Blog Tour+Review: Wanted by Bryan Davis

Hello, everyone!

I apologize for my infrequent posting schedule as of late. My life got extremely busy these last few weeks, but here I am today with a blog tour post!

I recently discovered how fun blog tours are and how great they are for authors to get the word out about new books. When one of my Goodreads friends informed me that Bryan Davis was doing a blog tour for his new book, I signed up to do a review (Bryan Davis is the author of Christian fantasy books like Starlighter and Dragons in our Midst). 

His newest book, Wanted: A Superhero to Save the World, is a middle-grade adventure story. Middle-grade means books written for an eight-to-twelve-years-old audience. So this book was definitely a bit of a change from my typical YA reads in terms of writing style and themes (and the lack of teenage drama). 😉 Think of it as a younger version of Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. 

 


-About the Book-

Eddie Hertz is smart, real smart. He has to be. What other twelve-year-old patrols the streets of Nirvana alone, hoping to foil the schemes of the evil Mephisto? Since Eddie is small for his age, he trusts in his Batman-style gadgets belt and acrobatic skills as well as lots of experience, like knowing how to swing across dark alleys without being seen.

Eddie has a dream, to become like Damocles, Nirvana’s great superhero. To make that dream come true, Eddie invented a device that is supposed to give him superpowers, but using it on himself is dangerous, maybe even fatal. He doesn’t have the nerve to try it.

When Mephisto unleashes an earthquake machine on the city, Eddie gets a surprising teammate — his quirky eight-year-old sister, Samantha, who comes up with an unexpected way to help Eddie in the frantic battle to prevent the biggest earthquake of all.

Since Damocles has lost his ability to help in physical form, Eddie and Samantha are the only hope for Nirvana and the world.

Available on Amazon


-About the Author-

Bryan Davis is the author of several bestselling series, including Dragons in Our Midst and the Reapers Trilogy, speculative fiction for youth and adults. Bryan and his wife, Susie, work together as an author/editor team to create his imaginative tales.


-My Review-

As I mentioned at the beginning of the post, most of what I read falls under the YA category–I didn’t read a whole lot of middle-grade books. So I wasn’t sure what to expect with Wanted: A Superhero to Save the World. By the time I finished, though, I decided this was a fun, light-hearted story that made for an enjoyable read.

I will admit that I am obviously not the target audience, so I did find the writing and themes to be a little simplistic. Some elements were extremely cheesy (much like in most superhero movies). In a way, though, the lack of drama and seriousness I usually find in books was refreshing. This was just an exciting, fun story with likable characters. Eddie and his sister, Sam, were an adorable duo of crime fighters and I loved how they stood up for each other.

I recommend this book for younger readers looking for a clever, exciting adventure story.

Thank you to Mr. Davis for providing me with a copy for review! 🙂


-The Other Bloggers-

Wednesday, September 20th

Tour Kickoff @ The Author’s Chair

Book Spotlight @ Backing Books

Book review and YOU WRITE: About Bryan Davis @ Zerina Blossom’s Books

Book Spotlight and Review @ The Spooky Bookshelf

Book Spotlight and Author Interview @ Scattered Scribblings

Book Review and Character Interview @ Light and Shadows

Thursday, September 21st

Book Spotlight and YOU WRITE: About Bryan Davis @ Red Lettering

Spotlight and Author Interview @ The Reader Addict

Spotlight and YOU WRITE: About Bryan Davis @ target verified

Book Review and Character Interview @ Hidden Doorways

Book Review @ Ashley Bogner (ME!)

Book Review @ The Page Dreamer

Friday, September 22nd

Book Spotlight and Character Interview @ Story of Fire

Book Review @ Inkwell

Book Spotlight and Character Interview @ Liv K. Fisher

Book Review @ writinganyone

Spotlight and YOU WRITE: About Superheroes @ Dreams and Dragons

Author Interview and YOU WRITE: About Bryan Davis @ March to a Different Drum

Book Spotlight @ Author Jaye L. Knight

Saturday, September 23rd

Author Interview @ Jessi L. Roberts, author

Book Spotlight and Character Interview @ Book Lovers Life

Book Review and Character Interview @ Verbosity Reviews

Book Spotlight, Author Interview and YOU WRITE: Superheroes @ Creature of Graphite

Character Interview @ Wanderer’s Pen

Book Spotlight and Author Interview @ Adventure Awaits


-The Giveaway-

The Giveaway Links:

https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/a793459e2/

This second one is the grand prize giveaway, and my post number is 7. (Mr. Davis’ blog tour kickoff post explains this 😉 )

https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/a793459e1/


Thanks for reading, everyone! Congrats to Mr. Davis on his latest release! My next post will be some updates for Reintegration #2! 🙂

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Blog Tour: Conqueror by Mandy Fender

I know I haven’t posted in a while, but the past couple weeks have been a little hectic as I started the new school semester. Getting back into a routine with school is always a bit tough after summer break, but now I’m hoping to resume my normal blog posting schedule.

Which brings me to today’s post….

Another blog tour post! Today, I’m here to inform you about the recent release of Mandy Fender’s book, Conqueror. Conqueror is the third book of the Defier series. I read the first book about a year ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. This series is a teen dystopian trilogy about standing up for your faith in Christ even in difficult times. And the covers are gorgeous, by the way. 

Congrats to Mandy Fender for her newest release!


About Conqueror

-A Christian Dystopian Series-

The Final Battle is on the Horizon . . .

Still heartbroken over the loss of her best friend, Sky, Lennox must face her own demons as she continues to fight against Ahab and the Regime. She now serves as a combat medic, desperately searching for survivors in war-torn America. But as the Regime grows stronger and begins to genetically enhance both humans and animals, she questions whether she and her fellow Sparrows are doing enough. After an encounter with a Prowler changes everything, she must choose between vengeance and faith in God because the next mission she goes on could be her last. Secrets will be revealed. Pasts will be forgiven. Defiers will be strengthened. When all hope seems lost, who will be left standing?


Purchase Information

-Amazon (available on KU): http://a.co/jf2aA7p

-Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36002413-conqueror


About the Author

Mandy Fender is an award-winning author, speaker, and blogger who hopes to glorify God and uplift others. She guest blogs for Broken, Beautiful, and Bold and has a monthly inspirational article in a local newspaper. Her writing has been featured in Devozine magazine for teens and Epifiction.

It is her aim to live and love like Christ and her writing is just another avenue to do that. She’s a new homeschool mom and serves in full time ministry with her husband in the great state of Texas. If you’d like more info on her work visit: mandyfender.com

Website // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Google Plus


Giveaway

LOOK AT THE PRETTY COVERS.

Oh, yeah. There’s a giveaway for the entire series. 🙂 How cool is that? 

Giveaway Link: http://giveawaytools2.com/giveaway.php?sk=80397075695


If you like dystopian novels, you should totally check out this series. I know I’ll definitely be reading the second and third books! 

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Reintegration Blog Tour Conclusion

Reintegration‘s release weekend was pretty fantastic.

Now that I’m starting to recover from the shock that my book is finally published, I’m also so incredibly grateful for how this last weekend went. At one point, the Kindle edition hit the #1 New Release list in it’s genre category (teen and young adult Christian science fiction <—that’s a mouthful). Yay!

A huge thank you to everyone who purchased a copy! Happy reading! <3

I also want to give a shout out to everyone who participated in the blog tour that ran from August 18th through August 22nd. Y’all are the best! It was amazing to see all of your posts about Reintegration.

Here’s a recap of the posts:

Girls’s Living for God’s Glory : book spotlight

God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae : book spotlight

Stories by Firefly : book spotlight

Novels, Dragons, and Wardrobe Doors : book spotlight

Liv Fisher : interview

Kristin Spencer : interview and review

Gabrielle N. : review

World of the Writer : review

Library in My Room : review

Unicorn Quester:  a video and an interview.

Thanks again, guys! 🙂

Other updates:

  1. I recently started a Goodreads discussion group for Reintegration. I’m part of some groups like this and they’re a lot of fun! If you’re on Goodreads and want to join, feel free to send and invite request!
  2. Also, if you’re on Goodreads, starting September 1st there will be a giveaway!
  3. The sequel is in the works! Lots of exciting things coming for Katherine and Matthew. 😉

Have a great day!

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Reintegration Release+Blog Tour

TODAY IS REINTEGRATION‘S OFFICIAL RELEASE DAY!!!!

I am so excited that I finally get to share my book with you all. Publishing has been a dream of mine for several years, and it’s absolutely thrilling that it’s happening. Today I’m going to share with you some information about the release as well as announce the start of the blog tour!

…drumroll please…

~RELEASE DAY INFO~

(I’ve had header settings all this time?! Mind blown.)

Reintegration is available for purchase at the following outlets:

Amazon

CreateSpace

Barnes & Noble

Once you read it, would you mind leaving a review on Amazon as well as on Goodreads, if possible? Reviews are really important for authors! 🙂

~THE BLOG TOUR~

Today is also the start of the Reintegration blog tour! Some pretty awesome bloggers signed up, and here is the tour schedule:

August 18 (Release day!):

Gabrielle N. (Review)

Liv Fisher (Book Info + Interview)

Unicorn Quester (Review)

Novels, Dragons, and Wardrobe Doors (Book Info)

Stories by Firefly (Book Info)

Kristin Spencer (Review + Interview)

August 19:

World of the Writer (Book Info + Review)

August 21: 

God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae (Book Info)

August 22:

Library in My Room (Review)

Thank y’all so much for the wonderful posts to help let readers know about Reintegration.    <3


Are you excited for Reintegration? 😀

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Why I Wrote Reintegration

EIGHT DAYS.

There’s just eight days until Reintegration is officially published.

In the meantime, I wanted to share with you some of the inspiration behind Reintegration. I love dystopian fiction and how powerful of a genre it can be (as I explained in this post). It can be used as a social commentary or moral warning while still being an exciting, will told story. There are three key factors that affected how I wrote Reintegration:

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Reintegration Cover Reveal!!!

Hello, everyone!!!

Today is a really big day because I’m finally going to show you the cover for my soon-to-come (as in: one month from now) dystopian novel, Reintegration. I had the privilege of working with Magpie Designs, and they did a FANTASTIC job of creating a cover that is absolutely gorgeous and I think fits the feel of the book very well. 

Without any further delay…here is the cover for Reintegration:

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Interview With Author Nadine Brandes

Hello, everyone! 

I’m here with Nadine Brandes, author of the awesome Out of Time trilogy for an interview! The Out of Time series is a Christian dystopian trilogy. Most of my GoodReads friends raved about the first book, A Time to Die. I love dystopian books and knew I had to check it out! It’s one of few series that resulted in lots of fan-girling for me. 🙂 So I’m really happy to be able to share the interview with you!

 Here we go!


Ashley Bogner: If you had to pick your top three favorite books or series, what would be on the list?

Nadine Brandes: Oh goodness, you start with the hard questions! I’d definitely say:

1) the Bible (I know that seems like a cheesy answer, but I just can’t start a day without it!)

2) Harry Potter series — Because they had such a huge impact on my imagination!

3) The Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers, because they’re the best and most inspiring historical fiction I’ve ever read in my life.

 What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

READ! But that’s expected. I also enjoy cooking, traveling (I think traveling should totally be a hobby), rock climbing, reorganizing my bookshelves, and playing the piano.

Reorganizing bookshelves is definitely a hobby. 🙂

What is your favorite part of the writing process?

Frankly, I adore all of it (yes, even editing!) But I think my favorite is when I first get a new idea and the excitement of developing it totally takes over my brain for several days. Those days are magical—when anything seems possible.

I also love the editing process!

Who is your favorite character in the Out of Time series?

How can you ask me this?!?! *dies* Obviously, I have to say Parvin. Probably because she is so much like teenage Nadine—and teenage Nadine and teenage Parvin would have made good friends. But don’t tell me to pick between Jude and Solomon. I can’t. I just….no.

Is there a certain Scripture verse/passage that particularly influenced the series?

There are several! Pretty much the entire book of Ecclesiastes, but also Isaiah 42:6-7 (book 1), Jeremiah 1:6-8 (book 2), and Isaiah 60:1-2 (book 3).

What is the biggest message or takeaway you hope readers pull from your books?

Well, it’s been amazing to hear the different takeaways that each reader finishes the book with—they vary so greatly and I love seeing how God weaves different themes in that I didn’t expect, that touch different readers.

But when I wrote the books, it was with the hope that readers would walk away with a new understanding that, no matter how dark life gets, there is always hope. And that we have a purpose in our lives — to help return the world to how it was intended to be. Shalom! I also really hoped that Parvin would be relatable and feel like a friend that my readers could journey with.

(I could go on and on with this. 🙂 )

One of the things I loved about the trilogy is that it does offer hope even in dark circumstances. That’s something definitely missing from a lot of dystopian novels.

Can you tell us anything about your latest project?

Actually yes! My latest project is a historical fantasy set in 17th century London. I will have many more details to share very soon via my newsletter. But you can prepare yourself for dark alleys, color magic, alchemists, midnight duels, and secret plots hatching in tunnels beneath London.

The book is a standalone and should release sometime in 2018.

Sounds super interesting! 😀 Can’t wait until we can all read it.

What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

Keep writing! The writing journey can be very bipolar—encouraging one day, discouraging the next. Just keep pushing through. No matter how much you despair over a project, there will be times of rejoicing over it just around the corner. 🙂

And, if you ever can, attend a writers conference and connect with other writers! It will change your life. 🙂

Writer’s conferences are amazing!

Thank you so much for letting me interview you! 


More about Nadine Brandes:

NADINE BRANDES once spent four days as a sea cook in the name of book research. She is the author of the award-winning Out of Time Series and her inner fangirl perks up at the mention of soul-talk, Quidditch, bookstagram, and Oreos. When she’s not busy writing novels about bold living, she’s adventuring through Middle Earth or taste-testing a new chai. She and her Auror husband live in a Tiny House on wheels. Current mission: paint the world in shalom. 

 

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Big, Exciting News!

Hello, everyone!

I have a big announcement to make that I am super excited about!

I’m publishing a book this year.

My dream, for years, has been to be a published author. Writing has been one of my favorite pastimes. My journey has been different from what I expected, but after a lot of prayer and research, I’ve decided to do something really scary and exciting and crazy.

Later this year, I’ll be self-publishing my dystopian novel, Reintegration. 

Right now, I’m almost finished with edits and the manuscript will just need a final look-over by my proofreaders (AKA my awesome mom and dad). Then it’s on to formatting and cover design!

I’m really excited, and also really nervous, that people are finally going to be reading what I’ve written.

Here’s the official summary:

A perfect citizen. A captured rebel. One decision could destroy them both…

As a Regulator, seventeen-year-old Katherine Holliday’s duty is to protect the people of the Federation from a group of violent rebels who have exiled themselves to the mysterious wilderness. When one of these rebels is captured within the Federation, the government leaders propose an alternative to execution, a procedure they call Reintegration. The procedure involves erasing the rebel’s memory and attempting to make him a member of society. The rebel, a young man named Matthew, is not the violent criminal Katherine expects, and she can’t help but befriend him. A few weeks after Matthew’s Reintegration, Katherine realizes the procedure failed and she is now presented with a choice no one else can help her make. Can she warn her superiors that Reintegration failed, which could mean death for Matthew? Or will she defy everything she knows to help him escape—and risk her own execution?

Be on the lookout for future posts with updates!!!!! 😀

P.S.–If you’re on GoodReads, would you consider adding Reintegration to your to-read list? You can find the page here.

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3 Stories That Break the Mold

On my Goodreads account, I have a shelf (a “shelf” is a category you can organize books in) dedicated solely to books/series that I thought had a certain level of uniqueness to them. If you’ve read a lot like I have, you know that after a while most stories and characters start to feel, well…generic. Plot twists become predictable. All the protagonists of books in the same genre look and talk and act identical to each other. It’s rare to find a book that makes me go “Wow, I haven’t seen anything like that before”. But sometimes I do.

If you’re looking for something to read that stands out, here’s three books/series you can try:

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