Monday, December 5, 2016

Evanders School of Second Chances Blog Tour!

Blog Tour Kick-Off: The School of Second Chances & The Lost and Lonely (Evanders School for Enchanted Personage #1 & 1.5) by Elaine White!

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YA Bound Book Tours is organizing a Blog Tour for: The School of Second Chances & The Lost and Lonely (Evanders School for Enchanted Personage #1 & 1.5) by Elaine White. This tour will run from December 5th to 9th. Check out the tour schedule below.

The School of Second Chances
(Evanders School for Enchanted Personage #1)
Genre: YA Fantasy (LGBT)
Release Date: August 28th 2016
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Summary from Goodreads:

When a group of mishaps are drawn together at the most prestigious magical school in Scotland, vampires meet banshees, witches meet wolves, and things begin to happen that haven’t happened for an age. For these eight teenagers, turning sixteen has never seemed so terrifying. To learn how to hone their skills, they will discover more secrets lurking behind the shadows of their mythical lives than they ever realised existed. How they survive the school is one thing. How they survive each other will be quite another.  





The Lost and Lonely
(Evanders School for Enchanted Personage #1.5)
Genre: YA Fantasy (LGBT)
Release Date: August 28th 2016
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Summary from Goodreads:
Phil always thought his life was going to be chaotic. Orphaned as a child and having grown up in foster care, his boyfriend Logan is the only shining light in his world, along with Phil’s two foster sisters, Ella and Estelle. But when Estelle goes off to a fancy new boarding school, suddenly everything changes. His life won’t always be dark and lonely, but it will no longer be simple, either. When the Sutherland’s enter his life, Phil has to question what secrets he’s willing to keep and where the word ‘magical’ fits into his normal, human life.  



About the Author

Elaine White is the author of multi-genre romance, covering everything from paranormal, crime and contemporary. Growing up in a small town and fighting cancer in her early teens taught her that life is short and dreams should be pursued. Living vicariously through her independent, and often hellion characters, she lives comfortably at home with a pack of wolves cleverly disguised as one standard poodle.

The Winner of two Watty Awards – Collector's Dream (An Unpredictable Life) and Hidden Gem (Faithfully) – she has explored the worlds of multiple genres, but remains a romantic at heart. A self-professed geek, Elaine has fallen in love with reading and writing LGBT romance, offering diversity in both genre and character within her stories.

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Blog Tour Schedule – 
December 5th
WhimsyPages    https://whimsypages.wordpress.com/    Review
Jamie Gehin YA Author www.jamiegehin.com   Promo Post
Loves Great Reads  Character Bios

December 6th
POTL: All Things, Books, Reading and Publishing https://princessofthelight.wordpress.com    Promo Post
Kara the Redhead    http://karatheredhead.blogspot.com/ Promo Post
The Silver Dagger Scriptorium     http://silver-dagger-scriptorium.weebly.com/   Promo Post
Books,Dreams,Life    http://staceyschneller06.wordpress.com    Promo Post

December 7th
Pippa Jay    http://pippajay.blogspot.com    Promo Post
Bookish Revelations  http://www.bookishrevelations.com./ Promo Post
To Be Read     www.tobereadsite.wordpress.com     Review
Laura's Interests    http://dogsmomvisits.blogspot.com/     Review

December 8th
Mama Reads Blog     http://mamareniazen.wordpress.com   Review
Book Lover Promo     https://bookloverpromo.wordpress.com    Promo Post
YA Book Divas    http://www.yabookdivas.com Promo Post
Just Us Book Blog      http://justusbookblog.blogspot.com/    Promo Post
Cover2Cover    http://www.chocomeiske.com     Promo Post

December 9th
A New Look On Books   http://anewlookonbooks.wordpress.com   Review
Never Too Many To Read     www.never2many2read.blogspot.com    Review
The Brooke Book Bank  http://thebrokebookbank.blogspot.com/      Review
Magic and Machines    http://magicandmachines.jessicaandgracie.com/    Promo Post
Lori's Little House of Reviews     http://lorimurray.booklikes.com/     Review

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Gift Box Reviews

You might remember that a while ago I ordered a few Gift Box Subscriptions, as testers for Grand Prizes in author events. Now that they've arrived, I can better tell which are worth the money and what gifts are worth paying more for.

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My Geek Box

For this one, you can buy back-dated boxes through PayPal, but not the subscription boxes. For that you'll need a credit card. Since I don't like paying for subscriptions through cards, I bought the back dated box, from Christmas 2015.

Inside the Secret Santa Box: Ghost Rider Keyring, Rubiks Cube Coasters, Sonic Stationery Set, Villains in a Can sound horn, Mobile Phone Joystick. There was also a Transformers mug, but I gave that to my dad.


Cost: £12.10 (includes postage)

Other cost options are:
£17.99 for an auto-renew monthly subscription
£12.99 Breaking Bad Box
£22.99 Star Wars Box
£8.99 Secret Santa Box
£12.99 Mystery Past Box
£12.99 Afterlife Box
£19.99 Welcome Box

Review:
This box would be great if you had kids. I mean, each box is relatively cheap, especially compared to Geek Fuel. And you can choose between 5-7 items in your box, which can alter the price. However, the things I received were all YA rated and aimed at kids - stationary etc.
I do like that you can choose extra one-off boxes, with a set theme. This suits me better than the mystery boxes.

★★☆☆


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Prudence and the Crow

Prudence and Crow is different. As a book-box website, you can get an awesome set of gifts: a vintage paperback, a book bag, bookplates, a bookmark and surprises. All in a handy box that will come through your letterbox. And they accept PayPal, which I love. You can buy a one off box or a subscription.

This was what came inside mine:


Cost: £12 for a one off purchase.

These are other cost options:
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Review:


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I also ordered from : Geek Fuel : which wasn't included in my previous list.

Geek Fuel

Geek Fuel is a little like My Geek Box, but with a difference. All subscription boxes are available through PayPal. But, because it's dollars, it's trickier to explain, cost wise.

Here's what was inside my box (February's Surprise Box): Retro Magazine x2, Chimichangas T-Shirt, Firefly Winter Hat, Deadpool keyring, GeekFuel Magnet, Candies in a Tub, Free Phone Game, Geek Fuel magazine.


Cost: $29.90 / £21.32

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Review:
Although coming from the US, the box didn't take much more than one or two weeks more to arrive, which was great. I also think the box is more "adult" orientated than My Geek Box, which supplied quite childish items.
For me, the items in this box were more recent and well worth the money.

★★★☆


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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Book Recommendation: Dragons in our Midst, by Bryan Davis

Dragons in Our Midst series, by Bryan Davis

Book 1 – Raising Dragons

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Blurb

A boy learns of his dragon past; a girl has known hers for years. They combine their faith, courage, and love to overcome an evil slayer who seeks to bring an end to dragon heritage, forever.

The kids at school call Billy "Dragon Breath" for good reason. His breath is bad! It isn't the normal, morning-mouth bad; it's the hot-as-fire, "don't-you-dare-get-near-me" bad. Trouble erupts when his hot breath sets off the fire sprinklers in the boys' restroom in school, and his parents learn that they've kept their secret for too long.

Billy finally discovers the secret. His father was once a dragon! Now that's a piece of news a guy doesn't deal with every day! Billy feels betrayed, alien, lost. When the dragon slayer traps him on a cold mountaintop in West Virginia, Billy learns to battle with weapons of steel and spirit while relying on a power he doesn't understand, a power that helps him learn to trust again.

Bonnie, an orphan, tries to find a home, someone to love her, even though she feels like a freak because of a body feature that she calls a deformity. But this unusual feature becomes a life-saving attribute as she discovers that her love for others and her faith in a creator hold the answers she's looking for.

Buy Links

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Book 2 – The Candlestone

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Blurb

The first book, Raising Dragons, plunged two teenagers, Billy Bannister and Bonnie Silver, into mind-boggling mysteries, life or death pursuits, and deadly sword-to-sword battles.    In The Candlestone, a mysterious book leads Billy into mortal combat with a powerful dragon slayer. Separated from his friends and finding his dragon traits useless against this enemy, he has to rely on new weapons, a sword and shield he cannot even see.    A scientist lures Bonnie to his laboratory with amazing news—her mother is still alive! And he should know; he’s her father. He has learned the secret of long life—dragon blood, and he wants Bonnie to help him with his experiments. But first he must send her to retrieve her mother from the candlestone, that strange, paralyzing gem that absorbs light and with it the strength of dragons and their offspring.    The candlestone is also a prison that imprisons people who have been transformed into light energy by Excalibur, King Arthur’s great sword. When Bonnie enters the stone, she learns that many disembodied souls have fallen prey to the gem’s powers, but no one has ever escaped. Her only hope is for Billy to overcome the dragon slayer and find a way into the candlestone, and, more importantly, a way out.    Billy and Bonnie face their greatest fears, and they learn to use their strengths, both innate and newly found, as they battle powerful enemies, ancient fiends from times long past, and the horrors of the blackest of prisons, captivity with the walls of unearthly darkness, the crystalline tomb of the candlestone.

Buy Links

AmazonUSA         Amazon UK            Barnes and Noble         Kobo
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Book 3 – Circles of Seven

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Blurb

The first book, Raising Dragons, plunged two teenagers, Billy Bannister and Bonnie Silver, into mind-boggling mysteries, life or death pursuits, and deadly sword-to-sword battles.
In the second book, The Candlestone, Billy is led into mortal combat with a powerful dragon slayer. Separated from his friends and finding his dragon traits useless against this enemy, he has to rely on new weapons, a sword and shield he cannot even see.
    Now in Circles of Seven, using their dragon traits and the wisdom they gained through their earlier adventures, Billy and Bonnie explore a multi-dimensional domain of evil. In this realm, they navigate seven perilous worlds, each one manifested in a circular plane of existence that leads them deeper into the domain of a powerful enemy.
The seventh circle holds a group of prisoners, captives of the evil mistress of the circles, and Billy has to find a way to set them free and give them new life. When tragedy strikes along the way, Billy has to face the most difficult decision of his life, whether to forsake Bonnie to rescue the prisoners or to find a way to save her, his best friend in the world.
Filled with action, danger, and suspense, Circles of Seven is sure to keep readers in their seats, following Billy and Bonnie to the exciting conclusion.

Buy Links

AmazonUSA         Amazon UK            Barnes and Noble         Kobo
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Book 4 – Tears of a Dragon

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Blurb

Victory in the Circles of Seven came at a great cost to Billy Bannister and Bonnie Silver. A vicious evil was unleashed on the earth that only the dragons can defeat. With Billy’s father, the great Clefspeare, missing, Billy and Bonnie must lead the dragons into war against the Watchers—demonic beings as old as the earth itself. Masters at the art of deception, the Watchers use the deadliest of weapons against mankind. A remnant of wise humans, the friends of the dragons, unite in the struggle against the Watchers. With heart-stopping action, the final battle between dragons and their enemies comes to a climax. But in order to win the war, at least one of the dragons must die.
    As the story ends, Billy and Bonnie are faced with the greatest decision of their lives. Will they keep the dragon traits that have cost them so much danger and heartache, or will they turn to normal human life and end the slayers’ lust for their blood forever.

Buy Links

AmazonUSA         Amazon UK            Barnes and Noble         Kobo

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Bryan Davis

Bryan Davis

Author Bio:

Bryan Davis is the author of the best-selling Dragons in Our Midst and Oracles of Fire series, contemporary/fantasy blends for young people. He has two books coming out this spring, Last of the Nephilim, the third book in the Oracles of Fire series, and Beyond the Reflection’s Edge, the first book in the new Echoes from the Edge series.

Bryan is also the author of several other works including The Image of a Father (AMG) and Spit and Polish for Husbands (AMG), and four books in the Arch Books series: The Story of Jesus’ Baptism and Temptation, The Day Jesus Died, The Story of the Empty Tomb, and Jacob’s Dream. Bryan lives in Western Tennessee, Florida with his wife, Susie, and their children. Bryan and Susie have homeschooled their four girls and three boys. 

Bryan was born in 1958 and grew up in the eastern U.S. From the time he taught himself how to read before school age, through his seminary years and beyond, he has demonstrated a passion for the written word, reading and writing in many disciplines and genres, including fantasy, theology, fiction, devotionals, poetry, and humor.

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