BLOG TOUR: Sublime Karma by Peyton Garver (Excerpt + GIVEAWAY)

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Hey Bookworms!

Welcome to my stop on the Sublime Karma Blog Tour! I am excited to be posting a Excerpt + the Giveaway.


Sublime Karma Info

Sublime KarmaTitle: SUBLIME KARMA

Author: Peyton Garver

Pub. Date: May 28, 2017

Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing

Pages: 302

Formats: Paperback eBook

Find it: AmazonB&NTBDGoodreads

When Brie’s stepfather moves the family for what he calls a new beginning, it’s not the new beginning the beautiful, yet guarded, senior would have hoped for. Brie is instantly targeted by jealous girls at her new school, and the only available seat on her bus is next to the school’s star wide receiver, Jake, who for some reason, finds her offensive. After a humiliating article and picture of Brie is posted in the online school journal, a demon she thought she’d overcome resurfaces, and her life unravels. A newly compassionate Jake has finally taken an interest in her, but can Brie learn to trust her heart, or will she miss out on the best thing that ever happened to her?
Jake has his own secrets and has built his own walls, but eventually his curiosity about the new girl gets the best of him. Unfortunately, now there is competition: the captain of her cross-country team. Jake’s romantic histories with the girl next door and the school’s queen bee, adds tension to a simmering tempest when all he wants is Brie. Is he strong enough to help the one he loves weave sense into her crumbling new reality while overcoming his own tainted past? This is an edgy YA with issues of bullying, self harm, and attempted suicide…with an HEA ending.


About the Author

Peyton Garver

As a child, Peyton called places like Livorno, Italy; Orléans, France; and Augsburg, Germany home. She has since settled in Maryland, where she earned her degree in education at Towson State University, married her sweetheart of two years, and became an instant mother to three spirited young boys before adding another son to the brood. And, with their yellow lab George, it’s no stretch to say she’s outnumbered.

When not writing, Peyton is a full time teacher. Inspired by the individual spirits, heartaches, and triumphs of her students, Peyton has developed characters who resemble real world teens dealing with real issues: relationships, jealousy, bullying, and depression. Her newest novel, Sublime Karma, is a contemporary story filled with emotion, depth, wit, and suspense. Sublime Karma was published in the fall of 2016 by Soulmate Publishing.

When asked if she actually involves her students in her stories, Peyton answered that her stories are completely fictional, but then admitted to an activity in which she does involve them. “One quirky, fun thing I like to do with students who have read my book is develop a dream cast for my characters. That all started when a group of girls were arguing over which actor they thought best fit the character Four in Veronica Roth’s novel Divergent. They then turned their efforts to my manuscript.  I’ve since added those dream casts to my website.”

When she’s not teaching or writing, Peyton enjoys traveling. The Caribbean Islands have become a favorite vacation getaway for Peyton and her husband. “Nothing is better than sitting on a beach, in front of the crystal clear sea, enveloped in the warmth of the tropical sun with a frosty piña colada and a good book that I just can’t put down.”

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Excerpt

The bus snaked its way through the country roads and then to the lavish development that backed up to the woods behind his house. Upperclassmen from this neighborhood had their own cars. This bus collected the underclassmen: those few who weren’t chauffeured, as minions of the privileged.

Jake leaned back in his seat and folded his arms across his chest, not looking at the kids coming down the aisle. None dared to ask if they could sit in the empty space next to him. They’d sit three to a seat rather than make that request. Just the way he wanted it.

The over-filled bus pulled to a stop midway down Belmont Circle. New stop? Jake looked out his window at the estate with a circular drive. Huh. It finally sold. He watched as a single figure headed toward the bus. What, so now they get door-to-door service? He rolled his eyes.

Seconds later, she stood in the aisle waiting. From his seat, his eyes skimmed up passed her faded jeans and plain, loose sweater, and his breath caught in his throat. Her long blond hair was pulled to the side in a loose braid. Her face? Ethereal. But then, his flustered gaze became an annoyed glare.

Her bleak gray eyes seemed to look right through him before they darted to the space next to him. Did she even register his indignation? She must have. Yet, she stood there in the aisle twisting the loose adjustment strap on her backpack tightly around her fingers.

“May I sit here?” her meek voice broke the silence that had fallen around them.

Noticing the hush of conversation, Jake’s eyes skimmed the crowded bus. There was no doubt he and this new girl had an audience. Not something he relished.

His eyes swept back to her. He could tell she was nervous. He heard it in her quavering voice and saw it in the way she avoided his eyes. He could just say no. But so long as she was standing, the bus wouldn’t budge.


Giveaway Time

1 winner will receive TWO signed a finished copies of SUBLIME KARMA 1 for them and one for the high school of the winner’s choice to be dedicated in their name and a $10 Amazon Gift Card, US Only.

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Tour Schedule

Week One:

10/9/2017- Bookish In Bed– Review

10/9/2017- Howling Libraries Review

 

10/10/2017- BookHounds YA– Guest Post

10/10/2017- Blushing Bibliophile– Review

 

10/11/2017- YA/NA Book Divas– Review

10/11/2017- Bibliobakes– Review

 

10/12/2017- Seeing Double In Neverland– Interview

10/12/2017- The Phantom Paragrapher– Review

 

10/13/2017- Cindy’s Love of Books– Guest Post

10/13/2017- Caffeine and Composition– Review

Week Two:

10/16/2017- Don’t Judge, Read– Excerpt

10/16/2017- YA and Wine– Spotlight

 

10/17/2017- Portrait of a Book– Interview

10/17/2017- Reese’s Reviews– Review

 

10/18/2017- A Dream Within A Dream– Spotlight

10/18/2017- Why I Read– Review

 

10/19/2017- MrsLeif’s Two Fangs About It Book Reviews – Excerpt

10/19/2017- Novel Novice– Guest Post

 

10/20/2017- Books at Dawn– Excerpt

10/20/2017- Wonder Struck– Review


Until next time,

Jesse Nicholas Sig

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BLOG TOUR: Traitor’s Hope by Virginia McClain (Guest Post + GIVEAWAY)

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Hey Bookworms!

Welcome to my stop on the Traitor’s Hope Blog Tour! I am excited to be posting a Guest Post + the Giveaway.

(Guest Post: How to Research Your Story Before Writing It)


Traitor’s Hope Info

Traitor's HopeTitle: TRAITOR’S HOPE (Blade’s Edge #2)

Author: Virginia McClain

Pub. Date: October 14, 2017

Publisher: Artemis Dingo Productions

Pages: 284

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Find it: AmazonBuy The Paperback, Goodreads

Traitors lurk around every bend. Mishi’s mind is betraying her, and she fears her kisō and katana will betray her next. Taka’s heart abandons her for a person she cannot possibly trust. Now that the two friends are obliged to help re-establish peace in the land of Gensokai, the only question is where the next betrayal will come from and if Mishi and Taka will have the strength to survive it.


About the Author

Virginia McClainVirginia thinks dangling from the tops of hundred foot cliffs is a good time. She also enjoys hauling a fifty pound backpack all over the Grand Canyon and sleeping under the stars. Sometimes she likes running for miles through the desert, mountains, or wooded flatlands, and she always loves getting lost in new places where she may or may not speak the language.

From surviving earthquakes in Japan, to putting out a small forest fire in Montana, Virginia has been collecting stories from a very young age. She works hard to make her fiction as adventurous as her life and her life as adventurous as her fiction. Both take a lot of imagination.

She recently moved to Winnipeg with her husband (a Manitoba native) and their dog.

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Guest Post

How to Research Your Story Before Writing It

Oh, research… for some authors it’s the unwanted step-child of a Grimm fairy-tale, for others it’s the prized, pure-bred Pomeranian that they just can’t stop showing you pictures of. Either extreme can lead to bad writing, and it can be tough to find the right balance, but it’s generally always worth making the effort.

Pretty much all writing requires some level of research. Beware the author who says they did zero research. I mean, I write fantasy, I technically have license to just make up every aspect of my world without consulting anyone, but… I still do research. Even complete fictions are more compelling when based in fact.

The truth is, I enjoy doing research for my writing, even though I was someone who hated doing research for papers when I was a student. But writing novels isn’t like writing papers (no need to write a tedious bibliography and do proper citations), and I’m only researching things that I’m interested in. For example, for the Chronicles of Gensokai books: traditional samurai clothing and weapons, fighting techniques, and culture. Or, specifically for Traitor’s Hope: the symptoms, causes, and treatments for PTSD. I find those topics fascinating, and the trick becomes not including all of the fascinating facts I learned during my research in one giant rush of information sure to put all of my readers straight to sleep. This happens to a lot of authors, because we get excited about our newfound knowledge, and want to share it with the world. “SURELY EVERYONE ELSE WILL FIND THIS AS FASCINATING AS I DO!” we shout at our computer screens before madly retyping whole paragraphs from Wikipedia articles and textbooks that we have borrowed from the library.

This is why editors exist.

Seriously though, it takes a bit of restraint to keep from doing this, and it’s an easy trap to fall into. Have you ever read The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel? I loved that book, and wanted to love the series, but I struggled, repeatedly, to get through the three-page explanation of the atlatl that she included EVERY. TIME. IT. WAS. USED. Seriously! I know she must have learned a tremendous amount about pre-historic peoples and tools, and spent huge amounts of time acquiring said knowledge, and really, I found the description fascinating the first time that she included it… but after that I understood how it worked and why it was important and didn’t need to read a brief dissertation on the history of the atlatl and how it changed hunting for Neanderthals every time someone got one out to help bring down a bison.

Ahem. My point, dear readers, is that research, while important, needs to be streamlined when it hits the page. It is very important that you, as a writer, understand how the mechanics of what you are writing works. Whether you’re writing a police procedural or a romcom you should be doing some amount of research. Readers don’t like it when they find factual errors in your book, and you have to assume that someone somewhere is going to read your book who knows more about something than you do, so it pays to do your research. But, once you’ve done it, don’t hammer people with it. Sprinkle it lightly, gently, across your writing, so that it is clear that you haven’t pulled it all from nowhere. Try to do that without forcing anyone to read an instruction manual on how to reload a Glock 9mm every time your protagonist needs to shoot one.

For my part, I have stories that I research extensively before I start them: I am working on a sci-fi series that takes place thousands of years in earth’s future, and for a big part of the setting I needed to consult an evolutionary biologist. So, I called one up at the local university where I was living at the time and asked her if I could buy her a coffee in exchange for pelting her with random questions about the evolution of plants, animals, and genetic mutations. To my great delight she accepted, and I now have copious notes to use for my world building.

Then, there are stories that I only research on the fly as issues arise, like most of Traitor’s Hope. The information about feudal Japan is only looked up as needed, when I’ve forgotten something or I think a detail might be important. After all, Gensokai is only inspired by feudal Japan, it’s actually its own, fictional world, so I don’t rely too heavily on how things were historically. Meanwhile, the PTSD is something I take very seriously in terms of representing properly, so that research was done before I even started the book. However, I had to alter things to fit a world without psychologists or psychotherapists, without lab created medications, and with the added complication of magic. So, I had to balance out what my research told me with what made sense for my world, and all the while treat the condition and the people it affects with the respect they deserve. I have no idea if I succeeded or not, but I gave it my best.

Research. To summarize: research is an author’s best friend. Until it isn’t. Does that help?


Giveaway Time

1 winner will receive a signed paperback set of BLADE’S EDGE & TRAITOR’S HOPE, US Only.

3 winners will receive eBook sets of BLADE’S EDGE & TRAITOR’S HOPE, International.

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Tour Schedule

Week One:

10/9/2017- Two Chicks on Books Interview

10/9/2017- Blushing Bibliophile– Review

10/10/2017- Arvenig.it– Guest Post

10/10/2017- Bibliobakes– Review

10/11/2017- Kati’s Bookaholic Rambling Reviews– Excerpt

10/11/2017- Ashley M. Delgado– Review

10/12/2017- A Dream Within A Dream– Excerpt

10/12/2017- Don’t Judge, Read– Spotlight

10/13/2017- BookHounds YA– Guest Post

10/13/2017- Adventures Thru Wonderland– Review

Week Two:

10/16/2017- Novel Novice– Excerpt

10/16/2017- Nick Bryan Dot Com– Review

10/17/2017- Books at Dawn– Guest Post

10/17/2017- YA and Wine– Excerpt

10/18/2017- Fire and Ice– Spotlight

10/18/2017- A Gingerly Review– Review

10/19/2017- My Nook, Books & More– Excerpt

10/19/2017- Jena Brown Writes– Review

10/20/2017- Seeing Double In Neverland– Interview

10/20/2017- Ramblings From An Alternate Reality– Review


Until next time,

Jesse Nicholas Sig

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BLOG TOUR: The Innocence Treatment by Ari Goelman (Excerpt + GIVEAWAY)

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Hey Bookworms!

Welcome to my stop on the The Innocence Treatment Blog Tour! I am excited to be posting a Excerpt + the Giveaway.


The Innocence Treatment Info

The Innocence TreatmentTitle: THE INNCOENCE TREATMENT

Author: Ari Goelman

Pub. Date: October 17, 2017

Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

Pages: 304

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Find it: AmazonB&NiBooksTBDGoodreads

You may believe the government protects you, but only one girl knows how they use you.

Lauren has a disorder that makes her believe everything her friends tell her–and she believes everyone is her friend. Her innocence puts her at constant risk, so when she gets the opportunity to have an operation to correct her condition, she seizes it. But after the surgery, Lauren is changed. Is she a paranoid lunatic with violent tendencies? Or a clear-eyed observer of the world who does what needs to be done?

Told in journal entries and therapy session transcripts, The Innocence Treatment is a collection of Lauren’s papers, annotated by her sister long after the events of the novel. A compelling YA debut thriller that is part speculative fiction and part shocking tell-all of genetic engineering and government secrets, Lauren’s story is ultimately an electrifying, propulsive, and spine-tingling read.


About the Author

Ari GoelmanI’m Ari Goelman.  I write fantasy novels.  Stories, too.

My latest novel, due out in October, 2017, is The Innocent Treatment.  Lauren Fielding is a sixteen-year-old high school student with a cognitive disability – she believes everything her friends tell her, and she believes that everyone is her friend.  A cutting edge medical treatment helps Lauren, but after the treatment her mental condition soon veers into paranoia.   Or does it? The Innocent Treatment comes out in October, 2017, but in the meantime you can read (a little) more about Lauren here.  (You can also pre-order a copy here.)

My first novel, The Path of Names came out a few years ago.  It’s a middle grade fantasy / murder mystery / ghost story.  You can read lots more about it here.  Or you could just read the book.  Honestly, that’s probably a better idea.

Here’s my blog and here’s a list of the short stories I’ve published,  many of which you can read online for free.

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Excerpt

Case Notes of Dr. Finlay Brechel

December 2, 2031

          The subject, Lauren Fielding, is a sixteen-year-old girl. Skinny, verging on gaunt, but muscular. Postoperative scars still visible through crew-cut hair. A far cry from her preoperative photos three months ago, in which she was a slightly plump redhead with shoulder-length hair, smiling broadly in every picture.

According to her medical chart, she remanded herself to the custody of this facility twenty-three days ago, about two months after being treated here for a preexisting disability. Neither the details of her initial disability, nor the course of treatment, are entirely clear to me, but as far as I can tell, her disability had both cognitive and behavioral components. (Her medical papers repeatedly mention “modified oligodendrocytes”—I have no real idea what that means. I know oligodendrocytes are a type of brain cell that connect different parts of the brain, but I can’t imagine that it’s possible to deliberately modify such tiny, poorly understood cells. Ah, to be a neuroscientist instead of a humble psychologist…)

I have sent Dr.  Corbin a note asking for more details regarding Ms. Fielding’s treatment and case history, but I’m not entirely sure I’ll understand any additional details she provides. It seems to me that Corbin is operating somewhere on the frontiers of brain science with her treatment of Ms. Fielding, while my understanding is stuck in 2024 or so.

What I do know is that Ms. Fielding is currently exhibiting pronounced signs of paranoid delusions. I believe these delusions are responsible for the multiple violent episodes she’s initiated since coming to this facility. Due to previous assaults on past therapists and orderlies (including a particularly violent one on the orderly Eric Schafer, who she mentions so favorably in her first journal entry), she is heavily restrained when we meet.


Giveaway Time

3 winners will receive a finished copy of THE INNOCENCE TREATMENT, US Only.

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Tour Schedule

Week One:

10/9/2017- A Dream Within A Dream– Excerpt

10/10/2017- It Starts at Midnight– Review

10/11/2017- BookHounds YA– Guest Post

10/12/2017- Savings in Seconds– Review

10/13/2017- Books at Dawn– Excerpt

 

Week Two:

10/16/2017- Howling Libraries– Review

10/17/2017- YA and Wine– Interview

10/18/2017- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review

10/19/2017- Kendra Loves Books– Review

10/20/2017- Lisa Loves Literature– Interview


Until next time,

Jesse Nicholas Sig

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[BLOG TOUR] Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley Review + Interview

Hey guys!

Welcome to my stop on the Fate of Flames Blog Tour! Make sure to check our Wendy’s Review + Excerpt, Amanda’s Review + Giveaway, and Maria’s Review + Author Guest Post!

Now without further ado, here is my Review and a fun little interview to follow!


Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley (Effigies #1)
Published by Simon Pulse on November 22nd 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Pages: 368
Format: ARC

LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository

Fate of FlamesWhen Phantoms—massive beasts made from nightmares and darkness—suddenly appeared and began terrorizing the world, four girls, the Effigies, each gained a unique power to control one of the classical elements: earth, air, fire, and water. Since then, four girls across the world have continually fought against the Phantoms, fulfilling their cosmic duty. And when one Effigy dies, another girl gains her power as a replacement.

But now, with technologies in place to protect the world’s major cities from Phantom attacks, the Effigies have stopped defending humanity and, instead, have become international celebrities, with their heroic feats ranked, televised, and talked about in online fandoms.

Until the day that New York City’s protection against the Phantoms fails, a man seems to be able to control them by sheer force of will, and Maia, a high school student, unexpectedly becomes the Fire Effigy.

Now Maia has been thrown into battle with three girls who want nothing to do with one another. But with the first human villain that the girls have ever faced, and an army of Phantoms preparing for attack, there isn’t much time for the Effigies to learn how to work together.

Can the girls take control of their destinies before the world is destroyed forever?

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4 Stars

*** RECEIVED AN ARC FOR AN HONEST REVIEW ***
** THANK YOU SIMON TEEN CANADA **

First Line:

The war siren wailed.


Review

COVER 🌟🌟🌟🌟           PLOT 🌟🌟🌟🌟

CHARACTERS 🌟🌟🌟🌟    ROMANCE 🌟🌟🌟

WRITING 🌟🌟🌟🌟           WORLD 🌟🌟🌟🌟


Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley is the first book in a fantasy series about girls who have been bestowed cosmic powers from the universe in order to save it from the Phantoms! If you like Sailor Moon, The Last Airbender, and Pacific Rim then you’re going to devour Fate of Flames like I did!

The Good

Fate of Flames opens up with an action scene and I can honestly say that I was hooked from the very beginning! I loved the concept of it so much I didn’t want to put it down.

Raughley does a fantastic job building a world that is as believable as much as it is fantastical. It is set in a alternate universe like our own but Earth is plagued by these monster’s called Phantoms. Nature’s answer to combat them is to bestow powers on four very different girls called Effigies. When one dies, the powers get transferred to a new girl and the cycle continues. I thought the plot and world was highly creative and quite action packed!

Fate of Flames has a diverse cast of characters that I couldn’t help root for! Our main protagonist, Maia is a PoC and has now been bestowed with the Fire Effigy’s power. Throughout Fate of Flames we see her learn to accept her new destiny, learn to control her powers, try to reunite the Effigies and save the world at the same time. My favourite character overall was Chae Rin, the Earth Effigy. She was blunt, rude, strong, but also showed that she too had feelings. I liked that she pushed Maia to exceed her limits and grow to improve.

Raughley’s writing was equal bits exciting, serious and action filled. She does a fantastic job painting the scenes for our imaginations to wander and explore. I could easily envision everything that was happening on the page and was blown away with how things flowed.

I am highly anticipating the sequel now!

 

The Bad

Not all books are without their faults, but the ones I am about to list are entirely personal to me and may not matter to you.

Although Maia is a strong and level headed main protagonist, I did find that she fell to the background a lot compared to the other girls. This could totally be intentional as she is new to being an Effigy and still has a lot to learn, but I just wish she had more then one moment that blew me away!

I didn’t quite connect with the romance in the story either. I found it dry and kind of confusing at times. Hopefully things become more clear in the sequels though.

Finally, as much as I hate cliffhangers for the sheer fact that it makes me crave and bleed for the next installment, I wished Fate of Flames ended on one. I found the ending a bit bland and wished there was more of an excitement built towards book 2.


INTERVIEW TIME!

Thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada, I got the opportunity for my stop on the Fate of Flames Blog Tour to interview the lovely author Sarah Raughley! Here is what went down:

JN= Jesse Nicholas (Me!) & SR= Sarah Raughley (Author)

JN: Using 5 words describe Fate of Flames for new readers

SR: Epic, Fun, Exciting, Fast-Paced, and Girl-powery…is that stretching it?

JN: What is the inspiration behind Fate of Flames and what was the writing process like?

SR: Since I was a kid, I always loved the idea of super-powered girl crews because I wanted to be in one! There’s something really magical and escapist about it. I got my inspiration to finally go ahead and write one of my ideas when they announced Sailor Moon Crystal in 2012. It took me a while to write and re-write the series as things kept changing. So it was about keeping track of everything and making tough decisions as to what to reveal and when.

JN: “Fate of Flames” follows a huge cast of diverse characters. Who do you have the most fun writing, and who is your least favourite to write?

SR: Chae Rin was the most fun to write since she’s my outlet to say every mean thing I want to say about all the characters and the situation at large. She’s very blunt and that’s always fun. I don’t really have a least favorite because they’re all fun to write, but perhaps the most challenging character to write is probably Belle because she’s pretty serious and complicated, but there’s a reason for so much of what she says and does so making that apparent is key.

JN: What would you say is your fondest memory on your Fate of Flames journey so far?

SR: I think aside from getting the deal, going to the S&S building in Toronto and meeting the whole team…just knowing that I have a team dedicated to helping me on this journey was such a huge relief!

JN: What can we expect from Effigies #2 without giving away spoilers?

SR: Lots more action, more about the world, more answers, more questions, more romance, and more death.

LIGHTNING ROUND

(Pick one answer for each question)

Coffee or Tea –> Tea

Cats or Dogs — Dogs (but really neither because I’m not a pet person)

Candy or Chocolate –> Chocolate

Books or TV –> Books

Fantasy or Contemporary –> Fantasy

Apples or Oranges –> Apples

Rom Coms or Action –> Action

 


I just want to take the time to thank Simon & Schuster Canada for the opportunity to participate in the Fate of Flames Blog Tour, and Sarah Raughley herself for not only writing a story about girls who kick ass, but also taking time out of her busy schedule to do an interview with me.

Let me know what you guys thought of Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

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Sarah RaughleySarah Raughley grew up in Southern Ontario writing stories about freakish little girls with powers because she secretly wanted to be one. She is a huge fangirl of anything from manga to SF/F TV to Japanese Role Playing Games, but she will swear up and down that she was inspired by ~Jane Austin~ at book signings. On top of being a YA Writer, she is currently completing a PhD in English, because the sight of blood makes her queasy (which crossed Medical School off the list).

 

 

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Upcoming Blog Tour: Fate of Flames! Come Join Us!

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Hey guys!

Just wanted to let you know that myself and my fellow Canadian bloggers will be participating in the Fate of Flames Canadian Blog Tour next week!!

Fate of FlamesFour girls with the power to control the elements and save the world from a terrible evil must come together in the first epic novel in a brand-new series.

When Phantoms—massive beasts made from nightmares and darkness—suddenly appeared and began terrorizing the world, four girls, the Effigies, each gained a unique power to control one of the classical elements: earth, air, fire, and water. Since then, four girls across the world have continually fought against the Phantoms, fulfilling their cosmic duty. And when one Effigy dies, another girl gains her power as a replacement.

But now, with technologies in place to protect the world’s major cities from Phantom attacks, the Effigies have stopped defending humanity and, instead, have become international celebrities, with their heroic feats ranked, televised, and talked about in online fandoms.

Until the day that New York City’s protection against the Phantoms fails, a man seems to be able to control them by sheer force of will, and Maia, a high school student, unexpectedly becomes the Fire Effigy.

Now Maia has been thrown into battle with three girls who want nothing to do with one another. But with the first human villain that the girls have ever faced, and an army of Phantoms preparing for attack, there isn’t much time for the Effigies to learn how to work together.

Can the girls take control of their destinies before the world is destroyed forever?

So mark your calendars and be sure to check out all the stops on the tour as they become available.

Join me on Thursday November 24th!!

I have an exciting interview coming your way about all things Fate of Flames with Sarah Raughley herself, as well as my review of the book!

Hope to see you guys there!

Until next time,

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