Monday, February 2, 2015

The Last Order: Blog Tour Stop!

I'm so excited to be a blog tour stop for Angela Marie Caldwell's The Last Order.

For my stop, I wanted to learn more about the "why" of her story.

But first, a description of The Last Order:

Lana forms a secret order of women knights to fulfill her father’s final request: find the queen who was thought to be dead and return her to the throne.

Lana Crewe is a strong, fiercely driven seventeen year old living in a village ruled by fear. With their king and queen both dead, strife and division have taken hold. Ruthlessly attacked by an Order called Talons, Lana’s father is fatally stabbed. Before he dies, he imparts upon Lana a directive to save the statue of Saint Peter, and tells her that the queen yet lives. Now it is up to Lana to unravel the mystery of Saint Peter and bring an end to all of the war by finding the queen.

A medieval tale of hope and mystery, The Last Order takes upper teenage angst and spins it on its head. You’ll be gripping this book as hard as it will be gripping you

And now the author's take on what brought about such an exciting story:

What inspired me to write The Last Order?

AMC: My degree is in video production and when I was in college I worked at a movie theater. I loved that job. I got free movie posters, free popcorn, and free movies, but I did have to clean the restrooms sometimes. Yuck! I love stories, and I watched movies all the time. After the film, A Knight's Tale released a flame inside took hold. I wished someone made a film with women knights. One where the men had failed to take care of the kingdom so the women had to kick butt and take names. Over the years, the story was discussed and imagined between my husband and I.  It was even a partial screenplay once. But with no money or connections to ever produce a film of this caliber on our own, I started thinking maybe, just maybe. This dyslexic girl, who had been told with a big fat D on the writing assignment she had worked the hardest on, could write a novel. Three years later, The Last Oder has been penned into a Young Adult novel that I wrote for me. Stories can go many ways in the end. I've finally set this novel free for you guys to read. I hope some of you love strong women who take a stand as much as I do. 

The Last Order is available at Amazon.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Ward Against Disaster: Tour Stop!


Ward de'Ath should be dead by now. Instead, he’s chasing after a soul-eating creature—that he unleashed— and is bent on stopping her before she slaughters more innocents. Fortunately, Celia Carlyle remains by his side, a nobleman's gorgeous and deadly daughter, who is…well, dead.

Celia claims she’ll champion Ward wherever he goes, even when she thinks his quest is hopeless. He can only hope her pledge comes from her heart, and not because she’s bound to him through his magic.

When they enter Dulthyne, they stumble upon a dark power that threatens the entire town. Ward, with his unreliable necromancy, is determined to help but finds himself ensnared in the lure of white-hot magic…blood magic he struggles to resist. But if Celia’s love is a lie, it might just doom his soul to the dark arts forever.

My thoughts:

Author Melanie Card really makes you earn the pay off in this a good way! She takes her time releasing each additional volume to the Chronicles of a Reluctant  (we're averaging about two years between books) as well as the slow burn romance between our necromancer, Ward, and the risen-from-the dead assassin bound to him, Celia Carlyle.

Card's an excellent crafts(wo)man when it comes to world-building and I'm not ashamed to admit one of my favorite parts of this book was the city-with-an-attitude Dulthyne. It's a city of BADNESS, and, for our little band of heroes which now includes the tracker Nazarius de'Serra, it holds answers, dangers, and a dark force Ward unleashed that now needs to be contained--quickly.

This third installment is a keeper and by no means does it wrap up all of our characters' issues--in fact, it leaves it wide open for a fourth book that we'll just have to be patient and wait for. (Harrumph!)

If you haven't read the first two books in Card's series, it's highly recommended you backtrack and do so--these aren't standalone novels and you'll really benefit from understanding the back story attached to each character.

Bottom line?
Highly recommended!


Title: Ward Against Disaster

Series: Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer

Author: Melanie Card

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Price: $2.99 (Kindle)

Author Website:

Available: Amazon

Spotlight Book: Spun--101 Movies to Recreate Your Reality

Spotlight Books are specially selected reads at great prices! Read on for this week's Spotlight:

Spun: 101 Movies to Recreate Your Reality
by Primrose Roberts

Through the magic of movies, we have spun the most wondrous tales that seek to interrogate, inspire, heal, guide, and entertain us. These movies speak of universal themes that orient us as to what is valuable and essential in life. They show us how to find meaning and purpose in our own lives. They teach us the right way to act. They evoke emotions that inspire us to change. They not only show us how the world is, but how it ought to be.
By exploring the hidden structure of 101 Movies through the lens of the Law of Attraction and Joseph Campbell’s monomyth, or the Hero’s Journey, we learn the secret formula that reel life heroes use to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals. This unique approach offers a fascinating new method for analyzing and appreciating movies. It also acts as a powerful guide for anyone wanting to discover how to recreate their reality by rewriting the script of their lives.

Twitter: @MavenRose

Spotlight Book: Planning Your Corporate Escape

Spotlight Books are specially selected reads at great prices! Read on for this week's Spotlight:

Planning Your Corporate Escape Early Retirement & Financial Independence Guide: Quit Your Job 10 Years or Less

by M Tayah

Retiring at the age of 30 and 40 is becoming popular as more people realize working should be optional. If you desire to spend your life doing other activities or hobbies, the planning your corporate escape series guides will help you achieve your goal to become financially independence. This is the first book part of a series of 5 books guiding you in planning your escape. The financial theory can be applied to families or individuals seeking to achieve financial independence. Challenging the conventional theory in our society that you have to work until the age of 65-80. You can apply these same strategies as I and many other escapee have to achieve your dream.

Links to buy the book: Amazon

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Spotlight Book: After the Rapture: A Story of What's Possible

Spotlight Books are specially selected reads at great prices! Read on for this week's Spotlight:

After the Rapture: A Story of What's Possible
by Anne Kelleher

When a lesbian couple wake one April Fool's Day to find most of the people in the world vanished, is it really Armageddon?

Links to buy the book: Amazon
Twitter: @AKelleherAuthor

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Winter of Witches Review: Breath of Frost by Alyxandra Harvey

Blurb: Beyond the manicured gardens and ballrooms of Regency London lies a dangerous, alluring underworld accessible only to those with magical power. Emma, Gretchen and Penelope have that power. The cousins are young, beautiful and captivating, and they are witches. But controlling their new-found gift is not the only challenge they face. While evading fortune-hunters and marriage proposals, they must unravel a dark family secret – one that reveals why, until now, their magical skills have been concealed; one that brings them face to face with a deadly foe . . .

The charming and irresistible Cormac Fairfax is willing to help. But can she trust a keeper of the Order who has secrets of his own to hide?

Review: Witches! Witches! And more witches! Finding Breath of Frost was purely happenstance...really, really HAPPY happenstance.

We're introduced to a trio of cousins whose powers have just been unbound--unbeknownst to them. 

Breath of Fire really does open en media res...we're pluck down in the middle of a regency debutante ball and meet our heroines Emma (main protag for this book), Penelope and Gretchen as things really start to hit the fan. It's our job as the reader to piece together who's who in this ensemble cast as the pages (lots and lots of them) progress.  Throw in one adorable character named Cormac who's got this burning hot love for Emma but who's basically cast as her foil and you get the idea. 

Wild teenage emotions and real, unbound power...what could go wrong?

In this witching world, there are old order witches, the Order of the Iron Nail that oversees them and a few rogue witches/warlocks wandering around. A trio of terrifying rogue witches, the Greymalkins, have been loosed from the pits of hell and the body count is rising. Meanwhile, everyone is blaming the Lovegrove cousins for all the mayhem thanks to their mothers' serious abilities and penchant for bending the Order's iron-clad rules.

There was a lot to love about this book--Harvey did a great job balancing her three mains and giving them each distinct voices and personalities. I'm assuming that, because we're dealing with a series, each of the cousins will get their own time in the spotlight...I can't wait for Gretchen's story!

Harvey has a way with humor, too...there were so many conversations in the book that had me laughing aloud at the banter. Not to mention one of our characters sprouts...ahem..antlers at one point in the story? Color me impressed... It was a great moment that forced our character to accept who she was despite others' reactions to her. Well done!

The book was long, don't get me wrong, but the author did a great job stringing me along with twists and turns and really, just introducing me to the huge cast of players who will play vital roles in the coming books. The magical abilities of our witches, good and bad, were a neat blend of powers that complemented and foiled each other...Emma's ability to influence the weather in particular was one of my favorites.

Bottom line...Breath of Frost was a great way to kick off my #WinterWitches book review series and it's highly recommended.

Book two, Whispers of the Dead is available now, and I'll be reviewing it next week. Stay tuned!


Title: Breath of Frost

Series: The Lovegrove Legacy, Book One

Author: Alyxandra Harvey

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Price: $7.55 (Kindle)

Author Website:

Author Twitter: @AlxyandraH

Monday, January 19, 2015

Winter Witches: A MoonBird Review Series

I love grouping things into neat little piles. Earrings. Art supplies. Pencils. You know what I mean...

Lately I've been reading in what I can only call a "scattershot" pattern-- a little dystopian here, some ghost stories here, but never two books in the same YA subgenre in a row and it's leaving me feeling a little disjointed.

In all my book travels, I've picked up on a trend I'm enjoying, through--witches. I love them lately. Not just the pointy hatted foils to Dorothy or Hansel and Gretel...but women (young and not-so-young) developing, honing, and using a plethora of powers for good (and other purposes).

I figured the long, dark days of winter would be perfect for a review series celebrating my favorite witches in YA, so between now and the first day of Spring (March 20 this year), I'll be posting reviews, videos and giveaways as these long days of winter crawl along.

What do you say? Are you in? Review any book you like with a witch-esque theme and tag the link on twitter with a #winterwitches tag and you could find yourself the lucky winner of a prize package (details announced later!).


Jan. 21: Breath of Frost (Lovegrove Legacy, Book One) by Alyxandra Harvey

Happy Reading!