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Hello lovelies!

I know, I know. It’s been a while. I honestly can’t believe we’re in the midst of October now. Where has this year gone?

But never fear, I have a good reason for being sort of (okay, most definitely) MIA. Here are the reasons (prepare yourselves):

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1. I have spent the last six months in the midst of a new project that I am beyond excited about. Sadly, I can’t disclose much of what it’s about, but it’s great. I promise.
2. Speaking of that secret project, it is now COMPLETE! At least the first draft and I am diving back into revisions.
3. This one you’re going to really enjoy…are you ready?…I will have new book news soon!
That’s right ladies and gents! There’s a new book coming your way and it’s sooner than you think!
I’ll have a cover reveal sign ups going up shortly, so be on the look out.

I absolutely cannot wait to share this new book with you!! Right now, all I can say is that it’s near and dear to my heart. It’s about a girl with a sword and a boy with fire in his eyes. They have a mission and a long way before they save the world.

MORE ANNOUNCEMENTS COMING SOON!

Until then, I’m off to do more writing stuff.

Much love,

Valia

Blog Tour: Tied Up in You by Erin Fletcher!

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Hello lovelies,

Today, I am super excited to be a stop on the tour for Tied Up in You by Erin Fletcher. I loved this book! It really hit the spot for me. Keep reading for a full review, an excerpt and a giveaway!

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Everyone says hotshot goalie Luke Jackson is God’s gift to girls, but the only girl he wants is his best friend, Malina Hall. He’s always known how brilliant she is, but now that he’s “accidentally” kissed her, he can’t stop thinking about her…or wanting to kiss her again.

Problem is, things have been a little…awkward since the kiss. Because she likes him, too? Hopefully, but even if she did, their futures—and the ridiculous schedules that come with them—are in the way. And now one of his teammates is showing interest, and the guy has more in common with Malina than Jackson ever will.

As her best friend, Jackson should get out of the way. But if there’s one thing he’s learned from hockey, it’s that you have to go for what you want, even if it means falling flat on your face. And he’s definitely falling for Malina.

Disclaimer: This book contains a hot hockey player who goes after what he wants, a super-hot, super-distracting shirtless workout, and the kind of best friends to lovers romance every girl in the friend zone has dreamed of.

Buy Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072V26ZGV
B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tied-up-in-you-erin-fletcher/1126605022?ean=9781640631489
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/tied-up-in-you/id1250033681
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/tied-up-in-you
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35486927-tied-up-in-you
Entangled: https://entangledpublishing.com/tied-up-in-you.html

MY REVIEW:

I’m a big fan of Erin’s books because they always seem to hit the sweet spot and this was no different. In the opening pages we are introduced to Malina and Jackson, best friends forever. Right away, there is an ease between the two that comes from years of shared memories. Jackson is the master of dating, but no relationships. Malina knows this and loves him anyway. And then, everything changes with a kiss.

I seriously enjoyed all the awkwardness and the cuteness of these two best friends to boyfriend/girlfriend. I have a soft spot for stories where couples start out as friends and when well done, it’s the sweetest. This story was well done. Erin writes relationships and characters who are real and relatable. This was a perfect summer read!

EXCERPT:

I kissed my best friend. “Sorry,” I said, jumping up and slamming my leg on the coffee table. “Ow,” I moaned as I turned on the lamp, then turned on the overhead light for good measure.
The look on Malina’s face was one I hadn’t seen before. Her eyes were wide with something—shock? Disgust? Embarrassment?
My cheeks and ears burned. Was it possible for your nose to blush? I was pretty sure mine was. “Malina, I’m so sorry. I was just…” I ran a hand through my hair, struggling to come up with something, anything I could say to excuse what had happened. “I was just so relieved there wasn’t a serial killer or something in the kitchen, and I just…” Nope. There weren’t any more words. There were hundreds of thousands of words in the English language and not one of them was going to help me.
For a long time, she didn’t say anything. A long time. The expression on her face didn’t change. Then she nodded slowly. “Right. Yeah. I was relieved, too.”
She was going to accept my ridiculously lame excuse? Or at least pretend to accept it? “Right? Yeah. Okay. Sorry.”
She frowned. “Just…don’t. Do that. Ever. Again.”
“No,” I said quickly. Spastically quickly. Oh God, my cheeks were still on fire. I couldn’t look her in the eyes. “Sorry. I won’t. It won’t happen again. I should probably go.” Then I winced and said, “Ow,” when I took a step that jarred my bruised leg.
Her frown changed from confusion to concern. “Are you okay?”
“Yeah,” I said, too quickly again. “Fine. Just…bruised my leg. Banged it. I’ll be fine.”
“Do you need some ice?”
“No. No. I’m fine. Sorry again. Thanks for dinner. I’ll see you at school, right? Sorry.” Instead of coming out like individual sentences, the words kind of blurred together into one big blob of awkward.
Malina got up and walked me to the door. “Yeah. I’ll see you at school.”
I had one foot out the door when she stopped me.
“Jackson?”
As much as I wanted to keep going, I couldn’t ignore her. I stopped and turned and looked somewhere in the vicinity of her left shoulder. Not in her eyes. Not at her lips or her boobs. Shoulders were safe. “Yeah?”
“I don’t really know what just happened, but it was an accident. We’re still friends. It’s fine.”
I forced a nod and kept my eyes on her shoulder. “Okay. Thank you. Sorry. Good night.”
When I got in my car, I leaned back against the headrest and tried to breathe. Despite what she said, it wasn’t okay. I’d kissed my best friend. I’d acted like an idiot who didn’t know how to human, not the confident hockey player who kissed girls all the time.
But the worst part? Worse than the kiss or the embarrassment or awkwardness that followed?
I liked kissing Malina.
A lot.
I was screwed.

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EFletcher PhotoABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Erin is a young adult author from North Carolina. She is a morning person who does most of her writing before sunrise, while drinking excessive quantities of coffee. She believes flip-flops qualify as year-round footwear, and would spend every day at the beach if she could. She has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, which is almost never useful when writing books.

Connect:

Website: https://booklaunch.io/erinfletcher11
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ErinFletcher11
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7544504.Erin_Fletcher
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Erin-Fletcher/e/B00HV4IQPE
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Blog Tour: The Perfectly Imperfect Match by

Hello lovelies,

Today I am super excited to be a stop on “The Perfectly Imperfect Match” Blog Tour! The book is great and Kendra never disappoints with the swoony. Also, keep reading for a giveaway!

WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT:

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The Perfectly Imperfect Match (Suttonville Sentinels #3)
by Kendra C. Highley
Publication Date: July 10, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen Crush

Pitcher Dylan Dennings has his future all mapped out: make the minors straight out of high school, work his way up the farm system, and get called up to the majors by the time he’s twenty-three. The Plan has been his sole focus for years, and if making his dreams come true means instituting a strict “no girls” policy, so be it.

Lucy Foster, needlepoint ninja, big sister to an aspiring pitcher, and chicken advocate, likes a little mayhem. So what if she gets lost taking her brother to baseball camp…at her own high school? The pitching coach, some hotshot high school player, obviously thinks she’s a hot mess. Too bad he’s cute, because he’s so not her type.

Problem is, they keep running into each other, and every interaction sparks hotter than the last. But with Dylan’s future on the line, he has to decide whether some rules are made to be broken…

Disclaimer: This book contains a crazy night of moonlit skinny-dipping, a combustible crush, and kisses swoony enough to unwind even the most Type A athlete.

Link to Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35404649-the-perfectly-imperfect-match

Purchase Links:

Amazon | B&N

MY REVIEW:

The story centers around two very unlike individuals: Dylan, the baseball player and Lucy, the needlepoint enthusiast. Their paths cross and everything in their lives changes. Typically, I relate the the female characters. But I have to say, in this case, Dylan was definitely way more me than I’d like to admit. His laser point focus is very much me and I can understand his struggle to keep focused and not let anything get in the way of his dreams.

Lucy is the opposite. I mean, she has dreams and aspirations, but she’s a lot more free and allows herself to enjoy life. When these two come together, it’s a tug and pull situation and it’s a sweet story. I liked the dynamic between the two and how they both needed each other for different reasons. Kendra has a special way of writing characters who are real and relatable and I love that about her books. I also really enjoyed the family aspect of the story and how personable it was.

If you’re looking for a cute summer read, this book is definitely for you!

OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/series/199685

Link to Tour Schedule:
http://www.chapter-by-chapter.com/tour-schedule-the-perfectly-imperfect-match-by-kendra-c-highley-presented-by-entangled-teen-crush/

Giveaway Details:

$25 Amazon gift card (US and International)
Signed copies of The Bad Boy Bargain and Swinging at Love, and signed bookmarks (US only)

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AUTHOR INFO:

Kendra C. Highley

Kendra C. Highley lives in north Texas with her husband and two children. She also serves as staff to four self-important and high-powered cats. This, according to the cats, is her most important job. She believes in everyday magic, extraordinary love stories, and the restorative powers of dark chocolate.

Pieces of Revenge is an Audiobook!!

Hello lovelies,

Long time, no talk. I know, I know, I have no good excuse! Except that maybe I’ve been writing? That’s right. Things are happening again and I will have so much more information to share with you soon!!

But for now, did you see the title? PIECES OF REVENGE IS AN AUDIOBOOK!!!

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The excitement is real! I am so beyond happy with the way it turned out. Sarah Kate did a fantastic job with bringing Tasia’s story to life! Give this lovely lady a follow, because she’s doing great things: https://www.facebook.com/SarahKateReads/

If you’ve never tried Audible, I suggest you give it a try and maybe possibly start with my book? I get a special bonus if you keep the subscription for 60 days and you get an awesome book to listen to. Win win, right?

Here’s where you can purchase your copy today!

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I am so excited for this and I can’t wait to share with you all of the other wonderful things that are happening!

Happy listening,

Valia

Starfall by Melissa Landers Launch Blitz & Giveaway!

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I’m author Melissa Landers, and I’m so excited to launch STARFALL, the second and final book in my Starflight duology! This story picks up shortly after the first book ends, but now Cassia and Kane are the main characters, with Doran, Solara, and the rest of the Banshee crew pitching in to help take down an intergalactic mafia. (You know, just an ordinary day in space.) And while saying goodbye to characters is never easy, I think I gave the crew a proper sendoff with plenty of humor, heart, and action. I hope you love STARFALL as much as I do!

Haven’t read the first book? You’re in luck, because for a limited time, Starflight is on sale for 99 cents in all e-formats. Now you can binge read the entire duology in one sitting!

Praise for Starflight:

“Smart, action-packed and utterly addictive!” –New York Times bestselling author Amie Kaufman

“Starflight has the cinematic appeal, warp-speed action and unlikely heroes of Star Wars.” –Justine Magazine

“A lively tale of romance, space pirates, conspiracy, and made (as opposed to genetic) families.” –Booklist

“A great choice for fans of raw sci-fi action, reminiscent of the lawlessness presented in the television series Firefly.” –School Library Journal

If you love sci-fi adventure with a dash of romance, I hope you’ll pick up the Starflight duology today. Starflight and Starfall are both available in stores and online.

STARFLIGHT (book 1)

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2jmEOqA
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/2kjs57n
Book Depository (free international shipping): http://bit.ly/1OoN2WD
Indie Bound: http://bit.ly/1IIMPx7

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Indie Bound: http://bit.ly/2dhMLry

To celebrate my book birthday, I’m offering one lucky winner a Starflight duology swag pack, complete with bookmarks and two signed mini posters! The giveaway is open internationally. Due to sweepstakes laws, entrants must be 18 years or older to participate.

Best of luck, and happy reading!

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Melissa Landers is a former teacher who left the classroom to pursue other worlds. A proud sci-fi geek, she isn’t afraid to wear her Princess Leia costume in public—just ask her husband and three kids. She lives outside Cincinnati in the small town of Loveland, “Sweetheart of Ohio.” For more information or just to say hello, visit www.melissa-landers.com.

Blog Tour: The Weir Chronicles by Sue Duff

Hello lovelies,

I hope everyone is having a wonderful New Year! Today, I have a special guest! Take it away, Sue Duff!

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I am sooo excited to be a guest on Valia’s site! Thank you for the opportunity to hang out with your readers Valia, and share a bit about myself and some insight into my series, The Weir Chronicles.
I stumbled, well more like tumbled, my way into writing a few years ago. I had a skiing accident and was laid up all summer recuperating. Since I’m normally a very active person, I was climbing the walls from boredom, so I turned on the word processor to keep myself sane.
Approximately fifty-nine days later, I had a gargantuan novel! Once I began typing, the story and characters had taken on a life of their own and by the time I was done with the first draft, I envisioned five novels total in the series. Of course, the first draft SERIOUSLY needed some revisions and a boatload of editing, but I truly believed I had an awesome story on my hands. So, I dove into the world of writing and took a creative writing class. That gave me the confidence that I could do this if I wanted it bad enough! I then joined a writer’s critique group, signed up for any writing courses that made sense with my work schedule and measly funds, and lo-and-behold, two years later, that novel placed as a finalist in a prestigious writing contest. Yep, you guessed it. I drank the Kool-Aid and haven’t looked back since.
Then the real work began. I started cranking out the next novel, then the next, and the next. In two years, I now have the fourth novel in the series hitting shelves February 1st, with an anthology of unrelated short stories also published last spring, and another one on the way April 2017.
What kept me from pulling my hair out and took over my life, you ask? The Weir Chronicles follows Ian Black, a popular illusionist who harbors a mega secret. He has real powers. Hailing from a magical race of beings that keep the energies of the earth in harmony, he was destined to inherit all of their combined powers and, thus, save Earth from self-destructing. But he doesn’t, and after a miserable childhood, he leaves the Weir to their archaic ways and hides among humans, becoming an illusionist to perform magic on a different scale. But destiny has a way of catching up with us all and as the series progresses, Ian is sucked back into the world of the Weir, and drags his goofy manager, hard-nosed girlfriend and overly protective guardians with him for one hell-of-a-ride.
I hope you discover your true destiny as Ian has, and as I have. I never imagined I’d end up as an author, but thanks to a skiing accident, and the magic of our computer age, my fate eventually caught up with me. May you all be so lucky!
Thank you again Valia for inviting me into your circle of followers, and I hope everyone can escape into the pages of your next great series!

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BESTSELLING AUTHOR RELEASES LATEST INSTALLMENT IN HER URBAN FANTASY SERIES
STACK A DECK explores the tough questions of a world gone wrong

DENVER, CO —   What if the Earth’s ozone layer decayed? What if asteroids weren’t destroyed by outer atmosphere and impacted us on on a regular basis? And what if the Earth’s core slowed its rotation, leaving our planet completely out of sync with the gravitational pull of the moon? Bestselling author Sue Duff explores these terrifying questions in her latest installment of her urban fantasy series, Stack a Deck (Book Four in The Weir Chronicles).

As the epic story continues, Duff’s main protagonist Ian Black learns how dangerous tyrannical ruler Aeros has become, and sees for himself the narcissist’s impact on an entire planet. Ian is forced to turn his back on the Pur Weir and align himself with the rebels to rescue Rayne. But when he travels to Earth’s alternate universe, he finds himself powerless and struggles to survive. Though, it is here that he, along with eager readers of the series, finally discover the true history of the Weir and his connection to Earth’s imminent destruction. 

“Stack A Deck was so challenging because I had to consider the worst future for Earth and ask the tough ‘what if’ questions,” said Duff.

Stack a Deck is the fourth of five books in the Weir Chronicles, so fans of Duff’s novels can anticipate an exciting close in the final chapter in 2018.

Out of hundreds of submissions, Duff’s novel Fade to Black placed as a finalist in the Colorado Gold Writing Contest in 2011 and in 2015, her writing earned her the PEN Award from Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers.  Masks and Mirrors nabbed Duff a nomination for the 2015-2016 Independent Writer of the Year from Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, and Sleight of Hand landed on the Denver Post Bestseller list in 2016.

Additionally, Duff has completed a short story entitled Duo’vr for the anthology TICK TOCK: Seven Tales of Time, which received the gold medal for Best Book Cover and silver medal for Best Anthology for the 2016 Colorado Independent Publishers Association EVVY Awards. The anthology also  was nominated for Best Anthology at the 2016 UTOPIA Con. A second anthology is on its way in 2017 and, in addition to the seven Wicked Ink authors short stories, it will feature two short-stories hand-selected from over 45 submissions received from writers all over the world.

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Ruined in Retribution is LIVE!!!

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Hello lovelies,

Can you believe it?? RUINED IN RETRIBUTION, the final book in the award winning trilogy is now out in the world!!!

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Release day sales are SO IMPORTANT and if you haven’t had the chance to pre-order it, you can still get the book for the reduced price!

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N00SZRB/ref=series_rw_dp_sw

If you haven’t had a chance to pick up book one, PIECES OF REVENGE is FREE!

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00PVQEXHY/ref=series_rw_dp_sw

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/pieces-of-revenge-valia-lind/1120818358?ean=2940046584172

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/520411

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I’m so excited for you to have the FULL and COMPLETE story and I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

Much love,

Valia