Cinderella, Necromancer


Today, author F.M. Boughan is going to tell you why you’re going to love her new book, CINDERELLA, NECROMANCER. I gotta tell you. I’m looking forward to reading this one.

Take it, Ms. Boughan…

Why You’ll Love This Book

When I got the topic for this guest post, I did a bit of a double take. Because, why will you love Cinderella, Necromancer?

I mean, you might not.

You might not love fairy-tales or fairy-tale retellings. You might not love stories set in Medieval Europe. You might not love historical details, and you might not love it when fantasy-esque tales are based on real life events. Maybe you hate grimoires! Maybe you don’t even like magic.

It’s possible that you don’t like necromancy. Dark magic! Dead people! Evil spirits! Eww. You might hate the notion of a teenaged girl drawing on dark powers and controlling her own destiny. You might absolutely detest the concept of a heroine taking agency over her life and her future.

Maybe you don’t like mice and horses and secret passages. Maybe you don’t like pumpkins and balls and beautiful dresses. Maybe you’re totally sick of princes and graveyards and mysterious happenings in the night!

And I suppose it’s also possible that you detest gothic theming, good winning over evil, and the redemption of characters who do the wrong things for the right reasons.

You might also hate happy endings.

Why will you love this book?

I mean, if you do enjoy any or all of those things… I hope you’ll like it. Maybe you’ll even love it!

But you might not.

I guess you’d better read it and find out. 😉

 

 

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SUBMERGE by Toby Easton – a review


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I have to say, I’m more googly-eyed over this book than I was book 1.

Tobie Easton is a gifted storyteller. As with book one, EMERGE, I was drawn into the mermaid world from page one.  I was afraid I might forget some important details about the first book, but my fears were for nothing. I fell right into the story as if I’d finished the first one yesterday.

I can say I wasn’t disappointed.

SUBMERGE picks up where EMERGE left off. The spells have been broken and immortality has been restored to the Mer. Now the trials are about to begin and everyone is hoping that order will be restored. Lia wants so much right now, especially for those responsible for the wrongs to be punished, but will they be? And how can she do what needs to be done when what she wants more than anything is to be with Clay.

There is so much unrest, and this story is filled with so many twists and turns. It’s a rollercoaster of a ride and in many ways, I think SUBMERGE is better than EMERGE. Yes. A sequel that is better than the first book. I love Lia’s growth in the novel and that last line of the book?… Holy cow, when can I get my hands on book 3?

This book gets 5 stars from me. I couldn’t love it more. This is one of the best mermaid series out there.  I suggest starting off with book 1 before reading book 2. You’re going to love the world-building, and the characters will stay with you for a long time.

Well done, Ms. Easton!!

I received a copy of SUBMERGE from Chapter by Chapter in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

Cover Reveal: Poppy Mayberry: Return To Power Academy (Nova Kids #2) by Jennie K. Brown


 

Welcome to the Cover Reveal for

Poppy Mayberry: Return To Power Academy
(Nova Kids #2) by Jennie K. Brown

Be on the lookout for this upcoming title from
Tantrum Books!

 

HERE WE GO!
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE COVER?

 

 

Finding out you were wrong about something important can be a let down. But Poppy is pleased to learn she’s not just a Monday. She’s a Cusper, a weekday lucky enough to have TWO powers. Poppy’s elation is short-lived when she, Ellie, Logan, and Sam return to Power Academy as camp counselors, only to find themselves out of their element and struggling with the new drama teacher and his disaster of a school musical. When some campers go missing, Poppy and her team of weekdays are on the case. Soon, Poppy begins to realize that much like her powers, the seemingly-perfect town of Nova has some flaws, and the origin of her powers is as questionable as Headmistress Clothes-too-tight Larriby’s choice in outfits.If only there were more days in the week!

Poppy Mayberry: Return To Power Academy
(Nova Kids #2) by Jennie K. Brown
Publication Date: October 10, 2017
Publisher: Tantrum Books

Available for Pre-order
Amazon

 

 

Jennie K. Brown is a high school English teacher by day, freelance magazine writer by night, and middlegrade/young adult author by late-night and weekend. When she isn’t teaching or writing, Jennie can be found reading a good book, traveling, or spending time with her awesome husband, amazing son and super-spoiled yorkie.In 2010, the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) named Jennie the Pennsylvania English teacher of excellence, and she currently serves as President of the Pennsylvania Council for Teachers of English and Language Arts (PCTELA). She is also an active member of SCBWI, NCTE and ALAN.

 

 

BRAVING THE ELEMENTS – A Fantasy Anthology


This is not YA but it’s fantasy, so it got my attention.  I am very familiar with all of these authors and I know their work and I’ve read this book and OMG!!!  Fan-tab-ulous!!!  My review will post soon, but for now, join me in wishing BRAVING THE ELEMENTS a happy book birthday!!

Braving the Elements

A Fantasy Anthology

By Various Authors

Publisher: Roane Publishing

Release Date: September 4, 2017

 

Claire Davon – The Dragon, the Witch, and the Swordswoman

Michael Siciliano – Forging Mettle

Kelly Said – The Myth of Mount Agony

Terri Rochenski – Mist Weaver

Rebecca Hart – Alice and the Egg

 

The Dragon, The Witch, and the Swordswoman

By Claire Davon

As the person responsible for calling the bronze dragon that destroyed her village, Losha is tasked with killing it. Failure to do so means she will be outcast from everything she has ever known. Yet one she is on the road, two local women in tow, she finds that she is strangely reluctant to harm the beast that lurks in her mind.

After an encounter with an oddly familiar old woman and a knight in a small hamlet Losha is more confused than ever. On one hand, failure to slay the dragon means she cannot return to the promise of marriage from a local boy yet the more she learns about the dragon the less she wants to harm it.  It, like the bronze sword that is her only defense, speaks to her in a way nothing else has.

The stage is set for a final showdown between knight and beast when the knight’s true quest is revealed and Losha must choose between all she has ever known, or the companionship of an old woman…and a dragon.

Forging Mettle

By Michael Siciliano

Xander, a teenaged street thief in the grimy slums of Low Town, discovers he has an innate magical talent on the same night his father is killed. Intent on getting revenge, he attempts a risky robbery which goes bad. Rather than face the hangman’s noose, Xander agrees to accompany a group of soldiers intent on finding a powerful magical artifact. But the Beggar’s Hand isn’t what the King’s sorcerer thinks. Deep in the mountains, Xander must make life and death decisions, not just for himself, but the Kingdom he calls home.

The Myth of Mt Agony

By Kelly Said

Meadow’s mere presence ensures the Morningstar farm produces with preternatural abundance. A dirt-dusted foster-child, she hungers for harmony with Auric’s lands.

Valcone is the reclusive prince of Auric. Confined to his room—for the safety of his subjects—he craves control over his persuasive powers.

The prince and the farmgirl’s powerful personalities will collide with epic force when a war erupts between Auric and a neighboring kingdom. With Auric’s fate on the line, Valcone tests the limits of his ability. He amplifies his steady push into a forceful shove against Meadow’s gentle Nature. The Earth-shaper finds herself between a rock and a hard place, literally, where the only choice to save her family may lie in surrendering to the destructive force of her ground-breaking ability.

Mist Weaver

By Terri Rochenski

Dolan wants nothing more than to escape his village for the big city where his small stature and unpleasant features won’t make him the recipient of constant ridicule by the lord of the manor and his heir, Gilroy. The mist that dances to the sweet notes of Dolan’s flute is his only camaraderie and the only beauty in his life—except for Keavy.

When the kind milkmaid is faced with unwanted attentions, Dolan must defend her honor with a choice that will ultimately change his life.

Alice and the Egg

By Rebecca Hart

Alice would do anything for her father, the only parent she’s ever known since her mother’s death in childbirth. When he falls ill, Alice doesn’t hesitate when the opportunity to barter her life for his is presented by Jayden, the prince and only heir to the Dragorean throne.

It doesn’t take long for Alice to realize the palace has secrets. Ones that relate to her own past more than she could ever have imagined. If she can find a way to play the game of secrets well enough, not only could she save her father, she just may manage to save herself as well. 

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Cover Reveal: Savage (Dragonrider Legacy #1) by Nicole Conway


I love dragons. I can’t get enough of them. I also love Nicole Conway’s YA books on dragons. They are wonderful, flying high adventures, and I have been waiting on pins and needles for her new series, The Dragonrider Legacy, to arrive. Finally, I get a glimpse of the cover, and I’m filled with anticipation because I know the book comes out September 26 and I want it soooo much faster than that!! Oh well. Such is life. Until I can read the new book, I’ll just stare at the cover for a while. Isn’t it gorgeous?  Keep reading to find out more.

HERE WE GO!
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE COVER?

 

 

Savage begins the Dragonrider Legacy series, a thrilling companion to the international bestselling Dragonrider Chronicles.

Never send a hero to do a monster’s job.

Forty years have passed since Jaevid Broadfeather brought peace to Maldobar and Luntharda. But that fragile truce will be tested as darkness gathers on the horizon. The vicious armies of the Tibran Empire have crossed the far seas and are threatening to destroy Maldobar completely. Not even the dragonriders can match the Tibran war machines. And after an attempt to awaken Jaevid from his divine sleep fails, the fate of Maldobar is looking grim.

Reigh has never known what it means to be a normal human. Raised amongst the gray elves in the wild jungle of Luntharda, he’s tried everything to fit in. But the dark power within him is bursting at the seams—refusing to be silenced. And while his adoptive father, Kiran, insists this power must be kept secret, Reigh knows he’s running out of time.

As Maldobar burns, the world is desperate for a new hero. Destiny has called, and one boy will rise to answer.

Savage (Dragonrider Legacy #1)
by Nicole Conway
Publication Date: September 26, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books

Available for Pre-order:
Amazon

 

 

Nicole is the author of the children’s fantasy series, THE DRAGONRIDER CHRONICLES, about a young boy’s journey into manhood as he trains to become a dragonrider. She has completed the first two books in the series, and is now working on the third and final book.
Originally from a small town in North Alabama, Nicole moves frequently due to her husband’s career as a pilot for the United States Air Force. She received a B.A. in English with a concentration in Classics from Auburn University, and will soon attend graduate school.
She has previously worked as a freelance and graphic artist for promotional companies, but has now embraced writing as a full-time occupation.
Nicole enjoys hiking, camping, shopping, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends. She also loves watching children’s movies and collecting books. She lives at home with her husband, two cats, and dog.

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Just THUNDERCLAP It!!


Hey all:

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while. I’ve been in the editing and writing cave forever, but it’s all starting to pay off.

Book 2 in the Chronicles of Fallhollow has cleared its final round of edits and is about to be released. The big day is October 24, and I’ll be calling on all of you that week to help with the big shout out, but for now, I’m going to let you in on a secret.

I have a cover reveal in September and I absolutely love it, but I will need your help to promote it. How can you do that, you ask? I’m going to create a Thunderclap campaign.  If you’re not familiar with Thunderclap, it’s an automated ‘shout out’ system that sends one email out to your platform on one day to help promote the item, in this case, my 2nd book.  All you need to do is sign up and the program will do the rest.

I’m going to create a Thunderclap campaign. If you’re not familiar with Thunderclap, it’s an automated ‘shout out’ system that sends one message to your Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler/Gmail platform on one day to help promote an item, in this case, my 2nd book.  All you need to do is sign up and the Thunderclap program will do the rest.

I’ll be posting the link for the Thunderclap campaign this weekend so you can sign up if you so choose to.  I’m hoping to get at least 100 people shouting about the book cover, so once you get the link, please feel free to share it with your friends so they can sign up and shout out, too.

Thank you in advance for your support. Newsletter subscribers who take part in the Thunderclap will also be entered into a special surprise giveaway, but you must sign up for my newsletter before September 11. My newsletter will be undergoing a small change this weekend. It will have a new title: “Myth, Magic, Fantasy”, and a slightly different look, so please be on the lookout for that.  The link to my newsletter is here. Hope to see you there.

Thank you again for your amazing support! See you soon!!

 

                                                      Jenny

Name that Shape-Shifting Dragon Prince! And the winner is…


image courtesy of http://elevit-stock.deviantart.com/art/E-S-Snow-Dragon-580113602

 

On June 11 I started a contest to name a character in my 3rd book: a shape-shifter Prince of dragons. The person who submitted the winning name would be mentioned in the credits of the book. As a bonus, the winner will also receive signed copies of all three books in The Chronicles of Fallhollow series when the third one releases and there may be some additional goodies tucked in with the books. I think I’ll keep that a surprise.

So who is the lucky winner? Why it’s

with her winning name of

I LOVE this name. There were a few I liked but when I inserted this name in the blank spots in my book, the story flowed. Prince Venniver suits this character to a T! His attitude, the way he speaks. I knew the second I put his name in the line where he first appears this was the name to use. Thank you, Deby!!

Thank you all for playing along! Stay tuned for more giveaways and contests and general, all-around fun!!

 

Proud to be an Army Brat


I’m an army brat and I’m proud to say it. My dad served this country with honor and dignity from the age of 18 until he died at the age of 49. He fought in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam twice. Like many of our service men and women, he saw things in war a person should never have to see. He slept with his demons, wrestled with his guilt. He was a soldier. A fighter. A commander shouting orders, some he probably wished he’d never given. He watched friends die, families torn apart. When not at war, he trained the troops. He went fishing. He watched baseball. Through it all, he did his best to provide a good life for his wife, his son and daughter. He rarely complained and didn’t allow his kids to complain either. He taught me to face my problems head on, that nothing was too powerful to defeat me.

I forget that sometimes, but then I hear his voice inside of me yelling at me to pick myself up by my bootstraps and keep going. Thank you, Daddy.

When I was 8-years-old, my dad volunteered to go back to Vietnam. I didn’t understand. I wanted him to stay with me. At a baseball game I asked him why he had to go. He told me something that stuck with me my entire life. I’m sure I don’t have his words absolutely correct but it’s how I remember them. Even at the time I thought them to be profound, and they affected me so much, I put a version of them in my novel (doctored up to fit the fantasy tale that it is.) Here is what that Alabama boy had to say:

“War is a necessary evil. Unfortunately, we all battle some sort of enemy either within or around us every day. The true test of our character lies in the instant when we choose to either ignore or defeat that which seeks to destroy us. Fighting out there … it’s the same thing. This country has seen its share of battles and ridden the wings of freedom for a long time, but there are enemies out there who want to kill us, who threaten our very existence, who wish to stifle the God-given rights of every person on the planet. Trust me, I’d much rather stay home, go to baseball games, drink my beer, but I have to do this. I have to defend what’s dear to me – you, your mom, your brother, my country. The right to sit here, to watch people smack a ball around with a stick, to see people act like idiots if they want. I do what I do so they’ll always have the right to do so. I don’t want to die, but if I do, my death won’t be for nothing. After all, what is more honorable than giving one’s life for love of family, country…and freedom.”

He passed away on July 10, 1972 while on active duty. He was one of the most honorable men I have ever known.

On this Fourth of July, while you’re eating your hamburgers and hot dogs, while you’re watching the fireworks, don’t forget to thank the millions like my dad who fought and still fight, to preserve not only our freedoms but freedoms and God-given rights of people around the world. We owe them everything for keeping us free.

So, if you see a Vet or a service man or woman, say thank you. Honor them. Respect them, for they are the keepers of Old Glory. They are the ones who keep us free. Remember the price. Remember the sacrifice.

Freedom is never free.

 

 

 

 

MERMAID ABOARD by Louise Cypress – A cheesy but adorable novella


NOTE: The author provided me with a copy of this novella in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed this read for the most part. It was a quick and easy read, which I like on busy days when I don’t have time for a long, involved novel but want to feed the reading hunger.

I found the story to be cute enough, but the whole insta-love thing was not for me. While Ian and Estella were cute together, they fell in love too fast. Sure, they could be smitten with each other, but I didn’t fall for the love thing. Then again, if I were an 11 or 12-year old reading this story, I’d totally love the puppy love thing, so I guess it’s all relative to the age group reading it.

I felt the language was a bit young for the characters.  They sounded more 14ish than 17ish. And while I appreciated the science talk and how our oceans are in danger due to human littering, and global warming, I felt much of the storyline was info dump. I would have appreciated it more if there were pictures laying around Ian’s room of garbage hauls on a science vessel deck or something that could spark the conversations. I felt the story moved too fast as if the author was trying to shove as much content into 5000 words or less. I think there were some aspects that could have

I felt the story moved too fast as if the author was trying to shove as much content into 5000 words or less. I think there were some aspects that could have used a bit more flushing out and extended. Life doesn’t fall into place so quick and easy. I would have liked to have seen a bit more turmoil. I loved the scene with Estella, Ian, his brother, and their parents in the dining room. THAT was realistic. That was teen angst that I felt was well done. I also loved the innocence of the story, that the author didn’t have to resort to foul language or sex to tell the story. I found this endearing and I miss it so much in middle-grade and YA contemporary reads lately.

As an adult, I thought the story to be on the cheesy side, but, on the same note, I also felt it would be a perfect short story for a middle-grade girl looking for an adorable story about mermaids. Overall, I’d give this story 3 fins. I look forward to more writings by this author.

 

What’s it all for?


Birth. Existence. Death.

What’s it all for?  Why are we born knowing we must die? It makes everything in between the birth and death so futile and insignificant in the scheme of the universe. I mean, we’re all just tiny little microscopic specs in the vast expanse. How could we make any impact on this thing called “life”? We’re really nothing compared to eternity. Sure, some of us will burn bright, and like a star will continue to burn bright long after death because we somehow left a light behind that still resonates. But most of us will shine for a moment in time and then burn out.

So why try to find a way to burn forever when we know there’s a good chance we’re going to fizzle?

For me, it’s because I know each and every one of us is a star to someone. You may not be the star on a rock stage or the Hollywood Walk of Fame. You may not be the President of your senior class or the most popular kid in school. You may not be the one to always gets the promotion, and many times you’re going to feel looked over, insignificant – as if no one sees you or cares.

But the thing is, we’re all stars to someone. Your parents, siblings, your next door neighbor…they may think you’re an angel sent from the heavens. To that lonely kid at school, you may be his/her hero. To the lady you helped in the grocery store, you may be what put a smile on her face. The truth of it is, we tend to underestimate the impact we have on others. We all may appear to be insignificant, but we’re not. Not all of us can be stars. Some of us need to be grains of sand on the beach.  You know why? Because without each and ever single grain of sand on that beach, there would be no beach. You may not stand out individually, but put together with the whole, look how magnificent you are.

Never, never underestimate your importance.  You are important, and your life matters to someone.

My mother-in-law passed away Sunday. She’d been ill for a while and lived in a nursing facility. She wasn’t a star that will burn like the sun into eternity. Someday her light will blip and will go out. But for now, it’s burning bright even though she’s gone. I look at how she touched the nurses and CNAs where she ‘lived’ her final three years. They loved her and when she passed Sunday, a piece of them went with her.

I see the posts on social media, from the people who barely knew her. They are all saying how Nancy touched their lives, how she always made them feel welcome and part of the family. Even those who had little contact with her thought her to be an extraordinary woman. She was a star then. She’s a star now.

She’ll always be a star to her family. She’ll always be a star to me. She was my second mom, and I am blessed to have this star streak through my life. I can only hope and pray to burn as bright in the lives I touch along this journey of life. I hope I will be as kind, forgiving, thankful, and just. I hope I will be as much a symbol of strength and honesty to others as she was. I hope I exude as much compassion and love and understanding. I pray I am as kind, thoughtful and present to those who need me.

I am a grain of sand hoping for star status.

To me, that’s what it’s all for. We’re not here to make a giant impact on the universe. We’re here to make positive impacts on each other. As long as we do that, we’ll always shine in the eyes of those lives we touch. Just remember, eventually, even the brightest star will burn out, but until then, be everything you can be. Make your life count. Touch a life, or two or three. Shine bright and never forget how valuable you are. Someone loves you, and that makes you the brightest star in the universe.