One boy, Dura. A magic sword, the Sword of Jhas. Can Dura save the primitive land of Jhas with a sword, fighting against repeating rifles, jets, and bombs? Or will he die trying?
Dura knows a sword can't defeat rifles, but he cares too much to give up. He can't stand to see his people get hurt. When a messenger calls, Dura flies to the rescue, alone, with only the sword.
He's stubborn enough to try to help. Will he die, or is there still magic in Jhas?
Action, adventure, airplanes, and fantastic characters fill this fast-paced, magical novel.
This was a fantastic , fast moving adventure which will delight all readers ages 13+!
This story is of a remote area of the world which abides most of the medieval traditions with a growing awareness of all the strange new wonders of defense tools in the world outside of Jhas. It is a combination of a world with varying stages of advancement at one period of time.
Prince Dura and his companions are adventurous and not beyond breaking rules for those adventures and in discovering new things.
Jhas is being threatened by other kingdoms with advanced, miraculous weapons. Prince Jhas was trained as the ancients in sword warfare and physical endurance. However, even among his best friends, there is a division.
Jhas is called to save villages in his kingdom under attack. He desires the Keeper's blessing but it is withheld from him. Dura went against protocol and used the air "beasts' to get to the villages in time to help.
This is an amazing story the reader will not be able to predict.
It is a story of loyalty, of forgiveness, humility and becoming united in special causes.
It portrays the importance of learning from one another and accepting change.
The characters are very realistic and some are endearing. The scenes are constantly changing, yet, easily visualized. The Cover is effective yet simple but could better attract the browser if thee were a few more images.
This never drags and is very captivating.
I offer a Five Stars rating for this totally clean", interesting book..
*This was gifted me with no expectations for a positive review. This is my honest review
Author, The Magic of Jhas. Find it on Amazon.com, a fantasy, action-adventure novel.
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Wicked Charm by Amber Hart
Publication Date: January 30, 2018 | Publisher: Entangled Teen
Nothing good comes from living in the Devil's swamp.
Willow Bell thinks moving to the Okefenokee area isn't half bad, but nothing prepares her for what awaits in the shadows of the bog.
Girls are showing up dead in the swamp. And she could be next.
Everyone warns Willow to stay away from Beau Cadwell—the bad boy at the top of their suspect list as the serial killer tormenting the small town.
But beneath his wicked, depthless eyes, there's something else that draws Willow to him.
When yet another girl he knew dies, though, Willow questions whether she can trust her instincts…or if they're leading to her own death.
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Amber Hart resides on the Florida coastline with family and a plethora of animals she affectionately refers to as her urban farm. When unable to find a book, she can be found writing, daydreaming, or with her toes in the sand. She's the author of several novels for teens and adults, including Wicked Charm, the Before & After series, and the Untamed series. Rep'd by Stacey Donaghy of Donaghy Literary Group.
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Fury Frayed (Of Fates and Furies, #1) by Melissa Haag
Publication date: January 23rd 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Synopsis:Megan’s temper lands her in Girderon Academy, an exclusive school founded in a town of misfit supernatural creatures. It’s the one place she should be able to fit in, but she can’t. Instead, she itches to punch the smug sheriff in his face, pull the hair from a pack of territorial blondes, and kiss the smile off the shy boy’s face. Unfortunately, she can’t do any of that, either, because humans are dying and all clues point to her.
With Megan’s temper flaring, time to find the real killer and clear her name is running out. As much as she wants to return to her own life, she needs to embrace who and what she is. It’s the only way to find and punish the creature responsible.
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I love writing paranormal and fantasy romance stories. After finishing up the Judgement of the Six series, I thought I was ready to trade in my broody shifter males for something bit more mythological. Wouldn’t you know it…a few shifters snuck in! But, I managed a healthy selection of other creatures that made this series truly unique for me.
Writing characters with realistic motivations in a fantasy world is always fun. Fury Frayed was no exception. I laughed so many times while writing the first draft and again during the editing process. I hope you enjoy reading it just as much as I enjoyed writing it!
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Daughter of the Goddess by Rita Webb
Publication date: November 20th 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Synopsis:The wind calls her to play. Will she listen?
I was a nameless child abandoned on the temple doorsteps.
Soul, the gods called me. So they named me Nephecia.
My plans don’t include marriage to some silly nobleman. When I come of age, I will take vows and devote my life to serving the goddess of Light. As a priestess, a daughter of the goddess, I’ll make the world a better place.
The summer before my eighteenth birthday, an oracle arrives with word from the gods: I must leave the only home, the only family, I’ve ever known, to marry a stranger in a foreign land.
There must be some mistake.
If I follow my own plans, I’ll disobey the very goddess I want to serve. But how can I trust the gods have my best interest at heart?
Daughter of the Goddess is a Young Adult Fairy Tale retelling of the Greek myth Eros and Psyche, set in a fantasy world.
If you enjoy sweet love stories and fairy tales, then you'll fall in love with Nephecia's story. Grab your copy today.
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Leaving the house to go to school, I had schoolbooks spilling out of one hand, the other holding my place in a Nancy Drew novel, and bunny slippers still on my feet. My mom was a wee bit upset.
I haven't changed much. Still always have a book (or two) in my hand or creating stories in my head, and although I don't have any bunny slippers, I love writing in my jammies and snuggly slipper socks.
With my husband TJ (my own cuddly werewolf), I home-school our three girls, who keep us busy with art, science projects, books to read, dance classes, and walks about the park.
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Right Kiss. Wrong Guy. (Offsides #2) by Natalie Decker
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: January 23rd 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Synopsis:You’d think a girl with the most romantic name in the world would have her pick of boyfriends.
But Valentine’s Day sucks when you’re single. Just ask Juliet Valentine, whose last name happens to also be the name of the most dreaded made-up holiday ever.
A romantic at heart, this year is especially hard on Juliet. Her sister, Layla, is in a new relationship, her mom’s match-making business is doing great, and her school’s new fundraiser is “Love-Grams.”
Juliet’s miserable, a little jealous, and lonely.
Quarterback Jared Black is the most popular guy in school. A star athlete, Jared tops the most-eligible bachelor list year after year. But to Juliet Valentine, he’s all but invisible. She isn’t impressed.
Jared’s never had to work hard to get the attention of a girl before. Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and he’s determined to ask Juliet out. After all, if Tyler can win over Layla, Jared ought to have a shot with Layla’s sister.
Unlike Tyler and Layla, charm, flattery and good looks won’t work on Juliet. So with the V-Day dance coming up, Jared uses the school’s Love-Grams to let Juliet know how he feels. Should be simple enough, right?
Wrong. Each attempt ends up either in the trash or thrown in someone’s face. Juliet won’t play his game.
Now, without a date to the dance Jared realizes it’s going to take a Hail Mary to win the girl of his dreams.
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Natalie Decker is the author of RIVAL LOVE series and the Scandalous Boys series. She loves oceans, sunsets, sand between her toes, and carefree days. Her imagination is always going, which some find odd. But she believes in seeing the world in a different light at all times. Her first passion for writing started at age twelve when she had to write a poem for English class. However, seventh grade wasn't her favorite time and books were her source of comfort. She took all college prep classes in High school, and attended the University of Akron. Although she studied Mathematics she never lost her passion for writing or her comfort in books. She's a mean cook in the kitchen, loves her family and friends and her awesome dog infinity times infinity. If she's not writing, reading, traveling, hanging out with her family and friends, then she's off having an adventure. Because Natalie believes in a saying: Your life is your own journey, so make it amazing!
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Starstruck by Sariah Wilson
“You’ve done better.”
With one uncharacteristically sassy tweet to her longtime celebrity crush, Zoe Miller’s life turns upside down. Ultrahot A-lister Chase Covington doesn’t just respond to Zoe’s tweet, he does the unthinkable: he messages Zoe directly. Now she must decide between walking away or meeting her crush in person.
Chase knows better than to trust anyone from the Internet, but Zoe’s saucy challenge has totally caught his interest—and her girl-next-door personality is keeping it. He’s been burned enough to know he needs to keep his heart close. But his feelings for Zoe might be a lot more than just an online flirtation. He just has to convince her…
When the press gets wind of Zoe and Chase’s secret relationship, their romance turns into tabloid headlines. Will they be able to hold on to their Hollywood love story?
“You must be Zoe Miller. I’m Chase. Covington.” He added on his last name like I wouldn’t know who he was. It was kind of endearing. I stared at his hand until the girl on my right nudged me and I gave him mine. A zap of raw electricity sparked at his touch, his hand warm and strong and big. It shot up my arm and spread all throughout my body making every part of me tingle. “Hi Chase Covington.” I don’t know how I was able to form words. Or how I hadn’t dissolved into an incoherent, blubbering pile of Zoe goo. “Hi Zoe Miller.” We were still shaking hands, which was basically holding hands at this point as it had gone on for so long. He was just grinning at me, like I was some long-lost friend he was excited to catch up with. I didn’t want to imagine what my slack-jawed, overwhelmed face looked like. He would probably think I was an idiot. A guy with dark brown hair and wearing a Bluetooth device in one ear came over. “Chase, Marty wants a word.” Chase finally let go of my hand. “Thanks, One-F. Stick around Zoe Miller. There’s more to say.” He walked backwards a few steps, like he didn’t want to stop looking at me. With a wink he finally turned and headed over to the director. Author Sariah Wilson
Author Sariah Wilson
Bestselling author Sariah Wilson has never jumped out of an airplane or climbed Mount Everest, and she is not a former CIA operative. She has, however, been madly, passionately in love with her soul mate and is a fervent believer in happily ever afters—which is why she writes romances like The Royals of Monterra series. After growing up in Southern California as the oldest of nine (yes, nine) children, she graduated from Brigham Young University with a semiuseless degree in history. She currently lives with the aforementioned soul mate and their four children in Utah, along with three tiger barb fish, a cat named Tiger, and a recently departed hamster who is buried in the backyard (and has nothing at all to do with tigers).
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Boneseeker by Brynn Chapman
Arabella Holmes dreamed of becoming a purveyor of abnormal science, a Boneseeker for the Mutter Museum. Henry Watson arrives at the Mutter with a double assignment: To become a finder of abnormal antiquities and to watch over Arabella. Together, they are assigned to a most secret exploration. The hand of a Nephilim has been unearthed in upstate New York. When the pair is taksed to find and recover the skeleton, they discover they are the second team to have been deployed and the first team is dead. If Henry can get Arabella to talk to him, he might just be able to keep his promise to protect her from whomever doesn't want them to uncover the truth.
She Blinded Me with Science
This is a hashtag I often use when discussing BONESEEKER. I am an ardent student of science.
I have dissected cadavers, dug through troughs of arms and legs at University, to ensure your specimen was not missing any muscles so as to miss them on the practical exam. I have witnessed a craniotomy (post mortem), plastic surgeries, among others.
I have toured asylums, and have an ongoing obsession with historical medicine, when did what occur, and how?
I have an anthropology minor—mostly in Papua New Guinea #veryuseful. Well, it wasn’t…till I started penning this series. It was then my own bone obsession took off.
I have a small library of forensic anthropology books…i.e. the science of talking bones. Who knew bones could communicate so very much after death. Well, they can.
I am a multi sensory writer—so here are some links to my Pinterest page for Boneseeker…and while you’re there, check out HERE WALK THE DEAD—book 2, which will be set in an asylum.
About the Author:
Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, Brynn Chapman is the daughter of two teachers. Her writing reflects her passions: science, history and love—not necessarily in that order. In real life, the geek gene runs strong in her family, as does the Asperger’s syndrome. Her writing reflects her experience as a pediatric therapist and her interactions with society’s downtrodden. In fiction, she’s a strong believer in underdogs and happily-ever-afters. If her ancestry tree is true, she is a descendent of the House of Stuart.
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Book Title: Cathadeus (Book One of the Walking Gates) Author: Jeff J. Peters
Category: YA Fiction, 344 pages | Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Release date: Dec 7, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 (fighting scenes)
It has been six hundred years since the Alchemists fused together men and beasts to form strong, mindless slaves. Now, their most vicious creations have attacked the mystical Walking Gates, slaughtering their Keepers and isolating their cities. Wounded in the brutal attack, Braxton Prinn’s mother is on the verge of death and he makes a desperate journey to find the reclusive elven master who can save her. But when he discovers an ancient magic, Brax is caught up in an even greater struggle and soon finds himself hunted for his power. Drawn into the chaos of an impending war and pursued by enemies on all sides, Brax must fight to save his mother and her race from slipping into darkness. Though his untamed magic may be the greatest threat of all . . .
MY REVIEW: (LAWonder10)
This literary work is full of a great cast of characters, too numerous and unique to dwell upon individually.
Without warning, the huge Mins attacked numerous villages consecutively, leaving few alive in their "wake". The few survivors began to unite, calling upon mystic forces to aid them . The Mins were determined to conquer all the kingdoms and have total domain.
Braxton , his brother, father and close friend survived the attack, but unless Braxton could get his mother's essence to her land of the elves, she would die and be lost to them forever.
He was not alone in this task. His great-grandfather's sword, with supreme powers, became his. He was connected to the amazing white unicorn spirit, which was the keeper of the sword.
His father's devoted Dwarf friend and Warrior, Ruskin, would also watch over and train him in combat.
Braxton's close friend, Phinlera, would also be an amazing ally. She contained powers Braxton was totally unaware if before this time. It was vain to expect her not to accompany him on this venture.
Braxtons other close colleague, Gavin and his elkhound, also survived and was eager to assist.
For a time, it was necessary for them to all spit up.
There was further allies in the Zambinis, the half ogre, Sotchek, the elves, Kael, Jenphinlin, Laefin, Bellnella & more. However, it would be primarily up to Braxton, assisted y Serene, who must destroy the Dark Child and the evil Witch Sisters. They were more the formidable opponents for one so newly appointed to be The Chosen One.
Using every cunning idea they could formulate, it would still be impossible to conquer the enemy when they were all grossly outnumbered. Would any of them survive? Would all their beautiful forests and streams become barren deserts?
Although quite graphically violent, the action never ceases throughout the entire book. The large amount of pages becomes inconsequential as the reader moves from one new adventure after another.
The characters are uniquely developed from the author's vivid imagination and fantasy. They each become very real and the reader feels connected to them.
Each new adventure in Braxton's quests, are vividly portrayed, "bring the reader into" the scenes.
At first, I felt the book formation seemed a little awkward, but after a few chapters, this no longer seemed an issue.
The quality of the pages and Book Cover is very impressive. The Cover and Title are both "eye-catching" and very "fitting.
I offer a Four and a Half Stars rating for this novel.
*This book was gifted to me with no pressure to give a positive review. This is my honest review.
Two large, muscular beasts stood behind the flames and slightly to one side, another lying further back and to the left. Minotaurs.
They occasionally entered the Spine to hunt, wearing totems for protection that never worked, and his kin always defeated them. There hadn’t been any significant intrusion in almost six hundred years—not since the Breath of the Dragon wiped out their valley.
“So what ya doing in the mountains?” Thrag mumbled to himself, studying their bull-like faces. They had furs and leather jerkins covering their human bodies, and their weaponry was too advanced for a hunting party. Sentries, he concluded. But for what?
He needed to find out and report in, and they were too dangerous to be left alone. Unstrapping his giant battleax from across his back, he loosened the throwing weapon in his belt. Clenching his jaw, he readied to charge, then stopped. He couldn’t see into the trees. Normally, he wouldn’t care, but this time he had to be sure. Someone had to report, and something about this already had his beard on edge.
Turning around, he put his back against the boulder where he hid and called. A long, peaceful sound echoed among the rocks. He knew the Mins would hear it, even though he was downwind, but he wasn’t worried—he’d been a ranger for more than sixty years and could imitate nature’s calls. His sound was strong and true, riding the wind between the mountain pines and craggy valleys before fading away. He repeated it a few more times, then waited. As expected, the Mins ignored it. Minutes passed, and he watched the trees. Then a branch moved. Against the wind. His companion was closer than he’d thought, as usual.
Time to go.
Thrag burst from the rocks, hurling his smaller ax at the Minotaur on the right as he sprinted across the clearing. The weapon hit the beast square in the forehead, felling him. The other Min grabbed its weapon and brayed loudly. Thrag leapt up onto a stump directly opposite the fire, using the smoke to obscure his approach, and launched himself at the beast. He came through the screen with his battleax held high above his head in both hands, yelling as he appeared. The creature raised its halberd to block the strike, but Thrag’s ax smashed into it, splitting the shaft in two. The Min stepped back to steady itself, but the dwarf wasn’t slowing. He landed in front of it, bringing his weapon around and striking diagonally across, hitting the Min below the knee and severing its leg. The creature bellowed a horrific call, falling onto its newly formed stump. The third Min was up now, a spear in hand and coming to the fight. It pulled its arm back preparing to skewer the dwarf, but a dark form hit it from behind, sending the creature hurtling past Thrag. The dwarf ignored it. He thrust the top of his weapon straight up, hitting the crippled Min under the chin and jolting its head back. Raising his battleax again in both hands, Thrag struck down with his formidable strength, burying the blade deep into the Min’s chest, killing it.
He turned to look for the remaining beast. It hung from the massive jaws of a giant, sleek, charcoal-gray leopard standing eye level beside him.
“About time you helped,” Thrag admonished, looking into his companion’s enormous eyes.
The leopard gently lay the dead Min down on the ground without making a sound and stared back at the dwarf.
Thrag rocked his head from side to side. “Well . . . thanks,” he said.
How I got inspired to write Cathadeus
I’d always been interested in fantasy, ever since immigrating to the US as a teenager, and used to write stories and mini-adventures about heroes and imaginary worlds. After graduating college, I began working in IT and held a corporate position for more than twenty years. Throughout that time, I continued to be involved in the genre – reading books, thinking up ideas, and playing tabletop games with my boys. A few years ago, I came across an advertisement from a computer company looking to hire a lore master to write the history, quests and storyline for a fantasy game they’d created. This got me seriously thinking about all of the characters and events I’d been writing about since I was a teenager, and the potential of publishing a novel. I actually fell asleep thinking about this and woke up with the idea for a new fantasy world, which I began writing down. To my surprise, the more I wrote the more the story flowed through me. After spending several days writing, I shared some of the scenes with my family and friends, and they all loved the concepts and encouraged me to continue. I think if it wasn’t for them, I may not have finished. So I started writing. Every day. Week in and week out, until I had the world, characters and storyline created for Cathadeus as well as the overall arc for the rest of the series. It’s been a terrific experience, and I really hope readers enjoy the adventure even partially as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. I’m looking forward to continuing the journey, and to completing Sotchek – book two of The Walking Gates.
Meet the Author:
JEFF J. PETERS was born in South Africa and immigrated to the United States as a teenager, where he fell in love with all things fantasy. He obtained degrees in digital electronics and computer science and worked as an IT professional for more than twenty years. In 2014, he left his corporate position to focus full-time on writing. Cathadeus is his debut novel. He is currently working on the sequel. Learn more, connect with the author, and follow hisBLOG | .
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The Girl Without Magic (The Chronicles of Maggie Trent, #1) by Megan O’Russell
Published by: Curiosity Quills Press | Publication date: January 9th 2018
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Synopsis: Death would have been easier, but the Siren wasn’t through with her.
Seventeen-year-old Maggie Trent fell out of a battle and into the Siren’s Realm, a land where secrets hide in the shadows and pleasure comes at a price Maggie is unwilling to pay.
The time for the Siren’s reckoning has come, sweeping away all she deems unworthy to live in her realm. Those without magic are hunted by the Siren. Those with magic are hunted by the Stricken. Fighting or hiding seem necessary to survive. But there is a different way.
Bertrand Wayland, unaging and unrelenting in his determination for Maggie to accept her fate, slips in and out through the stitches that bind the Siren’s Realm to other worlds, gaining magic and having glorious adventures. When Maggie follows Bertrand out of the Siren’s Realm, seeking an adventure of her own, she finds instead a world of magic on the eve of war. To save innocent lives Maggie risks her heart, her life, and her only chance of returning to the Siren’s Realm
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The Girl Without Magic - Megan O'Russell
I love to read a good story with adventure. This is a fun book filled with lots of adventures and written with a great deal of imagination.
The characters are well-developed and full of surprises. I liked getting to know each of them and was able to feel their emotions well.
The setting was wonderful and I love the places they ventured to.
The title of the book is just right for the story.
I would highly recommend this book to other readers.
I give this book a literary rating of 5/5
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Megan is a native of Upstate New York who spends her time traveling the country as a professional actor. Megan’s current published works include YA series The Tethering and Girl of Glass, as well as the Christmas romance Nuttycracker Sweet. 2017 projects include The Tale of Bryant Adams: How I Magically Messed Up My Life in Four Freakin’ Days, and The Chronicles of Maggie Trent: The Girl Without Magic.
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Love Between Enemies (Grad Night #2) by Molly E. Lee
Publication Date: January 8, 2018 Publisher: Entangled: Crus
Zoey Handler is ready to put an end to her decade-long rivalry with Gordon Meyers. They’ve traded top spot between valedictorian and salutatorian for years, but all that’s over now. Right? But after a crazy graduation speech prank gets out of hand, suddenly their rivalry turns into all-out war. Time to make peace with a little friendly payback.
Step one? Make him believe they’re now friends.
Step two? Show him the time of his life at an epic graduation party.
Step three? Don’t fall for his tricks.
Step four? Absolutely, positively, do not kiss him again.
So what if he’s cute? (Okay, hot.) So what if he’s charming? (Heaven help her, tempting.) So what if he apologizes? (That has to be fake.) She knows the real Gordon. And no matter how much her heart begs her to stop, there’s no turning back.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains one epic party, complete with every high-schoolers-gone-bad shenanigan, and two rivals who discover maybe they could be something much more…if only they’d stop fighting long enough to notice it.
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*Relate a typical daily schedule for you.
This is a fun question! And one I’m asked often! As a mom to two toddlers people are always asking when I find time to write.
This is what a normal day looks like for me:
6:30 a.m wake up call by my 3 and 4 year old with an enthusiastic demand for breakfast.
7:00 a.m play time—which really equates to me starting a game between then while I try and clean the house as fast as possible
8:00-11:00 it’s either getting the kiddos ready for a fun day out at the zoo or children’s museum or somewhere less fun…like the grocery store.
12:00 is lunch and while they’re eating I try to squeeze in some social media time! I check on my awesome reader group, my instagram page, twitter, and facebook pages. If that goes fast I might open up the plot book and remind myself what chapters I need to write today. If I’m in edits, then I’ll do a little tinkering here, too.
1:00-3:00 is more playtime or working with the 4 year old on her words. She’s up to writing full words now and it’s her favorite thing to do. Picture me writing Dog, Pig, Horse over and over while an adorable blond princess copies it a million times. Usually my Hulk of a son uses this time to smash all the toys I cleaned up earlier—it’s cool, he knows I’ll teach him Dog, Pig, Horse later.
4:00 is when I start prepping dinner before the book-boyfriend worthy husband comes home. If it’s easy, I’ll do a little editing/writing on my laptop in the kitchen in between cooking.
5:00-6:00 is dinner, usually a battle where the toddlers declare war on eating—no matter what has been cooked. We’d order pizza every night if it was up to my son…which I can’t really blame him.
7:30 is the beginning of bedtime for the babies. Picture me reading three children’s books (voices included) before my husband sings them a few songs.
8:00 Kids asleep, I give my husband a quick kiss and clock in for the night. I sit down in my office (which is a small corner of the guestroom where my computer is) coffee in hand, and get to writing. During this time I don’t log onto facebook or anywhere else (unless I need to research something for the book) and I write. I write until I’ve hit my word count goal for the day or until I can’t hold my eyes open anymore. Usually I fall into my bed around midnight or one a.m.
Then, 6:30 a.m. the next morning we do it all over again ☺ It’s exhausting but I get to live the life I’ve always wanted. I get to be an author and a mom and a wife. I honestly don’t know how I got so lucky, but I’m thankful literally everyday. Also…coffee. I drink gallons of the stuff.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Molly E. Lee is an author best known for her debut novel EDGE OF CHAOS, and as a mentor at Pitch Wars - a program which connects promising writers to established authors in the community. Molly writes New Adult and Young Adult contemporary featuring strong female heroines who are unafraid to challenge their male counterparts, yet still vulnerable enough to have love sneak up on them. In addition to being a military spouse and mother of two + one stubborn English Bulldog, Molly loves watching storms from her back porch at her Midwest home, and digging for treasures in antique stores.
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Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy
Publication Date: January 2, 2018 - Publisher: Entangled Teen
Beautiful. Perfect. Dead.
In the peaceful seaside town of Cape Bonita, wicked secrets and lies are hidden just beneath the surface. But all it takes is one tragedy for them to be exposed.
The most popular girls in school are turning up dead, and Penelope Malone is terrified she's next. All the victims so far have been linked to Penelope—and to a boy from her physics class. The one she's never really noticed before, with the rumored dark past and a brooding stare that cuts right through her.
There's something he isn't telling her. But there's something she's not telling him, either.
Everyone has secrets, and theirs might get them killed.
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Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is a traditionally published author with Bantam/Random House and Harper Collins/Avon, as well as an independently published author. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance. She is also USA Today bestselling romance author Karen Erickson. She is a wife and a mother of three who lives with her family in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere, along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she’s not writing, she’s reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She’s a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through many angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.
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Breaking the Ice (Juniper Falls #2) by Julie Cross
Publication Date: December 26, 2017 Publisher: Entangled Teen
The second book in the Juniper Falls series from NY Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Julie Cross, perfect for fans of Miranda Kenneally and Abbi Glines.
Haley Stevenson seems like she’s got it all together: cheer captain, “Princess” of Juniper Falls, and voted Most Likely to Get Things Done. But below the surface, she’s struggling with a less-than-stellar GPA and still reeling from the loss of her first love. Repeating her Civics class during summer school is her chance to Get Things Done, not angst over boys. In fact, she’s sworn them off completely until college.
Fletcher Scott is happy to keep a low profile around Juniper Falls. He’s always been the invisible guy, warming the bench on the hockey team and moonlighting at a job that would make his grandma blush. Suddenly, though, he’s finding he wants more: more time on the ice, and more time with his infuriatingly perfect summer-school study partner.
But leave it to a girl who requires perfection to shake up a boy who’s ready to break all the rules.
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List your all-time favorite literary characters and why you like them.
Jo from Little Women - Jo is fiercely loyal and loves her family so much. But she’s also someone who refuses to settle for less than her ideal dreams, not with her writing or career, not with the person she chooses to marry. She inspires us to not take the easy or safe path but to risk our heart and soul for what we want most in life.
Hermione Granger from Harry Potter series - Hermione reminds us all that intellectual curiosity, morality, and ample planning can be the difference between winning and losing.
Julie Cross is a NYT and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, including the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy which includes Tempest, Vortex, Timestorm (St. Martin's Press). She's also the author of Letters to Nowhere series, Whatever Life Throws at You, Third Degree, Halfway Perfect, Chasing Truth, Off the Ice and many more to come! Julie Cross was a longtime resident of central Illinois but has recently moved her entire family across the country to continue her academic studies at Stanford University.
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Eighteen-year-old Marianna De'Angelis has grown up on her father's fishing boat off the picturesque coast of Sicily, Italy. She traverses the nearby countryside on horseback and bicycle and works alongside her mother selling fish at market. It is a simple, happy life. But when WWII erupts and the Nazis overtake the country, Marianna's peaceful world is shattered.
In the midst of chaos, Marianna encounters a handsome, young Italian soldier named Massimo Scalvone. Though she tries to keep her distance, Marianna finds herself powerfully drawn to Massimo. Yet all the while, the man she is growing to love conceals a deadly secret—a secret that ensures that in a world now ruled by politics and greed, Massimo is not free to give his heart. Devastated, Marianna immerses herself in helping her family and neighbors survive the war. But soon, merely helping is not enough, and the young woman undertakes increasingly dangerous missions for the resistance. Although Marianna and Massimo each harbor secrets, their only hope of survival is to trust each other with the truth of who they really are.
This book's setting is during the final two tears of World War 11. A time when mistrust of one another was prevalent. Italian men and older boys were being forced into becoming and serving the Nazi party. Many Italians had formed a Resistance group, feeling betrayed by Mussolini. Even some family members could not be trusted.
Many, more affluent, Italians tried to continue in their birthday and Holiday traditions although most of the eligible young men were gone to war. This was the situation when eighteen-year-old Marianna's older brother would soon be departing, leaving his pregnant, young wife and family behind. The De`Angelo family were making the most of their time together before he had to leave.
As Marianna was walking home from Market, she noticed a very attractive young man working in her elderly neighbor's field. As she peeked over the wall at him, he caught her and spoke to her on a friendly voice. Embarrassed, she fled.
Massimo discovered a beautiful angel face peeking over the wall at him When he spoke to her, she quickly fled. He was on leave at his grandparents house for the Summer to help them. When accepting a Sunday dinner with his grandparents, little did he know that he would once again see that "angel face:"... a face he must try to avoid, yet could not.
This is a very interesting tale of the difficult times in Italy - as with many countries - where the Nazis invaded and of the cruelness even the allies had to endure. It is a story of family closeness and of the difficulties the youth had to endure. Young love was hard to find and hold onto. Families and communities were torn apart with mistrust and sorrow.
I was impressed with the story of two very strong youth willing to sacrifice all for love as their world crumbled around them.
The characters were very well developed and personable. The scenes were equally portrayed in a way they were easily visualized. The author aptly "drew the reader into" the tale. It "flowed" very smoothly, with plenty of actin, drama and suspense.
The Title and Book Cover were attractive and "fitting".
I offer a Four and a Half Stars rating.
* This book was gifted me with no request for a positive review. This is my honest review.