Week in Review – 19 March 2017

This has been a tough week, it started with some news which blew the stuffing out of me and I’ve spent a lot, probably too much time processing. It also meant that I have not been in the right frame of mind to read and so my reading has slowed dramatically.

I also realised that I’ve been really organised with my blog planning but had forgotten to keep time scheduled for my non-tour reviews so I have a backlog of books to review! I’ve now rectified this moving forward so my reviews should pick up over the coming weeks. Honestly I’m pretty sure I leave my brain in bed most days.

It was my Mum’s birthday this week, most of her Amazon wishlist is Kindle books and I’m again left wondering why Amazon in the UK hasn’t implemented Kindle book gifting like they have in the US? It’s utterly annoying…yes I said utterly. I’ve emailed them about it numerous times but they just ignore me.

I think most of my medication issues are now sorted and I’m starting to feel more human again now, at least until the bipolar slaps in the face again! We had a few hiccoughs this week and I managed to do almost 72 hours with no sleep at all which only feeds the mania but I’m through it and starting to get back into a pattern now.

I also got a new phone this week, it’s my first new phone in six years! A bit of a shock to the system, I used to get a new phone every year so I don’t know what’s come over me going so long! It’s taking a bit of getting used to, I keep pressing things I’m not supposed to, so apologies if I do weird things in comments on your blogs but that will be why!

I went to see Gojira play in Bristol last night, I know most of you are going Goji-what?! They are a French heavy metal band. I absolutely love them, very melodic, they are also eco and political-warriors and it all comes out in their music so very on my wavelength. I saw them play at Bloodstock festival last year which was actually the first time I had seen them live despite buying their music for years and they blew the roof of the place (OK there was no roof it was an outdoor festival but you get the idea!).

So onto this week’s book activity!

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

This week has been eclectic, I won a book from Lorraine over at The Book Review Café, I’d entered the giveaway knowing Hubs would really enjoy the book and he was over the moon when I gave it to him! I also received a proof copy of Strange the Dreamer which I can honestly say is one of the most stunning books I’ve ever handled. I also received a signed copy of The Last Days of Magic direct from Mark Tompkins which I am so grateful for, I have had this book on my radar for a while and I will be reading it very soon so watch this space!

Bought

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 Strange the Dreamer - UK Cover Reveal 

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Reviews

Only one review this week after my little scheduling slip up! That will be fixed next week!

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Other Posts

Lots going on this week other than the reviews, had a few great guest posts, and a couple of blitz posts for some interesting looking books. Ann Troup stopped by for The Bookshelf this week.

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Giveaways

  • $10 Amazon or Nook Gift Card with Claimed by the Succubus (International) Rafflecopter
  • $25 GIFT CARD, Signed Copies of: Anarchy Found, Anarchy Missing, and SuperVillain Swag Pack with Anarchy Missing (International) Rafflecopter
  • 3x $25 Amazon Gift Cards from Celtic Fire (International) Rafflecopter
  • 5x Myths & Legends Boxsets and More from Myths & Legends (International) Rafflecopter
  • A Kindle Fire and $50 Amazon Gift Card from Soul Mates (International) Rafflecopter
  • A £20 Amazon Gift Voucher and an e-copy of Ashael Rising from Ashael Rising Rafflecopter

#BlogTour: Celtic Fire by Liz Gavin @LizGavin_author @XpressoTours #Review #Giveaway

I am pleased to be a part of this blog tour organised by Xpresso Book Tours. Today I’m reviewing this novel by Liz Gavin and there is also an international giveaway at the end of the post.

Description

This is a standalone, historical/paranormal romance. Its mature themes – violence, religious war, and pagan rituals – might not be appropriate for audiences under 18.

When ancient gods ruled and Druids kept Faith alive, the Celts thrived as a democratic, matriarchal society. Then savage Roman soldiers swept across Europe, killing and enslaving. The Celts did not succumb without a fight. Their Old Ways survived centuries of ruthless domain until another menace loomed: a tortured god worshiped in cold stone buildings. The sacred shores of Avalon began to drift away, the mists threatened to hide the island from mortal eyes forever.

Against the bleak backdrop of war, the gorgeous Scottish Highlands stood tall, sheltering its inhabitants from greedy invaders. Yet the reach of the eagle banners was long and the highlanders turned to the Goddess for protection. However, the sacred groves felt silent and grim as Avalon faded away. Once sad, pealing bells began to sound strangely comforting while the high walls of monasteries offered an alluring barrier from violence. Caught in the middle of this centuries-old war, a young High Priestess might be Avalon’s last chance.

Wise beyond her years and powerful like no other Priestess in her lifetime, Rowen had served the Goddess faithfully, forsaking her family and the company of her soulmate. When the Lady of the Lake asks for another sacrifice, it might be one too many for her scarred heart. How could she obey the Goddess without betraying Caddaric? Could she trust Eochaid, who embodied everything she despised and hated? Would she be able to fulfill her duties without losing her soul?

Caddaric had been Rowen’s companion in countless lives; but, now, they existed in different realms. Beautiful Rowen lived in the mortal world while sweet Caddaric remained in the sacred isle of Avalon, watching over her. Could he step aside to allow another man – a flesh and blood man – to become her protector?

Eochaid had sworn to protect the Old Ways. The rude warrior never quite understood his faith yet his loyal heart belonged to the Goddess. A gorgeous, fiery High Priestess was not in his plans. He would risk his life to protect Rowen; but, would the Goddess safeguard his heart? Could he defend the bewitching maiden from himself?

When stakes were so high that a simple mistake could cost their very world, a priestess, a Druid, and a warrior must learn to trust each other and the mysterious ways of the Goddess. Their success would save Avalon. Their failure would tear the island from the human realm forever, condemning it to oblivion.

Failure was not an option.

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Review

Rowen is a High Priestess of an ancient religion in the highlands of Scotland. It is her responsibility to keep the villagers belief in the goddess strong, she looks after their health and wellbeing, trains apprentice priestesses and is well loved. She is also deeply in love with her soul mate, Caddaric, who is not part of this world but still in Avalon (their version of heaven), as High Priestess she is able to travel there in spirit to spend time with him but misses out on the physical aspects of a loving relationship.

When the Lady of the Lake tells Rowen someone will be coming to the village who she is to marry and have a child with for the future of their people, she reluctantly agrees to her mission. When Eochaid comes into the village with his warriors she instantly wants to dislike him but there is a pull, and he has had dreamt about her his entire life and knows they are destined for each other.

The beginning of this book is quite solid in the build up to the romance, in Rowen’s tug of war between her old love and this new love which is building in front of her. The descriptions of how she carries out her tasks as a high priestess are beautiful and draw you into the world wonderfully.

I felt uncomfortable by some of Eochaid’s earlier approaches to Rowen, they are very aggressive, these are two people who are supposedly destined, and I understand he is trying to convince her but I felt like some of the advances were just wrong and deserved a bloody hard slap across the face. Had I been Rowen he would never have been spoken to again at the very best. Story over. I think it was these situations that put me off the story and lowered my overall enjoyment.

There were several festivals celebrated in the books and whilst a lot was discussed as to what was done at the festivals, I didn’t really understand what the festivals were about and it would have been useful to weave in somehow an explanation of what the festivals were for.

This is definitely far more an historical romance with a mythological feel than a paranormal romance.  It’s an enjoyable read but not gripping and it didn’t blow my mind.

Rating

About Liz Gavin

liz-gavin-author-imageInternational best-selling author Liz Gavin, has accomplished much in her short career. Her books have made to #1 and Top Five best-selling ranks in her home country Brazil and others as diverse as Japan, the UK and the US; both in English and Portuguese, collecting 5 and 4-star reviews. Nominated for a Summer Indie Book Award in 2016, and again in 2017, this RWA member constantly seeks new opportunities to improve her craft.

This thirst for knowledge propelled Liz to leave the comforts of family and friends in Brazil and move to California to pursue a Master’s degree in late 2015. She lives in sunny SoCal, where she’s researching the writing process, for her thesis, in hopes to figure out why she creates in English instead of her native Portuguese. 

Liz Gavin writes in contemporary, paranormal, and historical genres. In her sexy stories, one finds smart, independent women, who don’t need rescuing by knights in shining armor, but indulge in steamy action with swoony Alpha males with big hearts. She also writes about women discovering their sexuality and finding happiness in unconventional setups.

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Giveaway

Head to Rafflecopter to enter the international giveaway to win one of 3 x $25 Amazon gift cards.

Book & Buy Links

TitleCeltic Fire
Series: Highland Celts Series #1
Author: Liz Gavin
Genre: Adult | Historical | Paranormal Romance
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 31 January 2017
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook | Paperback
Pages: 228
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Week in Review – 5 March 2017

I’ve decided to start doing a review post each week…hopefully it will last but I think it’s nice to see what’s been happening and I always enjoy others posts like this! I’m not 100% on the layout of this post yet, I may tweak it a bit over the next few weeks while I get my head around how I want it to look but hopefully it will settle in! Clicking on the covers will take you to their Amazon page or the blog post, depending on the section they are in.

I’ve been having a few issues with the old bipolar this week so haven’t read as much as I would have liked as I’ve been on extra medication to sedate me which doesn’t help but I’ve still managed to get through a few! I also had a day out with Hubs at Warwick Castle, it wasn’t as good as I expected, I kinda feel like Merlin have ruined the castle vibe a bit (I really like my castle’s) with all their trying to turn it into a low-key theme park. Honestly I like going to a castle and crawling around all over the castle sucking in the atmosphere and learning about the history. Anyway it was nice for Hubs and I to get some time together before he heads off and starts his new job next week.

the-ninth-rain-quoteThis is technically from last week, but as I wasn’t doing these posts then I’ve put it in here. My pre-ordered copy of The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams arrived and there on the first couple of pages was a quote from me! This is the first time I’ve had a quote in print and it just happens to be in my current favourite author’s book so pretty much a striking gold moment!

I’ve also booked tickets to go and see Wonderland the musical with some of my family this week. It isn’t until May but it does look quite magical so I’m looking forward to that.

I’m now planning my blogiversary celebration next month and what goodies I can giveaway to you lovely people! If any authors reading (or even you crafty type people) want to get involved hit me up as I’m always happy to talk collaboration for these things!

Book of the Month

I’ve also decided to pick a book of the month which I’ll include in this post, I’m hoping this will help me at the end of the year when I do my Top 10 as it took me literally hours to narrow it down last year! Now as I wasn’t doing this before I’ve included January aswell so without further ado here are my books of the month for January and February, with links to the reviews if you click on the covers…

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Currently Reading

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What I’ve Read

Considering I’ve been quite ill this week I’ve done fairly well this week, I’m only counting three of these given the Ladybird book took me five minutes!

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New Books

I’m still gaining more books than I’m getting through each week! I know, a common problem but still, we need some brakes to go on here people!

Bought

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Gifts

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Book Post

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eARCs

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Reviews

Dark Promise was the first paranormal romance I’ve read in quite some time and it was awesome, The Year of Saying Yes is turning into an enjoyable chick lit novella series, and The Zombie Apocalypse Ladybird book had me in stitches and was a great gift from my Niece!

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Other Posts

a great mix of fantasy book blitzes this week, and I launched The Bookshelf a weekly Q&A feature, it will be for bloggers and authors, this week it kicked off with author Kierney Scott who had some awesome answers and a bookshelf to die for!

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Giveaways

  • 1x eCopy of Holdfast by Kate Carter (International) Rafflecopter
  • $25 Amazon Gift Card from Life is But A Nightmare (International) Rafflecopter
  • $10 Amazon Gift Card from Songs of Insurrections (International) Rafflecopter

#BookBlitz: Celtic Fire by Liz Gavin @LizGavin_author @XpressoTours #Excerpt #GuestPost

I am pleased to be a part of this book blitz organised by Xpresso Book Tours, I absolutely love the sound of this book and will be reviewing it on the blog tour in March. Today I have a guest post from author Liz Gavin and an excerpt from the book. There is also a blitz-wide international giveaway which you will find the link to a the end of the post.

Description

This is a standalone, historical/paranormal romance. Its mature themes – violence, religious war, and pagan rituals – might not be appropriate for audiences under 18.

When ancient gods ruled and Druids kept Faith alive, the Celts thrived as a democratic, matriarchal society. Then savage Roman soldiers swept across Europe, killing and enslaving. The Celts did not succumb without a fight. Their Old Ways survived centuries of ruthless domain until another menace loomed: a tortured god worshiped in cold stone buildings. The sacred shores of Avalon began to drift away, the mists threatened to hide the island from mortal eyes forever.

Against the bleak backdrop of war, the gorgeous Scottish Highlands stood tall, sheltering its inhabitants from greedy invaders. Yet the reach of the eagle banners was long and the highlanders turned to the Goddess for protection. However, the sacred groves felt silent and grim as Avalon faded away. Once sad, pealing bells began to sound strangely comforting while the high walls of monasteries offered an alluring barrier from violence. Caught in the middle of this centuries-old war, a young High Priestess might be Avalon’s last chance.

Wise beyond her years and powerful like no other Priestess in her lifetime, Rowen had served the Goddess faithfully, forsaking her family and the company of her soulmate. When the Lady of the Lake asks for another sacrifice, it might be one too many for her scarred heart. How could she obey the Goddess without betraying Caddaric? Could she trust Eochaid, who embodied everything she despised and hated? Would she be able to fulfill her duties without losing her soul?

Caddaric had been Rowen’s companion in countless lives; but, now, they existed in different realms. Beautiful Rowen lived in the mortal world while sweet Caddaric remained in the sacred isle of Avalon, watching over her. Could he step aside to allow another man – a flesh and blood man – to become her protector?

Eochaid had sworn to protect the Old Ways. The rude warrior never quite understood his faith yet his loyal heart belonged to the Goddess. A gorgeous, fiery High Priestess was not in his plans. He would risk his life to protect Rowen; but, would the Goddess safeguard his heart? Could he defend the bewitching maiden from himself?

When stakes were so high that a simple mistake could cost their very world, a priestess, a Druid, and a warrior must learn to trust each other and the mysterious ways of the Goddess. Their success would save Avalon. Their failure would tear the island from the human realm forever, condemning it to oblivion.

Failure was not an option.

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Excerpt

Eochaid

The group of warriors follow my lead into the forest, dismounting and taking the horses to the water before lying down under the shady trees. Folding my hands beneath my head, I look upwards and watch the mesmerizing patterns of sun’s rays shining down through the thick foliage. Few are strong enough to make it all the way down to the ground. All of a sudden, the sounds and smells of the brave men around me disappear and the welcoming grove morphs into a dark forest. Although my heart thuds as fast as a galloping horse, these visions aren’t new to me. I’ve had them since I can remember yet they startle me every time.

In my mind’s eye, I stand surrounded by old trees in a forest I’ve never seen before, listening for footsteps and the clash of metal. I can’t see through the darkness, which isn’t brought on by night. It feels as if magically created. I can see only shadows resembling men. They fight for their lives, crying out their fear and hatred yet I can’t make their faces. It’s as if a translucent barrier separates the battle from myself.

Trying to move closer to the ghostly figures, I realize I can’t move and the foreign sensation chokes me like a vise tightening around my neck. A delicate hand appears upon my forearm. My eyes follow up a silk-clad arm until they meet a round face split up in a benevolent smile. I’ve seen this short, dark-haired beautiful lady before in my visions. Her light blue robes glow as if a light is shining from within her ethereal body. I try to bow my head in respect, but I still can’t make my muscles obey me so I drop my eyes instead.

“Eochaid, you must remember your promise to me. Whatever it is that awaits you in your journey, do not fail me.”

“I will not renege on my promise to you as it is the same as renouncing my word given to the Goddess Herself. You are Her Holy messenger, my lady. I am honored to serve you.”

“Very well. The road ahead is littered with perils both material and immaterial, physical and spiritual. You must be vigilant.”

“I shall be, my Lady of the Lake. May my loyalty to the Goddess and the Old Faith guide me through whatever hardships I might face.”

Blinking, I open my eyes as the graceful image is substituted by the frightened face of the cook, who’s shaking me by the shoulders.

“Sir, wake up!”

The distant sounds of metal, and the veiled silhouettes of fighting men, have been replaced by the loud noise of clashing swords and the vivid image of my brave warriors engaging in a fight for their lives with highly-trained Roman soldiers. I’m on my feet, sword in hand, and ready for action, when I glimpse an odd scene unfolding just outside the battleground, to my left. A small band of brown-robbed men kneeling in a circle, clutching their hands and chanting in Latin. What kind of weird sorcery is that?

Guest Post

Paperbacks by Liz Gavin

First, thanks to the awesome team at Xpresso Tours for putting this blitz together. Secondly, thanks to the host for having Celtic Fire on your blog today. You’re much appreciated.

This aspect of the indie publishing industry is much easier than it seems. Long before I became a writer, I was an avid reader. I’d read almost anything I could put my hands on. Granted, if the book were too awful I wouldn’t finish it. Still I would try to read it. I revered the pages of books to the point I was unable to write on their margins as some of my friends did when we were teens. (Yes, I’m old. I grew up reading books, not Kindle!!! LoL)

Anyway, the point I’m trying to make is that I viewed printed books as precious things. As I grew older, I learned authors worked hard before getting a break and being published. I discovered how expensive it was to print books, which added to my previous idea about how rare publishing books could be.

Consequently, when I started toying with the possibility of writing my first short-stories, I didn’t dare consider offering them as paperback. I pushed that thought to the corners of my mind and forgot about it. Until one day I didn’t remember to forget it. LoL

I must confess though that I chose to offer my books in print with a very small margin of profit mainly because it fed my ego. There, I said it! But in my defense, I had my reasons. You see, that little girl I used to be, who spent hours in the neighborhood library gawking at the endless shelves of precious books, still lives inside me. She jumped up and down and somersaulted countless times when I held a printed copy of my first novel. I told myself I had decided to sell printed versions of my stories because many people don’t like reading eBooks. Although that might be a fact, little Liz Gavin is the real reason. She is saying, “I’m a published author! I ROCK!” LOL

Thanks for stopping by today and supporting Celtic Fire. Remember to check out the other stops for more chances at winning the giveaway!!

About Liz Gavin

liz-gavin-author-imageInternational best-selling author Liz Gavin, has accomplished much in her short career. Her books have made to #1 and Top Five best-selling ranks in her home country Brazil and others as diverse as Japan, the UK and the US; both in English and Portuguese, collecting 5 and 4-star reviews. Nominated for a Summer Indie Book Award in 2016, and again in 2017, this RWA member constantly seeks new opportunities to improve her craft.

This thirst for knowledge propelled Liz to leave the comforts of family and friends in Brazil and move to California to pursue a Master’s degree in late 2015. She lives in sunny SoCal, where she’s researching the writing process, for her thesis, in hopes to figure out why she creates in English instead of her native Portuguese. 

Liz Gavin writes in contemporary, paranormal, and historical genres. In her sexy stories, one finds smart, independent women, who don’t need rescuing by knights in shining armor, but indulge in steamy action with swoony Alpha males with big hearts. She also writes about women discovering their sexuality and finding happiness in unconventional setups.

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Giveaway

Head to Rafflecopter to enter the international giveaway to win a $25 Amazon gift card.

Book & Buy Links

TitleCeltic Fire
Series: Highland Celts Series #1
Author: Liz Gavin
Genre: Adult | Historical | Paranormal Romance
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 31 January 2017
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook | Paperback
Pages: 228
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge 2017

So, I came across the Flights of Fantasy reading challenge and thought this was another challenge that would be great to get my teeth into this year. To ensure I stick with reading some books off of my massive TBR and give myself some time with my favourite genre and don’t get too bogged down with ARC’s, which as we know, can happen!

What is it?

This is a challenge which is organised by Alexa Loves Books and Hello, Chelly. You set your own reading target but they also run giveaways and a kind of reading club within the challenge so I will certainly try and read some of the books I’ve not already read within those aswell, some of the books they have listed are on my TBR so it shouldn’t be too hard!

I will keep a list here of the Fantasy books I read throughout the year, with a link to my reviews, as I am doing with the Discoverability Challenge, and I will aim for half of my Goodreads Challenge Target of 100 to be fantasy, so 50 books!

Good luck to anybody else who is taking part!

  1. Fantastic Creatures – Fellowship of Fantasy
  2. Cruel Crown – Victoria Aveyard
  3. Runemarks – Joanne M Harris
  4. The Ninth Rain – Jen Williams
  5. The Art of Forgetting: Rider – Joanne Hall
  6. Seasons Within – Lele Iturrioz
  7. A Facet for the Gem – C. L. Murray
  8. Written in Red – Anne Bishop (Flights of Fantasy Book Club)
  9. Dark Promise – Nikki Landis
  10. Angelbound – Christina Bauer
  11. Siren’s Fury – Mary Weber
  12. Curse of Stars – Donna Compositor
  13. Norse Mythology – Neil Gaiman
  14. Celtic Fire – Liz Gavin
  15. When the Floods Came – Clare Morrall
  16. Reborn – Jane Ederlyn
  17. The Last Days of Magic – Mark Tompkins
  18. Saving Mercy – Abbie Roads
  19. Dragon of Ash & Stars: The Autobiography of a Night Dragon – H. Leighton Dickson
  20. Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor
  21. The Unlikeable Demon Hunter – Deborah Wilde
  22. The Dragon’s Legacy – Deborah A. Wolf
  23. Memortality – Stephen H. Provost
  24. Cry Wolf – Greta Stone
  25. Legion – Julie Kagawa
  26. Red Sister – Mark Lawrence
  27. Mother of Wolves – J. Aislynn d’Merricksson
  28. Skullsworn – Brain Staveley
  29. Alphabet of Thorn – Patricia A. McKillip (Flights of Fantasy Book Club)
  30. Shifter Clan Series – Tiffany Shand
  31. The Lost Sentinel – Suzanne Rogerson
  32. Nightseer – Laurell K Hamilton
  33. Fallen From Grace – Nikki Landis
  34. Godblind – Anna Stephens
  35. A Gathering of Ravens – Scott Oden
  36. The Gunslinger – Stephen King
  37. Wyvern Awakening – Joanna Mazurkiewicz
  38. Seduced By Moonlight – Laurell K Hamilton
  39. Pack Ebon Red – C.M. Stunich
  40. Made In The Image Of The Goddess – Chantelle Griffin
  41. Blackwing – Ed McDonald
  42. The Last Dragon Rider – Errin Krystal
  43. The Final Empire – Brandon Sanderson
  44. Darkfever – Karen Marie Moning
  45. Tipping Point – Terry Tyler
  46. The Dragon in the Garden – Erika Gardner
  47. Spring – Lele Iturrioz
  48. Raising Fire – James Bennett
  49. Firestorm – Rachel Caine
  50. Branded – Keary Taylor
  51. Damned – Alexandra Weis & Lucas Astor
  52. Elements of Mischief – C.M. Stunich & Tate James
  53. Seventh Decimate – Stephen Donaldson
  54. The Year of the Knife – G.D. Penman
  55. The Man in the High Castle – Philip K Dick
  56. Split Feather – Deborah A. Wolf
  57. The Vixen’s Lead – Tate James
  58. The Well of Ascension – Brandon Sanderson
  59. Dungari Rise – Nikki Landis
  60. The Dark Highlander – Karen Marie Moning
  61. Pack Violet Shadow – C.M. Sunich
  62. Full Moon Rising – Keri Arthur
  63. The Bitter Twins – Jen Williams
  64. Elements of Ruin – C.M. Stunich & Tate James
  65. Allison’s Adventure’s in Underland – C.M. Stunich
  66. Lindisfarne – Terry Tyler
  67. The Dragon’s Wing – Tate James
  68. Patient Zero – Terry Tyler
  69. Fractured – Nikki Landis
  70. Arcanum Unbounded – Brandon Sanderson
  71. The Tiger’s Ambush – Tate James

The Discoverability Challenge – 2017

I was looking to add a challenge to my reading this year in addition to the Goodreads Reading Challenge which is just about the number of books you read. I enjoyed keeping tabs on how Joanne Hall was doing with her Discoverability Challenge last year, a challenge to read more female authors, especially within the SFF genre. When she posted she was doing it again this year and within the post put a call out for others to join her this seemed the perfect challenge to join, especially as I have quite a pile of books waiting to be read by female authors I’ve not read before.

The rules are simple, read at least one book per month in any genre, fiction or non-fiction by a female author you’ve not read before. As I take part in blog tours and pick up books from NetGalley this will be easily achievable so I have set myself the goal of making sure that I read at least one SFF novel by a female author I’ve not read before each month to chip away at that pile I mentioned earlier!

I will keep a list here of all the authors I read who qualify for the Discoverability Challenge, and for all the books I specifically read for the challenge I will tag them and link them back to this page. I’m looking forward to seeing how many new female authors I discover in 2017!

My 2017 Discovered Female Authors

  1. Victoria Aveyard – Cruel Crown
  2. Jill Mansell – Meet Me At Beachcomber Bay
  3. Sheila Norton – The Vets at Hope Green
  4. Anabelle Bryant – The Den of Iniquity
  5. Lele Iturrioz – Seasons Within
  6. Cassandra Piat – Stuck With Me
  7. Anne Bishop – Written In Red
  8. Judith Colquhoun – A Country Practice: New Beginnings
  9. Nikki Landis – Dark Promise
  10. Sarah Morgan – Sleepless in Manhattan
  11. Donna Compositor – Curse of Stars
  12. Liz Gavin – Celtic Fire
  13. Clare Morrall – When the Floods Came
  14. Jane Ederlyn – Reborn
  15. Tamara Lush – Hot Shade
  16. Abbie Roads – Saving Mercy
  17. H. Leighton Dickson – Dragon of Ash & Stars
  18. J.D. Hughes – My Beautiful Disaster
  19. Laini Taylor – Strange the Dreamer
  20. Sybil Bartel – Rough
  21. Harper Sloan – Lost Rider
  22. Deborah Wilde – The Unlikeable Demon Hunter
  23. Catherine Green – The Darkness of Love
  24. Deborah A. Wolf – The Dragon’s Legacy
  25. Lynda Young Spiro – There is Always More to Say
  26. Greta Stone – Cry Wolf
  27. Gail Marie Mitchell – Loving The Life Less Lived
  28. Rachel Burton – The Many Colours of Us
  29. C.M. Stunich – Groupie
  30. Cristina Hodgson – A Little of Chantelle Rose
  31. J. Aislynn d’Merricksson – Mother of Wolves
  32. Patricia A. McKillip – Alphabet of Thorn
  33. Tiffany Shand – Shifter Clan Series
  34. Lilly Bartlett – The Second Chance Cafe in Carlton Square
  35. Jaimie Admans – The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters
  36. Anna Stephens – Godblind
  37. Laurie Winters – Home Field
  38. Tani Hanes – Living In The Shallows
  39. Rachel Van Dyken – Cheater
  40. Joanna Mazurkiewicz – Wyvern Awakening
  41. Holly James – Worth Remembering
  42. Caitlyn Lynch – Ellie’s Encounter
  43. Chantelle Griffin – Made In The Image Of The Goddess
  44. A.L. Michael – Cocktails & Dreams
  45. Errin Krystal – The Last Dragon Rider
  46. Aimee Brown – Little Gray Dress
  47. Sarah Bennett – Wedding Bells at Butterfly Cove
  48. Karen Marie Moning – Darkfever
  49. Terry Tyler – Tipping Point
  50. Erika Gardner – The Dragon in the Garden
  51. Pepper Winters – Tears of Tess
  52. Brittainy C Cherry – The Air He Breathes
  53. Sylvia Ashby – The Sinking Chef
  54. Maxine Morrey – The Christmas Holiday
  55. J Kenner – Wicked Grind
  56. Nikki Sex – Abuse
  57. Natalie K. Martin – What Goes Down
  58. Keary Taylor – Branded
  59. Alexandra Weis – Damned
  60. C.M Stunich & Tate JamesElements of Mischief
  61. Violet Blaze – Biker Rockstar Billionaire CEO Alpha
  62. Summer Cooper – Professor Next Door
  63. Leigh LaValle – Breathless
  64. Allie Burns – The Lido Girls
  65. Lilac Mills – And A Sixpence For Luck
  66. Ellen Wiles – The Invisible Crowd
  67. J Mercer – Dark and Stormy
  68. Mhairi McFarlane – You Had Me At Hello
  69. Jackie Ladbury – Air Guitar and Caviar