Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Ensaadi Review


by Elisabeth Wheatley

In the endless dunes of the Sandsea, strength is the only virtue and weakness is the only sin.

Ensaadi Talitha of Ilios is the warlord’s heir who dreams of peace. Finally, she has the chance to broker a marriage between two feuding tribes, but her efforts are shattered when her besotted cousin claims the bridegroom.

The treachery forces Talitha and her warriors to flee back to Ilios. Only through an uneasy alliance with a band of mercenary Dunedrifters and their enigmatic leader can her people hope to make it home.

With the lives of her warriors and the safety of her city at stake, Talitha will be forced to make the hardest decisions of her life. As an ensaadi, no matter what Talitha may want, a heart is a luxury and a conscience is a curse.

Ensaadi is a 30,000 word novella and first in the all-new Warlords of the 
Sandsea romance adventure series.

Okay, absolutely stunning cover aside, I loved this book. The story is fast paced and keeps you pulled in all the way through. Talitha is an incredibly strong character who can hold her own in many ways. I'm not a huge fan of "romance" stories, but this one offers so much more than that. There is this wonderful sense of danger through the entire book and even at the end you know that the threat is not completely gone. The characters were pretty well developed, even the secondary characters, such as Gilsazi.

My only complaint is that the story ended. Short stories do that to me; pulling me in and then leaving me craving so much more. This one was no exception in the least. I will eagerly be awaiting the next installment of the Warlords of the Sandsea series. 

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year!

Well, it's 2018 already. I swear these last three months just flew by. Seriously. They rushed by like gale-force winds. It doesn't help that I also have a day job in retail and this time of year gets so incredibly hectic. Some days I didn't even know what day of the week it was. I hope everyone had a great holiday season and I really do hope that this new year will be a great one.

Now, onward to the important stuff!

Lies of Light progress:
I'd hoped to have Lies of Light released already, but unforeseen complications set it's release date back a few months. But never fear! I will be announcing an official release date soon! I'm eager for it's release myself, if even just to see the beautiful cover art by the amazing Kristina Bilota in print (You can follow her beautiful art on her Instagram!).

Lies of Light takes place on just one continent of a whole new world I built from scratch. Unlike The Chronicles of Midgard and The Priestess Trilogy, the Darker Shade of Light series doesn't rely on existing mythologies and as such, can be a bit headache inducing to work on. I built the world, the people, the magic, even the myths and legends all completely from scratch. I do plan to write the occasional blog post about the world and it's people, giving you the reader a more in-depth look. The great part about creating an entire world from scratch is that all future books I write will be set in the same world, just different areas and with a few cameo appearances of previous characters here and there.

Breach of Neutrality progress:

Don't worry! The forth installment of The Chronicles of Midgard has not been forgotten! I plan to get right back into it once Lies of Light has been released and I have more time to focus on it.

Dayton Book Expo:
This is a wee bit off, but I'll be at the Sinclair Community College on April 28th for the Dayton Book Expo. There will be several other authors of all genres (so something for everyone), panel discussions, activities for children in the Kid Zone, and some great giveaways. So save the date, spread the word to anyone you think might be interested, and I hope to see you there! More information here:
Dayton Book Expo.

I'm looking for readers who'd love to join my ARC (Advanced Release Copy) team. By joining, you'll get your hands on new releases before the release date. All that I ask is that you read it and share your honest review somewhere online, such as Goodreads, twitter, your blog, or anywhere. That's all to it! Interested? Then sign up!

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Common Cover Reveal

One person knows of the plot against the royal family and cares enough to try to stop it—the servant girl they banished.

Leah spends her days scrubbing floors, polishing silver, and meekly curtsying to nobility. Nothing distinguishes her from the other commoners serving at the palace, except her red hair.

And her secret friendship with Rafe, the Crown Prince of Imperia.

But Leah’s safe, ordinary world begins to splinter. Unexpected feelings for Rafe surface just as his parents announce his betrothal to a foreign princess. Then she unearths a plot to overthrow the royal family. Her life shatters completely when the queen banishes her for treason.

Harbored by a mysterious group of nuns, Leah must secure Rafe’s safety before it’s too late. But her quest reveals a villain far more sinister than an ambitious nobleman with his eye on the throne.

Can a common maidservant summon the courage to fight for her dearest friend?

Author Bio:

An avid reader since birth (her parents claim she often kept them up late begging to hear just one more story), Laurie Lucking discovered her passion for writing after leaving her career as an attorney to become a stay-at-home mom. She writes young adult fantasy with a strong thread of romance, and her debut novel, Common, releases in 2018 from Love2ReadLove2Write Publishing. Laurie is the secretary of her local ACFW chapter and a co-founder of www.landsuncharted.com, a blog for fans of clean young adult speculative fiction. A Midwestern girl through and through, she currently lives in Minnesota with her husband and two young sons. Find out more about Laurie and her writing by visiting www.laurielucking.com.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Fanged Rebel Cover Reveal

I'm happy to share with you today the cover reveal for friend and fellow author, 
Elisabeth Wheatley's, upcoming book Fanged Rebel!


After barely escaping Arizona with their lives, Haddie, Damian, and Madelyn realize the time has come to fight the Vampire King, but they’ll need more friends—a lot more. The Faulkners call a meeting of Huntsmen to help recruit people who hate the Vampire King more than his wayward children. But Haddie and Damian’s mother shows up with her army-in-a-box, turning a negotiation into a hostage situation.

Now everyone is trapped in a hotel full of jumpy monster-killers and surrounded by hired  guns. When people start to go missing, it’s only a matter of time before the slaughter starts. Worse, they soon learn the Vampire King is getting impatient. He wants the unrest quelled and Damian—his heir—back in New England to put an end to this embarrassment. Either way, Haddie and her brother, their mother, and the Huntsmen will have to band together if they want to survive what’s coming.

Resistance wasn’t enough. It’s time for rebellion.

Coming December 12, 2017

About the Author

Elisabeth Wheatley began what would be her first novel at eleven and hasn’t stopped writing since. When she’s not daydreaming of elves, vampires, and/or princes in need of rescuing, she can be found wasting time on the internet, fangirling over her latest obsession, and pretending to be a functional citizen.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Antagonists Review

The Antagonists

by Burgandi Rakoska

Minerva Banks' entire life has been one large battle. When she was younger, she had wanted to harness her fighting skills by joining The Quartet - New Quartz City's finest superhero team. She had been young. Her head had been filled with dreams. Now she's a graduate student with a head filled with anxieties. And yet, there's still a small part of her that longs to join The Quartet. Then again, as the old saying goes, one shouldn't meet their heroes. It's not long before Minerva Banks finds herself in a battle that has existed since the Era of Merlin, a battle to survive, a battle to prove herself...

 The Antagonist introduces us to Minnie, a black woman with Spina bifida. All she wants to do is be of use to her heroes, but once she meets them face to face, she learns something most unfortunate about them. (I won't go into details, because spoilers).

A small bit of backstory first: I first discovered this book through posts shared on tumblr. After my husband also found it and read it, he kept suggesting it to me. I finally broke down and decided to read it. And wow, what a nice and refreshing read. We have the wonderful Minnie who, despite so much being against her, is indeed a strong woman and I can already see her getting much stronger and more confident with herself as this series continues. I actually bought books two and three immediately after reading the first. (I even forgot my husband and I can share books on our kindles, so now we have double the copies). While I do think the adults act a bit like teenagers sometimes, I quickly decided that Victor was my favorite character. He and Minnie are truly adorable.

My only qualm with the book is the overuse of the characters names, especially in the first chapter. Every other sentence was "Minnie did this" "Minnie did that" "Minnie this and that". It did get better as the chapters continued on, although that does still need to get worked on a bit.

All in all, The Antagonist features a delightfully strong character, amusing character commentary, and even wizards. what's not to love?

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Virtual FantasyCon 2017

It's that time of year: time for the Virtual FantasyCon facebook event where authors come together for a week of contests, games, and giveaways! This online fantasy convention is a fun way to meet and learn about authors without ever having to leave the comfort of your own home. 

The event runs from October 15th through 21st. Links to all the participating authors event pages can be found in the pinned post on the Virtual FantasyCon - Readers Corner page. Be sure to join the authors event pages that you don't want to miss out on and feel free to invite anyone who loves fantasy and free stuff!

I will also be giving away ebook copies of my books, so be sure to join my event page!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Character Interview: Ril

Today I'd like to share an interview with Ril that was done for Booknvolume. If you're unfamiliar with Ril, he is a snarky pirate with an airship called The Sacred Hart. He first joins Maeja in Falls the Shadow (The Chronicles of Midgard #1) with the hopes of getting the rare treasure of Odin’s ring, Draupnir, from her. Ril has a love for anything of wealth and can be a bit guarded about his past.

 Let’s start off simple. What is your name?   
*sits book down* Ril.

That’s it? Just Ril? 
 I prefer Ril. After all, what respectable pirate walks around named Ril’Hounithra?

Didn’t know pirates could be respectable. So, did you always want to be a thief? 
Tch. Don’t mix me with common thieves. I am a pirate.

Thief, pirate, what’s the difference? 
 I have an airship. And, no, I didn’t always want to be a pirate. However, an opportunity presented itself and I would have been a fool to turn it down. I got the escape I wanted. *smiles smugly*

It is said that your airship was your first act of piracy. Is that true?  
Yes. I stole The Sacred Hart right out from under the Empire’s nose. They never saw it coming.

That weapon you carry called a mage gun, have you used it much?  
No, and I would prefer not to. I really do detest bloodshed. I’d rather not soil my cuffs if possible.

Are mage guns common where you are from?   
They are quite rare. This was the only one I’ve found intact. The High Order of mages ruled them dangerous and it’s forbidden to make more. After all, the town of Rhudan was leveled to ruins in an explosion making their bullets. It’s hard to find mages willing to make my ammunition.

I see you have purple tipped hair. Is that something that is natural for your race, or something you’ve done yourself? 
Adding color to one’s hair is something those of us with higher class enjoy doing. Although…I have been considering letting it just grow out.

You said that adding color to hair is something the upper class enjoy. Does that mean you are of a higher class? 
Of course. How could you assume anything less? *straightens the cuffs of his sleeves*

What about those colorful stones hanging from your ears? Do they have any significance?
They’re called speakstones and they allow me to get in touch with my contacts when I need certain information, or to ask for a favor.

So, tell me, is there any special treasure in particular that you have your eye on? 
 *grins* Of course. Such a rare and beautiful treasure. Unfortunately, I cannot divulge any more information on this subject.

What sort of hobbies might a pirate such as yourself have when not stealing away rare treasures?   
I quite enjoy a good book. I have quite the collection in my quarters.

Do you have a favorite book?  
Many, but I’ve always held a fondness for “One Hundred and One Tales of Odd Nese.”

Wait. Isn’t that a storybook for children? 
 Tch. Never dismiss a classic.

How about your traveling companions? What are your thoughts on each of them? 
Maeja is an intriguing woman, a stubborn challenge I am quite enjoying. Connor and Linkyn are more trouble than they are worth most times and horribly foul mouthed. As for Mjrn, she is the perfect accomplice. She handles The Sacred Hart well when I need her to.

One last question. You seem to take pleasure in stirring up trouble. Why is that?   
*grin broadens* I’m a pirate. It’s what I do. Where’s the fun in behaving?

Well, I’m afraid that’s all we have time for today. It’s been a pleasure talking to you.   
Of course it has. *picks book up and returns to reading*

Falls the Shadow (The Chronicles of Midgard #1)


Everything had been taken from her: her family, her home, and nearly her life. 

Now, two years later, Mæja is still haunted by what the Empire did to her. But a new deception is afoot: the Empire is seeking five sacred treasures to reawaken the dark god, Loki, which could plunge all of Midgard into irreparable darkness. 

With betrayal fresh in mind, she seeks to reclaim the ancient treasures before they fall into enemy hands. She is joined by the pirate Ril and his accomplice Mjrn, as well as roguish rebels Connor and Linkyn. Their unlikely alliance is now the only defense against an Empire that could destroy all of Midgard. Embark with Mæja on a treasure hunt of epic proportions…

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