Sunday, December 4, 2016

Sunday Post #150

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.


For the last month I've been meaning to post a Sunday post. Sorry. It's been a whirlwind of all sorts of go-go-go. I'd planned on posting a few reviews this past month, but life had other ideas - Kiddo, dogs, father, cars, holiday traveling, and even a cold/sinuses.

Kiddo had 2 college tours recently, one of which was at a local college. We were there 2 hours and it was one of the best one-on-one tours at this local college. I wasn't sure this college would have what Kiddo wanted, but they did! Was very good.  After the second college, we came up with more questions for the local college Kiddo seems to be set on. So we went to visit the school again, to talk to professors since he wants to double major and the football coach.

I did participate in NaNoWriMo. And that felt crazy too. We had so much going on that there were a total of eleven days I didn't write a word. Unreal!

I even got a chance to sneak in the four new Gilmore Girls shows on Netflix. 

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... I was doing well at getting two days in a the gym. But Thanksgiving week didn't work out and last week didn't work out.

What's Happening in Books:

Current Read:
Emergence: Humanity 2.0 edited by J.M. Martin
The Side of Good / The Side of Evil edited by Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Content editing work.

Current Audiobook:
I'll start a new Audio Book on Monday.

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

Finished Last Week: 
Nothing yet

Audiobooks from Audible:
Destroyer of Worlds by J.F. Penn
Veil of Shadows by Terry Mixon
Cthulhu Armageddon by C.T. Phipps
Sunset Specters by Gary Jonas
Quest by David Wood
The Wind and the Void by Ryan Kirk
Under Her Skin by Margo Bond Collins
The Secrets of Supervillainy by C.T. Phipps

Finished Podcast Book Listen:
Nothing yet.


Last Week on the Blog:

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

Guest Posts:


Spellbound in a Flash:
This week I didn't post with working on writing. Sorry!

Challenged Writers:
I shared my November NaNoWriMo update.

Around the Internet...

Veil of Shadows by Terry Mixon

"...this story/series (so far) has everything I love in one nice, neat package. Sweet find!"

Destroyer of Worlds by J.F. Penn

"Another thing, other than the story/plot writing that holds my attention is the characters."

"Time is a tricky topic, and could be discussed in many angles for hours. The concept of time travel, daily reminders, slices of time, and much more are interesting concepts. They feel like topics I could debate and discuss with friends, based on the world created here."

Stolen Magic by Linsey Hall

"This book feels to up the anty with danger and what Cass has to face, personally, mentally, and danger wise of the whole town with the Monster."

The Cryptic Lines by Richard Storry

"If Richard were to be the creator of a mystery night or party to search for clues, I would TOTALLY be there! I was taken by the crafty design of the hidden clues for Charles and Matthew to follow. I really had no idea where the clues would take us and what Charles and Matthew would have to do to get to the next clue."

Podcast Review:

Mama Bitchstress Reviews:



This Week to Come on the Blog:

I was still listening to books in November so I have many books lined up for you. I'll have 3 reviews scheduled. Hope you visit!


Received Last Weeks:

For Review Consideration:

Audio Books Requested for Review:
Sunset Specters by Gary Jonas
Goodreads Synopsis:
The powerful wizard, Henry Winslow, arrives in 1877 and sets out for the Barbary Coast in San Francisco to steal a bit of life energy from his parents before he can head to the 1920s to complete his immortality ritual.
Douglas Freeman is a former slave with a growing collection of vengeful ghosts, and he's headed for the Barbary Coast to kill the last few men on his list.
Jonathan Shade and Kelly Chan reunite with Brand, the former Sekutar warrior, and Esther, the ghost who has an unbreakable bond with Shade.  They set out for California to stop Winslow.  But the Barbary Coast is a dangerous place where life is cheap. Their paths will cross with thieves, cutthroats, crimps, prostitutes, gangs, magic, and a supernatural threat.  Time is running out on their mission, and one thing is certain--not everyone is going to get out alive.
Quest by David Wood
Goodreads Synopsis:
146 B.C.- Escaping just ahead of the invading Roman legions, a Carthaginian soldier carries an ancient secret to places unknown.

1925- Percy Fawcett launches his final expedition into the Amazon, but what is his true objective?

Dane Maddock is back. Deep in the Amazon, a university group encounters a horror beyond their darkest nightmares and vanishes without a trace. Called upon to undertake a daring rescue mission, Dane and Bones must trace the true path of Percy Fawcett's final expedition, but the secret that lies at the end of the search might be even deadlier than the enemies who seek it. From the streets of London, to remote islands in the Atlantic, to the deadly jungles of the Amazon, Dane and Bones must penetrate a secret lost to history, on their deadliest Quest.

Under Her Skin by Margo Bond Collins
Goodreads Synopsis:
Lindi Parker works hard at being human, not an easy task for a weresnake. She has no desire to search for others like her—until a new case changes everything. When Lindi learns that she she's not the only shapeshifter in the world, she realizes she might be next on a killer's list. 

In order to save herself and the abused children she works with, she will have to team up with Dr. Kade Nevala, a member of the shifter tribe responsible for eradicating weresnakes—and the most attractive man Lindi's ever met. Even more terrifying, she’ll need to embrace her serpent side, a choice that has enormous consequences for Lindi, and for everyone around her.

The Secrets of Supervillainy by C.T. Phipps
Goodreads Synopsis:
Merciless, the Supervillain without Mercy (TM) is back with even bigger problems! How far will he go to fix his wife's current state of being a soulless vampire? Can he ignore his growing feelings for Cindy, despite their difference over the new Star Wars movie? Can he survive the wrath of the President of the United States (who he accidentally stole billions from)? 

While he ponders those personal issues, Death has a new mission for him. The greatest hero on Earth has killed and she isn't pleased. Death wants the murder solved and the perpetrator given the kind of justice only the Avatar of Death can dish out. Unfortunately for Gary, that's only the tip of the psychotic iceberg.

H.A.L.F.: The Makers by Natalie Wright
Goodreads 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?



Free Ebooks:

(On my Kindle App) Links to books under title. They may or may not be free at this time.
Dourado by David Wood
Goodreads Synopsis:
A sunken treasure. An ancient Biblical artifact. A mystery as old as humankind. On January 25, 1829, the Portuguese brig Dourado sank off the coast of Indonesia, losing its cargo of priceless treasures from the Holy Land. One of these lost relics holds the key to an ancient mystery. But someone does not want this treasure to come to light. When her father is murdered while searching for the Dourado, Kaylin Maxwell hires treasure hunter and former Navy Seal Dane Maddock and his partner Uriah "Bones" Bonebrake, to locate the Dourado, and recover a lost Biblical artifact, the truth behind which could shake the foundations of the church, and call into question the fundamentally held truths of human existence. Join Dane and Bones on a perilous adventure that carries them from the depths of the Pacific to ancient cities of stone as they unravel the mystery of the Dourado.

A Thousand Fiendish Angels by J.F. Penn
Goodreads Synopsis:
Three short stories inspired by Dante’s Inferno, linked by a book of human skin passed down through generations. On the edge of horror, thriller and the occult. 

Sins of the Flesh: When the tortured and mutilated corpse of a wealthy author is discovered, the police officer sent to investigate finds a curious diary amongst the occult objects at the scene. Will he uncover the author’s secret at the ruined chapel, and can he pay the price that it demands? 

Sins of Treachery: On the death of their Grandfather, twin brothers Simon and Gestas are left a map covered in alchemical symbols that could lead them to great wealth and power. But they find more than they expected in the frozen wastes of the Arctic north … 

Sins of Violence: In a brutal post-apocalyptic world, a young girl is about to be taken to The Minotaur for a Blessing that will end her innocence. Can her sister gain access to the fortified city of Dis in time to stop the ritual and avenge her own lost youth? 

Includes the Prologue of Desecration, a dark crime thriller, at the end of the book.

Temporarily Yours by Diane Alberts
Goodreads Synopsis:
A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint...

This marine's the perfect hoax…if she doesn’t fall for him first.

Stats whiz Kayla Moriarity knows her way around numbers and algorithms. Men, on the other hand, are unsolvable equations. Now Kayla’s en route to her sister’s wedding—alone and without the fictional boyfriend she invented for her family. Fortunately, her plane comes complete with complimentary cocktails and a ridiculously hot ex-marine in the seat beside her. And that’s all it takes for Kayla’s inhibitions to go sailing out the airlock...

Cooper Shillings has soft spot for people in trouble, but he certainly wasn’t expecting to land in it himself—and definitely not while getting naughty mid-air with a sexy southern belle. When he hears Kayla’s predicament, however, he offers his services as a stand-in boyfriend. After all, he’s heading overseas soon...and how could he refuse a little no-strings wickedness?

It’s the perfect plan. And all Kayla has to do is ensure her family falls for the ultimate bluff, without falling for it—and Cooper—in the process...

Skeletal by Katherine Hayton
Goodreads Synopsis:
Three months before she died Daina Harrow faced a bully at school.
Six weeks before she died Daina Harrow suffered an assault in the park.
One week before she died Daina Harrow stole a secret people had killed to hide. 

That was ten years ago. Ten long years.

Now, her bones have been found on a building site. A coroner's inquest has been reopened. A parade of witnesses is about to start.
And Daina's here. Watching every day as her mother cries in the courtroom. Watching every day as her friends, and her enemies, and her killers lie about her on the stand.
Watching, and making sure that no matter what the coroner hears, you know the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

So help you God.

Murder's a Witch by Danielle Garrett
Goodreads Synopsis:
Holly Boldt has a secret. Well, technically, she has lots of them. After a scandal uproots her entire life, she is forced to relocate to a halfway house for displaced paranormals. It’s her last shot for a fresh start. But keeping secrets isn’t easy in a town that goes through gossip faster than tissue paper, even for a powerful witch. 

When a murder sends shock waves through the small community, Holly finds herself tangled up in the investigation. With everyone watching, Holly must solve the case before she’s forced to abandon her new found home and live life as a witch on the run. But with a paranormal investigator tailing her every move, a civil war brewing between her vampire and shifter roommates, and her ghost landlord on the edge of a breakdown, she’s having trouble thinking in complete sentences. How is she supposed to track down a murderer? 

Holly has to make it work, or else risk losing everything…again. 

The Witch who Couldn't Spell by Katie Penryn
Goodreads Synopsis:
A witch in need… 

Mpenzi Munro’s life changes forever when a mysterious parcel arrives from her father’s lawyers. Penzi has been looking after her two younger brothers for the past seven years in their home in Notting Hill Gate, London – ever since their mother ran away to find herself. 
The strange parcel contains amongst other documents her absentee father’s Last Will and Testament. The children’s inheritance depends upon Penzi’s moving the family to France, to her father’s old holiday home. No one wants to make the move least of all Penzi who has recently established herself as a barrister with a starter portfolio of clients, but move they must. 
With a few hiccups along the way they arrive at Les Dragons in Beaucoup-sur-mer to find a nasty surprise awaiting them in their garden and threatening the liberty of their newly found mother. 
Penzi needs all her resources to set her mother free, even those she has denied all her life, and so she has to decide whether to accept her witchiness or not. 

…is a witch indeed.

Bewitched, Bedeviled and Bewildered by J.D. Winters
Goodreads Synopsis:
A magical legacy going back generations? Who needs it! 

“I’d rather have some paid up bills,” Sybil says. 
“Or maybe a pony,” agrees teenager Lucy. 
Mimi seems to be the only one of the three sisters who appreciates what they’ve had left to them by their grandmother, a widely-known and once-powerful witch. Now if she could just get the others on board with saving the world—or at least their little corner of it. She’s got a black cat familiar on her side—and maybe some interest from handsome newsman Max Ransom. Other than that, she’s on her own. Maybe what she ought to find is a good ancient how-to book on world saving. She’s going to need it. 

Tempered Hearts by Starla Huchton
Goodreads Synopsis:
The war against corrupted monsters from the Void may have ended, but much remains broken in Valentia, including its reluctant monarch. To save the kingdom from the destruction of civil war, Darius Marillion had to sacrifice his heart, agreeing to a marriage of convenience over one of love. 

Lady Arden Tanarian was born to wealth, bred to be a fine wife to a high lord. Despite her mother's best efforts, however, her passion for the decidedly unladylike fields of chemistry and elvish culture marks her as a different breed of woman. Though she's always been able to see the bright side of things, Arden's hopes for her life with the dashing, but sullen prince crumble around her in learning where his heart truly lies. 

Dubbed The Light of Valentia, Arden has a mystifying effect on the world around her. She inspires something in people— including Darius— that he thought he'd never feel again: Hope. 

Bonds of the heart forged in battle are strong, but time changes much. When the flames of war fade to low embers, peace in a kingdom can reveal love in the most unexpected places.

Sorceress Rising by Lisa Blackwood
Goodreads Synopsis:
Ignorance nearly killed Lillian once. 

That time, she’d known nothing of magic until Gregory, her Gargoyle Protector, awoke from his stone sleep and saved her from demons escaped from the Magic Realm. They defeated the demonic Riven at great personal cost, one which forced them both to hibernate for months while they mended. 

Healed, Lillian wakes to a world greatly changed, one where her sleepy northern town has been overrun by military, scientists, and paparazzi. Apparently, her battle with the Riven did not go completely unnoticed, and her actions put her Coven family at risk of exposure. 

These new tensions unearth another concern. Lillian and Gregory may be one being in the Spirit Realm, soul mates in the most literal sense, but it does not guarantee a perfect accord here on earth, especially when Gregory’s clearly defined sense of good and evil urge him to eradicate anyone he deems as evil—which, to her dismay, includes a good chunk of humanity. 

But their troubles are not limited to humans, not when another, older power rises from the ocean’s depths. Tethys, a siren of the ancient world, has her own plans for Gregory. For the first time in their many lives, Lillian finds herself at odds with her other half. 

And if she does not master her own magic, this battle will become her greatest defeat. 

Author's Note: Sorceress Rising was previously published as Stone’s Song and was part of the Urban Fantasy series called The Avatars. 

Hidden Sight by Simone Pond
Goodreads Synopsis:
Blinded in an accident, only she can see the truth. 
Losing her parents and her sight changes everything for Sibyl Forsyth. Terrified and refusing to accept the gift that she can now "see" into the supernatural realm, Sibyl stays holed up in her backyard, closed off from the outside world. 

When she's plagued with a vision of a catastrophic event, Sibyl knows she can't possibly sit back and watch her California coastal town's ultimate demise. Reluctantly, Sibyl sets out to stop her premonition from coming true. With the help of her shifter guide dog, Vago, the two join forces to save the day as they encounter intensely evil spirits with a vicious vendetta. In a race against time, Sibyl and Vago battle their own demons while trying to save the town from an explosive ending that nobody else sees coming. 

If you enjoy stories with supernatural visions, suspense, and budding romances, then you’ll love Pond's latest urban fantasy series! It's Dead Zone meets Odd Thomas, but with a female heroine who has a lot of heart. 

Earth's Blood by Ann Gimpel
Goodreads Synopsis:
Clinging to their courage in a crumbling world, Aislinn and Fionn vow to save Earth, no matter what it takes.

In a post-apocalyptic world where most people have been slaughtered, the Celtic gods and a few humans with magic are all that stand between survival and Earth falling into chaos. The combination of dark sorcery leveraged by the enemy is daunting. Destruction is all but certain if the small enclaves of humans who are left can’t get past their distrust of the Celts.

Captured by the enemy, Aislinn Lenear wonders if she’ll ever see her bond wolf or Fionn, a Celtic god, again. She’s had nothing but her wits to rely on for years. They haven’t failed her yet, but escape from her current predicament seems remote.

An enticing blend of dystopian urban fantasy and romance, this second volume of the Earth Reclaimed Series provides fertile ground for Aislinn and Fionn’s relationship to deepen. Headstrong and independent, the pair run up against each other’s demands time and time again. Fireworks spark. In the end, they learn to savor every moment in a bittersweet world where each day may well be the last.

A Generations of Vipers by Margo Bond Collins
Goodreads Synopsis:
Capturing the killer who was stalking the shapeshifter community should have earned weresnake Lindi Parker and her new boyfriend, mongoose-shifter Kade Nevala, a vacation. Instead it earned them a basket of baby lamias and a whole heap of trouble. Someone in the shifter community doesn’t want those infants—or Lindi—to survive. Not knowing who or what they can trust, Kade and Lindi must use every skill they have to stop a killer—again.

Clockwork Twist: Waking by Emily Thompson
Goodreads Synopsis:
Twist has never left London, until today. Now he's traveling on an airship--with a crew that insists they're not pirates--on his way to find the clockwork princess because he's the only one who can fix her.

In true Neo-Victorian style, Clockwork Twist is set in a lush and vibrant world where things are as you might expect in 1878. That is, of course, if fantastic creatures like djinn, faeries, kitsunes and vampires were commonplace. An increasing number of people are being born with supernatural senses, called Sights. While airship tourism is sweeping the globe, air-piracy is also on the rise. 

Twist is among the Sighted, but his Sight is unusual. While others might be able to see and hear over great distances, find anything they can imagine anywhere in the world, or even recognize every type of flower by scent alone, Twist's Sight shows him only damage. Whenever he touches a broken clock or machine, he can instantly understand the damage and can fix it easily. If he touches a person, even for a moment, his mind fills with a terrible vision of whatever trauma or pain once broke them. Naturally, he's chosen a solitary existence and shuns all human contact. 

Unfortunately, thanks to his seclusion, Twist is also unfamiliar with everything beyond his own clock shop, hidden away on a quiet and ever-drizzly London street. When a treasure hunter arrives at his door with proof that they have found the fabled clockwork princess--Twist's favorite old fairy tale--it's up to Twist alone to bring her back to life. 

Slave, Warrior, Queen by Morgan Rice
Goodreads Synopsis:
17 year old Ceres, a beautiful, poor girl in the Empire city of Delos, lives the harsh and unforgiving life of a commoner. By day she delivers her father’s forged weapons to the palace training grounds, and by night she secretly trains with them, yearning to be a warrior in a land where girls are forbidden to fight. With her pending sale to slavehood, she is desperate. 

18 year old Prince Thanos despises everything his royal family stands for. He abhors their harsh treatment of the masses, especially the brutal competition—The Killings—that lies at the heart of the city. He yearns to break free from the restraints of his upbringing, yet he, a fine warrior, sees no way out. 

When Ceres stuns the court with her hidden powers, she finds herself wrongfully imprisoned, doomed to an even worse life than she could imagine. Thanos, smitten, must choose if he will risk it all for her. Yet, thrust into a world of duplicity and deadly secrets, Ceres quickly learns there are those who rule, and those who are their pawns. And that sometimes, being chosen is the worst that can happen. 

SLAVE, WARRIOR, QUEEN tells an epic tale of tragic love, vengeance, betrayal, ambition, and destiny. Filled with unforgettable characters and heart-pounding action, it transports us into a world we will never forget, and makes us fall in love with fantasy all over again. 

Sword Witch by C.S. Wilde
Goodreads Synopsis:
Love spells are illegal. The Council sends witches to jail for much less. But when Sally falls for the new guy at the office, resorting to a Fae’s help will be her only hope.

If only this Fae was as harmless as Tinker Bell…

Hungry Like a Wolf by Paige Tyler
Goodreads Synopsis:
The Dallas SWAT team is hiding one helluva secret . . . they're a pack of wolf shifters.

The team of elite sharpshooters is ultra-secretive—and also the darlings of Dallas. This doesn't sit well with investigative journalist Mackenzie Stone. They must be hiding something . . . and she's determined to find out what.

Keeping Mac at a distance proves impossible for SWAT team commander Gage Dixon. She's smart, sexy, and makes him feel alive for the first time in years. But she's getting dangerously close to the truth—and perilously close to his heart...

The Watcher's Daughter by C.J. Flynn
Goodreads Synopsis:
Family secrets never stay buried.

When Allie Stuart begins researching the seedy underworld of supernatural creatures, vampire machinations, and paranormal counterplots, her search engine leads her straight to Nathan Carter and his merry band of conspiracy theorists.

Facing thirty and feeling overwhelmed by her grandfather’s Alzheimer’s, a relationship that is cooling down instead of heating up, and a detour in her research career, the odd ramblings of the ParaLine group offer an amusing distraction. Nathan Carter, however, has other plans for Allie. When he decides to use her as bait in a war against an undead prince, Allie comes face to face with the reality behind Carter’s narrative. The truth, and the family secrets it reveals, will bring more change than she would have ever wished for.

Blossom and the Beast by R.S. McCoy
Goodreads Synopsis:
*A paranormal romance retelling of Beauty and the Beast*

Blossom Frane is only weeks away from her transformation. On her eighteenth birthday, she’ll find out her future branch of society and her totem, the animal form she’ll be able to take at will for the rest of her life. Like her brothers, she’s expected to be a brown bear of the religious branch known as Terra. 

In the Alderwood forests, Blossom’s bear blood is a valuable asset. Any day now, a rival clan leader will step forward and offer her father a hefty bounty in exchange for her hand in marriage. Blossom can do nothing more than sit back and wait to be traded to the highest bidder.

Determined to spend her last weeks exploring the Alderwood, Blossom sneaks away and manages to find Kaide Landel, a rising political star of the Pyro branch. Known for his violence and disregard for the religious teachings of the Terra branch, he’s all wrong for the bear clan’s prized daughter. But when the politician uses his wealth and influence to secure her hand, Blossom has no choice but to leave her family and marry him—if she lives that long. 

A new paranormal romance from RS McCoy, author of The Sparks Saga, The Luminary Chronicles, and The Extraction Files series. 

Book One of The Alder Tales.

The Age of Mages by Ilana Waters
Goodreads Synopsis:
"A mage should be able to handle anything, but really, the circumstances are getting quite ridiculous." 

Joshua’s witch mother has been missing and presumed dead since he was a teen. Years later, when he learns she might be alive, all he can think of is finding her. His antagonistic vampire father agrees to help, but Joshua fears he has ulterior motives. The situation gets even more complicated when they discover why she disappeared: she possessed a mysterious crystal whose powers remain a secret. 

Unfortunately, Joshua and his father aren’t the only ones interested in the crystal. As their search leads them from New York to Las Vegas to Rome, they’re pursued by the Paranormal Investigation Agency, the High Council of Witches, and yet more vampires. In the process, they uncover a plot to wake the deadliest vampire who ever lived. 

If Joshua can find the crystal, he might find his mother—and stop a massacring blood-seeker from rising. But that means not fighting with his father long enough to hold off adversaries both human and supernatural. 

It might just be more than one mage can handle.

Stealer by A.M. Yates
Goodreads Synopsis:
A Thief. A Portal. A New World.
But can she get back home again?

Home alone over spring break, Dee looks forward to a week free from worries about her sliding grades, her lack of friends, and her mom’s overbearing boyfriend. But when she chases a thief out of her house, she ends up with a whole new set of troubles . . . in a whole new world. The Crescent. Where everyday objects possess extraordinary power. Where countless other worlds are mere steps away. And where the High Minister has a plan for a greater future . . . that Dee really didn’t mean to screw up. Really.

Pursued by masked hunters, all Dee wants is to get back home again. Yet her every move only entangles her deeper in the fantastic and dangerous new world of the Crescent.

Playing with Fire by R.A. Marshall
Goodreads Synopsis:
A fire. An accidental psychic. A chance for two foster kids to stop an interdimensional civil war. 

Growing up on the wrong side of the tracks in Oklahoma City, Jenna Two Horse and Calvin Little have led a hard-knock life. In foster care for as long as they can remember, they've learned to survive without relying on anyone else. 

But when their younger foster brother is threatened, Jenna and Calvin discover "survival skills" that defy imagination. As they explore their new powers, they stumble upon facts that force them to question everything they thought they knew about the world -- and themselves. 

Without meaning to, Jenna and Calvin get caught between two powerful men with conflicting agendas. Will they pick the right side of this fight? Or will they end up as collateral damage in an interdimensional civil war? 

Playing With Fire is a young adult science fiction / fantasy adventure novel. If you like great fight scenes, creepy villains, and sci-fi superpowers... but you also like a good coming of age story filled with three-dimensional characters struggling to find their place in the world, you’ll love this book. 

This book is set in the same universe as R. A. Marshall’s Guardians of the Portal Trilogy, but Playing With Fire marks the beginning of a new adventure. 

Getting Wilde by Jenn Stark
Goodreads Synopsis:
Using her well-worn Tarot deck, magical-artifacts hunter Sara Wilde can find anything—for a price. And the price had better be right, since she needs to finance her own personal mission to rescue several young psychics recently sold on the paranormal black market. 

Enter Sara’s most mysterious client and occasional lover, the wickedly sexy Magician, with a job that could yield the ultimate payday. All she’ll have to do is get behind Vatican walls… and steal the Devil himself. 

But play with the Devil and you’re bound to get burned. 

Pressure mounts for Sara to join the Magician’s ancient and mysterious Arcana Council, as militant forces unleashed by even darker powers seek to destroy all magic—including the young psychics Sara is desperate to keep safe. The Council may be their only hope. . . but it could also expose Sara’s own dark past. 

From the twisting catacombs of Rome to the neon streets of Vegas, Sara confronts ancient enemies, powerful demigods, a roiling magical underworld about to explode… and immortal passions that might require the ultimate sacrifice. But oh, what a way to go. 

No matter how the cards play out, things are about to get Wilde.

Fire in Frost by Alicia Rades
Goodreads Synopsis:
CRYSTAL FROST tells herself she isn't crazy, but sane people don't see ghosts. As her psychic abilities manifest, Crystal discovers there's a much bigger story behind her mother's Halloween-themed shop than she ever realized. Now blessed with the ability to see into the future, witness the past, and speak with the dead, Crystal must use these tools to save those who have come to her for help.

But that's not an easy task between learning how to use her abilities, trying to hide them, and uncovering the secrets her loved ones have been keeping from her. Add blackmail to the list of things Crystal never thought would happen to her, and you basically have her sophomore year covered. Will she learn to control her abilities in time, or will the whole school learn of her secret before she's ready to reveal it?

Free Audio Books/Stories:

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
Cthulhu Armageddon by C.T. Phipps
Sunset Specters by Gary Jonas
Quest by David Wood
The Wind and the Void by Ryan Kirk
Under Her Skin by Margo Bond Collins
The Secrets of Supervillainy by C.T. Phipps


Jessica @ a GREAT read said...

OOOh nice! Lots of new to me reads here! Hope you enjoy them all!

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Have a GREAT day!

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Greg said...

Wow a ton of books! I like the look of Dourado and Quest. I imagine the college tours are pretty involving, best of luck with picking a school. Have a super week. :)

Laura Thomas said...

Holy smokes! You may have been with other things but you sure did manage to find some amazing reads! LOL I'm making note of several of these authors. Happy reading!

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Anonymous said...

You certainly had a hectic November. Glad the college tour went well and that it looks as though you might have found something that ticks all the boxes. Hope that December allows you to draw breath, somewhat...

kimbacaffeinate said...

I didn't manage to visit Sunday posts the last 3 weeks, with the arrival of Clayton, but it sounds like the college hunt is going well. Hope the week ahead is a good one for you all!

Blodeuedd said...

You have been that busy and still manage to see the new GG?! I have only watched 2 so far :)

chucklesthescot said...

I read Linsey Hall's Ancient Magic and it was a decent read along with Lisa Blackwood's Sorceress Awakening so I plan to continue with both series. I think I have something by Simone Pond on my ereader. The Age of Mages sounds interesting.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Thank you Jessica @ a GREAT read. Hope you got to look into a few. :) Have a great week!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Thanks Greg. It's been about a month since I posted, so I've collected quite the few books. ;) I've really enjoy the series's with David Wood authoring/co-authoring. It's really good. Hope you got to look into Dourado and Quest. Thank you for the wishes with college search! Have a great week!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

lol. Thanks Laura Thomas. There were a few cool books out there this last month. Just had to have them. Hope you find ones you like too! :D

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Thank you sjhigbee. It was definitely crazy, and it's not looking like it'll slow anytime soon. *sigh* Yea, he seems to be pleased with the college. We'll see how it all shacks out in the end, but we have a feeling which one it'll be. ;) Thank you!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Kimba, but Clayton is a wonderful excuse! :D He's so adorable. Thank you!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Oh Blodeuedd. The nights I caught up on GG were some late nights. I don't usually stay up that late, but being a veggie as I was exhausted with the family visiting, it made it easier. :) Enjoy the rest of GG!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Chuckles, I liked Linsey Hall's books because it was good clean fun. Nothing stressful to read but something I could relax with. The stories are good and I like the moral compass on the characters. :) I still need to get to Lisa Blackwood's books. Have a good week!

LilyElement said...

Yay for the kiddo being almost set on one :) Hope all of yall wind up loving his choice :)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Thank you LilyElement. We are very happy with his #1 pick. But it could always change. ;)