75$ Amazon GC Giveaway: Sky’s End by Lesley Young

I have a weakness for sci-fi books with cool heroines, so here I am again with another blog tour and this time it’s for the intriguing Sky’s End by author Lesley Young.

By the way, Lesley will be awarding a $75 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour. Woot. Checkitout.

Sky's End

About the book

A secret she must never share. A secret that two warring species are determined to control. A universe’s future at stake.

Twenty-year-old Cassiel Winters joins Earth’s new space academy in hopes of finding her brother, one of Command’s top pilots and her only family, who’s been reported MIA. But she quickly realizes she may not be cut out for life in space, where female cadets are outnumbered, competition’s fierce, and she’s already failed her hand-to-hand combat test once.

Even the station’s most respected officer, Lt. Damian King, probably can’t help Cassiel pass the second time around – so why is he so interested in her progress? If only one of her freaky déjà vu visions would offer an answer instead of mysterious messages like hide.

When Cassiel’s manipulated into a perilous mission, she encounters a warrior species bred to protect the universe from an even greater threat. And she learns that her secret visions are at the heart of it all.

Now Cassiel must fight to control her own destiny and race to save her brother – even if it means pretending to be the pawn of Prime Or’ic, the cold-as-steel Thell’eon leader. Even if it means risking her life, facing hard truths, and making the ultimate sacrifice.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Cephrael’s Hand by Melissa McPhail

I read Cephrael’s Hand last year and really loved it. It’s a pretty long novel and may not appeal to everyone but it was one of the best I read that year and one of my all-time favorite fantasies. Every time I receive an email about blog tours for Melissa’s books, I’m always up for it because <3! :)

Now I was going to post a review of book two, The Dagger of Adendigaeth, today, but, alas, I won’t be able to since I decided to re-read Cephrael’s Hand first to refresh my memory. Hopefully I’ll have my review of book two up before the end of the tour. I bought the Kindle version of the book when it became available, but I fell in a seriouzly serious reading and blogging rut sometime after that so it’s been sitting in my iPad for AGES. This blog tour is just the perfect time for me to get back to this series, especially with book three coming out in October (OMG can’t wait!).

So – after all that babble – today I’ll be revisiting Cephrael’s Hand! Read on for my thoughts on the book and check out all the seriouzly cool stuff happening in this blog tour! There are prizes! The prizes are only two $50 Amazon gift cards and an autographed copy of Cephrael’s Hand after all. No biggie.

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$25 Book Blast: Up The Tower by J.P. Lantern

Author J.P. Lantern is celebrating the release of his new novel Up the Tower with a Super Book Blast by Goddess Fish Promotions!

The author will be awarding a backlist ebook copy to a randomly drawn winner at every stop during the tour and a Grand Prize of a $25 Amazon GC will be awarded to one randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter.

Click here to see the other tour stops!

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T-Shirt Thursday!

Woohoo, T-Shirt Thursdays are back! Rather, I finally made time to browse for graphic tees YAY. I haven’t been looking at tees for a while and I think it’s because I tell myself I need more girly stuff (read: dresses and nice blouses) and don’t need any more t-shirts. Not that I buy these things a lot, but looking at them and knowing I can’t or shouldn’t makes me cry. Hah. Anyway, I realized I can have more girly stuff AND more t-shirts, too. I just need to allocate my moolah carefully, right? AMIRITE? (Why do they spell it that way, by the way?)

Enough blabbering. On to the graphic tees!

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Spotlight & $100 Amazon Giveaway: I Can See You by Joss Landry

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I Can See You Blog Tour (Jul 28 – Aug 22)

I thought this book had an interesting story, that’s why I agreed to help out in the blog tour and host a guest post by the author. Check out the book and the guest post, and enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win $100 Amazon Gift Card or $25 Amazon Gift Card.

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Blog Tour: Beyond The Pale (A Fantasy and Paranormal YA Anthology)

BeyondThePale-coverWhen I received the invite for this blog tour, I just couldn’t resist. A fantasy anthology of short stories by bestselling writers the likes of Jim Butcher and Kami Garcia? Hellsyeah.

Today we have a guest post, “Prose Lessons by the Pros,” by the editor Henry Herz. If you’re a writer or want to be one, you have got to read this post. It’s chockfull of helpful tips! Also, check out an excerpt from one of the stories, The Children of the Shark God by Peter S. Beagle.

About the book

Beyond the Pale contains eleven fantasy/urban fantasy/paranormal short stories by award-winning and NY Times bestselling authors Saladin Ahmed (Throne of the Crescent Moon), Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn), Heather Brewer (Vladimir Tod), Jim Butcher (Dresden Files), Kami Garcia (Beautiful Creatures), Nancy Holder (Wicked), Gillian Philip (Rebel Angels), and Jane Yolen (Owl Moon).

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For more about the anthology or to pre-order the book, visit Birch Tree Publishing.

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Interview with Fantasy Author, Melissa McPhail

Melissa McPhail is launching the new cover of her book Cephrael’s Hand, the first book in the A Pattern of Shadow and Light series. I read it last year and loved it! This week we’re celebrating the new cover reveal with guest posts and a giveaway.

Read on to know more about the new cover, as well as Melissa’s thoughts on cover art. Then enter the giveaway at the end of this post!

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Guest Post & Cover Reveal: Cephrael’s Hand by Melissa McPhail (Part 2)

So this week we’re celebrating the new cover reveal of Cephrael’s Hand by Melissa McPhail. I read this book last year and loved it so much, so I was more than happy to join this week’s celebration!

Yesterday, I featured one of Melissa’s guest post about world-building. Today I’m sharing her other post about the three must-read series for fantasy buffs. Read on to see the post below and check out the new cover of the book! And of course, enter the giveaway!

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Guest Post & Cover Reveal: Cephrael’s Hand by Melissa McPhail (Part 1)

I read Cephrael’s Hand by Melissa McPhail last year and I absolutely loved it! That’s why I’m happy to participate in the new cover reveal for the book. To celebrate, Melissa’s having a week-long blog event with a giveaway!

As part of the cover reveal, the author also wrote two posts – one about world-building and one on three fantasy series. Read one of the guest posts below and check out the new cover of the book! Don’t forget to also check out the giveaway. :)

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August $299 Giveaway: Win a Kindle Fire, PayPal cash, or Amazon GC

Well, you know how much I love posting these giveaways. I’ve never won anything this big, but I don’t think my blog giveaway luck has run out yet. I mean, I just won a book in a giveaway hop a couple of weeks ago. One of these days I’ll hit the jackpot, right? AMIRITE? Hahhhh.

August Kindle 2014

Anyway, here’s the $299 Kindle Givaway for August hosted by I Am A Reader, who, incidentally, is also hosting a $100 Giveaway to celebrate reaching 100,000 followers on Facebook. Amazing, right?

Enter to win 1 of 2 prizes valued at $299. Winner can choose: a Kindle Fire HDX (US Only), an Amazon Gift Card or cold hard (Paypal) Cash!

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Music Monday: Bullet Dumas

Bullet-Dumas-headshotMan, I had this post drafted up months ago, but didn’t have (or make) time to finish it. Well, lookie, it’s finally up.

So, have I told you about this guy yet? Wait, I did. I wrote about this guy back in 2012 right after I saw him perform live for the first time. Well, guess what? He released his first EP a few months ago! Say it with me, YAYYYY.

Everytime I see this guy, one scene plays in my mind and it has nothing to do with music. Back in 2012, I went with Carpet Head and Team Pilipinas to Singapore for the Singapore Ultimate Open. I had with me Carpet Head’s fancy schmancy DSL camera with the paparazzi lens attached, this huge and super heavy long lens thing. During one of the games, Bullet executed an awesome Callaghan point and I failed to capture the moment with my big ass high tech camera! Big camera-woman fail on my end. I haven’t forgotten that.

Anyway, back to Monsieur Bullet and his music. His single Pssst!  has been on the airwaves for some time now. His music is also on iTunes, Amplify, Spotify, Soundcloud, and Bandcamp. Check check checkitout.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | InstagramSoundcloud | Bandcamp | iTunes

Okay, I was going to leave you with a Soundcloud player of one of his songs, but I couldn’t figure out how to embed the thing. Never mind! Go to Soundcloud and listen to some of Bullet’s music for FREE!

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This week’s pasta adventures. Or not.

Can you eat pasta for lunch for four days in a row? Well, apparently I can.

So, we Filipinos love to eat rice in almost every meal, right? I’m home all day, left to my own devices, so sometimes I do cook rice and sometimes I don’t (usually when I’m too lazy to thaw something from the freezer). Anyway, we ran out of rice and didn’t have time to hit the supermarket. I really don’t get out much on weekdays ’cause I’m supposed to be workin’ at home like a good work-at-home person (hah!). Luckily, I bought a bag of penne the last time we were at the grocery store. Hurray.

I decided to make the easiest thing – and the only pasta thing – I know how to make: tuna pasta!

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