Writing

NaNoWriMo Prep – My Idea

Hi friends, as I’ve previously mentioned, I will try competing in the NaNoWriMo challenge this November.  For more info, go here!


Idea:

She wants to help those that cannot help themselves.  Social worker and spokesperson for homeless children and adoption agencies.  She was adopted herself and having rich parents did not change her, they believed in hard work, dedication to your purpose and passion for your life.  She was kind and humble. 

The main protagonist is Lucy, a human and dormant witch.  She lives on Earth, in another galaxy, far from the one she will travel to by accident.  The true Rhiona will request this switch from sprites, to escape an arranged marriage.  Lucy, who she is switched with, gets saved by two hunter fae, who keep her safe until she is found by the knights and taken ‘home’.  With the assistance of the sprites, she learns as much as possible to assume the life of Rhiona.  She meets the elf prince, Tristan, who she is to be married off to, to secure an alliance with their race.  This is so that the King can use their numbers to eradicate the Centaur race that takes up most of the Greenlands – the most fertile lands in their world.  There are also gnomes, small creatures that live underground – whose true lands the ‘humans’ stole when they were brought here by the sprites to assist in changing the rule of the witches and warlocks. These humans proved to be worse than the witches and almost completely killed off these powerful creatures.  

Lucy needs to learn whom to trust, who needs to be feared, who needs help and who to save.  Then, there is the trouble with learning to love someone she doesn’t know, and putting her trust in him, in order to be able to get the help she needs.


I don’t want to give away anything more than this, but there is a lot more to the story than what I’ve mentioned above.  And there are numerous different creatures in this world.  Also, I am still building the world and hope to have a full map ready, before the 1st of November comes around.  And I want to create a way of tracking my word count manually too…  So, there is still a lot that needs to get done.


Oh, and here’s my inspiration for the female lead, Lucy… a.k.a. Rhiona…

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Blog Tour – Nemesis

I received a free copy from Xpresso Book Tours, in return for an honest review.  The opinion expressed below is unbiased and my own.



Nemesis
Kat Ross
(Fourth Talisman, #4)
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: October 20th, 2018
Genres: Adult, Fantasy

In the fourth volume of the Fourth Talisman series, Nazafareen risks everything on a desperate gamble to stop the Vatras once and for all…

With Meb safely among her own people, Nazafareen has finally embraced her dangerous fire magic. She is the Fourth Talisman, destined to free the heirs from the wards binding their own extraordinary power. With Nocturne and Solis poised on the brink of war, the choices she makes will decide the fate of mortals and daevas alike.

Determined to confront Culach and make amends, Nazafareen goes to Val Moraine, setting off a chain of events that ultimately leads her deep into the perilous wasteland called the Kiln and the faceless enemy waiting there. But the ancient hatred that shattered the world a millennium before is stronger and far more devious than she and her companions imagine.

Is the Viper truly dead? And can Nazafareen triumph without facing the darkness that lurks within her own heart?

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Bullet-Point Review:

  • Attention-grabbing, fast-paced read.
  • Did not see most of this coming, either!
  • Dramatic, full of determination, twists, and turns…
  • Mythology and legends are smoothly mixed into this tale, woven with such precision.
  • Cliffhanger ending…
  • And the cover is incredibly stunning, too…

Author Bio:

Kat Ross worked as a journalist at the United Nations for ten years before happily falling back into what she likes best: making stuff up. She’s the author of the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day, the Fourth Element fantasy trilogy (The Midnight Sea, Blood of the Prophet, Queen of Chaos), and a new gaslamp mystery series that opens with The Daemoniac and continues with The Thirteenth Gate. She loves myths, monsters and doomsday scenarios. For more information about Kat’s books, come visit her at katrossbooks.com.

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Blog Tour – The Childless Ones

Welcome to the book tour for “The Childless Ones,” the debut novel of Cam Rhys Lay! “The Childless Ones” will be released November 12, but you can preorder your copy now on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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Book – The Childless Ones
Author – Cam Rhys Lay

Genre – Epic Fantasy
Publisher – Gowanus Press
Release Date – 9 October 2018


Synopsis:

TWO WORLDS…TWO ALTERNATING NARRATIVES…A REALIST RELATIONSHIP DRAMA…AN EPIC FANTASY…

In the “real world,” we open with Jack Ampong just leaving a prostitute when he receives a phone call that his wife Sarah has been assaulted. With this incident as a jumping off point, we watch as Jack and Sarah deal with past guilt and regrets as well as their own ongoing struggles with relationships, infertility, and parenthood.

In the “fantasy world”—ostensibly written by Jack—a bureaucratic Empire rules with an iron fist…an ancient sect of sorcerers have extraordinary powers but are cursed with the inability to have children… and a race of beings called the Mandrakar live lives one quarter the length of normal people, but have memories that are passed on to future generations through the last of an ancient breed of tree. Along the way, we meet a crotchety governor who just wants to do right by his granddaughter, a hardboiled, lesbian, dwarf detective who just wants another drink, and a villainous sorcerer whose motives form one of the central mysteries of the story.

Throughout the book, the two narratives echo off one another—often in surprising ways—ultimately commenting on the very nature of storytelling itself.

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About the Author:

Cam Rhys Lay received his Bachelors Degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his MFA from the University of Kansas. For five years, he worked as an Associate Publisher at The Easton Press in Connecticut. Currently, he lives in Brooklyn, New York where he runs marketing for Skillshare, an online learning community for creators. The Childless Ones is his first book. To learn more about Cam and his writing, please visit him at camrhyslay.com.

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Cover Reveals

Cover Reveal – Land of Steel and Honey

Land of Steel and Honey is coming October 31. Today is the cover reveal, and you can even preorder this book for only 99 cents. Keep reading to find out more!

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The blurb:

Freedom has never been further away…

Jovi faces a precarious situation when Cappa teams with Belisandre to kidnap her. When she finds herself right back where she started in the castle, she tries to escape. Before she can break free, Cappa forces her on another journey, this time into the heart of Lyenhaus.

It doesn’t take long to learn how untruthful Cappa has been about his life. In order to survive, she must make him believe that she trusts him, and that she still loves him, which isn’t an easy feat when she can barely stand to be in the same room as him.

Lyenhaus is the Dwarf land, and soon Jovi finds a friend in the Dwarf king, who sees Cappa for what he is the moment he meets him. With his help, she might actually break free, but when Cappa escapes, she has an important decision to make.
Can she return to her life as Queen of the Frost Mages knowing Cappa is out there?

Land of Steel and Honey is the second installment in Secrets of Orendor, a YA epic fantasy series that will appeal to fans of Sarah J Maas and Victoria Aveyard.


And Book 1 has a brand new cover too! Check it out below!

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The blurb:

One cure can save them all…

Princess Jovi’s sheltered life has taught her nothing about Orendor, the kingdom she will one day rule. Longing for adventure isn’t the same as being thrust in the middle of one, which is exactly what happens when the Frost Mages attack the castle in Kingsperch.

Determined to save her kingdom, Jovi must gather an army of brave warriors to defeat the Frost Mages and protect the people she loves. She seeks help from the bravest Mammoth Rider in all of Orendor—her fearless uncle, Meical.

Jovi will endure harrowing trials she never imagined she’d face, but as a daring new enemy emerges from the darkness, she will discover a startling truth about herself that might open the door to a brand new future.

Will she choose the lives of many, or the heart of one?

Land of Strength and Sorrow is the first installment in Secrets of Orendor, a YA epic fantasy series that will appeal to fans of Sarah J Maas and Victoria Aveyard.

Here is the best part! Since it’s my birthday month, I’ve decided to offer Land of Strength and Sorrow for only 99 cents! And you can also preorder Land of Steel and Honey for 99 cents too! How awesome is that?


Land of Steel and Honey releases October 31, so be sure to pre-order now so you don’t forget! Just click those buy links below!

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Reviews

The Forgotten Child

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Book – The Forgotten Child
Series – A Riley Thomas Mystery, #1
Author – Melissa Erin Jackson
Genre – Paranormal Mystery, Thriller

Publisher – Ringtail Press
Release Date – 10 October 2018


Review:

How to tell someone subtly to read a book? Without spoilers? This is going to be the toughest one yet. I had this book spotlighted on my blog for its coming release, and the synopsis had me so interested that I sent the author a request, let me know if the book is on Netgalley, please?! She did, I requested it, and I got accepted to read it – IN ONE DAY!

I could not stop reading this book once I started, and while there was a lot to the plot, Melissa wrote it in such a way that you keep wanting more. I wished that this book never ended, it was that good. I’m sure that if Melissa wanted, she can write more books about Riley and I will be the first person in line to read every one of them.

This follows Riley, as she learns to accept her gift and make peace with the way in which this will change her life. After pretending she cannot see ghosts for most of her life, her best friend Jade bullies her into going away to a haunted house for a weekend, where this whole mess starts.

We also see snippets of Riley’s past and how this shaped her need to hide her gift for this many years, as well as insight into the murderer, Orin – I am happy to say that these were sufficiently creepy and insightful at the same time.

Orin’s life, how he got into murder, was fascinating. He didn’t see it as murder, but rather a study of human anatomy while his subjects were still alive. This was an interesting take that I don’t see often in these types of mysteries. He was intrigued by how things worked from the inside, including humans…

The friendship between the five ladies going on this trip together, Riley, Jade, Pamela, Brie, and Rochelle was so fun to read about. Jade’s inappropriate sex jokes had me laughing out loud and fit her personality so well.

Michael, the love interest in this book, was a beautiful, strong, and secure man that gave Riley everything she needed at every moment. He was there for her, without crowding her and made her feel safe. He didn’t once think she was nuts (well, maybe at the start for a second, but skepticism is a real thing), and supported her through all of the bizarre things that she had to endure.

There were paranormal investigators (secondary characters) – Nina (she played a slightly bigger role), Derrick, Xavier, and Mario. They were full-rounded characters, not just fillers there to further the plot alone. I like that there was thought put into each character introduced into the story for a reason.

Pete, my heart broke for this boy so much – not saying more about this one…

There was also diversity in the character relationships, while not a major part of the plot, this is great to see – no more hiding behind the stereotypical characters we are so sick of.

Melissa had me hanging onto her words, I couldn’t read fast enough, and my need to know how this story end was tangible. I would highly recommend buying this book immediately and binge reading – make sure you have a full day that you can dedicate to this book… For fans of fast-paced thrillers…


 

Blog Tours

Blitz Tour – Chasing my Forever

Title:  Chasing My Forever
Series: The Beaumont Series – Next Generation #3
Author: Heidi McLaughlin 
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 9, 2018
Cover Design: Sarah Hansen at OkayCreations.
Photography: Mae I Design
Models: Alex Denning & Cherry Albrecht

Music is his passion. It’s in his blood. Yet, Quinn James isn’t sure if stardom is right for him. His family wants him to join a band, and follow in his father’s footsteps but fear holds him back. He can’t explain it, and when he tries, no one understands what he’s afraid of or why he’s content playing coffee shop gigs where no one knows him.

Eleanora Boone wants to live her life, not the one her very southern parents planned for her, which is why she chose college thousands of miles away. Now she’s faced with returning home or doing something that would defy her family. When an opportunity to visit Los Angeles falls in her lap, she uses it to become someone different.

California is everything Eleanora thought it would be, and even more so when she meets Quinn, the shy, reserved and brooding musician who’s the complete opposite of the guys she’s used to back home. 
 
For the first time, Quinn’s smitten. The new, mysterious waitress has him wrapped around her finger, and he finds that he is finally able to open up and trust someone outside of his family circle. 
 
But living a different life comes with its risks, and for Eleanora, that risk is a secret that has the power to destroy both of them.
“Gah! You want this book! Need to know this story! All I can say is Yes!! Yes you need Quinn James in your life! Yes Heidi McLaughlin is continuing all the things I loved about her Beaumont Series into this Next Generation!!” -Amber, The Geekery Book Review
“You should do it, El. My brother lives there,” Sofia adds. Her brother, right. For the past two years, she’s told me about her brother. In fact, she tells anyone who will listen. He’s famous or is going to be, yet refuses to tell us his name, but talks about him an awful lot. He goes by Q, according to her. It’s some artist name or whatever. The thing is, when you’ve lived with someone for two years, you meet their family. Granted, this is the first time she’s met my parents, but my brother and sister have come to visit, and she’s had the dubious honor of meeting Roy. The only person in Sofia’s family that we’ve met is her mom, Alicia. Never the brother, which is a shame because anytime him and Sofia are together in pictures, he looks super-hot, and way out of my league.

Heidi is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author.
Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell, Buttercup and a Highland West/Mini Schnauzer, JiLL and her brother, Racicot.
 
When she’s isn’t writing one of the many stories planned for release, you’ll find her sitting court-side during either daughter’s basketball games.
 
Heidi’s first novel, Forever My Girl, will be in theaters on October 27, 2017, starring Alex Roe and Jessica Rothe.


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Blitz Tour – Wolf Tamer

Wolf Tamer
Yumoyori Wilson
(Claiming My Pack #1)
Publication date: October 6th, 2018
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance

An Orphan Girl. A Group of Wolves. A Destined Fate for War.

Don’t you ever wish to find where you belong? A place where you can rest your head without worrying about being jumped or your possessions being taken from you? Not like I had much, to say the least.

A pendant, an ancient blade, and a picture of my murdered family were all I had left when I was five years old. Foster homes to homeless shelters, I never found a place of refuge. I simply didn’t belong, and everyone made it their duty to remind me of my predicament. Until I finally came across a place that felt like home.

Sacred Moon Shelter for Endangered Wolves. I’d stumbled upon the sanctuary when I was near death, but I was miraculously saved.

Since then, I’ve become a Wolf Tamer; the only one who can get close to touching the six rare breeds. When I’m with them, I feel safe and sometimes wish I could be like one of them and escape this cruel world.

But such inhumanity strikes home, a group of hunters shows up, ready to take my wolves to an unknown place or murder them in cold blood. I won’t allow them to kill the only true family I’d ever known.

My name is Harper Blake, and I vow to claim and protect my own.

Wolf Tamer is a new Wolf Shifter Reverse Harem Romance. Recommended for 18+ Audiences.

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Author Bio:

Yumoyori Wilson is from Toronto, Ontario. She’s a Full-time author who loves to write many different genres. On her down time, she bothers her Mom and likes to drink bubbletea while reading and playing video games.

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