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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2016 Love-a-Thon


This year, I am participating in a Love-a-Thon, an even hosted by lovely Alexa from Alexa Loves Books, Cee from The Novel Hermit, Hazel from Stay Bookish and Mel from The Daily Prophecy.

This is my first time participating and I am so excited because of it.
Also, I hope I will do everything right.



Here are my answers to questionnarie that will help you to get to know me better:

  1. What’s your name? Irena
  2. Where in the world are you blogging from? Croatia
  3. How did you get into blogging in the first place? I was thinking about it for the longest time and then decided I should just do it.
  4. How did you come up with your blog name? A picture with old books inspired me, I tought about the dust that was on the books and since I really love fairies I asociated dust with fairy dust and the name Book Dust Magic came to my mind.
  5. What genre do you read and review the most on your blog? Women’s Fiction, Chick-lit and YA, but I tend to read and review many genres.
  6. What other types of posts do you do on your blog, apart from reviews? Movie Monday (on Mondays) where I talk about movies I have seen lately.
  7. Best blogging experience so far? When my favorite author, Jane Costello, tweeted me and saidn that I have made her day.
  8. Favorite thing about the blogging community? I am still new here but what I like the most so far is getting to know and talk with so many new people.
  9. Name the 5 books you’re most excited for this 2016! Summer Nights at the Moonlight Hotel by Jane Costello, The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead, Warrior Witch by Danielle J. Louis, P.S. I Like You by Kasie West and We Were On The Break by Lindsey Kelk.
  10. Name the 5 books you want to read this 2016 that you didn’t get to in previous years! The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkosky, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery and The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.
  11. What’s an underrated book or series that you think everyone should read? MacKinnon Curse by J.A. Templeton (the first book in the series, The Deepest Cut, is free on Kindle)
  12. Which book boy or girl would be your book BFF? Sabine from The Madeliction Triology (Stolen Songbird is the first book in the series).
  13. Which book boy or girl would be your book boyfriend/girlfriend? Adrian Ivashkov is my one and only (actually I’m lying, I also LOVE Ethan Chase!)
  14. Who would you recruit for your apocalypse squad (5 characters max) Everyone from VA: Rose, Christian, Dimitri, Vasilisa and Eddie.
  15. Apart from reading, what are your other hobbies or interests? I like watching movies and read celebrity gossip. I also like to work out a lot!
  16. Apart from book shopping, what else do you like shopping for? Food. I am not a big shopper, I shop only when I need to.
  17. At a party, the DJ suddenly changes the song – and it’s your song. What song would be playing? Probably sth form croatian band called Hladno Pivo, but if I have to choose sth that’s popular on the worldwide base, at the moment it will be Hotline Bling by Drake.
  18. Pick out either a book you want turned into a film/TV show, or a film/TV show you want turned into a book.  I wish Vampire Academy was a tv show. But with good quality!
  19. What would your dream library look like? Like the one from Beautiful Creatures – magical that can travel you to other places and other worlds, and is full of books.
  20. Author you want to meet and sit down to tea with? More then anything I’d like to meet Jane Costello and Richelle Mead.