Monday, January 16, 2017

Mythical Monday #62

Art work by: @Burntlaughter on Twitteb

It seems there are many books influenced by or based on Myths and Mythological Beings.

There are many different Mythology's and Mythological Beings recorded. Some are very popular and well known, others not so much. There are many similar beings, yet different depending on the culture it’s based in.  The definition of Myth covers about anything in the Urban Fantasy/Fantasy realm to me.

I’ve invited authors to share briefly the Mythological being or Myth that influenced their character(s) or story, or what their character(s) are based on influencing their books.  Hosting here, one author and being or myth per week.


Eldritch Abominations and The Old Gods

The old gods wait. What exactly they’re waiting for depends on who’s writing the story. In HP Lovecraft’s work they’re waiting for the stars to be right, in the Norse traditions the Ice Giants await Ragnarok and over at my comic Cthulhu Slippers they’re waiting for the coffee to be ready.

I’ve become a bit obsessed by the idea of ancient, unknowable god like entities ever since I first came across the concept. You’d think I would have found it through HP Lovecraft’s work but it was Terry Pratchett who sent my brain down the rabbit hole of wondering about things that by their very nature defy description.

The line between eldritch abomination and Old God/One isn’t all that clearly defined and again seems to depend a bit on who is telling the story. The common elements in fiction are that they seem wrong, an affront to reality and the senses. Sometimes they’re so wrong just looking at them can cause people plunge into the depths of madness.

They’re also almost uniformly described as immensely powerful creatures able to warp reality at will. If they notice humanity at all, they see us as we sees mayflies: short lived and a bit pointless. They can wipe out all of us with little more than a thought, they’re gods, even when they aren’t: powerful, terrible, uncaring and ultimately unknowable.

They crop up in virtually every religion in one way or another, and their presence in a fiction story almost always spells madness and death for the protagonists (and humanity a whole).

As fascinated with the idea of the unknowable gods as I am, that all seemed a bit of a downer to me. So, I thought I’d try playing them for laughs.

The Old Gods and Old Ones in Cthulhu Slippers are still shockingly powerful and amoral, they’ve already conquered the world by the time the comic starts, but they’re also just as petty, stupid and selfish as humans can be.

They do not make for good middle managers.

Cthulhu himself is technically in charge of the globe spanning uber-corporation Cthulhu Corp, but given that he’s silent, small and mostly nice to everyone the company’s day to day operations are handled by the other gods like Nyarlathotep and Hastur. And, of course the hapless human employees are the ones that do all the work. People are seen as little more than commodities, and the corporation demands obedience or death.



It’s not all that unlike working for a regular human corporation.

In fiction and in myth the eldritch abominations that crop up represent the fear of the unknown. That fear is an integral part of all good horror stories as it’s always a lot scarier when you don’t know what the monster looks like, but horror and comedy are not as far apart as you might think. Both aim to force a reaction from their intended audience be it a scream or a laugh. Since eldritch abominations represent one of humanities most prevalent fears, I feel that they can also be turned funny by undercutting everything that makes them scary.

Or, at least almost everything. If I took away everything that makes an unknowable god scary then they wouldn’t be gods anymore, they’d be your old boss.

The artist who draws Cthulhu Slippers for me (I can’t even draw a good stick figure) Natalie Metzger has managed to strike a great balance, making the monsters look silly most of the time. And they are silly.

Mostly.


About Author:
Andrew Jack lives in Christchurch, New Zealand and has far too many projects on the go. You can see his webcomic at CthulhuSlippers.com, and his fiction at ajjack.com. He also runs a non-fiction blog over at solitarynut.com. His one claim to literary fame is that he got his first rejection letter at the age of four when a kindly editor suggested he learn to read and write before resubmitting his novel.


Find Author:
CthulhuSlippers.com
ajjack.com
solitarynut.com

Twitter:  @AndrewJLJack

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sunday Post #154

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news ~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share new about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

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Where did the week go? I've been trying to get all the things done in a day. Wow, it's a lot. lol. So I've been working at some sort of exercise daily, which is working for Monday through Thursday, and rotating days of writing (preparing) and blogging. With all this after the full time day job and taking care of family and life events. .... Yea, it's a lot.

So, kiddo had another college visit yesterday. He really enjoyed himself. It was a college that's looking at him for football as well. But it's a small school and there will be no scholarships for sports there. But is a possibility to keep in mind. All these schools have something that he wants, a big something. Ugh! We even have more to visit! I just hope when it comes down to it, he picks the one that fits and will be least expensive for him.

My dogs have vet visits this week. Sheba's doing better, but Athena seems to be showing signs of what Sheba had. So, we'll see what the vet says. These dogs are the most expensive in vet visits I've ever had!

Big news! I got to listen to N.K. Jemisin on Tuesday! She was at Seton Hill talking with the students of their writing program and Tuesday evening was open to the public. I took two friends with me and we listened to her.

I did get to talk with many amazing people while waiting to get all my books by N.K. signed.

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The Fit Booker:

Goal:  Workout in any form of exercise (or on Wii Fit) 2x's a week. (to feel better and hope to drop a few pants sizes)

How did I do last week... This week I got 3 days in. Treadmill on Monday, gym weights and elliptical on Wednesday and Thursday. I did add 10 minutes to treadmill and elliptical times so I could make up for the half hour on Tuesday I missed.

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What's Happening in Books:

Current Read:
Blue Blooded by Amanda Carlson

Content editing work.


Current Audiobook:
I'll start a new one Monday at work.

Current Podcast Book Listen:
Stonebriar Casefiles: Bad Alchemy by Laura Nicole Spencer (You can listen for free too!)


Finished Last Week: 
Lost Girls by Merrie Destefano

Audiobooks from Audible:
Wytchfire by Michael Meyerhofer


Finished Podcast Book Listen:
Nothing yet.


DNFed:

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Last Week on the Blog:


Cover Reveals: (click titles to go to post & learn more)



Guest Posts:



Posts:
New Year Resolutions


Spellbound in a Flash:
This week I didn't post, but I did update my portfolio pictures. I have posts started so will get back to posting soon!


Challenged Writers:
I shared my New Year Resolutions in writing.


Around the Internet...


Reviews:
H.A.L.F.: The Makers by Natalie Wright

"The writing felt to ring home much better with me in this book. I really like the description as the story starts in Erika's POV. Wow. Well done. I feel this book has more emotion and depth to the characters than the first story. Living through these hard times and fighting to live and return home or save others has brought them all to a new level. This book felt more invested and better written to me."


Eternal Magic by Linsey Hall

"Linsey keeps the story moving fast, giving us many answers and information we have been wanting. There is something that happens or surprises me in each chapter, moving the story along by leaps."



Podcast Review:




Mama Bitchstress Reviews:



GIVEAWAYS:


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This Week to Come on the Blog:


I have a few reviews to finish up and will have two scheduled for you this week. I also have a resolution post for the new year.

Mythical Monday - Returns with it's first of 2016 on Monday
Two reviews.


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Received Last Weeks:


For Review Consideration:


Audio Books Requested for Review:
Crucible and Flame: A Walk the Fire story by John Mierau
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Goodreads Synopsis:
A Ferryman Walks the Fire to an isolated generation ship, only a few decades away from its destination planet. There, in a moment of tragedy, he will learn that despite hundreds of years of life and the promise of endless more, even a Ferryman's life can change.

Circle of Reign by Jacob Cooper
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Lands Die.
The Living Light Fades.
An Ancient Darkness Awakens.

The Living Light that sustains Arlethia is dwindling.

An unknown, vicious enemy approaches in stealth from beyond the northern glaciers, a wasteland of ice that spans hundreds of miles. A clandestine brotherhood of assassins, held in check by the Light for millennia, seeks to break their maledictive shackles and unleash their bloodlust upon the world. Those that should stand with Arlethia clothe themselves in betrayal, desiring her secrets for themselves, leaving Arlethia to stand alone.

The rebirthing of lands ceased decades ago. The world of Våleira is dying. Only Arlethia, the Western Province of the Realm, remains untainted by the Ancient Dark’s Influence. Reign, the young daughter of Arlethian Lord Thannuel Kerr, becomes entangled in a perilous web of deceit, greed, and assassination plots after witnessing something horrific – something that will destroy all she knows and loves. As threats culminate, she and her twin brother, Hedron, must battle demons on every side – both external and internal – in their efforts to save Arlethia from extinction, as they simultaneously reach for their own personal redemption. But they have become pariahs to their own people. There will be few that dare to stand with them in the dimming Light – and even fewer that will survive.

The world of Våleira cannot endure without Arlethia. And the Living Light is fading ...
 



Purchased/Winnings/Gifts:
Book:


Audio:




Free Ebooks:
(On my Kindle and Nook App) Links to books under title. They may or may not be free at this time.
Seen by Frances Pauli
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Shayd's visions serve the Heart... until it asks him to betray his own future. 

When the Shrouded Heart sends him on a mission of diplomacy, Shayd is eager to obey. The treason of his predecessor has stained the rituals and weakened his relationship with the sacred crystal, but when it brings him to Rowri, he is certain the alien priestess is destined to be his heartmate. Despite the fact that their mission is to deliver her to her wedding... to someone else. 

Rowri's duty to her people insists Shayd must give her away, even as their heartbond draws them closer and closer together. Though he understands her loyalty, honoring her choice will put her in danger, leave her planet open to attack, and unleash an old enemy dead set on destroying them all. 

The Dragonslayer's Sword by Rena Nelson
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Goodreads Synopsis:
For Astrid, a blacksmith who makes swords for dragonslayers, the emergence of a strange gemstone from her body sets in motion a chain of events that threaten to destroy her life. Her happiness is shattered when her lover-the dragonslayer-disappears without a trace, and the life that she knows and loves implodes without warning. 

Astrid lives in a world of shapeshifters whose thoughts have the power to change not only themselves but others. Everything Astrid knows to be true is called into question when she learns the truth about her past and the mysterious family from which she was separated as a child. Reality turns inside out as Astrid gradually learns the truth about the people she loves as well as those she disdains. 

With the fate of dragons, ghosts, and slaves in foreign lands resting on her shoulders, Astrid faces the challenge of deciding who she is and how she will stand up inside her own skin. Will she withdraw and hide from the world that has disappointed her so much...or will she rise to lead others to freedom and peace? 

AUTHOR'S NOTE: This series is written for adults but appropriate for ages 14 and up.

SURGE by Kelsey Lee Connors
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Goodreads Synopsis:
A broken city, its people in chains, and a brave young woman who dares to be free 

Chicago in 1922, reimagined. The city is ruled by a tyrannical energy company called The Corporation, the streets patrolled by the terrifying and corrupt Corp Bulls. Sixteen-year-old Evelyn O’Donnell takes karate lessons to defend herself in this dangerous dystopia, but she knows this is not enough. And when her father is mysteriously killed, it is a game changer. 

Penniless but determined, she meets her brother’s friend, the charming and mischievous Black Jack player, Dante Malachi. Discovering a unique, magical power within herself, Evelyn and her new accomplice plot to sting the city’s speakeasies and avenge her father’s death. 

But as the duo join the razzle-dazzle of Chicago’s underworld, Evelyn discovers her father had tried to protect her from the dark truth about this city and her past. And as they get involved with the mob, Evelyn knows she will have to do everything in her power if she ever hopes of reaching their shared dream of a life free from poverty and oppression. 

Tales of the Blood Kissed by Seleste DeLaney
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Every story has a beginning, and the legend of the Blood Kissed began long before Jocelyn was born. Discover how Jocelyn first became involved in the vampire world, how Max and Chad wound up as her dichotomous duo of protectors, and Remy's views on far too many things. You'll even get his version of how vampires came into being and why there is always a seat on the council for one known only as Remus.

Start this saga from the beginning, and remember, those who don't learn from the past are destined to repeat it.

Includes "Of Course I Try" and "The Ghost of Vampire Present", formerly available as separate ebooks.

Wicked Legends (collection of several author's books)
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Goodreads Synopsis:
A boxed set unlike any other before it, filled with the perfect blend of Dystopian, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, and SciFi Romance. 

Every selection in this rare, limited edition collection is a full-length novel or novella, including some BRAND NEW material from today's New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors! 

With over one million words of romantic fiction from all of your favorite genres, this limited edition omnibus will provide over 100 hours of reading! 

If you're looking for a boxed set overflowing with variety, this collection will satisfy your cravings with sorcery, genies, necromancers, space pirates, shifters, and more! Travel to new worlds or discover ones hidden right beneath your nose.

Fever by Lola Taylor
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Goodreads Synopsis:
When the Blood Moon rises, the wolves come out to play… and find their mates. 

Danica has about given up on love. In a last-ditch attempt at finding “the one,” she agrees to a blind date through an online dating service. But instead of finding roses and romance, she finds someone intent on killing her. That is, until the mysterious, brooding Gage shows up to save her…. 

Gage is running out of time to find a mate. If the Blood Moon sets before he can find her, he’ll lose the rank of packmaster - and the peace within the pack - he’s worked so hard to obtain. When he saves a luscious blonde in the parking lot, he has no idea she is his mate - until he Marks her with his touch. 

Determined to keep her safe at any cost, Gage whisks Danica away into a hidden world full of lust, unlikely love, and treachery. Someone’s put a hit on his mate, and he’s hell-bent on finding out who, all while the Blood Moon looms closer, threatening to destroy his chances at true love forever. That is, if something - or someone - doesn’t kill the woman he’s falling for first. 

Recommended 18+ for frequent, explicit sexual situations and language. Book 1 of 6. BBW Werewolf Romance 

For more information, including a complete list of books and excerpts, please visit lolataylorbooks.com.


Free Audio Books/Stories:


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Reviews to Come:

Soulless by Skyla Dawn Cameron
The Sentinel by Chris Lester
The Muse by Chris Lester
Metamor City: Making the Cut by Chris Lester
Metamor City: Whispers in the Wood by Chris Lester
Lex Talionis by Starla Huchton
Spark by Starla Huchton
Heir to Kale by K.L. Bone
Tales from the Archives Vol 4 #5 - Old Sinner's Bones
The Death of Dulgath by Michael J. Sullivan
Torn World by Melanie Karsak
Lost Girls by Merrie Destefano
Wytchfire by Michael Meyerhofer

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Audio Book Review: Eternal Magic

Eternal Magic

By:  Linsey Hall

Publish Date:  July 31, 2016, Audiobook Release September 29, 2016

Format:  Audiobook - 6 hrs 22 mins
Narrated By:  Laurel Schroeder

Genre:  Urban Fantasy

Series:  4th Dragon's Gift: The Huntress series: Book 1 ~ Ancient Magic, Book 2 ~ Mirror Mage, Book 3 ~ Stolen Magic

Impression:  Powerful story to bring Cass and her deifiur (sisters) into their places in the world.

Synopsis:
Cass Clereaux has a few problems. Sure, she just saved her whole town and is now immortal, but immortality sucks. The same spell that made her immortal also takes away her magic. It’s kaput. Finito. Gone. Being a FireSoul and finding magical treasure is who she is. Now, she couldn’t find her left leg with a map. Not even if a dragon pointed the way.

To make matters worse, her concealment charm is malfunctioning. Demons are showing up left and right, trying to bring her head back to the Monster who stalks her. While Cass is on the hunt to recover her magic and learn about her past, the specter of the Monster is getting ever closer to his mysterious end goal. She’s prophesied to meet him on the field of battle—but if she doesn’t have her magic back by then, she’s dead.

First Sentence:
"Oh no." I almost groaned when I caught sight of the golden sphinx crouched in front of the pyramid a hundred yards away.

Purchase At:
Amazon  /  Barnes & Nobles  

Audible

My Thoughts and Summary:
*This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review at my request.

Cass is searching for a dampening charm that will weaken the nullifying power she now has, and let her other powers return to her use. Cass learns that Victor Orriordor, the monster from her, Nix, and Del's past, is looking for dampening charms too. He's taken the most powerful one of all, the one that can knock out dozens of people's powers, from the museum. Also, transporting charms are becoming scarce as well. Victor is up to something, but what? Cass needs to get her root power back before she has to face Victor, which is only a matter of time coming. Her searching leads her back to where her parents lived, and learning a great deal about herself and her deirfiur.


Laurel returns to voice Cass. I have really grown to enjoy her in these stories. She voices Cass and all with voices and tones that have become them. Even the new characters we meet have a voice of their own, even just slightly different than those we've grown use to. There are accents used as we do visit Ireland and Scotland as well. Laurel's pacing is wonderful, helping to keep the story moving along. She feels to be in the persona of the characters as she narrates. There is no hint to stopping and starting over, all is smooth in flow. Lovely job.

It's neat seeing the pyramids, statues, and different places along with traps in them when Cass and sisters and friends are on the hunt. Also the way stories were written with the details of Egyptians and setup of the pyramid. It feels as there is a lot of care and research put into writing these moments. I love how the sisters attempt to take care with the sites they visit. They believe in preserving what once was so others can treasure it as well. It's those pesky demons sent after Cass and sisters that make a mess!

I don't want to say much on the story and give away the great finds we have here. Linsey keeps the story moving fast, giving us many answers and information we have been wanting. There is something that happens or surprises me in each chapter, moving the story along by leaps.

We start to get answers to Cass's past, though have more questions too. I look forward to learning more and more with Cass as she learns her power and what tasks she needs to work through with her sisters. And more about Del and Nix. Interesting how they are all connected.

We get to spend time with the sisters together, Del, Nix, and Cass. I really enjoy seeing them together. And we see Connor and Claire help them again. And of course we get Aidan. Cass and Aidan are just lovely. Cass seems to start to come to accept her friends putting themselves in harms way to help her, as she does and would do for them.

Cass is growing stronger! It's great to see her stand on her own and fight though see her start to let her friends help her too. The ending brings me to a stronger, determined feeling for Cass though we are left in a bit of a spot. It's not a terrible cliffhanger per say, but I want to know what's next. I'll be getting to the next book soon to see what happens next.



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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

New Year Resolutions

Photo By: Melissa L. Hayden At: Spellbound in a Flash

Happy New Year! Hard to believe we are into 2017 already. It seems like yesterday we were just coming into 2000. Remember the scares of how computers and all were going to fail? Yea, look at us now. lol.

I don't do resolutions often. I struggle with them because life has been known to change drastically in one year. To many times life has taken a hard right, or left, without letting me know it's coming. But I'm going to try to make a few resolutions this year. Some things I would really like to do and accomplish.


1)  Exercise more. I was content with maintaining my weight last year, at least not gaining any more. Which I did. Now, this year, I'd like to lose some weight. Not much, but some. I'm still going to the gym two days a week to workout with weights. But I'd like to add some treadmill time at least three more days a week.

2)  Write/edit through the year. I know they say write daily, but I feel as I get stressed when I write daily. It's like my brain needs to digest and move on. So, I'm going to get back to what helped keep me moving best in the past, writing every other day. (This, of course, will then take a back seat when I have editing jobs, which will be done daily.) Learn more details on what I'll be working on in my Resolutions post at Challenged Writers blog.

I've been thinking. I don't know if there is someone out there in the same boat as me with writing that wouldn't mind connecting and helping each other stay on track. We can check in on each other, motivate, and chat a couple times a week via Twitter, Facebook, email, or some sort of social media.

3)  Blog and blog visit every other day. This goes hand in hand with my writing. On the off days of writing, I'll be blog visiting.

4)  Post pictures at Spellbound in a Flash weekly. You remember this site right? I started it to share my love for photography. I've been so crazy busy with life and holidays that I haven't posted. (I have several posts to do!) I want to do a post a week, or every other week, of images I've recently taken or use old images to share.

One thing that I've noticed, weekends are my off days. lol. My husband and son and I are all together at this time, and I take advantage of it. We spend time together, so these are the days that I will probably not do above items most of the time.

I know, these are all generic items. Nothing specific in the way of goals to accomplish. But, this is what I need to start with and work with through the year. If you are curious about my more detailed writing resolutions, check out my post at Challenged Writers blog.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Audio Book Review: H.A.L.F.: The Makers

H.A.L.F.: The Makers

By:  Natalie Wright

Publish Date:  April 7, 2016, Audiobook Release November 10, 2016

Format:  Audiobook - 12 hrs 27 mins
Narrated By:  Dylan White

Genre:  Science Fiction

Series:  2nd H.A.L.F. series: 1st Book ~ The Deep Beneath

Impression:  Things may not be brighter on the other side...

Synopsis:
"The Makers" is the follow-up to Natalie Wright's multiple award-winning debut science fiction novel "H.A.L.F.: The Deep Beneath." "We've seen grey aliens on T.V. and in movies. We may think we know all about them. But what if everything we think we know is wrong?" Erika Holt dodged death and departed Earth in an alien ship. It wasn't how she'd planned to spend her senior year. Is Erika on her way to paradise? Or to a hell worse than the underground lab she escaped? The greys rescued Tex from A.H.D.N.A. and promised him a life he could never have imagined. But what will he have to give up to become one with The Conexus? Jack Wilson is still Commander Sturgis' prisoner, but a promise of freedom comes from an unlikely source. Will his liberation cost more than he's willing to pay? Caught up in their personal battles and focused on our war with the grey aliens, will any of them realize the true threat that looms over us all before it's too late?

First Sentence:
The cold void that had swallowed Erika's scream as she entered the alien ship enveloped her.

Purchase At:
Amazon  /  Barnes & Nobles  /  Book Depository

Audible

My Thoughts and Summary:
*This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review at my request.

Erika, Tex, Ian, and Dr. Randall are pulled through the light to the alien ship, or so they think is a ship. But things are as Tex suspected from what he'd heard. There is more and they need to survive and get home to help save the world. Jack was rejected by the light and facing the changes at A.H.D.N.A. Changes that are not good for the world. Jack must work with those he doesn't know to break out the one person that recently threatened his life, Commander Sturgis. She holds knowledge that is going to be needed in what's to come.

Dylan White is a new voice for me. He does well with different voice tones and personality to share the feel of the characters as they speak. I did find that the volume, in which the recording was done, was very quiet. I had to turn this book up louder than many of my other audio books to hear all the words that were spoken. But I enjoyed the story that Dylan voiced for us.

We start exactly where the first book ends. Our characters moving on with the unknown that's about to happen to them.

POV is through a few different eyes: Erika, Commander Sturgis, Jack, Tex, and U'Vol. All are at different places and witnessing or experiencing different things in the world. Erika is taken with Ian, Dr. Randell, and Tex by the aliens. However, Tex is separated from them. Jack was rejected in the taking, and is left on land with Commander Lillian Sturgis, but Commander Sturgis is arrested and none know Jack is there. U'Vol is a new character for us, an alien of a different world. I have a feeling U'Vol will become more important in the next book, especially after the last chapter with him in this book.

Each character has an important rule to play in this book. Erika sees the side of what's being done to her and her friends and works to escape where they are. Tex is wanted by the aliens, Conexus, because of how he was created and could help them. He also gives us the view of what's happened and what the Conexus is and wants. Commander Sturgis only has a few sections, but she knows there is trouble coming and will do anything to protect the world, and her knowledge is needed. Jack is on Earth and working with new characters to save the one person he didn't think he'd ever want to see again, then to save the world. Then there is U'Vol. I won't say much of him as he's new and an interesting view into things to happen.

Where I felt the first book was similar to many alien stories, this one was more impressive. Sure there are some spots that are common, but the story here feels to move to a new level. There are interesting connections between where Erika, Ian, Dr. Randell, and Tex go to with the aliens and where we've been. Very interesting!

I can see small sparks of love starting through the story. The couple we originally thought would be together, could grow to learn they love others, finding the one that may fit. Or maybe not. I'm not sure how the love angle will work out in this series. They are still young after all.

The writing felt to ring home much better with me in this book. I really like the description as the story starts in Erika's POV. Wow. Well done. I feel this book has more emotion and depth to the characters than the first story. Living through these hard times and fighting to live and return home or save others has brought them all to a new level. This book felt more invested and better written to me.

The ending concludes the troubles the characters are in with this book. But, it doesn't bring us completely to an end and there are new complications to face. We will be waiting for book three to see where we end up and what happens next!



****If you found my thoughts helpful, please click Yes at Amazon and/or Audible. Thank you!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Sunday Post #153

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news ~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share new about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

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Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, and Happy New Year!

Did I get all holidays? I hope so. If not, I'm sorry. It's been a crazy few weeks here with all the visiting and going. I had work, kiddo was off but out doing what he does, and husband was working one job but not the there. There's been deaths and births to celebrate. It's been one crazy season here.

I'd mentioned I would share a picture of our tree. Here it is! It's huge, yep. I'll be sharing pictures of it at Spellbound in a Flash in the weeks to come.

And yes, I mentioned birth. My step-daughter had her baby Friday before New Years Eve. A beautiful, healthy baby girl.

Have you ever accidentally bought a Kindle book? Well I did. And it's not the first time. I clicked the wrong button to look at it and bam! I've got a new Kindle book. Not something I really wanted to do. Plus, the author's email had said the book was free over the weekend, which it wasn't. I paid the 99c with tax. It's not much, I know. But the likelihood that I'll read the book anytime soon? Not likely. I've got to many other things going on. But, I helped an author out so I kept the book.



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The Fit Booker:

Goal:  Workout in any form of exercise (or on Wii Fit) 2x's a week. (to feel better and hope to drop a few pants sizes)

How did I do last week... The week before Christmas, I got 2 days in at the gym. The week coming to New Years... I only got 1 day in. But after New Years, this last week, I got 4 days in! Woot woot!

I've now joined the Fitbit world. Yep. My husband got me a Fitbit Blaze for Christmas. I'm thrilled! This also has helped get me moving because I see how many steps I really DO NOT take in a day. Thanks to having a desk job. Thanks to being able to have friends and doing a work week challenge with them, I've managed to get on the treadmill or elliptical at the gym those 4 days and 2 of those days working out on weight equipment.

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What's Happening in Books:

Current Read:
Lost Girls by Merrie Destefano

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Current Audiobook:
Wytchfire by Michael Meyerhofer

Current Podcast Book Listen:
Stonebriar Casefiles: Bad Alchemy by Laura Nicole Spencer (You can listen for free too!)


Finished Last Week: 
Emergence: Humanity 2.0 edited by J.M. Martin

Audiobooks from Audible:
Codename: Night Witch by Cary Caffrey
Riven by Sherry D. Ficklin & Tyler Jolley
H.A.L.F.: The Makers by Natalie Wright
Eternal Magic by Linsey Hall
Torn World by Melanie Karsak

Finished Podcast Book Listen:
Nothing yet.


DNFed:
The Side of Good / The Side of Evil edited by Danielle Ackley-McPhail - I really wanted to get back to this anthology, but I just couldn't do it. I found the stories weren't of what I wanted from superheroes. I feel terrible as it's an anthology with many authors and I'm sure there are stories and styles I'd enjoy, but I just can't bring myself back to it with what I did read.

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Guest Posts:



Posts:

Spellbound in a Flash:
This week I didn't post, but I did update my portfolio pictures. I have posts started so will get back to posting soon!


Challenged Writers:
I shared my November NaNoWriMo update.


Around the Internet...


Reviews:
Riven by Sherry D. Ficklin & Tyler Jolley

"where he goes and what he learns is completely different. And mind-blowing. I'm wondering where the children all go from here, with what they've all learned of themselves and the time."


Codename: Night Witch by Cary Caffrey

"Cary starts us into a different setting with new characters and plot to get the story rolling. We do come back to Sigrid and the one person she's after. Sigrid finds herself in fights and battles as she works toward her goal. But, with Sigrid it feels as she doesn't want to fight and kill. I love that Sigrid has a deep feeling for humanity and lives."



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This Week to Come on the Blog:


I have a few reviews to finish up and will have two scheduled for you this week. I also have a resolution post for the new year.

Coming soon: Mythical Monday



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Received Last Weeks:


For Review Consideration:


Audio Books Requested for Review:
Hunting Down Dragons by Tricia Owens
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Death is coming for you, Anne Moody...

The Oddsmakers have been overseeing the use of magick in Las Vegas since the city's inception. For a dragon sorceress like Anne Moody, who tries to stay beneath the radar while running her cursed pawn shop, the Oddsmakers are the boogeymen she never wants to meet. They have the power to strip of her of her magick or worse if they deem her a danger to the city.

Unfortunately, the Oddsmakers want her for a mission and Anne can't refuse. However, she has her own agenda: investigating a sorcerer who possesses the power to not only create life, but to raise the dead. With the gargoyle Vale by her side and with the help of her magickal friends, Anne tracks strange creatures beneath the streets of Las Vegas. But when tragedy strikes close to home, Anne realizes she may have to risk the wrath of the Oddsmakers and call upon her dragon for help. Because in the isolated desert, far from the eyes of ordinary humans, she is about to confront her parents' killer, and nothing is going to stop her from finding vengeance.
 

The Bee Charmer by Poppy Lawless
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Goodreads Synopsis:
When your heart makes a wish, even impossible dreams can come true

Viola
After years of working for my family’s business, I’m finally back in college and ready to chase my dream of becoming a perfumer. It seems like the stars are all aligning when Chancellor College invites a preeminent French fragrance expert to speak at a symposium. Everything is working out just right, as long as I can continue to ignore my growing feelings for a certain hippie beekeeper. That, it seems, is turning out to be easier said than done.

Rayne
The elders sent me on a mission to Chancellor to help Alice, owner of the local bagel shop, find true love. So far? Well, not so good. The bees and I have to double up our efforts if we have any hope of helping our girl find the road to happiness. While I know Alice should be my priority one, my heart, however, seems to have a mind of its own. If I could just get Viola Hunter out of my mind, I could focus on my task. That, it seems, is turning out to be easier said than done.

Lose yourself in Poppy Lawless' enchanting town of Chancellor, a magical place where fairy tales can come true and happily ever afters always reign supreme.

The Bee Charmer is a stand-alone novella and part of The Chancellor Fairy Tales, a series of romantic fairy tales for adults. This novel can be read on its own, but you'll get the most enjoyment from this series if the works are read in order.
 



Purchased/Winnings/Gifts:
Book:
Menagerie by Kristy Tate
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Everyone talks to animals. Some do it every day, although very few stop to listen for a reply. Lizbet Wood does, and this is just one of the things that set her apart. She really doesn’t understand how different she is until violence shatters her solitary existence. 
While Lizbet seeks to understand why mother sought refuge on a deserted island in the Pacific Northwest, she comes face to face with the dangers her mother tried, but failed to escape. When her mother is gravely injured, Lizbet is forced from the island and thrust into a world even more complex and threatening than she could have ever imagined. A world where the animals have no say…or do they?

Games Creatures Play
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Goodreads Synopsis:
ALL-NEW TALES OF UNUSUAL ATHLETICS BY JAN BURKE * DANA CAMERON * ADAM-TROY CASTRO * BRENDAN DuBOIS * CHARLAINE HARRIS * TONI L. P. KELNER * CAITLIN KITTREDGE * WILLIAM KENT KRUEGER * ELLEN KUSHNER * MERCEDES LACKEY * JOE R. LANSDALE * LAURA LIPPMAN * SEANAN McGUIRE * BRANDON SANDERSON * SCOTT SIGLER

Welcome to the wide world of paranormal pastimes, where striking out might strike you dead. Editors Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner are your announcers for this all-new story collection of the most peculiar plays ever made…


Sports fans live and die by their teams’ successes and failures—though not literally. But these fourteen authors have written spirited—in more ways than one—new tales of killer competitions that would make even the most die-hard players ask to be benched.

Odin's Spear by Skyla Dawn Cameron
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Goodreads Synopsis:
ALL’S FAIR IN SIBLING RIVALRY AND WAR.

After nearly losing her family and her life, Olivia Talbot is trying to leave the world of artifact hunting behind. But an adrenaline junkie unsuited for a 9 to 5 job can’t hide herself forever, especially when deadly operative Dale West comes knocking with off-book work for his covert organization.

It’ll be “easy”, West says—just a trip to the museum. But a deranged former solider is seeking to reunite the pieces of Gungnir—spear of the Norse god Odin—which is capable of starting war, and this job is much bigger than anyone has let on.

Followed by the dogged son of a tabloid mogul, competing with her archeologist older brother, and still struggling to trust West against her better judgement, Livi will venture into an ancient underwater city in the Mediterranean to stop the dawn of a new war. But the spear of a god has plans for them all, and power not even she might be able to withstand.

Audio:
The Torn World by Melanie Karsak
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Our world is dead.

With the undead walking, vampires hunting, and kitsune closing in, everything seems lost. Layla and the others will need help if there is any hope of survival. But how can you endure in the dying world?

Join Layla, Cricket, Amelia, and the other survivors for the final chapter of The Harvesting Series in The Torn World.

Dead Lucky by M.R. Forbes
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Goodreads Synopsis:
When a strange message arrives through an even stranger channel, necromancer Conor Night is driven to discover its meaning, even if it takes a road trip that he might not be healthy enough to survive. Joined by his sexy partner and an undead wise-ass, he’s about to rush headlong into a magic and mayhem filled night in New Orleans that will leave his future riding on a roll of the dice.
Luck, be a lady…

* Dead Lucky is a standalone novella (20,000 words) set in the contemporary, urban fantasy world of Ghosts & Magic. It precedes Dead of Night in the timeline, and is a great place to sample the series, get a deeper look into Conor’s backstory, or simply enjoy the ride. *

Dead Stare by M.R. Forbes
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Conor Night, the world’s only necromancer, is starting to think that his life is finally coming together. His last job not only left him funded but also helped him fall off the radar of the world’s two most powerful wizards. Of course, being a necromancer always has its downsides, and when he’s forced into a job that will leave the Houses on the brink of all-out war, he begins to realize just how down those sides can be. 

He thinks he understands the rules in the world of ghosts and magic. 
Unfortunately for him, the rules are about to change.

Hathor Legacy: Revelations by Deborah A. Bailey
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Hathor Legacy: Revelations – Book Three of the Hathor Legacy Series 

An enemy returns to spark new tensions between the Guardians and Novacorp. In the midst of the crisis, Nadira is given information about her parents that threatens to destroy her relationship to the Guardians and to Jonathan. 

While Nadira searches for answers, Jonathan is enticed into the hedonistic world of the Novacorp executive class. His entertainment club attracts the elite of Hathor, but his notoriety comes with a price. 

The worlds of the Guardians and Novacorp are put on a collision course where only one side may come out on top. Nadira is called on to make the ultimate sacrifice to save the legacy of the First Families, the original settlers of Hathor, while Guardians, Kasema and Deshtu PSI groups are faced with the choice to unite or be brought completely under Novacorp control. 

Old scores are settled and long-hidden truths are revealed, and at the end Nadira and Jonathan’s relationship and their world will never be the same. 




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I'll Be On New London for Christmas by Margo Bond Collins
Synopsis:
When Gabbi Esser joined the Galactic Coalition Fleet Marines, she dreamed of seeing the universe. Instead, she's sent to New London--the most backward planet in the Coalition--to protect one of its silly nobles during the holiday season. Now the duke she's guarding wants her to pretend to be his date at a Christmas party, and she's more intrigued by him than she wants to admit. They can carry this off without falling in love ... but only in their dreams.

Growing Up Dead by Greg Wilkey
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Mortimer Drake discovers that he is the product of a supernatural mixed-marriage. His mother is human and his father is a 925 year old vampire. His life is completely turned upside down as he struggles with this knowledge and his emerging vampiric nature. The truth behind the myths and legends of the vampire are revealed as Mortimer enters into a centuries old war of the Undead.

The Vampire Hunter's Daughter The Complete Collection (parts 1-6)
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Goodreads Synopsis:
This special edition of The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter contains parts I-VI, the complete collection. Fourteen-year-old Chloe witnesses her mother’s murder at the hands of a vampire. Before the vampire can kidnap her, there is an unexpected rescue by a group of vampire hunters. Overwhelmed by the feeling of safety, Chloe passes out and they whisk her away to their small community. 

When Chloe wakes, she comes face to face with the only other living relative, besides her mother, whom she has ever met: her grandfather. Chloe’s mother kept her hidden from the family; now, Chloe tries to unveil the family secrets. Through her grandfather, she learns her mother was a vampire hunter. In fact, her entire family is descended from the powerful bloodlines of vampire hunters. Chloe agrees to join the family she has never known for one reason only: Chloe vows to kill the vampire responsible for her mother’s murder. 

With vengeance in her soul, Chloe is even more determined to follow through on her vow when she discovers the true identity of her enemy and how he is connected to her. 

Experience the world of vampires hunter’s, vampires and mythology with Chloe in this exciting series.

Better When It Hurts by Skye Warren
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Goodreads Synopsis:
A forbidden romance about pain that binds us together…

Five years ago we lived in the same house. He was the ultimate bad boy.

And my foster brother.

Now he’s back. Tougher, harder, meaner. All of it aimed at me, because I was the one who sent him away. It’s payback time. He wants his pound of flesh, and I am helpless to say no.

Ringmaster by Trudi Jaye
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Goodreads Synopsis:
The magical Jolly Carnival is the only life Rilla knows—and it’s falling apart around her. Just as she’s thrust into the role of Ringmaster after her father’s unexpected death, an old family friend turns up to challenge her birthright.

Her rival's sexy son Jack isn’t helping either. Despite being a greenhorn and an outsider, he's intent on charming everyone, convincing them all that Rilla isn’t up to the task of leading them through these tough times.

But Rilla must also contend with another threat—the ongoing sabotage that has been disturbing their delicate magical balance and threatening to destroy the Carnival. All signs are pointing to an insider, making it impossible to know who to trust.

To save her beloved Carnival, Rilla must do everything she can to find the saboteur before they attack again. But if she takes her eye off the battle for Ringmaster—even for a second—she risks losing everything she's trained for her entire life.
 

The Gift by Trudi Jaye
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Come one, come all! The Carnival is coming to a town near you!
As Giftmaster in the Carnival, Garth is closest to the magic that rules their lives. Every time the Carnival chooses a new Mark, he’s thrown into their subconscious and subjected to their every emotion—their deepest desire or their darkest despair. It's a vital role, but it's also demanding and draining.
Despite this, Garth’s life is the Carnival and he will allow nothing to jeopardize his position. When he meets Dr Madelaine Annandale, he decides a winter fling for the off season couldn't hurt, especially if she can help Simon, the troubled young boy who has ended up living in Garth's house. But he won’t let it become anything more.
However, nothing is ever simple in the world of the Carnival, and Garth soon finds himself trying to protect them all from Simon's vengeful father, while learning some terrible truths about the Carnival he loves, and the woman who has stolen his heart.

Tilly's Secret by Trudi Jaye
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Goodreads Synopsis:
When Tillemina Shaw arrives back at the Carnival Compound after eight years away, she discovers that it’s very different from when she lived there as a child. For a start, her teenage crush, Cal, is now the head chef, and still he’s angry with her for leaving without saying goodbye. 

Everyone except Cal welcomes her back with open arms, pleased that she’s returned. Only problem is that Cal’s right to be suspicious – she’s spying for their enemies, and what she learns while she’s there will be used to destroy the Carnival once and for all. 

Tilly’s secret has the power to hurt everyone in the Jolly Carnival. Will she keep it, or will Cal convince her to trust the Carnival again?

Star Heroes: 9 Novels of Space Exploration, Aliens, and Adventure
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Star Heroes is a space opera collection with nine novels of the galactic frontier. Exploration, alien invasions, genetic engineering, and artificial intelligence--it’s all here. 

Blast off with these adventures by New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling authors. 

Star Nomad by Lindsay Buroker 
In this fast-paced space adventure, Captain Alisa Marchenko must brave sadistic savages, fearsome cyborgs, and brutal pirates to steal a ship so she can find her way home. 

Starship Eternal by M.R. Forbes 
When a critical injury leaves Space Marine Captain Mitchell "Ares" Williams having visions of a lost starship and an alien invasion, he thinks he's going insane... He isn't. 

Icarus by Matt Verish 
Cole Musgrave’s dream of interstellar travel has become a nightmare. When a delivery is compromised aboard a classified cargo vessel, the unorthodox captain finds himself embroiled in a deadly assignment that will alter his life forever. 

Attack on Phoenix by Megg Jensen 
Two hundred years ago, an interplanetary expedition crashed on a deserted planet. Catching the attention of the dragzhi, an aggressive alien species, they found themselves in a war they were doomed to lose ... unless Torsten Vikker, a soldier who’d rather read than fight, can find a way to save them. 

Archangel Down by C. Gockel 
Commander Noa Sato doesn’t believe in aliens. She’s too busy trying to save the lives of millions and her own skin to ponder the existence of “others.” Fortunately for Noa, aliens believe in her. 

Destroyer by Chris Fox 
One maverick captain, an unlikely crew, and an aging vessel are all that stand between humanity and the Eradication. 

Space Carrier Avalon by Glynn Stewart 
Avalon was the first and most legendary of the Castle Federation's space carriers, but she is now old and obsolete. Accepting the inevitable, she is sent on a final flag-showing tour. 
But war clouds gather and this final tour will be anything but quiet. 

Symphony of War by David Adams 
Lieutenant Marcus Servus and his soldiers, a penal legion, stand against insectoid boogeymen from another galaxy. 
Marcus has a gift. An edge against the monsters: he hears music. Songs in his head guide him, granting him knowledge and foresight, a weapon against the alien hordes. But who plucks the strings? 

Allies and Enemies: Fallen by Amy J. Murphy 
Purpose-bred soldier of the Regime, Commander Sela Tyron is as subtle as a hammer. To hammers, any problem can look like a nail, but solutions aren’t always that easy. When Sela encounters a son she is forbidden to know, falls in love with a man who is clearly off-limits, and is abandoned on a planet of insurrectionists, things get complicated.

Urban Mythic: Thirteen Novels of Adventure and Romance
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Goodreads Synopsis:
A box set of MYTHIC proportions ... 

Want a little magic in your life? Ever wished faeries were real or for your own personal djinn? 

Then these THIRTEEN worlds of action, adventure, humor, and romance are for you. Join the freshest voices in urban fantasy and paranormal romance as they bring magic into your life in the form of gods, demons, djinn, faeries, werewolves, and more. 

This enchanting collection is FREE for a limited time. Download it before it’s gone!

Dark Horse by Michelle Diener
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Some secrets carry the weight of the world.

Rose McKenzie may be far from Earth with no way back, but she's made a powerful ally--a fellow prisoner with whom she's formed a strong bond. Sazo's an artificial intelligence. He's saved her from captivity and torture, but he's also put her in the middle of a conflict, leaving Rose with her loyalties divided.

Captain Dav Jallan doesn't know why he and his crew have stumbled across an almost legendary Class 5 battleship, but he's not going to complain. The only problem is, all its crew are dead, all except for one strange, new alien being.

She calls herself Rose. She seems small and harmless, but less and less about her story is adding up, and Dav has a bad feeling his crew, and maybe even the four planets, are in jeopardy. The Class 5's owners, the Tecran, look set to start a war to get it back and Dav suspects Rose isn't the only alien being who survived what happened on the Class 5. And whatever else is out there is playing its own games.

In this race for the truth, he's going to have to go against his leaders and trust the dark horse.

Emily's House by Natalie Wright
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Fourteen-year-old Emily Adams is flunking math - and life. But Emily has a secret, one that she has kept even from her best friends. Soon the ancient legacy coursing through her veins will force her secret to be revealed. Dormant for over a thousand years, an evil has arisen and this time, it will destroy anyone - or anything - that stands in its way.

Three teens embark on a dangerous journey and risk everything. For Emily, the fate of her friends - and her world - lies in her hands.

Travel with Emily as she unlocks the secrets of her Celtic ancestors as she goes on a mystical journey to the inner house and beyond.

Join the Journey . . .
 

Emily's Trial by Natalie Wright
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Two years ago, Emily's journey began. She learned the ancient magic of her Celtic ancestors, and became a modern Celtic Priestess. The golden torc, forged by faerie hands, is still wound around her arm, fused to her soul. She was entrusted with powerful magic - secret knowledge.

But even a Priestess can feel desire - temptation - and the quest for love. Will passion entice Emily to use her sacred magic in a forbidden way? Can new love take root in a world of nightmares? And will her friendships survive Emily's Trial?

The Journey Continues . . .

Fates Entwined by Caethes Faron
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Goodreads Synopsis:
After centuries of searching, Lawrence has found the perfect person to help him birth a new race of vampires: Jocelyn, the girl he’s groomed to be the most powerful courtesan at the court of King James. All goes according to plan until Michael Barwick arrives at court and threatens everything.

Michael abandoned his life at sea in order to take his place as Baron Barwick after his brother’s death. Overwhelmed by his duties, he’s eager to leave court until Jocelyn sits across from him in a tavern. The intriguing woman soon has him opening his heart to her, and he’s prepared to fight for a place in her life.

Jocelyn’s desire for Michael, the one man who has ever fought past her professional façade to truly love her, threatens her independence. When Lawrence offers her the gift of eternal life, she must choose between the man she loves and the freedom she’s struggled for.

Fates Entwined is a prequel and is intended to be read after Haunting Echoes.

Magic Born by Caethes Faron
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Goodreads Synopsis:
After the death of her parents, Kat Thomas retreated from college life into an online fantasy game.

But what if the game she plays is closer to reality?


When a panther shifter named Alex knocks on her door one night, he delivers a message and a package. Kat's birth mother was a powerful mage who has just been murdered...and now the killer is after Kat. The package contains her mother's talisman: an amber necklace that latches onto Kat's neck and attacks anyone who tries to remove it. Before she knows it, ice is shooting from her hands and she's on the run from an assassin.

Kat must navigate a world of magic and intrigue, fight the forces who want her dead, and protect her friends from becoming collateral damage--all while coming to terms with her new identity. She's heir to a powerful legacy, but only if she lives long enough to claim it.

Winemaker of the North by J.T. Williams
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Goodreads Synopsis:

The lands are without magic... and the northern gods are whispering...

Sviska is a man of the shadows, an assassin of an ancient sect and his mastershave a dark task for him. A desolate mountain city holds a secret that heis the key to unlocking. This time, he goes not as an assassin but under guiseas a winemaker.

Magic within the world was destroyed in the age before. But thisordained city, a last hold for dwarves, elves, and all folk of the old worldand of the old gods, stands as a refuge for those deemed evil... the enemies ofhis masters.

His mission will be the last blow in a great crusade against magicbut the true evil is not as he understands. An awakening is coming, darkness ison the horizon, and learning of his forgotten ancestry confuses hisconvictions. His masters would answer his betrayal with death. Now he mustchoose to follow their will and live or accept his true path and theconsequences that come.

The Petrified Flesh by Cornelia Funke
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Ever since Jacob Reckless was a child, he has been escaping to a hidden world through a portal in his father's abandoned study. Over the years, he has made a name for himself as a finder of enchanted items and buried secrets. He's also made many enemies and allies — most important, Fox, a beautiful shape-shifting vixen whom Jacob cares for more than he lets on.

But life in this other world is about to change. Tragedy strikes when Jacob's younger brother, Will, follows him through the portal. Brutally attacked, Will is infected with a curse that is quickly transforming him into a Goyl — a ruthless killing machine, with skin made of stone.

Jacob is prepared to fight to save his brother, but in a land built on trickery and lies, Jacob will need all the wit, courage, and reckless spirit he can summon to reverse the dark spell — before it's too late.


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Reviews to Come:

Soulless by Skyla Dawn Cameron
The Sentinel by Chris Lester
The Muse by Chris Lester
Metamor City: Making the Cut by Chris Lester
Metamor City: Whispers in the Wood by Chris Lester
Lex Talionis by Starla Huchton
Spark by Starla Huchton
Heir to Kale by K.L. Bone
Tales from the Archives Vol 4 #5 - Old Sinner's Bones
The Death of Dulgath by Michael J. Sullivan
H.A.L.F.: The Makers by Natalie Wright
Eternal Magic by Linsey Hall
Torn World by Melanie Karsak