July 1, 2015

Silver in the Blood Blog Tour Stop + Giveaway!

About the Author

Jessica Day George earned a BA in Humanities/Comparative Literature from Brigham Young University, where she enjoyed classes in Pottery and Old Norse, and dutifully forced herself to take Algebra and Biology. Originally from Idaho, she now resides in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband and three young children.

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About the Book

A New York Times bestselling author brings dark secrets to life in a lush new YA perfect for fans of Libba Bray or Cassandra Clare.

Society girls from New York City circa 1890, Dacia and Lou never desired to know more about their lineage, instead preferring to gossip about the mysterious Romanian family that they barely knew. But upon turning seventeen, the girls must return to their homeland to meet their relatives, find proper husbands, and—most terrifyingly—learn the deep family secrets of The Claw, The Wing, and The Smoke. The Florescus, after all, are shape-shifters, and it is time for Dacia and Lou to fulfill the prophecy that demands their acceptance of this fate . . . or fight against this cruel inheritance with all their might.

With a gorgeous Romanian setting, stunning Parisian gowns, and dark brooding young men, readers will be swept up by this epic adventure of two girls in a battle for their lives.

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What does a typical day of writing look like?

The tricky part is that I have children. I’d love to be able to roll out of bed in the morning and just get cracking on the story, work all day if I’m in the mood. But first there has to be clothes and food for the children (and myself), and usually laundry and dishes and reminders to practice piano.

But then there’s the afternoon! The glorious afternoon! I often have a babysitter during the week, and my husband takes charge on weekends, so that I can shut the office door, or go to my local library, to work in peace. I use noise-canceling headphones, even in my own house. If it’s a rough draft, I listen to music, if it’s an edit, I can’t listen to anything. I also like to have snacks nearby: Red Vines, and some really super dark chocolate. We are talking pure cacao. And a water bottle. It’s almost like a nervous tic, the water drinking while I write.

I try to write at least 1,000 words every writing session. I also like to multi-task while I write. I keep Goodreads open and will rearrange my to-read shelf or do the never-ending trivia game in between paragraphs. I also like to look at knitting patterns online. I don’t know why, I just find it soothing to look at knitting and think about making an afghan that is a map of the United States… So I’ll write a sentence, or a paragraph, and then while I’m thinking about whether I liked what I just wrote, or what to say next, I flick over to Goodreads or Knitty and look at something else for just a minute. And then back to my World document.

And well, the secret to good writing is just to get your bum in the chair and keep plugging away. So that’s what I try to do. I try to find the time to get those words on the page. Some days I reach my 1,000, some days I feel like 400 is a triumph. All that matters is that I tried!

(And also the chocolate. The chocolate matters a great deal.)

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This is a tour hosted giveaway!
2 winners will receive a finished copy of SILVER IN THE BLOOD. US Only.

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☆ The Tour ☆

Week One:
6/29/2015- Reading Lark- Interview
6/30/2015- Katie's Book Blog- Review
7/1/2015- Magical Urban Fantasy Reads- Guest Post
7/2/2015- Dark Faerie Tales- Review
7/3/2015- Adventures of a Book Junkie- Interview

Week Two:
7/6/2015- Frannie in the Pages- Review
7/7/2015- Once Upon a Twilight- Guest Post
7/8/2015- Alice Marvels- Review
7/9/2015- Two Chicks on Books- Interview
7/10/2015- Bookhounds ya- Review

June 5, 2015

The Witch Hunter Blog Tour: Interview with Virginia & Giveaway!

About the Author

Virginia Boecker recently spent four years in London obsessing over English medieval history, which formed the basis of The Witch Hunter. She now lives in the Bay Area, California with her husband and spends her days writing, reading, running, and chasing around her two children and a dog named George.

In addition to English kings, nine-day queens, and Protestant princesses, her other obsessions include The Smiths, art museums, champagne, and Chapstick. She is represented by the incomparable Kathleen Ortiz at New Leaf Literary & Media.

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About the Book

The magic and suspense of Graceling meet the political intrigue and unrest of Game of Thrones in this riveting fantasy debut.

Your greatest enemy isn't what you fight, but what you fear.

Elizabeth Grey is one of the king's best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. But when she's accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to burn at the stake.

Salvation comes from a man she thought was her enemy. Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful and dangerous wizard in the kingdom, offers her a deal: he will save her from execution if she can break the deadly curse that's been laid upon him.

But Nicholas and his followers know nothing of Elizabeth's witch hunting past--if they find out, the stake will be the least of her worries. And as she's thrust into the magical world of witches, ghosts, pirates, and one all-too-handsome healer, Elizabeth is forced to redefine her ideas of right and wrong, of friends and enemies, and of love and hate.

Virginia Boecker weaves a riveting tale of magic, betrayal, and sacrifice in this unforgettable fantasy debut.

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Mindy: Hi Virginia! I’m so excited that you are visiting Magical Urban Fantasy Reads! Welcome!!!

Virginia: Thank you so much for having me. I’m happy to be here to talk to you about The Witch Hunter!

Mindy: In ten words or less will you try to describe The Witch Hunter for us?

Virginia: The kingdom’s best witch hunter becomes the kingdom’s most wanted.

Mindy: In the description it talks about “the political intrigue and unrest of Game of thrones”. Should we be preparing ourselves for multiple unexpected deaths or even incestuous relationships? Sorry I couldn’t help myself!

Virginia: There are several deaths in the story and, if reader reactions so far are anything to go by, they have definitely been unexpected! I like to play around with the idea that people are not always who they seem to be and I think when you have that type of ambiguity in a character: moral, political, ethical, you can always expect their actions to come as a surprise. I don’t have any incestuous relationships thus far (!), but I do have several relationships that I like to call non-traditional: relationships where the power balance is off--in some cases wildly so--which always results in some good old-fashioned drama.

Mindy: Can you give us a brief description of the characters in The Witch Hunter’s character traits?

Virginia: Elizabeth is brave yet impulsive: she tends to throw herself into situations without fully thinking them through. John is nurturing, patient, and kind, all of which mask a darker, more melancholy side. Schuyler is charming and irreverent; loyal to his friends but vicious to his enemies. Fifer is whip-smart and protective, full of sass and determination. George is sly and clever, with a wicked sense of humor. Nicholas is wise and mediating, generous with his guidance but sparing with his words. Caleb is ambitious, restless, and driven: nothing is ever enough for him.

Mindy: I’m always really fascinated in villains. Can you tell us what your villain(s) are like?

Virginia: I have a few villains in this story, and as I don’t want to be spoilery and call them out by name, I’ll say that each one share a few common traits in that they are ruled by ambition, blind to their own faults, will stop at nothing to get what they want, and are beset by unexpected (and in some cases unfortunate) surprises.

Mindy: Thank you so much for visiting with us Virginia! I can hardly wait to meet you in person and I’m even more excited to read The Witch Hunter. Congrats on your new release!

Virginia: Thank you for your kind words, and for having me on your blog! This was a fun interview, and I hope you enjoy reading.

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☆ The Tour ☆

6/1/2015- Supernatural Snark- Interview
6/1/2015- Addicted Readers- Review
6/2/2015- Two Chicks on Books- Guest Post
6/2/2015- Mundie Moms- Review
6/3/2015- Tales of the Ravenous Reader- Interview
6/3/2015- Bookish Serendipity- Review
6/4/2015- Once Upon a Twilight - Guest Post
6/4/2015- Fiktshun- Review
6/5/2015- Magical Urban Fantasy Reads- Interview
6/5/2015- Me, My Shelf and I- Review

May 19, 2015

The Artisans Blog Tour Review & Giveaway!

About the Author

Born in Ohio, I lived next to my grandfather’s horse farm until the fourth grade. Summers were about riding, fishing and make-believe, while winter brought sledding and ice-skating on frozen ponds. Most of life was magical, but not all.

I struggled with multiple learning disabilities, did not excel in school. I spent much of my time looking out windows and daydreaming. In the fourth grade (with the help of one very nice teacher) I fought dyslexia for my right to read, like a prince fights a dragon in order to free the princess locked in a tower, and I won.

Afterwards, I read like a fiend. I invented stories where I could be the princess… or a gifted heroine from another world who kicked bad guy butt to win the heart of a charismatic hero. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? Later, I moved to Florida where I continued to fantasize about superpowers and monsters, fabricating stories (my mother called it lying) and sharing them with my friends.

Then I thought I’d write one down…

Hooked, I’ve been writing ever since. I write historical, contemporary, urban fantasy, adventure, and young adult romances. I love strong heroines, sweeping tales of mystery and epic adventure… which must include a really hot guy. My writing is proof you can work hard to overcome any obstacle. Don’t give up. I say, if you write, write on!

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They say death can be beautiful. But after the death of her mother, seventeen-year-old Raven Weathersby gives up her dream of becoming a fashion designer, barely surviving life in the South Carolina lowlands.

To make ends meet, Raven works after school as a seamstress creating stunning works of fashion that often rival the great names of the day.

Instead of making things easier on the high school senior, her stepdad's drinking leads to a run in with the highly reclusive heir to the Maddox family fortune, Gideon Maddox.

But Raven's stepdad's drying out and in no condition to attend the meeting with Maddox. So Raven volunteers to take his place and offers to repay the debt in order to keep the only father she's ever known out of jail, or worse.

Gideon Maddox agrees, outlining an outrageous demand: Raven must live in his home for a year while she designs for Maddox Industries' clothing line, signing over her creative rights.

Her handsome young captor is arrogant and infuriating to the nth degree, and Raven can't imagine working for him, let alone sharing the same space for more than five minutes.

But nothing is ever as it seems. Is Gideon Maddox the monster the world believes him to be? And can he stand to let the young seamstress see him as he really is?

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My rating

Story Elements

THE ARTISANS is a Beauty and the Beast retelling that takes place in an urban setting with a southern gothic feel to it. While reading, you get the sense that there is something paranormal involved, and many times I felt on edge as I got an eerie feeling while reading this intense story. But figuring out the paranormal element is part of the mystery to this story AND…OMG…it’s all so freaky!

The story primarily takes place at a “Victorian monstrosity” (Giddeon Maddox’s mansion)…a place where Raven Weathersby reluctantly agrees to live while designing clothing to pay off her alcoholic gambler-of-a-step-father’s debt.

Writing Style

I really like Julie Reece’s writing style and I felt like I was able to read THE ARTISANS really fast. Julie’s world building and character development were exceptionally compelling, so much so that she was able to connect me to the story while also compelling me to continue reading.


I can’t say that I always agreed with Raven’s actions, but I couldn’t help but really like her character. She would do anything for the people she loves. That’s why it’s so easy to understand the reason why she gave up her freedom for her stepfather. And, even though I’m not artistic, I would love to see someone put together some of the outfits she designs. They sound fantastic!

Maggie and Dane are the best-est friends anyone could hope to ask for. I love Maggie’s personality; she’s hilarious. And Dane is so caring and sweet that he seems to worry about and wants to take care of everyone.

Gideon is extremely mysterious! The intensity he portrays throughout the story is what keeps you on edge. I kept craving for him to appear on every page just so I could figure him out.

Final thought

I tried to be really cautious in this review to avoid spoilers, but I have to say that I’m obsessed with this book! I don’t think anyone could have prepared me for the story twists! And the romance is insanely intense! I can’t wait for everyone to experience this book because it is so freakin’ good!

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Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of The Artisans by Julie Reece (INT)

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☆ The Tour ☆

Week One:
5/18/2015 Novel Novice – Guest Post
5/18/2015 The Mama Games – Review
5/19/2015 Magical Urban Fantasy Reads – Review
5/19/2015 The A P Book Club – Guest Post
5/20/2015 Jorie Loves A Story – Interview
5/20/2015 Book Hounds YA – Spotlight/Promo
5/21/2015 Paper Cuts – Review
5/21/2015 Two Chicks on Books – Guest Post
5/22/2015 Simple Wyrdings – Review
5/22/2015 The Page Unbound – Spotlight/Promo
5/23/2015 Bitches n Prose – Spotlight/Promo
5/23/2015 YA Chit Chat – Review
5/24/2015 Diana’s Book Reviews – Review

Week Two:
5/25/2015 We Do Write – Interview
5/26/2015 On Writing and Riding – Interview
5/27/2015 The Shadow Realm – Review
5/27/2015 Kimber Leigh Writes – Review
5/28/2015 A Thousand Words A Million Books – Review
5/28/2015 Reader Girls – Review
5/28/2015 Mundie Moms – Review
5/29/2015 Beauty and the Bookshelf – Guest Post
5/29/2015 Tale of the Ravenous Reader – Interview
5/30/2015 Wishful Endings – review
5/31/2015 A Book Addict’s Bookshelves – Guest Post
5/31/2015 Jennifer M. Eaton – Review

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