Thursday, November 30, 2017

Review: Chosen

17288041 Chosen by Paulina Ulrich
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nothing can stand in the way of outspoken, rule-breaker-extraordinaire, Kaddy Richston…except destiny. Born with wildly colored hair and piercing gray eyes Kaddy knew she was different, but she set her sights on her ambitious dreams of being in a rock band and leaving her small town behind along with the painful memories of her past.

But destiny has other plans for her.

When the calm, cool, and always collected Cole Huntington enters her life he takes a strange interest in her, his striking blue eyes never wandering far from her every move. Despite her efforts to push him away, he plans on unraveling every single one of Kaddy’s dark secrets even though he has some of his own.

Despising each other from the start, Kaddy is determined to undermine whatever intentions he has until she learns of a destiny she never asked for. The fate of the world lies in her hands as she learns how different she really is. The only person she can turn to for answers is the last person she’d want help from: Cole Huntington who seems to dislike her rule-breaking as much as she dislikes his rule-following.

Sometimes destiny sucks.

Blog Tour: Wager’s Price (Soulkeepers Reborn #1)

Wager’s Price Soulkeepers
Reborn by G. P. Ching

From the bestselling author of the THE SOULKEEPERS comes a new series about dark magic, redemption and an unusual theater with life or death stakes…
Finn Wager’s luck has run out. Arrested for the one crime he didn’t actually commit, he’s forced to finish his education at an alternative school. The Revelations Institute is an upscale, private reform school with a 100% success rate. Delinquents go in and model citizens come out.
But students who don’t perform to expectations disappear. And although their bodies return model citizens, their minds are hardly their own. Something evil lurks inside Revelations, and if Finn and his new friend Hope can’t find a way to stop it, they’ll risk more than their lives. The repercussions could cost them their souls.

Review: I've seen this author's other Soulkeeper series around, but this is my first time reading anything by this author. That said, I loved it, and will definitely be reading more of her work! It's a bit slow to start, as a large cast of characters are introduced, but once things pick up, it's back-to-back action, and I loved every minute of it!

About the Author:
G.P. Ching is a USA Today bestselling author of science fiction and fantasy novels for young adults and not-so-young adults. She bakes wicked cookies, is commonly believed to be raised by wolves, and thinks both the ocean and the North Woods hold magical healing powers. G.P.’s idea of the perfect day involves several cups of coffee and a heavy dose of nature. She splits her time between central Illinois and Hilton Head Island with her husband, two children, and a Brittany spaniel named Jack, who is always ready for the next adventure. Learn more about G.P. Ching and her work at

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Review: Call Your Steel

36057009 Call Your Steel by G.D. Penman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

For millennia beyond reckoning the Eaters of the Gods ruled over this sunless world, waging their wecret war on each other through their Chosen, mortals granted a fraction of the Eaters in human powers in exchange for a life of servitude. Kaius counts himself among their hallowed ranks, devoted entirely to his brutal duties. Lucia is no more than a travelling minstrel, albeit one who found herself in the very worst place at the very worst time. How could mere mortals like them stand up against the vast alien power of the Eaters of the Gods?
The metal shrieked and sparks flicked off around them as they tried one another’s strength. Kaius shuffled a half step forward, squaring his shoulders and bearing down with all of his called strength. The ground beneath Malius feet began to crack, the solid earth giving beneath the impossible strain.

Top 5 Wednesday #1 Authors You'd Want to Write Like

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly blog meme started on Goodreads. You can check out the group and keep an eye out for the topics here.

I've seen this around, and finally decided to try it. Being an aspiring author myself, I took a look at the books I've enjoyed so far, and really wanted to focus on those that stayed with me long after the last page.

Sarah J. Maas
Sarah J Maas
 First the Queen of foreshadowing. While I don't feel her writing is the best I ever read, I love how easy it is to fall head-over-heels for all of her characters! While I often like some more than others, there is always a handful I love, even from their first lines! I also love how she highlights both good and bad relationship standards, and encoursages the positive/healing relationships especially for some of her most broken characters, showing that they are still loveable, even when they feel unloveable. I love the idea of someone who can love me 'scars and all' unconditionally, and I want what in my characters as well.

Rob J. HayesRob J Hayes
 I've only head one of his books, but even over a year later, it was one on my favorite fantasy reads! Bound Folio was part of the Ties that Bind series with stories from some of the side characters, but I loved every moment! I would love the gift to pull readers into my story and have my story feel fresh in their minds even over time.

Stephen R. Lawhead
Stephen Lawhead
 I love his Robin Hoon retelling the King Raven triology! Such a great fantasy, and a creative and belivable retelling all in one. I loved the characters, and even as a retelling it felt like a well written historical fiction with a touch of fantasy. It's still one of my favorite series and my favorite retelling to date! 

Leigh Bardugo

Rick Riordan

Waiting on Wednesday #4

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

What are you currently reading?
Nirvana by K.E. Radke


Fragile Chaos by

Locked Out by L. M. Schukraft
What did you recently finish reading?
Muffy & Valor: A True Story 

Muffy & Valor: A True Story by

The Whole Sky

The Whole Sky by

What do you think you’ll read next?
Helen's Daimones

Helen's Daimones (Dyscrasia Fiction #2) by

The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy, #1)

The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy #1) by

Between the Blade and the Heart (Valkyrie #1) 

Between the Blade and the Heart (Valkyrie #1) by


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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Review: The Temptation of Dragons

29773163 The Temptation of Dragons by Chrys Cymri
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bishop Nigel smiled at me. ‘Holy water doesn’t harm vampires. Which is just as well, as it would make it impossible to baptise them.’

When I was asked by a dragon to give him the last rites, I never dreamed it would lead to negotiating with his cannibalistic family or running from snail sharks. Life as the priest of a small English village is quite tame in comparision. At least I have Morey, a gryphon with sarcasm management issues, to help me. And if all else fails, there’s always red wine and single malt whisky.

As if my life weren’t complicated enough, a darkly beautiful dragon named Raven keeps appearing where I least expect him, I’ve met a handsome police inspector who loves science fiction as much as I do, and my younger brother is getting into trouble for trying to pick up vampires.

That’s what happens when you’re dealing with an incredible and dangerous parallel world full of mythical creatures. And I have to learn to navigate it all without losing myself, or my brother…

Monday, November 27, 2017

My Monday #21

Another week down, and another day's work. I was doing the CBT (Computer Based Training) part of my job today. I'll be learning the registers Wednesday. I had a pretty good day, stopped by the library on the way to work, then took the bus to work, and waited for my shift to start. Did the CBTs and almost finished, then called a cab to head home. That was an adventures in it self! I waited almost an hour, for the driver, then rode home with a biker guy who was in his fourties, but had a soon-to-be ex wife who was my age! Kept comparing me to her, and while he didn't say anything weird, I am so glad to finally be home! So glad in fact, that I nearly forgot to pay! Oops!

I'm off tomorrow, and just work Wednesday this week, then payday is Friday! (Though it only has 4 hrs so it will go into my cab rides for next week! O.O) I have to wait until next week for my Christmas shopping, as I have two Bookish Santa Gift Exchanges I'm part of this year. Then I plan to buy a few things for some other people both friends and family, before Christmas comes.)

I plan to take a lazy day tomorrow and catch up on some reading. I grabbed Ouran Host Club #1 & Bride of the Water God #1 from the library today, so I plan to start those, and read more of Tsubasa, Assassination Classroom, and Library Wars before starting InuYasha (my first ever Anime as a kid!). I also hope to pick Bleach and FullMetal Alchemist back up soon, but I have to wait for my holds to start coming in as soon as I'm caught up on my current stack of library books XD

I've also decided I want to give blog tours another shot, and am booking for two YA titles that will tour in January. One is mythology/fairytale and the other a Sports romance. 

Review: Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 2

873 Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 2 by Hiromu Arakawa
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In an alchemical ritual gone wrong, Edward Elric lost his arm and his leg, and his brother Alphonse became nothing but a soul in a suit of armor. Equipped with mechanical "auto-mail" limbs, Edward becomes a state alchemist, seeking the one thing that can restore his brother and himself... the legendary Philosopher's Stone.

There are many types of alchemy in the world. Edward's commanding officer, "Flame Alchemist" Roy Mustang, can control fire. Shou Tucker, the "Sewing-Life Alchemist," specializes in the most difficult alchemy of all...biological transmutation, the ability to alter the tissue of living things. But no matter what their power, alchemists are still human. And when a mysterious killer begins stalking state alchemists, no one can escape his vengeance...

Blog Tour: The Secret Lives of Rockstars: Book Two

Blog Tour: The Lydiated Chronicles

By Love Divided by Elizabeth St. John

Publication Date: October 12, 2017
Falcon Historical
eBook & Paperback; 381 Pages

Series: The Lydiard Chronicles, Book Two
Genre: Historical Fiction

Royalist Sir Allen Apsley thinks his choice is clear, but when his mother embraces the Puritan cause, and his beloved sister Luce falls in love with John Hutchinson, a Roundhead soldier, his loyalties are tested. Is it family first? Is it country first? As England falls into bloody civil war, Allen must fight for king and country, while Luce embraces Parliament’s radical views and confronts the very core of the family’s beliefs. And when their influential Villiers cousins raise the stakes, Allen and Luce face a devastating challenge. Will war unite or divide them? In the dawn of rebellion, love is the final battleground.

Based on surviving memoirs, court papers and letters of Elizabeth St.John’s family, By Love Divided continues the story of Lucy St.John, The Lady of the Tower. This powerfully emotional novel tells of England’s great divide, and the heart-wrenching choices one family faces.

"I am completely blown away by Elizabeth St. John’s follow up novel, By Love Divided. The depth of her characterization, the elegance of her prose (and dialogue) and the masterful way in which she presents the realities of the English Civil War such that we’re bleeding for both sides is nothing short of brilliant. If you want a compelling, exquisitely written story to immerse you in the past, By Love Divided is a must read! I consider it one of my favourite historical reads and it's earned a place on my keeper shelf! 5 plus stars!" -Cryssa Bazos, Author of The Traitor's Knot

Available on Amazon

Review:  I loved these books so much! Well written, and thoroughly researched! The plot is well handled, the characters complex, and the setting described in detail. This book was also easy for me to understand, and get into than some Historical fictions I have read. The words flow beautifully, and give just enough fact and detail to make understanding possible without overloading the reader with too much and becoming an info dump. I loved Lucy's character, but in truth I loved all the characters in this series!

About the Author

Elizabeth St.John was brought up in England and lives in California. To inform her writing, she has tracked down family papers and residences from Nottingham Castle, Lydiard Park, and Castle Fonmon to the Tower of London. Although the family sold a few castles and country homes along the way (it's hard to keep a good castle going these days), Elizabeth's family still occupy them - in the form of portraits, memoirs, and gardens that carry their imprint. And the occasional ghost. But that's a different story...

By Love Divided, Elizabeth's sequel to The Lady of the Tower, follows the fortunes of the St.John family during the English Civil War, and is out now.

For more information, please visit Elizabeth St. John's website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Saturday, November 4
Kick Off at Passages to the Past

Sunday, November 5
Excerpt at Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen

Monday, November 6
Feature at So Many Books, So Little Time

Thursday, November 9
Review at Pursuing Stacie
Excerpt at What Is That Book About

Friday, November 10
Feature at WS Momma Readers Nook

Monday, November 13
Review at Bookish

Wednesday, November 15
Feature at The Lit Bitch

Thursday, November 16
Excerpt at Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots

Friday, November 17
Review at Svetlana's Reads and Views

Monday, November 20
Feature at CelticLady's Reviews

Tuesday, November 21
Review at Locks, Hooks and Books

Thursday, November 23
Excerpt at T's Stuff

Saturday, November 25
Review & Excerpt at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Monday, November 27
Review at Adventures Thru Wonderland

Tuesday, November 28
Feature at A Literary Vacation


During the Blog Tour we will be giving away a paperback copy of By Love Divided to one lucky winner! To enter, please enter via the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on November 28th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Giveaway is open to US & UK residents only.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.

By Love Divided

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Blog Tour: You Came Like Hope

“I heard them mourn my death. I lay in the next room. Motionless, silent, and staring at the ceiling.”

“When it comes to a broken person, some of them are expert at blinding you. Spend an entire evening with such a person, but you may still not know how he is crushing inside.”

“Who would say no to him? He is smart, intelligent, super handsome, rich, suave and sophisticated. He’s perfect!”

“Pooja gave no explanation. She asked no forgiveness. She just arrived in his home, resenting him for being her husband.”

“He had smiled as if nothing was wrong.
He had behaved as if he still had his dreams and hopes.
He had pretended as if it didn’t hurt.
But it did.”

Does Destiny hold the key to our happiness?
Is it always the feeble that is the victim?
Love can be the embrace of heaven. But what happens when it unleashes hellfire?

Lose yourself in the intense narrative of You Came Like Hope as it unleashes a rollercoaster of emotions, uncovers some bitter truths, challenges widespread prejudices, and forces you to reconsider your beliefs.

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I heard them mourn my death. I lay in the next room. Motionless, silent, and staring at the ceiling.

Darkness stretched out from every direction, engulfing me in it. The heavy curtains on the window kept the sunshine away. One streak of sunlight still managed to trespass into the territory of gloom. Like a torturous, lingering hope of a broken heart. My eyes marked its path. My brain failed to recognize it.

In the next room, voices kept on rising, trembling my heart with their every word.

‘Peehu! My child!’ my mother cried. Amid the muffled murmurs of other people, I could also hear another voice of sorrow. It was my father. That was the first time I had heard him cry. It was terrifying.

‘My poor child,’ my mother wailed. ‘She always said she was my unlucky daughter. We said she was careless and rash. We scolded her so much. Now look what has happened. My poor Peehu, dead at such a young age.’

‘I’m not dead!’ I called out. My lips didn’t move, no voice came out.

Something was weighing me down, robbing me of the power to move or speak. An aching longing that screamed there had been an irreparable loss. Something had gone away from me that I would never get back. Something had ended. I just couldn’t remember what.

Mother kept on crying. I heard the word again in mother’s wails. Unlucky. Yes, I had said that to mother. Often. I had believed it too, for as long as I remember. My twin sister had all the good luck. I had all the bad luck. Or so it seemed to me, at least. My life had done a marvellous job so far in proving this to be true.

But it takes only a moment for the destiny to flip over…

About the Author:

Jyoti Arora is a novelist and blogger from Ghaziabad. You Came Like Hope is her third novel, coming after Dream’s Sake and Lemon Girl. She is Post Graduate in English Literature and Applied Psychology.
Jyoti has over five years of experience working as a freelance writer. This experience includes abridging over 24 famous English classics like Jane Eyre, Moby Dick etc.
Jyoti Arora is a patient of Thalassemia Major. But she does not let this stop or discourage her. For her determination and achievements, Jyoti has received appreciation from Ms Sheila Dixit, Ms Maneka Gandhi and the Ghaziabad wing of BJP. Her life story has been covered in various local and national TV shows, radio programs, newspapers, magazines and websites like YourStory and Inspire India. She was also one of the ‘100 Women Achievers of India’ that were invited to witness the Republic Day parade of India (2016) as special guests.
Besides reading and writing novels, Jyoti also enjoys blogging and has won several blogging competitions. She loves checking out latest technological innovations, watching movies, and listening to old Bollywood songs. Reach her at

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Review: My Enemy, My Heart

30229081 My Enemy, My Heart by Laurie Alice Eakes
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The sea is Deirdre MacKenzie’s home, and the crew of her father’s Baltimore clipper is the only family she loves. She’s happier wearing breeches and climbing the rigging of the Maid of Alexandria than donning a dress and learning to curtsy. But when the War of 1812 erupts, the ship is captured by a British privateer, leaving her father, the captain, dead. Deirdre watches her crew herded into the hold, destined for the notorious Dartmoor prison in England. Though her fate as a noncombatant is uncertain, she knows she must find a way to free her crew.

Kieran Ashford has caused his family one too many scandals. On his way to exile in America, he is waylaid by the declaration of war and a chance to turn privateer and make his own fortune. But he regrets his actions as soon as the rich prize is secured. Now his best chance at redeeming himself in the eyes of his family is to offer Deirdre the protection of his name in marriage.

But love and loyalty clash as Kieran begins to win Deirdre’s heart despite her plot to betray him. Will Kieran’s plan mend the relationship with his family, and can this fated couple find true love despite the secret lies between them?

Review: Yesterday's Tomorrows; A Search for My Place in God's Loving Legacy

36117733 Yesterday's Tomorrows; A Search for My Place in God's Loving Legacy by Kimberley Schumacher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Is Family History relevant in God's big picture? This six (6) week study explores this idea, provides Biblical examples, and leaves you with tools to help begin your own search. Use it in your quiet time, share it in your small group, or lead your church families on a journey of healing by exploring traditions, family culture, and by sharing beliefs that are too important to be lost or forgotten.

Review: Spirit Quest

32172405 Spirit Quest by Jennifer Frick-Ruppert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Skyco, an Algonquin boy, is heir to the great chief Menatonon, but he has much to learn before he can take his place within the tribe. He studies with the shaman Roncommock, who teaches him how to enter the spirit world and communicate with spirits and other animals, while he also learns practical skills of hunting, fishing, and starting a fire from other men in his village. But learning to throw a spear with an atlatl and shoot arrows with a bow are just precursors to the ultimate test, the husquenaugh, when he is challenged to use his hard-earned skills to survive the harrowing life-or-death ritual.

Saturday, November 25, 2017


Sown in Tears by Beverly Magid

Publication Date: September 18, 2012
Paperback & eBook; 194 Pages
ISBN-13: 978-1478104575

Genre: Fiction/Historical/Jewish

Russia, 1905: The Jews are restricted to the area called thePale of the Settlement and the target of anti-semitism fomented by the government and exacerbated by the laws and the economy. After an attack on the village of Kortitz, Leah Peretz must find a way to survive and protect her young children. Her life is complicated by the unexpected attentions of the Russian officer, Captain Vaselik. Can she trust him? Should she join the burgeoning worker movement? Suddenly her path to self-discovery has become one of drama, revolution and courage.

"I read this story in ONE day. I could not put the book down!" - Impressions In Ink Book Blog

"Sown in Tearswill have you gripped from the first sentence. This exciting, fast-paced novel takes all the elements of romance, family love, friendship and loyalty and places them into the fascinating setting of a small Jewish settlement in Russia in 1905. Magid creates a wonderful atmosphere of stifling terror and poverty in the Jewish community and the courage and survival instincts of Leah or so expertly created that you are willing her on, even when her actions could have serious consequences for her family. This novel truly stands out in the ‘chick lit’ category as a brave and exciting choice of subject matter written with real heart and finesse." -

Available in Paperback and eBook on Amazon

Where Do I Go? by Beverly Magid

Publication Date: October 9, 2017
BeWrite Press
Paperback & eBook; 138 Pages

Genre: Fiction/Historical/Jewish

It's 1908 and Leah and her boys have immigrated to New York's Lower East Side to live with her brothers after surviving a pogrom in their Russian village. She is determined to find a home in America but the conditions are harsher than she expected. The garment sweat shops are brutal to work in and it's essential that her son Benny works after school to help with expenses. Unbeknownst to her he runs errands for the local bookie/gangster. Life isn't what Leah hoped for, but she's a fighter and not willing to accept the awful conditions at Wollowitz's Factory. She's on a journey to find her own voice, to find a place for herself and her sons, to find a little beauty and romance in her life.

Available in Paperback and eBook on Amazon

About the Author

Beverly Magid, before writing her novel, was a journalist and an entertainment and celebrity PR executive, who interviewed many luminaries, including John Lennon, Jim Croce and the Monty Python gang, and as a publicist represented clients in music, tv and film, ranging from Whoopi Goldberg, John Denver and Dolly Parton to Tom Skerritt, Martin Landau, Kathy Ireland and Jacqueline Bisset.

Beverly is a longtime west coast resident who still considers herself a New Yorker. Among the social issues she’s passionate about is literacy and she worked with KorehLA to mentor elementary children in reading. Also she has been an advocate for Jewish World Watch, an organization dedicated to working against genocide and to aid the victims of war atrocities. On a lighter side, she is also a volunteer at the Los Angeles Zoo, monitoring animal behavior for their Research Department.

She is a news and political junkie who supports environmental, animal and human rights issues. She believes most passionately that “We must remain vigilant to the those who would erode the rights of people around the world and work to defeat them.”

For more information, please visit Beverly Magid's website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Book Blast Schedule

Monday, November 13
Passages to the Past

Tuesday, November 14
Creating Herstory

Wednesday, November 15
The Never-Ending Book
History From a Woman's Perspective

Thursday, November 16
A Book Geek

Friday, November 17
So Many Books, So Little Time

Monday, November 20
WS Momma Readers Nook

Tuesday, November 21
Locks, Hooks and Books

Wednesday, November 22
Adventures Thru Wonderland

Thursday, November 23
What Is That Book About

Monday, November 27
Let Them Read Books

Thursday, November 30
Pursuing Stacie


During the Book Blast we will be giving away a signed copy of SOWN IN TEARS! To enter, please enter via the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on November 30th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Giveaway is open to residents in the US only.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.

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Cover Reveal: Rescuing Prince Charming (Alien Contact for Idiots #4)

Today is the cover reveal for Rescuing Prince Charming by Edward Hoornaert. The cover is designed by Danielle Fine. This cover reveal is organized by Lola's Blog Tours.

Rescuing Prince CharmingRescuing Prince Charming (Alien Contact for Idiots #4)

By Edward Hoornaert

Genre: Science Fiction Romance

Age category: Adult

Release Date: 4 December, 2017


Dusty Johnson, a self-styled ordinary, everyday woman, responds with extraordinary heroism to saboteurs trying to bomb the prototype of Earth's first starship. She wants to return to anonymity, but her moment of courage propels her ever deeper into danger that tears the scabs off her dark past—and thrusts her into the arms of the unattainable man of her dreams.

Reese Eaglesbrood, an alien prince, yearns to restore his tattered reputation by guiding the starship project to completion, but his fascination with the unassuming heroine threatens to undermine his fragile authority. Shunning Dusty is necessary, yet unthinkable—and when the saboteurs strike again, she may be his only ally against Earth's darkest enemies.

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He hurled the bomb over the side with the grace and power of a javelin thrower.

Huffing, Dusty grabbed the cold railing and looked down. Three long steel posts reached forty yards down to the steep and rocky forest below. If the bomb landed near a post, the blast would bring down the terrace with her on it. But did she run? Nope.

She leaned over the railing and put an arm on the back of her amazing companion. Although she didn’t know his name, there was no one she’d rather stand shoulder-to-shoulder with, facing oblivion, panting in unison, poised on the knife’s edge separating death from life.

“God,” she panted, “you have a…a great arm.”

He said nothing, and she was too busy watching the bomb to notice his reaction. Stupid to just stand there, yet she watched the bomb fall as though in slow motion. The lid floated away, wafting back and forth like a cardboard leaf.

The box arched beyond the pylons and the forest toward the ocean. Being a fiord, the bottom dropped off as steeply as the mountainside, so the box should be well submerged when it went off. She never could’ve thrown it so far.

The box hit the water with an insignificant splash. She waited.


That was all? This whole blood-pumping thing was a hoax?

But just as disappointment threatened to chill her, the dark waters of the Pacific erupted as though a whale had farted. Dusty jerked closer to the stranger. He was warm and alive and his courage took her breath away. Being held by him seemed the most natural thing in the world.

Edward HoornaertAbout the Author:

What kind of guy writes romance? A guy who married his high school sweetheart a week after graduation and still lives the HEA decades later. A guy who’s a certifiable Harlequin hero—he inspired Vicki Lewis Thompson’s Rita Award finalist Mr. Valentine, which is dedicated to him.

Ed started out writing contemporary romances for Silhouette Books, but these days he concentrates on science fiction romance. He’s been a teacher, principal, technical writer, salesman, janitor, and symphonic oboist. He and wife Judi live in Tucson, Arizona. They have three sons, a daughter, a mutt, and the galaxy’s most adorable grandson.

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My Writing #1

He knew it was the end. They both knew. Hands slick with blood, eyes blinking away tears. He looked into her eyes, and smiled. Through the pain and the fear, for that moment he was home. “I love you.” He mouthed, afraid to speak the words, unwilling to break the moment. But it didn’t matter, for in the next moment, the beast was on him. He was being pulled away, sliding over the side of the building. The blood made it impossible to hold on, but still he tried to tighten his grip on her hand. “No!” she shouted, breaking the silence as the monster pulled him the final inch over the ledge. Gone! He was gone. She lay there, frozen with shock. Then pain laced through her arm, and she turned. The beast’s bronze teeth bit deep into her forearm.
Reaching quickly to the edge of the roof, her hand wrapped around something hard. Eyes glancing over, she smiled. Even in death Derek was looking out for her. Grabbing the gun she pointed it at the monster’s chest and fired…

And the opening of a book I'm both excited and terrified to write in the coming year! This is by far my favorite of everything I have ever written, and I just hope I can live up to it's potential with the rest of the story.  I came up with this idea while daydreaming one day, and it was so easy to write these opening lines, but I hesitate when it comes to the actual story. I do have a few chapters I am working on, and will be editing soon, but it's a long way from finished.

Review: Beasts Made of Night

33395234 Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In the walled city of Kos, corrupt mages can magically call forth sin from a sinner in the form of sin-beasts – lethal creatures spawned from feelings of guilt.

Taj is the most talented of the aki, young sin-eaters indentured by the mages to slay the sin-beasts. But Taj’s livelihood comes at a terrible cost. When he kills a sin-beast, a tattoo of the beast appears on his skin while the guilt of committing the sin appears on his mind. Most aki are driven mad by the process, but 17-year-old Taj is cocky and desperate to provide for his family.

When Taj is called to eat a sin of a royal, he’s suddenly thrust into the center of a dark conspiracy to destroy Kos. Now Taj must fight to save the princess that he loves – and his own life.

A gritty Nigerian-influenced fantasy.

Review: Slantindicular

35788250 Slantindicular by Katharine!
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Slantindicular is a collection of observations that raises more questions than it answers, chiefly "what is the point of this?" See questions born, questions coming of age, questions striking out on their own, questions begetting even more questions. This questionable collection of stories and comics will have you questioning why you didn't buy it sooner.

"A collection of what?" you ask—already with the questions. Well, stories among other things—short stories, long scenes, micro stories, single-panel illustrations, multi-panel comics, and maybe a poem or two. In these mostly fictional snippets of American life, you will meet a vampire in a shopping mall, watch an unlikely romance bloom between seasonal lawn decorations, join a dysfunctional family on vacation, learn how an innocent internet meme can disrupt one person's morning routine—and so much more.

Slantindicular is the perfect reading option for commutes, long waits, and desperate attempts to avoid conversations in internet-less environments. Fill those idle moments with misunderstandings, miscommunications, and mysteries involving misfits and misanthropes, misnomers and misty memories. After reading these Slantindicular stories, you'll never look at shampoo, toast or Richard Kind the same way again.

Included in this collection:
An Introduction to a Glampire
The Art of Sitting Quietly
Feline Friendly
The Meme According to Cark
The Backseat Goes Where the Front Seat Goes
Snowmano a Snowmano