Tuesday, December 11, 2018

BLOG TOUR: Slow Shift by Nazarea Andrews


Welcome to the Official Blog Tour for Slow Shift by Nazarea Andrews. Slow Shift is an adult, paranormal m/m romantic standalone novel. Today, we have an exclusive excerpt to share! We also have a review for you to take a look at, too! So, take a look at what I thought about this book now! Plus, for a limited time only, purchase your copy now while it's only $1.99. Check it out and grab your copy now!!!

Genre:
New Adult
Paranormal M/M Romance
Publish Date:
December 6, 2018

Synopsis:
One angry, grieving boy.
Chase DeWitt is fourteen when his mother dies and he stumbles into the woods beyond his home, angry and heartbroken. He didn’t know that it would change the course of his life.

Two broken, lonely men.

Tyler Reid is twenty three, grumpy and angry, trying to take care of a injured brother, and rebuilding a life blind hatred destroyed in one night.
But he understands the boy who stumbles out of the woods and into his life, understands the grief in his eyes and the rage that makes him shake. And there is something in that familiar grief that makes Tyler trust Chase, when trusting humans has only ever lead to disaster.

And a falling down house they make a home.

As the summer passes and the years turn, Chase cares for Tyler’s brother, helps him rebuilding the house in the woods, as they help each other rebuild a life beyond the little house, Chase realizes two important things: these men matter to him, could be family. 
And they are not nearly as human as they seem.



   


*Excerpt*
          “Are you really ok with this?” Chase asks later that night when Tyler slips into his bedroom and curls behind him on his bed. It’s not small but it always feels like it is when Tyler is in it with him.
          He’s quiet, so Chase tilts his head back and says, “You don’t have to. We can find another way.”
          “I’m ok. We need to do this,” Tyler says.
          Chase nods. He touches the runes tattooed on Tyler’s ribs, the ones he marked Tyler with, and Tyler arches into the touch. “Remember you’re mine, Tyler. Whatever happens, whatever she says, you’re mine. And I won't let her hurt what's mine.”
           Tyler shuffles into him, presses his face into Chase’s throat, and they cling to each other as the night deepens around them.

Copyright©2018 Nazarea Andrews


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**About the Author**
Nazarea Andrews (N to almost everyone) is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. Which means she writes everything from zombies and dystopia to contemporary love stories. When not writing, she can most often be found driving her kids to practice and burning dinner while she reads, or binging watching TV shows on Netflix. N loves chocolate, wine, and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, spoiled cat and overgrown dog. She is the author of The World Without End series, Neverland Found, Edge of the Falls, and The University of Branton series. Stop by her social media and tell her what fantastic book she should read next.

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*My Thoughts*

Note: This review contains NO spoilers

I have to admit that I enjoyed this book. Although this is my first time reading an M/M romance, this one was beautifully written. The story wove a complex tale of growing up and friendship with a subtle hint of magic and/or mysticism. With its third person point of view, Slow Shift gave the feel of "seeing" the story from the outside, as if witnessing everything that these characters are going through and what they are feeling. However, it has been a while since I read in third person that it took me a while to get into the flow of this story; but, it did not take away from the overall feelings that this story evoked. With the various elements of storytelling intertwined into this story, it allowed me to feel for and understand these characters.

Furthermore, it would be difficult to just categorize Slow Shift in any one particular genres when it touched on a variety of such. I think that's what made it work, too. Yes, there's a coming-of-age element. Yes, there's a romance element. Yes, there's also a paranormal element, too. And, it worked! I would have to say that this is a beautiful and emotional story of love and friendship that will touch any readers' heart.

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Monday, December 10, 2018

NERD BLAST: Absolutely Everything!: A History of Earth, Dinosaurs, Rulers, Robots and Other Things Too Numerous to Mention by Christopher Lloyd


We have a 5-day Nerd Blast + Giveaway to kick off for Christopher Lloyd's Absolutely Everything!: A History of Earth, Dinosaurs, Rulers, Robots and Other Things Too Numerous to Mention! Illustrations by Andy Forshaw! Watch the book trailer now! Check it out and grab your copy today!


Genre:
Children
History/Nonfiction
Publish Date:
October 1, 2018
Publisher:
What On Earth Publishing

Illustrator:
Andy Forshaw

Synopsis:
How was our universe made from a tiny speck of energy? Where did the first trees, plants, animals and humans come from? What happened to the dinosaurs? What was so miserable about medieval times? How were railroads and electricity invented? What are the perils of global warming? You might have many big questions about our planet, life and people. Embark on an entertaining journey across millennia and continents with this captivating book by Christopher Lloyd, author of the bestselling What on Earth Happened. Discover everything from the creation of planet earth and the rise of animals, to globalization, wars and global warming.  

Absolutely Everything! A History of Earth, Dinosaurs, Rulers Robots and Other Things Too Numerous to Mention. Join Christopher Lloyd on a thrilling ride through the history of the world in a book perfect for anyone aged 9 -99. 



      


Praise for ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING!

“A riveting mosaic of exciting true stories. . . I COULDN’T PUT IT DOWN!" ―Deborah Heiligman, author of Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers

"Condensing the history of the world into one book is a daunting task, but Lloyd tackles the challenge with finesse. In addition to bountiful photographs and illustrations, Lloyd’s recognition of patterns throughout history and direct questions to readers make this book absolutely enjoyable." ―Booklist Starred Review

“From the Big Bang to yesterday’s breakfast, this BOOK OF FUN AND DISCOVERY makes sense of it ALL." ―Martin Brown, Horrible Histories

“ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL! I wish they’d had books like this when I was young…" ―Anthony Horowitz, author of Alex Rider

“ABSOLUTELY AMAZING... Children will love it – and adults too!“ ―Jacqueline Wilson, author of Tracey Beaker

“Just gobbling up more of Absolutely Everything! What a FABULOUSLY ENGAGING READ. Nonfiction that rolls along like an adventure novel. Love it!“ ―Nicola Davies, zoologist and author of King of the Sky    

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**About the Author**
Photo Credit: Russell Emm
Christopher Lloyd graduated with a double first in history from Cambridge in 1990 and went on to become the Technology Editor for The Sunday Times. He left in 2000 to become CEO of Immersive Education in Oxford before becoming an author in 2006. His best selling history of the world, called What on Earth Happened? (Bloomsbury 2008) is now in 15 languages and has sold more than 500,000 copies worldwide. He established his own publishing house What on Earth Publishing in Spring 2010 and has published a series of timelines in collaboration with illustrator Andy Forshaw covering history, nature, science, sport, Shakespeare and Magna Carta. Christopher is now in great demand as a lecturer and storyteller in schools, museums and at literary festivals throughout the UK and abroad. He divides his time between lecturing and writing.

*About the Illustrator*
Andy Forshaw graduated in graphic design with illustration from Central St Martins College in London. He has worked on all What on Earth? books and rose to the extraordinary challenge of drawing and colouring more than 1,000 original illustrations in less than 3 months for the What on Earth? Wallbook – between March and June 2010.

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BLOG TOUR: Fractured Magic by Emily Bybee


Welcome to the Official Blog Tour + Giveaway for Emily Bybee's Fractured Magic, the first title in the Unstable Magic series! Today, we have a guest post to share. We ask Emily "if she needs quiet and/or music when writing." Let's see what she said. Not only that, we even have an exclusive excerpt to share, too! So... Check it out and grab your copy now!!! Follow the tour, HERE!

Genre:
Young Adult
Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
Series:
Unstable Magic, #1
Publish Date:
October 31, 2018
Publisher:
Wild Rose Press

Synopsis:
As the world’s worst witch, Maddie is mistreated by her own kind. She was born a Defect. Most of her spells blow up in her face, literally. While witches search for the long-lost power of the earth, Maddie spends her time in the science lab. There, she discovers a clue to the lost power. The only other witness is Jax, a smokin’ hot college bad-boy, who Maddie can’t decide if she wants to kiss or kill. 

When she fails her magic final, the council orders her magic stripped. Maddie’s only chance to keep her brain intact is to find the power with the hope that it can fix her. Jax is her one true ally on the journey. The two of them must use their smarts to stay ahead of the witches while they follow a two-hundred-year-old trail to the power of the earth and the truth behind Maddie’s defect.



      
 

*Do you need quiet or music when writing?*
              My only requirements are a writing instrument and some time. I wrote my first book by hand in notebooks 😊. I will say that I tend to be less productive with music on as I lack the restraint not to sing along with any song that’s on. You can ask my family, it doesn’t matter what the song is, even jingles from commercials, I’ll be singing along if I know the words.
              I don’t need complete quiet though, I can write if my family is watching TV, though my word count may go down a bit. I’ve written at sports practices, with a houseful of family and in the ever cliché coffee shops.

              But, for my best writing to happen, or at least my highest word count, usually I’m on the couch with a cat or two sleeping close by as well as two dogs sleeping on the floor to trip over if I happen to get up and try to walk. Quiet is best and I’ll get a few good productive hours in-with breaks to go look for inspiration inside the refrigerator. Then I need to get up and move around, usually a walk and some yoga, before I get back to it.

*Excerpt*
Jax grabbed my arm. “Do something.”
The strain in his voice pierced me like daggers. He didn’t deserve this. I just shook my head. “It’s no use.”
“But you’re a witch,” he insisted. “Use your powers.”
I yanked my arm away unable to meet his eyes. “The only thing my powers are good for is…” My eyes stared through the metal mesh at our feet and rested on the support pillars. “Blowing stuff up.”
I pivoted back to look at my aunt, now thirty feet from us.
Blowing stuff up.
I may not be able to attack them directly but I could certainly rock their world. Two sets of support pillars stood in the sections that separated my aunt from us.
My hand gripped Alex’s arm. “Alex, get behind me. Now.”
His brow wrinkled. “Maddie, you can’t use your magic. You might—”
“Shut up. I have a plan,” I almost shouted. I’d been made perfectly aware of my limitations my entire life. I didn’t need him to remind me.
“Maddie, don’t try anything. You’ll kill us all.” He glanced down at the ground, so far below our feet.
Jax stepped in front of me. “Shut up, Surfer Boy. She’s smarter than you think.”
I ignored Alex’s protest and Jax's support and channeled my energy. I focused on the y-shaped support beams where they met in the middle.
Metal was obviously harder to blow up than fruit, but my channeled energy turned the beam a molten red. For the first time in my life I fully opened the channels in my mind. Raw power disrupted the bonds of the atoms in the beam.
Before my aunt could react, the metal exploded
with the force of C-4.

Copyright©2018 Emily Bybee

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**About the Author**
Emily Bybee grew up loving to read and escape into stories. She began writing her own at the age of twelve. In college she focused on science and graduated with a degree in Environmental Biology. After college she began writing again but quickly realized she had failed to take a single writing or grammar class. Luckily, she’s a quick learner. Emily now lives in Colorado with her wonderful husband, three amazing children, and way too many animals. She still enjoys making up stories and can’t seem to leave out the paranormal elements because they are just too much fun.

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