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The cover reveal for Fated Hope by Sariah Skye

Today is the cover reveal for Fated Hope by Sariah Skye. This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The cover is designed by Deranged Doctor Design.

Fated HopeFated Hope (The Fated Saga #3)
by Sariah Skye
Genre: Fantasy
Age category: Adult
Release Date: August 6, 2017

Blurb:
Leorah James grew up in Anarach—a kingdom of dragon-shifters—friendless, and considered useless, with no magic. All because of age-old ideas, and fear towards what they didn’t understand.

Now, she’s back in Anarach, in a position she never thought possible: a queen, bonded to the gorgeous Maxxus, with extraordinary magic; ruling over the kingdom that once shunned her very existence. Now, Leorah and Maxxus have to bring the kingdoms together to try and strengthen everyone against the mysterious foe up against them.

The very thing that set her apart from her kingdom could be the very thing to save them all, if only they quell their fear and let her.

Some might consider Leorah a hero, given everything she’s been through and everything that stands before her. But, is she heroic enough to give everyone hope?

Earlier books in this series:
Fated Souls (Fated Saga #1) Fated Magic (Fated Saga #2)

About the Author:
Sariah Skye physically resides in southern Minnesota with her husband, two kids and a dog, but mentally her head is in the clouds dreaming of anything that doesn’t require “adulting”.
When not writing she’s probably geeking out watching Star Trek or Doctor Who, playing World of Warcraft, reading and/or staying up way too late. She’d love it if you dropped her a line at Facebook or Twitter but be prepared…she’s a nictofiliac so be patient for a response while her eyes adjust to the light of day and beware of sarcasm. It helps to throw her chocolate or glitter first before engaging. Wine is also acceptable…but not to throw. Hand it over gently.

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Blog tour for Hold Me Captive …Forever by P.G. Van

 

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This is my stop during the blog tour for Hold Me Captive …Forever by P.G. Van. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 26 June till 9 July. See the tour schedule here

Hold Me Captive …ForeverHold Me Captive …Forever
by P.G. Van
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Adult
Release Date: December 13, 2016

Blurb:
Emily wakes up in an unknown place without any memory of how she got there. She was supposed to be on her way to a retreat for two weeks after her boss declares she needs it with her latest flare-ups at work. She forces herself to take the time away from her stressful life in spite of the objection from her friends. The last thing she remembers is being at her high school reunion, and the pain that grips her heart when the guy who broke her heart ten years ago shows up looking annoyingly tempting.

Evan didn’t expect her to almost claw his face off at the reunion, but he was surprised at the way Emily reacts to his presence. He asks himself if he cared enough about his high school sweetheart to find out why she had turned into an angry person.

Follow Emily’s journey as she follows her heart to find the person she wants to be held captive by… forever.

You can find Hold Me Captive …Forever on Goodreads

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P.G. VanAbout the Author:
P. G. Van lives in San Francisco. She published her first novel of The Pure Destiny Series in October 2015 and cannot stop writing. She loves to spend time with family and is a strong believer of retail therapy (mostly shops for boots and purses!!). She enjoys giving her readers an escape to the world of love and romance.

Books by P.G.Van
Destiny Decides..
Destiny Embraces..
The Evil Twin?
A Reckless Night
Hold Me Captive…Forever
The Marriage Contract

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Scandal by Athena Grayson blog tour

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This is my stop during the blog tour for Scandal by Athena Grayson. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 12 till 25 June. See the tour schedule here.

ScandalScandal (Scions of the Star Empire #1)
By Athena Grayson
Genre: Sci-fi dystopian with romantic elements
Age category: New Adult/ Adult
Release Date: 23 March 2017

Blurb:
They can have anything they want…except a future.

Nothing infuriates Princess Ione Ra more than having someone else take control of her reputation from her, and her old nemesis–gossip journalist Jaris Pulne–is poised to do just that with pilfered pics of her caught in a compromising position with her power-couple partner. As someone who’s no stranger to manipulating the markets on her own social life, Ione knows the wrong scandal means social suicide.

For the other half of the power couple, Den Hades, his survival has depended on staying in his powerful father’s shadow in order to protect his secrets. But on the very night of his one chance to earn a shot at becoming a Scion–and freedom from his father’s ambitions, scandal threatens to tear him from Ione, or worse–force them together before their time.

Damage control turns into danger when their attempts to retrieve the images lead them both into the dark underbelly of the glittering city-planet, exposing secrets of both friends and foes that could lead to more than just social suicide.

You can find Scandal on Goodreads

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You can also find all the buy links for this book here on the author’s website.

About the Author:
Athena Grayson likes kickass heroines, big-brained and sexy beta heroes who aren’t afraid of strong women or their own feelings, and stories that turn the genre tropes sideways. If you’re looking for something a little unexpected, a little more, and a lot of fun…this is your kinda place.

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Blog Tour for My Not So Normal Life: Spy Recruit by Liz Laz

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This is my stop during the blog tour for My Not So Normal Life: Spy Recruit by Liz Laz. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 29 May till 18 June. See the tour schedule here.

My Not So Normal Life: Spy RecruitMy Not So Normal Life: Spy Recruit (My Not So Normal Life #1)
By Liz Laz
Genre: Fiction/ Action/ Adventure
Age category: Middle Grade
Release Date: May 23, 2017

Blurb:
My name is Lily Anne Gemorski. I am not your normal eleven-year-old. I am a spy. I speak four languages and know how to defend against someone three times my size.

As a new recruit, I have learned a lot about being a spy. What I haven’t learned is how to lie to my best friend, Becky; or how to get my team captain to stop hating me.

You can find My Not So Normal Life: Spy Recruit on Goodreads

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About the Author:
Liz Laz began writing as a child and penned her first novel, My Not So Normal Life: Spy Recruit at the age of 15. Liz continued writing in her spare time while attending college at Dominican University and law school at the John Marshall Law School. Liz works as an insurance attorney and writes in her spare time. Liz loves binge watching Parks and Recreation and 30 Rock on Netflix, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends. Liz lives with her rescue dog, Robin Hood, just outside of Chicago.

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The cover reveal for 23:27 by H.L. Roberts

 

Today is the cover reveal for 23:27 by H.L. Roberts. This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours.

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By H.L. Roberts
Genre: General Fiction with sub genres of contemporary, romance, drama, and suspense.
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: July 17, 2017

Blurb:
Fame.

Money.

Glory.

These were all the things that you would expect from being famous. The bait that the producers of the industry would tempt you with to get you on their side.

What they don’t tell you though are all the inner tragedies that come along just as quickly. They don’t tell you about the heartache that occurs when you realize that this wasn’t what you wanted at all.

They don’t tell you about the pressure that’s always on the verge of crushing you when you’re forced to do everything that the public demands for and not what you truly desire.

They don’t tell you about the self hatred that would soon take over your entire being at the thought that you will never be good enough.

No – they don’t tell you these things at all.

But, Lilith Rose will.

When Lilith Rose, lead singer to one of the most famous rock bands around gets tired of all the lies and secrets that comes with being famous.

She decides that it’s time for all of it to stop and ends up revealing everything on a Facebook live stream.

The result…

“Part of me wants to die tonight, part of me wants it to be an accident, and part of me wants someone to notice and save me.” – Lilith Rose.

You can find 23:27 on Goodreads

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Excerpt:
Time.
In the beginning, that was all there was. Seconds, minutes, hours pressed together, forming a mask of illusion that could never be dropped. A wall of steel grew around their hearts, one that couldn’t be broken. The United Misfits image could never be distorted.
It was wrong. It wasn’t right. No matter what her heart told her, it was wrong. Every flutter that skated through her stomach. His every skipped heartbeat, meant nothing. She was nothing. He was nothing. They were nothing.
It had been said many times, by many different people, the most broken person in the world could hide behind a perfected smile and a fake laugh. This could carry out a person’s persona, something that never even existed to begin with. That would never exist. Laughter and smiles filled with fake truths and real lies could hide what that person wanted to show, to tell, the truth.
In the end, she wanted to break free, but chains restrained her, blocking each and every move before she could make a single one, turning her into a prisoner. A captive in her own life.
Those chains squeezed tighter and tighter, never loosening their grip. They choked her from the inside, wrapping her tighter with every deceitful accusation and fake persona they put in her life. Deadly thoughts clouded her vision and stomped through her mind. Both of their minds.
Their hearts were noosed, yanked in every which direction. Like a snake. Until it all stopped. Until they both stopped fighting.
And when the fight dissipated, she could no longer turn away from the deceitful ways that they had so graciously bestowed on her.

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About the Author:
H.L. Roberts is a short story writer and a contemporary novelist from a small town in Kentucky. She is currently in her third year of college where she is majoring in English Literature and minoring in Psychology. When she isn’t reading a book you can find her raising awareness about mental illness, suicide prevention, and epilepsy.

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5 Black Speculative Fiction and Fantasy Actresses to watch on SYFY

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In honor of #Blackspeculationfictionandfantasy month, I’d like to put a spotlight on some of the lesser known black actresses in the SciFi genre.

SYFY Channel has been producing some of the best black characters (both male and female)  in Speculative Fiction/Science Fiction and Fantasy in lead roles on television. It actually lived up to its motto to “Imagine Greater” by doing just that. Diversity in not only the ingenious show premises but also in the wonderfully multicultural casting. It makes for more exciting viewing by far and allows true creativity to be explored. It opens up doors to make characters so outstanding that people are inspired enough to write reviews like this one:

Z Nation has managed to successfully take an organic step towards this radical notion to make a female character who happens to be Black, carry a series where she’s simultaneously intelligent, courageous, mournful, desirable, sharp, witty, beautiful, tough, caring, loyal, vulnerable, sexual (not sexualized, and if so, on her terms), and influential. Warren is not a leader but the leader. She very clearly is looked to for guidance and revered without malice, jealousy, or in-credulousness.

Thus far in the series’ early history, Warren has shown herself to be one of the most revolutionary characters of color on a genre television show. If ever. She’s so beautifully established as not only a central player who exudes resilience, but someone worthy of a tender backstory, an active sexual appetite, and someone who consciously considers the well-being of others while taking care for her own physical and emotional needs. Roberta Warren can not be put in a box, and that’s glorious!

1) THE EXPANSE

Naomi Nagata (played by British actress, Dominique Tipper) is a space ship engineer, and the Executive Officer of the Rocinante. (Yes, that’s Tyreese (Chad Coleman) from The Walking Dead in a Space Opera Drama. I love this show!

The Expanse is an American space opera / mystery science fiction drama television series on Syfy, based on the series of novels by James S. A. Corey. Set in a future where humanity has colonized the Solar System.

2) KillJoys

 Dutch (played by British actress, Hannah John-Kamen) is the leader of RAC team 25698-A[1], one of the top teams of bounty hunters in the Quad and the captain of their modernized space ship.

Killjoys is a space adventure drama that follows a trio of hard-living bounty hunters – Dutch, John, and D’avin. Working for the Reclamation Apprehension Coalition (RAC), they work in a four-planet system known as the Quad.

3) Z Nation

Roberta Warren (played by  actress, Kellita Smith) is the woman in charge of Team Bite Mark, the group dedicated to getting Murphy, the only known survivor of a zombie bite, to the CDC. In the words of http://rhiannonfrater.com/

On several recent lists of television shows with women of color in the leads, Roberta Warren (Kellita Smith) has been left off. This is such a shame because she’s one of the best representations of female leadership on television in a very long time. She’s one of the many reasons you should watch Z Nation.”

Z Nation begins three years into a virus-caused zombie apocalypse, which has already killed most humans.Several years since a zombie virus swept across America, there’s only one person — who goes by just Murphy — known to have survived the infection — the world’s last hope at creating a vaccine.

4) Van Helsing

Doc ( played by Canadian actress, Rukiya Bernard) is an intelligent,  complex and  introverted scientist, who was turned into a vampire but was watched over and protected by a marine, who has the biggest crush on her named, Axel.

Van Helsing  is set in the near future after vampires have taken control of the world. It centers on Vanessa Helsing, the descendant of famous vampire hunter and Dracula nemesis Abraham Van Helsing.

5) Dark Matter

Nyx Harper (played by British actress, Melanie Liburd) is a strong, caring, kind and a fierce warrior.  She is extremely physical and has a particular fondness for weapons.

Dark Matter is a science fiction space opera that follows six individuals who wake up in a spaceship with no memory of their past.

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Tamara Philip is a blogger and author of Interracial romance novels like The Trouble with Playing Cupid and the sequel, The Trouble with Romance as well as several novellas, such as The Art of Forgiveness  and Romancing the Grinch.
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Review for The 5th Wave (book and movie)

Let me start this review off by saying that I didn’t see any commercials for The 5th wave coming out in the cinemas. Not one single trailer, which is a big fault on the marketing and promotions department for that film studio. Nevertheless I stumbled upon it when the DVD came out. I had no clue what it was about until I googled and saw Chloe Moretz was starring in it and that it was apocalyptic, aka my favorite genre. (Also it was based on the first  book  in the series by Rick Yancey). An easy win-win for me. fiveth_wave_ver5_xxlg-500x500
However after getting bored 40 minutes in, and still not knowing any of the characters names (just like with Jurassic World)
There was no soul to the movie, but Chloe Moretz as lead had me intrigued. She wasn’t just competent, she was efficient. Was this just Chloe being awesome, in spite of the shallowness of the movie or was the character in the book written that way? So I decided to read the book it was based on by author, Rick Yancey. I needed to see if Hollywood destroyed his vision or was it always a weak story with an exciting plot?
Needless to say, I decided to read the book it was based on and then rewatch the movie.
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Between you and I,  I’m one of those people who compare books to movies. However, I usually give the movies plenty of  leeway if I know it’s a super long book and/or the film version’s plot and actors are solid. Oh, who am I kidding? I’m an annoying book-to-film purist.  Leave your creativity at the door, screenplay writers, the book has already been written!! All you have to do is love it and make it come alive!
It’s a shame that the 5th wave’s theatrical version doesn’t fall into a positive category completely. While the actors were( or could have been solid if given the chance), the adaptation itself via the director and screenplay were subpar. The book and cast deserved better.
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After reading Rick Yancey’s novel, which I fell madly in love with, I was able to truly pinpoint what was wrong with the film.
The main difference between the book and the movie was that the book didn’t believe in cliches only, while the movie unfortunately stuck to the overdone, overused tropes that has proves, time and time again, that Hollywood Film makers are out of touch with the average movie goer, which includes the target demographic.
The film stripped The Fifth wave of all it’s noncliched goodness. It robbed the characters of depth, and the audience of truly getting a kick ass teenage heroine navigating through an Alien invasion/Post Apocalyptic earth. Instead they dissected it into easy to swallow clunky chunks of shallow fluff that’s been sanitized of all flavor.
In lieu of the moving  and incredibly relatable bus scene where Cassie realizes something is wrong with the Army separating families, and while her father sees it too, he chooses to believe a comforting responsible adult lie, than his own intuition and Cassie resents him for it. Instead the movie has him hastily mansplain away the abrupt and frankly, suspiciously unbelievable arrival of the Army and she sulkily sucks it up in a stereotypical argumentative teenaged girl fashion.
They completely remove the bad ass  scene where she crawls through the air ducts bleeding but determined to save her brother in the middle of the enemy’s base camp after skillfully sneaking through their screening process,  they decided that it would be better to have her awkwardly and unconvincingly go through the process before finally meeting up with the equally unconvincing Ben Parrish.
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Cassie Sullivan is amazing. She has the grit and gumption to be a not so reluctant heroine, her love of her brother Sammy is the reason why she keeps going for so long, but her competency and inherent bravery is what keeps US the readers going for so long. She’s the heroine that we want and deserve, dammit. Cassie is pragmatic, skeptical and relatable. The author, Rick Yancey did great work because I believed fully that Cassie Sullivan was a teenage girl struggling to deal with this new cruel reality alone.There wasn’t a whiff of middle aged man pretending to know what a  teen girl would do or say and failing miserably, which is a real thing that happens wayyy too many times to count.
Unfortunately, the director J. Blakeson hasn’t become as enlightened. He downplays Cassie to nearly unlikeable status by cutting out every scene that would move the character into the 2 dimensional realm. Where the book has her being whip smart and wisely paranoid, the movie has the boring, soulless version who only has flashes of the Cassie found in the novel. She could have been an icon in the new wave of competent female heroines’ that Katniss Everdeen/The Hunger Games heralded in. Instead Cassie is made redundant by J.Blakeson’s short sighted directorial skills.
And the way the script robs Ben Parrish, one of the male co-leads, of his own experiences, his own agency, his own storyline, it’s mind blowing.  I didn’t give two shits about movie!Ben Parrish but when I read the book I was shocked and delighted to find that he was a fully fleshed out character with his own tragic back story, and desperate reasons for believing in the crap Vosch (the main antagonist) and the “Others” were spewing. Even after all of his bootcamp training, I didn’t believe one bit that movie!Ben could have saved anyone, let alone Cassie.
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The pacing of the movie  felt completely rushed and ill thought out. I couldn’t completely grasp the passage of time because the director couldn’t be bothered to world build or truly bring to life a damn good Female led post apocalyptic YA novel. It was confusing and forced. All director!J.Blakeson had to do was actually read the book himself before undertaking the role of director.
I honestly believe that should be the absolute baseline standard for every single book to movie cast and crew, to have READ the book. And not just the cliff notes version. It’s the difference between successful book to film franchises like Harry Potter and Twilight versus the failed ones like Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (to be fair, it made a much better Netflix tv series) The difference being that the director, screenwriters and actors all read the work and wanted to do it justice. 
 
If The Fifth Wave trilogy wants to become the next big YA franchise, I’d suggest they lose the director and screenplay writers and start afresh. The cast deserves better. Chloe Moretz is perfect as Cassie Sullivan, Nick Robinson is likeable and could be an adequate Ben Parrish if only the director remembered that he is a main character, the dude who played Evan Walker is goodlooking so you forgive alot but boy, did they rush the romance with Cassie so much so that it seemed forced and irrelevant to the story. (P.S It wasn’t irrelevant, Evan’s journey back to humanity is just as necessary as Cassie’s. and the romance that blossoms between them is natural and meaningful because it’s Evan’s sole reason for joining on the fight)
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Book: 9/10 would definitely recommend
Movie: 6/10 needs to focus on the amazingness of the source material instead of what every other movie is doing.