Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Book Highlight #1: Deity's Soulmate (The Goddess Training Trilogy #1) by Angelina Kerner

Deity's Soulmate (The Goddess Training Trilogy #1) by Angelina Kerner


From author Angelina Kerner (Seven Hours: Challenge Accepted) comes an all-new fantasy series about Gardenia, a daughter of Athena, and her 100 years of coursework on how to create whole new worlds and subjects of her own.
A sheltered schoolchild in a realm of condescending gods and goddesses, Gardenia goes to Earth on a dare to witness the unsavoury side of mankind for herself. Believing she can do better, she undertakes the formation of an entire galaxy, but without permission from Zeus.
Zeus disciplines her by assigning an epic 13-fold creational lesson destined to take her a century to complete. But he is taken aback once more when she makes an odd choice. She vows to fulfil this knowledge quest by tracking down a lost race of dragons and discovering the secrets they’ve kept since time began.
Searching the universe to meet even one dragon may be a fool’s errand, but that’s the least of her worries. For ancient wartime, resentments linger between the nations of dragons and deities, and some dragons would attack Gardenia on sight!
Yet she ventures out undaunted, learning unexpected things about nomadic life, tender love, and mortal peril along the way. The biggest surprise of all, though, goes by the name of Ri. Ri may be the man of her dreams, the voice in her head, the dragon she’s seeking, or all these things and more...
Meanwhile, the Fates brew sordid plans of their own and Hera jealously sets traps and trials for Gardenia at every chance. What’s a young goddess to do? Flight or fight?

About the author:
Angelina Kerner, a Pisces, was born during the Chinese astrological year of the Snake, which she absolutely adores. Angelina loves snakes, and was once allowed to feed one a rat. That was an experience of a lifetime.
She moved around during her young years from Novosibirsk to Kaluga in Russia. Finally settling in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, her teenage years were spent dancing in troupes and performing on stage. The dances ranged from waltz to tango, from Jewish to Russian, and finally belly dance. She was accepted into six out of seven universities, and decided to stay close to her family. Angelina pursued a psychology degree until she saw graduates working for Starbucks and then decided to pursue another career path in the department of Social Sciences. The difficult coursework, her job, and finding her life partner inspired her to turn to writing which, at the time, wasn't so much a hobby as a way to escape daily routine.
She worked on countless stories, never really finishing them, but came to understand that flash fiction wasn't for her. After finding an online community where she met her best friend, her writing flourished, making publication a possible next step. She is now the author of one published novel for both young adults and adults, and aspires to publish her other fantasy and crime fiction works soon. Her next project involves a competition for a beautiful phoenix. That novel will, hopefully, make its debut in 2017 or 2018. Angelina currently divides her time between her family, work, writing, and a lot of cats. 
Visit her website at www.kernerangelina.live

Something interesting about the author: 
"I love cats, dragons, and needlework. I'm also a new mother! ^_^"


Monday, 15 May 2017

Book Blitz | Excerpt | Giveaway : Lady of Sherwood by Molly Bilinski


Lady of Sherwood
Molly Bilinski
(Outlaws of Sherwood #1)
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: April 24th 2017
Genres: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Young Adult
Robin of Lockesly was neither the son her father wanted, nor the daughter her mother expected. When she refuses an arranged marriage to a harsh and cruel knight, the deadly events that follow change her destiny forever.
After a night of tragedy, Robin and the few remaining survivors flee to Nottingham. With a newfound anonymity, they start to live different lives. There, she and her band make mischief, robbing from the rich and giving to the poor. But charity isn’t the only thing she wants–she wants revenge.
As the sheriff draws his net closer, Robin’s choices begin to haunt her. She’ll have to choose between what’s lawful and what her conscience believes is right–all while staying one step ahead of the hangman.
Lady of Sherwood is a unique young adult retelling of the beloved Robin Hood legend. Filled with action and romance, this new series follows a teenage heroine through her fantastic, yet dangerous adventures.
EXCERPT:
Other girls—some of the youngest ones from the kitchen—came from the brush. Smoke clung to them like a shroud, and tears had run in rivers down soot-stained cheeks. Ginny, the youngest at six, ran to Jemma and attached herself like a limpet to the older girl’s legs.
“Where is everyone else?” Robin asked, glancing between them and then back at the flaming manor. “Where is—where’s—” Her face heated even as the rest of her body grew chilled, and she stuffed her first in her mouth to muffle her scream.
“We are the only ones.”
Robin looked up at Kitty, surprised to find herself on her knees in the damp grass. She curled her shaking fingers into fists, and then rested them on her thighs. “How—what happened?”
“That man,” the girl went on, absently twisting her skirt in her hands. “The one who’d been courting you… he came for you in the night. When he couldn’t find you, he gathered everyone in the great hall.”
“Except you lot?” Jemma inquired.
“He was hurting her.” Kitty’s eyes took on a glossy quality. “He had Maggie by the hair, and he was hurting her. She had Ginny behind her, protecting her. I—I hit him over the head with a candle stand.”
“We went through the old tunnel,” another voice piped up. Maggie slipped her hand into Kitty’s. “Me and Kitty and Ginny.”
“And my—my mother?” Robin took a deep, shuddering breath.
“She kept her secret. We heard ‘im, shouting. He wanted to know where you was.” Ginny, this time. She wandered away from Jemma, and Robin opened her arms for her to nestle into. She’d helped Jemma look after the younger servants on the sly for years. Whether they’d been orphaned at birth or left to the streets, Jemma had brought them each back to the manor, and she’d given them a home and a hope the rest of the world didn’t offer. “She didn’t tell, Robin. She didn’t tell him where you was.”
“I heard Charlotte say you were gone,” Maggie said quietly. “She’d gone to your mother’s chambers to tell her. Miss Jemma was gone, too, and so was your bow.” She shrugged, a delicate lift of her shoulders. “We all thought you had gone to the field.”
“And she said nothing?” Robin’s heart beat hard against her ribcage.
“Lady was very brave,” Ginny murmured.
“She was,” Robin agreed. “Like you are. You all.” She looked at each of the other girls, who stared back, clearly waiting.
It hit her then—they were waiting for her. With the only survivors of the manor in front of her, and her mother dead—God rest her soul, God hold them all in His hand—it occurred to her in that moment. She was the Lady of Lockesly.


Interview with Author Blog Post (Provided by Xpresso Book Tours)

1) When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?
Sometime in middle school, I think. I’ve always loved books, but it was right around eighth grade when I wanted to give novel writing a serious attempt. That story was the most progress I’d made on one that I’d started, and it topped out at fifty pages. I did much better at the beginning of high school – that had a much better plot, better characters, and it was the first time I really thought I can do this.

2) Where did you get the idea for LADY OF SHERWOOD?
Robin Hood is one of my all-time favourite legends, and I wanted to do a different retelling. I wanted something fun and adventurous, and I wanted to make Robin Hood a leading lady. I think having Robin and most of the outlaws be a woman makes for a very different dynamic, and I’m excited to see what people think of it. 

3) How long did it take you to write the book?
It took almost a year in total, but if you take out the three or four months that are my busy season at work where I get very little writing done, then it’s only like six or eight months. I was working nights when I wrote it, and I was able to get some writing in between running tests and waiting for samples in the wee hours of the morning. 

4) How many hours a day do you write?
It depends on the day. There are days when I don’t get any writing done at all, and there are days when I crank out 5,000+ words. I aim to write a little bit every day, at least, but it sometimes doesn’t always work out that way, unfortunately. 

5) LADY OF SHERWOOD is a retelling – how did you pick names for your characters?
For many of them, I had an idea from the original legends. For example, Robin stayed Robin, and Little John became Jemma. There are a few others that have name twists like that, and some completely new characters that were named based on lists of popular names from the 14th century. And, for me, the name has to fit the character and the character’s personality, and I hope that comes through. 

6) What was the hardest scene to write?
There were a couple that were really difficult to write, and I don’t want to say which ones because I don’t want to spoil anybody who hasn’t read it yet. I hope readers enjoy this new take on an old story.



The Author:
Molly is a 2013 graduate of William Smith College with a bachelors in chemistry. She puts her science powers to use by day and is a novelist by night (and weekend...and any five minutes she can find). When she's not writing or working, she's scoping out coffee shops, exploring her new city (Buffalo, NY), taking day trips to Canada, and putting together puzzles.

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Thursday, 11 May 2017

Review: Wintersong (Wintersong #1) by S. Jae-Jones

24763621Author: S. Jae-Jones 
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Publication Date: February 7th 2017 
Source: ebook (bought)
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Summary:

Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.
All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.
But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.
Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

Review:
Liesl has always heard about the Goblin King, a mysterious and powerful figure in her local tales. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler of the Underground and, in an odd way, her muse. She is a very good composer, even if she haves to compose in secret, away from her father's gaze.
She has to help run her family's inn and support the dreams her parents have for her brother, a proficient violinist. Her life has not been easy and she has had to leave her dreams and imagination of the Goblin King, dismissed as childish fantasies.
When her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl makes a deal in order to enter the kingdom and hopefully rescue her sister. The Goblin agrees to let her sister go in exchange for something. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, according to the old laws. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow on Earth, so Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King in order to save Käthe. He accepts.
In the underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King is still a big part of her inspiration in every way possible: he is in her music, in her dreams, in her thoughts... He talent blossoms but her life starts to drain, her price to pay. The two grow closer each day and must learn what they are willing to sacrifice to save the world...
I must start with a warning: this book is an absolutely beautiful tearjerker. Saying this is not meant to lead you away from this book but, instead, to let you know that your emotions will come to the surface and you will love it.
Never had I ever read a book so melodic and beautiful as this one. It entices you, it takes you into this world and it gains substance. One sign a book is great is that you get lost in the words and the story and you have to force yourself to let it go so you can sleep.
Liesl is such a beautiful character, her dreams and hopes are somewhat crushed by her family but still, she stands strong and does everything she can for them. Her brother and sister are her parent's priorities and she just helps them unconditionally without saying a word about it. She is frequently put last so others can have things and she doesn't seem to mind, as long as she has her music.
The Goblin King is a very mysterious character and I found myself constantly wondering who he really is. I believe we could compare him to an onion, he has multiple layers and you never know what you will find in the middle. He is one of my favourite characters ever. The hidden sensibility and the wonder and passion that she represents are visible and amazing.
In life, we can't always do what we want and this story portrays just that. It is heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time, it is also passionately musical and dreamy. This is a beautiful story that I advise to anyone who is willing to risk and enter a different, dangerous and beautiful world.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Reading "A Court of Wings and Ruin" by Sarah J. Maas, an Epic Adventure

*Spoiler Alert*: This post may contain spoilers for the previous instalments of this series. To read a review of the first book click here.

As you may already know, last week was one of the best weeks of this month. Why? Well, last week the third book in the A Court of Thornes and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas came out and it was amazing.  It isn't amazing that I had to get an ebook because of shipping time and the cost of buying the actual book and sending it to Portugal. Still, I read it in two days total and I absolutely loved it. It will forever have a very special place in my heart.

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Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's manoeuvrings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.
As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.
In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.



Reading this book was an adventure, a whirlwind of emotion and racing hearts and I wouldn't want anything less than what I got. I am still deeply in love with Rhysand and Feyre and all of the inner circle. I could not take my eyes off the screen. I even stayed up until the unholy hours of the morning just because I needed to know how this book ended. I avoided all social media for two days so I wouldn't be spoiled and I waited to write this post in order not to spoil anyone's experience.
I have to express my thanks to Sarah J. Maas for being an awesome human being and grace us with beautiful stories that fulfil our hearts and minds.

This is the story (in pictures) of my adventure of reading ACOWAR.

1. I have the book!!!! Let's start with this baby. She's in the Spring Court and she's going to ruin Tamlin!!!!!

2. Tamlin you are a mean and awful bitch. WTF are you doing! Those are bad people! Leave her alone, please... Now you have hurt her.

3. She is going to ruin you! She's a strong and independent woman!

4. You weren't expecting this weren't you... It serves you well. 

5. Back home at the Night Court with Rhysand the sex-bomb. Happy thoughts, sexy thoughts. Go away, everyone. I cannot possibly read this in public...

6. Please, girls just behave... You are sisters... No, Lucien, you have no right to do everything you want with Elain just because she is your mate.

7. Do not mess with me! I will protect my babies. Stop king from hell!!!!! Mor your dad is a bitch.

8. Go, guys! Rock that meeting! You'll win!!!

9. Tamlin is a bitch... Lucien, your father is an even bigger bitch, also he is a monster. Your real you-know-what is so much better.

10. Please don't die in the war. Just kill all of those Hybern bitches!!! 
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11. Ok... Tamlin I wasn't expecting that. Maybe you are a better person than what I thought.

12. This is a battle! Kill the all now. Win my babies, please win.

13. That battle though...

14. No baby please don't  leave meeeeeee!

15. Oh no... This is getting to the end. *definitely crying a lot* *completely bawling*

16. My babies are alive!!! They are alive! The bitch is dead!!!
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See you next time my lovelies!
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Saturday, 6 May 2017

Book Tour | Giveaway: To Seduce a Stranger by Susanna Craig



TO SEDUCE A STRANGER
by Susanna Craig
Pub date: 4/11/2017
Genre: Historical Romance

Book Blurb:
Desire waylays the plans of a man with a mysterious past and a woman with an uncertain future, in Susanna Craig’s unforgettable series set in Georgian England.
After her much older husband dies—leaving her his fortune—Charlotte Blakemore finds herself at the mercy of her stepson, who vows to contest the will and destroy her life. With nowhere to turn and no one to help her, she embarks on an elaborate ruse—only to find herself stranded on the way to London. . .
More than twenty years in the West Indies have hardened Edward Cary, but not enough to abandon a helpless woman at a roadside inn—especially one as disarmingly beautiful as Charlotte. He takes her with him to the Gloucestershire estate he is determined to restore, though he is suspicious of every word that falls from her distractingly lush lips.
As far as Charlotte knows, Edward is nothing more than a steward, and there’s no reason to reveal his noble birth until he can right his father’s wrongs. Acting as husband and wife will keep people in the village from asking questions that neither Charlotte nor Edward are willing to answer. But the game they’re each determined to play has rules that beg to broken when the passion between them threatens to uncover the truth—for better or worse. . .



Author Bio:
A love affair with historical romances led Susanna Craig to a degree (okay, three degrees) in literature and a career as an English professor. When she’s not teaching or writing academic essays about Jane Austen and her contemporaries, she enjoys putting her fascination with words and knowledge of the period to better use: writing Regency-era romances she hopes readers will find both smart and sexy. She makes her home among the rolling hills of Kentucky horse country, along with her historian husband, their unstoppable little girl, and a genuinely grumpy cat.



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Thursday, 4 May 2017

Cover Reveal: Play Dates by Maggie Wells


Play Dates
by Maggie Wells
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 3rd, 2017

For single parents, life is often more diapers and daycare dilemmas than dating. But for three dads going solo, a little flirting can lead to a whole lot more than a fling . . .
Colm Cleary lost his wife just moments after his son Aiden’s birth, and it’s been just the two of them ever since. Dating is his very last priority—until he spots gorgeous Monica Rayburn on the playground with her little girl. Suddenly finding a woman sympathetic to the demands of single parenthood seems like a great idea—especially if they agree to a no-pressure, no-strings date . . .
Dazzled by the hot “Saturdaddy” who asks her out, Monica doesn’t get around to mentioning that little Emma is her niece. She’s in commodities, not children. A gambler to the bone, she’s going to take a chance on an adult evening with Colm—and worry about the details later. But when their casual connection deepens into something more solid, the truth will have to come out—and both Colm and Monica will have to throw caution to the wind to hold on to a future together . . .


Maggie Wells is a deep-¬‐down dirty girl with a weakness for hot heroes and happy endings. By day she is buried in spreadsheets, but at night she pens tales of people tangling up the sheets. The product of a charming rogue and a shameless flirt, this mild-¬‐mannered married lady has a naughty streak a mile wide.
Fueled by supertankers of Diet Coke, Maggie juggles fictional romance and the real deal by keeping her slow-¬‐talking Southern gentleman constantly amused and their two grown children mildly embarrassed.





Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Review: Rise of the Flame (The Eura Chronicles #1) by K.N. Lee

24148841Author: K.N. Lee
Publisher: Kindle Edition
Publication Date: January 5th 2015
Source: ebook (given by Netgalley)
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Summary:

From international bestselling author, K.N. Lee comes Rise of the Flame, an epic beginning to the Eura Chronicles.
Six races. Four realms. One human girl who can bring them together in peace... or war.
Lilae has been hunted since the night of her birth, for she is heir to a god’s throne. But everything that her surrogate family has done to protect her may have been for nothing. After Lilae is stripped of her powers and enslaved by the emperor of the Mithrani, she finds herself desperate to survive in a strange new world.
On the other side of the world, Liam leads his army across the realm to protect the Tryans and the fairies from those who would do them harm. But when their odds of survival become next to impossible, he must set out on a journey to find a dragon, a child, and the blessing of a fallen god to aid him in the inevitable realm war.
The path forward for both Liam and Lilae seems clear, until their dreamscapes collide. But while they draw strength from their connection, Lilae may be falling for the emperor who should be her greatest enemy.
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Review:
*The publisher provided this book in exchange for an honest review through NetGalley.*
Lilae has been running all her life. Since the moment she was born a dark and mysterious force has been chasing her in order to destroy her and what she might represent. She is heir to a god's throne and she is not an ordinary human. She has power deep inside of her.
One day Lilae is captured by the emperor of the Mithrani and stripped of her powers... She will have to learn to live without the amazing advantage they always gave her.
At the same time, on the opposite side of the world, Liam, the prince of the Tryans, leads his army across his realm in order to protect his people against an old threat: the dark elves. The odds of victory and survival are very low but he finds the strength to keep going, step by step.
Liam and Lilae must find each other so they can fight the approaching darkness together but Lilae may be falling for the emperor and Liam finds himself in trouble. They must go on and do everything possible to save the world... They're its last hope.
At first, I was a little reluctant in reading this book but I have to admit that, once I was able to get into the story, I really enjoyed it. Supernatural and otherworldly stories are always the most fun to read. With so many different and detailed elements this was a beautifully written book.
When we look at female heroes in Young Adult books, we can sometimes see that they all look a little alike. What makes Lilae different is that she not only has flaws but she also succumbs to them. She lets herself be blinded by emotion and things she doesn't understand. At the same time, she is athletic and smart and makes you want to be a little like her.
This book uncovers the beginning of a magical and dangerous adventure that us certain to make your heart beat faster and your ideas swim around in your head. With some almost ethereal moments within it leads you in directions you're not consciously going but that are gloriously beautiful.
A great story for all fantasy lovers and anyone who wants to give a different tale a chance.

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