Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bookworm News: April



Third Daughter by Susan Kaye Quinn
The Call of the Mild by William Rabkin
Forgiven by Rachel Morgan
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Salted by Aaron Galvin 


Third Daughter by Susan Kaye Quinn
Aniri, the Third Daughter, looks forward to her eighteenth birthday when she can choose love over duty, but a pending war may change all her plans in Susan Kaye Quinn's Third Daughter. I loved how this novel is set in an alternate world India. The details are vivid and exquisite. The political intrigue, the steampunk gadgets, and the beautiful costumes kept me in wonderment. Aniri is a likeable character, and my heart went out to her. The barbarian prince is swoon-worthy with his kindness and bravery. The only reason I'm giving this novel four stars instead of five is because I found the beginning a bit too slow, so it took me awhile to be fully invested in the story. But when I was, Third Daughter by Susan Kaye Quinn was magical. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

The Call of the Mild by William Rabkin
What seems like a simple case of retrieving a lost necklace takes a deadly turn in William Rabkin's The Call of the Mild. This novel is a TV tie-in book for the show Psych. The best part of the book is the witty dialogue. Rabkin often had me laughing at what Shawn, Gus, Henry, and the others said. Some of the pop culture references went over my head. The plot was a bit all over the place, and there were instances when the narrative could've been tightened, but I still figured out who was killing people. Shawn's antics always make me smile, and I enjoy how Gus is the main narrator. Although not the best written novel, if you're a fan of the show, then you'll enjoy The Call of the Mild by William Rabkin. It's a feel-good novel and an all right read for us fans who are already missing Psych.

Forgiven by Rachel Morgan
Jules waited three-hundred-and-six days to return home in Rachel Morgan's Forgiven. This novella sped right along. Jules is a likeable character with a haunting past she wants to leave in the past, but her secrets are about to come out into the open. Her emotions felt very real to me, and I found myself holding my breath for her. I love Jules's interactions with her sisters. Their relationships were wonderfully complex and endearing. The exotic setting of Durban, South Africa adds an exotic flavor to the read. And the touch of sweet romance budding anew left this tense and emotional read on a high note. I'd highly recommend Rachel Morgan's Forgiven and am looking forward to the rest of the Trouble series.

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Evie's quest for normalcy may be beyond her reach in Kiersten White's Paranormalcy. Evie has such a strong teenaged voice, although she's a bit clueless in all she doesn't know. Lend is a good match for her. The world-building is phenomenal. White manages to take the paranormal realm and make it unique to her world. I loved learning about the different creatures and mythologies. The villain is equally tragic and terrifying, and I loved the hints of problems within the Seelie and Unseelie courts, which I think will be expanded upon in book two. An unique and entertaining read, Paranormalcy by Kiersten White is full of twists and turns. I can't wait to read book two!

Salted by Aaron Galvin
Life in the Salt can make a runner out of anyone in Aaron Galvin's Salted. I loved Galvin's unique take on selkies and the underwater world they live in. I hope in future books we learn more about their history, mythology, and the creatures themselves. Most of the characters are a rough and tumble group. They've lived a hard life and are products of said life. This novel is told from multiple points of view, and my favorite characters' narratives were Weaver's and Chide's as I found the other characters somewhat unsympathetic at times. Although a few of the situations seemed unrealistic (a school bus driver chewing tobacco and some of the language teachers/principals used), I totally bought into the Salted world Galvin created. Not an easy read but a unique one, I would recommend Salted by Aaron Galvin for people who are looking for something beyond the typical mermaid and selkie tales.


 On the edge of sanity, her courage tested, and convictions nearly broken, Hyla’s final test of loyalty to her faith comes with the death of one she could have loved.

Terri Rochenski's Secret of the Souls releases from J. Taylor Publishing on October 6, 2014.

And a special message from Nicole Zoltack:

Hey, howdy, hey! Nicole Zoltack here and I'm so happy to share with you the cover for WHITE HELLEBORE. The second book in the Heroes of Falledge trilogy kicks off with an amazing cover.

All right, all right, I won't keep you in suspense any longer. I know you're dying to see it!

Told you it was awesome! I'm not biased at all. Nope. Not even a little bit.

BLURB: After destroying Skull Krusher, Nicholas Adams thinks Falledge is safe and becomes a security guard at the museum, watching a valuable statue. Unfortunately, the Egyptian statue houses the soul of a scorned witch, biding her time to have her revenge on the descendants of her cheating lover.

Kiya the witch isn't the only new foe in town as the drug that created Skull Krusher has now transformed a scientist into yet another monster, forcing Nicholas to don his Black Hellebore mask again and save Falledge.

Nicholas has no help this time as Kiya gains possession of his love Julianna's body and brings the soul of Justina, Nicholas's high school sweetheart and Julianna's twin, with her. Despite himself, Nicholas is torn between the sisters. If he can't stop the fiends from taking over the world and destroying humankind, he'd never be able to find lasting, true love.

So I'm sure you're dying to know the release date and luckily it's not that far away! WHITE HELLEBORE releases April 21st! Be sure to grab it on the 21st! :D

BIO: Nicole Zoltack loves to write in many genres, especially romance, whether fantasy, paranormal, or regency. When she’s not writing about knights, superheroes, or zombies, she loves to spend time with her loving husband and three energetic young boys. She enjoys riding horses (pretending they’re unicorns, of course!) and going to the PA Renaissance Faire, dressed in garb. She’ll also read anything she can get her hands on. Her current favorite TV show is The Walking Dead. To learn more about Nicole and her writing, visit


Unnatural by J.A. Belfield
Far From You by Tess Sharpe
The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy by Kate Hattemer
Sekret by Lindsay Smith
Knightley and Son by Rohan Gavin
She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedwick
Plus One by Elizabeth Fama
House of Ivy and Sorrow by Natalie Whipple
Cutlass by Ashley Nixon
Plaster City by Johnny Shaw
Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
The Ring and the Crown by Melissa de la Cruz
The Break-Up Artist by Philip Siegel
Salted by Aaron Galvin
 The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
Past the Shallows by Favel Parrett
Things a Little Bird Told Me by Biz Stone
My Not So Super Sweet Life by Rachel Harris
Forgiven by Rachel Morgan
The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa
Fighting for Infinity by Karen Amanda Hooper
The Sin Circus by Rachel Firasek
White Hellebore by Nicole Zoltack
The Challenge by Cas Peace


Although I'm not participating in A-Z on this blog, we authors at Untethered Realms are talking about fantastical creatures. Be sure to stop by!  

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Book Chat: M. Pax's Worlds of Edge


The story of the Backworlds continues, and the story of Earth begins.

Worlds on Edge

by M. Pax

Fifth book in the Backworlds series

War is coming. A horde of merciless aliens poise just beyond the Edge. In a matter of weeks they will devour the worlds.

Racing ahead of the apocalypse, Craze returns to the Backworlds to warn them and plan a defense. Only he can’t go home. Banned from Pardeep Station, he must wage a more urgent battle. His moon is under siege, and his friends are dying. 

Bad things come in threes, and the galaxy is no exception. An old enemy returns, attacking moons and defenseless globes, leaving a wake of destruction. Worse than that, they threaten to join forces with the alien horde. 

Defeat seems inevitable. Craze may not be able to stop it. Yet home is worth the fight.

Fantasy, science fiction, and the weird beckons to M. Pax, and she blames Oregon for that, a source of endless inspiration. She docents at Pine Mountain Observatory in the summers, teaching the public about the stars and the galaxy. A Bachelors of Science in Journalism, she had former lives in marketing and television before settling down to write. Want to know more?


Although I'm not participating in A-Z on this blog, we authors at Untethered Realms are talking about fantastical creatures. Be sure to stop by!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

#IWSG: Prequels

It's time for another Insecure Writer's Support Group meeting. IWSG was created by the awesome ninja captain Alex J. Cavanaugh, and you can find out the other members of the group here.
When is the best time to release a prequel of a series?

You see, I have a few prequels to go along with some series. With The Fate Challenges, I released a short story prequel (Magna's Plea) before the novels. I also have a novel-length prequel (Reigned) that will come out after book two of The Fate Challenges trilogy.

But next year I plan to start writing a new trilogy (The God Challenges), one that will take place within The Fate Challenges' world but 2500 years later. This trilogy also has a prequel that takes place 2000 years after The Fate Challenges and sets up why the world changed so much from The Fate Challenges to The God Challenges. I don't know when to start writing it, though. Do I write and release it before book one of The God Challenges comes out or after book one ... or even after book two? When do you like to read a prequel?

Any advice would be appreciated.


Although I'm not participating in A-Z on this blog, we authors at Untethered Realms are talking about fantastical creatures. Be sure to stop by!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Writing Update: April Goals

Happy Wednesday!

ARCs of Reborn are with reviewers, and I'm gearing up for a couple more proofreads of Reborn before it's published in May. I've also been working a little bit on Reforged, Book Two of The Fate Challenges, and Remarked, The Fate Challenges #1.5 novella.

Here are my April goals:
  • Proofread Reborn. I should have my print proof in a few weeks, so I can start reading it. It's amazing how much more you catch when you read your work in a different format. While I'm waiting, I'm planning to format Reborn for my Kindle again and do another read-through on it (perhaps even a text-to-voice read). I hope to have all proofreads and changes finished by the end of April or early May, so I can publish Reborn with plenty of time to get purchase links and the like to the wonderful bloggers helping me with my blog tour (May 23 - June 23).
  • Write Reforged. My goal is to finish the first draft by the end of June, so I can do a read-through of it in late June/early July and send the manuscript to alpha reader #1. So for this month, I hope to finish my editing/rewrite through Chapter 16 and write a few more chapters in it.
  • Finish writing Remarked. I want to get this novella written and to my alpha reader #1 in early May.
  • Start writing guest posts for Reborn Blog Tour. The tour runs from May 23 - June 23, and I have quite a few guest posts to write up as well as interview questions to answer, so I thought I would start writing them now, so I can send the tour info out to bloggers as soon as I have purchase links.
Can you believe it is less than two months now to the official release date of Reborn? It just makes my mind spin thinking about it all.

And those who are participating in A-Z Blogging Challenge in April, have fun and I wish you loads of luck! We authors at Untethered Realms will be participating. There will be some group posts, and I will talk about Karshiptas on April 12 and Mephinas on April 15, two interesting creatures from The Fate Challenges' world.

What are your April goals? Are you participating in the A-Z Challenge?

2014 Stats
10,958 Words Written
656 Pages Edited
*Stats taken from 1/1/2014-3/25/2014*

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Bookworm News: March



The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson


The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
Armies at their walls might be the least of Vin's worries in Brandon Sanderson's The Well of Ascension. Book Two in the Mistborn trilogy, Vin, Elend, and their friends are trying to keep a tentative hold on the kingdom as invading armies threaten to return the Final Empire to the tyranny it knew under the Lord Ruler. The situation brings out the best and worst in the characters. This novel is a much darker read, and I missed the humorous moments to break up the tension that were prevalent in the first book. I thoroughly enjoyed Vin and the kandra's budding friendship. Despite being full of twists and turns, this lengthy novel had a slower pace to it than book one as well. The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson creates a tense and dark fantasy. I'm looking forward to reading book three, so I can learn how the characters will get out of the bone-chilling situation they're in.


In the second installment of The Fire Born trilogy, a new breed of villain looms—one Layla and Max will never suspect, and this killer has nothing to lose. Better yet, with Max and Layla’s deaths, victory is in the grip of the enemy.

Will Max and Layla find each other in time, or is it already too late for them both?

Torn, a Fireborn Novel, by Laney McMann will released on September 8, 2014 by J. Taylor Publishing.

The Shadow Throne by Jennifer Nielson
A Death-Struck Year by Makiia Lucier
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
Eddie Red, Undercover: Mystery on Museum Mile by Marcia Wells
Half Bad by Sally Green
Providence by Lisa Colozza Cocca
Keeping Mum by Alyse Carlson
Long Knives by Charles Rosenberg
The Rented Mule by Bobby Cole
Worlds on Edge by M. Pax
Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
Beyond the Door by Maureen Doyle McQuerry
Donna of the Dead by Alison Kemper
 Til Death by Kate Evangelista
Searching for Beautiful by Nyrae Dawn
Knight Assassin by Rima Jean
Darkside Sun by Jocelyn Adams
Sidelined by Kyra Lennon
The Adventures of Jillian Spectre by Nic Tatano
My Life From Hell by Tellulah Darling
Third Degree by Julie Cross
Starving for Love by Nicole Zoltack