Thursday, 18 May 2017

Marked Beauty Cover Reveal

Hello, everyone. Today I'm sharing the cover for S.A. Larsen's upcoming book. Tale a book at this beauty.




MARKED BEAUTY by S.A. Larsen


Title: Marked Beauty

Author: S.A. Larsen

Publisher: Ellysian Press

Release Date: October 2017

Uncovering hidden secrets can sometimes kill you . . . or worse, steal your soul.

Anastasia Tate has a secret. She can feel the emotions of others through their life energy auras. Not a welcome gift for a teenager. Especially when a sinister presence begins stalking her.

Viktor Castle also has a secret. He’s tasked with protecting humanity yet cursed by an ancient evil to destroy it.

After Viktor saves Ana’s life, her abilities grow stronger. Drawn together, she senses Viktor has answers to lifelong questions. Only he shuns her at every turn, knowing he has saved her only to put her in more danger.

As Ana struggles with her attraction to Viktor, he tries everything to bury his unexpected feelings for her. But they must find a middle ground. For only together can they combat the dark forces threatening both their lives . . . and their souls.

ADD to GOODREADS

About the Author

S.A. LARSEN is the author of the award-winning novel Motley Education, the first book in a fantasy-adventure series for middle grade readers. Her work has appeared in numerous local publications and young adult anthologies Gears of Brass and Under A Brass Moon by Curiosity Quills Press. Marked Beauty is her debut young adult novel. Find her in the land of snowy winters and the occasional Eh’ya with her husband of over twenty-five years, four children, a playful pooch, and three kittens. Visit her cyber home anytime at www.salarsenbooks.com.

Connect with her on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Blog | Goodreads

Giveaway

This is a #hashtag giveaway, where two lucky winners will receive a FREE eBook of Marked Beauty upon its release.

To participate:

  • Share one of the premade images via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Or write up a blog post using one of the images.
  • Include #MarkedBeauty in your description.
  • Optional for extra entry: include Add to Goodreads (with link) in your description.

***Posts MUST contain the hashtag #MarkedBeauty for entry into the giveaway or we won’t be able to find you.

Pre-made tweets (you add the image)

"A lust 4 life energy. An ancient curse. One soul's journey thru death 2 find the cure." #MarkedBeauty #CoverReveal http://bit.ly/2qdE0q0

"Uncovering some secrets can kill you, or worse ... steal your soul." #MarkedBeauty #CoverReveal http://bit.ly/2qdE0q0 #YAlit

An ancient race. A timid girl. And a journey to the in-between. #MarkedBeauty #CoverReveal http://bit.ly/2qdE0q0 #YAlit

The giveaway begins May 17th and will be open until May 23rd. Winners will be announced May 24th via social media.

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So what do you think? Isn't the cover beautiful? Will you be entering the giveaway? Mine will be up on Twitter during the day. Thanks for coming.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Monday MishMash: May 2017



Monday Mishmash is a weekly meme created by Kelly Hashway for sharing what's going on in your life and noggin. You just grab a button and post your business...I mean thoughts online. No biggie. Have fun!


1. I bought four paperbacks Sunday. Sorry, I mean three paperbacks and one hardback. I'm back in the paper buying business! Though technically I did buy two last month. But now it's really official. Still, have a love for e-books but....

2. Getting back in the writing trenches this week. Slid last week but I'm back.

3. Hopefully, will see two movies this week in theaters. Especially Fast 8 and GOTG2. Or something else and save GOT2 for later (it will hold unlike Beauty and the Beast. Guess Jamaica really didn't like the 'gay moment' and booted it out quickly. Sigh. I really wanted to see it in theaters.). But I'm going out!

4. Been winning a few Amazon Gift Cards. Thinking of going Prime.

5. Looking forward to each day and being grateful for all that I've got.

6. Read and write more.

7. Watch up House of Cards so I'll be ready for Season 5. Billions put me back on the board!! Plus that cool teaser for HOC was pure genius Netflix. I'm needed!

Thanks for stopping by everybody.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

IWSG: May is here and Goal Hop Update

IWSG is back and time to share your thoughts.



Hey, guys, I'm back. Took a break from April's IWSG. My blogging habits have changed. I don't blog as much and QueendSheena has now become mostly a book review blog now. I move more around social media via Twitter and Facebook mainly. Still, I'm writing and happy to say my freelance work is going well. I look forward to seeing what will happen this month and the rest of 2017. What about you guys?




The Goal Bloghop is a hop where you sign up with the goal you have in mind. It can be a small or big goal. Either way after joining you share your progress the last Friday of each month. Started by Misha, it is now co-hosted along with Jen and Brittney.

Sadly I was unable to send in any submissions for April. Issues including health had me guarding my time. Freelance work took precedent and my personal writing time shrunk quite a bit.

Thanks for stopping by. See you guys on Monday.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Book Review: The Jungle Book: Manga Classics

Title: The Jungle Book (Magna Classics) by Rudyard Kipling

Publication Date: April 28, 2017

Source: Netgalley

Purchase: Amazon, Book Depository


Summary on Goodreads: Heavily influenced by his childhood in British-ruled India, Rudyard Kipling created some of the most well-read children s stories in Western Culture. Book One of The Jungle Book(s) includes Mowgli s Brothers, the story of Mowgli, the abandoned man-cub who was raised by animals in the Indian jungle, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi the heroic mongoose, and Toomai of the Elephants, the tale of a young elephant-handler, and in The White Seal, we meet Kotick, a rare white-furred northern fur seal as he searches for a home where his family will not be hunted by humans. Originally published as a series of short stories for magazines in the late 1800s, the Nobel Prize-winning Rudyard Kipling would eventually publish the classic The Jungle Book in 1894." 

Book Review

I highly recommend this manga/book. Yeah, I said it from the start. This version of The Jungle Book hearkens back to the originals which don't focus on just Mawgli. You have a heroic mongoose, animals that are used both for burden and war and so on. Yet each story has your attention from beginning to end thanks to great writing and breath taking art/visuals. When you read about the effort put into this project at the back of the book, you see why. Everyone on this team wanted to create a new way for young readers to be introduced to Rudyard Kipling's original work but in a new style for the younger generation. I never read the original stories and only saw about three versions of the movie (including 2016's masterpiece in visual effects). Just remember that as a magna you have to read from left to right, therefore starting from where most of us would consider the back of the book. I got a free e-copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 5 Stars

Monday, 24 April 2017

Book Review: Goldie Vance Vol. 1

I'm back guys. Not 100% but well enough to be back in the blogging world.

Title: Goldie Vance Volume One by Hope Larson and Brittney Williams

Publication Date: October 11, 2016

Source: Netgalley

Purchase: Amazon, Book Depository



Summary from Goodreads: Move over Nancy, Harriet, & Veronica. There's a new sleuth on the block!

Sixteen-year-old Marigold “Goldie” Vance lives at a Florida resort with her dad, who manages the place. Her mom, who divorced her dad years ago, works as a live mermaid at a club downtown. Goldie has an insatiable curiosity, which explains her dream to one day become the hotel’s in-house detective. When Charles, the current detective, encounters a case he can’t crack, he agrees to mentor Goldie in exchange for her help solving the mystery. Eisner Award-winning writer Hope Larson (A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel) and artist Brittney Williams (Patsy Walker, A.K.A Hellcat!) present the newest gal sleuth on the block with Goldie Vance, an exciting, whodunnit adventure.

Book Review

I had a lot of fun reading this book. Marigold 'Goldie' Vance is a spunky girl ready to help do the right thing, even if it means doing a little bad. She wants to be a detective for the hotel her father works at. Her parents are divorced but she's a well-adjusted teen who has a close friend who also works at the hotel.The friend's a young lady who wants to be an astronaut which I also love.  Also, books representing black people and African-Americans in a positive light is always appreciated. And you get to meet a variety of diverse characters, each with their own part to play. When the surprising mystery of a stolen necklace turns into a shocking kidnapping, Goldie is on the case. But when her sleuthing gets not only her but her father in hot water. Can she undo her mistakes and still find the victim in time? You'll have to read the book to find out and I highly recommend it. I think from pre-teens upwards will enjoy this read and it works for both boys and girls.

The only downside I can give this book is the sad stereotyping of Russians and Germans. The latter started fine but then it kind of went sideways with typical running from the government to savior United States. Yes, I get that there are times when espionage happens but when your first instinct is to use Russia or Germany (this also includes authors who automatically target Asian Countries), it kind of makes me think you're not that creative. Spies are in many countries. Not just a few that you can count on almost fully on one hand. For a book with a great representation of females and African Americans, it was sad to see this happen.

In the end, it is an amazing book with an intriguing would be detective lead that can draw in readers of various ages. I got an e-copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4 Stars

Thanks for stopping by. See you on Wednesday.


Friday, 14 April 2017

Out Sick

Sadly I've been having flu remission and it's sort of kicking my ass. See you next week.



Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Book Review: Beautiful Creatures

Title: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Source: Purchased at Bookstore

Purchase: Amazon, Book Depository

Publication Date: January 8, 2013 (this edition, book was originally published in 2009)



Summary on Goodreads: Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

Book Review

Beautiful Creatures was a book I first read back in 2013. It followed Ethan Wate as he meets a strange girl named Lena Duchannes and all the madness his life descends into as a result. What Kami and Margaret did was create a story that kept readers invested and took magic in another direction. With a curse that forces females in Lena's family to potentially turn evil at sixteen, the clock was running out. Ethan's determined to help her and so's her uncle who sees the boy as a hindrance to that goal. Time is on no one's side and the reader's taken on a journey that asks many questions but gives limited answers. Including if it's really a good idea for a regular boy to fall for a special girl? Despite being a bit longer than necessary this book was an intriguing read. I'd recommend to anyone looking for a good young adult read. More so if you want one with a male protagonist.

Rating 4 Stars

Marked Beauty Cover Reveal

Hello, everyone. Today I'm sharing the cover for S.A. Larsen's upcoming book. Tale a book at this beauty. MARKED BEAUTY by...