Wednesday, December 21, 2016

It's Time...


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The Reveal


The news you've been waiting for.

Just in time for Christmas.

Dreamland - Part Two coming December 22nd.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016



I feel like I've been here before, but this post should have been up YESTERDAY. I guess eating all that turkey has killed off some much needed brain cells. Oy!

I hope everyone had a wonderful and fulfilling Thanksgiving! I was exhausted by the end of the day, but satisfied. The handle to my measuring cup broke off in my hands, half the eggs had gone bad (how does that happen?) and the dough flat refused to rise, but all in all, everything turned out wonderful. I was surrounded by family and loved ones, and that's what I am thankful for. I love my holidays, and Thanksgiving is one of the best.

Oh, and I'm thankful for stuffing. The stuffing this year was AMAZING! So good it was all gone by Friday, and I made more on Saturday, cuz why not?

Anyway, NEWS! I have news today instead of a review, although I did finish Hero and shed many tears cuz it was the five-star book I've been needing from Salvatore for a while now.


First topic. For the whole month of December, the ebook of After - The Complete Book One is on sale for only $0.99!! This is an amazing deal, so if you haven't started the journey yet, DO IT NOW. That's all three parts of After wrapped up in one very large $0.99 ebook. Make sure to grab it before the end of the year!

Next topic. Those nifty cover updates! I'm really loving the uniformity of them and can't wait to reveal the Dreamland - Part Two and Part Three covers. (Yes, Part Three!)

 And here is the 'reveal' for Dreamland - Part One. I say 'reveal' because it's actually been live on Amazon for some time now, but I haven't updated it on my website yet, nor officially announced it.

Bam! And what can you expect next Tuesday? The cover for Dreamland - Part Two!

This book has been so long in coming, and this month has been super hectic. I know my editor is currently on chapter nine of ten, so I should be getting all those wonderful words back to correct and polish, and (FINGERS CROSSED) get out by the end of the year! Yes, I'm still optimistic this can be done!

And the reason why November was so hectic? I once again faced the NaNoWriMo mountain and succeeded in ascending all 50k words to complete the challenge for 2016! As promised, all of those words went into Dreamland - Part Three, so I have a good chunk of the first draft under my belt. However, along with that came some more rewrites I didn't even know I needed for part two, but that makes for a better book.

Man, this year went by fast. Only one month left to go! I will have more news for you soon, so check back next week. I might even be able to sneak another review in before the end of the year. Until then, Happy Reading all! Stay safe and get those Christmas lights up! The holiday season is well underway, now!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween review of Rise of the Horde, By Christie Golden

Okay. So I know I promised to review Maestro by R.A. Salvatore as my next review, except... Problems happened. Ya see, Hero just released and I jumped right on that, and shortly thereafter realized I remember precisely two things about Maestro.

Gromph Baenre touching himself.

Yeah. That last scene stuck with me. My daughter also reminded me of Jarlaxle's internal monologue quipping about his relationship with the dragons. That was gold. There was also a big demon that needed taken care of, Yvonnel up to something nefarious, yada, yada, ect, ect, but the book was split. One half followed Catti-brie while the other half followed Drizzt. It was not my favorite book of the series, but it wasn't the worst, either. I am, however, extremely disappointed that Salvatore did not let us know if the carpet matched the drapes, ya know... referring to Gromph and the state of the Dark Elves. Do they even have carpet? I don't know. Perfect learning opportunity missed if you ask me. For science!

 I think Grom needs a snickers. 
Anyway... On to a book I can remember because I just finished it Saturday. Oy, my mind is split up into too many worlds as it is. Ferelden, Faurun, Tamriel, Westeros, Randland, Azeroth.. just the tip of the iceberg. It's no wonder I can't keep track.

Rise of the Horde by Christie Golden is not currently available in ebook. I think this is the reason why I put off reading it for so long. I stumbled across a copy a few months ago, so figured I'd give it a go. Took a while for me to get hooked, as it normally does, then somewhere a little before the halfway point, I was sucked in, did my obsessive read-it-all in one day thing, and the verdict? The book is fucking depressing, and I loved it.

I'm actually a huge Warcraft lore fan, and this is not the first Warcraft book I've read, but after some research, I decided to start my journey chronologically. I'm surprised it's taken me this long to actually start 'at the beginning' since I've been a fan of the franchise since '95 when the first game I purchased was Warcraft: Orcs vs Humans. Oy, feel old now. Moving on.

Rise of the Horde is mostly told in Durotan's perspective, son of Garad, Chieftain of the Frostwolf Clan. He is an orc who loves and cherishes their traditional way of life, but he's caught in a tide of destruction he's unable to fight against when Kil'Jaeden begins to manipulate the orc leaders. He must obey or risk his loved ones and clan members being murdered for his disobedience. The near complete genocide of the Draenei that follows is absolutely heartbreaking.

Of course, going into the book, I already knew the fate of the Draenei, as well as what's in store for Durotan down the line. That didn't change the emotional impact the text had on me once I was absorbed. It was a great start to this journey. I've already got my copy of The Last Guardian ready to go. Not sure when I'll be able to pick it up since...

NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow!!

My 5th year of writing furiously. I think all my TPC fans out there will appreciate what I've chosen as my NaNo project for 2016. Dreamland - Part Three. Yes! I'm shooting for the next installment to be released early/mid 2017, and I have my last year's NaNo project ready to be edited. I am in total love with that book and can't wait to get it ready to present to you all!

One thing at a time, though. Priority still being Dreamland - Part Two, but now the majority of the project is  resting on my editor, BUT NO PRESSURE. He has had some real life shenanigans jump in his way as well. Oh real life. Quit being so silly.

Countdown to the Dreamland - Part Two cover reveal starts tomorrow, so if you aren't currently following me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, you can keep an eye on the webpage. Thar be changes ahead, soon!
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Happy reading, everyone!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Bound by a Dragon, by Linda K. Hopkins

It's about time for another review! I think I'm behind... Well, when am I not, but I actually forgot to get my review up for the last Drizzt book, Maestro, and the next book in that collection is coming out next month! I'll get a review of Maestro up before the next book is released, I promise. Man, there were some memorable scenes from that book, and I actually can't wait to cover it.

Okay, so onto Bound by a Dragon, by the lovely Linda K. Hopkins. 
This book was a solid three stars. I didn't dislike the book, but there wasn't much of the book for me to fall in love with either. It's a very mild book. The highs weren't high and the lows weren't low. However, I still enjoyed the story and the characters and would recommend this to a younger reader who might want to get started in supernatural romance. 

As I said before, despite the title, this book is very mild. Could I have possibly been hoping for a good ol' Kathleen E. Woodiwiss bodice ripper? Perhaps. It's been awhile since I've indulged in a steamy, medieval romance and those were always my favs. I did not find it in this book, but the characters still managed to worm their way into my heart. With the book being such a lite and quick read, I will probably pick up the rest in the series at some point. 

Man, I am super behind on my reading this year. Maybe I shouldn't have binge watched all of Fringe and two seasons of American Horror Story. And Daredevil. And Lucifer. And Once Upon a Time... and the list goes on. Oh well. A good story is a good story however it's being told. I realize the 'good' part of that is relative but leave me my vices. 

It's the last day of September and the original deadline to have all my chapters turned over to my editor, but I knew that goal was smudged a while ago. However, things are still progressing well for me to finish before November, but I have a lot to get done before NaNoWriMo. October is going to be busy busy busy!

I'll be back soon with a Maestro review, and until then, here is a snippet of Bound by a Dragon.

Happy reading!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

American Horror Story

It's time for season six...


I just finished binge watching Freak Show and Hotel, so I'm ready for this to get started! It amazes me how different the characters are from season to season, and nothing beat Dennis O'Hare in Hotel. Just amazing performances all around, but I terribly missed Jessica Lang in Hotel. Gaga was a fantastic addition to the cast, though, and I can't wait to see what season six has in store!

A short book update... Things have gotten slowed down lately due to the day job. Unfortunately, I lost two weeks worth of editing time for Dreamland - Part Two, but I am now back on track. I wanted to be finished by the end of this month, but that doesn't look like it's going to happen. Chapters are still going out to editor number one as I finish them, so hopefully it won't take me much longer to finish than I originally planned.

Short update, I know, but I needed to get something up here! I'm still reading the Harry Potter books, so I'm not sure if I should review per book or after the series is done? I'm only on book two right now, so I'm still undecided!

Also, we have a new Drizzt book coming out next month as well, so another thing that's making me all jittery!

Man. All these new shows and new season. This is my favorite time of the year!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Ello, Loves!

I just wanted to drop by today to leave a really quick note. This summer has been way busier than I expected with vacations, big birthday bashes, and the release of Overwatch and Pokemon Go. Oy, I am NOT going to hit my reading goal this year, I just know it.

Before I get on to my spoilery fangirl gushing, quick update on Dreamland - Part Two status. Things are moving along pretty well. My goal is to finish all my rewrites and beta edits next month, and send the manuscript off to my copy editor. As I said, this summer has been busy, so my editing time has gotten squished down a bit, BUT the time I do have left to dedicate to the rewrites is actually going smoother than anticipated. So, yay!... I think?



Here is a quick rewind of what I've been up to since the last post. Game of Thrones. Oh. My. God. I know the hype has died down since the season finale aired, but man... It was epic. I loved loved loved this last season. It was practically flawless (if we ignore No One) and soooo satisfying. That shot of Young Ned holding his nephew and then the switch to Jon... Not gonna lie, but I dropped my head and just cried for a moment. I was so overwhelmed. I had no idea how invested I've been in these books and theories until it was all finally served to me from the TV screen. It was a wonderful moment. Also, my money is on Lyanna naming him Jaehaerys, btw! (I'm probably wrong.)

And Cersei... Oh, you go girl! I have never watched someone go so completely batshit crazy in such a fabulous fashion. I am so excited to see how her story line plays out next season. I am really going to miss Margery, though. Her death was very quick and unexpected. I think I'll miss her the most, even though Hodor hit me the hardest.

Man... That night was brutal.

After my crazed experience of dealing with the GOT void last year when season 5 ended, I was prepared to distract myself this year. I picked a show to binge watch and dove in, fully committed... and watched all five seasons of Fringe in two weeks. Somehow, I knew I would be watching it someday and managed to make it through all this time without any spoilers. I thoroughly enjoyed the watch and got a new shirt to add to my ever growing collection of fan t-shirts!

I'm not crying. You're crying!

It's my favorite thing. My very favorite thing.

And now... I don't know what the hell to do with my life.  Le' sigh...

Guess I'll have to keep occupying myself with Overwatch until I find a new passion, -- Junkrat of course, because I've never been able to aim to save my life -- and I have found myself spending an exorbitant amount of time in local graveyards lately thanks to Pokemon Go. Still haven't found a damn Pikachu yet.

The search continues... as does the editing! Happy reading, everyone! Will try not to be too long before another update rolls around. Until then... Cheers, love!