Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Contest of Queens Book Tour


 Book Info:

Contest of Queens by Jordan H. Bartlett

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Publishing Date: January 18, 2022



Synopsis:

In a Queendom divided, can one girl unite the realms?

Jacs, an inventor’s apprentice from the Lower Realm, has only ever dreamed of the land among the clouds. That is until she finds a letter from Connor, an Upperite boy who sends a wooden boat into the abyss, hoping to learn more about the land below. Little does Jacs know, Connor is actually Prince Cornelius of the Queendom of Frea. With wooden boats and hot air balloons, the two begin a secret correspondence. But their friendship is impeded by a heavily-guarded bridge and an inescapable prejudice.

Their bond transcends distance and time, but when the royal family visits Jacs’ town of Bridgeport, the illusion of peace between the Realms dissolves, and the old feud is reignited.

Now, to save her people, Jacs must infiltrate the Upper Realm and earn her place to compete in the Contest of Queens. She must learn how to survive against the contests’ grueling tasks and within a political web she could not have imagined. In a story about friendship, love, bravery, and defying gravity, Jacs will strive to prove that a Queendom is strongest when united.


Book Links:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54374115-contest-of-queens 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Contest-Queens-Jordan-H-Bartlett/dp/0744304989/ref=sr_1_1?creative=330641&keywords=Contest+of+Queens&qid=1636650181&s=books&sr=1-1 

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/contest-of-queens-jordan-h-bartlett/1139896807?ean=9780744304985 

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Contest-Queens-Jordan-H-Bartlett/9780744304985?ref=grid-view&qid=1636650235719&sr=1-2 

IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780744304985 

Review:

The author had an idea to turn gender stereotypes on its head by creating a world where women instead of men were in power. Although this could be looked at as feminism, she didn't paint it as all rainbows and unicorns but included flaws in that arrised in a society where women are the head rulers,leaders and military. It was interesting seeing the world building in this story filled with prejudices and people who want change while others want to keep to traditions even if it brings harm to others. The heroine was strong and intelligent, a person willing to explore outside the confines society has put her in because of where she was born. I'm desperately waiting for book 2 as we're left with some unanswered questions and an ending that may just be the beginning of a society impacted by the struggle between tradition and change. I have a feeling our heroine won't give in so easily! 

About the Author:

Jordan H. Bartlett is a New Zealand-born, Canadian Citizen with a love for children’s literature and female empowerment. She grew up reading books about boys for boys and found it hard to find a strong female heroine she could relate to. Bartlett wrote Contest of Queens to give young readers that character she so longed for in a world where gender norms are reversed. Bartlett currently resides in Banff, Alberta where she works as a Speech Language Pathologist and is a certified yoga instructor. 



Author Links:

Website: https://jordanhbartlett.com/ 

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

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20470570.Jordan_H_Bartlett 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100072213683907 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCV_ePahUdyZRcfDfoE4H0zA 

TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@jordanhbartlett?lang=en 


Tour Schedule:

https://tbrandbeyondtours.com/2021/11/26/tour-schedule-contest-of-queens-by-jordan-h-bartlett/ 



 



The Harmony on the Horizon Celebration Tour

        


           About the Book



Book: Harmony on the Horizon

Author: Kathleen Denly

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: January 4, 2022

Her calling to change the world may be his downfall.

On the heels of the Great Rebellion, Margaret Foster, an abolitionist northerner, takes a teaching position in 1865 San Diego—a town dominated by Southern sympathizers. At thirty-seven years of age, Margaret has accepted spinsterhood and embraced her role as teacher. So, when Everett Thompson, the handsomest member of the School Board, reveals his interest in her, it’s a dream come true. Until her passionate ideals drive a wedge between them.

After two decades of hard work, Everett Thompson is on the verge of having everything he’s dreamed of. Even the beautiful new teacher has agreed to his courtship. Then two investments go south and a blackmailer threatens everything Everett has and dreams of.

As Everett scrambles to shore up the crumbling pieces of his life, Margaret unwittingly sets off a scandal that divides the small community and threatens her position as teacher. With the blackmailer still whispering threats, Everett must decide if he’s willing to risk everything for the woman still keeping him at arm’s length.

 

Click here to get your copy!

 Review:

I loved seeing historical California come to life through this story. Although I haven't yet to see it for myself yet(bucket list items),I enjoyed the author's ability to give me a glimpse into the rich,not always so glamorous history.Along with the setting we have two sets of main characters trying to make their way into the world while underlining the struggles of faith in the midst of our daily trials and tribulations. There's much brought to light of life and hardships, love and friendships,faith and doubts through our characters. I really enjoyed them and seeing them grow. The author did an amazing job weaving a page turner story with hits of mystery,intrigue, blackmail,social issues and romance. 

About the Author



Kathleen Denly lives in sunny California with her loving husband, four young children, and two cats. As a member of the adoption and foster community, children in need are a cause dear to her heart and she finds they make frequent appearances in her stories. When she isn’t writing, researching, or caring for children, Kathleen spends her time reading, visiting historical sites, hiking, and crafting.

 

More from Kathleen

Who Invented Romance?

 

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but romance novels are sometimes viewed as the black sheep of the fiction industry. For various reasons, some people view romance stories with a disdainful eye. Knowing this, I still choose to write romance stories and some may wonder why.

 

First and foremost, I’ve had a passion for romance for as long as I can remember. I was absolutely one of those typical little girls who played dress-up in her mother’s clothes (or in my case, her lingerie. Eek! I had no idea. LOL) and planned my future wedding day. For reasons I can’t explain, the idea of a man and woman falling in love and pledging their life to one another has always enthralled me.

 

Or perhaps I can explain.

 

You see, I was raised in a Christian family and have always been exposed to the Bible. Have you ever looked at your Bible from a romantic perspective? When you stop to consider it, there is more than enough romance in God’s Word to justify placing it on the Romance Novel shelf in a bookstore. At least there would be if novels weren’t inherently fiction and the Bible wasn’t entirely true. (And aren’t we grateful that the Bible is completely true?)

 

So, in a way, one could say that God is the first romance author. After all, what is more romantic than a groom sacrificing his life for his bride? It even has the requisite happy ending, because He rose from the dead and will return for His bride.

 

The thing is, God isn’t just a romance author, He’s the inventor of romance. He was the first to demonstrate what love truly is. He is the one who defines it and describes its fruits so that we can recognize it when we see it. It’s His love that gives us life.

 

And the thing about romantic love is that it has a unique power to change people, to break down their emotional walls in ways that might not happen otherwise. There is a reason God designed man and woman to be together. Many reasons, in fact. But I am convinced that one of them is His ability to use that beautiful relationship to draw His children closer to His own heart.

 

So yes, some may look down on romance novels and those who read or write them, but I stand tall and proud, because I know that true romance–the kind God authors–is something to cherish and honor. I am blessed to be able to share God’s truths through the wondrous stories of two hearts joining together as one.

Blog Stops


Debbie's Dusty Deliberations, January 6


Bizwings Blog, January 7


Austen's Angle: Jane Austen's Influence in Modern America, January 7


Texas Book-aholic, January 8


A Modern Day Fairy Tale, January 9


The Christian Fiction Girl, January 9


Inklings and notions, January 10


Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, January 11


Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, January 11


deb's Book Review, January 12


For Him and My Family, January 13


Mary Hake, January 13


Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, January 14


Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, January 15


Locks, Hooks and Books, January 16


Blossoms and Blessings, January 16


Connie's History Classroom, January 17


Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, January 18


Happily Managing a Household of Boys, January 19


Book Butterfly in Dreamland, January 19



Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Kathleen is giving away the grand prize package of a Kindle Fire HD8 Plus, a custom Harmony on the Horizon Kindle case, a Harmony on the Horizon altered notebook, a Chaparral Hearts pen, a pair of earrings, a pin, and a scripture keychain!!

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/17190/harmony-on-the-horizon-celebration-tour-giveaway

            

Monday, January 17, 2022

Bound by Firelight Book Tour


 

Book Info:


Bound by Firelight (Wickery #2) by Dana Swift


Genre: Young Adult Fantasy


Publishing Date: January 18, 2022



Synopsis:


The heart-pounding sequel to Cast in Firelight, perfect for fans of epic, sweepingly romantic fantasy by Sabaa Tahir, Susan Dennard, and Mary E. Pearson.


After a magical eruption devastates the kingdom of Belwar, royal heir Adraa is falsely accused of masterminding the destruction and forced to stand trial in front of her people, who see her as a monster. Adraa’s punishment? Imprisonment in the Dome, an impenetrable, magic-infused fortress filled with Belwar’s nastiest criminals—many of whom Adraa put there herself. And they want her to pay.


Jatin, the royal heir to Naupure, has been Adraa’s betrothed, nemesis, and fellow masked vigilante . . . but now he’s just a boy waiting to ask her the biggest question of their lives. First, though, he’s going to have to do the impossible: break Adraa out of the Dome. And he won’t be able to do it without help from the unlikeliest of sources—a girl from his past with a secret that could put them all at risk.


Time is running out, and the horrors Adraa faces in the Dome are second only to the plot to destabilize and destroy their kingdoms. But Adraa and Jatin have saved the world once already. . . . Now, can they save themselves?


“I was hooked from beginning to end!”—Kathryn Purdie, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Bone Crier’s Moon


“Fans of Serpent & Dove’s smart-alecky Lou and The Wrath and the Dawn’s cunning Shazi should prepare themselves to fall head over heels for the fiery Adraa.”—Kelly Coon, author of the Gravemaidens duology

Review:

Bound by Firelight captivates you from the beginning with it's detailed world building, likable and witty characters, intrigue and romance. Filled with action,magic and budding romance wrapped in political strife that sends our MC to a daunting place and leaves her love interest with the task of rescuing her before the place brings about her destruction and that of their kingdoms. I was entranced to the very end of the story! A great continuation from Cast in Firelight and an excellent fatantasy adventure from the author!


Book Links:


Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56755677-bound-by-firelight 


Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0593124251?tag=randohouseinc44263-20 


Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bound-by-firelight-dana-swift/1139741163?ean=9780593124253 


Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Bound-by-Firelight-Dana-Swift/9780593124253?ref=grid-view&qid=1636137019329&sr=1-1 


Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/bound-by-firelight/9780593124253-item.html?ikwid=bound+by+firelight&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=0#algoliaQueryId=b39835f035d57f2c9557abe067f6a547 


IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780593124253?aff=penguinrandom 




About the Author:


Dana Swift started making up fantasy worlds when she was eleven years old and hasn’t stopped since. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned degrees in English and Advertising. While in college, Dana competed as a saber fencer and learned a thing or two about fighting, parrying and how it feels to fall in love with your sparring partner. She currently lives with said husband in Miami, Florida. 



Author Links:


Website: https://www.danaswiftbooks.com/ 


Twitter: https://twitter.com/swift_dana 


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


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


Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19510928.Dana_Swift 



Tour Schedule:


https://tbrandbeyondtours.com/2021/11/16/tour-schedule-bound-by-firelight-wickery-2-by-dana-swift/ 




Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Creative Review tour for OF EARTH AND AIR by Cameo Renae


 

Title: Of Earth and Air
Author: Cameo Renae
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: Aug 24, 2021
Genre: YA Dark Fantasy
Pages: 330
Format: Paperback | Ebook
Purchase: http://books2read.com/of-
earth-and-air

Synopsis:
Prince Roehl holds Calla’s fragile heart in his 
cruel hands. In a wicked twist of fate, Roehl captures the 
two men Calla loves most. By his command, she will come to him in 
Aquaris… or both will be put to death. It may be a fatal mistake, but that’s 
the risk Calla is willing to make when she leaves her friends behind and 
races through the Argent Sea. Roehl has proven his vile heart will stop at 
nothing to get Calla in his clutches and use her power for his own twisted 
agenda… even if it means killing all who dare cross him. Calla’s only 
chance to defeat him, is by partnering with newly formed allies who are 
eager as she to see the malicious prince’s reign of terror end.
 Review:
I can't enough of this series! The world building is phenomenal and the characters draw you in making you apart of their story. And all the surprising turns with all the feels! I'm still reeling from the ending and want to ask the author for the next book now!

 

Author Bio:
Cameo was born in San Francisco, raised in Maui, Hawaii, and now resides 
with her husband in Las Vegas. She is a dreamer and caffeine addict who 
loves to laugh and loves to read to escape reality.One of her greatest 
satisfactions is creating fantasy worlds filled with adventure and romance. It 
is the love and incredible support of her family and fans that keeps her 
going. One day she hopes to uncover a magic wardrobe and ride away on 
a unicorn. Until then . . . she’ll keep writing!
SOCIAL LINKS:
• Website: http://www.cameorenae.com
• Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cameorenae
• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CameoRenaeFanClub
• Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@rachelagrecoauthor