New Cover

This is going to be a small break from all the announcements about Decree. Due to various reasons, I decided to get a new cover for Dagger’s Sleep. It was a kind of last minute, partway through November decision, so it wasn’t ready in time for Black Friday, but at least it will be available in time for Christmas.

Savannah Jezowski over at Dragonpress.com did an amazing job with this cover! I already have a matching cover lined up for Midnight’s Curse and they are going to look so lovely together!

The new cover is going to go live on Amazon in the next few days, so if you really liked the old cover, now is your last chance to get it.

I’m going to probably do some more fanfare for this gorgeous cover over on Instagram, so be on the look out for that.

So without further stalling, scroll down to see the new cover!

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Isn’t it stunning? Yes, it is a departure from what my previous covers look like, but I hope it will be just what this book and this series needs!

What do you think? Do you like the new cover or the old cover better?

My Next Release

If you paged through all the coloring book entries on Tuesday, then you already heard the big news. But for those of you who didn’t, I’m officially announcing that my next release is going to be Decree (The Blades of Acktar #5)

Yes, you read that right. There’s going to be another Blades book. This one is a collection of 4 novellas and 5 or 6 short stories (depending on which ones remain in the collection after editing). Some of the stories will be back story, but most of the stories pick up only a few months after Deliver and follow the characters until about 8 years after Deliver ends.

The best part is that my planned release date is December 18, 2018. Yep. That’s only two months away!

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About the book: 

The Adventure Continues.

Discover more of The Blades of Acktar in this collection of novellas and short stories.

The Blades as They Should’ve Been
A test and the Gathering of Nobles will decide Leith and Martyn’s futures. Can they fight to become more than the Blades they were? Will Keevan accept what it means to have the man who attempted to kill him as family?

The First Mission
When Martyn visits Surgis, his past seems determined to haunt him. Can he figure out how to forgive, especially when confronted with an enemy in need of his help?

To the Far Great Mountains
A death sends Leith and Martyn far beyond the borders of Acktar. Will they be able to arrest their quarry before they are caught themselves?

From the story of how Leith and Martyn met to Ranson’s search for a life outside of the Blades, these stories will answer plaguing questions and expand the world of Acktar.

Click here to add the book on Goodreads

Click here to preorder the Kindle version on Amazon

I know some of you might have a lot of questions, so I’m going to answer as many of them in this post as possible. If you have any questions I don’t answer, feel free to ask. Though, if it is spoiler-related, be prepared if I might give a rather vague answer.

Why are you releasing these novellas and short stories as one book? Wouldn’t it make more sense to release them as companion novellas? 

I thought about releasing the novellas on their own, but in the end, I decided for several reasons that it was best to keep them all as one book because:

1). I could then label it as The Blades of Acktar #5 on Amazon. One thing readers wouldn’t know is that the Kindle Publishing page doesn’t let you set up a book as 4.5 in a series. Thus the companion books don’t show up as linked to the series and it does hurt sales. Destroy, my one companion novella, doesn’t sell as well as the others because it is harder for people to find. Yes, I can put the series name as part of the title and that does help, but if you go on Amazon, The Blades of Acktar is listed as a 4 book series and doesn’t count Destroy.

Think of this book like Ranger’s Apprentice book 11, which is a traditionally published book that did the same thing by collecting a bunch of novellas and short stories into one book to release all of them together.

2). Together, the novellas tell one story. The main theme is Leith and Martyn establishing the new Blades (won’t tell you what they are called because that is kind of a spoiler). So it makes sense to group them together. In many ways, they stand together as one book better than they would as separate novellas.

3). There is a lot of set up in the collections for The Blades of Acktar books 6 and 7. Future bad guys are introduced. The countries around Acktar are introduced. The new Blades are established. A whole bunch of new systems and laws are in place. I don’t want people to skip the novellas as just companion novellas that aren’t important when they are an important stepping stone to the next books.

4). Having a 7 book series in the end just sounds better to me than a 6 book series with a lot of companion novellas. Just personal preference, lol.

Wait, wait, wait. Did I read that right? There are going to be two more books after this one? 

Yep, you definitely read that right. I finally gave in to the inevitable and allowed all the various ideas I was getting for Acktar characters to work their way into a cohesive plot.

A lot of that was due to stepping away from Acktar for a while to write Dagger’s Sleep. While I was writing that book, the Acktar characters had a little bit of space to breathe so that when I came back to them, it felt like coming home instead of writing at the edge of being sick of them.

Who are going to be the main characters of Decree? What about books 6 and 7? 

Since Decree is a collection of stories, it has multiple point of view characters, including Leith, Martyn, Kayleigh, Ranson, and a few others.

The current plan for books 6 and 7 is that both of them will have Leith, Brandi, and Jamie as point of view characters.

Leith and Martyn are still going to be point of view characters? Won’t all of the characters be older than the young adult age range? 

Yes, most of the characters will be in their twenties in the later books. It is one reason I held off writing them as long as I did since I wasn’t sure how it would work to have my young adult characters age out of the young adult range.

But a number of things finally made me realized that, yes, it wasn’t so bad to write a few “older” characters.

1). My books, in many ways, aren’t traditional YA novels. Yes, they sort of have a coming of age story line. Yes, they have a romance. Yes, they have YA age protagonists.

But none of that is the focus of the books. The focus is the adventure. And I can keep that focus even when the protagonists are older. News flash: adventure doesn’t end the moment you turn 20 or when you get married. As someone in my twenties, I happen to know I’ve had MORE adventure and fun times in my twenties than I did as a teen.

2). If Ranger’s Apprentice can successfully pull it off, then hopefully I can too. After all, by book 5 in that series, Will is twenty. He spends half the series older than a traditional YA age range. Yet that doesn’t stop fans from loving the books. If anything, it is the later books that people like the most.

3). As a teen, I read a lot of books about adults. One reason for that was that the YA genre as we know it today didn’t exist. But the other reason was that I wanted an adventure. It didn’t matter if the main character was 15 or 35. I enjoyed the book regardless. By the time I was 16 and 17, I was fully into adult westerns and British naval historical novels, and most of the main characters were in their 20s and 30s, and that didn’t impede my enjoyment of the books at all. Hopefully I’m not the only teen reader who does this!

4). If there are some teen readers like me out there, then I didn’t just read to find characters who were teens like me, but I read up into adult books because in many ways I saw myself as an adult (even if the adults around me didn’t think so). I was the responsible sort of teen who felt like I was adult enough to tackle the world. So I think it is probably good to have books occasionally that show the teen characters growing into adults, getting married, having kids. There are many teens who don’t have examples of healthy marriage relationships to look at, and books can give them that even if the real world can’t.

I noticed the header on this book is slightly different. Please don’t tell me you are changing the covers on the books again!

Yes, if you noticed, the header is slightly different on Decree. This is on purpose and signals the new era in Acktar, so this is the header that will be on books 6 and 7 as well.

I am working with my cover designer for the first 3 books to have the header changed to match the one on Deliver and Destroy.

I am also brainstorming ideas for two book prequel series about King Brian and the founding of Acktar, and the header for that series would be similar, with just the upright sword down the center instead of the crossed knives since the upright sword is the symbol of the kings of Acktar.

Wait? A prequel series too????

Yes, but that’s way in the future. At least 2022 (after book 7 releases), so I don’t have it very planned out yet.

But I really liked the world in Dagger’s Sleep? What does writing more Acktar books mean for the new Beyond the Tales series? 

Writing Dagger’s Sleep was a very intense experience since developing that world was a lot of work and making sure the allegory remained Biblically sound shot my stress levels through the roof. After I took a few months break from writing, I found I couldn’t step back into that world right away. The ideas just weren’t fully formed yet. So I started writing a few of the novella ideas I’d had for Acktar, and next thing I knew, I had a book. Oops.

But that doesn’t mean I plan to step away from Beyond the Tales forever. In fact, once I hand Decree off to beta readers, I plan to work on the next book in Beyond the Tales in November. By working on Decree, it helped give me time to brainstorm the next book.

My current plan is to keep going back and forth between the two series so that I (hopefully) won’t get burned out on either one of them as quickly. But I’m going to be flexible depending on which book wants to be written at a given time.

Which Beyond the Tales book are you going to start writing in November?

Stepping away from Beyond the Tales and listening to feedback made me change a few things up with that series. If you look at the back of Dagger’s Sleep, it says that the next book will be Beauty’s Beast. I’ve decided to wait on writing that for now, since it is essentially a spin-off story about the side character of Mirabelle, and instead concentrate on continuing the story with Alex, Daemyn, Rosanna, Berend, and the other characters everyone liked best from Dagger’s Sleep. 

Thus the next book in the series is going to be Midnight’s Curse, the Cinderella retelling. I just brainstormed the plot of this book with a friend, and I’m super excited for how it is coming together. Let’s just say there’s going to be plenty of intrigue, Alex manages to get into more trouble (again), and Daemyn and Rosanna have to race to save him.

So what does that mean for a release schedule? 

I’m an indie author, so release schedules are always subject to a lot of change. But right now, the plan is to release Decree in December, Midnight’s Curse in spring or summer of 2019, then the next Acktar book at the end of 2019 or early 2020, depending on how long it takes me to write it.

That’s all the questions I can think of right now! I hope you guys are as excited as I am!

 

Coloring Contest Winners

Thanks so much for everyone who entered the Dagger’s Sleep Coloring Book Page Contest. The winners were chosen via Random.org, so it wasn’t skills based. I loved seeing the variety from pictures colored by six-year old to a few professional artists! Each person had a different take on the pictures from fair skin to dark skin from blond hair to purple hair to side burns. Each picture was unique and special and I hope you all enjoy scrolling through them as much as I did!

The winners are:

Rebecca R. – winner of the $10 Amazon gift card

Zoe B. – winner of the Dagger’s Sleep themed book box

Devorah B. – winner of the Dagger’s Sleep hardcover

Thanks so much to everyone who participated! It was so much fun seeing what you came up with, and I hope everyone enjoys being able to scroll through and see your artwork!

And make sure you scroll all the way to the end of the post for a big announcement. Many of you might already know, but I’m now making it official and telling the world.


Coloring Book Page Entries

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Rebecca R.’s 8 yr old son
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Rebecca R.’s 10 yr old son
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Brendan V.M. age 9
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Colby V.M. age 6
Megan V.M. age 13
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Zoe Z.
Ava Z.
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Devorah B.
Jessica D.
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June
Sam M.
Zoe B.
Hannah R.

Tricia Mingerink (because of course I did one too, even if it didn’t count as an entry).

 


Oh, you scrolled all the way down here wanting an announcement? Well, here it is:

My next release is going to be Decree (The Blades of Acktar #5)

Yes, you read that right. There’s going to be another Blades book. This one is a collection of 4 novellas and 6 short stories. Some of the stories will be back story, but most of the stories pick up only a few months after Deliver and follow the characters until about 8 years after Deliver ends.

The best part is that my planned release date is December 18, 2018. Yep. That’s only two months away!

I will be releasing the cover for Decree, links to preorder and add on Goodreads, more information, and an official blurb later this week.

Dagger’s Sleep Coloring Page Contest

I’ve been fairly silent about my writing lately, mostly because I’ve been working on a number of fun things I wasn’t ready to share with the wide-world yet. If you are a member of my Readers page on Facebook, then I’ve already given you the sneak peak and you get to giggle behind your hands as everyone else finds out a few of the things you already know. (If you want to join the fun on the Facebook group, here’s the link)

Starting today, I’m hosting a coloring book page contest! The lovely H.S.J. Williams created a coloring book page based on on chapter 22 in Dagger’s Sleep. I love how it turned out, and it looks like so much fun to color!

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Contest Rules

  1. Download the above image or download this PDF version of the coloring book page: Dagger’s Sleep Coloring Page
  2. Color the page however you like
  3. Enter the contest. You can enter by:
    1. Share your finished coloring book page on Instagram or Twitter using #DaggersSleepColoringContest and tagging me @triciamingerink
    2. Share your finished coloring book page on your blog and email the blog post to me
    3. Or, if you do not wish to post your finished page publicly, you can email it directly to me: triciamingerink (at) gmail (dot) com
  4. The contest begins today (October 1) and will end October 15. Some (but not all) of the prizes are open internationally where such giveaways are permitted.
  5. I will be picking the 3 winners randomly. This will not be a judged contest since I want everyone to have an equal chance no matter skill. This is about having fun coloring.

 

Prizes

There will be three winners chosen randomly for the below prizes:

  • A Dagger’s Sleep themed book box (not open internationally)
  • An exclusive hardcover version of Dagger’s Sleep (open internationally where Book Depository delivers. International book will not be signed)
  • A $10 Amazon gift card (open internationally)

 

The Kindle version of Dagger’s Sleep is also going to be $.99 on Amazon this week if anyone still needs to read it and wants to do so before participating in the contest. If you share about the sale on Dagger’s Sleep, you can get extra entries to the coloring book contest if you tag me and use hashtags #DaggersSleepColoringContest and/or #DaggersSleep

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I will be announcing the winners on October 16. I will ALSO be making another fun announcement on that day that might involve a book release date.

Have fun with the coloring contest!

 

Awards and Adventures

It has been a crazy couple of weeks since Dagger’s Sleep released. I ended up going on vacation only a week after it released, which actually was a good thing. A week without Internet to obsess over how sales were going or if I was getting reviews or anything like that. It also means I’m a little behind on a few things.


Deliver is an Alliance Award finalist!

While I was gone, the news broke that Deliver is one of the five finalists for the Alliance Award! Last year when Defy was a finalist, it was so unexpected I nearly cried (and I am not a crier). This year with Deliver, it was still unexpected given how many amazing books were in the running, but less of a shock. Instead I screeched and jumped up and down in my kitchen while packing for vacation.

Thank you guys so much for voting for Deliver! I am so honored that you would take the time to vote and consider Deliver one of your top favorite Christian speculative fiction books of last year.

Voting for the winner of the Alliance Award ends June 17. 

That’s in 5 days. I know. Due to vacation and all I haven’t put out as many voting calls as I would’ve liked, but oh, well.

Please, please, please take a few minutes and vote for your favorites (doesn’t necessarily need to be Deliver, but I would be honored if you voted for it). While the other awards run by Realm Makers are awarded by judges, this one is a reader-voted award. It is the one where your voice matters in showing the Christian speculative fiction community which type of books you enjoy and want to see. So take the time to speak up!

Vote here: https://faithandfantasyalliancellc.regfox.com/alliance-award-final-round-voting-2018

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The winner for the Alliance Award will be announced at Realm Makers, and I’m going this year, which will be super exciting!


Second exciting thing is that I’ve put together a Facebook Group for readers of my books! I’ve noticed that due to Facebook’s changing algorithms, announcements and such on my Facebook page often get lost/don’t reach many of you. By having a Facebook Group, you should see those announcements sooner. It also allows for more interaction in a closed group. It is your place to chat and post and interact with fellow fans.

If you’re interested in joining, here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/176407276383496/

I hope to see you all there!


Author Adventures!

So last week I traveled with three of my best friends from high school for a week-long hiking trip in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Lots of hiking, giggling, and relaxing away from most Internet and cell phone service.

While I’ve hike Tennessee, Kentucky, and West Virginia, it was my first time seeing this part of the Appalachians, and the Blue Ridge Mountains definitely live up to their name. The pictures don’t do them justice.

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Looking Glass Falls in the morning sunlight.
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This small waterfall doesn’t look like much, but the sand around it has pyrite and mira in it that makes the water sparkle like it has handfuls of glitter in it. Thanks so a local guide we crawled behind the waterfall. You can be sure this spot will end up in a book someday
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Sunrise over the misty mountains

I have lots of ideas for future books, and it was fun hiking through places I can imagine Daemyn and Rosanna traveling.

What are places you enjoy hiking and traveling?

Dagger’s Sleep Released!

Dagger’s Sleep is Released!

In case you haven’t noticed, my next book Dagger’s Sleep (Beyond the Tales Book #1) released yesterday! Yay! I’m so excited to share this book with you!

About the book:
A prince cursed to sleep.
A princess destined to wake him.
A kingdom determined to stop them.

High Prince Alexander has been cursed to a sleep like unto death, a curse that will end the line of the high kings and send the Seven Kingdoms of Tallahatchia into chaos. With his manservant to carry his luggage and his own superior intelligence to aid him, Alex sets off to find one of the Fae and end his curse one way or another.

A hundred years later, Princess Rosanna learns she is the princess destined by the Highest King to wake the legendary sleeping prince. With the help of the mysterious Daemyn Rand, can she find the courage to finish the quest as Tallahatchia wavers on the edge of war?

One curse connects them. A hundred years separate them. From the rushing rivers of Tallahatchia’s mountains to the hall of the Highest King himself, their quests will demand greater sacrifice than either of them could imagine.

For readers of adventure, fairy tales, and stirring allegories comes this fresh imagining of the classic Sleeping Beauty tale, the first book in a new YA fantasy series from Tricia Mingerink.

Available as a Kindle ebook and paperback on Amazon. Click this link to purchase

Thanks so much for your enthusiastic response so far! Thanks to you, Dagger’s Sleep is #3 in the Hot New Releases for Christian Fantasy.

I thought I’d answer a few of the main questions I’ve received about Dagger’s Sleep.

Is Dagger’s Sleep Christian fantasy? 
Yes. I’m not sure where the rumor started that this book was a secular fantasy book got started, but apparently my own mom believed it for a while. No, this doesn’t have Christianity in the way The Blades of Acktar does, but Dagger’s Sleep does have very clearly Christian allegorical elements and deep Christian themes. If you enjoy The Chronicles of Narnia or the Tales of Goldstone Wood by Anne Elisabeth Stengl, then Dagger’s Sleep is for you.

How many books will be in the series?
I don’t know. The books in the Beyond the Tales series are more loosely connected than The Blades of Acktar and thus I can write any number of fairy tale retellings in the series. I have plans for at least 5 more books. You will see reoccurring characters throughout the series that will help tie it all together. So please don’t stop reading after book three assuming it is a trilogy!

What book is coming next? 
Right now, I’m tentatively planning on writing the Beauty and the Beast retelling next in the series. That’s the plan, anyway, but plans can change.

Is there magic in Dagger’s Sleep? 
Yes and no. If by magic you mean things happen that can’t happen in our world, then yes. But the words magic, sorcery, spell, enchantment, witch, wizard, etc. never appear anywhere in the book. What could be called “magic” in the book is all an allegorical manifestation of God’s power and God’s gifts to people. Nothing happens in the book outside of that bound.

If you have any more questions about the book, feel free to ask! I’ll be happy to answer them.

The blog tour has wrapped up! You can find links to all the posts here if you want to read them.

Finally, last call for voting for the Alliance Award! Voting ends on May 31.

Deliver made the semi-final list and is eligible for voting, along with a whole bunch of other Christian Speculative Fiction books.

If you love Christian Speculative Fiction, this is a chance to have your voice heard and vote for your favorites, whether that is Deliver or many of the other of the amazing books on this semi-final list!

You can click this link to vote.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this! You guys are amazing!

Dissociate & Dagger’s Sleep Blog Tour

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Today kicks off the blog tour for Dissociate by Sarah Addison-Fox and Dagger’s Sleep by yours truly.

It’s going to be a super eventful week! In this post, you’ll find the links to an indie e-conference, voting for two different reader-voted book awards, links to a new release, two giveaways, a link to a really cool Facebook Festival with tons more giveaways, and the blog tour line-up.


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First of all, Indie E-Con is happening this week! You can find all the posts on the Facebook Party with this link or you can find the posts on the blog. Indie E-Con is a great place to connect with a lot of Christian indie authors and learn about a variety of genres.

Indie E-Con even has its own book awards. Voting is open now, and Deliver is up for a few of the awards (along with Disowned by Sarah Addison-Fox). You can click here to vote.

If you landed on my blog as part of the Indie E-Con Scavenger Hunt, my scavenger hunt post is the one right before this one.


Speaking of awards, the voting for the Alliance Award is still open. Deliver made the semi-final list and is eligible for voting, along with a whole bunch of other Christian Speculative Fiction books.

If you love Christian Speculative Fiction, this is a chance to have your voice heard and vote for your favorites, whether that is Deliver or many of the other of the amazing books on this semi-final list!

You can click this link to vote.


Dissociate CoverDissociate releases today! Yay!!!! So excited this book is in the world for all of its fans to love!

About the Book:

Freedom begins with finding the truth.

Amidst the turmoil caused by Smyth’s arrest, Celeste is stuck in limbo, stripped of her citizenship, with no choice but to flee to a peaceful Kyraenean hideaway with the tumultuous Amaya Mason.

When bounty hunters threaten the local orphanage, Celeste and Amaya must work together and fight. Even if it means risking what they cherish the most.

His plans in tatters, his career in jeopardy, Mick Haynes is forced to leave Kyraenea with the enigmatic Torrance Kyle, the agent he still can’t trust.

Torrance is good at lying, and even better at hiding his pain, but is he strong enough to deal with the consequences of betraying his own father?

Can Celeste accept the truth, accept her place in the Haynes family or will lies chain her to the past and destroy her chance at a new life?

Dissociate is available for sale on Amazon here. The first two books in the series Disowned and Dissemble are also available on Amazon.

About the Author:

Sarah Addison-Fox is a New Zealand-born home-schooling mother of two who loves action-packed fantasy with strong heroines. She has an astonishing amount of nail polish, has all her creative writing credentials shoved in a drawer somewhere, and has a husband who, after 27 years, can still make her blush. When she’s not working on her Christian YA fantasy series’,  she can be found fangirling on Goodreads or sending GIFs on Twitter.


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To celebrate the release of Dissociate and Dagger’s Sleep, Sarah Addison-Fox and I are hosting a day-long Facebook Festival. There will be plenty of games and giveaways, not to mention Serena Chase, author of the Eyes of E’veria series, will be the guest of honor. It’s a party you won’t want to miss! You’ll be able to stop by any time during the day to join the fun, no matter what time zone you live in!

Just a few of the prizes we’ll be giving away: A full set of ALL of Sarah’s and my books, swag from New Zealand, a Dagger’s Sleep inspired bookish candle, lots of ebooks of our books, paperbacks of Serena Chase’s books, and more.

Link to the Facebook Festival: https://www.facebook.com/events/244246872802075/


The blog tour starts today! Yay! So excited! Here’s the schedule of all the blogs that are hosting us this week:

Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday – May 22

Laura Grace – Author Interview

Reading Anyone – Book Review

Jaye L Knight – Book Spotlight

Quirky Faith – Book Reviews and Author Interview

Wednesday – May 23

Allyson Kennedy – Author Interview

Sam H. – Book Review

Addyson Huneke – Book Review and Author Interview

Ivie Brooks – Book Reviews

Thursday – May 24

Shantelle Mary – Book Review and Book Spotlight

Brie Donning – Book Review and Multi-Character Interview

Blooming with Books – Book Review and Author Interview

Julian Daventry – Book Review and Author Interview

Friday – May 25

Faith Thompson – Book Reviews and Author Interview

Hannah Gaudette – Author Interview

CM Williams – Book Review

Chloe Parker – Book Reviews

Saturday – May 26

JM Christian – Book Review and Multi-Character Interview

Abigail McKenna – Book Reviews

Liv Fisher – Author Interview

Book Wolf – Book Reviews and Author Interview

Liz Koetsier – Book Spotlight

Monday – May 28

Jessica Dowell – Book Review and Author Interview

Lila Kims – Book Reviews

Marie Elrich – Book Reviews

Faith Potts – Book Review and Book Spotlight

 


And, finally, to wrap this post up, both Sarah Addison-Fox and I are hosting giveaways as part of the blog tour.

Allegiance Series GiveawaySarah Addison-Fox is giving away a paperback set of the first three books in the Allegiance Series. The giveaway is open internationally where such giveaways are permitted and where Createspace ships. The books may or may not be signed depending on where the winner lives.

To enter this giveaway, follow this Rafflecopter link.

 


Dagger's Sleep GiveawayTricia Mingerink is giving away a paperback of Dagger’s Sleep. The giveaway is open internationally where such giveaways are permitted and where Createspace or the Book Depository ships. The book may or may not be signed depending on where the winner lives.

To enter this giveaway, follow this Rafflecopter link.

 

 

Thanks so much for reading all the way to the end of this post!