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Review of The Crown’s Dog by Elise Kova

crowns-dog-cover-smFirst off, what an awesome cover! I love how Jax is captured. The Crown’s Dog is the first book in The Golden Guard Trilogy (a prequel series to Air Awakens that I absolutely LOVED! You can read all my reviews for that series here.)

SUMMARY (from back): A coastal summer is turned upside down by a violent murder, and a quest for lost pirate treasure turns into a hunt for the killer.

Jax Wendyll is the crown’s dog. As punishment for the unspeakable crimes that torment him to this day, his life has been conscripted to the Empire Solaris. However, in an Empire afflicted by peace, his duties are relegated to unquestioningly aiding the antics of the youngest prince, Baldair.

Erion Le’Dan, a nobleman’s son, expects a quiet summer visit to the Imperial Palace, his only agenda to visit with his unlikely friends. But Jax’s discovery of the legendary pirate Adela Lagmir’s old workroom inspires a hunt for her long lost treasure.

The pursuit of Adela’s truth takes the three men to the Imperial summer manor, built along the old pirate mainstays. When Adela’s trident is branded into a murdered servant, Prince Baldair’s summer amusement of treasure-hunting becomes a hunt to find the killer. But, as mysteries compound, the ghosts of Jax’s past may not be the only things haunting them.

WHAT I THOUGHT: If you’ve read Air Awakens, you know the name “Crown’s Dog” refers to Jax Wendyll. He’s a good-hearted character who is quirky and unbalanced as a result of his past that torments him. We see him in action in this book and his deeds are definitely consistent with his later life. I love this character for he’s not afraid to breach convention and we see that on full display as he “deals” with the antics of a 16-year-old Prince Baldair who has yet to make a name for himself. I particularly loved the end of the book where events make him the “elder” identifying with Baldair and Erion’s inexperience with their first kills.

Speaking of Baldair, we find him at the awkward age of sixteen with too much testosterone and not enough sense, behaving impetuously. I loved how Kova sets up the tension between he and his older brother, Aldrick, which clearly reveals his motivations and undisciplined behavior. I guess the only surprising thing was the lack of any parental involvement–of course that would have destryed the entire storyline (LOL!). While I doubt he would agree, when my son was 16, he required adult intervention/supervision to avoid doing stupid things that would impact his life longer-term. The Emperor clearly has other things occupying his attention…but what of Baldair’s mother? We never see her in action.

And then there’s Erion. I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing him in action. The Air Awakens series alludes to him and then we see him up at the front, but only cameos. This is the first time I saw him in action in a way that allowed me to understand him motivations and I loved it. I really got the sense of his political motivations and how he wrestled with exploiting his relationship with the prince for his own and his family’s gain. That, and his ties to the history with his homeland that had been conquered by and incorporated into the Solaris Empire.

All in all, the plot was engaging–who can’t appreciate preying on people’s fear of ghosts–and the characters made it a very enjoyable  read. I’ll definitely be reading the next book in this trilogy!

I give The Crown’s Dog 5 stars!

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Cover Reveal of Andy Smithson Book Six!

I’ve been waiting a long time to be able to say what I’m about to say. I’m SO excited!!!! Here goes…

May I present, Wisdom of the Centaurs’ Reason…

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What do you think? Don’t you love it? LOL!

Just kidding… The sixth book in the Andy Smithson series, Wisdom of the Centaurs’ Reason, will be released November 23rd!!!!!!!!
If your curiosity is begging  to see the whole incredibly amazing artwork my cover designer whipped up, just click here.

But BEFORE YOU CLICK, what do you speculate the rest of the cover looks like based upon the title, Wisdom of the Centaurs’ Reason? What can you guess based on the peek I’ve given you? It has to have Andy, but what might he be doing? What do you know about centaurs? Why would the cover feature a night sky? Is the phase of the moon important?

Okay, you’ve pondered long enough. Go satisfy your curiosity. LOL!

Enjoy!

As I mentioned, Wisdom of the Centaurs’ Reason will be available November 23rd, just in time for Thanksgiving reading or holiday gift-giving!

It just became available for pre-order on Amazon. Don’t risk forgetting to buy it on November 23rd, pre-order it today and have it automatically delivered…a pre-Christmas gift to yourself. 🙂

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Cover Reveal: The Alchemists of the Loom by Elise Kova

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Is this an amazing cover or what?? I’ve extolled the amazingness of fellow author, Elise Kova, throughout her debut series, Air Awakens. With that series now concluded,  she’s on to her next project, The Loom Saga. And I’m excited to share the cover!!! The release date is January 10, 2017 and I can’t wait!

Summary: Her vengeance. His vision.

Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds’ resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market. There isn’t a place on Loom that is secure from the engineer turned thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors.

Cvareh would do anything to see his sister usurp the Dragon King and sit on the throne. His family’s house has endured the shame of being the lowest rung in the Dragons’ society for far too long. The Alchemist Guild, down on Loom, may just hold the key to putting his kin in power, if Cvareh can get to them before the Dragon King’s assassins.

When Ari stumbles upon a wounded Cvareh, she sees an opportunity to slaughter an enemy and make a profit off his corpse. But the Dragon sees an opportunity to navigate Loom with the best person to get him where he wants to go.

He offers her the one thing Ari can’t refuse: A wish of her greatest desire, if she brings him to the Alchemists of Loom.

 

Cover Reveal of Ann Snizek’s Latest YA Sci Fi!

To Eris HumanHumans can’t see lucents… except for Eris.

Sixteen year old Eris Payton wants more than anything to fit in – struggling to reinvent herself – when she meets Nelson, who offers an escape from her current hell into the unknown shadows of his world, and she can’t say no before she learns just how different she really is… changing her life in a way she would never have imagined. Nelson, a lucent, needs Eris to follow him back to Downside before the epidemic gets worse, otherwise his brother will die, but he must convince her that he’s real and that her DNA holds the key in time to save his brother and his entire race. Facing truths that challenge everything she thought she knew, Eris discovers the hidden world of lucents, her own mysterious origins, and how to trust once more. She finds herself and uncovers answers to questions she never thought to ask.

 
Author bio
Author picOriginally from Vermont, Ann now lives in Virginia with her husband. Ann spent much of her childhood moving from place to place. Now settled, she enjoys exploring nature and the freedom to pursue the dreams of her imagination through writing.

Ann’s love of books from childhood continues today — always looking to stimulate the imagination. She knows the thrill of triumphing over adversities, pulling from life’s experiences, both hers and others, for inspiration… always sharing, growing, and learning.

 
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Cover Reveal… Drum Roll Please…

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Liz Long, an amazing author friend of mine, is celebrating today as she reveals the super awesome cover of the third and final book in her Heroes of Acania trilogy and I’m leading a cheer squad for her!! Check it out!

SuperNova (HoA #1), Fortune’s Favor (HoA #2),
Unbreakable (HoA #3) Heroes of Arcania Trilogy
COVER REVEAL May 26th, 2016

Book One:

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The streets of Arcania are overrun with crime, deteriorating as a madman named Fortune makes himself at home. He shows no mercy, striking down anyone in his path – including Nova Benson’s little sister. Devastated, Nova vows to seek justice for her family, but aside from her freak strength and impenetrable skin, how is she supposed to stop a monster like Fortune?

Cole Warner wants to help people. Entrusted to keep his family’s secret, he’s also frustrated at having to hide his gift. He knows he could do more to help in the fight against Fortune. If he could convince his sister Penelope to join him, they might even have a chance at beating him. When Cole meets Nova, he realizes his whole world is about to change. And he’s going to welcome it with open arms.

Falling for each other wasn’t part of the plan.

Then again, neither was becoming a superhero.

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Book Two:

Fortunes FavorNova will learn it takes more than sheer strength to be a superhero. Her world implodes when Fortune strikes back for all the trouble she’s caused. His dangerous games put everyone around her at risk, especially when he decides to turn Arcania against its precious Heroes. Nova wants to protect Arcania, but how does she save a city that doesn’t want her help?

Cole has no idea how to deal with his sister Penelope, especially now that she’s learned the truth about their family secret. Thanks to Fortune, she’s headed down a dark path, one with no return. Torn between helping Nova and protecting his sister, Cole will be forced to make a choice. Tensions rise as Cole and Nova discover war will come to Arcania if they don’t get Fortune off the streets…or preferably six feet under.

Nova and Cole might have each other, but will they lose everything else in their mission to save Arcania?

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Drum roll please…Book Three:

UnbreakableNova started the fight against Fortune for simple revenge, but now it’s turned into something much bigger. Arcania’s criminals are at each other’s throats, putting the city right in the middle of a warzone. She’ll have to work with a few unlikely allies to end Fortune’s games once and for all. Nova thought she understood what it meant to be a superhero, but will she have to lose herself to truly defeat Fortune?

Fortune has given Cole a choice, one with unbearable consequences. When Cole takes matters into his own hands to save his sister Penelope, he realizes too late he’s another pawn in Fortune’s games. Fortune will use Cole’s gift against his enemies…including Nova. Cole will have to become the hero he always wanted to be if he’s going to protect the love of his life.

Nova and Cole could finally save Arcania from Fortune’s deadly games, but are they willing to sacrifice each other?

PREORDER ON AMAZON

ABOUT LIZ

LizLiz Long is a proud graduate of Longwood University. Her inspiration comes from action and thriller genres and she spends entirely too much time watching superhero movies. Her day job includes writing for a magazine publisher in Roanoke, VA.

The Donovan Circus series has best been described as "X-Men meets the circus." Adult horror story Witch Hearts tells the tale of a serial killer hunting witches for their powers. New Adult PNR A Reaper Made is about a teen Reaper who gets caught between falling in love or saving her sister’s soul. All titles are available for paperback or ebook on Amazon.

To learn more about Liz (including more information on her books, plus writing, marketing, and social media tips), visit her website: http://lizclong.com.

Cover Reveal for Crystal Crowned by Elise Kova!!

From time to time I get to help one of my favorite authors, Elise Kova, reveal the cover for her next completely amazing novel. This time it’s for Crystal Crowned, the last book in her Air Awakens series. I have mixed emotions about this cover reveal because it marks the end of this completely amazing series. I have found it to be a rare series that never fails to send me on an emotional roller coaster then leave me with a book hangover…And I don’t want to see it end. But the cover is so beautiful and you can’t help loving it….

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Release Date: July 12th 2016
Crystal Crowned Synopsis

Long live Solaris.

One bloodthirsty ruler has been overthrown by another, casting the shadow of death over the Solaris Empire. Vhalla Yarl stands upon the stage of fate, prepared to do battle one final time. Fragile alliances will be tested and new bonds will be formed as the world is reshaped. She fights as the champion of peace, but when the night is darkest will she be able to pay the price of a new dawn?

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About the Author

3f36c-elise2bkovaElise Kova has always had a passion for storytelling. She wrote her first novella, a high-fantasy, in sixth grade. Over the years she’s honed her love of literature with everything from fantasy to romance, science fiction to mystery, and whatever else catches her eye.

Elise lives in Saint Petersburg, Florida, where she’s currently working on the next installment in her debut YA fantasy series: Air Awakens. She enjoys video games, anime, table-top role playing games, and many other forms of “geekdom.” She loves talking with fans on Twitter (@EliseKova) and Facebook.

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Cover Reveal for Water’s Wrath by Elise Kova!!

I have the distinct honor of helping one of my favorite authors reveal the cover for her next completely amazing novel, Water’s Wrath! I’m so excited about this next book in the Air Awakens series. This has been a rare series that never fails to send me on an emotional roller coaster then leave me with a book hangover…Yes, it’s that good. So I’m super stoked to show you the cover for Book 4!!! It’s so beautiful….

Continue reading Cover Reveal for Water’s Wrath by Elise Kova!!

Dragon’s Revenge Cover Reveal!

Today I have the distinct pleasure of participating in the cover reveal of an author friend of mine, Kandi Wyatt. The first two books in her series have been well received and I applaud as she will soon launch book three into the world. Here’s what she has to say:

The Dragon Courage series is a middle grade/young adult fantasy series that has ten-year-olds to grandparents raving. What’s all the fuss? It’s a clean read of adventure and character-quality-building set in a new world. According to one reviewer, “Not since reading Christopher Paolini’s Eragon have I read a book about dragons that made me want to be a part of that world”. Each book has a theme skilfully woven into the plot so younger readers won’t even realize they are being taught important life qualities. The series is a “fabulous adventure for younger readers that will fill their minds with the magic of dragons, friendships found and worlds from far, far away”.

Today, I am introducing book three in the Dragon Courage series, Dragon’s Revenge. Book one took the reader to the northern canyon country of Three Spans Canyon where Kyn became a dragon rider. Book two followed Braidyn, a youngling born in the canyon country, who moved to the south along the River Sur. When some nestlings are stolen, Braidyn goes seeking retribution. His search takes him to the sandhills to the east of the inland sea. In book three, our story revolves around Kyn. He travels across the inland sea to a new land of marshes and red dragons.

Blurb:

In search of his place in the world, Kyn visits his new friend, Ben’hyamene. Together, they meet an ailing dragon rider from the marshes of a land called the Carr. The rider recounts a people beset by anger, depression, and despair. After befriending and healing the rider, the group travels to the rider’s home. There they discover a breed of wild dragons, called drakes, which have been at war with humans for four hundred years.

One sleepless night, Ben’hyamene uses his new abilities to communicate with the lead drake. This sets Kyn and Ben’hyamene on a path that could bring peace to a conflict that’s nearly destroyed a whole people. Can revenge be set aside and enemies be called friends?

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And now for the cover!

Dragon's Revenge Cover

Cover Reveal! Book Five in the Andy Smithson Series

Cover_Bk5_200x300Cover Reveal! Hot off my cover designer’s desk, the cover for Vision of the Griffin’s Heart, book five in the ongoing Andy Smithson epic fantasy series is here!

After five covers together, Dale Robert Pease and I have become quite the team when it comes to design. I provided him with the following ideas to guide him:

The scene to be depicted is Andy and up to 12 others riding on the backs of 12 other griffins, flying back to Castle Avalon that is under seige by the 7-headed dragon, Abaddon. The scene in the book takes place at midday so the sun is shining. Oomaldee is still shrouded in fog so you can include clouds if needed.

A scene similar to Prisoner of Azkaban might trigger fond memories.

My story-griffins have white feathered heads and almond-color fur. Front feet need to be talons and back quarters that of a lion.

Unfortunately, I could not find any griffin stock art that would work, so you’ll need to assemble your own griffin.

Andy sits just before wings begin. Need silhouette again, at least I think so for consistency, no shield. Again he carries a sword. No armor, just tunic. Andy is now age 14.

That input produced this result. Quite snazzy if I say so myself! This book is due out in January 2016.

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