Thursday, November 29, 2018

Rise of the Seer and a Linky

Rise of the Seer
Song of the Worlds - Book 1


About the Book:

Title: Rise of the Seer (Song of the Worlds Book 1) | Author: Brandon Barr | Pages: 237 | Genre: Epic Fantasy | Recommended Ages: New Adult and up

Book Description:

Two women. Two worlds. One epic destiny.
Discover a dazzling epic fantasy series by USA Today Bestselling Author Brandon Barr.
#BrandonsBuddies

A god-gifted young woman is chosen for a grim task– one that will take her beyond the boundaries of her own world. Winter’s chilling visions of the future make clear that her choices will not only affect the success of her mission… but whether those she loves will live or die.

On the distant world of Hearth, Meluscia is the daughter of a dying king. As he wages a bitter war in the north, a growing evil devours the villages of the east. She would turn her kingdom’s forces to face the emerging threat– but first, she must gain the throne… and confront the secret desire that torments her soul.

Though worlds apart, Meluscia and Winter’s destinies are bound together by portals and an ancient prophecy that promises to pull friend and foe together in a devastating collision.

An excellent choice for fans of Anne McCaffrey and Terry Brooks. RISE OF THE SEER is Book One in the Song of the Worlds series.


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My Review:

This is an intense epic fantasy! You'll get sucked in right from the beginning, if you're able to handle all the darkness, violence, and everything else Brandon Barr throws at his characters. The story follows several different points of view, but each one will hold your interest with all the complexities and unexpected twists and turns. There's no way that you can predict what's going to happen next! It ends on a cliffhanger. Please be advised that, even though it's listed under both young adult and new adult, this book contains sexual content including voyeurism, so it's more suitable for new adults and up.

3 Favorite Quotes from Rise of the Seer:

Savarah to Meluscia:
"In one of your sacred texts it says that the blood of the innocent cries out for justice. That has become the sound in my ears. Vengeance. Justice."

Rivdan to Meluscia:
"No matter what others say, knowledge is far more powerful than blades and arrows."

Katlel to Meluscia:
"...Don't surrender your will. Keep fighting. That's how so many of the great ones of history became who they are."

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Brandon Barr passed away on Wednesday afternoon (21 Nov. 2018) after losing a 3 year battle with leukemia.

His family posted this:

"As he took his final breaths, he was surrounded by friends and family worshiping God. He’d sing “Bless the Lord, Oh my Soul” to his boys every night before bed and we were singing that as he drifted off."

As everyone who knew him knows, Brandon's faith in God gave him great hope and peace during these difficult times. I know he is safe in the arms of the God he so faithfully loved. ~ J.A. Andrews friend and author

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What's next?

Over the next year or so, several authors have committed to finishing Brandon's book 4 (of which he's written about 60%) and then writing book 5 off of the outline Brandon created. These co-writers have been deeply involved in his world already and are trying very hard to keep true to Brandon's visions for the books as well as his writing style. We are hoping that his writing can become a legacy that will help support his family in the future. ~ J.A. Andrews (author of A Threat of Shadows and Pursuit of Shadows)

Don't forget the IFA Holiday Reading Challenge!
Brandon Barr's books are awarded double entries!
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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Picnic at the Botanical Garden and a Linky


I'm continuing my series on the Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden, South Africa. Last weekend we had a picnic there with Thanksgiving leftovers in the form of turkey sandwiches. Our 2 adult kids weren't with us, so it was just the 4 of us. I got some action shots too.

I included 2 pics of our Thanksgiving dinner at home. My mom brought the Thanksgiving decorations over from the States last Christmas. Samantha and Amanda pointed out that it felt like a birthday party with the paper tablecloth and paper plates, etc. We have found that it's difficult to invite people over since kids are writing final exams and parents are working. Maybe next year I'll try to invite a retired couple over.

Many of you enjoyed the small tortoise in last week's post, Botanical Garden and Tortoise. Today I have a couple of photos of one of the larger ones walking around the gardens. I also spotted a Cape Mongoose and got a few shots before it scurried away.







Sisters: Samantha (age 18) and Amanda (age 10)










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Monday, November 26, 2018

Chains of Command Book 4

Out for Blood
Chains of Command Book 4

Out for Blood: Chains of Command Book 4 by [DiPietro, Zen]

About the Book:

Title: Out for Blood | Author: Zen Dipietro | Publisher: Parallel Worlds Press | Pages: 130 | Genre: Science-Fiction | Recommend Ages: Young Adult and Up

Book Description:

The members of Avian Unit have experienced love, loss, and things they can't even tell each other about.

Their new assignment is to take out a cell of identity brokers who leave a trail of bodies in their wake. They'll come face to face with the darkest aspects of becoming members of Blackout.

Avian Unit will find out what they're really made of as they finally become what they were always meant to be.

Out for Blood concludes the Chains of Command series.

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My Review:

Out for Blood is the fourth and final book in the Chains of Command series. Zen DiPietro ends her series in a very satisfying way. This is another page-turner story with great dialogue and characters that we love. The best part about this series is that the Dragonfire Station Trilogy continues where Chains of Command leaves off with Avian Unit facing new dangers.

In Out for Blood, Fallon has been reunited with her team after they each completed individually harrowing top secret missions. None of them have the freedom to discuss what transpired, so she needs to find other ways to get them to reconnect. As Avian Unit's leader, she must make sure that they are ready to be the Blackout team they're meant to be. Fallon knows that bonding the team will only make them more formidable. Taking a quote from Cut to the Bone (Book 3) puts her attitude towards her team members into perspective, "Home was not a matter of where she was, but who she was with."

She wants to be the kind of leader that they need. Part of that requires her to make the best decisions for the team. Does she have what it takes to lead them on their first mission as a Blackout team when it ends up being bigger than anyone expected?

I've really enjoyed reading about Fallon and her team, Avian Unit. Once I begin to miss them, I'm going to re-read every series, especially where it all began with the Dragonfire Station Trilogy.

2 Favorite Quotes from Book 4:

Fallon imagined that the criminals were an infection,
and Avian Unit was the antibiotic.

An imperfect reality begged for imperfect rule.
She was about to imperfectly rule all over this little rock.

My Reviews of Zen's Books:

Zen DiPietro Author Interview

Chains of Command Books 1 and 2

Chains of Command Book 3

The Dragonfire Station Trilogy

2 FREE Science-Fiction Short Stories

Books 1 - 3 in the Mercenary Warfare Series

Book 4 in the Mercenary Warfare Series

Book 5 in the Mercenary Warfare Series

Hired Gun - A Bounty Hunter Space Opera

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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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Frostbitten Fairy Tales and a Linky

FROSTBITTEN FAIRY TALES
(A Limited Edition Collection)


This Christmas season, dive into New York Times bestselling author Melanie Karsak's fairy tale world. In this magical holiday collection, fight Yuletide monsters, take on a jealous Snow Queen, ride the skies in an airship, and tinker some magical gnomes. Join Clemeny, Elyse, Lily, and Scarlette in these winter wonderlands.

This collection includes re-imagined classic fairytales such as Red Riding Hood, the Snow Queen, and the Elves and the Shoemaker - a new release from Melanie Karsak's award-winning steampunk universe.

INCLUDED IN THIS COLLECTION:
Peppermint and Pentacles: A Red Riding Hood Retelling
Ice and Embers: A Snow Queen Retelling
Chasing Christmas Past: A Steampunk Christmas Novella
Goblins and Snowflakes: An Elves and the Shoemaker Retelling


Purchase the limited edition
holiday collection on Amazon

My Review of Peppermint and Pentacles:

Peppermint and Pentacles is another fun steampunk fairy tale by Melanie Karsak. This series has a good dose of suspense, action, humor, and a touch of romance. Each story is complete where Little Red faces a new challenge every time, but they're also chronological, so it's better to read them in that order. Another thing I like about this series is that I can read one of these books in an evening. The content is appropriate for older teenagers/new adults.

My Review of Ice and Embers:

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.

My Review of Chasing Christmas Past:

This is a short story from Melanie Karsak's steampunk series The Airship Racing Chronicles. The main character is Lily Stargazer, an airship captain. She's a lonely soul who has her share of vices. She hopes to win the Christmas Day Yuletide Airship Race. Getting drunk the night before the big race and arriving late doesn't help her chances of winning. Will this Christmas bring her more disappointments? This story is appropriate for new adults and up.

My Review of Goblins and Snowflakes:

This is a sweet steampunk fairy tale retelling of the classic The Elves and The Shoemaker. 18-year-old Scarlette is staying with her honorary uncle during the Christmas season near Twickenham. Her uncle is scholarly and reclusive, but she has a curious mind and spends a lot of her time in town. She has a generous spirit. She's also not idle and puts her mind to work. But all of her energy and curiosity get her into trouble. This is a jaunty tale with interesting characters, sinister goblins, and a bit of romance. It's a page-turner of a story and a quick read. I highly recommend this story for young adults and up.



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GOBLINS AND SNOWFLAKES

Never bargain with goblin men.

Scarlette Rossetti thought her stay at Strawberry Hill Castle during the Christmas holiday would pass by uneventfully. She couldn't have been more wrong. Enticed by the delights of the nearby village of Twickenham, Scarlette's life would change in unimaginable ways.

She never expected to be drawn magnetically to The Two Sisters Doll Shop and Toy Emporium.

Scarlette didn't guess that tinkering clockwork gnomes could have supernatural consequences.

And she didn't know that one should never, ever, bargain with goblin men.

But during the Christmas season, magic is always brewing.

Charles Dickens meets Supernatural in this magical retelling of The Elves and The Shoemaker. Dive into New York Times bestselling author Melanie Karsak's award-winning fairy tale world set in gaslamp England.

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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.


Disclosure: I received an ARC of Goblins and Snowflakes, Peppermint and Pentacles, and Chasing Christmas Past. These are my honest and voluntary reviews.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Botanical Garden and Tortoise with a Linky


A couple of weeks ago, I began a new series. The first post was called Botanical Garden and Home. We live in South Africa where the seasons are opposite to those in the Northern Hemisphere. At the beginning of our spring, the flowers were all in bloom, but with summer nearing, most of the vibrant colors are already gone. I'm glad I got to take pics when I did! Enjoy!















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