What does ARTIFACTS by Pete Catalano have in common with Peter Pan and the Lost Boys?


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Oh my goodness. It has been such a long time since I’ve read a middle-grade book so full of snark, fun, memorable characters and a whopping good Goonies sort of tale of adventure and excitement.

First of all, who doesn’t love this cover? OMGosh!! The colors are so vibrant. The font is perfection!  I don’t know who designed the cover but they did an excellent job.

With a cover like that, I suppose a synopsis would be good. Here is what Goodreads has to say:

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It’s funny how one little letter can change a person’s life. Jax and his friends have been planning the summer of a lifetime at Camp Runamuck. However, when one of them is facing summer at a school desk for failing English, they watch those plans crash and burn!

At the last moment they’re given a way out.

An extra credit assignment to find several fake artifacts for a fairy tale display their teacher is presenting at the local library.

Thinking they’ve hit the easiest-extra-credit-ever jackpot, they begin rummaging through any piles of junk they can find. As they start putting the clues together, they realize that what they’re really searching for is one authentic artifact that can rewrite fairy tales!

Enlisting the aid of the Lost Boys, Jax and his friends battle fairy tale villains to see who can get their hand, or their hook, on it first.

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My Review:

I have to tell you, I was hooked from the first word.  12-year-old Jax Murphy is a trip, but not as much as his friends Crunch, and the Wahoo brothers. And Jax’s relationship with his sister, Dana, is classic middle-grade humor. I love Jax’s parents in this novel. They are like the coolest parents a middle-schooler could have.  and Korie, well, she’s high-spirited and just as eager to join in the mix of guys as the guys are.

I loved the premise behind this story and was delighted to see it take on a Captain Hook and the Lost Boys storyline. I’ve read many upper YA stories based on fairytales, but this one is definitely a romping fun read for the middle-grade boy. What a breath of fresh air!

There were times I felt events unfurled a little too easily just so the kids could get things to go their way, but those parts were covered up by such funny antics and marvelous interaction between the characters that I forgave the conveniences. There was non-stop action and the adventure to find the artifact that would send everyone to Camp Runamuck was crazy fun. I found myself grinning throughout the story and rooting for these bumbling, yet endearing kids.  There were twists and turns, evil villains, magic and snappy dialogue. I can’t imagine a middle-grader not eating this story up.  Have you got a reluctant middle-grade reader? Give them this book. It’s crazy, insane fun.

I totally give the book 5 stars out of 5. I loved every minute of it and recommend it to anyone who wants to just escape into a funtastical and magical fairytale-esque story. Pete Catalano, I bow to your greatness. Please continue these stories. I could see a whole series of Jax Murphy books, you know, like Goosebumps, just different.

About Pete

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Pete Catalano’s books are written for kids of all ages — and adults who secretly never grew up. He lives in Charlotte, NC with his adorably funny wife and two neurotic dogs. Pete was a theater major in college and tries to keep the ‘suspension of disbelief’ in his life as much as he can.

 

 

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What would you do if your son wanted to be a dragonrider?


Today I’m super excited to share with you a mini interview I had with Nicole Conway, author of the amazing Dragonrider Chronicles series of books. The third in the series, TRAITOR, just released in the last week and it is spectacular!!

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What’s it about?  Read below.

No amount of training has prepared Jaevid Broadfeather for the frontlines of battle. Now facing the true horrors of war, with Luntharda looming on the horizon, Jaevid has begun to question everything he thought about his heritage. The only thing keeping him going is his oath to protect his dragonrider brothers. But in an instant, even that slips through Jaevid’s fingers as he steps from the safety of his dragon’s saddle into the depths of his mother’s wild homeland—the kingdom of the gray elves.

Stranded in Luntharda with his partner, Lieutenant Jace Rordin, Jaevid must finally confront the demons of his own past as he uncovers the truth about a war that began before he was ever born. Armed with a new appreciation for destiny, and flanked by his trusted friends, Jaevid moves to make the final strike against an enemy that has hidden in plain sight for far too long.

One kingdom’s traitor will become the world’s last hope.

 

 

I’ve been following Nicole on social media for a while and I love her Instagram pics of her military family, especially her little doodle bug. Being from a military family as well, I jumped at the chance to learn more about how this hectic, crazy lifestyle affected her writing.

 

Me:  Hi Nicole. Thanks for joining me today.  I have to know.  You have a little one (whom I’ve enjoyed watching grow since he was born, and has captured my heart). You’ve also recently moved to another country with beliefs and traditions quite different from ours. How does being a military wife, a mother and now “world” traveler affect your writing? Do you find you are inspired more to write? Less? Does your husband’s job give you ideas for your stories?

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Nicole: I consider myself very blessed and fortunate to get to live in so many different places, including on the opposite side of the globe. It’s not easy. Every time we move we leave behind friends, memories, routines, and are forced to start over somewhere new where we may or may not know anyone at all. But I try to look at each new destination as an opportunity to grow, explore, and learn.  It’s all about perspective, and it’s my mission to instill in my son an adventurer’s spirit so that he’ll never be afraid to try something new.

It definitely has an impact on my writing, for the better, I think. There are so many things from different cultures that you simply don’t know until you’ve lived them out in daily life. I think it opens my mind and inspires me to stretch the boundaries of my own imaginary worlds. It’s steeped in tradition, and that is something that definitely heavily influenced THE DRAGONRIDER CHRONICLES.

Me:  I have to ask this.  In a world where dragonriders were real, would you be okay with it if your own little E chose to become one?

Nicole:  If my son wanted to become a dragonrider, I’d certainly be proud and let him pursue it. It would be hard letting go of my soft, sweet, smiley little boy knowing he would return to me a steely eyed man. But I think I could find peace about it, especially if I knew he would have a mentor like Sile, Jace, or Prax. I truly believe that there comes a time in a boy’s life when he must learn from men how to become a man himself. Boys need and crave that kind of mentorship from father figures in their lives.

I couldn’t agree more, Nicole!!  Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy day to chat. I wish you all the luck in the world with your series and all the stories yet to be told. Keep posting pics of your little bit and enjoy your stay in your new, exciting and adventurous country. From an Army brat to an Air Force family, please relay my thanks from me to your husband for his service to our country.  I’m sure many others offer those sentiments as well.

For those who want to learn more about Nicole, please feel free to hit up her social media accounts and her website.

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Scepter of Fire – Cover Reveal


Today Vicki L. Weavil and Month9Books are revealing the cover and first chapter for SCEPTER OF FIRE, a companion novel in the CROWN OF ICE Series! Which releases October 18, 2016! Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to be one of the first readers to receive an eGalley!!

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Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Ugly Duckling” and “The Steadfast Tin Soldier,” SCEPTER OF FIRE is a companion book to CROWN OF ICE, my retelling of “The Snow Queen.” It takes place a few years later, in the midst of an invasion by a power-mad foreign emperor, and includes most of the characters from CROWN OF ICE.

However the protagonist in SCEPTER OF FIRE is someone new—17yo Varna Lund, an ugly duckling among swans, who’s certain her destiny lies in taking on the mantle of village healer after the death of her aged mentor. But when a young soldier enlists her aid to care for his injured friend, Varna and her sister, Gerda, are catapulted into the war that has engulfed their country.

Forced to flee enemy troops with her sister and the two soldiers, Varna must also evade her mentor, Sten Rask—revealed to be a powerful mage seeking the enchanted mirror hidden by a former Snow Queen.

To protect the mirror, and their country, Varna, Gerda, and the soldiers join forces with a sorceress, an enchanted reindeer, a brilliant scholar, and a young woman traveling with a wolf. But Varna faces a terrible temptation. Promised beauty and power by the devilishly handsome Rask, she must choose—achieve her own desires, or protect a society that has never embraced her.

The Cover:

I love how this cover matches the cover of CROWN OF ICE, and yet is different enough to set the books apart. Both feature striking young women, but whereas CROWN is glazed with icy blue tones, SCEPTER is saturated with reds, golds and other fiery hues. If you look closely, you can even see flames reflected in the girl’s eyes—very appropriate for a book that deals with sorcerers who wield fire. Although the cover model is not an “ugly duckling,” she does accurately reflect the protagonist during one portion of the book, which I will not reveal at this point due to “spoilers”!

 

Title: SCEPTER OF FIRE

Author: Vicki L. Weavil

Pub. Date: October 18, 2016

Publisher: Month9Books

Format: Paperback & eBook

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Sharp as pine needles, and twice as bitter, seventeen-year-old Varna Lund’s determined to become a healer. At least patients don’t care about her looks, unlike the young men who spurn her for eighteen-year-old Gerda or even her younger sisters. An ugly duckling among swans,

Varna hopes to bury her passionate nature in useful work.

Her healing skills are put to the test when Varna encounters Erik Stahl, a young soldier who’s deserted the battlefield to carry his injured friend, Anders Nygaard, to safety. Varna, enlisting the aid of Gerda, cares for Anders in secret.

But a brutal betrayal catapults the four young people into life on the run, where Varna discovers her old mentor is actually a powerful wizard. Seeking the enchanted mirror hidden by a former Snow Queen, the wizard hopes to use Gerda as a pawn in his plan to aid the invading emperor.

Other forces ally against the wizard, including an auburn-haired sorceress, an enchanted reindeer, a brilliant scholar, and a young woman traveling with a wolf. Along with the soldiers and Gerda, they vow to prevent the mirror from falling into enemy hands. But tempted with promises of beauty and power from her now devilishly handsome mentor, Varna must choose between her own desires and the good of a society that’s never embraced her.

Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Ugly Duckling” and “The Steadfast Tin Soldier”, SCEPTER OF FIRE is a companion book to CROWN OF ICE.

 

 

Vicki L. Weavil was raised in a farming community in Virginia, where her life was shaped by a wonderful family, the culture of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and an obsession with reading. She holds a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Virginia, a Masters in Library Science from Indiana University, and a Masters in Liberal Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. After working as a librarian at the NY Public Library at Lincoln Center, and the Museum of Television & Radio (now the Paley Center for Media) in NYC, she is currently the Director for Library Services at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Vicki loves good writing in any genre, and has been known to read seven books in as many days. She enjoys travel, gardening, and the arts. Vicki lives in North Carolina with her husband and some very spoiled cats. A member of SCBWI, Vicki is represented by Fran Black at Literary Counsel, NY, NY.
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EMERGE by Tobie Easton ~ a fantastic mermaid tale


Today I’m reviewing EMERGE by Toby Easton, a new release from #Month9Books.

Publisher:  Month9Books

ISBN 13:  9781942664918

Release Date:  April 19, 2016

Lia Nautilus may be a Mermaid but she’s never lived in the ocean. War has ravaged the seven seas ever since the infamous Little Mermaid unleashed a curse that stripped Mer of their immortality. Lia has grown up in a secret community of land-dwelling Mer hidden among Malibu’s seaside mansions. Her biggest problems are surviving P.E. and keeping her feelings for Clay Ericson in check. Sure, he’s gorgeous in that cocky, leather jacket sort of way and makes her feel like there’s a school of fish swimming in her stomach, but getting involved with a human could put Lia’s entire community at risk.

So it’s for the best that he’s dating that new girl, right? That is, until Lia finds out she isn’t the only one at school keeping a potentially deadly secret. And this new girl? Her eyes are dead set on Clay, who doesn’t realize the danger he’s in. If Lia hopes to save him, she’ll have to get closer to Clay. Lia’s parents would totally flip if they found out she was falling for a human boy, but the more time she spends with him, the harder it is for her to deny her feelings. After making a horrible mistake, Lia will risk everything to stop Clay from falling in love with the wrong girl.

 

My Review:

I’m not huge into mermaid stories, though I did like The Little Mermaid quite a lot. (Of course, Disney had to take the dark out of it to make it “kid” friendly, but that’s another post altogether.)

I really liked Emerge a lot. It’s a fantastic story about survival, love, right and wrong, sacrifice. All the awesome themes for a great fantasy novel.

Lia is a mermaid completely out of her element due to the mer-wars. She is a refugee who’s grown up on land, trying to fit in with the human society, and doing everything she can to hide who and what she really is while trying to fit in.  She’s doing ok until she’s told she has to jump in the pool during swim class. If she does, her legs would turn to fins and everyone would learn she’s not who everyone thinks she is. Lucky for her, this hero, Clay, comes to the rescue and saves the day. Like a typical teen, Lia develops a strong attraction to Clay, and he to her.

But she’s a mermaid, and he’s human. For Lia, it’s a match that can never be made even though she wants it. And it would not be good for Clay if she got too close. I do have to say that Clay is super amazing. What a great book boyfriend!! Too bad the villain didn’t see things the same way. Mel Havelock, the “other girl” … omgosh, this chick is something else. Every girl who’s ever had a crush on a guy that’s dating another girl can relate to this entire “relationship”, and the intense desire to rip someone’s eyes out.

But Lia didn’t.  She shows an amazing amount of restraint, while trying not to let her heart shatter into a million pieces.

I liked Lia as a heroine. I like that she doesn’t have everything figured out. She makes mistakes. Lots of them, and she learns from each one. I did find the plot a bit predictable, but I loved it just the same.

I completely related to this story on so many levels. Seeing the guy you want to be with but can’t be with for various reasons. The love, the heartache, the angst, the humor. That feeling of everlasting love. Having your first crush.

Knowing it can never work.

It’s all here, in this beautiful, neat little package called, EMERGE.

I give it two thumbs up and 4.5 stars, mainly because of its predictability, and because Lia got on my nerves a bit. Neither one of those were deal breakers, but they did cut down on the stars by ½ point. I thought there was a lot of action, fantastic world building, and wonderful character development. I will definitely be waiting for book 2 … with fins on.  :-)

I received an ARC of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

 

The Requiem Red by Brynn Chapman – a review


Have you ever read a book that left you in awe, either of the writing style, the imagery, the plot, the characters?  The Requiem Red has so many wonderful things going for it, but I would have to say my favorite aspect of this book is the authors master storytelling ability.  From page one, I was hooked.  I think part of that was because the story takes place in a sanitarium in the late 1800s. Talk about creepy.

Before I go into my review, here is a little about the book. Make sure you read to the end because there is a giveaway going on in celebration of the release of this awesome novel.

So, what’s it about?  From Goodreads:

A monster roams the halls of Soothing Hills Asylum. Three girls dead. 29 is endowed with the curse…or gift of perception. She hears messages in music, sees lyrics in paintings. And the corn. A lifetime asylum resident, the orchestral corn music is the only constant in her life.

Mason, a new, kind orderly, sees 29 as a woman, not a lunatic. And as his belief in her grows, so does her self- confidence. That perhaps she might escape, might see the outside world.

But the monster has other plans. The missing girls share one common thread…each was twenty-nine’s cell mate.

Publisher:  Month9Books

Release Date:  April 5, 2016

ISBN:  1944816275 (ISBN13: 9781944816278)

Review:

When I started this novel, I knew I was going to like it. The imagery is phenomenal. The writing style impeccable. Ms. Chapman had me spellbound from the first sentence.  I love the settings and the picture that she sets for the reader. Patient 29 is multi-faceted. There is so much to her character and I found myself cheering her on from the beginning. The atmosphere and mystery are suspenseful, and there were just enough fantastical elements to make the story creepy.

I really wanted more of a relationship to build between our main character and the orderly, Mason, but it didn’t happen to the extent I wanted to. Funny thing is, I didn’t feel cheated by it. I think it’s because I understood what was going on with patient 29 and a more intense romance would have boggled the plot.  I also would have feard for Mason had more been allowed to happen.

Yes, this book is creepy, and by the end, I really felt so sad for patient 29. Ms. Chapman has a wonderful way of weaving historical facts into this story, and she even leaves you some links in the back of the book to follow up with to find out more about the problems facing patient 29.

I apologize if I appear to be vague, but I don’t want to give too much away.  I thought this was an amazing story surrounding a subject that is always a conversation topic.

As much as I loved this book, I give it a solid 4 stars, mainly because I found it a bit predictable and because I wanted a tad more in the romance department. I also didn’t like the head-hopping that took place toward the middle/end of the book. Still, it was a fantastic read that kept me turning page after page after page. I also stared at that cover a lot!! I will definitely keep my eyes on this author and I look forward to her next book.

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Brynn Chapman is published in Historical and Historical Fantasy Romance for adult books. She also writes under R.R. Smythe for Young Adult Historical Fantasy.

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She also blogs with the wonderful authors, Grace Burrowes, Hope Ramsay, Alix Rickloff and many others at http://blameitonthemuse.com

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Release Day Blitz: Ashes in the Sky (Fire in the Woods #2) by Jennifer M. Eaton with Giveaway


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After inadvertently saving the world, eighteen-year-old Jessica Martinez is ready to put adventure behind her and settle back into the familiar routine of high school.

Though when she’s offered an opportunity to photograph the inside of an alien space ship, Jess jumps at the chance. After all, she’d be crazy to turn something like that down, right?

Spending time with David on the ship has definite advantages and the two seem to pick up right where they left off. But when Jess discovers a plot to sabotage David’s efforts to establish a new home for his people on another planet, neither David’s advanced tech nor Jess’s smarts will be able to save them.

ASHES IN THE SKY is an action-packed, romantic Sci Fi adventure that will leave readers screaming for more.

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When a plane crashes in the woods near Jess’s home, the boy of her dreams falls out of the sky—literally. But David’s not here to find a girlfriend. He’s from another planet, and if Jess can’t help him get back to his ship, he’ll be stuck on Earth with nothing to look forward to but the pointy end of a dissection scalpel.

But her father runs their house like an army barracks, and with an alien on the loose, Major Dad isn’t too keen on the idea of Jess going anywhere. Ever. So how the heck is she supposed to help the sweetest, strangest, and cutest guy she’s ever met?

Hiding him in her room probably isn’t the best idea. Especially since her Dad is in charge of the squadron searching for David. That doesn’t mean she won’t do it. It just means she can’t get caught.

Helping David get home while protecting her heart—that’s gonna be the hard part. After all, she can’t really fall for a guy who’s not exactly from here.

As they race through the woods with Major Dad and most of the U.S. military one breath behind them, Jess and David grow closer than either of them anticipated. But all is not what it seems. David has a genocide-sized secret, and one betrayal later, they are both in handcuffs as alien warships are positioning themselves around the globe. Time is ticking down to Armageddon, and Jess must think fast if she’s to save the boy she cares about without sacrificing Earth—and everyone on it.

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Jennifer M. Eaton

Jennifer M. Eaton hails from the eastern shore of the North American Continent on planet Earth. Yes, regrettably, she is human, but please don’t hold that against her. While not traipsing through the galaxy looking for specimens for her space moth collection, she lives with her wonderfully supportive husband and three energetic offspring. (And a poodle who runs the spaceport when she’s not around.)

During infrequent excursions to her home planet of Earth, Jennifer enjoys long hikes in the woods, bicycling, swimming, snorkeling, and snuggling up by the fire with a great book; but great adventures are always a short shuttle ride away.

Who knows where we’ll end up next?

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Release Day Blitz: The Lingering Grace (The Looking Glass #2) by Jessica Arnold with Giveaway


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All magic comes with a price.

The new school year brings with it a welcome return to normalcy after Alice’s narrow escape from a cursed hotel while on summer vacation. But when a young girl drowns in a freak accident that seems eerily similar to her own near-death experience, Alice suspects there might be something going on that not even the police can uncover.

The girl’s older sister, Eva attends Alice’s school, and Alice immediately befriends her. But things change when when Alice learns that Eva is determined to use magic to bring her sister back. She must decide whether to help Eva work the highly dangerous magic or stop her at all costs. After all, no one knows better than Alice the true price of magic.

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Find the diary, break the curse, step through The Looking Glass!

Fifteen-year-old Alice Montgomery wakes up in the lobby of the B&B where she has been vacationing with her family to a startling discovery: no one can see or hear her. The cheap desk lights have been replaced with gas lamps and the linoleum floor with hardwood and rich Oriental carpeting. Someone has replaced the artwork with eerie paintings of Elizabeth Blackwell, the insane actress and rumored witch who killed herself at the hotel in the 1880s. Alice watches from behind the looking glass where she is haunted by Elizabeth Blackwell. Trapped in the 19th-century version of the hotel, Alice must figure out a way to break Elizabeth’s curse—with the help of Elizabeth’s old diary and Tony, the son of a ghost hunter who is investigating the haunted B&B—before she becomes the inn’s next victim.

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Jessica Arnold lives (in an apartment) and works (in a cubicle) in Boston, Massachusetts. She has a master‘s degree in publishing and writing from Emerson College.

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ASHES IN THE SKY – A spacestastic review! #Month9Books, #Month9Squad


When we think of aliens, I think most of us conjure up visions of little green men flying around in spaceships like the one that’s taken over this post.  I can assure you, however, the ones in the book I’m about to talk about aren’t little green men.  They are otherworldly. Intelligent. A little self-righteous. But they have this incredible ability to turn into something us humans can understand, and that’s human.

In book one of the series, FIRE IN THE WOODS (a must read by the way before you read this one), we meet high schooler Jess, a National Geographic wannabe, and David, this kid who just crash landed an alien vessel in the woods near Jess’s house. But he’s not your typical alien. Nope. He’s hot. In fact, he’s the heart throb of every teenage girl in the world. Well, at least he looks like him enough to fool Jess. Anyway, the two end up on this wild adventure trying to escape the army that is trying to capture him, while David tries to protect Jess from the aliens that want to kill her. It’s a great story, and a fast read and I loved it, which says a lot because I normally don’t read Sci Fi.  Needless to say, I’ve been waiting for almost 2 years for ASHES IN THE SKY to come out, and lookie!! It’s here!!

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After reading the first book, I was expecting an excellent read and boy did Ms. Eaton deliver. This book was jammed pack with action and romance and I fell in love with alien David all over again. Can the guy get anymore swoon-worthy? The chemistry between Jess and David jumps off the pages. He’s so into her and she’s so into him, but they are always thinking about the alien thing that stands between them.  How could it possibly work? He’s from a planet called Erescopia and she’s from Earth. In his true form, he is truly as alien as they come, but Jess loves him. In fact, she loves him more as himself than as the human David. But he’s so sweet and loving and doesn’t want to pretend that things could be perfect between them.  I think this is a theme that teens can relate to especially if they are attracted to someone of a different race or of the same gender. How will people react? Where will they go where people don’t stare and talk? How can they have a normal life with so many prejudices in the way? I found it refreshing how the author wove this theme into the book about aliens.  I guess humans aren’t the only ones to wrestle with these everyday dilemmas.

The action in this book is still there and it grabs you from start to finish. The pace is fast and you will reach the end of the book before you know it and beg for the last book. You’ll kick and cry because you can’t get your hands on Book 3 for maybe another year or so.  Yes. You heard me.  Of course, miracles are known to happen, so you never know.:-)

I loved the other characters in this book as well, especially Edgar. I’m not going to tell you anything about him except that he is a brilliant creation from the mind of Jennifer Eaton. He’s so … no. I’m not going to tell you.  You’re going to have to read it for yourself.

Is there a downside to this book? I guess that depends on what you’re looking for. This is a YA book and it has a YA appeal. If you’re looking for something like ACROSS THE UNIVESE or THE 5TH WAVE, this isn’t for you. If you’re looking for something along the lines of ALIENATED, or Jennifer Armentrout’s LUX series, then ASHES IN THE SKY is for you.

5 stars out of 5, folks.  I can’t wait for the final book. It’s going to be a doozy! Check out the trailer and links to the both books below.

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IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING reveals itself to the world today!


I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am today.  Finally, I have a cover reveal to share with you and it’s not of someone else’s book, but mine. Yes, IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING is about to be born, and today you get a sneak peek at the cover, the first chapter and a giveaway to boot., which comes out May 31, 2016!!

What do you think?

I am over the moon. I couldn’t have asked for a more classic, enchanting, dark, engrossing cover that will appeal to both girls and boys. What do you think?

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Title: IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING (The Chronicles of Fallhallow #1)

Author: J. Keller Ford

Pub. Date: May 31, 2016

Publisher: Month9Books

Format: Paperback & eBook

Find it: Amazon | B&N | TBD | BAM | Kobo | Google Play Books | iBooks |Goodreads

 

What’s it about?

Seventeen-year-old, Eric, is a kick-butt squire to the most revered knight in Fallhollow. Well he would be if Sir Trogsdill allowed him to do anything even remotely awesome. Determined to prove his worth, Eric sets out to find the mythical paladin summoned to protect the realm from the evil lurking nearby.

Sixteen-year-old, David, spends his days collecting school honors, winning archery tournaments, and trying not to fall in love with his scrappy best friend, Charlotte.

Right when things start to get interesting, he is whisked away to the magical realm of Fallhollow where everyone thinks he’s some sort of paladin destined to fulfill a two-hundred-year-old prophecy. He’s supposed to help kill a dragon with some sort of magic key. The same key that happens to adorn the neck of an annoying squire who’s too wrapped up in proving himself to be much help to anyone.

With egos as big as the dragon they need to destroy, Eric and David must get over themselves, or watch everything they know and love, burn.

Exclusive Excerpt

Since the 1st chapter is sooo long, I thought it best to dedicate a separate page to it. Click here to read.

 

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive an eGalley of IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING. International.

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