Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Release Day Celebration: Consumed (Barren 2) by Elizabeth Miceli with Giveaway



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Consumed (Barren 2)
by Elizabeth Miceli

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Stacey Lorenzo has finished treatment, but is still devastated by her past as she enters college. With drugs and alcohol so readily available, so much freedom, and barely any supervision, Stacey falls back into old habits. Soon it’s a daily dose of partying, self-medicating, and having sex with lots of different guys. As her relationship with Eli destructs, she falls for Jesse, who just so happens to be a drug dealer. Every time she starts to fall back into the memories of her past, Jesse makes it easy to snort away the pain.

But she snorts too much one night; it forces her to question the man she loves and acknowledge her mental and emotional instability. In the second installment of The Barren Series, Stacey must overcome her addiction and make peace with her past if she is ever to be truly happy again.

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Consumed (Barren 2) by Elizabeth Miceli
Publication Date: August 31, 2016
Publisher: Swoon Romance







Recommended for ages 16+. Includes scenes that depict drug use, teen sex, and sexual assault.

This book contains mature content and depiction of a seventeen-year-old girl’s rape at the hands of another student. It is a chilling first person point of view account of something that occurs across the country at parties just like the one depicted in this story, and we wanted the fictional account to feel raw and as devastating. We also understand that these scenes may be difficult and uncomfortable for some. We recommend this novel for readers ages sixteen and older.

“I cried, praying for him to finish. I closed my eyes and tried to envision myself somewhere else… somewhere where I was happy. I thought of my family all piled around our tree on Christmas morning. I thought of singing with my band. I thought of Caitlin and me baking cookies and watching movies together. But after just a few seconds of pretending, Mike would hit me or thrust deeper, and I would be back in reality. I was being raped. I was all alone. I was a damsel in distress. And there was no one there to save me.”

Seventeen-year-old Stacey Lorenzo’s poor self-esteem has always consumed her. When significant weight loss leaves her still feeling powerless and with an eating disorder, she turns to partying to cope. Things go from bad ot worse when she is raped, a crushing blow to her psyche from which she may not recover. Stacey drugs, cuts, and hooks up with countless guys in an attempt to dull the pain. But if Stacey doesn’t find a way to face her demons and overcome her fears, she might find herself in a hole so dark, even love won’t be able to pull her out.

Barren is written by debut author Elizabeth Miceli. It is a devastating and dark account of one girl’s plummet to the very bottom of the human experience and the horrific and petrifying road to recovery and self-worth.

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Elizabeth hails from the smallest state with the biggest heart. She started off at The University of Akron and then transferred to the University of Rhode Island. She is a majoring in Human Development and Family Studies and minoring in Psychology. Although she loves writing- she also has a passion for helping others which is why she is studying to become a sex therapist/couples counselor. Elizabeth loves spending time with her family and friends, singing, eating everything Italian, and baking cookies. She is “in love with love” which is probably why the driving force in almost everything she writes is romance. When she’s not getting lost in her characters she can be found waiting for her prince charming in her North Kingstown, Rhode Island home.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Release Day Celebration: Joshua and the Arrow Realm by Donna Galanti with Giveaway



Welcome to the Release Day Celebration for

Joshua and the Arrow Realm
(Lightning Road #2) 
by Donna Galanti

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Joshua never thought he'd return to the world of Nostos so soon. But, when King Apollo needs his help in the Arrow Realm, Joshua's will and powers will be tested in order to save him.

With his loyalties divided between our world and theirs, Joshua wonders whether he alone can restore magic to the twelve powerless Olympian heirs, or whether he is being tricked into making the one mistake that might cost them all.

JOSHUA AND THE ARROW REALM is the exciting follow up to JOSHUA THE LIGHTNING ROAD which the Midwest Book Review called, "a heart-pounding thrill ride."

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Joshua and the Arrow Realm (Lightning Road #2)
by Donna Galanti
Publication Date: August 30, 2016
Publisher: Tantrum Books

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Stay away from the window, don’t go outside when it’s storming and whatever you do, do not touch the orb.

Twelve-year-old Joshua Cooper’s grandpa has always warned him about the dangers of lightning. But Joshua never put much stock in his grandpa’s rumblings as anything more than the ravings of an old man with a vast imagination. Then one night, when Joshua and his best friend are home alone during a frightful storm, Joshua learns his grandpa was right. A bolt of lightning strikes his house and whisks away his best friend—possibly forever.

To get him back, Joshua must travel the Lightning Road to a dark place that steals children for energy. But getting back home and saving his friend won’t be easy, as Joshua must face the terrifying Child Collector and fend off ferocious and unnatural beasts intent on destroying him.

In this world, Joshua possesses powers he never knew he had, and soon, Joshua’s mission becomes more than a search for his friend. He means to send all the stolen children home—and doing so becomes the battle of his life.

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Donna is the author of the Joshua and the Lightning Road series and the Element Trilogy. She is a contributing editor to International Thriller Writers the Big Thrill magazine and blogs at www.project-middle-grade-mayhem.blogs..., a cooperative of published middle grade authors. Visit her at and Donna wanted to be a writer ever since she wrote a murder mystery screenplay at seven and acted it out with the neighborhood kids. She attended an English school housed in a magical castle, where her wild imagination was held back only by her itchy uniform (bowler hat and tie included!). There she fell in love with the worlds of C.S. Lewis and Roald Dahl, and wrote her first fantasy about Dodo birds, wizards, and a flying ship (and has been writing fantasy ever since). She’s lived in other exotic locations, including her family-owned campground in New Hampshire and in Hawaii where she served as a U.S. Navy photographer. She now lives with her family and two crazy cats in an old farmhouse and dreams of returning one day to a castle.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Incursion (Catalyst Moon Saga Book 1) By Lauren L. Garcia

Mages are kept locked away from the rest of the world. Guarded by Sentinels, who protect the people from the mages, and the mages from the people. Really mages are held prisoner. They have no freedoms. Kali is a mage being transferred to Whitewater City. There are eight Sentinels to guard her, and she is shackled inside a carriage. The group is attacked and one of the Sentinels, Stonewall grabs Kali and they get away on a horse. Before they get out of the carriage, Kali grabs the key to her shackles and frees herself. Now they are galloping for their lives, and Kali uses magic to try and help them escape. As she releases the magic, her and Stonewall dissappear! They next thing they know, they are days away in the middle of nowhere. Kali has no idea how they got there, and Stonewall is freaking out. Magic doesn't work on him. So how did they end up here? Now they must figure out how to get back to Whitewater City. All the while avoiding raiders, gypsy's, bandits and anything else between then and safety. 

I enjoyed this book. It's very well written. The dialog is great, and the characters are captivating. I think the series has potential. I would love to read the next book. I definitely recommend this book!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

A Mortal Song By Megan Crewe

Sora is the princess of the Kami. A race of spirits, who are given the duty to protect the land and people of Japan. The palace at Mt Fugi is attacked and Sora discovers that she is a human, who was switched at birth to protect the real princess. Her guardian, and friend Takeo is tasked to take Sora to safety. They are to seek out the Kami seer, and follow the prophecy. They must journey to find and train the real princess, for only she can drive out the evil who have enslaved the Kami in Mt Fugi.

I enjoyed this book. The writing and dialog are good. The characters are well developed, and the world is unique. I recommend checking it out!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Wrong Number, Right Guy (The Bourbon Street Boys Book 1) By Elle Casey

May is a 29 year old, single photographer. Who mostly does weddings, and the occasional family portraits. Her life is pretty boring. She gets a frantic text message from her sister Jenny, asking her to meet up at a bar. A real dive of a biker bar. May brings her dog, a half-chihuahua half-pomeranian, who fits in her purse with her. She walks into the bar thinking she is going to find her sister, and her three kids, in some kind of trouble. However Jenny and the kids are nowhere to be found. She texts her sister again, and her sister says "I'm here but there is only some bimbo with a dog in her purse". May is just a little bit pissed of that her sister is calling her a bimbo. She sees a backroom, and heads towards it. When she gets there, she looks around confused and realizes that her sister is not in the bar. The next thing she knows, a really scary looking guy, with a horrible beard shows up and starts pulling her towards the back door. She starts freaking out and he tells her she needs to leave. All of a sudden shots are being fired at her and "the wookie". She is pushed out the door and the guy starts to run off in the opposite direction of her car. He tells her she can't go back to her car even though the police are there. He leaves here and comes back with the only truck she saw in the parking lot. He offers her a ride home. As she gets in the truck she texts her sister and the guys phone beeps. She realizes a couple minutes later that she has been texting him. Her sister was supposed to get a new phone today, so May assumed the text was from her. The guy gives her his business card and says, "I'm with Bourbon Street Boys Security" What has May walked into? Let's just say that May's life changed dramatically when she walked into that bar and met The Bourbon Street Boys!

This book made me laugh, from page one! It's full of action, romance, comedy, mystery and intrigue. The dialog is amazing. I love how Elle has created the characters in this book. They draw you in, and suck you into the story. I highly recommend this book and the series. Check it out!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Moon Tortured (Sky Brooks Series Book 1) By McKenzie Hunter

Sky is a shapeshifter. She and her mom are attacked, and when she wakes up her mom is dead. She's not at home either. The Pack, a local group of shapeshifters, has been asked to protect her from the vampires who attacked her and her mom. This is only the beginning into Sky discovering who she really is. Why would vampires attack her? Why was she important to them? What do they want from her?

This is a great book. A wonderful start to the series. I love the characters! McKenzie did a great job developing them. The dialog is awesome. Sky is full of fire and makes for a great main character! The book is well written and I like the length of it too. I highly recommend this book!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Author Interview with Elle Casey

I was very blessed to be able to able to interview one of my favorite authors Elle Casey! She is one of the most influential, and incredible authors in my life! I had to have my first interview be with Elle!

Me: Hi Elle! Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview with me! My first question is what made you decide to become an author?

Elle: I've been writing for about four and a half years now. I saw some articles online about publishing books for Kindle, and I thought if other people could do it, maybe I could do it to. People have told me all my life I should write a book, and I figured I had nothing to lose and everything to gain by trying, so why not? The risk of spending a month or two writing a novel that someone might never read seemed worth the possible reward of finding a reader who might like my work.  I've been a bookworm my whole life, and I have a huge amount of admiration for authors who can create a world for me to get lost in. To think I could be one of those people was very exciting for me.

Me: Where do you get your inspirations for new books and series?

Elle: Life. My past. My future. Things I see on the street or daydream or nightdream about. Sometimes weird stories on are fodder for good books too.

Me: What book or book series has most influenced your writing?

All the books I read as a kid were very influential in that they showed me the importance of creating worlds a reader can get lost in and characters they can love, hate, or laugh along with. As an adult, I've read hundreds of books, maybe into the thousands, but one series that really captivated me was the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. It had been a long, long time since I'd gotten so caught up in a group of characters and a story like that. I think it woke up the teenager me and let her hang around for a while, which is great for a woman of my age. :) So I guess you could say she influenced me in that I always wanted to write books that got people excited and she gave me something to think about as I started my writing adventure. I'd say that Stephen King also influenced me quite a bit. The humor in his books and the amazing characters always get me. Not to say that I try to copy him or anything, but I think his style really resonates with me and I find it natural to write in the same vein. 

Me: What is your favorite book or book series?

Elle: That's impossible for me to answer properly, unfortunately. Part of the problem is I'm always reading a new book or series and loving it for its own plot, characters, etc. Another problem is that I often forget books after I read them. There are very few I've cared to re-read. And sometimes a book I loved when I was younger, I'll re-read it and wonder why I liked it so much. Whether I will love a book is entirely dependent on where I am in my life when I read it. I can say that I loved and remembered elements of the Sookie Stackhouse series, the Harry Potter series, the Mercy Thompson series, the Twilight series, many books by authors Stephen King, Madeleine L'Engle, Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis writing together, Nora Roberts, Julie Garwood, Janet Evanovich, Samantha Young, and many others. The list is too long to include everyone here. I always feel bad making a list like this because I invariably leave off a bunch of amazing authors who deserve to be on it.

Me: What is your favorite genre you write in?

Elle: It depends on the day. I recently wrote a science fiction space opera after writing a string of romances and the change was nice. I write in every single genre that interests me as a reader, so right now that includes romance, paranormal, fantasy, science fiction, action/adventure, thriller, and suspense. I get bored easily, so I have to change things up to keep life interesting. When you write as many books as I do in a year, you have to make sure the brain stays fresh. I do that by switching genres. I really have to go to another place in my head to write for a totally different audience, but one thing that stays consistent no matter which genre I write in is humor. My readers say you will always laugh out loud reading one of my books, even the ones with sad or serious parts in them.

Me: If you were to write a book or series in a genre you have never written in before, what would it be?

Elle: I will try mystery/thriller one of these days (I've been known to binge on Castle re-runs). I also just read The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl and those were very fun to think about as an author.

Me: Who is your favorite character you have written about?
Elle: Probably Tim the pixie in the War of the Fae series. He's a blast. Whenever I'm writing his dialogue or have him in a scene, my spirits are soaring. It's impossible not to love that little guy.

Me: When writing a series do your characters seem to hijack your story, or are you always in control of the story?

I'm never in control of my stories. Never ever. I just take dictation of what I see and hear them doing/saying in my head. My stories go wherever the characters take them. I don't use outlines to write; I'm what's called a Pantser. . .I write by the seat of my pants.

Me: What has been your favorite series to write so far?

Elle: They all take a piece of me to put together and they all pull from my life or my history in one way or another. My favorite might be Apocalypsis because I dreamed of a post-apocalyptic world often as a teen, wondering what I'd do to survive. I also love War of the Fae a lot because the characters are so crazy and I adore supernatural stuff. There will always be a part of me that believes vampires, witches, elves, and fairies exist here with us. No one will ever be able to convince me they don't.

Me: What was the most critical thing someone wrote in a review, and how did impact your writing?

Elle: Well, the most critical thing someone's ever said is that I'm dead stupid and should never even think of writing another book for the rest of my life, but that kind of garbage isn't helpful and really isn't about me so much as it's about an angry, mentally unbalanced person with free access to the Internet. As silly as those kinds of reviews are, and even though I can rationally tell myself that it's just a person blowing off steam, it still makes it difficult for me to work after reading one. What I'll do nowadays is read all the negative reviews on a certain day, prepare myself as best I can for the anger and vitriol, and then take a couple days off to cry and hate myself before I get over it and go back to work. lol. (not kidding, but lol anyway) I do, however, get helpful writing tips from reader reviews, those that are actually discussing the book and not me as an author: things like a romance happening too fast, not enough description of a character to get a good picture, cliffhangers (I ignore any complaints about those, haha), etc. If enough people tell me something they didn't like about a book, character, or series, I am definitely thinking about it as I write the next book, assuming I agree with it. Sometimes I think a reader just didn't get what I was trying to do with a certain character or scene, so I just let it go. But if I think their gripe is legit, I work to be better next time.

Me: What was the best advice anyone ever gave you about writing?

Elle: Ignore the haters. Even the most amazing authors in the history of writing have haters, and I shouldn't expect to be different or allow them to define who I am as an author. It was my readers who gave me that advice.

Me: Do you have anything else you would like to add?

Elle: I'm often asked to give advice to to aspiring authors. Here are my 2 cents: Write. Don't just dream about writing, or talk about wanting to write, or read about writing, or do practice exercises designed to help you learn how to write. Just write. And then keep doing that. You can't have a career as a writer if you can't finish writing a book. Then, once you've done that, edit over and over until it's the best you can do. Then ask for feedback from trusted, gentle sources. If you have problems with your writing, read a book or two on writing and edit again. You'll never be a good writer if you don't WRITE. Also, if you don't read a lot, you should probably read at least 50 books in your preferred genre before you even start to write in it, because you have to know what readers of that genre will be looking for. Reader expectations must be met always and exceeded whenever possible. If you're not a big reader, I don't think it's possible to be a big writer.

Elle's Biography - Click here to visit her website!

Hi. I’m Elle Casey, a full-time hybrid author (hybrid, meaning I publish some of my books myself and some with a traditional publisher – Montlake Romance). I published my first novel WRECKED on January 1, 2012 and have published on average a book every six weeks since. I quit my jobs as a lawyer and teacher early in 2013 to focus full time on my writing, and I couldn’t be happier. I love my work and even more so, my readers!

Please be sure to sign up for my newsletter so you can stay current with what’s going on in my world. Here are a few videos I’ve done answering reader and fellow-author questions; some of them are long, so grab a snack! Elle Casey’s Youtube channel. I’ve also started collecting my online Q&As in one place, so click HERE to read those.

Okay, more about me…  I’ve been reading since I was 4 and have read probably over a couple thousand books in my lifetime. I love, love, love books!! I can’t tell you how many things I’ve not gotten done and chores I’ve ignored because I was too busy reading, and how many nights I’ve stayed up until the sun began to rise, finishing up a good book. I don’t have much time for reading these days, what with all the writing I’ve been doing, but my favorite genres are fantasy, paranormal, sci fi, dystopian, and romance of all types. I used to adore thriller and horror novels; when I was younger, Stephen King was my guy. I just love his writing style and the way he makes characters come alive on the page.

In 2010, I threw all caution to the wind, checked out of corporate life, and moved the family to France where I now live with my husband, three children, three dogs, and four horses —  surrounded by trees, hills, chateaux, and wonderful, warm people I am proud to call friends.  I’ve also renovated an old barn and purchased a vineyard — 2014 marked our first harvest. My life is simply crazy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

So that’s me in a nutshell. Thanks for coming to my website.  Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter  to find get an email when my next book is released. You can follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and check out my Pinterest boards of bookish and random fun stuff. And please, if you like my books, tell your friends and family.  Without you sharing my work, I would be nowhere in this writing business.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Once Broken Faith (October Daye Series Book 10) By Seanan McGuire

Sir October "Toby" Daye is a Knight of the Realm for the Kingdom of the Mists. She was responsible for helping an alchemist discover a cure for Elf-Shot. Elf-Shot is a way the Fae found to get around their most sacred of laws. Oberan's Law, no killing a pureblood Fae. It puts the person whose been shot to sleep for a hundred years. To the Fae, who are immortal, it's no big deal. However to changeling's it's deadly. Changeling's are half or part Fae and human. The High King of the Western Kingdom has conviened a conclave to determine if the cure should be made public. The Kingdom of the Mists is hosting it since the cure was discovered by one of its subjects. The High King and Queen requested Toby be there. Their son is her squire, but his parentage has been hidden as he is in a blind fosterage until he comes of age at thirty. So Toby and her squire Quentin go to the conclave, and as the natural order of things go in Toby's life all hell breaks loose! Some monarch gets killed and it only gets worse from there! Now Toby has to find a killer and keep everyone at the conclave safe!

This series is one of my favorite urban fantasy series! I was honored to be chosen to review it! The dialog Seanan writes is incredible! You just instantly fall in love with her characters! The world she has created is imaginative, creative, and full of awesome fantasy! She has taken this series to new heights, with each book she puts out! If you haven't already started this series, I highly recommend it! It's one of the best I've ever read!

There is a novella attached to the end of the book, about the Queen of the Mists. It takes place directly after the book ends. It's great too!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Magic Binds (Kate Daniels Series Book 9) By Ilona Andrews

Kate Daniels is finally getting married! She and Curran have fought hard to reach their wedding day! Just as they choose the date, and find the right priest to marry them, all hell breaks loose! Will Kate and Curran finally make it to the alter, or die horribly in battle? What does happen will change their lives forever!

Oh I forgot to mention Kate's father is the most magically powerful, evil immortal being on earth! Who just loves to torment his daughter!

Ilona Andrews is one of my favorite authors! This series is beyond amazing, and it only keeps getting better! The dialog alone is one of my favorite things about it! The characters are so well developed, and just enthralling! As you read this series, it draws you in! The world of Kate Daniels is one of the most original, incredibly written, wonderful stories, I've ever read! I highly recommend it! This book is the best of the series so far!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Bound By Faerie (Stolen Magic Series Book 1) By W.B. McKay

Sophie is a fae shapeshifter, looking to find out more about her magic. She works as a magical artifact bounty hunter. When her journey for learning about her magic leads her to a bar and the owner Owen, things just spiral from there! They travel into Faerie and little does Sophie know, the journey will change her life!

I really enjoyed reading this book! The writing and dialog are great! The authors have created a world I want to read more about! The characters are awesome, and I look forward to reading the second book! I highly recommend this series!

The Sight (Devil's Isle Series Book 2) By Chloe Neill

Claire is a woman living in a time where magic is a crime, and anyone with magic is locked up in the Devil's Isle. She was discovered by a bounty hunter and he decided to keep her secret. Now she works with him. A cult of magic haters has come to town, determined to see everyone with magic exterminated! Is Claire's secret in danger? Does she stop this cult from destroying Devil's Isle?

Chloe Neill has hit another one out of the park! I love her unique writing style, and the incredible dialog in this book! She is a great author, and this series just showcases that! I highly recommend checking out this book!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Earth Lost (Earthrise Series Book 2) By Daniel Arenson

Having just faced the battle of their lives on Earth, Marco and the platoon under Lieutenant Ben-Ari set off for the space frontier battle lines. Their starship receives a distress call from a nearby mining colony, while they are in transit to integration training for the Space Defense Force. S.D.F. Captain Petty is very intolerant towards the platoon from Earth. If she has her way, the Earth Platoon would be fed directly to the enemy Scum! However, little does everyone know that detouring to answer this distress call will change all their lives forever! What do they find on the colony? Pick up the book to find out!

Wow! I thought book one was intense! This book topped it by far! Daniel has created an incredible universe, and his writing is phenomenal! I'm blown away by how captivating this book is! There is so much horrible graphic violence, death and destruction, yet you just can't tear yourself away from it! Daniel is a truly gifted author who has an incredible book series here! I can't wait to read book three!

Katana Series Boxset (Books 1 and 2) By Ken Warner

Katana is a young girl who has studied karate her whole life. At the age of twelve she prepares to take the test for her black belt. During her test she has a very strange experience. She is able to stop her attackers completely, and has no idea why. Master Osaka tells her that she has learned to harness her chi, and mastered the chen do for karate. He wants to send her to a special temple to train, The Hall of The Dragon! Little does Katana know that her destiny will change forever the moment she sets foot in The Hall of The Dragon! Her uderstanding of martial arts, life and the whole world are about to change!

I really like the uniqueness of this series! It's full of awesome action, great martial arts, and a good plot! I love the world Ken has developed in these books. His unique style of bringing different forms of martial arts together, and coupling it with some supernatural gifts, makes for a great series! I definitely recommend it!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Earth Alone (Earthrise Series Book 1) By Daniel Arenson

This book is very intense! From moment one you are the front lines in a battle for humanity's survival! Marco is a librarian, who wants nothing more than serve his five mandatory years, in the Human Defense Force in an archive somewhere. He doesn't want to be a soldier. However he is drafted and heads off to basic training with his adopted sister. He hopes that after basic training, he can serve at a desk somewhere. What happens during training? Does he get his wish? He has no idea what's waiting for him, and how much his life will change forever!

This book is incredibly well written. It kept me on the edge of my seat! It is very graphic, with intense action. The dialog is great and the world Daniel created awesome! I highly recommend this book series! I'm glad book two is out already!

Voice of Mars (Starship's Mage Book 3) By Glynn Stewart

Damien Montgomery is sent back to his home system for the first time since he left years before. He is now a Hand of the Mage King. There is a possible civil war brewing between his home system and a neighboring system. Damien's ex-girlfriend is in charge of the defense force in his home system now, and her grandfather is the Mage-Governor! Can he be unbiased enough to do his job and stop the civil war, before it tears apart the very foundation of the Protectorate?

I enjoyed this book immensely! I love how Glynn uses magic and technology, to create a wonderful universe. The characters he creates, and the dialog in the series are awesome. This book has tons of action, intrigue, and magic. I really loved it, and I can't wait for book four to come out!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Fledgling (The Dragonrider Chronicles Book 1) By Nicole Conway

I am a huge fan of everything about dragons! They have intrigued me since I read my first series about them. I love what Nicole has done in her books, and the incredibly wonderful world she has created! Jaevid is a half human, half dark elf war refugee. His mother dies and he goes to live with his human father. His family treats him as little more than a slave. However an opportunity of a lifetime comes up for him and little does he know it changes his life forever! His father is a tanner who makes dragonrider sadles for the Dragonrider Academy. Jaevid gets to travel with him and help him this year. One night while his father is sleeping he wanders into the dragon roost, and sees a dragon all chained up. He feels a connection to the dragon and bonds with him. One of the instructors finds him, and helps convince the academy to let him train to be a dragonrider. Dragonriders are the lifeblood of the army and war against the dark elves. This book is about Jaevid struggling to find out who he is, while training to be a dragonrider.

The dialog and writing of this book and the whole series so far, are incredible! Nicole has an award wining series here, in my opinion! I highly recommend it!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Written In Red (The Others Series Book 1) By Anne Bishop

Anne Bishop has created such a unique and wonderful world in these books! The Others are the indigenous species that inhabit a majority of the Earth. They have been around long before humans. Humans developed on their own coninent and eventually started to explore other parts of the world. That's when they met the Others. The Others are shapeshifters, and at first they destroyed every human they came in contact with. Humans are just meat to them. After many years the humans developed technology and the Others started to see the value of trading with them. So the first few human cities on the Others continent were built. Eventually the Others and humans traded more and all the land they allowed cities and technology to be built on were leased to the humans. The Others built courtyards within the cities, so the humans and Others would have ways to communicate with each other.

The main character Meg Corbyn is a blood prophet who ran away from her captors and sought refuge at the Lakeside Courtyard. She meets Simon Wolfgard who is a wolf shapeshifter, in charge of the courtyard. Meg intrigues him, so he offers her the job of human liaison. Basically she is in charge of the post office for the courtyard. Receiving package and deliveries for the courtyard.

This book series is all about Meg starting a new life, and how her journey impacts the Others and the whole world! It is absolutely incredibly well written, and one of the best I've ever read! I highly recommend it!

Carnelian (The Chalcedony Chronicles Book 1) By B. Kristin McMichael

This is the first time travel book series I've read. I really like it. Kristin has done a great job of bringing history and the future together in this series. Mari the main character is very likable, and the dialog flows really well. Mari meets Seth when she arrives at college and thinks he is the hottest guy she ever met. He literally falls into her lap. But is he who he says he is? According to the internet he only has three years of history. Where is he from? What's his story?

This book is full of a great love story, and intrigue. I just started book two, and there are four in the series so far. I am hooked to finding out what happens! I definitely recommend this series!