Sunday, October 7, 2018

New Release: Magic & Mayhem!


What could possibly go wrong when magic is involved?
When Ari Blackwood is sent to Mithralla, home to the most esteemed mages in all of Earnia, she soon learns she's been tasked with doing the impossible: breaking the known laws of magic. Will her unusual approach at the arcane be enough, or will her attempts prove disastrous?
Journey into Earnia, a world ripe with magic and tales of daring adventures, untold dangers, and all around mischievousness. Magic & Mayhem is the first in a collection of short stories set in the world of Earnia (Set in the same world as Lies of Light)

Grab it now on Amazon Kindle (print to follow)!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Fantasy Book Giveaway!

Summer is almost over and fall is steadily approaching. What better way to celebrate than with a giveaway? Enter to win some signed fantasy books and some swag to go along with them!

Grand Prize: (One Winner) 1 signed copy each of Lies of Light and Falls the Shadow by Melissa Sasina, 1 signed copy of Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani, 1 signed copy of Opal Charm: The Path to Dawn and 1 copy of Opal Charm: Hope in Nautical Dusk by Miri Castor, 1 signed copy of The Key of Amatahns by Elisabeth Wheatley, 1 tote bag, 2 handmade necklaces, and some swag!
Runners up: (Five Winners) 1 ebook copy of Lies of Light by Melissa Sasina, 1 ebook copy of Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani, and 1 ebook copy of Opal Charm: The Path to Dawn by Miri Castor.

Giveaway begins August 28, 2018 at 12 am EST and ends at midnight EST on September 23, 2018.

Terms and Conditions: No purchase necessary to enter of to win. This giveaway begins at 12 am EST on August 28, 2018 and ends at midnight EST on September 23, 2018. One Grand Prize winner and five runners up chosen at random and will be announced on September 24th. Due to cost of shipping overseas, the Grand Prize is limited to residents of the US only. Winners will be posted online and notified by email. Winners have one week to respond to the email before another winner is chosen at random. 

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Friday, June 8, 2018

NEW RELEASE: Lies of Light (Darker Shade of Light 1)

Skin black as pitch, nails like talons…

A mysterious illness creeps through Acantha’s people—one that even the most powerful healers’ magic cannot touch. When the affliction proves to be something far more sinister and a family dies, Noora Duskbourne finds herself trapped. Blamed by the King for the incident, Noora’s only ally in her escape from the King’s fury is Vaeros, a man whose identity is shrouded in mystery. However, safety is not quite at hand as she is pursued by a Warder as skilled in the hunt as he is with the deadly arts of arcane combat. A path wrought with danger awaits Noora and Vaeros as they discover that something harrowing lingers in the light—an ancient darkness that refuses to remain forgotten.


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Sunday, April 29, 2018

The Displaced Review

The Displaced

by Frieda Watt

Marie Levesque is a young woman growing up on the shores of Ile Royale as the French Empire collapses on the battlefields. Britain and France are once again at war. The conflict has spilled over into the North America of 1744.

With the threat of war looming on the horizon, Marie struggles to find her place. As a young woman, her life is just beginning. Her friendship with Pierre promises of something more. But the British promise not only to defeat them but annihilate their very way of life.

As empires collide, Marie and Pierre are catapulted into a world they do not understand – a world of spies, treason, and revenge.

Not only must they fight to survive the war, but they must also fight to stay together despite the forces that threaten to tear them apart forever.

I don't normally read historical romances, but I must admit to enjoying this one. The Displaced offers a look into the daily lives of Marie and Pierre as they grow up and learn to survive through the atrocities of war and other torments that I won't spoil here in this review. I honestly didn't mind the slow paced scenes that were scattered throughout the story, never really finding them to be too drawn out. There were a few times where I felt some areas in time jumps could be expanded further upon, but it wasn't enough to distance me from the story at all. I felt the author gave a good look into what life was like. Unnecessary action wasn't forced on us all the time. It was quite a nice break from the fantasy and urban fantasy stories I generally read. And the details in everything from the attacks and treatments of injuries were quite good in my opinion.

There were several times I worried for Marie and Pierre as well as times I wanted to reach into the story and help them deal justice against certain other characters. I grew attached to Marie's brother Nic as the story progressed. At the end of the story, I truly wanted to see how they thrived with their new lives. Maybe one day I will be delighted with a look into how everything turned out for them, perhaps from the perspective of someone close to them. All in all, I enjoyed the book.

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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