Blog Tours

BLOG TOUR: The Circle: Taken by Sage Sask

THE CIRCLE

Today I am very excited to take part in another blog tour today, hosted by Rockstar Book Tours!

About the Book

9780989406901-Perfect.inddTitle: THE CIRCLE: TAKEN

Author: Sage Sask

Pub. Date: March 7, 2019

Publisher: SBSK Corp.

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 357

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Blurb: From USA Today, Washington Post and Amazon Charts Bestselling author and Goodreads Best Fiction Finalist comes an exhilarating new YA series.

Abandoned at eleven with no memory of her family, Alexia seeks her true identity. Under the new government’s regime, sixteen year-olds are evaluated for their desire to harm others. Throughout the test, Alexia struggles to conceal her psychic ability to read the past and future of anyone she touches. When her secret is revealed, Alexia is taken to an island where other highly skilled agents and readers like her train to survive.

As Alexia gains more control over her abilities, she desperately tries to piece together her elusive past. In her quest for the truth, Alexia’s loyalties are tested when forced to make an impossible choice between those she loves and the family she can’t remember.

A spell-binding adventure of friendship, love, unforeseen twists and learning that our most dangerous enemies are often the people we trust the most. A captivating novel filled with forbidden romance and shocking betrayals that demand the question – Can One Decision Determine Your Destiny?

Review: This one was exciting! I love a good story that has lots of twists and turns.

Alexia was a great, complex character, which I always enjoy. Trying to figure out her past along with her was an interesting ride. This story asks a lot of questions about who to trust, who is right, who are the “good guys” and who are the “bad guys.” Should we trust the Circle? The Resistance? Neither? Within the Circle and the Resistance are individuals who are also very complex. Even if the Circle is supposed to be on the side of good, that doesn’t mean that its members are all on the up-and-up. There are lots of different shades of gray, which makes the characters feel much more real.

This story reminded me of several other great dystopian tales that I have read before, but still brought something fresh and new to the table. I definitely recommend it if you are a fan of the dystopian genre. Goodreads rating: 4 stars.

About the Author

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Sage S.A.S.K. is a team consisting of USA Today, Washington Post and Amazon Charts bestselling author Sejal Badani and a group of young adult writers. Kiran, Akash and Sienna are the creative force behind the story concepts, editing, social media, marketing, and book trailers for the novel.

Kiran is still processing the bait and switch pulled by his parents of having been promised a sports car and ending up with their old minivan. When he’s not running track or falling asleep in class, Kiran can be found driving around with his friends blasting Travis Scott.

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Giveaway time!

Three lucky winners will receive finished signed or unsigned copies of THE CIRCLE: TAKEN. Available in the US only. You can enter via a Rafflecopter giveaway. Just click on the link!

Check out the other stops on the tour!

Week One:

4/15/2019- Lone Tree ReviewsExcerpt

4/16/2019- Lisa Loves LiteratureSpotlight

4/17/2019- JheartlovesbooksReview

4/18/2019- BookHoundsInterview

4/19/2019- Reese’s ReviewsReview

 

Week Two:

4/22/2019- Writing on the Sunny Side of the StreetExcerpt

4/23/2019- Life With No PlotReview

4/24/2019- Daily WaffleExcerpt

4/25/2019- Two Chicks on BooksInterview

4/26/2019- Dorky Girl and SkeletorSpotlight

 

Week Three:

4/29/2019- Buried Under BooksReview

4/30/2019- Smada’s Book SmackSpotlight

5/1/2019- Taking It One Book at a timeReview

5/2/2019- A Dream Within A DreamExcerpt

5/3/2019- Smada’s Book SmackExcerpt

 

Week Four:

5/6/2019- Adventures Thru WonderlandReview

5/7/2019- Mama Panda BearReview

5/8/2019- Jaime’s WorldGuest Post

5/9/2019- A Gingerly ReviewReview

5/10/2019- Book BriefsReview

Blog Tours

RELEASE DAY BLITZ: The Talented 2 by Desy Smith

 

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I am very excited to share this new release – The Talented 2 by Desy Smith. It’s out now!

If you haven’t yet heard about this book, be sure to check out the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a $10 Amazon gift card, International, courtesy of Desy and Rockstar Book Tours. If you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

About the Book

unnamed (1)Title: The Talented 2

Author: Desy Smith

Pub Date: April 8, 2019

Publisher: Floebe Publishing

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 315

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon

Blurb: I’m back and better than ever with my memory intact, mind you.

After learning that Flame, the guy whose sexiness I can’t stop admiring is my equal, I would have loved a few days alone with him. Of course, I never get what I want. Instead, the world is about to end, per usual, because my brother, Lucifer, has escaped Hell again. This time he’s stationed himself outside my company, where he’s most likely going to kill Queen Isabelle. Sigh. It’s up to me to save the day, once more.

Follow Carmel, the Water Talent/Angel for the continuation of her journey in The Talented Kingdom, where she discovers she has an equal, meets her son and the King’s Council, while thinking of some way to stop Lucifer from ending the world.

About Book 1

unnamed (2)Title: The Talented

Author: Desy Smith

Pub. Date: February 6, 2019

Publisher: Floebe Publishing

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 65

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon

Blurb: Picture this, it’s your last night on the cruise ship. One would expect to drop it like it’s hot one more time or summon the courage to get up on stage and sing the karaoke song you chose days ago.

Of course, I didn’t get the chance to partake in any of that, and I should be disappointed or even upset, but I’m not. You see, I anticipated this. As soon as he, Flame, also known as King Ezekiel’s right-hand man, boarded the ship, I knew, without a doubt, something was going to happen.

So when the ship begins to sink, I don’t panic. I jump straight into action. You see, I’m not human, I’m referred to as Talented which are Angels. No, we don’t have wings, well not all of us anyway, and no our appearance is not human. We’re colorful, literally.

Now what I didn’t expect was for Flame to drag me to The Talented Kingdom under false pretenses, no less. If he didn’t make me tingle in weird places, I would have strangled him when he first boarded the ship.

I suppose going to The Talented Kingdom, isn’t bad. I mean, I’ll be around my people, and possibly get to see Flame butt naked. Which is great right? But something is telling me not to go and I don’t know why. Oh well, I guess I’ll figure it out when I get there, that’s if I don’t die first or fall into another coma.

Join Carmel in her world of The Talented, where nothing is what it seems. Angels and Demons are constantly at war with each other and themselves. And the four elements, water, fire, earth and air are controlled and manipulated by the Talented. These aren’t the angels from your bible.

About the Author

unnamed (3)Desy Smith, MFA, is a paranormal romance author and English teacher who is on a mission to expand her readers’ minds and create unique worlds that they can escape to through the power of storytelling. Her poignant writing style features sassy heroines, urban drama, angels, wolves, demons, witches, and sensual scenes.

Born, raised and based in Dallas, Desy spent most of her childhood picking apart movies and books. Her mother and her affinity for all things supernatural also really drove Desy to dabble in life’s unknowns and use her imagination. Ultimately, this led her to writing stories of her own at just 10 years of age. After her release of “The Talented (The Messenger Series)” this February, she will be working on book number three, and plans on writing until her last breath.

Currently, Desy is the Founder of Floebe Publishing, where she publishes her own and other writers’ short stories (of 15,000 words max) with the busy reader in mind. She also provides complimentary creative writing advice to her fellow word weavers.

When she doesn’t have a pen or book in hand, Desy Smith is a movie buff and foodie with an unquenchable sweet tooth (having a gluten allergy makes things a bit tricky). She also isn’t much of a whistler and has a round face (people like pinching her cheeks any chance they get). With her “carpe diem” mindset towards life, she looks forward to exposing her readers to realms unseen.

Goodreads | Amazon Author Page

Giveaway Details

One winner will win a $10 Amazon or B&N gift card, International. Just click on this Rafflecopter link to enter. Good luck!

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BLOG TOUR: The Shadow Watch Series by S.A. Klopfenstein

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Welcome to my very first book tour! I’m so excited! Thank you so much to Rockstar Book Tours for letting me help showcase this amazing series!

Book 1Title: THE SHADOW WATCH (The Shadow Watch #1)

Author: S.A. Klopfenstein

Pub. Date: May 15, 2018

Publisher: Guardian Grey Publishing

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 420

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&N

Blurb: For centuries, the Oshan Empire has ruled the New World with terror and blood. The Watchers have been eradicated, and their sorcery is but a whispered myth. But the heart of magic beats on, and as it surges back to life, three young people will determine the fate of the world…

Tori Burodai, a strong-willed slave girl. Her magic could ignite a revolution, but only if she resists the ruler who wants to use her powers to restore the empire to its former glory.

Darien Redvar, the idealistic soldier she loves. His rage leads him down a dark path to power that could turn him against the one person he cares for.

Kale Andovier, a lordling rebel with a torturous past. His quest for a weapon of dark sorcery will thrust him into a twisted game of power that could change the world forever.

Will the return of magic transform the New World, or bring it to ruin?

Review: This is my kind of fantasy! From the very first chapter, I knew I was going to love this story and these characters. It reminded me so much of the first classic fantasy authors I read, way back in the day. Far-reaching and epic in scope, this story keeps the adventure coming from beginning to end.

Let’s start with some specifics, beginning with Tori. She’s the unlikely, and sometimes unwilling, hero. Her life is hard, from coming up from a slave to finally coming into her power. I love when characters in fantasy stories have a wonderful sense of realness to them. This author is not afraid to make his characters tragically flawed (which you see especially in Darien and Kale), but that just draws you more into their stories and how they flow together.

I really loved the magic system, with the Watchers and the Morphs. None of it was completely original, but it all flowed so well together. And the villain, Chancellor Cyrus Maro is chilling. A complete sociopath and incredibly power hungry. This story had great pacing overall. It never lulled and always kept me turning the pages to find out what would happen next. I read it in literally a day and a half, and was very glad to get to jump to the next book immediately. Speaking of which . . .

Book 2 (1)Title: THE RAGE OF SAINTS (The Shadow Watch #2)

Author: S.A. Klopfenstein

Pub. Date: March 26, 2019

Publisher: Guardian Grey Publishing

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 507

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon

Blurb: The Shadow Watch has been undone. Their captain lies in the dungeons of the White Citadel, and the Gallows Girl has disappeared. Most of the surviving Watchers have joined the chancellor’s new magical army, the Sky Guard, led by Darien Redvar, but the Gallows Boy is shaken from the return of the monsters of the Old World, and he must soon choose, once and for all, where his loyalties lie.

Tori and Mischa trek to the Great White North with an Alyut shaman, who believes Tori is the one who will bring Restoration to his people. A resistance is growing in the North, but Tori may not be the god the people are looking for, and the price of revolution may cost Tori her heart as well as her life.

Meanwhile, another threat grows in strength. Old World monsters are rising up across the New World, and no one knows how they’ve returned. As nations ready themselves for a magical war, their return threatens to change everything.

New alliances are set in place, new friendships are forged, new loves kindled. But no one is safe, for there can be no war without betrayal.

Review: This book picks up right where book one left off, and thank goodness! I needed to know what was going to happen! I love when second books in a series are just as good, if not better, than the first, and that was the case with this one. I love how the world was expanded even more. We get to see the Great White North, the Southern Isles, and more of Osha. The cultures are all beautiful and rich; it’s wonderful to see how the characters we got to know in the first book navigate these new terrains.

I also loved how this book spent some time with Mischa as a main character, since she was one of my favorites from book #1.

Things with Tori and Darien are also wonderfully complicated. Starting off as friends, becoming enemies, and now . . . who knows? So many questions still to be answered. Is there a third book coming out? I sure hope so!

I’m not going to give specifics, because I don’t want to spoil it, but this story twists and turns and surprised me several times. The entire final act is one big roller coaster ride and you never know who exactly to trust or who is double crossing who. It kept me guessing the entire time, which I love.

Overall, these are two wonderful books to kick off this series. S.A. Klopfenstein is a great new author keeping with the traditions of fantasy, while at the same time adding his own unique spin to the genre. His writing is sharp, expressive, and very exciting. I would highly recommend both of these books for any fantasy fan!

Meet the Author!

stephen-low-qS.A. Klopfenstein grew up on a steady dose of Tolkien and Star Wars. As a child, he wrote his first story about a sleepwalking killer who was executed by lethal injection.

He lives in the American West with his wife and their dog, Iorek Byrnison. He can be found exploring the peaks of the Rocky Mountains, or daring the halls of the middle school where he teaches Language Arts.

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Giveaway Time!

Be sure to enter the giveaway, where one lucky winner will win copies of both THE SHADOW WATCH and THE RAGE OF SAINTS! You can enter through a Rafflecopter giveaway, just click on the link! Available to the U.S. only.

 

Check out the other stops on the tour!

Week One:

3/18/2019- Lone Tree Reviews– Excerpt

3/18/2019- Literary Gold– Spotlight

3/19/2019- Kelly P’s Blog– Excerpt

3/19/2019- TMBA Corbett Tries to Write– Interview

3/20/2019- Life With No Plot– Review

3/20/2019- The Hermit Librarian– Guest Post

3/21/2019- Adventures Thru Wonderland– Review

3/21/2019- Graced with Books– Interview

3/22/2019- Lauren is Reading– Review

3/22/2019- Defining Ways– Guest Post

Week Two:

3/25/2019- Sincerely Karen Jo– Excerpt

3/25/2019- BookHounds YA– Guest Post

3/26/2019- Colorimetry – Guest Post

3/26/2019- Two Chicks on Books– Interview

3/27/2019- Owl Always Be Reading– Excerpt

3/27/2019- Jaime’s World– Excerpt

3/28/2019- D. Books and Reviews– Review

3/28/2019- 4covert2overt ☼ A Place In The Spotlight ☼– Excerpt

3/29/2019- Abooktropolis– Review

3/29/2019- Lisa Loves Literature– Excerpt