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The second of my two book tours ends today! I’d like to publicly thank Anna over at RBTLreviews.com for organizing this one for me. It’s been great 🙂
Today I’m at As You Wish Reviews who review In Harmony and say: “These books are good for those rainy, stormy days, curled up with a mug of hot chocolate…It’s comforting and familiar that the characters from Dance For Me come back, like old friends paying a visit.”
Meanwhile over at Sabrina’s Paranormal Palace there’s another chance to enter the $50 Amazon gift card/t-shirt giveaway.
Thank you to both my tour organizers for all their hard work, and all of the bloggers who’ve hosted me over the last few weeks 🙂
Today on the RBTL tour we have:
Craves The Angst (great name for a blog!) who have a review of In Harmony and say: I freaking LOVED this book! I enjoyed book one, Dance For Me but this book is a huge step up in both story and writing. Told completely in the heroine’s POV, this well written story had connectable characters with substance and not just tragedy… and (excited air wave!) their was the slow build that I love in angsty romances. Yes, call me happy. I’m still floating around in my love bubble since finishing this one!” (4.5 stars)
Confessions of the Paranormal, where I did a guest post about The Authors Who Inspire Me. Expect time spent at the altar of Chuck Palahniuk 🙂
Stop by and enter the giveaway to win a $50 Amazon gift card and a Fenbrook t-shirt!
It’s the last day of the Itching For Books tour. This is your last chance to enter the giveaway for a $50 Amazon gift certificate and ebooks of both Dance For Me and In Harmony. Today there’s:
A review at Falling Books (not up yet) as well as a playlist, plus a review at Once Upon a Coffin, who say: “I loved In Harmony because each of the characters have actual, real-world issues that they need to work through. I love Karen and Connor and was so excited to see their relationship grow. I cannot wait to read more of this series.” (5 Stakes) – that’s awesome – no-one’s rated me in stakes before 😀
It’s been a great tour and I’d like to publicly thank Shane over at Itching For Books for all her hard work in running it. Take a bow, Shane!
As one tour ends, another is just getting started. Anna over at RBTL is also running a tour for me and today we’re at:
All In One Place – who review both Dance For Me (3 hearts) and In Harmony (5 hearts). I really respect bloggers who are willing to come back and give the second book a try even though they didn’t fall in love with the first one 🙂
House Millar – just a blurb, but you can still enter the giveaway. Remember, there’s a $50 Amazon gift card AND a Fenbrook Academy t-shirt up for grabs, and this is a different giveaway to the Itching For books one, so there are two separate chances to win!
Today on the RBTL tour:
Book Squirrel, who wins the award for the cutest blog mascot, has a blurb and another chance to enter the giveaway but mainly you should just stop by to see the squirrel.
Tiffyfit has a review of In Harmony, and says: “There really wasn’t anything I didn’t like about this book! The characters are so…REAL. I’ve met these characters (brilliant biker dude, sad panda dancer, struggling actress, daddy’s rich but I just wanna be me) in real life and Helena Newbury’s are so incredibly REAL.” Aww… 😀
Meanwhile, over on the Itching For Books tour (Book Squirrel is actually on both tours-squirrels are clearly double agents) we have:
A review from Bookworm Brandee who says: “In Harmony was reminiscent of Pride & Prejudice” Okay, that’s it. One of my books has been compared to Pride and Pred – my life is complete. She says lots of other nice things, too, and gives it five bookworms 🙂
Finally, there’s another chance to enter the giveaway over at Absorbing the Content.
In the Itching For Books tour there’s a guest post from me on over at Reading In Twlight and a review at Kimberly Faye Reads. Kimberly says: “Karen and Connor have an insane amount of chemistry. They’re hot together and the sexy scenes in this book are really, really steamy. ::fans self:: Their music serves as foreplay. It’s wickedly hot. Their connection is more than just physical, however. They’re good for each other. He helps her find herself and I suppose you could say she does the same for him.” (4 Stars)
I’m actually in two book tours at the moment. The one by the awesome Shane over at Itching For Books (full list of stops here) which is drawing to a close, and the one by the equally awesome Anna over at Read Between The Lines which is just kicking off. In Shane’s tour you can win an Amazon $50 gift certificate and ebooks, while in Anna’s you can win a $50 Amazon gift card and a Fenbook Academy T-shirt.
In the RBTL tour…
Anna at Read Between the Lines Reviews says: “Helena has created a world that I love delving into and I really hate leaving. Her characters are amazing and flawed and nowhere near perfect–that is what makes this a perfect series with characters that we can relate to on a daily basis and all I can say is: I want more and cannot wait for more. Please tell me book three is coming soon.” (4.5 stars)
Crystal’s Random Thoughts says: “I could not put this book down even if I had to, to save my life. That should speak volumes.” (4 stars)
My Fiction Nook says all sorts of nice things, including: “I was surprised to see that the couples from the first book are revisited here and we can see that their “happily ever afters” are not as straightforward as they originally appeared. The author wasn’t afraid to show the characters as real, flawed people. It was pretty awesome. ” (4.5 stars)
In the Itching For Books tour…
The Reading Realm says: “Overall this was a fun and sexy story. The musical element to story gave it a real difference and made the story more engaging.” (3.5 stars)
Imagine a World says: “The romance was really sweet and on-fire spicy. Karen and Connor were so cute together. They were a perfect match and it was sweet seeing them fall for each other, even though they don’t seem like an ideal couple at first. And the sparks were off the charts. Wow, was their romance on fire. It was super hot and steamy, definitely enough to make you blush. I thought they were a great couple.” (5 Roses)
Today I’m over at The Busy Bibliophile with an article on “What Makes a Swoon-Worthy Hero?“ Writing that really brought back writing Connor. I used to read all his lines in an Irish accent to see if they sounded right 😀
There’s also a new review of In Harmony over at CafeBiblioArt, as well as a dream cast (which I found interesting – it’s always nice to see how other people visualize your characters). “Connor is the ultimate bad boy. We know right from the beginning that he is exactly what Karen should avoid. Underneath it all, he is a nice guy. He might not be the perfect boyfriend, the man to take home to your mum, but he is what Karen needs in her life. I must say that I adore the fact that he is Irish. You can almost hear his accent while reading the book. I don’t usually swoon over accents, but I really liked his. (I sound weird right now, right? )” – 4/5
“Connor and Karen as a pair were… wow, really. I love them. They instantly became one of my favorite pairings due to how they perfectly fit in what divides them as much as in what brings them together. A notorious planner vs someone living in the moment, hope vs fear, knowledge and hard work vs more natural talent, and so on.”
“Overall: There was sweet as well as naughty romance, family and couple drama, tears, jealousy, music and perfectly nice side stories. Just perfect. Sidekicks and side stories were awesome, too. I can’t wait to read all their stories as well!” 5/5 Hoods
You can enter the giveaway ($50 Amazon gift card) there, too 🙂
You know how authors say in interviews, “Meh, I try not to read reviews. I write for myself and if people like it, they like it”?
Well, that’s a lie. We care.
We’re on tenterhooks awaiting the reviews and it’s a genuine relief when your book gets a good reception. So I’m about to have a glass of wine because Reader Girls say: “Helena Newbury has now been added to my list of favorite authors as her In Harmony novel still resonates with my heart long after I finished reading it. A classic formula for attraction becomes a timeless love story between a talented music geek and misunderstood bad boy. Set amidst the backdrop of a performing arts college, Karen and Connor’s story will enchant readers. They certainly enchanted me.” (4.5 stars)
Book Lady’s Reviews say: “When I read the recital and the composing scenes,the way the author described them was just amazing.It felt like I was actually listening to them play.The character development was also great and I really hope the author writes a book about Jasmine too because…I think she deserves a happily ever after too!” (5 stars)
Finally today, over at No Bent Spines there’s an interview with some enjoyably crazy questions. I mean, really crazy. Like: If the world was taken over by pigs, would you side with them or form a rebellion. If you form a rebellion, what literary characters would you want on your side? See?