#IndieMas 2016 Day Two

Posted December 2, 2016 by Emily in Awesome Indie, Giveaway, Special Feature / 0 Comments

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Author S. Usher Evans created #IndieMas as a way to celebrate her favorite Indie authors.

On the second day of #IndieMas my author gave to me

Two Adventures,
And Sci Fi and Fantasy

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#IndieMas 2016 Day TwoZaria Fierce and the Secret of Gloomwood Forest by Keira Gillett
Published by Keira Gillett on March 6th 2015
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 224
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"Come here Princess, and let me eat you."
On her birthday, Zaria Fierce finds her usual path to school blocked by an ugly river-troll. At first she's surprised and curious, but then Olaf threatens to eat her, which is an act Zaria could not in good conscience consent to, so Zaria counteroffers. A deal is struck and she goes to school, but Zaria is about to learn the hard way that one does not trick a river-troll and expect to win.

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#IndieMas 2016 Day TwoFinding the Phoenix (The Celestial Talisman, #1) by Caitlin O'Connor
Published by Amazon Digital Services on April 12th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, paranormal
Pages: 374
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Alternate Cover Edition: B0112H9L5Y
Heaven has no memory of dying, except the experience of death itself. It’s that memory, of a place called ‘The Between’, that convinces her the man claiming to be her Guardian might not be crazy. Besides, even crazy is better than the life she’s leaving behind to be the Circle’s Wielder of Spirit. All she has to worry about now is her training, and figuring out how to fit in with the Awakened.
But the Circle isn’t the haven she thought it might be. The fanatic Handmaidens of the Skaath Diurga are gathering strength and only the Awakened can keep the shadow creatures at bay. When one of the Guardians is killed, ulterior motives thrust Heaven into the middle of the Circle’s quest for justice. She’ll have to decide just how far she’ll go for the people she’s come to care about.
Finding the Phoenix is the first instalment in the Celestial Talisman sequence, an adult Urban Fantasy series featuring dark, psychological themes. If you like multifaceted, compelling characters and unusual settings then this novel is sure to thrill you.
(Please note that this book contains strong language)

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#IndieMas 2016 Day One

Posted December 1, 2016 by Emily in Awesome Indie, Giveaway / 0 Comments

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Author S. Usher Evans created #IndieMas as a way to celebrate her favorite Indie authors.

On the first day of #IndieMas my author gave to me

Sci Fi and Fantasy

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#IndieMas 2016 Day OneDakiti by E.J. Fisch
Series: Ziva Payvan #1
Published by David Meredith on May 29, 2014
Genres: Sci Fi
Pages: 331
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The distant world of Haphez is located on the edge of populated space. The planet's native superhuman race is feared and respected by neighboring civilizations. Their military and police forces are unmatched.
Lieutenant Aroska Tarbic is an agent with the revered Haphezian Special Police. He’s lost a lot in a short period of time; the other members of his squad were killed in a tragic accident, and his younger brother was wrongfully convicted and executed for a crime he didn’t commit. Just when Aroska thinks he’s starting to piece his life back together, he’s assigned to a joint task force with a special operations team. It seems like a unique opportunity, at least until he learns that his new commander is none other than Ziva Payvan, HSP’s finest operative… and the assassin who killed his brother.
Ziva is good at her job, a business that requires her to ignore her feelings and carry out her missions without question. She’s confident in her own abilities to complete the assignment, but Aroska is a wildcard. When their team stumbles across a young human during a routine investigation, they soon realize that the situation isn't what it seems. The boy has unwittingly uncovered an age-old plot, one that could put the entire Haphezian race in jeopardy.
Now the lines between friend and foe have become blurred, and no one can be trusted. United by the imminent threat, Ziva and Aroska must set their differences aside in order to save their people… and maybe even each other.
All roads lead to… DAKITI

 

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#IndieMas 2016 Day OneThe Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith
Published by David Meredith on October 2nd 2013
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 155
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What happens when "happily ever after" has come and gone?
On the eve of her only daughter, Princess Raven's wedding, an aging Snow White finds it impossible to share in the joyous spirit of the occasion. The ceremony itself promises to be the most glamorous social event of the decade. Snow White’s castle has been meticulously scrubbed, polished and opulently decorated for the celebration. It is already nearly bursting with jubilant guests and merry well-wishers. Prince Edel, Raven's fiancé, is a fine man from a neighboring kingdom and Snow White's own domain is prosperous and at peace. Things could not be better, in fact, except for one thing:
The king is dead.
The queen has been in a moribund state of hopeless depression for over a year with no end in sight. It is only when, in a fit of bitter despair, she seeks solitude in the vastness of her own sprawling castle and climbs a long disused and forgotten tower stair that she comes face to face with herself in the very same magic mirror used by her stepmother of old.
It promises her respite in its shimmering depths, but can Snow White trust a device that was so precious to a woman who sought to cause her such irreparable harm? Can she confront the demons of her own difficult past to discover a better future for herself and her family? And finally, can she release her soul-crushing grief and suffocating loneliness to once again discover what "happily ever after" really means?
Only time will tell as she wrestles with her past and is forced to confront The Reflections of Queen Snow White.

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#BHPChat Nov 2016 Wrap up

#BHPChat Nov 2016 Wrap up

We are celebrating our first year for #BHPChat! So we decided to make it a theme of FIRSTS. FIRST someone who knows who she is. Ok! #BHPChat in about an hour! I'm ready! But will still likely be 15 minutes late. Because of who I am as a person. — KenyaIsTheBossOfYou (@BookedUpBoss) November 30, 2016   Q1: FIRST, introduce yourself!  #BHPchat The theme tonight is FIRSTS Q1: FIRST, introduce yourself! #BHPchat — Emily (@Emren) November 30, 2016   Q2: What was your FIRST BLOG POST about? (Link if you’d like!) #BHPChat Extremely sappy post about how reading is the love of my life since the age of 3. #BHPChat (too embarrassed to link it 😳) https://t.co/mXjgnOg37y — Marcelina Meler (@Marsianomo) November 30, 2016 A2) I don't remember what my first post was but my first ARC review was of REQUIEM by Lauren Oliver #BHPChat — brittanysbookrambles (@bbookrambles) November 30, 2016 2. A post announcing my blog, what it is about, welcoming the readers. Half English, half my native language, so not gonna link lol #BHPchat https://t.co/1BrBipS8e6 — PUPUT (@Pupuutc) November 30, 2016 It was a Six of Crows review! I'm so embarrassed it was so bad 😂 https://t.co/djeiFxhagr #BHPChat https://t.co/YgjKQ4Aj1L — Sabrina❄️ (@omgbooksandmore) November 30, 2016 A2: My 1st ever post is an actual introduction to my book blog. It started out as a personal thing, though! https://t.co/FEDQRkbFJl #BHPChat […]

Posted November 30, 2016 by Emily in Events and Features / 5 Comments
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TTT: Holiday Gift Guide 2016

TTT: Holiday Gift Guide 2016

10 Contemporary Books to Buy to add Diversity to Your Bookshelf This book is so relevant to some of the social issues we’re facing in the United States today. I loved the dual perspectives because it made the story not just relatable, but easier to understand because I am white. I highly, highly recommend this one for all ages and races. . This is a middle grades book, but it is so good! If you have kids, are a teacher, or just want some insight on a tween boy who grew up under rough circumstances but found a positive outlet in running track, pick this up. . This is a heart wrenching kind of book. I enjoy a lot of true crime shows and have found myself watching documentaries on kids being accused of committing murder at  young age, so I was drawn to this one immediately. Mary is black and was accused at age 9 of killing a 3 month old baby and now after years of time in “baby jail” and a treacherous group home she finds out she’s pregnant. This book shows that sometimes the whole story isn’t told and you can’t always judge a person based on appearances. . I love this book so much. Definitely top 5 of 2016 for me. A mixture of fate, logic, and interracial love is just the beginning of […]

Posted November 29, 2016 by Emily in Events and Features, Top 10 / 6 Comments
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12/16 Bookstagram Round up

12/16 Bookstagram Round up

I love all the challenges this month! People have really outdone themselves. I always enjoy looking through all the challenges to pull together the round up. December is such a busy month. I hope I have time to participate! Which challenge are you planning on doing?   #hollyjollybooks16 hosted by @books_faith_love & @beauty.books  #jinglebookrock hosted by @bookishsteph1More, @pagesandcup, & @catebutler  #abookwormchristmas hosted by @betterwithabookinmyhand, @certified_fangirl63 @treehouseofbooks #grimdragon hosted by @grimdark_dad & @the_infinite_book_dragon #DecBookstagram Hosted by @Pagewithaview & @ReadwithMikee #Winterreaderland Hosted by caseyrosereads, staybookish and weasleyswizardingbooks #bexandbirdybookmas hosted by littlebirdybookworm & @bexnbooks #Yabestof2016 Hosted by @alittlecuriousreader, @_forevermint, @leavingthroughthepages, & @Meredith.Mara

Posted November 28, 2016 by Emily in Events and Features / 2 Comments
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Awesome Indies: Guest Post by Cheryl Carpinello

Awesome Indies: Guest Post by Cheryl Carpinello

For more information, check out the Awesome Indies page 5 Facts About Ancient Egypt You May Not Know by Cheryl Carpinello Since our visit to Egypt in 2008, I’d been researching and planning what eventually became my Tween/YA novel Sons of the Sphinx and also part of the companion historical short Tutankhamen Speaks. Here are just five of the many amazing facts I learned about Ancient Egypt. The Rosetta Stone The Rosetta Stone was discovered by Napoleon’s savants during the 1798-1801 campaign in Egypt. This stone, with the same message written three times in Greek, Demotic, and Hieroglyphs was instrumental in relearning how to pronounce the hieroglyphic symbols from Ancient Egypt. It was later captured by the British and now resides in the British Museum. I took this picture during our visit in September 2014. On the top of the stone are the hieroglyphs, in the middle the demotic script, and on the bottom the Greek. The Egyptian Museum Located in Cairo, Egypt, this museum houses the most amazing collection of Egyptian artifacts in the world. The entire outside of the building is pink! I was unable to take my own picture of the museum because we were advised not to take cameras as the Tourist Police would seize them at the entrance. Some people did have their cameras taken and then had to pay to get them back!  […]

Posted November 25, 2016 by Emily in Awesome Indie / 0 Comments
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WoW: Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

WoW: Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

What I Love Who isn’t looking forward to this Mulan retelling? The icing on the cake is Renee Ahdieh being the author. The Wrath and the Dawn is enough for me to want to read anything she creates for this world. To steal a line from John Green’s TFIOS, I would read her grocery lists. I’m also always about badass women, especially when they’re being underestimated by men and it sounds like this is exactly the type of MC Mariko is going to be. All of that coupled with murder, betrayal, and undercover operations makes this a definite pre-order. I can’t wait for May!

Posted November 23, 2016 by Emily in WoW / 1 Comment
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Review: The Crown’s Dog by Elise Kova

Review: The Crown’s Dog by Elise Kova

The Crown’s Dog by Elise Kova Series: Air Awakens #0.1 Published by Silver Wing Press on November 22, 2016 Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult Pages: 292 Format: ebook Source: Free for Review Buy on Amazon Goodreads Book one in an Air Awakens prequel trilogy. A coastal summer is turned upside down by a violent murder, and a quest for lost pirate treasure turns into a hunt for the killer. Jax Wendyll is the crown’s dog. As punishment for the unspeakable crimes that tourment him to this day, his life has been conscripted to the Empire Solaris. However, in an Empire afflicted by peace, his duties are relegated to unquestioningly aiding the antics of the youngest prince, Baldair. Erion Le’Dan, a nobleman’s son, expects a quiet summer visit to the Imperial Palace, his only agenda to visit with his unlikely friends. But Jax’s discovery the legendary pirate Adela Lagmir’s old workroom inspires a hunt for her long lost treasure. The pursuit of Adela’s truth takes the three men to the Imperial summer manor, built along the old pirate mainstays. When Adela’s trident is branded into a murdered servant, Prince Baldair’s summer amusement of treasure-hunting becomes a hunt to find the killer. But, as mysteries compound, the ghosts of Jax’s past may not be the only things haunting them. I received this book for free from Free for Review in exchange for […]

Posted November 21, 2016 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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Awesome Indies: Invisible Shores by Oliver Kennett

Awesome Indies: Invisible Shores by Oliver Kennett

For more information, check out the Awesome Indies page Tell us about yourself I’m Ollie, I’m 35, I’m blind and I’m a writer. I have written several short stories in the genres of horror and paranormal erotica. Invisible Shores South America is my first full length novel and my first attempt at non-fiction writing. I’m currently working on a series of thrillers which I’m very excited about. I was bitten by a radioactive mole. What was the hardest part of writing this book? As this is my first attempt at writing a full length book, the hardest part was swallowing that mingled fear and self doubt which mountain climbers must feel before scaling Everest. Short stories are far easier and can be done in a morning, but keeping focus for a couple of months… That is hard. I struggle with a short attention span, I can become almost obsessive with projects and I have worked out the window is three weeks. As this book took several months, all told, over several years, I’m pretty chuffed that I reached the summit and was able to plan that most wonderful of flags on the final page, ‘The End’. What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why? I enjoyed writing all of the book as it gave me the opportunity to return to South America and relive our adventures. […]

Posted November 18, 2016 by Emily in Awesome Indie / 0 Comments
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Review: Holding Up the Universe

Review: Holding Up the Universe

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 4th 2016 Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult Pages: 400 Buy on Amazon Goodreads Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for every possibility life has to offer. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything.  Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone. Until he meets Libby. When the two get […]

Posted November 17, 2016 by Emily in Review / 2 Comments
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