Posted in Books, Writing

Writing Prompts Decoded: Official Book Trailer

Do you want to know what my book is about? More importantly, do you want to know how this book will transform the way you look at writing prompts? If you are ready for prompt based solutions to your writing problems and you want to create content for your fiction book, you are in the right place.

I hope you enjoy this super short book teaser. I still have a few advanced reader copies of the ebook version if you would like a free copy in exchange for your honest review. The free ARC’s are limited so contact me asap if you are interested.

Watch the 1 1/2 Min Book Trailer

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I am excited to say that this book is now available for pre-order in ebook format. The paperback version is in the works and both will release February 26th, 2018. All preorders will receive a to be announced bonus and will be entered into a drawing. Prizes & the TBA bonus will be announced live on Facebook on Thursday. All the details will be posted here on Friday.

Preorder Writing Prompts Decoded: Creative Prompts For Your Nonfiction Book Now

As always, thank you for your support and taking time to read my blog. It means the world to me.

You Matter. Words Matter. Your Words Matter.

April

Posted in Bookish Goodies, Books, Inspirational Mugs, Phone Cases, and More, Self Publishing, Society6, Time Management For Writers, Writing

Big Things Are Coming In Febuary

January was a productive month. That is big news for me and for you. It means that big exciting things are coming in February. I am not going to spill all the details today but here are the headlines.

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Do you struggle with finding the time to write? Do you have difficulty writing when it is time to write? I feel your pain because I have been there and done that. The good news is that I have a solution to share with you. Time management is the answer and also the focus of my blog and videos in the month of February.

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The other BIG news is that I finished my writing prompts book! It is one step closer to being in your hands. In February I will be launching and publishing it. I have already started the process of adding beta readers and reviewers to my Book Review team.

Want a free copy of my book? It is not too late to sign up for my book review team. You will receive an advanced reader copy of my book in exchange for your honest review and feedback. What are you waiting for? CLICK HERE

I will have 2 new designs up in my society 6 store next month. If you loved the January design below you will adore what I have coming for you next month. As always, just search for author April in the society6 store, select the design, and then the product you would like the design on. Easy Peasy.

 

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New Book Lover Design Available in My Society 6 Store. 

Excited to see what February brings! Have a blessed and bookish day my friend. XOXO (1)

 

 

Posted in Book Love Reviews, Book Reviews, Books

Book Love Review: The Darkest Part Of The Forrest by Holly Black

A unique story that blends the modern day life of teen siblings, Hazel & Ben, with the not so secret world of the fairy folk. When the horned boy in the glass coffin awakes Hazel & Ben must figure out how he escaped and how it relates to the strange things happening in their town.  The duo must deal with the secrets of their past and games of their childhood in order to make sense of what is happening between the “folk” and the humans and uncover their own hidden roles.

 

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What I loved about this book:

  • The slightly strained sibling relationship that plays out as the teens uncover the lies and truths that have separated them over the years.
  • An excellent stand-alone story that manages to deliver an excellent plot, believable characters and enchant with fantasy elements.
  • A roller coaster of unexpected twists and turns.
  • I enjoyed the relationship between the “Folk” and the townspeople.
  • Hazel is a delightfully flawed character, who knows she is flawed, but struggles with her flaws and understanding why she does the things she does. By the end of the book, the reader will understand what triggered one of her flaws.
  • Jack. I loved this changeling, his evolving relationship with Hazel, and the way he is torn between his human family and the “folk” who traded him away.

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You Should Read This Book If:

  •  You are a fan of Holly Black
  • You enjoy contemporary fantasy reads that involve fairies or folklore.
  • You are fascinated with the idea of changelings.
  • You enjoy books with realistic sibling relationships
Posted in Book Love Reviews, Book Reviews, Books, Uncategorized

Book Love Review: The House Of Furies by Madeleine Roux

 

What a winner! I listened to The House of Furies on audiobook during my recent travels.  It was delightfully read and engaging. The narrator used a variety of voices and accents for the characters.

This book follows the runaway Luisa Dutton as she takes employment as a maid at the Coldthistle boardinghouse. She discovers that the house draws people who have done evil deeds to it. The boarders check in to make use of the healing waters of the spring. The owner and staff make sure that the guests won’t be leaving the house alive.

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What I Loved About This Book

Louisa is an engaging character. I loved her spunky attitude and her curiosity that always lands her in situations over her head.

Some Chapters are Chapters from the book Louisa is reading. It is written by the owner of the boarding house and documents his travels and insight into creatures and beings that are not human and the abilities they possess. This was a tidy way to learn about the other characters in the book. Expect hellhounds, changelings, and phantom shadow creatures.

The pacing of the book is good. It does start a bit slow but builds up into a powerful story with unexpected twists and turns. I honestly did not know what was going to happen next and it kept me on the edge of my seat.

Louisa is both disturbed, protected, and draw to the house and the strange characters. I really enjoyed her struggle with the evil and the evil deeds of those who come to Coldthistle house.

It is possible that I will never look at birds without remembering this book and the unique and disturbing role they play. I love books that stick a thought or image in my head for years to come.

The romantic relationship was not my favorite aspect of the story but it did play it’s part well and unlike some romantic subplots it was a driving force for Louisa’s actions at times.

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You Should Read This Book If

You enjoy a story that plays out the Good Vs Evil idea with a different spin.

You are fascinated with lore, paranormal, ghost stories or urban legends.

You once loved (or still love) all things with an R.L. Stine vibe

You enjoy a historical setting that is rooted in folklore and legend.

On another note, dI highly recommend the audiobook because the narrator does multiple voices and accents. You will thank me later!

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Overall, I adored the slightly creepy but not quite scary vibe. It does have some gorey scenes but they are written in a way that you get the idea with having overdone gross details.

I have already checked out all the other books by this author and I can’t wait to read the sequel. If you want to talk book with me find me on Social Media and don’t forget to follow me on Youtube.

Posted in Book Love Reviews, Book Reviews, Books, Owl Crate, Uncategorized

Book Love Review: Before She Ignites

Watch the Video Review Of Before She Ignites

 

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Recommended by Stormie. Every time I try to get a shot of this book she bombs it.

Dragons. Intrigue. Memorable Characters. If I only had a few words to describe this book those would hit the mark perfectly. Before She Ignites is the first book in The Fallen Isles Trilogy by Jodi Meadows and the September Owlcrate selection.

 

Mira is the beautiful face of the peace treaty she is named for but her passion is for dragons. When she discovers a secret and speaks out she finds herself tossed in jail. Under the care of a cruel guard who wants to know her secrets,  she must come to terms with who she is, what the treaty really stands for, who her real friends are and find a way to protect the dragons.

Click Here to Watch the Video Review

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There is a lot to love about this book so I will stick to my favorite aspects of it without giving away to much of the plot.

WHAT I LOVED:

  • Mira is a well-developed character that will stick with me for a long time. By the end of the book, she finds an inner strength that she didn’t know she had. Mira has to learn to survive and dig deep into herself to accomplish goals she feels completely unequipped to deal with.
  • There is a full fantasy world packed into this novel. The author did an excellent job building this world and transplanting me into it without much confusion.
  • There are a lot of characters in this book and each gives it a bit a flavor without being overwhelming or confusing.
  • Mira’s love for the dragons and her loyalty to those she trusts are strong elements in this book that drive her, but she struggles to hold on to protecting them when faced with the cruel treatment from a prison guard and the treaty makers.
  • The book lived up to my expectations based on the cover, title, back & inside cover blurbs and the first pages.  I say this because it is rare that a book actually delivers everything I expect based on those things.
  • The romantic element is perfect.  Realistic. Tension. Swoon-worthy. I can’t wait to see what develops between them in the next book.

Watch Me Unbox this book!

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Who Should Read This Book”

  • Dragon fans and fantasy world lovers
  • If you like a book with flawed characters who struggle realistically in the face of cruelty to find strength and inner power.
  • If you enjoy a  romantic subplot that doesn’t take over the main plot but keeps you interested.
  • Even if you are not a big fantasy or dragon fan I recommend giving this book a read for excellent storytelling and compelling characters

 

 

 

Posted in Book Reviews, Books, Indie Spotlight

Indie Author Spotlight: Souls of Three Cover Reveal 

Have you had time to check out the cover reveal of  Souls of Three by Ashley Mcleo? I recommend checking it out.  If you read Prophecy Of Three or watched my Indie Author book review you will want to hop on over to Ashley Blog and check out the cover reveal of Book Two in the Starseed Trilogy. If you want to know more about the Starseed Trilogy check out Ashley’s website You can even sign up to be a part of her coven to stay up to date on all the latest Starseed news.

Click here for the  Souls of Three Cover Reveal!  

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See My Video Review Of Prophecy of Three

I enjoyed book one but the second book of this trilogy blew me away. Why? Evelyn. I didn’t like her in book one. Not one bit. However, that changed dramatically for me in Souls of Three. She’s now my favorite of the three witches. Why? I will be talking about that in my upcoming review of the book which will release on Halloween. How perfect it that release date for this witchy read?

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If you would like to read The Prophecy of Three you can find it on Amazon. It is even available on kindle unlimited. Prophecy Of Three 

If you read it let me know what you think. Do you know of another great book by an Independent Author? If so, please let me know. I am always looking for indie books and authors to feature on my website.

Have A Blessed & Bookish Day

April Taylor

Posted in Book Reviews, Books, Indie Spotlight, Self Publishing, Uncategorized

Indie Spotlight Review: Ingrid, The Viking Maiden by Naomi Jan Kelly

Ingrid intends to be a strong Viking shield maiden. She is determined to prove to her family that she has what it takes, in spite of her small stature and the coddled life they have given her. When she convinces her friend Shelby to stowaway on one of the boats with her she quickly discovers that she may have taken on more than she can handle. Her voyage turns into a magical adventure when she finds her self-shipwrecked and at the mercy of some strange creatures and faces the truth about her hidden memories and abilities. Ultimately, Ingrid must choose between the path she always wanted and one chosen for her.

Watch my video review of Ingrid the Viking Maiden

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What I loved about this book:

  • Grand adventures with unexpected companions
  • Mixing the Viking lifestyle with magic
  • Ingrid grows as a character and learns to rely on her strengths
  • A bit of romance, a strong friendship, and Ingrid finds a rather grumpy new pal
  • Great setup for sequel, I want to know what happens to Ingrid
  • It was a quick and easy read.

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Who should read this book:

  • Fans of Vikings and magical beings
  • Readers who want a taste of romance that doesn’t overwhelm the story
  • Readers who like quirky sidekicks might enjoy Ingrid’s new pal
  • If you like a light fantasy read mixed with a touch of history.

My Personal take on this book:

Well written, easy to read, and entertaining. It kept my attention and I felt satisfied at the end. I enjoyed reading this magical Viking adventure and look forward to the next book from this author.

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You can find Naomi Jane Kelly’s book on Amazon. It is currently available as a kindle unlimited selection.  Visit Naomi’s website to learn more

Have you read a great indie ya, fantasy, sci-fi, or historical fiction book? I would love to hear more.