Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Reclaiming Shilo Snow Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

Super excited to be taking part in the awesome blog tour for Reclaiming Shilo Snow by Mary Weber :D It's also a scavenger hunt, with clues on a bunch of posts by other awesome people. And every post will publish today, and you can see the schedule below, or here. I'm so excited to be taking part in this tour. I liked the first book a whole lot, and I adore Mary :D I cannot wait to read this gorgeous looking second book. <3 Thank you to Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction and JustRead Publicity Tours for letting me take part in this lovely blog tour. <3 And thank you so so so much to Mary for this aaamazing guest post that she wrote for me :D Eee. I love it so much. I hope you all enjoy my tour post; and that you will enter both giveaways at the end of it :D Best of luck. This stunning book is out on March 6th :D Go order it. <3





A day in the life of Mary.


Okay, here’s the thing.

When people used to ask me what a day in my exciting writerly life looked like, I would begin to describe it, only to see their eyes glaze over in about 2.4 seconds. This is because describing my life is pretty much the equivalent of me telling you to imagine my grandma in hair curlers, feeding her cats, before heading out to check the mail, with her spanx pulled up to her rib cage.

For her it’s an adventure. For the rest of the world it’s…not.

So nowadays, I usually just show people this. 

 
Oh wait – wrong picture.
 
Here you go.


And I tell them how each morning I get up and slip on my legendary writer hero outfit (I forego mentioning how the thing’s gotten quite a bit tighter as I’ve gotten older so I have to wear a cape with it to avoid traumatizing some poor child at the grocery store). And from there, I power up my pegacorn and load up my kids to fly them to school. Which is usually accompanied by one of my teens asking:

“Mom, can I drive?”
“No.”
“Why?”
“Because we don’t want your brother to die before he gets an education.”
“Let her drive, Mom! I don’t need an education!”

And that is the true story of how my pegacorn now has two dents in it.

Anyway…

When I return to my legendary writer hero home, I check Facebook a few times to see what evil exists in the world, and I counteract it with a few memes.



And then if it’s a writing day, I get down to tackling emails and conquering writing deadlines. This admittedly looks a lot like drinking coffee and texting my husband that I will never finish this book.


However, if it’s a “youth” work day (because I also work as a youth counselor), I’m ignoring said book and, instead, answering messages and having general fun with a bunch of teens I adore. And making my coworkers take awesome legendary hero team photos with me.


Oops, I meant this pic:


And then after picking up my kids from school…it’s making dinner. In the midst of which, I drink more coffee (homemade coconut mochas or honey lattes are my jam), eat chips and salsa like nobody’s business, try to slip in reading time, and hang out with my husband and kiddos.

I have a personal conviction that I won’t write books for other’s teens if I’m not intentionally, passionately, raising my own. So we spend a lot of evenings playing games or sitting around the bonfire – and weekends exploring the coast or watching Psych and The Last Airbender cartoons.

Unless it’s a travel weekend, in which case I board a 747 pegacorn to a conference or book festival, where I have the humbling privilege of meeting amazing teens and students, and hearing their own legendary stories that always result in me crying or cheering.

These are also where I innocently get dragged into my author friends’ shenanigans.


Which is, incidentally, how I found myself getting kissed by one of Maggie Stiefvater’s goats recently.

 
Ahem.

And thus ends my day.

Although – seriously. Now that I’ve written all that, I’m wondering if the pic of my grandma in her spanx might’ve just sufficed.

Please excuse me while I go pull my own up a bit higher.



ABOUT THE BOOK

Title:  Reclaiming Shilo Snow
Series: Evaporation of Sofi Snow, Book 2Author: Mary Weber
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Fiction
Release Date:  March 6, 2018
Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi/Fantasy

She was far more capable than Earth’s leaders had accounted for—and they had no idea what she’d do next.

Known as a brilliant mind that could hack humanity’s darkest secrets, seventeen-year-old Sofi Snow is the most wanted teenager alive. She found her way to the icy, technologically brilliant planet of Delon to find Shilo, the brother everyone but Sofi believes is dead.

But as she and Ambassador Miguel partner to find her brother and warn those on Earth of Delon’s dark designs on humanity, Sofi’s memories threaten to overtake her, distorting everything she holds true. She knows the Delonese kept her in a dark, deceptive place . . . and destroyed a portion of her life. Now, the more they discover of Sofi’s past, the more Sofi feels herself unraveling—as each new revelation has her questioning the very existence of reality.

In this harrowing sequel to The Evaporation of Sofi Snow, Sofi and Miguel must trust each other and discover the secrets locked inside Sofi’s mind as the line between what’s real and what they imagine begins to slip away . . . threatening to take humanity with it.
PREORDER NOW!



ABOUT MARY WEBER
Mary Weber is a ridiculously uncoordinated girl plotting to take over make-believe worlds through books, handstands, and imaginary throwing knives. In her spare time, she feeds unicorns, sings 80’s hairband songs to her three muggle children, and ogles her husband who looks strikingly like Wolverine. They live in California, which is perfect for stalking L.A. bands, Joss Whedon, and the ocean.

CONNECT WITH MARY:  website  facebook │ twitter │ instagram


My Scavenger Hunt Clue:

ice-planet


SCAVENGER HUNT RULES

1. Be sure to stop at every stop to get the word/phrase as part of the hunt. You should find the phrase within the caption of their social media post or their blog post. Once you get the full phrase, enter it in the Rafflecopter entry form below. 

2. The tour landing page (this page) with the tour schedule and the Grand Prize entry form will be posted here and on JustRead Publicity Tour's Campaign page.  

3. Stops will be posted no later than 6 PM EST on February 20, 2018. The Tour-Wide, Grand Prize Giveaway will be opened through 11:59 PM EST on February 24, 2018. Individual stops' giveaways will be at the discretion of the hosts. 

4. Have fun and be sure to check out this series! It's AWESOME! 


TOUR SCHEDULE

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GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY 

One U.S. winner will win: (1) Hardcover Copy of Evaporation of Sofi Snow, (1) Signed ARC of Reclaiming Shilo Snow, (1)With Music the World Evaporates Drawstring Backpack, (1) The Evaporation of Sofi Snow Earbuds. 




Thanks for joining the hunt!

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This giveaway ends on February 24th. Winner will be contacted, and must reply within 48 hours.
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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Cover Reveal: As She Ascends by Jodi Meadows

I pretty much adore these covers. They are gorgeous and just awesome. I enjoyed book one, Before She Ignites, and I'm very curious about this sequel. As She Ascends looks so gorgeous :D And sounds very awesome too. Eee. I'm hoping I will love this second book a lot. Cannot wait to own this stunning thing too. I love the details of this cover; the gold, the dragon tail. And the girl is gorgeous too. Eee. I think this book is going to be so awesome :D Fingers crossed. What do you think of this cover? I like it a bunch. <3


MIRA, THE HOPEBEARER
Mira Minkoba is on the run with her friends after a fiery escape from the Pit, where she’d been imprisoned for defending the dragons she loves. And she wants answers. Where have all the dragons been taken? Why are powerful noorestones being shipped to the mainland? And did the treaty she’s been defending her whole life truly sell out the Fallen Isles to their enemies?

MIRA, THE DRAGONHEARTED
As her connection to the dragons—and their power—grows stronger, so does Mira’s fear that she might lose control and hurt someone she loves. But the only way to find the truth is to go home again, to Damina, to face the people who betrayed her and the parents she’s not sure she can trust.

Home, where she must rise above her fears. Or be consumed.

The second page-turning novel in Jodi Meadows’ Fallen Isles trilogy scorches with mysterious magic and riveting romance as one girl kindles a spark into a flame.




Saturday, February 17, 2018

In My Mailbox #328

This week have been good and bad. I'm exhausted almost all the time, and stomach is back to being really bad again. Ugh. I have tried the new medicine three times now, and so far not working. Hoping it will finally start working shortly. Ugh. I hate waiting. And being in pain. But besides that, I read two books this week, and I'm happy about that. Eee. Starting another one today. Hopefully. I have traded for some awesome books, and I cannot wait to get them. So happy. Didn't get much mail this week, though. But that's okay :) Much more is coming soonish, gah. Blogged a little this week. I shared my review of The Queen's Rising :) A bit disappointing. This week I'm waiting on Queen of Air and Darkness, eee. <3 I shared my review of Contagion :D Which was awesome. And I posted the cover for Two Dark Reigns, which is gorgeous. <3 So anyway. This week has been a bit exhausting, but I'm doing mostly good even so. Still spending a lot of time with my baby niece, whom just turned a month old yesterday. She is the sweetest. And tomorrow my nephew turns eight :) Hoping I will have time to read a bunch shortly too. <3



Immortal Reign. Eee, finally, the final book is out :D Which means I can finally read the entire series, eee.
Iron Tide Rising. Yessss. Been waiting so long for this fourth and final book :D I love this series so much.
Reindeer Boy. Could not resist finally buying this. <3 I adore Cassandra Jean and her artwork. So pretty.
Tangled. I know, I know. I have way too many Tangled books already. Ahh. But I had to. It is so so cute :D


More Instagram photos here. <3

Friday, February 16, 2018

Cover Reveal: Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake

Oh, how I am DYING to read this third book :D Eee. I love this series so so much. And I adore Kendare to pieces. And gosh, this book is going to be so good. I love the title. Two Dark Reigns sounds so awesome. And oh gosh, this cover! EEE! So so gorgeous. And so fitting with the other two as well :D Oh, I cannot wait to own all versions of this precious thing. <3 And to read what happens next with all of my precious girls. Ahh. I'm nervous. Yet beyond excited. So thrilled for this third book. Is it September yet? Can't wait.


#1 New York Times bestselling author Kendare Blake returns with the highly anticipated third book in the Three Dark Crowns series!

Katharine sits on the throne, Mirabella and Arsinoe are in hiding, and an unexpected renegade is about to wage a war of her own. The crown has been won, but these queens are far from done.




Thursday, February 15, 2018

Review: Contagion by Erin Bowman

When I first heard about this book, and saw that cover, I knew I had to read it. Because I love space things. Especially books that reminds me about Alien. Which this one did, and very much too. So thrilled that I got to read this one early, as I ended up loving it very much. Eee. So good. And the writing was perfect; I loved it.

I don't know where to begin with this book. The beginning is a bit slow, yet I did like getting to know the different main characters. The writing is stunning, and just reading about space had me so happy. Eee. I'm not going to talk too much about the plot, about how the story starts and such. Just going to share why I loved it.

This book is told from a few different point of views, sometimes from a few crew members that were not main characters. But all point of views were interesting, and needed to be there. I would say that the main characters were Nova and Thea. I very much loved getting to know these two girls. This story is about how a small ship with only eight people are sent to rescue a larger ship that has stopped responding on this mostly unknown and creepy planet. There is also some political things in this book, which bored me a little bit, but was interesting too. I liked learning more about this world, and would love to see different places too, in the next book. But for this one, all of it takes place on this creepy planet. Mostly inside the ships. I loved it so. All was awesome.

There is a whole lot of things going on with this book. I did find the beginning a bit slow and boring, which is why this is a four star, but I liked reading it even so, as I did enjoy getting to know all these characters. Thea is a young intern, working for this very old doctor woman. And I loved Thea the very most. She has no training in killing or fighting, yet she is so fierce and brave at times. I wish to know even more about this girl. Her life seemed a bit sad, and I loved that too. Simply adored reading about Thea. Loved her so.

Nova was also pretty incredible. She is almost nineteen, and is an awesome pilot. Though because of some eye issues, she can not get the jobs she wants. I very much liked getting to know this girl too. She was awesome. But, well, her crush on the captain was so wrong. Loved that she was into girls. But that captain was all kinds of horrible, ahh, and I want much better for Nova. I'm glad there was no romance in this book, lol, because that woman did not deserve Nova at all. Hmph. Nova was awesome. Adored her.

There are a few other characters in this book too, but not going to talk about them. This book is about this small crew going to investigate why no one have heard from this other big ship for two months. What they find out is that they are all dead. And learning the why for that was all kinds of interesting and exciting. I loved reading about it, and figuring out how they had all died. And how there were something awful in this planet. It was a bit scary and I loved it so. So much like Alien too, which was just awesome. I love space.

What they do find, however, is one survivor. A young man. And oh, how I loved reading about Coen. Eee. I think I might have loved him the most. And shipped him and Thea the most. Ack. This book takes place in less than a day, ack, so things are moving so fast. Getting to know Coen was all kinds of fun. And sad too, considering he has been alone on this planet for two months now. With some other things too. And eee. It was so awesome to read about. And rude. And I enjoyed it all very much. I only need more. Ahh.

I'm not going to say much more about this book. Just that I loved it a whole bunch. There is space. And death. And great characters. And also this awesome twist about the contagion, that I loved very much. And am simply dying to read more about in the next book. Ahh. It's going to be so good. If I survive the wait for it. Hmph. I loved how strong Thea and Nova ended up being, when the rescue mission went bad, when they had to fight to survive. Some mistakes are made, sure, but oh, I just loved these girls so much.

The reason for why I'm giving this book a four star is because I found almost the first half of the book to be kind of boring. I got a little bit tired of reading about the different crew members, and nothing exciting happened. But when it finally got exciting, I couldn't have loved this book more. Eee. Very happy about that. Also wishing there had been romance in this one. As there was none. No hints even. But I feel very sure there will be a romance in book two. At least, I hope so, because I ship Thea and Coen very much.

Contagion was all kinds of scary and exciting. I adored the characters and could not wait to know what would happen next. The final half of the book was so good, and everything I wanted from this book. Lots of death. A little bit of hope. And utterly crushing too. Because that ending was so rude, and I'm not sure how I will survive waiting for the second book. Hmph. I need to know what happens next. It's going to be so good, and I can't wait. Huge thank you to the publisher for the eARC via Edelweiss. So happy I got it.