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Release Day Giveaway! The Extremely Epic Viking Tale of Yondersaay by Aoife Lennon-Ritche @chapterxchapter @aoifelennon @tantrumbooks

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Hello Readers! Welcome to the Release Day Celebration for

The Extremely Epic Viking Tale of Yondersaay
by Aoife Lennon-Ritche

presented by Tantrum Books!

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

 

Happy Book Birthday, Aoife!

 

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This winter, siblings Ruairi and Dani Miller visit their ancestral homeland: the legendary Viking island of Yondersaay. Even with Granny Miller’s storytelling to pass the time, the pair manage to find trouble. In less than twenty-four hours of their arrival, Ruairi is mistaken for the lost Boy King of Denmark, kidnapped by Vikings, and scheduled to be sacrificed at sundown. Granny isn’t very pleased.

But when everyone except them goes Viking, the three turn to Granny’s epic tales of the legends of Yondersaay, The Gifts of Odin, and King Dudo the Mightily Impressive for clues. But not all stories end happily, and Ruari, Dani, and Granny will have to write their own happy ending.

The Princess Bride meets Vikings in this enchanted tale of high adventure, buried treasure, villainous treachery, violent ends, and – of course – true love. Aoife Lennon-Ritchie’s debut middle grade novel, THE EXTREMELY EPIC VIKING TALE OF YONDERSAAY, is a humorous and heartwarming story for readers ages 9+.

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The Extremely Epic Viking Tale of Yondersaay
by Aoife Lennon-Ritchie
Publication Date: October 11, 2016
Publisher: Tantrum Books

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The Little Secret

Granny had to shout now because of the noise of the wind on the gangplank of the ferry she, Dani, Ruairi, and Mum were boarding. Granny was eating the steaming hot pie Mum had gotten for her in a sailor bar in the port. They huddled close together and shuffled up the gangplank in their winter clothes.
“About three weeks into the voyage,” Granny bellowed, “a few days after the warriors started wondering why they hadn’t found land yet, dusk fell on a clear, calm ocean. The night was full of light from the crystalline moon, and Brother Brian turned a little in his position in the prow of the lead longship and made a long slow nod of the head toward King Dudo, closing his eyes as his head reached its lowest position. It was a very cool move. Brother Brian had been practicing it in his head for weeks. He waited for King Dudo to take his seat beside him.
“‘We are close,” Brian said to Dudo and looked to the stars, then back down at the books and scrolls and charts laid all about him and back up to the stars again. “‘All my information, all my years of training, and all my expertise tell me we are very close.’
“The boat glided quietly through the water. Most of the Vikings were sleeping. Not so much as a seabird disturbed the stillness of the night. The monk and the king looked hopefully all around; it felt to them that they could see for miles. If the island was there, they would see it.
“They looked and looked. An hour passed, two hours passed, then three. But no land came into view. All of a sudden, King Dudo swung his head around to the left. ‘Shh!’ he hissed. Brother Brian swivelled his gaze around and looked hard, but he couldn’t see anything. ‘It sounded like—’ King Dudo said, stopping short.
“‘Like what, my lord?’ Brian asked.
“‘Oh, nothing, it’s ridiculous … but for a minute there, I thought I heard children laughing.’
Brother Brian gasped, clutched his chest, and went pale.
“‘It’s nothing,’ King Dudo continued. ‘The ocean is playing tricks on my mind.’ Dudo’s shoulders sagged, and he let out a big sigh. ‘This is ridiculous! What am I thinking? A magical island in the middle of the ocean … Enough. Time to let it go. Let’s get back on track and deliver my men to land.’

 

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Irish actor and writer Aoife Lennon-Ritchie studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, the Universita di Catania in Italy, University College Dublin in Ireland, and the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Aoife holds diplomas, degrees and a Masters in the multiple fields of business and information technology, English and classic literature, theatre and creative writing; she looks forward to doing her PhD in Film and Media. Always searching for new adventures, Aoife has lived in the UK, France, Greece, Italy, and several US cities, including Chicago, New York and Pittsburgh. She speaks three (and a half) languages. Although she was once an investment banker, she much prefers acting, fencing, writing, and being a mum. She currently lives in Cape Town with her handsome husband and two small children.

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Fall Into Fantasy Giveaway 2014 #FIFG14 #giveaway

 Hey everyone!

 It’s  time for the Fall Into Fantasy Blog Hop (#FIFG14) from Oct. 17th-31st.

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Welcome to the Fall Into Fantasy Tour, where we are keeping your mind off any end-of-summer blues and welcoming the cooler weather by introducing you to some incredible fantasy reads to curl up with and giving you plenty of chances to win awesome prizes!

Join me and tons of great authors as we welcome the new season with a chance to win some amazing reads!

Including … 

A signed paperback copy of Crux

Crux

Blurb:

She should have run. Now, she’ll have to fight. Eighteen year old Birdie may be homeless, but she’s surviving, that is until a mysterious guy throws money in the air like a crazy game show host and she grabs some with the idea she’ll be able to buy dinner that night. In that singular moment, unassuming Birdie becomes the girl in everyone’s viewfinder. Thugs want to kill her. Money-guy wants to recruit her. The very hot, very rich and very out of her league Grey Mathews wants to save her. Birdie, though, wants nothing to do with any of them until she realizes fate didn’t bring them all together. Her heritage did. Now, with only twenty-one days left, she’s got to decide whether to follow in the footsteps of those before her or risk her life for people she’s only just met.

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5th Annual Spooktacular Giveaway Hop is here!

So … Boo!

 

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My Giveaway

$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

Open Internationally

Ends 10/31/14

 

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This year 250+ bloggers are each giving away a prize valued at $10 or more!!  

You’ll have 17 full days to enter all the giveaways.

 

This is such a fun Hop. I love this giveaway and did it last year.

And now for my prizes …

Winner!!!

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(Hi Molly! ♥)

Has 24 hours to reply or another winner will be chosen.

Congratulations Molly, and thanks so much for entering!!!

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I know, I know, this isn’t horror. 

Still, it’s a great read that I hope you’ll enjoy!

One winner will receive both … 

One paperback copy of:

Looking for Alaska

Blurb:

 Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter’s whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the “Great Perhaps” (François Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

After. Nothing is ever the same.

And …

 

One ebook copy of:

Crux

Blurb:

She should have run. Now, she’ll have to fight. Eighteen year old Birdie may be homeless, but she’s surviving, that is until a mysterious guy throws money in the air like a crazy game show host and she grabs some with the idea she’ll be able to buy dinner that night. In that singular moment, unassuming Birdie becomes the girl in everyone’s viewfinder. Thugs want to kill her. Money-guy wants to recruit her. The very hot, very rich and very out of her league Grey Mathews wants to save her. Birdie, though, wants nothing to do with any of them until she realizes fate didn’t bring them all together. Her heritage did. Now, with only twenty-one days left, she’s got to decide whether to follow in the footsteps of those before her or risk her life for people she’s only just met.

To enter:

I won’t make you jump through ten hoops to enter. 🙂

Simply leave a comment below about what you’re thankful for this fall. That’s it!

And remember to leave your name and  email address, so I can contact you if you win.

A winner will be chosen at random.

He/She will have 48 hours to answer their email or another winner will be chosen.

Easy breezy.

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Fall Into Fantasy Giveaway

Welcome to the Fall Into Fantasy Giveaway!

Deadline to enter is Halloween – October 31, 2013

Hosted by urban fantasy author Ash Krafton’s Demimonde.

This year, over FIFTY AUTHORS of fantasy and paranormal books are giving away books and swag!

Giveaway runs until October 31st…plenty of time to get all your entries in…but don’t delay, Halloween and the deadline will be here before you know it.

To see all the fabulous book covers … click here (Sorry guys, Word Press won’t support the script, but the link takes you to the covers and I listed the books in the giveaway below …)

Nicole Zo: Woman of Honor (Kingdom of Arnhem, Book 1) , Sharon Saracino: Death Benefits, Debbie Christiana: Solstice, Jami Gray: Shadow’s Edge — The Kyn Kronicles — Book 1, Mina Khan: Wildfire: A Paranormal Mystery with Cowboys & Dragons, Marsha A. Moore: Seeking a Scribe: Enchanted Bookstore Legend One (Enchanted Bookstore Legends), Alison Beightol: Blood Betrayal, Tricia Schneider: The Witch And The Vampire, Shah Wharton: Finding Esta (The Supes Series), Prudence MacLeod: Novan Witch, Revised (Nova Series), Jane Leback: The Wrong Enemy, Stacy Claflin:  Deception (The Transformed #1), Sascha Illyvich: Torn to Pieces, Shannon McRoberts: Verses of Athine: The Daughter of Ares Chronicles, Nicole Zoltack:  Woman of Honor (Kingdom of Arnhem, Book 1), Rhonda Parrish: Aphanasian Stories, Ash Krafton: Bleeding Hearts: Book One of the Demimonde, Liv Rancourt: A Vampire’s Deadly Delight, Fabio Bueno: Wicked Sense (The Singularity Series, #1)

Cathrina Constantine: Wickedly They Come Julia Crane: Coexist (Keegan`s Chronicles #1) Nana Prah: Love Through Time Mimi Sebastian: The Necromancer`s Seduction John Hundley: The Dragon of Doughton Park: A Red Wolf Novel (Volume 2) James Garcia Jr.: Seeing Ghosts Stacy Claflin: Fallen (The Transformed Prequel) Kristine Croto: The Last Dance of Caitlyn Murphy M. Pax: The Renaissance of Hetty Locklear Carmen DeSousa: Creatus (Creatus Series) Etta Jean: Chronicle of Destiny Ash Krafton: Blood Rush Marian Allen: The Fall of Onagros (sage) (Volume 1) Andrea R. Cooper: The Garnet Dagger Sharon Buchbinder: Obsession Georgia Lyn Hunter: Absolute Surrender Lisa Kessler: Moonlight (The Moon Series) (Entangled Edge) Robin Lythgoe: As the Crow Flies Kim Smith: An Unexpected Performance Angela Myron: Ennara and the Fallen Druid (Volume 1)

Sheryl Nantus: Blood of the Pride Terri Rochenski: Eye of the Soul (Pool of Souls) (Volume 1) Thomas Winship: Vaempires: Zombie Rising: The Evolutionary War Thomas Winship: Vaempires: Revolution: The Evolutionary War Elle J. Rossi: The Soother: Book Two of the Brennan Coven Trilogy Rosalie Skinner: Exiled: Autumn`s Peril-Book One (The Chronicles of Caleath) Jonathan D Allen: Room 3 Angela Brown: They All Fall Down (Shadow Jumpers) Kevin O. McLaughlin: By Darkness Revealed (Blackwell Magic) John Hundley: The Draculata Nest: A Red Wolf Novel Julie Flanders: Polar Night Gregory S Close: In Siege of Daylight: BOOK ONE IN THE COMPENDIUM OF LIGHT, DARK & SHADOW Jocelyn Adams: Stone Chameleon (Ironhill Jinn Series) Cesya MaRae Cuono: Elemental Reality Lyndi Alexander: The Elf Queen (Clan Elves of the Bitterroot) Thomas Winship: Vaempires: White Christmas: A Prelude to The Evolutionary War Red Tash: Troll Or Derby Julie Reece: Crux

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CRUX one year anniversary sale!

Crux

Target Reader: Young Adult

Keywords: Paranormal Romance, Romance, Urban Fantasy

Blurb:

She should have run. Now, she’ll have to fight. Eighteen year old Birdie may be homeless, but she’s surviving, that is until a mysterious guy throws money in the air like a crazy game show host and she grabs some with the idea she’ll be able to buy dinner that night. In that singular moment, unassuming Birdie becomes the girl in everyone’s viewfinder. Thugs want to kill her. Money-guy wants to recruit her. The very hot, very rich and very out of her league Grey Mathews wants to save her. Birdie, though, wants nothing to do with any of them until she realizes fate didn’t bring them all together. Her heritage did. Now, with only twenty-one days left, she’s got to decide whether to follow in the footsteps of those before her or risk her life for people she’s only just met.

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Book Trailer:

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Excerpt:

A tall, blond, handsome-for-an-older-man guy, rushes toward me on the already crowded sidewalk, hauling an enormous black suitcase. He plows ahead as though he doesn’t see me, clearly on a mission to get somewhere—fast. In his haste, he knocks my shoulder.
“Easy!” I say, rubbing my throbbing muscle through my coat sleeve. “Just minding own business and I get plowed into by a—” Familiarity hits me just as hard.
“Find the One. Give it away,” he calls out.
My eyebrows rise as a memory clicks in place. Oh, my gosh! Jeff Branner? My eighth grade science teacher? I do a double take. Can’t be him, can it? He’s way too tall.
“Fortune means nothing. This time we must not fail.”
Fortune? I like money.
A man with gray hair in a three-piece suit keeps pace behind the ‘Jeff’ guy. So do three young guys wearing army jackets, an old, Hispanic lady with a fox stole around her neck, and a mom pushing a sleeping kid in a fancy stroller. I’m not normally the groupie type but his money comment, along with his trail of disciples has me more than intrigued.
Hesitation grips me. The clock on the bank across the street reads, eleven-forty-three. The nice folks from St. Andrew’s Mission hand out food to street people at noon on Sundays. Their chili does a good imitation of runny dog chow, but I haven’t eaten for two days.
Yet the guy’s pull on me is irresistible. I turn toward him, conflicting ideas warring in my brain. Giveaways only happen on game shows and in the movies. That can’t be it, I reason. He could be some homicidal maniac with me his next victim.
Curiosity gives me a final shove. I abandon ideas of chili and jog to catch up with the others.
The young brunette pushing the stroller scowls at me over her shoulder.
‘Jeff’ surges ahead like a locomotive. We trail him, and his suitcase, three blocks before venturing down a side alley, away from the larger crowds.
He finally stops at a set of stone stairs, peers up and down the alley, empty aside from our little group. An iron gate wrapped in chains and padlocks seals entry to gothic oak doors at the top step. Ruby glass adorns both inner panels. The craftsmanship indicates wealth, but the building appears long abandoned.
Why is he stopping here?
The stench of urine permeates the surrounding concrete, suggesting homeless sleep in the alcove at night. The smell insults the pretty scene, but what can be done? This is Atlanta.
Jeff faces us, sweeps his dirty-blond hair back from his forehead. A five o’clock shadow darkens his jaw, while an expensive, taupe, trench coat envelops his body down to his calves. His face contorts as if in pain. If I had my sketchbook I would draw him and try to capture the exquisite expression of torture on his face.
“I’ve failed in my duty, ruined my life with pride and greed.” Despite his faded accent, he speaks in a clear voice. He rubs his hand over the back of his neck. “I’ve had everything, every pleasure money can buy. It wasn’t enough. I wanted the world.”
Don’t we all?

If you haven’t read CRUX yet, why not check it out?

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Spring Fling Giveaway Hop May 1st – 7th

Spring Fling Giveaway Hop
May 1st – 7th
Hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & Eve’s Fan Garden
Thanks you guys! (They do the coolest hops, like, eva)

I love the chance to win free stuff, don’t you?

How about a paperback copy of…

The Golden Lily (Bloodlines, #2)

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she’s been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California–tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formerly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist.

But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age–old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and the sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi—the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that—special, magical, powerful—that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Brayden, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else—someone forbidden to her.

When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she’s supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she’s been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her.

Should she trust the Alchemists—or her heart?

OR an ebook copy of …

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She should have run. Now, she’ll have to fight. Eighteen year old Birdie may be homeless, but she’s surviving, that is until a mysterious guy throws money in the air like a crazy game show host and she grabs some with the idea she’ll be able to buy dinner that night. In that singular moment, unassuming Birdie becomes the girl in everyone’s viewfinder. Thugs want to kill her. Money-guy wants to recruit her. The very hot, very rich and very out of her league Grey Mathews wants to save her. Birdie, though, wants nothing to do with any of them until she realizes fate didn’t bring them all together. Her heritage did. Now, with only twenty-one days left, she’s got to decide whether to follow in the footsteps of those before her or risk her life for people she’s only just met.

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1. Like my Face Book page here: https://www.facebook.com/author.julieareece

2. Leave a comment about your favorite urban fantasy or paranormal romance. Don’t forget to leave your email address!

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2nd Annual Kick Butt Characters Blog Hop

2nd Annual Kick Butt Characters Hop

Hosted by Good Choice Reading

& I Am A Reader, Not A Writer

March 23rd – 28th

Here’s what I’m giving away!

Your choice of one of the following novels:

Rising (Saga of the Setti, #1)ReaperAfter Dark (The 19th Year, #1)CruxDark Matter (Elemental Enmity, #2)

To enter:

I’d really appreciate it if you would either follow my blog,

or like my Face book page here: http://www.facebook.com/author.julieareece

or follow me on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/JulieAReece

Leave a comment telling me which  Kick butt character you’d like to win, AND leave me your email address in case you win!!!  🙂

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