Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Sheela the Cat and a Linky


We own two cats, but I rarely manage to get a good photo of Sheela. She belongs to Amanda and Amanda named her. She loves Amanda, but she's skittish around people. Prince, on the other hand, loves people and enjoys being around me when I'm taking photos in the house or garden. He'll even photobomb my shots! If you missed last week's photos, then check out Proteas and Prince.

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My Latest Book Review:

Ice and Embers

Ice and Embers: Steampunk Snow Queen (Steampunk Fairy Tales Book 2) by [Karsak, Melanie]


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Ice and Embers: Steampunk Snow Queen

Ice and Embers:
Steampunk Snow Queen

Ice and Embers: Steampunk Snow Queen (Steampunk Fairy Tales Book 2) by [Karsak, Melanie]

About the Book:

Title: Ice and Embers (Steampunk Fairy Tales Book 2) | Author: Melanie Karsak | Publisher: Clockpunk Press | Pages: 240 | Genre: Steampunk Fantasy | Recommended Age: New Adult

Book Description:

It takes more than passion and pixie dust to thaw a frozen heart.

With the 1814 London Frost Fair in full swing, actress Elyse McKenna's performance in A Midwinter Night's Dream thrills the crowd. But Elyse's backstage has life is beginning to take on a distinctly Shakespearean flavor.

When she fell in love with Lord John Waldegrave, Elyse was prepared to keep their affair secret. But she wasn't ready for her new love to rock her relationship with her dearest friend, Doctor Kai Murray.

Everything Elyse thought she knew about her feelings for her old friend is flipped upside down when an enchanting ship captain turns her attention to Kai.

If Elyse hopes to escape the Thames with her heart intact, she must discover the truth about the captain, Kai, John, and her own feelings--before it's too late.

Ice and Embers is a retelling of the classic Snow Queen fairy tale set in New York Times best-selling author Melanie Karsak's steampunk universe. Journey to gaslamp London during the 19th century to see how Melanie puts a steampunk spin in this reimagined fairytale.

Purchase on Amazon:
Kindle | Paperback

My Review:

Wow! Melanie Karsak is a talented writer! She successfully weaves Shakespeare with fairy tales in this historical fantasy romance. She includes layers of magic and science, theater and real life. Your heart goes out to the characters and new ones get introduced along the way making you wonder how they all fit together. This also adds to the suspense and I found my heart thumping hard in different scenes. It's a twisted story that will keep you in knots until the end!

I recommend this book for older teenagers and up, because of the mature content.

About the Author:
Melanie Karsak

Melanie Karsak

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Melanie Karsak is the author of The Airship Racing Chronicles, The Harvesting Series, The Celtic Blood Series, Steampunk Red Riding Hood, and Steampunk Fairy Tales. A steampunk connoisseur, zombie whisperer, and heir to the iron throne, the author currently lives in Florida with her husband and two children. She is an Instructor of English at Eastern Florida State College.

Melanie's Steampunk Fairy Tales:
Curiouser and Curiouser: Steampunk Alice in Wonderland
Ice and Embers: Steampunk Snow Queen
Beauty and Beastly: Steampunk Beauty and the Beast
Golden Braids and Dragon Blades: Steampunk Rapunzel


Disclosure: I purchased this book on an Amazon Kindle sale. This is my honest and voluntary review.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

3 Free Books and a Linky

by C.J. Anaya
FREE on Amazon Kindle!

My Fair Assassin (Paranormal Misfits Book 1) by [Anaya, C.J.]


by C.J. Anaya
FREE on Amazon Kindle!

The Healer: A Young Adult Romantic Fantasy (The Healer Series Book 1) by [Anaya, C. J.]


by H.L. Burke and Others
FREE on Amazon Kindle!

Tales of Ever After: A Fellowship of Fantasy Anthology by [Burke, H. L. ,  McGilvery, Alex, Palmer, L., Walker, Kristen S. , Engel, Gretchen E.K., Capes, Ashley, Daigle, Arthur, Twitchell, Annie Louise , Driver, D. G. , Hackman, J.M. , Sarah Ashwood , Jezowski, Savannah, Kendra E. Ardnek]


by Alisha Klapheke
Only $0.99 on Amazon Kindle!
Uncommon World: The Complete Epic Quartet by [Klapheke, Alisha]


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Please check as these prices may change.

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Welcome to my weekend blog hop -
Make My Saturday Sweet #277

Make My Saturday Sweet is a weekend blog hop for all family friendly blogs. You are welcome to link your favorite post from the past week(s) and to visit the last link before yours and leave a sweet comment. It's a really easy and fun way to make new friends and to catch up on old acquaintances.

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All family friendly blogs are welcome!

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Proteas and Prince with a Linky


When we got back from the States, my mother-in-law had cleaned the house and left us these beautiful protea flowers, which are indigenous to South Africa. I felt so blessed! Then another day we were given the lilies. Prince is in several of the pics.

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Meeting Author C.S. Johnson



Chains of Command Books 1 and 2




Starfire by Jenetta Penner

Starfire (The Starfire Wars Book 1) by [Penner, Jenetta]


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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Chains of Command Books 1 and 2

New Blood
Chains of Command Book 1


My Review:

I had a lot of fun reading New Blood (Book 1) and I can't wait for Blood and Bone (Book 2)! Most of Zen's books are young adult appropriate with older characters (as they are fairly clean), but this new series has young adults in them and certainly the first book has a young adult voice.

We meet Emiko (Fallon) at age 16 in Book 1 and as she gets older in the book, the voice also matures. It's a coming-of-age story and best suited for older teenagers and new adults. There's lots of action with interesting characters and unique adventures. The ending is satisfying (no cliffhangers!), but I can't wait for more!

Purchase on Amazon:


Blood and Bone
Chains of Command Book 2


My Review:

Blood and Bone is the second book in the fun and exciting Chains of Command series. Find out how Fallon digs deep to lead Avian Unit well. Learn more about the individual teammates and how they learn to work together as a team. And, come for the ride as they face their greatest challenge yet!

Zen writes great science-fiction and this series is suitable for young adults. 

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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.





Disclosure: I received an ARC of both books. These are my honest and voluntary reviews.

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Meeting Author C.S. Johnson and a Weekend Linky!

Me and C.J. this past July in Atlanta

I had a blast this past June-July in the States and I got to meet two very special authors! A couple of weeks ago I shared about Meeting Author H.L. Burke in San Diego. Another dear author is C.S. Johnson (aka C.J.) who met my two eldest kids, Jeremiah and Jessica, in Atlanta this past January (ahead of me). I'm including a photo below of C.J. with Jessica that I shared before.

This past July it was my turn! C.J. is a prolific writer and I already own several of her young adult books. She also helped me get my non-fiction book in eBook and paperback format for Amazon. I'm including photos of a few of her books, a mug she gave me for participating in her Once Upon a Princess blog tour, and my own book. I also once did an author interview of her that you can check out here!

C.J. and Jessica





About the Author:
C.S. Johnson

C.S. Johnson is the author of several young adult novels, including sci-fi and fantasy adventures such as the Starlight Chronicles series, the Once Upon a Princess saga, and the Divine Space Pirates trilogy. With a gift for sarcasm and an apologetic heart, she currently lives in Atlanta with her family.


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My book: Happy Moms, Happy Homes


About the Author:
Christina Morley

CHRISTINA A. MORLEY and her husband were married in 1995 after meeting on the mission field. Currently, they live in South Africa with their four kids, two dogs, and two cats. Together, missionary work has always been a big part of their lives, but Christina also became a volunteer reader at the Blind Institute in 2010 and a blogger in 2012. Her blogs include Amanda’s Books and More, where she and her youngest daughter review books, 1camera1mom, which celebrates her love of photography, and Real Church Life, where she and her husband continue to spread the gospel across the world.

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Welcome to my weekend blog hop -
Make My Saturday Sweet #276

Make My Saturday Sweet is a weekend blog hop for all family friendly blogs. You are welcome to link your favorite post from the past week(s) and to visit the last link before yours and leave a sweet comment. It's a really easy and fun way to make new friends and to catch up on old acquaintances.

Now on to my blog hop...

Amanda’s Books and More

It's time for another Make My Saturday Sweet blog hop!

Join me (your host) for this fun and easy hop.
All family friendly blogs are welcome!

I would love for you to follow me on

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Starfire by Jenetta Penner

Starfire
The Starfire Wars Book 1

Starfire (The Starfire Wars Book 1) by [Penner, Jenetta]

About the Book:

Title: Starfire (Book 1) | Author: Jenetta Penner | Publisher: Torment Publishing | Pages: 267 | Genre: Science-Fiction | Recommended Age: Young Adult

Book Description:

Lies, Love, and Secrets Ignite a Galactic War.

Cassiopeia isn't thrilled with traveling on the first starship to settle on a new earth. But it's not like she has a choice. Her father is the architect of this grand civilization that is meant to be humanity’s salvation. So, staying behind was never an option.

Once she arrives on the lush new planet named Arcadia, Cassi and her family are treated like royalty, but when a terrorist attack strikes and her father is killed, everything falls apart.

A mysterious and gorgeous boy enters her life and Cassi is thrown into a reality she never knew existed. She shares an otherworldly connection with this boy, and soon uncovers secrets about herself and this new planet that were never meant to emerge.

Purchase on Amazon:
Kindle | Paperback

My Review:

Starfire has it all - a story that many young adult readers will enjoy! It has adventure, romance, magic, aliens, and more! The story moves quickly with interesting characters and a well-developed plot. The romance happens a bit too quickly for my taste, but there's nothing beyond kissing. Since this is the first book in a series, it doesn't have a proper ending. You'll have to stick around to find out what happens next!

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About the Author:
Jenetta Penner

Jenetta Penner

Jenetta Penner developed a love of sci-fi at an early age and decided on a whim to read 40 young adult books in the same genre. From that experience, an author was born. Configured is her debut novel. She lives in sunny Southern California with her husband, two daughters and two furbabies. And she may or may not have a slight addiction to cat gifs.

Drop her a note here.

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

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