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Thursday, June 23, 2022

Rockstar Book Tours presents... ASHES by M. K. Harkins - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

As promised, we are back with our third post of the day, and while that might seem excessive, trust're in for just as much bookish goodness this post around.  I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the ASHES by M.K. Harkins Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out review my post below and make sure to enter the giveaway before you click on over to the other sites for more!

Title: ASHES (Modern-Day Fairy Tale #1)

Author: M.K. Harkins

Pub. Date: June 1, 2022

Publisher: M.K. Harkins

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 303

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle

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Not your typical Cinderella story…

If she thought college applications were complicated, just wait until she catches feelings for the newest celebrity in town.

Ashley Adams doesn’t have time for haters. Already too busy dealing with dead bodies after her stepmother purchased a mortuary, she is ready to put the lid on her judgmental peers and finally bury her high school experience. But her focus is shattered when a charming pop-star-turned-student needs her help evading his crazed fans.

The last place heartthrob Harry James wants to be is back in school. Sentenced to finish his senior year after a case of accidental arson, the singer longs to return to the stage. But he never expected to meet a girl who could see through the fame to the real person inside.

Surprised by the chemistry between them, Ashley is shocked when Harry gives her the cold shoulder. But with his publicist forbidding him from dating her, Harry must choose between fame or love.

Can Ashley and Harry survive the turmoil threatening to tear them apart?

Ashes is a fun and snarky standalone YA romance. If you like captivating characters, emotional twists and turns, Fairies and Cinderella retellings, then you’ll adore MK Harkins’ fast-paced tale.

*Recommended for readers 13+ (Some mild swearing and off-page violence)



⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐   "I'm no stranger to retellings of fairytales so my expectations were high. The story is beautifully written with a fresh and modern take on the characters, whilst retaining the true essence of the story."  Goodreads Reviewer
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "A delightful mix of finding love in the modern world, with a bit of Fairytale magic mixed in. I thought the novel was beautifully written. There really weren't any plot holes that led to confusion. The elements of a Cinderella retelling were masterfully placed, but not necessarily made the center of the story."  Goodreads Reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "What a great read! Everything about this book made me want to keep reading! From the great characters, great story line and a Cinderella twist!" NetGalley Reviewer 



Fan of fairytale redos?
Yeah, me too...and this one aims to please!

There's a plethora of Cinderella retells out there.  From movies to books, it seems that everyone is trying to get in on the magical drama that is this gal's life.  This story?  It takes some of the ideas from the best of them out there, rolls them around for some texture, gives it a stir of subtle glitter, and displays it on the page like an artist would their latest canvas masterpiece.  Yes, it IS that good!  

I love how we started out with the land of the fairies where a problem was being addressed regarding a lack of wishes and belief in love.  I love the enthusiasm of one among them to take the hardest case set before them as a mission to set things to right.  We then dissolve into the "here and now" of it where we meet Ashley, run into Harry (quite literally), and begin to understand the dynamic of their growing acquaintance (which is really so much more to both of them even from the start, despite the fact that they can't admit it to themselves!).  We see the family aspect that Ashley lives in, or rather lives THROUGH, since the loss of her father, and her mission towards her end goal to get the heck out of dodge.  We meet her one bestie that proves it's not the quantity of friends we have, but the quality of the friendships. We see the lengths people will go to get what they want, and achieve their owns dreams no matter how misguided they are, or who they hurt in the process.  Yet ultimately, we see a girl and a boy destined for true love, if only they can give it a chance.

Like I said, it has all the magic, all the fun, all the missteps, heartache, and love you could want, without so much as a sparkle of fairy dust present...or at least, visible.  *giggle*  So step into the lives of a few characters you don't want to miss, and be on the inside track for what sounds like it's going to be an AMAZING series!



About the author..

MK [Harkins] has always been a voracious reader. After hitting a dry spell of reading material, she decided to write the kind of book she'd like to read. This resulted in the creation of her debut novel, Intentional. (Award for Best Sweet Romance - eFestival of Words- August 2014)

Unintentional, Breaking Braydon, Taking Tiffany and The Reader soon followed. MK's newest, Famous by Default, an Amazon Bestseller, was released March 2017. The follow-up to The Reader, The Jack, published 2018. Next up- A series of modern-day fairy tales. We'll start with a Cinderella story: Ashes

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1 winner will receive a finished copy of ASHES!

US Only


Special thanks to the Rockstar Book Tours team for the chance to bring this tour to you and to the author for the copy for review. (THANKS!) 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. This title is available now, wherever books are sold. Catch the rest of the tour for more bookish fun!

Tour Schedule:

Week One:


Sadie's Spotlight

Excerpt/IG Post


BookHounds YA

Guest Post/IG Post


Cherie Colyer

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Week Two:



IG & TikTok Post


Review Thick And Thin

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Guest Post


Two Chicks on Books

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Book Sniffers Anonymous

Review/IG Post


Living in a Bookworld


Week Three:


@jacleomik33 The Page Ladies

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Karen Dee's Book Reviews

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IG Review



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Lady Hawkeye

Excerpt/IG Post


100 Pages A Day

Review/IG Post

Week Four:


The Reading Devil

Review/IG Post



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#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog



The Momma Spot

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Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

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More Books Please blog

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Books a Plenty Book Reviews


Week Five:



Review/IG Post


Fire and Ice




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Nagma | TakeALookAtMyBookshelf

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

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