Hi everyone! Welcome to my tour stop for Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye. Evelyn was gracious enough to stop by a quick Q&A about her magic system, gemina bonds and what to expect with this series! I loved her answers and don’t forget to enter the awesome giveaway at the bottom of the post![Read more…]
Hello everyone! Welcome to my stop on the 12 Days of Holly Chase Blog Tour! Check out my top 5 reasons to read The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand and enter to win an incredible Christmas Prize Pack! Make sure to enter below and pick up a copy of this book, you won’t regret it!
Hello everyone! I am thrilled to be kicking off the AS SHE ASCENDS blog tour along with Alexa from Alexa Loves Books! We are dual posting today because are featuring the pair of best friends in The Fallen Isles trilogy with their special dragons!
I am featuring Mira and her dragon Lala and Alexa has Ilina and Crystal! You’ll want to visit both our sites for fun tidbits about these girls and their dragons along with our Top 5 Reasons to read As She Ascends!
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Hello everyone! I am REALLY excited to be sharing about a giveaway I’m running on Twitter! As many of you know, Gilded Cage by Vic James has become one of my favorite series and I wanted to spread the love. Thanks to Del Rey, I have been provided with a paperback copy of Gilded Cage and an advanced copy of Tarnished City to give away! Thanks Del Rey!
This is Livia Blackburne, and I’m thrilled to share ROSEMARKED with you at long last. There are a lot of elements to this book, including a love story, a spy story, reflections on trauma and mortality, medical ethics, and political intrigue. Perhaps because of this, my research for the book was equally eclectic, from archery and stick fighting lessons, to chats with memory researchers and soldiers, and lots and lots of reading, including books about leper colonies, hospice care, and PTSD. Hopefully, I wove it all into an entertaining and thought-provoking story!
This story centers on Zivah, a talented healer with an incurable illness, and Dineas, a traumatized soldier. The two couldn’t be more different, and I had a lot of fun writing their unlikely love story. In order to work together, they both have to let go of their own prejudices and preconceptions. It’s a painful process, with fights and misunderstandings, anger, laughter and tears, but in the end, they both come out as stronger people.
The first in a duology, ROSEMARKED (Hyperion | On Sale November 7, 2017) by New York Times bestselling author Livia Blackburne follows a healer and a solider on a high-stakes mission to spy on the Empire to uncover a deadly secret. With sizzling chemistry and a heartrending ethical dilemma, this thrilling fantasy with nuanced characters will capture fans of An Ember in the Ashes and The Lumatere Chronicles.
New York Times best-selling author LIVIA BLACKBURNE has a PhD in neuroscience from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she conducted research on the neural correlates of reading. She still blogs on the intersection of writing and brain science, and she now lives in Los Angeles with her family. Livia is also the author of Midnight Thief, an Indies Introduce New Voices selection, and its sequel, Daughter of Dusk.
ROSEMARKED by Livia Blackburne
Also by this author…
New York Times Bestseller 2014
Indies Introduce New Voices Pick
2015 YALSA Teens’ Top Ten Nominee
DAUGHTER OF DUSK
To celebrate the ROSEMARKED release, I’m offering 3 lucky winners a ROSEMARKED swag pack, which includes a copy of ROSEMARKED and a signed bookplate! Due to sweepstakes laws, entrants must be 18 years or older to participate. Best of luck, and happy reading!
Hi everyone! Well, I’ve made it 3 years! I wasn’t so sure I was gonna make it to be honest. This last year has been one of the toughest years I’ve had for blogging and even reading. Personal life got busy along with losing motivation to blog in general because of many reasons. But, I’m glad to still be here and mostly active on Twitter where I love interacting with other fellow bookworms!
I am thrilled to be able to share with you my review and blog stop for Before She Ignites! This book has been near and dear to me this year because not only is it great, I got to help create many of the graphics used for the swag and promotional materials. One of my favorite book trailers I’ve ever made is for this book too! Enjoy and don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end! [Read more…]
Hi everyone! Welcome to my blog tour stop for The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana! I am very pleased to welcome, fellow blogger and friend, Aditi Nichani, Indian Blogger from A Thousand Words A Million Books Blogs! I asked Aditi if she’d share a little bit about the Indian mythology that is in The Library of Fates! Make sure to enter the giveaway below and check out all the tour stops.
The Library of Fates
A romantic coming-of-age fantasy tale steeped in Indian folklore, perfect for fans of The Star-Touched Queen and The Wrath and the Dawn
No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything—family, her childhood love, and her freedom—to save her people. But her offer isn’t enough.
The unthinkable happens, and Amrita finds herself a fugitive, utterly alone but for an oracle named Thala, who was kept by Sikander as a slave and managed to escape amid the chaos of a palace under siege. With nothing and no one else to turn to, Amrita and Thala are forced to rely on each other. But while Amrita feels responsible for her kingdom and sets out to warn her people, the newly free Thala has no such ties. She encourages Amrita to go on a quest to find the fabled Library of All Things, where it is possible for each of them to reverse their fates. To go back to before Sikander took everything from them.
Stripped of all that she loves, caught between her rosy past and an unknown future, will Amrita be able to restore what was lost, or does another life—and another love—await?
I’m so grateful to have Aditi on my blog today to talk about the rich religion, culture and mythology that is vast within the Indian culture. Follow her blog at: http://athousandwordsamillionbooks.blogspot.in/
All around the world, children grow up to the ever present hum of culture. Little girls in America stare at their elders in white dresses and dream while they wait for their special day while girls in India burst sparklers, 100-walas and rockets everytime Diwaali (The Festival of Lights) comes around.
We grow up in world rich with tradition; we grow up in a world that makes us belong to the community we’ve been born into, but no country more so that India.
When you open a history textbook that speaks about India, the very first line would probably inform you, straight off the bat, that India is the most diverse country in the world. It’s true. I’ve lived here for almost 19 years and I still feel like I know this minuscule part of Indian Culture and that every day I learn something new about this great nation. For every tradition and practice you think you know, there’ll probably be three more lurking in the shadows.
I grew up watching the Ramayana on DVD player every Monday afternoon as my mother attended a fourteen year-long Pooja (a religious ritual) for the health of her family, I learnt about Buddhism and Gautama Buddha through a comic I borrowed from my library, I learnt that it was tradition for the bride’s sisters to steal the groom’s shoes during the pheras and had the right to demand presents before the groom left with their sister. Mostly, I learnt from my family and all the stories they had to tell me and the books they used to help me understand better.
The Ramayana and The Mahabharata form two great legends in Hinduism with Brahma, the creator, Vishnu the operator and Shiva, the destroyer, Buddhism and Jainism with its non-violence and simple lifestyles, Islam, Zoroastrianism and Sikhism are some of India’s main religions and within each of these there are divisions and subdivisions that Indians classify themselves into. Whether it’s your own religion or someone else’s, you’ll always find something new to learn.
Indian culture being represented in young adult books in on the rise. You have Roshani Chokshi, Sandhya Menon, Aditi Khorana, Mitali Perkins and Breeana Shields to name a few authors who, over the last two years have released a book that highlights Indian culture.
The Library of Fates, Aditi Khorana’s sophomore novel has been on my to-read list ever since it was announced. An actual fantasy book, steeped in Indian culture that also involves A Library of All Things, an oracle and a romance? I knew I’d read it even before I finished reading the description.
This book has an ancient kingdom that’s based half on India and half on Macedonia, vetalas (of the Vikram and Vetal stories) a powerful friendship between a princess and an oracle and a journey so rich in folklore that you can only read to truly appreciate and experience.
I promise you, diving into this bit of Indian culture will astound you, just as it will be sure to astound me – that’s just how much this country and all its history and tradition have to offer you. So dive into this fantasy perfect for fans of The Star Touched Queen and I’m sure it will be one for the legends.
About the Author
Aditi Khorana spent parts of her childhood in India, Denmark, and New England. She has a BA in international relations from Brown University and an MA in global media and communications from the Annenberg School for Communication. She has worked as a journalist at ABC News, CNN, and PBS, and most recently as a marketing executive consulting for various Hollywood studios including Fox, Paramount, and Sony. She is also the author of Mirror in the Sky. She lives in Los Angeles and spends her free time reading, hiking, and exploring LA’s eclectic and wonderful architecture. For more information, visit aditikhorana.com.
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