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Thursday, April 11, 2024

BOOK SPOTLIGHT on... Surprisingly Us by Erin Hawkins!

Looking for your next read? Fan of Contemporary Romance and opposites attract? Well then, KEEP READING because I think you just struck INSPIRATION GOLD! Coming to you today via Literally Yours PR, I'm shining the BOOK SPOTLIGHT on a NEW RELEASE title that you don't want to miss!

A fake relationship between childhood friends has a reformed playboy and determined dancer wondering if opposites really do attract...


 

Surprisingly Us
by
Erin Hawkins

About the book...


Colette

I’ve spent the last eighteen years of my life living and breathing dancing, there’s been no time for anything else. Now, as a seasoned member of The City Ballet, my goal of becoming a principal dancer is within reach. But in order to land a pivotal lead role, the choreographer wants more passion and emotion in my dancing. The problem? My lack of experience with relationships and love. The solution? I need to start dating, if only as research for the coveted role.

I’m used to drilling footwork. Repetition. Muscle-memory. But how can I practice dating?

I never imagined Rhys Spencer, my childhood friend and notorious ladies’ man, would be the answer.


Rhys

I’ve only come back to NYC to claim my trust fund, but being faced with losing control of my parents’ legacy foundation to my cousin and rival has me rethinking my plans. Though my reputation as a ladies’ man paints me in an unfavorable light with the foundation board and has me desperate to change my ways, if only temporarily.

My childhood friend, Colette Davenport, is the perfect fake girlfriend. She’s talented, gracious, and stunning. With her on my arm, I’ll have no problem convincing the board I’m the right man for the position. Everyone is shocked by the pairing of the sweet, yet determined ballet dancer and a tattooed bad boy with a BIG reputation.

When the competition intensifies, and I blindside Colette with a new proposal, things start to heat up. Soon, I’m on my knees for a different reason and I’m breaking all our rules.

With every kiss, every touch, I’m even more desperate to have her. To keep her for myself. I never want our arrangement to end, and no one is more surprised than me.


Surprisingly Us, an all-new must-read, spicy rom-com from bestselling author Erin Hawkins is now available!



 

Start reading today!

FREE in Kindle Unlimited

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For more information about Erin Hawkins and her books, visit her website: https://authorerinhawkins.com



Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!


Rockstar Book Tours presents... A THUNDERING OF MONSTERS by S.A. Patrick - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the A THUNDERING OF MONSTERS by S.A. Patrick Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my review, take a chance and enter the giveaway, then click on over to the other sites participating for more bookish fun!


Title: A THUNDERING OF MONSTERS (Songs of Magic #2)

Author: S.A. Patrick

Pub. Date: April 2, 2024

Publisher: Peachtree Publishing Company

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 400

Find it: Goodreadshttps://books2read.com/A-THUNDERING-OF-MONSTERS

The spell-slinging, shape-shifting, and epic fantasy adventure concludes in Book Three of the Songs of Magic trilogy!

After confronting the evil Hamelyn Piper, Patch Brightwater, his dracogriff friend Barver, and an army of Pipers have been transported to a mysterious island where they find themselves trapped with monstrous beasts. Meanwhile, their shapeshifting friend, Wren, has been captured by the nefarious villain and is working hard to escape a pair of magic-dampening manacles.

Clad in his suit of impenetrable black armor, with traitorous dragons on his side, the Piper of Hamelyn hunts for a mythical amulet to achieve true immortality. But Erner Whitlock, an apprentice in the Piper’s Custodian Elite, is on the verge of discovering yet another foe with even more sinister plans . . . Can Patch and friends reunite in time to prevent destruction from raining on the world?

S.A. Patrick’s Songs of Magic trilogy is a brilliant retelling of one of the darkest legends of all time, "The Piper of Hamelyn." Combining folklore with the very best of modern storytelling, the books will delight young fantasy fans who are hungry for perilous quests, friendships forged on the road, and an inventive magic system that thrills the imagination.



 



This was the epic conclusion to a fantastic trilogy that we didn't even know we were looking for!  If you haven't had a chance to start this one from the beginning, I highly suggest you do because there is SO MUCH high flying fun, dastardly doings, magical mishaps, and dangers to dodge, you DON'T want to miss a moment.  Seeing this ragtag group of friends come together to fight the ultimate evil, when merely once upon a time they weren't even strangers to one another, but individual lives going about their business unaware of the others existence.  To go through everything they've already gone through and continue pushing past the adversity, obstacles, and downright death PROMISES being thrown their way...it just goes to show that ULTIMATE POWER does not make a true hero (or heroine).  It's the size of their heart, their commitment to the cause, the way they treat others, and how they handle the ups and downs that life gives them.  Could Patch have thrown in the flute AGES ago?  Sure...and everyone was rooting for him to do it even, but that small inner voice that told him it wouldn't be right, that he could DO something to help the greater good even if there weren't hoards of people behind him, and the vague hope of a dream in front of him...that voice along with the little family these guys created won out, became his "theme music" so to speak, and kept him going.  The could be said for his band of friends...from Wren to Barver and back again.  They all needed something, were reaching for someone, and in this motley crew they found it and more.

If you're a fan of high adventure, fantasy, and friendship, this is the book, nay the series for you!  Don't miss out on the tale within, the lessons to be learned, and the dreams to be shared.


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About S.A. Patrick:

S. A. Patrick was born in Belfast. When he was a child, he wanted to write video games, become and author, and have magical powers. The first two came true. If he ever does get magical powers, he hopes people like dragons and griffins because there will suddenly be a lot of them around. He lives in England.

Goodreads | Amazon

 








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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a finished copy of A THUNDERING OF MONSTERS, US Only.

Ends April 23rd, midnight EST.



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Special thanks to Rockstar Book Tours for the chance to bring this tour to you and to the publisher for the copy for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, the publisher, this tour, or those on this horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. Be sure to check out the rest of the tour for more..

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

4/8/2024

@darkfantasyreviews

Excerpt

4/8/2024

MoonShineArtSpot

Excerpt/IG Post

4/9/2024

GryffindorBookishnerd

IG Review

4/9/2024

@thepagelady

IG Review

4/10/2024

@callistoscalling

IG Review

4/10/2024

onemused

IG Post

4/11/2024

Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

Review/IG Post

4/11/2024

@dana.loves.books

IG Review/Tiktok Post

4/12/2024

Log Cabin Library

Review

4/12/2024

@stargirls.magical.tale

IG Review

Week Two:

4/15/2024

jlreadstoperpetuity

IG Review/Tiktok Post

4/15/2024

@pagesforpaige

IG Review

4/16/2024

One More Exclamation

Review/IG Post

4/16/2024

Kim's Book Reviews and Writing Aha's

Review/IG Post

4/17/2024

More Books Please blog

Review/IG Post

4/17/2024

The Book Critic

Review/IG Post

4/18/2024

Country Mamas With Kids

Review/IG Post

4/18/2024

Lifestyle of Me

Review

4/19/2024

Nonbinary Knight Reads

Review

4/19/2024

The Momma Spot

Review


Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!


Monday, April 8, 2024

AWARENESS TOUR: Nemesis and the Vault of Lost Time by P.J. Davis, Illustrated by Thomas Peacock - GUEST POST + GIVEAWAY!



Today, we welcome back The Children's Book Review as we join the AWARENESS TOUR already in progress featuring a curious title that sounds like an adventure indeed!  We're talking solving BIG TIME mysteries, and saving the world here, so definitely no small feat, but I digress...as EXCITING as the book sounds, I'm not bringing a review today.  Nope...not this time.  I'm bringing you a SPECIAL GUEST POST from the author himself and it tackles a pretty big question, so strap in and join me as we dive into today's guest post and featured title....



by
P.J. Davis
Illustrated by
Thomas Peacock
Ages: 8+ | 234 Pages
9798990031616
Philaments


About the book...
“…it’s hard to prove the world’s most important substance is missing when no one knows it’s gone.”

“Substance? What substance?” asks thirteen-year-old Max Kellerman. “Why time itself!” exclaims the strange professor who Max meets in the back of his uncle’s bookstore. In fact, he says, time is being sucked out of every living person by invisible thieves and stored away in a deep, dark netherworld.

Could the professor possibly be right… or just plain crazy?

It depends on whether Max can unravel the mysterious clues in the tattered manuscript the professor leaves behind. With the help of his best friends Derek and Samantha, Max begins a quest to find this dark realm and to discover its hidden secrets. But with the time clock ticking and the professor gone missing, Max uncovers a truth he never thought possible.

Max must unravel the mysteries of Nemesis to save not just his world, but the very fabric of time itself.





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~~~   GUEST POST   ~~~

What Would You Do With a Vault of “Lost Time?”

If you could add life to anyone’s life, who would it be and why?

In my book Nemesis and the Vault of Lost Time, invisible time bandits steal precious moments of our lives by sucking it directly out of our lungs and then storing the precious commodity in a secret location in a deep, dark netherworld. Abaddon, the overlord of Nemesis, has a grand plan for this stored energy, this life force, and it’s not a good one! But if that vault could be cracked, siphoned off, and distributed, just who would be the best recipient of that prana, that life-giving energy, that extension of life itself?

Philanthropy is all about giving money, but isn’t time itself what people really want? What if there was a philanthropy that could take all this stolen time and redistribute it? The Ministry of Time. After all, they say “time IS money!” So in this scenario, instead of a Brinks truck flipping over and spilling cash all over the highway, there would be a vast reservoir of life energy that someone, anyone, could drink in and extend their existence. Imagine the mayhem that would ensue in that instance. Everyone would be clamoring “Pick me! Pick me!”


  In essence it would come down to this… who deserves to live? Or at least to live longer? My first thought would be to go to a children’s hospital. There’s something that just seems contrary to nature itself when children are imperiled. Older people will often say something to the effect of “I’ve lived a full life,” as if they’ve had their shot, their time on stage, their just desserts. But kids? Nah! I would definitely open the spigot on that one, give them all the more opportunity to live, laugh and eventually love.

The second group would be where it gets trickier. Who would benefit us all the most if they were given more time? The scientists and geniuses of the earth? The Elon Musks? Or the most deserving and giving amongst us, a mother Teresa of our time? Assuming this vault of time was not limitless, there would need to be some criteria, some priorities, to determine who gets their extra shot of time itself.

I think I would start with the “NO’s” first – that’s easy.

  • No politicians

  • No telemarketers

  • No lawyers or used car salesmen (unless they wrote a sincere letter of apology)

  • No mean teachers (see first chapter in my book…)


 So after emptying all the children’s hospitals, I think I would put the next group of deserving people to a vote. (But then again, everyone would try to game the system, and celebrities and influencers would win.) Scratch that idea.

Hmmm…

I thought about having a writing contest and reading through all the letters to decide, but that would just make me spend all day crying. I’m a bit of a softie that way, especially if it’s kids doing the asking.

Maybe the best thing to do is to simply ask the question “If given more time, more life, what would you do with it?” In other words, from everything you’ve learned and experienced in life, what is your takeaway? What changes would you make? What would you do more of, or do differently? I think it’s a fair question, and the type we should ask on a regular basis, regardless of whether there is a time lottery or not.

In my case, I would hope to be more like Max, the main character in my book. I would want to be more present, more available, more “in the moment.” The irony of time is that in many ways it’s an illusion. We want more “time” but all we really have is now, and that now is pretty important stuff. It’s the thing that time happens in, and it’s all we got.

So until we can tap that time vault, I think we can all benefit from working with what we got, giving those around us our time and attention. Meanwhile, let’s hope all those creatures in Nemesis don’t get a hold of that time! Because if they do, our time may be up!




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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


PJ Davis lives in the tiny mountain town of Brevard, North Carolina overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains. He lives there with his wife, youngest son, three sleepy cats and three noisy ducks. For his day job, he names things, such as companies, products and services. he even named the town’s annual White Squirrel Festival.

PJ is a nickname, short for Phillip John, which is the type of long, formal-sounding name that parents use when they are really mad about something you did and for which you are about to get into serious trouble. As a child PJ was a bit like his book character Max, and also suffered from ACHOO syndrome, along with bouts of intense curiosity and daydreaming. Growing up, almost all of his questions started with “what if…”, which drove his parents crazy.

For more information, visit http://www.PJDavisAuthor.com





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ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR


Tom Peacock is an artist extraordinaire with an extensive background in illustration and graphic design. His work as an agency art director and subsequent roles in marketing and art direction make him an in-demand talent. Tom is not a native of North Carolina but got there as soon as he could. When not drawing, off roading or selling mountain real estate, Tom can be most likely be found in the woods.



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~~~   GIVEAWAY   ~~~

Enter the giveaway for the chance to win a copy of Nemesis and the Vault of Lost Time autographed by P.J. Davis, a Galaxy Flying Orb Ball, and a $100 Amazon Gift Card!





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Special thanks to Bianca at The Children's Book Review for the chance to bring this tour to you and to the author for sharing a bit of themselves with the guest post. (THANKS!) This post is sponsored by P.J. Davis. The review and opinions expressed in this post are based on my personal view. For more information on this title, the author, the publisher, this tour, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. Be sure to check out the rest of the stops on the tour for more bookish fun!


TOUR SCHEDULE

Monday, March 18, 2024
Book Review of Nemesis and the Vault of Lost Time

Tuesday, March 19, 2024
Author Interview with P.J. Davis

Wednesday, March 20, 2024
Book Review of Nemesis and the Vault of Lost Time

Thursday, March 21, 2024
Book Review of Nemesis and the Vault of Lost Time

Friday, March 22, 2024
Author Interview with P.J. Davis

Monday, March 25, 2024
An article by P.J. Davis

Tuesday, March 26, 2024
Book Spotlight of Nemesis and the Vault of Lost Time

Wednesday, March 27, 2024
Book Review of Nemesis and the Vault of Lost Time

Thursday, March 28, 2024
Book Review of Nemesis and the Vault of Lost Time

Friday, March 29, 2024
Book Review of Nemesis and the Vault of Lost Time

Monday, April 1, 2024
Book Review of Nemesis and the Vault of Lost Time

Tuesday, April 2, 2024
Author Interview with P.J. Davis

Wednesday, April 3, 2024
Book Review of Nemesis and the Vault of Lost Time

Thursday, April 4, 2024
Instagram and TikTok Post

Friday, April 5, 2024
Book Review of Nemesis and the Vault of Lost Time

Monday, April 8, 2024
Guest Post

Tuesday, April 9, 2024
Author Interview with P.J. Davis

Wednesday, April 10, 2024
An article by P.J. Davis


Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!




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