Monday, June 27, 2016

Blog Tour/Giveaway!! Black Five, by Lynn Bailey

Welcome to the Black Five Blog Tour,
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For my stop, I'm featuring an 
excerpt with mini-review!  
There's a tour-wide giveaway 
involved, so good luck!! 

Black Five
(Black Blood Chronicles, Book 1)
Lynn Bailey
Hardcover, 416 pages
Poorhouse Publishing
March 1, 2016
Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult Fiction

 No one ever accused Penelope Jackson of being normal, nor did they suspect the dark secret she kept. A dangerous web of deceit and secrecy unravels when news of a stranger’s death puts Penn on a collision course with the very person she’s been hiding from her whole life. Her fragile world is shaken to its core with the sudden arrival of Vacavious and she soon discovers the bizarre and magical world surrounding her seemingly ordinary life.
No one is who they claim to be, including those closest to Penn. A mysterious security detail emerges from the shadows, scrambling to protect her as powerful forces await the fall of her protective veil on her eighteenth birthday.
Penn prepares to fight against unseen evils before it’s too late. The world of Nighmerianotte and its population depends on her survival, for she is the Sanguine.

This short review is of the excerpt below, NOT the entire book. I only do this type of thing if I REALLY like a book, and that's the case here!

This excerpt certainly has me very intrigued! I've been trying to figure out just what issue these mysterious council members are dealing with, and am still pretty much in the dark. From what I can gather, the immortal child being referred to here is very important to their people. She is called 'The Sanguine', and belongs to an undetermined bloodline, but, of course, I have no idea what this all means, except that it sounds like Penn, the main character, must be more powerful than she has ever realized in her entire life!
I love how the author sets the scene. It's rather spooky, with all the pounding rain, the candlelight, the roaring fireplace, and the fact that this meeting is probably highly secret. There's also a high sense of anticipation about the mysterious Sanguine...
In short, I need to get this book and read it just as soon as I possibly can!! Maybe I'll win a copy!!

Lothario's eyes narrow as he pauses to stare at the next birth credence. The rain pounds against the oval-shaped, stained-glass windows of the observatory. Thunder ricochets within the castle walls as several as several massive torches hanging from the stones illuminate Abram and Lothario, causing their shadows to dance upon the stone floor.

"The rain has not ceased in days," Abram says in an agitated voice. He puts his oil pen down and rubs his eyes as he waits for Lothario to read the next birth credence. When he doesn't, Abram turns, annoyed, to see Lothario staring intently at a piece of parchment. "Lothario?" he urges his colleague. "What is it?"

"Bloodline undetermined," Lothario whispers as he looks to Abram. "Could this be it? How is this possible?" Excitement gathers in his voice.

Abram seizes the parchment from his colleague and holds it to the candlelight. He places his reading glasses on his nose and reads, "Immortal child, 005 - 006. Oh...." His breath catches as he scans the rest of the report. "Born on the thirty-first of October, 1994, to an unknown Salvatore de Luca, mortal, and Annalisa San Angelo, witch. Assigned sentry: JoAnne Gemello. Bloodline...." he gasps, "undetermined." His voice lowers to a whisper as he looks to his colleague with pure exhilaration, like a child witnessing magic for the first time. "Call Giuseppe. We must assemble the other members immediately..... Finally, our Sanguine has come."

The five members of the Demi gather at one end of the long, rectangular table in the dining hall of Relyett Castle. Rain relentlessly strikes the tall, inset windows, intoning a menacing tune. A colossal fireplace, composing most of the wall at one end of the dining hall, illuminates the surrounding stones with a soft touch of orange. Some statues of distinguished species sit above its giant mantle: vampire, witch, sentinel, and warlock. Unmoving and sinister they watch, tracking all with their eyes.

"We seem to have a hard time protecting our Five in Nighmerianotte. Now a black blood? This is a first. We have never tried this. It seems to me, this is our only alternative." Abram strokes his beard with the palm of his hand. His bushy eyebrows animate his every expression as his frizzy, long, brown, unkempt hair lies messily around his shoulders. His short stature exudes his humble confidence.

Giuseppe removes his reading glasses and says, "It is law. We cannot remove an immortal child from the sentry if the biological mother signs the credence. The parents know what is best for the child."

"Highest. With all due respect, I think this is an extremely poor choice. It is simply a matter of time before he finds her. What if history repea---"

Giuseppe ignores Olly's pleas. "Nyah, the protective spell, is it ready?"

"Yes, Highest." Nyah nods.

Olly tries to hold his tongue but speaks anyway. "Highest?"

"I know what she is, Olly," Giuseppe says.

"I apologize for my insolence, Highest, but?" Olly pleads in one final attempt to convince the leader of Nighmerianotte. 

Giuseppe's eyes narrow as they slowly look toward Olly. "Abram. Retrieve the sentry and bring her to us. Olly, let us prepare to take possession of the Five in the customary manner. She will be here soon." His eyes leave a sulking Olly and move to Lothario. "Lothario, contact Church and let him know we will meet the Detail at portal number two with the child. Being a black blood, she should have no issue getting through the portal to the mortal world." He glances back to the credence and announces, "It is time." Giuseppe's brow furrows as the takes the birth credence in his long, narrow fingers.

Chimes echo through the castle, indicating the presence of someone at the door. "They are here." A loud ricochet of thunder rattles the chandeliers above as the Demi members glance up in surprise. The rain and thunder relentlessly beat a merciless tune, haunting and sad.

Giuseppe turns and walks to the roaring fire behind them. "This," he whispers to his peers and confidants, "shall remain a secret until she comes of age."

He tosses the birth credence into the fire and watches it burn. "The Black-Blood Sanguine. The Five." 


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Friday, June 24, 2016

Book Blogger Hop No. 56: Preferred Blog Following Method

Welcome to the Book Blogger Hop,
hosted by Billy @

For more information, click HERE.

What to Do

1.) Post on your blog answering this week's

What is your preferred method
of following blogs?

(submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews)

2.)  Enter the link to your post in the
Linky list on Billy's blog.

3.)  Visit other blogs on the list and
comment on their posts. 

4.)  Be sure to find out next week's
question when you visit
Ramblings of a Coffee-Addicted Writer!

My Answer

I do have a preference for the GFC widget, just because I use the Blogger platform, and this method is very visible. Not all blogs use this widget, obviously; in their infinite wisdom, Almighty Google decided to limit it to  Blogger blogs only. Despite rumors that it was on the way out, though, it's still available for those bloggers who still want to use it, provided they use the Blogger platform.

For  book bloggers who like to participate in tours, the GFC widget is a good indicator of how many readers are interested in a particular blog. At least, it seems that way, because not all the people whose faces appear in the widget actually are active on the blogs they 'follow'.  Still, blog tour companies do use the number of GFC followers in deciding whether or not they will accept a given blog as a tour host. So I do think, despite the discrepancy between followers and actual blog comments, that this widget is pretty useful -- for joining blog tours only, though. 

My second favorite method is Bloglovin'. This method has the advantage of letting you see what your followed blogs are up to, just by checking your reading list. You can go there and easily catch up with your favorite blogs. Plus, you get email notifications every time your followed blogs publish new posts. Some people might find this annoying, however. I can understand this, too, as I don't follow blogs with the email following option myself. My inbox gets lots of emails at it is! I do provide this option to my readers, though, because I know there are those who do prefer it.

My third favorite method is Linky Followers, although I see that many people don't actually use it that much. I don't see why, since this is a nice alternative to the GFC widget, for bloggers who use other blogging platforms, such as Wordpress or Tumblr.

Two social media sites I also like to be followed and to follow with are Twitter and Google +. I also like Goodreads. Along with these, I used to include a button for Facebook in my sidebar, but no longer do so. That's because I'm REALLY ticked off at Facebook!! And here's why....

I have an FB fan page for A Night's Dream of Books, and I would regularly publish new blog posts on it, just like I do now on Twitter. Well, I used to get as many as 100 views per post, even though I had more fans than that. Still, I thought that was pretty good. Then one day, out of the blue, I noticed that I was only getting 9 to 11 views per post!!  When I did a Google search on this, I found out that FB had altered their algorythm, and also were expecting people with fan pages to PAY to promote their page AND posts!!  If they didn't, then their posts would not appear in as many feeds as before. I now have more than 1,000 fans, but so what? I stopped posting to that page because of the low viewership. Why go to all that trouble if only a handful of people are going to see my posts? And, whenever I DID promote posts in the past, I had no way of knowing if FB was sending them to people who would REALLY be interested in such posts, instead of just a random collection of people.

So Facebook is definitely NOT one of my preferred following methods, in regards to social media. If I were a famous, bestselling author, of course I would be able to afford to promote my posts, as well as my fan page. But I'm just a poor blogger, at this point in time. Let's see if inspiration hits out of the

Since I don't encourage people to follow my blog with FB, that means I don't follow other blogs with FB, either. 

I will always follow other blogs with GFC, Bloglovin', Twitter, Linky Followers, and Google +, but my overwhelming favorite is the GFC widget.   

What are your thoughts?
Please leave a comment,
and I'll go check out your post!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday No. 168: Stealing Snow, by Danielle Paige

This is a weekly event hosted by
It showcases future releases which
we book bloggers
are eagerly anticipating!!

Here's my choice for this week!

 Stealing Snow
(Stealing Snow, Book 1)   
Hardcover  304 pages 
Bloomsbury USA Children's
September 27, 2016
Fantasy, Fairy Tale Retellings,
Romance, Young Adult Fiction

Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent the majority of her life within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, a high security mental hospital in upstate New York. Deep down, she knows she's not crazy and doesn't belong there. When she meets a mysterious, handsome new orderly and dreams about a strange twisted tree she realizes she must escape and figure out who she really is.

Using her trusting friend Bale as a distraction, Snow breaks free and races into the nearby woods. Suddenly, everything isn't what it seems, the line between reality and fantasy begins to blur, and she finds herself in icy Algid--her true home--with witches, thieves, and a strangely alluring boy named Kai, none of whom she's sure she can trust. As secret after secret is revealed, Snow discovers that she is on the run from a royal lineage she's destined to inherit, a father more powerful and ruthless than she could have imagined, and choices of the heart that could change the fate of everything...including Snow's return to the world she once knew.

This breathtaking first volume begins the story of how Snow becomes a villain, a queen, and ultimately a hero.

Why I'm waiting on this one!

Here's another retelling to love! This one is obviously a very imaginative version of the story, "The Snow Queen". I ADORE retellings especially if they involve fairy tales, so I need to add this one to my collection!! Besides, it was written by the author of Dorothy Must Die Need I say more?

What do you think of my choice?
Leave your link below, so I can
come check out your pick(s)!