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Review: Fallen Heir

Title: Fallen Heir

Author: Erin Watt

Date of Publication: August 28th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

These Royals will ruin you.

Easton Royal has it all: looks, money, intelligence. His goal in life is to have as much fun as possible. He never thinks about the consequences because he doesn’t have to.

Until Hartley Wright appears, shaking up his easy life. She’s the one girl who’s said no, despite being attracted to him. Easton can’t figure her out and that makes her all the more irresistible.

Hartley doesn’t want him. She says he needs to grow up.

She might be right.

Rivals. Rules. Regrets. For the first time in Easton’s life, wearing a Royal crown isn’t enough. He’s about to learn that the higher you start, the harder you fall.

My Review:

I was not sure how I was going to like this book since Easton was always such a screw up in the last books. Being in his head was pretty intense, and I’m proud to say, Watt did an amazing job of creating such a complex character. I wanted to slap him at times… HARD. I wanted to hug him at times… EVEN HARDER.

Hartley I did like most of the time, but there were times where I wanted to shake her as well, but the book is only told from Easton’s POV, so I could never really know what was going on in her head.

Easton is full of problems, with alcohol being one of his main downfalls. He lashes out and does things that he doesn’t mean to do. Instead, he should really think before doing the things that he does. But that is what makes him feel so incredibly real.

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The ending to this one, is one that I was not expecting AT ALL. I knew there would be a cliffhanger based on the other books, but this was all kinds of unexpected. Next book now pleaseeeeeeeeeee!

 

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The Hummingbird Heart: Excerpt + Giveaway

I am so
excited that
THE HUMMINGBIRD HEART
by A.G. Howard is available now and that I get to share the news!
 
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haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author A.G. Howard, be sure to
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About The Book:
Title: THE
HUMMINGBIRD HEART
Author: A.G. Howard
Pub.
Date: 
August 15, 2017
Publisher: Golden Orb
Press
Pages: 234
Formats: Paperback,
eBook
 
Set 19 years after The Architect of Song:
Shortly after escaping a circus tragedy, young Italian orphan, Willow
Antoniette, seeks refuge at The Manor of Diversions—a holiday resort in England
born of a ghost story. For eleven years, she’s raised alongside the children of
the resort’s owners: Julian, his twin brother, Nick, and their younger sister
Emilia. Now that Willow is of marriable age, she’s determined to escape
finishing school along with everyone’s efforts to make her a proper lady. The
only man she wants to spend her life with is Julian, after all. Yet how can she
tell him, when he thinks of her as nothing but a friend?
As a machinist and engineer, Julian Thornton prefers a governable life.
He can’t allow his ever-deepening attraction for Willow to distract from his
amusement park plans to lure a younger, wealthier clientele to their family’s
resort. In hopes to escape Willow and find investors, Julian sets off on a
transatlantic ocean liner headed for the St. Louis World’s Fair, unaware Willow
has secretly stowed away on the same ship.
A tiny, mute orphan named Newton and a pair of haunted Italian shoes
bring Willow and Julian face to face on deck. Forced to work together to solve
the mystery of Newton and his vindictive, ghostly companion, Julian and Willow
can no longer fight their untapped passions. However, time to admit their true
feelings is running out, for the ghost and her murderer have enlisted them as
unsuspecting pawns in a karmic game of cat-and-mouse that could cost all of
them their lives.
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Title: THE
ARCHITECT OF SONG

Author: A.G.
Howard
Pub.
Date:
 August 15, 2016
Publisher: Golden
Orb Press
Pages: 425
Formats: Paperback,
eBook
Find it: AmazonGoodreads
 
A lady imprisoned by deafness, an architect imprisoned by his past, and a
ghost imprisoned within the petals of a flower – intertwine in this love story
that transcends life and death.

 

For most of her life, nineteen-year-old Juliet Emerline has subsisted – isolated
by deafness – making hats in the solitude of her home. Now, she’s at
risk to lose her sanctuary to Lord Nicolas Thornton, a twenty-seven-year-old
mysterious and eccentric architect with designs on her humble estate. When she
secretly witnesses him raging beside a grave, Juliet investigates, finding the
name “Hawk” on the headstone and an unusual flower at the base. The moment
Juliet touches the petals, a young English nobleman appears in ghostly form,
singing a song only her deaf ears can hear. The ghost remembers nothing of his
identity or death, other than the one name that haunts his afterlife: Thornton.

 

To avenge her ghostly companion and save her estate, Juliet pushes aside her
fear of society and travels to Lord Thornton’s secluded holiday resort, posing
as a hat maker in one of his boutiques. There, she finds herself questioning
who to trust: the architect of flesh and bones who can relate to her through
romantic gestures, heartfelt notes, and sensual touches … or the
specter who serenades her with beautiful songs and ardent words, touching her
mind and soul like no other man ever can. As sinister truths behind Lord
Thornton’s interest in her estate and his tie to Hawk come to light, Juliet is
lured into a web of secrets. But it’s too late for escape, and the tragic love
taking seed in her heart will alter her silent world forever.

 

International and NYT bestselling author, A.G. Howard, brings her darkly
magical and visual/visceral storytelling to Victorian England. The Architect of
Song is the first installment in her lush and romantic Haunted Hearts Legacy
series, a four book gothic saga following the generations of one family as –
haunted by both literal and figurative ghosts – they search for
self-acceptance, love, and happiness.

 

New Adult: Recommended for ages 17+.

Excerpt:


In the dream, Willow was a child again. With each barefooted step around
the stacks of baggage in steerage, she found them taking on new shapes:
pyramids of clowns, bears, horses and feathered performers, all balanced atop
one another. She was back at the circus, albeit a much hazier and dimmer
rendition than she remembered. She skipped along the center ring, excited to be
home at last. Grit and discarded trash snagged between her little toes. A
spotlight clicked on to illuminate a trunk. From within came a thumping sound,
and girlish giggles.
“Tildey!” Willow cried out, racing across the distance to find her doll,
her pigtails slapping her face and neck upon each bounding step. The creak of
abandoned trapezes swung overhead, cutting intermittently through a thick cloud
of fog. Yet it wasn’t fog. It was tobacco—a stench that seeped into her
leotard, her tights, her very pores, until she could taste it coating her
tongue like bile.
The spotlight shifted from the trunk to a trapeze just above her where a
shape took form in the light: a graceful silhouette in a shimmery leotard and
glistening tutu.
“Mama?” Willow whispered in the dream, forgetting Tildey for the chance
to see her mother perform once more.
The trapeze vanished into thin air but the aerialist continued a controlled
descent toward her, held in place by harnesses attached to the center pole. A
face came into view, painted white like a clown, with bloody eyes and a hollow
of a mouth—stretched wide on a perpetual scream. Willow yelped and squeezed her
lashes shut, willing away the creature … for it was not Mama.
When she opened them again, the freakish performer exploded into a flock
of hummingbirds made of ink. They skittered around Willow, buzzing wings
scraping her skin and hair, imprinting tattoos everywhere they touched. She
screamed and stumbled backwards, bumping into the trunk which was somehow right
behind her. A tinkly, off-key lullaby drifted from inside the giant box. The
lid shook and shuddered, as if something wanted out.
Whimpering, Willow tried to back away, but her feet grew heavy. She
looked down and ballet shoes, covered in steel spikes, swallowed them up. The
empty harness that had held the ghastly aerialist slithered toward her like a
snake, coiling itself around her legs and arms to hold her in place.
On the final haunting strains of music, the trunk’s lid popped open, and
out from the midst rose a hunched old man, holding Nadia’s haunted shoes upside
down. Blood and water gushed out of them—a stench of copper and stagnancy—and
the man laughed with a voice that gnawed into her bones like a thousand
snarling wolves.
About A.G. Howard: 

 

A.G. Howard
was inspired to write SPLINTERED while working at a school library. She always
wondered what would’ve happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice’s Adventures
in Wonderland taken center stage, and she hopes her darker and funkier tribute
to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won her heart as a
child.
When she’s not writing, A.G.’s pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening,
and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century
graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.
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Review: Dare

Title: Dare

Author: Natalia Jaster

Date of Publication: July 25th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

A Hotheaded Prisoner

They say she’s mad—made of madness, made of fire. In a cage by the sea, Flare dreams of escape. She yearns for the day when she’ll flee to a place only she knows, a hidden world of mystical waters and gilded sands.

The island is calling to her. And she she won’t let anyone keep her from it.

Especially not him.

A Coldhearted Prince

They say he’s cruel—crowned of cruelty, as cold as ice. A prince whose gaze cuts like the incisions he administers within his lab. Jeryn has sailed beyond his kingdom for the Trade, to bargain for those wild, imprisoned fools that make his skin crawl.

By law, they’re subjects meant for experimentation. And easy to despise.

One in particular. A girl seething at him from behind bars, with burning eyes and ready fists.

A Mythical Shipwreck

But on the cusp of transport, the tide rages. That uncharted island awaits, a dark tangle of foliage where creatures slither in the mist and poisons lurk in the flora.

Stranded, the prince and prisoner must fight to survive. In this mysterious rainforest, they must band together . . . if they don’t slay one another first. Or become something more to each other.

Something just as dangerous.

My Review:

So, Trick is one of my favorite books ever and I was so pumped when I saw there was this book new book titled, Dare, in the same realm!

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Dare is told in dual point of views between Flare and Jeryn. Jeryn starts out as a pretty intense character, but I never found myself disliking him, and I was rooting for him every step of the way. Jeryn and Flare get shipwrecked on an island, and it started giving me all types of Blue Lagoon vibes. Might I add I hate that movie! Buttttt this is what the movie should have been! The chemistry between the characters was on point!

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There was a whole lot of being inside of their heads, and I could really feel what they were feeling. It was pretty emotional at time, and I feel like this is Natalia’s deepest book she has written. The one thing I wanted more of was dialogue. I know… I know… Flare is mute, but they can still converse because Jeryn can read her lips. When there was conversation, it was perfect! And the romance, ahhhhh it was so swoony!

As for other characters, Little Knight almost stole the show for me!! Loved that little guy. Then we get to the big cameo, and I literally screamed! My boy Poet, Briar, and Nicu! Poet from Trick has to be one of the greatest characters written! The ending was perfect, and I can’t wait to see what Jaster has up her sleeve next!

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Review: Furever Home Friends

Title: Princess Allee & Smile, Chewie

Author: Savy Leiser

Date of Publication: August 11th, 2017

 

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ALLEE COVER REVEAL

Goodreads Summary for Princess Allee:

While living at the shelter, Allee, a black lab puppy, dreams of being a princess. When a stylish young woman comes to adopt her, Allee thinks her dream is about to come true! But Allee soon learns that her new suburban life doesn’t include castles or crowns. It includes two dog brothers that she has to learn to get along with! Can Allee learn to feel like royalty even when living the average life?

My Review:

I loved loved the artwork in this book! If you have kids or love reading picture books, then check this one out! This book is a great learning tool for kids or adults that want a pet. Maybe you should think about getting one from a shelter because there are so many pets there that deserve to be in a home rather than a cage.

This book isn’t just seriousness though, it’s cute and has playful scenes and can help kids to think about things. It also shows that when you adopt a dog, it takes them a little bit to get used to their new home. Definitely a win for a picture book!

 

Smile, Chewie

CHEWIE COVER REVEAL

Goodreads Summary for Smile, Chewie:

Despite Chewie’s friendly personality, he’s too shy to let the shelter volunteers take his picture! See, Chewie is stuck with scars on his face after the abuse he suffered as a puppy, from a man who was prejudiced against pit bulls. Can Chewie find the confidence to stand up to these awful pit bull stereotypes, and smile for the camera?

My Review:

Smile, Chewie I feel like is an excellent book for kids because it shows real life aspects done in a way that they can understand. When you adopt an animal from a shelter, they need to realize not all the animals come from the best of places. This does not mean that they are a bad animal, it means that this is a second chance for them to get a good home.

There are some sad parts, but there are some happy parts, too. This is a book about second chances, and the pictures inside are amazing and match perfectly with the sentences. A perfect read for kids that love dogs!

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Review: The Hummingbird Heart

Title: The Hummingbird Heart

Author: A.G. Howard

Date of Publication: August 15th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Set 19 years after The Architect of Song.

Shortly after escaping a circus tragedy, young Italian orphan, Willow Antoniette, seeks refuge at The Manor of Diversions—a holiday resort in England born of a ghost story. For eleven years, she’s raised alongside the children of the resort’s owners: Julian, his twin brother, Nick, and their younger sister Emilia. Now that Willow is of marriable age, she’s determined to escape finishing school along with everyone’s efforts to make her a proper lady. The only man she wants to spend her life with is Julian, after all. Yet how can she tell him, when he thinks of her as nothing but a friend?

As a machinist and engineer, Julian Thornton prefers a governable life. He can’t allow his ever-deepening attraction for Willow to distract from his amusement park plans to lure a younger, wealthier clientele to their family’s resort. In hopes to escape Willow and find investors, Julian sets off on a transatlantic ocean liner headed for the St. Louis World’s Fair, unaware Willow has secretly stowed away on the same ship.

A tiny, mute orphan named Newton and a pair of haunted Italian shoes bring Willow and Julian face to face on deck. Forced to work together to solve the mystery of Newton and his vindictive, ghostly companion, Julian and Willow can no longer fight their untapped passions. However, time to admit their true feelings is running out, for the ghost and her murderer have enlisted them as unsuspecting pawns in a karmic game of cat-and-mouse that could cost all of them their lives.

My Review:

I have really liked all of A.G. Howard’s books. Morpheus is one of my all time favorite characters from her Splintered series. I also really loved The Architect of Song which was the first book in this series.

I love that each book can be read as a stand alone, but I think you should read each one because the first book connects to the second book, and it’s quite nice seeing characters from The Architect of Song. One of my favorite aspects about this book was the setting. I love the whole gothic atmosphere type vibe, and then the stuff about aerialists/acrobats had me entranced.

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The Hummingbird Heart has the perfect amount of swoon and sensual scenes where it isn’t over the top and mixes perfectly with the well thought out story. Julian and Willow were awesome characters, and I felt like they complimented each other and helped make each other better. There were some scenes that had me smiling and giggling. Anddddd I normally do not giggle!

This book was loaded with mystery, action, romance and addiction. I couldn’t put it down and kept wanting to know what was going to happen in different areas, with the romance, the mystery, all of it! I need to know what is going to happen in the next character’s book as well! I highly recommend this gorgeously written series!

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Ozmander: Review + Author Interview

Title: Ozmander

Author: Luke Taylor

Date of Publication: June 13th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

The first book of The Woven Worlds, Ozmander is the epic tale of a young healer accompanying a mysterious man on a dangerous journey.

My Review:

First off, this book stands out from the normal YA fantasy books I usually read. Second off, I was all about the dragon parts. Can I have some dragon milk, please?

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I am pretty good at guessing stuff, and there was some stuff in here that I didn’t guess! I loved the lead character, Ros, and she was not your normal whiny character. She was great, and she had some great sass.

This book had fun action and great character interaction, and I did not want to put this book down!

“They were puppet masters. Shaping the Woven Worlds as they saw fit.”

Purchase for only .99 on Amazon!

 

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Author Interview:

What made you want to become a writer?
When I was 7 it was just something I started doing and couldn’t stop myself from doing. It was just always a part of who I was. It’s the way I was made.
Who is your favorite character in Ozmander?
Daisey! I can’t compare any of the characters, they’re all great, but Daisey is my favorite for the obvious reasons.
Where did you get the dragon’s milk idea from?
My imagination! I am a seat-of-the-pants writer, always have been, and so everything just sort of happens. I wouldn’t have it any other way. And in this world, yes, there are reptilian dragons, but there are also mammalian dragons, and they are, for all intents and purposes, just giant dogs with wings, and they are a lot of fun and very lovable.
What made you want to write Ozmander?
I have always loved fantasy and for the longest time I wanted to remove all the limits from myself and my writing and write a fantasy series that I was committed to doing for years and years, something that was completely imagination unhindered, and could touch some pretty big concepts and ideas but keep it light and simple and fun and still deep, if that was possible, and thank God, it was the right time, and Ozmander is the right story to open the flood gates to a fantasy world that I hope never stops growing.
What is your next book project?
I have several. I am currently working on the YA Sci-Fi/Horror novel Exospherica, a comic book adaptation for Ozmander, and book two in the Woven Worlds series.
What inspires you to write?
Everything! Truly, everything.
Who is your favorite author?
Roshani Chokshi! I am utterly convinced she is the best writer of all time but her work speaks for itself in that regard.
What advice do you have for writers wanting to be authors.
If you have a story to tell, there is someone that wants to hear it, so write it and make sure it’s finished! There are so many avenues to get your story into people’s hands, but the biggest advice I can give is to be humble and always know the reason why you’re doing what you’re doing. Always know the motive behind your writing.
What is your favorite color?
Sapphire Blue!
What is your favorite book you have written and why.
Vault of Dreams. It’s my favorite because it’s the most personal, but also, it balanced everything I wanted to communicate on a thematic/heart level with everything I wanted to do on a technical level. It felt like a very special book from the moment Aerlyn stole the show. I was swept away just writing it, and I hope that readers will always feel that when they read Vault of Dreams. The whole experience was very liberating and enriching and started me in writing YA Fantasy, which I truly believe is where I belong.
There are some unique terms you use such as Tempus, sanctus, and mystis. Can you describe those?
Yes, those are mind, body, and spirit. Mystis is mind, Tempus is body, and Sanctus is spirit. In the Woven Worlds, there is Craft, or magic, related to each one of those. MystisCraft, TempusCraft, and SanctusCraft. When they are used in complete balance and harmony, that is CovenCraft. I wanted to have a series where the world-building was essential to the character development, and a fantasy universe where the world and the universe was directly shaped by those you read about. Not something that was super dense and just exists for three books for our characters to have their adventures, but something that is completely interactive with the characters both good and bad throughout the course of the series. The Woven Worlds is an interconnected multiverse and it is radically altered, shaped, and affected, by the characters through either mind, body, or spirit, or the combination of all three. As one reads on they will find how these things can be incredibly divisive and cause great conflict, and several books will deeply explore the possibilities of the magic system through the characters.
How many books do you have planned in this series?
I say 10 – 15 just to be safe, but I can guarantee at least 7 books that introduce the main characters of the series. These first books establish all of the heroes that will later join up in the arcs that connect each other and build up to series finale. So, that said, it’s not a solid number, but I say 10 – 15 just to be safe. Also, remember, they will be comics, too! Let us not forget that!
Who designed the cover?
The cover was made by Laura Gordon, whom I have worked with for years. Each one will have a geometric symbol, a one word title, and be a different color. When the series is finished a big old stack of them all together should look pretty cool.
What do you consider to be each of your character’s strengths and weaknesses?
That’s such a great question but I want to answer that without spoilers or giving away the journey and the plot. I don’t really know if I can. I would say, in one way, each character’s weakness is themselves, and you can see in the way that they interact with each other that they are really helping each other get past that. Also, in the same token, certain character’s weakness is another character in the story, and that is addressed as well. I think Nurmedov’s weakness is anything baked, and his strength is his attitude. I hope he shows how essential a great attitude is to survive and overcome extreme difficulty.

 

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Cover Reveals: Princess Allee & Smile, Chewie

ALLEE COVER REVEAL

While living at the shelter, Allee, a black lab puppy, dreams of being a princess. When a stylish young woman comes to adopt her, Allee thinks her dream is about to come true! But Allee soon learns that her new suburban life doesn’t include castles or crowns. It includes two dog brothers that she has to learn to get along with! Can Allee learn to feel like royalty even when living the average life?

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CHEWIE COVER REVEAL

Despite Chewie’s friendly personality, he’s too shy to let the shelter volunteers take his picture! See, Chewie is stuck with scars on his face after the abuse he suffered as a puppy, from a man who was prejudiced against pit bulls. Can Chewie find the confidence to stand up to these awful pit bull stereotypes, and smile for the camera?

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