Saturday, 5 April 2014

Book Blitz: Blades of Magic by Terah Edun | Excerpt

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The Book

Blades of Magic
Terah Edun

Crown Service #1

Published March 31st 2014
It is not a peaceful time in the Algardis Empire. War is raging between the mages and seventeen-year-old Sara Fairchild will be right in the middle of it.

She just doesn’t know it yet.

Sara is the daughter of a disgraced imperial commander, executed for desertion. Sara is also the best duelist and hand-to-hand combatant in Sandrin. She lives quietly with her family’s shame but when challenged about her family’s honor, her opponent inevitably loses.

On the night she finds out her father’s true last actions, she takes the Mercenary Guilds’ vows to serve in the emperor’s army. Using her quick wits and fierce fighting skills, she earns a spot in the first division.

There she discovers secrets the mages on both sides would prefer stay hidden. Dark enemies hunt her and soon it’s not just Sara questioning the motivation behind this war.

While fighting mages, blackmailing merchants and discovering new friends, Sara comes across something she’s never had before – passion. The question is – can she fight for her emperor against a mage who has unwittingly claimed her heart?

This is year one of the Initiate Wars. Sara is hoping it doesn’t become the year she dies.

About the Author

Terah Edun's next YA Fantasy novel, BLADES OF MAGIC - Crown Service Book #1 (set in the Algardis Universe), will release on March 31, 2014. Book Five of Courtlight, SWORN TO DEFIANCE, will release in April 2014.

Her favorite writers include Mercedes Lackey, Tamora Pierce, Kristin Cashore, Robin Hobb and Maria Snyder.

Check out Terah's author website (teedun.com) for more information about her books, find her online @TEdunWrites and subscribe to her newsletter (bit.ly/SubscribetoTerahsNewsletter) to be notified of upcoming releases.

Excerpt

Chapter One

Sara Fairchild stared at the three men and two women who surrounded her with hard eyes. They had cornered her in an alley. But only because she wanted them to. She was having a bad day, might as well end it right. Feet planted firmly in the dry dirt, she called out to the group arrayed in a semi-circle around her, “Nice day for a fight, isn’t it?”

The woman to her right wore a raggedy scarf around her hair and her ears were covered in at least five earrings per a lobe. She glared and said, “You think you’re funny, girl?”

Sara watched as the woman spit into the dirt before her in disgust.

“Your da was a disgrace,” the woman continued. “You’re just like him. A coward.”

“And a cheat!” said the man directly in front of her. He nervously fingered a blade in his hands. It was a poorly crafted one. That Sara could tell from five feet away. She stood in front of him with her back-up against the wall. She wasn’t carrying her broadsword but she did have one fine long knife at her waist, a dagger on her thigh, and a baton she’d lifted from a city patrolman in her right hand.

“Is that so?” Sara said directing her voice at the man in front of her, “And what, pray tell, did I cheat you of Simon Codfield?”

Her tone was level. Even surprised. He shifted warily. He was nervous even with four of his friends to back him up. When the people standing with him began to look at him oddly, he stiffened his back. Simon licked his lips and said, “Cards. I know you had an extra ace in your belt. Admit it now and we’ll only beat you two ways until Sunday.”

She titled her head, “And if I admit it later?” Even he couldn’t miss the derision in her voice.

“We’re trying to go easy on you,” said Simon Codfield – his voice dipping into desperation. He might be a liar as well as a thief, but he was no fool. Sara knew the only reason he and his crew had followed her into this alley was because if he didn’t accuse her, he would have to take the fall for loosing over forty shillings in a card game that started off over a bet of five. She knew and he knew that he didn’t have forty shillings to give. That was one month’s pay for a dockworker, never mind a ne’er-do-well like Simon who hadn’t worked an honest job a day in his life.

“Tell you what. Why don’t you drop those trousers of yours? Then we’ll call it even,” said the thief lord in charge of the west district of Sandrin. She turned to face the man who had spoken. He rubbed a hand over his two-day old beard with a grin.

Sara brought up the long knife in her left hand, “Why don’t you drop yours, Severin, so that I can cut off your balls for you?”

Anger flashed in the thief lord’s eyes. Anger and passion. Sara smiled. She wasn’t joking. If she got close enough to him, she’d make him a eunuch without batting an eye. Simon Codfield gulped and took a step back. He knew she wasn’t playing around.

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Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Review: Ringer by C.J. Duggan

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Ringer
C.J. Duggan

Summer #3.5
A Novella

Published April 2nd 2014
They say it’s the quiet ones you have to worry about, and she was quiet, very quiet—when she wasn’t busy despising me with a burning passion.

Ringo ‘Ringer’ James has a no-strings-attached policy.

Love them, leave them, and remain the eternal bachelor.

After a summer in which every one of his mates has succumbed to settling down, or so it seemed, Ringer is on the lookout for a quick exit. Having had enough of the stomach-turning love fest witnessed over the past three months, Ringer jumps at the opportunity to help out his mate, Max, by heading to Max’s dad’s property for a working holiday.

It’s just what he’s looking for. A remote, dusty homestead in Ballan, with only hard work, a cold beer and a comfy bed to worry about – no women.

Until Miranda Henry.

The privately educated daughter of his boss has returned home from overseas and things are about to get very complicated, very fast. As summer draws to its end, Ringer is about to learn that sometimes attraction defies all logic, and that there really is such a thing as ‘enemies with benefits.’

My Review

I was super excited and honoured to be invited to receive an eARC of Ringer for review - so a big thanks to Duggan and her team! I am a big fan of the Summer Series, in part because it's set in my home country and written by an Aussie author, but mainly because they they are just so good!

Anywho, Ringer is one of my favourite characters in the series, and I was thrilled to be getting the opportunity to get in his head.

I think the only thing that I could nitpick about, is that it wasn't long enough! I realise that being a novella, it can't be too long, and this is also the first novella I have read of Duggan's. I think she may have had some difficulties with the as well. The pace is very fast and a lot happens over such a short period. I think that novella spans maybe a week or just under, and to me that seemed a bit of an unrealistic time for things to develope to the extent that they did (see how skillfully I phrased my opinion on the ending without giving it away? Props for Renae!).

Now that that is out of the way, I tell you what I love about Ringer. As always with Duggan's writing, Ringer is a laugh a minute with all the flirty banter that balances well with the few steamy moments that she throws in. I think that this book is a bit more explicit that the book in the series, which took me a bit for surprise, but by no means takes things too far.

Ringer is a feel-good read that is perfect for those afternoons when you just want to curl up with a cute book and read the night away. As always, Duggan fails to disappoint and her latest installment in her Summer Series is one that I recommend along with the rest of the series. 


opopo
3 out of 5

Monday, 24 March 2014

Sleeping Difficulties

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I was lucky enough to get my hands on an e-ARC of Ringer by C.J Duggan this week - I was super excited for it because I love her Summer Series and I love Ringer in the other books.

So, in true me fashion, I decide to start the book just as I settle in for sleep. I tell myself, "Just a couple of pages." *Eye Roll* I don't know if I'm the only one, but when I said that to myself, I knew that I was lying.

So I read. And read. And read some more.

I think I really need to point out that this was a weeknight and I had to be up early in the morning for uni.

I may or may not have (you can disregard the latter) read the whole book that night... Lets just say that it was about an hour or so until I had to get up when I finished it.

I was like, "Rightio, I can at least get a couple hours sleep in before uni." But my brain was like, "Haha! No." and was on hyperdrive for the rest of my designated sleeping time trying to fully process what I'd just read.





So here is a little equation for you all that summarizes this post:
Good Book + Night Start = No Sleep
Therefore, Renae is dead on her feet and retains nothing the next day.


Please tell me that I'm not the only one?



Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Book Blitz: Burning Down the House by Allie Gail | Giveaway + Book Trailer

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The Book

Burning Down the House
Allie Gail

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Rob Kensington is just your typical high school senior. Athletic, intelligent, handsome. Sees a therapist once a week. Because his parents just died in a house fire of questionable origin. And he doesn’t seem to care.
Maybe he isn’t so typical.

Sara Marsh had no clue when she returned to live with her divorced father that the bedroom down the hall would be occupied by a stray with a major attitude problem. The last time she saw Rob, he was a brooding goth who could have passed as Marilyn Manson’s love child. But at some point during her three years away, Creepy Kensington managed to evolve into a sizzling hot star running back with smoldering hazel eyes.

The attraction is undeniable. The temptation is irresistible. And soon they’re sharing more than just an address. But with another life lost in a deliberately set blaze, Sara’s trust is faltering. Has she lost her heart to a serial arsonist? He’s already shown her the allure of playing with fire.

And someone’s about to get burned.

This book contains strong language and sexual content and is intended for ages 17+.

About the Author

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Allie fell in love with the written word from the moment she was issued her very first Sally, Dick and Jane book. Born and raised in Alabama, she now resides in the panhandle of Florida with her own blue-eyed Prince Charming and three obnoxious cats.

When she's not working on her latest literary project, she can usually be found watching B-movie horror (the cheesier, the better), reading or playing online computer games while indulging her unhealthy Pepsi addiction.

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Monday, 17 March 2014

Blog Hop: Lucky Leprechaun

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Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop
March 17th to 24th
Co-hosted by I am a Reader, Not a Writer and Books Complete Me


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