Beautiful Façade by Katheryn S Rose | Blog Tour

I’m so happy to share my review for Beautiful Façade Blog Tour! Let’s start…

Book Name: Beautiful Facade
Author: Kathryn S Rose
Genres:
Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: February 2nd 2021
Book Acquired: Xpresso Book Tours, ARC
Ratings: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⭐

Synopsis:

On the day that 16-year-old Winter Starling had her life and dreams shattered by a sexual assault, she meets Kai, a boy from her high school obsessed with music. They develop a deep friendship, which comes to an abrupt end when Kai unexpectedly has to leave. Winter has no idea why he went or any way to contact him.

Ten years pass, and Winter has constructed a new reality for herself. Now living in Melbourne, she has a successful career in advertising and is engaged to Liam King, a star player in Australian Rules Football. Winter has a perfect life.

During a night out, Winter runs into Kai, now the lead singer of ‘The Stonevilles.’ Winter and Kai rekindle their friendship, and to everyone around them, their attraction is evident. With Kai back in her life, Winter’s past threatens to ruin her relationship with Liam and everything she has worked to achieve. But can she risk losing Kai a second time?

Emotional and edgy, Beautiful Facade is about love, loss, healing, self-discovery, and the messy battle between one’s head and one’s heart.

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Review:

The main thing that struck me in this book is the mention of sexual assault and the importance of mental health. Finding it in a romance book is very less, but the way Kathryn has woven the story in and around Winter’s life and mental health is something worth reading.

[TW: This books contains mentions of sexual assault]

From the start, we get to see the version Winter has used to shield herself from her past. This Winter is working fancy, lives fancy, behaves fancy and even has a fiancé that’s fancy. But this façade cracks when someone from Winter’s old life walks through that wall she had built up years ago.

I loved the tension that is between the two. It’s fresh and raw. It glued me to the book and had me anxious about the end. Second chances are hard to find, but Winter and Kai surely had luck in their favour.

A pleasant yet emotionally raw book about two people finding each other at the time it was least expected. Breaking down each other’s barriers and dealing with things that are too hard to bear. This book was as real as it could be. I loved every bit of it.


Author Bio:

Kathryn S Rose is a mum, wife, reader, writer, traveller, and food enthusiast. Writing a book was always on her bucket list, and finally, with Beautiful Facade, it has come into fruition.

Kathryn is interested in the study of human behaviour and obtained a Bachelor of Social Science, with a focus on Community studies and Welfare Work.

Since completing her studies, she has worked in several jobs, which have enhanced her understanding of social issues, human development, relationships, and lifestyle. Some of these insights are reflected in her writing and give her inspiration.

Besides books, Kathryn has many other loves. She enjoys listening to live music, relaxing at the beach, embarking on random hiking adventures, and indulging in too much food and wine with ​family and friends.

When Kathryn and her family aren’t traipsing around the world, they can be found residing in Perth, Western Australia.

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The Shape of Stars Unknown by Sybil Le Pyrmont | Blog Tour & Interview

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Book Name: The Shape of Stars Unknown (The Aldarfall Saga, #1)
Author: Sybil Le Pyrmont
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Publication date: October 15th 2020

Synopsis:

World domination is the least of their problems.

A STRANDED DEMIGOD. Lau of the House of Feofar, troubled and headstrong, screwed up. Royally. Now he lives out his days in exile on Earth – the very planet he once tried to exterminate.

A RUDDERLESS MORTAL WOMAN. Silver Laing leads the ordinary life of a white-collar worker. Lonely and desperately in search of purpose and new horizons, she gets more than she bargained for when she is offered a mysterious job.

A CATACLYSMIC PLAN BILLIONS OF YEARS IN THE MAKING. When a deadly visitor from Lau’s shrouded past threatens to lay the world in ashes, Silver and Lau must form an unlikely alliance against ancient and far superior forces.

An alliance with the potential to shake the very foundation of the Universe.

Shimmering new worlds?
Sizzling tension?
Secrets as old as time?
Splashes of humour?

If your answer to all of the above is ‘Hell, yeah!’ then The Shape of Stars Unknown is your guy. This first book in Sybil Le Pyrmont’s new urban fantasy adventure series, The Aldarfall Saga, will take you from Germany to Tibet, from Japan to Iceland and all the way to the other end of the Universe.

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Interview Questions:

1) When did you first realise you wanted to be a writer?

Truth be told, I can’t remember a time when I did not want to be a writer. Even before I read my first word, I stood wide-eyed before the novels at my local bookstore and wondered what magic skills were required to create such a little miracle and have it displayed on those shelves for the world to see. One of my greatest regrets is not having mustered the courage to try my hand at writing much, much earlier in life.

2) How long does it take you to write a book?

The rough draft of the complete Aldarfall Saga – at the time one single book of about 1,300 pages – took me seven months to complete. I then broke it into three parts, the first of which is now published as The Shape of Stars Unknown. Approximately eight years and countless revisions later, TSOSU has made it from rough draft to published book; I’m a reasonably fast writer, but my exasperating perfectionist streak makes me the slowest editor in the world (not to mention the day job, which gobbles up a substantial amount of time).

3) What do you think makes for a good story?

Disclaimer: this is my personal, highly subjective view. A good story needs to make me feel at home. It is a quality I find somewhat slippery to define, let alone explain. “At home” evokes visions of cosy mysteries or heartwarming Christmas stories with adorable puppies, right? Well, this is not at all what I mean, although I’ll gladly take the doggos off your hands.

Here are some examples of books that give me this particular homely feeling:

The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde)

Shibumi (Trevanian)

The Name of the Rose (Umberto Eco)

Into Thin Air (Jon Krakauer)

It (Stephen King)

Oni (Marc Olden)

Harry Potter (J.K. Rowling)

Hannibal (Thomas Harris)

Hagen von Tronje (Wolfgang Hohlbein)

Not one of these books is snuggly-puppy pleasant to read. One of them even is non-fiction. But they all make me feel comfortable. I stepped into a welcoming world from the very first time I read the very first syllable. Sometimes it’s the characters (like in Hagen von Tronje), sometimes it’s the writing style (Dorian Gray, Shibumi, Into Thin Air), sometimes it’s the philosophy or worldview (Dorian Gray, Shibumi) that gives me this strange, homey sensation. In extremely rare cases, a story combines all three and thus knocks my socks off (here’s looking at you, Shibumi).

And what elevates a story from good to great is when it makes me feel intelligent. This is what Shibumi and The Name of the Rose do, for example. Shibumi is supposed to be read as a satire on the spy thriller, and there are dozens of innuendos and references that I caught only upon reading it several times. I still discover something new every time I pick it up, not to mention that it makes me think, learn … and google. The latter, by the way, has been taken to extremes by The Name of the Rose. Keep your search engine handy when you read that one!

In short, a good story gives me a literary home and a few additional brain cells.

4) If you could be one character from the book, who would you be and why? 

Lau, my male protagonist. For all his faults – and he has many – he is a man of courage and extraordinary resilience. Certain events in his past have traumatised him deeply, but even though he has no active memory of them, he continues to fight these demons every day. He has lived for billions of years without losing his zest for life, and not only is he a free spirit, but he is an intellectual warrior. I would love to have just one ounce of his strength, mental and physical.

5) If you co-author a book with your favourite author, who would it be?

Definitely Trevanian. He was a cosmopolitan scholar with a brilliant, crystal-clear mind and a flair for wordplay, puns and fine irony. I have no idea what on earth I could have contributed to this co-authorship, but I would have learned the world from him. Oscar Wilde comes in a close second.

6) Your all-time favourite quotes.

“Writing is the only thing that when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.” (Gloria Steinem)

Among the gazillions of quotes on writing, this is the one that rings most true for me. Whatever I’m doing, all I want is get back to my desk. Whenever I’m there, all may not always be right with the world, but I am where I feel I’m supposed to be.

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” (Oscar Wilde)

“We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.” (Japanese proverb)

These two go in the same direction. People will criticise you no matter what and no matter how hard you try to please them. You might just as well be yourself – way less exhausting, way more satisfying.

7) Can we expect a sequel or a new novel soon?

Both sequels to The Shape of Stars Unknown are written … technically. Due to the revisions and changes I made to the first book over the past years, however, books II and III require massive rewrites. I’m working on them as we speak.

As for new novels, I have several manuscripts in various stages of completion. One is a darker urban fantasy, one could be deemed magical realism, and two of them dabble in the realm of mythology. As excited as I am about these drafts, the sequels to TSOSU take precedence at this time.

8) A few words for our readers. 

The one thing I would like to say most of all is thank you. Thank you so much for taking the time to (virtually) meet me and The Shape of Stars Unknown. We all have many worries right now – health, family, friends, jobs – which makes me all the more grateful for your time!

You, the readers, are the most fundamental element in a writer’s universe. Your words carry immense weight, whether in the guise of a book review or as a comment on social media. Although a thick skin may be part of a writer’s toolbox, your opinions and observations can make or break our day. Either way – wield that power whenever you can, dear readers! We love to hear from you!

If you’d like to get in touch, please drop me a line at sybil@spyrmont.com – or find me here:

https://www.facebook.com/sybillepyrmont

https://twitter.com/borzoi

https://www.instagram.com/shibumi1971/?hl=en


Author Bio:

Sybil Le Pyrmont was born in Germany and was raised on the Canary Islands (that Gallic name is a pseudonym – her actual name has as much flair as a tax return). Although she now resides in Frankfurt, Germany, her heart has been beating for Tokyo ever since she spent a year in that city and discovered her epic love for all things Japan. That includes, to her acute embarrassment, the Shinagawa train station jingle she has installed as her ringtone. When Sybil isn’t writing, or dreaming of the anonymous donor who will some day gift her a house in Japan, she splits her time between her airline day job and long rants about the sunshine and the always-too-hot weather.

Sybil writes urban fantasy adventure to whisk her readers away to realms of imagination that have a distinct possibility of existing somewhere in the depths of the Universe.

Visit spyrmont.com for more on Sybil and her writing.

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The Breakup Plan by Elle Vaughn | Book Blitz

 

The Breakup Plan
Elle Vaughn
Publication date: December 15th 2020
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Elliot has just made the list of America’s hottest bachelors. A successful business mogul who has made a name for himself in Silicon Valley, Elliot’s life is just about perfect—that is until an incriminating photo of himself appears in a tabloid magazine. If anyone discovers who the other person in the photo is, his career would be ruined.

Penny’s life has been anything but charmed. Struggling to make ends meet, she’s determined to make a better life for herself. Desperate to rescue her little brother from the same troubled life she had growing up, Penny will do whatever it takes to make sure he’s safe. Now that she’s starting an internship at a large corporation, she can only hope this is the start of something better.

And that’s when an asshole named Elliot Faulkner makes her an offer she can’t refuse.

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Ain’t She Sweet by Whitney Dineen | Book Blitz

 

Ain’t She Sweet
Whitney Dineen
(Seven Brides for Seven Mothers #2)
Publication date: December 15th 2020
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Romance

Tara Heinz began her modelling career at the tender age of twelve. After spending fifteen years drooling over forbidden foods, she does the unthinkable. She enrols in culinary school and becomes a pastry chef.

After a nasty breakup with her rock star boyfriend that leads to tabloid war, Tara takes a job at a rural lodge in Oregon to escape the spotlight she no longer desires.

James Cavanaugh is a farmer in Oregon. His days are spent building his business and his nights are spent sleeping, so he can get up at four in the morning.

Ruby Cavanaugh has plans for her son that involve her new pastry chef. Of course, neither James nor Tara know what’s going on until it’s too late.

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Broken Beginnings by C. Hallman, J.L. Beck | Cover Reveal

Broken Beginnings
C. Hallman, J.L. Beck
(The Moretti Crime Family, #2)
Publication date: February 19th 20201
Genres: Adult, Dark Romance, Romance

The night I saved her eight years ago I knew a choice had been made.

Years later and I can’t manage to let her go.

She’s barely eighteen, virginal, and kind.

Touching her would be a sin, but letting another man have her would destroy me.

Every time I close my eyes I see her, standing there, afraid, scared out of her mind because of that one fateful night.

She doesn’t know the lengths I’ve gone to protect her.

The blood spilled, the words said.

Nothing deters my obsession… it’s wrong, immoral, to follow her, and watch her at every turn but I can’t help myself.

Her safety, her life. It’s the only thing of importance to me.

When an enemy lurking in the shadows challenges that I’ll do whatever I can to protect her, even make a deal with a devil, knowing the only way out is death.

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Fireflies at 3am by Danni Thomas| Book Blitz

 

Fireflies at 3 am
Danni Thomas
Publication date: December 12th 2020
Genres: Poetry

‘Fireflies at 3 am’ brings a landmark new genre to the world of literature. It’s a book with the flow of poetry but the ebb of short stories – rightfully called “Shoetry”.

This creation takes you to the roots of humanity – stripping back the veneers of life, society and interaction to see people and their ways in an entirely new light.

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Author Bio:

As a child, he was known to cook up stories to save his little ass or to pass his exams. Then he grew up a bit, only in age and size, and went to college. There, he wrote plays, won a few awards and was told to try his luck in advertising. Some kind soul, who had limited knowledge about advertising, told him that this field was all about wearing jeans to work and late-night parties. He needed no further persuasion, and without losing any more time, got into advertising.

Over the last 18 years, he worked at some of the biggest advertising agencies in the world, made some memorable ads, won international recognition for his work, and learned how to manage acid reflux. Life was OK, but he decided to complicate it by writing a book.

People nowadays avoid him like the plague lest he ask them to review his work. His children have started studying harder and his wife has taken up baking so that they can escape his nagging requests, every now and then, to read what he’s written. But all said and done, none of that has dampened his spirits. Currently, he is looking forward to selling over a million copies and is busy convincing each of his friends to buy more than 3 copies of the book. Sucker.


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Little Hood and Her Wolf by Janie Mari | Book Blitz

 

Little Hood and Her Wolf
Janie Marie
(The Big Bad Wolf Trilogy, #2)
Publication date: December 8th 2020
Genres: Coming of Age, Fairy Tales, Young Adult

Kylie knew Logan Grimm came with a price. She just had no idea that the price was being told what to do by the most dangerous residents of Blackwoods.

She should run and survive, but Logan’s sweet words and even sweeter kisses keep her where she is.

Right where the Big Bad Wolf lies in wait.

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A Shattering Glimpse by Nicole Putter | Book Blitz

 

A Shattering Glimpse
Nicole Putter
Publication date: December 10th 2020
Genres: Adult, Romance, Thriller

The dreams: For years, Claire Baxter has been haunted by ceaseless dreams of an FBI Agent.

The dilemma: She has no idea who he is or if he even exists.

The death: Right before she’s set to graduate from college, a dream reveals him dying in a brutal explosion.

One touch and not-so-normal Portland girl, Claire Baxter, can get a glimpse of your nearby future. She considers nothing about her clairvoyance a gift, it’s a curse, to say the least. Her parents raised her with the rule that she is to keep the secret at all cost, leaving little room for relationships of any kind. As if the burden isn’t enough, FBI agent Byron Black becomes the phantom of a series of sinister dreams.

The night before her final college exam, she has another dream, except in this one, he dies in a nuclear explosion. Does he exist? Will she find him? If so, can she save the countless lives affected by a blast that can crush steel like it’s a piece of paper, or… is this something her lost, psychic mind conjured up?

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Orange Blossoms-Love Blooms by Dalia Dupris | Book Blitz

 

Orange Blossoms-Love Blooms
Dalia Dupris

(California Hearts, #1)
Published by: The Wild Rose Press
Publication date: October 19th 2020
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Strong-willed Elaine Hart is determined to save Hartland Ranch, her family’s California orange groves. After the recent ending of a turbulent relationship, she vows to keep her professional and personal life separate, even though she’s attracted to the man who holds her family’s fate in the palm of his hands.

Serious-minded banker, David Cole, has two goals- collecting on the delinquent ranch account and resisting his attraction to the unpredictable and beautiful Elaine Cole.

When a series of circumstances brings them together, they must decide if they will continue to suppress their emotions or succumb to passion and take a chance on a forever love.

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O Night Divine: A Holiday Collection of Spirited Christmas Tales | Book Blitz

 

O Night Divine: A Holiday Collection of Spirited Christmas Tales
Publication date: December 17th 2020
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Romance

A MASTERPIECE OF HOLIDAY STORYTELLING…

Enjoy this stunning holiday collection from some of your favorite Dragonblade Publishing authors in this collection of never-before published seasonal tales!

Imagine, if you will, that it is Christmas Eve.

The candles are guttered, one by one, and a hush falls over the parlor. The children have gone to bed, and a tall, gloriously decorated Christmas tree looms in the shadows of the hearth’s dying embers. A tattered copy of Charles Dickens’ masterwork, “A Christmas Carol” sits, cold and lonely, upon a table nearby.

A small gust of wind, hurling from the seam of an ill-fitting window, blows the cover open. The first chapter appears… “Marley’s Ghost”…

The clock on the wall chimes midnight.

Now, the magic happens.

From the gaily bedecked halls of Regency England to the cold and crisp air of the Scottish Highlands, and everything in between, enjoy the magic of a holiday collection that has drawn inspiration from Charles Dickens’ most beloved literary works. Where the ghosts of Christmas, the incandescent spirit of a tiny disabled boy, and the joy that is the very heart of the Christmas season come alive.

USA Today and Internationally bestselling authors bring you their version of a Dickens’-inspired holiday in O NIGHT DIVINE.

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