Saturday, September 1, 2018

Bloodlines Tag

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My first book tag!
Designed by Jamsu

Hopper: A Magical Creature I’d Take As A Pet

I'd say one of the pack-rats from The Iron Fey, they're so cute! 


Golden Lily Tattoo; Bookish Tattoos I Have Or Would Like To Have

I'd like just about all the runes in The Mortal Instruments. Still have none because I'm terrified of needles.


Moroi: A Paranormal Book

Midnight Awakening by Lara Adrian. I'm a sucker for vampires, and I love the mythology of the Midnight Breed series.


Strigoi: A Book With A Character You’d Like To Bring Back

Someone dies in Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick and I am so not over it. 


Dhampir: A Book With A Kickass Character

Keys of the Origin by Melissa A Joy. Melkhar is the most badass character I've ever read, male or female. A fierce, winged warrior, one of the protectors of her world. 


Spirit: Mental Illness Book

I'm currently reading Flutter by Olivia Evans, it's really good.


Sydney Sage: A Book With Witches/ Magic

The Black Witch Chronicles by Laurie Forest. Elloren, Tessla, and Sage are great MCs, and I love the balance between the plot, action and romance. 


Adrian Ivashkov: A Character You’d Date

Just one? Impossible. I have a crush on almost all the male characters of Keys of the Origin, especially Kalthis.
Yvan and Jarod from The Black Witch.
Patch Cipriano from Hush Hush.
Balthazar from The Evernight series.


The Fiery Heart; Favorite Ships

Yvan and Elloren forever! 


Brayden Cartwright; Contemporary Book

Play On by Samantha Young. Also, I wanna read Consumed by J.R Ward.


Jared Sage; A Character You Just Can’t Stand

Nesta Archeron. Aka the worse sister anyone could ever ask for. Conceited, selfish, cruel. Just nope.


Rose and Lissa: Friendship Goals

Winter and Ariel, Elloren and Tierney from the Black Witch.


Jillian Mastrano Dragomir: A Book About Royals/Royalty

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead.

This was so much fun! Thanks to Jamsu for the tag. You should totally check her blog, it's full of book reviews and lots of fun stuff.
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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Review: Light Mage by Laurie Forest



Synopsis
Before Elloren Gardner came to possess the White Wand of myth, the Wand was drawn to another bearer: Sagellyn Gaffney. 

Sage’s affinity for light magery, a rare skill among Gardnerians, makes her the perfect protector for the one tool that can combat the shadows spreading across Erthia. But in order to keep the Wand safe from the dark forces hunting for it, Sage must abandon everything she once knew and forge a new path for herself…a dangerous course that could lead to either triumph or utter ruin.

Rating: 5 Supernovas
Review

Imagine living in a world where people are segregated based on their race. Where religion has been twisted and turned into a weapon, aimed against other's beliefs. Where fear of the unknown leads to hate and cruelty. Where little girls have no right over their own bodies and are forced into marriage. 

Not difficult to do, right?

Sage Gaffney comes from an extremely religious family, even for a Gardnerian. She has been taught that being obedient and following the teachings of the Ancient One will keep her safe. Safe from the demons that want to corrupt her people, safe from the vile men that hurt innocent girls like her. Her bubble shatters when she learns -in the worse way possible- that evil thrives within her own people; hidden behind mountains of lies.

She is thrust into the cruel reality of being shunned by her family, her kind and all the other races the Gardnerians have hurt. But she is not alone, she finds allies from where she least expects, compassion from those who she thought were evil, patient teaching from the shunned; unconditional love from a man she “should” fear. There is a lot of pain and heartbreak for her, but also a lot of friendship and love. 

Sage is brave, compassionate, kind and she learns fast. The kind of heroine I can root for easily; she makes mistakes, but learns from them and comes out stronger in the end. 

The love interest, Ciaran, is one of my fave male MCs. He is different from many others, and I loved that. There are a lot of lovable secondary characters, my absolute favorite is Rivyr, I need more him and his antics. 

A must read by an author that has quickly become one of my favorite. 

Get Light Mage
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Light-Mage-Black-Witch-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B077XY3GCF
Universal link: books2read.com/LightMage

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Review: The Iron Flower by Laurie Forest


Synopsis

Dark forces are on the rise in this sweeping sequel to The Black Witch by critically acclaimed author Laurie Forest.

Elloren Gardner and her friends were only seeking to right a few wrongs when they rescued a Selkie and freed a military dragon. The last thing they expected was to be thrust into a realm-wide underground resistance against Gardnerian conquest.

While the Resistance struggles to fight back against the harsh rulings of the Mage Council, more and more Gardnerian soldiers descend upon the University…led by none other than Lukas Grey, now commander of the nearby military base. Though Elloren tries to keep him at arm's length, Lukas is determined to tie himself to her, still convinced that she is the heir to the power of the Black Witch, a legacy of magic that will decide the future of all Erthia. As his own magic calls out to her, seeking to awaken a dark force within, Elloren finds it more and more difficult to believe that she's truly powerless, as her uncle always claimed.

Caught between her growing feelings for the rebellious Yvan Guriel and the seductive power offered by Lukas, Elloren must find a way to stay true to what she knows is right and protect everyone she loves…even if that means protecting them from herself.

Rating: 5 stars (Because unfortunately, I can't give it 10)

Review

“Welcome to the resistance.”
The final line of The Black Witch. Enough to keep me on edge for months while I counted the days to read The Iron Flower. The wait was more than well worth it.

Laurie Forest exceeded my expectations tenfold with an action-packed epic sequel. The Iron Flower is an emotional rollercoaster full of adventure and romance that won't let you go until you finish, and maybe even after. It has taken me days to organize my thoughts, there is a lot going on.

Gardneria has become the most dangerous place on Erthia for those who are not Gardnerian. The mage council's rulings becoming more and more repressive, and brutal than ever under the leadership of  Marcus Vogel. 
Elloren and her friends, the lupines, the selkie, the Fae, a Kelt, elves, and Icarals, are more in danger than ever before. But that doesn't stop them from creating even deeper bonds and fighting for what's right.

During the first half of The Black Witch, I wanted to slap Elloren a few times. Not anymore, she has become the kind of heroine I root for in The Iron Flower, defying old age prejudgements and breaking the rules; risking her life to protect those she loves. Fighting with everything she has not to fall into the dark temptation that the dark power coursing through her veins carries.
Lukas Grey, one of Elloren's love interests is back with a vengeance. His power call's to her and creates a dangerous temptation hard to resist. I didn't much like him before, I definitely don't like him one bit now. 

My ship has been one since The Black Witch, Yvan and Elloren. Yvan, the mysterious kelt with incredible powers that helped with Elloren's wake up call. He is without a doubt one of my biggest book crushes. And the level of chemistry he shares with Elloren reaches new burning levels in The Iron Flower. 

There are a lot of tear-jerking moments, so be warned and prepared. The plot twists left my head spinning more than once. The character development was on point; new characters enrich the plot giving you more people to love and hate. 

The Iron Flower is a heartbreakingly beautiful book. I can't wait to read it again and dive into the rich world Laurie Forest has created.

Get The Iron Flower here:
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Iron-Flower-Black-Witch-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B077PD2ZN1/
Universal link: books2read.com/TheIronFlower

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Immortal Heritage 1: Starlight. Chapter 1

Here's a little taste of my debut novel Starlight. A blend between YA Fantasy, Paranormal Fantasy, Urban Fantasy and star-crossed romance.  If you enjoy it, please share :)



Chapter 1
Nick

"If you don’t get out of the car, I'll drag you out," David promised.
I sighed, I knew my lunatic brother enough to know he would fulfill the threat. He never missed his word if he was trying to annoy someone, especially if that someone was me. I controlled the urge to run away and got out of the car barely restraining myself from slamming the door.
The small-town atmosphere was everywhere, from the few cars in the parking lot to the size of the neutral-colored building that was high school. I could not expect anything more from one of the smallest cities in Washington state, Lakeport. I would definitely have preferred to move to a larger city, it is always easier to appear normal if there are enough people to mingle with. Lack of novelty can turn into to gossip, and gossip to suspicion, and suspicion ... Never ends well.
Most of the students in the parking lot looked at us with curiosity, which was to be expected since we were the newcomers, and the school year had already started. The girls, on the other hand, were drooling all over themselves for David. He smiled at all of them flirtatiously enjoying their admiration and gave the angry boyfriends a threatening and partly mocking smile. I deeply pitied the poor boy who thought he could face the 6-foot-5, 200-pound beast that was my brother.
"Look at that, so much to choose from and so little time," he complained. "The moving would have been good for me a year ago".
I ignored him, he chuckled. I rested when we arrived at the office to get the class schedule, blue walls, a clutter of papers and a worn carpet that used to be yellow. A red-haired girl in a cheerleader's uniform smiled at me, I gave her a small gesture that I thought was kind. I regretted it when she winked at me and approached us ignoring the secretary who greeted us warmly.
"Hello, I’m Anna, and you are?" she said with a big smile reaching for my hand. I couldn’t shake her hand, David pulled me out of the way and grabbed her hand harder than he should.
"David, gorgeous, but you can call me whatever you want," he said presumptuously, the girl frowned.
I shook my head and turned to the secretary. She chose to sigh, give me the schedules, and disappear in a small office behind the reception bar.
"Yes, but I didn’t ask you," Anna replied to him annoyed, pulling herself away from the sudden squeeze. Her hand would probably hurt for the rest of the day.
Only a couple of years ago I would have been delighted with a girl preferring me, now not so much, not at all. Still, I decided to be nice.
"Nick," I said.
She took me by the arm and pulled me out of the office, I turned to David to give him his schedule, he scowled at me. He’d probably find a way to take revenge on me later.
"What is your first class?" she asked in a hopeful voice, sure she begged it to be the same. I made an effort not to let go of her grip.
"Calculus," I almost sighed in relief at her expression of disappointment.
"Language," she said pouting, but then she smiled again. "I'm sure I'll see you at lunch".
So, I guess I'm not hungry today.
"Sure," I muttered without hiding the boredom. She seemed happy with that answer.
I slipped off her grip as gently as I could and walked to my class reluctantly.
On previous occasions, I’d been in the same situation. Flirting with girls wasn’t really my thing, but they approached me sometimes. I really preferred it that way, it spared me the unnecessary problem of being attracted to someone whom David wanted. He was too territorial and it would surely end up in a fight. Most times it wasn’t a problem, our tastes were as different as ourselves. His type of girlfriend: spoiled, selfish and hungry for attention, was just the type of girl I fled from.
I handed the paper to the calculus teacher. He barely looked at it and didn’t make me go through the stupid presentation, which I thanked. I sat in the back and tried not to think about her, but I couldn't, I could see her by my side even though she had never been there.
I miss you.
The thought echoed in my mind. I shook my head tightly, blocking the images I treasured more than anything, but caused me pain. I had to keep those thoughts away for at least eight more hours. Then I could lock myself in my room and stop pretending that I was okay and that I was just an ordinary guy.
Calculus and language passed without incident, simple subjects that I barely had to pay attention to. I may not have been a genius, but most of the assignments were easy, especially the ones with numbers; a small advantage to which I hadn’t given importance until that moment. To my great relief, I didn’t meet with David or the very kind redhead in any class. I didn’t have to make an effort to ignore the shy smiles of some girls, I was as interested in them as I was in the Washington weather.
I sat down in the history class. I hated history, it already happened so, what's so interesting about it? The redhead was in one of the front rows, she waved to me. I slightly nodded to her, gratefully both seats next to me were taken. To my left a plump dark-skinned boy, and to my right side sat what I thought was a girl because of the size and delicacy of her hands. I couldn’t see her face hidden in a hoodie, she was making scribbles on her notebook.
I wished I could close my eyes and sleep for a while, I hadn’t slept the night before, and the tiredness began to weigh me down. The annoying nightmares didn’t give me rest but for a couple of nights a week, when exhaustion would not allow me to dream. Maybe I should steal a couple sleeping pills from mom, or give myself a blow on the head. An angry voice took me out of my reverie.
"Miss Clark, take off that hood and answer my question," the teacher grunted. A fifty-year-old bald guy with a bossy attitude, and a primitive and depressing rhetoric.
The girl next to me straightened and reluctantly took off her hood. Her short black hair falling over her eyes, she had a nose piercing.
"Which was?" she answered in a sullen voice, almost grunting, fixing her hate-filled gaze on the professor. Her sapphire blue eyes framed by large lashes seemed to cast flames, the dark makeup gave her a curiously threatening appearance despite her size.
"The duration of the court of the Holy Roman Inquisition," he demanded, annoyed.
The girl snorted.
"What the hell is so Holy about the massacre of innocent women and philosophers?" she said through her clenched teeth, her pale skin colored a little on her cheeks.
"You did not answer my question," he said.
"You haven’t answered mine," she growled.
"I think you already know what your participation grade will be this semester."
"Oh, the horror," she said with a twisted smile.
Several of the students looked at her in annoyance, others chuckled like me.
"Freak," murmured Anna with contempt. Several others followed her with other murmuring insults.
"I bet she's a witch," murmured a girl with glasses.
"Bah, she's just crazy," her friend replied.
I turned to the girl, she hadn’t yet hidden her face under the hood. The black eyeliner, piercing, and short black nails seemed to indicate that she was Gothic; but the black and androgynous clothing seemed to say, "don’t look at me." Despite my usual apathy, I could not help wondering what lay behind that appearance. There were pain and sadness aside from fury in her expression. Her icy, intimidating gaze met mine.
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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Between the Bleeding Willows by D.A. Roach





At eighteen years old, Cassidy has suffered more loss than most… 

At the end of her senior year, her boyfriend, Jace Peters, was killed in a car accident, and her grandmother died only weeks later of a heart attack. Emotionally lost, Cassidy desperately searches for an heirloom her boyfriend was wearing in the crash—her mother’s gold ring. But during her search, Cassidy discovers more than her ring. 

She finds a gate to the Demon Realm….

A battle is brewing, and Killian—head of the Demon hunters—preps his Clan for the approaching conflict. They’ve been working to secure the gate between his realm and the mortal world. But it’s been nearly impossible since Rya—a voracious demon on a quest to expand her power—devoured the soul of his Clan’s necromancer. Now Rya is possessed with the necromancer’s powers and she may break through the gate at any moment.

Apparently Rya isn’t the only one Killian has to worry about…

When Cassidy accidentally crosses into the Demon Realm, Killian can’t understand how a human girl survived the transition. Now he has to find a way to return her to her own world, or risk her being caught in the crossfire, which is a complication he definitely doesn’t need.

Once back in the Human Realm, Cassidy readies herself for battle. She signs up for Krav Maga classes, where she meets Tyler Romaitis—a handsome, tenacious, humble guy. He seems almost perfect, but nothing is ever that easy.

And as the balance between good and evil shifts, Cassidy finds herself—and her ring—at the heart of the conflict for the survival of mankind.


Interview with D. A. Roach 

What was your inspiration behind Between the bleeding willows?
I wrote the book during my favorite season, fall, and asked my daughter for a mythical creature to write about, she suggested demons because they terrify her. I took my love of autumn, demons, and the lore of a haunted cemetery close to my childhood home and Between the Bleeding Willows was born.

Who's your favorite character?
Tyler - he's snarky and easy to write. In fact, he was only supposed to be in one chapter, but his character ended up dominating book 2!

What famous actor would play your main character on a movie or TV series?
Tyler Hoechilin of Teen Wolf



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Monday, July 16, 2018

Bittersweet by Michele Barrow


Don’t miss the first in the series, Fire and Ice, optioned for a motion picture.

To save the Faery world and her mother’s life, seventeen year old Lorelei sacrificed everything, and the dangerous bargains she made in Nevermore had lasting repercussions. Now safely back in her own world, Lorelei seems the same to her high school friends and her supernatural boyfriend in spite of the dark magic growing within her. Yet love across dimensions is complicated, especially when an invisible veil between the two worlds is sealing, threatening to separate Lorelei and Adrius forever.

Determined to find a solution, Lorelei resorts to exploring her new found powers. But when her friends fall ill, Lorelei can’t help but wonder if she's responsible. 

The nightmares from Nevermore tighten their icy hold when someone arrives determined to destroy Lorelei’s world, starting with those closest to her. Once again she’s forced to choose between her family and friends… and a love that was ill-fated from the start.

Interview with Michelle barrow

What was your inspiration behind Bittersweet?
I have always loved fantasy. And romance. And stories. So naturally, I mashed them all together. When I first started the story, years ago, it began as something I could read to my son when he was about 8 yrs old. We’d been reading a book series together and I had the thought, like many 'humble' authors have had at some time, I could write that. And so I started writing what became Fire & Ice (book one of the Faerie Song Saga). But the story wanted to become so much more than a short middle grade novel, and so I set it aside for a few years. I took an amazing online fiction writing class and fresh new ideas for how to shape it into a full length novel sprang to life, including making the characters older teens. It sort of snowballed from there, because once I gave the characters a new lease on life, they wouldn’t leave me alone until I’d finished writing the entire book. I was thinking it would be a trilogy, but when we sold the film options, my publisher thought a longer series would be a good idea. So then came the second, third and forth, and the fifth is underway. My plan was for six books, Fire and Ice, Bittersweet, Freeze, Melt, Burn, and Darkest Light. But now I’m not sure the characters will let me stop there, as ideas are bubbling for more books in the series. It's a bit of a runaway freight train now, lol.

Who's your favorite character?
I would say Zanthiel, the dark Shadow Fae is definitely my favorite character. I love how he struggles with his more hedonistic dark attributes, while trying (and often failing) to embody more humanity, by being 'good'.

What famous actor would play your main character on a movie or TV series?
This is such a fun question, especially since the series was optioned for film and is currently in development for a major motion picture. I would love to see Zendaya play Lorelei, my main character, since she's also a signer in the series (Faerie Song Saga).

Take a look at Bittersweet here: https://goo.gl/FpsUzD


Saturday, July 14, 2018

Interview with Alina Lesnik (ONCE Band)

Music is a must when I'm writing; both a source of inspiration and a tool to calm my nerves and focus. Today, I have the pleasure of featuring Alina Lesnik, the lead vocalist of ONCE, one of my favorite bands. 

Interview.


*Tell me a bit about yourself
My name is Alina Lesnik and I am a mezzo-soprano singer from Germany. Beside creating YouTube covers, I am working as singer for trailer music and as lead vocalist and lyricist of the band ONCE, so music is my main passion. Moreover I am studying the Master of Education in History and German Linguistics. I always loved history, old languages and poetry a lot and felt attracted to the stories of the past, but at some point I realized that music is the only thing I really can imagine to do for the rest of my life, so I decided to finish the studies, but to concentrate on music ☺ 

*What sparked your passion for music?
I always loved to sing along with different Disney characters and dancing around as a child - still do ;-) - so the seeds were planted in young ages. It was simply this feeling of releasing power you gathered within after being loaded with a special emotion. Singing always was like medicine for me.
When I noticed that my singing also touches people around me, the spark became a flame and I wanted to create moods and atmospheres people need in different situations of life. When I hear a known song, I usually get the images and feelings I had when I listened to it for the first time. For me music works like a diary full of memories and feelings. 

*Do you play an instrument?
I played a little bit acoustic guitar before I started to concentrate on singing, but I don’t play an instrument on a professional level, even though I would love to learn Piano or a folky instrument like the Nyckelharpa.

*What’s your favorite genre?
Next to Metal, I am totally into old school rock music, folk music, soundtracks of movies and games and classical music. I would say those are my favorite genres! 

*Please mention some of the bands/singers that have inspired you.
To start with the metal and rock scene, Anna Murphy is one of my idols. I love her natural performances and the tone and power she creates with her voice beside playing the hurdy gurdy, which always fascinates me! 
Floor Jansen also is an inspiration, because her achievements show what you can reach if you just stay passionated and keep living your dreams. The music business is hard sometimes and I can understand people who are frustrated because they need to put so much energy into their career but never get something back. You always have to give a lot first and spent much time, energy and money into this, but then there are those people you look up to, because they already achieved what you wish most and then the flame is burning even brighter. For example, just listening to Floors  live performance of “Ghost Love Score“ triggers something within, which tells me “Continue! You can reach this too”. 
I am a folky music head and there are some really wonderful musicians I like a lot, just to mention a few would be Wardruna, Loreena McKennit or the german band Faun. They reconnect me with my surroundings and nature when I am to much lost in thoughts. 
And at last there are soundtrack composer and YouTuber who are really inspiring, just like Two Steps From Hell and the YouTuber Karliene. 

*How long ago did you begin to make covers? 
I started to record my covers when I did a christmas CD for my mother in 2013. I picked up some songs she liked a lot and simply recorded them and uploaded “Tale As Old As Time”  from “The Beauty And The Beast“ on Youtube. My friends told me I should try it out, so I did ;-) 


*Do you have a favorite one? 
That‘s a difficult question, because I like all of them, even the old ones! They show a development and each cover reminds me of a special situation in life.  But if I had to choose I would say  “The Last Ride Of The Day“ by Nightwish!




*You have a band called ONCE. How did this project begin? 
It is a long, looong story, but I will try to sum it up! In 2012 I wanted to form a band and already had Marco with me as guitarist. We tried out different band projects, but all failed. One day I read a notification in the local newspaper and went to an audition for a Progressive Metal band. We didn’t really matched but when I told the guys that I was searching for someone who plays keyboard, they suggested Frank who also had an audition before. Fortunately he lived close to us and he brought a friend with, our drummer Alex. So ONCE was formed and through the years we developed a really strong friendship.




*Do you guys write your own lyrics? 
Yes, I write all the lyrics. 

*What’s the name of your latest album, and what inspired the concept? 
The upcoming album is called After Earth and the main idea behind the concept was to create a piece of art, in which everything is connected. 
We want to tell a story and invite the listener to sit down and to imagine the world we created in music, lyrics, artwork and structure. It should be like being a part of a movie, reflecting own thoughts and feelings while wandering through the protagonists story.
The structure is inspired by an Aristotelian drama  and the story is builded around the life of a main character. You can see him on the album cover artwork and he is also the main actor in our music video “The Hour Of Eden’s Fall“. 

*The Hour of Eden’s fall is beautiful. Did you have fun recording the video? Was it hard? 
Filming the video was a really interesting time and one of the most beautiful moments I gathered! We spent nearly 3 days sleepless in a house which seemed to live and breath dust of forgotten tales. 
We had to improvise a lot, but the team was perfect and when we started, everything seemed like working by itself. Thinking back it seemed like being in a kind of trance, where ideas were born and directly manifested into reality. 
Moreover it was autumn already, the lost place was surrounded by the smell of fallen leaves and the sun was shining really bright, even though the air was fresh. I simply loved it! Our families and friends were helping out and our actors William Seidel and Christin Paulzen were simply amazing! 


*Future albums/plans? 
Yeah we have ideas and plans, but nothing which is concrete yet. We will keep you updated ;-)

*Where can we stalk you and ONCE? 
Me on Facebook: https://goo.gl/jRPU6W 
Me on YouTube: https://goo.gl/APtmTE

ONCE on YouTube : https://goo.gl/pkV5Hw 
ONCE on Facebook: https://goo.gl/35uw2d 
ONCE on Twitter: https://goo.gl/PEXx8R 
ONCE on Instagram: https://goo.gl/EQq5gZ 
Website: http://www.once-official.de/


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