Sunday, August 18, 2019

ARC Review: Bound by the Depths

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Bound by the Depths

(Pirate’s Bluff #2)

The sirens are coming

Both from the sea and from inside Whitley’s own mind. Her memories are fading. Her siren instincts are rising. And when she strikes, killing a pirate aboard The Freedom, she flees Bluff’s harsh reaction—into the sea.

Bluff follows her all the way back to New York, in a race to find her before the sirens and convince her to trust him again before she kills half of Manhattan. Which will be challenging, considering she doesn’t even know who he is.

Review: *I received an advance copy to read, this does not affect my review, and this review is voluntary*
I loved the first book, and likewise, loved reading this one, but for very different reasons. While both are packed full of action, pirate lore, and captivating writing and characters, the first deals more with Whitley and Bluff’s ‘budding romance’ and undeniable chemistry, while this one focuses more on the darker secrets Bluff holds, and those secrets are now controlling Whitley. This one focus on that struggle, and the lore of sirens as well as learning to stand up for those you love and determining who and what’s worth fighting for.

I really enjoyed the developments in this one, and also enjoyed seeing some old faces paired with some new characters that add to this dramatic setting and atmospheric story! I felt that while the main characters did grow in the first story, but the character growth and maturity is put to the test and really shines in this one.

Sunday’s Spotlight: Safe and Sound (Fields of Elysium 0.5) by A.B. Whelan

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Safe and Sound

(Fields of Elysium 0.5)

Safe and Sound introduces the harsh life of the Arkanians and follows Victor Sorren, the Byronic hero of the series, from birth till the moment he meets Molly.

In the world where freedom is no longer your right; where being in love and starting a family is not a blessing but a curse, a baby is born. To spare him from the harsh life the Arkanian slaves in Terraka City have to endure, his parents attempt the impossible.

They have to pay a high price for their courage.

Heartbroken and lonely, Victor Sorren spends his life waiting for his father’s return. But how much pain and suffering can be inflicted on an innocent young boy before hatred takes over his heart? Yet there is no darkness without light. And falling for a girl from Earth might provide just the right amount of light to bring hope back to Victor’s dark heart.

ARC Review: Once Upon A Goat

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Once Upon a Goat

A twisted fairy tale about a king and queen who wish for a child of their own…and end up with a baby goat. Perfect for readers of Children Make Terrible Pets and Wolfie the Bunny.

Once upon a time, a very prim and proper king and queen begged their fairy godmother for a child. They’d prefer a boy, with glowing skin, bright eyes, and two roses for lips…but any kid will do. When they find themselves gifted with a baby goat (also known as a kid) instead, they can’t imagine how he’ll fit into their lives. But of course, it isn’t long before he’s part of the royal family.

Readers will delight in this story’s hilarity, confusion, and celebration of families that come in every shape and size.

Review: *I received a copy from the publisher. This does not affect my review.*

I wasn’t sure what to think about this one when I started, but quickly found it endearing and a quick and enjoyable read. I liked the messages of adoption, acceptance, and what it means to be a family, and to be happy.

ARC Review: Ice and Fire

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Ice and Fire

(The Elements of Kamdaria)

Manipulating the elements is easy. Winning a competition that could change her life? Not so much.
Ice and Fire is a short story with 6,500 words (about 30 pages).
Talise is a talented Shaper who can manipulate elements with ease. An upcoming competition gives her the opportunity to move out of the city slums and into the palace where she would work for the emperor. Desperate to win, she chooses a demonstration that requires using fire and ice simultaneously, a skill most Shapers could only dream of.

With such an impressive skill, her only true competition comes in the form of Aaden. He’s another talented Shaper whose thirst for revenge might send her back to the slums she’s eager to escape.

Talise refuses to back down from the challenges Aaden creates. She’ll stop at nothing to show the emperor how much she can do.

Ice and Fire is a short story preview to the world of The Elements of Kamdaria. Don’t miss Ice Crown, which is Book 1 in The Elements of Kamdaria series.

Review: I was right! Not only did I love reading this, but I’d correctly guessed where the series was headed, but now I’m excited to see more, since anything is possible for these characters! I loved seeing more of Talise and Aaden’s shaping abilities, and really enjoyed seeing them talking, and learning a bit more about what drove Aaden to fight for the title of Master Shaper.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Blog tour: Altered

Vicki Stiefel
(The Made Ones Saga, #1)
Publication date: August 12th 2019
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance

The Eleutians are dying out, one female at a time. To save their species, the powerful Alchemic Clan conscripts women from parallel worlds, altering them into the perfect breeding stock.

Kitlyn, a retired circus equestrian broken in both body and spirit, awakens on a strange world in her own much-younger body. She has been transformed into a Made One, but the gift of youth and the promise of a new life come at a terrible price.

Rafe, the Wolf Clan’s warrior champion, vows to find the cause of the species’ decline. He’s certain the Alchemics’ bid to save the Eleutians is but a thin veneer masking a dark purpose.

That vow becomes hard to keep with the threat of an inter-clan conflict and the arrival of the proud Made One named Kitlyn.

To save herself and those like her, Kit must carve a dangerous path in this new reality and make a choice that may cost her her freedom, her life, and the life of the Eleutian warrior she’s come to love.

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Review: Such a fun read! I really enjoyed how unique this story is, and loved reading Kit’s story. Well written and easy to read, I’m happy to have found this series, and look forward to reading more!

Author Bio:

Vicki’s fantasy romantic suspense series, The Afterworld Chronicles, launched with Chest of Bone, followed by Chest of Stone and Chest of Time. She is currently pounding the keys on her series’ fourth novel, Chest of Fire, and the first in a new series, The Made Ones Sags: Altered.

Her mystery/thrillers include Body Parts, The Dead Stone, The Bone Man, and The Grief Shop, a Daphne du Maurier prize winner. All feature homicide counselor Tally Whyte. All are available as ebooks.

She co-wrote (with Lisa Souza) and photographed the 10 Secrets of the LaidBack Knitters. With her late husband, William G. Tapply, she ran The Writers Studio workshops in creative fiction.

Vicki taught fiction writing and modern media writing at Clark University.

She loves both a well-crafted sentence and unlocking the doors of a student’s imagination.

She grew up in professional theater and planned to become an actress, with a bent for song and dance. She didn’t. Instead, she’s been a professional photographer, a high-school teacher, a hamburger slinger, a scuba-shop manager, and an editor.

She’s Blake’s and Ben’s mom, her favorite role of all.

Her passions include scuba diving and fly fishing and knitting; photography and movies; vinho verde and bourbon (not together!); Maine lobster and chocolate (also not together!); and musical comedy scores, which she sing in the shower, unfortunately not an Equity venue; and a fascination with people in all walks of life. .

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