Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Blog Tour and Giveaway: The Tale of Mally Biddle

The Tale of Mally Biddle by M.L. LeGette

When Mally Biddle agreed to spy upon the King of Lenzar and his overbearing knights she knew she was heading into danger. She didn't know she'd find a family unlike any other.

Posing as a servant in Bosc Castle, Mally serves tea and tends fires for the most dangerous men in the kingdom. Her goal is to learn the truth of what happened sixteen years ago, when the infant princess met her death ... a death that is surrounded by more questions than answers.

Along her search for the truth, Mally meets the energized Lita Stump, the strict and matriarchal Meriyal Boyd, and the opinionated Archibald Diggleby. Then of course there are the knights: Leon Gibbs who is slicker than a greased hog, Adrian Bayard, hot tempered and violent, and the worst of the lot: Sir Illius Molick, Captain of the Knights. And then there is Maud, a mysterious woman who just might know everything...

"To say I loved this book is an understatement. Mally is a wonderful character and she encounters so many quirky folks on her assignment. Very well written and engaging story! And an added bonus of a love triangle! I enjoyed it from beginning to end!! I will definitely be looking for more from this author!"
~April Holgate

Author Melissa LeGette
Melissa LeGette lives in Georgia where she helps run a family farm, so her nails are a fright. The Tale of Mally Biddle is her second novel.

My Thoughts:

This was a very fun, quick, and enjoyable read. Mally is a great character. It was a bit mild for my tastes, but that doesn't necessarily mean that it's a bad book. There is action, there is adventure, and there is a spunky, smart, yet sweet heroine. I think this would definitely be a great read for a younger reader! There's not much in the way of grown up things, even the deaths and such are kind of tame or only mentioned never showed. Again, not a bad thing..I just like my castles and knights a bit more slashy swoony..

Now do not get me wrong here! The writing was very good! It is a solid story if clean fiction/fantasy is what you like! If you are looking for a headstrong, independent female main character, then Mally is your girl. I would highly recommend this to a young person just starting to branch out into fantasy type of fiction!

All in all I wasn't disappointed. I just am used to a bit more mature action. I did very much enjoy it, even in spite of the lack of heavy bosoms and glistening man chests..

 Blog Tour Giveaway

$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

Ends 6/5/13

Tour Schedule

May 20th
I Am A Reader, Not A Writer – Interview
Crazy Four Books – Excerpt
Mariela O. Blogs – Review
Spellbindings – Excerpt
Bookmarks, Spoilers and Happily Ever After – Spotlight
Musings of a Blogder – Tens List

May 21st
Taking Time for Mommy – Excerpt
Bookworms’ Avenue – Guest Post
Whatever You Can Still Betray – Spotlight
Crafty Zoo with Monkeys – Guest Post
Lori’s Reading Corner – Guest Post

May 22nd
Pieces of Whimsy – Review & Fill in the Blank Interview
Scribbler’s Sojourn – Guest Post
Izz “Pingle” Bookish Place – Spotlight
Of Thoughts and Words – Review
Blkosiner’s Book Blog – Interview

May 23rd
Got Fiction? – Review
Getting Your Read On – Review
Word to Dreams – Spotlight
Laurie’s Thoughts & Reviews – Character Interview

May 24th
Froze8′s Blog – Vlog/Guest Post or Interview
Reader Girls – Review
Fantasy Books – Interview
Clean Teen Reads – Review
Books, DIY’s and Randomness – Review & Tens List or Guest Post

May 25th
Cuzinlogic – Interview
Book Broads – Review
From the Bootheel Cotton Patch – Spotlight

May 26th
Mythical Books – Review
Peace From Pieces – Interview
Deal Sharing Aunt – Spotlight

May 27th
Rogue Mission – Review
Suzy Turner, YA Author – Interview
Pretty Opinionated – Guest Post
Sweeping Me – Excerpt
A Blog Hop Place for Books – Spotlight

May 28th
The LUV*NV – Review
Pika Pages – Interview
Dustykatt’s Stuff – Review
Mel’s Shelves – Review
A Casual Reader’s Blog – Review

May 29th
Good Choice Reading – Interview
Tressa’s Wishful Endings – Review
Walking on Bookshelves – Review
Must Read Faster – Review
Author Cheri Schmidt – Excerpt

May 30th
Books, Owls & Tea – Guest Post
Emi Gayle – Interview
Fire & Ice – Review
My Devotional Thoughts – Review

May 31st
Immerse in a World of Fiction – Review & Interview
The Muse Unleashed – Review
Recent Reads – Review
FLY HIGH! – Interview
Witchmag’s Boekenplank – Review

mally biddle

Promo: Skeleton Key Guild

YA Urban Fantasy
Date Published: May 1, 2013

BOOK #5 in the Doorknob Society Saga
Her parents dead, her sister missing, and those she loves branded traitors to the Old Kind... Chloe Masters is on the run.

To fulfill a parent’s dying wish she will do anything to save the sister she has never met. Can she learn the secrets of the Artifacts before it’s too late? Surrounded by her friends; Slade, Edgar, Jess, Val and the man she loves James Nightshade, Chloe has never had so much to live for... but will her enemies let her?

Virtual Book Tour May 13 - June 14

May 13 - Reading Addiction Blog Tours - Meet and Greet
May 13 - Bookworms Avenue - PROMO
May 15 - A Chick Reading - Book #4 Review
May 17 - Sapphyria's Book Reviews - PROMO
May 18 -  Bookworm Lisa - Book #4&5 Reviews
May 19 - Ki0Lu & Mimi - PROMO
May 20 - Book Lovers Paradise - Book #5 Review
May 22 - Krystal's Enchanting Reads - PROMO
May 24 - The Book Eaters World - Guest Post/PROMO
May 25 - Wintry Words - PROMO
May 27 - Pink Fluffy Hearts - PROMO
May 29 - Must Read Faster - PROMO
May 30 - Lov Liv Life Reviews - PROMO
May 31 - Andi's YA Books - Interview/PROMO
June 3 - 
June 4 - My Cozie Corner- All Books Review
June 5 - Teen Blurb - Review All Boosk
June 6 - One Page at a Time - Review Book #1
June 7 - Bunny's Reviews - PROMO
June 10 - 
June 11 - The Writing Junkie - Review book #1
June 12 - Mom With a Kindle - PROMO
June 13 - Book-A-Holic- Book #4 & #5 Review
June 14 - RABT Reviews-  Review

M.J. Fletcher

Author Bio
MJ Fletcher is the creator of the comic book series Adam Zero: The Last Man of Earth published by Ronin Studios. He's also been published in Hope: The Hero Initiative and Digital Webbing Presents. The Doorknob Society series is his fist book series and he's thrilled about it. He lives near the beach with his wife, daughter, dog, and a crotchety cat.  

Contact Links
Twitter: @fletch125
Facebook: doorknobsociety

Links to Buy 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Armchair BEA Introduction

Hi there...What a greeting huh?
  1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? I'm Melissa. I'm a 32 year old weirdo from Alabama that tries to read a lot, watch a lot of tv (namely Supernatural, Castle, Elementary, and Dr. Who) and spends a LOT of time sitting at my laptop "being productive." I have been blogging since 2009, and I kind of just stumbled upon this. I google fu'd a book and stumbled on a book blog, and the rest is history.
  2.  Tell a random fact or something special about your current location. Feel free to share pictures.  I'm in Alabama..what is your definition of "special?" This is our state bird
  3. Have you previously participated in Armchair BEA? What brought you back for another year? If you have not previously participated, what drew you to the event?  I believe I participated last year. I just think it's grand! I've ALWAYS wanted to attend BEA, but never could get the chance or the cash. So this is like the next bestest thing, right?
  4. Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you. I am a virtual assistant. I specialize in helping awesome writers get their books out in the public's eye! I cannot write to save my life, but I LOVE books. Any way I can help get them in people's hands I'm going to do it! (well not illegal things but you get my drift.)
  5. Name your favorite blog(s) and explain why they are your favorite(s).  books i done read. read it. it's hilarious. you'll see.
  6. If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why? Stephen King. The guy either is completely nuts or he's a GENIUS. I think he's nuts.
  7. What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?  London. No reason. Just London.
  8. What is your favorite part about the book blogging community? The part where it's a community. Sometimes we can be like a giant fun family. Sometimes we can be dysfunctional and twitchy. It's awesomeballs!
     In conclusion...

Monday, May 27, 2013

Blog Tour: Sight Reading

Hardcover: 352 pages 
• Publisher: Harper (May 21, 2013)

 The critically acclaimed author of Russian Winter turns her “sure and suspenseful artistry” (Boston Globe) to the lives of three colleagues and lovers in the world of classical music. On a Boston street one warm spring day, Hazel and Remy spot each other for the first time in years. Although their brief meeting may seem insignificant, behind them lie two decades in which their life paths have crisscrossed, diverged, and ultimately interlaced. Remy, a gifted violinist, is married to the composer Nicholas Elko—once the love of Hazel’s life. It has been twenty years since Remy, an ambitious conservatory student; Nicholas, a wunderkind launching an international career; and his wife, the beautiful and fragile Hazel, first came together, tipping their collective world on its axis. As their story unfolds from 1987 to 2007, from Europe to America, from conservatory life to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, each discovers the surprising ways in which the quest to create something real and true—be it a work of art or one’s own life—can lead to the most personal of revelations. Lyrical and evocative, Sight Reading explores the role of art and beauty in everyday life, while unspooling a transporting story of marriage, family, and the secrets we keep, even from ourselves.

Daphne Kalotay is the author of the novel Russian Winter, which won the Writers’ League of Texas Fiction Award and has been published in twenty languages, and the fiction collection Calamity and Other Stories, which was short-listed for the Story Prize. A MacDowell fellow, Daphne holds a PhD in modern and contemporary literature and an MA in creative writing, both from Boston University, and has received fellowships from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, Yaddo, and the Bogliasco Foundation. She has taught literature and creative writing at Boston University, Skidmore College, Middlebury College, and Grub Street. Co-president of the Boston chapter of the Women’s National Book Association, she lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Visit her  website and Facebook page.

My Thoughts:
 Okay my review here will probably not do this book much justice! This novel is COMPLEX. It's got threads and threads of emotion and so much ...much. I cannot begin to describe how much this book just was awesome! It sucked me in and took hold of my mind for as long as there were words to read and pages to flip! It's about 352 pages of wonderfully flawed and emotionally powerful characters and story that makes you just delight in reading!

See I have this feeling that there are more in depth and more "wordy" reviews out there, but this
 is what I want you to take from this review...This book was beautifully written and just plain gorgeous. I cannot begin to tell you guys how surprised I was by how much I really enjoyed it! It packs and oomph that you just have to read yourself to experience! I really do recommend it!

Tour Schedule:

Tuesday, May 21st: Conceptual Reception
Wednesday, May 22nd: BookNAround
Monday, May 27th: Must Read Faster
Tuesday, May 28th: Wordsmithonia
Wednesday, May 29th: A Reader of Fictions
Thursday, May 30th: Good Girl Gone Redneck
Monday, June 3rd: Book Club Classics!
Tuesday, June 4th: Between the Covers
Wednesday, June 5th: A Bookish Way of Life
Thursday, June 6th: Tiffany’s Bookshelf
Monday, June 10th: Too Fond
Wednesday, June 12th: My Bookshelf
Thursday, June 13th: Joyfully Retired
Monday, June 17th: I Read a Book Once
Tuesday, June 18th: A Patchwork of Books
Wednesday, June 19th: guiltless reading

Announcing Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours Summer PROMOTIONS and GIVEAWAY!

Summer Giveaway PROMOTION
Announcing Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours Summer

Reading Addiction Blog Tours will is offering 15% Off to
All Authors who book a Tour this summer!
(Tours must start by August 31st)
Contact us HERE and mention the CODE WORD: SUMMER

Thank you to all of the Authors Participating in this Giveaway!

There are Links to Authors Websites, check out more Books from these Lovely Authors! Goodreads Links next to them go to their Goodreads page to read more about the books. (ones that have a page there that is)

Prize Pack #1 eBook Copies 
Fate War: Alliance by E.M. Havens  Goodreads
Contemporary Romance

Prize Pack #2 eBook Copies
New Adult
Young Adult/ New Adult

Prize Pack #3 eBook Copies
Young Adult/ New Adult
New Adult

Prize Pack #4 eBook Copies 
To Trust a Theif by Michelle McLean  Goodreads
Historical Romance
Women's Fiction
Romantic Suspense

Prize Pack #5 eBook Copies
Contemporary Romance
Contemporary Romance

New Adult

Prize Pack #6 Signed Paperback Copies
Mything You by Greta Buckle  Goodreads
Historical Romance
Illicit Love by Jane Lark  Goodreads
Historical Romance

Prize Pack #7 Signed Paperback Copies
Young Adult

Prize Pack #8 Signed Paperback Copies
Young Adult Paranormal/Fantasy
Young Adult Fantasy

Prize Pack #9 Signed Paperback Copies
Extreme Love by Abby Niles Goodreads
Contemporary Romance

Prize Pack #10 Signed Paperback Copies
 Sci/Fi Dystopian Romance
Paranormal Romance

Prize Pack #11 Signed Paperback Copies
Awakenings by Hally Willmott Goodreads
Young Adult Paranormal
Young Adult Paranormal

Young Adult Paranormal

Runner Up Prizes (Signed Book and Swag):
Devil May Care by Patricia Eimer  Goodreads
Paranormal Romance

Blog Tour: Murder at Castle Rock

As the manager and booking agent for Atlanta’s famous Castle Rock concert venue, Amelia “Ame” Grace is ready for the most exciting week of her career: she’s booked three shows and a live DVD-filming for the comeback tour of none other than the eighties Pop Rock Prince himself, Bobby Glitter! Before the rock star can take a bow on the first night, however, trouble steals the show as Castle Rock’s owner takes a deadly tumble from atop the venue’s rear tower. To make matters worse, the police suspect foul play—and all signs point to two of Castle Rock’s own employees. Ame is in a race against time to clear the names of her friends and uncover the truth before the killer decides it’s curtains for her too!

This book is the first in the Amelia Grace music industry thriller series and was the winner of the 2012 AJC Decatur Book Festival & BookLogix Publishing Services, Inc. Writing Contest.

Author Bio:
Aside from my friends and family, I’m passionate about two things: writing and live music. When I can bring the two together, my life feels complete. I hadn’t written fiction since 6th grade until 2011 (because, of course, I’d replaced this creative outlet with live music performance while I played the saxophone from 6th grade through the end of college). I was fortunate enough to win the 2012 AJC Decatur Book Festival & BookLogix Publishing Services, Inc. Writing Contest with my manuscript for “Murder At Castle Rock,” and as a result, the novel will be published in March 2013. Being published has been a dream of mine since I began writing stories about the Easter Bunny in kindergarten–so, needless to say, I am beside myself with joy over this opportunity! I am currently working on several other projects, including a sequel to “Murder At Castle Rock” and another mystery series that takes place in the art world.

My Thoughts:
Amelia is a vivid character with a real spark that makes you want to help her piece together what's caused her life to get tossed upside down. She's tough, smart, snarky, and fiercely loyal to her friends. She is almost instantly likable and easy to root for. What happens on the first night of Bobby Glitter's comeback show is horrible! She loses someone she considers a friend in such a strange way, that it causes her to slide into "Scooby Doo" mode.  I enjoy that when the going gets tough, she just gets tougher!

This book is intense and written so well that it's hard to put down! I may even have to say that this book was flaw-free! At one point I was sure I knew who was behind the murders, then nuh uh..not them..then oooh I know..rinse repeat! Awesome build of suspense and mystery! It had me flipping the pages through til the wee hours of the night. I like books a lot but I LOVE my sleep, so that should tell you something about this book!

From start to finish this book had me guessing! I was pretty much floored by the ending! I loved it! This is the start of a great series, featuring Amelia Grace and I will certainly be anticipating the next mystery!

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Tour Schedule:
May 27, 2013 - Must Read Faster
May 28, 2013 - Chloe Gets a Clue
May 29, 2013 - A Year of Jubilee Reviews
May 30, 2013 - Brooke Blogs
May 31, 2013 - Omnimystery
June 1, 2013 - A Blue Million Books
June 2, 2013 - The Broke Book Bank
June 5, 2013 - Read Your Writes


Friday, May 24, 2013

Nevermore Press Weekend Sale and Freebies!

 This weekend, Nevermore Press is hosting a super awesome sale! There's also a nice chunk of free books guaranteed to satisfy anyone's bookish cravings! Check out the selections below!

Free Links :
Daddy by Bryan W. Dull ~
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Sewer Drains & Lighthouses by Bryan W. Dull ~
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Unexpected Moments by Brandy Michelle~ 

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Delivery Disaster Delight by Brandy Michelle~
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ON SALE FOR $0.99:

Anastasia by Dawn White ~
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Anastasia's Surrender by Dawn White ~
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Wingless and Damned by Dawn White ~
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Wingless and Forsaken by Dawn White~
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Wingless and Cursed by Dawn White ~
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Wingless and Forgotten by Dawn White
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Book Blitz and Giveaway: In Darkness We Must Abide (With Added Note about Chat)

In Darkness We Must Abide: The Complete First Season by Rhiannon Frater
Genre: NA Modern Gothic Horror
Publication date:  May 24th 2013

In Darkness We Must Abide is the epic saga of one young woman caught in the dangerous world of the creatures of the night.

Already living in the shadows due to her albinism, Vanora is just a little girl when her older brother inadvertently unleashes a terrible evil from the family crypt that changes their lives forever.

As she grows up in a world where beautiful deadly beings hunt by night, one captures her eye and her heart. Yet, can she trust the mysterious Armando? For there is a powerful entity plotting to claim her when she reaches adulthood in order to fulfill an ancient prophecy, and her enemy has enveloped her in a web of deceit, casting doubt on all she believes to be true. Soon, she will have to fight not only to save those she loves, but also for her very soul.

Rhiannon Frater delivers a chilling adventure once again with this multi-part epic serial with a dynamic cast, old school vampires, bloody action, a smoldering forbidden love, and a terrifying villain set against the backdrop of a modern day vampire war.

This paperback includes all five episodes of the first season of the serial.

Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of over a dozen books, including the As the World Dies zombie trilogy (Tor) , as well as independent works such as The Last Bastion of the Living (declared the #1 Zombie Release of 2012 by Explorations Fantasy Blog and the #1 Zombie Novel of the Decade by B&N Book Blog),and other horror novels. Her next novel for Tor, Dead Spots, will be published in 2014. She was born and raised a Texan and presently lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and furry children (a.k.a pets).  She loves scary movies, sci-fi and horror shows, playing video games, cooking, dying her hair weird colors, and shopping for Betsey Johnson purses and shoes.

You can find her online at:
Website: &
Email: rhiannonfrater at

 A note from Rhiannon:
"On Friday, 5/24, I'll be doing two video Q & A's via the TinyChat application on Facebook. You'll just have to download the app and follow the link when I post it here. You'll be directed straight into the chat room. The first chat is scheduled with Europe in mind. 1 PM Central Time will place this chat in the early evening. You'll have to check a time zone converter for the exact time in your country. This also can work for people who work in the evenings in North America. The second one will be at 8 PM Central Time. Basically, I'll be on live webcam and you guys and gals get to ask me questions about IN DARKNESS WE MUST ABIDE or anything else you'd like to discuss about my writing career, my books, or the horror genre."

Promo and Guest Post: The Long Way

Young Adult


Published by BookRix: 5/19/2012

In a move that defies all logic and likelihood, a young boy named Spiff is called upon to carry
out the most important quest that has ever been undertaken. His mission drags him headlong
across the face of the world, through a veritable pantheon of hardships and threats that are at once
chilling and baffling. Along the way he meets dragons and madmen, and learns that the lovable
and the monstrous are two sides of the same coin.

Conceived as a darkly whimsical loose retelling of the Tolkien saga, The Long Way poses the
question that high fantasy rarely cares to ask: Why?

Aaron Redfern has been reading and writing fantasy since a time when he could count his age on his fingers. He went to Williams College and studied English, a language in which he was already proficient, and although he learned almost nothing from the English professors, dead poets and novelists taught him a great deal. While at college, he fell thoroughly in love with New England. He has decided never to leave and currently resides near Northampton, Massachusetts.

Aaron has written three novels, including The Long Way and its sequel, The Forgotten Way. His short-fiction titles include Stories About the Rain and Crawl.

Buy this eBook on BookRix 

Amazon Here

Kobo Here

Barnes & Noble Here

iTunes Here

Guest Post:

How to Make Your Characters Feel Real

Part Two: Our Bodies, Ourselves

Good characters are the basis for any good story. They're what draws you in and makes you feel connected to what you're reading, so if the characters feel shallow—especially the characters who you spend the most time with as a reader—then the whole story feels shallow. Writing deep characters that feel like real people is one of the toughest challenges of writing fiction. So how do you keep your characters from feeling like cardboard cutouts? What makes the difference between a character who feels vivid and one who feels like a disembodied name doing unimportant things in blank space—or worse yet, one whose actions all seem completely random and disconnected?

It's important to give your characters a sense of physicality, a sense that they exist in a body rather than just on a page. Your character's physical form is the key to his or her interaction with the world. Are they tall or short, wide or narrow? Are they perceived as beautiful or ugly; do they perceive themselves as beautiful or ugly? Does he rub his scar and remember the past? Does she have traits or abilities that set her apart from everyone else?

An elf and a dwarf are going to literally see things differently. Suppose they're standing next to a stone wall. The elf can see over the wall easily and look out onto the valley below; the dwarf mainly sees the wall. As much as I prefer Tolkien's representation of Gimli, Peter Jackson sometimes handles this aspect of the character better. Poor Gimli is unable to see over the ramparts of Helm's Deep, so he has to try to find another way to get a view.

In The Long Way, one of the characters is a flying mouse. His body is so different from that of the human main character that his whole way of interacting with objects has to be different. While Spiff trudges, runs, and crouches, Euclid hovers, zips, and flutters. He can hardly lift anything, but on the other hand, he can dart up into the sky and become unseen. I had to keep all of these things firmly in mind while writing the character in order to make him make sense. The sequel, The Forgotten Way, gave me an even greater challenge; one of the main characters has an eye in the back of her head, and she can see behind her at all times. I had to actually force myself to take this into account time and time again while writing the story. She has an entirely different way of seeing the world, and it shapes how she tells the story. It has to—otherwise, she wouldn't fit into her own skin.

Making sure your characters are embodied is a critical part of making them feel real. Your character may have a keen mind and moral depth, but if she doesn't have a body too, she's just going to feel abstract.

If you missed Part One of How to Make Your Characters Feel Real, you can find the post on Mom With a Kindle:

Virtual Book Tour - May 13 - June 7

May 13 - Reading Addiction Blog Tours - Meet and Greet
May 14 - The Avid Reader - Interview/PROMO
May 15 - Ki0lu &Mimi - PROMO
May 16 - BookRix - Review/Giveaway
May 17 - Mom With a Kindle - Guest Post/PROMO
May 18- Pink Fluffy Hearts - PROMO
May 19 - Simply Me - Interview/PROMO
May 20 - Magnolia Blossom Review - Review/Interview
May 23 - A Life Through Books - Review
May 24 - Must Read Faster - Guest Post/PROMO
May 25 -  Texas Book Nook - Review
May 27 - Becky's Barmy Book Blog - Guest Post/PROMO
May 28 - Book Nerd Paradise - Review
May 29 - Imaginings - Review
June 2 - Wormy Hole - Review
June 3 - Word By Word - Review
June 4 - My Cozie Corner- Review
June 7 - RABT Reviews - Review