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A Wolf for a Spell – Author Interview

I’m so excited to be a part of the tour for A Wolf for a Spell by Karah Sutton that is being hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours! A Wolf for a Spell sounds absolutely amazing and I’m so excited to share my interview with the author!

TITLE: A Wolf for a Spell
AUTHOR: Karah Sutton
PUBLICATION DATE: December 1, 2020

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SYNOPSIS:

The Girl Who Drank the Moon meets Pax in this fantastical tale of a wolf who forms an unlikely alliance with Baba Yaga to save the forest from a wicked tsar.

Since she was a pup, Zima has been taught to fear humans—especially witches—but when her family is threatened, she has no choice but to seek help from the witch Baba Yaga.

Baba Yaga never does magic for free, but it just so happens that she needs a wolf’s keen nose for a secret plan she’s brewing… Before Zima knows what’s happening, the witch has cast a switching spell and run off into the woods, while Zima is left behind in Baba Yaga’s hut—and Baba Yaga’s body!

Meanwhile, a young village girl named Nadya is also seeking the witch’s help, and when she meets Zima (in Baba Yaga’s form), they discover that they face a common enemy. With danger closing in, Zima must unite the wolves, the witches and the villagers against an evil that threatens them all.


Congratulations on the publication of A Wolf for a Spell! This year was very different for many authors, but especially for debut authors. How has publishing been compared to how you thought it would go?

The biggest hurdle for me personally has been forcing myself to push my book and get people’s attention when I know that there are so many other big things happening in the world. I try to remind myself that people are stressed and anxious, and that a cozy book might be a welcome comfort in a year like this one. Overall though, I’ve been amazed at how well people have come together to support debut authors this year, and moving everything digital has had some benefits, in that I’m now able to do a lot more events and panels and school visits than I would have been able to do before.

How would you describe A Wolf for a Spell in just one sentence?

A wolf in the Russian forest is cursed to trade places with the witch Baba Yaga, but they must work together to save their home from a wicked tsar.

What initially inspired A Wolf for a Spell?

It started with “what if the wolf was the hero of the fairytale?” I felt like it had the potential to combine animal fantasy with fairytale fantasy in a way I didn’t think I’d seen before in middle grade. Early drafts were inspired by the wolf from Little Red Riding Hood, and the characters were a lot more trope-aware. The main wolf knew that wolves were the villains in stories and wanted to avoid that path. That felt too much like something that had been done well already, so I tinkered with a lot of different approaches for about six months until I finally thought to combine this concept with my love for Russian fairytales. That was when things became much more interesting, because the Gray Wolf in Russian fairytales is quite morally gray, which gave me room to play with wolves in the world being both good and bad.

Your book is rooted in Russian folklore; did you always know you wanted to write a book that integrated this?

Looking back on it, I feel like retelling Russian fairytales was inevitable, but it took me a long time to realize that, as I mentioned. My first several book attempts were all contemporary fantasies, which is a style of writing that doesn’t come as naturally to me, I think. But books like The Tale of Despereuax by Kate DiCamillo and Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin reminded me of how much I’ve always loved fairytales, and from there I connected that with my love of Russian fairytales specifically.

A Wolf for a Spell is told from multiple perspectives. Did you find it at all challenging to balance them? Was one perspective easier to write from than the others?

Originally the entire book was written from Zima the wolf’s point of view. But because there are several moving plot threads, it became apparent that the story needed to show where other characters were at different times. I feel like this was the final big change that really tied the whole book together, because by digging into these different points of view I found a lot more depth and heart to the story. It became more about how each of these people are connected by the forest, and have to work together to protect it.

Do you have a favorite scene from A Wolf for a Spell?

I have scenes that are my favorite to read, and also scenes that were my favorites to write, where the process felt immersive and emotional. One that really fits both of those is at the very beginning of the book, when Zima sees a human in the forest and has to decide whether or not she should follow the rules of her pack, which require her to kill a human on sight. I remember my heart racing while writing that scene, like I didn’t know whether Zima was going to go through with it or not and I was discovering what would happen next as I wrote each word. I still get that feeling when I reread it too.

Did you always know how your book would end or was it a surprise?

The ending took me more rewrites than any other part of the book! I seem to struggle with endings. By the time I get to them, I’m always a bit exhausted from the process of writing the rest of the book, and I’m eager to finish so that I can start editing (which I prefer to drafting). So there were some drafts with really atrocious endings. Once I edited a lot more, and I understood the characters better, then the ending started to take shape.

If you could switch bodies with anyone, would you want to and if so, who would you ideally like to switch with?

I like the idea of being able to change into an animal, so long as I knew I’d be able to change back. I’d probably want to swap with some sort of bird, so I could experience flying.

If you could write a book based on or inspired by any fairy tale, which fairy tale would you love to write about?

If I’m fortunate enough to have the opportunity to write more books, I have a list of fairytales I’d like to explore. One is another Russian fairytale called “The Feather of Finist the Falcon”, about a prince who can turn into a falcon, and another is a Hans Christian Andersen story called “The Travelling Companion”. They’re both pretty perfect as is, though, so it’s hard to imagine how I could expand on them.

What’s next for you? Is there anything you can share?

I have a second book that I’m working on with Knopf Books for Young Readers. This one focuses on swans. You’ll have to guess which story it is!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Karah Sutton has loved Baba Yaga, ballet, and blini ever since she had to do a research project on her Russian heritage in the third grade. Her hunger for adventure inspired her to move from Kentucky to New Zealand, where it was rumored she would find talking trees and the occasional wood elf. Karah spent four years as a bookseller before she turned to writing her own fiction. A Wolf For a A Spell is her first novel.

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What story do you think Karah is writing about next?

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The Bitterwine Oath by Hannah West | Blog Tour

I’m so excited to be a part of the book tour for The Bitterwine Oath by Hannah West that is hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours!

TITLE: The Bitterwine Oath
AUTHOR: Hannah West
PUBLICATION DATE: December 1, 2020

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SYNOPSIS

Every fifty years, a cult claims twelve men to murder in a small Texas town. Can one girl end the cycle of violence – and save the boy who broke her heart?

San Solano, Texas is a quaint town known for its charm, hospitality, and history of murder. Twice now, twelve men have been brutally killed, and no one knows who did it. A shadowy witch? A copy-cat killer? Or a man-hating murderess? Eighteen-year-old Natalie Colter is sure that the rumors about her great-great-grandmother’s cult of wronged women are just gossip, but that doesn’t stop the true crime writers and dark tourism bloggers from capitalizing on the town’s reputation. It’s an urban legend that’s hard to ignore, and it gets harder when Nat learns that the sisterhood is real, and magical. And they want her to join.

The more Nat learns of the Wardens’ supernatural history, the more she wonders about the real culprits behind the town’s ritualistic murders. Are the Wardens protecting San Solano from even darker forces? As the anniversary of the murders draws near, the town grows restless. Residents start getting “claimed” as this year’s planned victims, including Levi Langford, the boy whose kiss haunted Nat for a year.

Nat knows that no one is safe. Can she and the sisterhood stop the true evil from claiming their town?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hannah West is the author of young adult books including The Nissera Chronicles series and The Bitterwine Oath. ​She’s been writing fantasy since kindergarten, when she penned her first tale about a princess who ran away and lived at the top of a flagpole with two loaves of bread. But it wasn’t until she studied abroad in Orléans, France during college that the premise for her first novel materialized. The fairy tale castles, the snowy winter days, and a Disney princess pencil that arrived in a care package from her parents provided the inspiration that allowed her to wrangle all her untold and unfinished stories into a novel. 

Hannah currently lives in the Dallas area with her husband and their two rambunctious rescue dogs.

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Blog Tour | The King’s 100 by Karin Biggs

I’m so very excited to be a part of the TBR and Beyond Tours for The King’s 100 by Karin Biggs! You can find the full tour schedule here!

TITLE: The King’s 100
AUTHOR: Karin Biggs
GENRE: Young Adult Fantasy
PUBLICATION DATE: July 21, 2020

SYNOPSIS

Sixteen-year-old princess, Piper Parish, is a disappointment to the citizens of Capalon, a STEM-structured kingdom where innovation is valued above all. Her older sister, the queen, views Piper’s tears during their parents’ funeral as a weakness, not to mention her strange affinity for singing. When Piper receives an anonymous note stating her mother is still alive and living in the enemy kingdom of Mondaria, Piper chooses to risk death and flees Capalon to prove once and for all that she’s not just the queen’s defective little sister.

Posing as a Mondarian citizen named Paris Marigold, Piper bumps into a cute black-haired boy named Ari who encourages her to audition for the King’s 100, an esteemed performance court of singers, magicians, and drummers. Piper lands a spot as a singer and dives head-first into a world of glittering dresses, girl-code, sugar, blackmail, and physical contact-all while taking direction from an evil maestro.Under Mondarian law, Piper will be killed if her identity is revealed. But living a life without the freedom to love might actually be the most dangerous risk of all.

Sixteen-year-old princess, Piper Parish, is a disappointment to the citizens of Capalon, a STEM-structured kingdom where innovation is valued above all. Her older sister, the queen, views Piper’s tears during their parents’ funeral as a weakness, not to mention her strange affinity for singing. When Piper receives an anonymous note stating her mother is still alive and living in the enemy kingdom of Mondaria, Piper chooses to risk death and flees Capalon to prove once and for all that she’s not just the queen’s defective little sister.

Posing as a Mondarian citizen named Paris Marigold, Piper bumps into a cute black-haired boy named Ari who encourages her to audition for the King’s 100, an esteemed performance court of singers, magicians, and drummers. Piper lands a spot as a singer and dives head-first into a world of glittering dresses, girl-code, sugar, blackmail, and physical contact-all while taking direction from an evil maestro.Under Mondarian law, Piper will be killed if her identity is revealed. But living a life without the freedom to love might actually be the most dangerous risk of all.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Karin earned her bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Purdue University and served as an event planner for two Big 10 universities and various non-profits for over eight years before becoming a stay-at-home-mom. She enjoys chocolate-covered peanuts, uninterrupted sleep and singing with other people. Karin lives in Ohio with her husband, daughter, cat and dog.

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GIVEAWAY

Prize: A finished copy of The King’s 100 (US only)

Starts: September 29th 2020
Ends:  October 6th, 2020

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Shielded by KayLynn Flanders

-ABOUT THE BOOK –

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Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 432
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Published: July 21st 2020

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For fans of Sorcery of Thorns and Furyborn comes a thrilling new fantasy about a kingdom ravaged by war, and the princess who might be the key to saving not only those closest to her, but the kingdom itself, if she reveals the very secret that could destroy her.

The kingdom of Hálendi is in trouble. It’s losing the war at its borders, and rumors of a new, deadlier threat on the horizon have surfaced. Princess Jennesara knows her skills on the battlefield would make her an asset and wants to help, but her father has other plans.

As the second-born heir to the throne, Jenna lacks the firstborn’s–her brother’s–magical abilities, so the king promises her hand in marriage to the prince of neighboring Turia in exchange for resources Hálendi needs. Jenna must leave behind everything she has ever known if she is to give her people a chance at peace.

Only, on the journey to reach her betrothed and new home, the royal caravan is ambushed, and Jenna realizes the rumors were wrong–the new threat is worse than anyone imagined. Now Jenna must decide if revealing a dangerous secret is worth the cost before it’s too late–for her and for her entire kingdom.

-BOOK TOUR DATES-

-BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE-

August 3rd
TBR and Beyond – Welcome Post
Stuck in the Stacks – Review
The Shelf Life Chronicles – Review
Bookson Tuesday – Review & Playlist

August 4th
Confession of a YA Reader – Promo Post
Endless Pages – Review
Emelie’s Books – Review & Moodboard

August 5th
Metaphors and Miscellanea – Review
Jena Brown Writes – Review & Favourite Quotes
Stocked Up On Starbooks – Promo Post

August 6th
Allisa White’s Book Blog – Review
Mahkjchi’s Not-So-Secret Books – Review & Favourite Quotes
Fangirl Pixie Blog – Promo Post

August 7th
The Writer’s Alley – Review, Favourite Quotes & Dreamcast
Grownup Fangirl – Promo Post and Moodboard
The Book Dutchesses – Interview

August 8th
Young at Heart Reader – Review & Moodboard
The Book View – Promo Post
Moonlight Rendezvous – Review & Favourite Quotes

August 9th
Books and Shadows – Review
The Bookwyrm Den – Review & Favourite Quotes
Sarah’s Book Life – Review & Favourite Quotes
Wild and Wonderful Reads – Interview

-BOOKSTAGRAM TOUR-

August 3rd
TBR and Beyond (blogger’s choice)
The Book View (blogger’s choice)
Bookson Tuesday (blogger’s choice)
Hills Of Books (Review)
Mixed Matched Socks (Review)
Gingerly_Reading (blogger’s choice)

August 4th
Confession of a YA Reader (blogger’s choice)
FactandFiction (blogger’s choice)
Chapter Break (blogger’s choice)
Emelie’s Books (blogger’s choice)
Thoranareads (Review)
The Book Dutchesses (blogger’s choice)

August 5th
Young at Heart Reader (blogger’s choice)
Jena Brown Writes (blogger’s choice)
Wild and Wonderful Reads (blogger’s choice)
Simplybeccamee (Review)
Books & Dice (Review)
The Bookish Unicorn (blogger’s choice)

August 6th
The Writer’s Alley (blogger’s choice)
Mahkjchi’s Not-So-Secret Books (blogger’s choice)
Moonlight Rendezvous (blogger’s choice)
Prettygalsread (Review)
Fangirl Pixie Blog (blogger’s choice)

-ABOUT THE AUTHOR-

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KayLynn Flanders is a graduate of Brigham Young University, with a degree in English Language and a minor in editing. When she’s not writing, she spends her time playing volleyball, reading, and traveling. She lives in Utah with her family, and thinks there’s nothing better than a spur-of-the-moment road trip. Her debut novel is Shielded.

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-GIVEAWAY-

Prize: A hardcover copy of Shielded  (US only)

Starts: August 3rd, 2020
Ends:  August 9th, 2020

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If you are interested in signing up with us for future book blog tours, be sure to check out TBR and Beyond Tours.

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A Wicked Magic by Sasha Laurens

-ABOUT THE BOOK –

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Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 368
Publisher: Razorbill
Published: July 28th 2020

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The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina meets The Craft when modern witches must save teens stolen by an ancient demon in this YA fantasy-thriller debut.

Dan and Liss are witches. The Black Book granted them that power. Harnessing that power feels good, especially when everything in their lives makes them feel powerless.

During a spell gone wrong, Liss’s boyfriend is snatched away by an evil entity and presumed dead. Dan and Liss’s friendship dies that night, too. How can they practice magic after the darkness that they conjured?

Months later, Liss discovers that her boyfriend is alive, trapped underground in the grips of an ancient force. She must save him, and she needs Dan and the power of The Black Book to do so. Dan is quickly sucked back into Liss’s orbit and pushes away her best friend, Alexa. But Alexa has some big secrets she’s hiding and her own unique magical disaster to deal with.

When another teenager disappears, the girls know it’s no coincidence. What greedy magic have they awakened? And what does it want with these teens it has stolen?

Set in the atmospheric wilds of California’s northern coast, Sasha Laurens’s thrilling debut novel is about the complications of friendship, how to take back power, and how to embrace the darkness that lives within us all.

-BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE-

July 28th
TBR and Beyond – Welcome post
Your Words My Ink – Review & Favourite Quotes
Kait Plus Books – Promo post & Character Playlist
Confession of a YA Reader – Review
The Bursting Bookshelf – Review

July 29th
Bri’s Book Nook – Review
Sometimes Leelynn Reads – Review
Reading On A Star – Interview
Bookishfairytail – Review & Favourite Quotes

July 30th
Baroness of Books – Review
Fangirl Pixie Blog – Promo Post
Young at Heart Reader – Review & Moodboard
Endless Pages – Review

July 31st
Debbie’s Library – Review & Playlist
WOSFF Women of Science Fiction and Fantasy – Review
Belle’s Archive – Review
Stocked Up On Starbooks – Promo Post

August 1st
Nikkie Reads – Review
Tales Of Dreams And Night – Interview
Mahkjchi’s Not-So-Secret Books – Review & Favourite Quotes

August 2nd
The Book Dutchesses – Review & Favourite Quotes
Dinipanreads – Review & Favourite Quotes
Lit Lemon Books – Review
Rajiv’s Book Reviews – Review

August 3rd
Mel and Her Books – Review
Books and Shadows – Review & Favourite Quotes
Basement Bookcase – Review
One More Chapter – Review

-ABOUT THE AUTHOR-

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Sasha Laurens grew up in Northern California, where she learned to drive on Highway 1’s switchback turns and got accustomed to the best weather in the world. After studying creative writing and Russian literature at Columbia University, she lived in New York for years and, at various times, in Russia. She currently resides in Michigan, where she is pursuing a PhD in political science.

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-GIVEAWAY-

Prize: A hardcover copy of A Wicked Magic  (USA and Canada only)

Starts: July 28th, 2020
Ends:  August 3rd, 2020

CLICK HERE TO ENTER GIVEAWAY 

If you are interested in signing up with us for future book blog tours, be sure to check out TBR and Beyond Tours.

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Meet Me at Midnight Blog Tour – Interview with Jessica Pennington

Last year I was able to read an advanced copy of Meet Me at Midnight and instantly fell in love like I have done with both of Jessica Pennington’s previous books. I am so excited to have been able to interview Jessica Pennington for the blog tour to celebrate her book!


What inspired Meet Me at Midnight? 

This book was inspired by my own summer vacations! From the time I was 10, my family has rented a lake house, and the layout in Meet Me At Midnight is almost identical: two small rental houses on a hill, with a large house behind them, where the owners live. Unlike in Meet Me at Midnight, I didn’t have a cute, snarky boy living next door, I just had my aunt, uncle, and cousins. Not nearly as much fun!

All three of your current releases feature some similar locations. With any future releases, do you think you’ll carry on that trend of them being centered in similar locations or do you think you’ll venture elsewhere?

I’m honestly not sure. As far as contemporary romance goes, I do really love writing beachy summer stories. But I also have some ideas that take place during the school year, so who knows! But my current work in progress is actually a romantic fantasy, so that setting is VERY different, and it’s been a fun change of pace!

There are many pranks in Meet Me at Midnight. Were you a prankster when you were younger? What was your favorite prank in the book?

Oh my goodness, I wish I had been bold enough as a teen to pull pranks like Sidney and Asher, but I definitely wasn’t. They were so fun to write, though! It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I think it’s probably when Sid makes Asher think he’s wet the bed, and that’s mostly because I love the scenes leading up to that prank and what caused her to do it. But the cherry Kool-Aid would be a close second!

Your books feature a variety of commonly used tropes. Is there a trope that you haven’t used yet that you want to write about?

I love tropes, and I think the one I haven’t done yet that I definitely will in the future is “fake dating.” It’s one of my favorites, it’s actually hard to believe I haven’t used it yet!

Where did you vacation when you were younger? Did you have a favorite location?

My family’s lake vacations were definitely my favorite, and a lot of the locations in both Meet Me At Midnight and When Summer Ends are inspired by actual locations in that area. The cherry-themed restaurant and River Depot in When Summer Ends, and the old-school drive-in movie theater in Meet Me At Midnight are all based on some of my favorite places in northern Michigan (there’s a little tour in my saved IG stories!)

Were you a swimmer? If so, did you compete?

I swam for a few years in early middle school, but that’s it. I grew up down the street from Lake Michigan, though, so swimming was a big part of my life growing up, which is why lakes and lake towns tend to play such a big role in my books. The morning swims in Meet Me At Midnight were actually inspired by a fellow vacationer I met one summer when I was about thirteen—she was a competitive swimmer and her dad would take her out in the mornings to swim across the lake.

How has releasing Meet Me at Midnight been compared to your prior releases?

It’s been strange, since this book released just a few weeks after Covid-19 really started shutting things down. I had to cancel my launch party, and a few book festivals and conventions I was scheduled to attend in March and April. It’s been sad not getting to visit bookstores and see readers like I’d usually get to, but sometimes life is just weird and you have to roll with it, and this is definitely one of those times!


Website: http://itsjess.jpennington.net/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45043589-meet-me-at-midnight
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1250187664
Forever Books (Jessica’s Local Indie!): https://www.foreverbooks.net/book/9781250187666


RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY


Jordan @ The Heart of a Book Blogger (Interview)
Belle @ Belle’s Archive (Creative Post)


Thank you so much, Jessica! I can’t wait to read more from you in the future!

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Feast of Sparks Blog Tour

 

FEAST OF SPARKS (Thornchapel #2) by Sierra Simone
Release Date: August 1st
Cover Designer: Hang Le
Photographer: Regina Wamba

 

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A LESSON IN THORNS (Thornchapel #1)
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Blurb:
I’m an outcast and a loner, named for death itself. Fate wasn’t supposed to have plans for me.

But then she came back—the girl I once kissed in a thorn-covered chapel in the woods. She came back, and I could no more resist her than I could pry out my own heart. And by some trick of fate, she wants me as much as I want her. The only problem? She also wants the man who owns Thornchapel, Auden Guest.

And so do I.

Eight years ago, I did something to Auden, something terrible. He hurt me back the only way he knew how, and so here we are: our hatred seasoned with pain and my loneliness seasoned with longing. The only thing we can agree on is Proserpina Markham, and she wants us to find a way to be together—all three of us.

If Auden wants to earn her as his submissive, then he has to earn me as well.

But with the discovery of bones behind the altar and the carnal revel of Beltane fast approaching, it’s becoming clear that Thornchapel’s secrets are much deeper and older than any of us could have ever guessed. And no matter how bright and merry a feast of sparks may be, it’s always followed by ashes.

And darkness.

 

 

Excerpt:
Shame, hot and prickling, needles everywhere at my face and chest and belly as I begin to bend down to the floor. The cool air that caresses my pussy is now everywhere as the position begins to expose my most secret flesh, and there’s no pretending away the reality of what I’m doing. I’m doing something I’ve never done before, I’m offering up the filthiest part of me for inspection, and despite everything the three of us have shared in the past twenty-four hours, I’m flooded with shame. It’s real shame now, not play-shame, and my safe word floats to the top of my mind, a buoy in the clear waters.

Convivificat.

I don’t want to safe out right now, I’m nowhere near the edge, but it’s nice to have it there all the same. Reassuring. There’s nothing they can do that I can’t stop.

And anyway, this is who I am—who I’ve been growing into ever since I found the words to define it.

 

 

About the Author:
Sierra Simone is a USA Today Bestselling former librarian (who spent too much time reading romance novels at the information desk.) She lives with her husband and family in Kansas City.

 

 

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Interference by Harlow Cole – Excerpt Reveal

INTERFERENCE by Harlow Cole is LIVE and FREE with Kindle Unlimited! This new small town, coming of age, baseball romance is perfect for fans of Dawson’s Creek and Friday Night Lights. Be sure to grab your copy today!

Excerpt

“What’s going on with you, Brayden?” The venom in my tone peeled slowly away. “Why were you sitting in your car in a public parking lot, getting wasted all by yourself?”

He stepped closer to me, backing me up against my door. He smelled like a dark combination of aftershave and booze. He reached a hand up and traced the outside of my cheek with his fingertips, startling me.

He’d touched me a thousand times over the years, but this felt . . . different. His rough skin kept glancing across the softness of mine, branding nerve endings that left my suit of imaginary armor slipped slightly askew. My brain stuttered right past angry, unsure of what emotion to grab hold of next.

“Shoe’s on the other foot now, isn’t it?” The animosity laced between his words didn’t match his gentle touch. His fingers danced against the sensitivespot just below my ear. “You’re usually the one reminding me. I’m not your brother.”

I nodded timidly in response. The thing with his finger had disconnected the hardwire between my brain and mouth. I licked my lips. He pressed down harshly on the side of my neck, forcing my eyes to question his. A look of pain washed over his face. His shoulders rose and fell, weighted down by whatever trouble he’d placed there.

He swallowed hard. “I didn’t want him to kiss you.”

“What?” My shock forced my voice to rise above a whisper. He was staring at my lips now in a way that made me feel flush all over. “Why?”

“I don’t know.”

The pad of his thumb slid over to brush across my bottom lip.

Back. Forth. Back again.

“Thinking about him touching you was eating me alive all night. I couldn’t let him kiss you.”

He didn’t let me process his words. Without warning, he replaced the pressure of his thumb with his lips. He pressed them against mine in a firm kiss that ended too fast. It felt so intense Joey’s rules never came to mind.

“Brayden?” His name came out as a plea of confusion. I needed to speak it out loud to ensure I was really awake. I bit down on my top lip, scraping it across the ridge of my bottom teeth.

He groaned deep in his chest. “I can’t . . . I need to . . .” He didn’t finish the thought.

He took another step forward and smashed his lips back down on mine. I wasn’t even sure it could be called a kiss as much as a total possession of my mouth. His lips fit perfectly. They sandwiched between my own, completing a puzzle that had alwayslonged for its missing piece.

He didn’t play by any of Joey’s rules. He kept his mouth pressed to me while pulling and tugging my bottom lip between both of his. His hands tangled through my hair, holding me in place. He tipped my head back more, giving himself better access.

As his mouth kept moving, so did his body. He shifted forward and pulled me toward him at the same time. My chest molded against his. I moaned into his mouth and tugged the hair at the back of his neck.

He answered by sucking harder against my bottom lip as his hands slid down and palmed both sides of my ass. His lips dragged over to the corner of my mouth as he started murmuring strings of craziness I couldn’t totally understand.

“I knew it . . . God, so sweet.” His hands squeezed me harder as his tongue traced across the very top of my lip.

My breath came out in short little pants. I pulled harder on the back of his neck until he pressed his mouth back fully onto mine.

Rule Six lay in tatters at my feet.

I didn’t want him to stop. Didn’t give a shit about pressure or angles. I just wanted everything. Every single thing he could give me.

Puffy hearts and unicorns.

The whole damn rainbow.

About INTERFERENCE

BRAYDEN

I’m a goddamn prodigy. It’s true. Ask anyone.
I threw my first curveball the day I was born.

The whole damn town is waiting on me.
To live up to my father’s famous name. To reach for the stars.

All I want to reach for is her.

But Ashley is the sweet addiction I can’t afford. She’s my best friend’s sister. Hell, she’s practically my little sister. For years, I’ve protected her from guys that want one thing. What happens now that I’ve turned into one of them? Who’s gonna shield her from the way I was made, from my little white lies and from what I’m about to become?

My game plan sounds simple: Pitch my way into the Major League draft and stay out of Ashley Foster’s pants. That first part may be statistically difficult.

The second feels damn near impossible.

ASHLEY

From the moment we met, I knew he was trouble.
The kind my mother sent me to find.
The type that ruins you for any other brand.

When we were young kids, Didn’t know what to call the frogs and butterflies that danced in my belly whenever Brayden came near. Now I know they have a name.

Those three little words that could heal or destroy him.

Before Brayden, my life was normal. And then it wasn’t. It couldn’t be. Ever again.
How was I to know that stealing his seat would change all our lives?

Anger and forgiveness share two halves of the same coin.
Our story might make you choose sides.

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About Harlow Cole

Harlow Cole is a former journalism student, turned techie, turned mother, who finally decided at age forty-plus what she wants to be if she ever she grows up. Her writing journey first began in sixth grade, when she and her best friend penned boy band fanfiction in an old spiral notebook. Harlow is a connoisseur of peanut M&Ms, brand-new school supplies and angst-filled love stories that always end happy. At fifteen, she met her first love. They’ve now been married for twenty years. They reside in suburban Washington, DC, where Harlow moonlights as a taxi driver for their farting beagle and teenage twins. Interference and Stealing Home are her debut novels.

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Blog Tour for Dare You to Lie by Amber Lynn Natusch

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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Dare You to Lie by Amber Lynn Natusch. This tour is being hosted by Pure Textuality. I will be sharing my review of Dare You to Lie.

Dare You To Lie by Amber Lynn Natusch
Series Hometown Antihero Book One
Genre Young Adult Mystery / Suspense
Publisher Tor Teen
Publication Date September 4, 2018
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dare you to lieSYNOPSIS:

The first installment in the Hometown Antihero series by Amber Lynn Natusch.

When her FBI agent father is framed for murder, Kylene is forced to move in with her grandfather, back to the small town that turned its back on her, and the boy who betrayed her.

All Ky cares about is clearing her father’s name, but someone won’t let her forget the photo scandal that drove her away two years ago. As the threats gain momentum, Ky finds an unlikely ally in the annoyingly attractive rookie FBI agent sent to keep an eye on her.

Determined to expose the town’s hidden skeletons, Ky unwittingly thrusts herself into a much bigger plot. They thought she’d forgive and forget. They’re about to learn they messed with the wrong girl.

DARE YOU TO LIE, a young adult mystery read perfect for fans of Veronica Mars, Pretty Little Liars, or Riverdale.

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My Review:

Those that know the type of books I like to read will know that mystery/suspense books are not the type of books I usually read. Dare You to Lie is one that years ago, I honestly would have passed right by at a bookstore. I’m so glad I gave this book a shot because I’m completely obsessed with it and need more now!

I will give a trigger or content warning to physical abuse and sexual assault in this story.

Dare You to Lie starts off with Kylene’s father being convicted of murder and her mother leaving so she has to move in with her grandpa. They had moved away a couple years prior after pictures of Kylene were taken while she was naked and were leaked online. The suspects were all high school football players, who were protected instead of her.

Kylene easily falls back into her friendship with Garrett and makes a new friend with Tabby. Those three characters together are so amazing. The banter and conversations between them were some of my favorites.

Throughout the story, Kylene is trying to prove who took those pictures of her while also trying to prove her dad is innocent. She’s intelligent, but also doesn’t know when to stay quiet. This ends up causing a target to be placed on her.

This is one of those stories where it’s best to go into it without much background knowledge, so I won’t say more about the premise behind the story than that.

The pacing of Dare You to Lie is awesome. I read it slower than most books just because it’s not a genre I typically read and I wanted to make sure I was really getting all the information that I was being given. I never wanted to quit reading it though, which is something I always want in a story.

The cast of characters in Dare You to Lie were amazing. There are many that are so easy to like, while also having those ones you immediately don’t like and ones you question if you should trust them or not. Besides Kylene, Garrett, and Tabby, I really enjoyed the parts of the story with Gramps and Meg. While reading the story, Agent Dawson eventually grew on me.

Dare You to Lie got a 4.5/5 stars from me. I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to read more. I’m very excited that this is the start of a series because I knew halfway through that I would need more in this world.

Author Pic - Amber Lynn NatuschABOUT AMBER LYNN NATUSCH

AMBER LYNN NATUSCH is the author of the bestselling Caged series for adults. She was born and raised in Winnipeg, and is still deeply attached to her Canadian roots. She loves to dance and practice Muay Thai―but spends most of her time running a chiropractic practice with her husband, raising two young children, and attempting to write when she can lock herself in the bathroom for ten minutes of peace. Dare You to Lie is her debut YA novel with Tor Teen.