🎉Books, Vertigo and Tea Turns 2!🎉

It was officially 2 years ago (this week) that I registered with WordPress and began my journey as a blogger. I still feel incredibly new, but also incredibly welcomed in this wonderful community that has become a second home. To celebrate I want to share a few reasons why I love it all, my most popular posts to date, and a small giveaway!

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💃Top 5 Reasons I Love Blogging💃

  1. The community is incredibly supportive and close for how larger and ever-growing it is ❤ This is constantly demonstrated through the eagerness of fellow bloggers and readers to help one another, their willingness to welcome new faces, and their ability to establish friendships that carry offline.
  2. This is my home away from home. When life is becoming too frustrating, or personal challenges feel overwhelming, I can always log in and find an escape and support.
  3. I learn something new about myself every time I share a post. Our discussions and interactions constantly encourage me to explore different things and myself. I am better for this.
  4. Writing is a creative outlet that helps me process my own thoughts and offers me many therapeutic benefits.
  5. I read better because of the recommendations and encouragement to explore that I gain from each of you.

 ❤ BVT’s Most Viewed Posts ❤

Blogging Life: 10 Times I Failed As A New Blogger & Lived To Blog Another Day

10 Things I have learned As a Blogger That Make Life Easier

My Personal How To: Affording Books On a Budget

Let’s Talk About My Abrupt Absences

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence


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🎉The Giveaway🎉

  • Must be 18 yrs old+ (or have parental consent) to enter & be willing to supply a valid shipping & email address for contact and prize delivery. Must follow me (no giveaway accounts).
  • Winner will be selected/announced on social media & contacted via email in one week & have 3 days to respond before a new winner will be selected.
  • Opens to everyone that Book Depository ships to (not sponsored or hosted by Book Depository).

Enter to win a book of your choice (up to 15 USD) on Book Depository


Thank you for making it an amazing two years. I love you guys!

Danielle ❤

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Sons of Gods Blog Tour & Excerpt

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Today I am thrilled to share an excerpt of Arthur J Gonzalez’s YA Fantasy, Sons of Gods. There is also an international, tour-wide giveaway for a $25 Amazon gift card. So make sure that enter at the end of the post.


The Book

SonsSons of Gods
By Arthur J Gonzales
ISBN: 9780988891678
Pages: 444
Genre: Fantasy/Mythology/YA

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Long ago, the wrath of the three God brothers marked the onset of the Great War. The other Gods watched in horror, until they, too, were forced to take sides. Their beloved Mt Olympus collapsed, ruin was brought to all Divine, and the Age of Darkness gripped the world in its clutches. But a group of Gods was wise, and before their impending deaths, they had crafted a pact, committing to one day rebuilding the Territories – the Heavens, Seas, and the Underworld. It would usher in the world they protected and honored out from its darkness. And from it would rise the new Greats: the Sons of Gods.

Cienzo has always had an affliction for metal and fire; never did he anticipate it would one day translate to wielding dormant powers. It is during a journey to fulfill a promise to his dying sister, that he is plunged into a dark and magical world, and where great responsibility is bestowed upon him.

Is he worthy of assuming the throne of the Territories? Can shattering steel and splitting fire change his mind?

Purchase Links: Amazon.com  Amazon.UK


The Excerpt

KAYANA

THEY HADN’T WANDERED far from the hut, but Kayana couldn’t shake the tightening in her chest. An alarming energy enveloped her. The tiny hairs on the back of her neck tingled. She sensed something. She just wasn’t sure what. Maybe it was simply for leaving Cienzo alone in the hut.
Wild animals ran around freely. A peacock here, an elephant there, a fire-eyed phoenix just beyond them. A
couple clunked by on wooden stilts, dressed in nothing but gold-feathered briefs and enormous wings fashioned to their boots. Beside them, three drunken men engaged in a sluggish sword fight.
The music blared throughout the air. It was a blissful sound, full of hard beats and energetic strings. Zendaya glanced down at her boots—which she realized had been tapping along to the rhythm. She stopped herself. She turned her focus to the drunks that paraded and stumbled around them like fools, masks drooping sloppily from their faces. She couldn’t believe how careless people were. They had drunk themselves defenseless. In the event of an attack, a blade would barely have to be lifted to take a life. It was as if death was so desperate to be granted.
“How do these people not care?” she asked, eyes set on detecting the smallest swing in the normal rhythm of the crowd.
“That’s quite the accusation,” Caleseus said. “Some would say they are here because they care. They cherish their fallen Gods and hope that celebrating them shall directly impact the state of their afterlives. I find it admirable.”
“Admirable?” She turned to face him, breaking her concentration.
His eyes lingered on a group of men and women hoisting wooden sticks attached to the bottom of long and massive paper puppets of peacocks, lions, dolphins and serpents. Beside them, women with beautifully silver- painted faces spun torches of fire above them. Magenta flames streaked the air with outlines of flowers and birds.
“To think,” he continued. “That even after all these years, their beliefs and faiths are so strong they are willing to sacrifice their safety.”
She raised a brow at a yellow-hooded carnal bent over a barrel. A man behind her chugging from a steel flask fondled her laces, trying to pry them free. “Right. So they run around like fools …all in faith? How wise.”
Caleseus turned to her and tilted his head. “You know yourself that wisdom and practicality don’t always follow the same course.”
She knew exactly what he meant and grunted. “Okay, Cal, I get it—”
A loud shriek tore through the air. Kayana felt the terror in it, and without preamble she drew her bow and arrow. The feeling in her chest. She knew it. She launched onto Caleseus’s back, feeling the contraction of his muscles beneath her hands. She glanced up and watched as a group of Roamers spilled into the Serpent’s Head, wielding sharp, double-bladed swords dripping with the appetite for destruction. Where did they come from? How had she not noticed them? They had appeared as if from thin air, riding the backs of their winged horses, the Pegasi. Each of them was robed in the Roamer’s armor: bone helmets accented by flame-engulfed wings, half-masks with painted mandible skulls that covered only the bottom half of their faces.
“Cienzo,” Kayana gasped. “We need to hurry back to him.”
Caleseus had already spun to gallop toward the pale charcoal hut. The tightening in her chest clutched its fingers around her heart. How could she have left his side? How could she have not sensed their presence? If he was injured again—or worse—it would be on her. And there was no remedy known to even the Gods that would cleanse her soul of that guilt.
She would die before allowing that to happen.


ArthurAbout the Author

Arthur J. Gonzalez is a Young Adult author of the Photo Traveler series. Originally born in Miami, FL, you can now find him living on the West side in Los Angeles. If he’s not drinking coffee or playing with his adorable Schnoodle, Sookie, then he’s probably enjoying a nap. Also, he forgets the lyrics to nearly every song.
Follow Arthur J. Gonzalez: Website  Facebook  Goodreads  Twitter


The Giveaway

  • Tour-wide & International
  • $25.00 Amazon Gift Card
  • Not sponsored or Administered by Books, Vertigo & Tea.

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I would like to thank Xpresso Book Tours & the author for providing me with this opportunity. You can follow the tour (April 16-20) here.

Happy Reading & Good Luck!

Danielle ❤

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Over Raging Tides Blog Tour

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I am excited to be sharing Jennifer Ellision’s Over Raging Tides today. I have an excerpt and link to the tour-wide giveaway. You can follow the tour schedule here. Be sure to check out the link to Rafflecopter below!

ORTOver Raging Tides (Lady Pirates #1)
By Jennifer Ellision
Kindle ASIN:  B079DTV72T
Available 3/20/18
Genre: YA Fantasy

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The pirate crew of the Lady Luck lives by many rules, but chief among them is this: they do not allow men on board.

That’s a rule that quartermaster Grace Porter is willing to break when a shipwrecked young nobleman offers her information of an omniscient map, stolen from his warship by an enemy vessel. Until now, the map was only the stuff of legend… but with its help, Grace may finally be able to hunt down the Mordgris, the sea monsters who stole her mother away from her.

Unfortunately, some members of her crew have other plans…

To find the map and face the Mordgris, Grace will have to confront her past, put the Luck between warring nations, and uncover treachery aboard the ship. And ultimately, her revenge and the destruction of the Mordgris will come at a hefty price: the betrayal of her crew.

Grace promised them they wouldn’t regret this.

She just isn’t sure that she won’t.

Purchase Links: Amazon.com Amazon.UK


An Excerpt from Over Raging Tides by Jennifer Ellision:

“Have you a name, young man?”
This “man” is no older than I am. But he’s soft. You can tell it from the look in his eyes. Never had to fight for more than what’s been given to him. It’s always been enough.
He won’t find any compatriots in that manner on-board the Luck. We’re all different enough, but one thing is for certain: none of us have ever been given what we deem enough. It’s the constant battle for more that led us to where we are.
“I’m Leo, ma’am.”
At least he has the sense to offer some deference.
“No surname that goes with that?” she prods.
“Wesson,” he hastily offers. “And the little one’s Wesson, too. My brother, John.”
“Mr. Wesson, then,” Ilene says. “Were you not left in the care of my very able crew?”
“Yes, ma’am. But I—”
“So instead of accepting our very generous hospitality, you took it upon yourself to sneak away. Sly, Mr. Wesson. Very sly. A fox in a proverbial henhouse—though perhaps that is a bit on-the-nose. But let’s continue on with this metaphor, regardless. Foxes are a nuisance, Mr. Wesson. And when a farmer grows tired of a pest disrupting the hen’s business, what do you supposed that farmer may do?”
Wesson stays silent, though the anger he’s not well-trained enough to hide lights his eyes. He’s no imbecile. He perceives the threat that Captain Ilene is offering with all the lightness of polite dinner conversation.
“The farmer may choose to exterminate that pest, Mr. Wesson.”
Now the anger truly flares in his eyes. “The farmer may have to catch the fox first,” he says quietly.
Interesting. My estimation of him rises minutely.
The captain’s brow raises, and she nods to me. While she reclines in her seat and lazily rests her feet upon her table, I cross the room and, with little effort, toe the door to the captain’s quarters closed. A scant second later and the bolt is flipped.
The captain motions to Wesson as if passing him the bread at dinner, her lips quirked slightly in amusement. The implication is clear:
The fox has been caught. And the farmer didn’t even have to lift a finger to catch him.


Ellision_author_photo.jpg About the Author

Jennifer Ellision spent a great deal of her childhood staying up past her bedtime with a book and a flashlight. When she couldn’t find the stories she wanted to read, she started writing them. She loves words, has a soft spot for fanfiction, and is a master of the fangirl flail. She resides in South Florida with her family, where she lives in fear of temperatures below 60 Fahrenheit.

Follow Jennifer Ellision: Website  Facebook  Twitter  Goodreads


The Tourwide Giveaway

  • A signed copy of Over Raging Tides, an Over Raging Tides bookmark, an Over Raging Tides compass keychain, a copy of Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller, a signed Daughter of the Pirate King bookmark, and a signed copy of Air and Ash by Alex Lidell. (US only)
  • ebooks of Over Raging Tides, Threats of Sky and Sea, Daughter of the Pirate King, and Air and Ash. (INTL)

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I would like to thank Xpresso Book Tours for allowing me this opportunity today!

Happy Reading,

Danielle ❤

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