Blog Tour: DECEPTIVE CADENCE by Katie Hamstead

Deceptive Cadence Blog Tour

It was late January when I got my grubby little mitts on Deceptive Cadence, and the sequel, Diverging Cadence. REUTS Editor Kisa Whipkey gave me a brief overview of the two books so I could read ahead, get familiar with author Katie Hamstead’s work, and see if I’d be interested in working on the line edits. I’d received the files on a Friday, and figured I could work my way through the manuscripts over the course of the week.

It was January, in the Northeast. I’m fairly certain it was snowing, but definitely really bloody cold out. I woke up around five in the morning on Saturday, created PDFs of the manuscripts, and, still in my pajamas, started reading. I was still reading when my husband woke up later that morning, I resumed reading after breakfast, and I was still in my pajamas at about six that night after finishing the first book. The next day, Sunday, went exactly the same, except for the book hangover that occurred in the late afternoon when I finished book two, and when realized I was still in my pajamas for the second day running.

The Deceptive Cadence you may have read (and if you didn’t, please do) is clearly not the same version I first encountered—but the heart of the story remains unchanged. Our choices, great and small, can have a profound influence not only on our lives, but also on the lives of others.

Hamstead explores this notion in the life of Cadence, who wakes up in the hospital after an earthquake claims the life of her husband, Austin, and daughter, Melody. As she grows despondent, an angel appears with a proposition: she can go back in time to change her life or continue living her life now. She assumes that she can use this opportunity to save her family, and agrees, provided she tells no one what has happened or what will happen. The angel transforms her into her fourteen-year-old self, and Cadence begins her teenage years all over again.

Being fourteen but having the wisdom of a 25-year-old is an advantage many of us wishes we had growing up in high school. Cadence slowly realizes she wasn’t the best daughter, sister, friend—many of her adult-life estrangements were because of her choices during high school, so she sets out to reverse them.

Sometimes, you see flashbacks between the way things were and how Cadence alters them. At times, you may think Cadence is being self-serving by changing her past to improve her future, but that’s not the case. She genuinely wants to do right this time around—she has five years to go until she meets and marries Austin—and the love she has for her family and friends shines through as she mends the relationships that are showing signs of fracturing.

But, her new choices begin to affect more people than were involved in her life before. She gets the attention of James Gordon, a “bad boy” from the grade above her. James changes to prove his worth to her, and seeing examples from Cadence’s original timeline and the present show the true impact of Cadence’s choices. Even though the choices James makes on his part are all his own—a theme that gets mentioned several times—he does it with Cadence in mind. This becomes fascinating to watch unfold—many of Cadence’s actions up until this point are done with Austin and Melody in mind, and, slowly, she begins to include James in her life as well.

I am not a romance-y kind of reader, but I fell in love with Hamstead’s characters. Cadence, as the narrator, is easy to read, and you grow to love her more as she realizes her original faults and failings and sets out to correct her past behavior. She fights so hard against falling for James, but as he cleans up his life, you can’t help yourself from falling for him at the same time. Cadence’s family and friends are all real people—a moody older sister, an overprotective yet doting father, a caring mother, a goofy younger brother, a loyal, devoted girlfriend—and through Cadence’s interactions with them, we see their lives improve for the better, cementing the strong family bonds that Cadence lacked in her later life. And, though the story begins with the deaths of Austin and Melody, you see the love Cadence still bears for them throughout the book. This capacity for love, something she didn’t know she was capable of at first, affects everyone’s lives once Cadence travels back through time.

So, as summer’s just starting, sitting inside and reading in your pajamas may not be realistic. Pack yourself some iced tea and some sunscreen and sit out on the deck or spend the day by the pool. This is an excellent, single-sitting read, and though I hope you’ll be clamoring for Diverging Cadence (which will be out later this summer) once you reach the end, Deceptive Cadence will leave you satisfied until then.


About Deceptive Cadence:

Cover of Deceptive Cadence

( ノ^ω^)ノ゚ *SO AMAZING*

Cadence Anderson has the perfect definition of happily ever after . . .

Until she doesn’t. A freak earthquake shatters her life as surely as her home, taking away everything she holds dear. She wakes in a hospital to find that her beloved husband and infant daughter have been killed, crushed by the earthquake’s wrath. Disoriented, injured, and alone, Cadence refuses to accept the loss. So when a man claiming to be her guardian angel appears and offers her a chance to go back in time to save her family, she doesn’t need to give it a second thought. She accepts.

Thrust back eleven years, she now faces the ordeal of high school all over again. But this time, she’s armed with all the knowledge of her adult life and the determined to do everything better, from preventing the loss of her best friend to avoiding her original, drama-inducing boyfriends. She’s focused solely on Austin, her future husband, and is content to bide her time until she meets him again.

But then James Gordon crosses her path. Cadence wants to remain single, but James has his sights set. He is determined to win her over, and he’s very hard to resist. As Cadence starts to develop unwanted feelings for him, she realizes he threatens to disrupt everything, changing the future and distracting her from her original goal. Now, Cadence must choose: deny the unpredictable and exciting path James offers her, or stay true to the life she had and is trying desperately to resurrect. Second chances are more complicated than they seem.

Deceptive Cadence combines the soaring emotion of a heartfelt romance with the innovative storytelling of magical realism, crafting a uniquely moving, intricate tale about love and loss that asks: what would you do if given the chance to right all your wrongs?

Get Deceptive Cadence from Amazon.

About Katie Hamstead:

Katie Hamstead

Katie Hamstead

Born and raised in Australia, Katie’s early years of day dreaming in the “bush”, and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories, inspired her passion for writing.

After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughter and their dogs.

She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing. Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports and be a good wife and mother. She now works as an Acquisitions Editor to help support her family. She loves to write, and takes the few spare moments in her day to work on her novels.

Find Katie Hamstead on Twitter, Facebook, and her website.

Release Day Blitz! DECEPTIVE CADENCE by Katie Hamstead

It’s June 30th–Happy Release Day to Deceptive Cadence by Katie Hamstead! I’ll have a book review coming on July 3rd (be there or be square, mes amis) but in the meantime, help celebrate the day: check out this most excellent book trailer and enter a fantabulous book giveaway!

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Cover Reveal! LINK by Summer Wier

Dudes – yesterday afternoon, the prettiest of all pretties landed in my mailbox and ho-lee moley! You need–nay, MUST–behold its awesomeness. Check out the cover for the ever wonderful Summer Wier’s YA novel, LINK.

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So epic! (ノ´ヮ´)ノ*:・゚✧ So GORGEOUS!

About Link:

For seventeen-year-old Kira, there’s no better way to celebrate a birthday than being surrounded by friends and huddled beside a campfire deep in the woods. And with a birthday in the peak of summer, that includes late night swims under the stars.

Or at least, it used to.

Kira’s relaxing contemplation of the universe is interrupted when a piece of it falls, colliding with her and starting a chain of events that could unexpectedly lead to the one thing in her life that’s missing—her father.

Tossed into a pieced-together world of carnivals and gypsies, an old-fashioned farmhouse, and the alluring presence of a boy from another planet, Kira discovers she’s been transported to the center of a black hole, and there’s more to the story than science can explain. She’s now linked by starlight to the world inside the darkness. And her star is dying.

If she doesn’t return home before the star’s light disappears and her link breaks, she’ll be trapped forever. But she’s not the only one ensnared, and with time running out, she’ll have to find a way to save a part of her past and a part of her future, or risk losing everything she loves.

Dreamy, fluid, and beautiful, LINK pairs the mystery of science fiction with the minor-key melody of a dark fantasy, creating a tale that is as human as it is out of this world.

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(And it’s a SERIES! More pretties to come!)

While I sit here salivating over all the glorious books I’ll get to read, why don’t you all meet Summer?

About the Author

Summer Wier Author Photo

Summer Wier grew up spending Saturdays with a maxed out library card and her nose in a book. But as much as she loved reading, and even writing, both took the back seat when it came to career choices. With her sights set on law school, corporate greatness, and even a hankering to become the first female president, she set off to conquer the world. As life would have it, though, she didn’t attend law school, nor did she become president (although, one day, your vote may be appreciated), finding her strengths, instead, in accounting and business management. After finishing her MBA, she revived her love for reading and began writing with dreams of finishing a book of her own. When Summer isn’t working, reading, or writing, she’s trying to keep up with two energetic girls and her husband, and dreaming of the mountains of Montana.

LINK is her debut young adult sci-fi novel, the first in THE SHADOW OF LIGHT trilogy.

Find more of author Summer Wier on her website, Twitter, Facebook, or goodreads.

Blog Tour: OFF BOOK by Jessica Dall

Off Book Tour

It’s May 4th, and other than it being one of the high holy days for Star Wars fans, it’s my turn on the book review tour for OFF BOOK by Jessica Dall. So let’s get started, peoples!

Ideas are dangerous things, aren’t they? They can breed until you’re overrun with plot bunnies, they can niggle in the back of your mind until you start acting on them—but at the end of the day, what harm can a simple little idea do if it’s just kicking around in your head?

Off Book -- Jessica Dall -- REUTS

In the case of OFF BOOK, any main or supporting character you’ve ever dreamed up, exists—not just in your head, but in an entire world full of characters thought up by other authors. And they’re waiting for you to get off your keister and write your story.

I haven’t had a book mess with my head, well, ever, if I recall. Not like this. I’ve had book hangovers and heavy cases of the feels, but much like Toy Story’s question of “What do my toys do when I’m out of the room?”, OFF BOOK asks the question of “What do my book characters do when I’m not working on my manuscript?”

The answer has me paralyzed with fear and uncertainty. Most writers I know treat their characters like real people. In OFF BOOK, they are real people—they go to school to learn everything there is to know about the literary world, from genres to tropes (oh, the tropes! Easily one of my favorite aspects of this book.) The life of these pre-storied characters is spent getting prepared for the day they are called up to be in an author’s work. If you manage to survive the author’s story intact, you get to semi-retire and reside back in the character world. But if the author of the book you’re meant for never gets writing, you slowly fade until you no longer exist.

I found myself falling in love with the mechanics of the characters’ world. World building can be difficult, yet Dall had to create multiple ones (the characters call them ‘sets’), ranging from levels of great detail to minimal explanation, mimicking authors of all level of experience. My favorite detail of all about the sets—if the author didn’t write it, it doesn’t exist, much to the chagrin of the characters forced to work there until the story is done.

OFF BOOK is quite satisfying, whether you know a lot about writing or not. Having just discovered TV Tropes last year, any time a trope was mentioned, I found myself cackling with delight. Dall’s level of detail on characters and the worlds they found themselves in were amazing—oh, this is a Tolkien-eqsue story? Film noir? Historical romance? It’s all in there, and everything you love to hate or hate to love about these particular genres comes shining through.

All in all, a highly enjoyable book—I recommend getting your hands on it. REUTS Publications has yet another glorious book in their collection.

May the Fourth be with you!


About OFF BOOK:

Twenty-year-old Eloise has learned all she can from the School, where characters live until joining their novels. No one knows genre and plot structure better than her, but despite her knowledge, she’s yet to be assigned to her own story. All her friends are off starting their lives with their authors—and if Eloise doesn’t get assigned soon, she’ll fade away, forgotten by all.

When she is suddenly offered a job at the Recording Office, she takes the chance to write her own future. Suddenly living among the post-storied, Eloise meets Barnaby Fitzwilliam, a former romance novel hero who hasn’t lost any of his in-story charm. But just as their relationship begins to get serious, everything Eloise has been taught gets turned upside down when she’s sucked into a novel she was never meant to be part of.

Now, caught where the only rules are made by the authors and truly anything is possible, Eloise must find her way back home—or else her life might end before she ever gets the chance to live it.

Set in a world dictated by Authors, OFF BOOK explores the story beneath the stories we all know and love, taking readers and characters alike on an adventure just waiting to be written.

Start reading today!

About The Author:

Jessica Dall

Jessica Dall, author of OFF BOOK

Jessica Dall finished her first novel at age 15 and been writing ever since. She is the author of such novels as Grey Areas and The Bleeding Crowd, the Broken Line Series, and a number of short stories which have appeared in both literary magazines and anthologies. When not writing, she works as a freelance editor and creative writing teacher in Washington, DC.

Find Jessica Dall on twitter, facebook, and goodreads.

Release Day Blitz! OFF BOOK by Jessica Dall

Off Book Tour

All right, peoples! Today marks another REUTS Publications book release, and lemme tell ya – you don’t want to miss this book! I’m only half way through it, and I just adore it (book review to come May 4th). But today, let’s show off this l’il beauty. First things first – EPIC BOOK TRAILER!

About OFF BOOK:

Off Book -- Jessica Dall -- REUTS

Twenty-year-old Eloise has learned all she can from the School, where characters live until joining their novels. No one knows genre and plot structure better than her, but despite her knowledge, she’s yet to be assigned to her own story. All her friends are off starting their lives with their authors—and if Eloise doesn’t get assigned soon, she’ll fade away, forgotten by all.

When she is suddenly offered a job at the Recording Office, she takes the chance to write her own future. Suddenly living among the post-storied, Eloise meets Barnaby Fitzwilliam, a former romance novel hero who hasn’t lost any of his in-story charm. But just as their relationship begins to get serious, everything Eloise has been taught gets turned upside down when she’s sucked into a novel she was never meant to be part of.

Now, caught where the only rules are made by the authors and truly anything is possible, Eloise must find her way back home—or else her life might end before she ever gets the chance to live it.

Set in a world dictated by Authors, OFF BOOK explores the story beneath the stories we all know and love, taking readers and characters alike on an adventure just waiting to be written.

Start reading today!

About The Author:

Jessica Dall

Jessica Dall, author of OFF BOOK

 

Jessica Dall finished her first novel at age 15 and been writing ever since. She is the author of such novels as Grey Areas and The Bleeding Crowd, the Broken Line Series, and a number of short stories which have appeared in both literary magazines and anthologies. When not writing, she works as a freelance editor and creative writing teacher in Washington, DC.

Find Jessica Dall on twitter, facebook, and goodreads.

Blog Tour: GOLDEN by Melinda Michaels

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Howdy, people! This blog post is chock full of goodies, so let’s get started, shall we?

You remember the story of Goldilocks, yes? A little girl gets lost in the woods and finds a cottage in which to take shelter. She eventually trashes the place and passes out. Then the homeowners, who are bears (because bears are awesome), come home and after surveying the damage, find the curly-haired home invader and drive her off. We all know that story.

Melinda Michaels’ GOLDEN is nothing like that story. In New Hope, Michigan, there are larger mysteries than, “Who ate my porridge?” and “Who’s been sleeping in my bed?” This is what I latched on to when I first saw GOLDEN in its developmental phase. The fact that Hanna was descended from someone who lived “once upon a time” was incidental to me. How it affected her life (past and present), and those around her—especially fellow once-upon-a-timers William and Owen—was what I wanted to know. And, if Hanna is descended from the Goldilocks of legend, where are the counterparts from her story?

It’s my hope that lovers of magical realism and fairy tales will be as taken with GOLDEN as I am. The problem I find myself facing now is knowing there are two more books planned in this series, and I ever so much want to know more about the GOLDEN universe. I’ll just have to be satisfied knowing that the first book is out there, and hopefully the rest will be coming soon.

About Golden:

Golden book cover

*flails wildly at the prettiness! FLAIL WITH ME!*

High school senior Hanna Loch just suffered a blackout in front of her entire homeroom class. She hasn’t had one in over ten years, and she’s terrified—the last time she blacked out, she woke up with no memory of her life before. To make matters worse, no one can explain why it happens. For Hanna, bad things tend to come in threes.

And that doesn’t even begin to cover it . . .

When she learns she could be a descendant of someone who lived once upon a time, Hanna must put her trust in William Vann, a descendant of one of the most hated villains ever known. Their histories are intertwined in more ways than she expected, and he has answers about her past, answers even her family won’t share.

But is it safe to put her trust in someone who appears to be danger reincarnate, while trying to escape the darkness that tried to kill her ten years ago?

A loose fairytale retelling, GOLDEN is a story that’s just right, weaving together lost secrets, vengeful enemies, and what happens when fiction becomes reality.

7 Questions with Melinda Michaels

The author, Melinda Michaels

Melinda Michaels

Michelle H: Without getting too spoiler­y, what are the origins of the Golden universe?

Melinda Michaels: In the Golden universe, there are people who are magically touched, for lack of a better term. They are descendants of the people who inspired fairytales and when those tales were first written down, magic to some extent did exist because people believe in it and I think when we believe in something we give it power. So these descendants are somewhat leftovers of an extinct magic, but because they are relatives, they have a few ounces of magic in them, which makes their stories repeat themselves every few generations.

MH: Who is your favorite Golden character to write and why?

MM: It would have to be Owen. He’s a pretty complex guy who isn’t secure with himself, which is difficult since his lineage sort of dictates him to be a certain way and he fights it. He can’t help being good, but he can be a jerk.

MH: What are your preferred/least preferred parts of the writing process?

MM: I like researching things a lot. Histories, names, people… It’s the historian in me. I sort of dislike the character analysis. I love when it’s finished, but when it’s blank and staring at me, waiting, I clean the house, do bills and run errands. Really anything to avoid starting them.

MH: What’s your typical (or even atypical) writing day like?

MM: I rarely write during the day. I’m a night owl, so I usually wait until six or seven, read through what I’ve written so far and then start. I make way too many cups of tea and if I’m really struck with the writing bug, I’ll going into the laundry room, turn on the machines and write hunched over my laptop for hours until either three in the morning or later depending on if I’m on a roll or not.

MH: What’s your next project?

MM: The sequel, Roses, is finished so I’m currently working on Glass, the third books in the Golden series.

MH: What books are you currently reading?

MM: I’m almost finished with Inferno by Dan Brown and I’m loving it.

MH: If you could live in any book universe, what would that be?

MM: I would live on the other side of Wall in Stardust. I’m not sure why, but I would feel really comfortable there.

MH: Bonus question! It’s super random: if you could magically acquire any accent, what would it be?

MM: I would probably go for a Spanish accent. I already have a vague, mid­-Atlantic accent and can do a British accent pretty well. I’m a bit of an Anglophile, but a Spanish accent, I think that would be pretty fun.

GOLDEN Book Trailer and Giveaway

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