BOOK BLITZ: Fated Memories, by Joan Carney


Hi, there! Welcome to one more book blitz, but on Xpresso Book Tours! 😀 We’ll be talking about Fated Memories, by Joan Carney 🙂

Fated Memories
Joan Carney
Publication date: April 15th, 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Time-Travel

summary

A woman, a war, a vision of the future past…

Burdened with the scars of a tortured childhood and a shattered romance, Kitty is being forced to resign from the dull, anonymous job she’s been hiding behind. With her life in shambles and her friends moving on without her, she jumps at her cousin, Maggie’s, invitation to visit. However, Maggie’s new boyfriend, Simon, has a secret that accidentally hurls the trio a hundred and fifty years into the past. Trapped in the midst of the bloodiest war in American history, the events that unfold will require more mettle than Kitty’s ever had.

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You can find Fated Memories in both paperback and ebook versions 🙂

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excerpt

Kitty’s hands shook and her vision blurred with tears. It didn’t matter. After having read the short note three times, the words ‘… transfer to the second floor’ had been engraved on her brain. She’d found the letter in her mail slot at the hospital where she worked, just this morning. That’s Richard’s floor! The wound from their breakup still scarred her heart. What do I do now? Quit my job?

The elevator doors opened and Richard Delaney stepped off surrounded by his physical therapy staff, who were tittering at one of his clever quips. Kitty wheeled around, making a beeline for the restroom. She couldn’t let him or those bitchy nurses see her cry. In her haste to become invisible, she miscalculated the corner of the wall and, smacking her shoulder against it, bounced back flat on her ass. Silence washed over the unit as everyone’s eyes turned to her.

Flushed with embarrassment, she scrambled to her feet, faced her audience and curtsied. “I’m here all week, folks, don’t miss the show!” Then she burst through the lady’s room door.

Kitty locked herself in the stall, working to salvage her dignity while dialing her cell phone for her pillar of strength; the one who always knew what to do.

“Ma?” Despite her efforts to control it, her voice still shook.

“Kitten, honey, are you crying? What’s the matter, are those silly boys in school teasing you again? Should I go speak with the principal?”

“Funny, Mom, no I only need to talk to someone. Remember when I told you the hospital makes the ward clerks reapply for their jobs every few years so they can weed out the ones they no longer want? Well, it’s that time again. I got my take-it-or-leave-it offer today and it says they’re bumping me from the step-down unit, to the pits of the med/surg dungeon. If I don’t accept it, I’ll be out of a job. I don’t know what to do.”

Silence.

“Mom, are you still there?”

“Yes, I’m here.” She blew out a long breath. “Kitty, you’re a smart lady, but if you don’t respect yourself enough to stand up and take charge of your life, you’ll always be at the mercy of others. Remember, the choices we make follow us and decide our fate.”

“I know, Mom, but…”

“The best advice I have for you, sweetheart, is to move home with us so you can go back to college and learn more marketable skills.”

Kitty had battled with them before over this. In her mind, living with her parents at her age was the same as having a big red letter “L” tattooed on her forehead. “I see, okay. Um, I have to get back to work now. I’ll talk to you later, Ma. Thanks for listening.”

As she washed off the mascara tracks from her tears, she studied her reflection in the restroom mirror, mulling over the misery that was her life. You’re almost thirty years old, Kitty Trausch, what have you got to show for it? A man? Not since Richard dumped me last year. A career? More like a crappy job that’s become unbearable.

Kitty remembered her mom’s mantra “When the world gets rough,” she’d say, “remind yourself of the good things you have.” She thought hard for a positive slant, but only came up with her prized closet full of shoes and salvation from her acne plague. Great, at least that and two-seventy-five will get me on the subway. Oh, and one more good thing. Rooming with Sonia allowed her to walk the short distance to the hospital and not have to ride the train from Tuckahoe to Manhattan. Wow, I’m overwhelmed with gratitude.

the author

A transplant from the Bronx to San Diego, Joan’s lucky number is four. She has four children, four grandchildren, drinks about four cups of coffee a day, and is now enjoying her fourth career as a novelist. When not planted in front of the computer writing or doing genealogy research, Joan enjoys spending time with family and friends and volunteers at the local church.

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giveaway

There will be four winners in this awesome INTERNATIONAL giveaway!

  • Three lucky winners will take home each a signed copies of Fated Memories
  • One lucky winner will take home a $25 Amazon gift card

No matter the prize you aim for, if you’d like to enter, just click here and good luck: GIVEAWAY!

That’s it, thanks for reading 🙂

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Annabeth Neverending, from Leyla Kader Dahm

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Hello! Welcome to Annabeth Neverending book tour, host by Xpresso Blog Tours! I was kindly sent a review of Leyla Kader Dahm’s book in exchange for an honest review for my stop, so thank you Xpresso Book Tours! The moment is here 😀

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The Story

Annabeth isn’t the most normal 15 year old girl. She suffers with sleep walking, can’t bring herself to be coordinated enough on the cheer leader practice and has never kissed a boy before. Also, to make everything worse, she strongly suspects that her parents love her younger brother best, as she is adopted and he isn’t.

But everything becomes unmanageable when she acquires an ankh pendant and meets Gabriel, a peculiar 17 year old boy already majoring in archeologist. The pendant opens the way to a remote past, from her soul’s previous life, and Gabriel opens her heart to the real meaning of being alive in the present.

But as her past life collides with her present life, Annabeth isn’t sure if she should trust Gabriel or even his twin brother, C. J., whom she meets by chance at a Halloween party – that also happens to be her 16th birthday.

Can Annabeth still believe in coincidences? Should she follow her destiny or listen to her heart?

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The Analysis

Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader 🙂

I’ve always been fascinated by the ancient Egypt. Since I was a child and started watching Scooby-Doo, I had a thing for mummies, pyramids and so on. I even wanted to be an archeologist, to my parents’ dismay, as I loved to uncover the old times secrets. Then I became a journalist to uncover current times secrets. Ironies of life. So I knew I’d love Annabeth Neverending, as the premise was brilliant. I just wasn’t expecting to like Annabeth herself or the narrative style. AND OMG, THAT TWIST IN THE END WAS BRILLIANT! I knew it would come and I didn’t guess it anyway!! =O The only thing that kept this book of being a perfect five stars for me is that I couldn’t manage to connect with the characters or swoon over the boys. So, a star was lost here, but THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD!!! Four proud stars and I want to read it again sometime! I need to see if I should have seen the twist coming, haha!

The narrative was first person styled from Annabeth’s point of view only and this worked so well on this book! It was a lovely surprise ❤ I didn’t miss a detail and almost all loose ends were tied – I can’t say more due spoilers, but I wonder if there won’t be another book to follow this one. One very important matter was left to be solved, haha!

The plot was very good and rather complex, as there were so many elements to it. Annabeth needed to find herself, her soul mate, fight his evil brother and still manage to hold together her teenage life with a hypochondriac mom, a silent-judging father and a very nosy younger brother. Mystery, romance, funny and sad moments, time-travelling, Egypt culture, legends and myths, Annabeth Neverending had a bit of every good element that makes a good book. AND HAVE I MENTIONED THAT TWIST?!

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At first I was all about eye rolls for the amorous triangle, but as the story went, things got complicated and Annabeth herself kept doubting if she was really in love or simply impressed by two beautiful boys. Also, they weren’t that different in personality – both were essencially good boys, so there wasn’t that good guy/bad guy deal, you know? And even when evil things started to happen because one of the boys, Annabeth doesn’t get bored with the allegedly “good guy” and runs off to the “bad guy”. She holds her ground and her feelings at bay, always trying to be fair and rational. She succeeded in almost all scenes, haha! I love intelligent and strong females in YA ❤ Both qualities seem to be lacking in the genre overall, ugh!

And I still can’t believe that I truly enjoyed a book with an amorous triangle.

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I mentioned I didn’t connect with the characters, even after saying how much I admire Annabeth. Weird much? I agree. I don’t know why, but even though I was enjoying myself greatly reading Annabeth Neverending, I simply didn’t care what happened next with her and the boys. They were well constructed characters and very loveable, but I don’t know. I felt… Detached. And I feel awful for that because it looks like they aren’t good main characters and they TOTALLY are!!

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Also, I loved how Dahm used Egypt culture and its elements, how accurately she described Annabeth’s past life and the brilliant use she did of History’s loop holes. Things that happened with Ana, Annabeth’s first life, happened all the time in Egypt royal families. Documents and records get lost all the time, especially the real old ones. Now and then, archeologists keep discovering rich tombs on the Orient’s sands, hidden by nature and lost from History.

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Overall, if you enjoy amorous triangles, strong females, mind blowing twists and Egypt, Annabeth Neverending is for you!!

4star

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Thanks so much for reading! Bellow, you can find purchase links for the book, that’s available in both paperback and ebook formats, more info about the author and a giveaway 😀

PURCHASE LINKS

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ABOUT LEYLA KADER DAHM, THE AUTHOR ❤

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Wisconsin native Leyla Kader Dahm popped popcorn and dreamt of a career in show business while working in a movie theater during high school. The small-town Midwestern girl opted for the practical route and studied communications at Carroll College and Cornell University. But her life changed course dramatically when a temp agency placed her in a production and development gig at Miramax/Dimension Films.

Dahm went on to work as a script consultant for numerous production companies. She appeared in the acclaimed spoken word show Sit ‘N Spin and had her comedy feature spec, Due North, optioned by Michael Levy Enterprises. She sold her pitch, Survival Instinct, to Nickelodeon Original Movies.

Dahm lives with her husband and children in Los Angeles, where she focuses on writing quality material for families and young adults.

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GIVEAWAY!

Yes, there is a giveaway! Five lucky winners will receive each one a SIGNED copy of Annabeth Neverending and it is INTERNATIONAL!!!! *–*

To join me in this lovely and precious opportunity, just click here: GIVEAWAY!

That’s it! Thanks so much for reading and thanks once again to Xpresso Book Tours for picking me up for this tour and providing me with a review copy! I loved Annabeth Neverending

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Top 10 Tuesday: Favorite Heroine

Hi, there! Good morning ❤ I hope you’re hanging there on this beginning of week 🙂 It’s Tuesday, so it’s Top 10 Tuesday day! This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and my theme today is Favorite Heroines!

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I won’t deny, that one was hard. I hardly like female main characters enough for that, haha! But I could gather 10 from my last five year reads, so let’s go!

In no particular order:

  1. Integrity Taylor Aidar, from Gifted Thief and Honour Bound

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My favorite ❤

  1. June, from A Love for the Pages

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  1. Cath, from Fangirl

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Obviously.

  1. Kate, from Cemetery Tours, Between Worlds and After Death

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  1. Jane, from Austenland

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  1. Isabel, from Goddess of Legend

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  1. America Singer, from The Selection

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  1. Suzannah, from The Mediator series

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  1. Jocelyn, from The Vanishing Game

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  1. Violet, from All Men of Genius

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Well, those are my latest favorite heroines, haha! What are yours? 😀

Thanks for reading!

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BOOK TOUR + GIVEAWAY: Prescient, from Derek Murphy!

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Hi, there! Welcome to a very special book tour, hosted by YA Bound Book Tours. It’s with the deepest pleasure that I present you Derek Murphy’s new book: Prescient!

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Prescient

by Derek Murphy

Genre: Time Travel/Dystopia

Release Date: April 1st 2016

Summary

The first time I saw the future I lost hope.

It wasn’t just that the future sucked; that civilization had gone and ruined itself; that we’d altered our own DNA and devolved into predatory monsters that fed on the few remaining survivors. That was all awful enough, but it was more than that. I remember being young and thinking, when I grow up, I’ll have a nice big house. I’ll get an exciting, interesting job. I’ll meet the man of my dreams and we’ll fall in love and stay together forever.

But that all disappeared the first time I tripped 20 years into the future and found the houses burned, the handsome boys dead, and the only jobs were the ones young girls gave hairy old survivors in tents in exchange for a little food and water. Nobody asked little girls what they wanted to be when they grew up anymore. Nobody wanted to draw attention to the fact that most of them wouldn’t live that long.

There was no hope, no peace for anyone. At least I had it better than they did. When my trip was over, I would get to go back. Back to the normalcy of 2015. Back to iPhones and Twitter and buying so much food it went bad before you could eat it. Back to laughing over foamy cappuccinos and iced lattes at the mall, window shopping and flirting with hot guys (not that I ever did that, mind you – but I always wanted to). And I still could. That was the point. Unlike everybody else, for whom 2015 was 20 years ago – long before humanity was destroyed – it was my reality. At least, it was some of the time.

But after seeing the future; after struggling to make it to the end of the day; after my first kill – none of those other things were the least bit enjoyable. All I could think when I got back to the real world, is how can I stop what’s coming?

Prescient is a young adult time-travel dystopia, this is Part One of the first book in the series.

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I’m beyond excited to read this book because I love Murphy’s writing. I’ve read and reviewed another book of his earlier this year, Shearwater [review here] and I’m sold. I’ve already got his other two new novels, Orpheum and The Scarlet Thread, so it was only natural for me to want to shout to the world about this new release ❤ You can find Prescient in both ebook and paperback formats here:

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Bellow, you can know a little more about this awesome guy that is Derek ❤

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I wrote my MA thesis on Harry Potter and am working on my PhD in literature, while secretly writing YA fantasy novels and designing book covers. I blog about self-publishing, book design and book marketing, and am renting a castle for Nanowrimo 2016. I hope you like my writing!

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And, if you already know Derek like I do, you may also know that he is famous for his awesome giveaways ❤ Like it went with Shearwater, Orpheum and The Scarlet Thread, Derek is hosting a HUGE giveaway for Prescient’s release!

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Here’s what Derek has to say about the giveaway:

BEST SCIFI TIME TRAVEL BOOKS FOR TEENS 2016

Here are some great young adult time travel books. If you think writing is hard, try writing time travel fiction – it’s so much more challenging! To honor these authors, and to launch the book I’m working on (Prescient), I’m giving away a package of time travel books, and a Harry Potter time turner. It’s the coolest time-travel related object I could find.

I’ll choose 3 winners and give each winner ebook copies of each book, plus a time turner. Everybody who signs up to my list will get my book (Prescient) for free.

To enter, just click here: GIVEAWAY!

That’s it, thank you so much for reading! And a special thanks to YA Bound Book Tours team for including me on this tour, it was a pleasure spotlighting such a beloved new author!

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Escape to Gettis… And Love, from Gerri Bowen (Love in Gettis #1)

Hello, there! Welcome to a book review, for a change ;D

Our star today is a book I have received from author Gerri Bowen, called Escape to Gettis… And Love, the first in the Love in Gettis series, in exchange for an honest review 😀 Thank you again for the kindness, Gerri! Oh, and I also would like to thank Booktips for introducing me to Gerri’s work ❤

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The Story

Maggie is a 21th century woman that thinks she can’t ask for more: she has a good daughter, a sweet granddaughter, a wonderful family, nice friends, a job that she loves doing and money enough to not raise worries. The perfect life.

Or so she felt until laying eyes on the strange Viking man that came through the time travelling portal on her backyard.

Joren is a true Viking man that came through the portal near his village into a strange place called Gettysburg, seeking for lost children. He couldn’t be more surprised to find all of them already grown up. Specially the child of his King… Maggie.

Now Joren must adjust himself to life in 21th century in order to win the heart of the woman that fascinated him. Mean while, Maggie needs to decide whether she can finally be happy with Joren after so many poor choices regarding men on her life.

All the while helping an entire Viking village to flee from the wrath of a psychotic man of their time. Good thing that they have magical guardians to help.

The Analysis

Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader 🙂

I wasn’t prepared to like this book so much! It was my first time-travelling romance and the level of identification that I felt with the characters was awesome! Honestly, my heart warmed every time I picked this up for reading. Some quotes just made my day, keeping me cracking up for several minutes in a roll. There were some minor editing problems and the book pace was weirdly slow/fast, so it was a four stars book 🙂

The narrative style was third person with alternating points of view between Maggie, Joren, and their “dogs”, Koozie and Dromo (they have dog forms, but are magical beings). I liked the switching points of view, this is my favorite style. Point for Bowen ❤ I had a small problem with the pace. I mean, you expect a book to have a small pace if it involved time-travelling people trying to adapt, but I felt that the story dragged in several points and was too fast in others, especially on the acceptance of new habits area. A star was half lost here.

The plot seemed simple, but developed in such a way that you could never predict what would happen and I would have never guessed who the 21th century villain was. AWESOME. As this book opens a series, it’s waste of time to talk about loose ends. What I can do is say how much I long to see what’s going to happen next! ❤ But seriously, I loved this plot. It got me since page one!

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The characters were one of the strongest points in this book. For starters, I got myself a new bookish boyfriend, Joren. He is awesome ❤ A wonderful man in every way possible without losing his Viking touch, haha! And, more important: he was so real. I don’t know how Bowen did this, but all her characters could live in my building with me and be my neighbors. The social drama was palpable and real, I was amazed.

Other new thing is that I loved Maggie! I usually have problems with main female characters, but I loved Maggie. She was the perfect main character, even on her flaws, haha!

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Other thing that got me a little on this book is the amount of main characters that are important for the story. It got me very confused in the beginning and I’m especially bad with names in general, so I was lost sometimes.

Bonus point: Bowen’s humor and dialogical constructions. Just read this piece of dialogue between Maggie and her brother Colin, extracted from the book:

“He [Joren] thought I was in your cell phone?”

“As near as I can figure, yeah. He was ready to skewer me unless I let you [Maggie] out.”

“That’s sweet. Funny, but sweet.”

I cracked so hard. Bowen knows her business, guys. Now, feel Joren’s intensity on this dialogue with Maggie:

“What would you [Joren] like to talk about?”

“You.”

His answer stopped her in her tracks.

“What about me?”

“All about you.”

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Seriously, I can’t even with this man!! *swoons*

Ahem, I’m alive.

Overall, I always looked forward to picking up this book again whenever I had to stop reading and was biting my nails to know what was going to happen next until the last page. Like this:

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If you like time-travelling, romance, beautiful Viking males and women that know exactly what they want, just drop my blog and go read this book ❤

4star

That’s it! Thanks for reading and thanks once again to both Gerri Bowen and Booktips team! I loved this book ❤

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TBR of the Week: Escape to Gettis… And Love, by Gerri Bowen

Hello, good morning! We have reached yet another Sunday in December and it’s TBR of the Week day! 😀 I’m still trying to knock out my TBR pile with readathon that I’m participating, but I’ve only read a full book in two days… Oh God. Anyway, today’s TBR of the Week is a book I received from the author herself, called Escape to Gettis… And Love! Thank you again, Gerri Bowen! Can’t wait to read it 😀

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