Thursday, April 26, 2012

review: 11:15: Making of a Halfling

Cover design and illustration

by JaraZambrano
 11:15: The Making of a Halfling by Heather Burch New angel, Vine, is working on obtaining his wings, but he’s still got much training to do. In the midst of one training session, they receive a call from Heaven to check out a local rock concert.

There’s something funny going on there.

 Vine and company arrive and can’t see what’s got the head office all in an uproar. Until they stumble on the right niche.

Yep. Someone wants the concert to end with a bang, and it’s up to Vine and company to help save the auditorium full of unsuspecting teenagers. But what can he do? He still hasn’t earned his wings yet—or has he?

Short stories are always a bit of a challenge to review, but I enjoyed this and look forward to reading more. The story is punctuated by delightful comic book panels depicting the events of the story. If you’d like a taste of Heather Burch’s new young adult paranormal romance series by Zondervan, this will give it to you. It’s available for Kindle and Nook, (only in ebook formats, I mean) so you’ll have to hit barnes and noble.com or Amazon for it--or yes, even Ipad.

Did I mention it's free?

Anyway, if paranormal romance is your thing, check 11:15: The Making of A Halfling out. I think you’ll enjoy it. Heather's on Tour right now, this weekend she'll be in Tennessee. Tour dates and places for the next few days are here: http://warmerdaysdarkernights.com/tour/

So, if you're in the area, stop by and see her.

Heather Burch on Facebook .
For an extra treat, here's Heather's Youtube interview with Teen Read Week, from back in March. Enjoy! 


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Free at Amazon--Beth Trissel

Free at Amazon–The Bearwalker’s Daughter (Historical Fantasy Romance) | One Writer's Way.


Romance author Beth Trissel's novel is free today at Amazon.com (for Kindle). Historical Fantasy romance fans, you might want to  check it out. :) Blurb follows (from Amazon):  

Timid by nature—or so she thinks—Karin McNeal hasn’t grasped who she really is or her fierce birthright. A tragic secret from the past haunts the young Scots-Irish woman longing to learn more of her mother's death and the mysterious father no one will name. The elusive voices she hears in the wind hint at the dramatic changes soon to unfold in the mist-shrouded Alleghenies in Autumn, 1784. Jack McCray, the wounded stranger who staggers through the door on the eve of her twentieth birthday and anniversary of her mother's death, holds the key to unlock the past. Will Karin let this handsome frontiersman lead her to the truth and into his arms, or seek the shelter of her fiercely possessive kinsmen? Is it only her imagination or does someone, or something, wait beyond the brooding ridges—for her?

 (A revised version of romance novel Daughter of the Wind)
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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Review: The Last Great Wizard of Yden

The Last Great Wizard of Yden
by
Suzanne G. Rogers

Review copy purchased at Amazon.

The Last Great Wizard of Yden is a YA fantasy novel by author S.G. Rogers. The story concerns Jon Hansen whose father disappears on Jon’s 16th birthday. Jon insists he saw someone kidnap his father in a flash of light. Then his father just disappeared into thin air. The police are skeptical of the actual events surrounding Dr. Hansen’s disappearance and Jon’s mother is beside herself.
The only remnant Dr. Hansen left behind is a dragon ring he’d meant to gift to Jon, and what a weird ring it is as Jon finds out. The ring transports him to another world, one medieval in tone, run by evil kings. Yden. The setting for all his father’s fantastical bedtime stories. Where wizards are very real—or they were before the Wolf Clan wizard succeeded in killing off almost all of them. Same goes for the dragons.

The culprit?

The last wizard, the wicked Wolf Clan wizard Efysian—or so Jon is sure, for his dreams show him the wizard is holding his father prisoner.

While Jon is amazed that Yden is actually real, he has no idea how to free his father. Back at home, his mother’s contemplating selling their house and moving, now that her beloved husband’s gone; Jon’s uncle is trying to teach him how to fight like a man; and the local press has gotten wind of his statement to the police and printed it for all the world to see. Now the whole freshman class thinks Jon’s a lunatic who believes his father abducted by aliens. How embarrassing!

Then an aging wizard, and a pretty girl crash into the schoolyard. The wizard in a coma, the girl, Kira, begs Jon to return to Yden with her to defeat the evil Efysian—not to mention the equally nasty king.

Could the school year get any worse?

How can Jon possibly save his father, when he doesn’t have the first clue what to do with his burgeoning powers? You’ll have to read to find out.

Though marketed toward teenaged YA reading audiences, Suzanne G. Rogers’ The Last Great Wizard of Yden is delightful little novel with a mixture of high, urban fantasy, and YA fantasy elements that I think any fan of the genres will enjoy. I know I did! In fact, I really, really enjoyed it and can’t say that enough (I really, really, really liked it! )

If you’d like to try it out, it’s available for Kindle and Audible versions at Amazon.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tuesday Teaser--The Fairy Queen of Spencer's Butte

The Fairy Queen of Spencer's Butte and Other Tales by Jolene Dawe This is a collection of short stories by an up and coming author. ;) I hope you find this excerpt interesting.

 pg. 188: This from the short story "The Troll and The Tree Nymph":
 He sighed, rubbing his face with his hands. “Your music. She came out of her tree for you. Write her a song that enchants her. Play for her. I need to speak to her.” 
“To enslave her? I won’t help you do anything like this to anyone else,” Libby said. 
Civility slipped from his features for a fraction of a second, long enough for Libby to get a glimpse of what she was dealing with. He could order her to do this thing, whether she willed it or not, and she’d have no choice. She believed that already.


Book Blurb: In the Willamette Valley: a queen gathers her court around her in a new land and dares to hope for love; a mother protects her daughter no matter the cost; a dragon lies slumbering, forgotten by the world; a grieving man struggles to honor the dying wish of a loved one; the past and the present collide. Gathered within these pages are thirteen tales centered around Eugene, Oregon and its environs, exploring the magic and wonder of this lush green valley.

If you'd like to try it out, The Fairy Queen of Spencer's Butte is available for Kindle at amazon.com and from Lulu.com for ebook and in print.
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Friday, April 13, 2012

Fiona by P.L. Parker–review


Fiona
by author P.L. Parker
(This book was given to me for review by the author. *waves* Thanks!)

The story goes, Fiona Sutton gets into a car wreck on her way home from the Renaissance faire in modern day where she spent the day, helping her mother sell herbs and potions and such. She wakes up not in a hospital, but wandering the desert, looking for anything familiar. She doesn’t realize she’s somehow found herself in China–5000 years in the past. A band of traders pick her up and take her back to their settlement. They don’t know where she’s come from and she can’t explain a thing to them, since, you know, she speaks English and they don’t.

Fiona slowly comes to learn her way around this new world, while her caretaker Tanith, decides she’d be a perfect match for the tribe’s next leader Kellach. All Fiona wants to do is go home–no matter how good looking Kellach is. He promises to take her back to where they found her, where she hopes she can get home, but in the meantime, he’s not above seducing her. (hey, this is a romance, after all)

Unfortunately,  there’s a particular thorn in Kellach’s side, an incredibly evil woman who fancies herself high priestess—and Kellach’s next wife. Thus, she loathes the strange new arrival and plots to kill her at the first possible chance.

I got this book from the author for review, quite awhile ago. Thanks to her for sending it (and for being so patient). My thoughts on the book? Kellach and Fiona’s love seemed to blossom, at least on Kellach’s side, a little quicker than seemed reasonable for a man who–you know–has all the tribe’s women at his feet. But okay, she’s a foreigner. I can see that being a powerful attraction. And all in all, I really liked them together.

As for the villianess, High Priestess Voadicia, she’s despicable, nasty woman who wants to be more than high priestess,  and what she does to Fiona and Kellach–well, I was biting my nails at the end—I think there was even a little Oh no! moment there too.

So, all in all, Fiona was a good/enjoyable story. The geek in me would’ve liked a little more information on how and why she gets dumped into the midst of this tribe—how she gets there (or as she sees it at the time) and back. The author does explain Fiona’s trip, but it’s all conjecture after the fact, and the character never really knows the why of it. The other thing the geek in me would’ve liked is some references for further reading on the era of which Ms. Parker wrote, but…

All in all, if you like time travel stories and want something a wee bit different than (you know) the typical time travel romance, I recommend this one. If you’d like to check it out it’s available for the Nook at barnes and noble.com and for Kindle and paperback at Amazon.com.

To learn more about P.L. Parker, see her website at:  http://www.plparker.com/ or her blog: http://plparker.blogspot.com/
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Monday, April 2, 2012

Le Cirque de Magie by Marsha A. Moore

Art by Marsha A. Moore
Fantasy author Marsha A. Moore’s recent short release Le Cirque de Magie sets readers down in the 1920s alongside Ravi, a trapeze artist in a circus troupe in Sarasota, Florida. Ravi’s no ordinary trapeze artist, he’s really a supernatural being called a Suparna.

During his troupe’s run, a dwarf joins up, but Ravi senses something strange about her—something he doesn’t like. The troupe begins finding the animals torn apart—or the poor things go missing altogether, when his beloved Alice is threatened, Ravi senses the dwarf is behind it all.

Can Ravi save his beloved? What more trouble will the dwarf cause, before he can stop her? And what’ll happen when Ravi’s secret is exposed?

You’ll have to read to find out!

Filled with intrigue, romance, and magic, along with authentic tidbits of the culture of the 1920s that created a unique and vivid story world, this delightful little tale that fantasy fans will enjoy—I sure did! If you’d like to give Ms. Moore’s Le Cirque de Magie a try, it’s available at in various e-book formats from Amazon.com and Smashwords and at barnesandnoble.com for Nook users.

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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Once Upon a Time

This is also on my main blog here.

So, I started watching this new show on ABC, Once Upon a Time. Have you seen this? It's a twisted-fairy tale series. This cop, Emma Swan (played by Jennifer Morrison, the gal that was a doctor on House) comes to Storybrooke and (somehow--yes, I need to catch up ) gets stuck there. The mayor takes an immediate dislike to her, but then she seems to hate everyone, especially a young woman named Mary Margaret--AKA Snow White-- (played by Ginnifer Goodwin). Emma's son has this book he carries around full of all sorts of Fairy Tales that help Emma figure out each week's episode (erm, more or less).

Back to Mary Margaret, poor girl, supposedly, killed someone and the evil queen--erm, mayor--wants her dead. Emma moves in and takes over the position as town sheriff and has to incarcerate Mary Margaret....

Fast forward to two weeks ago, which was the first one I saw, Mary Margaret is, apparently, Snow White, and out to kill the Regina (played by Lana Parrilla), who is her evil queen stepmother/Regina the mayor of Storybrooke, who "banished all storybook characters to our world"--and Rumplestilskin(AKA Mr. Gold--played by Played by Robert Carlyle) is her lawyer. Oh, yes. I can already see where this trial's going to go, can't you?

Anyway.... I won't give you a spoiler for last week, but let's just say what happened at the end, had Emma out searching Storybrooke after dark, when she runs into...the Mad Hatter.

(Yeah, they're really playing with the "fairytale" definition. Never mind). I'm a huge fan of the book Alice in Wonderland, so I'll forgive them. :) Anyway, Emma runs into the Mad Hatter, he kidnaps Emma and insists she make him a magic hat that'll work to get him back to Wonderland and his daughter. So! Poor Emma, who has no idea how to work any kind of magic is forced to try to make this hat, meanwhile learning a little bit more about the wacko who's kidnapped her (he had a daughter, whom Regina tricked him into leaving behind in order to take her to Wonderland--and left him there) and now, somehow he got to Storybrooke.

There's a lot lacking in network television these days, but this show's pretty darned good, enough for me to say I'm getting hooked, even after only two episodes (which of course I hope this doesn't mean it's about to be canceled--like Terra Nova was last year *sigh*).

Anyway, it's a pretty darned cool show. If you'd like to see the Mad Hatter episode, "Hat Trick" it's still up on the ABC site , if you'd like to see it, it's here. In fact, the whole series is up on the Once Upon a Time website. The next episode is on tonight (Sunday at 8PM).

Have you seen Once Upon A Time? What do you think of it?
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