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Read an Excerpt of Sublime Karma by @peyton_garver | Book Tour and Signed Copiy #Giveaway | Silver Dagger Tours Presents #YA #Romance

Sublime Karma by Peyton Garver is on virtual book tour. The young adult romance stops at Readeropolis with an excerpt. Be sure to enter for a chance to win the giveaway and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).

The bus snaked its way through the country roads and then to the lavish development that backed up to the woods behind his house. Upperclassmen from this neighborhood had their own cars. This bus collected the underclassmen: those few who weren’t chauffeured to school, as minions of the privileged.
Jake leaned back in his seat and folded his arms across his chest, not looking at the kids coming down the aisle. None dared to ask if they could sit in the empty space next to him. They’d sit three to a seat rather than make that request. Just the way he wanted it.
The over-filled bus pulled to a stop midway down Belmont Circle. New stop? Jake looked out his window at the estate with a circular drive. Huh. It finally sold. He watched as a single figure headed toward the bus. What, so now they get door-to-door service? He rolled his eyes.
Seconds later, she stood in the aisle waiting. From his seat, his eyes skimmed up passed her faded jeans and plain, loose sweater, and his breath caught in his throat. Her long blond hair was pulled to the side in a loose braid. Her face? Ethereal. But then, his flustered gaze became an annoyed glare.
Her bleak gray eyes seemed to look right through him before they darted to the space next to him. Did she even register his indignation? She must have. Yet, she stood there in the aisle twisting the loose adjustment strap on her backpack tightly around her fingers.
“May I sit here?” her meek voice broke the silence that had fallen around them.
Noticing the hush of conversation, Jake’s eyes skimmed the crowded bus. There was no doubt he and this new girl had an audience. Not something he relished.
His eyes swept back to her. He could tell she was nervous. He heard it in her quavering voice and saw it in the way she avoided his eyes. He could just say no. But so long as she was standing, the bus wouldn’t budge.

Sublime Karma
by Peyton Garver
Genre: YA Romance

When Brie’s stepfather moves the family for what he calls a new beginning, it’s not the new beginning the beautiful, yet guarded, senior would have hoped for. Brie is instantly targeted by jealous girls at her new school, and the only available seat on her bus is next to the school’s star wide receiver, Jake, who for some reason, finds her offensive. After a humiliating article and picture of Brie is posted in the online school journal, a demon she thought she’d overcome resurfaces, and her life unravels. A newly compassionate Jake has finally taken an interest in her, but can Brie learn to trust her heart, or will she miss out on the best thing that ever happened to her?

Jake has his own secrets and has built his own walls, but eventually his curiosity about the new girl gets the best of him. Unfortunately, now there is competition: the captain of her cross-country team. Jake’s romantic histories with the girl next door and the school’s queen bee, adds tension to a simmering tempest when all he wants is Brie. Is he strong enough to help the one he loves weave sense into her crumbling new reality while overcoming his own tainted past?

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Peyton is a secondary ed teacher in Maryland and an author of young adult fiction. Her newest novel, Sublime Karma, is an edgy contemporary YA story with diverse characters that addresses real teen issues such as fitting in, cliques, bullying, self harm, and suicide. Sublime Karma has themes that may not be appropriate for tweens and younger teens.

The Sublime Karma manuscript won third place in the Young Adult category of 2015 Lone Star Writing Contest - Northwest Houston Romance Writers of America.

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I #Amreading in The Literary Loners Reading Challenge 2019 | #LiteraryLoners

I am hosting the Literary Loners Reading Challenge for the first time this year. Yay!  

I plan to read twelve books towards this challenge. 

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“Maybe this is who I really am. Not a loner, exactly. But someone who can be alone.” ― Gary Shteyngart, Little Failure

2019 Literary Loners Reading Challenge 

The overall goal of the reading challenge is to read books connected with loners, outcasts, recluses, wallflowers, and introverts. The challenge will run from January 1 to December 31, 2019. There are no reading levels. You decide how many books to read.

There are three reading options for this challenge. You can choose any or all of them.
  • Read books featuring a character identified as a loner, outcast, recluse, wallflower, or introvert. This can be a main or secondary character.
  • Read works written by writers known to be outcasts, recluses, wallflowers, or introverts.
  • Read books about real people known to be outcasts, recluses, wallflowers, or introverts.

Read an Excerpt of OASIS by @bharatkrishnan9 + $15 Amazon/BN GC #Giveaway |@GoddessFish Presents #Fantasy

OASIS by Bharat Krishnan is on blurb blitz tour and stops at Readeropolis with an excerpt. The fantasy is available now.

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Once, there was a truce. Desperaux controlled the west with magic, and Desire claimed the east with steel and science.

But now magic has disappeared, and the world has changed.

The kingdom of Desire will stop at nothing to maintain the new world order. On Juno’s wedding day, their Mengery soldiers came marching through the Nine desert to rip his world apart. Now he journeys east with his adopted brother, Trey, in search of revenge after the murder of his family. Along the way, the two face bandits and the magical creatures of the Nine. When they finally reach Desire, Juno and Trey will face something even deadlier – their own fears and ambitions.

This is a tale of brotherhood, a revenge story that will remind you that everything has a cost – a cost that will be paid to Desire and to the inner demons that govern us all.

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Lee thought this seemed like a lot of effort over the stealing of some fruit. Although, he guessed the Mengery were mad he blew up the marketplace in the process. Using the special shoes Asha had given him before he left the Silo, he jumped backwards out of reach of a Mengery’s daga.

“You’ll have to catch me if you want to dance, big boy!”

He jumped away, turning his osmosis shoes on mid-leap so a spurt of water from their bottoms propelled him to the top of a building. The beams of laser shot from their guns were so hot they caused the water in his shoes to evaporate. If there was one thing the resistance needed, it was guns. And food. And water. A place to sleep. Maybe some TV.

As Mengery on the ground shot at him with pistols, another two set a wooden ladder against the building and started climbing up. Lee took a bite out of his apple before throwing it at the armored man scowling at him.

“You are one bad apple.”

The fruit landed hard against the ladder, toppling it over and sending the two guards crashing down. Propelling himself to an adjacent building, he crashed through a window as his fuel gage read empty. His shoes needed water. The resistance could definitely use water.

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Bharat Krishnan is a philanthropic consultant in Columbus, Ohio. After ten years in Democratic politics, he wrote a memoir about his life on the road as a political campaign manager and just released a fantasy novel called Oasis. He refers to himself as a professional storyteller and amateur cook.

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NC-17 by Larissa Reinhart | #Recipe and #Giveaway | GREAT ESCAPES BOOK TOURS #CozyMystery #StillDetectiveing

NC-17 (Maizie Albright Star Detective) by Larissa Reinhart is on book tour with Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours and stops at Readeropolis with a recipe guest post. Enjoy!

A Holiday Treat Good for Any Time of Day: Rena’s Apple Bread

This recipe is a holiday bread I give to my neighbors, the mailman, garbage men, and my husband’s work buddies. Christmas cookies are great, but you can eat this for breakfast and not feel guilty. Maybe a little guilty. Depends on your feelings about carbs and sugar, but you get what I mean. This is old school flavor. It’s the holidays. Enjoy yourself and eat your kale in January.

It’s a recipe passed on to me from my mother. I have no idea who Rena is, but the woman can bake. It’s another recipe you can make anytime during the year, but generally—despite my good intentions to do otherwise—I don’t bake unless it’s the holidays.

Why on earth do I do this to myself? During the holidays I have even less time to bake, yet I feel compelled to bake. Maybe that’s why I don’t bake the rest of the year…I digress.

You might not realize that Georgia is a major apple producer. You can find a multitude of orchards in the North Georgia Mountains (one of my favorite places on earth). Apple season begins in August and runs through December. Local apples are in abundance through the holidays. I like a tarter apple for this bread, like a Jonathon, Empire, Winesap or even a Mutsu but if you prefer sweet, do your thing. When I lived in Japan, I used Fuji, of course, and the bread turned out great. Fuji and Braeburn are a late apple, so for the holidays, they’ll do just fine.

And guess who else lives in the North Georgia mountains? Maizie Albright, heroine of my Maizie Albright Star Detective series. When I wrote NC-17, I had thought about an apple-picking plot (murder in the orchard, perhaps), but when I was up in the mountains exploring orchards (and fried pies) for research, I saw a sign for a Bigfoot museum and my brain took a few running leaps. Apples were swapped for Bigfoot. However, maybe Maizie can find a body in an orchard in a future book. One can always hope.

Rena’s Apple Bread

*3 large apples
2 c. sugar
1 c. oil
3 eggs
3 c. flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda (Rena calls it soda. The lady didn’t mince words.)
2 tsp vanilla
1 heaping cup nuts (I’m allergic to walnuts, but Rena liked walnuts. I live in Georgia, so I do pecans. Do your thing.)

Mix sugar, oil and eggs. Add dry ingredients, mix well. (See what I mean about Rena’s brevity?)

Add vanilla, apples, and nuts.

The dough will be very stiff, says Rena. She is correct.

Grease two loaf pans and pour the batter inside. Sprinkle the tops with sugar (Rena never explained the amount of sugar. She was old school. Use your best judgement).

Bake at 325 for 1 hour or until a toothpick comes out clean.

*Rena’s apple addendum: “Dough is so stiff that I usually slice apples then add to the mixture and chop the apples with a wooden spoon to create a little juice to make it easier to mix.”

When Rena’s not succinct, she loves a run-on sentence. Don’t judge her by her English. Judge Rena by the flavor of this bread. I follow her slice then chop instructions and it works very well.
About the Book
NC-17 (Maizie Albright Star Detective)
Cozy Mystery/Women's Detective Fiction
3rd in Series
Past Perfect Press (December 4, 2018)
Paperback, 370 pages
ISBN13 - 9781732351660
Digital ASIN: B07HFVV7V7
As an ex-star of a hit teen detective show, Maizie Albright gets the youth demographic. Or so she thought. Now that she’s adulting, today’s kids make Maizie feel out of date. At least the youth she meets while doing community service at Black Pine’s exclusive healing resort, the Wellspring Center. When these teens aren’t vlogging their attempts to track down Big Foot, they’re trying to prove the Center is up to no good. Starting with the disappearance and possible murder of their not-as-young commander. A murder the police find as likely as Big Foot.

Maizie has her own suspicions about the new celebrity retreat. Particularly when she learns her ex-fiancé has been hired to run the Center. Kind of an issue when she thought Oliver was in prison. Kind of an issue when Nash, the man of her dreams, is out of commission.

Wait, not man of her dreams.

Boss of her fantasies. Professionally speaking, of course.

While Maizie’s helping adolescent Youtubers detect a disappearance, she’s wrangling her mother’s wedding, assuaging an overzealous probation officer, and struggling to keep Nash Security Solutions solvent. Conspiracy theories collide with real-life catastrophes beginning with murder and possibly ending with Maizie’s life.

About the Author
Wall Street Journal bestselling and award-winning author, Larissa Reinhart writes humorous mysteries and romantic comedies including the critically acclaimed Maizie Albright Star Detective, Cherry Tucker Mystery, and Finley Goodhart Crime Caper series. Her works have been chosen as book club picks by Woman’s World Magazine and Hot Mystery Reviews.

Larissa’s family and dog, Biscuit, had been living in Japan, but once again call Georgia home. See them on HGTV’s House Hunters International “Living for the Weekend in Nagoya” episode. Visit her website,, and join her newsletter for a free short story.

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