Tour Sign-Ups: BLINK Summer Reading Tour

/ Jun 15, 2019

Hello FFBC team!! Jana here! I am excited to announce the BLINK Summer Reading Tour, featuring five amazing books and the authors who wrote them! There's a little something for everyone here, and I hope you're as excited about it as I am! 
 The tour will run from July 22 - August 2 (weekdays only) and there will be the following types of posts available:

  • Book Reviews for each of the books shown in the banner (A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan, Meet the Sky by McCall Hoyle, No Place Like Here by Christina June, Pretty In Punxsutawney by Laurie Boyle Crompton, and Swing by Kwame Alexander) 
  • Favorite Quotes (Blogger's choice)
  • Interviews with each of the authors (except Kwame Alexander) 
  • Guest posts from each of the authors (except Kwame Alexander) 
  • Creative Option (Created by the blogger) 
Finished, physical copies will be available to reviewers. 
Bloggers are allowed to have multiple posts on multiple days, so if you want to review one book one day and interview and author another day please let me know in the comments of the sign-up form!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Signing up for the tour does not guarantee that you will be selected. I will reach out to all hosts that have been chosen once the sign-ups have closed and the tour schedule has been published.

About the Books

A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan
August 14, 2018 from BLINK
Genres: Young Adult Fiction -- Mythology, Retelling

King Midas once had the ability to turn all he touched into gold. But after his gift—or curse—almost killed his daughter, Midas relinquished The Touch forever. Ten years later, Princess Kora still bears the consequences of her father’s wish: her skin shines golden, rumors follow her everywhere she goes, and she harbors secret powers that are getting harder to hide. 

Kora spends her days locked in the palace, concealed behind gloves and veils, trying to ignore the stares and gossip of courtiers. It isn’t until a charming young duke arrives that Kora realizes there may be someone out there who doesn’t fear her or her curse. But their courtship is disrupted when a thief steals precious items from the kingdom, leaving the treasury depleted and King Midas vulnerable. Thanks to her unique ability to sense gold, Kora is the only one who can track the thief down. As she sails off on her quest, Kora learns that not everything is what it seems—not thieves, not pirates, and not even curses. She quickly discovers that gold—and the power it brings—is more dangerous than she’d ever believed. 

 Midas learned his lesson at a price. What will Kora’s journey cost?

Meet the Sky by McCall Hoyle
September 4, 2018 from BLINK
Genres: Young Adult Fiction -- Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Romance
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It all started with the accident. The one that caused Sophie’s dad to walk out of her life. The one that left Sophie’s older sister, Meredith, barely able to walk at all.

With nothing but pain in her past, all Sophie wants is to plan for the future—keep the family business running, get accepted to veterinary school, and protect her mom and sister from another disaster. But when a hurricane forms off the coast of North Carolina’s Outer Banks and heads right toward their island, Sophie realizes nature is one thing she can’t control.

After she gets separated from her family during the evacuation, Sophie finds herself trapped on the island with the last person she’d have chosen—the reckless and wild Finn Sanders, who broke her heart freshman year. As they struggle to find safety, Sophie learns that Finn has suffered his own heartbreak; but instead of playing it safe, Finn’s become the kind of guy who goes surfing in the eye of the hurricane. He may be the perfect person to remind Sophie how to embrace life again, but only if their newfound friendship can survive the storm.

No Place Like Here by Christina June

May 21, 2019 from BLINK
Genres: Young Adult Fiction -- Contemporary, Retelling

Ashlyn Zanotti has big plans for the summer. She’s just spent a year at boarding school and can’t wait to get home. But when Ashlyn’s father is arrested for tax evasion and her mother enters a rehab facility for “exhaustion,” a.k.a. depression, her life is turned upside down.

The cherry on top? Ashlyn’s father sends her to work with a cousin she doesn’t even know at a rustic team-building retreat center in the middle of nowhere. A self-proclaimed “indoor girl,” not even Ash’s habit of leaving breadcrumb quotes—inspirational sayings she scribbles everywhere—can help her cope.

With a dangerously careless camp manager doling out grunt work, an overbearing father trying to control her even from prison, and more than a little boy drama to struggle with, the summer is full of challenges. And Ashlyn must make the toughest decision of her life: keep quiet and follow her dad’s marching orders, or find the courage to finally stand up to her father to have any hope of finding her way back home.

Pretty In Punxsutawney by Laurie Boyle Crompton
January 15, 2019 from BLINK
Genres: Young Adult Fiction -- Contemporary, Romance

A Groundhog Day meets Pretty in Pink mashup from author Laurie Boyle Crompton, Pretty in Punxsutawney tells the tale of a girl willing to look beneath the surface to see people for who they really are.

Andie is the type of girl who always comes up with the perfect thing to say…after it’s too late to say it. She’s addicted to romance movies—okay, all movies—but has yet to experience her first kiss. After a move to Punxsutawney, PA, for her senior year, she gets caught in an endless loop of her first day at her new school, reliving those 24 hours again and again.

Convinced the curse will be broken when she meets her true love, Andie embarks on a mission: infiltrating the various cliques to find the one boy who can break the spell. What she discovers along the way is that people who seem completely different can often share the very same hopes, dreams, and hang-ups. And that even a day that has been lived over and over can be filled with unexpected connections and plenty of happy endings.

Swing by Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand
October 2, 2018 from BLINK
Genres: Young Adult Fiction -- Poetry, Realistic Fiction, Sports
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Things usually do not go as planned for seventeen-year-old Noah. He and his best friend Walt (aka Swing) have been cut from the high school baseball team for the third year in a row, and it looks like Noah’s love interest since third grade, Sam, will never take it past the “best friend” zone. Noah would love to retire his bat and accept the status quo, but Walt has big plans for them both, which include making the best baseball comeback ever, getting the girl, and finally finding cool.

To go from lovelorn to ladies’ men, Walt introduces Noah to a relationship guru—his Dairy Queen-employed cousin, Floyd—and the always informative Woohoo Woman Podcast. Noah is reluctant, but decides fate may be intervening when he discovers more than just his mom’s birthday gift at the thrift shop. Inside the vintage Keepall is a gold mine of love letters from the 1960s. Walt is sure these letters and the podcasts are just what Noah needs to communicate his true feelings to Sam. To Noah, the letters are more: an initiation to the curious rhythms of love and jazz, as well as a way for him and Walt to embrace their own kind of cool. While Walt is hitting balls out of the park and catching the eye of the baseball coach, Noah composes anonymous love letters to Sam in an attempt to write his way into her heart. But as things are looking up for Noah and Walt, a chain of events alters everything Noah knows to be true about love, friendship, sacrifice, and fate. 

In Swing, bestselling authors Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess (Solo) present a free-verse poetic story that will speak to anyone who’s struggled to find their voice and take a swing at life.


  1. when is the last day for sign ups?

    1. I'll be closing sign-ups around the 19th, unless I get enough bloggers before then. There's no real set date, and things are filling up quickly! :)


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