Friday, July 1, 2022

Creative Blog Tour for Kingdom of Essence by Holly Karlsson

 




Today I’m excited to participate in the Creative Blog Tour for Kingdom of Essence by Holly Karlsson hosted by MTMC Tours. Kingdom of Essence is the first book in a New Adult Fantasy Adventure series and it was released in Audiobook on May 20th, 2022.

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Title:
Kingdom of Essence

Series: Kingdom of Essence #1

Author: Holly Karlsson

Publication Date: May 20th, 2022 (audiobook)
Genres: New Adult, Fantasy Adventure

Format: eBook, Paperback, Audiobook

Purchase a copy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Blackwell's | Audiobook Links
Add on Goodreads!

 

Elitsa Serlov only cares about two things — earning enough money to start a new life and finding the rogue mage who murdered her mother. But years without leads have left her jaded, and she won’t let anyone — friend or foe — get in her way.

 

In Casekraia, anyone can use magic if they’re desperate enough to rent relics from the Tower, a corrupt guild of mages more concerned with their own wealth than the welfare of the people. Elitsa has spent the last three years as a reclamation agent for the Guild, hunting down her own people for precious coin and the hope of uncovering what happened to her mother.

 

Just one week before her contract with the Tower is set to expire, Elitsa is coerced into a dangerous conspiracy by a gang of rebellious thieves. With her loyalty to the Tower in question, Elitsa must decide between her quest for revenge and charting a new course for her life.

 

With captivating characters, daring heists, and dangerous magic, this enchanting fantasy adventure spins a tale about the power of hope and friendship and our connection to the world around us.

Review:

I was really intrigued by the synopsis of this story and it didn't disappoint. The magic system is unique and interesting. The story holds mystery, politics, friendship and hope.

Here's a bit of aesthetics from the beginning of the story to set the mood on my bookstagram account https://www.instagram.com/reel/CffZt5tFurY/?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=





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Listen to an Audiobook excerpt!

(Audiobook narrated by Kate Reading)



Link: https://soundcloud.com/byhollykarlsson/kingdom-of-essence-ab


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INTL Tour-wide Instagram Giveaway!

Enter the Rafflecopter below where two readers will win a physical copy of Kingdom of Essence sent via Amazon. Ends on July 9th, 2022. Winners will be announced in the Rafflecopter & contacted via email.



Link to Rafflecopter: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/2aeeb25b103/?

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Tour Schedule:

June 27
The Reader and the Chef - Book Blog
@heronstairxs - Bookstagram
@inkspit.blog - Bookstagram

June 28
Paper Fury - Book Blog
@booktreasuresau - Bookstagram
@sarah.sbooks - Bookstagram

June 29
@abookworld___ - Bookstagram
Debjani's Thoughts - Book Blog
@millionpagesreader - Bookstagram

June 30
@spookyrevioos - Bookstagram
Fairrry Prose - Book Blog
@conveniently_tongueless - Bookstagram

July 1
@alessasbookshelf - Bookstagram
A Window To My Soul - Book Blog
Purple Shadow Hunter - Book Blog
@la_lectora.ctm - Bookstagram

July 2
@dhirviepages - Booktok
The Nerdy Nook - Book Blog
@fictionalfey - Bookstagram
@feyssatastics - Bookstagram

July 3
Vanilla Moon Books - Book Blog
@mynoveltreasures - Bookstagram
@librarymouselinds - Bookstagram

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About Holly Karlsson:

Holly Karlsson writes epic and adventure fantasy filled with magic, dangerous quests, compelling characters, and mythical creatures. Holly is the author of the Daughters of Fire & Sea trilogy, and Kingdom of Essence.

She enjoys connecting to her readers and regularly releases flash fiction stories on her website www.byhollykarlsson.com. Other places to follow her are Instagram, Facebook, and Bookbub.

Website | Goodreads | Instagram


Hosted by: MTMC tours

KINGDOM OF ESSENCE EXCERPT

    Elitsa shoved the door closed with her fist, her eyes sweeping the windowless room as her mark spun around with a startled gasp. The man was dressed as a laborer, his travel-stained clothes rumpled and worn. His face was too lean, the bones of his face sharp beneath sunken eyes. Another essence farmer unable to meet the terms of his contract.
    Reclamations had been satisfying once, even fun, but Elitsa’s exhilaration had waned long ago. Now it was simply a job, often tedious and thankless, but a means to an end. “Mr. Janso. I’m a Tower reclamation agent, and you’re in breach of contract. Give me the relic, and I’ll be on my way.” She looked him over for weapons. She didn’t expect to find any, but it was a habit that’d saved her more than once. Anyone could be dangerous, even a hungry, sweet-faced kid on the street. To survive here, you either grew wings or claws.


Desperation shone in Janso’s pale blue eyes, and he fumbled with a chain around his neck, pulling free a silvery medallion. Lightly tarnished, the relic was shaped into the round face of a barn owl.
    Elitsa sighed, a hiss of air between her teeth, but he didn’t attack. Instead, Janso hesitated, eyes darting from the door behind her to her face. She’d seen that doubtful look before. The assumption that with her small build and quiet reserve, she was more fawn than mountain cat. When she wanted the element of surprise, this often worked to her advantage, but right now, Elitsa had no desire to fight or chase him half across the city. Please don’t underestimate me, she thought, tiredly.
    Janso hadn’t been hard to find, though it’d taken two days before she’d caught up with him. Whatever essence he’d been extracting for the Tower, it’d sent him up into the mountains north of Rivna for months at a time. He was foolish to have come back, but perhaps he had a family. Someone who’d miss him if he never came home.
    The man’s fingers tightened on the relic.










Friday, June 17, 2022

The Sylvan and the Sand: Review







The Sylvan and the Sand is an enemies to lovers, arranged marriage, Upper YA Fantasy romance. 

Heat Level: 2 flames/peppers

Violence: 2 swords. Some violence, not gratuitous, and never between the MCs. 

Triggers: Some violence, FMC is bullied but not by MMC and is capable of defending herself, death (but not of MCs).

Amazon link: https://amzn.to/32TLRib

Universal Link: https://books2read.com/thesylvanandthesand

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/60594470-the-sylvan-and-the-sand

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5ggSv5AIwwK4MECYY4nbVK?si=87c6ea78d1454c13


Review:

Just reading the Introduction, Sarah will grab you with her storytelling and world building skills and it just gets better and will grab your attention to the very end! I'm a sucker for enemies to lovers trope and the author writing this amazingly!


 

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

THE WILLOWS WEEP by Alonna Williams


 

Pirates of the Withering Coast: The Willow’s Weep by Alonna Williams
By Blue Gingham Publishing
On June 6, 2022
Genres: YA Fantasy
Pages: 405
Format: Paperback | Ebook | Hardcover
Purchase: Amazon
Age requirement: 16+
Content Disclaimer: Hinted at that a character was Assaulted in the past. Murder. Attempted murder. Blood. Parent gaslighting son

The darkness lurks and smiles, beneath a weeping willow, a heart as pure as gold, can blacken as the night

Now with stronger 
allies, Trevor is ready to tackle his biggest challenge yet, coming to terms with his Sirenhood. 

While Labyrinth fears being at the forefront due to the constant dangers he faces in Human form, Trevor recognizes his need to understand his Siren side.

Further down the rabbit hole of his mystifying quest, Trevor begins to unravel the perilous truth about his childhood friend and savior, the one called: “the Willow”, who saved him from the jaws of death before he was even born.

Can he really be the paragon of purity? Or could it be that a black heart lingers suppressed under the goodness of the Pure Siren?

Schedule 
Tuesday, June 7
Nagma – @takealookatmybookshelf

Wednesday, June 8
Shanzah – @hercrazybooksta

Thursday, June 9
Ella – @wraithreads

Friday, June 10
Sara – @thebookwebb

Saturday, June 11
Chelscey – @chelscey

Sunday, June 12
Brenna – @rose.colored.books

Monday, June 13
Joana – @syelreadz

Tuesday, June 14
Candy – @purpleshadowhunter

Wednesday, June 15
Elsa – @bookishaurora

Thursday, June 16
Dany – @dany.alvy


About Alonna Williams
Author bio: Alonna Williams has been writing since she was a little girl. It started with a short story and soon progressed to novels. Aside from her debut novel, A Peculiar Royal, Alonna has worked on, Au Contraire, and grew up with a Pirate series entitled, Pirates of the Withering Coast, which is her favorite series of all. When she’s not writing you’ll most likely find her dancing, whether it be, Tap, Ballet, Jazz or Lyrical, or watching a good classic movie or of course, bingeing Disney+.

You can find Alonna on her socials: Instagram | Twitter | Publisher IG


Thursday, May 5, 2022

The A Rose for the Resistance Celebration Tour

 


             About the Book

   


Book: A Rose for the Resistance

Author: Angela K. Couch

Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance/Christian

Release date: April, 2022

A French Woman and German Soldier Create a Truce

Full of intrigue, adventure, and romance, this new series celebrates the unsung heroes—the heroines of WWII.

With her father in a German POW camp and her home in Ste Mere Eglise, France, under Nazi occupation, Rosalie Barrieau will do anything to keep her younger brother safe. . .even from his desire to join the French resistance. Until she falls into the debt of a German solder—one who delivers a wounded British pilot to her door. Though not sure what to make of her German ally, Rosalie is thrust deep into the heart of the local underground. As tensions build toward the allied invasion of Normandy, she must decide how much she is willing to risk for freedom.

 Review:

Though this is the 5th book of the Heroines of WWII by Author Angela K Couch,it is the first I've had the privilege of reading but it definitely won't be the last. Thanks to Celebration Tours giving me an opportunity to be apart of this tour,The Publisher and Netgalley for copy and intruding me to this author and series! My son and I share a special appreciation for this time period, both of us after reading Anne Frank in school and learning a little bit of what happened during the War that caused us to be consumed with intrigue of both sides that suffered tragedies, hardships and loss as well of how it all came to be,why the War happened,how the people became so overtaken by such a devious man, why the Jews were targeted,how people risked their lives to help hide people or be part of the Resistance,what fueled the German/Russian conflict on the other side of the War that helped weekend Nazi forces,and how borders were drawn that caused families to be separated for decades and how it led to the Cold War and finally the fall of the Berlin Wall,but unfortunately in my kids' time in school they skipped the The Berlin Wall,which I had a middle school bestie's mother who was separated from sisters and possibly other family members from this which always struck in my mind and led to my intrigue about it and I was a witness to its fall on live tv and felt the joy with the people there,so I taught my children about it and my son and I saw a YouTube video that showed the attempts of those to cross it and the technology before its time that made it essentially impossible to cross over the ground, some succeeded crossing underground and we got to see a piece of the Wall at Ft Leonardwood where he went to basic training.He did learn about a set of twins who survived the horrors done through experiments and had we not ended up sick on the day the Twin Sister still living visited their school, I was prepared to beg the Principle to join the assembly, all caused a shared want of knowledge of those secret heroes and heroines, survivors and those forced into service and those who jumped into service for freedom. This story shows such knowledge through storytelling skills of the author to bring to life a story of people trying to survive the war,do the right thing for others,stand for justice and freedom,deal with hardships and occupation leading up to the day Normandy was stormed upon which became a monumental turning point in the War. Through syory this you'll see faith,adventure, twists,and even romance blossom. I highly recommend this book!

Click here to get your copy!

 

About the Author



To keep from freezing in the great white north, Angela K Couch cuddles under quilts with her laptop. Winning short story contests, being a semi-finalist in ACFW’s Genesis Contest, and a finalist in the 2016 International Digital Awards also helped warm her up. As a passionate believer in Christ, her faith permeates the stories she tells. Her martial arts training, experience with horses, and appreciation for good romance sneak in as well. When not writing, she stays fit (and toasty warm) by chasing after four munchkins.

 

More from Angela

The story of A Rose for the Resistance has been in the making for a while. Rosalie and Franz came to life for me in the first novel I started writing as a teenager… (not even going to mention how long ago that was). Though much of that early work will never see the light of day, I am glad I can finally share them with you.

 

Every November 11th since I was a child, I would sit with my dad and watch WWII documentaries and movies like A Bridge too Far, or The Longest Day which featured Sainte-M癡re-glise during the D-day landings. So many of those stories beg to be remembered and I tried to include as much as I could in this novel, even in passing. Stories such as John Steele of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment who dropped into the warzone of Sainte-M癡re-glise that night and his chute caught on the spire of the church. He hung limply for hours, pretending to be dead, before the Germans took him prisoner. John later escaped and rejoined his division. Or, Henry Langrehr who landed five miles from his drop zone, crashing through a greenhouse on the way down. He was unharmed from the fall, but was later wounded and captured. He lived into his nineties to tell the tale.

 

Many of the events and deeds of The Resistance in the novel are also pulled from history. The French citizen’s willingness to risk their lives to transport weapons and information, and to staunchly resist the brutal German occupation. It is estimated that approximately 90,000 men women – and children – were killed, tortured, or deported by the Germans for their efforts.

Though many of the characters in this story are fictional, there are so many men and women who truly did live through the horrors of the War in Europe, and more importantly risked or sacrificed their all for the freedom and lives of others.

I pray we never forget.

Blog Stops

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, April 29


Debbie's Dusty Deliberations, April 29


Books, Books, and More Books, April 29


The Write Escape, April 30


Remembrancy, April 30


Southern Gal Loves to Read, May 1


Rachael's Inkwell, May 1


Texas Book-aholic, May 1


Genesis 5020, May 2


Where Crisis & Christ Collide, May 2


Inklings and notions, May 2


She Lives To Read, May 3


lakesidelivingsite, May 3


Betti Mace, May 4


For Him and My Family, May 4


Happily Managing a Household of Boys, May 4


Sodbuster Living, May 5


deb's Book Review, May 5


Book Butterfly in Dreamland, May 5


Locks, Hooks and Books, May 6


Jeanette’s Thoughts, May 6


Vicarious Living, May 6


Older & Smarter?, May 7


Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, May 7


Sylvan Musings, May 7


Connie's History Classroom, May 8


Blossoms and Blessings, May 8


Mary Hake, May 8


Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 9


Splashes of Joy, May 9


Through the Fire Blogs, May 9


Bizwings Blog, May 10


Pause for Tales, May 10


Labor Not in Vain, May 10


Bigreadersite, May 11


Where Faith and Books Meet, May 11


A Good Book and Cup of Tea, May 11


CarpeDiem, May 12


Lights in a Dark World, May 12

Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Angela is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/1d3bb/a-rose-for-the-resistance-celebration-tour-giveaway

  

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Of Kingdoms & Crowns

 

 

Title: Of Kingdoms and Crowns
Author: Cameo Renae
Genre: YA Dark Fantasy
Cover Designer: Jay Villalobos - Covers by Juan
Publication Date: April 30th, 2022
Hosted by: Lady Amber's PR

Blurb:

From USA Today bestselling author Cameo Renae comes the highly-anticipated conclusion to her gripping Heir of Fire and Blood saga! 

 

With the King of Morbeth dead, Roehl seizes control of the kingdom. Capturing the late king’s witches and head guards, Roehl sends a message to Calla and Nicolae. 

 

Come to Morbeth within twenty days, or they will all be executed.  

 

Calla refuses to allow those who served her great-grandfather to die because of her. Yet to face him in battle she needs allies who will stand with her despite knowing they are walking into Roehl’s deadly trap. 

 

War is imminent. Lives will be lost. 

 

As Calla rallies her allies together, can she trust her powers to find victory and end Roehl’s evil reign? Or will she be the next to fall?


 



Cameo Renae, was born in San Francisco, raised in Maui, Hawaii, and now resides with her husband and children in Las Vegas.

She's a daydreamer, caffeine and peppermint addict, who loves to laugh, and loves to read to escape reality.
One of her greatest joys is creating fantasy worlds filled with adventure and romance and sharing it with others. It is the love of her family and amazing support of her fans that keeps her going.
One day she hopes to find her own magic wardrobe and ride away on her magical unicorn. Until then...she'll keep writing!

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