Thursday, August 25, 2016

FISH WIELDER by J R R R Hardison | Release Blitz + Giveaway!

When I first read about FISH WIELDER, the very first thing that I thought of was Monty Python and the Holy Grail. FISH WIELDER is full of funny characters, a silly story and sometimes outright strange mission. While FISH WIELDER may be an epic fantasy, it's completely different than anything on the market. A talking fish and a depressed brute take on the seemingly hopeless mission of retrieving the lost pudding -- not to eat, but to save their planet!

With that, I'm very happy to share a little bit about the author, the book, and give you a chance to try the book for yourselves! Also, don't forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post!


Jim has worked as a writer, screen writer, animator and director in entertainment and commercials since graduating from Columbia College of Chicago in 1988. He is the author of The Helm, which YALSA praised as one of 2010’s best graphic novels for young readers, and has directed animated commercial and entertainment projects, including spots for M&M's, AT&T, and Kellogg's. He co-founded Character LLC in 2000 and has given story advice to many of the world's largest brands, such as Target, Verizon, Samsung, McDonalds and Walmart, and has even appeared on NBC's "The Apprentice" as an expert adviser on brand characters. Jim lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, two kids and two dogs. Fish Wielder is his first novel.


Fish Wielder is kind of like Lord of the Rings, set in Narnia, if it was written by the guys who made Monty Python and the Holy Grail while they were listening to the music of They Might Be Giants.

In ancient times, the Dark Lord Mauron cooked the most powerful magic chocolate dessert ever made, the Pudding of Power. One thousand and two years later, the evil leader of the Bad Religion, the Heartless One, is trying to recover the lost pudding in order to enslave the peoples of Grome. Only the depressed barbarian warrior Thoral Might Fist and his best friend, Brad the talking Koi fish, have a chance to save the world of Grome from destruction, but that's going to take a ridiculous amount of magic and mayhem. Thus begins the esepically silly epic fantasy of epic proportions, Fish Wielder—book one of the Fish Wielder Trilogy.

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1 winner will receive a $10 (USD) Amazon Gift Card and a copy of FISH WIELDER
*Gift card is open internationally, but FISH WIELDER can only be mailed to a US mailing address*

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Thank you so much to Hannah from Irish Banana for allowing me to be a part of this release blitz and to J R R R Hardison for letting me share an excerpt from his book AND have a giveaway for all of my lovely readers!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake | Waiting on Wednesday

Howdy, folks!

I know I haven't done an official "Waiting on Wednesday" post in a while, so I thought I would bring it back to the blog. There are a ton of books that I am really anticipated for, and some of the release dates are right around the corner, so I wanted to share one with you all today.

The book for this week is.....

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Ten Books That Have Been On My TBR From Before I Started Blogging That I STILL Haven't Read Yet | Top Ten Tuesday

For this week's Top Ten Tuesday, it's all about books that we meant to read in our pre-blogging era. Granted, that was two years ago (I would have been 15) and I still haven't really purged the books I don't want to read anymore from my shelves . However, the books on THIS list are books that I have FULL INTENTIONS of reading -- I just haven't gotten to them yet.

Maybe you could help me by suggesting a few to read from this list, or linking me to your own TBR so I can get some more ideas :)

Without further adieu, here are some of the books I mean to read in the near future. :)

Monday, August 22, 2016

For This Life Only by Stacey Kade | Blog Tour & Giveaway

I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of the Irish Banana Blog Tour for FOR THIS LIFE ONLY by Stacey Kade! 

Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publish Date: August 30th 2016
Page Amount: 320 Pages
Price: $17.99 Hardback
ISBN: 1481432486 (ISBN13: 9781481432481)
"A young man struggles to move forward after the death of his twin brother in this gripping, coming-of-age tale about loss, redemption, love, and the moment you begin to see the world differently.

Three minutes.

Jacob Palmer died for three life-changing minutes.

And when he woke up, nothing was the same. Elijah, his twin brother, is dead, and his family is broken. Jace’s planned future is crushed, along with his pitching arm. Everyone keeps telling him that Eli’s in a better place, but Jace isn’t so sure. Because in those three minutes, there was nothing.

Overwhelmed by guilt and doubt, Jace struggles to adjust to this new version of the world, one without his brother, one without the certainties he once relied on. And then Thera comes into his life.

She’s the last girl he should be turning to for help.

But she’s also the first person to truly see him."

As an award-winning corporate copywriter, Stacey Kade has written about everything from backhoe loaders to breast pumps. But she prefers to make things up instead.

She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, Greg, and two retired racing greyhounds, SheWearsThePants (Pansy) and Shutter. When she’s not reading or writing, you’ll likely find her parked in front of the television catching up on her favorite shows (Scandal, The Vampire Diaries, Almost Human, The Walking Dead, and Sherlock, among others.)

Stacey is the author of the The Ghost and the Goth trilogy (THE GHOST AND THE GOTH, QUEEN OF THE DEAD, and BODY & SOUL) and The Project Paper Doll Series (THE RULES and THE HUNT). You can find her (far too often) on Facebook and Twitter as well as

If you know me well, you know that I absolutely love to make mood boards for my blog! I decided to make a mood board for my stop on the FOR THIS LIFE ONLY! I really hope you enjoy it!

As you can probably tell by the mood board below, this book does contain some pretty heavy themes. I'm actually extremely happy about that, because I feel like a lot of YA in the past had not discussed ideas like the death of a sibling, or the connection to a character's faith, or the aftermath of a disaster. I love how the publishing industry is changing and embracing more books that contain extremely important narratives. While it might not relate to you personally, there is a reader out there who might need a book like this one. 

With that, let's reveal my mood board for this book!

Note: I received a copy of the book in the mail today (8/21) and already finished it! I didn't want to redo the moodboard/explanations because I put a ton of time into this post, and I also want to do a formal review comparing my initial thoughts to my final ones!

I've decided to change this post and make it a little bit different than the post for my Mood Board Mondays, simply because the book isn't out yet (and I haven't received my copy yet!), so I feel like if I tried to answer some of those questions, I would not be able to.

For this mood board, because I haven't read the book yet, I pulled most of what I know about the book from other advanced reviews and the summary. I wanted to try and capture the essence of the story - that is, a boy dealing with the lost of his twin brother - even if I couldn't read the book yet.

The main character in this book loves baseball, and has a very strong connection to his faith, so I wanted to include those two pieces as elements of my mood board. Jace, however, has to give up his passion for baseball when his pitching arm is crushed, in the same accident that killed his twin brother.

Throughout the book, not only does he have to grieve the loss of his twin, but learn how to cope with losing one of his passions as well.

I do know that this book deals with some sort of a friendship/romance through one of the girls that he meets, but seeing as I didn't know the exact nature of it, I didn't want to include it in my mood board. Instead, I wanted to focus my mood board on Jace and his family, along with the feelings he might be dealing with. The little girl in the mood board is his younger sister. I thought it would be interesting to include her in the mood board, because I wonder how much of the story focuses on her and how she is coming to terms with something that she might not understand completely.

Overall, I really enjoyed creating this mood board for the tour! I can't wait to get my hands on this book and read it! I'll definitely be writing a review on this, and I would love to see how my initial interpretations of the story compare to the writing.

Now, for the giveaway!

3 Finished Copies of FOR THIS LIFE ONLY (US Only)

This giveaway is being run TOUR WIDE, so I Turn the Pages is not personally responsible for this giveaway nor if any of the items get lost in the post, etc. 

Click below to enter!

Don't forget to rack up some more entries in the giveaway and stop by the other posts on the tour as well!

What was one book that you needed to read about when you were younger? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you SO much to Irish Banana Blog Tours and Stacey Kade for allowing me to promote a book that is very much needed in the YA world!