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Search for the Golden Serpent

(Servant of the Gods Book 1)
By: Luciana Cavallaro

Evan Chronis is an architect suffering from a lack of sleep due to realistic dreams. Then one day, he receives a phone call at work that changes his life forever. Whisked away by Zeus, Evan is introduced to the Gods and learns that his life is not what it seems. Desperate to get back to normalcy, he must first perform a task in order to save the Gods. Evan travels through time and sets course on an adventure worthy of any Greek Hero, but will his life end before he can accept what is happening?

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Waking Dream

(Dream Series #5)
By: J.J. DiBenedetto

Sara always assumed her special gift was something only her family experienced. However, when her dreams take her into Brian’s work world, she discovers a lady in a red dress has the same gift. Unfortunately, this stranger is using her powers for harm, leaving a trail of pain. Sara must figure out who this woman is and how to stop her, before her family is hurt.

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Forgotten Book Challenge

Hi Everyone,

I usually post these on Friday, but I was so busy catching up on admin things that time got away from me. So below you will find this week’s Forgotten Book Challenge. (To learn more about the challenge, click on the photo.)

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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Carpe Demon (Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom #1)By: Julie Kenner
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The Lost Heir

(Dragonath Chronicles #1.) By: Andi O’Connor. Format: Paperback. Read: January 2014.

Darrak Hunter is just your typical college student that strives for perfection in every aspect of his life, except for taking the time to clean his room. However life as he knows it, changes suddenly when he starts having dreams of a town with a purple sun. As the characters from his dreams become reality, he is whisked away to the planet of Dragonath, where he learns he is the true heir to the world. Darrak and his new friends must risk their lives in order to save their planets.

The Lost Heir provides a thrilling and intriguing start to the Dragonath Chronicles. Readers will be quickly swept up in the race to save Earth and Dragonath. The author describes the planet and sky in vivid detail. The characters each face their own challenges, while growing individually and as a group.  The pace of the plot is slow at times, due to the explanations which set-up the premise for the whole series, while the characters appear to accept their circumstances a bit too quickly sometimes. Overall this novel is a must read for fans of the fantasy/sci-fi genre.

This book is an easy, fun read. The flow leans towards a young adult book, but it is definitely enjoyable by readers of all ages. I am very excited and anxious to see what happens next with Darrak and his entourage.
Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

 

Notes:

The author of this book provided a copy for me to review. To learn more about this book and her work, please visit her website.

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eMag Review #4

Wings of Arian (Solus Trilogy #1)
By: Devri Walls
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy
Heat Rating: 1 Flame
Final Review:
Wings of Arian is a superb young adult/fantasy novel. In a town where magic has been hidden from the people, young Kiora discovers she is a Solus and she is destined to save the entire town from evil, but first she needs a Protector. Unfortunately for Kiora, her Protector is none other than Prince Emane. These two characters provided several moments for humor and laughter, while readers are taken through a whirlwind of emotions as the battles between good and evil begin.
Filled to the brim with non-stop action and light-hearted personal moments between characters, this book will surely have readers entranced and smiling. The satisfying conclusion of this story sets-up the intrigue of what could occur in the next book. Wings of Arian will be a must-read for any fan of young adult/fantasy books.
Star Rating: 4.5 Stars

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Have you entered in Week #2’s Giveaways?

Good Morning Everyone,

The Giveaways are live for Week #2! Make sure you have entered. In case you have missed something, here are the links:

1. A Year in Review #2. All you have to do is leave a comment at the end of the post and you will be entered to win an ecopy of one of Emily Guido’s books!
2. Twitter Guess the Character Game. Read the description then leave your guess in the Rafflecopter. You can find the link to the Rafflecopter under the Big Giveaway page.
3. Facebook Guess the Poet or Poem Game. This week’s poem is pinned at the top. Once you have figured out the name of the Poet or the title of the Poem, enter your guess in the Rafflecopter. On Facebook, it is located in the blue square called giveaway at the top of the page.

I hope you all are enjoying this week’s games and I just want to say thank you again for all of you support. Good luck to you all!

Have a wonderful day!
Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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A Year in Review #2

Hi Everyone,

Well I have yet another milestone to celebrate. This post marks my 250th post!!! Wow! I am absolutely speechless. I appreciate all of your support and I am pleased to present the second Year in Review installment.

The Light-Bearer Series is a beautiful science-fiction series about accepting the differences in others and uniting as a team to fight evil. This poignant series is filled with morals that everyone should learn.

Here’s a look back:

Charmeine:
“Charmeine is a powerful and exciting tale of acceptance and love. Opposites need each other to survive and the battle to accept that may destroy everything. A paranormal twist with religious undertones allow for a modernization to the classic tale of two destined lovers. Guido will sure to be turning heads and making readers all over this world rally behind the love between Tabbruis and Charmeine.”

Mactus:
“In this second chapter of The Light-Bearer Series, Guido continues the emotional story of Tabbruis and Charmeine. Two angels destined to be together in a world desperate to tear them apart. As the family begins to train for the battle against the Elder Council, new truths will be revealed that will solidify the reader’s love for this series.”

Accendo:
“Fans of the series will be taken on a heart-wrenching journey throughout the book that will leave them all speechless at the end. Guido has created a fascinating world filled with examples of compassion versus judgment, trust versus fears and faith versus doubt. Readers will be impatiently tapping their fingers as they wait for the arrival of the fourth book.”

Seditiuos:
“Readers will enjoy the fact that Seditious focuses on the story of each of the family members, instead of just Charmeine and Tabbruis. Each of the characters become more relatable as they show their strengths and weakness. Unity, love, trust and faith are the values that are represented in each page of this book.”

Ransom:
“Emily Guido has done it again with this fifth installment from her Light-Bearer series. Her main couple, Charmeine and Tabbruis, is a bit of a modern, sci-fi Romeo and Juliet. These two are so in love that it radiates off of the ever-growing family and yet they seem to have their love tested with each new book.”

Not only does author Emily Guido write this magically enchanting tale, but she has also been very generous in donating some amazing prizes. From now until June 7, 2013 @ 11:59pm EDT, leave a comment below and you will be entered to win a free ecopy of your choice of one of these books! Winner will be selected using Random.org on the morning of June 8, 2013 and will be announced later that day! After you have left a comment, be sure to stop by the Big Giveaway page and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. Emily Guido has donated bookmarks and a signed paperback for that giveaway!

Good luck everyone!

I hope you all have enjoyed this second installment of the Year in Review! Thanks again for all of your support. Hope you all have a magnificent day!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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The Goddess’s Choice

By: Jamie Marchant. Kronicles of Korthlundia #1. Format: eBook. Read: April 2013.

Robbie is the family outcast, he is treated worse than the hired hands and the whole town shuns him. Even though everyone feels he is a demon sent to curse them all, he is the first one they call upon to heal their animals. Robbie has a special magical talent for understanding animals and plants, but unfortunately he has been raised to be ashamed of his abilities. Princess Samantha is heir to the thrown and yet she fears she has gone mad. She sees varying shades of color around everyone and she knows this is not normal. Too afraid to discuss it with her father, since the King who is busy trying to find a worthy suitor, Princess Samantha is forced to research her illness. When she discovers the truth behind her abilities, it could equal the demise of her family and a civil war for her nation. Will these two opposites find a way to unite and save the nation or will their unique talents cost them each their lives?

This story is captivating and thrilling. Readers will be hooked from the very first page. Jamie Marchant does an excellent job of portraying human qualities that will overwhelm readers’ emotions. Robbie is a wonderful, humble, young man that has been treated like dirt by his father and yet he finds the strength within to stand up for himself. While Princess Samantha is a strong, powerful, young woman who has to make some difficult morale decisions that will affect everyone’s life. Readers will find themselves connected to each character and rooting for them to survive. With evil characters lurking around and family truths constantly being revealed, this is perfect read for adults wanting a more modern, grown-up fairy tale. In the end, readers will only be disappointed by the fact that book two is not yet available.

I loved this book! I was also very frustrated when I couldn’t read it for a few days when my Nook was unavailable, but I found myself dreaming of the scenes and how I hoped it would end. I found myself wrapped up in this story and caught myself telling the characters what not to do. (They didn’t listen.) I highly recommend this book for fans of the fantasy genre.

So tell me, if you could have one power which would you choose… the ability to heal others or the ability to see people’s auras?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Note:
The author provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about this author and her work, please visit her website.

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C.A. Szarek’s Sword’s Call Book Release Giveaway

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http://twinsietalk.blogspot.com/p/swords-call-book-release-schedule.html

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Blurb:
For generations, the Ryhans, ruling family of the Province of Greenwald have been keepers of a sword rumored to possess enough magic to defeat kings. Lord Varthan, a former archduke and betrayer of the king, covets the sword and invades Greenwald.

Lady Ceralda Ryhan, daughter of the murdered duke, gains the sword and flees, trusting only her white wolf, Trikser—magically bonded to her. Cera needs nothing more to aid in her fight.

Jorrin Aldern, half elfin and half human, left his home in the mountains of Aramour to find his human father who disappeared twenty turns before, but finds Cera with Varthan and his shades on her tail instead. His dual heritage and empathic magic will tempt Cera in ways she never thought she’d desire. But can he convince her trust and love can pave the path to redemption or will the epic battle end in tragedy and evil conquer them all?
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13596945-sword-s-call

Want to know more? Here is an excerpt:

Heart pounding and fists clenched, Cera sat in the Dragon’s Lair’s darkest corner. By choice, the candle on the table was unlit. The bowl of stew half eaten, food the last thing on her mind.
The door to the tavern swung open. Her white wolf growled low and deep beside her. Cera glanced up, squinting in the sudden flood of sunlight. As the door slammed shut and her eyes adjusted to the renewed murkiness, she took in the newest arrival.
Then she focused on Trikser. She couldn’t have him going for anyone’s throat.
“Shhh, Trik, it’s okay.” She ran a hand through his fur, smoothing his hackles along the length of his spine. The big wolf looked up at her and licked her hand. One corner of her mouth lifted and she bit back a sigh.
The only reason the owner of the tavern, Marshek even let him in was because no one else was allowed to enter the Dragon’s Lair if she was inside without him. No one according to Trikser, that is. He’d almost taken the hand off the last guy who’d tried.
“What’ll ya have?” Marshek barked, revealing his instant dislike of the newcomer.
She fixed her eyes on the bartender. Then she took a closer look at the man sitting in front of him. His pointed ears betrayed his heritage, but his height suggested he was not of pure blood.
Marshek was known to be tolerant of elves but he hated what he called half-breeds. Cera could imagine what the grumpy, middle-aged tavern owner was thinking, and it wasn’t friendly.
She rose, Trikser also immediately rising, awaiting her move. The white wolf was her bondmate and had been since he was young.
Relax, she thought-sent.
Trik sat, but his body was tight, tense. He didn’t respond to her mental order.
Moving to the bar, her wolf followed, slinking close to the floor, moving in a slight crawl. His belly probably touched the filthy planked flooring of the tavern.
Cera made a face but forced a breath. Detached control. Sliding onto the stool next to the half-elfin man, she was just in time to hear his order. His voice was clear and deep.
Marshek filled a mug with ale and started to put the jug in its place on the shelf.
“Wait, Mar,” she said with a wave of her hand, “I’ll have some of that, too.”
With a curt nod, the older man poured her a mug. She brought it to her lips, glancing nonchalantly at the stranger. His coal black hair brushed the collar of his hooded gray cape, giving him a rather unkempt look, but rugged rather than messy.
Cera couldn’t see the hue of his eyes from her seat but his high cheekbones made his profile appealing, his sleek tapered ears adding to the attraction. His powerful jaw line was clean shaven, an oddity in these parts. She could tell he was aware of her perusal. He was young, not much older than her, and had the stunning beauty of the elves.
His chest heaved as if he’d taken a breath, and he finally glanced at her. Blue. His eyes were a deep, sapphire blue. Her heart skipped a beat but she ignored it. The man said nothing, not that she’d expected him to.

Where to buy Sword’s Call:
Gypsy Shadow – http://www.gypsyshadow.com/C.A.Szarek.html#SwordsCall
Barnes and Noble – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/swords-call-c-a-szarek/1114672749?ean=2940016230467&isbn=2940016230467
Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Swords-Call-Kings-Riders-ebook/dp/B00BJALXJC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361541221&sr=8-1&keywords=C.A.+Szarek
Amazon UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Swords-Call-Kings-Riders-ebook/dp/B00BJALXJC/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1361601352&sr=1-1
ARe – https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-sword039scall-1078418-143.html
OmniLit – https://www.omnilit.com/product-sword039scall-1078418-143.html
BookStrand – http://www.bookstrand.com/swords-call
SmashWords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/288263

Who is C.A. Szarek?
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C.A. is originally from Ohio, but got to Texas as soon as she could. She is married and has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. She works with kids when she’s not writing.

She’s always wanted to be a writer and is overjoyed to share her stories with the world.

Where to find C.A. Szarek’s websites:
•Blog – http://caszarekwriter.blogspot.com/
•Twitter – https://twitter.com/caszarek
•Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/caszarek
•Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/C.-A.-Szarek/e/B00BJY74BY/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1
•GoodReads – http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5815085.C_A_Szarek

What’s next for CA Szarek ?
Collision Force (Crossing Forces Book 1)
Bad boy FBI agent and feisty widowed police detective collide pursuing a human trafficker in small town Texas on their way to true love.

Badboy, married to his job FBI agent Cole Lucas always gets his man. So when the unthinkable happens and one gets away, Cole grits his teeth and hunts human trafficker Carlo Maldonado all the way to Antioch, Texas, where he collides with Detective Andi MacLaren.

Cole doesn’t do small towns and doesn’t get involved with women he works with, but Andi tempts him in ways he doesn’t want to acknowledge.

Two murders, her partner shot and leading the investigation on her own, the last thing Andi needs a cocky FBI agent that sees her as no more than a tag-along.

Widow and single mother Andi is used to being on her own. When Cole gets stuck without a place to stay, crashing on her couch puts them in dangerous territory.
Attraction and passion bring Andi to a place she’d left behind when her husband died. Her three-year-old son quickly wiggles his way into Cole’s heart, and he starts contemplating things—family, love—that he’d never planned for himself.

Can being forced to work together make them stronger or will their differences jeopardize their case and their hearts?
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17379962-collision-force

Giveaway Time!!!
C.A. Szarek is going to make one lucky commenter’s day! She is giving away a free ecopy of her book, Sword’s Call ~OR~ a free SWAG pack filled with lots of goodies. For your chance to win, please leave a comment below by Sunday, April 7th, 2013 @ 11:00pm EDT. Winner will be selected using random.org, then announced and notified on Monday morning. Good luck everyone!!!

I just want to thank C.A. Szarek for stopping by to tell us about her books! Also thanks to the TwinsieTalk blog for setting up this fabulous blog tour!

Have a great day everyone!
Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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And the Winner is…

Good Morning Everyone,

I just want to thank Jamie Marchant for conducting a guest post and giveaway last week. The contest closed at 11:00am this morning and I want to thank everyone who participated. There were two people who left a comment and Random.org selected the number two. So… Congratulations to Lorrie Zielinski, you have won a free copy of The Goddess’s Choice!!! You should receive an email from me shortly.

Hope everyone has a wonderful day!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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