Blitz: The Viking’s Chosen by Quinn Loftis

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35656054The Viking’s Chosen by Quinn Loftis
Release date: February 12th, 2018
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Genre: Historical fiction
Formats: Paperback, eBook

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His orders are clear: launch a raid against England and bring home the spoils of war. But the prophecy is also clear: General Torben will take a foreign bride—one who is a seer and healer just like his mother. The eldest princess of England is said to be just that…a beautiful, charming, and headstrong woman. But he’s a Viking army general and she’s an English princess—and one who is already promised to the king of Tara.

Two worlds collide in this epic historical fiction centered on an undeniable chemistry that smolders against the odds. Richly written and injected with moments of humor, this action-packed romantic tale will leave you breathless.


Book Excerpt

As a princess, the oldest of three sisters, and future queen of England, I, of course, did the mature thing when my parents told me that I was to marry the King of Tara. I ran. Allete Auvray, noble born heiress of the Britannia empire, ran. No, I did not run away. There would be no point in that. My father would have sent guards searching for me like crazed hounds to drag me back before I even made it to the borders of our land. No, I ran only as far as my familiar old oak tree. The ancient tree that had become a sanctuary to me and my cousin, Thomas, when we were children—our place of refuge. Disregarding the fact that I was clothed in one of my finer dresses, I hoisted myself up on to the lowest branch and then continued, up and up, until I was sitting high enough that I could see the whole of my father’s lands, spreading out before me like a giant green picnic blanket. It was a beautiful and bountiful kingdom, but it was a gilded cage for me. The day that I had dreaded had finally come. I had always known that one day that I would be married off to a nobleman. As the oldest, it was my duty to either marry a nobleman worthy of becoming king of England, or marry another king in order to secure an alliance beneficial to our empire. Every decision was about power for my family, how to gain it, and how to keep it. The king who held the most land and the largest army was the one everyone else feared. It didn’t matter what I personally wanted. It didn’t matter that I would be wed to someone that I did not love, or someone that did not love me. Nothing mattered except what my father, the king, wanted.


About the Author

QuinnQuinn is an award winning author who lives in beautiful Western Arkansas with her husband, two sons, Nora the Doberman, and Chewy the Cat who thinks he’s a dog. She is the author of 17 novels, and 2 novellas, including the USA Today bestseller, Fate and Fury. Quinn is beyond thankful that she has been blessed to be able to write full time and hopes the readers know how much all of their support means to her. Some of her hobbies include reading, exercising, crochet, and spending time with family and friends. She gives all credit of her success to God because he gave her the creative spirit and vivid imagination it takes to write.

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Book Blogger Insider Tag!

Book Blitz_-2Yay! Another book tag! I wasn’t actually tagged in this one but saw it posted on The Book Cover Girl’s blog and thought I should do it too.


Rules:

1. Answer the questions below
2. Credit the creator: Jamie @ALittleSliceofJamie
3. Tag at least 5 people
4. Have fun! 🙂


Questions:

1. Where do you typically write your blog posts?

Usually, it’s at my desk in my bedroom. Sometimes at work when I have a long break and nothing else to work on.

2. How long does it generally take you to write a book review?

It really depends. It’s so easy to write reviews for books that I didn’t like. I can just write on and on. It’s so much harder for books I absolutely adored. I honestly never do the book justice. It basically just me shouting at people to just read it and see. Not very helpful at all!

3. When did you start your book blog?

January 14th, 2016….I can’t believe it’s been 2 years!

4. What is the worst thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

Posting a few times a week. Some weeks I’m full of energy and great ideas. I can just write, write, write. Other times I’m so bogged down with work and other commitments that I just don’t have the time or motivation. Also, my reading isn’t what it used to be. I’ve been going in and out of wanting to read. So, I don’t read as much and lack things to post. But either way, I’m so happy to have this blog. I’ve met some great people and connected with authors/books I don’t think I would have discovered otherwise.

5. What is the best thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

Sharing my love of books with others! Also, discovering books that I don’t think I would have found before. Kat Ross has become one of my favourite authors but her books aren’t mainstream or well known. So…without blogging I probably would have never decided to give them a chance.

6. What blog post have you had the most fun writing so far?

I enjoy all of my blog posts, especially reviews that I had a difficult time writing because I’m so proud of myself for finishing them.

7. What is your favorite type of blog post to write?

Tags for sure! I have a love/hate relationship with reviews. Sometimes I really like writing them, especially when the words are flowing and I have so much to say. I used to make mixtapes for books but just haven’t had the time lately. I really want to go back to making those sometime soon!

8. When do you typically write?

I usually write posts on a Sunday afternoon or after work during the week. It all depends on how much I have pre-scheduled and if a special post needs to go up.

9. Do you review every book you read?

No, I always review books I received from the publisher but that’s pretty much it. If I really felt strongly about a book that I purchased then I will write something about it. I do try to post stuff about all of the books I read on Twitter or Goodreads.

10. How do you write your book reviews? With a cup of coffee or tea? With Netflix? Cuddled with your fur baby?

I usually write my reviews at my desk with a cup of coffee listening to a mix of rain or ocean waves. The sounds are so soothing and it makes blogging such an enjoyable and relaxing process.

11. How often do you post?

Hmmm….not as much as I used to or would like to. I try to post at least twice a week but sometimes that just doesn’t happen. Scheduling posts has seriously been a lifesaver!


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Blog Tour: Nocturne by Kat Ross

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I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

35836852Nocturne by Kat Ross

Release date: October 15th, 2017
Publisher: Acorn Publishing
Genre: Fiction, fantasy
Format: eBook

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Nocturne, a wilderness of eternal night.

Solis, a wasteland of endless day.

Nazafareen is a Breaker, a mortal who has the rare ability to shatter spell magic—although her power carries a high price. With the memories of her former self erased and nowhere else to turn, she comes to Nocturne hoping to start a new life under the triple moons of the darklands.

But when an assassin forces Nazafareen to flee to the sunlit mortal city of Delphi, she finds herself embroiled in a deeper mystery whose origins lie far in the past. Why was the continent sundered into light and dark a thousand years before? And what really happened to the elegant but ruthless creatures who nearly reduced the world to ashes? The new Oracle might know, but she’s outlawed magic and executes anyone caught practicing it. Nazafareen must hide her powers and find a way out of the city—before it’s too late.

As the net slowly tightens, something ancient and vengeful begins to stir in the arid death zone called the Kiln. A dashing daeva named Darius is pursuing Nazafareen, but so are a multitude of enemies. War is brewing again. Can she stay alive long enough to stop it?

It’s no secret that last year Kat Ross became one of my favourite authors. I devoured all of her books and just couldn’t get enough. Her Fourth Element series is my personal favourite. Its a blend of Greek and Middle Eastern history, religion, mythology and magic. Besides being completely unlike anything that I’ve read before, its true strength was its characters. I couldn’t get enough of Nazafareen and Darius and was was heartbroken when the series ended. However, Ross has picked up their story again in Nocturne, which takes place not long after Queen of Chaos (the final book in Fourth Element series) ended. So, while technically you can read this book without having read the previous series, I do highly recommend checking it out. YOU WON’T BE DISAPPOINTED!

Now, it’s sometimes hard to keep things rolling when continuing a story, but this book was absolutely fantastic! From page one it just hit the ground running and I love books that do that. No slow buildup, waiting for the story to start. Its fast paced and full of twists and turns. I enjoyed the blend of old and new characters. Nazafareen and Darius are now hiding in his ancestral home, but things aren’t so good between them. Nazafareen has lost all of her memories and is struggling to piece together who she was and Darius (bless him) believes that it’s best to only tell her half-truths in order to protect her. He means well but Nazafareen needs to know more. So, well my two favourites spend most of the book apart, the new additions more than make up for it. Javid was so much fun to read about and Culach….I can’t believe I’m going to say this but I adored the chapters written from his POV. Wow!

I want to write and say more but I’ll seriously give away too much about the story and spoil parts of the Fourth Element series. This is so difficult! Anyway, it’s key to keep in mind that Nocturne acts as a setup for the rest of the series. A lot of different storylines are put into motion and more questions are asked than answered. If anything, it just makes me want to read the sequel, Solis, right away! (I’ve pushed aside all of my other books and moved it to the top of my TBR pile.)

I could go on and on about how much I loved this book, its world and characters. Ross has managed to create something truly magical, beautiful and complex. What else can I say but JUST READ IT! I promise you that you won’t regret it. ❤


About the Author

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKat Ross worked as a journalist at the United Nations for ten years before happily falling back into what she likes best: making stuff up. She’s the author of the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day, the Fourth Element fantasy trilogy (The Midnight Sea, Blood of the Prophet, Queen of Chaos), and a new gaslamp mystery series that opens with The Daemoniac and continues with The Thirteenth Gate. She loves myths, monsters and doomsday scenarios.

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Angel of Shadow Blitz!

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36612091Angel of Shadow by D.H. Nevins 

Release date: January 13th, 2018
Publisher: D.H. Nevins
Genres: Dystopian, fantasy, new adult
Formats: Paperback, eBook

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Half-angels, known as Nephilim, have all but destroyed the surface of the Earth. Yet for Kali Michaels, her life is now much more complicated than simply surviving. Grappling with her own powerful identity, she worries her connection to the world of Shadows could destroy those around her. And what if she hurts Tiamat Wormwood, the Nephilim outcast who has given everything to save her? Tiamat and Kali know they have no future—not when outside forces and Kali’s own power push both the humans and the Nephilim to the brink of extinction.

As she fights to stop the inevitable, she is led to question who her real enemies are, and whether the ultimate threat may actually be herself.


Book Excerpt

Excerpt from Angel of Shadow


About the Author

D.H. Nevins was born in Toronto and currently lives in a quiet area of Ontario, surrounded by forests and lakes. By day, she is a personable, friendly school teacher. By night, she silently chuckles as she writes about destroying the world. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys world travel, hiking, camping, flying around on her motorcycle or dabbling in live theatre.

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Giveaway

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January Wrap Up!

December Wrap Up

SOME THOUGHTS

Wow! This is the first time that I’ve posted a wrap up since June of last year!! I just can’t believe that. I’m trying to post more regularly now and I just want to say THANK YOU to everyone who has continued to support the blog. It’s been two years since I started it and I’m still filled with joy every time someone likes a post or leaves a comment. You are all amazing!!!


BOOKS HAULED


BOOKS READ

The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler | ♥♥♥
The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace | ♥♥♥♥♥
Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman | ♥♥♥♥
Monstress, Vol. 2: The Blood by Marjorie M. Liu & Sana Takeda| ♥♥♥♥♥
Nocturne by Kat Ross | ♥♥♥♥½


February TBR


POSTS

Reviews:

The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One · Between the Blade and the Heart · 27 Hours

Memes:

Top Ten Tuesday

Other:

Currently Reading Book Tag · Book Titles Tag · Must Have Books

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. The topic this week is: Books I Can’t Believe I Read. I picked these books because while I read them from cover to cover, I really should’t have. Sometimes you just need to realize that not all books are for you and it’s alright to put them aside. I kept of soldiering through and all it did was make me dislike these books even more. Ugh!

Have you read any of these books? What were your thoughts on them?

Cover Reveal: True Storm by L.E. Sterling

I am so excited to be part of the True Storm cover reveal! I have loved these series and am so sad to see it end. It’s so unique and there’s nothing quite like it. If you haven’t read the first two books yet, then what are you waiting for?!?!


The Cover:

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True Storm by L.E. Sterling
Release date: May 1st, 2018
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Genres: Young adult, science fiction
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If you can’t beat them, change them…


About the Author:

L.E. Sterling had an early obsession with sci-fi, fantasy and romance to which she remained faithful even through an M.A. in Creative Writing and a PhD in English Literature – where she completed a thesis on magical representation. She is the author of two previous novels, the cult hit Y/A novel The Originals (under pen name L.E. Vollick), dubbed “the Catcher in the Rye of a new generation” by one reviewer, and the urban fantasy Pluto’s Gate. Originally hailing from Parry Sound, Ontario, L.E. spent most of her summers roaming across Canada in a van with her father, a hippie musician, her brothers and an occasional stray mutt – inspiring her writing career. She currently lives in Toronto, Ontario.