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Book Review and Giveaway : Drasine by Geoffrey Saign!

Hello!

Today I am reviewing an Urban Tween Fantasy Thriller book titled Drasine by Geoffrey Saign. More about the author:

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Geoffrey Saign’s passion for nature and wildlife led to his award-winning fantasy series, WhipEye Chronicles. The author of the Divided Draghons & Bubblegum Mike series, his first books were Green Essentials: What You Need to Know About the Environment, African Cats and Great Apes. After teaching a self-awareness class for nearly a decade, combined with his own background in stress reduction, he wrote the professionally acclaimed Stress Free from Rainy Day Syndrome: A Practical Guide to End Stress, Restore Calm, and Find Happiness.

He has a background in biology, assisted in field research with hummingbirds and humpback whales, and sailed as far away as Australia. With more than twenty years of experience working in special education, he has taught adults and children everything from sailing to self-awareness to novel writing. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. 

Book Summary

Drasine

A story about love, nature, wildlife, intuition, and trusting yourself.

Samantha and Jake have one and a half days to find and free the golden dragon, Drasine, from her deadly captor and turn her over to the murderous leader of the Lesser smugglers, or Jake will be killed. Sam is also worried Jake is going to leave her, and Jake has even worse concerns that he won’t tell Sam. Forced to fight in a Death Match against deranged Lessers, Sam and Jake learn that the secret mentor of Gorgon, the Evil One, is behind everything, and that one of them may have to die to save the other……nonstop action, monsters, & giant creatures—with quirky humor.

My Review

Samantha a.k.a Sam & Jake have yet another adventure, but this time far more dangerous than ever before. The monsters are bigger, the stakes are higher and the risks are much more.

Drasine is a golden dragon, whose flames can heal and empower anyone who touches it. That makes her much desirable for everyone who wants power. But she is kidnapped & guarded by a very strong creature, whose power and abilities are unknown to Sam & Jake. Yet they face him and try to rescue Drasine. But once they get there, they understand that the story is very much different than what they’ve been told. Drasine doesn’t want to be rescued and there are much bigger things to worry about.

An interesting character, the Evil One, makes the book truly irresistible, because no one knows who or what it is nor what it’s powers are. There are multiple characters who are accused to be the Evil One. That’s a suspense, a thrilling one too, since it turns out to be one whom you would never suspect.

The author’s creativity and imagination astonishes & awes me. He has created such beautiful scenarios in the land of the Great Ones, Kiraku and has come up with some really badass monsters that are truly evil and powerful. The twists and turns in this book are least expected and makes it more happening than a wild rollercoaster ride!. I just couldn’t put the book down. It has amazing descriptions of animals that I never knew existed and the stunts between the guardians and the baddies are described very well.The book cover is interesting, showing Drasine, her captor, the guardians & their magical staffs.

This is the most interesting book in the Whipeye Chronicles. Though you can still enjoy a good story, even if you are not reading it in the chronological order, I wish to remind that it is not a standalone book and you will need to read the first two books to properly understand the backstory and some characters from those books, mentioned here.

Overall, it’s a powerful, action packed book suitable for both children and adults. I can’t recommend you this book enough. I haven’t read a more happening book of late and all I can think after reading it is “Whoa what a (rollercoaster) ride!. I wish it hadn’t finished”. The way the book ends, the author promises yet another adventure, and thus a fourth book in this series. I just can’t wait to read it! ♥

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars which by Goodreads standards mean I ‘loved it’!

Links to the book

Goodreads ~ Amazon

Giveaway

The author has kindly agreed to give away TWO ebook copies of Drasine. How exciting is that?!. Open worldwide. Ends on Mar 29th, 2017 & winners will be announced by Apr 2nd. The ebooks will be emailed by the author to the winners. Enter using the Rafflecopter form below :

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Source: I was provided a complimentary ebook copy for review purpose. All opinions are 100% my own.

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Signed book giveaway!

Hello 🙂

This giveaway is the international part of my Second Blog Anniversary celebration!. One winner has a chance to win a signed, physical copy of Dead Letter by Marc Kuhn. It is his latest book and is a must read historical fiction with some suspense woven into it. Read my review here.

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Without further ado, rules to fulfill if you wish to enter:

1) Must be a follower of my blog

2) Open internationally. The author will ship this to where ever you live!

3) Must be 18+ or have guardian’s permission if you are a minor

4) Once the winners are announced (in a separate post and on my Facebook page on April 14th), contact me and we will take it further from there. Your details will be passed on to the author. Failure to contact me will result in a new winner being chosen.

If you fulfill all of the above rules, go ahead and enter the giveaway by using the Rafflecopter form below.

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Love,

Naz 🙂

In my P.O.Box – 2013!

Hey all!

I would like to share with you, what all I got in my post box, this year.

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All of these books are signed!

1) From Author Frederick Lee Brooke, I received three books as a friendly gesture. It was absolutely sweet of him. I cant thank him enough for sending it. You are an amazing author and friend!. The books are:

  • Doing Max Vinyl – 456 pages – Review coming up in 2014.
  • Zombie Candy – 249 pages – Review coming up in 2014.
  • Collateral Damage – 326 pages – Click here to read the review.

2) From Author Caroline Clemmons, I received her time travel suspense book, as a winner of a book giveaway on her site. Thank you, Caroline!

  • Out of the Blue – 257 pages – Click here to read the review.

3) From Author Marc Kuhn, I received his latest book, as a friendly gesture!. Marc, you are awesome and I love the way you write. He has kindly offered one of my followers a signed copy. The giveaway ends on Jan 1st, 2014. So hurry!.

  • Dead Letter – 204 pages – Click here to read the review.

4) From Author Douglas Dorow, I received his thriller novel, being the winner of a giveaway. The plot looks very intriguing. Cant wait to read it!

  • The Ninth District – 286 pages – Review coming up in 2014.

Last but not the least, I received a New Year card from my best friend, Sini :). It’s so adorable. A card asking for hug and when you open it, the arms stick out!. So cute!

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How adorable is that!

My postal address is Naznin Azeez, P.O.Box 9368, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Hope you liked the gifts I got in my post box. I am so thankful to all these wonderful people who sent me all these in 2013!

Love,

Naz 🙂

Book review : Like a Woman Scorned by Randi Hart

Hi all,

Today I am reviewing a romance-suspense novella by Randi Hart. Let’s first get to know the author!. Here is an intro from the author herself..

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Hi, I’m Randi. I hope you like my books. I live in Southern California with my wonderful husband. We are both retired and travel a lot, especially to the east coast. I like to write while sitting in my backyard and enjoying a glass of wine, or to kill the time when on a plane.

I am a bit of a health nut and go running, paddling, or hit the gym almost every day. I try to eat mostly healthy, and buy a lot of organic groceries. Of course, being healthy doesn’t help much when somebody who is texting on a smart phone while driving runs over you. Lots of people have those touch-screen smart phones these days, don’t they? Come to think of it, maybe I will go out for a burger!

Book Summary

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Girl meets boy – specifically, knockout senior-paralegal girl Alison Carson meets hotshot Boston lawyer boy Rick Waterman while he is visiting Alison’s beloved hometown of San Francisco on a month-long trial. Girl and boy fall in love. Boy eventually goes back home and promises to call. Boy doesn’t call. Girl experiences heartbreak, plus an actual physical malady as a result of the affair.

Girl then finds out about boy’s other girl back home. Girl wants revenge. Girl secretly gets revenge, but goes too far with it. Boy’s life is wrecked. Girl then feels guilty. Boy finally calls girl and apologizes. Boy and girl fall back in love. That is, until boy starts getting suspicious…

My review

I absolutely love how the author has carefully thought of every little detail, while creating this story. This is a very fresh plotline. Woman scorned by a cheating guy is not new but this storyline has so many unexpected twists and turns, you simply wouldn’t be able to put it down once you start!.

The book cover is nice and dark with a splash of red across it. Mmm. Smells of revenge. Wilted roses do speak volumes. Allison, the star of this story reminds me a lot of myself. I mean the initial introduction of her, made me instantly like her so much. She hates smokers, wears almost nil makeup most of the time, loves reading, her favorite genre is crime/mystery and has a skincare routine that she has stuck to for years. Whoa!. That’s a lot of similarities right?. Anyways, moving on, she is a senior paralegal and is very much in control of her life. She meets a really handsome guy, Rick and for a while has a fantastic, romantic time. Then she gets to know that he actually was engaged to a nurse back home, the whole time that he was with her. Even though I read this in the book summary, once I got immersed in the book, I forgot about it and then when I actually came to know of his cheating ways, I was totally in disbelief. Their chemistry was amazing. How could he cheat her??

Then Allison decides it’s time for revenge and then the plot is full of twists and surprises all the way till the end. The author’s way of writing is smooth and keeps you glued to those pages. I also got a sneak peek into the life of a person who has a lot of disposable money with them. She was literally spending millions as if they were nothing!. That kind of life is pretty intriguing. Also, through the words of the author, I was able to see the beauty of San Franciso. It’s beautifully and elaborately painted for you to enjoy. Allison’s friend, Brenda is also described well. There is not one scene or character in here which is superfluous. Though Allison is a paralegal and Rick is a lawyer, the story doesn’t use law related jargon much. I wouldn’t have enjoyed that that much and so am grateful to the author for that!. I finished this in a day because I simply couldn’t put it down.  It’s a 44,000 words story which is 154 pages on a pdf file.

In the end, there is a short scene on how she communicates with God and I felt it to be beautiful. Also, I kept thinking that this story could have only one particular way to end. But the author surprised me again with an excellent ending. If you love a bit of romanticism mixed in with suspense, you will love this book. I give this book 5/5 which by Goodreads standards mean ‘it’s amazing’!.

Links to the book

Goodreads ~ Amazon

How I received a copy

A complimentary ebook copy was sent to me by the author in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Love,
Naz

Note : Don’t forget to enter my ongoing giveaways by clicking here (international giveaway- books) and here (UAE only giveaway – a handbag worth AED250 and more!). Ends on Jan 1st, 2014!

Meant for Me by Faith Sullivan – Book Release Party with Giveaway (US only)!

Title: Meant for Me

Author: Faith Sullivan

Expected release date: December 10, 2013

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Age Group: New Adult

Ebook available at –

Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00H2ABFKK

Barnes and Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/meant-for-me-faith-sullivan/1117543630

Smashwords:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/384284

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18132830-meant-for-me

Book Description:

Eric thought he had forever…before. Divided between reliving the past and embracing his new life with Ivy, Eric fears that love will once again be ripped from his grasp. Having faith in the future is hard. So many things can go wrong.

Ivy is convinced that what they have is meant to be…but no one can escape the wheel of fate. Her love for Eric and the life they’re creating make every sacrifice seem worthwhile. Until she’s forced to reveal the truth surrounding her delicate condition. Even if it shatters his hope.

Can they hold onto their new-found happiness or are events already in motion to keep them apart?

Excerpt:

My boyfriend is so freakin’ hot. I press my nose against the glass, peering out as he stops to take a break from cutting the grass around the garden center. It’s sweltering outside and he’s worked up quite a sweat pushing the lawn mower up and down the property. As a result of his labor, his white t-shirt is clinging to his chest in all the right places.

I sigh happily, taking him in. He has no clue that I’m watching as he picks up a water bottle and pours it over his head, forming a trail that trickles down the length of his body. I clutch the windowsill as I feel that all too familiar twinge between my legs. Being pregnant, my hormones are on fire and it doesn’t take much to get me going. So it’s no wonder a moan escapes my lips when he doesn’t stop there. Instead, he casually begins to strip in front of me.

My cheeks burn as he lifts his arms over his head, removing his shirt, elongating every inch of his defined abs. My eyes follow his v-shaped pelvic muscle as it dips suggestively below his belt buckle.

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My breathing becomes heavy as he stretches, causing his jeans to ride even lower on his hips. My pulse skyrockets as he proceeds to wring the water out of his shirt, flexing his glistening biceps against the rays of the setting sun.

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I squirm against the window, forcing my knees together. My movement catches his attention and he glances up, meeting my gaze. A sexy grin slowly spreads across his face when he realizes the effect he’s having on me.

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My mouth is open. I’m literally panting for him. He shakes his head and chuckles softly. My heart clenches at how adorable he looks. He’s not the kind of guy who flaunts his body, but for me it seems like he enjoys being on display. He runs his hands through his damp hair, tousling it before grabbing another bottle of water. He winks at me, tilting back his head and taking a long swig. He closes his eyes, his lips wrapped around the bottle, teasing me.

He smiles when he’s done, beckoning me with his finger. I don’t hesitate for a moment. I gladly leave the confines of his air-conditioned office and rush outside. He’s waiting, his eyes smoldering. He stands with his hands on his hips, watching as I approach. It’s unseasonably mild for October, and I step out of my clogs as I draw nearer to him. His gaze never leaves my face. It only intensifies, causing me to blush even more.

I get close enough to feel the warmth of his breath on my cheek, but I don’t speak. Instead, I run my hands across the wide breadth of his shoulders and down his heaving chest. My touch must be driving him wild because I can feel his heart thudding beneath my fingertips. His skin is so smooth and firm. He’s a man’s man who’d never dream of waxing his upper body, and a trail of soft, fine hair guides me to his belly button and beyond.

“How can I expect to get anything done around here with you touching me like that?” Eric asks, his voice all husky as I find the zipper of his jeans.

“Well, you shouldn’t be tempting me by getting naked in front of the window,” I whisper seductively as he grabs my wrist, preventing me from lowering his zipper and undressing him any further.

With my free hand, I start to remove my dress when he growls, “I don’t want anyone seeing what’s mine.” He scans the horizon for any approaching vehicles, but there are none to be found. “No one’s ever going to hear what you sound like when you come. Only me.”

Books in this series:

Take Me Now:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18132823-take-me-now

Hold Me Tight (coming April 2014):

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18683376-hold-me-tight

About the Author:

Faith Sullivan is an author of New Adult contemporary romances including the HEARTBEAT trilogy, the TAKE ME NOW series and the 9/11 novel, UNEXPECTED.

Where to find Faith Sullivan:

Blog:

http://faithsullivanwrites.blogspot.com

Goodreads:

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6878936.Faith_Sullivan

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/_FaithSullivan_

Giveaway

(An autographed paperback set of TAKE ME NOW and MEANT FOR ME by Faith Sullivan, $5 McDonald’s gift card, pair of Ivy’s garden clogs – all U.S. only):

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Book review: Escaping Darkness by Theresa McClinton

Hiya guys!

Today I am reviewing Escaping Darkness, a YA fantasy/paranormal romance book, second one of The Stone Legacies series by Theresa McClinton :). More on the Author:

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A long time enthusiast of things that go bump in the night, Theresa began her writing career as a journalism intern—possibly the least creative writing field out there. After her first semester at a local newspaper, she washed her hands of press releases and feature articles to delve into the whimsical world of young adult and new adult paranormal and contemporary romance.

Since then, Theresa has been married, had three terrific kids, moved to central Ohio, and was repeatedly guilt tripped into adopting a menagerie of animals that are now members of the family. But don’t be fooled by her domesticated appearance. Her greatest love is travel. Having traveled to over a dozen countries and explored dozens of U.S. states—including an extended seven-year stay in Kodiak, Alaska—she is anything but settled down. But wherever life brings her, Theresa will continue to weave tales of adventure and love with the hope her stories will bring joy and inspiration to her readers.

Summary of the book

Tagline: She may have spent years in an asylum, but that didn’t make her crazy–just fearless..

Dropped in Moscow with her friends on an impossible mission against underworld forces, Tara is left to her feelings of overwhelming inadequacy. Her boyfriend is a healer, her best friend is “the Guardian,” and everyone else is a powerhouse of awesome strengths. The only thing she has been able to contribute are her memories, which has left her with nightmares of her time spent at the mercy of the evil Sarian–who everyone has gone to fight.

Alone with her emotions, Tara finds herself falling into a city of depravity and corruption. And amidst all this evil is a young man with an agenda of his own, who leads her down a road that will either prove she is a hero at heart, or drag her into a world she’s always feared.

He wants revenge, she wants redemption. And in an underground rings of missing girls and bloody sacrifices, only the fearless can survive…

My review

I was so excited to finally read the second book in The Stone Legacies series. When reading the first book, The Stone Guardian, I had noticed how Tara (best friend of Ashley, who is the stone guardian), was the odd one out, simply because she had no powers. She was a mere human in the midst of powerful people like time benders, healers, dreamwalkers etc. How does she fit into the plot in the future?. I had wondered. So imagine my delight when Theresa based her entire second book on Tara, making her the star and giving her a proper place in the plot.

Once again, Theresa enthralls with her writing style. Especially in Chapter three, the raw emotions of Tara is so well captured, I just loved it!. Hawa is as ‘bad ass’ as before!. You simply can’t help but wonder what the heck is wrong with this girl??. The feelings in this book are tangible and the way Theresa writes, you feel like you are right in the book and those people are just within your hand’s reach.

In this book, Theresa touches on topics like drugs, child abuse and situations similar to human trafficking. She makes it clear in “A Word from the Author” that she does so, inorder to spread awareness of such grave issues. I felt that was very thoughtful of her.

A new character, Malachi, has been introduced this time around.  He is a very mysterious character and believe me, the more you read, the more you want to know about him. Why does he stalk Tara?. How does he appear out of no where?. Who is he?. Questions like this torment you to go through the pages faster. Theresa gives you details little by little thus keeping you glued to your seat.

In Chapter eight, Theresa introduces a neat twist, one that you never saw coming and surprise the hell out of you!. Towards the end of the book, I was moved to tears. My heart aches for those who had to go through a kidnapping situation and their families.

Even though this is a short novella, with 34,000 words, I would say, Theresa managed to keep it exciting and intriguing, with twists you wouldn’t even imagine!. Overall, I simply loved this book as much as The Stone Guardian, which I had reviewed back in Jan. I can’t wait for the next book, to know more about Ashley!

I give this book 5/5 which by Goodreads standards mean that ‘it was amazing’.

Links to this book :

Barnes & Noble ~ Kobo ~ Amazon ~ All Romance E-books

How I received a copy!

An e-book copy of Escaping Darkness was given to me by the author herself, for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own and a free book does not change that!

Note: Don’t forget to check out the Escaping Darkness Book Blast and giveaway happening on this blog, right now, by clicking here.

Love,

Naz 🙂

Book review : The Pope’s Stone by Marc Kuhn plus US/International giveaway!

Hi all!

Today I am reviewing an American historical novel by Marc Kuhn. First let me introduce the author to you:

Marc KuhnAuthor Marc Kuhn has worked in radio broadcasting most of his life as a journalist, a program director and a marketing executive. He has held positions at major radio stations in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Miami.

Now retired, he has turned his attention to writing. His first book, NEVER GOOSE A MOOSE! is a collection of whimsical verse for young children.
ABOUT A FARM is his second children’s book. It features lessons in life beyond the barnyard.

A third book, THE POPE’S STONE, is Kuhn’s first adult novel. It is a fascinating historical novel about two descendants of the same family who live parallel lives, but a century apart!

Kuhn lives in South Florida with his wife, Rosemarie, and seven grandchildren.

Book Blurb

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THE POPE’S STONE is a fascinating historical novel that follows the lives of Nathaniel and Nicholas, descendants of the Barrington family of Virginia. Each young man keeps life-long journals which eventually reveal their parallel lives; lives that are mirrored by similar events and experiences, similar relationships and consequences. The two, however, lived a century apart. The only connections between them are their family heritage, their journals…and the Pope’s Stone.

The Pope’s Stone was a slab of engraved marble given to America in 1854 by Pope Pius IX. It was to be embedded within the walls of the Washington Monument, then under construction in the nation’s capital. John Henry Barrington, a stonemason working at the Monument site, was persuaded to assist a small party of anti-Catholic activists in stealing the Pope’s Stone, smashing it to pieces and tossing them into the Potomac River. The Pope’s Stone was never to be seen again, except for a fragment that John Henry secretly kept for himself. This small piece of the stone passes down through generations of Barringtons, leaving a path of hardship and unexpected tragedy for those who possess it. Coincidence? Bad karma, as Cousin Sarah calls it? Or is it more than that? And, what role does the stone play in the lives of Nathaniel and Nicholas? These are some of the questions you’ll be asking…discover the answers in THE POPE’S STONE.

The Pope’s Stone Website

My Review

I have got to say. I don’t like historical fictions. It’s not like I have had a bad experience reading the likes of it before. But I tend to link history with the word ‘boring’, probably because of my boring history classes from school!

However, imagine my surprise when I found The Pope’s Stone, an American historical novel, to be anything but ‘boring’. It was my good friend, Monica of Impressions of a Princess who brought my attention to this book. The summary caught my fancy immediately. It’s not the usual kind of plot. Two people keeping identical journals and leading identical parallel lives but yet having lived a century apart is definitely intriguing. I was introduced right into the heart of the story but it never was too soon or too slow. The book moves back and forth between the journal entries of Nathaniel from the mid – late 18th century and Nicholas from mid- late 19th century. Sometimes, I don’t quite like the jumping from time to time part however, in this book, everything has a well denoted year to it, so it never was confusing.

The lives of Nathaniel and Nicholas are very well described. There were many profoundly touching and moving scenes described throughout the book. Also, one question propelled me quickly through the pages and that was, how exactly does The Pope’s stone fit into these two people’s lives. I like the author’s choice of words at times. Simple yet packed with such an impact!. I love how the twists of fate are explained in the book. There are tragedies in the book. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. But it makes you ponder more about our life, death and the timing of everything.

The plot is very well thought of. Everything is linked seamlessly. The author has captured the bonds shared by family, very beautifully. I understand that writing about history is not very easy. Not everyone can do it, because it’s not like you can simple tap into your imagination and write about your thoughts and fantasies!. Actual historical events play major role in such books and that means you need to know your history well. That’s exactly what I found here. The author has very well researched everything, obviously with the help of many people to whom he wrote a beautiful acknowledgement at the end of the book.

He also thanks his wife, to whom he has been happily married to for 45 years, for her constant support, in such a way that it really moved me to tears!. Familial bonds move me a lot. Believe me!!. I think the cover of this book is very nice by the way. The light from the top, emphasizes the title of the book beautifully, as is the open journal and a part of the Pope’s Stone.

I would highly suggest this book to just about anyone. I give this book a 4/5, which by Goodreads standards means that I really liked it!

Contact the author

Website * Blog * Goodreads * Twitter

How I received a copy!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.

THE GIVEAWAY

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Marc Kuhn, the author of the historical novel The Pope’s Stone, is very generous to offer a combo prize package of a signed paperback of his book plus a simple black journal. To sweeten the deal, there will be four winners!!. Two US residents and two international participants will be chosen by an electronic raffle after the giveaway ends. Kindly check the rafflecopter links below. The first one is for International giveaway and the next is for US only.

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US Giveaway

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Note: Both giveaways are open until Friday, March 22. All entries will be checked for validity. On or before March 25, two international and two US residents will be randomly chosen by Rafflecopter. These four winners will be announced in this blog and they will have 48 hours to respond/comment on the announcement post. I am not responsible for the shipment of the prize. The author will be handling the shipment.

FOLLOW THE REST OF THE TOUR

The Pope’s Stone Tour Schedule (March 8-19)

March 8 – Impressions of a Princess

March 10 – YA Big BOOKworm

March 11- Book Adoration

March 12 – For the Love of Books

March 13 – Naznin Azeez

March 14 – Amidst Books

March 15 – Lollipops and Rainbows

March 16 – Emma Snow

March 17 – Prisailurophile Blog

March 18 – Pretty Little Dreamer

March 19 – Edge of Jade

Love,

Naz 🙂