Blog Tour: A Time For Monsters by Gareth Worthington | Giveaway



Welcome to our tour stop for A Time For Monsters by Gareth Worthington hosted by Jean Book Nerd Blog Tour! This tour includes a giveaway.

A Time For Monsters
Author: Gareth Worthington
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Thriller
Released: September 28th 2021
Publisher: Vesuvian Books
 
A Nordic thriller in the vein of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets Death Wish, in which a female serial killer, who only feels emotion when listening to music, is hell-bent on revenge and must outwit a disgraced detective determined to redeem himself if she is to complete her carefully orchestrated plan and cover up the ultimate secret.

ONLY A MONSTER CAN DO THE WRONG THINGS FOR THE RIGHT REASONS Do you remember the first tape or CD you ever bought? Perhaps you waited for the local station to play the top forty songs on a Sunday so you could record your favorite band. Maybe you downloaded a certain track that reminded you of your wedding day or a graduation.

Reyna Blackburn remembers.

Every single song for every horrific event in her life. She remembers what song was playing on the radio the first time he hurt her. And she remembers what was playing through her headphones the first time she killed.


Disclosure: A Time for Monsters is dark addressing issues such as domestic violence, assault, and abuse. 

Reyna Blackburn is a British serial killer and only targets a selected group of men. From the very beginning we get to view her point of view, as a serial killer, and shift from her childhood days. We get to uncover her brutal past and why she is the serial killer she is. A Time for Monsters also switched POV to Detective Arne Huakaas, also a dark past. Together we get to see a cat and mouse contest between the two. 

If you're like me, someone that enjoys a raw and way too real story that leaves your skin with goosebumps, A Time for Monsters is definitely a must read. Gareth's writing is full of twists and overall plots that leaves you with a great ending... that needs a sequel. Honestly, A Time for Monsters would be great on the screen. 


Gareth Worthington holds a degree in marine biology, a PhD in Endocrinology, an executive MBA, is Board Certified in Medical Affairs, and currently works for the Pharmaceutical industry.

Gareth is an authority in ancient history, has hand-tagged sharks in California, and trained in various martial arts, including Jeet Kune Do and Muay Thai at the EVOLVE MMA gym in Singapore and 2FIGHT in Switzerland. His work has won multiple awards, including Dragon Award Finalist and an IPPY award for Science Fiction.

He is a member of the International Thriller Writers Association, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and the British Science Fiction Association.

Born in England, Gareth has lived around the world from Asia, to Europe to the USA. Wherever he goes, he endeavors to continue his philanthropic work with various charities.

Gareth is represented by Gandolfo Helin Fountain Literary Agency, NYC, USA.



Giveaway Details: 
2 winners will win a finished copy of A Time For Monsters, US Only.





Blog Tour: Out of My Heart by Sharon M. Draper | Giveaway



Welcome to our tour stop for Out of My Heart by Sharon M. Draper hosted by Rockstar Book Tours! This tour includes a giveaway.

Out of My Heart
(Out of My Mind #2)
Author: Sharon M. Draper
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Graphic Novels
Released: November 9, 2021
Publisher: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
 
Melody faces her fears to follow her passion in this stunning sequel to the acclaimed, New York Times bestselling middle grade novel Out of My Mind.

Melody, the huge-hearted heroine of Out of My Mind, is a year older, and a year braver. And now with her Medi-talker, she feels nothing’s out of her reach, not even summer camp. There have to be camps for differently-abled kids like her, and she’s going to sleuth one out. A place where she can trek through a forest, fly on a zip line, and even ride on a horse! A place where maybe she really can finally make a real friend, make her own decisions, and even do things on her own—the dream!

By the light of flickering campfires and the power of thunderstorms, through the terror of unexpected creatures in cabins and the first sparkle of a crush, Melody’s about to discover how brave and strong she really is.


Out of My Heart is truly a tearful story of Melony. The story is such a moving tale that shows encouragement and the true meaning of being brave. Camp Green Glades is such a fun place to camp, full of activities for campers. The camp is a place where Melony finds the beauty of being courage. If one can conquer one thing, why not all? Anything is possible if one believe in themselves and Melody was such a sweet heroine to cheer for.

Out of My Heart should be read at schools. It really teaches the value to the readers about encouragement and the power of will. Melony is such a fun and fierce character that we all can learn a thing or two. I personally enjoyed reading the book and even made tear up in couple of scenes. I would recommend this story to everyone!



Sharon M. Draper is a three-time New York Times bestselling author and a recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring her significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens. She has received the Coretta Scott King Award for both Copper Sun and Forged by Fire, and was awarded the Charlotte Huck Award for Stella by Starlight. Her novel Out of My Mind has won multiple awards and was a New York Times bestseller for over three years, and Blended has also been a New York Times bestseller. She taught high school English for twenty-five years and was named National Teacher of the Year. She now lives in Florida. Visit her at SharonDraper.com.



Giveaway Details: 
2 winners will win a finished copy of OUT OF MY HEART, US Only.




Blog Tour: Behind the Veil by E.J. Dawson | Excerpts | Giveaway



Welcome to our tour stop for Behind the Veil by E.J. Dawson hosted by Rockstar Book Tours! This tour includes a giveaway.

Behind the Veil
Author: E.J. Dawson
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal
Released: October 1st 2021
Publisher: Literary Wanderlust
 
Can she keep the secrets of her past to rescue a girl tormented by a ghost?

In 1920s Los Angeles, Letitia Hawking reads the veil between life and death. A scrying bowl allows her to experience the final moments of the deceased. She brings closure to grief-stricken war widows and mourning families. For Letitia, it is a penance. She knows no such peace.

For Alasdair Driscoll, it may be the only way to save his niece, Finola, from her growing night terrors. But when Letitia sees a shadowy figure attached to the household, it rouses old fears of her unspeakable past in England.

When a man comes to her about his missing daughter, the third girl to go missing in as many months, Letitia can’t help him when she can’t see who’s taken them.

As a darkness haunts Letitia’s vision, she may not be given a choice in helping the determined Mr Driscoll, or stop herself falling in love with him. But to do so risks a part of herself she locked away, and to release it may cost Letitia her sanity and her heart.



Excerpt

Finola lay in a room better suited to a princess.
A four-poster bed draped in gauze shrouded the figure within. A pale pink duvet covered the slight frame, illuminated by a rose glass lampshade held aloft by a fairy cast in bronze.
Pretty as it was, Letitia focused on the girl in the bed.
Finola’s breathing was labored, her eyes twitching beneath her lids and forehead clammy, with threads of auburn hair sticking to her skin. 
Letitia studied her for several moments.
There was no darkness attached to the girl, though the room’s low light gave too many shadows for Letitia’s liking. Ever wary of self-protection, she took hesitant footsteps closer.
When she stood at the foot of the bed, and was sure there were no dark specters here, she took Finola’s measure.
Finola was drugged, but from the girl’s eyes flickering in uneasy sleep it wasn’t working. Even with the morphine, Letitia could tell what the others could not—Finola would still have the nightmares.
A nurse sat beside the bed, and Letitia looked to her, letting a sliver of the nurse’s personality in.
A warm autumn breeze regarded her, refreshing though it was weak. The nurse stared at Letitia but made no comment at Letitia’s scrutiny.
“What’s your name?” Letitia asked, coming around the bed to offer her hand.
“Nurse Hopkins.” Hopkins had curling brown hair and hard dark eyes. A firm hand gripped Letitia’s gloved one, and she maintained eye contact. There was a hardness within the nurse, and Letitia guessed she’d served in the war. Not on the front lines, but she was toughened by her experience.
“What can you tell me about Finola’s condition?” Letitia asked. Mr. Driscoll came up beside her, and Letitia held up a hand to silence him. He glared but nodded permission for Hopkins to speak when the nurse hesitated.
“She has terrible night episodes,” the nurse said, “like those of the soldiers coming back. When she’s awake she cries a lot, she…bathes often but won’t eat much.” The nurse’s glance dipped between Finola and Mrs. Quinn as though she would say more, but she pressed her lips together.
“What else?” Letitia’s gentle tone, and the retreat of Mr. Driscoll’s looming form, let loose the nurse’s tongue.
“I walk with her in the gardens,” she said. “She…doesn’t like people to touch her. Appears distracted and nervous, takes to fright, doesn’t like strange men—the gardeners and delivery men and such.”
It was succinct but what Letitia needed to hear. “Thank you, could you give me a moment?”
The nurse needed another nod from Mr. Driscoll before she took her leave.
“Well?” Mrs. Quinn asked, standing on the far side of the bed, touching her daughter’s forehead. The girl flinched, and Mrs. Quinn drew back her hand with a disappointed frown.
“Please don’t,” Letitia asked, and Mrs. Quinn’s glower turned to acute displeasure.
“She’s my daughter and she’s sick.” Mrs. Quinn’s voice held a razor’s edge that hadn’t been there before.
“She also can’t distinguish who is touching her when she’s dreaming,” Letitia said, and Mrs. Quinn covered her widening mouth, gaze darting between Letitia and Finola. She must come do this often, and what should have been the comforting gesture of a mother made the nightmares worse.




E.J. Dawson both credits and blames her mother-by reading The Lord of the Rings aloud to E.J. twice-for her complete absorption with the world of fiction. Growing up in a haunted mansion sandwiched between an abandoned mine and an endless pine plantation should have been all the fuel E.J.'s imagination needed, but her parents filled her life with stories: about themselves, their lives, and the ones they had found through the pages of books.


Giveaway Details: 
1 winner will win a finished copy of BEHIND THE VEIL & Swag, International.


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Blog Tour: Heartless Prince by Angela DeVito and Leigh Dragoon + Giveaway



Welcome to our tour stop for Heartless Prince by Angela DeVito and Leigh Dragoon hosted by Rockstar Book Tours! This tour includes a giveaway.

Heartless Prince
Author: Angela DeVito and Leigh Dragoon
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Graphic Novels
Released: November 2nd 2021
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
 
A fierce warrior must save the heart of her beloved prince before it's too late in the first book of a new YA fantasy-adventure graphic novel trilogy, perfect for fans of Noelle Stevenson's Nimona and Kazu Kibuishi's Amulet

Evony is an orphaned princess from a kingdom destroyed by a power-hungry witch. Prince Ammon has recently been drawn to her, or at least he’s drawn to her uncanny ability to sense when familiars—servants to the witches—are approaching his kingdom’s borders. And Evony, well Evony has always longed for something more with Ammon. Wanting to prove himself to his kingdom and parents, Ammon takes Evony outside the borders to fight the familiars head-to-head. All is well until they’re captured by witch Aradia, who steals Ammon’s heart and leaves his body to turn into one of her familiars. What’s worse, his sister Nissa has been taken hostage by Aradia’s daughter. Evony makes it her miss onto retrieve Ammon’s heart and save Nissa, taking her into the mysterious Witchlands. There, she will discover a secret about her past that will change everything.


As my first graphic novel, I found Heartless Prince quick and unusual read, yet I really enjoyed the story. Heatless Prince is fast-paced and for a young audience that follows a story of an orphan that grew up along Prince Ammon. Evony, our main character, has a special power that protects the Prince's family's land. When Ammon gets injured, Evony embarks a journey that challenges her with an evil and dark fantasy world. 

Heartless Prince's illustrations are stunning! The color scheme are complex and dynamic. Readers would enjoy this enchanting tale full of magic and mystery. 



About Leigh Dragoon: 
LEIGH DRAGOON was raised in a log cabin in the Adirondacks, where she developed an early love of reading and writing. She became a fan of Little Women at age nine, after Beth’s demise made her bawl herself to sleep. This led to a lifelong appreciation of the book. After years of annual rereads, she became fascinated with learning about Louisa May and her family. She adapted both Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy and Marie Lu’s Legend series into graphic novel scripts. She has also written two prose Adventure Time novels: Queen of Rogues and The Lonesome Outlaw.


About Angela De Vito: 
ANGELA DE VITO is a freelance animator, storyboard artist, and character designer working in NYC. She graduated from the School of Visual Arts with a BFA in Animation in 2014. Since then she has worked on animation for commercials and series pitches. Angela has worked for such studios as Hornet, Inc.; Titmouse, Inc.; Aardman Nathan Love; Click 3X; CHRLX; and Disney Digital Network. She also animation directed Comedy Central Digital’s Loafy, created by Bobby Moynihan. She lives with her family and her two adorable, rambunctious cats.



Giveaway Details: 
3 winners will win a finished copy of HEARTLESS PRINCE, US Only.



Blog Tour: They Stay by Claire Fraise + Giveaway



Welcome to our tour stop for They Stay by Claire Fraise hosted by Rockstar Book Tours! This tour includes a giveaway.

They Stay
Author: Claire Fraise 
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary
Released: August 15th 2017
Publisher: Sabertooth Press
 
Nothing is as important to sixteen-year-old Shiloh Oleson as her little brother Max. So when the six-year-old goes missing without a trace, a heartbroken Shiloh refuses to believe nothing can be done and sets out to find him.

When one of Shiloh’s classmates says she knows where Max is, Shiloh hesitates to believe her. Francesca is creepy. She says she can see ghosts, but everyone knows ghosts aren’t real … right?

But Francesca says that Max is going to be murdered.

And a ghost told her where he is.

As the line between the dead and living begins to blur, Shiloh starts to think Francesca might not be as crazy as she believed. One thing is becoming clear. Someone has gruesome plans for Max, and Shiloh must confront her worst nightmares to find him before it’s too late.

THEY STAY is the first book in the They Stay Series, a thrilling supernatural adventure for young adults.

CONTENT WARNINGS: This book contains physical and mental abuse, death, violence, kidnapping, gun violence, alcohol abuse, references to suicide, implied sexual abuse (non-graphic), bullying, and mild adult language.


Please be aware this story is a mature young adult book that covers sensitive topics such as suicide, abuse and bullying.  They Stay follow the story of Shiloh, a young girl whose brother has been kidnapped,  and Francesca, a unique character. The story goes into multi-perspective stories that any reader can follow along. When reading the story, one can connect with the characters personally as their life have not been easy. Shiloh comes from a broken home. Her father is abusive and worse, he is a policeman. As her younger brother Max get kidnapped, she embarks a twisted and supernatural journey that will connect her with strange characters, including Francesca.

They Stay is slow-paced story covering difficult stories of small-town individuals with a touch of supernatural world. I like the unique mystery but overall the way one can connect with the characters. It kind of gave me the Stranger Things vibes with couple of kids hanging out together while uncovering the truth of their town. Although Halloween is over, They Stay is a nice read to pick up during these chilly days.



Claire Fraise earned her B.A. in English from Tufts University. She published her debut novel when she was 16 (award-winning YA dystopian novel IMPERFECT), and her YA supernatural thriller THEY STAY is coming out in October 2021. When Claire’s not writing, she likes crocheting amigurumi animals, reading, and hanging out with her dogs. Even though it goes against every introverted bone in her body, she is on social media. Connect with her on Instagram at @clairefraiseauthor, on YouTube at Write with Claire Fraise, or visit her website at clairefraise.com.



Giveaway Details: 
1 winner will win a finished copy of THEY STAY, US Only.



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