Monday, May 2, 2016

Random Blog Post of Randomness!

So, yeah. I might have neglected my blog here for over a month now. I know, I know. It was a terrible thing for me to do. My reason? Well, there are a few, but the biggest one being that I had no idea what I wanted to blog about. Sure, I've posted here and there on my facebook and twitter, but not much aside from that. I even neglected my tumblr


I know, right? Me, the author who more than once has gone online to look something up and then three hours later found herself on tumblr, wondering how the heck she got there. 


Well, I can say that I have been pretty busy on the book writing and plotting end. I'm a few months into the next installment of the Chronicles of Midgard series, Breach of Neutrality. It's strange, really, to know that the series is almost at it's end. There will only be one more book after this upcoming one. It's sad, I know. The characters have grown on me, some more than others. And I know of at least three readers who will be devastated when the series does come to a close.


However, there is some light! I have also been working on a new secret project for a new series. It will be a dark fantasy with high magic and, I hope, more along the epic side. I have noticed that the books in the Chronicles of Midgard have not ended up being quite as long as I would have liked. So, it is my hope that this new series (hopefully making its appearance late this year), will be more along the epic side of fantasy in its length. I'm also trying something new with that series. While the Chronicles of Midgard has an immense collection of characters, several of which get their own POV page time, I want to cut back on the confusion of switching between so many heads with this new series. The story will only be told between two characters POV's: Noora and Gracen. Now, as the new series draws closer to it's release, I will share more about it. Until then, I'm just teasing you with the knowledge that its coming! 


I know, that's cruel of me, but I'm extremely excited about it and I hope that you will be too! Anyway, that's pretty much it for now. I'll have to think of a better blog post for the next update. Feel free to make suggestions in comments below, or even on my facebook/twitter!


Friday, April 1, 2016

Northeast Ohio Appearance!

Do you live in Northeast Ohio? Looking for some new reads? Then come meet me and 37 other authors of all age groups and genres at the Medina District Library for the Local Autor Expo!


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

New Clean Read by Krysten Lindsay Hager




COMPETING WITH THE STAR 
by Krysten Lindsay Hager
Genre: Young Adult


Hadley Daniels’s life seems perfect…
Before the beginning of sophomore year of high school, Hadley and her family move to a beautiful beach town, where she makes amazing new friends and lands the boyfriend of her dreams—Nick Jenkins. He’s the kind of guy every girl swoons over, and it isn’t long until Hadley discovers some are still swooning.
A famous ex-girlfriend makes matters more complicated…
After some time dating, Hadley and Nick form a deep bond. But insecurity sets in when Hadley discovers her boyfriend once had a huge crush on her friend—who just happens to be the beautiful former teen TV star, Simone Hendrickson.
The past is the past—or so they say…
Hadley confronts Nick, who confesses about his history with Simone. Though he claims to only have eyes for Hadley now, it’s hard to believe—especially when she’s blindsided with the news that Nick and Simone kissed after school.
Now Hadley must determine who is telling the truth. Love, betrayal, friendship…who needs soap opera drama when you’re busy competing with a star?

SHORT BLURB:

Two days passed and Nick hadn’t called again. I couldn’t blame him. After all, I had pushed for him to be honest and then had bailed on him. I’m sure he was mad at me for telling him he could tell me the truth and then I punished him for it—and he would be right. I couldn’t handle the icky feelings, and instead of being a big girl and dealing with them, I came home from school and retreated into the world of books. A world where people were kidnapped, jewels were stolen, but nobody’s heart ever got broken because in my favorite series, The Raven Chronicles, Raven’s boyfriend, Fernando, was ever faithful and loyal and would never even look at another girl. He was the perfect book boyfriend. In other words, he was fictional and didn’t exist.  

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 



Krysten Lindsay Hager is an obsessive reader and has never met a bookstore she didn’t like. She’s worked as a journalist and humor essayist, and writes for teens, tweens, and adults. She is the author of the Landry’s True Colors Series and her work has been featured in USA Today and named as Amazon’s #1 Hot New Releases in Teen & Young Adult Values and Virtues Fiction and Amazon’s #1 Hot New Releases in Children’s Books on Values. She’s originally from Michigan and has lived in South Dakota, Portugal, and southwestern Ohio. She received her master’s degree from the University of Michigan-Flint.





Buy links:

Amazon Paperback: http://amzn.com/1680585495

 

What readers are saying about Competing with the Star:



From Reader’s Favorite:

Competing With The Star is the continuation of Krysten Lindsay Hager's epic YA drama series, The Star Series. Through a captivating plot, amazing character development, and Krysten's flawless writing, the story captures the true essence of the drama, confusion, and emotional high that is teenage romance. It brings to life the beauty of YA romance with all its uncertainties and possibilities. In the midst of all the drama, confusion, and romance, the story also gives off a beautiful and serene sense of family. I especially loved how the book dived into the story right away, and captured the genuine feeling of the story down to details, language, and interaction between the characters. Lovers of YA romance will definitely love The Star Series.

 

From Katie’s Clean Book Collection:

Oh, the feels! Krysten Lindsay Hager has a way of drawing me right back to my high school days with her writing--feelings and all. This book is a continuation of Next Door to a Star. Hadley is now settling in and a new boyfriend, Nick, really helps her feel like she belongs. What girl hasn't felt insecure at one time or another when trying to figure out if "he loves me, he loves me not?" Hadley is real. She has real struggles, real strengths, real reactions, and real emotions. Nick once had a crush on former TV star, Simone, and although Simone swears her friendship with Hadley means more to than anything, but oftentimes, actions speak louder than words and Simone is an actress...
Nick is a great boyfriend, especially for a first relationship, as he and Hadley have a lot in common. Many assumptions lead to drama and realizations as Hadley, Nick, and their friends try and navigate the confusing roads of teenage life. I love how this story seems to unfold like a TV show--easy to picture and imagine. The characters and situations are vibrant, almost leaping off the pages and I felt like I was either a fly on the wall or a silent friend, sitting smack in the thick of it. I love the dynamics and can't wait for more to the story!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Calling Bloggers!

I'm looking for bloggers who enjoy reading fantasy books to join my Early Reviewers mailing list!
You will only receive an email when I have a new ARC release available, so most likely only once a year, maybe twice. You can sign up here: http://melissa-sasina.blogspot.com/p/the-books.html

Want to join my Early Reviewer list but haven't read any of my current series, 
The Chronicles of Midgard?  
Email me and request ebook copies of the current book! Please be sure to state your  
prefered ebook format upon requesting (epub, mobi, PDF).

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Tales From Haran Review

Tales From Haran

by Elin V. Pettersson

 "Emotions - we all have them. Some wreak havoc in our minds and cripple our bodies. Other bring us to tears of joy, and make the seemingly impossible, possible."

Tales from Haran is a fantasy flash fiction compilation set in the world of Haran'utariƫ - a broken world that was once destroyed, but refused to die.
Follow the elves, humans and other beings of this world as they experience heartbreaking grief, attraction, enthusiasm and much more through 21 short stories.

This was my first time ever reading flash fiction and I must say I loved it! It was a quick read and highly interesting. Each little tale stood well on it's own and was pretty intriguing, pulling you in and making you want to know more, but not offering enough that their shortness made you upset it was over. I quite enjoyed this author's writing style as well and look forward to hopefully being able to read more of Pettersson's writing in the future.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

I Will Catch You Review

I Will Catch You

by Kate Squires

From the author of That Kiss, and That Promise, comes another tale of romance and excitement!
Sydney Baxter likes her independence. She’s strong willed, determined, and well aware that her judgment, pertaining to men, cannot be trusted.
When she meets a very sexy Ryan Underwood, she instantly becomes mesmerized. Unable or unwilling to shake her fascination with him, she sets out on a course that could possibly leave her vulnerable…again.
From uncertainty, to volatile situations, many obstacles stand in the way of her road to happiness, but Sydney’s past is the biggest one.
Is Ryan’s seemingly nice-guy image genuine? Can she trust him, or will he leave her even more damaged? Despite their ups and downs, can Ryan show her he’s not like all the rest?
First off, let me say that I normally don't read strictly romance novels. They've never really interested me. However, I was seduced by the cover of this book and just had to at least give it a try. I did enjoy the book. Sydney's past and her reactions to Ryan kept me interested in the story. It's written in first person and the writing style is greatly different than other novels I've read in the same perspective. There was only two times I had to re-read a paragraph just to make sure I read it correctly. At one point I found myself rooting for John more than Ryan, hehe.

Spoilers below
I'm an animal lover to the point that be it real life, movie, or even a book, I get upset when anything happens to good animals. So what happened with Sequoia had me balling. I kept saying "Save her, dang it!"

One thing that did bug me was when, despite the obviously dangerous abusive past Sydney had with Keith, it surprised me tremendously that she would decline offered help and security. More than once. If I had been her, I would have agreed without a second thought.
End Spoilers

All in all, I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys romance.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Memories of Ash Cover Reveal!


I’m totally excited to have Intisar Khanani on the blog today, revealing the cover for her newest novel Memories of Ash. You may not know, but she is one of my favorite authors. This cover was designed by the amazing Jenny of Seedlings Design Studio and it is stunning to say the least. There's also a Kindle Fire giveaway, so make sure to scroll down to the end of the post to enter! Really, you should. Intisar's Sunbolt Chronicles is a great read! Now, onward with Intisar Khanani talking about her upcoming release!
Describe Memories of Ash in 3 words.
Walk with courage.
What compelled you to write your first book?
I always wanted to write a novel, so my senior year of university I decided I’d better buckle down and try. I chose a fairy tale (The Goose Girl) to give me an over-arching plot and narrative structure, and then went to town with it. I really wrote it as an exercise to test myself, not intending to do anything with it when I finished. But, by the time I finished, I loved my characters so much that I ended up working through over a dozen revisions to take it from “writing exercise” to my debut novel, Thorn.
If you could live in one of your books, which one would you choose?
Definitely the world of the Sunbolt Chronicles. Sunbolt follows Hitomi, a street thief with a propensity to play hero when people need saving, and her nemesis, the dark mage who killed her father. Although there is a lot of darkness in Sunbolt, there’s also a lot of light. It’s a real world, in its way, and I love the diversity and vibrancy of the cultures and creatures that populate it. I’d have my choice of living in a tropical island sultanate reminiscent of historic Zanzibar, or among the nomadic desert tribes that eke out an existence alongside the cursed Burnt Lands, to name my two favorite options. Then again, in Memories of Ash, there’s the decaying grandeur of the capitol of a fallen empire that feels a lot like an Istanbul of old, right at the heart of the Eleven Kingdoms. Plus, I wouldn’t mind having shape-shifting friends and charms to keep my bread from burning.
What authors, or books, have influenced you?
As a young duckling, I imprinted on Tamora Pierce and Robin McKinley's earlier works. I read pretty widely, but those are the authors I kept coming back to, especially McKinley’s Damar books. I am also an incorrigible Jane Austen fan, but my books don’t reflect that very much!
What are you reading now?
I just finished “Kingdom of Ruses” by Kate Stradling. In a kingdom where the eternal prince who rules is just a ruse kept up by the prime minister’s family (and most recently, Viola, our heroine), keeping the peace is a delicate thing. Enter a stranger who manages to take the place of the doppelganger the family uses, and Viola has her hands full.
Your first reaction to the cover in GIF format.

And here it is…

In the year since she cast her sunbolt, Hitomi has recovered only a handful of memories. But the truths of the past have a tendency to come calling, and an isolated mountain fastness can offer only so much shelter. When the High Council of Mages summons Brigit Stormwind to stand trial for treason, Hitomi knows her mentor won’t return—not with Arch Mage Blackflame behind the charges.
Armed only with her magic and her wits, Hitomi vows to free her mentor from unjust imprisonment. She must traverse spell-cursed lands and barren deserts, facing powerful ancient enchantments and navigating bitter enmities, as she races to reach the High Council. There, she reunites with old friends, planning a rescue equal parts magic and trickery.
If she succeeds, Hitomi will be hunted the rest of her life. If she fails, she’ll face the ultimate punishment: enslavement to the High Council, her magic slowly drained until she dies.
A Special Treat For Those Who Pre-order...
Not only is the pre-order of Memories of Ash on sale for only 99 cents, but anyone who buys the pre-order will receive a free digital art print of Hitomi by artist Grace Fong. Just email your proof of purchase to moapreorder@gmail.com!
Haven't read  Sunbolt (Book 1) yet? It's been knocked down to just 99 cents to celebrate the release and is available at most major e-retailers. That's two fantastic books for less than a cuppa joe.

About Intisar Khanani

Intisar Khanani grew up a nomad and world traveler. She has lived in five different states as well as in Jeddah on the coast of the Red Sea. Until recently, Intisar wrote grants and developed projects to address community health with the Cincinnati Health Department, which was as close as she could get to saving the world. Now she focuses her time on her two passions: raising her family and writing fantasy. Intisar's current projects include a companion trilogy to Thorn, featuring the heroine introduced in her free short story The Bone Knife, and The Sunbolt Chronicles.
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