Monday, May 8, 2017

The Waterfall Traveler {+ Giveaway}

I’m delighted today to be participating in S.J. Lem's WATERFALL TRAVELER blog tour through Xpresso Book Tours.

As part of the tour, the author is sharing the top 10 books her protagonist would like to read. In addition, you can enter to win a print copy of the book or a $50 Amazon Gift Card. See the end of the post for giveaway details.

◊ The Waterfall Traveler
◊ by S.J. Lem
◊ Publication date: April 19, 2017
◊ Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

All eighteen-year-old Ri wants is to cure her adoptive father Samuel from his hallucination-inducing illness. Everyone in her village tells her it’s impossible. But when she meets two newcomers in the forest—a gruff rogue with a vendetta against the gods and a charming fugitive who saves her life—she’ll be torn away from Samuel and swept across the sea to an oppressive city governed by a ruthless tyrant. Once there, she’ll not only have to confront Samuel’s unlawful past, but a vicious evil that threatens all mankind.
In this tale of bravery, friendship, and unforeseen love, Ri risks it all to save those she cares for. But if she prevails, she’ll find the one thing she yearns for most—a cure for Samuel.

THE WATERFALL TRAVELER is available at the following sites:

Top Ten List: What ten books would eightteen-year-old Ri have on her bookcase to read?

In my novel, The Waterfall Traveler, Ri is unable to read. Her adoptive father is the only person she knows who is capable of reading, and he never taught her how in order to protect her (if I share his reasons why, I’d give away spoilers). However, if she could read (and she will learn), I think she’d enjoy the below books.

1.      How to Stay Alive in the Woods (Since she is practical, she would own a guide to know how to survive in her environment.)
2.     The Harry Potter Series (I hope I can list a whole series as one choice)
3.     A Wizard of Earthsea
4.    An Ember in the Ashes
5.     Howl’s Moving Castle
6.    The Infernal Devices series
7.     Graceling
8.    Daughter of Smoke and Bone
9.    Six of Crows
10.                        Throne of Glass series

Thank you so much for this fun topic and for featuring me on your blog.

S.L., it was a pleasure to have you visit. Interesting list of books for your protagonist to enjoy.

Author S.J. Lem
S.J. Lem is a digital art director gone writer in hopes of expanding her creative aspirations. Whether it’s introducing dimensional characters, crafting imaginative worlds, or transporting readers into high-stakes adventures, she strives to deliver an immersive experience.

She lives in Chicago with her husband and son. When not writing, she enjoys pottery, gardening, and volunteering. Connecting with readers and fellow writers is one of her greatest joys.

You can connect with S.J. on the following sites:


This international giveaway is for a print copy of THE WATERFALL TRAVELER or $50 Amazon Gift Card. To enter, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions.

Thanks for stopping by today. Do you have a list of books you’d like to read or do you have them already sitting on your nightstand?


  1. What a wonderful selection of books for Ri to discover. If it isn't presumptious could I add The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman?
    Good luck to SJ Lem, I hope the book tour goes really, really well.

  2. What a fun post! And some great book recommendations, too. I haven't read the Infernal Devices series, but my kids enjoyed them. Many others on the list to check out, too!

  3. Sounds fun for teens. No surprise she'd like fantasy stories. Probably a good idea she stay away from Game of Thrones until she's much older.

  4. I always like learning what authors enjoy reading; it offers a great new perspective. Thanks for sharing.

  5. It's a delightful cover. I bet the author has delighted in those books, too.

  6. I have lists of books as well as books on my nightstand. Your post was fascinating and you are talented and creative.

  7. Oh wow!!! That would be a challenging list to come up with. She did a great job, though!

  8. Love this premise. It promises adventure.

  9. Love the adventure this one has to explore. Thanks for introducing us to it.

  10. Travel by waterfall? Very cool premise right there.

  11. I would love to read this at the beach this summer! My email is


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