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!!

Here’s a message from the author.

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

Find it: Amazon | B&N | TBD |Goodreads

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.
Where you can find Vicki: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Tumblr

 

 
1 winner will receive an eBook of CROWN OF ICE & an eGalley of SCEPTER OF FIRE (when available), International.

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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.

About-the-Author

 

 

 

 

brynn

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.

Website- www.brynnchapmanauthor.com

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

Connect: Website | @rrsmythe | Facebook | Goodreads | Pinterest

Tour Date: March 28-April 8

Link to Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26176476-the-requiem-red

Purchase Links:

Google Play | BAM | Chapters | Indies | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | TBD | iBooks

Link to Tour Schedule:
http://www.chapter-by-chapter.com/blog-tour-schedule-the-requiem-red-by-brynn-chapman/Giveaway

Giveaway Information: Contest ends April 15, 2016

• Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of The Requiem Red by Brynn Chapman (INT)

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