Sunday, April 16, 2017

Tarragon Tour and Review (Dragon Mage)





After hundreds of years, the gates to Tarragon are open once more, fulfilling age-old prophecy. However, Anwen’s journey is far from over. The dragons still sleep and she has no clue how to wake them. Forced to retreat from the Mountain, she and her newfound friends must devise a new plan to wake the inhabitants of Tarragon.

Meanwhile, the Mage Circle, a group of dragon mages with a vendetta, is camped outside the Gates. Calling on allies of their own, they will stop at nothing to gain control of the Dragon City and all who dwell inside.

To complicate matters even more, Anwen’s mother has joined the party. But even with the help of all her friends, can Anwen overcome the ordeals set before her or will this spell the end of the dragons and the world as we know it?


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I had the privilege of reading the first book in this series a year ago when it was first released. I love it and the review is HERE!
And now, I had the privilege of rereading the first book (which I enjoyed just as much as the first time) and then read the second book, released just yesterday! Here are my thoughts on that second book:
I found myself completely captivated as Tyler grew into himself and his abilities, I loved watching him become the man he could be and take on the role and powers he possesses. For Anwen I loved watching her become a woman who could make up her own mind when it came down to important issues and still be willing to recognize she needs the others to help her. I liked that she is not a "all powerful, can do it myself" heroine, but truly recognizes that there is power in listening to a learning from those around her but making her own decisions. There is so much growth in this book for all characters including Courtney. I really liked the character growth, the progress of the story  was really great too, addressing not only the how and why, but giving us great history of Tarragon and the dragon mages and the key keepers. I was completely into this book and did not like to stop reading to go to work. I highly recommend this book but you'll definitely need to read them in order. First pick up Key Keeper and then continue through on Dragon Mage. You'll love it!



Karlie Lucas is a preschool teacher by day and a writer/artist by night.

A graduate of Southern Utah University, Karlie received a B.A. in Creative Writing, with a minor in art. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, The International English Honor Society, as well as ANWA, the American Night Writers Association.

Karlie is interested in all things magical and mysterious, especially elves and dragons. She is an avid fan of J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling.

When not writing, Karlie can often be found drawing, baking, watching her favorite old school shows, or just spending time with her family.

She currently resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband and a cat named Kally

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Essence of Courage - book of devotionals






 As women we encounter multiple challenges, while simultaneously wearing
many hats. We need courage to face our challenges and commitments. In Song
of Solomon 4, Solomon ascribes the essences of his locked garden to the
courageous woman he has taken as his wife. This inspirational study will
provide an opportunity for you to discover:

• The secrets of the fruit, spices, and essential oils in Solomon’s locked garden.

• A deeper meaning of these fruits, spices and essential oil essences in Scripture by studying different women in the Bible.

• How others learn through their struggles and triumphs when you meet Cinnamah-Brosia and the women with whom she does life.

• Encouragement to allow the Holy Spirit to cultivate the essence of courage in your heart.

• Fun facts about the spices and essential oils, along with ways for you to
enjoy incorporating reminders of the fruit they represent into your life.



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I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to read this book, and it made sense. Anyone who has any knowledge of the bible can understand what author Lynn Watson is attempting to portray through her devotionals. I found myself thinking "that actually makes sense" a few times and "I never thought of that" as well. It was fun to see a different perspective and I loved the way the author tied the devotionals in to real life situations that all of us have seen and experienced so they were easy to apply to our own lives. Plus, I absolutely loved the fun facts she put after each section about the essential oils and history and such. I also found that it was a good, relaxing, and calming read. I highly recommend reading it and thinking about it in your own lives. You can read it all at once as I did - it's a quick read - or even just one devotional at a time and take it in. It's definitely worth it.
Thank you Author Lynn Watson for the opportunity to read this fabulous book of devotionals.



Pulled reluctantly into women’s ministry nearly four decades ago, Lynn Watson now treasures the opportunities that were provided to lead, encourage and mentor women through relationships and Bible studies. She wrote a few of the studies, too. Drawing from those experiences, along with years serving others professionally in the complementary healthcare field and her love for essential oils, Lynn delights in bringing her readers freshly inspired insights drawn from and focused on the many fruits, plants, oils, and spices mentioned in God’s Word. Married since 1973, Lynn and Steve call Bartlett, Tennessee home. Their
home is filled with handmade treasures and lots of love for family, especially their five beautiful (of course) grandchildren.




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Friday, February 17, 2017

The Undead Must Die Post & Review





Floriana is a seemingly ordinary art student, until an exciting opportunity to study ancient Greek relics introduces her to long-held secrets and shockingly dangerous truths. 

Her life becomes altogether extraordinary when a seemingly benign morning excursion transforms into an agonizing race across Europe to save humanity. Soon, she must work against the clock to recreate an antidote to save mankind before nostalgic Nazi militias make good on their plan to create a legion of superhuman zombie-soldiers that will wreak havoc on mankind.

As the heir apparent to a family of masterminds, Floriana is the only one capable of thwarting their efforts, but first she’ll come face-to-face with black roses, presumptive killers, and mysterious sects.

With the fate of the world in her hands, can an inexperienced and clumsy art student create an antidote before it’s too late?

Find out in this adrenaline rushing, young adult thrill ride, chock full of espionage, conspiracy theories, spies, and zombies!


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This book was a quick and enjoyable read! There was no sagging or waiting, you got right into the action and took off at a fast paced, which didn't let up (but also wasn't too much to make you feel overwhelmed.) I was swept along in the story and didn't even realize I'd read the whole book until it was over - it was that easy to get captivated. I enjoyed that the story focused more on the background of the undead and what to do to stop them rather than going into the gory details of the undead and the killings/bitings like many zombie books do. The characters had lots of personality and I enjoyed getting to know them as the story progressed. And I like how she tied in some historical fiction to bring around the reason that zombies are being made. I loved that part. Definitely a great story and I'm excited for the next installment to find out what happens!




Penny BroJacquie is a passionate writer, travel blogger, and life lover


After a long career working as a sports reporter for some of the largest media outlets in Greece, she decided that life is more beautiful when you work freelance.

In 2014 Penny published her first book, a travel guide called City Break In Athens. Her first published novella The Undead Must Die is Book 1 in The Order Of The Black Rose book series.

When she doesn't write, Penny pets her dogs, cooks new recipes, and takes photos. You'll find her somewhere in Europe enjoying a cup of coffee or watching a movie.




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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Review for Wood-Fairies of Estaelia



When Elias of Elderberry introduces his best friend Jaron Finley to his magical world of fairies and castles, wizards and yōkai shape-shifters, will Jaron ever want to go back to his dull world of school and homework, especially after meeting Elieli, the fairy princess of Estraelia? It’s doubtful, but he must—the mortal that he is. Will Elias have to alter his memory and erase all that his friend has seen, or will Jaron be able to keep the secret that Elias Rey—a sophomore at PVHS, is a wizard and the youngest heir of Elderberry?

Held captive by evil wraiths in the dungeons of Sirusas, Elias’s older brother Saulen struggles with remembering who he is. How will the sons of Elderberry battle the dark forces of sorcery and rescue him?
And finally, when Adalee trips and falls by a nest abandoned from a Swypht Dragon of Ural, she takes an egg, knowing it has little chance to survive on its own. How will she keep it hidden in the non-dragon fairy kingdom of Estraelia? And why should she?

Reviews:
Elias of Elderberry is a truly marvelous book! The action, concept, and mysteries contained in this novel are intensely compelling and exciting. Not satisfied with simply writing an entertaining story, Sneed fills the pages with lessons about temptation, addiction, and the morals of right versus wrong. - R.L. Drembic

The Sons of Elderberry! Book One, Elias of Elderberry, was fantastic! I am eager to read the continuing sequels. Do any of us really know who we are and what our real worth is? Fifteen-year-old Elias was soon to discover things beyond his wildest imagination. This is about present day with regular school attendance, yet also, time travel with castles, dungeons, dragons and more! There were many characters well-defined and realistic. Also, the scenes were portrayed very well so the reader was able to easily picture them occurring. My Review of this book offers a Five Stars rating. - LAWonder10

 



This was a fun read! It is clear Theresa Sneed has taken time to build up a world of fairies and dragons with good vs. evil. You do have to pay attention because there are a lot of characters but they are dynamic and have energy and life. Each with their own story that intertwines and creates the bigger story picture.  I did read the first book before this one and it definitely sets up for this one so nicely that I do suggest reading them together. It does prepare us for the fun and adventure of this book - plus where we start with the dragon egg and how it came to be. It made me smile when I knew exactly where we were right off the bat. And the characters increase and become more dear to us (the returning ones being from the book before). I enjoyed the story, the troubles they were up against, and the way they were able to learn and piece together what they needed to in order to fulfill their stories. The book is from several points of view but the author let's us know where we are and with which characters, which is nice because if not you might be lost. Definitely an enjoyable and full read. I do highly recommend it.


Author Theresa Sneed graduated cum laude with a BA in education, and though she loves teaching, she is currently taking a break from it to pursue a writing career. 

Her books are unique; each story will take you to places you have never imagined before. She writes across four genres—mystery and suspense, fantasy, historical fiction/time travel, and realistic paranormal. All of Theresa’s books have elements of sweet romance, and while none of her books have profanity or sexually explicit scenes, each book is intriguing and white-knuckle intense—the kind you can’t put down.

The No Angel series is the story about a guardian angel with an attitude, and the ever present, but misunderstood spirit world.  There are four published books in the series with many more to come. Book one is called Angel with an Attitude, book two – Earthbound Angel, book three – Destiny’s Angel, and book four – Earth Angel.

The Sons of Elderberry series has two books out called Elias of Elderberry, and The Wood Fairies of Estraelia. Harry-Potterish—with wizards, fairies, elves, pixies, yōkai shapeshifters, and dragons, this book has it all! Theresa anticipates another three to five books to finish that series.    

Escape is the story of a 15 year old girl abducted by a corrupt sheriff in the 70’s. He keeps her captive in his cellar for five years until she escapes with his truck and his young daughter. Escape is book one in a three book series.

Salem Witch Haunt was intended to be a stand-alone book, until the shocking ending made it apparent that her characters were not finished telling their story. As the ninth great granddaughter of one of the women hanged as a witch in Salem, Theresa has a vested interest in this epic time-travel. Thoroughly researched, all interactions with real people from that era are based on primary sources—the trial scene with Susannah Martin is taken from Reverend Samuel Parris’s transcript verbatim. 


All of Theresa Sneed’s books may be purchased through Amazon or links on her website at www.theresasneed.com. She loves hearing from her readers and may be contacted through her website or through her email at tmsneed.author@yahoo.com


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Monday, January 30, 2017

Battlementals: Quest for the Harmonicon Review




Chase Freeman is a boy with a heart for adventure stuck living in dull Drifter Flats. The only exciting thing that ever happens in his small town is Eclipse Day and even that isn’t enough for Chase—until he sees the strange ball of light streaking across the sky. Enlisting his best friend Jordan, her little brother Luke, and Harlan the smartest boy in school, they follow the light to an American Indian medicine circle. Drawn into the middle of it, the four friends are suddenly teleported to the Battlementals dimension along with the school bully Brendan and his friend Lena. 

Once there, they find an elemental people desperate for them to accept the grand quest to save the universe. A deadly alliance has pulled it out of balance and, soon, everything will vanish altogether. Friends and enemies will have to find a way to work together to assemble the Harmonicon, defeat the Salt Giant, and find their own undiscovered abilities that will help them complete their quest. But when dark secrets are put in the wrong hands, their mission unravels and time is quickly running out. As the universe systematically starts to disappear, Chase and his friends race to put all the elements they’ve gathered together, but will it be too late to save it?






This book was a quick and enjoyable read. It was easy to get into and relate to the characters. The dynamic of relationships is what you would expect with a few fun and surprising twists. I was eager to see how each of the characters would work with their elements and what they would face because of them. I even wanted to kick a few when I realized how stupid they were being but they couldn't see it. When the book was over I was surprised at how quickly I had read it because it moves along as such a good pace it was easy to just keep turning pages. I definitely enjoyed it and I'm excited to see what is next from this author.





RANDY LINDSAY is a world traveler. Which sounds impressive until you realize the worlds he visits exist only in his mind and on the pages of his novels. He claims to prefer this method of sightseeing because he can stop at any time, go to the kitchen, and indulge his ice cream addiction. When he isn't busy making things up he likes going to movies with his wife to watch what other people have made up and plays board games with his children who are in the habit of making up the rules as they go along. 

Battlementals: Quest for the Harmonicon is Randy's third published book and the first in a series of stories that take place in the Battlemental universe. He switched to writing full time in 2011 and has had two novels published through Bonneville Books.

His journey as an author has been an exciting one, full of unexpected discoveries. One of those being the decision to focus more of his writing on middle-grade fantasy. The fact that the style feels more natural to Randy might be an indication that he is really just a kid at heart.


The second unexpected discovery was that he enjoyed marketing. Book signings, writing workshops, and podcasts about storytelling all gave him opportunities to discuss what he loves with others who share the same interest. This combined with the decision to write middle-grade stories led to his development of C.A.S.T. (a program intended to show children and teens how to incorporate storytelling into their everyday lives). 



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