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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)

 

 

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Brightly Burning By Alexa Donne

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This book fills a void in my life I didn’t even know I had! Brightly Burning weaves together so many surprising elements. This space-themed retelling of Jane Eyre that will leave you swooning, smiling and surprised.

Meet Stella. When she gets the chance to move from her position on a dying spaceship to be a governess aboard a private ship she jumps on it. Before she knows it she is falling for the mysterious captain and finds herself knee-deep in mystery.

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WHAT I LOVED

  •  There is a lot to Stella. Not only is she a teacher, spaceship mechanic, and governess but she has a lot going on in her personal life.
  • I sat down to read this, intending to stop after a few chapters, but I could not put this book down. Just when I thought I had it figured out something delightful would pull me back in.
  • I loved Stella’s relationship with the new ships AI system. I found myself smiling at this element of the story.
  • I enjoyed seeing the relationship changes between Stella, Jon, her best friend, and Captain Hugo as well as the others onboard both ships. All of the characters in this book are well done and entertaining.
  • There is so much to this story. I can’t even begin to dig into all of it without risking a spoiler.

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WHO SHOULD READ THIS BOOK

  • Lovers of Jane Eyre and romance
  • If you love a great retelling this book is for you.
  • Fans of Marissa Meyer
  • If you are into space-themed books this one is a must. Even if they are not your thing I think you will enjoy this one.
  • If you want a book that is more than romance, more than a retelling, more than a mystery, this book is a delightful mash-up you will fall in love with.

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This book will be released in 2018. I received an advanced reader copy from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Alexa also has a YouTube channel were she gives excellent writing advice in a no-nonsense manner. I highly recommend all writers check it out.

 

 

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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
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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.

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Book Love Review: Keeper by Kim Chance

I am beyond excited to write this book love review.  I have been following Kim Chance’s writing journey and her YouTube videos for over a year. She has been an inspiration to me in many ways. I am proud to be a part of her Street Team for Keeper which will release January of 2018.

Watch My Video Review Of Keeper By Kim Chance

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The story kicks off when a  200-year-old attacks  Lainey Styles. The logical bookworm needs a logical explanation but what she discovers is anything but logical.  Not only is Lainey a powerful witch and Keeper of a dangerous spell book that has been stolen but she is being hunted by a dangerous warlock.

What I loved:

  • The adorable friendship between Lainey and Maggie. They compliment and challenge each other. They are both a bit quirky and easy to love. So many books tend to have the teen female without female friends or if they have female friends they are keeping them in the dark about their magic or powers. It was nice to see the friendship play a healthy and fun role.
  • The past and present are seamlessly presented as Lainey discovers her heritage from the witch.
  • The blooming relationship between Ty & Lanie is swoon-worthy at times.
  • Unexpected plot twists make this book a standout and a page-turner.
  • I had no desire to skip or skim while reading.
  • This book is an interesting mix of charming, fun, magic sprinkled with gritty action.
  • The Pop Culture References fit the feel of this book and set a fun tone that teens and adults will enjoy.

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You Should Read This Book if :

  • If you have ever found yourself fangirling over any magic or supernatural themed book, show or movie. The pop culture references will delight you.
  • If you enjoy a quick read with delightfully quirky characters.
  • If you love magic and witchy reads.
  • If you are a Kim Chance fan. This book is completely what I would expect from her – just from watching her YouTube channel. Her personality and style shine in Keeper.
  • If you enjoy memorable lines. Holy Shitkittens. (Just read it. Then you will forever have that line in your head.)

*I did receive a copy of the advanced reader copy of Keeper from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

That said, if you read my blog or watch my videos, you know that my reviews tagged Book Love are reserved for books I love or books that have many elements that I love. This book falls into my Book Love category perfectly. And, Yes I will be fangirling over it and talking about it a lot in the upcoming months. Read it and fangirl with me. It will be a blast.

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Want to know more about Kim? Check out her Youtube videos and website. She also hosts a monthly twitter event called Chance to Connect that helps writers connect with each other.

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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.

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Book Love: The Night Circus – It is not what I expected

This book was not what I was expecting. It is not the type of book that I usually fall in love with. Yet, It has earned a place in my book love heart, and you may find a place for it in yours – if you are open to reading it and following it to the end.

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To boil this story down for you, without spoilers, is no easy feat but I will give it a go. This is the story of a different sort of Circus. A circus without animals but laced with magic. The Circus itself was created as a game board of sorts for two magicians who have been raised and trained to compete in a competition. The end game and the rules are not clear to them or the reader at times. Everyone involved with the circus is an unknowing part of the game, and their lives are affected by it in a magical and sometimes deadly way.  The story is full of secrets, performers, magic and a bit of romance.

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So first, let’s talk about what this book is not:

  • Fast paced
  • Action filled
  • An easy read
  • Typical
  • For everyone

If you can get past the things that this novel is not, you might find yourself emerged in the atmosphere of the mysterious circus. I will admit, I did have some issues falling in love with this book. At the same time, I was unable to abandon the book. The bits and pieces of the story came together for me at the end and left me satisfied.

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What I loved:

  • The idea of the story and how it came together at the end.
  • The use of colors. I always love it when writers use colors to enhance their story. I don’t know why I just do.
  • The way the author used detailed descriptions to enhance the atmosphere of the story.
  • Trying to figure out how all the pieces of the story fit.
  • It has a few delightful characters.
  • I enjoyed that some portions of the book are written in 2nd person, although I had trouble understanding why that view was used until the end of the book.

Who should read this book:

  • Those open to the 3rd person omnipresent and 2nd person point of view narrations.
  • If you can deal with lots of description, narration and slow moving pace.
  • If you are unsure about reading it, take a chance. I did, and I enjoyed it.
  • Magic lovers

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I listened to this book on audiobook.  The narrator ‘s voice fits the feel of the book perfectly, but I found it so soothing that I almost fell asleep a few times. I had to increase the narration speed a few times to finish the book with out napping.

Overall, this book is one that will stick with me. It is not a book for everyone and certainly not my typical read, but I am giving it 5 stars because it managed to make all of the plot pieces that are scattered about fit together.  The book provoked some deep thoughts and left me with warm feelings and the urge to eat caramel covered things.

So, tell me have you read this book? What did you think?