Monday, September 15, 2014

Mythical Monday (60)


It seems there are many books based on or influenced by Myths and Mythological Beings.

There are so many different Mythology and Mythological Beings recorded. Some are very popular and well known, others not so much. There are many similar beings, yet different depending on the culture it’s based in.  The definition of Myth covers about anything in the Urban Fantasy/Fantasy realm to me.

I’ve invited authors to share briefly the Mythological being or Myth that influenced their character(s) or story, or what their character(s) are based on influencing their books.  Hosting here, one author and being or myth per week.


This week we have:
Author Patrick Scaffido
Talking of mythical African Zombies.


Let's talk about zombies. Not your modern movie zombie that shambles in packs, infects with bite wounds, and eats a few brains on the side; but the mythical African zombie, the creature forced back into life against its will as a slave for a twisted and insane master.

In Haitian and African myth, sorcerers control plantations and mines where the enslaved dead work to make the dark sorcerer rich. In secret, the sorcerer uses magic and poison to attack potential zombies and then claims their bodies to reanimate. These zombie masters might be witches or sorcerers, male or female, neighbors or strangers. The terror of the zombie is not just the monster itself, but the malignant being that forces that fate of zombie on someone else.

To be a zombie, you must be stolen. The sorcerer digs up your body then mutilates you to prevent rebellion and speech. Unlike the mindless flesh eaters of Hollywood film , there exists a soul in traction to the master. The victim is still there: tortured and controlled. The idea of a loved one stolen and lost features heavily in the mythology and many stories have family members searching for loved ones only to find them mute and mutilated, one of many slaves. We don't fear the zombie itself. We fear becoming the zombie or finding our loved ones transformed into the zombie. We fear what we might be forced to do when our will is no longer our own.

The zombie represents a loss of control, an enslavement more powerful than imprisonment or shackles or ownership. The zombie shambles through its life, completing tasks it cares nothing for, all to benefit a cruel master. The parallels with an unwanted 'day job' seem forms easily. The barely conscious suburban worker going through the motions of life is played for laughs in Shaun of the Dead but in the tradition of the mythological zombie, we could take the comparison so much further.

This mythical zombie inspires the antagonist Myra in the Horde, a zombie ex-girlfriend of the dark swordsman protagonist who has been turned to a zombie in order to torment the hero. To make her a more viable character, I played with some of the specifics of how zombies were created. Instead of removing her speech, I had the villain leave her the ability to form words she speaks with a harsh rasp, the result of torture at her master's hands. I loosened the control of the sorcerer a bit as well, letting her retain her memories and feelings for the hero leading to scenes where instead of merely following the sorcerer's every whim, she fights the hero due to her own mixed emotions towards him. Intended to be a mix of terrifying and sympathetic, I intend to explore more of what can be done with the master-slave relationship that makes this particular myth so emotionally resonant and frightening for me.

For the Hounds of Tartarus, my story in the Dirty Magick anthology, it began with the idea of what if a man became his own slave and was forced in every moment to follow their ambition instead of being free to make their own choices. I have a human who returns from the grave intent on revenge who repeatedly finds difficulty veering from that course that he was raised for, even as the events change around him and he starts to question his original motivations. A man without self control and reflection can make a poor master of himself, especially when his goals are ill considered. The protagonist of that story is in many ways mindless and without self control, but simply acts out his dying impulses as he walks through his second life.

There's so much as yet unused potential for inspiration with the African myth of the zombie- the relationships between zombie slaves and their masters, the attempts by loved ones to retrieve their family members from this state, what happens to a zombie freed from sorcery. As zombies continue to spread across film and television, I would love to see more stories make use of this much more resonant, emotional, threatening and tragic creature instead of the motivationless plague victim that has become the zombie du juor.

For more on the available tales of the African zombie, I suggest starting with the wikipiedia page (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zombie), where you can find out about the idea of cultural pressure turning people into zombies and the idea of the witch train staffed by zombies roaming the African railroads.


About Patrick:
I’m Patrick Scaffido. I write, play guitar, sing, and do readings.

I taught for 8 years. Then I got sick. Till I get better, I work on the artsy stuff to keep myself going. I miss helping students.

I’m wrote the novel the Horde, currently being released as a musical through podiobooks and a spoken word story through the Headcast.

I run a Youtube vlog called Morning Coffee.

I’m into philosophy, music history, semiotics, video games, literature, empowerment, nonsense, and exploration. I’m kind of a private person and always felt the easiest way to know me is through my work. If you’re curious about something, ask.

Find Patrick:
Blog:  Thousand Heads
Twitter:  @thousandheads
Facebook:  The Thousand Heads

Books By Patrick:
The Horde  - Links to listen at: http://thousandheads.wordpress.com/the-horde-and-related-works/

Dark Magick anthology

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sunday Post #65

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news ~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share new about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

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So much for thinking I'd be back this week. *sigh* Kiddo was sick the first half of the week so evenings were spent trying to find something for him to take, eat (if he would), and going to the doctors along with the pharmacy. It's insane how busy the pharmacy is! Then he had a chiropractic appointment and his big sports games. The week was shot before I even knew it.

So, lets start anew this week. Hoping things should flow better as kiddo is on antibiotics and things should (I say should) go along properly this week.

I'm also trying to find that cool story to work on for NaNoWriMo. But I'm not thinking any of my ideas are cool. I think they sound lame.


What's Happening in Books:

Current Read:
Dirty Magick: Los Angeles edited by Charlie Brown


Current Podcast Book Listen:
The Horde by Patrick Scaffido


Finished Last Week:
Master of Myth by Starla Huchton


Finished Podcast Book Listen:
None finished yet.

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Last Week on the Blog:



Cover Reveals: (click titles to go to post & learn more)





Posts:

Eternal Wanderings - A kickstarter to continue in this world.

Audio? Podcast? What? Take 4
Audio? Podcast? What? Take 3
Audio? Podcast? What? Take 2
Audio? Podcast? What? Take 1
(These are done but I will pull the information and create a post in the next few weeks.)



Around the Internet...



Reviews:
GIVEAWAYS:




Weekly Posts:

Mythical Monday
Throwback Thursday


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This Week to Come on the Blog:


Mythical Monday Kerry Schafer sharing about Bigfoot. (Mon)

Book Review The Horde (1st 6 chpaters) by Patrick Scaffido (Tue)
Book Review Marco and the Red Granny by Mur Lafferty (Wed)

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Received Last Weeks:


Review:


For Review Consideration:
The Cipher by Diana Pharaoh Francis
Goodreads Synopsis:
Lucy Trenton's ability to sense majick is one of her most dangerous secrets. But only one.

A blackmailer knows the other.

Suddenly, Lucy is caught in a treasonous plot to destroy the crown, and she's trapped in the tentacles of a desperate, destructive majick. Her only hope is ship captain Marten Thorpe, who--by every account--cannot be trusted. With time running out, Lucy must find a way to win a dangerous game or lose everything she holds dear.


Purchased/Winnings/Gifts:



Free Ebooks:
(Kindle)
Carrots by Colleen Helme
Goodreads Synopsis:
Shelby Nichols is an average woman who is married to the only guy she ever fell for. Her life is organized and predictable, revolving around her husband and two children. All that changes the day she stops at the grocery store for some carrots. As the cashier rings up her purchases, a gunman is busy robbing the bank inside the store. When a customer grabs the robber's mask, he is shot and everyone runs for cover. Everyone except Shelby, who finds herself face to face with the killer. The next thing she knows, she's lying on the floor with a bullet wound to her head. Luckily, the bullet only grazes her scalp, and she doesn't suspect any lasting affects until later, when she suddenly 'hears' what people are thinking. With this uncanny ability, her life takes on a whole new dimension. Her kids think she's bossy and too old to understand them, but that's nothing compared to her husband. He says he loves her, but what is it about the redhead at work that he doesn't want her to know? As if that isn't enough, the gunman knows she can identify him, and he's out to silence her forever. In her fight to stay alive, she is saved from certain death by a handsome hit-man with ties to organized crime. This pulls Shelby even deeper into danger, where knowing someone's thoughts can not only hurt her feelings, but get her killed.



Free Audio Books/Stories:


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Reviews to Come:

Ravenwood by Nathan Lowell - a podcast reading of the book
The Secret World Chronicle: The Hunt by Mercedes Lackey & Steve Libbey (in audiobook while at work)
Rusted Veins by Jaye Wells
Haunted by Amanda Bonilla
The Secret World Chronicle: World Well Lost by Mercees Lackey,Steve Libby, Cody Martin, & Dennis Lee
Tales from the Archives, Vol 3: #2 by Tee Morris, Pip Ballantine, & others.
Tales from the Archives, Vol 3: #3 by Tee Morris, Pip Ballantine, & others.
Harlan's Wake by John Mierau
The List by John Mierau
Tales from the Archive: 4 - Wooden Go to Waste by Sandra Wickham
Tales from the Archive: 5 (part 1 & 2) - Those Dark Satanic Mills by Suna Dasi
Soulless by Skyla Dawn Cameron
The Sentinel by Chris Lester
The Muse by Chris Lester
Metamor City: Making the Cut by Chris Lester
Metamor City: Whispers in the Wood by Chris Lester

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Book Review: Requiem for a Dream

Requiem for a Dream

By:  S.A. Archer & S. Ravynheart

Publish Date:  July 13, 2014

Publisher:  Ravynheart Publishing

Format:  ebook, 116 pgs

Genre:  Urban Fantasy

Series:  2nd of season 3 Bastion of Magic series; 1st book ~ Sound and Fury
continuation of Rise of the UnseelieChampion of the Sidhe, and Touch series, along with Into Magic trilogy.

Synopsis:
The third and final butt-kicking season of The Sidhe continues with Requiem for a Dream.

The battle for the realm is coming.
With Donovan missing and the Unseelie scattered, the Seelie prepare for the ultimate battle of magic that may shattered the fragile new fey realm.

First Sentence:
"War? With the Unseelie?" London, his druidess, questioned him with the high pitch hock coloring her voice.

Purchase At:
Amazon

***I beta read this story for the author.

My Thoughts and Summary:
Lugh has declared war against the Unseelie and has plans for who he thinks should be at the heart f the New Realm, and it's not Donovan. Others are learning of the New Realm and trouble is finding it's way here. A Changeling is here, killing and marking territory.

We start eleven minutes after New Realm's creation with London and Lugh, and follow through with others as well in this story. We get POV's from Lugh, Trip, Kieran, London, Malcolm, Deacon, and Donovan. Yes, if you are following the story you'll be surprised to see Donovan in that list. But you'll be thrilled. It's a small part, but he's here - still. It may seem like a lot of head jumping, but it's not. We've read all these characters before in separate stories, now they are all in one with the troubles that are stirring in paradise.

Lugh is making promises to Manannan and to Rhiannon. Lugh seems to have a plan all of his own. Trip is learning the language of the sluagh from an experienced dark elf. Cormac is also trying to talk her into giving in to her dark side and become the darkness, yet she's worried she'll become lost to it. Manannan has set Lugh with a new mission - to close all the portals from other magic worlds. I still do NOT trust Manannan and I struggle with Lugh trusting his king after all he's learned. But Manannan had done something to Lugh some time ago, yet there is a small hope in me that Lugh knows and has his own plans up his sleeves - especially after the end of this story. Oh Malcolm... He's got issues. Serious issues. Malcolm's actions are drawing attention from the fey and sidhe more exactly.

This story is longer than the others before it. In part it's that we get several views of the world as all are in different places and learning important things that, unknowingly, fit together for us to figure out what is happening. The thing I like seeing is their paths crossing by minutes of each other.

We learn something new in this book, the portals. They might have been mentioned in previous books but not as detailed as they are now.

Oh how the past creeps up on us all. And it does here too. But the past is referred to in a way that you are refreshed to what happened.

I'm curious to see what comes of Manannan's plans and Lugh's too.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Book Review: Red Blooded

Red Blooded

By:  Amanda Carlson

Publish Date:  September 2, 2014

Publisher:  Orbit Books

Format:  eARC

Genre:  Urban Fantasy

Series:  4th of Jessica McClain series; 0.5 Novella ~ Blooded, 1st Book ~ Full Blooded, 2nd Book ~ Hot Blooded, 3rd Book ~ Cold Blooded

Recommendation:  And on we go, learning so much more of Jessica's world. And Jessica grows more in her powers and knowledge.

Synopsis:
After Jessica's brother is kidnapped and taken to the Underworld, she will stop at nothing to get him back. But before her grueling training is finished, Jessica's power mixes unexpectedly with the circle and she's dropped into the Underworld without protection or her escorts.

First Sentence:
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Purchase At:
Amazon  /  Barnes & Nobles  /  Book Depository

My Thoughts and Summary:
Jessica is preparing with Tally for her trip to the Underworld to save her brother, Tyler. While trying to learn to harness and eject demon magic from in the protective circle the witches have, Jessica inadvertently activates the doorway to the Underworld. Jessica finds herself in the hollows of the Underworld, all alone. The Demon essence becomes a part of her and she has to learn how to use it. And stay alive in the Underworld that's looking for her. Jessica finds a few unlikely allies while here. Jessica and her wolf are on their toes with where they are, but is it enough to keep her and her brother alive?

Holy Underworld! The plane Amanda has created here is outstanding! There is always something different and new to this land of the Underworld. It's what you expect and soooo much more! The creatures here, the setting and how they live. Wow. I am amazed at Amanda with creating something new in each book. The world is growing to a huge, endless circle here. There are creatures we've seen before and new ones we've not heard of. Boy, do we get a front view of the Underworld.

We meet new characters, and those we have known for some time. Those that we are friend with are here. I will say that half of the book is Jessica alone, then the last half is with our friends. But with Jessica being alone we meet new associates who could make a difference in the world.

If you've read the series thus far, you are probably asking about Selene. Yes, Selene is here. She did go to the Underworld in that book as we saw. And what you see here will baffle you. You will be shocked with what happens. I know I was, and my feelings even...dare I say...softened? You will understand as you read.

I love that Jessica and her wolf are so strong. That Jessica can be a character of her own and stand on her own. Her strength and ability to adapt and learn where ever she is, is amazing and what the story is all about. You learn more of her purpose in the world, the Lycan is here for a reason.

This story has romantic elements, but it's Jessica's story. She has been and continues to be determined and independent. She loves Rourke, but he doesn't define who she is. She will do anything for him and tries to compromise but she is strong willed as well. This is what I love with Jessica, she doesn't rate herself based on the man she's with. She stands on her own two feet (or four if needed). Though, she loves having him with her through everything and thinks of him when not.

Once again, Amanda leaves us at the end knowing there is another phase to Jessica's ongoing adventures. I can't wait to learn more! And at the ending, I wanted to flip more pages to learn about 'her'!

If you are a Jessica fan, you will love this book. On to the adventures Jessica will lead us barreling into.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Eternal Wanderings

...The Continuing Journey if Kara O'Keefe

I'm late at posting this one, but it's a kickstarter (that is fully funded and will happen) that is happening right now. There are some rather cool stretch goals for those that back the project at $5 and higher.

This kickstarter is for an ebook novella, that if interest and love for the series continues, it will be the first of a series to come our way.

"Award-winning author Danielle Ackley-McPhail has started her first Kickstarter for a project entitled Eternal Wanderings: The Continuing Journey of Kara O'Keefe. A spin-off series to her popular Eternal Cycle trilogy of Irish-themed urban fantasy novels, Eternal Wanderings follows Kara's adventures after she saves humanity from ultimate evil, discovering in the process that she bears the soul of a goddess. The goal of the kickstarter is to write and produce an ebook publication, with a print edition as a stretch goal."


Eternal Wanderings
Description:
The Continuing Tales of Kara O’Keefe

Goddess…human…savior…wanderer.

In just a few short weeks, Kara has become more than she ever imagined and nothing she ever expected. Her life has been touched by both evil and divinity until her very view of herself and the universe is transformed. She bears the scars, but none so deep as Tony DeLocosta’s, evil’s ultimate victim. The woman who is both Sidhe and human and the man who is but a shell, fractured by possession, take to wandering.

Join them on their journey of self-discovery.

Join them on their journey of healing.

Join them as their journey becomes a race as once again evil catches their scent and gives chase.



Be a backer at:  Eternal Wanderings

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sunday Post #64

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news ~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share new about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

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Sorry I've been a bit MIA for about... three weeks! Wow. I didn't realize it's been that long. Lots going on. The first two weeks I did have posts that were scheduled, although I didn't get much visiting in. That would be due to the sports schedule of kiddo. And last week...well, that would be my fault. I was a bit exhausted with all going on and trying to find that balance in the day for everything. Trying to iron out a routine. Hahaha! Life seems to not like to allow for that. But also, last week was kind of a catch up week around the house and with life. We've been on the go so much with sports that there are people I needed to check in with and things that need to be done.

I'm hoping to get back to our normal schedule these days. (Hoping all is caught up and ready to go.) Have I found that routine? Heck no. But I have to get back to doing things so I'm going to try.


What's Happening in Books:

Current Read:
Dirty Magick: Los Angeles edited by Charlie Brown
Master of Myth by Starla Huchton


Current Podcast Book Listen:
The Horde by Patrick Scaffido


Finished Last (few) Weeks:
Ante Up by Amanda Carlson


Finished Podcast Book Listen:
None finished yet.

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Last Week on the Blog:



Cover Reveals: (click titles to go to post & learn more)

Posts:

We have time. We just don't know how long...

Writing Update - August
Flash Fiction - 9
Flash Fiction - 10


Audio? Podcast? What? Take 4
Audio? Podcast? What? Take 3
Audio? Podcast? What? Take 2
Audio? Podcast? What? Take 1
(These are done but I will pull the information and create a post in the next few weeks.)

I organized an Author tour for Skyla Dawn Cameron  The tour has come and gone. I hope you check out all the amazing posts (found on link) Skyla did on RIVER. Also, check out the link of first seven chapters up for free reading.

Kate SeRine shares her play list for Ever After and a GIVEAWAY!

Around the Internet...



Reviews:
GIVEAWAYS:

Kate SeRine has a giveaway (for 4 more days!)


Weekly Posts:

Mythical Monday
Throwback Thursday


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This Week to Come on the Blog:


Mythical Monday Kerry Schafer sharing about Bigfoot. (Mon)

Book Review Red Blooded by Amanda Carlson (Tue)
Book Review Requiem for a Dream by S.A. Archer & S. Ravynheart (Wed)

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Received Last Weeks:


Review:
(NetGalley)
A Cursed Bloodline by Cecy Robson
Goodreads Synopsis:
The Weird Girls return in another edge-of-your-seat novel from Cecy Robson! Just when Celia thinks the supernatural world can’t turn deadlier, a new rival emerges, proving just how dangerous a power-hungry were can be.

Since being cursed with unique abilities, Celia Wird and her three sisters have fought the most bloodthirsty preternaturals in the Lake Tahoe region. But Celia’s greatest threat is someone she would have never suspected: Anara, a werewolf Elder who has allowed his hatred for Celia to spiral out of control. In a play for dominance, Anara tortures Celia and gives her an ultimatum: sever her mate bond with pureblood were Aric—or Anara will kill everyone she loves.

From the instant they met, Celia and Aric have shared an attraction that cannot be tamed. So keeping Aric away is impossible, and Aric would sooner die than allow anyone to hurt the woman he loves. Misha, master vampire and Celia’s sworn protector, also finds his way into the chaos, seeking blood from those who have harmed her.

Now Celia and her sisters are caught in the middle of a war driven by lust, fueled by hatred, and destined to end in tragedy. For Anara is a force to be reckoned with, and he will not succumb without robbing Celia of those who hold her heart.

For Review Consideration:
Limelight by Krista D. Ball
Goodreads Synopsis:
Love…in the spotlight.

Anna Lainey is a successful author who values her privacy. The last person she would imagine herself dating is a movie star–yet when she meets Benjamin Worthington on the set of a major motion picture, sparks fly–and before she knows it, she’s caught up in a very public whirlwind romance.

But Anna has kept herself distant from others for a reason–she has a secret, crippling panic disorder. When Ben’s fans turn against her and begin stalking her, her worst anxieties have come to life. She doesn’t want to live without Ben–but she can’t live in the limelight either.


Purchased/Winnings/Gifts:
River by Skyla Dawn Cameron
Goodreads Synopsis:
Defiant, nocturnal, moody–though River sounds like a typical teenager, she’s anything but. River’s a werewolf.

The life of an alpha female wolf was irrevocably changed the night she was attacked and bitten, and awoke confused, alone, and human. Three years later, thrust into a world where she doesn’t belong and living in foster care, River barely tolerates humanity and still doesn’t know who bit her or why.

But River isn’t as alone as she previously thought; someone’s been watching her, someone who holds the answers she’s been seeking. And though the human who changed her seems to be a step ahead of her at every turn, River is determined to beat his game and return to her pack and mate.

As if being stuck in a world she hates, with a life she never asked for, and faced with a destiny she doesn’t want wasn’t bad enough, River still must find a way to survive every human’s greatest challenge: high school.

Bring on the Night by Sonya Clark
Goodreads Synopsis:
Only a vampire can own the night. If there's one thing Jessie hates, it's going after her own kind. She may be used to taking a bite out of human killers, but she leaves her fellow immortals alone. It's only after a series of gruesome murders have her suspecting vampires and werewolves are going after innocents does she set out to put a stop to it. It's not long that Jessie finds herself racing against the waxing moon to stop an ambitious gang of monsters with a sinister agenda.


Free Ebooks:
(Barnes & Nobles)
Death Warmed Over by Kevin J. Anderson
Goodreads Synopsis:
In the tradition of bestselling fantasy humor writers Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams, "New York Times"-bestselling author Anderson is one of the biggest names in the science fiction genre. Now, he launches a fabulously funny new urban fantasy series starring a zombie detective.

Angelbound by Christina Bauer
Goodreads Synopsis:
Eighteen year old Myla Lewis is a girl who loves two things: kicking ass and kicking ass. She’s not your every day quasi-demon, half-demon and half-human, girl. For the past five years, Myla has lived for the days she gets to fight in Purgatory’s arena. When souls want a trial by combat for their right to enter heaven or hell, they go up against her, and she hasn’t lost a battle yet.

But as she starts her senior year at Purgatory High, the arena fights aren’t enough to keep her spirits up anymore. When the demons start to act weird, even for demons, and the King of the Demons, Armageddon, shows up at Myla’s school, she knows that things are changing and it’s not looking good for the quasi-demons. Myla starts to question everything, and doesn’t like the answers she finds. What happened seventeen years ago that turned the quasi-demons into slave labor? Why was her mom always so sad? And why won’t anyone tell her who her father is? Things heat up when Myla meets Lincoln, the High Prince of the Thrax, a super sexy half-human and half-angel demon hunter. But what’s a quasi-demon girl to do when she falls for a demon hunter? It’s a good thing that Myla’s not afraid of breaking a few rules. With a love worth fighting for, Myla’s going to shake up Purgatory.

Becoming Alpha by Aileen Erin
Goodreads Synopsis:
Tessa McCaide has a unique talent for getting into trouble. Then again, it isn’t easy for a girl with visions to ignore what she sees. Luckily Tessa and her family are leaving California and moving halfway across the country, giving her the perfect opportunity to leave her reputation as “Freaky Tessa” behind. 

But Tessa doesn’t realize that kissing the wrong guy in her new Texas town could land her in far more trouble than she ever imagined. Like being forced to attend St. Ailbe’s Academy, a secret boarding school for werewolves. 

Even if the wrong guy did accidentally turn her into one of “them” and doom her to attending the weirdest high school ever, Tessa can’t help her growing attraction to the mysterious Dastien Laurent.

When vampires attack St. Alibe’s and her visions pinpoint an enemy in their midst, Tessa realizes that boy drama and her newfound canine tendencies might just be the least of her problems.

(Kindle)
Brain Spike by Resa Nelson
Goodreads Synopsis:
There’s a fine line between madness and genius. 

Caren knows it. She runs an art school for children and recognizes the gifted when she sees their work. The problem is that one of her students has been diagnosed with a propensity toward becoming a sociopath, based on patterns detected in the brain. And there’s a history of talented children who receive treatment for the same diagnosis: they watch their artistic gifts slip through their fingers, gone for good. 

She also worries about her niece Sooky, the sole survivor of a horrible accident that killed Caren’s sister and brother-in-law. With a court battle for custody in progress, the evidence suggests that Sooky might be responsible for the death of her parents. 

While Caren fights to convince a parent of one of her students to deny treatment for the sake of his art, she keeps a close eye on Sooky while keeping her own secrets under wraps.

A Quest of Heroes by Morgan Rice
Goodreads Synopsis:
A QUEST OF HEROES (BOOK #1 IN THE SORCERER’S RING) revolves around the epic coming of age story of one special boy, a 14 year old from a small village on the outskirts of the Kingdom of the Ring. The youngest of four, the least favorite of his father, hated by his brothers, Thorgrin senses he is different from the others. He dreams of becoming a great warrior, of joining the King’s men and protecting the Ring from the hordes of creatures on the other side of the Canyon. When he comes of age and is forbidden by his father to try out for the King’s Legion, he refuses to take no for an answer: he journeys out on his own, determined to force his way into King’s Court and be taken seriously.

But King’s Court is rife with its own family dramas, power struggles, ambitions, jealousy, violence and betrayal. King MacGil must choose an heir from amongst his children, and the ancient Dynasty Sword, the source of all their power, still sits untouched, waiting for the chosen one to arrive. Thorgrin arrives as an outsider and battles to be accepted, and to join the King’s Legion.

Thorgrin comes to learn he has mysterious powers he does not understand, that he has a special gift, and a special destiny. Against all odds he falls in love with the king’s daughter, and as their forbidden relationship blossoms, he discovers he has powerful rivals. As he struggles to make sense of his powers, the king’s sorcerer takes him under his wing and tells him of a mother he never knew, in a land far away, beyond the Canyon, beyond even the land of the Dragons.

Before Thorgrin can venture out and become the warrior he yearns to be, he must complete his training. But this may be cut short, as he finds himself propelled into the center of royal plots and counterplots, ones that may threaten his love and bring him down—and the entire kingdom with him.

With its sophisticated world-building and characterization, A QUEST OF HEROES is an epic tale of friends and lovers, of rivals and suitors, of knights and dragons, of intrigues and political machinations, of coming of age, of broken hearts, of deception, ambition and betrayal. It is a tale of honor and courage, of fate and destiny, of sorcery. It is a fantasy that brings us into a world we will never forget, and which will appeal to all ages and genders. It is 82,000 words. Book #2 in the series will be published soon.


Free Audio Books/Stories:


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Reviews to Come:

Ravenwood by Nathan Lowell - a podcast reading of the book
Marco and The Red Granny by Mur Lafferty (in audiobook while at work)
The Secret World Chronicle: The Hunt by Mercedes Lackey & Steve Libbey (in audiobook while at work)
Rusted Veins by Jaye Wells
Haunted by Amanda Bonilla
The Secret World Chronicle: World Well Lost by Mercees Lackey,Steve Libby, Cody Martin, & Dennis Lee
Tales from the Archives, Vol 3: #2 by Tee Morris, Pip Ballantine, & others.
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Tales from the Archive: 5 (part 1 & 2) - Those Dark Satanic Mills by Suna Dasi
Soulless by Skyla Dawn Cameron
The Sentinel by Chris Lester
The Muse by Chris Lester
Metamor City: Making the Cut by Chris Lester
Metamor City: Whispers in the Wood by Chris Lester

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Book Review: Ever After, Guest Post Playing by Heart, & GIVEAWAY!

Ever After

By:  Kate SeRine

Publisher:  Kensington

Publish Date:  August 21, 2014

Format:  eARC from NetGalley

Genre:  Paranormal Romance

Series:  4th book in Transplanted Tales series; 1st Book ~ Red, 1.5 ~ Grimm Consequences, 2nd Book ~ The Better To See You, 3rd Book ~ Along Came A Spider

Recommendation:  Oh goodness, YES! Sweet romance with the fairy tale characters. And Gideon finds his love.

Book Synopsis:
To Catch a Thief…

For centuries, Gideon Montrose has served the King of Fairies without question and, often, without mercy. So when the King orders him to apprehend a notorious thief, Gideon obeys. But when he finally gets his hands on the beautiful culprit, Gideon’s in for a shock.

Arabella Locksley is none other than the spirited, unpredictable woman he knew back in Make Believe as Robin Hood — the love of his life whose tragic death destroyed his chance at Happily Ever After.

Now, he has an impossible choice. Betray the woman he once loved, or the king he’s bound to serve?

First Sentence:
"Marry me."

Purchase At:
Amazon  /  Barnes & Nobles

** Requested a copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest review.

My Thoughts and Summary:
Gideon is on the case. Someone is stealing the Fairy Kings transports - shipments of the king's very addictive fairy dust - and it's becoming far to common of an incident. It seems an unknown tale, from a list of known thieves, came to the Here and Now about the time the transports started to go missing. A tale by the name of Locksley. Al Addin and the Fairy King both want this tale brought in, the each individually. Gideon is on it, yet something feels...familiar.

Oh, Kate. You steal my heart and make me so curious with your Prologues. I LOVE THEM!! I'm curious as to what she is taking back that is hers. Then to see who Gideon's love was! O.O WOW! The one he lost and the reason he's in the service to the Fairy King. But when we learn ALLLL the details at the end. I just can't say more. YOU need to read it!

In previous books we learned a lot about fairy dust and the characters at play here. Three years after the ugly happenings with the Agency, a secret branch of the Ordinaries government. It all comes together.

We get to see the characters from previous books, where they are now years later. Puck, Red, Nate, Lavender, Seth, and all. And it's adorable. I'm excited to see Gideon get a chance at his Happily Ever After.

We touch into the King Arthur era here with a museum that was robbed of three items that belong to King Arthur. Even his wife is here in the Here and Now. Oh and her story! We get to see that play out here too. Like an added bonus!

Kate once again mixes love into an amazing plot with characters that we all can enjoy, even the ones we don't love as they are bad. Thank you Kate for the amazing stories and characters in this world. I have enjoyed them all.




Playing by Heart

Music plays a huge part in my writing process, and that was certainly the case while I was writing EVER AFTER, the fourth book in my Transplanted Tales series. There were numerous songs that played a key role in helping me get a feel for the emotional tone of the novel.

The Chieftains and Apocalyptica both figured prominently on my writing playlist this time around, even more so than usual. In fact, Apocalpytica’s Reflections album could have been the soundtrack! Here are some of the highlights by those artists as well as by a few others:

Stubborn Love – The Lumineers


My Lagan Love – The Chieftains


Bean An Fhir Rua (The Red Haired Man’s Wife) – The Chieftains


Not Strong Enough – Apocalyptica (feat. Brent Smith)


Faraway Vol. 2 – Apocalyptica (feat. Linda Sundblad)


Down – Jason Walker


This Lullaby – Queens of the Stone Age


Reasons Why – Nickel Creek


Heads Will Roll – Yeah Yeah Yeahs


O Fortuna – Carl Orff


Do I Wanna Know? – Arctic Monkeys


Happy listening!

Giveaway!
The blog tour prizes are:
Grand Prize ($50 gift card to Amazon, B&N, or BAM - Winner's Choice); signed paperback copy of EVER AFTER, and Transplanted Tales swag
And two winners will receive an e-book copy of the Transplanted Tales novel of his/her choice.
The giveaway is international, but the swag may differ slightly for an international winner due to shipping costs.