REVIEW: ONCE I KNEW by Victoria Lynn

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

 Hey everyone! Today I have a review for Once I Knew by Victoria Lynn! It just released yesterday, so make sure to snag a copy when you get a chance! Check out some info about the book before we dive in...




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Violet lives her quiet little life in her sleepy village. Trying to remain as dead to the politics that are threatening their world as possible. She follows the rules, stays out of trouble and does her best to remain out of sight of the dreaded and overbearing Kingsmen.

With the new regent on the throne, the country has been thrown into a turmoil. Unlike the kindly king before him, the new ruler is overbearing, frightening and tyrannical in his rule. Taxes are bleeding the people dry and without the money or goods to pay, they have been forced into penal servitude and imprisonment by the Kingsmen, who know no mercy. The despair and fear that has taken over their lives has ruled out any level of hope.

When Violet stumbles upon an unconscious and injured Kingsman in the woods, despite the consequences, she cannot help but take care of the injured man. When he wakes and has no memory of who he is, she takes the only precaution that will keep her and her grandmother safe; she destroys the evidence of his past life.

If Violet’s lowly Kingsman regains his memory, will she be able to live with the consequences? And will the Kingsman be able to live with his past life?

AMAZON | GOODREADS

AUTHOR

Victoria Lynn is in her 20s and if she's not writing, she is probably sewing, singing, playing the piano, washing dishes, creating something with her hands, or learning something new. She has a passion for serving her Creator, encouraging others and being creative. She blogs at www.rufflesandgrace.com about writing, fashion, her walk with God and life. She lives in Michigan with her parents and 8 siblings.

REVIEW

3.5/5 stars 
This is a squeaky clean low-fantasy novel with strong themes of redemption and following God's will even if it's hard. 

The prose is very nicely written and you'll get a strong "cottagecore" vibe from reading this, which was interesting to see! I also appreciated the themes Lynn incorporated into the story, as well as seeing how the dysfunction of the kingdom's leadership affected the villagers. However, the characters just felt a bit one-dimensional to me. I love characters that you can really grow attached to and that just wasn't there for some reason; may just be me. I would have loved to see Violet growing and learning to rely on God more for her severe anxiety, and would have appreciated a smoother character arc for Obed -- I can't get into details on that one though ;) I did very much enjoy Markus' character though!

If you enjoy low-fantasy novels with a sweet romance and no concern of finding gruesome descriptions or language, this one's for you!


REVIEW: BEHIND THE ACT by Abigayle Claire!

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Hey everyone! Today's the release day for Abigayle Claire's latest release, Behind The Act! Before we get into the review, check out more info about the book...



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The predictable lull of Tiffany Burch’s small-town existence is making her stir-crazy. At the news that her town is going to be a filming location—and local acting talent is needed—she takes a leap to follow in her dead mother’s footsteps as an actress.

Tragedies from Tiffany’s past and present seem to indicate the timing is right, and so she leaves everything from her boyfriend to her shelter dog all for the dream of stardom. Yet as her success grows, so do her anxiety and disillusionment.

As her rise to fame is jeopardized by yet another tragedy, Tiffany returns home. There she must unravel who she really is: the girl her town remembers, the face on the posters, or the still-distraught woman behind the act.

AMAZON | GOODREADS

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 
Abigayle has been a writer ever since her mother taught her how to hold a pencil. However, she devoted more time to reading words with her green eyes than penning them with her left hand. Inspired by a crazy dream at the age of sixteen, she set off on a journey to self-publish her first novel, Martin Hospitality.

Since then, Abigayle has devoted herself to sharing what she has learned through the mediums of freelance editing and her blog The Left-Handed Typist when period drama films are not calling more loudly. Now she is committed to providing a community where real-world stories resound and prose has purpose.

None of her successes, including winning a 2017 Readers’ Favorite Award, would be possible without the support of her Savior, large family, and online community.

MY REVIEW

I sat down to read a couple chapters and ended up reading the whole thing. (Whoops.) Claire does an excellent job of conveying sensitive topics realistically AND tactfully, and the characters are memorable. The plot is engaging and keeps you interested. It's also something original; not a lot of books go this route at all -- I can't get into it with spoilers, but it was refreshing to read. While sometimes I wanted to take the book and whack sense into the main character, it all turns out in the end ;) I did feel as though some portions of  the plot were rushed, but not so much that I lost interest or felt dissatisfied. If you're looking for a contemporary Christian novel, check this one out! 

SPOTLIGHT: CURVE OF THE EARTH: A STORY OF LAZARUS by Craig Brockman!

Wednesday, June 15, 2022



Hey everyone! Today I have a spotlight and very brief review of Curve of the Earth: A Story of Lazarus, a new novel by Craig Brockman! It was very recently released, so make sure to check it out on Amazon. Fans of speculative fiction will enjoy this twist on the story of Lazarus! Check out the info first -- below: 

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What if Lazarus of the Bible was not fated to endure a second death? He lives a Methuselah-life spanning centuries: his body renewed but his faith decaying.
This is the story of a wanderer through an epic of apostacy and dissipation, as sailor and slave, warrior and companion, in love and strife, marooned and forgotten. He struggles to discern the kernel of meaning in a meaningless existence, and to divide the gossamer between mortality and immortality.
Pursued by ruthless Immortals—radiant entities from beyond the veil—he struggles to avert their wrath and protect those he loves. The church becomes a circus of ritual and religion. He yearns only for his Beautiful Friend: the humble Messiah.
Curve of the earth: 
Because we stand on its broad surface, hidden is a view of the earth itself. We see the curve only as it is reflected upon something else: an eclipse or a celestial display that betrays its vastness.
Where are you, Lord?... The Infinite is unseen only because we walk too near.

 AMAZON 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

CRAIG A. BROCKMAN is in tune with the life and culture surrounding Lake Superior having lived in the U.P. (Michigan's Upper Peninsula) for nearly 20 years while employed by the Indian Health Service, Lake Superior State University and at other facilities.

In 2017, an article in the Ontonagon Herald chronicled the final 140-mile leg of his meandering 450-mile hike across the entire U.P. from the Drummond Island Ferry Dock in DeTour Village to a sandbar at the mouth of the Montreal River on the Wisconsin border.

Craig currently lives with his wife Sally in Tecumseh, Michigan. In 2007, he published Marty and the Far Woodchuck, a middle-grade novel. He is published in “The U.P. Reader” #4 & #5

You can visit craigabrockman.com for more information or contact craig@craigabrockman.com.



REVIEW
Curve of the Earth: A Story of Lazarus is an impactful and imaginative story. With fantastic imagery and hard-hitting themes of redemption, it's easy to get into this book and stay into it. 
For fans of gritty fiction and hard-hitting topics, especially around the struggle of faith and overcoming darkness, this is an excellent summer read! 

PREORDERS LIVE: LET THEM HEAR by Makenzie Gray!

Tuesday, June 14, 2022


 

Hey everyone! Kindle preorders for LET THEM HEAR are now live! Click HERE to preorder, HERE to shelf on Goodreads, and of course, stay tuned for reviews!! 

AND as I snagged the preorder link from Amazon today (June 14th), I also noticed that Amazon is running an 8% off sale for paperbacks of THOSE WITH EARS! If you've been wanting a copy, now might be the time to grab one! I don't know how long the sale will run (I'm not controlling it) so don't wait! Check it out HERE.


In case you haven't checked out the blurbs yet, here you go: 

THOSE WITH EARS
What will Takvi do when the End begins?
In the blink of an eye, Takvi's guardians disappear into thin air, along with thousands more. When the government swiftly moves to cover up the Disappearing, she and her siblings grapple with the truth behind what happened. They've been government loyalists their whole lives, but a split in opinions threatens to upend their lives permanently.

And Takvi is trapped in a vacuum where no solution leaves her or her family unscathed, which is the one thing she can't bear.

The illegal book their guardians left them has answers that agree with her siblings, but Takvi struggles to accept it. When the newly-formed government tightens its grip in eerie prophetic fashion, will she stand up or will she fold? Will any of it matter in the end of the world?

A compelling apocalyptic story on redemption, sibling bonds, and seeking truth in a corrupt world, Those With Ears is the first novel in the Midnight Hour series.


LET THEM HEAR
Since the End began, Unmarked are hunted and imprisoned like animals while the Marked live in excess. Eighteen-year-old Takvi has been on the run since it all began. When she learns that her brother is in the One Order’s custody - alive - she leaves everything to search for him. But to succeed in her rescue mission, she’ll need aid.

Gathering a ragtag group of Unmarked is dangerous, but it’s Takvi’s only chance at saving her brother. As they travel across apocalypse-torn North America, they learn the Order is growing darker and more powerful than they ever imagined. The group wants to save as many tortured Unmarked as possible - but Takvi refuses to face the wickedness she’s running from. One person can’t stop the End and Takvi won’t die for a lost cause. But everything has a cost these days. Will the rescue come at a cost too high to pay?

A gripping novel about sacrifice and redemption, The Hunger Games meets Mad Max in this post-apocalyptic ride.

Let Them Hear is Book 2 in the Midnight Hour series.

REVIEW: A STUDY IN TERMINAL by Kara Linaburg

Monday, June 6, 2022

 Hey everyone! Today I have a review for A Study in Terminal, the newest release by Kara Linaburg! This one will hit you right in the feels, man. Here's some info on it before we get into the review...



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Sean Brogan has spent most of his life running from a past he can never escape. Emotionally abandoned by his alcoholic father and secretly blaming himself for his mother's death, the scars he carries are ones no one can see. On the anniversary of the day that changed his life forever, Sean flees New York City on his 1965 Triumph Bonneville, hoping to face the demons that plague his nightmares.


He plans to slip into the sleepy town of Lake Fort, West Virginia as quietly as he did ten years before, but his life has never gone as planned. Sean never expects to see Rina, the blue-haired sister of his childhood best friend who makes it her mission to rescue the lost things. A hopeful dreamer who sits on the roof and watches the sunset, she represents all the things that he has lost. As Sean spends time in the lakeside town that has haunted his dreams since he was a little boy, he has no choice but to face the pain that he buried from a life cut off too soon. In the blink of an eye, with a gun to his head, Sean is forced to confront what it means to fight for the will to live when your world has gone dark.


An anthem for those of us who have been left behind, A Study in Terminal is a vulnerable story about the human condition that reminds us that to beat your past, you first must turn around and face it.


Content: Parent death by suicide; suicidal thoughts; crime; gang violence; gun violence; substance abuse


AMAZON | GOODREADS 

AUTHOR

Queen of awkward and writer before she could properly spell, Kara Linaburg is passionate about creating stories with beauty in brokenness. When she's not playing the role of author or editor, she's planning her next adventure or watching the sunset. Kara lives in the mountains of West Virginia, the setting of A Study In Terminal. Find her on social media, where making new friends is basically her hobby. www.thebeautifullybrokenblog.com @kara_lynn_author

REVIEW

With strong contemporary “Sherlock Holmes” vibes and a masterful grasp on description and poignant stories, Linaburg weaves a story of redemption, healing, sacrifice, and what ‘terminal’ means. She infuses hope into desperate situations, forgiveness and healing into torrid circumstances, and memorable characters that will stay with you long after you set the book down. Readers of gritty contemporary, suspense, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle fans alike will find something to appreciate in this book.

COVER REVEAL SIGNUPS: BACK TO ME!

Tuesday, May 31, 2022


 

Hey everyone! Just a quick post asking for folks to help me reveal the cover for Back To Me!

Click HERE for more info and to sign up; read below for the blurb ICYMI!


I'm not me anymore. 

Bridget Owens spends her days working and her nights trying to escape the nightmare she was born into. One year after leaving her old life, she still sees ghosts, hears threats, feels nails digging into her flesh, and can't sleep unless she wants to wake up sobbing. Her memories become a graveyard of who she once was, and she nurtures it daily until she reaches her breaking point. 

When Nick, a childhood friend, suggests help at the last moment, she finds it hard to sit across from a counselor who says he cares. She finds it impossible to trust anything, even herself. She's broken, and she isn't sure how to put the pieces back together. What if they never fit right anymore?

A story of redemption, calling, healing, and recovery. 

Back To Me: A Contemporary Christian Novel, releasing October 25, 2022. 

COVER REVEAL: PROGRAM MIRA by R.J. Setser!

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

 Hi everyone! Today I have a cover reveal for R.J. Setser's next novel, Program Mira! It sounds like a fantastic novel with a unique twist, so if you love dystopians, keep reading! 


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Snow White collides with Divergent in this dystopian fairytale.

 

The Coterie was once a godsend; a group of high-esteemed intellectuals who looked out for the people of Dyvercity. Until Estrella. Aided by a government-banned AI, Estrella’s power is unchecked and the divisions of Dyvercity suffer in the grasp of her power-hungry hands.

 

Wynter is an orphan destined to live the rest of her life with her fellow orphaned “brothers” in Division 1812: The Apple Pickers. She and her band of brothers are different from the common folk, though. They all failed the Prosperity Test, which stamped their fate in the poor divisions, but Wynter and the boys feel like their intelligence is above those around them. If they learned something about their birth parents, could they earn entrance to the mysterious city behind the wall?

 

A terrifying discovery leads to Wynter and her brothers fleeing their lifelong home in the orchards for the web of lies in Dyvercity… where Program MIRA is waiting for them.

ARRIVING OCTOBER 10, 2022

PREORDER ON AMAZON | GOODREADS | PAPERBACK PREORDER


And now, for the gorgeous cover...



COVER REVEAL: ACELDAMA by Angela R. Watts!

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

 Hey everyone! Today I've got a cover reveal for Angela R. Watts' next installment of the Remnant Trilogy, Aceldama! Here's some info on the book first: 

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The ancient war comes to an end… or does it?

King Finnigan must defeat the ancient warlock to save his kingdom... but every triumph requires sacrifice. As the kingdom faces monsters, traitors, and dark wizards, the remnant must work together to stop the darkness from engulfing the realm.

But not everyone will survive to see the journey's end. The heroes must choose their fates, and face the consequences.

GOODREADS | PREORDER ON AMAZON
ARRIVING JULY 26, 2022. 

And now... *drumroll*




LET THEM HEAR by Makenzie Gray - eARC + Street Team signups!

Sunday, May 8, 2022

 Hey everyone! I just wanted to pop in and let you know that applications for eARC copies and the street team for Let Them Hear, Book 2 of the Midnight Hour Series, are officially open! Make sure you check it out, and if you haven't seen the blurb yet, here it is:



Since the End began, Unmarked are hunted and imprisoned like animals while the Marked live in excess. Eighteen-year-old Takvi has been on the run since it all began. When she learns that her brother is in the One Order’s custody - alive - she leaves everything to search for him. But to succeed in her rescue mission, she’ll need aid.

Gathering a ragtag group of Unmarked is dangerous, but it’s Takvi’s only chance at saving her brother. As they travel across apocalypse-torn North America, they learn the Order is growing darker and more powerful than they ever imagined. The group wants to save as many tortured Unmarked as possible - but Takvi refuses to face the wickedness she’s running from. One person can’t stop the End and Takvi won’t die for a lost cause. But everything has a cost these days. Will the rescue come at a cost too high to pay?

A gripping novel about sacrifice and redemption, The Hunger Games meets Mad Max in this post-apocalyptic ride.

LET THEM HEAR is Book 2 of the Midnight Hour series.


The release date is July 19, which is coming with such swiftness and speed that I'm reeling a bit, but we'll make it to the finish line for sure! If you want to be a HUGE help and sign up for eARCs, click HERE -- and if you want to be on the street team, click HERE! Thank you in advance!


BACK TO ME: Why?

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Hey everyone! Today I have a bit of a different post -- it partially digs into my "why" behind Back To Me, and it has very much turned into a portion of my testimony as a follower of Christ. And I'm going to share this now because I don't know how many times I've saved and then deleted this thing xD

Back To Me has actually been on the backburner – and frontburner, and that weird burner in the middle of some stoves that’s super duper long – for over a year now. It holds themes of forgiveness. Healing. That it’s okay to not be okay, but you’ve gotta keep moving anyway. That we have to surrender to God, and that includes a crazy amount of trust in Him, but He’ll take you farther than you ever imagined if you just trust. And it centers around one thought that I had rattling around in my head for years.


“I just want to go back to who I was before.”


I can’t tell you the specifics of what happened, at least not for the world wide web to read. I tried writing a post that redacted the identifying issues, but it was way too vague and so confusing even I got lost. But I can say that there’s a stark line in my life that burned one chapter shut and opened another chapter I didn’t want to read, and that choice was not my own. There was - is - no going back.




Clergy abuse and misconduct is something absolutely reprehensible, something that I can’t even begin to wrap my head around and yet there are so many silent victims. So many people who carry their secrets with them like millstones around their necks. The fact that a spiritual leader can abuse their influence and  inflict such damage is something that angers me deeply. It’s a problem that has permeated church leadership in ways you wouldn’t believe. And for all the people who have spoken out on it, how many more stayed silent? I know we, as the Church, don’t like to talk about it because it gives us Christians a bad name. We don’t like to admit that pastors can wreak such havoc. We don’t like to face the demons created by such a fallen nature.

And this is where Back To Me fits in the world. Because we DO live in a fallen world. Horrible things happen. To me, to you. “This never should have happened!” permeates the darkest corners of our church buildings, because the church isn’t immune from the evil one and in fact, his influence is alive and well there too. Turning a blind eye only hurts us, and it only adds more shame to the victims than they already carry. And they shouldn’t carry it because it was never their burden to bear. And they should know that there is goodness left, that they can recover, and that they will.

Back To Me is where I learned to give my own shame and burdens to God and asked Him how I could help someone else with my new…knowledge. 

It’s where I sat down with my counselor, who is also a pastor and a person I initially feared on default, and explained that I wanted to write a book to help other people like me. Because "If this had to happen, I might as well do something good with it, right?"

It’s what I kept writing when that same person, months later during Bible study, looked straight at me and said, “Oftentimes God uses the things that burden us the most in testimony for another person. Using your testimony is one very powerful thing anyone can do.” He didn’t know that I’d decided to trash BTM that week because it was too much. But God knew, and He used that person to get His point across.

And it scares me to share. It’s not a popular topic. It’s not comfortable. But I know without a shadow of a doubt (which is something for me; my middle name is actually “Doubting Thomas”) that God has placed this story, this experience, with me for a reason, and it’s one that I must share. Because
God always uses those hurts to create something new. The only other option, for me, was to stay in that past, that hurt, and wallow forever. And man, am I ever thankful that I didn't. I have seen God move in so many ways, I have gotten so much better at understanding God's character and His will, and yes -- I have seen how He can use a hurt to create something beautiful. How the evil one's plans are thwarted in the presence of God.

And if I can write a book that convinces others to seek that healing, because no matter how much it hurts or how hard it is to recover, that pain will always be miniscule in comparison to a lifetime of hurt. So Back To Me is a call to action as much as it is a story of healing: will you accept God's plan for your life, or will you let the hurts and sins and pride and pain consume you?

God gives me the bravery to write this. He gives me the strength to keep going, or to slow down when I must. (And I don't like doing that.) He gives me the courage to keep moving out of that anxiety when I feel myself slipping back into that fear. I am like Simon Peter; jumping out onto the water and then looking at the waves and sinking. And God is right there with His hand out, even if I'm a little twerp who tries to drag myself out of the water myself first (which doesn't work). He's there for you too. And has recovery been simple? N O P E. I'm still very much on that healing journey. I'm told to give myself grace, because that path stretches on for years. And if you're in need of some of that healing right now, I'd strongly recommend checking out Celebrate Recovery's website -- it's for far more than just chemical addictions.


COVER REVEAL: LET THEM HEAR by Makenzie Gray

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Hey everyone! Today I'm antsy to share the cover reveal for Let Them Hear, the second book in the Midnight Hour series which is published under my pen name, Makenzie Gray. I've been waiting literal months to share this cover -- even long before Those With Ears was published, guys -- so today's a big, big day.

Without further ado, I'll share the blurb: 
Since the End began, Unmarked are hunted and imprisoned like animals while the Marked live in excess. Eighteen-year-old Takvi has been on the run since it all began. When she learns that her brother is in the One Order’s custody - alive - she leaves everything to search for him. But to succeed in her rescue mission, she’ll need aid.

Gathering a ragtag group of Unmarked is dangerous, but it’s Takvi’s only chance at saving her brother. As they travel across apocalypse-torn North America, they learn the Order is growing darker and more powerful than they ever imagined. The group wants to save as many tortured Unmarked as possible - but Takvi refuses to face the wickedness she’s running from. One person can’t stop the End and Takvi won’t die for a lost cause. But everything has a cost these days. Will the rescue come at a cost too high to pay?

A gripping novel about sacrifice and redemption, The Hunger Games meets Mad Max in this post-apocalyptic ride. 


And then the cover.


What do you think? I'm a little over-excited because these covers turned out exactly how I wanted them and I'm still surprised about that, in all honesty. 
 


Have you read Those With Ears yet? Are you looking forward to Let Them Hear

JUSTREAD REVIEW: Second Chance at Happiness by Greta Picklesimer!

Monday, April 18, 2022

 


Hey everyone! Today I have a review of Second Chance at Happiness by Greta Picklesimer, a historical novel set soon after the Civil War. Check out the info below before reading my review!

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After Catherine Reed’s husband dies in a tragic logging accident, Catherine and her four-year-old daughter, Clair, move home with Catherine’s mother and brother in order to accept a new position as the teacher for the town’s one-room schoolhouse. But Catherine carries a dark secret that she hasn’t even shared with her mother. Will she ever find forgiveness?

Samuel Harris has suffered his own loss, losing his wife and unborn child over a year prior. Although he is the town’s preacher, he struggles to trust God, blaming God for allowing him to be absent when his wife died. The guilt has burdened him ever since. But when his old flame Catherine Reed comes back to town, he wonders if they can find healing together.

Catherine believes that anyone who wants to learn should be allowed to learn, but she is quick to find a town divided on that issue. As she and Samuel set out to change people’s minds in a post-Civil War era, they find themselves drawn to each other over and over again. As they join together for the same cause, could they also find a second chance at happiness?

 Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Christianbook

THE AUTHOR

Greta Picklesimer is Michigan born and raised by Kentucky-transplanted parents. She accepted Jesus as her Savior at the age of five—a happy day in her memory. Besides writing, Greta spends time working on her art journal, painting with watercolors and oil pastels. She is owned by one rescue cat by the name of Pearlie Blue who was named after her father's favorite Bluegrass song. By day Greta works as an office assistant. By night, she writes.

MY REVIEW

I was excited to read this novel, considering the time frame, jobs, and geographical location of the characters. Picklesimer presents some very interesting dilemmas -- stuck in the aftermath of the Civil War, when sometimes neighbors chose (or were conscripted for) different sides to fight on, I hoped it would be compelling. I appreciated the historical accuracy the author presents, and ended up reading this book in one evening because of that accuracy. The characters initially seemed like they would have fantastic character arcs, but it felt like that arc didn't follow through for both Catherine and Samuel, and a lot of the romantic scenes felt ill-timed or awkward. So while this is an interesting book that kept me reading for the sheer amount of conflict the characters face, and the author's prose developed nicely throughout the story, the plot and resolutions ultimately could have been stronger. 


SIGNUPS: COVER REVEAL for LET THEM HEAR!

Monday, April 4, 2022


 

Hey folks! Just dropping in to let you know that signups are officially open for the cover reveal of Let Them Hear -- April 21st is the big day (well, for the cover reveal), and help would be very much appreciated!

Check out THIS FORM to sign up.


Blurb: 

Since the End began, Unmarked are hunted and imprisoned like animals while the Marked live in excess. Eighteen-year-old Takvi has been on the run since it all began. When she learns that her brother is in the One Order’s custody - alive - she leaves everything to search for him. But to succeed in her rescue mission, she’ll need aid.

Gathering a ragtag group of Unmarked is dangerous, but it’s Takvi’s only chance at saving her brother. As they travel across apocalypse-torn North America, they learn the Order is growing darker and more powerful than they ever imagined. The group wants to save as many tortured Unmarked as possible - but Takvi refuses to face the wickedness she’s running from. One person can’t stop the End and Takvi won’t die for a lost cause. But everything has a cost these days. Will the rescue come at a cost too high to pay?

A gripping novel about sacrifice and redemption, The Hunger Games meets Mad Max in this post-apocalyptic ride.


COVER REVEAL: TALES FROM THE TOWER ANTHOLOGY!

Saturday, April 2, 2022

Sometimes Rapunzel is the prisoner, and sometimes she is the one holding the key. 

Are you guys ready for an anthology full of Rapunzel retellings? I sure hope so, because there's one I'm particularly excited about which will be releasing May 1st. You'll be able to snag copies from Amazon as well as the Ye Olde Dragon Books website (as they're the publisher). This is the second book in the Ye Old Dragons Fairytale Anthology series, and just like the first book (When Your Beauty is the Beast), the theme is a fairytale character, but covers a wide range of genres. There are sixteen different takes on the Rapunzel trope featured in this anthology, from humorous to frightening, heartbreaking to courageous. 

And today's the cover reveal, so without further ado...



And now, I'd like to share why I'm especially excited for this book to come out. While I'm sure it's a HUUUGE surprise to everyone that I'm a nerd for anything that involves Rapunzel, it may come as a surprise that I have a short story that will be published in this anthology! "The Dragon-Keep's Servant" is a unique twist on Rapunzel, and I had a ton of fun working on it. I was really shocked to be accepted into this antho and it's been so hard keeping my mouth shut xD So I hope you guys are excited to check it out -- I'm so excited to read the other stories in this antho -- and I hope you enjoy learning about my main character, Galena, when May 1st rolls around!




Special thanks to Kaitlyn Emery (@kaitlyn_scribbling on Instagram) for that sweet cover! Are you excited for Tales from the Tower



COVER REVEAL: THE STORMBRINGER'S NAME by Hope Ann!

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

 

Hey everyone! Today I'm excited to share the cover reveal of The Stormbringer's Name by Hope Ann! 
This is a Rumpelstiltskin retelling and is the fifth novella in the Legends of the Light series, but can be read as a standalone. Check out the blurb below!


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Lillian’s city is dying. Slowly. Strangled by dust, drought, and oppressive laws that cut down commoner and noble alike. Even Lillian, as daughter-in-law to the Governor, can’t help them.

When a stranger climbs through Lillian’s window with the mythical knowledge needed to spin heat into rain, it seems too good to be true. 

But the first real storm in months hardly means the drought is over. With the demand for more rain on one side, and threats from encroaching enemies on the other, Lillian’s choices are limited.

Except maybe the stranger is more than he appears. And maybe the city needs more aid than simply a change of weather. 

A Rumpelstiltskin retelling, The Stormbringer’s Name blends timeless elements of unspoken names and bitter sacrifice with clouds of treason, betrayal, and a fine-spun gold thread of courage.

The fifth novella in the Legends of the Light series, this short novel is a stand-alone story and contains a handful of allegorical themes.

TODAY (3/22/2022) ONLY: Snag a preorder for only $0.99 HERE and don't forget to shelf it on Goodreads!

And now for the cover!



Isn't that gorgeous? Are you looking forward to reading this installment of the Legends of the Light series?

COVER REVEAL: FLOWERS IN HER HEART by Kellyn Roth!

Saturday, March 19, 2022

 Hey everyone! We're wrapping up the cover reveals for the Kees & Colliers series today with Flowers In Her Heart, which is book 3! This one will be arriving to Kindle and paperback on April 26th. It is set in the early days of World War II and is the finale for the Kees & Colliers.

 




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When her husband goes off to war, Adele feels lost and confused. In a new, less-than-ideal place in a frightening, less-than-ideal time, she flees to the garden with her daughters, determined to make their new house a home, even if it is from the outside in.

Battered by her own inner turmoil and scoffed at by those close to her, Adele seeks to make something beautiful amidst chaos. But can even the most beautiful flowers cover the years of scars?


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This is a fantastic series, and I hope you take the time to pick them up when they're released in April! Don't forget to follow Kellyn @kellynrothauthor to keep updated. 

COVER REVEAL: The Lady of the Vineyard by Kellyn Roth

Thursday, March 17, 2022

 Hi everyone! We're continuing the cover reveal week with book 2 in the Kees & Colliers series, The Lady of the Vineyard! This one will be released on Kindle and paperback April 19th, and is set during the Great Depression in England and France. Check out the cover below, plus the blurb!



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When her ex-husband reappears in her life determined to spend more time with their child, Adele Collier allows him to take Judy to France for the summer. As the summer goes by, an internal battle rages in Adele’s heart. Can she give up her glamorous lifestyle to win her daughter’s heart?

Six-year-old Judy is more than happy to trade Adele’s neglect for her father’s adoring care. She loves his vineyard and wishes she could stay there forever, but someday she must return to England. Can Judy trust her mother again?


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Again, make sure to follow Kellyn @kellynrothauthor on social media for updates!

COVER REVEAL: SOULS ASTRAY by Kellyn Roth

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

 Hi everyone! This week I'm going to be sharing a set of cover reveals for Kellyn Roth's rerelease of her Kees & Colliers series, the first of which is Souls Astray
This is a historical women's fiction novel and will be arriving to Amazon on Kindle and paperback on April 5th. 

Inspired by Gone with the Wind and The Great Gatsby (with a Christian twist), this series combines a dash of whimsy with a period drama to create sweet, compelling stories that tug on all your heartstrings. 

And now for the cover...



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Adele Collier has sought a carefree lifestyle ever since her tragic childhood. Determined to never allow anyone or anything to control her life or emotions again, she consistently seeks distraction in gaiety. But shaking her ghosts isn’t as easy as she’d like.

Troy Kee has been alone in the world since the Great War took his parents and left him in charge of his younger sister. When she marries, he’s left to seek after his goal of a healthy, complete family. But how can he focus on his dream when trouble plagues his family vineyard?

When Adele and Troy meet, a whirlwind romance begins—but can two lost souls have a healthy relationship?


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Isn't that cover lovely? Have you already read the Kees & Colliers series yet, and if not, are you looking forward to reading Souls Astray


Make sure to follow Kellyn Roth on social media @kellynrothauthor to keep up with news on the series and its publication, as well as all her other books!


RELEASE TOUR: WETHERHOLT by Marissa Adams!

Friday, March 11, 2022

 Hey everyone! I'm excited to share about Wetherholt, a beautiful debut novel by Marissa Adams!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Marissa Adams grew up in the beautifully rainy Pacific Northwest. She has been creating stories since before she knew how to write her letters. Most of her days are split between spending time with her family and friends, reading, playing video games, and hanging out with Ivy, the most adorable Havanese on earth. Wetherholt is Marissa’s first novel.




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Lissie Dairton is off to New York City to visit her aunt and uncle and have some proper adventure. Her only regret? That her sister Nett can’t come along. The answer? Write letters, of course! Soon witty reports are flying between the sisters as Lissie keeps Nett informed of life in the big city—from dealing with her beastly aunt and refusing advances from a ghastly suitor to attending plays with heiresses and falling in love with a most eligible and charming young man.


From afar, Nett tries to keep her flightier sister’s feet on the ground. But soon, she’s swept up in her own adventure when she meets the brother of Lissie’s prospective beau. Levelheaded, caring, and sensible, the elder Elwood brother seems like the answer to all her dreams. Until he begins acting stiff and distant, confusing Nett.


Lissie remains convinced that she and her sister will marry the Elwood brothers, but Nett is no longer certain, especially when she learns that family disapproval is the reason for the odd behavior. With that casting a long shadow, how can there possibly be a satisfactory end for everyone? 

Wetherholt is available on Amazon and Goodreads.


ALSO, check out the wonderful giveaway below!

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Have you snagged a copy of Wetherholt yet? Do you plan on entering the giveaway? 

BLURB REVEAL: BEHIND THE ACT by Abigayle Claire!

Sunday, March 6, 2022

 

Today I'm excited to share the blurb for Abigayle Claire's Behind The Act! This is a book that I've been so so excited to read, and it's coming June 17, 2022! SOON! 
*stops to add it to my growing wish-list of 2022 releases* 

You can already shelf it on Goodreads HERE, and you can also consider signing up to be a reviewer -- HERE!

But for right now, check out the blurb:

The predictable lull of Tiffany Burch’s small-town existence is making her stir-crazy. At the news that her town is going to be a filming location—and local acting talent is needed—she takes a leap to follow in her dead mother’s footsteps as an actress.


Tragedies from Tiffany’s past and present seem to indicate the timing is right, and so she leaves everything from her boyfriend to her shelter dog all for the dream of stardom. Yet as her success grows, so do her anxiety and disillusionment.


As her rise to fame is jeopardized by yet another tragedy, Tiffany returns home. There she must unravel who she really is: the girl her town remembers, the face on the posters, or the still-distraught woman behind the act. Doesn't that sound good?! Are you excited to read Behind The Act? Let me know in the comments!

RELEASE DAY - WHERE GIANTS FALL!

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

 Hey everyone! Have you snagged a copy of Where Giants Fall yet? ICYMI, it's the fantasy anthology that the fantastic Angela R. Watts and I have been co-hosting. We've got some amazing writers in this book, and a TON of hard work has gone into it from absolutely everyone involved...and today's the day that YOU get to read it too! If you didn't get a copy of it during preorders, now would be an awesome time to snag one -- let's get it climbing those rating charts on Amazon! 



Man-eating monsters. Devils in the dark. Darkness lingering in the shadows.

Can light overcome it? Can the weak and fearful stand strong?

This anthology will keep you reading past your bedtime with heartfelt stories of light illuminating the darkness. Featuring bestselling award-winning, and up-and-coming authors...

Angela R. Watts
Michaela Bush
S.D. Howard
Sara Francis
Matthew Starr
Jonathon Mast
Sarah Ryder
Kara Linaburg
Abby Smith
Nathaniel Luscombe
Michael LaVoice
M.H. Elrich
AJ Skelly
R.J. Setser

AND to celebrate, Angela R. Watts has an awesome fantasy giveaway happening over on Instagram, so make sure to check it out! You can win paperbacks of Where Giants Fall, A Queen Is Knighted, Golgotha, The Lady of Lanaria, The Ones With Gilded Bones, and Gatekeepers: Crusade of the Emerald Gale! More instructions are on her page @angelarwattsauthor. 


What are you most excited for about this anthology? Are you going to pick up a copy? And are you going to enter that giveaway?!?!