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October 2019 Releases I’m Excited About

October 1st

 

October 8th

 

October 15th

Fireborne

 

October 29th


Do you plan on reading or buying any of these in October?!

 

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September 2019 Wrap Up

September

Books Read:

Currently Reading:

Life:

  • Dominated my Fantasy Draft!

 

  • Completed an escape room, once again
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  • Went to another escape room
  • Went to the zoo for my sister-in-law’s birthday
  • Six Flags without all of the waits with my brother
  • My Birthday 🙂 Everyone made it so special
  • Opened my bookish store on Poshmark!

My Posts:

October

Tentative TBR:

Life:

  • Volleyball Tournaments
  • Harry Potter Murder Mystery Party
  • Friend’s Wedding

What books did you read in September?!

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[BLOG TOUR + Q&A] The Orchid Throne (Forgotten Empires, #1) by Jeffe Kennedy

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Welcome to my stop on The Orchid Throne book tour! Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for organizing the tour and allowing me to participate as a tour stop!


ABOUT THE BOOK

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Title: THE ORCHID THRONE (Forgotten Empires, #1)
Author: Jeffe Kennedy
Pub. Date: September 24, 2019
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Formats: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&NTBD

Welcome to the world of Forgotten Empires from award winning author Jeffe Kennedy that begins with The Orchid Throne.

A PRISONER OF FATE

As Queen of the island kingdom of Calanthe, Euthalia will do anything to keep her people free—and her secrets safe—from the mad tyrant who rules the mainland. Guided by a magic ring of her father’s, Lia plays the political game with the cronies the emperor sends to her island. In her heart, she knows that it’s up to her to save herself from her fate as the emperor’s bride. But in her dreams, she sees a man, one with the power to build a better world—a man whose spirit is as strong, and whose passion is as fierce as her own…

A PRINCE AMONG MEN

Conrí, former Crown Prince of Oriel, has built an army to overthrow the emperor. But he needs the fabled Abiding Ring to succeed. The ring that Euthalia holds so dear to her heart. When the two banished rulers meet face to face, neither can deny the flames of rebellion that flicker in their eyes—nor the fires of desire that draw them together. But in this broken world of shattered kingdoms, can they ever really trust each other? Can their fiery alliance defeat the shadows of evil that threaten to engulf their hearts and souls?

Buy the novel:
Here


REVIEW

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The story started out a little slow, but things started to change around the 40% mark for me.

The reader was able to see the plot thickening and adding more depth into the equation. My only other complaint is that the chapters weren’t labeled from the protagonists’ perspectives. Generally it didn’t take very long to figure out who it was, but there would be more fluidity straight from the beginning of the chapter if this was added.

I love how detailed Kennedy was in her descriptions of the different location throughout the novel like Euthalia and Conri…I felt like I was experiencing the setting with the characters.

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The Orchid Throne is a great enemies-to-lovers novel. Readers will fall in love with the characters, enjoy remarkable world-building, and experience the slow-burn romance despite loss and suffering.

★★★


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jeffe Kennedy_credit Pritschow PhotographyJEFFE KENNEDY is an award-winning, bestselling author who writes fantasy, fantasy romance, and contemporary romance. She serves on the Board of Directors for SFWA as a Director at Large.

Her most recent works include Prisoner of the Crown and the upcoming Exile of the Seas, from her high fantasy trilogy from Rebel Base books, The Chronicles of Dasnaria, in the same world as her award-winning fantasy series The Twelve Kingdoms and The Uncharted Realms. She is a hybrid author, and also self-publishes a fantasy series, Sorcerous Moons. Her books have won the RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Fantasy Romance of 2015, been named Best Book of June 2014, and won RWA’s prestigious RITA® Award.

She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with two Maine coon cats, plentiful free-range lizards and a very handsome Doctor of Oriental Medicine.

Jeffe can be found online at her website: JeffeKennedy.com, every Sunday at the SFF Seven blog, on Facebook, on Goodreads and on Twitter @jeffekennedy.

Follow Jeffe:
Website | SFF Seven BlogTwitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads 

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Website | @SMPRomance Twitter@heroesnhearts Twitter


Q & A

Q: What was the hardest scene to write? What was the easiest?
A: I always have trouble with battle scenes, so those are probably the ones I spend the most time and effort on. Conversely, I love writing sex scenes – they’re always the easiest!

Q: Did you hide any secrets in your book? (names of friends, little jokes, references to things only some people will get)
A: I do, though not deliberately, and I couldn’t tell you what they are offhand. Mostly they’re things that amuse me as I’m writing – I don’t know that anyone else would ever spot them.

Q: What do you hope people remember about it?
A: Mostly I hope readers will come away with a feeling – of power and hopefulness. I want readers to feel reenergized and ready to take on their daily lives after finishing this book. And, of course, excited to read book 2 😉


 

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FairyLoot September 2019 “Witches Be Crazy” Box

FairyLootSEPTEMBER 2019
WITCHES BE CRAZY


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Canvas Tote Bag
@bandofweirdos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Deck of Cards
@obsidiayan & @crookedyew


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Fluffy Witch Socks
Team FairyLoot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Not Your Basic Witch Enamel Pin
@thatslovelydearshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Cauldron Bath Bomb
@littleheartgifts

 

 

 

 

 

 


Serpent & Dove
Shimmery Sprayed Edges, Artwork on the Reverse of the Dust Jacket (@saintdri), Signed by the Author
Shelby Mahurin


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Metal Straws
Team FairyLoot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Sticky Notepad
@littleheartgifts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The High Priestess and the Ace of Cups Tarot Cards
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Did you get the September 2019 FairyLoot “Witches Be Crazy” Box?
What did you think? My favorite item was the Cauldron Bath Bomb. So cute!

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First Lines Friday – September 27, 2019

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature hosted by Wandering Words. The meme is based on the idea that instead of judging a book by its cover, author, prestige, we judge it instead by its opening line(s). You can check out my review of the book here!

Andrew put the book down and pulled one dangling leg up underneath him. Staring at Julia for a moment, the gangly fifteen-year-old asked, “Grandma, is it true? Were you really a stripper?”

 


ABOUT THE BOOK

Twisted Fates

Title: Twisted Fates (Twisted Trilogy #3)
Author: Geza Tatrallyay
Rating: ★★★★

Crime novelist, Greg Martens, and his wife, former Interpol agent Anne Rossiter, are once again called back to Vienna by Anne’s former boss at Interpol because Julia Saparova has disappeared a second time. Afraid that the same evil men, Sergei and Boris Polyakov, Julia’s own cousins, are behind her disappearance, Greg and Anne reenter the seedy underworld of the Russian mafia, sex-trafficking, black market arms dealing, and international terrorism, in hopes of rescuing Julia. But this time, their enemies are expecting them, and Anne stumbles into a trap, joining Julia in depraved captivity. Now the two women’s only hope is that Greg and their friends in Interpol can locate and rescue them before it’s too late—not only for them, but for the world at large…

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Waiting on Wednesday – September 25, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo

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From Goodreads:

Into the Crooked Place begins a gritty two-book YA fantasy series from Alexandra Christo, the author of To Kill a Kingdom.

The streets of Creije are for the deadly and the dreamers, and four crooks in particular know just how much magic they need up their sleeve to survive.

Tavia, a busker ready to pack up her dark-magic wares and turn her back on Creije for good. She’ll do anything to put her crimes behind her.

Wesley, the closest thing Creije has to a gangster. After growing up on streets hungry enough to swallow the weak whole, he won’t stop until he has brought the entire realm to kneel before him.

Karam, a warrior who spends her days watching over the city’s worst criminals and her nights in the fighting rings, making a deadly name for herself.

And Saxony, a resistance fighter hiding from the very people who destroyed her family, and willing to do whatever it takes to get her revenge.

Everything in their lives is going to plan, until Tavia makes a crucial mistake: she delivers a vial of dark magic—a weapon she didn’t know she had—to someone she cares about, sparking the greatest conflict in decades. Now these four magical outsiders must come together to save their home and the world, before it’s too late. But with enemies at all sides, they can trust nobody. Least of all each other.

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Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Fall Reading Recommendations

Top 5 Tuesday is weekly meme created by the Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm. It was so hard to just pick five this week!

 

1. A Treason of Thorns, Laura E. Weymouth

2. House of Salt and Sorrows, Erin A. Craig

3. A Curse So Dark and Lonely, Brigid Kemmerer

4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling

5.  The Broken Girls, Simone St. James