Bitten will keep you guessing and make you question your own part in the decline of the health of our environment. Read more in today’s #review

Book Details:

Book Title: Bitten by Alan Moore
Category: Adult Fiction, 430 pages
Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Self-published
Release date: February 7, 2018
Tour dates: June 4 to 22, 2018
Content Rating: R (Book contains profanities, intermittent sex and violence, incl. one violent sex episode, together with scenes of explicit disaster, distress and death)

Book Description:

In the not-too-distant future, Italy is in disarray. It has voted to leave the EU in an attempt to regain control of its laws, finances and commerce. Even so, the country’s economy is shrinking and its national debt rising. There is a marked escalation, too, in unemployment, bank loans and immigration. Production and service companies are in difficulty. The only thriving business areas are the black market and organised crime. There is discontent and protest on all sides.

In Florence, the local Mafia boss, more accustomed to gunrunning and trading in plutonium, is involved in organising a silent auction for the sale of one of the world’s most valuable lost paintings – a sixteenth-century masterpiece, which was appropriated in World War II by Stalin’s Trophy Brigade. A British art expert is set to buy the picture on behalf of his client, a South American billionaire – yet surprisingly two Italian undercover intelligence agents, acting as antique dealers, submit the winning bid.

All the while, human beings continue to harm the Earth by destroying land, sea, air, animals and trees. Global climate change, polluting the atmosphere, depleting the ozone layer: these are some of man’s crimes against Nature. But time is running out. Nature has lost patience with humans. Unless something is done immediately to reverse the destruction of the ecosystem, Nature will retaliate by deploying the terrifying forces at her command. And as a first step in wreaking her revenge, she instigates a reign of terror by the deadliest creature on Earth.

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Mama Says:
As you might have gathered from the synopsis, Bitten is a very politically and socially conscious piece of speculative fiction.  I never felt like the author tried to hard to push a certain agenda, making this book a much better experience.  I just despise being preached at, especially in fiction.
Rather fast paced, even with all the information provided, Bitten takes the reader on a fascinating and tumultuous journey that forces you to examine the “what ifs” of our destructive tendencies and blase attitude towards our effect on the planet.
Though the story was utterly engrossing, I didn’t find quite as much character development as I would have hoped for,thus the book comes across as a bit dry at times.  If you’re someone looking for a deep emotional connection, this might not be the book for you.  However, if you rather enjoy a book that grabs you and keeps you reading to find out what happens, you’ll definitely want to read Bitten.
Fans of Michael Crichton and T.C. Boyle may very well find a new favorite author in Mr. Alan Moore!
3.5 stars and my sincere thanks to the author and tour host for the opportunity to review and interview! Read on for more!
 

 

Meet the Author:

 

Born in Surbiton, Surrey in 1944, Alan Moore lives in Barnes, SW London, with his wife, Amber. They have two daughters and a son, who between them have two boys and two girls with another boy expected in May. Alan was educated at Oundle School in Northamptonshire and at London University, where, as an external student, he obtained a BA degree in English. Thereafter, for 25 years, he single-handedly ran his own book publishing company, which at one stage was producing up to 20 titles a year. Now, at the age of 74, he has self-published his first novel.
Learn more about Bitten and the author in our exclusive interview! Thanks to Mr. Moore for his time and answers.
What was your research process like for Bitten?

I did a lot of research.  I read or consulted at least five major entomological studies on the mosquito.  I also read a considerable amount on the process of authenticating Old Master paintings.

How did you decide to self-publish vs. going through the traditional route? What are the benefits? The challenges?

I decided to self-publish Bitten in order to save time and anguish. As a former book publisher, I know how long it takes for agents to decide whether they want to represent your book or not (you have to have an agent if you want to approach any of the major publishing houses).  Then, if you do manage to find an agent and he offers your book to the publishing house he has the most fruitful relationship with, it takes at least three to four months for them to decide whether they’re interested.  And if they are, it then takes another five to six months to produce the book.  With the assistance of Kindle Direct Publishing, I published Bitten, from typescript to finished book, in under four months!

Who would you say influenced you the most, professionally speaking?

As a writer, I’ve not been influenced professionally.  There are certain authors I admire – Robert Harris, for example – who I’m sure have had a subconscious effect on my style and approach. But I’ve not sought professional advice on how to write.

If you could retell a favorite character’s story, which character would you choose?

It would have to be Napoleon, who has been the subject of over 300,000 books.  My aim would be to bring a personal slant and a new approach to his life-story.

Can you tell us what you’re working on now?

I’m working on a semi-autobiographical novel.  Among other things, it will feature some of the many interesting people I’ve met, also some of the extraordinary things I’ve done.  More disturbingly, it will include my dreadful experiences as a pupil (from the ages of 7 to 12) at a prep boarding school, where the headmaster was a sadistic paedophile and his wife a cruel vindictive bitch.

 

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Grab #BurningBright by @ccannonauthor and you’ll be burning through pages! #review tour hosted by @chapterxchapter and @entangledteen #giveaway #yalit #dragons #flirtingwithfire

Burning Bright (Going Down in Flames #5)

by Chris Cannon
Publication Date: June 4, 2018

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Bryn is back for her senior year at the Institute for Excellence, also known as shape-shifting dragon school. She isn’t sure which is scarier, the life-force sucking dragons stalking campus or the fact that she’s officially betrothed to Jaxon, a guy who will never love her. Not that she could ever love him, either… That’s just ridiculous.

Senior year should be fun. Her parents are alive, she’s finally fitting in, and she’s learning how to be a Medic. But what’s with Jaxon giving her strange looks? He runs hot and cold, and he doesn’t even have the excuse of being a hybrid fire-and-ice-breathing dragon like her. One minute they’re having a great time and the next, she wants to blast a fireball at his head. The marriage contract of doom looms over them–unless this match not made in heaven kindles a flame…

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Mama Says:
I need to start on a bit of a soap box, if you’ll permit.  I don’t think it’s fair to lower your rating of a book just because the author doesn’t end things the way you want them to.  Ahem.  It’s completely unrelated to the quality of the writing, it’s purely your own personal preference and while it’s absolutely fine to note said preference, you shouldn’t factor that into your rating.

Ok, now that we’ve addressed that bit, let’s get to the good stuff.  Like the fact that I legitimately couldn’t stop reading this book once I started.  It’s not super long to begin with, but I absolutely HAD TO KNOW how things were going to end, and I was kept in suspense quite a bit.  Even though I definitely inferred some things, I didn’t feel like the entire book was wholly predictable.  Plus, Chris Cannon’s dialogue is often so hilarious and snarky that even if I do know exactly what’s going to happen, I’m along for the ride and enjoying it none the less.

Bryn has grown so much from the first book, and we got a little more Clint and Ivy time, though personally, I’d love to see some spinoff books around them and their clans!  Jaxon was a tool as usual, but he has also grown, and without spoiling anything, he surprised me a few times in this one!

Overall, this is definitely a binge-worthy series, and one I’d recommend to young adult fans, dragon lovers, and kick ass lady lovers alike!

4 stars and my sincere thanks to Entangled Teen and Chapter by Chapter for the review opportunity!

Chris Cannon is the award-winning author of the Going Down In Flames series and the Boyfriend Chronicles. She lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and several furry beasts. She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures or romantic comedies. You can find her online at http://www.chriscannonauthor.com.

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Today’s review of The Widow’s Watcher by @theelizamaxwell has a special surprise at the end of the post @lakeunionauthors @amazonpublishing #thewidowswatcher #mystery #mustread #tlcbooktours @tlcbooktours

About The Widow’s Watcher

Paperback: 286 pages

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (May 29, 2018)

From Eliza Maxwell, the bestselling author of The Unremembered Girl, comes a gripping novel about the mysteries that haunt us and the twists of fate that can unravel them…

Living in the shadow of a decades-old crime that stole his children from him, reclusive Lars Jorgensen is an unlikely savior. But when a stranger walks onto the ice of a frozen Minnesota lake, her intentions are brutally clear, and the old man isn’t about to let her follow through.

Jenna Shaw didn’t ask for Lars’s help, nor does she want it. After he pulls her from the brink, however, Jenna finds her desire to give up challenged by their unlikely friendship. In Jenna, Lars recognizes his last chance for redemption. And in her quest to solve the mysteries of Lars’s past and bring him closure, Jenna may find the way out of her own darkness.

But the truth that waits threatens to shatter it all. When secrets are surrendered and lies are laid bare, Jenna and Lars may find that accepting the past isn’t their greatest challenge. Can they afford the heartbreaking price of forgiveness?

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Mama Says:

Color me surprised and exhausted from staying up too late reading again.
Occasionally, I’ll have certain expectations for a book that just get blown out of the water.  While I did think I would enjoy this book, I didn’t know that I would be so emotionally involved and engrossed in the story that I would lose sleep.  Not just from staying up late, but also from the extreme feels that lingered long after I finally put the book down.
The Widow’s Watcher reads like both Nordic Noir and Literary Fiction, with some excellent examples of how horribly we can deal with grief sometimes, as well as some better options.   When a book is powerful but flies under the radar, I feel like it’s my duty as a reviewer to yell about it to everyone, so expect to hear about this book in future rec posts and top reads lists!
Even though I did figure out a major, um, thing, fairly quickly, it in no way took away from my enjoyment.  It’s not one of those plot twists that if you know it, ruins the story (hello Secret Window) but rather something that you might know before the characters do, so you’re just yelling at them “HEYYYYYYYYY LOOOK THEY ARE BLAH AND THIS BLAH BLAH BLAH”
I highly recommend setting aside ample time once you sit down to read this one so you don’t wind up like a zombie.  No it’s not about those, you’ll just not get rest and if you’re out of coffee, I fear for your family/housemates.

4.5 stars and my sincere thanks to Lake Union, Eliza Maxwell and TLC Book tours for the review opportunity!

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About Eliza Maxwell

Eliza Maxwell is the author of The Unremembered GirlThe Grave Tender, and The Kinfolk. She writes fiction from her home in Texas, which she shares with her ever-patient husband, two impatient kids, a ridiculous English setter, and a bird named Sarah. An artist and writer, a dedicated introvert, and a British cop-drama addict, she enjoys nothing more than sitting on the front porch with a good cup of coffee.

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Need to cool off from the summer heat? Pick up the chilling, engrossing history-infused mystery #EchoMoon by Ghost Gifts author @lspinellabooks part of a @tlcbooktours two week tour!

About Echo Moon (A Ghost Gifts Novel)

Series: A Ghost Gifts Novel (Book 3)

Paperback: 428 pages

Publisher: Montlake Romance (May 22, 2018)

A past life, a past war, and a past love. Peter St John can’t foresee a future until he confronts his past sins.

When photojournalist Peter St John returns home after a two-year absence, the life he’s been running from catches up. For years his mother’s presence, coupled with Pete’s own psychic gift, has triggered visits to 1917. There, he relives battles of the Great War, captures the heyday of Coney Island on canvas, and falls in love with an enchanting and enigmatic songstress named Esme. Present-day Pete still pines for Esme, and his love endures…but so does his vivid memory of killing her.

When he discovers family heirlooms that serve as proof of his crimes, Pete will have to finally confront his former life. He also meets a young woman—who is more than what she seems—with a curious connection to his family. As century-old secrets unravel, can Pete reconcile a murder from his past before it destroys his future?

“Enthralling and imaginative, where the past intertwines with the present, Spinella masterfully delivers in the third and final installment of her Ghost Gifts trilogy. Echo Moon is filled with suspense, mystery, and romance, and kept me turning the pages and on my toes until the very end, an ending I didn’t see coming. I love unexpected twists! Fans, new and old, as Echo Moon can easily stand on its own, will devour Peter St John’s story. I sure did.” —Kerry Lonsdale, Wall Street Journalbestselling author of Everything We Keep

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Mama Says- with an important note:
While this is book 3 in a series, each is technically a standalone book and I did not feel too confused or like I was missing anything having not read the first two books, however, if you prefer to read a series in order no matter what, visit the author’s website for more information on Ghost Gifts!

Sometimes, I forget how much I love a damn good mystery.  Especially one that is all wrapped up in family history.  Echo Moon is one such riveting tale, sprinkled with bits of such haunting, melodic prose that I was utterly engrossed.

Although not your typical page-turner, I read this rather quickly for its size, and I must say that you will most likely not want to read it at bedtime if you do actually want to sleep and not read “one more chapter” ahem, aka finish the thing.

While some people grab light romances for their beach bag, others want something that will chill them to fend off the heat, and something they can sit on a towel with and not be bothered to come up for air.  If you’re the latter, pick up Echo Moon!

4 stars and my sincere thanks to the author and tour host TLC  Books for the review opportunity!

About Laura Spinella

Laura Spinella is the author of the Ghost Gifts trilogy—including Echo MoonForetold, and the #1 Kindle bestseller Ghost Gifts—as well as the highly acclaimed Unstrung and the award-winning novel Beautiful Disaster. She is a two-time RITA finalist who consistently receives reader and industry praise for her multifaceted characters, emotional complexity, and intriguing story lines.

Spinella lives with her family near Boston, where she can always be found writing her next novel. She enjoys hearing from readers and chatting with book clubs. Visit her at www.lauraspinella.net.

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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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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.
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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.

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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.

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