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Blog Tour – The Crow Rider by Kalyn Josephson

I’m delighted to be a part of this tour of The Crow Rider by Kalyn Josephson which released today!

Title: The Crow Rider
Author: Kalyn Josephson
Publishing Date: July 7th, 2020
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genres: Fantasy

Order: Amazon | Goodreads

About the Book

The thrilling conclusion to the epic Storm Crow duology that follows a fallen princess as she tries to bring back the magical elemental crows taken from her people.

Thia, her allies, and her crow, Res, are planning a rebellion to defeat Queen Razel and Illucia once and for all. Thia must convince the neighboring kingdoms to come to her aid, and Res’s show of strength is the only thing that can help her.

But so many obstacles stand in her way. Res excels at his training, until he loses control of his magic, harming Thia in the process. She is also pursued by Prince Ericen, heir to the Illucian throne and the one person she can’t trust but can’t seem to stay away from.

As the rebel group prepares for war, Res’s magic grows more unstable. Thia has to decide if she can rely on herself and their bond enough to lead the rebellion and become the crow rider she was meant to be.

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Cover Reveal – Sing Me Forgotten by Jessica S. Olson

Today I’m excited to participate in the cover reveal of SING ME FORGOTTEN by Jessica S. Olson! SING ME FORGOTTEN is a gender-swapped, darkly gothic retelling of The Phantom of the Opera set in a world of forbidden, music-based magic. This YA Fantasy debut releases on March 9th, 2021 from Inkyard Press/HarperCollins!

Title: Sing Me Forgotten
Author: Jessica S. Olson
Publishing Date: March 9th, 2021
Publisher: Inkyard Press/HarperCollins
Genres: YA Fantasy

Preorder: Website | Amazon | Book Depository | Indiebound | Goodreads

About the Book

Isda does not exist. At least not beyond the opulent walls of the opera house.

Cast into a well at birth for being one of the magical few who can manipulate memories when people sing, she was saved by Cyril, the opera house’s owner. Since that day, he has given her sanctuary from the murderous world outside. All he asks in return is that she use her power to keep ticket sales high—and that she stay out of sight. For if anyone discovers she survived, Isda and Cyril would pay with their lives.

But Isda breaks Cyril’s cardinal rule when she meets Emeric Rodin, a charming boy who throws her quiet, solitary life out of balance. His voice is unlike any she’s ever heard, but the real shock comes when she finds in his memories hints of a way to finally break free of her gilded prison.

Haunted by this possibility, Isda spends more and more time with Emeric, searching for answers in his music and his past. But the price of freedom is steeper than Isda could ever know. For even as she struggles with her growing feelings for Emeric, she learns that in order to take charge of her own destiny, she must become the monster the world tried to drown in the first place.

About the Cover

Design Team: Kathleen Oudit—art director, Mary Luna—in-house designer, and Allan Davey—composite artist.

Jessica S. Olson’s reaction to the SING ME FORGOTTEN cover:

This cover exceeded my wildest expectations! I love how the design team (Kathleen Oudit—art director, Mary Luna—in-house designer, and Allan Davey—composite artist) worked so hard to bring out the dark, romantic atmosphere of the story. I particularly love the intricate gold border at the top corners because it ties in so well to the opera house where the majority of the story takes place! Also, I don’t know if they did this on purpose, but I adore how the little crystal stopper on the bottle looks almost like a chandelier—because you know that a Phantom book needs a chandelier (and there is a very significant one in Sing Me Forgotten)!

About the Author 

Jessica S. Olson claims New Hampshire as her home, but has somehow found herself in Texas, where she spends most of her time singing praises to the inventor of the air conditioner. When she’s not hiding from the heat, she’s corralling her three wild—but adorable—children, dreaming up stories about kissing and murder and magic, and eating peanut butter by the spoonful straight from the jar. She earned a bachelor’s in English with minors in editing and French, which essentially means she spent all of her university time reading and eating French pastries. Sing Me Forgotten is her debut novel.

Website | Twitter | Goodreads | Instagram

Giveaway

Head over to my Instagram account to enter the cover reveal giveaway to win a preorder of SING ME FORGOTTEN from Book Depository! (And check the hashtag #SingMeForgottenCoverReveal to get in more entries!)

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Blog Tour – A Secret Life by James S. Juliana

Thank you iRead Book Tours for letting me be a part of this.

Book Title: A Secret Life: Enduring and Triumphing Over OCD: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Author: James S. Juliana
Publisher:  Self-Published
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+), 176 pages
Genre:  Self-Help, Mental Health
Release date:   October 2019
Content Rating:  PG. This self-help book deals with adult subject matter of mental illness.

Tour dates: June 15 to June 26, 2020

Goodreads | Amazon

About the Book

Are you one of the millions who reside within a secret life, a life which constantly feels out of your own control: Are you plagued by repetitive thoughts and/or actions which interfere with your daily activities? The author lived for more than 40 years with an undiagnosed form of mental illness, a phobia now known as OCD: obsessive-compulsive disorder. His emotional pain and suffering were at times almost unmanageable. In his mid-sixties, the author, a loving husband, father and accomplished high school teacher and athletic coach, discovered a unique psychologist within the Denver therapeutic community who utilizes a radical but highly successful treatment that’s allowed the author to control his OCD symptoms almost 100%. “A Secret Life” is one of the few books written by an OCD sufferer and descries in detail the pain and chaos living with this illness can cause not just the victim, but those closest to him. This story doesn’t stop there, but provides readers with options and advice dealing with OCD from someone who broke the curse of living a secret life. Now he’s ready to share his story in order to help others.

About the Author

Jim Juliana was a hard-working family man with a devoted wife and adoring children. As a teacher, he taught numerous subjects over a 28-year career, was an assistant principal/athletic director for three years and mentored generations of youngsters in the classroom and in athletics. Juliana was a coach for forty years at the high school level. Coach Juliana has been a part of two state championship teams, a city championship team and several league title teams. He spent two years as a college instructor and football coach. But Jim Juliana had a secret life, one over which he had no control. For most of his life, he also fought – and eventually defeated – an embarrassing and almost debilitating OCD. OCD, or obsessive-compulsive disorder is an anxiety disorder that effects three to five million adults in the US each year. OCD involves irrational fears or repeated thoughts or obsessions that drive an individual to engage in repetitive behaviors or compulsions. Jim Juliana’s life was finally changed when he found a therapist whose treatment all but eliminated his OCD incidents. A Secret Life chronicles Juliana’s battle against his OCD and gives readers options and information for treatment based on his experiences.

Connect with the Author: Website |Facebook

Author Interview

Why did you decide to write your book?

            I decided to write a book detailing my 55 years of living with a debilitating form of OCD because I felt a moral responsibility to help others with OCD. I don’t want others to endure the pain and suffering my OCD caused me as well as my wife and children. I have been fortunate to have found a therapist who has, for all intense and purposes, cured my OCD. My OCD incidents have gone from 65-70 incidents per day to 1 or 2.

If you had a wish for your book what would it be?

            I would like my book to facilitate my becoming a spokesperson on behalf of OCD sufferers, especially children and adolescents. In my lifetime dealing with OCD the most difficult years for me were as a young child and adolescent. I believe there are many children of school age who experience problems in school which are oftentimes misdiagnosed as behavioral issues or learning difficulties. In reality, some of these problems faced by children are as a result of OCD issues.

What is the last great book you read?

            I read voraciously, usually several books a month. One of the most enjoyable books I ever read was U. S. Grant’s autobiography. He was a great man who was very underappreciated.

What do your children think about your book?

            Our four children were very receptive to our writing the book. All four of the grown children contributed part of a chapter to the book by describing how my OCD affected them growing up. The three daughters knew a problem existed but were not adversely affected nor were they aware of the seriousness. Our only son was more directly affected by my mood swings because he spent much of his middle school years with me as a team manager and ball boy. All four children also have OCD in their lives but to a lesser degree than I do.

What was the greatest event that ever happened to you as a coach?

            I was interviewed for a head coaching position in football at the high school level after being recommended by a graduate school classmate.  I interviewed for and accepted the position after the practice season had already begun.  In the second season of a four-year stay at this school, I led a group of young men and coaches to the school’s first winning season in more than a decade.  Within three years we were league champions and in the fourth year we enjoyed an undefeated regular season and made the playoffs for the first time in over three decades.

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June 15 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
June 15 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway
June 16 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 16 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
June 17 – novelsnerd – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 17 – T’s Stuff – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 18 – Library of Clean Reads – book spotlight / giveaway
June 18 – Laura’s Interests – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 19 – Hall Ways Blog – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
June 19 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
June 22 – Books for Books – book spotlight
June 23 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 23 – Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 24 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / giveaway
June 24 – Rainy Day Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
June 25 – Pick a Good Book – book spotlight / author interview /giveaway
June 26 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway