Sunday, December 31, 2017

Review: Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 9

15803935 Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 9 by Kiiro Yumi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


In the near future, the federal government creates a committee to rid society of books it deems unsuitable. The libraries vow to protect their collections and, with the help of local governments, form a military group to defend themselves—the Library Forces.

There's a groper in the library and Library Force members Iku and Shibazaki are sent in as bait! Iku's undercover outfit makes her vulnerable...will she be able to defend herself if the pervert targets her? Later, Library Force members are required to take a test that involves reading stories to a group of rambunctious school kids. Coming from a big, unruly family, Iku definitely has the upper hand!


Saturday, December 30, 2017

Review: Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 8

13259308 Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 8 by Kiiro Yumi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In the near future, the federal government creates a committee to rid society of books it deems unsuitable. The libraries vow to protect their collections, and with the help of local governments, form a military group to defend themselves--the Library Forces!

The Media Betterment Committee’s inquiry into Iku’s role in the so-called book burning continues, and an evil conspiracy comes to light. Someone on the team is deliberately manipulating Iku, and even her attraction to Dojo becomes fodder for the fight! Will Iku ever understand Dojo’s feelings for her?

Friday, December 29, 2017

Review: Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 3

868 Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 3 by Hiromu Arakawa
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Accompanied by their bodyguard, Alex Louis Armstrong, our heroes seek out their closest childhood friend, mechanic Winry Rockbell, to fix their battered "auto-mail" bodyparts. Soon their quest for the Philosopher's Stone takes them to the great central library, where the Stone's formula may be hidden...if the mysterious figure named Lust doesn't get there first! But the secret of the Philosopher's Stone may be even more frightening than the beings who guard it...

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Review: Suicide Squad, Volume 3: Burning Down The House

34664084 Suicide Squad, Volume 3: Burning Down The House by Rob Williams
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Spinning directly out of the events of JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. SUICIDE SQUAD! Hidden somewhere deep within the world is a burning flame. It’s a fire fueled by hatred, by rage and by vengeance. Used, abused and left for dead, the greatest foe the Suicide Squad has ever faced returns to burn down the world Amanda Waller has given everything to protect.

Collects SUICIDE SQUAD #11-15 and the WAR CRIMES special. And when a retired American politician is taken to Europe and tried for alleged war crimes, the Suicide Squad must recover him from an allied nation before terrible truths are revealed.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Review: The Explorer

34228372 The Explorer by Katherine Rundell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Parents’ Choice Recommended

From Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winner Katherine Rundell comes an exciting new novel about a group of kids who must survive in the Amazon after their plane crashes.

Fred, Con, Lila, and Max are on their way back to England from Manaus when the plane they’re on crashes and the pilot dies upon landing. For days they survive alone, until Fred finds a map that leads them to a ruined city, and to a secret.

Blog Tour: Secrets in the Ice (The Fire Chronicle Book #2)


 The Shewolf.

Half wolf, half human.

All monster.

Prince Torin has travelled to the frozen kingdom of Klemenite to negotiate an alliance against the Erifs. More importantly to secure the use of the ice cannons. But the Klemenite King wants a favour in return.

The head of the Shewolf.

The King wants Torin to kill the Shewolf, leader of the mysterious Wolf Clan. Legend says they are bloodthirsty killers, beasts of the forest. All who enter their domain are never heard from again.

So along with his friends, Torin ventures straight into the heart of the forest, determined to lay this myth to rest one way or another.


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Review: The Hollow Boy

24397043 The Hollow Boy by Jonathan Stroud
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As a massive outbreak of supernatural Visitors baffles Scotland Yard and causes protests throughout London, Lockwood & Co. continue to demonstrate their effectiveness in exterminating spirits. Anthony Lockwood is dashing, George insightful, and Lucy dynamic, while the skull in the jar utters sardonic advice from the sidelines. There is a new spirit of openness in the team now that Lockwood has shared some of his childhood secrets, and Lucy is feeling more and more as if her true home is at Portland Row. It comes as a great shock, then, when Lockwood and George introduce her to an annoyingly perky and hyper-efficient new assistant, Holly Munro.

Meanwhile, there are reports of many new hauntings, including a house where bloody footprints are appearing, and a department store full of strange sounds and shadowy figures. But ghosts seem to be the least of Lockwood & Co.'s concerns when assassins attack during a carnival in the center of the city. Can the team get past their personal issues to save the day on all fronts, or will bad feelings attract yet more trouble?

Danger abounds, tensions escalate, and new loyalties form in this third delightfully terrifying adventure in the critically acclaimed Lockwood & Co. series.


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Trailer Reveal: A Wild and Unremarkable Thing

TTT: Top Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish
 
With Christmas just under a week away, I'm excited to see what bookish goodies I get this year. My family wasn't able to do much this year, but I did sign up for two Gift Exchanges so I still get some bookish fun to look forward to. Plus this allowed me to gift a few book-lovers in the process 😉 

10. Anything Maas! I have read all of Sarah Maas' books except for Tower of Dawn, and I hope to read that long before her next book comes out. But I only own A Court of Wings and Fury thanks to winning a free book in an Instagram giveaway last January...Wow, I can't believe it's been so long!

9. Falling Kingdoms. I haven't read this series yet, but I plan to binge it before the next one comes out. I have heard so many good things about these books, and can't wait to get started! 

8. Anything Neil Gaiman. After reading Neverwhere, and more recently Norse Mythology, I can't get enough of his works! 

  7. Donita K. Paul's DragonKeeper Chronicles, or even some of her newer books. I loved the DragonKeeper Chronicles, and can't wait to reread them. I was hoping to get to them this year, but it didn't happen. 

6. The Grishaverse books by Leigh Bardugo. I own the Crooked Kingdom, but the only book I have read in the Grishaverse is Shadow and Bone, but I fell in love! I also enjoyed the Language of Thorns sampler, and can't wait to read more of her works.

5. More Redwall books! I can never get enough of this series, and though I own almost half of them, I still need quite a few. 

4. More of the Warriors series, or any of Erin Hunter's other books. These talented authors have four series out now, Warriors about cats, and Seekers about bears are the only two I have read, but I loved both, and really need to read the last few books that came out after I stopped reading them.

3. Any Greek or Norse mythology. I love the first Percy Jackson series, and need to read the rest of Rick Riordan's mythology, but I always welcome any and all mythology! 

2. Poetry. I love Poe and Beowulf, but other than that, I know nothing of the genre, but I have been craving some good poetry books. I have a book of love poems I found out about from Anna and the French Kiss, but otherwise, I don't even know where to start. 
(So recommendations are welcome! 😉)

1. Bryan Davis' Dragons of Starlighter series, or really any of his books. The first few of the Starlighter series are the only works of his I have read, but I loved them and welcome other books he has written.

BONUS: 
Any thing Terry Pracket, expecially any of his Discworld series. 
 OR
Anything by Ted Dekker or Stephen Lawhead, two of my auto-buy authors.

Review: Wonder Woman: Warbringer

29749085 Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Daughter of immortals.

Princess Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mortal. Diana will soon learn that she has rescued no ordinary girl, and that with this single brave act, she may have doomed the world.

Daughter of death.

Alia Keralis just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted by people who think her very existence could spark a world war. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together.

Two girls will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. Tested beyond the bounds of their abilities, Diana and Alia must find a way to unleash hidden strengths and forge an unlikely alliance. Because if they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

Trailer Reveal: A Wild and Unremarkable Thing (Review)

Author Interview: S.T. Sanchez


 Lilly is a sunwalker—a vampire born from human parents, able to walk in the daylight. She lives life as human, hiding her true identity from all those around her. One evening, she comes to the rescue of her best friend, Lex, as a vampire is about to make a meal out of her. Lilly is drawn to him, despite her desire to loathe him for almost murdering Lex, as he is the first of her kind she has ever met. As the vampire, Tread, begins to open Lilly's eyes to a world she has never known, Lilly must decide where she belongs. After she is betrayed by the person she loves most, Lilly is forced to submerge herself entirely in the vampire world, only to discover that Tread has a secret so shocking it could destroy them all.





A mysterious portal, which opens at dawn and closes again at dusk, is located deep in the woods and kept secret from the vast majority of the people who inhabit the kingdom of Rastella. Only a few are aware of its existence and fewer understand the confusing prophecy that accompanies it.

Now, Ajax Maxwell, who is approaching his 14th birthday and has been in training for the past 2 years, is preparing to fulfill his family’s legacy by becoming the next keeper.

But Ajax is afraid. He’s worried that he won’t live up to the expectations placed upon him and will let down his family, like his brother Axel did when he took over from their father and then promptly disappeared.

When the prince of Rastella comes to visit for the first time, accompanied by Ajax’s childhood friend Nivara, it doesn’t take long for things to go wrong. In an accident, the prince falls into the portal and Ajax knows that it’s up to him to go and get him back.

With the knowledge that nobody who has entered it has ever returned, Ajax and Nivara go through the portal to try to save the prince. But what Ajax finds inside, and what he discovers about the prophecy, will test him to his limits.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Review: An Inheritance of Ashes

23719469 An Inheritance of Ashes by Leah Bobet
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Six months ago, the men of the lakelands marched south to fight a dark god.

Weeks after the final battle was won, sixteen-year-old Hallie and her sister, Marthe, are still struggling to maintain their family farm—and are waiting for Marthe’s missing husband to return. After a summer of bitter arguments, Hallie is determined to get Roadstead Farm through the winter—and keep what’s left of her family together, despite an inheritance destined to drive them apart.

But when Hallie hires a wandering veteran in a bid to save the farm, every phantom the men marched south to fight arrives at her front gate. Spider-eyed birds circle the fields, ghostly messages write themselves on the riverbank, and soon Hallie finds herself keeping her new hired hand’s desperate secrets—and taking dangerous risks. But as she fights to keep both the farm and her new friend safe, ugly truths about her own family are emerging—truths that, amid gods, monsters, and armies, might tear Roadstead Farm apart.

Leah Bobet’s stark, beautiful fantasy explores the aftermath of the battles we fight and the slow, careful ways love can mend broken hearts—and a broken world.


Review: Beyond Nel Mezzo

35913084 Beyond Nel Mezzo by Jennifer Sloane
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What would you sacrifice to save paradise?

Something is rotten in Nel Mezzo. When a rift in virtual reality sends an evil trickster into the real world, Celeste must conquer him before he destroys Nel Mezzo. But when the battle begins, the trickster banishes her to an alien planet across the universe.

Before Celeste can find her way back, there are matters of allegiance to resolve between the Original Creatures and the Outsiders who inhabit this curious planet. Caught between two opposing factions, Gabe confronts inner demons implanted by the Outsiders, while Celeste learns the mysterious ways of the Original Creatures. It doesn’t help matters that one of the creatures is a handsome, shapeshifting empath who is determined to win Celeste's heart.

With or without Gabe, Celeste must find a way to return home before time runs out. Nel Mezzo is not the only place in danger. The inter-dimensional rift now threatens the future of Earth. Can Celeste save them both?


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Sunday's Spotlight: S.T.A.G.S

35154365Nine students. Three bloodsports. One deadly weekend.

It is the autumn term and Greer MacDonald is struggling to settle into the sixth form at the exclusive St. Aidan the Great boarding school, known to its privileged pupils as S.T.A.G.S. Just when she despairs of making friends Greer receives a mysterious invitation with three words embossed upon on it: huntin' shootin' fishin'. When Greer learns that the invitation is to spend the half term weekend at the country manor of Henry de Warlencourt, the most popular and wealthy boy at S.T.A.G.S., she is as surprised as she is flattered.

But when Greer joins the other chosen few at the ancient and sprawling Longcross Hall, she realises that Henry's parents are not at home; the only adults present are a cohort of eerily compliant servants. The students are at the mercy of their capricious host, and, over the next three days, as the three bloodsports - hunting, shooting and fishing - become increasingly dark and twisted, Greer comes to the horrifying realisation that those being hunted are not wild game, but the very misfits Henry has brought with him from school...

Friday, December 15, 2017

Blog Tour: Cathadeus



Book Details:



Book Title: Cathadeus (Book One of the Walking Gates)

Author: Jeff J. Peters

Category: YA Fiction, 344 pages

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing

Release date: Dec 8, 2017

Tour dates: Dec 4 to 15, 2017

Content Rating: PG-13 (fighting scenes)



Book Description:



It has been six hundred years since the Alchemists fused together men and beasts to form strong, mindless slaves. Now, their most vicious creations have attacked the mystical Walking Gates, slaughtering their Keepers and isolating their cities. Wounded in the brutal attack, Braxton Prinn’s mother is on the verge of death and he makes a desperate journey to find the reclusive elven master who can save her. But when he discovers an ancient magic, Brax is caught up in an even greater struggle and soon finds himself hunted for his power. Drawn into the chaos of an impending war and pursued by enemies on all sides, Brax must fight to save his mother and her race from slipping into darkness. Though his untamed magic may be the greatest threat of all . . .



What Readers are Saying about Cathadeus:



“Jeff J. Peters’ strong cinematic writing style allowed me to easily visualize the story and feel that I was right there alongside the characters.”

- Alison W.



“Jeff J. Peters’ writing is so smooth and easy to read – I can’t tell you how much of a pleasure it was…and how quickly you end up being drawn into the story because of it.”

- Amanda R.



“Cathadeus is the best kind of fantasy story - you get to learn along with a flawed main character while you get lost in a richly designed world. You can’t help but keep reading. A cleanly written pairing of characters you wish you could spend more time with and an enthralling world built around them. Cathadeus is the kind of story that plays perfectly off of your imagination, with characters grounded in reality to make it feel like you could really be there.”

- Ryan N.



“Jeff J. Peters definitely has storytelling skills...The story stayed on my mind when I wasn’t reading it. Young readers will be drawn in this imaginative story, while they relate to Braxton’s struggles with temper, insecurity, and young love. Cathadeus is dramatic, with an anxious tone—at times bleak, as the story keeps you wondering until the final battle if good will prevail.”

- Elizabeth C.





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JEFF J. PETERS was born in South Africa and immigrated to the United States as a teenager, where he fell in love with all things fantasy. He obtained degrees in digital electronics and computer science and worked as an IT professional for more than twenty years. In 2014, he left his corporate position to focus full-time on writing. Cathadeus is his debut novel. He is currently working on the sequel.



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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Review: Bleach, Volume 04

271265 Bleach, Volume 04 by Tite Kubo
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Quincy Archer Hates You
A new reality-show craze is sweeping the nation, garnering legions of screaming fans (the majority of them being teenaged girls). But this program comes with a supernatural twist - the host, a media-savvy spiritualist, travels to local hotspots and performs exorcisms, live on national TV!

Surly Soul Reaper Ichigo Kurosaki has his doubts about this primetime prima donna, and his assumptions are about to be put to the test - the show is heading straight for his neighborhood. what effect will this unprovoked media presence have on the fragile balance between Earth and the spirit world?

Review: Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 7

12354715 Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 7 by Kiiro Yumi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In the near future, the federal government creates a committee to rid society of books it deems unsuitable. The libraries vow to protect their collections, and with the help of local governments, form a military group to defend themselves--the Library Forces!

Hikaru's big brother is working for the enemy, and he wants to reunite with Hikaru. Meanwhile, someone is posting negative reviews on the library's website, and Kasahara intends to find out who. Later, personal issues are set aside when the Library Forces find out about a book burning on their home turf!

Review: Otherworld

28238589 Otherworld by Jason Segel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


The company says Otherworld is amazing—like nothing you’ve ever seen before. They say it’s addictive—that you’ll want to stay forever. They promise Otherworld will make all your dreams come true.

Simon thought Otherworld was a game. Turns out he knew nothing. Otherworld is the next phase of reality. It’s everything you’ve ever wanted.

And it’s about to change humanity forever.
Welcome to the Otherworld. No one could have seen it coming.


Review: Mama Graciela’s Secret




Spotlight Tour: Seeking A Familiar Face



Book Details:



Book Title: Seeking a Familiar Face: The Transformational Journey of Connecting with God by May Patterson

Category: Adult nonfiction, 175 pages

Genre: Christian Living

Publisher: Exploration Press

Release date: September 2017

Tour dates: Dec 11 to 29, 2017

Content Rating: G



Book Description:



The greatest adventure of your life awaits. And it will change everything.



Ever feel disappointed? Like your life isn't as fulfilling as you had always dreamed it would be? Are you laden down with responsibilities, feeling overwhelmed and empty, or maybe even a bit caged?



You're not alone.



Many people in the Bible felt the same way. Most had difficulties. Some felt stuck. Others were depressed, afraid and uncertain. And some just wanted to get closer to God. So they set out on life's adventure —seeking God—and encountered the One who fulfilled their longings and changed their lives forever.



The same can happen for you.



Seeking a Familiar Face guides you on the transforming journey of connecting with God, through simple, yet extraordinary ways. It doesn't matter if you are already seeking Him or just getting started, this book will encourage you to go a little farther toward locking hearts with God.



In this book you will discover engaging narratives from ten biblical characters, along with stories, humor, and practical ideas for seeking God. There are thought-provoking questions at the end of each chapter to discuss with a friend or a group. Most of all, "Seeking a Familiar Face" will offer you fresh hope for deepening your intimacy with God.



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Meet the Author:





May Patterson has been writing and teaching bible study classes for several years. Her new book, “Seeking a Familiar Face,” was birthed from a Bible study she wrote in 2014 called “A Time to Seek.” She was trained in small group dynamics for over ten years at Bible Study Fellowship, serving as a leader for four years. She has written for several magazines including Focus on the Family, Upper Room Magazine and Shattered Magazine, among others. She is married to her dear friend, Mike, and they have three grown children. She loves to tell stories, laugh, and talk about the adventure of seeking God.



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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Blog Tour: Sea of Strangers



Welcome to the Sea of Strangers Tour! 


Know your enemy if you want to survive…
The only way for Khya to get her brother back alive is to kill Varan—the immortal ruler who can’t be killed. But not even Varan knew what he was doing when he perverted magic and humanity to become immortal.
Khya’s leading her group of friends and rebels into the mountains that hold Varan’s secrets, but if risking all their lives is going to be worth it, she has to give up everything else—breaking the spell that holds her brother captive and jeopardizing her deepening relationship with Tessen, the boy who has been by turns her rival and refuge since her brother disappeared. Immortality itself might be her only answer, but if that’s where Khya has to go, she can’t ask Tessen or her friends to follow.
Sea of Strangers (The Ryogan Chronicles #2)
by Erica Cameron
Publication Date: December 5, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen



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REVIEW: I enjoyed this story, but in parts it was a bit much. The ranks and other language used is unfimilar, and I had to check the glossary often to keep up. The overall story was fun though, and I enjoyed the world-building. Khyais an interesting character, and I loved seeing her journey to save her brother.






Erica Cameron is the author of books for young adults including the Ryogan Chronicles, the Assassins duology, and The Dream War Saga. She also co-authored the Laguna Tides novels with Lani Woodland. An advocate for asexuality and emotional abuse awareness, Erica has also worked with teens at a residential rehabilitation facility in her hometown of Fort Lauderdale.


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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Review: Child of the Wolves

949457 Child of the Wolves by Elizabeth Hall
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Granite, a Siberian husky puppy, is all alone in the Alaskan forest after escaping from his kennel. Each moment of his life is threatened until Snowdrift, a great white wolf, welcomes him into a wolf pack. But Granite must earn his place among the wolf tribe by facing vicious attacks from the other wolves, the human wolf hunters, and the constant challenges of the frozen forest.

12 Days of Fantasy for Christmas: Morgan Wylie

On Tour with Prism Book Tours



12 Days of Fantasy for Christmas
Day 12: Silent Orchids by Morgan Wylie

Silent Orchids

(The Age of Alandria #1)
by Morgan Wylie

YA Fantasy

Paperback & ebook, 302 pages

May 5th 2013



***Nominated for UtopYAcon award: Best Debut Novel of 2013***



A dying realm.

The ancient evil of the Droch-Shúil has been unleashed.

The Orchids have been silenced… but for how long?



Daegan, elite of the Ferrishyn warrior tribe of Faeries, is charged with a mission to find the Sol-lumieth, a mysterious new power that could change the fate of all in the realm of Alandria. But he is conflicted by his purpose, and he cannot trust the motives of those he serves. He has too many questions and they must be answered.



Kaeleigh, a girl abandoned as a small child just outside Missoula, Montana, is now 18. She is trying to discover who she is and where she belongs. In her heart, she feels she has family out there… somewhere. Desperate to unravel the mysteries of her past, she embarks on a journey that will forever change her along with her two best friends, Finn and Chel—who have secrets of their own.



Guest Post: Character Interview


Hello! Thank you so much for having me today!! I wanted to share some things that you may find interesting about my main character Kaeleigh from The Age of Alandria series.

*Ahem, throat clearing*
Chel: Excuse me, Morgan, but I think if anyone is going to talk about Kaeleigh it should be me! ;) *Chel bounces behind me. 

Me: Well, hi Chel, I didn’t know you would be here, but I should’ve known better. Where’s Finn?

*Chel nods to the back of the room* 
*Finn stands at the back of the room, arms crossed, and scowling* 
Chel: Oh Finn, relax. I’m not going to share anything Kaeleigh wouldn’t want people to know.

*Finn Slinks over from where he was skulking in the corner with a cheesy grin* 
Finn: I know, that’s why Chel and I will take it from here.

Me: Okay, well, everyone let me introduce you to Kaeleigh’s two best friends… Finn and Chel.

Chel: I’m so excited! Thank you for having us here today.

Finn: Um, Chel… they didn’t. We hijacked this post.

Chel: Technicalities Finn *waves hand flippantly* Plus who knows Kaeleigh better than her BEST friend?

Finn: (s)

Chel: Huh?

Finn: friends. You said friend. I added the ‘s’.

Chel: Hmm. Well, you better hope that Morgan doesn’t do something drastic to you in book 2.

Finn: *glares*

Chel: Just sayin’. Ok let’s get this show on the road! I’ll go first…

Finn: Of course you will *mumbles under his breath*

Chel: *glares back* those were my dagger eyes

Finn: Oh is that what that was? I thought maybe you just had something in both your eyes

Me: Ok you two, this is suppose to be about Kaeleigh. These people have things to do, get on with it!

Chel: First off, you should know that Kaeleigh is the best friend a girl *ahem* or guy (eye roll to Finn) could have. She is loyal and caring, she always thinks of us before herself.

Finn: I’m not sure that isn’t something they couldn’t figure out.

Chel: Fine. You go.

Finn: *sighs* I don’t like this. I don’t think she would appreciate us talking about her.

Chel: Oh! I got one… Kaeleigh is a restless sleeper. She kicks!

Finn: *smirks* And she talks in her sleep.

Chel: See this is fun.

Finn: *frowns*

Chel: Hey I’m doing all the work here. Your turn.

Finn: Kaeleigh calls me if she hasn’t heard from me after a couple days, just to make sure I’m not lying dead, alone, on the floor in my apartment.

Chel: Oookay… that was morbid, Finn. Back to me. Remember last winter when I found an injured stray cat? I tried to take care of it, but it got real bad. Kaeleigh helped me take it to the vet. *pause and looks down, hands wringing* That’s why she got fired from that secretary job.

Finn: *growls* Chel, you know she’s allergic to cats. You should have called me.

Chel: I know, but you would have just told me not to bother. Did you even hear me though, I’m the reason she lost her job.

Finn: *shrugs* It obviously didn’t bother her that much—she got another one. It’s just a job to her. You are her family and that means something.

Chel: *takes deep breath* You’re right Finn, thanks. You know, you’re all right when you want to be. I think Kaeleigh is the only person who can make you smile, but you know that, don’t you?

Finn *stands up non-chalantly* Hey Morgan, I think we are finished here, if you need to say anything.

Me: Thanks Finn for remembering that I was even here. Chel, anything else you want to add?

Chel: No, I’m good. Thank you for letting us hijack your post. It was fun! *pokes Finn*



Ok, well, I hope you were able to learn a little something about my main character and maybe even a little about the dynamic of her posse. Thank you for indulging my characters today!



—Morgan Wylie

About the Author


Morgan Wylie is an award-winning author with several genres published from YA fantasy to adult paranormal romance and other things in between. Morgan published her first novel, Silent Orchids, one year after moving across the country with her family on a journey of new discovery. After an amazing three years in Nashville, TN and the release of two more books, Morgan and her family found their way back to the Northwest where they now reside. Still working everyday with great optimism, Morgan continues to embrace all things: “Mama”, wife, teacher, and mediator to the many voices and muses constantly chattering in her head… where it gets pretty loud!


Tour Schedule

November 30th: Launch
December 1st: Sarra Cannon
December 2nd: W.R. Gingell
December 3rd: Nikki Jefford
December 4th: K. D. Jones
December 5th: M. L. LeGette
December 6th: Belle Malory
December 7th: Melissa McShane
December 8th: Sara C. Roethle
December 9th: R.K. Ryals
December 10th: Jennifer Silverwood
December 11th: Melissa Wright
December 12th: Morgan Wylie
December 13th: Grand Finale

Tour Giveaway


1 winner will win a FIRE HD 8 TABLET from Amazon along with the following ebooks:
- TRITON'S CURSE by Sarra Cannon
- MASQUE by W.R. Gingell
- AURORA SKY: VAMPIRE HUNTER by Nikki Jefford
- A WHITE SO RED by K.D. Jones
- THE TALE OF MALLY BIDDLE by M.L. LeGette
- THE TWELFTH KEEPER by Belle Malory
- SERVANT OF THE CROWN by Melissa McShane
- THE XOE MEYERS TRILOGY by Sara C. Roethle
- TEMPEST by R.K. Ryals
- CRAVING BEAUTY be Jennifer Silverwood
- THE DESCENDANTS SERIES by Melissa Wright
- REAWAKENED by Morgan Wylie

Open to US residents or those who are eligible for the Fire Tablet in their area (those who are not, can receive cash value through PayPal)

Ends December 17th

Monday, December 11, 2017

Review: Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1

870 Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1 by Hiromu Arakawa
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Alchemy: the mystical power to alter the natural world; something between magic, art and science. When two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, dabbled in this power to grant their dearest wish, one of them lost an arm and a leg...and the other became nothing but a soul locked into a body of living steel. Now Edward is an agent of the government, a slave of the military-alchemical complex, using his unique powers to obey orders...even to kill. Except his powers aren't unique. The world has been ravaged by the abuse of alchemy. And in pursuit of the ultimate alchemical treasure, the Philosopher's Stone, their enemies are even more ruthless than they are...

12 Days of Fantasy for Christmas: Melissa Wright

On Tour with Prism Book Tours



12 Days of Fantasy for Christmas
Day 11: Queen of Iron and Blood by Melissa Wright


Melissa is sharing about her upcoming release. You can grab the first book,

King of Ash and Bone, for FREE in ebook from Amazon and other retailers.


Queen of Iron and Blood

(Shattered Realms #2)
by Melissa Wright

Young Adult Sci-Fi, Fantasy

Paperback & ebook

Coming 2018


Mackenzie Scott is trapped in another realm, but that’s the least of her problems. Magic runs through her veins, and even now she can feel herself changing. She’s managed to help her brother, but in exchange, she’s turning into one of them. Worse, Mackenzie’s not just a monster. She’s their queen.



Hunter had one job: open the gateway between worlds to keep his realm alive. He hadn’t counted on betrayal, or being saved by a human girl. And he’d never guessed he couldn’t trust his own king. Now he’s snared in an unwinnable catch, and his only choice is to leave the one thing that’s ever mattered to him to save a world he can never belong to.



Separated by realms, Mackenzie and Hunter must save the other’s world. But the divide isn’t the only thing working against them. Beasts and men fight a complicated battle that pits Hunter and Mackenzie against those they’re trying to protect, and the clock is ticking.



Guest Post: What Sort of Monster Are You?

QUEEN OF IRON AND BLOOD, book two in the Shattered Realms series, takes place in a world of monsters. Check out the exclusive excerpt below, and use the Chimera Generator to create your own!


A figure waited on the ledge above him, silent, dark wings still. Hunter could feel her though, the ancient energy recharged like the rest of his world. “I cannot leave them sleeping,” he told her. “The risk is too great.” If Malkyn killed Hunter, if he were not able to return, these new Iron Bound would never be awakened. It would be an eternal wasting away, a thousand-year massacre.


The virago made a noise like the purr of a horse, though her face was something more human than mare. In all fairness, though, she was more beast than anything else. “Your queen can bear it, she thinks,” the virago said.


Hunter turned to look up at the virago, her dark mane swept back over the slick black of her shoulders. From his vantage point, Hunter couldn’t help but think this was the last thing some of the Iron Bound had ever seen—sleek fur on a winged beast, her curved talons shining like onyx overhead. Hunter nodded. “I believe she can—if it is to be done at all, Mackenzie has the strength for it.” But it would not be safe. She would not be safe.





The virago brought herself to her full height. “Your queen does not stand alone.”


About the Author

Melissa is the author of the Frey Saga, Descendants Series, and KING OF ASH AND BONE. She is currently working on the next book, but when not writing can be found collecting the things she loves at Goodreads and Pinterest. Contact her through the web at www.melissa-wright.com.


Tour Schedule

November 30th: Launch
December 1st: Sarra Cannon
December 2nd: W.R. Gingell
December 3rd: Nikki Jefford
December 4th: K. D. Jones
December 5th: M. L. LeGette
December 6th: Belle Malory
December 7th: Melissa McShane
December 8th: Sara C. Roethle
December 9th: R.K. Ryals
December 10th: Jennifer Silverwood
December 11th: Melissa Wright
December 12th: Morgan Wylie
December 13th: Grand Finale

Tour Giveaway


1 winner will win a FIRE HD 8 TABLET from Amazon along with the following ebooks:
- TRITON'S CURSE by Sarra Cannon
- MASQUE by W.R. Gingell
- AURORA SKY: VAMPIRE HUNTER by Nikki Jefford
- A WHITE SO RED by K.D. Jones
- THE TALE OF MALLY BIDDLE by M.L. LeGette
- THE TWELFTH KEEPER by Belle Malory
- SERVANT OF THE CROWN by Melissa McShane
- THE XOE MEYERS TRILOGY by Sara C. Roethle
- TEMPEST by R.K. Ryals
- CRAVING BEAUTY be Jennifer Silverwood
- THE DESCENDANTS SERIES by Melissa Wright
- REAWAKENED by Morgan Wylie

Open to US residents or those who are eligible for the Fire Tablet in their area (those who are not, can receive cash value through PayPal)

Ends December 17th

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Sunday's Spotlight: Birthrights

Birthrights (Revisions to the Truth, #1)Birthrights (Revisions to the Truth #1)

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Civil war looms, defeated foes plot revenge, and an ancient deity schemes to extinguish all life. In this land where magic has faded into legend, the son of a street sweeper may hold the key to the fate of the realm.


The last in line of a disgraced family, Whym accepts an apprenticeship with a master seeker his parents fear and revile. He soon finds himself entangled in a web of treachery and on a perilous journey to locate a creature of myth and magic.

Meanwhile, Quint, the privileged son of a powerful religious leader, abandons his faith and family to join the fight against a corrupt council. As the adviser to a remote tribe in the Fringe, Quint must find within himself the wisdom and fortitude to save the Dragonborn from an invading army—and their own leaders.

Told in alternating perspectives against a backdrop of heightening civil unrest, Birthrights is a fantasy of magic, power, corruption, and coming of age—and the beginning of a saga certain to captivate epic fantasy fans.

Review: The Little Engine who Could Not...: A Devotional for Co-dependents

30849728 The Little Engine who Could Not...: A Devotional for Co-dependents by Alana Haase
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you are browsing this little book, you are looking for something. Perhaps you are seeking instruction in how to make someone you love with an addiction behave. Maybe you are not sure if the label co-dependent applies to you, or you are just curious. Or you may be at the end of your rope, tired of being tired, constantly anxious and wondering what has happened to your life. I was there too. Just as there is no magic pill to cure addiction, there is no magic pill for co-dependency or the crippling effects of living with an addicted person. The cure is the pain. When it becomes unbearable and you hit your personal rock bottom then you can break the habits of covering up, keeping secrets and toughing it out alone. You will reach out for help and you will find it. If your life is moving along nicely or a whirlwind you are barely surviving you can take five to ten minutes a day to read a page, a verse and think on the questions. You can give yourself this time, you need it and deserve it. This is for you.