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Unspoken by Celia McMahon COVER REVEAL tour

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Publisher: The Parliament House
Book Title: Unspoken
Author: Celia McMahon

Book Synopsis

The Voiceless have been stripped of their land, poisoned, and forced into war with kings for decades. It is said that they made a pact with demons of the seven hells and can change into giant, ferocious wolves.

And seventeen-year-old Princess Isabelle is in love with one.

She’s gone against all the rules and now finds herself encased in a world filled with danger. She discovers that, despite going against everything her parents wished for her, her destiny doesn’t lie on a throne beside a foreign prince, but with a servant boy named Fray who harbors a chilling secret.

Her feelings for Fray transcends every lie she’s been told about the Old Kingdom beyond the Archway. But there’s a war going on and Izzy must choose a side . . . human or wolf…or doom herself forever.

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Host who sign up to participate in this cover reveal will get one entry for the giveaway. (To enter the giveaway click the giveaway link below)

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  • Add Unspoken to your Goodreads TBR by clicking HERE (1 point)

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  • The best original picture featuring the cover will get an additional 3 points.

Prize: A NEW book release of your choice.

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Blinding Night Audio Tour & Author Interview

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Publisher: The Parliament House

Book Title: Blinding Night Audiobook

Series: Blinding Night Book #1

Purchase Links: https://adbl.co/2Y5bBAj

Author: Chantal Gadoury

Narrator: Dollcie Webb


Synopsis

What if you were the missing piece in one of the world’s most epic legends?

Despite being an art history student, Summer isn’t thrilled to be stuck with her archeologist family all summer in Greece. While the rest of her college friends are posting a million selfies by the pool together, Summer is stuck alone, trying to entertain herself alone in a place where she doesn’t even speak the language.

Upon her arrival to Greece, strange dreams and even stranger shadows seem to haunt Summer, leaving her to ponder the meaning of pomegranate seeds and twisted, darkened faces.

Suddenly, her stay abroad leads to tragic twists, leaving Summer in the arms of a dark stranger, who claims to be the god, Hades, whom she feels like she knows from another life. In a whirlwind through the busy streets of Athens, Summer is seduced to the lowest point of Greece where Hades’ lair awaits…the Underworld. Determined to find out who she is and where she belongs in an age-old myth, Summer joins Hades to discover that

the secrets about her past life are beyond anything she could have ever imagined.

Author Q&A

Loie: How do you go about revising your novels? Do you edit as you write? Do you have multiple drafts and send them to beta readers?

Chantal: Usually I write one draft and then start my editing process. It’s never wise to edit as you write (though, sometimes I do that) – as you’re spending more time editing, then actually writing. It’s better to just get everything down, and then go back and fix things. I might end up with 2 or 3 drafts, but often times I’m working in a Google Doc, so “drafts” often change to just “updates.” And no – under contract, I am not allowed to share my manuscripts once they’ve been signed to the company – so beta readers aren’t allowed. (Which in all honesty, is perfectly fine with me. I completely trust my editors.) Of course, I might share a paragraph or two with my writing friends or my family, just to get an opinion or to gush about my characters, because I love them so much! But having a contract with a company, keeps your manuscript more in-house, and less likely to be shared and “released” early. 

Loie: Can you share a bit about what it was like to have your book turned into an audiobook?

Chantal: Of course! I’ve been extremely lucky to be working with the oh-so-talented Dollcie Webb, who helped bring my book, “Between the Sea and Stars” to life via audiobook. So this time around, everything was more fluid and I knew what to expect. We actually have a really great working relationship – and we work as a team to make the audiobook. (Everyone’s experiences are a little different!) Dollcie will record the chapters, and actually send them to me to listen and catch any odd pauses or missing words/sentences, or anything that just doesn’t sound correct. I have to say, the experience is so rewarding and I love listening to each chapter. By the last 5 chapters, I had become the reader (instead of the author lol) and was on the edge of my seat, waiting to see what would happen. It’s exciting to write, of course. But it’s even more exciting to hear your work be brought to life. Each time I’ve heard Dollcie read my work, it feels so . . . strange to know that I’ve written what she’s reading. (It’s this, “Wait, I wrote this?!” sort of moment!) 

Loie: Are there any other Greek Mythology stories you’d like to explore?

Chantal: Yes! I’d actually love to write more of the stories involving the Underworld. Orpheus perhaps. I’d also like to explore Cupid and Psyche. I think in the next book, “Gilded Ruins,” I’m going to do more research into different stories and try to do what I can in weaving them into the narrative. While everything will still be from Summer’s Point of View, I’d like to her to ask the questions to the Gods and Goddesses of Mount Olympus about their own “myth.” 

Loie: Can you share a little bit about Summer and where her character came from?

Chantal: Summer is actually from the very first novel I wrote called, “Seven Seeds of Summer.” When I started writing this book back in my Junior year of college, I wanted to write a retelling of a story that wasn’t already shared often in the market. And I knew that Hades and Persephone really didn’t have a retelling at the time (back in 2009/2010). Ten years later, it’s a different story! Summer started off as being more … me. And I think that’s really true for a lot of authors. We place ourselves in characters in our books. It just turns out that most of my main characters are female, and I get to sneak my own traits and experiences into those characters. Summer is a college student, sarcastic and witty, but loving and kind. While I may not be a college student anymore, I like to think that I can be quite sarcastic, and both loving and kind. She was my first character that I ever wrote, so I think she comes from me in a lot of ways. 

Loie: I love that you are inspired by Kdramas! I read in an interview that Darce is inspired by Kim-Woo Bin 🙂 Can you share some of your favorite Kdramas?

Chantal: Yes! Darce is inspired by Kim-Woo Bin in “the Heirs” and a little from “Uncontrollably Fond.” Both of which I recommend. (Just know Uncontrollably Fond is SUPER sad.) I knew the moment I finished watching that series, that Darce for me – was him. I wanted him to look like him and sort of act like him. So – Darce become Kim Woo Bin! 

Kdramas to watch: Touch Your Heart, Boys Over Flowers, The Heirs, Goblin: The Great and Lonely God, W (THIS IS SUCH A GOOD SHOW), Moonlovers Scarlet Heart (Again, SAD, but SO good) Cinderella and Four Knights, Legend of the Blue Sea, What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim? Where Stars Land, I Am Not a Robot, Strong Woman Do Bong Soon – just to name a few. I have some other favorites that are non-Korean. . . 
Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo: Seasons 1 and 2 (Japanese), Good Morning Call: Seasons 1 and 2 (Japanese) and Meteor Garden (Chinense). I definitely recommend them all! 

Loie: I loved the secondary characters in Blinding Night, particularly Morpheus! Would you ever explore their stories down the road?

Chantal: I really loved Morpheus too. Originally, he was meant to play a much larger role in the novel “Blinding Night,” (by actually being a part of a love triangle with Darce and Summer.) But I had a feeling that many readers wouldn’t really like a love triangle – and it felt a little unfair to Morpheus because I knew I needed Summer to first like Darce, and then fall in love with him. Having Morpheus as a part of that would just make things a little messy. But I did hint that Morpheus harbored feelings for Persephone (and a bit for her) – and I hope to bring a bit more of that into the story as I continue on in “Gilded Ruins.” I would love to give Morpheus a story of his own, and I’ll be interested to know a bit more about him after I write the next novel in the “Blinding Night” series. 

About the Author

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Amazon Best Selling Author, Chantal Gadoury, is a 2011 graduate from Susquehanna University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing. Since graduation, she has published several novels including, “The Songs in Our Hearts” with 48Fourteen Publishing, and “Between the Sea and Stars,” “Blinding Night,” and “WinterDream” with Parliament House Press, with other titles to follow. Chantal first started writing stories at the age of seven and continues with that love of writing today. Writing novels for Chantal has become a life-long dream come true! When she’s not writing, she enjoys painting, drinking lots of DD Iced Coffee, and watching Disney classics. Chantal lives in Muncy, Pennsylvania with her Mom, Sister and furry-‘brother’ (aka, puppy) Taran.


Publisher

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Facebook: The Parliament House


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To enter:

– Must be following @theparliamentpress @chantalgadouryauthor @daydreamingdollcie and @adornedbyaisha

– Go to @theparliamentpress and click on the link in their bio to enter.

For 1 extra entry share the giveaway image (swipe to see giveaway image) in your IG story and tag author and publisher.

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Fairy Tale Poetry Submission

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Hey friends! Do you write poetry? Have you always been interested in poems? Write a poem based on the 12 Dancing Princesses for Timeless Tales Magazine!

Submission Details

Deadline for 12 Dancing Princesses Poetry: June 9 – 14, 2019. You can send multiple pieces totaling up to 1,500 words. You could also send one poem.

They aren’t looking for poems from the shoes’ perspective or a setting around ballet. They have stories with those angles already. They suggested on their website to mix the tale with elements from Bluebeard or the 12 Tribes of Israel.

For more information about formatting, pay rate, and response time, go here.

Poetry Resources

Check out these articles for some help on writing poems if you’re new to it 🙂

Top Ten Fairy Tale Poems

5 Ways to Write a Poem

36 Poetry Writing Tips

Happy writing, friends!

Loie ❤

 

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Taking Time to Refill the Creative Well

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April 30th, 2019

Hi everyone! It’s been a long time since I blogged about my writing journey. I didn’t write a lot in April. I did, however, spend time planting flowers, walking on the beach, and reading books.

In April, I noticed I was starting to feel stressed out about my novels. The words weren’t coming. I felt like I was scribbling empty words. I would write a chapter and go back and delete it. I know some people suggest you have to write something down so you can revise it. This time felt different.

I needed a creative break.

I took time off from my seafaring project, THE LOST SAGES, and dabbled in another story world for a bit. I wrote snippets of dialogue and explored the setting. I heard back from my wonderful critique partners who read TLS. I have a pile of notes 🙂

Now that we’re on the cusp of May, I’m working on a plan for revisions. I don’t feel burned out but instead excited to dive back in. What do you do when you’re feeling drained?

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Hopewell Rocks, NB (little Maggie May in the corner, haha)

I enjoy going to the beach and walking. I especially love finding sea glass.

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Happy writing, friends ❤

Until next time,

Loie xo

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Smoke and Key Blog Tour

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Smoke and Key

by Kelsey Sutton

Release Date: April 2019

Entangled Teen

Summary:

A sound awakens her. There’s darkness all around. And then she’s falling…

She has no idea who or where she is. Or why she’s dead. The only clue to her identity hangs around her neck: a single rusted key. This is how she and the others receive their names—from whatever belongings they had when they fell out of their graves. Under is a place of dirt and secrets, and Key is determined to discover the truth of her past in order to escape it.

She needs help, but who can she trust? Ribbon seems content in Under, uninterested in finding answers. Doll’s silence hints at deep sorrow, which could be why she doesn’t utter a word. There’s Smoke, the boy with a fierceness that rivals even the living. And Journal, who stays apart from everyone else. Key’s instincts tell her there is something remarkable about each of them, even if she can’t remember why.

My Review

I really enjoyed Smoke and Key. I found it quite unique and different from the beginning of the novel. I love novels where you feel immersed in the new story world. With Smoke and Key, from the first page, I felt like I was there. There is a lot of atmosphere in this book and I think Kelsey Sutton is a masterful storyteller.

The magical world of the Under is super cool. If you’re looking for something romantic, mysterious, and creepy, definitely consider picking this book up. I think this novel shines in its uniqueness 🙂  4 stars.

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About the Author

Kelsey Sutton is a young adult and middle grade author. She lives in Minnesota, where she received a dual bachelor’s degree in English and Creative Writing from Bemidji State University. She will soon have a master’s degree from Hamline University. Her work has received an Independent Publisher Book Award, an IndieFab Award, and was selected as a Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2013. When not writing, Kelsey can be found watching too much Netflix, ordering a mocha at the nearest coffee shop, or browsing a bookstore. You can visit her online at www.kelseysuttonbooks.com, like her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter or Instagram.
Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook

 

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Two Thousand Years Special Edition

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Woohoo! My friend M. Dalto has a special edition of her debut releasing in April! It will include two novellas and a sneak peek at book two. I’m so excited 🙂

● Publisher: The Parliament House

● Book Title: Two Thousand Years (Special Edition)

● Series: The Empire Saga

● Author: M. Dalto

Two thousand years ago, the Prophecy of Fire and Light foretold the coming of the Queen Empress who would lead the Empire into a time of peace and tranquility. But instead of the coming of a prosperous world, a forbidden love for the Empress waged a war that ravaged the land, creating a chasm between the factions, raising the death toll of innocent lives until the final, bloody battle.

Centuries later, Alexandra, a twenty-two-year-old barista living in Boston, is taken to an unfamiliar realm of mystery and magic where her life is threatened by Reylor, its banished Lord Steward. She crosses paths with Treyan, the arrogant and seductive Crown Prince of the Empire, and together they discover how their lives, and their love, are so intricately intertwined by a Prophecy set in motion so many years ago.

Alex, now the predestined Queen Empress Alexstrayna, whose arrival was foretold by the Annals of the Empire, controls the fate of her new home as war rages between the Crown Prince and Lord Steward. Either choice could tear her world apart as she attempts to keep the Empire’s torrid history from repeating itself. In a realm where betrayal and revenge will be as crucial to her survival as love and honor, Alex must discover whether it is her choice – or her fate – that determines how she survives the Empire’s rising conflicts.

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Book Covers I Love

Hi everyone,

I’m part of Kelly Coon’s street team, the Skeleton Crew. We are celebrating her book cover that went live last week with GetUnderlined. Kelly is a wonderful YA fantasy author and I cannot wait to read Gravemaidens!

Today, I’m switching things up on the blog. I’m going to share some of my favorite book covers. When I was fourteen, I perused the teen section at my local bookstore. I stopped when I saw Libba Bray’s A Great and Terrible Beauty book cover. The young woman on the cover wore a beautiful corset and it just caught my eye. I bought it and quickly flew through the book. Cover art gives the reader a glimpse of what’s beyond the front page.

Let’s dive in!

1. Lioness Rampant by Tamora Pierce

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This is one of my all-time favorite book series. Tamora Pierce is such an inspiration. I first discovered this series when I was thirteen years old. I couldn’t put the first book down, and flew through the last three. I love everything about this cover: from the colors, to Alanna, and her super epic sword.

2. Just for Clicks by Kara McDowell

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This cover is so cute! I love the white details, they really stand out against the pink. The two characters on the front cover convey a lot with their body language. Super awesome cover! Also, the title is a lot of fun:)

3. Uprooted by Naomi Novik

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This was the first book I read by Naomi Novik. The cover stood out to me in the fantasy section at my local bookstore, so I ended up purchasing it. I love the font, color scheme, and the main image. This is a fantastical cover that catches your eye for sure.

4. Immoral Code by Lillian Clark

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This is a really intriguing cover. I really love the pink and blue color scheme against the ebony background. It feels slightly ominous, the way the characters are cut off. Super eye catching! Also, the tagline “Payback’s a glitch” is really clever 🙂

5. Gravemaidens by Kelly Coon

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I loooove this cover. It is so beautiful. The blue color in the bottle, the details of the flowers, and the moths stand out to me. The sentence at the top made me shiver. This cover, while stunning, gives off a slightly ominous feeling. Eep!!! Can’t wait to have this book beauty in my hands!

Happy Wednesday, friends!! What’s your favorite book cover? I’d love to hear below!

Until next time,

Loie xo