BLOG TOUR: Meet You Baker by Ellie Alexander- Review & Giveaway






Welcome to my blog tour stop for Meet Your Baker by Ellie Alexander. This is a cozy mystery that released December 30th.

Be sure to check out the schedule for the list of reviews, interviews and guest posts by the author! The tour starts January 5th and runs through the 16th.


About MEET YOUR BAKER:

Welcome to Torte—a friendly, small-town family bake shop where the treats are so good that, sometimes, it’s criminal…

After graduating from culinary school, Juliet Capshaw returns to her quaint hometown of Ashland, Oregon, to heal a broken heart and help her mom at the family bakery. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is bringing in lots of tourists looking for some crumpets to go with their heroic couplets. But when one of Torte’s customers turns up dead, there’s much ado about murder…


"Sure to satisfy both dedicated foodies and ardent mystery lovers alike." ―Jessie Crockett, author of Drizzled with Death

The victim is Nancy Hudson, the festival’s newest board member. A modern-day Lady Macbeth, Nancy has given more than a few actors and artists enough reasons to kill her…but still. The silver lining? Jules’s high school sweetheart, Thomas, is the investigator on the case. His flirtations are as delicious as ever, and Jules can’t help but want to have her cake and eat it too. But will she have her just desserts? Murder might be bad for business, but love is the sweetest treat of all…

"Alexander weaves a tasty tale of deceit, family ties, delicious pastries, and murder.” ―Edith Maxwell, author of A Tine to Live, A Tine to Die 





About the Author:
Ellie Alexander is a Pacific Northwest native who spends ample time testing pastry recipes in her home kitchen or at one of the many famed coffeehouses nearby. When she’s not coated in flour, you’ll find her outside exploring hiking trails and trying to burn off calories consumed in the name of research. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter to learn more.

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Giveaway:
2 winners will get a paperback copy of Meet Your Baker, Chai Tea, designer baking liners and a Starbucks gift card.
Open to US addresses only.

Ends Jan. 21, 2015
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**MY REVIEW**
*5 GOLDEN STARS*

I've always loved cozy mysteries- they're extremely easy to get into, and yet somehow, always leave you shocked!

And Meet Your Baker was no exception- in fact, it is, by far, THE BEST book in this genre I've read so far.

So, the culinary delights, the recipes, and the protagonist- all BRILLIANT! I'm SUCH a foodie, and I loved how this book never lost track of that. Juliet's hometown sounds like an extremely picturesque place, and if I could, I would definitely visit- I LOVE small towns.

Okay, okay, I'm gushing.

But the book was REALLY good!

I have literally no minus points with it, and I'm salivating to walk into a bakery just like Torte and camp out there for the rest of my life.

Okay, I'm Stopping now. But seriously- READ IT!


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BLOG TOUR: Atlantis Rising by Gloria Crawdown- Excerpt & Giveaway

Atlantis Rising by Gloria Craw
Release Date: 01/06/15
Publisher: Entangled Teen
352 pages

Summary from Goodreads: I am different. I have always been different, but no one can know or my life will be in danger. So I hide in plain sight, wearing drab clothes and thick glasses and trying to be invisible. I’m so good at hiding, no one has ever noticed me. Until Ian…the mysterious and oh-so-cute boy I know I need to avoid.

Now I have been seen. And more terrifying still, I am wanted—by those who would protect me and those who would destroy everything and everyone I love. But if they’re all terrified about who I am, wait until they see what I can do…


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About the Author
Gloria Craw grew up in the desert southwest, inspired every day by the wide skies and rich colors around her. After high school, she attended the University of Utah where she majored and got a degree in anthropology. These days, she lives in the ‘burbs’ just outside of Seattle, Washington where she is the shepherd of a husband, four daughters and a very hairy dog. 

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GIVEAWAY:
1st prize- Signed Book, ten dollar gift card to Barnes and Noble, Atlantis Rising notepad, pendant, signed bookmark and pen. (US only)
2nd prize- Signed Book, Atlantis Rising notepad, pendant, signed bookmark and pen. (US only)
Runners Up (3 total)- Atlantis Rising notepad, signed bookmark and pen. (US only)

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**EXCERPT**

A part of me wondered what good it would do to run. One look at him, and I knew he was faster than me. The other part of me, the fighter part, wasn't going to go quietly.
I yanked free of him and turned back the way we’d come. In two strides I was running at top speed. Behind me, I heard Ian yell, “Jeez, Brandy, could you be less subtle!”   
My best option was a flat out run for the safety of onlookers. Hot desert air filled my lungs as I ran full tilt toward the gates we’d come through. I had no idea how I was going to get over them before Ian caught me. I only knew I was going give it everything I had.
Halfway there, I tried to throw him off by cutting sharply between a cactus and a wiry bush. He let me make it just far enough so that we were shielded from the view of traffic. Then he tackled me. 
“Get off,” I yelled when I found myself pinned to the rocky ground.
                “It’s not what you think,” he said. “We're not the bad guys. We want to help you.”
                I punched him in the mouth. He swore but didn't let me go.
“I don't believe you,” I yelled, winding up for another punch.
                He pinned my free arm down. “Think about it, Alison. Either you trust us, or you face the dewing who’s been following you for three days on your own. I'm sure you’re strong, given who your mother was, but you won't last long against him.”
                I stopped struggling, partly because I feared he was right, and partly because he'd mentioned my mother. “Get off!” I yelled again.
                He complied but sat near enough to throw me down again if necessary. When he touched his lip, his fingers came away bloody. “You hit hard.”
                “Good,” I replied. Then I sat up and scooted a couple of inches away from him.
“Come on, Alison. You can try running again, but I think we both know how that will end. All I want is for you to listen to me. Just hear what I have to say, and then you’re free to go if you want.”
He stood and offered me a hand. I continued to sit in the rocks unsure of what I should do. I decided to stall. “You said, given who my mother was. Does that mean she’s dead?”
                His response wasn’t immediate. He looked back the way we’d come, like he was trying to decide what to say.
“Is she dead?” I repeated.
“Yes,” he replied quietly. 

                

BOOK BLITZ: Where Dead Bodies Lie (The Body Dowser Series, #1) Author: Kat Cazanav


Where Dead Bodies Lie (The Body Dowser Series, #1)
Author: Kat Cazanav 
Release Date: 12/16/14

Summary from Goodreads:
For as long as I can remember, I have been told to
follow three important rules;

Always guard my ability. Never share my secret. And pretend to be normal.

However, those three little rules don’t make my life easier. I still find dead people and deal with strange visions. Not to mention, an attraction to a boy who doesn’t exist. Whenever we cross path’s he mists away like smoke on a mirror. He drives me crazy, that Kaff Cooper.

As a flock of dead crows fall from the blackened sky, Kaff becomes the only one who can see the truth straight to the dark underbelly of who I actually am.


My hands feel the pull to extract the forsaken, the lost, the forgotten. It comes as naturally as breathing and there is no stopping it. 

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Nerd Blast: Angel Burn by L. A. Weatherly


Title: Angel Burn
Author: L. A. Weatherly

Synopsis: They're out for your soul.
And they don't have heaven in mind...

Willow knows she's different from other girls, and not just because she loves tinkering with cars. Willow has a gift. She can look into the future and know people's dreams and hopes, their sorrows and regrets, just by touching them. She has no idea where this power comes from.
But the assassin, Alex, does. Gorgeous, mysterious Alex knows more about Willow than Willow herself does. He knows that her powers link to dark and dangerous forces and that he's one of the few humans left who can fight them. When Alex finds himself falling in love with his sworn enemy, he discovers that nothing is as it seems; least of all good and evil.

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | BOOK DEPOSITORY

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lee Weatherly was born in 1967 and grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. She lives with her husband in Hampshire, England, where she writes, goes on walks, tries out new recipes and has a cat named Bernard.

L.A. Weatherly is the pseudonym for Lee Weatherly. You can follow her on Twitter at @LA_Weatherly




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Nerd Blast: Where Silence Gathers by Kelsey Sutton


Title: Where Silence Gathers
Author: Kelsey Sutton
Synopsis: In this companion novel to the critically acclaimed Some Quiet Place, Alex must choose between Revenge and Forgiveness.

For as long as she can remember, Alexandra Tate has been able to see personified Emotions, and she's found a best friend in Revenge. He's her constant companion as she waits outside Nate Foster's house, clutching a gun. Every night since Nate's release from prison, Alex has tried to work up the courage to exact her own justice on him for the drunk driving accident that killed her family.

But there's one problem: Forgiveness. When he appears, Alex is faced with a choice—moving on or getting even. It's impossible to decide with Forgiveness whispering in one ear . . . and Revenge whispering in the other.

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | BOOK DEPOSITORY

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kelsey Sutton has done everything from training dogs and making cheeseburgers to selling yellow page ads and cleaning hotel rooms. She lives in northern Minnesota and received a BA in English from Bemidji State University. When Kelsey is not writing or trying out a new career, she can be found in the park with her dogs, ordering a coconut mocha at the local coffee shop, or browsing a bookstore.

WEBSITE: http://kelseysutton.blogspot.com/

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The Extraordinary Adventure of the Original by Sean Miller


Author: Sean Miller

Synopsis: When the people of Tower City face a new subterranean threat, who do they call? What will they do?! They turn to the worlds first superhero, The Original!

This fun, all-ages, 30 page story focuses on an early adventure of The Original in his younger years and gives the secret origin of a popular character from the main series!

This issue was written by creator Sean Miller and drawn by the super talented Jeff Mitchell. It also features a pinup by Paolo Rivera! 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I'm Sean Miller and I'm the founder and creator of Anchor Comics, based in Stockton, CA. My most notable work is on "The Original", a six issue series set in a dystopian future, focusing on the world's first superhero and his struggles coming out of retirement to face a growing threat to humanity.

I started my art career in early 2012 and have worked with other talented artists such as Ramon Villalobos, Travis Compton (editor at Anchor Comics), and Adam Messinger
Keep an eye out for the collected volume of "The Original" due late 2014. Other titles in the works and soon to be released are "The Hoax" and "Solar Max".


WEBSITE: http://www.anchorcomics.com/
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BOOK BLITZ: Spark Rising by Kate Corcino

Author: Kate Corcino
Publication date: December 15th 2014
Genres: New Adult, Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction
Synopsis: All that’s required to ignite a revolution is a single spark rising.

Two hundred years after the cataclysm that annihilated fossil fuels, Sparks keep electricity flowing through their control of energy-giving Dust. The Council of Nine rebuilt civilization on the backs of 

Sparks, offering citizens a comfortable life in a relo-city in exchange for power, particularly over the children able to fuel the future. The strongest of the boys are taken as Wards and raised to become elite agents, the Council’s enforcers and spies. Strong girls—those who could advance the rapidly-evolving matrilineal power—don’t exist. Not according to the Council.

Lena Gracey died as a child, mourned publicly by parents desperate to keep her from the Council. She was raised in hiding until she fled the relo-city for solitary freedom in the desert. Lena lives off the grid, selling her power on the black market.

Agent Alex Reyes was honed into a calculating weapon at the Ward School to do the Council’s dirty work. But Alex lives a double life. He’s leading the next generation of agents in a secret revolution to destroy those in power from within.

The life Lena built to escape her past ends the day Alex arrives looking for a renegade Spark.


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AUTHOR BIO:
Kate Corcino is a reformed shy girl who found her voice (and uses it…a lot). She believes in magic, coffee, Starburst candies, genre fiction, descriptive profanity, and cackling over wine with good friends. A recovering Dr. Pepper addict, she knows the only addiction worth feeding is the one that follows the “click-whooooosh” of a new story settling into her brain.

She also believes in the transformative power of screwing up and second chances. Cheers to works-in-progress of the literary and lifelong variety!

She is currently gearing up for publication of Ignition Point and Spark Rising , the first books in the Progenitor Saga, a near future dystopian adventure series with romantic elements, science, magic, and plenty of action.

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