BOOK REVIEW | Newblood & The Ice Princess – Kimber Li

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Today I’m excited to be reviewing Newblood & The Ice Princess!


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Ophelia longs to be free, free of Diabetes, free to attend the college of her choice, free of her monstrous ex-boyfriend.

Gaining that freedom comes at a terrible cost, for Alaska isn’t called ‘the last great place to hide’ for nothing. Other than human renegades, an array of creatures hide among the blinding white snow. Bear-shifters. Vampires.

Elves of the Borean Realm.

Adrian’s the new guy in school. He faked his identity to get close to Ophelia, knowing the same monsters who took his sister would try to take her too. He knows better than to get too close, but he has no idea her exceptional senses make that effort futile.

Or that only she possesses the power needed to defeat the Newbloods and save her species from extinction.


Review:

I was really intrigued when I read the synopsis for Newblood & The Ice Princess. Renegades, shifters, vampires, elves…count me in! This is my first read from author Kimber Li, and I’m so glad I was able to read this one.

The characters are so well developed and relatable that I felt as if I knew them. The struggles are well conveyed and I was intrigued from start to finish.

I really enjoyed Kimber Li’s writing. I was transported into the story and the plot held my attention from start to end. I highly recommend checking this one out!

Rating:

4/5☆


Kimber Li bandaged her fingers and pounded out her first novel on a manual typewriter when she was eleven years old. In the years which followed, she decided she wanted a large family of her own. When the time came, she moved to Alaska to find someone tough enough for the job of building it with her. Pregnancy hormones kicked her imagination into overdrive and she began to pursue publication. Although she achieved ePublication years ago with three Young Adult stories and one Sweet Romance, she discovered Indie Pub was a lot more fun for her and never looked back. She now makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband of multiple decades, four children who are now taller than her and want a puppy, two spoiled rotten cats, and a bunch of chickens who are nothing but freeloading slackers.

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BOOK REVIEWS | Addict, The Fox, The Dog And The King, & LV48 – Matt Doyle

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Today, I’m really excited to be reviewing three books from the Cassie Tam Files series by Matt Doyle.


New Hopeland was built to be the centre of the technological age, but like everywhere else, it has its dark side. Assassins, drug dealers and crooked businessmen form a vital part of the city’s make-up, and sometimes, the police are in too deep themselves to be effective. But hey, there are always other options …

For P.I. Cassie Tam, business has been slow. So, when she’s hired to investigate the death of a local VR addict named Eddie Redwood, she thinks it’ll be easy money. All she has to do is prove to the deceased’s sister Lori that the local P.D. were right to call it an accidental overdose. The more she digs though, the more things don’t seem to sit right, and soon, Cassie finds herself knee deep in a murder investigation. But that’s just the start of her problems.

When the case forces Cassie to make contact with her drug dealing ex-girlfriend, Charlie Goldman, she’s left with a whole lot of long buried personal issues to deal with. Then there’s her client. Lori Redwood is a Tech Shifter, someone who uses a metal exoskeleton to roleplay as an animal. Cassie isn’t one to judge, but the Tech Shifting community has always left her a bit nervous. That wouldn’t be a problem if Lori wasn’t fast becoming the first person that she’s been genuinely attracted to since splitting with Charlie. Oh, and then there’s the small matter of the police wanting her to back off the case.

Easy money, huh? Yeah, right.

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Review:

Matt Doyle has penned a fabulous, fun and creative Sci-Fi thriller, murder mystery that had me glued to the book from start to finish. Addict is my first read from Matt Doyle and I am very happy I was able to read this series. It’s the first book in the Cassie Tam Files, and with a start like this, the series is bound to be fantastic.

Cassandra Tam, a.k.a. Caz, is a P.I., and she is absolutely kickass. She is quite the daredevil with her bold personality and I loved her. Bert, her sidekick, a metallic gargoyle A.I. is a protective friend. I loved his character!

As I said, this story had me glued to the pages. I read it in one sitting because of its fast-paced plot. The world building is marvelous, although slightly confusing at times, and the mystery was surprising.

I recommend this book for sure. Fans of Sci-Fi will be happy!

Rating:

4/5☆


New Hopeland City may have been built to be the centerpiece of the technological age, but some remnants of the old world still linger. The tools of the trade have changed, but the corruption remains the same, even in the criminal underworld …

When PI Cassie Tam and her girlfriend Lori try to make up for their recent busy schedules with a night out at the theatre to watch the Tech Shift performer Kitsune, the last thing they expected was for Cassie to get a job offer. But some people are never off the clock, and by the end of the evening, Cassie has been drawn into a mundane but highly paid missing pet case. Unfortunately, in New Hopeland City, even something as simple as little lost dog can lead you down some dark paths.

Until now, Cassie wasn’t aware that there even was a rabbit hole, let alone how far down it goes.

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Review:

Matt Doyle has done it again with The Fox. The Dog, And The King. It is not a standalone, you do need to read the first novel, but this stood on it’s own as far as a fabulous story. Another fast-paced plot with a mystery that had me reading this one in one sitting.

Once again, the world building is complex and well designed. A bit heavy handed on the descriptions, but I think the concept was well shown.

Caz is becoming an even more interesting character as she grows. I love when a main character grows from one book to the next, and shows no signs of stopping. She is a badass character and I love her.

I highly recommend this one, but read the first book before it!

Rating:

4/5☆


New Hopeland City may be the birthplace of Tech Shifter gear, but it isn’t the only place that likes to blend technology with folklore. Now, a new nightmare is stalking the streets…

When PI Cassie Tam is attacked on the way home one night, she expects the police to get involved. What she doesn’t expect is to be forced into acting as bait to lure out a lunatic in a tech-suit that’s literally out for blood. But past actions have consequences, and doing so may be the only way she can get a clean slate from the city’s law makers.

If only that didn’t mean having to face down a wannabe vampire.

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Review:

I am thoroughly impressed with the 3rd book in the Cassie Tam Files. LV48 was gripping, fast-paced and just as entertaining as the first two. This might be my favorite of the three.

I’m a huge fan of Matt Doyle’s writing. He has a really great talent in writing mystery in a Sci-Fi story. I was invested and surprised in the end.

There are a lot of characters, which could get confusing at times, but every one was very well developed. I love the characters that have shown up in each story, because they have all grown every book.

I highly recommend this one. It’s a fast-paced, sci-fi thriller with cool technology and interesting characters.

Rating:

4/5☆


Matt Doyle is a speculative fiction author from the UK and identifies as pansexual and genderfluid. Matt has spent a great deal of time chasing dreams, a habit which has led to success in a great number of fields. To date, this has included spending ten years as a professional wrestler, completing a range of cosplay projects, and publishing multiple works of fiction.

These days, Matt can be found working on multiple novels and stories, blogging about pop culture, and plotting and planning far too many projects.

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BOOK REVIEW | The Truth About Love and Dogs – Lilly Bartlet aka Michele Gorman

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Today I’m excited to be reviewing The Truth About Love and Dogs!


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Four little words, uttered by her husband…
‘Oh my god,’ he gasped into her shoulder. ‘Shannon!’
There’s just one problem: her name isn’t Shannon.

Rewind six months and Scarlett and Rufus aren’t in the honeymoon stage anymore so much as the honey-should-we-bother phase. Desperate to get their sparkle back, Scarlett has plotted, planned and waxed more than any woman should have to, but none of it is working. Which makes it very hard to start the family they want.

At least her business is going strong, even if her marriage isn’t. She and her best friend spend their days tangled up in dog leads and covered in fur. Scarlett/ is the fairy dogmother, training hopeless pets like compulsive eater Barkley, impulsive Romeo Murphy and bossy Biscuit. Meanwhile, her best friend walks the dogs and pines for the man who doesn’t know she exists. Thank goodness the women have each other.

If only Scarlett could work out how to get her marriage back on track. But Rufus isn’t sharing his feelings with her. He is, though, sharing with her best friend. Her best friend, Shannon.

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Review:

With a title like, The Truth About Love And Dogs, how could I resist this chic-lit/romance novel? This is my first book from Michele Gorman (pen-name Lilly Bartlett) and it most definitely won’t be my last! Her writing is beautiful, her characters are deep and realistic, and the plot was emotional and compelling.

I felt like I was part of the story and felt all the emotions the characters felt. I’ve been trying to read outside of my comfort zone and I am so glad I had the opportunity to read this one.

I highly recommend checking this one out. You won’t be disappointed!

Rating:

4/5☆


About the Covers:

How often do you pick up a book because of the cover? I do it all the time. It’s what makes me take the time to look at the description, read the first few paragraphs, and, if I like all that I see, decide to buy it.

So, is it any wonder that covers cause us authors so much angst? They might even make us more nervous than writing the book itself. That’s because writing is an evolutionary process. It takes months to do, plus there are many rounds of editing. But the cover is the instant, one-and-only first impression your book will make. It’s like getting ready for a first date with someone that you really really want to impress! You’ve only got one chance.

Every single author I know holds her breath when that email comes through from the publisher saying “Here’s the cover art and we hope you’ll love it as much as we do.”

So here it is: my one chance. These are the two covers we’ve chosen to make a first impression for The Truth About Love and Dogs. What do you think? They’re very different from one another, aren’t they? That’s because tastes in romcom covers in the UK are so different from preferences in the US.

I always ask my Facebook friends and newsletter followers for their feedback about my proposed covers, and the US readers mostly go for a photographic cover while UK readers love the illustrated ones. Does that hold true for you? Which do you like better?

Whichever cover grabs you most, I hope you’ll love the story inside!
Happy reading!
Lilly xo


Michele Gorman writes books packed with heart and humour, best friends and girl power. Call them beach books, summer reads, romantic comedy or chick lit… readers and reviewers call them “feel good”, “thought-provoking” and “laugh out loud”. She is both a Sunday Times and a USA Today bestselling author, raised in the US and living in London with her husband. She is very fond of naps, ice cream and Richard Curtis films.

Michele also writes cosy chick lit under the pen-name Lilly Bartlett. Lilly’s books are full of warmth, romance, quirky characters and guaranteed happily-ever-afters.

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BOOK REVIEW | Heir of Doom – Jina S. Bazzar

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I’m very excited to be able to review Heir of Doom, which is book two in the Roxanne Fosch Files by Jina S. Bazzar. I read and reviewed the first novel and the prequel, if you would like to take a look at that: The Curse & Heir of Ashes.


Roxanne Fosch has joined the Hunters.

She no longer has to run and hide, but other problems have surfaced. Her clan has other plans for her, and even the combined might of the hunters might not be able to save her.

To survive, Roxanne will have to choose between being labeled a traitor and cast out as a rogue – or join hands with the darker powers to save her life, and the lives of her friends.

To achieve her goals, she’ll have to risk her life. But can she control the powers she’s still learning to use, and fears so much?

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Review:

Jina Bazzar has done it again! Heir of Doom blew me away, and as much as I loved Heir of Ashes, this new installment of Roxanne’s journey has made it to my favorite reads of 2019!

This story picks up right after Heir of Ashes, and continues the same action-packed writing Jina Bazzar is now known for. The magic, the relationships, the plot twists! When you read this one, prepare yourself for an all nighter, because you’re not going to want to put it down.

This is one of those instances where I could go on and on about this novel, but I’m taking up your reading time. Go grab this book and let it prove to you just how fantastic it really is!

Rating:

5/5☆


I’m a freelance writer, a blogger, a mother, a baker, a chocolate fiend, a coffee enthusiast, and sometimes a poet. A wanderer in this vast world, I’m just another body with a passion for the written word. There is no boundary I can’t cross, no limit I can’t push; my mind is my passport, my thoughts my mode of transportation.

I was born and raised in a quiet, small town in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where I’ve had a happy and fulfilling childhood.

Like most writers out there, my love of books began at a young age. Unlike most authors out there, I never aspired to become one.

Soon after high school graduation I developed a chronic disease that caused gradual vision loss. I was blind at the age of twenty-three, and reading became one of many things I could no longer do.
That is, until I started working for an organization for women with disabilities and learned about screen readers. After I quit my job, I picked up reading with vengeance, but soon realized it was no longer enough, and so I started writing, this time with an aim to pursue a career. Heir of Ashes is my debut novel, a creation born from my love of anything fairy, of action-packed stories and a touch of romance. Besides fiction, I’ve written dozens of articles for Conscious Talk magazine, on topics of health, food, poetry and the writer’s life.

When I’m not writing or networking on social media, you can find me in the kitchen, listening to loud music while baking (often misshapen) goodies, or cooking favorite dishes.

My inspiration comes from most anything, a discussion, a friend, an animal or plant, events, memories, music, etc – in other words, from life itself.

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BOOK REVIEW | Death by Didgeridoo – Barbara Venkataraman

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I’m really excited to be reviewing Death by Didgeridoo by Barbara Venkataraman today!


Reluctant lawyer, Jamie Quinn, still reeling from the death of her mother, is pulled into a game of deception, jealousy, and vengeance when her cousin, Adam, is wrongfully accused of murder. It’s up to Jamie to find the real murderer before it’s too late. It doesn’t help that the victim is a former rock star with more enemies than friends, or that Adam confessed to a murder he didn’t commit.

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Review:

Death by Didgeridoo is a quick whodunit with an interesting and compelling protagonist and a fun mystery. It’s the first in a series that I think is off to promising start!

I enjoyed the first person POV of this story, letting us really get inside Jamie’s head. She’s a lawyer, which gives her a unique take on the world. I’m really looking forward to seeing her progress as a character in the series.

The mystery was well written with some red harrings left, so that I wasn’t exactly sure of the outcome. I am really impressed with Barbara Venkataraman’s writing and I am really looking forward to reading more from her!

Rating:

4/5☆


Barbara Venkataraman is an attorney and mediator specializing in family law and debt collection.

She is the author of the award-winning Jamie Quinn Cozy Mystery series, as well as “Teatime with Mrs. Grammar Person“, and three books of humorous essays: “I’m Not Talking about You, Of Course“; “A Trip to the Hardware Store & Other Calamities“; and “A Smidge of Crazy“, from her Quirky Essays for Quirky People series. Her books have won numerous awards including three-time winner of the “Indie Book of the Day” Award, First Place in the 2016 Chanticleer Murder & Mayhem Mystery Writing Competition, Honorable Mention in the Readers’ Favorite Contest for Non-Fiction Humor, and Finalist, 2017 Kindle Book Awards.

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BOOK REVIEW | The Garden of Stars – Samuel Canerday

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Today I am reviewing The Garden of Stars!


A young, unnamed narrator eschews a typical life of going to college and settling into a career and, after having a fight with his mother about this fact, decides to run away from his life. He escapes to the town of Mable Point, and here he decides to strike out anew and carve out a new path for himself. However, things quickly prove to not be as they seem in the town, where a beautiful, other-wordly place known as The Iris Gardens resides, and the narrator finds himself caught in the midst of strange visions, shadowy figures wandering the town, and multicolored lights that shine in the bay to the south east of the town. Along the way, he makes two friends, James and Gavin, and together, they must work to unravel the mystery of The Garden of Stars. A gripping tale of dangerous self-discovery, The Garden of Stars evokes the idea of a world ripe for exploration and growth, contrasted with the horror of loss and betrayal. Drawing inspiration from the works of H.P. Lovecraft, it is a tale of both human connections and the futility of understanding things far outside our comprehension.

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Review:

The Garden of Stars is hauntingly beautiful.  Samuel Canerday’s writing is wonderful and mesmerizing. I had a difficult time setting this one down and read it in one day. I was enchanted by the world and the mystery surrounding The Garden of Stars.

I loved the unnamed narrator. It was easy to put myself in the main character’s position, and it just made the story more relatable. I also enjoyed the two friends, James and Gavin, both having a key role to play.

This is one of those stories yu just need to read. The themes of self-discovery and growth are strong, and the writing is poetic. I am a fan of Samuel Canerday and I look forward to reading more from him in the future.

Rating:

4/5☆


Samuel Canerday grew up in the state of Colorado, and will forever remember the sight of the Rocky Mountains looming miles to the west. He started writing from an early age, and his fascination with mythology led to a fondness for verse from reading Homeric epics. After relocating to the south-east US, he continued his creative endeavors and developed an ardent passion for the genre of horror, finding inspiration in the works of H.P. Lovecraft, Robert W. Chambers, and Edgar Allen Poe. He now seeks to blend the broad, metaphorical concepts of mythology with the subtle nature of horror, linking the most innate nature of mankind with the shadows that are often regarded by humans as bestial and dark.

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RELEASE BLITZ (W/Review) | Frozen In Flames – Brandy L. Rivers

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Happy Release Day to Brandy L. Rivers! I’m reviewing Frozen in Flames on this blitz, so check it out!


Title: Frozen in Flames
Author: Brandy L. Rivers
Genre: Adult PNR
Publication Date: January 7th, 2019
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Words can freeze or burn, as well as mend.

Ready to give up on love, Lonny stuck around to ensure Lana’s safety at the request of an old friend. But every day is a painful reminder she doesn’t want to love a Fae.

The words of her father left Lana doubting herself.  Finally free of his opinion, she realizes she wants Lonny in her life. But someone will stop at nothing to claim her for his own agenda.

A series of attacks turns the tables. Now it’s her turn to chase Lonny while uncovering secrets buried in her past. As they grow closer, she learns who she is and how wrong she was, but the threat hasn’t ended.

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Review:

What a cool story! I do wish I had read the other books in the series, and since I enjoyed this one so much, I think I will. This was a very thrilling paranormal romance that had me on the edge of my seat.

I really loved the romance between Lonny and Lana. It was an emotional rollercoaster, that tugged at my heart strings a few times. However, when their relationship takes off, whew! It’s a sizzling, passionate romance, and I haven’t read such a compelling relationship in quite a while. The author knew what she was doing when she wrote these two.

A fast paced plot, secrets, danger, romance – really, what more could you want in a book? I really am looking forward to reading the rest of the series. My TBR just got a little longer. I highly recommend checking this out!

Rating:
4/5☆

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Brandy L Rivers is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She is kept busy writing the Others of Seattle, Others of Edenton, Combustible, and the Pine Barrens Pack series.

An avid reader, Brandy has always loved writing. She became serious about it as a stay-at-home-mother. With every story her world of characters expands, pulling her new directions.

Living in rainy Western Washington with her husband and three kids, Brandy is already working on future stories in each of the series, and several other projects.

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BOOK REVIEW | Aggravated Momentum- Didi Oviatt

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Today I’m reviewing Aggravated Momentum!


Not everything is as it seems in what appears to be an average family. When danger lurks so close to home, skeletons emerge, and the darkest of secrets surface, causing twisted desires to become reality. Aggravated Momentum offers the perspective of some very diverse and unique characters, including fun, witty personalities to fall in love with, along with an intellectual killer to die for. You may be surprised as to whom exactly you can relate. Is it the cold, calculated murderer, who’s name is yet to be revealed? Markie or Kam, the independent sisters, guilty of nothing more than getting tangled with the wrong people at the most inopportune times? Or, the cowardly snake curled in a hidden corner? Who are you, exactly? And, more importantly, who are they? The deeper you dig into the psyche of another, the more breath taking are the secrets you will find.


Review:

Aggravated Momentum is definitely my kind of story. Suspenseful thrillers will always have a place in my heart and Didi Oviatt has written a really awesome one!

I absolutely loved the character building in this story. Didi Oviatt is clearly talented when creating characters who are intriguing and realistic. I loved how the situations they were put in revealed more about their personailites. I’m a sucker for books with fantastic characters, and this is probably why I loved Aggravated Momentum so much.

The twists and turns are pretty much endless in this story. There are lots of surprises I didn’t see coming, and that is what I’m looking for when I read a novel like this. I highly recommend checking this one out!

Rating:

4/5☆


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Didi Oviatt is an intuitive soul. She’s a wife and mother first, with one son and one daughter. Her thirst to write was developed at an early age, and she never looked back. After digging down deep and getting in touch with her literary self, she’s writing mystery/thrillers like Search For Maylee, Aggravated Momentum, The Stix, and New Age Lamians. Along with a six- piece short story collection called the Time Wasters. She’s also collaborated with Kim Knight in an ongoing interactive short story anthology The Suspenseful Collection. When Didi doesn’t have her nose buried in a book, she can found enjoying a laid back outdoorsy life. Time spent sleeping under the stars, hiking, fishing, and ATVing the back roads of beautiful mountain trails. Sun-bathing in the desert heat, along with watching the relaxing dance of a campfire plays an important part of her day to day lifestyle.

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BOOK REVIEW | Ghost Owl – Nancy Schoellkopf

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Today I’m reviewing Ghost Owl by Nancy Schoellkopf.


Ghost Owl: Sacred Path into Darkness
By Nancy Schoellkopf
Genre: Magic Realism, Visionary Fiction

Twenty-year-old college student Mariah Easter is missing. Her mother and half-brother are frantically searching for her. Her best friend Rafa is poring through her private journals, seeking clues to her whereabouts. But Mariah is unaware of their concern. Blind to any danger, she has slipped into a world where darkness is as bright as noon—but for her eyes only. Embarking on a deep spiritual journey into shadows, she begins peering into the unlit spaces normally hidden from view, leading her to confront the sinister nature of power, the vulnerability of the ill, and the secret life of a homeless man: a winding path that will bring healing to herself and the man she loves.

Ghost Owl is a spiritual story of discovery that follows a young woman as she explores
the limits of her potential and confronts her own shadow.


Review:

Ghost Owl was a different read for me. I generally stick with fantasy novels, and this was more of a magical realism novel. I also learned later, this is the third book in a series. It can definitely be read as a standalone. I had no issues getting to know the characters and understanding the story.

Most of the chapters are journal enteris from our main character, Mariah, and narrated from first person POV. The rest are from third person POV of the other characters. I think Nancy Schoellkopf did an amazing job keeping this crisp and clean, as the story flowed fluidly through the chapters. Switching POVs can be tricky, but the author clearly knew what she was doing.

The concept of Ghost Owl was something that took me a bit to latch on to. I understood what was going on, but I think I was too aware I was reading. However, I did enjoy the magical aspects and alternate dimensions. It was an interesting take on how different decisions have different outcomes.

Overall, I enjoyed Ghost Owl once I got into it. I do recommend checking this one out if magical realism is your go to. I would like to read the first two books in the series to get more out of the story.

Rating:

4/5☆


Nancy Schoellkopf is a California poet and novelist who writes stories with spiritual themes. She is the author of the Avian Series of Novels–Yellow-Billed Magpie, Red-Tailed Hawk, and Ghost Owl—as well as the short story collection, Rover. In her books she has created a universe where each soul–orphaned, homeless, autistic, wounded, ill, young, old, rich, poor, unremarkable, ageless–is discovered as a luminous gift. She invites the reader to ponder the extraordinary treasures hidden in the ordinary events of daily life.

Based in Sacramento, Nancy spent over 30 years teaching amazing children in Special Education classes in urban school districts. A full-time writer now, she enjoys lavishing attention on her cats, her garden, and her intriguing circle of family and friends.

You may reach her at her website, Wild Imaginings: a Spiritual Journey at www.nancyschoellkopf.com

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BOOK REVIEW & INTERVIEW | Snowday – B.R. Maycock

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Today, I’m reviewing Snowday by Bernadette Maycock! Bernadette was also awesome enough to answer some questions for us!


Sometimes hot cocoa just isn’t enough to keep you warm in the snow…
Eloise is too busy juggling the chaos of three kids, an ever present ex-husband and a demanding boss to even remember the last time dating crossed her mind.

But as soft snow falls silently all around, romance twinkles with the flakes.

After being single for so long, Eloise suddenly has a lot of choices. Too many choices. Will anyone be worthy of melting the guard around her heart to let love in?

A fun-filled, festive read for fans of Christie Barlow, Fiona Gibson and Colleen Coleman.

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Review:

I had a difficult time setting down Snowday once I started reading.

I loved the characters in this book. B.R. Maycock has crafted relatable and engaging characters. Elise’s life is not perfect, but her journey in Snowday is so relatable you feel as though you are her.

There were lots of laughs and romance in this one. It makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside, which is exactly what you would expect from a book like this. I recommend checking it out!

Rating:

4/5☆


Interview with Bernadette Maycock

What was the inspiration behind Snowday?

Snowday actually started with the main character Eloise, a warm, positive, strong character that pushes on through the mundanity and lunancy of everday life trying not to be dragged down.

How long did it take you to write Snowday?

It was started last Christmas then put on the back burner due to both blogging (I review books) and another book I was working on. I had always wanted to write a Christmas book and when the snow came to Ireland and stayed for four months (never happens here!) I figured someone somewhere was telling me to get my you-know-what in gear! So in total ten months.

What is your favorite part of the writing process? Least favorite?

I have a love-hate relationship with all parts. I love the planning, where you’ve so many ideas and possibility is all around, I love when you’re in the depths of a story and all is flowing, I love when you find solutions to road blocks and when you’re editing and your work is beginning to resemble something you think you’d enjoy reading and I love the extreme fine tuning at the end. I also hate each of these parts when they’re not going to plan!!!

Is writing a hobby or a career for you?

I hope for it to be a career (so much I can’t even tell you!) . I really really want to earns a living from my books and to have a collection people can go to to pick a book for when they’re in a certain humour, or at different stages of their life.

What do you do when you’re feeling uninspired?

I play with the kids and try to forget it all or I listen to music or watch comedy. Comedy inspires me!

Who is your biggest supporter?

My husband is my biggest supporter and hindrance in equal measures. He tells me I’m inspiring and gives me motivational talks that most Ted Talk people would laud, and then other times he says ‘so I’m sitting on my own again tonight I guess?’ (Cue puppy dog eyes;)) My mum too, she’s the only person in the world who regularly asks me how the writing is going!

What is something unique your readers might not know about you?

I once did a paraglide. I’m pretty proud of that! I can still picture my dad sitting in the jeep with both me and the group running the paraglide. We were in Spain and I was 16 and we went up this old dirt track and my dad was hanging on for dear life. Afterwards he told me he was sure we were all going to die before we even got up to the mountain!

You’re a new addition to a crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Yellow. Yellow’s always a game changer

Are you working on another book? Can you give us a hint as to what it will contain or when it will be available?

So I’m working on two at the moment. I have one I’m hoping to get a book deal with that I might self publish this year if I’m not successful, it’s a series about a girl who decides to brighten up her town with a lotto win, not realising the locals have other plans for the cash. The other is a comedy that is actually the second of the Riverside books (Snowday was the first) and it’s called ‘The Day The Lights Went out’ and it’s about a mother who realises her marriage isn’t as strong as she thought it was. I’m hoping fr that to be out this year too.

Do you have any advice for new writers?

Before you start writing choose some words that describe what you want your writing to be. Always re-read with this/ these words in mind. (Mine are sparkling and funny, and when I feel I’m losing either I take a break and re-work)

Also write a one page synopsis that briefly outlines your story so you know where you’re headed and interview your characters (you’ll find some good sample interviews online) so you know everything about them before you start.

Well, Jessica, thanks so much for having me, it was an absolute pleasure to be over!

— Thanks for being here!!! ❤


When Bernadette Maycock isn’t dreaming up vibrant leads for romantic comedies, she’s ingesting books for her blog, in particular chick lit (her first love!) books, romantic comedies and thrillers. She can also be found playing footie or watching Marvel, DC or Star Wars movies and cartoons in Co. Westmeath, Ireland with her brilliantly out there husband, Keith, and their four epic little men.

Her debut ‘It Started With A Snub’ and Christmas romantic comedy ‘Snowday’ are available now on Amazon, and Bernadette is currently working on a three part series about AbbeyGlen Village, whose luck is about to change …

She has one goal and that’s simply to make readers smile and/ or laugh (a splutter rates highest;)).

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