sheep in our country, but I’ve never heard anyone call them stations. What am I missing?”
I smile. “Kate says there’s no such thing as a stupid question, and she’s right. A sheep station is their terminology for sheep farms in Australia and New Zealand. We’re going to see how farmers and ranchers make a living in rough, mountainous country. Their livelihoods depend totally on their sheep and cattle management.”
Bill nods.
“With sheep, there’s more labor involved because of the shearing. Most breeds grow fleece that have to be shorn at least once a year. A few breeds in the US no longer grow fleece because the farmer wants to concentrate on a meat market. They’re called hair sheep. Small amounts of wool grow but shed off on their own, leaving hair on the hides. In the US, we don’t wear as much wool clothing as we did in the 1700s and 1800s. Our founders raised sheep because woolens were in demand for warmth and military uniforms. The price for wool was high back then because it was needed in society.”
“If there’s wool in the cloth, I run the other way. It’s too scratchy for me,” Bill says.
“Mills have an answer to that. It’s called worsted wool. It’s stronger, finer, and smoother than regular wool that’s rough and scratchy. Men’s and women’s suits are usually made with worsted wool because it has a softer feel. Your short lesson on wool for today.” I laugh softly. “New Zealand sheep stations take the all-of-the-above approach. Stations employ sheep shearers and rouseabouts, sell the wool, and raise lambs for meat. Miuch of that is exported around the world.” I change the subject. “Are you okay with going to the police station first? If you think it’s better that we go in together, I can put off the station visit until this afternoon.”
I have a guilty conscience about sending Bill Drake to the wolves once he takes me to the station.
“It’s best that I test the water with the police. See Ethan and meet his family.”



Links:
- Goodreads
- Bookbub
- Amazon
- B&N


Earlier books in the series:
Stolen Obsession (Annalisse Series #1) by Marlene M. BellSpent Identity (Annalisse Series #2) by Marlene M. BellShattered Legacy (Annalisse Series #3)


Marlene M. Bell
About the Author:
Marlene M. Bell is an eclectic mystery writer, artist, photographer, and she raises sheep in beautiful East Texas with her husband, Gregg, three cats and a flock of horned Dorset sheep.

The Annalisse series has received numerous honors including the Independent Press Award for Best Mystery (Spent Identity,) and FAPA— Florida Author’s President’s Gold Award for two other installments, (Stolen Obsession and Scattered Legacy.) Her mysteries with a touch of romance are found at marlenembell.com. She also offers the first of her children's picture books, Mia and Nattie: One Great Team! Based on true events from the Bell’s ranch. The simple text and illustrations are a touching tribute of compassion and love between a little girl and her lamb.

Author links:
- Website
- Facebook
- Twitter
- Bookbub
- Goodreads
- Amazon
- Instagram

Giveaway
There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of Copper Waters. This giveaway is open to domestic USA residents only. One winner wins a prize package containing:
- An autographed copy of Copper Waters
- A New Zealand black-tipped wool throw
- Hammered copper tea kettle
- a $50 VISA card

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Monday, January 2, 2023

Pre-Order Blitz for Where Skies Fall by Casey L Bond

 

  

 Title: Where Skies Fall
Series: Where Oceans Burn Duology
Author: Casey L. Bond
Genre: Upper YA Epic Fantasy/Romance
Editor: Stacy Sanford/ The Girl with the Red Pen
Cover Designer: Melissa Stevens/ The Illustrated Author Design Services
Blurb: The Blurb Doctor
Publication Date: Jan. 13th, 2023
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

Blurb:
Where Skies Fall is the scorching sequel of Where Oceans Burn and the final book of this epic, enemies-to-lovers romance set in a world where the people of the sea constantly battles those of the sky and a couple who might change the tide for both kingdoms – if they can survive long enough.

 

With these three tenets, we will live. With these three, we will fight.

Bravery. Breath. Brine.

 

Neera, Goddess of the Sky, claims the war will end in the place where oceans burn. God of the Sea, Talay, believes it to be in the place where skies fall. Yet battles unlike any our people have fought before still wait to be waged. Like it or not, Crest and I find ourselves caught in the middle.

 

He is The Shark, leader of the Guardians of the ocean. Sworn to protect everything in the salty sea below, his people stake claim to the Isle of Kehlani. As The Scourge of the Sky, I was once his mortal enemy. But he and his people took me in and showed me I’m worth more than the power surging through my veins. For the first time, I feel the sky might not be where I belong.

 

The great goddess Neera’s scale has tipped out of my favor. Now, losing the feathers in my wings is the least of my worries. It will take every ounce of my cunning and skills to rip myself from the grip of a cruel goddess who would see me cowed and caged. Talay has claimed me for his own, and for that, I am grateful. When the sky descends, thirsty for blood, I will fight. For those I love. For the life I crave. And for him… For him, I will sink the kingdom of the sky. I will drag Empyrean into the depths and delight in watching it drown.

 

Tropes – Enemies to Lovers

                Forced Proximity

                Found Family

                Revenge/Redemption

                Guardian/Protector

                Stabby to Steamy




Casey Bond lives on a rural farm in West Virginia with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. She writes phoenixes – gloriously flawed and morally gray characters that fiercely rise from the ashes of their circumstances. World building is one of her favorite hobbies, along with stamping metal jewelry, swimming, and enjoying the beauty of nature. She thinks thunderstorms are better than coffee and that watching a meteor shower is the closest thing to magic you might ever see. She’s a firm believer that every amazing book needs a world you want to wrap yourself in, a character you want to win, and a love you would fight for.

 

Casey is the award-winning author of When Wishes Bleed, Gravebriar, and House of Eclipses.


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Tuesday, December 27, 2022

THE SECRET SOCIETY OF SALZBURG by Renee Ryan




Title: The Secret Society of Salzburg

Author: Renee Ryan

On-sale: December 27, 2022

Formats: Trade Paperback, Ebook

Imprint: Love Inspired Trade

Price: $16.99 U.S. / $19.99 CAN

ISBN: 9781335427564


Description: London, 1933. At first glance, Austrian opera singer Elsa Mayer-Braun has little in common with the young English typist she encounters on tour. Yet she and Hattie Featherstone forge an instant connection—and strike a dangerous alliance. Using their friendship as a cover, they form a secret society with a daring goal: to rescue as many Jews as possible from Nazi persecution.

Though the war's outbreak threatens Elsa and Hattie's network, their efforts attract the covert attention of the British government, offering more opportunities to thwart the Germans. But Elsa's growing fame as Hitler's favorite opera singer, coupled with her secret Jewish ancestry, make her both a weapon and a target—until her future, too, hangs in the balance.

From the glamorous stages of Covent Garden and Salzburg to the horrors of Bergen-Belsen, two ordinary women swept up by the tide of war discover an extraordinary friendship—and the courage to save countless lives.

Review:
I decided to read this book because it is in one of mine and my son's favorite time period. We're both obsessed with WWII although for different reasons but this book touches on both sides of the War and the addition of art and opera made for an intriguing read. I enjoyed watching the story unfold and seeing two strong women during this chaotic time period. I also like that it is inspired by true events. I highly recommend this book for those who love reading about strong women, historical fiction inspired by true events and WWII era but I think no matter what genre you prefer should give this book a try! I received this book from the publisher and the review is my honest opinion. 
 


About the author: Multi-published, award-winning author Renee Ryan grew up in Florida. She's written nearly thirty books in several genres, including historical fiction, historical romance and contemporary romance. She currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband and a large cat many have mistaken for a small bear. To learn more about Renee, visit her on Facebook, Twitter, or her website, www.ReneeRyan.com.

 



 


Friday, November 18, 2022

Curse Undone Tour

 



Title: Curse Undone
Author: Brandie June
Release Date: October 4, 2022
Genre(s): Fantasy Retelling



SYNOPSIS:
Two crowns. Two kingdoms. One chance to rule.
Nor and King Casper are captured by the fay army and forced to face the
indomitable Faerie Queen, Marasina. At her command, Casper is thrown into
a mysterious prison while an even sinister fate is in store for Nor—a deadly
fay poison that reveals Nor’s true nature. She’s not only half-fay. She is Queen
Marasina’s heir.
Revealed to be like the very creatures she despises, Nor must not only find a
way to free Casper but also navigate a court that is as deadly as it is
beautiful. Her allies are few, and though Pel claims to want friendship, Nor
finds she cannot forgive his betrayal. As tensions mount and war looms
between the kingdoms, Nor must choose a side, before it’s too late.
In this epic conclusion to the Gold Spun duology, Nor discovers that a
glamour and a curse may be two sides of the same coin.
Review:
An intriguing epic fantasy with great world building and relatable characters. I found the synopsis compelling as was the storyline! I definitely recommend this book! If you love Fay stories it is a Fay story to add to your tbr list! 



Author Info
Brandie June spent most of her childhood onstage or reading, as both
activities let her live in fantastic stories. She moved to Los Angeles to study
acting at UCLA, and eventually branched out into costume design and
playwriting. While she spends most of her free time writing, she will still take
any excuse to play dress-up, especially if it involves wearing a crown. She
happily promotes more stories as a marketing director for kids’ films and
anime. When not writing or marketing, she can often be found doing aerial
arts, playing board games, drinking too much espresso, and coming up with
new art projects. She lives with her husband, two spoiled rescue pups, a
spoiled cat, six fish tanks, and five bookshelves. You can find out more about
her at www.brandiejune.com and follow her @thebrandiejune.


Knight's Oath Book Tour


 

Book Info:
Knight’s Oath (Knights of Enar #1) by Juliette Caruso
Genre: New Adult Fantasy Romance
Publishing Date: August 15, 2022

Synopsis:
When 20-year-old Eliana’s father orders her to court, it is with one purpose: to save their noble, destitute family through marriage to a wealthy suitor. Eliana would much rather be studying healing and making use of her rare magical talent for medicines, but there is no escaping his command. She has eight short weeks to find a match she can stomach, or else she’ll be married off to the cruel, despicable man of her father’s choosing.
Navigating court politics is difficult for nervous Eliana, who is determined to take up as little space as possible. Worst of all, she only has eyes for the Queen’s nephew, Corin: a brooding, rugged knight who is already betrothed to another. Though he returns Eliana’s feelings, he’s as trapped by duty as she is. But even as Corin struggles against his own family’s shackles, he is driven by a singular purpose: to rid the land of the bandits terrorizing the Queen’s people.
As the outlaws circle the capital city, Corin and Eliana turn their focus and their talents towards helping the vulnerable common folk who live outside the palace walls. But the bandits have a patron who aims to spread dissent amongst the crumbling ranks of the nobility. The more lives Corin and Eliana save, the more enemies they are both making… and the closer her father’s deadline draws.
This slow-burn friends-to-lovers explores an exciting new fantasy kingdom with subtle magic, steamy encounters, and danger lurking around every bend.

Top 5 Reasons to Read Knight’s Oath
~A brooding, rugged knight 

~Duty vrs Love

~Lurking Danger, Action & Adventure 

~Slow-burn friends-to-lovers

~Magic

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About the Author:
Juliette Caruso is a lifelong daydreamer and fantasy lover. She has a B.F.A. in creative writing and tends to overthink everything. Her hobbies include cooking, drawing, hiking, and buying books that she won’t get around to reading. She lives in a townhome with her husband, one dog, two sugar gliders, and a scraggly garden.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Curse Undone Book Tour




 Book Info:

Curse Undone (Gold Spun #2) by Brandie June

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Publishing Date: October 4, 2022


Synopsis:

Two crowns. Two kingdoms. One chance to rule.

​Nor and King Casper are captured by the fay army and forced to face the indomitable Faerie Queen, Marasina. At her command, Casper is thrown into a mysterious prison while an even sinister fate is in store for Nor―a deadly fay poison that reveals Nor’s true nature. She’s not only half-fay. She is Queen Marasina’s heir.

​Revealed to be like the very creatures she despises, Nor must not only find a way to free Casper but also navigate a court that is as deadly as it is beautiful. Her allies are few, and though Pel claims to want friendship, Nor finds she cannot forgive his betrayal. As tensions mount and war looms between the kingdoms, Nor must choose a side, before it’s too late.

​In this epic conclusion to the Gold Spun duology, Nor discovers that a glamour and a curse may be two sides of the same coin.


Review:
An intriguing storyline and epic conclusion to duology! 

Book Links:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/60172243-curse-undone 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0744306221/ 

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/curse-undone-brandie-june/1140923108 

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Curse-Undone-Brandie-June/9780744306224 

Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/curse-undone/9780744306224-item.html 

IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780744306224 



About the Author:

Brandie June loves storytelling in all sorts of formats, whether she is marketing animated movies or writing fantasy novels. Most of her early life she was on stage or at least as close to the front row as she could get. Initially an actor, she got her B.A. in Theatre from UCLA and branched out into costume design and playwriting, eventually getting her M.B.A. Her first stand-alone play, a dark comedy about Oscar Wilde, premiered at the Hollywood Fringe Festival to a sold-out run and won the Encore Producers Award. As a writer, she is especially passionate about fantasy and mythology, has published several pieces in anthology, and is a recent finalist with The Writers of the Future Award. Her debut novel, Gold Spun, is a fresh retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin tale through the miller daughter’s POV. Except now the miller’s daughter is a con artist and Rumpelstiltskin is a mysterious faerie with a dark secret.

Author Links:

Website: https://www.brandiejune.com/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/brandiejune 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thebrandiejune/ 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19793140.Brandie_June 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheOriginalBrandieJune/ 


Tour Schedule:

https://tbrandbeyondtours.com/2022/09/02/tour-schedule-curse-undone-gold-spun-2-by-brandie-june/ 





Monday, October 3, 2022

Frenzy Post: REALM OF LORE AND LIES by Claire Wright

 


 


 Title: Realm of Lore and Lies                              

Author: Claire Wright

 Publisher: Leannan Press

 Release Date: October 3, 2022

Genre: Adult Fantasy

 Format: Hardcover | Paperback | Ebook Purchase Links:

  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0B3LJCQ99 

 

 Synopsis:  

Nothing is ever as it seems, especially when  Fair Ones are involved.In a land that harbours two realms, magical creatures and dangerous games are a way of life and death for the travelling Fianna clans. It is an honour to visit T穩r na ng, even if the price is pretending Fair Ones don’t hunt humans for sport. Ireland native Aisling never imagined she’d be alone, living a double life. But when your family shares the ability to see through fae glamour, keeping secrets isn’t something you do for fun. You do it to stay alive. A murder leaves Aisling motherless, thrusting her into the position of matriarch in a

world she thought she’d never return to. Teaming up with unlikely allies for a competition steeped in peril, she can’t resist the distraction warrior Setanta offers. Brooding, gorgeous, and impossibly strong, he gave her a chance to be something she never could before—herself. Bonded by troubled pasts and deadly circumstances, the team of misfits must face damaging truths as they try to stop their worlds from colliding.

 


Author Bio: 

Claire Wright is the author of the Fair Ones series. She currently lives in Ireland with her husband, three children and one neurotic dog. Claire pulls her inspiration from the rolling mountains to her left, the crashing waves of the sea to her right, and a small town steeped in Irish lore. The second book in the Fair Ones trilogy will be coming soon.

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