Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Sunbolt Review

Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani

5 Stars
"The winding streets and narrow alleys of Karolene hide many secrets, and Hitomi is one of them. Orphaned at a young age, Hitomi has learned to hide her magical aptitude and who her parents really were. Most of all, she must conceal her role in the Shadow League, an underground movement working to undermine the powerful and corrupt Arch Mage Wilhelm Blackflame.

When the League gets word that Blackflame intends to detain—and execute—a leading political family, Hitomi volunteers to help the family escape. But there are more secrets at play than Hitomi’s, and much worse fates than execution. When Hitomi finds herself captured along with her charges, it will take everything she can summon to escape with her life."
I only have one complaint about Sunbolt, and it is the same complaint I have for every short story I come across: far too short!

Ranting about length done, I loved this book (and not just because my name appears in the back in the acknowledgements). Intisar writes Hitomi well, allowing the reader to feel as if they are her. She's a strong and confident character, more than capable of protecting herself.

The Ghost had me intrigued and very curious. Who was he really? What is he thinking or feeling after the beginning of string of Hitomi's bad luck? Will he make a reappearance in the next book--I really hope so. I only got to know him enough to begin the curiosity. I mean he obviously cares about Hitomi in some way.

And then there was Val.

Oh, Val, I know so little of you. You are dangerous and yet I just want to know more and more. I began to forget about the Ghost and considered Val my new favorite. Val is intriguing. He's deadly dangerous, a bit harsh in his words, but yet...he keeps to his word. He shows moments of compassion that make me very hopeful that more may come from it. He even took Hitomi's secret very well, in my opinion.

And now I will eagerly await the next installment in the series (and hope secretly that its a bit longer!). 
Upcoming review: 
  Solace by Therin Knite

So far a good read! I'll post my review when done!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Wait...I want more!

Sora's story continues in Ferran's Map, The Cat's Eye Chronicles, Book Four

5 Stars

"The bloodmage Volcrian is dead, but a new enemy lurks in the shadows. The Shade, a fanatical cult of demonic assassins, is trying to resurrect the Dark God and unleash His power back into the world. In their wake, a deadly plague is spreading across the land.

Sora and her companions are the only ones who know of the plague’s true source. As the disease spreads, Sora must journey to the City of Crowns to retrieve The Book of the Named, her only hope of stopping The Shade. She and her companions arrive just in time for the winter solstice festival, a notorious two-weeks of fine wines, grand parties and legendary debauchery. Sora must don the guise of a noblewoman and infiltrate the First Tier nobility to stop The Shade before it’s too late.

Meanwhile, the assassin Crash is confronted by a ghost from his past. As he uncovers more of the Shade’s plot, he finds himself face-to-face with his old Grandmaster. Can Crash lay to rest his past, or will he succumb to his inner demon and rejoin the man who once made him a killer?"

Another great installment of the Cat's Eye Chronicles indeed and wonderfully written. I'll admit I bought this the day it was released on Kindle. You get to experience a bit more of Soda and Crash's relationship and experience more exciting danger. I must say that Ferran is growing on me and I have a new found curiosity to see further interactions between Sora and Lord Gracen Seabourne. I eagerly look forward to the next installment in the series!

Thursday, January 1, 2015


In the process of book signing events and finishing up changes to the final Priestess Trilogy book, I have discovered that I have horribly neglected my blog. Well, it is a new year and, as long as my laptop continues to hold up, I shall do my best and make more frequent blog posts. Once Defiance is released, my attention shall return to writing the third installment of the Chronicles of Midgard series, Opening of Lost Doors. I know of a few devoted readers who are quite eager to get their hands on it and I, by no means, want to make them wait any longer. I myself and eager to get back to Maeja's story.

On another note, I recently finished reading Thorn by fellow author and good friend Intisar Khanani. Based off a Brothers Grimm fairytale, Thorn takes an interesting and intriguing twist of its own, following the trials faced by Princess Alyrra and the difficult decisions she is faced with. I found it highly captivating and admit that I just read nearly the entire book over the course of four hours! With each chapter, I found myself wanting to learn more and before I realized it, I had finished. Definitely a recommended read for lovers of both fantasy and fairytale. Thorn offers magic, betrayal, vengeance, and so much more. Be sure to give it a look!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Sweet Goddess, I must have more!

I recently set aside a book I had been reading, The Nameless Dwarf by D.P. Prior (fairly good series, but for a fantasy setting with a dwarf lead character, place names like New Jerusalem and London kind of threw a wrench in it for me), to read Sora's Quest, the first book of T.L. Shreffler's Cat's Eye Chronicles. I've had a free Kindle copy of the first book for a while now, kept on my phone with the Kindle app. However, upon finally getting an actual Kindle, I started reading Sora's Quest while waiting for my son's school bus after work. Before I knew it, I had fallen undeniably in love with the fast paced story laced with danger around every turn. In truth, one day I lost six hours to reading it, immediately purchasing the second book, Viper's Creed after finishing Sora's Quest. Admittedly, I also in turn bought the third installment, Volcrian's Hunt immediately upon finishing Viper's Creed. Now I must wait to read the fourth installment as Ferran's Map has not yet been released. That makes me terribly sad.

I would, very much so, recommend this series to any and all fantasy lovers. I will admit, that more than once, the characters speech patterns have seemed off for the time period setting, a bit too modern, but that's my only qualm. The storyline is very well written, rich in history and culture. And the characters! Oh the characters! Crash and Dorian are my favorites (I'll stray away from spoilers here). The more I learn about Crash, the more I love his character, often times wishing I could embrace him and tell him everything will work out, it will be fine, stop beating yourself up!

Give the series a look for yourself. You can grab Sora's Quest for free on Amazon Kindle!

"Sora Fallcrest always dreamed of adventure, but as a member of the nobility, she learned the ways of a Lady instead. Now seventeen, she is expected to choose a husband and marry. She plots to run away, but just as she is stepping out the door, she runs into a mysterious man--and is kidnapped.
Abducted from her manor, Sora is plunged into a world of magical races, arcane jewelry and forgotten lore. She finds herself at the mercy of a dangerous assassin, haunted by an even darker past. She yearns for freedom, but he won't let her go--not when her Cat's Eye necklace is the only thing that can save his life.

But the necklace itself presents a problem. It is an ancient device from the long forgotten War of the Races, and its magic has the ability to steal souls. Can Sora learn to wield its power--or will the power wield her"

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Distractions Abound!

The one problem I always seem to face, more so that the occasional and highly irritating writer's block, is getting distracted. My laptop is pretty much always connected online. I'll find myself popping online quickly to check something out, whether its doing a quick search or checking an email, hours later I'll discover I've either found my way to Tumblr or I've gotten to some random, obscure video on YouTube after following links on the side (which I probably originally went there to listen to some music while writing).

I do try to focus, I really do. But some days, after getting home from work, making dinner for my husband and son, I really don't want to focus on writing. And when I don't get distracted online, I'm usually gaming it up either on the counsels (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii), I'm rolling the dice with Pathfinder or D&D. I don't mind the Pathfinder and D&D distractions, however, they are good for giving me ideas. In fact, a stand alone book that I'm writing, albeit a bit slowly right now, is based of a D&D 3.5 character I recently played in game DM'd by my husband. I do hope that readers will find Rogue's Dance both entertaining and enthralling. 

Part of my problem with becoming more easily distracted of late is needing to finish revisions to the final Priestess book, Eclipse, while really, really wanting to continued the next installment of the Chronicles book, Opening of Lost Doors. I do have a short story I set aside called Winterspell. It is part of a joint project that authors T.L. Shreffler, Intisar Khanani, and M.A. Bronson are also working on. I do have ideas for a new series, although I do promise to finish the Chronicles first. I can't deny Ril fans their fix, lol. I also would like to try my hand at urban fantasy. I considered Steampunk and Dystopian, but I worry I might disappoint readers with those and remain hesitant to try them at this time.

Anyway, I'm planing on Eclipse to have its revisions finished and have it back on the market late this fall. So keep an eye out for it. there is a teaser of the cover below, but you can see the full cover on my website.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Clean Sweep Review

 Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews

"On the outside, Dina Demille is the epitome of normal. She runs a quaint Victorian Bed and Breakfast in a small Texas town, owns a Shih Tzu named Beast, and is a perfect neighbor, whose biggest problem should be what to serve her guests for breakfast. But Dina is...different: Her broom is a deadly weapon; her Inn is magic and thinks for itself. Meant to be a lodging for otherworldly visitors, the only permanent guest is a retired Galactic aristocrat who can’t leave the grounds because she’s responsible for the deaths of millions and someone might shoot her on sight. Under the circumstances, "normal" is a bit of a stretch for Dina. And now, something with wicked claws and deepwater teeth has begun to hunt at night....Feeling responsible for her neighbors, Dina decides to get involved. Before long, she has to juggle dealing with the annoyingly attractive, ex-military, new neighbor, Sean Evans—an alpha-strain werewolf—and the equally arresting cosmic vampire soldier, Arland, while trying to keep her inn and its guests safe. But the enemy she’s facing is unlike anything she’s ever encountered before. It’s smart, vicious, and lethal, and putting herself between this creature and her neighbors might just cost her everything."

I absolutely loved Clean Sweep. It was the first book I've ever read by best selling authors Ilona Andrews (a husband and wife team), suggested to me greatly by my husband, who is a big fan of her Magic Bites series. Dina is a strong female character more than capable of protecting herself. Her Inn reminds me of Heterodyne Castle from the Girl Genius webcomic, just magic fantasy and not steampunk. I’ve never been a fan of books with werewolves and vampires, but the initial interactions between Dina and the werewolf Sean were highly amusing, especially when his “welcome is withdrawn.” Clean Sweep is an intriguing blend of fantasy magic and sci-fi tech. Clean Sweep was originally posted chapter by chapter online for free reading, but I quite enjoy having a physical copy in my hands. The next book of the Innkeeper Chronicles, Sweep in Peace, can also be read for free online here: I've read the first four chapters already and look forward to also owning a printed copy of that book once it is released.

Up next on my to read list:
The Nameless Dwarf by D.P. Prior
Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani
Thorn by Intisar Khanani  

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Save the Dates!

Save the dates for these upcoming author events!


What: Signed print copies of Falls the Shadow and Melody of the Dark from the Chronicles of Midgard series; signed print copies of Defiance and Betrayal from the Priestess Trilogy.
When: August 6th - August 16th 2014
Where: Marc's in Medina  
1041 N. Court St.
Medina OH 44256
Details: Enter to win signed print copies of the Chronicles of Midgard or the Priestess Trilogy at the Medina Marc's Customer Service counter. One winner will be chosen for each series. Limit one entry per person. No purchase necessary. Winners will be notified via phone or email for in store pick-up. Questions? e-mail Melissa at or call Marc's at 330-722-3399


What: Meet author Melissa Sasina
When: Saturday, August 9th, 11 am til 1 pm
Where: Marc's in Medina
1041 N. Court St.
Medina OH 44256
Details: Stop by Marc's in Medina (1041 N. Court St., Medina OH 44256) on Saturday, August 9th and meet author Melissa Sasina. The event will run from 11 am til 1 pm. Get to know Melissa and her books. Grab some free bookmarks and post cards. Print copies will be on hand for purchase ($8.00 each). Questions? e-mail Melissa at or call Marc's at 330-722-3399


What: Meet local authors and learn about their books
When: Saturday, November 15th, 11 am til 2 pm
Where: Brunswick Library
3649 Center Rd.
Brunswick OH 44212
Details: Melissa Sasina will be on hand at the Local Author Expo hosted by the Brunswick Library on Saturday, November 15th from 11 am til 2 pm. Stop by, meet Melissa and learn about her books. Copies will be on hand for purchase. Grab some free bookmarks while you're there! Questions? e-mail Melissa at or call the library at 330-273-415.