Tuesday, July 31, 2018

July Wrap-Up [2018]

Well…I started the month with good intentions…but that quickly fell though. Between me being summoned for Jury Duty (which I still have to serve until the end of August, then I’m free for 2 years), my brother and sister’s VBS (Vacation Bible School), and my step-dad blaming me for everything under the sun, I’ve had a long, hard month. (Oh, and now he’s kicking me out again, something that just a week ago he promised my mom he wouldn’t do.)

That said, I did get some reading done, and am really happy with the books I did finish this month.


Smoke and Iron (The Great Library #4)
by Rachel Caine
Rating: 4/5 stars

After the explosive ending in Ash and Quill, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book! That said, this one turned out to be a lot slower than I expected, still amazing, but there was less action, and a lot more planning going on, though there is still plenty of action, danger, suspense, lies, and surprises to go around! Now I’m eagerly awaiting the final book in this series, while I’m also unwilling for it to end, I must know what happens!


Sea Witch
by Sarah Henning
Rating: 3/5 stars

Okay, so I know it says 3 stars, but I ended up loving this one! It’s just that I wasn’t fully immersed in the story until almost the end, and by then, well it was almost over. That said, if  you are a Hans Christian Anderson fan, enjoy a dark fantasy, or just want a good mermaid story, I recommend giving this one a try!


Mistake of Magic (Power of Five #2)
by Alex Lidell
Rating: 5/5 stars

After the ending of Power of Five, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book! I thought I knew what to expect, but I was completely wrong in the most delicious ways! While Power of Five made a good first impression, this one goes deeper, and shows readers that there is so much more to see! This one doesn’t end with the urgency of the first book, but there is still plenty going on, and fans will still be eagerly waiting for the next book in this series!

And…that’s it. Yes, I know, I’m in the middle of at least a handful of wonderful books, and still I only managed to finish 3, but all things considered, I’m super happy with this month, and can’t wait to share more about the other epic books I have lined up!

Audio Tour: Tracing Shadows

Author: Alex Lidell

Narrator: Hayden Daviau

Length: 6 hours and 21 minutes

Serie: Scout Series, Book 1

Publisher: Danger Bearing Press

Released: May 21, 2018

Genre: YA Fantasy

To protect the throne, 17-year-old spy Kali must play a male guardsman trainee by day and royal lady by night.

Orphaned and trained on a spymaster’s remote estate, Kali is a scout who works alone in the shadows. But when a terror group threatens the Dansil throne, the king forces Kali to accept a mission at the palace or forfeit her sister’s life.

Suddenly thrust into the light, Kali must infiltrate high society as the royal Lady Lianna while penetrating the servant ranks as Kal, a male guardsman trainee. It doesn’t help that Trace, the harsh and enigmatic captain of the king’s guard, is soon assigned as both Lady Lianna’s palace escort and Kal’s commanding officer.

As Kali edges closer to the truth behind the violent group’s identity, she uncovers dangerous secrets that could bring her mission to a brutal end. A scout’s job is to observe and report, never to engage…but if it means saving her sister and kingdom, Kali may have no choice.

Tracing Shadows, by Amazon best-selling author Alex Lidell, is the first novel in the Scout series. Perfect for fans of Tamora Pierce, Leigh Bardugo, and Sarah J. Maas.

Alex Lidell is the author of Amazon best sellers AIR AND ASH and WAR AND WIND (Danger Bearing Press, 2017) and an Amazon Breakout Novel Awards finalist author of THE CADET OF TILDOR (Penguin, 2013). She is an avid horseback rider, a (bad) hockey player, and an ice-cream addict. Born in Russia, Alex learned English in elementary school, where a thoughtful librarian placed a copy of Tamora Pierce’s ALANNA in Alex’s hands. In addition to becoming the first English book Alex read for fun, ALANNA started Alex’s life long love for YA fantasy books.


I really enjoyed Kali’s character in this one! Once again Lidell has created a fun world and a wonderful cast of characters. The one thing about this one, is that one of the characters is a cutter, so there really should be a trigger warning, but wasn’t one that I could tell. That said, the characters in this one are well written, and the story is fast-paced and fun to read.

With romance, politics, intrigue, and plenty of surprises! After reading a few of Alex Lidell’s other book, I can say this one definitely fits her style. Her characters, plot, and setting are all beautifully done and engaging.

I loved listening to this one on audio. Hayden Daviau did a wonderful job bringing this story to life! She is well versed in the anime world, and was a perfect pick for this story! I love her ability to vary the characters’ voices!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Alex Lidell. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Top 5: Worst YA Book Covers

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah @ bionicbookwormblogWhile there are loads of amazing covers YA and otherwise, there are always a few that are completely unappealing. I’ll admit, I had to dig a bit for this one, since there is a difference in a bland cover, and a terrible one. (This has also inspired a future post for beautiful covers, which I think I’ve done before, with with so many books coming out, there’s always new covers to share!)

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Okay, so Cricket is cute in this one, but something is off about Lola 😛 I might just be biased though, since I love the other covers for this series so much!

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I’ll admit, while I watched the movie and, surprisingly, enjoyed it, this cover just doesn’t inspire me to pick this one up…though I may at some point.

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Spotlight: Dronefall




Halcyon Slavic is a Christian and a drone-tracker, relying on her independence and society’s apathy to live life her own way. As long as she keeps her faith private, she’s free to believe what she wants. But her second life monitoring Budapest’s massive system of surveillance drones is a short fuse.

When a drone appears at her window one night, she knows the fuse is lit, and abandons mainstream society to fight back against the eyes in the sky. But her new life hits her with more than she bargained for. She finds herself hiding in a semi-secret community of Christians who simply want to live upright lives away from the world’s lies and suspicion. These saints of the slums want nothing to do with reckless anti-government fanatics who spend their nights sniping the city’s drones out of the sky. Halcyon hides a double-edged secret.

And her hunter has followed her. Can Halcyon manage balancing her new life in a strange community while keeping one eye on the sky? Or will she be caught unawares by this elusive and secret threat from the airspace over her only place of refuge?

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Cover Reveal: Queen of Thieves

I am SO excited to share this with you guys! For the first time since I started publishing, I decided to work with a designer instead of doing the covers myself and holy hell am I glad I did!! Check out the cover reveal, new blurb, and link to the first 3 chapters now!!


The cover was designed by Ravenborn, a kickass designer who specializes in fantasy covers! She’s absolutely amazing and was such a pleasure to work with! I really think she captured Narra, and the look I was going for!


Ruthless commander. Cunning thief. Deadly blademaster.


Narra is a second generation thief raised in the Guild by her iron-fisted father. Growing up, she dreamed his death would free her, but when he shows up dead in the wreckage of a train destroyed by the Revolution, the happiest day of her life is ruined by one word: traitor.

Her father is accused of betraying the only thing she thought he ever really loved; the Thieves Guild. To prove his innocence, and remove the stain from her name, Narra will go to darker places than she ever thought possible and be forced to work with people she doesn’t dare trust.

If she fails, she’ll lose more than her sanity or her life.

She’ll lose the Guild.

Set in a steampunk world on the cusp of civil war, Queen of Thieves introduces a dark tale where family lies, magic might be real, and thieves fall for revolutionary princesses.

Queen of Thieves releases August 21st, and will be available for pre-order in the next few weeks!

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My Monday

Ugh, I’m so done! I’m done trying, done caring, done, just so DONE!

My step-dad is mad at the world, and apparently I’m the center of the world, since I’m getting the brunt of his anger. He went to his mom’s for her birthday, and blessed her out, then came home and behind my back, told my mom I had to go…Only I have no where to go. I can’t work, and there is no way I can live on my own with out a car, or income. My grandma isn’t an option since I become super depressed and unstable, and Food Stamps says I have to work 2 hrs, but if I work, they say out combined income (me and my grandma’s disability) is too much, and won’t give us anything, only my grandma has loads of loans and there is no food money.

Plus, my mom is the only one who can help me when I’m unstable, and my step-dad is trying to take her away from me and my grandma. He is mad that my mom tries to take care of my and my disabled (70 year old) grandma, when she is also disabled. My mom has auto-immune disease and can’t do much, but she is the only one who can drive me and my grandma around to pay bills and go to the store.

Vocational Rehab isn’t doing me any good. My case worker doesn’t seem to know what she’s doing, and doesn’t understand my needs at all. The tests were enlightening, the Psych exam results said that I have an IQ of 108 compared to the norm 90-91, but that I am ’emotionally fragile’ which is 100% accurate. The Vocational test says I need to avoid retail, food, factory, and nursing, which is pretty much the only thing offered in my area. My strongest thing is plant/animal work, but that requires schooling. Both work and school are big triggers for me, since stress makes me cycle and I rapid cycle, cycling between manic and depressed. Vocational Rehab wants me to move to Knoxville, which is known for it’s high crime (murder and rape) rates, and really bad storms. I don’t have any family anywhere around Knoxville, and I have no desire to go to the University of Tennessee (A large, ‘party school’) to be a Veterinarian. I want to work in conservation or wildlife rehab.

I do want to go to school, but I’m worried that it will be a repeat of Carson-Newman where I was so stressed and had chronic migraines. I want to go to LeesMcRae but since I owe CN I might have to go to a community college first.

I don’t know. I just…Ugh, I’m so ready for answers and a break-through.

Sunday’s Spotlight: Grace and Fury

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In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi Tessaro face two very different fates: one in the palace, the other in prison.

Serina has been groomed her whole life to become a Grace – someone to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining, subjugated example of the perfect woman. But when her headstrong and rebellious younger sister, Nomi, catches the heir’s eye, it’s Serina who takes the fall for the dangerous secret that Nomi has been hiding.

Now trapped in a life she never wanted, Nomi has only one way to save Serina: surrender to her role as a Grace until she can use her position to release her sister. This is easier said than done. A traitor walks the halls of the palace, and deception lurks in every corner. But Serina is running out of time, imprisoned on an island where she must fight to the death to survive and one wrong move could cost her everything.


Saturday, July 28, 2018

Review: Power of Five

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Four elite fae warriors. One mortal female. A magical bond they can’t allow—or resist.

Orphaned and sold to a harsh master, Lera’s life is about mucking stalls, avoiding her master’s advances, and steering clear of the mystical forest separating the mortal and fae worlds. Only fools venture into the immortal realms, and only dark rumors come out… Until four powerful fae warriors appear at Lera’s barn.

River, Coal, Tye, and Shade have waited a decade for their new fifth to be chosen, the wounds from their quint brother’s loss still raw. But the magic has played a cruel trick, bonding the four immortal warriors to… a female. A mortal female.

Distractingly beautiful and dangerously frail, Lera can only be one thing—a mistake. Yet as the males bring Lera back to the fae lands to sever the bond, they discover that she holds more power over their souls than is safe for anyone… especially for Lera herself.

Power of Five is a full-length reverse-harem fantasy novel.



Such a fun read! I’ve read a few of Alex Lidell’s other books, and I have to say, so far this is my favorite! She always impresses me with her world-building and action packed plots, but the characters in this one each had their own personality, and really kept me attention. I loved Lera, and Tye is fun, but I loved Shade’s the most! That said, it was fun to watch River and Coal interact with Lera as she journey’s with the quint.

While I wish the story was a little longer, and the story was very fast-paced, I loved reading it, and the plot was interesting. I can’t wait to know what happens!



Friday, July 27, 2018

Blog Tour: Shadow Hand

Shadow’s Hand
The Shadow’s Creed Saga Book 1
by Noelle Nichols
Genre: Epic Fantasy
I used to believe our morals were absolute.
I no longer am certain.
Imposters pose as our Shadow group, spreading panic and killing innocents
across the lands. These False Shadows wield a magic in its infancy, a
power they call the Skills. There’s great potential to this power,
but a menacing undertone taints those who wield it. Their intentions
are sinister, without purpose, and their morals, questionable.
I am Kilo, a Shadow of Vaiyene, and I vow to put an end to these False
Shadows. My friends have been killed. My homeland, threatened. These
imposters know our weakness, and they seek to exploit who we are. I
fear before the end, I may forsake the very creed I’ve lived my
life by. Despite this, I must persist and find a way to return peace
to the lands. I will become the strength our people need.
My parents were brave and honorable.
I am neither of these.
This is no longer the world my parents knew. Peace is threatened in
Vaiyene and across the lands. The False Shadows have attacked, and
despite our Phantoms reassurance, I am not naïve enough to believe
we are safe.
I am Shenrae, one of the next generation of Shadows. My comrades doubt
me, as I often doubt myself, but I have no other choice than to
fight. The Phantoms cannot protect us for long. Soon, I will have to
find my place, and my strength, or I will lose everything I have
Shadow’s Hand is the first book in a heroic epic fantasy, inspired by Japan’s
samurai and their warrior code Bushido. It’s a story about the
makings of a hero and the hero’s sacrifice. If you like characters
with strong morals, fast-paced epic storytelling and exploring
magic’s morality, you’ll love The Shadow’s Creed Saga. Pick up a
copy today and join Kilo and Shenrae on their heart-twisting journey
to restore peace.

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Hello, I’m Noelle. A writer, a creator and most of all a dreamer.
We have the opportunities, both as writers and readers, to experience
people who are better than ourselves. Flawed still, but people who go
against all odds, perhaps too great for us in real life to aspire to.
They speak grander, fight against magical forces and live in a place
where imagination and dreams can thrive. This is why I write Fantasy.
Within my characters I find the strength and hope for a better
tomorrow, one that can be more fantastical and beyond reality. It’s
these characters that I wish to write, and these journeys I want to
take my reader’s on.
I’ve been
writing my trilogy, The Shadows Creed Saga, for the past five years.
The original idea came to me back in high school where I had the
support of many of my English teachers to continue writing the book.
However, I realized that in order to write a good book, I needed to
have experienced life more. I needed to lose someone close. I needed
to have my heartbroken. I needed to know what it was like to really
love someone, and what it means to be loved. So, I put my book away
and came back to it eight years later. I feel that I can instill my
life experiences into my characters now and really understand
I now feel I have the discipline, experience and imagination needed to bring
the books to publication. For now, this is my records to publication and my
writing process. My only wish is to write books that take people on a
journey, and feel that perhaps they have a friend and someone to
aspire to within the pages.
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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Blog Tour: Legend of Me


TITLE: Legend Of Me

AUTHOR: Rebekah L. Purdy

SERIES: Standalone

PUBLICATION DATE: September 4, 2018

PUBLISHER: Month9Books

RATING: 4 Stars


No one should ever go into the woods alone.
Brielle has grown up listening to tales of a beast that attacks humans, leaving behind only a scattering of bones and limbs. It’s probably the elders’ way of keeping little children in line, but it doesn’t explain her grisly premonitions of blood, claws, and severed heads.
But when Brielle finds a mangled body in the woods, she begins to wonder if the grim stories may actually be true. Soon, Lord Kenrick, Knight of the Crowhurst Order, arrives asking questions about the legendary monster. Brielle’s attraction to him is immediate and undeniable. She volunteers to help him search for clues to the creature’s existence, despite her suspicions about his timing.
As her seventeenth birthday approaches, Brielle’s nightmares worsen and more villagers go missing. If Brielle doesn’t figure out the connection between Kenrick, the beast, and her visions, more people will die. As Brielle falls deeper in love with Kenrick and deeper into the snares of the abominable beast, she’ll become part of a legend so great, no one will ever question its validity again.

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Brielle lives with her grandmother in the outskirts of town but she has trouble fitting in with all rules that are expected of young women. Soon, she starts having visions of a beast brutally killing villagers. To make matters worse, those villagers start showing up dead. Taxed with the strain of her visions and new killings, her crush, Raul, back in town and the arrival of Lord Kendrick, a knight intent on fighting the beast,  Brielle is thrown into a weave of curses, spells, magic and a truth about the beast that no one could have seen coming.

While I ended up really enjoying this story, I’ll admit, it does start slow, and took a while to grow on me. That and when the visions start, the writing style is kind of stilted, and it takes some time to understand what’s happening, and why it matters. After that the story is much smoother. There is also a love-triangle. I’ll admit, I enjoy a well done love-triangle, but I wasn’t really captivated by either of  the love interests. That said, I enjoyed the story, and would gladly read similar stories by this author, but I do feel that some parts could have been more exciting. Overall this story was a fun read, and one I could easily rate 3.5-4 stars, I just wish the beginning was a little more reader friendly.


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Rebekah was born and raised in Michigan where she spent many late nights armed with a good book and a flashlight. She’s lived in Michigan most of her life other than the few years she spent in the U.S. Army. At which time she got a chance to experience Missouri, Kansas, South Carolina, and California.Rebekah has a business degree from University of Phoenix and currently works full time for the court system. In her free time she writes YA stories, anything from YA Fantasy to YA Contemporary Romance. Rebekah also has a big family (6 kids)—she likes to consider her family as the modern day Brady Bunch complete with crazy road trips and game nights.When not hiding at her computer, Rebekah enjoys reading, singing, soccer, swimming, football, camping, playing video games, traveling, and hanging out with her family and gazillion pets.

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“Girls can’t be in the navy! Girls take care of babies! You’re so stupid, you don’t know anything!”

London. 1783. Wendy Darling is an orphan, living in an overcrowded almshouse, ridiculed for believing in a future she can never have. More than anything in the world, she wants to be the captain of a ship. But that’s impossible.
 Isn’t it?

By 1789, she’s sixteen, old enough to be sold into service as a dressmaker or a servant. When she learns the Home Office is accepting a handful of women into its ranks, she jumps at the chance, joining the fight against the most formidable threat England has…

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Audio Tour: The Phoenix Project

Author: C.A. Gray

Narrator: Melissa Williams

Series: The Liberty Box series, Book 3

Length: 7 hours 26 minutes

Publisher: Wanderlust Publishing

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

The haven city of Beckenshire has been demolished, and most of the rebels lie beneath the rubble. The few that remain scramble to communicate with the outside world, knowing that if they are to stand a chance in the coming war, they can’t do it alone. In a last ditch effort to grow their ranks, the remaining rebels systematically destroy the repeaters which help to propagate the control center signals. And it’s working: citizens in targeted cities are waking up in droves. But Ben Voltolini will stop at nothing to quell the uprising before it has a chance to get off the ground. And he has one major ace up his sleeve: Kate Brandeis.

During Kate’s broadcast to the nation, Voltolini unleashed targeted brainwave signals against her, causing her to allow both Jackson MacNamera’s capture, and her own. Now, despite Voltolini’s exquisite wining and dining, she can’t seem to stop the panic attacks. Whom can she trust? What is truth? Is there even such a thing?

Meanwhile, imprisoned and hopeless, Jackson realizes the depths of his feelings for Kate only after he has already lost her. The incredible self-control upon which he prides himself gets put to the ultimate test when he meets an unlikely ally who just may turn the tide in the rebels’ favor – but only if Jackson can put aside his own bitterness. In this gripping conclusion to The Liberty Box Trilogy, new and surprising alliances are formed, passions run high, and our heroes learn what they are really made of. Do they have what it takes to fight for freedom – even if it means paying the ultimate price?

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By day, C.A. Gray is a Naturopathic Medical Doctor (NMD) with a primary care practice in Tucson, AZ, and she writes medical books under her real name (Dr. Lauren Deville). She lives with her husband, with whom she maintains a facetiously contentious movie review blog, and travels as often as they can get away. When not writing or seeing patients, she does yoga, drinks red wine while eating dark chocolate, and consumes audiobooks like there’s no tomorrow!



Narrator Bio

Melissa lives with her family, including two dogs and a cat, in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains near Denver, Colorado.

After having a corporate job for most of her life, and as a self-proclaimed introvert, she decided to leave corporate America to work from home. Voice overs had always tugged at her heart as something she would like to explore, so she attended some classes and landed with a company that taught her how to break in to the industry.

Loving to read, she explored the fast growing world of audiobooks and fell in love with it. She has ten audiobooks under her belt and is currently working on the 11th. Understanding that she should always be learning how to improve her skills, she is currently working with Sean Pratt.

When not talking to herself in a padded room, she can be found walking her dog, singing or fishing the Arkansas River.


After finishing The Eden Conspiracy, I had to know what happened next! That cliff-hanger was a delightful kind of torture, and I’m so glad I was able to quickly grab the final book in the trilogy! The Phoenix Project starts off fast paced, and never lets up! The stakes are higher than ever, and with more to loose, Kate, Will, and Jackson must make a move, and a final stand before the option is taken from under them. While I enjoy reading about Kate, I loved Jackson’s parts! He’s been my favorite from the start, but the more I read/listened, the more I liked him!

Melissa Williams once again blows it out of the water, and does a wonderful job adding a sense of suspense and urgency as the rebels reach the end of their journey. Such a fun listen/read, and a series I highly recommend!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by C.A. Gray. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.


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