April Wrap-Up (2017)

April Wrap-Up (2017)

Hello Luvs!

I’m late!

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But At least it’s getting done XD I need a better schedule!

Did I purchase any books in April? oh gosh . . . I don’t think I purchased a book in April! But . . . didn’t I?

Well, there’s that part! I didn’t buy a book in April! I was going to, but I didn’t.

I wanted to order Everything, Everything for two reasons, 1- I’ve been dying to read it! 2- it’s gonna be a movie and I want to read the book first 😛

Well, I read two books in April . . .

Books Read This Month

♥ Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (review here) 

♥ The Black Mage: Candidate (review pending)

 


Well, Luvs, this was a short one. Like last month but it was switched. I bought a book . . . I didn’t read anything though -_-

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Totally not listening to OUAT’s musical songs XD

HAPPY READING, LUVs

The Librarian by Christy Sloat ~ Cover Reveal

The Librarian by Christy Sloat ~ Cover Reveal

Hello Luvs!

Today I have a cover reveal for you!

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Title: The Librarian

Author: Christy Sloat

Genre: YA Historical Romance/Time Travel Romance

Release Date: June 16th, 2017

Cover Design: Pretty AF Designs

Synopsis: 

He’s from 1892 England,

she’s in a small library in 2017. And that’s just the start of their troubles.
Emme never meant to stay in Maine. She’d come only to find a librarian for her Gram’s library, a custodian for the collection of mysterious books she’d promised to protect. On a dark, wintery night, alone in the library, she takes her first glance into one of the antique novels and finds herself transported to 1892 England staring into the eyes of handsome and dashing hero Jack Ridgewell. As each chapter passes she learns you can truly fall in love with a character in a book, that book boyfriends are real and Emme must choose between the real world, and his.
When the last page is read he’s gone and Emme feels the cold loneliness of lost love. Will she find Jack again, or will their love be forever lost? The answer lies within the pages…

 

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Christy Sloat resides in New Jersey with her husband, two daughters and her Chihuahua, Sophie. Christy has embraced the love of reading and writing since her youth and was inspired by her grandmother’s loving support. She loves adventurous journeys with her friends and can be known to get lost inside a bookstore. She is the bestselling author of twelve novels including, The Visitors Series, The Past Lives Series and the award-winning Slumber Duology.

Hope you all enjoyed this cover reveal! ❤

HAPPY READING, LUVs

The Dragons Of Nova by Elise Kova ~ COVER REVEAL

The Dragons Of Nova by Elise Kova ~ COVER REVEAL
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Hello Luvs!
 
Today I am helping Elise Kova and Rockstar Book Tours reveal the cover to
THE DRAGONS OF NOVA!
How exciting????
TDON release on July 11th, 2017
Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to win assigned ARC of the book!!
Title: THE
DRAGONS OF NOVA (Loom Saga #2)
Author: Elise Kova
Pub. Date: July 11, 2017
Publisher: Keymaster Press
Formats: Hardcover,
eBook, audiobook
Pages: 488
Find it: Amazon | B&N | TBD | Goodreads
Cvareh returns home to his sky world of
Nova with the genius crafter Arianna as his temperamental guest. The mercurial
inventor possesses all the Xin family needs to turn the tides of a
centuries-old power struggle, but the secrets she harbors must be earned with
trust — hard to come by for Ari, especially when it comes to Dragons. On Nova,
Ari finds herself closer to exacting vengeance against the traitor who killed
everything — and everyone – she once loved. But before Ari can complete her
campaign of revenge, the Crimson Court exposes her shadowed past and reveals
something even more dangerous sparking between her and Cvareh.
 
While Nova is embroiled in blood sport
and political games, the rebels on Loom prepare for an all-out assault on their
Dragon oppressors. Florence unexpectedly finds herself at the forefront of
change, as her unique blend of skills — and quick-shooting accuracy — makes her
a force to be reckoned with. For the future of her world, she vows vengeance
against the Dragons.
 
Before the rebellion can rise, though,
the Guilds must fall.
 
About Elise: 

 

Elise Kova has always had a profound
love of fantastical worlds. Somehow, she managed to focus on the real world
long enough to graduate with a Master’s in Business Administration before
crawling back under her favorite writing blanket to conceptualize her next
magic system. She currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and when she is
not writing can be found playing video games, watching anime, or talking with
readers on social media. She is the USA Today bestselling author of the Air
Awakens Series as well as the Loom Saga (Keymaster, 2017).
 

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advanced readers copy of THE DRAGONS OF NOVA.

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MFBL Fest Interview: Melanie Mcfarlane

MFBL Fest Interview: Melanie Mcfarlane

Hello Luvs

Welcome to the last but not least, MFBLFest Interview

NOW, if you’d like to read any other interview’s I’ve done with the amazing author’s that participating in MFBLFest, go visit the MFBLfest page at the top drop down menu.

Or if you’ve been here and know where I’m going, lol, here is the link so you don’t have to do all that work!

But before you go Luv, there’s a great interview right here! continue reading *points down*

Also, I will be hosting ANOTHER event next year in May and every year after that also in May. 🙂

And there might be a mini-surprise later this summer 😉 depends on everything going on but I am pretty sure it’s gonna happen.

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There once were starts:Peace. Love. Order. Dome. That’s the motto that the Order has given the residents of Dome 1618 to live by. Natalia Greyes is a resident of Dome 1618, a covered city protected from the deadly radiation that has poisoned the world outside for four generations. Nat never questioned the Order, until one day she sees a stranger on the outside of the dome. Now Nat wants answers. …more

Summoner Rising:Law One: A summoner is responsible for all creatures it lets through from the netherworld. 
Dacie Cantar wishes someone had explained the Laws of Summoning to her before she watched a shadowy creature crawl out of a painting at the local arcade. At least it explains the strange things she’s witnessed since moving in with her great-aunt, a
…more

without further ado,

Today I am interview Melanie McFarlane!

ABOUT MELANIE MCFARLANE

Whether it’s uncovering the corruption of the future, or traveling to other worlds to save the universe, Melanie McFarlane jumps in with both hands on her keyboard. Though she can be found obsessing over zombies from time to time, Melanie focuses her powers on writing young adult stories to keep the rest of the world up reading all night.

Connect with Melanie:
Website 

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Buy Links

There Once Were Stars:

Goodreads |Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iBooks

Summoner Rising:

Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | TBD | iBooks | Kobo | Google Play Books | Indiebound

INTERVIEW


 

1- How long have you been writing? 

Since high school, but when I went to college I quit for about 15 years. I’ve been writing again for a good four years now, and have finished a university Creative Writing certificate in that time.

 

2- Is there a certain genre you’d like to get into? 

I’m writing two YA contemporaries next. One is a mystery story and one is a coming of age story. I can’t wait to release these two on the world!

3- Who designed your (latest) book cover? 

Deranged Doctor – isn’t it amazing!!

 

4- Where do your ideas come from? 

The world around me, movies, and other stories. Anything and everything can become a story. The options are limitless.

 

5- If you weren’t a writer, what would you be doing? 

Well I do work full-time in the business industry. Maybe one day I’ll be able to write full-time!

 

6- Do you ever experience writers block? If so how do you get over it? 

Whenever I come up with a new story idea I write it down. As of right now I have 22 outlined stories (some partially written). Then I try to make myself write one at a time, but if I get stuck, I always move onto one of my next stories.

 

7- How did you come up with your title? 

Summoner Rising was originally The Thing About Shadows. My publisher felt it was too close to my first series, There Once Were Stars. I brainstormed different words and combinations for a week and then BANG – it hit me. I instantly loved Summoner Rising and so did my publisher. Win, win!

 

8- What is your perfect writing spot?

Somewhere quiet in front of a window. As long as there isn’t a brick wall on the other side I think I could make any scene I see into a story.

9- What do you do in your free time? 

Up until the beginning of April I’ve been taking night classes for the past five years. I am so happy to be finished and now able to write full-time in my part-time (haha does that make sense?).

 

10-Anything you’d like to add? 

I’m loving this interview!

 

FUN

 

11- Do you write friends, family, or even strangers you met into your novels? 

Yes, I absolutely do! However, no one character in my books represents a single person. They’re more like mish-mashes of multiple people. I find it’s easier getting into a character’s head to see how they would react when I’m using people I know. And of course, that includes part of myself.

 

12- If you were a superhero what would your name be?

Ha! Omg I have no idea. My favourite popular super heroes are Wolverine and Batman. But some of my other favourites are Lara Croft, Aeon Flux, and Alice from Resident Evil. So if I could be a combination of all of the above (like my characters are) I think I’d be some sort of Robin Hood girl version, fighting for the weak and innocent against real life monsters.

 


HAHA

SO happy you liked the interview! Robin woman? haha

Thank you so very much for letting me interview you today, Melanie McFarlane! I adored your answers they were amazing!

I hope you all enjoyed the LAST interview of MFBLFest!

Have a wonderful day, and

HAPPY READING, LUVs

MFBL Fest Interview: Shaila Patel

MFBL Fest Interview: Shaila Patel

Hello Luvs!

Welcome to the second to last interview until my event is over until next year!

Crazy how time flies!

If you’d like to see any past interview I’ve done so far go to the MFBLFest page >>> here! 

SOULMATED

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All eighteen-year-old Liam Whelan—an Irish royal empath—

wants to do is stop the frustrating search for the elusive girl destined to be his soul mate. The rare union will cement his family’s standing in empath politics and give the couple legendary powers, painting a bullseye on Liam’s back—and hers.

Publisher Information:

Month 9 Books

Represented by:

Agent Amanda Leuck of Spencerhill Associates

Now let’s get to know Shaila Patel!

ABOUT SHAILA PATEL 

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As an unabashed lover of all things happily-ever-after, Shaila Patel’s younger self would finish reading her copy of Cinderella and fling it across the room because it didn’t mention what happened next. Now she writes from her home in the Carolinas and dreams up all sorts of stories with epilogues. A member of the Romance Writers of America, she’s a pharmacist by training, a medical office manager by day, and a writer by night. Soulmated is her debut novel and the winner of the 2015 Chanticleer Book Reviews Paranormal Awards for Young Adult. She loves books, craft beer, tea, and cozy window seats—but she’ll read anywhere. You might find her sneaking in a few paragraphs at a red light or online gushing about her favorite books.

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BOOK LINKS

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INTERVIEW


1-How long have you been writing? 

In one form or another, since the fourth grade! That was when I wrote my first short story with a passion I didn’t recognize as career-worthy until the twelfth grade. I pursued different things in college and have been writing “on the side” for years. It wasn’t until I fell in love with my characters in Soulmated that I considered writing a series and publishing it.

2- Is there a certain genre you’d like to get into? 

Historical romance—probably because I love reading it. The amount of research I’d want to do for such a story, however, sounds like it would be overwhelming. I plan to write a companion historical novella for my young adult paranormal series (Soulmated is Book 1), and it both thrills and scares me to death! A tiny part of my brain wonders if I can pull it off, would I dare attempt a full-length historical. One never knows!

3- Who designed your (latest) book cover? 

My publisher, Georgia McBride, is the brains behind the concept. It was really important for my cover to represent both cultures of the hero and heroine in my novel. Laxshmi Kapadia is Indian-American, and Liam is Irish. When the initial cover concepts didn’t work for me because of the lack of representation, Georgia came up with the idea of the hands. Laxshmi’s hand and arm has henna on it, and Liam’s has a Celtic band on his wrist. The idea to just show their hands worked in other ways too. The sense of touch is very important in the story, and my publisher’s idea captured the magic of what happens between them beautifully.

4- Where do your ideas come from

They come from so many places, it’s hard to say. Mostly, they’re random thoughts that I ruminate on, coaxing them to grow over time. If nothing comes of it, so be it, but if I can’t stop thinking about it, the idea grows and demands attention. I become obsessed with whatever it is—a character trait, a plot idea, or a scene, and that’s usually how my ideas are born. Anything in your life can be an inspiration if you let it!

5- If you weren’t a writer, what would you be doing? 

That’s easy…it would be what I’m already doing, which is managing our family business. I’m an entrepreneur at heart, and the business side of writing/publishing is just as exhilarating as the creative process of writing.

6- Do you ever experience writers block? If so how do you get over it? 

I don’t think I believe in writers’ block exactly. What I do believe happens—to me, anyway—is that I may not be in the mood to write. When that happens, I don’t try to fight it. I do something else instead, like catch up on my reading, work on promotion, or plan out future stories. When I have to fight a blasé mood because of a deadline, I write whatever garbage comes out, but I don’t worry over it. I simply make sure I don’t wait till the last minute for any writing obligations, and that gives me several days before any deadline to revise the “garbage” into something I’d be proud of. Bottom line, I don’t fight my moods because who needs the extra pressure?

7- How did you come up with your title? 

My title, Soulmated, came from what it is my hero, Liam, is trying to become. In his empath community, becoming a soulmated empath is a very big deal, and when his psychic father foresees that Liam becomes part of such a rare and legendary union, finding his empath soul mate becomes a driving force in the story. I worried that the title might conjure up images of shifters, but when my street team, publisher, agent, and I tried to think of other titles, nothing impressed us as much as Soulmated—so it stuck.

8- What is your perfect writing spot?

To me, that’s a two-part question. I need quiet to write fresh material. My bedroom is my writing office, and whether I’m at my desk or on the bed with my laptop, I can spend hours upon hours writing there. Editing, however, requires a different discipline for me. If I try to edit in my bedroom, I’m likely to get distracted or even fall asleep. So when I edit, I leave my house and go to my local sports bar. (Yes. Yes, I do.) For some reason, all the distractions become white noise in the background, and since I can’t do anything else but work, my brain focuses on what I need to do and viola! I get more work done.

9- What do you do in your free time? 

Besides working on what I bring home from work, I spend most of my time reading. It’s my escape from the stress of running our family business and the downtime I need to recharge for writing. I also like traveling where I can visit local breweries, art galleries, and restaurants.

10-Anything you’d like to add? 

I’m a HUGE fan of time travel romance! I think it’s that juxtaposition of historical and contemporary fiction that gives me a dose of both when I’m in the mood to read. Romance is my primary reading pleasure, but what subgenre I read—paranormal, fantasy, young adult, historical, time travel, or contemporary—depends solely on what mood I’m in. I’m a happily-ever-girl through and through.

FUN

 

11- Do you write friends, family, or even strangers you met into your novels? 

Of course!

There’s always a bit of someone I know in my characters—not all, but definitely a few. It’s hard not to be inspired by the people around me—whether it’s a quirk of their personality, a tic, or a physical attribute. Sometimes it’s a conscious decision to model a character after someone I know, but other times, it’s unintentional. There are only so many personality traits out there. Similarities are bound to occur, but that’s the beauty of fictional characters. You can take traits from different people you know and put them together in a way that makes them unrecognizable from the real people in your life.

12- If you were a superhero what would your name be?

Ugh! Where are those Facebook memes that give you your superhero name when you need one?! You know—the ones that base your name on the first letter of your last name and your birth month? Lol! Hmm, if I had to come up with my own name, it would have to describe what people didn’t see about me when they did see me. I play a good extroverted game, but I’m an innie at heart. One of my favorite Shakespeare quotes is, “And though she be but little, she is fierce.” Considering I’m all of five feet tall and introverted (for the most part), I’d probably take on the moniker of Fierce Wallflower Girl. (Eh. I might have to wait for a meme.)

 


 

HAHAHA I like both of your superhero names! And also love those name memes! I know Epic Reads did a few . . . but I see them EVERYWHERE and always have to find my name.

I have never read Travel Romance! but I think Passenger by Alexandra Bracken is Travel Romance? and I’m hoping to read that soon 🙂

Thank you so much Shaila for letting me interview you today! I loved your answers!

Luvs! Make sure to go stalk her on her socials! 😛 (;

HOPE YOU ALL ENJOYED THIS INTERVIEW!

TOMORROW’S AUTHOR

MELANIE MCFARLANE!

HAPPY READING, LUVs

Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Rating Score

23395680

5star

Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Genre: YA, Science Fiction

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Synopsis: 

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady…more

NOTE: IN THIS BOOK I’D BE 575. JUST SAYING.

Review:

< error > Best book I’ve read all year, Such a fantastic novel and experience can’t wait for book two! < error >

I don’t even know where to begin! I loved every part of this novel!

I honestly did not know what to expect going into Illuminae but was so excited once I saw the gorgeous formatting, I saw online that a few people hated it. But I loved it! The formatting itself was so unique and special, the entire time I only could imagine myself as a future FBI agent reading Files_01 for a case and that 

MaDe mE VeRy HapPY

lol

Anyways! in the beginning Kady Grant and Ezra Mason’s home < system failure > (Kerenza) was attacked and the two of them got seperated. I will add that their interview’s were AMAZING and I laughed at most of it.

< rerouting >

Kady started working with computers on Hapatia and became a badass hacker, while EMason became . . . a soldier? on Alexander.

Then there was AIDAN. AIDAN the AI (Artificial Intelligence) so he was basically a computer . . . but had feelings. Which was fucking awesome.

I loved how the entire novel is written in transcripts, emails, security footage, and whatever else I am forgetting. Oh, AIDAN system core or whatever they called it XD I completely forgot.

The enemy in this is BeiTech and I like the name because typing it just looks cool. . .

< system failure >

< restarting system >

< restart complete >

I believe the best conversations between anyone were the ones involving Ezra . . . and sometimes the ones that involved Kady. But Ezra was by far my favorite character. And then Jimmy because . . . Astro-princesssss.

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I AM AIDAN

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There are so many characters that you will fall in love with, and so many things you will probably cry about if you are like me XD but the best part by far was probably the middle/end . . . The beginning was great too but I loved Ezra’s conversations later one with Jimmy and everyone else XD

plus it was all FUCKING AWESOME

This isn’t an extremely long review, but I don’t know what else to say so I’ll leave it at that!

that’s the end of this review, hope you all liked it! and

HAPPY READING, < error > Luvs!

MFBL Fest Interview: Meg Kuyatt

MFBL Fest Interview: Meg Kuyatt

Hello Luvs!

TWO more interviews after today!
Kinda sad to see this event end so soon! XD

 I am leaving a link to the past interviews this month, just click the link HERE to go to the #MFBLFest page!

I hope you all enjoy this interview! Let’s get to know Meg Kuyatt!

ABOUT MEG KUYATT

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Meg Eden’s work has been published in various magazines, including Rattle, Drunken Boat, Poet Lore, and Gargoyle. She teaches at the University of Maryland. She has four poetry chapbooks, and her novel “Post-High School Reality Quest” is forthcoming from California Coldblood, an imprint of Rare Bird Lit.

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Website: www.megedenbooks.com

Email: mkuyatt@megedenbooks.com

You can also find Post-High School Reality Quest on:

Goodreads

Amazon

Rare Bird Books

Barnes and Noble

 

INTERVIEW


 

1- how long have you been writing? 

I started writing stories before I could actually write. My mom has these books I made when I was four where I drew and attempted to imitate the English lettering system…  I started writing poetry in seventh grade, because that’s what “all the cool kids were doing.” Poetry stuck, and I started playing with fiction in eighth grade. I did my first Nanowrimo in tenth grade, actually finished a Nanowrimo after I graduated. I got my first agent in eleventh grade. I still do both poetry and fiction. I can’t really exactly give any concrete number of when I “officially” started writing. I’ve always been creating stories—I was an only child, so I quickly came to enjoy entertaining myself.

 

2- Is there a certain genre you’d like to get into? 

I want to play with more sci fi. I’ve never been really good at it, but after watching Dark Matter on Netflix, I’m inspired to play with the real world a little more in my writing.

 

3- Who designed your (latest) book cover?

My amazing editor Bob Peterson at California Coldblood! He is the best editor and art designer (I’m not just saying that) and let me really be involved in the cover design process, even though I was probably really annoying to deal with. We got inspired by old text adventure box art (particularly the Kings Quest series) and had lots of fun playing with those tropes. 
 

4- Where do your ideas come from?

Usually at least a snippet from my experience. Very rarely do I just pull an idea entirely from my butt (I’m honestly not that creative). I’m constantly writing down things I hear or say or see, then I let them sit and ferment in a notebook until I feel ready to make an idea into a larger concept.

 

5- If you weren’t a writer, what would you be doing?

 I used to always want to be an artistthats how I first started telling my stories: through drawing. So if I wasnt writing,I
might be trying to break my way into the animation market. Or I might be doing fMRI scans and studying brains. Who knows. 🙂

6- Do you ever experience writers block? If so how do you get over it?

All writers have writers blockvery rarely is a writer actually enthusiastic about the idea of writing and able to effortlessly get words on the page. I’m generalizing, but at the same time I’m totally not. This is part of being a writer. Like any habit, you have to make yourself do it even if you dont want to. It has to be a daily practice. Its like exercisevery rarely am I like Oh yeah, lets go to the gym! But if I was actually good at disciplining my exercise regime, I’d go to the gym every day anyway. Fortunately my writing regime is better than my exercise regime, so (most) every day I make myself vomit words on a page whether I feel like it or not. I find a project helps writers block: if I’m working on a series of poems around a similar idea, or a novel, I have a launching point. So usually I try to set goals and have a project to avoid letting myself make up an excuse for writers block. 🙂
 

7- How did you come up with your title? 

I was thinking about how epic game titles used to be back in the dayhow everything was a quest, or an adventure. I was thinking about what PHSRQ was really about: its about finding your identity, purposeand really “reality”– outside of the structure of high school. So I threw it all together and it became Post-High School Reality Quest. 

 

8- what is your perfect writing spot? 

I love sitting outside when the temperature is just right, and its quiet/no one nearby is throwing a party. I also love writing at my local Chick-Fil-A. 
 

9- What do you do in your free time?

What free time? I’m mostly busy teaching creative writing courses these days. I sometimes play video games (am loving Phoenix Wright: Spirit of Justice right now), but more often than not enjoy watching other people play video games. I need to get back into playing chess, playing piano and scrollsawing: three hobbies I find very cathartic.  
 

FUN

11- Do you write friends, family, or even strangers you met into your novels?

 I can neither confirm nor deny this. 🙂
 

12- If you were a superhero what would your name be?

I totally had a fantastic answer to this question which I’ve completely forgotten. All I can remember is that it was inspired by the comic book character Snot Girl. 

Thank you Meg for letting me interview you today! your answers were luvely!
I have a paino-keyboard and I’ve been trying to learn but I put it up and haven’t touched it in a while -_- oops. lol
Hope you all enjoyed this interview!
Tomorrow’s author is

Shaila Patel

 

HAPPY READING, LUVs