Blog Tour: Between Burning Worlds

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Between Burning Worlds (System Divine #2)

Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: 24th March, 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings, Science Fiction, Dystopia
Les Misérables meets The Lunar Chronicles in the out-of-this-world sequel to Sky Without Stars that’s an “explosion of emotion, intrigue, romance, and revolution” (Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Caraval series).
A thief.
An officer.
A guardian.
All from different backgrounds, but sharing one same destiny…
The planet Laterre is in turmoil. A new militant revolutionary group has emerged calling themselves “The Red Scar” and claiming responsibility for a spate of recent bombings. The infamous rebels known as the Vangarde believe that in order to bring about a peaceful revolution, their charismatic leader, Citizen Rousseau must be freed from prison right away. Otherwise the bloodshed will only escalate.
Soon Marcellus, Chatine, and Alouette all find themselves pulled into battle with extreme consequences.
Marcellus is determined to uncover his corrupt grandfather’s plan to seize Laterre—even if that means joining the Vangarde.
Aloutte, trying to unearth the truth about her past, becomes a captive of Marcellus’s grandfather, the general.
Chatine, who is serving time on Bastille, hopes to escape the brutal and horrifying reality of the prison moon.
But the failed attempt to break Citizen Rousseau out of prison launches Aloutte, Chatine, and Marecellus into the middle of a dangerous war for control of Laterre. And in the midst of it all is the legend of a secret and dangerous weapon that could mean complete and absolute power to any that wields it.
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About the Authors

Jessica Brody

Jessica Brody knew from a young age that she wanted to be a writer. She started self “publishing” her own books when she was seven years old, binding the pages together with cardboard, wallpaper samples, and electrical tape.

After graduating from Smith College in 2001 where she double majored in Economics and French and minored in Japanese, Jessica later went on to work for MGM Studios as a Manager of Acquisitions and Business Development. In May of 2005, Jessica quit her job to follow her dream of becoming a published author.

Since then, Jessica has sold over twelve novels for teens, tweens, and adults including 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, The Karma Club, My Life Undecided, and the three books in the Unremembered trilogy, the first of which is currently in development as a major motion picture by the producers of The Vampire Academy, Zero Dark Thirty, Life of Pi, and Slumdog Millionaire. In 2016, she will release two new contemporary novels, A Week of Mondays (August) and Boys of Summer (April), and in 2017, her debut middle grade novel entitled, Addie Bell’s Shortcut to Growing Up, will hit bookstore shelves.

Jessica also writes books for the Descendants: “School of Secrets” series, based on the hit Disney Channel Original movie, Descendants!

Jessica’s books are published and translated in over twenty foreign countries. She currently splits her time between California and Colorado.

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Joanne Rendell

Joanne Rendell is the author of four novels and holds a PhD in English Literature. She teaches fiction writing to teens and kids, as well as online writing classes at and Joanne is a board member for the youth Shakespeare company, New Genesis Productions. With her husband and son, she divides her time between New York City and New Paltz, New York.
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Blog Tour: Coral

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By Sara Ella
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: November 12th 2019

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings, Mermaids, Fairy Tales
Multiple award-winning young adult author Sara Ella reimagines The Little Mermaid in a powerful and unexpected way.
Sixteen-year-old mermaid Coral has always been different, standing out from her stoic sisters in a society where blending in is key. Worse yet, she fears she has been afflicted with the dreaded Disease. Said to be carried by humans, the Disease imposes emotions on its victims, causing them to commit unspeakable acts. The growing illness inside her, while terrifying, fascinates her very core. Where others see danger, Coral sees life. Could it be the colorless merfolk who are truly ill?
Above the sea, seventeen-year-old Brooke Jordan has nothing left to give. A homeless girl abandoned and forgotten, the only thing Brooke can rely on is the ocean. Her aching feet find refuge within the cool and comforting waves, while her broken heart grows harder with each passing day. When Brooke’s and Coral’s worlds collide, everything alters in an instant. From learning to stand alone, to discovering the strength it takes to rely on another, the girls find that living requires taking that first painful breath. Each must make sacrifices, and when it comes to finding true love? Let’s just say the boys in their lives must learn to swim if they’re ever going to survive the storms.
Battling the odds against them, the girls will do whatever it takes to survive. But what must end for love and life to finally begin?
Taking a new twist on Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved fairy tale, this modern-day story explores mental health from several perspectives, questioning what it means to be human in a world where humanity often seems lost.
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She’s not sick. She’s not.

Coral repeated the idea over and over in her head, clinging to the hope her belief would become truth if she willed it so.

But as her oldest sister’s tearless weeping carried on a steady current from down the palace hall, the idea she was, in fact, not sick became all the more a fantasy. Her sister’s once upon a time now led to an unhappily ever after, forever looming in the shadows of the end.

Coral’s oldest sister—the crown princess—was Diseased.

The Disease hung over their family, their people, following them in all they did. It was a spell that held them under. An illness from which their kind could not hide.

Coral would not allow it to drown her too.

About the Author

Once upon a time, Sara Ella dreamed she would marry a prince and live in a Disney castle. Today, she spends her days throwing living room dance parties for her two princesses, raising her little prince to be a king, and conquering realms of her own imaginings. Oh, and her husband is definitely more swoon-worthy than any Prince Charming.
Sara’s UNBLEMISHED trilogy has received high praise and multiple awards, but none as rewarding as the love and support she receives from her readers every day. Her new story CORAL, a reimagining of THE LITTLE MERMAID, releases in the fall of 2019.
When she’s not on deadline, Sara Ella can most often be found fangirling on Twitter, Instagram, or her YouTube channel. She may or may not be obsessed with #Bookstagram, and she has a serious condition known as “Coffee Snob-itis.” She believes “Happily Ever After is Never Far Away.”

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Blog Tour: The Beholder

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book coverThe Beholder (The Beholder #1) by Anna Bright
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: June 4th 2019

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Retellings


Selah has waited her whole life for a happily ever after. As the only daughter of the leader of Potomac, she knows her duty is to find the perfect match, a partner who will help secure the future of her people. Now that day has finally come.

But after an excruciatingly public rejection from her closest childhood friend, Selah’s stepmother suggests an unthinkable solution: Selah must set sail across the Atlantic, where a series of potential suitors awaits—and if she doesn’t come home engaged, she shouldn’t come home at all.

From English castle gardens to the fjords of Norge, and under the eye of the dreaded Imperiya Yotne, Selah’s quest will be the journey of a lifetime. But her stepmother’s schemes aren’t the only secrets hiding belowdecks…and the stakes of her voyage may be higher than any happy ending.








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When I’m not reading or writing on my couch, I’m dragging my husband off on an adventure, communing with Salem (my kitten/spiritual familiar), or causing trouble at One More Page Books, where I work.













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Blog Tour: The Pretender

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the pretender.jpgThe Pretender
by Katie Ward
Genre: YA Fantasy/Retelling
Release Date: September 2018


In rural France, two babies are born just two hours apart but to two very different lives. Isabella is born as a Princess into a life of opulence and love while Sophia is born into a life of poverty and abuse at the hands of her father.

‘The Pretender’ follows the journey of Isabella and Sophia as their paths cross and after discovering how alike they look, they decide to switch places with each other. Sophia is seeking sanctuary from her abusive home while Isabella is seeking freedom from the tightening burden of her Royal title.

‘The Pretender’ is a story of friendship, love and the strange power of destiny.

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Guest Post.

The art of a retelling – how to have originality in a retelling.

To retell such a well-known story is quite a daunting prospect because it is a story that has already been told to great effect. So, before you can do anything you have to think about what you can bring to the story that it doesn’t already have. In my situation, although the story of ‘The Prince and the Pauper’ had been told many times over the years, in fact very few times had the full story been adapted as most chose to focus solely on the switching places element. The premise of the original book is one of social justice, of understanding the world outside your sphere and using that understanding to make the world a better place. The most popular element, the part that had been used countless times was really only a small part of the plot and as such the best part of the story was left virtually untouched.

As this was one of my favourite childhood stories, I hated the idea of it being forgotten and unloved so I chose to retell it so that people could enjoy the story but also relate it to our modern-day lives. Crucially, I created a completely new story, I didn’t try to reinvent or modernize the story Mark Twain had written. I plotted out all the situations the character in the original found themselves in and then I thought about how that would manifest in today’s world, so the pauper is schooled by a kind Priest but today that wouldn’t happen. However, I need to ensure that they both have the same level of education as in the original so how do I make that happen?

After identifying all these themes, I then needed to weave them into a new story, one that was sufficiently different that people wouldn’t feel they had read it before but that was also recognizable to those who are familiar with the book.

For me, the hardest part of creating ‘The Pretender’ was striking that balance and at times it felt like a jigsaw puzzle. Many times, I was stumped and did not know how to proceed as with an adaptation you are limited by the fact the story is already written. You have to write within the constraints of another author and the readers familiar with the story will expect to see those familiar traits but to also see how you’ve changed it.

To write a successful re-telling you need to focus on having a great storyline, characters that fit alongside those in the original and that lead to a story your intended audience want to read. It may seem easier to reinvent a story that’s already written but don’t forget that, especially for a well-known book, they also come with a lot of expectation from those who know the story and this has to be something you take into consideration when you write it.


Book Launch.jpgAbout the Author
Katie Ward always knew that she wanted to write for a living. After completing a degree in Journalism at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, she moved to Dublin. While there, she had a short story published in an anthology titled Do the Write Thing which was part of a competition being run by Irish TV show Seoige and O’Shea. This story was originally written when Katie was 14 after she was inspired by an article in her favourite teen magazine. The anthology reached the Irish Bestsellers List. Katie was also shortlisted for a competition judged by Man Booker Prize-winning author Roddy Doyle a few months later. The Pretender is her first Young Adult novel.

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Review: Once & Future

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*** Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for a free, honest review.
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“I’ve been chased my whole life.” “Now I’m done hiding.”

– Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy, Once & Future



Once & Future Review

By: Rae


Welcome to a gender-bent retelling of the Legend of King Arthur.


King Arthur returns… for his 42nd time? 42 times of mistakes, deaths, lies, secrets, and other juicy details that are hinted at. There is face-palming, joy, heartbreak, success, and failure. When Arthur’s – again 42nd reincarnation – is a girl: what happens to the cycle? Will it be completed or broken or forced to continue?


Let me just say I was not disappointed upon finishing Once & Future. My original apprehension steams from my own disinterest in all things space; only for this disinterest to be laughed at and then forgotten the moment I got swept up into Ari’s story. While space is central to the setting, along with a mix of all the things space requires – from equipment, ships, and so forth – there are touches of the old world (specifically Old Earth) that warm my heart and flow beautifully to contrast the elements of this story.


Speaking of the story’s contrast: good vs. bad. Rich vs. poor. Corporation vs. the people (rather one MC that stands for freedom). All classics; all told countless times in countless different ways. Yet, even as the plot for Once & Future unravels, it isn’t the fight itself that gripped me – nor the retelling of Arthur. It was the characters that I adored.


All of the characters, while maybe forced into their roles based upon their original characters and positions of power from the origin story of King Arthur, breathed new life and inspired me. Each identified with a different culture, personality, sexuality, and it just worked. I laughed with them, cried with them, and wanted to fight with them when the time came. Sure they may have been squeezed into their roles. Sure they could have been different people, gone different ways. But their stories mattered, they had their own choices, and there is more to come with the sequel – I hope at least!
Side note: The humor. I adored the humor. 😊


I also have to take a moment to fangirl over Merlin. His POV and overall story arc was beautiful. I’m very greedy for more. From aging backwards, to lost love, to the feeling of identity loss and loneliness. I just wanted to hug him multiple times and tell him it was going to be “okay.” Also, don’t even get me started on Morgana, the fighting between her and Merlin, and the awesomeness that I felt transpired as she evolved.


Upon seeing other reviews: I do agree that the plot jumped around a bit. And yes the main goal of Ari was completed early on and then the conclusion fell a bit flat. I also agree the characters relationships moved fast and yet they were explained to be pre-set to the point readers know their strong ties were established prior to Once & Future’s beginning. I can see where the emphasis of the retelling of Arthur, (want to say more on Arthur by can’t without spoilers), can cause some hiccups with feeling that Ari gets caught up in her “fate.”


Overall though, I give Once & Future 4/5 stars from its humor to awesome characters and anxiously anticipate the sequel. Have you grabbed your copy yet?

Meanwhile, I’ll continue to rave about Merlin.


Once & Future releases March 26!

Author Interview: Jessica Khoury

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Meet Jessica Khoury.

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Hi Jessica! Thanks for joining us today. Tell us a little about yourself.


Jessica Khoury wrote her first book at age 4, a fan fic sequel to Syd Hoff’s Danny and the Dinosaur, which she scribbled on notebook paper, stapled together, and placed on the bookshelf of her preschool classroom. Since that day, she’s dreamed of being an author. In addition to writing, Jess is also a fantasy cartographer, and spends far too much time scribbling tiny trees and mountains in fictional worlds. She is very passionate about orcas, Spanish soccer, and choosing the perfect font. She currently lives in Greenville, South Carolina. She is the author of the Corpus trilogy, The Forbidden Wish, Last of Her Name, and, forthcoming, The Mystwick School of Musicraft.

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The Interview.

“Good maps are detailed yet simple; fantastic yet logical.” You are the first mapmaker I have had the pleasure to interview. So awesome! Where did your mapmaking journey begin?

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved the maps in fantasy novels, and probably spent hours staring at Narnia, Middle Earth, Mossflower, and countless others. The first map I remember drawing was of Tirel, a kingdom I created in my first finished novel when I was 13, and since then I’ve always drawn maps for all my fantasy novels, published and unpublished. They became an obsession of mine—fictional maps, real world maps, globes, atlases. It was a perfect marriage of my love for writing fantasy and drawing!

As a mapmaker and an author, do you write by picturing your worlds first?

Absolutely! The map is one of the first things I create when I’m brainstorming a new story. I even have maps for my “real-world” books (I spent hours on Google Earth when I wrote KALAHARI, charting distances the characters would travel!)

The Last of Her Name is a retelling of Anastasia among the stars. What made you decide that Princess Anya was meant to be in space?

I’ve wanted to write a book set in space for years, and especially one about royalty. I’m particularly fascinated by the idea of royalty existing in a ultra-high-tech world, and the concept of power being tied to one’s bloodline. If you know the historical story of Anastasia, you know that DNA plays a big part in it. Many women came forward claiming to be the lost duchess, but DNA evidence proved them all to be imposters. But what if the DNA told a different story? What if it not only proved Anastasia’s past, it also dictated her future? That’s why this story begins with the reveal of the lost princess, rather than ending with it as most Anastasia retellings have in the past. Setting the story in a high-tech, space-age world gave me the opportunity to explore how an ordinary girl can grow to fill an extraordinary role, because of the secret—Oh, wait. Nope. Can’t tell you that part—SPOILER! 😉

From age 4, with a sequel under your belt no less!, how did you cultivate your writing to become the published author you are today?

I read. I read a lot. And honestly, for anyone who wants to become a writer, that’s where it starts. Read enough, and you’ll start learning how to tell a story simply by osmosis. All those plots, characters, and world I consumed through childhood taught me how a story should be crafted. Not that it’s easy, of course! I’m still learning, and every new book I write requires me to learn some new technique of storytelling. And even still, when I get writer’s block, the surest way for me to move past it is by picking up and reading a really great book.

If you could live in any one of your books, which would it be?

I would really love to visit Stacia’s galaxy, because I dream of traveling through space! And it’d probably be a lot cheaper and safer in her world than ours right now. 🙂

Tell us a little about any author appearances you’ve had in 2018 from book festivals to signings to school visits. What are they like for you as an author vs. you as a reader/fan?

I love doing appearances for two reasons: first, I love meeting readers face to face! It reminds me why I do what I do every day, alone in my office. It brings real joy and meaning to my writing to see my stories in readers’ hands. Secondly, I am a fan! Of so many writers! Whenever I get to just sit and listen to other authors talk about their work, I learn something new. I get some of the best writing advice this way. But more than that, because writing is such a lonely, solo endeavor much of the time, it’s immensely refreshing to be able to hang out with other writers and talk about writing with people who have been through all the same things I have, from writer’s block to editing woes to industry changes.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with the readers today?

I’m so excited to share this new story with you, and to hopefully make you gasp a few times at some of the surprises in store for Stacia and her gang!

Thanks so much for this interview!


Thank you Jessica for stopping by!

And… a very happy book birthday to THE LAST OF HER NAME!