Friday, January 9, 2015

"Thorns" by Kate Avery Ellison

Thorns (The Frost Chronicles, #2)Thorns by Kate Avery Ellison
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I dove into "Thorns" quickly after finishing "Frost", first installment in Kate Avery Ellison's "Frost Chronicles". And after, quite unceremoniously, it was lost in my to-read list. I'm very happy that I picked it up again earlier this evening. I was quickly drawn back in by Lia Weaver and her extraordinary family. I am a huge fan of Ellison's gift for world building and strong female characters. She isn't an author afraid to go deeper, to portray various kinds of strength and courage. Questions from the previous story are explained further in this installment, as well as revelations that will have your head spinning at the possibilities. You might have already guessed that I just opened the next in this fantastic dystopian series, "Weaver" and look forward to unwinding the tapestry the author has woven for us.

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Monday, January 5, 2015

"Finding Cinderella" by Colleen Hoover

Finding Cinderella (Hopeless, #2.5)Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In the same vein as "Hopeless", Colleen Hoover takes us once again along the road to redemption and offers us hope. "Finding Cinderella" is a novella in the same world as the aforementioned novel, and while it is shorter, it possesses the same quality and natural, gritty beauty you can expect from this phenomenal author. Hoover has a true gift for young and new adult romances, and each of her stories are markedly different in the best of ways. "Finding Cinderella" is told from the refreshing, crass and irreverent point of view of Daniel, a teen with a penchant for nicknames. His quest is to find his long lost Cinderella and, of course, he has to give up before he can truly find her. While I had a clear picture of where this novella was headed, I was pleasantly and shockingly surprised by the turn of events. Furthermore, it solidified my opinion of Colleen Hoover having the freshest voice of her genre.

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"Flukes" by Nichole Chase

Flukes (Flukes, #1)Flukes by Nichole Chase
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This isn't my first introduction to Nichole Chase's fabulously fun writing. "Suddenly Royal" won me over with a dreamy landslide of imaginatively fulfilled girlhood fantasies, and "Flukes" was no different. Every little girl dreams of being a mermaid at some point and "Flukes" painted a fantastical picture of what happens when you grow up a sea monster with human parents. The additional island setting with its marine center offered a slightly more exotic but imaginable fantasy. While in my opinion there wasn't enough time devoted to understanding the whole mermaid mythos, along with its rules and such, the author provides enough to leave you wanting to know more. I enjoyed the romance, which wasn't too cheesy or over-the-top, while being just wonderful enough to add warmth and heat to the story. The characters are all interesting and enjoyable and I look forward to the next story penned by this author.

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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Book Blogging

So I've been thinking about books, those musty, wonderfully bound things (& the scentless digital ones) and trying to decide what to do with them.

For those of you who follow Goodreads, we make up a challenge each year about how many books we will read in one year. One year I read over 80. Yep, that's right, 80 novels of varying lengths, but 80 nonetheless. Most of them were digital. It was the year I published Silver Hollow and I was in love with the independent novel movement, not just because of the fabulous prices. I loved the originality of the stories I read, and had the urge to want to help the authors as much as I hoped to help myself one day.

But after that, the number of books I've read per year has dwindled. I had a somewhat decent excuse in 2013, because I self-published three novels that year. And I felt like writing was more important than reading. The proof showed its ugly head when I barely read 30 this last year, and barely published one short story. It's made me reassess my value of books and literature in general. Writing had for a time taken precedence over reading, but what excuse do I have when I have little work ethic to show for it?

That was such a stupid assumption! Because novels feed into writing, they give you fresh life. All the various voices help to teach you different methods and styles. Kind of like the old saying, "you are who you hang out with," the same applies to the books you read. You write what you read. Every time I read classic literature, I tend to write with more of an Austen flair. If I'm stuck on some contemporary Indie romances, dialogue centric it is. The proof really is in the text. 

This new year, I want to change my tune to the way it was. I want to read as many books as I can get my hands on so I can find the inspiration to write. I may not start off with 80 books in my Goodreads challenge, but I'll give it my best shot. And who knows, maybe this year, we can make it to the bit 9-0!

Happy Reading!


Thursday, December 25, 2014

Qeya & Ohre Christmas Sale!

A group of refugees from a powerful, sophisticated Core World planet have been on the run for seven years.
The “plan” was to get away and give their children some time to grow up and help them carry on the cause.
The cause was to help the rebellion, win the war and go home. 
But things didn’t quite turn out the way they planned…


For a limited time only, both Heaven's Edge novellas are FREE on Amazon! 
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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

King of Ash & Bone Pre-Orders!

King of Ash and Bone Pre-Order links are up for the February 2nd release!
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Pre-Order Links are live!

When flying monsters break through the veil into her world, Mackenzie Scott has nothing left to lose. Her brother has been taken, her future has vanished, and all that remains is a desperate need for revenge. After discovering the breach the creatures used as a gateway, Mackenzie devises a plan to stop them, whatever the cost.

When she finds an injured stranger in the street, he just might be the key she needs to succeed. What Mackenzie doesn't know is that this stranger isn't the helpless boy he appears to be. He's one of the monsters. And he's got plans of his own.

Thrown into a dying city in another realm, Mackenzie is powerless to get back. With the gateway closing, time is not on her side. But the stranger is, and if they can escape execution, this girl and her monster might be able to save both their worlds.

ARCs should be available early January. A book blast promo and giveaway will be set up through Tressa's Wishful Endings for the release date of 2/2/14. Please contact me if you'd like to set up a separate promotion. Thank you so much for your support, can't wait to share this one!

Skirts & Swords: Female-Led Epic Fantasy Box Set For Charity

Skirts & Swords : Female-Led Epic Fantasy Box Set 

Come and check out this special box set to benefit literacy. Skirts & Swords will be available for a limited time at ebook outlets, including Amazon, B&N, and iTunes. The three book collection will feature the first title in the Frey Saga, as well as Mark of the Mage by R.K. Ryals andBetrayals of Spring by L.P. Dover.


New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author L.P. Dover, and bestselling authors R.K. Ryals and Melissa Wright bring you this epic fantasy box set for charity.

Dragons. Elves. Magic. Mages. This collection of female-led full length novels includes:
Betrayals of Spring (Forever Fae Series) by L.P. Dover
Mark of the Mage (The Scribes of Medeisia Series) by R.K. Ryals
Frey (The Frey Saga) by Melissa Wright

Author proceeds from the sale of this anthology will be donated to benefit literacy.

Betrayals of Spring by L.P. Dover

The smell of rain vastly approaches as we are lying on the ground in a sea of flowers. They surround our bodies while the fresh Spring wind caresses our skin with its soft, gentle touch. Combined as one, we stare into each other’s eyes as we bask in the pleasure of our love and OUR land. 

The Land of the Fae has flourished bringing a new beginning and a new court, the Fall Court. Five years have passed since then along with the dreaded day that Meliantha, Summer Court Princess and one of the powerful Four, was betrayed and broken-hearted by the sexy and alluring Winter Prince, Kalen. Spurned by the man she loves, Meliantha has turned and fallen into the arms of the fierce and handsome warrior, Finn, who understands she can never love him, but wants more than anything to mend her broken heart. 

The Winter Solstice Ball is approaching, meaning Meliantha will have to face the Winter Prince and make it out of there with her heart intact. But what does she do when Prince Kalen acts as if nothing ever happened and seems more in love with her than ever before? 

The dark sorcerer has planned his twisted game of lies and deceit well, and has enjoyed making himself a player without anyone’s knowledge. The game is almost over and the players are exactly where they are needed to be. Will Meliantha figure out his twisted game and save all the players? Or will the dark sorcerer once again obtain the power of the Four and take everything away from her…even her one true love? 

***Warning: this book contains graphic language, sex, and violence. Not intended for young readers.***

Mark of the Mage by R.K. Ryals

~Mark of the Mage is a B.R.A.G Medallion Honoree~ 

Books never die, but they can be forbidden. 

Medeisia is a country in turmoil ruled by a blood thirsty king who has outlawed the use of magic and anything pertaining to knowledge. Magery and scribery are forbidden. All who practice are marked with a tattoo branded onto their wrists, their futures precarious. 

Sixteen year-old Drastona Consta-Mayria lives secluded, spending her spare time in the Archives of her father's manor surrounded by scribes. She wants nothing more than to become one of them, but when the scribes are royally disbanded, she is thrust into a harsh world where the marked must survive or die.

Frey by Melissa Wright

Unaware she's been bound from using magic, Frey leads a small, miserable life in the village where she's sent after the death of her mother. But a tiny spark starts a fury of changes and she finds herself running from everything she's ever known.

Hunted by council for practicing dark magic, she is certain she's been wrongfully accused. She flees, and is forced to rely on strangers for protection. But the farther she strays from home, the more her magic and forgotten memories return and she begins to suspect all is not as it seems.