Thursday, February 22, 2018

Book Blast: Fire and Bone by Rachel A. Marks @RachelAnneMarks


Fire and Bone
Rachel A. Marks
(Otherborn #1)
Publication date: February 20th 2018
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
“Gossip Girl meets Percy Jackson in the glitz and grit of L.A….”
In Hollywood’s underworld of demigods, druids, and ancient bonds, one girl has a dangerous future.
Sage is eighteen, down on her luck, and struggling to survive on the streets of Los Angeles. Everything changes the night she’s invited to a party—one that turns out to be a trap.
Thrust into a magical world hidden within the City of Angels, Sage discovers that she’s the daughter of a Celtic goddess, with powers that are only in their infancy. Now that she is of age, she’s asked to pledge her service to one of the five deities, all keen on winning her favor by any means possible. She has to admit that she’s tempted—especially when this new life comes with spells, Hollywood glam, and a bodyguard with secrets of his own. Not to mention a prince whose proposal could boost her rank in the Otherworld.
As loyalties shift, and as the two men vie for her attention, Sage tries to figure out who to trust in a realm she doesn’t understand. One thing’s for sure: the trap she’s in has bigger claws than she thought. And it’s going to take a lot more than magic for this Celtic demigoddess to make it out alive.
EXCERPT:
LILY
I try to hide my shivering as I wait before the altar, in my position as the Bonding begins. Around me, shadows dance over the cairn walls from the restless flames licking up the ram’s body—the sacrifice on the pyre behind me—and the smell of sweat and burnt flesh smother the smoky air.
The King of Ravens paints an alarming image, standing almost naked across from me on the other side of the blood circle. He wears the corona radiata, the golden laurel-leafed crown, on his head of onyx hair. His short beard is neatly trimmed, combed with lavender oil for the ceremony. His sharp silver eyes study me beneath a heavy brow.
I try not to think about the past. Or future. I try not to think about what those hard hands will feel like on my skin when he seals this Bond.
I study the stone floor rather than look in those metallic eyes. I feel them on me, though, the same way they have been for the fortnight I’ve been here preparing for the ceremony. He hasn’t touched me; he’s only brought me gifts and insisted I sit with him beside the greatfire in the evening before he goes out for his hunt. Sometimes I smell him in the hallway outside my rooms. But he never comes in, thank the goddess. The scent of blood is heavy on him in those moments. I’m not sure what I would’ve done if he’d attempted anything.
After this is done, it won’t matter. My bed will be his. As will my life.
A druid walks back and forth behind me, tossing rosemary and lavender onto the pyre after each stanza of his spell. He calls to the wind from the east, he calls to the waters in the west, and he pulls the spirit of flame and earth into the cairn with us, asking the Penta to approve the Bond set to be made between the two most powerful Houses, as he pleads for a blessing from our mothers, Brighid and Morrígan, and thanks the Cast for their permission to seal the Bond between the two very different powers.
A female druid comes to my side with bowl and brush, beginning to paint my skin in blue woad, tracing patterns of knots and runes across my back, then baring my chest and continuing.
The king’s gaze follows the woman’s strokes, and when she’s finished, he raises his chin at me in approval but says nothing. What does he see when he looks at me? My wild copper hair? My simple features? The awkward birthmark just above my heart? I’m round of cheek and hips and not much of a beauty. But however I look to him, I will belong to him.
Determination is set in hard lines on his face, and I wonder if the torque on his neck is working properly. I can see his dark energy lifting in silver and black curls over his shoulders now. It should be tight inside his skin, as mine is. The iron shackle should be holding it in place so that we don’t harm each other in the first merging, before we can get used to the feel of each other’s powers.
The female druid moves to the king next and begins painting the woad in circles over his torso. The druid chanting behind me recites the final section of his spell, walking the ram’s-blood circle painted on the floor. He holds a rowan stick aloft, flicking rosewater over the king and then me as he passes by, mumbling, “A price paid, a covenant sealed, in earth and blood and ash, in spirit and flesh and fire.”
The price is my will, my soul, in payment for the life of the human prince that I took.
In the center of the circle, between the king and me, is an altar with two bowls set atop, one full of salt, one full of rye.
The iron union dagger rests between them.
I stare at it, imagining the blade cutting into my flesh. And I can’t help when my gaze moves to the king. I want to blink and make this moment a dream, perhaps find myself in the thicket with Lailoken, among the bluebells in the Caledonian wood.
I should run from this son of Morrígan, deny him, deny our mothers, and let the world burn. But my heart twists at the thought. I was running from duty when fate took my heart from me, when the prince succumbed to my fire’s will. It was the childish notion of freedom that tore him from me.
Now it’s time to accept my punishment for allowing the humans to glimpse our world. Time to atone.
The druid’s voice fills the room again. “When moon gives birth to stars,” he says, in a droning hum, flicking more rosewater over us with the rowan stick, “let this Bond be sealed in blood.”
My skin prickles with fear as the king takes the cue, reaching out to pick up the ceremonial dagger by the leather-wrapped hilt. I focus on not moving, not making a sound, as I watch him bring the blade to his chest, tip pricking his left breast. A drop of crimson pearls up at the spot.
With a slow hiss of breath, he cuts across.
Dark blood slides down his abdomen in a thick swath of red. “My blood with yours,” he says. And he turns the knife, holding out the hilt for me.
My hands clench into fists at my side, and I force my shaking limbs to still.
I breathe in slowly again. Then I reach out, taking the ceremonial dagger from him, careful not to touch his fingers.
I pretend not to care about the cage I’m about to be locked in. About the pain in my soul from loss, from the goddess Brighid abandoning me to this darkness, pain from the reality of everything in front of me.
I press the tip of the blade to the center of my chest, the point breaking the skin. I look into the silver eyes of the king in front of me. And consider my fate.
One deep plunge to the heart and the pain will end. One plunge.
One.


Author Bio:
Rachel A. Marks is a cancer survivor, a writer and artist, a surfer and dirt-bike rider, chocolate lover and keeper of faerie secrets. Her four kids and amazing hubby put up with her nerdiness with tremendous grace, even when she makes them watch Buffy or Smallville re-runs for days on end. She was voted: Most Likely To Survive A Zombie Apocalypse, but hopes she'll never have to test the theory.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Blog Tour: The Amber Elixir by Ariella Moon


The Amber Elixir
Ariella Moon
(A Two Realms Novella, #1)
Publication date: October 3rd 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Viviane, the new Lady of the Lake and High Priestess of Avalon, accepts a challenge from Merlin unaware her bold actions will have tragic consequences. Two of her priestesses are turned to stone. A forbidden love deserts her. Now alone, she has six young handmaidens to train and protect.
When Morgan le Fay demands assistance with a spell that could change the balance of power in the Two Realms, Viviane refuses her. But what if Morgan’s secret knowledge could restore the stone priestesses? Will an alliance prompt Viviane’s love to return? Or will the gamble cost her all she holds dear?


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Magic abounds in the United Kingdom, a land steeped in history and enchantments. During research trips to England, Wales, Ireland, and Scotland, I always encounter paranormal activity. I discover it in caves, near fairy mounds, in crop circles, atop tors, and around ancient stone ruins.

I wove one of my most powerful and unexpected magical encounters into The Amber Elixir. During a trip to Cornwall, England in 2010, I explored Tintagel, the legendary birthplace of King Arthur. The ruins of Tintagel castle are perched high atop a promontory overlooking the sea. Far below, accessible at low tide, is Merlin’s Cave.

Merlin’s Cave? You may be thinking the same thing I did. Total tourist trap.

White light explodes through the sea end of the cave even on an overcast day. Entering from the beach, it takes a moment for your eyes to adjust to the cave’s shadows. Among the puddles, small boulders and glistening stones the size of a toddler’s fist litter the cave floor. The stones beckoned to me, and I picked up a few and placed them in my maroon jacket pocket.

Soon, when I reached out, sea-green-and-white stones magically appeared in my palm. Clamoring rocks jumped into my hand, then found their way into my bulging pockets. Had the enchantments not overtaken me, I might have remembered. 

Magick always demands a price.

Considerably weighed down by wet stones, I departed the cave and climbed the steep, uneven stairs to the castle ruins. A few steps up, pain knifed my right knee. I didn’t realize at the time that the injury would take years to heal. Not until I was on the bus leaving Tintagel did I examine the enchanted rocks. With my mind no longer clouded by the cave’s enchantments, I noticed a few of the stones were riddled with angry entities. The hostile spirits demanded I take them back to the cave. Horror overtook me. Stuck on a tour bus, turning around was not an option.

I handed the most demonic of the stones to my seatmate, hoping she would laugh off my concern. The cool sea stone burned her hand.

“You have to get rid of it,” she said, blowing on her reddened palm.

The pain in my knee worsened. My stomach knotted. The rock’s protests shrilled in my head. I steeled myself. No way was that entity returning with me to California.


Merlin’s cave and the enchanted rocks appear twice in The Amber Elixir. Here’s an excerpt:

“Then stop dallying,” Merlin called over his shoulder as he disappeared into the cave. “The morning will soon turn to midday.”
And tonight will be the dark moon. Viviane took note of the wizard’s dung-colored mantle that laced over his chest. “Why are you dressed thus?” she asked when she caught up with him.
“Thus?”
“Your mantle. No bright colors to indicate your station as the Royal Druid.”
Merlin frowned. “We live in dangerous times. The Saxons are on the move. I prefer to not call attention to myself.”
“Oh.” She fingered the fine wool of her indigo cloak.
“Your staff,” he reminded her.
“Aye.” Viviane conjured a birch walking stick. In the past, she had slipped more than once on the glistening rocks beneath her feet. Her ears buzzed with the cave’s enchantments. She had learned to not stare at the rocks lest they appear unbidden in her hand. Many an unwary traveler had filled his pockets with the sea-green-and-white stones, lost track of the tides, and drowned.
Viviane raised her hand to shield her eyes. Even on the grayest day, a bright light shined through the sea opening at the far end of the cavern. Later, the changing tides would send water rushing through the gap, flooding the cave.
“This way.” Merlin picked his way over the stones. About halfway through the tunnel, he extended his hand and repeated, “Your staff.”

Viviane handed him the tall limb. Merlin raised the birch and knocked three times on a crevice in the curved cave wall. The crack widened and the air whirled. A shimmering portal opened in the rock. The young wizard returned the staff, and Viviane followed him through the magical doorway.


Author Bio:
Ariella Moon draws upon her experiences as a shaman and former teen to create magical Young Adult fiction. Her series include The Two Realms Trilogy, a medieval Scotland and Fairy fantasy adventure, and The Teen Wytche Saga, a series of sweet contemporary paranormal romances. Moon’s “Covert Hearts” appears in Second Chances: A Romance Writers of America Collection.
Ms. Moon spent her childhood flying to rooftops in her dreams and searching for a magical wardrobe that would transport her to Narnia. Extreme math anxiety and taller students who mistook her for a leaning post, marred her youth. Despite these horrors, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of California at Davis. She lives a nearly normal life doting on her extraordinary daughter, two shamelessly spoiled dogs, and a media-shy dragon.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Cover Reveal: Nocturnal Meetings by R.J. Garcia @rj_dreamer


Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced
R.J. Garcia
Publication date: May 1st 2018
Genres: Suspense, Young Adult
Mystery surrounds the town of Summertime, Indiana, where fifteen-year-old Tommy Walker and his little sister are sent to live with relatives they’ve never met. Tommy soon makes friends with his rebellious neighbor, Finn Wilds.
Finn invites Tommy to late night meetings in the woods, where Tommy gets to know two girls. He forms a special and unique connection with both girls. The meetings become a place where the kids, who don’t fit in at school, or home can finally belong. As the group of friends begin to unravel clues to a cold case murder and kidnapping— they learn the truth is darker and closer than they ever imagined. Even if they live to tell, will anyone believe them?


Author Bio:
R.J. Garcia is a wife and proud mom. She earned her MSW and worked with foster children and as a school social worker. Writing has been her other great love. She has published several non-fiction pieces. She has been writing short-stories for as long as she can remember. To her amazement, those short stories became novels!

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Blog Tour: Pinnacle by Lynn Veevers @LynnVeevers


Title: PINNACLE (The Core Series Book #1)

Author: Lynn Veevers
Pub. Date: February 6, 2018
Publisher: Clean Reads
Pages: 298
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, B&N,

Identifying her parents was the hardest thing ever, until Kaya learned she was the killer’s next target. Moving had thrown the ancient predator off her trail temporarily but with magical abilities manifesting, Kaya’s scent grows stronger and the attempts on her life become constant. Narrowly surviving each encounter, Kaya is desperate to stop her potential assassin, but it’s hard to kill a creature that changes its appearance and disappears without a trace. Kaya finds the support she needs to succeed in her small group of friends and her boyfriend Kenneth. Like so many things, they’re more than what they seem and with the killer having unsettling similarities to Kenneth and his family…Kaya can’t help but wonder if there’s a connection. 




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“So there was another reason I asked you out tonight Kaya,” Kenneth said clearly nervous.
“Really, what was that,” she asked.
“Well the fall formal is coming up here shortly and it’s a girl asks guy type of dance. I would like for you to ask me. You don’t have to ask me now I just wanted you to know I’d really like to go with you,” he said uncomfortably.
“Why, you barely know me and I’m sure you could have any girl in school go with you, so why are you picking the plain new girl?” Kaya asked completely caught off guard by his request.
“Plain? You can’t be serious. You are the furthest thing from plain Kays. Yes, you are the new girl but that is not why, and you’re right I could have my pick of the girls at school, but only because of who I am, or more correctly because of who my family is. I am not interested in any of the four girls that have already asked me. I am however, very interested in the one I wish would ask, but hasn’t.”
“I don’t know what to tell you Kenneth.” she said not knowing what to do. He grabbed her hand and she felt something warm run up her arm. When Kaya glanced up at his face the yellow hue she’d seen earlier was much more noticeable. She could tell by the way he adverted his gaze momentarily, that he knew she’d saw it.
“Say you’ll ask me to go with you. You can wear exactly what you are wearing now if you want.” he said with enthusiasm.
That made her smile. She couldn’t think of one good reason to decline his request so instead she gave in and said, “Ok Kenneth I’ll go, on one condition. If I am going with you, I will dress the part but not on the back of a motorcycle.”
“Awe come on, ruin my entire image why don’t you. Its fine, I can drive my truck. I’ll pick you up in that.”
The yellow hue that had been there before was almost gone now. I was about to bring that up but he beat me to it. “Kays I will explain the eyes to you later, I think you might think it is weird and you probably have never heard anything as weird as what is behind that story.” he said uneasily.
“I don’t mean to laugh Kenneth but you have no idea what I’ve seen and heard in just the past few months. Trust me it can’t be any weirder than those things.” she said seriously. 
“Ok well you say that now, we shall see. It looks like a storm is popping up I should probably get you home. You ready to go?” he asked.
“No but we probably should.” Kaya said reluctantly. Kenneth stood up and she realized he had not let go of her hand yet as he helped her up off the curb.


About Lynn:
Hello from Oklahoma, but I am originally from the Great Northwest, Washington State. I have been writing since I was in late elementary, early middle school. I have always had a passion for the fantasy genre and as a result I most certainly do write what I like to read. I am a traditionally published YA Author with Clean Reads. My first book Pinnacle is coming out February 6th 2018 and it’s sequel Eximius will be out next summer. I also have various other novels and series in construction or being looked at by agents. My hope for this blog is to help other Authors who are aspiring to be published with advise and knowledge about the industry as well as to supply my readers with exclusive pre- published excerpts you will only find here!
Happy reading and remember…
Don’t just read, insert yourself into the story and experience the journey as if you were written into it!
-Lynn Veevers



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Blog Tour: Of Sea and Stone by Kate Avery Ellison @Katiewriting


Of Sea and Stone

by Kate Avery Ellison
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: February 2014

Summary:


Aemi lives in a village carved from stones and surrounded by sea. She wins spear-throwing competitions in disguise and earns slaps from her spoiled mistress by talking back. She hates being a slave. She survives by remembering her mother's tales of home, a paradise called Perilous.

Aemi intends to find it.


But then, black ships rise from the sea in the night. Aemi is captured and taken to Itlantis, an underwater world of cities and gardens encased in glass, dazzling technology. and a centuries-long war.


She is determined to escape, even if it means conspiring with fellow prisoner Nol, who fills her with equal parts anger and desire. Even if it means impersonating her mistress. Even if it means fleeing into the territory of the Dron, the bloodthirsty barbarians of the deep.


But when Aemi witnesses firsthand an attack by the Dron, she realizes not all is as it seems below the sea.


And Perilous might be closer than she thinks.
 


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EXCERPT – The Floating Gardens
In this excerpt, Aemi is scheming to access to a map of the city to better help her plan her escape. She talks her mistress, Lyssia, into exploring the floating gardens with her under the guise of finding a young man named Cal whom Lyssia likes.
The gardens were at the top of the city, nearest to the sunlight that filtered through the vast expanse of blue water above our heads. We took a lift enclosed in a gilded chute, and my stomach knotted with anticipation as the city fell away around us.
The lift came to a shuddering stop, and the door opened. Lyssia grinned at me. “You’re going to like this.”
We stepped onto a platform surrounded by a smooth, rounded bubble of glass. The floor was glittering metal set with lights in the floor. Ramps led away in six different directions, some of them curling overhead, others leading straight away from us.
“Each ramp takes us to a different garden sphere,” Lyssia explained. “Cal could be in any of them. You said we should try Verdus?”
I nodded. The platform had captured my attention. Verdus’s ramp spiraled up to high above the platform, entering a tunnel of glass that gave views of the sea on all sides, even beneath our feet. As we reached the top, the sound of trickling water filled my ears.
“Here we are,” Lyssia said. “The garden sphere of Verdus.”
A glass sphere enclosed the garden, and lush green vegetation trailed up and down a forest of columns that reached to the top of the glass bubble. A sign next to the entrance informed us that Verdus was built amid a forest of kelp, an underwater plant that grew in tall, straight lines, and these columns were meant to mimic that in design. Pathways wove between the columns, some winding around them to take visitors to the top of the garden. Sunlight filtered through the ocean above and danced over everything in shivery bands of gold, mingling with spotlights that illuminated the columns in soft colors of blue and green. With the fish swimming past outside, I could almost believe we were underwater too.
“Where did these plants come from?” I asked as I turned a circle. “Aren’t they from the surface?”
“Our ancestors brought plants below with them when the world burned, saving thousands of varieties from extinction in gardens such as these,” Lyssia said. “My father could tell you more about it, I’m sure.”
We wandered through the paths, looking for Cal. At least, Lyssia looked, while I read every sign in search of information. But the beauty of the garden threatened to distract me from my mission. Sculptures of fish and otters were displayed among the vegetation, gleaming statues of gold and silver metals created in playful designs, and benches made to look like sea stones were tucked between columns. It was beautiful, a masterpiece.
“Let’s go up to the top,” Lyssia suggested, gesturing at the highest pathway that rose to the highest part of the garden sphere. “It’s the highest point in the whole city. We’ll be able to see better.”
I followed her up one of the winding pathways, scanning the surrounding area for any sign of the map the device from Merelus’s study had mentioned. When we reached the top, though, I forgot why I’d come.
The sunlight felt so close here, and it was almost like being in a cave by the sea, with light reflected from the water dancing on the rocks. I shut my eyes and pressed my hands to the glass. I could almost dredge up a dream of the Village of the Rocks, except for the fact that no wind stirred my hair and no scent of fresh seawater met my nose. Instead, I felt the faint mist from the waterfalls that trickled down the sides of some of the columns, and smelled the scent of green growing things mixed with the aroma of Lyssia’s perfume.
“Help me look for Cal,” Lyssia said, and the daydream was broken. I lowered my hands and turned to peer over the rail.
“He may not be here,” she murmured. “He may be in another garden, or not here at all.”
A glimmer of light caught my eye. Below, in the center of the garden sphere. “What’s that?” I demanded, leaning over the rail.
Lyssia looked. “Oh, that’s a map of Verdus. All the gardens have one for their city.”
The map.
“I would like to see it,” I said, trying to contain my eagerness.
We descended the ramp that led to the center of the Verdus garden. There, set atop a slab of green stone, hovered the glowing map of the city.


About the Author

 I'm the author of the Frost Chronicles, an Amazon bestselling series and source material for the adventure app game Frost by Delight Games, as well as numerous other fantasy and science fiction novels. I love putting a dash of mystery in everything I write, an ode to a childhood spent reading Nancy Drew, Agatha Christie, and Sherlock Holmes. I can’t resist adding a good twist in the story wherever I can.

I wish I could live in a place where it’s always October, but until that’s possible, I make my home in humid Atlanta with my husband, children, and two spoiled cats.
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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Cover Reveal: Slippers and Theives by Christina Bauer @CB_Bauer


Slippers And Thieves
Christina Bauer
(Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #3)
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: TBA
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Years ago, Elle—never call her Cinderella—escaped her evil step family in order to build a new life for herself in Manhattan. Today, Elle’s awful past is a distant memory. In fact, Elle even attends West Lake Prep, an exclusive high school where regular humans mix with members of the Magicorum, such as fairies, shifters and witches. Although she still must live in hiding from her evil stepfamily, Elle has always found ways to get whatever her heart desires.
That is, until Alec Le Charme.
Alec is the heir to the Le Charme dynasty of high-end jewelers. He’s also kind, charismatic, has a knee-melting smile. Elle has fallen for him, hard. Unfortunately, thanks to Elle’s evil step family, Alec is absolutely off limits. In fact, if Elle and Alec so much as kiss, it will start a magical chain reaction that would end in powerful factions of witches and wizards going to war. As a result, Elle and Alec vow to stay friends, no matter what. Then West Lake Prep holds a masquerade ball. Identities get mixed up and forbidden kisses are finally shared.
Time for the Magicorum to go to war, and for Elle to confront her hidden past in ways she never thought possible.
Previous books in the series:


Author Bio:
Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers.
Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.
Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Blog Tour: Kanta by Marlena Frank


The She-Wolf of Kanta

by Marlena Frank
Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy
Release Date: April 17th 2018
Legion Imprint of Radiant Crown Publishing

Summary:


"A pair of yellow eyes caught the moonlight and locked onto hers."

Mercy has always dreamed of becoming a werewolf trapper like her father. In Kanta, one must learn how to survive one way or another. A dark-skinned, blue-eyed young beauty, Mercy understands that she brings out the beast in monsters and men. When a routine werewolf delivery turns into a vicious assault from a pair of human traffickers, Mercy’s life changes forever. Somehow she must endure in a dangerous city where women and werewolves are hunted.


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About the Author


A writer of both fantasy and horror, Marlena’s work is in a smattering of anthologies. Her stories lean toward weird horror, creature horror, and YA fantasy. She typically thinks up strange tales while sipping sweet tea at her Georgia home, listening to podcasts on her hour-long commute, or while reading a good book with her three cats.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Blog Tour: Say You'll Remember me by Katy McGarry @KatieMcGarry @HarlequinTEEN @InkSlingerPR

   

From critically acclaimed author Katie McGarry, comes SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME—a story of two people from different worlds pushing themselves, and each other, to get what they deserve!

SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME is now available. Grab your copy today!

   

SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME Synopsis:

“Doesn’t matter who did it. Not anymore. I did the time. It’s over.”

When Drix was convicted of a crime–one he didn’t commit–he thought his life was over. But opportunity came with the Second Chance Program, the governor’s newest pet project to get delinquents off the streets, rehabilitated and back into society. Drix knows this is his chance to get his life back on track, even if it means being paraded in front of reporters for a while.

Elle knows she lives a life of privilege. As the governor’s daughter, she can open doors with her name alone. But the expectations and pressure to be someone she isn’t may be too much to handle. She wants to follow her own path, whatever that means.

When Drix and Elle meet, their connection is immediate, but so are their problems. Drix is not the type of boy Elle’s parents have in mind for her, and Elle is not the kind of girl who can understand Drix’s messy life.

But sometimes love can breach all barriers.

Fighting against a society that can’t imagine them together, Drix and Elle must push themselves–Drix to confront the truth of the robbery, and Elle to assert her independence–and each other to finally get what they deserve.

    Brooke's Review:
I should probably just make it official and tell you McGarry is my favorite contemporary teen writer. I haven't read a book by her I didn't like, couldn't put down. So why should this one have been different? It wasn't!

No shocker she fleshes out her characters so well you feel they are your friends or family. No surprise her writing flows so well you can't find a decent stopping point when you're Kindle is hitting you in the face in bed! No surprise you cry some, laugh some, and have those totally sighing moments and none of them make you wan to stop reading.

Drix and Elle are great characters. Drix is this tough exterior with that squishy interior. And Elle is what looks like a push over exterior that turns into a tougher personality than you thought (just listen to the words that cross her lips). But mostly they are just a great mesh together. His hard to her soft. Her snarky to his serious. So much harbored emotion and raw courage from both.

The story itself is tragic: young boy does time for a crime he didn't commit and falls for the privileged girl he doesn't think he deserves; young girl wants to be independent but is ruled by a dominating set of parents and wants to be with a boy she knows they will never accept. This has teen angst written all over it. And, yet, McGarry doesn't do angst. She does emotion and heart wrenching twists. She does characters who look deep into their souls but don't always feel they have what it takes to take what they want. And she does teens who come to grips with becoming independent and standing up for what they feel is right and what they want.

Will I say this is my favorite book by McGarry, no, I cannot betray West and Haley. But I can say McGarry has no issue with sucking me into her stories and keeping me there. With making me feel like I cannot possibly stop reading because I just have to know what happens next. I look forward to more stories that pull me into the trenches, throw me around a bit, and have some sunshine on the other side.

I want to thank InkSlinger and Harlequin Teen for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. Receiving this book for free has in no way altered my opinion or review.

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  About Katie McGarry: Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan. Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine’s 2012 Reviewer’s Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.    


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