Guest Post: Musckross Folly

Today author J.L. Austgen stops by and gives us a little insight into his life as an author. His second book of the Evelyn Morgan Series, Muckross Folly, is available now. Enjoy!

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Reeling from the destruction of her team at the hands of her deputy, FBI agent Evelyn Morgan vows revenge against her nemesis, the assassin that planned the operation, Omar Ben Iblis. The trail leads to an old friend, well-connected and well-placed in Washington’s political establishment. When he refuses to help, Morgan must scramble to find the pieces to the puzzle. While investigating, she discovers a vicious new menace, more cunning and deadly than anyone she has ever faced. Trained and mentored by Ben Iblis, this new threat has already struck her family, and if Morgan doesn’t act quickly, she’ll be the talented protégé’s next victim.- Goodreads

 

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GUEST POST

Thank you very much for hosting me today!

One of the greatest things I enjoy about being an author is engaging with readers. It was a little strange at first, shortly after my first novel was published, getting used to the idea that people were interested in asking questions and discussing characters and issues I created. With the publication of Muckross Folly, though, I’ve grown used to it. Invariably, one of the most frequent questions I get when speaking with readers is, “How do you write a female heroine?”

I was taken aback the first time I heard the question. I mean, I get the idea that I’m a man, and men may not always understand women, but as an author, I understand characters. And while my wife may argue I view Evelyn Morgan as more than a character, at her core, that’s what she is. That’s where I started. It was the transformation and development of this character into a woman which sometimes surprises even myself. That’s a rather long-winded expansion on my standard answer, which goes something like, “It’s a challenge.” Which it is. But I’m not sure it’s anything particularly special. Of course, I have several fantastic female editors, who I can’t thank enough. Particularly my wife. On several occasions, she’s read initial drafts of passages, shaken her head, and said, “There’s no woman in the world who would say that.” Or do that. Or think that. So I suppose a lot of my success in crafting Evelyn goes back to the ongoing education I receive from all of my female friends, my editors, and my wife.

I suppose I should start preparing myself for the inevitable “How do you write a female villain?” (Because there’s a nasty one in Muckross Folly.) But I haven’t gotten that question yet, and the novel was published over sixty days ago. I’m not sure what that says about how women are perceived.

I sincerely hope you enjoy Muckross Folly, and please read the first novel in the series Keyser Run. I would also love to hear from you at http://www.facebook.com/jlaustgen, on Goodreads, or on my site http://www.jlaustgen.com.

 

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J.L. Austgen grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. He attended Brebeuf Jesuit High School where his love for writing fiction took root. After graduating, he moved to Colorado to attend college and study creative writing. An information technology engineer, Mr. Austgen created Evelyn Morgan out of a need for a creative outlet.

He spends his spare time reading, listening to music, and spending time with his family. Married, with two children, Mr. Austgen currently lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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Wanted: Wife Blog Tour, Guest Post & Giveaway

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Title: Wanted:  Wifewanted-wife cover

Author:  Gwen Jones

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Publication Date:  June 4, 2013

Event organized by: Literati Literature Lovers  and Literati Author Services

 

Synopsis

 

Andy Devine is advertising for a wife on a utility pole, and interviewing him is the last thing TV reporter Julie Knott needs. Especially after her cheating fiancé just tweeted their disengagement. Now she has got to choose: get the story—or become it?

Wanted: Wife

Landed, Financially Secure 40-Yr-Old Male

* Handsome, but with old-school communication skills and a secret past *

Seeks Healthy, Athletic Female

* Preferably a pretty reporter with a messy love life who has never spent a day in the woods *

For Marriage and Family

* What could possibly go wrong? *

If you love the humor and romance of Rachel Gibson and Susan Elizabeth Phillips, don’t miss the fabulous debut of Gwen Jones

 

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16089225-wanted

PURCHASE LINKS  (Paperbacks not available until July 2)

Amazon US:  http://amzn.to/18JY9Te

Amazon UK:  http://amzn.to/16EQ8BN

Amazon CA:  http://amzn.to/17jKdlg

Barnes &Noble:  http://amzn.to/17TNMiT

Kobo:  http://bit.ly/15zMwNC

 INTERVIEW

Q. At what point in your life did you realize that being an author was no longer going to be just a

dream but a career you were going to turn into reality?

A. I once had someone say to me that anyone could be an author, but it takes a lot of sweat and

perseverance to be a writer. Calling writing a “dream” minimizes the amount of effort needed as

it’s truly hard work, and if you don’t throw yourself into it whole-heartedly, you’d never get

anywhere. All writers, at least the ones that take themselves seriously, know that, and the truth is

it’s an ongoing process only as good as your last book.

Q. How did you choose the genre you write in?

A. I write in several genres in addition to Romance, but the reason I write Romance is because I

love it. How could you not love something that makes you feel so good?

Q. How did you choose the title for Wanted: Wife?

A. That honor belongs to my lovely editor, Tessa Woodward, of HarperCollins/Avon.

Q. How did you get involved with your current publisher?

A. I met Tessa Woodward at a Liberty States Fiction Writers conference, at an editor/agent pitch

session. I CANNOT stress the importance of Writers Conferences enough to any writer with a

FINISHED manuscript who wants to get published. They WORK.

Q. How does your writing process look? Consistent with regular amounts of word counts

daily/weekly… or more sporadic with a gush of words all at once and then a dry bed for a while?

A. Every writer has a different method and there really is no one correct way. For me, when I start a

book, I work on it every day until it’s finished, with no fixed word or page counts. For me, this

works as the deeper I get into the story, the easier and more intensely it flows, and it’s a process

that’s pretty hard to stop.

Q. Is there a question you’d love someone to ask you, but they haven’t? If so, what is it, and how

would you answer it?

A. I would just love someone to ask me “How can you write so glowingly about New Jersey when

it’s really a stinking cesspool of toxic waste and corruption?” And I would say, “You keep

thinking that sweetheart, as it’s a myth perpetuated by its inhabitants to keep everyone else

OUT.”

Give us the 140 character TWEET description of your book.

A, Andy Devine’s advertising for a wife on a utility pole and reporter Julie Knott’s interviewing

him. But does she get the story or become it?

 


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Gwen Jones, after spending years writing several unpublishable novels, decided to learn what she was doing wrong or give it all up. So after earning an MFA in Creative Writing from Western Connecticut State University, she’s now so good they even allow her to teach there. An unabashed born-and-bred native of Southern New Jersey and the Jersey Shore, she lives with her husband, Frank, and the absolute cutest cat in the world, Gracie.

Visit my website – Gwen Jones Writes

Like me on Facebook – gwenjoneswrites

Follow me on Twitter – gwenjones25

Become a fan on Goodreads ~ Gwen Jones

Buy Wanted: Wife in ebook or paperback!

Blogger Book Fair~ It’s Coming up Quick!!

Check in to the Blogger Book Fair,
and book your trip to far away places!

July 22-26, 2013

Authors and Book Bloggers,

Sign ups for the July 2013 Blogger Book Fair will close on June 15 at midnight central time, so get your registrations in to participate!

As of 6/10/13, we have:

Authors: 150
Books: 366
Bloggers: 37

If you haven’t yet registered, you can find all of the information on the Blogger Book Fair page.

  1. Check out the Code of Conduct
  2. Fill out either the Author Sign Up form or the Blogger Sign Up form (Deadline June 15)
  3. Kayla will match everyone with hosts and send out this information to you after sign-ups close
  4. Check out the events–all authors are eligible to participate in the events, and if you have an event you’d like to host, just fill out the simple Event Sign Up Form–all of this information can be found on the Events! page (Deadline July 8).
  5. If you’re interested in hosting a giveaway to drive traffic to your site, sign up via the Giveaway Sign Up form (Deadline July 15).
  6. And if your book will be FREE or $0.99 for the duration of the Fair, you can sign up on the Free and $.99 Book Sign Up Forms (Deadline July 15).

Events:

as of 5/31/2013

Art Fiction Gala hosted by Lucie Smoker

Does your fiction promote the visual arts–through featuring an artist, painting, sculpture, performance art, etc? Then, consider entering Lucie’s Art Fiction Gala.
The Art Fiction Gala is a virtual celebration of fiction that highlights the visual arts. Dress up in your finest, pick up some friends–a bottle of wine–and sample mind-blowing fiction that crosses the line between literary and visual art. Plus a gallery of art featuring reading.
More information & entry instructions

Three Wishes hosted by Kirstin Pulioff

Introduce your characters to the world.
Kirstin Pulioff invites you to ask your main character, “If you found a magic genie lamp, what would be your three choices?
More information & entry instructions

Flash Fiction Challenge II hosted by Thomas Winship

Get ready to exercise your flash fiction muscles.
For the Flash Fiction Challenge II, Thomas Winship will provide an opening line.
From there, entrants will craft a flash fiction piece of approx 500 words. Entries will be displayed on Thomas’ blog Vaempires during the BBF, spread out evenly across the five days, in order of receipt.
More information & entry instructions

Snapshot Synopsis Contest hosted by Fel at The Peasants Revolt

Challenge: chisel your synopsis down to 50 words or less.
Voting will be open throughout the fair for visitors to vote on their favorite Snapshot Synopsis.
More information & entry instructions

Reader’s Choice Awards hosted by Sherri at Shut Up & Read

All books registered for the Blogger Book Fair are automatically entered into the running for the Reader’s Choice Awards. Voting will be open from July 22 to July 25.
More information

Indie Soap Box Files hosted by Shah Wharton

Take a turn on the Soap Box.
Shah invites speculative fiction writers to write a guest post about being an indie (or hybrid) writer.
More information & entry instructions
Restrictions: Speculative fiction writers only

Monster Menagerie hosted by Noree at Trip the Eclipse

What’s your favorite monster or supernatural creature?
Feature your creature in a flash fiction piece (500-800) words to be featured on Trip the Eclipse. Visitors will vote on their favorite piece.
More information & entry instructions

Ways to Help:

Blogger Book FairDonate to the Blogger Book Fair via the BBF Donation Fund. To help get the word out about BBF, we would like to place ads on Facebook, Goodreads and other places, but to do, so we need a little help. We’d also like to have some BBF sponsored giveaways, so money donated would also go toward prizes. NO MONEY WILL BE KEPT BY ANY ORGANIZER OR PARTICIPANT.

Spread the word! Share the Fair on your social media accounts and show off the Blogger Book Fair logo in your blog’s sidebar.

Join us on:

Jet Tour~ Guest Post and #Giveaway

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Today Jay Crownover makes a stop by my blog to bring us Jet. There’s also a giveaway! She’s also shared some things about a few of her characters with us. I hope you enjoy!

 

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With his tight leather pants and a sharp edge that makes him dangerous, Jet Keller is every girl’s rock and roll fantasy. But Ayden Cross is done walking on the wild side with bad boys. She doesn’t want to give in to the heat she sees in Jet’s dark, haunted eyes. She’s afraid of getting burned from the sparks of their spontaneous combustion, even as his touch sets her on fire.

Jet can’t resist the Southern Belle with mile-long legs in cowboy boots who defies his every expectation. Yet the closer he feels to Ayden, the less he seems to know her. While he’s tempted to get under her skin and undo her in every way, he knows firsthand what happens to two people with very different ideas about relationships.

Will the blaze burn into an enduring love. . . or will it consume their dreams and turn them to ashes?

 

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17204860-jet

 

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon US:  http://www.amazon.com/Jet-A-Marked-Men-Novel/dp/0062302418/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370886679&sr=8-1&keywords=jet

 

Amazon UK:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Jet-ebook/dp/B00CR42NBQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1369786572&sr=8-2&keywords=jet

Note:  UK and Australia:  Jet’s release date has been moved to June 20th.

 

Amazon CA:  http://www.amazon.ca/Jet-Marked-Men-Novel-ebook/dp/B00CGZXRRU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369786616&sr=8-1&keywords=jet+jay+crownover

Barnes & Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/jet-jay-crownover/1115217164?ean=9780062302410

 

Itunes:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/jet/id639882507?mt=11

 

Kobo:  http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Jet/book-I_vcn_rr6E6mNLa844K56Q/page1.html?s=fwUKbjJKp0S7o0wOUHHApg&r=1

 

6 Fun Facts about Jay Crownover 

I hate tomatoes…like HATE them..no ketchup, no salsa, no pizza sauce…They are the devil’s food!

I own more purses than any one human needs.

I am a total sucker for any new techie device that comes out…cannot wait to get my hands on it (unless its and apple product…not a Mac girl)

I had never mowed a yard or even touched a lawn mower until after my divorce and I had to learn how last year…ridiculous I tell ya!

I would die without the nectar of the Gods that is Pepsi Cola…no one wants to come between me and my soda!!

I have seen pretty much every band I love or listen to Live…the only band I have never seen that I would like to is The Rolling Stones.

 

6 Fun Facts about Jet 

He is the reason Rule is a little bit punk rock.

He has more junk for his hair than either of the girls in the house

He really actually likes Asa even though it is hard.

His favorite band is The Rolling Stones

He very well might be the only one of the boys we see have a run in with the law….maybe, maybe not.

Since all the other guys have tattoos on their hands and on their necks or piercings in their face…Jet is the only one that has accessories…like rings and the spiked studs in his ear.

 

6 Fun Facts about Ayden

She can outdrink the boys..no problem

In heels she’s as tall as her man

She’s the kind of girl that flows seamless between any look…cowgirl, retro glam, or preppy college girl.

When Jet is out of town she drives his car.

She purposely refuses to listen to all the music Jet suggests, mostly to rile him up because it’s fun.

She calls Jet every night when he’s on the road because now it’s impossible to go to sleep without him singing to her.

Tour-Wide Giveaway:  Including but not limited to $50 Amazon Gift Card

US RESIDENTS ONLY

Enter Here!

 


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Jay Crownover is the bestselling author of Rule. Like the characters in her Marked Men series, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she’ll settle for writing stories with interesting characters and that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.

 

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Vampire Elite: Release Day Promo

Today is release day for Irina Argo’s Vampire Elite! After you’ve bought and read it, come back to my blog in July and be treated to a guest post and tour.

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Book Description:

How can you make a choice between saving your people and destroying the one you love?

 

A millennia-long war between two immortal races is about to come to an end. Long ago, the Vampire Elite began capturing members of another race of immortal beings, the Amiti, forcing them to become their blood suppliers—bloodstock—and locking them in underground cells, where they are treated like livestock. Now, the few remaining free Amiti are making a final attempt to strike back. The Queen of the Amiti has been proclaimed a traitor and executed. Her death makes possible the rise of a new Queen, her young daughter Arianna, who becomes the last hope of her dying race.

 

Arianna totally embraces her mission and is ready to fight for her people to the last drop of her blood but encounters an unexpected challenge—the vampire King Tor. The Amiti Queen and the King of the vampires are drawn into a trap of love where each has to make the ultimate choice: to kill their loved one or risk the extermination of their people.

 

Vampire Elite is an epic story of a bitter conflict between two peoples, and the effect of that conflict on everyone living in its grip. The characters are driven to love and betrayal, vengeance and sacrifice in a world without easy black-and-white answers.

 

Based on an ancient Egyptian legend, packed with action and intrigue, Vampire Elite will pull you into the entrancing world of immortals and open new portals into their hidden universe.

Contact links

Facebook | Website

 

About the Authors

Irina Argo is a combined pen name for two authors, Irina  and Jo-An .

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Irina’s world is dark. She works as a clinical psychologist in a Juvenile Correctional Facility dealing with the extremes of human behavior on a regular basis and takes care of her paralyzed husband who suffered a stroke several years ago. To bring light into her life she writes. Writing has always been her passion. She is originally from Russia where she was employed as a TV journalist.

 

 

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Jo-An is a Leo, a lioness who has emerged to follow her dream, to someday write a book of her own. She owned a costume shop for 15

 

years and was able to satisfy and excel in her creative nature. She is an over-achiever and believes that anything is possible if you believe in yourself and ignore the nay-sayers.  Her philosophy is based on Shakespeare “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves.” She currently resides in California with her 5 cats and 1 husband.

 

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Templand Book Blast! #Giveaway

Today Jill Elaine Huges drops by to introduce us to her newest novel Templand. She’s also giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

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Book Description

 

The heroine, Melanie Evers, is a plucky young working-class woman from Akron, Ohio struggling to support herself in Chicago in the post-9-11 economy. TEMPLAND follows Melanie’s journey through the temporary employment world from a college student on “just a summer job” to a 28-year-old woman with a lot of intelligence (and a heap of student loan debt to match) through multiple layoffs and a series of ever-more-wacky temp assignments, as she struggles not only to survive, but also to find romance and always remain true to the honest, working-class values instilled in her by her beloved grandfather.

 

In her long, solitary journey through Templand, Melanie encounters adventure and romance on her search for that always-elusive Permanent Job—which she finally gets, along with her man. TEMPLAND is a highly entertaining, wickedly funny social satire, contemporary romance, and mystery novel all rolled into one.

Enter HERE for the Rafflecopter Giveaway! A $25 Amazon Gift Card!!!

Purchase Links:

AMAZON http://www.amazon.com/Templand-ebook/dp/B00ASRJNBC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369799576&sr=8-1&keywords=templand

BARNES AND NOBLE http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/templand-jill-elaine-hughes/1114024505?ean=2940016143712

KOBO http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Templand/book-CpqnXLzcpk6REuHjm8DZ9Q/page1.html?s=6JLkiXXLJkytpEtrol__eA&r=1

SMASHWORDS http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/268994

GOODREADS: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17206912-templand?clear_facebook_session=true

About the Author

About the Author: JILL ELAINE HUGHES is a professional playwright, novelist, journalist and freelance writer with more than 15 years’ experience in publishing and professional writing/editing. She has contributed to many newspapers and national magazines, including the Washington Post, theChicago Tribune, Yahoo! Shine, the Chicago Reader, the New Art Examiner, Cat Fancy magazine, and many others. Her plays have received productions nationwide and internationally, are widely published, and have been anthologized alongside Pulitzer and Tony winners. She is also a published novelist under the pen names “Jamaica Layne” and “Jay Hughes”, and recently began self-publishing New Adult fiction under her own name.

Author Links

Website: http://www.jillelainehughes.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jill-Elaine-Hughes/143011855875936?ref=ts&fref=ts

Twitter: @JillEHughes https://twitter.com/JillEHughes

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6878146.Jill_Elaine_Hughes

Affairs of the Dead Blog Tour

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Anyone who knows me know how much I LOVE a good ghost or horror story. For this reason I’m ecstatic for this blog tour. A.J. Locke stops by today with her newest novel, Affairs of the Dead! Stick around and keep your eyes peeled for the Rafflecopter code for an AWEsome giveaway, too!

Affairs of the dead_coverHelp ghosts, stop a thief, and try not to die…

Necromancer Selene Vanream helps ghosts settle their affairs so they can move on. But when breaking the rules gets her in trouble, she’s bumped down to tracking ghosts trying to avoid the afterlife. Ghosts like Ethan Lance, who claims he was kicked out of his body when someone else jumped in. Which might be plausible—if such a thing were possible. And if Micah, Selene’s partner, didn’t pull her into an investigation of brutal murders that lead directly back to Ethan.

But when the whole mess puts Selene’s life in danger, she suddenly has very personal reasons to get Ethan’s body back. Between her uncomfortable relationship with Micah, and problems with her boss, Selene learns just how much trouble it can be when you don’t follow the rules…

 

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ABOUT A.J. Locke

A.J. Locke is an author and artist, originally from Trinidad, now residing in New York City. Affairs of the Dead is her debut novel, and other than writing she enjoys reading, drawing, painting, graphic design, and watching too much television.

Tour schedule

June 3

BLOG Name  :  Fall Into Books

BLOG Url  :  http://falln2books.blogspot.com

Tour stop  :  promo

June 3

BLOG Name  :  Urban Fantasy Reviews

BLOG Url  :  www.ufreviews.com

Tour stop  :  review

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June 4

BLOG Name  :  Books, Books, and More Books

BLOG Url  :  http://dream-reader-dreamer2229.blogspot.com/

Tour stop  :  review

BLOG Name  :  Stitch Read Cook

BLOG Url  :  www.stitchreadcook.com

Tour stop  :  review & promo

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June 5

Brynna Curry

You Gotta Read Reviews Guest Blog Coordinator/Book Reviewer

www.yougottaread.com

Tour stop  :  promo

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June 6

BLOG Name  :  Pezz Rambles

BLOG Url  :  https://pezzrambles.wordpress.com

Tour stop  :  promo

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June 7

BLOG Name  :  Mama Knows Books

BLOG Url  :  http://mamaknowsbooks.blogspot.com

Tour stop  :  guest post

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June 10

BLOG Name  :  Ramblings From A Chaotic Mind

BLOG Url  :  http://nikkibrandyberry.wordpress.com/

Tour stop  :  guest post

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June 11

BLOG Name  :  Romancing the Dark Side

BLOG Url  :  http://romancingthedarkside.blogspot.com

Tour stop  :  guest post

June 11

BLOG Name  :  talk supe

BLOG Url  :  www.talkingsupe.com

Tour stop  :  review

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June 12

Sizzling Hot Books/Sizzling Hot YA Book

Guest Post

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June 13

BLOG Name  :  Babylone the Geek Reads

BLOG Url  :  http://borneanbookworm.blogspot.com

Tour stop  :  promo

June 13

BLOG Name  :  Two Fantasy Floozies

BLOG Url  :  http://www.fantasyfloozies.com/

Tour stop  :  interview

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June 14

BLOG Name  :  Offbeat Vagabond

BLOG Url  :  http://offbeatvagabond.blogspot.com/

Tour stop  :  review

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June 15

BLOG Name  :  A Dream Within A Dream

BLOG Url  :  http://adreamwithindream.blogspot.com

Tour stop  :  promo

BLOG Name : The Violet Hour
BLOG Url : http://www.violethourbr.com
Tour stop : review

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June 16

BLOG Name  :  Celestial Reviews

BLOG Url  :  http://cecesreviews.blogspot.com

Tour stop  :  review

 June 16

BLOG Name  :  Sapphyria’s Book Reviews

BLOG Url  :  saphsbookblog.blogspot.com

Tour stop  :  review