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Clouded by Envy: Excerpt + Giveaway

I am so excited that CLOUDED BY ENVY by Candace Robinson is available now and that I get
to share the news!
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful
book by Author Candace Robinson, be sure to check out all the details below.
This blitz also includes a giveaway for a $10
Amazon GC courtesy of Candace, The Parliament House Press, and Rockstar Book
Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the
bottom of this post.
Title: CLOUDED BY ENVY
Author: Candace Robinson
Pub. Date: February 19, 2019
Publisher: The Parliament House
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 215
Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&NiBooks
Brenik has always been
envious of his twin sister, Bray. Growing up as fairy-like creatures, known as
bats, everything came easier to Bray. While Brenik spent his time in her
shadows, never feeling he was enough. After escaping their world of Laith, and
living on Earth for ten years, Brenik attempts to strike a deal with the Stone
of Desire to become human. Though true humanity is not an option, he will
accept the curse that will alter him to get as close as he can.
Living in a tree trunk
for the past year hasn’t been easy for Bray, more so after her brother
disappears again. When a human boy and his brother, Wes, find her, a new
friendship is struck. Through Wes, Bray learns there can be more to life than
waiting within a tree. But worrying over where Brenik has vanished to always
remains in the back of her mind.
When Bray reunites
with Brenik, she realizes she must help him break the curse after she discovers
the need for blood is beginning to overpower him. The curse not only damages
those who get close to Brenik, but it could also destroy whatever is blooming
between Bray and Wes.

 

Book Trailer:
Exclusive Excerpt!
                Bray
wasn’t sure how long she had drifted off for, but there was a puddle of wetness
against her cheek when she woke up—okay, so it was only drool from herself.
Lifting a hand up toward her cheek, she swiped the saliva away and rubbed it on
to the hammock. Classy, she thought, but there was already some gathered there
anyway.
                Remembering
the events from earlier, Bray headed straight to the hole and peeked out. She
shifted her head from left to right. Nothing. Bray looked up and down—she could
see a few bushes had already been planted in the dirt.
                Then
she saw it: a circular stone bowl filled with water sitting on top of a long
thick stem, attached to a circular bottom. A birdbath! Almost giddily, Bray
stepped on the ledge of the hole and leaped off, flapping her wings hurriedly
to the nearest pink and yellow peach. Opening her jaw wide, she bit into the
thin skin. A juicy one. The fruit filled her mouth with delicious pleasure, and
she took one more long bite before diving down to the birdbath.
                The top
of her newfound treasure was a perfect circle with tiny mounds around it
resembling hills. Bray landed on the ceramic and bent down to take a seat,
before placing her bare feet into the warm water that had been perfectly heated
from the shining sun.
                Peering
down at the clear water, Bray saw no sign of intrusion from other creatures
yet. She rotated her head in every direction, as if she would be caught just by
thinking about slipping into the water—still no sign of life.
                Flicking
her braid over her shoulder, Bray pursed her lips together to hide the smile
aching to shine against her face and jumped into the water. The splash echoed.
Her bare feet scraped the rough bottom, while her dress inflated and then clung
to her body as she shot to the surface. She let out a small giggle to herself.
It was sad that the only highlight of the past year was hopping into a shallow
pool of water with no one around except for her.
                She
leaned back into the liquid, letting herself float and moving her arms slowly
up and down, while swimming in figure-eight circles.
                Bray
closed her eyes and let the water cover her ears, so it felt like nothing in
the world existed, except for the muffled vibrations from the liquid.
                A loud
booming sounded from above, and her eyelids thrust open, meeting dark brown
eyes, light brown skin, and that black bowl hair. Tiny human. Luca.
                Freeze,
Bray thought to herself, not even blinking her eyes. She held them wide open, thinking
he wouldn’t notice her, or maybe he would just assume she was a bird. Even
though he was staring at her and had spoken something she didn’t hear clearly.
                Nope.
That isn’t going to work. He hovered closer, his eyes scrunched halfway closed
to examine her more thoroughly. Unable to hold her eyes open any longer, Bray
blinked several times.
                “What
are you?” he asked, genuine amazement creeping into his words, lips slightly
parted.
                “A
bat!” Bray yelled, and she jumped up from the warmth of the water, darting
straight for the tree hole.
                Breathing
heavily, Bray landed inside and collided with the floor. She rolled to her
back, running both hands down her face. “Why did I come out without paying
attention? I know not to!” Ruth had always told her this.
                A quake
trembled through the tree, causing shivers to run up and down her spine. What
is the little beast doing? Oh no, what if he is trying to chop down the tree?
My home—the peaches! Bray didn’t know why she was thinking about stupid peaches
when there was another fruit tree directly next door.
                Despite
the thunderous rumbling, Bray grabbed the needle from underneath her hammock
and dodged toward the window. If the little beast thought he could take her
down, then he had another thing coming. She would prick his eye—actually, she
would poke both of his eyes to protect her and Brenik’s home.
                When
Bray reached the edge of the window, the sound stopped. She peeped her head out
of the hole, right as a face met hers, his black hair falling forward over a hazel
eye—an eye she was going to poke. Startled, she jumped back instead of toward
him.
                A broad
smile crossed the little beast’s face. “Hello.”
                Freezing
once again, until she remembered that the staying-still-as-a-statue strategy
didn’t work in the birdbath, she meekly said, “Hi.”
                Bray
brought the needle up toward his smiling face, just in case.
                “Are
you planning on sewing something?” He tilted his head at the needle.
                “Yeah,
your eyeball.” She gave him a hard glare.
                “What?”
he asked while laughing hysterically.
                He was
laughing? Not scared? Bray brought the needle closer. “Yeah, you need to leave
and never come back. This is my home.”
                “No.
Technically, it’s my brother’s home,” he said, still smiling.
                “What
brother? You mean your dad out there who was planting this morning?”
                Luca
shook his head, and she didn’t miss the wince before he spoke. “No, that’s my
brother, Wes. I don’t have a mom or dad.”
                Crestfallen,
Bray lowered the needle. “Oh. Me neither. I only have a brother, but he will be
gone for a while.” She paused and glanced at the note Brenik had left behind,
her chest tightening. Then she shrugged it off and shifted her gaze back to the
boy. “By the way, my name is Brayora, but you can call me Bray.” For some
reason, she wasn’t worried anymore about the human.
                “I’m
Luca Duran.” He plopped his thin fingers on the edge of the hole.
                “Yeah,
I heard your name this morning, little beast. I mean, Luca.” She thought little
beast suited him better than Luca.
About Candace:

 

My name is
Candace Robinson. I’m just your average hemiplegic migraine sufferer. My days
are spent writing, book reviewing and traveling through books for my blog,
Literary Dust. I live just outside of Houston, Texas, where it feels like the
hottest place on Earth with the crazy weather. No, seriously, one day it’s 30
degrees and the next it’s 70 degrees! I live with my husband and awesome
daughter!
 
You can also
follow me on my review blog Literary Dust
 
 
 
 
Giveaway Details:
All International
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receive an 10 Amazon Gift Card, International.
Ends on February
28th at Midnight EST!
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Review: Dying for an Invitation

Title: Dying for an Invitation

Author: Theresa Braun

Date of Publication: December 26th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

Dacie returns to Romania where she’s ready to coax her invisible childhood playmate to reveal himself to her. Tension and passion fire up between them. Dacie’s mother spouts cautionary advice regarding the supernatural; however, Dacie shirks the warning as nonsense born from local legends. A lost letter lands in Dacie’s hands, suggesting the powers of the undead might have a grip on the family lineage. When her mother dies, so do the answers. And, Dacie needs the comfort of her unseen companion more than ever…

My Review:

Probably the best short story I’ve ever read. I’m hard to please when it comes to short stories. But this… this was so good!

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For a short story, Dacie was super well developed. We learn about her as a child, we learn about her past, and we learn about something she secretly wants. There’s a mystery companion who Dacie has known since she was a child, and the question is, does she give into that temptation or turn it down?

The ending was perfect yet I still want to know more. I want more answers and I want a sequel! This story was bloody brilliant and Braun is definitely my top short story author! Loved it!

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Who’s your favorite supernatural/paranormal character?

Review: Certain Dark Things

Title: Certain Dark Things

Author: Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Date of Publication: October 25th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Welcome to Mexico City… An Oasis In A Sea Of Vampires…

Domingo, a lonely garbage-collecting street kid, is busy eking out a living when a jaded vampire on the run swoops into his life.

Atl, the descendant of Aztec blood drinkers, must feast on the young to survive and Domingo looks especially tasty. Smart, beautiful, and dangerous, Atl needs to escape to South America, far from the rival narco-vampire clan pursuing her. Domingo is smitten.

Her plan doesn’t include developing any real attachment to Domingo. Hell, the only living creature she loves is her trusty Doberman. Little by little, Atl finds herself warming up to the scrappy young man and his effervescent charm.

And then there’s Ana, a cop who suddenly finds herself following a trail of corpses and winds up smack in the middle of vampire gang rivalries.

Vampires, humans, cops, and gangsters collide in the dark streets of Mexico City. Do Atl and Domingo even stand a chance of making it out alive?

My Review:

I wanted to read this because I really liked Silvia’s other book, The Beautiful Ones. While I still liked her other book better, this one was pretty great. First, I liked the Mexico setting. Second, these vampires were awesome.

The main girl Atl isn’t your normal heroine. She’s not the best at everything, she has killed, and she wants to take care of herself first. Domingo was such a clinger, but he was so sweet that you can’t help but like him.

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Nick was a freaking douche of a vampire, and his chapters were probably my favorite. I liked most of the side characters as well. What slowed it down for me was Ana’s chapters. I know why Ana’s chapters had to be there—so you can see why everything connects, but not a lot went down in most of hers. Toward her last few chapters they did get intense, though!

Overall, this was a fun read. Loved the darkness. Loved the ending. And I can’t wait to read more from this author!

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How does this book sound to you?

 

 

Review: Kingdom of Ashes

Title: Kingdom of Ashes

Author: Elena May

Date of Publication: October 30th, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

Myra never witnessed the Nightfall. She has only heard stories from the eldest among them; tales of the Old World and of the scientists who invented the WeatherWizard—a technological innovation that controls the weather. Unfortunately, the device also gave an ambitious vampire prince the means to cover the world in impenetrable clouds, allowing his armies to crawl out of their caves and conquer all.

Vampires rule over the New World, breeding humans for food. After fifty years of guerrilla warfare, the Resistance is fading, its supplies dwindling. They must rally and succeed—and soon—or all hope of restoring human civilization will be lost.

When Myra goes on a desperate mission to help the Resistance, she ends up a captive in the vampires’ palace. With time running out, she must find a way to stop Prince Vladimir, and every wrong step leads to the death of innocents. Her battle abilities prove useless, but Myra discovers she has another skill that can give her an edge over her captors. Now, Myra must defeat the vampire leader at a power game he has been playing for almost two millennia.

My Review:

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I don’t read a lot of vampire books unless they sound really good. This one was an interesting read because it was a dystopian set future with vampires. The beginning had my attention right away with this particular human group that does not go outside, with the exception of when a few go out to do a mission. The world is dying in most parts, and with the sun not out, vamps have control of it all.

The term WeatherWizard was odd, I felt it should have been called something different, but I can ignore the strange terminology. The lead character, Myra, I did like. There were times where she was kind of scatter brained. Like you have all this stuff going on in the world, but you are more concerned with writing while out on a mission???? Who would do that?

Once the vamps come into play, things get interesting. There were some slow parts and there was pretty much no romance, but I was intrigued where the story was headed when I was reading. The Prince is a character that I want to know more about! If you like dystopian or vampire books, you should check this one out.

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What is your favorite vampire or dystopian book?

Cashmere: Review + Giveaway

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About the Book:

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Title: CASHMERE

Author: Temple West

Release Date: February 14, 2017

Publisher: In Medias Res Publications

Pages: 460

Find it:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble

 

Synopsis:

This high-stakes sequel to Velvet proves that when you’re the only human caught in a paranormal war, high school can get a little tricky. With Adrian’s brother trapped in hell, the Praetorian Guard has made Stony Creek their base-of-operations, but Caitlin has a bad feeling they’re more interested in her than in finding Lucian. Caught in a sea of conspiracies and lies, Caitlin and Adrian perform a risky magical procedure in an attempt to protect Caitlin from compulsion.

Relieved that her nightmares have ended, Caitlin is disturbed to find that something even stranger has taken their place.

Determined to get on with her life, even amid a crazy paranormal manhunt, she applies for a competitive summer fashion internship in New York. Searching desperately for answers about what Caitlin might be, how Adrian’s father is involved, and where Lucian has been kidnapped to, Caitlin and Adrian must rely on each other to survive. But when the truth finally comes to light, the consequences are unimaginable.

And the question still haunts them both: even if they survive, how will they deal with the fact that Adrian is immortal and Caitlin is not?

My Review:

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I have been waiting for almost two years for this book, and I was jumping for joy to read an ARC! Lucian is still missing! My little, cute, crazy vampire!

My favorite part in Cashmere is the bond between Caitlin and Adrian. There isn’t the bickering and arguing that can get out of control and annoying. These two cool cats are a team, and a nerdy awesome team at that! The romance was soooooo good!

The action and vampire stuff is in the background for a while, but Caitlin begins to have these strange episodes that happen at night when she is asleep. As time goes on, the dreams get stranger as she tries to figure out what is going on.

Just like in book one, Caitlin is still all about designing and there is a lot of that going on when she goes away for the summer. It gave me major Project Runway vibes!

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Things start to really pick up towards the end, and my head is still spinning from what the heck just happened? Seriously? Can book three just come out this year because I have to knowwwwwwwww what happens next!

Also, if you haven’t read the first book Velvet yet, then definitely check it out!

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About Temple West:

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Temple West, debut author of the YA paranormal romance Velvet, is as nerdy in real life as she is on the Twitter. Armed with a very shiny English degree, she spent four months in Oxford holed up at the Radcliffe Camera amongst the hush of ancient books and the rich musk of academia. Returning to Los Angeles, she acquired a concurrent degree in film, mostly as an excuse to write essays about The Princess Bride and Hook. She can sew (poorly), drive stick (please fasten your seatbelt), and mostly lift her feet off the ground while stuttering into first gear on a very small motorcycle. She currently lives in Seattle and is the proud mother to a one-year-old laptop and a vintage Remington typewriter.

Website | YouTube | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads

 

Giveaway Details:

1 winner will received signed copies of Velvet and Cashmere, International.  Temple is supplying the giveaway and her rules are here.  Giveaway ends 2/22/17.

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Tour Schedule:

February 7 — The Book Hookup — Character Interview

February 8 — Literary Dust — Review

February 9 — DanaSquare — Quirky Q&A

February 10 — BookCatPin — Book Excerpt / Quotes

February 11 —  The Book Academy — Video Interview

February 12 — And Then There Were Books — Review

February 13 — Zara’s Scribblings — Excerpt

February 14 — A Page With a View — Interview

February 15 — Crossroads Reviews — Review

February 16 —  Adventures of a  Book Junkie — Interview

February 17 — Bumblebee Books — Spotlight

February 18 — Rants and Raves of a Bibliophile — Book Excerpt / Quotes

February 19 — A Perfection Called Books — Quirky Q&A

February 20 — A Leisure Moment — Quirky Q&A

February 21 — Living Within Fiction — Interview

 

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Have you read the first book, Velvet?