Debut Author: Flower Boy Tour Guide by Shannon Kent

 

Flower Boy: noun 1. slang for a really hot guy

Hannah Reynolds travels to Korea in search of her own drama hero come to life. What she gets instead is gorgeous, but surly tour guide, Jae Lee. He seems determined to ruin every romantic location they visit with his snarky comments, but Hannah can’t deny the crackling tension between them.

As they travel around the country with a busload of wacky K-drama and K-pop fans, their chemistry keeps drawing the two together. Hannah sees the mountain of problems standing between her and a relationship with Jae. They live in different countries. She’s flying home in five days. And he always takes an emotional step back whenever they get closer. But her heart doesn’t want to listen to reason. All it can see is the flower boy tour guide.


 

My Review:

Flower Boy Tour Guide is the first in the multi-author series, My Korean Crush. These authors love learning about Korea because of what we’ve been lucky enough to see of their dramas and  Kpop music.

I was lucky enough to read this prior to release, and I’ve already purchased my ebook. (It’s only 99 cents of you act fast!)

The story sets  out with a young American  arriving in Seoul.  She feels like she’s come home, and is excited to be there.  When she meets her roommate for the tour, it’s instant  best friends. And then there is Jae.  He may look like a flower boy, but he has thorns. Romantic comedy ensues in this delightful debut  by Shannon Kent.

Roxbury Rating: YA 12+  (aka PG)

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Book Review: Wizard for Hire

 

What if there was a wizard in your hometown who offered his services to anyone in need? What if you were scared because your scientist parents had been kidnapped and you couldn’t tell the police?

What if you stumbled across a classified ad in your local newspaper that read, “Wizard for Hire. Call 555-SPEL”? Would you call?

Fourteen-year-old Ozzy is desperate to find his parents, but he’s not so sure about the ad….He’s read about wizards in books like Harry Potter, but they couldn’t actually exist in the world today, could they?

Enter Labryinth, aka “Rin,” who dresses the part. Sort of. His bathrobe and high-top tennis shoes seem unorthodox. At least Rin acts like a wizard, but Ozzy has his doubts. Do real wizards write notes on their shoes and eat breakfast for every meal? Most of all, Ozzy just wants to know if Rin can cast any magic spells.

With the help of a robotic-talking raven invented by Ozzy’s father, a kind and curious girl at school who decides to help Ozzy, and, of course, a self-proclaimed wizard who may or may not have a magical wand, Ozzy begins an unforgettable quest that will lead him closer to the answers he seeks about his missing parents.


My Review:

5 Stars

I didn’t know what to expect when I started reading this book.  As a reader, Middle Grade novels are interesting. Sometimes they are bland and boring, and other times you stumble on a fun  book. This is one of the fun ones.

All the characters fit into place, which is something I liked.  My favorite character was Clark, the robotic raven. He’s awesome. He has some of the best lines, is fluent in two languages (English and Chirp), and has a fondness for metal. His quest for romance, and his flare for taking care of problems are some of the comedic moments in the story.

I received an ARC  from Shadow Mountain. (Thank you!)

#wizardforhire #Netgalley

 

 

Tour Stop : Swords of Time

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Braden has one goal: knighthood.

Unfortunately, he lives on a horse farm in modern day America with his uncle, his younger brother, and an aunt who absolutely hates him.

Against all odds, Braden and his brother, Jamie, stumble across a pair of special swords that sweep them back into medieval times. They land near a castle whose lord has a task for them.

His older son is lost somewhere in time, and only someone who can control the Swords of Time can save him.

With the goal of knighthood suddenly in sight, Braden’s not sure he wants to leave, but he wishes to impress the lord. Can he protect his brother, find the lost heir, and fulfill his dreams, or will the lord’s younger son ruin everything?


Character Spotlight

Darren

Physical appearance: He is a strong boy about Braden’s age. He has black hair and brown eyes.

Personality: He is very full of himself and likes to show everyone how important he is.

Background: Darren is the younger of the Lord of the castle’s two sons. When he was six, Darren witnessed a terrible tragedy where his mother was killed. He deals with his pain by bullying others and trying to be better than everyone, including his older brother. To feel better than him, Darren feels the need to make himself the heir to the lordship of the castle in place of his brother.

 

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Pre-order: A Rogue’s Flower by Rose Pearson

 

Elsbeth Blakely: An orphan who craves independence
Viscount Andrew Radford: A notorious rogue used to getting what he wants
A clash of wills – who will win?

The world always ignored Elsbeth Blakely, given that she was just another young orphan at the Smithfield House for Girls. She was never a part of the bustling world of London Smithfield Market, cooped up inside the great house with no freedom of her own.

However, life suddenly takes a turn for the worse when Elsbeth meets Viscount Andrew Radford. A notorious carousing rogue, Lord Radford sets his sights on Elsbeth to be his latest object of affection, expecting that she will simply fall into his arms as every other lady has.

But Elsbeth is determined to have her independence. Despite being forced into working at the Radford estate, Elsbeth stands up to the young viscount, finding him determined to get what he wants from her.
But, underneath it all, is Lord Radford really the scoundrel that he seems?

When news of Elsbeth’s real family comes to light, Elsbeth finds her whole world turned upside down, with only Lord Radford able to help. One thing is for certain, however, Elsbeth Blakely is not who she seems either.

Welcome to the world of the Smithfield Market in Regency Era London, a new standalone series by Rose Pearson.

FREE On Waves of Wanderlust June 18-19

After Macy Grant breaks up with a man who won’t commit, she escapes heartbreak with a weekend on the seas. The last person she expects to meet and fall for is entrepreneur Jake Olsen. A believer in love at first sight, he seems perfect for her in every way … then her ex-boyfriend shows up on the cruise ship with a ring.


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June 18-19


 

Moonlight at Monterey Bay (Free June 15, 2018)

 

“The story of Moonlight at Monterey Bay will embrace you with its power. This is a remarkable clean romance novel about being honest in love, no matter the consequences.”
– A new adult romance books

Michael Thomas’ life changed when he accepted a friendly client’s offer to stay at his winter home in Carmel, California. Michael planned to immerse himself in the artistic atmosphere of the Monterey Bay area. Maybe this is his opportunity to settle at last and to make better use of his exceptional talents as a painter, an artists romance.

Angelina Serracino, a romance widow, had yet to forgive herself for the death of her fiance, though she had no responsibility for his passing. Angelina still couldn’t shake the feeling that if maybe she had done something differently.

Angelina was working in her father’s restaurant when Michael came in for a meal. Michael was immediately attracted, but she was withdrawn. What will he have to do? How can he get her interest?

Devin Pine has skillfully handled this beautiful story of being honest in love and dealing with the consequences of divergent pasts. Truly an inspirational romance.

Anniversary Sale for the Saranghaeyo Series

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I noticed that author Sarah G is hosting a 99 cents sale of her Kpop Romance series, Saranghaeyo. The timing is pretty good too, as I’m hosting a For the Love of Korea event all summer long over at my author page.

Sarah was one of the participating authors last year for the Kbooks Blog  Party.  (And yes, you can click that link and check out all the authors and their books from that post.  Be aware though that any contest or prize is invalid. Visit the current summer event to enter this years raffles while we celebrate Korea, Kpop, and books.

In addition to her sale, Sarah G is hosting a contest on her facebook page.

 

 

Sale runs June 15, 2018 to June 22, 2018


 

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CIR* New Release: Kings Crossed Lovers

 

A Novella

Ethan Walters has no time for distractions like romance. Not if he’s going to have the brilliant medical career he’s always dreamed of. But when he’s given a trip to a theme park resort as a college graduation present, he can’t exactly say no. Even if Samantha—the one girl with the power to dismantle his goals—is tagging along.

Samantha Diederik has managed to avoid her high society mother’s manipulations since the woman moved to Europe. Now she’s back and pressuring Sam to move to New York with her. With that battle on the horizon, Sam proceeds to go on vacation with her brother and his roommate. She’s crushed on Ethan for years. They’ve only met online, but their hours-long conversations are the highlight of her week. Now she has a chance to find out if the cyber magic she’s felt with him will translate to real life.

And wow, does it ever—with sparks flying! Now all she has to do is find a way to fight off her mother’s machinations while convincing Ethan she won’t destroy his dreams.


*CIR stands for Clean Indie Reads. You can find more books by CIR Authors by visiting the CIR Blog or the Fellowship of Fantasy

Review: So I Married an Anti-fan

 

Modern-day woman Geunyoung Lee struggles to make ends meet working as a lowly reporter for a magazine. She lives with a friend and barely scratches out her rent every month. On the other hand, male sex symbol Joon Hoo currently rides on top of the world. His movies become instant hits. Corporations clamber all over each other to pay for his product endorsements. Women adore him. His public image stays squeaky clean…that is, until one night he runs into Geunyoung at a club. Lee accidentally snaps a photo of Joon dumping a heartbroken young girl. He suddenly goes nuclear trying to protect his image, forcing Lee’s magazine to fire her. Now, despite losing her job and apartment, the intrepid young woman has taken on a new mission in life: Destroy Joon Hoo at all costs. This manhwa is based on the novel of the same title written by Eunjung Kim, and its production is partly supported by SBA Seoul Animation Center.


 

If you are following me here (or on my main author site) then you know that all summer long I’m sharing books that feature something about Korea.  I discovered this manhwa series awhile back, and happily read. Beautiful artwork enhances this romantic comedy.

Geunyoung is a newbie reporter. While at an event she oversees an incident with famous actor Joo Hoon.  They both jump to conclusions about the other, which  leads to some rather comedic moments. When Geunyoung is fired, she is quick to blame Joo Hoon and declares herself his anti-fan. Something the netizens don’t like. When she confronts Joo Hoon about his causing her to get fired, he decides to take a reality show gig and make her his onscreen manager. What he doesn’t expect is that he would fall in love with her.

You’ll have to read to learn more.

There is some swearing (namely the  b word), and some violence.

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For the Love of Korea Event

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Korea has a vast and rich history.  Today we have the wonderful gift of learning more about Korea than ever before.  From folktales, to television and cinema, to Kpop (with BTS topping the USA Billboard charts), and now to literature.

And it’s that literature we are here to celebrate.

So let’s get the party started and talk Kpop!

 

What/who is your favorite Kpop band?  Share in the comments.

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Go to Soaring With Dragons to continue to explore Korea via books.