Thursday, September 7, 2017

Craving Beauty Recover Reveal + Giveaway!

A few years ago I discovered the amazingly talented Claudia a.k.a "Phatpuppy" Art Studios. If you think you've never seen her gorgeous art, guess again. Claudia has done over 700 book covers, not to mention countless commercial and commission projects. Chances are you have several of her covers already in your library.

In 2014, Craving Beauty was still in first draft stage, but I was already on the lookout for inspiration. I came across Claudia's site and a section of discounted work available for covers. One in particular grabbed me the moment I saw it. It was like someone plucked Vynasha from my head and brought her to life. I sat on the coverart, thinking I'd use later. Well it's been three + years since I first purchased this piece. Since then I've published two different incarnations of Craving Beauty, released a companion novella, a sequel and am penning a third installment. Najla Qamber Designs has been my sole designer since I started publishing in 2012 and we knew we would get around to Phatpuppy's gorgeous work eventually. Once Naj made the Scarred Beauty cover for me, I realized I couldn't show Phatpuppy's art as the "after." Vynasha goes through a pretty big transformation between books 1-2 and this new coverart reflects that. Claudia's art showcases the scarred, withdrawn girl barely keeping her nephew and herself alive.

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I'm so in love with this one in case you couldn't already tell! Once again, Najla Qamber Designs has done typography and design placement. A huge thank you goes to Claudia of Phatpuppy Art, for allowing me the use of her art to bring Vynasha to life. Also for waiting three years to showcase her work ;) Be sure to check out her website! Also don't forget, Craving Beauty is FREE on Kindle and wherever ebooks are sold!

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Now, because y'all are amazing and I wouldn't still be writing without your enthusiasm & support, I'm offering a slew of prizes! For U.S.A entries - a signed paperback copy of the newly recovered Craving Beauty, plus swag. For International entries - all three e-copies of Wylder Tales. And to one other winner, a $10 Amazon Gift Card (US/Int)

Good luck and may the odds be in your favor!

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

YA Fantasy Review: The Frey Saga by Melissa Wright



Frey (The Frey Saga, #1)

Frey by Melissa Wright

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


2017 Review: 

I first read Frey when I discovered the Indie novel sensation. At the time it was priced FREE, as it remains today. I dove into Frey and fell in love with the characters and was intrigued by Frey's mysterious past and Chevelle. As they journey, Frey and Chevelle pick up a team of Avenger Elves as I like to call them, each with a specific set of abilities they bring to the plate. All of them agree Frey is important and to be protected at all costs. Because not only does she not remember her past, but her own family seems to be hunting Frey, just like they hunted her mother. The truth leads her on a quest of epic proportions. Epic is the word for a story like Frey's, part myth, part fantasy, drawing you deeper into a classical world of dark verses light. Wright brings just enough humor and irreverence to what might otherwise be a droll story, leaving you craving more. Upon this second re-read, I found a much richer prose and complete story. I loved Frey so much I wrote the author for advice on writing my own stories. She was wonderful enough to reply and has remained my favorite member of this community.


2012 Review: 

The perfect indie novel example of "getting it done"! I loved Frey for stepping far beyond my expectations, for fulfilling my wishes for her strong plucky heroine, and for drawing me in deep into a world where elves rule over humans!




Pieces of Eight (The Frey Saga, #2)

Pieces of Eight by Melissa Wright

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


2017 Review: 

Pieces of Eight carries our team of Elf Avengers to the next level in every way. Frey's battle for her mind takes the stage for a large portion of this novel, and is just as frustrating for the reader as our MC. However, as the mysteries of her past unravel, and her relationships with her seven grow, Frey wins us over to her cause. But the real Big Bad, Asher is still on the loose, not to mention Frey's mental Aunt Fannie. It's up to this mismatched band of warriors to renew the balance in the land and help Frey become the Elf Lord she was fated to be.


2012 Review: 

Most sequels fail to capture the spirit of the first novel, and fewer manage to eclipse it. Pieces of Eight flows right in tandem with Frey, the perfect albeit wild sequel. By this point I was still in Frey's story, lost in her quest for her memories. The love scenes were steamy and romantic, the company entertaining and each character manages a life of their own. Now I'm biting my fingernails waiting to see what trouble they'll fall into next, how she adjusts to getting all her memories back and what to do about "the human problem".
Excellent book!




Rise of the Seven (The Frey Saga, #3)

Rise of the Seven by Melissa Wright

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


2017 Review:

Rise of the Seven is just as epic, just as bombastic and just as kick ass as you want it to be. Melissa Wright brings the best elements of Frey and Pieces of Eight, while bringing something new and unexpected at every turn. When you think everyone's safe, another danger appears for Frey and her team of Elf Avengers to overcome. With Frey's memories returned, the strength of her past mixed with the humility of her most recent adventures, she is an unstoppable force to be reckoned with. Lord Asher's manipulations in her life continue despite the Seven's attempts to stop them and bring peace to the North. With the welcome addition of Veil and the Fey, in a very Goblin King entrance, both Dark and Light Elves are thrown into chaos. Will Frey uphold her bargain with the Fey Prince or will it be open war? Destruction and death surround all sides of the conflict, the likes of which may ravage the land and ridding the world of magic forever.


2012 Review:

At last, Wright’s much anticipated final installment in her Frey trilogy has arrived with a bang. RoTS shines in plentiful, often garish colors, pairing the grit with the gumption of a fully matured kick-butt heroine. One of the things I admired most while reading this was the added depth of Freya’s character. With a return of her memories at last, the character is given several new dimensions that all flow seamlessly together. The pages turn like a well-oiled machine, now that we have come to know the company so well, allowing for even more action. The addition of fey to this world was a delightful surprise and only added to the broad spectrum of the world Wright has created. Magic abounds with intrigue and at the heart of the novel is Chevelle’s unwavering love for Freya and their long history together. And in the end, all loose ends are tied and wrapped in a rocking package that you’ll want to pull apart and read over and again.



Venom and Steel  (The Frey Saga, #4)

Venom and Steel by Melissa Wright

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


"I was just a broken girl now, like my mother, and hers before. This was how it started. Emptiness and despair. Everyone knew how it ended."

From the beginning, Venom and Steel throws you back into a theater of elves verses fey, dark against light, & the humans caught in an age-old war. Picking up some time after "Rise of the Seven," we are quickly re-acquainted with the company of characters we fell in love with before. Only this time, the fey are the central threat, with changelings taking advantage of the chaos an old conflict brings about. Stakes are higher than ever and the battle of wits & magic is spectacular. While Ruby shines brightest in this latest installment, Frey finds herself powerless to stop events from unfolding. Veil, the leader of the fey court strikes a bargain with Frey that leaves the kingdoms reeling. As the company is split apart by outside forces, they must learn to overcome insurmountable odds. Old enemies must become new allies as dark and light join forces, and a new threat looms in the horizon that threatens to destroy them all.




Thursday, July 27, 2017

2 Days Left for Venom & Steel Release Giveaway!

Just 2 days left to for a chance 

to win some of these lovely goodies ~




Hope y'all have already had a chance to pick up your copy of Venom & Steel, Melissa Wright's fourth installment in the epic Frey Saga! I've been re-reading the series myself and loving it. There was so much I forgot since I read the first two books back in '12. I plan on sharing my second experience with the Elven Avengers soon. Meanwhile, here's my review for Book Four.



Venom and Steel  (The Frey Saga, #4)Venom and Steel by Melissa Wright
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"I was just a broken girl now, like my mother, and hers before. This was how it started. Emptiness and despair. Everyone knew how it ended."

From the beginning, Venom and Steel throws you back into a theater of elves verses fey, dark against light, & the humans caught in an age-old war. Picking up some time after "Rise of the Seven," we are quickly re-acquainted with the company of characters we fell in love with before. Only this time, the fey are the central threat, with changelings taking advantage of the chaos an old conflict brings about. Stakes are higher than ever and the battle of wits & magic is spectacular. While Ruby shines brightest in this latest installment, Frey finds herself powerless to stop events from unfolding. Veil, the leader of the fey court strikes a bargain with Frey that leaves the kingdoms reeling. As the company is split apart by outside forces, they must learn to overcome insurmountable odds. Old enemies must become new allies as dark and light join forces, and a new threat looms in the horizon that threatens to destroy them all.

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Three seasons of peace come with a price.

It's dark night in the kingdom of the fey when the castle is attacked, and Ruby has gone missing. If Frey can't decipher the clues, one of her Seven might pay with their life.
But winged gods and high fey tricksters are plotting to steal more than a Halfling. Frey's high guard is torn apart, her magic is too volatile, and in three moons the fates will dance.
If Frey can't regain her guard and get a grip on her powers, the fate of the lands will rest in fey hands—but to do so, she must place her trust in one of them.

 

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Las Alas de las Palabras: Reseña: Wolfsbane's Daughter de Jennifer Silverwoo...

Amazing Illustrator & Argentenian book blogger, Agustina Zanelli shares her thoughts on Wolfsbane's Daughter!


Las Alas de las Palabras: Reseña: Wolfsbane's Daughter de Jennifer Silverwoo...: WOLFSBANE'S DAUGHTER  -  Jennifer Silverwood (A Wylder Tale #1.5) Título:  Wolfsbane's Daughter Autora:  Jennifer Si...


Helps if you can read in Spanish. I love hearing from readers, especially from around the world. See link above for Agustina's review & website for more art & bookish lovliness. Meanwhile, check out her amazing Vynasha drawing!



Tuesday, July 11, 2017

ARC Review 4 Venom & Steel by Melissa Wright

Calling all fans of Melissa Wright's THE FREY SAGA! Melissa just released the fourth volume in her elvish fantasy epic, Venom & Steel. Some of you may know I'm friends with Melissa and she was lovely enough to let me read and review an ARC copy. Stay tuned after my review for the big raffle giveaway for a chance to win copies + loads of awesome book swag!

Venom and Steel by Melissa Wright

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"I was just a broken girl now, like my mother, and hers before. This was how it started. Emptiness and despair. Everyone knew how it ended."

From the beginning, Venom and Steel throws you back into a theater of elves verses fey, dark against light, & the humans caught in an age-old war. Picking up some time after "Rise of the Seven," we are quickly re-acquainted with the company of characters we fell in love with before. Only this time, the fey are the central threat, with changelings taking advantage of the chaos an old conflict brings about. Stakes are higher than ever and the battle of wits & magic is spectacular. While Ruby shines brightest in this latest installment, Frey finds herself powerless to stop events from unfolding. Veil, the leader of the fey court strikes a bargain with Frey that leaves the kingdoms reeling. As the company is split apart by outside forces, they must learn to overcome insurmountable odds. 

Old enemies must become new allies as dark and light join forces, and a new threat looms in the horizon that threatens to destroy them all.



Big Giveaway




Grand Prize — BOOKS + a LOT of swag 😉

Second Prize — V&S in print with bookmarks

Third Prize — V&S ebook



Synopsis

Three seasons of peace come with a price.

It’s dark night in the kingdom of the fey when the castle is attacked, and Ruby has gone missing. If Frey can’t decipher the clues, one of her Seven might pay with their life.
But winged gods and high fey tricksters are plotting to steal more than a Halfling. Frey’s high guard is torn apart, her magic is too volatile, and in three moons the fates will dance.
If Frey can’t regain her guard and get a grip on her powers, the fate of the lands will rest in fey hands—but to do so, she must place her trust in one of them.

LIVE @ AmazoniTunesBarnes & Noble, & Kobo.



Friday, July 7, 2017

Stay on Sale for $0.99!

Sometimes I take it for granted everyone follows my social media, so this is in case you haven't had a chance to read STAY my New Adult Paranormal Romance. For one more week, you can read for just .99 on Amazon (Free with Matchbook :) So if you aren't familiar with Rona and Cain's story, click on the pic above and have a gander. 

behind the scenes...

I wrote Stay while editing Silver Hollow back in '12/13, while I was going through something of a personal crisis. I had been through a string of bad relationships and "almost" relationships, but couldn't find any worthy men out there. There seemed to be a sad lack of genuine people in general in my sphere of the world. So I started asking myself if true love did exist, at least for me. I asked all the women in and out of my acquaintance, both lifelong friends and authors I aspired to. I was surprised and overwhelmed with the heartfelt response to my little survey. Nearly everyone I asked my three little questions, not only shared their stories, but went above and beyond. 


Which is why as you read Stay, you'll notice each chapter is headed by quotes from some of these lovely ladies. I couldn't include everyone. I may need to write a sequel finally for that lol.
So while I'd love to claim total credit for the magic that became Stay, I can't. It was a group effort. It was a life effort. Your experience blending with mine, all the emotion I wanted Rona to feel as the "savior" of true love.


This book renewed my belief in true love. It gave me hope. And I hope it gives you hope too, reader. May you be inspired and may you feel loved.




Thursday, June 29, 2017

Court of Wings & Ruin Anyone?

I love this series so far. Can't wait to dive into the sequel! Waiting on my friend to finish Court of Mist & Fury so we can start our Rhys--ahem--book club together ;) Have you read Court of Thorns & Roses? Share your thoughts on the series and whether you prefer this to the Throne of Glass. Would love to fangirl with y'all! Speaking of fangirling: here's my attempt at "fancy book pic" 



Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Re-reading Lord of the Rings

While this isn't the first time I've read Tolkien's magnum opus, it is the first time I've read them completely in order as an adult. I grew up on 80's fantasy, like Willow, Legend and The Neverending Story, thanks to my older brothers. I gravitated to fantasy but Jackson's movies sparked a different kind of love for the genre. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is what led me deeper into the rabbit hole and prepared me to devour other epics like Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series & George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice & Fire. I know I'm not the first to say modern fantasy owes a great debt to Tolkien's boundless imagination and genius. It's no surprise I write fantasy epic today. I'm currently working on the final book of my first complete epic fantasy trilogy, Wylder Tales, and I wanted to re-read Tolkien's works this year with hopes of re-igniting that spark again. Now that I've officially nerded out on you, here are my reviews :) 



The HobbitThe Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This isn't the first time I've been lost with Bilbo in the fantastical wilds of Middle Earth and I'm pleased to say every re-read brings fresh appreciation for this master-work. A true delight from start to finish with allusions to the broader darkness of The Lord of the Rings. This children's classic, while dated in some aspects, stands the test of time. Above all The Hobbit accomplishes what Tolkien set out to do, entertain us and move us in small, sometimes large ways.





The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I wanted to disclose this isn't the first time I have read through the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I first discovered them through the movies, while having been vaguely aware thanks to The Hobbit cartoon. Still, Peter Jackson's movie impacted me and left me thirsty for more Tolkien and more of that world. I was a very young teen at the time of the Fellowship's release and immediately after watching it in theaters, I begged my mom to buy me a paperback copy. She bought me the trilogy and I soaked it up like a sponge. Ten years later, I decided to pick up my worn paperback copies again. I discovered an even richer detailed world than I remembered. I loved ever second of the Fellowship's journey, even the Hobbit's silly antics at the beginning. I tend to think of Tolkien as a scholar and a genius that I forget the beauty hidden in his epic, the prose between the languages. I highly expect to re-read this trilogy in another ten years and await all the nuances I missed the first two times.




The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, #2)The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Two Towers builds from the world and failed quest of the Fellowship and leads the surviving companions down dark paths. I loved Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli's mission to rescue Merry and Pippin and the war between Orcs and Men of Rohan. I found Treebeard and the Ents delightful as Tom Bombadil and much more terrifying in wrath. Though there were times I wished Tom had come along with the Company to sing them out of their troubles, Sam and Frodo in particular. My first read through of Two Towers, over ten years ago now, I struggled through the Mordor chapters. However Gollum held my attention this time around with his inner struggle, Sam kept entertaining me and Faramir pleasantly surprised me. I forgot a lot in ten years I was happy to reacquaint myself with Tolkien's world. Also, since reading The Silmarillion, many nods to the past have been much more relevant and obvious. I dove into Return of the King as soon as I shelved Two Towers.



The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings, #3)

The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

While I breezed through the first two Lord of the Rings installments, I struggled to finish the third. In part because I was determined to read the whole thing, including the appendices. As before, I enjoyed Merry and Pippins stories more than Frodo and Sam, in part because we get to see the War through their eyes. Though there was a lot I didn't recall from the last time I read the trilogy ten years ago. I loved every moment of it, yes, even the painstaking ones that made me focus. Because Tolkien turned the fantasy genre on its head while delivering a true opus for generations past and to come. By the time I finished reading his "notes" on translating the original languages, I half-believed he was transposing a piece of forgotten history. In this lies his genius and the magic.



The Silmarillion

The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Myths and legends of epic proportions, The Silmarillion is indeed the must-have companion to Lord of the Rings. While I've been working through The Hobbit & Rings trilogy, I wanted to go back and finally read the sagas that started it all. My head was swimming by the end with the names of people and places and endless battles. My favorite parts were the tales of Beren and Luthien, because yes, I'm a romantic at heart, and the origin creation tales. Read if you love epic mythology!





The Children of Húrin

The Children of Húrin by J.R.R. Tolkien


My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Using language akin to The Silmarillion yet with the strong storytelling of The Hobbit, The Children of Hurin is a must-read for any fan of Tolkien and mythical prose. Rife with tragedy and heroics, Hurin and his children give voice to men in a time when Elves ruled & Morgoth wrought terror, long before Sauron took up his master's mantle. The stakes here are just as high as in Lord of the Rings, only more personal. Though the style is written with a higher prose to reflect a more distant time, something about these flawed characters brings you close to their woes and triumphs.


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Happy Mothers Day Sale!

In honor of all the wonderful mothers out there, and the little sacrifices you make each and every day for your little & not-so-little ones: 



Thursday, January 26, 2017

Shut Up & Read: Q & A with Jennifer Silverwood

 Check out my interview with popular book bloggers extraordinaire: Shut Up & Read! As part of the upcoming "Read it & Reap" feature, the lovely ladies at SU&R have been kind enough to feature me on their site. Come visit & have a gander!



Shut Up & Read: Q & A with Jennifer Silverwood: Scarred Beauty  A Wylder Tale #2 by Jennifer Silverwood  Vynasha has become prisoner with the other wyld beasts of the castle, b...