Saturday, May 31, 2014

Book Review - By the Light of the Moon by Laila Blake

By the Light of the Moon (Lakeside, #1)
by Laila Blake
Published 2014

275 Pages

Lady Moira Rochmond is an eccentric young heiress who would prefer solitude and the beauty of nature over tending to her duties as the daughter of a lord. Her nightly walks, unhealthy sleep patterns, and odd behavior has fueled rumors that she may be afflicted with either a mental illness or a curse. Fearing for her safety and sanity, her father hires a mysterious Blaidyn creature to protect her.

The Blaidyn in question, Owain, is a wolf shapeshifter, created by the Fae. Owain was hoping for an easy retirement job, but what he gets is far from easy, and nothing he expected. Falling in love was never part of the plan, especially since the young beauty, Lady Moira's, hand has been promised to another.

As the story unfolds, it is clear that this will not be a simple romance. The first few chapters of the story are slow in pace, and a bit confusing, due to the many characters that are introduced at once. Thus, it took time for me to become emotionally invested, as each character struggled for the spotlight. But as the pace quickens, things smooth out, and Owain rises to the forefront... this is when things get interesting! Political scheming between characters, and even between races, is the best part of all. And the sinister plotting kept me intrigued -- perhaps even more than the romance!

Owain and Lady Moira are interesting characters. Moira is a free spirited, intelligent woman, who is also quiet, and a bit awkward; while Owain is dark, brooding, and handsome. He is easy to love in this story, with his inherently protective nature. However, the relationship was often overshadowed by the complexity of the storyline. I would have liked to see more effort given to exploring their feelings for one another, as I'm not a huge fan of instant love. Still, they were a good fit, and their union had a sweet appeal.

The book is very descriptive, and the imagery pulls you right in. The author's writing style makes it easy to follow along. I hope, through future books, we will get a more in-depth background on Blaidyn and the Fae history -- so much of the information given was barely touched on. Still, this is a potentially promising series, and I would love to read more!


Available on Amazon

Reviewed by Shari

4 STARS


Monday, May 26, 2014

Book Review - The Demon Calumnius by Samantha Johns

The Demon Calumnius 
(The Repentant Demon, #1)
by Samantha Johns
Published 2013

145 Pages

It’s not often I come by a read that presents an interesting, and dare I say, refreshing premise. The first book of Samantha Johns' Repentant Demon Trilogy sincerely represents something that I could never have envisioned.

To explain my thoughts I must confess that, for a short bit of my youth, I played Dungeons & Dragons... a lot. Almost every game involved nefarious and downright evil things, not entirely limited to dragons, ghosts, monsters of disrespect (often beginning with the word dire in some form--i.e., Dire Wraith, or Dire Wolf), and of course, demons and devils. From Lamashtu to Belphegor, the demons of our games were always evil. As vile as we could come up with, our demons would cause nothing but trouble when they were encountered. Chaos was their last name and lord to heaven, they embroiled in it, much to my counterparts and my dismay.

Now, it’s always of interest to me to read a book surrounding something with a deep religious aspect, and even more so when it involves ancient forces and those who try to circumvent the normal. The Demon Calumnius is, as I began to read, a good Demon; that is, he is good at corruption and the maleficence towards purity of spirit and piety of soul. And for the first part of the book, he stays true to form -- or at least, he tries. 

Throughout the read, while following the adventure of a rather lovely red-haired Abigail (an apparently very feminine woman), Calumnius begins to question his own very nature. He wishes to corrupt her. He wishes to bring her down, as that would be a tremendous accomplishment for a demon of his stature. But he also has impure thoughts and hesitations. As the situation for our lovely women changes, Calumnius begins to change with her. 

When Abigail travels to Iraq for an archeological dig, along with a handsome and charming partner, the demon tries once again to find an opportunity to plant a seed of disgrace, hoping she will follow his carefully planned path to corruption. But things take a different course. She stays briefly with a lovely Christian family in the heart of one of the most dangerous places on earth, whilst the adventure unfolds, which includes a run in with a sandstorm and other unexpected events. 

To the credit of Samantha Johns, the idea of a Christian family of Middle Eastern decent is a rather bold move. When I think of Persia, I think of Islam. As an educated individual, who has been to Israel, I am deeply aware of Christianity running like a vein through the Middle East. But this is the first time I've read a book where the religious undertones are explored in such a unique and interesting way.

Without giving too much away, I can report that Abigail’s handsome friend is used as a trigger point for Calumnius in a rather graphic (and enjoyable, I might add) way. After understanding what happened to Abigail’s friend, the demon wants to change, wants to repent -- so the Calumnius prays. That alone would be enough to cause turmoil of epic proportions in the games from my youth. A demon praying? And yes, someone is listening to his prayers, and for Calumnius, everything changes. I will say no more.

Reading the book, I began to sense the direction the undertones were taking me. Subt
le at first, the characters were all serving to present a larger plan for Calumnius. Although it did bog down a bit from time to time, overall the story was well paced and easy to follow. The ending felt like a pseudo climax -- it absolutely felt as though there was more to the story, for which I hope will be expanded upon in the chapters to come. 

Available on Amazon

Reviewed by Matt

4 STARS

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Cover Reveal - Wicked Flames by Sharon Kay

Cover Reveal

Wicked Flames 
(Solsti Prophecy, book #3) 
by Sharon Kay

Available Now!
About the Book

Gin Bonham lives with a dark secret. Born with an ability she never wanted, she builds her life around science and logic, running from the terror she is capable of causing. When sexy stranger Mathias spots her on a dance floor and cuts in, he leads Gin in a sensual rhythm that continues long after the music stops. But Mathias hides the fact that he knows exactly what she can do: in the deepest recesses of her mind lurks the power to manipulate fire. Destiny is coming for her and it doesn’t care if she’s ready or not.

Mathias possesses tracking and espionage skills so extraordinary that his fellow Lash demons call him The Hunter. Pursue and interrogate. He never fails. When he is tasked with coaxing Gin to work with the Lash demons against a common enemy, he relishes the challenge. But meeting her awakens a new, primal drive that pulls him toward her even as his tactics break her heart.

Failing to win Gin’s cooperation is not an option. But she is determined to flee, putting thousands of miles between her and any other supernatural creatures, including Mathias. Can she cool the charred embers of her emotions enough to forgive Mathias and embrace what she was meant to become? Or will her ability explode into something more than she can control?


Read our reviews for other books in the series!

Wicked Wind (book #1)
Wicked Waves (book #2)


Sharon Kay

Author of

The Solsti Prophecy Series


About the Author

Sharon Kay was bitten early by the writing bug. At age twelve she wrote a short story, about a magic ring, that won a statewide contest. With her nose always in a book, she read the most novels for her age group in her local library’s summer reading program. 

In her teens, writing took a backseat to fashion, as she was determined to find clothes different from what everyone else bought at the mall. And what she couldn’t find, she created. She learned to sew, worked in a fabric store after school, and spent her spare time with a needle in hand. Her black and orange prom dress is still one of her favorite creations. 

Sharon lives in the Chicago area with her husband and son, and didn’t expect to write again. But Wicked Wind and the Solsti series formed in her head one weekend and refused to stay quiet until she put pen to paper. Her characters tend to keep her up at night, as they banter, fall in love, and slay endless varieties of power-hungry demons.

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Book Review - Taking Nicole by Krystal Shannan


Taking Nicole (Vegas Mates, #4) 
by Krystal Shannan
Published 2014
180 Pages

In this fourth installment of the Vegas Mates series, things really heat up! We get a closer look into the life of Sam's sister, Nicole Demakis, who is traveling to Greece to meet with the royal Antipas family, Nicole's estranged grandparents, who are busy planning Nicole's mating ceremony... against her will. 

Not one for tradition, Nicole is appalled by her grandparents' barbaric tactics in getting her to Greece, and disgusted by the idea of being mated with a total stranger, especially when she has just met her true match! And as luck would have it, he is the very one charged with making sure she gets to Greece for the ceremony! As the magick between Nicole and Aaron, a leopard shifter, heats up, the pace quickens.  

Nicole discovers her grandparents' true, sinister nature, carefully concealed behind the grandeur of the royal palace. And while she and Aaron must hide their feelings at the palace, it is becoming increasingly difficult, as each stolen moment causes their bond to intensify. But staying apart is impossible, as Aaron has been assigned to Nicole as her bodyguard! Lives are at stake, and the clock is ticking. 

Nicole's troubled family history, hinged on old traditions, continues to burden the wolf packs. The rebellion that started in Las Vegas is advancing, and others have learned of Nicole's capture. With her pack on the alert, and Aaron at her side, will it be enough to save her? 

This is the most complex story in the series, so far, with many reveals about the history of the werewolves, the originals, and the council. The book is so well written, that I never felt lost or confused. A fast paced and compelling addition to the Vegas Mates series, this is one you don't want to miss! But the books should be read in order to best understand these enchanting characters.

Available on Amazon


Read my reviews for other books in the series!
Chasing Sam (book #1)
Saving Margaret (book #2)
Waking Sarah (book #3)

Reviewed by Stephanie

5 STARS

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Book Review - Enduring Kiss by C.E. Black


Enduring Kiss (Enduring Kiss, #1)
by C.E. Black
Published 2011
77 Pages

Jessica has lived under Lucas' employ for three years. But their arrangement is far from traditional... Jessica is his food. Charged with supplying her master with life sustaining blood he needs as a vampire, Jessica has secretly fallen for Lucas. But she doesn't dare breathe a word of it to him, or to the others in his employ--especially Gretchen, who does little to hide her dislike for Jessica, or her jealousy when it comes to sharing Lucas. 


As the story unfolds, Jessica discovers Lucas may be developing feelings for her, which stirs up issues from her past, and creates an inner battle as she attempts to hide her emotions. Jessica has no where else to go. Thus, maintaining her position is all the more vital. She struggles to steer clear of any conduct that would jeopardize her stability. Still, she can't help fantasizing about what life would be like with Lucas. Even Gretchen has her suspicions that something is brewing, leading to a series of actions that will ultimately shift the course for all those involved. And there is a lot at stake for Jessica. Not only is she losing her footing, but the love she desires is becoming all the more elusive... and a secret is about to be exposed.  

Some events felt a bit rushed, and there were a few minor inconsistencies, but it didn't take away from my enjoyment of the story. Lucas is gorgeous, loyal, and fiercely protective of those around him. He doesn't pity Jessica for her troubled past, nor does he take advantage of the fact that she is at his mercy. Instead, he shows compassion for her hardships. Still, he is a vampire, living in a household with other supernatural creatures, so a few surprises are to be expected!

Available on Amazon

Reviewed by Stephanie 

4.5 STARS

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Event - Liebster Award Nomination!

Moonrise Book Blog
Nominated for a Liebster Award!


Thank you to S.R. McKade 
for the Honor!

I am thrilled to be nominated for a Liebster Award by S.R. McKade--thank you so much, my friend! Please check out S.R. McKade's blog, and her book, Holding Out For Skye.

Now, to follow the rules of the Liebster Award...

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you. Done! (Thanks again, S.R. McKade!)

2. Answer the eleven questions he/she asks.


3. Nominate eleven bloggers.

4. Ask these eleven bloggers eleven questions.

5. Let these eleven bloggers know that they have been nominated.


Here are the eleven questions my nominator has requested I answer: 

Q1 – What made you start your blog?

MBB: I started my blog when I found myself needing to discuss books with others besides my immediate friends and family. Blogging allowed me to connect with other readers, bloggers, and authors who shared my passion, and who were just as excited about a new book release as I was! 

Q2 – What’s your favorite book/author and why?

MBB: This is such a tough question. I have so many favorites, but I can narrow it down to a favorite series: The Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward. The reason this is one of my favorites is because it was the one that really hooked me on paranormal romance. Of course, years ago I read all the Anne Rice books, and loved them, too! But the Black Dagger Brotherhood series brought such a high level of steamy romance that I couldn't resist!

Q3 – Do you listen to music and if yes, what’s your preference?

MBB: Yes! Mostly adult alternative

Q4 – How does listening to music make you feel?

MBB: Listening to music makes me feel introspective. Music can bring out emotions, and can sweep you away in much the same way as a good book! 

Q5 – What’s your pet peeve?

MBB: I try not to let little things bother me, but I can't help feeling uncomfortable every time I hear (or read) anyways. I can't help it. 

Q6 – I’m an eclectic reader. What about you, are you picky or will you try anything that looks interesting?

MBB: I will read anything that looks interesting, but I do have my comfort genres. :-) 

Q7 – Are you a “Wakey, wakey, sunshine, it’s morning” person or a “Go Away, pulling-covers-over-head It’s still early” one?

MBB: I'm definitely not a morning person! I prefer staying up late (with a book!) and sleeping in.   

Q8 – What language do you wish you were fluent in?

MBB: This is an easy one. I wish I was fluent in German. I come from a German immigrant family, and most of my relatives still live in Germany. It would be great to be able to speak fluently with them. My skills are conversational, at best. 

Q9 – If there’s one country you could visit, which one would it be?

MBB: I've traveled extensively, lived abroad, and visited over 20 countries. But much of the world is still a mystery. I would love to visit Japan or New Zealand. 

Q10 – Do you like the sound of the rain and if so, how does it make you feel?

MBB: I absolutely love the sound of the rain! It makes me feel relaxed and at peace, like I'm in my element. 

Q11 – If you could be anywhere right now, where would you want to be and why?

MBB: I would love to be in Northern England. I have a good friend there, and I'm long overdue for a visit... it's on my to-do list! 

And (drumroll please)... here are the eleven blogs I nominate for a Liebster Award. These are mostly newer blogs that help to promote indie authors. They review books, hold giveaways, and (most importantly) are kind and generous with their time. Everyone has a busy life, and taking time to read and review books requires an enormous commitment. Congratulations bloggers on your nomination!

Liebster Award Nominations:

1) Once Upon a Book Blog












So, my fellow nominees, here are your eleven questions. Answer them as you like. And remember, the important thing is to have fun! Don’t forget to post the Liebster Award on your own blog! 

Q.1.  What made you start your blog? 

Q.2.  Do you prefer paperbacks or ebooks? 

Q.3.  What is the first book you read that left an impression on you?

Q.4.  What is your favorite book or series and why?

Q.5.  You just won the lottery. What is the first thing you would do?

Q.6.  What is the one thing you cannot live without during the day?

Q.7.  Besides reading, what is your favorite hobby? 

Q.8.  Do you prefer sunshine or rain?

Q.9.  What is your pet peeve?

Q.10. Are you more of a dog or cat person?

And finally... 

Q.11.  If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? 

Thanks again to S.R. McKade for nominating me, and for giving me the opportunity to nominate other bloggers!

All the best,

Stephanie 


Sunday, May 11, 2014

Book Review - When Angels Fail by Michael Benavidez


When Angels Fail: Tales of the Macabre (When Angel's Fail, #1)
by Michael Benavidez
Published 2014

37 Pages

The characters in this book of short stories are impacted in various ways by a supernatural undercurrent weaving its way through each lurid tale. The author's use of imagery adds depth and a striking intensity to each story, drawing the reader in, and taking them on a journey that is both chilling and profound.

The stories felt a bit disjointed, but they weren't without merit. Out of the four stories I particularly enjoyed Andromeda, where a ship's captain, lost at sea, begins to unravel as he writes in his journal, documenting a painful and surreal adventure. This story was less gruesome than the others, and quite lovely! 

The book contains plenty of gore and dark themes, as one would expect from the title. And although there were some editing issues, the author has a lot of potential and creativity to offer. If you are a fan of horror and the macabre, you will enjoy this book! 

Available on Amazon

Reviewed by Stephanie
3.5 STARS 

Friday, May 9, 2014

Book Review - Devil May Care by Pippa DaCosta


Devil May Care (The Veil, #2)
by Pippa DaCosta
Published 2014
293 Pages

I knew from the first book that there was more to learn about Akil, the Prince of Greed, and a most powerful demon from the netherworld. And in this second installment, his true colors shine! 

We learn about the complex relationship between Akil and Muse, and get a peek into the history that brought Muse from her tortured life, and into the City of Boston, where she did her best to bring forth her human side to live a normal life. Of course, all that has changed. And in this book we travel to the netherworld, where chaos is a way of life for those who inhabit the land, and for those who (for whatever reason) find themselves on the wrong side of the veil. 

Son of a powerful ice demon, Stefan is a half-demon who has worked as an enforcer for the Institute, fighting to rid the streets of Boston of rogue demons. Now trapped in the netherworld, Stefan's true form has taken over... and the longer he stays, the more his human side is slipping away. 

Although Muse has been plotting Stefan's rescue for months, time on the other side of the veil runs on a different clock. For Stefan, years have passed... years he's had to ponder his losses, and to develop a grudge against all those responsible for his entrapment. As Muse catches a glimpse of Stefan's true form, she knows he may be too far gone. But there is still one way to set him free, and it involves Akil. Putting her trust in the Prince of Greed is risky business -- Akil's agenda is always multifaceted. Still, Muse has the advantage of knowing Akil's one weakness... and it involves her own demon. 

This is a well written, fast paced, and original tale that kept me hooked to the end! The vivid descriptives involved in the world building brought the netherworld to life in all its fearsome glory! Despite its danger, it is a place that is not without beauty, and there are plenty of touching moments. 

Even in the cutthroat world beyond, there are times when you have to rely on others. So, Muse must confront her past demons (literally), rely on others, and will need to overcome issues of trust if she is to survive. A lot is at stake, but as she discovers more about herself she finds her inner strength... and all hell is about to break loose! 

A fantastic second installment to The Veil Series! I can't wait for the next book!

Available on Amazon


Click here to read my review for the first book in the series, Beyond the Veil!

Reviewed by Stephanie

5 STARS

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Cover Reveal - My Skylar and Jake Understood by Penelope Ward

~ Cover Reveal ~ 


MY SKYLAR
Available 
June 12, 2014
&
 JAKE UNDERSTOOD
Available 
January 2015!

About the Books:

My Skylar (Gemini #3)
Release Date: June 12, 2014

From the author of the Amazon #1 bestselling romance, Jake Undone, comes a friends-to-lovers story of longing, passion, betrayal and redemption…

Skylar was my best friend, but I secretly pined for her. One thing after another kept us apart, and I’ve spent the last decade in fear of losing her forever. First, it was the cancer, but she survived only to face the unthinkable at my hands. Because of me, she left town. For years, I thought I’d never see her again. But now she’s back… and living with him.

I don’t deserve her after everything I’ve put her through, but I can’t live without her. This is my last chance, because she’s about to make the biggest mistake of her life. I can see it in her eyes: she doesn’t love him. She still loves me... which is why I have to stop her before it’s too late.

My Skylar is a STANDALONE novel and a companion to Jake Undone. Read more about My Skylar on Goodreads

Jake Understood (Gemini #2.5)
Release Date: January 2015

A different side to the story: Jake’s side.
“We’re getting a new roommate,” they said. I thought nothing of it… until she walked in the door. Her hand trembled in mine as she looked at me with fearful eyes. My entire world spun on its axis. Nina… It was a mismatch made in heaven: innocent girl from the boonies moves in with tattooed, pierced, badboy engineer.

I came up with a bet, a plan to tutor her in math and coach her through her phobias. What I wasn’t betting on was becoming addicted to her. But I was living a double life on weekends, and once she found out about it, she’d be gone.

I had to protect myself and that meant one thing: I couldn’t fall in love.

**In Jake Understood, pivotal scenes from Jake Undone are retold from Jake’s point of view, combined with all-new material that will give readers a never-before-seen glimpse into Jake’s past, present and future. It can standalone but if both books are read, should follow Jake Undone.

A full-length companion novel, Jake Understood contains graphic language and sexual content, and is only appropriate for adult readers age 18+. Read more about Jake Understood on Goodreads!


Penelope Ward
USA Today Bestselling Author
About the Author:

Penelope Ward is a USA Today Bestselling author and an Amazon #1 Bestselling author in Romance. She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family friendly career.

Penelope lives for reading books in the new adult genre, coffee and hanging out with her friends and family on weekends.

She is the proud mother of a beautiful 9-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 7-year-old boy, both of whom are the lights of her life.

Penelope, her husband and kids reside in Rhode Island.

She is the author of Gemini, Jake Undone, My Skylar (releasing June 12th) and Jake Understood, (releasing in early 2015).

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Book Review - Blood Rush by Ash Krafton


Blood Rush (Demimonde, #2)
by Ash Krafton
Published 2013
360 Pages

Sophie Galen is more than an advice columnist, she is an oracle to the demivampires, charged with guiding those who have lost their way. As Sophie adjusts to her new role in the world of vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural creatures, she is becoming stronger, and more comfortable in her own skin. Still, the memories of her first love, the demivampire Marek Thurzo, haunt her... especially now, as she gets closer to Marek's family, and finds herself drawn to his brother, Rodrian. 

It is a precarious situation. So, when Rodrian encourages Sophie to take up residence in the old mansion that once belonged to Marek, she hesitates. It isn't until she is hunted by a werewolf, and then discovers that Rodrian's daughter, Shiloh, needs her help, that she agrees to move to the mansion. Now closer than ever to Rodrian and his family, Sophie cannot ignore the attraction, nor can she deny the significance of her role as the oracle. The walls are warded, haunted by the past, and some of the rooms seem to draw her in... while keeping others out. 

I enjoyed the first book, but this second installment is even better! The story builds on the first book with exciting new characters, and a pace that flows well from one passage to the next. A great plot with memorable characters--especially Sophie, who has really grown, and who has become one of my favorites in this book! I look forward to the next installment.

Available on Amazon

Reviewed by Stephanie

5 STARS

Check out my review for the first book in the series, Bleeding Hearts, by clicking here!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Featured Author Interview - Andrea R. Cooper

Featured Author
Andrea R. Cooper

About the Author

Growing up in Houston, Texas, Andrea has always created characters and stories. But it wasn't until she was in her late twenties that she started writing novels. 

What happened that ignited the writing flame in her fingers? Divorced, and disillusioned by love songs and stories. They exaggerate. She thought. Love and Romance are not like that in the real world. Then she met her husband and realized, yes love and romance are exactly like the songs and stories say. She is now a happy wife, and a mom to three kids (two boys and a girl).

Andrea writes paranormal and historical romance. When not writing or reading, one may find Andrea dancing in Zumba. 
She believes in the power of change and counting each moment as a blessing. But most importantly, she believes in love.


A short story anthology, available on Amazon:


Historical and Fantasy Romance Novels 
by Andrea R. Cooper

Viking Fire 
Legends of Oblivion Series:
The Garnet Dagger (book #1)
Cursed in Shadow (book #1.5)
Son of Dragons (book #2)

Andrea was kind enough to join us for an interview! We are excited to hear more about her fantastic novels, and any future projects she may be up to! 


Interview

MBB: How long have you been writing, and what were your earliest inspirations?

AC: I started writing poetry when I was fourteen, but I have always created characters and stories. During recess, my friends would ask me what we were going to play that day: I assigned the characters, the plot, etc. Then we ad-lib and played. It was not until I was in my late twenties that I began writing the stories that continued (and still do) fill my mind.

My inspirations were Julie Garwood for historicals, Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for suspense and mystery, Terry Goodkind, Anne Bishop, Kim Harrison, Christine Feehan, Laurel K. Hamilton, and PC Cast for fantasy/paranormal. Believe it or not, I never read C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien or George R.R. Martin until after I wrote all the Legends of Oblivion novels.

MBB: What approach do you take to begin writing?

AC: I think of a character and/or situation. With The Garnet Dagger, it was Brock repeating the first lines in my mind (while I was at work) until I wrote them down. I do not outline or plan out my novels, I know the basic destination, but not the road(s) to get there.

MBB: Please tell us a little about your books.

AC: The Garnet Dagger was my first attempt at writing a fantasy romance. Previously, I had written only historical romances. When I finished it, I felt as though the story wasn’t finished and wrote more books which became Cursed in Shadow Book 1.5, Son of Dragons Book 2 and War of Darkness Book 3 of the Legends of Oblivion series.

Viking Fire is my first published historical romance and was inspired by my headstrong grandmother and that some historians believe that Lauchlin was the Gaelic word for Viking. And since my grandmother’s maiden name was McLauchlin, I had to write a story of how an feisty Irish lass might marry a Viking.

MBB: That's a fascinating history! Did your books require any special research or preparation?

AC: I have always loved fantasy and paranormal, even though it was forbidden growing up. When I wrote the Legends of Oblivion series, the writing flowed out naturally. I didn’t do any prep or research. For my historicals, I always double check my facts.

MBB: What do you like most about writing fantasy and paranormal romance?


AC: I love writing fantasy and paranormal stories because they allow for freedom of creativity. I am not limited to facts and figures or even this planet.

MBB: What advice do you have for other writers who are just starting out?

AC: Keep writing, read everything – good and bad and know why you like/dislike it. Keep sending out queries. Join writers groups, critiques, get beta readers and start your author sites now (i.e. Facebook, twitter, blog, etc.)

MBB: What are your plans for future projects?

I plan to finish the rewrites of Book 3 War of Darkness in the Legends of Oblivion series, finish a YA fantasy that I’m working on, rewrite/edit two more novels, and write the sequel to Viking Fire.

I also joined a group of other romance writers for short story anthologies. To date, we have one available: Six Shades of Romance, which follows Caroline and her unplanned pregnancy. Each author writes in a different genre for their story: contemporary, chicklit, paranormal, etc. We plan to have another collection June 2014 and another shortly after that.

MBB: This is exciting news! If you were stranded on a deserted island with all the published works of just one author, who would you choose?

AC: R.A. Salvatore because I have only read two of his novels and he has so many available. There are so many wonderful books out there, that I have a hard time re-reading a book.

MBB: Is there anything else you would like to add?

AC: Thank you for having me today.

Also, I have a newsletter that I send out whenever there is a sale, contest, new release, etc. I do not send it out for any other reason as I do not like receiving tons of emails either.


Thank you, Andrea, for taking the time to visit us today! We wish you all the best, and look forward to reading more of your fantastic stories! You can read our reviews for Andrea's Legends of Oblivion series by clicking here


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Interviewed by Stephanie

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Book Review - Status, the Game by Vincent Robert Annunziato

Status, the Game
by Vincent Robert Annunziato
Published 2014

404 Pages

Bob Brooks is a teacher, who also fancies himself an excellent gamer. Bob discovers a new, soon to be released, online game called Status, and devises a plan to quickly master the game. He is confident that he will get his students playing, and that they will help him reach the highest levels of the game... and that he will gain a great deal, financially. 

Bob finds himself surrounded by smart, computer savvy young students. And while he dives headfirst into the gameplay, he gets in over his head. A generally level-headed man, Bob stumbles to maintain control of the school's participation in the game, leading to a series of twists and turns! 

The main character, Bob, is a true to life character that I found myself empathizing with throughout the story. The human side of achieving status comes across subtly, then draws the reader in. Full of action and suspense, I highly recommend this book to any reader who is looking for something out of the ordinary! 


Reviewed by Andrea

5 STARS