Thursday, January 20, 2022

This or That with Dianne Duvall of The Purveli + #Giveaway

We're excited to share with you the next thrilling adventure in Dianne Duvall's Aldebarian Alliance series! The Purveli released on January 18th, 2022 at your favorite online book retailers everywhere. Find out more about Jak'ri and Ava's story below and grab your copy today! 

This or That with Dianne Duvall

Hello, all! Thanks for joining us. I’m very excited to be here today, celebrating the release of THE PURVELI, the third stand-alone novel in my exciting new Aldebarian Alliance series. If you like strong heroes and heroines—and sci-fi romance novels that are full of action, passion, humor, and happily-ever-afters—then I think you’ll enjoy this one. [Paranormal romance fans have been enjoying the series, too. ;-)] If you’re new to the Aldebarian Alliance, don’t worry. You won’t be lost if you dive in with THE PURVELI.

On some of my other tour stops, I focus on the book, offering snippets to pique your interest in Ava and Jak’ri’s story. But today I thought I would share a little bit about myself by answering “This or That” questions:

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

#Interview with Sonali Dev of The Wedding Setup: A Short Story + #Giveaway

Interview with Author Solini Dev


The Wedding Setup may be a short story, but it is tremendously powerful. How would you describe it to readers?
Thank you. It’s the story of a girl who used to be a rebel who followed her heart and fought for what she wanted, and then her brother’s death leaves her responsible for her widowed mother. It’s about being knocked off your feet and getting stuck, and learning how to stand back up and reclaim yourself.

The story invites us to take an intimate look into a mother-daughter relationship. This is a universal theme, however, you also steep the plot in your own Indian heritage. Can you tell readers what this story means to you as a daughter? What it means to you as an Indian woman?

There is so much of my own relationship with my mother in this book. We’ve always been incredibly close. She’s outspoken and confident and she modeled some powerful behaviors for me growing up about owning her own body and her voice. But there were the other parts where she was a product of her time and culture, believing in absolute terms that it is a woman’s duty to nurture her family, to marry ‘at the right time,’ to be a certain kind of mother. These are things she pushed hard. Things I internalized but also fought to do on my own terms and not hers. Ayesha’s relationship with her mother used to be this way, and then a tragedy changes their dynamic. So, it’s an exploration of how battles for identity get derailed by tragedy and grief and what it takes to heal.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Happy #BookBirthday to The Purveli by Dianne Duvall + #Giveaway

The next thrilling adventure in Dianne Duvall's Aldebarian Alliance series is AVAILABLE NOW! Grab your copy of The Purveli at your favorite online book retailer today! 


The Purveli
(Aldebarian Alliance #3)
by Dianne Duvall 

Release Date: January 18th, 2022
𝙉𝙚𝙬 𝙔𝙤𝙧𝙠 𝙏𝙞𝙢𝙚𝙨 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝙐𝙎𝘼 𝙏𝙤𝙙𝙖𝙮 𝗕𝗲𝘀𝘁𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗔𝘂𝘁𝗵𝗼𝗿 𝗗𝗶𝗮𝗻𝗻𝗲 𝗗𝘂𝘃𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗯𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗻𝗲𝘅𝘁 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗱-𝗮𝗹𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗻𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗹 𝗶𝗻 𝗮𝗻 𝗲𝘅𝗰𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗻𝗲𝘄 𝘀𝗰𝗶-𝗳𝗶 𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝘀𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗳𝘂𝗹𝗹 𝗼𝗳 𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻, 𝗮𝗱𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗵𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗶𝗹𝘆-𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿-𝗮𝗳𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘀.

Ava has always been different. Born with strong telepathic abilities, she lives a very isolated life until she is offered a job with an obscure network that aids powerful Immortal Guardians in their quest to protect humanity from the psychotic vampires who prey upon them. Suddenly, she doesn't feel so different. For the first time in her life, Ava has found a place where she belongs. She's happy. Life is good. And when her employers invite her to join a group of other gifted ones and a handful of Immortal Guardians on a journey to another planet, it becomes absolutely fantastic.

In no time at all, she is speeding across the galaxy aboard a Lasaran warship manned by two amazing alien races. It's the dream of a lifetime... until a vicious attack by a mutual enemy of Lasara and Earth lands her alone in an escape pod with no habitable planet in sight and only one ship within range: one that carries the enemy who wants to know why the bioengineered virus they released on Earth long ago didn't exterminate humanity and leave the planet ripe for their claiming.

Jak'ri doesn't know how long he has been a prisoner aboard the Cebaun, but he fears the enemy's twisted experiments will soon lead them to a virus that will eradicate the Purveli people. Despair grips him until a female from Earth is taken captive and reaches out to him telepathically. The gift that Ava said caused her such misery in the past soon becomes his salvation as the two of them form a fast friendship. Determined to distract each other from the horrors of their existence, they immerse themselves in telepathic communion during the day, then seek solace and adventure together in shared dreams. As their friendship deepens into love, the two hatch a daring plot to escape their captors. But the enemy will not let them go without a fight.

Can Ava and Jak'ri stand against so many and emerge victorious?

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Crystal's 2021 in Books


🎊 Good morning and Happy 2022! 🎊

While 2020 and 2021 seemed like one looooong year to me, I did get the chance to read some great books. My reading goals for the year weren't as high as past years, as I don't have as much time to get lost between the pages anymore, but I still exceeded my goal of 50 books for the year. 😀📚 Without further ado, here were some of my reading highlights....

I was able to reread my all-time favorite series, A Court of Thorns and Roses, twice. 😁 Once, to gear up for the release of  A Court of Silver Flames, and then again later in the year. I'll admit, it wasn't until my third read of A Court of Silver Flames that I actually liked the book, Nesta, and Cassian and Nesta's relationship. I'm a huge ACOTAR fan girl though (if you missed that on my IG page lol) so even disliking that book the series in it's entirety is still #1 for me. 

I was also able to catch up on another favorite series that I fell behind on, the Black Dagger Brotherhood. I finished up the last books in the Black Dagger Legacy spin-off, read the intermittent novellas, began the Prison Camp spin-off's (which I am loving btw) and finally read the last two books in the series itself. These were one of the first adult paranormal romance books I read and even with the Prison Camp books, I adore seeing the Brothers pop up here and there, especially my man, V. 😍

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

#Giveaway of On the Sweet Side by Audrey Carlan

About the Book

On the Sweet Side
(Wish #3)
by Audrey Carlan

Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 4th 2022 by HQN
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Audrey Carlan comes a story of sisters, self-discovery and a little something sweet.

Baking is Isabeau Collins’s life. Back from studying under the finest chefs in France and Italy, and with a newly minted culinary degree in hand, Izzy is ready to pursue her dream: whipping up creative confections in her own custom cake shop. But her perfect plans are waylaid when two women claiming to be her half sisters show up with a stack of letters addressed to Izzy from their late mother. Torn between launching her career and the need to learn more about her family history, Izzy makes the decision to go to Colorado to connect with the sisters she’s never known.

Then Izzy stumbles across a run-down storefront in Pueblo’s funky downtown and instantly knows that with a bit of work it’s the perfect location for her dream bakery…which means her detour to Colorado will be a permanent reroute. And with an unexpected relationship growing between Izzy and her contractor, Kyson, she has yet another reason to stick around—even if there are secrets in Kyson’s past Izzy can’t quite figure out. Fighting homesickness and self-doubt, Izzy worries that she’s making a mistake. But with her sisters close and her dreams within reach, she can’t help but wonder if her riskiest move could be the most rewarding decision she’s ever made.

Monday, January 3, 2022

#AuthorInterview with Chandra Blumberg of Digging Up Love + #Giveaway

Author Interview with Chandra Blumberg


As a debut author, what are some things readers should know about you?
I was born in Michigan and moved to the Chicago area shortly after college. I’m the mom of four amazing children. I love to bake and I’m always on the lookout for new recipes to try, and though they often turn out less-than Pinterest-worthy, my baked goods almost always taste great.
Lifting weights is another one of my passions. I enjoy the physical challenge and the boost from achieving new goals. I also love to travel and explore, whether it be other countries or nearby towns. One of my greatest joys is finding new places to visit and experience for the first time.
And of course, I love to read! I devour books from a wide variety of genres, from science fiction to mystery, historical fiction to fantasy, but romance captured my heart and never let go.

Describe your novel Digging Up Love in just one sentence.