#SerendipiTEA Tour & Giveaway featuring Meg Eden and POST HIGH-SCHOOL REALITY QUEST

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Today I’m participating in something special, a blog tour that pairs several authors with their new books and specially chosen teas that match some aspect of the books being featured.  I may not be much of a tea drinker but this sounded like so much fun, I had to participate!

I was paired up with Meg Eden, the author of Post High-School Reality Quest, which is a very interesting piece that explores being a nerdy girl written in the style of a text adventure game.

Here’s what Meg had to say about her tea and her book!  And don’t forget to check out the other participants in the tour (links below) and the giveaway where you can win some of the teas and books from the tour!!

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Blog Tour Review: Dragonwatch by Brandon Mull

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Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 (TODAY!) by Shadow Mountain
One of my absolute favorite series when I was younger was Fablehaven by Brandon Mull.  I started reading it when it was first published and found myself recommending it to everyone because “people of all ages will like it just like Harry Potter!”  Yep, I thought this series could span the generations, and I proved that by enjoying re-reads every few years.

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Cover Reveal: Melancholy Ghost by Kat Mayor

Today is the cover reveal for Melancholy Ghost by Kat Mayor. This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours.

Melancholy GhostMelancholy Ghost (Spirit Chasers #2)
By Kat Mayor
Genre: Paranormal
Age category: Adult
Release Date: 14 February, 2017

Blurb:
From ghost hunter to ghost, haunted.

Barrett has a plan—help Austin regain his memory, surround him with his friends and loved ones, and lead him into the light. Unfortunately, the tragic investigation of a melancholy ghost derails everything.

As new lead investigator, Thai struggles to maintain the high ratings SCI has always enjoyed. After a few subpar investigations, the network execs demand results, even if it means the team must put their lives on the line for a house more deadly than its dead occupants.

There are worse things than being dead.

Austin knows something is wrong. Most people ignore him, time eludes him, and his hands are basically worthless. If only he could remember what happened, he would have the answers he so desperately seeks. He’s sick of Barrett’s lies and Casey’s deflections. Austin will have to figure this one out on his own. Will the truth set him free, or destroy his soul?

You can find Melancholy Ghost on Goodreads

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Excerpt:
While the others were in the back storeroom, Bob and Luis investigated the front of the store. Bob’s spirit guides led them over to an old Victrola. An apparition in a three-piece suit materialized in front of them. Bob couldn’t see the solid forms of ghosts the way Casey and Barrett did. He saw them as clear beings with bright edges. But if a spirit was strong and determined, it could convey its thoughts and words to Bob. You, sir. Might I have a word?
“Certainly.”
Professor Charles Bowen. The translucent apparition held out his hand in introduction.
Bob made the motion of shaking his hand. “Pleased to meet you, Professor. How can I be of assistance?”
The professor pointed with his translucent pipe. On the floor were shards of broken teacups and saucers. That was Lady Jane Carraway’s collection of fine, English bone china. It was then that Bob noticed the silhouette of a feminine spirit. Her clear being was outlined in a Victorian era tie-back blouse and skirt. She stood behind and to the side of the professor, clutching a lace handkerchief and weeping soundlessly. A mute spirit, Bob realized. Somehow her silent sobs were more sorrowful than if she had been wailing loudly. The professor pushed his wire-rimmed glasses up higher on his nose. Now what is to be done about them?
“Them?”
Those hoodlums. It’s one thing to endure their practical jokes. But Lady Jane is a kind soul. She didn’t deserve this.
He’s sweet on her, a young male spirit taunted. Then he made smooching noises. A couple of other spirits with him began to laugh. They blurred into one as they floated off down another aisle.
Alas, I did not know Lady Jane when we were alive. He patted her arm. I wish I had. His eyes narrowed at Bob and Luis. You must make them leave. They are turning this fine establishment into a rowdy, ill-managed ale house.
“We’ll do our best, Professor.”
One more thing.
Bob turned to face him. The ginger boy is the ring leader. If you cross him over, they’ll all follow.

Kat MayorAbout the Author:
I am a native Texan, wife, and mom. In addition to The Spirit Chaser, I have written a young adult series, The Circle. I’m a full-time reader, part-time writer, and when I’m not kicking a story around in my head, I love to read and review books on Goodreads.

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Cover Reveal: Distant Horizon by Stephanie and Isaac Flint

Today is the cover reveal for Distant Horizon by Stephanie and Isaac Flint. The cover is designed by Stephanie Flint. This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours.

Distant HorizonDistant Horizon (Distant Horizon #1)
By Stephanie and Isaac Flint
Genre: Dystopia with superhero elements
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: October 27, 2016

Blurb:
The Community is safe.
Unless you have superpowers.

Sixty years ago, a hallucinogenic plague annihilated half the world’s population, leading to the formation of the Community—an international government that promises its citizens safety, security, and efficiency. Every day, Community citizens swallow a mandatory pill to ensure their immunity to the plague. A year after graduating high school, they take the Health Scan.

Most pass, and continue with their lives. Others disappear.

Eighteen-year-old Jenna Nickleson hasn’t taken the pill since her senior year in high school. She feels more alive without it, and she hasn’t shown any signs of infection—at least, not until two days after a surprise Health Scan is announced and Special Forces arrive at her university campus.

Spurred by the recent string of hallucinations, Jenna searches for any inkling of what happens to those who fail the scan. Rumor has it that they’re sent away for treatment and, once cured, receive a menial job. But when she uncovers the cruel truth behind the plague, her ideal world is shattered.

Underneath the illusion of safety, Special Forces agents harbor a dark secret.

The plague is a lie.

You can find Distant Horizon on Goodreads

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Excerpt:
There was a fifteen minute break between classes. Since the two buildings were right next to each other, that was plenty of time for me to browse EYEnet. My primary question regarded the old man’s warning that I’d fail the scan. I focused on the blog from my friend in high school—the one whose sister failed.
According to Galina’s posts, she’d been afraid of failure early on, and on the day of the Health Scan, she’d made another post reiterating the same fear. She’d been having hallucinations that liquids would shape themselves from images in her thoughts, and she was sure she had theophrenia.
It’d been almost a year since Galina left, but I wasn’t sure how long the recovery effort lasted. I checked the last active day she was on her account. There was nothing since the day of her scan.
I checked other blogs, searching for any references to fear of failure. One girl thought she could fly. Another guy swore he could read his professor’s mind. All signs of advanced delusions, and in each case, they didn’t return.
Three years passed. Five. Nothing.
A chill ran through me. The old man said to try controlling vines and grass. That was crazy. Impossible. And yet… I’d felt that stem move. I’d seen it move.
My phone chimed a one-minute warning before class. Students stirred and finished their conversations, and I stared at the small screen of my phone. Only one person, out of the entirety of blogs I’d found, had ever come back.

Stephanie and Isaac FlintAbout the Author:
Stephanie and Isaac Flint met at the University of Central Missouri, where they discovered a common interest in world-building and tabletop role-play games. Distant Horizon is their first joint world, the result of a role-play game Isaac ran in the summer of 2010. After graduating with Bachelors of Science (Photography for Stephanie, Psychology for Isaac), they were married in 2012. Together, they plot stories, torment each other’s characters, and enjoy the occasional cosplay.

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The Sight Blog Tour, Interview + Giveaway!

This week I’m participating in the Chloe Neill blog tour for her newest release, the sequel to The Veil.  And while I haven’t yet read this series, I’m super excited to pick it up very soon!  At the bottom of this post you’ll find the grand prize giveaway from Chloe Neill herself with lots of cool stuff.  Check it out!

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The paranormal war that engulfed New Orleans seven years ago is over.  But the battle for the city is just beginning . . .

Claire Connolly is a Sensitive, infected with magic when the Veil that divides humanity from the world beyond fell. Magic can easily consume and destroy a Sensitive, and if Claire’s secret is discovered she’ll be locked into the walled district of Devil’s Isle along with every other Paranormal left in the city.

Bounty hunter Liam Quinn discovered Claire’s secret, but refused to turn her in. Together they saved New Orleans from the resurgence of magic that nearly destroyed it. But now a dangerous cult is on the rise, and it will take both Claire and Liam—and magical allies within Devil’s Isle’s towering walls—to defeat the occult threat before magic corrupts them both…

I also had the opportunity to ask a few questions of Chloe Neill as part of this blog tour, and I’m excited to share her answers here!

Q: What was your inspiration for the Devil’s Isle series?

A: I have always loved New Orleans, and really wanted to set a series there. I’ve also been wanting to write a book with a southern gothic feel, and to explore the idea of a paranormal prison, where it’s sometimes not clear who our enemies are. THE VEIL was the result of blending up those ideas.

Q: How do you try to set your books apart from other titles in the genre?

A: I don’t think I consciously try to set my books apart. I do try, though, to be true to the characters and the setting.  I want people to get a sense of New Orleans, even if they’ve never been there, and to relate to the characters. I always try to be true to the characters, to make their actions and fears and joys be consistent with who they are.

Q: Why did you choose New Orleans for this series?

A: New Orleans is a very complicated city–with amazing food and architecture and culture, but also poverty and crime and corruption. I love to write about complicated cities (Chicago is one, too), as they give me a lot to work with.

Q: How many books are planned for Devil’s Isle?

A: There are three books under contract right now.

Q: What other projects are you working on right now?

A: I’m currently editing BLADE BOUND, the last Ethan and Merit Chicagoland vampires novel.  I’ll start writing PHANTOM KISS, next the January 2017 Ethan and Merit novella.  Also in the works is my new Chicagoland Vampires spinoff!

Thanks for having me!

The fun doesn’t stop here. Want more chances to win? You can also enter Chloe’s Grand Prize Giveaway, which will run August 8 through August 19 on Chloe’s web site.

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Giveaway: Sunborn Rising: Beneath the Fall by Aaron Safronoff Blog Tour

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for Sunborn Rising: Beneath The Fall by Aaron Safronoff. If you haven’t heard about this new book, you are truly missing out! While I haven’t finished reading book 1, the characters and the world are very compelling. If I didn’t have so much adulting to do, I would have devoured this book by now. As it is, I’ve already fallen in love with the characters and all the gorgeous artwork throughout the text. I think the art is part of what makes this so special. It’s incredibly fun to see exactly what the author is describing; it gives the reader another dimension to experience.

I actually met the author and some of the Neoglyphic team at BEA back in May, which is when I discovered this unique franchise. After speaking with them, testing out the immersive game, and flipping through the book, I knew this was something I had to share with everyone I knew and as many strangers as possible. Not only did I book talk it in every line for the rest of the weekend, but I blogged about it, told friends and family about it, and even took information in to work. (I also couldn’t stay away from their booth. I kept thinking up more questions and excuses to go back to talk to them.) I can’t wait until the apps are available, and I NEED the soundtrack. There’s a 1:30 clip on their website, and it’s beautifully lyrical and a giant tease as there is, reportedly, over 6 hours of music for the app.

I could gush about Sunborn Rising for several more paragraphs, but I’ll stop here. Check out all the great information below, and don’t forget to visit their website (link below). I also have a post where the author answers some pressing questions about the book, the series, and the apps. AND, all the way at the bottom is a rafflecopter giveaway, where you could win one of five autographed paperbacks!! What are you waiting for?!?!

This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 27 June till 10 July, you can view the tour schedule here.

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by Aaron Safronoff
Genre: Fantasy
Age category: all-ages, Middle Grade and up
Release Date: May 2016
Publisher: Neoglyphic Entertainment

Blurb:
Cerulean.

A distant world of Great Trees floating on an ocean surrounding a star.

The flotilla forests cycle light and water through their boughs into their lush canopies. But the once vibrant treescape has grown dark, slowly, subtly over many generations. The civilization of creatures living among the boughs believe the darkness is normal. That is, until one willful young girl named Barra discovers the hidden journal of her late father.

Pouring over her father’s writing, Barra learns of a mysterious plague, a creeping vine choking the flow of light and water into the canopy. Her father warned the Elders. He urged them to take action. Those were his last words.

Together with her two best friends, a Rugosic named Tory and a Kolalabat named Plicks, Barra will explore every bark, wood, and leaf of the Great Forest to relight her world and complete her father’s story, even if it leads her beneath the Fall.

You can find Sunborn Rising on Goodreads

You can buy Sunborn Rising here:
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View the book trailer for Sunborn Rising here on youtube

Meet the Characters

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Aaron SafronoffAbout the Author:
Aaron Safronoff was born and raised in Michigan where he wrote his first novella, Evening Breezes. In his early twenties, he moved to California to attend culinary school. He fell in love with the Bay Area and has never considered leaving, although he did eventually leave the school.

During his ten years in the games industry, he worked at various levels and for several disciplines including quality assurance, production, and design. All the while he was writing a novel, short stories, plays, and poetry. His career in design introduced him to amazingly intelligent, fun, and creative people, many of whom he considers family today.

Safronoff self-published, Spire, in 2011, and won the Science Fiction Discovery Award for the same in the summer of 2012. By the end of that year he decided to drop everything and free fall into fiction. In the following three months he completed work on the sequel to Spire, Fallen Spire, edited Evening Breezes, and published both.

Today, Safronoff is co-founder and Chief Storyteller of Neoglyphic Entertainment and working on his fifth novel, the second book of the Sunborn Rising series. In his spare time, Safronoff enjoys reading a variety of authors, Philip K. Dick, Cormac McCarthy, and Joe Abercrombie among them. He enjoys living near the ocean, playing and watching hockey, and video games. He has a deep love of music and comedy.

You can find and contact Aaron here:
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Giveaway
There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of Sunborn Rising. These are the prizes you can win:
– 5 signed paperbacks of Sunborn Rising by Aaaron Safronoff

For a chance to win, enter the rafflecopter below:
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Author Interview: Aaron Safronoff – Sunborn Rising Blog Tour

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As part of the blog tour, I had the opportunity to ask the author some questions pertaining to Sunborn Rising.  Here’s what he had to say!

  1. What was your inspiration for Sunborn Rising?

I spent a lot of my childhood playing in the woods, running along fallen trees and climbing a few, and turning over every rock and rotting log I could find. I have vivid memories of slugs, ants, centipedes, earwigs, and salamanders slithering through the soil, and Sunborn Rising certainly pulls from those moments.

  1. How long did it take to write Beneath the Fall?

For nine months, I wrote and presented chapters, making some revisions along the way but mainly driving toward story completion. Although the editing didn’t comprise the whole of my effort for the following year, I completed three separate full pass edits in that time, including two professional edits, and reading the book aloud to our entire Neoglyphic company for polish.

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  1. Who’s your favorite character from Sunborn Rising?

Wow, soft-served me a couple questions to lull me into a false sense of ease, eh? My favorite character? Buy me a drink first. 😛 But you know what? I like your moxie. Fizzit. Next question.

  1. How many books are planned for this series?

Three so far. It’s a big world though, with lots of characters and possibilities, so the series will likely grow beyond the foundational trilogy.

  1. What is the relationship between the book and the videogame?

Neoglyphic Entertainment publishes franchises, meaning that we want to develop stories across many mediums in parallel to provide a richer experience of an imagined world. For Cerulean, we thought it would be fun to fly through the Loft as a Rush — one of the hummingbird messenger puppies 😉 . And it works really well! Especially, in VR. Some game tropes apply.

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  1. Does the videogame have a release date?

Soon! The mobile game has been live in Australia for testing and revision, and the team have been responding to feedback, improving everything from visuals to leaderboards. The version we last played in the office was a ton of fun, and we’re confident it’ll go live everywhere this summer. The sunbornrising.com website is updated regularly with release information.

  1. Can you explain the related app?

The app fuses the various artistic components of the story into a single experience. With animated illustrations, and an original soundtrack that ebbs and flows in sync with reading speed, the Sunborn Rising app represents our first step toward delivering a new way for audiences to enjoy a novel. The app even represents modern approaches to development with an engineer in Australia, a composer in Ohio, and artists from here to Denmark. Their talents combined — oy, sounds like I’m headed toward a Captain Planet reference. Ouch. It burns a little. Voltron? Well, anyway, maybe we don’t merge into a bleeping amazing robotic protector of the known universe, but the app is still pretty flippin’ awesome!

  1. How do you overcome writer’s block?

I’ve been asked this question more than a few times, and my answer invariably involves writing 🙂 . I don’t know, I’m not saying I have answers for anyone else, or that I even know for sure what a person means by “blocked,” but whenever I need to work something out, I write. Maybe I’m perpetually blocked and that’s the impetus to write in the first place? I probably should have just seen a doctor instead…

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  1. What did you read growing up? How did this influence what you wanted to write?

Early on, I’d say Encyclopedia Brown, Bunnicula, and the Norby Chronicles give a fair representation of my reading habits. Later, I became deeply, emotionally invested in The Darksword Trilogy, and The Death Gate Cycle, by Weis and Hickman, Madeleine L’engle’s Wrinkle in Time and related works, and the Gunslinger by Stephen King, but also, I enjoyed my literature classes, both canonical works and not. Twain, Hesse, and Voltaire certainly influenced me, though I couldn’t pass a test about their works today 🙂 . Nabokov, Rushdie, and Philip K. Dick played a huge role. Today, Mieville, Abercrombie, and McCarthy keep rising to the top as favorites. Even as I answer this question, name after name pops into my mind, but I’m not sure any answer your question. You know who influenced me most? Mr. and Mrs. Campbell of Traverse City Area Public Schools. The two high school teachers pushed me to develop my own ideas, challenge those ideas, refine them, and state them clearly, all in relation to reading and understanding literature.

  1. Do you have any other projects in the works?

Other than working on the Sunborn Rising trilogy, I’m eager to complete my portrait series, a collection of short, surreal works characterizing my most personal emotional connections. Also, the novel I started before Sunborn Rising, a work of weird fiction entitled, “Clay.” Both projects need attention, but remain out of focus while I’m caught up in the gravity of Sunborn. Nevertheless, the projects have been defined and have more than a little work in them already, so picking them up again should be — finger’s crossed — easy enough. Wish me luck!

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