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VBT-The Battle for Arcanon Major (The Lost Dacomé Files #1) by Alexandra May. Guest Post and Giveaway

29 Oct

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Synopsis:

“As daughter of our ruler I grew up in the crossfire of an ongoing war… All I’d ever wanted to be was a great warrior and ultimately lead my people into victorious battles.”

With only a small army at her command Halíka Dacomé, a skilled warrior and daughter of the Elemental King, is ready to lead one final battle to save her planet. A battle against the savage, bloodthirsty Primords who want to extinguish the diminished race of Elementals once and for all.

But before battle commences her father is given an ultimatum from the enemy leader, Arfron Uhnok. If the king agrees, Halíka Dacomé must marry Arfron Uhnok to prevent further bloodshed. If the king disagrees they, as a race, will all perish.

Horrified by her fathers decision Halíka Dacomé leads her army onward regardless of the consequences. Because her heart belongs to another. A love that blossomed many years ago. A love that her father has forbidden.

Halíka faces her toughest battle yet and learns that not all battles are those fought with a sword…
The Battle for Arcanon Major is an epic love story set against the backdrop of war and is the first Prequel to Elemental: The First.

Guest Post

My Favorite YA books of 2013

The paranormal and supernatural world of YA has never been so exciting. I’ve read about vampires, werewolves and angels from many different authors. All commendable in their world building and following of mythology for that particular trope. But there comes a time when as a reader I want to read something different.

The first book I read this year that branched out with a new species was Ink by Amanda Sun. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this book. But it was enough to make me read the entire book again as soon as I’d finished. Ink draws us into the world of Kami’s from Japan. Amaterasu, the goddess of the sun was the first Kami. Her descendants were gods or spirits. Beings that inhabit things in nature, like trees, or waterfalls or in this case Ink, as in what you write, paint or tattoo yourself with.

Katie Green now lives in Japan with her Aunt. At school she becomes acquainted with Tomohiro. They have a hate/hate relationship but Katie knows he’s hiding something when he argues with a soon-to-be ex-girlfriend and a page from his notebook lands at Katie’s feet. She’s trying to hide but when she picks up the page, the drawing on it moves. From then on she keeps seeing ink on her sleeve, on her notepad, on the ground wherever Tomohiro’s been, and even on his skin. She’s intrigued beyond measure and starts following him to try and discover his secret.

The story is exciting and also leads us, refreshingly, through Japanese culture and way of life. For Katie the answers come eventually but when her life becomes in danger, she must choose sides. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

A book I couldn’t wait to read was Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo. This is the sequel to Shadow & Bone where we were introduced to the Grisha who are magically gifted or talented people. The gift or talent could be something useful like summoning weather, creating fabric or changing your appearance or it could be something completely useless.

I’m aware that there are many, many books out there with girls discovering hidden gifts but what makes this book different is the true extent of the world we are immersed in. The world echoes of Old Russia. The concept of the world building is extraordinary and equally so is our heroine, Alina. Fairly late on she proves she’s the Sun Summoner, a revered talent for a Grisha and the only power who can equal the Darkling himself. Once Alina’s power is discovered people are after to her to use her solely for her talent. But her best friend, Mal leads her to safety and unfortunately right back to her enemies. But are they her enemies or just opposed to the Darkling, a man with extraordinary power who wishes to change the world forever. This series was such a great find, and shows off the brilliant author’s creativity. The writing is exquisite and the range of emotions Alina goes through—you can’t help feel sorry for her. This was a gift she neither asked for nor wanted. If you haven’t picked it up yet then please do.

And lastly, I can’t help but mention Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton. I wasn’t sure in the beginning of how this book would work out but I was staggered at how much I enjoyed it right to the end. Elizabeth is a young who sees Emotions and Elements as people. Slightly odd, you would think. But at the age of four she suffered a car accident and hasn’t been the same since. She lives parochially. Her father is abusive, her mother hates to even look at her and her brother Charles is just plain odd. Add to that the man-shaped Fear who keeps coming to visit her, and yes, Elizabeth lives in a strange world.

She keeps a close rein on her own emotions at all times. Almost like she’s surrounded by a wall of protection to the real world. However the truth comes out after she befriends Joshua. He isn’t new to her, or recently moved to the area. She’s known him all his life. But she’s never let anybody in, nor cared about anyone.

Like I said, it sounds a little strange but the story does start to make sense once you get into Elizabeth’s world.

So the moral of the story in the YA world? Diversity is out there. And it’s all really, really great! 

 

alexandraAuthor Bio

Alexandra May is an English author of three books, bringing together the epic saga of Halíka Dacomé and her modern day equivalent, Rose Frost.

Elemental: The First, Elemental: Origin and The Battle for Arcanon Major draw in Alexandra’s love of strong women characters, sci-fi, history, romance and a little warmongering on the side!

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NO STRINGS ATTACHED GIVEAWAY HOP

20 May

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No Strings Attached Giveaway Hop hosted by I’m A Reader Not A Writer
May 21st – 27th
Those hosting a giveaway will be giving away something a reader, blogger or author would enjoy.
The only requirement to enter my giveaway will be for you to leave a name and a way to contact you if you win. No asking to follow, no asking to tweet, NO requirements. Is this awesome or what?
MY GIVEAWAY:
OPEN INTERNATIONALLY E-COPIES OF BORN IN VENGEANCE (DACIAN LEGENDS, #1) AND BORN IN SIN (DACIAN LEGENDS, #2). Leave in the comment area your name and email address.
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Thankful For Books Giveaway Hop

7 Nov

What nourishes your soul or imagination? What makes you dream? For me books, movies and music are constant companions. The sun shining in a child’s eyes, the breeze rustling through leaves and the water cascading over rocks. It’s the love I offer and the love I receive.

And for all of that and more I’m grateful. And since today we celebrate books with the Thankful For Books Giveaway Hop organized by Kathy @ I’m A Reader Not A Writer, helped by Tristi @ Tristi Pinkston I decided what better way to show my appreciation than to give my own books some TLC.

On 11/14 I will announce three winners  (US ONLY) as following:

Two bookmarks and one autographed paperback of my debut novel Hidden Heart (click on the cover for blurb and Goodreads rating)

Two bookmarks and one autographed paperback of A World Apart (click on the cover for blurb and Goodreads rating)

 

The short story I Was Here—Before You Came, part of the summer anthology It’s A Love Thing will be gifted as an e-copy. (click on the cover for blurb and Goodreads rating)

Enter the form below for your chance to win. No liking, befriending or following necessary. Just your love for books is enough ❤

THANK YOU ALL FOR STOPPING BY!

Book Review–American Sniper by Chris Kyle

1 Oct

The other night, watching the show ‘Stars Earn Stripes’, my son recognized Chris Kyle, the author of The American Sniper, a biography he read for a school assignment. Curious about it, I picked up the book and browsed through it. Needless to say, I finished it in 1 and 1/2 days.

I come from a country where patriotism used to be forced down our throat on a daily basis, a continuous lie the communists told us for generations. The result of it? We all hated it.
After moving to the US I always wondered what drives Americans to stand when the national anthem is played before each game. What unseen force tells them to fly their flag, high on a mast, for the world to see it, for the wind to dance with it. What drives them to enroll in the military, leaving all they love and their family and make the ultimate sacrifice.
Chris Kyle’s autobiography answers to all these questions and more. As Chris explains it, it’s God, country and family. It’s being selfless and the need to protect all that you inherit from your forefathers, believe in, all that you have, and all that you are.
American Sniper is Chris Kyle’s account on the Iraq war where he’s deployed 4 times. To most people one time is more than enough. You serve your country, do your duty the best you can and then return home. But not for Chris. He needed to be there among his fellow countrymen, covering them, taking fire for them and protecting them with his life if it meant that was the last thing he’d do.
What media presented (and I should say manipulated) about the war in Iraq is by far different than Chris’ view on it. We American’s didn’t go there to, as Chris says, “bring democracy to Iraq”. We went there to protect fellow countrymen, fight for our country not Iraq. It’s a war that politicians deemed necessary, not our soldiers. They only followed orders.
As a kid Chris had always dreamt to join the military. A dream he’d fulfilled, lived and finally shared memories of it by writing this biography. It’s written from Chris’ point of view, concise and detailed, a progressive narration of war seen through a soldier’s eyes. From time to time his wife Taya pitched in, giving us an insight of what a family goes through while their loved ones is at war, the constant fear, the anguish, the frustrations. The biography tells untold stories of unknown heroes. It doesn’t sugarcoat, doesn’t use fancy words and artistic scenes. There’s nothing artistic about the war.
Like you and I doing our job, that’s what Chris did: his job. People might or might not agree with his cold-blooded attitude toward the people he killed. But before you throw that stone let me ask you something: if you disagree with Chris why didn’t you stand to protect this country?
God Bless America!

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Marie Tillman’s memoir THE LETTER–5 Star Review

24 May

They say behind each successful man, there’s a smart woman. I say behind each hero there’s a Marie.

The Letter by Marie Tillman is a heartfelt insight into her life after her husband’s death as well as a journey through all stages of grief she’s experienced since then. Pat Tillman’s life had been in the spotlight very little before he died as both he and Marie have shied away from the public eye, preferring the coziness of their home, the serenity of their relationship, the comfort of their love. The NFL player who gave up a successful career as a football player to enlist in the army became an icon after his death in April 2004. The circumstances surrounding his death still create a lot of controversy, including two congressional hearings and multiple investigations. Somehow Marie had to learn how to cope with the media infatuation with her husband as well as with all the attention she unwillingly received.

I applaud Marie for her ability to capture real feelings, real emotions making the book that much more intense, allowing readers a close look into a grieving heart. The book contains very little dialogue, but it’s easy to follow and finish in one sitting. Its simplicity, its reflection on life’s fragility and what matters most as well as how Marie chose to navigate through the murky waters of healing is done gracefully. From a shy lotus lily living in Pat’s shadow, Marie grew into a confident woman, working constantly to keep Pat’s legacy alive. She went through the stages of grief in her own way, at her own pace, and came out not completely healed but stronger.

The Letter is a compelling, poignant memoir, a true story of heroism and altruism behind the deadly lines of war.

A World Apart on Sale!

30 Apr

Wonderful news:  A World Apart is on sale on Amazon for only $ 2.99 (I bet you pay more for your coffee).

Want a sassy, bold and brass heroine?

Want a hero who lives by the strict rules of the army, yet his heart breaks every single one of them?

Do you like stories of opposites attract? Sizzling with tension and pulsing with emotion?

A World Apart delivers that and more.

Hurry up, the sale ends Friday 05/05.