The Sin Eater’s Daughter

By Melinda Salisbury

In the land of Lormere there is a king and a queen, there is a prince and a court. There also resides a lady whose name is Twylla. Brought in to become bride to the prince and be blessed as Daunen Embodied ( daughter of the gods), Twylla plays her part to the letter. Each day she follows her destined routine, praying and the like. Some days she sings for the king, others she follows the royal family out to the hunt. Everything as planned.

Or so it seems until her trusted guard takes ill. Suddenly things begin to unravel. The gods she once believed in may have just become fairytale, and fairytales have become reality. In this twisted tale Twylla must sort out deceit in the kingdom before it’s too late. She also must decide if it truly is her destiny to marry into the royal family and prevent certain tragedy.

When lies and fates intertwine the world as she knows it gets turned upside down. Melinda tells an amazing story with many woven threads. She beautifully and seamlessly creates a story that captures your imagination and intrigue. I don’t usually take to stories based in royal lands but this one embraced me and I couldn’t let it go. I encourage you to pick this up in your nearest YA section and read it. Possibly twice. Seven out of ten for me. Pretty darn good and I plan to read the next one.

Have a good one!

The Woman’s a Genius….

Oh. My. Goodness.

I just picked up the ebook copy of Deceptions by Lisa Wiedmeier and began reading it. Now, if you’ve read any of the series so far you HAVE to pick this one up!!! I am dying! I have always really enjoyed her novels and the way she presents her story. Now, however, I am so incredibly hooked I’m not going to be sleeping. It is awesome! She has not only grown as a writer, but she has also honed those skills and become a writing master. (And yes, that’s a thing.) This book takes you forward and back. It progresses and ties it together seamlessly.

I am freaking begging you to pick up this book!!!!! It rocks!!!!

Updates and a Review….

Good afternoon!

So today I wanted to update you on my progress as far as my novel is concerned.

A while ago I was editing my book and re-reading it. After the last NaNo I took a month off and needed to re-read the story to remember exactly where I was and how to proceed. So during my reading I was editing what I had.

After a while I had my novel in my backseat in a folder and it got blown around a bit, but all is still together. (That gave me a mini-stroke!)

As of right now I haven’t picked it up since, which is terrible! I’m no quitter! What am I doing? I need to edit and finish! I am a writer! No dice!

I could make excuses all day (cancer caregiver, work, etc.) but everyone has a life and it’s all filled with ups and downs. And I would be lying if I said I never had a free minute. Obviously, I have enough time to post something each Monday and Friday. And being a writer means actually writing when you have the chance.

So, I should be editing right now but…. let’s just chalk this one up to building a brand! Got it? I mean Kristen Lamb does say……oh well that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

Anyway, I also wanted to hit on one of the manga novels I picked up. Firstly, let me say I HATE when a series ends and you weren’t aware of it. I mean, am I the only one who doesn’t check before hand to see how long a series/manga is? Secondly, I fell hard and fast for this story.

Millennium Snow is an amazing manga! It is a first and has a few flaws. But Hatori does an excellent job of using that to her advantage. My only frustration is that I felt as if the ending was a little too hasty. A little “dio ex machina” was used. (Don’t worry no spoiler.) I would have loved to have seen a little more of the very end because I thought it was a beautiful story. I also would have liked hearing more of the other character’s stories. For, as much as the first three books really brought you into the story and held you there the ending was very quick and left a few loose tails. So be warned, this series only has FOUR books and makes me sad.

Other than that, have a good one!

Happy Monday!

And without further ado allow me to present to you the last review in the Hush, Hush series

-Finale- By Becca Fitzpatrick

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Cheshvan, the holiday that will bring war. Nora is supposed to lead that war. And though she is a new Nephil there is still much doubt in the Nephil community. So to campaign she must appear to be hanging out with the right crowd. Enter Dante.

Dante says he wants to help Nora out, much to Patch’s dismay, and train her to be a more fierce warrior. So each morning it’s up and at ’em with the physical training. But something isn’t right, Dante is giving Nora a little boost. When she begins taking devilcraft the world takes on a new view. Suddenly she can jump higher, run faster, and fight harder – but to what advantage? And why does it seem like Dante isn’t available when she really needs his advice?

With the help of her friends and various acquaintances, Nora must figure out not only where she stands, but also what she is fighting for. She loves Patch, she is suddenly unsure about Marcie, she is sure she needs Dante, and she still has school!

In this epic conclusion to the dark and detailed series you had better keep your eyes and ears open. You never really know who you can depend on and how sure a plan is. Becca Fitzpatrick seamlessly brings the jaded world into focus and finishes the story with more than a little flourish. The story twists and turns until the very end. And while some points are expected and long awaited, there are still a bunch that are unexpected.

Will there be a war? Who’s swore an oath? How bad, exactly, is devilcraft? Why is Marcie being helpful? And just where do they keep all those fallen angel feathers?

All these questions and many more will be answered in the Finale!

I have to give this novel a nine out of ten. It has tons of backstory and many twists to keep you captivated. In the end you feel the victory and relief. You take on Nora’s happiness. And I think the only reason I refrained from the ten out of ten is because the end language was ever so slightly cheesy. Sorry, but it’s true.

But I totally encourage you to pick up, and devour, this last installment in the series, trust me you won’t be sorry. It may even make you want to reread the first three. It did me.

Have a good one!

Winds of Change

So, this week I’ve learned a couple of things. Number one, buying a house is hard. Number two, the buyer’s opinion is all that matters. Number three, I will never buy and rent out a home. Number four, reading is excellent medicine.

We’ve been through the ringer this week and have decided to take a step back and rest. So the best way I can do that is by going back to my restful, enjoyable activities. Reading, writing, and drawing. It’s time to get back to my roots, and I don’t mean my dreads.

In order to be true to my amazing fans (aka you guys) I have taken on a long abandoned task. One in which you will finally receive a certain review you’ve been craving. Next, I am planning on doing even more editing in my novel.

On the editing note, here’s something I really want to advise you guys on. When you have finished writing your story print it. I had picked my story up time and again on the laptop and tried to reread it. But I noticed I began doing something I’m sure you may do as well. You know the story so well you begin skipping, or glancing over sections. When you have the hard copy in your hands it is not only uber exciting but it also makes you pay a bit more attention. In my novel I copy and pasted materials from my other works, or my other variations (which is why you should keep everything you write). From those previous excerpts I had to change some of the POVs from first person to third person. While reading it on the screen it looked great. But once I picked up that hard copy I saw a few ‘me’s and some ‘our’s. I have also noticed some timeline issues, and a few characters that knew things they weren’t present to have experienced. So, always print those many pages before doing any editing.

Another thing is spelling. Generally, a bunch of people type on their PCs now-a-days where word tries to correct everything (whether or not it should is a different post). But on the off chance you choose to use the old and wonderful technique of writing with pen/pencil and paper I have something for you as well. When I was in college my lit. teacher (it was tech school) had a really great way to identify those misspelled words. Read your paper backwards. Sounds crazy right? Okay, not read the words themselves in reverse, but read the paper backwards. For example:

“Sally then walked up the hil tword Jack and joined in the scene.” Would be read “scene the in joined and Jack tword hil the up walked then Sally”.

Sorry for the NMBC reference. Did you notice the misspelled words better forwards or backwards?

So, for the next two days it’s going to be me and my tablet on the couch deep in the world of literature. And what a wonderful world it is! Have a good one!

Step One (And a Half)

Good afternoon my nerdy worms! I hope you are still sticking to those resolutions. I am and they seem to be making life a little sweeter.

Anyway, after taking a month long break from the novel I decided to pick back up and press on. (On my new awesome tablet! The hubs got it so I can now write easily anywhere!) But seeing as how it has been a month I needed a bit of a refresher. So instead of just re-reading the last couple of pages of my 143 page novel I decided to take on part of the editing process.

After a cup of coffee and a few emails I now have my first printing of my hard work. (Thought you were going to get a title, didn’t you?) So now I have been sitting down doing one of two things. I am either editing or reading. Finally, I’m reading again!!! This is kind of a big deal to me because I’ve had a few personal issues that put me off kilter a bit, that and the holidays.

But after a lot of prayer and good advice I’ve gotten my groove back!

I have a very special review coming your way here very soon as well. Work has been slow and that has given me the perfect amount of time to get something accomplished I think you guys will enjoy. 🙂

Anyway, I want to wish everyone a very exciting year filled with new adventures! And I’ll share some of my good advice with you guys, enjoy life. Take some time for yourself. We tend to be so busy now a days that we don’t seem to take time to just go outside and smile. So when you finish reading this, put aside some time to take a day off. The world won’t end if you take a short vacation, so learn to say no. Just for a moment.

Have a good one!

Tempest Rising (Book 1)

By Nicole Peeler

(I finally re-read it and am now reviewing it.)

Something is fishy and it’s not just Jane!

After living for twenty plus years as a human everyone deemed crazy, Jane True learns she is a little more than human. Or less, depending on how you look at it. And in a small, gossip-loving town that’s not exactly a good thing.

One evening while secretly swimming in frigid ocean waters she discovers a corpse, setting off a series of encounters with some very unique characters. From a tiny gnome to a hell hound. From a kelpie to a vampire. Each of which inform her that she is, indeed, special. And for someone like Jane, who for so long felt abnormal, this is a shock.

Soon Jane sets of on an amazing journey to learn more about herself and whoever killed the man from the beach. All the while being escorted by a super hunky vampire who feeds in quite the seductive way.

But it would seem someone is after Jane and she must keep her eyes open and her hands to herself, otherwise someone may get burned!

The Tempest series is riddled with mystery, fantasy, quirky comedy, and some uber sexy escapades! These novels are sure to make you giggle and want to go make out with your significant other. I give them a slightly naughty nine out of ten. Nicole Peeler is quite clever and talented. Her books keep you on your toes. And while some chapters, and later novels, leave you hanging, she craftily builds the anticipation and intrigue until you can’t put it down!
(I only had to tell myself it’d be there in the morning a million or so times!)

But they truly are great books. For any of you who read the Sookie Stackhouse novels you will love these even more, I’m sure. (Especially the ending…)

Good Reads!

Stacks

So, since I haven’t written any decent reviews on a few of my favorite books I’m going to reread them for review!

The Tempest Series by Nicole Peeler
The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvarter
And possibly. … maybe the Vampire Chronicles by Ann Rice

The latter being amazing reads but definate literary endeavors that I’m not sure I could finish before Prince Lestat makes its appearance.

Fall will be full of amazing novels!

Fated Part Three

By Lisa Wiedmeier

Everyone is concerned about Cheyenne. Some for Callon as well. If she doesn’t pull back from that sweet oblivion all hope is lost.

Each part of Cheyenne’ s family is worried. What happens when a timeless losses their light? The one thing that gives meaning? How does one handle this much loss?

From the eyes of each we get a glimpse of their take from the situation. The histories, the suffering, the losses, and most importantly the love.

In the third Fated novel we drift along memories and dreams. Picking up where the second left off, we experience all of Cheyenne’ s family’s heartache. Learning she’s truly not alone.

I give this one a nine out of ten. I enjoy learning the back stories and thoughts of everyone. Lisa truly fleshes out her characters very well. You feel their sacrifice and sorrow. If you’ve enjoyed the first two Fated novels and the Cheyenne novels through Daylight then immerse yourself in this companion to the series.

Have a good one!

Awakening

By Lisa Wiedmeier

It’s been a long time coming but the final battle has come.

Cheyenne made this decision for a reason. Now she needs a plan. Callon is gone and she has more power than she knows what to do with, let alone control. But when she needs to train everyone is afraid she will open a link to Marcus, her new husband.

Feeling as if all hope is lost her family confirms what her mother’s journals said, she’s alone. Or mostly so. And while hiding out in an abandoned house she keeps hearing him. It’s as if he’s biding his time. Slowly planting fears, doubts, and lies into her heart.  Where is Callon when she needs him?

When an accident causes her to flee into her husband’s claws everyone is afraid. Can she save what’s left of Matt? Is there anything left worth saving?

As her mind darkens from her fears and disappointments Cheyenne must learn how to break Marcus’ hold forever and somehow save everyone she loves. Will she be able to handle the pressure? The power? How can she do this alone?

Maybe she doesn’t. Maybe all faith wasn’t lost. Maybe she needs a little boost.

The final battle is now. Her moment has come to extinguish the evil that for so long has plagued the Timeless race. In this she knows that her strength comes not from one but from many. Strength through the love of a family.

Join the crew as Cheyenne faces her final battle in Awakening.

I give this story a nine out of ten. Lisa Wiedmeier does an excellent job tying it all off with a touch of flair. The battle is quite detailed and isn’t just a quick couple of pages. She writes it out beat for beat and utilizes every talent perfectly. I hope you copy me in finishing this series. And don’t forget to read the accompaniments, Fated parts 1-3 are available for purchase.

Have a great one!