Spotlight & Excerpt: Ashes + Giveaway

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the ASHES by M.K. Harkins Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

Title: ASHES
(Modern-Day Fairy Tale #1)

Author: M.K. Harkins

Pub. Date: June 1, 2022

Publisher: M.K. Harkins

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 303

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle

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Not your typical Cinderella story…

If she thought college applications were complicated, just wait until she catches feelings for the newest celebrity in town.

Ashley Adams doesn’t have time for haters. Already too busy dealing with dead bodies after her stepmother purchased a mortuary, she is ready to put the lid on her judgmental peers and finally bury her high school experience. But her focus is shattered when a charming pop-star-turned-student needs her help evading his crazed fans.

The last place heartthrob Harry James wants to be is back in school. Sentenced to finish his senior year after a case of accidental arson, the singer longs to return to the stage. But he never expected to meet a girl who could see through the fame to the real person inside.

Surprised by the chemistry between them, Ashley is shocked when Harry gives her the cold shoulder. But with his publicist forbidding him from dating her, Harry must choose between fame or love.

Can Ashley and Harry survive the turmoil threatening to tear them apart?

Ashes is a fun and snarky standalone YA romance. If you like captivating characters, emotional twists and turns, Fairies and Cinderella retellings, then you’ll adore MK Harkins’ fast-paced tale.

*Recommended for readers 13+ (Some mild swearing and off-page violence)


Reviews:

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐   “I’m no stranger to retellings of fairytales so my expectations were high. The story is beautifully written with a fresh and modern take on the characters, whilst retaining the true essence of the story.”  Goodreads Reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “A delightful mix of finding love in the modern world, with a bit of Fairytale magic mixed in. I thought the novel was beautifully written. There really weren’t any plot holes that led to confusion. The elements of a Cinderella retelling were masterfully placed, but not necessarily made the center of the story.”  Goodreads Reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “What a great read! Everything about this book made me want to keep reading! From the great characters, great story line and a Cinderella twist!” NetGalley Reviewer


Excerpt:

By the time we arrived at my front porch, the sun was setting, making the sky a show of purple and orange swirls. Harry paused and took hold of both my hands. The warmth radiated up my arms and throughout my body. I inhaled slowly, trying to calm my breathing. My eyes darted through the front windows, making sure everyone was still gone.
“Umm. Thanks. I had a great time.” Ugh. Could I sound any more lame?
A slow smile crept over his face. He leaned closer and focused on my lips. “May I?”
What to say? Part of me wanted to run like a cheetah. But another glance at his tempting lips and intense eyes, and I rethought everything. No, it wasn’t a good idea…
At the very moment of decision, a sparking sound came from the streetlamp, and it exploded, leaving us in semi-darkness. Startled, I jumped toward Harry and his protective arms, putting a hand on his chest.
Harry held me a little closer. “I guess the Universe wants this to happen.” His grin turned mischievous. “So?”
I leaned closer. His eyes darkened, and the electricity between us became a living thing, pulsing and sparking.
His hands reached up to cradle my face, and he leaned closer, his lips a whisper away. “It’s so easy being around you. “
“I feel the same,” I managed to get out.
“It doesn’t hurt that you’re also gorgeous.” His smile broadened into a grin.
Wow. Just wow. My defenses were blown to bits. He hadn’t even kissed me yet, and goosebumps covered every inch of my skin. Every cell came alive, and a thrill shot through my body. Our eyes stayed connected for a second and then…


 

About M.K. Harkins:

MK has always been a voracious reader. After hitting a dry spell of reading material, she decided to write the kind of book she’d like to read. This resulted in the creation of her debut novel, Intentional. (Award for Best Sweet Romance – eFestival of Words- August 2014) Unintentional, Breaking Braydon, Taking Tiffany and The Reader soon followed. MK’s newest, Famous by Default, an Amazon Bestseller, was released March 2017. The follow-up to The Reader, The Jack, published 2018. Next up- A series of modern-day fairy tales. We’ll start with a Cinderella story: Ashes

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a finished copy of ASHES, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

6/1/2022

Sadie’s Spotlight

Excerpt/IG Post

6/2/2022

BookHounds YA

Guest Post/IG Post

6/3/2022

Cherie Colyer

Guest Post

6/4/2022

Jenguerdy

IG Post

Week Two:

6/5/2022

BETTER_0FF_READ

IG & TikTok Post

6/6/2022

Review Thick And Thin

Review/IG Post

6/7/2022

YABooksCentral

Guest Post

6/8/2022

Two Chicks on Books

Guest Post

6/9/2022

@jaimerockstarbooktours

IG Post

6/10/2022

Book Sniffers Anonymous

Review/IG Post

6/11/2022

Living in a Bookworld

Excerpt

Week Three:

6/12/2022

@jacleomik33 The Page Ladies

Review/IG Post

6/13/2022

Karen Dee’s Book Reviews

Review/IG Post

6/14/2022

beersbooksandboos

Review/IG Post

6/15/2022

@My.Bookish.Mind

IG Review

6/16/2022

@travelersguidetobooks

IG Review

6/17/2022

Lady Hawkeye

Excerpt/IG Post

6/18/2022

100 Pages A Day

Review/IG Post

Week Four:

6/19/2022

The Reading Devil

Review/IG Post

6/20/2022

@meetcuteromancebooks

Review/IG Post

6/21/2022

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

Spotlight

6/22/2022

The Momma Spot

Review/IG Post

6/23/2022

Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

Review/IG Post

6/24/2022

More Books Please blog

Review/IG Post

6/25/2022

Books a Plenty Book Reviews

Review

Week Five:

6/26/2022

Emmiepooh2

Review/IG Post

6/27/2022

Fire and Ice

Review

6/28/2022

@enjoyingbooksagain

IG Review

6/29/2022

Nagma | TakeALookAtMyBookshelf

IG Review

6/30/2022

@allyluvsbooksalatte

Review/IG Post

 

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