[Blog Tour] A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole


A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole

Publication Date: July 31, 2018 by Avon Books

Genre: Romance

[I received an e-ARC for the blog tour. Special thanks to Pure Textuality PR and the publisher for the review copy!]

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Blurb:

Award-winning author Alyssa Cole’s Reluctant Royals series continues with a woman on a quest to be the heroine of her own story and the duke in shining armor she rescues along the way…

New York City socialite and perpetual hot mess Portia Hobbs is tired of disappointing her family, friends, and—most importantly—herself. An apprenticeship with a struggling swordmaker in Scotland is a chance to use her expertise and discover what she’s capable of. Turns out she excels at aggravating her gruff silver fox boss…when she’s not having inappropriate fantasies about his sexy Scottish burr.

Tavish McKenzie doesn’t need a rich, spoiled American telling him how to run his armory…even if she is infuriatingly good at it. Tav tries to rebuff his apprentice—and his attraction to her—but when Portia accidentally discovers that he’s the secret son of a duke, rough-around-the-edges Tav becomes her newest makeover project.

Forging metal into weapons and armor is one thing, but when desire burns out of control and the media spotlight gets too hot to bear, can a commoner turned duke and his posh apprentice find lasting love?

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[Blogger Interview] Vicky from Vicky Who Reads


Vicky is a teenage voracious reader, aspiring writer, book blogger (and bookstagrammer!), and artist. (She also likes talking about herself in third person.)

Although she wears a lot of hats (not literally, of course–she gets bad cases of hat-hair), she’s passionate about everything she does.​

She loves to write and is always ready to learn new things by constantly writing. Her mind is always filled with millions of story ideas, too many for her to ever be able to write them all.​

She is an avid reader, making sure to read anything she can get her hands on—whether it’s the back of a cereal box or the pages of a history textbook. She’s struggles most with logging all her books on Goodreads.​

She dabbles in graphic design in the formation of vector-imitation graphics. She’s always ready to experiment with new design programs and design types, and loves art, no matter what medium.

She is a blogger, always ready to write about her passions, whether it’s books she reviews or new design tips or fantasy world building. Blogging is where her passions come together to show the world who she is.

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[Guest Post] JM Cabral on Reading Formats


Hi y’all! I’m JM and I’m the guy behind Book Freak Revelations. I’m also 1/3 of the Arctic Books team, and 1/4 of the team behind Bookworms Unite PH. I’ve been an avid reader for 10 years now, and a book blogger for almost 4. I’ve had my fair share of reading YA novels in different formats and so when my friend Fay asked me to come up with a post for Bibliophile Soprano about my experience with this, I was more than happy to say yes, and I’m elated to be featured and talk about whether I love to read books digitally, in print, or if I prefer to listen to audiobook programs instead.

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[Blogger Interview] Fanna from Fannatality


Faguni Sharma, also known as Fanna, is a human being possessing the power of humanity. She started her life as an infant but soon grew up into an adult who is as confused about life as a newborn. Growing up, she couldn’t understand what to fill in those form headings that said ‘hobbies’. She loved to study; her mother had a huge role (and a stick) in her accomplishments as a straight-A student. She loved to write; her English teachers had nothing do with it. She loved to read, her cousin had a huge role (and a TBR pile) in it. She loved to make digital art, online communities had a role to play in it. She loved to live; everyone she has ever met has an important part in that.

Wondering where to pursue all her passions, she began wandering the streets of internet. The paint brushes always drew her to the canvas, the pencils always called her to the paper, the letters always drove her to the book and the love to be a human landed her into a pre-med course.

She then decided to set up a blog with a need to voice out her opinions in the most respectful manner. Which in turn led to F A N N A being set up in November 2017.

Apart from juggling all the things that make her happy, she is keen on loving things that she hates at first sight. For starters, talking about herself as a third person was one of her pet peeves but she’s currently more focused in finding the good in bad.

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[Blogger Interview] Aimee from Aimee, Always


I must say that Aimee has become one of my favorite bloggers because she posts helpful content for bloggers and readers alike! Some of these include styling your book reviews, organizing your review copies (with a free spreadsheet!), and a survival kit for reading in public. She also has the most beautiful blog design I’ve ever seen. (Seriously, I’d save up to have her redesign my book blog. ♥)

Today we have her on the blog to share some things about herself, to talk about blogging, and to give some insights on book discrimination.
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[Author Interview] Catherine Tinker


Catherine Tinker is a dear friend from the Swoon Reads community. I’ve known her when I was just a new member so I got really excited when she submitted her manuscript to the site! You don’t know how happy I am when Reconnected got chosen – and now I get to feature Catherine on my blog! ❤

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[Author Interview] Tif Marcelo


Tif believes in and writes about heart-eyes romance, the strength of families, and the endurance of friendship. A veteran Army Nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Public Administration, she is a craft enthusiast, food-lover and the occasional half-marathon runner. As a military spouse, she has moved nine times, and this adventure shows in some of her free-spirited characters. Tif currently lives in the DC area with her own real life military hero and four children. The Journey to the Heart series is her debut series, with a forthcoming women’s fiction novel THE KEY TO HAPPILY EVERY AFTER to be released in April 2019.

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[Author Interview] Leng de Chavez


The Interview II PERSONAL QUESTIONS

What is your full name?

Colleen Anne de Chavez

When is your birthday?

September 27

How old are you?

24

Favorite food?

Cheeseburger and fries

Favorite color?

Brown

Favorite song?

At the moment? Turn Out The Lights by Julien Baker

Favorite TV show?

Breaking Bad and Parks and Recreation

Favorite place to read and/or write?

UPLB Main Library

Favorite book?

Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl

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[Featured Bookstagram] Clara (thebookwormofnotredame)


Why I love this account:

Clara is just a sweetheart. I’ve known her when she had around 5,000 followers, and now she has over 20K! I feel honored to be one of her early fans because this girl really deserves all the love in the bookstagram community. ❤

I enjoy watching her Instagram stories because I like hearing her bookish updates and occasional life updates. She also posts a lot of encouraging messages meant to bring happy vibes to the “angels” who follow her. (She calls her fans angels!)

Browsing her feed would be like getting a virtual tour of Paris – a place I’ve wanted to visit since I was a kid. I especially love her shots at Disneyland because they’re all so dreamy! ❤


Below are her answers to the questions I’ve asked:

How do you choose the books you feature in your bookstagram photos? Do you believe that your bookstagram features diverse reads?

Honestly, it all depends with the colours. I recently added some pastel colours in my pictures but I still don’t like to have too vibrant ones. If a book has a very colourful cover, I usually just show the first page. In the end, I usually show books I love but don’t always show the covers!

I would love to say that yes, I feature a lot of diverse books but that would be a lie. I am trying though, I do talk about some more and more and I am still trying to do better because diversity matters and should be represented in literature.

Who are some of your favorite bookstagrammers and why do you love these accounts?

That is such a hard question! If I had to choose, I would say that lately I have been obsessed with @withniki feed because all of her pictures look so professional, with @katelynnreads feed for all the soft colours and brightness and @lumierewhispers because all of her pictures are goals.

In your opinion, what is the most important part of bookstagram?

The people, definitely. It’s the community that makes bookstagram and I couldn’t be happier with it. It sure has its ups and downs, but whenever you log into bookstagram you know that you will talk with people who share the same love for books as you and who will be as nice as they can be.


Follow @thebookwormofnotredame on Instagram.

[Author Interview] Angel C. Aquino


Angel C. Aquino has been crafting stories in her head and on paper ever since she was a little girl. After she graduated from college, she pursued her passion for words by working in the publishing industry, and later became the managing editor of several magazines such as Candy, Runner’s World Philippines, and Good Housekeeping Philippines. Her short story, “The Bucket List” was published in the Summit Books anthology, Coming of Age.

Love At First Run is her first novel. Though this story is not based on her life, it’s inspired by some events that transpired in 2005, when she joined AMCI Mountaineering Club. She just wanted to climb mountains, but she didn’t know she had to run as part of the training! Since then, she has grown to love running, which relieves her stress and inspires her to come up with new story ideas. So far, she has finished one full marathon and several half marathons in the Philippines and abroad.

Today, she is a freelance writer, editor, and content creator based in Manila. She believes she can make her tiny corner of the world just a little bit brighter by writing stories filled with positivity, hope, and love.

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