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Book Review: Secrets of Blood by Jennifer Arntson

8 Mar

Anna, a Scavenger Girl auctioned to the highest bidder at the Seller’s Stage as a surrogate, is purchased by one of the most influential families in Ashlund. Despite her efforts to appease them, tension grows when she cannot give them what they want most. As a slave whose life is in the hands of those with status, an arrangement is made – an
agreement so unspeakable the consequence of discovery is worse than death for everyone involved, but it just might work.
 
Freedom is found through servitude in a place girls like her rarely found: the arms of a loving man. But when betrayal and suspicion overshadow hope and desire, secrets kept too long take a murderous turn to protect them. One night of desperation and tragedy seals their fate, forcing confessions to save the most innocent among them.

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My Review

I chose to read this e-book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

The Scavenger Girl series is one of my favorites. I was thrilled to find out that the author is writing stand-alone novels that complement the series. 

This novel takes place before The Scavenger Girl series and many of the characters are the same. When Von and Dala, Pantis’s son and daughter-in-law, are unable to conceive a child even with a surrogate named Anna, Von secretly begs his father to lie with Anna. Pantis’s decision to help his son results in an unspeakable tragedy.

Von had originally planned to marry Regena until she left him to marry Tawl. Redena and Tawl have a calling to help Scavengers as much as they can even though it is against the law. If they are caught, they could lose their status or even their lives but that doesn’t stop them.

It amazes me how all of the characters are tied together. It’s also interesting that those with the least as far as possessions are the ones who are the happiest. I’m looking forward to reading more of these books. I can’t get enough!

 

 

About the Author

Jennifer Arntson has a long history of crafting tales that people find unbelievable, but often true. As an observer of human and social development through the ages, a curiosity of faith, and dedication to the underprivileged of the developing world, Jennifer finds her creative outlet in stories and fables. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two children, and a mini-farm of otherwise useless animals where the family eagerly caters to their every need.

 

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Book Review: Scavenger Girl: Season of Toridia by Jennifer Arntson

3 Feb

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Holding strong to her principles, Una refuses to idly stand by as countless suffer in Ashlund. When forced to witness the death of someone close to her, the true nature of one of the most powerful men in the land is revealed. Her only hope of escaping with her secrets is to flee from the Authority’s neighborhood through the unruly woods at its border. There, she comes face to face with the ruthless band of criminals who rule the coveted shade. After disrespecting his display of power, Kash, the leader of the Woodsmen, grants her a painful exchange binding her forever to her choices. Before she is released, he pays an unsettled debt to Una; a favor so petrifying, it is considered a curse by any other standard.

With everything stacking up against her in a land that is falling apart, can she be the woman everyone needs her to be, or is it simply too late? 

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My Review

I chose to read this e-book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

The Scavenger Girl series is one of my favorites. I can’t get enough of it. Although these books are difficult to put down, I actually had to put this one down a couple times because I was overwhelmed with emotion and had to give myself time to think about all I’d just read.

This is the Season of Toridia which is known for its heat. Una is living in a neighborhood with other members of the Authority and it’s eventually obvious that the family needs to relocate, so they move to the land that is owned by her family. They do their best to help the Citizens who have lost their homes and are starving. Eventually, it’s even too dangerous for them to stay there and they must move on again.

There are three factions vying for power: the Authority, the Woodsmen, and the Resistance. Will Una and her growing family be able to survive the war that is obviously on the horizon? I can’t wait to find out in the next book.

I didn’t think Jennifer Arntson could outdo herself after reading the last book, but I was wrong. What a fantastic read! This is a series I’m going to have to read again once the final book is out, although I truly don’t want the series to end.

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About the Author

Author, dreamer, and sworn enemy of Caillou

Jennifer Arntson has a long history of crafting tales that people find unbelievable, but often true. As an observer of human and social development through the ages, a curiosity of faith, and dedication to the underprivileged of the developing world, Jennifer finds her creative outlet in stories and fables. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two children, and a mini-farm of otherwise useless animals where the family eagerly caters to their every need.

 

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Audiobook Review: Frozen by Christine Amsden

30 Jan

 

Apparently, life doesn’t end when you get married.

When a couple freezes to death on a fifty-degree day, Cassie is called in to investigate. The couple ran a daycare out of their home, making preschoolers the key witnesses and even the prime suspects.

Two of those preschoolers are Cassie’s youngest siblings, suggesting conditions at home are worse than she feared. As Cassie struggles to care for her family, she must face the truth about her mother’s slide into depression, which seems to be taking the entire town with it.

Then Cassie, too, is attacked by the supernatural cold. She has to think fast to survive, and her actions cause a rift between her and her husband.

No, life doesn’t end after marriage. All hell can break loose at any time. 

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My Review

I chose to listen to this audiobook after receiving a free copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I have read the complete Cassie Scot series by Christine Amsden including Frozen, but it is a series that I’d read again when and if I had time, so I jumped at the chance to listen to Frozen.

Christine Amsden’s writing style flows well and is easy to read as well as listen to. The narrator did a great job but it took me a little while to get accustomed to her voice because it wasn’t anything like the voice I had for Cassie in my head. I know that sounds silly, and it’s no one’s fault, it’s just something I found interesting.

There are a lot of characters in Frozen but they’re easy to keep track of since I feel like I know them and also because they’re each unique. 

Cassie is married to Evan and they have a one-year-old who is already powerful. They’re very much in love but they have a lot on their plates. People are dying by being frozen to death, Cassie’s siblings are in trouble, there are hell hound sightings for the first time in 500 years, and Cassie is having weird dreams. There’s a lot going on in Eagle Rock.

Cassie and Evan are both stubborn and there were times I wished I could tell them both, especially Cassie, to grow up! Her pride gets in her way sometimes.

I have grown fond of the characters and the town of Eagle Rock and I’m looking forward to reading the next Cassie Scot book. I definitely recommend Frozen but I suggest reading the books in order to get the most out of them.

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About the Author

Christine Amsden has been writing fantasy and science fiction for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and relationships, and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.

At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, which scars the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams.

Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. In addition to being a writer, she’s a mom and freelance editor.

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Short Story Review: The Forest Painter by Diane Mae Robinson

1 Dec

A magical fantasy short story by the author of the multi-award-winning The Pen Pieyu Adventures series.

The changing of the seasons has arrived when a young fairy is unwillingly thrown into the role of The Forest Painter. Aura never learned the art of forest painting. Now, she must paint the forest with autumn colors before the frost queen’s arrival or Majestic Forest will be lost forever to the frost queen’s icy touch.

Join Aura in this fantasy tale as she tries to save the autumn.

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My Review

I chose to read this short story after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I have read several books by Diane Mae Robinson and enjoy her writing so when this short story was available for free a while back, I downloaded it and then kind of forgot about it. I found it again today and read it in just a few minutes since it’s only 12 pages long, but it was a few minutes well spent.

Aura is the new Forest Painter but she thought she had all the time in the world to learn her craft so now she’s in a frenzy trying to get the forest painted for autumn before the frost queen shows up. When Aura realizes she’s out of time, she asks for Boreal’s help just in time.

The Forest Painter is beautifully written and it’s easy to imagine the Magic Forest and Aura and Boreal’s forest painting. It also teaches about a couple of the seasons, procrastination, and asking for help when needed. It’s definitely a great story for children and adults who like fantasy to read when they have a few minutes.

 

 

About the Author

Diane Mae Robinson is a multi-award winning children’s fantasy author and non-fiction author with fourteen international book awards and one provincial award for The Pen Pieyu Adventures series and, her latest release, The Dragon Grammar Book. 

The author lives in central Alberta, Canada. She enjoys riding her horses, playing with her dogs, visual arts, visiting Maui often and, of course, writing. Diane is also an artist, art teacher, writing instructor, children’s book editor, and an international short story competition judge.

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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: The King’s Envoy by Cas Peace

6 Nov

 

 

 

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Cas lives in the lovely county of Hampshire, southern UK, where she was born. On leaving school she trained for two years before qualifying as horse-riding instructor. During this time she also learned to carriage-drive. She spent thirteen years in the British Civil Service before moving to Rome, Italy, where she and her husband, Dave, lived for three years. They enjoy returning whenever they can. Cas supports many animal charities and owns two rescue dogs. She has a large collection of cacti and loves gardening. She is also a folk singer/songwriter and is currently writing and recording nine folk-style songs to accompany each of her fantasy books. You can listen to and download all the songs from her website: www.caspeace.com 
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Born in the eighties, her formative years in the nineties, Rebecca’s taste in music and fashion never really had a chance. Fortunately, you can’t tell these things from her writing or voice over work. Her first novel, Trespasser, is as dark as her neon is bright, and you’d never guess from hearing her that she’s narrating science fiction in nothing but unicorn pants.
 
Currently residing in London, Rebecca is passionate about travel, and has a good- albeit sometimes dubious- ear for accents. She graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama with a degree in something or other, has a background in musical theatre, a past career in burlesque, and is a classically trained opera singer. Oh, and she likes greyhounds. And wine.

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Taran Elijah’s quest for knowledge uncovers a plot that threatens the world…
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In Albia, the fourth realm, the precious Artesan gift is dying. Although born to the craft, Taran is struggling to achieve his potential. Against his friends’ advice, he embarks on a foolhardy plan to acquire the teaching he craves. Alone, he crosses into Andaryon, the fifth realm, but instead of finding a mentor, he stumbles upon a treacherous plot. 
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In the wake of Taran’s actions, Albia suffers a series of vicious raids, and Major Sullyan of the High King’s forces is sent to oppose them. But a dark and treacherous force is moving through the realms, and both Taran and Sullyan will feel its power. Their craft, the lives of their friends, the very existence of their realm are under threat unless they expose and oppose the evil.

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“Cas Peace’s Artesans of Albia trilogy immediately sweeps you away:  the drama starts with King’s Envoy, continues unabated in King’s Champion, and climaxes in King’s Artesan, yet each volume is complete, satisfying.  The Artesan series  propels you into a world so deftly written that you see, feel, touch, and even smell each twist and turn. These nesting novels are evocative, hauntingly real. Smart. Powerful. Compelling. The trilogy teems with finely drawn characters, heroes and villains and societies worth knowing; with stories so organic and yet iconic you know you’ve found another home—in Albia. So start reading now. I, for one, can’t wait to find out what will happen next.x
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I chose to listen to this audiobook after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

King’s Envoy draws you in from the first page with Taran, an Albian artesan, who believes that there is no one on Albia who can mentor him. He crosses into Andaryon in another realm seeking to find knowledge. Taran fails to accomplish his quest but he believes that he has caused raids on Albia from Andaryon. Taran, along with his friends Cal and Rienne, embark on a journey to try to find a way to help in any way they can. 

They go to the Manor where the army is based and meet Major Sullyan, Bulldog, and Robin, and Taran learns that they are all artesans and are willing to teach him! But he must learn quickly because they are all in danger.

Cas Peace has created a whole new universe of her own and has done a fine job of making it easy for readers to join Taran in his journey. The descriptions are excellent and the characters in King’s Envoy are well developed and interesting. The narrator did a great job with enunciation and timing. 

King’s Envoy is the first in a series and will make you want to read the next book immediately!

 

 

 

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Spotlight & Giveaway: Rebirth by R.J. Amezcua

29 Oct

Book Title: Mantis Force: Rebirth (Marium Kahnet Book 3) by R.J. Amezcua
Category: Adult Fiction, 260 pages
Genre: Sci-Fi, with elements of fantasy
Publisher: Quentorex Studios
Release date: May 31, 2018
Tour dates: Oct 1 to 31, 2018
Content Rating: PG + M (No explicit sex scenes or bad language)

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It is a day of prophecy and celebration when Jazrene Vallo accomplishes her ordained task to refashion the Marium Kahnet, and witnesses them finally becoming representatives in the Grand Assembly of the Mantis Alliance. But the victory is soiled by reports of a faction of wayward sisters joining a necromancer Order, the Saurcine.

The rebels plan to bring forth the Krevomax, the seed of the Tisrad Dragon, to defeat the Mantis Alliance. To combat this new evil threat, in Jazrene Vallo’s last act as supreme leader, she activates the sisterhood’s elite warriors, the Criss Lumbra. Their mission: destroy the spawn of the Tisrad Dragon. Should they fail, it will mean the end of the sisterhood and all peace in the universe.

 

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R. J. Amezcua was born and raised in Silicon Valley, and is happily married to Sheryl. As a young boy, one of his favorite TV shows was Lost in Space. Being an entrepreneur and visionary by nature, he has begun his journey as an author and writer. Using his love for science fiction, he created the epic saga “Mantis Force,” which encompasses a vast universe.

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Book Review: Scavenger Girl: Season of Hytalia by Jennifer Arntson

20 Oct

 

 


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Una feels herself changing and for good reason. With new blood and new life comes new responsibility. Against Una’s warnings, Calish takes matters into his own hands. In a desperate act to protect the woman he loves, he makes an irrevocable agreement with the one person in Ashlund he should avoid. But when the promises given to Calish seem to turn against him, Una finds refuge in an unlikely place. All traditions and social status are turned upside down in the blink of an eye and suddenly birthright doesn’t matter so much. There is a secret hidden in the hills, and the rains of Hytalia are not the only storms that Una will be forced to face.

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My Review

I chose to read this e-book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

The Scavenger Girl series is one of my favorites. Jennifer Arntson pulled me into this world she created and I can’t get enough of it. I fell in love with the first book and I don’t know how she does it, but each book gets better.

Una is the main character and is a scavenger girl which means that she has no birthright. She has been purchased by a man named Blue but she doesn’t plan on going to him. He has betrayed her in more ways than one, including having her put in prison for 30 days to prove that she is not yet a woman. Una lives with her parents and two brothers, except she recently found out that they aren’t her biological brothers. That’s a good thing since she’s in love with Calish and is pregnant with his child. Calish would do anything to protect Una and their unborn child. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what he does and it’s not a good decision.

Una ends up in the Resistance camp and it takes time for her to accept that she is considered an equal there. She’s never been treated as a peer so it’s a big adjustment. She makes several friends, the most important being Nik who started the camp and is a seer like Una. 

Scavenger Girl: Season of Hytalia is full of loyalty, betrayal, lies, true love, adventure and more. I laughed, I smiled, I wept, and I wept some more. This book is intense and I couldn’t put it down. If you like dystopian novels, especially ones that are a little different, you can’t go wrong with this series. I’m looking forward to the next book. Actually, I can’t wait for the next book!

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About the Author

Author, dreamer, and sworn enemy of Caillou

Jennifer Arntson has a long history of crafting tales that people find unbelievable, but often true. As an observer of human and social development through the ages, a curiosity of faith, and dedication to the underprivileged of the developing world, Jennifer finds her creative outlet in stories and fables. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two children, and a mini-farm of otherwise useless animals where the family eagerly caters to their every need.

 

Website: www.ScavengerGirl.com

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Spotlight & Giveaway: Decimation by R.J. Amezcua

15 Oct

Book Title: Mantis Force: Decimation (Marium Kahnet Book 2) by R.J. Amezcua
Category: Adult Fiction, 200 pages
Genre: Sci-Fi, with elements of fantasy
Publisher: Quentorex Studios
Release date: October 18, 2017
Tour dates: Oct 1 to 31, 2018
Content Rating: PG + M (No explicit sex scenes or bad language)

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Led by Victoria and Balese, the rogue sisters of the Marium Kahnet have successfully completed their life-long quest for revenge against the sorcerer’s guild. Now a new mission has begun, one of survival, as their enemies seek their lives with a vengeance. As planned, the sisters who managed to survive the destruction of the testing facilities have joined their adopted family’s nefarious criminal organizations, plotting to escape with detailed plans of the Leviathan project to justify their actions to their home world of Ramah. But they are unaware they are being hunted by elite mercenaries hired by the sisterhood. 

 

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R. J. Amezcua was born and raised in Silicon Valley, and is happily married to Sheryl. As a young boy, one of his favorite TV shows was Lost in Space. Being an entrepreneur and visionary by nature, he has begun his journey as an author and writer. Using his love for science fiction, he created the epic saga “Mantis Force,” which encompasses a vast universe.

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Book Review: The Seer’s Fate by Christine Amsden

8 Oct

 

She can see the future, but she can’t escape it…

Danielle Hastings has lived countless possible futures, and getting involved with Adam Scot always ends in heartbreak. The gift of foresight has led her to one solid conclusion: avoid Adam at all costs. But when she sees a tornado tearing through downtown Eagle Rock – and Adam helping her save dozens of lives – she knows she has no choice.

Adam lives a charmed life; thanks to his powerful gift of charisma, everyone has a hard time saying no to him. Everyone, that is, except Danielle. Adam is determined to break through her shell…until he finds out the real reason she’s avoiding him. But by the time he realizes there’s no hope for a future for them, he’s in too deep to back out.

It seems there’s only one question the fates haven’t already answered: Will he break her heart, or will she break his?

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

One of my favorite series is the Cassie Scot series which takes place in Eagle Rock. Adam Scot is a little brother of Cassie’s and his gift is charisma. He always gets what he wants just by turning on the charm. Danielle Hastings is a seer and she knows that there is an attraction between her and Adam. She also knows that Adam will hurt her in the future. She has followed many different paths and every one has shown him hurting her. Because of that, she knows that she should stay away from him, but can she?

Danielle spends many hours looking into the future and sometimes she doesn’t know if some things are memories or things she’s seen in the future. Maybe she’s spending too much time in the future and not enough time living in the present. 

Even though this is a novella, Danielle’s character is well developed. I enjoyed reading The Seer’s Fate while I’m waiting for the next full length novel in the series.  

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About the Author

Christine Amsden has been writing fantasy and science fiction for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and relationships, and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.

At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, which scars the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams.

Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. In addition to being a writer, she’s a mom and freelance editor.

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