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Excerpt & Giveaway for Alchemiya, F/F Fantasy, by Katey Hawthorne

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About the Book

By Katey Hawthorne
Genre: F/F erotic romance / fantasy
Eugenia was born to privilege in the Ratna clan, nobility famed for their alchemical jewel production. Eugenia’s a talented alchemist herself—but the patriarchy insists her less able brother is the heir to the family secrets and property. As if that weren’t insult enough, an accidentally public tryst with another woman means Genie is shunned by polite society altogether.

Enter the gorgeous Lord Oliver Plumtree, scion of one of the oldest alchemical families in Chrysopoeia and master of the foreboding Waldgrave Abbey. But Lord Oliver is actually Olivia, and on the lookout for a wife—one who requires an escape from the same crushing social mores that have forced Olivia to masquerade as her own long-dead brother to keep her family’s estate intact.

Genie and Liv seem a perfect match from the get-go, and things heat up quickly between them. But before they can carry off their marriage of convenience, Waldgrave Abbey reveals more secrets. Jealous Plumtree relatives and Liv’s association with the Secret Society of Alchemiya, rumored to be a dark and sinister arm of the patriarchy, might just ruin Genie and Liv’s chance at their unlikely happily ever after.

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“Lady Ratna, I think?” a mellow voice asked just over Eugenia’s shoulder.

She turned slowly, amazed that anyone in this crowd, all of whom had heretofore ignored her presence completely, would deign to speak to her. She was even more amazed that the delicate, rather prettily handsome, fresh-faced young man who addressed her was not already of her acquaintance.

Speaking to a lady without an introduction? Eugenia wondered if she’d like him or hate him. She’d lay odds on the latter, but tonight had been…surprising.

“Yes?” she asked, careful to show no interest.

He made a casual, almost flippant bow. “Oliver Plumtree, your servant. Forgive me for introducing myself, my lady, but I admit I was hoping to find you here.”

“You amaze me,” she said, since she kept thinking it over and over. She took a sip to compose herself, concentrating on the play of the bubbles and the tartness of the wine on her tongue. When she felt sufficiently herself again, she added, “I was so looking forward to an evening of being invisible, too.”

“In that dress?” Oliver Plumtree’s eyebrows, thin, pale, and finely arched, rose. “Hardly.”

“Ah, so you hoped to find me here so you could flatter me. How original.” Eugenia was almost sorry the moment it was out of her mouth; damn Delaney for putting her in a sour mood. She took another, longer drink.

Plumtree only laughed, though. “Partly, I think. I apologize for interrupting your evening of invisibility, though. And they say infamy has nothing to recommend it.”

She blinked to hear someone—someone so obviously genteel—openly comment on her reputation. It was…odd but refreshing. “Would you like to be invisible too, Mr. Plumtree?”


“In that jacket?”

About the Author:

Katey Hawthorne is an avid reader and writer of superpowered and paranormal romance, even though the only degree she holds is in the history of art. (Or, possibly, because the only degree she holds is in the history of art.) Originally from the Appalachian foothills of West Virginia, she currently lives in Columbus, Ohio with her family, two cats, and one very large puppy. In her spare time she enjoys travel, comic books, B-movies, loud music, video games, Epiphones, and Bushmills.

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Review, Interview, & Giveaway forThe Melody of You and Me by M. Hollis: F/F Latinx Romance

I jumped at the chance to be a host for Rich in Variety and I was so excited when I saw that first emails for sign-ups come through. I couldn’t pass up the chance to review The Melody of Me & You even though I have like 8 blog tour reviews going on around this time.

But I clearly make good choices, because I LOVED this! It’s just what I needed right now.

Not only do you get to find out why I loved it, I have an awesome interview with M. Hollis below.

About the Book

Author: M. Hollis
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: September 29, 2016
Genre(s): New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, LGBT+
Page Number: 82

After dropping out of university and breaking up with her girlfriend of three years, Chris Morrison’s life is now a mind-numbing mess. She doubts that working at the small neighborhood bookstore is going to change that. The rest of her time is spent mostly playing guitar and ignoring the many messages her mother keeps sending her about going back to college.

But one day, an adorable and charming new bookseller waltzes her way into Chris’s life. Josie Navarro is sweet, flirty, and she always has a new book in her hands. The two girls start a fast friendship that, for Chris, holds the promise of something more. But is she reading too much into this or is it possible that Josie feels the same way?

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So, what did I love about The Melody of You and Me? Everything. But here are my top reasons & why you should read it too.

“No, actually, I’m pansexual,” Chris answers.

Chris: I adore her. She’s so real. I feel like I know her. And if I knew her in meatspace we’d be friends. Her problems with collage and life are so relatable. The pressure to have it all figured out early and focusing on criteria other than what makes you happy.

She has views that I couldn’t agree more with; Every time she voiced an opinion I was internally screaming “YESSSS!”

Of course, it’s set around a book store so there were recognizable references dropping for happy squee moments. Chris has some great taste.

Right above her desk, a small poster says, Kiss all the pizza, eat all the girls.

Romance: Chris and Josie are great people separately and OMFG adorbs squared together. Chris is the awkward shy one while Josie’s flirty and upfront.

There’s some time jumping so while it’s a novella, it’s not instalove. It’s attraction, friends, and then lovers. It’s perfect. How they’re there for each other and their banter charmed me. They’re compatible and I can easily see this working out. In fact, it’s harder to ever see them split up.

Though you might want to be careful reading this around other people. I started this book when it was slow at work and hit that first sex scene like (embarrassed smiley). But maybe that’s just me.

Progressive as Fuck. Seriously. I cannot wait to read the rest of this series and find out the other characters happy endings!

Cringing inside, Chris feels the need to interrupt and correct her, but Josie is faster than her.

About the Author

M. Hollis could never decide what to do with her life. From the time she was a child, she has changed her ideas for a career hundreds of times. After writing in hidden notebooks during classes and daydreaming during every spare moment of her day, she decided to fully dedicate herself to her stories. When she isn’t scrolling around her social media accounts or reading lots of femslash fanfiction, you’ll find her crying about female characters and baking cookies.
Connect with the author!

What are some day jobs that you have held? If any of them impacted your writing, share an example.
My first job was actually in a bookstore. It was a nice place with so many interesting people. Stressful, but still a job I loved. It brought me close to more LGBT people who made me feel very comfortable, in a similar way that the characters in my novella The Melody of You and Me feel. So a lot of what you see from the bookstore scenes is based in my personal working experience in a romanticized way.
What is your favorite part of Melody of You?
There are a few scenes that come to my mind. Particularly, this one part where Josie and Chris just sit together in Chris’s bedroom and talk about dreams and life. It was one of the first images that came to my mind about this book, to have this comfortable and quiet moment just between them in a small space. Also, this scene close to the end, which I won’t spoil for the people who didn’t read it, but it’s what gave the book more meaning around the title.
Can you tell us some of the changes Melody of You went through before publishing?
I had to include a few small things especially about secondary characters that will be important in my future works. Now that I know people actually I want to read more, I can say that I’m already writing the sequel. Some characters will appear in the next novellas and I wanted to show a little bit more of them. There were also a few scenes that I changed places here and there to fix the pacing in the very last draft, based on the amazing feedback I got from all my beta readers.
Is there anything in Melody of You based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
There is a little bit of me and the people I love in everything I write. My friends are always such a big part of my writing process and I like to leave these little details in the story that I know they’ll catch right away. Chris’s struggle with her major was also something that resonates a lot with what I went through when I was in college. I didn’t drop out, but it was an awful time of my life. Recently, some reviewers have been telling me how much this meant to them, to see a character that isn’t really sure about their choices in life. It brought tears to my eyes to see that people can see themselves in this story and that they weren’t alone in this fear. That’s one of my favorite parts of being a writer.
Are you working on another book right now or planning to?
Yes, I always have many projects at different stages of editing. I have a YA book in Portuguese that I hope to publish one day in Brazil. One of my main goals is to publish LGBT stories for young Brazilian people. Sometimes when I talk to people on the internet they don’t know this, but I’m Brazilian so most of my stories are set here. This was my first time trying to write something original in English that wasn’t just fanfic. But while we are going through the grammar revisions with my other manuscripts, I’m writing the first rough draft of the sequel of The Melody of You and Me. This is actually a series that I want to extend into maybe four novellas. Each story is told from a different POV and brings a completely different love story, but all of them inside the same universe. The next one will be about Lily, who we already know in The Melody. I hope people are excited to see more of her because she is such an interesting character to work with.
What are your writing habits?
I like to have the house to myself and just put some music on. There is no way I can write something good without the right kind of music. It just creates the mood to me and it quiets my mind for a bit so that I can focus. Otherwise, I’ll go a million miles an hour and won’t settle down to actually write the chapter.
Are there any similar books you'd like to recommend after reading Melody of You so readers can get their fix while waiting for your next book?
Yes, I have a few. Some steamier LGBT stories would be Roller Girl by Vanessa North, First Position by Melissa Brayden and Take me Home by Lorelie Brown. In YA literature one of my favorite reads this year was Colorblind by Siera Maley. Also Crush by S.R. Silcox, and Complementary and Acute by Ella Lions. Not F/F but I want to include here Mina V. Esguerra’s Fairy Tale Fail and anything by G.L. Tomas because they are amazing in all of their stories, and a big inspiration for my own work in this book.
If you could spend time a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?
Ah, this is a hard one. I adore all of the characters in this series. My first thought was Lily because we are so similar in personality. We’d just hate­watch some really bad movie and complain about life. But Josie would also be such good company because we both love to read cheesy F/F romance so much. I can see us getting lost in the middle of a bookstore for a whole day.
If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?
The book series When Women Were Warriors by Catherine M. Wilson. I still can’t believe how good that story is. I remember reading it and thinking: Did this author look into my dreams? That’s how perfect it is.
Favorite movie?
I can’t choose one! I have so many in my mind right now. Mainly The Mummy, D.E.B.S, and Mamma Mia. I can watch these three movies a thousandth time without getting tired. I probably already did.

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Spotlighting Deliverance by Kristy Centeno with an Excerpt

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Today I'm featuring Deliverance because the eye-catching cover made me want to learn about it more. Check it out with me below!

Paranormal/YA/NA/Urban Fantasy/Thriller
Date Published: March 19, 2016
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing

He’s been locked away his entire life.
He dreams of freedom.
The only way he can accomplish his goals is by breaking free of the chains tying him to a dark past and gloomy existence. But there’s one catch. He’s not human.
And he’s never set foot outside his jail.

Devoted to saving his peers as well as his own life, he sets out to find the one person that can help him achieve his objectives. He knows where she will be and what she will look like, but what he doesn’t anticipate is the fact he finds himself caring for the girl whose life he’s put at risk, more and more each day.

He has no name.
He has only known hatred and violence before her.
However, she will teach him to have faith in humanity, even if she can’t trust him.
Together they will embark on a journey to bring down a corrupt system responsible for the loss of many innocent lives. But when he finds his feelings compromised, can he still move on knowing that doing so will put an end to the life she once knew? How far is he willing to go to be free?

I pull open the driver’s-side door, only to have it brusquely shut by a rather large, pale hand. Startled by the suddenness of the man’s appearance, I shift to my left and come eye to eye with a bulky-looking individual with dark brown eyes, and a scar that traces a fine line from his upper lip all the way down to his chin.

“Don’t attract attention, missy.” He sneers at me.

I glance down at the feel of something hard poking my ribcage and find, much to my horror, that he’s leveled a gun at my stomach. Most of the weapon is concealed by a khaki trench coat he wears.

“Keep your pretty little mouth shut and all will sail smoothly,” he warns, standing rigidly beside me. He glances briefly over the roof of the truck. “Tiger. Hello there, my dear old friend. Didn’t take you long to make friends, huh?”

I grow stiff. So these are the psychos that are after Tiger.

About the Author:

Kristy Centeno is the author of the Secrets of the Moon saga and Keeper Witches series.

She has always had a passion for books and after years of being an avid reader, she decided to transform her desire to write into a reality and thus, her first novel was born. When she’s not busy taking care of her five children or holding down the fort, she finds time to sit and do what she loves the most: writing.

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Giveaway Blast for Recreated by Colleen Houck

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Recreated by Colleen Houck

Series: The Reawakened Series
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press (August 2, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 038537660X
ISBN-13: 978-0385376600
From Colleen Houck, New York Times bestselling author of The Tiger’s Curse, comes Recreated, the second book in the epic Egyptian-inspired Reawakened series, in which a seventeen-year-old must literally go to hell to save the love of her life.

Lily Young thought traveling across the globe with a reawakened sun prince was a grand adventure. Now she’s about to embark on the journey of a lifetime.

When Amon and Lily part tragically, he transports himself to the Netherworld—what mortals call hell. Tormented by the loss of his one true love, he’d rather suffer in agony during Lily’s mortal years than fulfill his duty to protect humanity.

Heartbroken, Lily seeks refuge on her grandmother’s farm. Yet she can feel Amon’s pain, and she has been having dreams—dreams of Amon continually suffering.

For before he departed, Amon gave Lily something very special, an item that connects them even though they are worlds apart. Now Lily must use this object to free him, and to free their realms from darkness and utter chaos. She will do whatever it takes.

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New York Times Bestselling author Colleen Houck is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, paranormal, science fiction, and romance. When she’s not busy writing, she likes to spend time chatting on the phone with one of her six siblings, watching plays, and shopping online. Colleen has lived in Arizona, Idaho, Utah, California, and North Carolina and is now permanently settled in Salem, Oregon with her husband and a huge assortment of plush tigers.

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Reviewing Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh

I signed up for this tour to review because I love creepy books. Large bodies of water freak me out already, so what could go wrong?

Apparently the romance. But gratefully, this and an obvious turn of events are the only things that hindered my reading experience.

Fear the Drowning Deep

by Sarah Glenn Marsh
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Release Date: October 4th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Historical Fiction
Witch’s apprentice Bridey Corkill has hated the ocean ever since she watched her granddad dive in and drown with a smile on his face. So when a dead girl rolls in with the tide in the summer of 1913, sixteen-year-old Bridey suspects that whatever compelled her granddad to leap into the sea has made its return to the Isle of Man.

Soon, villagers are vanishing in the night, but no one shares Bridey’s suspicions about the sea. No one but the island’s witch, who isn’t as frightening as she first appears, and the handsome dark-haired lad Bridey rescues from a grim and watery fate. The cause of the deep gashes in Fynn’s stomach and his lost memories are, like the recent disappearances, a mystery well-guarded by the sea. In exchange for saving his life, Fynn teaches Bridey to master her fear of the water — stealing her heart in the process.

Now, Bridey must work with the Isle’s eccentric witch and the boy she isn’t sure she can trust — because if she can’t uncover the truth about the ancient evil in the water, everyone she loves will walk into the sea, never to return.

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The Good The Bad & The Other
+Atmospheric, creepy, haunting with some great lines -Did NOT like the romance with Fynn. It was too instant and too creepy for me.
+Loved the Port Coire setting & the use of Manx, a Gaelic language -Fynn’s twist was obvious to me, was itching at how long it took to reveal
+Mythology I haven’t heard or explored much of =Missed Bridey’s friends in the middle, but they comeback in a strong way at the end
+Liked Bridley, her close family, and her friends
+Liked how Bridey’s romantic troubles were portrayed and handled well
+Ending was left open, perfect for romantics and non like me

The romance is where Fear the Drowning Deep went wrong for me. But thankfully, this and an obvious turn of events are the only things that hindered my reading experience.

Besides Bridey and Fynn’s part creeped me out TOO much. Plus, it’s all about the physical attraction, which I don’t get. I can’t root for them, because I can’t see them together in a meaningful way. That might just be me, but it’s the main reason I didn’t enjoy this book more.

I do wish the blurb didn’t give away the working for the witch aspect, because she isn’t when the story starts. It gives away what doesn’t happen for a while. This and being able to foresee Fynn’s origins didn’t leave much to the imagination. I was just waiting for them to get to it and move along.

I still wanted to know exactly how it turned out and the atmosphere carried a lot of weight. Bridey and her family carried the rest. I loved how loving and supportive they all were. Bridey’s friends took a back seat during the middle but they were gone for a reason and come back.

If you want a creepy paranormal murder spree, Fear the Drowning Deep has what you want. If you like the romance included, even better.

About the Author:

Sarah Glenn Marsh writes young adult novels and children’s picture books. An avid fantasy reader from the day her dad handed her a copy of The Hobbit and promised it would change her life, she’s been making up words and worlds ever since.

When she’s not writing, Sarah enjoys watercolor painting, ghost hunting, and pursuits of the nerd variety, from video games to tabletop adventures. She’s never met an animal or a doughnut she didn’t like.

Sarah lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and their tiny zoo of four rescued greyhounds, a bird, and many fish. She is the author of Fear the Drowning Deep, the Reign of the Fallenduology, and several picture books.

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