Tour and Giveaway for The Academy Saga by C.J. Daly

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Book Details:

Book Title:  The Academy Saga by C.J. Daly
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 yrs +),  500 pages
Genre: Suspense Romance
Publisher:  BrandyLight Ink
Release date:   September 2019
Content Rating:  PG-13.

“Unique, intense, and suspenseful. A story with compelling characters that pull you into the author’s world and keep you reading from beginning to end. 

Intriguing start to a new series.” –New York Times Best Selling Author Jami Brumfield 

“CJ has created an unforgettable story about a young woman caught up in a world of lies and deception. The Academy Saga is a page-turning read with a twist you may not see coming.” —Tony Jones, Executive Producer of My All American

“Wow wow wow! This book has it all. It’s extremely well written, the characters are amazing and the story is so intriguing that it pulls you in from the very first page. There’s tension, mystery chemistry and of course romance. I loved it! I would highly recommend this page turner!” — RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ @abbi_reads_xx

Book Description:

Readers’ Favorite Suspense Romance

Kate Connelly should be careful what she wishes for.

Just seventeen, she already feels like she’s suffocating. Since her mother’s death, her father’s basically checked out, so she’s stuck raising her brothers by herself out in the New Mexico scrub. All Kate wants is a little distraction from the same-ole, same-ole that is her life.

When two mysterious guys show up at the diner where she works, she thinks her wish has come true, until they start giving her a hard time. Like her life isn’t hard enough. Something about them niggles her, but she brushes it off. She’s never going to see them again anyway . . . right?

Then they appear in an alley one night to either rescue or kidnap her (she’s still not sure which) before disappearing like figments of her imagination.

Kate decides to put the bizarre encounters out of her mind. She has bigger problems to worry about: like that elite military academy that’s been pursuing her gifted little brother. When one of their cadets shows up at her high school, he creates instant pandemonium. And just happens to be one of those mysterious guys. Coincidence? Mama said there’s no such thing. And to always trust her instinct. But that might be kind of hard, because every time she’s around Cadet Peter Davenport, her gut starts flip-flopping on her. And her heart.

Can Kate keep it together long enough to stop Cadet Davenport’s mission? She’s about to find out. And—once again—how neatly life can be split into before and after.


Kate is too young to be a mom, but when her mother passes away, her father doesn’t leave her much choice except to take care of her brothers. When a couple strangers come to town, it is fast gossip because it’s a small town. Kate got a surprise, however when she finds they are wanting her brother Drew for a boarding school. And one of the guys, Pete seems to have his eyes set on Kate.

This is a really good story, with some Suspense and a bit of mystery. There’s a lot going on, and a lot of detail especially in the first part of the book that makes it kinda slow for a while. But gets better as the story goes on. Author C.J. Daly creates interesting and intriguing characters who develop well as the story unfolds. I really like Kate and her brothers, especially the little one, he is adorable. We learn a lot about the three over the course of the book and I really enjoyed getting to know more about them and their life. I felt bad for Kate because she has to grow up fast. But it was enjoyable as well as intriguing to know them and their purpose. A lot of research has gone into this story as well, and Daly does a fantastic job writing this story in a way that it keeps you on the edge of your seats because you want to find out what is going to happen next. It’s a pretty long book so hang with it, you don’t want to miss a thing that’s happening. If you enjoy a good suspense, you will enjoy this one. This is Four Stars for me.

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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  • In your writing career, what tasks do you not like to do?

Like most authors I know, I’m a natural introvert, so coming out from behind the computer has been a bit of a challenge. But to my surprise, I actually love creating the social media posts, and especially enjoy interacting with my fans. I’d say the nuts and bolts of running the business is my weakest link, and therefore, my least favorite part of my career. Thankfully, I have a small-but-mighty marketing team to help me. 

  • What inspires your creativity?

This is such a tough question to answer, because it can be everything and nothing. I’ve always had a runaway imagination, which can be a good thing for a creative career like an author, or a bad thing, because I live in my head so much. And, of course, other great writers and books have inspired me. I’ve always been a voracious reader—everything from the classics to Harlequin romance novels have inspired me. Plus, my boys. I can’t forget my two favorite sparks of inspiration! 

  • What do you create & why?

I create sweeping stories or sagas with a healthy dose of suspense, intrigue, and romance. And I create because it’s a compulsion; I simply can’t NOT write. It’s like living in a parallel universe, where it’s sometimes hard to know which reality I’m living in. I’ll try to put the story away to live a “normal” life for a while, but the characters come poking at me at night, robbing me of my sleep. It can be so frustrating, but it’s never boring! 

  • What challenges have you faced when creating a story?

I guess the most challenging thing would be when I have an idea or outline in mind, and then the characters come along and do something else. I always go the way of the characters though. Their way is always better. Sometimes I feel like I’m just the portal through which they come. It’s their story; I’m just telling it. 

  • How would you overcome obstacles?

I overcome obstacles by using good old-fashioned grit to will myself forward, then get back to work. And I couldn’t live without the support of my family and mom squad. I think every woman needs other women to lift them up when they’re down. To say, “Keep going, even when it gets tough.” Because the road to success is long and tough, I sometimes take a break to watch motivational videos. I like Bishop T.D. Jakes and serial-cusser Gary Vee. I also pray. A lot. 

  • When did your creative spark being?

I think my creative spark began on the family ranch back in New Mexico. My seven siblings and I were outside working a lot, doing monotonous chores. It was sometimes lonely, and we didn’t have a lot of resources to draw from but our imaginations. You can’t imagine some of the crazy games we came up with, the scary stories we’d tell. It would definitely keep me up at night, so I would read, read, read! Which was such a bad thing, because we had to rise with the sun the next day, for another round of chores!

  • What is something you’d like to share with your past-self?

So many things: not to try cutting your own bangs, for one thing! But seriously, I’d like to go back and tell myself not to overthink things (except for aforementioned action, LOL!). I always obsess with the minutia of all I have to do, and the time and resources it will take to do it, and it paralyzes me. I’d advise my former self to just take the next step, for it is that series of next steps—no matter how small—that leads to success. 

  • If you could change one thing, what would it be?

If I could change one thing it would be going for my dream career sooner. I’d always heard how hard it is to make a living as a writer. Apparently, you have better luck being struck by lightning. So I thought I had to make a living first, then go for it. But now I wished I would have tried sooner. I was just so afraid of being poor that I was too afraid to take the risk until my family was financially stable. Anytime you have a calling, like I did, I think you owe it to yourself to see it through. I still wonder where I would be now if I would have begun right out of college. But I can’t regret those humorous years teaching middle school, or stopping to have my amazing children—really priceless experiences that have helped shape me into who I am today. So now I amend my former regret: I wouldn’t change anything, because the path I’m on now . . . it’s the right one, at the right time. I’m sure of it!  

  • What do you hope people can take away from your books?

I hope people take away an amazing story and characters that stick with them, like old friends. Sure, I want readers to be entertained, but I also want them to get swept up in another world, one that changes their worldview, maybe even the direction of their lives. I hope that doesn’t sound too dramatic, because that’s exactly what books did for me—changed the very course of my life. I was able to see other ways of life, outside the protective bubble I was born into. I could easily have stayed where I was and bore the next generation of farmer/ranchers, but I wanted something different for myself. Not that there is anything wrong with that life! I still yearn for the slower pace, the rural peacefulness, and friendly hometown folks. I’m still a small-town girl at heart. 

  • Where are you headed?

I’ve been fortunate to hit Amazon Bestseller, but I hope I’m headed for the New York Times Best-Seller list next! Then Hollywood. Everyone says they see The Academy being made into a series, even going so far as to cast the three main characters: Pete, Kate, and Ranger. And I’ve been fortunate enough to already get a writing gig from a movie producer. But whatever the future holds, I just want to put the best product out there I can; something I’m proud of. I refuse to take shortcuts, and I won’t back down from the hard work. I’m definitely in it to win it . . . whatever “it” is. We’ll see what the future has in store for The Academy Saga, the little (big) book series that could. 

Continue the Saga:

Book Details:

Book Title:  The Academy Saga: Cadet-in-Training by C.J. Daly
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 yrs +),  441 pages
Genre: Suspense Romance
Publisher:  BrandyLight Ink
Content Rating:  PG-13. My book has some adult themes, language, and a few slow-burn romance scenes. 


Absolutely ADDICTING!  CJ Daly does it again and delivers a story YOU CAN’T PUT DOWN! Edge of your seat GREATNESS! I was completely hooked into this story. I couldn’t turn the 

pages fast enough. The Cadet in Training was such a phenomenal escape. With characters that fly off the pages, you become immersed! CJ Daly has stunning story telling skills! I’m still sitting here, like what did I just read and why is it over! Agh! I can’t wait for book 3!!!  #theacademysaga is going down as one my absolute favorites! #TeamPete! All the stars! I’m ready to read this one again!” RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ @elizabeth.ness.56

Book Description:

Another Readers’ Favorite 5-STAR Suspense Romance. Begin the journey today.

Kate’s destiny has been determined for her.

Hidden out in the country for most her life, Kate Connelly suddenly wakes up, handcuffed to a hospital bed, in the psyche ward of The Academy. Her crime? Being “gifted.” And it’s Officer “Ranger” Nealson’s job to make her adhere to The Academy’s agenda for her. Even though he’s the one who drugged and dragged her in. Kate’s hate for Ranger, and his academy, is at an all-time high. Ranger has his work cut out for him . . . and Kate does too. She has to fight through the rigors of the Cadet-in-Training program, and quickly. If not, she’ll lose the one privilege she’s been given at The Academy—access to her precious little brother.

And until she graduates from the CIT program, Officer Nealson is banned from Missions. When General Weston finally offers a juicy recon to Ranger, he wants to jump at the chance to prove himself again. After all,

catching bad guys is his thing. Almost all pros for doing it. One con—Cadet Connelly has to ride along.

The hardened officer finds he’s slowly been growing a soft spot for his mentee. But he’s determined not to end up like his father, and former Elite Cadet Pete Davenport—throwing away their career for a girl (not even a woman). And Kate has lingering feelings for Pete, who risked his life to warn her, and conflicting feelings for Ranger. She has to set both aside to focus on completing her first mission.

When the dust settles, old alliances are broken and new ones are formed. But one thing remains the same: Kate’s destiny has been determined for her by The Academy. Ready or not . . . she’s set for Missions. Will one of the former elite cadets step in to help change her fate, or will she be left to fight the

Academy’s agenda alone?

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Meet the Author:

CJ Daly grew up on the scrabbly plains of Eastern New Mexico. When she was supposed to be helping her six siblings with chores on the family ranch, she was really sneaking behind dusty haystacks to read. And dreaming about becoming a writer.

After graduating high school, CJ moved to Big D, where she quickly put herself through college while trying to rid herself of her country accent. She had better luck with college, graduating magna cum laude with a degree in English literature. After teaching a few years and pausing to have back-to-back boys, she began writing in earnest.

A few years later, “The Academy Saga” was born. It instantly earned a Readers’ Favorite 5-STAR seal of approval and became an Amazon best seller.

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Tour Schedule:
July 12 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
July 12 – The World As I See It – book review of the Academy Saga
July 12 – Nikki’s Bookstagram – book spotlight
July 13 – fundinmental – book review of The Academy Saga / giveaway
July 14 – Booking With Janelle – book review of The Academy Saga
July 15 – Viviana MacKade – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
July 15 – My Tangled Skeins Book Reviews – book review of The Academy Saga / giveaway
July 16 – BookishKelly2020 – book spotlight
July 16 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway
July 19 – Books Lattes and Tiaras – book review of The Academy Saga
July 20 – Splashes of Joy – book review of The Academy Saga / author interview / giveaway
July 20 – @twilight_reader – book review of The Academy Saga
July 21 – Pause for Tales – book review of The Academy Saga / giveaway
July 21 – Booking With Janelle – book review of The Academy Saga II: Cadet-in-Training
July 21 – Books Lattes and Tiaras – book review of The Academy Saga II: Cadet-in-Training
July 22 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of The Academy Saga / giveaway
July 22 – I Read What You Write – book spotlight / guest post / author interview / giveaway
July 23 – Wottaread – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
July 23 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
July 26 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
July 26 – My Tangled Skeins Book Reviews – book review of The Academy Saga II: Cadet-in-Training / giveaway
July 27 – Splashes of Joy – book review of The Academy Saga II: Cadet-in-Training / author interview / giveaway
July 27 – Lissdoeslife – book review of The Academy Saga
July 28 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of The Academy Saga / giveaway
July 28 – Falling Into A Good Book – book review of The Academy Saga
July 29 – Pick a Good Book – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
July 29 – Lissdoeslife – book review of The Academy Saga II: Cadet-in-Training
July 30 – @twilight_reader – book review of The Academy Saga II: Cadet-in-Training
Aug 2 – @londonairylibrary – book review of The Academy Saga
Aug 3 – fundinmental – book review of The Academy Saga II: Cadet-in-Training / giveaway
Aug 4 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of The Academy Saga II: Cadet-in-Training / giveaway
Aug 5 – I’m Into Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 5 – Books for Books – book review The Academy Saga
Aug 6 – The World As I See It – book review of the Academy Saga II: Cadet-in-Training
Aug 6 – The Eclectic Review – book review of The Academy Saga / giveaway
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Tour and Giveaway for City of Lights by Kelly Byrd

City of Lights 

(Book 1 in the Far from Home Series)

by Kelly Byrd


GENRE: Middle Grade Fantasy



What happens when oh so ordinary Mary Jingo, follows her instincts (and her nose) and ends up in a magical land Far From Home?

In City of Lights, author Kelly Byrd introduces readers to Mary, who is one week away from finishing fifth grade. Mary’s mind is on starting middle school in the fall and finally getting her own phone. But then this ordinary girl notices glimmers of light and meets a strange little man who conjures the best smell she has ever smelled. Before she even stops to consider what she’s doing, she agrees to accompany the man to the land of LeeChee, where our Mary Jingo from the Shadowlands in seen as warrior and a great hope.

Now this very ordinary girl must find a way to help save LeeChee from Thrall and restore the Everything—a magical life- and joy-giving force that somehow connects Mary’s world to LeeChee. How can she face the Void, the foul-smelling Shoeboxians, or the evil Mellie? And how can she do all of the Far From Home?



The sun rose brightly the next morning, shooting green sparks off the grass. The light played games with itself, rolling and tumbling around the campsite in the forms of animals and birds. Bobble and Mikeala jumped up, squealing gleefully to chase the sprinting forms, as pure dawn was one of the few times when the Everything was still able to be clearly seen. 

Mary Jingo lay wrapped in a blanket that Van Clare had pulled out of her backpack, in that thin space between sleep and waking. She had laid awake for a few hours the night before, listening to Van Clare’s breathing and Mikeala’s and Bobble’s occasional giggles as they kept watch from the mouth of the cave. She tried to fit the pieces together like a puzzle of everything she had learned so far about this strange place. That a connection exists between her world and this one. She had been chosen by some mysterious force, or she had chosen this mysterious force (that sounded a lot like THE Force, if she were honest) to come help the People of this world. The Everything was shrinking because People wouldn’t leave their houses. The Everything sounded vaguely like Mary’s mom, who constantly complained that everyone spent too much time on their phones, or in front of their screens. Mary’s dad would then agree and head down the hall to his study to do research on the internet about ecommerce. 

Mary accepted now that this was not a dream, but that did not mean that she was up to the task in front of her. She could think of seven to twelve of her classmates who were braver or better suited to this task than she was. She had pushed up her pajama sleeve and rubbed her thumb over the purple spot on her wrist. She wondered how she had ended up here, of all places. Someone like her—so ordinary. She had fallen asleep then, her brain overwhelmed by all of it and had whispered to herself that maybe this time she would wake up in her own bed. So, maybe she was still not wholly convinced about the dream thing. 

“Mary Jingo?” Van Clare said gently, touching Mary lightly on the shoulder. “You need to get up. We need to move to another camp before nightfall.”


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Kelly Byrd is a middle-grade author by choice, a writer by discipline, home-grown chef, and amateur gardener. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and two cute-as-buttons rescue pups. The Far From Home series is about growing up, finding your voice, and rescuing the Everything.


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