Monday, July 17, 2017

Las Alas de las Palabras: Reseña: Wolfsbane's Daughter de Jennifer Silverwoo...

Amazing Illustrator & Argentenian book blogger, Agustina Zanelli shares her thoughts on Wolfsbane's Daughter!

Las Alas de las Palabras: Reseña: Wolfsbane's Daughter de Jennifer Silverwoo...: WOLFSBANE'S DAUGHTER  -  Jennifer Silverwood (A Wylder Tale #1.5) Título:  Wolfsbane's Daughter Autora:  Jennifer Si...

Helps if you can read in Spanish. I love hearing from readers, especially from around the world. See link above for Agustina's review & website for more art & bookish lovliness. Meanwhile, check out her amazing Vynasha drawing!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

ARC Review 4 Venom & Steel by Melissa Wright

Calling all fans of Melissa Wright's THE FREY SAGA! Melissa just released the fourth volume in her elvish fantasy epic, Venom & Steel. Some of you may know I'm friends with Melissa and she was lovely enough to let me read and review an ARC copy. Stay tuned after my review for the big raffle giveaway for a chance to win copies + loads of awesome book swag!

Venom and Steel by Melissa Wright

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"I was just a broken girl now, like my mother, and hers before. This was how it started. Emptiness and despair. Everyone knew how it ended."

From the beginning, Venom and Steel throws you back into a theater of elves verses fey, dark against light, & the humans caught in an age-old war. Picking up some time after "Rise of the Seven," we are quickly re-acquainted with the company of characters we fell in love with before. Only this time, the fey are the central threat, with changelings taking advantage of the chaos an old conflict brings about. Stakes are higher than ever and the battle of wits & magic is spectacular. While Ruby shines brightest in this latest installment, Frey finds herself powerless to stop events from unfolding. Veil, the leader of the fey court strikes a bargain with Frey that leaves the kingdoms reeling. As the company is split apart by outside forces, they must learn to overcome insurmountable odds. 

Old enemies must become new allies as dark and light join forces, and a new threat looms in the horizon that threatens to destroy them all.

Big Giveaway

Grand Prize — BOOKS + a LOT of swag 😉

Second Prize — V&S in print with bookmarks

Third Prize — V&S ebook


Three seasons of peace come with a price.

It’s dark night in the kingdom of the fey when the castle is attacked, and Ruby has gone missing. If Frey can’t decipher the clues, one of her Seven might pay with their life.
But winged gods and high fey tricksters are plotting to steal more than a Halfling. Frey’s high guard is torn apart, her magic is too volatile, and in three moons the fates will dance.
If Frey can’t regain her guard and get a grip on her powers, the fate of the lands will rest in fey hands—but to do so, she must place her trust in one of them.

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Stay on Sale for $0.99!

Sometimes I take it for granted everyone follows my social media, so this is in case you haven't had a chance to read STAY my New Adult Paranormal Romance. For one more week, you can read for just .99 on Amazon (Free with Matchbook :) So if you aren't familiar with Rona and Cain's story, click on the pic above and have a gander. 

behind the scenes...

I wrote Stay while editing Silver Hollow back in '12/13, while I was going through something of a personal crisis. I had been through a string of bad relationships and "almost" relationships, but couldn't find any worthy men out there. There seemed to be a sad lack of genuine people in general in my sphere of the world. So I started asking myself if true love did exist, at least for me. I asked all the women in and out of my acquaintance, both lifelong friends and authors I aspired to. I was surprised and overwhelmed with the heartfelt response to my little survey. Nearly everyone I asked my three little questions, not only shared their stories, but went above and beyond. 

Which is why as you read Stay, you'll notice each chapter is headed by quotes from some of these lovely ladies. I couldn't include everyone. I may need to write a sequel finally for that lol.
So while I'd love to claim total credit for the magic that became Stay, I can't. It was a group effort. It was a life effort. Your experience blending with mine, all the emotion I wanted Rona to feel as the "savior" of true love.

This book renewed my belief in true love. It gave me hope. And I hope it gives you hope too, reader. May you be inspired and may you feel loved.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Court of Wings & Ruin Anyone?

I love this series so far. Can't wait to dive into the sequel! Waiting on my friend to finish Court of Mist & Fury so we can start our Rhys--ahem--book club together ;) Have you read Court of Thorns & Roses? Share your thoughts on the series and whether you prefer this to the Throne of Glass. Would love to fangirl with y'all! Speaking of fangirling: here's my attempt at "fancy book pic" 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Re-reading Lord of the Rings

While this isn't the first time I've read Tolkien's magnum opus, it is the first time I've read them completely in order as an adult. I grew up on 80's fantasy, like Willow, Legend and The Neverending Story, thanks to my older brothers. I gravitated to fantasy but Jackson's movies sparked a different kind of love for the genre. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is what led me deeper into the rabbit hole and prepared me to devour other epics like Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series & George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice & Fire. I know I'm not the first to say modern fantasy owes a great debt to Tolkien's boundless imagination and genius. It's no surprise I write fantasy epic today. I'm currently working on the final book of my first complete epic fantasy trilogy, Wylder Tales, and I wanted to re-read Tolkien's works this year with hopes of re-igniting that spark again. Now that I've officially nerded out on you, here are my reviews :) 

The HobbitThe Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This isn't the first time I've been lost with Bilbo in the fantastical wilds of Middle Earth and I'm pleased to say every re-read brings fresh appreciation for this master-work. A true delight from start to finish with allusions to the broader darkness of The Lord of the Rings. This children's classic, while dated in some aspects, stands the test of time. Above all The Hobbit accomplishes what Tolkien set out to do, entertain us and move us in small, sometimes large ways.

The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I wanted to disclose this isn't the first time I have read through the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I first discovered them through the movies, while having been vaguely aware thanks to The Hobbit cartoon. Still, Peter Jackson's movie impacted me and left me thirsty for more Tolkien and more of that world. I was a very young teen at the time of the Fellowship's release and immediately after watching it in theaters, I begged my mom to buy me a paperback copy. She bought me the trilogy and I soaked it up like a sponge. Ten years later, I decided to pick up my worn paperback copies again. I discovered an even richer detailed world than I remembered. I loved ever second of the Fellowship's journey, even the Hobbit's silly antics at the beginning. I tend to think of Tolkien as a scholar and a genius that I forget the beauty hidden in his epic, the prose between the languages. I highly expect to re-read this trilogy in another ten years and await all the nuances I missed the first two times.

The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, #2)The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Two Towers builds from the world and failed quest of the Fellowship and leads the surviving companions down dark paths. I loved Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli's mission to rescue Merry and Pippin and the war between Orcs and Men of Rohan. I found Treebeard and the Ents delightful as Tom Bombadil and much more terrifying in wrath. Though there were times I wished Tom had come along with the Company to sing them out of their troubles, Sam and Frodo in particular. My first read through of Two Towers, over ten years ago now, I struggled through the Mordor chapters. However Gollum held my attention this time around with his inner struggle, Sam kept entertaining me and Faramir pleasantly surprised me. I forgot a lot in ten years I was happy to reacquaint myself with Tolkien's world. Also, since reading The Silmarillion, many nods to the past have been much more relevant and obvious. I dove into Return of the King as soon as I shelved Two Towers.

The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings, #3)

The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

While I breezed through the first two Lord of the Rings installments, I struggled to finish the third. In part because I was determined to read the whole thing, including the appendices. As before, I enjoyed Merry and Pippins stories more than Frodo and Sam, in part because we get to see the War through their eyes. Though there was a lot I didn't recall from the last time I read the trilogy ten years ago. I loved every moment of it, yes, even the painstaking ones that made me focus. Because Tolkien turned the fantasy genre on its head while delivering a true opus for generations past and to come. By the time I finished reading his "notes" on translating the original languages, I half-believed he was transposing a piece of forgotten history. In this lies his genius and the magic.

The Silmarillion

The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Myths and legends of epic proportions, The Silmarillion is indeed the must-have companion to Lord of the Rings. While I've been working through The Hobbit & Rings trilogy, I wanted to go back and finally read the sagas that started it all. My head was swimming by the end with the names of people and places and endless battles. My favorite parts were the tales of Beren and Luthien, because yes, I'm a romantic at heart, and the origin creation tales. Read if you love epic mythology!

The Children of Húrin

The Children of Húrin by J.R.R. Tolkien

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Using language akin to The Silmarillion yet with the strong storytelling of The Hobbit, The Children of Hurin is a must-read for any fan of Tolkien and mythical prose. Rife with tragedy and heroics, Hurin and his children give voice to men in a time when Elves ruled & Morgoth wrought terror, long before Sauron took up his master's mantle. The stakes here are just as high as in Lord of the Rings, only more personal. Though the style is written with a higher prose to reflect a more distant time, something about these flawed characters brings you close to their woes and triumphs.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Happy Mothers Day Sale!

In honor of all the wonderful mothers out there, and the little sacrifices you make each and every day for your little & not-so-little ones: 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Shut Up & Read: Q & A with Jennifer Silverwood

 Check out my interview with popular book bloggers extraordinaire: Shut Up & Read! As part of the upcoming "Read it & Reap" feature, the lovely ladies at SU&R have been kind enough to feature me on their site. Come visit & have a gander!

Shut Up & Read: Q & A with Jennifer Silverwood: Scarred Beauty  A Wylder Tale #2 by Jennifer Silverwood  Vynasha has become prisoner with the other wyld beasts of the castle, b...