Spotlight: Salt & Venom


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Title: SALT & VENOM (Blood, Bloom, & Water #2)

Author: Amy McNulty

Pub. Date: October 16, 2018

Publisher: Snowy Wings Publishing

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 227

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An emboldened merman. The daring girl who agreed to be his champion. The upcoming battle that threatens to change everything they believe in.

Ivy Sheppard never wanted the ability to turn into a mermaid—though her wicked ice powers are nothing to sneeze at. Now her step-sister is her enemy, the fairy she once trusted may not be the ally she hoped for, and her new boyfriend wants her to transfer schools to avoid the vampires taking over Union High. Between dodging parents’ concerns, pretending she can stand to even look at the step-sister who sided with the bloodsuckers, and still aiming to end it all without violence, Ivy is in over her head. Unfortunately, these ancient enemies are itching to get the conflict started and Ivy may have no choice but to become the warrior the merfolk need her to be.

The second book in the Blood, Bloom, & Water series starts the war between fangs and fins in earnest as the merfolk plan their assault to bring down the unnatural undead vampires once and for all.


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Title: FANGS & FINS A Paranormal Romance (Blood, Bloom, & Water Book 1)

Author: Amy McNulty

Pub. Date: May 1, 2018

Publisher: Snowy Wings Publishing

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 330

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A dapper vampire. A sullen merman. Two heirs to a great conflict—and each needs to claim a beloved to become his kindred’s champion.

High school senior Ember Goodwin never had a sister, but after her mom’s remarriage, she now has two. The eldest is no stranger to her—Ivy is a witty girl in her grade who’s almost never spoken to the shy bookworm before—but she’s surprised to find the popular girl quite amiable. Their burgeoning friendship is tested, however, when Dean Horne, a pale, besuited charmer, shows interest in them both and plans to reveal his appetite for blood to the one who’ll stand by his side.

Seventeen-year-old Ivy Sheppard is tired of splitting her time between her dad’s and her mom’s, particularly when her dad uproots their lives to move them in with his new wife and step-daughter. Used to rolling with her parents’ whims, she tries to make the best of it and befriend her nerdy new step-sister. Her hectic life grows more unwieldy when she catches the eye of junior Calder Poole, whom she swears she sees swap well-toned legs for a pair of fins during a dip in a lake. Now she’s fending off suitors left and right, all while trying to get to the bottom of the strange happenings in her town.

The first book in the Blood, Bloom, & Water series sets family against family and friend against friend as an epic, ancient war comes to a head in a supposedly sleepy suburb.

About Amy:Amy

Amy McNulty is an editor and author of books that run the gamut from YA speculative fiction to contemporary romance. A lifelong fiction fanatic, she fangirls over books, anime, manga, comics, movies, games, and TV shows from her home state of Wisconsin. When not reviewing anime professionally or editing her clients’ novels, she’s busy fulfilling her dream by crafting fantastical worlds of her own.

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card, International.

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Book Review: Wavehouse


Title: WAVEHOUSEunnamed (1)

Author: Alice Kaltman

Pub. Date: June 15, 2018

Publisher: Fitzroy Books

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

Pages: 289

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Sixteen year-old Anna Dugan is a super surfer who feels most at home when taking off on a ten-foot wave. But surf culture bores Anna big time. While other surfers follow trends and speak the lingo, Anna harbors a secret desire to be an artist, drawing houses made of waves. It’s not the most practical dream for the daughter of a single mom living in Kendall’s Watch, a beach town where most kids are so surf-centric they think ‘Current Events’ have something to do with ocean tides.

Anna is not only the best surfer in Kendall’s, she’s also the shyest. When a surf scout comes to town to gage her talent, Anna freaks out and refuses to let him watch her. To protect herself from the pressure and the panic, Anna decides to only surf at her private break, Secretspot, for the rest of the summer. But Secretspot becomes treacherous in ways Anna never imagined, and the danger has nothing to do with waves. When a gorgeous stranger paddles out, smiling a bewitching smile and surfing like a god, their chemistry is impossible to ignore. A series of events are set in motion that will change Anna’s life forever; events that raise difficult questions about love, honesty, betrayal and family ties.

In the end, is it worth it? Dive in to Wavehouse, life-preserver recommended, and the decision is yours.

My Review

This is one of those books that give you a certain feeling while reading it, that general feeling that a reader gets when opening a book for the first time (before going into the story). The timing for this blog tour was perfect! I’m getting ready for a short vacation at the sea so this is the perfect book to prepare myself for exactly that. Because it made me feel so relaxed, it made me thing of waves and how they sound.  I could smell the sand and warmth.

With this opening, I will get into the actual story. The story centers on young Anna, who’s trying to keep a low profile and practice surfing in her own private space. She does not like attention and has her own issues to deal with. However, her tranquility is somehow disturbed when a young man comes around. This guy manages to crack her shyness and thus she feels the comfort she longs for. But is the sea always serene?

Anna’s voice is so well created, all characters feel so real. I can definitely say that from writing perspective, the author did an amazing job. We don’t have the perfect couple, perfect heroine, perfect family or friends. But there are no enemies either. Everybody is as real as you’d get them. No one is perfect and that makes the book so much interesting.

We see her grow, we see her develop and interact with others. Most of the book is centered on her reactions and her feelings. Anna and her mom are one of the best examples of dealing with parental issues, or solving things as a family. Friendship and love are not to be missed either and all these themes blend together beautifully.

So pick up this book! Grab your copy take a ride on the biggest wave around. Learn about surfers, about Anna Dugan and her passions. I felt so refreshed after reading this. I loved it and I am so happy to be part of this blog tour!

Check out what other bloggers think about “Wavehouse” by clicking the banner. And there is also a giveaway if you scroll down 🙂 Happy reading!

About Alice

As a young girl I long


ed to be a mermaid. My idol sat demurely on the Chicken of the Sea tuna fish cans. I peeled labels off to save her image. Every night before bedtime I squeezed both legs in to one side of my pajama bottoms and shuffled around the house pretending I was as beautiful as the tuna fish mermaid.

Real mermaid-hood proved elusive, so I became a modern dancer instead. For over twenty years I worked with brilliant choreographers and performed in amazing places. And while I’m still paid to do the occasional pirouette, I’m now mostly known as a Parenting Coach/Writer helping out moms and dads, and talking to kids also, about their (often annoying) parents.

But honestly? I’m most at home when upside down and underwater. I’ve been swimming my entire life, and surfing for the better part of adulthood. It’s no surprise my two novels are totally ocean-centric. Saving Grace is about a mermaid, and Wavehouse is about a surfer. And I guess they’re both about me, too.

My short fiction (for adults) takes place on land, sea, and air. I’m thrilled that Staggerwing, a collection of my favorites, is forthcoming from Tortoise Books in October, 2016.

These days I split my time between Brooklyn and Montauk, New York where I wear my pajamas regular style. But if too much time passes without a swim or a surf, I’m tempted to revisit my childhood shenanigans. Wouldn’t it be fun to flip-flop about like a fish out of water or a beached mermaid, restless and hungry for the incoming tide?

If you want to reach out about bookish stuff, send me an email via the cute little Contact pop-up, or via my literary agent, Zoe Sandler of ICM Partners.

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Giveaway Details:

2 winners will receive a hardcover of WAVEHOUSE, US Only.

2 winners will receive a paperback of WAVEHOUSE, US Only.

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Book Review: Antipodes



Title: ANTIPODESunnamed (1)

Author: Michele Bacon

Pub. Date: April 3, 2018

Publisher: Sky Pony Press

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 400

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When Erin Cerise steps off her plane in Christchurch, New Zealand, she is focused intently on her mission: do something unique that will erase the mess she made of her life days before her 17th birthday. She’s already lost her swim team captainship, her boyfriend Ben, and her reputation. Her mother is certain studying abroad will regain Erin’s chances of a good future. Once Erin sees her uninspiring host family and city, though, Erin’s not so sure.

Before Christchurch, Erin wasn’t always intense and focused. A mission used to sound like a fun adventure, and the only ivy she cared about was the stuff growing around her grandparents’ back porch at their peaceful Upper Peninsula home. When had her priorities gone upside down?

Now Erin balks at NZ’s scratchy school uniforms, cold houses, and her hosts’ utter inability to pronounce her name correctly. Christchurch does boast amazing rock climbing, gorgeous scenery, and at least one guy who could make her forget Ben if she lets him. With months ahead of her, Erin slowly begins to draw on the years behind her, one step back into her memories and then another, as she rebuilds her life from the other side of the world to find that when life turns your world upside down and you’re farthest from home, every way you move takes you closer to where you came from.


My Review

I am so happy to have read this book. Most importantly, I am happy to have discovered another amazing writer, because “Antipodes” is such an interesting book, from so many perspectives. It brings forward many family issues and much personal development.

Erin has had a privileged life in the US. Her parents offered her a certain status among her school mates, with a car and money to spend. But all these were in exchange of a life without affection from their side and with only pressure to excel at activities that were not to her liking. She has her life mapped out by her mother, whose expectations are hard to accomplish. When her life is drastically changed, she is sent to Australia, for an exchange experience that would look good in her application for one of the top universities.

She discovers a world completely different from what she was used to in America. She discovers a family that is grateful for what they have, friends that are true friends and most importantly she discovers herself. She does the things she really likes to do. It is a journey to self-discovery and achieving that state of mind that makes one proud, or at least satisfied with oneself.

The author has done such an amazing job presenting the various contrasts between Erin’s life in the States and what she has in Australia. We find out step by step what happened to her social life that she has had to travel to the other part of the world. We see the differences between her host family and her parents. While ones were focused on being there for her and support her in the competitions, the others were more focused on the results and on why she could not do better. There is a romance starting as well and again we have a contrast between her ex-boyfriend and the boy she likes here. But probably the most important contrast is between who Erin is at the beginning of the book and who she becomes during her stay abroad.

I could go on and on about so many things in this book. This is one complex novel that deserves a much better analysis than the one I can provide in my review. To keep it as short as I can, I am more than happy to have read it and I am forever grateful that I had the chance to discover this amazing author! I cannot wait to read more books by Michele Bacon. Give this book a chance, it is so worth it!



About Michele:Michele

I was born in Trumbull County, the only square county in Ohio, where books were my favorite means of escaping an unhappy childhood. Writing was my transparent attempt to create the things I craved: big happy families, international adventures and unconditional friendship. From a young age, I was drawn to people’s stories, and I still want to know how you met your best friend or fell in love with your partner.

In high school, I embraced my inner geek and wrote my first novel. In college, there were short stories and still more novels. I graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.A. in English, with concentrations in critical theory and creative writing.

Full-time work sapped my creative brain for several years, but my professional life was one of reinvention. In state government, business management consulting, and nonprofit fundraising, I adapted easily and absorbed the languages of different professions. My last paying job was as an independent fundraising consultant for nonprofit organizations. That was seven years ago.

Since then, I have been writing and traveling (and, let’s be honest, chasing down small people who don’t like to wear clothes). I’ve traveled to all 50 states and dozens of other countries, always collecting pieces of characters and ideas for stories. I recently spent a year on sabbatical in Christchurch, New Zealand, where I may have left my heart at Ilam School. Now that we’ve settled back in the States, I’m writing for adults and young adults, exploring the Pacific Northwest, and baking like a fiend. (You’d thinking baking would be the same everywhere, but it’s not. Something is different about kiwi butter.)

​When an idea strikes, I scrawl sweeping plot outlines, character idiosyncrasies, and ideas for scenes on the nearest blank spot of paper. My current manuscript was born of those torn slips of paper, used envelopes, lollipop wrappers, fuel receipts and–once–that little paper bit that keeps a nursing pad sticky until it’s time to use it. My manuscripts are better than the quality of papers where they began. Promise.

Outside of writing, I am a tabletop game enthusiast, passionate skier, and lover of prime numbers. I also am a mentor at the Moving Words Writing Clinic, and a freelance copyeditor.

I live in Seattle with my husband and three growing children.

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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy ANTIPODES, US Only.


Want to know more about the book ? Check out the other bloggers that are part of this tour and find their articles:

3/26/2018- Pretty Deadly Reviews– Interview

3/26/2018- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review

3/27/2018- Kati’s Bookaholic Rambling Reviews– Excerpt

3/27/2018- Lattes & Paperbacks– Review

3/28/2018- Wonder Struck– Review

3/28/2018- Portrait of a Book– Review

3/29/2018- BookHounds YA– Interview

3/29/2018- Shelf Rider– Review

3/30/2018- The Reading Life– Excerpt

3/30/2018- RhythmicBooktrovert– Review

Week Two:

4/2/2018- YA Books Central– Interview

4/2/2018- Blushing Bibliophile– Review

4/3/2018- Lilly’s Book World Review

4/3/2018- MetalPhantasmReads– Review

4/4/2018- Caffeine And Composition– Review

4/4/2018- Two Points of Interest– Review

4/5/2018- The Infinity Words– Review

4/5/2018- Novel Novice– Guest Post

4/6/2018- Paulette’s Papers– Excerpt

4/6/2018- books are love– Review


Book Review: Ignited




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Title: IGNITED (Dance of the Elements, #1)

Author: A.M. Deese

Pub. Date: March 27, 2018

Publisher: RadiantTeen

Pages: 354

Formats: Paperback, eBook

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“Jura imagined it sounded like rain.”

Juggling death is nothing new for seventeen-year-old Jura, daughter of the First of the Thirteen, successive rulers of the Republic of the Sand Sea. However, when a blood chain ensnares her father, she is thrust into the seat of power and forced to rule her elders.

“To Tylak, water had never tasted sweeter.”

Jura must track down her father’s assassin and balance a country on the verge of collapse. To find the Prince of Shadows and uncover the truth, Jura puts her trust in Tylak, a former slave accused of stealing from the Everflame—a man she once condemned to death.

In a world where water is currency and enemies lurk around every corner, Jura will use her wits or risk igniting a world war.

My Review

This is such an interesting book! We have multiple perspectives, intrigues from all sides, politics, a little bit of love, desire for power and ambition. I would have given it 5 starts with a little strawberry (like them better than cherries) on top if it were not for that slow beginning and that I did not completely understand all the aspects of the action in the beginning.

The story begins with Jura trying to rule in her father’s place, while trying to discover who has set a cure on him. Maintaining appearances has never been so difficult, especially when she becomes entangled in lies, plots and schemes. Nothing is too much for trying to save her father. So she must do all that is required to ensure his return as ruler of the Republic, head of the Thirteen. It all gets much more complicated. Believe me, you will not get bored at all!

But she is not the only character that we have in this book. There are a lot of them, all revealing their intentions at some point. The voices are different, but they have in common one thing: all have their own agenda, all want to manipulate. Young or old, with a lower rank or a better one. And that’s the beauty of this book. You never get bored with someone’s story. At one point, I found myself cheering for Jura, then Tylak comes in and he is a complete mystery. I liked how the author created him – simple, yet powerful, mysterious, and handsome in his own way. We have Ash, whose goal is to become spoken of, become part of the history, and become a legend. Beshar is your typical politician who wants more power. Amira is the jealous best friend. Kay is the innocent who has to become more that her age would allow. They are so different and so complex. 356 pages (as per Amazon) are not enough to capture all their sides.

The magic system is great as well (or at least to my liking). We have shadow dancers, fire dancers, people that can manipulate fire, DRAGONS! Each group has its own interests and hidden agendas. The author has created a complicated world to say the least. Did I mention the dragons in this book? (oops, I did! )

I liked the characters so much, that I can easily forget all the things that made me a little confused in the beginning. I will go with 4.5 stars and I am looking forward for the next book!


About A.M.:A.M.

Alexis Marrero Deese is an avid reader of young adult and fantasy. Her favorite authors include Brandon Sanderson, Jaqueline Carey, and Orson Scott Card. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and a sun tan she misses dearly since her move to northern Georgia. She has a passion for cooking, spends entirely too much time on Pinterest, and is a self-proclaimed dog training expert to her family’s legion of dogs.

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Giveaway Details:

Win one signed paperback of Ignited by A.M. Deese, one glow-in-the-dark dragon pendant, one leather-bound dragon journal, and a $5 Amazon gift card! This is a pre-order giveaway but you do not need to buy the book to enter, buying the book just gives you more entries.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

3/19/2018- QUITE THE NOVEL IDEA– Excerpt

3/20/2018- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review

3/21/2018- Margie’s Must Reads– Excerpt

3/22/2018- Fan-Girl-Tabulous– Review

3/23/2018-Novel Novice– Guest Post


Week Two:

3/26/2018- History of Royal Women– Review

3/27/2018- Wonder Struck– Review

3/28/2018- Lilly’s Book World– Review

3/29/2018- BookHounds YA– Interview

3/30/2018- Book Briefs– Review