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*GIVEAWAY* His Hideous Heart ~ edited by Dahlia Adler

September 8, 2019


Just in time for the change in weather, Poe’s stories return with a brand new twist. Dahlia Adler pulled together more than a dozen contemporary authors to revamp the creeptastic world of Edgar Allen Poe.

I’m not really a scary story kind of gal but for some reason, Poe has always had my heart (pun intended). And the stories included in this collection have a modern twist that makes Poe accessible for those who think he’s just a dusty old classic.

I am so grateful I was able to be part of the promotion campaign for Flatiron Books and even more grateful because I get to bring this awesome book to YOU! I’m hosting a giveaway. All you have to do is comment with the name of your favorite scary story and tell me a little bit about why it sends glorious chills down your spine. The post will be open for one week and I will announce the winner next Saturday.

{From the Publisher}

About the Book:
The Cask of Amontillado. The Tell-Tale Heart. The Pit and the Pendulum. Filled with love and loss, vengeance and regret, the dark, chilling stories of Edgar Allen Poe have haunted us for over 150 years. Now, thirteen of YAs most celebrated writers reimagine Poe’s stories for a new generation.

These contemporary retellings will grab readers by the throat and drag them along to surprising and unsettling places, whether they are Poe aficionados or new newcomers to these classics. Tiffany D. Jackson, award-winning author of Monday’s Not Coming, transports “The Cask of Amontillado” to the streets of Brooklyn during the present day West Indian Day Carnival in Brooklyn. Poet amanda lovelace finds new meaning in the classic poem “The Raven” by blotting out words from the original lines. And Kendare Blake, New York Times bestselling author of the Three Dark Crowns series, gives the unreliable voice narrating “Metzengerstein” a contemporary edge.

With the original stories printed in the back of the book, HIS HIDEOUS HEART offers up a fun way to meet Poe for the first time, or for readers to revisit old favorites with fresh eyes. His work reminds us why we love to be scared, whether we get that thrill from watching the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, visiting a haunted house at Halloween, or by reading Poe’s spine-tingling stories

Dahlia Adler is an Associate Editor of mathematics by day, a blogger for B&N Teens, LGBTQ Reads, and Frolic by night, and an author of Young Adult and New Adult novels at every spare moment in between. Her books include the Daylight Falls duology, Just Visiting, and the Radleigh University trilogy, and her short stories can be found in the anthologies The Radical Element, All Out, It’s a Whole Spiel, and His Hideous Heart, which she also edited. Dahlia lives in New York with her husband, son, and an obscene amount of books, and can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @MissDahlELama.



Dahlia Adler

Kendare Blake

Rin Chupeco

Lamar Giles

Tessa Gratton

Tiffany D. Jackson

Stephanie Kuehn 

Emily Lloyd-Jones

amanda lovelace

Hillary Monahan 

Marieke Nijkamp

Caleb Roehrig

Fran Wilde

The Oysterville Sewing Circle ~ Susan Wiggs

September 4, 2019

About The Oysterville Sewing Circle

• Hardcover: 384 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (August 13, 2019)

“Stitched together with love, this is a story just waiting for your favorite reading chair. With her signature style and skill, Susan Wiggs delivers an intricate patchwork of old wounds and new beginnings, romance and the healing power of friendship, wrapped in a lovely little community that’s hiding a few secrets of its own.”
— Lisa Wingate, New York Times Bestselling author of Before We Were Yours

This book, y’all.

When I agreed to the tour, I was excited but a little wary of the subject matter. With complete open honesty, I have been on the victim end of domestic violence, as well as on the therapy side for women leaving and processing domestic violence.

The story isn’t one single story but’s beautiful and heart wrenching tapestry of many stories being told together, ultimately making the fabric of sisterhood that much stronger.

It’s a book of self discovery, of new paths, or homecomings, and growth and I think I read it at exactly the right time.

I love when writers are able to pull beauty into the deepest and darkest aspects of human relationships because we all need to see ourselves and those around us in clear light.

For those reasons, I am so unreasonably grateful for this opportunity coming my way.

If you haven’t had a chance to read the book yet, I highly recommend it. Though the subject matter is heavy, it still holds an incredible amount of sweetness.

Thank you to TLC Book Tours for including me on the tour!

Purchase Links

HarperCollins | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Photo by Yvonne Wong

About Susan Wiggs

Susan Wiggs’s life is all about family, friends…and fiction. She lives at the water’s edge on an island in Puget Sound, and in good weather, she commutes to her writers’ group in a 21-foot motorboat. She’s been featured in the national media, including NPR, PRI, and USA Today, has given programs for the US Embassies in Buenos Aires and Montevideo, and is a popular speaker locally, nationally, internationally, and on the high seas.

From the very start, her writings have illuminated the everyday dramas of ordinary people facing extraordinary circumstances. Her books celebrate the power of love, the timeless bonds of family and the fascinating nuances of human nature. Today, she is an international best-selling, award-winning author, with millions of copies of her books in print in numerous countries and languages. According to Publishers Weekly, Wiggs writes with “refreshingly honest emotion,” and the Salem Statesman Journal adds that she is “one of our best observers of stories of the heart [who] knows how to capture emotion on virtually every page of every book.” Booklist characterizes her books as “real and true and unforgettable.”

Her novels have appeared in the #1 spot on the New York Times Bestseller List, and have captured readers’ hearts around the globe with translations into more than 20 languages and 30 countries. She is a three-time winner of the RITA Award,. Her recent novel, The Apple Orchard, is currently being made into a film, and The Lakeshore Chronicles has been optioned for adaptation into a series.

The author is a former teacher, a Harvard graduate, an avid hiker, an amateur photographer, a good skier and terrible golfer, yet her favorite form of exercise is curling up with a good book. She lives on an island in Puget Sound, where she divides her time between sleeping and waking.

Visit her website at, and connect with Susan on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Instagram Features

Tuesday, August 20th: Instagram: @simplykelina

Tuesday, August 20th: Instagram: @book.hang.o.ver

Wednesday, August 21st: Instagram: @beauty_andthebook_

Thursday, August 22nd: Instagram: @readingwithmere

Friday, August 23rd: Instagram: @crystals_library

Saturday, August 24th: Instagram: @lauralovestoread

Sunday, August 25th: Instagram: @thats_what_she_read

Monday, August 26th: Instagram: @tarheelreader

Review Stops

Wednesday, August 21st: Reading Reality

Thursday, August 22nd: Laura’s Reviews

Friday, August 23rd: bookchickdi

Monday, August 26th: I Wish I Lived in a Library

Tuesday, August 27th: Books and Bindings

Wednesday, August 28th: A Chick Who Reads

Thursday, August 29th: Kahakai Kitchen

Friday, August 30th: Girl Who Reads

Friday, August 30th: Write – Read – Life

Tuesday, September 3rd: Ms. Nose in a Book

Wednesday, September 4th: Iwriteinbooks’s blog

Thursday, September 5th: Into the Hall of Books

Friday, September 6th: A Bookish Way of Life

TBD: Tuesday, August 20th: Bibliotica

Castle of Concrete ~ Katia Raina

September 4, 2019

About Castle of Concrete

• Paperback: 304 pages
• Publisher: Young Europe Books (June 11, 2019)

The story focuses on Sonya and her mother, who are both suffering the pressure of living as Jewish women in the heat of the final Soviet collapse, winding their way through both personal and political mayhem as the world crashes down around them.

Sonya is falling in love with a boy (or two) who may not be right for her and her mother is falling in love with a country that may be perfect but also terrifying. The typical YA love triangle works in a different way, here, with a sort of ominous fear of hatred and bigotry. Though the antisemitism of Sonya’s peers (and perhaps love) highlights the ingrained feeling of such biases, making it obvious that the feelings of young people are simply passed down, generation to generation as opposed to being honestly felt by those acting on their true feelings.

I come from a Russian Jewish family which made Katia Raina’s Castle of Concrete a wonderful and quite personal read.

For a little book, Castle of Concrete packs quite an emotional punch and it came at a time in our own history that has highlighted just how horrible these generational ideals and biases can impact normal, every day life.

Thank you so much to TLC Book Tours for allowing me to review this book for the tour. If you have a chance to read it, definitely do so!

Purchase Links

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

About Katia Raina

When she was a child, Katia Raina played at construction sites and believed in magic mirrors. She emigrated from Russia at the age of almost sixteen. A former journalist and currently a middle school English teacher in Washington, D.C., she has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives with her family just outside of D.C., and still believes in magic.

Find out more about Katia at her website, and connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Instagram Features

Monday, August 19th: Instagram: @wherethereadergrows

Tuesday, August 20th: Instagram: @shereadswithcats

Wednesday, August 21st: Instagram: @storied.adventures

Thursday, August 22nd: Instagram: @inquisitivebookworm

Friday, August 23rd: Instagram: @girlsinbooks

Tuesday, September 17th: Instagram: @theunreadshelf

TBD: Saturday, August 24th: Instagram: @_ebl_inc_

Review Stops

Monday, August 19th: Audio Killed the Bookmark

Tuesday, August 20th: Stranded in Chaos

Wednesday, August 21st: Becca Leighanne

Thursday, August 22nd: The Reading Corner For All

Monday, August 26th: A Bookish Way of Life

Wednesday, August 28th: PhDiva

Thursday, August 29th: A Chick Who Reads

Friday, August 30th: A Bookish Affair

Tuesday, September 3rd: Write – Read – Life

Wednesday, September 4th: Iwriteinbooks’s blog

Thursday, September 5th: Kahakai Kitchen

Friday, September 6th: Sincerely Karen Jo

Tuesday, September 10th: Instagram: @babygotbooks13

Wednesday, September 11th: Ms. Nose in a Book

Friday, September 20th: Girl Who Reads

TBD: Tuesday, August 27th: Teachers Who Read

Here There Are Monsters ~ Amelinda Berube

August 23, 2019

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Genre: Young Adult/Suspense
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
ISBN: 9781492671015
352 pages
Source: Barnes and Noble

Skye has been her sister Diedre’s protector for as long as they both remember. They’re three years apart but at 13, Diedre seems like a tiny dandelion puff, liable to blow away in a magical wind, if Skye loses sight of her for a second.

Diedre is weird. Like most little kids, except now she’s a teenager and still hasn’t grown out of whimsical worlds and bizarre stories. The two girls have been through their fair share of mayhem and tragedy involving Diedre’s weirdness (being a social outcast and tracking down bullies). When their family moves to a new town, far, far away, Skye resolves to being completely done playing her sister’s white knight. she’s going to make her own friends and leave her sister to fend for herself.

All goes according to plan. For a while at least. Skye makes friends, does normal teenage stuff, gets through her school days.

But new beginnings have a way of crumbling when old patterns rear their ugly heads. Diedre refuses to change and the teasing starts at their new school. Soon, she is off on her own little adventures, again. which would be fine except for the night she goes missing. Skye is supposed to be watching her for the evening but all hell breaks loose when Diedre goes missing and Skye is on the hook for her disappearance. the police and the girls’ parents fear the worst. At least in terms of human “worst’. but Skye thinks there may be something darker and more sinister at play, dipping deep into her sister’s inner, magical worlds.

As Skye straddles the world of normal and sinister, her sister’s mysterious situation drags her deeper into the dark woods by their new house. And in doing so, she is dragged into far deeper places inside herself.

This was one of the most unique books I’ve read in a long time. I loved the creativity of Diedre’s creepy wooded world and, as well as the very real sisterly bond. Our book club got to chat with author Amelinda Berube about a few things and she talked a bit about what it was like to grow up with two sisters of her own and how that upbringing aided her in creating the relationship between the girls.

If you haven’t gotten your hands on this one, yet, I highly recommend it. It’s a stellar choice for cozying up with something dark and creepy as the weather turns to autumn.

Slammed ~ Colleen Hoover

August 22, 2019

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Genre: Young Adult/Romance

Publisher: Atria Books

ISBN: 9781476715902

352 pages

Source: Amazon

Slammed started like a one arc wonder run of Ari and Ezra from Pretty Little Liars. Older high school girl meets cute college guy over the summer when neither really knows much about the other. Lo and behold, Cute Collge Guy is actually High School Girl’s teacher. 

I’m trained in a practice that emphasizes power dynamics, even when everyone is of legal age. Aside from the icky feeling this kind of thing usually gives my sense of ethics, I decided to push on. So the student-teacher thing really gets wedged under my skin in an uncomfortable way. As a social worker and fledgling therapist, relationships between adults is not ethical, even when they would otherwise be seen as consenting (spoiler: when one person is in a position of power, teacher, therapist, boss, etc, they absolutely must steer clear of relationships with their students, clients, or employees). so this started off awkward to say the least. 

But, being a fledgling therapist, I decided that I’d push on because this is one of those old romance tropes that people rehash over and over again. Anything that appears with that frequency is worth exploring. While I still feel gross about the premise, I will say that the other elements in the story made the read worth it.

For the purposes of highlighting the rest of the awesome elements of the novel, I sort of had to push the whole teacher-student element into the back of my head. And I’m glad I did. From the other side of social work, this book was a work of genius. 17-year-old Layken has moved from the home she loved, her friends, her childhood house, the entire state of Texas. Most of all, she’s left her father, who passed suddenly before the hauled off and moved up the middle-America corridor.

Layken, her mom, and her little brother move to small-town Michigan on the heels of her father’s death, relying on her mother’s meager nurse’s salary. Finding new friends proves just as challenging for Layken as finding a boyfriend who isn’t ethically off-limits.  Her next-door neighbor, Will, is proving to be an awkward challenge and not only because she is the super hot, super sweet teacher she had her eyes on before she realized her error. To make things more difficult, Will and his little brother (inconveniently the same age as and new best friends with, Layken’s little brother) have lost twice as many parents as Layken, leaving Will as the sole caretaker of himself and his little bro.

The two families weave in and out of romance and school, parent-teacher conferences, and normal life. When that already upside-down reality hits yet another speed bump, the makeshift family nearly comes undone.

When all was said and done, I really did love this book. there are so many threads of my work wrapped up in the story, including an incredibly sweet foster story and some unconventional (yet completely natural) conversations around grief and loss. when I was able to push out the ickiness of the ethical hangup, I really enjoyed the book. I even cried, once. (Ok, twice).


Wordless Wednesday: Keepers of the Lost Cities

August 21, 2019

The Sword and the Dagger (Hardcover) A Novel By

August 20, 2019

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Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Tor Teen

ISBN: 9780765383839

400 pages

Source: JKS Communications

I’m so excited to be working with JKS Communications and Tor Teen to bring you the first novel from Robert Cochran!

If the name sounds familiar, Cochran is the EmmyAward winning executive producer and co-creator of 24 (which I adored!).

This is his first step into the world of printed stories and it’s amazing. The Sword and Dagger centers around a stubbor princess, a reluctant knight, and a Muslim assassin, oddly banded together in moment where the crusades are raging and there are serious mega powers at play, including THE Genghis Khan.

From the jump, the story is wild and witty, taking barely a moment to break in the reader to the pace of the ride.

I’m so glad I was able to be part of this great story and I know you won’t be disappointed to join in!