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Sunday Shout-out for David Hearne!

🔥 Sunday Shout-out for @davidhearnewriter and his fantastic review of my book The Power of Conviction 🔥

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I enjoyed this story which features some first-rate world building and is paced superbly. There’s an authentic flavour and continuity that comes through in the writing that helps the book flow. It’s an absorbing read.

The story itself is sound enough, I was reminded of the Grimm series. Despite the hunting being for demons I felt the author had created something different with its own lore and rules. The concept of having a prime (or boss) works well during the quests as the Priesthood hunt out the evil around them (with mixed results). Good fiction becomes much better with memorable characters and we have plenty of them here.

The dynamic that unfolds between Anaya and Samael creates both a hook and intrigue. What can light and darkness possibly have in common, after all? I found it made for fascinating reading and complimented Anaya’s quests, adding a tasty element to the story.

While Anaya is our protagonist, Edric is an interesting character too with real depth provided by both his backstory and his gruff quirkiness. He’s deftly written and Vixen works very well also as the one who takes an interest in him for reasons of her own.

Lenda is a good, likeable support character too while Ekelon is supposed to be a good guy but his means sometimes suggest otherwise.

Some of the other characters (Adena, Eden, Arax, Lilith) get a little lost in the background but I think they’re supposed to as we have plenty of characters taking centre stage. It’s a balancing act not to throw too many new characters at the reader and one that the writer has managed well.

There’s plenty of violence, sex and torture going on here but it’s not gratuitous and works as part of the story.

The climax of the book just works and foreshadows possibilities for future works (of which there are). Can’t wait to read them.” – David Hearne

Author Spotlight: Katie Cherry

Check out this spotlight for Clean YA Fantasy author Katie Cherry!

You can find all her links furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out her books!

1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please!

Hi! Well, I’m 25, have a 1.5-year-old toddler, and am too busy writing books to have any kind of hobby, but I used to play Xbox, read, and binge TV shows. I started writing when I was 13ish, and turned it into a career in 2018. I’m obsessed with dragons and write clean, magical adventures!

2. Tell us 5 fun facts people might not know about you!

  1. I am NOT an early bird. Left to my own devices, I slip later and later with my sleep schedule. I’ve gotten bad enough that I’d go to bed around 5am and get up around 3pm.
  2. Pasta, burgers, and milkshakes are my favorite foods ever
  3. I despise the cold. I find it painful and would choose being sweaty over hurting down to my bones any day.
  4. Driving terrifies me. I hate it and always have, and only do it when absolutely necessary.
  5. I love to get my hair dyed fun colors! I’ve done red, red and blue, purple, silver, and will be trying blonde and blue, emerald green and blue… basically anything I can whenever I can carve out room for it in the budget! I just love trying all the gorgeous colors and hairdos!

3. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some “This or That”-questions. Answer 5 of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!

Ebooks OR physical books? Ebooks. I’m a person of convenience lol

Read multiple books OR one at a time? One at a time. I barely have time to read in the first place, I’d never finish anything if I tried to read more than one book at a time!

Plot driven OR character driven? Character driven! I feel like the plot should just contribute to the character(s) growth!

Zombies OR dragons? DRAGONS. Not that zombies don’t have their place, but I am 100% team dragon for basically any question you could ask me haha

Music while reading OR silence? I like both, but generally just silence. Music can be distracting from the book.

4. When you look for books to read, what trope, theme, or type of story will always catch your attention?

There has to be magic, dragons are a huge selling point for me (but I will grab books without them), and the book should be character-driven. If the characters aren’t challenged at every turn, it’s going to fall pretty flat for me!

5. If you were to describe your writing style using 3 words, what would they be?

Wholesome, encouraging, and fun

6. So what do you write? Tell us a bit more about your chosen genre, style and ongoing projects/WIPs/series!

I write clean Fantasy, so usually that’s also YA Fantasy 😊 I have a trilogy of novellas that are Urban Fantasy, a 7-book series that’s portal and Coming of Age Fantasy, and I just finished a YA Fantasy with Mythology series of 2 books- so a Duology! I actually can’t reveal my next project yet, but if you are curious please follow me for the announcement!

7. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!

Gods’ Grace- book 2 of the Duology I mentioned above! You can grab a copy here: https://books2read.com/GodsGrace. In book one of this Duology, it’s magic using humans versus the Greek Gods, battles for survival, and clean romance. Book two doesn’t have any romance, but has a lot of focus on family and the pressure to be perfect- like Louisa in Encanto!- and still has lots of magic, battles, and Greek Gods! Oh, and magical creatures, can’t forget about them! 😊

8. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!

You can actually follow me anywhere you’d like through this one link! https://sleek.bio/katiecherry

But I definitely recommend at least signing up for my email updates, which you can do here! https://www.subscribepage.com/katiecherrysfantasyemails

Book Review: A Threat of Shadows

📚 Review time! 📚

📚 A Threat of Shadows by JA Andrews

📚 My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

A Threat of Shadows is the first book of The Keeper Chronicles. Right from the start, we encounter Alaric, a Keeper (or ex-Keeper, as he seems to view himself). He is a man with many regrets, and the ghosts of his past haunt him (quite literally at the start). But he is on a mission to find a way to save his wife after she was afflicted by a deadly venom, and that quest is all that matters. On his journey, he happens upon a mixed group of people – a dwarf, an elf, a blacksmith, and a wizard, to mention a few. He joins them seemingly on a whim, but soon things are revealed that make you think this wasn’t as much of a coincidence as one might have thought.

A Threat of Shadows is a fantastic tale with plenty of twists, an intriguing magic system, and fabulously fleshed-out characters. I absolutely adored Alaric and his reasons to be on this quest, but also the doubt that always plays on his mind. Then the other characters, their fun banter and witty comments, and how they are all distinct and beautifully portrayed. I loved the mystery behind it all, the added court intrigue and how the different parts of the story finally come together in the end. Fabulous!

I highly recommend this book to any fantasy lovers out there!

Note: I listened to the audiobook version, narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds. I enjoyed his narration, with the different voices and the emotions he brought to the table. I’ll admit, he read the book a tad slow for my taste, but that’s not something that can’t be fixed by a little increased reading speed on the Audible app. So, A Threat of Shadows is a superb audiobook!

Finished art piece!

🍁 Finished artwork!! 😈😁🖤🖌️

🍁 Here’s the finished piece for the cover of my upcoming villain romance 😍🖤 I’m pretty happy with how it came out in the end, especially with the contrasting colours. I might not be too shabby for a book cover 😁🙏

Sunday Shout-out for R. L. Myles!

🔥 Sunday Shout-out for @childofadaban and his fantastic review of my book The Path of Salvation 🔥

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “The Path of Salvation is a great follow up to the first book in a wonderful series. I thoroughly enjoyed the read and the author have paid attention to what a reader would want. Beautifully written and balanced when it comes to details and plot movement. I recommend this series to anyone looking for something familiar, yet different enough to keep its originality in all the right places.” – R. L. Myles

Author Spotlight: Niranjan/Geetha Krishnan

Check out this spotlight for Fantasy/Sci-fi author Niranjan, a.k.a. Geetha Krishnan & Rari Rajesh!

You can find all her links furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out her books!

1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please!

I am Rari, and I write fantasy and Sci Fi books under the penname of Niranjan which is the name of my son who is no more. I am from India and I live with my partner and our daughter.

I am a boring person, really, and all I do, apart from writing, reading and chores is watch C Dramas and write fanfics.

I also write books based on Hindu Mythology under the name of Geetha Krishnan, which is my legal name. My books Ayana the Journey and Pradyutita have both made it into the semi finals of SPFBO in 2019 and 2020 respectively.

I have also published a volume of poetry and a mystery and a thriller under the name of Rari Rajesh.

2. Tell us 5 fun facts people might not know about you!

I’m really an open book, so I’m not sure there’s anything no one knows about me. I always overshare, so really, nothing to tell, I think?

Anyway.

  1. I pout and sulk worse than a child if I don’t get my own way.
  2. I roleplay with my daughter.
  3. I simp over the character Jiang Cheng from the book, Mo Dao Zu Shi, based on which the TV show The Untamed is made (Though everyone who has read my fanfics may know this already).
  4. My daughter calls me a toddler most of the time (She’s 16).
  5. I have a cover addiction (my cover collection is at 83 now)

3. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some “This or That”-questions. Answer 5 of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!

Ebooks OR physical books? Ebooks to read these days because my eyesight isn’t what it once was, but I always buy physical books when I like the ebook

First person view OR third person view? I write and read both, but I do have a slight bias towards third person

Standalone OR series? To write, standalones, to read, both, though I’m always afraid of series not getting finished, so now I don’t start any unless it’s already complete

Read multiple books OR one at a time? Depends on how I feel. I can do multiple, but mostly my brain prefers to fixate on one, unlike when I write when I need multipe WIPs to keep my brain engaged

Signed edition OR first edition? Signed edition, always

Graphic novels OR comic books? Hm… comic books

Plot driven OR character driven? Character driven, always.

Zombies OR dragons? Dragons

Witches OR vampires? Can I choose both? Lol, I didn’t actually care for vampires till I started writing them, so now I am kind of attached to them, and witches are always my favourites

Shop at an actual bookstore OR shop books online? At present, online because I’m too lazy to get dressed and get out of the house

Hero OR anti-hero? Again, depends. I mostly like good people, but I’ve been known to like the odd morally grey one, so.

TBR list OR mood reader? Mood reader (What even is a TBR?)

Music while reading OR silence? Either will do. If I’m really into the book, I hyperfocus and is barely aware of anything around me, so music may as well be silence

Read in bed OR read on sofa? Both.

4. When you look for books to read, what trope, theme, or type of story will always catch your attention?

The hero’s journey is a recurring theme that I am drawn to. Fake dating is also something that I always find myself drawn to. Apart from that, I love adventures, quests, enemies to lovers, friends to lovers, found family and with benefits arrangements turning to real feelings. As long as there’s a happy ending waiting, I can read almost everything. But the happy ending is a must, and by happy ending I don’t mean the main couple being happy and everyone else suffering, nope. I want a happy ending for everyone in the book that deserves it. If not happy, at least hopeful.

5. If you were to describe your writing style using 3 words, what would they be?

Immersive, evocative and character-driven

6. So what do you write? Tell us a bit more about your chosen genre, style and ongoing projects/WIPs/series!

I write fantasy but there’s a lot of Sci Fi elements in most of my books. There’s an occasional book that’s pure fantasy, but I mostly love writing about worlds that are technologically advanced and where magic co-exists with technology. I’ve also written a purely Sci Fi series the final book of which is due to release this November.

Ongoing projects. Um. I have around 76 WIPs including fanfics and I spend my time hiding from most of them.

Right now, I’m editing a project called Changes in the Wind which has a gay main pairing who are soulmates. There’s a bit of political intrigue and found family feels as well. There’s loads and loads of angst which is something I really love to write and read.

7. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!

I have a book released this 16th titled The Banished Secret.

It’s a fantasy story set in modern day India but with alternating chapters about an ancient time as well. It’s a story of reincarnation, and revenge, and family bonds. The cover art is by Fay Lane and it is just gorgeous!

You can buy the book at https://books2read.com/u/4DKPXd

8. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!

My website is https://authorniranjan.in/

You can find me at twitter https://twitter.com/ormakal

I am on FB at https://www.facebook.com/geetha.krishnan.58/ and I have a group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1622573631409888

I have an insta which I’m rarely on https://www.instagram.com/niranjanauthor/

And in case, anyone wants to take a gander at my fanfics, you can find me at AO3 as well https://archiveofourown.org/users/geethr75

I am mostly on twitter and occasionally on FB, mostly to surf cover groups and buy covers I don’t need.

Book Review: Inked by Rachel Rener

📚 Review time! 📚

📚 Inked by Rachel Rener

📚 My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This was a deliciously fun read!

Inked was the first book I’ve read by Rachel Rener, but I’m pretty sure it won’t be my last. I absolutely adored this books, from the moment she starts tattooing that buttcheek. It can’t really get a much better introduction?! And after that, it goes down hill for our poor MC Talia, but most certainly uphill in entertainment!

I loved how this urban fantasy wasn’t quite like all else, the mix of creatures and magic, and the details given (just the tattoo knowledge is fabulous!). I also really enjoyed Talia and her mother’s little quarrels. But the best of all was probably Biscuit! Who doesn’t love an animal companion? I’m sold already there lol!

So in case you missed it – Inked is a fantastic urban fantasy tale with a touch of romance and a whole lot of hilarity!

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