Blog Tour & Review: Us Kids Know by JJ Strong

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We all knew about Cullen Hickson.

Siblings Bri and Ray O’Dell are lost. Anxious. Restless. Ray—bullied at his Catholic school for being small and timid—wants to be someone people respect or, even better, someone people fear. Meanwhile, Bri knows that something is off about her friendship with the shiny, happy, sophisticated blond girls on her field hockey team. They don’t really understand Bri, and if Bri is being totally honest, she doesn’t really understand them either.

When storied delinquent Cullen Hickson enters the orbit of the O’Dell siblings, though, everything changes. Bri and Ray find an alluring, addictive outlet in Cullen, who opens their eyes to a world they didn’t know existed. For Ray, that means experiencing the singular thrill of crime—from breaking and entering to grand theft auto—while Bri quickly dives into an all-consuming romance with the enigmatic upperclassman.

As Bri and Ray become more and more entwined with Cullen’s antics, and their once-thrilling experiences grow increasingly dangerous, a series of life-changing events threatens to lead the teens down a dark path—one that could forever alter the course of their lives.

*ARC provided by Razorbill in exchange for an honest review*
“Ours was a story that wouldn’t stand for the commonplace.”
This was Strong’s debut novel and it’s a story about how one guy, Cullen, changes the lives of two siblings, Bri and Ray, forever.
Ray gets bullied mercilessly at his school and finds a way to get out of it by ‘hiring’ Cullen in order to help him experience the true thrill of crime in every way. Then we have Bri, who is part of the ‘popular’ group of girls at her school but she knows she doesn’t belong, and at times, doesn’t even know how she got there. She find herself attracted to Cullen and we get to witness how that fact alone ultimately changes the course of her stature in school.
Cullen captivated me from the very beginning. I think I dove into this book as hard as I did because he was the first POV we read about and his mind was a hilarious place. There were a lot of times where he had me laughing uncontrollably at the stuff that went through his head and he did.
I felt like Cullen and Bri got intimate WAY too fast for my liking. I was just starting to see a flicker of flame when all of a sudden it became a forest fire… I didn’t really like it but I just shrugged it off or else I would’ve never enjoyed the romance factor in this.
This book was divided into two parts and the second part brought the seriousness to a whole new level. I was reeling from the way part one ended since I wasn’t expecting it all; I was dreading it, to be honest, and I shed a few tears.
One reason why this isn’t a complete 4 star read was because I was in the mindset that this would just be a book about a group of kids messing around but it’s so much more than that and it caught me by surprise. It deals with heavier and harder topics than I was expecting. That isn’t a bad thing at all, but at the moment, I wasn’t in the right mood for it, I guess. I’ll definitely try and reread this someday in the future and try to see if my rating changes.
The other reason was because I didn’t form a connection to any of the characters. I really, really tried, but even though it dealt with different forms of depression, they were completely different from mine so I couldn’t relate to them as much as I wanted.
This book is perfect for any adrenaline junkies out there.
It had a somber undertone throughout it and the foreshadowing got a bit heartbreaking. I really liked how I had no idea or guesses to where the characters would end up. It kept me guessing at every turn and it made me hesitant to reach the finish line. I had a strong uneasy feeling in my stomach from the start since these characters were playing with fire and I felt like they would only end up being burned beyond recognition.
I will say, that this might be triggering for some readers out there, so fair warning; It almost was for me. Can’t wait to see what Strong comes out with next!
3.7 stars.


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JJ Strong received a creative writing degree from the University of Southern California, and a B.A. in English from Georgetown University. His writing has appeared in Fifth Wednesday, the Santa Monica Review, and LA Weekly. He taught for many years in the undergraduate writing program at USC, before moving to the Washington, D.C. area with his wife and son.

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November 2 – The Crazy Bookworm 
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Blog Tour/ Read-a-long + Giveaway: The Alchemists of Loom ‘Bonus Content’ by Elise Kova!


I’ve been waiting for my stop on this read-a-long for what feels like weeks now because I have a special treat for all of you! As you all know, Elise Kova is my Queen and I can’t- won’t- stop talking about her for the rest of my days. She is a woman of many, many, many, talents, and among them is her absolutely incredible ability to build a world out of scratch and make it seem as if it has always existed. In her Loom series, we are introduced to the Dragon lands (Nova) and ‘Earth’ which is Loom. In the process of world building, Elise had to come up with a calendar year and this is what her process looked like:

From Elise:

Believe it or not, the calendar of Loom and Nova was actually quite difficult to come up with given the logistics of the two worlds developing completely independent of each other.

Loom is located on the earth and Nova is in the sky with a layer of clouds constantly separating them. Days and nights were simple enough, the sky would brighten and darken. Even the number of days in a given month could be explained simply: the moon. Those on Loom would experience nights of darkness, new moons, that would signify the beginning and end of a month.

So I knew Loom and Nova, without any communication, could reasonably develop a similar number of days in the month, and number of hours in the day… But what about years?

For the sake of developing a more simple timeline, I wanted to have their years be the same number of months. But how would two cultures decide something so arbitrary identically?

To answer that, I ended up speaking with a PhD candidate in astrophysics and we worked out a few hypotheticals. Eventually, we came to the possibility of an orbiting celestial body that would cross the sky once per year and light up an entire 24 hours. Doing this, gave a beginning and end for the year calendars that could be seen on Nova and experienced (via the light filtering) on Loom.


One year is composed of 20 months, with 30 days in one month. On Loom, the months are numbered simply. On Nova each month is assigned a divine patron from the Dragon Pantheon. Dates are written as: Day.Month.Year

Therefore, “1.10.1400” is the first day of the tenth month, year one-thousand four-hundred.


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Blog Tour: Dominion by J. Kowallis- Would You Rather Game!


I want to wish a very Happy Release Day to one of my favorite women of all time, J. Kowallis!!! I have had the pleasure of devouring her book from the very beginning and I can’t wait to continue with Dominion. I have yet to read it but I know it will be the end of me as we know it haha. So much can go wrong, and I know it will, that I hope I’m ready for.


Without further ado, I decided to do something a little different for this interview and turned it into a Would You Rather game. Some are my own questions and some came from other sources, they will be linked on top of their question:

Book related questions:
From Jacqueline E. Smith on Facebook:
-Would you rather have coffee with your main character or have your favorite author read your book?
Duh! Sit down with my main character!
From Manon over on Instagram:
-Would you rather only write sci-fi for the rest of your life or fantasy?
Interestingly enough, I’d pick fantasy. 
From Lindsey over on Instagram:
-Would you rather have a book be a best-seller or meet and co-write a book with your favorite author?
I’d rather have a best-seller:)
-Would you rather never be able to reread your own books but be able to read other new books or never be able to read new books but be able to reread your books?
As tough as it would be, I’d rather read new books! I mean, my books are fun and awesome and I love them, but I need the new stuff!
-Would you rather write a spin-off or a novella?
Oooo. That’s a toughie. Probably a spin off!
-Would you rather never be able to torture the hell out of your readers, but be able to meet them, or never be able to meet them but be able to torture them?
Meet them. No, torture them. Meet them. NO! I want…i want to look in their eyes and torture them with my stories! 
-Would you rather only read 1 book a month and be able to memorize it word for word or be able to read more than one, but immediately forget about them?
Oh no! That last option made me gasp. Um, so I’d totally choose one book that I memorize.
About her books: 
-Would you rather be able to duplicate or control minds?
Oooooo……duplicate. Totally.
-Would you rather have to fight Roy or Nate?
Roy. And then I’d tackle him… and then maybe his pants come down a little bit. #FRIENDSquote
-Would you rather be able to control fire or be able to see visions?
Visions. I feel that would help displace a lit of self-inflicted anxiety:)
-Would you rather be raised in a lab or in the fighting rink?
Fighting ring. For sure!
Personal questions:
From Lindsey over on Instagram:
-Would you rather have cake or ice cream?
-Would you rather never post on Facebook or on Instagram?
Oh, easy. Facebook!
-Would you rather watch one show for the rest of your life or only eat one meal for the rest of your life?
Eeek! I hate this! Okay, um…one show!
-Would you rather live in a different state every other year or be able to live in a different city every other month?
Different state every other year:) I’ve gotta have a little stability. 
-Would you rather only own a never-ending shoe closet or a never-ending closet of clothes?
Clothes closet!!!!!! 

18403293_1872424653028307_1298683039846867746_nAnd there you have it guys! Do you agree with her answers? How would you have answered differently? Feel free to comment and as always thank you J. Kowallis for always being a pleasure to interview!
If you haven’t read any of her works, please do so immediately! Her world and characters are to die for!

About the author:

J. Kowallis grew up in northern Utah, graduated from Weber State University’s creative writing program, and lives in Utah with her Mini Schnauzer, Etta. She enjoys dreaming about, flying to, and writing about distant lands (real or unreal).

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Outlaw by Katana Collins!

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Worse than bad. Hotter than hot. These are the bad boys of the Harrison Street Crew, and they answer to no one. They take what they want. And what they want is you.

Volume One of a three-part volume by Katana Collins.

Ex-convict Shane McGill is as rugged and wild as they come. Bad to the bone and back on the streets, he’ll do anything and say anything to survive. Even if that something means joining the one car club he had worked so hard to avoid. But there’s one person out there who can match him toe-to-toe…the hot mechanic pin-up doll of a woman with the body of a goddess and tomboy attitude would even give him a chance.

Volume Two of a three-part volume by Katana Collins.

Charlize “Charlie” Wakeman fixes cars and doesn’t suffer fools. But when the hot as hell ex-convict Shane McGill enters her mechanic shop, she can’t resist one wild night with him. It was just meant to be a fling…the wildest, most thrilling fling of her life. But Shane’s too ruthless, too bad to ignore, and Charlie can’t stop herself from coming back for more.

Volume Three of a three-part volume by Katana Collins.

Shane McGill learned one thing from prison—if you get a second chance, don’t screw it up. Shane doesn’t regret a single second of his life once he’s found Charlie. She’s the happiest, hottest, most important thing to happen to him. But as tensions rise in the Harrison Street Crew, his relationship with Charlie takes on a new level of heat, and danger…

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“The moon can’t glow without the darkness. Let me be your darkness- take that darkness from you so that you can shine.”
These were my second set of novels that I read by Katana and I can’t get enough of her writing.
This story is a dual POV and it follows Shane, an ex-con who was just released from prison and Charlie, the new-ish mechanic in his town. They are both dealing with some unsavory demons from their pasts and it was bittersweet to see them come to light as they found reassurance in each other.
This serial made me tear up so much and the things these two told each other were like salt to an open wound, yet I wanted more. These were just the right amount of angsty and sexy.

I’m so in awe of Katana, her plot twists were spectacular and that ending was groundbreaking. I felt like I was bathed in adrenaline and didn’t know what to do with it so instead, I jumped right into read the next serial, Outlaw, to find out more about these characters.

4/5 stars!


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Worse than bad. Hotter than hot. These are the bad boys of the Harrison Street Crew, and they answer to no one. They take what they want. And what they want is you.

Volume One: Released March 7
Patrick Flanagan lives outside the law. The cops don’t like him. The law doesn’t trust him. He may come at you with a charm and a handsome smile, but make no mistake—he’s as reckless and bad as they come. But when a total bombshell with stilettos and a power suit comes blazing into his life, this bad boy is about to be so, so good…

Volume Two: Released March 14
Ambitious lawyer Michelle Chiccarini vowed like hell she is going to do her best to prosecute as many criminals as she could. Even if that means trying to put away Patrick Flanagan, a man who can make her pulse quicken and fill her head with dirty, wicked thoughts just by looking at him. She’s got to put him behind bars. But how can she do that, when she can’t even resist his touch?

Volume Three: Releases March 21
Patrick Flanagan won’t go to jail. Not when he’s got a woman as gorgeous as Michelle aching for his every touch and pushing his lust for her past the boiling point. Even though she’s a lawyer tasked with putting him in prison, he can’t stay away from her. Michelle is falling fast and hard for Patrick, but is he guilty? Or is he innocent? She wants to trust her bad boy from the streets, but is he telling the truth?

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These were my third set of novels that I have read by Katana and now I’m even more obsessed with her. I don’t know how that could’ve been possible, but it has happened, and I don’t mind one bit.
This serial follows a different duo of characters that we met in Ex-Con. It follows Michelle, Charlie’s bff, and Patrick, Shane’s best friend and club brother. Michelle is an ADA on the hunt to sever all gang activity from her town and Patrick is the worst guy that she could possibly be interested in, considering her position. Not only is he part of a ‘gang’ but he’s the Vice President of it. The sexual tension between these two was incredible and suffocating, even for me. And it didn’t help matters that my crush for Patrick reached insane proportions from that very first chapter. It was badass, intense, and it had my heart palpitating a million miles per hour. It was one of the most memorable intros to a book that I’ve ever read.
If I thought, Ex-Con was good, this serial was outstanding!! Out of the two sets of characters, Michelle/Patrick are my absolute favorite so far!! The intensity basically quadrupled as we dug further into the plot. Katana manged to throw in some of the most amazing humor in the midst of all the chaos, which I appreciated so very much. I cried so many times throughout this serial, for different reasons, that I lost track of the times I didn’t have tears in my eyes.
My heart went out to these two characters completely, their pasts shattered my soul and I wanted to mend everything, especially for Patrick. It sucked seeing him in his true form and I couldn’t even reach into the pages to make it all better. Even though Michelle was my competition for his attention, I loved her so much. She was absolutely hilarious and I respected her iron backbone. The things that were happening to her also made my heart ache. Nobody deserves to witness and go through what she’s going through. I seriously can’t wait to see what else Katana has in store for us.
My emotions were all over the place in this serial, if you haven’t noticed yet. The entire time I was internally screaming: ‘WHAT IS HAPPENING?!’ ‘WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR HURTING MY BELOVEDS?.’ Katana is weaving one of the most heart-pounding novels I’ve come across and I’m like an addict; I read this in one sitting since I couldn’t be bothered with real life. Also, as if I didn’t cry enough, that ending completely shattered what was left of my restraint and had the floodgates rampaging out of my system. All I will say is that PAT IS SO PERFECT, I can’t wait to see more of him in the next serial!!!
I leave with one more important question: Where can I find my very own Pat?

5/5 stars!



Katana Collins grew up in a lot of different places. She has called PA, NC, GA, FL and NY all her home. Pretty much in that order, too. Her dream was to always be an author. A photographer. A teacher. A veterinarian. A dolphin trainer. A ballerina. And an actress. She’s proud to say that a few of these even came true.

Katana attended the Savannah College of Art and Design where she took only one writing class–but it was the class that changed the course of her life forever. One amazing professor and one semester later, she emerged with a new set of skills and was finally able to develop what was always a passion into that of a career. Or in Katana’s case, one of many careers. She showed up her first day of undergrad in overalls and flip flops…and graduated in a strapless silk dress and a pair of Manolos. She has never since worn overalls. Though, she does admit to the occasional flip flop.

Katana’s “double life” entails photographing portraits (boudoir and glamour portraits, pet portraits and baby/kids/family photographs). Katana currently lives in Brooklyn, NY as a newlywed with her husband and two rescue dogs…one mastiff and one chihuahua.



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BLOG TOUR: (Review & Giveaway) Freeks by Amanda Hocking!



Welcome to Gideon Davorin’s Traveling Sideshow, where necromancy, magical visions, and pyrokinesis are more than just part of the act…

Mara has always longed for a normal life in a normal town where no one has the ability to levitate or predict the future. Instead, she roams from place to place, cleaning the tiger cage while her friends perform supernatural feats every night.

When the struggling sideshow is miraculously offered the money they need if they set up camp in Caudry, Louisiana, Mara meets local-boy Gabe…and a normal life has never been more appealing.

But before long, performers begin disappearing and bodes are found mauled by an invisible beast. Mara realizes that there’s a sinister presence lurking in the town with its sights set on getting rid of the sideshow freeks. In order to unravel the truth before the attacker kills everyone Mara holds dear, she has seven days to take control of a power she didn’t know she was capable of—one that could change her future forever.

Bestselling author Amanda Hocking draws readers inside the dark and mysterious world of Freeks.



*ARC provided by St. Matrin’s Griffin in exchange for an honest review*
I’ve been a fan of Amanda’s since I read her Trylle series and I’ve been dying to read more by her for quite a while. As soon as I found out about this release, I couldn’t request it fast enough and was stalking my mailman for weeks straight. Anything that has to do with traveling sideshows, or a circus, has me sold on it right off the bat. Freeks has been one of my top anticipated releases of 2016 and this world was a beautiful breath of fresh air.
This book takes place in the 1980’s over the course of 10 days and it tore my heart out in the first 100 pages. There was some brutality and darkness that I was not expecting but I most definitely enjoyed.
This story follows Mara, whose mother can speak to the dead and they both work at a traveling sideshow. As soon as they make it to Louisiana, bad things start to happen to the performers and it causes friction between them and the local town. She soon meets a local guy, Gabe, and she learns to juggle romance while trying to figure out what was going on around them. I wasn’t really on board with their romance until after halfway in. I thought Mara jumped to conclusions too quickly for her own good and their relationship felt too insta love for my taste. They both eventually won me over and I couldn’t wait to see where they would end up.
I was kept guessing most of the time but figured out some things before they were revealed. I thought the bad guy was defeated much too easily and it left a lot to be desired. Sadly, it was not believable.
Other than that, I had a bad feeling in my stomach with every turn of the page due to the dark atmosphere of the story. I was unquestionably enthralled and I loved seeing the gorgeous tarot card illustrations throughout the pages. But one of the most disappointing aspects of this world was that it was a standalone. I need more of these characters, especially since the way it ended!! That ending was the most perfect thing I could ask for and I really hope Amanda answers my wishes!!

4/5 stars!


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Amanda Hocking is a lifelong Minnesotan obsessed with Batman and Jim Henson. In between watching cooking shows, taking care of her menagerie of pets, and drinking too much Red Bull Zero, she writes young adult urban fantasy and paranormal romance.

Several of her books have made the New York Times Bestsellers list, including the Trylle trilogy and Kanin Chronicles.  Her zombie series, The Hollows, has been adapted into a graphic novel by Dynamite. She has published over fifteen novels, including the Watersong quartet and My Blood Approves series. Frostfire, Ice Kissed, and Crystal Kingdom  – all three books in her latest trilogy, The Kanin Chronicles – are out now.

Her next book will be Swear, the final book in the My Blood Approves series, and it will be out November 9, 2016. After that, her next book is Freeks – a standalone YA paranormal romance novel set in the 1980s that follows a travelling sideshow. It will be out sometime in early 2017, with the St. Martin’s Griffin.



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BLOG TOUR: (Interview & Giveaway) The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova!


Book & Author Details:
The Alchemists of Loom 
by Elise Kova
(Loom Saga #1)
Publication Date: January 10th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Her vengeance. His vision.

Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds’ resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market. There isn’t a place on Loom that is secure from the engineer turned thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors.

Cvareh would do anything to see his sister usurp the Dragon King and sit on the throne. His family’s house has endured the shame of being the lowest rung in the Dragons’ society for far too long. The Alchemist Guild, down on Loom, may just hold the key to putting his kin in power, if Cvareh can get to them before the Dragon King’s assassins.

When Ari stumbles upon a wounded Cvareh, she sees an opportunity to slaughter an enemy and make a profit off his corpse. But the Dragon sees an opportunity to navigate Loom with the best person to get him where he wants to go.

He offers her the one thing Ari can’t refuse: A wish of her greatest desire, if she brings him to the Alchemists of Loom.

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Q: Which character of yours, from any of your worlds, are you dying to cosplay as?

A: I’d love to cosplay as Arianna or Petra! Arianna has her winchbox and harness, which would be a really awesome and intricate prop to conceive. Petra I imagine myself to look the most like (though she’s taller, and blue). But I’ve never done a full body paint cosplay, so that’d be something.

Q: What has been your favorite memory, as an author, so far?

A: This is so hard!! I collect amazing memories near daily, it feels like. Every time a reader, tweets, emails, messages me just to say they like my work. it’s really special. If I had to pick one memory so far… it would be the day I quit my corporate job and began writing full-time.

Q: Do you have a go-to writing quirk when you’re in the writing cave?

A: To no one’s surprise- tea and music. Tea is usually hot and black. Music is usually one song on repeat, interestingly enough.

Q:  What is your favorite childhood book/story?

A: I really have to go with Harry Potter. But a less cliche answer… Dave Duncan’s A Man of His Word series. 

Q: How did you choose Ari(anna), Cvareh, Flor(ence), and Leona’s names? Do they hold a special meaning to you? Or the story?

A: Arianna was just a name that appeared in my head. I think it’s a popular name right now, I’ve seen other books coming with Ari/ Ariannas as the leads. So maybe there’s something in the author water. 

Cvareh was a toss up between his name and Cephas. But I went with Cvareh because I hate how names that end in s look with ‘s. So, Cephas’s while correct, bugs my eye and I didn’t want to write an entire book with the main character’s name ending in s. A quirk of mine…

Leona was just a pretty name to me.

Florence is fun… Because I actually named her after the band “Florence and the Machine.”  That was my pay on Florence/ Ari. Literally Florence and the machine woman/world.

Q: Which of the 4 main point of views was your favorite to write from?

A: Likely Leona’s. She is just deliciously dark and really unhinged. It was the first time I really wrote from an antagonist’s point of view.

Q: The Dragons in your story are a bit different than what someone would expect. Where did your inspiration for them come from?

A: Hmm, this is a hard one. I knew I wanted to play on the idea black/white/rigid structure of Loom versus the untamed colors of Nova. I also wanted, in that, the idea that beauty is very much what we’re accustomed to.So most of Nova see those of Loom as inherently ugly and vice versa. 

Finally, I liked the idea of taking something that people seem to ‘understand’ and saying, ‘what if it’s something different?’ Like, what if we imagine aliens as these big-eyed green Martian folk and they look a lot like us? I wanted to play with that idea in the Dragons, both for the reader, and for the Fenthri of Loom.

Q: If the 4 main characters of Loom were to visit the U.S., what would be their favorite fast food restaurant?

A: Leona would like KFC, because she’d want to pick at and chew on the chicken bones for the marrow. 

Cvareh would like Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, or something else that’s really fancy- he wouldn’t like fast food because it wouldn’t be somewhere to ‘see of be seen.’

Florence would like Tijuana Flats, or some other place with lots of hot sauces to fit her explosive palate.

Arianna would go for… oh I think this is the hardest… Maybe one of those ‘bowl’ restaurants, where you can pick the food you want and it all goes in a bowl together- like Fresh Kitchen or Chipotle even. That way she can ‘calculate’ what the best nutrition possible per bowl is.


Elise Kova has always had a profound love of fantastical worlds. Somehow, she managed to focus on the real world long enough to graduate with a Master’s in Business Administration before crawling back under her favorite writing blanket to conceptualize her next magic system. She currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and when she is not writing can be found playing video games, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media. She is the USA Today bestselling author of the Air Awakens Series as well as the upcoming Loom Saga (Keymaster, 2017).
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Blog Tour! Interview, & Giveaway: Afterimage & Encender by J. Kowallis!


Afterimage & Encender
by J. Kowallis
The Enertia Trials #1 & 2
Genres: Dystopian, New Adult

Reggie’s dreams . . .
aren’t dreams.

Visions of the future flood her mind like shards of broken puzzles. Caged in her cell, every morning begins the same. She’s drugged, tortured, and images are torn from her memory by Public One.

Until the morning everything changes. The vision is different. The future’s never been about her, and now she knows they’re coming for her:


How will she convince them to keep her alive when Nate, their leader, doesn’t like or even trust her? To him, she’s a science experiment. A machine.

When Public One will do anything to keep her, Reggie must make a decision: remain a slave to her past, or risk her future to venture into a world more terrifying than she’s ever known.


They say you feel cold when you die.

The people I’ve killed would beg to differ.

For twenty-something Ransley, the adopted daughter of famed street fighter Estevan Benitez, fighting is all she knows. One hidden detail separates her from the endless string of her pathetic opponents: she can craft and influence heat and fire.

When she’s pitted against the strongest fighters at the infamous Argolla, Ransley faces something she never expected:

A man like her.

Roydon can duplicate himself. When the two collide in the ring, a chain of deals turns Roydon over to Public Four and he’s taken away to undergo the disturbing process of the Nexis. What it is, or what it does, no one outside of The Public knows.

Driven by guilt and a desire to release the only person she’s ever met who’s like her, Ransley  isn’t about to leave him for dead—not when he might hold the answers to her missing past. Now she must trust a pair of strangers: a former military man out to collapse the system, and a woman whose premonitions could tear them all apart.


J. Kowallis, the only girl of four children, grew up in northern Utah with a head full of wild stories (most often unreal). At the age of 9, she wrote her first poem, a dedication to E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. It was so intriguing, her third grade teacher requested to keep the original. Between living in various fictional worlds, and spending time on her studies, she managed to graduate from Weber State University’s creative writing program. She now lives in Utah with her Mini Schnauzer, Etta, and spends most of her time still bouncing between this world and the fantastical while enjoying delectable über-dark chocolate and lavender baths. She enjoys dreaming about, flying to, and writing about distant lands (real or unreal).



1) What is a unique quark of yours?
 I sing and dance. Blatantly. In my car. Even if people are watching. I also talk to myself.
2) How do you feel you’ve grown as an author?
I’ve grown a lot. As with any talent, the more you practice, the better your talent becomes. I’m naturally more of a “minimalistic” writer, as in I don’t use a lot of (what I feel is) unnecessary description or scene setting and I try to let the story just tell itself. In doing that, I’ve also learned that I miss out on great “color painting” opportunities. So, in my next project, I’m stretching my limits and comfort zone to really learn how to paint with my words and create something a little different. As with athletics, you can’t really become better if you do the same movements over and over again. You have to push harder, stretch more, run faster, and tear your muscles if you want to progress. In a lot of ways, writing is the same way and I’m learning to work with that.
3) What is your favorite catchphrase?
Ha ha. it’s probably a toss between “Oh, land of the living,” or “I KNOW!” (think Monica from F.R.I.E.N.D.S.)
4)If you could date a character of yours, who would it be?
Roy. Gosh, that just kind of shot out of my mouth like a bullet.
5) In 5 words, how would you describe yourself?
Loving, Adventurous, Passionate, Quirky, and (once trusting) very Loyal
6) What do you love most about the book community?
The support. The book community is full of readers who find themselves drawn together from different economic stations, different countries, cultures, religious backgrounds, ethnicities, and yet somehow find the same parts of their souls in the same stories. The community seems to create this instant unification. A love for the same thing: the written word. It’s something you see very rarely in the world. Readers fall in love with characters and places they’ve never been and an automatic mental friendship connects the reader, in turn, to the authors. Authors find themselves with hundreds, eventually thousands, and hopefully millions of friends they may never meet in this life, and yet they write strenuously for all of them. The real and virtual friendships that build between readers, bloggers, and authors is like this amazing triangle that pulsing with life and it’s just amazing.
7) What are 3 things you’re currently obsessed with?
I’ve been listening to The Rigs’ “Devil’s Playground” on repeat. As an INFJ, I fall into the “beat a song ’til it’s dead” category and I’m smack dab in the middle of the beating. It’s actually the inspiration for a new project I’m working on that has me all tingly in my toes! I’m also super duper addicted to Tofu recipes right now. I told you, I’m quirky:)
8) What does your dream vacation look like?
I just returned from my bucket list trip to Germany, but I would truly love a chance to take two months off from life and just travel Europe. I want to see Madrid, I want to see London, travel to Florence, hike through Austria, explore the richness of Prague, and get lost in the markets of Istanbul. I love history and culture and if given the opportunities to experience new cultures with a long history of grand architecture and art, I’d take it and run with it.


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