Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: The Belles



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that allows us to spotlight books we are eagerly anticipating to be released.

The cover reveal for this book came with a lot of fanfare. Dhonielle Clayton loves it, many potential readers love it and I must agree the cover is beautiful. With the discussion of diversity being needed in all mediums, this book is a plus. Not to mention having an amazing plotline to boot. I want my hardcover now but have to wait for 2018.


Release Date: February 20, 2018

Pre-Order: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The Book Depository

Summary on GoodreadsCamellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.

But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie—that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia now faces an impossible decision. 

With the future of Orléans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide—save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles—or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever.

So what do you think of The Belles? Have you been enjoying the increased diversity on YA book covers? Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

IWSG: Writing Surprises



Welcome to another IWSG with host Alex Cavanaugh, his fellow ninjas, and latest co-hosts.

Monthly Question: Have you ever surprised yourself with your writing?

Yes, I have. Over the years I've gone from being a poet who could write stories to a writer and now a ghostwriter and author. There's no doubt in my mind that I have grown and that's with a high school education, talent, the Lord Almighty, support from friends and the determination to succeed. Writing young adult fiction, poetry and short stories were the furthest that I thought I'd go. But now I have adult and middle-grade fiction WIPs in the wings. So I have been surprised by my writing and it makes me both joyful and fearful. Glad to see my inner potential yet fearful about how far it will go. I have an NA manuscript about flesh eaters (cannibals) and I make up foods that they eat made from people. I fear myself when I can come up with ways off the top of my head to turn people into meals. Where did I even get the idea for brain shakes and curry fingers? 

So how about you? Thanks for stopping by. Due to my freelance work load rising (not health issues this time, yay!) I need some extra time away. I won't return to blogging until October. If you want to keep up with me feel free to visit my author website or check my social media (look on the right side of my page). Thank you for stopping by.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: InkMistress and Goal Hop/ Update Day.



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that allows us to spotlight books we are eagerly anticipating to be released.

I am actually super excited about the release of this book. Even check up on this author's tweets online weekly. Audrey Coulthurst writes beautiful tales of you want lesbian romances steeped in fantasy, betrayals, and drama. Then there's even more for you to enjoy.


Release Date: March 6, 2018

Summary: Asra is a demigod with a dangerous gift: the ability to dictate the future by writing with her blood. To keep her power secret, she leads a quiet life as a healer on a remote mountain, content to help the people in her care and spend time with Ina, the mortal girl she loves.

But Asra’s peaceful life is upended when bandits threaten Ina’s village and the king does nothing to help. Desperate to protect her people, Ina begs Asra for assistance in finding her manifest—the animal she’ll be able to change into as her rite of passage to adulthood. Asra uses her blood magic to help Ina, but her spell goes horribly wrong and the bandits destroy the village, killing Ina’s family.

Unaware that Asra is at fault, Ina swears revenge on the king and takes a savage dragon as her manifest. To stop her, Asra must embark on a journey across the kingdom, becoming a player in lethal games of power among assassins, gods, and even the king himself. Most frightening of all, she discovers the dark secrets of her own mysterious history—and the terrible, powerful legacy she carries in her blood.

Goal Hop/Update Day



The hop has changed its posting location. Click here to go to the new site for the monthly event. Sadly this will be my last time taking part. But thanks for all the nice times.

This month I made two submissions of short fiction. One to a fantasy anthology for an online magazine and the other to Third Word's monthly under hundred word flash fiction challenge. I have more submissions in the pipeline including to Bustle Magazine and Chicken Soup for the Soul. I can't wait to see how many submissions I make by the end of the year. Will keep you updated on my blog regardless. Have a great day.

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, 25 August 2017

Book Review: Action by Quinn Anderson

Will do Goal Hop/Update Day on Monday. Today I'm reviewing an erotic adult novel. It involves the porn industry so be advised if that makes you uncomfortable.

Title: Action by Quinn Anderson

Publication Date:  June 4, 2017

Source: Netgalley

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Purchase: Amazon, Barnes and Noble

Summary: Pete Griflow is the last person anyone would suspect of being a porn star. He’s quiet, gawky, and can’t even talk to guys without turning red. But on camera, he’s a different person. In the porn world, he’s Jaden Prime, a coquettish power bottom who’s been tantalizing fans for over a year now.

Pete is in a rut, though, and he knows it. And what’s worse, his boss knows it. If he can’t reignite his passion for the biz, he’s going to have trouble paying his none-too-cheap college tuition.
When Pete is given the opportunity to star in a huge summer production, sparks fly between him and his costar, Kyle Darko. Kyle is Pete’s opposite: he’s daring, achingly sexy, and in love with the sex industry. Their chemistry is palpable on and off screen, but dating on a porn set is tricky. Even pros struggle to separate fantasy from reality, especially with a script dictating their seduction. But what’s building between them can’t be ignored, and it’s so much more than getting some “action.”


Book Review

I had not read a book by Riptide Publishing in a while. They publish LGBTQ novels for different age groups from young readers straight up to adults and in multiple genres. This time I'm reviewing one of their more erotic titles, Action. Pete Griflow goes into the porn industry for financial reasons and though not the typical porn star, finds success. When he falls into a rut it puts his future and higher education at risk. So when he gets the chance to star in a huge summer production and meets a costar who actually loves the porn industry, a whole new dynamic is thrown into the story. The Porn industry isn't a business that's looked upon highly. Myself included. But this story does show the different dynamics of both the business and the people behind it. If you like reading erotic LGBT novels and want a different story that shows the ups and down of the sex business, this is for you. If you just love Riptide or willing to try a new book of any genre, this is also for you to take a look. Otherwise, you need to decide for yourself. NetGalley offered me a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4 Stars

Monday I will also discuss revamp plans I have for blog. Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Netflix Nation: Marvel's The Defenders Review



The Defenders was okay. I know I'm supposed to detail my thoughts then give my overall judgment at the end. But this review doesn't need that. I'll just let you know right now. If you want a fun romp with Marvel characters you love and already a fan of the series for all four characters that leads to this eight episode team up, then you'll love The Defenders.


However, if you had issues with any of the character's individual show's or any character themselves. Then this show might wear on you a bit. Especially if it's Iron Fist because I just feel so much fell short with this character. Mostly in execution, writing, and diaglouge. Also, some of his fighting scenes were pretty clunky and ill shot. So if you go in with a more critical eye, there might be things that disappoint you. Especially if you are used to quality television series writing. This falters at that.


I will not spoil the series for you. But this review will have limited mentions of what happens without revealing the entire plot. However, if you are opposed to any mention of the show beyond character names. Leave now. In short, the series is fine to watch but I do believe it falls short in several areas including the writing and pacing in some episodes. Thanks for coming and keep being you.



Still here? Let's go!

At the start, the first two episodes fell flat to me. They really reminded me why there's a certain level of complaint about The Hand being boring. Some of the things being pushed forward weren't really needed. But banter between characters like Iron Fist and Luke are among the few highlights. Madame Gao is just great throughout the series, this actress deserves high praise. Episode three is where things start to heat up, a quick intro to how the Black Sky came to be and the series starts moving at a much better pace. From there the other episodes go from great to watchable. Daredevil gets better front time which I believe should have just been so from the get because he has a more logical connection to The Hand than Iron Fist. The 'magical fist' is literally the only thing connecting Danny to anything going on. If Luke got the Iron Fist, Danny would be more useless than Night Nurse lady (love her character, I'm not hating). Plus the climax of what was causing the whole danger to New York in the first place fell flat to me. So at the end of the day, this series is watchable and enjoyable. I just think they're better Netflix and Marvel Netflix shows you can watch or rewatch. Recommended (as okay).



Thanks for stopping by and sorry for the sudden hiatus.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Cover Reveal: The Chaos of Standing Still

Awkwardly forgot to have a post ready for Monday. But today I get to share the cover for Jessica Brody's upcoming novel. I think it's beautiful with the font and flowers.


Publication Date: November 28, 2017

Full Summary: Ryn has one unread text message on her phone. And it’s been there for almost a year.
She hasn’t tried to read it. She can’t. She won’t. Because that one message is the last thing her best friend ever said to her before she died.
But as Ryn finds herself trapped in the Denver International Airport on New Year’s Eve thanks to a never-ending blizzard on the one-year anniversary of her best friend’s death, fate literally runs into her.
And his name is Xander.
When the two accidentally swap phones, Ryn and Xander are thrust into the chaos of an unforgettable all-night adventure, filled with charming and mysterious strangers, a secret New Year’s Eve bash, and a possible Illuminati conspiracy hidden within the Denver airport. But as the bizarre night continues, all Ryn can think about is that one unread text message. It follows her wherever she goes, because Ryn can’t get her brialliantly wild and free-spirited best friend out of her head.
Ryn can’t move on.
But tonight, for the first time ever, she’s trying. And maybe that’s a start.
As moving as it is funny, The Chaos of Standing Still is a heartwarming story about the earth-shattering challenges life throws at us—and the unexpected strangers who help us along the way.
Purchase: Amazon

Author: Jessica Brody

Website: Jessica Brody Author Website

Thanks for stopping by. What did you think of the cover?


Waiting on Wednesday: The Belles

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