Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The Blood Moon and a Linky


These are my photos of the full moon the day after the blood moon eclipse. It wasn't that hard to capture these images. With my little Canon PowerShot, I kept my settings on automatic, didn't use the flash, rested the camera against a support, and zoomed in a bit on the first pics and zoomed in a bit more on the last one. And yes, it really was that orange-red color!

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Guarding Honour (Prophecy Unravelled Book 0) by [Grey, Rin]


Dragon School Books 13 and 14

Dragon School: Dire Quest by [Wilson, Sarah K. L.]


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Dragon School Books 13 and 14

Dragon School:
Dire Quest

Dragon School: Dire Quest by [Wilson, Sarah K. L.]

About the Book:

Title: Dragon School: Dire Quest | Author: Sarah K. L. Wilson | Genre: Fantasy Adventure | Pages: 87 | Recommended Age: Young Adult

Book Description:

Can the Dominion find allies?

A new story from USA Today Bestselling author, Sarah K. L. Wilson

With the Dominion so divided that no easy peace can come, Amel is sent on a dire mission to find outside allies. But Amel doesn’t speak the language and her powerful allies are far away. Can she do the impossible on her own?

Fans of Anne McCaffrey’s Dragon Riders of Pern and Christopher Paolini’s Eragon will love Dragon School.

DIRE QUEST is episode thirteen of Dragon School – expect a new episode every eighteen days!

Always FREE on Kindle Unlimited

Purchase on Amazon

My Review:

Dragon School: Dire Quest is Book 13 in this new and exciting young adult fantasy series. I'm having so much fun reading this page-turner fantasy series! The title of the 13th book is apt. Amel's quest certainly is dire! While her friends are busy saving the kingdom on their own missions, she's headed into unknown territory along with her faithful dragon to raise up an army to help fight the terrible Ifrits, but she must follow the path that is left to legend with only clues to guide them. Will they make it across? And once they get there, will she manage to convince them to help when she doesn't even speak the language?


Dragon School:
Ancient Allies

Dragon School: Ancient Allies by [Wilson, Sarah K. L.]

About the Book:

Title: Dragon School: Ancient Allies | Author: Sarah K. L. Wilson | Genre: Fantasy Adventure | Pages: 81 | Recommended Age: Young Adult

Book Description:

Does an ancient artifact hold the key to defeating the Ifrit invasion?

A new story from USA Today Bestselling author, Sarah K. L. Wilson

When Prince Rakturan asks Amel to help him find allies in the war against the Ifrit invasion, Amel agrees to help. But when Amel’s companion puts her in an awkward debt bond and an ancient artifact seems to hold the key to success, can she do what it takes to overcome these new obstacles?

Fans of Anne McCaffrey’s Dragon Riders of Pern and Christopher Paolini’s Eragon will love Dragon School.

ANCIENT ALLIES is episode fourteen of Dragon School – expect a new episode every eighteen days!

Always FREE on Kindle Unlimited

Pre-Order on Amazon

My Review:

Dragon School: Ancient Allies is Book 14 in this new and exciting young adult fantasy series. Amel and Raolcan are tasked with delivering a message, but end up way over their heads. Nothing goes as planned and Amel gets herself into a difficult situation (which was not completely her own fault) with really no way out. Raolcan doesn't seem too bothered by her predicament, but even he can't anticipate how bad things are going to get! The adventure continues with Book 15, Pipe of Wings!


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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.



Disclosure: I received an ARC for both books . These are my honest and voluntary reviews.
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Monday, July 30, 2018

Prophecy Unravelled Series by Rin Grey

~ Prophecy Unravelled ~
an Epic Fantasy Series
by Rin Grey

Guarding Honour
Prophecy Unravelled Book 0

Guarding Honour (Prophecy Unravelled Book 0) by [Grey, Rin]

About the Book:

Title: Guarding Honour (Book 0) | Author: Rin Grey | Genre: Sword and Sorcery | Pages: 42 | Recommended Age: Young Adult

Book Description:

A short story set in the Prophecy Unravelled world.

When you’ve been quiet too long, risk can be its own reward.

City Guard Digger hangs onto his honour fiercely, despite realising that laws he enforces are just a charade. Until his captain orders him to do the unthinkable: kill a man without trial.

His refusal could cost him everything, including his life. But honour wins. Pursued by his fellow guards, he has no chance of escape.

Until she arrives.

She saves his life.

Will he find the courage to change his life for the better?



My Review:

Guarding Honour was a great introduction to a new epic fantasy series by Rin Grey called Prophecy Unravelled. This prequel has plenty of action and meaningful characters. You find out how Digger meets the powerful mage Elizabeth and why he decides to stick with her. It also gives you a deeper look at Elizabeth and how she cares about people who have been wronged. This short story is appropriate for young adults and up.


Elusive Heir
Prophecy Unravelled Book 1

Elusive Heir (Prophecy Unravelled Book 1) by [Grey, Rin]

About the Book:

Title: Elusive Heir (Book 1) | Author: Rin Grey | Genre: Epic Fantasy | Pages: 110 | Recommended Age: New Adult

Book Description:

Runaway. Outcast. Renegade.

A powerful family's only hope of finding their missing child.

Fifty years ago, Elizabeth's untrained magic nearly killed her family. The only way to keep them safe was to run as far as she could. Now she's back, in control, and hiding powerful secrets.

Seventy three years of experience and regret, in a magically enhanced, twenty five year old body, Elizabeth is the only one who can find and bring back her family's heir.

Her grandson.

To bring him home, she's going to have to return to the Dome and face up to the people who taught her to control her magic, and then rejected her.

The people who now have a desperate plan for her fate.

Only $0.99 on Amazon Kindle!


My Review:

Elusive Heir is the first book in Rin Grey's new epic fantasy series called Prophecy Unravelled. The story moves quickly with a good amount of magic, adventure, intrigue, and lost loves (familial and romantic). The characters are complex, creating an interest to learn more about them. This is not a stand-alone book, so be prepared to commit to the series. I am certainly looking forward to reading more. Please note that the content is geared towards new adults and up.


Contested Heir
Prophecy Unravelled Book 2

Contested Heir (Prophecy Unravelled Book 2) by [Grey, Rin]

About the Book:

Title: Contested Heir (Book 2) | Author: Rin Grey | Genre: Epic Fantasy | Pages: 114 | Recommended Age: Young Adult/New Adult

Book Description:

Elizabeth can face down a band of mercenaries without flinching, but her family is another matter.

Elizabeth never asked to be heir of the family business. She only took on the role to keep her grandson safe. She doesn't even know what the position involves, but it can't offer her any of the chances to use her magic that her work as an honourable mercenary did, can it?

The more she finds out, the more intrigued she is. She's shocked, even angry, to learn that her family has magic, that they've had it for longer than should be possible. They might know things that even the mage kingdom doesn't. Maybe there's a place for her here after all?

But someone isn't happy about her being the heir. They'll stop at nothing to get her out of the picture. How can Elizabeth keep them safe when her predecessor keeps getting in the way?

Only $0.99 on Amazon Kindle!


My Review:

Contested Heir is the second book in Prophecy Unravelled. The stories in this series move quickly with a good amount of magic, adventure, intrigue, and lost loves (familial and romantic). The characters are complex with strengths and weaknesses. This is not a stand-alone book, so be prepared to commit to the series. I am certainly looking forward to reading more! This particular book in the series is appropriate for young adults and up, but please note that some of the other books have adult content.


About the Author:
Rin Grey

Rin Grey

Rin Grey is the fantasy pen name for romance author Rinelle Grey. Her stories have the same overall feeling and eventual happily ever after, as well as a strong romantic theme, but don’t necessarily meet all the typical romance conventions. Characters may betray other characters, cheat, or go through more than one partner over the course of the story. If these bother you, I’d recommend you click away now!



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Disclosure: I own these books. All opinions are my own.

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Indie Fantasy Addicts Reading Challenge and Giveaway

Indie Fantasy Addicts
Reading Challenge and Giveaway

Do you enjoy reading fantasy novels by indie authors? I certainly do and for this reason I'd like to let you know about a great summer reading challenge (open internationally) with some fun prizes to be won! The goal is for members to discover more nail-biting, edge of your seat, take-you-for-a-wild-ride-and-leave-you-breathless books.

Some of the authors who graciously donated signed copies and ebooks to this challenge are USA Today and Amazon bestselling authors, including JT Williams, Alexia Purdy, Sarah K.L. Wilson, JC Kang, Mike Shelton, Eric T. Knight, JA Andrews and tons more.


#IFASummerChallenge 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. Audiobooks also apply. Read whatever you want as long as it’s indie fantasy.

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

The Challenge will go until September 20, 2018—last day of summer! 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 couple tiers for those who read eg. 0-3 and 4-7.

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

Grand Prize: Multiple signed books and swag
Tier Two: Chance to win a signed book
Tier Three: Chance to win ebooks from some amazing authors.

Let the adventures begin!!


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Thursday, July 26, 2018

The Green Princess Trilogy and a Linky

The Green Princess Trilogy:
Flower (Book 1)

The Green Princess Trilogy: Flower: Book 1 by [Burke, H. L.]

About the Book:

Title: The Green Princess Trilogy: Flower (Book 1) | Author: H.L. Burke | Pages: 225 | Genre: Fantasy | Recommended Age: Young Adult

Book Description:

Kitrin always assumed her overprotective parents were just paranoid—until the trees started talking to her.

For sixteen years, Kitrin has longed for freedom from her parents' secluded manor. However, one day her emotions trigger flowers to bloom, roots to grasp, and trees to bend. Unable to control her unexplained abilities, she finds an anchor in a young man with sad eyes and his own secrets. A man who sends sparks through her, but who might be tied to her destruction.

Palace outcast and nephew of the king, Prince Bryce lives under the shadow of his father's execution for treason. To escape the toxic court, he takes comfort in the company of the kindhearted Kitrin. However, as the mysteries in both their pasts are revealed, he realizes the girl he loves is someone his family wants dead.

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My Review:

Flower, Book 1 in The Green Princess Trilogy, is a coming-of-age romantic fantasy adventure by H.L. Burke. It reads like epic fantasy without being an overly long book. The characters are well-rounded, the chemistry between the hero and heroine is strong, the magical elements are interesting, and the enemy is close at hand. The story will keep you riveted as bad things happen to the people you will come to care about, leaving you wondering if the love between hero and heroine will survive through all the turmoil. It's perfect for romantics of all ages!


Check out my blog post,

Heidi Burke and Christina Morley

Check out H.L. Burke's Cover Reveal
of her latest book project!

Check out the author interview of Heidi that
I did in 2013 on A Tale in Two Parts!

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


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A Tale in Two Parts
with Author Interview

Dragon's Curse - Book 1

Dragon's Debt - Book 2

Steampunk Fiction

Steampunk Fiction

Apocalyptic Fiction

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About the Author:
H.L. Burke


Born in a small town in north central Oregon, H. L. Burke spent most of her childhood around trees and farm animals and always accompanied by a book. Growing up with epic heroes from Middle Earth and Narnia keeping her company, she also became an incurable romantic.

An addictive personality, she jumped from one fandom to another, being at times completely obsessed with various books, movies, or television series (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Star Trek all took their turns), but she has grown to be what she considers a well-rounded connoisseur of geek culture.

Married to her high school crush who is now a US Marine, she has moved multiple times in her adult life but believes home is wherever her husband, two daughters, and pets are.

For information about H. L. Burke's latest novels, author news and events, or to contact the writer, go to the H.L. Burke author website.

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Make My Saturday Sweet #275

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

My Oma's 90th Birthday and a Linky

The restaurant in La Jolla where we had the birthday dinner

My hubby and I flew to the States to visit my Oma (German for grandma) for her 90th birthday. Today's photos are of the pre-dinner party we had at the rental home in La Jolla, San Diego, where family and friends gathered and also a couple of photos at the restaurant. There were about 15 people who came to celebrate the day with her. I also wrote a short poem for my Oma that morning, which I read at the dinner.

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Pre-dinner snacks

Pre-dinner snacks

My brother and dad

My hubby and step-dad

My dad and brother and me
(My dad flew from Singapore, my brother from China,
and Hubby and I from South Africa)

My cousin, aunt, and mom

My Oma (German for grandma)

My poem

My brother and I with Oma at the restaurant

Oma with her tiramisu birthday cake


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Monday, July 23, 2018

Cover Reveal and Pre-Order Links!


Author Heidi Lyn Burke has an exciting new project on the go! I'm delighted to share with you her cover reveal and pre-order book links for Spice Bringer. Be sure to check out my weekend post, Meeting Author H.L. Burke, if you missed it!


Book Blurb:

A deadly disease. A vanishing remedy. A breathless journey.

All her life, Niya's known she will die young from the fatal rasp. She survives only with the aid of vitrisar spice and a magical, curmudgeonly fire salamander named Alk. Then an ambitious princess burns down the vitrisar grove in an effort to steal Alk so she can claim her rightful throne. Joined by Jayesh, a disgraced monk, Niya and Alk must flee to the faraway Hidden Temple with the last vitrisar plant, or all who suffer from the rasp will perish.

But even as Niya’s frustration and banter with Jayesh deepen to affection, the rasp is stealing away her breath and life.

For a girl with limited time and a crippling quest, love may be more painful than death.


Preorder Links:


Autographed Paperback Pre-Order:

Regularly $17.99, autographed paperback pre-orders are $14.99 with free shipping discount (free shipping to US locations only)


About the Author:
H.L. Burke


Born in a small town in north central Oregon, H. L. Burke spent most of her childhood around trees and farm animals and was always accompanied by a book. Growing up with epic heroes from Middle Earth and Narnia keeping her company, she also became an incurable romantic.

An addictive personality, she jumped from one fandom to another, being at times completely obsessed with various books, movies, or television series (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Star Trek all took their turns), but she has grown to be what she considers a well-rounded connoisseur of geek culture.

Married to her high school crush who is now a US Marine, she has moved multiple times in her adult life but believes that home is wherever her husband, two daughters, and pets are.



Disclosure: This post is done entirely voluntarily by me and is not sponsored in any way.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Meeting Author H.L. Burke and Weekend Linky!

Heidi Burke and Christina Morley

I was in San Diego for my grandmother's 90th birthday. I knew that one of my favorite indie authors lived there, Heidi Burke, so I asked if we could meet. I've read and reviewed many of her books over the years on this blog. Amanda also read and reviewed one of her books with me, Thaddeus Whiskers and the Dragon.

She brought gifts, specifically two books that I haven't yet read, which she signed! I also gave her a few goodies from South Africa and my own self-published book, Happy Moms, Happy Homes

Below are photos of the gifts that I received from Heidi. The large dragon belongs to her and goes wherever she goes. 😄





Check out the author interview of Heidi that
I did in 2013 on A Tale in Two Parts!

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Check Out My Reviews!

recommended for ages 9 - 12



A Tale in Two Parts
with Author Interview

Dragon's Curse - Book 1

Dragon's Debt - Book 2

Steampunk Fiction

Steampunk Fiction

Apocalyptic Fiction


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About the Author:
H.L. Burke


Born in a small town in north central Oregon, H. L. Burke spent most of her childhood around trees and farm animals and always accompanied by a book. Growing up with epic heroes from Middle Earth and Narnia keeping her company, she also became an incurable romantic.

An addictive personality, she jumped from one fandom to another, being at times completely obsessed with various books, movies, or television series (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Star Trek all took their turns), but she has grown to be what she considers a well-rounded connoisseur of geek culture.

Married to her high school crush who is now a US Marine, she has moved multiple times in her adult life but believes home is wherever her husband, two daughters, and pets are.

For information about H. L. Burke's latest novels, author news and events, or to contact the writer, go to the H.L. Burke author website.


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Welcome to my weekend blog hop -
Make My Saturday Sweet #274

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