Thursday, September 19, 2019

Rogue Skies

Rogue Skies

Rogue Skies: A Limited Edition Science Fiction & Fantasy Collection by [De Graff, Missy, Andrews, Bella, Holloway, Emma Jane, Sams, Candace, Kucsera, Melinda, Ellision, Jennifer, Hogan, Mirren, Jenkins, Suzanne, Brantwijn Serrah , C.L. Cannon, S.A. McClure , Karen M. Bryson,  Candace Segar , Rae Hendricks, Lianne Willowmoon, Lee French, Tamsin Baker, Joynell Schultz , Tracy Korn, Shannon Pemrick , Suzanne Hagelin, Nadine Travers , Cecilia Dominic , Bill Hargenrader, Jason J. Nugent, Shereen Vedam]

I pre-ordered a copy of Rogue Skies for only $0.99 and it's still on sale for a few more days! This collection was created by 24 authors with 3,882 pages of stories! Two authors that I have read before and done reviews for, who are part of the Rogue Skies collection, are Joynell Schultz and Jennifer Ellision.

Book Description:

The skies have gone rogue. Space can't be tamed. And magic is a law unto itself.

Transport yourself to new worlds where dark magic clashes with witty witches, diabolic demons, feisty fae, and sexy shifters. Or travel through time and space with cosmic spies, space thieves, and telepathic pirates. Add in a dash of Victorian heroes and inhuman soldiers, and you have a one-of-a-kind science fiction and fantasy collection of intoxicating proportions.

Fans of Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, Neil Gaiman, Anne McCaffrey, John Scalzi or Sarah J. Maas, Leigh Bardugo, Tamora Pierce, Lois Lowry, and Maria V. Snyder will find themselves transported to weird realms and epic otherworlds in this reality-optional boxset.

Rogues and Rebels, Magic and Mayhem, Futures and Fantasy—there's no limit to the excitement that awaits when you turn the pages of this collection of spellbinding adventures from some of today's best-selling Science Fiction and Fantasy authors.

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My Review:

I'm posting an honest and voluntary review for one of the stories inside the box set. I purchased the box set, but I also have an ARC for Connecting by Joynell Schultz. It's a science-fiction/paranormal romance about a human named Jana who is trying to save Earth and ends up connecting with an alien in outer space. The story keeps a good pace and there are different relationships that Jana has to process how to handle. It's her love for her younger brother that keeps her going. She has to be strong and keeps a brave face in a very trying time. One of her vices is turning to alcohol to numb her feelings. I'm a volunteer at a drug and alcohol rehab in South Africa and I think the author did a brilliant job with this aspect of the story. I don't want to give too much away. One or two things that I thought were going to be weak points in the story turned out not to be, and there's an interesting twist at the end. This is a prequel to Departing and I can't wait to begin reading it!

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About the Author:
Joynell Schultz

Joynell Schultz

Joynell Schultz manages the family zoo (literally!) and writes romantic speculative fiction in her (nearly non-existent) free time. She's a pharmacist by training (boring!) but prefers to hang out with zebras and bears or some imaginary characters.


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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Birthday at the Beach and a Linky


We celebrated my father-in-law's 70th birthday last weekend at their beach house in Britannia Bay. The people in the photos are of my in-laws, his sister and mother, as well as us and our 4 kids. The Miniature Schnauzer belongs to my in-laws and his name is Ziggy. We all enjoyed a leisurely lunch that was brought to the house by caterers. The weather was perfect. It's springtime in South Africa.























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Thursday, September 12, 2019

The Billionaire's Black Book

The Billionaire's Black Book

The Billionaire's Black Book (Newport Billionaires, Book 1) by [DeLuca, Amy]

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Title: The Billionaire's Black Book | Author: Amy DeLuca | Publisher: Oxford South Press | Pages: 238 | Genre: Clean Contemporary Romance/Fairytale Retelling

Book Description:

She's been sent into the lair of the beast...
Newspaper writer Bonnie Hamelin has just been handed a dream assignment from her senior editor—an exclusive interview with billionaire author Jack R. R. Bestia, whose hugely popular fantasy series has been made into a hit cable show adored by millions of fans worldwide.

Correction—it should be a dream assignment, but for Bonnie, the prospect of interviewing this particular author seems more like a nightmare. It’s not just that he has a reputation for being reclusive and temperamental. And it’s not that she doesn’t like Jack’s books—in fact, she loves them—he's her favorite author of all-time. But the first (and last) time they met… well, let’s just say she didn’t make the best impression.

This beauty's brains terrify him...
Superstar author Jack Bestia does not have any interest in doing an interview. He does have:
-a huge deadline looming
-a strong preference for privacy
-some pretty nasty scars from his last relationship
-and a big, BIG secret.
He definitely doesn’t want a snooping reporter anywhere near his seaside Newport, Rhode Island mansion. Unfortunately, his publisher isn’t interested in his preferences, his schedule, or his excuses. The seventh and final book in his bestselling series is two years overdue, and Jack’s on thin ice, at risk of getting cut from the publishing house altogether. He has no choice but to welcome Bonnie into his private world.
But he doesn’t have to make it easy for her.
He’ll act every bit as beastly as the tabloids have claimed he does, and she won’t want to spend a minute longer in his presence than absolutely necessary. That plan—and an iron-clad non-disclosure agreement—will ensure that no one finds out the awful truth.

When Bonnie’s curiosity gets the better of her and she sees the wrong thing at the wrong time in the wrong place… Jack takes drastic measures, forcing her to stay in his secluded seaside castle until his new book comes out, a virtual prisoner. It’s the only way to protect his secret.

Unfortunately, he failed to anticipate the effect this clever and determined beauty might have on his household… and his heart.

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My Review:

This is a sweet contemporary romance that's also a retelling of my favorite fairytale, Beauty and the Beast! The story is well written and the pace is good. Although there isn't any magic, the author still manages to weave in generous amounts of iconic features from Beauty and the Beast. The characters are also likable. It's a standalone story, but the epilogue sets the scene for the next book in the series.

About the Author:
Amy DeLuca

Amy DeLuca

Amy DeLuca writes sweet contemporary romance and is the author of the Newport Billionaires series. She is a member of RWA, YARWA, The Golden Network, and has been honored numerous times with first place writing awards from different RWA chapters, including the Maggie Award for Excellence from Georgia Romance Writers and the Fire and Ice Award from Chicago North RWA. She's a two-time RWA Golden Heart finalist and has had her books featured in USA Today's Happily Ever After column as well as other prestigious publications.

She has been writing professionally since college graduation, working as a television news anchor and reporter for twelve years in four different states-- Mississippi, Tennessee, California, and Rhode Island. Then she retired from writing true stories and started making them up. Hers have way more kissing. Living now in New England with her husband and two children, Amy writes fiction full-time and also narrates audiobooks as well as doing voiceover work for radio and TV ads and corporate videos.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Flowers in Shades of Indigo and Violet with a Linky


Flowers from My Garden

Lavender

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Dragon Tide: Dragon Staff

Dragon Tide: Dragon Staff

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

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Title: Dragon Tide: Dragon Staff | Author: Sarah K.L. Wilson | Pages: 92 | Genre: Fantasy | Recommended Age: Young Adult

Book Description:

Baby dragons, adventure, and trouble – oh my!

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

Seleska thought being chased by mercenaries was a problem, but with her baby dragon growing every day and her islander friends disapproving of him, she's in worse trouble than she thought. When she tries to embark on her own, things only get more heated.

Can Seleska keep her baby dragon safe ... especially now that she knows his secret?

Perfect for dragon lovers everywhere, DRAGON TIDE: DRAGON STAFF is episode two of DRAGONTIDE. Expect a new episode every eighteen days. Always free in Kindle Unlimited.

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My Review:

Dragon Staff is the second episode of a brand new series by USA Today bestselling author Sarah K.L. Wilson. Princess Seleska finds herself in a lot of danger and discovers new allies. Her little water dragon, Nasataa, is always by her side and growing quickly. We learn a bit about Seleska's and Nasataa's destinies. It's not what you would expect. We get to see more of her love interest, the blacksmith apprentice named Heron, too. Just when the story gets intense, it ends! At least the author is releasing a new episode every eighteen days, so I won't have to wait long. The Dragon Tide series is written with a younger voice, so I recommend it for middle grade readers and young adults.

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

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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, September 3, 2019

Wild Flowers and a Linky


It's Spring in South Africa! I took these photos of the wild flowers this morning. There's such a wide variety. It's always neat to discover one that I haven't seen before and, on this particular walk, there were several!

We have the sweetest dogs! Both of them were adopted from shelters. Biscuit is our newest addition and she's the one in the photo above with Hubby. We're not sure what combination of breeds she is, but we suspect that she's part Border Collie, even though her coloring is something else. Koda is a our German Shepherd mix.






















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