Thursday, June 20, 2019

Fate of Dragons and Windsworn

My June Summer Reads:
Fate of Dragons by Alisha Klapheke and
Windsworn by Derek Alan Siddoway


Every month two books are chosen to be read in the Indie Fantasy Addicts Facebook group. The idea is to introduce us to new books and to get us discussing them. I might not always read the two books chosen every month, but I happened to own both of these and so I made sure to fit time into reading them! They are also worth bonus points for the Summer Reading Challenge that I'm participating in. I will keep you posted on what I'm reading and don't forget to follow me on Instagram!

Fate of Dragons


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My Review:

Enter an exciting world where those living on land are at risk from those in the sea. Meet Vahly, the Earth Queen and the last remaining human, living among the dragon shifters. She must find her magic before it's too late. The Sea Queen wants to drown the whole world with only one island left to go and dragons and elves standing in her way, unless Vahly can find her magic in time to help turn the tide. The dragons have given her a home, but they don't know how to tap into her earth magic. Dragons don't trust elves, but Vahly is desperate. When she stumbles upon an elf who is close to death and missing some of his memories, she's willing to risk her life to help him.

This book has a lot of fabulous elements to it including wonderful characters and great chemistry between Vahly and her new ally. The pace keeps moving, although there were a couple of slower scenes, and the plot is interesting. The descriptions are usually good, but a few times they felt forced. I also felt that the dialogue between Vahly and Amona toward the end was too thorough, and to keep so many dragons fed on one large island didn't seem possible. I would be happy to read more in the series as Vahly continues her search for unleashing her magic with the swoonworthy elf at her side!

Windsworn


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My Review:

This is a gripping story about a reluctant heroine who is thrust into a life-changing adventure and faced with tough decisions. The characters are interesting and you never know exactly who is behind the attacks at the gryphon mountain barracks. There are certainly some unexpected moments. Most of the time it's fast paced and only slows down when three of our heroes are faced with challenges inside the catacombs. That was the only part that made it feel like it was for younger readers. I also came across a number of little typos, but they're easily overlooked. I enjoyed Windsworn so much that I read it in two days!

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Flowers and Guineafowl in My Garden and a Linky

Roses

Things I see in my garden daily are flowers, guineafowl, and peahens. My cats go into the garden too, but I'll share pics of them next time!



Miniature Roses and Plumbago

Plumbago

Delosperma

Guineafowl, Peahen, Plumbago and Palms

Bougainvillea, Peahen and Guineafowl

Guineafowl Feathers

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Kitsuneko: A Companion Novella

Kitsuneko


About the Book:

Title: Kitsuneko: A Companion Novella | Author: C.S. Johnson | Pages: 61 | Genre: Christian Fantasy

Book Description:

Trouble is brewing in the realms beyond the rainbow... Kitsuneko has always done her best to honor her duty. As a fox-cat changeling, she has been conscripted into slavery by King Dario and Queen Arianna to serve as the surrogate for Princess Cari, their daughter who was kidnapped seventeen years ago.But when Kiro, Cari's younger brother and the heir to the kingdom, proclaims his love for her, Kitsuneko is torn between her duty to the kingdom and her desire for the virtuous prince. As Kiro's kisses leave her breathless, Kitsuneko finds herself in mortal danger. For the peace that Toulacoeur enjoys, maintained through the blessing of Kleon, the Unicorn Guardian, is at risk, and to maintain their rule, the king and queen have arranged for Kiro to marry Ariella, a Warlord's daughter from a tribe of Gryphon Riders. Can Kitsuneko and Kiro find a way to be together and keep the kingdom's peace? Or is their love destined to only lead to destruction?

Kitsuneko is A Companion Novella to The Realms Beyond the Rainbow, a fantasy romance adventure from award-winning, genre-hopping author C. S. Johnson.

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My Review:

This is a good prequel to an exciting new series. It has some Christian themes. I love the concept of the realms and Kitsuneko the cat-fox changeling. The story has all the right elements of a fantasy romance, but just when I thought it was going to get more intense, it lightened up and came to an end. I want more! I'm looking forward to reading further in the series.

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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.


Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book. This is my honest and voluntary review.
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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Sisters and Ziggy at the Beach and a Linky


We were at the beach at my in-laws' over the long Easter weekend and I'm still sharing photos from that visit, but these will be the last for now until we go again. The previous week I shared photos of us at the beach with their pets. Today's pics are of the girls and Ziggy. I've got other things that I want to share in the coming weeks and be sure to check out my travelogue on 1camera1mom











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Friday, June 7, 2019

IFA Summer Reading Challenge


IFA Summer Reading Challenge 2019
June 21 to September 22

June 21, the first day of summer marks the first day of the Summer Reading Challenge in the Indie Fantasy Addicts Facebook group. Read ANY indie fantasy, and subgenre of fantasy (ARCs, audiobooks, and shorts included) and have a chance at winning some amazing prizes such as signed books, ebooks, audiobooks, and swag from some Amazon Bestselling and USA Today Bestselling authors! All readers have to do is post about their reads in the group and tag them with #IFASummerChallenge19.

Details about our current Summer Reading Challenge are listed at the bottom of this blog post. The goal? For members to discover more nail-biting, edge of your seat, take-you-for-a-wild-ride-and-leave-you-breathless books!

Here are some of the authors who graciously donated signed copies and ebooks to this challenge (many of them being USA Today and Amazon bestselling authors): ML Spencer, JT Williams, Mike Shelton, JA Andrews and tons more.


#IFASummerChallenge19 Details:

The purpose of this is just to have fun and discover more amazing indie fantasy authors! We are going to make this simple. There is no set reading list. ARCS and audiobooks also apply. Read whatever you want as long as it’s indie fantasy. If you're not sure if it's indie, just ask in the group and someone will let you know.

All you have to do is post what you're reading, tag it with #IFASummerChallenge19, and your thoughts on the book (without spoilers!) so the rest of us can discover more amazing adventures!

The Challenge will go from June 21 to September 22, 2019—the last day of summer! For the solo challenge (everyone is included in this regardless if you’re on a team or not), we will be doing a tiered winning system since not all readers read at the same rate. Eg. A tier for the winner for whoever reads the most indie fantasy books, and a few other tiers. eg. 20+, 16-20, 11-15, 5-9. 0-4.

Draws will be done to choose winners from the two lower tiers.

Grand Prize: Multiple signed books and swag
The other tiers will have chances to win a signed book, ebook, audiobook, swag, etc.

TEAMS: There will also be prizes awarded to the winning team, the team with the best team spirit, the team who listened to the most audiobooks, etc.

Let the adventures begin!!
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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Living with Pets at the Beach and a Linky


Jessica turned 21 last Sunday! We celebrated with High Tea at Cape Grace on the Waterfront in Cape Town. 

Most of these photos were taken over the Easter weekend at our kids' grandparents house and the pets belong to them. We recently looked after Ziggy, their miniature Schnauzer, while my father-in-law was in hospital. The tabby cat is Tammy and she's an old girl.

Jessica

Robbie

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Both of this week's featured books are adult fairy tale retellings.


No Man Can Tame

No Man Can Tame (Dark-Elves of Nightbloom Book 1) by [Honfleur, Miranda]

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