Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Excerpts of Annabelle's Harem by Anna Hill

About The Book:

Title: THE FEARLESS ROYAL: A Reverse Harem Urban Fantasy (Annabelle's Harem Book 3)
Author: Anna Hill
Pub. Date: September 10, 2018
Publisher: Anna Hill
Formats: eBook
Pages: 126
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One woman, three men — and their desire to reclaim their kingdom.

Annabelle is so close and yet still so far from defeating King Robert. The closer she gets to finding the key to overthrowing him, the more complications seem to rise up. But she is determined to destroy him because if she doesn't her home country of Elderan will rot in poverty and turmoil forever.

Up until this point, Annabelle has only been focused on one thing: destroying King Robert and saving her country of Elderan from his wrath. But now that she is actually close to defeating him, she has to learn more than magic.

One of the members of her royal guard, Rhyion, helps to teach Annabelle everything she needs to know about the government of Elderan. As Annabelle considers what kind of Queen she is going to be, she also has to consider that her feelings for Rhyion are growing. But she’s already in a relationship with the two other members of her guard, Angelo and Lio, is it greedy of her to want Rhyion too?

…and can she balance her love of the three of them with the responsibility of being Queen of Elderan?

This steamy reverse harem urban fantasy is the final book in the Annabelle's Harem series! Readers will be absorbed in the action, adventure, and romance in the last book of the series.

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I made my way down the hall, not even bothering to put on pants because the oversized shirt covered midway down my thighs.
And Id lost a lot of my modesty, anyway. I lived in a house with three guys, two of whom I was sleeping with, and none of whom seemed to place any value on covering up. Their shifter inclination toward nudity was obvious.
But I liked that theyd made me more relaxed. It was nice to just walk around the house and be totally comfortable with my body. It made me feel almost powerful. I could understand why my witch ancestors used to walk around their castles naked without a care in the world. Something about it was just incredibly empowering.
I knocked on Rhyions door quietly, hoping not to startle him if he was still asleep. I wasnt sure why, considering he was basically never asleep at this time.
"Come in, he said, as he always did. He was sitting at an old desk in the corner of his room.
It was a desk that had been left here by whoever lived in this cabin before, probably fifty years ago. This island used to be an old shifter compound until they outgrew it and moved to the new islandthe one where I had originally been taken to by Angelo.

Title: THE FORSAKEN ROYAL: A Reverse Harem Urban Fantasy (Annabelle's Harem Book 2)
Author: Anna Hill
Pub. Date: August 27, 2018
Publisher: Anna Hill
Formats: eBook
Pages: 237
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Annabelle doesn’t know who she has left to trust. After being captured by King Robert of Elderan, a brutal ruler who will stop at nothing to make sure witches never rule the country again, Annabelle has been cut off from everyone and everything — including her powers as a witch.

Until Angelo, a member of her shifter guard, arrives to save her.

When the attempt fails, Angelo’s left mortally wounded and the King is determined to make Annabelle pay. While Annabelle nurses Angelo back to health, the other members of her guard, Lio and Rhyion, devise a plan to overthrow King Robert — and Annabelle finds her feelings for all three members of her guard deepening as intensely as her desire to see King Robert fal.

Annabelle is a witch, the last of her kind, and it’s her destiny to return Elderan to its former glory. But how can she focus on saving her entire country when she’s worried about Angelo’s safety? How can she topple an abusive King when he is equally as powerful as her?

…and how can she stay focused as she’s falling even deeper in love with the men who protect her?

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Youll never know how grateful I am for what you did, I told Angelo. I know youre fated to me, and I know you feel like its your dutyI understand its your responsibility in your mind, but that doesnt mean it wasnt an incredible thing to do. You would give your life for me Thats not a small thing.

You know youre right. I do feel its my responsibility. And as such, I would do it no matter what. Even if I didnt want to, but I do want to. Of my own volition. It has nothing to do with fate or responsibility.

How do you mean?

For me I want to save you not just because Im your fated protector. I wanted to save you because I couldnt stand the thought of harm coming to you. Do you remember when we spoke about your love for Lio romantically, and I said I didnt care about you loving me romantically?

Yes…” I answered quietly, my heart thumping because I could see where this was going.


Well, I was being truthful then. I didnt think it mattered to me. But after you were kidnapped Something came over me. I realized I do love youso much. You are the only woman that I see, the only one I think about, the only one I could ever imagine being with. He put one hand on the back of my head, his fingers digging into my hair. I know that you love Lio, and that still doesnt bother me. Your love for him does not take anything from my love for you. But I needed you to know that. As I laid there, nearly dying, the only thing that I could think about was that I was going to die before I could tell you how I felt. So I needed you to hear it, before anything else happens to me.

About Book 1:
Title: THE FORGOTTEN ROYAL: A Reverse Harem Urban Fantasy (Annabelle's Harem Book 1)
Author: Anna Hill
Pub. Date: August 11, 2018
Publisher: Anna Hill
Formats: eBook
Pages: 237
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Annabelle has always been happy with her quiet, normal life. Like most people in Elderan, extreme poverty is all Annabelle has ever known. After humans seized power from the witches 100 years ago, Elderan collapsed along with the witches’ reign — but Annabelle has everything she needs in her boyfriend and parents.

Until one day she doesn’t.

When Annabelle’s parents are mysteriously murdered, she finds herself barely able to keep it together — and it only gets worse when a wolf shifter named Angelo arrives and explains to her that she’s not nearly


as normal as she once thought.

Annabelle is a witch, the last of her kind, and it’s her destiny to help return Elderan to its former glory. But how can she focus on saving her entire country when she’s coming apart at the seams? How can she trust Angelo and his pack mates, Lio and Rhyion?

…and how can she keep herself from falling in love with them?

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Who are you?” I asked first.
My names Angelo,” he told me. Im a wolf shifter, as you can well see.
Yeah, shockingly, I got that part.” I rolled my eyes. Real question is, why the hell were you here tonight? Why did you save me? How did you even know to save me? And… who was that guy?
God, the questions were just flying out.
He sighed. I saved you because saving you is my one and only objective. It has been for several years now.
I scoffed. Your… objective?
Yes, Ive been tasked with protecting you. Its the most important task Ive taken on in my short life. For years, I have been watching you. Ive been nearby, ready to spring into action if ever necessary.
My eyes widened. For years? Youve just been… stalking me?
I wouldnt use those words, but yes. I have had to keep a close eye on you to keep you safe.
But… I've never seen you before today,” I told him in disbelief.
I am good at what I do. It would have only made my job harder if you knew you were being watched. So I never presented myself to you. I was purposefully under the radar.
If youre purposefully under the radar, why did I see you today? And when you say tasked with this… by who? Who wants to protect me? And why?” I was starting to lose my grip on reality. Nothing he was saying was making sense. I was still quietly hoping that Id wake up from this weird dream any moment now.
I showed myself to you today on purpose as well. Today, I needed you to know who I was. I needed you to trust me. It had been long prophesized that today there would be an attack on your life, and it was my job to prevent that. I wasnt sure youd trust a complete stranger; the fact that I was recognizable helped to keep you protected.
This was so much information.
But… what the hell do you mean? Prophesized by who? And that still doesnt explain who sent you to protect me and who wants me dead!

He thought about this. Okay, there is a lot to explain and I am not being very thorough, so let me try to say this in a more complete way. Annabelle, you are a very important woman. The fate of your life determines the fate of Elderan. There is no one person that has tasked me with keeping you safe. I guess you could say… it is destiny that has tasked me with it. We have used all the magic that we can attain to see both the past and what little we can of the future. Elderan is falling to pieces and if were not careful, it will end up in ruins forever. That is why I am protecting you. That is why you are here.

About Anna:
Anna Hill spends most of her time writing at home where she lives with her boyfriend and cat. She finds immense joy in spinning together dramatic tales of paranormal love. Her stories are full of mystery, action, romance, and strong female characters as well as the men who love them."

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Tour Schedule:
Week One:
9/17/2018- Twirling Book Princess- Excerpt
9/17/2018- Jaime's World- Spotlight

9/18/2018- BookHounds- Interview
9/18/2018- Writer of Wrongs- Excerpt

9/19/2018- Reese's Reviews- Review
9/19/2018- Patriotic Bookaholic- Excerpt

9/20/2018- Two Chicks on Books- Excerpt
9/20/2018- Parajunkee- Excerpt

9/21/2018- Ace Reads- Excerpt

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9/24/2018- Bri's Book Nook- Review
9/24/2018- Bookish bibliophile- Review

9/25/2018- Books a Plenty Book Reviews- Review

9/26/2018- Smada's Book Smack- Review
9/26/2018- Adventures Thru Wonderland- Review

9/27/2018- Lisa Loves Literature- Spotlight
9/27/2018- Angel's Guilty Pleasures- Interview

9/28/2018- The Reading Life- Review

9/28/2018- Cindy's Love of Books- Review

Friday, 14 September 2018

Excerpt of A Rose in the Highlands by Heather McCollum



I am so excited that I get to share an exclusive excerpt from A ROSE IN THE HIGHLANDS by Heather McCollum!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Heather McCollum, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a $15 Amazon Gift Card, International, courtesy of Entangled Publishing and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

About the Book:
Title: A ROSE IN THE HIGHLANDS (Highland Roses School)
Author: Heather McCollum
Pub. Date: September 24, 2018
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 399
Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&NiBooksKobo

1684, Scottish Highlands

Englishwoman Evelyn Worthington is resolved to build a school for ladies in her brother's newly purchased Scottish castle. But when she arrives, not only does she find the castle scorched by fire, but a brawny Highlander bars her entry.

Clan chief Grey Campbell would rather die than see his family home, Finlarig Castle, fall into English hands, so Grey must win the battle of wills with the beautiful Sassenach who flashes a bill of sale before him.

When the war between Evelyn and Grey escalates, passions flare. But outsiders have their own plans for Finlarig. After secrets are revealed, and muskets are lit, the fates of the Campbell Clan, the school, and a possible future for Grey and Evelyn are in as much jeopardy as their lives.








Excerpt:
Black soot scorched upward around the door, the glass windows burst out, the remaining shards like jagged teeth set in a series of open-mouthed screams. Had the captain mistakenly set her castle ablaze? She flattened her hand to her chest and straightened as James came to the door.

“The storm is upon us, milady. Best to get you three inside. I will help ye in while Thomas holds the horses.”

“Thomas won’t be able to hold the horses by himself if they spook,” Evelyn said, placing her hand in James’s. “We will be fine.” Had he not seen the soot? Perhaps it had been a trick of the shadows. But the smell of smoke was no shadow.

“Scarlet,” Evelyn said as a sprinkling of rain misted her face. “The school… the castle…”
Astonishment made her mind race faster than her mouth could form words. What had happened? How could she make a profitable school and sheep farm if the castle was uninhabitable? Please let only the outside be scorched.

Her sister climbed out, Molly bringing up the rear, and then James and Thomas hurried to the horses. With the storm upon them, they would unhook and shelter the animals, retrieving the carriage when it had passed.

Evelyn stood waiting for another flash of lightning. “’Tis impossible to see anything,” Scarlet called as more rain shot down. “Hurry.” She linked her arm in Evelyn’s as they strode toward the steps leading into the keep. Large pines and winter-bare trees, which grew just outside the wall, bowed and bucked overhead. The horses whinnied as Thomas and James led them around to what looked to be stables. Rocks bruised Evelyn’s feet through her slippers, and she shot up the first step, her bare fingers on the wet stone.

Looking up, Evelyn stopped.

“God’s teeth,” Scarlet said beside her.

God’s teeth, indeed. Standing at the top of the steps, illuminated by a flaming torch, was a man dressed in a kilt, his arms and chest bare. Perhaps it was the darkness around him, or the fact that she stood below on the steps, but the man looked larger than any human she’d ever seen, like a Scottish legend come to life. Broad across the shoulders and tall, power radiated out from his braced stance. His arms were corded with muscle. She couldn’t tell the color of his hair, but it was dark and free of the wigs that were so popular in England. Her heart sped at the obvious strength and finely wrought features of his fierce face. With this man at the school, they’d have no worries about bandits or thieves. Perhaps she could hire him.

“Hello, sir. I am Lady Evelyn Worthington of Hollings Estate in Lincolnshire.” He held a torch where he stood under the eaves, frowning. Had she woken him? She blinked against the brightness of the flame and the rain in her eyes but managed a smile. “Are you the caretaker of the castle?”

His voice came as if from the storm above: hard, cold and booming. “Get the bloody hell out of my bailey.”

About Heather:

Heather McCollum is an award winning, historical romance writer. She currently has seventeen published novels and is a member of the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood of 2009 Golden Heart finalists. She is a 2015 Readers’ Choice winner and a member of Heart of Carolina Romance Writers.

The ancient magic and lush beauty of Great Britain entranced Ms. McCollum’s heart and imagination when she visited there years ago. The country’s history and landscape have been a backdrop for her writing ever since.

When she is not creating vivid characters and settings, she spends her time educating women on the symptoms of Ovarian Cancer. She has recently slayed the cancer beast and resides with her very own Highland hero and three spirited children in the wilds of suburbia on the mid-Atlantic coast.



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Thursday, 13 September 2018

Book Release for A Court of Blood and Void by Meg Xuemei X



I am so excited that A COURT OF BLOOD AND VOID by Meg Xuemei X is available now and that I get to share the news!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Meg Xuemei X, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a $10 Amazon GC courtesy of Meg and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.



About The Book:

Title: A COURT OF BLOOD AND VOID (War of the Gods #1)
Author: Meg Xuemei X
Pub. Date: September 6, 2018
Publisher: Meg Xuemei X
Formats: eBook, paperback
Pages: 272
Find it: GoodreadsAmazon

They call me beautiful. They call me a monster. Soon, they'll call me death.

As a direct descendant of the God of Death, Cassandra SaƩlihn is considered the most dangerous monster of all time. Her own mother locks her in a cage to protect the world from her lethal potential. Cass thought this imprisoned life would be her fate, but then four sexy, formidable warriors--a vampire lord, twin fae princes, and a demigod--find her.

They claim she's not a monster, but a powerful weapon, one who can kill the Olympian gods, who have returned to Earth with a vengeance. But Cass has a mind of her own and can't be told what to do, no matter how drawn she is to her four warrior saviors. To their dismay, the four warriors can't tame the wild, cunning, and volatile Cass. But they have a bigger problem--their growing attraction toward her.

To turn the woman they desire into the ultimate weapon and ensure Earth's survival, they'll have to conquer her body and heart, which seems even more impossible than winning the war against the atrocious gods. But nothing turns these alpha males on more than an impossible dare. And nothing turns Cass on more than being stalked.

Warning: This is a full-length reverse harem fantasy/paranormal romance that features one hell of strong woman and her four powerful supernatural mates. It contains brutal battles, explicit love scenes, raw language, magic, swordfights, Greek gods, dark fae, vampires, shifters, and a lot of assholes.



Excerpt:
Why did he suddenly have a heartbeat? I purred, and the vampire’s heart started pumping.
The panther snapped his head toward the vampire lord and bared his teeth in a half-snarl. I hadn’t been mistaken. The panther heard the vampire’s heartbeat as well and he wasn’t thrilled. 

The vampire stumbled back, clutching his hand over his heart. An instant later, he realized his own reactions and quickly removed his hand from his muscled chest.

His expression became unreadable once again. He stepped toward me aggressively and stopped a foot from my cage. I didn’t back down, but shock slammed me silent as heat rushed between my thighs as he entered my proximity. 

His nostrils flared, as did the panther’s.

Intense heat materialized in both the vampire’s and the panther’s eyes.

What kind of freak show is this?

Despite my fatigue from being starved, I clenched my fists on my side to stave off the liquid fire that continued to twirl around my lady bits, teasing and taunting my awakened lust. I’d never experienced anything like this. My body was out of control, and I didn’t like it one iota.

“What the fuck did you do to me, vampire?” I hissed. “And why has your heart suddenly started beating? You’re supposed to be undead, just like any other bloodsucker, right?”

His gray eyes narrowed, flashing with dangerous light that concealed his increased interest in me. “I didn’t expect you to have such a foul mouth and horrible manners.” His voice was rich and stern; he was used to everyone obeying him. “That’s exactly my question to you, girl. What did you do to end up here? And who are you?”

About Meg:
Meg Xuemei X is a USA Today bestselling author. She writes steamy paranormal and sci-fi romance. She finds it dreamingly delightful to be around drop-dead gorgeous alpha males who are forever tormented by her feisty heroines, formidable alien angels, wild shifters, haughty fey, dark vampires, and cunning witches.

She’s visited the universe of The Empress of Mysth, The First Witch, and Dark Chemistry. Next she’ll boldly go to the badland of The Wickedest Witch. At this moment, in her southern California abode, she’s packing as many forbidden weapons as she can carry. Her favorite one is a magical whip.




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Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Excerpt of Renegade by Mallory McCartney



About the Book:

Title: RENEGADE (Black Dawn 0.5)
Author: Mallory McCartney
Pub. Date: July 3, 2018
Publisher: Clean Reads Publishing
Formats: eBook
Pages: 250
Find it: GoodreadsAmazon

“The time for Kiero’s reign in prosperity is over.”

Six years before the Black Dawn Rebellion, Adair Stratton and Emory Fae are following in their parent’s footsteps and living at The Academy, a home for those who are gifted.  The pressure to uphold the future of their parent’s dream falls on them. An outcast and feared by most, Adair longs to break away from the expectations dictating his future. Even if Emory tries to make him see differently. An unexpected group of friends keep him there, but as whispers of unexplained disappearances start reaching from the capital, Adair starts to doubt The Academy is all it seems.

An unexpected visit ignites new tensions as the roguish king from across the Black Sea, Tadeas Maher of the Shattered Isles, and his heir, Marquis Maher sail to Kiero. Notorious for their pirating and wrath- for the first time in years, they demand the Fae’s listen to their proposition for a new treaty, holding the news of Nei’s father’s abrupt death over them. Caught in the middle of politics- Adair and Emory, with the help of their best friends Brokk and Memphis search for the one thing that matters most- finding out the truth.

In this gripping prequel to Black Dawn, their world is tipped upside down as unlikely alliances are made. War ravages through Kiero and is torn apart by acclaimed Kings. Through the throes of betrayal, lies, hidden magic and love, Adair is faced with a life changing decision- to fight or to bow to the darkness within him.

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One. Year.

It was a strong union, she was told. One that would end her people’s suffering. Kiero could unite with the Shattered Isles to ensure the longevity in their trading companies and to turn a blind eye to the illegal pirating. So here she was, prettily packaged, trying to quell a full country’s fire. It had surprised her at first, how angry the people were. So, she was a rover, a pirate. More warrior than princess. But every day in this court proved just how deep-rooted the suffering went, everyday accusations of the government not
providing the security and protection the people wanted, that they needed. Sighing, Nei Fae stood stretching, her joints popping. Beneath her simple garb, bruises peppered her body, reminding her with every step who she was. She had fiercely promised herself that.

Her only friend in this forsaken court, Bresslin Stratton, took it upon herself to encourage evening walks together. Instead of dresses and gossip, they filled their time with clashing steel and aching muscles. Smirking at the thought, Nei reminded herself what her sisters had always said, that amongst them all she was born with the fury of the sea, with the resilience of the rocks the water crashed upon. She would not break beneath the pressures of being a hated queen, beneath the lies and the riots. Her sisters had been so sure she had what it took to be here. Their excitement, their hope of a better life, one that didn’t require constant fighting for survival, is what kept her from running away and disappearing into nothingness. Besides Bresslin, that’s what everyone here thought of her. That she wasn’t as cunning and didn’t have the potential to rule beside Roque.

A sharp knock sliced through her thoughts, and she stood quickly, tucking the note flush against her wrist and out of sight. The door swung open to reveal Roque leaning against the doorframe, arms crossed and mischief dancing in his cutting green eyes. Their outfits were matching, black loose pants and shirt, a deep plum cloak fastened at his throat.

Swallowing hard, Nei bowed her head, rasping, “My King.”

Three hundred and sixty-five days later, she was still not used to saying those two words. Two words that chained her, confined her. Lifting her dark gaze, she got a lifted brow in response as Roque stepped into her office. “Are you ready? They won’t wait forever, you know.”

The council.

And like every other day, Nei plastered that splintering grin, making her cheeks hurt. “Of course.”


The note felt like flames dancing up her arms, a flare underneath Roque’s pinning gaze. His brows furrowed for a moment before he offered his arm to her, the gentleman he was dictated to be. She was grace and poise as she accepted his gesture, and they left behind her sanctuary.

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Title: BLACK DAWN (Black Dawn #1)
Author: Mallory McCartney
Release Date: February 14, 2017
Publisher: Clean Reads Publishing
Pages: 352
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Find it: Amazon, B&N, Goodreads

Emory Fae enjoys leading a quiet, normal life. That is until two mysterious, and handsome soldiers show up at her apartment, and the life she knew is instantly whisked away. Memphis Carter and Brokk Foster come from the magical and war ridden world of Kiero, and bringing Emory back she will discover she is the long lost heir to the Royal Line and is thrown into the Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne.

With both men being darkly woven in her past Emory uncovers hidden secrets, a power held long dormant, and will soon realize there are worse things than supernatural humans, love, loss, betrayal, and a Mad King.

Some things are better left in the shadows.

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About Mallory:
Mallory McCartney currently lives in Sarnia, Ontario with her husband and their three dachshunds Link, Lola and Leonard. When she isn’t working on her next novel or reading, she can be found day dreaming about fantasy worlds and hiking. Other favorite pastimes involve reorganizing perpetually overflowing bookshelves and seeking out new coffee and dessert shops.





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One lucky winner will receive an $10 Amazon GC, International.

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Week One:
9/10/2018- Two Chicks on BooksExcerpt
9/11/2018- K.L. Knovitzke – AuthorExcerpt
9/12/2018- Writer of WrongsExcerpt
9/13/2018- Popthebutterfly ReadsReview
9/14/2018- Patriotic BookaholicReview

Week Two:
9/17/2018- Rainy Day ReviewsInterview
9/18/2018- A Bookish DreamReview
9/19/2018- GirlplusbookReview
9/20/2018- feedmeinbooksReview
9/21/2018- Ace ReadsReview

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9/24/2018- A Gingerly ReviewReview
9/25/2018- BookHounds YAInterview
9/26/2018- Book Sniffers AnonymousExcerpt
9/27/2018- A Dream Within A DreamExcerpt
9/28/2018- Jaime's WorldExcerpt

Week Four:
10/1/2018- The Reading Corner for AllReview
10/2/2018- Introvert BookloverReview
10/3/2018- Wishful Endings- Interview
10/4/2018- Don't Judge, ReadReview
10/4/2018- Paulette's PapersExcerpt
10/5/2018- ParajunkeeExcerpt

Week Five:
10/10/2018- EatingbetweenthelinesReviewHounds YAInterview
9/26/2018- Book Sniffers AnonymousExcerpt
9/27/2018- A Dream Within A DreamExcerpt
9/28/2018- Jaime's WorldExcerpt

Week Four:
10/1/2018- The Reading Corner for AllReview
10/2/2018- Introvert BookloverReview
10/3/2018- Wishful Endings- Interview
10/4/2018- Don't Judge, ReadReview
10/4/2018- Paulette's PapersExcerpt
10/5/2018- ParajunkeeExcerpt

Week Five:
10/10/2018- EatingbetweenthelinesReview