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Book Blitz ~ HEARTS: A Twisted Wonderland Retelling by Klarissa King: Excerpt + Giveaway!



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HEARTS: A Twisted Wonderland Retelling
by Klarissa King

(The Glass Queendom, #1)
Publication date: May 26th 2019
Genres: Adult, Fantasy

In Spades, there is a game as terrifying as the Sisters of Fate. The Hatterthon.

A game so cruel that its brick-roads run red with blood and in every shadow there are players killing to survive. The mysterious Ringmaster seized the Hatter’s once-delightful game long ago, and branded it with his mark.

The stain of death…

All I ever wanted was a peaceful life. Most other blacksmiths have no trouble holding onto small dreams like mine, and I’ll envy them for it for all my days.

Not only is my village attacked by the Heart-Breakers, in the battle I’m thrown down the Forbidden Well.

I land in the most unimaginable place, a place of true terror and wonder. A deadly game called the Hatterthon.

If I’m ever going to get back home, I have to win this dangerous game, where the brick roads run red with blood and allies are just waiting to plunge a blade into the nearest heart.

I can’t trust anyone here—especially not Night, the definitely wicked ally I picked up along the way.

I’m not sure which is more dangerous: Night, who wears deceit behind the veil of his captivating eyes, or the greatest threat in the game—the Ringmaster. All I know is, I have to strike down my ally before he turns on me and breaks much more than my bones.

Because only one can win the Hatterthon.

Before I lose myself to the madness…

In Spades, kisses taste like sweets and wine, and only when they end do you taste the poison on your lips.

Hearts is a Wonderland retelling (Hold the Alice!) and is the first in the Glass Queendom Duology. The sequel, Spades, The Glass Queendom, will be released later this year.

HEARTS is no longer a part of the Feared Fables series.

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~Excerpt~


In a time that I felt nothing, Night made me feel something.

When he drew back, I let myself look into his eyes. Hunger burned back at me in those flickering purple hues.

I could have asked him again why he was here. But scraping through the inner workings of my mind didn’t seem worth it in the face of him—a face so striking that the flutter of my stomach reached up to my chest.

In all the horror and destruction around me, I only saw him. I stood with him, his fingertips dancing down to the waist of my skirt, and I felt every nerve in my body strike back against the numbness.

I didn’t care how, but he made me feel, and that was something I had a desperate urge to cling to.

Setting my skin alight, Night pushed up the hem of my blouse, fingertips grazing my pebbled skin.

My breath caught as he yanked me against him, a sudden ferocity in his dark eyes. All hesitation was snuffed out of me with that one, starved look, and my entire resolve came crashing down around me.

My hand found a fistful of his hair. I slammed my lips against his. A shudder set me alight as he tore down the front of my blouse with a single tug.

The agony in my heart threatened to drown me, drag me down into the abyss. I found air in him. And I consumed it.


~Author Bio~


When not writing, Klarissa can be found in bed poring over a great new release, or reluctantly walking her demanding dogs who pretty much run the house.

She is the writer, Isla Jones. Isla uses the pen-name Klarissa for fantasy, while using Isla Jones for her darker, grittier horror works to help separate the styles and genres for her readers.

To contact Klarissa King, find her here: https://www.facebook.com/Klarissa-King-1005484536303985/?modal=admin_todo_tour

For Isla Jones’ author page, click here: https://www.amazon.com/Isla-Jones/e/B07856GGDF

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{Review} Kingdom of Thieves by Caroline Peckham & Susanne Valenti


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Kingdom of Thieves
by Caroline Peckham & Susanne Valenti

(Forbidden Fairytales #1)
Kindle, 396 pages
Published: May 31, 2019
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Retelling, Romance
Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Goodreads

How to win a Princess:

1. Bring her father unspeakable amounts of wealth to enter a month-long competition.
2. Defeat all other suitors in hand-to-hand combat with your honor intact (and balls – heirs needed).
3. Be revered by every citizen in the kingdom for being a ‘hero’ amongst men. (Also known as a jackass).
4. Wear the pretty Princess on your arm while occupying her kingdom and claiming a right to the throne she isn’t allowed to sit on alone.

Aladdin doesn’t care about princesses, or much else for that matter.

The one thing he does care about? Gold.

And when he crosses paths with a traitor of the kingdom, he has a chance to get his hands on more than he ever could have dreamed of.

There’s only one rule: he can have everything in the hidden cave except a mysterious lamp.

But Aladdin doesn’t do rules. Just like he doesn’t do princesses. Although…he’s starting to change his mind on the latter.

For fans of Sarah J. Maas and Marissa Meyer, this is an Upper YA fairytale romance, an Aladdin and Rapunzel retelling with a dark twist on the original tales.


~Review~


*a copy was provided by the authors for review purposes*

So instead I swore with all my heart that I would serve him well. I would grant his wishes and fulfill his dreams and make sure that his life was filled with everything he could ever desire. He owned me, mind, body and soul. And I was his for as long as he wanted.

I love retellings, so I jumped at the chance to read this one! Kingdom of Thieves is an intriguing fairy tale mash-up impressed me in nearly every aspect. A mash-up of Aladdin and Rapunzel, something I never would have thought of but it worked perfectly and not quite how you might guess.

Keeping true to the original tale, we first meet Aladdin who is caught stealing from a noble family and while in prison he meets Cassian, a former Royal Guard, who was charged with the crime ‘gazing upon the Princess’s face.’ Lol Aladdin agrees to free Cassian with the stipulation that he leads him to a cave of great treasures. And in this this cave Aladdin finds the genie’s lamp. I bet you could guess what happens next… JK you won’t know because it’s different, a new fresh twist on Aladdin’s tale. It’s hard not to spoil it, but I wont! If you like retellings, Aladdin and Repunzel, then you’ll just have to read it!

My grip on her tightened as I ached to pull her closer. I wanted to feel her mouth on mine but her gaze flickered with fear and I stopped, a groan nearly escaping my lips as I denied my body the pleasure it craved from her.

All the characters work together, even though they each have their own agendas. Aladdin hopes to rise above his street rat status; he wants to infiltrate the the Kingdom by winning the hand of the Princess and becoming Emperor. Cassian wants to overthrow Gothel, Rapunzel’s evil stepmother because she’s poisoning the Kingdom with magic. And Rapunzel wants her the freedom she’s been longing for, she also wants to save her father from Gothel’s influence.

And then there’s Kyra, the genie, who I think is one of my favourites, she’s great, definitely a fresh take on the role of a genie! She struggles with everyday life after being trapped in the lamp for a very very long period of time. She just wants to grant the wishes of her Master Aladdin without succumbing to the insanity she feels nipping at her heels. Honestly, I can’t wait to see what the next installment has to offer, and to see more of Kyra!

”Because fear is the only thing that reminds us we’re still alive after all this time.”

I loved this twist on old classics and how original it was considering it is a retelling of two popular fairytales that otherwise aren’t related. The characters are complex and the storyline is great! I can’t wait for the next book. I highly recommend it!


~Author Bio~


Caroline PeckhamCaroline Peckham is the author of The Rise of Isaac Series and upcoming V Games Trilogy.

Caroline lives in the south-east of London with her best friend and a little rescue cat. When she’s not writing, she’s binging Netflix shows, going to the gym or at the pub pretending to be cool.

She adores her fans and loves to hear from them personally. She’d love for you to reach out to her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

Twitter | Facebook | Website | Goodreads

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SUSANNE AUTHOR PHOTO2Susanne Valenti lives in Kent, England with her husband Richard and their daughter Riley and son Roman. She has two cats and has worked in animal rescue as well as the family business. She enjoys all things fictional and wants to create stories that give the reader a real sense of love, friendship and adventure with a good twist of the unknown thrown in.

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In My Mailbox (#53)


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In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by So Many Books So Little Time. The purpose of this meme is to share books purchased/received with readers. These can be ARCs, books purchased, books requested for review by authors and publishers, eBooks, free reads stumbled upon and audiobooks. Posted randomly and sometimes twice a week.


~Blog Tour Books~


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Stranger Rituals
by Kali Rose Schmidt

(Stranger Rituals, #1)
Publication Date: July 9th, 2019
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult
Blog Tour: July 15th – 19th
Goodreads

A fighter with a venomous grudge.
A monster with an immortal curse.
A girl with a terrible gift.

All three out for blood in a land torn apart by harsh gods and holy wars. Each entwined with the other, on their own quests for vengeance, and yet held together by strange links to sinister pasts. As their fates unravel, a dangerous romance blooms, and violent darkness beckons.

At turns both darkly humorous and utterly morbid, STRANGER RITUALS is the startling first novel in Kali Rose Schmidt’s dark new series.

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This is book 1 in a new series that I’m really looking forward to reading. I mean just from the description it sounds amazing! PLUS the I love the cover! Not sure when I’ll start it my tour date is July 17th!

Stranger Rituals – Tour Schedule


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Midnight’s End
by Jill Ramsower

(The Fae Games, #5)
Publication date: July 2nd 2019
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Blog Tour: July 15th – 19th
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Sorceress, enchantress, deceiver, murderer—I’ve been called all those and more, some that might make you blush. Lucky for me, I couldn’t care less what people think about me. I’ve had my sights set on one thing for the last thousand years, and that’s all that matters. I’ll do whatever it takes to find the cauldron, even if it means taking on a partner. They call him a knight in shining armor. For me, he’s my golden ticket. He fell into my lap, quite literally, and now he’s going to help me get what I want.

I don’t play particularly well with others, but he’s the best shot I’ve got, so I’ll hop on that train and hope it gets me where I need to go. He thinks he’s going to crack my shell and see what’s on the inside, like maybe there’s a warm gooey center to make up for the hard exterior. He’s in for a world of disappointment. Everything soft and delicate about me became rough and hardened a long time ago. I’m Morgan Le Fay, and I’m the villain in this story.

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GAHH I LOVE this series! And now we get to see Morgana’s POV! I’m hyped! This series has been a beautiful journey, I’ve loved every minute of it. I’m 4 chapters in and I’m hooked already. My tour date is on July 15th!

Midnight’s End Tour Schedule

Shadow Play |Review
Twilight Siege |Review
Shades of Betrayal |Review
Born of Nothing |Review


Also, since we’re on the topic of Blog Tours, The Unforgettable Kind by Melanie Munton tour starts on June 24th, and I’m posting on the 25th, I haven’t started it reading it yet, probably after Midnight’s End!

The Unforgettable Kind by Melanie Munton Tour Schedule


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I often post pictures of the books I purchase/ARCs received/am currently reading on my bookstagram ~ Instagram! Be sure to follow to see what books I get!


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{Review} A Shifting of Stars by Kathy Kimbray


A Shifting of Stars
by Kathy Kimbray

(Of Stars, #1)
Kindle, 450 pages
Expected publication: May 28th 2019
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Goodreads

A squandering emperor. A handsome stranger. A reluctant heroine. And the ancient magic that will capsize a kingdom.

Seventeen-year-old Meadow Sircha watched her mother die from the wilting sickness. Tormented by the knowledge that the emperor failed to import the medicine that would have saved her, she speaks out at a gathering of villagers, inciting them to boycott his prized gladiator tournament.

But doing so comes at a steep cost.Arrested as punishment for her impulsive tongue, Mead

ow finds herself caught up in the kind of danger she’s always tried to avoid. After a chance meeting with an enigmatic boy, she’s propelled on a perilous trek across the outer lands. But she soon unearths a staggering secret: one that will shift her world—and the kingdom—forever.

Filled with longing and heart, surprise and wonder, A SHIFTING OF STARS is perfect for fans of AN EMBER IN THE ASHES, RED QUEEN and SHADOW AND BONE.


~Review~


*a copy was provided by the author for review purposes*

I was really intrigued with the blurb, I mean a wicked prince, heck yeah!. But also, the cover!!! 😍

A Shifting of Stars is fast paced, atmospheric and unique. It was a quick read and I really enjoyed it. It had an interesting storyline and fun characters to read about as well as intriguing villains. It had a Shadow and Bone, feel to it but it really reminded me of Slave, Warrior, Queen by Morgan Rice (Review |Goodreads), similar in a few ways BUT a very different story line.

We jump right into the story from page one, as if you are right there in it. It took me a little while to fully get invested in this book, but soo worth the read, because just when you are starting to think that there’s no hope there is a plot twist that will literally blow your mind! I don’t want to spoli it BUT OMG, it’s a really unique concept and I am sooooo looking forward to reading book two! AND THAT ENDING THOUGH.

I recommend it!


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~Author Bio~

headshot.jpgKathy Kimbray is a YA author from Australia. She loves summer, dancing and dreaming up big ideas. A SHIFTING OF STARS is the first book in her thrilling new YA fantasy series.

After graduating from the University of Technology, Sydney, with a degree in Media Arts and Production, she went on to complete postgraduate studies in education and spent many years as a primary school teacher.

Now a full-time novelist, Kathy is lucky to be able to tell stories every day.

Aside from writing, Kathy is an avid reader, dancer, language learner, musical theater enthusiast and fan of terrible reality TV. She lives with her husband in Sydney, and dreams of one day owning that elusive chateau in France.

Sign Up to Read the FIRST CHAPTER of A Shifting of Stars: https://www.kathykimbray.com/members

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Book Blitz ~ Taken by the Phantom by Isabella King: Excerpt + Giveaway!



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Taken by the Phantom
by Isabella King

(The Phantom of the Academy, #1)
Publication date: May 16th 2019
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance

I’ve never felt at home at Juilliard. My stagefright always makes me choke when I’m under the spotlight, to my classmates’ delight. But when I’m dragged into a new world, to a new school—where singing is more than a talent, it’s magic—I can’t hide my voice anymore. This new power is tempting, but terrifying forces swirl around the kingdom of Cantus. Missing girls, rivals at my new academy, Rebels, demons slaying people in the street—and it all leads back to him. The mysterious, powerful Phantom, who lurks beneath the opera school and demands he be my teacher—a demand which soon grows into something deeper, darker. But if I want to survive this place, or have any hope of going home, I may have no choice but to give in to him… and all he desires.

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~Excerpt~

I appraise the Phantom of the Opera in shadow and light. For an eternity, he says nothing. Neither do I. There is no barrier between us, yet I can’t make myself move. I’m porcelain shot through with fissures—if he touches me I’ll shatter.

What if I want to?

Finally, he speaks. “Prima Donna.”

I stare at him. His one visible eye is dark, almost black. Set in his white face, against the pale of his mask, it is stark. Of course he is rendered in extremes. For the first time since our encounter here, he is less clothed than I am. He wears a white dress shirt, loose and open. He has a lovely body, finer even than it felt when pressed against mine. He’s more muscular than his tailored suits and sweeping cloaks would lead one to believe, with a sculpted chest, clear lines chiseled across his abdomen.

It’s then that I realize he is also young, probably only a few years older than me. If he were from my world, he might still be a student. He might go to Juilliard; an upperclassman who might tutor me or play me opposite in a musical.

Of course, in my world he probably wouldn’t wear a mask or live beneath an opera house.

He wouldn’t kill.

“I am not the Prima Donna,” I finally answer. My voice trembles, and I kick myself internally for showing even one crack in my facade. Still, neither of us have moved. I can see the hard plane of his stomach ripple when he breathes; his jaw is set, and a muscle ticks there. His hands are closed into tight fists. But he doesn’t move.

Why?

“Not yet.” At last: a step. I force myself not to retreat. “But after I am through with you…”

Through with me? Heat licks up the back of my neck. I’m grateful for the darkness. What would he make of me blushing? What do I make of me blushing? “Through with me?”

Another step. He’s framed in the doorway: a beautiful, horrifying portrait. Oils and lust and treachery all painted in broad strokes. “With my teaching.”

I bark out a laugh. “You’re not serious.”

He takes another step. We are toe to toe, and it takes everything in me not to run screaming through the Hall of Mirrors. I’m such an idiot. What was I thinking, coming down here? Staying when Charlotte left? Singing for him?

The Phantom looks down his nose at me, lips parted. “Deadly so.”

I snort. Narrow my eyes. “Oh,” I say, “so you’re funny now?”

“I have always been in possession of quite a sense of humor, Krissy Davis.”

“Even while you killed them?”

He cocks his head, eyes flaring. I’ve pissed him off. Good.

He lifts his hand, no longer gloved, but bare and plain as any man’s. Not monstrous at all. My knees shake, and I hope he doesn’t see. He touches his fingers to my jaw, tender as he might a kitten’s belly.

“Especially,” he murmurs, his eyes on my mouth, “while I killed them.”

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~Author Bio~

My short stories and articles have been traditionally published (under another name) but Amazon has given me the chance to venture into wildly different genres and my most recent titles have involved spanking and D/s relationships. My heroines are strong willed, intelligent women who battle against their need to submit to the dominant men in their lives. My stories are complex and filled with angst, turmoil and agonising twists of fate but always almost always have a happy ending.

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Book Blitz ~ Soul Mates by Mira Crest: Excerpt + Giveaway!



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Soul Mates
by Mira Crest

(Soul Mates, #1)
Publication date: June 4th 2019
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance

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I’ve been broken. Time and again.
My body.
My heart.
My soul.
I’m tired of pretending I’m happy. Even when he makes it seem easy. But my heart is incapable of loving again.
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She thinks she can’t love.
That there is nothing left in her to give to anyone.
Especially me.
But I would give anything to love her. If only my demons can stay in the past.


~Excerpt~


“You wished to speak with me, child?” he asked. Only the fact that he was older than her grandfather kept her from being annoyed by the endearment.

“Yes,” she replied, bowing her head. “I want to know how to get to Annwn. The tales say there’s an entrance somewhere nearby.”

He blinked and sat up straighter. “What business does a young lady have in the land of the dead?”

“Someone I love arrived there recently, and I’m going to get him back,” Nia said, clenching her fists.

The Archdruid sighed. “It hurts to lose a loved one, I know, but it is not for us mortals to interfere in the natural cycle of life and death. The gods have a purpose beyond our comprehension.”

“There was no purpose to Celyn’s death!” Nia exclaimed. A hush fell over the hall, and her face flooded with heat, but she soldiered on. “If the gods have an issue with my plans, then surely they can stop me without your help. All I ask is knowledge. Will you deny me?”

He frowned, and she wondered if maybe she had taken things too far. But then, he nodded thoughtfully. “I will take an omen. If the gods do not wish you to undertake this journey, they will tell us so.” It felt like just a more roundabout way of refusing, but Nia sensed this was the best chance she was going to get, so she nodded.

Nia was led into the chamber behind the main hall, a room dominated by a colossal round hearth sunk into the floor. The Archdruid gestured for her to sit on one of the cushions around the edge of the room. Once she was settled, he tossed a bunch of herbs onto the fire. Fragrant smoke tickled the back of her throat. The shadows leapt and danced in a way that made her shiver with unease.

“This will help us to see more clearly,” he said, seating himself beside her and picking up a pouch that rattled like raindrops on a hollow log. “Close your eyes, and when I speak the words, I want you to tell me what images come into your mind.”

Nia did as he said, though she was beginning to feel anxious. It was well known that druids practiced magic, and though it was fun to hear about magic in tales Nia never thought she’d be participating in it. There’s probably a lot more magic in Annwn, she thought before turning her attention back to the Archdruid. The hollow sounds from the pouch seemed unnaturally loud.

“Journey,” said the voice of the Archdruid, and the images swimming behind her eyes reformed, becoming rain lashing her face while the sounds of wind and water roared in her ears.

“I see… a storm, on the ocean I think,” she said, shivering. Though her family had not been sailors, she knew a storm at sea could be deadly.

“Good.” More rattling. “What about choice?”

Again, visions flickered rapidly before her. “I see… a cauldron, and then… animals? A raven, a fox, others? I’m not sure.”

“That’s fine. One more… what does your heart say about fate?”

At the word, Nia felt like she was swallowed by darkness. In the distance she saw something shining. A thread, golden-white in color, fragile and all alone out in the void. Four new threads appeared. One was a violet so dark it was nearly black, one bright red, one cool blue, and one brilliant green. These threads wove around the original thread, and as a weaver, Nia knew that they were much stronger together. This vividly colored thread spooled upward into a tapestry. It was so intricate and beautiful that she couldn’t form words to describe it. When the vision disappeared the loss felt like a blow. She relayed everything to the Archdruid in a shaking voice.

“Hmmm,” he hummed for a moment. “You can open your eyes now. I am ready to give my judgment, if you are still willing to hear it.”

His words didn’t bode well for Nia in her estimation, but she was determined to see this through. She sat up straight, set her jaw in a fierce line, and nodded.

The Archdruid sighed. “This omen tells me that this journey is important for you, and perhaps for others. You will not, I think, find what seek, but you will find your destiny. Are you certain you wish to enter Annwn?”


~Author Bio~


Since young, Mira loves fantasy romance with strong female protagonists and perilous adventures to magical realms and parallel universes to visit dragons, witches, shifters, and fairy tale creatures, bringing heroes and heroines together and aiding their epic fantasy battles against dark enemies so they can have the happily-ever-afters they deserve.

When she grew up, she takes a liking to young adult stories, which explains her passion writing in the young adult fantasy romance genre. Her books are clean romance with character development as the prime focus. Even now, she still journeys to fantasy realms whenever she’s not writing.


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Cover Reveal ~ Her Crown of Fire by Renee April



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Her Crown of Fire
by Renee April

(Molten Crown, #1)
Publication date: November 1st 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult

In the dull, everyday world, seventeen-year-old Rose Evermore struggles to plan beyond her final year of high school. But when fire suddenly obeys her every command and her dreams predict the future, she becomes hungry for more of this strange power.

Under her dreams’ guidance, Rose lands in the fantasy realm of Lotheria–with a tagalong. Tyson, her best friend since childhood, winds up there with her, just as confused and a hell of a lot more vulnerable. In Lotheria, Rose is welcomed and celebrated as a fire mage at the Academy, while the very un-magical Tyson is forced into hiding under threat of death from the masters of Rose’s new school.

As Rose’s talent in fire magic draws unwanted attention and Tyson struggles to transition from high school student to blacksmith, Rose must find a way to return Tyson to their own world before the masters discover and execute him–no matter the cost.

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~Author Bio~

Renee April is the author of the young adult fantasy novel, Her Crown of Fire.

In addition to being an avid reader and writer, she streams games badly on Twitch and acts as dungeon master for her D&D group. As a result, she spends far too much time in fantasy realms.

She can be found on various writing sites such as Wattpad and Goodreads, but usually lurks on Twitter to hand out bad advice and genuine sympathies.

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