Sunday, April 30, 2017

REVIEW of "Silverwitch (Olive Kennedy, Fairy World MD, #4)" by Tamara Grantham

*****(5) out of 5 stars!


SYNOPSIS:

It's Faythander's legend of King Arthur. And it's not for the faint of heart. 

Olive Kennedy, Fairy World MD, isn't ready to go back to work. But when her dragon stepfather shows up on her doorstep with bad news of the world-ending variety, that's exactly what she'll have to do. He wants her to stop the elven queen from obtaining seven weapons of King Arthur fame, and he wants her to break into a dragon's vault to do it.

One problem. Silvestra, the silverwitch of Dragon Spine Mountain, guards the weapons. And she's not willing to give them up. With the help of Kull, her newly reunited, half-crazed Viking boyfriend, she's hopeful they'll stand up against the dragon. Plus, she'll have the help from Kull's warrior princess sister and a professional thief.

But Olive has never had great luck. What starts as a routine quest quickly turns into a life or death fight. And one of her companions won't make it out alive…

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REVIEW:

This book is most definitely my favorite volume in the series – at least so far!  It contained so much intrigue, action, and suspense that it was almost unbelievable, and yet it carried an emotional depth to it that was equally as fascinating.  Once again, there was a lot of cross-play between the worlds of Earth and Faythander.  And quite a bit of travel across the fairy world takes place as well, exposing us to different aspects of this wonderful world the author has created that we haven’t been privileged to see before. 

There is so much going on at all times in this story.  It is pretty much non-stop action for the main characters: Olive, Kull, Heidel and the thief Maveryck.  Not much of that can be explained without giving away key elements of the plot, but suffice it to say that there is hardly a dull moment.  The time spent in the adobe of the Silverwitch does drag a bit.  And some of the interchange there seems a bit stilted; for some reason that I can’t quite put my finger on, the writing there seemed a bit clunky, and those scenes didn’t ring quite as true to the rest of the novel.  I kept expecting Kull’s character to be an imposter, for the destruction of property to have been a ruse or a mistake, for their escape to be thwarted (which it kind of was, but not until later on).  

We also see a lot of Fan’twar in this volume.  Viewing him in his human form is quite unique and exciting.  Many of the other scenes are rather unusual as well, really showing different sides of him that we haven’t seen before.  That he trusts in Olive so much that he knowingly sends her into harm’s way is a bit disconcerting, especially given that she basically fails at her assigned task and has to resort to extreme measures to escape.


This book was not without its share of depressing events and dreary atmosphere.  The prophecy regarding Olive seems unable to be foiled, relations with Kull’s mother and any in his kingdom are quite tense, the future actually looks completely hopeless, especially in regard to Theht.  When one of their comrades dies, it also seems rather unsettling.  But everything seems a bit more tolerable because Olive was at long last able to open up a little.  She finally shares her secret from “Bloodthorn” with Kull.  (And I was so relieved when she did so!  It really speaks to the power of the author’s storytelling that I feel so strongly for these imaginary characters!)  Olive tends to keep things to herself, especially when it comes to anything that could be considered bad news, of which they certainly have more than their fair share.  That she finally allows herself to be vulnerable with someone is quite amazing, and she even goes so far as to share some of her fears also.  Hopefully there will be some way found to resolve everything to let Olive and Kull have their happily ever after, or at least let the world survive.  I can’t wait to read the next installments! 


I received a free Mobi copy of this book from the author
and I have willingly provided an honest review.

REVIEW of "Emma and the Silk Thieves (Tales of Widowswood, #2)" by Matthew S. Cox

****(4) out of 5 stars!


SYNOPSIS:

Once again safe at home, Emma clings to the comfort of family and tries to put the fright of the Banderwigh behind her—but deeds, even good ones, often have consequences.

With a new reality of spirits and magic open to her, Emma feels a strong connection to Widowswood. She means to make good on her promise to the Spider Queen, bringing a monthly supply of silk in trade so humans cease their trespass upon the forest.

A guild of thieves infiltrates the quiet town, lured by the incredible value of spidersilk flowing so freely from the forest. At first, they don’t believe the source is a ten-year-old girl, but once they learn, they’ll do anything to control her.

Stuck between protecting her family or protecting her forest, Emma draws courage from her grandmother’s stories and makes a choice—that could cost her life.
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REVIEW:

Once again I have stumbled upon a second book in a series that I enjoyed even more than the first!  There were many reasons for this.  To start, volume two was so much less dark than its predecessor!  The enemy this time is a guild of thieves, rather than a creature of myth like the Banderwigh.  Even though the challenges Emma faces are potentially just as dangerous, since they are less ethereal and more substantial, this seemed to, somehow, make them easier to fight and somewhat less scary. 

Though still only 10 years old, Emma has grown a lot emotionally and intellectually by the start of this volume, and does so even more throughout the limited period of the story.  Her Mama and Nan start to teach her a lot of additional information about the spiritual world around them, and the ways in which she can tap into its power.  She does so fairly extensively throughout the exploits here, most especially through her interactions with animals, including the wolves and the spiders.  Emma’s perceptiveness is also becoming quite finely tuned, as she seems to sense when something is wrong, who can be trusted or not, and the like.  Even though many of her powers are still relatively limited and others not yet explored at all, she is truly working to come into her own as a Druid priestess. 

Things in the family are changing as well, with Emma’s father talking about building a room and separate beds for the kids.  Up until this point, they are still sharing a family bed.  (All except for Nan who has her own room.)  Still, the relative protection that one would anticipate from such sleeping arrangements doesn’t exactly appear anyway.  Emma has a rather scary middle-of-the-night visitor that no one seems to be aware of (except for her mother, after the fact) and from whom no one tries to protect her, not that she ends up needing it, but still.

There are a lot of additional characters introduced or expanded upon in this story, making me wonder if some of them will play significant roles in future volumes.  I am definitely looking forward to reading more in the series to find out.  And to see Emma come more into her own power and discover what is her destiny.  She and her Nan wish for some peace and quiet as this tome draws to a close, but somehow I doubt there is much of that in store for them!  


I received a free eBook copy of this title from Curiosity Quills Press 
and have willingly provided an honest review.  

View my review of  "Emma and the Banderwigh (Tales of Widowswood, #1)" HERE on the So Few Books blog!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

COVER REVEAL for "Colorless" by Rita Stradling


Colorless
by Rita Stradling
Publication date: August 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
In Domengrad, there are rules all must live by: Fear the Gods. Worship the Magicians. Forsake the Iconoclasts. 
To Annabelle Klein, the rules laid down by the Magicians are the mere ramblings of stuffy old men. As far as she’s concerned, the historic Iconoclasts, heretics who nearly destroyed the Magicians so long ago, are nothing but myth. She has much more important matters to worry about. 
Heiress to a manor mortgaged down to its candlesticks and betrothed to her loathsome, lecherous cousin, sixteen-year-old Annabelle doubts the gods could forsake her more. 
Then Annabelle is informed of her parents’ sudden and simultaneous deaths, and all of the pigment drips out of her skin and hair, leaving her colorless. Within moments, Annabelle is invisible and forgotten by all who know her. 
Living like a wraith in her own home, Annabelle discovers that to regain her color she must solve the mystery behind her parents’ murders and her strange transformation. 
Meanwhile, hundreds of the Magicians’ monks, with their all-black eyes and conjoined minds, have usurped control of Annabelle’s family manor. An Iconoclast is rumored to be about—a person who they claim goes unseen, unheard, and lost to memory, yet is the greatest threat to all of Domengrad. For the first time in a hundred years, the monks plan to unleash the dire wolves of old. 
Their only target: Annabelle.

Author Bio:

Rita Stradling is the author of The Deception Dance series, the Dakota Kekoa series and The Fourteen Day Soul Detox Novella Serial. She has a BA in Art History and a particular love for modern and medieval art.
Rita lives with her husband and son in Northern California.
She has an insatiable novel addiction and mostly reads young adult and adult: romance, paranormal, urban fantasy and high fantasy. 
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Friday, April 28, 2017

BLOG TOUR for "The Lily Singer Adventures" series by Lydia Sherrer

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This is my stop during the blog tour for The Lily Singer Adventures by Lydia Sherrer. This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 28 April till 14 May, you can view the tour schedule here.

Start this series for cheap!

For a limited time book 1 and 2 in this series will be discounted so you can start this series for cheap. This discount only runs from 28 April till 30 April, so make sure to get your copies now! Find the whole series here on Amazon.

Love, Lies and Hocus Pocus: BeginningsLove, Lies and Hocus Pocus: Beginnings 
(The Lily Singer Adventures, #1)
By Lydia Sherrer
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Age category: Young Adult/ New Adult/ Adult

Blurb:
Saving the world is such a bother when it makes you late for tea.

By day, book-loving wizard Lily Singer manages library archives. By night? She sleeps, of course. In between, she studies magic and tries to keep her witch friend Sebastian out of trouble. Much to her displeasure, he finds it anyway and drags her along with him.

From unmaking ancient curses to rescuing a town lost in time, Lily and Sebastian fight to avert magical mayhem. Meanwhile, Lily's mysterious past begins to unfold--a past hidden from her by those she trusts most. Will she be able to discover the truth despite them?

Beginnings is the first installment of the Lily Singer Adventures urban fantasy series. Full of unexpected twists and snarky humor, this story has been known to cause: loud snorts of laughter, inexplicable craving for tea, and loss of work productivity. If you enjoy magic-filled adventures like Harry Potter and Sabrina the Teenage Witch then you'll love Lydia Sherrer's delightful new series.
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You can find Love, Lies and Hocus Pocus: Beginnings on Goodreads

Get Beginnings for free!

From 28 till 30 April you can get your copy of Love, Lies and Hocus Pocus: Beginnings for free on Amazon.

Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus: RevelationsLove, Lies, and Hocus Pocus: Revelations 
(The Lily Singer Adventures, #2)
By Lydia Sherrer
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Age category: Young Adult/ New Adult/ Adult
Blurb:

The truth shall make you free...sort of.

Modern-day wizard Lily Singer prefers to stay tucked away in her library, studying magic and drinking tea. But with a troublesome witch friend and a past riddled with dangerous secrets, her chances of peace and quiet are slim.

Armed with only wits and magic, she must manage her argumentative cat, thwart a plot to steal a powerful artifact, and decide who, amid all this, she can trust. The past, both ancient and modern, is catching up with her. Will discovering its secrets reveal her future, or doom it? Perhaps some truths are better left unknown...

Revelations is the second book in the Lily Singer Adventures urban fantasy series. Full of unexpected twists and snarky humor, this story has been known to cause: loud snorts of laughter, inexplicable craving for tea, and loss of work productivity. If you enjoy magic-filled adventures like Harry Potter and Sabrina the Teenage Witch then you'll love Lydia Sherrer's delightful new series.
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You can find Love, Lies and Hocus Pocus: Revelations on Goodreads

Get Revelations while it's discounted!

From 28 till 30 April you can get your copy of Love, Lies and Hocus Pocus: Revelations for a discounted price. On 29 April the price will be $1.99 and on 30 April the price is $2.99. Before the book goes back to its normal price of $3.99 on 1 May. So make sure to get your copy while it’s discounted on Amazon.

The two newest books in this series:

Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus: Allies (The Lily Singer Adventures, #3)

Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus: Allies

What’s worse than fighting with allies? Fighting without them. To stop her father’s evil plans, wizard and archivist Lily Singer must reconcile old grudges, make questionable allies, and bend the law to fix a problem that's not even her fault. Can she and her friends work together to save the day? Or will they let their differences divide them?

Links:

- Goodreads

- Amazon

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Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus: Legends (The Lily Singer Adventures, #4)

Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus: Legends

Troublemaking witch friend and talking cat in tow, Lily Singer must pursue her father to England as he seeks to discover an ancient evil and steal its power for himself. But with a queen of the fae after the same thing, Sebastian’s past comes back to haunt him and the three friends have to think fast and act faster to defeat legends that are, unfortunately, no longer in the past.

Links:

- Goodreads

- Amazon

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All four books in The Lily Singer Adventures series are part of Kindle Unlimited.

Lydia SherrerAbout the Author:

Author of the Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus magical adventure series, Lydia Sherrer is a fantasy author whose goal is to leave this world a better place than when she found it. With an urban fantasy series, multiple short stories and a novella under her belt, Lydia has been writing for over a decade and enjoys nothing more than a good book, a cup of tea, and a comfy chair in the sunshine. When not writing she loves to play her ocarina (think Zelda), and also enjoys traditional archery, cosplay, larping, and art.

Growing up in rural Kentucky, she was thoroughly corrupted by a deep love for its rolling countryside, despite the mosquitoes and hay fever. She was instilled with a craving for literature early on, and her parents had to wrestle books away from her at the dinner table. Though she graduated with a dual BA in Chinese and Arabic, having traveled the world she came home and decided to stay there. She currently resides in Louisville, KY with her loving and supportive husband, and their very vocal cat.

You can find and contact Lydia Sherrer here:

- Website

- Facebook

- Twitter

- Goodreads

- Amazon

- Youtube

- Instagram

- Newsletter

Giveaway

There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of The Lily Singer Adventures. These are the prizes you can win:

- 1st place is signed paperback copies of The Lily Singer Adventures Books 1 & 2 
and ebook copies of Books 3 & 4 (US only)

- 2nd place is ebook copies of The Lily Singer Adventures Books 1-4 (open world-wide)

- 3rd place is ebook copies of The Lily Singer Adventures Books 1-2 (open world-wide)

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

COVER REVEAL for "Karma (Silke Butters, #1)" by Cynthia Vespia

Karma
(Silke Butters, #1)
by Cynthia Vespia
Publication date: June 21st, 2017
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
A mask, a makeup brush, and amazing powers. It’s all in a days work when supermodel turned superhero, Karma, faces off against criminal masterminds, The Sin Squad, who are endowed with their own special powers. 
Silke Butters is the face of the fashion world. Her Indian heritage and long, silky black hair have made her an international icon. Silke is also one of the most powerful superheroes in the world…she just doesn’t know it yet. 
When her father, Sgt. Duke Butters, dies suddenly, the block he’s had on Silke’s powers breaks causing them to come to the surface out of Silke’s control. Through the help of Joe Riggs, her father’s second in command and Silke’s former crush, she discovers that there are other superhumans like her in the world including Joe himself. As Silke’s powers begin to grow she finds herself caught in the middle of a tug-of-war between both a subdivision of the U.S. government known as Shadow Company, and a ruthless terrorist organization known as The Sin Squad. Both entities want the “enhanced” for their respective teams with Silke as the main prize. 
To disguise her famous face, Silke invents an alter ego. Karma is born of necessity to decide the fate of those who are ill-intentioned and empower others with hope. Alongside Joe, and her computer hacker friend Maki, Silke develops a heroes call-to-action to battle the dark force that threatens to annihilate humanity. 
KARMA is the first in a series of 5 novels. It will appeal to fans of superheroes like Wonder Woman and Supergirl, as well as novels by Patricia Briggs, Cassandra Clare, and Sherrilyn Kenyon.

Author Bio:
Cynthia Vespia "The Original Cyn" writes speculative fiction that encompasses fantasy, the paranormal, and magic realism. Her characters are rich with detail and fabulously flawed which breathes life into them with a realism readers can identify with. Cynthia's creative worlds are an amalgamation of many different genres which offers a cross-over appeal. Her novels are emotionally engaging, leaving hearts pounding and pages turning. She has been nominated for a "Best in Series" award for her fantasy trilogy Demon Hunter.

She has also turned her creative energy into Original Cyn Creative Services, an award-winning copy, design, and video source for the development of promotional content. With over a decade of experience her background has included feature writing for a variety of publications; web design; national marketing and promotional campaigns via print and copy; script writing; video trailers and montages for authors and entrepreneurs. Her creative work has won awards for "Most Artistic Trailer" Demon Hunter 2: Seek & Destroy; "Best Video" Bloodlines; "Honorable Mention" for Anti-Bullying Campaign, and a nomination for "Best Cover Design" Demon Huntress: Destiny Unleashed.

During her downtime she enjoys getting lost in a good book or movie, and keeping active through martial arts and weight training.

Cynthia is available for freelance work, conventions, and workshops. 
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BOOK BLITZ for "The Devil's Whisper" by T.H. Moore

The Devil’s Whisper
by T.H. Moore
Publication date: May 1st, 2017
Genres: Adult, Dystopian, Suspense
Take a moment and imagine your history books devoid of war. Envision entire civilizations absent of heinous crimes against humanity. A planet spared from the plagues of slavery, cultural genocides, and the colonization of indigenous nations by foreigners. Would you dare make the choices necessary to maintain this Utopia in which universal peace existed? Could you ignore the Devil whispering in your ear, luring you away from a world in which loving your fellow man was the expectation, not the exception? 
In a state of reverie, an impractical idea of world peace has given birth to a culture in which the human race has chosen to live free of violent criminals. Instead, criminals have been systematically exiled to the lone prison city, Katingal, constructed in a far corner of Earth. Sentenced for the remainder of their natural lives, the wicked pit themselves against their soulless brethren. Exposure, disease, and starvation claim their victims daily. Those who survive nature’s wrath negotiate the perils of the prison city through murder and cannibalism. All the while, this inimitable death sentence satisfies civilization’s aim to punish the world’s irretrievable outcasts. 
Charles “Yäbälay” Gravo is the criminal mastermind behind the world’s largest human trafficking network. As a prime most-wanted fugitive, he sets into motion events that will forever alter the realities of both civilization’s Utopia and Katingal’s Hell.

EXCERPT:

Though Charles felt relieved to have discovered Kristoff’s lair, he could see that the savage was surrounded by his men. Nevertheless, Charles surged ahead, his heart racing in tempo with his legs as he moved closer to his objective.
As Charles drew near, a commotion broke out on the balcony. The group of men were drinking, dancing, and fighting as if the balcony were a mosh pit. One reveler grabbed another, while a third man struck the unfortunate chap with a pipe. He buckled, and with one swift movement, the two men flung their victim from the balcony. His limp body fell twenty floors to the hard pavement below. Charles heard the thump when it hit, and the cheers from a group of men who had been waiting for it on the street.
“The king is offering sacrifices tonight,” one maniac on the balcony cheered, hooting down at the dead man sprawled on the pavement.
Charles quickened his pace, staying close to the edges of the road. He ducked into a nearby building and crouched down in a dark corner, using his hands to gather a pile of dirt. He took a mouthful of the water from his satchel and pushed it around his mouth to alleviate his thirst before releasing a thin, controlled stream onto the dirt pile. After mixing the water and dirt into a dark paste, he covered his pale face until all that remained visible were his green eyes.
As he continued his trek toward the epicenter of the city, Charles heard the faint symphony of suffering. Angry yells of men coming from the east and bloodcurdling screams of women pierced the night to the west. Moments later, he slid past a band of filthy men vying for ownership of a corpse like a pack of wolves.
Another ruckus was followed by another violent assault. Just like the one before him, the beaten man was thrown from the balcony. He screamed the entire way down while the maniacs rejoiced from above. Scavengers sprinted past Charles to the man’s broken body and started ripping him apart.
Kristoff’s acolytes leaned over the balcony railing and waved their arms in the air, chanting, “Kris-toff! Kris-toff! Kris-toff! The king of K-City!”
Charles was fifty yards from the barbed wire courtyard that secured the front entrance to the Apex building. Another scream of fear, followed by another thud, a pitched body, and the scurry of the scavengers. This time, Charles was close enough to hear bones snapping against the pavement. He took cover to avoid the scavengers, and waited while they butchered the latest sacrifice with their homemade weapons.
Charles darted along the side of the building until he spotted four men guarding the back doorway.
“Four offerings so far tonight,” one of the guards warned the other three. “Two more before it’s safe to go back up there.”
“You sound like a woman, Manta,” the smallest guard said.
“Fuck you, Hiro!” He laughed. “You look like a woman. Now give me some pussy, you dwarf!”
“Curse me again and I’ll take your tongue,” Hiro seethed, pulling a short knife from his belt.
The other three guards erupted into laughter. “You call that a knife?” said one. “The only thing that knife is good for is picking your rotting teeth.”


Author Bio:
T.H. Moore is a Southwest Philadelphia native who relocated to Camden, New Jersey at the age of ten. He’s an active member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Morgan State University. His career as an Information Technology Consultant and Real-Estate investor has afforded him the opportunity to travel to many countries all over the world as well as the majority of the United States. Blending experience with imagination helped formulate the basis of, and inspired him to write his first novel, The End Justifies the Means
His second novel, The Devil’s Whisper, is uniquely creative fiction that ventures away from the inspiration of his own life experiences. In The Devil’s Whisper, he dives into a darker set of dual protagonists whose sole objective is to survive the circumstances of the world they live in. T.H. Moore is the proud father of one son, Jason, and currently resides in Virginia, where he is working on the next two installments of The Devil’s Whisper trilogy. 
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

BOOK BLITZ for "Mason Dixon - Monster Hunter, Episode 1 (A New Templars Novella)" by Eric R. Asher

Mason Dixon – Monster Hunter, Episode 1
A New Templars Novella
by Eric R. Asher
Publication date: April 21st, 2017
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
They are the first line of defense against the things that go bump in the night. 
They are the keepers of a centuries-old legacy of The Church defending the world against the forces of darkness. 
They are a bunch of highly armed rednecks, internet video celebrities, soccer moms, and assorted broken nutjobs. 
They are the new Templars, and things are about to get weird. 
From the pages of Bubba the Monster Hunter comes a new series featuring the Hunters from around the United States hunting down monsters, fighting off supernatural baddies, and making life really, really bad for the things that hunt people. 
He’s Mason Dixon, and he’s a bona fide internet celebrity. He has his own video series, a pistol that deserves its own area code, and a high definition video camera, and he’s not afraid to use any of them. 
In this introductory urban fantasy novella, we meet Mason, his right hand Emma, his “handler” Noah, his anime-styled hacker friend Himari, and more monsters than you can shake a stick at. Unless it’s a really big stick. 
With Mason, it’s always a big stick. This first novella in the series follows Mason through the wilds of Missouri as he hunts down monsters that hunt men, monsters that eat chewing tobacco, and monsters that make pancakes. And there’s moonshine. 
And then Bubba the Monster Hunter shows up. 
The New Templars novella series is a new series of short novels, similar to BookShots. Mason Dixon – Monster Hunter is the first in the series by popular urban fantasy and steampunk author Eric R. Asher.

EXCERPT:

“Out,” I said. “Get out of the pit. Safeties off.” I raised the stock to my shoulder and swept the area around us again.
Emma slipped and crashed into the pit, sending a cascade of stained white bones over the edge to clatter down into the limestone depression. We waited, and I could hear my own heartbeat pounding in my ears.
Boom.
We both froze. I don’t care how many times you’ve encountered something in the wild, you still freeze for a split second.
Boom.
“Move!” I hissed, backpedaling while keeping my tranquilizer aimed around Emma. She was almost out. We could get back on the ATVs and come back with bigger guns. 10cc darts? I should have brought the 50cc cannon. This was a mistake. The old man wasn’t crazy at all.
Boom. Boom. Boom. BoomBoomBoom.
The gowrow erupted from its lair like it had been spit forth by an angry god. Its stubby, bulbous body might have been humorous paired with its long scaly neck if not for the tusks fit for a mammoth gleaming in the dying sun. It would take that creature zero effort to kill us in one charge.
Its movements seemed awkward, but its attacks were practiced. The gowrow swiped at Emma with a four-toed webbed foot, a lethal claw extending from each digit. She fell backwards and rolled away, barely avoiding the attack.
Any doubt this gowrow was a maneater fled in a heartbeat.
I cranked the air pressure as high as it would go on the tranquilizer gun and fired. The dart rose slightly in a wind disturbance created by the massive creature and pinged harmlessly off the field of spiky scales lining its back. I cursed, flipped the butt of the rifle open, and loaded another dart.


Author Bio:
Eric is a former bookseller, cellist, and comic seller currently living in Saint Louis, Missouri. A lifelong enthusiast of books, music, toys, and games, he discovered a love for the written word after being dragged to the library by his parents at a young age. When he is not writing, you can usually find him reading, gaming, or buried beneath a small avalanche of Transformers. 
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BOOK BLITZ for "Deathbringer (Olive Kennedy, Fairy World MD, #6)" by Tamara Grantham


Deathbringer
(Olive Kennedy, Fairy World M.D.)
by Tamara Grantham
Published by: Crimson Tree Publishing
Publication date: April 25th 2017
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Some heroes are fated to save the world. Others are meant to destroy it… 
Olive Kennedy is all about positive thinking. She’s been stuck on Earth for the past four months, waiting for the spring equinox to arrive so she can return to Fairy World — but she’s staying positive. She’s hopeful she’ll once again see her handsome Viking fiancé who’s waiting for her. She’s optimistic that her mission to reclaim the sword of Dracon — a sword of King Arthur fame and the only weapon capable of killing Theht — won’t result in death and destruction. And then there’s the small matter of an asteroid that’s been ripped out of its orbit and is hurtling toward Earth…no biggie. 
One last thing — she’s fated to destroy the world. To stop that prophecy from being fulfilled, she may have to sacrifice the one person she loves the most. 
Good thing she’s staying positive.

THE CAT!

Name: Han Solo
Color: Gray
Owner: Olive Kennedy

Favorite activities: Stalking birds in the window, chasing socks, napping, 
eating kitty kibbles, and NAPPING!

What does Han do when Olive is gone? First, Olive feels very bad about leaving Han behind all the time, but since the fate of the two worlds is usually on the line, she doesn’t have much of a choice. Han is not as lonely as some might think. In the earlier books, 
Olive’s elderly neighbor checks on him twice a day. Olive doesn’t know, 
but her neighbor brings over cans of tuna fish and balls of yarn.

Han and the neighbor get along well, 
although Han always prefers the company of Olive to anyone else.

Later, Olive asks Brent to check on Han. While Han doesn’t get as spoiled, he does like Brent because his hair always smells of that wax that has a faint fishy odor.

Once, two strange-smelling people broke into Olive’s apartment and tore it apart, but Han stayed out of sight under the bed. When the strangers left, Han found an unexpected surprise. The thieves had left the refrigerator opened. 
They had spilled luscious bologna all over the kitchen floor!

Han ate until his whiskers got greasy and his belly round and uncomfortable. When Brent found him, he brought him back to his place in Houston. At Brent’s house, he finally met up with Olive again, only for her to leave on yet another quest to save all humanity. 
Le cat sigh…


*This story is continued in Deathbringer.


Author Bio:
Tamara Grantham is the award-winning author of more than half a dozen books and novellas, including the Olive Kennedy: Fairy World MD series and the Shine novellas. Dreamthief, the first book of her Fairy World MD series, won first place for fantasy in INDIEFAB’S Book of the Year Awards, a RONE award for best New Adult Romance of 2016, and is a #1 bestseller on Amazon in both the Mythology and Fairy Tales categories with over 100 reviews. 
Tamara holds a Bachelor’s degree in English. She has been a featured speaker at the Rose State Writing Conference and has been a panelist at Comic Con Wizard World speaking on the topic of female leads. For her first published project, she collaborated with New York-Times bestselling author, William Bernhardt, in writing the Shine series. 
Born and raised in Texas, Tamara now lives with her husband and five children in Wichita, Kansas. She rarely has any free time, but when the stars align and she gets a moment to relax, she enjoys reading fantasy novels, taking nature walks, which fuel her inspiration for creating fantastical worlds, and watching every Star Wars or Star Trek movie ever made. You can find her online at www.TamaraGranthamBooks.com. 
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COVER REVEAL for "Jaded" by K.M. Robinson

Jaded (Jaded, #1)
by K.M. Robinson
Published by: Snowy Wings Publishing
Expected Publication:  June 27, 2017 

Synposis:

Her father failed in his mission to take control from the Commander, a defeat that has cost Jade her life. She will die as punishment. Now she belongs to the Commander’s son—as his wife. Knowing his intent is to quietly kill her in revenge, Jade’s every move is calculated to survive—until she learns her death ensures the safety of her father and her entire town.

Roan doesn’t want to kill Jade, but once his family isolates her from her father and community, his only choice is to go through with the plan. Jade doesn’t make it easy as she tries to sway him into falling for her. Each misstep makes him question his cause. Each moment makes every decision harder, but the Commander won’t allow him to fail.

One chooses life. One chooses death. In the midst of the chaos, only one will succeed.



And now on to the Cover Reveal...

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Author Bio:

K.M. Robinson is a storyteller who creates new worlds both in her writing and in her fine arts conceptual photography. She is a marketing, branding and social media strategy educator who is recognized at first sight by her very long hair. She is a creative who focuses on photography, videography, couture dress making, and writing to express the stories she needs to tell. She almost always has a camera within reach.


Monday, April 24, 2017

BLOG TOUR & AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Chris Ledbetter for "The Sky Throne"


Title: THE SKY THRONE
Author: Chris Ledbetter
Pub. Date: April 18, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books
Format: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 292
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | TBD | iBooks

Duality dwells at every turn, and an adolescent Zeus will learn that all too well when Hyperion attacks his family on Crete.

When the dust settles, his mother is unconscious and his best friend left for dead.

Stacking epic insult upon fatal injury, Zeus discovers the woman who raised him is not his biological mother. But to ensure her safety while she recovers, a heavy-hearted Zeus leaves her behind to seek answers at Mount Olympus Preparatory Academia.

Zeus embarks on a quest to discover who ordered the attack on his home, avenge the death of his friend, and find his birth mother. When some of his new schoolmates vanish, Zeus's quest is turned upside down, and the only way to make things right is to access the power of The Sky Throne, confront a most dangerous enemy, and take his life back.

On his way to becoming king of the Greek gods, Zeus will learn to seize power, neutralize his enemies, and fall in love.

"Destined to have a sequel or two, young teens will appreciate the story, and teachers will appreciate that it instructs readers about the pantheon of gods."--Kevin Beach, VOYA Magazine


~AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Chris Ledbetter~

1)      What gave you the inspiration for the storyline? 

The storyline is loosely based on Hesiod’s Theogony, the creation myth and collection of origin stories that fuel Greek mythology.

2)      Are there any hidden themes in the book that you hope readers will discover?

      Duality is a running theme, that there are two sides to everything. Also, people sometimes do bad things for good reasons.

3)      Are any of the characters based on real people you know?

Not really. Some of the characters are more what I’d call composites of people I know. They end up being like a stew where you throw in a little of this and a little of that while staying as true as possible to canonical characteristics.

4)      Who has influenced you most as a writer?

I have had the great pleasure to be in a critique group with lovely writers from the Nevada chapter of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators). Some of these writers are the greatest I’ve ever known and they influence me greatly. Outside of them, James Dashner, Dan Brown, and Laini Taylor are probably my top influences.

5)      If you could have any three literary characters over to your place for game night, who would you invite, what would you play, what would you serve, and why?

Ohmigod! This is an awesome question! *taps temples* Hmmm, okay let’s go with… Ryan Sharpe (Tracy Clark’s Mirage), Karou (Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone), and Cassie Colesworth (Martina Boone’s Compulsion). I propose that we should play CLUE: Star Wars Edition. I would order in some pizza from a local favorite, Pizzetta’s. I’d choose these people because they are among my favorite characters for many reasons. (All hail the respective authors for creating such fine characters) The game Clue is great for groups and I’m a Star Wars geek. And the pizza from Pizzetta’s is simply awesome. 

About Chris:


Chris Ledbetter grew up in Durham, NC before moving to Charlottesville, VA in 11th grade. After high school, he attended Hampton University where he promptly “walked-on” to the best drum line in the conference without any prior percussion experience. He carried the bass drum for four years, something his back is not very happy about now.

After a change of heart and major, he enrolled in Old Dominion University and earned his degree in Business Administration. He’s worked in various managerial and marketing capacities throughout his life. He taught high school for six years in Culpeper, VA, and also coached football.

He has walked the streets of Los Angeles and New York City, waded in the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and climbed Diamond Head crater on Hawaii and rang in the New Year in Tokyo, Japan. But he dreams of one day visiting Greece and Italy.

Tour Schedule:
Week 1:
4/17/2017- Rockin' Book ReviewsGuest Post
4/17/2017- Reading for the Stars and MoonReview

4/18/2017- LILbooKloversInterview
4/18/2017- Sophie RiggsbyReview

4/19/2017- Don't Judge, ReadInterview
4/19/2017- Book Review BeccaReview

4/20/2017- Month9BooksExcerpt
4/20/2017- Zach's YA ReviewsReview

4/21/2017- YA and WineInterview
4/21/2017- Kim Harnes, AuthorReview

Week 2:
4/24/2017- Jennifer EatonGuest Post
4/25/2018- So Few BooksInterview
4/26/2018- Never Too Many To ReadGuest Post

4/27/2018- Two Chicks on BooksInterview
4/27/2018- I am not a bookworm!Review

4/28/2018- Mundie MomsReview