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Analiese Rising Excerpt Tour

Hey everyone!

Today is my stop on the Excerpt Tour for Analiese Rising by Brenda Drake! Be sure to check out the other blogs to read more excerpts, and of course preorder now or pick up a copy of Analiese Rising on January 8th! Here’s my excerpt:


I press the doorbell and wait.

And wait.

I press it again.

When no one answers, I turn to leave but then pause. A faint bass comes from around the corner of the house. The stone pavers on the lawn lead me to the front of the garage.

The doors are open, and a guy about my age works a tattered punching bag hanging by a chain attached to the ceiling. He’s shirtless, and his shorts are slung low on his hips. Tall, with dark, wavy hair, the boy isn’t bad to look at.

With each throw of his fist or kick, his muscles flex then go slack. The way he’s hitting the bag, he’s definitely letting off steam. Maybe I should come back later when he’s calmer.

This is a bad idea. I could just leave the bag at the front door. But then I won’t find out why my name is on that list. Or why the man crossed my parents off that same list. The guy needs some cooling down. I can go find a coffee shop somewhere and come back when he’s less angry and more dressed.

His music is so loud, he hasn’t noticed my approach, so I ease around and head back the way I came.

“Hey,” he shouts.

Crap. He spotted me. I turn back around.

He’s walking my way. His bare chest rises and falls with heavy breaths. A nautical star medallion with a silver chain rests just below his collarbone. “You need something?”


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American Gods meets the Da Vinci Code in ANALIESE RISING (Entangled; 01/08/19), a suspense-filled novel by New York Times bestselling author Brenda Drake. This first book in a new fantasy series offers a new take on the paranormal romance genre—with a mythological spin. Gone are vampires and werewolves; in are descendants of the God of Death.

Brenda Drake is known for creating addictive, entertaining series with strong female characters (Library Jumpers and The Fated) and her fans will not be disappointed.

ABOUT ANALIESE RISING: When a stranger gives Analiese Jordan a list of names before he dies, the last thing she expects to see is her own on it. Not. Cool. Her search for answers leads to the man’s grandson, Marek, who has dangerous secrets of his own. Both are determined to unlock the mystery of the list.

But the truth is deadly. Analiese is a descendant of the God of Death, known as a Riser, with the power to raise the dead and control them. Finding out she has hidden powers? Cool. Finding out she turns corpses into killers? No, thank you.

Now the trail plants her and Marek in the middle of a war between gods who apparently want to raise an army of the Risen, and Analiese must figure out how to save the world—from herself.

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ABOUT BRENDA DRAKE: Brenda Drake grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical. When she’s not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

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Wolves and Roses Promo Tour – Get Fun Swag!

Hey everyone! I’ve teamed up with Monster House Books and Christina Bauer to help spread the word about the book tour for Christina’s upcoming book WOLVES AND ROSES! I’ll be sharing my review on this awesome new title later this month, but for now keep reading and find out what you can do to get your hands on some sweet swag!

WOLVES AND ROSES is the new young adult shifter fairy tale by best-selling author Christina Bauer which “blends magical fantasy, swooning romance, and a bucketful of teenage sass” (Booklist) and is “a fun romp for Twilight fans” (School Library Journal).

And now they’re having a bookstore tour where you can get your copy of WOLVES AND ROSES signed, meet characters from the novel, and even take home a swag bag full of goodies… including a themed t-shirt! Bottom line? You don’t want to miss the WOLVES AND ROSES book launch tour.

Be sure to RSVP today and arrive early to the event (links down below) — there’s only a limited amount of swag bags given out on a first-come, first served basis to folks who purchase a new copy of WOLVES AND ROSES.

Tour Dates

BOSTON, MA AREA

Barnes & Noble, Prudential Center, Boston MA
Wednesday, November 1st, 5:00 PM EST
REGISTER NOW

Barnes & Noble, Framingham, MA
Thursday, November 2nd, 7:00 PM EST
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NEW YORK CITY, NY

Bluestockings, Manhattan
Friday, November 3rd, 7:00 PM EST
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA AREA

Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera, CA
Saturday, November 4th, 12:00 NOON PST
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COMING SOON: San Jose, CA

CHICAGO, IL AREA

Barnes & Noble, Oakbrook IL
Wednesday, November 7th, 7:00 PM
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The Book Cellar, Chicago, IL
Wednesday, November 8th, 7:00 PM CST
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Book Shelf Tour – April 2015

Ah yes, it’s back again. I know I just did one a month ago, but my collection has already changed so much in a month, it’s a bit ridiculous. I’ve been fortunate enough to receive a lot of books from friends, family, and authors. I’ve also found many titles for a dollar at my library, which has been great for me since I’m on a pretty strict budget. In all honesty, these posts also serve a purpose for me, as it allows me to inventory my collection. You guys get a peak into my shelves, and I get organized. It’s a win, win. 🙂 My shelving has changed a wee bit, and I’ve completely filled all of my shelves and started to fill a shelf that I usually use to hold my doll collection.. I’m going to break things up by bookcase, and then by individual shelf. For the doll shelf, I’ll just say doll shelf.

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Chat/Quick Question

Alright, this post is going to be a bit different from my usual content. I’ve been cranking out reviews lately. I don’t want to get in a rut of ONLY posting reviews, so I’ve been thinking up different ideas of different posts to put on. One that’s been really standing out for me is posting a bookshelf tour, and also a Kindle tour. My physical collection is currently somewhere between 300 and 400 books, and I’m honestly not sure how many I have on my Kindle. If I did a bookshelf tour, I would also talk about how I keep organized, where I get my shelves, etc.. I just want to know if anyone would be interested in seeing that type of thing. I also wanted to ask if anyone had any requests for my posts, whether it be tags, books to review, or anything bookish. Just let me know in the comments. I want to keep my content enjoyable for my readers, as I appreciate each and every one of you, and LOVE interacting with you guys.