New Release Blitz: Spark by Elizabeth Tybush

Title: Spark

Series: The Fire of Felwing, Book Two

Author: Elizabeth Tybush

Publisher: NineStar Press

Release Date: 05/17/2022

Heat Level: 2 – Fade to Black Sex

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: 107300

Genre: Fantasy, LGBTQIA+, bisexual, pansexual, magic, dragons, slow burn, magic users, friends to lovers, mythical creatures, royalty, redemption, past mistakes, portals

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Description

Immediately following the stunning Halloween reveal in Flicker…

Prince Solin Felwing’s exile on Earth went from tranquil to dangerous with a spark of magick. Now, severed from his redemption and his friends at the soup kitchen, Solin is left to sort out his unstable powers, his guilty conscience, and the realities of pursuing a relationship with a certain charming barista. At least his human friend Sam stuck around, although he’s getting tailed by his ex and his tech is going haywire, so things aren’t going great for him either.

As the holidays draw near, Solin discovers his name on someone’s Naughty List. With a protection detail of ghosts from his past, and a growing threat from the rogue humans of the Shadowfall Alliance, Solin must keep his worlds from colliding without losing what few friends he has left. Because those hunting him no longer care about collateral damage; they’ll torch everything he’s built, and anyone who gets in the their way will be consumed by the flames.

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Book Review: The Insurgent (The Colony #2) by Teri Polen

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If a megalomaniac threatened your family, would you give up your freedom for them? Would you give up your soul?

Asher Solomon is faced with that choice. And makes the ultimate sacrifice.

Exactly as Director Silas Reeves expected him to.

Unable to live as the Colony’s premier assassin, Ash retreats to a corner of his mind, ceding control of his body to the alter-ego he was engineered to be—Subject A36. As he’s unleashed to battle the Insurgents, the only family he ever knew, the tide of war shifts in Silas’s favor.

Combined with his expansion into new territories, the director is poised to take over the world.

But the Insurgents don’t give up easily. Not on their cause, and not on their people. With the help of a few double agents deep in the Colony, they stand a fighting chance at ending Silas’s reign.

In order to shut down the program, they face almost insurmountable odds. And their most dangerous foe—their former champion turned killing machine, A36.

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Goodreads:  The Insurgent (The Colony #2) by Teri Polen 


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Rating: 5 stars

*I received this novel for free in exchange for an honest review*

After being forced to choose between his family and his soul, insurgent Asher Soloman has now become subject A36, the Colony’s ruthless assassin. Retreating into his own mind to preserve what little sanity he has left, Asher is helpless as A36 kills indiscriminately on the orders of Director Silas Reeves. However, the Insurgents refuse to give up on both their cause and their friend. Whilst finding allies in the most unlikely of places, they plot to save Asher and to take down the Colony once and for all.

I’ve just finished book one in the duology and couldn’t wait to get started on book 2! It certainly didn’t disappoint. There was plenty of action from the word go, that immediately drew me back into the world. The characters have grown a lot since the first book and are united in their cause to save Asher and put an end to the Colony once and for all. The first book ended on a cliff-hanger and so I was eager to see how this played out. The twists and turns were unexpected and kept me turning the page for more.

There were a mix of chapters written from each character’s POV this time, which kept the pacing and continuity flowing well, and also giving them more depth than just seeing them from other viewpoints.

The Insurgent was a great end to the duology, it keeps you guessing throughout and rooting for all the characters. There is also a redemption for one character in particular which I liked. I am sorry to say goodbye to this series, but it was a fitting ending that ties up all the loose ends and gives the characters the send off that they deserve.

 

Release Blitz: Tongues by Clancy Nacht & Thursday Euclid

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Book Title: Tongues

Author: Clancy Nacht & Thursday Euclid

Publisher: Eine Kleine Press

Cover Artist: Clancy Nacht

Release Date: May 17, 2022

Genre: LGBTQ+ horror fiction, Lovecraftian horror

Tropes: Forced proximity, fate

Themes: Saving the world, Interracial mc, black mc, lgbt, horror, adult, cosmic horror, occult horror, paranormal suspense, occult fiction

Heat Rating: 5 flames

Length: 51 000 words/170 pages

It a standalone story and does not end on a cliffhanger, but a HFN.

Buy Links – Available in Kindle Unlimited

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Cosmically tormented FBI linguist investigates famous actor’s unspeakable past and discovers an eldritch power the government seeks to exploit

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Cosmically tormented FBI linguist Ekon is the only one B-list heartthrob Chris will talk to about the Farm, a horrifying cult of which he’s the only known survivor. As they bond over mysterious pasts and their unsettling attraction, Ekon discovers an eldritch power his government bosses would love to exploit, one that could spell the end of everything.

While there are queer and romantic elements, this is a horror novel.


Content Warning: Violence, gore, horror, mentions of CSA

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Shari’s Life: Old Photos

Photo 3aAs far back as I can remember, my Dad’s always been interested in our family history. He has spent a great deal of time researching the family and he also put together a book of his research so I am not the only writer in the family!

He recently gave me these very old photos that he was gifted by his cousin. I would say they are late 1800s/early 1900s and the originals are very faded.

 

Photo 1Sadly over time their identities have been lost as everyone who knew them is no longer with us. Dad hopes to identify them and asked me if there was anything I could do to enhance them. I did the best I could and hope that it will help him to do so. It got me thinking about all the prints I have and I will make sure I find time to write on the back who every one is so future generations are not left wondering who these people were to me.  

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New Release Blitz and Review: In The Trap by Jessica Cranberry

Title: In the Trap

Series: Hazel & Maeve: The Campus Mysteries, Book One

Author: Jessica Cranberry

Publisher: NineStar Press

Release Date: 05/10/2022

Heat Level: 1 – No Sex

Pairing: No Romance

Length: 67500

Genre: Contemporary, campus drama, college, contemporary, drug and alcohol use, HFN, lit/genre fiction, murder mystery, new adult, no romance, self-harm, students

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For Hazel, an introvert with a knack for people watching, campus life is awkward and hard and…lonely. That is, until she starts to let her guard down around her roommate, Maeve—who’s fun and has a wicked flair for drama. Could there be more than just a friendship here? Maybe. But Hazel has a lot of family trauma to work through before figuring out the other big parts of her life. For now, she’s just happy to have someone to talk to.

All seems to go well until a night in the Trap—the university’s green space—leads to a tense encounter with some drunk guys. When one of the guys ends up dead, Hazel is implicated, and she and Maeve set out to solve the crime before police can connect either of them to it. But how can two amateur sleuths put together a solid case to hand over to the police in time? By following the campus online diaries, that’s how.

Set at the beginning of the internet age, people are just starting to share all their deepest, darkest secrets via the World Wide Web, yet the assumption of online anonymity may be a critical mistake. As the perpetrator posts their criminal diary for public consumption, Hazel and Maeve scramble to use technology to piece together the murderer’s identity. Can they hack their way out of becoming suspects? And if so, could they ever go back to their boring majors? Continue reading

Book Review: Subject A36 (The Colony #1) by Teri Polen

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If genetic engineering could guarantee you and your family perfect health and unparalleled beauty, would you pay top dollar for it? Would you kill for it?

Residents of the Colony would. And do.

Only the Insurgents can stop them.

Seventeen-year-old Asher Solomon is a premier operative with the Insurgents. He and his team have rescued countless hostages, saving them from painful deaths in Colony labs as desirable genetic traits are stripped from their bodies.

He’s also suffered more losses than anyone should have to.

Then Asher gets intel that might give his people the upper hand. The Colony is searching for Subject A36. If the Insurgents determine the subject’s identity first, they might be able to turn the tide of the war.

Asher and his team embark on their riskiest mission ever, and the stakes have never been higher. But even if he survives the physical dangers, the devastating secrets he uncovers might destroy him.

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Goodreads: Subject A36 (The Colony #1) by Teri Polen 


Review

Rating: 5 stars

*I received this novel for free in exchange for an honest review*

Outlier Asher Soloman’s life and family is torn apart the day that soldiers from the Colony come to his home. The only survivor, he joins the Insurgents, a group of rebels intent on saving the lives of the people captured for genetic harvesting and putting an end to the Colony’s brutal practice. Yet his past continues to haunt him. Why did his father order him to abandon his sisters if they slowed his escape? The guilt at following through with this request still haunts him.  When the Insurgents learn that the Colony is searching for the mysterious subject A36, it gives them to chance of a real shot at winning the war. But only if they can find subject A36 first. However, for Asher the truth may prove to be more devastating than what happened to his family on that terrible day.

I absolutely loved this first novel in The Colony series. The author has crafted a chilling future with underlying warnings for today’s genetic advances and how they might be used for the wrong reasons.

The characters were well developed and continued to evolve further as the novel progressed. With the loss of his family, Asher could have gone down a different path but instead he fights to help people and ensure that children don’t have to go through the same ordeal that he did. I loved his relationships with Brynn and Noah, and these serve very much to keep him grounded and remind him of who he is.

The novel was written mostly from Asher’s POV but with some chapters from a couple of other characters when it was key to plot development. I liked this approach as it gave you a lot of insight into his character, but the addition of the others where needed ensured that events did not happen without the groundwork being laid for them.

The Colony promises to be an excellent dystopian series and I cannot wait to read the second book in the series!

 

Audiobook Tour: Relevant Law by Janice Jarrell

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Book Title: Relevant Law

Author: Janice Jarrell

Publisher: Amazon KDP

Narrator: Walker Williams

Release Date: April 13, 2022

Genre: Contemporary Gay Romance

Heat Rating: 4 flames

Length: 10 hours and 3 minutes

It is not a standalone story. It is part two of The Fearless Heart series.

The book does not end on a cliffhanger.

The Fearless Heart series comes after the Revolutionary Heart series.

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Sometimes love is defined by fear.

Blurb

Colin and Joshua’s love had seen them through every trial. Every step taken together had strengthened their faith in each other. Every problem solved, every obstacle overcome, had deepened their commitment to the life they shared. Colin had passed the bar and was now an Attorney-at-law. Joshua had added a second PHD to his resume. The future looked bright.

What could possibly go wrong?

And then:
Three students are abducted from the University of Virginia campus and Colin’s position as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney puts him at the center of the investigation.

The abusive and volatile husband of one of Joshua’s patients threatens his life.

Entangled in both these life-threatening situations, Colin struggles to protect both the university he loves and the man he adores.

Warning: This novel discusses sensitive material which may be distressing to some readers. Relevant Law explores themes of domestic abuse, physical violence, abduction, and non-graphic sexual assault.

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Print Proof of New Era

I’ve managed to pick up another viral infection, so I am feeling pretty yuck today but my proof copy of New Era (Perfect World Book 2) print edition arrived so that cheered me up! It looks really good and I can’t wait to be able to sign it off for publication! I will have to wait a bit though as it contains the blurb for Perfect World Book 3 which hasn’t been released yet! 

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I have also managed to stick to my writing goals for the week so far! I am over halfway through the formatting for Perfect World 3 and I’ve been able to write a chapter of Demon’s Past so I am very happy about that! 

Writer Types

Fellow author Kathryn Sommerlot recommended that I check out Ellen Brock’s videos on the different writer types after posting her thoughts on what writer type she is, and I noticed the similarities in my own writing process.

I’ve watched all the videos in the series, and I would say I most identify with the Intuitive Pantser type in that I tend to discover my story as I am writing it and unconsciously set up later plot twists and events without realising it! However, I also have some Methodological Pantser tendencies too! I’m really not a plotter at all and find trying to plot out a novel stifles my creative process rather than helping it!

I definitely recommend watching the series as it provides a lot of insight into the four writer types as well as offering tips to help refine your process! If you do give it a watch, please do comment and let me know what writer type you most identify with!

Shari’s Life: Charity Shop Gets

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Today I met up with my sister and nephew and we went into town to do some charity shop shopping, which is so much fun as you never know what kind of great bargains you’re going to find!

image0My sister got a lot of clothes including this brand new dress that was from River Island originally and some brand new sandals that were originally from New Look!

I found some great bargains too! I got a writing set for £1.50 and a book for 50p that looks completely brand new as well! image2

I really enjoyed our charity shop shopping. Its so great for finding a bargain and we’re giving to a good cause too!