New Release: As Told by Isolde, A Mythic Maidens Novella (Mythic Maidens #5)

My new novella is now available! Cover art by Dragonpen Press Designs “‘Tristan and Isolde’? More like stuff and nonsense…" At age eighteen, Isolde of Ayrland is expected to master the healing arts and uphold her mother’s legacy as a healer, but she’s nowhere near ready for the undertaking. Though her mother’s always urging her … Continue reading New Release: As Told by Isolde, A Mythic Maidens Novella (Mythic Maidens #5)

Book Review: The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender

Title: The Dead Girls of Hysteria HallAuthor: Katie AlenderGenre: YA Horror/SuspensePage Count: 336 pagesPublisher: Scholastic PointRelease Date: August 30, 2016 Publisher’s Summary: Delia's new house isn't just a house. Long ago, it was the Piven Institute for the Care and Correction of Troubled Females -- an insane asylum nicknamed "Hysteria Hall." However, many of the inmates were not insane, just defiant … Continue reading Book Review: The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender

Book Review: The Syrena Legacy Series (Books #1-3: Of Poseidon, Of Triton & Of Neptune) by Anna Banks

Title: Of Poseidon, Of Triton, Of NeptuneSeries: The Syrena LegacyAuthor: Anna BanksGenre: Teen Paranormal RomancePublisher: Feiwel & Friends (Macmillan)Release Date: Book 1: May 22, 2012My Thoughts: The Syrena Legacy is a 3-book series by Anna Banks consisting of the titles: Of Poseidon (Book 1), Of Triton (Book 2), and Of Neptune (Book 3). It is, … Continue reading Book Review: The Syrena Legacy Series (Books #1-3: Of Poseidon, Of Triton & Of Neptune) by Anna Banks

Book Review: The Rose Legacy (Book #1) by Jessica Day George

Title: The Rose LegacyAuthor: Jessica Day GeorgeSeries: Rose Legacy: Book 1Page Count: 288 pagesGenre: MG FantasyPublisher: Bloomsbury Children’s BooksRelease Date: May 1, 2018 Publisher’s Summary: When orphaned Anthea Cross-Thornley receives a letter from a long-lost uncle, she wonders if she will finally find a true home. But she is shocked to learn that her uncle … Continue reading Book Review: The Rose Legacy (Book #1) by Jessica Day George

Meet the (Other) Hero: Raul

Meet Raul Photography by Giulia Pugliese. Courtesy of Unsplash. Full Name: Raul Petigya Featured in: The Emperor’s Daughters: Jordinia, Book 5 by C.K. Brooke From: Halai, Heppestoni Status: Former foot soldier, builder. Distinguishing characteristics: Dark skin tone, warm eyes, sharp-witted. Motivations: Homeland, service, and helping others. Raul’s Story: Once a foot soldier lost in the … Continue reading Meet the (Other) Hero: Raul

Meet the (Other) Heroine: Johanna

Meet Johanna Photo by Tiko Giorgadze. Courtesy of Unsplash. Full Name: Johanna Cosmith Featured in: The Duchess’s Descendants by C.K. Brooke From: Rhys, Jordinia Status: Daughter of the late Duke and Duchess of Jordinia Distinguishing characteristics: Wild curly hair; flirtatious. Perhaps a bit too experienced with gentlemen… Motivations: Johanna is carrying an unexpected surprise and she … Continue reading Meet the (Other) Heroine: Johanna

Meet the Hero: Prime Minister Rhoades

 Meet Prime Minister Rhoades Photo by Clem Onojeghuo. Courtesy of Unsplash. Full Name: Prime Minister Nathaniel Rhoades Featured in: The Golden Dove by C.K. Brooke From: The Kingdom of Dorsett Status: Prime Minister of Dorsett Distinguishing characteristics: Tall, slender, thin mustache. Prefers books to crowds.Motivations: His love of history and facts propels the young prime minister … Continue reading Meet the Hero: Prime Minister Rhoades

Meet the Hero: Archer

Meet Archer Full Name: Archer CrossFeatured in: Fool Moon by C.K. Brooke From: Cree Status: Self-proclaimed highwayman hunter Distinguishing characteristics: Brown hair, goatee. Carries a bow & arrow and rides a golden horse called Sunbeam. Motivations: Ridding the roads of highwaymen, protecting the innocent, restoring justice his way and making a living in the process. … Continue reading Meet the Hero: Archer

Meet the Hero: Lancelot

Meet Lance Full Name: Lancelot "Lance" Dulac Featured in: I, Guinevere by C.K. Brooke From: Dulac’s Farm, Camylot, Isle of the Bryttons Status: Farmer’s son, swordsman hobbyist Distinguishing characteristics: Young and handsome. Brown hair and amber-gold eyes. Skilled and promising swordsman. Motivations: Lance has long dreamed of wielding his beloved sword, Secace, in the queen’s … Continue reading Meet the Hero: Lancelot

Meet the Hero: Orion

Meet Orion Full Name: Orion, Son of Poseidon Featured in: Secrets of Artemis by C.K. Brooke From: Ancient Greece Status: Hunter god Distinguishing characteristics: Orion, the god, is best described as a gentle giant. He is tall and muscular, has a dog named Scorch, and can walk on water. He's often rumored to be hunting … Continue reading Meet the Hero: Orion

Meet the Hero: Geo

Meet Geo Full Name: Georome Straussen Featured in: The Wrong Prince by C.K. Brooke From: Tybiria, East Halvea, World of Jordinia. Status: The younger Prince of Tybiria Distinguishing characteristics: Raven hair, athletic, courageous. Can be reckless but for noble causes. Motivations: Loyalty and family. Will do anything for his brother. Geo’s Story:Although the two couldn’t … Continue reading Meet the Hero: Geo

Meet the Hero: Jon

Meet Jon Photo by Craig Whitehead. Courtesy of Unsplash. Full Name: Jonwal Harrington Cosmith Featured in: The Duchess Quest, The Duchess Inheritance, and The Duchess Revival by C.K. Brooke From: Pierma, Jordinia Status: AWOL Intelligence Agent (Ex-Spy) for the New Republic. Petty thief. Distinguishing characteristics: Good-looking, robust, tousled brown hair, deep brown eyes. Usually sports … Continue reading Meet the Hero: Jon

Meet the Heroine: Lori

Meet Lori Photo by Karoline Soares. Courtesy of Unsplash. Full Name: Lorileen Masters Featured in: Fool Moon by C.K. Brooke From: Cree Status: Daughter of an orchardist Distinguishing characteristics: Long dark hair that she wears in a braid. Was cursed by a wicked witch and now sees ghostly shades. Motivations: A normal life. Freedom from … Continue reading Meet the Heroine: Lori

Book Review: Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl #1) by Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl (Viking Press, 2001) by Eoin Colfer is the first in an eight-book children's science fiction series. Born in Ireland, Artemis Fowl is a twelve-year-old boy genius. With the muscle of his manservant, a trained killer called Butler, young Artemis is the criminal mastermind behind innumerable schemes to regain the Fowl family fortune. When … Continue reading Book Review: Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl #1) by Eoin Colfer

Meet the Narrator: Mary Lehnert

Mary Lehnert is the narrator of The Golden Dove audio book. Today we'll learn a little more about her. Thanks, Mary! Born and educated in North Yorkshire, England, Mary now is an American citizen having traveled worldwide with her husband's job in the oil industry. She loved romance in her youth, living vicariously through all … Continue reading Meet the Narrator: Mary Lehnert

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne & John Tiffany

I struggled long and hard whether to write a review of this...well, I can't quite call it a book. It is part of the canon of a major literary franchise I've been following for the last 20 years, and I did read it, but I have a pretty strict anti-book-bashing rule on this blog. As … Continue reading Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne & John Tiffany

Editor’s Review: Cursed: The Hunter Inside, Part 1 by Casey M. Millette

*I was the editor of this novel for The Parliament House Press. Cursed: The Hunter Inside, Part 1 (The Parliament House Press, 2018) by Casey M. Millette is my favorite debut epic fantasy novel to date. I am not saying that because I happened to be the editor of this fantastic novel. Nor am I saying … Continue reading Editor’s Review: Cursed: The Hunter Inside, Part 1 by Casey M. Millette

Book Review: The Guard: A Selection Novella by Kiera Cass

The Guard: A Selection Novella (HarperTeen, 2014) is a companion novella to The Selection series by Kiera Cass. The Guard is told from the point of view of Aspen, America's first love, who is eventually enlisted as a guard at the palace in the original series. *Spoilers Ahead If You Haven't Read The One* I … Continue reading Book Review: The Guard: A Selection Novella by Kiera Cass

Book Review: The Prince: A Selection Novella by Kiera Cass

"Was I so mysterious? Perhaps I was. I'd mastered smiles and half truths. But I certainly didn't want to appear that way." The Prince: A Selection Novella (HarperTeen, 2013) by Kiera Cass is a mini-novel retelling the first days of The Selection from Prince Maxon's point of view. I was surprised to see how much … Continue reading Book Review: The Prince: A Selection Novella by Kiera Cass

Book Review: The Queen: A Selection Novella by Kiera Cass

"In that instant I wanted him, the crown - every last piece of this - like nothing before." The Queen: A Selection Novella (HarperTeen, 2014) by Kiera Cass is a short prequel to The Selection series. Although it's a prequel, it's best to have read the original trilogy, consisting of The Selection, The Elite, and The … Continue reading Book Review: The Queen: A Selection Novella by Kiera Cass

Book Review: Haunting the Deep by Adriana Mather

"'Someone or multiple someones are intentionally rewriting history,' Alice says.  'And keeping the Titanic stuck in time before its sinking,' Susannah says." - p. 249 Haunting the Deep (Knopf, 2017) is the sequel to How to Hang a Witch by #1 NYT bestselling YA author, Adriana Mather. In Mather's second YA paranormal thriller, we pick … Continue reading Book Review: Haunting the Deep by Adriana Mather

DNF: RoseBlood by A.G. Howard

*DNF at 40% RoseBlood by A.G. Howard (Amulet Books, 2017) is a YA urban fantasy novel inspired by Gaston Lereux's classic novel and the opera of the same name, The Phantom of the Opera. I enjoyed the author's debut, the Alice in Wonderland retelling entitled Splintered, even though at times the second through third acts became overwritten. … Continue reading DNF: RoseBlood by A.G. Howard

Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

This YA book was not what I was expecting! At least not when it started. I'd seen it on shelves for years, but I think I was expecting a haunted orphanage, third-person sort of fairy tale. When I began reading, I wasn't prepared for as lovably flawed of a narrator as Jacob Portman, a wealthy … Continue reading Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Book Review: Atlantia by Ally Condie

Atlantia (2014) is a standalone YA dystopian fantasy by Ally Condie. I selected this book based on my fondness for mermaid- and oceanic-themed stories, and because I thoroughly enjoyed Condie's debut, Matched, back when my son was born. While the rest of the Matched series didn't hold me, I've still kept an eye out for Condie's … Continue reading Book Review: Atlantia by Ally Condie