Thursday, 30 July 2015

Review & Giveaway: The Empyrean Key by J.L. Tomlinson


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Welcome to my tour stop for The Empyrean Key by J.L. Tomlinson.  This is the first book in Ardentia series.  This is a epic fantasy novel.  The tour runs July 27- Aug. 7 with reviews only.   Check out the tour page for more information.

TheEmpyreanKey_EbookthumbAbout the Book:
The first book in a new epic fantasy series...

Jahna Mornglow is a thief, a liar and an unassuming misfit, a half-breed of the loathed and ostracized Narcean race, born with the abilities of prophecy and telepathy.

The dull monotony of her beachside home is eased by nights in the outer villages, scamming unsuspecting fishermen out of their hard earned coin. It is the most fun and profit Jahna and her friends, a brawling barmaid and a bullied bookworm, can expect from their lower class lives.

The land of Ardentia is vast and magical, carved by the Celestial gods and ruled by their mortal descendants. With a once great king now mysteriously ill, a hundred years war raging in the east and whispers of the return of an ancient evil, Ardentia's fate balances on the tip of a blade.

The ghosts of Jahna's past will call upon her, revealing hidden enemies, precious secrets and a fragmented artifact that will breath new life into the myths of old. Can Jahna keep safe a world that has shunned and discarded her?

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REVIEW

Jahna has the power of 'seeing' the future.  But, she uses her powers to win in bars.  Apart from her mother, who doesn't speak to Jahna anything regarding her father or powers, Jahna just have her friends, Silko and Lilac.  Things change, when a parcel is delivered to Jahna's mother by one of the royalty.  What she learns after that and what she decides to do with her gifts makes the rest of this interesting fantasy.

This is an epic fantasy novel, thus having its perks.  The author has created a world, both beautiful and terrifying.  It has wonderful characterisation as well.  Jahna is a heroine, who is not perfect.  She does so many wrongs, but she is  young and that is reason enough. When she learns her identity, she tries to live up to her expectations.  And there are her two friends - Silko and Lilac.  Without these two, this book would probably have lost its lustre.  There is enough background about these two characters for the readers to really connect with them.

I love this book and can't wait to read the second one.

Recommended!

4 STARS!

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JoPic About the Author:
J.L. Tomlinson was born and bred in the mystical land of New Zealand.

She's never had problems dreaming up people and their stories. It's the getting it all down on paper part that was always a downer.

But at long last she has penned her debut novel, The Empyrean Key, which is the first installment of the Ardentia series.

Now the floodgates have been opened and her musings will wash over humanity like a tingly, tidal wave of words and emotion that will make you go, "Ah. Now that's tingly."

J.L. Tomlinson lives in bliss in Auckland, New Zealand with her husband, two children and amazing blue­haired sister . She enjoys video games, terrible movies and also eavesdropping on people who argue in malls. She loves to write science fiction and fantasy of all sub genres.

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Giveaway:
$10 Amazon gift card (INT)
Ends Aug. 12th

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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Release Event: Bachelor.com by Kathye Quick


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Welcome to the release event for Bachelor.com by Kathye Quick! 
 
Bachelor.com is a contemporary romance novel that released July 29th from the Wild Rose Press and is now available for purchase. 

About the Book:

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Book Title: Bachelor.Com   Book 1 – Bachelors Three Series
Original / Regular Price: $4.99 Kindle

Book Description:
Jack Reeves has loved Kinley Adams since the day he rescued her computer from a fatal blue screen. In the two years since, the computer programmer has fantasized about a life with her.  Kinley, an Engineering Assistant, has come to think of Jack as more than just a friend. One night, just when each had finally decided to reveal their feelings are deeper than friendship, a terrible automobile accident puts their confessions on hold.
Doctors have no choice but to rebuild Jack's face, and the result changes everything. Can Jack and Kinley overcome his transformation from geek to chic, a secret double life, and a horde of willing women who have discovered the new Jack Reeves? Will the frog ever become the prince and ride off with his princess to live happily ever after?

About the Author:

Kathye Quick has been writing since she used #2 pencils and Catholic School lined paper. She originally wanted to be President of the United States or an Organic Chemist, but somehow life got in the way and she got married right out of high school and had a set of twins two years later.  The Presidency seemed out of reach and night school to get her Ph.D. to create new molecule that would ultimately result in the betterment of humankind seemed a little time consuming while trying to raise twins, so she decided to write instead.
First published in 1999, she has 20 books in print in several genres, and is working on an Urban Fantasy Series as P. K. Eden with partner, Patt Mihailoff. Their urban fantasy, FIREBRAND, won two Reviewer’s Choice Awards and has earned 5-Star reviews.  Kathye is a founding member of Liberty States Fiction Writers and is a member of Romance Writers of America. In her non-writing life, she works in county government, and is married to her real-life hero, Donald.  Kathye and Don have 3 grown boys, all happily married and having adventures of their own.
   
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Giveaway:
Winner can either choose a backlist ebook or one $20 Amazon gift card (INT)
Ends August 12th
Prizing provided by the publisher, hosts are not responsible.

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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Review & Giveaway: Restless Earth and Blessing Sky by Emily Mah


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Welcome to my tour stop for Restless Earth and Blessing Sky by Emily Mah!  This is a YA/NA high fantasy series.  This is book 1 and 2 of The Sky Chariots Saga. The tour runs July 20 - 31 with reviews, author interviews, guest posts and excerpts. Check out the tour page for the full schedule.

About Restless Earth:

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For over a thousand years, the Tanoa have relied on their Earth Shamen to bring rich harvests, temper stone tools and weapons, and imbue pottery with strength like metal. Now, though, the bloodline has dwindled to one Shaman, Tuwa, who is trapped high in the mountains, holding bedrock together to prevent a volcanic eruption while the rest of her people flee to safety. The only way to save the village is for her to sacrifice herself and buy them the time they need to evacuate.But her grandson, Ahote, refuses to abandon her to die. Rather than do as she asks—marry and bear daughters who might inherit her gift—he sets out to find the one person who might be able to save Tuwa’s life.Kasha is a Tanoa girl in who lives in Solace, a city of the pale-skinned Andalanos. If the Engineers Guild ever discovers her gender or race, they could order her execution—for in violation of the King’s law, Master Engineer Seamus trained Kasha as his apprentice. She is a genius in all things mechanical and earned her master certification when only fourteen years old. Since Seamus’s death, she has been discreetly working his job as the City Engineer.She knows there is no machine or technology that can save Tuwa. In order to complete this task, Kasha must invent a vehicle unlike anything the world has ever seen, and risk exposure and death in the process.

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About Blessing Sky:

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Master Engineer Kasha lives in hiding. As a Tanoa and a woman, she has no legal right to her title, and risks expulsion or even execution if the Guild discovers her identity. For over a year she has served as the City Engineer of the Andalano city of Solace, home to the Winged Riders and their pegasus mounts.Now, though, her people need her. The last of their Earth Shamen is trapped in the mountains, holding back a volcanic eruption so that the rest of her people can escape. It is a job for only the greatest of all engineers, and that happens to be Kasha.But when her kinsman, Ahote, breaks the most sacred law of the Winged Riders, an alliance with him means certain death. Kasha must work alone to solve the most difficult engineering problem of all time before the summer months are done and winter comes to claim the life of the Shaman and the hope of her people.

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COMBINED REVIEW OF RESTLESS EARTH AND BLESSING SKY

The story starts with a volcano on the verge of erupting and Tuwa, the Earth Shaman trying to hold it together, so that the people can escape.  Tuwa's grandson, Ahote, do not like to leave her like this, but he has to find a way to save her.  At that time, a Rider comes offering to take Tuwa in her pegasus, but she refuses.  Also, in order to carry her, he also needs to carry a large amount of Earth with him which is not possible with his pegasus.  So, he says to Ahote that Engineer Kasha can help her.  Ahote journeys with his mother to find Kasha.  

Meanwhile, Kasha is a Tanoa and a girl, both of which is not accepted from an Engineer in Wingsmount.  But, that's what she is.  She is afraid that her title and job will be revoked from her any time.  It's only a matter of time, before the Riders find her true identity.  She gets a letter from a Rider saying that he needs help to save a Earth Shaman.  Kasha decides to help Tuwa and starts inventing.

The story itself is quite eccentric to use the right term.  It's simple, but not the usual type of story. The characters have great depth and I really can't find fault with any of them.  I can't think of one character, who is unnecessary to the plot.  The author brings in new revelations as the story proceeds, and the adventure of both the protagonists will keep you hooked to your book.

I read both the books in a few hours - it's that short.  I will definitely read the next book in the series. The author has outdone herself with her books.

5 STARS!



About the Author:

Emily writes as both Emily Mah (for science fiction and fantasy) and E.M. Tippetts (for chick lit). Her short stories have appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, The Black Gate, and anthologies like The Dragon and the Stars, Shanghai Steam, and The Change: Tales of Downfall and Rebirth.  Her E.M. Tippetts novels have been on the Amazon Top 100 numerous times, and her novel, Someone Else's Fairytale was semi-finalist for the Best Indie Book of the Year -  Kindle Book Review, and a runner up in Romance for the Best of the Independent Book Awards - eFestival of Words. She is a graduate of the Clarion West Writer's Workshop for Science Fiction and Fantasy and Viable Paradise Writers Workshop, and she often teaches the unit on self-publishing at the Taos Toolbox Writers Workshop.When she is not writing or chasing small children, she manages E.M. Tippetts Book Designs, her company which offers formatting, cover design, and editing services to authors and publishers.

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Giveaway:

Three (3) winners will receive signed ebooks of Restless Earth and Blessing Sky by Emily Mah
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Friday, 24 July 2015

Review & Giveaway: Descendants of the Rose by Juliette Harper


Descendants-of-the-Rose-Blog-Tour Welcome to my tour stop for Descendants of the Rose by Juliette Harper! This is the first book in the Selby Jensen Paranormal Mysteries series and the tour runs July 20-31. Check out the tour page for more information.

Descendant of the RoseAbout the Book:

Selby Jensen’s business card reads “Private Investigator,” but to say the least, that downplays her real occupation. Let’s hear it in her own words:

“You want to know what I do for a living? I rip souls out. Cut heads off. Put silver bullets where silver bullets need putting. You think there aren't any monsters? . . . I have some disturbing news for you. You might want to sit down. Monsters walk among us. I'm looking for one in particular. In the meantime? I'm keeping the rest of them from eating people like you.”

In this debut novel of her new paranormal mystery series, Juliette Harper, author of The Lockwood Legacy books and The Study Club Mysteries creates a cast of characters, most of whom have one thing in common; they don’t have a pulse. The dead are doing just fine by Selby, who is determined never to lose someone she loves again, but then a force of love more powerful than her grief changes that plan. Join Selby Jensen as she and her team track down a shadowy figure tied to a murder at a girls’ school. What none of them realize, however, is that in solving this case, they will enter a longer battle against a larger evil.

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