Saturday, July 26, 2014

Clean Sweep Review

Clean Sweep (The Innkeeper Chronicles #1)

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but the initial interactions between Dina and the werewolf Sean were highly amusing, especially when his “welcome is withdrawn.”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.


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.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Ah, what to write...

One problem I find myself facing as an author is want to write too many stories at once. I have the third installment of the Priestess Trilogy, Eclipse, which only needs to have it's revisions taken care of; I have the third installment of the Chronicles of Midgard series, Opening of Lost Doors, which has been put on hold since I started the Priestess revisions; and then there is Rogue's Dance, which is based off a character I played in my husband's fairly recent D&D game. I find myself want to work one all three of these at once, which is a bit bothersome. On top off all that is my horrible addiction to playing video games.

 I've always been a fan of the Final Fantasy series (VII was the first I tried my hand at and is by far my favorite), but Lightning Returns has really made me question Squenix. I'm hoping that FF15 doesn't disappoint me. Lately I've been playing Minecraft with my eight year old son more so than Diablo 3. I did restart my White Knight Chronicles game, though, after having let it sit for so long and being unable to remember what I was doing story wise.

I also have a lovely reading list I am working on. Currently I'm reading The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Once I'm done with that, I have The Nameless Dwarf complete chronicles by D.P. Prior to read and after that Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews and well as Intisar Khanani's books Sunbolt and Thorn. I'll post my thoughts on each as I complete them. :)