Category: Blog Tour

Blog Tour: She Loves You [My Favorite Beatle]

Posted June 19, 2018 by Stephanie in #PRHPartner, Blog Tour, Listicle, Spotlight / 1 Comment

Blog Tour: She Loves You [My Favorite Beatle]

Blog Tour: She Loves You [My Favorite Beatle]She Loves You (Yeah, Yeah, Yeah) by Ann Hood
Published by Penguin Workshop on June 26th 2018
Genres: Middle Grade, Historical, Children's
Pages: 256
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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Best-selling author Ann Hood tells the story of a girl swept up in the heart of 1960s Beatlemania. Written in her signature prose, Hood weaves a tale of four misfit friends who set off to see the Beatles' final world tour, each harboring a secret hope. What emerges is a sincere and funny story of growing up, making unexpected connections, and following your dreams even as the world in front of you--and the world at large--is changing too fast.

The year is 1966. The Vietnam War rages overseas, the Beatles have catapulted into stardom, and twelve-year-old Rhode Island native Trudy Mixer is not thrilled with life. Her best friend, Michelle, has decided to become a cheerleader, everyone at school is now calling her Gertrude (her hated real name), and the gem of her middle school career, the Beatles fan club, has dwindled down to only three other members--the least popular kids at school. And at home, her workaholic father has become even more distant.

Determined to regain her social status and prove herself to her father, Trudy looks toward the biggest thing happening worldwide: the Beatles. She is set on seeing their final world tour in Boston at the end of the summer--and meeting her beloved Paul McCartney. So on a hot August day, unknown to their families, Trudy and crew set off on their journey, each of them with soaring hopes for what lies ahead.

My Favorite Beatle

There’s no doubt about it, I love The Beatles. I have ever since I was little. My parents grew up in the era of The Beatles and they passed down their love of the music to me. I’d say my top 3 Beatles songs would have to be: Here Comes The Sun, Hey Jude, and Blackbird. Which brings me to who my favorite Beatle is… George Harrison. Most people would automatically say John Lennon or Paul McCartney and while I love them.. George is my favorite. I think he became my favorite after I found out that he wrote Here Comes The Sun. And that song got me through some tough times. I suffered with depression during high school and for some reason Here Comes the Sun helped me out so much.

And then a few months after I turned 18, my dad died. He was suffering with his own demons and took his own life. And I went through some tough battles of dealing with the grief and again Here Comes the Sun shone a light in my life when it was at it’s darkest. And every time I hear Here Comes the Sun, I can’t help but think happy things and how even in your darkest moment there is a sun shining somewhere in your life. And I can’t be more grateful to have that song in my life and it’s all thanks to my boy George.

Here Comes The Sun

…for your listening pleasure <3

About the Author

Ann Hood is the author of the best-selling novels The Book That Matters MostThe Obituary WriterSomewhere Off the Coast of MaineThe Red Thread, and The Knitting Circle, as well as the memoir Comfort: A Journey Through Grief, which was a New York Times Editor’s Choice and chosen as one of the top ten nonfiction books of 2008 by Entertainment Weekly. She has won two Pushcart Prizes as well as a Best American Spiritual Writing Award, two Best American Food Writing Award, and a Best American Travel Writing award. A regular contributor to the New York Times, Hood’s short stories and essays have appeared in many publications, including PloughsharesTin HouseTravelerBon AppetitOMoreThe Wall Street JournalThe Washington PostThe Paris Review, and others. She is the editor of the anthologies Knitting Yarns: Writers Writing About KnittingKnitting Pearls: More Writers Writing About Knitting, and Providence Noir. Hood is also the author of books for children, including the middle-grade novel, How I Saved My Father (And Ruined Everything Else), and the ten-book Treasure Chest series for young readers. Her new memoir, Morningstar: Growing Up with Books, will be published in August. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island, and New York City, and is married to the writer Michael Ruhlman.

Tour Schedule

June 18 – BookHounds YA – Favorite Beatle and why

June 19 – In Wonderland – Favorite Beatle

June 20 – It’s Just About Write – Author Guest Post: If it starts with the Beatles, what makes boy bands and the stories they inspire still so popular today all these decades later?

June 21 – Dotters Daughters Picks – Author Q&A

June 25 – Ms. Yingling Reads – Review

June 26 – Sweet Things – Review + Creative

June 27 – Book Nerds Across America – Favorite Boy Band

Let’s talk about it!

Stephanie
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Blog Tour: Gathering Darkness [Review]

Posted January 17, 2018 by Stephanie in Blog Tour, Review / 0 Comments

Blog Tour: Gathering Darkness [Review]

Blog Tour: Gathering Darkness [Review]Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes
Series: Falling Kingdoms #3
Published by Razorbill on December 9th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 416
Format: Hardcover, Audiobook
Source: Publisher, Purchased
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Series Rating: five-stars
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In GATHERING DARKNESS, book three of the New York Times bestselling Falling Kingdoms series, the stakes have never been higher as three teams push forward on a race to find the Kindred, the four elemental crystals possessing ancient all-powerful magic, first:

Prince Magnus has just witnessed torture, death, and miracles during the bloody confrontation that decimated the rebel forces. Now he must choose between family and justice as his father, the cruel King Gaius, sets out to conquer all of Mytica. All Gaius needs now are the Kindred - the four elemental crystals that give godlike powers to their owner. But the King of Blood is not the only one hunting for this ancient, storied magic...

• THE KRAESHIANS join the hunt. Ashur and Amara, the royal siblings from the wealthy kingdom across the Silver Sea, charm and manipulate their way to the Kindred, proving to be more ruthless than perhaps even the King of Blood himself.

• THE REBELS forge ahead. Princess Cleo and vengeful Jonas lead them, slaying with sweetness, skill, and a secret that can control Lucia's overpowering magic - all so they can use the Kindred to win back their fallen kingdoms.

• THE WATCHERS follow Melenia out of the Sanctuary. They ally in the flesh with King Gaius, who vows to use Lucia's powers to unveil the Kindred.

The only certainty in the dark times is that whoever finds the magic first will control the fate of Mytica... but fate can be fickle when magic is involved.

My Thoughts

OMG, there really isn’t a whole lot that I can say about this one without any spoilers, but I will try my best! But, guys… every book in this series just keeps getting better and better. With each book I love the characters even more. The plot gets more intense. I’m literally on the edge of my seat for the majority of this book. And I can only assume that I will continue to be on the edge of my seat for the entirety of this series. My heart is aching for more but at the same time it’s aching for all who was lost and who will be lost in later books. I mourn the characters who are lost, but I appreciate so much that Morgan Rhodes is not afraid to deliver deaths at a moment’s notice. Props to Morgan Rhodes, y’all for not only breaking me but also making me love every second!

I NEED MORE. And I will continue my binge reading of this series because I just need to know what is going to happen to my precious loves. Will they all survive, probably not. And even though, I will be sad.. I’m sure I will still love the story!! If you’re a lover of fantasy and young adult, I URGE you to pick up this series. I highly recommend it. And if you’ve been wanting to try your hand at some fantasy, I think this series is a great starter series! It’s not overly complicated but it’s fun and entertaining and will definitely give you everything that you want out of a fantasy!

About the Author

Morgan Rhodes lives in Ontario, Canada. As a child, she always wanted to be a princess — the kind that knows how to wield a sharp sword to help save both kingdoms and princes from fire-breathing dragons and dark wizards. Instead, she became a writer, which is just as good and much less dangerous.

Along with writing, Morgan enjoys photography, travel, reality TV, and is an extremely picky, yet voracious reader of all kinds of books. Under another pen name, she’s a national bestselling author of many paranormal novels.

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Tour Schedule

WEEK ONE (Book One: Falling Kingdoms and Two Book: Rebel Spring)
January 8 – Adventures of a Book Junkie – Interview
January 9 – The Book Nut – Review and Playlist
January 10 – Quirky and Peculiar – Review
January 11 – I Fangirl About Books – Creative Post
January 12 – Lovely Loveday – Author Guest Post
WEEK TWO (Book 3: Gathering Darkness)
January 15 – Glimpses of my Books – Cover Art and Author Gust Post – her inspiration for the character Magnus Damora?
January 16 – Book Briefs – Book Review
January 17 – In Wonderland – Review
January 18 – Star-Crossed Book Blog – Review
WEEK THREE (Book 4: Frozen Tides)
January 22 – Ex Libris – Interview
January 23 – Ensconced in Lit – Review
January 24 – Step Into a Book World – Review
January 25 – Ria Reads – Review
WEEK FOUR (Crystal Storm)
January 29 – My Friends are Fiction – Author Guest Post
January 30 – Adventures through Wonderland – Review + Instagram
January 31 – A Thousand Books to Read – Interview
February 1 – A Page with a View – Review
February 2 – Never Too Many To Read – Book Spotlight and/or Review

Let’s talk about it!

five-stars

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Blog Tour: There’s Someone Inside Your House [Book Photography & Giveaway]

Blog Tour: There’s Someone Inside Your House [Book Photography & Giveaway]

Book Photography       About the Author Stephanie Perkins is the New York Times bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss. She has always worked with books—first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, and now as a novelist. Stephanie lives in the mountains of North Carolina with her husband. Every room of their house is painted […]

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Blog Tour: Jane Unlimited [Book Look & Giveaway]

Blog Tour: Jane Unlimited [Book Look & Giveaway]

Posted September 21, 2017 by Stephanie in #PRHPartner, Blog Tour, Book Looks, Giveaway / 2 Comments

Book Look Jane Unlimited Book Look by inwonderland49 featuring round toe flat shoes About the Author Kristin Cashore grew up in the northeast Pennsylvania countryside as the second of four daughters. She received a bachelor’s degree from Williams College and a master’s from the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons College, and […]

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Black Moon Rereadathon Post [+ Giveaway!]

Black Moon Rereadathon Post [+ Giveaway!]

Posted August 10, 2017 by Stephanie in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Readathon / 3 Comments

About the Author Romina Russell (aka Romina Garber) is a Los Angeles based author who originally hails from Buenos Aires, Argentina. As a teen, Romina landed her first writing gig—College She Wrote, a weekly Sunday column for the Miami Herald that was later picked up for national syndication—and she hasn’t stopped writing since. When she’s […]

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