Man Down by James Goodhand: Tour Schedule

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog!

TheWriteReads‘ tour for Man Down by James Goodhand begins tomorrow! To help you all follow along with the tour, I’ll be listing the tour schedule (using the reviewer’s Twitter username) below along with links to where you should be able to find the posts on that day.

If you’re interested in subscribing to TheWriteReads’ mailing list for information on future tours, click here!

Tour Schedule

April 19

@notanybunny

April 20

@NickiRichards7

I look forward to reading everyone’s thoughts! Man Down is already out on the shelves! Get your copies today!

The Ventifact Colossus by Dorian Hart: Tour Schedule

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog!

TheWriteReads‘ tour for The Ventifact Colossus by Dorian Hart begins tomorrow! To help you all follow along with the tour, I’ll be listing the tour schedule (using the reviewer’s Twitter username) below along with links to where you should be able to find the posts on that day.

If you’re interested in subscribing to TheWriteReads’ mailing list for information on future tours, click here!

Tour Schedule

I look forward to reading everyone’s thoughts! The Ventifact Colossus is already out on the shelves! Get your copies today!

Blog Tour Review: Ellen Outside the Lines by A. J. Sass

Rating: 5 out of 5.

An incredible coming-of-age story, perfect for anyone looking to understand identity.

Thank you so much to TBR and Beyond Tours and A.J. Sass for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary ARC and media kit!

Book Information

Genre: Middle Grade Contemporary
Publishing Date: March 22, 2022

Rain Reign meets Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World in this heartfelt novel about a neurodivergent thirteen-year-old navigating changing friendships, a school trip, and expanding horizons.

Thirteen-year-old Ellen Katz feels most comfortable when her life is well planned out and people fit neatly into her predefined categories. She attends temple with Abba and Mom every Friday and Saturday. Ellen only gets crushes on girls, never boys, and she knows she can always rely on her best-and-only friend, Laurel, to help navigate social situations at their private Georgia middle school. Laurel has always made Ellen feel like being autistic is no big deal. But lately, Laurel has started making more friends, and cancelling more weekend plans with Ellen than she keeps. A school trip to Barcelona seems like the perfect place for Ellen to get their friendship back on track.  Except it doesn’t. Toss in a new nonbinary classmate whose identity has Ellen questioning her very binary way of seeing the world, homesickness, a scavenger hunt-style team project that takes the students through Barcelona to learn about Spanish culture and this trip is anything but what Ellen planned.

Making new friends and letting go of old ones is never easy, but Ellen might just find a comfortable new place for herself if she can learn to embrace the fact that life doesn’t always stick to a planned itinerary.

Content and Trigger Warnings

For a list of warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com.

About the Author

A. J. Sass (he/they) is an author, editor, and competitive figure skater who is interested in how intersections of identity, neurodiversity, and allyship can impact story narratives. He is the author of Ana on the Edge, a Booklist Editors’ Choice 2020 and ALA 2021 Rainbow Book List Top 10 for Young Readers selection, and Ellen Outside the Lines (Little, Brown, 2022), the co-author of Camp QUILTBAG* with Nicole Melleby (Algonquin, 2023), as well as a contributor to the This Is Our Rainbow: 16 Stories of Her, Him, Them, and Us (Knopf) and Allies: Real Talk about Showing Up, Screwing Up, and Trying Again (DK US & UK) anthologies. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his boyfriend and two cats who act like dogs.

Author Links:

Review (no spoilers)

If you’d like to follow along with the rest of the tour, you can find the tour schedule here.

Ellen from Outside the Lines was such an amazing story! I’m excited to see how influential this book will be for middle-grade readers who are struggling to understand identity. It also makes for a great and informative read for adults who are looking to learn more about these aspects of life.

The representation in this film was phenomenal. There were several queer characters (from gay to trans to unlabeled) as well as autistic characters, Jewish characters, and characters with ADHD. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the different perspectives and experiences that these characters had to offer.

I would have to say that one of the things I liked most about this novel was how it handled conflict. The characters in Ellen from Outside the Lines are far from perfect. They’re young pre-teens and teenagers who are, understandably, struggling to figure out how they fit into the world. Yet, each time one of them makes a mistake to the detriment of others, they are challenged (in extremely kind ways at that) and quickly begin to make amends.

The story has a bit of an open, but hopeful, ending. Not everything in life is going to go the way that you hope, but as humans, all we can really do is try our best.

Blog Tour Spotlight: These Walls Were Never Really There by Bryan Blears

Today I’m bringing attention to the book These Walls Were Never Really There by Bryan Blears. In this post I’ll take you through the blurb, about the author, and a few tour excerpts! If you’d like to follow along with the tour, you can find the full tour schedule here.

Premise

Based on the author’s own experiences of leaving home and travelling across Europe on less than a pound a day, These Walls Were Never Really There is a compelling true story described by publishing editors as ‘immersive and moving’ and ‘a potential prizewinner in the making’.

Initially set in the heart of Manchester’s homeless community, These Walls follows twenty-year-old Cameron, who is propelled on a physical and spiritual journey which will take him far from the life he once knew.

A surprising story about mental health, friendship and redemption, this compelling debut will take you on a journey across Europe and beyond, as Cameron and his travelling companion Jacob navigate perilous border crossings, packs of wolves, and the harsh realities of life on the road.

Set against the backdrop of the emerging Arab Spring, Cameron and Jacob will have their friendship pushed to its limits as they find themselves trapped thousands of miles away from home…

About the Author

Bryan Blears is an author of contemporary literary fiction from Salford, Manchester. He has written for the Huffington Post, the New Statesman and the Philosophical Society of England, among others.

Focusing on social issues, mental health and overcoming personal adversity, his fiction has been compared to George Orwell, Sylvia Plath and Donna Tartt. His debut novel, These Walls Were Never Really There, has been described by critics as an ‘immersive and moving true story’ and ‘a fantastic talent, and a potential prizewinner in the making.’

What readers have to say

The author has a lovely personal style of writing. You can just settle in and let him talk to you like he is an old friend of yours, telling you about his life and journey. It’s very easy to feel for Cameron, as you begin to see the journey through his eyes.

The Artsy Reader

I found These Walls Never Really Were There to be quite a captivating tale. The author has a lovely 1st person style which really helps draw you in to the story. It all felt very real (which I suppose it was). I felt like it gave an insight into why there are so many homeless people on the streets.

Good Reads Mob

In short, I loved this book! Superbly written and quite clearly drawing on the authors experiences; there is a natural, ‘gritty’ feel to the prose that made me feel that I was with the character and living the story with him.

The Pursuit

Blog Tour Review: Troublemaker by John Cho

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

An informative middle grade family story centered around the 1992 Los Angeles riots.

Thank you so much to TBR and Beyond Tours and John Cho for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary eARC and media kit!

Book Information

Genre: Middle Grade Historical Novel
Publishing Date: March 22, 2022

Troublemaker follows the events of the LA Riots through the eyes of 12-year-old Jordan as he navigates school and family. This book will highlight the unique Korean American perspective.

12-year-old Jordan feels like he can’t live up to the example his older sister set, or his parent’s expectations. When he returns home from school one day hoping to hide his suspension, Los Angeles has reached a turning point. In the wake of the acquittal of the police officers filmed beating Rodney King, as well as the shooting of a young black teen, Latasha Harlins by a Korean store owner, the country is at the precipice of confronting its racist past and present. 

As tensions escalate, Jordan’s father leaves to check on the family store, spurring Jordan and his friends to embark on a dangerous journey to come to his aide, and come to terms with the racism within and affecting their community. 

Content and Trigger Warnings

For a list of warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com.

About the Author

John Cho is known as Harold from Harold & Kumar, Hikaru Sulu from J.J. Abrams’s Star Trek, or as the star of the highly anticipated live-action Netflix series, Cowboy Bebop, based on the worldwide cult anime phenomenon (news of which “broke the Internet,” to quote Vanity Fair).  John is also a former 7th-grade English teacher who grew up as a Korean immigrant kid in Texas and East L.A. (among many other places). He is also now a proud father, with his Japanese-American wife Kerri, of two beautiful children — a 9-year-old daughter and an 11-year-old boy — who love to read.

Author Links:

Review (no spoilers)

If you’d like to follow along with the rest of the tour, you can find the tour schedule here.

I was so excited to read this middle grade novel once I saw who the author was. Most people know John Cho from Harold & Kumar, but I’ll always know him as the ghost love interest from season 1 of Charmed.

Troublemaker is a story about many things. Centered around the 1992 LA Riots (after the verdict was announced regarding the police beating of Rodney King), the novel follows a kid named Jordan who is desperate to bring a gun to his father who has gone to his store in Koreatown to try and prep it against potential looting/arson. Along the way, we learn more about why these riots have started and how racial dynamics come into play. On top of that, we also learn more about Jordan and his friends/family: how Jordan never seems to be good enough for his father, how his mother attempts to hide any issues she faces from everyone else, how his grandfather lost his fingers in the Vietnam war, how his sister is struggling to keep up her reputation as the “good child”, and how his best friend doesn’t seem to fit in with society.

The overall plot and delivery of Troublemaker is not a complex one, so don’t go into this expecting to experience any major twists or complicated intertwining plot arcs. This book is one that sets out to tell its story in a very straightforward manner, but that doesn’t take away from the morals and historical knowledge that the novel delivers. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking to inform their kids a little bit more about the history of racial tensions in the United States, particularly in regard to the 1992 LA riots.

Blog Tour Spotlight: Our Bloody Pearl by D.N. Bryn

Today I’m bringing attention to the book Our Bloody Pearl by D.N. Bryn. In this post I’ll take you through the blurb, about the author, and a few tour excerpts! If you’d like to follow along with the tour, you can find the full tour schedule here.

Premise

The ocean is uncontrollable and dangerous. But to the sirens who swim the warm island waters, it’s a home more than worth protecting from the humans and their steam-propelled ships. Between their hypnotic voices and the strength of their powerful tails, sirens have little to fear.

That is, until the ruthless pirate captain, Kian, creates a device to cancel out their songs.

Perle was the first siren captured, and while all since have either been sold or killed, Kian still keeps them prisoner. Though their song is muted and their tail paralyzed, Perle’s hope for escape rekindles as another pirating vessel seizes Kian’s ship. This new captain seems different, with his brilliant smile and his promises that Kian will never again be Perle’s master. But he’s still a human, and a captor in his own way. The compassion he and his rag-tag human family show can’t be sincere… or can it?

Soon it becomes clear that Kian will hunt Perle relentlessly, taking down any siren in her path. As the tides turn, Perle must decide whether to run from Kian forever, or ride the forming wave into battle, hoping their newfound human companions will fight with them.

This adult fantasy novel featuring an nonbinary disabled protagonist is a voyage of laughter and danger where friendships and love abound and sirens are sure to steal—or eat—your heart.  

Trigger warnings: mild gore due to carnivorous sirens and sensations of drowning.

About the Author

D.N. Bryn began writing short stories in middle school and has yet to stop. They received their bachelors degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from UCSD, and enjoy a day job involving respiratory disease research. They bring their love for animals, science, and mythology into all their writing, and are passionate about creating inclusive worlds where a diverse array of characters can go on grand adventures without being hindered by social misconceptions based on their appearance, sexuality, or gender.

What readers have to say

Our Bloody Pearl is a wonderful book. Written entirely from Perle’s point of view, Bryn creatively imagines the perspective of a non-human toward our own species. The result is both illuminating and hopeful.

Scintilla.Info

This book is nothing like I’ve ever read before, I wish I could forget everything that happened and read it with a fresh set of eyes all over again. I envy anyone who hasn’t yet read this yet and gets to experience it for the very first time.

Ellia Mai Blogs

This was a great, action-packed read. I loved the relationship and the form of communication between the main characters was so interesting, and almost intimate. There was lots of representation packed into this book and it was so good!

Lost in Neverland

Honestly, I just really loved this – I loved the plot, the characters, the representation and the themes that are explored. The connections and relationships between the characters are rich and touching, the found family trope is done incredibly well

KBBookReviews

I received this book to read and review as part of the 2021 BBNYA competition and the BBNYA tours organised by the TWR Tour team. All opinions are my own, unbiased and honest.

BBNYA is a yearly competition where Book Bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors. If you are an author and wish to learn more about the BBNYA competition, you can visit the official website http://www.bbnya.com or twitter @bbnya_official.

The sign-ups will soon be open for the 2022 BBNYA competition, be it for authors to enter their books, or for bloggers wanting to be part of the new panel, so keep your eyes peeled!!

Blog Tour Review: Pink, Blue, and You! by Elise Gravel with Mykaell Blais

Rating: 5 out of 5.

A great conversation-starter for adults to teach kids about gender and sexuality.

Thank you so much to TBR and Beyond Tours, Elise Gravel, and Mykaell Blais for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary ARC and media kit!

Book Information

Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Publishing Date: March 8, 2022

Simple, accessible, and direct, this picture book is perfect for kids and parents or teachers to read together, opening the door to conversations about gender stereotypes and everyone’s right to be their true selves.

Is it okay for boys to cry? Can girls be strong? Should girls and boys be given different toys to play with and different clothes to wear? Should we all feel free to love whoever we choose to love? In this incredibly kid-friendly and easy-to-grasp picture book, author-illustrator Elise Gravel and transgender collaborator Mykaell Blais raise these questions and others relating to gender roles, acceptance, and stereotyping.

With its simple language, colorful illustrations, engaging backmatter that showcases how appropriate male and female fashion has changed through history, and even a poster kids can hang on their wall, here is the ideal tool to help in conversations about a multi-layered and important topic.

About the Author

I was born in Montreal in 1977 and I started drawing not very long after I was born. In kindergarten I was popular because I was able to draw princesses with long spiral hair. Then, in high school, the girls would ask me to draw their ideal guy in their diary. I became very good at drawing muscles and hair, which I used later when I illustrated my book The Great Antonio . On the other hand, I am always just as bad when it comes time to use a diary correctly.

Later, I studied graphic design at Cegep and that’s when I understood that I wanted to do illustration. After my first book, the Catalog des Gaspilleurs , I wrote and illustrated about thirty others . One of my books, The Wrench , won the Governor General’s Award in the Illustration category, and since that time I have a big head and I brag all the time.

I live in Montreal with my two daughters, my husband, my cats and a few spiders. I am currently working on various projects in Quebec, English Canada and the United States. My books are translated into a dozen languages. I hope to live a long time so that I can still make lots and lots of books because I still have lots and lots of ideas.

Author Links:

Review (no spoilers)

If you’d like to follow along with the rest of the tour, you can find the tour schedule here.

This book was excellent! I was a bit worried about how I would go about reading and reviewing a children’s picture book because this is not something I normally do. However, once I opened up my copy of Pink, Blue, and You! I knew I was in for a treat.

As a children’s book, there are several things that readers already know to expect: short sentences, cute illustrations, educational message, etc. Where Pink, Blue, and You! exceeded my expectations was in how all of this was delivered. This book covers extremely important topics that kids should be learning about including gender stereotypes, gender identity, and sexuality. It teaches children about social constructs, pronouns–even a bit about bigotry–and it does so in a way that encourages open conversation between the person reading the book and the child.

Each section ends by posing a question to the reader such as should we feel bad about doing things we like? How would you describe your gender? What is your family like? By doing this, the author creates an environment of open communication in which the child can reflect on their own personal views and discuss their thoughts with the adults around them. The illustrations that accompanied these words improved the experience even more as they were very cute, diverse, and relevant.

I definitely recommend Pink, Blue, and You! to anyone who is looking for a book to teach their children about gender and sexuality. Big thanks to TBR and Beyond Tours for introducing me to this gem!

Blog Tour Spotlight: Princess Ever After by Connie Glynn

Today I’m bringing attention to the book Princess Ever After by Connie Glynn. This is the newly-released fifth book in The Rosewood Chronicles. You can read my review of book 1, Undercover Princess, here.

In this post I’ll take you through the blurb, about the author, and a few tour excerpts! If you’d like to follow along with the tour, you can find the full tour schedule here.

Premise

Return to the magical world of The Rosewood Chronicles in the fifth and final instalment of this gorgeous series for fans of The Princess Diaries and Harry Potter.

Ellie is a rebellious princess who is no longer hiding her real identity.

Lottie is her Portman, wishing that she could shield Ellie from the threat of Leviathan.

Jamie is Ellie’s Partizan, a lifelong bodyguard sworn to protect the princess at any cost – but has mysteriously disappeared.

Not all of the trio have made it back to Rosewood Hall. Can they be reunited? And at what cost?

With the crown at risk, the stakes have never been higher…

About the Author

Connie Glynn has always loved writing and wrote her first story when she was six, with her mum at a typewriter acting as her scribe. She had a love for performing stories from a young age and attended Guildhall drama classes as a teenager. This passion for stories has never left her, and Connie recently finished a degree in film theory. It was at university that Connie started her hugely successful YouTube channel Noodlerella (named after her favourite food and favourite Disney princess). After five years of publicly documenting her life and hobbies to an audience of 900,000 subscribers on YouTube, Connie closed the book on the Noodlerella project in a bid for more privacy and to pursue her original passions in the performing arts. Connie now writes music and fiction full- time. Follow Connie on YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr @ConnieGlynn

What readers have to say

I love the inclusion of popular fairytales into the plot, threads of Peter Pan and Sleeping Beauty are woven into the unravelling of the teenagers’ plan to stop Claude. Myths and legends play a massive role in the scheming and mysteries, the perfect combination for bookish readers.

Just Bring Books

I can highly recommend reading that book to young readers as it is overall a ver nice and modern story, despite the fairytale allusions. 

Lily Reads

The ending was well done, building towards the climax and increasing the stakes more and more. It’s a good wrap up for a series where everything comes together.

Narratess

Blog Tour Spotlight: Under the Bridge by Jack Byrne

Today I’m bringing attention to the book Under the Bridge by Jack Byrne. I’ll take you through the blurb, about the author, and a few tour excerpts! If you’d like to follow along with the tour, you can find the full tour schedule here.

Premise

Length: 360 Pages
Genre: Mystery

2004 – The discovery of a skeleton in the Liverpool docklands unearths long buried secrets. Reporter, Anne McCarthy, is keen to prove herself and dives into the case with abandon where she finds Michael, an old Irish caretaker who knows far more than he’s letting on and may have a connection to the body.

Meanwhile, Vinny Doyle, is starting a postgrad degree, researching Liverpool’s immigrant history and a burgeoning Scouse identity. But Vinny has been neglecting his own family history and stranger Michael might know about his father’s disappearance in the 70s.

1955 – Escaping violence in Ireland and fresh off the boat, Michael falls in with Wicklow boys Jack Power and Paddy Doyle, who smuggle contraband through the docks putting them at odds with unions while they rally the dock workers against the rackets and the strikebreakers. A story of corruption, secret police, and sectarianism slowly unravels. But will the truth out?

As the conflict heightens, Michael questions the life sprawling out ahead of him. In the present, Anne races to solve the mystery, but is she prepared for what she’ll find?

About the Author

I was born and raised in Speke Liverpool, (Paul McCartney lived in the street behind us for a while) although my parents first lived ‘Under The Bridge’ in Garston, and all my family goes back to Wicklow in Ireland.

The Liverpool Mystery Series will be four novels. Under The Bridge is the first. I am writing Fire Next time now, and The Wicklow Boys will follow next year. You can find The One Road prequel a collection of short stories on Amazon.

What readers have to say

Under the Bridge is a book that spans genres, combining a thriller with a murder mystery with historical fiction in a race to solve a murder that went unnoticed . . . and some people want to keep it that way.

The Bookwyrm’s Den

A walk through the history of Liverpool, the lives of Irish immigrants and a nice little lesson on the philosophy of “who we are”. If you are going through a rut of wondering “who I am” then I recommend this book to you since it’s a nice mixture of fiction and non fiction.

A Walk in a Book

If you want to learn all about the history of Liverpool while uncovering a twisty murder mystery with a diverse and engaging set of characters then this is definitely the book for you.

Lisa

Blog Tour Spotlight: Odriel’s Heirs by Hayley Reese Chow

Today I’m bringing attention to the book Odriel’s Heirs by Hayley Reese Chow. I’ll take you through the blurb, about the author, and a few tour excerpts! If you’d like to follow along with the tour, you can find the full tour schedule here.

Premise

The brave, burning with fire, harnessed the Dragon’s Rage….

As the Dragon Heir, seventeen-year-old Kaia inherited the power of flame to protect her homeland from a godlike necromancer’s undead army. But after centuries of peace, the necromancer has faded to myth, and the Dragon Heir is feared by the people. Persecuted and cast out, Kaia struggles to embrace and control her seemingly useless gift while confined to her family’s farm.

But when the necromancer’s undead terrorize the land once again, Kaia runs away to join the battle.

With the help of her childhood rival, the handsome Shadow Heir, and a snarky, cursed cat, Kaia must figure out how to control both her fire and her confidence in time to save Okarria. If she fails, she will sacrifice her family, her new friends, and the enchanting world she has only just begun to see.

And time is running out.

About the Author

Hayley Reese Chow is the author of Odriel’s Heirs, the 2020 winner of the Florida Author Project. She also has short and flash fiction featured in Lite Lit One, The Drabble, Bewildering Stories, Teleport Magazine, and Rogue Blades Entertainment’s anthology, As You Wish.

Until recently though, she’s mostly done a lot of things that have nothing at all to do with writing. Her hat collection includes mother, wife, engineer, USAF veteran, reservist, four-time All American fencer, 100 mile ultramarathoner, triathlete, world traveler, book inhaler, and super nerd.

Hayley currently lives in Florida with two small wild boys, her long-suffering
husband, and her miniature ragehound.

But at night, when the house is still, she writes.

To find Hayley’s other stories and see what she’s working on next, check out
hayleyreesechow.com. You can also find her on Twitter or Instagram @HayleyReeseChow.

What readers have to say

This feels like such a well-executed and well thought out book that I was just turning the pages as quick as I could go to find out more, especially during the battle scenes as I was so worried the author would kill off my favourite characters.

Read to Ramble

The ending is just perfect but makes you want to pick up the next book to see what happens in the future. There’s just something so brilliant about the writing in this story. I love how I was instantly swept away with all the descriptions and how much I felt sucked into the story. It’s definitely one of the best fantasy books I’ve read and one I’ll definitely re-read again.

The Strawberry Post

This is a fast-paced book that packs a lot in, but I don’t think this is an issue. The magic and creatures were so interesting, and I could easily picture them whilst reading. This was a fun fantasy read, with the addition of a rivals-to-lovers romance!

Lost in Neverland

Gus, Kaia’s ragehound, stole my heart. I adore a faithful dog companion and Gus more than filled the role. I’ve had dogs in the past that spoke to me in my heart the way Gus does with Kaia. He’s an amazingly well-written character.

Gina Rae Mitchell

We are propelled into this spellbinding world where shocking revelations are made, not everyone is as they seem, and knowing friend from foe isn’t always easy. It’s action packed and the final battle had me gripped wondering who would be the victor. It left me wanting more, and luckily it’s the first book in the series, and I can’t wait to step back into this magical world.

BookswithDanSamEnd

I received this book to read and review as part of the 2021 BBNYA competition and the BBNYA tours organised by the TWR Tour team. All opinions are my own, unbiased and honest.

BBNYA is a yearly competition where Book Bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors. If you are an author and wish to learn more about the BBNYA competition, you can visit the official website http://www.bbnya.com or twitter @bbnya_official.

The sign-ups will soon be open for the 2022 BBNYA competition, be it for authors to enter their books, or for bloggers wanting to be part of the new panel, so keep your eyes peeled!!