Cover Reveal – Scales by Nicole Conway

Today, Nicole Conway, Owl Hollow Press, and Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the cover and an exclusive content for SCALES, her new MG/YA Fantasy Book which releases in 2019!

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Title: SCALES (Spirits of Chaos, #1)
Author: Nicole Conway
Pub. Date: 2019
Publisher: Owl Hollow Press
Formats: Paperback, eBook
When New York City faces the threat of an ancient evil, a teenage boy must use a magical bracelet to transform into a monster-slaying dragon superhero.
Koji Owens is the new kid … again. As the only son of an Air Force F-16 pilot, he’s learned to adapt and survive every time they move. It’s not easy starting over with new friends and schools every two years, but when the Owens family makes their final move to New York, Koji finally has hope for a normal high school life—that is, until he finds a strange bracelet in his locker. Transformed into a storm-summoning dragon warrior, Koji finds himself caught up in a world of ancient powers, secret identities, and colossal monsters threatening to destroy his new home. But these awesome powers come with strings attached, and revealing his true identity could mean losing everything he loves. With his family and friends now in mortal danger and New York City in flames, Koji must find the courage to become the hero they need and face down an enemy hiding in plain sight.
A comic-obsessed teenage misfit embraces his inner hero in this action-packed adventure that will leave you ready to get your scales on!
Piercing light bloomed from the totem scale. It swept over me and took away my pain, molding and stretching me into my full dragon form. The instant the searing energy coursed through my body, I launched myself into the sky. I didn’t have a single second to waste.Now that I was a beast of comparable size, I crested the skyscrapers in a few powerful beats of my wings. From a few blocks away, the wyvern spotted me. It let out a howl of fury as it surged straight for me. I answered with a battle cry of my own, driving more and more power into every beat of my mighty black wings.Two F-22 fighter jets rolled in on either side, joining me in aerial formation. Their engines roared, and both pilots gave me a confirming thumb’s up. They were following me in for the attack. I’d never felt so cool in my entire life. I clashed with the wyvern in the air over Central Park, clamping my jaws around his throat. I prepared to give him a taste of my lightning, the same way I had the crocodile monster. One good jolt and maybe I could bring him down.
Before I get a good grip, he swung his spiked tail and whacked me across the eyes. I let go, snatching back with a roar.

He dove at me; his toothy mandible jaws open wide to rip my throat out.
A sudden plume of fire scorched his hide and sent him reeling. I drew back, wary of the blistering flames.

Another giant dragon clashed in battle, had scales as red as fresh blood and a ridge of tall, slender black spines all the way down her back. My breath caught. Madeline? She’d gone full-form, too?
She attacked the wyvern mercilessly, pinning him under another blast of her fiery breath.

Shaking off the blow to my head, I charged headlong back into the fight, lightning sizzling and popping off my open jaws. We had to get him on the ground. If we could pin him there, he’d be within range of ground fire and an easier target for our air support. We could contain the damage to the rest of the city, too.
So I went for one of the wyvern’s wings full-force.

Fyurei had him distracted. He never saw me coming. I swooped in to break one of his wings at the shoulders with a single powerful crunch of my jaws and sharp jerk of my head. The creature screeched and kicked, floundering with his one good wing and swinging his tail like a medieval mace. The bulbous, spiky tip struck one of the F-22 jets and sent the aircraft flipping through the air end over end. Not good. I watched the aircraft fall, waiting for the pilot to eject.

He didn’t.

I didn’t hesitate—I dove straight after the jet, summoning every bit of speed I had. The jet spiraled, smoking and streaking toward the ground. I threw myself the final distance with a desperate cry, jaws open wide.
I caught the tail of the jet in my teeth about a hundred feet shy of the ground. As soon as my jaws clamped onto the metal, I reared back, kicked my legs out, and flared for an emergency landing right in the middle of the park.
It took a second for the dust, snow, and trees to settle. Picking the jet carefully out of my mouth, I held it up to my huge dragon eyeball like a little kid’s toy. Inside the cockpit, the tiny pilot was giving me a shaky thumb’s up. He was okay. I gave him my best dragon smile, terrifying as it probably was, and placed his jet, right side up, on a grassy spot in the park. Then I turned around to get back to business. I still had some wyvern rear end to roast and an evil headmaster in dire need of reeducation.
MY NAME IS NICOLE CONWAY and I love to write stories! I’ve been writing books since I was very young, and am blessed beyond measure to be able to do it now as a full time career. Although I sometimes step out into other genres, I primarily write Fantasy for teens and middle graders. I graduated from Auburn University in 2012, which is also where I met my husband. As a military family, we move frequently and have lived numerous places all around the world. We have one very energetic son, Ethan. We also have two dogs (French Brittanys) named Joey (currently 5 months old) and Phoebe (4 years old) and a ball python named Noodle Nagini. For inquiries on how to book me for a school visit, presentation, or interest in my future or current projects, please contact my amazing literary agent, FRAN BLACK, of
Literary Counsel.

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Reading Update: I’ve Fallen and Can’t Get Up…for now


At this point, I don’t know if I’ll complete my reading goals this year. I’m so behind on EVERYTHING! It’s also ALMOST the holidays and I’m getting in that phase where I just to cuddle in bed with my fur babies or boyfriend and just binge shows on Netflix. I get a little bit lazy too… Just want to chill and not do much.

That being said, it’s definitely not impossible to catch up. I think I can do it…Well, I really hope… BUT, if I don’t, then I don’t. Not going to worry too much about it. Just going to try and do my very BEST.divider4goodreadschallenge

Every time I see how far behind I am, I get kind of anxious. I don’t even want to go on my Goodreads account anymore. LOL. I have to read 36 books by December 31 to finish this challenge. That means I have to finish 1 book and half of another every day!!! (from today’s date) I work full time with fur babies who are too cute to ignore, so I don’t know how I’m going to do this. Lili from Lilisblissfulpages does 24 hour readathons with another booklover, Noriko from Bookfiendsite so I may try to do a few of these… maybe.


Aside from requesting books I wanted to read and review, I also accepted several requests from authors and publishers. I hope to finish them all by the end of the year.

Here are all the books I accepted to review (that I haven’t read or finished reading) before I went on break.



I feel really bad for cancelling the blog tours I signed up for before my hiatus, so I’m also going to attempt to read these books by the end of the year. Yes, I know I’m attempting the impossible here, but I really want to start on a clean slate (at lease with blog tours) in 2019. I did finish one – Love and Other Secrets, and I already posted my review for that a last week.




Do you even want to know how ridiculously behind I am on Netgalley? You do? Okay, so since some of my blog tours have Netgalley ARCs, I can knock those off before the year. YIPEE!! BUT, I still have books I requested from 2017 that I have not read. I had planned on getting through those, but life happens and I took a really long break.

I know what you’re thinking… Maybe I should just admit defeat, send “Will Not Give Feedback,” and move on. But, you see that’s just not me. I requested for all these books because I was interested in them. That hasn’t really changed and I still really want to read all of them. So what’s the new plan? Knock off all the Netgalley ARCS I requested in 2017 and 2018 before the end of 2019. I’m also going to TRY VERY HARD not to request for any more no matter how tempting. Well, the key word there is TRY… I’m not going to BAN myself, but limit to maybe 1 to 2 request per month… I think that’s very reasonable. Right?!?! Otherwise, I might go crazy requesting if I don’t do it for a while. LOL

So, the current count on my Netgalley TBR is 56 books (8 Current Titles and 48 Older than 3 Months). I’ve given 75 feedback and my feedback ratio is 56%.

Here are ALL THE BOOKS I still have to read and review.








I requested this book from the author, Alane Adams, because the Legends of Orkney is such a fun middle grade book series. I was really excited when I found out she’s writing a prequel series – Witches of Orkney. Of course I had to contact her and ask if I could get an ARC. She sent me a lovely package with the ARC and some bookish swag. I did an IG story of the unboxing when I received it and was planning on doing some promo posts and read/review the book before the release. I was even going to ask Alane if I can do an Author Interview. BUT, as some of you know, I was dealing with something personal and had to take a break.

This isn’t a big long book and it’s Middle Grade, so I’m confident that I’ll be able to read and review The Blue Witch before the year ends.



So, that’s it for my reading update. Wish me LOTS OF LUCK!

How about you? How are you doing with your reading challenges? How do you avoid falling behind? And if you, what are some things you Let’s chat and let me know!