Today is the cover reveal for 23:27 by H.L. Roberts. This cover reveal is organized by Lola's Blog Tours.
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
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.
"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: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34826332-23
You can pre-order 23:27 on Amazon: http://smarturl.it/2327Amazon
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.
You can find and contact H.L. Roberts here:
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hlrobertsofficial
- Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/HLRobertsAuthor
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hlrobertsofficial
- Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16693585.H_L_Roberts
There is a cover reveal wide giveaway for the cover reveal of 23:27. Three winners will each win an ebook copy of 23:27 by H.L. Roberts. Open International.
For a chance to win, enter the giveaway below:
How do I self-publish my new book?
And how much will it cost?
Have you ever asked yourself these questions? If so, this is the perfect book for you! In this concise and practical self-publishing guide for aspiring authors, Mike Kowis, Esq., shares his 14-step process to publishing attractive, well-written, and effectively marketed books. Don’t worry, it’s MUCH easier than you think! In this step-by-step guide, you will learn:
•Everything you need to know about self-publishing, including advice for editing, designing, distributing, and marketing your book;
•How much this process costs; plus
•The surprising lessons Mike learned from self-publishing his award-winning debut book.
This handy book also includes a checklist of the entire 14-step process so you won’t miss a single thing!
~ My Review ~
I was really excited to read this one since I just finished my "book baby" and unsure what to do next. As much as I loved working with the small indie publishing company for my first book, I wanted to try self publishing. But as I know nothing, I wanted my research to be short and to the point, which is exactly what Mike Kowis does here. It's a quick read and he even offers up estimated monetary values - which is what I like.
The blurb pretty much sums up this book. It's a 14-step guide that will help you with what you need on your self-publishing journey. It doesn't sound all that daunting. 14 steps. No big deal, right?? And the way Mike lays it out, it doesn't sound too big of a task. It is a marathon, after all.
Rest up, writers. And see you on the other side.
About the Author
MIKE KOWIS, ESQ., is a corporate tax attorney, college instructor, and award-winning author. During the two-month process of self-publishing his first book, Engaging College Students: A Fun and Edgy Guide for Professors, Mike took careful notes on each step and later decided to write this book to help other authors who want to self-publish. Mike holds a bachelor’s degree and two law degrees, including an advanced law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. He lives in Texas with his beautiful wife, Jessica, their two rambunctious children, and two noisy but sweet dogs. You can find more information at www.engagingcollegestudents.com/self-publishing-guide.
This is my stop during the blog tour for Black Dawn by Mallory McCartney. This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 1 till 21 May. View the tour schedule here: http://www.lolasblogtours.net/blog-tour-black-dawn-by-mallory-mccartney
By Mallory McCartney
Age category: Young Adult/ New Adult
Release Date: February 14, 2017
The end of an Empire, the rise of a Queen
Emory Fae enjoys leading a quiet, normal life. That is until two mysterious, and handsome soldiers show up at her apartment, and the life she knew is instantly whisked away. Memphis Carter and Brokk Foster come from the magical and war ridden world of Kiero, and upon Emory's arrival she will discover she is the long-lost heir to the Royal Line and is thrown into the Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne.
With both men being darkly woven in her past Emory uncovers hidden secrets, a power held long dormant, and will soon realize there are worse things than supernatural humans, love, loss, betrayal, and a Mad King.
Some things are better left in the shadows.
You can find Black Dawn on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33851538-black-dawn
You can buy Black Dawn here:
-Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/black-dawn-mallory-mccartney/1125505912?ean=9781621356134
- Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/black-dawn/9781621356134-item.html
Sweat rolled thickly down his neck, making his getup suffocating. The night was bleak and all-consuming as Brokk Foster looked to where he knew his best friend and Commander was hidden. Weeks of tactical planning and training had brought the soldiers of Black Dawn to this moment. The slight tremor in his hands was the only sign of how he was feeling. Brokk pressed himself closer to the mossy ground, breathing in the sweet smell of dewy grass. A snap of twigs and the group went rigid, frozen in the shadows. Laughter filled the forest air as four men with blood-red sashes of the guards draped brazenly across their chests walked into view a few hundred yards away. They quipped at each other, totally relaxed, their voices sounding like a constant buzz to Brokk. His blood thrummed in his ears as his heart pounded wildly. The seconds felt like centuries until finally, he saw a flash of silver and a smooth voice filled his mind, “Now.”
Brokk didn’t need to be told twice. Springing from the ground like a demon from the darkness, he pulled his curved twin blades out in seconds as he cut the men off. The group stopped, looking pale in the moonlight and extremely exposed.
“Evening, boys,” Brokk said in a taunting voice. “Sorry to interrupt your rounds, but I dare say you’re a little close for comfort to our home. Convenient for us, though,” he added, twirling the hilts in his hands. “We wanted you exactly here.”
Their leader took a daring step toward him. His mistake. Brokk yelled into the darkness, “Memphis, keep him alive!”
In a flurry of movement, his friends dropped from the surrounding trees, all dressed in the same camouflage, their weapons at the ready. A mad cackle broke the guard’s momentary trance, and they tried to run. Chaos ensued.
Brokk threw his blades at the nearest tree—a satisfying thud sounded as they found their mark. He ran, eyes fixated on the two guards that had broken away from the fight ahead of him. It was laughable really, just how much they thought they had a chance of escaping. They had no idea who they were up against.
The familiar popping and breaking of bones shivered through his body when animal instinct took over as the wolf inside him did. The ground shook from his colossal paws, golden fur rippling like a beacon in the night. His growl rumbled like thunder, and for a split second, he forgot who he was. All that mattered was that he took his targets down. The guard’s deaths were much swifter than they deserved.
Brokk shifted back, trying to calm the elation of how good that had felt. Memphis snapped him out of his glorified moment. “Brokk! Come here.”
The last guard was openly crying, now forced to his knees, hands shaking behind his head. Brokk almost felt sorry for him. Almost.
Up close he was much younger than Brokk thought, fear replacing the guard’s bravery now. Memphis’s icy blue eyes cut into his, and he didn’t have to say anything for Brokk to understand. Telekinetic or not, his friend wore his heart on his sleeve. They were all on edge and who could blame them? Six years of hiding. Six years of losing this war. Brokk swallowed back his thoughts, wearing his mask of oozing confidence and anger.
“W-who are you?” The guard’s voice squeaked out several octaves higher than it should have.
Nyx kicked him in the gut, making him wheeze in pain and gasp for air. Memphis crouched down in front of him, his long blond hair tied back, revealing his severe features. They all bore scars, some more visible than others.
About the Author
Mallory McCartney currently lives in London, Ontario with her husband and their two dachshunds Link and Lola. Black Dawn is her debut novel, the first in a series. When she isn’t working on her next novel or reading, she can be found dog grooming, book shopping and hiking. Other favorite pastimes involve reorganizing perpetually overflowing bookshelves and seeking out new coffee and dessert shops.
You can find and contact Mallory McCartney here:
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authormalmccartney/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/MalMcCartney
- Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16308311.Mallory_McCartney
- Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Mallory-McCartney/e/B06VWPDZKN/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authormalmccartney/
There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of Black Dawn. Three winners will each win a signed copy of Black Dawn. Open International.
In a culture that bombards women with "thinspiration" messages and pressure to "do it all" while wearing the mask of perfection, women are left feeling alone and overwhelmed. How can they stop comparing themselves to others? How can they live out who they really are?
Lee Wolfe Blum offers stories from everyday women who have answered these questions with their lives—and found true beauty in the process. In Brave Is the New Beautiful, Blum weaves reflections from her own journey with inspirational stories from everyday women who chose to take off their masks and live authentically. Through call-to-action questions and ideas, she encourages readers to be brave enough to be who they really are and the beloved that God knows they are.
~ My Review ~
This book got to me. I cried at the stories of these brave women as they battled cancer, their fears, their relationships, and a slew of situations that would make anyone back down, run away, and hide. Reading through Lee Wolfe Blum's own account of depression and feeling unwanted, I saw myself in every bit of her words. I saw the anger resurrect within me. I felt the hug and comfort that emitted from these pages. I know I am loved. I know I am wanted......sometimes, it takes a stranger, or a book to make us believe in those words.
In my own situation, my parents praised me as the prettiest and the most independent of their daughters. I believed for a long time that it was only my outer appearances that gave me worth. As years and the poundage went on, I felt less of who I was. Who had I become? What was I becoming? And maybe it was also an unconscious shift that I didn't want to be looked at anymore....... It wasn't until my first child and my first bout of Preeclampsia and the NICU experiences that I began to realize that I was more than my appearance. I was tougher and stronger than even I gave myself credit for.
And so I ugly cried my way through this entire book, but only because I remember my anxious need to fit into a mold. I remember the moment I knew I was loved for being me. I remember that that quiet moment I gave myself to God.
Blum reminded me that this journey I'm on is not about striving to be perfect, or godly. We're not in competition with each other. She - and the stories of women she told - tells me that it's okay to be messy, to ugly cry, to step back from what we know is hurting us, and taking us away from God....it's okay to be afraid. It's okay to peel away the layers of the falsities we make ourselves up. It's okay to step up and say this is me, and this is who I truly am, because brave is the new beautiful.
***I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I am not required to write a positive one. These thoughts and opinions are my own.***
About the Author
Lee Wolfe Blum is an energetic and passionate speaker who loves to help women find hope in healing from perfectionism and addictions. She works as a mental health practitioner in the field of Eating Disorders and Chemical Dependency. She lives in Minnesota with her husband and three boys.
Find out more about Lee Wolfe at leewolfeblum.com.
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Book Club Pick:
I use Goodread's rating scale
1 star – didn’t like it
2 stars – it was OK
3 stars – liked it
4 stars – really liked it
5 stars – it was so amazing, it's on my reread pile!