Blog Tour | Copper Veins by Jennifer Allis Provost | Guest Post & Giveaway

Hey guys! Today, I’m excited to be part of the blog tour for Jennifer Allis Provost’s COPPER VIENS, book three in the Copper Legacy books! I’ve got a fun guest post from Jennifer below, but first, let’s learn about the book, shall we?

Copper Veins coverTitle: Copper Veins (Copper Legacy #3)

Author: Jennifer Allis Provost

Release Date: July 27, 2016

Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

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Sara’s pretty sure her life is perfect.

Not only are she and Micah finally married, her father, who’d been missing since the Magic Wars, has been found. Actually, he just strode up to the manor’s front door, but whatever. Sara knows better than to look a gift horse in the mouth.

But Baudoin Corbeau isn’t content to return to family life. He’s decided that he will be the force of change in the Mundane world, and lead the Elemental resistance to victory with his children at his side. What’s worse, Baudoin doesn’t approve of Sara’s marriage, and makes every attempt to separate her from Micah.

After a visit to the Mundane realm leaves Sara, Max and Sadie imprisoned by the Peacekeepers, Sara’s doubts creep to the surface. Is her father right? Does she belong in the Mundane realm, not the Otherworld? Is Micah really the right man—make that elf—for her?

Was marrying him a mistake?

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GUEST POST

Narrowing down the five most influential books on me—and my writing—was tough. As it states in my bio, I read ALL the books in my local library; okay, maybe not every single one. But I did plow through the children’s section, mythology and folklore, and was reading adult science fiction and fantasy by age twelve. Therefore, I have a list that might seem odd at first glance, but these are the books that made me a storyteller.

  1. Bullfinch’s Mythology by Thomas Bullfinch – If you want to learn about mythology, this is where you start. There are Greek and Roman myths, Celtic legends, and even some Scandinavian and Oriental myths. It is a comprehensive look at the stories we’ve been telling ‘round the campfire for hundreds, and in some cases thousands, of years.
  1. The Once and Future King by T.H. White – It’s no secret that I have a fascination with King Arthur. I’ve read every piece of fiction I could find about him, watches movies and television shows both good and bad, but this is the version that always stuck with me. White broke the story into five books, beginning with the Sword in the Stone and ending with the Book of Merlyn. Throughout it all, the tenet that might does not make right, and that the bravest people are those who don’t mind looking like cowards.
  1. Journey to Sorrows End by Wendy and Richard Pini – this is a novelization of the first five issues of the comic book ElfQuest. I’ve always found it odd that I came across ElfQuest as a novel first, since I spent way too much time (and money) on comics. Regardless, the story of Cutter’s tribe of Wolfriders being burned out of their forest home, and then crossing the desert into the great unknown, resonated with me. This arc sets up an amazing decades-spanning story that is still being told today.
  1. The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley – Aerin, princess of Damar, is as much of a misfit as one can be. She’s the king’s only child, doesn’t get along with most of her royal relatives, and the gossip is that Aerin’s deceased mother was a witch. Yet besides all of that, Aerin rises above the petty gossip and superstition, forges her own path, and saves her country. She truly is a self-rescuing princess.
  1. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien – this is cheating, since it’s a trilogy. I re-read this series every few years, and it’s always like coming home for me. LoTR was the first epic fantasy I’d ever read, and one of if not the best. It also introduced me to one of the first strong female characters I ever encountered – Eowyn, she who killed the Witch-king who could be killed by no man. Despite his strong characters and sweeping plotlines, what truly amazed me about Tolkien was that he created languages for his stories; he was a philologist by day, and held a position at the Oxford English Dictionary. I didn’t know that when I first read LoTR, and the fact that Tolkiien delved so deeply into his world that he created new languages made a significant impression on me.

Well, they you have it, five books that made me the writer I am today. What books have influenced you? Let me know in the comments. Happy reading!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jennifer Allis Provost author photoJennifer Allis Provost writes books about faeries, orcs and elves. Zombies too. She grew up in the wilds of Western Massachusetts and had read every book in the local library by age twelve. (It was a small library). An early love of mythology and folklore led to her epic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Parthalan, and her day job as a cubicle monkey helped shape her urban fantasy, Copper Girl. When she’s not writing about things that go bump in the night (and sometimes during the day) she’s working on her MFA in Creative Nonfiction.

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ARC Review: Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira

Bookishly Ever AfterAuthor: Isabel Bandeira
Genre: Young adult, contemporary
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Publication Date: January 12, 2015
350 pages, paperback

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NOTE: I was provided with an e-ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Spencer Hill Press for letting me read this!

A young adult book about a girl who loves young adult books and is a complete book nerd? Yes, please! I was so excited to read Bookishly Ever After because, I mean, it’s a book about ALL OF US. Phoebe is in love with all of her book boyfriends and loves to dress up as her favorite character; she even learned archery because her favorite heroine is an archer. That’s pretty cool, right?

Overall, the book was cute and I appreciated what it was trying to do, but I had some problems. I think my main problem was the romance. As much as I liked Dev (the love interest) as a character, I 1. Didn’t really understand why the two liked each other, and 2. Got really irritated with the back and forth nature of their “relationship”. They would flirt, then nothing, then flirt, then nothing. For practically the entire book. It got seriously exasperating by the end. There are also several instances when we jump a few hours or even half a day into the future and skip scenes that could’ve shortened the story a bit had they been included.

However, the bookish parts of the story – Phoebe standing in line for her favorite author; Phoebe inspiring Dev to start reading more; her “journal” in which she analyzed characters’ flirtatious ways to better flirt in real life – were all really cute and relatable (though that last one is probably a bit more suited for younger girls).

The bottom line: Cute, bookish story that had a few problems – mostly in terms of the romance – but was still quite enjoyable. On the younger, lighter side of young adult romance. I definitely want to flip through a finished copy though, because the eARC format was HORRIBLE. I’d still recommend this one for any looking for a cute romance about a book nerd.

Rating: 6 – Good, but not great

Play On by Michelle Smith | Blog Tour & Giveaway

Play On by Michelle SmithTitle: Play On

Author: Michelle Smith

Release Date: April 21, 2015

Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary

Synopsis: In the small town of Lewis Creek, baseball is everything. Especially for all-star pitcher Austin Braxton, who has a one-way ticket out of town with his scholarship to a top university. All that stands between him and a new start is one final season. But when Austin starts flunking Chemistry, his picture-perfect future is in jeopardy. A failing grade means zero playing time, and zero playing time means no scholarship.

Enter Marisa Marlowe, the new girl in town who gets a job at his momma’s flower shop. Not only is Marisa some home-schooled super-genius, she’s also a baseball fanatic and more than willing to help Austin study. As the two grow closer, there’s something about Marisa that makes Austin want more than just baseball and out of Lewis Creek–he wants a future with her. But Marisa has a past that still haunts her, one that she ran all the way to South Carolina to escape.

As Austin starts to peel back the layers of Marisa s pain, it forces him to look beyond the facade of himself and everyone he thought he knew in his town. What he sees instead is that in a small town like Lewis Creek, maybe baseball isn t everything–maybe it is just the thing that ties them all together.”

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In this scene, Marisa’s reporting for her first training session at the Braxton family’s flower shop, and Austin is in charge of the grand tour.

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I clap my hands together and start for the first display cooler. Marisa’s shoes squeak against the floor as she follows me. “All right, then,” I say on an exhale, turning to her. She stares up at me, all bouncy ponytail and bright eyes. “We’re supposed to be training. So, first things first. Flowers: how much do you know about them?”

She giggles, and dang it, she needs to stop. Please make it stop. All these little things she does that make my stomach do weird flip-flops are going to turn into big things, and big things are a lot harder to ignore.

“It’s safe to say I know a bit about flowers,” Marisa says. “Your mom gave me one heck of a quiz during my interview to make sure I knew my stuff. She even asked what my favorite flower was and how often I’m supposed to change vase water. I mean, really?”

I twirl my finger, signaling for her to continue. “And your answers were…?”

She tilts her head to the side. “Purple roses. Every two-to-three days. Do you think I’m an amateur?”

Even if I did, it wouldn’t matter. I’d train her all day, every day as long as she kept smiling at me like she is now. But that smile falters as her gaze falls to the floor. She clears her throat and says, “Before we moved here, my mom was obsessed with gardening. She taught me everything I know.”

Her voice dips. Before I can ask if she’s all right, she shakes her head and looks back to me, her eyes not nearly as bright, but still as piercing as they were before.

I shrug and force a smile of my own. “Looks like we have something in common. My momma’s a gardening freak, too.” As if owning a flower shop didn’t already give that away. Strike two, Braxton.

She steps to my side, her arm brushing against mine as she gestures to the cooler. “Anyway, continue, Floral Prince. Teach me your ways. I’m sure you know much more than I do.”

I narrow my eyes. “You’re makin’ fun of me, aren’t you? Is it the apron? Because I’ll have you know, I’m rockin’ this apron.”

She grins. “I would never make fun of a prince,” she says seriously and curtsies. The girl freakin’ curtsies.

I cross my arms. “All right, feisty pants. I see what you did there.”

Her jaw drops. “You did not just call me feisty pants. What are you, sixty? Who even says that?”

“I do, obviously. And what I was going to say is, you can’t put whatever flowers you want in the cooler. This is where we keep the special order arrangements and loose flowers. Single roses and stuff like that.”

Instead of replying, her lips curve up again. My heart hammers against my chest. No matter how tough he acts, every guy dreams of someone looking at him this way. Like every word out of his mouth is coated in gold, even if it’s the cheesiest thing that person’s ever heard.

No one’s ever looked at me this way before, not even Jamie. It’s killer. And it’s kind of freaking me the hell out because I’d never even seen this girl until a week ago, and she’s got me acting like an idiot.

“What—” I cough to cover the crack in my voice. “What’s that look for?”

She shrugs and moves past me toward the cooler. In its reflection, I see her staring at the arrangements, her fingertips pressed lightly against the glass. “I like your voice,” she says. “It’s laid-back. Easy-going. Like you have all the time in the world.” She faces me again. “And your accent’s kind of to die for. But you can pretend I didn’t say that.”

 ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Michelle Smith Author PhotoMichelle Smith was born and raised in North Carolina, where she developed a healthy appreciation for college football, sweet tea, front porches, and a well-placed “y’all.” She’s a lover of all things happy, laughs way too much, and fully believes that a little bit of kindness goes a long way.

Michelle lives near the Carolina coast with her family.

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