Thursday, July 18, 2019

FREE Short Story: Worth a Dragon

Worth a Dragon

Worth a Dragon by [Wilson, Sarah K. L. ]

Book Description:

Not all diplomatic missions go according to plan, but very few go this badly. With a princess to save and little time to do it, will Ramariri be up to the task?

This short story is a part of the Dragon School world of adventures. You can find more stories in this world in the Dragon School and Dragon Chameleon series written by Sarah K. L. Wilson.

My Review:

This powerfully moving short story is the prequel to a brand new dragon series called Dragon Tide by talented author Sarah K.L. Wilson. We follow the life of Gold dragon Ramariri where the city he's in is in an uproar. With the dragons and their riders under attack, Ramariri must decide if he will save the last remaining royal, a young princess named Seleska, and her guard. Will they succeed in bringing her to safety?

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Dragon Tide: Dragonlet

Dragon Tide: Dragonlet by [Wilson, Sarah K. L.]

Book Description:

Baby dragons are a lot of trouble!

A new series by USA Today bestselling author, Sarah K. L. Wilson.

Seleska never meant to cause any trouble when she rescued a baby dragon on the beach. After all, she'd been rescued as a child by a dragon and didn't that mean that she owed their kind a debt?

But now her new dragon friend had gotten her in a lot of trouble and if she doesn't find a way to help him, the whole world might fall apart.

Can Seleska keep her new friend safe long enough for him to save the world?

Expect a new episode every eighteen days. Always free in Kindle Unlimited.

Pre-Order Dragon Tide: Dragonlet
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About the Author:
Sarah K. L. Wilson

Sarah K L Wilson

USA Today bestselling author, Sarah K. L. Wilson, hails from the rocky Canadian Shield in Northern Ontario where she lives with her husband and two small boys. Her interests include the outdoors, history, and philosophy. Her books are always about fantastical adventures in other worlds.



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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Our New Dog and a Wedding at RAEL with Linky


Robbie with Biscuit and Koda

We adopted a new dog, so that Koda could have a friend! We brought her home from the animal shelter this past weekend to see how the two would interact. We could see almost immediately that she was going to fit right in with our family. Amanda named her Biscuit and we officially adopted her yesterday!

On Saturday we attended a wedding at RAEL (Recovering Addicts Empowering Lives). I noticed that my Addiction Recovery Farm feature has been consistently showing up in my sidebar under the Popular Posts. This is where Hubby and I do ministry twice a week. We give the guys biblical truths to help them navigate their future with God. The wedding was a meaningful event as the groom had once been at death's door when he arrived at RAEL a few years ago. He has subsequently found a new life in Christ and a wife who also loves God.

All of these photos (above and below) were taken with my phone, so if they look a little different, you'll know why.





Amanda with one of the dogs at RAEL

Tina (me) and Robbie

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

FREE Short Story: The Heart-Shaped Chest

The Heart-Shaped Chest

The Heart-Shaped Chest: Adventure by Association the Everternia Saga by [DiPietro, Zen]

About the Book:

Title: The Heart-Shaped Chest: Adventure by Association the Everternia Saga | Author: Zen DiPietro | Genre: Steampunk | Recommended Age: All Ages

Book Description:

Equip new adventurers. Send them out to find their way in Everternia. Sally's purpose has always been clear.

Until one adventurer treats her like a real person, rather than just a piece of interactive scenery, and opens up a whole new understanding of herself and the world around her. Life becomes a puzzle, and there's nothing Sally loves more than a good puzzle.

Can Sally Streetmonger become a real adventurer, and choose her own destiny? She has only ever known the inside of her store, but there's a growing hunger within her to find out more. To see everything.

To find adventure.

"The Heart-Shaped Chest" is a short story. Sally's adventures will continue with her first full-length book, Trailblazer.

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My Review:

This is a fun short story and an introduction to Sally before her adventures begin. She's a cute character with a limited vocabulary who is programmed to run her store and nothing more. There's a bully who comes into her shop regularly, but Sally never complains. However, someone else notices her and treats her like a real person. That's when Sally begins to have a taste for more than just her restricted life. I can't wait to read further!

I got the idea that my family would enjoy Zen DiPietro's latest story, so on a longish drive my 18-year-old daughter Samantha read it to us in the car. It was a hit with everyone, including my husband and adult son! My 11-year-old daughter Amanda wasn't ready for it to end and wants to continue following the series. I was surprised that I enjoyed it even more the second time around!

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About the Author:
Zen DiPietro
Zen DiPietro

Zen DiPietro is a lifelong bookworm, dreamer, writer, and a mom of two. Perhaps most importantly, a Browncoat Trekkie Whovian. Also red-haired, left-handed, and a vegetarian geek. Absolutely terrible at conforming. A recovering gamer, but we won’t talk about that. Particular loves include badass heroines, British accents, and the smell of Band-Aids. Writing reviews, author interviews, and fun stuff at www.zendipietro.com.


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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Our 2 Cats and a Linky


Our 2 Cats:
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Monday, July 8, 2019

King of Malorn

King of Malorn


About the Book:

Title: King of Malorn | Author: Annie Douglas Lima | Pages: 553 | Genre: Fantasy | Recommended Age: Young Adult

Book Description:

Life as the king’s younger sister should be exciting.

Not for Princess Kalendria. She’s sick of the dissent and of constantly having her family undermined by those who think they could rule Malorn better than King Korram.

Hoping to lighten the mood in the palace, Kalendria plans a ball to celebrate her seventeenth birthday. It doesn’t hurt that their handsome Alasian ally King Jaymin has promised to attend, and she’s been waiting for him to notice her for as long as she can remember.

But unfriendly forces have their own party plans. When Kalendria, Korram, and Jaymin barely survive an assassination attempt, their only recourse is to flee into the wilderness. Tracked by unknown assassins, they must figure out whom they can trust and who is behind the plot. Can Kalendria help her brother reclaim his throne – oh, and catch Jaymin’s attention while she’s at it – before they are all killed and war destroys both kingdoms?

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My Review:

King of Malorn is the most riveting of the books in the series and also the longest. Even after reading the epilogue, I still wanted more! I was happy to hear from the author that this isn't the final book. It does have a good ending, but there are some loose ends too. I can't wait to find out what happens next!

The story mostly follows the adventures of three royals and a bodyguard as they flee for their lives and try to regain control of their kingdoms. The challenges they face seem insurmountable and assassination attempts are a constant threat. The pace is good with vivid descriptions, compelling dialogue, a little bit of romance, and lots of twists and turns. We also get a glimpse into the lives of a few other interesting side characters. You don't have to read the other books in the series, but I do recommend reading the previous books first as they fill in the backstory. This book has a young adult style, so it will relate to younger audiences too.

I received an ARC. This is my honest and voluntary review.



Series Information:

King of Malorn is book 5 in the Annals of Alasia. But don't worry if you haven't read the others; it will still make sense on its own. 

Each of the first four books can stand on its own as well. They each deal with events surrounding the same major political incident: the invasion of the kingdom of Alasia by the neighboring kingdom of Malorn. 

Prince of Alasia begins on the night of the Invasion and describes what happens to twelve-year-old Prince Jaymin after he is forced to flee for his life.

In the Enemy’s Service features a girl as the protagonist and tells the story of those who were not able to escape from the Alasian palace when the enemy invaded.

Prince of Malorn begins several months earlier and focuses on the Malornian perspective of the events leading up to the Invasion.

The Nameless Soldier shows how a young Alasian soldier lives through the Invasion but then has to survive and make a name for himself in enemy-occupied Alasia.

In each of the books, main characters from the others make brief appearances and interact with each other at the point where the time frames and settings overlap.

I also have a short ebook of “interviews” that I conducted with the characters in the other three books. Annals of Alasia: The Collected Interviews is not available on Amazon, but I send a free copy to anyone who signs up for my mailing list (to receive updates when I release new books or occasionally offer them for free).

About the Author:
Annie Douglass Lima


Annie Douglass Lima spent most of her childhood in Kenya and later graduated from Biola University in Southern California. She and her husband Floyd currently live in Taiwan, where she teaches fifth grade at Morrison Academy. She has been writing poetry, short stories, and novels since her childhood, and to date has published seventeen books (four YA action and adventure novels, five fantasies, a puppet script, six anthologies of her students’ poetry, and a Bible verse coloring and activity book). Besides writing, her hobbies include reading (especially fantasy and science fiction), scrapbooking, and international travel.



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Friday, July 5, 2019

Wish You Weren't Here Review and Author Interview

Wish You Weren't Here
Review and Author Interview


Book Description:

I was done with my Jinn ex-boyfriend—but now I’m the only one who can save his life.

I’m already in enough trouble with my magic going crazy right when I’m opening a storefront for romantic crimes consulting. The last thing I need is interference from Kiran Singh, who failed spectacularly as a boyfriend, and now wants me back with some crappy excuse of helping him track down illegal, dangerous love potions.

Then one of his other exes tries to kill me in a fit of jealous, doped-up rage—and ends up dead herself, with all evidence pointing to Kiran.

My vegetarian vampire mate, Cendric, is convinced Kiran is up to something. But homicide isn’t Kiran’s style, even if he’s starting to show serious psycho-jealousy of his own. Someone else is pulling the strings, and they don’t care how many people die from fake love.

If we can’t track down the real mastermind, my ex is going to disappear.
And not in the way I’d wish.


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My Review:

Wish You Weren't Here is full of colorful characters, humor, and action. It will take you on a wild ride that's lots of fun too with subtle deeper themes. Be sure to read If Wishes Were Curses first as you get introduced to the complex characters and their unique team dynamic. I enjoyed Book 2's storyline more than Book 1. Both books have a certain randomness, because Allis' magic is all over the place wonky. She learns more about her parentage and magic while facing powerful enemies. But she realizes one important detail, to never face danger alone. Thankfully, she has a solid group of friends and a new husband who have her back.

Some favorite quotes:

Someone was in control, and that destiny was good. I had to trust that, even when I felt as useful as a box of matches in the ocean.

"...The Dreamscape traveled by ravens is cold and eerie enough to drive the strongest Fae or Unspoken mad."
"Really?" I crunched my face. "I find it very cozy and peaceful."
At that, Cendric threw back his head and laughed. "Allis, the question of your sanity was answered long ago. You've gone fully native in wonderland."

Disclosure: I received an ARC. This is my honest and voluntary review.

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Author Interview:

1. How many hours a day do you write?
I aim for a certain word count or chapter deadline rather than hours. Usually it’s 1,000 words a day once I hit the groove in writing. Sometimes 2,000 words a day.

2. How do you prefer to write your books - with a pen/pencil, typing, or dictation?
I type up all of my books on Google Docs so that I can share them easily with my alpha readers as I’m writing.

3. Do you use your own name or a pseudonym?
I always use my own name. It keeps things simpler. I’d change it up if I wrote in a drastically different genre.

4. How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Anywhere from 3 ½ weeks to six months. It depends on the book, my other commitments and work, and my deadlines.

5. How many books do you plan to write for this series (if you’re writing a series)?
The Steel City Genie series will have at least six books. I’ve planned for as much as ten, but we’ll see how it goes! I’ll write as long as I have stories to tell in this universe.

6. What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
Going against expected tropes. I find there are a lot of expectations of what guys should act like in a book: the alpha male, the beta male, the sidekick, the rake, etc. And those have their place in storytelling, especially in certain genres. But I’ve never had a vision to write male tropes like that, just like I’ve never really had a vision to write female tropes. I like to write people as true as I can, while also having some fun with the story and making things a little larger than life when appropriate.

7. How do you select the names of your characters?
It depends on the story. A lot of time they just come to me as I’m writing, but other times I’m very intentional. For example, in The Steel City Genie series I wanted a character called “Alice” to reflect back to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, but I wanted a twist on it that suggested a different ancestry.

8. Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
I’m not sure about “only a few” but I definitely include plenty of Easter Eggs from movies, books, and TV shows!

9. Does your family support your career as a writer?
My husband and my Mom are huge fans!

About the Author:
Janeen Ippolito


Janeen Ippolito writes steampunk fantasy and urban fantasy, and creates writing resources, including the reference book World Building From the Inside Out and the creative writing guide Irresistible World Building For Unforgettable Stories. She’s an experienced teacher, editor, author coach, marketer, and is the leader of Uncommon Universes Press, a small traditional science fiction and fantasy publishing house. She’s also the cohost of the podcast Indie Book Magic. In her spare time, Janeen enjoys sword-fighting, reading, pyrography, and eating brownie batter. Two of her goals are eating fried tarantulas and traveling to Antarctica.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Flowers from My Garden and a Linky


All these flowers are from my garden, except for the proteas. Technically, bougainvillea aren't even flowers, but leaves.

Agapanthus (Lily of the Nile)

Bougainvillea

Protea


Chrysanthemum

Roses


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