Sunday, October 22, 2017

Sunday Post #183

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news ~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share new about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

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The weather has been nice. It's cool, but nice for sleeping. And the sun shines during the day bringing temperatures up in the afternoon. Yes, I've had to leave home in the morning with a jacket on, but it's lovely weather. The leaves are starting to change as well.

One of the things I'm trying to do on the blog is respond to comments again. I use to do this all the time. I love the interaction with my blogging friends, and miss it. So I've been working to do this again with new posts. And I've set 2 or 3 evenings in the week for me to visit blogs for a half hour to an hour.

It's all time management, right? I'm trying to get on a schedule. But when things demand to be done sooner, I shift my time to those items. I've documented the week and still can't believe where the time goes. lol. But, it shows me what I'm doing. *sigh* I've been writing as well, but had problems with Scrivener. I now ca not get into my document. It's frustrating! And Scary!

I'll work on multitasking my time to get more than one thing done at a time.

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The Fit Booker:

Goal:  Workout in any form of exercise (or on Wii Fit) 2x's a week. (to feel better and hope to drop a few pants sizes)

How did I do last week... I made it to the treadmill twice! Thirty minutes each.


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What's Happening in Books:

Current Read:
Will start a new book soon.
AND Content Editing work

Current Audiobook:
Will start a new one Monday.

Current Podcast Book Listen:
Stonebriar Casefiles: Bad Alchemy by Laura Nicole Spencer (You can listen for free too!)


Finished Last Week: 
Hoping to get done reading this week.


Audiobooks from Audible:
Air and Ash by Alex Lidell
The Half-Assed Wizard by Gary Jonas
Curiouser and Curiouser by Melanie Karsak


Finished Podcast Book Listen:
Danger's Halo by Amanda Carlson


DNFed:

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Last Two Weeks on the Blog:


Cover Reveals: (click titles to go to post & learn more)




Guest Posts:


Posts:

Spellbound in a Flash:

Spellbound in a Flash now has a Facebook Page!
Football season has started, so you can catch my photos of the games at the Facebook Page.

Challenged Writers:
August and September Update


Around the Internet...



Reviews:
Steamborn by Eric Asher

"The people in this book are kind to each other, with a few slurs or feelings for the lowborn shown. But all are suffering when the village is attacked by the huge insects and they have to work together. This is something our world needs to see more of. The kind hearts of adults and children willing to eagerly help each other, not expecting payment in return."


Reconnaissance in Force by Terry Mixon

"My heart beats for the characters and their dangers. I love this creation."




Podcast Review:




Mama Bitchstress Reviews:



GIVEAWAYS:


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This Week to Come on the Blog:


I have two reviews schedule.



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Received Last Week:
(Note: Links to Amazon are buy links where I could earn commission, in case you are interested.)


For Review Consideration:
Void Trip by Ryan O'Sullivan & Plaid Klaus
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Amazon Synopsis:
From writer RYAN O'SULLIVAN (Turncoat, The Evil Within, Warhammer 40,000) and illustrator PLAID KLAUS (Turncoat), comes the story of Ana and Gabe, the last two humans left alive in the galaxy. They're low on fuel, they're low on food, and they're low on psychedelic space froot, but they're still determined to make it to the promised land: hippy-paradise, super-planet Euphoria. This is the story of their journey, the friends and enemies they made along the way, and how the universe responded to those who dared to live freely within it.


Audio Books Requested for Review:
The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Grace
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Goodreads Synopsis:
In a world of etiquette and polite masks, no one is who they seem to be.

Antonina Beaulieu is in the glittering city of Loisail for her first Grand Season, where she will attend balls and mingle among high society. Under the tutelage of the beautiful but cold Valérie Beaulieu, she hopes to find a suitable husband. However, the haphazard manifestations of Nina’s telekinetic powers make her the subject of malicious gossip.

Yet dazzling telekinetic performer and outsider Hector Auvray sees Nina’s powers as a gift, and he teaches her how to hone and control them. As they spend more and more time together, Nina falls in love and believes she’s found the great romance that she’s always dreamed of, but Hector’s courtship of Nina is deceptive.

The Beautiful Ones is a sweeping fantasy of manners set in a world inspired by the Belle Époque


Purchased/Winnings/Gifts:
Book:



Audio:



Free Ebooks:
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Armageddon Bound by Tim Marquitz
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Half-devil and miles from anything resembling heroic, perpetual underdog Frank Triggaltheron Trigg is the last man standing against Armageddon. As the favorite nephew of the Devil, Frank has led a troubled life, but he'd always had his uncle's influence to fall back on. Now, with God and Lucifer coming to terms and leaving existence to fend for itself, his once exalted status of Anti-Christ-to-be does little to endear him to the hordes of angels and demons running amok in the Godless world. With help from the members of DRAC, an organization of wizards, psychics, telepaths, and low-end supernatural beings, Frank must thwart the pro-Armageddon forces and rescue an angel in whose life rests the fate of humanity. Better luck next time, humanity.

An American Weredeer in Michigan by C.T. Phipps & Michael Suttkus
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Life is not easy for the world's first weredeer detective. A simple hike turns into a media circus when Jane Doe, her best friend Emma, and a pair of monster hunters find a mass grave. Determined to find the parties responsible, Jane soon discovers a sinister cult leader has decided to make Bright Falls, Michigan the home of his corrupt religion. 

As if this wasn't complicating her life enough, Jane also has to decide whether or not she wants to begin a relationship with FBI Special Agent Alex Timmons or local crime lord Lucien Lyons. Both men are determined to get to the bottom of the crime she's investigating but may be distracted by their own agendas--as well as their love for Jane.

Fool's Gold by Zen DiPietro
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Omar Freeborn doesn't expect too much out of life. A warm bed and not getting knifed is usually enough for him.

He's thrown a curve when his sister not only steals his bed, but involves him in her business deal gone wrong.

All he can do is dig in and pull off some trading mastery. Maybe, if he's lucky, he won't get knifed in the process.

"Fool's Gold" is a short story in the Mercenary Warfare series, a Dragonfire Station series.

The Cost of Business by Zen DiPietro
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Not all good guys finish last.

Cabot Layne has unintentionally become the owner of someone else's problem. In order to get free of it, he'll need to use every bit of his trader cunning. If he does it just right, he might stay out of prison. With a little luck, he'll even manage to turn a profit.

Dragonfire Station is all about highly developed characters who feel like real people you know. In a nutshell, it's about kick-ass, flawed people who are doing their best to overcome the challenges thrown their way.

Fans of Firefly and Guardians of the Galaxy will love this sci-fi series, full of rogues, mercenaries, and adventure. Sometimes you have to make the rules up as you go along.

Pirate's Vengeance by L.J. Andrews
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Pillage...Plunder...Survive

"A wild and fun ride with pirates! Danger, fun, magic, and a touch of romance"

The tattooed pirate jumped onto the side of the ship and held tight to the rigging. "Gents," he smiled. "Ye know what to do." With a maniacal laugh he leapt across the gap between ships until joining his captain on deck. Two enormous men with blackened teeth faced the captured crew.
"Ye needs be vetted to join the crew of Smythe. Any deemed unworthy, or cowardly will fly to the Below. Boys, line 'em up." It was time to join the world of sky pirates, or die.


Launi Kingdom is built on floating islands, full of wonderful adventures for eighteen year-old Nova. But when her father is kidnapped by sky pirates, her carefree days are over.
Armed with her father's leather bag, an old pirate seal, and a mysterious jeweled dagger found in the wall of her home, Nova sets out disguised as a boy to find the legendary Captain Phoenix. Only a man such as him could bargain for her father's safe return.
But before she can reach Captain Phoenix her ship is attacked by pirates, and Nova is forced to join the crew or die. Now she must survive the riotous crew for her father's sake. Soon she finds there is something more to the jeweled dagger⸺ and herself. Something dangerous.
Nova must unravel her family's secrets before the dark power overtakes her, or her father will be lost forever and she'll become what she fears most. A pirate.


Free Audio Books/Stories:


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Reviews to Come:

Soulless by Skyla Dawn Cameron
The Sentinel by Chris Lester
The Muse by Chris Lester
Metamor City: Making the Cut by Chris Lester
Metamor City: Whispers in the Wood by Chris Lester
Lex Talionis by Starla Huchton
Spark by Starla Huchton
Heir to Kale by K.L. Bone
Tales from the Archives Vol 4 #5 - Old Sinner's Bones
The Death of Dulgath by Michael J. Sullivan
Primordial by David Wood & Alan Baxter
Air and Ash by Alex Lidell
The Half-Assed Wizard by Gary Jonas
Curiouser and Curiouser by Melanie Karsak
Danger's Halo by Amanda Carlson

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Audio Book Review: Reconnaissance in Force

Reconnaissance in Force

By:  Terry Mixon

Publish Date:  December 2, 2016, Audiobook Release August 8, 2017

Format:  Audiobook - 10 hrs 23 mins
Narrated By:  Veronica Giguere

Genre:  Science Fiction

Series:  6th in The Empire of Bones series; 1st Book ~ Empire of Bones, 2nd Book ~ Veil of Shadows, 3rd Book ~ Command Decisions, 4th Book ~ Ghosts of Empire, 5th Book ~ Paying the Price

Impression:  Wow. Space opera at it's best.

Synopsis:
When going to war, it pays to know your enemy. Particularly when they can crush you like a bug.

Princess Kelsey Bandar has one slim chance to steal the tech her people need to survive. Only a bold strike deep into enemy space keeps the New Terran Empire alive.

Success gives them a chance. Failure dooms them to death and worse.

Kelsey and her friends once again risk everything for their people. If you love military science fiction and grand adventure on a galactic scale, grab “Reconnaissance in Force” and the rest of The Empire of Bones Saga.

First Sentence:
Admiral Jared Mertz wrapped up his presentation to the senior Fleet officers aboard Orbital One with more than a hint of relief.

Purchase At:
Amazon

Audible

My Thoughts and Summary:
*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Do I need to tell of my love of the voice acting work?  Veronica is amazing at different voices, personalities, accents, and infliction. At this point of the series, book six, she is all the characters. There have been several over the books and she has made each individual and unique to hear. In doing so, I feel like I'm watching an amazing tv series and not even listening to a book. Thank you for such a great experience!

The Empire is working to get many things in action and done to protect them from what's coming - More ships like what Jared found, AI's like Marcus made, flip point jammers made, and implants produced and implanted. All of which could take several months to several years to finish. They are working against the clock to be prepared for when Rebel Empire arrives for war.

The beginning places us where everyone is and what the Empire has to do in order to prepare for the Rebel Empire eventually coming to attack. There is a lot to be done. But they have it all in order. In this breakdown we see what Jared's next mission will be - a reconnaissance mission. They need data of the area and the supplies on the supply ship from the Rebels to make more Raiders.

The first few hours of this book could be seen by some as slow, but for me it's exactly what I want. This is book six and I'm HIGHLY invested in these characters and what happens to them. This part is on more a personal level rather than the fighting and space quests of unknown danger. Terry writes these characters in such depth that I feel their anxiety as they are re-positioned in the lives they know. None of this is a bad thing. It's all elevating their statuses that they deserve. And yet there's a lot of events that happen in their lives as well. Families and friends. lol.

I love the family connections that have grown with these characters. Not only the sibling feel that's grown between Jared and Kelsey, but also the matching of others and friendship bonds that have formed rather strongly. The characters and their stories and troubles smoothly flow through the story.

Then we go out on our next mission. The threats escalated more than we could have expected. Wow. What is found here are things that are highly needed and could be used by the Empire. Where our friends end up... Let me just say, it is something to have seen how they've all grown in their abilities. With what they've learned and lived through, they may still doubt themselves but they are ready for the tricks they need to work up in order to live.

These stories are so like Star Trek. We get personal life and the big action and adventure and danger. Then we come out at the other end with a huge sigh. My heart beats for the characters and their dangers. I love this creation.

Goodness. Where's the next book!?! lol. We come in with the major expedition done. Now real life sets in before we are shipped out again. On this mission we end with more than expected. We conclude what we are looking for, but we are left hoping for the safety of all. I know the next book is going to bring us much adventure and danger that leads to fighting. I can't wait!

I don't want to give anything away with this book, as it's the sixth and it's growing harder to not tip the hat. So you need to read this series! That way we can talk about it in more depth. Believe me, it's worth it.



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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Audio Book Review: Steamborn

Steamborn

By:  Eric Asher

Publish Date:  November 30, 2015, Audiobook Release February 1, 2017

Format:  Audiobook - 8 hrs 31 mins
Narrated By:  Saskia Maarleveld

Genre:  Fantasy, Steampunk, Teen

Series:  1st in Steamborn series

Impression:  A young man starts to grow up, for family and friends.

Synopsis:
Jacob, a tinker's apprentice and sometime thief, has lived his entire life in the mountain city of Ancora, protected by the city walls. These towering barriers keep the Deadlands creatures at bay, but the monsters move higher into the peaks every year. More and more, they breach the defenses of the Lowlands while the Highlands rest easy.

A swarm overruns the walls and wreaks utter devastation on the Lowlands. Charles, the old tinker, suspects the attack may not be natural. With help from Jacob's closest friend, Alice, and Samuel, one of the city's elite spider knights, Jacob and Charles will uncover a terrible darkness at the heart of their city.

First Sentence:
Jacob ran.

Purchase At:
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Audible

My Thoughts and Summary:
*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This is my first listen to Saskia. She has a lovely voice that's easy to listen to. I didn't found there was some difference in tone or sound to help differentiate the characters, but nothing major. However, the book was still rather easy to follow who was talking. Saskia does sound older for Charles and a scratchy sound for men. She did well with slight differences. I did find the story felt to be moving slow, so I did speed up to 1.25x the speed as opposed to my normal 1.00x speed. I wanted to move along with all that's to happen, I was a little anxious to get going. I was back and forth on the speed.

This is very much a young reader style story. Not just because our main character is 15 going on 16 but in the reading of the story. It's easy to follow as Jacob grows from a teen into a young man, as the city sees kids this age but also in his own thinking and doing.

The world is different. It's a feel of post apocalyptic with steam and clockworks powering things. We also see large insects. Some are friendly and like pets or horses to ride. Other bugs are strong and attack the city, where the walls have grown weak. This shows the division in people in the village/city areas. There are lowborn and highborn sections of the city, a very fantasy feel to the city.

The people in this book are kind to each other, with a few slurs or feelings for the lowborn shown. But all are suffering when the village is attacked by the huge insects and they have to work together. This is something our world needs to see more of. The kind hearts of adults and children willing to eagerly help each other, not expecting payment in return. This warmed my heart to hear! That's not to say there aren't people that look down on others, but there is a focus on kindness.

The story is told from Jacob's POV. We see the city and people as he sees them. There is some bad out there, but the author has chosen to focus on the good. Thank you. There is to much bad out there that many see, so to have a story highlighting the good in people is a pleasure to read. And, even though the world is rough with the giant bugs attacking, it seems like a world I'd like to visit.

The only downfall in the story for me was I didn't feel Jacob, our main character, had a drive or want for something. Not even a major conflict in his character and world. He's a boy living to get by. Sure, he's poor and life is hard, but it doesn't feel as he has a real want, something to drive to get or fight against. He does come across events that give him points to work toward - his father being sick which is a desire for his father to get well, the bugs attacking his part of town and wanting his family and friends safe, then what he learns in the catacombs. But nothing overall for him other than curiosity of a brilliant kid getting him into trouble.

The world is attention attracting. And at the end of this book, I'm curious to where the story goes with what we are learning. I'll be carrying on with the books to see where our characters end up.



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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sunday Post #182

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news ~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share new about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

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Some days I feel like throwing in the towel. I have been hoping and looking for things and life to relax. But it doesn't seem that's going to happen. I don't even know what I do each evening of the week that my days are slipping away far to fast. I know in weekends what's happening, but during the week... Gah. I'm going to have to start writing down what I do each night to keep track of it all.

It seems that two weeks is becoming my normal for Sunday Posts. With football on Saturday's and doing photos for the games, my time is creeping away from me on Sunday's.

I've been going rather, RATHER, slow with reading. Time hasn't been a very good friend these days. Why couldn't we have that extra hour a day? Ugh. I would be so exhausted if the day was 25 hours long. lol. But! We could require that hour to be reading hour. You can read anything you want, but you have to read.

So, on with the fast moving weekend I go. Have a great one all!

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The Fit Booker:

Goal:  Workout in any form of exercise (or on Wii Fit) 2x's a week. (to feel better and hope to drop a few pants sizes)

How did I do last week... I'm reallllly hoping the change of weather will bring time for exercise for me. I neeeeed to get back at it. How do you do everything in one day!?


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What's Happening in Books:

Current Read:
Danger's Halo by Amanda Carlson
AND Content Editing work

Current Audiobook:
Air and Ash by Alex Lidell

Current Podcast Book Listen:
Stonebriar Casefiles: Bad Alchemy by Laura Nicole Spencer (You can listen for free too!)


Finished Last Week: 
Hoping to get done reading this week.


Audiobooks from Audible:
Steamborn by Eric Asher
Reconnaissance in Force by Terry Mixon
Primordial by David Wood & Alan Baxter


Finished Podcast Book Listen:
Nothing yet.


DNFed:

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Last Two Weeks on the Blog:


Cover Reveals: (click titles to go to post & learn more)




Guest Posts:


Posts:


Around the Internet...



Reviews:
A Dark and Twisted Heart by Merrie Destefano

"Merrie has created a story in one moment of a person's life. This moment is one that will change his life forever."


EverRealm by Jake Bible

"I really like that they are leaving the "real" world behind for virtual ones, and the reason behind it all. This gives the solid reason for coming to the gaming worlds in my mind. "


Hero of Thera by Erik Nylund

"I found I was drawn into the creation of the realm of Thera. The way Hector is drawn to it, it's like a game but oh so real. You live or die here, but it's the adventure and action that everyone who's played video games could ever want."



Podcast Review:




Mama Bitchstress Reviews:



GIVEAWAYS:


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This Week to Come on the Blog:


I have two reviews schedule.



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Received Last Week:
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For Review Consideration:
Malice of Crows by Lila Bowen
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Goodreads Synopsis:
The Ranger known as Rhett has shut down a terrible enterprise running on the blood of magical folk, but failed to catch the dark alchemist behind it. And now the Shadow refuses to let him rest.

Rhett must make the ultimate transformation if he has any hope of stopping the alchemist or fulfilling his destiny; he must become the leader of a new Rangers outpost. 

To save his friends, and the lives of countless others, he'll first have to lead them on a mission more dangerous than anything they've ever faced.



Audio Books Requested for Review:
Hunter, Healer by Lilith Saintcrow
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Their first mistake? Kidnapping her lover. Their second? Thinking she wouldn't do something about it.
The black-ops government agency known as Sigma has shattered the resistance, destroyed its infrastructure, and taken its best operative captive. It's about as bad as it can get, but Sigma's forgotten one thing: Rowan Price.
Rowan is no longer a civilian in the shadow war. Her talents are fully trained, and she's become something she never dreamed of—a cool, clinical, lethal psionic operative. Working as Henderson's second-in-command, she's utterly focused on two things: repairing the Society's infrastructure and rescuing Justin Delgado. Yet under her shell of calm and gentleness, her rage is simmering...and it's about to break loose.
Delgado knows he can't remember something important. He puts up with Sigma's beatings and questioning, the pain and the torture...
Deadlands: Boneyard by Seanan McGuire
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Goodreads Synopsis:
The newest book based on the hit Weird West RPG franchise Deadlands!

Step right up to see the oddities and marvels of The Blackstone Family Circus and Travelling Wonder Show! Gasp at pit wasps the size of a man’s forearm. Beware the pumpkin-headed corn stalker, lest it plant its roots in you!

Annie Pearl is the keeper of oddities, the mistress of monsters. Her unique collection of creatures is one of the circus’s star attractions, drawing wide-eyed crowds at every small frontier town they visit. But Annie is also a woman running from her past . . . and the mother of a mute young daughter, Adeline, whom she will do anything to protect.

Hoping to fill its coffers before winter sets in, the circus steers its wagons to The Clearing, a remote community deep in the Oregon wilderness, surrounded by an ominous dark wood. Word is that a traveling show can turn a tidy profit at The Clearing, but there are whispers, too, of unexplained disappearances that afflict one out of every four shows that pass through the town.

The Clearing has it secrets, and so does Annie. And it may take everything she has to save her daughter―and the circus―from both.

A gripping tale of the Weird West, set on the haunted frontier of DEADLANDS, the award-winning game from Pinnacle Entertainment Group.


Purchased/Winnings/Gifts:
Book:
The Curse of the Silver Pharaoh by Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris
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Goodreads Synopsis:
From the creators of the award-winning steampunk series comes a new adventure set in the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences world. 

Before the Maestro launched his sinister plan to rule to world… 

Before the Phoenix Society attempted to unleash the Mechamen on the Empire… 

Before Ministry archivist Wellington Books was captured by the House of Usher… 

…there was Verity Fitzroy and the Ministry Seven. 

They were all orphans, each with their own stories and their own demons, enjoying the run of London. Then they came under the care of Agent Harrison Thorne of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, and a whole new adventure began for them all. Now calling themselves The Ministry Seven, they serve at the behest of Her Majesty in between the odd con job or two. 

While Verity Fitzroy loses herself in magical mechanications and fantastical science of London, she harbours from her fellow street urchins secrets of the death of her parents, of a mystery she can't leave alone, and of a power over machinery that both excites and terrifies her. 

When an Egyptologist from the British Museum is kidnapped, and the only clue leads to an elite school for gifted, young scientists, the Ministry Seven are called upon to go where their agents cannot. Within the walls of the Delancy Academy, Verity uncovers an ancient evil that could herald the end of the world as well as the truth behind her father’s most trusted confidant. 

The Seven set down a dangerous path of intrigue, mystery, and murder; and find that ancient curses are especially difficult to contend with when you have assignments for Chemistry class due the following day.

Portion Disaster by Zoe Arden
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Murders are never far from cupcakes in Sweetland Cove... 

Ava Fortune is celebrating her twenty-second birthday with just a few witches, a few sweets...

And a murder.

When all eyes in Sweetland turn to Polly Peacock as their prime suspect, Ava will have to decide who to believe.

Polly's dangerous.
She's a criminal.
She should be back behind bars.


That's what most of Sweetland says but is it true? 

There's more happening in Sweetland than simple murder.
Everyone has a secret, and no one wants to share.

And Polly's not going back to prison.
Ava can't trust her but then she can't trust anyone.
When Ava finds herself among the suspects, she turns to her boyfriend Colt Hudson for help.
Soon Colt's life is in danger, too. 

Can Ava figure out who the real villain is before it's too late, or was the town of Sweetland Cove right all along?
If Polly's not the killer, then who else could it be? 



Audio:



Free Ebooks:
(On my Kindle and Nook App) Links to books under title. They may or may not be free at this time.
Fly: Goose Girl Retold by Demelza Carlton
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Two princesses. One prince. And the war has just begun.
Once upon a time...
Princess Ava was sent to a neighbouring kingdom as a lady-in-waiting to her sister, their future queen. Until a runaway horse, a case of amnesia and a cold-hearted king conspire to bring her to the prince's attention.
Now the prince believes Ava is his bride, and her sister is just a serving maid. One thing is certain: the prince must marry one of the princesses, or there will be war.
But when all's fair in love and war...who will win the battle for the prince's heart?

Beneath Northumberland by K.T. Bryski & P.C. Haring
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Taking pity on the plucky intern in the Archives of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences might not have been the best choice for Agent Brandon Hill. What seemed like a simple kindness has brought him to the bottom of the Northumberland Straight, and into a very peculiar kind of Canadian danger. 

Tales from the Archives are short stories set in the world of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences. They explore events mentioned in the novels, characters seen and unseen and may include novel teasers of things to come.

Snowfall and Secrets by Kimberly Loth
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Tess escapes from Florida with a secret as big as Miami. She needs to find someplace to lay low and hide from her overbearing family. Mackinac Island, Michigan, should be the perfect place to hide out. However, her timing is a little off, it's the dead of winter and she's never been in temperatures below fifty degrees. Just her luck, her landlord, Lukas, is as hot as the sun. He's also moody and hiding secrets as well. Which suits Tess fine. A man is the last complication she needs. A Michigan blizzard leaves them trapped in the same house together and things heat up, fast. Tess finds herself falling for Lukas, in spite of the secrets that could ruin everything before it even begins.

Witch Slap by Val St. Crowe
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Welcome to Ravenridge College. 
Get drunk. Make stupid decisions. And kick serious interdimensional butt. 

Petra Brightshade was under the impression that college meant going to, like, classes. But she was recruited to this “prestigious mage college” because she’s something called a primal. Her innate magic is uniquely suited to fighting monstrous creatures from another dimension. Those creatures are pouring through a breach in the fabric of the universe right into the college’s library. 

Petra would rather carve the word “primal” into her own stomach than fight those freaking creatures. She’s been fighting them her whole life, and they haunt her nightmares. 

But that hot gargoyle that recruited her said that she was pretty much the only hope to save the world. And he’s intriguingly straight-laced. She can’t help but want to loosen him up a bit. And it’s true that the other primals seem to subscribe to the philosophy, “Fight hard. Party harder.” 

So, Petra’s in. She’s going to fight. As soon as she gets some coffee, that is.

Dancing Days by Val St. Crowe
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Goodreads Synopsis:
If Hogwarts was more like Woodstock, and Voldemort was your childhood sweetheart turned abusive boyfriend...

As long as Nora Sparrow can remember, Owen has protected her. He’s been there through years of miserable foster homes and snobby mean girls, always whispering to her that she doesn’t belong here. Telling her that this is the mundane world, and someday, he’ll get them back to Helicon, the world of the muses. The world where they belong.

But Nora’s fifteen years old, and she isn’t sure she quite believes it anymore. When he begs her to try another ritual to open the dimensions, she agrees mostly to humor him. Owen’s rituals never work.

But this one does, and Nora is flung into the whimsical, bohemian land of Helicon, where she’s expected to do nothing more than create and inspire. With the help of her new muse friends, Nora sets out to discover who is creating holes in the fabric of Helicon and draining away the muses’ energy.

Everything would be perfect, if only Owen’s protectiveness wasn’t starting to seem so...obsessive.
 

The Toil and Trouble Trilogy, Book 1 by Val St. Crowe
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Goodreads Synopsis:
The jettatori are male witches. They make and sell illegal magical charms. Their underground network controls the city, and it’s boys’ club—no women allowed. 

Eighteen-year-old Olivia Calabrese is tough as nails. She not only wants in, she wants to be boss. 

She’s got the pedigree. Her father ran the crew until he was arrested and locked up. 

She’s got a secret weapon. Brice Ventresca—super powerful, super gorgeous. 

Now all she has to do is survive the competition against her cousin and scrabble her way to the top. 

Except her cousin’s not playing fair. He whispers something to her that throws her off track. Says that her dead mother wasn’t killed by stray bullets from the police, like she thought. It was a hit, one ordered by her father. 

Now Olivia’s determined to find out the truth. 

And gorgeous Brice? Well, he’s contracted a magical virus that makes him turn into a rage-filled monster every night at midnight.



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Reviews to Come:

Soulless by Skyla Dawn Cameron
The Sentinel by Chris Lester
The Muse by Chris Lester
Metamor City: Making the Cut by Chris Lester
Metamor City: Whispers in the Wood by Chris Lester
Lex Talionis by Starla Huchton
Spark by Starla Huchton
Heir to Kale by K.L. Bone
Tales from the Archives Vol 4 #5 - Old Sinner's Bones
The Death of Dulgath by Michael J. Sullivan
Steamborn by Eric Asher
Reconnaissance in Force by Terry Mixon
Primordial by David Wood & Alan Baxter