February 1, 2023

BLOG TOUR Titanian Warrior by Victoria Saccenti

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One woman holds the key to his destiny—and his people’s salvation. Hagen drags himself to the gates of Hell, body and soul shredded by the bloodlust that consumes all the unmated of his kind. Awaiting the painful atonement that will buy him ten more years to find his eternal mate—or face oblivion. But Hades himself kicks him out with the bloodlust still prowling, unsatisfied, in his veins.

Bargained away by her parents to Master O, a mysterious, cruel wizard, Faiza serves in his household, keeping her small magic a secret, plagued by wild, confusing visions of a strange, suffering man. Then the master brings home a wounded Titanian warrior whose touch sends ice, fire, and desire racing through her body.

When she learns Master O plans to use Hagen as a weapon to conquer all races, she devises a desperate plan to free him—a plan that opens a portal to a world she’s never known. And a destiny entwined with danger that could destroy them all.


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The wounded male groaned and flipped on his side. Burdened by the heavy weight, the pallet under him protested with loud creaks. Faiza scowled. The abrupt movement had reopened a cut on his brow, and a trickle of blood flowed to his jaw.

“To hell with Master.” Huffing, she stomped to the kitchen, tore another dishcloth in lengths under running water, and squeezed out the excess. As she returned to the male, she passed a strip to Lilith. “He’s too big for only one of us. I’ll clean one side. You take care of the other.”

Lilith nodded. Without making her usual smart comments or objections, she knelt quietly next to their guest and took care of his cheek and neck.

Faiza leaned closer to his jaw. She dabbed his skin. Instantly, he clutched her wrist. Fire and ice punched through his hold into her, and she was thrown back as icicles settled in her lungs and flames flared in her core.

“Ah!” Faiza yelped, eyeing the point of contact, convinced she’d see sores and burns, but her skin was smooth and its golden color hadn’t changed. She felt no pain except for an odd tingle under his fingers.

“Penance!” he shouted, rising close to her face. His deep voice resonated through the small room.

Then he looked at her.

Sparkling irises, full of magic and bright as searchlights bore into hers. He was not human, but not a god either. No deity aura surrounded him. Her mind spun as she fought to make sense of this marvel and every wild sensation he’d inspired in her.

About the Author:
Award-winning, multi-genre author Victoria Saccenti writes romantic women’s fiction, contemporary romance, and paranormal romance. Not one for heart and flower stories, she explores the edgy twists and turns of human interaction, the many facets of love, and all possible happy endings. After thirty years of traveling the world, she’s settled in Central Florida. She splits her busy schedule between family and her active muse at Essence Publishing. However, if she could convince her husband to sell their home, she would pack up her computer and move to Scotland, a land she adores. On a side note, in one form or another, Scotland appears in most of her stories.

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January 31, 2023

BLOG TOUR A Ruinous Fate by Kaylie Smith

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the A RUINOUS FATE by Kaylie Smith Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

About The Book:

Title: A RUINOUS FATE (Heartless Fates #1)

Author: Kaylie Smith

Pub. Date: January 3, 2023

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 432

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Fate does not choose the weak. Fate chooses the ready.

Illustros is a cursed realm ruled by the ruthless Gods of Fate, and no one understands the Fates’ wrath more than Calliope Rosewood. Blessed with unspeakable powers that terrify even the most dangerous witches and fae, Calla hides her forbidden magic in shame and fear that one wrong touch could send her to her death. With only her two best friends in tow, Calla deserted her coven and has been on the run ever since.

Worse, Calla is concealing an even darker secret: fate has chosen her as the final prophesied Blood Warrior, the being destined to start the Fates’ War, which will decimate her people and eradicate their magic.

After a betrayal from her infuriating ex Ezra leads her one step closer to fulfilling that age-old prophecy, Calla is desperate to do whatever it takes to reset her fate. So when a mysterious and charming witch offers to help Calla do just that, she immediately agrees to his plan. Only catch? That plan includes journeying into the deadly Neverending Forest with Ezra and said witch, who just so happens to be Ezra’s tempting older brother. Torn between her past desires and alluring new possibilities, Calla brings along her best friends to fight what lies ahead.

As the group ventures into the enchanted woods together, they’ll all soon learn that choosing your destiny comes with dire consequences . . . and the Fates are not to be tested. Calla believes the Fates have it out for her, while others believe they have chosen her for a reason. But in the end, Calla will have to fight to forge her own destiny and decide if the risk of choosing herself is worth the possibility of damning everyone else.

REVIEW of A Ruinous Fate (Ruinous Fate #1) by Kaylie Smith
Rating: 3 Stars
Format: ARC (Courtesy of Publisher) and Audiobook (Personal Library)

Kaylie Smith’s debut novel A Ruinous Fate is the first book in the Ruinous Fate series, and introduces readers to a unique world with a myriad of different creatures. A bit of a rocky start in places, it set the stage for lots of action in subsequent books and shows a lot of promise. Narrators Alex Kydd and Dana Lau did an excellent job with bringing the book to life with their performance in the audiobook narration. 


I really enjoyed the premise of the book. Many other readers have compared it to a Dungeons and Dragons (DnD) adventure, and I can absolutely see that. The idea of the Fates, and the magical die that determine a witch’s future created a unique spin on an otherwise familiar young adult fantasy story structure. The idea of the war between the gods and the different immortal creatures (most specifically the witches) sets the stage for a big confrontation later in the series. I also enjoyed the expansive world, with all the different creatures that live there (Valkyries! Sirens! Trolls!). 


The book will largely appeal to die-hard fantasy readers. There are times when the world-building gets a bit tangled and hard to follow, but if you embrace the magic of the book and try not to get too caught up in the nitty-gritty of things I think you’ll enjoy the read. The story ends on a cliffhanger, and I’m excited to see what happens next for Calla and the rest of the crew. 


Thank you to the author, the publisher Disney-Hyperion and Jaime at Rockstar Book Tours for providing me with a complimentary review copy of the book. I appreciate the opportunity to read and review A Ruinous Fate immensely! Please note - I voluntarily read and reviewed the book. All opinions expressed in the review are my own and not influenced in any way



About Kaylie Smith:

Kaylie Smith is a writer and lover of all things magical and fantasy. She grew up in Louisiana where she frequently haunted bookstores and practiced her writing craft. After getting her degree in graphic design, she decided to fully pursue her dream of being an author, and the first book in her YA fantasy series, A RUINOUS FATE, debuts in January 2023 from Disney Hyperion. When she isn’t writing or reading, she can be found at home with her menagerie of animals, fussing over her houseplants, or annoying people about astrology.

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1/2/2022

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1/4/2022

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1/7/2022

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1/26/2022

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1/27/2022

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1/28/2022

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1/29/2022

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