Blog Tour: Triplicity by J. Mercer (Review + Giveaway)

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by J. Mercer

Publication Date: January 6th, 2019

Genres: Mystery, romance, young adult

One week on an Alaskan cruise, three teens, and an endless trail of lies.

Enter a series of thefts on board and they all fall under scrutiny. Though Navy acts a proper preacher’s daughter, she did end up with someone else’s purse in her hands, and Jesse knows way more than he should about what’s gone missing. Isaiah, however, is the one with motive—enough money and he could get back to his ranch. Each holds a piece of the truth, but exposing the thief could damn them all. They must navigate through the lies they’ve told, choose between standing together or saving themselves, and decide if innocence is worth facing their ugliest secrets. Continue reading “Blog Tour: Triplicity by J. Mercer (Review + Giveaway)”

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Blog Tour: The Cold is in Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale (Excerpt + Giveaway)

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the cold is in her bonesGenre: YA fantasy

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Pages: 288

Date: January 22nd, 2019

Synopsis

One girl must uncover secrets of the past to save her friend from a terrible curse in this dark and mesmerizing story of love, revenge, and redemption inspired by the myth of Medusa.

Milla knows two things to be true: Demons are real, and fear will keep her safe.

Milla’s whole world is her family’s farm. She is never allowed to travel to the village and her only friend is her beloved older brother, Niklas. When a bright-eyed girl named Iris comes to stay, Milla hopes her loneliness might finally be coming to an end. But Iris has a secret she’s forbidden to share: The village is cursed by a demon who possesses girls at random, and the townspeople live in terror of who it will come for next.

Now, it seems, the demon has come for Iris. When Iris is captured and imprisoned with other possessed girls, Milla leaves home to rescue her and break the curse forever. Her only company on the journey is a terrible new secret of her own: Milla is changing, too, and may soon be a demon herself.

Suspenseful and vividly imagined, The Cold Is in Her Bones is a novel about the dark, reverberating power of pain, the yearning to be seen and understood, and the fragile optimism of love.

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Praise for THE COLD IS IN HER BONES

“A dark and enchanting tale about friendship, pain, revenge, and the power of love, The Cold Is in Her Bones is the perfect read for Greek mythology fans and YA readers alike.”Bustle

“Fiercely written and beautifully feminist, The Cold is in Her Bones reminds us of the power of loyalty and love in the face of ignorance and fear. I loved this tale of dangerous girls with wild hair and tangled hearts.” ―Lisa Maxwell, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Magician

“A fresh, eerily compelling tale of betrayal, revenge, and the ties that bind. When van Arsdale paints a world, you can feel the fog against your skin.” ―Elly Blake, New York Times bestselling author of The Frostblood Saga


Excerpt

This scene gives a little hint of one of the ways the Medusa story comes out in my novel. This is a scene involving Milla, my sixteen year old protagonist, and her mother, Gitta.

Gitta stood behind Milla’s chair, pulling her comb through Milla’s dense, nearly black coils of hair.

Then Gitta stopped. “What is…”

Milla felt Gitta’s fingertips searching her scalp just above her left ear. Then a sharp pinch. “Ouch, Mamma!”

Gitta sucked in her breath. “Lord protect us from demons Lord protect us from demons Lord protect us from demons.” Gitta held something that squirmed between her two fingers. A tiny, emerald green snake, the length of her pinky, with a brilliant dot of crimson red blood on its tail end.

Milla said, “That was in my hair?”

Gitta shook her head. “No. No. Lord protect us from demons Lord protect us from demons Lord protect us from demons.” Gitta dropped the snake to the floor and crushed it beneath her heel. “It was growing from your head.”

Gitta grasped Milla by both shoulders. “You must not speak a word of this. You must behave. Be a good girl. A very good girl. It’s the only way to keep you safe. To keep you here. Do you understand me?”

“Yes, Mamma, I understand.”

Milla awakened the next morning just as night was paling into dawn. She touched the spot on her head, just above her left ear, where Mamma had ripped out the snake. She remembered the way the tail end of the snake had dripped blood. Was it hers or the snake’s? Or did their blood flow together—was it one and the same?

She expected to find a sore spot there. A break in the skin. A tender place. Instead, she sensed movement that wasn’t her own, and something smooth and cool and dry wrapped itself around her finger.

The snake had grown back.

Copyright © 2019 by Peternelle van Arsdale


About the Author

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Peternelle van Arsdale grew up in Newark, New Jersey, where she attended public school through the eighth grade. After that she attended three high schools in three different towns in four years, was deeply unpopular, and counted the seconds until graduation. She majored in English literature at Bryn Mawr College, and then landed in book publishing, thinking it was a good way to be paid to do what she liked to do anyway (she was only partly wrong). She worked her way up from editorial assistant to executive editor of adult fiction and nonfiction, and eventually struck out on her own as an independent editor.

Her first young adult novel, The Beast Is an Animalis being developed by Amazon Studios for a feature film produced by Ridley Scott’s Scott Free and directed by Bert & Bertie. Her essays have been published by LitHub, Hypable.com, and Culturefly, and her short fiction has been published by The Whitefish Review.

Her second novel, The Cold is in Her Boneswill be published in January 2019. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she continues to edit and is at work on her third novel.

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One winner will receive a set of book from Peternelle van Arsdale (THE COLD IS IN HER BONES and THE BEAST IS AN ANIMAL). Giveaway is open to international. Must be 13+ to enter. End February 13th, 2019

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Blog Tour: Bride on the Run by Milan Watson (Spotlight + Giveaway)

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A southern debutante and a writer with a Jekyll and Hyde personality, can love really overcome any obstacle?

Sarah Rothman has been leading the life of a southern debutante until her perfect world came crashing down. Running from her wedding along with her parents’ expectations she finds herself in Maine.

Caleb Sullivan, renowned writer and playboy famous for his mercurial personality retreats to Maine to focus on his next bestseller.

When Sarah and Caleb meet they both insist on denying the attraction between them, each for their own reasons.
But when Sarah’s life is threatened, both Caleb and Sarah are forced to acknowledge the feelings they have for each other. Continue reading “Blog Tour: Bride on the Run by Milan Watson (Spotlight + Giveaway)”

Blog Tour: Match Me If You Can by Tiana Smith (Review + Giveaway)

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by Tiana Smith

Published By: Swoon Reads

Publication Date: January 8th, 2019

Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Synopsis:

Mia’s best friend Robyn is known for her matchmaking skills, which is perfect, because homecoming is just around the corner. But Robyn refuses to set Mia up with the guy of her dreams, which forces Mia to take matters into her own hands. She uses Robyn’s matchmaking service to make sure popular Vince Demetrius falls for her.

Vince asks her out, but Mia doesn’t count on Logan, the persistent school newspaper photographer who seems to like her out of the blue. Now she has to choose between Vince – the guy she knows is right for her – and Logan, who insists that she give him a chance. And she needs to make sure Robyn doesn’t find out that Mia’s been matchmaking behind her back. Continue reading “Blog Tour: Match Me If You Can by Tiana Smith (Review + Giveaway)”