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Review: Blood & Honey

Title: Blood & Honey

Author: Shelby Mahurin

Date of Publication: September 1st, 2020

Goodreads Blurb:

After narrowly escaping death at the hands of the Dames Blanches, Lou, Reid, Coco, and Ansel are on the run from coven, kingdom, and church—fugitives with nowhere to hide.

To elude the scores of witches and throngs of chasseurs at their heels, Lou and Reid need allies. Strong ones. But protection comes at a price, and the group is forced to embark on separate quests to build their forces. As Lou and Reid try to close the widening rift between them, the dastardly Morgane baits them in a lethal game of cat and mouse that threatens to destroy something worth more than any coven.

My Review:

Serpent & Dove was my favorite book of last year so I was pretty scared to dive into this follow up, to be honest! Yes, there were parts that had me mad, buttttttt I loved it!

Reid’s chapters were my favorite. He’s my boy! I think what was harder for me to connect with the most was Lou’s darkness which seemed to come out of no where since there wasn’t much mention of that in the last book. However, I still love her and I still loved her chapters and being in her head. And when she and Reid were on the pages together, they ignited them! Love them!

The world building was beautiful and the writing glorious! I just love Shelby’s dialogue so much! And Ansel is probably my favorite side character but there are so many good ones! Yes, there is a cliffhanger, and yes, I desperately need book 3. And also, my heart is a bit broken!

Do you like witches?

Cover Reveal: Lion (A Faeries of Oz Prequel)

Hey guys! Today is the cover reveal for Lion by Amber R. Duell and me! A Faeries of Oz short story prequel! This will be a short romantic and murderous glimpse into the villains who will be in Tin!

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Langwidere has an obsessive habit—collecting heads. She wears a new one each day, changing them out like she does her ivory dresses. But Landwidere doesn’t have the one thing she truly wants: complete power over the territories in Oz. When Lion—the once cowardly fae—shows up at her doorstep, he offers her an opportunity to achieve her desires. Will he use the courage the Wizard gave him to help her succeed, or will he betray her in the process?

Who is your favorite Wizard of Oz character?

Release Day: Dearest Dorin: A Ghostly Romantic Tale

Today is the release day for my companion short story, Dearest Dorin: A Ghostly Romantic Tale, to my short story collection, Dearest Clementine: Dark and Romantic Monstrous Tales! I hope you check it out and it’s only .99!

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After receiving a collection of dark and romantic monstrous tales from her dearest Dorin, Clementine pens a ghostly story for him in return, which begs the question, can love truly conquer anything?

Dearest Dorin is a companion short story to Dearest Clementine: Dark and Romantic Monstrous Tales

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What’s your favorite ghost story?

Release Day: Dearest Clementine: Dark and Romantic Monstrous Tales

I am so incredibly proud of this dark and romantic short story collection. And for the first week, it will be on sale for .99 if you would like to check out Dearest Clementine: Dark and Romantic Monstrous Tales!

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Dearest Clementine by Candace Robinson (Ebook)

Clementine has been taken by a creature of darkness.

Dorin is a fiend in love who must find Clementine before losing her forever.

While on his desperate search, Dorin pens eight dark and romantic monstrous tales, written only for Clementine. Each story serves a purpose, and that is, do monsters have the ability to love, too?

Dearest Clementine is a short story collection filled with dark romantic tales.

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Review: The Sky is Everywhere

Title: The Sky is Everywhere

Author: Jandy Nelson

Date of Publication: March 9th, 2010

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Goodreads Summary:

Adrift after her sister Bailey’s sudden death, Lennie finds herself torn between quiet, seductive Toby—Bailey’s boyfriend who shares her grief—and Joe, the new boy in town who bursts with life and musical genius. Each offers Lennie something she desperately needs… though she knows if the two of them collide her whole world will explode.

Join Lennie on this heartbreaking and hilarious journey of profound sorrow and mad love, as she makes colossal mistakes and colossal discoveries, as she traipses through band rooms and forest bedrooms and ultimately right into your heart.

As much a celebration of love as a poignant portrait of loss, Lennie’s struggle to sort her own melody out of the noise around her is always honest, often uproarious, and absolutely unforgettable.

My Review:

I always say that contemporary books are the hardest for me because it’s hard for me to find a truly great one. And this one for me was one of those truly great ones! I adored every single emotional and quirky minute of it!

I could so connect with Lennie’s struggles and the stupid things she did at times, but they made sense why she did them. If I was in her position, I would have done them too! I love both Joe and Toby. They were just such great characters. Same goes for Big and Grams. They all just felt so real!

This was a story about healing, falling in love, and discovering who you are. Life isn’t perfect and we all just do the best we can. I also loved the little written notes inside the book before some of the chapters! Seriously I’m super hungover from this one!

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What’s a book you’ve read years later after its release?

Author Interview: Jenny Hickman

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SINCE HER PARENTS WERE KILLED, VIVIENNE HAS ALWAYS FELT UNGROUNDED, SHUFFLED THROUGH THE FOSTER CARE SYSTEM. JUST WHEN LIBERATION FINALLY SEEMS POSSIBLE—DAYS BEFORE HER EIGHTEENTH BIRTHDAY—VIVIENNE IS HOSPITALIZED WITH SYMPTOMS NO ONE CAN EXPLAIN.

THE DOCTORS MAY BE PUZZLED, BUT DEACON, HER MYSTERIOUS NEW FRIEND, CLAIMS SHE HAS AN ACTIVE NEVERGENE. HIS FAR-FETCHED DIAGNOSIS COMES WITH A WARNING: SHE IS ABOUT TO BECOME AN INVOLUNTARY TEST SUBJECT FOR HUMANITARIAN ORGANIZATION FOR ORDER AND KNOWLEDGE—OR H.O.O.K.

VIVIENNE CAN EITHER ESCAPE TO NEVERLAND’S KENSINGTON ACADEMY AND LEARN TO FLY (DID HE REALLY JUST SAY FLY?) OR RISK STICKING AROUND TO BECOME A HUMAN LAB RAT.

BUT ACCEPTING A PLACE AMONG THE P.A.N. MEANS VIVIENNE MUST ABANDON HER LIFE AND FOSTER FAMILY TO SAFEGUARD THEIR SECRETS AND HIDE IN NEVERLAND’S SHADOWS… FOREVER.

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Published with Filles Vertes Publishing

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Author Interview:

How did you come up with the idea for The P.A.N.?

I’ve always loved the Peter Pan story. One day I started imagining a world where Peter Pan was real and what he and other immortal teenagers would be up to today. And it all spiraled from there.

Who is your favorite and least favorite character from The P.A.N. and why?

I think my favorite character has to be Deacon. He has a problem with authority and an affinity for pranks which made him the most fun to write. As far as my least favorite character goes, I suppose I’d have to say Lawrence Hooke, but only because he’s an overall nasty person 

If you could put The P.A.N. into three words, what would they be and why?

Peter Pan Reimagining

The “why” is fairly self-explanatory. This isn’t a retelling of a popular fairy tale, rather a reimagining putting Peter and the lost boys and girls in the 21st century.

What is your writing process like?

In general, I don’t start with an outline—that comes later in the process as I decide how to torture my characters. The first thing I usually write is the dialogue because it’s what I love most about books—seeing the interactions between the characters and how their voices develop. Then I flesh out the scenes from there.

Do you prefer stand alones or series?

Series. There’s something special about getting to revisit characters and seeing how their lives play out and I think the timeline is a bit more believable in romances. 

Name three books you could read over and over again.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Emmie and the Tudor King by Natalie Murray

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

If you could take one character from any of your books and bring them to life, who would it be and why?

Deacon. The world needs more handsome guys who can fly (ha-ha)

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Pantser all the way. Trying to plot hinders my creativity. I usually have the beginning and end scenes in my head and then let my characters dictate the middle.

If your writing could be described as a color, what would it be?

Green

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Write what you love so it doesn’t feel like a chore.

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Jenny grew up in Oakland, Maryland and currently lives in County Tipperary, Ireland with her lilting husband and two tyrannical children. Her love of reading blossomed the summer after graduating high school, when she borrowed a paperback romance from her mother during the annual family beach vacation.

From that sunny day forward, she has been a lover of stories with Happily-Ever-Afters. In early 2008, she wrote her first novel, The Mirrors at Barnard Hall. But it was not until she moved to Nashville, TN and met her mentor, Billy Block, that she was encouraged to self-publish the work in 2012.

Seven years, and two additional self-published works later, Jenny has signed with Filles Vertes Publishing for her next novel, The Pan, the first book in a NA Sci Fi-Romance trilogy.

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Avocado Bliss .99 sale + more!

Hey guys! Guess what! Avocado Bliss is on sale for .99 for a limited time! I hope you guys check out this fun and emotional story full of pitfalls and bliss!

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Dacre Vinson has spent the majority of his life in quite the predicament—even the surf and his books can’t erase his Type 1 diabetes. But when Dacre’s family moves to a new Mexican town, an eccentric girl obsessed with trees offers him a job on the spot, leading to what could be the perfect distraction from his problems.

Salbatora Tames has one true love, her avocado farm. Her family constantly nudges her to be more social, but Sal much prefers the dirt, the sun, and the solitude. Besides, trees listen better than people do.

For Sal and Dacre, their job won’t stay easy breezy for long, not when an avocado delivery to Palenque, Mexico pops up on their radar. Together, they embark on a road trip across the jungle, where they form a tighter bond. However, as obstacles arise, their new-found troubles may lead to more woes than bliss.

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My good author friend, James J. Cudney, is also having some amazing .99 sales on these awesome books!

Father Figure * Flower Power Trip * Mistaken Identity Crisis

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Review: Igniting the Ice

Title: Igniting the Ice

Author: Alexa Whitewolf

Date of Publication: June 20th, 2020

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Goodreads Summary:

The darkest of mind, for the purest of heart…who will succumb to temptation?

Declan
I thought I was smarter – I was wrong. My brother Tytus thwarted my last plan of escape, and now I’m faced with the imminent threat of death.
Until the Romanian immortal who imprisoned me comes to me with a proposition. Save an innocent maiden from the Underworld, return her to the land of the living, and I will be free with a realm all for myself.
Of course, she neglects to mention said maiden is her daughter, and that the journey will place me face to face with the lord of the Underworld himself.
And then none of that seems to matter when I meet Constanza. Because I’ve seen her, before. For the past months, she is all I’ve dreamt about. And I can’t wait to see if the reality matches the fantasy…especially if her pretty, innocent soul can be corrupted.
Unless she gets to mine first, that is.

Constanza
Having two immortal parents can get overbearing, fast. Which is why I love vacationing in the Underworld and hanging out with Hades and Persephone.
Only this time, the safe walls surrounding us are starting to crumble and, before I know it, we’re under attack. No amount of Greek heroes can help save us… until he shows.
And he just happens to be the sexy angel from my dreams. Only he looks like walking temptation, and Mom’s warnings suddenly don’t matter anymore. May the gods help me, because I’m not getting out of this unharmed, one way or another.

My Review:

I’ve been patiently waiting for Declan’s story for a while, and this one did not disappoint! This is my favorite from this spinoff! Constanza was a great MC too! I really liked her! Of course there was swoon, dragons, immortals, and awesome mythology!!!

I really liked seeing the flashbacks as well. You also get to see the brothers before and after, and I loved seeing the bond there. And besides the great romance, there were some action-packed sequences too! Of course more of Hades and Persephone! Can’t wait for the next spinoff!

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Do you prefer fire or ice?

Shadowed By Despair Release Day!

Today is Shadowed By Despair’s release day! I love this series so much and I hope you take the time and check it out! All three books in the series, Clouded By Envy, Veiled By Desire, and Shadowed By Despair are .99 each for today’s release!

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Perin expected eternal darkness after his death, yet the land of Laith has other plans for him. Snapped awake with a desperate hunger for flesh, he fights the urge to feed, knowing that once he gives in to temptation, there is no turning back.

Tavarra’s deepest desire was always to be human. When she received her one true wish, the journey had already claimed those she cared about. Alone, she fights through each day, forgetting how to truly live.

To strip away his new curse, Perin needs to retrieve an enchanted liquid and bring it back to the Stone of Desire. Despite his unpredictability, and him being the monster this time, Tavarra chooses to help. Tied by fate and loneliness, they must cross the sea into a deadly part of Laith and find the solution before Perin’s hunger overtakes him.

Clouded By Envy * Veiled By Desire * Shadowed By Despair

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What’s your favorite supernatural creature?

 

Review: The Guardian of Blackbird Inn

Title: The Guardian of Blackbird Inn

Author: Kerry Adrienne

Date of Publication: October 1st, 2015

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Goodreads Summary:

Saving the inn might mean losing her life.

Sophia Yates travels to the famed and haunted Blackbird Inn to help its mysterious owner, Garren Amsel, research its history. The state wants to claim eminent domain and take the property, but the historical inn has been in Garren’s family for generations and he can’t bear to lose it.

After learning the truth behind the inn’s biggest mystery, and why Garren stays, saving Blackbird Inn may cost Sophia her life. How far will she go to protect him?

My Review:

I seriously love this gorgeous cover! As soon as I started the story, I got swept right in! The gothic inn vibe was perfect! Each description and detail had me feeling like I was there!

Sophia and Garren were both great! And I loved their teamwork of an effort through the mystery as well as their chemistry. The one thing I would have liked more was to have seen their actual romance scene so we could have connected more to their feelings for each other since they came about quickly.

Overall, a fun and entertaining read! And the length was perfect to where I could finish in one sitting!

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What’s your favorite ghost story?