Tour + Giveway: The Light at the Bottom of the World

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The Light at the Bottom of the World (Light the Abyss #1)
by London Shah
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: October 29th 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction

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Synopsis:

Hope had abandoned them to the wrath of all the waters.
At the end of the twenty-first century, the world has changed dramatically, but life continues one thousand feet below the ocean’s surface. In Great Britain, sea creatures swim among the ruins of Big Ben and the Tower of London, and citizens waver between fear and hope; fear of what lurks in the abyss, and hope that humanity will soon discover a way to reclaim the Earth.
Meanwhile, sixteen-year-old Leyla McQueen has her own problems to deal with. Her father’s been arrested, accused of taking advantage of victims of the Seasickness-a debilitating malaise that consumes people,often claiming their lives. But Leyla knows he’s innocent, and all she’s interested in is getting him back so that their lives can return to normal.

When she’s picked to race in the action-packed London Submersible Marathon, Leyla gets the chance to secure his freedom; the Prime Minister promises the champion whatever their heart desires. The race takes an unexpected turn, though, and presents her with an opportunity she never wanted: Leyla must venture outside of London for the first time in her life, to find and rescue her father herself.

Now, she’ll have to brave the unfathomable waters and defy a corrupt government determined to keep its secrets, all the while dealing with a secretive, hotheaded companion she never asked for in the first place. If she fails, or falls prey to her own fears, she risks capture-and her father might be lost forever.

Review:

my2bcover2bhigh2bres2521I feel like that synopsis is extremely detailed so I don’t need to lay out too many details on the plot! However, as for my opinions….stunning for a debut novel! So get this: not only was this book a beautiful cover buy, it was also an incredibly unique, action-packed, futuristic, and an intriguing book. It was so neat to imagine the world we know all being underwater. I’m not from London, but can you imagine Sherlock Holmes or the Queen of England living underwater?? Yeah, who thinks of that??!! London Shah! Strong on imagination yet mild on romance, I loved that The Light on the Bottom of the Ocean also was relevant on current topics like diversity and the idea of questioning authority and voicing opinions, even though it has a futuristic setting. These concepts are timeless and ring true in this story and I found it refreshing to see it anchoring this book down. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and recommend it for anyone who enjoys YA fantasy!

About the Author:

authorAuthor London Shah is a British-born Muslim of Pashtun ethnicity. She has lived in Britain’s capital city for most of her life via England’s beautiful North. When she’s not busy re-imagining the past, plotting an alternate present or dreaming up a surreal future, then she’s most likely drinking copious amounts of tea, eating all the sweets and cakes, strolling through Richmond Park or along the Thames, getting lost on an evening in the city’s older, darker alleyways—preferably just after it’s rained—listening to punk rock, or losing herself in a fab SFF book or film. If she could have only one super power, it would be to breathe underwater. THE LIGHT AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WORLD is her debut novel.

Giveaway:

Use the Rafflecopter link to enter to win a finished copy of The Light at the Bottom of the World.
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Tour + Giveaway: Beyond the Black Door

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Author: A.M. Strickland
Publisher: Imprint
Release Date: October 29th 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, LGBT

Synopsis

Kamai was warned never to open the black door, but she didn’t listen …
Everyone has a soul. Some are beautiful gardens, others are frightening dungeons. Soulwalkers―like Kamai and her mother―can journey into other people’s souls while they sleep.
But no matter where Kamai visits, she sees the black door. It follows her into every soul, and her mother has told her to never, ever open it.
When Kamai touches the door, it is warm and beating, like it has a pulse. When she puts her ear to it, she hears her own name whispered from the other side. And when tragedy strikes, Kamai does the unthinkable: she opens the door.
A.M. Strickland’s imaginative dark fantasy features court intrigue and romance, a main character coming to terms with her asexuality, and twists and turns as a seductive mystery unfolds that endangers not just Kamai’s own soul, but the entire kingdom…

Review

Hands down, Beyond the Black Door is among the most unique books I have read. Dark fantasy, spooky vibes (so perfect for this month!) and a dark fantasy plot, unique concept called Soulwalking which is rooted more or less in the mythology of the fantasy world, and I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the ace + demi-biromantic MC. WOW.

Main character Kamai is a Soulwalker who can enter people’s souls, or Nehyn. Kamai is taught this skill by her mother, who has always warned her against opening the black door that follows her when she enters souls. Of course, its not just any door but it seems to be a warm, breathing thing and like any good fictional character, the more you tell her not to do something, the more she wants to do it. To be completely honest, I did find the book a little rough-going in the beginning. We are being introduced to Kamai’s fantasy world, plus her routine of soul walking, so there were two huge fantastical concepts battling for my attention at the same time. However, once things got rolling about 25% of the way in, once more characters were introduced, once the plot started to get a little deeper and a little darker I was hooked!

About the Author

authorAdriAnne Strickland was a bibliophile who wanted to be an author before she knew what either of those words meant. She shares a home base in Alaska with her husband, her pugs, and her piles and piles of books. She loves traveling, dancing, vests, tattoos, and every shade of teal in existence, but especially the darker ones. She is the coauthor of SHADOW RUN and SHADOW CALL (Delacorte/Penguin Random House) and author of the forthcoming BEYOND THE BLACK DOOR (Imprint/Macmillan).

Giveaway

Prize: Win a finished copy of BEYOND THE BLACK DOOR by A.M. Strickland. US/CAN only.

Starts: 23 October 2019
Ends: 6 November 2019

Click HERE TO ENTER VIA RAFFLECOPTER.

Check out the rest of the rest of the FFBC Tour schedule for more chances to win the giveaway.

Soundtrack

And of course, such is my personal signature, the song I choose to go with this book: Paint it Black by Clara

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Blog Tour: Only Ashes Remain by Rebecca Schaeffer

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Only Ashes Remain (Market of Monsters #2)
by Rebecca Schaeffer
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 3, 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal

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Synopsis:

After escaping her kidnappers and destroying the black market where she was held captive, all Nita wants is to find a way to live her life without looking over her shoulder. But with a video of her ability to self-heal all over the dark web, Nita knows she’s still a prime target on the black market.
There’s only one way to keep herself safe.
Nita must make herself so feared that no one would ever dare come after her again. And the best way to start building her reputation? Take her revenge on Fabricio, the boy who sold Nita to her kidnappers. But killing Fabricio is harder than Nita thought it would be, even with Kovit by her side. Now caught in a game of kill or be killed, Nita will do whatever it takes to win.
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Review:
We left off in book #1 (Not Even Bones–link to my review) on a huge cliffhanger. Our main character Nita is coming face-to-face with the guy who she set free and then turned around and sold her to the black market. Or did he? I’m not convinced. But Nita is. She is reunited with her mother, only to truly see how slimy and irritating she truly is. Nita says no more and sets off on her own. But she reunites with our favorite Zannie–Kovit–soon and, of course, the dark adventures and terrors begin.
I wish I could truly tell you about this book, but I don’t want to spoil anything. You really have to experience it for yourself. I loved that the cast of characters expands in this book, and more than anything, I love seeing more of Kovit in this book! Give me a dark, moody book boyfriend any day! Although. Here’s the catch. This relationship reminded me of the…I don’t know what to call it…Edward and Bella…where she is the only female who is immune to his powers and is therefore more attractive to him. More or less. All of that being said, I don’t care, because I loved their fragility both together and separate. It made for such a dynamic book! There is the violence and the action and the chase…but then there is this questioning and moral greyness, and there is actual time spent to dissect it. Love it!
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The Author:

Rebecca Schaeffer was born and raised in the Canadian prairies. Her itchy feet took her far from home when she turned eighteen, and she hasn’t returned for more than a few months here or there since. You can find her sitting in a cafe on the other side of the world, writing about villains, antiheroes and morally ambiguous characters.
Her debut , Not Even Bones, is about a girl who dissects and sells monsters on the internet. Not Even Bones received a starred review from Booklist, was shortlisted for the Sunburst Award for Speculative Fiction, as well as the Cybilis awards.
Go find her on Goodreads, Instagram, or Twitter.
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Only Ashes Remain Blog Tour Schedule


August 28th

The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club – Welcome Post

August 29th

NovelKnight – Guest Post
To All The Books I’ve Read Before – Review + Playlist
Bookish Looks – Promotional Post

 

August 30th

Camillea Reads – Review + Favourite Quotes
Flying Paperbacks – Review + Favourite Quotes
Singer of Stories – Review
Kerri The Book Belle – Review

 

August 31st

It Starts at Midnight – Review
Fictitiouswonderland  – Review + Favourite Quotes
The Reading Corner for All – Review + Favourite Quotes

 

September 1st

A Dream Within A Dream – Review
Smada’s Book Smack – Review + Playlist
Confessions of a YA Reader – Promotional Post

 

September 2nd

Moonlight Rendezvous  – Review + Favourite Quotes
Never Too Many To Read – Review  + Favourite Quotes
Tracey Drew Books – Review + Favourite Quotes
The Reading Life – Promotional Post

September 3rd
The Book Bratz – Interview
Sometimes Leelynn Reads – Review + Playlist
The Clever Reader – Review
Devouring Books – Review

Book Soundtrack: Devil Inside Me by Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes
A huge thank you to FFBC, Rebecca, and the publishers for granting me this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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The Sunday Review: Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer

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Author: Rebecca Schaeffer
Published: September 4, 2018
Pages: 368 (Hardcover)
Publisher: HMH Books
Young Adult, Paranormal, Horror, Urban Fantasy

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Goodreads Synopsis: Nita doesn’t murder supernatural beings and sell their body parts on the internet—her mother does that. Nita just dissects the bodies after they’ve been “acquired.” Until her mom brings home a live specimen and Nita decides she wants out; dissecting a scared teenage boy is a step too far. But when she decides to save her mother’s victim, she ends up sold in his place—because Nita herself isn’t exactly “human.” She has the ability to alter her biology, a talent that is priceless on the black market. Now on the other side of the bars, if she wants to escape, Nita must ask herself if she’s willing to become the worst kind of monster.

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This book has been on my TBR for a while. Why? The description calls it a mix of Dexter and V.E. Schwab’s This Savage Song, which is a pretty epic combination when you think about it. Main character Nita has a fascination with anatomy and takes comfort in dissecting the bodies of supernaturals–like herself–which are then sold as parts on the black market by her mother. She is used to her subjects being cold on her table until one day, her mother brings a live victim to their basement and this is where the story really begins.

fac5f2cd4741e38f6392ea1bb85df8a6Fast forwarding so as to not spoil details in the story, Nita finds herself caged and up for sale on the black market. As she tries to work out who betrayed her location and her secret of being an unnatural, she attempts to escape to safe territory. In this unique world, there are all kinds of different ‘monsters,’ their various parts being of varying uses and values. This, of course, is where a lot of gore comes into play because Nita has to either cut them up, watch them being consumed or extracted or detached, and of course there is violence in the being imprisoned, escape attempts, etc.

The book leaves off on a cliffhanger after Nita comes face-to-face with…well, I can’t tell you that. Just know that this is a book that is incredibly unique and keeps you on your toes the entire time. It is certainly full of blood and guts, monsters, black market mafia, and action. I would say there isn’t a ton of character development as of yet, but book 2 is releasing September 3, 2019 so we will find out soon!

Book Soundtrack: I Come With Knives by IAMX

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ARC Review + GIVEAWAY: Bright Burning Stars by A.K. Small

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Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Release Date: May 21st, 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery

Synopsis

Best friends Marine Duval and Kate Sanders have trained at the Paris Opera Ballet School since childhood, where they’ve formed an inseparable bond forged by respective family tragedies and a fierce love for dance. When the body of a student is found in the dorms just before the start of their final year, Marine and Kate begin to ask themselves what they would do to win the ultimate prize: to be the one girl selected to join the Opera’s prestigious corps de ballet. Would they die? Cheat? Seduce the most talented boy in the school, dubbed the Demigod, hoping his magic would make them shine, too? Neither girl is sure.

But then Kate gets closer to the Demigod, even as Marine has begun to capture his heart. And as selection day draws near, the competition—for the prize, for the Demigod—becomes fiercer, and Marine and Kate realize they have everything to lose, including each other.

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erick-zajac-1377691-unsplashInside Nanterre School for Dance reside two best friends, Marine and Kate, who–among the other girls in their class–are competing for the one top spot dancing with the top male. Bright Burning Stars did an excellent job of capturing the cattiness and petty atmosphere that can reign in a competitive atmosphere like this. I don’t have experience with dance, but I went to school for opera where people are vying for lead roles in a show and believe me, when you have spent your life training for something and you know that you are prepared and that you have nailed your performance but then the next person goes on stage and has an advantage only because of a ‘favor’ she did or a judge? If it could mean the difference between performing on stage at sold out shows every night versus performing four times per month and teaching voice/dance lessons just to make ends meet….how far would you be willing to go to ensure you hit the top?

So that was all that was on my mind through most of the book. Everything hit close to home for me because I could really draw paralells to where I had been in the fine arts world, but really, it could work for any positions one is competing for. We all need drive (though, maybe not quite this much) to get to top. This book is told in dual perspectives so we do get to see both Marine’s and Kate’s thoughts as they go through all of this craziness. And I do mean crazy, but that’s what makes this book truly a page-turner I thought.  I really feel this book was beautifully written. It has some beautiful descriptions of dancing, it can be brutal at times (trigger warnings: eating disorders, suicidal thoughts, abortion grief, self-harm, intentional drug use, body dysmorphia) but I was here for the big picture.

About the Author

angela2bsmall2bcredit2b_becky2bthurner2bbraddockA.K. Small is thrilled for her debut novel, BRIGHT BURNING STARS, to come out May 21, 2019 through publisher Algonquin Young Readers. Her talent for writing and passion for classical ballet fuse together in this novel and earned A.K. Small the honor of an Entertainment Weekly review.

In addition to BRIGHT BURNING STARS, A.K. Small spends time on short stories. Her short story, Anthrocon, 2017 was just nominated for a Pushcart prize by the Bellevue Literary Review. Other stories such as the Flour Baby and The Interior Designer were also nominated or runner-up to prizes. She also ran a column titled, “A French Girl’s View Du Monde” at Barrelhouse Magazine.

A.K. Small graduated from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2009 with an MFA in fiction. When she’s not reading her favorite authors (Rainbow Rowell, Angie Thomas, Anna Gavalda, Jandy Nelson, Ann Hood, Sue Miller, Anais Nin, Tayari Jones, Joyce Carol Oates, Richard Wright, and J.R.R. Tolkien, to name a few!), she’s studying her favorite dancers: Sylvie Guillem, Noella Pontois, Marie-Agnes Gillot, and Aurelie Dupont.

A.K. Small grew up near the Sacré Coeur in Paris and married her Tobagonian soul mate. She has three gorgeous daughters and owns a min-chi named Dallas.

Author Links
Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

GIVEAWAY!

And last but not least, enter to win 1 of 2 copies of Bright Burning Stars! You can also visit other stops on the tour (see below) and visit there for more chances to win! Giveaway runs 5/13-5/27/2019.

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Full Tour Schedule

May 13 – The Unofficial Book Addiction Fan Club … Interview
May 14 – The Reading Corner for All … Playlist
Tara’s Book Addiction … Review
May 15 – Journal of the Lost One …
May 16 – Everywhere and Nowhere … Guest Post
Star is All Booked Up … Promo Post
May 17 – Utopia State of Mind … Guest Post
Writing With Wolves … Review
–> May 18 – Singer of Stories … Review
May 19 – Portrait of a Book … Review
Lisa-Queen of Random … Promo Post

And that’s all I have, folks. Thanks for stopping by today! Until next time!!

Book Soundtrack: Black Swan Soundtrack…Act I:(Scene 2) Danse de petits Cygnes

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ARC Review: We Were Beautiful by Heather Hepler

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* This book was provided to me for free from the Fantastic Flying Book Club in exchange for my review. All opinions are honest and are my own. Thank you to FFBC, publishers, and the author!

We Were Beautiful by Heather Hepler
Published: April 2, 2019
Genres: YA Fiction, Contemporary
Synopsis: It’s been a year since fifteen-year-old Mia Hopkins was in the car crash that killed her older sister and left her terribly scarred. The doctors tell her she was lucky to survive. Her therapist says it will take time to heal. The police reports claim there were trace amounts of alcohol in her bloodstream. But no matter how much she tries to reconstruct the events of that fateful night, Mia’s memory is spotty at best. She’s left with accusations, rumors, and guilt so powerful it could consume her.

As the rest of Mia’s family struggles with their own grief, Mia is sent to New York City to spend the summer with a grandmother she’s never met. All Mia wants to do is hide from the world, but instead she’s stuck with a summer job in the bustling kitchens of the cafe down the street. There she meets Fig–blue-haired, friendly, and vivacious–who takes Mia under her wing. As Mia gets to know Fig and her friends–including Cooper, the artistic boy who is always on Mia’s mind–she realizes that she’s not the only one with a painful past.

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Hi everyone! I am coming to you today with a review of this really great YA contemporary novel about grief, trauma, friendship, beauty, and forgiveness. I was drawn into the book from the very first pages as the main character, Mia, says goodbye to her father and climbs onto a train heading toward New York. She is going to be spending the summer with her estranged grandmother because life hasn’t been the same since she lost her sister in a car accident last year. Her mom left and her dad has checked out mentally. Mia herself has been left with a scarred face and no memory of the night of the accident. Living with her grandmother means attending church and starting a summer job working at Brunelli’s Diner.

So here is where we meet most of our characters. First off, our main character Mia is scarred both outside and in. She is quiet and shy, but throughout the book it is so clear that she is exactly where she needs to be and with exactly the right people to help her through her situation. Grandma Victoria is an awesome character. She seems rather cold and a stickler for manners in the beginning, but she makes a strong effort to provide for Mia. The best thing of all is that Mia gives back to her too. She gives her happiness and fun. And lastly, there is Fig and the Brunelli family. Within this new circle of friends, Mia finds new support she has never had before. Little by little she regains her confidence and learns (as corny and cliche as this sounds) to finally accept herself and live a full life.decorative-line-clipart-clipart-panda-free-clipart-images-gbhglo-clipart2bpink

121420About the Author: Heather Hepler
I was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, which I think is one of the cooler places to be born, because initially people think I’m being funny—like I’m saying I was born on the moon, but then they see I’m actually being serious. It feels like since then I’ve lived nearly everywhere (well, only in the US—which is a bummer because I want to travel so much). In high school, I was in band and honors society and science club and worked on the school newspaper. All this in Texas where football was king and cheerleaders were the school royalty. When people ask me what I remember about middle school and high school, I stand there for several seconds not saying anything. This isn’t because I can’t remember anything, but because I remember too many things and I can’t figure out what to say out loud.

I spent the first part of college in Alaska, which was amazing. The first time I saw Northern Lights, I thought I was imagining it. I just couldn’t get my head around the idea that something so beautiful existed in the real world. That’s when I first started writing. This was my bad poetry phase. I think it was the combination of living there with long very cold winters and being in love with a guy that barely knew I existed that made me do it. People ask me all the time if I write poetry. I wish I could and maybe I will someday, but for now I am firmly a fiction writer.

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*Giveaway* If you would like to win 1 of 5 copies of We Were Beautiful, click on the Rafflecopter link to enter. Giveaway is open through 5/1/19!decorative-line-clipart-clipart-panda-free-clipart-images-gbhglo-clipart2bpink

Book soundtrack: “The First Day of My Life” by Bright Eyes

 

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager – Blog Tour + Giveaway!

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I was so excited to read this book and it did not disappoint! Anything with ‘camp’ and ‘thiller’ in the synopsis and I am 110% IN! I know some people think camp + suspense and associate it with hockey masks and serial killers but that’s NOT what this is about. Its about finding truths for better or for worse. Its about sanity versus insanity. Its about trust and reliability, or lack thereof.

“TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE, LADIES. I’LL START.”

The Last Time I Lied is the second book from author Riley Sager, the first being last years’ The Final Girls, which was an international bestseller.  I have not read this one yet, but after reading The Last Time I Lied, I will be reading The Final Girls soon, especially because a film version is being developed by Universal Pictures! I have no idea about the timeline on this, but I am a nut about reading books-to-films or vice versa so I am all over this!

“SO MUCH WATER. SO MUCH LAND. SO MANY PLACES TO DISAPPEAR.”

The book in question is about Emma Davis. Told in two timelines, past and present, Emma is an artist who is haunted by memories of her time at Camp Nightengale when her three bunkmates went missing years ago. When the camp’s director shows up at her art show and offers her a job teaching painting for a summer at Camp Nightengale, Emma doesn’t exactly jump at the opportunity, but rather has to be persuaded by her best friend. Once at the camp, nothing goes quite as she expects it to. Slowly, Emma begins casually searching for clues of her past. She doesn’t really expect to find much….until she does. Eventually it seems that the past is looking for Emma and she finds herself in a whole mess of trouble. During these current investigations, there are imposing flashbacks to Emma’s time at camp as a teenager, and we see that even back then, it was difficult to tell who to trust and who to rely on because, as it turns out, even Emma herself was not fully truthful.

“LIKE MOST OLD STRUCTURES, THERE’S A HEAVINESS TO THE LODGE, A SOMBERNESS. I THINK OF ALL THE YEARS IT’S WITNESSED. ALL THOSE SEASONS AND STORMS AND SECRETS…”

Overall, this book was a thrilling ride. It reads like a movie and I can absolutely see it being made into one at some point! It turns out that this book was inspired by the classic novel and film “Picnic at Hanging Rock.” I recently saw the Amazon Prime has made a series from this so I think we all know what I will be watching and reading soon! Aside from that, I loved the characters in this book, I loved the pacing, and the writing was fantastic! I am a pretty tough critic when it comes to this genre in particular but I loved this book. I definitely recommend this book!

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*Giveaway*

Want to win a copy of this awesome book? Do you live in the U.S. or Canada? Well here’s the scoop. Every book on the FFBC tour is giving away a copy, so you have 20 chances to win. Check out the other blog stops and enter their giveaways, and here is how to enter mine:

  1. Make sure you are following my blog. If you prefer a method of contact OTHER than via blog, leave a contact email or preferred social media contact.
  2. Leave a comment and give me your version of two truths and a lie.

And that’s it! Winners will be chosen and notified before July 20th. Please note that you may only win ONE copy of the book, even if you enter on multiple blogs. If you win from more than on FFBC blog, we request that you pass the book on to a different winner.

Soundtrack: “Seven Devils” by Florence + the Machine

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