The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L. Jensen – Cover Reveal Party!

Hey bookworms! I was lucky enough to get to participate in the much anticipated cover reveal for The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L. Jensen yesterday. This was my first ever cover reveal and it was so much fun, thanks to MTMC Tours for including me! I’ve really enjoyed chatting to everyone over on Instagram and i love being part of the International Giveaway that’s also happening (scroll down to the bottom for details). I thought i’d share the cover here too and tell you a little about the audio book that will be released on October 16 this year. Danielle L. Jensen wrote the Malediction Trilogy that i absolutely adore. They were one of the first YA Fantasy collections that i read so they will always have a place in my heart.

For us bookstagrammers we were to create our own unique set-up using the image provided of the cover photo, here’s the one i made.

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It was so fun to see what everyone came up with and be part of such a special day. It will be released as an Audio Book but sometime next year will also be released as a paperback too. Here’s the full close up image of the cover and a full synopsis of the story.

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‘Blending the steamy romance of OUTLANDER with the lush fantasy world and violent power struggles of GAME OF THRONES, THE BRIDGE KINGDOM follows a princess who is trained to be a lethal spy and is sent to marry the king of an enemy realm. But complications arise when she finds herself falling for the man she was raised to destroy. Out October 16th, 2018 from Audible Originals!’

From Danielle L. Jensen:

“I’m so excited to share the cover of THE BRIDGE KINGDOM, which was illustrated by the talented Richard Anderson! This novel was pure enjoyment to write because I was able to create a story that blends intrigue, adventure, and LOTS of steamy romance, all of which takes place in a fantastical setting. THE BRIDGE KINGDOM was written specifically for audio, and with the exceptional narration of Lauren Fortgang and James Patrick Cronin, it truly is an incredible listening experience!”

Full Synopsis

Lara has only one thought for her husband on their wedding day: I will bring your kingdom to its knees.

A princess trained from childhood to be a lethal spy, Lara knows that the bridge kingdom represents both legendary evil – and legendary promise. The only route through a storm-ravaged world, the Bridge Kingdom controls the trade and travel between lands, allowing its ruler to enrich himself and deprive his enemies, including Lara’s homeland. So when she is sent as a bride under the guise of fulfilling a treaty of peace, Lara is prepared to do whatever it takes to fracture the defenses of the impenetrable Bridge Kingdom.

But as she infiltrates her new home – a lush paradise surrounded by tempest seas – and comes to know her new husband, Aren, Lara begins to question where the true evil resides. Around her, she sees a kingdom fighting for survival, and in Aren, a man fiercely protective of his people. As her mission drives her to deeper understanding of the fight to possess the bridge, Lara finds the simmering attraction between her and Aren impossible to ignore.

Her goal nearly within reach, Lara will have to decide her own fate: will she be the destroyer of a king or the savior of her people?

Content warning: The Bridge Kingdom includes more explicit sexual content than Danielle’s other YA novels

INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY ON INSTAGRAM

Head over to my page @bitsandbooks92 and follow the rules below to enter this awesome giveaway! Open internationally until 27th September 2018.

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INTL Giveaway!
Win a The Bridge Kingdom–themed goody box that includes an exclusive candle from A Court of Candles, tea, sea salt & hand cream from The Body Shop, a pen, postcard, and an audiobook download (on release date)!

HOW TO ENTER
– Follow me, @danielleljensenl & @mtmctours!
– Like & leave a comment

ADDITIONAL ENTRIES
– Tag friends who might want to enter in a DIFFERENT comment (up to 3 comments). But make sure to tag friends you do know.

And that’s it! This giveaway ends on September 27th at 11:59 PM EST. Open INTL. Good luck!!! (Giveaway not affiliated nor endorsed by Instagram)

FAIRYLOOT UNBOXING. July box: The Power Within. Spoiler’s within!

HI guys!

So today i received and un-boxed my very first Fairyloot subscription and boy oh boy did it not disappoint! It contained the most stunning book i have ever had the pleasure of owning which is also a book that’s been in my ‘To-be-read’ list for quite awhile. If you’ve been thinking of ordering a box but aren’t sure, i highly recommend you do, i waited until there was a box i really loved the sound of and i’m so glad i did. I’m in Australia so it did cost quite a bit more once converted from pounds. So it’s 26 pounds for one box, mine came to $82 AUD including postage. They deliver so quick though, i got my confirmation that it was being shipped on a Friday and had it by Monday morning, even Australia Post doesn’t deliver that quick! If you have received a Fairyloot box before, which one was it? What goodies did you get inside? Let me know in the comments!

I’m currently waiting to find out if i’ll get to be a rep for them for the next few months, fingers are triple crossed i get it and get to share this magical experience with everyone a few more times.

Here are some pics and a rundown of all the goodies inside:

  • Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton. This is an exclusive copy with sprayed red pages, signed by the author and hardcover! Also included was a note from Bree herself!
  • Magical Mug that reveals a quote when hot.
  • Room Spray by Geeky Clean which is VEGAN AND CRUELTY FREE (LOVE THIS) and smells like Lavender and Books! It’s inspired by the book ‘Snow like Ashes’ by Sara Raasch.
  • Sticker that says ‘Ond Eldr’ which means ‘Breathe Fire’ from ‘Sky in the Deep’ by Adrienne Young.
  • Tea Towel with quote from ‘And i Darken’ by Kiersten White. Unfortunately this item was misprinted but this just shows how amazing the people at Fairyloot are as they are sending out a rectified new one for free!
  • Quidditch Pen from Harry Potter (of course), definitely my favourite item in the box!
  • Zelie Art Print by Diana Worak. Zelie is a character from ‘Children of Blood and Bone’ by Tomi Adeyemi.
  • Exclusive artwork from this month’s book of Mia and Quin drawn by Noverantale.

 

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Imagine this showing up at your door!

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Just look at all these gorgeous goodies! Totally putting the sticker on my laptop. I just love that each item is usable and has a purpose. You can tell so much thought is put into creating these masterpieces. 
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The book is stunning and i love Bree’s handwriting and what she wrote, so thoughtful and empowering!
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Post hot water! What a gorgeous quote! Video of it changing is up on my Instagram Story @bitsandbooks92

Make your own Coconut Bowl. Step by Step instructions.

Hi Guys! So for awhile I’ve been making my own coconut bowls, i use every part of the coconut, the insides even get turned into coconut oil! Here I’ve provided step by step instructions for you. It really is so simple and so sustainable and much cheaper than buying them online if you’re willing to put in a couple of hours work! It’s a really fun activity and if you already have most of the materials it is quite cheap as a coconut will normally set you back between $2.50-$5 AUD.

Materials:

Coconut

Hammer and nail

Old Towel (if doing this inside)

Jug or bowl

Saw and a knife

Permanent Marker

Course Sanding Paper

Mineral Spirits (Mineral Turps)

Raw Linseed Oil

Paintbrush

Step 1: Hammer a nail into one of the three nodules in the coconut. You may have to do this a few times to make the hole a bit wider so the juice comes out quicker.

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Step two: Drain the juice from the coconut, this process takes about 5 minutes if you shake the coconut. You’ll know when it’s empty as there will no longer be a sloshing sound inside.

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Step three: Once drained, using a permanent marker (or any texta) draw a line around where you’ll want to cut it the top off.

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Step four: Now using your saw (i used a hand saw and found it easy), cut where you’ve marked until you’re all the way through.

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Step five: Microwave your coconut for 2 and a half minutes total, 30 seconds at a time. This makes the insides nice and soft so they’re easier to carve out with your knife.

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Step six: Once completely hollowed out you need to sand down the coconut using your sandpaper until it’s smooth.

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Step seven: Now depending on what you intend to use your bowl for this step isn’t absolutely necessary. If only decorative you won’t need to waterproof your bowl but if you intend to use it for food like smoothies etc than you must waterproof it.

I created my own mixture which is 2 parts Mineral Spirits and 1 part Raw Linseed Oil, a total of 1/3 of a cup will be enough to do about 7 coats which is more than enough. Use your paintbrush to coat it both inside and out. It dries fairly quickly but i recommend leaving a good 10 minutes between each coat for 5 coats, then leave it for roughly 24 hours and give it another coat.

Your finished product will look something like this though probably a bit lighter as i took the below images while the last coat was drying.

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If you do give this a go i would absolutely love to see and hear how you went and get any feedback you may have so feel free to leave a comment on here or tag me in your post on Instagram @bitsandbooks92

Happy making!

-JR xxx