Blog Tour and Giveaway – Crawdad by Lisa T. Cresswell

I’m absolutely thrilled to share with you the newest read from Lisa T. Cresswell. She writes beautiful, heartfelt YA with a diverse flavor, and if you haven’t read Hush Puppy yet, I definitely recommend it. Crawdad is on my TBR list now…and hey! There’s a giveaway too. Win-win!

Welcome to the Crawdad Book Blog Tour!

For the whole month of January, my new contemporary young adult novel Crawdad, will be featured on the blogs of some of my besties – authors and book bloggers who support the readers and writers of diverse YA – and I couldn’t be more pleased. I hope you can visit them all and enter the giveaway.  

 

 

 

Here’s the schedule:

Magic of the Muses – Eileen Schuh January 1
Rich in Variety January 8
Beth Fehlbaum Books January 15
CJ Burright January 22
Twinjas Book Reviews January 29

~About the Book~

Seventeen-year-old Jamil Ramos grew up on Alabama’s Gulf Coast believing his mom, Loretta, was his only living relative. She put a trumpet in his hands as a toddler and sparked his love of jazz. But when Loretta drops a bomb on Jamil from her deathbed- she’s not his mama and his daddy is still alive, living in Charleston, S.C. – his world is turned upside down. Now, with the only mama he’s ever known gone and the Loyola University trumpet audition less than a week away, Jamil has trouble feeling his music. When his band teacher tells him to get it together, Jamil decides to hitchhike to South Carolina over to find his father and get his questions answered. All he has is a name –Leon Ramos. Jamil relies on the kindness of the strangers he meets-a gay teen kicked out of his home, a runaway prostitute, and a street musician-as he makes his way across Florida and Georgia trying to avoid the cops along the way. But when Jamil is robbed of his most prized possession, his trumpet, his plans go anywhere but where he’d hoped. That trumpet was supposed to be his ticket for a scholarship, the only way to college his mama could give him. Lost and alone without it, Jamil wonders if finding his father is worth risking his future.

You can find Crawdad in print and e-book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Goodreads!
~About the Author~
Lisa T. Cresswell has been writing middle grade and young adult books for what seems like a mighty long time. She can never seem to make up her mind if she likes reality or fantasy, so she writes both. She also likes lemon jasmine green tea, dark chocolate almonds, and lots and lots of coffee. And of course, BOOKS. ALL THE BOOKS!! You can see all of her work at www.lisatcresswell.com 
~Enter the Giveaway~
Enter to win one of three copies of Crawdad to be given away in January!

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The Magic of Music

Happy Thursday, everyone! I’m over at Paranormal Romantics today talking about the magical effects of music. Swing by and say hi!

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Breathless by Georgia Lyn Hunter

Happy Tuesday, people! I am SOOOOO psyched to share with you the new release from my writer buddy Georgia Lyn Hunter. It’s the first in her contemporary romance Players to Men series, and you don’t want to miss it. Trust me on this. I got to help out with the initial draft and, like all of Georgia’s stories, this one seriously smokes. PLUS, it’s on a special release sale for only ninety nine pennies. If you’re not convinced by the cover alone, there’s also an excerpt below to tickle your temptation. What are you waiting for? Go get it! 🙂

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When the fairy tale life you believed in falls apart, there is nothing else left…

Or so I thought, until Trouble, wrapped in one hunky body and a sinful smile promising untold pleasure of the carnal kind, lands on my doorstep. Despite what my body demands or the fact that I’m irresistibly drawn to him, I’d been burned too deeply to dare try again. Besides, Max Meade-Sinclair is my younger sister’s best friend—and totally off-limits.

Ila Logan’s coolly dismissive manner captures and challenges me from the moment our paths cross. What I want, I usually get. A little thing like age isn’t going to stop me. Neither are the men who disappear into her secluded room. However, she proves a difficult opponent who leaves me falling for her a little more at each encounter.

This tempestuous woman is mine, but to win her, I must dig deeper, and show her that beneath my brawling, player facade exists a man who would go to the ends of the earth to make her happy.

But surviving my own dark past may just destroy the fragile bond growing between us…

Special release price: $0.99

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Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: Players to Men #1

Excerpt

Bile crept up my throat as pain churned in my head. Yet it didn’t stop me from chugging back more of my beer, searching for oblivion. Unfortunately, it wasn’t at the bottom of the bottle. The din of the place grew, competing with the pounding in my skull. I squeezed my eyes shut.

“Lights off!” someone shouted.

Christ. I winced, the yell reverberating in my head as total darkness enclosed me in its stifling hold. Slouching lower in the armchair, I opened my eyes and squinted at the tiny, flickering flames casting an eerie glow over several grinning faces.

Damn idiots! Just how many candles had they stuck on the cake? Because it sure looked like it could light up a small town.

“Happy twenty-first, Max!”

My head protested the loud chorus viciously. Twenty-one, and I felt a hundred. As if I’d lived a lifetime.

“Blow ‘em out. Make a wish.” Jack, the bastard—and my best friend since the crib—gave me a crooked grin. Near him, War, our other buddy, lifted his beer in cheers, then guzzled the thing down.

Jack just had to use my birthday as a reason to party and celebrate my return to civilization after my hiatus in the “wilds” as he called Peru.

Feeling as if my body weighed a ton, I pushed to my feet and crossed to the table in the dining room of the house I shared with Jack, each step jarring my throbbing head. I blew the candles once, twice…three friggin’ times before the flames hissed out.

The noise in the room ratcheted up with whoops and cheers. Slaps resounded, pelting my back, accompanied by well wishes as I headed to where I’d dropped my tote near the front door when I’d walked in a few hours earlier. I needed the relief it held. A blonde lunged at me, and I hit the wall like a bumbling drunk.

“Happy birthday, Max.” She hiccupped, her hands wandering over my chest. Her mouth slid over mine. She tasted of liquor and pizza.

My stomach revolted violently. The beer I’d swallowed backtracked up my throat. “Get off me—”

She flashed me a drunken grin. I shoved away before I hurled on her and lurched in the opposite direction toward the bathroom. I slammed inside, just in time to embrace the porcelain god for several long minutes.

Feeling as if I’d puked my guts, along with the contents of my stomach, I collapsed against the wall, mouth vile and my brain looking for ways to escape the pressure in my skull. I rubbed my temples and prayed for nothingness.

Christ, I hated these fucking headaches.

“Damn, Max, I didn’t realize you were so shit-faced.” Jack’s voice came from a distance. I ignored him, didn’t care what he thought or bother to correct him, really wishing I were drunk.

“Come on, man, let’s get you out of here.” He grabbed me. I was no lightweight. At six foot three, I stood an inch taller than him, but he hauled me up with little effort.

I pushed him away and shuffled for the basin, rinsed my mouth, and caught a glimpse of my reflection. Red-rimmed eyes, waxy-looking skin, and a bisected left eyebrow, the scar giving me a sinister air. For the rest of my life, the latter would serve as a reminder of the horror I was responsible for, the blood on my hands.

About the Author 2

 glhI’ve been creating stories from the moment I could string two words together. No matter the tale, it always has romance woven through them. Yes, I’m a hopeless romantic.

When I’m not writing or plotting new books, I like to read, travel, painting, or troll flea markets where I usually buy things I might never actually use because they’re so pretty.

After working in a few jobs all art related, a chosen career as a fashion designer, then an art teacher, I finally found my passion four years ago: writing. There really is no other job I’d rather do.

Oh, and I hail from the beautiful country of South Africa, and currently live in the Middle East.

Author’s follow links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Goodreads | Instagram

 

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Tasty and Allergies? Zero

Happy Monday, everyone! I’m over at Paranormal Romantics today sharing the recipe for the scrumptious dessert I’m making for Christmas dinner this year. It’s allergy free and still to die for. *TRUTH*

Stop by and say hi!

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Boom – Cyber Monday Sale Blast

Happy Monday, everyone! In an effort to brighten your day as you’re dragging yourself out of a turkey coma, Beautifully Burned is on sale for .99 for five days only! Hey, I knew you wanted to save 2 bucks. But there’s more books on sale, even some freebies and a $25 Amazon gift card giveaway, so check out the blast going on below.
His slow smile stole the rest of her breath and knocked her flat on her butt. Luckily, he caught her before she fell.
WELCOME TO THE CYBER MONDAY SALE BLAST! 
 
Click on any of the below book covers to be taken to the page that has more information on the novel as well as the Buy Links! 

Novels FREE!

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Missing My Assassin

Happy Saturday, everyone! I’m over at Paranormal Romantics moping over my lack of new Assassin’s Creed this November…and celebrating a few of my favorite assassins to ease the pain. Come join me!

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Cover Reveal – Breathless by Georgia Lyn Hunter

Happy Friday, people! I’m so psyched to be part of the cover reveal for the up and coming contemporary romance written by my buddy, pal, critique partner, and all around fabulous author Georgia Lyn Hunter. This is one sexy read you don’t want to miss…trust me. And it’s on pre-order sale for only 99 pennies, so grab your copy!

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When the fairy tale life you believed in falls apart, there is nothing else left…

Or so I believed, until Trouble, wrapped in one hunky body and a sinful smile promising untold pleasure of the carnal kind, lands on my doorstep. Despite what my body demands or the fact that I’m irresistibly drawn to him, I’d been burned too deeply to dare try again. Besides, Max Meade-Sinclair is my younger sister’s best friend—and totally off-limits.

Ila Logan’s coolly dismissive manner captures and challenges me from the moment our paths cross. What I want, I usually get. A little thing like age isn’t going to stop me. Neither are the men who disappear into her secluded room. However, she proves a difficult opponent who leaves me falling for her a little more at each encounter.

This tempestuous woman is mine, but to win her, I must dig deeper, and show her that beneath my brawling, player facade exists a man who would go to the ends of the earth to make her happy.

But surviving my own dark past may just destroy the fragile bond growing between us…

AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER! 
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About the Author 2

glhGeorgia Lyn Hunter hails from the tropical climes of South Africa and currently lives in the searing Middle East.

She’s been creating stories from the moment she could string two words together. And no matter the tale, they always have romance woven through them.

When not writing or plotting her next book, she can be found reading, travelling, painting, or trolling flea markets where she loves to buy things she might never actually use because they’re so pretty.

After working in a few jobs, all Art related, she’s finally found her passion: writing.

There really is no other job she’d rather be doing.

Author’s follow links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Goodreads | Instagram

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A Scary Story

Happy Thursday, people! I’m over at Pure Jonel today with a true and personal unexplainable incident story. There’s also a $10 Amazon gift card to give away in exchange for creeping you out a little. See you there!

Halloween Peek A Boo

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Creepy Creatures

Happy Thursday, everyone! I’ve taken a position at Paranormal Romantics, blogging once a month, and today’s my day. I’m talking about some of my favorite, lesser known shapeshifters, so swing by and say hi!

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Review – Beast of All – the Carus Series by J.C. McKenzie

Today, she’ll break free. Tomorrow, she’ll make them pay
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“Two months ago my world collapsed and the beast reigned.

Seven weeks ago the SRD captured me.

Nine days ago, they injected me with something vile.

Today, I break free.

And tomorrow?

I’ll make them pay.”

Badass Shifter Andy McNeilly wakes up from a horrible nightmare, only to discover it wasn’t a dream, and she’s no longer quite so badass. Chemically curbed, Andy has lost touch with her feras and beast when she needs them most. Can she regain control of her supernatural abilities in time to reap retribution from her enemies, or will she fall as fodder in a power play for control of Vancouver’s seedy underworld?

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No feras. No beast. Whatever they shot me with blocked my communication with the animals. Did it prevent shifting as well? I squeezed my eyes shut and tried to call a form and change. Only a headache answered. Dread flittered across my skin. Was this permanent?

As the Carus, the genetic throwback to the first demi-god progeny of the beast goddess, I caged a beast with rage and power rivaled by few, and possessed more than one animal familiar to shift into.

At least, I did until the SRD shot me full of chemicals. Would I ever regain my abilities? Hear the indignant screech of the peregrine falcon? Or the lusty purr of the mountain lion? Or soulful howl of the wolf?

My heart hammered, punching bone. A buzzing sensation filled my head. The “wrongness” of my condition grated against my nerves, slicing them into slivers like a planer shucking off wood shavings.

Something in my abdomen swelled, as if the beast pushed against whatever barrier caged and hid her from me.

I’ll get you out, I told her, not knowing if she could hear. We’ll make them pay.

Review

I’ve loved the entire Carus series from the very beginning. Andy is the perfect heroine, vulnerable, kickass, stubborn, loyal, mouthy, and she makes her fair share of mistakes throughout. I still want her for my BFF. 🙂 She’s had to make some tough choices and endure a lot of heartache, and Beast of All ran the gamut of emotions. I cried, I shook my fist, I laughed, I sighed with happiness…all the feels people. All. The. Feels.

I can’t decide which book in the series is my favorite, because they’re all amazing, but Beast of All was a fabulous and absolutely satisfying conclusion to a great story. After getting through the sniffles (I knew someone I loved would die in this book, I just wasn’t sure who…sob) and Andy’s grief and healing, which was heartbreakingly beautiful, there are some witch friends to rescue, a mate to convince, revenge to be had, and the ultimate Big Bad to take down. I absolutely loved how all the characters I’ve become so fond of banded together, from shifters to Demon, vampires to witches, humans to who-knows-what-he-is Clint. Many of the characters who started out as Andy’s enemies slowly became allies over the series, which made me happy because while they weren’t nice to her at first, they were still impossible not to like. Andy doesn’t always make it easy to be nice to her. 🙂 I loved how she came to terms with who and what she is, as well as what she wanted. She so deserved a happy ending (as does her shifter mate…no spoiler here!), and while she had to work for it, she got it.

Beast of All was beautifully written and will both break and warm your heart. I highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend this excellent urban fantasy series. Five plus stars, all the way.

Five Stars

About the Author 2

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Born and raised on the Haida Gwaii, off the West Coast of Canada, J.C. McKenzie grew up in a pristine wilderness that inspired her to dream. She writes Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance.

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