Blog Tour – Hinder by Kristin Ping

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Hello Lovelies and welcome to my Blog Tour Stop for Hinder by Kristin Ping. Don’t forget to stay until the end for the giveaway! I really enjoyed reading this book and that cover is absolutely stunning!

Hinder
Kristin Ping
(Guardian of Monsters #1)
Publication date: May 15th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal

Ethan Sutcliff seems like a normal seventeen-year-old—at least that’s what he’s trying to portray. In a secret society run by the Supernaturals, Ethan is what witches call a Bender. Benders are Witches’ Guardians, who are able to control a witches’ ability, bend it, or move it away from harming humans. In Ethan’s case, he is able to bend the Earth element. But at the age of fifteen, he lost all connection to it, and the reasons behind it could only mean one of two things: His Wielder is either dead, or hiding out somewhere.

Alex Burgendorf has been living in her aunt’s locket for the past sixteen years with her mother—a Fire Wielder, and her father—a Water Wielder. For sixteen years, her parents vowed to protect her, and they have, as she is the last Earth wielding witch. However, time is running out. Alex must find her Bender, or the fate of the Supernaturals might be at stake.

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Review

4 ★ – Deliciously Fun, Undeniably Steamy, and Wonderfully Enthralling

There’s a reason why paranormal romance is one of my favorite genres. Hinder by Kristin Ping is deliciously fun, undeniably steamy, and so wonderfully enthralling. I devoured this story so fast that I’m terribly aching for more!

This book is positively bewitching! I really liked the premise of the story and the supernatural aspects kept me intrigued. I thought the world building was creative and very fascinating. I’ve read and watched plenty about witches, warlocks, and magic, but never one like this. I definitely enjoyed learning about the relationship between Benders and Wielders. The plot was also fast-paced, suspenseful and absolutely thrilling. The drama, the humor, the sexuel innuendos, the conflict, the mystery, and the impending dangers… had me completely hooked. Throw in a swoony, sweet, and satisfyingly steamy romance and I’m a goner! Truly had so much fun with this book.

I liked Ethan and Alex and thought they were fantastic characters. Ethan’s devastatingly handsome, athletic, strong, and overall a decent guy, but he’s still a teenager and made plenty of mistakes. Alex’s breathtakingly gorgeous, smart, and sassy, but had her own insecurities to overcome. They were both very stubborn, but also passionate, determined, and genuinely good. I loved watching them interact and figure out how to find a balance with their powers and relationship. Speaking of their relationship… totally made me giddy. Their chemistry was amazing and the many tender and sexy moments between them were absolutely electrifying that I found it impossible to put the book down.

The supporting characters were interesting and likable to some extent.  The parents were very overprotective, but with reason so it was easy to understand their actions. Ariel, Alex’s Aunt, was my favorite character — she’s sexy, alluring, sassy, and spontaneous. I also really loved her close relationship with Alex. This book had some heartwarming friendships and relationships that I really enjoyed and can’t wait to read more about.

While there were some parts of the story that irked me a bit, this book was still an absolute fun and delightful read. With a thrilling storyline, imaginative world building, fantastic characters, and a forbidden romance, Hinder had me enchanted until the end and anticipating the rest of the series.

I received an advanced reader copy of this book from the publisher and Xpresso Book Tours via NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


 

Author Bio:

Kristin resides in South Africa with her husband, two beautiful girls and two bulldogs that tries to eat her house.

She has been writing for the past eight years and her first debut novel, Hinder: A Bender’s novel will be published 2018 by Fire Quill Publishing.

When she isn’t writing, she is spending her time with her family, or trying to teach her two bulldogs to not eat her house. You can find more about Kristin at http://www.authorkristinping.com

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Cover Reveal – Superhero High

Superhero High
T.H. Hernandez
Publication date: TBA
Genres: Adventure, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Sixteen-year-old Annarenee Stevens is the sole member of her family without a super power. The only time she feels powerful is in the pool. With her sights set on swimming for U.C. Berkeley, she’s ready to win it all at the State championship and secure her future.

When the government unexpectedly ends the secret Genetically Enhanced Asset (GEA) program, Annarenee is uprooted from Dayton, the only home she’s ever known, and relocated to San Diego with all of the other GEA families. Queen of her public school, Annarenee is just another zero at Superhero High, a school without any sports teams.

With the end of the program, her hero older brother now needs a college education, too, meaning the only way Annarenee is getting into Berkeley is on a scholarship. Her dream is slipping through her fingers, no matter how tightly she clings to it. To make matters worse, super hot superhero, Ren Gonzalez, is paying too much attention to her. The kind of attention that has Ren’s ex-girlfriend intent on making Annarenee’s life even more miserable.

But when heroes begin disappearing, zeros and heroes will be forced to team up in order to solve the mystery. If they don’t kill each other first.

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T.H. Hernandez is the author of young adult books. The Union, a futuristic dystopian adventure, was a finalist in the 2015 San Diego book awards in the Young Adult Fiction category.

She loves pumpkin spice lattes, Game of Thrones, Comic-Con, Star Wars, Doctor Who marathons, Bad Lip Reading videos, and all things young adult, especially the three young adults who share her home.

When not visiting the imaginary worlds inside her head, T.H. Hernandez lives in usually sunny San Diego, California with her husband and three children, a couple of cats, and a dog who thinks he’s a cat, affectionately referred to as “the puppycat.”

You can find her online at http://thhernandez.com

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Blog Tour – Poppies for Christmas

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Hello loves and welcome to my stop for the Poppies for Christmas Blog Tour hosted by Chapter by Chapter. Today, I have a special note to share with you from the lovely author, Stacy Renée Keywell.  Don’t forget to stay until the end to read an excerpt and join an awesome giveaway!


A Note to My Wonderful Readers 

Dear Reader,

Thank you so much for being brave and choosing to read Poppies for Christmas. I know it is hard to encounter such an emotional rollercoaster, but this sweet romance pays off in big ways. For love without labels is a courageous movement. To see past our exteriors is scary, but rewarding. So much of what we hide makes us unique, special, wonderful, and I see that in you. I understand the struggles to find oneself, to find love, and to find acceptance.

That is why, dear reader, I am here for you. I am by your side, ready to be brave, and true, ready to accept you, and be your greatest cheerleader. Be inspired to follow your dreams. Never let the world underestimate your potential. This holiday, love with all of your heart. Celebrate with all of your might. Show the world the greatest “you” you can be, for you are worth it!

Dear reader, take time to relax, pour yourself a mug of hot cocoa, sit on the couch with a cozy blanket, and indulge in a story that is very close to my heart.

Dear reader, have a remarkable holiday. Spend it with close family and friends. Take time for yourself, and enjoy this enchanting winter season.

XOXO

A tres bientot,

Stacy Renee Keywell


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PUBLISHED BY Soul Mate Publishing, LLC  November 16, 2016
GENRE(S): YOUNG ADULT, ROMANCE, CONTEMPORARY, WOMAN’S FICTION
PAGES: KINDLE EDITION 265

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SYNOPSIS

A celebration of love without labels. It’s easy to be brave with you by my side! 
Popular DJ Dexx finds himself positively smitten by the precociously pristine Poppy Paris. Too bad she’s already taken by an older boy, Declan Davies, a beautiful model with a thriving career, and a perfect family. By a dreamful stroke of chance, Dexx finds himself invited to spend Christmas at the Davies home by a gorgeous girl, granting him the opportunity to pursue the precious Poppy. But in his quest to win her over, he unlocks a world of imperfection and insecurity, where people are picked on for their disabilities, speech, appearance, and eccentricities. For Poppy and her friends, love trumps labels, and everyone deserves a brave friend to stand by their side. What gifts will Dexx discover this Christmas? Will he ultimately find true love, or will he discover something even greater?
You are invited to read a powerful story about living with autism, but not letting it define you, about being bullied, but carrying on with determination and grit, and about having dreams, but not giving up in the face of adversity. Come celebrate something beautiful with Poppies for Christmas. 

EXCERPT

“Dexx!” Denver ran across the floor to greet me. “You clean up nice.” She playfully punched me in the arm.

She looked even more stunning than before, as if that was possible for anyone outside the Davies family. She had changed into a black, silky blouse, and some tight, sequined black leggings. A simple diamond necklace replaced the pearls. Her freshly flat-ironed hair glistened, and hung long down her dainty back.

“Hey, beautiful,” I greeted her, throwing a bit of swagger her way, as my confidence slowly crept back in once the food charged up my system.

Denver jumped, a delicate finch, excited by my compliment.

“Follow me. We’re going to hang out in the family room, eat some appetizers before dinner, and the rest of the festivities.” Her eyes sparkled as she spoke. “Tonight it’s totes casual, just the few of us doing a little decorating, eating a bunch of goodies,” her voice sang out every word.

“Sounds fantastic.”

Denver gripped my hand. I let her guide me across the smooth floor. Dropping my fingers, she ran ahead to the entryway of the family room. I walked in and stood under the mistletoe. I took another bite of sausage when… I saw…her!

I inhaled deep. A flake from the pastry got caught in my throat. I let out a harsh cough. My eyes watered. The crust popped out, and dangled from my lip. Through my tears, I cast my eyes on my lovely muse, the magnificent Poppy.

Using my arm, I wiped the gooey dough off my lip, and brushed off the crumbs. How could I have forgotten about Poppy? With all of the excitement geared around Denver, my mind lapsed. It drifted away from my Poppy. But, as fast as a roller coaster screeches to a halt, my neck whiplashed. My brain bounced back to my main mission at the first sight of her.

Poppy wore a cream sweater accented with a red bow covered in red flowers. Her pouty lips matched the red ribbon. Her thick hair was tied back in a red band, and cascaded down her shoulder.

An extremely handsome boy gripped both of her small hands in his. He caressed her knuckles with his thumbs. As his head turned, his features dazzled. He looked like he had sprung off a polished poster. An unreal creature from a print ad which came to life in the middle of the room, an anomaly in an otherwise ordinary world. I recognized Declan right away. Flawless skin, dark hair, and a smolder that would knock most girls dead.

My heart thumped loudly in my ears. Denver grabbed some snacks. She exchanged words with her brother, but I didn’t understand anything they said. The blood pumped through my body, banging around with too much cacophony. Denver garbled something in my ear and laughed.

“What?” I asked.

Noise echoed around the room. I was still too shocked by Poppy’s presence to move or make sense of her words.

Poppy beamed at Declan. She patted his hand affectingly, and rose off a nearby chair. She moved toward me. My body stiffened. The world moved in slow motion. She crept closer and closer. She got a few steps away from me. Her smile melted into a pinched frown. Her eyes narrowed. She didn’t look as happy to see me as I was to see her. She finally reached me under the mistletoe, and whispered in my ear.

“What are you doing here?” She sounded pissed off, opposite of her normally chipper disposition.

“Why, I was invited, just like you,” I responded sweetly, ignoring her obvious annoyance with me.

“Are you following me or something? I don’t get it. Why did you come here for Christmas?”

“I thought it might be a nice surprise. So, are you surprised, Poppy? Are you surprised to see me?” I asked eagerly.


SKABOUT THE AUTHOR

Author Stacy Renée Keywell lives a life of fabulous clichés. She enjoys asking rhetorical questions, and speaking redundantly. Stacy works hard at telling bad jokes, dancing oddly yet awesomely, and making up amazing new words in hopes that they will one day find their way into the dictionary. She strives to love without labels. She vows to bravely stand by the sides of those who need her, especially her two daughters. Stacy, her husband, and her children live in Michigan in a quaint house in the woods.

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