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The Queen Blog Tour | Makeup Magic & Mood Board


Today is my tour stop for ‘The Queen’ by Jennifer Armentrout! ‘The Queen’ is the final book in Armentrout’s Summer King’s novella series (set in the same world as Wicked).
I created a Mood Board of looks I imagine Brighton in as she’s traveling with Caden. Find out if they take their closeness to the next level!


Book Information

The Queen: A Wicked Novella by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genre: Romance
Publisher: 1001 Dark Knights Press
Length: 146 pages
Release Date: July 14, 2020

Synopsis

From #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes the next installment in her Wicked series.

The King must have his Queen….

Bestowed the forbidden Summer’s Kiss by the King of the Summer fae, Brighton Jussier is no longer just human. What she is, what she will become, no one knows for sure, but that isn’t her biggest concern at the moment. Now Caden, the King, refuses to let her go, even at the cost of his Court. When the doorway to the Otherworld is breached, both Brighton and Caden must do the unthinkable—not just to survive themselves, but also to save mankind from the evil that threatens the world.

**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you’ll enjoy each one as much as we do.**

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Summer King Bundle
Includes all three novellas, including The Queen

Blog Tour: The Queen by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Summer King Bundle by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: 1001 Dark Nights Press
Length: 460 pages
Genre: Romance
Release Date: July 14, 2020

Synopsis

From #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes The Summer King Bundle…

THE PRINCE

She’s everything he wants….

Cold. Heartless. Deadly. Whispers of his name alone bring fear to fae and mortals alike. The Prince. There is nothing in the mortal world more dangerous than him. Haunted by a past he couldn’t control, all Caden desires is revenge against those who’d wronged him, trapping him in never-ending nightmare. And there is one person he knows can help him.

She’s everything he can’t have…

Raised within the Order, Brighton Jussier knows just how dangerous the Prince is, reformed or not. She’d seen firsthand what atrocities he could be capable of. The last thing she wants to do is help him, but he leaves her little choice. Forced to work alongside him, she begins to see the man under the bitter ice. Yearning for him feels like the definition of insanity, but there’s no denying the heat in his touch and the wicked promise is his stare.

She’s everything he’ll take….

But there’s someone out there who wants to return the Prince to his former self. A walking, breathing nightmare that is hell bent on destroying the world and everyone close to him. The last thing either of them needs is a distraction, but with the attraction growing between them each now, the one thing he wants more than anything may be the one thing that will be his undoing.

She’s everything he’d die for….


THE KING

As Caden and Brighton’s attraction grows despite the odds stacked against a happily ever after, they must work together to stop an Ancient fae from releasing the Queen, who wants nothing more than to see Caden become the evil Prince once feared by fae and mortals alike.

THE QUEEN

The King must have his Queen….

Bestowed the forbidden Summer’s Kiss by the King of the Summer fae, Brighton Jussier is no longer just human. What she is, what she will become, no one knows for sure, but that isn’t her biggest concern at the moment. Now Caden, the King, refuses to let her go, even at the cost of his Court. When the doorway to the Otherworld is breached, both Brighton and Caden must do the unthinkable—not just to survive themselves, but also to save mankind from the evil that threatens the world.

**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you’ll enjoy each one as much as we do.**

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About Jennifer

#1 New York Times and #1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, hanging out with her husband and her Border Jack Apollo, six judgemental alpacas, two rude goats, and five fluffy sheep. In early 2015, Jennifer was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a group of rare genetic disorders that involve a breakdown and death of cells in the retina, eventually resulting in loss of vision, among other complications.  Due to this diagnosis, educating people on the varying degrees of blindness has become of passion of hers, right alongside writing, which she plans to do as long as she can.

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Book Tour: ‘Shadow of a Dead God’ by Patrick Samphire | A Review

Patrick Samphire 'Shadow of a Dead God', a Mennik Thorn Novel. Book Tour: July 5th-July 11. 

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Today is my stop in the ‘Shadow of a Dead God’ Book Tour! Thank you so much to Storytellers on Tour for allowing me to take part. Click the banner above to check out the other amazing contributors!


Book Information

Shadow of a Dead God, A Mennik Thorn Novel by Patrick Samphire

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Shadow of a Dead God: A Mennik Thorn Novel
by Patrick Samphire
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Fantasy
Length: 460 pages
Age Group: Adult
Release Date: May 27, 2020

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Book Blurb

A dead god. A brutal murder. A second-rate mage.

It was only supposed to be one little job – a simple curse-breaking for Mennik Thorn to pay back a favor to his oldest friend. But then it all blew up in his face. Now he’s been framed for a murder he didn’t commit.

So how is a second-rate mage, broke, traumatized, and with a habit of annoying the wrong people supposed to prove his innocence when everyone believes he’s guilty?

Mennik has no choice if he wants to get out of this: he is going to have to throw himself into the corrupt world of the city’s high mages, a world he fled years ago. Faced by supernatural beasts, the mage-killing Ash Guard, and a ruthless, unknown adversary, it’s going to take every trick Mennik can summon just to keep him and his friend alive.

But a new, dark power is rising in Agatos, and all that stands in its way is one damaged mage…


Author Information

Patrick Samphire started writing when he was fourteen years old and thought it would be a good way of getting out of English lessons. It didn’t work, but he kept on writing anyway.

He has lived in Zambia, Guyana, Austria and England. He has been charged at by a buffalo and, once, when he sat on a camel, he cried. He was only a kid. Don’t make this weird.

Patrick has worked as a teacher, an editor and publisher of physics journals, a marketing minion, and a pen pusher (real job!). Now, when he’s not writing, he designs websites and book covers. He has a PhD in theoretical physics, which means that all the unlikely science in his books is actually true. Well, most of it. Well, some of it. Maybe.

Patrick now lives in Wales, U.K. with his wife, the awesome writer Stephanie Burgis, their two sons, and their cat, Pebbles. Right now, in Wales, it is almost certainly raining.

He has published almost twenty short stories and novellas in magazines and anthologies, including Realms of Fantasy, Interzone, Strange Horizons, and The Year’s Best Fantasy, as well as one fantasy novel for adults, SHADOW OF A DEAD GOD, and two novels for children, SECRETS OF THE DRAGON TOMB and THE EMPEROR OF MARS.

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My Thoughts

**I received a copy of Shadow of a Dead God by Patrick Samphire through Storytellers on Tour, in exchange for an honest review**

‘Shadow of a Dead God’ introduces us to Mennik Thorn. Mennik is a mage that never quite got the grasp of magic. When he and his friend Benny get wrapped into a heap of trouble, Mennik stops at nothing in order to make things right.

I appreciated the non stop action played out in Shadow of a Dead God! Mennik has the support of the little found family of Benny and his daughter. Mennik is very imperfect in his magical abilities, yet he’s determined to rectify the complications set forth by his actions. I love a flawed yet honest character!

Although the risks Mennik endures are high, he stops at nothing to make sure he and Benny get their names cleared. They also receive help from characters who lean toward the dark side, yet are loyal to a fault. I feel that readers will enjoy the antics depicted in Shadow of a Dead God. It is a very addicting fantasy tale!


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Books Recommendations | Top 10 Tuesday

Book recommendations are so valuable! All suggestions are so meaningful. Although I don’t stick to a given reading schedule, I check out all books recommended to me!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010. It was then moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018.

Each week Jana gives a prompt, and we respond with our own Top 10 list.

You’re more than welcome to participate, but link your page back to Jana’s TTT post!

10 Most Recent Book Recommendations

Here are the 10 books I’ve read recently, because of recommendations!

The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter. Link: https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1553927196l/41952489.jpg

The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter: Currently reading for the B2Weird Book Club!

Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips. Link: https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1541103539l/34563821._SY475_.jpg

Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips: I received this recommendation from my local library’s book club!

Audubon's Sparrow by Juditha Dowd. Link: https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1576600201l/49365476.jpg

Audubon’s Sparrow by Juditha Dowd: This is another library book recommendation. A lovely work in poetry, talking about Lucy Bakewell’s life.

Book Recommendations. Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas. Link: https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1594059624l/52339313._SY475_.jpg
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Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas: After reading rave reviews on Twitter, I had to preorder! This is a supernatural LGBTQ+ story I couldn’t miss! I also received an eARC through Edelweiss, so I had a chance to enjoy. I wasn’t disappointed!

Book Recommendations. Lock Every Door by RIley Sager. Link: https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1540938359l/41837243._SY475_.jpg

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager: When Kayla of BooksandLala mentioned this thriller, I had to read it. A house sitter in New York City, with disappearing housemates? I was immediately drawn in!

A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney. Link: https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1524085521l/36952594.jpg

A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney: I stumbled across this Alice and Wonderland retelling. I’m waiting for the third installment. I’m such a fan!

The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin. Link: https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1585327950l/42074525._SY475_.jpg

The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin: This is another book recommendation through the B2Weird Book Club. I’m so happy that I discovered this group! They certainly know good fantasy tales!

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett. Link: https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1552334367l/44318414.jpg

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett: One more book from my local library’s book club. This one truly resonated, since a supporting character has Type 1 Diabetes. Some scenes hit close to home!

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab. Link: https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1516638225l/35403058._SY475_.jpg

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab: Common Spence recommended this story. It was my first foray into Victoria Schwab’s work. I love Cassidy Blake’s adventures!

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal. Link: https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1551185822l/36492488.jpg

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal: This is another Booktube recommendation, but can’t remember the video. I. Love. This. Story! January 2021 can’t come fast enough!

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The Blogtober Tag | Blogtober Day 19

I found The Blogtober Tag through The Kelly Diane Report. You can read her lovely post here!

Blogtober Tag. Photo by Madalyne Stabb on Unsplash. Link: https://unsplash.com/photos/cm6u6zfjPRE
Photo by Madalyne Stabb on Unsplash

What is your favorite fall scent?

I enjoy everything pumpkin, cinnamon and apple based! I specifically love visiting White Barn Candle Co. and Bath and Body Works for Autumn scents!

Do you prefer pumpkin pie or apple pie?

Pumpkin Pie, always! I never have Autumn gatherings without it!

Blogtober Tag. Pumpkin Pie. Link:
Photo by Natalia Y on Unsplash

What is one autumn tradition you have?

Watching Halloween programs on TV! My favorite is It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

Gif of Linus holding a sign saying 'Welcome Great Pumpkin'. Link: https://media.giphy.com/media/REc9778yUjQ08/giphy.gif

What are you planning for dressing up as for Halloween?

Usually I wear something vampiric or cat-like. I’ve yet to look for a costume this year, but I hope I find something fun!

What are you most excited for in Fall?

Watching the leaves change colors! I love going for neighborhood drives, just to watch the Fall foliage!

What is your favorite scary movie?

Evil Dead, followed by Pet Semetary. Both films cause sleepness nights!

What is your favorite Halloween candy?

Reeses Pieces, of course! Chocolate and peanut butter are my faves!

Favorite Pumpkin spiced flavoured thing?

Pumpkin Spice Lattes. This is certainly the season!

Blogtober Tag. Autumn flavored drinks. Link: https://media.giphy.com/media/REc9778yUjQ08/giphy.gif
Photo by Austin Wade on Unsplash

What is your warmest Fall memory?

Celebrating a Halloween concert with friends in New York, back in 2012. I still remember that night!

What is your favourite Autumn must have?

My cardigan and gloves, of course! When cool breezes come, they’re a regular part of my wardrobe. I also wear my long boots throughout the season!

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Weekend Reads | Saturday Reading Blog

This weekend I have some great book club selections! I love my book clubs, since they share lively discourse and provide new reading material!

I’m have two weekend reads. One if SFF, while the other is Historical Fiction!

Weekend Reads. The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter. Link: https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1553927196l/41952489.jpg

The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter

I’m 40% through The Rage of Dragons. I enjoy the nonstop action in this remote desert region! Additionally, Tau’s story is both emotional and captivating! He is certainly a man on a mission!

This is the B2Weird Book Club October pick. @brisbookish hosts this great book group. She highlights SFF (Sci-Fi/Fantasy) reads every month!

Weekend Reads. Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips. LInk: https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1541103539l/34563821._SY475_.jpg

Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips

Disappearing Earth is Historical Fiction, with a touch of mystery. This book was my local library’s October pick. At first I thought I wouldn’t enjoy a ‘missing person’ tale. However, it drew me in after the first couple chapters!

Furthermore, Disappearing Earth‘s chapters are ‘months’. Each section follows a different community member. In spite of the endless quest in finding these sisters, we learn about a community stuck in different directions.

Indeed, I’m glad to discover these book clubs, since I now have intriguing tales in my collection!

What are your weekend reads? Feel free to share below!

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Reading Snacks | Blogtober Day 15

Reading snacks are such a comfort! Whether it’s a bag of chips or chocolate, trtreatseats are a great reading go-to!

Favorite Snacks

Here are some of my favorite treats:

Potato Chips

Snacks. Potato chips. Link: https://i1.wp.com/www.eatthis.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/bowl-potato-chips.jpg?fit=1024%2C750&ssl=1

I enjoy Pringles and Ritz Crisp & Thins!

Chocolate

Peanut butter cups. Photo by Heather Barnes on Unsplash. Link: https://unsplash.com/photos/gP1YecpRyD8

My favorite chocolate snacks? Peanut butter cups. That’s my weakness!

Granola Bars

Snacks. Granola Bars. Link: https://s3.amazonaws.com/spoonuniversi-wpengine/spoonuniversi/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/HomemadeGranolaBars_Mirabito_FinalProductPic.jpg

Both healthy and flavorful, granola bars are the perfect treats!

Reading Snack Resources

Book Riot shares important food advice while prepping for readathons!

Cozy Autumn Book Tag posts bloggers’ autumn treat entries. Keep an eye out for my contribution!

What are your favorite treats?

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Reading Nook Ideas | Blogtober Day 14

When you hear Autumnal Reading Nook, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?

While picturing my autumnal nook needs, cozy and relaxing are important. I want to settle in with a good book. I also want to bring in Autumn vibes!

Here are the factors that are very important when imagining my autumn nook:

Candles: Reading Nook Staples

Autumnal Reading Nook. Photo by Taryn ELliot from Pexels. Link: https://www.pexels.com/photo/lighted-candle-on-white-book-beside-black-glass-bottle-4099355/

When you’re settling in with a good book, candles provide that bookish aura! Available in a wide variety of colors and sizes, candles are perfect to place at your desk or window. Since we’re setting up autumnal reading nooks, Apple, cinnamon and pumpkin scents are in order!

You can find awesome fragrant candles at your local department store or at bookish merch sites. I purchased mine at Bath and Body Works!

Seasonal Surfaces: Reading Nook Ready!

Reading Nook Blogtober. Photo by Valeriia Miller from Pexels. Link: https://www.pexels.com/photo/lighted-candle-on-white-book-beside-black-glass-bottle-4099355/

While your reading nook shouldn’t scream Autumn, a little seasonal nostalgia doesn’t hurt! Whether decorating with Fall colors or setting an Autumn object in your midst, your reading space should welcome the season! Personally, I have some Halloween figures decorating my area, which can be viewed here!

Your Favorite Autumn Beverage!

Autumnal Reading Nook. Photo by Lisa Fotios in Pexels. Link: https://www.pexels.com/photo/cup-of-coffee-beside-green-succulent-plant-1232433/

Coffee, tea, iced beverages…you name it! Every good book is paired with a favored drink. Indeed, no reading nook is complete without it!

What drinks do you enjoy? I adore coffee. I’m never without my caffeine!

Reading Nook. 'Autumn Leaves and Pumpkins Please'. Photo taken at TJ Maxx.

To sum up, your autumnal nook should reflect what’s best for you! Some seasonal touches and personal flair livens up any space!

What would you add to your nook? Feel free to share below!

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Note: Candle and drink photos were from Pexels

A Memory | Blogtober Day 13

My favorite Fall memory involves friendship. Eight years ago I met up with good friends for an Imperative Reaction concert. It was at a popular venue in New York City. With us experiencing present pandemic times, these public gatherings are extra special!

Fall Memory. Imperative Reaction. Link: https://i.pinimg.com/474x/8c/3c/ab/8c3cab64a94b1711f1ccc966d1a974c9--industrial-bands-running-music.jpg

After the show, my friends and I walked around the streets of Chelsea. I loved the cool Fall breeze circulating the area! We chatted about the band, and made plans to meet in the near future. This musical memory remains strong to this day!

Two days later, I visited a good friend in my poetry community. She helped me furnish part of my living space, and I’ll always be grateful to her! We spent a couple hours reflecting on our group. Indeed, it was a good time sharing and laughing! While it was months before I saw her again, we very much appreciated each other’s company.

Currently, my support system stands as a very special Fall memory. While living in New York City, I gained independence from a toxic relationship. I also reconnected with great college friends. One of them later became my future husband!

What is your favorite Fall memory? Feel free to share down below!

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Paranormal Romance | Book Blogger Hop

Paranormal Romance is a popular reading genre for Halloween! I love curling up with spooky love stories during those long autumn nights!

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme run by Coffee Addicted Writer. Every week we answer a bookish prompt. Sharing a common theme leads to more blogger interactions! You can find Billy’s intro post here.

This Week’s Question: Do you read Paranormal Romance? If you do, what is your favorite part of the genre?

I enjoy supernatural love stories! For example, I love Anne Rice’s Interview With the Vampire series. I also appreciate L.A. Banks’ Vampire Huntress books!

Book Blogger Hop: Minion by L.A. Banks. Link: https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1388619877l/39305.jpg

Some other stories I love:

Paranormal Romance: Book Blogger Hop. Dead Unitl Dark by Charlaine Harris. Link: https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1468560853l/301082._SY475_.jpg

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

Paranormal Romance: Book Blogger Hop. The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Z Brewer. Link: https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1437688794l/6178065._SY475_.jpg

The CHronicles of Vladimir Tod Series by Z Brewer

What are your favorite paranormal romances? Feel free to share in the comments!

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Blazewrath Games by Amparo Ortiz | Moodboard

It’s my stop on the Blazewrath Games Book Tour! Thank you the Hear Our Voices Book Tours for allowing me to take part. For more information, Click on the banner below!

Blazewrath Games Book Information

Blazewrath Games by Ampari Ortiz. Link: https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1585957271l/49247306.jpg

Blazewrath Games by Amparo Ortiz
Publisher: Page Street Kids
Length: 368 pages
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: October 6, 2020

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Synopsis

Lana Torres has always preferred dragons to people. In a few weeks, sixteen countries will compete in the Blazewrath World Cup, a tournament where dragons and their riders fight for glory in a dangerous relay. Lana longs to represent her native Puerto Rico in their first ever World Cup appearance. When Puerto Rico’s Runner—the only player without a dragon steed—is kicked off the team, she’s given the chance.

But when she discovers that a former Blazewrath superstar has teamed up with the Sire—a legendary dragon who’s cursed into human form—the safety of the Cup is jeopardized. They are burning down dragon sanctuaries around the world and refuse to stop unless the Cup gets cancelled. All Lana wanted was to represent her country. Now, to do that, she’ll have to navigate an international conspiracy that’s deadlier than her beloved sport.

Blazewrath Games Author Information

Amparo Ortiz was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and currently lives on the island’s northeastern coast. Her short story comic, “What Remains in The Dark,” appears in the Eisner Award-winning anthology Puerto Rico Strong (Lion Forge, 2018). SAVING CHUPIE, her middle grade graphic novel, comes out with HarperCollins in Winter 2022. She holds an M.A. in English and a B.A. in Psychology from the UPR’s Río Piedras campus. When she’s not teaching ESL to her college students, she’s teaching herself Korean, devouring as much young adult fiction as she can, and writing about Latinx characters in worlds both contemporary and fantastical.

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Blazewrath Games Moodboard

When I found out I was creating content for Blazewrath Games, I became excited! I couldn’t wait to share my interpretation of Amparo Ortiz’s action-packed tale! Lana Torres is indeed a woman out to represent Puerto Rico in all its glory. Of course, nothing made me happier than representing Lara’s mission through this moodboard!

While I discovered a small number of photos to represent Lana’s journey, this doesn’t lessen the journey she takes in representing La Isla! I’m proud to say that Blazewrath Games is a powerful read! Everyone will enjoy this powerful Latinx book!

FInally, what are your thoughts on Blazewrath Games? Do you have any memorable moments to share? Please let me know in the comments!

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A Halloween ‘Itty Bitty Snoopy’ Post | Blogtober Day 8

Halloween and Snoopy are a fun combination!

I certainly enjoy creepy Halloween staples, such as haunted houses and scary movies. However, I also love cute spins to this spooky holiday!

I’m a huge Peanuts Gang fanatic! From books to plushies, I own many things related to Charlie Brown and his squad. When Hallmark began releasing their Itty Bitty Halloween collection, I quickly grabbed everything linked to this famous group!

My Halloween ‘Itty Bitty’ Snoopy List

Here’s some photos of my Halloween Peanuts Gang figures! I purchased them all at Hallmark. They are indeed a great resource for holiday materials!

Halloween Snoopy. Pumpkin Snoopy and Skeleton Charlie Brown.

Pumpkin Snoopy & Skeleton Charlie Brown

Skeleton Charlie Brown was part of a Halloween Mystery Bag collection. It took several tries to bring him home! His adorable pumpkin companion became available last year!

Halloween Snoopy. Vampire Snoopy and Superhero Linus.

Vampire Snoopy & Superhero Linus

These two figures were also part of the Mystery Bag Collection. What was the hardest to find? That adorable beagle next to Linus, of course!

Halloween Snoopy. Witch Lucy and Trick-or-Treat Snoopy.

Witchy Lucy & Trick-or-Treat Snoopy

Witchy Lucy is the fourth character in the Mystery Collection. She and Snoopy are ready for trick-or-treating!

Halloween: Candy Corn Snoopy.

Candy Corn Snoopy

Last but definitely not least! I purchased this cutie last year.

Do you love the Peanuts Gang? If so, which is your favorite? Share your thoughts below!

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Children by Bjorn Larssen | Book Tour

It’s my tour stop for Children by Bjorn Larssen! Thank you Storytellers on Tour for allowing me to take part. Read all about it on this Tour Post!

Children: Book Information

Children: Book Mockup Photo. File Name: children_larssen_mockup.jpg

Children by Bjorn Larssen
Genre: Fantasy
Age Group: Adult
Length: 460 pages
Release Date: October 3, 2020

Synopsis

Magni never wanted to be like his father, a murderous, absent, cheating alcoholic: Thor – the feared and beloved God of thunder. When Thor destroys everything and everyone his son knows and loves, Magni vows to stop the violence. His dream is to bring peace and prosperity to the Nine Worlds, then settle down with the man he loves. But is it possible to remain good in a place this bad? How do you escape cruelty in a universe built on it, or the shadow of your father when everyone calls you by his name?

Maya knows she’s a failure and a disappointment to her foster-parents. How could a child raised by Freya and Freyr – Goddess of love and God of sex – have no interest in the greatest of pleasures? Obviously, it couldn’t be the torture they subjected her to, or treating her as a tool that might someday be useful. Maya, her rage at their games more powerful than she knows, wants freedom to pursue her own destiny. But how do you forge your own life away from your God-parents when you’re nothing more than human?

A retelling of the Norse myths unlike any other, Children will answer all the questions you never knew you had about the heathen Nine Worlds… before leading you into the Tenth.

Children: Author Information

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Bjørn Larssen is a Norse heathen made in Poland, but mostly located in a Dutch suburb, except for his heart which he lost in Iceland. Born in 1977, he self-published his first graphic novel at the age of seven in a limited edition of one, following this achievement several decades later with his first book containing multiple sentences and winning awards he didn’t design himself. His writing is described as ‘dark’ and ‘literary’, but he remains incapable of taking anything seriously for more than 60 seconds.

Bjørn has a degree in mathematics. He’s worked as a graphic designer, a model, a bartender, and a blacksmith (but not all at the same time). His hobbies include sitting by open fires, dressing like an extra from Vikings, installing operating systems, and dreaming about living in a log cabin in the north of Iceland. He owns one husband and is owned by one neighbourhood cat.

My Review

**I received a complimentary copy of Children through Storytellers on Tour, in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**

Children is a very creative Norse mythology retelling! We enter Magni and Maya’s world, two Norse descendants with traumatic upbringings. Their tales are raw as they attempt to live life away from their parents’ shadow. Norse Mythology is certainly unfiltered, and Larssen isn’t afraid to share these characters’ experiences.

Indeed, Children is very emotional, yet this provides rich storytelling. Bjorn Larssen weaves a different account of the classic Norse mythology tale, yet his twists are unique. Told in dual POVs, we share in Maya and Magni’s stress and difficulties. Their parents left unthinkable scars in their lives, leaving them to rebuild their senses of self.

To sum up, Children is truly a remarkable take on Norse mythology. Bjorn Larssen provides a reinvented look to a classic tale!

What are your thoughts? Will you put Children in your TBR?

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