Every Missing Girl by Leanne Kale Sparks Spotlight and Giveaway

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot
on the EVERY MISSING GIRL by Leanne Kale Sparks Blog Tour hosted by 
Rockstar Book Tours. Check out
my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About The Book:

Title: EVERY MISSING GIRL (A Kendall Beck
Thriller #2)

Author: Leanne Kale Sparks

Pub. Date: February 7, 2023

Publisher: Crooked Lane Books

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 272

Find it: Goodreadshttps://books2read.com/EVERY-MISSING-GIRL

 

 

Sparks takes her gift for nail-biting
drama to a new level with a cold case of a missing girl suddenly gone red-hot.
This “enthralling page-turner” (Lisa Regan) is perfect for fans of Melinda
Leigh and Lisa Gardner.

The stunning landscape of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains are among our greatest
natural treasures. But there are deadly secrets lurking in the craggy heights,
and FBI Special Agent Kendall Beck and Denver Homicide Detective Adam Taylor
team up to investigate a kidnapping. When Taylor’s niece, Frankie, suddenly
vanishes at a local hockey rink, it’s clear that there’s a predator on the
loose—and now, the case has turned personal.
 
One discovery after another leads Beck and Taylor closer to the truth, as they
close in on the devastating truth about the fates of the missing girls—and the
many who came before them. Will they be able to find Frankie before it’s too
late? In this thrilling story,  Leanne Kale Sparks weaves the threads of
this harrowing drama and builds the intensity to a fever pitch.

 

 

 

 

Grab THE WRONG WOMAN now!

 

 

 

About Leanne Kale Sparks:

 

After a
short career in law, Leanne Kale Sparks is returning to her first love—writing
about murder, mayhem, and crime. Currently, she is an author with Crooked Lane
Books and is working on a new series featuring an FBI agent hunting down her
best friend’s murderer. The backdrop is the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, the
playground of her youth, and the place that will always be home. She currently
resides in Texas with her husband and German Shepherd, Zoe.

Sign up for Leanne’s newsletter!

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok | Goodreads | Amazon | BookBub

 

Giveaway Details:

1 winner
will receive a finished copy of EVERY MISSING GIRL, US Only.

Ends
February 21st, midnight EST.

 

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

1/23/2023

OneMoreExclamation

Review/IG Post

1/23/2023

Mythical
Books

Excerpt/IG Post

1/24/2023

SJ_Bookshelf

IG Review

1/24/2023

A Dream Within
A Dream

Excerpt

1/25/2023

hodophile_z

IG Review

1/25/2023

#BRVL Book
Review Virginia Lee Blog

Excerpt/IG Post

1/26/2023

Two Points of
Interest

Review

1/26/2023

Writer of Wrongs

Excerpt

1/27/2023

@more.books.yes.please

IG Review/TikTok Post

1/28/2023

Books and
Zebras

IG Review

Week Two:

1/29/2023

@enjoyingbooksagain

IG Review

1/30/2023

onemused

IG Review

1/31/2023

Book
Reviews by Alison

IG Review

2/1/2023

amandainpa

Review/IG Post

2/2/2023

@readerofthewrittenword

IG Review

2/3/2023

beersbooksboos

Review/IG Post

2/4/2023

Wanderingwitchreads

TikTok Review/IG Post

2/4/2023

the book near
me

Review/IG Post

Week Three:

2/5/2023

Review Thick
And Thin

Review/IG Post

2/5/2023

@reacing.late.into.the.night

IG Review

2/6/2023

@secretrhs05

IG Review

2/6/2023

Brandi
Danielle Davis

IG Review/TikTok Post

2/7/2023

Addictedtobooks86

IG Review

2/7/2023

pick a good book

Review

2/8/2023

@jael_and_jenessa_reads

Review/IG Post

2/8/2023

@amysbookshelf82

IG Review

2/9/2023

Rajiv’s Reviews

Review/IG Post

2/10/2023

@allyluvsbooksalatte

IG Review/TikTok Post

2/11/2023

@flying_through_books

IG Review

Week Four:

2/12/2023

Momfluenster

IG Review/Facebook Post

2/13/2023

Quirky
Night Owl

Review

2/14/2023

Book-Keeping

Review/IG Post

2/15/2023

@froggyreadteach

IG Review

2/16/2023

bookmama85

IG Review

2/16/2023

brittreadsalattebooks

IG Post

2/17/2023

Emily Ashlyn

IG Review/Facebook Post

 

Mandate Thirteen by Joseph J Dowling Spotlight and Giveaway

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot
on the MANDATE THIRTEEN by Joseph J. Dowling Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my
post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About The Book:

Title: MANDATE THIRTEEN

Author: Joseph J. Dowling

Pub. Date: January 10, 2023

Publisher: Manta Press, Ltd.

Formats:  Paperback, eBook

Find it: Goodreadshttps://books2read.com/MANDATE-THIRTEEN

In a world with dwindling birth
rates, all young women must submit to compulsory fertility checks at the age of
thirteen. For those able to conceive, a docile existence inside the Birthing
Schools beckons—far worse if they fall into the wrong hands.

When the clandestine Baby Farmers, and their brutal leader Miko, arrive to
snatch his daughter, Michael must make a split-second choice: risk his own
freedom to protect hers… or lose her forever. Mandate Thirteen is
a gritty dystopian thriller for fans of Children of Men, A Handmaid’s
Tale, 
and The Running Man.

“An action-packed, cross-country adventure between father and daughter as they
dodge authorities, reconnect with old acquaintances, and meet new people (good,
bad, and crazy), forging connections at every stop. I loved every aspect of
their journey and how they learned so much about themselves on the way. This is
dystopian in every way that matters. A worthy addition to any library.” Preye,
Literary Darlings

 

 

About Joseph J. Dowling:

Joseph always knew he would write seriously one day. That
moment arrived in 2020, when his thriving hospitality business was temporarily
shuttered. With time on his hands, he quickly fell into an obsession and became
a keen student of the craft. 

Since finding the passion, Joseph can’t imagine life without
stories rattling around his head. Eager to make up for lost time, he’s been
fairly prolific, and his short stories have appeared in several anthologies and
literary magazines. Even better, his rejections are getting nicer by the week.

Joseph lives in London with his wife and their Scotty dog.
Mandate: THIRTEEN will be his first published novel. Scroll to the bottom of
the page on his website to sign up for his newsletter!

 

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner
will receive a $30
Manta Press Gift Card, International.

1 winner
will receive a
book poster (pictured below), International.

5 winners
will receive a
bookmark from this etsy store (pictured below), International.

Ends February
14th, midnight EST.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

1/16/2023

Mythical Books

Excerpt/IG Post

1/17/2023

Lady Hawkeye

Excerpt/IG Post

1/18/2023

YA Books Central

Excerpt/IG Post

1/19/2023

Epic Book Society

Excerpt/IG Post

1/20/2023

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

Excerpt/IG Post

1/21/2023

Two Chicks on Books

Excerpt/IG Post

Week Two:

1/22/2023

A Dream Within A Dream

Excerpt

1/23/2023

bookmama85

Review/IG Post

1/24/2023

Rajiv’s
Reviews

Review/IG Post

1/25/2023

@froggyreadteach

IG Review

1/26/2023

OneMoreExclamation

Review/IG Post

1/27/2023

Books and Zebras

IG Review

1/28/2023

Wanderingwitchreads

TikTok Review/IG Post

Week Three:

1/29/2023

Jazzy Book Reviews

Review/IG Post

1/30/2023

the book near me

Review/IG Post

1/31/2023

amandainpa

Review/IG Post

2/1/2023

The Book Countess

Review

2/2/2023

The Momma Spot

Review

2/3/2023

Kim”s Book Reviews and Writing Aha’s

Review/IG Post

2/4/2023

Review Thick And Thin

Review/IG Post

Week Four:

2/5/2023

@carlysunshinebooks

IG Review

2/6/2023

Brandi Danielle Davis

IG Review/TikTok Post

2/7/2023

Pick
a good book

Review/IG Post

2/8/2023

Nerdophiles

Review

2/9/2023

A Blue Box Full of Books

IG Review/LFL Drop Pic

2/10/2023

Fire
and Ice

Review

Retro by Sofia Lapuente and Jarrod Shusterman Review and Giveaway

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot
on the RETRO by Jarrod Shusterman & Sofía Lapuente Blog Tour hosted
by 
Rockstar
Book Tours
. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About The Book:

Title: RETRO

Author: Jarrod Shusterman & Sofía Lapuente

Pub. Date: January 24, 2023

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 400

Find it: Goodreadshttps://books2read.com/RETRO

What starts off as a lighthearted
competition to live without modern technology for a year turns into a fight for
survival in this unputdownable young adult thriller by New York
Times 
bestselling author Jarrod Shusterman and debut author Sofía
Lapuente.


It was never meant to happen this way.

Things were never supposed to get this out of hand.

After a cyberbullying incident at her school goes viral, Luna Iglesias finds
herself at the heart of a brewing controversy. When the social media company
Limbo—who are also implicated in the scandal—sweeps in with an offer that
sounds like an opportunity to turn over a new leaf and receive a scholarship to
the college of her dreams, she’s happy to jump on the new trend. It’s called
the Retro Challenge, where contestants live without modern technology, wear
vintage clothes, party as if the future weren’t already written, and fall in
love as if they were living in a movie.

At first, the challenge is fun. But then things get dangerous. Kids start
disappearing, including Luna’s friends. There are voices in the woods. Bloodred
markings on the trees. And Luna increasingly begins to wonder if all these
strange happenings are connected with the Retro Challenge.

Secrets. Lies. Betrayal. The weight of her family on her shoulders. There’s so
much on the line for Luna, not to mention she’s falling in love with the last
guy she expected. Unless she can figure out the truth behind who’s sabotaging
the challenge, the next person to disappear may be Luna herself.

My Thoughts: 

I am a huge proponent of nostalgia. I was an 80s and 90s kid and it was a great time to grow up. We called our friends on landline telephones, took photos that we wouldn’t see for days, weeks, months (or even years at times), and spent very few hours on the “world wide web” as it took our phone line away. In Retro, the characters are challenged to “go retro”, meaning abandoning all modern day technology for a chance to win a college scholarship. Of course, things don’t go as the main characters expect them to.

This story was extremely entertaining and fun, the characters really embraced going retro. It made me think about our world today. I’ve often thought that the birth of the internet and social media in particular has really been one of the worst things that happened to our world. The internet has been both a blessing and a curse. This book was extremely thought provoking and thrilling. The story takes off and never lets you go until the very last page. I did find some of the dialogue between characters a little cringe at times but other than that I loved it. Highly recommended!

I received this book from the author/publisher to read and review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

My Rating:

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4/5 stars!

About Jarrod Shusterman & Sofía Lapuente:

Sofía Lapuente got her start in marketing for Google Spain,
and then immigrated to the States. Since, she received a masters in fine arts
at UCLA and has produced for Emmy nominated show Caso Cerrado (Telemundo) Sofi
and her partner, Jarrod, both have co-author credits in the fourth installation
of the bestselling Arc of a Scythe Trilogy GLEANINGS (2022)
and are the authors of their upcoming novel RETRO (2023).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jarrod Shusterman is the New York Times bestselling author
of novel DRY (2018), which was one of the highest bid novels
in Hollywood of 2018, selling it to Paramount Pictures, produced by Temple
hill, which he’s adapting for the screen with co author Neal Shusterman. He is
also the author of accoladed Simon & Schuster novel, ROXY (2021).
Sofi and Jarrod are partners in every sense of the word, with love and
multiculturalism as an ethos— living between Madrid, Spain and Los Angeles,
California.

Find Sofía & Jarrod- https://linktr.ee/Sofiandjarrod

 

 

Giveaway Details:

1 winner
will receive a finished copy of RETRO, US Only.

Ends January
28th, midnight EST.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

1/9/2023

Kait Plus Books

Excerpt/IG Post

1/9/2023

YA
Books Central

Excerpt/IG Post

1/10/2023

travelersguidetobooks

IG Review

1/10/2023

@more.books.yes.please

IG Review/TikTok Post

1/11/2023

Wanderingwitchreads

TikTok Review/IG Post

1/11/2023

onemused

IG Review

1/12/2023

amandainpa

Review/IG Post

1/12/2023

@readerofthewrittenword

IG Review

1/13/2023

Thindbooks Blog

Review/IG Post

1/13/2023

OneMoreExclamation

Review/IG Post

 Week Two:

1/16/2023

pluvioreads

Review/IG Post

1/16/2023

@froggyreadteach

IG Review

1/17/2023

Fall
Between the Pages

IG Review/TikTok Post

1/17/2023

A
Blue Box Full of Books

IG Review/LFL Drop Pic

1/18/2023

@amysbookshelf82

IG Review

1/18/2023

Nerdophiles

Review

1/19/2023

Satisfaction
for Insatiable Readers

Review/IG Post

1/19/2023

Book-Keeping

Review/IG Post

1/20/2023

Lisa
Loves Literature

Review/IG Post

1/20/2023

Emmiepooh2

IG Review/Facebook Post

 Week Three:

1/23/2023

@drew_ambitious_reading

IG Review/TikTok Post

1/23/2023

popthebutterfly

Review/IG Post

The Lost Melody by Joanna Davidson Politano Review

Synopsis:

When concert pianist Vivienne Mourdant’s father dies, he leaves to her the care of an adult ward she knew nothing about. The woman is supposedly a patient at Hurstwell Asylum. The woman’s portrait is shockingly familiar to Vivienne, so when the asylum claims she was never a patient there, Vivienne is compelled to discover what happened to the figure she remembers from childhood dreams.

My Thoughts:

This is the fourth book that I’ve read by Joanna Davidson Politano and she has definitely become one of my favorite Christian authors. This book ranks as my favorite of her books. The story is so interesting and shines the light on how little say women had in their lives in the late 1800s. Vivienne witnesses firsthand the lives of the patients in the Hurstwell asylum. There were several scenes and moments in the book that were very unsettling and sad to read, especially with knowing that these things actually occurred in the past. Joanna Davidson Politano is a gifted writer in every sense of the word…she puts words together in a way that is lyrical and beautiful. There were so many quotable phrases throughout the book.

The faith content was also extremely well done. The main character wrestles with her relationship with God all through the story and tries to reconcile God as a father as her own father was not a kind man or a good father figure for her.

Overall this was another amazing story by this author and I have now added her to my auto-buy authors list. Definitely recommended!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher to read and review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

My Rating

Dangerous Beauty by Melissa Koslin Review

Synopsis:

Liliana Vela hates the term victim. She’s not a victim, she’s a fighter. Stubborn and strong with a quiet elegance, she’s determined to take back her life after escaping the clutches of human traffickers in her poor Mexican village. But she can’t stay safely over the border in America–unless the man who aided in her rescue is serious about his unconventional proposal to marry her.

Meric Toledan was just stopping at a service station for a bottle of water. Assessing the situation, he steps in to rescue Liliana from traffickers. If he can keep his secrets at bay, his wealth and position afford him many resources to help her. But the mysterious buyer who funded her capture will not sit idly by while his prize is stolen from him.

Melissa Koslin throws you right into the middle of the action in this high-stakes thriller that poses the question: What is the price of freedom?

My Thoughts:

I was intrigued by the cover of this book and the synopsis. The story starts out with a bang and puts the reader right in the middle of the action. I was on board and turning pages quickly for about the first half of the story. Around the halfway mark, I felt that it began to lose some steam. The plot began to felt a bit unrealistic and it got a bit boring. I think people that love romance would enjoy this more than I did.

I received a copy of this book to read and review from the author/publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

My Rating

The Brothers Flick Review and Giveaway

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot
on the THE BROTHERS FLICK: THE IMPOSSIBLE DOORS by Ryan Haddock &
Nick Wyche Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar
Book Tours
. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About The Book:

 

Title: THE BROTHERS FLICK: THE IMPOSSIBLE DOORS

Author: Ryan Haddock, Whitney Cogar,  Nick Wyche (Illustrations), David Stoll
(Illustrations), Jim Campbell, Rebecca Taylor (Editor)

Pub. Date: October 11, 2022

Publisher: Wonderbound

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 208

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, B&NiBooks, Kobo, TBD, Bookshop.org

Sherlock
Holmes meets the Wayside School in this Middle Grade supernatural sleuthing
graphic novel about the Flick brothers – four siblings searching for
explanations to outbreaks of supernatural strangeness and otherworldly
weirdness in their Edwardian-era hometown.    

A bump in
the night? They’re on the case! At Strander House, things are…weird. There’s an
ogre wedged in the closet, and you have to be careful not to slip on the leak
coming from the ocean in the attic. What’s possibly weirder than the fact that
you can walk into the bathroom and end up in next Tuesday are the four brothers
who investigate these strange supernatural occurrences…the Brothers Flick!

Leo,
Desmond, Remy, and Cub seek to get to the bottom of every shadow you swear you
saw move. If they happen to stumble upon answers to the mysterious disappearance
of their own family along the way, all the better.   For fans
of  Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate EventsGravity
Falls
Whispering Pines, the Hardy Boys, the Winterhouse
series, the Greenglass House series, and the Wayside School series!

My Thoughts:

I have found that Middle Grade graphic novels are my favorite from the genre. I adore the wholesomeness and the nostalgia that they tend to bring. The Brothers Flick was a fun adventure that will definitely appeal to the target audience. 

The story follows 4 brothers who live in an orphanage and solve mysteries that occur there. The artwork was bright and colorful but I did find that the story was a bit difficult to follow at times. I didn’t realize until the end of the book that one of the brothers uses sign language. There were also some loose ends that left me with a few questions (I’m not sure if this will be a series.)

The content was very clean and appropriate for all ages. The story was interesting and I would love to revisit these characters again in the future. Definitely recommended!

I received this book from the author/publisher to read and review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

My Rating

4/5 stars

Reviews:

“… the
metaphor of “impossible doors” leading toward unending universes, where even
the smallest changes reverberate, provides a unique framework for themes of
grief and healing.”   – Publishers Weekly

“…enjoyable.” – Kirkus

“… this graphic novel will attract mystery and adventure fans by the
droves…”     — Kirkus

“… a “Jonny Quest meets the Hardy Boys” vibe with a few modern
twists…”  — Kirkus

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YOUR POST OR REVIEW HERE!

 

About Ryan Haddock:

 

Ryan Haddock has wanted to write books since he was six years
old. Over the years, his career aspirations also included rock star, lawyer,
rock star lawyer, and teacher, but writing books never left his heart. Thank
goodness someone finally let him write a book.

Ryan resides with his wife and kids in a charmingly quaint city known for its
ridiculously fast internet and a jingle about a train.

Hometown/State: Chattanooga, TN

 

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon

 

 

 

About Nick Wyche:

Nick Wyche
lives in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains with his wonderful wife, Suzanne,
overlooking the Tennessee River. He has been obsessed with comics and cartoons
for over 4 decades and still can’t believe he gets to draw professionally.
Hometown/State: Chattanooga, TN

Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

 

 

 

 

Giveaway Details:

2 winners
will receive a finished copy of THE BROTHERS FLICK: THE IMPOSSIBLE DOORS, US
Only.

Ends November
1st, midnight EST.

 

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

9/26/2022

A Dream
Within A Dream

Guest Post

9/27/2022

@allyluvsbooksalatte

IG Spotlight

9/28/2022

BookHounds YA

Guest Post/IG Post

9/29/2022

Lady Hawkeye

Guest Post/IG Post

9/30/2022

Review Thick
And Thin

Review/IG Post

10/1/2022

amandainpa

Review/IG Post

Week Two:

10/2/2022

#BRVL Book
Review Virginia Lee Blog

Guest Post

10/3/2022

Mom with
a Reading Problem

Review/IG Post

10/4/2022

Satisfaction
for Insatiable Readers

Review/IG Post

10/5/2022

Rajiv’s Reviews

Review/IG Post

10/6/2022

@enjoyingbooksagain

Review/IG Post

10/7/2022

More
Books Please blog

Review/IG Post

10/8/2022

@meetcuteromancebooks

Review/IG Post

Week Three:

10/9/2022

One More
Exclamation

Review/IG Post

10/10/2022

Little Red Reads

Review

10/11/2022

RavenzReviewz

Review/IG Post

10/12/2022

Ya Books Central

Guest Post

10/13/2022

Two Chicks on
Books

Guest Post

10/14/2022

GryffindorBookishNerd

Review/IG Post

10/15/2022

@ablueboxfullofbooks

IG Review

Week Four:

10/16/2022

@jaimerockstarbooktours

IG Spotlight

10/17/2022

@jacleomik33

IG Review

10/18/2022

@froggyreadteach

IG Review/Read Part of Book Out Loud

10/19/2022

The Bookwyrm’s Den

Review/IG Post

10/20/2022

Two Points of
Interest

Review/IG Post

10/21/2022

Nerdophiles

Review/IG Post

10/22/2022

hodophile_z

Review/IG Post

Week Five:

10/23/2022

pickagoodbook

Review/IG Post

10/24/2022

The Momma Spot

Review/IG Post

10/25/2022

@thebookishfoxwitch

IG Review

 

The Registration by Madison Lawson Review and Giveaway

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot
on the THE REGISTRATION by Madison Lawson Blog Tour hosted by 
Rockstar Book Tours. Check out
my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About The Book:

Title: THE
REGISTRATION

Author: Madison Lawson

Pub. Date: September 27, 2022

Publisher: CamCat Books

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 472

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, Audible, B&NiBooks, KoboTBD, Bookshop.org

You can’t
outrun the Registration

Imagine it’s
legal to commit one murder in your lifetime?if you Register the victim and
accomplish the kill within fourteen days. So when Lynell Mize stands in line to
Register the man who abused her as a child, she’s shocked to hear a stranger
Register her to be killed. Why would anyone who doesn’t know her squander his
one legal murder on her? Desperate to survive the next two weeks, she must find
out who wants to kill her?and why.

Easier said
than done as Lynell soon discovers that multiple strangers have used their
Registration on her. Along the way, she reunites with her estranged husband who
is determined to dig up a past Lynell prefers to keep buried. With only days
left to live, Lynell fights to uncover the truth and survive a destiny not of
her choosing.

 

 

THE
REGISTRATION: THE MOVIE

Sydney
Sweeney, Brad Fuller, And Sony Developing Adaptation Of ‘The Registration’

The
Registration
 is
coming to the big screen! Sydney Sweeney and Brad Fuller will work with Sony
pictures to produce the adaptation of The Registration. Sydney will
star in the film and The Night House writers Ben Collins and
Luke Piotrowski will write the script.

Find
out more here!

 

My Thoughts:

This was a wild rollercoaster ride from the first page to the last. Set in a dystopian society where a person can end a life with a registration with no consequences. This was the kind of book that I thought about long after reading it. It’s been a long time since I’ve picked up a dystopian book and I remembered how much I loved the genre while reading “The Registration”. There are some gritty, gruesome scenes that may not be for the faint of heart but the content was clean overall.

The author set the scene very well and I found myself anxious for the characters many times throughout the story. I definitely recommend this one!

I received this book to read and review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

About Madison Lawson:

Author
Madison Lawson writes speculative fiction novels full of suspense, social
commentary, and complex relationships. She has published a dozen short stories,
many of which won awards such as the Koresh Award and the Gordone Award. She
received her B.A. in English from Texas A&M University and is currently
earning her M.A. in English at North Carolina State University. Born and raised
in a small Texas town, Madison began escaping through reading and writing as
soon as she could. To stay updated, follow Madison on social media and head to
madisonlawson.com.

Sign up for Madison’s
newsletter!

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube
|
Goodreads | Amazon

 

Giveaway Details:

1 winner
will receive a finished copy of THE REGISTRATION & swag, US Only.

Ends
September 27th, midnight EST.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

9/12/2022

Ya Books Central

Guest Post

9/12/2022

A Dream
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Blue Haven by Lisa King Review

Blue Haven is
a science-fiction thriller that explores what innovation can achieve—and
destroy—despite the best intentions. King’s imaginative world-building and use
of moral ambiguity make this page-turning novel a thought-provoking thrill
that’s impossible to put 
down

By Lisa King

Welcome to Blue Haven, the world’s most lucrative condo corporation—so exclusive that only five lucky residents live in this lush, tropical paradise, housed in a top-secret location.

Among them is twenty-five-year-old Aloe Malone, an introvert and former waitress who traded bussing tables for lengthy sleep-ins, ocean dips, Michelin-star restaurants, spectacular sunsets, and unlikely new friends—all thanks to a spurious lottery win.

Life’s good.

Damn good.

That is, until Aloe discovers a journal.

Seemingly left by a past resident named Eloise whose entries are both sad and evoking, Aloe quickly suspects there’s more to Blue Haven than meets the eye.

Her suspicions are confirmed when visions arise, gruesome hallucinations she can’t understand, followed by a strange yet familiar man lurking in places he shouldn’t. Something’s wrong. Or maybe it’s all in her head. Regardless, she vows to uncover the truth.

Except someone wants to keep her quiet, and it’s the last person she ever suspected.

Blue Haven is a science-fiction thriller that explores what innovation can achieve—and destroy—despite the best intentions. King’s imaginative world building and use of moral ambiguity make this page-turning novel a thought-provoking thrill that’s impossible to put down.

Book Information

Release Date: May 31, 2022

Publisher:  The Story Plant

Soft Cover: ISBN: 978-1611883206; 336 pages; $26.95; E-Book, $7.49

Book Trailer https://youtu.be/DgnqxcZLRcg

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Book Depository: https://bit.ly/3kNK4kk

My Thoughts

I was in a Summer reading mood when I picked up Blue Haven. I had just finished working for the school year and was eager to start my summer with a book that would give me the “summer feels”. This book was the perfect read for that and so much more. It is very atmospheric, when I opened the book, I was immediately transported to Blue Haven, experiencing what Aloe was experiencing.

This story exceeded my expectations and is my favorite read of 2022. There were several jaw dropping twists and things that I was shocked by in a good way. I am still thinking about the story a week after I have finished it.

I highly recommend this book but urge readers to go into it knowing as little as possible about it, it’s so much fun! It does have some bad language but overall the content is pretty clean.

I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher to read and review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

My Rating

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Day One

Less than twenty-four hours earlier, Aloe Malone was sitting on a
tattered couch, a distinct eagerness coursing through her veins. She shivered;
her radiator was on the fritz again, sputtering from one side, cackling,
rendering her tiny bachelor apartment bone-cold uncomfortable. She curled into
a sweater, still freezing, slowly succumbing to the chronic, aggravating chill.

And then she laughed, her breath puffy with condensation. She’d
worked her last shift at the diner, and said her meager and limited
goodbyes—except the one owed to her crummy apartment.

“Sayonara, shithole,” she whispered under her
breath.

Now, she squinted into the radiant sun: hot
but not fierce, a tempered warmth that was perfect and satisfying. She pressed
her feet into the fairy dust sand and gave her toes a wiggle. She’d never felt
sand like this before: white, delicate, possibly otherworldly, like it’d been
manufactured in a laboratory or harvested from another universe. Like someone
had broken one million hourglasses to populate this beach.

She turned to her personal concierge, Amir.
“Is this … real sand?”

Surely, it couldn’t be.

He nodded. “Real indeed. One of the many
reasons we chose this location.”

This location: a mysterious venue somewhere on planet Earth. She’d love to know
the actual coordinates and considered asking (for the third time) but
confidentiality was part of the deal. If you wanted to live in the world’s most
lucrative beachfront community, secrecy was paramount.

Still, she dug her toes deeper into the cushy grains. What
part of the world produces sand like this? Aruba? Somewhere in South Asia? The
Philippines?

She stared skeptically at Amir. His natural tan and dark features
were clearly exotic. And his name, Amir. Was that Arabic?

“Aloe?” He touched her arm. “Are you feeling okay? You look a bit
dazed.”

Her mind floated back. “Yeah, sorry. Still a little groggy.”

“That’s a very common side effect,” he replied. “Rest assured,
you’ll be back to normal in a few hours at most.”

She nodded, somewhat attuned to the aftermath of drugs slugging
through her arteries. The whole “going under” aspect had been daunting: a white
mask, followed by slow, deep inhalations; counting down from ten, as requested;
waking somewhere new and unknown— though it made good, logical sense. How else
were people supposed to fly to a top-secret paradise without discovering its
whereabouts?

Besides, look at this fucking view.
The oceanfront, steps away, was a prism of blue light. Turquoise lapped at the
shoreline, fading to a sumptuous cerulean. The sky was a lovely robin’s egg,
swept with long, lazy clouds. Her eyes found the horizon. There was nothing in
the distance, no islands, shorelines, or glimpses. Just pure, unadulterated
space.

Aloe turned to the billowing palm trees swaying in her periphery.
Not an imposing number, just enough to provide a calculated amount of shade.
Unlike other beaches she’d visited, Blue Haven’s was devoid of human life; and
that, was its true appeal. No sandcastles or shoddily impaled umbrellas or
squawking birds begging for scraps of potato chips. Blue Haven was a
stock-grade computer background that didn’t exist in real life—except it did,
to her absolute astonishment.

“Paradise,” she looked at Amir and smiled. “Y’all weren’t lying.”

“We aim to please,” he replied. “Go ahead, test the water. Dip
your toe in. We’ve installed top-of-the-line thermoregulators to ensure the
perfect temperature. Always.”

“You’re heating … the ocean?”

“Only as required.”

“Wow,” she replied, stepping forward.

A wave drifted over her toes, warm as bathwater, and she instantly
unwound. A salty gust of air filled her lungs, causing her chest to lift.

And just like that, the unshakeable sense of irresolution that’d
been following her for years was suddenly gone. All that mattered was here and
now—this moment.

“How’s the temperature?” Amir asked.

She returned to his side with a lightness in her step. “Perfect.”

“Excellent.” He tucked a fuchsia hibiscus behind her ear, and for
some reason this motion summoned a pang of guilt. Her stomach lurched, and the
weight of her body returned.

Did she really deserve this new life?

The answer was clear and undisputed. Of course not. No cognizant,
twenty-five-year-old could honestly admit otherwise. She’d simply gotten lucky.

Then again, who was she to contest the force of luck?

“Are you ready to continue with the tour?” Amir asked.

She took one last glance at the ocean, nodding. The view was
dreamy, glorious, enchanting—beyond any adjective she’d ever learned. Maybe she
didn’t deserve this life, but it had found her. The only choice now was
acceptance.

Even if Blue Haven seemed too good to be true.

 


Lisa King
 is a Canadian fiction author and researcher whose work on veteran mental health has been published in numerous academic journals. She holds degrees in psychology and neuroscience, both from Western University. Aside from writing, she enjoys family outings, ample coffee, and unapologetic napping. She lives in London, Ontario with her husband, daughter, and wonky-eyed cat.

Her latest book is the adult science fiction/psychological thriller, Blue Haven.

You can vist her website at www.AuthorLisaKing.com or connect with her on Twitter and Instagram.

 
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Mustique Island by Sarah McCoy Review

Synopsis

From bestselling author Sarah McCoy, a sun-splashed romp with a rich divorcee and her two wayward daughters in 1970s Mustique, the world’s most exclusive private island, where Princess Margaret and Mick Jagger were regulars and scandals stayed hidden from the press…

It’s January 1972 but the sun is white hot when Willy May Michael’s boat first kisses the dock of Mustique Island. Tucked into the southernmost curve of the Caribbean, Mustique is a private island that has become a haven for the wealthy and privileged. Its owner is the eccentric British playboy Colin Tennant, who is determined to turn this speck of white sand into a luxurious neo-colonial retreat for his rich friends and into a royal court in exile for the Queen’s rebellious sister, Princess Margaret—one where Her Royal Highness can skinny dip, party, and entertain lovers away from the public eye.

Willy May, a former beauty queen from Texas—who is also no stranger to marital scandals—seeks out Mustique for its peaceful isolation. Determined to rebuild her life and her relationships with her two daughters, Hilly, a model, and Joanne, a musician, she constructs a fanciful white beach house across the island from Princess Margaret—and finds herself pulled into the island’s inner circle of aristocrats, rock stars, and hangers-on.

When Willy May’s daughters arrive, they discover that beneath its veneer of decadence, Mustique has a dark side, and like sand caught in the undertow, their mother-daughter story will shift and resettle in ways they never could have imagined. 

My thoughts

First of all, the cover of this book screams summer read! I was so excited to pick it up when I saw this gorgeous cover.

This book was extremely atmospheric and the perfect beach read. Set in the 70s on Mustique Island, the reader gets a taste of how the wealthy socialites live. I googled the places described in the book and was surprised and delighted to see that they were in fact, real places. I found the story interesting, especially when Princess Margaret made appearances but didn’t gel well with the writing style and found it slightly boring. Overall an okay read.

I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher to read and review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.