December 7, 2021

COVER REVEAL: A Whisper in the Night by Tina Marte and Rebel Rowser

 


Hi all! Today, I'm pleased to join Literary Bound Tours for a cover reveal of Tina Marte and Rebel Rowser's A Whisper in the Night! Keep reading to see the full cover and the synopsis - mark your calendars too because A Whisper in the Night releases on August 23, 2022. Don't forget to check out the other tour hosts and their posts celebrating the cover reveal for A Whisper in the Night. The link to the schedule is below. 

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A Whisper in the Night by Tina Marte Rebel Rowser
By FM by Faemance
On August 23rd, 2022
Genres: New Adult Dark Fantasy
Format: Paperback, Hardcover, Ebook
Pre-order: Amazon

An arranged marriage. A kidnapped general. A plot to murder.

Princess Fiadonessa is at the center of them all. To save her people, she's forced to accept a marriage to Prince Fynnigan, heir to the rival kingdom of Guinyx. When the king of Guinyx's beloved general is kidnapped, Fia snatches her opportunity for freedom and strikes a bargain: the general's safe return for an annulment. Her gift of hearing whispers in the wind should make the task easy, but she soon discovers there's more to the kidnapping than meets the eye. The whispers warn the Bringer of Death, Mikaiel, is after her. Everything about him is lethal, but what scares Fia most of all isn't losing her life— it's losing her heart.

TW: Please be aware that this book features mature content not meant for readers under the age of eighteen due to themes of murder, death, and a bit of heat.

About the Authors

TINA MARTE

Tina is a lost soul finding herself through badass heroines and broody alphaholes. When she isn’t reading about a hot fae with wings, she’s making dreams come true for other authors. Her debut Adult Fantasy comes out in August 2022 titled, A WHISPER IN THE NIGHT.

You can connect with Tina on her socials: Author Website - Instagram


REBEL ROWSER

Southern born and raised, Rebel Rowser now resides up north and hates the cold. Originally pursuing video game design, he realized he loved writing stories more than computer code. When he isn’t writing, he’s usually playing Destiny or annoying his dog and loveable girlfriend. 

His debut NA Dark Fantasy comes out August 2022, titled A WHISPER IN THE NIGHT. 

You can connect with Rebel on his socials: Instagram - TikTok



December 6, 2021

ARC REVIEW: The Renegade Spy Project by Terri Selting David

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Welcome to the book tour for The Renegade Spy Project by Terri Selting David, a book I know most parents and readers will wholeheartedly recommend! Read on for more info, my review, and a chance to win a digital copy of the entire trilogy!

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The Renegade Spy Project (The Renegade Girls Tinkering Club #1)

Publication Date: August 10th, 2020

Genre: Middle Grade/ Chapter Books/ Children’s Inventor Books (Ages 8 – 12)

Publisher: Spiderdust Studios

Wren is impulsive, curious, and always in trouble. Can her flaws become her greatest asset?

Wren Sterling has a problem. She knows she’s super smart and a good friend, but no matter how hard she tries, she can’t shake her reputation as a troublemaker. It feels like the only people who believe in her are her three best friends in the Renegade Girls Tinkering Club. She’d hoped middle school would be different, but when her inability to control her temper causes an accident, even her beloved STEM Club is no longer a safe haven.

She has to find a way to fix it. When her idea to start a business inventing and selling spy gadgets succeeds, it looks like she’s finally done something right! But then the Club is accused of a crime. Can they use their own gadgets, and a little bit of trouble to solve the mystery? If they can find the real culprit, Wren may just discover she has a bright future after all. If they can’t, she could lose her best friends forever.

“It’s The Babysitter’s Club meets MacGyver!”

Build your own SPY GADGETS! Instructions included in this charming story about friendship, middle school, and the Engineering Design Process for kids ages 8-12.

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Excerpt

Technically it was Wren’s Greenhouse, hidden behind her family's small home in the middle of San Francisco, but all the Renegades felt at home there. In the Greenhouse, they didn't have to worry about other people's rules and opinions. Or try to be boring or be like everyone else. The Greenhouse was their safe space. They could just be themselves. Wren's parents let them use it as their workshop and clubhouse as long as her little sister, Trixie, could be part of the club.

When they'd formed the Renegade Girls Tinkering Club, the Greenhouse had been abandoned and filled with broken pots and spiderwebs. It was small and dirty, but had everything they needed. A door hidden like a secret behind an overgrown wisteria vine. A back wall with shelves from floor to ceiling, and excellent light from a front wall made entirely of glass. A small but sturdy potting table sat against the windows. It was pleasant and warm, with one electrical outlet and a small work sink. They loved it from the first time they saw it.

Amber, Kammie, Ivy, Wren, and even Trixie had worked tirelessly last summer, cleaning and gathering assorted leftovers, recyclables, and a mishmash of bins to put them in. They categorized and labelled, collected cardboard by cutting down shipping boxes, and saved empty toilet paper rolls from the trash. They snuck random scissors from kitchen drawers, ribbons, buttons, anything that looked useful or had an interesting shape. Amber had borrowed a folding card table from her garage, and Kammie brought in some stools her parents were getting rid of. Wren found an old glue gun, and they had even managed to find an unused sewing machine. The first purchase with their club dues had been copies of the side gate key, so everyone could head directly into the backyard when they came over.

Amber rocketed through that side gate, clutching a cardboard box protectively to her chest with her delicate arms. Beneath a spring green sundress her feet, in their pristine white flats, skipped quickly and skillfully over the ground. The September afternoon sun lit up her auburn hair like a fiery halo.

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REVIEW of The Renegade Spy Project (The Renegade Girls Tinkering Club #1) by Terri Selting David
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Release Date: August 10, 2020
Format: eARC
Publisher: Spiderdust Studios

The Renegade Spy Project, first in the Renegade Girls Tinkering Club series by Terri Selting David is a solid choice for any young inventor in one's life. I would recommend it to readers at the middle-grade level who enjoy a bit of mystery and innovation in stories. 


Our main character, Wren Sterling is very intelligent but she's often overlooked by adults for being different. She and her group of friends, members of the Renegade Girls Tinkering Club must overcome multiple obstacles and secure their future in STEM before it's too late. 


I think this book will be very encouraging to young readers interested in STEM. The main characters aren’t some group of super-geniuses where everything they attempt goes right on the first attempt. They make mistakes, they learn from them, and they get to increase their knowledge in the process. As a chemistry major in college, I loved how the author included instructions for DIY science experiments within the book - readers will get to attempt the same experiments the characters are working on. The format makes them very accessible for anyone to try, as Ms. David breaks the process down into simple steps. When some authors attempt this, it feels more like it was “dumbed down” but I never got that sense while reading the book. I hope more people discover this book in the near future!   


Thank you to the author Terri Selting David and Shannon at Reads and Reels Book Tours (R&R Book Tours) for sharing a review copy of the book with me. I voluntarily read and reviewed The Renegade Spy Project. This did not affect my opinion of the book or the context of my review.


About the Author

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In 1996, Terri left Colorado, where she grew up, and headed even more West until she couldn’t get any West-er. Landing in San Francisco, her career spanned more than a decade in 3D character animation for video games, films, television shows, and even a comic book (but mostly video games.) Her work encompassed character animation, art direction, and story development before she had children and, imagining a better world for them, co-founded the Renegade Girls Tinkering Club with her friend Vicky in 2015. Since then she’s created over a dozen curricula and assisted in creating half a dozen more, encompassing more than 230 individual projects.

She lives in San Francisco with 2 rowdy children and a fabulous, brilliant husband who brings her tea every night.

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December 5, 2021

Empire of the Vampire (Empire of the Vampire Book 1) by Jay Kristoff


Empire of the Vampire (Empire of the Vampire Book 1) by Jay Kristoff

Rating: 5 Stars

Release Date: September 14, 2021

Format: eARC (Sampler) + Hardcover + Audiobook

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press


Readers should buckle up and be prepared for anything before embarking on the wild ride that is Jay Kristoff’s Empire of the Vampire. It is a beast of a story that is filled with incredibly well-developed characters and multiple unexpected plot twists. Jay Kristoff has proven that the world is not done with vampires just yet. Curious readers should take a look at the content warning list (at the bottom of my review) prior to starting to read this book as there is a LOT happening. Empire of the Vampire is in no way a book I would recommend to younger readers due to the violence, the language, and the sexual content featured. However, adult fans of dark paranormal fantasy should absolutely love it. 

Empire of the Vampire is a dark, gritty vampire tale that follows Gabriel de Leon, the last Silversaint, as he shares his life story with the court historian. I love how the art is incorporated into the story. The artwork featured in the book is supposed to be what the historian is drawing as he takes down all the details of Gabriel’s life. The illustrator of the book, Bon Orthwick, absolutely did an amazing job illustrating some of the key moments in the life of the last silver saint. I hope that the other books in the series continue to include illustrations, as I can’t wait to see what else she produces. My favorite piece is the one she described as “thousands and thousands of vampires” - this piece was featured on her Instagram (@monolimeart) so I’m not really spoiling anything by sharing the description. 

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for allowing me the opportunity to read and review a teaser eARC of Empire of the Vampire. I loved it so much I got the hardback and the audiobook - one hundred percent worth it. Can’t wait to read the next installment in the series! 


CW: adult language, graphic content, graphic sexual content, violence, torture