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Review: Fractalistic

Title: Fractalistic

Author: Gerardo Delgadillo

Date of Publication:

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Goodreads Summary:

After moving to Mexico with her parents, Winter Gutan had been hoping the local alternative medicine doctor would cure her mother’s illness. When her mother does not survive his controversial treatments, Winter’s life spirals in despair. Her father, a software engineer, insists his computer program, Fractalistic, will enable them to communicate with her mother’s spirit. But as his sanity begins to slip, Winter confides in her friend Rafa, a computer wizard, who tells her he’s found information about using fractal technology to treat false memories—nothing paranormal about it, leaving Winter confused and without hope. Will she lose her mother forever?

Suspecting her dad is hiding a deep secret, Winter runs Fractalistic behind his back, unveiling a sea of computer-generated imagery swirling on the screen. Her mother appears to her…begging for help! But is this all just Winter’s imagination?

Fractalistic may enable Winter to communicate with her deceased mother, but it might also unleash more mysterious memories buried within Winter’s mind. To figure it all out, Winter must hack into her father’s system to uncover a horrifying truth…or remain in the dark forever.

My Review:

When I read the blurb for this, I just knew it would be awesome. The concept is super intriguing, and I’ll just say the book does not disappoint. And that cover is so lovely, makes me want to float in it myself!

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In Fractalistic, we follow Winter, whose Mom has passed away. Winter’s dad has been slipping since her mom died, turning to alcohol and becoming unattached, while using fractals to try to locate her mom. This concept is so cool!

Winter starts a new school and meets some interesting people—enter Julia and Rafi. Rafi was one of my favorites because he was both geeky and sporty, an awesome all in one package.

What I liked in this book was some of the strange things that happen to Winter. There is a really cool scene that occurs with her during her art class! And let me not forget about the nice twists in the book! Fractalistic is a very character driven with great writing, emotions, and originality!

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Have you lost someone you truly care about?

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Clouded by Envy: Release Day + Giveaway

Hey guys! My book Clouded by Envy released today! If you ordered it, then thank you so much! This book means so much to me!

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Brenik has always been envious of his twin sister, Bray. Growing up as fairy-like creatures, known as bats, everything came easier to Bray. While Brenik spent his time in her shadows, never feeling he was enough. After escaping their world of Laith, and living on Earth for ten years, Brenik attempts to strike a deal with the Stone of Desire to become human. Though true humanity is not an option, he will accept the curse that will alter him to get as close as he can.

Living in a tree trunk for the past year hasn’t been easy for Bray, more so after her brother disappears again. When a human boy and his brother, Wes, find her, a new friendship is struck. Through Wes, Bray learns there can be more to life than waiting within a tree. But worrying over where Brenik has vanished to always remains in the back of her mind.

When Bray reunites with Brenik, she realizes she must help him break the curse after she discovers the need for blood is beginning to overpower him. The curse not only damages those who get close to Brenik, but it could also destroy whatever is blooming between Bray and Wes.

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“Only Happy When It Rains” – Garbage

“Linger” – The Cranberries

“Crucify” – Tori Amos

“Today” – The Smashing Pumpkins

“Why” – Annie Lennox

“Friday I’m In Love” – The Cure

“Hurt” – Nine Inch Nails

“Don’t Look Back In Anger” – Oasis

“Never Tear Us Apart” – INXS

“Because The Night” – 10,000 Maniacs

Giveaway!

Come to my virtual release day party and check out games and giveaways from 8AM CST – 10:05 CST

Author Schedule

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM – Candace Robinson
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM – Alexa Whitewolf
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – Sarah Lampkin
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Amber R. Duell
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – A.G. Howard
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM – M. Dalto
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Jessica Julien
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM – S.G.D. Singh
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Natalia Jaster
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Elle Beaumont
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – J.M. Sullivan
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Amy Patrick
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Marlena Frank
9:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Katya de Becerra
10:00 PM – 10:05 PM – Candace Robinson

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Review: Two Thousand Years

Title: Two Thousand Years

Author: M. Dalto

Date of Publication: December 11th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

Two thousand years ago, the Prophecy of Fire and Light foretold the coming of the Queen Empress who would lead the Empire into a time of peace and tranquility. But instead of the coming of a prosperous world, a forbidden love for the Empress waged a war that ravaged the land, creating a chasm between the factions, raising the death toll of innocent lives until the final, bloody battle.

Centuries later, Alexandra, a twenty-two-year-old barista living in Boston, is taken to an unfamiliar realm of mystery and magic where her life is threatened by Reylor, its banished Lord Steward. She crosses paths with Treyan, the arrogant and seductive Crown Prince of the Empire, and together they discover how their lives, and their love, are so intricately intertwined by a Prophecy set in motion so many years ago.

Alex, now the predestined Queen Empress Alexstrayna, whose arrival was foretold by the Annals of the Empire, controls the fate of her new home as war rages between the Crown Prince and Lord Steward. Either choice could tear her world apart as she attempts to keep the Empire’s torrid history from repeating itself. In a realm where betrayal and revenge will be as crucial to her survival as love and honor, Alex must discover whether it is her choice – or her fate – that determines how she survives the Empire’s rising conflicts.

My Review:

When I first read this blurb, I was like finally an NA book that sounds awesome with a good plot. And let me tell you, the book did live up to the blurb! Plus, yes, plenty of swoon. I mean, swoooooooooooooooooooon!

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Dear, Alex—you were pretty badass and also had to put up with some crazy crap! Dear, Treyan—you have my heart! Dear, Reylor—you are a crazy, crazy thing, but I still like you! Does that make me a bad person? The characters were on point! Plus, I got several things that I wasn’t suspecting, and when that happens, that makes me a super happy camper!

The world building was wonderfully done, the writing was addicting, and the overall plot was superb! Oh, and yes, there is a cliffhanger and my heart will be asunder until I read book 2!

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How would you feel to enter another realm?

Review: To Dream is to Die

Title: To Dream is to Die

Author: Sarah Lampkin

Date of publication: January 1st, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

Eighteen-year-old Brenna Whit is entering Nephesburg College as a freshman and starting hoping to meet new
people, but she hides a dark secret: because of an accident that happened three years ago, her spirit wanders the
Fade whenever she falls asleep. It’s something she wants to keep hidden from the world, but when she sees someone
watching her in spirit form, she fears the secret’s out. With the demons and fairies that wander the Fade, Brenna has
enough to worry about. Now that she’s in college, it’s schoolwork, new friends, new enemies, and something under
the surface happening at Nephesburg College. Only time will tell if she will survive her first year…

My Review:

First, finally a NA book that isn’t revolved around men’s abs! I loved the college setting, too. It was like if Buffy were in college with Xander and Willow, but instead of vampires it was a unique spirit type of world!

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Brenna was an awesome MC. She was funny and sarcastic and not annoying! Can I just also say that my favorite character was Damon! I want to keep him in my pocket and carry him around with me along with his awesome personality!

Loved the descriptions, the world, and the writing! I love things that are dark, feel real, and still have a bit of humor and that’s exactly what this book is! I need to know what happens next and I can’t wait to read book two!!

 

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Do you generally have dreams or nightmares?

Cover Reveal: CLOUDED BY ENVY

This is the cover to my upcoming book, CLOUDED BY ENVY, coming your way February 19th with The Parliament House.

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Brenik has always been envious of his twin sister, Bray. Growing up as fairy-like creatures, known as bats, everything came easier to Bray. While Brenik spent his time in her shadows, never feeling he was enough. After escaping their world of Laith, and living on Earth for ten years, Brenik attempts to strike a deal with the Stone of Desire to become human. Though true humanity is not an option, he will accept the curse that will alter him to get as close as he can.

Living in a tree trunk for the past year hasn’t been easy for Bray, more so after her brother disappears again. When a human boy and his brother, Wes, find her, a new friendship is struck. Through Wes, Bray learns there can be more to life than waiting within a tree. But worrying over where Brenik has vanished to always remains in the back of her mind.

When Bray reunites with Brenik, she realizes she must help him break the curse after she discovers the need for blood is beginning to overpower him. The curse not only damages those who get close to Brenik, but it could also destroy whatever is blooming between Bray and Wes.

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Nine While Nine: Review + Author Interview

Title: Nine While Nine

Author: Stasia Morineaux

Date of Publication: July 24th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

Isabeau Finne’s perfect world utterly unravels when she meets Death’s right-hand man one fateful night, spiraling her life into a world of chaos and the impossible.

Suddenly, she is no longer Isabeau and becomes part of the most secretive inner-workings of Death itself, as well as an otherworldly dominion of ancient magic.

Now beings—which we were taught as children were merely fictional creations of wildly whimsical minds—are edging their way into her world as well.

Buggans and Kobolds and Vargs…oh my!

She yearns for the simplicity of her old life—this one is full of dangers, unanswered questions, and cryptic dreams.

After one particularly anomalous dream in which she learns of the Nine While Nine Legacy, things become truly precarious.

Now, someone sees her as a risk…a threat…and wants to eliminate her.

Fortunately, she falls under the protection of Gideon—unless she leaves his territory—which is the one thing she wants the most…and wants the least.

My Review:

Ever since I saw this lovely cover, which by the way is one of my favorites of the year, I have been anxiously waiting to read it!

First what I loved is the girl is like 30 or shall I say woman! It’s so hard for me to find Adult or NA books that interest me because most of the time they are just contemporary AB-stomach books or a bunch of descriptions that I don’t care about! Thank goodness for this book! Finally, an adult story that held my interest with great writing! And can I just mention the name Gideon!

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So James McAvoy probably isn’t who the author had in mind for what she imagined Gideon to look like, but he’s always who I think about when reading the romantic interest in books! I loved Gideon because there’s so much to him and I wanted to discover who he is!

Isabeau was a great character, too! And thankfully, not annoying! She grows through the book and the dream sequences were awesome! Honestly, I’ve never read a book that dealt with this type of magic—it felt incredibly unique!

Also, there are some words you may not know how to pronounce, but fear not, there’s a glossary in the back! FYI, there is a cliffhanger, and yes I need the next book. Now!

Author Interview:

Tell us what made you decide to write Nine While Nine.

Dreams! I was having a continuing series of dreams about the people, places, and situations that take place in the books. At the very beginning, there was a night I woke in a state of half-consciousness and heard words whispering in my head. I wrote down what was to become the Legacy of the Nine at about 3:00 am on a scrap of paper I found on my nightstand. I couldn’t shake it and it just snowballed from there. I absolutely fell in love with the realm of Tiarnas and the beings I was meeting in the dreams. I had to write it all down, so I wouldn’t lose any of it. What I found most exciting was that their world was spilling over into ours. That the Fae were returning. The dreams that Isabeau has in the books are based on the dreams I experienced.

Who is your favorite character in Nine While Nine and why?

Gideon! Why? He’s a tough nut to crack. He comes across all surly and stern, but we get to catch glimpses of his hidden, softer demeanor throughout the book, interlaced with all that power he exudes. He’s a great caregiver and guardian, his number one goal is to protect his charges, and carry out his duties, at any cost. And…well…he’s just a hotty.

What made you decide to want to be an author?

I began my writing journey at about seven when I wrote a story for my mom and dad about a family of bears. I was always the little kid with an entourage of imaginary friends and I’d spend countless afternoons writing short stories about them. Over the years I would become distracted with other interests and obligations, but again and again I would return to creating worlds and lives and adventures. Those imaginary friends just wouldn’t shut up! I began to take it seriously after being inspired by Anne Rice when I met her back in the late-90s while in New Orleans; she told me, “Write. What makes a writer is writing…Write the book of your dreams. Write what you want to be known for.” She went on—not verbatim here—to say that the most important thing is to not give up, to follow my dreams…to believe in my words and imaginings and never give up. AND most importantly, stop procrastinating and just do it. Stop waiting, and stop asking for advice, and just write.

I’ve tried several times to not be a writer…and I just can’t do it!

Is there a certain genre you like to write in?

No matter how the idea spawns, it always seems to turn to the supernatural and dark urban fantasy. It can begin as the most mundane, ordinary-life kind of thing, but then always—always—it veers to the paranormal and extraordinary situations…and magic! I find that working in fantasy gives me the most freedom to really exercise my imagination and explore possibilities. But I do prefer keeping my stories anchored in a blend of reality and modern times. Well, except for this one time-travel piece I’m working on…
And I’m absolutely incapable of steering clear of at least a touch of romance!

Did you have to do any research while writing Nine While Nine?

Absolutely…it’s endless and ongoing! I love love love research! I researched Celtic, Nordic, Irish, and Scottish myths…well, just pretty much everything I could get my hands on that spanned a wide assortment of European mythologies. I also studied Irish and Scottish Gaelic language, and an assortment of others, while devising the language, Sióg Orð. My explorations also included a variety of books on “witchy ways” and occult practices.

How many books do you have planned for the series?

At least three, but it might stretch into four…plus some spin-offs!

What other hobbies do you do besides writing?

I currently live in Asheville, NC, so there is no shortage of hiking and waterfalls here. I try to get out t least once a week with the family for a nice hike. I also go every week to the Biltmore Estate to play with their baby goats! I love reading and swimming, and I often combine the two with lazy days by the pool while reading in a nice shady spot. In the winter, I can often be found hidden behind a snow fort, lobbing—quite badly—snowball-ammo at my family. And then there are the squirrels in my woods. There’s a rumor going around that I’m planning to open a squirrel circus. The truth is, I just like to toss them peanuts, pecans, and walnuts. I can’t help it if they sit up in a cute little row below my balcony and beg for them now!

What’s your favorite color?

This has always been one of the most difficult questions for me. Overall, I think it’s purple.

BUT…it all depends on the context of the question. Are we talking clothing, furniture, wall color…?

Clothes, I prefer black and grey. It’s just easy. Unless we’re getting into historical garb, and then it’s creams, pale pinks and blues—think Marie Antoinette and the Rococo era.

If we’re discussing home décor, then currently I’m leaning towards washed out and stormy colors, like you’d find in a beach house. Distressed blues and greys with touches of sunset shades. But that can change at any moment and go back to rich hues of dark pumpkin, brick red, and cobalt blue.

See, just not an easy question! Depends on the day I guess! Lol!

What upcoming books do you have planned next?

Once I complete The Nine While Nine Legacy series—if it ever truly ends—I’ve had a YA New Orleans ghost story on the back burner for a few years that I’m just itching to flesh out! And a vampire novel—of course. I began that one back in 1995 after my first trip of many to New Orleans. I’ve picked it up and worked on it again and again over the years, but it’s particularly grueling as much of my personal life of that period is contained in it. It’s messy and painful, but I’m determined to finish it and get it released. It deserves to finally be completed and out there to be known.

Any advice for writers?

The best advice I can give is to pass along the words that Anne Rice gave me. “Just write”. The blank page is daunting, no doubt, but if you just set pencil to paper and go, the words will come.

Also, study up on the current avenues of marketing and PR. The publishing world has changed radically, and the author needs to be neck deep in their own branding and marketing, not just of their work but of themselves. Get out there and meet the readers!

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Biography:

Stasia Morineaux grew up in Southern California, pursuing faeries in the garden and seeking spirits in the local graveyard with her cat Bartleby; they also spent countless nights hunting down things that went bump!

She now resides in Asheville, North Carolina with her hubster and kidlet, as well as with a bevy of creatures…both real and “imaginary”.

Mysterious dreams, copious hours of awesome music, and obscene amounts of coffee fuel her writing sessions of paranormal, urban fantasy, dark fantasy, the supernatural…and sometimes even a sprinkling of chick lit!

In her spare time she likes to relax on her balcony, feet kicked up, listening to the squirrels arguing with the crows in her woods.

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Review: The Bone Roses

Title: The Bone Roses

Author: Kathryn Lee Martin

Date of Publication: May 8th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

Sixteen-year-old Rags is the most feared Rustler in the world, and for good reason. When she’s not raiding the post-Yellowstone Kingdom’s established settlements for supplies to keep her frontier, Rondo, alive another day, she’s fending off witch hunt-happy villagers who want her rare blue eyes in an unmarked grave.

But when the Kingdom strikes back, kills Rags’s best friend, and sends its second-in-command to destroy Rondo in four days, Rags must make a choice: seek revenge, or save her loved ones who are trapped in a town bound for slaughter broadcast Kingdom-wide. With little more than a stolen dream to guide her, and a growing attraction to a sly Kingdom informant, Rags is about to give the Kingdom four days it’ll never forget—if the bounty on her head doesn’t get her killed first.

My Review:

I haven’t read too many YA western inspired books, okay only one, and it was earlier this year. And that particular book didn’t live up to its cover or blurb since western stuff was barely in it! However, this book lived up to the magnificent cover and blurb! I loved the main character Rags!

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Early on in the book, I was already left emotional by a particular  incident! I was like noooooooo! I’m not usually affected so soon by characters, but here I was—wounded. Rags was a great character! I’m not going to lie, when a book is in first person for the entire book, I tend to get annoyed with the character in parts, but not here. Rags was easy to relate to and all around bad A.

For you romance lovers, there is a sweet one that brews but for you romance haters, don’t worry, it doesn’t overshadow the plot. There’s plenty of great world building, writing, likable characters, action, and awesomeness! Definitely recommend and can’t wait for book 2!

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