Animus by Kindra Sowder Cover Reveal

Title: Animus

Author: Kindra Sowder

Genre: YA Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy

Editor: Edd Sowder

Cover Designer: Rue Volley

Publisher: CHBB

Publication Date: April 10th, 2018

Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

Blurb:

General Quinn Ragnarok is a lot of things. Fierce. Dedicated. Intelligent. Skilled. And one of the only women to become a General within the Sentinel of Hydra, sworn to serve the Dominion of Archer’s State as a warrior against those who would dare rise against them. Her beloved dragon, Apep, is bonded to her not only in battle, but in their existence. A bond not taken lightly, for dragons from beyond the Long Realm of the Channel are among the most intelligent, extremely powerful, and do not bond easily with humans.

Betrayal is just around the corner, with the conspirator being one of her own, and war is imminent as proof of betrayal must be presented to the Council. She must rise to the Council’s wishes to fight against the Royals of Paderborn alongside her lifelong friend, Private Victor Shroud. Not only a soldier, but her trusted ally. 

Will Quinn have the ability to lead her garrison to war, ensuring victory? Or will she fall to their sword?

 Animus is a new high fantasy novella from award winning author, Kindra Sowder. Delve into this new tale and immerse yourself into a realm where war is coming, Halflings are controlling the forests with swords and arrows, and the skies are filled with dragons.

Kindra Sowder was born and raised in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA until the age of 12, when her family moved to Spartanburg, SC. She graduated from high school in 2006 with full honors and as a member of her high school Literary Club and the Spanish Honor Society. In January 2014, she graduated with her second degree in Criminal NeuroPsychology. She married her husband Edd Sowder in May 2014 and still lives in Spartanburg, SC where she is basing Burning Willow Press. Her works have earned multiple award nominations.

Author Links:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2HPrZwG

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/12587201.Kindra_Sowder

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kindrakinnaman

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kmkinnaman

Web: www.ksowderauthor.com

 

“Where is Apep? Have you seen her?”

“Not after she saved us. I felt that I needed to find you first, and from what I’ve seen, we are the only two that are unharmed,” he answered.

“I’m sure she is out here somewhere. She wouldn’t have taken off without us,” I said as I turned, attempting to locate her amongst the smoke and embers. Nothing. “Apep!” I cried. “Apep!”

I turned and settled on a direction to begin moving to find her. From what I could tell, this destruction went on in every direction for at least a quarter of a mile, the fires still burning in the distance and overtaking the forest around us. Her fire had created a massive clearing in the middle of the forest once she had unleashed it, obliterating everything except those who she loved. I walked past Victor, jerking my arm away from him when he tried to hold me there.

“Where are you going? There’s nothing else we can do here. We have to get back to Archer’s State and report this to the Sentinel’s Council.”

“Then go, Victor, but I’m not leaving without her.”

“This is crazy,” he said.

I had only made it a few paces before I turned back to him, rage filling me, and stalked toward him. He didn’t move or even flinch despite my anger.

“You can turn back and report this without me if you want, but I am not leaving without Apep. When she chose me, we made a vow that we would never leave one another, and I will not break it now. She trusts me.”

 

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The Cruel Prince Review

Title – The Cruel Prince

Author – Holly Black

Publisher/Published – Hot Key Books / January 2018

Genre – Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages – 370

Summary from goodreads

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

My Thoughts

5 out of 5 Stars

I was worried going into this that I wasn’t going to enjoy it because the hype around this book was massive and I was seeing it everywhere. However I didn’t have a reason to worry because I adored this book. It was such a good read where I didn’t want to put it down.

I really enjoyed the world and how it was developed. The plot was more focused on the politics and hierarchy of the world and in my own opinion it was amazing and well written. I enjoyed Jude’s character and the way she was written, her sisters were also good characters, especially her older sister. Prince Carden and his posse were awful and mean and I despised them. However by the end of the story Carden did grow on me. Locke betrayed my trust and that’s all I’ll say about that!

There was an event that happened quite far in that left me shocked, I didn’t expect and I was in disbelief the whole time. It was so well written I felt like I was there.

Overall this was amazing and entertaining and I need book 2 immediately but I unfortunately have to wait until next year for it to be released.

Tell No Lies Blog Tour

Hey guys I am excited to be taking part in this blog tour for Tell No Lies by Lisa Hartley. After the book Spotlight there is a Q&A with the author so stay till the end for that.

Book Spotlight 

Title: Tell No Lies

Author Name: Lisa Hartley

Previous Books (if applicable): Ask No Questions

Genre: Crime, Thriller, Detective Fiction

Release Date: 19th February 2018

Publisher: Canelo

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Book Blurb: Now they’re coming after Caelan’s team…
A tortured body is found in a basement. Drug dealing and people smuggling is on the rise.
Then police start going missing.
There seems to be no connection between the crimes, but Detective Caelan Small senses something isn’t right.
Plunged into a new investigation, lives are on the line. And in the web of gangs, brothels and nerve-shattering undercover work, Caelan must get to the truth – or be killed trying.
And then there’s Nicky…
Utterly gripping, written with searing tension and remarkable dexterity, Tell No Lies is a blistering crime novel for fans of Angela Marsons, Rebecca Bradley and Faith Martin.
Links to Book:

Amazon (UK)

Kobo (UK)

Google Books (UK)

Apple Books (UK)

Author Bio:  
Lisa Hartley lives with her partner, son, two dogs and several cats. She graduated with a BA (Hons) in English Studies, then had a variety of jobs but kept writing in her spare time. She is currently working on the next DS Catherine Bishop novel, as well as a new series with Canelo.

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Author Social Media Links

Twitter: @rainedonparade

 

Q&A with the author: 
What inspired the book? – This is the second novel in the Detective Caelan Small series, and I wanted it to follow straight on from the events of the first book, ASK NO QUESTIONS. This meant picking up certain strands of that story again, as well as thinking about the impact those events would have had on Caelan and the people around her. I also wanted to explore Caelan’s character a little further, throwing her into situations that would force her to make difficult choices.
Who or what influenced you to be a writer? – I think my love of reading has been the biggest influence. Books can transport us to another place, another time, and open our eyes to so much without us having to leave our chair. A writer can make us ask questions and realise things about ourselves. Books can break down boundaries, make people sit up and take notice. I began to read long before I attempted to write anything, but I think the two definitely go hand in hand.

What was the first book you can remember reading? – I don’t remember the exact book, but it was no doubt written by Enid Blyton! I loved all of her books, especially the adventures of the Famous Five and the Secret Seven. I still love reading about a cast of characters over a series of books, and Blyton’s stories were probably where that began.

What is your favourite thing about being a writer? – Honestly, it’s a dream come true. It was something I never really expected to happen though. It still feels a little unreal. There are lots of great things about being a writer – being able to read a huge range of books and loosely call it ‘research’ for one! I’ve met some wonderful people through my work and been introduced to books I would probably never have read otherwise. I have a son and other family commitments, and being able to work around school holidays, appointments and so on is a huge help. I know I can catch up in the evening if I need to take some time out of my working day, which is a real blessing.

Do you have a favourite thing to do when you are writing? – I usually have a cup of tea to hand, though I’m always trying to drink more water! I like to have a rough daily word count and keeping a track of my progress on a book seems to help keep me focussed. Other than that, not really.

What advice would you give to aspiring authors? – Firstly, read as much as you can. You probably do anyway, but I think it definitely helps. I also spent a long time dreaming about becoming a writer without doing much writing at all. If you have an idea and characters you believe in, keep at it. If you only write a hundred words a day but keep going, eventually you’ll have a first draft, and then you can really get to work.

February Wrap Up 2018

Hey guys, time for another wrap up post. This month I challenged myself to read books written by female authors to celebrate the anniversary of votes for women. I did quite well and managed to read 7 books in total which were :

  • Spare and Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin – 408 pages – 5 stars.
  • The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda – 337 pages – 4 stars.
  • Heir of Illaria by Dyan Chick – 271 pages – 4 Stars.
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black – 370 pages – 5 Stars.
  • The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchinson – 288 pages – 5 Stars.
  • The Liar’s Girl by Catherine Ryan Howard – 326 pages – 4 Stars.
  • Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable guide by J.K Rowling – 67 pages – 5 stars.

So overall I had quite a successful reading month, all 4 or 5 star reads. I would have liked to fit in a couple more books but I’m happy with the seven I got.

How was your reading in February?

The Perfect Stranger Review

Title – The Perfect Stranger

Author – Megan Miranda

Publisher / Published – Corvus / April 2017

Genre – Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

Pages – 337

Summary from Goodreads
Confronted by a restraining order and the threat of a lawsuit, failed journalist Leah Stevens needs to get out of Boston when she runs into an old friend, Emmy Grey, who has just left a troubled relationship. Emmy proposes they move to rural Pennsylvania, where Leah can get a teaching position and both women can start again. But their new start is threatened when a woman with an eerie resemblance to Leah is assaulted by the lake, and Emmy disappears days later.

Determined to find Emmy, Leah cooperates with Kyle Donovan, a handsome young police officer on the case. As they investigate her friend’s life for clues, Leah begins to wonder: did she ever really know Emmy at all? With no friends, family, or a digital footprint, the police begin to suspect that there is no Emmy Grey. Soon Leah’s credibility is at stake, and she is forced to revisit her past: the article that ruined her career. To save herself, Leah must uncover the truth about Emmy Grey—and along the way, confront her old demons, find out who she can really trust, and clear her own name.

Everyone in this rural Pennsylvanian town has something to hide—including Leah herself. How do you uncover the truth when you are busy hiding your own?

My Thoughts

4 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed the premise of this plot and there were twists I didn’t see coming. I couldn’t guess where the plot was going which made the read more exciting. I’m not saying much more on the plot because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone.

Unfortunately for me I didn’t enjoy the main character Leah. There were parts at the start where I liked her character and I did feel sorry for her. However I found it strange she knew nothing about the girl that was meant to be her best friend, she didn’t even know her surname. Leah made a decision which made me lose respect for her. She is meant to be best friend with a girl but knows absolutely nothing about her and it never crossed her mind to ask. The other characters added a good dynamic to the story.

I enjoyed the writing style and it was a great read. The author did a great job with the plot and making the reader want to continue reading to find out what was going to happen.

I reccomend this to fans of thrillers.

Time Shards Review

Title – Time Shards

Author – Dana Fredsti & David Fitzgerald

Publisher/Published – Titan Books / January 2018

Genre – Sci-fi, Fiction, Time Travel

Pages – 448

Summary from Goodreads

Time shatters into shards of the past, present, and future. A group of survivors dodges threats from across history to locate the source and repair the damage before it’s too late.
IT’S CALLED “THE EVENT,” AN UNIMAGINABLE CATACLYSM THAT SHATTERS 600 MILLION YEARS OF THE EARTH’S TIMELINE.
Our world is gone, instantly replaced by a new one made of scattered remnants of the past, present, and future, dropped alongside one another in a patchwork of “shards”. Monsters from Jurassic prehistory, ancient armies, and high-tech robots all coexist in this deadly post-apocalyptic landscape.
A desperate group of survivors sets out to locate the source of the disaster. They include 21st century Californian Amber Richardson, Cam, a young Celtic warrior from Roman Britannia, Alex Brice, a policewoman from 1985, and Blake, a British soldier from World War II. With other refugees from across time, they must learn the truth behind the Event, if they are to survive.

My Thoughts

5 out of 5 stars

Where do I begin?!? This was epic on so many levels. This is the first time in so long that I have finished a book and thought No! I need more. I simply didn’t want it to end.

At the start of the book there were different points of view and then as the chapters go on you find that the characters intertwine. I LOVED the plot, it was so well written and flowed perfectly. The Shards were intertwined and I loved reading and seeing all the different characters meet throughout the story. There were a lot of movie references that I loved.

I didn’t get confused by the different characters and found that I connected with some of the characters. Amber was a good character but she did annoy me at times. I enjoyed Cam and his progression was great. All the other characters made a great addition to the story.

I loved the time travel elements in this book and I can’t wait for the next book.

I highly recommend this well thought, well written awesome book that you not only devour but it leaves you wanting more!

Spare and Found Parts Review

Title – Spare and Found Parts

Author – Sarah Maria Griffin

Publisher/Published – Titan Books / February 2018

Genre – Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Pages – 416

Summary from Goodreads

Nell Crane has always been an outsider. In a city devastated by an epidemic, where survivors are all missing parts—an arm, a leg, an eye—her father is the famed scientist who created the biomechanical limbs everyone now uses. But Nell is the only one whose mechanical piece is on the inside: her heart. Since the childhood operation, she has ticked. Like a clock, like a bomb. As her community rebuilds, everyone is expected to contribute to the society’s good . . . but how can Nell live up to her father’s revolutionary idea when she has none of her own?

Then she finds a mannequin hand while salvaging on the beach—the first boy’s hand she’s ever held—and inspiration strikes. Can Nell build her own companion in a world that fears advanced technology? The deeper she sinks into this plan, the more she learns about her city—and her father, who is hiding secret experiments of his own.

My thoughts

5 out of 5 stars

This was a fantastic read, I enjoyed every moment of it.

The book was so well written, I loved the authors writing style and how she developed the plot and characters. I loved the world this was set in and how it was built upon.

Nell was a really strong main character who could be a bit cooky at times but I loved her eccentric side. She was very head strong and when she had her idea she went with it. People told her she was crazy and her idea was impossible but she did it anyway and proved everyone wrong.

I loved her friend Ruby and Oliver was a good character as well but he did annoy me at times.

Io was another great character. The way the chapters were written was amazing and unique. I didn’t see the ending coming and it shocked me.

Over all this was a fantastic story and I would highly recommend it.