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Happy Thursday Everyone! Today I'm excited to be participating in the Beach Reads Giveaway Hop hosted by StuckInBooks. There's a lot of new books that have recently released or will be published soon, and I'm excited to share them with you. I'm hoping to read more this summer and hope you're planning to as well.

Can You Help Me Help a Friend Who Has Suffered a Tragic Loss? It's Easy!

But before I get to the book selections, I need you to ask you to help me help an author friend who just suffered a tragic loss. Lee McKenzie has been a good friend of mine for years who I met through my blog. Her newest MG fantasy, SOME VERY MESSY MEDIEVAL MAGIC, released on May 15, 2018. Two days later, Lee suffered the tragic loss of her husband due to a sudden heart attack. I also suffered the sudden loss of my own husband a little over four years ago and know firsthand how heartbreaking this loss is.

While we cannot take away Lee's grief, we could show her kindness and friendship by helping her promote her book. I know you all are book lovers and many have your own blogs. I'm hoping that you can do all or some of these easy things to help Lee:

  • Buy Lee's book. An e-book is only $3.99. I just did that.
  • Post about Lee's book on your blog and other social media sites. Ask your friends to help do by shouting out about her book and buying it
Here's a blurb about what the book is about:

Pete’s stuck in medieval England! Pete and his friend Weasel thought they’d closed the Timelock.
But a young page from medieval times, Peter of Bramwell, goes missing. His absence during a critical moment will forever alter history unless he’s found. There’s only one solution—fledgling wizard Pete must take the page’s place. He travels to 1173 England accompanied by Weasel and Fanon, Pete’s alligator familiar. But what if the page remains lost? Will Pete know what to do when the critical moment arrives? Toss in a grumpy Fanon, the dukes’s curious niece, a talking horse, and the Circle of Stones, and Pete quickly realizes he’s in over his young wizard head yet again. 

And some links:

Thanks to any of you who can help out. Now onto the books for this giveaway!

I hope you find a book you like for yourself, a family member, or a friend in the choices offered. Don’t see a book you like? You can win a $10.00 Amazon Gift Card instead. I hope you'll all enter to win a book or gift card for yourself or as a gift for someone.

So here are your choices. I've got a combination of MG and YA and one adult anthology that I'm looking forward to reading. If you want an earlier book in any of these series, you can pick that instead as long as it doesn't cost more than the book here. You can find descriptions of these books on Goodreads.


And the book cover that refuses to format right:

If you haven't found a book you want, you can win a $10 Amazon Gift Card.

To enter, all you need to do is be a follower anyway you want and leave a comment through June 15th telling me the book you want to win or if you want to win the Gift Card instead. If your e-mail is not on your Google Profile, you must leave it in the comments to enter the contest.

If you mention this contest on Twitter, Facebook, or your blog, mention this in the comments and I'll give you an extra entry. You must be 13 or older to enter. International entries are welcome as long as The Book Depository ships to you for free.

Here's what's coming up:

Wednesday, June 6th I have an interview with debut author Adrienne Kisner and a giveaway of her contemporary DEAR RACHEL MADDOW and my IWSG post

Monday, June 11th I have an interview with debut author Kit Frick and a giveaway of her YA thriller SEE ALL THE STARS

Wednesday, June 13th I have an agent spotlight interview and query critique giveaway with Gabrielle Piraino

Thursday, June 14th I'm participating in the Splash Into Summer Giveaway Hop

Monday, June 18th I have a guest post by author Chrys Frey to celebrate the release of Write with Fey: 10 Sparks to Guide You From Idea to Publication

Monday, June 25th I have a guest post by MG author Diane Magras and her agent Adriann Ranta Zurhellen with a query critique giveaway by Adriann and a book giveaway of THE MAD WOLF'S DAUGHTER by Diane

Wednesday, June 27th I have an agent spotlight interview and query critique giveaway with Colleen Oefelein

Hope to see you on Wednesday!

And here's the other blogs participating in this blog hop:


  1. winning the gift card would be great :)
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

  2. Thank you for including Medieval Magic and Tick Tock.

  3. I have two of them - maybe War Storm?

  4. I would like the gift card if I win ^_^ thanks for being part of this fun hop!

  5. Gc would be nice!

    pores( at ) li ve .com

  6. Following you on Twitter as @gaby011421.
    I would really like the GC 😁

    gaby011421 at yahoo dot com

  7. I'm interested in War Storm. I follow you a bunch of ways. Thanks!

  8. I would love to win "Children of Blood and Bone" and I follow you.

  9. Hi!! Thank you so much for this giveaway :-):-) I think I'll choose A Court of Frost and Starlight. I follow through
    Email: lilyone90(@)Gmail(dot)com
    Twitter: @01BookPlace
    Bloglovin: Lily M.
    GFC: Lily M.
    I also mentioned this giveaway on Twitter :-):-)

  10. The GC would be great thank you.

    I follow.


  11. Great choices, as always! I'd love Children of Blood and Bone. bonecabela(@)yahoo(.)com
    Thank you!

  12. I would love to read Some Very Messy Medieval Magic. Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. Ace of Shades please, email jbdownie50@gmail.com

  14. I'd love to win the gift card! Happy summer!
    Shared on Twitter @colorvibrant

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com

  15. Thanks for letting us know about Lee. Unbearable sadness and loss for her. On a lighter note--thank you for the chance to win a book. So many of these are in my TBR. I would choose Children of Blood and Bone. I shared on my tumblr blog: http://yesreaderwriterpoetmusician.tumblr.com/post/174471466182/beach-reads-giveaway-hop

  16. I'd love to win the gift card.
    Shared on twitter @angels_gp
    Follow via Bloglovin' Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)

    tigerlilly_liz (at) hotmail (dot) com

  17. I'd like to win the gift card.
    Bloglovin: Gaby Navarro
    GFC: Gaby Pendragon

    gaby_sama (at) hotmail (dot) com

  18. I would love to win Restore Me. I loved it and would like to read it again. Thank you! I follow you through email (Bloodredmoon32@gmail.com)
    Twitter post -https://twitter.com/RedMoon32/status/1002626540218306560

  19. So sorry to hear about Lee losing her husband! Tragic! I will do what I can. Thanks for letting us know! I would love to read The Train of Lost Things.

    1. I also tweeted this post. Hope more interest is expressed as we share.

  20. So sorry about Lee losing her husband 😢

    I follow you through https://bloglovin.com/@emmahdoucette

    I'd probably pick War Storm!


  21. I would pick the GC

    s2s2 at cox dot net

  22. I would love to get Ace of Shades!
    I follow by email at gilson(dot)morgane(at)outlook(dot)com

  23. Thanks for the giveaway! I like Restore Me. :)
    GFC: Cali W.
    Tweet: https://twitter.com/Cali_for_ya/status/1002682755136647168

  24. I am off to buy Lee's book right now. I knew something had happened, but I didn't know what. How very sad. I will pass on the giveaway since I just won a book from you. Thanks for passing the word about Lee's sad loss.

  25. I think I'd like Sweet Black Waves of Darkened Shore. But I always love GC!

  26. Yes, Lee is in my prayers. Like her, and you too, the same thing happened to my husband five years ago. You feel so helpless. She has been my friend since the early days of our writing. A precious lady. I'd like Tick Tock. Thank you for the wonderful thing you're doing. And her latest book is a fun read for kids and adults. Everyone should read it.

  27. Would love Beyond a Darkened Shore. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway :)
    I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/WordsThatStay1/status/1002726367144960003


  28. GFC follow: slehan
    I'll take the Amazon GC.
    Thanks for the contest.
    slehan at juno dot com

  29. https://twitter.com/slehan/status/1002745270331846657

  30. So sad to hear of C. Lee's loss. Oh my goodness. And so soon after her novel came out. Sending prayers and hugs her way!!

  31. There are so many good choices for this giveaway! I think I'd like to win a copy of BEYOND A DARKENED SHORE.

  32. I would like to win “A Court of Frost and Starlight” by Sarah J. Maas.
    GFC: Valentina Belea
    Shared: https://twitter.com/ValentinaByVy/status/1002966309909475328
    E-mail: bv_byby27@yahoo.com
    Thanks for the chance!

  33. I just bought Lee's book (eBook version so I can read it sooner!). It sounds right up my alley! Also, my sister is a widow~ her husband died 7 years ago, very suddenly. My heart goes out to Lee.

    All of your giveaway books look fantastic. I'd love CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE or AMAL UNBOUND.

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  34. I'd like to win the gift card.THX
    Bloglovin: https://www.bloglovin.com/@tiago10
    GFC: tiago rosado



  35. Any book would be fine with me. My condolences to you and your friend.

  36. Following on Bloglovin as Crushingcinders, Gift card would be amazing to win!
    Shared on Twitter: https://twitter.com/crushingcinders/status/1003222351583080448

  37. Ghost Boys, please! We have it here but I would love to donate another copy to my kids’ school.

  38. I'd like the gift card!

    GFC: Edye Nicole

    Contact email: mia2009(at)comcast(dot)net

  39. Every Shiny Thing has been all over the place and I have been curious about it. I would love to win a copy. Thanks for the chance.

    I am so sorry to hear about Lee's husband. I have a copy of her book and have shared about it on my blog. I will continue to help spread the word.

  40. I feel so much for C. Lee. I hope her new release does great. I would love Tick Tock to add to my keeper shelf.

  41. It would be great to win the gift card since I am not sure which book that I would pick first from your list. (Hmrcarlson@hotmail.com)

  42. I would like the gift card

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

  43. Thank you for the suggestions on how to support Lee. She is a wonderful person and my heart breaks for her.

  44. i am an email subscriber. I would prefer the gift card.

  45. Lovely of you to show such support for Lee, Natalie. Thanks for the giveaway too. Being international, I'd choose the gift card if I ever won anything, LOL!

  46. GFC follower as Abby

    Would LOVE A Court of Frost and Starlight if via Book Depo!!

    Thanks so much!

    reviewsbyabby at gmail dot com

  47. Just purchased "Medieval Magic" for my Kindle. So excited to read it. My deepest condolences to C. Lee. There are no words...

  48. I am following you on GFC and Blogloving as Rose Santuci-Sofranko. I prefer the Gift Card. Thanks and God Bless! ILuvTheEucharist @ aol dot com

  49. I follow on GFC, Anne38, and probably other ways. I'd like the gift card if I win.

  50. I'd like to win the giftcard please. TY:) I follow on GFC as Jan Lee

  51. Stormcaster by Cinda Williams Chima!
    Following via email

    blackcapballistics at gmail DOT com

  52. I follow you via GFC and I'd love to win a gift card please because I'm so indecisive I can't pick out a book right now! Thank you for the generous giveaway :) I hope you're having a great weekend!


  53. I would love the gift card if I win!

  54. I was shocked to hear of Lee's husband. We have a fabulous community here, supporting one another is the key to success!! Thank you Natalie.

  55. If I win, I would like the gift card.

  56. I follow by GFC-judy and by email-magnolias_1(at)msn(dot)com

    I would like Restore Me!!!

  57. I follow on Goodreads and I would love to have the Amazon GC.

  58. I would love to win the gift card! I follow on GFC.

  59. I'd like the gift card, please.
    Following via GFC user Jana Leah B

  60. I would prefer the gift card if I win.

  61. i would prefer the gift card if i am the lucky winner

  62. Following on

    I would like the Amazon credit

  63. I follow on GFC as Jen Barnard and I'd pick the gift card.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

  64. I would take the gift card. I am backed up on my reading.

  65. following on twitter @becoming_7

  66. Hmmm...I would have to go with the gift card for Amazon. I actively maintain my Wishlist, so this prize will allow me to maximize value at the time it is awarded (as well as keep my options open for now).

    I like your choices though and would have gladly vied for the opportunity to choose among them if the 10 dollar value were not an alternative. I just got my copy of Brightly Burning, and I am psyched to read it!

    I am following on google (GFC) and on bloglovin -- not sure if email is on google profile, so if I am lucky try shamy at post dot harvard dot edu. Thank you for your generosity! --Kara S

  67. I would like to win the Amazon gift card. Thank you.
    (email subscriber)

  68. I am an email subscriber.


  69. I follow by email and Twitter.
    Shared: https://twitter.com/Majenta_Dream/status/1007355424780136448
    I would choose Stormcaster

  70. I follow by email! I would like the gift card if I win and thanks for the chance!

  71. I follow via GFC - Breanne. I would love the gift card. Thanks for the chance!

    breannet89 at gmail dot com

  72. I would love the gift card please.

  73. I would take the gift card if I were to win.

  74. I would like to win the Gift Card

  75. I like the Amazon gift card the most.