Blog Tour: The Blue Woods by Nicole Maggi

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The Goth Girl Reads, in conjunction with Me, My Shelf, and I tours, is proud to present the official blog tour for The Blue Woods by Nicole Maggi.

About The Book

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THE BLUE WOODS
Twin Willow Trilogy #3
Author: Nicole Maggi
Release Date: January 2016
Publisher: Medallion Media Group

SYNOPSIS:

The Night Battles ascend in THE BLUE WOODS, the exhilarating conclusion to the Twin Willows Trilogy

Sixteen-year-old Alessia Jacobs wants to go to college someday like her friends. She wishes for a chance at a normal relationship with Jonah. But normal is never an option for a Benandante like Alessia, who has sworn to protect the magic in the world from the Malandanti . . . especially when Jonah is on the opposite side of the deadly struggle. When the war comes to a head, lives will be lost, love will be gained, and Alessia will risk everything to save the people she loves and destroy the Malandanti once and for all.

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About The Author

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Nicole was born in the suburbs of upstate New York, and began writing poems about unicorns and rainbows at a very early age.  She detoured into acting, earned a BFA from Emerson College, and moved to NYC where she performed in lots of off-off-off-Broadway Shakespeare.  After a decade of schlepping groceries on the subway, she and her husband hightailed it to sunny Los Angeles, where they now reside, surrounded by fruit trees, with their young daughter and two oddball cats.  She is also the author of THE TWIN WILLOWS TRILOGY, published by Medallion Press.  The first book, WINTER FALLS, is available now.

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Giveaway

1 Winner will get a signed set of The Twin Willows Trilogy (US Only)
1 Winner will get a $25.00 Gift Card to Powell Books (US Only)

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Tour Schedule

December 14th
Such A Novel Idea REVIEW
Curling Up With A Good Book TEN’S LIST

December 15th
A Dream Within A Dream REVIEW

December 16th
Addicted Readers REVIEW

December 17th
The Goth Girl Reads REVIEW

December 18th
The Book Landers REVIEW
Me, My Shelf and I INTERVIEW

Blog Tour: Warrior Kids by Michael J Bowler

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Review

I have to say, I really enjoyed this book – more than I originally thought I would. I’m not much for middle grade fiction, although I do occasionally read it.

The story makes for great reading and is very interesting. I did find myself wishing I’d been able to read the actual Children of the Knight series before reading this book, because things from the series were mentioned in this standalone novel that confused me a bit.

This book is meant to be a kind of boost to kids to show that kids can have an impact and that kids can get things done when it comes to things like protecting the environment. It also teaches that it is better to be self-less than to be selfish. Which is a very good thing, because I see all too much of that “me” attitude in kids today.

There are even tips in the back for how kids can start helping to save the environment. However, I would caution both parents and children that it is most likely not possible to do all fifty of the tips—even for adults—so do not be disappointed if you are unable to do all of them, very few people would be able to.

All in all, the book is a wonderful book with a great story behind it and a great message.

About The Author

Michael J Bowler Author

Michael J. Bowler is an award-winning author of eight novels––A Boy and His Dragon, A Matter of Time (Silver Medalist from Reader’s Favorite), and The Knight Cycle, comprised of five books: Children of the Knight (Gold Award Winner in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards), Running Through A Dark Place, There Is No Fear, And The Children Shall Lead, Once Upon A Time In America, and Spinner.

He grew up in San Rafael, California, and majored in English and Theatre at Santa Clara University. He went on to earn a master’s in film production from Loyola Marymount University, a teaching credential in English from LMU, and another master’s in Special Education from Cal State University Dominguez Hills.

He has also been a volunteer Big Brother to eight different boys with the Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters program and a thirty-year volunteer within the juvenile justice system in Los Angeles.

He has been honored as Probation Volunteer of the Year, YMCA Volunteer of the Year, California Big Brother of the Year, and 2000 National Big Brother of the Year. The “National” honor allowed him and three of his Little Brothers to visit the White House and meet the president in the Oval Office.

He is currently working on a sequel to Spinner. His goal as a YA author is for teens to experience empowerment and hope; to see themselves in his diverse characters; to read about kids who face real-life challenges; and to see how kids like them can remain decent people in an indecent world.

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Book Blitz: The Greatest Gift by Roxy Boroughs

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The Goth Girl Reads, in conjunction with The Killion Group, are proud to present to you The Book Blitz tour for The Greatest Gift by Roxy Boroughs. Read on for exclusive content and a giveaway!

About The Greatest Gift


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The Greatest Gift
Author: Roxy Boroughs
Series: Frost Family & Friends
Genre: Contemporary Holiday Romance
Release Date: December 1st 2015
Publisher: Indie Published
Print Length: 154 pages
Format: Paperback and Digital
Print ISBN: 978-0-9921271-2-1
Digital ISBN: 978-0-9921271-3-8

 

 

Synopsis:

Welcome back to Carol Falls, Vermont, with this fifth book from the Frost Family Christmas/Frost Family & Friends series.

Heather Connolly has done some questionable things in the past. But it was all to regain custody of her six-year-old daughter, Charlotte. Finally together, Heather is now planning the perfect Christmas for her little girl.

Until police officers show up at the door and arrest Heather for robbery and arson.

Only one man can help prove her innocence. It’s Zack Jones, a volunteer firefighter…and the man she ran out on after their first and only night together.

Can he give her The Greatest Gift this Christmas, and once again unite Heather with her daughter? Or will Heather’s past keep her from Charlotte forever?

This story is a stand-alone sweet romance/cozy mystery. Series readers will enjoy catching up with town news and the latest happenings of the Frost Family…including a wedding.

Excerpt

Zack Jones jumped off the running board of Fire Truck 1, before the vehicle came to a full stop. His heart sank as black smoke drifted from the building, and flames spiked—bright and orange as a second sunset against the late November sky.

At best, Carol Falls’ favorite drinking hole would need repairs. At worse, it would end up in ashes, along with a couple of his fellow volunteer firefighters.

Zack masked-up, secured his helmet and readied the thirty-pound hose, carrying it on his shoulder as he scanned the upper level. Mrs. Trivett lived in a small apartment above the bar. Not the most suitable spot for an elderly lady, but the rent was cheap due to the loud music. Which didn’t bother Mrs. Trivett, once she removed her hearing aids.

He spied movement at the door to the fire escape, and handed off the hose to another member of his team.

Zack sprinted to the stairs—his hundred-pound protective gear weighing him down, adrenaline lifting him up. As he hit the bottom step, he saw Mrs. Trivett above him, the wind whipping her nightgown against her bare legs.

She eyed the drop to the ground below and froze.

Zack pounded up the stairs, reaching her as a window on the lower level shattered from the heat inside.

“I’ve got you,” Zack yelled through his mask.

He lifted Mrs. Trivett in his arms and carried her to the ground, where members of the Ladies’ Auxiliary comforted her with blankets and a hot beverage. That left Zack free to sidle up to the fire chief, Ian King, and hear their next move.

“Can’t see in the building,” Ian reported. “Smoke aside, there’s plastic Christmas wreaths in every window, blocking visibility.” His green eyes locked on Zack. “You work here—know the layout. You lead.”

Zack nodded and crouched low as he made his way through the entrance, his buddies clinging to the hose as they followed. The water they used to douse the structure bubbled to a boil at their feet.

Blinded by smoke and dripping with perspiration, Zack relied on memory and instinct to maneuver his way through the maze of tables and chairs. The heat and noise from the inferno grew as he approached the fire’s source, his breathing apparatus making him sound like Darth Vader.

One more step and flames appeared, rolling up to the ceiling. He couldn’t see the main counter for smoke. Couldn’t see the wall in front of him. Or the photograph he knew hung there, of the smiling owner, his staff and…one waitress in particular. A certain blonde, with the saddest smile Zack had ever come across.

He aimed the hose and made a pact with himself. He’d fight to save the bar and reclaim that photo, no matter the odds. The building provided a home to Mrs. Trivett and much-needed jobs in the town.

And the picture was the only shot he had of the one, unforgettable woman from his past.

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About The Author

NB1_9677-EditBefore turning her attention to writing, Roxy tread the boards as an actress, appearing on stage, film and TV.

Look for her romantic comedy CRAZY FOR COWBOY, and her suspense titles, the award winning A STRANGER’S TOUCH, and the follow-up novella A STRANGER’S KISS, as well as the popular FROST FAMILY CHRISTMAS/FROST FAMILY & FRIENDS series, which combines the holidays, sweet romance and cozy mystery.

 

 

Connect with Roxy: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon

Tour Schedule

12/7/2015

 Evermore Books
Crystal’s Chaotic Confessions
3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy,Too!
Country Gals Sexy Reads

 12/8/2015

 Pretty Sassy Cool
T&L Book Reviews
Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my!
RhiReading

 12/9/2015

 A British Bookworm’s Blog
The Goth Girl Reads
Yah Gotta Read This

 12/10/2015

 Harts Romance Pulse
Blogging by Liza
Romancing the Readers
Jen’s Reading Obsession
Naughty Book Eden
Nicole’s Book Musings
My Reading Reality

 12/11/2015

 Miss Riki
United Indie Book Blog
Book Loving Pixies
The Book Disciple

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Blog Tour, Review, & Giveaway: Hargrove House by Allie Harrison

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The Goth Girl Reads is proud to present the blog tour for Allie Harrison’s Hargrove House. Please continue reading for exclusive content, a giveaway, and my review of Hargrove House!

My Review

Hargrove House is a great page turner! It starts off a bit slow and honestly, when it first started, I wondered where it was going. But then…. WOW.

I am with Torrie. I wouldn’t want to go back in that house after an experience like that either. But yet I would want to go back in the house for the right person. Even if that person is a bit odd. I started suspecting something was a bit off with William Dalton right away – but it still took a while for me to fully understand what was going on, which was good, because I really don’t like it when a book gives everything away at the beginning. 😉

When the book first starts, it seems like Allie’s writing style is a bit juvenile. But then I realized that the story is being told in the first person, so obviously, it’s going to sound juvenile since the book first starts with Torrie at 11 years old. After 11 year old Torrie’s part is done, the story goes to a regular cadence of normal “adult” writing and honestly, I think that’s brilliant. So many authors tell stories in the first person, but keep the same type of perspective throughout.

I honestly have to recommend this book to anyone who loves paranormal suspense novels. You’ll be kept on your toes!

Excerpt

“Ms. Reynolds?”

Torrie nearly jumped from her seat behind her desk.

A man stood in the doorway to her office. He was tall and broad shouldered. His sandy, brown hair was cut just above the collar of the crisp white shirt he wore. Complete with his black slacks and a dark coat, he made a striking figure. Caught in the memory of sneaking into the Hargrove House, Torrie hadn’t heard the bells over the door with his arrival. On any other day, her assistant, Jane, would announce any potential clients, but Jane was off today because Torrie could no longer pay her for a full week.

“Can I help you?” Torrie asked, working to keep her voice steady. His sudden presence still had her heart pounding. And for a long moment, he openly studied her. She fought the urge to look down and make certain she still wore clothes.

“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to startle you. I’m William Dalton. I recently bought the Hargrove House. I need it refurbished and decorated to its original grandeur, and your artistic abilities come highly recommended.”

His words—the very idea of what he wanted—left her feeling slightly dizzy, and it took several seconds before she could form a coherent sentence to reply. “Funny, I was just thinking about that place. You don’t beat around the bush, do you?” she said. Most people came to her with something close to an idea or a picture of what they wanted done, and they looked for her advice.

He smiled. “No, never.”

She was drawn to his smile. In fact, she was drawn to every aspect of him, from the relaxed way he stood to his deep, summer evening sky blue eyes. Slowly she stood. “Have we met before?” she asked.

He tilted his head slightly, and Torrie was intrigued with his movement. She thought he might move like that just seconds before he kissed her, if he ever was to kiss her.

She wanted him to kiss her.

She shook her head slightly to clear the cobwebs that suddenly filled it. What was wrong with her? She had never reacted to a man this way, especially not a potential client.

“Perhaps,” he said.

“But you don’t remember? And neither do I,” Torrie put in. She forced a smile. “I’m sure it will come to me about two o’clock in the morning,” she said, trying to lighten the conversation as she worked to hide her instant, weird reaction to this man. “Why don’t you have a seat, and we can talk about it.”

He paused, still staring at her closely until Torrie thought perhaps her blouse might be unbuttoned or something. “Is something wrong?”

“No,” he replied hesitantly. “Not at all. Everything is perfect, as a matter of fact.” Again he smiled, and Torrie couldn’t help but smile back as he sat down in the chair opposite her.

“So you bought the Hargrove House? Really?”

He nodded slightly. “Yes, and at a very reasonable price, I might add.”

“No doubt. I’ll bet it was almost free.”

About Allie Harrison

 

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Allie Harrison lives with her husband in Southern Illinois. By day, Allie works in the medical field, but when she clocks out, she hits the keyboard, crafting stories readers will love. When she isn’t enjoying fun family time, games with friends, reading, crafts, music, camping, biking, and hiking, she’s working to build fictional worlds and unforgettable characters.
Connect with Allie: Website | Facebook | Goodreads | Amazon

 

 

 

Tour Schedule

11/16/2015

United Indie Book Blog
Romance Junkies

 

11/17/2015

The Goth Girl Reads – You are here!
Shelf Addiction

 

11/18/2015

Hart’s Romance Pulse
Fresh Fiction

 

11/19/2015

Mama Reads Hazel Sleeps
Crystal’s Chaotic Confessions
Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my!

 

11/20/2015

T&L Book Reviews
RoloPoloBookBlog
Evermore Books
Yah Gotta Read This
Fang-tastic Books
Books & Tales

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Blog Tour: The Courtship of Utopia Miner by Linda Gilman

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The Goth Girl Reads, in conjunction with The Killion Group, is proud to present the blog tour for The Courtship of Utopia Miner by Linda Gilman. Read on for exclusive content, a guest post from Linda Gilman, and a giveaway!

About The Courtship of Utopia Miner


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The Courtship of Utopia Miner
Author: Linda Gilman
Series: Gold Rush
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: November 9th 2015
Publisher: Indie Published
Print Length: 289 pages
Format: Paperback and Digital
Print ISBN: 9781517538941
Digital ISBN: 1517538947

Synopsis:

Utopia Miner is tired of hunting gold and caring for her three adopted fathers. Living in a Rocky Mountain mining camp is holding up her dream of becoming a saloon girl. If only she could learn the essential skills of singing, dancing and kissing, she’d be on her way to a glamorous life. When Utopia discovers she’s the prize in her three fathers’ marrying scheme, she sees benefits in going along with the courting contest. She now has a kissing teacher. And wow, what a teacher. One starter kiss from Lance and her body’s sweating in places it never had before.

Lancelot Jones wants to turn in his life-risking marshal’s badge for a much safer job as a reporter, but the newspaper wants articles as proof of his qualifications. When his editor sends him to a mining camp to get the scoop on a courtship contest, Lance discovers the privilege of covering the story hinges upon chaperoning the bride-to-be. He soon finds himself ensconced in Utopia’s innocent charms and demanding saloon girl lessons. In short order, chaperoning the bride-to-be becomes risky business.

Excerpt

“When you hear me ringing, that’s the signal the next man can cut in for a turn to dance with the Miss Utopia. You’ll each be allowed two dancing cut-ins. Any one breaking the cut-in rule will be tied to a tree wearing nothing but long johns. That fella will stay tied to a tree until morning. Is that clear?”

Lance couldn’t quite hear what Sadie was saying for he was standing near where the musicians were tuning their instruments. He needed to hurry. If the music started he’d have an even harder time getting near Utopia.

The fastest way to the girls from where he presently stood would be to go around the rear of the wagon to the other side. That’s the direction he headed.

“We will go by your suitor numbers,” Sadie stated, “starting with the next gent to court.”

“That’d be me. I’m next,” Travin shouted.

“All right then. Get me and the lady down from here and let’s get this dance started.”

Travin placed his hands at Utopia’s waist and swung her down off the stage. The fiddles struck up a lively tune of Old Suzanna.

Lance finally had circled around to the other side of the stage, but to his dismay, the first notes were struck and that Travin fellow spun the laughing Utopia off in a fast two-step hopping stride. New plan needed.

Figuring the fastest way to reach his objective would be to dance his way through the crowd, he looked around for the closest person to use as a partner. It happened to be Miss Lil, who was dancing with the lad, Mickey Crosby. Lance poked the youngster on his shoulder. “Sorry kid. I have to cut-in.”

“Hey.” Mickey scowled. “I didn’t hear the cow bell.”

More interested in keeping sight of where Utopia had floated off to, Lance went up on his tip-toes, scanning for a glimpse of her auburn hair or that lavender dress. Damnation. Where is she? “Look kid. Go find yourself a new dance partner.”

“Did you hear the cow bell?” Mickey asked a nearby dancer. “That fella says the cow bell rang. Did you hear the bell?”

The lad received several negative nods.

“Look here, mister. No one heard the bell. It’s still my turn.”

“Kid, I don’t have time for your sniveling. I just need Lil for a minute. Stay here and I’ll bring her right back to you.” Lance lifted Lil’s petite frame off the ground and carried her off in a fluid spinning motion, flowing along with the dancing crowd, all the while scanning the bobbing heads for Utopia.

Lil held on tight to her feathers. “In case you don’t know–this is a dance not a foot race. I can say one thing for your way of dancing. At least my sore feet get some rest.”

“I’m not really dancing Miss Lil. I’m trying to catch up to Utopia.”

“So–she’s charmed you, too? Has she?”

“Me? No. I’m her guardian.”

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About the Author

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Linda Gilman is known for writing humorous western romance novels. Her stories are centered on independent, strong-willed women, and courageous heroes who always protect the innocent without violating their personal code of conduct. It’s the cowboy west readers are so enamored with and a twist of zany plot. From first page to last, her books are loaded with pain-in-your-side laughable moments.

She has a deep love of the American gold rush era and often uses this as an excuse to do book research and travel to ghost towns in the western states.

Born into a city girl life, her parents raised her in St. Louis County. However, Linda has always felt her country girl roots calling her to move west young woman. She currently lives in rural Missouri with her hubby and the oldest of her three sons.

Connect with Linda: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Guest Post from Linda Gilman

Barn Storming: My Wayward Hobby

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BARNS! BARNS! BARNS!

What is it about barns that fascinates me to the point of distraction? I’ll tell you.

When I think about barns and see barns, particularly barns that are near to falling down from weather and lack of upkeep, I think about that structure’s past.

When our country was young and just starting to spread to the west, besides a log or sod house, the next property improvement was a barn. Barns were as much a necessity on a ranch or farm as a source of water for pioneer families.

Barns sheltered animals, equipment, hay, and grain for the animals. In addition, there was another aspect to these
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Moreover, this is where my historical romance writing can let my imagination fly. I think of these barn dances and can envision a young couple sneaking off to the hayloft to have a first kiss – kissing like the kind that occurs in my debut historical romance, The Courtship of Utopia Miner.

During my barnstorming photo ops, I’ve come across a couple barns in rural Troy, Missouri that are century barns. The owners have kept the family farms for over one hundred years. They’ve restored their barns and preserved not only their family legacy but have kept a past of long ago days from perishing.

I’ve included a few of my barn pictures with this post, but if you’d like to see more, feel free to peruse my Barn Blog!

http://www.lindagilman.com/barn-blog

Tour Schedule

11/9/2015

3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too!
Book Adventures

 11/10/2015

 Hart’s Romance Pulse

 11/12/2015

 Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books!
Babs Book Bistro

 11/13/2015

 Nicole’s Book Musings
A British Bookworm’s Blog

 11/14/2015

 Fresh Fiction

 11/16/2015

 The Goth Girl Reads – You are here!

 11/17/2015

 Yah Gotta Read This
Romancing the Readers
Crystal’s Chaotic Confessions
RoloPoloBookBlog
Romance Junkies

 11/18/2015

 The World As I See It
Naughty Book Eden

 11/19/2015

 Country Gals Sexy Reads

 11/20/2015

 Evermore Books
T&L Book Reviews 

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