Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Bonds of Blood Book Review


The Bonds of Blood (The Revenant Wyrd Saga #1) 

In the world of Saracin, the Goddess damns the earth that killed her two beloved angels and tears it into six realms. As a reminder of their transgression, each person is branded with a stigmata on their palms as testament of their home realm and their separation from the Goddess.

Thirty years later, in the Holy Realm, Jovian, Angelica, Amber, and Joya, quadruplets whose mother died in childbirth, have just reached their 21st spring and are now adults. When terrible visions depicting the downfall of their family stir within Jovian and Angelica, they struggle to make sense of what they have seen while trying to live a normal life.

After Amber is kidnapped in the night, her three siblings are drawn into a dangerous pursuit across the Great Realms to find her. With every step they uncover more mystery surrounding their families past, and something far worse--an ancient enemy that could threaten their hope of ever seeing Amber alive again.

Will this enemy grant the answers they seek, or will she fray the tenuous threads binding them to their old lives?   Buy The Bonds of Blood today and enter a dangerous world of magic!

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My Review 
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

"The Bonds of Blood" is an epic fantasy that takes you through the six realms that were separated after the death of the Goddess Atamaiti's two beloved children. We join Jovian, Joya, Angelica, and their teacher Grace on an adventure to rescue their missing sister Amber. What do these visions that Jovian and Angelica have mean? Will Joya come into her sorcery in time to help her twin sister? What are the secrets that Grace is keeping from them?

I was completely drawn in from the very beginning. I felt sad for Joya, feeling like she was all alone and not quite understanding what was happening to her. I found it interesting that Jovian and Angelica were having the same visions and quests, yet they are the "normal" one's. This book was exceptionally captivating.  The moment you begin reading you're immediately drawn into this richly described world.  The descriptions are so vivid that you can pictures each realm and character with your minds eye.  Thus far on our journey we've encountered Sprites, Fairies, a Golem, a Goddess, Sorcerers and many more creatures.  If you like dark fantasy novels, this is certainly a must read for you!
About the Author
Travis has been writing since he was 14.  He began writing a book called "The Calling of the Two" and while writing that on and off he started uncovering another idea.

"Yes, this is all well and good, but what about before? What happened in the world before these characters came into it?" He always knew there was a "before" and as he started wondering about it he got ideas. At first they were little ideas but as he discovered the names for his characters a whole story about them emerged.
Travis started working on The Revenant Wyrd Saga several years back and he is very happy he did because hearing and documenting Jovian and Angelica's story has been one wild ride for him.  He has also written the Infernal Design series.
 

He lives in a small town at the base of the Adirondack Mountains and hoofing around my neck of the woods gives him a ton of inspiration for his novels.   He loves research, and speculating on different ideas and theories.

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Interview with Author Lynn Hardy on Angels Believe in You



Angels and Demons
Q & A

Q: Lynn, your book, Angels Believe in You, appears to be quite open about a variety of topics, many of them quite personal. Did you have any reservations about disclosing so many sensitive details?

A: Releasing Angels Believe in You was one most challenging things I have done to date. Sharing personal details doesn’t really bother me. However, I had two very major concerns:
  1. My spiritual journey has always been a private matter. I share it with friends, usually after I get to know them. Many of the things I have gone through, many of my beliefs are so… different… from common everyday life that I was and am a little worried that people will see me as a mentally unstable weirdo.  
  2. I am the owner of a publishing company: Resilient Publishing. I didn’t want people to get the wrong idea about the company. It isn’t a Christian Publishing company. Don’t get me wrong – I love stories with a thread for God tucked inside, but that isn’t the main focus of the publishing company. Resilient Publishing works with books in all genres except Erotica.
Still, if anything I have gone through can help another person in a difficult situation, it is worth the risk.

Q: How long did it take you to write Angels Believe in You?

A: Once I decided to listen to God and try and do what He was telling me to do, I sat down and it just flowed out. I wrote 35,000 words in twelve days. Over the next two days I added a couple stories and filled in some details making the book almost 40,000.

Q: Wow, that was fast. Do you typically write that fast?

A: I wrote Prophecyof the Flame, both Book One & Book Two in one year – 183,000 words. Even for me, 40,000 in two weeks is a record. 

Q: Prophecy of the Flame, that was your first series, right? Wasn’t it a bestseller?

A: I had some small success with the Prophecy of the Flame series. It was a #1 Amazon Kindle Bestseller in two categories, Fantasy and General Fiction, in 2010. Book One is FREE on Kindle at the moment. ClickHere to get your FREE copy.

Q: Thanks for that! I look forward to seeing what your fiction is like! 

As I read Angels Believe in You, it seems you had quite an issue with demons/evil spirits in the beginning. Now that you have grown in knowledge and understanding, do these spirits still bother you? Do you still see demons?

A:  For a few years now, the only time I see demons is when travel to someplace new. The more authority you take over the spiritual realm, the more the enemy is aware of you. Take Paul (the guy who wrote much of the New Testament.) After he visited a town and cast out many demons from people, a traveling Jewish exorcists thought they would try it. When they said, “I cast you out by the Jesus that Paul preaches,” it didn’t work. 

The demon retorted, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” The possessed man reacted so violently that he tore off the close of the exorcist and chased them though town. (Acts 19: 10-17)

The demons assigned to you and commonly around you will learn that they can’t get anywhere with certain tricks if you continually take authority over them. When I travel to a new area, a hotel or a friend’s house, I have encountered demons.

The ones immediately around me are trying a new tactic.  Lately they have been attacking my loved ones. 

The Hardy Family Under Attack is one of the latest stories about this issue. You can find it on my blog or Tumblr. Click here to read that story.
  
Thank you Lynn for this awesome interview, it was great chatting with you!  

Angels Believe in you is now available at Amazon.

 

Angels Believe in You Book Review

Angels Believe in You Synopsis:

We all have a story that we feel is vital to pass along to others. Why wouldn’t we? Life is a unique experience. It is not the destination, but the journey that truly matters.

Over the last thirteen years, Kindle bestselling author Lynn Hardy has…

- Heard the voice of God
- Received two undeniable physical signs from God
- Seen angels and demons on thirteen separate occasions
- Been healed three times from serious and fully documented medical conditions

Have you ever wondered…

What do angels and demons look like?
How can angels help us?
What proof do we have that angels are among us?
What power do we have over demons?

Inside the pages of “Angels Believe in You” you will find some surprising answers.

Make no mistake; Lynn does not claim to be an expert on angels or demons. She is neither the epitome of Christian perfection, nor a Bible scholar. However, what happened to her is both astounding and irrefutable.

It is Lynn’s sincere hope that these extraordinary events that have changed her life will comfort and help you through whatever challenges you face — now or in the future.


My Review:

I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

"Angels Believe in You" is a true story of author Lynn Hardy's spiritual journey with God. There is so much we can glean from her experiences. One thing that stood out to me was when she said that even when we mess up or don't listen, God still keeps trying to reach us. The other is that no matter what, don't ever stop praying. God hears every single one, but sometimes the answer is not yet, or no I have something better in store for you. I believe every Christian will be inspired by this book as they see what happens when you trust God completely.
About the Author:

Led by a series of dreams and encouraged by friends, Lynn Hardy began the journey to become an author. She stored her work in a computer file labeled “second job.” Writing began as a passion she could not contain and has become much more than she ever expected.

In the Fall of 2010, Prophecy of the Flame – Book One, reached #1 on Amazon kindle, shortly after Book Two in the series released. In the spring of 2011, Lynn released the Full Cast unabridged audio book of Book One. Now both fans and newcomers can hear the book come to life as every character jumps of the page with their own unique voice.

The road has been longer and more complicated than she would have ever guessed –not always smooth, but filled with wonderful surprises. Like most stories, Lynn is sure that her journey has only just begun.  
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Friday, April 25, 2014

On Grace Book Review

Synopsis:
Grace May is actually excited about turning forty in a few months. Now that her boys are both in school and she has a stimulating new writing job, the next chapter in her life can finally begin. She can't wait to rediscover the intelligent woman buried under the layers of mother and wife. But when Grace suddenly loses her job and receives unexpected news, she stands to lose everything: her marriage, her best friend, and her sense of self. By her fortieth birthday party, Grace will realize who and what matter most. With laughter. With tears. With grace.
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My Review:

I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

Grace May is happily married and the mom of two boys, now she's about to embark upon her fortieth birthday. Not only that, but she's looking forward to some new changes in her life. Both of her children will finally be in school all day, which opens up her days allowing her to return into the work force. She's been looking forward to this and the perfect job falls into her lap. Within one week, not only does she lose the job before she even gets the chance to begin, her world begins to unravel and fall apart.

"On Grace" is a wonderful story about dealing with a crisis while finding one's self and path at the age of forty. Grace is an amazing character that every woman can connect with in some way. She teaches us about forging on, and forgiveness and not succumbing to everyone's expectations. This book had moments of laughter and moments of tears, as Grace rationalizes her family crisis and comes to terms with her situation. This is a great chick lit novel, one that is quite meaningful that every woman will enjoy.
About the Author:

Originally from Los Angeles, Susie Orman Schnall graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. Schnall has written for national and local publications about parenting and health. She lives in New York with her husband and their three young boys. ON GRACE is her debut novel.  
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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Raven's Breath Book Review


Synopsis: 


Raven can breathe life into you, or suck the life from you...the choice is yours! 

They say your life flashes before your eyes when you die. But what you didn't know...your last thoughts determine whether Raven becomes your Grim Reaper or your Saving Grace.
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My Review: 
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

Raven is the first ever female grim reaper.  Unlike the male version, she wears a skin fitted black leather uniform and has black wings.  Suddenly, many years later, there's a new female reaper in purgatory, her name is Holli.  She's the polar opposite of Raven, with long platinum blonde hair, white uniform and white wings.  Death's excuse is that she's there to assist Raven with the sudden influx of phenoms.  This makes Raven suspicious, and with the help of her best friend Garrett they begin to unravel a huge mystery.  Will Raven ever get over her jealousy of Holli?  Will Garrett and Raven uncover Death's sinister plot before it's too late?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  Raven is a strong female character that I absolutely loved.  She had so much love and compassion for humanity that you immediately connect with her.  I thought that the relationship between Raven and Garrett was awesome and I could easily see why Raven cared about him so much.  This was a great edge of your seat fantasy novel, I'm hoping there will be a book two, if there is, I can't wait!
About the Author:

Tish Thawer writes paranormal romances for all ages, including her new adult series The Rose Trilogy, and her adult paranormal romance, The Ovialell Series, as well as young adult short-stories. Her magickal elements and detailed world-building are a welcome constant in every novel.

Before becoming a writer she worked as a computer consultant, a photographer, and a graphic designer. She also operates a custom glass etching business, in addition to being a wife and mother of three wonderful children.


She's been a fan of the paranormal for as long as she can remember. Anything to do with superpowers, myth and magic has always held a special place in her heart.  From her first paranormal cartoon, Isis, to the phenomenon that is Twilight, this genre has always been a part of her life.


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