Friday, February 03, 2017

BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY- LONG WAY HOME by Katie McGarry

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Hello Everyone, Today I'm part of the Long Way Home blog tour, and I have for you an excerpt. Sadly I was meant to do a Review also but I've been doing lots of events at school and Harry Potter Book Night that I haven't had the time sadly. This is one of my favourites from her in comparison to the Pushing the Limits series. So before I share my except, here is a brief description of the this wonderful instalment to the Thunder Road Series...




Seventeen-year-old Violet has always been expected to sit back and let the boys do all the saving.

It’s the code her father, a member of the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, raised her to live by. Yet when her dad is killed carrying out Terror business, Violet knows it’s up to her to do the saving. To protect herself, and her vulnerable younger brother, she needs to cut all ties with the club—including Chevy, the boy she’s known and loved her whole life.

But when a rival club comes after Violet, exposing old secrets and making new threats, she’s forced to question what she thought she knew about her father, the Reign of Terror, and what she thinks she wants. Which means re-evaluating everything: love, family, friends . . . and forgiveness.
Caught in the crosshairs between loyalty and freedom, Violet must decide whether old friends can be trusted—and if she’s strong enough to be the one person to save them all.
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An Excerpt

VIOLET
“You can do this.” I take Brandon’s hand in mine and give a reassuring squeeze. “I know you can.”
Brandon swallows hard, but nods. A combination of nervous energy and pride rushes through my veins as he grasps my hand in return and fists the cash in his other hand. He’s going to face his fears. The lift of my lips is genuine now. My brother believes in himself, and I believe in him and maybe we’re both going to be okay.
Right as Brandon takes a courageous step forward, two black leather vests slip in front of us and staring back at me is a half skull with fire blazing out of its eye sockets.
The world surrounding me turns red, and my blood begins to boil. “There’s a line and you just cut.”
Eli, one of my father’s once best friends, glances over his shoulder and winks at us as he pulls out his wallet. Like always, he has dark hair cut close to his head, plugs in his ears and a huge grin like we should be glad to see him. “I got you covered.”
Fabulous. Here comes the Reign of Terror Motorcycle Club riding in on their black Harleys determined to save the day of people who really need to learn how to save themselves.
“No really, we got this,” I insist.
I try to muscle my way past to pay, but Eli’s right hand man, Pigpen, plants himself in front of me like the towering sack of testosterone and annoyance that he is. Then he’s on the move and I somehow find myself away from the ticket booth.
“Surprised to see you here, Violet.” Pigpen is in his late twenties and thinks he’s all handsome with his blond hair and big muscles. Because he was a Navy SEAL or Army Ranger or something outrageous like that, he also thinks he’s awesome, but he doesn’t impress me. “Surprised you’re here, but happy to see you. You haven’t been at a game all year.”
“I’ve been busy,” I say.
“Is that what you call avoiding anyone from the Terror? Busy?”
“Works for me.”
“Hi, Pigpen!” Brandon is lit up like a firefly who was convinced the rest of his species was extinct. Eli, of course, enjoying the role of savior, has his arm around Brandon’s shoulder as they join us.
“Hey, Stone.” Pigpen calls my brother by the stupid nickname the club created for him. “How’s it going?”
“Good. They bought our tickets, Vi!”
“Yep, they sure did, because little ol’ me couldn’t’ handle the big ol’ ticket booth on my own.” Heavy on the sarcasm and then a hard glare at Eli. “Brandon was going to buy his own ticket.”
Eli rolls his neck like  he’s the one who owns the right to be annoyed. “Most people say thank you.”
“You’re missing the point.”
Eli pats my brother’s back. “Why don’t you head in with Pigpen? I’d like to catch up with Violet.”
Brandon bounces like a damn puppy dog given a treat and then rushes off into the stadium, leaving me with Thing Two. And to think my brother called me Vi. The little traitor.
“Pigpen,” I call out. “Don’t leave him.”
I forced my brother to tattle today and while the football game will make him smile, I’m also taking a calculated risk that the people he told on won’t be here. If they are here, I’m betting they won’t mess with Brandon as long as I’m around.
“You worry too much,” Pigpen answers without glancing back.
When it comes to my brother, they don’t worry enough about the right problems.
Eli watches as Brandon and Pigpen go into the stadium. Instead of taking a left for the bleachers, they go right for the concession stand, and I’m contemplating how to stab Pigpen in the jugular. Concession food brings my brother into a near state of euphoria, and because of the crappy day my brother and I had, I wanted to be the one that made him happy with a hot dog, nachos and a slushy.
Motorcycle men around the world, as far as I’m concerned, can just plain suck it.

Sounds amazing doesn't it! Really can't wait to get stuck into this novel when I get round to it!



About the Author
Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine's 2012 Reviewer's Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.


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Thursday, January 26, 2017

BLOG TOUR: THE WITCH'S TEARS by Katherine and Elizabeth Corr


HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO THE WITCH'S TEARS!!!! 
This week has been a week of blog tours for me and a week of releases that's for sure. One of which is this beauty. I've read both in one week and they are incredible. I haven't read a witch/fantasy book like this in a long time. My reviews will be up shortly. But before I go onto my post for the tour, I wanted to say that I met these lovely sisters, at my school, at my event that I created and it was amazing. The students loved it and the atmosphere was just something to be deeply proud of. Plus I was just as excited as the girls too, almost like a dream this job. Ha. 

Anyways back to the blog tour, The Witch's Tears is the second in the series. So before you read the synopsis of The Witch's Tears - which maybe have to subtle hints about what happened in the first book, you HAVE to read The Witch's Kiss first (obviously)!


Sixteeen-year-old Meredith is fed-up with her feuding family and feeling invisible at school – not to mention the witch magic that shoots out of her fingernails when she’s stressed. Then sweet, sensitive Jack comes into her life and she falls for him hard. The only problem is that he is periodically possessed by a destructive centuries-old curse. Meredith has lost her heart, but will she also lose her life? Or in true fairytale tradition, can true love’s kiss save the day?


Can true love's kiss break your heart...? The spellbinding sequel to THE WITCH'S KISS by authors and sisters, Katharine and Elizabeth Corr. It's not easy being a teenage witch. Just ask Merry. She's drowning in textbooks and rules set by the coven; drowning in heartbreak after the loss of Jack. But Merry's not the only one whose fairy tale is over. Big brother Leo is falling apart and everything Merry does seems to push him further to the brink. And everything that happens to Leo makes her ache for revenge. So when strangers offering friendship show them a different path they'd be mad not to take it...Some rules were made to be broken, right? The darkly magical sequel to THE WITCH'S KISS burns wickedly bright.


Our Favourite YA Boyfriends

This has been a tough post to write, particularly given the number of gorgeous, (and, let’s face it, often very brooding) YA boyfriends out there! But here is a selection of our favourites. They’re all from fantasy YA, but that’s how we like them…

Baz – Carry on, Rainbow Rowell

‘And when I felt myself slipping too far, I held on to the one thing I’m always sure of. Blue eyes. Bronze curls. The fact that Simon Snow is the most powerful magician alive. That nothing can hurt him, not even me... And I’m hopelessly in love with him.’

After spending several years as roommates at Watford’s School of Magic, Baz and Simon have cultivated a mutual and steadfast dislike of one another. At least, that’s what Simon believes. As far as he’s concerned Baz (a smug, ruthless ‘tosser’, who also happens to be a vampire) is just waiting for the chance to kill him.

The truth, however, turns out to be quite the opposite. Baz is in love with Simon, even though he’d much rather not be; a lot of the time he regards the scruffy and rough-around-the-edges ‘Chosen One’ with disdain. He doesn’t for one second expect Simon to reciprocate his feelings (Simon has a girlfriend), but he can’t stop himself being in love with him.

What makes Baz one of our favourite YA boyfriends is that he loves Simon for who Simon is, not for how Simon makes him feel about himself. It’s romantic love at its purest. On top of that, Baz is smart, funny, good-looking and possesses superhuman strength – who doesn’t love a YA love interest with superhuman strength? A sort of bad-tempered, sarky, less-weird version of Edward Cullen. We think he’d be a great boyfriend.

Prince Ash – The Iron Fey Series, Julie Kagawa


‘Then, through the trees, I a saw him, a lean figure on a huge black horse. The boy from my dream…His cruel, angelic face wore a smile as he drew back a large bow, an arrow, glistening at the tip.’

Ash, a faery prince from the Winter Court, is in many ways the archetypical brooding YA boyfriend: mysterious, handsome and powerful. Not only is he an accomplished warrior, as a member of the Fey, he also possesses various magical powers.

The first time we meet him he is in pursuit of his sworn enemy, Puck, a faery from the Summer Court. Meghan – his future love interest – simply gets in the way. From then on there is a lot of Ash either trying or threatening to kill everyone, including Meghan. Of course, by the end of The Iron King, Meghan gets to see the other side of Ash and the pair fall in love. Turns out, that underneath his ‘treat ‘em mean, keep ‘em keen’ exterior, Ash is a beautiful soul; caring, deeply honourable and committed to keeping Meghan safe from harm, no matter the personal cost to himself.

A sort of bad boy version of Legolas from LOTR (at least initially), we think he’d be an interesting individual to go out with. Indeed, as writers and lovers of all things fantasy, we find Prince Ash highly appealing…

Lucas Delos – Starcrossed Series, Josephine Angelini

‘He had short black hair and a dark end-of-summer tan that brought out his white smile and his swimming pool blue eyes. Meeting his eyes was an awakening. For the first time in Helen’s life she knew what pure, heart-poisoning hatred was.’
The fates seem to be determined to keep Helen and Lucas apart. As members of opposing Houses, and as descendants of the gods, they are sworn enemies, and are thus compelled to try to kill one another. However, eventually, in the face of their obvious mutual attraction, and after Lucas saves Helen’s life, they overcome the compulsion to hurt one another and become friends.

They are on their way to becoming lovers when the fates intervene once more. Helen and Lucas are told (falsely) that they are blood relations, first cousins in fact. Mortified, they try to stay away from one another, but of course they find this almost impossible to do so.

Lucas makes the list of favourite YA boyfriends for various reasons. Obviously, he is a total ‘hautie’ (over six foot tall, athletic, tanned and muscular – what’s not to like?). And as a demi-god he has a whole host of supernatural powers, including the ability to fly. What makes him most loveable, however, is his complete devotion to Helen, even when he thinks there is absolutely no chance of them ever being able to be together.

What follows are lots of fights between Lucas and other demi-gods in his attempts to try and protect Helen (and her honour). It’s all a bit swoon-worthy.

Puck/Robbie - The Iron Fey Series, Julie Kagawa


‘Hi, princess. Sorry I’m late. Traffic was a bitch.’

Puck is Prince Ash’s former friend, and the other guy vying for Meghan’s attention. In the mortal world Puck posed as Meghan’s best friend, Robbie, his task being to keep her safe from all things Fey. When they cross over into the NeverNever (the Fey world), Puck continues to appear at exactly the right moments to save Meghan from various dangers, whilst tormenting the life out of Prince Ash at every available opportunity.

We have a real soft spot for Puck. He’s an extremely mischievous and meddlesome faery, with a truly wicked sense of humour. Unlike Prince Ash, he rarely stops joking around. Okay, so he’s a little bit ‘Jacob Black’: completely devoted to Meghan, even though Meghan is completely devoted to Ash… But, he still deserves a mention on the best YA boyfriends list.

Not only is Puck devilishly handsome (wild red hair, captivating green eyes), he too has magical powers, including the ability to change himself into a raven. He’s also really fun, providing some of the best dialogue in the series. There’s no chance of a date with him being boring. And he definitely doesn’t brood.

Magnus Bane – The Mortal Instruments Series, Cassandra Clare

‘I’m tired of watching you be in love with someone else – someone, incidentally, who will never love you back. Not the way I do.”

‘You love me?’

‘You stupid Nephilim,’ Magnus said patiently. ‘Why else am I here?’


Magnus Bane - an extremely powerful Warlock - is also ‘very, very sexy’, attracting the attention of men and women alike. On top of that, he’s rather sparkly and likes to party. Hard. But there’s another side of him, revealed as he develops feelings for Alec Lightwood, one of the demon-fighting Shadowhunters. When they first meet, Alec is in love with fellow Shadowhunter Jace Wayland. However, after Magnus saves his life, and then keeps turning up to help his friends, Alec starts to see Magnus in a different light, and the pair embark on a secret fling. Alec finally acknowledges the relationship by kissing Magnus in front of his family.

We love Magnus. Not only is he the experienced older man (roughly 800 years old), he’s also sarcastically funny, sweetly patient, and cute (spiky black hair, a lean, muscular build, and the green/gold eyes of a warlock). We also love Magnus because of his fashion sense: glittery eye-shadow, bold lipstick choices, rainbow leather pants and a blue sequined hair band – can you tell that we’re jealous? He definitely knows his designers. All in all, there aren’t many other YA boyfriends quite like him…



About Katherine and Elizabeth Corr
We are sisters and best friends (try writing a book with someone else and you’ll see why that last bit is kind of important). After spending our childhood in Essex, we now live ten minutes away from each other in Surrey. We both studied history at university and went to work in London for a bit. When we both decided to write novels – on account of fictional people being much easier to deal with than real ones – it was obvious we should do it together.

Stuff Katharine likes: playing instruments badly; dead languages; LOTR; loud pop concerts; Jane Austen; Neill Gaiman; Loki; the Surrey Hills. Killing off characters.

Stuff Elizabeth likes: sketching, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, cinema, long baths, kitchen discos, Terry Pratchett, Thor, London. Saving characters.

Thank you so much to Katherine and Elizabeth Corr for being part of my blog and part of my week. Don't forget to follow the rest of the tour this week and read these amazing books!


Monday, January 23, 2017

BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY - WAITING FOR CALLBACK: TAKE TWO by Perdita and Honor Cargill


Hi Everyone, and welcome to DAY 1 of Waiting For Callback: Take Two Blog Tour. 
I reviewed this books only days ago and it's the highlight of my month so far, just scroll down a little further and your will find a glowing and fangirling review. I would recommend it as it's just makes you smile and love so much. 😍 Not only is their sequel is even more amazing than the first, but Perdita and Honor are the loveliest of people too. The tour is themed by incorporating the stages of movie/book production and as I'm first up and it's all about PRE-PRODUCTION - What we learned from book one and there is also a SIGNED Copy of Waiting for Callback: Take Two up for grabs at the bottom so make sure you enter! But before my post, here is a little bit more about the book. 


Elektra has finally landed a part in a film. It's the dream. Well ...until she works out that Straker is a movie so dystopian that within weeks most of the cast and all of the crew wish that the world had actually ended (preferably in scene one). And while it's obviously great news that she's moved from the friend-zone with Archie to become his almost-girlfriend, it would be better if he hadn't immediately relocated to Transylvania to play a vampire hunter surrounded by 'maidens of peerless beauty'.
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It’s Day One of our Take Two Blog tour and Hon & I are chatting all things Pre-Production. – how we got here and are we older and wiser now we’ve got a second book coming out?

The short answer is that we’re definitely older (debut year is like being aged in the mystical flames…) but the ‘wiser’ bit needs a bit of interrogation.

Amazing things we learned  

H : Seeing a real actual book you’ve written on a real actual shelf is unreal. And signing is extremely satisfying. I possibly got a bit over-excited, there were occasions when the sharpie had to be prised from my hand. If left alone in Waterstones I’d probably have started signing everyone else’s books too.

P : Hearing from kids that like your book is an amazing feeling.

H : Let’s not lie, hearing from anyone that liked our book is an amazing feeling. People have been lovely to us and I bet they have no idea how much it means when you get positive feedback. That probably sounds super needy but, yes, it’s so nice! Also authors are less intimidating than I thought they would be (maybe that’s a children’s author thing?). There was a whole ‘come on in, the water is warm’ vibe.

P: And ‘if it gets stormy we’ll try and stop you drowning’. There was that vibe too…

The hardest things we learned

P : For me definitely the hardest thing was stress.

H : The stress of waiting for reviews?

P : Not only that - just about everything. You know me; I worry. *Hon shakes head despairingly. When you’ve got a book coming out you want it to do well and you don’t really know what that means. You don’t want to let anyone down. Also you feel quite exposed. It’s like standing naked on stage. OK, how I imagine that might feel…

H : I wish you’d come up with a different simile. It’s a lot of work. It should be a lot of work. I’m OK with that and I’ve learned a lot, not least how to juggle the writing with exams and now Uni stuff. But I’ve made big sacrifices - Binky is having a baby and I don’t even know who the baby daddy is. This is serious.


The wiser bit - what we will do differently with Take Two

H & P: Be more chill. That’s it. That’s all we’ve learned. But it’s a good lesson. More of an aspiration than anything else but we’ll try!

And breathe…


Thank you so much to Emma for hosting us! Tomorrow we’ll be talking about ‘Scouting’ (all the fun we had researching Take Two over on Book Lover Jo. Come and join us!


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About Perdita and Honor Cargill
Perdita Cargill: I used to be the least numerate tax barrister ever to practise in the English Courts. Frankly it was a relief all round when I hung up my gown & wig and turned (after a bit) to writing. I'm a bit of a wimp. On the upside I do like teenagers. Actually I like quite a lot of people.

Honor Cargill: I'm in my first year at Oxford University studying Classical Archaeology and Ancient History (niche...). I've done loads of acting mostly just school plays but a tiny bit of professional too and although I'm nothing like Elektra I feel her pain because her most humiliating moments are strangely similar to mine. Actually she has it easy not only was my first kiss on stage but it was in front of my parents and my headteacher. So naturally I decided to write about it so all you guys can mercilessly take the piss out of me too. Enjoy.

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It is an UK ONLY (Sorry INT!)
It will end at the 6th February 2017!!!
Once it finishes I will select a winner and email you. Then I will pass your details directly to the authors so you can receive this prize. I am not responsible for any losses of books once I've passed the information forward.
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