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Sunday, September 19, 2021

Science Fiction Pre-order: The Awakening of Artemis by John Calia

There’s a new book coming out this month and if you enjoy science or speculative fiction, you’re going to love it! Check out The Awakening of Artemis by John Calia!

The Awakening of Artemis
by John Calia
September 29th, 2021
Genre: Science Fiction/ Speculative Fiction
Orphaned by war and disillusioned about her life, Diana Gutierrez-Adams is on a routine military assignment when she and her team are kidnapped by a domestic militia. She learns from her captors that her cryogenically-frozen grandfather is at the center of a high-stakes plan to steal technology that will change the world for greed and great fortune.

Challenged by the conspiracy and pulled by emotions she doesn’t fully understand, Diana’s rescue mission will change her life. What happens to her is unexpected, perhaps miraculous – an adventure that embraces all her hopes for finding her true self and her place in a world dominated by powerful elites and even more powerful artificial intelligence.

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Diana knew that everyone who lived in the pods as well as anyone officially connected to the government had an embedded chip that enabled monitoring technology to identify where every individual was at any time. The chips also measured the secretion of enzymes and hormones. Algorithms had been developed to predict everyone’s wants and needs based upon those secretions. Over time, the algorithms learned from human response and adjusted their predictions accordingly – without human intervention.

About the Author

A Brooklyn-born, second generation American and the eldest of three boys, writing is his third career and the one about which he is most passionate. Following graduation from the US Naval Academy and active duty in the Navy, he embarked on a career in business. He began writing his blog “Who Will Lead?” in 2010 attracting over 115,000 readers. It inspired him to write his first book, an Amazon five-star rated business fable titled “The Reluctant CEO.” Currently he makes his home in Fairport, NY, a village on the Erie Canal.

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Saturday, September 18, 2021

Book Review: The Epilogues: Part II: How to Survive an Undead Honeymoon (The Beginner’s Guide to Necromancy - Book 8) by Hailey Edwards

The Epilogues: Part II: How to Survive an Undead Honeymoon (The Beginner’s Guide to Necromancy - Book 8)
by Hailey Edwards
March 20, 2020
Pages: 144
The Epilogues: Part II

Nothing says romance like spending a long weekend at a haunted inn famed for sending its guests to the ER with scratches, bites, and fractures. Or so Linus thinks when he books a trip for Grier and himself to Oliphant House. As far as honeymoons go, the choice is nontraditional, but then, so is his bride.

Haunted history is one of Grier’s great loves, and she’s thrilled to discover Linus has given her a mystery to solve. Forget walks on moonlit beaches and sipping fruity drinks, Grier would much rather unravel the curse that’s plagued the Oliphant family for generations than pick sand from between her toes.

The resident spooks, however, aren’t happy with the newlyweds sticking their noses where they don’t belong. Between the missing persons, the dead bodies, and the secrets lurking in the basement, Linus and Grier start to wonder if they’ll survive their honeymoon.

Grier is no ordinary woman and Linus her new husband wants to pick the perfect place for their honeymoon even if it is somewhat unconventional to most people. What says I love you forever more than a haunted inn where the hauntings only happen once every 30 years? Grier is ecstatic when she finds out their destination is a mystery she hopes to solve.

Grier and Linus’s relationship has been one for the history book’s and the way Edwards has written this series is outstanding. Her books are easy to read, filled with characters you love and a few you hate but one thing that stands out is that even though there’s magic the characters are relatable which makes it a series you don’t want to miss.

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Denise B
About the Author:
Hailey Edwards writes about questionable applications of otherwise perfectly good magic, the transformative power of love, the family you choose for yourself, and blowing stuff up. Not necessarily all at once. That could get messy. She lives in Alabama with her husband, their daughter, and a herd of dachshunds.

Book Review: Black Hat, White Witch (Black Hat Bureau - Book 1) by Hailey Edwards

Black Hat, White Witch (Black Hat Bureau - Book 1)
by Hailey Edwards
June 28, 2021
Pages: 207
Remember that old line about how the only way out of the organization is in a pine box?

Well, Rue Hollis spent ten years thinking she had escaped the Black Hat Bureau, no coffin required.

Then her former partner had to go and shatter the illusion by showing up on her doorstep with grim tidings. As much as Rue wants to kick him to the curb, she agrees to hear him out for old times’ sake, and what he says chills her to the bone.

The Silver Stag was the most notorious paranormal serial killer in modern history, and Rue brought him down. Now a copycat has picked up where the Stag left off, and the Bureau wants her on the case. She beat the Stag once. They think she can do it again. But they don’t know she’s given up black magic, and she’s not about to tell them. White witches are prey, and Rue is the hunter, not the hunted. Always.

But can she take down the protégé of the man who almost beat her at her black witch best?

If she wants to keep her new town, her new home, her new life, then she has no choice but to find out.

Rue Hollis ran from the Black Hat Bureau ten years ago and has spent that time running, hiding, and finally building a life for herself in a small town where she had to lie for protection. When her former partner, Clay, finds her, she is terrified that everything she has built for herself will go up in smoke but decides to hear him out for old times’ sake.

The last case Rue worked on for the Black Hat Bureau was the Silver Stag case, a notorious serial killer who was sick and twisted and that Rue herself destroyed. Now it seems there’s a copycat who has picked up where the Silver Stag left off. Rue has agreed to work for the Black Hat Bureau as a contractor on a case-by-case basis. She hopes she can stop this copycat even though she is now a white witch instead of using black magic, and all she can do is hope that she is strong enough to take down this new killer.

This new series by Edwards does not disappoint. It is full of some fantastic surprises that, as a reader, I appreciate. I would have preferred just a little more background because I kept feeling like I had missed something, but other than that, this book is worth the read.

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Denise B
About the Author:
Hailey Edwards writes about questionable applications of otherwise perfectly good magic, the transformative power of love, the family you choose for yourself, and blowing stuff up. Not necessarily all at once. That could get messy. She lives in Alabama with her husband, their daughter, and a herd of dachshunds.

Friday, September 17, 2021

Interview: YA Horror Author Kelly Pawlik (Olympic Vista Chronicles) + giveaway

Tell us about your main characters- what makes them tick?
Darius, the rich-kid from Boston, has such a curious mind. In some ways, he’s been super sheltered and the idea that he could have this group of friends, that he could go on these adventures, it’s really exhilarating for him.

Adelaide, is a bit different. She’s the glue that holds her circle of friends together, even if she doesn’t realize it. She’s had a tough life. Her mother can’t seem to hold down a job, she burns just about anything she cooks and she has horrible taste in men. Her dad isn’t in the picture at all and there’s been a revolving door of roommates over the years. Adelaide spends more time being the adult than her mother does, and Darius’ arrival in town gives her a chance to be a kid and get in trouble and just live.

Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
None of the characters are based on anyone I’ve met exactly, but I don’t know if anything can come completely from people’s imagination; everything we do, everything we see, it can affect us. I have no doubt my interactions with various people, things they have said to me or I’ve ever heard, they all play a part in the creation of these characters.

Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?
I might just be working on a few! I have an idea for a short story collection I’d like to put together. The main characters of the novella series won’t feature too prominently, but they’ll be around for parts of the book. Their friends, however… we’ll have to see!

In the meantime, there is a short story available to people who sign up for my newsletter ( It’s still set in Olympic Vista, but it has very different characters. It’s much less horror and much more friendship with a touch of sadness. (I only send out a newsletter about once a month, but subscribers will get access to novella updates and behind-the-scenes information!)

There are some unanswered questions throughout the two books. Are the answers coming soon?
I really endeavour to wrap things up in each book, but Olympic Vista is a strange place and we’re following a group of preteens as they investigate the weirdness around them. Sometimes the answers are just out of reach, but don’t worry: a lot of questions will be answered in due time.

Can you, for those who don't know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I honestly can’t pinpoint when I become an author. I can remember trying to write stories before I could actually write. (I distinctly remember one of my older half-brothers refusing to sit as a captive audience writing down my every word!) And I know I played around with stories and poems through school. Several years ago, I started writing roleplaying game (RPG) supplements, and that just sort of kept evolving. Some of it was really rules based, but other parts were adventures or really descriptive.

As far as my novella fiction work goes, I dabbled a bit with passages of work that could become novels or short stories over the years, but nothing really came of it. Between work and kids, there just isn’t always a lot of time and the idea of actually writing a whole book and figuring out what to do with it was really intimidating.

When COVID hit and everyone tucked themselves away, I saw all these posts on social media about what people were doing with their free time I was a little jealous. I’ve got three kids and, due to a health scare with our youngest a couple of years ago, we decided to homeschool them last year. I felt like I had no time at all, let alone this extra time everyone was talking about!

Still, I felt inspired to take baby steps, so earlier this year I enrolled in an online writing course through the community college. It really pushed me to carve out a bit of time for writing. I wasn’t thrilled with the short story I had at the end of it, but it did reignite my passion for writing. My husband was super supportive and kept encouraging me to write more, and so I did. I ended up with a ton of words and too many ideas, so I sought some help from that instructor and she suggested going with a series of novellas. Now here we are!

Where were you born/grew up at?
I was born in Surrey, BC. I’ve never lived anywhere but Vancouver Island, but my mum was pregnant and went to the mainland for a concert with my father. Apparently, the doctor had said she’d be fine, but a few hours before the show she went into labour. I had to hear for years about how she knew exactly when Jethro Tull last played in the Vancouver area. I actually offered to buy her a ticket when they passed through again in 2011.

Everything twelve-year-old Adelaide Winter knows about her Washington state hometown is turned on its head when Darius Belcouer moves to Olympic Vista at the end of summer 1986.

The two become fast friends as they bond over the mystery of a local haunted house Darius wants to explore. The house, it turns out, is only the tip of the iceberg. They quickly discover the more they dig, the more they uncover, and the trail leads back to The Link, a research and development facility in town. Together, Adelaide and her friends delve into the strange occurrences around Olympic Vista.

A tale of horror, friendship, and coming of age in the late 1980s.

Songs From the Wood (Olympic Vista Chronicles Book 2)

by Kelly Pawlik
September 16, 2021
Genre: YA Horror, SciFi
Delve into the mystery of the strange, small town of Olympic Vista, WA.

In the days following a foray into a dilapidated house, twelve-year-old Darius Belcouer becomes desperate to find another unexplained phenomenon to investigate.

When animal attacks around town are reported in the news, Darius and Adelaide band together to solve the mystery. The trail leads them into the forest beyond Adelaide’s house where the pair discover that much like the small town itself, nothing in the woods is as it seems.

An eager new kid, a deadpan music-lover, a fast-talking troublemaker, an anxious bookworm and a girl torn between popularity and adventure. Follow this group of friends as they delve into the mysteries of their small town while juggling the trials and tribulations of their home lives.

Songs from the Wood is the sequel to Yesterday’s Gone, and the second novella in the Olympic Vista Chornicles.
Praise for the author:
“Pawlik has a flare for writing about this period and I could truly visualize the eighties vibes through her description of music, fashion and even food.”

Pick up your copy today and join this motley group of friends as they journey into the strange!

Tetsu kicked a small stone and watched as it skipped along the pavement. He shoved his hands deeper into his khaki pockets as he walked up the street. A group of three kids walked just ahead of him. They kept glancing back at him, which caused Tetsu’s scowl to deepen.

“Wonder what his problem is?” one boy muttered to his friend.

“Him and Adelaide are in some fight,” the other boy replied.

Tetsu reached the stone and kicked it again. It skipped forward and almost hit the first boy.

“Uh-uh. I heard Adelaide and the new guy are a couple now,” the sister said. “He’s jealous.”

“I can hear you!” Tetsu called out.

The trio exchanged a quick glance and hurried up their road toward their destinations, a pair of houses side-by-side.

Tetsu flipped them the bird as they looked back at him.

He carried on down the street toward his own house, which sat close to the forest’s edge. Unlike Adelaide’s house, most of the properties along the woods on Alder Street had been built with a tall fence devoid of any gates. The forest floor dropped off suddenly and the properties here sat perched on the edge of a precipice.

Tetsu glanced toward the Horchuk house as he passed it. It was the closest one to Pine Street, and the only one with forest access. It was two doors down from Tetsu’s. Normally, after he dropped Adelaide at her house, he would have cut through the forest and then through the Horchuck property to get home.

Tetsu kicked another rock and watched as it skipped down the street. His gaze shifted back to the Horchuk property as something in the large bushes moved. Tetsu paused and cocked his head to the side.

There was a long, low growl and the bush rustled.

Tetsu hesitated, then stepped closer.

The branches and leaves shook as a dark shape emerged. The sun glinted off its eyes.

Tetsu turned and bolted toward his house.

The creature growled again, hot on his heels.

Tetsu risked a glance over his shoulder; the black mass was gaining on him. Tetsu winced as he stumbled over a small pothole. Pain shot up his ankle. He staggered forward, his chest pounding.

Yesterday's Gone (
Olympic Vista Chronicles Book 1)
Delve into the mystery of the strange, small town of Olympic Vista, WA.

“Pawlik has a flare for writing about this period and I could truly visualize the eighties vibes through her description of music, fashion and even food.”

Book one of the Olympic Vista Chronicles follows Darius and Adelaide as they explore a house rumoured to be haunted. What they find is so much worse.

Darius Belcouer, a rich kid from Boston, moves to the strange, small town of Olympic Vista, Washington at the end of the summer of 1986.

Here he meets Adelaide and her friends. Eager to embrace his new life, Darius encourages them to help him explore a haunted house.

When the children discover government agents tasked with maintaining order in the chaos created by local scientists, they realize the house is only the beginning of the strange happenings.

An eager new kid, a deadpan music-lover, a fast-talking troublemaker, an anxious bookworm and a girl torn between popularity and adventure. Follow this group of friends as they delve into the mysteries of their small town while juggling the trials and tribulations of their home lives.

Yesterday’s Gone is the perfect quick read for those with a nostalgia for the 80s or who love a good kids-on-bikes story.
Praise for Yesterday's Gone:

“Nostalgic and highly readable.”

“Yesterday’s Gone is fast paced and the perfect weekend read!”

"It evokes the feeling of the eighties, bringing back some fond memories"

"A great poolside read that's impossible to put down"

"A throwback to the 80's"

Pick up your copy today and join this motley group of friends as they journey into the strange!
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About the Author
Kelly Pawlik dabbled with story writing from a young age. She spent her childhood reading, dressing her beloved cat, Midnight, up in doll clothes and hunting garter snakes in the backyard. Her favourite cartoon as a child was Jem and she is proud to own the full box set of DVDs. Her childhood dream was to be an author and she is proud to be bringing characters to life with the Olympic Vista Chronicles.

Kelly is a tabletop roleplaying game (TTRPG) writer and has released multiple RPG supplements with her husband under their micro-publishing company, Dire Rugrat Publishing. She has also contributed to several best-selling works with Kobold Press.

Kelly lives on Vancouver Island, BC with her husband, their three inquisitive children, and two lazy cats.

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Cover Reveal: Monster Midwife by Lumen Reese + giveaway

Monster Midwife
by Lumen Reese
October 30th 2021
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Horror
Alanna Rhee believes that all mothers deserve to deliver safely, even the monsters of the world. As a human enslaved to the fairies of Aerin, she made a pact with the king when she was just a child. She signed in blood. After studying midwifery, and for ten years attending to the most dangerous births of other magical creatures -earning wealth and prestige for the kingdom- she would win her freedom. With three years left to serve, multiple fairy kingdoms are on the brink of war. Queen Esmera of the Westlands is hated, feared, and called a ‘classless woman’. Worse still, she carries a child with no father, conceived from a deal with an ‘Old God’. Not knowing what deformities the baby may show, only the most experienced midwife in the land will do.

Alanna is trusted by all. She is asked to attend to Esmera. She is also asked not to intervene in the difficult birth, and by her inaction, to cause death. Alanna must decide if even her freedom is worth the horror of allowing a woman to die in her most vulnerable moment.

About the Author:
Lumen Reese is an author of diverse fantasy, sci-fi, historical and speculative fiction from Michigan.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Pre-order horror novel: Golem by PD Alleva

by PD Alleva
Oct. 5th, 2021
Genre: Horror
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
“An extraordinary psychological horror book. Excellently written, with a twisted, spiraling, unexpected end that will leave you speechless.” ~ TBM Horror Experts

Detective. Angel. Victim. Devil.

A haunting tale of suspense, loss, isolation, contempt, and fear.

On November 1, 1951, war hero John Ashton was promoted to detective. His first assignment: find the district attorney’s missing daughter. But his only lead is Alena Francon, a high society sculptor and socialite committed to Bellevue’s psychiatric facility.

Alena has a story for the new detective. A story so outlandish John Ashton refuses to heed the warning. Alena admits to incarnating Golem, a demonic force, into her statue. A devil so profound he’s infiltrated every part of New York’s infrastructure. Even worse, he uses children to serve as bodily hosts for his demonic army, unleashing a horde of devils into our world.

When Alena’s confidant, Annette Flemming, confirms the existence of Golem, John is sent on a collision course where fate and destiny spiral into peril, and the future of the human race hangs in the balance.

The Devil Is In The Details!

Fans of The Silence of the Lambs, Clive Barker, John Connolly, old Stephen King, and Anne Rice will be fascinated by this edge of your seat psychological horror thriller with a story that rips out the heart of humanity and throws it on a slab to be feasted on.

About the Author:
PD Alleva is an alternative fiction author. His novels cross genres, blending mystery, conspiracy, psychology, and action with horror and dystopian science fiction. Alternative fiction is PD's attempt at describing what readers uncover in any one of his books, a new discovery towards mainstream storytelling. He's been writing since childhood, creating and developing stories with brash and impactful concepts that he would describe are metaphors for the shifting energies that exist in the universe. PD exists inside of his own universe, working diligently on The Rose Vol. II and exceptional horror novels. Be prepared for Golem, PD’s upcoming horror thriller.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Excerpt: Love in the Time of Wormholes (Ignisar Book 1) by Jess K. Hardy + giveaway

by Jess K. Hardy
September 9, 2021
Publisher: City Owl Press: Mystic Owl
Print Length: 240 pages
Genre: Scifi/Space Romance/Second Chance Romance/Office Romance
On this deep space pleasure cruise, love is in the recycled air.

Sunastara Jeka is passionate about two things: (1) meeting the needs of the varied species who holiday aboard her interstellar pleasure cruise during the day, and (2) avoiding attachments when the occasional guest meets her needs at night.

Sunny’s life is simple, straightforward, and safe until a former one-night-stand becomes her newest crew member.

Freddie has never forgotten that night with Sunny. He’s ecstatic to see her again, until she tells him she never dates her coworkers. Determined not to lose this confident, sexy, hysterical woman again, Freddie bides his time, pursuing a purely professional relationship with Sunny when they’re on the clock, while he slowly charms her senseless after hours.

As Sunny breaks her own rules about workplace romance, her tragic past and a heartbreaking betrayal thrust her orderly life into chaos.

When a hostile species holidays aboard the ship, endangering VIP guests and even the known universe, Sunny and Freddie must decide. Will they let the gravity of their pasts keep them apart, or risk it all for love and fight for their future together?

Content Warning: Prior to the events of this book, the main character lost a child. She continues to process this loss throughout this story.

She shuddered in his arms, her heart pounding. She wasn’t sure she’d be able to stop if this kept up any longer. But then, mercifully, like the sky right after the sun finally sank below the mountains, the fiery red surge of the kiss cooled to soft streams of violet, blue, pink. His hand rose to cradle her head, his fingers firmly supporting its weight, and everything slowed as he deepened the kiss, pulling her down with him, setting her feet back onto the ground.

Sunny had thought by now she’d experienced every known variety of kiss. Not so. This kiss was a novel species, an unidentified element, an uncharted star she would place her finger over in the night sky and proclaim, This, this one is mine.

When they finally parted, breaths coming heavy, foreheads touching, he said, “Sorry about that. I couldn’t help myself.”

About the Author:
Speculative and contemporary romance writer of The Bench (Evernight Publishing), Missing Charlie (Black Rose Writing), and the forthcoming Love in the Time of Wormholes scifi-romcom from City Owl press.

Represented by Kim Lionetti at BookEnds Literary Agency.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

YA Fantasy: To be a Fae Queen (Realm Chronicles Book 1) by Tricia Copeland

To be a Fae Queen (Realm Chronicles Book 1)
by Tricia Copeland
March 26th, 2021
Genre: YA Fantasy/Fairies
Editor: Jo Michaels, Indie Books Gone Wild
Cover Designer: Elanor Lloyd-Jones, Shower of Schmidt Designs
Hosted by: Lady Amber's Reviews & PR
To Be a Fae Queen

The last of her line, a faerie princess prepares to take the throne. But multiple forces plot against her, some trusted friends…

After losing her brothers Titania trained and studied to rule Aubren. But she hadn’t planned on becoming Queen at fifteen. Now with her reign challenged from within the castle walls she must decide what is best for her country. Should another rule in her stead? Or has fate led her to this moment?

Only she can decide a path that becomes littered with choices. Should she marry to shore up her reign? Will naming a successor be enough? And what of the creatures of the deep and a tale of one who can end all evil? Faced with a decision of aiding beings of Upper Earth she must weigh whether to follow her gut or side with tradition.

Can Titania trust that her inner power will be enough to stop the looming evil? Or is she damning them all to a life of darkness?

To Be a Fae Queen is a magical journey into the realm of Middle Earth. If you like fearless heroines you’ll love Tricia Copeland’s tantalizing fantasy.

Get To Be a Fae Queen to descend into a new world today!

About the Author:
Tricia believes in finding magic. She thinks magic infuses every aspect of our lives, whether it is the magic of falling in love, discovering a new passion, a beautiful sunset, or a book that transports us to another world. An avid runner and Georgia native, Tricia now lives with her family and four-legged friends in Colorado. Find all her titles from contemporary romance and fantasy, to dystopian fiction at

Monday, September 13, 2021

Book Review: Dawn Caravan (Elemental Legacy Book 4) by Elizabeth Hunter

Dawn Caravan: (Elemental Legacy Book 4)
by Elizabeth Hunter
Pages: 388
Pulse-driving paranormal mystery from USA Today Bestseller, Elizabeth Hunter. After this night, dawn can’t come fast enough.

For Ben Vecchio, everything has changed. His eyes. His diet. His new aversion to sunlight. But after a long sojourn in China, Ben realizes that the world he left behind hasn’t changed as much as he feared. He wants to leave his old life in the past, there’s one job remaining that just won’t leave him alone.

Radu’s mystery is too interesting—and too profitable—to ignore. The problem? Taking on this commission puts Ben in the path of his old partner, the one woman he’s spent years avoiding.

Tenzin has been following Ben at a distance, hoping his ire might wane, but when he heads to Romania, her patience runs out. Ben is a new power in their world, and more than one vampire will be eager to test him.

Ben and Tenzin need to work together if they want to find the truth behind Radu, his mysterious clan, and the treasure at the heart of the Dawn Caravan. One last job, then it’s finished between them.


Dawn Caravan is the fourth book in the Elemental Legacy, a paranormal mystery series by USA Today bestselling author, Elizabeth Hunter.

Ben is still so angry that Tenzin turned even though she knew it was against his wishes and now she is following him. Ben thinks that if he ends his business partnership with Tenzin than ties will be cut between them, and he will never look back. One last job with her and then he was done so Ben agrees to meet with Radu because he is definitely a mystery that Ben would like to understand.

The tension between Ben and Tenzin is so thick you can feel it jumping off the pages as you read. These two have always been favorites of mine and I am so happy to be able to read stories that are dedicated to them. Hunter has many different series and this one is a fan favorite! Her writing paints such a clear picture of the story she is telling, and her characters have a depth that I find refreshing. She builds on them in each story instead of just keeping them the same which keeps me coming back for more.

Denise B

About the Author:
Elizabeth Hunter is a contemporary fantasy, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance writer. She is a graduate of the University of Houston Honors College and a former English teacher. She once substitute taught a kindergarten class, but decided that middle school was far less frightening. Thankfully, people now pay her to write books and eighth-graders everywhere rejoice.

She currently lives in Central California with her son, two dogs, many plants, and a sadly dwindling fish tank. She is the author of the Elemental Mysteries and Elemental World series, the Cambio Springs series, the Irin Chronicles, and other works of fiction.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Middle-grade/YA Fantasy: White Feathers Academy ( Book 1) by Phyllis Cherry + giveaway

White Feathers Academy (White Feathers Academy Book 1)
by Phyllis Cherry
May 26, 2020
Genre: Middle-Grade, YA Fantasy
WHAT IF - Somewhere in the galaxy there is a school taught by angels?

WHAT IF – A young person with no special talent finds the one perfect gift?

WHAT IF – Youngsters who failed to survive their first life are given a new life?

WHAT IF – One evil young girl threatens talented students with her greed?

Halo Havens didn’t know that angels had special talents and different jobs.

She’d never met an android, talked to a giant fish or met an angel.

Her life changed the day she skated in front of a car trying to rescue a puppy and was transported to the fantastic world of White Feathers Academy. There she makes new friends, accepts the challenge of a seemingly hopeless job and embarks on the greatest adventure of her new young life, if she can survive the tests.

About the Author
Phyllis Cherry writes stories for the Middle-Grade, YT and YA audience. Her books are sought by readers who enjoy fantasy, mystery, coming of age and religious genres. If you enjoy a good read about angels and wannabe angels, you’ll love her White Feathers Academy Series Books I and II (Mystery at Camp Esther, White Feathers Academy Book II, to be released in October 2021, Inkspell Publishing).

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Anime TV series Review: Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (Netflix)

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
Anime television series
Directed by Haruo Sotozaki
Written by Ufotable
Studio: Ufotable
Original run April 6, 2019 – September 28, 2019
Season 1
Episodes: 26
Genre: Adventure, Dark Fantasy, Martial arts
Shounen Anime
Based on Manga
After a demon attack leaves his family slain and his sister cursed, Tanjiro embarks upon a perilous journey to find a cure and avenge those he's lost.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba started out as a Japanese dark fantasy/martial arts manga series written and illustrated by Koyoharu Gotouge from February 2016 to May 2020. It is a shōnen (marketed to high school boys) manga with 23 volumes‎. February 2021, the manga had over 150 million copies in circulation, including digital versions, making it the tenth best-selling manga series of all time. (Wiki)

It was turned into a 26 episode (~25 minutes each) anime in 2019. In Oct 2020 the movie Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train (reviewed her e) was released. It follows the events at the end of the anime series.
I watched the 26 episodes with my 20 year-old-daughter on Netflix (can be found on other streaming platforms). She's my anime-watching buddy. I saw the movie before the anime so I had some idea of what was going on. The story centers around Tanjiro. He represents everything pure and good in the world. I adore his character and if your kid wants to cosplay him...let them! He follows the typical hero arc of losing everything in a tragic event (family slaughtered by demons), wanting vengeance, self-doubt, and finally growing as a person and doing what is right. You will love him and cheer him on!
He meets up with other demon slayers in training and forms friendships that are tested. All the characters represent an extreme stereotype. So they overreact often and it adds a little comedy to the story which is kind of dark, to begin with. Got to be honest, there is one character in Tanjiro's circle of friends that I could do without, Zenitsu. OMG! I just wanted him to shut up! lol. He takes anxiety and insecurity to an extreme. I feel for the guy and he faces his issues but...he spends most of the show like this
Demon Slayer is not for young kids! It is violent and bloody. Awful things happen to good people...especially dismemberment. But we are talking about demons here. They are vicious and eat people for power. Even though demons were once human there is a zero-tolerance policy for demons in the Demon Slayer Corps. Tanjiro's sister challenges the thinking that all demons are bad and he is on a quest to find a cure for his sister and all demons.

This is the primary antagonist in season one, Rui. 
He is a spider demon.

The story has lots of fighting action, drama, horror, and some comedy in a good balance. I am looking forward to season 2 which is coming this year!

4 1/2 "Total Concentration Breathing" Sheep


Friday, September 10, 2021

Movie Review: Major Grom: Plague Doctor (Netflix)

Major Grom: Plague Doctor
(Streaming): Jul 7, 2021
Director: Oleg Trofim
Producer: Olga Filipuk, Artyom Gabrelyanov, Michael Kitaev, Roman Kotkov
Writer: Vladimir Besedin
Cast: Lyubov Aksyonova, Tikhon Zhiznevskiy, Sergei Goroshko, Oleg Chugunov, Mikhail Evlanov, 
Aleksei Maklakov, Dmitriy Chebotarev
Genre: Action
Original Language: Russian
Runtime: 2h 16m
Production Co: BUBBLE Studios
When a masked vigilante's killing spree throws a city into chaos, a renegade detective and his rookie partner are the only ones who can stop it.

This was a nice surprise! Major Grom: Plague Doctor is based on a Russian comic book series about St. Petersburg detective Igor Grom and his pursuit of the violent vigilante Plague Doctor. When I watched it I didn't realize it was based on a comic book, but I was going to describe it as Batman (if Batman was a regular guy with a side of Sherlock Holmes) vs Lex Luther (he actually is an eccentric, genius, rich guy) movie...ha!
It is in Russian but dubbed in English. There's comedy, action, drama, a little romance, and the characters are likable. Everything a superhero movie needs.
Even though it smacks of DC characters, it has enough originality and some twists you don't see coming. Definitely entertaining and worth watching.

There is an after-credit scene. Creepy as hell, but awesome.

4 "" Sheep