DAY 5 Tour Stop: The Book of Bart

Friday, May 30, 2014

Pinky's Favorite Reads has an Excerpt from The Book of Bart today!

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Millicent Nankivell gives Adorned a 3.5 STARS Review!

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TOUR FINALE: Hunters of Reloria

Hope to Read gives the Hunters of Relora series a 3 STAR Review!

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TOUR INVITE: KIYA - Hope of the Pharaoh by Katie Hamstead - Review Tour 6/16 to 6/27

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Title: KIYA: Hope of the Pharaoh
Series: KIYA Trilogy #1
Author: Katie Hamstead
Genre: Historical, Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Release Date: April 30, 2013
Links: Goodreads + Amazon

When Naomi’s sisters are snatched up to be taken to be wives of the erratic Pharaoh, Akhenaten, she knows they won’t survive the palace, so she offers herself in their place. The fearsome Commander Horemheb sees her courage, and knows she is exactly what he is looking for…

The Great Queen Nefertiti despises Naomi instantly, and strips her of her Hebrew lineage, including her name, which is changed to Kiya. Kiya allies herself with Horemheb, who pushes her to greatness and encourages her to make the Pharaoh fall in love with her. When Akhenaten declares Kiya will be the mother of his heir, Nefertiti, furious with jealousy, schemes to destroy Kiya.

Kiya must play the deadly game carefully. She is in a silent battle of wills, and a struggle for who will one day inherit the crown. If she does bear an heir, she knows she will need to fight to protect him, as well as herself, from Nefertiti who is out for blood.

Born and raised in Australia, Katie’s early years of day dreaming in the “bush”, and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories, inspired her passion for writing.

After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughter and their dog.

She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing. She is currently at school studying English and Creative Writing.

Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports and be a good wife and mother. She now works as a Clerk with a lien company in Arizona to help support her family and her schooling. She loves to write, and takes the few spare moments in her day to work on her novels.

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BOOK BLITZ INVITE: Spirit World by Krystalyn Drown - 6/9 to 6/13

Title: Spirit World
Author: Krystalyn Drown
Genre: Paranormal
Age Group: Young Adult
Publisher: Krystalyn Drown
Release Date: April 22, 2014
Links: Goodreads + Amazon

Riesa Adair can hear the dead, but somewhere between her summer in a mental institution and her stepfather's attempt at an exorcism, she learned to keep quiet about it. But that doesn't mean the voices have gone away. A powerful Spirit has taken notice of her, and he plans to use her unique talents to gain control of the human world. Even worse, there is a prophecy that says he will succeed.

Krystalyn has spent the past thirteen years working at Walt Disney World in a variety of roles: entertainer, talent coordinator, and character captain. Her degree in theatre as well as many, many hours spent in a dance studio, helped with her job there.

Her various other day jobs have included working at Sea World in zoology, as an elementary teacher, and currently as a support technician for a website. In the evenings, she does mad writing challenges with her sister, who is also an author.

Krystalyn lives near Orlando, Florida with her husband, son, a were cat, and a Yorkie with a Napoleon complex.

Links: Website + FacebookTwitter + Goodreads

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Release Day Blitz: Tur & Elsker by S.T. Bende #Giveaway #Excerpt

The Elsker Saga #0.5
by S.T. Bende
Publication: May 5, 2014

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Inga Andersson is the envy of every girl in Asgard. On the surface she has it all -- great friends, a job as Odin’s personal fight choreographer, and a happy ever after with her realm’s hottest assassin. But when evil invades Asgard, her perfect world comes crashing down. Someone is planning to kill off the gods, and Inga’s best friend Ull is first on their list. With the Norse apocalypse a nanosecond away, Inga has to decide how she’ll spend her final moments of freedom. Because from the moment this battle begins, Inga’s happily ever after will be nothing more than a memory.

Some things are worth fighting for.

The Elsker Saga #1
by S.T. Bende
Publication: May 29, 2014

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You don’t win the heart of an immortal assassin without making a few enemies along the way.

Kristia Tostenson prefers Earl Grey to Grey Goose and book clubs to nightclubs, but when she transfers from her one-stoplight town to Cardiff University in Wales she falls in love with Ull Myhr. Her new boyfriend isn’t exactly what she was expecting. He’s an honest to goodness Norse God - an immortal assassin fated to die at Ragnarok, the battle destined to destroy Asgard and Earth. Kristia’s crazy visions are the only thing that can save their realms. Her orderly life just got very messy.

What reviewers are saying about The Elsker Saga:

"The characters will leave an imprint on your heart and mind for a long time to come." 
-Lisa (Bound by Books)

"Bende takes classic bits of Norse mythology and throws in original elements to create her own tasty Nordic blend... I'll definitely be checking out the sequel!" 
-Bookalicious Reviews

"One of my favorite books of the year." 
-White Zin Bookends

"Action packed with a heart pounding romance!" 
-Curse of the Bibliophile

"This book was nearly impossible to put down and I'm dying for the sequel!" 
-Brittany and Bianca Blab Books (now BiblioBelles)

Before finding domestic bliss in suburbia, ST Bende lived in Manhattan Beach (became overly fond of Peet’s Coffee) and Europe… where she became overly fond of the musical Cats. Her love of Scandinavian culture and a very patient Norwegian teacher inspired the ELSKER series. She hopes her characters make you smile and that one day pastries will be considered a health food.

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“Are you sure you will be all right on the stairs?” Ull stood in the grand hall of Cardiff Castle, glancing at the four-inch, shiny death-traps Victoria called shoes. Since Ull’s eyes practically bugged out of his face when he picked me up, I had no intention of changing into the emergency flats I’d stuck in my purse. Victoria had scored another hit.

“Probably not. Walk behind me in case I fall?”

“It would be my pleasure.”

“On our right, the coats of arms,” continued the tour guide. He’d been talking for a good five minutes and I couldn’t remember a single word. That was because Ull had started stroking the small of my back when our tour began, and it took all my concentration just to stay upright.

“The castle is gorgeous.” I admired the stonework as we made our way toward the stairs. There I shifted focus to my feet, staring at each step until I’d reached the top. “Made it.”

“And I was so hoping I would get to catch you.” Ull came up next to me and skimmed my hand with the pads of his fingers.

“Well, the night is young and these shoes are high. You may still get your chance.”

“Tease.” Ull kissed my palm.

“Um.” I swayed on the heels and he chuckled.

“Come, Miss Tostenson. We are losing the group.”


We walked the long corridor framed with paintings. All of the history in these walls was kind of overwhelming. The castle was two thousand years old. The oldest thing we had back in Nehalem was probably the Homestead. Cardiff Castle had about eighteen hundred years on that farm.

“This place is huge,” I whispered when we’d caught up to the tour. “I can’t imagine living here. How could you ever get comfortable?”

“You get used to it,” Ull shrugged. “Find little corners to make your own.”

“How on earth could anyone get used to all of this?”

“When you are stuck in it every day it gets old. Trust me.”

“Right.” Like Ull was an authority on royal dwellings. “Living in a castle sounds sooo terrible.”

“Depends on the day.”

“What does that mean?”

“Just that these walls did more than keep people out -- they kept people in, too.”

I thought about my vision from Friday night -- of Ull and me in a meadow by a castle. Huh.

“Where did you say your family lived, exactly?” I probed.

But Ull bristled. I’d hit a nerve. “Come Kristia, we have lost our group again.” He gently pulled me down the hall.

“You may have noticed the Animal Wall in front of the Castle. Though William Burges designed the Wall in 1866, it was not constructed until 1890 -- nine years after Burges’s death.” The guide lifted an eyebrow as we caught up. “Please do try to stay with the tour,” he admonished before turning down another corridor. The rest of the group followed closely.

“Sorry.” I ducked my head.

Ull raised a corner of his mouth in a smile. “Why, Kristia, you are blushing.”

“And?” I lifted my chin, and took a step back so I stood against the wall.

“It is sweet.” Ull paused and lifted a finger to my cheek. My knees buckled and he grabbed my arm to steady me. The touch sent shockwaves straight to my head, leaving me with the unnerving sensation of being underwater. I lost my bearings again and Ull wrapped both hands around my waist to stop my fall.

“Sorry,” I mouthed. “Must be the shoes.” I couldn’t stop staring at his eyes. They almost looked nervous.

“Must be.” He ran his finger along my jaw, stopping to grasp my chin between his thumb and forefinger. His eyes focused on my mouth and my heartbeat accelerated. He ran his thumb lightly over my lips. They parted under his touch. A wave of heat shot from my lower lip straight to my abdomen, creating a slow burn that wasn’t altogether uncomfortable. I watched as his eyes slowly moved down then back up, lingering at the neckline of my dress. Victoria had been right about the push-up bra.

“Must be,” I repeated.

Ull drew his eyes away from my cleavage and took a step closer. He leaned one forearm against the wall, leaving me enveloped between the cold stone and his warm chest. I was suddenly very dizzy.

“Kristia,” he spoke in a whisper.

“Yes?” I whispered back. Ull was looking at me with an intensity I wasn’t prepared for. He stepped in, closing the last inch between us.

“Look at me.” He spoke again, lifting my chin so my lips were tilted towards his. If his body hadn’t been pressed against mine, I would have collapsed in a heap that instant. Instead, I took a shaky breath as Ull dropped his head. He ran his nose along my jaw line, pausing when he reached my ear. He breathed in, the cool air sending a shiver down my neck. With painstaking slowness he drew his nose across my cheek until our lips were almost touching. Now when I looked into his eyes I saw something entirely different. He was strong. Confident. And very much in control.

I let out a small sigh and immediately he covered my mouth with his. It wasn’t a gentle kiss -- it was commanding, almost forceful. I melted against him as he claimed my lips, moved down my jaw to consume my neck. My insides throbbed. In that moment, I would have done absolutely anything he asked me to.

“Kristia,” he whispered again.

“Mmm.” It was the best I could muster by way of response.

“I think we need to stop.”

In God’s name, why?

“Will you be joining the rest of my tour, or shall I leave the two of you here?” The guide stood at the end of the corridor, literally tapping his foot. Oops.

Ull placed his hands around my waist to right me. I smoothed my hair and straightened my dress, my cheeks burning the whole time.

“Great timing,” I muttered. Just when things were getting good.

“Do not worry Kristia.” Ull winked. “We have all the time in the world.”

I sure hoped so.

DAY 4 Tour Stop: The Book of Bart

TNT Review has an Excerpt from the Book of Bart for us today!

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DAY 9 Tour Stop: Hunters of Reloria & Adorned

For the Love of Books features Hunters of Reloria today!

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For the Love of Books gives Adorned a 4 STARS Review!

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DAY 3 Tour Stop: The Book of Bart

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Oh, My Word! has a guest post by author Ryan Hill today!

Find out how Bartholomew came to life!

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DAY 2 Tour Stop: The Book of Bart

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A Bibliophiles Thoughts on Books has an excerpt from The Book of Bart today!

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DAY 7 Tour Stop: Adorned

Gwendylan Quinn reviews Adorned today!

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DAY 7 Tour Stop: Hunters of Reloria

J.R.'s Book Reviews features Hunters of Reloria today!

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DAY 6 Tour Stop: Adorned

Monday, May 26, 2014

Coffee, Books and Art features Adorned today!

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DAY 6 Tour Stop: Hunters of Reloria

Reading Addiction features Hunters of Reloria today!!

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FINAL TOUR SCHEDULE: The Book of Bart by Ryan Hill - Review Tour 5/26 to 6/20

Saturday, May 24, 2014

FINAL Tour Schedule:

May 26:
May 27:
May 28:
Oh, My Word! (Review/Guest Post)
May 29:
TNT Reviews (Excerpt)
May 30:

June 2:
June 3:
For the Love of Books (Review/Excerpt)
June 4:
June 5:
Platypire Reviews (Review/Excerpt)
June 6:

June 9:
June 10:
Books Eater (Review/Interview)
June 11:
LBM Book Blog (Excerpt)
June 12:
June 13:

June 16:
June 17:
June 18:
June 19:
In Our Spare Time (Review/Excerpt)
June 20:

FINAL PARTICIPANT LIST: Tur & Elsker by ST Bende Release Day Blitz - 5/29

FINAL Participant List:

DAY 5 Tour Stop: Adorned

Friday, May 23, 2014

The Dragon Blog gives Adorned a 4 STARS Review!

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DAY 5 Tour Stop: Hunters of Reloria

My Life, Loves and Passion reviewed both books in the Hunters of Reloria series today!

Elven Jewel received a 3.8 STARS Review!

Hunter's Quest received a 3.5 STARS Review!

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TOUR FINALE: Destruction

katsindiebookblog gives Destruction a 4 STARS Review!

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DAY 4 Tour Stop: Adorned

Thursday, May 22, 2014

What Is That Book About features Adorned today!

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DAY 19 Tour Stop: Destruction

For the Love of Books gives Destruction a 4 STARS Review!

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DAY 3 Tour Stop: Adorned

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Read It Write gives Adorned a 5 STARS Review!

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DAY 3 Tour Stop: Hunters of Reloria

Sarah at Lost In A Book features Hunters of Reloria today!

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DAY 2 Tour Stop: Hunters of Reloria & Adorned

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A Bibliophiles Thoughts on Books features Hunters of Reloria AND Adorned today!

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DAY 17 Tour Stop: Destruction

Pinky's Favorite Reads gives Destruction a 4.5 DRAGONFLIES Review!

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LAST CALL: The Book of Bart by Ryan Hill - Review Tour 5/26 to 6/20

Monday, May 19, 2014

We have 10 open spots on the tour!

Available Dates:

June 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 12, 13, 16, 18, 19

Posts available:

Reviews, Interviews, Excerpts, Guest Posts, Character Interviews

Thank you!

Title: The Book of Bart
Author: Ryan Hill
Genre: Paranormal
Age Group: Young Adult
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Release Date: May 22, 2014
Links: Goodreads

Only one thing is so powerful, so dangerous that Heaven and Hell must work together to find it: the Shard of Gabriel.

With a mysterious Black Cloud of Death hot on the shard’s trail, a desperate Heaven enlists the help of Bart, a demon who knows more about the shard than almost anyone. Six years ago, he had it in his hands. If only he’d used it before his coup to overthrow the devil failed. Now, he’s been sprung from his eternal punishment to help Samantha, an angel in training, recover the shard before the Black Cloud of Death finds it.

If Bartholomew wants to succeed, he’ll have to fight the temptation to betray Samantha and the allure of the shard. After an existence full of evil, the only way Bart can get right with Hell is to be good.

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