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HENGE Cover Reveal by Realm Lovejoy

Posted September 10, 2014 By LadyJai
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I’m so excited to reveal Realm Lovejoy’s next novel – Henge. I read her first, CLAN, and loved it. Can’t wait to read this new one. 
Henge
is a YA Fantasy that is a modern spin-off of the Arthurian legends featuring Morgan le Fay as the protagonist. It is due to release this fall. The cover art is by the author, Realm Lovejoy.
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About the book:

Modern-day Camelot. Where knights no longer carry swords. Magic is dangerous. And those who seek control are not to be trusted.

Sixteen-year-old Morgan le Fay is a fire user. An ordinary girl with an extraordinary skill, she has the ability to create and command fire at will. Her dream is to become the Maven—the right hand of the future King Arthur. In the chance of a lifetime, Morgan is selected to join Arthur’s Round, an elite group of young magic users from which the new Maven will be chosen.

Along with the other fire, water, and wind users in Arthur’s Round, Morgan is rigorously trained and tested. The handsome Merlin, a brilliant water user, takes a particular interest in her. Is his friendship to be trusted, or is Merlin simply trying to win the position of Maven for himself? Among the many rivals Morgan faces is the current Maven, Mordred, who seems determined to see her fail.

But Morgan has a secret—years ago, her mother was executed for using fire magic, and Morgan’s desire for justice makes her more than ready to take on the challenge before her. Can she prevail in Camelot’s tests of survival and magic? Only time—and Morgan’s powerful fire—will tell.

Realm Lovejoy’s modern Arthurian series features one of literature’s most complicated and powerful female figures. Henge is the first book in the LE FAY series, and—like Morgan le Fay’s magic—it is sure to dazzle and amaze.

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About the Author:

Realm Lovejoy is an American writer and an artist. She grew up in both Washington State and the Japanese Alps of Nagano, Japan. Currently, she lives in Seattle and works as an artist in the video game industry. CLAN is her first book. You can find out more about her and her book at www.realmlovejoy.com
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Giveaway:
$30 Amazon Gift Card (INT)
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Kindling the Past by M. S. Kaye

Kindling the Past by M. S. Kaye

Thank you, Jamie, for having me!

Welcome to my Quick Tips Blog Tour. I’ve put together ten short, easy writing tips to share. Follow my tour to see them all. Tour stops will be posted on my website: http://booksbymsk.com/?page_id=616

Quick Tip 4:

Chapter endings are supposed to be a good place for the reader to stop, right? NO! That’s what we let the readers think, but we all want them to keep reading, to lose a full night’s sleep because they couldn’t put the book down. That means chapters need to end in a way to taunt the reader into turning that page. Come on, only one more page…

Here are 3 ways to end a chapter that sticks its tongue out at the reader and says, “Nee-ner, nee-ner, come and get me.”

  1. Just before the climax of a scene
  2. As the characters are entering into the next scene (with a promise to be interesting)
  3. At the discovery of a curious nugget of information

What are your favorite ways to end chapters?

Kindling the Past

by M.S. Kaye

Kindle is fighting to survive on her own, to break free from her possessive and violent ex-boyfriend, and trying not to let her best friend, Anna, know she’s in love with her husband. Most of all, she fights the visions she sees of the past—she doesn’t believe in that kind of stuff.

Then Anna is shot and killed.

In their grief, Kindle and Ty, Anna’s husband and Kindle’s Taekwondo instructor, grow closer. Although Kindle is careful never to let him too close, he helps her learn to accept that her visions are real. Eventually, the truth about Anna’s death breaks through into Kindle’s visions, and she must find a way not to let it destroy her.

M. S. Kaye - AuthorAuthor Bio:

M.S. Kaye has several published books under her black belt. A transplant from Ohio, she resides with her husband, Corey, in Jacksonville, Florida, where she tries not to melt in the sun. Find suspense and the unusual at www.BooksByMSK.com.

Contact M. S. Kaye at:

www.Facebook.com/BooksByMSK

www.Twitter.com/MSKosciuszko

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7222522.M_S_Kaye

Other links to purchase:

Publisher: http://www.lsbooks.com/kindling-the-past-p902.php
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Kindling-Past-M-S-Kaye-ebook/dp/B00JZ5EOXK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1398682985&sr=8-1&keywords=Kindling+the+past
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Kindling-the-past?keyword=Kindling+the+past&store=ebook
iBooks:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/kindling-the-past/id860929921?mt=11
Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/kindling-the-past
aRe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-kindlingthepast-1490578-149.html

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Excerpt:

Prologue

I fought the visions. My mother used to tell me my expression turned stupid when I had them, but I didn’t care about that so much anymore. I hated when the visions were true somehow, actual bits of the past. I didn’t believe in that kind of stuff.

Chapter 1: Fight

“She’s such a snob,” one of the young women whispered on the other side of the locker room.

I stayed faced away, trying not to hear their gossip. I tugged my jeans on and pulled my shirt over my head. When I glanced in the mirror to fix my hair, I barely saw the dark brown framing my fair skin—only the way the other girls looked at me. I bent over to pick up my shoes.

“The guys don’t even ask her out because she’s so stuck up.”

I didn’t understand why they thought like this about me, but I didn’t much care anyway. As soon as I had my shoes on, I threw my gear bag over my shoulder and walked out.

Master Trahem was on the workout floor sparring with Mr. Schmidt. Master Trahem’s uniform was starting to come open, and sweat glistened on his well-built chest.

I looked away.

“Bye, Kindle,” Mrs. Trahem said as I passed the front counter. “See you tomorrow.”

I smiled at her, one of the few people I reserved my genuine smile for. She was a big part of the reason I came in early to help every day, her and her atrocious typing skills. She always held her fingers above the keys like a fisherman wielding a spear, as if expecting them to squirm out from under her aim.

But honestly, helping with data entry was just an excuse—Mrs. Trahem was the best person I’d ever known, and I felt calmer when I was around her.

“You’ll be there early, right?” Mrs. Trahem added. She tucked her silky dark hair behind her ear. There was a grace to her movement. No wonder Master Trahem had married her so quickly. At twenty-nine, she was a few years older than me but looked just as young.

“Definitely.” Then I kept walking. Before I gave into the urge to turn and watch Master Trahem.

The girls from the locker room followed me out into the parking lot. I sat in my car and started the engine.

While I drove the forty-five minutes home, I fought to stay awake. At least traffic at nine-thirty at night was thin. I always missed rush hour. I left my apartment before six every morning and didn’t return until after ten. Being tired felt normal.

As I pulled up to my building, I examined each car. I knew to whom each of them belonged, as well as half my neighbors’ friends’ cars. The girl across the hall traded boyfriends every week. She drove me nuts.

I had no way of knowing what Chris was driving. I had to know which cars were supposed to be here in order to know if there was a new one. Most of my neighbors drove beaters like me, and Chris had always liked something flashy. But with him, I couldn’t depend on consistency. He was smart.

I recognized all the cars tonight. I parked under the streetlight and kept the door locked while I pulled my gear bag onto my lap and slipped the strap over my shoulder. Keys ready, I jumped out of the car and jogged up the steps. I hated apartment buildings in Florida. The halls were open, no security doors to block unwanted visitors from knocking on your front door, from lurking in shadowy corners.

Within about ten seconds, I was up the stairs, down the hall, and at my door. Just being able to move quickly without running out of breath was worth the cost of Taekwondo classes. I felt more confident, less scared.

My door unlocked, I glanced down the hall one more time then slipped inside. I closed the door, locked it, and flipped the lights.

I was not alone.

He was right there, tall, thick, and blond as always. I was seeing as clearly as if through acid. I blinked to make sure he was really there. I always did that. It was stupid.

Chris was always there.

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Hope you enjoyed the post. And if you haven’t already read anything from M. S. Kaye, you really should. She’s great. I have enjoyed everything I’ve read of hers so far, published or not! <3

LadyJai

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Clan by Realm Lovejoy

Posted February 24, 2014 By LadyJai

ClanClan by Realm Lovejoy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Clades is a world engineered to be identical in all manner of forms. Cloned from a single human, raised to look, act, and feel as identical as the DNA that makes up their genetics. Twain knows he’s different, hidden from the Clan since birth. To be seen would ruin Unity. When his desire to join the other Clan overpowers him, he’s caught by Father Krume, their Human DNA donor, and made to join the rest.

Twain’s known he’s different, but when he joins the ranks of his fellow Clan, it’s only then he realizes just how different.

In a world where everyone is supposed to be identical in every way, Lovejoy finds a way to create differences amongst the Clan, differences that cause the same social issues we experience in our own world – bullying, stereotyping, prejudice, segregation.

For Unity’s sake, each Clan was given a number. Sponsors tended to give pet names to their “children” so this interchanging between number and name left me bewildered most times trying to remember what number belonged to what name. While I loved the depth of the story, this made it daunting to read at times.

The story was full of action and I kept turning the page so I could find out what happened next. However, the ending left a lot to be desired. I was left with more questions than I had the entire time I was reading. I wasn’t satisfied that the story had actually ended. I don’t think it wrapped it up quite well enough for my liking.

Overall, it was an enjoyable book, with only a few issues as I stated above. I do hope Lovejoy plans on a second book to explain what happened in the end.

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#BOOKREVIEW: Two by LeighAnn Kopans

Posted October 22, 2013 By LadyJai

Two by LeighAnn KopansTwo book blurb: Elias and Merrin’s story continues in TWO, coming October, 2013…  Elias and Merrin are on the run. After escaping the Biotech Hub, they thought they could breathe easy, or at least a little easier. But when bombs slam into the Social Welfare Hub only hours after their arrival, it becomes clear there’s nowhere to hide – and no end to what Biotech will do to get them back. Their last chance for safety and answers is the Clandestine Service Hub. CS has intel on the real, broader purpose behind Fisk’s experiments , and the newfound knowledge of the horrors hidden deep within Biotech’s walls sends Merrin back to recover a secret formula that could ruin the Supers’ world forever—and might just save the lives of the Biotech victims spiraling out of control. Elias’ sisters are counted among the victims of Fisk’s experiments, and if Elias can’t find and help them, their powers will destroy them–sooner rather than later. Returning to the place it all began terrifies him, but with Fisk ready to make an example out of Merrin, and his sisters’ lives –and the lives of all Supers–hanging in the balance, he might not have a choice. If he can’t find the courage to face his worst fears, Elias might lose more than his newfound powers. He might lose everyone he loves

My Thoughts

Maybe it was life throwing me a curve ball but I struggled with this one.  It just didn’t hold my attention like the first book. But the constant pining for “normal” that Elias did just got annoying, quick. Then I realized that Merrin’s pining for being Super was all throughout the first book. Maybe it was because it was the first book and it was all about Merrin trying to be Super that I overlooked it. Something about Elias’ constant desire to normal when the “story” seems more important just irritated me. It kind of reminded me of Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix where Harry was just a whiny brat the whole way through. I wanted to chuck that book too. 🙂 But I powered through both and am glad for it…for knowing the story.

Another thing that I didn’t enjoy was his constant want to touch. I like hints, not in-your-face. romance. But that’s just me. I’m not normally a “romance novel” reader. I wanted to read the story, not the love affair. 🙂 But, I imagine that’s what classifies it as Young Adult, right?

Anyway, the overall story was amazing. Once I got past the first half of the book and I could skim the parts that disinterested me, which were getting fewer and fewer in between, I really got into it and enjoyed the rest of the story. I love the sci-tech of it all. And when you cut out all the “I want to be normal”, the “But I want to be more”, and the touchy-feelies going on, the story flew by. I craved to know what happened and so I continued until the end. All in all, I did enjoy it, despite the slow start.

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Book Genre: YA fantasy Book release date: October 8, 2013 Two on Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18073957-two Two on pre-order from author’s site: http://www.leighannkopans.com/index2.php#!/Order_TWO Two on Amazon: To come. Two on Barnes and Noble: To come. Other book releases: One – YA fantasy Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17251203-one Amazonhttp://www.amazon.com/ONE-Leigh-Ann-Kopans/dp/148499583X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1377169778&sr=8-1&keywords=one+leighann About the author Leigh Ann Kopans: Raised on comic books and classic novels, Leigh Ann developed an early love of science fiction and literature. As an adult, she rediscovered her love for not only reading, but also writing the types of fiction that enchanted her as a teen. Her debut novel, ONE, is about a girl with only half a superpower, the boy who makes her fly, and her struggle to make herself whole. Leigh Ann on Goodreads:http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6439443.LeighAnn_Kopans Leigh Ann on Twitter: https://twitter.com/LeighAnnKopans Leigh Ann on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LeighAnnKopansbooks Leigh Ann on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/leighannkopans/one-two/ Leigh Ann’s website: http://www.leighannkopans.com/index2.php#!/HOME Leigh Ann’s blog: http://leighannkopans.blogspot.com/

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Guest Post: M. S. Kaye on Motivation

Posted September 12, 2013 By LadyJai

I thought I’d take a bit to introduce you to a local crit partner. Though I haven’t been participating like I should on account of all the things going on in my life, when I did participate, the group was very lovely, encouraging, and just down right amazing! M. S. Kaye runs it and she’s done a bang up job in that as well as her writing. Not only did she just release her first novel, but she has a second one in the works. Can’t wait to read that too!

I’ve had the pleasure of reading several bits of several stories of hers, though FIGHT PRINCESS was my first full read. I’ve always loved her stories, her writing. And she’s definitely not the type to follow “what’s hot” in the market. She writes what comes to her, not what popularity dictates.

Ms. Kaye graciously wanted to add to my motivation and positive outlook. So without further adieu, please welcome M. S. Kaye.

Jamie, you’re the queen of writer motivation advice, so I figured I’d write a bit about my motivation.

Passion is the keystone to my writing (no, I don’t write erotica). It’s not about money, or respect, or recognition. Although all of that’s nice, I wouldn’t write solely for any of those things. All my motivation comes back to the passion I feel for my stories and characters.

I find something about a story or character that I fall in love with, and I build a book around that. Sometimes that something is really cool (like my female underground fighter in Fight Princess), and sometimes it draws strong emotion from me (like a woman falling hopelessly for a man about to enter the priesthood, as in my upcoming novel Once).

I do not pay attention to what’s selling or what the trends are. That’s what everyone else is into, not necessarily me. I want to be the one to make the trends, not follow them.

This passion also helps motivate me to write my best, to continue to improve. I want my awesome stories and characters to be portrayed properly, for everyone to see them as I do, to feel the excitement I feel.

If I’m excited about awesomeness or on the verge of tears as I’m writing the outline, then I know I can make a great story.

So, what are you passionate about? That’s the question I believe you must be able to answer before you can write anything truly great.

Author Bio

M. S. Kaye is a 4th degree black belt and certified instructor of Songahm Taekwondo. A transplant from Ohio, she resides with her husband Corey in Jacksonville, FL, where she does her best not to melt in the sun.

Contact M. S. Kaye at:
www.BooksByMSK.com
www.Facebook.com/BooksByMSK
TWITTER: @mskosciuszko

Fight Princess links:
Amazon – http://amzn.to/15xQX8O
iBooks – http://bit.ly/17Asczv
Barnes & Noble – http://bit.ly/1abP1LC
Liquid Silver Books (publisher – all formats) – http://bit.ly/172SszA

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Thank you so much for doing this guest post and for all your encouragement. It really is truly appreciated.

LadyJai

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#BookReview: Fight Princess by M. S. Kaye

Posted September 2, 2013 By LadyJai

FIGHT PRINCESS by M.S. Kaye

Release Date: 9/2/2013

Available on Nook here.
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Available on Amazon here.
For all formats, visit the publisher’s site here.

Things Aren’t what they seem. Don’t get involved.

Celisse is too headstrong to listen. Her best friend’s boyfriend is dead, and she does not heed Cullen’s warning, slipped to her in a note as he’s being arrested for the murder.

Cullen tries to keep Celisse out of things and also tries to avoid her, both unsuccessfully. He can’t deny his feelings for her anymore, but he knows he can’t have her—if she ever discovered the truth about his past, she’d surely hate him.

While struggling with her intense feelings for Cullen, she uses her skills as an ex-prosecutor to investigate, all while continuing to fight for Ogden, the organizer of an underground fight ring. She eventually realizes things are connected—the ring, Ogden, Cullen, the murder, and herself. She races to uncover the truth before she’s arrested or becomes the next victim—or the next culprit.

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My Thoughts

Being a local crit partner in the past for M. S. Kaye, I’ve had the opportunity to read bits and pieces of several other works of hers, though never a romance. I knew her writing, and I knew how good it was, even before she acquired her publication deal. (Which I’m so happy for her, as well as proud!)

Normally, when I think of Romance, I automatically think Harlequin-type (or even that fad that has half a hundred hues of one non-nondescript color) books. Those are really not my thing. This is *NOT* your Harlequin Romance. And I’m thankful.

What I really liked about this book, the thing that drew me in, was the story itself. Celisse is not your “damsel in distress,” a woman who “needs” a man to complete her. She is her own person by her own right. A strong woman who can take care of herself. This is definitely my ideal “princess.” The story is not strictly about the attraction, or the sex. No, there is meat (no pun intended) to this story. Engaging, and unique characters and story make for a great read for me.

The romantic scenes were tantalizing and real. The motives of both Celisse and Cullen brought frustration into the mix. And when they finally caved in, M. S. Kaye describes their interactions that left my heart racing. I could easily see where this may very well leave someone panting, but I’m a hard sell with that so don’t gauge the romance by what I say. I like the fact that these scenes are not overly done. This isn’t a porn with words. But most of all, it isn’t mush. The sex doesn’t change Celisse into a blubbering love-struck girly girl. She maintains her confidence but learns to compliment her partner. THE BEST MESSAGE!

Right from the start, the story drew me in, getting to know all the players. The mystery M. S. Kaye reveals keeps you guessing to the very end. I love puzzles and love to figure out the mysteries. I just had to keep reading. My gut instincts usually get me to the right conclusion. Near the end, though, I nearly thought I was wrong. Several twists left me questioning my own deductions.

I won’t spoil it for you. But if you like a little murder mystery with a hint of romance, this is one book you should read.  I, for one, cannot wait to read more.

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I’m postponing my #WriteMotivation Update post until Friday in lieu of  The Bone Season Blog Tour. If you don’t know what #WriteMotivation is, well, we are a small group of writers (growing more each month) that loves to chuck positive messages, cookies and Dinos, and cheer their fellow author on in both good and bad times. Stop by our Twitter Hashtag, or even join our Google Plus Community. The more the merrier.

I hope you enjoy the blog tour. The book was amazing!

Here’s my one girly pleasure! Hope you like the nail art. 😛 (Click the pictures to see more detail)

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I wanted to share with you my first piece of fanfic I’ve ever done. I’m not sure I even did “fanfic” right. It’s not about any character in the book. The location is not stated. Nothing about my piece can be found in The Bone Season. Maybe this was the beginning of Scion. Before 2059.
I combined this prompt with this book and wrote the following and won 2nd place in the little contest 🙂

I hope you enjoy it:

Clairvoyance is shunned, segregated, banned. Those who have it, hide it. Some enter the underground syndicate. Others, well…here’s a story about one of those “others”.

Mind Share
by Jamie Dement

Cracks in the cement captivated me as I walked along the street on my way home. Step on a crack, break your mother’s back. A game I played as a child, when she was alive, when I was innocent. Now, I make sure I step on every single one of them.

From the outside, our house looked like any other home. A two-story cottage, quaint with its white picket fence. It even had a porch swing. Hedge roses split our property from our neighbors. Everything perfectly trimmed. Neat and clean.

Outward appearances can be so deceiving.

Dad’s home. His car was in the driveway, too lazy to pull it in the garage like normal people. At least that gave me a heads up before I walked in the door. I know what to expect. What’s coming.

I dreaded it.

I took a deep breath before I pushed the kitchen door open. He sat at the table, bent over so only the top of his bald head beamed at me. He didn’t move, even when the screen door bounced shut. Its taught spring always brought it closed harder than it should. Like slamming a gavel down on my sentencing.

I stood, frozen, contemplating my next move.

No matter what, Mom always said, just get to your room. He stops then.

But he never stopped. She’s proof of that.

Ever since we buried her, it hasn’t stopped. He hasn’t stopped. I come home. He’s either there or not. But somehow, it still happens. If it’s not first thing through the door, it’s later when I sneak down to get something to eat. Yeah, sure he doesn’t follow me into my bedroom. But it’s getting there that’s the struggle. Either way, it’s never ending.

I pulled the strap on my backpack tighter, trying to make myself as thin as possible so I could squeeze past without touching him. Touching triggered everything. There wasn’t much room between him and the fridge but I could manage. So long as he didn’t move.

His burly hands gripped the edge of the table so hard his knuckles were white. I stood as tall as my five foot self could and held my breath as I walked by. He didn’t raise his head but a low moan came from deep within his chest. I felt it more than heard it. I knew what it meant. My heart pounded against my ribs, demanding to be released from its prison.

His hand twitched.

My feet tangled as I tried to run passed him, up the stairs to my room, to safety. But it was too late.

His hand grasped my wrist and everything went white.

I drifted alone on a gentle breeze. Catching the updrafts. Swirling in the downdrafts. Floating on a cushion of nothingness. The sky was crystal blue, clear as the waters of Paradise. So peaceful.

But it wouldn’t last. It never did.

“Hello, darlin’,” said Dad.

So it begins again.

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The Bone Season

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I won a signed ARC copy from Tor. At first, it was highly intimidating. The size, the maps, the flowcharts, the glossary! Yes, the glossary!

I started reading the first few chapters and felt very overwhelmed with the language. It used old street/gangster slang combined with made-up slang. In the beginning it made my head spin! I nearly stopped reading because of it. The glossary helped, yes. But having to reference it made it daunting, to say the least. But I got used to it, eventually. I still had to reference certain words, even towards the end, just to be sure I was correct. This did throw off the pacing, in my opinion.

Shannon’s world building is in-depth, sucking you into the London underground, but drawing an alternative reality, one in which requires all the maps at the beginning in order to keep straight. I’ve always loved alternate history, and Shannon does well with this aspect. Yes, it’s in the future, but the history is different. Set in England 2059, which really isn’t all that distant, the past history of the nation/world is marginally different, but still incorporates certain historical points and people that we can relate to, so we are not too removed from the story.

But the story…

The story drew me in. The conflict, the emotion, the action. All of it left me craving more with each turn of the page. Getting inside Paige’s head, Shannon’s first person POV, was definitely worth it. She knows how to instill the necessary emotion in Paige and the reader, while keeping everyone else at a safe distance.

Despite the complexity of the world and the language, I definitely would recommend giving this book a try. See for yourself.

For me, I can’t wait to read more.

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In honor of her release, we are having a blog hop to celebrate. I thought it would be fun to join in and I hope to spread the word around for everyone. I had the pleasure to interview Samantha Shannon. It is definitely interesting to get some real feedback from authors. This was fun! Hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

Without further ado….

Here’s Samantha Shannon:

1) Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? When did you start writing? Anything or anyone influence you? Or have you always known?
I’m from West London, England. I started writing at about thirteen and wrote my first novel from the ages of fifteen and eighteen. Before that I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do – I always said I wanted to be a vet (no idea why, I’m terrible at the sciences) – but my mum tells me I used to write little stories when I was about nine, so I guess the urge to write was always there – I just didn’t fully recognise it until I got older. I’m the first writer in my family, to my knowledge.

2) What do you do when you are not writing?
Mostly I read – apart from write, it’s my favourite thing to do. I love going to the cinema, too. I specialised in Principles of Film Criticism at university, which has given me a real appreciation for good films.

3) How did you choose the genre you write in?
I’ve always been drawn to fantasy – you can break all the rules. The dystopian element was inspired by Margaret Atwood. I read her book The Handmaid’s Tale just before I started university and fell in love with it. Characters in a dystopia are in extremis, and that allows you to see a side of them that you wouldn’t be see if they were in, say, a kitchen sink drama, which is pure realism. The Bone Season really mashes up multiple genres – I just wrote the story I wanted to write, even if that meant veering away from ‘genre etiquette’.

4) Where do you get your ideas? Do they come at you as an image that you have to expand? Do they come as a problem you have to solve? or the other way around?
I started writing The Bone Season after completing an internship at David Godwin Associates (DGA), a literary agency in Seven Dials, a small district in London. While I was there, I had a vivid image of a girl having the same day at work as me, but she happened to be clairvoyant. There are a few shops selling crystal balls and tarot cards in Seven Dials, which I suspect is where the image originated from. I started building the world after that, creating the Seven Orders of clairvoyance and the basic foundations of Scion. Paige’s voice was really what drove the story – I built the details of the world around her.

5) Do you ever experience writer’s block? What do you do to curb it?
If I get writer’s block I usually go for a walk to clear my head. I have to get away from the manuscript for a while. When I come back, I’ll feel refreshed and ready to get back to work.

6) Plotter or pantser? Can you go into a little bit of your methods?
I use what I call the ‘flesh-and-bones’ structure: I know the skeleton of each plot, and all the major joints, but I let the characters write themselves to some extent. I think it takes the fun out of writing if you have every tiny detail planned.

7) Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published yet? Or was Bone Season your first? Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
I wrote a sci-fi romance novel called Aurora before The Bone Season. It was rejected by ten agents and remains unpublished. Now I read it back to myself, I can see why! It wasn’t particularly unique and the writing was terrible. It was much easier to get The Bone Season published. I sent it to the agent I’d done an internship with and he took it on very quickly. I was lucky.

8) I loved the interaction between Paige and Warden from the very beginning. What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
I think my favourite part was when Paige enters the butterfly’s dreamscape in Chapter 16. I loved imagining what it might be like inside a butterfly’s mind. It’s one of my great pleasures to write dialogue between Warden and Paige, so I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it!

9) I rediscovered my dream almost 3 years ago. Sold a few short stories, but the novel is unbelievably scary. Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Always be open to constructive criticism. You need to be fairly thick-skinned in this industry! More importantly, don’t give up at the first hurdle.

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10) Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point? (not much point really, between my immediate family and my cats, no one else will see it.)
I do make it. I still live with my parents, and my mum blows a fuse if my bed isn’t made.

11) Star Trek, Star Wars, or Doctor Who? Or a mash-up of all 3? (I’d love to see a mash-up! throw in some Monte Python while you’re at it!)
I’m ashamed to say I’ve never seen Doctor Who! I like both Star Wars and Star Trek, although I can’t call myself an expert in the latter as I’ve only seen the 2009 film. I love Spock.

12) cats or dogs?
I prefer dogs, generally. I’ve had quite weird pets in my life. I used to have a tarantula and now have a tortoise.

13) favorite flavor of caffeine?
Oh, coffee, absolutely. I’m a cliché like that.

Follow Samantha on Twitter, @say_shannon, visit her blog, samanthashannon.co.uk and join The Bone Season Facebook page.

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Cover Reveal: Nether Fire by Bonnie Rae

Posted July 24, 2013 By LadyJai

I’m so happy to share with you the cover reveal to Bonnie Rae’s last book in the Nether Series. Nether Fire will release July 30th. If you haven’t read the other two, make sure you pick them up! I can’t wait to read it!

Her covers have always been exquisite and this one doesn’t let us down!
Check it out!
Just BEAUTIFUL!!!

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After being gravely wounded by her little sister, Ava awakes in Arcadia and the City of Angels isn’t so welcoming. She is, after all, Lucifer’s Angel of Death and she has only one mission. Open the portal between Arcadia and the Nether World allowing Lucifer’s army to penetrate the gilded walls of Heaven. Too bad Arcadia has other plans. Before she has the chance to set Lucifer’s plot in motion, they send her and Devon hurtling back to Earth. Now, stripped of their powers, the two must put aside their differences and race against time to save Christa’s soul and the shattered remains of Mankind. If they fail, darkness will rule their two worlds and obliterate what is left of Earth. If they succeed, Ava could still lose everything.

Including herself.

Available on Amazon July 30th!

About the Author:

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Bonnie Rae spent her early childhood in the sunny state of California. At the time, she was an only child with a very large imagination. Thanks to her Grandmother, the love of reading books started at a very young age. Every walk to the grocery store meant an ice cream cone and a new Little Golden Book. Through books, Bonnie learned you could be transported into other worlds. The addiction was instant.

At age eleven, her grandparents gave her E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web for her birthday. Even though she was completely grossed out when it came to spiders (and still is), Charlotte’s Web fascinated her. A spider that was able to weave words and befriend a pig? Bonnie then realized not only could books provide imaginary worlds, they confirmed anything was possible. She might have only been eleven, but she knew writing was what she wanted to do.

She started her first set of novels at the age of sixteen and has been writing ever since.

Bonnie currently lives in California with her wonderful husband and two very spoiled cats.


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Nether Soul Release, Blog Tour & #Giveaway

Posted October 30, 2012 By LadyJai

Today, Bonnie Rae releases her second book in the Nether Trilogy, Nether Soul.

Nether SoulNether World was the last place Ava Walker pictured spending the rest of her life, but after her mother’s murder, she had no choice. In order to save her little sister, Ava made a deal with the Devil, an unbreakable vow to live amongst the darkness and demons in a city of steel and fire. She’s lost everything. Her mother is gone, her sister and best friend are on the run, and Kaine, the fallen angel who stole her heart, was incinerated right before her eyes.

Life couldn’t get any worse. 

But she underestimates Lucifer. He goes back on his word and asks Ava to do the unthinkable: commit herself to his service and be reborn as one of the very creatures she was destined to fight. If she refuses, those dearest to her heart will be sealed with a deadly fate. If she accepts, mankind doesn’t stand a chance. 

War is coming, and Ava must make a choice: die or become Death

I was privileged to read and review her first book, Nether Bound.  And was very excited when she asked me to beta read her latest book.

You can buy her first book, Nether Bound, on Amazon. You can read my review as well.

You can also purchase her latest book, Nether Soul, on Amazon as well.

I’m honored to be involved in a blog tour and asked her a few questions. I love learning about the process, how everyone gets their ideas, and how things evolve. This is my first author interview, but I had so much fun asking, and getting these answers.

Oh, and there’s a giveaway at the end!

So, without further ado, I give you Bonnie Rae.

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First, thanks for hosting this post today on your blog! Blog tours are honestly my favorite part of a book release. I get to work with so many wonderful bloggers and fellow writers. You guys are so awesome and the online writing community support is wonderful. Plus, you all come up with some totally neat questions that are always a blast to answer! =)

1)      When did you first realize you wanted to write? Did anyone encourage you along the way?

My grandmother introduced me to books at a very young age, but at age eleven her and my grandfather gave me a copy of Charlotte’s Web by E.B White for my birthday. After reading the book I knew that was what I wanted to do. I wanted to transport people away from their real lives and into the land of make believe. I would write little short stories and draw horrible pictures to go with them (I can’t draw at all) on construction paper and bind the pages together with string. As I got older I graduated to notebook paper and I penned my first novel at age sixteen.

2)      What prompted the story for Nether Bound? Did you imagine the whole book at once, or did a particular scene, character, or image grab you and you just needed to get it out?

With Nether Bound I envisioned a scene randomly while attending a writing conference. I was listening to this awesome agent in her workshop when out of nowhere these two characters sitting in a eerie park in the wee hours of the morning crashed into my thoughts. I feverishly started penning out the scene and completely missed the rest of the workshop and all the great advice. But it was worth it. A few months later Nether Bound was a full novel.

3)      How did you know it was going to be a series? Did it start off that way? Or did something click mid-way through the book, or even after the first book?

No, I knew right away it would be a three part series. I knew I had this story to tell and that it would need to be told over multiple books because I didn’t want to cram too much into just one. 

4)      Are any of your characters like you? Or is there a culmination of your traits throughout all your characters? Or do you write what you want to be like?

Ava is very much me when I was her age. A lot of who she is and how she reacts to things in book one are related to things I had to deal with while being a teenager. She’s strong, had to grow up way to fast, and has a fierce love and protection for her family. She is also a little reserved when it comes to love and doesn’t always make the right choices with relationships.

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Now for the giveaway!

All you have to do in order to win a FREE Kindle version of Bonnie’s latest book, Nether Soul, is leave a comment. That’s it. But if you want to earn more entries, you can go ahead and Tweet about the giveaway, follow both of us on Twitter, and LIKE both of our Author pages. Those will give you extra entries.

So, what are you waiting for?

Hop to it!

Deadline for entries will be November 6th.

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The First Confessor (The Legend of Magda Searus, #1)The First Confessor by Terry Goodkind

Synopsis: In the time before the Confessors, when the world is a dark and dangerous place, where treason and treachery are the rule of the day, comes one heroic woman, Magda Searus, who has just lost her husband and her way in life.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ZOMBIES!

What can I say, I’m a sucker for Zombies! While Goodkind doesn’t blatantly come right out and say the word, or even give them a prominent role in the book (I’m sure they will have one in the later books), they are there. And this rendition is fresh, at least for me. I like that he’s mixed the magical element into it. I love the concept he’s instilled in their use.

And, come on, who doesn’t love zombies?

But aside from that, I know that Goodkind has gotten back into his groove. This book cements my theory that he did not write The Omen Machine. Goodkind has gotten back into his groove. The characters, though borrowing mannerisms from previous characters, have the love/hate qualities you come to expect from Goodkind’s world. This is a story, expounded upon from the tales weaved through The Temple of the Winds of Baraccus and Lothain. And I’m sure some of the Magda and Merritt details had been splattered throughout the other 12 books as he gives up pieces to the histories of the Confessors. I’ve fallen hard for the relationship that Magda and Merritt are building together and their cause.

And, even though the stories of the Great War fought by wizards from both the Old and New Worlds have been weaved throughout The Sword of Truth series, there is a hint that what we’ve already learned, the facts about that history written in books for future generations, may not be the truth.

Goodkind has redeemed himself with this book, in my eyes. His journey and determination into self-publishing is amazing. I commend him for his reasons, and am glad to have supported him in this endeavor. Although I do enjoy the tactile feel and smell of printed books, the eBook is so much easier, less space, and it “should” be less money than the printed piece.

Can’t wait for the next installment of Magda and Merritt.

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Book Review: The Crucible of Gold by Naomi Novik

Posted August 10, 2012 By LadyJai

Crucible of Gold (Temeraire, #7)Crucible of Gold by Naomi Novik

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Overall the book was spot on. Good progression in the series, and good story.

There are a few issues I’ve been having lately with her books, though, and that’s her long drawn out main plot. The earlier books have a lot of action and a lot more story. The characters are complex and fun and you can connect with each of them. But with each progressing book, we lose the subplots, the action, and the connection to any of Novik’s characters. I was not devastated or surprised where I should have been. I was emotionless. I was utterly sad with her lack of focusing on the characters, especially the interaction between the dragons and the humans. Yes, she’s already established their personalities, but there was nothing to make them grow, or keep them intriguing like they used to be. Now, they are flat, uninteresting. I was definitely disappointed.

She also seems to drag on with connecting the dots for the overall arc of the series, rather than focusing a sub-plot for each book and touching on the overall arc. It’s more like I am reading one large book, with a very long pause in between sections. I will continue reading the series, though, just to find out what’s going to happen next. You know, kind of like a season finale on your favorite TV show…this just just like that. Unless, unless she cannot pull through for the series finale.

Another problem I found irritating in this book in particular, is her use of the colon. It is almost as if she uses it as a period rather than its proper use. Or maybe the editor mistook the period for the colon? I don’t know.

“A colon informs readers that something more is coming along. The words after a colon define or clarify what came before the colon.” (http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/…)

But here’s an example:

“They dragged themselves slowly through the jungle, until Laurence dreamed one night of gulls crying, and work to hear their voices: when Temeraire went aloft there was a cloud of them wheeling and circling in the distance over the great mouth of the river where it met the open endless ocean blue: they had come to the shore of the Atlantic.”

Yes, that’s two colons in one sentence. I’ve never seen that before. Maybe it’s just me. But I’ve always been told the colon is used for lists, or joining a dependent clause with a dependent clause without the dash drama (you know, the long dramatic pause and then the reader expects some fantastical revelation. The colon omits the drama.) But, I don’t quite understand the usage throughout the whole book. Each use of the colon, I found, was a separate sentence in and of itself.

Not sure if anyone else would be bothered by this, but I sure was. It distracted me from my reading and my overall enjoyment of the book (along with the issues I mentioned before).

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This week is Merry Farmer‘s Birth-week. And in celebration, she is offering her first Historical Romance in the Loyal Series up for free. You can read my review below. And since this is one of my first encounters with a WELL WRITTEN self-published book, I wanted to promote it for her.

You can get her book here:

The Loyal Heart (The Noble Hearts, #1)

The Loyal Heart by Merry Farmer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Overall story: This is definitely not your average Robin Hood tale. Although it has similar characters and circumstances: a bandit stealing money from a noble on the road in the middle of the woods, Prince John, the sheriff, I think that’s the extent of similarities.

The story revolves around loyalty, while the title is only scratching the surface. It has several layers intricately woven throughout the whole book. Loyalty to the crown, loyalty to the master, loyalty to the family, loyalty to the childhood sweetheart, and loyalty to your true heart. It will keep you guessing, plotting, and wanting.

I love a deep, psychological, in your head type of book. Books that make you think. Go deeper than the surface. The story and characters all have many layers and Merry Farmer gives it a good show.

Grammar/Editing: I would have LOVED to have been able to do a line-by-line critique/edit of this while it was still in beta. I truly enjoy helping writers become better writers, while they do the same for me. There are a few grammatical errors and POV confusions throughout the book. (“Glancing” is definitely an overused word that left me groaning by the end.) While tripping me up every now and again, they are still easy to overlook because of the story as a whole.

When you are the author and so close to the story, it’s easy to miss errors. Even having a single copy-editor, I could understand some slip through. Heck, even traditional published books still have their own grammatical/spelling errors. But if the author has a couple of really good people, betas, critique partners, that are willing to go over it line-by-line, fewer errors will ever get through. The more eyes the better, right?

Characters: Merry Farmer makes me become, fall in love, despise, loathe, cringe, want, and fall in love all over again. Her characters are not just three-dimensional, they are real–each having a distinct personality all their own. Whether you want to love them, hate them, or both, you will find that you will question, you will want to reach through and strangle them, slap them, or shake them until they wake up. No person is perfect, and nor are her characters. Some even have redeeming qualities, while others are pure evil.

  • Lady Aubrey: Very strong and independent. A main character you can really get into the head of, feel what she feels, and plot, hope and love right along with her. She’s calculating. She’s head-strong. She’s smart. All of which, make her clash with any and all men she meets. And in this era, a woman like that should be put in her place. She will have none of it, from anyone. Well, maybe just one…
  • Sir Ethan: A very noble man. Fights for what he believes in. Defender of the crown and country. Fights for his country, his land, his right, and his love. At every turn, Aubrey clashes with his wishes, his plans, his attempts to get back what is rightfully his. But he always puts his priorities in the wrong basket, which ends up getting him into a lot of trouble.
  • Sir Crispin: You are supposed to despise him. He is the epitome of authority. Secrets. Lies. And a “love” for Aubrey that looks to be a strategic move, only superficial. She refused him once before. She refuses to be controlled, told what to do. Infuriating Ethan. But through her decisions, her actions, she begins to see the truth, and so does the reader.
  • Lord Buxton: I loathe this man! Not just hate him. I LOATHE him. He’s disgusting. He’s brutal. He wants what he wants and doesn’t care who he hurts in the process to get it. As long as he gets it and it makes him look good doing it! I wanted to see him dead. Well, if not dead, then stripped of everything and made to beg on the streets—a fate worse than hell for him. People like him do not deserve greatness. But it’s people like him that always seem to get wealth and power, even today.
  • Jack: I adore this character, even though he says “Oy!” way too much. 😉 His basic, rough, very matter-of-fact character is someone you just can’t help but love. He is true to himself, and everyone around him. There is no hiding who he is. He is definitely not blinded by power, nor loyalty to anyone but himself and his heart. He makes his own way in life, does what he feels is right, regardless who does or doesn’t follow. He is a very strong supporting character who’s loyalty changes when he sees the truth with his own eyes.
  • Geoffrey/Toby/Tom/other minor characters: I’m not sure that we need to have a point of view for any of the minor characters. There aren’t too many to distract the reader, but I don’t feel the need to get into their head at any given time. We could easily see their POV through their actions and through the eyes of the others, I think.

I am not a very fast reader due to my real life situation. I read when I can. I also write when I can. So when the voices in my head tell me to write, I write. When I’m stuck, I read. This book was really engaging, riveting at points. I didn’t want to put it down, even when life made me. I am pleasantly surprised that I found a self-published book, worthy to stand the ground against a traditional published one.

I still fear, though, the self-published world is inundated with bad books. Since everyone can publish, everyone thinks they can write. I hope to find more quality, self-published books out there, like Merry Farmer. This is the first self-published book I actually enjoyed and while I don’t normally read romance, I’d still recommend this book. If you like historical romance, a strong female main character, a bit of sword play, chess, settings in the medieval era, Robin Hood, and lord/peasant society, secrets, spies and plots, you will enjoy this book. However, be warned, there are a couple of very detailed, intimate scenes that are rather necessary for plot progression. This is not something you want your teenager reading.

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Nether Bound, Bonnie RaeOne of our very own #WriteMotivation peeps is giving her first book in the Nether Trilogy away today. Free! Yes! You heard me, free. You can pick it up on Amazon for free, but only today, 7/3/2012.

I’m a really picky reader. I tend to give honest reviews, and hopefully tactful-in such a way I can help the author. [Check out my reviews page if you want to see what I am talking about. 🙂 ] I’ve read a few self-pubbed/indie authors before. Some I couldn’t get through, some I had to force myself. Most all have been horrendous. This was not one of them.

If you haven’t heard about it, or read it, you may want to check it out now.

Here’s the synopsis:
Seventeen year old Ava Walker has everything a girl could ask for. She’s captain of the cheer squad, has tons of friends, and could easily have any guy she wants. Being popular is easy.

Lying about her entire life, on the other hand, isn’t.
Since she was little, Ava has had a connection with the dearly departed. She knows seeing dead people is abnormal, but they never try to communicate, so she does her best to turn a blind eye. The older she gets, the worse her visions become. With more and more ghosts showing up, her secret is on the verge of driving her mad.

The only person Ava ever trusted is her best friend, Devon. Only, she hasn’t really talked to him in years and lately he hasn’t been acting like himself.

To make things worse, her evil stepfather, Mark, is hitting the bottle harder and harder. Ava hates the alcoholic psycho her mother married a few years ago. To him, beating women is a sport. Lately, the beatings are getting worse. Ava fears it won’t be long before her mother is among the ghosts invading her life.

She wishes Mark would just die. When he suddenly does, her life changes forever.

Just when she thinks her family is safe, Mark shows back up.

Not all ghosts are silent, and dear old Daddy wants some serious revenge.

Be careful what you wish for …

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Hope you enjoy it.

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#BookReview: The Omen Machine by Terry Goodkind

Posted June 19, 2012 By LadyJai

The Omen MachineThe Omen Machine by Terry Goodkind

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Because I loved The Sword of Truth Series, the characters, and the world, I wanted to see how Terry Goodkind handled the world AFTER the death of tyranny. I was sorely disappointed.

While I could understand the possibility that someone new, who never read the previous 11 books, would pick this book up and read it with fresh eyes, I cannot understand the continued repetitiveness of describing who these characters are/were throughout the entire length of the book.

Goodkind’s repetitive nature doesn’t stop with just telling the reader who the characters are. He has a nasty habit of repeating a lot of the information in the story, sometimes paragraph after paragraph, sometimes weaving it in throughout the chapter, or chapters. After a few times the reader starts scratching their head and wondering if the author thinks the reader is dumb or forgets easily. The 525 page book could easily have been edited down to 300 pages just by removing the repeat offenders. Or, edited down to 300, then brought back up to 525 pages by finishing the story! (but I will go into that in a moment)

The feel of the writing was definitely not Goodkind feel. In my eyes and heart, I believe that either Goodkind forced this book to appease his fans, or he had a ghost writer. The characters I came to love were flat, nothing more than a sounding board. There was no growth. The characters had already fulfilled their growth in The Sword of Truth series. It ended. That should have been the last we heard of everyone. But for some reason, everyone wanted another Richard and Kahlan story. I certainly did not need this. Kahlan lacked her usual strong feminine appeal. Just because she was sick she didn’t need to be so clingy. She never was in the previous books. Now that Jangang is gone, what? she suddenly turns all princess-y and becomes insecure and needy? I was not happy with her, or any of the other major minor characters that were so well-loved. In this book, they only provided a means for Richard to figure the puzzle out. They asked childish questions, obvious questions. Basically, it was like Richard was talking inside his head, but Goodkind slapped a face/name to the one asking the questions. They really weren’t needed. Very disappointing.

The reader is left wondering who really is the antagonist in this book. Based on the synopsis, we would assume Hannis Arc is. But after reading it in total, we are left wondering. Really, is it the machine? Is it the Hedge Maid? Bishop Arc? Abbot Ludwig? Come on, make up our minds already! It took 500 pages to build up to the climax of the story. Richard talking to the machine. Prophecy running rampant throughout the lands. The discovery of a mysterious prophecy machine. The treason going on in the palace instigated by Abbot Ludwig for the sake of Bishop Arc. But really, Ludwig wants all the power. A slight detour showing us that Bishop Arc is guiding the Hedge Maid.

At 500 pages we are lead to believe that Bishop Arc is the true antagonist. We “guess” that he’s controlling the Hedge Maid and The Omen Machine. He is controlling “prophecy” and that Richard will have to fight him in the end to stop all the nonsense. Yet, we are left with the “knight in shining armor come to save the beautiful princess from the horrible Hedge Maid”, but the REAL evil is never addressed at the end. All the questions that surround the omen machine, Bishop Arc, and Abbot Ludwig are left unanswered. It was a poorly executed ending. More like, “OMG there’s so much more story, but I have to hurry up and finish because I’m at 500 pages, and really it’s only about Richard and Kahlan so I can end it there, right?!”

No, I’m sorry, I did not like this book. It was not in the nature of Goodkind. I feel cheated. I don’t think this book is worthy of the rest of his books. The story is good, whenever/if ever he finishes it. But to leave it as is…I will not be recommending this to anyone. Richard and Kahlan, and all the rest of the characters from the Sword Of Truth world, should have ended with the final book in the series, Confessor.

I do hope his next book THE FIRST CONFESSOR will be much better. At least that will have new characters and a new plot to follow, grow, and hopefully fall in love with.

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Summary:
Seventeen year old Ava Walker has everything a girl could ask for. She’s captain of the cheer squad, has tons of friends, and could easily have any guy she wants. Being popular is easy.
Lying about her entire life, on the other hand, isn’t.
Since she was little, Ava has had a connection with the dearly departed. She knows seeing dead people is abnormal, but they never try to communicate, so she does her best to turn a blind eye. The older she gets, the worse her visions become. With more and more ghosts showing up, her secret is on the verge of driving her mad.

The only person Ava ever trusted is her best friend, Devon. Only, she hasn’t really talked to him in years and lately he hasn’t been acting like himself.

To make things worse, her evil stepfather, Mark, is hitting the bottle harder and harder. Ava hates the alcoholic psycho her mother married a few years ago. To him, beating women is a sport. Lately, the beatings are getting worse. Ava fears it won’t be long before her mother is among the ghosts invading her life.

She wishes Mark would just die. When he suddenly does, her life changes forever.

Just when she thinks her family is safe, Mark shows back up.

Not all ghosts are silent, and dear old Daddy wants some serious revenge.

Be careful what you wish for …

My Review:
This is the second self-published/indie book I’ve read that I actually really enjoyed. In a row, no less. Maybe I am getting better at picking the good ones out of the haystack.

There were some definite flaws with editing on occasion. Not too many, but when they showed, they always seem to jump out of the page at me. Maybe because it is the fact that I am a writer too. I don’t know. But editing mistakes (i.e. spelling, punctuation, and wrong words used) really make me stumble when I read. There weren’t as many in Ms. Rae’s book as I have encountered in many other self-pubbed/indie books. So, I’m keeping this at a minimum. (I would have loved to have done a line-by-line critique/edit for her on this. Not everyone can see every error. Even the big 6. And I believe that having at least one or two betas/critiques that are good with copy editing, as well as a professional copy editor, are essential.)

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. It was a fast-paced, easy to read story with engaging scenes. With Ms. Rae’s choice of 1st person of the two main characters, I struggled at first, but it allowed the reader to get into the head of both Ava and Devon. The book was definitely filled with strong emotions. As a reader, though, I felt more connected with Ava. Because this is the first in a series, I was left wondering what happens next and can’t wait to read the next installment.

ASIDE: I’ve been contacted by the author. She informs me that there is a new version available and hopefully all the editing mistakes have been caught and fixed.

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