Weekly Wrap Up: July 7th through July 13th, 2019

Clicking on titles under Books I’ve ReadNetGalley Haul,and Email Haul will take you to Goodreads.

Clicking on titles under Books with Pending Reviews and Books with Published Reviews will take you to Amazon.

Clicking on titles Blog Tours/Excerpts/Book Blitz will take you to that specific blog post.

Clicking on links under Giveaways I’ve Entered will take you to that giveaway

Clicking on the titles under Freebies I Scored will take you to Goodreads.

Clicking on the links under Weekly Posts will take you to that specific blog post.

Books I’ve Read:

Nocturne in Ashes

The Other Brother

Bending the Rules

Red Dawn Rising

Twenty-one Truths About Love

Letters From Angels

Books with pending reviews:

Twenty-one Truths About Love—review coming November 19th, 2019

Magic Heist—review coming July 10th, 2019

An Unorthodox Match—review coming September 24th, 2019

Books with published reviews:

Magic Heist-–review here

Bethlehem—review here

Letters From Angels—review here

The Stories You Tell—review here

NetGalley Haul:

I Wanna Sext You Up

This Earl of Mine

Email Haul:

The Other Brother

Blog Tours/Excerpts/Book Blitz:

Stx and Stone—Cover Reveal

Magic Heist—Blog Tour

Giveaways I’ve Entered:

Life is Short and The You Die—Goodreads Giveaway

A Song for a New Day—Read It Forward

Project Duchess—Kensington Publishing

Lisa Jackson Bundle—Kensington Publishing

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap Up

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

Top Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Theme Thursday

Blog Tour: Magic Heist ( Fairy Trafficking: Book 2) by Mary Karlik

Magic Heist (Fairy Trafficking Book 2) by [Karlik, Mary]

4 Stars

Publisher: InScribe Digital, Ink Monster, LLC

Date of publication: July 9th, 2019

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Series: Fairy Trafficking

Magic Harvest—Book 1

Magic Heist—Book 2

Where you can find Magic Heist: Barnes and Noble | Amazon | BookBub | iBooks | Kobo | Google Play

Giveaway—end July 25th, 2019:

5 signed copies of Magic Heist with the dragon book marks

5 ebooks of Magic Heist

5 key chains

1 set of both Magic Harvest and Magic Heist signed with a pair of fairy earrings

1 twenty-five dollar Amazon gift card


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Direct link (if above doesn’t work)

Author Bio:

Mary Karlik has always been a dreamer. When she was a teen, she read The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, and then sat in every wardrobe in her Nanna’s home, trying to open the door to Narnia. She didn’t find it, but she did discover her voice as an author: one filled with her young adult self, and grounded in her roots as a Texan and her Scottish heritage, nourished by obscure Scottish folklore. 

You can find her Texas roots in her YA contemporary romance Hickville series , which has been described as “100% solid storytelling,” and begins with Welcome to Hickville High, a “lovely story about growing up.”
She digs deep into her Scottish roots – there is magic there, she just knows it – for the forthcoming YA epic fantasy Fairy Trafficking series, beginning with Magic Harvest.

She makes her home in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo mountains of Northern New Mexico where she is a certified professional ski instructor, but she also loves visiting Scotland where she is currently studying Scottish Gaelic at the University of Highlands and Islands in Skye. Mary also earned her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, has a B.S. degree from Texas A&M University, and is a Registered Nurse. 

Mary currently serves as the President of the Young Adult Chapter of Romance Writers of America and looks forward to raising a glass or two of gin and tonic with her fellow writers every year at RWA’s national convention. 

Author Links:






Blog Tour Stops (don’t forget to visit!!)

July 8th
Smada’s Book Smack >> Excerpt
cupcakesandbookshelves >> Excerpt
The Not So Public Library >> Excerpt
Set a Spell >> Interview

July 9th
Valerie Ullmer | Romance Author >> Excerpt
Cover2CoverBlog >> Excerpt
J.L. Hendricks Blog >> Top 10 List
Character Madness and Musings >> Interview

July 10th
Read with Me >> Review
The Moon Who Listens >> Guest post
Don’t Judge, Read >> Review
Adventures Thru Wonderland >>Excerpt
Lynn’s Romance Enthusiasm >> Excerpt

July 11th
T’s Stuff >> Excerpt
Movies, Shows, & Books >> Excerpt
Adventures in Writing >> Excerpt
Angel Leya >> Top 10 List

July 12th
Sophril Reads >> Excerpt
A L’ouest >> Review
Urban Fantasy Investigations  >> Top 10 List
Bookish Looks >> Excerpt

July 15th
Wishful Endings >> Top 10 List
Ilovebooksandstuffblog >> Excerpt
The Avid Reader >> Interview
The Magic of Wor(l)ds  >> Guest post

July 16th
Rockin’ Book Reviews >> Review
❧Defining Ways❧ >> Guest post
Jrsbookreviews >> Review
LenniLand >> Review

July 17th
Julius Thompson Writer  >> Excerpt
bookishnerdygirl >> Review
Two Ends of the Pen >> Interview

July 18th
4covert2overt ☼ A Place In The Spotlight ☼ >> Guest post
Treestand Book Reviews >> Review
My Books-My World >> Excerpt
Jazzy Book Reviews >> Review

July 19th
My Life Loves and Passion >> Review
I’m Into Books >> Excerpt
Abooktropolis >> Review

First Line:

The dragon-spirit within Ian stirred, and a wave of nausea swept over him.

Magic Heist (Fair Trafficking: Book 2) by Mary Karlik

My review:

I was excited to read Magic Heist. I wanted to read a book that had fairies, elves, trolls, Red Caps, and dragons. Heck, I needed to read a book like that. Lately, I have been reading books that were heavy on the drama, and I needed a break from that. I got that with Magic Heist.

Now, onto the complaint. If you have been following my blog for any length of time, you know how much I dislike starting a series mid-series. 9 out of 10 times, the books are not standalone. I am left wondering what the heck happened in the first book, which was the case in Magic Heist. It took me until the middle of the book to figure out what happened in the first book. And even then, there were some areas that I was still fuzzy on. But that is on me. I shouldn’t have accepted the review without vetting the book first. In plain words, this is NOT a STANDALONE book. You need to read book 1 to understand what is going on in book 2.

Other than that, I enjoyed Magic Heist. It had well-written characters and fast-paced plotlines.

I enjoyed Layla’s character. Even though the fairies from her village mistreated her, she was still willing to go and rescue them. She was ready to find a portal and transport them home, regardless of what was going on. She even risked her life and went to find the fairies who were being sold on the black market. For a 19-year-old, she was one of the more mature characters in the book. I can’t wait to see what other powers she has!!

I liked Ian. He showed terrific strength in fighting the dragon spirit. I wish that I had read the scene where he got infected with the dragon’s poison/spirit. I thought he was terrific when it came to dealing with Finn and the elves. I also thought he was fantastic when he dealt with the troll. I can’t wait to see what he is going to do in the next book!!

Let’s talk about Layla and Ian’s semi-romance. I say semi-romance because while they acknowledged that they had feelings for each other, but they couldn’t do anything about it. They had to concentrate on getting the fairies back to where they came from and rescuing the rest of the fairies who had been kidnapped.

I loved the secondary characters. Finn, Amelia, Andy, Buzzard, and the others added a much-needed depth to the book. I do think that there is more to Buzzard than what is being shown. I liked that the author had that one fairy be a jerk to Layla. I liked it because it showed what she was up against growing up. I will say that I didn’t feel bad for that fairy, and I do think that he got what he deserved.

The end of Magic Heist left me with more questions. It also left me a little angry. I couldn’t believe what happened to Layla!! I wanted to cry for her. I also was surprised at who the golden fairy was and how he was tied to Ian. Of course, something else happened that made me grin from ear to ear. And what was revealed about the staff? I was surprised by that too!! I can’t wait to read book 3.

I would give Magic Heist an Older Teen rating. There is no sex. There is mild language. There is violence. I would recommend that no one under the age of 16 read this book.

I would reread Magic Heist  I would recommend it to family and friends.

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**

WWW Wednesday: July 3rd, 2019


WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Wars.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Miss R: She’s over strep and it shows. She’s back to her sassy self this past week. The highlight of this week has been going to the library. In the summer, I take her and Mr. Z (Miss B will not go) and let them take out 2-3 books a week. This week, she picked out Uni the Unicorn and Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True.Very cute books and we had to read them with her stuffed unicorn named….Uni. She also starts swimming lessons next week. They are at the YMCA and they are free. Actually, all sports through the rec department are free if you live within city limits. And yes, I am taking full advantage of that!!

Mr. Z: He was upset that VBS ended. This is his last year of attending (the church goes up to rising 6th grade). Next year, he will be chaperoning. They have the older kids help with the younger ones until they get to be 16-17. Then they help with the 5-6th graders doing missionary work. He’s looking forward to it. He got 2 books this week at the library. They are Bravelands (Broken Pride: Book 1) by Erin Hunter and The 39 Clues: Doublecross Book 1: Mission Titanic by Jude Watson. He also starts swimming lessons next week.

Miss B: She is my only child who I haven’t signed up for things. But she has been keeping active by riding bikes. She has currently gotten interested in BMX biking/X games and I am encouraging that. But it has gotten hot out and that has been put on hold. Swimming at home has been put on a temporary hold (I will explain in my section). So, she has been gaming on her laptop and she has been helping out around the house. We did have a mandatory meeting for the Junior Police camp last Weds. That is happening the end of July and it looks like a blast. They are covering everything from exercise to how the police interact with the community to arrests to forensics. Since she wants to get into the high school that offers a forensic program, she is very excited for that. I am excited for her and it is going to be a busy two weeks. She gets dropped off between 730-8 am and won’t be picked up until 4 pm.

Me: So we bought a new pool on Saturday. BK decided that he wasn’t going to level it but instead was going to use paving stones to even the pool out. And, after a day of use, it tore (which I told him was going to happen). So, we had to empty it and are waiting on the patches and Flexitape. BK decided that he is going to level it this weekend and then refill the pool. I am wanting to cry because my water bill is going to be through the roof. But lesson learned. Other than that, life has been fine. No calls to the Dr (knock on wood). This has been the first week since the beginning of June where I didn’t have to take a kid to the Dr. I am hoping to keep it that way.


Reading: Another week where I finished all of the books on my ”What books I think I’ll read next?” list. I have also whittled my NetGalley backlog down more. I have 2 books that are older than 3 months. I will have zero by the end of the week. As of right now, I have 17 books on my Current Titles list that still need to be read. I did add 4 books over the weekend but still, I am doing pretty good!!

Reviews: I am behind writing reviews. The same as last week, 2 books. One of which is a blog tour and I will be writing that review as soon as I am done with this post.

Blog: I added a Mail Chimp widget and a widget for Bloglovin’. But they aren’t working and I need to figure out why. I also noticed that I had Google Translate up twice. Don’t know how that happened.

What I am currently reading:

An Unorthodox Match by Naomi Ragen

California girl Lola has her life all set up: business degree, handsome fiancé, fast track career, when suddenly, without warning, everything tragically implodes. After years fruitlessly searching for love, marriage, and children, she decides to take the radical step of seeking spirituality and meaning far outside the parameters of modern life in the insular, ultra orthodox enclave of Boro Park, Brooklyn. There, fate brings her to the dysfunctional home of newly-widowed Jacob, a devout Torah scholar, whose life is also in turmoil, and whose small children are aching for the kindness of a womanly touch.

While her mother direly predicts she is ruining her life, enslaving herself to a community that is a misogynistic religious cult, Lola’s heart tells her something far more complicated. But it is the shocking and unexpected messages of her new community itself which will finally force her into a deeper understanding of the real choices she now faces and which will ultimately decide her fate.

An Unorthodox March is a powerful and moving novel of faith, love, and acceptance, from Naomi Ragen, the international bestselling author of The Devil in Jerusalem.

I am a few chapters into An Unorthodox Match and I am not too sure what to think of it. There is so much going on that I am a little confused over things. I am also not a fan of Lola/Leah’s mother. Nope, can’t stand her.

An Unorthodox Match is expected to be published on September 24th, 2019. Look for my review on or after that date.

I recently finished reading:

A Highlander Walks into a Bar by Laura Trentham

The timeless romance, soaring passion—and gorgeous men—of Scotland comes to modern-day America. And the rules of love will never be the same… 

Isabel Buchanan is fiery, funny, and never at a loss for words. But she is struck speechless when her mother returns from a trip to Scotland with a six-foot-tall, very handsome souvenir. Izzy’s mother is so infatuated by the fellow that Izzy has to plan their annual Highland Games all by herself. Well, not completely by herself. The Highlander’s strapping young nephew has come looking for his uncle…

Alasdair Blackmoor has never seen a place as friendly as this small Georgia town—or a girl as brilliant and beguiling as Izzy. Instead of saving his uncle, who seems to be having a lovely time, Alasdair decides he’d rather help Izzy with the Highland Games. Show her how to dance like a Highlander. Drink like a Highlander. And maybe, just maybe, fall in love with a Highlander. But when the games are over, where do they go from here?

I enjoyed reading this book. It was a sweet romance. I did get off on the wrong foot with both Alasdair and Isabel at the beginning of the book. But as their own romance took off, my irritation with them dwindled.

A Highlander Walks into a Bar is expected to be published on July 30th, 2019. Since I am on the blog tour, my post will be published at some point today.

What books I think I’ll read next?

Letters from Angels by Dominic Schunker

There’s something very wrong with the world. A strange mist settles everywhere. It seems to be causing more than the usual horrors humans like to inflict on themselves, like an organising of those horrors into a plan to end them.

A Preacher with a past challenging his faith and a renowned Ufologist learn something evil is controlling it. They’re being shown signs to discover who it is but what is it?

Or is it the Biblical antichrist, fulfilling its apocryphal destiny?

If they can figure out what it is, maybe they can learn how to defeat it.

Thing is, it’s not easy. The signs of abduction and demonic possession are the same. Descriptions of aliens and biblical demons are the same. 

There’s nothing obvious presenting itself but there’s something about the number 37 that seems to have an answer. There is hope.

Meanwhile, the rest of humanity appears to be falling right into its trap. 

One way or another, the end of the world is indeed nigh and humans are not required. 

Eventually, the only solution is the most unlikely solution.

But it’s all they’ve got.

I have read previous books by Dominic Schunker and have liked them. So, when he approached me to read/review Letters from Angels, I made to review this book on that. From what the blurb hints at, I am thinking I am going to like the book.

Letters from Angels is expected to be published on July 7th, 2019. Be on the lookout for my review on or after that date.

Twenty-one Truths About Love by Matthew Dicks

1. Daniel Mayrock loves his wife Jill…more than anything. 
2. Dan quit his job and opened a bookshop.
3. Jill is ready to have a baby. 
4. Dan is scared; the bookshop isn’t doing well. Financial crisis is imminent. 
5. Dan hasn’t told Jill about their financial trouble. He’s ashamed. 
6. Then Jill gets pregnant

This heartfelt story is about the lengths one man will go to and the risks he will take to save his family. But Dan doesn’t just want to save his failing bookstore and his family’s finances—he wants to become someone.

1. Dan wants to do something special. 
2. He’s a man who is tired of feeling ordinary. 
3. He’s sick of feeling like a failure. 
4. Of living in the shadow of his wife’s deceased first husband.

Dan is also an obsessive list maker, and his story unfolds entirely in his lists, which are brimming with Dan’s hilarious sense of humor, unique world-view, and deeply personal thoughts. When read in full, his lists paint a picture of a man struggling to be a man, a man who has reached a point where he’s willing to anything for the love (and soon-to-be new love) of his life.

I am not too sure if I am going to like this book. I have read books similar to Twenty-one Truths About Love before and didn’t like them. But I like to give books a chance. Here’s to hoping that this one doesn’t blow it!!

Twenty-one Truths About Love is expected to be published on November 19th, 2019. Looks for my review on or after that date.

Red Dawn Rising by Margaret Watson

Musician Cassidy Drake has no idea who she really is until a brutal attack on her mother reveals truths she never could have imagined. Finn Brody, the mysterious man she meets at the hospital, suspects Cassidy’s true nature when magic erupts around them. 

Cassidy and Finn are drawn into a battle neither of them want. But they are essential in the quest to stop the evil fae queen from conquering the human world. Joined with the rest of The Four, can they defeat an entity with vast, unimaginable power? Or will they be the first casualties in the coming epic battle for survival? 

I am super excited to read Red Dawn Rising. I have read the previous books in the series and loved them. I have high expectations for this book.

Red Dawn Rising’s expected publication date is July 9th, 2019. Look for my review on or after that date.

The Woman He Knows by Margaret Watson

Darcy Gordon is hiding, watching for her past to catch up with her. So when her boss is injured in a suspicious accident, she’s certain it was meant for her. But instead of fleeing, as every instinct screams, guilt forces her to stay and help her boss’s brother run the restaurant where she works. 

There’s just one problem – Patrick Devereux is an FBI agent. His too-sharp eyes threaten to reveal all her secrets. Expose her for who she really is. She wants to lower her guard and let Patrick know her. But when he learns the truth, will he understand? Or will he arrest her? 

Again, another book that I am excited to read by the same author. Also another book that I have high expectations for.

The Woman He Knows is currently available for purchase. Be on the look out for my review soon.

Magic Heist by Mary Karlik

Layla rescued fairies that had been kidnapped and brought the human world. But now they can’t find their way back to the magic realm and time is running out.

Layla is a powerful fairy with magical ability that stretches beyond throwing spells. But with all that power, she still doesn’t know how to get over one-hundred fairies back to the magic realm. With their magic gone, the rescued fairies have no immunity to protect them from the toxins of the human world, and they’re slowly dying.

To find the path home, Layla knows she must team up with the one man who can make her insides quiver with an accidental brush of his fingertips. The same man who’s alter ego dragon is the natural predator of fairies. The man she knows will give his life to keep the fairies safe—Scotland’s finest Specialist Crime Division leader, Ian Cameron.

Ian has only been a dragon shifter for a few days. He struggles to control the dragon spirit locked inside his human form, doesn’t know what magical powers he may or may not have, and has never been to a magical world. But none of those things frighten him as much as the little spark that ignites in his soul when the half – human fairy is around.

But this little fairy is no Tinkerbell. She is brave, powerful, and can wield a sword like a medieval knight.

With growing feelings toward Layla, he couldn’t refuse to help her get the fairies back to the magic realm if he wanted to. The problem is the dragon who lives inside him would like nothing more than to feed his appetite with all of those little fairies—especially the half human one who killed its leader.

I can’t wait to read Magic Heist. It has a little of everything that I like in a book.

Magic Heist’s publication date is July 9th, 2019. Since I am on the blog tour, my post will be published on July 10th, 2019.

Weekly Wrap Up: June 2nd through June 8th 2019

Clicking on titles under Books I’ve ReadNetGalley Haul,and Email Haul will take you to Goodreads.

Clicking on titles under Books with Pending Reviews and Books with Published Reviews will take you to Amazon.

Clicking on titles Blog Tours/Excerpts/Book Blitz will take you to that specific blog post.

Clicking on links under Giveaways I’ve Entered will take you to that giveaway

Clicking on the titles under Freebies I Scored will take you to Goodreads.

Clicking on the links under Weekly Posts will take you to that specific blog post.

Books I’ve Read:

Once Upon a Bad Boy

Cruel Intentions

Glory Bishop

28 Dates

Waltz of Crows

Books with pending reviews:

Cruel Intentions—review coming June 13th

Glory Bishop—review coming June 6th

28 Dates—review coming June 11th

Books with published reviews:

Glory Bishop—review here

Montauk—review here

The Power of Soul—review here

Crown of Contempt—review here

Waltz of the Crows—review here

The Right Sort of Man-–review here

NetGalley Haul:

How to Love a Duke in Ten Days

Highland Jewel

The Orchid Throne

Magic Heist

The Grace Year

Email Haul:

Mad Mischief: A Novel

Freebies I Scored:

Blog Tours/Excerpts/Book Blitz:

How To Love a Duke in Ten Days–Blog Tour/Excerpt (coming August 22nd and 29th)

Cruel Intentions—Book Blitz

Resilient—Book Blitz

The Orchid Throne—Blog Tour/Excerpt (coming September 19th and 26th)

Magic Heist—Blog Tour (coming July 10th)

The Right Sort of Man—Blog Tour

Giveaways I’ve Entered:

One Indecent Night—Goodreads Giveaway

Strong, Silent Cowboy—Goodreads Giveaway

Marriage of Convenience—Publisher Giveaway

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap Up

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

Top Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday