Sunday, February 28, 2021

She Hunts In Shadow (A Season of Angels Novella)

 


Alright y'all, I was fortunate enough to also receive this one from Christopher Stanfield himself when he sent over book one of the series. This one was super short, but definitely needs to be read after The Girl in the Storm, because it is set five months later. I finished it in one sitting, and started it right after I finished book one. Since this is the next book I knew going in what to expect, but I wanted more despite knowing it was a novella. This one definitely has me ready for book three in the series! THANK YOU CHRISTOPHER STANFIELD!!!


SYNOPSIS

What comes after the Storm? The Hunt.

Genevieve’s simple life has been undone. In the wake of her fateful choice, one thing remains clear: Lucifer Morningstar must be stopped and Hell ripped beyond his reach. But to do so she’ll need a soul who knows the fetid hellscape. A Demon must be sent. A Demon she can trust. All she has to do, is find him.

There are mysteries to unravel, secrets to confront and allies in the strangest places. She knows what must be done, even if it means trusting a red-haired Demon with a sharp tongue and an annoying habit of killing first and asking questions later.

It’s a daring gamble, but with Lucifer scheming in the shadows, it may be the only play she has to make. The War for Souls will soon commence, but before it does, the hunt begins.

The Girl in the Storm (A Season of Angels Book One)

 


Alright y'all, I was lucky enough to be sent an ebook copy of this book from Christopher Stanfield himself after we connected in the Facebook group Dystopian Ink. I didn't know what to expect exactly, but I was still ready to dive into a new world. Christopher introduces a world that has Angels, the Devil, and a teenager who is still trying to get her PTSD under control from a school shooting. (No it's not like "Supernatural".) It is a good paced, and kind of quick read. I finished it in about two days once I was able to focus my full attention on it, and when my tablet wasn't dead lol. There are multiple POVs, but it never got confusing and was definitely necessary to understand everything going on. I will definitely be starting book two almost immediately, because I am not ready to let go of this world just yet. THANK YOU CHRISTOPHER STANFIELD FOR THE EBOOK COPY!!

SYNOPSIS

Seventeen-year old Genevieve Reidell loves to paint, and values her closest friends above all, but when a gunman terrorizes her high school, her near-reckless bravery sets her on a path that will change the entire course of her life. Her best friend is shot and dying but when Genevieve holds her, the bleeding stops and the wounds close. But when she tries to save another friend, she can’t. Overcome with guilt Genevieve struggles to understand.

But when a stranger arrives at her home with a mysterious book and an ominous warning, she learns about her destiny. Angels have protected her, but the time has come to unravel the mysteries that have haunted her for years. Genevieve must learn to harness and control her gifts and accept that whatever she does might not be enough. The Devil must be stopped, and Genevieve is ready to walk into the storm. She’s cheated death before, but can she save herself again without losing those she loves?


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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Stolen Time (Tense of Mind Series Prequel)

 


Alright y'all, this is another one of those that the author sent me an ebook version, and I am just now getting to reviewing it. I know that is awful of me, but it happens. I will admit that this is one is worse because it is less than 200 pages. I am already kicking myself, so please don't add to it. I am sorry Angela Rae Harris, and thank you so much for sending it to me! 

Okay, so this book was a super fun, action filled, short read about shapeshifters, and a woman trying to regain her independence. There is a little bit of mafia feel to it with all the secrets, but it's not overbearing. I enjoyed every page to the point that I couldn't put it down, and will be getting the next book ASAP!


SYNOPSIS

Tragedy has made Keaira wise beyond her twenty years. Forced to work for the General, a commanding man who blackmailed his way into her life, she was ordered to study self-defense and master knife throwing. In the hidden community of Shifters, falcons are considered weak, a fact which may ultimately save her life. To escape his cruelty, she will need to callupon her quick-witted falcon side, but the General has other plans – ones which involve his only son, Carson.When unexpected feelings form between Keaira and Carson, the Genera quickly moves his pieces into place, launching his quest to take over the world. If she wants to survive, Keaira must stay one step ahead in the General’s deadly game and discover his weaknesses. Even if it means risking her life and the lives of those she cares about most.With war on the horizon, sides are being drawn. Deadly secrets must be exposed. Time is running out for Keaira and all of mankind.


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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Somewhere in Time (Book Three in Charlotte & Wyatt's Story)

 


Alright y'all, I bought this one before I started books one and two, and I am so glad that I did! YOU HAVE TO READ BOOKS ONE AND TWO FIRST!!! This one picks up right where Snowfall left off, and I wasn't completely sure where it was going to go. I definitely cried a few times, especially when a bomb gets dropped involving Rose. There are definitely some moments in there where I wanted to just pluck Wyatt and Charlotte in the forehead, but that happens to the best of us right? Lol. The last like 15 pages are a little hard, and I must give the warning of violence, attempted rape, and death. The ending was an WTF moment, but the last two pages are so satisfying that I wouldn't be mad if this was really the end of the story. I may have bought this one myself, but I am still going to say thank you to Katie J. Douglas for creating this world, and introducing me to it by sending me book two last year. Also I'm sorry Katie it took me so long!!!! I am kicking myself I promise!

SYNOPSIS

Book three of the Somewhere in Time series continues the saga of Wyatt and Charlotte, who find themselves back in Arizona after so much time apart.

Their lives are seemingly on a collision course, soul lessons and events beyond their control bringing them back into each others’ worlds.

Under the Arizona sky where they first met and with the guidance of Rose, all questions will be answered. Will there be a chance for Wyatt and Charlotte to be together, or has too much time passed between them?


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Author Interview with Lizzie Page


Alright y'all, I reached out to Lizzie Page after I was sent her book When I Was Yours by Forever Pub. (I am currently reading it, but that's how this works sometimes lol.) I was intrigued by the synopsis, so I took the chance and reached out about an interview. You can probably guess that I was completely shocked when she agreed! I am so excited to share with y'all her answers to my questions, so let's dive in shall we?
 

Q: What is your name and where do you live? 
A: Hello, I’m Lizzie Page, and I live in a sea-side town about 40 miles from London, UK.  
 

Q: Are you an Indie Author or do you work with a publishing company?  
A: My books are published by Bookouture, a digital first/print on demand publishing and Forever Publishing, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing, in the USA.   
 
Q: If you do work with a publishing company, which one and for how long? 
A: I’ve been with Bookouture since I signed in...hmmm...August 2017? Ok, just over 3 years.  
 
Q: What genre(s) do you write? 
A: I write historical fiction. ‘When I Was Yours’ came out as a paperback in the US on 1st December and is about a lonely woman who, after she becomes host-mother to an evacuated child in WW2, re-thinks her past and learns that she might still have a brighter future.   
The Wartime Nanny’ came out in September and is about a young Austrian woman who goes to London in 1936 to work as a nanny. She then struggles to get her family out from under the Nazi occupation. Just who can she trust?  
I guess I am interested in women who have to overcome obstacles!  
 

Q: What made you want to become a writer in the first place? 
A: I’ve always wanted to write. Writing is my happy place. I love selecting words, dreaming up characters, making life difficult for them! I work out a lot of things when I’m writing.  
 

Q: Do you work a regular job in between books? 
A: I teach writing to adults once a week and I love it. The rest of my time is spent mostly writing or doing family stuff.   
 

Q: How many books have you published? 
A: Five. Wah. Yup, I’m working on my 6th right now.  
 

Q: How many books do you have in the works right now? 
A: This one is, fingers crossed, part of a series of three. I also have some other ideas that I have to bat away for lack of time.  
 

Q: What was your hardest scene to write so far? 
A: They’re all hard 😉 Actually, I like the big scenes, the conflicts, the climaxes, the incidents, its the in-betweeny/information-giving bits that I find harder.  
 
Q: How many books do you have that are not being currently worked on, but are half-written or complete but unpublished? 
A: We don’t talk about that. 😊  
 

Q: Do you have a series developing? 
A: The next one its set in the late 1940’s, so post world war 2, a young woman finds herself working in a children’s home in England.  
 

Q: Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book? 
A: I do like books to stand on their own, but there will be (hopefully) satisfying connections and continuations too.  
 

Q: What is your next book that is set to be published and when is the release day? 
A: It doesn’t have a title, cover or release date yet. Sometime in 2021, I’ll let you know! I’m on 70,000 words – so I need about 15,000 more! Help.  
 

Q: How long did it take you to write it? 
A: Its taking ages. Covid/home-schooling and general inability to settle down at the PC has slowed me down this year.  
 

Q: What did you do when your characters stop talking (writer’s block) to you during the process? 
A: I don’t get it too badly – I'll watch great TV, films, read or walk the dog.  
 

Q: What routine do you have when you sit down to write a book? 
A: I’d like to say I get stuck in, but...the lure of social media is strong, so I mess about on that first. Then I’ll get a coffee and start from the beginning. Every time.  
 

Q: Do you write it all out in long sittings or short ones (sprints)? 
A: Shortish sprints. I haven’t the concentration or the life-style for very long sittings, sadly. (I can totally relate to that lol.)  
 
Q: Do you get exhausted or energized during writing sessions? 
A: Hmm. Neither really, I just do it. 😊  
 
Q: Where do you get your ideas for your books? 
A: Everywhere and everything. I might hear of something or someone, and I’ll wonder what happened here, or what if this happened instead, or what if someone did this? Just idle speculation really. Or a conversation with friends. Or an overheard snippet. Or a picture, or a photograph...  
 
Q: Is there another author you look up to or strive to be as successful as? 
A: So many. The author who got me into writing historical fiction in particular though was Paula Mcclain. Her book, ‘The Paris Wife’ dazzled me – I loved what she did and yup, if anyone I aspire to write like her. I also love Sarah Waters, Curtis Sittenfeld and Sebastian Faulkes. Melissa Banks’s The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing will always be a favourite of mine.  
 
Q: Are you a reader yourself?  
A: Very much – I read most nights on kindle or paperback.  
 

Q: If so, are you a beta or ARC reader for anyone else? (You don’t have to name for who if you do not wish to.) 
A: Sometimes, if someone requests it. I’m about to read: The Spanish Girl by Jules Hayes.  
 

Q: Do you like to read the same genre(s) you write? 
A: If I’m in the middle of writing, I try to avoid my own genre of historical fiction. I worry about subliminally copying! So then I read more contemporary books. However, when I’m at the later stages, I tend to go back to historical fiction again.  
 

Q: Do you have a favorite book or a book that stands out the most? 
A: Hmm, recently I’ve enjoyed ‘Summer of 69’ by Elin Hilderbrand, ‘The Jane Austen Society’ by Natalie Jenner, ‘Transcription’ by Kate Atkinson, ‘Miss Grahams Cold War Cook book,’ and ‘My Husband’s Daughter’ by Emma Robinson.   
 

Q: Have you ever cried, laughed, or had a real emotional response to a book? 
A: Oh many times. Oddly enough, its more children or Young Adult books that get me in the feels. And Harry Potter never fails to make me cry.  
 

Q: What kind of social media do you have?  
A: I’ve recently joined Instagram (late adopter!) and enjoy that perhaps best of all however I’m not sure I’m doing it right! I’m also on Facebook and Twitter.  
 

Q: Do you like to connect with your readers using your chosen platforms? 
A: I love to hear from readers, and they can connect with me on any of those.  
 

Q: Do you have any author friends that have helped you with your writing process or just been there for support? 
A: Lots – the writing community is fantastically supportive, and I have made lovely friends through my publishers and my agent and locally too. Lorna Cook is another historical fiction writer 'The Forgotten Village', who lives just minutes from me – we have great chats.  
 

Q: What was the best money ever spent as a writer? 
A: Ooh thats an interesting one. I’ve gone on a few research trips, which as well as being great for the book, are great for me too. So, yes, flights to Vienna, a trip to Ypres, days at museums were all money-well spent.   
 

Q: How does your family feel about your writing? 
A: They’re more supportive now that I’m published! My husband does not read my books! – I get jealous of the writers with the husbands who help them write, but I suppose he compensates in other ways. :) My children are quite proud I think though they wouldn't admit it to me. I dedicated my latest to my daughter, and she told everyone. They sometimes come up with (crazy) ideas for me that they believe will be best-sellers... 
 

Q: Is there anything about you that your readers don’t know that you would like them to know? 
A: Hmm, some of my books are inspired by or based on real-life amazing women like Olive Mudie-Cooke, Elsie Knocker or Mary Borden – I'd love it if readers came away and felt they wanted to find out more about them or about that particular incident in time.  
I’d also like them to know that if they too want to write, they should! All you need is something you want to say or a world you want to create. And get on with it! (And also, read, read, read!) 


Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/lizziepagewriter/

Facebook:
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Twitter:
https://twitter.com/lizziepagewrite?lang=en


Alright folks! There you have it! Lizzie Page is a great historical fiction author, and yes I say this because I am currently reading When I Was Yours, as well as a mom and teacher. She really does love to hear from readers, so I hope you check out her social media pages! I am still so grateful that she agreed to do this interview, especially with a crazy schedule that includes remote learning. Be sure to check out her books, especially if you love war time settings like WWI and WWII.

Friday, February 19, 2021

Takakush (Genus Magica Book One (R&R Book Tours Review))

 


Alright y'all, I was fortunate to get a beautiful physical copy of this book when I signed up for Reads & Reels tour. I was curious when I read the synopsis, and was happy to help promote another book. Especially one that is part of an Indie publishing company. There are multiple POVs, and it was a little confusing for the first couple chapters. However once I get the flow down of how the jumps filled in the big picture, it was easy to track. The book spans over a five day period where all these people are tied together due to mysterious animal attacks. The main people are Dr. Elena Lukas and Game Warden Boone Anderson with his canine partner Ohto, but Elena's mother and sister are also a big part as well since they are the magical side of it. This isn't just a magical mystery though, because there is some attraction between Boone and Elena. I finished the book in about two days, because it is actually fast paced despite the POV jumps. I am so glad that I signed up for the tour as a reviewer, and will be looking out for book two.



SYNOPSIS

EVIL STALKS THE RAINFOREST

Beneath Olympic Forest's old-growth cedar and towering Douglas fir, an ancient horror rises. Driven by insatiable hunger, and supernatural purpose, it prowls the wilderness with no fear of man, killing native game and livestock.

Game warden, Boone Anderson and his bear hunting dog, Ohto, are sent to investigate.

Impossible evidence baffles the agent. When a young woman is torn to pieces Boone joins forces with Professor Elena Lukas, a specialist in invasive and endangered species, to capture the beast. After a disastrous first meeting, Elena and Boone form a partnership and their attraction builds.

They investigate a remote attack scene and draw the creature's murderous attention. Miles from civilization, Elena and Boone become the monster's quarry. To escape death, Elena must reveal to Boone she serves a powerful forest goddess and the supernatural world is real. 

Can Boone accept the truth and stop the creature before they become the next victim?


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Thursday, February 18, 2021

Queen to Ashes Audiobook (R&R Book Tours Blitz Post)

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Exciting news folks!!! Queen to Ashes by Mallory McCartney is now available as an audiobook!

Read on for more details and a chance to win either your choice of a hardcover edition of Queen to Ashes, or an advanced reader's copy of Kingdom of Iron (Black Dawn #3)!

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Queen to Ashes (Black Dawn #2)

Publication Date: April 21st, 2020

Genre: YA Fantasy

“You lived your entire life feeling like half of you was missing. Fight for the missing part. Fight for this.”

Emory Fae has abandoned everything she thought she knew about her previous life on Earth. Stepping up to her role as Queen of Kiero she makes a startling sacrifice- feigning her allegiances to Adair Stratton, the man who murdered her parents and casted Kiero into ruin. Emory’s memories slowly piece together, and she soon realizes the Mad King may not be all he seems— and the man who was once best friend, may be fighting beneath the surface.

With the King’s attention on her, can she buy Black Dawn Rebellion enough time to recuperate their forces? And when the times comes, will she be able to kill Adair, ending his tyranny and rising herself as the rightful Queen? Fighting to hide her secret, Emory navigates the brutal trials of the Mad King, trying not to lose herself in the process.

Sequel to Heir of Lies, now a bestselling series, the sparks are ignited, as Emory learns the cost of freedom, and her heritage. Will the rebels unite in time? A sinister force has spread across the land, stripping everyone bare- their betrayals, their secrets, their intentions. But above all, what will their decisions cost? By refusing to give in to the darkness, will Emory rise as Queen?

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Excerpt

All she could hear was buzzing. Tight, unrelenting buzzing. The world dipped, and she was a ghost amongst the living.

Her mind screamed that she was going into shock as the color drained from her skin, as her limbs trembled harder. Her body betrayed her for the briefest of seconds as Adair looked at her hungrily, his dark gaze ravaging her.

The room seemed to tilt, and her mind felt thick and constricted. The bloodied sword was still in her hand, and Brokk’s body splayed out lifelessly between them: Life and Death. Love and Loss. Light and Dark. This is the divide her life had taken, and one that she was completely and utterly lost in. Suffocated in.

What had she done?

What. Had. She. Done?

Before Emory could take another look, to convince herself that it wasn’t him—it couldn’t have been—a strong hand gripped her arm and Adair said something she didn’t register. Then, she was ushered out with the promise of tomorrow on his gaunt lips, and the burly guard led her away from the king.

The door shut, sealing away the gory scene.

Breath lodging in her throat, Emory tried to adjust to the world around her. It was numbing, her senses overloaded, the bustle of Adair’s world seeming too sharp and loud as they moved through it. Her pulse roared, and beneath the grime and blood she held on, trying not to give in to the panic tearing through her

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About the Author

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Mallory McCartney currently lives in Sarnia, Ontario with her husband and their three dachshunds Link, Lola and Leonard. When she isn’t working on her next novel or reading, she can be found day dreaming about fantasy worlds and hiking. Other favorite pastimes involve reorganizing perpetually overflowing bookshelves and seeking out new coffee and dessert shops.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Harper (Harper Series Book One)

 


Alright y'all, I was fortunate enough to get an ebook version of this YA beauty from Monster Ivy Publishing included in the ARC box for book two. I honestly had no idea what I was expecting in this book when I read it involved a teenage agent whose goal was to stop terrorists set in the future. This book is pretty fast paced, and I honestly couldn't put it down unless my tablet died. I finished it in about three days, thanks tablet, but I probably would have finished it in one if the power outage hadn't happened over the weekend. There is a lot of action, a mystery to solve, and teenage hormones. There is a few near death experiences, but it all works out the way it is supposed to. There is also a small sad undertone to it, but  I cannot wait to start the next book! THANK YOU MONSTER IVY!!!

SYNOPSIS

After the war of 2098, the United States is a chaotic mess. Terrorism abounds, and the government isn’t doing a very good job of keeping the people safe.

Dogwood Protection Services, DPS, takes matters into their own hands. Using the best technology and agents, they track down and stop terrorists before they can do their damage.

Sixteen-year-old Harper Chandler is one of DPS’s biggest assets. She’s small, nimble, cunning, and willing to break a few laws to stop an attack. Like breaking into a classmate’s house where he catches her, almost blowing the vigilante operation wide open.

In order to keep things under wraps, Harper is forced to get close to Akiro—who just so happens to be extremely hot and very into Harper. As she and Akiro grow closer, Harper must continue to spy on his father to figure out why he keeps showing up in the DPS database, all while working a stalker case for the most powerful woman in San Diego.

As she draws nearer to answers, Harper realizes the stalker will stop at nothing to keep her from uncovering the catastrophic truth.

If Harper can’t piece everything together in time, lives—and her relationship with Akiro—will be lost.



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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Please Don't Tell Cooper He's a Dog


Alright y'all, this cute children's book was sent to me thanks to Booktasters and Michelle Lander Feinberg herself. This stood out to me for many reasons. The main one of course being a kids' book about a dog. The second reason was the fact that it was something I could read to my youngest to help keep him entertained during school hours while the big kids are remote learning. The third reason being the hope that this would be something that could be read over and over again. All three things happened, and I am so happy they did. This is a unique story about a unique dog that made my four year old very happy. He loved the colors in the pages, the size of the dog, and how silly Cooper is. He asked me to read it a few times the first go around, and now he asks for it at least once each day. I am pretty sure the big kids are going to like to read it to him as well. THANK YOU BOOKTASTERS AND MICHELLE LANDER FEINBERG!

SYNOPSIS

Dogs are people too! At least, that is what Cooper the rescue dog believes! This hilarious, delightful dog adventure helps to teach young readers about kindness to animals and pet adoption. Children will also learn about a few European places as they follow Cooper on his solo adventure! If you children love dogs, they will fall in love with Cooper!


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Love Him Hate Him (R&R Book Tours Blitz Post)

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Today we are celebrating the release of Chris Bedell's latest novel, Love Him/ Hate Him! Read on for more details! LHHM digital coverLove Him/ Hate Him Publication Date: February 16th, 2021 Genre: YA Thriller/ LGBQT Publisher: Willow River Press 17-year-old Connor doesn’t believe his best friend’s death was an accident. Falling down the stairs was random, and Connor can’t help but wonder if someone might’ve pushed her… Determined to find out the truth, Connor starts his own investigation. Along the way, he discovers Evelyn’s affair with a married man and thought she was pregnant before she died. Connor thinks he’s found her killer, but an airtight alibi forces him to look in a new direction. Perhaps closer to home. Complicating the situation more is Connor’s own secret – an unexpected hook up with Evelyn’s twin brother, Liam, at a party the previous spring. Afterward, Liam goes on a homophobic rant and punches Connor, leaving him confused. His confusion deepens when, after Evelyn’s death, Liam apologizes and they start to hook up secretly. Liam is trapped between his attraction to Connor and his abusive father. Connor struggles with his growing attraction for Liam. Their secret rendezvous are fun, but if Connor is going to have more with Liam, he’ll have to be honest about his feelings and his suspicions on who killed Evelyn. Will either survive the truth coming out? Add to Goodreads Available on Amazon! About the Author My previous publishing credits include Thought Catalog, Entropy Magazine, Chicago Literati, and Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, among others. My debut YA Fantasy novel IN THE NAME OF MAGIC was published by NineStar Press in 2018. My 2019 novels include NA Thriller BURNING BRIDGES (BLKDOG Publishing), YA Paranormal Romance DEATHLY DESIRES (DEEP HEARTS YA), and YA Thriller COUSIN DEAREST (BLKDOG Publishing). My 2020 novels include my YA Thriller I KNOW WHERE THE BODIES ARE BURIED (BLKDOG Publishing), YA Contemporary I’LL SEE YOU AGAIN (Deep Hearts YA),  YA Thriller BETWEEN LOVE AND MURDER (Between The Lines Publishing), YA Sci-fi DYING BEFORE LIVING (Deep Hearts YA), and YA Thriller LOVE HIM/HATE HIM (Between The Lines Publishing). I also graduated with a BA in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2016. Twitter Instagram Book Release Blitz Organized By: R&R Button

Monday, February 15, 2021

Author Interview with Nick B. Ponter

 


Alright y'all, I met Nick B. Ponter through Bookstagram when he reached out to me about reviewing his book Connor Jackson and the Memory Thieves. I naturally said yes, excited to support another across the pond author. So I of course asked about him doing an interview, and was still shocked when he agreed! I have reviewed his book, and am waiting on my kids' opinion since they are reading it together. Let's dive in shall we?

Q: What is your name and where do you live? 
A: Nick B. Ponter and I live in Steinhagen, Germany but am originally from England in the UK.

Q: Are you an Indie Author or do you work with a publishing company? 
A: I work with a publishing company.

Q: If you do work with a publishing company, which one and for how long? 
A: I have been with Pegasus Elliot Mackenzie Publishers Ltd since December 2018.

Q: What genre(s) do you write?
A: YA fantasy

Q: What made you want to become a writer in the first place? 
A: I had a really cool idea and spontaneously decided it would make a good story and I should be the one to tell it.

Q: Do you work a regular job in between books?
A: Yes, I am a business English trainer in German companies.

Q: How many books have you published?
A: One 

Q: How many books do you have in the works right now? 
A: Three more

Q: What was your hardest scene to write so far? 
A: One of the first scenes describing the fantasy world in my first book. I knew that I had to get it perfectly correct so the rest of the books work.

Q: How many books do you have that are not being currently worked on, but are half-written or complete but unpublished?
A: None

Q: Do you have a series developing?
A: Yes, four books in my Connor Jackson series.

Q: Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book? 
A: A body of work

Q: What is your next book that is set to be published and when is the release day?
A: Connor Jackson and the Food Factory. It is in the final private editing phase before submission to my publisher. The first half of 2022 would be a realistic release date.

Q: How long did it take you to write it?
A: From idea to today – two and a half years. The first book took 6 years.

Q: What did you do when your characters stop talking (writer’s block) to you during the process? 
A: I never forced myself and tried to relax, some of the best ideas coming when I wasn’t actively thinking about the plot.

Q: What routine do you have when you sit down to write a book? 
A: A very long thinking phase sometimes lasting a few months and consists of random note taking. Then comes the planning when all of the notes are put together and a sequence decided. Finally, the writing phase which I do by hand. This process repeats itself as my second book was written in three such phases.

Q: Do you write it all out in long sittings or short ones (sprints)? 
A: The writing part is relatively short, and I wrote my second book in three 10-day holidays. I couldn’t have done it without meticulous planning.

Q: Do you get exhausted or energized during writing sessions? 
A: Completely energized and a totally submerse into the book.

Q: Where do you get your ideas for your books? 
A: A good question and not one I can really answer. Important is to have a rough plot and then the ideas just seem to come by themselves. Thinking and daydreaming work well for me. As my book series progresses, I find it easier to come up with ideas.

Q: Is there another author you look up to or strive to be as successful as? 
A: Roald Dahl

Q: Are you a reader yourself? 
A: Not much these days as I have a very busy job, market my first book and write the others.

Q: Do you like to read the same genre(s) you write? 
A: Actually, I love to read history when I find the time.

Q: Do you have a favorite book or a book that stands out the most?
A: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Who doesn't love that book?!)

Q: Have you ever cried, laughed, or had a real emotional response to a book? 
A: Cried, no. An emotional response, no. Laughed – sure I have 😊

Q: What kind of social media do you have? 
A: Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.

Q: Do you like to connect with your readers using your chosen platforms? 
A: Yes, very much so and I am really active. Social media has built a new base of contacts and led to make online readings over the last months.

Q: Do you have any author friends that have helped you with your writing process or just been there for support? 
A: No

Q: What was the best money ever spent as a writer? 
A: Paying a friend to do my front cover.

Q: How does your family feel about your writing? 
A: They think it is really cool to have a published author in the family. They are all very proud.

Q: Is there anything about you that your readers don’t know that you would like them to know? 
A: Yes, I wrote a book so I could tell a story, and I really love to do that. Over the last months of the Covid-19 pandemic, I have started reading to school classes, families and various groups using online video platforms all around the world. It is really good fun and I know I am making people happy in these difficult times. And, as an author, that has always been my aim. If you are interested in a reading, feel free to contact me. (He also has the perfect voice to do the audiobook version of his books! I listened to him read some of his book during one of his lives, and was unable to focus on anything else.)

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Alright folks! There you have it! He is a very busy man who is working on getting the rest of the Connor Jackson series out into the world. I definitely enjoyed getting to know him a little better, and enjoyed his first book. Be sure to check out the review for it on here. Don't waste time and go check out his social media pages and his book!

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Connor Jackson and the Memory Thieves (Connor Jackson Book One)

 


Alright y'all, I got this YA Fantasy beauty from the author himself thanks again to Bookstagram! As you should all know by now, I struggle with ebooks a little still, but this one was a little different. I was able to share this one with my kids, so I tried to read it at their pace. However they eventually got tired of waiting for me, so they had me download it on their tablet. I am still waiting for them to finish since they are reading it together little by little before bed. I am pretty sure they are almost done. I finished before them though, so here are my thoughts on it!

I definitely wasn't sure what to expect when I started to read this one. I thought it was going to be a little dark since it is about death, but I was wrong! This is actually funny, captivating, and was hard to put down. This gives a different idea to death in a way that makes it a little easier to talk about with kids who have questions. In this one everyone who dies joins the moles down below, and goes through a process of either working forever in the afterlife or being reincarnated. (Yes I know that there are a lot of people who don't believe in this, but remind yourself that this is met for kids! This can honestly be considered a MG read. However I will earn that there are a couple Damns in the book, but that's about it.) Connor Jackson and his group of fast friends have a secret that the moles want to know and it sends them on a mission to get back to the surface with their memories in tact! I finished it in about a week since I was only reading it at night to try to keep pace with the kids. (However mom stays up til 2 a.m. some nights! OOPS!)


SYNOPSIS

Connor Jackson lives a quiet life in Lower Molehampton. He lives in the house he was born and brought up in and, apart from his secretive job as a civil servant, he pretty much lives an ordinary life.
That is until one morning, when Connor is woken up by something, so he decides to investigate. He notices a massive molehill in the middle of his back garden; molehills have always been a feature in Lower Molehampton, but there appear to be more than ever now, and this one is huge. Upon closer inspection of this mountain molehill which has appeared during the night, Connor discovers a glass jar sitting in the centre of the mound. Thinking nothing more than this being a strange occurrence, Connor hides the jar away and forgets about it altogether. That is until a few months later when, late one evening, Connor is ambushed in his home by two sets of intruders. Attempting to flee, he is eventually captured. Fearing for his life and not knowing what these kidnappers want, Connor is thrown into a world which he never would have expected: into a world where he discovers the truth about life and death.


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MU The Grimm Cases (R&R Book Tours Blitz Post)

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Welcome to the book tour for MU: The Grimm Cases by Lyla Oweds! Read on for more details and a chance to win a print copy of this amazing collection!

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Genre: New Adult/ Urban Fantasy

Publication Date: August 15th, 2019

Length: 688 pages

Bianca, a timid and shy university student, has no choice but to step outside her comfort zone to seek answers to her ghostly problems. The only problem is that, because of what she finds, she now has more questions than before.

The things I see aren’t for the faint of heart.

And I am no longer willing to ignore them. Not even when my family, and my best friend, tell me to keep quiet about what’s happening. They say people will think I’m crazy.

Maybe I am.

But the spirit haunting my professor’s house is definitely trying to tell me something, and I’m the only one who can see it.

The one person who can help me is my best friend’s brother. But I don’t know if I can trust him or his friends. Or if I can step outside the protective bubble I’ve built around myself.

At this point it’s a toss up: the ghosts will kill me or my panic attacks will.

Either way, I figure I’m going to die.

This bundle includes The Grimm Cases books one through three, the Home novella, and bonus scenes from the guy’s point of view.

*Reader Warning: The Grimm Cases deals with the psychological aftermath of character trauma and abuse, although nothing graphic happens within the time-frame of the book. Please keep that in mind when you begin the series.

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Lyla Oweds is a paranormal romance author who resides in the beautiful Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania. She grew up near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and is a native of Baltimore, Maryland, and has a deep appreciation for the paranormal, hauntings, and Edgar Allan Poe. As such, she loves all things fantasy, mystery, crime, and horror.

She is the author of the Paranormal Reverse Harem series, The Grimm Cases and related novellas. She has also published the first book of Gloria Protean’s story, The Red Trilogy. You can find out more about her current and upcoming works at her website, http://lylaoweds.com.

When not reading, writing, or working as a web programmer, Lyla can be found doing adult-y things such as being a mom, decorating the house, and baking. She also frequently enjoys makeup videos, massages, wine, and coffee.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Kingdom of Jior Box Set (R&R Book Tours Blitz Post)

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Great news Fantasy lovers! The Kingdom of Jior series by Wendy L. Anderson is now available as a digital box set! See details below and enter the giveaway for a chance to win the box set for yourself!

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Publication Date: February 10th, 2021

Publisher: Infinity Publishing

Experience adventure, fantasy, and magic in this collection of novels combing all the five books of the Kingdom of Jior epic fantasy series.
Discover a race neither human nor demon. The Ny-Failen are from the Heavens. Led by King Forlorn Icefall of Jior, these beautiful shape changing creatures live, love and battle to survive in the world of the humankind.

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Wendy L. Anderson is a Colorado native and mother of two boys. She has an English Degree from Regis University and writes books, short stories and poetry. Wendy is a devout reader of the classics, fantasy, sci-fi and historical fiction. She has decided it is time to write down the fantasies from her own mind. Writing about everything from fantastical worlds to the stuff of her dreams she takes her stories along interesting paths while portraying characters and worlds she sees in her mind’s eye. Her goal is to deviate from common themes, write in original directions and transport her reader to the worlds of her creation.

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Welcome to the blog tour for Road to Breaking by Chris Bennett! Read on to learn more about this riveting historical fiction and enter for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card!

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Publication Date: October 19, 2019

Publisher: CPB Publishing

Nothing survived ‘The Breaking’ unchanged; lives and fortunes, love and hate, freedom and slavery …
It’s early 1860, and war hero Captain Nathaniel Chambers, commander U.S. Army Fort Davis in the west Texas wilderness, has received shocking news – his father is dead. He must return home to Virginia and claim his inheritance before a maniacal neighbor can murder his widowed mother and seize the family plantation.
But he’s torn by a terrible dilemma – to stay in the army and turn his back on his fortune, his mother and his beloved childhood home, or become the thing he despises; a slave master! Is there no other choice?
Meanwhile, a woman desperate to redeem her family’s fortunes schemes to marry her beautiful but troubled daughter to the handsome young heir. But will Evelyn’s own plans break his heart instead?
An epic journey across a young nation seething with debauchery, brutality, corruption, and political intrigue, unwittingly on the brink of an unimaginable disaster; the American Civil War. Nathan Chambers has left the violent army life behind in Texas, never imaging he’s on the very ‘Road to The Breaking’.

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“Hey, Billy. Why is it the Comanche hate the Tonkawa so much?” he called out. The Captain’s bowed head looked up, startled by the sudden noise.

“What … the Comanche? Oh, it is a very long, old tale. Would you like to hear it, Sergeant Clark?”

A long tale, Tom thought. Just the medicine the Captain needs.

“Yes, Billy, if you please.”

The other men started to perk up. Billy rarely spoke much, but when he did his stories tended toward the bizarre and supernatural, with plenty of his own special brand of odd, dry humor thrown in. This typically made for highly entertaining stories.

“There once was a time, very long, and long, ago. Back before the grandfathers of our grandfathers were even conceived by their grandfathers’ grandfathers. So long ago, in fact, it is said it was almost the very beginning of time—whenever that was.” He shrugged his shoulders and grinned.

“Anyway … in that long-ago time it was different between the Comanche and the People, those of us you white men now call Tonkawa. Back then we did not hate each other and fight always, the way we do now. We didn’t love each other either, of course; there is no amount of time going that far back, ha!

“In that time the People and the Comanche knew each other, but lived apart, sometimes seeing each other when they shared the hunting grounds. The land was not dry as now. It was filled with a great greenness. It is said the water was abundant, and fell from the sky so often, it flowed carelessly, wandering across the land, heedless of its proper places in rivers and lakes.

“And so, the land was filled with so many animals the People did not have to hunt long or hard for their daily meat. And never did they give thought to saving anything for tomorrow. Both the People and the Comanche were wasteful in their excess, never having known want.

“But there came a time when the People were led by a great and wise man. His name was Tchezse—um … Tchezselkeizl … well, it would mean nothing in your language, anyway. You would say something like ‘Sun-and-Moon-in-Sky-Together-and-Wind-in-Stars,’ but that is not quite right either. For my story, I will just be calling him ‘Sun-Moon’ and you will know who I’m talking about.

“Sun-Moon was very wise, as I have already said. One day he called the People together saying, ‘I have had a mighty dream of the gods, and they have made my eyes to see many great and terrible things.’ And the People listened as Sun-Moon told his seeing—of a time to come when water would stop falling from the sky and would no longer flow heedless across the land. It would return to its ancestral home in a few, shallow rivers and lakes or sink deep into the ground. And the land would change from green to brown, and the animals that once provided the People with their daily meat would hide away in far-off lands.

“Then the People were afraid, and asked Sun-Moon what would become of their children, and their children’s children, if there were no greenness and no meat. But Sun-Moon said, ‘You needn’t worry about your children’s children, or even your own children; this time the gods have shown me is coming even unto the lives of you who sit before me. If the People do not prepare to face the evil time coming, all will perish from the earth.’
“And so, Sun-Moon led the men high into the hills, or deep into caves under the Earth. There the animals were few and fierce, so the men must become great hunters and trackers. And he taught the women and children to cure the extra meat they did not eat daily, with salt and different herbs growing in the earth. In this way their meat might be saved for many months in time of want. And he showed them where to find roots growing under the ground, for water, and food, at greatest need in time of dryness.

“But the Comanche had no great leader like Sun-Moon. They laughed at the People for making their hunts so difficult when meat was so plentiful. And they mocked them for digging in the earth for roots when food and water were so easily had on the open earth.

“But Sun-Moon was not angered by the cruel laughter of the Comanche. You see, he was a truly great and wise man—but I think I have already said that. So he went to them and told them also of his dreams, by way of warning they should prepare for the evil days to come. But still they would take no heed and sent him away with great scorn.

“And so, you will not be surprised to hear there came a day when the water stopped falling from the skies. And then the land turned all to brown, even as Sun-Moon had foretold. And though the People had been warned, and had prepared as best they could, still the greatness of this evil time was even greater than any had imagined. So although they had practiced hard to become mighty hunters, and great trackers of animals, still, bringing home the meat was hard. Though they ate little, and salted and kept back what they could, still many, and many died. And all suffered great want.

“This story was told me by a wise, old man when I was just a young boy, and he called this terrible time The Breaking.”

“The Breaking?” Nathan asked, having become absorbed in the tale. “What does that mean?”

“He said it was called that because it was a time of such suffering and death, it caused the breaking of all the old ways. Some for the good, and some for the worse. Nothing came through The Breaking unchanged, and all that once was, even to the greenness of the earth, was broken during that time, and was never again the same.

“Well … it is said while the People suffered greatly in The Breaking, the Comanche suffered more. They had not heeded the words of Sun-Moon, of course. So they had never learned the skills to hunt the few animals remaining, and to dig the roots from the earth. Their need was great, and they became desperate, and dangerous.

“They saw the People still had the meat they had preserved, and a store of the roots they had pulled from the ground. And they became angry the People had food, and they had none. So they came to the People and demanded they be given the food the People had saved.

“But Sun-Moon took pity on them. He said, ‘There is not enough of the salted meat and roots for both the People and the Comanche, so we cannot give it to you. But we will teach you to hunt that you may bring home your own meat. And we will teach you to save your meat by salting, and how to find roots living under the ground that you might dig them up.’

“But the Comanche were hungry and did not want to wait to learn these things. Instead they decided they would take the food from the People by war. So they returned to their village, put on their war paint, and collected their hunting spears. By the time they had made ready for war it was becoming dark. They lit torches and carried them to see their way back to the camp of the People.

“But Sun-Moon had foreseen this as well and made ready the People for the war that was coming. The Comanche came, carrying their torches. They have always been larger, stronger, and more fearsome than the People, so they carried their deadly spears with confidence of easy victory. They could already taste the precious food that would soon be theirs.

“But they had forgotten the men of the People had become great hunters. Because their prey had been more fierce and cunning, the People had learned to use the bow, and shoot arrows with deadly aim. And they had learned to use lightweight throwing spears to hit prey from a distance, rather than short, heavy spears the Comanche used to butcher their easy kills.

“Many Comanche were killed, and the rest fled in fear. But those who fell, and those who fled, all dropped their torches, and the dry earth was set afire. It burned all that night with a great flame that lit the sky.

“When the sun rose in the morning, the People found all their food had been destroyed by fire. They were hungry but were also very tired from the fighting and the fire and had no strength left to hunt. Also, all the animals they might have hunted had been driven far away by fear of the flames.

“And so the People did the only thing left for them to do. They ate the Comanche they had killed.”

“They … ate them?” Georgie asked.

“Yes. Sun-Moon told them it was the only sensible thing the People could do so they would not all starve and die. And so that is what they did.

“It is said the great flames of the fire sent smoke high into the sky. It climbed so high it mingled with the scant clouds, and caused the water to start falling again, though never so much as before.

“The war with the Comanche, you see, was the end of The Breaking, but it was the beginning of the hatred of the Comanche for the People.”

“Well, I don’t see why the Comanche should hate the Tonkawa. Sounds like they lost the war fair and square, and after they started it!” Jamie said, and Georgie nodded in agreement.

But Billy shrugged his shoulders and said, “Guess Comanche don’t like being eaten. Ha!”

The men chuckled and even the Captain smiled.

“I’ve heard people say the Tonkawa still eat their enemies,” William said.

Billy turned toward him and grinned, “Then best hope I never have to kill you, William!”

William shook his head “No,” emphatically.

Billy continued, “I have heard of it being done. When the enemy is not of the People and is killed in man-to-man battle. Some say it is to honor those who fought the war of The Breaking. Others say the fighting spirit of the dead is taken into the living that way. I don’t know … seems to me the one left alive had more fighting spirit than the dead one! Ha!”

Though he seemed more alert after Billy’s tale, by the time they’d made camp that evening Nathan was already laid down and asleep, as if from utter exhaustion. Tom was still concerned and sat up long into the night watching over his Captain. At first, Nathan tossed in his sleep and seemed to moan as if in pain. But then at some point, it seemed to Tom he began to rest more at ease and sleep more at peace.

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About the Author

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Chris Bennett grew up on the shores of Klamath Lake in southeastern Oregon. For a young boy it was a dream world of water, hills, forests and abundant wildlife. His love for action and adventure morphed into a lifelong love for books when his Mom read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings to the family on a long road trip.

It was routine and normal for the family dinner table discussions to involve history, politics, and anything interesting going on in the world. So, when he attended the University of Oregon it seemed perfectly natural (and easy) to study history and political science. But everyone said you couldn't make a living in those fields, so he decided to try his hand at Computer Science. He's been writing professionally, in the software development business for more than 35 years now.

However, Chris’s thirst for adventure never faded and he began to live out his love of history onto the pages of his first book, The Road to the Breaking. Once he started writing he just couldn’t stop and the result is The Road to the Breaking series; an epic journey across a young nation seething with debauchery, brutality, corruption, and political intrigue, unwittingly on the brink of an unimaginable disaster; the American Civil War.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021

ENDGAME

 


 Alright y'all, I was fortunate to get this beauty directly from the author. First I need to take responsibility and say that I took way, WAY too long to read this one. She sent to me last year, and unfortunately I read the book but forgot to write the review on here! I have no idea how that happened beyond the craziness that I had going on back then. (2020 was just straight garbage!) However, I really hope that Aisha Tritle can forgive me as I post this right now! I AM SO SORRY!!!!

Okay so now that my apology has been written, let's talk about the book! I went back and read it again, because I didn't want to mess up anything trying to remember it from a year ago. (AGAIN TOTALLY MY MESS UP!!) This is a quick techno-thriller read that is set in the future and let's people make romantic connection through a VR (virtual reality) game called "The Game". Leigh is back on The Game just two weeks when she meets Alexei for their first date, an art date. However things aren't all puppies and kittens when she meets him again just 24 hours later. What she doesn't expect is that Alexei wants to use her to stop a criminal. I enjoyed it both last year and now! 


SYNOPSIS

When Leigh, a young and successful lawyer, is left by her boyfriend of two years for an Instagram model, she enters into a daily cycle of excessive alcohol and first dates in a virtual reality dating app called “The Game”.

Then she meets the enigmatic Alexei and it’s different. He’s beautiful, just her type, and into her. But when Leigh is trapped in The Game during a Gatsby-themed gala and forced to catch a hacker who’s using the app to set up crimes in the real world, she realizes there’s a far more dangerous game being played…

And Alexei might be the death of her.


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Genome Odyssey

 


Alright y'all, I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this medical beauty from Celadon Books. I am going to go ahead and be honest, and admit that it took me a little bit to get through because of all the medical terms in it. Apparently Grey's Anatomy can only do so much to help you understand lol. However, it is not all medical terms and definitely does not have a textbook feel to it. Euan Angus Ashley, MD PHD takes us through the journey of how he led the first team to study the complete human genome (our DNA sequence, and each individual bracket) to help solve some medical mysteries. He even has some funny examples to help break down the medical and financial terms he discusses. It took me about a week to read it fully, because I would read a couple chapters and have to stop in order to process them. I wanted to be able to attempt to fully understand what he was trying to explain. I really think this is a good read for anyone interested in the medical field or medical mysteries. There is a section that talks about how studying genomes saved a sweet baby's life, which of course pulled at my mama heart strings. I can honestly say that I hope one day everyone's health care can be customized to them using their genome. I would certainly appreciate it. THANK YOU SO MUCH CELADON BOOKS! Keep your eye out for this one to hit the shelves later this month!


SYNOPSIS

Since the Human Genome Project was completed in 2003, the price of genome sequencing has dropped at a staggering rate. It’s as if the price of a Ferrari went from $350,000 to a mere forty cents. Through breakthroughs made by Dr. Ashley’s team at Stanford and other dedicated groups around the world, analyzing the human genome has decreased from a heroic multibillion dollar effort to a single clinical test costing less than $1,000.

For the first time we have within our grasp the ability to predict our genetic future, to diagnose and prevent disease before it begins, and to decode what it really means to be human.

In The Genome Odyssey, Dr. Ashley details the medicine behind genome sequencing with clarity and accessibility. More than that, with passion for his subject and compassion for his patients, he introduces readers to the dynamic group of researchers and doctor detectives who hunt for answers, and to the pioneering patients who open up their lives to the medical community during their search for diagnoses and cures.

He describes how he led the team that was the first to analyze and interpret a complete human genome, how they broke genome speed records to diagnose and treat a newborn baby girl whose heart stopped five times on the first day of her life, and how they found a boy with tumors growing inside his heart and traced the cause to a missing piece of his genome.

These patients inspire Dr. Ashley and his team as they work to expand the boundaries of our medical capabilities and to envision a future where genome sequencing is available for all, where medicine can be tailored to treat specific diseases and to decode pathogens like viruses at the genomic level, and where our medical system as we know it has been completely revolutionized.


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Author Interview with J Lynn Hicks

Alright y'all, this is another amazing author that I met through the FB Group Dystopian Ink. I haven't read her books yet, but I did...