Author Samantha Hastings on Sisters in Fiction (plus Book Recommendations and a GIVEAWAY)

Today, author Samantha Hastings is going to tell us a little bit about what inspired the strong bond between the two main characters – sisters Sophie and Mariah, in her novel The Invention of Sophie Carter. If you enjoy reading stories about siblings whose love for one another is strong enough for them to take on the world, then stick around; not only will I share with you the blurb to Samantha’s book, but she’ll give you some reading recommendations.

The Invention of Sophie Carter by Samantha Hastings

Published by: Swoon Reads

Publication date: July 14, 2020

Themes and genres: Historical Romance, Young Adult, Victorian, sisters, twins


Identical twin sisters take turns swapping places over the course of a summer in order to pursue their secret ambitions in Samantha Hastings’ Victorian YA romance.

1851. Bounced from Continue reading

What I Think about The Arms of the Ocean by Jamie Webster and M. Dalto (Book Review and GIVEAWAY)

Arms of the Ocean by Jamie Webster & M. Dalto

Authors: Jamie Webster & M. Dalto

Themes and genres: Fantasy, Young Adult/New Adult


Nineteen-year-old Tristaine lived a life of bitterness. When her mother abandoned her family, and her father began drinking, Tris discovered the only thing that truly brought her happiness: the sea Continue reading

Author Interview with Justine Manzano (and a Book and SWAG GIVEAWAY)

Today I’m interviewing Justine Manzano, author of The Order of the Key. There’s also a giveaway so make sure you read till the end of the post!

Justine Manzano Author Photo

Q1. Hello, Justine! Welcome to my blog! Why don’t we start with the basics? Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you started writing.

Hi! I’m a YA author and a freelance editor as well as the geekiest geek to have ever geeked. I’m a wife and mother from New York, and sometimes I moonlight as a legal assistant (I’m lying, that’s my full time job). I’ve loved stories since Continue reading

My To Review List for July 2020

It’s one of those times I promised myself I wouldn’t take on more than a couple of books and ended up with… Four. Maybe.

There’s an audiobook that I might add to the To Review list later on, making it five, but I most likely won’t have time for it, so I’ll only mention the four e-books I’ll definitely be reviewing. Three are standalones and one is part of a series. In the order the reviews will pop up, they are…

A Body on the HillMitch O’Reilly Mysteries, Book 2

A Body on the Hill - Mitch O'Reilly Mysteries, Book 2 by Brad Shreve

Author: Brad Shreve

Themes and genres: LGBT Contemporary Mystery, detective, PI, crime

WARNING: Mature Content (non-detailed sex scenes and some depiction of light violence and murder)


PI Mitch O’Reilly is hired by big time Hollywood director T.J. Mooney to follow Continue reading

What is Forever Summer by Nicole Bea (GIVEAWAY and Excerpt)

Today I’m going to introduce you to Forever Summer by Nicole Bea. There’s an excerpt and a giveaway, but first: a little bit about the book.

Forever Summer by Nicole Bea

Published by: The Wild Rose Press

Publication date: February 24, 2020

Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult


Morrigan Westhaver isn’t convinced anything could make her forget her abusive ex-boyfriend—not even if she travels all the way from her home in Michigan to her father’s ranch in Alabama Continue reading

7 Books I Read and Fell in Love with in 2019

If you’ve read my previous posts of this kind (2016, 2017, 2018), you already know how it goes:

  1. This is a list of books I read in 2019; not all of them came out that year (but most did);
  2. The books are listed in the order in which I’ve reviewed them, not by how much I loved them (I’ve also included their release dates according to Amazon);
  3. I’m sticking to one book per author, but I reserve the right to include in the HONORABLE MENTIONS another work by an author who is present in my FELL IN LOVE WITH section.

That’s it.

Without further ado, here are the seven books I FELL IN LOVE WITH in 2019, followed by five HONORABLE MENTIONS. We start off with Continue reading

What I Think about On The Kalalau Trail by Robin Reardon

On The Kalalau Trail - Trailblazer, Book 2 by Robin Reardon

On The Kalalau Trail – Trailblazer, Book 2

Release date: December 06, 2019

Themes and genres: YA LGBTQ Fiction, self-discovery


Self-discovery. Sounds simple, right? After all, you’re already there. You’re already you. So it can surprise us that it takes so much time, and so much effort. It surprises Nathan Bartlett Continue reading

What is Dorothy In the Land of Monsters by Garten Gevedon (GIVEAWAY and Excerpt)

Today I’m going to introduce you to Dorothy In the Land of Monsters – the first book in the Oz ReVamped series by Garten Gevedon. There’s an excerpt and a giveaway, but first: a little bit about the book.

Dorothy In the Land of Monsters - Oz ReVamped, Book 1 by Garten Gevedon

Publication date: October 11, 2019

Themes and genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult, retellings


Shifters, Zombies, and Vampires? Oh my!

My name is Dorothy Gale, and I think I might be dead Continue reading

What is Marrow Charm by Kristin Jacques (GIVEAWAY, Excerpt, and Playlist)

Today I’m going to introduce you to Marrow Charm by Kristin Jacques. There’s a giveaway, an excerpt and a playlist, but first: a little bit about the book.

Marrow Charm by Kristin Jacques

Publication date: October 1, 2019

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult


‘In his pursuit of the occult, the Third Reich opened the Gate to a realm of magic and brought the world to ruin. The Gate was eventually closed, but They were already in our world and They were hungry.’

-The Lost History, Library of Avergard Continue reading

What is Wonderland Academy by Melanie Karsak (GIVEAWAY, Excerpt, and Recipe)

Today I’m going to introduce you to the first book in the Wonderland Academy series by Melanie Karsak. We have some goodies that you might expect – a giveaway and an excerpt – but also something a little more original – a recipe from the book! But before we get to those: here’s a little bit about the novel.

Wonderland Academy - Book One by Melanie Karsak

Themes and genres: YA Fantasy, retelling, fairytale, magic


Welcome to Wonderland Academy. Don’t lose your head Continue reading