30 December 2015

[Featured Author] Shari Sakurai


Shari Sakurai was born in Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom. After completing secondary school she moved away from further education to work in administration. 
Shari is very interested in other countries’ cultures and mythology; in particular Japan. Japanese themes and influences can often be found in her work.

Shari's debut novel Demon's Blood was released in ebook format on 25th January 2014. She has participated and won the National Novel Writing Month challenge for the past eight years.



 London, 2115

It is the year 2115 and the world is very different. With climate changes, natural disasters and war shaping the landscape, England has become a nation made up of several super cities and wasteland in between. 

Eric Rawlins is a genetically engineered superhero created by the London Security Agency (L.S.A) to defend and protect the city against both national and international threats. With his superior abilities, celebrity status and beautiful girlfriend, Eric appears to have the perfect life. However, it is an illusion created by the L.S.A in order to control him.

Eric's nemesis is the charismatic Adam Larimore. The only son of billionaire business tycoon Victor Larimore, Adam is gifted with a genius level IQ as well as the same longevity as Eric.
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28 December 2015

[Film Review] TinkerBell and the Legend of the NeverBeast


Story summary:

Legend of the NeverBeast takes Tinker Bell and the Disney Fairies on an epic action adventure that's full of heart and edge-of-your-seat suspense. Fun and talented animal fairy Fawn believes you can't judge a book by its cover—or an animal by its fangs—so she befriends a huge and mysterious creature known as the NeverBeast. While Tink and her friends aren't so sure about this scary addition to Pixie Hollow, the elite Scout Fairies set out to capture the monster before he destroys their home. Fawn must trust her heart and take a leap of faith if she hopes to rally the girls to save the NeverBeast.

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Review: 

Due to the declining quality of Disney cartoons compared to the past, I don’t watch much of Disney films anymore other than a selected few animations. TinkerBell is one of them. I’ve watched all the TinkerBell movies but last night I’ve watched one the best out of all the films. TinkerBell and the Legend of the NeverBeast is so sweet! This movie shows lots of love and compassion and the message it sends never to judge someone based on their looks (or stories around them) clearly shows. The story made me laughed a lot, but tears welled up in my eyes many times throughout the film. And in the end, it had me crying like a little girl. It was a great watch, so beautiful and touching; I just can’t compliment it enough.

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24 December 2015

Book Promotion sale!

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20 December 2015

[Blog Tour] Violca's Dragon



Title: Violca’s Dragon

Author: Leilani Love

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Violca Grey knows life can change instantly. Two years after her parents’ sudden death, Violca is left raising her four younger sisters. She doesn’t realize that their lives are all in danger from something that may not be human.
Chase Reed knows the Grey sisters possibly hold the key to his fate. He is determined to get close, protect them and bring them to his Dragon King.

Together, Chase and Violca not only have to protect their families—they also have to fight against their rising feelings for each other. But what Violca doesn’t know is that once a dragon decides he wants something, there is no stopping him from getting it.

***Read the teasers here***

My Rating: ✮✮✮☆☆彡

Review:


I love reading paranormal and the moment I read Violca’s Dragon summary, I immediately know that I want to read the book. And in a way, I’m glad I did. It was a good break after reading a long, dragging and very SLOW pace fantasy story. Violca’s Dragon tells the story of Violca and how she uncovered the truth about her family. I love the strong bond between the sisters, and I admire how Violca try to stand strong for the sake of her family.

The plot and the way the story was written were beautiful, what bothered me most is how the POV changes without a scene break. It made me read back each time, just to make sure that I wasn’t misunderstanding it. It’s the same when Violca dreams. On the prologue was okay, but on the after the chapter start, I sometimes I start to wonder—while something exciting is happening— if I’m currently reading Violca’s dream or if it’s happening for real because there’s no indication that she is dreaming before she wakes up. However, that got better overtime.

The romance, well, I can’t really say much. I kind of wish more of something else and less… stripping, no, I liked the steamy, very steamy scenes, but I just wish I could read more than attraction and less possessiveness from Chase. I hate it when “his dragon” (which made my skin crawl when I read it in the beginning,) scream “MINE” Like, get over it!
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15 December 2015

[Blog Tour] RUN Ragged




Title: RUN Ragged

Author: Kari Aguila

Genre: Suspense / Science-Fiction / Women’s Fiction

Would anything change if women ruled the world?

In a devastated country, those in charge rule by fear, inequality, and oppression. Rhia, a strong and independent sea captain, just wants to keep her head down and do her job, unitl she finds herself trapped in a re-education facility designed to help people fit into the rules of the New Way Forward. The warden claims to be guiding those in her care, but Rhia quickly sees the cracks in the system. As she is faced with torture and brainwashing, those cracks become gaping holes that threaten to pull her down into the depths of despair. Can Rhia resist the slow subversion of re-education and become the reluctant hero the new world needs?

RUN Ragged is the thrilling second story by the award-winning author of Women’s Work. This brilliantly imagined novel is both a scathing satire and a profoundly poignant look at the price we are willing to pay for peace and what we are willing to ignore to keep our conscience clear.


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Author Bio

Kari Aguila was the recipient of an IndieReader Discovery Award for her first novel, Women’s Work. Her stories are gripping and thought-provoking looks at gender stereotypes and relationships set in a dystopic future. She is also an avid gardener, geologist, outdoor enthusiast and mother of three. Aguila lives in Seattle with her family. RUN Ragged is her second novel.


Links

Website: www.kariaguila.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WomensWorkKA

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

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7422555.Kari_Aguila

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12 December 2015

Heart of a Billionaire 1: Tempted by the Boss- Review


Genre: Contemporary Romance

Summary:

Adrienne is a single mom who wants nothing more than a good life for her daughter, Joanna. A college graduate, Adrienne thought she had met the love of her life, Thomas, and together they would form the family of her dreams.

Instead, it comes crashing down around her. Adrift, Adrienne does her best to get a life together to raise her daughter. When a chance at a dream job lands in Adrienne’s lap, she jumps at the chance. But to be a billionaires assistant one needs to remember to always be organized, always be on top, and never ever fall in love.


My Rating: ✮✮✮☆☆彡

Review:

Simple, light-hearted and easy to read. What's else is there left to ask for? Nothing but a wish that this book was complete. I wouldn't consider Heart of a Billionaire as "Book 1" rather it's the first part of a much longer book. I usually wouldn't want to write a review for a "book" that ends this way, but the writing was so good. I love how the author write that I just have to share it. If you don't mind reading a book ending in a kind of cliffhanger or enjoy "cake tasting" (sorry I'm not sure what word to use) then this story is for you. It's a nice way to pass the time and entertain yourself for a short time. I read this book in one sitting ((less than 30 minutes). I would love to read the next part of the book, but I don't support in chapter release unless it's free. So I'll just probably read other complete work of the author.

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09 December 2015

The Soul Thief Review


Genre: YA Fantasy / Paranormal

Summary:

When sixteen-year-old Riley is injured in a car crash and sees a girl stealing a boy’s soul, she’s convinced she’s hallucinating. But when she sees the same girl at the hospital later, she knows she wasn’t dreaming. That’s when Riley learns her secret heritage and who she really is: a halfling Angel of Death.

Riley must come to terms with her new reality and supernatural abilities, but before she can do this, girls her age start dying in mysterious circumstances. It’s up to Riley to figure out why, what the innocent victims have in common, and what she can do to stop them from dying.


My Rating: ✮✮✮✮☆彡

Review:

I love the story right after a few pages. I really like the characters. They’re realistic and likable (yes even the annoying bad guys. I like them annoying, hahaha :D )

Riley, the heroine, is refreshing. Her sense of humor made me smile a lot. Her flaws made me irritated and she’s very… alive in my head.

Leander. Ah, sweet loving Leander. If I compare to him to other male love interest, He’s not a jaw dropping guy, but he grows on you and before you know it you're crushing on him and can't get him off your mind. Spoiler Alert: I was disappointed and annoyed about the whole loving-the-ex thing as the reason not to kiss, I was grinning from ear to ear when he changed his mind.

Cassie is adorable.

My favorite, however, is Diane. I like her sharp tongue and her sweet and spicy personality. Yes, like a mischievous little sister you can’t help but love.

My second favorite is Craig. He captured my heart after saying this:
“Stop it. Ever since you’ve become an Angel, you’ve had this crazy idea that the entire world revolves around you, and that you’re responsible for everything. I’m sick and tired of it. It’s not your fault that this happened to Stacey.”
I was nodding so much when I “heard” him say that. Riley was getting on my nerve at that point, and I just want to slap her.

My least favorite is Katie. Not at first, but after the whole thing was (predictably) revealed. I dislike how she behaved after the truth was uncovered. I understand if she's sad about the whole thing but to have contempt and disgust toward Riley the day after the incident is just too much. Spoiler Alert: Doesn't matter how much you love a guy if he tries to kill your friend, a good friend should be at less be 50% on her friend’s side. She comes out 100% on the guys side. I hate that. And then she somehow just reverted to Riley side without warning, this made me feel like I miss something.

To the story, it’s no big deal but I feel Leander repeats his explanation to Riley a bit too much, that or Riley asked for it a lot. Rolling their eyes, Riley along with other character does a little too much.

The ending was a bit confusing, no, not confusing that it doesn't make sense, it did. But I'm torn between cliffhanger and HFN because it's definitely not a HEA, yet not a cliffhanger or HFN either.

Anyway, all in all, I like how the story doesn't only focused on romance even if it’s a big part of the story, but I wish that their relationship didn't end that way.

But this is truly a great read. And though I'm only rating it four, not a shining five stars, I'll be happy to read the second book when I get the chance as I’m very much intrigue of Riley’s father, the man who gave me a pleasant warm feeling when Riley got her necklace. I want to “meet” him too and hear his side of the story, even if I have an idea of who he might be.

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04 December 2015

The Love Lottery-review




Genre: Romance, Paranormal

Summary:

She'll risk everything to stay in the magical town of Amores. He'll do anything to stop her from gambling with their future.

The Love Lottery is a short story of 7,500 words.

My Rating: ✮✮✮☆☆彡

Review:

First. I lover the cover! 

As for the story. It was a bit confusing at first. At times, the choice of words was difficult for me to get what the author was trying to convey. It's a heavy read for something short, there are also words I didn't understand (I think it was Italian words) but once I got the hang of it, it got better. It's not the best I have read, but it's not bad either. It's a good break from long reads. :)

Get it here for free: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/162749
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01 December 2015

[Guest Post] To Open the Door I Never Knew was in my Reach


For today's blog tour, I'm proudly presenting Morgan Straughan Comnick author of YA Paranormal Romance "New Beginnings" talk about what inspires her to write.


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Inspire is such a powerful word, a strong emotion. It is meant to change outlooks, alter lives, set courses.  To give something inspiration, as a human being, is so special. It is even more of a miracle when it was not intended by both parties.  This is the sort of experience I had that lead me to wear I am today, the world of writing.

Barely fifteen, I was a normal, shy, studious girl trying to make way through high school, setting up the pathway that would lead me into becoming an educator.  I had interests, one which was writing, but I found it to be a hobby, the paper my tool to fuel this energy these stories in my mind gave me.  Sometimes I had to write things down before I would explode! I was given the title “The Queen of Details” by my wonderful sixth grade communication arts teacher, Ms. Horton for my use of descriptive words and imagery.  I felt proud of this name and continued to write in this style for the next three years.  Still, the thought that I could write a book never ever scratched the surface of my brain, tickled my nerve endings.  I was a decent reader at this point, but no strong, making reading still a so/so activity.  I am told that writers are also readers. Back then, I would have never stood a chance.

Then, I am one loud, over the top, challenging Language Arts Teacher: Mr. Banger.  He would go into rants so passionate that his bald head would turn red.  He was not afraid to talk straight with us and he was tough on his grading.  One day, out of the blue for that was how he rolled, he declared he was going to write a book. We dismissed it, like several of his other declarations. He came to me and told me, “You would be a fantastic book character for my novel Morgan!” I laughed at this, but his eyes were so bold, so bright, so full of sincere honesty that I laughed, but it triggered the question in me: “If he can write a book…Why can’t I?”
Remember that path I was starting to walk to be an educator? Well, suddenly, I was blindsided, walking smack into a door I had no idea was there. I saw stars. I fell hard on the ground. But, I could not ignore this door and where it led, how it would connect to my education path.  Without Mr. Banger, I never would have been able to see that door. Still, I did not open it just yet.

I had reading class as an elective class that year. It was simple; read so many books in the semester and get an A.  That year, in our Mark Twain (state award) book section, I found a common theme of ghosts and spirit stories where they interact and sometimes fell in love with living humans. I read to after hitting that door: Starry Sky and Spirit of the Heart.  I remember them vividly. Those books got my mind racing, fueling my imagination that was always on, weaving a tale on its own.  It was easy, piecing together like a puzzle. Within two weeks, all the plot lines in my book were in my head, ready to be expressed and shared with the world.
I finally opened that door and a bright, inviting light welcomed me. I grinned and stepped forward into this world of writing, never looking back.

The people in my life all helped become characters. My favorite video game at the time, Sonic Adventure 2 for the GameCube molded examples of relationships I needed. Rooms in my school become locations in my work and I wrote from the point-of-view of a freshmen, being I was on (I figured I had the mind of one down).  New characters popped into my head like a flower revealing itself from the soil, making themselves apart of this craft.  My love for spirits shined throughout my writing stages.  It all came together without me really realizing it. It was my story and yet it was not. It was my world and yet a fantasy one. It was expression. It was life, I was a story.

The names were simple. I was obsessed with stars at the time from my favorite anime, Cardcaptor Sakura. So, when I heard my little brother had a girl in his class named Stary, I knew it was fate! I added the name Moon later to it to be ironic.  Maren was refreshing, like a breeze on the sea and her name means star of the sea. Umbra was Shade for a while, but I did not want people to confuse him for Shadow from Sonic, so I changed it to Umbra, the Latin word for Shade.  All the names have meaning to them and some came right away, like Stary, some much later, such as Credence, Stary’s crush.  These characters became a part of my friend circle, my family, an extension of myself at times.  They like to boss me around and make me feel things for imagery people in my head that I find odd, but without them, there would be no story, no happiness I have from writing a story, their story.

The title for Spirit Vision came from the spirits in the book and how I wanted to allow Stary to see spirit writing or ectowriting.  I supposed at the time that she would need spirit Vision to do this and, well, the name was born! Sadly enough, this all came to me while washing my hands in the girls’ restroom at school! Inspiration goes by the rules of location, location, location!

I am pretty far in my education path, although still looking for a full time teaching job. But, I never gave up on writing. The door follows me.  It is a comfort when I need it and sometimes a blockade or a thorn in my side, but what pathway does not have some bumps in the road? I am grateful I can have teaching and writing. They do not mingle all the time, but sometimes, when I am not looking, they form a beautiful meadow just for me, together, telling me I belong to both worlds, that I have a home in both worlds.

It took me awhile to finish my book and about just as long to find a company who believed in us as much as myself and the characters believed in our work. With my first book becoming published in December of 2013, I now had a publishing company and a contract to compose more works, to write and share my stories with others. In 2014, I had two more books released: “A Sweet, Little Dream,” a collection of poems, short stories, and literacy works written in my middle school and high school years. These stories were the stepping stone of who I am today, my words when my voice failed due to fear and shyness and my spark to see the gift of writing; I owe them a lot.

This tour focuses on the second book of my “Spirit Vision” series: “New Beginnings.” Stary is adapting to her role as the Spirit Warrior and how she has more powers and responsibilities than her first mission entailed. Umbra and Maren have completely different roles to play and worlds to adjust to. Stary is just trying to adjust to being a high school girl with such a great role that has to be kept a secret from all she cares for, but then a maiden who wants her dead is haunting her dreams and possessing spiritual beings. It was a fun work to create and it has a little bit of something for all.

Currently, my second short story and poetry collection, this one from my college and young married woman age, “Fallen Star Dust,” has just completed second edits. “Spirit Vision 3: The Power of Mortals,” will be starting edits soon and I am slowly writing the manuscript for “Spirit Vision 4.” I have several ideas for other works and I write when the juices are flowing and the iron of creativity is hot, the power to craft words into near tangible things uplifting.

I am so blessed that writing has found me. I have been touched, inspired, by a teacher, my surroundings, the real life characters in my life, other writers, and my own never slowing down for a second imagination. I am lucky to have so many wonderful guides for Spirit Vision. I always want everything to follow their dreams and I instill that in my students. Who knows? Maybe one day, I will have the honor of inspiring someone to write a masterpiece…

Thank you so much for having me. You can find more answers to more questions about my work, the writing process, and myself in the back of Spirit Vision in the Q & A section OR you can go to my website, http://morganscomnick.com to learn more.

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Thank you for that wonderful post, Ms. Morgan! Oh and I love Cardcaptor Sakura anime too :)

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Title: New Beginnings

Author: Morgan Straughan Comnick

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

You’ve been chosen to be God’s Warrior, but not even He knows what lies ahead.

Spirit Warrior Stary Moon is prepared to begin her sophomore year of high school with a better understanding of the powers granted to her from the Lord. But the path set out for her is uncertain. Stary never imagined what a challenge it would be to get her friends and family to accept her true love, former spirit Umbra, whose Ultimate Weapon powers are resurfacing mysteriously. On top of this, a dark presence is possessing spirits and ghosts, haunting Stary’s dreams, and wanting revenge. As Stary dives deeper into the world of spirits, she begins losing her connection to the world of mortals. Does Stary have the strength to overcome this darkness alone, or will she need to dabble in some ancient magic? Can she continue this path no matter what the cost?

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About the Author




Educator of young minds by day, super nerdy savior of justice and cute things by night, Morgan Straughan Comnick has a love for turning the normal into something special without losing its essence. Morgan draws from real life experiences and her ongoing imagination to spark her writing. In her spare time, she enjoys doing goofy voices, traveling to new worlds by turning pages, humming child-like songs, and forcing people to smile with her “bubbliness.” It is Morgan’s mission in life to spread the amazement of otaku/Japanese culture to the world and to stop bullying; she knows everyone shines brightly.

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