April 20, 2018

Cover Reveal: UNLOCKED by Casey L. Bond

Title: Unlocked
Author: Casey L. Bond
Genre: YA Epic Fantasy, Fairy Tale Retelling
Editor: Stacy Sanford/ The Girl with the Red Pen
Cover Designer: Melissa Stevens/ The Illustrated Author Design Services
Publication Date: May 17th, 2018
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
 Princess Raya of Paruth lived alone on a deserted island in a towering lighthouse, forgotten by time. With only a loyal albatross as a friend, she had little hope or joy in her life until he washed up on her shore in the middle of a raging winter storm.
Prince Trevor of Galder left his father and kingdom behind to travel north in search of a wife. It was time to settle down and forget Ella Carina, the woman who chose to love a peasant and follow her heart instead of choosing Trevor and fulfilling her duty to her people. He didn’t heed the warnings about the North Sea in winter, and his ship, crew, and captain paid the price.
Raya and Trevor must work together to find a way off the island, or risk being trapped there for the rest of their lives. But sometimes the simplest lessons are the hardest, and each will have to learn that the only thing that can truly set you free is love.








Award-winning author Casey L. Bond resides in Milton, West Virginia with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. When she’s not busy being a domestic goddess and chasing her baby girls, she loves to write young adult and new adult fiction. You can find more information about Bond’s books via the following links: 





5*Review: THE DANDELION by Michelle Leighton

Title: The Dandelion

Author: Michelle Leighton

Source: eARC from author for review


Goodreads...

At thirty-five, Abigail Simmons has mastered only one thing—running. When tragedy strikes, she runs. This time her urge to flee brings Abi back to her hometown, where she hopes she can find the peace she’s always searched for. That hope is dashed when Abi’s ex, Sam Forrester, bumps his way back into her life. 


Sam has flourished in ways Abi hasn’t. From the outside, he has it all—a successful medical practice, a beautiful daughter, and a charming wife.



Who is dying.



Sara Forrester is dying and her final wish is for Sam to find love again so she can meet the woman who will finish raising her daughter and grow old with her husband. Abi seems like the perfect fit, but what Sara doesn’t know is that Abi has a secret, a secret no one could guess.



And it’s a deal breaker.



My take…

My eyes tear with a sense of providence. Yes, this is where I’m supposed to be. This is was the right choice, the only choice for me.
This is where I’ll find peace from the pain.
And maybe redemption for what I’ve done.
If I’m even redeemable.
***

When I started THE DANDELION I was overcome with so much emotions. The story pulls at your very core and has you contemplating all possible endings. But the ending, the secret Abi is carrying around inside her, is not one I saw coming. And I ended the book a blubbering mess. Don’t fret, you will get your happily ever after, but the route there is filled with grief, heartache, and a love that never stopped. Such a beautiful, heartbreaking tale.

This wasn’t just a story about two souls who once loved each other nearly 20 years before finding their second chance. It was so much more. It was a dying woman’s last wish to see that her family would be loved in her absence. It was these 4 amazing characters (Abi, Sam, Sara, and Noelle), who I loved very much, finding an unconventional way of making something work in order to see Sara's wish played out.

I would love to see this book made into a movie. When I was reading, the story played out in my mind just like one. Every move, every gesture all felt so real. Leighton did an amazing job bringing the story to life in my imagination.

Beautiful and heart wrenching, THE DANDELION is such an extraordinary read that dug deep into my heart. I am still recovering! 5 Stars!




Cover Reveal: Stanley and Hazel by Jo Schaffer #Giveaway @chapterxchapter @AuthorJSchaffer @Month9Books

   
Hello Readers! Welcome to the Cover Reveal for
Stanley and Hazel by Jo Schaffer
presented by Month9Books!
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A great depression has gripped the city of St. Louis in 1934. Stanley, an orphaned newsy, lives in a poor part of town hit especially hard by the economic downturn. One night, Stanley runs into Hazel, a restless debutante in waiting who has begun to question her posh lifestyle in the midst of the suffering she sees. She’s out and about without an escort and against her father’s wishes. When they discover the body of a girl with her head bashed in by a baseball bat, the very different and separate realities of the two teens inform their decision. Together they will figure out what happened to her and bring those responsible to justice. But getting involved with each other and digging into the secrets behind this murder earns them some powerful enemies, including a secret group seeking to rid society of all they deem “undesirable.” They’ve put into motion “The Winnowing,” a plan seeking to take over the city and enforce their will. As Stanley and Hazel’s forbidden feelings for one another grow, their investigation turns deadly. Now, it is up to Stanley and his gang of street kids to stop Hazel from becoming the next victim.
Stanley and Hazel by Jo Schaffer Release Date: May 15, 2018 Publisher: Month9Books
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Jo Schaffer was born and raised in the California Bay Area in a huge, creative family. She is a YA novelist, speaker, writer at Patheos.com, works in film production and is a Taekwondo black belt. She's a founding member of Writers Cubed and co-founder of the Teen Author Boot Camp, one of the largest conferences in the nation for youth ages 13-19. She and a crew of local and international bestselling authors present writing workshops to hundreds of attendees at the Utah-based conference as well as hundreds of others worldwide who view the conference online. Jo loves being involved in anything that promotes literacy and family. She is passionate about community, travel, books, music, healthy eating, classic films and martial arts. Her brain is always spinning new ideas for books and sometimes she even gets around to blogging. Jo is a mom of 3 strapping sons living in the beautiful mountains of Utah with a neurotic cat named Hero.  


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