Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Melissa Wright Anniversary Giveaway

Today marks the five year anniversary of my first published book: Frey. This year has been crazy personally and so the most challenging professionally, but I'm fortunate to have so many friends and readers supporting me along the way. I'd like to say thanks with a little giveaway (Rafflecopter below) that will run from now until The Frey Saga book four release day on September 4th.

Enter to win your choice of a Kindle Fire Tablet (7" Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB--click image below for more information) or a $50 Amazon, iTunes, or Barnes & Noble egift card for your own book shopping spree. Additional winners will receive the complete Frey Saga or Descendants Series in ebook.

Open international where permitted (and where you are able to receive/use the prize).

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Thanks again for your support!
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Monday, July 18, 2016

Belle Malory & The Twelfth Keeper Review

Hey peeps! So I just finished reading "Center of the Universe" the sequel to Belle Malory's YA Sci-fi epic, "The Twelfth Keeper." This series is awesome and has so much potential. A month or so ago I looked up Belle's site & social to see if the third book would release soon, with every intention of adding it to my library. I was sad to read of her hiatus, but even more so because of the reasons behind it. 

Today I wanted to share my thoughts on this fantastical series, but also hopefully encourage others to pick up these books. If you're a fellow Indie author, or blogger, please reach out to Belle with a word of encouragement or two. We all go through difficult times and it helps to know what we write means something to others. Belle's novel, "Wanderlove" was one of the first Indie books I read in 2012 when I was starting out. I contacted Belle soon after devouring her book with hopes she might share some words of wisdom and she was so kind in return. Thank you for your kindness Belle & I hope you know we haven't forgot about you! 

Book Reviews

The Twelfth KeeperThe Twelfth Keeper by Belle Malory
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Belle Mallory has a talent for taking us on fantastical journeys, whether it be into the mysterious lives of gypsies or the near future. I loved this story for its heroine in all her sweetness and faults. It was refreshing to read a story where the lead isn't already a sassy confident hero. And even more rewarding when she comes into her own in the end. The mythology of earth keepers throughout the ages is original and intriguing. Looking forward to learning more in the sequel. Great cast of characters, especially swoon worthy and aptly named Phoenix. A must read for any science fiction or fantasy fan.

View all my reviews Center of the Universe (Twelfth Keeper, #2)Center of the Universe by Belle Malory
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I adore the world Belle Malory has crafted for us with The Twelfth Keeper series. Center of the Universe is a coming-of-age story that picks up with our heroine Kennedy and her sexy love interest, Phoenix. Teen angst and drama ensue with love triangles on both sides and investigation into the threats outside their universe reveals new enemies. In true, sequel fashion, Center of the Universe ups the stakes as these futuristic teen supers navigate relationships and their place in the world they were born to protect.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Prism Book Tours: We're revealing the cover for VENOM AND STEEL by M...

In case you missed this post on my webpage, I had to share the exciting news about Melissa Wright's next book in her Frey Saga! I'm beyond excited about this book. I've been a huge fan of Melissa and Frey since I picked up the first volume in 2012. I also love when authors pick back up a series you thought was finished. It's like you were forced to say goodbye to your best friends, only to discover they're coming back again for more fun & adventure! Check out the link below for the Prism Book Tour's page and the Amazon Gift Card Giveaway! 

Prism Book Tours: We're revealing the cover for VENOM AND STEEL by M...: On tour with Prism Book Tours . Welcome to the Cover Reveal for Venom and Steel By Melissa Wright Coming September 2016... ...

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Cover Reveal for Scarred Beauty!

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Welcome to the Cover Reveal for
Scarred Beauty
By Jennifer Silverwood

Coming December 1st 2016...

(A Wylder Tale Novella)
YA Dark Fantasy

Vynasha has become prisoner with the other wyld beasts of the castle, but she is not alone. In the howling darkness her majikal bond with the Dungeon Master, Grendall grows, awakening the dormant power in her blood.

Yet as she discovers the true nature of the other beasts, she learns she must embrace madness in order to free them all. Vynasha is willing to do anything to end the curse, even if that means transforming into a monster.

Burried secrets come to light in this seductive sequel to Craving Beauty, the Gothic retelling of the classic fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast, where nothing is exactly as it seems and the heroine must be her own hero.

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Other Books in the Series

Craving Beauty
(A Wylder Tale, #1)
by Jennifer Silverwood
YA Dark Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 239 pages
October 31st 2015

Vynasha has spent the last four years tending her mother's roses and looking after her nephew. The fire that killed their family has left her scarred and put Wyll on the brink of death. Soon the first frost will come down from the mountains and she knows this winter will be his last.

Until a strange beggar appears on the road, telling her of the majikal Source that can heal her Wyll. With nothing left to lose, Vynasha braves the forbidden Wylder Mountains to seek out a cure and her fate.

A lost kingdom is uncovered by an equally lost girl, but the castle is not abandoned as she believes. Shadows cloaking unseen eyes watch. Tapestries whisper from the hidden corners, wondering if the one to break their curse has come. And a hungry beast waits, ready to devour her soul.

Wolfsbane's Daughter
(A Wylder Tale Novella)
by Jennifer Silverwood
YA Dark Fantasy
ebook, 52 Pages
February 25th 2016

Wolfsbane and his daughter Resha are on a never ending quest in the Wylder Mountains, to wipe out the wolves who destroyed their village. Before their enemies stole everything she loved, Resha cared for little beyond learning how to be a hunter. After, she learned a hunter must be prepared to fight as well as flee. Now she cares for nothing but revenge.

Until she discovers two majikal humans half frozen in the forest. Resha has a choice, to follow her instincts and leave the strangers to the wolves, or save them. Yet the enemy is on the prowl and there is little time for Wolfsbane's daughter to find safe haven before they are discovered.

Jennifer Silverwood was raised deep in the heart of Texas and has been spinning yarns a mile high since childhood. In her spare time she reads and writes and tries to sustain her wanderlust, whether it’s the Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania, the highlands of Ecuador or a road trip to the next town. Always on the lookout for her next adventure, in print or reality, she dreams of one day proving to the masses that everything really is better in Texas. She is the author of the Heaven’s Edge series, Stay and Silver Hollow.

Other Books by the Author

Cover Reveal Giveaway

ebooks of all six of Jennifer's books: Silver Hollow, Qeya, Ohre, Stay, Craving Beauty, and Wolfsbane's Daughter (Open Internationally)

Print & ebook copies of the first two books in A Wylder Tales: Craving Beauty and Wolfsbane's Daughter, plus swag (US Only)

Ends June 29th

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

My Review for "A Court of Mist and Fury"

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Painted in shades of the classic myth, Hades and Persephone, A Court of Mist and Fury shines high above its predecessor, A Court of Thorns and Roses.
Now that Feyre is immortal, she is left to deal with the bloody consequences of what happened Under the Mountain. Tamlin, the High Lord of the Spring Court and her lover has his own demons to battle. Between planning for their wedding and the new High Priestess in residence propping and puffing up Feyre like a puppet, both Tamlin and Feyre tuck their troubles under the rug.
This is one of the things I love best about Sarah J. Maas's stories. Rather than settling for a happily ever after, Maas takes you beyond the ending you expected and makes her characters face consequences for their actions. She made me fall in love with Tamlin and Lucien in the first book as they introduce Feyre to the world of Prythian. And then during Under the Mountain, she had me aching for the High Lord of the Night Court, Rhysand. Something about the way Rhys treated Feyre Under the Mountain made me love him maybe a bit more.
In A Court of Mist and Fury, Rhys makes his reappearance with a classic dramatic entrance, subsequently pissing everyone off and then doing his best to make Feyre and us the readers fall in love with him. The Night Court was just as terrifying and dreamlike as I could have imagined and the sort of place I would happily live (partially thanks to the plumbing). As Feyre meets Rhys's inner court, and the High Lord's many masks begin to unfold, she slowly begins to piece herself back together. As they travel to other fae courts and realms, both achingly gorgeous and frightening, Feyre slowly becomes the immortal Fae she chooses to be.
An adult fairy tale about the darkest and brightest shades of the soul and the loves that break and remake us, A Court of Mist and Fury is addictive in its prose and ephemeral as stardust.

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Review of Kimberly Readnour's Paranormal Crime Novel, Visions

Visions (The Mystical Encounter #1)

Visions by Kimberly Readnour

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Fans of the paranormal and Ghost Whisperer will fall in love with Kimberly Readnour's, Visions.

Part contemporary crime and ghost story, Visions benefits most from the perspective of its troubled, often insecure heroine, Heather. Unlike the recent alpha females populating most YA novels, Heather acts like a teenager. Her relationship with her single mother is loving but strained at best because of her abilities. She struggles with her identity and the boy next door is not only gorgeous but actually seems interested in her. Her constant struggle to quit smoking because of aforementioned abilities give her an often entertaining inner dialogue. In a true coming-of-age fashion, Heather begins her journey viewing her abilities like a curse. Through the growing love of Barry and his friends, she begins to believe her curse is a gift. As she comes into her own, Heather shows her true grit as she embraces her abilities and uses them selflessly to help others. She is a refreshingly real heroine, who is equal parts frustrating as she is someone you can identify with and ultimately root for.

Other strengths in this novel I felt rested in the relationship between Heather and her mother. It was often strained but very believable as both struggle to learn how to communicate and love one another at the same time. Another strength was the consistently spooky and moody atmosphere Readnour wove throughout Heather's journey. You will want to turn the page in a need to find out what comes next, while dreading it in the best of ways.

There are few weaknesses to this story, more based on my opinion than reflecting the writer's obvious strength. But one that continues to bother me is Barry. He is so clean-cut, and so nice in a story of imperfect, sometimes gritty characters, he makes me not want to trust him. I wasn't surprised Heather was constantly rendered ridiculous around him, because who hasn't drooled when the school hottie actually takes the time of day to speak to you? Yet she is also so trusting of Barry, like most first-loves, I was convinced most of the novel he was the killer. So it's almost a let-down when you learn he really is just a pretty, perfect face. His greatest strength as a character is his loyalty to his friends and the way he chooses to love Heather in spite of her gift.
Also, I felt a lot of Barry and Heather's dialogue to sound almost formal at times, and not what I would expect to hear from a pair of seventeen year-old's. True, Heather has been much isolated and isn't your typical teen, no matter how much she wants to be, but the author only hints at Barry's past. I have a feeling his character and back story will be expanded greatly in the sequel.
However, I loved how Heather handled her relationship with Barry at the end, again showing her inner strength as a character.

Filled with more than a few thrills and chills, Visions is a unique take on the paranormal young adult genre and much needed break from fangs and full moons.

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