Book review: Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue by Iain Reading

  • Title and author:  Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue by Iain Reading
  • Publisher:  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Date published:  April 19, 2013
  • Pages:  220
  • Genre:  Mystery / thriller / women sleuths / YA fiction

Book Description:

Following in the footsteps of her hero Amelia Earhart, Kitty Hawk sets off on an epic flight around the world and arrives in Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavik where she finds herself immersed in a beautiful alien world of volcanoes, Vikings, elves and trolls. Before she knows it Kitty is plunged head first into an amazing adventure that sweeps her across a rugged landscape where humans and nature exist in side-by-side in an uneasy truce and magical realms seem to lie just out of sight beneath the surface.

Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue is the dazzling third installment of the Flying Detective Agency series featuring Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenaged seaplane pilot with boundless curiosity and a knack for getting herself into – and out of – all kinds of precarious situations. This is a perfect book to fire the imaginations of readers of all ages – armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike. From dangerous criminals and corrupt government officials to mystical beings and clashes with the elemental forces of nature, this book has it all. Come and join Kitty Hawk as she experiences the strange and extraordinary world of the Icelanders, and unravels the Icelandic Intrigue.

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About the Author:   I Like Root Beer. When I was younger I fancied myself a bit of a Root Beer connoisseur, drinking my favourite brand (A&W, of course) from tall, narrow champagne flûtes and revelled in the sound of the ice cubes clinking against the side of the thin glass, creating a magical tinkling ambiance as I looked down my nose at all the other inferior Root Beer vintages. As I grew older and began to travel all across the globe I was naturally inclined to seek out the very best Root Beers that the world had to offer. Sadly, as I was to discover, Root Beer is very much a North-American thing and you can’t really find it anywhere else in the world. On the bright side, however, it turns out that the world is a pretty great place even without Root Beer. There are a million amazing things to see and as many more ways for all of us to see them, as our heroine and friend Kitty Hawk finds out in the course of her various adventures.

Connect with the author:   Website    Facebook    Twitter    Kitty Hawk Website

REVIEW:

Having just been to Iceland a few months ago, I was excited to begin reading about Kitty’s adventure in the third instalment of the Kitty Hawk series.  Did Kitty see the same things I did?  Yes, but she saw them from the air from the seat of her trusty De Havilland Beaver!  I saw Iceland all over again through her eyes and it makes me want to go back!

Kitty is warmly welcomed to Iceland by Konrad (who is originally from Alaska) and his family.  I especially enjoyed learning about the Icelandic naming Committee (you’ll see what I mean when you read the book).

Kitty is introduced to several interesting people by Kristin, Konrad’s daughter, who is studying environmental engineering at the University of Iceland.  Now this is where things start to get interesting (did you know there is a handsome, red haired, bearded Icelander Viking dude in this story?) (plus other cool stuff such as aluminum smelters).

There was plenty of action (pretty scary actually) in The Icelandic Intrigue. I always wonder how Kitty finds herself in crazy, dangerous situations when she’s pretty much a tourist like the rest of us (throw in a volcano, some Russians and some rotten shark meat).

I enjoyed reading The Icelandic Adventure as much as the first two books in the series and look forward to book number four “The Tragedy of the RMS Titanic”.

Book review: Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series Book 2) by Iain Reading

  • Title and author:  Kitty Hawk and The Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost by Iain Reading
  • Publisher:  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Date published:  September 11th, 2013
  • Pages:  246
  • Genre:  Mystery / thriller / women sleuths / YA fiction

Book Description:

Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost is the exciting second installment in a new series of adventure mystery stories that are one part travel, one part history and five parts adventure. This second book in the series continues the adventures of Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenage pilot who has decided to follow in the footsteps of her hero Amelia Earhart and make an epic flight around the entire world. After flying across North America Kitty’s journey takes her down south to Florida where she plans to get a bit of rest and relaxation before continuing on with the rest of her long and grueling flight.

As Kitty explores the strange and magical water world of the Florida Keys her knack for getting herself into precarious situations sweeps her headlong into the adventure of a lifetime involving mysterious lights, ancient shipwrecks, razor-toothed barracudas and even a sighting of the great Ernest Hemingway himself. This exhilarating story will have armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike anxiously following every twist and turn as they are swept across the landscape and history of the Florida Keys all the way from Key West to the strange and remarkable world of Fort Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas.

Buy the book:   Amazon   Barnes & Noble

About the Author:   I Like Root Beer. When I was younger I fancied myself a bit of a Root Beer connoisseur, drinking my favourite brand (A&W, of course) from tall, narrow champagne flûtes and revelled in the sound of the ice cubes clinking against the side of the thin glass, creating a magical tinkling ambiance as I looked down my nose at all the other inferior Root Beer vintages. As I grew older and began to travel all across the globe I was naturally inclined to seek out the very best Root Beers that the world had to offer. Sadly, as I was to discover, Root Beer is very much a North-American thing and you can’t really find it anywhere else in the world. On the bright side, however, it turns out that the world is a pretty great place even without Root Beer. There are a million amazing things to see and as many more ways for all of us to see them, as our heroine and friend Kitty Hawk finds out in the course of her various adventures.

Connect with the author:   Website    Facebook    Twitter    Kitty Hawk Website

REVIEW:

Kitty is at it again with another nail-biting adventure in the Florida Keys.  Before she begins her around the world trip, she wants to take a bit of a vacation with her parents.  After exploring the Keys, she decides to go camping at Fort Jefferson to “really get away from it all”.  But we know Kitty,  her insatiable curiosity really gets the best of her when she suddenly sees an eerie green light in the shallow water close to the fort.  Unfortunately, she can’t resist taking a closer look.

I was curious to see how the author was going to prepare us for Kitty’s around-the-world trip.  I was a little worried that Kitty wasn’t ready for this enormous undertaking and was relieved to see all the precautions and preparation that Kitty and her family put into place before her trip.  The mini GPS maps really help to locate where she is on her flight path.  I googled a lot of the information I read in the book just to be sure she would be alright.  Her plane is a lot bigger than I thought and the extra fuel tanks will help her on her long haul flights.  I learned so much about geography, aviation, travel and literature as I read this book (and if you are interested to learn more, there is a mini encyclopedia at the end).

Kitty’s sense of adventure is contagious and I will be following her as she heads off to Iceland in her next book.  Where’s my backpack?

BOOK SPOTLIGHT TOUR: Waves of Murder: A Fiona Quinn Mystery by C.S. McDonald

Book Details:

Book Title:  Waves of Murder:  A Fiona Quinn Mystery
Author:  C.S. McDonald
Category:  YA Fiction, 190 pages
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  McWriter Books
Release date:  April 11, 2017
Tour dates:  May 15 to 26, 2017
Content Rating:  G (The Fiona Quinn Mysteries are for everyone–adults love the books and they are appropriate for teens and tweens too!)

Book Description:

School’s out for the summer!

Kindergarten teacher, Fiona Quinn is looking forward to spending some quality time in her yard and with her boyfriend, Detective Nathan Landry. However, Fiona’s plans get squelched when her mother volunteers her to edit a manuscript for famous romance author, Wyla Parkes.

What’s so bad about that? The author insists Fiona must work on the manuscript at her beach cottage on Presque Isle–three hours away from her yard and Nathan. Spending six weeks in an adorable cottage on a private beach doesn’t really seem all that bad until people start turning up dead—beginning with the author! Fiona’s summer of sun and sand is instantly transformed into a murder investigation. Can Fiona and Nathan crack the case or will the murderer get away on a wave of deceit?

Join Fiona and the gang for a hot whodunit on the sandy beaches of Presque Isle, Pennsylvania!

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C.S. McDonald

Meet the Author: 

For twenty-six years C.S. McDonald’s life whirled around a song and a dance. She was a professional dancer and choreographer. During that time she choreographed many musicals and an opera for the Pittsburgh Savoyards. In 2011 she retired from her dance career to write. Under her real name, Cindy McDonald, she writes murder-suspense and romantic suspense novels. In 2014 she added the pen name, C.S. McDonald, to write children’s books for her grandchildren. Now she adds the Fiona Quinn Mysteries to that expansion. She decided to write the cozy mystery series for her young granddaughters, and has found that so many adults love them too.

Ms. McDonald resides on her Thoroughbred farm known as Fly by Night Stables near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband, Bill, and her poorly behaved Cocker Spaniel, Allister.

Connect with the author:  Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook

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May 15 – Library of Clean Reads – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
May 15 – Book Crazy Scrapbook Mama – book spotlight / giveaway
May 15 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway
May 15 – Corinne Rodrigues – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 16 – Reviews in the City – book spotlight / giveaway
May 16 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 16 – Books, Dreams, Life – book spotlight / giveaway
May 16 – Blooming with Books – book spotlight / giveaway
May 17 – Rainy Day Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
May 17 – Sleuth Cafe – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
May 17 – Zerina Blossom’s Books – book spotlight / giveaway
May 17 – Mystery Suspense Reviews – book spotlight / guest post
May 18 – FUONLYKNEW – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
May 18 – The Book Drealms – book spotlight / giveaway
May 18 – Laura’s Interests – book spotlight / giveaway
May 18 – #redhead.with.book – book spotlight / giveaway
May 19 – Babs Book Bistro – book spotlight / giveaway
May 19 – Brooke Blogs – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 19 –100 Pages a day – book spotlight / giveaway
May 19 – Puddletown Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
May 22 – Hall Ways Blog – book spotlight / giveaway
May 22 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
May 22 – Books for Books – book spotlight
May 22 – Bound 2 Escape – book spotlight / giveaway
May 23 – Kristin’s Novel Cafe – book spotlight / giveaway
May 23 – Katie’s Clean Book Collection – book spotlight / giveaway
May 23 – Cassidy’s Bookshelves – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
May 24 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 24 – Seasons of Opportunities – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
May 24 – Bookworm Cafe – book spotlight / giveaway
May 25 – JBronder Book Reviews – book spotlight
May 25 – Carole’s Book Corner – book spotlight /
May 25 – Deal Sharing Aunt – book spotlight / giveaway
May 26 – 3 Partners in Shopping Nana, Mommy + Sissy, Too! – spotlight / giveaway
May 26 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
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BOOK REVIEW: The Breedling and the City in the Garden (The Element Odysseys Book 1) by Kimberlee Ann Bastian

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Book Details:

Book TitleThe Breedling and the City in the Garden (The Element Odysseys Book 1) by Kimberlee Ann Bastian
Category: YA fiction,   280 pages
Genre:  Historical Fantasy; is also intended for Adult (18+) readers
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Release date: September 20, 2016
Available for review in:  ebook (mobi, ePub or PDF)
Tour dates:  Oct 31 to Dec 9, 2016
Content Rating:  PG-13 This book is rated PG-13 for time period slag (no F*words), violence and mature themes associated with the historic time period such as smoking, drinking, gambling, and death (no sexual scenes).

Book Description:

These were the laws that once governed Bartholomew, an immortal soulcatcher, until one ill-fated night when he was forced to make a choice: rebel against his masters or reveal an ancient, dangerous secret.

He chose defiance.

Imprisoned for centuries as punishment for his decision, Bartholomew wastes away—until he creates an opportunity to escape. By a stroke of chance, Bartholomew finds himself in the human world and soon learns that breaking his bonds does not come without a price. Cut off from the grace that once ruled him, he must discover a new magic in 1930s Chicago.

Armed with only a cryptic message to give him direction, Bartholomew desperately tries to resume the mission he had started so long ago. Relying on the unlikely guidance of the streetwise orphan Charlie Reese, Bartholomew must navigate the depressed streets of the City in the Garden. But in order to solve this riddle, he must first discover if choice and fate are one in the same.

Buy the Book: Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble ~ Author Website

Kimberlee Ann Bastien

Meet the Author:

Kimberlee Ann Bastian has a unique love affair with American nostalgia, mythology, and endless possibilities. This melting pot of elements is what prompted the creation of her epic ELEMENT ODYSSEYS series, starting with the reboot of her debut novel now titled THE BREEDLING AND THE CITY IN THE GARDEN.

When she is not in her writer’s room, working her current “day job”, or consuming other literary worlds, she enjoys hiking and cycling around the bluffs of your Southeastern MN home and catching up on her favorite pop culture.

Connect with the author:  Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~ Pinterest  ~ Instagram

REVIEW:

This novel is set in different worlds, one a fantasy and the other in 1930’s Chicago.  The novel begins with the fantasy world which, to be honest, had me totally confused.  I was about to stop reading the book when pouf! we are transported to Chicago during the the Great Depression and we meet Charlie, an orphan with more guts than common sense (but who has a really good heart) who takes a foundling under his wing.  This particular foundling is not of his world and even though Charlie doesn’t really understand where he’s from, he is committed to making sure he’s safe.

Times are hard and and the local gangs threaten from every corner.  Charlie must use his street smarts to stay alive and protect “Buck” as he affectionately calls his foundling.

This novel is part of a series as the novel abruptly comes to an end.  We are bound to learn more about the “other world” in the next part (I hope so because I  feel that this fantasy world wasn’t adequately developed in this first instalment). Charlie has a way of “growing on you” and I’m sure we’ll find out more about this spunky little guy in the next part of the story.

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Book spotlight: Haven (Chronicles of Warshard #1) by Katherine Bogle

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Book Details:

Book Title:  Haven (Chronicles of Warshard #1) by Katherine Bogle
Category:  YA fiction,  208 pages
Genre:  Fantasy
Publisher:  Friesen Press
Release date:  May 2016
Available for review in:   ebook format (ePub, PDF or mobi file)
Tour dates:  Aug 15 to Sept 2, 2016
Content Rating:  PG-13 (This rating means this book MAY contain some f-words, religious profanities, non-explicit sex scenes and/or violence.)

Book Description:

Princess Haven was never meant to be Queen.

Her immortality has saved her time and time again, but when the last of her royal family dies at her feet, she is next in line to rule a nation on the brink of war. With no formal training on how to be Queen, Haven must rise to the occasion with the help of her best friends, and personal guard, or risk losing everyone she has ever loved.

With war to the West, and no escape to the East, the evil tyrant Kadia sets her sights on the six kingdoms. Haven’s neighbors are quick to fall under the swords of Kadia’s shadow soldiers, leaving a sea of bodies and a clear path to Haven’s only home. Haven must make a choice; take her people and flee to the foreign Republic across the sea or lead a last stand against a powerful dictator.

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Meet the Author:

Katherine Bogle’s debut young adult novel, Haven, came second in the World’s Best Story contest 2015. She currently resides in Saint John, New Brunswick with her partner in crime, and plethora of cats.

 

Connect with the author:   Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook

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Aug 15 – FLY HIGH! – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 15 – ACReads – review
Aug 16 – Don’t Judge, Read – review / author interview / giveaway
Aug 16 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 17 – T’s Stuff – book spotlight / interview / giveaway
Aug 17 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 18 – Working Mommy Journal – review / giveaway
Aug 18 – Singing Librarian Books – review / giveaway
Aug 19 – 100 Pages A Day – review / giveaway
Aug 22 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 22 – Library of Clean Reads – review / interview / giveaway
Aug 23 – Blooming with Books – review / giveaway
Aug 23 – #redhead.with.book – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 24 – Lukten av Trykksverte – review / giveaway
Aug 25 – History from a Woman’s Perspective – review
Aug 26 – The Autistic Gamer – review
Aug 29 – Bookaholic Banter – review / interview / giveaway
Aug 30 – Haddie’s Haven – review
Aug 31 – JBronder Book Reviews – review / guest post
Sept 1 –  Bound 4 Escape – review / giveaway
Sept 1 –  Olivia’s Catastrophe – review
Sept 1 –  Bookworm for Kids – review / giveaway
Sept 2 –  The Travelogue of a book addict – The Book Drealms – review / giveaway
Sept 2 –  All the Doodles ‘n Scribbles – review / interview / giveaway

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Book spotlight: Sunborn Rising: Beneath the Fall by Aaron Safronoff

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Book Details:

Book Title:  Sunborn Rising: Beneath the Fall by Aaron Safronoff
Category:  YA fiction,  385 pages
Genre:  Fantasy Adventure
Publisher:  Neoglyphic Entertainment
Release date:  May 2016
Available for review in:  Print or ebook (gifted Kindle copy, ePub, PDF or mobi file)
Will send print books:  USA
Tour dates:  July 4 to 29, 2016
Content Rating:  PG (No sexual content, drugs or bad language. Some mild violence, and there is a death in the book.)

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Book Description:

“Sunborn Rising: Beneath the Fall is the best vivid fantasy YA book of the year.” –Entrada Publishing

On a distant world of forests floating on an ocean around a star,
a blight threatens to plunge all life into darkness.
But three friends seek the light.
Together, they will Fall and be lost.
And at the very Root of darkness, they will find themselves.
But will it be enough to help them find their way home?

The world of Cerulean

Light and water flow from the ocean into the roots of the Great Trees, up through the boughs, and out over the lush canopy. But the once vibrant treescape has grown dim over generations of arboreal life, and the creatures of the forest have forgotten the light.

Barra, a young, willful Listlespur, finds her late father’s hidden journal, and reads about the old world and the mysterious plague her father believed destroyed it. He wrote that he warned the Elders. He urged them to take action. Those were his last words.

Together with her two best friends, Barra will explore every bark, wood, and leaf of the Great Forest to relight her world and complete her father’s story, even if she has to travel beneath the Fall.

Buy the book:   Amazon ~ Author Website

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Aaron Safronoff

Meet the Author:

Aaron Safronoff is author of the Discovery Award winning science fiction novel, Spire. Since his debut, he’s published a sequel, Fallen Spire, and a novella of literary fiction, Evening Breezes.

Safronoff’s diverse background includes the formal study of computer science, bio-chemistry, and culinary arts. However, most of his career has been in the videogame industry in quality, production, and design.

Today, Safronoff is the co-founder and Chief Storyteller of Neoglyphic Entertainment, and is busy writing his fifth novel, the second installment of the Sunborn Rising series.

Connect with the author: Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook

TOUR SCHEDULE:

July 4 –   Library of Clean Reads – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
July 4 –   A Bookworm’s Musing – review
July 4 –   Svetlana’s Reads and Views – review
July 5 –   Heidi’s Wanderings – review / giveaway
July 5 –   Rockin’ Book Reviews – review / guest post / giveaway
July 6 –   The Autistic Gamer – review
July 6 –   Discovering/Writing Life – review / author interview / giveaway
July 7 –   misty103 @ HubPages – review / author interview
July 7 –   Reading Authors – review / giveaway
July 8 –   #redhead.with.book – book spotlight / giveaway
July 8 –   Science & Fiction – review / author interview
July 11 – Working Mommy Journal – review / giveaway
July 11 – Room With Books – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
July 12 – Bookworm for Kids – review
July 12 – Book Reviews Nature Photos of Everything in Between – review
July 13 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review / giveaway
July 13 – Blooming with Books – review / giveaway
July 14 – fuonlyknew – review / giveaway
July 15 – BOOKSOMEREADS – review
July 15 – The Travelogue of a Book Addict – The Book Drealms – review / giveaway
July 18 – Library of Clean Reads – review / giveaway
July 18 – Puddletown Reviews – review / giveaway
July 19 – 100 Pages A Day – review / giveaway
July 20 – JBronder Book Reviews – review / giveaway
July 21 – Readers Muse – review / guest post
July 22 – 3 Partners in Shopping Nana, Mommy , + Sissy, Too! – review / giveaway
July 25 – Tales of the Marvelous – review / author interview
July 26 – Brooke Blogs – review / guest post / giveaway
July 27 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – review / giveaway
July 28 – Life as Leels – review
July 29 – Pause for Tales – review
July 29 – New Horizon Reviews – review

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Prizes:

1. Five winners will each receive a signed hardback copy of Sunborn Rising AND a free signed CD of the original musical soundtrack (open to USA only)

2. One winner will also win a 16’x20’ high quality (giclée) printed piece of the original art on canvas, signed by author Aaron Safronoff as well as Christopher Chamberlain the Art Director (valued at $100) – open to USA only

3. Ten winners will each get a gifted Kindle copy of Sunborn Rising with a $10 Amazon gift card AND a free digital download of the original musical soundtrack (open international)

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Book spotlight: The War of Words by Amy Neftzger

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Book Details:

Book Title:  The War of Words by Amy Neftzger
Category:  YA fiction, 330 pages
Genre:  Fantasy
Publisher:  Fields of Gold Publishing, Inc.
Release date:  March 3, 2016
Available for review in:  Print and ebook (ePUB and PDF)
Will send print books:  USA
Tour dates:  April 18 to May 13, 2016
Content Rating:  PG (No cursing, but some violence (a few battle scenes)

Book Description:  

Sometimes there’s no better way to understand reality than through fantasy, and the best way to find truth may be in a book – if you can find the right one.

Battles against darkness, a quest for truth, and a search for the book that no one can read are all part of the fantasy adventure in The War of Words. As an evil sorcerer wages war by using mysterious shadows and seeks to gain control by confusing the residents as to what’s real and what isn’t, the fate of the kingdom rests in the hands of Kelsey and Nicholas.

As the youngest officer in the king’s army, Kelsey fights the evil sorcerer s shadows on the battlefield as she explores the kingdom searching for the key to winning the war. Nicholas, a young sorcerer in training who is mastering his craft, discovers how the right words can change the course of the future.

Explore an enchanted maze, uncover the power of words, and learn about friendship in this whimsical tale.

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Meet the author:

Amy Neftzger is the author of fiction books for both adults and children. She has also been published in business and academic journals, as well as literary publications.

A few of her favorite things include traveling, books, movies, art, the Oxford comma, and gargoyles.

Connect with the author:  Website   Twitter   Facebook

TOUR SCHEDULE:

April 18 – Tales of the Marvelous – review
April 18 – misty103 @ HubPages – review / author interview
April 18 – Moon Shine Art Spot – review / author interview / giveaway
April 19 – Readers’ Muse – review / guest post
April 20 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – review / guest post / giveaway
April 20 – Heidi’s Wanderings – review / giveaway
April 21 – Library of Clean Reads – review / giveaway
April 21 – Sahar’s Blog – review
April 22 – #redhead.with.book – book spotlight / giveaway
April 25 – JBronder Book Reviews – review / author interview
April 26 – Bookroom Reviews – review / author interview
April 26 – Cover2Cover – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
April 27 – Discovering/Writing Life – review / author interview / giveaway
April 28 – The Autistic Gamer – review
April 29 – Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – review
May 2 –    Book reviews nature photos and everything in between – review
May 2 –    A Peek at My Bookshelf – review
May 3 –    Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine – book spotlight / guest post
May 4 –    3 Partners in Shopping Nana, Mommy , + Sissy, Too! – review / giveaway
May 5 –    Bound 4 Escape – review / giveaway
May 6 –    Katie’s Clean Book Collection – book spotlight / giveaway
May 9 –    Bookworm for Kids – review / giveaway
May 10 –  Blooming with Books – review / giveaway
May 11 –  Pause for Tales – review
May 11 –  Svetlana’s Reads and Views – review
May 12 –  Singing Librarian Books – review / giveaway
May 12 –  A Mama’s Corner of the World – review / giveaway
May 13 –  Create With Joy – review / giveaway
May 13 –  Novel Escapes – review

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Book review: Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses by K.N. Smith

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Book Details:

Book Title:  The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses by K.N. Smith
Category:  YA fiction, 292 pages
Genre:  Action Adventure/ Paranormal
Publisher:  Two Petals Publishing
Release date:  September 2015
Available for review in:  mobi file (for Kindle), ePub, PDF
Tour Dates:  Feb 29 – March 31, 2016
Content Rating:  PG (Action/ fight scenes, some violence)

Book Description: 

The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses is an action-adventure story about five teen boys who are mysteriously exposed to a foreign energy source that gives them extremely heightened senses. Sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell become hypersensitive gifts that forever change the world!

The story chronicles their effortless interrelations and later exposes the testing of their deep bonds, and introduces the reader to an array of supporting characters who alter the boys’ lives forever. The Urban Boys offers young and mature readers central themes of loyalty, responsibility, honesty, fear, and triumph, which become artfully integrated with cinematic-level action and high drama.

We wonder, will they pass the test of fate, and will each of us pass the test of our very own lives? Intriguing, intelligent, and full of action, The Urban Boys offers a memorable, emotion-packed, thrilling ride for traditional and digital readers of all ages! (first in a series)

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Praise for The Urban Boys:

“An energetic YA adventure debut with stellar action sequences. Smith’s writing is intelligent and often lyrical. Her exuberant prose never fails to dazzle.”- Kirkus Media

“Author K.N. Smith uses her mastery of the written word to weave an entrancing, yet powerful tale of adventure that keeps you turning pages in an unquenchable desire to find out what happens next. The author’s matchless prose details cinematic fight sequences and fully developed characterizations especially in a final, stupendous scene that will take your breath away and leave you limp with spent emotions. Five stars for this imaginative and inspiring story, sure to be as appealing to general audiences as it will be to the YA crowd!” 5-stars – Publishers Daily Reviews

“I LOVE to read, but live a hugely busy life. It gets more complicated upon that rare occasion when a book is so captivating, so enthralling, that it is impossible to walk away. With only definitive hours in a day, something has to give. For me, that was sleep! And it was worth every sacrificed minute. “The Urban Boys” was the grand slam home run and exceeded my wildest expectations and I would bet, maybe yours, as well. Totally new concepts and a rich crew of characters – good, bad and ugly… and suspenseful twists that keep you guessing, and such beautiful, strong writing! A must read for fans of YA action/adventure/fantasy!!” 5-stars – Indie Book Reviewers

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Meet the author:

K.N. Smith is an American author and passionate advocate of childhood and family literacy programs throughout the world. She continues to inspire students of all ages to reach their highest potential in their literary and educational pursuits. Her creative, lyrical flair sweeps across pages that twist, turn, and grind through elements of paranormal and action-adventure in diverse, exciting, edge-of-your-seat narratives. She lives with her family in California.

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REVIEW:

The premise of five young boys endowed with five different superpowers is an interesting one.  The overall theme of the book is “good against evil”.  The story’s setting takes place in Danville, a small utopian-themed town where everyone is kind and helpful and family relationships are tightly knit. Unbeknownst to the boys and citizens of Danville, however, the neighbouring town of Sandry Lake is experiencing decay and oppression inflicted by a dark overlord.

As much as I enjoy reading YA fiction, I felt bombarded by all the characters that were introduced early on in the plot.  I was completely lost and it took me until at least half way through the book to figure who was who.  There were a lot of unnecessary details in the plot that didn’t add to the storyline.  I was confused as I kept trying to ascertain the importance of these details to the overall plot.  I’m not sure if the author purposely had the book narrated like a storyteller recounting a fairytale but I kept hearing Vincent Price’s voice in my head as I kept on reading.

I feel that this story would make an excellent graphic novel.

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Book Blast: War and Me by M.A. Wood

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  • Genre:  YA / historical fiction / romance
  • Published:  September 26, 2013
  • Ebook:  200 page

Book Description:

Flying model airplanes isn’t cool, not for fifteen-year-old girls in the 1940’s. No one understands Julianna’s love of flying model airplanes but her dad. When he leaves to fly bomber planes in Europe forcing Julianna to deal with her mother’s growing depression alone, she feels abandoned until she meets Ben, the new boy in town.

But when he signs up for the war, too, she has to consider whether letting her first love drift away would be far easier than waiting for the next casualties.

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Meet the author:

1da64a24-b0e3-475a-b0ca-de0b223a778eMarcy Blesy is the author of several middle grade, young adult, and new adult novels and short stories. Her picture book, Am I Like My Daddy?, helps children who experienced the loss of a parent when they were much younger. She has also been published in two Chicken Soup for the Soul books as well as various newspapers and magazines. By day she runs an elementary school library and enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys.

Marcy is a believer in love and enjoys nothing more than making her readers feel a book more than simply reading it.

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Book spotlight: At the Sharp End of Lightning (Oceanlight Book One) by N.R. Bates

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Book Details:

Book Title At the Sharp End of Lightning by NR Bates
Category:  YA fiction, 444 pages
Genre:  Fantasy / magic realism / sci fi
Publisher:  NR Bates Publishing
Release date:  October 2015
Available for review in:  Print, ebook, mobi file (for Kindle), gifted Kindle copy, ePub, PDF
Will send books:  USA & Canada
Tour dates: Jan 4 to 29, 2016
Content Rating: PG-13 (There is one f-word, but no other profanities, sex, violence)

Book Description:

AT THE SHARP END OF LIGHTNING. The interwoven fantastical tale of family, of loss and sacrifice, of unexpected gifts and coping with disability and new abilities set against the backdrop of climate change occurring across parallel worlds. In Oceanlight, Yalara Narika, a winged Sea Sprite, searches for her lover over immense seas only to find catastrophe and realization that her world is in turmoil.

Meanwhile in the safe suburban normality of North Wales, Einion Morgan Alban, a restless youth afflicted by a disease of the blood, is nearly murdered by a man in a white suit. Yalara and Einion must discover the causes of their near-deaths and their as yet unrevealed connections as they both face upheaval to their lives and their worlds.

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Meet the author:

​NR Bates was born in London, grew up in Wales, and lived in Canada and Bermuda. He shares his life with his wife and his house with seven cats, one dog and the subtropical wildlife of lizards, wolf spiders and ant colonies that seek out a better life indoors.

He is an oceanographer and scientist, and has published more than one hundred and thirty scientific papers on ocean chemistry, climate change and ocean acidification. He is a Senior Scientist at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences and Professor of Ocean Biogeochemistry at the University of Southampton, UK.

​His novels focus on epic fantasy and magic realism, and inspired by his deep love of the ocean and environmental sciences. He has also recently published a small book of short-stories set in Paris, entitled “The Fall of Icarus (The Elevator, The Fall of Icarus, and The Girl)”.

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