Shifter vs vamp vs sexy witch? I’m in! Read my review of #TheSpellspeakersProphecy by @annaabner #pnr #adult @rockstarbooktours

Title: THE SPELLSPEAKER’S PROPHECY

Author: Anna Abner

Pub. Date: April 24, 2018

Publisher: Mild Red Books

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 250

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Roz Carrera is a witch on the fritz. Thanks to the Coven’s rejection of her application for membership, she’s been denied a proper magical education. Without a mentor, she’s nearly useless in helping her team of vampire hunters. Complicating matters is the hulking shapeshifter she stumbles upon outside Las Vegas who may or may not be a vicious psychopath.

The only creatures shapeshifter Lukas Larsson hates more than vampires are witches. He’s in the Nevada desert to destroy the vampires who murdered his family, but the witch Roz Carrera and her ragtag team sideline him. He can’t allow the very sexy Roz to distract him from his vengeance.

Mama Says:
After a month full of heavy, emotional books, it was nice to catch a  break with this sexy paranormal romance/suspense! The setting provided some extra fun, and I found myself deeply embroiled in the supernatural politics of Vegas.  If you’re looking for a book that has vampires and shifters and sexy times, oh my, grab the Spellspeaker’s Prophecy, heck, go ahead and get all the books in this series even though they’re perfectly enjoyable as standalones, because binging will ensue.

4 stars and many thanks for the review opportunity!

About Anna:

One of my first memories is dangling over the arm of our living room sofa telling myself a post-apocalyptic survival tale in which my mother and I were the last two people on earth. It was so fun, I never stopped telling stories. In high school, I faked being ill so I could stay home to work on a novel about a nanny who falls in love with her boss’ bad boy nephew.

As an adult I earned a college degree, got married, and had a child, but I never stopped writing. It only got more fun. I wrote through my lunch breaks at work. I wrote on the treadmill at the gym. Eventually, I had dozens of short stories, novellas, and full-length novels piling up on thumb drives and in plastic tubs.

Now, I’m ready to share my stories with you, starting with The Dark Caster Series, the Red Plague Series, and the Beasts of Vegas Series. I hope you love reading them as much as I loved writing them!

I also write LGBT short stories under the name Sadie West. All works available at Amazon, SmashWords, and Barnes and Noble.

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Giveaway Details:

5 winners will receive an eBook of THE SPELLSPEAKER’S PROPHECY, International.

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Hear more about my latest #mustread novel from Luke Allnut: We Own the Sky in today’s @TLCBooktours review @harlequinbooks #amreading #bookblogger #bookaddict #weownthesky #getlit

We Own the Sky

Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Park Row (April 3, 2018)

A triumphant story about love, loss and finding hope—against all odds

“We looked down at the cliff jutting into the sea, a rubber boat full of kids going under the arch, and then you started running and jumping through the grass, dodging the rabbit holes, shouting at the top of your voice, so I started chasing you, trying to catch you, and we were laughing so hard as we ran and ran, kicking up rainbow showers in the leaves.”

Rob Coates feels like he’s won the lottery of life. There is Anna, his incredible wife, their London town house and, most precious of all, Jack, their son, who makes every day an extraordinary adventure. But when a devastating illness befalls his family, Rob’s world begins to unravel. Suddenly finding himself alone, Rob seeks solace in photographing the skyscrapers and clifftops he and his son Jack used to visit. And just when it seems that all hope is lost, Rob embarks on the most unforgettable of journeys to find his way back to life, and forgiveness.

We Own the Sky is a tender, heartrending, but ultimately life-affirming novel that will resonate deeply with anyone who has suffered loss or experienced great love. With stunning eloquence and acumen, Luke Allnutt has penned a soaring debut and a true testament to the power of love, showing how even the most thoroughly broken heart can learn to beat again.

“A breathtaking read that describes perfectly the joy and pain that comes with loving fully and all the compassion and forgiveness it requires. Brimming with hope to the very end.” —Steven Rowley, bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus

“Anyone who wishes David Nicholls would write faster needs to grab this with both hands. It’s a truly stunning achievement.” —Jill Mansell, Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay

 

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Mama Says:

We Own the Sky is stunning and absolutely soul crushing.  Rob Coates, the main character and narrator of our journey, takes hit after hit, and we’re with him through every emotional trauma. There were moments of such tenderness, you could nearly feel the love pouring off the pages.  Some aspects were not only hard to read, but rather moving, and there was such a feeling of depth and humanity, it could be difficult to turn the page (or continue listening as the case may be, because the audio is absolutely astounding and wonderful too.)
This is not an easy read, but it’s a profound one, and I highly recommend this to all my adult readers!

4.5 stars and my sincere thanks to TLC Book tours and Park Row~ AK

About Luke Allnutt

Luke Allnutt grew up in the U.K. and lives and works in Prague.
Connect with Luke: Website | Twitter

 

 

Anna Undreaming #review and #giveaway #rockstarbooktour

Title: ANNA UNDREAMING

Author: Thomas Welsh

Pub. Date: March 20, 2018

Publisher: Owl Hollow Press

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 368

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Anna is a student surviving the city, and she lives by a simple credo, “Never play their game; their game is always rigged.” For every man she has ever known, it’s a saying that has served her well.

That all changes on the night of “The Big Storm,” when Anna is slipped a date rape drug. Though she saves herself and her best friend, Anna is lost to the dark heart of the city and finds herself hunted by The Night Collectors. Unsure if these monsters are real or hallucinations, Anna nonetheless fights them as best she can. The battle attracts a stranger—Teej—who saves her using powers she cannot understand. He explains that she is an Undreamer and possesses the same powers, and in the future, he will not be the one to save her. She will save him.

But Anna is not yet ready to join Teej and stand against The Dreamers. She has difficult decisions of her own to make. Decisions she has always run from. She still has her partner’s suicide letter. It remains unopened. She still wears his ring, though she can’t seem to remember his face.

Anna learns of The Dreamers – artists so preeminent in their respective fields that they can paint, dance, sew or sing new realities – and as she travels through their creations, she learns that there’s as much beauty in the world as there is horror. With a complex conspiracy at work within the community of Dreamers that threatens to undermine reality itself, Anna will have to look deep within herself, and eventually have to face the horrors of her own past, to save her old world as well as her new one.

Anna Undreaming is a dark urban fantasy, and the first book in the The Metiks Fade trilogy.

Mama Says:
So, imagine Michael Crichton wrote a book with Jennifer L Armentrout and you’d have something like Anna Undreaming.  IT was a  blast!  Fast paced scifi adventure with a strong emphasis on confusing the reader at every turn and then going a very different direction that you predicted.  I will definitely be reading more in this series!

4 stars and a big thanks to the publisher and tour host for the review opportunity!

About Thomas:

Hi there! My name is Thomas Welsh and my first novel ANNA UNDREAMING is a dark urban fantasy story that was released in March 2018. It is the first entry in the METIKS FADE trilogy. You can buy it here.

I am 37 years old and live in Scotland, and I started writing fiction early last year. I was the winner of the Elbow Room fiction prize for my short story “And Then I was Floating” and I’ve also been published in a few other short story collections, including 404 Ink and Leicester Writes. I received an honourable mention in Glimmer Train’s Very Short Fiction award and my story Suicide Vending Machine will soon be featured on the Pseudopod Podcast.

I have been published in You Died – a book about Dark Souls – and I also write about games, music and film. You can find my work on Kotaku, Unwinnable Magazine and GlitchFreeGame. For my games writing, I was inducted into the fellowship of BAFTA.

I love Neil Gaiman, Ursula K. Le Guin, Roger Zelazny and dark fantasy stories where women save themselves!



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Step into Vivi’s world… or is it?? Playlist for #InHerSkin by @khsavage #blogtour #yathriller #bookishplaylist #theffbc

In Her Skin

by Kim Savage
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
Release Date: April 17, 2018

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
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Synopsis:
A dark, suspenseful young adult novel about crime, identity, and two girls with everything to lose.Fifteen-year-old con artist Jo Chastain takes on her biggest heist yet—impersonating a missing girl. Life on the streets of Boston these past few years hasn’t been easy, and she hopes to cash in on a little safety, some security. She finds her opportunity with the Lovecrafts, a wealthy family tied to the unsolved disappearance of Vivienne Weir, who vanished when she was nine.

When Jo takes on Vivi’s identity and stages the girl’s miraculous return, the Lovecrafts welcome her with open arms. They give her everything she could want: love, money, and proximity to their intoxicating and unpredictable daughter, Temple. But nothing is as it seems in the Lovecraft household—and some secrets refuse to stay buried. When hidden crimes come to the surface and lines of deception begin to blur, Jo must choose to either hold on to an illusion of safety or escape the danger around her before it’s too late. In Her Skin is Kim Savage at her most suspenseful yet.

 Official/author playlist:

The Perfect Playlist for IN HER SKIN
Becoming Vivienne Weir gives Jo everything she wants, including a safe haven from the streets. But inside Vivienne Weir’s skin might be the most dangerous place of all. This is my soundtrack to her journey.
1. Jealous by Labyrinth is the perfect song for when Jo first spots Temple at the Boston Public Library. Jo can’t get close to her, but she wants to: in fact, Temple is her original mark. The lyrics—I’m jealous of the rain/I’m jealous of the wind/That ripples through your clothes/It’s closer than your shadow—set the tone as she rubs her thumb over Temple’s school ID and considers how to become her.
2. Good Life by One Republic. Life with the Lovecrafts is like a buffet, Jo thinks: so many things to choose from, and she wants to gobble it all. Between shopping trips to Newbury Street, fancy hotel restaurants, and gifts from Tiffany, this has gotta be the good life.
3. Celebrity Skin by Hole. The anger. The attitude. The grungy aesthetic. But mostly because:
You better watch out/Oh, what you wish for/It better be worth it/So much to die for
Yup.
4. Perfect Places by Lorde could have been written about the warehouse party that Temple and Jo sneak into. It’s just another graceless night for Temple; for Jo, it’s a turning point in her feelings toward her new sister.”
5. Criminal by Fiona Apple. Jo’s been careless with a delicate man—Wolf—whom she abandoned, and who happens to be her one true love. Ouch.
6. On My Own by Lea Salonga. In the novel, this song (from Les Miserables) is performed at the opera house. It reminds Jo of nights walking the city with Wolf, and she has to steel herself from showing her new family that she’s dying inside.
7. Just Like A Pill by Pink. Jo starts to suspect that Temple may not be good for her health. Just like a pill.
8. Should I Stay or Should I Go by The Clash. The Lovecrafts’ lifestyle isn’t the only draw. The real reason for staying is Temple, and with her, it’s always tease, tease, tease.
9. You Don’t Own Me by Dusty Springfield. Nuff said.
10. Look What You Made Me Do by Taylor Swift. Every. Line. In. This. Song. In case you need a reminder (you don’t):
I don’t like your little games
Don’t like your tilted stage
The role you made me play
Of the fool, no, I don’t like you
I don’t like your perfect crime
How you laugh when you lie
You said the gun was mine
Isn’t cool, no, I don’t like you
And oh, what Jo does.
11. In the End by Linkin Park. This song is pure angst and regret. I don’t buy that Jo regrets one minute of her time as Vivienne Weir, but she does get far. And she definitely has to fall to lose it all.
Happy reading, and listening!

KIM SAVAGE is the author of three critically acclaimed young adult novels, After the Woods, Beautiful Broken Girls (named by Kirkus as one of the 10 Best YA of 2017), and In Her Skin (releasing March 27, 2018), all with Farrar, Straus, Giroux/Macmillan. Her novels have been published in Spain, Brazil, and Turkey, and have been optioned for TV. Kim presents at conferences and book festivals nationwide; has been featured on NPR, Herald Radio, and on local cable stations; and she reads from her novels at bookstores across the country. A former reporter with a Master degree in Journalism from Northeastern University, Kim’s stories are based in and around Boston. She lives with her family near Boston, not far from the real Middlesex Fells Reservation of After the Woods. Kim and her husband have three children, each of whom beg to appear in her books. They shouldn’t.

Enter the city of sin with an #AceofShades inspired playlist! @the_ffbc @amandafoody #yalit #bookishplaylist #blogtour

Ace of Shades

(The Shadow Game #1)

by Amanda Foody

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Release Date: April 10, 2018

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy


Synopsis:

Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…

and secrets hide in every shadow.

Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.

Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems. 

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

And she’ll need to play.

Mama Reads’ Playlist:
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Amanda Foody has always considered imagination to be our best attempt at magic. After spending her childhood longing to attend Hogwarts, she now loves to write about immersive settings and characters grappling with insurmountable destinies. She holds a Masters in Accountancy from Villanova University, and a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature from the College of William and Mary. Currently, she works as a tax accountant in Philadelphia, PA, surrounded by her many siblings and many books.

DAUGHTER OF THE BURNING CITY is her first novel. Her second, ACE OF SHADES, will follow in April 2018.

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Read an #Excerpt to celebrate the release day of #WeOwntheSky by @lukeallnutt courtesy of @tlcbooktours

About We Own the Sky

Hardcover: 368 pages

Publisher: Park Row (April 3, 2018)

A triumphant story about love, loss and finding hope—against all odds

“We looked down at the cliff jutting into the sea, a rubber boat full of kids going under the arch, and then you started running and jumping through the grass, dodging the rabbit holes, shouting at the top of your voice, so I started chasing you, trying to catch you, and we were laughing so hard as we ran and ran, kicking up rainbow showers in the leaves.”

Rob Coates feels like he’s won the lottery of life. There is Anna, his incredible wife, their London town house and, most precious of all, Jack, their son, who makes every day an extraordinary adventure. But when a devastating illness befalls his family, Rob’s world begins to unravel. Suddenly finding himself alone, Rob seeks solace in photographing the skyscrapers and clifftops he and his son Jack used to visit. And just when it seems that all hope is lost, Rob embarks on the most unforgettable of journeys to find his way back to life, and forgiveness.

We Own the Sky is a tender, heartrending, but ultimately life-affirming novel that will resonate deeply with anyone who has suffered loss or experienced great love. With stunning eloquence and acumen, Luke Allnutt has penned a soaring debut and a true testament to the power of love, showing how even the most thoroughly broken heart can learn to beat again.

“A breathtaking read that describes perfectly the joy and pain that comes with loving fully and all the compassion and forgiveness it requires. Brimming with hope to the very end.” —Steven Rowley, bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus

“Anyone who wishes David Nicholls would write faster needs to grab this with both hands. It’s a truly stunning achievement.” —Jill Mansell, Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay

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Excerpt:

Tintagel

 

do you remember, Jack, when we got back to the car park and you had fallen in the brambles and done yourself an injury. both hands, daddy, both hands, little red welts on your palms. so i kissed your fingers to take the owies away and you wrapped your arms around me, carefully planting two kisses on my neck. i remember, i can never forget. your kisses, like secret whispers. the gingerbread freckles on your face. your eyes, warm like the shallow end.

 

PART II

 

CHAPTER ONE

 

“You don’t look like a computer scientist,” she said.

A little tipsy, I had started talking to her at the bar in a student pub in Cambridge. It was in that postexam, preresults purgatory, a lazy, sun-kissed time, squeezing out the last of our student days.

“Because I don’t have a briefcase and a Lord of the Rings T-shirt?”

She smiled, not cruelly, but knowingly, as if this was the type of joke she had heard about herself. As she turned back to the bar to try to get a drink, I stole a glance at her. She was petite with black hair neatly tied back off her face. Her features were sharp but softened by her pale skin.

“I’m Rob, by the way,”

“Anna,” she said. “Pleased to meet you.”

I almost laughed. She sounded so formal, and I wasn’t sure if she was making a joke. “So what are you studying?” I fumbled, trying to think of something to say.

“Economics,” Anna said, squinting at me through her glasses.

“Oh, cool.”

“Actually, you’re supposed to say I don’t look like an economist.”

I looked at her neat hair, so black it was like looking in a mirror, her bag stuffed with books, the strap secured to the leg of the stool she was perching on. I smiled.

“What?”

“But you do a little,” I said. “In a good way, I mean.”

Her eyes sparkled, and she opened her mouth as if she had thought of something to say, something that amused her, but then thought better of it.

I knew she was friends with Lola, the person whose birthday we were celebrating. They seemed unlikely friends. Hippy-dippy Lola, who loved to tell everyone that she was named after that Kinks song and would always sing it on request. Lola, who was known around town as the girl who got naked at the summer ball.

And then this Anna, with her sensible clothes and sturdy shoes. I had seen her around campus, often with a musical instrument strapped to her back. Not casually slung over one shoulder, but carefully and firmly attached. She always seemed to be walking with pronounced intent, as if she had a very urgent appointment.

“So what will you do with computer science?” she asked.

I was flustered, looked toward my friends at the quiz machine, not sure how to answer a question I thought was normally reserved for people who studied ancient history. There was something almost Edwardian about Anna—her puckered vowels and pristine consonants. She spoke with the precision and bearing of a character in an Enid Blyton novel. A little bit of a Goody Two-shoes.

“Maps,” I said.

“Maps?”

“Online mapping.”

Anna didn’t say anything. Her face was blank, unreadable.

“Have you heard of this new Google Maps?”

She shook her head.

“It’s been in the news a little recently. I’m writing some software connected to that.”

“So you’ll join a company then?” Anna asked.

“No. I’m going to start my own.”

“Oh,” she said, lightly touching the rim of her empty glass. “That sounds ambitious, although, in fairness, I don’t really know much about such things.”

“Can I see your phone?”

“Sorry?”

“I can show you what I mean…”

Anna looked confused, rummaged around in her bag, and produced an old Nokia.

I smiled.

“What?” she said, her grin revealing two almost symmetrical dimples on her cheeks. “It does everything I need.”

“I’m sure it does,” I said, taking it from her, my hand brushing her fingers.

“So…imagine in the future, you’ll have a much bigger screen here, perhaps even a touch screen, and somewhere here you’ll have a map. People, anyone, will be able to add things to the map, restaurants, their running routes, whatever they want. So I’m working on some software that lets you do that, where you can add things, customize the map how you want it.”

Anna looked bemused and touched the blue screen of her Nokia. “It sounds interesting,” she said, “although I am something of a Luddite. Will I still be able to send texts?”

“Yes,” I said, laughing a little. She was so dry, so straight-faced, I couldn’t tell if she was joking.

“Good. That’s a relief.”

About Luke Allnutt

Luke Allnutt grew up in the U.K. and lives and works in Prague.

Connect with Luke

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#LiftforAutism 2018 is LIVE on MON April 24 #details inside and a #Giveaway #autismawareness #acceptancebeginswithawareness

LIFT 4 Autism Online Auction: Monday, April 23 – Friday, April 27

Enter the $50 Gift Card GIVEAWAY celebrating LIFT!

Every April it’s amazing to see the romance reading community rally around families living with Autism. A few years ago, authors Ginger Scott and Kennedy Ryan launched LIFT 4 Autism, the charitable initiative raising funds for ASD families during Autism Awareness/Acceptance Month.

With 1 in every 68 children diagnosed, Autism is now the fastest growing and most common disability in the US. Many of the therapies and services those living with Autism require are not covered by insurance. It can be an expensive and difficult diagnosis to navigate.This year’s charitable partner, Kulture City, does incredible things for ASD families. Discover more about their programs at kulturecity.org.

HOW WILL WE RAISE FUNDS?

1. Online Auction featuring many of your favorite romance authors!
Browse all the amazing items up for bid here:
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The auction will be LIVE and open for bidding Monday, April 24 – Friday, April 28.

Find the full Donor list here:
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If you would like to donate book-ish items for auction, sign up here: http://bit.ly/LIFT2018Auction

If you want to donate gift cards to the auction, please consider donating the amount of the gift card here instead. Thank you!

2. Make a financial donation to Kulture City through the LIFT Campaign.
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Dwarves of Calcus @yabooktours #review

Dwarves of Calcus (Fairytale Galaxy Chronicles #3)
by 
Katie Hamstead
Genre: YA Space Opera/Sci-fi/Fantasy
Release Date: March 6th 2018
Curiosity Quills Press

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Summary from Goodreads:

When she was thirteen, Snow Sabbia crash landed on the dwarves’ home planet of Calcus. After fleeing from her step-mother’s huntsman, seven brother dwarves took her in to hide and protect her. She has hidden for years on the peaceful planet, tinkering with old automobiles and pushing papers in the mine office.
Then, Timothy White shows up.
The shy, nervous, nerdy heir captivates Snow before she even knows who he is, and quickly she falls in love. But his high profile in society draws unwanted attention from her vengeful stepmother, who wants Snow dead.
Geneva believed Snow died years earlier and she had consumed her innocent heart. With her late husband’s wealth, Snow’s inheritance, in tow, she married a young lord, Conrad. Both are using each other–Geneva for his title and to have a child, Conrad for her money and beauty. But when Conrad lays eyes on his boyhood rival’s lovely fiance, Snow, his overwhelming desire for her reveals the truth to Geneva, that Snow lives.
Desperate to hold onto her wealth and power, Geneva seeks to kill Snow properly this time. Snow has the power to wield the one thing that can destroy her, so she cannot let the girl claim possession of the family heirloom, the Nevollo Sword. 
Snow soon learns her step-mother knows she is alive. But she is a pacifist, so she must outwit Geneva and remain hidden… until Geneva, disguised as a child, presents her with an apple.

Mama Says:
I absolutely loved the first book in this series, and though the next two haven’t quite been as well loved, I absolutely enjoyed them.  Dwarves of Calcus has another feisty heroine and magical mischief combined with space adventures.  This one was the most reminiscent of The Lunar Chronicles out of the three so far, but it still stands on its own.  Each book can be read independent of one another, are quick to read, and full of hilarious banter.  If you’re looking for something a bit lighter, Fairytale Galaxy Chronicles can fill that tank right up! My favorite scenes were the racing ones, and I really liked the Dwarven brothers! Not the nasty buggers we’re used to in older fairy tales at all.

3.5 stars and my thanks for the review opportunity!

 

Princess of Tyrone (Fairytale Galaxy Chronicles #1) on Goodreads

Myths of Mish (Fairytale Galaxy Chronicles #2) on Goodreads

About the Author

Born and raised in Australia, Katie’s early years of day dreaming in the “bush”, and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories, inspired her passion for writing.
After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughter and their dog.
She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing.
When her debut novel, Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh, climbed into bestselling status, she believed she was onto something, and now has a slew of novels now available, and is published through Curiosity Quills Press, Soul Mate Publishing, and REUTS Publishing.
Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports, and be a good wife and mother. She now works as an Acquisitions Editor to help support her family. She loves to write, and takes the few spare moments in her day to work on her novels.

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Rebel With a Cupcake comes with laughs and life lessons- with a side of sweets. #review and #giveaway in today’s @rockstarbooktour post @kcploft

Title: REBEL WITH A CUPCAKE

Author: Anna Mainwaring

Pub. Date: April 3, 2018

Publisher: KCP Loft 

Pages: 216

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

Find it: AmazonB&NTBD, Goodreads

Jesobel Jones is bold and brash, the daughter of a hand model and a washed-up rock star. Jess sees no need to apologize for her rambling house, her imperfect family, her single status … or her weight. Jess is who she is. She makes her own cupcakes and she eats them, too. No regrets.
That is, until Own Clothes Day rolls around at school. Jess and her friends dedicate the requisite hours of planning to their outfits, their hair and their makeup for the one day they are free from school uniforms. But a wardrobe malfunction leaves Jess with a pair of leggings split open at the worst spot, and a mean girl calling her the one thing that’s never bothered her before: fat.
The encounter shakes Jess’s formerly iron-clad confidence, and she starts to wonder if she’s been just a little too comfortable in her own skin. When the boy of her dreams invites her to a party, she must decide whether to try to fit in for the first time in her life, or remain true to herself — whoever that really is.

Mama Says:
This book delivered exactly what it promised- an often hilarious and sometimes depressing look at what it’s really like being a plus-size teenager.  This hit very close to home for me, and I really appreciated the author’s approach to both body positivity and shaming, shedding some light on how our opinions of ourselves far too often rely on the praise (or lack thereof) from others, and how we can build each other up to create a more harmonic world.

3.5 stars and a huge thanks to Rockstar and KCP Loft for the review opportunity!

About Anna:

Anna Mainwaring studied English Literature, which led to a career in banking. She left to travel and then to train as a teacher. Anna took part in NaNoWriMo in 2012, and after endless drafts, Rebel with a Cupcake was born. When not writing, Anna can be found walking up hills or in cafés. She lives in Cheshire, England, with her family, including a murderous gold fish called Moriarty.

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Second chance romance, family drama and tension to keep you reading late into the night- read my @tlcbooktours review of Surrender My Heart by LG O’connor

About Surrender My Heart

Series: Caught Up in Love (Book 3)

Publisher: Collins-Young Publishing LLC (February 6, 2018)

Follow up to the 2017 Kindle Scout Winner, Shelter My Heart

Do you remember your first love in high school? What if you never stopped?

For decades, Katherine “Kitty” McNally has secretly loved John Henshaw, the man lying shot and unconscious in the hospital bed next to her. Then again, maybe not so secretly. Those closest to her, including her soon-to-be ex-husband, have suspected it for years. Their story ended with a gunshot wound the last time, too. Life seems to have taken her full circle, but only the dead know the secrets she still keeps.

Detective John Henshaw fell in love with his “Kat” the moment she became his geometry tutor in high school. When they graduated, he thought their future was sealed. Wrong. Enter life’s nonstop curveballs. The worst two moments of his life were the two times he lost Kat. After thirty-five years and one failed marriage trying to forget her, he can’t escape the fact that he’s never stopped loving her. Maybe it’s just his ego, but he could swear he sees a spark of love in her eyes every time she looks at him. That’s what keeps him in the New Jersey town that holds his most painful memories. That’s why he accepted his place decades ago as a family friend to the McNally sisters.

As John recovers from his injuries in Kitty’s care, she has one last chance to confront her past and rekindle their love–if John can forgive her once he learns the truth.

 “OMG! Wonderful, heartwrenching and intense story!” ~VIP Reader
“Nicholas Sparks meets Colleen Hoover in dual timeline love story that will leave you breathless!” ~VIP Book Club Reader

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Apparently I’m deep in the middle of a new obsession: second chance romance. Who would have thought a book with a sweet looking couple on the cover would take me on such a journey of emotions that I’d need seven boxes of caramel cookies after? Surrender my Heart delves into far more than just will they or won’t they. It winds a path through grief, makes a stop on the family drama train, and even makes a stop in the crime family department. It’s a page-turning, tear-jerking decidedly feminine view of what ifs. I had some issues with some of the language which I’ll discuss on my blog, but this was a gripping book full of tension and despair and just enough hope to keep you reading. 3.5 stars and an absolutely huge thanks to @tlcbooktours and for the review opportunity! Head to Mama Reads for the full review and enter to win a signed copy! #bookblogger #review #adultromance #secondchance #middleaged #surrendermyheart #tlcbooktours

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To go into my issues with the language, there may be some very slight spoilers, so I’ve kept my brief review above for those that wish to avoid said spoilers.
In a particular scene at a gay club that is a front for illegal activities, there is some very homophobic language which was beyond uncomfortable for me.  Honestly, this would have been a 4 or even 4.5 star read, but between this and some problematic language when Kitty confronts her husband, I was quite put off and thus lowered my rating.  I think it’s entirely possible to include characters who are uncomfortable with someone’s sexuality or certain sexual acts in a sensitive way.  Again, I am being vague to not completely point out some plot points in question, but the writing otherwise kept me engrossed in the story and I was able to move past these bits, even though they were always in the back of my mind.
My favorite parts of the story were the past reminisces of the beginnings of Shaw and Kat’s relationship.  Those were so sweet and I absolutely adored Vera.  Can I have an aunt like her please?

Again, while I personally wasn’t comfortable with this language, other readers certainly may not be bothered by it, and thus, as with all my complaints, I urge you to judge for yourself what you are and are not comfortable with and proceed from there.

About L. G. O’Connor

LG O’Connor is a corporate marketing exec by day who takes her author cape out at night. An avid reader, she loves books with memorable characters that make her heart sing. She’s the author of the urban fantasy / paranormal romance series, The Angelorum Twelve Chronicles, and Caught Up in RAINE, her contemporary romantic women’s fiction debut. Shelter My Heart (a Kindle Scout Winner) is the second novel in her romantic women’s fiction series, Caught Up in Love, a series which follows three women in the same family on their road to redemption and a second chance at love. A native ‘Jersey Girl,’ she’s always in search of the perfect cup of coffee and fine Italian leather. Her perfect hero always keeps the heroine fed. You can find her new book, Recipes from Raine’s Roost (which first appeared on Joyce Lamb’s USA TODAY Happy Ever After blog), by Caught Up in RAINE hero, Raine MacDonald, on Amazon under the Cooking & Wine section.

As an avid book lover, she enjoys connecting with readers.

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