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Procythian Reign

By: T. Allen Diaz. Format: eBook. Read: June 2013.

Laura Clabar’s turns upside down, while on her date with Peter. All the luxuries of the life she is used to fade away as she faces the down-trodden side of the Procyon System. She has to chose whether to follow along with her uncle’s power and position or work with the quick-tempered Eric Philips to save humanity. Her uncle, Louis Clabar’s position and her planet are at risk and it is up to her to save the day.

Within the first few pages, Procythain Reign gives readers an action packed ride. This book provides a unique take on a planet with two extreme class societies, as well as the issue of justifying one’s reactions. The vivid details in this book will overwhelm the readers’ senses, but due to some these details and language, it is recommended for mature audiences. Diaz provides smooth writing to make this book a quick and easy read. Science Fiction fans should definitely read this book.

As I said, this book was easy to read and it kept me guessing until the end. The action was superb, and I enjoyed the author’s take on the ‘extreme’ society. Any book that has me questioning ‘what-if’, is a great book! I am highly looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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

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A Year in Review #3

Good Morning Everyone,

It is hard to believe that we are already on week #3 of the celebrations. I hope you all are enjoying the look backs, as much as I am. Later this week the American Flag will be celebrated on June 14th. What better way to celebrate the rich history of our nation’s flag, than by reading a story that takes place during a pivotal time in American history. Plus, who wouldn’t want the chance to stand beside the ghosts of 4 American Rock gods while fighting the forces of evil?

Rockapocalypse:

The moment Peter Travers was born, the soul of Buddy Holly was ascending into Heaven. Fifteen years later, Peter was having a wonderful summer with his friends, and his girlfriend, Margie. That dreamy summer turned into a nightmare as their small town of Harper’s Mill learned what hate and evil could do. As people start disappearing and the Ku Klux Klan make their presence known, these five children discover their true destiny. Four famous dead rockers and five teenagers combine forces in order to rid their town of hatred. However unbeknownst to Peter’s friends, a plan is in motion that will have them all reuniting thirty-seven years later, while Peter lies close to death in a coma. As Peter relives his past, will his friends and the rockers be able to save his soul in the present, or will it cost them everything?

Byron Suggs has created a superb and flawless tale of love versus hate. Two stories and two time periods combine into one powerful adventure. A classic coming-of-age story with a magical rocker twist will introduce a new set of readers to the genre of Southern Literature. For fans of Southern Lit, this book will be a must-read! Suggs demonstrates an unbelievable talent as he flawlessly changes dialect between the characters and the time periods. This book will surely give readers goosebumps. I highly recommend this book to everyone.

Author Byron Suggs will be giving away a paperback copy of this book to one lucky commenter!!! In order to be entered for your chance to win a free copy of Rockapocalyspe, leave a comment below between now and 11:59pm EDT on Friday, June 14, 2013! Winner will be selected using Random.org on Saturday morning and will be announced later that day.

Want another chance to win a copy of Rockapocalypse? Head on over to the Big Giveaway page and click on the Rafflecopter link. The winner of the Big Giveaway will win a paperback copy of Rockapocalypse and bookmarks, courtesy of author Byron Suggs!

Good luck to you all!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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The Scrolls of Xavier

By: John Ashley. Format: eBook. Read: June 2013.

Set in 2067, Captain Michael Dawn has been assigned an international troop for his next assignment. The next assignment is a deadly, top-secret mission, he and his team must scour the planet Xavier for the five ancient scrolls. Each of the scrolls are hidden deep in the territories that belong to five of the deadliest tribes in Xavier. As if this wasn’t enough for Captain Dawn to handle, one of his team members is the very attractive, Ashley Collins and he must decide whether he will risk his career in order to pursue a relationship with agent Collins.

From the start of the Prologue, this story entwines the reader in a fast-paced adventure. The Scrolls of Xavier gives readers a taste of what military life would be like on another planet. Though the story is gripping and intriguing, it is a very easy read. The ease of the writing makes it appear as a young adult book, but the graphic details and brutal scenes call for a more mature audience. There were a few diction errors, but they did not detract from the storyline.

I would recommend this book for fans of the Science Fiction genre, since it provides a unique twist on saving Earth.

What are some of your favorite Earth-saving science fiction books?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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

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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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eMag Review #2

Hi Everyone,

You might see the title of this and think, wait… Where was eMag number 1 posted? Well… I am sad to say I cannot share eMag review #1 just yet, because… it will be published in the magazine. I will be able to share a portion of that review later next month.

In the meantime, here is review #2.

Enjoy,
~Ariesgrl

The Warrior Prince
By: Nancy J. Cohen.

The Warrior Prince, the first in a series, comes across as a combination of stories. It starts out in the science-fiction realm, with a group of men from another planet trying to rid Earth of the bad guys from a very different planet. About halfway through, the story takes a leap into the ancient tales from Norse Mythology as the characters repeat ancient quests and reacquaint themselves with the Norse Gods.

This combination has potential to work well in a story. However, readers will have a hard time following along, especially when the main ‘alien’ characters’ dialects keep switching back and forth between their home country and the current Earth setting. Nira Larson and Zohar Thorald each have redeeming qualities of inner strength and humility that readers will be able to relate to and appreciate.

I was provided a copy of the book by BTS eMag for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review – all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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

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Blog Tour Schedule:
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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Welcome… Author Jamie Marchant!!!

Good Morning Everyone,

Please help me give a warm welcome to author Jamie Marchant. She is here to discuss her inspiration behind her first novel, The Goddess’s Choice. She will also be giving one lucky commenter a copy of her book. For your chance to win, leave a comment and on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 11:00am, I will use Random.org to select the lucky winner. Winner’s name will be announced later that day.

So without further ado, please welcome Jamie Marchant:

One question I’m often asked is where do you get the ideas for your writing. My first published novel, The Goddess’s Choice—an adult sword and sorcery fantasy novel—originated deep within my childhood. My sister Jalane–she is ten years older than me–would tell me and my younger sister stories, fairy tales mostly: “Midas and His Golden Touch,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Hanzel and Gretel.” But my favorite was always “The Princess and the Glass Hill” or “The Glass Mountain” as my sister titled it. Wendie and I would have her tell that story over and over again. I was captivated by the bold hero on his magical horses of bronze, silver, and gold.

As I got older, the story faded from my consciousness. Then in graduate school it came back to me for an essay I wrote. We were discussing children’s literature in a Women’s Studies course and had to do a personal essay on our experience with literature as a child. The story of “The Princess and the Glass Hill” figured heavily in that paper. I noted the inherit sexism of the story. The princess has no name, no personality, performs almost no actions. She is not even described. She is nothing more than the prize–a trophy–to be handed off to the lucky man who wins her father’s contest. How she feels about the matter is not discussed, not even thought of, as I did not think about it when I was a child. I identified with the bold young hero of the tale, not the nearly invisible princess waiting at the top of the mountain with her golden apples.

Two years after graduate school, “The Glass Mountain” made another appearance when I had a child. My son Jesse loved it every bit as much as I had and requested I tell it again and again.

One day after telling it to him, I realized that the story could be so much more than the few pages and sparse details devoted to it in either the original or my sister’s version. Suddenly the image came to me of a peasant boy, Robbie, sleeping on a straw mattress in the cramped attic of his father’s farmhouse. That detail didn’t survive into the final version, but it generated the story. I also knew that my princess would be no passive character in the tale of another, as she was in “The Glass Mountain.” Rather, she’d be as strong and fully developed as Robbie–a true heroine to match his hero. After several attempts to get her right, I flashed on the image that proved to be the key to unlocking her character: Samantha being dressed by her chamber maids for yet another dreaded ball, wishing she were out riding her horse.
I didn’t want to write a children’s story, however, but the type of epic fantasy I enjoy as an adult. I upped the dramatic tension, villainy, and sexuality of the piece to create something far different from the original fairy tale. The Goddess’s Choice is intended for an adult audience.

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Where to find The Goddess’s Choice:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Goddesss-Choice-Jamie-Marchant/dp/1936519127/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1351963793&sr=8-2
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-goddesss-choice-jamie-marchant/1110185060?ean=9781936519125
Reliquary Press: http://www.reliquarypress.com/Reliquary_Press/Welcome.html

Don’t forget to leave a comment for your chance to win!!! Thank you, Jamie Marchant, for stopping by here today and sharing your inspiration behind your novel.

Wishing everyone a wonderful day!
Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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My Sister’s Books Review #10

The Iron King

By: Julie Kagawa

Meghan Chase is about to turn sixteen and she has lived a lonely life. She has never found a way to fit in and her family seems to forget she even exists. Only her best friend, Robbie, stays by her side making her laugh. One day, strange events start happening and Robbie becomes overly protective. As reality fades away, the truth about Meghan’s past is revealed. Now it is up to Meghan to save her family and a world that only exists in dreams.

Julie Kagawa has created a fascinating world filled with faeries, satyrs and various other mythological beings. Kagawa shows readers the mythological downside to the ever-growing technology. Fast-paced action, good versus bad and a classic love triangle make this book a must read for young adult fans. The Iron King proves to be an exciting start to a promising series.

Similar Authors:
Leah Cypess, Maggie Stiefvater, Kristin Cashore, Morgan Rhodes

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This review was written for My Sister’s Books.

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Poisonous

By: Tommy B. Smith. Format: Paperback. Read: March 2013.

One fateful day in 1980, the town of St. Charles was forever changed. Harold Chambers awoke to find a man with a clown face opening him up and inserting an a horrid and wretched creature. Fast forward several years and Lilac Chambers is born. Her yellow eyes are the only outward sign that she is not human. But as mysterious deaths and unsolved murders begin to stack up wherever Lilac goes, the town begins to fear the worse. Detective Brandt McCullough and John Sutterfield make a vow to stop Lilac Chambers before she destroys the whole town.

Tommy B. Smith has written a horror novel filled with twists and turns. Divided into separate parts with the point of view shifting from various characters, allows readers to gain an inside view of the fear the town feels. The author up the intensity and intrigue as the two characters fight to stop the evil before it spreads and consumes everyone in sight. Gory details will make some readers squeamish, recommended for mature fans of horror novels.

This was a well-written novel. The divisions in each chapter provide perfectly timed pauses, before switching to the next character’s perspective. Horror novels tend to vary on whether or not they delve into a psychological fear or a tangible fear. Either theme can give me a good scare, so long as it is well written and timed correctly. What about you? Do you get scared easily over tangible things like spiders and clowns or do you prefer a book to scare you with the ‘unknown’?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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

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Continuum: Fables of the Fallen

By: Kathleen Gulo, R. C. Erickson, Gregory J. Downs, Alexander Pyles, Nathan Slemp, Jacob Baugher Format: eBook. Read: March 2013.

This is a science fiction anthology written by six college writers and this is the first in the series. Lost legends, space life and fallen heroes are explored further in each of the six short stories.

This book is a fantastic science fiction read. Each story is told from a different point of view, set in different aspects of time and space, yet each story is connected in the inner demons and trials of the main characters. There are a few grammar errors in a couple of the stories, but the rest of the short stories demonstrate excellent writing. Several of the stories end with cliff-hangers that will leave readers desperate to continue the series. Each of these writers have a gift for writing science fiction tales and each of them will have new fans from the readers of this book. A must read for all science fiction fans.

I enjoyed reading this anthology. I liked getting a taste of each of the talented writers’ styles, however I am disappointed that these stories ended so quickly. I hope that these tales are picked up in the next anthology or at least they are prequels to novels. Do you like to read anthologies by multiple authors or just a single author?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Note: A copy of this book was provided for me to review. To learn more about this book and the authors, please visit their website.

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