Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Urban Boys by K.N. Smith

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The Goth Girl Reads is proud to be a part of the blog tour for The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses by K.N. Smith. Don’t forget to check out the other blogs on the tour as well!

About the Book

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THE URBAN BOYS
Author: K.N. Smith
Pages: 292
Release Date: September 29th, 2015
Publisher: Two Petals Publishing

SYNOPSIS:

The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses is an action-adventure story about five teen boys who are mysteriously exposed to a foreign energy source that gives them extremely heightened senses. Sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell become hypersensitive gifts that forever change the world. The story chronicles their effortless interrelations and later exposes the testing of their deep bonds. It introduces the reader to an array of supporting characters who alter the boys’ lives forever. The Urban Boys offers young and mature readers central themes of loyalty, responsibility, honesty, fear, and triumph, which become artfully integrated with cinematic-level action and high drama. The story twists, turns, and grinds through elements of paranormal and action-adventure in a diverse, exciting, edge-of-your-seat narrative!

Overview: The story’s small town of Danville Heights, a carefully crafted universe, contrasts with the dark, gloomy town of Sandry Lake, where evil abounds. Upon the boys’ mysterious incident with the energy source, they’re instinctively called to Sandry Lake to root out evil. Their senses guide them each time. However, secrecy about their mission, furious battles with evil thugs, extreme fatigue, and stress and pressure soon overwhelm the boys, but they must find a way to embrace their fate. A lurking, Dark Stranger seems to know their plight, and a strikingly beautiful, fearless girl lends way to heightened confusion. Shocking details about these two characters, and the evil antagonist, the dreaded Druth, twist and grind the story even further.

Despite tension and fierce battles, will the boys hold it together long enough to fulfill their destiny?

Intriguing, intelligent, and full of action, The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses offers a memorable, emotion-packed, thrilling ride for young and mature readers alike!

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About the Author

knsmithK.N. Smith is an American author and passionate advocate of childhood and family literacy programs throughout the world. She continues to inspire students of all ages to reach their highest potential in their literary and educational pursuits. Her creative, lyrical flair sweeps across pages that twist, turn, and grind through elements of paranormal and action-adventure in diverse, exciting, edge-of-your-seat narratives. K.N. Smith has over twenty years’ experience in writing, communications, and creative design. She lives with her family in California.

WEBSITE: www.knsmith.com
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Giveaway

1 Winner will get a $15.00 iTunes gift card
2 Winners will each receive a signed copy of THE URBAN BOYS
20 Winners will get eCopies of THE URBAN BOYS

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Tour Schedule

February 1st Insane About Books REVIEW
February 2nd The Goth Girl Reads (You Are Here)
February 3rd Once Upon A Twilight
February 4th The Book Reaper REVIEW
February 5th Owl Always Be Reading
February 6th G. Jack Writes REVIEW
February 7th Book Hounds YA
February 8th The Serial Reader REVIEW
February 9th Girls *Heart* Books
February 10th Shelf_Life REVIEW
February 11th Her Book Thoughts
February 12th Community Bookstop REVIEW
February 13th Arvenig.it REVIEW
February 14th My Book Addiction REVIEW

 

Blog Tour, Review, & Giveaway: PULL by Anne Riley

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The Goth Girl Reads is proud to be a part of the PULL by Anne Riley blog tour! Read on for more information about the book, a review of the novel, and a giveaway!

About the Book

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PULL
Author: Anne Riley
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

SYNOPSIS:

Rosie Clayton witnesses a mugging on her first night in London—and then the scene rewinds itself.

She finds herself standing in the same place again, with the mugging happening just like before, except this time a stranger steps in and stops it. There’s no way the same incident can have two outcomes. Rosie thinks she’s losing her mind, until just a few days later, the stranger saves her.

The stranger, Albert, and his band of misfit crime-fighters, have the special ability to Pull, which allows them to rewind just enough time to undo a recent event. Someone is hunting Albert and his crew– and now that Rosie’s been seen with them, she’s a target too. Rosie is left with no choice but to trust Albert to keep her safe.

As Rosie learns more about this unbelievable ability and the people – if you can call them that – who want them dead, she discovers that the group’s desire for her blood might be more than mere coincidence. Each step into this magical side of London introduces Rosie to a family history that she never knew existed, and dangerous forces that could unravel her world in an instant.

Her family may be the reason they’re all being hunted—and she may be the only one who can figure out how to save them. Sure, between the lot of them, they have a few shots to get it right. The thing about Pulling, though, is you have to be alive to do it.

Review

PULL is a pretty good story. The concept sort of reminds me of Dr. Who without the police box and with more limited time traveling abilities. As I recall, Dr. Who could show up in any time period, whereas Rosie, Albert, and his crew are only able to rewind a short period of time–just barely enough to undo a recent event that shouldn’t have happened.

I liked the book quite a bit, but I did find it hard to focus on the story at times. There were a few things that didn’t quite make sense to me, but it’s entirely possible that I was just too distracted by my impending return to school and academic life to fully grasp the nuances of the story.

As for characters–I think the characters are well-written and well-thought out. I completely sympathize and empathize with Paul and how much it hurts him to have to see people he loves in various degrees of illness or injury. I’ve been there and done that and so Paul’s character is one I can relate to. I didn’t relate so much to Rosie even though she’s the main character. I just preferred Paul to Rosie.

The book gets a solid 4 stars from me because it is quite good even though I couldn’t stay focused on it.

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About the Author

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Anne Riley is an author of young adult fiction cleverly disguised as a high school Spanish teacher. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her family.

Anne began writing at the ripe old age of nine, when she penned a literary classic about… well, she doesn’t really remember what it was about, but she’s pretty sure the main characters were ferrets.

These days, she writes stories about teenagers instead of ferrets.

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Book Blitz & Review: The Song That Seduced Paris by Cindy Irish

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My Review

The Song That Seduced Paris is in short, amazing. While it started off a bit rocky for me–I’m seriously glad I wasn’t reading it at work or at school because the opening of the book isn’t exactly safe-for-work/school–I am very happy to report that the beginning of the book did not detract me from continuing with the book. This is a good thing because I’d have missed out on a great book had I given up at that point.

This book is interesting. Gabriel is lonely, which floors those around him because he’s a star in France. But stars are often far more lonely than anyone realizes and Gabriel is one of them. Annie needs to let go of her deceased husband and her painful past. When these two get together it’s fireworks. It just takes a bit for them to actually get going. 😉

The book is so well written I was lost in it every time I picked it up. It made it an easy read and one that was hard to put down once I got into it. This is a definite must-read and I can’t wait for the rest of the series, especially Nico & Michael’s stories. I want to see what kind of women capture their hearts!

Excerpt

Cloaked in darkness, Gabriel thought he was dreaming when she floated past him like a sweet phantom: filaments of timorous light. He didn’t make a sound because he didn’t want to lose this, whatever it was. Stopping at the keyboard, she played seven notes that made him smile: Mary Had A Little Lamb. Why, it was Little Bo Peep, he thought, charmed right out of his trance.

His parents had been very progressive people. They’d wanted him to learn many different cultures and languages, so he’d been tutored in English since he’d been quite young. Childhood memories bombarded him as he remembered one of his favorite nannies, an American woman who used to sing this song to him.

Something awakened inside him then. It felt like happiness.

When she moved toward the window, moonlight caught her just so, and Gabriel lusted. He stopped his groan before it hit the air, but his groin had a mind of its own. He hardened, the urge to thrust nearly overpowering as she crawled up onto the pillowed seat. She opened a locket hanging around her neck and sighed. Then she closed it and let it drop back to her chest, wrapped her arms around her knees, and sighed again.

He started at the sound of her voice.

“What lovely music I heard coming from up here tonight—but it made me cry in my sleep. The music was crying, too.”

Dieu, he wondered, was she talking to him?

“A beautiful man whose melodies weep. How can someone like him be lonely? But I felt his pain all the way to my bed, and I wanted to take him inside me and kiss him until it went away.” She covered her face with her hands. “I can’t believe it’s you I’m telling this to.”

Gabriel asked himself again. Who in the world was she talking to?

She knelt and placed her hand on the window. “I was so lucky to be married to you, Stephen, but I need you to help me say my real last goodbye. Do it for me from your side of Heaven. Push me away, because I’m too weak to do it alone. Please let me go.”

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About the Author

Cindys Book Pic IICindy Irish writes Contemporary, Paranormal, and Speculative romance fiction. She’s a member of The Authors Guild, Romance Writers of America, as well as the Mid-Michigan and Greater Detroit RWA chapters.

Cindy lives in Michigan with her family.

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

 

Giveaway

One GRAND PRIZE WINNER will receive a $100 Amazon Gift Card!

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Blog Tour

Follow the book tour to all of these participating blogs:

1/8/2016
Romance Novel Giveaways
Evermore Books
Yah Gotta Read This

1/9/2016
Mama Reads Hazel Sleeps
A Tattered Copy
Born to Read Books

1/10/2016
Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books!
RhiReading
Blogging by Liza

1/11/2016
RoloPoloBookBlog

1/12/2016
Hart’s Romance Pulse
My Reading Reality

1/13/2016
Sultry, Steamy Reading
T&L Book Reviews

1/14/2016
Nicole’s Book Musings

1/18/2016
BookNerd
Xtreme Delusions

1/19/2016
Books Can Take You There
The Goth Girl Reads

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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.

Website // Facebook // Twitter // Blog // Goodreads

Giveaway

Enter below for a chance to win a $15 Amazon gift card, one eBook set of Children of the Knight series, or one eBook copy of Warrior Kids!

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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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