Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Spectacle Blog Tour

Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Tor Teen (February 12, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0765399687
ISBN-13: 978-0765399687

Praise for SPECTACLE

"Clever and full of murder, Jodie Lynn Zdrok's Spectacle had my eyes glued to the pages as the body count rose, and mystery stacked upon mystery as our heroine closed in on a killer who seemed miles ahead of the Parisian authorities. Fans of serial killers and criminal investigations will find much to love, and fascinating passages about morgue tours will appeal to the morbid rubbernecker in us all." ―Kendare Blake, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Three Dark Crowns series

“With a fierce heroine, grisly 19th-century murders, and a mystery that left me on the edge of my seat, Spectacle is an immersive, Parisian, YA From Hell that I absolutely devoured!" ―Gretchen McNeil, author of Ten and #MurderTrending

"Zdrok explores the universal fascination with death, set among the darker corners of 1887 Paris, and the very idea of the morgue viewings (to which parents brought their children) is chilling...Grisly, plot driven―and very creepy. Fans of historical thrillers that invoke the enduring spirit of Jack the Ripper will have fun." ―Kirkus Reviews

“Hints of the murderer’s identity are subtly and intriguingly folded into the story, and unresolved plot threads pave the way for future cases, during which Nathalie can discover more about her powers. The blend of history, mystery, and fantasy makes this debut novel a good pick for fans of Libba Bray’s Diviners series or William Ritter’s Jackaby books." ―Booklist
“The book seamlessly brings several threads together: the mystery of the murder and the horrors of the killings themselves; the beauty, bustle, and darkness of nineteenth-century Paris (the killer’s pursuit of Nathalie through the catacombs is thrillingly described); the bizarre but historically based practices of morgue viewing and blood transfusions for magic; and the destructive nature of family secrets and their generational effects. ...the tension amps up to a gasp-worthy climax.” ―Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“Zdrok has concocted an ambitious Victorian-era story. ...Intricately plotted, the story's pace burns slow before racing ahead to set up and topple assumptions about the true identity of the Dark Artist.” ―School Library Journal

A YA murder mystery in which a young reporter must use her supernatural visions to help track down a killer targeting the young women of Paris.

Paris, 1887.

Sixteen-year-old Nathalie Baudin writes the daily morgue column for Le Petit Journal. Her job is to summarize each day's new arrivals, a task she finds both fascinating and routine. That is, until the day she has a vision of the newest body, a young woman, being murdered--from the perspective of the murderer himself.

When the body of another woman is retrieved from the Seine days later, Paris begins to buzz with rumors that this victim may not be the last. Nathalie's search for answers sends her down a long, twisty road involving her mentally ill aunt, a brilliant but deluded scientist, and eventually into the Parisian Catacombs. As the killer continues to haunt the streets of Paris, it becomes clear that Nathalie's strange new ability may make her the only one who can discover the killer's identity--and she'll have to do it before she becomes a target herself.

I didn't think the combo of Fantasy, Thriller, and Historical would work but it so did. I absolutely loved this book. I could not put it down and read it in one sitting. There was twists I didn't see coming. The details and the writing are haunting and had me feeling like I was right there in Paris in 1887. I don't know what to say without spoiling this book other than to say read it. I can't wait to read more from this author in the future. 5/5 Bloody Fangs

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Jodie Lynn Zdrok holds two MAs in European History (Providence College, Brown University) and an MBA (Clark University). In addition to being an author, she’s a marketing professional, a freelancer, and an unapologetic Boston sports fan. She enjoys traveling, being a foodie, doing sprint triathlons, and enabling cats. She is represented by Ginger Clark of Curtis Brown, Ltd.
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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Friendroid Blog Tour

Age Range: 8 - 12 years

Grade Level: 3 - 7
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (March 26, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1481490656
ISBN-13: 978-1481490658


"A timely parable for this generation of digital natives." ―Kirkus

"Vaughan presents another noteworthy sf middle-grade offering peppered with mystery." ―Booklist

"For middle-grade readers who are ready to fight the power." ―Publishers Weekly

Stranger Things meets robots in this sweet story about an unlikely friendship between two boys—one human, one android. 

Eric Young is an android, but he doesn’t know. He does know that he’s just moved to Ashland, so it’s important to make the right kind of friends—the kind that would be interested in skateboarding and the new Slick sneakers his Uncle Martin sends him.

Danny Lazio doesn’t have any friends, but he doesn’t care. Even if his classmates don’t accept him, he still has Land X, the online role play game that he’s actually really good at. But then Eric takes an interest in Land X, and suddenly Danny thinks he might have found a real friend…if he can figure out the mystery behind Eric’s sudden disappearances and strange lifestyle.

It becomes harder to ignore the weird events that happen only around Eric. But uncovering the secret behind Eric’s identity is an act that might cost them both as powerful forces soon move in around them.

This heartfelt story about friendship and what it means to be human is sure to tug at your soul—or your soul-chip if you’re like Eric. 


Danny: Wednesday: October 31


I didn’t go trick or treating. Mom and I both pretended that it was because I was too old to go out collecting candy, but I think we both knew that it was because I didn’t have anyone to go with. By seven

p.m. the trick-or-treaters had all gone, and Mom and I sat down to watch TV. We were about twenty minutes into Halloween Harlem when we heard a loud bang outside—right in the middle of a super-creepy scene. We both jumped about three feet off the sofa.
“What was that?!” asked Mom.
I shook my head. “I don’t know—it sounded like it was right outside.”
Mom ran over to the front door and opened it. There was nobody there. I followed Mom out onto our front porch, and we both looked around to see where the noise could have come from.
Mom shrugged and put her hand on my shoul- der. “Must have been a car backfiring or something,” she said, and then something caught her eye and she gasped.
Mom bent down and picked up a rock lying next to the front door. She stared at it for a moment and then looked up at me. I couldn’t read her expression— I think she might have been scared. Or mad. Or both. “Who would do something like this?” she whispered, looking down at the rock in her hand.
That red rage that sometimes comes over me came over me. I didn’t think about what I would do if I found whoever did it—I just knew I wanted to catch them. I ran down the front steps toward the sidewalk. There was no one around, but whoever it was couldn’t have gotten far.
“Danny! Stop!” shouted Mom. I heard her running after me, but I kept going.
And then I heard her scream.
It was dark, but I saw Mom running onto our lawn. I ran over too, and that’s when I saw the body lying on the ground. Mom rolled the body onto its back. The boy wasn’t moving, but his eyes were wide open, and there was blood running down the side of his face. To top it off, his face was painted like one of the Death Creepers in Night of the Zombies.
“He’s just a child,” whispered Mom. She pulled his hood back from his head. As soon as I saw the blond hair, perfectly gelled back, I knew exactly who it was.
“Mom! It’s Eric!”
Mom was now in nurse mode, she had taken her sweater off and was pressing it to the side of his head. She looked up at me.
“Eric?” she asked.
“You know, from the fund raiser. The one who I was talking to.”
Mom’s eyes widened, and then she looked down at Slick. “Eric, sweetie, you’re going to be fine. We’re going to get you help.”
She looked up at me. “Danny, keep this pressed up against his head. I’m going to call nine-one-one.”
Before I could say anything, she jumped up. “Keep talking to him!” she said as she ran into the house.
I stared down at Slick. I wasn’t sure he was breathing. And I really didn’t think I had anything to say that would help, but I did what Mom told me to do.
“Hey, Eric—wake up,” I said. He didn’t move. I was starting to think he really might be dead.
Mom ran back out; she was talking on the phone, spelling out the name of our street.

“He’s in bad shape, you need to—”

Before she could finish the sentence, an ambulance pulled up in front of our house, and two female para- medics jumped out.
Mom stopped and stared at them as they dragged out a stretcher from the back, then remembered she was still on a call. “Yes, sorry, the paramedics just got here . . . yes . . . someone must have already called you . . . thank you.”
I stood up to give the paramedics space to do whatever they needed to do.
“Did someone call you?” asked Mom. One of the paramedics nodded.
“Did they see what happened?” asked Mom. The paramedic now holding Slick’s ankles looked up at Mom.
“We are not at liberty to share information about patients,” she said.
“Do you need his details?” continued Mom. “Ma’am, we are dealing with a situation here if you
wouldn’t mind stepping out of the way.” “His name’s Eric,” I said.
“Thank you,” said the paramedic, “we have all the details we need.”
“Can we accompany him to the hospital?” asked Mom.
“No, it’s all under control. He’ll be fine.”
“Is he dead?” I said. Mom fired one of her looks at me.
“No, he’s not dead. He’s fine,” said the paramedic. “Now if you could both step out of our way.”
Mom and I moved out of the way and watched as one paramedic gave the other a nod, and then they lifted Slick’s body onto the stretcher. I saw something drop from Slick’s hand. As the paramedics wheeled Slick away, I walked over to see what it was.
A rock.
I picked it up and turned it over in my head, piecing together what had happened. It didn’t take me long; it had been Slick throwing rocks at my house.
By the time the shock had worn off—maybe a few seconds—and I looked up, the paramedics had already put Slick into the ambulance. I could see Mom getting more and more angry with one of the paramedics, who was ignoring her. Mom threw her hands in the air as the ambulance drove off.
“Grab your jacket,” she said urgently as she walked past me back to the house. “We need to let Eric’s parents know what happened.”
I was going to say something about Slick and the rock, but she was gone before I had a chance to. When she came back, she was on the phone to her friend Annie, getting Slick’s address, so I didn’t have a chance to say anything until we were on our way. By that time I’d decided to shut up about it; I knew my Mom wouldn’t think this was important when Slick was lying unconscious on the way to hospital, but I disagreed. If Slick wasn’t dead, I was going to kill him.*
 *Not literally—I just mean that I was really mad. 
This is a good book about friends. I enjoyed reading it even though I am not much of a scifi fan. It's definitely a book, kids will enjoy especially since one of the characters is an android. My niece who is 10 has been bugging me to borrow my book since she found out what it's about. I can't go into to much detail as I will ruin the book for you but I highly recommend it to kids. 3/5 Bloody Fangs

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The daughter of South American parents, Monica Meira Vaughan grew up in Spain before moving to London at the age of five where she learnt English by watching Sesame Street and reading every Roald Dahl book she could get her hands on. On leaving school, and after a brief stint in public relations, Monica decided to train as a primary school teacher. She spent over ten years working in special needs, mostly with children with emotional and behavioural difficulties, before becoming a full time writer.

Monica loves writing after midnight, building cardboard cities and playing Lego with her daughter. She lives in London, UK.
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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Damned Blog Tour

Print Length: 427 pages
Publisher: Vesuvian Books (October 3, 2017)
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Language: English

Praise for DAMNED

"... seamlessly blends mystery, magic and matters of the heart to create and enthralling read." ―RT Book Reviews

"Damned is absolutely riveting, an absolute page turner. Just when you think the carnival ride is over you discover it's barley begun... If you only read one book, this should be it." ―Tracy Riva, Midwest Book Review

"Damned is full of intricate characters, voodoo, and a luxurious setting that will steal your breath away. You'll want to follow Magnus and Lexie to Hell and back, and that's stunningly likely." ―Mercedes B. Yardley, Bram Stoker Award-Winning Author of Little Dead Red

Over a hundred years after the death of Magnus Blackwell, Altmover Manor sits abandoned.

Lexie Arden and her fiancé, Will Bennett, are determined to rescue the neglected Mount Desert Island landmark. They want to make Altmover Manor their home. But Magnus has other plans.

A spirit bound to his former residence, Magnus finds himself inexplicably drawn to the young woman. She has a supernatural gift; a gift Magnus wants to exploit.

As Lexie and Will settle in, secrets from Magnus's past begin to surface. Compelled to learn all she can about the former owner, Lexie becomes immersed in a world of voodoo, curses, and the whereabouts of a mysterious dragon cane.

Magnus's crimes won't be so easily forgotten, and what Lexie unearths is going to change the future ... for everyone.

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Photo Content from Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor

Alexandrea Weis, RN-CS, PhD, is a multi-award-winning author of over twenty-seven novels, a screenwriter, ICU Nurse, and historian who was born and raised in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Having grown up in the motion picture industry as the daughter of a director, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story moving and memorable. A member of the Horror Writers Association and International Thriller Writers Association, Weis writes mystery, suspense, thrillers, horror, crime fiction, and romance. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans where she is a permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries and rescues orphaned and injured animals.

Lucas Astor is a multi-award-winning author from New York. He has resided in Central America, the Middle East, and traveled throughout Europe. He lives a very private, virtually reclusive lifestyle, preferring to spend time with a close-knit group of friends than be in the spotlight. He is a writer and poet with a penchant for telling stories that delve into the dark side of the human psyche. He likes to explore the evil that exists, not just in the world, but right next door behind a smiling face.

Weis and Astor’s first collaboration was the multi-award-winning Magnus Blackwell Series.

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Saturday, March 9, 2019

Fat Angie Rebel Girl Revolution Blog Tour

Hello Book Lovers! today on my blog I have the Fat Angie Rebel Girl Revolution tour. On my stop there is a spotlight, review, guest post, and giveaway.

More trouble at school and at home — and the discovery of a missive from her late soldier sister — send Angie and a long-ago friend on an RV road trip across Ohio.

Sophomore year has just begun, and Angie is miserable. Her girlfriend, KC, has moved away; her good friend, Jake, is keeping his distance; and the resident bully has ramped up an increasingly vicious and targeted campaign to humiliate her. An over-the-top statue dedication planned for her sister, who died in Iraq, is almost too much to bear, and it doesn't help that her mother has placed a symbolic empty urn on their mantel. At the ceremony, a soldier hands Angie a final letter from her sister, including a list of places she wanted the two of them to visit when she got home from the war. With her mother threatening to send Angie to a “treatment center” and the situation at school becoming violent, Angie enlists the help of her estranged childhood friend, Jamboree. Along with a few other outsiders, they pack into an RV and head across the state on the road trip Angie's sister did not live to take. It might be just what Angie needs to find a way to let her sister go, and find herself in the process.  

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“I was thinking about nothing because I was thinking about everything.” Angie to Jamboree

“Total Ferris Bueller, man. I needed a mental health day, yo.” Wang to Angie after ditching

“Don’t Flush Female Feminine Products.” As posted in gas station Men’s Restroom

“It’s a bad feeling. Panic. Because sometimes, you just can’t explain it.” Darius to Angie

“Dude, don’t punk my chi.” Zeke to Jamboree

“You can live your life in the shadow of a dead girl, or you can run screaming out of it. And let them all know you’re here.” Jamboree to Angie

“I am exponentially happy.” Angie to Jamboree

“What would Ms. Joan Jett do?” Angie

“I’m staring at this thing . . . this stoma on my side and hating myself. And then . . . I just named it. I was like, screw it. I’m being friends with this thing. It’s cute in a reddish-pink, part-of-your-small-intestine-sticking-out way.” Zeke to Angie

“Life is heart and (you gotta read the book) . . . ” Angie 

I went into this book not knowing it was a sequel so I was a little lost but it didn't confuse me so much that I couldn't enjoy this book. If anything it peaked my interest to buy the first book so I can read it and then reread this one. 

I really liked this book but it does deal with some important topics such as bullying and a hostile home enviornment. It was hard to read how Angie is treated by her mom and some classmates and the author handled them well. Even though it is hard hitting with these topics it  does end on a postive note. Angie has mental issues, she is over weight, and she is queer but what really makes her special is she is resilient. I just loved her. This story is so authenic and I think so many people can connect to it. I highly recommend this book as everyone needs to meet Angie and hear her story. 5/5 Bloody Fangs 


Fortunately and refreshingly, the text gives Angie no weight-loss arc...A welcomingly awkward, offbeat journey for a "gay-girl gay" girl with many heartaches. ―Kirkus Reviews

In this companion to the Stonewall Award–winning Fat Angie, Angie’s girlfriend has moved away, Angie is constantly bullied as she starts as a sophomore after repeating her freshman year, her mother still can’t stand her, and her former best friend, Jamboree, is back in’s still good to see Angie, a very human combination of neuroses, fears, truths, and desires, break through some of her defenses and take risks, from singing to loving. ―Publishers Weekly

Deemed a “force of nature” by Kirkus reviews, Mexican American author, filmmaker, playwright and poet e.E. Charlton-Trujillogrew up in small-town Mathis, Texas.

As an author, she is the recipient of the Delacorte Dell Yearling Award for her first novel, Prizefighter En Mi Casa. What followed was: the Parents’ Choice Silver Honor, a Flamingnet Top Choice Award,a National Council for the Social Studies Notable Book and made the NYC PublicLibrary Teenage List. Check out the Reviews on

Her second novel Feels Like Home released to critical praise and award nominations.

It was her third novel, Fat Angie that garnered the American Library Association’s Stonewall Award, was a Lambda Literary Finalist and a Choose to Read Ohio book. Fat Angie was also the foundation for a unique book tour to empower at-risk youth via writing and discussion and the catalyst for the feature documentary At-Risk Summer. From that experience, she co-founded a non-profit to bridge the gap between at-risk youth and artists called Never Counted Out.

Currently, she is completing the feature documentary, A Cultural of Silence for GLSEN Cincinnati, writing two novels and Fat Angie: Rebel Girl Revolution in early 2019.

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Of Salt and Stars Cover Reveal

Of Salt and Stars
By Seven Jane
Series: Havenwood Falls
Genre: Dark fantasy
Release Date: May 24, 2019
Publisher: Ang’dora Productions

The Havenwood Falls Collective is the group of award-winning and USA Today bestselling authors writing in the Havenwood Falls shared world, a universe that includes four series in the paranormal fantasy genre. Our authors have been featured in USA Today, on Good Morning America, and in the Emmy's Gifting Suite. Discover more about the Havenwood Falls world and see the full book list at

Welcome to the secluded mountain town of Havenwood Falls, home to sexy men, strong women, and neighbors who bite. Discover supernatural mystery, thrills, and romance in a place where everyone has a deep, dark, and often deadly secret.

This is a stand-alone dark fantasy tale in the Havenwood Falls shared world. Havenwood Falls is a collaborative effort by multiple authors across multiple series all in the paranormal fantasy genre, allowing readers to discover new authors and stories to fall in love with. Each author brings a stand-alone plotline, so they can be read in any order.

You might also enjoy these Havenwood Falls books:
  • Forget You Not by Kristie Cook
  • Covetousness by Randi Cooley Wilson
  • Ink & Fire by R.K. Ryals
  • Nowhere to Hide by Belinda Boring
  • The Lurkers Within by Danielle Bannister
Books are released on a monthly basis.

Look for Havenwood Falls High, a Young Adult series; Legends of Havenwood Falls, a historical fantasy series; and Havenwood Falls Sin & Silk, the darker, sexier side of town.

Immerse yourself in the world of Havenwood Falls and stay up to date on news and announcements at Join our reader group, Havenwood Falls Book Club, on Facebook at

Two women, one love, and a curse lurking in deep, dark waters

For as long as she can remember, Maris Heilen has been haunted by dreams of a beautiful woman beckoning to her from beneath the water. These dreams have been Maris’s only constant. She’s lived her life like a leaf caught in the rushing tide: no rules, no commitments, and no long-term lovers, either—just a string of broken hearts that have tried to anchor her unwilling heart to the earth. When her dreams take on a new sense of urgency following the mysterious death of her estranged father, Maris knows it’s time to uproot and keep moving, her soul pulled to the west, toward the water—toward her.

Instead Maris finds herself drawn to a surreal little town high in the Colorado mountains, where she begins to believe her dream might be much closer to reality than she’d ever imagined. When she discovers her past is linked to a legend even more haunting than her dreams—and that the woman in them is not only real but in danger of being lost to an unfathomable darkness—Maris resolves to outshine the evil that has crept into a small corner of a forgotten forest in Havenwood Falls.
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Seven Jane is an author of dark fantasy and speculative fiction. Her debut novel, The Isle of Gold, was published by Black Spot Books in October 2018. 

Seven is a member of The Author's Guild and Women's Fiction Writing Association. She writes a weekly column for WFWA's Industry News newsletter, and is a regular contributor to The Nerd Daily.

She is represented by Gandolfo Helin & Fountain Literary Management and supported by Smith Publicity.


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