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Review: Lineage

Title: Lineage

Author: C. Vonzale Lewis

Date of Publication: July 16th, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

Smart-mouthed Nicole Fontane has a way of getting herself into trouble. She’s been fired from every job she’s had but still refuses to work in her father’s apothecary shop because of his practice of Earth Magick. On Tulare Island where Nicole grew up, Magick has always been a way of life—one she’s determined to avoid at all costs.

With less than two hundred dollars in the bank and rent due, Nicole is forced to take a job at Tribec Insurance as a last resort. Little does she realize, the moment she sets foot inside the building, she becomes a pawn. A sinister force has set its sights on her and will stop at nothing to use her in a sadistic game.

Tribec’s proprietors, the Stewart family, are curiously preoccupied with the Naqada, the mysterious pre-dynastic Egyptian society. Nicole finds it creepy, but on the bright side, the job reconnects her with her estranged friend, Marta. Yet the eerie atmosphere, disappearing Magick wards, and the smell of blood inside Tribec bring Nicole to a startling conclusion—the Stewarts are practicing Blood Magick, the deadliest of the Five Principles. By the time Nicole uncovers the truth, Marta and her four children have gone missing, and all signs implicate the Stewarts and an archaic blood ritual to an Old One, a Naqada god imprisoned on Tulare Island.

Battling the evil of Blood Magick will demand Nicole to confront a hidden past and unlock the Magick buried within. But can she set aside her deep-rooted fears to work with a team of vigilante Mages? Or will the clock run out on Marta and her children—and on Nicole?

My Review:

After reading the blurb and seeing this cover, I knew I had to see what this story was about. Right off the bat, I was hoping for something similar to the Mummy but what I got was so much more.

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Nicole! I loved her! She did what she wanted and had no regrets! Why should a guy character only be this way? It was super refreshing to see a female character  in this sort of light. You learn about her background, and her flaws, and along the way, you really start to feel for her.

My favorite sort of fantasy is one that also has a contemporary feel to it, so this was right up my alley! And I loved the side characters—there were quite a few swoony ones!

The writing and world building were on point. And now I want some magick! Can I have some magick?

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What would you do if you had magick?

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June Reads 2019

This month I’ll be reading two for sure ARCs! One will be a buddy read with BookDragonGirl for The Burning Shadow, and the other will be Find me their Bones! I’m excited for both sequels!

 

A few June releases!

 

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What are you reading this month?

Review: The Gashlycrumb Tinies

Title: The Gashlycrumb Tinies

Author: Edward Gorey

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Goodreads Summary:

The Gashlycrumb Tinies: or, After the Outing is an abecedarian book written by Edward Gorey that was first published in 1963. Gorey tells the tale of 26 children (each representing a letter of the alphabet) and their untimely deaths in rhyming dactylic couplets, accompanied by the author’s distinctive black and white illustrations. It is one of Edward Gorey’s best-known books, and is the most notorious amongst his roughly half-dozen mock alphabets. It has been described as a “sarcastic rebellion against a view of childhood that is sunny, idyllic, and instructive”. The morbid humor of the book comes in part from the mundane ways in which children die, such as falling down the stairs or choking on a peach. Far from illustrating the dramatic and fantastical childhood nightmares, these scenarios instead poke fun at the banal paranoias that come as a part of parenting.

My Review:

I absolutely loved this book! It was a super quick read with gothic style pictures and a poetic rhythm of writing!

This book may offend some people with how the world seems to be going these days, but I found the sarcasm and humor hilarious. It reminded me of the Addams Family and their dark, beautiful humor!

A side note: I accidentally stumbled upon this book in a small bookstore while vacationing. I had no idea this little masterpiece even existed! Yes, I will be reading more from this author. Give me all his books, please!

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What is a favorite book you accidentally stumbled upon?

 

 

 

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“Hits the sweet spot!” ~New York Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins

Lia Abbie has the easy life—kicking it back with old school video games, hanging out with her best friend Barnabas, and alternating her living schedule between the apartments of her two dads and her mom.

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Review: The Traitor’s Kingdom

Title: The Traitor’s Kingdom

Author: Erin Beatty

Date of Publication: July 9th, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

Unlikely alliances are forged and trust is shattered in the stunning conclusion to The Traitor’s Trilogy.

A new queen under threat.
An ambassador with a desperate scheme.
Two kingdoms with everything to lose.

Once a spy and counselor to the throne, Sage Fowler has secured victory for her kingdom at a terrible cost. Now an ambassador representing Demora, Sage is about to face her greatest challenge to avoid a war with a rival kingdom.

After an assassination attempt destroys the chance for peace, Sage and her fiancé Major Alex Quinn risk a dangerous plot to reveal the culprit. But the stakes are higher than ever, and in the game of traitors, betrayal is the only certainty.

My Review:

This series has been an incredible ride. My babies, Sage and Alex, have been through so much. I just needed them to have a lovely ending! The question is, do they or don’t they? I’ll never tell!

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However, I will say, I wanted to shake people in this story and hug them and laugh with them. There was a whole lot of plotting and treatying and reveals!

The writing was just as good as the other books! The world is one filled with political intrigue and about women standing up for themselves and most of all—love! Love for friends, love for your other half, and love for your country. A great conclusion to this series!

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Author Interview: Elle Beaumont

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Hunter’s Truce:

When Niklaus von Brandt’s mother is murdered by a poacher it moves him to make a change in the kingdom of Abendrot. Once a kingdom founded by werewolves, it is now ruled by humans who have one goal: eradicate the werewolves. In order to protect what is left of his family, he must make an important decision, one that leads him to become an assassin, and the shadow the kingdom murmurs about.

Too bad the royal family has a secret—a secret that Niklaus plans on using to his advantage, and in the meantime he has given King Ansgar three chances before he comes huffing and puffing.

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Royal’s Vow:

When The Big Bad Wolf came huffing and puffing at the royal gates Stasya knew change was on the wind. With the family secret exposed to the assassin turned ally, Stasya has to entrust her life to a werewolf she barely knows—Niklaus von Brandt—who has vowed to protect her, and in doing so has declared a lockdown.

Now a prisoner in her own castle, Stasya feels the tension growing between herself and Niklaus as she wonders if the alliance is the best thing for the kingdom and herself. But when they stumble into some trouble outside castle walls the Hawk swoops in and makes his presence known.

Stasya must survive the Hawk—but can she trust the Wolf?

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Game of Bezique:

At eighteen, Etienne Mercier shouldn’t have to worry about being hunted in the streets of Paris. To survive, he cons people with games of chance, hoping no one will discover the truth his grown-out hair hides—he is Fae. Baron Weaver knows, though, and when Etienne tries to con the man, he’s the one who gets surprised.

Etienne flees to escape the Baron, but soon realizes he’s not being chased for the reason he thinks. The Baron offers him and once-in-a-lifetime chance—the opportunity to work in Cirque de la Tempete as an aerialist.

Jumping at the chance to earn an honest living, Etienne never expects to find what he lacked all along—a purpose and a family—especially when he meets Lili. But Lili has plans of her own, and together, Etienne finds himself taking his biggest—and deadliest—risk yet.

Care for a game of chance? Step right up!

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Elle was born and raised in Southeastern, Massachusetts in a little farm town by the harbor. She grew up fascinated with all things whimsical and a strong love for animals. As she grew so did her passion for reading and writing. Although she prefers devouring all genres she largely enjoys dark fantasy.

She is married to her best friend and has two lively sprites who inspire madness, love and a sense of humor in her. They also have a menagerie of animals, two dogs, three cats, and a horse. In her downtime, Elle enjoys creating candles, crocheting, horseback riding and running.

Author Interview:

Why did you decide to become a writer?

That’s kind of a tricky question, right? Why decide to be a firefighter or a doctor? It’s something I always thoroughly enjoyed. When I was in 4th grade, I wrote this short story about a pony I used to lease. Her name was Lady, and I illustrated the book and wrote it with my friend.

I couldn’t jump my pony because she had a bad rear, but somehow I came up with this elaborate story as to how she had bad hind legs, and how she came to live at this barn. It was so far-fetched, but I fell in love with story telling which then prompted me to get into tex-based RPG’s which led to forums, and I thought, hey—maybe one day. Fast forward, I met K.M. Robinson who showed me how ‘easy’ it was to publish. 😉 The rest they say is history!

What’s your favorite book you’ve written and why?

I’d say that Game of Bezique is actually my favorite. You can find that one in the Cirque de vol Mystique anthology, and it’ll be releasing in July by itself. It’s an original supernatural/steampunk circus story, and it follows an older teen fae, who is just trying to survive in Paris. He’s down on his luck, and he tries to con the wrong [or right,] man, and ends up joining the circus, finding friends, and falling in love.

Who is your favorite character you’ve written and why?

Oooh, that’s a tough one! I’m torn between Niklaus von Brandt from The Hunter series, and then Etienne Mercier from Game of Bezique. They’re so different, but Nik says it like it is, and is so unapologetically himself. Etienne is smart-mouthed, but has such a big heart and would do anything for those he cares for.

I have a thing for the guys I write, I suppose I should show some love to my girls?!

Zola from Veiled Allurement is great. She’s a tough cookie and would do anything for her friends, too. Liesel von Brandt from The Hunter series is Nik’s little sister, and she’s probably another favorite of mine. She keeps her brother in check.

What gave you the idea for The Hunter’s Truce?

Funny story, actually! I love the show Dexter, and kind of wanted to write a character like him, and I was part of this forum with my friends—she really wanted me to write a Wolf character [from Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles,] and so I compromised with her. I came up with this Big Bad Wolf type, and we totally fell head over heels for what I created. Dexter meets Deadpool!

Are you an outliner or a pantser?

Totally depends, generally I pants it all the way, but sometimes I find outlines helpful. Sometimes they make me dizzy! Lol

What upcoming projects do you have planned?

I’ve got a few projects… Possibly continuing Bezique -waggles brows- working on a Sci-Fi project, too. Some mermaids, some more Hunter series.. I’m a busy gal!

You’re also a candlemaker, what got you into that?

Gosh, yes! I love the candles. I started making them for friends and family, then fundrasiers. I took it more seriously when I decided to stay home and raise my kiddos. It’s really boomed in the past year. You can peek around at www.willowridgecandles.com —I had the chance to make candles for Candace Robinson! 😀

What is your favorite color?

Yellow, it’s always been yellow. I had to have everything yellow when I was little, still do. I also love teal… check out my bookshelf 😉

What’s your favorite book ever?

That is so hard, but one that I always swoon over is Splintered by AG Howard. But honestly? I think Wuthering Heights and The Hobbit will always stand the test of time. 🙂

What advice do you have for other writers?

This sounds so cliche, but here is my sage advice.

Read what you want to write. Look at the structure, the pacing, and what draws YOU to that kind of story.

Continue to read as you write, sometimes it’s hard, but trust me, it’s a must.

Just write. Write gross words, write mess words, just write. Because 50 words is better than 0. 1000 words to edit is something to edit. You can always fix it up later!

Have friends that love and don’t love your genre read over your work.

Be able to take constructive criticism. Just because someone points out a way to improve doesn’t mean they hate it.

Make time to write. Set a timer—30 mins? 15 mins? I write, make candles, have a house to take care of and a family. I’m not actually Wonder Woman, I just have to schedule things in a crazy, sprinting fashion. I write for 20 mins at a time and then get up to work on something else.

Most importantly, don’t lose the joy. It’s hard to remain joyful sometimes, but if that’s the case… take a deep breath, surround yourself with people who understand, and know that you can do this.

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Avalon Dreams Character Interview

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“It was impossible they had met before – of that she was certain. Yet his hold on her was undisputable, an irrational pull to the utmost recesses of her soul.”

Vivienne du Lac has everything she could wish for – a normal, peaceful life, a good job, cushy nest egg, and a semi-social nightlife. The only problem? She’s clueless to being the reincarnation of the Lady of the Lake, mythical sorceress from King Arthur’s time, and Merlin’s apprentice.

Sebastien Dubois is the guy you wouldn’t take home to mom and dad. He’s the one you jump off on a motorcycle with, to ride into the sunset. The sexual chemistry between them is sizzling from the start – but there’s more to the tall, dark and handsome stranger. When a magical past tumbles into her orderly reality, he is Vivienne’s only hope at survival.

Caught between darkness and light, a battle she has no intention to fight – let alone the knowledge to win – Vivienne quickly finds out not even closest allies can be trusted.

Can she look within and access powers from long past, become the enchantress Merlin meant her to be… Or will she lose it all over love, for Sebastien’s salvation? This is a battle between good and evil you don’t want to miss.

Character interview with Vivienne from Avalon Dreams

Vivienne, what do you remember about your past life?
My memories are still a bit fuzzy, but I’d say what really sticks is the freedom I was given. My father, King Adrien, was a firm believer in supporting me through choices not necessarily allowed women my age – or stature – back then.
I also remember my vast kingdom, Elsior. The beautiful mountains, the incredible sunsets, it was pure magic.
Then there were my trainings with Merlin, and those memories are bittersweet now.
But what really sticks with me, even through the memories I only remember vaguely, is definitely the freedom I was allowed.

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