#Blog Tour #This is for Tonight by Jessica Patrick #YA @Xpresso Book Tours @Swoon Reads

Today I’m delighted to participate in the blog tour for This is for Tonight, a sweet YA romcom by Jessica Patrick.

Book details:
This Is for Tonight
by Jessica Patrick
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: May 4th 2021
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Synopsis:

When Andi attends a music festival with one goal in mind – capture an interview with a famous band so she can pay for college – she gets more than she bargained for in this YA novel about family ties and finding your own way.

Andi Kennedy needs to make money for college, and fast. But her little YouTube crafting channel, while fun, isn’t exactly a money maker. So she’s heading to the world-famous Cabazon Valley Music and Arts Festival with a goal – film a video that will launch her channel into popularity and turn it into a legit money making venture, even if it means selling out her creative vision.

Instead, she finds obnoxious Jay Bankar, the annoyingly hot host of a popular prank channel who is the actual worst. Andi hates everything Jay stands for, which makes the undeniable connection she feels with him really freaking inconvenient. Soon she finds herself competing with Jay for an interview with the festival’s headlining band, which could be the key to turning her little channel directly into college tuition. But she’s starting to discover that there is more to Jay than his jerky on-screen persona, and she has to decide what’s more important – winning, or giving a second chance to a guy who couldn’t be more wrong for her.

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My thoughts:

I love a good YA rom-com and enemies-to-lovers is one of my favourite tropes, especially if the author includes lots of banter and makes the protagonists relatable! Jessica Patrick did and I can definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested notonly in YA romance, but also in questions of identity, authenticity and social media, family dynamics, grief, forgiveness, and second chances. The setting of a music festival was such a bonus, as there is always something magical about letting yourself forget all your worries for a few days and enjoy live music with its fantastic energy.

Andi Kennedy and her twin brother Jordan are very close, so Andi is desperately hoping she can get a scholarship to attend the same college where Jordan, a talented basketball player, is heading to. This college has a special significance for both of them as this is the place where their parents met and fell in love. Andi is a vlogger, but her channel focuses on crafts and is unlikely to suddenly begin making her the kind of money that would help her pay for her college tuition. When Jordan brings two tickets for Cabazon Festival of Music and Arts, Andi and Jordan are thrilled. Perhaps, Andi can find a way to make her videos go viral. At the festival Andi has a romantic meet-cute with a sweet guy called Jay, only to find out he and his brother specialise in prank videos. I don’t want to give the story away, but I feel the question of identity and what it is shaped by on and off-camera is very pertinent to our world where social media play such a huge role. While Andi has Jordan and can’t imagine her life without him, Jay also has a brother, dedicated to making their channel financially successful, only the way he does is offends and hurts other people. Family ties are important, but there comes a moment when you need to take a closer look at what you are and what you want to be in future.

The book is very easy to get immersed in and you will root for Andi to find her HEA or at least HFN (more realistic considering she is in her final year of high school). If you are a music lover, you are going to enjoy the festival atmosphere with on-stage and off-stage events and spicy pizza at all times.
A great romantic escape with some serious issues raised- definitely recommended.

Thank you to Giselle from Xpresso Book Tours, NetGalley and Swoon Reads for the review copy provided in exchange for an honest opinion.

AUTHOR BIO:

JESSICA PATRICK runs a high school library by day, writes YA romance by night, and pets as many dogs as possible in between. She lives in Southern California with her cute family and she has an MFA from Spalding University, an annual passport to Disneyland, and about 75 tabs open on her internet browser. She is the author of This is for Tonight.

Author links:

http://www.jessica-patrick.com/

https://www.instagram.com/readwritejess/

https://twitter.com/readwritejess

https://www.facebook.com/ReadWriteJess

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19573557.Jessica_Patrick

Giveaway:

Tour-wide giveaway (INT)

  • Print copy of This Is for Tonight

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If you would like to find out what other bloggers thought of This is for Tonight, you can find the full blog tour schedule here:

May 3rd
Twirling Book Princess >> Excerpt
The Avid Reader >> Interview
We Live and Breathe Books >> Review
The Phantom Paragrapher >> Review
the.girl.who.reads.too.much >> Review

May 4th
Reading Tonic >> Review
Movies, Shows, & Books >> Excerpt
diary of a wannabe writer >> Review
Drunk On Pop >> Excerpt
Adventures in Writing >> Excerpt

May 5th
Living in a Bookworld >> Excerpt
Bookscapade Passion >> Excerpt
Shelf Love >> Review
Kait Plus Books >> Interview

May 6th
Lady Hawkeye >> Excerpt
The Book View >> Review
The Heart of a Book Blogger >> Guest Post

May 7th
Bookish Jottings >> Review
Sascha Darlington’s Microcosm Explored  >> Review
Valerie Ullmer | Romance Author >> Excerpt
Smada’s Book Smack >> Review

#Book Blitz #Rapid Agenda by Maureen A.Miller #Romantic Suspense @Xpresso Book Tours

Book & Author Details:
Rapid Agenda
by Maureen A. Miller
(High-Risk Agenda, #2)
Publication date: April 30th 2021
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

Synopsis:

A spill in the rapids hauls two strangers into a harrowing and romantic adventure.

Chuck Borgas is ready to get back in the jungle. A lost city and a team of archeological students are waiting for him in Guatemala. He is waylaid at the airport by a bizarre woman who latches onto him like she’s his long-lost buddy. Smoking hot women don’t usually throw themselves at him. Ever. Finally ditching the stranger, he realizes she has left a bag behind. One glimpse into that sack and Chuck knows he’s stepped into a heap of trouble.

Faith Sanders is part of a small task force returning smuggled artifacts to the Guatemalan government. Her team is ambushed by members of a drug cartel, but she manages to escape. Alone and determined to get the artifacts to their destination, she is forced to improvise as the cartel closes in on her. That improvisation lands her in the arms of a handsome stranger.

Realizing that she has jeopardized the man at the airport, Faith has to decide which is more important…saving his life, or completing her mission.

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AUTHOR BIO:

USA TODAY bestselling author, Maureen A. Miller worked in the software industry for fifteen years. She crawled around plant floors in a hard hat and safety glasses hooking up computers to behemoth manufacturing machines. The job required extensive travel. The best form of escapism during those lengthy airport layovers became writing. 

Maureen’s first novel, WIDOW’S TALE, earned her a Golden Heart nomination in Romantic Suspense. After that she became hooked to the genre. In fact, she was so hooked she is the founder of the JUST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE website. 

Recently, Maureen branched out into the Young Adult Science Fiction market with the popular BEYOND Series. To her it was still Romantic Suspense…just on another planet! 

Find more about Maureen at www.maureenamiller.com


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#Blog Tour #Wayward Voyage #Q and A with the author Anna M Holmes #Historical Fiction @rararesources @AnnaMHolmes_

Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to participate in the blog tour for Wayward Voyage, a fascinating story of female pirates in the early eighteenth century. Today I’m delighted to host a Qand A session with Anna M Holmes, the author of Wayward Voyage.

Q: What was the seed of the idea for WAYWARD VOYAGE?

I first heard about real-life pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read more than twenty years ago. As a feminist I was fascinated by these women embodying ‘girl power’. I didn’t have the slightest ambition to write about them, but I wanted to find out more. This was before the first Pirates of the Caribbean came out and there were few pirate books in print, and the internet was in its infancy.

Q: So, what happened next?

I found a reference to The General History of Pirates by Captain Charles Johnson which was first published in 1724 so contemporaneous with the so-called Golden Age of Piracy. I ordered it from the British Library Stacks and when it came it was an ancient crumbling tome. It must have been one of the earliest editions, and I felt honoured to have this in my hands. Now reprints are widely available, and one click on a web retailer page will do the trick. It is in The General History of Pirates that Anne’s and Mary’s stories are first told, along with Jack Rackham’s. How much is founded on ‘fact’ we don’t know, but this is what we have to go on.

Q: And did this spark you to write?

Yes! I have a background in journalism, dance and theatre and could image this vividly. I love film so first I wrote a screenplay. But getting screenplays read, never mind produced, is a long shot. Years later I returned to the story and wondered if I had it in me to write a novel.

Q: What kind of research did you do?

I revisited many books (political history, social history, sailing in the age of sail) and much more. I returned to the National Archives at Kew, South London, to read historical documents and letters from Woodes Rogers who was Governor of The Bahama’s at this period. Snippets of what he actually wrote made their way into my book. It was at the archives that I first handled an original copy of the 1720’s pirates’ trial in Jamaica.

But research wasn’t all about reading. Years ago, I signed on as voyage crew on the Lord Nelson, a tall ship owned by the Jubilee Sailing Trust. That week sailing in the Canary Islands learning to handle ropes and (in the safety of port) going aloft to take in or drop sails will stick in my mind forever. You are in a world of your own out there. I recall my wobbly legs going aloft for the first time and inching tentatively along the lower yardarm. By the end of the week, I had ventured to furthest reach of the higher yard. I make use of this experience describing Anne’s first time aloft.

Q: Who is your ideal reader for WAYWARD VOYAGE?

Before beginning, I thought of what books I liked to read as a young woman. So, women readers and young women readers best of all. That said, my partner who is neither female nor young enjoyed the book and he can be super critical! As a young woman I enjoyed many of Daphne du Maurier’s and Mary Stewart’s books. And Anya Setons. I loved getting caught up in the stories. Those titles are from earlier generations of authors. My worldview belongs to this era and I am writing for women readers in 2021 who can deal with strong language and some gritty scenes. This is not a bodice-ripper.

Q: Tell us about your main character, Anne Bonny?

I have accepted the ‘backstory’ given her in The General History of Pirates, that she was born in Ireland and went with her parents to Carolina in the early 18th century. Part One of my story is about Anne growing up on the family plantation just outside Charleston (or Charles Town as I write it). These experiences shape Anne’s character. It is sometimes a harsh life, and Anne is not sentimental. I will be interested in readers’ response to Anne. Not all her actions are commendable. Mary provides a mature counterbalance to Anne.

Before I started drafting Wayward Voyage I reread Gone with the Wind to remind myself why I love this book with the flawed protagonist’s story set against the sweep of history.

Q: And Jack Rackham? Does he feature?

Certainly! Jack has a big role in the story. I have written from different perspectives: Anne, her father William, Mary, Jack, and Woodes Rogers. Seeing the world just through Anne’s eyes would be too limiting and I am interested in how other characters see Anne – which is not always flattering.

Q: Do you have more novels you are working on?

It is like a production line at the moment. I’ve reworked another screenplay I wrote 15 years ago. Blind Eye is an environmental thriller about illegal logging of tropical forests and government corruption. My screenplay of this same name was joint winner of the 2020 Green Stories Screenplay competition and during the past 18 months I worked this into a novel. Many specialist contacts supported my research. I am thrilled that The Book Guild are publishing both Wayward Voyage and Blind Eye (due out in autumn).

I am working on a third novel about a bog body discovery. This is from scratch, so there is a mountain to climb, though I have almost finished a first, very rough draft.

Q: If readers want to follow you, what is the best way?

On my website https://www.annamholmes.com you will find links to Twitter and Facebook and you can sign up to receive a monthly newsletter on the Contact page. I am keen to engage with readers and welcome questions. The Book Club page has links to further reading and there is a PDF with suggested questions and discussion topics.
If you enjoy reading Wayward Voyage, I would love you to leave a review on the retailer’s website and recommend to friends.

Bon voyage and happy reading. Anna M Holmes

Wayward Voyage

Anne is a headstrong young girl growing up in the frontier colony of Carolina in the early eighteenth century. With the death of her mother, and others she holds dear, Anne discovers that life is uncertain, so best live it to the full. She rejects the confines of conventional society and runs away to sea, finding herself in The Bahamas, which has become a nest for pirates plaguing the West Indies. Increasingly dissatisfied with her life, Anne meets a charismatic former pirate, John ‘Calico Jack’ Rackham, and persuades him to take up pirating again, and she won’t be left onshore. The Golden Age of Piracy is a period when frontiers were being explored and boundaries pushed. Wayward Voyage creates a vivid and gritty picture of colonial life in the Americas and at sea.

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Author Bio

Anna is originally from New Zealand and lives in the U.K. with her Dutch partner.
WAYWARD VOYAGE is Anna’s first novel. She has been fascinated by the lives of women pirates, Anne Bonny and Mary Read, for a long time. Some years ago, she visualised this story as a screenplay before exploring and building their world more deeply as a novel. WAYWARD VOYAGE made a longlist of 11 for the Virginia Prize in Women’s Fiction 2020.
BLIND EYE an eco-thriller, will be published by The Book Guild in September, so this year, 2021, Anna will have two novels coming out. Her screenplay, BLIND EYE, is joint winner of the 2020 Green Stories screenplay competition. 
A documentary about pioneers of flamenco in the UK that Anna produced and directed was screened in Marbella International Film Festival and in London. This passion project ensures a slice of cultural history has been captured. It is available on YouTube and via a portal on her website.
She holds a Humanities B.A, a post-graduate diploma in Journalism and an M.A. in Dance Studies. Initially she worked as a radio journalist before a career in arts management working withU.K. Arts Councils and as an independent producer, dance history lecturer and she has run a dance development agency.
Anna is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher and enjoys practising flamenco. Writing, dance, and yoga shape her life.

Social Media Links –
Website:https://www.annamholmes.com
Facebook            https://www.facebook.com/AnnaMHolmesWriter
Twitter                 @AnnaMHolmes_

Thank you to Anna for her fascinating Qand A session!

If you would like to find out what other bloggers thought of Wayward Voyage, here is the full blog tour schedule:




#Blog Tour #Starting Out by J.E. Rowney @rararesources

Thankyou to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to participate in the blog tour for Starting Out by J.E.Rowney.

Starting Out

Violet thought midwifery training was tough, but now she has to step out onto the ward as a newly qualified midwife. She’s standing on the edge of her new life, but taking the leap is harder than she ever expected.
Living on her own for the first time, while best friend Zoe starts to build a future with soon-to-be-husband Luke, everything is changing for Violet.
Can Violet adapt and adjust, or will anxiety get the better of her?

“Starting Out” – the new book from the world of “Lessons of a Student Midwife”.

Purchase Links
UK / US

My thoughts:

The tagline on the cover was spot-on- being newly-qualified is tough in any job, even more so if you chose a career in medicine and healthcare. Violet Cobham has never dreamed of doing anything elseand she is very much aware that being ‘a midwife’ means being there with women and for women. The previous books in the series dealt with Violet’s training, but Starting Out can be read as a standalone.

Violet is about to start a new phase of her life. She is qualified, although she still has to wait for her registration PIN to arrive,which means she is limited in what tasks she can perform. Luckily for her,she is going to work in the same hospital where she trained, so the ward routines and the colleagues are familiar to her. Still, the beginning is tough. Some shifts are easier and there is time to give the women Violet is working with that little bit of extra attention that means so much to them and their babies, like showing a teenage mum how to bathe her baby boy, or having a chat with a mum going through ‘baby blues’. Violet is still suffering from anxiety, but her solid training and her mentors are going to help.
Violet’s friend Zoe is her rock. However much their lives change (Zoe is also in her first year of her teaching career, and is about to get married as well), they will always make time for each other and their friendship.
The book was full of realistic details and it was clear the author knows the ins and outs of being a midwife, as she spent ten years doing the same job her protagonist does. There is a lot more to doing this work than long shifts, fatigue, and paperwork. There’s also an emotional side which doesn’t always get due recognition.

A quick and satisfying read and I woud very much like to continue with the series. Can’t wait to find out what life has in store for Violet.

Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources and the author for the review copy provided in exchange for an honest opinion.

Author Bio 

J.E. Rowney spent several years in the cold Yorkshire hills, but now lives on the south coast of England. She spent ten years working as a midwife before turning in her gloves to become an author.

She is an award winning poet, and also enjoys writing short stories. In May 2020 she was the winner of the Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction.

“Charcoal”, her first novel, was published in 2012 to wide critical acclaim, and was a bestselling novel on Amazon within days of release.

She spends lots of time writing in coffee shops, so if you see her, say hello.

Ms. Rowney says: “I always dreamed of being a writer, until I realised that I was. Then I started to write.”

You can find out more about JE Rowney on her website at jerowney.com, or follow @jerowneywriter on social media.

Social Media Links – 
http://twitter.com/jerowneywriter
http://facebook.com/jerowneywriter
http://instagram.com/jerowneywriter
http://pinterest.com/jerowneywriter
https://www.bookbub.com/authors/j-e-rowney

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#Book Blitz #Drake by A.M.Salinger @Xpresso Book Tours

Book & Author Details:
Drake
by A.M. Salinger
(Twilight Falls #5)
Publication date: April 30th 2021
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, LGBTQ+, Romance

Synopsis:

Roman Campbell. Wild Child. Rebel. Rockstar. Broken.

At the age of twenty-eight, Roman Campbell has the world at his feet. Young, successful, and brutally beautiful, his facade of an uber-cool rockstar hides deep scars that have tormented him for years. After finally putting the pieces of his broken life back together, Roman attends the wedding of his famous movie star friend Carter Wilson in Twilight Falls, where he meets Drake Jackson. Their attraction is instantaneous and Roman hooks up with the sexy builder for one intoxicating night.

Drake Jackson. Wickedly Hot. Serial Heartbreaker. Reformed (mostly) Bad Boy.

Having put behind his difficult childhood, Drake Jackson is content with his life. His one regret remains his lost chance at a relationship with his childhood friend Alex. After a torrid encounter with Roman at Carter’s wedding leaves Drake hungry for more, the builder believes he will never set eyes on the famous rockstar again. But when Roman buys the property Drake had long coveted in Twilight Falls right from under his nose and hires Drake as his contractor, Drake realizes trouble has come to find him with a capital T.

Sparks fly and the two men soon commit to a temporary arrangement that sees them satisfying their carnal desire for one another. But when Roman’s past comes crashing back into his life and his secrets are revealed, Drake finds himself experiencing a lot more than just desire for Roman. Will Drake finally accept the feelings growing inside his heart? Or will he reject Roman’s love and repeat the mistakes of his past?

Join Drake and Roman in this wildly addictive fifth installment in Twilight Falls, the new series by the author of the bestselling, contemporary, gay romance series Nights

Content Note: this book contains sensitive content that may be upsetting to some readers. Please refer to the page at the start of the book for more information.

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AUTHOR BIO:

A.M. Salinger is the pen name of an Amazon bestselling author who has always wanted to write scorching hot contemporary romance and M/M urban fantasy. In 2018, she finally decided to venture to the steamy side. NIGHTS and TWILIGHT FALLS are contemporary M/M romance series written as A.M. Salinger. In 2021, she launches FALLEN MESSENGERS, her first M/M urban fantasy series written as Ava Marie Salinger. When she’s not dreaming up hotties to write about, you’ll find Ava creating kickass music playlists to write to, spying on the wildlife in her garden, drooling over gadgets, and eating Chinese.
Want to be the first to know about Ava’s new releases and get access to exclusive content, sneak previews, sales, and giveaways? Then sign up to her Reader Group here and join her VIP Facebook Fan Group here.


Here are some other places where you can connect with her:
https://www.amsalinger.com/

https://www.facebook.com/AMSalinger

https://www.instagram.com/authoramsalinger/

https://www.bookbub.com/profile/a-m-salinger

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17356624.A_M_Salinger

https://www.pinterest.co.uk/amsalinger/

https://www.amazon.com/A.M.-Salinger/e/B077QB9BCC

GIVEAWAY

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2x ebook copies of Drake + 2x $10 Amazon gift cards

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#Blog Tour #Primrose Park by Christie Barlow @rararesources

Today I’m delighted to participate in the blog tour for Primrose Park by Christie Barlow. This is part 6 of her Love Heart Lane series, so if you’ve been following Christie’s work, you’re going to be thrilled with this newest addition.

Primrose Park

Vet Molly has always been career driven and focussed on caring for her animals, but when she meets a gorgeous Mystery Man at a conference and their connection is off the charts, well, one night off work won’t hurt anyone…except the next morning he’s vanished and all Molly knows about him is his first name.
Three months later, back in Love Heart Lane, everyone loves the story of Molly’s amazing one-night stand.  It’s so unlike her! But when Mystery Man turns up walking his dog through Primrose Park and their night together seems to mean nothing to him, Molly needs her friends and neighbours more than ever. And especially when she’s left with the most unexpected of surprises…

Purchase  Links
UK / US

My thoughts:

Part of the charm of following a long-running series like Lone Heart Lane is feeling at home in the place it is set, catching up with the familiar characters andseeinga new couple find their happy-ever-after. This time it’s Molly McKendrick’s turn.


Molly is a strong, independent woman. She is happy with her home and her vet practice. She would like to add a new kind of service, dog behaviour classes, and this is why she decided to attend a training course that would allow her to do it. She might have been feeling a bit broody recently, but Molly is a practical person, and there are various options she needs to consider. Then she meets Cam and sparks fly, the connection is cosmic. Well, a girl has to live and you live only once….In the morning Cam disappears seemingly forever from her life and all she knows about him is his first name and his job.


Fast forward three months later. We are back to Heartcross and who does Molly run into if not our gorgeous dentist walking his dog in the park? Only their meeting doesn’t go the way she had been expecting it to go.


The writing flows so easily, you’ll get immersed in the story in no time at all. There are some lovely, sweet characters, some quirky ones you are going to root for, and some baddies. If you are an animal lover, prepare to have your heart stolen by Darling. There is a fantastic sense of community that will make you want to keep coming back to Heartcross again and again.

Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources, NetGalley and One More Chapter for the review copy provided in exchange for an honest opinion.

Author Bio –

Christie Barlow is the number one international bestselling author of fifteen romantic comedies including the iconic Love Heart Lane Series, A Home at Honeysuckle Farm and Kitty’s Countryside Dream. She lives in a ramshackle cottage in a quaint village in the heart of Staffordshire with her four children and two dogs.
Her writing career has come as a lovely surprise when Christie decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. Christie’s dream was to become a writer and the book she wrote to prove a point went on to become a #1 international bestseller in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia.
When Christie isn’t writing she co-presents The Book Show on Radio Northwich, enjoys playing the piano, is a keen gardener and loves to paint and upcycle furniture.
Christie is an ambassador for the @ZuriProject alongside Patron of the charity, Emmerdale’s Bhasker Patel. They raise money and awareness for communities in Uganda.
Christie loves to hear from her readers and you can get in touch via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Social Media Links –

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/christie_barlow/?hl=en

Twitter @ChristieJBarlow 

Facebook page Christie Barlow author

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#Spell the Month in Books #May 2021

This meme was originally created by Jana from Reviews From the Stacks, but I first saw it on Carla’s blog (Carla Loves to Read).

For this challenge, use the first letter of each book title to spell the current month (skipping articles such as A or The). You can either use titles from your tbr or books that you have read/reviewed.

Jana has created a formal linkup which she posts on the second Saturday of the current month. She also has a theme for each of these lists (this month’s her prompt was Poetry), although you are absolutely free not to follow it at all.

Here is my list for May:

M The Mother Code by Carole Stivers


The year is 2049. When a deadly non-viral agent intended for biowarfare spreads out of control, scientists must scramble to ensure the survival of the human race. They turn to their last resort, a plan to place genetically engineered children inside the cocoons of large-scale robots–to be incubated, birthed, and raised by machines. But there is yet one hope of preserving the human order–an intelligence programmed into these machines that renders each unique in its own right–the Mother Code.

Kai is born in America’s desert southwest, his only companion his robot Mother, Rho-Z. Equipped with the knowledge and motivations of a human mother, Rho-Z raises Kai and teaches him how to survive. But as children like Kai come of age, their Mothers transform too–in ways that were never predicted. When government survivors decide that the Mothers must be destroyed, Kai must make a choice. Will he break the bond he shares with Rho-Z? Or will he fight to save the only parent he has ever known?

A The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E.Pearson

Who is Jenna Fox? Seventeen-year-old Jenna has been told that is her name. She has just awoken from a coma, they tell her, and she is still recovering from a terrible accident in which she was involved a year ago. But what happened before that? Jenna doesn’t remember her life. Or does she? And are the memories really hers?

Y The Year They Fell by David Kreizman

Josie, Jack, Archie, Harrison, and Dayana were inseparable as preschoolers. But that was before high school, before parties and football and getting into the right college. Now, as senior year approaches, they’re basically strangers to each other.

Until they’re pulled back together when their parents die in a plane crash. These former friends are suddenly on their own. And they’re the only people who can really understand how that feels.

To survive, the group must face the issues that drove them apart, reveal secrets they’ve kept since childhood, and discover who they’re meant to be. And in the face of public scrutiny, they’ll confront mysteries their parents left behind–betrayals that threaten to break the friendships apart again.

A new family is forged in this heartbreaking, funny, and surprising book from award-winning storyteller David Kreizman.

Have you read these books? If yes, did you like them?

What book titles woud you use to spell May?

#Book Blitz #Crazy Royal Love by Melanie Summers @Xpresso Book Tours

Book & Author Details:
Royally Crushed
by Melanie Summers
(Crazy Royal Love, #1)
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis book 1:

A wildly funny, ridiculously romantic spinoff from best-selling author Melanie Summers…

Princess Arabella of Avonia has spent her first twenty-nine years in an endless loop of high teas, state dinners, and the same five conversations. Every minute of her day is planned by someone else. From what to wear to what to eat, the royal handlers keep her on a tight leash. To make matters worse, they’ve extended their duties to include finding her a suitable husband before she turns thirty. Desperate for an out, she sneakily signs up to co-host a new nature docu-series, starring Will Banks, the man dubbed McHotty of the Wilderness.

Will has ladies all over the globe lining up to meet him until a hot, new adventure show comes on the scene, and his ratings take a nose-dive. Producers decide an emergency change in format is in order. Enter Princess Arabella. The pampered and proper royal is the perfect foil to Will’s rugged outdoorsman.

It’s hate at first sight, but their on-screen loathing makes for great television. Surprisingly, when the cameras stop rolling, these two finally see each other’s good sides. Can these opposites find their forever in each other’s arms, or will their differences be their undoing?

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Purchase:Book 1 is FREE!

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AUTHOR BIO:Melanie Summers also writes steamy romance as MJ Summers.

Melanie made a name for herself with her debut novel, Break in Two, a contemporary romance that cracked the Top 10 Paid on Amazon in both the UK and Canada, and the top 50 Paid in the USA. Her highly acclaimed Full Hearts Series was picked up by both Piatkus Entice (a division of Hachette UK) and HarperCollins Canada. Her first three books have been translated into Czech and Slovak by EuroMedia. Since 2013, she has written and published three novellas, and eight novels (of which seven have been published). She has sold over a quarter of a million books around the globe.

In her previous life (i.e. before having children), Melanie got her Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta, then went on to work in the soul-sucking customer service industry for a large cellular network provider that shall remain nameless (unless you write her personally – then she’ll dish). On her days off, she took courses and studied to become a Chartered Mediator. That designation landed her a job at the R.C.M.P. as the Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinator for ‘K’ Division. Having had enough of mediating arguments between gun-toting police officers, she decided it was much safer to have children so she could continue her study of conflict in a weapon-free environment (and one which doesn’t require makeup and/or nylons).

Melanie resides in Edmonton with her husband, three young children, and their adorable but neurotic one-eyed dog. When she’s not writing novels, Melanie loves reading (obviously), snuggling up on the couch with her family for movie night (which would not be complete without lots of popcorn and milkshakes), and long walks in the woods near her house. She also spends a lot more time thinking about doing yoga than actually doing yoga, which is why most of her photos are taken ‘from above’. She also loves shutting down restaurants with her girlfriends. Well, not literally shutting them down, like calling the health inspector or something–more like just staying until they turn the lights off.

She is represented by Suzanne Brandreth of The Cooke Agency International. 
Author links:

 https://mjsummersbooks.wordpress.com/

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https://www.instagram.com/mj_summers_author/

https://www.facebook.com/MJSummersAuthorPage

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17105602.Melanie_Summers

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#Book Review #An invincible Summer by Mariah Stewart @Montlake

An endearing novel of friendship, forgiveness, and second chances by New York Times bestselling author Mariah Stewart.
It was a lifetime ago that recently widowed Maggie Flynn was in Wyndham Beach. Now, on the occasion of her fortieth high school reunion, she returns to her hometown on the Massachusetts coast, picking up right where she left off with dear friends Lydia and Emma. But seeing Brett Crawford again stirs other emotions. Once, they were the town’s golden couple destined for one another. He shared Maggie’s dreams—and eventually, a shattering secret that drove them apart.
Buying her old family home and resettling in Wyndham Beach means a chance to start over for Maggie and her two daughters, but it also means facing her rekindled feelings for her first love and finally confronting—and embracing—the past in ways she never thought possible. Maggie won’t be alone. With her family and friends around her, she can weather this stormy turning point in her life and open her heart to the future. As for that dream shared and lost years ago? If Maggie can forgive herself, it still might come true.

My thoughts:
If I had to choose one word to describe what this book is about, it would be Life. Lifelong friendships, unexpected changes that pull the rug from under you feet and make your world tumble over, families with their complex dynamics, second chances in love, growing into yourself and discovering your own strength, coming home wherever it is and whatever it means to you.

Maggie Flynn is coming back to her home town of Wyndham Beach, Massachusets, for her fortieth school reunion. She has been widowed for two years after having given her all totaking care of her terminally ill husband. Maggie and her friends Lydia and Emma finally have a chance to spend some time together. Even Maggie’s best friends don’t know what exactly happened forty years ago to split the golden couple of their school, the Prom King and Queen, Brett Crowford and Maggie. It is clear that the old hurt is still there,when Maggie gets very upset about being asked to dance with Brett. We also get a gimpse into Maggie’s grown-up daughters’ lives, who have also had their disappointments in love and marriage and who are trying to move on.

The writing was extremely engaging. The conversations between the three friends sounded realistic. The characters are well-differentiated and the same is true for Grace and Natalie, Maggie’s daughters. While I appreciated having all these different generations and their perspectives, what made this book so attractive was it’s focus on Maggie and her life, both in the past and the present. Her age group tends to get little (or at least not enough) representation in romance and it was nice to read this well-written exception.

Friendship is complicated. Families are complicated. Love is complicated.

But still and always, waves of the same sea.

An Invincible Summer by Mariah Stewart

I loved the way Mariah Stewart showed the atmosphere of a little seaside town. Emma and Liddy have lived all their lives in Wyndham. They got married and raised their children there. They also suffered through their own personal tragedies. Maggie made a choice to leave. It wasn’t for better or worse, just different, and she can make a new choice now, as she is at standing at a new kind of crossroads.

For anyone who loves stories with strong, realistic female protagonists, complicated friendship and family dynamics, and a small town setting. Can’t wait to read Book 2 in Wyndham Beach series.

Thank you to NetGalley and Montlake for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.

#Book Blitz #YA Thriller #Awakening by Poppy Williams @Xpresso Book Tours

Book & Author Details:
Awakening
by Poppy Williams
Publication date: April 28th 2021
Genres: Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult

Synopsis:

Every Hero Has a Beginning

Raised by parents who work deep within the U.S. intelligence agency, Zoe Dixon has picked up a few skills along the way.

When her family moves to a new town, Zoe thinks it’s business as usual. But that all changes when a student turns up dead at her new school. Now, after years of keeping a low profile, Zoe has to decide whether she’ll step out of the shadows and use her skills for good.

As she digs deeper, she’ll uncover shocking truths that will change the course of her life forever.

Awakening is book one in the Zoe Dixon Saga. Fans of Marvel’s Black Widow, J.J. Abrams Alias, and Hit-Girl from Kick-Ass, will love this young adult action-packed suspense thriller.

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AUTHOR BIO:

Poppy grew up in Cleveland Ohio, where books played an enormous role in her upbringing. She started writing when she realized she had a few stories of her own to tell. When she’s not typing away at her keyboard, you’ll find her playing video games, or listening to K-Pop!

Author links:

https://www.authorpoppywilliams.com/

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https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/21310575.Poppy_Williams

https://www.tiktok.com/@authorpoppywilliams?

https://twitter.com/mspoppy

https://www.instagram.com/poppythewriter/

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/poppy-williams

https://www.facebook.com/authorpoppywilliams

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