Monday, October 30, 2017

Review: The Prophetess


The Prophetess

High up in the heavens, righteousness faces off against the greatest dissenter of all time, and in the crossfire, an angel loses his wings…

Fallen from Heaven and forced to live amongst the humans in exile, angel Ezekiel bares the tragic fate of a disgraced angel. Having overheard the rebellious Lucifer’s plans to rise up against the sanctuary of Heaven, Ezekiel remains silent, and for his inaction, he is cast from the pearly gates and onto the unforgiving lands of the mortals. Two thousand years pass with a cold and hollow wind at his back, and for a moment, Ezekiel resigns to his fate.

However, in the year 2016, the winds of fate begin to change, and redemption comes in the form of his brother, Gabriel, who bares great news. Ezekiel is given a chance to return to Heaven, but only once he has taken down Molach, an evil demon on the rise. If Ezekiel can stop Molach from helping Lucifer return, he will be welcomed back into Heaven. However, there is more than just a demon in his path, Ezekiel must uncover what else fate has in store for him, including a lovely solitary Prophetess named Isabelle and the endless possibility for joy and whimsy she offers. Can Ezekiel rise once more to the great destiny that awaits him? Or has he been amongst the fickle mortals for far too long?


Blog Tour: Avalonia Chronicles

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The Last of the Firedrakes (Avalonia Chronicles #1)

16-year-old Aurora Darlington is an orphan. Mistreated by her adopted family and bullied at school, she dreams of running away and being free. But when she is kidnapped and dragged through a portal into a magical world, suddenly her old life doesn’t seem so bad.

Avalonia is a dangerous land ruled by powerful mages and a cruel, selfish queen who will do anything to control all seven kingdoms—including killing anyone who stands in her way.

Thrust headlong into this new, magical world, Aurora’s arrival sets plans in motion that threaten to destroy all she holds dear.

With the help of a young fae, a magical pegasus, and a handsome mage, Aurora journeys across Avalonia to learn the truth about her past and unleash the power within herself. Kingdoms collide as a complicated web of political intrigue and ancient magic lead Aurora to unravel a shocking secret that will change her life forever.


Book 2: 
The Rise of the Dawnstar (Avalonia Chronicles #2)

Aurora Firedrake returns in the spellbinding sequel to The Last of the Firedrakes.

The seven kingdoms of Avalonia are crumbling and evil is spreading across the land like a plague. Queen Morgana is close to finding a way to open The Book of Abraxas and it’s only a matter of time until she uses the power trapped inside its pages to enslave the entire world.

With Avalonia growing more dangerous by the day, Aurora must travel through war-torn lands and deep into the heart of the fae kingdom of Elfi. Her goal is to find a legendary weapon infused with the last of the realm’s ancient magic—the only weapon in the world powerful enough to stop the queen.

Aurora might have survived her first battle against Morgana, but the true fight to save her kingdom and restore her throne has only just begun…


Review: Day Moon


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In A.D. 2039, a prodigious seventeen year old, Elliott, is assigned to work on a global soft-ware initiative his deceased grandfather helped found. Project Alexandria is intended to provide the entire world secure and equal access to all accumulated human knowledge. All forms of print are destroyed in good faith, to ensure everyone has equal footing, and Elliott knows he must soon part with his final treasure: a book of Shakespeare’s complete works gifted him by his grandfather. Before it is destroyed, Elliott notices something is amiss with the book, or rather Project Alexandria. The two do not match, including an extra sonnet titled “Day Moon”. When Elliott investigates, he uncovers far more than he bargained for. There are sinister forces backing Project Alexandria who have no intention of using it for its public purpose. Elliott soon finds himself on the run from federal authorities and facing betrayals and deceit from those closest to him. Following clues left by his grandfather, with agents close at hand, Elliott desperately hopes to find a way to stop Project Alexandria. All of history past and yet to be depend on it.

Review: The Road to Kalbakar


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Seventeen-year-old Eskandar is the lowest of the low among the crew of the Navy sloop Tipred. As ship’s boy, he runs messages, gets the dirtiest jobs and tries to stay out of his betters’ way. It is a dull but safe life, for the tired old Tipred patrols a shipping lane to nowhere and nothing ever happens to disturb their peace.

None aboard know Eskandar’s big secret. For he is not alone. In his head lives the voice of Teodar, who has guided and guarded him all his life, and who is teaching him magic. Teodar is a mystery; he won’t say who he is or why he is helping him. Eskandar has stopped asking; the voice is his only friend, and that is all that matters to him.

Life goes on placidly – until the sea monsters appear. To save himself and his ship, Eskandar has to use his secret magic and manages to defeat the monsters. Now his enemies know him and his humdrum life becomes a maelstrom of action – fighting monsters, desert robbers and even more fearful enemies.

Will Eskandar’s barely tested powers be enough against an undead necromancer who wants him killed? And what about those mighty wyrms in the sky, are they friend or foe?

Follow Eskandar’s adventures as he gathers a strange band of companions in his battle against terrible enemies in The Road to Kalbakar, Book One of Wyrms of Pasandir.



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Blog Tour: Sitting in Silence





Poetry, Prose,
Date Published: September 02, 2017

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Sitting in Silence is a collection of poetry and prose birthed during the idle instances of life that allow for noiseless introspection. It’s about the struggles of love, of loss, and of the unsuspecting experiences in between that make life worth living—and worth scorning.
From a beginning filled with bitter ruminations, to an ending that embraces reality and its sufferings, Sitting in Silence is a reminder to accept what the world hurls in your path, and to let those hardships shape you into something better.


Review: Enjoyable! I really liked reading these poems. Easy to read, and thought provoking. I'm glad I found this book, well written and reflective.

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Nicholas Rinth lives lakeside in the southern graces of Savannah, Georgia. Where he spends his time fantasizing about other worlds and working on his next novel.


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Blog Tour: There Be Demons






Fantasy / Paranormal
Date Published: September 26, 2017

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Heroes come in all shapes.

The war for Andor has lasted a century. Humans and their allies, the Angeli, fight demons from another plane who need a warmer planet to hatch and raise their young. 

Trebridge becomes Ground zero when Abraxas, a minion of the demon Prince Vetis, opens a secret portal into the city. The demons’ goal is to build an army to subjugate the city before the humans realize they are under attack.

Standing in the demons’ way are two disparate groups: the humans of Andor and their Angeli allies who command gargoyle warriors.

Leading the four gargoyles guarding Trebridge is Gillen, a proven war hero who uses Grace to fight demons. But Gillen is an outcast, mocked for his tuft of hair that normal gargoyles lack. It’s up to him to prove once and for all that he’s worthy of his command, in spite of dissention in his ranks. When Gillen asks the Angeli Commanders for reinforcements to fight the growing demon menace in Trebridge, headquarters send four human teens from the projects.

The leader of the humans is Britt, a 14-year-old half-Hispanic girl who is one of the four magic-possessing Chosen. But Britt was never trained in the art of Grace, and like most girls her age, spends her days preoccupied with school and romance. Like Gillen, she must rise above her station in life--if she is to save the ones she loves.

But Gillen and Britt are facing formidable demon foes, Abraxas: a chicken-headed demon who possesses several humans as part of his plan to build the demons’ base in Trebridge and power-hungry Prince Vetis who is his commander. Neither will let the deaths of expendable humans get in their way of the conquest.

At the same time as she is suppose to learn how to fight demons, Britt has to juggle the mundane problems of school and parental custody battles. She doesn’t realize her danger until she confront the demon Prince Vetis in a battle for her soul as a human being.


Review: I enjoyed this book! I liked how it falls into a range of genre, not just paranormal/fantasy, but also has some mystery/suspense too! Well written, and interesting, the mystery kept me guessing! I enjoyed how complex this story was, and am excited to see what else this author writes!

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Who am I? Bottom line: I’m an old lady who amuses herself writing. But, since writing stories is twined up with reading, my journey has been a long one.
My adventures in reading/writing started with comic books. You can blame them for my fascination with the fantastic. I fondly remember spending hours reading and trading them.

But I was weird, too. My favorites were the Classic Comic series. I didn’t trade them. All those pre-Silver Age Supermans, Batmans, and Tales from the Crypt etc. disappeared into the mists. My favorite character? Scrooge McDuck. Swimming in a pile of money intrigued me. But never could figure out the diving thing.

The Oz books by L. Frank Baum introduced me to fantasy proper. My first impression when I saw my first Oz book in fifth grade? I couldn’t imagine reading such a thick book…even though the pictures looked interesting. I didn’t actually read the Wizard of Oz until the city children’s librarian recommended it in seventh grade. I thought Dorothy was a pretty neat character; she had gumption.
I was hooked on fantasy after I discovered A. Merritt’s Ship of Ishtar at the used hardware store. I still have my 25c A. Merritt and Andre Norton paperbacks and read them, even though the paper smells.

The realization that real people could write stories came in the sixth grade. Duh.
The teacher assigned writing a short story to the class. Everyone wrote 2-4 pages. I wrote an unfinished 25-page Nancy Drew clone, The Clue of the Clay Cats. The effort got me a “C” because it was unfinished, but I finished it the next summer on my mother’s typewriter. The children’s librarian said it was pretty good. I’ve been a chronic, if haphazard, writer ever since.

My current “writing career” started after I had heart surgery. I got bored sitting around. While dozing, I had this vision of this girl standing on bluff overlooking the ocean, her long red hair streaming behind her in a gale. She was incredibly lonely, and I wondered why. Discovered she was 400 years old and…

While I dithered around with my Half-Elves, I tried improving my fiction craft skills writing short stories. They ended up with a theme: humans fighting demons. My world of Andor was born [from the country Andorra, if you’re a stamp collector]. One of the stories, Night for the Gargoyles, made me wonder about how Gillen got rid of the demons. Four untrained teens from the projects didn’t seem like effective back up to me.

Writing moves in mysterious ways. Another story, Noticing Jamilla, launched On the Run, though the original main character disappeared. There Be Demons and On the Run did get written. If I get my act together, there should be a third book where Britt and Pillar meet and take care of the demon army Grylerrque gathers to conquer Andor. I keep wondering what will happen when fiery Britt meets cool Pillar.

So, here I sit with a computer full of unedited stories--including novels set in our world--still amusing myself writing. Jotting down notes and bits of dialog and transferring them to my computer.
Oh. Yeah. I’m married, have three adult kids who live away from home, and indulge two cats who sleep a lot. I can be found via my website and on Facebook.

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Blog Tour: Coloring Novels (Review)




Beauty and the Beast: Coloring Novel Edition

Beauty and the Beast is a treasured fairy tale passed down through generations that explores the love story of a beautiful young girl captured in the enchanted castle of a frightening beast. Now, Beauty and the Beast has been creatively reimagined in this delightful Coloring NovelsTM edition which includes 56 colorable designs as well as featured art by author and artist, Emilyann Girdner. This is a short story length publication.
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Sense and Sensibility: Coloring Novel Edition

Perfect for fans of romantic classics like Pride and Prejudice and Downton Abbey, Sense and Sensibility (a Jane Austen novel) tells the tale of the lovely Dashwood sisters. They face difficult times after their father passes away and must each find a suitable husband if they are to be accepted in society. This special Coloring NovelsTM edition features vintage 1800s inspired pattern designs as well as adapted digital artwork by Emilyann Girdner.
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A Midsummer Night's Dream: Coloring Novel Edition

Inspired by Greek mythology, A Midsummer Night's Dream follows the adventures of young Athenian lovers, a group of actors, the Duke and Duchess of Athens, Theseus and Hippolyta, and the fairies who inhabit nearby moonlit woods. This classic tale is a romantic comedy by William Shakespeare written around 1594 to 1596. The play is one of Shakespeare's most popular works and is widely performed across the world. This Coloring NovelsTM edition is the public domain version and has 40 imaginative colorable illustrations including featured artwork by author and artist, Emilyann Girdner. This is a novella length publication. Buy on B&N/Amazon

The Labyrinth Wall: Coloring Novel Edition

The fantasy charm of Eragon meets the gritty flare of The Hunger Games in the Amazon Best-Selling Obsidian Series books which offer a surprising and fresh magical labyrinth adventure. Imagine a labyrinth world from the perspective of its native people... Araina’s lonely teenage life is forever altered when she witnesses a man with supernatural powers emerge through a rippling wall into the dark and deadly labyrinth she calls home. Araina must solve many mysteries surrounding the newcomer and the labyrinth she thought she knew so well. And, as a result of the stranger’s arrival, Araina’s creators have unleashed a series of attacks against the labyrinth inhabitants. She must decide if she will trust potentially deceitful allies in order to survive.
“It is a book that all fantasy lovers will find addictive and thrilling.” — Readers’ Favorite
An Amazon Best-Seller
A Dante Rossetti International Award Finalist
Reader’s Favorite 5 Star Rated
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About Coloring NovelsTM:
Novels have been refused the love of artistic interactivity and brilliant colors for far too long. Not anymore...
Coloring novels were dreamed up by author and artist, Emilyann Girdner. She launched Coloring Novels™ because she wanted to bring the joy of reading novels and coloring together. Reading is an inspiring experience, so you are invited to color the provided pictures, draw your own art, and jot down your ideas as you enjoy this adventure. For more coloring and reading enjoyment, collect all classic stories available by Coloring Novels™.

*Note that colored pencils are ideal for this paper.
Markers and some gel pens may bleed through pages.
Attempting to color the paperback edition covers may cause smearing and is not recommended.



About the author:

Emilyann Girdner is the creator of Coloring Novels™ (a new novel format) and author of Amazon Best-Seller, Dante Rossetti Award Finalist, and Reader’s Favorite 5 Star rated young adult fantasy novel, The Labyrinth Wall.

Emilyann discovered at a young age that reading imaginative books gave living an extra flavor. She has loved stories ever since. She has appeared at events with organizations such as Barnes & Noble stores, Wizard World Comic Con, Supercon, AltCon, and MegaCon Fan Days. KCFV 89.5, City Surfing Orlando, Miami.com, and Tallahassee Magazine are some of the media outlets that have mentioned Emilyann. Emilyann tries to love God and others in all she does.

She believes that imagination sparks beauty in the soul. Emilyann’s writing and art have appeared via many publications, some of which include Sound & Communications Magazine, The TV Shield, Center for Work Life, Easter Seals Florida, and Examiner.com. Discover more of her writing and art at www.emilyanngirdner.com.

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Review: I love these! Color scenes from your favorite classic while rereading the story. For this I chose the Beauty and the Beast novel, and love it! But now seeing the others, I know what books I plan to buy next! I love all the new coloring books that are inspired by stories, but these combine both the coloring pages, and the story, which for me saves room, and allows me to decorate my favorite scenes as I read the book!


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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Sunday's Spotlight: Library Wars


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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!
 
Iku Kasahara has dreamed of joining the Library Defense Force ever since one of its soldiers stepped in to protect her favorite book from being confiscated in a bookstore when she was younger. But now that she's finally a recruit, she's finding her dream job to be a bit of a nightmare. Especially since her hard-hearted drill instructor seems to have it in for her!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Review: Thread of a Spider

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A bitter uprising in Ireland is taking place and two siblings are tossed in the battle, facing death, believing in love, and hoping in magic.

 1920 found Ireland at the peak of tensions that had been building for centuries. Famine, tyranny and strife robbed the Irish of their homes, their lives and their country. Four years after the Easter Rising, pressure became so great, that the southern Irish took up arms against the British and fought for a free nation. Thread of a Spider, a historical fantasy, weaves history and Irish myth together to tell a story about two teenage siblings caught in the war and swathed in the legends of Erie.

˃˃˃ A fantasy based on history woven with rich Irish lore.

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Audio book narrated by Irish voice actor Lee Brophy. http://a.co/64Lq8u


*I received a copy from the author for review. This in no way affects my review*

I found out about this magical story from Facebook when the author was searching for reviewers. Being new to this author, and having never heard of this book, I was intrigued and gladly agreed. I wasn't sure what to expect, but it far surpassed anything I could have imagined from the blurb. While it sounds interesting, it's the writing style and characters the I love. The characters are not only Irish but are written in such a way that they come to life, and I'm so glad I got the chance to listen to this on audio. What a magical experience! I loved how they were portrayed, and their deep sense of traditional values, friends, family, and what it means to be Irish.

The Far, or faery folk, were a treat all to themselves! Not the fairies we think of from Disney, but the darker, more traditional version. Full of tricks and deceptions, yet willing to help for the right price. I loved the fantasy side of this story, but more so because D.L. Gardner wrote both a wonderful historical fiction and a magical tale, which combined seamlessly into this treasure! Not only did Alias and Paddy seem real, but I could also easily imagine faery folk as real as any human! The descriptions are rich and detailed, making it easy to play out like a movie as I listened. This is one you definitely don't want to miss!

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Blast: Goddess of the Wild Thing




Goddess of the Wild Thing is a dramatic tale of one woman’s spiritual journey where magical happenings, unexpected turns of fate, and unseen forces influence her ability to love and be loved. Eve Sanchez, a middle-aged woman and scholar of esoteric studies, encounters a seductive but frightening man who introduces her to a supernatural world in which the wicked powers of a surrogate mother’s twisted affection threaten love and life.

In the mystic realm of Aztlan del Sur, Eve and three friends struggle with whether bad love is better than no love and discover that love is a wild thing.

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Paul DeBlassie III, Ph.D. is a depth psychologist and award-winning writer living in his native New Mexico. He specializes in treating individuals in emotional and spiritual crisis. His novels, visionary thrillers, delve deep into archetypal realities as they play out dramatically in the lives of everyday people. Memberships include the Author’s Guild, the Depth Psychology Alliance, the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, and the International Association for Jungian Studies.

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Review: No Vain Loss

29215280 No Vain Loss by M.C. Frank
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

She A soldier is summoned to the North Pole, days before the year changes, told to fix the great Clock for a celebration. He has no idea what to do.
A girl, hunted for the crime of being born, almost dies out on the ice. She is rescued by the last polar bear left alive.
A library waits for them both, a library built over a span of a hundred years, forgotten in the basement of an ice shack.
The world hasn't known hunger or sickness in hundreds of years. It has also forgotten love and beauty.
This is the One World.
The year is 2524.

Inspired by the short stories of Ray Bradbury, this futuristic young adult novel in three parts is set in a world where Christmas -among other things- is obsolete and a Clock is what keeps the fragile balance of peace.

Written in three parts, this is the breathtaking story of how two unlikely people change the world, and each other, one book at a time.

In No Vain Loss, the world is on the brink of the greatest war humanity has ever known. Lives will be lost. New truths will be revealed.

Fast, Futuristic, Creative. -Yesha, Books Teacup and Reviews

My new obsession and yours too! No Ordinary Star reads like a love letter to humanity. -S. E. Anderson, author of Starstruck

This book is magic. -Alex Rowe, @captain.valour

I fell head-over-heels in love! -Drew C.

Oh, how I've already fallen in love with our two main characters, tin solider and match girl. -Rebecca Ravenwas never supposed to be the sacrifice...

Throw Back Thursday: Devil's Night Dawning

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Review: Bubba Tails: From the Puppy Nursery at the Seeing Eye

36358126Bubba Tails: From the Puppy Nursery at the Seeing Eye by Patty Fletcher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In this magical and love filled tail, King Campbell AKA Bubba travels to the puppy nursery at The Seeing Eye to help ready a group of puppies who are just about to embark on the fabulous journey of learning to become Seeing Eye dogs. Just as he is about to finish his tail, a wee pup becomes very frightened of all that lies ahead, and one frightfully stormy night she runs away! Will King Campbell hear the urgent call from the puppy nursery in time? Will they find her and save her so she can fulfill her destiny?

The use of Tail instead of Tale for story and Magik instead of Magic is intended for these short stories. A great play on words from King Campbell

Review: One Dark Throne

29923707One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The battle for the Crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail?

With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before—ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent.

In this enthralling sequel to Kendare Blake’s New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns, Fennbirn’s deadliest queens must face the one thing standing in their way of the crown: each other.


Review: Song of Smoke and Fire

33869392 Song of Smoke and Fire by Megan Linski
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fliss is a slave. Bound to the king, her duty is to fulfill his every whim until she dies, as payment for saving her life during the dragon attack that killed her parents three years ago.

When a local dragon demands payment, Fliss is offered by the king as a sacrifice, to keep the beast content so he doesn’t destroy the village. Yet what the dragon wants is more than Fliss expects. A curse has been cast upon him by a beautiful enchantress, forcing him to remain a monster forever. Only one pure of soul can end it, and he has chosen Fliss. If she breaks the curse upon him, he will set her free.

But there’s a man behind the monster, and as Fliss unveils the mystery that surrounds the dragon’s hidden past, she finds herself falling in love. Can Fliss tame the tortured beast? Or will her life be consumed by smoke and flame?

An incredible sword-and-sorcery adventure, Song of Smoke and Fire is a heart stopping young adult fantasy novel written by bestselling author Megan Linski. Full of mermaids, fae, and dragon shifters, this historical fairy-tale retelling of an ancient Polish legend will spark hope and love within readers of all ages.


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Blog Tour: Tribal Affairs (Guest Post, Review, Giveaway)



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Book Title: Tribal Affair by Matt Dallmann

Category: YA Fiction, 277 pages

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Matt Dallmann

Release date: July 2017

Tour dates: Oct 9 to 27, 2017

Content Rating: G (No bad language or sex)



Book Description:



Dahlia, a centuries-old genie, lies hopelessly trapped in a damaged golden locket charm attached to an ankle bracelet. Its owner, sixteen-year-old Liana, wears it for the first time during her father Jamison’s opening night illusion spectacular. Not only does its presence cause Jamison to folly his performance, but it also starts a chain of bizarre events that lead to a showdown with Dahlia’s mortal enemy, Stefan, and an unsuspecting romance between Liana and his son.



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Matt Dallmann has a background in acting and holds a BFA from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. His films and screenplays have been featured at film festivals across the United States including Cinequest, Big Apple Film Festival, Seattle’s True Independent Film Festival, DragonCon and Zero Independent Film Festival. His piano compositions have been published for commercial use and he is a member of ASCAP. Matt is also the Co-Founder and Vice President of the boutique medical billing firm VGA Billing Services, Inc. in New York City. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two daughters.



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Review: So much more than just fantasy! I really love how this book was written! It has a little of everything, and in perfect portions! Magic, fantasy, action, romance, mystery, and suspense for good measure! I really liked how the plot played out in this one, and enjoyed the characters. The characters were complex and well thought out, the plot pulled me in, and the writing style was well done. This was a quick read, and I'm excited to see what else Mr.


The Symbol that Led Me Astray

Originally I just wrote—insert symbol here—and thought I could write the rest of the story and figure it out later. Admittedly, I wouldn’t recommend or advise that to anyone. If others had done it this way we might have ended up with a piece of flat bread instead of the Mocking Jay pin or a Harry Potter with a forehead scar like Gorbachev’s birthmark. Once I could finally write no more with out it, I embarked upon my journey to find the perfect symbol, one that embodied the theme of my book. Since it’s about genies, and genie folklore is centered in the Middle East, I started with Arabic calligraphy. It was during this research that I learned Arabic and Persian/Farsi are actually two different languages. In today’s geography, Farsi is mostly spoken in Iran and Afghanistan, and Arabic is spoken in the remaining part of the region. As my genies were around hundreds of thousands of years ago, I had to look at the time period when the Middle East was mostly occupied by Persians and Greeks. So, onto Persian symbols and calligraphy I went and found the Faravahar, the Persian symbol for their ancient Zoroastrain faith. I actually became fairly fascinated with this ancient religion and its culture and was 95% set on using the image. After all, it was the embodiment of spiritual progression. But wait, my book wasn’t about spiritual progression. I was so set on the Faravahar, that I almost bought a bunch of stuff with its image; a lighter, a necklace, some bags, a rock; you name it. Then, just before I clicked the “check out” button I noticed something under the “things you might like” section. Well, thank God for Big Brother because I did like one of those items; the Eshgh. An artist had created a beautiful necklace based on the Eshgh, the Farsi symbol of love. Turns out that if I had used the Faravahar symbol I would have completely missed the mark. I got too wrapped up in history and geography that I almost forgot the essential theme of my book; love and forgiveness. I ultimately decided not to include the actual image of the Eshgh on my book cover for marketing and appeal concerns, but that’s a blog post for another day.

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Harlequin October Reads Blog Tour


Title: Rough Rider
Author: B.J. Daniels
Genre: Western Romance/Suspense
Harlequin Imprint: Harlequin Intrigue
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

Blurb:
His family never fully recovered from the kidnapping of his siblings decades ago. Now Boone McGraw finally has a lead on his missing sister's location, but it means working with feisty private investigator C.J. Knight. Desperate to solve her partner's murder, C.J. doesn't believe her case could possibly be connected to the sexy horse breeder's investigation…until they find themselves running for their lives.


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author B.J. Daniels lives in Montana with her husband, Parker, and three springer spaniels. When not writing, she quilts, boats and plays tennis. Contact her at www.bjdaniels.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/BJ-Daniels/127936587217837 or on twitter at bjdanielsauthor.

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Title: Undercover Amish
Author: Debby Giusti
Genre: Christian, Romance, Thriller/Suspense
Harlequin Imprint: Life Inspired Suspense
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Blurb:
After Hannah Miller’s mother is murdered and her sisters go missing, someone comes after her. Now the only way she can survive is to entrench herself in an Amish community…and rely on Lucas Grant, a former police officer who is planning to join the Amish faith, for protection. But finding refuge for Hannah—disguised as Plain at a secluded inn—pulls Lucas back into his old life. And when Lucas discovers the criminals after them may be the people who killed his partner, the mission to take them down becomes personal. With the assailants closing in, though, can Lucas stop them…and finally put his past behind him to start an Amish life with Hannah?


Debby Giusti is a medical technologist who loves working with test tubes and petri dishes almost as much as she loves to write. Growing up as an Army Brat, Debby met and married her husband—then a Captain in the Army—at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Together they traveled the world, raised three wonderful Army Brats of their own and have now settled in Atlanta, Georgia, where Debby spins tales of suspense that touch the heart and soul.

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Title: Mission: Colton Justice
Author: Jennifer Morey
Genre: Romantic Suspense/Romance
Harlequin Imprint: Romantic Suspense
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Blurb:
When his wife, Tess, died, tech mogul Jeremy Kincaid's perfect world broke apart. Their young son is the light of his life, but Jeremy can't shake suspicions that her death was no accident. Did presumed-dead Livia Colton orchestrate Tess's car accident? Jeremy risks everything by enlisting beautiful PI Adeline Winters to uncover the truth. Adeline once served as Tess and Jeremy's egg donor and surrogate. Giving up her baby was the hardest thing she'd ever had to do, yet she can't turn down Jeremy's plea for help now. But Adeline and Jeremy must push aside their slow-burning attraction when kidnappers place the ultimate bargaining chip on the table: their son.


Two-time RITA nominee and Golden Quill winner, Jennifer Morey writes her happy endings in Denver, Colorado. Aside from writing great contemporary and page-turning romantic suspense, she has a geology degree and consults compliance with the International Traffic in Arms Regulations. She loves movies, her three dogs, and her honey—not necessarily in that order! You may contact her through her website, www.jennifermorey.com

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Review: I choose to review Mission: Colton Justice for this tour. While I don't read a lot of Harlequin, this one was so much fun to read! I loved the characters, and seeing them work together! I can't wait to check out more books by Jennifer Morey!