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Glass and Ashes by OWS Ink, LLC

Posted November 7, 2018 by Emily in Blog Tour / 1 Comment

Glass and Ashes by OWS Ink, LLC

Glass and Ashes by OWS Ink, LLCGlass and Ashes by Rebecca Pierce, Elle Saline, Anna Langford, Lyssa Medana, Amanda Kaye, Kerry E.B. Black, Briant Laslo, Melanie Noell Bernard, Rose Kuehr-McLaren, KT Morley
on 11/15/18
Genres: short story, Fantasy, fairy tale
Pages: 277
Format: ebook
Source: the publisher
Buy on Amazon

"What if?"
It's something people love to ponder. Now, OWS Ink has asked the question, “What if Cinderella was a little bit different?”
A different type woman? A different shoe size? A different type of hero? Or maybe a villain? What if she was never even a human?
And our authors answered. Prepare to read Cinderella stories like you’ve never imagined. Stories where Cinderella makes a different choice altogether, where she uses magic to make her own happy ending, and somewhere even magic can’t help her avoid her fate.

So grab your drink and curl up with our new versions of this classic fairy tale.

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Character spotlight Prince Charming by Rebekah Jonesy

While everyone agrees that the prince of their little kingdom lives up to his name, they also agree that it’s a good thing he wasn’t named Prince Wise. Sweet and loveable as a puppy, he’s also about as smart as one. Not the smart kind either. The kind that barks at his own tail and gets beat up by his own toys. That kind of puppy.

Why else would a man fall in love with a woman after a few hours? He was told by his father to find a rich young maiden to marry and woo her. But the poor guy just isn’t that smart. He let a pretty face and a fancy gown distract him. Having never been around anyone that wasn’t rich he had no clue how to judge such things. And when she left so abruptly that convinced him that she had to be the one for him. And led him, unwisely, to declare that he would marry the woman that fit the shoe she had left behind.

Because not only is he not smart, he’s also really bad at names. And women’s fashion. And thinking things through. All of his shoes were tailor made and he was the only one that could wear them. So it only made sense in his empty head that the same would hold true for the woman he had met.

When a brunette that was inches shorter was brought to him as the woman who fit the shoe, he didn’t think twice. Or even once. He didn’t understand the miraculous ways of make-up and assumed she had simply painted her face differently at the ball. His father was pleased that the woman had a large inheritance and by golly that was good enough for Prince Charming!

He was going to marry this woman, whatever her name was, and live happily ever after. All the story books he read said so, after all.


Follow the Tour

11/5: Character Spotlight (Briant Laslo) on https://kerrylizblack.wordpress.com/

11/6: Book Review on http://Amiesbookreviews.wordpress.com

11/7: Character Spotlight (Rebekah Jonesy) on Emily Reads Everything –

11/13: Character Spotlight (Ellie Saline) on https://alwaysanotherchapter.co.uk/

11/14: Character Spotlight (Lyssa Medana) on ktmorley – Morley’s Musings – WordPress.com

11/14: Book Review on http://bookhimdanno.blogspot.com/?m=1

11/21: Character Spotlight (Melanie Bernard) on https://booksintheskye.wordpress.com/

11/23: Book Review on www.phoebedarqueling.com

11/24: Book Review on dearmaw.wordpress.com

12/1: Book Review on Early Bookish Birds – l live between those lines..



Air Awakens: Affinity Overview

Posted November 18, 2015 by Emily in Special Feature / 1 Comment

One of the best parts of Air Awakens is the magic! Everyone has a different type of magic, called an Affinity. There are four different Affinities and they are all completely different. They come from different areas and they each have their own aspects.  In early October, Elise Kova did a series of posts about the different Affinities. She has been kind enough to let me post some snippets here. Make sure you click over to her posts to read the entire descriptions!

windwalker Air AwakensImage: Elisa Kova

The magic of the Windwalker is control over air and wind.

They thrive in open environments with access to plenty of air. Fairly balanced magic, there are a number of combat applications from withdrawing air from an enemyÂ’s lungs to leveraging the power of gusts and storms.

WindwalkerÂ’s Affinity of the Self lies in the mind. They are able to project their mind beyond their bodies by riding along magical currents.

Read more about Windwalkers!


Waterrunner Air AwakensImage: Elise Kova

The magic of the Waterrunner is control over water in all its forms.

The ability to command the smallest amount of moisture makes Waterrunners practical sorcerers with a variety of applications. They can manipulate droplets of water in the air to make illusions. Waterrunners also have the ability to form ice weaponry by conjuring the element, should they be forced to fight.

Because of the fluid nature of their element they are able to feel and observe magical channels in other sorcerers.

Waterrunners Affinity of the Self is the ability to hear the past recorded in items, brought out from the ripples of water.

Read more about Waterrunners!


Firebearer Air Awakens
Image: Elise Kova

The magic of the Firebearer is control over flames.

From small tongues of fire to infernos, Firebearers can summon and control flames. A Firebearer’s magical strength, relative to others, is much more important than the other Affinities. Firebearers can burn through most any ice or wood that Waterrunners or Groundbreakers (respectively) can conjure if they are stronger than the sorcerers who conjured them. If a Firebearer is magically superior they can also steal control of another Firebearer’s flames and burn them.

Magical overpowering aside, Firebearers cannot be burned. With their skills in generating flames and heat they are often jewelers or smiths, being able to temper and manage molten metal. But, that’s not the only way Firebearers can earn their keep. Firebearers Affinity of the Self is a rare gift to use flames to peer into the future. Sorcerers who possess this gift are few and far-between, a talent that is natural and cannot be learned to any extent. Those with the gift sometimes open curiosity shops, where daring and inquisitive souls can ask a question about their future.

Read more about Firebearers!


Groundbreaker Air AwakensImage: Elise Kova

The magic of Groundbreakers is control over earth.

Groundbreakers have a mastery over natural formations. They can create new structures out of raw earth and prompt plants to grow. Clerical potions and salves are more effective on Groundbreakers, being attune with them, and nearly all poisons are ineffective, as they cannot be harmed by their own element (unless the poison was crafted by a more powerful sorcerer).

The stone skin of the Groundbreaker cannot be penetrated by normal measures. It takes a sorcerer with magic of greater skill to burn or cut through (with an ice dagger) their hardened flesh. With stone skin, their only weak spot is their open eyes.

The GroundbreakerÂ’s Affinity of the Self is one of healing. While nearly all Groundbreakers can make effective clerics, some possess skill far beyond natural talent. These talented few can treat bones like stones, mending and hardening them, or mend flesh as easily as they would a torn leaf.

Read more about Groundbreakers!

Air Awakens Affinity QuizImage: Elise Kova

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SST: Interview with Brianna Shrum and Giveaway!

SST: Interview with Brianna Shrum and Giveaway!

Never Never by Brianna Shrum Series: Never Never #1 Published by Spencer Hill Press on September 22, 2015 Buy on Amazon James Hook is a child who only wants to grow up. When he meets Peter Pan, a boy who loves to pretend and is intent on never becoming a man, James decides he could try being a child—at least briefly. James joins Peter Pan on a holiday to Neverland, a place of adventure created by childrenÂ’s dreams, but Neverland is not for the faint of heart. Soon James finds himself longing for home, determined that he is destined to be a man. But Peter refuses to take him back, leaving James trapped in a world just beyond the one he loves. A world where children are to never grow up. But grow up he does. And thus begins the epic adventure of a Lost Boy and a Pirate. This story isnÂ’t about Peter Pan; itÂ’s about the boy whose life he stole. ItÂ’s about a man in a world that hates men. ItÂ’s about the feared Captain James Hook and his passionate quest to kill the Pan, an impossible feat in a magical land where everyone loves Peter Pan. Except one. If you are even the least bit excited about Never Never (and I know I am!), then you have to read this interview of Brianna Shrum. She […]

Posted September 20, 2015 by Emily in Blog Tour, interview / 0 Comments

Queen of Shadows is finally here!

Queen of Shadows is finally here!

I am one of three people on twitter who isn’t caught up enough to read Queen of Shadows today. I know. I know. I’m really hurting right now. PLEASE DON’T SPOIL ME! Despite that, I have read Throne of Glass and Assassin’s Blade and I’m reading Crown of Midnight right now. I am loving this series and I’m so glad that I don’t have to wait to read the next one when I finish Heir of Fire! There are some perks to discovering a series late! If you have no idea what series I’m talking about you are in luck! Today I’m part of a release blitz that is giving away the first 3 books  in the series (in paperback format). US only. So if youÂ’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post. This is your chance to celebrate the hugely anticipated release of the fifth volume of this series by winning the first three! Plus, if you are caught up but your pre-order hasn’t arrived yet, you can read the first 5 chapters here for free!! Scroll down and check that out!  Title: QUEEN OF SHADOWS Author: Sarah J. Maas Pub. Date: September 1, 2015 Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens Pages: 656 Find it: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Goodreads   Sarah J. Maas’s New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series reaches new heights in this sweeping fourth volume.   Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been […]

Posted September 1, 2015 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Special Feature / 4 Comments

SBPT Sunday: Marissa Nicole Reads

SBPT Sunday: Marissa Nicole Reads

  Welcome Marissa Nicole of Marissa Nicole Reads! I was really excited to interview her and hear all about her Book Blogging Basics 🙂  Enjoy! 1. Tell us a little about yourself. I am a YA book blogger. My favorite book genres include fantasy, paranormal, contemporary, and romance! Besides writing and reading, I enjoy binge watching TV shows, performing on stage, andtraveling. 2. How long have you been blogging and how did you first get involved? I started blogging approximately four months ago. Prior to book blogging, I was a booktuber. I stopped booktubing a while ago due to the start of high school but I still wanted to connect with my book friends. With that in mind, I started my book blog! I remember getting the idea of a book blog from reading posts of a travel based Instagram blog and thinking about how cool it must be to write about your interests and life. With this in mind, I created both a book and personal blog. 3. Tell me about some of the people youÂ’ve met while blogging? I have met an abundance of people throughout the start of my blog. I met a majority of them through Bookcon and this blog tour. Social media has been another major aspect of me meeting the people in the bookish community. I connect with a wide range of bookish people, […]

Posted August 23, 2015 by Emily in Blog Tour, Special Feature / 0 Comments

Sunday Street Team: Interview with Jessica Verdi

Sunday Street Team: Interview with Jessica Verdi

What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi Published by Sourcebooks on August 4th 2015 Pages: 320 Format: ebook Source: Free for Review, Netgalley Goodreads ItÂ’s all RydenÂ’s fault. If he hadnÂ’t gotten Meg pregnant, she would have never stopped her chemo treatments and would still be alive. Instead, heÂ’s failing fatherhood one dirty diaper at a time. And itÂ’s not like heÂ’s had time to grieve while struggling to care for their infant daughter, start his senior year, and earn the soccer scholarship he needs to go to college.The one person who makes Ryden feel like his old self is Joni. SheÂ’s fun and energetic—and doesnÂ’t know he has a baby. But the more time they spend together, the harder it becomes to keep his two worlds separate. Finding one of MegÂ’s journals only stirs up old emotions, and RydenÂ’s convinced Meg left other notebooks for him to find, some message to help his new life make sense. But how is he going to have a future if he canÂ’t let go of the past?   I’m so excited to have Jessica Verdi on my blog today. I really liked What You Left Behind. I was lucky enough to read an ARC of it and I wrote a review earlier this month. Thanks for having me on your blog, Emily! 1. Tell us a little about yourself and your […]

Posted August 23, 2015 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, interview, Special Feature / 0 Comments

SBPT Sunday: The Petite Book Blogger

SBPT Sunday: The Petite Book Blogger

  Today I am really excited to introduce you to Victoria, the Petite Book Blogger! Victoria is a homeschool student who loves museums, traveling and movies. I was so impressed to learn that she is fluent in English and Spanish and working on Italian! She’s obviously smart, working on genealogy with her mother and has remarkable convictions, being a vegetarian for ethical reasons. Besides blogging, her hobby is photography. She was kind enough to allow me to feature a few of her pictures on my blog today. Photography allows you to see through the artist’s eyes. With these pictures, Victoria gives us a glimpse of her unique vision. She uses lighting and texture in her compositions to create different effects. I especially like her picture of rocks with the intentional or unintentional hearts. I hope you enjoy this rare opportunity to experience a blogger’s other hobby! Enjoy.  

Posted August 16, 2015 by Emily in Blog Tour, Special Feature / 2 Comments

SBPT Sunday: Mia in Narnia

SBPT Sunday: Mia in Narnia

Hi everyone, I’m Mia from Mia in Narnia, and I’m really excited to be on Emily’s blog today for the SBPT! Today I’m going to be talking about favourite books/ book series. This was almost impossible for me to write there are so many books that I love, and my list of favourite books changes all the time but I finally managed to pick ten of my favourite books. Obviously, these books are massively recommended by me and I definitely think you should read them if you haven’t already! In no particular order… THE BOOK THIEF – MARKUS ZUSAK This book is so, so beautiful. The writing is incredible, the characters are unforgettable and the ending will break your heart. If you want a heart warming, inspirational and emotional story set against the backdrop of Nazi Germany then this is definitely the book for you. THE INFERNAL DEVICES TRILOGY – CASSANDRA CLARE I know I said these books were in no particular order, but The Infernal Devices is my favourite book series of all time. It has just the right amount of romance and action for me, and the characters in it are some the best I’ve ever read about (Jem Carstairs is the love of my life). Also, I love anything set in London or the Victorian Era, and TID has both! THE FAULT IN OUR STARS – JOHN GREEN You might be […]

Posted August 9, 2015 by Emily in Blog Tour, Special Feature / 1 Comment

SBPT Sunday: Introducing The Regal Critiques

SBPT Sunday: Introducing The Regal Critiques

  Veronika from Reading is Dreaming with Open Eyes is now Veronika from The Regal Critiques. I’m so excited that Ruzaika (her new co-blogger) and Veronika are both here today to talk about the new direction of their blog.   Hi everyone. IÂ’m Veronika from The Regal Critiques and IÂ’m so SO excited to be teamed up with the lovely Emily here. A few months ago I decided to add a co-blogger to my blog and, based on EmilyÂ’s idea, IÂ’m going to tell you a bit about the reasons for my choice. Next to that Ruzaika, my new co-blogger wrote a bit about herself and the start of our wonderful friendship. We hope youÂ’ll enjoy our post. 🙂 ‘Should I try co-blogging?’ was a question that used to come to my mind all the time. However much fun co-blogging has always looked like to me, the answer to that question strictly stayed no. One day, though, on an impulse I asked Ruzaika if she has ever been interested in blogging and if yes, would she consider co-blogging on Reading Is Dreaming with Open Eyes (now re-named The Regal Critiques). In this post IÂ’m going to list 6 reasons why you should definitely consider co-blogging. Hope youÂ’ll enjoy. Blogging can get stressful but as soon as you have a co-blogger you donÂ’t have to carry all the weight on your shoulders alone. Most […]

Posted August 2, 2015 by Emily in Blog Tour, Special Feature / 1 Comment

Sunday Street Team: Guest Post by Shanna Swendson

Sunday Street Team: Guest Post by Shanna Swendson

This post is part of the Sunday Street Team. If you’d like more information or sign up to become a part please click here. Title: Rebel Mechanics Author: Shanna Swendson Genre: YA Format: Paperback, 320 Pages Publishing Information: 7/14/2015 Farrar, Straus and Giroux   Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon A sixteen-year-old governess becomes a spy in this alternative U.S. history where the British control with magic and the colonists rebel by inventing. ItÂ’s 1888, and sixteen-year-old Verity Newton lands a job in New York as a governess to a wealthy leading family—but she quickly learns that the family has big secrets. Magisters have always ruled the colonies, but now an underground society of mechanics and engineers are developing non-magical sources of power via steam engines that they hope will help them gain freedom from British rule. The family Verity works for is magister—but it seems like the children’s young guardian uncle is sympathetic to the rebel cause. As Verity falls for a charming rebel inventor and agrees to become a spy, she also becomes more and more enmeshed in the magister familyÂ’s life. She soon realizes sheÂ’s uniquely positioned to advance the cause—but to do so, sheÂ’ll have to reveal her own dangerous secret. Today I’m so excited to welcome Shanna Swendson to my blog. She has a really great looking book coming out. I’m especially excited about it because I love Steampunk! She’s here […]

Posted July 26, 2015 by Emily in Blog Tour, Special Feature / 0 Comments