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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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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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L.A. Weather by María Amparo Escandón: Review

L.A. Weather has it all: drama, humor and the immigrant experience. The Alvarado family is an eclectic group filled with secrets!

L.A. Weather by María Amparo Escandón
Genre: Fiction
Length: 352 pages
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Release Date: September 7, 2021

Synopsis

FORECAST: Storm clouds are on the horizon in this fun, fast-paced novel of an affluent Mexican-American family from the author of the #1 Los Angeles Times bestseller Esperanza’s Box of Saints.

L.A. is parched, dry as a bone, and all Oscar, the weather-obsessed patriarch of the Alvarado family, desperately wants is a little rain. He’s harboring a costly secret that distracts him from everything else. His wife, Keila, desperate for a life with a little more intimacy and a little less Weather Channel, feels she has no choice but to end their marriage.

Their three daughters—Claudia, a television chef with a hard-hearted attitude; Olivia, a successful architect who suffers from gentrification guilt; and Patricia, a social media wizard who has an uncanny knack for connecting with audiences but not with her lovers—are blindsided and left questioning everything they know. Each will have to take a critical look at her own relationships and make some tough decisions along the way.

With quick wit and humor, Maria Amparo Escandón follows the Alvarado family as they wrestle with impending evacuations, secrets, deception, and betrayal, and their toughest decision yet: whether to stick together or burn it all down.

L. A. Weather: Author Bio

L.A. Weather author Maria Amparo Escandon.
Photo Credit: Chris Fortuna

María Amparo Escandón is the author of #1 Los Angeles Times bestseller
Esperanza’s Box of Saints and González & Daughter Trucking Co. Named a writer to watch by both Newsweek and the Los Angeles Times, she was born in Mexico City and has lived in Los Angeles for nearly
four decades.

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My Review

L. A. Weather shares the tale of the Alvarado family as they face personal struggles. Oscar and Keila Alvarado are on the brink of divorce after four decades of marriage. After a deep family discussion, they give themselves one year to figure out if their bond is worth saving.

Escandón beautifully writes about one family’s immigration experience. Oscar and Keila have deep roots in their Mexican culture that they lovingly pass onto their 3 daughters: Claudia, Olivia, and Patricia. While all three children adapted to the American ways of living, they also hold onto their Mexican roots. Their family journey is part of their story, and as the story progresses, we see shades of how important culture is deeply rooted for all.

While the Alvarado children fight to keep their family unit whole, their personal lives are in a state of flux. They are powerful women facing emotional abuse and guilt while attaining their goals. While Claudia, Olivia and Patricia share close family ties, their personal struggles leave them at a crossroads.

L.A. Weather is definitely a page turner! It kept me engrossed down to the surprising final pages. You’ll definitely want this powerful story!

Thank you to Flatiron Books and Netgalley for the gifted copy. L.A. Weather comes out Tuesday, September 7th!

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Cover Reveal: Fated by Sarah Biglow & Molly Zenk

Are you seeking exciting fantasy?

Look no further! I’m excited to share the cover for Fated, the upcoming fantasy novel by Sarah Biglow & Molly Zenk!

Many thanks to Love Books Tours for letting me take part in this reveal! Click on the link above for more info on their services.

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Fated by Sarah Biglow & Molly Zenk

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Book Blurb

The war for humanity has just begun…

Three months after Mr. Heartsong lit the match that ignited the second Vampire-Human Civil War, Darren and his team of Hunters are doing all they can to combat a vicious enemy. But even with Edith and her daughters firmly on their side, the humans face overwhelming odds and not everyone comes back unscathed.

The heat of battle forces Darren and Edith to confront the reality of their tenuous romance: she’s immortal and there’s no chance he’d let her turn him. Fighting the fear of losing everyone she loves is harder than taking out her own kind with a ballpoint pen.

As the ultimate battle looms, fate comes calling. To win the war, Darren and Edith will have to leave everything on the line.  Even if that means making the ultimate sacrifice for the good of humankind.

Fated comes out on 16 November 2021! Are you as excited about this book as I am? Feel free to share in the comments!

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Monkey Around by Jadie Jang | Book Blitz

Happy Sunday all! Today I’m featuring ‘Monkey Around’ by Jadie Jang. Many thanks to Storytellers on Tour for letting me take part in this Book Blitz. Click above for more information on their services.

Monkey Around: Book Information

Monkey Around by Jadie Jang
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 432 pages
Publication Date: August 3, 2021

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Synopsis

San Francisco has a Monkey King – and she’s kinda freaked out.

Barista, activist, and were-monkey Maya McQueen was well on her way to figuring herself out. Well, part of the way. 25% of the way. If you squint.

But now the Bay Area is being shaken up. Occupy Wall Street has come home to roost; and on the supernatural side there’s disappearances, shapeshifter murders, and the city’s spirit trying to find its guardian.

Maya doesn’t have a lot of time before chaos turns up at her door, and she needs to solve all of her problems. Well, most of them. The urgent ones, anyhow.

Author Information

Claire Light (writing as Jadie Jang) is almost as organized as her characters. She started a magazine (Hyphen) and an arts festival (APAture) with a cast of Asian Pacific Americans even more magical, if less supernatural, than the ones she writes about. She also got an MFA, went to Clarion West, and compromised between the two by publishing a collection of “literary” sci-fi short stories (Slightly Behind and to the Left) that maybe 100 people read. After wrangling arts and social justice non-profits for 17 years, her already autoimmune-disease-addled body threw a seven-year-long tantrum, leading our then-house-bound heroine into an urban fantasy addiction.

A few years, and a dozen Euro-centric-mythology-dominated urban fantasy series later, Claire sat up and said “I can do this!” and Jadie Jang, the part of her brain that writes snarky-fun genre romps, was born. She posts about monkeys every Monday under @seelight on Twitter.

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My Review

I absolutely enjoyed reading Monkey Around! This story has a perfect blend of Chinese legend and progressive activism. Maya works in an Oakland coffee shop in the midst of social change. While there are social activists causing mayhem among the city streets, there’s an upheaval in the supernatural world as well. Maya is quick thinking as she’s faced with choices that will effect her standing in the shapeshifting realm. This story is packed with action, something I approve of!

Definitely pick up your copy of Monkey Around when you have the chance!

**I received a gifted copy of Monkey Around through Storytellers on Tour. All opinions are my own.**

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Monkey Around by Jadie Jang

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T-Rexes Can’t Tie Their Shoes | Book Tour

Today is my tour stop for T-Rexes Can’t Tie Their Shoes by Anna Lazowski! Thank you to Turn the Page Tours for letting me take part. For more info on Turn the Page Tours, click on their name above!

Book Information

T-Rexes Can’t Tie Their Shoes by Anna Lazowski
Illustrated by Steph Laberis
Publisher: Doubleday Books for Young Readers
Genre: Children’s (Picture Book)
Release Date: June 29, 2021

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T-Rexes Can’t Tie Their Shoes: Synopsis

A funny and encouraging alphabetic book about all the things animals CAN’T do but kids CAN! Every parent teaching their children new skills will be happy to have this super-positive picture book on hand.

Bees can’t ride bicycles, penguins can’t play ping-pong, and zebras can’t go zip-lining. No one is good at everything, but that shouldn’t stop you from trying! Here is a funny and encouraging picture book for any child learning how to tie their shoes, ride a bike, spell their name, or do a variety of new things.

Follow a hilarious alphabet of animals, and see all the things they can’t do but kids can—from doing gymnastics to flipping pancakes to playing a xylophone. Along the way, young readers will learn that it’s okay if they can’t do everything; they can still have a LOT of fun trying.

Author Information

T Rexes Can't Tie Their Shoes by Anna Lazowski

Anna Lazowski wrote her first picture book for a class assignment in the sixth grade and has been creating stories ever since. Now an award-winning radio producer, Anna has an MA (Journalism) from the University of Western Ontario and a BFA (Hons.) from the University of Manitoba.

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My Review

This is such an adorable picture book! Being an early childhood educator, I was thrilled while reading T-Rexes Can’t Tie Their Shoes. It teaches children their ABC’s with heartwarming illustrations! Each image portrays an act that animals would have huge difficulty with. I mean, have we ever seen a bee ride a bicycle?? Of course not! Yet this doesn’t stop the bee or the t-rex from completing their task. Reading this book encourages children that they too can complete a challenge with patience!

I can totally see young children enjoying this picture book. They’ll love the humorous images of animals. Also, the text is very easy to read. Both children and adults will love T-Rexes Can’t Tie Their Shoes! This story is out now, so definitely pick up your copy!

Note: I received a complementary copy of T-Rexes Can’t Tie Their Shoes from Turn the Page Tours. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Book Blitz: Still Water by Amy Stuart

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Thursday!

This week I’m partnering with Love Books Tours to bring you ‘Still Water’ by Amy Stuart! This is part of the Clare O’ Dey series. I usually read a mix of Historical Fiction and Thrillers, so ‘Still Water’ is a great addition to my list!

Still Water: Book Blurb

How do you find the truth in a town full of secrets?

When Sally Proulx and her son mysteriously disappear from the stormy town of High River, Clare O’Dey is hired to track them down. She hopes to find them alive, but High River is not a typical town. It is a place where women go to escape their past. The women run to Helen Haines, the community matriarch, who offers them safe haven and anonymity.

Pretending to be Sally’s long lost friend, Clare starts asking questions but nothing prepares her for the deception and lies simmering beneath the surface of this quiet little neighbourhood. As the truth surges through High River, Clare must confront the thing she has been so desperately running from, even if it comes at a devastating cost.

Gripping, twisty and compulsive, Still Water is a deep dive of a thriller that will leave you breathless! Perfect for fans of Louise Penny and Liz Nugent.

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A Girl From Forever | Cover Reveal

Fern thought she understood it all…

I’m excited to show the cover for A Girl From Forever by Yolanda McCarthy! Thank you to Storytellers on Tour for letting me take part! For more info on their titles, click the link above!

Book Information

A Girl From Forever by Yolanda McCarthy
Series: The Forever Institute (Book 1)
Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller, Romance
Release Date: August 27, 2021
Cover Design: MoorBooks Design
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Book Blurb

For fans of Eve of Man, Divergent and The Hunger Games comes a thrilling dystopian story of star-crossed love!

Do you know who you are? Do you know where you belong? Do you recognize good from evil?

Seventeen-year-old Fern thought she understood it all…

Fern is immortal. Psychic, if she can figure out how to access her ability. Totally loyal to the controversial scientists who created her, to the mission they gave her, and to the classmates she was raised with.

Then Rehan contacts her, and Fern discovers the dark truth
of her origins, and of a danger that threatens to destroy her and everything she loves.

But Rehan has secrets…

First love. Betrayal. Abduction. Murder. Psychics, immortals, and a battle over humanity’s destiny. When friends become enemies and terrorists turn into allies, Fern’s betrayer could be her soul mate – but that might not be enough to keep her alive.

A Girl From Forever: Author Bio

I grew up in London and now live on its edge, in a village where the sprawl of the city turns into lavender fields and lakes. I live with my husband, son, two suspicious cats and some very ungrateful fish. A Girl From Forever is my debut novel.

I write because I’ve tried very hard to quit, but I don’t seem to be able to.

Sometimes I climb mountains.

Always I daydream.

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Dino-Gro by Matt Myers | Blog Tour

Dino-Gro brings joy and magic to any child’s home! Just don’t let them get too big. And watch out for water!

Today is my tour stop for Dino-Gro by Matt Myers. Thank you so much to Turn the Page Tours for giving me the chance to participate. For more information, check out their introduction post.

Dino-Gro: Book Information

Dino-Gro cover.

Dino-Gro by Matt Myers
Publisher: Random House Studio
Genre: Fiction, Children’s Picture Book
Release Date: June 15, 2021

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Book Description

From the New York Times bestselling illustrator of Battle Bunny comes a laugh-out-loud story of a little sponge dinosaur that keeps growing…and growing…and growing….

Cole is very excited about his new Dino-Gro toy. He can’t wait for it to reach its full size! But when Dino-Gro becomes much larger than intended, Cole goes so far as to put Dino-Gro on a liquid-free diet and an exercise regimen, which don’t seem to make a difference! As Dino-Gro becomes so big that he can’t fit in the house, Cole learns that growing up and getting bigger can have advantages too, even if you’re not a dinosaur.

For fans of Tiny T. Rex and We Don’t Eat Our Classmates, this sweet and hilarious read-aloud is fun for kids to learn the importance of growing up big and strong.

Author Bio

Matt Myers is the author and illustrator of Hum and Swish, and the illustrator of many other books for young readers, including the Infamous Ratsos series by Kara LaReau, Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett, A Dog Named Doug by Karma Wilson, and BB-8 On the Run by Drew Daywalt. Matt Myers lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Dino-Gro | My Review

Dino-Gro touches on many childrens’ desire for a favorite toy. In my preschool classroom, I use water beads as a sensory choice during free play. It comes in many colors, and they last for a few days. What child doesn’t want a lively activity? However, these water toys never grew to a massive height like Cole’s creation!

I enjoyed the beautiful story and rich illustrations Dino-Gro contains. Cole enjoys his toy dinosaur, and does what he can to prevent it from growing out of control. It carries a heartwarming message of devotion and childhood joy for readers. My favorite part of Dino-Gro is viewing the unwavering connection between Cole and his dinosaur. Although it can’t keep away from water, Cole loves him no matter what!

This story is a wonderful read aloud for preschool and early elementary aged children (from 3-6 years old). If you want a fun book with rich illustrations, Dino-Gro is for you!

Thank you to Turn the Page Tours for the gifted copy!

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Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge | Book Review

Libertie is a moving, coming of age story in NYC after the Civil War era. Race, class, and familial bonds are the main focus in this riveting read!

Libertie: Book Information

Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge

Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge
Genre: Historical Fiction
Length: 336 pages
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Source: ebook through publisher
Release Date: March 30, 2021

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Synopsis

Coming of age as a free-born Black girl in Reconstruction-era Brooklyn, Libertie Sampson was all too aware that her purposeful mother, a practicing physician, had a vision for their future together: Libertie would go to medical school and practice alongside her. But Libertie, drawn more to music than science, feels stifled by her mother’s choices and is hungry for something else—is there really only one way to have an autonomous life? And she is constantly reminded that, unlike her mother, who can pass, Libertie has skin that is too dark.

When a young man from Haiti proposes to Libertie and promises she will be his equal on the island, she accepts, only to discover that she is still subordinate to him and all men. As she tries to parse what freedom actually means for a Black woman, Libertie struggles with where she might find it—for herself and for generations to come.

Inspired by the life of one of the first Black female doctors in the United States and rich with historical detail, Kaitlyn Greenidge’s new novel resonates in our times and is perfect for readers of Brit Bennett, Min Jin Lee, and Yaa Gyasi.

Libertie: Author Information

Libertie author Kaitlyn Greenidge

Kaitlyn Greenidge’s debut novel is We Love You, Charlie Freeman (Algonquin Books), one of the New York Times Critics’ Top 10 Books of 2016. Her writing has appeared in Vogue, Glamour, the Wall Street Journal, Elle.com, Buzzfeed, Transition Magazine, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Believer, American Short Fiction and other places. Kaitlyn is the recipient of fellowships from the Whiting Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study other places. She was a contributing editor for LENNY Letter and is currently a contributing writer for The New York Times. Her second novel, Libertie, will be published by Algonquin Books on March 30, 2021. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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My Review

Libertie is a free born Black woman, destined to follow her mother’s footsteps. Dr. Catherine Sampson is a Black female physician, and Libertie learns from her as she matures. Cathy wants her daughter to lead a life of medicine; however, mother and daughter face a divide based on skin tone. Libertie endures discrimination based on her skin tone, while Cathy avoids this barrier due to a lighter skin tone.

Libertie’s story takes us across several regions in the US and to the Caribbean. She searches for strength as a young, ambitious Black woman. She tells her story through poetry and song. Familial bonds are put to the ultimate test as Libertie longs to connect through her emotion and wants out of life.

While reading Libertie, I was swept up by the historical events of the US after the Civil War era. Both Libertie and Cathy fight to make their names established, while struggling to maintain their bonds as mother and daughter. This is definitely a captivating Historical Fiction tale!

Thank you so much to Algonquin Books for the gifted copy!

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‘The Place Below’ by Dan Fitzgerald | Book Tour

It’s my tour stop for ‘The Place Below’ Book Tour! This is the exciting conclusion of The Maer Cycle trilogy. Thank you to Storytellers on Tour for allowing me to take part! Click on the introduction post for more information.

The Place BelowBook Information

The Place Below by Dan Fitzgerald

The Place Below by Dan Fitzgerald
Book 3 in the Maer Cycle trilogy
Publisher: Shadow Spark Publishing
Length: 291 pages
Age Group: Adult
Release Date: March 4, 2021

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Synopsis

It’s been twenty-five years since the Battle for the Archive. Peace reigns over the Silver Hills, and humans and Maer are preparing to sign their first trade agreement. Even warring tribes of the Free Maer have set aside old quarrels.

Sasha is a young scholar of mixed Maer and human parentage, traveling throughout the Maer lands collecting stories of the Ka-lar, the buried Forever Kings. She finds a reference in the Archive to a Ka-lar named Kuun, a scholar in life, who was laid down in an ancient brightstone mine, beneath a mountain said to be the home of the fabled Skin Maer. The lure of the tale is too strong to resist. Joined by some old friends, Sasha sets out to uncover secrets that have lain buried for over a thousand years.

In The Place Below, the Maer Cycle comes to a close as the darkest mysteries of the Maer are at last brought into the light.

The Place Below: Author Bio

The Place Below author Dan Fitzgerald.

Dan Fitzgerald is a fantasy author living in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, DC with his wife, twin boys, and two cats. When he is not writing, he might be gardening, taking photographs of nature, doing yoga, cooking, or listening to French music. The Maer Cycle is his debut trilogy, with Hollow Road and The Archive on several book bloggers’ best-of lists for 2020, and The Place Below coming March 4 2021. His upcoming duology, The Weirdwater Confluence, will be published in October 2021 and January 2022. All books published by Shadow Spark Publishing.

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My Review

I’m happy to dive into the world of the Silver Hills once again! In this installment, a new character named Sasha sets out to explore the history of stories of old. Although a new band of characters join Sasha, it was refreshing to see some familiar faces from previous books on her journey.

I love that a time jump takes place in this installment. This portrays a renewed look in Silver Hills. New ways of living are established. Both humans and Maer work toward a deeper understanding. Additionally, characters from earlier books emerge, yet they clearly made their own life paths. This is wonderful way to wrap up one groups’ exploration while following some fresh faces in their adventures.

I love following the Maer Cycle trilogy, and I felt that it was a satisfying conclusion. I look forward to seeing more of what Dan Fitzgerald writes next!

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The Test of Gold | Book Info

The Test of Gold by Renee Yancy.

The Test of Gold by Renee Yancy
Hearts of Gold series (Book 1)
Vinspire Publishing
Length: 335 pages
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: March 16, 2021

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Synopsis

Raised in the shadow of a mother who defied convention, but won’t allow her own daughter the right to make the same choices, heiress Evangeline Lindenmayer has been groomed since childhood to marry into the British aristocracy.

When Lindy challenges her mother’s long-laid plans by falling in love with a poor seminary student, the explosion is bigger than the Brooklyn Bridge fireworks on Independence Day.

The Test of Gold | Author Bio

Author Renee Yancy.

Renee Yancy is a history and archaeology nut who writes the kind of historical fiction she loves to read – stories filled with historical detail that immerse you in another place and time. When she isn’t writing historical fiction or traveling to see the places her characters have lived, she can be found in the wilds of Kentucky with her husband and two rescue mutts named Ellie and Charlie.

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Book Excerpt

May 1897

Jack glanced at the empty dining chair across the table. For the last fortnight, his mother hadn’t been strong enough to come downstairs for supper and grew steadily weaker. The windows of the dining room were open to the spring air, and the fresh scent of newly-turned flower beds drifted through. Children played on the street outside as the days grew longer. But in this room with his uncle, silence lay heavy like a tomb. Only the clink of silverware against the china gave any evidence of life.

Jack’s thoughts went to the library in the Lindenmayer mansion, where earlier this afternoon, Miss Lindenmayer had shared some details of her life with him. Funny, he’d never thought about what life might be like for the high society young women in the church. That they would marry a man of their parent’s choosing. But what about love? His parents had married for love. And then his father had died young, leaving his mother in a precarious position with no means of support. If it weren’t for his uncle…

“Have you no conversation this evening?” His uncle glowered at him, his lower lip thrust out in a most unpleasant way. His surliness had increased in direct proportion to his mother’s worsening condition.

Startled, Jack tore his thoughts back to the present. “I’m sorry, Uncle.”

“What are you thinking about?” Do I dare answer honestly? He laid his fork down. “My parents actually. Their marriage.”

He faces challenge from the start…

His uncle’s face screwed up into a frown. “A mistake from the start.”

Jack blinked, not expecting such a blatant statement of disapproval. “Pardon me, sir? A mistake?”

“They were never suited.” His uncle chomped viciously on a piece of beef, swallowed it, and speared another piece. “Never should have been allowed.

 “Never should have been allowed?” Jack choked out.

“Stop repeating everything I say. You heard me.”

“My mother would never say that. She loved him. And he her.”

His uncle glared at him. “She was too young to see how shallow he was. My brother swept her away with his smooth charm and pretty words. And then what does he do? Goes out and gets himself killed.”

“He could hardly have planned that,” cried Jack, fury rising in him.

“Stop shouting.” His uncle helped himself to another serving of beef. “It’s fortunate for you and your mother I took you in.”

Jack swallowed hard. Calm down. Don’t rise to the bait. His uncle would never have voiced these thoughts if Mother had been at the table. Until now, he’d never realized how much of a buffer she’d always been between them. And as her illness worsened, the crotchetier his uncle became.

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