Sunday, December 25, 2016

Review: A Court of Mist and Fury

17927395A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blurb: Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas's masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.




Review: The Secret Heiress

13039610 The Secret Heiress by Terri Reed
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Blurb: Finding out she is heir to a fortune shocks Caroline Tully to her core. And to "qualify" for the inheritance, she just has to visit her newfound grandfather's Mississippi home from Christmas to New Year's. Adopted as a baby, Caroline knows nothing about her mother's family…and doesn't realize they can't be trusted. When attempts are made on her life, there's only one man who can protect her. Donovan Cavanaugh—a man who made her lonely heart want to love again. Posing as her fiancé, Don promises to find the would-be killer. But will his protection—and his love—be enough to keep her safe?








Thursday, December 22, 2016

Review: Angels Walking

Angels Walking Angels Walking by Karen Kingsbury
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blurb:
When former national baseball star Tyler Ames suffers a career-ending injury, all he can think about is putting his life back together the way it was before. He has lost everyone he loves on his way to the big leagues. Then just when things seem to be turning around, Tyler hits rock bottom. Across the country, Tyler’s one true love Sami Dawson has moved on.

A series of small miracles leads Tyler to a maintenance job at a retirement home and a friendship with Virginia Hutcheson, an old woman with Alzheimer’s who strangely might have the answers he so desperately seeks.

A team of Angels Walking take on the mission to restore hope for Tyler, Sami, and Virginia. Can such small and seemingly insignificant actions of the unseen bring healing and redemption? And can the words of a stranger rekindle lost love? Every journey begins with a step.

It is time for the mission to begin…

Review: Where Does Love Hide?

26459991Where Does Love Hide? by Mary Manz Simon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

* Received a copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review* Thank you!

Blurb: In Where Does Love Hide? children are reminded that they not only receive love but have the opportunity to share love. Looking under the fun, lift-a-flap feature, children will see examples of everyday love opportunities. Each page includes a memory verse and an example of a way to share God's love. In life, children hear the words "I love you" repeatedly, often beginning before birth. However, because love is an abstract concept and young children are concrete thinkers, they must gradually learn to understand love by what they experience. In Where Does Love Hide? children are given the opportunity to see love in action and learn what love looks like.


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Review: Lost Legacy

Lost Legacy Lost Legacy by Dana Mentink
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Blurb: Brooke Ramsey is running out of time. She needs to save her father's reputation before she loses him to illness. That means finding the painting that went missing while in his care. Fast. Which is why she teams up with Victor Gage, owner of Treasure Seekers agency.The charming private detective has more at stake than uncovering a lost masterpiece. He's investigating his wife's death, and the artwork holds the answer. As Victor and Brooke draw closer to each other, so does a murderer. Someone wants the past to remain buried and will kill again to keep it hidden.

Review: Devil's Night Dawning

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Review: Throne of Glass

7896527 Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blurb:
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her ... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead ... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.



Thursday, December 1, 2016

Blog Post: Now and Forever

About the Book:





Can Shaan and Ruhi face their biggest fears and unite together?



Shaan and Ruhi Ahuja, very much in love Indian newlyweds, discover each other in Simi K. Rao’s Now and Forever—the sassy and sexy sequel to Inconvenient Relations. After getting the scare of their lives while traveling in the Grand Canyon, Shaan and Ruhi go back home to one dilemma after another. Shaan’s job is in jeopardy, and one of Ruhi’s closest friends, Sunshine, needs her. How will Shaan and Ruhi handle life’s hurdles, while still trying to get to know each other as husband and wife? Will they be able to forsake all others and consolidate their relationship?








Book Links:

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Personality talks, it walks and rocks

This statement is
absolutely true. At least it is for me. For example, how often have you come
across someone who’s gorgeous to look at but then they start talking and you
realize they aren’t so hot at all. You almost wish they hadn’t opened their
mouths. The opposite also holds true.  
Its personality or
character that makes or breaks a person. The same goes for a good novel too.
What I’m getting at is character development. I may get drawn to a book by its
attractive cover and plot summary but if the characters are insipid, if they
don’t talk to me or get under my skin my interest quickly dissipates and I will
usually dump the book.

I’d like to say the
characters in my books have several dimensions (they aren’t necessarily
schizophrenic), with subtleties that are revealed slowly or kept hidden like
many people we all know and acquaint ourselves with. I cannot write my
characters unless I know them or I am them. Often I also live and dream
them. They are my friends; I talk to them. I ask them how they feel then jot
down what they say.

Inconvenient Relations and its sequel Now and Forever have some
interesting characters. Please note that it is vital to read Book 1 to enjoy
Book 2 because essentially this story is a study of a relationship and its
various phases.

An imperfect yet perfect
couple---

Ruhi or my
chile dulce
(sweet chili pepper) as her spouse Shaan likes to call her, starts
of like any young woman from a cherished background, with dreams of building a
future with her one-in-a-million husband who has been carefully picked for her
by her parents. But her hopes are challenged right from page one. She is
coerced into taking on a role that is quite alien to her or maybe had been held
back and didn’t have the chance to manifest thus far. It isn’t uncommon for
certain personality traits to reveal themselves only under times of duress.
Instead of bowing down and mutely accepting what destiny has doled out to her, Ruhi
chooses to stand up to it. She shows her husband the mirror by turning the
tables on him. She disguises her vulnerability in a bold and brazen avatar. She
is a novice hence perhaps rash in her ways and often undiplomatic in her
conversation yet she is also coy and secretive. All in all, she is a clever and
maddening bundle of fun and mischief who adroitly twists her willing hubby
around her little finger and exhibits no qualms about it. She loves him with a
passion and won’t stop at anything to get him what is rightfully his. She is a
woman to be reckoned with.

Sona munda Shaan Ahuja (heat factor to the power of infinity) is a
gorgeous nerd who falls for the wrong woman and ends up paying for it dearly.
He quashes the dreams of his new bride by announcing on their wedding night
that he loves another and then surprise, surprise finds himself in a pickle.
Shaan is a sensitive man with an arrogant streak who is devoted to his wife and
his job. He is at once a jealous lover and a possessive husband. He falls for
his wife at the outset and doesn’t recognize it or is kept from acknowledging
it by his ego and maybe his insecurity. Regardless she drags his feelings out
in the open after a cat and mouse game and they have a grand time until life
tests him again. But then he has his trump card at his side.



I cannot conclude
without talking about
Sunshine, who happens to be my favorite character
in the books. A frail septuagenarian, she is the catalyst in Ruhi and Shaan’s
bonding. But don’t be deceived, this little old lady has a verve for life that
is rare even among those a quarter her age. Enough said, I need to leave
something for my books. Happy reading!

About the Author:



Simi K. Rao was born and grew up in India before relocating to the U.S., where she has lived for several years. The inspiration for her books, and other projects, comes from her own experience with cross-cultural traditions, lifestyles and familial relationships, as well as stories and anecdotes collected from friends, family and acquaintances.

Rao enjoys exploring the dynamics of contemporary American culture blended with Indian customs and heritage to reflect the challenges and opportunities many Indian-American women face in real life.

Much of Rao's down time is devoted to creative pursuits, including writing fiction, poetry and photography. She is an avid traveler and has visited many locations around the world.

A practicing physician, Rao lives in the United States with her family.





Contact the Author:

Website * Blog * Facebook * Twitter * Goodreads


Other Books in the Series:

Shaan Ahuja found himself bowing to tradition and agreeing to an arranged marriage to the beautiful Ruhi Sharma. He went through the motions but had no intention of carrying through on his vows. His last foray into matters of the heart with an American girl had left him scarred and unwilling to try again. Thoroughly disillusioned and disgruntled he wasted no time in making his intentions clear to Ruhi on their wedding night. But, he was completely unprepared for what his new wife had in mind.



This multi-cultural contemporary romance story of an arranged marriage is a beautiful blending of showing the Indian and American cultures. Readers will learn more about the Indian heritage and the romance that happens behind closed doors in an Indian relationship in Simi K. Rao's Inconvenient Relations. This coming of age story about true love explores multi-cultural issues.







Giveaway:

1)  A $10 Amazon Gift Card 

2) A kindle copy each of Inconvenient relations and Now and Forever. 


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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Blast: The Curly Wolf


curlywolfbookblastcoverThe settlers in the Redbud Valley are peaceable, God-fearing folk who try to follow the golden rule, but they've been pushed too far by the mayor of Blue Stone, who wants their land and seemingly has the law on his side. Just as the nesters are banding together to resist the land grab, Blue Stone's newest deputy rides through their valley. Before they realize the sleepy-eyed youngster called Arizona is a veteran gunfighter hired to bulldoze them off their claims, he has already broken bread with them, danced with their daughters…and stolen the heart of one.

Young Theresa Gutierrez believes Arizona is more than a curly wolf with quick trigger fingers and a stone-cold heart, but her parents and neighbors have good reason to believe otherwise. What everyone agrees upon is that, in the brewing range war, the Arizona Kid is liable to be right smack in the midst of the killing.

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M.R. Kayser grew up in the West--first in the frontier-like wilds of Alaska, then the rugged deserts of New Mexico, where western culture and folklore made an impression which lasts to this day. He's been a soldier, a film maker, a hot-rodder and an all-around social misfit, but has always had stories to tell--whether of the old West; the present day; or of distant galaxies and alien dimensions.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Review: Choose and Choose Again: The Brave Act of Returning to God's Love

29532932 Choose and Choose Again: The Brave Act of Returning to God's Love by J. Kevin Butcher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Thank you!

Blurb:
In Choose and Choose Again, the reader will encounter story after story of different people, most of whom are from Hope Community Church of Detroit, where Pastor Butcher has been sharing the healing love of God for thirteen years. They represent men and women, African American, Caucasian, Latino, and Asian, urban and suburban, professional types and prostitutes, clergy and addicts, drunks and lawyers and convicts--wounded human beings who have found themselves empty, dying, and longing to be filled.

The stories are not only about their own healing and restoration but also about how the love of God heals. Butcher hopes that readers will find before them a path of healing that they feel compelled to embrace. He begins with his own story of emptiness and despair, and his journey to healing, but the ultimate power of his message is that this healing journey is for anyone who is willing to own his or her emptiness and hold one's heart out to God, who is desperately longing to love each person all the way home.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Review: Supernova

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Blog Tour: The Silent Land (Review, Excerpt)


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The Silent Land by David Dunham

Publication Date: June 28, 2016
Matador
eBook & Paperback; 300 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
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Rebecca Lawrence reached a count of sixty in her head and slid her finger into the back pages of her mother’s diary. Mistaking the diary for a book granted her innocence the first time she’d opened it. She had no argument for innocence now.’

Just when Rebecca Lawrence believed joy had come into her life, she learns the truth about how her mother died years before. Marriage to her first love and motherhood pulls her back from resentment, only for the First World War to threaten her peace when her husband is sent to fight.

When she discovers another lie which could fracture her world, she is faced with the choice of ignoring it, or letting the scars of the past corrupt her.

Set between 1903 and 1919, The Silent Land explores the complexities of love and the pursuit of truth in grief. The inspirational purity of the heroine will draw readers in, demonstrating how strength can be found at times when it would have seemed inconceivable.




The Silent Land explores the different shades of grief – the loss of a mother through assisted suicide, the loss of a father through a heart attack, and the loss of a husband through conflict. Comparable to works by Colm Tóibín and Sebastian Faulks, this is a moving and eloquently written tale of the overwhelming struggle faced by women left at home during the war.

"A poignant tale through a woman's viewpoint that won't scare the horses or male readers with an especially effective second half." – the bookbag.co.uk

"I loved the story… makes you appreciate life and what you have." – Mojomums.co.uk

"A detailed story that shows what happens when there are dreadful and terrible secrets within a family and how the shadow of the great and terrible Great War was a long a dark one." - thatsbooks.blogspot.co.nz

Amazon UK | WH Smith | Waterstone's | Whitcoulls

Review

 A beautiful coming-of-age tale that starts just before WWI. A brilliant historical fiction that is well written, and emotionally grabbing. I loved this book, and highly recommend it! The story is told from a woman,  Rebecca Lawrence, who was recently married, and has her husband taken away by the war. Full of the horrors and shadows of war, and the hope and strength of both the soldiers, and those who wait at home. This tale is an emotional roller-coaster that brings to mind Downton Abbey. This is one of those stories that stay with you for a long, long time!

 

Excerpt

The boys were sat at the table, their hands on their laps.
‘Please, begin,’ said Rebecca, pulling out her chair.
James and Sebastian began to eat. Rebecca waited until their mouths were full and said, ‘I’ll be coming with you in the morning. I’ll meet you after school and we’ll travel home together.’
James swallowed. ‘Why will you be in Worcester all day?’
‘I’m not, darling. I’ll be in Birmingham.’
‘Why are you going there?’
‘To visit your Uncle Teddy.’
James looked confused. ‘Why is he in Birmingham?’
‘He’s in hospital.’
‘Is he poorly?’
‘I don’t believe so.’
‘So why is he there?’
Rebecca hesitated and said, ‘I expect he’s hurt.’
‘From the war?’ asked Sebastian.
‘Yes.’ Rebecca took a sip of wine, hoping the questions would stop. James was soaking a potato in melted butter and Sebastian was chewing on a piece of bread.
‘Was Uncle Teddy with Papa?’ said James.
Rebecca remembered what Edward had written: Giving his life to protect mine. ‘He might have been.’
‘How do you know he’s in hospital?’
‘He wrote to me.’
‘What did he write?’
Rebecca took a longer sip of wine. ‘He told me the hospital he’s in and the time I could visit.’
‘Can we come?’ asked Sebastian.
‘No, you need to be at school.’
‘Can we go on Saturday then?’
‘Perhaps.’
James stabbed another potato with his fork. ‘Why didn’t he tell you what was wrong with him?’
‘I really don’t know, James.’
‘Can I read his letter?’
‘No, you can’t.’
‘Why not?’
‘Because you can’t.’
‘I don’t understand.’
‘It was addressed to me, that’s why.’
‘But…’
‘That’s the end of it. No more questions.’
James released his cutlery on to his plate.
‘James!’ snapped Rebecca, banging her fist on the table. ‘You will not behave like that.’
James dropped his head. He finished his dinner in silence and was excused from the table, taking Sebastian with him. Rebecca looked at the three empty chairs and reached for the wine bottle. She poured herself a second glass and then a third, and a fourth, not touching her food. The boys had gone to Rupert whenever she had raised her voice. Now they only had each other.

About the Author03_David Dunham

Having spent his career in the media industry, David Dunham has worked as a reporter, deputy editor, senior producer and homepage editor. David lives in New Zealand, where he was born, though from time to time can be found daydreaming about Worcestershire, England where he was raised.

For more information please visit David Dunham's website. You can also find him on Facebook and Twitter.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Review: ProtoStar

25735531ProtoStar by Braxton A. Cosby
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

**I received a free ecopy from the author in exchange for my honest, unbiased review** Thank you!

Blurb:
The critically acclaimed, breakaway YA, dystopian, Sci-fi debut from award-winning author Braxton A. Cosby, in the spirit of The Hunger Games and the Divergent Series.

Gold Medal Winner of Reader's Favorite and Literary Children's Classics Award for Sci-fi Young Adult

What Would You Choose: Love or Duty?
As the Torrian Alliance continues its age-old mission of hunting down Star-children, King Gregorio Derry reluctantly agrees to send his only son, William, to planet Earth on a mission to bring honor back to the Royal Family name. The target: Sydney, a young teenage girl, unaware of her alien heritage. When an unforeseen accident delays the assassination, William begins to realize a connection forming with Sydney and struggles to follow through with his orders. With the fear of Civil War imminent back home, William must make the ultimate choice between his irrevocable duty and love, sacrificing everything he believes. But as a hidden menace emerges to secure a vested interest, and impossible odds begin to mount against them, William and Sydney wonder if a connection between two Star-Crossed lovers is enough to save them from destruction.


TTT #10: Top Ten Tuesday: Movie Freebie


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and The Bookish

This weeks topic was:
Movie Freebie -- top ten all time favorite movies, top ten foreign films, top ten rom-coms, top ten 90's movies, top ten action flicks, top ten tear-jerkers, top ten movies your favorite actor/actress is in, top ten movies with PoC leads, etc. etc.)

For mine, since I've read SO many amazing books, these are my top ten I would love to have a movie for! (Think Hunger Games and Lord of the Rings quality, Not...well you know the ones we shall not name ;) As always these are in the order I think of them, and are not ordered by preference. XD

1. A Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J Maas - I know I'm not alone in this, and I can easily see someone picking this one up. My biggest fear is that they are going to completely ruin it, and NO I can't take that kind of disappointment! O.O

2. Ink and Bone (The Great Library series) by Rachel Caine - Because come on, a story about a group of teens recruited to work in the Great Library, AKA the Alexandrian Library?! Sign me up! Filled with drama and danger this could be epic!

3. Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J Maas - Again with the SJMaas, but her books are so good, and I need me a fae mate! (LOL ;) Anyways we might just get this one, and I am so excited! *fingers crossed* it could really be good if done right.

4. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers - While I am not normally a fan of strictly romance books, this one took me by surprise, and I love it! There was talk about a movie, and I was super excited, and sadly it's not happening, at least not for now, but I really want it to be a thing!

5. Blood Lust (The Blood Sisters trilogy) by Jill Cooper - Because who doesn't want to watch a sassy red-head, and her sweet innocent sister beat some demon butts?! RIGHT? (Really I'll all about seeing Duncan, but I have to admit I love the sisters too!)

6. The Thief Who Pulled On Trouble's Braids by Michael McClung - This one strangly I feel would be better done anime style. I haven't read the rest of the series yet, but hope to get caught up. I would love to see this one done, but with the high level of gore, I doubt it will. Still it would be a great anime movie!

7. Risuko by David Kudler - This is another that would be cool as an anime. Being Japanese it would fit perfectly, but I would also enjoy it as a live action, as long at it's true to the story! The prequels, and likely the rest of the series would also be great movies.

8. The Rhodi Saga by Megan Linski - Because I love it! No it really would be a great story. Dealing with cutting, depression, and just the struggles of life, from death, to danger, to growing up and being accepted, it is a powerful book, that doesn't skimp on the action, and also has an interesting romance that isn't lame or unhealthy.

9. Red Winter by Annette Marie - Another Japanese story, this one is a mythology. Again an anime would be cool! (I keep imagining something along the lines of InuYasha haha)

10. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab - This one reads like a movie, or at least did for me and would be a great addition to YA movies because it's a different take on monsters, and who is really the dangerous monsters, and who are the heroes.

Well here are a few more, because I would also love to see them as movies XD


The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater - This one is another unique read, and I would love to see it at the movies! 

 The Reader by Traci Chee - I'm not sure about this one, but since I love the characters, and enjoy a good pirate movie, I can see potential here. I'm waiting to see what happens next before saying it as a series should be adapted though.

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake - Again it has great potential, but I want to see where it's going first. I enjoyed reading this, but want to see the next book before declaring my love once again for a series that isn't finished XD

So those are my top movie picks. What are some you would enjoy seeing, do you agree or disagree with any I listed? Feel free to share your thoughts and comments in the post, and if you posted a TTT for today, or if you have done this topic before please share! I love reading what others write, and often add a few new titles to my TBR! XD

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Blog Tour: The Last Winter Moon



YA Bound Book Tours is organizing a Blog Tour for: The Last Winter Moon (The Cycle of the Six Moons #3) by Adelle Yeung. This tour will run from November 7th to 11th. Check out the tour schedule below.

The Last Winter Moon (The Cycle of the Six Moons #3)
by Adelle Yeung
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: November 11th 2016

Summary from Goodreads:


The Goddess of Starrs has vanished… 
Arriscyal has fallen… 
Gediyon is missing… 
Dreana holds the answers to everyone’s pasts…
When Michelle returns to Starrs, the world is in chaos. No one knows who to trust, and even faith in their Goddess has dwindled. Michelle must reveal the truth of the Cycle; only then can she hope to unite everyone.
The Sixth Moon looms overhead. The end of the Cycle is nigh. Michelle and Jayse must stop it once and for all.
Previous Books in the Series (click on images for Goodreads links):
 
Excerpt from Chapter Three:  The Ascension Plan



“You should, perhaps, be a little more concerned for yourself, Michelle, as your blood will aid my ascension as your next god.”
He grabs me by my hair and drags me through the doors back into the hall.  I feel my blood smearing across the floor.  The king barely acknowledges the slaughtered men in the other hall, and he drags me past them.
“He’s dead,” I hiss.  “Your true god is dead.  You can’t replace him.  You’re nothing.  Your powers aren’t even real.”
He laughs.  “The truth will be more painful than anything you hear from me, Michelle.  There is always a way.”  He grabs me by the collar of my shirt and shoves me face-first into the floor.  His foot stomps onto my back, the impact sending stars flying before my eyes, and I can’t help but shriek as I feel his fingers dig into the wound of my back.
I manage to raise my eyes to his.  The light of the hall pulses with my heartbeat.  As if his hand is smeared with honey, he licks my blood clean from his palm. 
I’ve never felt more violated. 
I can tell from the look in his eyes that this is just the appetizer to the feast he has planned.
I’m too weak to stop him from throwing me into another elevator behind me.  He locks the lever into the down position, then he slams the gate shut.
“I’ll be with you soon,” his sing-song voice echoes down the shaft, “then you will feel the authenticity of the power I have over you.”
Darkness eats the last trickle of light.

About the Author
Adelle Yeung is the author of The Cycle of the Six Moons trilogy, a young adult fantasy adventure.

She is also a voice-over artist who can’t go a day without a cup of tea. When she’s not writing or recording, she enjoys sewing costumes, baking sweets, and escaping on video game adventures. She lives in California with a cat that dreams of eating the pet bird.

She has provided script supervision for the independent animation, Shattered Heaven, and is head script editor and one of the co-writers for the upcoming game Fiona Frightening and the Wicked Wardrobe.




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Review: Crossing the Waters: Following Jesus Through the Storms, the Fish, the Doubt, and the Seas

29532934 Crossing the Waters: Following Jesus Through the Storms, the Fish, the Doubt, and the Seas by Leslie Leyland Fields
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

**I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. **
Thank you!
Blurb:
The gospels are dramatic, wild, and wet--set in a rich maritime culture on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Jesus' first disciples were ragtag fishermen, and Jesus' messages and miracles teem with water, fish, fishermen, net-breaking catches, sea crossings, boat-sinking storms, and even a walk on water. Because this world is foreign and distant to us, we've missed much about the disciples' experiences and about following Jesus--until now. Leslie Leyland Fields--a well-known writer, respected biblical exegete, and longtime Alaskan fisherwoman--crosses the waters of time and culture to take us out on the Sea of Galilee, through a rugged season of commercial fishing with her family in Alaska, and through the waters of the New Testament.

You'll be swept up in a fresh experience of the gospels, traveling with the fishermen disciples from Jesus' baptism to the final miraculous catch of fish--and also experiencing Leslie's own efforts to follow Christ out on her own Alaskan sea. In a time when so many are "unfollowing" Jesus and leaving the Church, Crossing the Waters delivers a fresh encounter with Jesus and explores what it means to "come, follow me."

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Review: 4001 A.D.

30058117 4001 A.D. by Matt Kindt
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

**I received a free ecopy from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review**


Blurb:
One hundred years from today, Father – the benevolent artificial intelligence that governs the island nation of Japan – will gain sentience. To defend its borders, Father will take drastic action by launching Japan into space…where its people can thrive in isolation, away from the overpopulated and resource-deprived planet below. Over the centuries, as New Japan orbits our increasingly unstable world, it will become a model society – one built on peace, prosperity…and Father’s control.

A thousand years from today, Father will create the first Rai, founding a lineage of technologically enhanced heroes engineered to defend New Japan and sworn to protect it from all enemies. For hundreds of years into the future, the Rai will single-handedly enforce New Japan’s justice well…and serve Father without question.

Now, at the dawn of 4001 A.D., the latest Rai is about to inherit the dark truth behind the origin of his kind…and discover the sinister secret at the heart of Father’s existence. For New Japan to live, Earth must die…and as Rai challenges his former master for the first time in more than a millennium, the lone guardian of New Japan will be cast out of his own Father’s kingdom…

Exiled from the only realm he’s ever known, Rai now walks the ravaged world of 4001 A.D. in search of forgotten heroes like himself…on a mission to collect the last surviving legends of a broken planet…and to forge a rebellion with the power to bring the most advanced civilization in history crashing back down to Earth.

Earth must rise. Father must fall.

Collecting: 4001 A.D. 1-4


Friday, November 4, 2016

Blog Tour: The Order of the Eternal Sun & Arcana


On Tour with Prism Book Tours.


The Order of the Eternal Sun: A Novel of the Sylvani
The Order of the Eternal Sun
(A Novel of the Sylvani #2)

by Jessica Leake
Adult Historical Fantasy
Hardcover & ebook, 308 pages

August 23rd 2016 by Talos



Lucy Sinclair’s debut will be a parade of everything opulent Edwardian London society has to offer. Most importantly, it will be nothing like her older sister’s dangerous experience—especially if her overprotective brother-in-law, Lord Thornewood, has his way. As if screening her dance partners isn’t enough, Thornewood insists that his brother, James, train Lucy in self-defense. She wouldn’t mind so much if her treacherous mind didn’t continue to replay the kiss they once shared.



But awkward defense lessons are the least of her problems. Her arcana, a magical talent that allows her to mentally enter any scene that she draws, grows stronger by the day. Again and again Lucy is compelled to draw a portal to her mother’s realm of Sylvania—and with each stroke of her pen, she risks attracting the attention of the Order of the Eternal Sun, the sinister brotherhood that steals the power of Sylvani blood for their own dark ends.



When a bold new suitor arrives from India, Lucy can’t help but be intrigued—though her family questions his mysterious past. But as Lucy’s own suspicions grow, and the threat of the Order looms larger, Lucy will have to learn to harness her unpredictable power or risk falling under the Order’s shadow forever.

Review: This second book can also be read as a stand alone. I am so glad a read both though, because I love Leake's writing style! This was another exciting read, and equally enjoyable! This time we see Katherine's sister, Lucy as she prepares for her fateful debut. Only will she be ready, and will her mind take off without her in the presence of the handsome, yet seemingly unavailable James? I loved how their relationship and story progresses, from the beginning it is a delightful, and amusing read! 


Other Books in the Series

Arcana
Arcana
(A Novel of the Sylvani #1)

by Jessica Leake
Adult Historical Fantasy
Hardcover, Paperback & ebook 288 pages

November 18th 2014 by Talos



Amid the sumptuous backdrop of the London season in 1905, headstrong Katherine Sinclair must join the ranks of debutantes vying for suitors. Unfortunately for Katherine, she cannot imagine anything more loathsome—or dangerous. To help ease her entrance into society, Katherine’s family has elicited the assistance of the Earl of Thornewood, a friend and London’s most eligible bachelor, to be her constant companion at the endless fetes and balls. But upon her arrival in London, Katherine realizes there will be more to this season than just white gowns and husband hunting.



Through her late mother’s enchanted diary, Katherine receives warning to keep hidden her otherworldly ability to perform arcana, a magic fueled by the power of the sun. Any misstep could mean ruin—and not just for her family name. The Order of the Eternal Sun is everywhere—hunting for those like her, able to feed on arcana with only a touch of the hand.



But society intrigue can be just as perilous as the Order. The machinations of the fashionable elite are a constant threat, and those who covet Katherine’s arcana, seeking the power of her birthright, could be hiding behind the facade of every suitor—even the darkly handsome Earl of Thornewood.



With so much danger and suspicion, can she give her heart to the one who captivates her, or is he just another after her power?

Review: Such a great story! I loved the characters, and the plot was well thought out and executed! Katherine is a sharp-tonged and strong character who is about to make her debut in London. Unsure who she can trust or where to turn, she seeks comfort in her mother's words in the form of a diary. I believe this is Leake's first work, and either way she has gained another fan! Fantastic job creating an intriguing world and lovable characters!



Jessica Leake has been in love with historical England ever since her first literary crush: Mr. Darcy. After embarking on a quest to bring her own intriguing and headstrong characters to life, she decided to quit her day job as a clinical therapist and spend her time weaving arcana with words. She lives in Greenville, SC with her brilliant husband, four painfully cute children, and two mischievous dogs.

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Blog Tour: Opaque (Review)


Opaque
by Calix Leigh-Reign
Genre: YA Scifi/Fantasy
Release Date: August 19th 2016

Summary from Goodreads:

Highly controversial debut novel by Cālix Leigh-Reign is taking the nation by storm! For those who've been craving an untapped damsel-in-distress-less Sci-Fi niche - Opaque delivers in this gripping page-turner involving mutated Limbal rings, biokenretic anomalies, mental dysfunction, perplexing Russian ancestry & romance. Cālix takes us on an adventure that begins when 16 year old misanthropic Adam Caspian unknowingly reaches biokenretic puberty, and his supernatural abilities awaken to save him from his murderous intentions. His every thought revolves around the extinction of the human race until mysterious Afro-Russian Carly Wit stumbles into his English class one morning. Adam notices something otherworldly about her immediately but denies the bio-synch taking place inside of him. As he resists their blossoming love, he battles with unnatural thoughts of his mother. Discovering his origin isn't what he'd thought, he becomes determined to peel back the layers of his lineage and unmasks a multitude of mind-bending secrets along the way.

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Review: I am so glad I took the time to read this book! It's an exciting and powerful story that follows Adam. With superpowers, mythology, and a struggle with inner demons, along with the over all theme of good vs. evil this was an epic ride! The writing style is stunning, and I can't wait for more from Cālix!

About the Author
Cālix is the published author of the Russian-mutant, psychological Sci-Fi fantasy novel, Opaque. She's a certified paralegal and has studied creative writing under English teacher, script writer and published author Larry Strauss. Her earliest literary inspirations include Alice Walker, Larry Strauss, VC Andrews and Stephen King. She spent a majority of her childhood in libraries and developed an intense relationship with words. She's a member of YARWA and RWA and is currently serving as a judge for YARWA's 2016 Rosemary Contest. She enjoys prayer, discovering the minds of those who rebel against social programming, listening to music, a great cup of coffee, exquisite ethnic cuisine, spending time with family & friends, attending movie premieres, traveling and the arts. She spends her free time in the gym, fantasizing about story plots and different ways of changing the world.

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Blog Tour: Red Winter (Review, Excerpt & Giveaway!)





A New Series from Amazon Best-Selling Author Annette Marie, RED WINTER is coming…






“Soon all her human fears would become meaningless. Her future had been written by the kami, and her destiny awaited her.”


In the enchanting new fantasy RED WINTER by Annette Marie, Emi Kimura has been preparing her entire life to become the mortal host of a goddess. When she discovers the lies surrounding her true fate, she makes a dangerous bargain with a fox spirit to seek out the truth. As her final days as a mortal approach, she must choose whether to bow to duty ... or fight for her life.




Synopsis:


Emi is the kamigakari. In a few short months, her life as a mortal will end and her new existence as the human host of a goddess will begin. Carefully hidden from those who would destroy her, she has prepared her mind, body, and soul to unite with the goddess—and not once has she doubted her chosen fate.
Shiro is a yokai, a spirit of the earth, an enemy of the goddess Emi will soon host. Mystery shrouds his every move and his ruby eyes shine with cunning she can’t match and dares not trust. But she saved his life, and until his debt is paid, he is hers to command—whether she wants him or not.
On the day they meet, everything Emi believes comes undone, swept away like snow upon the winter wind. For the first time, she wants to change her fate—but how can she erase a destiny already wrought in stone? Against the power of the gods, Shiro is her only hope … and hope is all she has left.


Release Date: October 21, 2016.


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Excerpt for RED WINTER (Red Winter Trilogy Book 1)
The yokai didn’t move, just held her in place with a strength she couldn’t fight. She tipped her head back to see his face, to gauge his intent. His gaze traveled across her room, intent and analyzing. Then his eyes flicked down and he appeared almost surprised to see her staring up at him. His mouth curved into a sly grin, flashing pointed canines.
His amusement at her terror sparked a tiny surge of anger. “Let me go!”
“Ah, little miko, didn’t anyone ever tell you not to run from yokai?” His deep, purring voice sent a shiver across her skin. He leaned down as his hand on her throat forced her head back. He brushed his nose along her jaw, from her chin up to her ear. “It’s the surest way to make us pounce,” he whispered, his breath tickling her ear.
Goose bumps raced down the back of her neck and she clenched her jaw. “Get your hands off me.”
He hummed as he pushed his face into her hair, inhaling through his nose. “But didn’t you put your hands on me first?”
“I was treating your wounds.” She summoned her most commanding tone, desperately hoping her voice wouldn’t quaver. “You’re proving that your kind’s reputation is well deserved with such disrespect and ingratitude toward the person who saved your life.”
His head came up and fear shot through her that she’d offended him, that he would surely kill her now. Instead, he made a thoughtful noise, and his hands fell away, releasing her.
She almost leaped out of his lap but remembered his comment about running from yokai. With more self-control than she’d thought she had, she carefully stood, walked four steps, and turned to face him. He stayed where he was, lounging on the bed with his feet on the floor, casually propped up on one arm. His head tilted to one side as he watched her, and that slight, knowing grin played about his lips.
She sank down to kneel on the floor, mostly because her legs were shaking so badly she was afraid he’d notice. As nonchalantly as possible, she slid her hands into the opposite sleeves of her kimono and pinched her hidden ofuda between two fingers, ready to pull the paper talismans out.
“No need for that, little miko,” he remarked, each word almost caressing her. How could he have such an otherworldly yet still human voice? “I will not harm you.”
She flushed, embarrassed she’d been so obvious, but didn’t let go of the ofuda. “What was that—that assault then?”
“Assault, you call it? That little embrace?”
“You—” She broke off with a small shake of her head. If he was determined to ignore the inappropriateness of forcefully holding a woman against him and rubbing his face on her, nothing she said would change his mind. “You have the manners of a dog.”
“What did you expect? The ritual greetings of the imperial court?”
“Some respect for the person who saved your life would have been welcome.”
“Ah, yes, you did save me, and I am very grateful.” He idly tugged at a lock of his hair as his gaze slid down her and back up again. “I am in your debt. Tell me your desire and I will fulfill it.”
“My—my desire?” she choked.
He smirked again. “A favor, little miko. I am saying I owe you a favor.”


Reivew:
I loved this book! While I thought it started out a little slow, I loved the chance to get to know the characters, and to see a part of Emi's live before everything changes. A stunning start to the trilogy, I am eagerly waiting to see what happens next! Great for fans of Asian culture and folk-lore this is a fun story told in an interesting way.




Author Bio:
Annette Marie is the author of the Amazon best-selling YA urban fantasy series Steel & Stone, which includes the 2015 Goodreads Choice Award nominee Yield the Night. Her first love is fantasy, a limitless realm of creativity where she can break all the boring rules of real life, but fast-paced urban fantasy, bold heroines, and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She proudly admits she has a thing for dragons, and her editor has politely inquired as to whether she intends to include them in every book.
Annette lives in the frozen winter wasteland of northern Alberta, Canada (okay, it’s not quite that bad). She shares her life with her remarkably patient, comparatively sensible husband and their furry minion of darkness—sorry, cat—Caesar. When not writing, she can be found elbow-deep in one art project or another while blissfully ignoring all adult responsibilities.
To find out more about Annette and her books, visit her website at 
 www.authorannettemarie.com

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