Ashes to Magic Blog Tour

From Ashes to Magic (Anthology)
by Various Authors
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: December 2nd 2019

Summary:

It’s when they creep out of the shadows that you should beware. The good ones will hold your hand when you’re having a nightmare; the bad ones BECOME your nightmare, seeping into your very soul and burrowing in the darkness until they’ve completely taken over. Ten authors. Ten stories. Many supernatural beings you’ve come to know and love. Once you plunge into these pages, you won’t want to leave.

*****

REBIRTH A. Denner Immortality always comes with a sacrifice. But how can Nova finish the deed when her Prey is the only one that can save her?
GABBY’S FUTURE Mikki Noble A future-telling tree offers Gabby an unpromising future she must try to change. Will that change make things better or worse?


LIFE AND DEATH Nita Pan Brimming with love and betrayal, the courtship between two gods explores what it means to have humanity. Is the divine romance between Life and Death doomed from the very beginning? CHOSEN Jennifer C. Colvin Stolen away to the Philippine Underworld by a mysterious goddess, dutiful and meek Bituin, a young girl from a small hidden mountain town on Cabu Island, discovers the gods have chosen her as a Babaylan (shaman). Newly imbued with powers beyond her wildest imagination, Bituin’s spiritual awakening sends her life into upheaval and rocks the foundation of her quiet town.


BROKEN PROMISES Evelyn Chartres A young woman finds herself isolated from all she knows when her home is set ablaze. Despite insurmountable odds, she must risk traversing unfamiliar and hostile territory to find help, or declare her life forfeit.


CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET? Carmen Adams Palkar Village is a bloodthirsty place for those of the supernatural, and after years of senseless persecution the Sorcerer community sought refuge elsewhere. For decades the Earth Sorceress Alina lived peacefully among her kind in a deep forest until one night of magic changed her world. The Sorcerer community lived in secret tranquility for decades…but would things stay that way?


HAVENLESS Ryen Lesli Bitter Regret creates beautiful betrayal in Havenless. In the fall of 1513, the ebb was torn apart by the tragic love story of Torr and his Witch, Nahlia. Murdered by her own twin, Nahlia’s lost spirit roams the Haven clan, leaving Torr with a broken heart, fighting against the shocking betrayal that stole everything from him. A betrayal that will echo through time.


SULFUR NIGHT Abby Paul Cursed. Tainted. Marked. The children born on the sulfur night aren’t like the rest of us. They can serve only one purpose. Perhaps the new gods are as blood thirsty as the old.


THE LOCKSMITH Air Meghlen For Cara, a non-magical human, in a world of magic, picking locks is how she makes a living. Her quiet life is threatened when a mysterious traveler brings her a complex lock that makes her the target of a powerful enemy.


ORDINARY FAE Melony Paradise
The only way to hide from a Fae king is to live among humans—as a human. Can Izbella Rane have the normal life she wants, or will she be forced into a world her family fled from? 

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The Most Anticipated Books of 2020

Waiting for books is hard. Especially waiting for a year! Here are five of the book I cant wait to hold.

1.Imagine Me (Shatter Me, #6)

The explosive finale to the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Shatter Me series.

Juliette Ferrars.

Ella Sommers.

Which is the truth and which is the lie?

Now that Ella knows who Juliette is and what she was created for, things have only become more complicated. As she struggles to understand the past that haunts her and looks to a future more uncertain than ever, the lines between right and wrong—between Ella and Juliette—blur. And with old enemies looming, her destiny may not be her own to control.

The day of reckoning for the Reestablishment is coming. But she may not get to choose what side she fights on.

I’m so sad is the last book of the series but I also cant wait to know what’s going on. The cliff hanger is killing me, I need more. Im going to miss this series though.

2. The Sinner (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #18)

A sinner’s only hope is true love in this passionate new novel in J.R. Ward’s #1 New York Times bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood series.

Syn has kept his side hustle as a mercenary a secret from the Black Dagger Brotherhood. When he takes another hit job, he not only crosses the path of the vampire race’s new enemy, but also that of a half-breed in danger of dying during her transition. Jo Early has no idea what her true nature is, and when a mysterious man appears out of the darkness, she is torn between their erotic connection and the sense that something is very wrong.

Fate anointed Butch O’Neal as the Dhestroyer, the fulfiller of the prophecy that foresees the end of the Omega. As the war with the Lessening Society comes to a head, Butch gets an unexpected ally in Syn. But can he trust the male—or is the warrior with the bad past a deadly complication?

With time running out, Jo gets swept up in the fighting and must join with Syn and the Brotherhood against true evil. In the end, will love true prevail…or was the prophecy wrong all along

This one is not so much for me but for two of my closes friends who are in love with this series and keep begging me to read it. lol

3. Malorie (Bird Box 2)

In the thrilling sequel to Bird Box, the inspiration for the record-breaking Netflix film that starred Sandra Bullock and “absolutely riveted” Stephen King, New York Times bestselling author Josh Malerman brings unseen horrors to life.

The film adaptation of Malerman’s first novel, Bird Box, was watched by over forty-five million Netflix accounts in the first week, the best first seven days ever for a film on the platform. Countless more came to know the story through social media. The image of Sandra Bullock’s character, Malorie, blindfolded—as she’s led through a terrifying near-future apocalypse by the trained ears of her children—has become synonymous with a new generation of horror.

Now from the mind of a true master of suspense comes the next chapter in the riveting tale. This time, Malorie is front and center, and she will confront the dangers of her world head-on.

I read & watch Bird Box and wonder if there was more, and to my surprise there is. I cant wait to buy this book !

4. The Shadow Wand ( The Black witch chronicles #3)

Separated from her friends, Elloren Gardner must hone her newly discovered powers with the help of her new fastmate and unexpected ally, Lukas Grey, in order to keep the darkness sweeping over Erthia at bay.

For the first time in the series, Laurie Forest will be writing in multiple character POVs, following the stories of several fan-favorite secondary characters from earlier books, including Trystan Gardner, Tierney Calix, Wynter Eirllyn, and a young Urisk woman named Sparrow.

I been dying for this book! I found out about the Black Witch Chronicles from the book of the month book club on Facebook. We were reading it for club and I devour that book. It immediately gained a new fandom, I need this book to complete this story.

5. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (The Hunger Games #0)

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes will revisit the world of Panem sixty-four years before the events of The Hunger Games, starting on the morning of the reaping of the Tenth Hunger Games.

Once again this one ended up in my list but not for me. This one is for my daughter who loves The Hunger Games series and I cant wait to get it for her and see how happy she is 🙂

The Book Addition Book tag

Well hello Everyone,

Are you a book addict? Should we find out? I believe I am. Lets begging with it 🙂

1. What is the longest amount of time you can comfortably go without picking up a book?

A few days . I cant go more than that unless I’m in a book hangover.

2. How many books do you carry on your person (or kindle) at any one time?

I usually carry one to two books plus my kindle which holds 553 different books.

3. Do you keep every book you buy/receive or are you happy to pass them on to make space for more?

It depends on how much I loved it and if its from my favorite author or not. I don’t give away ANY books from my favorite author.

4. How long would you spend in a bookshop on a standard visit?

if I could I would stay there for ever. lol. I think the longest I been in a book store has been 3 hours.

5. How much time per day do you actually spend reading?

I try to read as much as I can but I think the most would be one to two hours.

6. Where does the task ‘picking up a book’ appear on your daily to-do list?

In the bus or doctors office. I usually go to an appointment early just so I can have time to read.

7. How many books do you reckon you own in total (including e-books)?

Physical- 438

Ebooks- 553

total- 991

8. Approximately how often do you bring up books in conversation?

Almost everyday with my book lover friends. once in a while with everyone else.

9. What is the biggest book (page count) you have finished reading?

over a thousand pages, many of the Stephen King books I read and love.

10. Is there a book you had to get your hands on against all odds i.e searching bookshops, online digging etc?

Any future Shatter me books, Any books by Lisa Scottoline & Stephen King.

11. A book you struggled to finish but refused to DNF?

Wizard and Glass by Stephen King. It took me 2 years!

Forlorn Series Blog Tour

Summary:

Bad luck seems to follow Grace Fortune wherever she goes. She was orphaned at a young age,and her musical talent got her accepted to a prestigious school for the arts, where she was caught in the middle of horrific school shooting that nearly takes her life.But then she meets gorgeous loner, Jared Lorn, and falls madly in love. There is onlyone problem. Jared is not exactly human. He’s a Nephilim, an angel/human hybrid, descended from a cursed line of fallen angels known as the Watchers.Having a half-demon boyfriend who’s under a curse from God can be tough enough. But then Grace decides that she wants to help free Jared from the curse by killing his angel father, Azazel, who is bound up in the Abyss, where he will be judged at the End of Days.She has a powerful ally in her guardian angel Ariel, who has given her a weapon: a Song that cantame demons. With a crew of loyal friends, Grace and Jared will travel to the ends of the earth, battling the forces of heaven and hell that seek to defeat them. Yet as their love grows stronger, they will find themselves in danger of succumbing to the very corruption that caused the Watchers’ downfall.Add to GoodreadsForsaken

(Forlorn #2)

August 2018Summary:He was forsaken but not forgotten.Nine months have passed since Grace Fortune saw the boy she loves, Jared Lorn, die before her eyes. But Grace’s suspicions have her wondering if Jared really dead. Along with her friends, she sets out to find answers, and the investigation leads to an unexpected place: Silo City, an abandoned silo complex that houses as many dark secrets as it does forsaken people.Select an area to comment on

Very much alive, Jared’s on a mission to save the girl he loves by collaborating with the enemy—a young, brash rock star named Lester Crow who fronts the punk metal band Blood Moon. Jared’s “deal with the devil” will take him on a cross-country journey into the heartland of darkness. The music of Blood Moon is a weapon against God, and Jared must wield this weapon while trying desperately to preserve his mind and soul from its power.Jared and Grace are desperate to be reunited, but first, they must defeat the demonic forces arrayed against them. And pray that Jared, a Nephilim forsaken in God’s eyes, has a chance at a future.Add to GoodreadsForgiven

(Forlorn #3)

July 2019Summary:Jared Lorn’s secret is about to be unleashed.Jared Lorn and Grace Fortune have defeated enemies both physical and spiritual and have begun to think their battles were over. All they want is to be together, write music and figure out a life together. They finally have a measure of peace.Until they come face to face with an even more dangerous adversary, a mega-rich entrepreneur who has discovered Jared’s dark secret. Determined to harness and exploit Jared’s “gift” under the guise of saving the world, Darwin Speer pursues them to the ends of the earth, using every tool at his disposal, including the power of a gigantic Machine that could open the Abyss and release the Watchers from their prison. Jared becomes his unwitting accomplice, and Grace must not only save him from the clutches of a genius madman, but attempt to undo the damage he has already done.From the safety of the “Hobbit Hole” to a medieval castle in Switzerland, the mists of Iceland and the ice caves of Norway, Jared and Grace embark on a mission to stop Speer and his secret society, the Interlaken Group, from unleashing a power they do not understand. In the process they discover another terrifying truth: Jared is not the only one of his kind in the world.

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About the Author

Gina Detwiler was planning to be a teacher but switched to writing so she wouldn’t have to get up so early in the morning. She is the co-author with bestselling author and speaker Priscilla Shirer of ThePrince Warrior series for middle grade readers. She has also written the novels Hammer of God and Avalon under the name Gina Miani.Website:

https://ginadetwiler.com/Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14738167.Gina_DetwilerTwitter: http://www.twitter.com/ginadetwilerFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/gdetwiler/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ginadetwilerauthor/

The Vagabond Mother

Tracey Scott-Townsend

Not every Vagabond is a Castaway… Maya Galen’s oldest son, Jamie, left home eight years ago after a massive row with his parents and now Joe, her youngest child and apple of her eye, has cut off all contact with them too.

Called to Australia to identify the body of a young man, Maya is given her son’s journal. After a sleepless night she decides that the only thing she can do is follow in Joe’s footsteps and try to discover her most basic human self. Eschewing a monetary lifestyle, from now on she must rely on her physical and emotional strength to survive.
Following Joe’s hand-drawn maps and journal entries, she travels from Australia to Denmark and beyond, meeting many other travellers along the way and learning valuable lessons.
Eventually a crisis forces her to return home and confront the end of her marriage, but also a new understanding of what family, in the widest sense, really means.

Exploring the big questions at the heart of human existence, The Vagabond Mother shares territory with books and films such as Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, The Way, starring Martin Sheen, Wild: A Journey from Lost to Found by Cheryl Strayed and Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.

Here is the buy link if interested

Great Kids Don’t Just Happen Tour Blog

Great Kids Don’t Just Happen

If there are children in your life, you need Dr. Smolen’s research and wisdom!

Physically and emotionally healthy children are Great Kids. They are happier when young and thrive as adults.

Pediatrician Dr. Paul Smolen identifies five essential parenting elements which help develop happy and successful kids.
In Great Kids Don’t Just Happen you will learn how to use those elements and nurture the children in your life.

The author’s observations and advice are supported by scientific studies referenced throughout the book and personal observations from his many years of practice as a pediatrician. The five essential elements and how to apply them are made easy to understand in the warm words of one who knows, practices, and teaches from research, observation, and experience.

Learn how to provide:

  • Realistic praise
  • Consistent limits
  • A healthy emotional environment
  • Strong parental commitment
  • Stability

Dr. Smolen’s research and wisdom are sure to be of great help for your family and loved ones.

About the Author


Dr Paul Smolen,

also known as Doc Smo by his friends, is a pediatrician with 33 years of experience caring for children and families. He is the creator and curator of the popular pediatric blog, docsmo.com. He is a graduate of Duke University (1974), Rutgers Medical School (1978), and Wake Forest University-N.C. Baptist Hospital (1982). At Wake Forest University he completed a residency in general pediatrics, served as chief resident, and completed a fellowship in ambulatory pediatrics. He became board certified in the American Academy of Pediatrics (1983) and completed his MOC in 2014. For the last 33 years, he has been an Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, helping to train a generation of medical students and pediatric residents as well as author several research papers. In February 2015, he published his parenting book called, Can Doesn’t Mean Should, Essential Knowledge for 21st Century Parents. He is currently a practicing pediatrician in Charlotte, NC.

Recent News:

The DocSmo.com pediatric blog becomes one of the most successful pediatric blogs on the internet, currently with 40,000 visits/month.

Can Doesn’t Mean Should is referred to in psychologist John Rosemond’s syndicated column, April 2015, as an “Excellent resource” for parents.

South Charlotte Weekly does a featured article about Can Doesn’t Mean Should, April 2015.

http://www.thecharlotteweekly.com/news/2015/04/south-charlotte-pediatrician-releases-first-book/

The Duke University library, Doc Smo’s alma mater, acquires a copy of Can Doesn’t Mean Should- April 2015.

Win one of 5 ebooks (gifted-Kindle) of GREAT KIDS DON’T JUST HAPPEN by Dr. Paul Smolen (five winners) (Open Internationally) Giveaway ends: 12/6/2019

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If anyone is interested on purchase the book here is the link

My Netgally Shelf

I love signing for free books to read. There are some books that I fall in love or get supper interested on as a first impression. But later on I don’t want to read. This are four books that wont make my to read list. And four I cant wait to read

1) The Curse of Sara Douroux by C.A. Wittman

Description

A gothic tale of horror, secrets, and an unimaginable past…

In a remote island community, Sara lives with her deeply religious elderly parents. Discouraged from building friendships in school, she leads a quiet, secluded life, but when the family is forced to take in four mysterious young cousins, Sara’s world turns tumultuous.

Something wicked, something dark has Sara’s family in its grip. An insidious terror will soon sweep through the small valley where Sara lives, threatening the lives of her neighbors. In a race to learn the truth of who her cousins really are, Sara forms a tenuous friendship with an unlikely pair: Jenny, a shy newcomer to the island, and Sunami, a tomboyish local girl. As the girls discover a chilling truth, they realize to their horror that time is running out and some secrets should never be disturbed.

This one seem to have so many low reviews. I never really let that change my mind on what to read but I lost interest on this one.

2) The Old Man’s Request by Joab Stieglitz

Description

Fifty years ago, a group of college friends dabbled in the occult and released a malign presence on the world. Now, on his deathbed, the last of the students enlists the aid of three newcomers to banish the thing they summoned.

Hampered by the old man’s greedy son, the wizened director of the university library, and a private investigator with a troubled past, can Russian anthropologist Anna Rykov, Doctor Harry Lamb, and Father Sean O’Malley gather the knowledge and resources needed to defeat the entity?

The Old Man’s Request is a pulp adventure set in the 1920s, and the first part of the Utgarda Trilogy.

This one just didn’t held my attention. I got bored with it and I DNF it.

3) Grace, Not Perfection. Embracing Simplicity, Celebrating Joy by Emily Ley

Description

I will hold myself to a standard of grace, not perfection.

As a busy wife, new mother, business owner, and designer, Emily Ley came to a point when she suddenly realized she couldn’t do it all. She needed to simplify her life, organize her days, and prioritize the priorities. She decided to hold herself to a standard of grace rather than perfection. This mantra led to the creation of her bestselling Simplified Planner®, a favorite among busy women everywhere—from mamas to executives and everywhere in between.

Grace, Not Perfection takes this message from a daily planner to an inspirational book that encourages women to simplify and prioritize. Designed with Emily Ley’s signature aesthetic, this book gives women tangible ways to simplify their lives to give space to what matters most. With a focus on faith, Emily reminds readers that God abundantly pours out grace on us—and that surely we can extend grace to ourselves.

Have you been told you can have it all, only to end up exhausted and occasionally out of sorts with the people you love? Are you ready for a new way of seeing your time? Learn to live a little more simply. Hold yourself and those you love to a more life-giving standard in Grace Not Perfection,and allow that grace to seep into your days, your family, and your heart.

Cute Story, Cute cover but definitely not my type of book. I gave it a try but it didn’t held my attention

4. Cherry Scones & Broken Bones. A Very Cherry Mystery #2 by Darci Hannah

At the Cherry Orchard Inn, “Cherry scones to die for” turns out to be all too true

Tainted by a recent murder, the Cherry Orchard Inn is struggling to attract guests―until celebrated portrait painter Silvia Lumiere books a room for the summer. Whitney Bloom, the inn’s new manager, can’t believe her good luck. Between her scrumptious cherry scones and the painter’s remarkable talent, the inn swiftly becomes the center of the Cherry Cove art scene.

However, all is not the bowl of cherries it appears. There’s a rotten core in the portrait painter that only Whitney and her friends can see. And just as Whitney’s baking skills and patience are pushed to their limits, another death occurs at the inn. With all fingers pointing at her, Whitney realizes it will take all her cherry-tastic talents to bake her way out of this one.

Includes recipes!

I didn’t realize this was the second book of the series and I haven’t read the first one yet.

The Ones I cant wait to read

1)The Orphan Thief by Glynis Peters

Description

From the internationally bestselling author of The Secret Orphan

When all seems lost…

As Hitler’s bombs rain down on a battered and beleaguered Britain, Ruby Shadwell is dealt the most devastating blow – her entire family lost during the Coventry Blitz.

Hope still survives…

Alone and with the city in chaos, Ruby is determined to survive this war and rebuild her life. And a chance encounter with street urchin Tommy gives Ruby just the chance she needs. 

And love will overcome…

Because Tommy brings with him Canadian Sergeant Jean-Paul Clayton. Jean-Paul is drawn to Ruby and wants to help her, but Ruby cannot bear another loss. Can love bloom amidst the ruins? Or will the war take Ruby’s last chance at happiness too?

This is a sweeping historical romance filled with hope and resilience, perfect for fans of Christina Baker Kline, Soraya M. Lane and Shirley Dickson.

2)You Too? 25 Voices Share Their #MeToo Storie by Janet Gurtler

Description

A timely and heartfelt collection of essays inspired by the #MeToo movement, edited by acclaimed author Janet Gurtler. Featuring Beth Revis, Mackenzi Lee, Ellen Hopkins, Saundra Mitchell, Jennifer Brown, Cheryl Rainfield and many more.

When #MeToo went viral, Janet Gurtler was among the millions of people who began to reflect on her past experiences. Things she had reluctantly accepted—male classmates groping her at recess, harassment at work—came back to her in startling clarity. She needed teens to know what she had not: that no young person should be subject to sexual assault, or made to feel unsafe, less than or degraded.

You Too? was born out of that need. By turns thoughtful and explosive, these personal stories encompass a wide range of experiences and serve as a reminder to readers that they, too, have a voice worthy of being heard—and that only by listening and working together can we create change.

3) Home Erring and Outcast Girls by Julie Kibler

Description

An emotionally raw and resonant story of love, loss, and the enduring power of friendship, following the lives of two young women connected by a home for “fallen girls,” and inspired by historical events.
 
Home for Erring and Outcast Girls deftly reimagines the wounded women who came seeking a second chance and a sustaining hope.—Lisa Wingate, author of Before We Were Yours

In turn-of-the-20th century Texas, the Berachah Home for the Redemption and Protection of Erring Girls is an unprecedented beacon of hope for young women consigned to the dangerous poverty of the streets by birth, circumstance, or personal tragedy. Built in 1903 on the dusty outskirts of Arlington, a remote dot between Dallas and Fort Worth’s red-light districts, the progressive home bucks public opinion by offering faith, training, and rehabilitation to prostitutes, addicts, unwed mothers, and “ruined” girls without forcibly separating mothers from children. When Lizzie Bates and Mattie McBride meet there—one sick and abused, but desperately clinging to her young daughter, the other jilted by the beau who fathered her ailing son—they form a friendship that will see them through unbearable loss, heartbreak, difficult choices, and ultimately, diverging paths.

A century later, Cate Sutton, a reclusive university librarian, uncovers the hidden histories of the two troubled women as she stumbles upon the cemetery on the home’s former grounds and begins to comb through its archives in her library. Pulled by an indescribable connection, what Cate discovers about their stories leads her to confront her own heartbreaking past, and to reclaim the life she thought she’d let go forever. With great pathos and powerful emotional resonance, Home for Erring and Outcast Girls explores the dark roads that lead us to ruin, and the paths we take to return to ourselves.

4) A Death in Harlem A Novel by Karla FC Holloway

Description

In A Death in Harlem, famed scholar Karla Holloway weaves a mystery in the bon vivant world of the Harlem Renaissance. Taking as her point of departure the tantalizingly ambiguous “death by misadventure” at the climax of Nella Larsen’s 1929 best-selling novel Passing, Holloway takes readers back to the sunlit boulevards and shaded sidestreets of Jazz Age New York. A murder there will test the mettle, resourcefulness, and intuition of Harlem’s first “colored” policeman, Weldon Haynie Thomas.

Clear glass towers rising in Manhattan belie a city where people are often not what they seem. For some here, identity is a performance of passing—passing for another race, for another class, for someone safe to trust. Thomas’s investigation illuminates the societies and secret societies, the intricate code of manners, the world of letters, and the broad social currents of 1920’s Harlem.

A Death in Harlem is an exquisitely crafted, briskly paced, and impeccably stylish journey back to a time still remembered as a peak of American glamour. It introduces Holloway as a fresh voice in storytelling and Weldon Haynie Thomas as an endearing and unforgettable detective.

THE AUTHOR

Karla FC Holloway is James. B. Duke Professor (Emerita) of English and Law at Duke University, where her research and teaching included African American literary and cultural studies, bioethics, gender, and law. She is the author of eight books, including Passed On: African-American Mourning Stories, Private Bodies/Public Texts: Race, Gender, and a Cultural Bioethics, and Legal Fictions: Constituting Race, Composing Literatures.