Book Blitz: The Viking's Chosen by Quinn Loftis (Guest Post, Excerpt & Giveaway)
I posted a blitz a couple of days, but I'm back with another today! This time it's for The Viking's Chosen by Quinn Loftis, a YA Historical Romance. It was released earlier this week, so make sure to order a copy if you're interested!
To celebrate its release I'm here to share a short guest post, an excerpt as well as an international giveaway that I'll take more about at the end. There's a lot to get through and hopefully you'll enjoy.
Carry on reading!
The Viking’s Chosen
by Quinn Loftis
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: February 12th 2018
Genres: Historical, Romance, Young Adult
Synopsis:His orders are clear: launch a raid against England and bring home the spoils of war. But the prophecy is also clear: General Torben will take a foreign bride—one who is a seer and healer just like his mother. The eldest princess of England is said to be just that…a beautiful, charming, and headstrong woman. But he’s a Viking army general and she’s an English princess—and one who is already promised to the king of Tara.
Two worlds collide in this epic historical fiction centered on an undeniable chemistry that smolders against the odds. Richly written and injected with moments of humor, this action-packed romantic tale will leave you breathless.
Quinn Loftis is the author of twenty novels, including the USA Today Bestseller Fate and Fury.
Quinn is an award winning author who lives in beautiful Western Arkansas with her husband, two sons, Nora the Doberman, and Chewy the Cat who thinks he's a dog. She is the author of 17 novels, and 2 novellas, including the USA Today bestseller, Fate and Fury. Quinn is beyond thankful that she has been blessed to be able to write full time and hopes the readers know how much all of their support means to her. Some of her hobbies include reading, exercising, crochet, and spending time with family and friends. She gives all credit of her success to God because he gave her the creative spirit and vivid imagination it takes to write.
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Excerpt:#1As a princess, the oldest of three sisters, and future queen of England, I, of course, did the mature thing when my parents told me that I was to marry the King of Tara. I ran. Allete Auvray, noble born heiress of the Britannia empire, ran. No, I did not run away. There would be no point in that. My father would have sent guards searching for me like crazed hounds to drag me back before I even made it to the borders of our land. No, I ran only as far as my familiar old oak tree. The ancient tree that had become a sanctuary to me and my cousin, Thomas, when we were children—our place of refuge. Disregarding the fact that I was clothed in one of my finer dresses, I hoisted myself up on to the lowest branch and then continued, up and up, until I was sitting high enough that I could see the whole of my father’s lands, spreading out before me like a giant green picnic blanket. It was a beautiful and bountiful kingdom, but it was a gilded cage for me. The day that I had dreaded had finally come. I had always known that one day that I would be married off to a nobleman. As the oldest, it was my duty to either marry a nobleman worthy of becoming king of England, or marry another king in order to secure an alliance beneficial to our empire. Every decision was about power for my family, how to gain it, and how to keep it. The king who held the most land and the largest army was the one everyone else feared. It didn’t matter what I personally wanted. It didn’t matter that I would be wed to someone that I did not love, or someone that did not love me. Nothing mattered except what my father, the king, wanted.
GIVEAWAY - ENDS FEBRUARY 22ND 2018
Blitz-wide giveaway (INTL)
Currently-Reading Friday! - (16/2/2018)
In the past couple of weeks, I haven't been uploading these posts. Part of this was that for the majority of January I wasn't really reading much and didn't have anything to update you on. Another part was that after having school all week, by Friday I'm just so tired that I can't keep my focus long enough to do these posts. Last week, I wrote the majority of the post and meant to finish it off, but just forgot about finishing and uploading it, so I ended up just binning it. I'm back this week though! It is currently Saturday as I'm writing this, so it is late, but I just really want to write and get up a post. I've been neglecting my blog in the past week or so, but hopefully I can get back on track soon and maybe start a schedule to help me stay on track.
Anyway, I'll talk about that in more detail in another post, because right now I need to tell you about my reading week.
This week was the Contemporary-A-Thon and I decided I would take part, but loosely as I did have school. I was going to post a TBR, but things got on top of me and I hadn't really planned a book for each challenge because I knew I wouldn't complete them all. I just sort of used the books I was currently reading and tried to match them to as many challenges as I could. Due to me taking part in the readathon, I was hoping to read more, but I just ended up sorting of only reading one or two books, but I'll tell you about them now.
Carry on reading!
Finished Reading (Since 9/2/2018):
Hetty Feather's Christmas by Jacqueline Wilson
Date Started - 10/2/2018
Date Finished - 10/2/2018
Last week I finished my reread of the Hetty Feather series and finally read Little Stars for the first time. Seeing as I was still longing for more of Hetty, I decided to jump straight into this short novella. Even though it's no longer Christmas, this still made me feel quite festive.
It's a short story all about a Christmas that Hetty had while at the Foundling Hospital. It also crosses over to Jacqueline Wilson's new series starting with Clover Moon. I haven't yet read Clover Moon, but after seeing glimpses of her character in this, I can't wait to pick it up and hopefully soon.
Synopsis: Cosy up for Christmas with this brand-new festive story, starring everyone's favourite Victorian foundling, Hetty Feather!
An unexpected gift leads to trouble for Hetty on Christmas Day at the Foundling Hospital, and the dreaded Matron Bottomly is delighted to have an excuse to exclude Hetty from the festive celebrations. Poor Hetty is distraught – but just when it seems that all is lost, a dear friend arrives to whisk her away for a Christmas unlike any other . . .
Full of friendship, fun and festive cheer, this beautifully-packaged hardback is complete with stunning illustrations by Nick Sharratt and fabulous bonus material featuring fun facts about the Victorian Christmas. The perfect stocking-filler for every Jacqueline Wilson fan.
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34740996-hetty-feather-s-christmas#
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/Hetty-Feather-s-Christmas/9780857535535
Am I Normal Yet? (The Spinster Club #1) by Holly Bourne
Date Started - 14/2/2018
Date Finished - 16/2/2018
I picked this to read for a couple of the challenges for the Contemporary-A-Thon. I've read this book before as well as the second book in the series, How Hard Can Love Be? and absolutely loved both. I was originally just going to read the third book, What's A Girl Gotta Do? for the readathon as I haven't yet read it, but I had a sudden urge to reread the first two books first and well, here we are now!
Once again I absolutely loved this book. It makes me all emotional and I just love everything about it. It touches on some quite difficult topics and Holly could easily avoid these all together and write about a completely different character, but instead creates a realistic character and tackles these topics head on.
Though this probably wasn't the best choice for a readathon as it is quite long, I wanted to read it so I did. I'm really looking forward to reading the rest of this series and cry some more.
Synopsis: All Evie wants is to be normal. She’s almost off her meds and at a new college where no one knows her as the girl-who-went-crazy. She’s even going to parties and making friends. There’s only one thing left to tick off her list…
But relationships are messy – especially relationships with teenage guys. They can make any girl feel like they’re going mad. And if Evie can’t even tell her new friends Amber and Lottie the truth about herself, how will she cope when she falls in love?
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23592235-am-i-normal-yet?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/Am-I-Normal-Yet-/9781409590309
Wunderkids: Part 1 - Wildwood Academy by Jacqueline Silvester
On Page 32 of 316
I was sent this book for review, but haven' really had a chance to get that far into it. I'm off school this week, so I'm hoping I can get a bit further with it then.
Synopsis: 15-year-old Nikka is invited to attend Wildwood Academy, a prestigious but secret boarding school for talented youth located deep in the Californian mountains. Once there, Nikka quickly falls in love with her bizarre classes, the jaw-dropping scenery and... two very different boys.
However, Wildwood Academy has a dark and twisted secret, one that could cost Nikka the one thing she had never imagined she could lose, the one thing that money can’t buy. It is this very thing that Wildwood Academy was created to steal.
Nikka can stay and lose everything, or she can risk death and run.
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34659493-wunderkids?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/Wunderkids-Jacqueline-Silvester/9781999734602
Well that was the books I've read in the past week as well as the book I'm currently reading. This week coming up I hope to read some more of Wunderkids, start How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne before I take part in the Time Hop-A-Thon.
Let me know below what you're currently reading in the comments below!
Book Blitz: Curiouser and Curiouser by Melanie Karsak (Excerpt & Giveaway)
Today I'm back with a book blitz. This time I'll be sharing with you an excerpt from Curiouser and Curiouser by Melanie Karsak. As well as an excerpt, I'll also be sharing an US only Giveaway that has been organised by the author.
Curiouser and Curiouser is an Adult Fairy Tale Retelling with a mix of Fantasy and Steampunk, which was released in July last year.
Carry on reading!
Curiouser and Curiouser: Steampunk Alice in Wonderland
by Melanie Karsak
(Steampunk Fairy Tales)
Publication date: July 17th 2017
Genres: Adult, Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Retelling, Steampunk
To save the Hatter, Alice must work with the one man she despises so much that she might still love him.
Alice thought she’d turned over a new leaf. No more working for Jabberwocky. No more making deals with the ruthless Queen of Hearts. No more hanging around The Mushroom with tinkers, tarts, scoundrels, and thieves in London’s criminal underbelly. But she’d been bonkers to dream.
Hatter’s reckless behavior leads Alice back to the one person she never wanted to see again, Caterpillar. Pulled into Caterpillar’s mad schemes, Alice must steal a very big diamond from a very royal lady. The heist is no problem for this Bandersnatch. But protecting her heart from the man she once loved? Impossible.
Sometimes love is mad.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Melanie Karsak is the author of The Airship Racing Chronicles, The Harvesting Series, The Burnt Earth Series, The Celtic Blood Series and Steampunk Fairy Tales. A steampunk connoisseur, zombie whisperer, and heir to the iron throne, the author currently lives in Florida with her husband and two children. She is an Instructor of English at Eastern Florida State College.
I heard feet rushing quickly down the cobblestone toward us. The sound of it set my nerves on edge, and my old instincts kicked in. The runner didn’t slow as the footsteps approached. I moved to grab the knife hidden out of sight under my apron, but my hands were all tied up with Lord Dodgson. If I let go, he would fall.
“Watch yourself, boy. What? Hey,” the footman called.
A boy with a mop of striking white hair, wearing an expensive but oversized waistcoat, slipped between us and was gone again in a flash.
“My pocket watch! My grandfather’s pocket watch,” Lord Dodgson cried, clutching his vest where he always kept his pocket watch. “Stop that boy. He stole my pocket watch. Alice!”
I glanced up the street to see the boy dangle the pocket watch teasingly before us.
“Rabbit,” I hissed.
“Your Grace…I need to—”
“Go, Alice. Go.”
The footman held tightly onto Lord Dodgson so I could let go. I turned and faced the boy. Rabbit, the little albino street rat, was grinning at me. Sneaky little pickpocket. What was he doing in my part of town? He’d grabbed the watch so deftly. Not bad. Some people said he was almost as good as I used to be.
Excerpt 2:“If you say it again, I’ll stab you,” I said as I struggled to adjust the formal gown. The bulging bustle of fabric on my backside made my lower back itch, and my corset was too tight. A proper lady’s gown indeed, but I wondered how anyone who dressed in proper fashion got anything done. I touched the brim of my tiny top hat. It, along with my parasol, were the only pieces of the outfit I actually liked. Of course, the parasol had a feature that allowed me to slip the White Queen into the shaft to serve as a handle. Leave it to the Countess to think of that.
“All I said was that you look lovely. I hardly think that’s a stabbing offense.”
“Shows what you know,” I replied as I eyed him sidelong. He had changed into a fine suit and wore a black top hat. I both hated and loved being there with him. My conflicting emotions made me cranky.
“Tickets,” said a man standing just outside the door of the Crystal Palace.
“Good morning,” William said politely and handed the man our tickets.
The man stamped the date on the tickets then handed them back. Nodding, he motioned for us to enter.
Taking me gently by the arm, as a gentleman ought to do, William escorted me inside.
While the Crystal Palace’s ornate structure, made of glass and iron, towering several stories high was a sight to behold from the outside, nothing quite prepared me for the marvels inside.
As we entered, a cacophony of sounds reached our ears. The sweet melodies coming from a stand of self-playing harps, the screech of monkeys, the hum of machines, and the sounds of hundreds of voices rolled to our ears all at once.
The structure had been built around the tall ash trees that had stood in the park. They still stood standing tall in the middle of the structure. Fountains lined the center promenade. The crowd gasped and stepped back as a group from Africa passed on their way toward their display, lions on leashes walking in front of them. Not far behind them, a man wearing a straw hat jogged past pulling a rickshaw, two laughing—and elegantly dressed—ladies inside.
I gasped as a man flew overhead on wings made of lightweight material. To my great surprise, he flapped his wings, the metal of the clockwork bones and joints revealed when the sun overhead struck him just right.
William chuckled. “Shall we take it all in?”
Barely able to breathe, I nodded.
“Now, there is my Alice,” he said softly. “Her curious eyes open wide.”
I smiled. “It’s a wonderland.”
Blitz-wide giveaway (US only)
If you've read Curiouser and Curiouser, make sure to let me know what you thought in the comments below!
Cover Reveal: Slippers and Thieves by Christina Bauer (& Giveaway)
Today I'm excited to be able to share with you the cover for Slippers and Thieves by Christina Bauer. I also get to share with you a giveaway that the author has organised. Stay tuned till the end to see what it is! Slippers and Thieves is the third book in the Fairy Tales of the Magicorum series, a YA Paranormal series. The release date of the title is still to be announced, but it definitely sounds interesting.
Here's the cover!
Slippers And Thieves
by Christina Bauer
(Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #3)
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: TBA
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Synopsis:Years ago, Elle—never call her Cinderella—escaped her evil step family in order to build a new life for herself in Manhattan. Today, Elle’s awful past is a distant memory. In fact, Elle even attends West Lake Prep, an exclusive high school where regular humans mix with members of the Magicorum, such as fairies, shifters and witches. Although she still must live in hiding from her evil stepfamily, Elle has always found ways to get whatever her heart desires.
That is, until Alec Le Charme.
Alec is the heir to the Le Charme dynasty of high-end jewelers. He’s also kind, charismatic, has a knee-melting smile. Elle has fallen for him, hard. Unfortunately, thanks to Elle’s evil step family, Alec is absolutely off limits. In fact, if Elle and Alec so much as kiss, it will start a magical chain reaction that would end in powerful factions of witches and wizards going to war. As a result, Elle and Alec vow to stay friends, no matter what. Then West Lake Prep holds a masquerade ball. Identities get mixed up and forbidden kisses are finally shared.
Time for the Magicorum to go to war, and for Elle to confront her hidden past in ways she never thought possible.
Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers.
Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.
Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.
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Let me know in the comments what you think of the cover as well as if you've read any of the other books in this series! I might just have to give it a go soon.
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