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The Glass Butterfly: Review + Giveaway

THE GLASS BUTTERFLY

Title: THE GLASS BUTTERFLY (Haunted Hearts Legacy #3)

Author: A.G. Howard

Pub. Date: August 15, 2018

Publisher: Golden Orb Press

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All other formats and vendors will be available on the official launch date: August 15, 2018

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For close to a decade, twenty-five-year-old Felicity Lonsdale has masqueraded as a dowager almost twice her age—selling caterpillars to butterfly consortiums—enabling her to hide an ill-fated past while raising her late brother’s daughters. Together, the three live on an isolated Irish estate bequeathed by a dying earl. When the earl’s estranged son arrives to claim his inheritance by threatening to expose Felicity’s true identity, she longs to pack up her nieces and run. But a ghostly secret within the castle’s turret holds her captive.

Nick Thornton—a Roma viscount’s heir—is also captive. After a tryst with an investor’s wife nearly destroyed his family’s holiday resort, Nick forsook everything to elope with her. However, a tragic mistake at his hand led to her and his baby’s deaths. Refusing to turn to the family he shamed, Nick travels to seek the countess who once co-wrote a romance with his sister. There’s rumor of a special butterfly in her keep—a transparent-winged species with ties to the afterlife. Nick hopes to contact his dead wife and child, for only their forgiveness can free him.

Upon his arrival to Felicity’s estate, Nick offers to help her defeat the earl’s son, on the condition she allow Nick to investigate her glass butterflies. Felicity agrees, though fears the closer he gets to the ghosts of his past, the closer he’ll come to uncovering her own. As Nick spends time with Felicity and her nieces, he realizes the mystery enshrouding this fragile countess and her castle is more intriguing than the ghosts he originally came to find. And perhaps putting his dead to rest and helping her do the same will be his true path to redemption.

My Review:

This was such a beautiful story! I just knew I would like this one as much as the other two! It feels good to be proved right! And my poor babies, Nick and Felicity!!!

“We are two broken pieces. Perhaps together, we can find a fit.”

The chemistry between the MC’s was perfect, and there’s still a gothic vibe and a cool mystery to uncover! Plus, butterflies!!! I wanted to hug Nick and tell Felicity it’s okay! They had both been through so much at a young age, and it’s so hard not to feel for them. Sometimes the main person that’s standing in our way is ourselves, and we have to realize that we can knock those walls down so we can pull ourselves through! The story was perfect!

A.G. has such gorgeous writing, and the descriptions were elegant and breathtaking. The characters felt real, and the side characters were great! All I’m going to say is that I have to know Emilia’s story now! I can tell it’s going to be amazing!

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Set 19 years after The Architect of Song:

Shortly after escaping a circus tragedy, young Italian orphan, Willow Antoniette, seeks refuge at The Manor of Diversions—a holiday resort in England born of a ghost story. For eleven years, she’s raised alongside the children of the resort’s owners: Julian, his twin brother, Nick, and their younger sister Emilia. Now that Willow is of marriable age, she’s determined to escape finishing school along with everyone’s efforts to make her a proper lady. The only man she wants to spend her life with is Julian, after all. Yet how can she tell him, when he thinks of her as nothing but a friend?

As a machinist and engineer, Julian Thornton prefers a governable life. He can’t allow his ever-deepening attraction for Willow to distract from his amusement park plans to lure a younger, wealthier clientele to their family’s resort. In hopes to escape Willow and find investors, Julian sets off on a transatlantic ocean liner headed for the St. Louis World’s Fair, unaware Willow has secretly stowed away on the same ship.

A tiny, mute orphan named Newton and a pair of haunted Italian shoes bring Willow and Julian face to face on deck. Forced to work together to solve the mystery of Newton and his vindictive, ghostly companion, Julian and Willow can no longer fight their untapped passions. However, time to admit their true feelings is running out, for the ghost and her murderer have enlisted them as unsuspecting pawns in a karmic game of cat-and-mouse that could cost all of them their lives.

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A lady imprisoned by deafness, an architect imprisoned by his past, and a ghost imprisoned within the petals of a flower – intertwine in this love story that transcends life and death.

For most of her life, nineteen-year-old Juliet Emerline has subsisted – isolated by deafness – making hats in the solitude of her home. Now, she’s at risk to lose her sanctuary to Lord Nicolas Thornton, a twenty-seven-year-old mysterious and eccentric architect with designs on her humble estate. When she secretly witnesses him raging beside a grave, Juliet investigates, finding the name “Hawk” on the headstone and an unusual flower at the base. The moment Juliet touches the petals, a young English nobleman appears in ghostly form, singing a song only her deaf ears can hear. The ghost remembers nothing of his identity or death, other than the one name that haunts his afterlife: Thornton.

To avenge her ghostly companion and save her estate, Juliet pushes aside her fear of society and travels to Lord Thornton’s secluded holiday resort, posing as a hat maker in one of his boutiques. There, she finds herself questioning who to trust: the architect of flesh and bones who can relate to her through romantic gestures, heartfelt notes, and sensual touches … or the specter who serenades her with beautiful songs and ardent words, touching her mind and soul like no other man ever can. As sinister truths behind Lord Thornton’s interest in her estate and his tie to Hawk come to light, Juliet is lured into a web of secrets. But it’s too late for escape, and the tragic love taking seed in her heart will alter her silent world forever.

International and NYT bestselling author, A.G. Howard, brings her darkly magical and visual/visceral storytelling to Victorian England. The Architect of Song is the first installment in her lush and romantic Haunted Hearts Legacy series, a four book gothic saga following the generations of one family as – haunted by both literal and figurative ghosts – they search for self-acceptance, love, and happiness.

New Adult: Recommended for ages 17+.

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About A.G. Howard

A.G. Howard was inspired to write SPLINTERED while working at a school library. She always wondered what would’ve happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland taken center stage, and she hopes her darker and funkier tribute to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won her heart as a child.

When she’s not writing, A.G.’s pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.

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Giveaway

Giveaway Details: All International

There are four prize packs up for grabs. The image below shows what each one contains.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

8/6/2018- A Dream Within A Dream– Review

8/7/2018- Smada’s Book Smack– Review

8/8/2018- YA SH3LF– Review

8/9/2018- Book-Keeping– Review

8/10/2018- Omg Books and More Books– Review

Week Two:

8/13/2018- Literary Dust– Review

8/14/2018- History from a Woman’s Perspective– Review

8/15/2018- Lisa Loves Literature– Review

8/16/2018- Pandora’s Books– Review

8/17/2018- BookHounds YA– Review

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Review: Just Me, Wrigley

Title: Just Me, Wrigley

Author: Savy Leiser

Date of Publication: August 11th, 2018

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Summary:

Wrigley loves to dance! She can shake her tail all over the animal shelter. But for some people, Wrigley’s rhythm isn’t enough.

Wrigley is a mutt; nobody knows what breed she is. When people come to the shelter looking for Dalmatians and labs and schnauzers, Wrigley wonders when it will be her turn.

Can Wrigley find the confidence to accept her mixed-breed identity and dance her way into a forever home?

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Review: What the Woods Keep

Title: What the Woods Keep

Author: Katya De Becerra

Date of Publication: September 18th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

On her eighteenth birthday, Hayden inherits her childhood home—on the condition that she uncover its dark secrets.

Hayden tried to put the past behind her, and it worked. She’s getting ready for college, living in a Brooklyn apartment, and hanging out with her best friend and roommate Del. But now it’s all catching up with her: her mother’s mysterious disappearance a decade before, her father’s outlandish theories about a lost supernatural race, and Hayden’s own dark dreams of strange symbols and rituals in the Colorado woods where she grew up.

As soon as Hayden arrives at her hometown, her friend Del in tow, it begins: Neighbors whisper secrets about Hayden’s mother; the boy next door is now all grown-up in a very distracting way; and Hayden feels the trees calling to her. And among them, deep in the woods, Hayden will discover something incredible—something that threatens reality itself.

My Review:

I just knew I had to read this book when I saw the cover and read the blurb. Plus tress… trees… and trees!!

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Right off the bat, the writing draws the reader in with its alluring words. Hayden is an interesting character, and you really never know what’s going on exactly with her. She’s well developed and as the story goes on you find out more! There’s present stuff, some past stuff, and a whole lot of I need to find out what’s going on.

The book pretty much had everything—friendship, mystery, creepiness, and a dash of romance. Trust me, you’ll want to get lost in these woods!

 

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Review: Stolen Time

Title: Stolen Time

Author: Danielle Rollins

Date of Publication: February 5th, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

Seattle, 1913 // Dorothy is trapped. Forced into an engagement to a wealthy man just so she and her mother can live comfortably for the rest of their days, she’ll do anything to escape. Including sneaking away from her wedding and bolting into the woods to disappear.

New Seattle, 2077 // Ash is on a mission. Rescue the professor—his mentor who figured out the secret to time travel—so together they can put things right in their devastated city. But searching for one man means endless jumps through time with no guarantee of success.

When Dorothy collides with Ash, she sees it as her chance to start fresh—she’ll stow away in his plane and begin a new life wherever they land. Then she wakes up in a future that’s been ripped apart by earthquakes and floods; where vicious gangs rule the submerged city streets and a small group of intrepid travelers from across time are fighting against the odds to return things to normal. What Dorothy doesn’t know is that she could hold the key to unraveling the past—and her arrival may spell Ash’s ultimate destruction.

My Review:

I’m not the biggest fan when it comes to time traveling movies or books. It took me a few time of watching Donnie Darko to actually like it, and the only time traveling series I loved was Ruby Red. However, this was actually a pretty good start!

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Right off the bat I loved Ash, and he was very developed. I wanted to shake him a few times for not speaking up about certain things, but I can let that slide! Dorothy, on the other hand, I just could not connect with this girl one bit! I get she had a tough upbringing, but come on girl! Then we had to constantly hear about how beautiful she was.

But I thought the story was great and finished it in one day. Also, the writing was really good, and it was a fun start that had me on my toes to see how it would end. Because I didn’t guess what was going on until the last few chapters, it gets extra cool points for that! Plus, that ending makes me need the next book because I have to know what happens!

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Review: Strange Grace

Title: Strange Grace

Author: Tessa Gratton

Date of Publication: September 18th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

Once, a witch made a pact with a devil. The legend says they loved each other, but can the story be trusted at all? Find out in this lush, atmospheric fantasy novel that entwines love, lies, and sacrifice.

Long ago, a village made a bargain with the devil: to ensure their prosperity, when the Slaughter Moon rises, the village must sacrifice a young man into the depths of the Devil’s Forest.

Only this year, the Slaughter Moon has risen early.

Bound by duty, secrets, and the love they share for one another, Mairwen, a spirited witch; Rhun, the expected saint; and Arthur, a restless outcast, will each have a role to play as the devil demands a body to fill the bargain. But the devil these friends find is not the one they expect, and the lies they uncover will turn their town—and their hearts—inside out.

My Review:

Buddy read with Melanie Lilly and Jewls

This was a very interesting story and strange would be a great word to use, because strange things are awesome! My favorite kinds of stories involve forests, ones where there are things hidden within.

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At first I was confused by the way the characters jump around, but I quickly got used to that. I’m not a fan of third person present tense for a long time, and the whole story was written that way, but eventually I got used to that too.

I thought the author did a good job with the love between the three characters. It was a beautiful thing! Arthur was definitely my favorite, and my goodness did I feel for him. He was angry at times, and he had a right to be! He had a right to be confused, and I wanted to give him a great big hug.

My favorite scenes were some within the forest, awesome world building with perfect description. It makes me want to venture there, but kind of not at the same time! Overall, a unique book that is sure to be a hit!

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Nine While Nine: Review + Author Interview

Title: Nine While Nine

Author: Stasia Morineaux

Date of Publication: July 24th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

Isabeau Finne’s perfect world utterly unravels when she meets Death’s right-hand man one fateful night, spiraling her life into a world of chaos and the impossible.

Suddenly, she is no longer Isabeau and becomes part of the most secretive inner-workings of Death itself, as well as an otherworldly dominion of ancient magic.

Now beings—which we were taught as children were merely fictional creations of wildly whimsical minds—are edging their way into her world as well.

Buggans and Kobolds and Vargs…oh my!

She yearns for the simplicity of her old life—this one is full of dangers, unanswered questions, and cryptic dreams.

After one particularly anomalous dream in which she learns of the Nine While Nine Legacy, things become truly precarious.

Now, someone sees her as a risk…a threat…and wants to eliminate her.

Fortunately, she falls under the protection of Gideon—unless she leaves his territory—which is the one thing she wants the most…and wants the least.

My Review:

Ever since I saw this lovely cover, which by the way is one of my favorites of the year, I have been anxiously waiting to read it!

First what I loved is the girl is like 30 or shall I say woman! It’s so hard for me to find Adult or NA books that interest me because most of the time they are just contemporary AB-stomach books or a bunch of descriptions that I don’t care about! Thank goodness for this book! Finally, an adult story that held my interest with great writing! And can I just mention the name Gideon!

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So James McAvoy probably isn’t who the author had in mind for what she imagined Gideon to look like, but he’s always who I think about when reading the romantic interest in books! I loved Gideon because there’s so much to him and I wanted to discover who he is!

Isabeau was a great character, too! And thankfully, not annoying! She grows through the book and the dream sequences were awesome! Honestly, I’ve never read a book that dealt with this type of magic—it felt incredibly unique!

Also, there are some words you may not know how to pronounce, but fear not, there’s a glossary in the back! FYI, there is a cliffhanger, and yes I need the next book. Now!

Author Interview:

Tell us what made you decide to write Nine While Nine.

Dreams! I was having a continuing series of dreams about the people, places, and situations that take place in the books. At the very beginning, there was a night I woke in a state of half-consciousness and heard words whispering in my head. I wrote down what was to become the Legacy of the Nine at about 3:00 am on a scrap of paper I found on my nightstand. I couldn’t shake it and it just snowballed from there. I absolutely fell in love with the realm of Tiarnas and the beings I was meeting in the dreams. I had to write it all down, so I wouldn’t lose any of it. What I found most exciting was that their world was spilling over into ours. That the Fae were returning. The dreams that Isabeau has in the books are based on the dreams I experienced.

Who is your favorite character in Nine While Nine and why?

Gideon! Why? He’s a tough nut to crack. He comes across all surly and stern, but we get to catch glimpses of his hidden, softer demeanor throughout the book, interlaced with all that power he exudes. He’s a great caregiver and guardian, his number one goal is to protect his charges, and carry out his duties, at any cost. And…well…he’s just a hotty.

What made you decide to want to be an author?

I began my writing journey at about seven when I wrote a story for my mom and dad about a family of bears. I was always the little kid with an entourage of imaginary friends and I’d spend countless afternoons writing short stories about them. Over the years I would become distracted with other interests and obligations, but again and again I would return to creating worlds and lives and adventures. Those imaginary friends just wouldn’t shut up! I began to take it seriously after being inspired by Anne Rice when I met her back in the late-90s while in New Orleans; she told me, “Write. What makes a writer is writing…Write the book of your dreams. Write what you want to be known for.” She went on—not verbatim here—to say that the most important thing is to not give up, to follow my dreams…to believe in my words and imaginings and never give up. AND most importantly, stop procrastinating and just do it. Stop waiting, and stop asking for advice, and just write.

I’ve tried several times to not be a writer…and I just can’t do it!

Is there a certain genre you like to write in?

No matter how the idea spawns, it always seems to turn to the supernatural and dark urban fantasy. It can begin as the most mundane, ordinary-life kind of thing, but then always—always—it veers to the paranormal and extraordinary situations…and magic! I find that working in fantasy gives me the most freedom to really exercise my imagination and explore possibilities. But I do prefer keeping my stories anchored in a blend of reality and modern times. Well, except for this one time-travel piece I’m working on…
And I’m absolutely incapable of steering clear of at least a touch of romance!

Did you have to do any research while writing Nine While Nine?

Absolutely…it’s endless and ongoing! I love love love research! I researched Celtic, Nordic, Irish, and Scottish myths…well, just pretty much everything I could get my hands on that spanned a wide assortment of European mythologies. I also studied Irish and Scottish Gaelic language, and an assortment of others, while devising the language, Sióg Orð. My explorations also included a variety of books on “witchy ways” and occult practices.

How many books do you have planned for the series?

At least three, but it might stretch into four…plus some spin-offs!

What other hobbies do you do besides writing?

I currently live in Asheville, NC, so there is no shortage of hiking and waterfalls here. I try to get out t least once a week with the family for a nice hike. I also go every week to the Biltmore Estate to play with their baby goats! I love reading and swimming, and I often combine the two with lazy days by the pool while reading in a nice shady spot. In the winter, I can often be found hidden behind a snow fort, lobbing—quite badly—snowball-ammo at my family. And then there are the squirrels in my woods. There’s a rumor going around that I’m planning to open a squirrel circus. The truth is, I just like to toss them peanuts, pecans, and walnuts. I can’t help it if they sit up in a cute little row below my balcony and beg for them now!

What’s your favorite color?

This has always been one of the most difficult questions for me. Overall, I think it’s purple.

BUT…it all depends on the context of the question. Are we talking clothing, furniture, wall color…?

Clothes, I prefer black and grey. It’s just easy. Unless we’re getting into historical garb, and then it’s creams, pale pinks and blues—think Marie Antoinette and the Rococo era.

If we’re discussing home décor, then currently I’m leaning towards washed out and stormy colors, like you’d find in a beach house. Distressed blues and greys with touches of sunset shades. But that can change at any moment and go back to rich hues of dark pumpkin, brick red, and cobalt blue.

See, just not an easy question! Depends on the day I guess! Lol!

What upcoming books do you have planned next?

Once I complete The Nine While Nine Legacy series—if it ever truly ends—I’ve had a YA New Orleans ghost story on the back burner for a few years that I’m just itching to flesh out! And a vampire novel—of course. I began that one back in 1995 after my first trip of many to New Orleans. I’ve picked it up and worked on it again and again over the years, but it’s particularly grueling as much of my personal life of that period is contained in it. It’s messy and painful, but I’m determined to finish it and get it released. It deserves to finally be completed and out there to be known.

Any advice for writers?

The best advice I can give is to pass along the words that Anne Rice gave me. “Just write”. The blank page is daunting, no doubt, but if you just set pencil to paper and go, the words will come.

Also, study up on the current avenues of marketing and PR. The publishing world has changed radically, and the author needs to be neck deep in their own branding and marketing, not just of their work but of themselves. Get out there and meet the readers!

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Biography:

Stasia Morineaux grew up in Southern California, pursuing faeries in the garden and seeking spirits in the local graveyard with her cat Bartleby; they also spent countless nights hunting down things that went bump!

She now resides in Asheville, North Carolina with her hubster and kidlet, as well as with a bevy of creatures…both real and “imaginary”.

Mysterious dreams, copious hours of awesome music, and obscene amounts of coffee fuel her writing sessions of paranormal, urban fantasy, dark fantasy, the supernatural…and sometimes even a sprinkling of chick lit!

In her spare time she likes to relax on her balcony, feet kicked up, listening to the squirrels arguing with the crows in her woods.

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Review: The Lantern’s Ember

Title: The Lantern’s Ember

Author: Colleen Houck

Date of Publication: September 11th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

Welcome to a world where nightmarish creatures reign supreme.

Five hundred years ago, Jack made a deal with the devil. It’s difficult for him to remember much about his mortal days. So, he focuses on fulfilling his sentence as a Lantern—one of the watchmen who guard the portals to the Otherworld, a realm crawling with every nightmarish creature imaginable. Jack has spent centuries jumping from town to town, ensuring that nary a mortal—or not-so-mortal—soul slips past him. That is, until he meets beautiful Ember O’Dare.

Seventeen, stubborn, and a natural-born witch, Ember feels a strong pull to the Otherworld. Undeterred by Jack’s warnings, she crosses into the forbidden plane with the help of a mysterious and debonair vampire—and the chase through a dazzling, dangerous world is on. Jack must do everything in his power to get Ember back where she belongs before both the earthly and unearthly worlds descend into chaos.

 

My Review:

I haven’t read any of Colleen’s books before so this is my first by the author. The book had a very cool concept, but I was left feeling confused and, sadly, a bit bored.

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Can I just say I love the cover! Skulls are just awesome in general, but anyway, I liked the different POV’s. But some vampire dude got thrown in early on and was with Ember for a big chunk of the book before she reunites with Jack. I felt like it would have been better if it had been Ember and Jack doing the majority of the traveling together in the beginning.

Next, I was weirded out because this Jack guy, who is I guess super old, had been watching Ember since she was small so that’s kind of strange… However, the writing was awesome and the story had an alluring atmosphere but I suppose I wanted more from the characters? I’m not even quite sure myself! I do think this could be a cool Tim Burtonish film, though.

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