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If Wishes Were Curses Review

Book Review of “If Wishes Were Curses”

If Wishes Were Curses coverFirst, from the “Back of the Book”:

“So I accidentally killed a shifter. On purpose.

With genie powers I shouldn’t be able to use, thanks to my curse-mark.

In my defense, the damn grizzly was threatening civilians and might have been a vampire as well. Pittsburgh is safer without him. Only the Fae court doesn’t believe my story, and the shifters are out for blood.

Now I’ve lost my job as a romantic investigator, and I’m on death row. My only hope is an oddly outgoing vegetarian vampire lawyer who seems strangely familiar. Too familiar.

Almost like we’ve met before, and this whole thing was a set-up to take us both down.

Wishing won’t get us out of this mess.
But my forbidden wish magic just might.”

 

Oh wow did I love this book. 5 Stars, easy. I might have stayed up until 4am finishing this book… 😉

I love this. It’s got snark, magic, and a great cast of characters. On brief word of warning: This book would be rated about PG-13 (about the same as Star Trek. It does mention “panties” “orgasm”, and “sh*t”… come to think of it, in that order, even…)

I identified with the main character right away: she’s cursed (literally,) but still tries to make the best of life and do good in the world. As it says in the “back of the book”, Allis has to kill a crazed bear-shifter in self defense. Since she’s a cursed half-breed, no one but her half-brother believes her, and all her friends turn her away.  She’s alone and crying on a park bench… oh, the feels!

Then she meets Cid (again?? <spoilers>) and things get fun. I love power up scenes and OP (Over-Powered) characters. When done right, you just laugh manically with glee… and this is done right (the character even laughs manically with glee… more on that in a bit.) I love how Allis gets all these random, weird thoughts (Am I the only one who also has those?), and they even play into the plot a little.

Let’s talk supporting characters:

Jack is a female Kitsune who’s all sorts of awesome. She’s also a redhead 🙂 (well, most of the time…) I wasn’t sure if I’d like her after <spoiler>,  but then <spoiler> happened. Anyway, she’s awesome, protective, and a bit of a gruff counterpoint to Allis’ snarky, bubbly, scatterbrainedness. (that’s totally a word, right?)

Gideon is an adorable otter shifter, and is a great supportive, yet teasing brother.

Cid is mysterious,  powerful… and there’s something familiar about him….

I love the humor. Plenty of snark. Allis can’t seem to keep her mouth shut, and she has all these wonderfully random thoughts flitting around all the time.

Okay, so this was rambling and whatnot, but I stayed up till 4am until I finished it… and just bought book 2. I love this world, it was fun “I laughed, I cried… It moved me, Bob.”

To Court a Queen – Review

To Court a Queen Book CoverA friend of mine is launching a new book. If you like elves, snark, or light romance, check it out.

I was lucky enough to get to beta-read this. Here’s my un-biased review:

First, from the “back of the book”:

He doesn’t want to get married, but he wants to be a frog even less.

Knight errant, Devin, takes a shortcut through the woods, only to be captured by fairy forces. The fairy queen has run out of breathing males to fight for her hand, and Devin, while not ideal fairy stock, is breathing—for now.

Telling a vain fairy queen you’d rather not be her one true love is a ticket to life on a lilypad, so the knight agrees to face three challenges to win Queen Agalea’s hand. When a clever servant girl offers to help him navigate the trials in order to stop the constant bloodshed of the courtship ritual, Devin jumps at the chance. However, as he balances “flirting” with his “beloved” and overcoming tasks specifically designed to kill him, he finds his heart drawn to his new partner in survival.

 

My Review

I really enjoyed this book. My main complaint would be that it’s too short 😉

The characters are the biggest draw here. Devin is snarky and sarcastic. He’s a bit of a rogue, but he’s got a good heart. Sevine is just adorable. She’s sweet, kind, and rolls with Devin’s humor. And you keep hoping a house falls on the queen…

This story is more of a sweet magical romance than epic fantasy, but if you like either you’ll love this book.

 

 

Interview with the Author:

So, tell me about yourself.

I’m a military spouse, mother of two super-hero princesses (though one is tending towards super-villain lately. I’ve got my eye on her.), servant to a Majestic Tiger Beast (cat) named Bruce Wayne, and sometimes dragon keeper. Oh, and I write snarky fantasy books … also I replaced my blood with coffee ages ago and I think this may have given me super powers.

Yeah, yeah, whatever. Bruce is the real author of all these books, and you’re just his spokes-human, right?

Bruce doesn’t care to write fantasy. He mainly works in haiku.

A Cat Is The Best

And when I say the best I

Mean at everything

 

Oh food in my bowl

How you please me forever

Except when empty

 

Your lap is mine now

I have claimed it forever for me

You cannot stand up.

 

So as you can see, Bruce is just too good at what he does to bother doing what I do.

Tell us about your writing process?

(No, really, she replied with: (meme attached) )

What’s your favorite of the books you’ve written, and why?

The last one. It’s shiniest … until I get a new idea. That one will be shinier. Except when I get in a nostalgic mood and want to think about one of my older books, then it will be that book … so depends on my mood?

I think of all of them, I return to Spellsmith & Carver (especially the third) the most frequently, but that’s just because I wrote Jericho Carver a LOT like my husband, and I’m in love with him.

Are there any Easter-eggs that you try to sneak into all of your books?

Short answer: No. I’m too inconsistent to do the same thing in ALL of my books. That would need to be planned. I don’t plan things. I do things when they occur to me as they occur to me, and then they are done.

I do sneak in references, but they’re inconsistent and usually very “blink and you miss it.” Like a character saying “As you wish” or “I’ve got a bad feeling about this” is probably intentionally done to make you think about something I like. I have a place in my Green Princess trilogy where a character randomly offers another character a blueberry … I have an island named San Azula which has been referenced in three of my series.

However, there is absolutely no consistency. I don’t even know I’m going to throw in a reference until it pops up, and I’m like, “HA! Look at that joke I just made.”

I like to surprise me.

I hear there’s a funny story behind the cover for “To Court a Queen.” Care to tell us about it?

I actually commissioned the cover before I wrote the book. I knew the idea was strong enough that if I started it, I would finish it, and I also wanted to be able to easily adjust the character’s physical appearance based on what stock images my cover designer could get her hands on … it turned out the favorite image for both me and my designer was of a girl next to a horse.

My cover designer was like, “Is there a horse in the book?”

I kind of shrugged and said, “It’s fantasy. I’m sure I can fit in a horse.”

Have you ever tried to shoehorn a horse into a book that you hadn’t intended to put a horse in? Horses do not slip into books as easily as I thought they would. I wrote half the book with an imaginary horse glaring at me going, “Well, when are you going to put me in the book?”

I eventually found a place for the horse. His name is kind of another Easter-egg, but one you’ll probably need to google if you aren’t into obscure Middle Earth lore.

Who’s your favorite character in “To Court a Queen” and why?

Devin is hilarious to me. He’s always skating on the line between charming and a little bit of a jerk, but mostly manages to keep on the charming side. He plays up his own flippancy a lot, protests too much that he doesn’t care about things when he obviously does. I have a soft-spot for the rogue with a secret heart of gold, plus he’s just fun to write for. He can get away with a lot of stuff other characters couldn’t.

 

Hey, there’s even a book tour! Check out the other stops:

Blog Tour Stops: 
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February 9th Character Interview with Sevaine
February 12th Author Interview
February 14th Book Review
February 19th Guest Post
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February 21st Guest Post
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A New Threat is Re-released!

Psygens and Space Cats: A New Threat Cover thumbnail

After a long wait, A New Threat is once again available to read!

It’s been a while, but A New Threat now has a shiny new cover, a new series name (Psygens and Space Cats), and is freshly edited.

 

About A New Threat:

A simple diplomatic mission becomes a life and death struggle that could plunge the entire galaxy into a war…

When an alien ship lands unexpectedly in the middle of her clan’s territory, Bast is sent to investigate as part of her scout trial. After an accident, she meets these new visitors. She and her senior scout Rrrark are invited to return with the aliens to their home planet to open diplomatic relations. What started out as a simple mission becomes complicated when they discover a pirate scheme that might be more than it seems. Are Bast, Rrrark, and two of the aliens called Psygens capable of stopping the pirates?

 

Read it:

You can read it free today on Kindle Unlimited, or buy it for only 99 cents for a limited time launch special.

Buy at Amazon

Cover Reveal for A New Threat

We’re getting closer to the re-release of A New Threat. That’s right, it’ll be available to purchase again soon!

Today I’m revealing the shiny new cover.

But first, some background information. 😉

 

I first started working on A New Threat back around 2007. It was the first real novel I’d tried to write, and I learned a lot in the process… and it took forever to write…

To help inspire myself, I made my own cover. As you can see, I had a different working title at the time. I polished the text, changed the series title and the book title, and submitted it to Alt-Wit press.

They liked it enough to publish, and it came out in 2015.

I really enjoyed working with Alt-Wit, and they were putting out some great books. For a variety of reasons, they’ve had to scale back, and reverted rights on practically all of their titles to the authors.

I could’ve just slapped A New Threat right back up on Amazon, but wanted to take the opportunity to re-edit it, clean it up a little (no new content, but I’m bringing it up to my current standards), and get a new cover.

Hey, we’re back to the actual topic of this post. Shortest rabbit trail I’ve ever been on, yay!

So, A New Threat is coming again soon, this time from Splashdown books. I’m also changing the series title again for at least the third time.

About A New Threat:

A simple diplomatic mission becomes a life and death struggle that could plunge the entire galaxy into a war…

When an alien ship lands unexpectedly in the middle of her clan’s territory, Bast is sent to investigate as part of her scout trial. After an accident, she meets these new visitors. She and her senior scout Rrrark are invited to return with the aliens to their home planet to open diplomatic relations. What started out as a simple mission becomes complicated when they discover a pirate scheme that might be more than it seems. Are Bast, Rrrark, and two of the aliens called Psygens capable of stopping the pirates?

 

So, without further ado, the new cover:

Psygens and Space Cats: A New Threat

 

Let me know what you think in the comments:

Etherno: Rise of the Dragongirl Web Serial Release

Etherno cover thumbnail imageEtherno:Rise of the Dragongirl, Chapter One: New Girl is now available to read online!

How’s this work?

Every Saturday, I’ll release a new chapter of Etherno:Rise of the Dragongirl. When the last chapter of the book has been released, there will be a short delay for last-minute revisions and such, then Etherno will be available in e-book and print format.

Why a web release? Because I wanted to try something different. At the moment, I’ve got at least three books I’m working on in various stages of development. If you’ve been following my blog since A New Threat was first released, you’ve probably noticed that I, uh, struggle, to post regularly. So, the idea of doing a weekly web serial release does a few things: it pretty much forces me to do something writing related every day, it gives me regular content that (I hope…) people actually want to read, and it will let people know what I’m up to and stay engaged with my writing while avoiding boring “I typed x many words today…” posts.

So, make sure to come back every Saturday to read the next chapter! If you’d like a reminder when it’s posted, you can sign up for the newsletter, and I’ll send a link straight to you.

Scholarship student Onin thought magical school would be easy.

Sure, his roomie’s a little flakey and one of his classmates tends to sneeze herself into the wall, but that’s par for the course. Onin’s even made a connection with cute (and oddly warm) newcomer, Kasai.

Then the alien Natas start possessing humans and targeting the magically-gifted. Now it will take all of Onin’s wits and his magical classmates’ help to stop the invasion and discover the true endgame of the Natas.

Thankfully, they have a fiery half-dragon ally. One who seems curiously connected to quiet Kasai…

Read the first chapter online now!

Also available on Wattpad…

Come back next Saturday for Chapter 2: The “Witch”

Etherno Cover Reveal

Etherno: Rise of the Dragongirl now has a cover!

(Made by Bulbous Squirrel designs, didn’t they do a great job!)

Etherno cover

And, the first chapter will be available this Saturday!

How this is going to work:

Every Saturday, a new chapter will be released here. You can also sign-up for the newsletter to get a reminder when each chapter is released (No spam, I promise. My day job is a Linux sysadmin for a web hosting company, so I hate spam more than you do).

“Back of the Book” for Etherno:

     Scholarship student Onin thought magical school would be easy.
Sure, his roomie’s a little flakey and one of his classmates tends to sneeze herself into the wall, but that’s par for the course. Onin’s even made a connection with cute (and oddly warm) newcomer, Kasai.
Then the alien Natas start possessing humans and targeting the magically-gifted. Now it will take all of Onin’s wits and his magical classmates’ help to stop the invasion and discover the true endgame of the Natas.
Thankfully, they have a fiery half-dragon ally. One who seems curiously connected to quiet Kasai…

Etherno: Rise of the Dragongirl – Progress Report

Okay, I’d planned to release Etherno: Rise of the Dragongirl last weekend, only my plans were like this:

So, since then, I’ve:

  • got at least three beta-reads back, and incorporated the changes.
  • updated the blurb (back-of-the-book teaser)
  • ordered a cover!!

So, now my ducks are more like:

ducks in the same pond

Progress is being made! Hopefully by next weekend, or shortly after, my ducks will finally be:

ducks in a row

As soon as I get the final cover, I’ll be sure to post it!

You can also sign up for the newsletter to be notified when it does release.

New Serial Story February 24th

So, after a while of not doing much (day job, blah, blah) I’ve decided to release one of my WIPs (Work In Progress) as a web serial. I’ve also release  new version of the website to make that process easier.

Three of the stories that I’m working on take place in the same story universe, on different planets. The elements that tie them together are the rare energy-capacitive metal onicranium, and the evil spectral-aliens, the Natas. Eventually, the stories and characters will come together.

This book is Etherno: Rise of the Dragongirl

Here’s the blurb: (updated 3/2/2018)

Scholarship student Onin thought magical school would be easy.

Sure, his roomie’s a little flakey and one of his classmates tends to sneeze herself into the wall, but that’s par for the course. Onin’s even made a connection with cute (and strangely warm) newcomer, Kasai.

Then the alien Natas start possessing humans and targeting the magically-gifted. Now it will take all of Onin’s wits and his magical classmates’ help to stop the invasion and discover the true endgame of the Natas.

Thankfully, they have a new half-dragon ally. One who seems curiously connected to quiet Kasai…

I’ll be releasing a new chapter every Saturday, starting soon!

Look for it here

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