Monday, May 21, 2018

Blog Tour: The Phoenix Cycle

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phoenixcyclefrontcover.pngThe Phoenix Cycle: The Best Shall Rise

Publication Date: June 23, 2017

Published By: The Department of Smoke

Genre: Dystopian/ YA/ Sci-Fi

New San Francisco is the last city standing on a world ravaged by storms of ash and debris. The city survived by putting the ideals of the American dream on steroids and inspiring its people to persevere, though they have become ruthless in the process. Its citizens are ruled by the General, who has made sure that his people understand that gentleness and pity have become weaknesses that nature no longer tolerates.

Now Steve and Leslie must choose whether they will apply for the General’s once in a lifetime opportunity to “Rise from the Ashes” and join the Inner Circle that rules the city. If they don’t, they will be damned to spend the rest of their lives in the ghettos of Edingburg, a place where virtual reality has become a government-subsidized addiction.

For Steve, the choice is easy. His loyalties lie with the IRA, a revolutionary army led by a voice only known as “Mom.” They are trying to overthrow the General and free the people of New San Francisco from the cruelties of the City Guard. Steve’s mission is to broadcast a recording of a speech that a famous philosopher died to tell. Many thousands have and will perish to get this message out, but is anyone willing to listen?

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Excerpt

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Every wrist in the stadium beeped. Every boy and girl glanced down at the face of their watch. “00:10” then “:09” then “:08.” Everyone turned their heads to the west. There it was. Right on time, as always. The nightly storm. A wall of blackness had lurched up into the sky, swallowing the setting sun. The hairs on Steve’s neck stood up, urging him to get the hell out
of there.

Instead he grabbed Leslie’s hand, who sat quietly quivering next to him, instinctively pressing her bow into her head for comfort. Steve knew her shaking wasn’t coming from Line’s yelling, the storm, or even the tank pointing at them. Her quivers never came from the barrel of a gun, no, the ragging agony she held within her was the very same thing that pushed him back into the sheets when the sun finally rose—are we going to lose each other?

Leslie’s mind pushed the feeling away for at least another moment. “It’ll be all right,” she whispered. Her brown eyes guided him to the dozens of mortar tubes pointing upward and outward on the vibrant green field and then to the perfect line of churning ash that approached the stands.

“Unity can only be achieved and be maintained when it is the STRONG who come together and fly under one flag! We, like no other in the world, have created a unity that has never broken, has never FLINCHED! When the rest of the world saw THAT—” Line’s long arm pointed at the coming avalanche of black— “They all fell to pieces!”

The earth began to quake as the wall rose over them. Someone screamed. The mortars on the field fired as one at the roiling sky. The blackness spilled over the stadium, then slid over the perimeter of the frizzing wall of static that had encapsulated the field. No Phoenix Cycler had seen—only heard rumors from past Cycle Pref parties—this blackness that was sliding over and them whispering their deaths.

– The Phoenix Cycle: The Best Shall Rise

Review: Such an interesting read! While there were some questions I would like answers to, for the most part I really enjoyed this read. The characters and setting were creative and fun to read about. There is a bit of romance, but it’s not overly sappy. The story is different and I’m excited to see where it goes!

About the Author

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Bob is pretty dope. Firstly, his name is Bob, so…yea. Second, have you seen him rock that suit while in a maximum security prison? Epic.

Yea. That’s Bob. No psychological scarring with that author. Nope. Totally fine.

Gosh he looks good in suits.

Hey Have you read The Phoenix Cycle? He wrote that.

One suggestion before you read it and become one of those fans that leaves him roses by his doormat. Read her slowly. This book is not Twilight. She’s deeper than that. Take your time with her. Show the book you care. Cradle it and make it feel loved. If you do, she’ll be good to you. Go too fast and you’ll have no idea why she’s acting so crazy.

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Blog Tour Schedule

May 21st

Reads & Reels (Kick-Off Promo)

Just for My Books (Excerpt)

The Lit Cottage (Review)

Adventures Thu Wonderland (Review)

The Midwest Ladies Who Lit (Excerpt)

May 22nd

IAMAGEEKINGGINGER (Review)

Tranquil Dreams (Review)

On the Shelf Reviews (Excerpt)

May 23rd

Didi Oviatt (Excerpt)

The Genre Minx (Excerpt)

The Cozy Pages (Excerpt)

Valerie’s Musings (Excerpt)

The YA Book Divas (Interview)

May 24th

J Bronder Reviews (Review)

Banshee Irish Horror Blog (Interview)

Bri’s Book Nook (Review)

The Cozy Pages (Excerpt)

Wicked Good Reads (Review)

May 25th

Afire Pages (Excerpt)

Port Jerricho (Excerpt)

Touch My Spine Book Reviews (Review)

Life at 17 (Review)

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Sunday’s Spotlight: The Glittering Court

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Big and sweeping, spanning from the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training, and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and then when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.

But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands…

 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Blog Tour: Phi Alpha Pi

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This is my stop during the blog tour for Phi Alpha Pi by Sara Marks. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 14 till 28 May. See the tour schedule here.

Phi Alpha PiPhi Alpha Pi (21st Century Austen #2)
by Sara Marks
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: New Adult, Adult
Release Date: May 28, 2018

Blurb:
Phi Alpha Pi is the oldest and largest sorority on campus and new president Lizbeth has a busy senior year ahead of her. She’s determined to keep her sorority in good standing on campus after a year on academic probation. She’s trying to manage the new sorority house manager, Mrs. C, who has her own ideas about how to support the sorority sisters. All while trying to find balance with her own academic goals to complete an honors thesis, graduate, and decide her future plans.

The last thing Lizbeth expects is her anger when Wil, a new member of the Alpha Pi fraternity, pushes every one of her buttons. Lizbeth finds Wil, a new transfer to the university with his best friend, to be rude, snobby, and judgmental. Even though she tries to avoid him, he seems to be everywhere, scowling with displeasure when he sees her. That is, until his Thanksgiving proclamation of love. That causes Lizbeth to reconsider how she sees the world.

You can find Phi Alpha Pi on Goodreads

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Review: As with the first one, this one took some time to draw me in. That said, I ended up enjoying the story, and Wil and Lizbeth. The story was well told, and the characters were fun to read about.

Check out the first book in this series!
Modern Persuasion
“Tension builds as they each learn about the current version of the person they once loved and resolve the ramifications of their choices.”Links:
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KoboReview: This one had to grow on my. I wasn’t a fan of the beginning, but after reading a short time, the story and characters started to grow on me. The pacing bothered me a little, as it sped up just to slow down again, but the plot and events kept me reading. I enjoyed Emma and Fredrick, and their struggles with emotions as the story progressed.

Excerpt:

As one of the largest and oldest sororities on campus, there was usually someone in the Phi Alpha Pi two-story Greek revival style mansion. Members were eating, studying, or simply enjoying each other’s company. Today there were twenty women moving into their rooms and unpacking for the start of the school year. Lizbeth, as chapter president, had been one of the first sisters to arrive, but still hadn’t unpacked. She and the other officers were too busy helping their sisters move in. Lizbeth had already put out a small, literal fire from a fallen candle. Then she put out figurative fires of roommate mix-ups and fights about who got which bed. Now Lizbeth sat alone in her room, exhausted and anxious to get out of the house, if only for a few hours.

Lizbeth had never been this involved in the sorority. She had agreed to the position, for her senior year, to help keep the sorority off academic probation for low grades. This had been a looming threat in the past. Lizbeth had helped by teaching the sorority sisters ways to get organized, creating study schedules, and helping create an atmosphere that turned studying into social events. She was glad her best friend Jane, who was Membership VP, was helping with the move in. There were sisters that Lizbeth didn’t know and relationships she didn’t understand. Jane was good at soothing hurt feelings and mediating fights. She had to run a membership meeting later in the day. Rush Week, the week before classes started so potential new members could attend all events, launched tomorrow.

“Lizbeth, did you see the shirts she got the board members?” Marie said, entering her room.

Marie, the sorority treasurer, was holding a hot pink T-shirt up to her body. At twenty years old, she was petite and wore her black hair long with bangs that nearly covered her eyes. When she pulled them back she revealed bright hazel eyes and a nose just a bit too big for her face. Marie was Lizbeth’s “little sister,” a bond between sorority sisters that often lasted the rest of their lives. As their resident gadget geek, she always had the latest technology toy. She had the first Fitbit, the first GoPro, was also the first to adopt new social media, and had happily taken over the sorority’s web presence.

Lizbeth had seen the shirt Marie was holding in the gift basket their housemother had given each officer as they moved in. Mrs. C, as they were instructed to call her, was brand new this year and a bit over-eager. She had welcomed each of the officers with a huge hug and said basket, which had also included tons of candy, candles, and school supplies. She gave each sister a candle as she moved in. It was one of these very candles that Lizbeth had put out when it fell and burned the carpet. Their previous housemother had never been this excited to see them.

“Yes, I saw it,” Lizbeth said with a sigh.

“Lizbeth, it says, ‘It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.'”

“Well, she is up on her Austen,” Lizbeth said with a shrug.

Lizbeth sat down on her bed and let herself fall back on the bare mattress.

Marie put her hands on her hips and sighed before responding.

“You know that’s not the point. Some of us aren’t here to find rich husbands.”

“I believe it was the goal for many sisters in her day. She is new and excited. She will learn some of us aren’t like this anymore.”

“She asked me to wear it tonight.”

“No, you’ll wear an official sorority shirt; it’s tradition.”

Marie huffed irritably.

“Are we paying for this stuff? She hasn’t handed me receipts, but I’m worried she will.”

“Let me know if she does. I think this is her gift to us. She made these herself. I mean, the font is comic sans.”

Marie left the room and Lizbeth heard her door bang. All the bedrooms were on the second floor of the house, but the two officer bedrooms were adjacent, so they could all work together. Lizbeth lay back on her bed wishing she wasn’t living this close to Marie and her roommate Lydia. She closed her eyes for a few moments, hoping to catch a quick nap.

“I think we have everyone settled and don’t need to worry about anything until the meeting starts.”

Lizbeth opened her eyes to see Jane come into their room. The only good thing about having to live at the sorority house, as far as Lizbeth was concerned, was rooming with Jane. She had only joined Phi Alpha Pi so she and Jane could be together their freshman year. Last year, when the sorority had just come off an academic probation for low grades, Jane and a few graduates had begged Lizzie to run for president. The year had been difficult for some of the sisters, but Lizbeth had emerged as a leader. There was only one other candidate for president: Lydia. Lydia was the de-facto leader of the un-academic sisters and the worst of the lot. In the end, Lydia had taken on the Programming VP role, something she was very good at. Lydia had already planned so many mixers that Lizbeth had forced her to cancel some.

“Is it true there is a party tonight after the meeting?” Lizbeth asked Jane.

“Yes, Lydia planned with the guys at Alpha Pi. They have a few new brothers who transferred from another school and they want to make them feel welcome before Rush Week starts. Do you remember Caroline? Her older brother Charlie is one of those members,” Jane added.

Lizbeth nodded, vaguely recalling the woman who had transferred to the university and wanted to get involved at this chapter of Phi Alpha Pi.

“Mrs. C is all abuzz about them because they are so rich.”

“Exactly. She thinks Caroline’s brother could be a boyfriend for one of us. It is so sweet of her to want to help us.”

Lizbeth wished that Jane was being sarcastic, but she knew otherwise. Jane was the kindest person in the world. Jane liked almost everyone, so Lizbeth knew there was something wrong with you if you were the rare person Jane didn’t like (and vice versa).

“You’re too sweet,” Lizbeth said.

“Lizbeth, she’s recently widowed. Her children are all off living their own lives. She wants to take care of someone and we need someone looking out for us.”

Lizbeth rolled her eyes.

“I understand, and I feel horrible for her. I mean, you saw the shirts. God forbid we learn to take care of ourselves rather than hunt for rich men to marry.”

“Some members actually want to meet their future husband. Let her get used to us and learn what we need. I’m sure she’ll calm down. If not, well… you’ll certainly be a good balance for her. That is one of the strengths we value in you.”

Lizbeth tossed a stuffed bear at her best friend before getting up and organizing her half of the room.

 

Sara MarksAbout the Author:
Born in Boston, MA and raised in Miami, FL, Sara Marks has two masters degrees and plans to never stop getting over educated. She likes the idea of having all the academic regalia she can ever possess and winning with the most degrees in her family. By day she’s an academic librarian. In what little free time she has, she also knits and plays with her dog Cedric Doggory.

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There are two tour wide giveaways during the blog tour of Phi Alpha Pi! There is a US Only Giveaway for a prize pack and an international giveaway for 14 e-copies and a print copy of Phi Alpha Pi!US Only Giveaway
One winner will win a Prize Pack containing:
– Mrs. C’s homemade officers shirt in Comic Sans (you pick XL or XXL)
– A Phi Alpha Pi sorority sticker, candle, and bracelet (some of the items mentioned in the story).
– An illustration by cover designer Risa Rodil
– A rooster dishtowel (so you can make cock jokes with Lizbeth and Wil)
– Autographed printed copies of Modern Persuasion, A Little More Modern Persuasion, and Phi Alpha Pi (not pictured)
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Monday, May 14, 2018

My Monday

Well this is fun… My step-dad is getting upset that I’m still living with them without a job. I think I might be able to handle a part-time now, but my mom might be going out of town, so I won’t have a way to work, so I don’t know what to do. Her dr. is 4 hours away, so it’s a two day trip when they go.

That said, there are a few places hiring in town, but I’m worried about taking a job, and not being able to handle it. I still need to learn to drive, which no-one is willing to help me with, and if I get a job, I’ll loose food stamps, and have to pay more on my grandma’s rent, since she refuses to move to a 1-bedroom, they still consider me living there, and it’s income based.

I don’t know, I wish I wasn’t bi-polar, and my psychiatrist keeps telling me that I’ll get my meds straightened out, and then I’ll be able to have a ‘normal’ life, but I can never be normal, because I’ll always have to be careful, and look for signs that my meds aren’t doing their job anymore.

My step-dad wants me to move out and live on my own, but there is no way I can afford a car, insurance, my meds, rent, and other necessities on 10-15 hrs, which is what I worked at my last job.

I don’t know, I’m just praying for guidance, and hope things work out soon. Sorry for being so down this week, I’m looking for a breakthrough, that silver-lining, maybe I’ll find it soon.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Sunday’s Spotlight: Carnival Magic

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This companion to Castle In the Mist features a mysterious carnival, an ominous psychic, and a wind that whisks Tess and Max away from their vacation in South Devon, England. Which fantastical world will they find this time?

Tess and Max are back in England for another summer with their Aunt Evie–this time by the seashore in South Devon. And they’re incredibly excited about the travelling carnival that’s come to town. There are rides, games, acrobats, The House of Mirrors–and even a psychic, with a beautiful wagon all her own.

In a visit to the psychic’s wagon, while Tess is being hypnotized, the wagon seems to move. Before Tess can shake herself out of the hypnosis, before Max can do anything, they seem to be travelling–along with the rest of the carnival–too quickly for the two of them to jump out. But where are they going and what awaits them? Will they be caught in a world different from their own? And do the Baranova twins, acrobats who miss their sister almost as much as Tess and Max miss their family, hold the keys to the mystery?

Internationally bestselling author Amy Ephron returns with a companion novel to The Castle in the Mist and creates a magical tale filled with adventure, mystery, fantasy, family, and fun.

Praise for Carnival Magic

“Full of wonder and real-life enchantment, Amy Ephron’s Carnival Magic is a charming adventure that will make a believer out of anyone!” –Rachel Vail, author of Well, That Was Awkward and the Friendship Ring series

 

Review: Caraval (The First Time Around)

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Caraval (Caraval #1)

Remember, it’s only a game…

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.

Review
Loved it! This one kept me on my toes, and I couldn’t get enough!

This book! *le gasp!* Its A-MAZ-ING! LOVE, LOVE, LOVED IT! Oh NY goodness this one is my top favorite read this year, (though I’m still holding out for ACOWAR 😉 I loved the characters, the plot, the magic, this BOOK! I was worried after seeing so many rave reviews that I wouldn’t like it (that’s how it often goes) but NOPE! I was shocked by how many recent reads this brought to mind! The plot, and Legend made me think of Stalking Jack the Ripper. Julian made me think of Arin from Winner’s Curse. And… There was another but it escapes me at the moment (I will add it when I remember it!) Did it remind anyone else of other books or characters? I loved how it brought to mind some of my favorite books, while remaining deliciously original!

UPDATE: I read this last year in March. I started to read Legendary, and wanted to reread Caraval before I did, so I’ll probably write another review for this soon.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

ARC Review: Even the Darkest Stars

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Even the Darkest Stars (Even the Darkest Stars #1)

Kamzin has always dreamed of becoming one of the Emperor’s royal explorers, the elite climbers tasked with mapping the wintry, mountainous Empire and spying on its enemies. She knows she could be the best in the world, if only someone would give her a chance.

But everything changes when the mysterious and eccentric River Shara, the greatest explorer ever known, arrives in her village and demands to hire Kamzin—not her older sister Lusha, as everyone had expected—for his next expedition. This is Kamzin’s chance to prove herself—even though River’s mission to retrieve a rare talisman for the emperor means climbing Raksha, the tallest and deadliest mountain in the Aryas. Then Lusha sets off on her own mission to Raksha with a rival explorer who is determined to best River, and Kamzin must decide what’s most important to her: protecting her sister from the countless perils of the climb or beating her to the summit.

The challenges of climbing Raksha are unlike anything Kamzin expected—or prepared for—with avalanches, ice chasms, ghosts, and even worse at every turn. And as dark secrets are revealed, Kamzin must unravel the truth of their mission and of her companions—while surviving the deadliest climb she has ever faced.

Review
*I received an ARC from the publisher thanks to Edelweiss.Plus for review. This does not affect my review.*

I…don’t really know how to put what I feel for this book into words. On the one hand, I wanted to love it, and for the most part I did, but there were a few things that could have been better.

Lets start, I really enjoyed the characters in this one, especially Kamzin, Tem, and River, (plus maybe Azar-at). While I felt like there could have been more character growth, I enjoyed reading about these characters, and from the beginning I was interested to know more about them.

The setting is interesting, and vast. My favorite part was The Nightwood (of course!) but I enjoyed reading about their journey from Azmiri to Raksha.

The plot held my attention, and I liked the fast that this story was inspired by explorers who have dared to conquer the Himalayas and Kilimanjaro. I always enjoy a good adventure, and this book added a fun magical twist!

Parts I didn’t like? There were a few. Some of the timeline and events were messed up. I only noticed these in the third part, but they were still annoying. (view spoiler)

Yes, I know, neither are a big deal, but I felt as if the author had forgotten her own story, and it pulled me out of the story for a moment.

That said, I loved the plot and ending! While I guessed pretty much all the twists in this story, that didn’t take away from my enjoyment, and can’t wait to see how things end!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Happy (Belated) 2nd Blogiversary

So…I started Adventures Thru Wonderland over at Blogger April 6, 2016. And I started my Bookstagram June 15, 2016. While I have a long way to go, and lots to learn, I’m super excited to have made it this far! I also switched to WordPress in January of this year, so I guess that’s another anniversary to remember XD I have learned so much since I started blogging, and I absolutely love this community!

While I was going to post on April 6, I hesitated at first because I didn’t know what to say, and also because I wanted to wait an see how April would play out, as I was debating on getting a job, or just focusing more on raising rabbits at my mom’s and trying to make a business out of that. I also hope to start proof-reading sometime this year, but that will have to wait for now. Plus, since I waited, it’s right between my Blogiversery and my Bookstagram anniversary.

Since I had a goal for the next year set last year, this year my goal is to write more original posts and to be more interactive and personal on my blog, and to continue to work on my photo skills, and to also post more photos on my blog as well as Instagram.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Taurok’s Vengeance (Giveaway)

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Taurok’s Vengeance (Throne at the End of Time Book 1)

by J.D. Lakey (Goodreads Author),
Maksim Kuznetsov (Illustrator)
,Dylan Drake (Editor)

Expected Publication:  May 22nd 2018
Pre-Order: Author’s Website
Five hundred years of war have just come to a bloody end in one great catastrophic blast. Who won? Taurok is not sure. It was not the loyal Royalists—they are all dead except for a few stragglers like himself. Not the Rebels, surely. Their casualties were just as great. Too stubborn to die, the giant Zendalian is hunted relentlessly through the ruins of the once great city when he stumbles upon a dying Royalist soldier. Mortally wounded, Taurok settles beside him to sing the death song that will take them both across the Veil to the halls of the Gods of War. But the dying boy has other ideas. He is a she and she is Ancellian, which makes her the last Queen of the Crimson Eyrie. This changes everything. Fierce are the people of Zenal but none are fiercer than the Ancellians. Red Moon is her name. The people of Zenal have served the Royal household for ten thousand years. Lying next to her in the dark, Taurok pledges his allegiance to this tiny queen, knowing that if she lives she will destroy everyone who has ever transgressed against her kind. Hope fills Taurok’s heart as he dreams of getting his revenge for the death of everyone he has ever loved. All he has to do is keep her alive.

Author Interview:

1. Taurok’s Vengeance is the start of a new series, what can you tell us about it?:
In Taurok’s Vengeance you are introduced to the Red Moon and Taurok, survivors of the last battle of the 500 year rebellion. Taurok’s species are long-lived giants loyal to the Royal family. Red Moon is the last remaining survivor of the Royal family, a nearly immortal race of beings who can trace their lineage back to the times when the god-like First People were busy messing with Creation. They find each other in the smoking rubble of a city destroyed by the Rebels and team up in order to escape. A hard thing to do in when the city is infested with Rebel soldiers intent on hunting out the last of the Loyalist army and killing them.

Taurok is a warrior. All he wants is to avenge his brother’s death. If the stories are true about the Royal family, Red Moon has the power to grant him that wish. If he can just keep her alive long enough to help her figure out how to do that.

Red Moon, heartbroken and angry, would love to accommodate Taurok. There is just one problem. Injured, time has become muddled inside her head. It makes it hard to remember who is alive and who is dead. Harbinger or Far Ranger? Leto or the Wizards? Taurok must help her. He is her only link to a past that she has been cut off from all her life.

2. Who are some SFF authors or books that inspire you?
My favorite authors are still the classic sci-fi and fantasy writers: Ursula K. LeGuin. Anne McCaffrey, Sherry S. Tepper, C.J. Cherryh, Douglas Adams, and Terry Pratchett. Neil Gaiman is also one of my favorites. I have a library of books at home that I read over and over, their covers worn and their pages pocked with dog-ears: Dune, Caves of Steel, The Marian Chronicles, Have Spacesuit Will Travel are some of the books I’m re-reading at the moment. What can I say, I’m a creature of habit!

3. If you could travel to any SFF world, where would it be, and what would you do?
Ooooo, what a fun question. C.J. Cherryh created a world in which you could travel through portals to other places, other lands, other dimensions. Like Stargate SG-1 but more mystical and magical. I would love that. To be a portal master and go any place I wanted.

4. What’s something your readers likely don’t know about you?
I once had a collection of every Hugo award winning book ever written. I gave it away as a gift because I like to encourage people to discover scifi.

5. Any hobbies or favorite activities other than reading?
I don’t know if you would call this a hobby. I am a student of the human condition. I study people. They fascinate me.

About The Author:

IMG_0539_bw_webJ.D. Lakey was born and raised on the high plains of Montana under an endless sky and as far from civilization as anyone in the twentieth century could get. There she explored the finer nuances of silence and the endless possibilities of the imagination. The stories were always there. The shifting of fortunes finally granted her the time to gather all the stories and give them flesh.

An avid reader of science fiction and comics, she currently lives in San Diego, California where she divides her time between her writing, commuting on the I-5, and spending time with her delightful grandchildren.

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ARC Review: Whisper

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Whisper (Whisper #1)

For two years, six months, fourteen days, eleven hours and sixteen minutes… Subject Six-Eight-Four, ‘Jane Doe’, has been locked away and experimented on, without uttering a single word.

Life at Lengard follows a strict, torturous routine that has never changed.

Until now.

When Jane is assigned a new—and unexpectedly kind—evaluator, her resolve begins to crack, despite her best efforts.

As she uncovers the truth about Lengard’s mysterious ‘program’, Jane discovers that her own secret is at the heart of a sinister plot …. And one wrong move, one wrong word, could change the world.

 

*I received a copy from the publisher though NetGalley. This does not affect my review.*

I…LOVED IT! This book was one of those that I wasn’t sure what I was getting into when I started. I had heard of Lynette Noni’s other series, though I’ve yet to read it, but seeing SJMaas’ praise, along with an interesting blurb, and I was all for it.

I’ll admit, I rewrote this to be double sure to avoid spoilers, as the first one talked a lot about the characters. That said, this is one of those books that it’s best to know next to nothing about so you can enjoy it as it unfolds.

This books starts out with a strange girl who is selected by a governmental facility for a ‘program’ go one is willing to tell her about. We aren’t given a name, so she is called Jane Doe. For over 2 years, she hasn’t spoken, or even responded to treatment, evaluation, or torture. In a last ditch effort to get a response, the Director tells her she had 30 days to show improvement, or she will be removed from the system. To sweeten the deal, he adds a new face to her schedule.

I loved the characters, plot, and writing style, but most of all, I love the mystery and sci-fi elements of this story! It’s so fun unwrapping the layers of the story, and coupled with a fast-pace and complex original characters, I loved every moment of it!

For full (original) review click: here

Blog Tour: Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced

Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced
R.J. Garcia
Publication date: May 1st 2018
Genres: Suspense, Young Adult

Mystery surrounds the town of Summertime, Indiana, where fifteen-year-old Tommy Walker and his little sister are sent to live with relatives they’ve never met. Tommy soon makes friends with Finn Wilds, a rebellious local who lives with his volatile and abusive stepfather, who also happens to be the town’s sheriff.

Finn invites Tommy to late night meetings in the woods, where Tommy gets to know two girls. He forms a special and unique connection with both girls. The meetings become a place where the kids, who don’t fit in at school, or home can finally belong. As the group of friends begin to unravel clues to a cold case murder and kidnapping— they learn the truth is darker and closer than they ever imagined. Even if they live to tell, will anyone believe them?

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Review: This is one of those books I went into knowing almost nothing about, and I’m so glad I did! I loved unraveling the mystery and suspense of this book a little at a time. Tommy and Finn are so much fun to read about, and I loved seeing how the story played out!

Author Bio:

R.J. Garcia is a wife and proud mom. She earned her MSW and worked with foster children and as a school social worker. Writing has been her other great love. She has published several non-fiction pieces. She has been writing short-stories for as long as she can remember. To her amazement, those short stories became novels!

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

TTT: My Favorite Color On the Cover

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature held by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl! Each week has a different topic to write about.

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic was interesting! As I don’t really have a favorite color, I get to play around with this, and look for some of my favorite covers, I chose YA as there are soo many covers in the book world, I had to limit it somehow. (While my favorite colors consist of Green, Blue, and Red, and always Black, I like all colors when used in a way that catches my eye)

As always these are in no particular order.

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Insurgent (Divergent #2)

Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3)

Crimson Bound

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Siren’s Song (Storm Siren #3)

Splintered (Splintered #1)

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3)

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The Final Storm (The Door Within #3)

The Revenge of Seven (Lorien Legacies #5)

Matched (Matched #1)

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Deception’s Princess (Deception’s Princess #1)

Review: Sleep Train

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A perfectly pitched bedtime story and counting book for sleepy train lovers, illustrated in dramatic 3D sculptures!

A little boy climbs into bed with a book and starts counting the train cars in it, between the engine and caboose. “Ten sleepy cars going clickety-clack,” reads the refrain. But as the boy counts cars and gets sleepier and sleepier, his room looks more and more like one of the train cars from his book–the sleeping car, of course!

Rhythmically told by the author of the Froggy books, Sleep Train is also stunning to look at. 3D illustrator, Lauren Eldridge, has sculpted an entire train full of intricate details. Part bedtime story, part counting book, part children’s fantasy, Sleep Train is a magical ride to dreamland.

 

REVIEW: 

*I received a copy from the publisher for review. This does not affect my review.*

I hate writing this review, since I only agreed to review it because I was sure I would love it, and yet here we are. The cover is stunning, and the blurb drew me in. That said, the book was nothing like I expected.

While the illustrations are beautiful throughout, there is almost no characters, and the one character, the little boy is more frightening than friendly. (Even though he only appears once or twice) The words start out fine, but soon take on a chaotic pace, with little to no explanation. What is supposed to be a soothing bedtime rhyme only served to leave me frustrated and confused. While I don’t read children’s books all the time, I’ve read enough to know the good from the bad. As I said, I wanted to love this one, but sadly I won’t be recommending it.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Cover Reveal: Rock-A-Bye Baby

Rock-A-Bye Baby, The Sand Maiden Prequel
Genre: NA Fantasy Romance
Release Date: June 4th 2018
Summary:
The Sand Man, aka the most powerful king in Dream Realm, tended sleep and dreams for eons. But as the human population grew, it exhausted him. After teaching others his craft, he has become disenchanted with no one stroking his ego anymore.
Alissandra, an immortal Sand Maiden, and daughter of the king, has always been close to her father, or so she’s thought, despite being one of twenty-two children. She’s put him on a pedestal and sought to make him proud of her as she weaves the dreams of her many mortal charges helping them make sense of thoughts that need refinement, problems that need solutions, worries that beg for action, and things they should or shouldn’t have said.
But her reality is shattered when she discovers that her father plans to exploit her current dream change, Crown Prince Kovis Altairn, in a quest to conquer Wake Realm. What will Ali do to stop him and his nefarious plans? Will it be enough to save Wake?
“It’s fantastic!” – Kirstyanne Ross, Reviewer ★★★★★
The Sand Maiden is a four-book NA Epic Fantasy Paranormal Romance series with YA appeal. If you loved Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses, Elise Kova’s Air Awakens, and/or Rachel E. Carter’s The Black Mage you’ll definitely love this.
WARNING: This book will empower those who say #MeToo but contains mature content including sexual abuse. Recommended for 18+.

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Paperback: bit.ly/Buy_RABB_Paperback (author website) 

eBook: Rock-A-Bye-BabyBook.com (Amazon)

 

Book One in The Sand Maiden series (click on image for Goodreads link):
 
 
About the Author
L. R. W. Lee enjoys writing epic fantasy and as such has authored the seven book, award-winning Andy Smithson series (MG/YA coming of age) and is currently working on a new series, The Sand Maiden (NA epic fantasy romance with YA appeal). She loves writing fantasy because her characters are everything she’s not in real life. For example, L. R. W. can’t handle scary movies, Stephen King novels, or cockroaches. And she knows she wouldn’t last long in one of her books. But give her a drink and a Hawaiian sunset and she’ll be just fine. 

She lives in scenic Austin, TX with her husband. Their two children have flown the coop. One came to roost at Microsoft and the other in the Air Force.
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