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Friday, August 21, 2015

LEGACY OF KINGS by Eleanor Herman / Blog Tour: Guest Post & Giveaway

Hello and welcome to today's blog tour stop for LEGACY OF KINGS by Eleanor Herman. I LOVE this book. I'm so thrilled to have Eleanor on the blog today to share a guest post with us. And, 1 lucky winner will win a copy of LEGACY OF KINGS, which was released this past Tuesday! First, here's a little bit about Eleanor's newest release.


By: Eleanor Herman 
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Released on: August 18th, 2015
Series: Blood of Gods & Royals #1
Purchase from: Amazon | Book Depository | B&N | IndieBound
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Imagine a time when the gods turn a blind eye to the agony of men, when the last of the hellions roam the plains and evil stirs beyond the edges of the map. A time when cities burn, and in their ashes, empires rise.
Alexander, Macedonia’s sixteen-year-old heir, is on the brink of discovering his fated role in conquering the known world but finds himself drawn to newcomer Katerina, who must navigate the dark secrets of court life while hiding her own mission: kill the Queen. But Kat’s first love, Jacob, will go to unthinkable lengths to win her, even if it means competing for her heart with Hephaestion, a murderer sheltered by the prince. And far across the sea, Zofia, a Persian princess and Alexander’s unmet fiancée, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit Eaters.
Weaving fantasy with the salacious and fascinating details of real history, New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Herman reimagines the greatest emperor the world has ever known: Alexander the Great, in the first book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series.


My Favorite Lines Legacy of Kings
Some historical novelists seem to forget that humans of all ages and places have a sense of humor, no matter how tragic their circumstances might be. So I try to inject a bit of humor now and then into the dialog or the characters’ thinking.
Having spent an entire day researching ancient laundry for Kat’s scene in the palace laundry, I had her watch men urinate in a tub and the laundry mistress throw a stained tunic into it.  So I gave Kat this thought:
Their cheap, unbleached tunics back in Erissa never needed urine, perhaps the single advantage to being poor.
When Heph wakes up with a gut-wrenching hangover—a word which sounds jarringly modern—I described it this way:
This is the Wrath of Dionysus. A common affliction that occurs when the wine god punishes those who honor him too enthusiastically.
But I suppose my favorite line of all is Princess Cynane’s, Alexander’s half-sister, a nasty bundle of pain and ambition. When she sets fire to a would-be assassin:
He falls to the floor, writhing as the flames turn his face into a blistering, bubbling mess. Leaning on her shield, she looks at him and smiles. “Call me ‘bit**’ again,” she says.

About The Author

Before the Game of Thrones craze swept the nation, Eleanor Herman was hard at work entertaining readers with her extensive research on courtly intrigue and romance. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Sex with Kings, as well as three other works of nonfiction: Sex with the Queen, Mistress of the Vatican, and King Peggy.
Obsessed by all things royal and historical, she lives in McLean, Virginia with her husband and four extremely dignified cats. Legacy of Kings is her first novel.

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THE DEAD GIRLS OF HYSTERIA HALL by Katie Alender / Blog Tour: Excerpt & Giveaway

Welcome to today's blog tour stop for THE DEAD GIRLS OF HYSTERIA HALL by Katie Alender. Today's stop features an excerpt for Katie's upcoming release and a giveaway! First, here's a little bit about the book, which will be out next Tuesday!


By: Katie Alender
To Be Released on: August 25, 2015
Published by: Scholastic Press
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Asylum meets Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, in this riveting tale of ghosts, secrets, and family, from master of suspense Katie Alender.
Delia's new house isn't just a house. It used to be an insane asylum, a place to lock up "troubled" young women long ago. And a restless, wicked spirit is still at play--and it doesn't want defiant girls like Delia to go anywhere.
So the house kills her.
Now Delia is a ghost, trapped in her creepy home forever. As she meets the other ghost girls who haunt the narrow hallways, as well as the handsome ghost boy on the grounds, she learns shocking truths about the house's history. Delia also realizes that her alive and grieving sister might be the house's next target. Can Delia unlock the mystery of the old asylum, save her sister, and free herself? 


I got up off the bed, accidentally knocking over the little wooden footstool with a clatter. I hurriedly set it upright. But as soon as my fingers let go of the smooth, round edge, it knocked itself over again . . . And rolled toward me.
I watched in silence, unable to believe my eyes.
Then it bumped up against my foot.
My heart racing, I scrambled backward, running into the bed and knocking something loose behind me. I turned around to see that I had dislodged a leather strap, complete with buckles, bolted to the bed frame. Lifting the bedspread, I found more straps—one for each wrist and ankle, and a big one that would fit perfectly across a torso.
Don’t freak out, I told myself. Just go. Get your things and go.
I grabbed my messenger bag and purse, double-checked to make sure I had my phone and charger, and started into the hall. The bathroom door gaped open, and I caught a flash of lightning through the window.
A high-pitched scream filled the air.
It was the kind of sound that overloads your brain, leaving you blank except for the sudden, all-consuming awareness of a person in horrible distress.
I dropped my stuff and ran back to her room, gasping at the sight that greeted me—

My sister was strapped into the bed, her thin wrists and ankles caught fast in the leather buckles.

Praise for The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall

"This superior ghost story keeps the creep factor high… A really scary and original ghost story, well told. Read it with the lights on." - Kirkus (starred review)
"Alender has created a chilling tale of forgotten tragedies and family secrets. A great choice for fans of horror or suspense novels." - School Library Journal

About The Author

Katie Alender is the author of The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall, Famous Last Words, Marie Antoinette: Serial Killer, and the Bad Girls Don’t Die series. She is a graduate of the Florida State University Film School and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, daughter, and two dogs. When she’s not writing novels, she can usually be found quilting, reading, eating delicious high-calorie foods, and hanging out with her friends (on very special occasions, she manages to do all of those things at once).

3 winners will receive a finished copy of THE DEAD GIRLS OF HYSTERIA HALL. US Only.
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Week One
8/17/2015- The Cover Contessa- Interview
8/18/2015- Twisted Book JunkieReview
8/19/2015- FiktshunGuest Post
8/21/2015- Mundie MomsGuest Post
Week Two
8/25/2015- Pandora's Books- Review
8/26/2015- bookaholics anonymousInterview
8/27/2015- A Dream Within A DreamReview
8/28/2015- Such a Novel IdeaGuest Post