Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Book Tou: Raven’s Eye by Adam Gowans

Adam Gowans is the youngest of five Air Force brats, out of which his siblings have voted him the weirdest. He loves anything that deals with stories, including movies, novels, television dramas, music, video games, manga/manhwa, and webtoons.

In his mid-twenties, he lived and taught English in South Korea for four years before returning to the States to live, like many LDS authors, in Utah.

His first novel is On Angelic Wings, which has a planned sequel, but the sequel will be released after two other novels that are calling for his attention.

Ever since magic caused his mother's death, Ha-Neul, crown prince of Balhae, hates witches and the magic they wield. He has instituted harsh laws against all magic users.

Lisa is a young witch working undercover as a servant in his palace, hoping to gain freedom for her people. The last thing the two expect is to fall in love. But when Ha-Neul learns that Lisa is not only a witch, but the daughter of the Prince of Vires, land of witches, he banishes her. Distracted by heartbreak, he is caught off-guard by a military coup.

In hiding and on the run, Ha-Neul swallows his pride and travels with his siblings to Vires, planning to beg Lisa's aid, only to learn that she has mysteriously vanished.

Now his only hope in reclaiming his kingdom and reuniting with Lisa lies in the remote Northern Mountains, a country no one has ever penetrated and rumored home of a powerful magic source. There, Ha-Neul learns that a being powerful beyond comprehension has been carefully guiding his destiny. But if Ha-Neul can't let go of his hatred of all things magic, and accept the new path offered to him, it will mean the destruction of his entire world.

Snippet 1

“A servant is still a servant, no matter what title you give them.” Ha-
Na’s shock turned to bewilderment, but Lisa kept talking. “Unless I am
honorably dismissed, fired, or retired, my chance for earning a higher
education is now over. I had plans, Gongju.”
Ha-Na’s posture fell with guilt as the weight of Lisa’s words hit her. By
making Lisa a nain, a possible bride to the wangsil, Ha-Na had tied her to the
palace. “I didn’t know.”
“You didn’t bother to find out.”


Snippet 2

She glanced at Ha-Neul, feeling pressured to say something decent. “I
guess we don’t hate each other anymore.”
Su gave an exasperated sigh. “So stubborn.”
They finished their game and made their way back into the palace.
“Su, you have a lesson,” Ha-Na said. “I’ll take you.”
He took his sister’s hand and they left.
“‘I guess we don’t hate each other anymore.’” Ha-Neul mimicked her.
She groaned in annoyance. “Well, I guess I do not hate you anymore.”
Ha-Neul let out a short laugh to show his disbelief.
“What about you, Wangseja-Mama?”
He shook his head. “I don’t hate you. There’s no guessing about it.”
She turned her head away, feeling embarrassed and strangely warm. “I
do not hate you either.”

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Summer Read Blitz: Aeonian Dreams by Morgan J Muir

Morgan J Muir lives in Utah with her fantastic husband, three offspring, and as many cats (but she doesn’t carry them with kits in sacks, and has never been to St. Ives). She grew up riding horses and motorcycles and listening to her grandmother read poetry. She grew up reading any sci-fi/fantasy novel she could get her hands on and so was surprised the day she discovered that she also really enjoyed historical fiction.
Morgan always loved to write and draw and her parents always liked to say that they knew she’d write a book some day.  Ever since she was small she told stories and drew pictures for her tales.  When she got old enough, all of her spare time between classes was spent writing and she always had a notebook with her.
Her first novel was originally written after her first child was born, to help her pass the long, lonely hours as a new stay-at-home mom.  As her kids got older and more came she was too busy to do much with her stories, until one year she was introduced to NaNoWriMo, which finally rekindled the spark that led her to finish what she’d started.

Morgan’s favorite authors are Brandon Sanderson, Kristen Britain and Marion Zimmer Bradley.

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Mariah has chosen to become a vampire, but she can’t remember why.

Upon waking in the labyrinthine caves of Sophus, a centuries-old vampire, Mariah can’t remember all the choices that brought her there, but she does know there are dangerous secrets hidden within her.  As she learns to control her powerful new body— and its bloodthirsty urges— Mariah discovers a unique ability to travel through a world of spirit, the key to remembering her past, and possibly the future. 

At first, it seems her path is simple: learn to control her bloodlust, find her missing husband, and return with him to raise their son. However, things are more complicated than they seem, and neither Sophus nor her husband’s captor is willing to let them go. Mariah must use whatever skills she can to find her husband and protect her still-mortal son, but will it be enough? 

Top Ten List:

10 random facts about me
1. Blue Roan is my favorite color of horse
2. I prefer off-road motorcycles to street bikes
3. I published my first book in 3rd grade
4. I can’t act worth beans
5. My favorite jersey number is 13
6. A ring inscribed with the phrase “Prone to wander” reminds me to write
7.  Despite having a cell phone for over 15 years, I still don’t have a smart phone
8.  Reading my teacher’s ratty old copy of “Birth of the Firebringer” by Meredith Ann Pierce in 4th grade is what first inspired me to start writing.
9. Horses are my favorite mammal
10. I think top 10 lists are as difficult to compile as writing a book cover blurbs

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Summer Reads Blitz: The Dragons of Alsace Farm by Laurie Lewis

Laurie (L.C.) Lewis will always be a Marylander at heart—a weather-whining lover of crabs, American history, and the sea. She admits to being craft-challenged, particularly lethal with a glue gun, and a devotee of sappy movies. Her ninth published novel, her first romance novella, Sweet Water, was inspired by a visit to Oregon’s magnificent coastline, and time spent with Mother Eugenie, upon whom the character Mother Thomasine is based. 

Laurie’s women’s fiction novels include The Dragons of Alsace Farm (2016), Awakening Avery (2010), and Unspoken (2004), written as Laurie Lewis. 

Using the pen name L.C. Lewis, she wrote the five volumes of her award-winning FREE MEN and DREAMERS historical fiction series, set against the backdrop of the War of 1812: Dark Sky at Dawn (2007), Twilight’s Last Gleaming (2008), Dawn’s Early Light (2009), Oh, Say Can You See? (2010), and In God is Our Trust, (2011).

She is currently completing a political suspense novel planned for a summer 2017 release, a re -release of a romantic comedy, and she’s working on another historical fiction novel for a 2018 release. She loves to hear from readers.

Fears and secrets are the dragons we each must face. . . 

In need of his own redemption, Noah Carter finally confronts his childhood hero, the once-beloved uncle who betrayed him. Instead of vengeance, he offers forgiveness, also granting Uncle John a most curious request—for Noah to work on the ramshackle farm of Agnes Deveraux Keller, a French WWII survivor with dementia.

Despite all Agnes has lost, she still has much to teach Noah. But the pair’s unique friendship is threatened when Tayte, Agnes’s estranged granddaughter, arrives to claim a woman whose circumstances and abilities are far different from those of the grandmother she once knew.

Items hidden in Agnes’s attic raise painful questions about Tayte’s dead parents, steeling Tayte’s determination to save Agnes, even if it requires her to betray the very woman she came to save, and the secret her proud grandmother has guarded for seventy years.

The issue strains the fragile trust between Tayte and Noah, who now realizes Tayte is fighting her own secrets, her own dragons. Weighed down by past guilt and failures, he feels ill-equipped to help either woman, until he remembers Agnes’s lessons about courage and love. In order to save Agnes, the student must now become the teacher, helping Tayte heal—for Agnes’s sake, and for his. 

Top Ten List:

1. I have a bunion that should get it's own zip code.
2. I'm a kidney donor
3. I once eyed a singing career
4. My mom was told I'd never have children. Four kids later. . . . . LOL!
5. I met my hubbie over a CB radio when I was 15 and pretending to be a British exchange student
6. I ran a lab and raised organisms for elementary children to study in their Hands-on Science curriculum. Over Christmas, I'd bring the creatures home. We had frogs and crayfish in our bathtub over Christmas!
7.  I have a weakness for twinkle lights, nesting boxes, and anything sung by Groban or Bocelli
8.  I never met a plate of fried chicken I didn't love
9.  Favorite saying: "Everything's better with sound effects."

10. I keep a little lighted Christmas tree up all year long.

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Friday, July 27, 2018

Summer Reads Blitz: The Guise of a Gentleman by Donna Hatch

Donna Hatch is the author of the best-selling “Rogue Hearts Series,” and a winner of writing awards such as The Golden Quill and the International Digital Award. A hopeless romantic and adventurer at heart, she discovered her writing passion at the tender age of 8 and has been listening to those voices ever since. She has become a sought-after workshop presenter, and also juggles freelance editing, multiple volunteer positions, and most of all, her six children (seven, counting her husband). A native of Arizona who recently transplanted to the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband of over twenty years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.

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The widowed Elise is a perfect English lady living within the confines of society for the sake of her impressionable young son. Her quiet world is shattered when she meets the impulsive and scandalous Jared Amesbury. His roguish charm awakens her yearning for adventure. But his irrepressible grin and sea-green eyes hide a secret.

A gentleman by day, a pirate by night, Jared must complete one last assignment from the Secret Service before he can be truly free. Elise gives him hope that he, too, can find love and belonging. His hopes are crushed when his best laid plans go awry and Elise is dragged into his world of violence and deceit. She may not survive the revelation of Jared's past...or still love him when the truth is revealed.

The Guise of a Gentleman is a clean and wholesome Regency Romance, a.k.a. "clean" that explores finding one's true self, loyalty, honor, and trusting loved ones. With plenty of swashbuckling action, it provides a several good twists that play off of familiar situations and proudly proclaims the redemptive power of love.

Top Ten List:

Donna’s Top 10 Favorite Things to do in the Summer

1.     Go for long walks with a friend
2.     Have a tea party
3.     Go to the beach
4.     Build sandcastles
5.     Watch the sunset
6.     Visit gardens
7.     Make ice cream
8.     Hike with my family
9.     Play miniature golf
10.Read a good book

 (Actually, I love doing most of these in the winter, too.)

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Summer Reads Blitz: Zenobia- Challenging a Legend (book 2) by Russ Wallace

Russ Wallace is long-time student of history and religion. He employs a vivid imagination to fill in the life of Zenobia, a real historical figure and one of the most fascinating women who ever lived. 

He is working on future books in the Zenobia Book Series. Zenobia - Birth of a Legend won a 2012 IPPY award in Historical Fiction.

Sequel to the award-winning Zenobia - Birth of a Legend.

The continuing saga of the deadly young warrior who will one day challenge Rome for the supremacy of her world. As the dynamic girl continues her education in Egypt, for a time she is diverted from her warrior path. Complicating Zenobia's life is a budding romance with her brilliant and charismatic instructor. The challenge - he is the scholar, she the warrior. Can they blend their worlds to become the most exciting couple in Alexandria?

Learning of a slave trade in kidnapped young women, Zenobia determines to free the oppressed. Warrior skills will not be enough. Her new challenge - to become a pirate, then a temptress in her fight for justice.

The Author is putting both books in this Series on special offer on Amazon 25 - 26th of July 2018! 
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Top Ten List:

10 random facts about Russ Wallace:

1.     Russ loves humor. You might even consider him an amateur stand-up comedian. Whenever opportunity allows he loves to share this talent with others. Russ’s wife Ruth says when they cruise; Russ enjoys doing his stand-up comedy on talent night.
2.     Russ was a string cheese sales person, he had a cleaning business but most of his life he designed and built houses. All before he was a writer, of course. 
3.     Russ is a great gardener and landscaper- wherever he lives you are sure to find lots of trees, plants, and flowers all around.
4.     We say Russ is a world traveler and we mean it, he has visited over 37 different countries.
5.     Favorite food? Peanut Butter
6.     Favorite movie? Gone with the Wind
7.     Favorite book? Bible
8.     Russ grew up in the suburbs of Chicago
9.     Russ loves finding good deals and is a garage-sale-enthusiast
10.One of his favorite vacation spots is Hawaii

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