Sunday, October 30, 2022

Pulse 2 Cover Reveal

 

I have a Halloween surprise for you all! The cover reveal for Pulse 2 by B.A. Bellec!!! Read on for more info and if you haven't picked up Pulse, you need to get on that right away!

Pulse 2

Expected Publication Date: 2023

Genre: Sci-fi Horror/ Thriller

The fate of humanity rests in the hands of a few.

Pulse: Book Two is the conclusion of award-winning author B.A. Bellec's dystopian sci-fi horror duology. This time around he is tapping into iconic stories like STATION ELEVEN, CLOUD ATLAS, CONTACT, and THE ROAD to add elite and ambitious scale. Our chaotic journey picks up moments after the first book ends with action from the second you start turning the pages, but if you thought you knew where the story was going, drop your expectations off at the door and get ready for the B.A. Bellec experience. To get an idea what surprises are awaiting, start by asking yourself this one question: how would an autonomous mechanical orb defeat an alien creature?

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Pulse (Book #1)

Publication Date: December 1st, 2021

Genre: Sci-fi Horror/ Thriller

Pulse is a plot-driven multi-POV dystopian sci-fi horror thriller set in 2040, centered around a corporation, a creature, and a music festival. Think Fyre Festival, Black Mirror, and X-Files combined. The story deals with themes of capitalism, consumerism, business, politics, pandemics, climate change, activism, and technology while bouncing between a diverse group of characters sure to entertain almost anyone. The book is already being praised for its fantastic use of horror, engaging world-building, and genre-bending approach utilizing some screenplay-like formatting. This is the first entry in a new series with the sequel well underway.

  • B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree (Apr 2022)

  • The Wishing Shelf Finalist (Apr 2022)

  • Literary Titan Seal (Jan 2022)

  • Reader Views Seal (Dec 2021)

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About the Author

B.A. Bellec writes with a unique, modern, minimalistic voice. He is the author of Someone’s Story, his award-winning debut novel called a masterpiece by multiple reviewers. Never afraid of a challenge, Bellec switched genres to bring you this dark vision that simmered in his mind for years.

In addition to writing, Bellec also creates music. You can find it on his YouTube channel. Follow him on social media or at http://www.babellec.com to stay in the loop on new projects.

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Ghost Witch Blitz Spotlight

 

I have the perfect story to curl up with on Halloween! Check out Ian Conner's Ghost Witch and make sure to leave a light on!

Ghost Witch

 Publication Date: June 2nd, 2022

Genre: Supernatural Horror/ Ghost Story, Native American Folklore/ Mythology

The Two Spears and Four Claws clans for generations. Now the evil has returned, once again threatening the lives of a young mother and her twin babies. It is an evil that temporarily killed and banished with fire and magic, but it can never be destroyed. It is a source of great shame for the clans. So much so, that it is never spoken about outside of the tribe.

Carlyle Allen, the wealthy new owner of Haunted Gap, is building his dream home for he and his young bride, Rebecca. Carlyle discovers a hidden room in the basement and comes across the corpse of “The Maiden”, a form the evil entity takes to seduce and trick people into doing its bidding.

A very pregnant Rebecca Allen visits Haunted Gap for the first time. Rebecca becomes exposed to poison from “The Maiden,” leading to a trip to the clinic where she meets Maggie Four Claws and Dr. Sally Manning. Realizing that Rebecca has been marked by the Ghost witch, she contacts her grandmother Opal for help and to alert the clans.

Maggie manages to convince both Rebecca Allen and Dr. Manning that she and the babies are danger, not only from the Ghost Witch, but from her husband Carlyle as well. As Dr. Manning races to get Rebecca to safety, the Ghost Witch causes an accident, allowing Carlyle to kidnap Rebecca in order to sacrifice her and the children to “The Maiden.”

Meanwhile, Maggie Four Claws, Grandma Opal, and the rest of the clans move into action to hunt down and banish the Ghost Witch. But, will they find the evil in time enough to destroy it and save Rebecca and her babies?

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About the Author

Ian Conner is retired and spent most of his adult life as a Marine and Army Infantry Sergeant. Now living near San Diego California with his wife Bonnie, a cellist, and their two dogs, Cookie and Isabella. Conner spends his days fostering kittens, gardening, crafting beautiful stained glass and creating worlds on the page.

Conner has authored several other novels:

Cooper’s Ridge – Science Fiction

The Long Game – Political Thriller

The Price of Partisanship – Political Thriller

Solaris – Political Thriller

Griffins Perch – Epic Fantasy

Ghost Witch –  Horror

After a lifetime of destruction, the thought of creating something tangible and lasting holds great appeal.  He finds writing a cathartic way to redefine himself both in his eyes and the eyes of others.

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Friday, October 28, 2022

Fountain Dead Cover Reveal

 

I am thrilled to share this beautiful new cover of the upcoming audiobook edition of Fountain Dead by Theresa Braun! 


Fountain Dead

Expected Publication Date: Fall 2022

Genre: Mature YA/ Paranormal/ Ghost Story

Mark is uprooted from his home and high school in the Twin Cities and forced to move with his family into a Victorian in Nowhere-ville. Busy with the relocation and fitting in, Mark’s parents don’t see what’s unfolding around them—the way rooms and left behind objects seem alive with a haunted past. Of course, Mark keeps his ghostly encounters to himself, all the while sinking deeper into the house’s dark, alluring, and ultimately terrifying history. As romantic entanglements intensify, the paranormal activity escalates. Past and present come together. Everything is connected—from the bricks in the walls to the hearts beating in their chests, all the secrets of Fountain Dead are finally unearthed.

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About the Author

Theresa Braun has a Master’s degree in English literature and lives in South Florida where she has been teaching literature and writing for over 20 years. Traveling, ghost hunting, and all things dark are her passions (when she is not coming up with romantic subplots). She has presented at HWA conferences, as well as Utah Quills Conferences. Her published works include both novels and short stories that have appeared in various horror fiction publications. In 2018, she was included in a Best Speculative Fiction anthology.

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Defilement Review Spotlight

 

Welcome to the book tour for Defilement, a terrifying collection of short stories by Jesse Nolan Bailey! Even the cover will give you nightmares!


Defilement, with it's deliciously dark and twisted cover is a collection of horrific short stories that are absolutely perfect for reading in the dark and for reading on the spookiest night of the year - Halloween. Readers and lovers of the dark and twisted are sure to enjoy this novel as the author explores storylines that will be sure to give some...nightmares. 

Defilement by Jesse Nolan Bailey is packed with short stories and the various warnings of the "fears" that they might instill in some readers. So, reader beware, you're in for a shock. LOL!

Each story that you find in this book is going to be uniquely dark and twisted. I would have liked it a bit more, but we can't freak everyone all the way out all the time now can we? LOL! 

The first story is sure to creep out those who enjoy digging. You know, digging for buried treasure, mysterious finds deep in the ground, or just...bones. There are some really twisted supernatural elements to this story. You get the calm before the storm, (both figuratively and literally) before the danger really ramps up. I'd have liked a bit more build-up, but the story definitely kept me engaged. 

The author targets various things in his stories and really brings them to life in dark and twisted ways. Some will leave you wondering what happened next. I know I was thinking it! The evilness of some of the characters as well had me devouring the book, but also raised several questions at the same time. Don't worry though, with some of them, the author answers the questions.

These stories are sure to give you chills, thrills, and second-guessing doing some of the seemingly "innocent" actions that some of the characters in these stories take.

I'm an avid devourer of most things horror, and while I enjoyed these stories, I felt that they could have given more. For those reasons, I'm rating this twisted collection of stories 4 out of 5 stars.

Thank you to the author, Jesse Nolan Bailey, and R&R Book Tours for the opportunity to read and review this book.

DEFILEMENT and Other Stories

Publication Date: October 10th, 2022 (Exclusively through Barnes and Noble)

Genre: Horror/ Short Story Collection (TWs will be provided before each story)

A boy and his father find impossible fossilized bones in their backyard…The disturbing contents and origin of a mysterious magazine conjure paranoia…Neighbors welcome a new couple by bragging about a miracle doctor who works from his garage…Memories from childhood fail to reconcile an old photo featuring an unidentified cryptid…Archaic gym equipment proves treacherous…A teen boy is plunged into a nightmarish realm known as Eden…

In these six stories, evil abounds, ready to defile.

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About the Author

Enthralled by the magic that written stories contain, Jesse Nolan Bailey has always wanted to be an author. With his debut novel, THE JEALOUSY OF JALICE, and his shorter fiction, AMETHYST, released to the masses, he can now claim such title with relief. He lives in Durham, North Carolina, where he has embraced the equally gratifying lifework of hosting a trio of spoiled cats and two mini-aussies.

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Thursday, October 27, 2022

The Mystery of the Tea Cup Quilt Review Spotlight

 

If you prefer mystery over scares during the spooky season, then you'll want to check out this new cozy mystery by Jodi Allen Brice, The Mystery of the Tea Cup Quilt! Read on for more details!


 The Mystery of the Tea Cup Quilt is the first book in Jodi Allen Brice’s new series – Harland Creek Mystery Quilters. This cozy mystery novel is packed with engaging characters, a mystery that will keep you page-turning to the end, and a goat that you are absolutely going to love. This book’s absolutely gorgeous cover is just the icing on the cake when it comes to this fun story and I just know that fans of cozy mystery novels will not want to miss out on this novel.

The Mystery of the Tea Cup Quilt is the first book that I have read by Jodi Allen Brice, but I know that it will not be the last. I’m already looking forward to more of the Harland Creek Mystery Quilters. These ladies are so much fun, and while Dove isn’t necessarily my favorite character, I enjoyed reading her story.

Dove has fallen into a less-than-desirable situation. One minute, she’s happy and successful, then next she’s down on her luck because someone she trusted scammed her. Now, she’s returned home to try and rebuild her life. Too bad the local busybody has no intentions of letting Dove live a peaceable life. When Dove pops off at the mouth of the woman, things go south fast. What makes things worse is when said busybody ends up dead. Prime suspect? Dove. Living in a small town is about to get really messy.

I absolutely devoured this book. I enjoy cozy mystery novels and this one was a lot of fun to read. Dove isn’t taking things lying down when she’s accused of murdering a woman she was seen arguing with just hours before. Of course, Dove isn’t going to let out that she was also threatened by the now-deceased. But living in a small town, the rumor mill has already churned out a litany of rumors and it has spread far and wide. What’s Dove to do now?

Dove isn’t alone in her investigation. She has a lot of help from her mom, and the quilting ladies as well. There is quite a bit of humor sprinkled throughout this book, as well as a misunderstanding or three. Everyone is a suspect, well...except for Petunia...the goat. LOL! This small town is full of secrets, and it would seem that the victim knew quite a few – both true and false.

Dove is an interesting character, but, in order to keep her true to life, she’s flawed. Very flawed. Sometimes I couldn’t help thinking that Dove wasn’t all that bright in certain situations. I say that because she’d push out certain pieces of information or try to act indignant with the Sheriff only to get herself into trouble. You can honestly tell she doesn’t think certain things through before opening her mouth. Honestly, though, it adds a layer of humor to the story.

The diversity of the characters adds another layer of enjoyment to this story. While most of the ladies are older, they are still pretty spry and quick-witted. There are some that will stand out more in your mind, and ones that will quickly become your favorites. Regardless of the fact that she’s a goat, Petunia is probably one of my favorite characters. She’s definitely one that you want with you when you go sleuthing. LOL!

The author perfectly captures Harlan Creek as a small town in the south. You have the trailer park, the eccentric characters, the people just passing through, the church potlucks, and, the most important element, the rumor mill. So many elements come together to really bring this book to life and it all works together beautifully.

When it comes to mystery novels, I’m always trying to figure out who the killer is. Well, the author kept me wondering up to the last few chapters. I loved it. I know that my fellow readers are going to enjoy guessing who the killer is and their motive. There will be no lack of suspects, but as we all know, only one can be guilty. Simply not liking a person or being seen arguing with them is enough evidence.

From beginning to end the author succeeds in writing a complete story that will engage you all the way through. The author pays close attention to detail and puts in just enough in the right places. It’s easy to imagine the small town and get that small-town feel. Your imagination will conjure up images of Harland Creek, Mississippi, and have you wishing that you could see the beautiful quilts mentioned for yourself.

Readers of cozy mysteries, this book is an absolute must-read. I can’t wait for the next book in this series. There are hints of romance to come and I’m here for it all. I also can’t wait to get more of Petunia. LOL!

I’m rating this book 5 out of 5 stars. I wholeheartedly look forward to the next book in this series. But, while I wait (since none will be out until next year) I’ll check out some of the author novels that this author has written. Since the Christmas holidays are quickly approaching Christmas in Harland Creek sounds like a good place to start and get you into the holiday spirit.


Thank you to the author, Jodi Allen Brice, and R&R Book Tours for the opportunity to read and review this book.  


The Mystery of the Teacup Quilt (Harland Creek Mystery Quilters)

Publication Date: September 5th

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Hi! I’m Dove Agnew, former successful dress designer who was living the high life in New York, until my sleazy business partner used my business to move his drugs, leaving me to pack my ruined reputation and move back home to the tiny town of Harland Creek.

Despite the setback, all was going relatively well until I found Gertrude Brown’s body on the floor of my mom’s quilt shop. Now, rumors are flying and all eyes are on me. I’m a murder suspect! Even my ex-boyfriend, the current chief of police, is suspicious of me.

Now, it’s up to me to clear my name and find out who the real killer is before someone else gets hurt. But I’m going to need help, and the Harland Creek Quilters, and a goat named Petunia, are just the group to get things done.

Welcome to the new series set in the beloved town of Harland Creek.

With the quilting club ladies and a sidekick, which happens to be a goat, this book will keep you guessing and laughing out loud!

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Excerpt

I thought no one knew my secret. But I was wrong.

Yesterday, Gertrude Brown had come into the quilt shop demanding that I finish her quilt in one day. I’d never liked that old lady. She was as mean as a snake and cruel just for sport. I had let my anger get the best of me and let Gertrude have a piece of my mind. My mom had been horrified and the two customers in the store had gaped.

I immediately regretted my action and tried to apologize, but Gertrude stormed out of the store. My guilt had me staying late after the quilt shop closed to try to finish her quilt as a peace offering. I should have known better. There would never be any peace between Gertrude Brown and me.

Things went from bad to worse when Gertrude burst into the quilt shop after Mom had left. Gertrude told me she knew about my secret in New York. She said she would not hesitate to tell the whole town I was a criminal if I didn’t finish quilting her Tea Cup quilt that night. Gertrude was the cruelest woman in Harland Creek, bent on making everyone miserable if she didn’t get her way.

I laid my head on the steering wheel and groaned. “Why didn’t I just keep my big mouth shut?”

A knock on my car window jolted me back to the cruel reality of where I was.

I frowned at the plump older woman with mousy brown hair styled in a bowl cut. She shoved her vintage silver glitter cat eye glasses up on the bridge of her nose and squinted at me. She was wearing a tight purple tracksuit in the middle of summer. The stress lines around her mouth and forehead made me think she was in her late fifties.

I went to press the button to roll down the window, then remembered I was no longer in my Lexus convertible.

Grimacing, I remembered the Ford’s windows couldn’t be rolled down without turning the engine back on. I didn’t want to deal with another fart of smoke so I opened the door.

Yes?” I asked.

You must be Dove Agnew. You’re Mildred’s daughter, aren’t you?” The woman’s mouth shot up in a wide grin, making her cheeks look big and rosy. “I could tell by the eyes. No one has eyes like Mildred.”

I cringed at the sound of my birth name but then forced a smile. It had been a while since anyone called me Dove.

I am.”

I’m Patricia Earle. I work with your mom. She hired me a few months ago to help in the quilt shop. I was off these last few days to take care of Mother. She schedules all her doctor’s appointments the same week and I have to drive her.” Her smile faltered. “Mildred said you’d be working here, too.”

I sighed and nodded slowly. “Yes. Mom asked me to help with the quilting orders. Seems like summer is a busy few months for her.”

Patricia looked a little pale around the lips. “So, you will not be running the register? I was afraid you were going to replace me.” She extracted an inhaler from the pocket of her tracksuit, put it to her mouth and took a deep pull.

I frowned. “Are you okay?” The last thing I needed was to be giving a strange woman CPR.

She nodded and then let out the breath. “Yes. I have asthma. My mom told me I don’t need to get all worked up and upset over nothing.”

Your mom is right.”

She’s always telling me what to do. I live with her.” She gave me a slight smile. “Like you and Mildred.”

My smile slid off my face. “It’s only temporary.” Like me, staying in Harland Creek was temporary.

She smiled. “That’s what I said. But it’s been ten years since I moved back home, and I’m still living with my mom. I’ll see you inside.” She gave a little finger wave and walked into the quilt shop.

It was my first week back at Mom’s quilt shop, and I already felt like I was suffocating.

I glanced at my reflection in the rearview mirror. The double braid I had fashioned my blonde hair into was starting to frizz in the Mississippi heat. I blinked. Patricia had been right.

No one had ice blue eyes like my Mom, except me.

Instead of wallowing in my self-pity, I climbed out of my car and grabbed my Christian Louboutin bag, the only expensive thing I still owned, and made my way to the shop.

The honeysuckle that wrapped around the side of the building hung heavy in the air. A smile escaped my lips, reminding me of sweet memories of how as a child, I’d pluck the blossoms and suck on the nectar.

A bead of sweat trickled from my neck down my back. I had sold a lot of my expensive clothes back in New York and my wardrobe was severely limited. Thankfully I’d borrowed a T-shirt of Mom’s and my denim shorts to help stay cool while I quilted. While the shop had air conditioning, the room where I worked was the hottest in the building.

I swiped my brow with the back of my hand and opened the door to the quilt shop.

Patricia had already switched the window sign to Open and had turned on all the lights. The scent of fabric welcomed me inside the shop as I made my way toward the back room where the long arm machine was.

The phone rang, and Patricia immediately answered. “Mildred’s Quilt Shop, where the sewing magic happens. How may I help you?”

I headed to the back room and put my purse under the counter where my mom kept the coffee maker beside the usual tray of pastries that her quilting buddies would bring by.

My mom poked her head out of the office. “Good morning, Dove. I was hoping you’d get here earlier so you can work on Gertrude Brown’s quilt. She left two messages on the answering machine after we closed. After that terrible row between you two, I think it best if we go ahead and finish her quilt.” Mom let out a heavy sigh.

I’m sorry about what I said to her yesterday. I know it’s not good for business to be yelling at customers. No matter how demanding they are.” I gave her a pained smile.

Well, she had it coming. No one has ever stood up to her in this town.” Mom shook her head. “I swear this is the last time I’m ever quilting for her.”

I poured myself a cup of black coffee and walked over to her. “I finished her quilt last night.”

My mom’s eyebrows shot up in surprise. “You what?”

I stayed up half the night so I could finish it. I even completed the binding.”

Mom gaped. “That’s the quickest quilting job I’ve ever seen.”

I wasn’t going to stay late, but after what happened yesterday, I felt it best to get it done.” I left out the part about Gertrude trying to blackmail me.

Mom stood up and her eyebrows knit together in a frown. “That woman is so demanding. And mean as a snake to boot.” She lifted her chin. “You should have just made her wait. I would have if she had talked to me that way.”

I took a sip of my coffee and averted my eyes. “I didn’t mind,” I lied. I minded a lot.

Mom pressed her lips together in a thin line. “That woman thinks she runs Harland Creek. I don’t like people like that.”

Neither do I. Want me to call to tell her to come get her quilt?” I looked at her.

Let me see it first. I don’t want to give that old bat something to criticize.” Mom set her mug of coffee down on the counter and followed me out of the office.

Knock, knock!” The woman I recognized as Elizabeth Harland, walked into the back of the shop. Gray, short hair curtaining a face with kind, yet strong features, Elizabeth Harland was a steel magnolia. She sought comfort over fashion and worked hard for a living. She wore blue jeans and a floral blouse with black orthopedic shoes with white socks. “I brought goodies. Homemade lemon bars. My grandmother’s recipe.” She held up the decorative platter covered in cellophane.

Elizabeth Harland was one of Mom’s quilting group. She was widowed, ran her own flower farm with a young woman named Heather, and the town was named after her ancestors. She preferred muumuus when she worked her farm and was a wonderful cook.

Mom walked over to give her friend and fellow quilting buddy a hug. “Elizabeth, you shouldn’t have. But I’m glad you did.” She turned to me. “You remember my daughter, Dove?”

Elizabeth gave me a bright smile. “Of course, I do. Hello, Dove. So nice to have you back in Harland Creek.”

I smiled in spite of myself. “Thank you, Mrs. Harland. I’m here to help Mom get caught up on her long arm quilting.”

That’s right. You’re quite the seamstress.” She walked over and placed the platter of sweets next to the coffee. “And please call me, Elizabeth. I hope you’ll join us for our quilting bee. We’d love to have the help. We have to finish hand quilting a quilt of valor for one of the residents at the nursing home.”

How kind of you. But I don’t know if you’ll want me quilting with you ladies. I’m better at long arm quilting than hand quilting.”

I doubt that.” Elizabeth gave me a wink. “Have you had time to finish a quilt yet? I’d love to see it.”

Then you got here in time. She finished Gertrude’s last night. Fastest quilting job I’ve ever seen.” Mom shook her head.

I heard she made some kind of coffee pot quilt.” Elizabeth wrinkled her nose.

I let out a laugh. “Actually, it’s a tea cup quilt. She appliqued fabrics in the shape of tea cups and tea pots onto her blocks.”

Sounds pretty. Which is unlike Gertrude.” Elizabeth groused.

Oh, it is pretty. She even added folded vintage women’s handkerchiefs under each tea cup. She sewed a seam around the whole handkerchief so it wouldn’t open. The effect was pretty, but it made it difficult to quilt through the extra layers.”

If she were going to do that, she should have just cut the handkerchief in half.” Elizabeth quipped.

I totally agree, and I told her that. Her response was to shut up and sew it the way she wanted.”

Mom gasped. “Dove, you should have called me. I don’t let anyone talk to my employees, let alone, my daughter like that.”

I heard you gave Gertrude quite an earful yesterday.” Elizabeth grinned.

Ugh. I guess it’s all over town. I was hoping to avoid that.” I buried my face in my hands.

Ha! That old bird had it coming.” Elizabeth lifted her chin. “Hopefully you won’t have to deal with her again.”

I took another sip of my coffee. “I hope not. Come on, I’ll show you the finished product.”

Mom and Elizabeth followed me into the next room, where we kept the quilt orders written on a whiteboard. There was a wall of built-in shelves where we kept the pieced quilts to be quilted, as well as the finished quilts waiting to be picked up.

I flicked on the switch and immediately screamed. A body, with lifeless eyes stared up at me.
Lying in the middle of the white linoleum floor was Gertrude Brown.

Dead.

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About the Author

Jodi Allen Brice is a USA Today best-selling author and has written numerous books under a different pen names. Under Jodi Allen Brice she writes fiction, small town clean and sweet romance and cozy mystery.

She transitioned away from paranormal romance in the year 2020 when the virus hit and currently writes  under Jodi Allen Brice.

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October 25th

@thechronicfangirl (Review) https://www.instagram.com/thechronicfangirl/

@margiebythebookcase (Review) https://www.instagram.com/margiebythebookcase/

Breakeven Books (Spotlight) https://breakevenbooks.com

Lisa Everyday Reads (Spotlight) https://lisaevrydayread.wordpress.com/

October 26th

Latisha’s Low-Key Life (Review) https://latishaslowkeylife.com/

@happily_undignified (Review) https://www.instagram.com/happily_undignified/

@gryffindorbookishnerd (Review) https://www.instagram.com/gryffindorbookishnerd/

@therealnerdymom (Review) https://www.instagram.com/therealnerdymom/

Reads & Reels (Spotlight) http://readsandreels.com

October 27th

@caffeinatedbibliophilia (Review) https://www.instagram.com/caffeinatedbibliophilia/

Kam’s Place (Review) https://www.superkambrook.com/

Bunny’s Reviews (Review) https://bookwormbunnyreviews.blogspot.com

Book Reviews by Taylor (Review) https://www.bookreviewsbytaylor.com/

October 28th

@its_b.e.l.l.e (Review) https://www.instagram.com/its_b.e.l.l.e/

@infinite.readlist (Review) https://www.instagram.com/infinite.readlist/

Misty’s Book Space (Review) http://mistysbookspace.wordpress.com

Stine Writing (Spotlight) https://christinebialczak.com/

 

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