Books · Reviews

Review: Unknown Sender by Ryan Lanz

Unknown SenderUnknown Sender by Ryan Lanz

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Unknown Sender

Jessica’s world revolves around studying at college and affording prepackaged meals, which leaves little time for socializing. In fact, she is quite content without being noticed, which only makes the attention of a mystery texter all the more unwanted.

She isn’t unfamiliar with strange advances, but this is something entirely different. This person knows things about her. Things beyond just an average stalker.

Even after all that, Jessica would be much more content to forget than discover who is chasing her, electronically or otherwise. Eventually, she finds out that she can’t outrun her past.
(Blurb from Goodreads)

 

This was my first time reading horror. I think I may have stumbled upon an awesome genre!

Characters

Because it is a short story, the characters were not very well developed. I didn’t notice anything jarring in their personalities.

Plot

The plot was good, albeit I think it should have been drawn out a little more. There wasn’t much time for suspense. I liked the twist at the end, though.

Overall thoughts

I really liked it. It drew me in, and made me want to know who the mysterious texter was. I would have liked it better if had been a little longer, so there was more suspense. But it was fine.

Would I recommend it? Yes, to 15+ for slightly suggestive content, and because it’s horror
Would I let my kids read it? Yes, when they’re 15+
Would I read the other books by this author? Yes

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a professional review. All opinions are my own.

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Books · Cover Reveal

Water Princess, Fire Prince cover reveal

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Yay! Another cover reveal! Join me in celebrating the upcoming release of Water Princess, Fire Prince by Kendra E. Ardnek.

Would you just look at that awesome cover!

 

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About the Book

When the Lady Dragon does come,
Hold fast, do not fear, do not run.
Your Water Princess will fight,
Fire Prince will set all to right.
Each shall come from a Fall,
Their union will save you all.

Despite the fact that she’s on track for competing in the Olympics, and he’s practically raised his younger brothers since they lost their mom in a car accident, Clara Mandras and Andrew Stevenson are pretty much normal teens. They have normal hopes, normal dreams, and they live in a normal world.
All this is torn away from them when they are thrust into another world and declared Water Princess and Fire Prince. With no experience ruling a country, meeting each other for the first time, and being expected to fight the Lady Dragon – an evil sorceress plaguing the world of Rizkaland – Clara and Andrew are underprepared and inexperienced. Unless they learn to work together despite their standing opposition, Rizkaland’s hope will be lost.

What is to come will change their lives forever.

 

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Read an excerpt:

Part 1: Chapter 1

Part 2: Chapter 1

 

I’m excited to be hosting Kendra for a Q&A!

What’s your favorite part of writing?

Either plotting or rewriting, and it depends on the day. Plotting because the book is still clean and crisp and beautiful in my head (but frustratingly unsharable!), and rewriting because I now know the story and am able to polish it so it can better resemble that clean, crisp image.

 

Which of your characters do you wish you could be?

What do mean? I become my characters whenever I pick up my pen (or plot too hard.)

Okay, okay, I’ll answer the question seriously … though, this is a tough one. Is it characters in general, or characters from this book? I’ll go with this book. That’d be Laura. As much as I love all the other characters. Laura and I are both wandering souls who love to travel and she can control the doors between worlds. Sure, she’s frequently lonely because she travels alone – but I think I could deal with that.

Fun fact: the original incarnation of her, Sandra Elizabeth Nedor, was also my original idea for my pen name.

 

If you could be any creature (mythological or otherwise), what would it be and why?

That’s a hard choice between unicorns and dragons. Unicorns are pretty and usually have magic of some sort (usually healing), but dragons can fly and breath fire. Although I wouldn’t take dragon powers at the price Amber paid.

For the most part, however, I’m pretty satisfied with my own form.

About the Author

imageKendra E. Ardnek loves fairy tales and twisting them in new and exciting ways. She’s been practicing her skills on her dozen plus cousins and siblings for years, “Finish your story, Kendra”, is frequently heard at family gatherings. Her sole life goal has always been to grow up and be an author of fantasy and children’s tales that also glorify God and his Word. You can read more about her on her blog, Knitted by God’s Plan.

 

 

Thank you for joining me, Kendra, for this exciting cover reveal!

Books · Reviews

Reviews: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, and Unleashed by Jennifer Hartz

Two reviews! Hooray for summer reading time!! 😀

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The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


The Lightning Thief

Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse-Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends — one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena — Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

Greek mythology? YES PLEASE!!!

Characters

They were awesome! Percy is so sarcastic, I love it! And I really liked how the children of each of the gods had unique personalities specific to that god.

Plot

The plot flowed nicely. It was fast-paced, with never a dull moment. I kept waiting for some plot points to be resolved, though, and they never were, which was frustrating. But it is a series, so I guess I’ll have to read the rest of them!

Overall thoughts

I absolutely adore Greek mythology, so this was fabulous! There was quite a bit of explaining of things, that I thought was unnecessary, but it is written for younger kids (who aren’t necessarily mythology addicts), so that’s understandable. I can’t wait to read the rest of this series!

Would I recommend it? Oh, yes!
Would I let my kids read it? Yes
Would I read the other books in the series? Yes!

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Unleashed (Heroes of the Horde #1)Unleashed by Jennifer Hartz

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Unleashed

Six mismatched students at Deacon Proprietary are about to discover the demonic legend of their school’s origin is actually true. Not only have they obtained amazing powers, but they’ve also unleashed the demonic Horde. Now it’s up to these six high school freshmen to stop the Horde before its evil spreads throughout the school and beyond.
(Blurb from Goodreads)

Unleashed was an interesting book about kids who acquired super powers with which to fight demons.

Characters

The characters were pretty good. I liked that they were all unique, and not exactly the same. Unfortunately, they were not very round characters.

Plot

The plot did not flow well. Each chapter was from a different character’s perspective (in first person, which I found jarring), and even within the chapter the plot jumped.

Overall thoughts

The dating. Ugh. I mean really, in ninth grade? Also, it was riddled with typos. Other than that, it was ok.

Would I recommend it? No
Would I let my kids read it? I would let them, if they wanted to, once they were in high school
Would I read the other books in the series? Maybe

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

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Paper and Ink: 3 Reasons I’m Not an eBook Girl

YES!! We need to keep real books alive!

Ashlee Willis, Author of Fantasy

A few weeks ago I was in line at Nebraska Furniture Mart, preparing to purchase a book.

The man behind me in line laughed and said, “You don’t see people doing that much anymore.”

I said, “What? You mean buying a book at a furniture store? I know –  kinda strange, huh?”

“No,” he said. “I mean buying a book . . . at all. People just don’t do it.”

I just smiled. “Well, I certainly do.”

“So you don’t read eBooks?”

“Not much. I’m rather stubbornly rebelling against the eBook world. I’ll always stick to my paperbacks first and foremost.”

The man just grinned at me and shook his head . . . then kept smiling and shaking his head until I had checked out and walked away. That’s what he did. I’m not exaggerating.

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The Innocent blog tour

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I’m excited to be participating in another blog tour, this one for the talented Willowy Whisper‘s new novel, The Innocent.

 

About the Book

“I wonder who would shoot a girl so young…?” The question haunted him as he left the river and her grave behind.
Harvey West is given a month. One month to prove his innocence. As the evidence points him to the gallows, he fights to find the enemy of the beautiful Elsie Roselind. Someone wanted her gone.
Someone destroyed the evidence. Someone had to kill to keep her from coming back…
And the someone isn’t afraid to kill again—no matter what the cost.

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About the Author

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I am a sixteen year old girl who loves to write! I have always been homeschooled, and I live in a quiet neighborhood in West Virginia. I am the author of five novels, four of which are published, and numerous short stories. Now, down to the exciting stuff…

I am an incurable romantic—a dreamy sort of girl who sits around all day and dreams about true love…and writes about it. “Not everything revolves around romance,” people are always telling me. But to me, there is a little bit of romance in everything. Willowy Whisper, my pen name, is a fictional character in the Whispering Leaves Saga. She is, in a sense, me. She represents my “fairy-tale” life. I also love writing thriller/suspense stories, murder, and mysteries…and all that. Anyways…

I am an Independent Baptist Christian, a firm believer in Jesus Christ. I was saved when I was five years old, eleven years ago. As a Christian teenager, one of my major goals in life is finding the “right one” and staying pure until I do.

 

I’m pleased to have the opportunity to interview one of the main characters, Harvey West:

 

Harvey, please tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Harvey West. I’ve always been a drifter, a wanderer with a restless sense of discontent that kept me from staying at any one place too long. But then I met Abigail—and her love was stronger than any desire to travel, so here I stay.

 

What is the thing you love most?

I love the Lord. He’s been all I ever needed for as long as I can remember, and I’m set on serving Him.

 

Who/what would you die for?

I would die for Abigail. When I first met her, I thought her the most stubborn thing I’d ever seen. But somewhere along the way, she touched my heart and hasn’t let go. I’d die for her. A million times, a thousand ways, I’d die for her… 

 

If you could have one wish granted, what would it be?

I reckon there’s a lot of things I could wish for—but I think what I’d want more than anything, is to see my friend Brock as happy as I am. He’s lost so much, hurt so bad. Maybe I wouldn’t have understood before, only now I do. Now I know what love means. I can imagine the agony of losing, the hurt, the pain. Brock felt that pain. And I’m certain that the only thing that can heal that is more love—and so for him, I wish happiness.

 

Why are you a Christian?

I’m a Christian because at eleven years old I realized I was dying. Maybe not any time soon, but someday. Where would I go? What if death didn’t stop at the grave? My mother brought out the Bible. She showed me life. She showed me a Savior that took me into His arms and hasn’t let go. She showed me a love that was stronger than all my mistakes, greater than my weakness. When I came to Him broken, He fixed me. When I came to Him empty, He filled me. He loved me—and that’s why I serve. That’s why I claim His name. That’s why I love Him.

 

I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did!

Books · Random

Faith Blum’s novellas cover reveals

Check out the covers for Faith Blum’s three new novellas, I Love Thee, Pass Me Not, and Redeemed. They will all be published this summer! Instead of doing three separate reveals, she chose to do one reveal for all three. To learn how these novellas came into being, check out Faith’s blog post today. Read on to see the covers and learn about each of the stories. Don’t forget to enter to win the novel that started it all!

 

I Love Thee
Publication Date: June 26, 2015

Pass Me Not (2)

Redeemed

 

Synopses

I Love Thee

Mom and Dad dead STOP Please come STOPGage

Confirmed bachelor, Cole Baxter, finds himself raising his sister’s four young children. After one week of leaving his ranch in the hands of his foreman to take care of the grieving, needy children, he has to admit the task is beyond him and he needs help. But hired help won’t suffice: those children need a mother’s hand. Cole needs a wife.

Approximately 17,800 words.

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Pass Me Not

Let me at Thy throne of mercy/Find a sweet relief/Kneeling there in deep contrition/Help my unbelief

Timothy is at his wit’s end. His twelve year old half-sister has run off five housekeepers in almost a year. Since their parents died, she has grown wilder than ever. What can he do? As he looks for a new housekeeper, his eye catches sight of a mail order bride advertisement. One young lady has a younger sister and sounds like a God-fearing woman. Could this be the answer to his dilemma or will Louise run her off, too?

Approximately 15,300 words

 


Redeemed

Mail Order bride seeks wealthy Western man. Write Mona Sommers, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Alexander Granger is tired of his father’s lectures and sermons. It’s time for payback. His plan is to pretend to marry a woman and scandalize his father when he finds out they aren’t really married. Will Mona accept his offer? Can Alex get away with his plan?

Approximately 11,600 words.

 

About the Author

An avid reader, Faith Blum started writing at an early age. Whether it was a story about the camping trip that summer or a more creative story about fictional characters, she has always enjoyed writing. When not writing, Miss Blum enjoys reading, crafting, playing piano, Captaining on the Holy Worlds Historical Fiction Forum and playing games with her family (canasta, anyone?).

As a history enthusiast who has been fascinated for years with the Old West, Faith has endeavored to create a clean, fun, and challenging Western story. Faith lives with her family on a hobby farm in the Northern Midwest, where she enjoys the many cats they have.

You can find Faith on her Website, Blog, Facebook, and Twitter

 

Giveaway

How would you like your very own copy of the book that started it all? Well, at least started it all for the novellas. Enter the giveaway below and you could win a signed paperback copy of Amazing Grace.

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Giveaway ends July 02, 2015.

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A Dream Not Imagined blog tour

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I am excited to present to you…..

The Fairy Godmother, from A Dream Not Imagined by Shantelle Mary Hannu.

 

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Every Cinderella story has a fairy godmother . . . right? Well, A Dream Not Imagined isn’t magical, so we don’t have wands and magical twinkles. But we do have a sweet, grandmotherly old woman in the story.

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She has snow-white hair, a short, round figure, and gentle but wise eyes.

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My ‘fairy godmother’ might wear something like these dresses:

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If you would you like to get to know this dear woman better, and see her connected with Ellie (Cinderella), then do pick up a copy of A Dream Not Imagined! 🙂

 

About the Book

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A MAID, a PRINCE, and a DUKE. A GARDENER, a STEPMOTHER, and a secret…

Ellie Abbington, a beautiful yet unassuming young woman, quietly longs for her life to change. Too privileged to associate with the servants—too underprivileged to associate with her own family; she dreams a dream of a prince and a happily ever after.

But it could be that her own stepsisters, conniving Dezmarie and easily-influenced Adelaide, are dreaming the same dream…of the same prince.

In the end, are dreams even all they’re made out to be? Especially with deep and long-hidden secrets about to be unearthed?

A Dream Not Imagined is a non-magical fairytale novella based loosely on the classic tale of Cinderella.

 

Purchase as a kindle book on Amazon Now!

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About the Author

imageShantelle Mary Hannu was born in the mountainous west, spending her golden childhood years there. Since then, she has relocated time and again with her parents and seven siblings, making cherished memories in both the South and Central United States.
A Christian homeschool graduate, Shantelle has a passion for writing and all things books. From a young age she’s been penning tales with a hope of sharing with the world adventurous and soul-stirring stories that bring glory to God.
A Dream Not Imagined, a fairytale novella, is her first published book. She’s currently preparing a full-length fantasy novel for publication as well, and working on its sequel.
Shantelle blogs at A Writer’s Heart: http://shantellemaryh.blogspot.com/ about her stories, favorite books and movies (with reviews), healthy wheat-free recipes, and hosts fellow authors, among other things. One of her joys is connecting with fellow writers and readers! You can also find her on:

Facebook: Shantelle Mary Hannu, Author

Twitter: @shantellemary

Goodreads: Shantelle Mary Hannu

Google+: Shantelle H.

Pinterest: Shantelle H.

 

Giveaway!

Enter the rafflecopter form for a chance to win a kindle copy of A Dream Not Imagined and a $5 Amazon giftcard!
One winner will be chosen May 31st, and I will send the kindle book and gift card to their email.

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Blog Tour Schedule – Upcoming Events

(For a complete schedule please see the original post at A Writer’s Heart)

 

Saturday, May 30th

Hannah Williams at The Writer’s Window – Author Interview

Raechel at God’s Peculiar Treasure – Book Review

C.B. Cook at The World of the Writer – Character Interview with The Stepmother

Sierra at Flights from the Aerie – Author Interview

 

Sunday, May 31st

Shantelle Mary Hannu at A Writer’s Heart – Tour Wrap Up and Excerpt

 

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Books · Random

A Wish Made of Glass cover reveal

I have another exciting cover reveal for you! This one is for Ashlee Willis’ new novel, A Wish Made of Glass.

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Deep in a forest glade, the fey folk dance with Isidore, a young human child. Their kinship is the very fabric of her childhood. When her mother dies and her world darkens with sorrow, Isidore finds her belief in the fey folk wavering.

The love of her new step-sister, Blessing, proves an unexpected gift in her time of need. Yet even as their friendship blooms, Isidore begins to see that Blessing is everything she herself has always wanted to be, but is not. Jealousy grips Isidore as she watches this beautiful new sister steal away all she holds dear.
Driven to desperation, Isidore turns to the fey folk once more. She has only one wish to claim from them, one chance to make things right. But she must tread carefully. For wishes, like hearts, are easily broken. And obtaining the one thing she desires could mean destroying the one thing she truly needs.

Coming Summer 2015

About the Author

Ashlee Willis is the author of fantasy for young adults. She lives in the heart of Missouri with her husband and young son. While most of her days are balanced between writing, reading and being a stay-at-home mom, she also finds time to enjoy forest rambles, photography, and playing the piano.

 

Find her on:
Her Blog
Goodreads
Facebook
Amazon
Twitter
Pinterest

 

I’m very honored to be a part of this reveal. And isn’t that cover just gorgeous?

Books · Random

Where Shadows Lie cover reveal

I’m very excited to be part of the book cover and trailer reveal for Tialla Rising’s upcoming release, Where Shadows Lie! She is an awesome author, and I’m so excited for her new book! Check out the incredible cover, and continue below to enter the giveaway! 
 

Release date: June 2015

Synopsis via Goodreads:

His dark past haunts him. His new life taunts him.
 
After twenty years in the gangs and a hefty prison sentence, an early release gives Shawn the opportunity to turn his life around.
 
But that isn’t so easy when gangs are involved.
 
Only a year into his fresh start, the gang catches on and makes Shawn’s life miserable. After all, once a gang member, always a gang member. His very blood belongs to them.
 
Threats become promises. Whispers become actions. Words become bullets. He must fight – not only for his life, but to save his honor, prove his integrity, and protect the woman he loves.
 
An ember of hope glows in the darkness, strengthening his resolve. Will her support and his determination be enough to dispel the shadows of his past?
 
A story of discovery and faith, love and perseverance.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tialla Rising is a Christian young woman living with her family in the mountains of Arizona. She loves to write and will passionately spend hours long into the night developing her stories. Like most writers, Tialla fills her spare time with reading from her favorite fantasy and mystery genres. A good book, a stormy day, and an iced coffee comprise her favorite moments.


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Books · Reviews

Review: The Betrayal by Douglas Bond

The Betrayal: A Novel on John CalvinThe Betrayal: A Novel on John Calvin by Douglas Bond

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Betrayal by Douglas Bond is a very well written novel on the life of John Calvin. The way Bond portrays him through the eyes of his personal servant (and sworn enemy) gives a unique picture of his life.

Characters

The characters were well done. Jean-Louis, the protagonist, is a very interesting character. His emotions are shown very vividly; his intense feelings toward Calvin drive his every action. The growth of the characters throughout the story was also well executed.

Plot

Likewise, the plot flowed well, each event being smoothly linked to the next. As the narrator, Jean-Louis’ comments would easily join two otherwise unconnected events to each other.

Overall thoughts

I greatly enjoyed this book. It was a captivating read, and kept my interest to its completion. I grew attached to the main characters, and was devastated at the end.

Would I recommend it? Yes indeed, especially to historical fiction lovers.
Would I let my kids read it? It is definitely an adult novel, because of the depth of writing, but I will definitely let my kids read it, especially if they are advanced readers.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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A Dream Not Imagined cover reveal

I am so excited to be a part of Shantelle Mary Hannu’s cover reveal for her book, A Dream Not Imagined. It is a Cinderella retelling, and her debut novel. So without further ado, I present the amazing cover:

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About the Book

A MAID, a PRINCE, and a DUKE. A GARDENER, a STEPMOTHER, and a secret…

Ellie Abbington, a beautiful yet unassuming young woman, quietly longs for her life to change. Too privileged to associate with the servants—too underprivileged to associate with her own family; she dreams a dream of a prince and a happily ever after.

But it could be that her own stepsisters, conniving Dezmarie and easily-influenced Adelaide, are dreaming the same dream…of the same prince.

In the end, are dreams even all they’re made out to be? Especially with deep and long-hidden secrets about to be unearthed?

A Dream Not Imagined is a non-magical fairytale novella based loosely on the classic tale of Cinderella.

Tentative Release Date: June 2015

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About the Author

image Shantelle Mary Hannu was born in the mountainous west, spending her golden childhood years there. Since then, she has relocated time and again with her parents and seven siblings, making cherished memories in both the South and Central United States. A Christian homeschool graduate, Shantelle has a passion for writing and all things books. From a young age she’s been penning tales with a hope of sharing with the world adventurous and soul-stirring stories that bring glory to God. A Dream Not Imagined, a fairytale novella, will be her first published book. She’s currently preparing a full-length fantasy novel for publication as well, and working on its sequel. Shantelle blogs at A Writer’s Heart: http://shantellemaryh.blogspot.com/ about her stories, favorite books and movies (with reviews), healthy wheat-free recipes, and hosts fellow authors, among other things. One of her joys is connecting with fellow writers and readers! You can also find her on:

Facebook: Shantelle Mary Hannu, Author

Twitter: @shantellemary

Goodreads: Shantelle Mary Hannu

Google+: Shantelle H.

Pinterest: Shantelle H.

About the Illustrator

Natasha H. is an aspiring photographer and also loves drawing and painting. A Dream Not Imagined is the first book she has drawn the cover picture for. Learn more about her work at her blog: http://tashahphotography.blogspot.com/

Bloggers Participating in the Cover Reveal

Hayden Wand at The Story Girl http://everystory-storygirl.blogspot.com/

Claire Banschbach at Claire M. Banschbach – Thoughts and Rants https://clairembanschbach.wordpress.com/

Amber Stokes at Seasons of Humility http://seasonsofhumility.blogspot.com/

Ghost Ryter at Anything, Everything http://ghostryter.blogspot.com/

Deborah O’Carroll at The Road of a Writer https://deborahocarroll.wordpress.com/

E. Kaiser Writes at …The Adventure Begins http://ekaiserwritesablog.blogspot.com/

Alyssa-Faith at The American Anglophile http://www.theeamericananglophile.blogspot.com/

Hannah Williams at The Writer’s Window http://williamshsj.blogspot.com/

Laura Pol at Crafty Booksheeps http://craftybooksheeps.blogspot.com/

Natasha H. at Through My Lens (+ review) http://tashahphotography.blogspot.com/

Skye Hoffert at Ink Castles http://skyehoffert.blogspot.ca/

Jaye L. Knight at Jaye L. Knight’s Blog http://jayelknight.blogspot.com/

Serena at Poetree http://poetreeandbooks.blogspot.com/

Brittney at Brittney’s Book Nook http://brittneysbooknook.com/

Jesseca Dawn at Whimsical Writings http://jessaswhimsicalwritings.blogspot.com/

Lena K. at Read, Write, Laugh, DANCE https://readwritelaughdance.wordpress.com/

Allison Ruvidich at The Art of Storytelling http://www.allisontheartofstorytelling.blogspot.com/

Shannon McDermott at Shannon McDermott’s Blog http://www.shannonmcdermott.com/?page_id=189

Tricia Mingerink at The Pen of a Ready Writer http://triciamingerink.com/

Books · Second Sunday Sales

Second Sunday Sales: Intro

So, I’ve decided I’m going to start posting e-book freebies the second Sunday of every other month, starting this next month. I got this idea from Elisabeth Wheatley’s Friday Freebies, so go check out all her freebies, because I won’t be repeating them.

I may or may not have read the books I post. If I’ve read them, I’ll give a link to my review, or at least say something about how I liked it and the appropriate audience.

If I haven’t read it, I won’t vouch for it, but I’ll give as much information as I was able to find.

I hope you all had a lovely Easter, and look forward to a good freebie next week!

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One Genre to Rule Them All: A (very) biased opinion as to why fantasy is superior

Fantasy is definitely the most wonderful thing!!

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Believe it or not, I was once too good for fantasy. I thought the idea was silly, after all, who could take all that magic and monsters seriously, hmm? Not me, that was for sure. But as I have said before, it seems to be my lot in life to end up adoring/obsessed with things I once disliked. Eight years ago, I discovered fantasy literature and now there’s no going back.

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As a reader, fantasy adds a level of excitement and, for lack of a better word, awesome to stories that I just can’t find anywhere else. As a writer, fantasy opens up creative opportunities in a whole new way.

It’s far easier to get around a reader’s preformed ideas about a society or time period because I build my own and I don’t have to feel guilty about historical accuracy, though I often try. If, in a fit of…

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Books · Reviews

Review: Carpe Tempus by Daniel Adorno

I just read this awesome short story by one of my new favorite authors. It’s free on Kindle and several other ebook distributors, so grab it, and read it!!

 

Carpe TempusCarpe Tempus by Daniel Adorno
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Carpe Tempus is a great short story about using time wisely. Even in so few pages, Adorno does a masterful job of realistically portraying the characters. You get to know them and you feel for them. I highly recommend this book!


5 out of 5 stars

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Review: Princess of the Light by N.N. Light

Princess of the LightPrincess of the Light by N.N. Light

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


The Princess of the Light

Gabriel, the Archangel and Messenger of God – yeah that Gabriel, visited Mary Miller. He told her, as the key she is destined to spread the Light and vanquish the Darkness. Her first assignment is to restore the soul of the Walking Man. Sounds simple enough until she’s thrown in the face of evil, and then Joe Deacons enters her heart. This battle just got a lot more complicated. She must complete her mission without losing all she loves.

Princess of the Light had some good potential. Although the execution of the story was less than well done, it still had some interesting components.

Characters

The main characters irritated me. Mary and Joe were “soul mates”, which apparently means that they can be as passionate as they want. Ok, but what about getting married? If you’re soul mates, why aren’t you even discussing marriage? They seemed flat, too. Not a whole lot of development there. The supporting characters were more interesting to me, probably because we saw less of them. I especially liked Than. I never thought I could like a demon….

Plot

At the beginning, and in various places through the book, the plot jumped, causing slight confusion. The characters had just met, and then they were suddenly madly in love, and had been dating for a while. The POV switched back and forth frequently as well, and, although it was clearly labeled, I still found it confusing. The premise to the story was quite interesting, but unfortunately, it did not deliver. The action lagged, and there were scenes that seemed completely pointless and unrelated. And while interesting, the demon fighting was mostly told, not shown. The demon-banishing incantation seemed a bit off, as well. I mean, we’re using fairytale spells to destroy demons? That doesn’t seem right to me…

Overall thoughts

I thought the idea behind the story was great, and had a lot of potential. Some massive editing would have greatly improved this book. The characters needed work, and the action could have been cleaned up a bit, in addition to the more minor tense and grammatical issues.

Would I recommend it? No
Would I let my kids read it? Probably not.

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
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