Blog Tour: Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh + Q&A

Welcome to our tour stop for Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh! This tour includes a giveaway courtesy of PenguinTeen.

Reign of the Fallen
Author: Sarah Glenn Marsh
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Released: January 23rd 2018
Publisher: Razorbill
Odessa is one of Karthia's master necromancers, catering to the kingdom's ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it's Odessa's job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised--the Dead must remain shrouded, or risk transforming into zombie-like monsters known as Shades. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, the grotesque transformation will begin.

A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears among Odessa's necromancer community. Soon a crushing loss of one of their own reveals a disturbing conspiracy: someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead--and training them to attack. Odessa is faced with a terrifying question: What if her necromancer's magic is the weapon that brings Karthia to its knees?

There are few things that I do not like, zombies is one of them. I don't like how they look, I don't like how they sound, they're just creepy. I wouldn't say I am scared of them but they're seriously something I do not like. Then why in the world did I read this book? To be honest, the description intrigued me. And I am glad I did not let my dislike of zombie stop me from reading this action-ish fantasy story.

From badass heroine, kickass scenes, and WTF is going on, Reign of the Fallen is a fast read that will have you speeding thru those pages. The story covers how a kingdom survives on necromancy, thanks to our heroine, Odessa. She sets on a journey to hunt one of the most deadliest Shades in her land. What is a shades? It's a monstrous zombie. It was quite a journey and Odessa had to learn how to cope with tough situations.

Reign of the Fallen is a unique story. Not only does it tackle necromancy, but it deals with addiction, depression, how to cope with loss and LGBT romance. It doesn't go in deep, but the story will continue and it ends with room for expansion. The story has a quick pace and the world building is rich. It's an epic journey you wouldn't want to miss on.


Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your book? 

Certainly! Hey everyone, I’m Sarah Glenn Marsh—SGM for short, or if you want to be like my nana, you can call me, “Sarah Glenn!”

In addition to being the author of YA books like Fear the Drowning Deep and the Reign of the Fallen series, I’m also the author of seven forthcoming children’s picture books. You can look for Selfie Sebastian and A Campfire Tail next year in the spring! When I’m not writing, I’m spending time with my little my family: my husband, four rescued greyhounds (who are all seniors—if you don’t adopt a senior dog, you’re truly missing out!), three birds, and tons of fish including a dinosaur bichir named Salazar Slytherin, who often goes by the nickname of Giant Murder Eel. I also love crafty things like painting, playing video and strategy games, and playing Pokémon Go with the local group I help run! (Yes, people still play it. And I’ve made some awesome friends through it- from teens to seniors!).

And now, here’s a little about Reign of the Fallen: the story follows Odessa, a talented teen necromancer who raises the dead in order to keep the current ruling family of her country in power. King Wylding has been in charge of Karthia for over 200 years, and he keeps coming back from the dead because he loves his people—however, since the Dead fear change, his rules forbidding all science and progress are hurting them more than helping. When Odessa's fellow necromancers (her only family) start being picked off one by one, she's devastated, but she'll have to work through her grief in order to find the murderer and decide whether her crumbling society is worth saving...or if it's time to help Karthia change, for better or worse. 
What makes Reign of the Fallen stand out from other books you've written or read before? 

As a teen, I loved epic fantasies like Lord of the Rings, yet I never saw myself represented in anyone going on the quests. Rarely were the heroes in those stories female, and even less often were they queer—specifically, bisexual. Or if they were, they were usually side characters who perpetuated harmful stereotypes. So when building the world of Reign, I wanted to offer all teens a safe space where they could see themselves while exploring some heavy topics like death and loss and addiction.

After all, when building any new world, there is absolutely nothing forcing us to apply the gender norms of our society to a fictional one; the same goes for how we treat every sexual identity other than heterosexual. Why build a new world that holds all our old prejudices? 

So that’s what stands out to me most about Reign: that it’s a book about queer people dealing with zombies and monsters, rather than queer people dealing with discrimination from others, and that it features a heroine who shares my identity as bisexual. Teen me would have loved a role model like Odessa—someone who actually makes mistakes; someone who’s drawn to whoever she’s drawn to, and unapologetically so at that; someone whose humanity endures even through great struggles and hardships.
What were your biggest challenges in writing Reign of the Fallen? 

Two challenging things come to mind, so I’ll tell you briefly about both:

First, when I wrote the original draft of Reign, I didn’t have the corpse-and-spirit-eating monsters, the Shades, described much—only vaguely. But then my editor pushed me to describe them in more detail, and uh…let’s just say I went there, and wound up giving myself nightmares as a result!

The second challenge was writing a certain spoiler-filled scene. It was so heart-wrenching that it actually made me cry, and I struggle to re-read it to this day!

What’s the most interesting/exciting thing you’ve done in the name of research? 
This wasn’t part of the research for Reign, but rather, for a just-for-fun book I’m starting to work on now that might involve an Irish princess with ownvoices rep for bisexuality and anxiety…as for what I did for this project? Well, I went to Ireland for two weeks with my husband. We drove around the countryside, visited castles and ancient monasteries, and ate amazing food. I mean, I’d always wanted to go to Ireland, and I’d always wanted to write a story set there, too—and I have to say, I’m really glad I went because photos don’t do Ireland’s beauty justice. 

Do you incorporate yourself into your characters? If so which character are you most like?

I have a feeling—just a feeling, mind, I can’t speak for every author—that most people wind up putting a little something of themselves into each character they create, if only subconsciously. There are certain things I share with several of the Reign characters, such as Simeon’s tendency toward jokes in moments of tension, Meredy’s stubbornness, Valoria’s love of learning, and Odessa’s temper…

However, I think I’m most like Evander. He’s a big dreamer, and I’m the same. He romanticizes adventure, loves getting outdoors to take in all the beauty of his surroundings, and also struggles under the weight of his mother’s expectations and dreams for him, trying to reconcile those with his own. That’s something most people can probably relate to—wanting to please your loved ones, yet also wanting to ensure your own happiness at the same time. That can be a difficult balance, and I sometimes felt that as a teen. I will say, though, I’m not half the daredevil Evander is!

There are many books out there, is there one that you said to yourself "Man I wish I had written that!"

Harry. Freaking. Potter. Need I say more? ;) Beyond the obvious reasons of why—I grew up alongside Harry, and got swept up in the magic—HP was so unique in how it went from MG to YA in later books; I don’t think there have been many other series like that (although, if I’m forgetting some, feel free to tell me in the comments!)

What are 3 things you must have while traveling?
*Water bottle –hydration is fun!
*My Kindle, full of ghost stories as usual
*Nightlight (I mean, you did see what I said above about the ghost stories, right? I know it’s my own fault, but I always have to travel with a small nightlight!)

Sarah Glenn Marsh writes young adult novels and children’s picture books. An avid fantasy reader from the day her dad handed her a copy of The Hobbit and promised it would change her life, she’s been making up words and worlds ever since.

When she’s not writing, Sarah enjoys watercolor painting, ghost hunting, and pursuits of the nerd variety, from video games to tabletop adventures. She’s never met an animal or a doughnut she didn’t like.

Sarah lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and their tiny zoo of four rescued greyhounds, three birds, and many fish. She is the author of Fear the Drowning Deep, the Reign of the Fallen duology, and several picture books.

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Book Review: Sex, Not Love by Vi Keeland

Author: Vi Keeland
Reading Level: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Released: January 15, 2018
Review Source: C. Scott Publishing Corp | InkSlingers PR

My relationship with Hunter Delucia started backwards.  

We met at a wedding—him sitting on the groom’s side, me sitting on the bride’s.  Stealing glances at each other throughout the night, there was no denying an intense, mutual attraction.  

I caught the bouquet; he caught the garter. Hunter held me tightly while we danced and suggested we explore the chemistry sparking between us. His blunt, dirty mouth should’ve turned me off. But for some crazy reason, it had the opposite effect on me.

We ended up back in my hotel room.  The next morning, I headed home to New York leaving him behind in California with the wrong number.

I thought about him often, but after my last relationship, I’d sworn off of charming, cocky, gorgeous-as-sin men. A year later, Hunter and I met again at the birth of our friends’ baby.  Our attraction hadn't dulled one bit.  After a whirlwind trip, he demanded a real phone number this time. So I left him with my mother’s—she could scare away any man with her talks of babies and marriage—and flew back home.

I’d thought it was funny, until the following week when he rang the bell at Mom’s house for Sunday night dinner. The crazy, gorgeous man had won over my mother and taken an eight-week assignment in my city. He proposed we spend that time screwing each other out of our systems.

Eight weeks of mind-blowing sex with no strings attached? What did I have to lose?

Nothing, I thought.
It’s just sex, not love.
But you know what they say about the best laid plans…

Holy hell what a way to start off the new year!!!! Vi Keeland has done it again. She never EVERRRR ceases to amaze me of her ability to capture me immediately and consume my life until the ride is over.

This book was exactly what I needed after a holiday break. It is everything. It has the incredibly sexy Hunter Delucia that seems like the trouble you don't need/need in your life.  He's also a very successful architects that can charm the pants off of literally anyone.  Then we have Nat, also known as Natalia.  I LOVE HER.  She's smart, beautiful, and full of sass, just how I love my heroine.  The only thing is she has sworn off of men after going through a rough relationship/divorce. The chemistry between the two, however, lite my pages on fire. I felt all the feels while reading.

I am giving this book 5 stars. Which, by the way, I have only ever given Vi Keeland high rating for the simple reason that I devour every single one of her books in one sitting. The minute a vi Keeland book hits my kindle, I drop everything and read it. Go one click this book right away!!!

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Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over eighty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in nineteen languages. She lives in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

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Moonlight Sins
Publication Date: January 30, 2018
Publisher: Avon Books

Meet the de Vincents …leave your morals at the door

Set in the heart of New Orleans, MOONLIGHT SINS (Avon Books; January 30th; Mass Market Paperback), is the first book in the all new de Vincent series. New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout invites readers to enter the world the de Vincent family, three brothers with a dark reputation and notorious family history.

Julia Hughes has always played it safe until she had her heart and confidence shattered by her manipulative ex-husband. For the first time in her life, she’s making major changes– new job, new town and a new opportunity to forget the past. But starting over in the Louisiana bayou isn’t exactly what she thought it would be…

Lucien de Vincent – the wildest, most unpredictable brother - is having a bad week. His father has been found dead in the most suspicious circumstances. His older brother is bribing the police to avoid a scandal. And the more he spends time with, Julia the new nurse taking care of his troubled sister, the more he can’t imagine being without her. Lucien may be the unrepentant bachelor of the family but there’s something about Julia that makes him want to lay himself bare. But family secrets are starting to emerge. And the past could not only bring down a dynasty but destroy Julia in the process.

Julia knows better than to get wrapped up in Lucian. He’s from a world she can’t relate to. Plus, he’s her employer. But his wicked touch and sensual promises are too much to deny. What starts with a kiss ends with so much more.

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Cover Reveal: One Last Time by Corinne Michaels

Author: Corinne Michaels
Release Date: February 26, 2018
From New York Times bestselling author, Corinne Michaels, comes a new heartwarming standalone romance.

I’m getting really good at cutting my losses.

First, the husband. Divorcing him was the best decision I ever made. But between single-parenting and job-hunting, I can’t catch my breath. When a celebrity blogging position falls into my lap, I’m determined to succeed.

That is, until I get my first assignment and actually see Noah Frazier for the first time . . . practically naked and dripping wet. My heart races and I forget how to form complete sentences. His chiseled abs, irresistible smirk, and crystal blue eyes are too perfect to be real. So, what do I do? Get drunk and humiliate myself, of course.

I’m ready to forget the awkward night, yet Noah has no intention of allowing me to move on. Instead, he arranges for me to write a feature on him, ensuring a lot more time together. One embarrassing moment after another, one kiss after another, and before I can stop myself, I realize—I’m falling in love with him.

But when the unthinkable happens, can I even blame him for cutting his losses?

What I wouldn’t give for just one last time . . .
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New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Corinne Michaels is the author of nine romance novels. She’s an emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun loving mom of two beautiful children. Corinne is happily married to the man of her dreams and is a former Navy wife.

After spending months away from her husband while he was deployed, reading and writing was her escape from the loneliness. She enjoys putting her characters through intense heartbreak and finding a way to heal them through their struggles. Her stories are chock full of emotion, humor, and unrelenting love.

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In Marvel Studios' "Thor: Ragnarok," Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok - the destruction of his home world and the end of Asgardian civilization - at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela (Cate Blanchett). But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger - the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) - and grapple with his silver-tongued adopted brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), the fierce warrior Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and the eccentric Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum).

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Blog Tour: Love Between Enemies by Molly E. Lee | Review +Giveaway

Welcome to our stop on tour for Love Between Enemies. This tour is hosted by Chapter by Chapter.

Love Between Enemies
Grad Night #2
Author: Molle E. Lee
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary
Released: January 8, 2018
Publisher: Entangled: Crush

Zoey Handler is ready to put an end to her decade-long rivalry with Gordon Meyers. They’ve traded top spot between valedictorian and salutatorian for years, but all that’s over now. Right? But after a crazy graduation speech prank gets out of hand, suddenly their rivalry turns into all-out war. Time to make peace with a little friendly payback. Step one? Make him believe they’re now friends. Step two? Show him the time of his life at an epic graduation party. Step three? Don’t fall for his tricks. Step four? Absolutely, positively, do not kiss him again. So what if he’s cute? (Okay, hot.) So what if he’s charming? (Heaven help her, tempting.) So what if he apologizes? (That has to be fake.) She knows the real Gordon. And no matter how much her heart begs her to stop, there’s no turning back.                                                                                                                    Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains one epic party, complete with every high-schoolers-gone-bad shenanigan, and two rivals who discover maybe they could be something much more…if only they’d stop fighting long enough to notice it.

I don’t know if your high school was the same but in mine there was always this obvious but unspoken tension between the top two students. Gordon and Zoey come from different statuses but are both hard workers nonetheless. Zoey is seeking revenge towards Gordon and did she take things too far? Maybe, but I’m here for it. If this was real life I’d hate her but I only ended up being slightly annoyed by Zoey. Gordon on the other hand I just absolutely adored.

Love Between Enemies was exactly the read I needed right now. Something light and fast. And although it’s a YA novel it borders that NA line and I’m all about that style. Lee wrote this so perfectly that you’ll pick it up and put it down in one sitting. Who isn’t a sucker for that whole “falling for the enemy” thing am I right?

The ending was perfect and wrapped everything up so well! Zoey takes Gordon for such a wild ride and in the end redeems herself. This is definitely one id be reccommending from now on!

About Molly E. Lee

Molly E. Lee is an author best known for her romance novels, the Grad Night series and the Love on the Edge series. She is a 1001 Dark Nights Discovery Author for 2017. Molly writes Adult and Young Adult contemporary featuring strong female heroines who are unafraid to challenge their male counterparts, yet still vulnerable enough to have love sneak up on them. In addition to being a military spouse and mother of two + one stubborn English Bulldog, Molly loves watching storms from her back porch at her Midwest home, and digging for treasures in antique stores.

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