20 March 2018

Blitz & GIveaway: Nocturne (The Nightmusic Trilogy #2) by Heather McKenzie

Heather McKenzie
(Nightmusic Trilogy, #2)
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: March 20th 2018
Genres: Mystery, Suspense, Young Adult

I am hunted.

A pawn in a vicious game.

The only way I can protect the ones I love…

…is to disappear.

Finally free of her father, Kaya has the one thing that keeps her heart beating—Luke.

Blissfully content in his arms, everything seems perfect…until their world is shattered by a deadly invasion. When an old ally comes to the rescue, Kaya wants none of it. She is devastated to learn the identity of her attacker, and that she must do something truly heartbreaking if she wants to save the ones she loves. Sacrificing everything and sinking into bottomless sorrow, Kaya finds solace in an unlikely friend—one who shows her a different kind of love, and helps her discover an inner strength she never thought possible.

A heart-pounding journey of self-discovery, Nocturne is the transformative second installment of The Nightmusic Trilogy by Heather McKenzie.

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I flew out the door into the cool night, took four steps, then stopped—the latest enlightening news about my father had sent me over the edge. Tears burst from my eyes. The last shred of hope I’d been hanging onto that Henry wasn’t all bad had been completely obliterated; he was an actual monster.

I dropped to the curb and put my head in my hands. The rain started falling, lightly dusting my shoulders at first, then becoming a downpour just to add to my misery. I became soaked head to toe, but I didn’t care. I stayed where I was, wishing the rain would melt me into a puddle that would drain into the gutter and then just disappear into the earth…

“You left something in my truck,” said a voice from out of nowhere.

At the edge of my vision was Ben, rain coming down even harder now and pouring off his cowboy hat in rivers. He was holding out a paper bag, which was now soaked. It was the muffin I hadn’t eaten.

“I didn’t want it to go to waste,” he added, eyeing me with concern, then glancing at the café window where I could feel many sets of eyes on my back.

I dropped my gaze back to the gutter. My body didn’t want to move, and I still held out hope that the rain might just wash me away. Ben said something, and then he hauled me up and turned me to face him. He lifted my chin, and I had no choice but to meet his eyes. The rain plastered my hair to my face, mixing with the tears that were spilling out of me with blinding force.

He gave me a weak smile. “I tried to leave. Got in my truck and was ten minutes out of town, but then I realized…” He paused, fumbling for the right words. “I could really use some help at my ranch. Now, the job doesn’t pay much, but you’ll have your own room and all the food you can eat.

You’ll be dry.”

He waited patiently for an answer, but I was so grateful that all my words caught in my throat. He tossed the paper bag with the muffin into the garbage. After a quick glance at the internet café and the white-haired waiter watching from the doorway, his hand firmly latched onto mine. I had the sense I wasn’t being given a choice, I was going wherever this cowboy wanted me to.

“I’m taking you home now,” he said over the downpour.

Home. Home was in Luke’s arms….

The rain was falling in sheets. Since I wasn’t about to turn into a puddle and dissolve, I let the cowboy lead the way.

Author Bio:

Heather McKenzie is the Canadian author of The Nightmusic Trilogy. Also a professional singer/songwriter with five albums to date, she told stories through music for years before falling in love with novel writing. Heather pulls from her extraordinary experiences as a musician to fuel her passion for creating Young Adult fiction. She is a rocker at heart, a mom of three and an aspiring painter.

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08 March 2018

Tour & Giveaway: Threadwalkers by Joanna Volavka

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Threadwalkers by Joanna Volavka.
Audience/Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction.
Publication: October 16th 2017 by 50/50 Press.
After her father's death in a plane crash, Miranda Woodward's life begins to unravel. On her sixteenth birthday, Miranda receives a mysterious gift: a small wooden box containing a needle and spool of gossamer golden thread, left behind by her father, which begins a chain of events that soon leave her life in chaos. Her pet cat is replaced with another, her teachers don’t have her on their roll call at school, even her closest friends forget who she is. When her mother vanishes into thin air, Miranda becomes desperate for answers. She follows clues to a meet a man known only as the Tailor. With his help, she must find a way to fix her life before it’s too late.

Reviewed by Kelly.

This book has time travel. It has people who want to use that for their own personal gain. Those people are called Editors and they are editing Miranda’s life after her dad dies from a plane crash. Miranda doesn’t know why. But these people want something her dad knows! At every turn, something new happens that wasn’t there before and she has nowhere to go for help until she meets the Tailor. He helps her with only pieces of information, just enough but not enough! And Miranda is frustrated. She loses her best friends and then her cat. Then when things don’t seem right with her mom and her life is in danger, she learns to go thru a snag in time.

She meets new people and is always on the run. She doesn’t know who to trust and is told to trust no one. She finds clues from those she can trust and from her father. She just has to make sense of them and fix her life before she is gone herself.

The story is fast paced. You are always getting an ah-ha moment, when something finally makes sense! The ending leaves you feeling like maybe there could be another book?

Have I confused you enough? Hehe!

If you like science fiction, time travel, golden thread, family, and learning to find your way this might be for you!

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Joanna Volavka is the author of the young adult science fiction novel Threadwalkers. She currently lives in Chicago with her husband, two cats, and extensive book collection. A writer for Geek Girl Pen Pals, Joanna spends her time alternately between creative artistic pursuits and has a passion for conservation and wildlife while working on whatever story she’s got brewing in her overly active imagination. She still hasn’t decided what she’s going to be when she grows up, though she suspects it will probably be herself. Read more about Joanna and her adventures on her website www.joannavolavka.com
You can connect with Joanna on Twitter: @joannavolavka and on Instagram: @joannavolavka and @geekyjo

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Marrying the Wedding Crasher (Harmony Valley #11) by Melinda Curtis.
Audience/Genre: Contemporary Romance.
Publication: March 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming.
This bachelor's pretend girlfriend just made a shocking discovery--

She's pregnant!

Although they dated for only a month, Harley O'Hannigan just agreed to be Vince Messina's plus-one at a Harmony Valley wedding. Big mistake, given her deepening feelings for the tall, dark, unavailable bachelor. And what about Vince's long-buried family history? Then there's the growing secret that could transform this pretend relationship into the real thing...

Harley opened the creaky door to her hot truck cab and climbed in. She missed her Lexus. She missed auto-start and powerful air-conditioning.
She turned the key in the ignition. Nothing. Not so much as a tick of the starter.
She missed reliability.
“Not today,” she muttered.
The truck was finicky. It didn’t like to run when the Houston temperature dropped to the thirties or in thunderstorms, but the day had been hot, the skies clear.
“Come on, baby,” she chided the old vehicle. Don’t leave me stranded with Mr. Carrots and that grin.
Vince, aka Mr. Carrots, locked up his tools and leaned on his truck, staring at hers.
Still nothing. Her backside was growing damp with sweat.
Vince walked toward her with the swagger of a man who knew what his purpose was in life. And, right now, that purpose was to rescue a damsel in distress. “Pop the hood.”
She did, hopping out and joining him at the grille. Not that she knew anything about engines. Her mechanical ability stopped at turning power tools off and on.
Vince tsked and gave Harley a look that disapproved and teased at the same time.
“Hey, don’t judge,” she said. “It runs.”
“It’s not running now.” He drew a blue rag from his back pocket. It was the kind of scrap mechanics used to wipe their hands and touch hot engines. “You might want to spray your engine off every once in a while.” He used the rag to check battery connections, hose connections and to prod the engine compartment as if he knew what he was doing.
“I barely clean my apartment. Why would I clean my engine?”
“So a mechanic can see if you’ve got leaks anywhere, for one thing,” Vince said straight-faced. “Why don’t you try it again?”
She hurried back behind the wheel. The truck started right up. “Traitor,” she accused under her breath.
Vince shut the hood and came around to her window, wiping his hands.
“Thanks.” Harley gave him her polite smile, the one she reserved for helpful salesclerks and the receptionist who squeezed her in at the doctor’s office. “I owe you.”
“Yeeeaah.” He wound out the word and ran his fingers through that thatch of midnight hair. “About that. I need a favor.” Those kind black eyes lifted to her face.
Don’t believe in fairy tales... Don’t believe in fairy tales...
Despite their history, despite knowing better, silly fantasies about princely rescues and Mr. Right fluttered about her chest like happy butterflies on a warm spring day.
She should go. Instead she lingered and asked, “So what’s the favor?”
The devilish grin returned, making the butterflies ecstatic. “I need a date to my brother’s wedding.”

Reviewed by Kelly.

When I get a book to read, I generally don’t go back and look at the blurb for the book. I just jump in. I have had the book for a week before I was able to start reading it. Then when I was finished, I went back to look at the blurb before writing my review. I was kind of shocked to see that the pregnancy was the top of the blurb. To me, it was a critical point in the book, a curveball that changed the way the characters interacted with each other and their emotions. I liked seeing the shock on their faces and I had the same reaction. It was like a spoiler and I wish it wasn’t handed out to everyone. Just sayin….

It took me awhile to get into the book. I don’t really know why, I can’t pinpoint it. But after awhile, I was all into it! I liked this couple! I was sad for them and their circumstances. Vince was plagued by his dad’s mental illness and his mom’s leaving him and his brothers when he was in high school. He worries that he will become like his dad. He doesn’t want to get married or have children because of it. Vince puts others first but can’t do anything for himself.

Harley is an architect who quit her most pivotal part of finishing up her schooling. Now she is doing tile work in homes. She has quite a vision when it comes to her architecture. She has a little secret about it that keeps her from moving forward with it.

I loved the dynamics of Vince’s family. Each brother is different. They are all hard workers and they all have big hearts! They come from a small town in California were everyone knows everyone else’s business and they even have a phone tree where the gossip spreads! Everyone in town knew that Harley was pregnant before Vince did! They have old women and men who like to put their two cents in at every turn. Love it!!

If you like stories with broken families, mental illness, forgiveness, protecting your family, weddings, strong family bonds, architecture, construction, and fighting for those you love then this might be for you.

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Melinda Curtis is an award-winning, USA Today Bestseller of over 40 romances. She writes sweet romance for Harlequin Heartwarming, sweet romantic comedies and sexy sports contemporary romances. When not working on DIY projects around their home, Melinda and her college sweetheart enjoy watching Duke mens basketball and visiting their three kids and one grandchild. Sign up for her mailing list to receive two free reads.

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Always the Hero (Butterfly Harbor #4) by Anna J. Stewart.
Audience/Genre: Contemporary Romance.
Publication: March 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming.
He never relied on anyone but himself...

But he needs her now!

Butterfly Harbor deputy Matt Knight wants two things: to date Lori Bradley and the chance to adopt Kyle, a troubled teen. Wounded in Afghanistan, Matt knows he can't move forward anchored to the past. But once he regains the guarded hotel manager's trust, will his need to protect those he loves cost him a future with this extraordinary woman?

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“What’s wrong?” Matt rested his arms on the table and leaned in. She could feel the warmth of his breath, feel the heat of his concerned gaze.

“Nothing.” She shifted in her seat. “It’s...nothing.”

“Now who’s lying?”

Her chin shot up at his accusation but it was then she saw he was teasing her.

“Come on, Lori. Tell me what’s bothering you. You’ve been acting weird since before we came in here. Are you embarrassed to be seen with me?”

“Why on earth would I—” She took a deep breath. “You’re making fun of me.”

“How else am I going to disarm you enough to tell me what’s going on in here.” He reached up and tapped a finger against the side of her head.

“It’s not important.” Darn it, why did she always let this get to her? Why hadn’t she just been honest and told him she didn’t want to go to breakfast?

“Given we’ve spent the last couple of minutes debating that fact, I’ll say you’re wrong. What is it?”

“I just...” Could her face feel any hotter? “I don’t like eating out, okay? There. You got me to confess, copper. Take me to jail.” She held out her wrists, palms up.

“Why don’t you like to eat out?”

“Oh, for...” She tucked her hair behind her ears and sighed. “It’s silly.
Stupid even.”

“Clearly, it’s not. Tell me.”

Tell him? Tell him one of her most embarrassing secrets? Tell him about how even her own parents were disgusted by her? Yeah, that should kill off any residual feelings he might have for her. “When I was a little girl and we went out to eat, my mother would constantly criticize me. I shouldn’t have that or what will people think, a chubby girl like you eating that. I embarrassed her. And she made sure everyone knew it.” All these years later and it still messed with her head. “I told you it was stupid.”

“It’s not stupid. I’m sorry you had to deal with that.” He reached over and held out a hand. She stared at his open palm, heart pounding as she realized how much she wanted to take it. Instead, she pulled her hands into her lap and locked her fingers together. “No child should ever be made to feel less than. For any reason.”

“I totally agree. Which is why I haven’t talked to her in about a gazillion years.” That neither of her parents seemed interested in reaching out to her—or Fletcher—didn’t help the situation. It was one thing to be a child and suspect your parents didn’t like you; it was another to be an adult and know it to be true. “So, there you go. I don’t like to eat out because my mother used to make fun of me for being fat. Bring on the chocolate pudding.”

“Have I mentioned how much I loathe self-deprecating humor?” He sat back and pinned her with a stare that made her shiver. “We’re being honest with each other now, yeah? Stop making fun of yourself. I don’t find the jokes funny and I don’t agree with them. What on earth does your dress size have to do with the type of person you are? I like who you are, Lori. I have from the first time I saw you, so suck it up and deal with it. And while you’re at it, stop making light of things that cause you pain. It’s irritating.”

“Yes, it is.” She didn’t want to take what he said to heart. She didn’t want to believe he meant what she’d always wanted someone to say to her; someone who might actually care for her, love her. “It’s also the one defense mechanism that’s worked for me, so forgive me if I don’t bow to your lack of expertise in this matter.” She meant for the comment to tick him off, drive him away. Offend him to the point he’d settle her firmly in the friends column. Instead, she watched the anger lines around his eyes ease and the
corners of his mouth flicker.

“You’d be surprised what I know about parental disapproval, but that’s a conversation for another time. Look at us, getting to know each other. Being honest with one another. It’s almost like we’re starting a new relationship or something.”

Lori shook her head, wanting nothing more than to walk away and forget that whenever she was with him she didn’t want to be without him. He had a way of making her forget everything that shouldn’t be important. “What’s wrong with you? Everything that should make you angry makes you laugh.”

“And sometimes vice versa,” he confirmed with a shrug. “You have your coping mechanisms, I have mine. And for the record, I’ll give you time to work on that bad habit of yours. Not a lot, but some.”

USA Today and national bestselling author Anna J. Stewart writes sweet to sexy romance for Harlequin’s Heartwarming and Romantic Suspense lines. Early obsessions with Star Wars, Star Trek, and Wonder Woman set her on the path to creating fun, funny, and family-centric romances with happily ever afters for her independent heroines. Anna lives in Northern California where she deals with a serious Supernatural & Sherlock addiction, surrounds herself with friends and family and tolerates an overly affectionate cat named Snickers (or perhaps it’s Snickers who tolerates her). When she’s not writing books or her monthly blog for USA Today’s Happy Ever After, you can find her at fan conventions or at her local movie theater, or building her client list for her content editing services.

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Cover Reveal & GIveaway: The Archivist (The Librarian Chronicles ) by Christy Sloat

Today Christy Sloat and Rockstar Book
Tours are revealing the cover for THE ARCHIVIST, which releases May 28, 2018!
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Title: THE
ARCHIVIST (The Librarian Chronicles #2)
Author: Christy Sloat
Pub. Date: May 28, 2018
Publisher: CHBB Publishing
Formats: Paperback,
Pages: ?
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"With the whimsy of Alice in
Wonderland and the romance of Outlander dive back into the next installment in
the Librarian Chronicles."

Savannah Preston has a rare and precious
gift: The ability to time travel through books. She, and others who share this
unique ability, are faced with the insurmountable task of preserving history.
They are known collectively as The Librarians.

While researching infamous Scottish
outlaw Sir Malcolm Wash during the raging conflicts of the 14th Century,
Savannah loses the only thing that tethers her to her own time. She must rely
on her knowledge of both the present and the past to survive long enough to
find a way home. Along the way, she enlists the help of a misfit named Eoin.
With his guidance, she might just get home. It’s a risky and dangerous
adventure, but then, so is Eoin…

About Book 1

Title: THE
Author: Christy Sloat
Pub. Date: June 17, 2017
Publisher: CHBB Publishing
Formats: Paperback,
Pages: 230
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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…

Exclusive Excerpt!
The Archivist excerpt
© Christy Sloat

When I first met Jessa at my grandma’s
funeral I hated her. Upon my first impression, I walked away thinking she was
pretentious and rude. She wore a pink dress to a funeral. I mean who does that?
Then when I found out she was going to
be my protector, I hated her even more. Jessa’s parents were high society and
they were involved with my family in dealings with historical artifacts. They
didn’t know my ancestors travelled through time, but they knew we were
important historians and that we preserved facts. My grandma thought Jessa
would be a good match to help me. I thought that she was senile and wrong and
that it wasn’t going to work out, but I was wrong. We learned to like each
other and then we became best friends. Turns out my grandma was right.

Jessa was my guide and I need more than just
her friendship. While I travel through time she watches over me, keeping me
safe. Jessa is also responsible for making sure my clothing is appropriate for
the time frame, while also assisting me while I chronical what I have seen and
what experiences I’ve gone through. She keeps notes on all of these things in
her guide book, which basically makes her invaluable to me and to the work that
I do. In order to travel through time you must have a guide you can trust, and
I trust Jessa with my life.

The most important research was kept
inside the blank pages of a book. Each mission yielded a new book. Once that
book was full and our mission complete, it was sealed. I’m a librarian but not
in the typical sense. I haven’t earned the proper diploma to get such a title.
I, along with many others throughout the world, preserve the history of some of
the most famous historical figures inside the blank pages of each book we are
sent. The Librarians was founded by a famous scientist, Harold Lockhart.
Lockhart wrote the formula for time travel in the only thing he had near him
when it was fresh in his brain. That book wasn’t empty, it happened to be the
history of none other than, Abraham Lincoln. After he wrote the formula, he was
whisked away in time and came face to face with Lincoln himself. The talent to
travel and record history was never his intention, but after he realized how
wrong historians were about the president, he created the group of librarians.
Lockhart put us in charge of libraries and their books. The sect of librarians
were given their jobs and they went to work straight away.

myself hope to achieve the goal of working in a library with the official title
someday, which is what I’m studying in school. My intention is to host my own
library and help archive important time periods through my research as well as
artifacts, like my grandma did. Like all the women did who came before her.

All I know about my job before I travel is who
I’m to research. Everything else is learned while I’m inside the book, or in
other words, the past.

I’m forbidden to change history by
becoming involved in the past or with my target. But I can become friendly with
them and immerse myself in their world. It’s hard not to become part of it.
While I’m there I am more than just a girl recording the true history. I become
my character fully and truly; as if I really am who I say I am. I’ve been many
different people, travelling five separate times into five people’s world. And
each time I go, I’m nervous. It doesn’t take long to fill the pages the
Historical Society of Libraries sends me. I’m currently one of the youngest on
the East Coast. My job is taken extremely serious for I have wanted to do this
for a long time. Now that it’s my job, I feel as if I am living the dream.

How could I not love it? I am a college
student full time and on my off days I travel to the past. What is there not to

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About Christy: 

I am Southern California native, now
living in New Jersey! How did that happen? I am married and
have  two beautiful little girls who love to read just like Mommy. I have
had a passion for books since I was a little girl and an imagination for
just as long. I hope my books can inspire others to read and to write too.

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