Genre: paranormal

Awesome Indies: Fallen Darkness by RB Austin

Awesome Indies: Fallen Darkness by RB Austin

For more information, check out the Awesome Indies page What were you like in school? Quite and shy. Hmm, haven’t really changed much since then. Lol. Maybe because I let my fingers do the speaking for me. What book are you reading now? I’m re-reading The Ghost bird series by C.L. Stone. Love, love these books. I’m desperately waiting for the next one to come out. Hence, the re-reading. Can you share a little of your current work with us? I’m working on the third novel in my Trihune series. It’ll be out this summer. This one features Sarid. I can’t wait for it to be finished. He, out of all of the Sept One Behns, deserves peace and happiness. Do you have any pets? Husband rescued Toto-bird five years ago. Before him, I was strictly a cat person. Somehow the 16 lb. Cairn Terrier wholeheartedly changed my mind. Nothing better than coming home from a long day at work and seeing his cutesy lil’ puppy-dog face greeting me at the door. Do you have a set writing schedule that you adhere to? During the drafting phase, I write at least 1,200 words a day during the week. On the weekend, 2,400 words each day.  Of course, during NaNoWriMo, I hit 1,667 words during the week. When I’m editing, I use page goals. During the week, thirty pages a […]

Posted August 12, 2016 by Emily in Awesome Indie / 1 Comment
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The Flame Never Dies is coming!

The Flame Never Dies is coming!

I’m thrilled that The Flame Never Dies is so close to release! I was lucky to receive an early copy of The Stars Never Rise last year and it was one of the very first reviews that I wrote when I started this blog! If you haven’t started this series, this is a fantastic time to jump in. Book one is going on sale before book two comes out! If you have read The Stars Never Rise, then you know that this series is worth continuing. I’ve got an interview with Rachel Vincent and her daughter. Make sure you read to the end for a chance to win a signed Hardcover set of both books! Author Interview Interview with Rachel by her sixteen-year-old daughter (Codename: Melody), who’s thinking about actually reading her mother’s book. Melody: So, this is a series is about demons, right? Rachel: Sort of. Not really. A century ago, Nina’s world was invaded by residents of another reality who can only remain in our world by taking over a human body. People called them demons, because that’s the only association they had for the concept of possession. Melody: So these “demons” aren’t actually bad? Rachel: Oh, no, they’re totally bad. They’re entertained by the suffering of humanity. They’re just not the residents of hell most people think of when they hear “demon.” But that’s all I can say […]

Posted August 8, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Events and Features, Giveaway / 1 Comment
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SST ARC Review: Signs of You

SST ARC Review: Signs of You

Signs of You by Emily France Published by Soho Teen on July 19th 2016 Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult, paranormal Pages: 240 Format: Paperback Source: ARC tour, Free for Review Buy on Amazon Since sixteen-year-old Riley Strout lost her mother two years ago, her saving grace has been her quirky little family in the grief support group she joined as a freshman. Jay, Kate, and Noah understand her pain; each lost a loved one, and theyÂ’ve stuck together in spite of their differences, united by tragedies only they understand. When Riley thinks she spots her mother shopping in a grocery store, she fears she is suffering some sort of post-traumatic stress. Then Jay and Kate report similar experiences. Only Noah hasnÂ’t had some kind of vision, which is perhaps why heÂ’s become so skeptical and distant. When Noah disappears, Riley fears sheÂ’s lost another loved one. As they frantically search for him, she, Kate, and Jay are drawn into the mystery surrounding a relic that belonged to JayÂ’s dead father and contains clues about the afterlife. Riley finds herself wrestling with her feelings for both Noah and Jay—which have become clear only in NoahÂ’s absence. If Riley is to help those she loves, and herself, she must set things right with the one sheÂ’s lost. I have a bad habit of reading the first sentence or two of a book […]

Posted July 17, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 0 Comments
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Awesome Indies: Death Wish by Megan Tayte

Awesome Indies: Death Wish by Megan Tayte

For more information, check out the Awesome Indies page What inspires you? Art – especially modern art. Architecture. Literature. Poetry. Plays. Movies. Music. Buzzing cities. Breath-taking landscapes. Big, blue skies. People who strive and strive. How long did Death Wish take you to write? I wrote the first draft over two intense months. Then came the rewriting and editing – another couple of months. (GEEK ALERT) I wrote a blog post explaining how I wrote the series with (UBER GEEK ALERT) a chart: http://megantayte.com/blog/a-new-blog-and-a-brief-history-of-getting-the-ceruleans-down-on-paper/  What was your favorite chapter to write and why?  Chapter 23, ‘Kiss MeÂ’. Scarlett and Luke are at the top of an ancient stone folly that teeters precariously on a very high cliff – ‘on top of the world and a step from deathÂ’, as I put it in the book. Both are trying hard to face the fear, not only that induced by the setting, but also that created by the past: theyÂ’ve lost people very close to them recently, and to let themselves love, to trust each other, knowing that people can be ripped away from you, is terrifying. The choice they make at the top of that tower is to stop being safe, to stop holding on – to fall for each other. Waves everywhere, swirling, surging, seething – a raging melange of foam and salt and inky water biting at me, […]

Posted June 17, 2016 by Emily in Awesome Indie / 1 Comment
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Arc Review: The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Arc Review: The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi Published by St. Martin’s Griffin on April 26th 2016 Genres: Fantasy, paranormal, romance, Retelling Pages: 342 Format: ebook Source: Netgalley, Free for Review Buy on Amazon Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen? Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire… But Akaran has its own secrets — thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most. . .including herself. A lush and vivid story that is steeped in Indian folklore and mythology. The […]

Posted May 9, 2016 by Emily in Uncategorized / 2 Comments
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Review: Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs

Review: Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs

Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs Series: Mercy Thompson #9 Published by Ace on March 8th 2016 Genres: paranormal, Fiction, Fantasy Pages: 342 Format: ebook Source: Netgalley Buy on Amazon Tensions between the fae and humans are coming to a head. And when coyote shapeshifter Mercy and her Alpha werewolf mate, Adam, are called upon to stop a rampaging troll, they find themselves with something that could be used to make the fae back down and forestall out-and-out war: a human child stolen long ago by the fae. Defying the most powerful werewolf in the country, the humans, and the fae, Mercy, Adam, and their pack choose to protect the boy no matter what the cost. But who will protect them from a boy who is fire touched? *Library Journal It’s very hard to review long running series. I know some people manage it and I’m always in awe of them. Fire touched is book 9 though. How can I tell you about it without spoiling things that happened in books 1-8. It’s impossible. This series has gotten complicated and intricate and that’s exactly how I like it. I loved that Fire Touched brought the fae back into the limelight. Patricia Briggs has a really interested take on Fairy and I love learning more about it. In her world there are Fae, Vampires, Witches, an entire Werewolf subculture and just a […]

Posted April 12, 2016 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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IB Review: Drop of Night by Stefan Bachmann

IB Review: Drop of Night by Stefan Bachmann

LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Indiebound | iBooks | The Book Depository This book is special and rare because the description was very accurate. I am a huge Joss Whedon fan, so when I saw that this book was billed as like Cabin in the Woods, I knew I needed to read it. For those of you unfamiliar with Cabin in the Woods, go watch it. Whatever you do, DON’T look up spoilers. This book is like that too. It’s going to be so hard to review because any little thing I might say gives away something important. However, I will say that I was not disappointed. This book had a similar feel to Cabin in the Woods and some really fun twists and turns. Drop of Night is a little bit of a slow start. It takes a little time to set everything up. The reasoning is sound and sensible but just not that exciting. Exciting came later. If you can stick with it, I promise the excitement comes. Once the book gets going, it’s nonstop action. It’s a real page turner and you won’t want to put it down. It’s hard to get that action movie feel in book form. Drop of night handles it really well. If you like plot twists, action, or intrigue, definitely give this book a shot! About the Author: Stefan […]

Posted March 14, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 0 Comments
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Review: Malus Domestica by S.A. Hunt

Review: Malus Domestica by S.A. Hunt

Malus Domestica by S.A. Hunt Series: Malus Domestica #1 Published by Createspace on July 21st 2015 Genres: horror, Action & Adventure, paranormal Pages: 448 Format: ebook Source: owned Buy on Amazon Robin Martine has come a long way. She’s not your usual college-age girl. More often than not, Robin’s washing a load of gory clothes at the laundromat, or down at the lake throwing hatchets at pumpkins. She lives in an old van, collects swords, and dyes her mohawk blue. Also, she kills witches for a living on YouTube.You see, Robin’s life was turned upside down by those hideous banshees from Hell. She spent high-school in a psych ward, drugged out of her head for telling the cops her mother Annie was murdered with magic. Magic from a witch named Marilyn Cutty. After a 3-year warpath across America, she’s come home to end Cutty for good. But she’ll have to battle hog-monsters, a city full of raving maniacs, and a killer henchman called the “Serpent” if she wants to end the coven’s reign over the town of Blackfield once and for all. This novel is the most unique book I have read in years. Books are filled with familiar stories. There are some stories that come around so often, we have a name for them; tropes. When we read, we look for these tropes. We expect them. We have […]

Posted March 10, 2016 by Emily in Review / 3 Comments
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FFBC Tour: Review Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace

FFBC Tour: Review Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace

Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace Published by Katherine Tegen Books on January 26th 2016 Genres: paranormal, Fantasy, Young Adult Pages: 368 Format: ebook Source: Edelweiss Buy on Amazon For fans of Holly Black and Nova Ren Suma, a gripping, hauntingly atmospheric novel about murder, revenge, and a world where monsters—human and otherwise—lurk at the fringes. When seventeen-year-old Breezy Lin wakes up in a shallow grave one year after her death, she doesnÂ’t remember who killed her or why. All she knows is that sheÂ’s somehow conscious—and not only that, sheÂ’s able to sense who around her is hiding a murderous past. In life, Breezy was always drawn to the elegance of the universe and the mystery of the stars. Now she must set out to find answers and discover what is to become of her in the gritty, dangerous world to which she now belongs—where killers hide in plain sight and a sinister cult is hunting for strange creatures like her. What she finds is at once empowering, redemptive, and dangerous. Tense, complex, and wholly engaging, Shallow Graves is a stunning first novel from Kali Wallace. The biggest problem with this book is that the synopsis absolutely doesn’t do this book justice. I’m not sure what I was expecting after reading the back but this book is 1000 times better than the synopsis makes it sound. I think the […]

Posted January 19, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 1 Comment
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Review: Something Strange and Deadly

Review: Something Strange and Deadly

I’ve been hearing so much about Susan Dennard’s newest book, Truthwitch. It’s everywhere. Her clans are always on twitter talking about it. In my Birthday Giveaway it was one of the most requested books. I’m not in a Clan but I have participated in her #clanchat on twitter on #truthwitchtuesday several times. I had never read a book by Susan Dennard and I wasn’t able to read Truthwitch yet. When I read this, it wasn’t out yet. I figured the best way to try it would be to see if I even like her writing style. So I tried…   I really liked the style. I love steampunk and gaslamp fantasy so when I read the synopsis I felt sure that this was an easy slam dunk for me. Right away, I loved the combination of historical and paranormal fantasy. The setting was a huge positive for me. But… Everything else fell really flat for me. The main character, Eleanor, seemed like a caricature instead of a person. She had one main feature, she was odd. She didn’t fit into the society. I don’t think I’ve ever complained about a character wanting a different life than the one planned for her. However, it didn’t feel like there was anything else that set her apart. I never connected with her so I didn’t care whether she succeeded or failed. I knew she […]

Posted January 7, 2016 by Emily in Review / 3 Comments
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