#Review: The Wind Singer by William Nicholson @WB_Nicholson

Description

“I hate school! I hate ratings! I won’t reach higher! I won’t strive harder! I won’t make tomorrow better than today!” In the walled city-state of Aramanth, rules are everything. When Kestrel Hath dares to rebel, the Chief Examiner humiliates her father and sentences the whole family to the harshest punishment. Desperate to save them, Kestrel learns the secret of the wind singer, and she and her twin brother, Bowman, set out on a terrifying journey to the true source of evil that grips Aramanth . . .

Review

“You like fantasy don’t you? I’ve got a set of books you’ll like they’re the only books I’ve ever read” says a friend to me before handing over his set of The Wind of Fire trilogy a YA Fantasy series putting me in an awkward position because as we know, I don’t do YA. Deciding to make an exception this once because this friend was so enthusiastic about these books and some other fellow bloggers online showed similar enthusiasm I decided to give them a go and now having finished the first one I’m starting to see why the rave reviews.

Living in a dystopian world where everything is determined by the rank your family has as a result of how well they perform in school, work, and examinations. I just kept thinking of the poor people with dyslexia I mean horrific! Anyway Kestrel has enough and has a bit of a breakdown which is unheard of getting herself and her family into a whole heap of hot water. What she also does is stumble onto a quest to save the whole city from this awful way of life and with her brother, Bowman and a classmate, Mumpo she sets out to find what has to be found and bring it back to save them all.

This is a great quest based fantasy, with danger lurking on every page, lots of interesting characters, some good some bad. Plenty of character development, especially on Mumpo’s part, it’s fair to say I could happily have pushed his stalker like self off a cliff for about two-thirds of the book.

The ideas in this book were quite refreshing and the pace was quick without too much hanging around anywhere. Lots happens in this book there is a lot to take in and there isn’t much down time between different scenes. While it was enjoyable as an adult I imagine kids will get immense enjoyment from everything it has to offer.

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TitleThe Wind Singer
Series: Wind on Fire #1
Author: William Nicholson
Genre: Fantasy | Young Adult
Publisher: Egmont Books
Publication Date: 1 June 2001
Review Format: Paperback
Other FormatseBook | Hardcover | Audio
Pages: 352
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#Review: The Guardian by Nikki Landis @landisnikkiauth

Description

Rhiannon has been hidden most of her life and protected from the terrible tragedy that stole her parent’s lives when she was only a child. Raised in a normal human society, she thinks her life will never change. And then strange things start happening, and someone or something seems to be watching her every move…

Fate has a way of intervening when she is confronted by true evil, her existence threatened by an entirely new and foreign entity, one that is as mysterious as the man who suddenly enters her life. A stranger that makes her question her reality and an unimaginable fate she is destined to follow, Kellen’s motives are as strange as his appearance.

Now Rhiannon must seek the truth as a dark and deadly enemy pursues hunting her, but the only protection she has is….The GuardianCan she trust in Kellen when her life is on the line?

Is the Light strong enough to defeat the Darkness, even if it seeks your soul? 

Review

Nikki Landis is a sure thing for me these days, I don’t need to read a description or think twice about picking up one of her books. But I am behind on her earlier works and this is something I’m keen to rectify. So when she offered me the chance to read her first paranormal romance series I jumped at the chance.

I had had The Guardian on my Kindle for a really long time…long enough that the version I had was out of date (oops) Nikki had since updated it with new content so that it was a longer book, she very kindly sent me the newer version so that I didn’t have to buy it again.

The Guardian is about Rhiannon, the chosen one, brought up in the human world and unaware of her destiny or her supernatural heritage. Kellen is The Guardian sent to protect her and help her adjust as she comes into her powers and learns what she is destined for.

I can’t compare this to other Nikki Landis books I’ve read because it’s clear that as a writer she’s moved into different territory than where she started. This book was a YA paranormal romance, with no sex and very morally astute characters…which I guess fits with their angelic ties.

This was far more slow burn even at YA standards than I prefer, but that’s not a bad thing I’m just a fiend who likes a lot of action in my romance novels!

The paranormal aspects are fantastic, I love how the story is carefully built up and not too much is introduced but just enough to get you engaged and interested in what is happening. I’m keen to know where this is going in the coming books.

Rhiannon was a little too likeable for me, I know I know how can someone be too likeable. Remember I like bad girls, I like my leading ladies to have a pair of balls on them. Rhiannon was too easily appeased there were several moments through the book where she should have been throwing plates and spitting venom and she just calmly understood, seeing the bigger picture. Nah, sorry, but I like a few venomous fights! I felt by the end of the book she was starting to find a little more grit so I think as the series continues this is an aspect of her character she will grow into and I will feel less frustrated by.

Kellen is a little sappy for a bit strong years old Guardian warrior. He really does act like a 15-year-old who has never seen a pretty girl before. I would have preferred him to be a little more alpha. But I did like him, and I loved his story and feel like there is a lot more to his story that we have yet to learn. I’m also looking forward to seeing him kick some more demon backside.

It is also in this book that we get our first glimpse of one of my favourite of Nikki’s characters Jarrod (assuming you are reading in the right order unlike me)…it’s a bit part but I have a big thing for Jarrod and was so happy to see him appear in a few scenes.

Overall, a solid YA Paranormal Romance which I think will graduate into NA as the series progresses. I am thoroughly looking forward to getting my teeth into books 2,3,4 etc because I can see this is going to be a series I’m going to be completely invested in.

Thanks to Nikki Landis for gifting me the newer version of this book so that I could read it and provide my honest review.

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TitleThe Guardian
Series: Fight for Light #1
Author: Nikki Landis
Genre: Romance | Young Adult | Paranormal Romance | Magic | Angels & Demons
Publisher: Dark Arrow Publishing
Publication Date: 7 May 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsN/A
Pages: 249
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#BlogTour: Joshua N’Gon: Last Prince of Alkebulahn by Anthony Hewitt @NeverlandBT #Review #Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the Joshua N’Gon: Last Prince of Alkebulahn blog tour, this is a MG/YA Sci Fi/Urban Fantasy. Huge thanks to Anthony Hewitt and Jenny from Neverland Blog Tours for having me.

Description

Joshua N’Gon is a Fourteen year old foster child from Africa. He has grown up in a loving home in north London and for all intents and purposes he was an ordinary teenager. The reality though could not be further from the truth. Joshua is a mystery wrapped up in an enigma and he is beginning to understand he has a destiny that is far beyond what he could ever have imagined.

On his tenth birthday he receives a mysterious package from his birth parents. He is given articles of technology that even his young mind realized were so far beyond what he knew and understood that they were almost magical. Joshua straps on a tribal hierloom of obvious alien origin – a miraculous multi-tool he calls his RCT– Real Cool Tool that bonds with his arm and is irremovable. And so begin his physical changes too, the headaches, the flashes of genius, the visions and the amnesia.

With his friends Brick and Mina they slowly help him to unravel the mystery of who he is. In the meantime dark corporate forces are gathering in the horizon as Joshua’s talents and his interest in finding his family has piqued the curiosity of powerful people. Soon as his life and the life of those he loves are threatened he must come to grips with his gifts and the miraculous alien technology that founded his people.

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Review

Joshua N’Gon is a good kid, he goes to a good school although he’s not academically astute, he has a good moral compass, he has good friends, and he knows how to have fun, mostly with his real cool tool a bracelet like device that sits on his arm and turns his life into a real life computer game. He isn’t any normal kid though and as he starts to unravel his past with the help of his friends the dangers he faces become very real.

For me, this book wasn’t a good fit, I just didn’t gel with the story right from the beginning and gave up mid-way through…but…the reason I went ahead with the review was because the writing was fantastic, the story was even fantastic. I just think I was completely the wrong target audience for it, it kept running through my head when I was reading it that if was 13-16 I would probably have sped through the book in record time. But I’m not, I’m almost 40 and it just wasn’t hitting the spot for me.

I have absolutely no doubt that those reading MG/YA novels who love SciFi/Fantasy/Gaming will eat this up. It has so much in terms of the elements these kids are looking for, Hewitt’s writing is is enjoyable and easy to follow. I definitely recommend it for those of you with teens who need a new book for their kindles.

Sending huge thanks to Anthony Hewitt, and Neverland Blog Tours for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.

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About Anthony Hewitt

Anthony has been writing for over 15 years.  Mainly writing for mature readers, his genre of choice has always been speculative fiction. The YA category is such an exciting category that he wanted to include a diverse set of character with a different cultural perspective.  He’s enjoyed himself so much he intends to keep creating fantastic new stories for a 12+ audience.

Book website: www.thelastprince.co.uk

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36222715-joshua-n-gon?ac=1&from_search=true

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0956266010/ref=x_gr_w_bb?ie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_w_bb_uk-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=6738

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TitleJoshua N’Gon: Last Prince of Alkebulahn
Series: N/A
Author: Anthony Hewitt
Genre: Young Adult | Middle Grade | Science Fiction | Urban Fantasy | Fantasy
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 5 June 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Pages: 461
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Most Popular Reviews 2017: Made in the Image of the Goddess by Chantelle Griffin @Legacy_Zyanthia

This week, I am sharing the five most popular reviews this year by visits to the blog. Thank you to all of you for visiting and supporting me, and the blog, but most importantly your support for all of the authors I’ve featured.

I was so pleased to see this one appear, Made in the Image of the Goddess is a self-published fantasy by Australian author Chantelle Griffin and the first in the Zyanthia series, my review was published 27 July. I have the next two books in the series to read and I will get to them soon I hope as this first one was fantastic!

Description

Saranon glanced up at the dragons as they flew overhead. The hour of darkness covered them as she watched on. She waited as Pennie examined the stone. It formed part of the shield locking them inside the camp. Shouts rang out on the other side. ‘Is that Galven?’ Pennie asked.

She nodded in reply. A twig broke on the muddy ground. ‘We have company,’ she said.

A lone sorcerer. Just one, but that was enough to give them away. Pennie ran for fear of being caught, while Tasha stood gazing out into the distance, ‘One day that will be us.’

Enter an epic tale of sword and sorcery. More than two hundred years ago a powerful sorceress freed her people then vanished. As time passed truth turned into myth and myth became legend. The time has come again. Saranon must claim her rightful place before Zyanthia falls.

Review

The first book in the Legends of Zyanthia series, Made in the Image of the Goddess see’s Saranaon take on the powers of the Angeon a powerful sorceror. But at just 15 and having been a captive most of her life she struggles at managing the power and now she is exiled from her home and away from her friends and so she needs to find someone to train her and somewhere to call home.

Her quest see’s her crossing borders meeting new people, and running from and to wizards.

Saranon was a wonderful blend of powerful sorcerer and confused teenager. Chantelle Griffin found the balance between the two so that she didn’t become this cocky powerful kid like can sometimes happen in this novel. She was unsure of herself but over time came into her powers and learned what she needed to do.

Different characters came and went through the book and sometimes I felt some were so fleeting that I hope in future books they come back as I really connected with some of them. Anthony and Jedd were two such characters, they both offered Saranon a lot of help at different points in the story and I felt so connected to them and would love to see them again and see their characters develop further.

Pennie and Jacob are childhood friends of Saranon who I think are destined to play a larger role in her story, Pennie especially seems to have her own motives and these don’t necessarily run parallel to Saranon’s but she is an interesting character and I feel like there is a bigger story surrounding Jacob and his involvement with them both.

Mitch is a wizard, a human who can do magic, and he becomes accidentally bonded to Saranon. but it’s not all sweetness and light and he is a few years older than her.  I really liked Mitch and I’m looking forward to learning more about him, I feel like he has a lot of hidden depths and could be the one person who can do the best job at helping Saranon achieve her potential.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, the fighting, the magic, the dragons it all came together in a wonderful introduction to this world and I am really looking forward to what comes next.

A huge thank you to Chantelle Griffin for my signed copy of this novel so that I could read and honestly review it. I will be treasuring it!

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TitleMade in the Image of the Goddess
Series: The Legacy of Zyanthia #1
Author: Chantelle Griffin
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Epic Fantasy | Sword & Sorcery | Magic | Dragons
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 17 March 2017
Review Format: Paperback
Other FormatseBook | Hardcover
Pages:  226
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#BlogTour: Wolves & Roses by Christina Bauer @CB_Bauer @MyMonsterHouse @XpressoTours #GuestPost #Giveaway

Christina Bauer is releasing a new book in a new series and I’m thrilled to be part of the tour. If you would like to follow the tour head over to Xpresso Book Tours for the full list of blogs and links! Today I have a guest post from Christina and there is also a tour-wide giveaway for you.

Description

“If Janet Evanovich teamed with a young adult, fairy-tale author like Marissa Meyer (the Lunar Chronicles) or Alex Flinn (Beastly), the result might be something like Christina Bauer’s Wolves and Roses.” –Blue Ink Review

Seventeen-year-old Bryar Rose has a problem. She’s descended from one of the three magical races—shifters, fairies, or witches. That makes her one of the Magicorum, and Magicorum always follow a fairy tale life template. In Bryar’s case, that template should be Sleeping Beauty.

“Should” being the key word.

Trouble is, Bryar is nowhere near the sleeping beauty life template. Not even close. She doesn’t like birds or woodland creatures. She can’t sing. And she certainly can’t stand Prince Philpot, the so-called “His Highness of Hedge Funds” that her aunties want her to marry. Even worse, Bryar’s having recurring dreams of a bad boy hottie and is obsessed with finding papyri from ancient Egypt. What’s up with that?

All Bryar wants is to attend a regular high school with normal humans and forget all about shifters, fairies, witches, and the curse that Colonel Mallory the Magnificent placed on her. And she might be able to do just that–if only she can just keep her head down until her eighteenth birthday when the spell that’s ruined her life goes buh-bye.

But that plan gets turned upside down when Bryar Rose meets Knox, the bad boy who’s literally from her dreams. Knox is a powerful werewolf, and his presence in her life changes everything, and not just because he makes her knees turn into Jell-O. If Bryar can’t figure out who—or what—she really is, it might cost both her and Knox their lives… as well as jeopardize the very nature of magic itself.

FAIRY TALES OF THE MAGICORUM
1. Wolves And Roses (Fall 2017)
1.5. Moonlight And Midtown (Spring 2018)
2. Shifters And Glyphs (Fall 2018)

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Creating A New Series And Characters

By Christina Bauer

As a writer, I love creating new worlds. Now that I’m about to launch my twelfth book, WOLVES AND ROSES, I thought I’d share some of my processes for world creating. For those who are interested, here they are!

I Start Off With A Question. Normally.

For my series ANGELBOUND, I wondered what it would be like if the folks who ran the afterlife—angels, demons and the like—were just as mixed up as we mortals were. That became the foundation of my world building. In the case of WOLVES AND ROSES, I was planning to write an adult werewolf book and then a totally different first chapter came out of my head pretty clearly. It had Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, the evil queen from Snow White, and Red Riding Hood…All in a basement in mid-town Manhattan…and all in a therapy group for girls who have failed their fairy tale life template. Talk about a shocker. I loved it.

I Spend Way Too Much Time on Pinterest

When I’m in world-building mode, I’m a bit of a Pinterest junkie. In fact, one of my biggest problems during this stage is that Pinterest locks me out because I’m pinning to quickly NOT to be a bot (I take that as a compliment, by the way.) I make boards for all sorts of things, from settings to characters to a general board I call “Needs a Home.” I’ll dump a ton of pictures in and then prune out the ones that don’t work until I get a first visual draft. For WOLVES AND ROSES, the character of Knox went through a TON of visual revisions until I settled on the final.

Languages, Languages, Languages

I like to assign different language bases to the peoples in my worlds. I’ve used German, Latin, and Nordic languages. My favorite is Swahili, which I had been hoarding for a long time before I got to use it in my BEHOLDER series.

***SPOILER ALERT***

For WOLVES AND ROSES, the language base is really Egyptian hieroglyphs, which become more and more significant as the series goes on.

Write the Thing

I used to get stuck (as in REALLY stuck) on the planning stage. Now I do some planning while I’m writing another series, so I find that by the time I’m ready to start the newness, things have been percolating in my mind. That’s certainly what happened with WOLVES AND ROSES…I had no idea what was going on there! In this case, I have eight books in total mapped out in the series. We’ll see if the plans stay solid or I have more surprises in store when I sit down to write them. Whatever it ends up being, I hope you enjoy the Fairy Tales of the Magicorum!

About Christina Bauer

Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers. It is now available as an audiobook on Audible and iTunes.

Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press. 

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.

Stalk Christina on Social Media – She Loves It!

     

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TitleWolves and Roses
SeriesFairy Tales of the Magicorum #1
Author: Christina Bauer
Genre: Paranormal | Young Adult
Publisher: Monster House Books
Publication Date: 31 October 2017
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: Audio | eBook | Paperback
Pages: 292
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#BlogTour: The Rise of the Dawnstar by Farah Oomerbhoy @FarahOomerbhoy @XpressoTours #Excerpt

Welcome to the blog tour for The Rise of the Dawnstar by Farah Oomerbhoy. Below you will find an excerpt from the novel and if you want to follow the tour you can at Xpresso Book Tours. This is book two in the series, and book one can be found below.

Book 1: The Last of the Firedrakes

Description

Aurora Firedrake returns in the spellbinding sequel to The Last of the Firedrakes.

The seven kingdoms of Avalonia are crumbling and evil is spreading across the land like a plague. Queen Morgana is close to finding a way to open The Book of Abraxas and it’s only a matter of time until she uses the power trapped inside its pages to enslave the entire world.

With Avalonia growing more dangerous by the day, Aurora must travel through war-torn lands and deep into the heart of the fae kingdom of Elfi. Her goal is to find a legendary weapon infused with the last of the realm’s ancient magic—the only weapon in the world powerful enough to stop the queen.

Aurora might have survived her first battle against Morgana, but the true fight to save her kingdom and restore her throne has only just begun…

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Prologue

“Why is the girl still alive, Lucian?” said a woman’s voice from a shadowy corner.

 

“I’m working on it, my queen.” The Archmage of Avalonia swept into the darkened room, his black mage robes, bordered with gold, billowing around him as he walked. Broad-shouldered and regal in his bearing, he raised his right hand and the damp fireplace flared to life, warming the cold stone floor.

 

Morgana sat in a red velvet chair, staring into the flames that suddenly appeared before her, illuminating her heart-shaped face. The windows were shut against the cold wind that had started blowing down from the north and a dark mist swirled outside as the wind howled, racing through the kingdoms of Avalonia, heralding the coming of winter.

 

“Then why does she still live, Lucian?” Morgana snarled, rising slowly from her high-backed chair and turning to face the Archmage. Her obsidian hair was loose and tangled and her emerald eyes were bloodshot red.

 

“We have no idea where she is.” Lucian bowed before the queen of Illiador. His eyes narrowed as he addressed Morgana. “It is proving impossible to find her with magic. As long as she wears the Amulet of Auraken, I cannot determine her whereabouts.”

 

“Yes, I know that.” Morgana waved her hand, dismissing the thought. “But surely there are other ways to find her?”

 

“Not with magic.”

 

“Then find her without magic,” Morgana hissed.

 

“I have spies everywhere, looking for the princess,” said the Archmage, his jaw tightening. “The last we heard, she left the Summer Palace in the dark of night. That was days ago – by now she could be anywhere in the seven kingdoms.”

 

Morgana clasped her hands together and started pacing in front of the fireplace. “She won’t get far on a normal horse; at least she doesn’t have the added advantage of a pegasus anymore.”

 

Lucian coughed and looked down.

 

Morgana’s eyes widened and her eyebrows rose. “What are you not telling me, Lucian?”

 

“There was an incident in the ruins, after you, um, left. My sources say that the princess healed the pegasus.”

 

“How is that possible? The pegasus was dead, I saw it with my own eyes.” Morgana paused as she assessed the Archmage. “Is her healing power so great?”

 

“I believe it is. She has the blood of the immortal fae running through her veins. You know how powerful their healers are, and she is stronger still. My sources say that the healing she performed on that day was something no one has ever seen before.”

 

“The Shadow Guard were supposed to kill the pegasus and the princess, but they failed.” Morgana looked utterly unimpressed.

 

Lucian looked down.

 

“Why did they fail, Lucian?” Morgana’s green eyes narrowed. “I thought you had trained them all personally? How can a little chit of a girl defeat the deadliest warriors of Illiador?”

 

“She is too strong,” the Archmage said, his face almost feral at the thought of the girl who had evaded them for over fifteen years. “The more she uses her magic, the more her power grows. There is no mage who can stand in her way now.”

 

“Rubbish!” The flames in the fireplace leapt and danced as Morgana’s anger flared. “There is always a way.”

 

Lucian bowed his head, not so much as blinking an eye. “Whatever you say, my queen.”

 

Morgana flashed him a glare. “And what news is there from Eldoren? Are you sure your sister and her husband know what they’re doing?”

 

Lucian nodded. “The Blackwaters will take over the throne of Eldoren as you have commanded. The plans are already set in motion.”

 

“That is not enough,” Morgana snapped. “I want Prince Rafael dead as well. The Ravenswood dynasty supports Aurora, none must be allowed to survive. We will strip her of all her allies and all her friends; she will have no one to turn to, no one to help her. Without proper guidance the girl is likely to destroy herself. Then we will strike when she is at her weakest.”

 

“What about Izadora? The fae queen will never bow to your rule, and you know that.”

 

Morgana’s eyes narrowed. “Izadora will have no choice, once I am done with her,” she gave Lucian a pointed look. “My plans concerning Elfi are already underway. You just make sure that Aurora never reaches her grandmother’s kingdom.”

 

Lucian shook his head. “Forget her, Morgana.” He came closer and put his hand on her shoulder. “She is weak and foolish. She doesn’t have it in her to be queen. Like you said, she will eventually destroy herself. Concentrate on taking over the other kingdoms first. Once you are crowned High Queen of Avalonia, Aurora Firedrake will become just a memory.”

 

“I want her dead, Lucian.” Morgana moved away from him, and turned to face the flames. “I should have called for the Drakkar assassins much earlier,” she said quietly, dismissing the Archmage with a wave of her hand. “They will find her and they will destroy her, even if you can’t.”

 

“But, Your Majesty.” The Archmage’s spine stiffened. “The Drakkar are not to be trusted. They will extract a high price for this – remember what happened after you hired them to kill Azaren.” He paused and took a step closer, lowering the tone of his voice. “Morgana, let me find the girl. I will not fail, just give me more time.”

 

“There is no more time,” snarled Morgana, turning back around to face him. “The people have already heard that she is alive. You told me yourself that rebel factions have sprung up all over Illiador and they are searching for her too. We have to find her before those troublemakers who call themselves the Silver Swords do. They are the last remnants of Azaren’s supporters, and I want them gone as well. Burn the forests where they take cover, and scorch the villages and towns that conceal them. If anyone is found supporting Aurora, they must be made examples of. My niece must have no place to go, nowhere to hide, then we will strike and make her wish that she had never been born a Firedrake.”

 

The Archmage bowed, his eyes like shards of cold steel. “It will be done, my queen.”

 

“See that it is.” Morgana turned to gaze into the dancing fire. “If I want to become High Queen over all the seven kingdoms, Aurora Firedrake must die.”

About Farah Oomerbhoy

Farah-Oomerbhoy-smallFarah Oomerbhoy is the international bestselling author of The Avalonia Chronicles. Her first book, The Last of the Firedrakes, was originally published on Wattpad where it gained nearly two million reads and a Watty Award. Since publication, her debut has gone on to win a silver medal in IBPA’s Benjamin Franklin Awards and the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, along with winning a finalist placement in the USA Best Book Awards. Farah loves the fantastical and magical and often dreams of living in Narnia, Neverland, or the Enchanted Forest. With a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Mumbai, Farah spends her creative time crafting magical worlds for young adults. She lives with her family in Mumbai, India.

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TitleThe Rise of the Dawnstar
Series: Avalonia Chronicles #2
Author: Farah Oomerbhoy
Genre: Fantasy | Young Adult
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 24 April 2017
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook | Hardcover
Pages: 432
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#BlogTour: Thrax by Christina Bauer @CB_Bauer @MyMonsterHouse @XpressoTours #Interview #Giveaway

I am pleased to be a part of this blog tour organised by Xpresso Book Tours, this is for Thrax the fourth book in the Angelbound Origins series. I have an author interview with Christina Bauer which I hope you all enjoy and there is a giveaway which you shouldn’t miss.

I’ve read the first book in the series and intend to continue it, here are links to the first three books for those who want to jump in!

Book One: Angelbound
Book Two: Scala
Book Three: Acca

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Myla Lewis has married Prince Lincoln, and now they’re expecting! All the after-realms rejoice. Myla should be happy too, but she has a serious problem. The day after their honeymoon ended, Myla’s real husband disappeared.

The man who’s sharing her bed is an imposter.

Myla tries explaining about “Evil Lincoln,” but no one will listen. The reason? People think that Myla’s supernatural pregnancy is making her cray cray. Mostly because that’s what Evil Lincoln is telling everyone, and that man’s a great liar. What a creep.

There’s no way Myla will take this lying down, though. She’s going to rescue her man, and she has a pretty good idea where he’s being held. With her best friend, Cissy, along to help, Myla sneaks off to Earth. All she has to do is blend in with the humans, avoid Evil Lincoln, and find her real man before the baby arrives. How hard can it be?

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Author Interview

Thanks for taking joining me on my blog today, I’m so pleased to have you and hope you enjoy answering these questions.

Tell us a bit about Thrax
THRAX is the story of what happens when you’re a kick-ass demon chick with a totally awesome and supportive hottie prince of a hubby…but that sweet guy gets replaced by a douchebag body double. You go find your man.

How does it feel to follow characters through a series like this?
It’s been a fun journey to bring Myla and Lincoln through meeting each other and into love and marriage. To set some context, I’m a big fan of reading myths from other cultures, and it struck me how all our Western stories end with ‘and they lived happily ever after’ while Eastern cultures tend to BEGIN with stuff like ‘And so Rama and Sita were married.’ That’s a totally different perspective, and I wanted to explore it as a writer. Turns out, that’s not so easy, in part because there isn’t a huge canon of Western literature in this area to draw from. In the case of THRAX, it’s about the personal growth that can happen after you’re married, in this case with Myla.

Where do you come up with your ideas?
I’m super careful about all the storytelling that I consume. “Garbage in, garbage out” as the saying goes! I’m a very visual writer, so use Pinterest boards a lot: https://www.pinterest.com/bauermonster/.  I love movies, and I get a lot of great material from there. And of course, I read about a three-five books a week on average. I work very hard to find authors with fresh ideas, and when I run across someone awesome, I review them on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/1740882?shelf=read

After that? It’s just a lot of hard work. Fortunately, I also seem to have an imagination that doesn’t seem to function like everyone else’s. That’s something that was a huge disadvantage for me for a long time (curse you, standardized testing!) but these days, it seems to be paying off.

Which song(s) would be the soundtrack of this novel?
THRAX had a few classic tunes that I kept going back to. Queen’s Find Somebody to Love is featured heavily in the book, so I listed to that non-stop for days.

I also really got into the version of Sweet Dreams Are Made of This which was done for the Wrinkle in Time trailer. For me, this song encapsulated Myla’s point of view in the beginning of the book: everyone says this is supposed to be awesome, but she knows it isn’t right.

What is your writing process?
It all starts when I come up with a question. In this case, it was “what if Lincoln got replaced by an evil body double?” After that, I ask a lot more questions: “Who would want to do that to Lincoln? Why? What do they stand to gain?” I’ve written twenty-plus notebooks filled with the full world of Angelbound. I’d created Ethan a long time ago and tossed him because he didn’t work for the story. So, it was great to bring him in here.

Once I have the bones of the idea, then I write an outline to share with my editor (you’re a goddess, GIE!). From there, I start writing and that’s where the fun begins! I got half-way through THRAX before a certain special character showed up (his name starts with I) and damn that was AWESOME!

So you know, something that’s REALLY helped with my process is all the support I get from readers. When I was writing THRAX, I was like ‘what? This is way out there!’ But I know you guys dig innovative stuff, so I went with it, and I’ve been really happy with the early response.

Why YA Fantasy novels? What drew you to the genre?
Like many writers for young adults, I had a pretty sucktastic youth. So part of me is always trapped in that age range, for good and bad. When I was a teen, the Lord of the Rings really helped me survive. Literally. In particular, I loved how Frodo was just a regular guy who was given a horrible burden, but our hobbit hero never gave up. That meant a lot to me. As a result, I write YA Fantasy because I imprinted on it, more or less.

Who are your inspirations in the genre?
I love Tolkien, naturally. Edith Hamilton also wrote a great book on Greco Roman Mythology that inspires me quite a lot. Hamilton has a gift for making tales of gods and goddesses come alive! I also had a copy of the original Grimm’s Brother’s Fairy Tales, aka the pre-Disney stuff. Loved that too.

If you were to try another genre what would it be?
Does science fiction count? I know it gets lumped in with fantasy a lot, but I have some ideas about a kick-ass space ship captain that’s been rattling around my head.

What book have you most recently read?
I just finished Wild Blood (Cyborg Shifters #1) by Naomi Lucas. As the title promises, Lucas does some very cool stuff by combining cyborgs with the traditional shifter genre that I really enjoyed. Thumbs up!

What book do you most wish you had written?
Oh, I definitely wish I had the ability to create entire languages like Tolkien did, do it would have to say my dream book to write is the Lord of the Rings. Damn, but Tolkien was super-smart. Plus, he wrote much of LoTR as a series of letters to his sons who were fighting in WWII (Tolkien himself fought in WWI), and that spirit of trying to encourage someone else to persevere comes through so clearly. Truly beautiful.

Thanks so much for spending time on BrizzleLass Books and wishing you all the best with the novel.
Thank YOU for asking me such awesome and personalized questions! I love it when bloggers take the time to really dig into my work and process!

About Christina Bauer

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Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers.

Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.

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TitleThrax
SeriesAngelbound Origins #4
Author: Christina Bauer
Genre: Fantasy | Young Adult
Publisher: Monster House Books
Publication Date: 27 June 2017
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook | Paperback
Pages: 300
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