Guest Post + Giveaway: Love Charms and Other Catastrophes (Blog Tour)


I am happy to be today’s stop on Love Carms and other Catastrophes blog tour.

Today I am bringing you a guest post in which lovely Kimberly is sharing a recipe for the perfect guy, and a giveaway where you can win yourself a copy of the book.

I want to say thanks to Giselle from Xpresso Tours for giving me this opportunity.

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Love Charms and Other Catastrophes by Kimberly Karalius
(Grimbaud #2)
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: May 17th 2016love charms
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult

Aspiring love charm maker Hijiri Kitamura was excited to come back to Grimbaud for her sophomore year-until she learns about the upcoming charm making competition. Grimbaud has just started to recover from the tyranny of Zita’s love fortunes and it would be too easy for the winning charm maker to take Zita’s place. The only solution is for Hijiri, with the support of her friends and fellow rebels, to win the contest herself.

Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done, especially when Love itself has decided to meddle in Hijiri’s life. Concerned that it’s favorite charm maker has given up on finding a boyfriend of her own, Love takes matters into its own hands and delivers the perfect boyfriend to her in a giftwrapped box…literally.

Get ready to be charmed by this magical, quirky sequel to Love Fortunes and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius.

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Guest Post

A Grimbaudian Recipe for the Perfect Guy


Disclaimer: Don’t try this recipe unless you’re in Grimbaud. Otherwise, you could find yourself stuck with questionably edible cake batter that may scare your neighbors.




2 packages of the cake mix of your choice, according to your sweetness preference (EX: yellow cake produces friendly boy-next-doors while gingerbread cake results in boys with sass)

2 marbles for eyes

1 elephant ear cookie for ears

1 boy-shaped cooking mold, according to body preference

Hair – preferably real hair – for your boyfriend, according to how much you want on his head and facial hair, if any

1 stand-in heart. Can be any object like a pocket watch or tissue box, but choose carefully. Your boyfriend may take on some traits from your stand-in heart

12 eggs

8 teaspoons of vegetable oil

4 cups sugar

12 cups all-purpose flour

6 teaspoons baking powder

1 ½ teaspoons salt

4 cups milk

4 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups butter (softened)




In a large bowl, cream the softened butter and sugar, slowly beating the eggs in one at a time. Add vanilla extract, baking powder, salt, milk, vegetable oil, cake mix, and the flour until the batter is thick and well-mixed. Then pour the batter into the boy-shaped cooking mold.


Now the real work begins. Take your marbles and put them where your perfect guy’s eyes should be. Remember to only sink them halfway in, so that the marbles are carefully embedded, but not submerged in the batter. Using your hands or tools, sculpt his nose and mouth. The nose can be tricky; consider using a non-edible option like a silicone or clay nose. If this is your first time, you may want to stick with a simple smile for the mouth. If you sculpt a smirk, your perfect guy will smirk a lot. Then, cut the elephant ear cookie in half, essentially creating two ears, and place them correctly on the sides of the head. In the same manner, give your perfect guy a head of hair and maybe a moustache. Use tweezers if your hands tend to shake.


Lastly, completely submerge the stand-in heart so that it can’t be seen. Consult a diagram if you’re not sure where the heart should go.


Carry the boy-shaped mold to your backyard or a quiet spot outdoors. Make sure you place the mold so that it has direct contact with the sun. Then sit cross-legged on the ground and have a thrilling one-sided conversation with Love. Tell Love why you chose the ingredients you did, what you hope your perfect guy will be like, and anything else you feel it needs to know. Then leave the mold outside overnight. Check the next morning to make sure the mold is empty.


Expected results may vary. Your perfect guy may pop up in unlikely places or literally ring your doorbell to introduce himself. If you smell something like cake in the air, you’ll know he’s close by. Have faith and confidence in the hard work and well-wishes you put into him. Love never fails!

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Giveaway (US and Can only)

  • A print copy of Love Charms and Other Catastrophes
  • Giveaway ends May 19th


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Kimberly KIMBERLY KARALIUS holds an MFA in fiction from the University of South Florida, and has been sharing stories on with a strong following of enthusiastic readers since the site’s conception. Although Kimberly lives in sunny Florida, she prefers to stay indoors and sometimes buys a scarf in the hopes of snow. She loves watching really old cartoons and silent films. Being in Florida certainly has one big perk: going to Disney World. Which she does. Frequently. Love Fortunes and Other Disasters is her debut novel.


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Book Review: The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock


Title: The Smell of Other People’s Houses
Author: Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
Publisher: Faber and Faber Ltd
Date: April 7th, 2016
Pages: 272
Format: eARC
Source: From Publisher, for a review


Synopsis (from Goodreads): Alaska, 1970: growing up here is like nowhere else.

Ruth wants to be remembered by her grieving mother.
Dora wishes she was invisible to her abusive father.
Alyce is staying at home to please her parents.
Hank is running away for the sake of his brothers.

Four very different lives are about to become entangled. Because if we don’t save each other, how can we begin to save ourselves?

Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock’s extraordinary, stunning debut is both moving, and deeply authentic. These intertwining stories of love, tragedy, wild luck, and salvation on the edge of America’s Last Frontier introduce a writer of rare and wonderful talent.



What you need to know about this book:

– The Smell of Other People’s Houses is a novel that came into existence from four different short stories.
– It follows four different perspectives, all written in first person, all points of view are teenager’s.
– This book takes place in Alaska in 1970.
– Four characters of this book are telling us different stories, but they are all intertwined at some point.
Even thugh this is a novel, you can read this book in two different ways:
1. From first page to last, like every other novel;
2. You can read only a certain POV and you will still have the complete story about the character who’s POV you’re reading.

– I think Ruth’s story was the most interesting one, but Alyce’s story was the most enjoyable to read.

What you should be warned about:

– There is some strong violence described in this book.
Not every POV is an interesting one (at least I found Hank’s story to be dull).
– This is a literally fiction that follows four teenagers, and it does not follow the pace most ya novels have.

What I liked about this book:

– Writing style is great and poetic.
– This book covers some serious topics in a realistic way and the writer did a great job describing those situations (violence, teen pregnancy, suicide attempt).
– The cover is so pretty and the title is also beautiful.
– The writer presented us a story she wanted to tell in a bit more then 200 pages and didn’t write about unnecessary situations just to make her piece longer.

What I’d like to change in this piece of work:

– Even though I knew this book was taking place in Alaska, I didn’t have a strong feeling I was reading about Alaska so I guess I’d like it if it was described in a stronger way.

Overall, this was a quick read and different from books that I usually read.
Even though I wasn’t fully satisfied with it I think many people will enjoy reading this book.

I would still recommend it to readers who’d like to read something that is taking place somewhere different then most books do and to readers of ya who’d like to start reading something out of their comfort zone, since this is a (historical) literally fiction that follows teenagers.