18 September 2018

New Release - Apollo Is Mine

I am so excited that APOLLO IS MINE by Mila Young is available now and that I get to share the news!

Title: APOLLO IS MINE (Harem of The Gods Book 1)
Author: Mila Young
Pub. Date: September 18, 2018
Publisher: Mila Young
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 200

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I’m a warrior. Cursed to fight monsters. Sworn to act
as Zeus’ sword to protect mankind.

But I’d give it all up for one
last kiss with the god who stole my heart…Apollo.

I never wanted to carry my
family's legacy. But blood ties cannot be broken, and I’ll keep the promise I
made my father on his dying bed. Legendary monsters hunt in city streets of
Chicago, and my job was to take down the worst. 

I’ve trained with Heracles.

Been blessed with super
human powers.

What I’ve never done is
fallen in love—until Apollo crossed my path. But he isn’t the only god to catch
my attention. Hades is here too, and with him comes a darkness that leaves
behind a trail of human bodies. Heracles and my gut instinct urges me to
destroy this creature, but each step brings me closer to the truth…

Darkness cannot win…or the
Earth will tumble into chaos and I’ll lose the god I’ve come to love…Apollo is

Apollo is Mine is book 1 in the Harem of the Gods reverse harem series.

Author Spotlight:

Bestselling Author, Mila Young tackles everything with the zeal and
bravado of the fairytale heroes she grew up reading about. She slays monsters,
real and imaginary, like there's no tomorrow.

By day she rocks a keyboard as a marketing extraordinaire. At night she
battles with her might pen-sword, creating fairytale retellings, and sexy ever
after tales. In her spare time, she loves pretending she's a mighty warrior,
walks on the beach with her dogs, cuddling up with her cats, and devouring
every fantasy tale she can get her pinkies on.

1 Winner will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card, International.


16 September 2018

Seventh Born - Review

Seventh Born - The Witchling Academy #1
by Monica Sanz

What they say: Abomination. Curse. Murderer. All names hurled at eighteen-year-old Seraphina Dovetail. As the seventh-born daughter to a witch, she's the cause of her mother losing her powers and, in turn, her life.

Abandoned as a child, Sera dreams of becoming an inspector and finding her family. To do that, she must be referred into the Advanced Studies Program at the Aetherium's Witchling Academy. Her birth order, quick temper, and tendency to set things on fire, however, have left her an outcast with failing marks…and just what Professor Nikolai Barrington is looking for.

The tall, brooding, yet exceedingly handsome young professor makes her a proposition: become his assistant and he'll give her the referral she needs. Sera is quickly thrust into a world where witches are being kidnapped, bodies are raised from the dead, and someone is burning seventhborns alive. As Sera and Barrington grow ever closer, she'll discover that some secrets are best left buried…and fire isn't the only thing that makes a witch burn.

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: In Seraphina's world being a seventh born daughter comes with the terrible curse and stigma of being a magic stealer and mother killer. Yeah, yeah, us rational people know a baby cannot help being born, but Sera's society is less forgiving. Seventh borns are basically regarded as the scourge of society. She is considered lucky to have been allowed to exist - nice huh?!

The seventh borns have been admitted onto a special programme at school but they are still treated as inferior just because of their birth. Sera was used and abused by the devious Noah and is hesitant to trust anyone other than her friend Mary. 

It is only the enigmatic and young, Professor Barrington who sees potential in Sera. He offers to support her application to become an inspector if she helps him on a murder case. Without giving anything away, I can honestly say I was never entirely sure whom to trust, and had my doubts about pretty much everyone at the school at one point or another.
The story is dramatic, sort of twisted and fun. The world building is descriptive and clever. Whenever Sera would face a new ghost I felt like I was there experiencing it all with her.

I kept expecting the story to take a bit of a forbidden romance turn, which is always a bit controversial. I'll leave it to you to find out if this happens.

I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next for Sera and the seventh borns...

4 Stars in my Sky!


14 September 2018

The Lady is Daring - Review

The Lady is Daring - Duke's Daughter's #3
by Megan Frampton

What they say: Five well-bred sisters, one sensational scandal. Now the Duke of Marymount's daughter Ida is about to find love in the most unconventional way...

It was easy for society to overlook Lady Ida Howlett; they found her bookish, opinionated, and off the marriage mart. But little did they know that behind a calm exterior beats the heart of an adventuress, one who, determined to discover her runaway sister's whereabouts, steals a carriage and sets off on a daring mission. Then she discovers she's not alone! Bennett, Lord Carson, is inside, and he refuses to leave.

Lord Carson's plans had always been to find a soft, gentle wife who would run his home and raise his children. Still, he makes a bargain with Ida—he won't desert her during her mad adventure. He'll make sure she's safe, and then find a suitable lady to fall in love with. But when rules (and garments) become discarded during this long, intimate journey, it's soon clear that this surprisingly daring lady is the woman he's needed all along.

Releases 25th Sept by Avon Books - Pre-order

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: I do love me some historical romance and Megan Frampton always knows how to bring on the swoon.

The Lady is Daring is the third instalment in Frampton's Dukes Daughters series but the books are standalone so you don't need to have read the first two.

Lady Ida Howlett goes against tradition and family expectation. She's considered too opinionated and not marriage material aka a bluestocking. When she takes it upon herself to track down her missing and disgraced sister Della, she knows this will damage her reputation beyond repair. She's headstrong and loyal so when she sets off on her rescue mission in a 'borrowed' carriage she's not expecting an infuriating stowaway...

Bennett aka Lord Carson is a busy man. He's running the duchy for his useless father and has no intention of ever treating anybody as badly as the duke treats his mother. He doesn't want to marry a whimpering, rich society heiress even to gain back some of the money his father has wasted. He finds himself on an unplanned adventure with Lady Ida and he can't help finding her bossy ways endearing.

Their developing relationship is really sweet. Neither wants to be a burden to the other but they are also not prepared to admit the truth.

Ida is probably my favourite of the Howlett girls so far because she's really funny. I loved her feminist approach and how she isn't prepared to be married off, or to become another society girl who is seen and not heard.

4 Stars in my Sky!

13 September 2018

LOVE ME CRAZY - New Release

Love Me Crazy, an all-new Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde Romantic Suspense by M.N. Forgy is NOW AVAILABLE!

Legend has it that there’s an intangible red string that binds two souls destined to be together.
No matter the time, place, or circumstance, nothing can break the invisible thread between those two people who are meant to be together.
That’s what it was like between Warner and I—an instant connection, like we’d always been together.
He and I, both from traumatized families, found comfort in one another. The boy with the letterman jacket and charismatic smile. And me, his bohemian princess.
The invisible string pulling us to one another despite the danger our love created.
The town whispered about us.
Our parents threatened us to stay away from one another.
They tried to cut the string and keep us apart.
We simply tied it in chaotic knots, with no hope for ever separating them.
Together, we escaped and became the modern-day Bonnie and Clyde. Our getaway filled with crime and passion.
But will our unbreakable bond uphold the chaos fate brought us, or will our love bleed into a pool of crimson?

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Author Spotlight:

M.N. Forgy was raised in Missouri where she still lives with her family. She's a soccer mom by day and a saucy writer by night. M.N. Forgy started writing at a young age but never took it seriously until years later, as a stay-at-home mom, she opened her laptop and started writing again. As a role model for her children, she felt she couldn't live with the "what if" anymore and finally took a chance on her character's story. So, with her glass of wine in hand and a stray Barbie sharing her seat, she continues to create and please her fans.


12 September 2018

Whatcha Reading Wednesday - George’s Marvellous Experiments

I purchased this to help with my studies (more on that in a future post) but ended up ignoring my TBR and jumping headfirst into this delight!

George’s Marvellous Experiments
by Roald Dahl

What they say: George Kranky created his own Marvellous Medicine to deal with his grizzly old grunion of a Grandma. You definitely can't do that at home (so don't even try!), but here's some amazing science that you can do!
From concocting home-made slime to creating your own volcano, these fun experiments are all easily done, following simple step-by-step instructions and using everyday household objects.
Inspired by Roald Dahl's terrific tale, this is the book for budding young scientists everywhere!


11 September 2018

Dickensen Academy

Dickensen Academy
by Christine Grabowski

Genre: YA Paranormal
Release Date: September 12th 2018
The Wild Rose Press, Inc

This school may be her dream come true…or her worst nightmare.

Dickensen Academy isn’t a typical boarding school. The faculty is hiding an unbelievable secret within their fine arts program. When Autumn Mattison receives an invitation to attend the high school, she yearns to escape her overbearing father yet remains reluctant to leave her mother and brother. Her doubts fade away when a vivid dream convinces her she belongs there.

Away from home, Autumn discovers a unique school environment that awakens her creative potential, and her new friends become like a second family. However, as she uncovers more about the dark side of the school and struggles with its curriculum, she questions whether Dickensen Academy is truly where she belongs.

When tragedy strikes, Autumn must learn to believe in her own power and stand up to her greatest fear or risk having her memories destroyed to protect the school’s secrets. Caught between secrets and dreams, can she find her true self?

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Author Spotlight:

Dickensen Academy is Christine’s debut YA novel. After graduating from the University of Washington, she earned her MBA at the University at Albany. She honed her technical writing skills in marketing and consulting but attributes the creative part of the process to her passion for reading.

When she isn’t reading or writing, Christine can often be found running, skiing, or hiking. She lives in Newcastle, Washington, with her supportive husband, two avid teen readers, and their energetic wheaten terriers.

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Author Interview with Christine Grabowski:

So, tell us bit about yourself
I’m a debut writer who lives in the Pacific Northwest with my husband, fourteen-year-old daughter, twelve-year-old son, and two wheaten terrier puppies. I’ve been fortunate to stay home for the past decade to focus on my family, but as the kids have gotten older, I’ve had more time to devote to writing.

Tell us about your book?
Dickensen Academyis a young adult book about a girl who is selected to go a boarding school know for their fine arts program. Once she gets there, she learns the faculty is hiding an unbelievable secret. Although there is an interesting fantasy/paranormal element, the novel is more of a coming of age book where a girl blossoms in this new environment while struggling for independence from her family.  

Give us an insight into your main character.  
Autumn is a freshman in high school. At the beginning, she has low self-confidence caused by living with a very controlling father who always compares her to her “perfect” older brother. As the book progresses, she needs to learn to overcome her desire to please her father and learn to please herself.

Is this book part of a series?
I originally imaged Dickensen Academy as the first book in a four part series and completed an outline of the next book. But I ended up writing it as a stand alone and will see if the readers want to continue to follow Autumn’s story throughout high school.  

How long have you been writing?
I began writing fiction about four years ago. Prior to then, my personal writing was limited to journaling and writing an annual holiday letter. I honed my writing skills (albeit not very creative) as a marketer, a human performance consultant, and an insurance adjuster.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I’m somewhere between a plotter and a pantser. I always have a high-level outline when I begin, but I usually get so excited to start the new project that I take off writing. The more I write, and the more I get to know my characters, I continue to add details to the outline so ideally by the time I get to that part in the book, I have a good idea of what I need to include in a particular scene

How do you keep yourself motivated?
I’m a numbers person. I like to keep track of my increasing (and later decreasing) word counts. When I am drafting, I write the number of new words on a wall calendar at the end of each day. Usually I have a monthly goal (rather than a daily one) since my family responsibilities vary day to day. I tend to overwrite, so when I’m editing, I get the same satisfaction from cutting words as I work down to an appropriate word count. 

What’s a perfect writing day?
After I get the kids off to school around seven, I write a couple of hours before going to the gym. Afterwards, I write a couple more hours at a coffee shop then come home and walk the dogs. When the kids return home, they miraculously don’ t need me, so I write until dinner.  

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Hang out with my kids, watch a movie with my husband, hike with the pups, and read when I have a moment of free time alone. Our favorite family activity is skiing in the mountains.

Do you have any specific advice for aspiring writers?
Find a critique group, educate yourself, and immerse yourself in the writing community (local or online). 

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