Featured Author of the Week is ~ Jennifer R.McDonald

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To lost souls, the veil is a cold, tragic existence. But for Lyric Yama, the living world is so much worse.

Lyric has finally uncovered the truth of her mother’s brutal murder. Now her hands are stained and her mind is plagued with the bitterness of regret.

Soon she will have bigger problems. A grieving warlock is closing in. He’ll stop at nothing to reap vengeance on the young witch.

As the consequences of her past march closer, and the illusion of safety is abandoned, Lyric must decide whether to run or stand and fight.

But when the full power of a veilwalker’s magic is unleashed, no one—living or dead—will ever be safe again.

This is the final installment of Jennifer R. McDonald’s Veilwalker Trilogy.

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About the Author:

 

I reside in Canada with my husband and two adorably rebellious children. Urban Fantasy is my favorite genre to write but I enjoy reading Horror, Science Fiction, Fantasy, and anything with great antiheroes, cunning villains, and flawed characters.

Into the Veil, Through the Gloom, and Across the Blood Red River complete my Veilwalker Trilogy, and I’m currently working on more magical world shenanigans in my next series: The Helios Chronicles.

 

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Review of Cracked By Author Eliza Crewe

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Meet Meda. She eats people.

Well, technically, she eats their soul. But she totally promises to only go for people who deserve it. She’s special. It’s not her fault she enjoys it. She can’t help being a bad guy. Besides, what else can she do? Her mother was killed and it’s not like there are any other “soul-eaters” around to show her how to be different. That is, until the three men in suits show up.

They can do what she can do. They’re like her. Meda might finally have a chance to figure out what she is. The problem? They kind of want to kill her. Before they get the chance Meda is rescued by crusaders, members of an elite group dedicated to wiping out Meda’s kind. This is her chance! Play along with the “good guys” and she’ll finally figure out what, exactly, her ‘kind’ is.

Be careful what you wish for. Playing capture the flag with her mortal enemies, babysitting a teenage boy with a hero complex, and trying to keep one step ahead of a too-clever girl are bad enough. But the Hunger is gaining on her.

The more she learns, the worse it gets. And when Meda uncovers a shocking secret about her mother, her past, and her destiny… she may finally give into it.

 

 



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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About this author

Eliza Crewe always thought she’d be a lawyer, and even went so far as to complete law school. But as they say, you are what you eat, and considering the number of books Eliza has devoured since childhood, it was inevitable she’d end up in the literary world. She abandoned the lawyer-plan to instead become a librarian and now a writer.

While she’s been filling notebooks with random scenes for years, Eliza didn’t seriously commit to writing an entire novel until the spring of 2011, when she and her husband bought a house. With that house came a half-hour commute, during which Eliza decided she needed something to think about other than her road-rage. Is it any surprise she wrote a book about a blood-thirsty, people-eating monster?

Eliza has lived in Illinois, Edinburgh, and Las Vegas, and now lives in North Carolina with her husband, her hens, her angry, talking, stuffed dwarf giraffe, and a sweet, mute, pantomiming bear. She likes to partially-complete craft projects, free-range her hens, and take long walks. Cracked is her first novel

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Review of Cracked (Soul Eater #1)

Rating 5 stars

 

Normally the Main Character in a book is the good person but not in Cracked. Meda is bad, a monster, but a hilarious monster. I don’t think I have ever laughed so much throughout a book. Meda’s inner dialogue was brilliant and I loved her struggle between being good and bad.

 

Here are a few parts I took from book:

 

I consider the many tools at my disposal, eyeing his large blood-splattered frame, and settle on my weapon of choice – one so infrequently used I need to dust it off first.

My eyes fill with tears. “Wha–” I swallow hard “– what were those things?”

“Demons.” Thanks, Einstein. I got that part. I let a tear trickle over.

He hurries to reassure me. “Don’t cry – I’ll protect you.”

Humiliating. Absolutely humiliating.

 

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❝ A small girl, still young enough to suffer the indignity of pigtails, holds out a dead goldfish in her cupped hand.

Thanks, but I just ate.

“My fish died,” she lisps around missing teeth. She looks at me expectantly.

Ah – catastrophe has struck and she’s in search of an adult to handle it. (…) Fortunately, I know just how to handle this one.

“Flush it down the toilet.”

(…)

What? It’s a fish.

 

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“There are some people you know you shouldn’t anger because it isn’t right. Like your mom – if she’s the nice sort.

There are other people you know you shouldn’t anger because they have the authority to punish you. Police officers, politicians, insane asylum wardens, your mom – if she’s the bad sort.

But there are some people you shouldn’t anger that you don’t know about, because no one ever survived to warn you.

I’m the third kind.

I eat souls.

 

The Secondary Characters where just as valuable to the story. My favourite been Jo, she was so angry at the world that it gave Meda so much ammunition for hilarious smart commentary (That went on inside her head) it had me laughing so hard. Uri was sweet, he was a kid who got to hang out with superman – superman being Chi. It was cute.

 

Overall the story captured me not for its plot or world building but because of Meda and her inability to feel compassion for others. Just hilarious. If you want a fun read that will make you laugh and smile then cracked is the one for you.

 

 

 

 

 

Featured Author of the week is ~ J.R. Boles

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For generations, the kingdom of Arten has stood alone against the ancient dark mage Mercer, a man no longer bound by time. But when King Wern is kidnapped, Queen Arin will risk everything to get him back.

Lynden Trenadin is chosen to join the ranks of the elite Queen’s Champions both for her prowess as a warrior and her remarkable resemblance to the queen. She has spent her life battling at Arten’s borders, but now she must defend the queen with her life as they journey to their enemy’s castle. When the tide of battle goes against them, Lynden unleashes a magical power she didn’t know she possessed. Even though she saved hundreds of warriors, Lynden is forced to flee in shame for her use of forbidden magic.

Now on the run, Lynden must raise a rebellion to free her country from the tyranny of the enemy she thought she’d destroyed. A band of loyalists and an enclave of ancient mages aid her in her efforts, but with a dark mage bent on her destruction, Lynden must discover a way to harness her new magic before it is too late.

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About the Author:

 

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J. R. Boles is a fantasy and fiction writer currently hanging her hat with her husband in the Heartland, where they spend their free time chasing after their fearless daughter. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City and of the American University Washington College of Law.

 

 

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Review of The Watcher by Author Lisa Voisin

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Millennia ago, he fell from heaven for her.

Can he face her without falling again?

Fascinated with ancient civilizations, seventeen-year-old Mia Crawford dreams of becoming an archaeologist. She also dreams of wings—soft and silent like snow—and somebody trying to steal them.

When a horrible creature appears out of thin air and attacks her, she knows Michael Fontaine is involved, though he claims to know nothing about it. Secretive and aloof, Michael evokes feelings in Mia that she doesn’t understand. Images of another time and place haunt her. She recognizes them—but not from any textbook.

In search of the truth, Mia discovers a past life of forbidden love, jealousy and revenge that tore an angel from Heaven and sent her to an early grave. Now that her soul has returned, does she have a chance at loving that angel again? Or will an age-old nemesis destroy them both?

Ancient history is only the beginning.



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About this author

A Canadian-born author, Lisa Voisin spent her childhood daydreaming and making up stories, but it was her love of reading and writing in her teens that drew her to Young Adult fiction.

Lisa is also a technical writer, a meditation teacher with the Training in Power Academy, and the leader of theYoung Writer’s Club, a local writing group for teens in her home town. A self-proclaimed coffee lover, she can usually be found writing in a local café. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her meditating or hiking in the mountains to counteract the side effects of drinking too much caffeine!

Though she’s lived in several cities across Canada, she currently lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her fiancé and their two cats.

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Review of The Watcher
3.5 stars

The Watcher is story about angels and demons, but I love how it’s different than others I have read. It’s not your simple forbidden love, but the seven deadly sins come into play and for me I just loved that. I know we only see two in play in this book, but I loved the angle the author came from making it stand out for me more than other books of its kind.
I loved some of the descriptions that Mia gives us while she is in awe of Michael’s wings, or the sound of his voice. I could almost feel what she was saying, it was very well explained.
The plot itself was really good it wasn’t just forbidden love, but the twist at the end with Damiel was just brilliant and one I didn’t expect, and Mia’s understanding of how envy worked really blow me away, it was great thinking and I loved it.

But in saying all that the reason I gave this book only 3.5 stars was the characters. I just for the life of me couldn’t connect with Mia or Michael. Mia was understanding in so many ways, that I found myself disagreeing with her. I couldn’t picture her at all, and I felt nothing really for her. As for Michael I felt he was weak and his love for Mia overshadowed everything else. The one Character I loved and she wasn’t in it much was Michael’s sponsor Arielle, I found she had a strong voice, she was willing to get the job done, and most of the explaining of what was going on came from her. She was a character that I could connect with and see. Also Heather and Fiona just seemed selfish to me. But this is just my opinion and mine alone.

While reading some of the other reviews I see a lot of people compared this book to Hush, Hush and I didn’t like that book at all I think I rated it like two stars. So for lovers of Hush, Hush and Forbidden love with Angels – you may love The Watchers.

I received this book from the Author for an honest review.

Tuesday’s Featured Author is ~ Brandy Isaacs

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“For every light there is a dark.”

For Harley Finn, life had never been easy. She overcame a tragic upbringing, a childhood filled with pain. But her
trials were only just beginning. A random hook-up changes her life forever. At first Levi Bonham seems like the ideal,
no-strings-attached kind of guy, but Harley soon realizes that he is as dangerous as he is enticing. She finds herself
plunged into a world plagued by creatures that prey on human suffering and misery.

Still reeling from tragedy, Harley has to learn to adjust to her new, not-quite-human life and all that comes with it. A
confusing and complicated love life. Enemies—both new and old. And above all else, she must confront her own
demons to save herself and those she loves most. Her desire for revenge propels her into a centuries-old war waged in
shadows. Harley must choose to put aside her vendetta and risk her own humanity if there is to be any hope for
mankind.

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Brandy Isaacs will tell you first that her name is spelled without an “I”. If that is the case, I will call her Brandy saacs. However, that ends up sounding like “Sacks” and will not endear me to her. Just remember, no I. The I is trashy as a terminal vowel.

She was raised in in Kentucky, but not the kentuck of the 70s where people had to dig holes for both one and two. It was a more cosmopolitan version of the place you’re thinking of. Instead of digging those holes, her family was able to hire someone to dig them – big difference. They did, however, love when the Sears Wishbook showed up in the mail each year. They were finally able to stop rubbing dirt in dirtier places.
None of that is true.
But all of it is true.
You’re author is one of those curious people. She is of the library and the local witches. She loved words. Even better, she loved when those words were strung together.
In a word – stories.
Those stories, of witches that were real and those that were not; of boy wizards; of young women who volunteered; of men who would suck blood. These stories define her.
And it is stories that she wants to tell you. I could gloss her Bio for real – high school, college in central Kentucky, Grad school in Kansas, nonprofit work when she returned home – and it would miss the truth. Brandy Isaacs has stories inside her, and she need to tell them to you.

They will excite you; they will scare you; they will arouse you.
And you- — you will keep turning the pages. When you hit the end, you will wish there were more.

 

 

 

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Review of Fractured Immortal By E.L. Wicker

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After a terrifying vampire attack in 1810, Ilia Rose spends the next two centuries hunting Sol, the man responsible for turning her and her friends into vampires.

When Ilia discovers he’s run to the one place she’s running from, she’s forced to face her most painful memories back in her hometown, Bearwood.

There, Ilia finds herself face to face with Nathaniel, an insanely hot vampire, and despite the evidence he’s working for her enemy, Ilia can’t fight her attraction to him, especially when he seems to show up whenever she needs him most.

But Nathaniel is keeping secrets and as they begin to unravel, instead of running away from him, Ilia finds herself falling for him. When his last secret is revealed Ilia’s past comes together in a way she never imagined and she’s left with only one option: trust Nathaniel to help her kill Sol, or risk relinquishing her new found strength thus causing catastrophic and devastating consequences for her and everyone she loves.

Ilia begins a gut-wrenching battle to save her life and the lives of her friends, a battle which not everyone will survive.

A vampire tale like none other, love, pain, devastation and revenge, all weave together to create the first in a dark and unmissable new adult series.

Due to sexual content, this book is intended for readers age 18+



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Born in Dublin Ireland, E.L. Wicker moved to England when she was nine years old. There she attended Coombe Girls School and her love of writing developed as she began to win literary competitions. A graduate of the Social Science’s at University of Essex, E.L. Wicker uses her knowledge of human nature to craft interesting characters and emotional relationships. Fractured Immortal is her first publication and the first in The Bearwood series.

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Fractured Immortal
Rating: 4.5 star

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Firstly I have to say that this book brought up more emotions then I expected. Fractured Immortal is a dark tale. It’s all told from the perspective of Ilia, a vampire whose life has been pretty sad. Often in stories like this you get to hear what they lost, but this book goes deeper into details and I found myself on more than one occasion fighting the tears.
When Ilia was mortal she was unmarried and pregnant, her mother had two butchers remove the baby from Ilia’s body not really caring for her daughter’s life, the detail was gruesome and so very sad, but overall extremely well written. This is what started to shape Ilia into the vampire she ended up being.
Her existence is in isolation as she searches the globe for the man responsible for killing her family and loved ones. Yet she carries her pain with her never letting it go. She is broken yet a fighter. When she gets news that Sol maybe returning to her hometown, she returns there, and we get to see more of her life, and it’s all very painful. From the person she loved, to the memories of her childhood, it’s dark and sad.
Yet when we get introduced to Lana and Lucas, we see a kindness, and a little bit of weight seems to be lifted off her shoulders, until Kyle steps into the picture.

Now Kyle he is an onion – he has layers upon layers, upon layers, upon layers …. Complex character. Kyle had me hating him, and then loving him. As the story went on I felt so sorry for him, then went back to loving his sarcasm, he threw me so much throughout the book, that even now that I’m finished, I realised I wanted a happy ever after ending for him. He really deserves it. His relationship with Ilia is funny at the start its push shove and fuelled with anger and love, yet once again as the story progresses it just becomes another complicated aspect to Ilia’s life. The part when he takes Ilia to see Julia’s resting place, I cried. It was the saddest moment in the book and it made me look at Kyle once again in a different light.
Nat is the other love interest and from the moment Ilia bumps into him you see an attraction, but their attraction has a reason behind it. Don’t want to say too much on that, you just have to read the book to find out. But I loved it.  And as for the ending…. It had my mouth gaping wide open, while I shook my head cursing the author when I realised the second book isn’t out yet. I needed to get to Ilia and tell her… well I can’t tell you what it is, but it’s pretty huge.

Maggie the witch. I just LOVED HER, every moment she was in the book she had me grinning from ear to ear. She’s quick with her words, she doesn’t think just acts (that is referring to what she did to Nat) couldn’t believe it yet I couldn’t stop laughing. I just loved her.
There was so many great characters even down to Max and Kate the two young witches, and Alex who’s Nat’s friend and kind of side kick. Each character had their own story and each one was interesting. I think the author developed them very well.

The character I hated the most wasn’t Sol funny enough or Seleana for that matter, it was Victor he’s vicious and cruel, yet I know in book two we will be seeing lots of him.

Overall the book was very well written, it flowed well, and kept me engaged the whole way through. I loved each character and found them well developed. I would recommend this book to all paranormal, fantasy, romance or dark fantasy readers.

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Tuesday’s Featured Author is J. Lawrence

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Thaniel just wanted Elycia to be his kiss for the Festival of the Caller.

He never meant to awaken any magic.

Now the Ontar wants to use him to call monsters down out of the sky.

Nothing will ever be the same.

Little does he know that a larger and even more dangerous world is closing in.

Everyone has plans for his newly discovered Inborn abilities.

All Thaniel wanted was the girl.

He never meant to hurt anyone.

Join Thaniel and friends as he discovers that monsters are not just born…

They are Inborn.

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I am not a normal man. I am not crazy. Or dangerous. I live a very normal life, one that is filled with love and happiness, surrounded by a wonderfully supportive family. Yet, they have all come to accept the same truth, as I have.

Arth started summoning me long ago, when I was but a young boy, pulling me out of this world and transporting me there. Like some mental tag along, I found myself riding inside the minds of others, a captive that saw what they did, felt what they touched, and bled when… I have taken a thousand last breaths. Loved and lost myriads. I have seen, killed, and lived as monsters. I have drowned and held others under. I have soared above the clouds on my own wings more times than I can count.

I know what you are thinking. I am not mad. The only difference between us is that, for whatever reason, Arth chose me.

So, I hereby confess that I am not the author of the Sagas of Di’Ghon. In truth, I am nothing more than a simple scribe. I just write down what I see. I wouldn’t dream of changing it. They deserve more than that. Somehow, I feel as if it would be like scratching out the names from a tombstone.

If you read this, know that I cannot and will not apologize for the life, actions, or the death of these characters. It is what it is. The truth as I experience it.

My psychologist insisted that the Sagas are all just fanciful tales invented to soften the very real trauma of my childhood. What an idiot… I fired that fool the moment I knew the truth. If he only knew what I do – about the map – he would have known why their story has to be told.

I promise you that when the time is right, I will tell you all I know. For now, just open your minds and read the account of their lives for yourself. See them, hear them, feel them, love them, or hate them. Whatever… Just keep reading. In time you will know, as I do without a shadow of a doubt, that the Sagas of Di’Ghon are real. Arth does exist.

The truth is … that I can’t wait for them to come and take me there again.

I must know how the story ends.

 

 

 

 

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