Summer Reading Challenge – Week Eleven

It’s so hard to believe that this Summer is almost over!

This week we welcome my good friend, the absolutely wonderful Sophie E Tallis, author of White Mountain, and all round lovely member of the Alliance of Worldbuilders.

I’ll stop boring you now, and hand you over to her featured week

Summer Reads Blog Tour - Week Eleven
Sophie Tallis

I'm beginning to wonder where all the time has gone, I mean eleven weeks have already slipped by in this Summer Reads Blog Tour. Where has the summer gone?
I sure hope you've been enjoying the Summer Reads Blog as much as I have with meeting all these new faces and new reads. We've just got two more weeks left and I've saved the best for last. Let's welcome Sophie Tallis and her books along with her recommended reads.
A Bristol born gal, I grew up in a sleepy village, dreaming of dragons and wild adventures. I haven't grown up much and sincerely hope I never do. I live in the Cotswolds with my family, two enormous white wolves, two even bigger Alaskan Malamutes and a load of wild ducks who basically run the place! I was a full-time teacher, dulling young minds...ahem...I mean inspiring young children for the past 16 years and am now a librarian, a dream job being surrounded by books all day!

Although I primarily write epic fantasy, I enjoy most genres and love science-fiction, classics and contemporary literary fiction. Basically I'm a sucker for any good story.

I'm a painter, artist and illustrator and have a BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art, photography and sculpture and a Post-Grad in Education. But, my first passion has always been for writing stories and poetry, which I've done since I was a child.

Apart from writing, reading, drawing and painting, I am an avid film buff, love stargazing, playing chess and traveling (when I get the chance) and am passionate about nature and conservation. I'd describe myself as a lover of wild places and the written word.

I have a passion for ancient history, anthropology, African and Asian mythology, natural history, archaeology, astronomy, geology, world geography, Paleolithic civilization, art history, photography and of course fantasy and science-fiction! Did I mention that I’m a huge nerd?

White Mountain - Book 1 of the Darkling Chronicles
Amongst our modern world lies another, an archaic and hidden world of tradition, sorcery and magic. As dark demons awaken from our past, the last remaining wizards are being hunted and murdered by a changeling of terrifying strength. Attached and drained of most of his powers, a dying sorcerer must race against time to save himself and the fat of all, from an enemy intent on cleansing the plant and destroying humanity...
















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Sophie's Goodread list in no particular order:

1) Behind the Hood by Marita Hensen - Having spent 4 glorious months in beautiful New Zealand, this broody and compelling book by fellow Authonomy writer, Marita Hensen, really hooked me in. It centers around a group of disillusioned Maori youths and you realize the power of broken dreams.2) Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro - I loved this book to my core. It reminded me of the wonderful melancholic sci-fi books of my youth like when I read Philip K. Dick's 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep', Aldous Huxley's 'Brave New World' and tones of Margaret Atwood's 'The Handmaid's Tale'. Mesmeric and stays with you for weeks after.

3) The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold - A gut-wrenching story, beautiful, scary and tragic. You really feel every dangerous step the young protagonist finds herself on. MUCH better than the film!

4) The Last Mask by Stephen Winterflood - Wickedly and unreservedly dark. This puts the bitter in bitter chocolate! A truly unique book that twists its readers with every turn of its decadent theatrical blade!

5) In Search of Gods and Heroes by Sammy HK Smith - although I've not finished reading this yet, I just HAD to include this (lol, and not because she is my publisher - it's just very VERY good!).

6) Vortex by Lindsey J Parsons - I LOVED this book and I'm not a big reader of the paranormal genre, but this was a delight from beginning to end. I found myself wishing I was Sam, the main protagonist as she begins to uncover another world within our own and her own part in it, and finds love in the most unexpected place.



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Summer Reads Blog Tour - Week Eleven
Sophie Tallis

I'm beginning to wonder where all the time has gone, I mean eleven weeks have already slipped by in this Summer Reads Blog Tour. Where has the summer gone?
I sure hope you've been enjoying the Summer Reads Blog as much as I have with meeting all these new faces and new reads. We've just got two more weeks left and I've saved the best for last. Let's welcome Sophie Tallis and her books along with her recommended reads.
A Bristol born gal, I grew up in a sleepy village, dreaming of dragons and wild adventures. I haven't grown up much and sincerely hope I never do. I live in the Cotswolds with my family, two enormous white wolves, two even bigger Alaskan Malamutes and a load of wild ducks who basically run the place! I was a full-time teacher, dulling young minds...ahem...I mean inspiring young children for the past 16 years and am now a librarian, a dream job being surrounded by books all day!

Although I primarily write epic fantasy, I enjoy most genres and love science-fiction, classics and contemporary literary fiction. Basically I'm a sucker for any good story.

I'm a painter, artist and illustrator and have a BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art, photography and sculpture and a Post-Grad in Education. But, my first passion has always been for writing stories and poetry, which I've done since I was a child.

Apart from writing, reading, drawing and painting, I am an avid film buff, love stargazing, playing chess and traveling (when I get the chance) and am passionate about nature and conservation. I'd describe myself as a lover of wild places and the written word.

I have a passion for ancient history, anthropology, African and Asian mythology, natural history, archaeology, astronomy, geology, world geography, Paleolithic civilization, art history, photography and of course fantasy and science-fiction! Did I mention that I’m a huge nerd?

White Mountain - Book 1 of the Darkling Chronicles
Amongst our modern world lies another, an archaic and hidden world of tradition, sorcery and magic. As dark demons awaken from our past, the last remaining wizards are being hunted and murdered by a changeling of terrifying strength. Attacked and drained of most of his powers, a dying sorcerer must race against time to save himself and the fate of all, from an enemy intent on cleansing the plant and destroying humanity...
















Links:

Facebook Book Page: http://facebook.com/FantasyEpic


Publisher's Websites: http://kristell-ink.com/ and http://www.grimboldbooks.com/

Sophie's Goodread list in no particular order:

1) Behind the Hood by Marita Hensen - Having spent 4 glorious months in beautiful New Zealand, this broody and compelling book by fellow Authonomy writer, Marita Hensen, really hooked me in. It centers around a group of disillusioned Maori youths and you realize the power of broken dreams.2) Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro - I loved this book to my core. It reminded me of the wonderful melancholic sci-fi books of my youth like when I read Philip K. Dick's 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep', Aldous Huxley's 'Brave New World' and tones of Margaret Atwood's 'The Handmaid's Tale'. Mesmeric and stays with you for weeks after.

3) The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold - A gut-wrenching story, beautiful, scary and tragic. You really feel every dangerous step the young protagonist finds herself on. MUCH better than the film!

4) The Last Mask by Stephen Winterflood - Wickedly and unreservedly dark. This puts the bitter in bitter chocolate! A truly unique book that twists its readers with every turn of its decadent theatrical blade!

5) In Search of Gods and Heroes by Sammy HK Smith - although I've not finished reading this yet, I just HAD to include this (lol, and not because she is my publisher - it's just very VERY good!).

6) Vortex by Lindsey J Parsons - I LOVED this book and I'm not a big reader of the paranormal genre, but this was a delight from beginning to end. I found myself wishing I was Sam, the main protagonist as she begins to uncover another world within our own and her own part in it, and finds love in the most unexpected place.



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Summer Reading Challenge – Week Nine

Firstly, an apology from me, as I’ve been away so this latest blog is slightly late…

This week is Michel Prince…

Summer Reads Blog Tour – Week Nine
Michel Prince

Week nine in the Summer Blogs Tour is here and I’m hoping you’ve been enjoying meeting new faces and trying new reads. It’s time to welcome Michel to my blog tour, another friend I met through Authonomy when we were all just newbies starting out. You won’t want to miss out on her reads list and her own books. Check them out if you’re a romance junkie like me, you won’t be disappointed!

Michel Prince is an author who graduated with a bachelor degree in History and Political Science. Michel writes new adult and adult paranormal romance as well as contemporary romance.
With characters yelling “It’s my turn damn it!!!” She tries to explain to them that alas, she can only type a hundred and twenty words a minute and they will have wait their turn. She knows eventually they find their way out of her head and to her fingertips and she looks forward to sharing them with you.
When Michel can suppress the voices in her head she can be found at a scouting event or cheering for her son in a variety of sports. She would like to thank her family for always being in her corner and especially her husband for supporting her every dream and never letting her give up.

Michel has been awarded Elite Status with Rebel Ink Press in 2013, the service award for her local RWA chapter Midwest Fiction Writers and is a Pro member of RWA. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband, son, cat and new puppy.

One Last Rodeo

Betsy Flynn’s star is rising as she serves as the color sports reporter for the local CBS affiliate. Her focus, knowledge and high heels have become a staple along every sideline in Minneapolis, but a rodeo has come to Minnesota and this Texas transplant will have to go back to her roots.
Five years ago pick-up man JT Long chose his best friend’s rodeo career over the love of his life, Betsy.J As JT’s rodeo shows up in Northern Minnesota he quickly realizes his chances of winning Betsy back are getting slim as he learns he only has one last rodeo to win her heart.
*Break out the fireworks and get ready to kick off your summer with this HOT new collection of stories. One Last Rodeo is part of the Red Hot and BOOM multi-author series (stands alone for reading enjoyment).

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Shared Redemption
Former slave Nye ended his life in 1859 after losing his love. The angel Gabriel has offered Nye a chance at redemption by hunting demons as a member of the Frozen. With less than seven years left until his salvation, Nye is staying on the straight and narrow – until a woman gets caught in the crossfire during a demon hunt.

After receiving devastating news, Kiriana Kladshon moves across the country, only to get caught up in the world of The Frozen. Nye and Kiriana are pulled into an attraction neither can control. Will it be their ultimate demise or their greatest salvation?

Damarion, is leading a group of female demons on a mission. During his punishment on Earth, Damarion learns of dangers within his coven trying to stop him from returning to his love, still trapped in Hell and A love he was so sure was true…
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Chrysalis
In the annals of dysfunctional families, the Chisholm’s are working their way to the top. Drug abuse, an unwed mother with multiple fathers, and the questionable cash flow for the ‘pretty one’. All this from a seemingly normal, two parent middle class family. But were the choices truly made of their free will?
Bad choices are a Chisholm family trait, one that confounds the youngest child, Ellie, who’s trying to separate herself by making smart decisions. And falling for Oscar Jeffreys, the hottest guy at school, would be number one on the list of Chisholm family disasters. Yet the crazy part is it’s not a one sided attraction. Somehow Ellie has caught Oscar Jeffreys’ eye. Sure she could see the barriers between them. Race, age, popularity. They were at opposite ends of the spectrum. But a demon set to destroy her family? She can’t see that.
Oscar provides security and acceptance Ellie never imagined she deserved. As the passion of first love grows, Ellie honestly believes she has a chance to beat the odds and live a happy, normal life. Then her world collapses around her. With the help of a guardian angel, Ellie learns of a world that has unknowingly surrounded her for years. And she’ll have to find strength buried deep inside to save not only her future, but flush out and stop the demon in her midst.
Ellie will have to learn that sometimes the hardest lesson about growing up is accepting that you’re worth more.
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This week’s Summer Reads guest is…me!

Andrea Baker Author:

Summer Reading Challenge – Week Eight

The lovely Kay, need I say more?…..

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This week, it’s my turn! I hope you’ve enjoyed everyone’s recommendations so far – this has been a whole lot of fun, and I’m tickled to share my summer book picks with you. Read on to find out what they are, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end of the post! There’s lots of awesome prizes, including a copy of my poetry collection, Tuesday Daydreams!

Summer Reads Blog Tour – Week Eight

Kay Kauffman

Tick tock, tick tock, it’s week eight in our Summer Reads Blog Tour and I’ve come to welcome Kay Kauffman to our madness!  Kay is another lovely online friend from Authonomy who I’ve been chatting with now for a number of years.  She’s fun, has a gentle spirit that I simply adore, and will be the first to gather her popcorn bucket when Sam and I start our online battles!  Let’s hear it…

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Summer Reading Challenge – Week Seven!

So, have you found your favourite reads amongst our lists so far?

This week is the turn of the wonderful Sam Smith – what will you think of her choices?

Summer Reads Blog Tour – Week Seven
Sammy HK Smith

Week seven is already here, and it’s time to introduce Sammy HK Smith! Sammy is another Authonomy friend who didn’t run away when I send a friend request via Facebook! Some do you know…lol. Anyway, along with others on this Blog Tour, I’ve had the privilege of getting to know her and her writings. You won’t want to miss out on her work and recommendations from Goodreads. Here’ssssss Sammy! 
Sammy lives and works in the sunny county of Oxfordshire in the UK with her husband, 14 cats, 2 dogs and hamster, Georgeski. When time allows, she writes. In Search of Gods and Heroes is her first book, and the first  of the Children of Nalowyn series.

Between working and writing, she studies with the Open University for her B.A in Humanties with a specialism in Classical Studies, and is currently learning (albeit slowly) Ancient Greek and Latin. She enjoys reading (obviously!), mythology, music, films, and a host of other uninteresting hobbies.
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In Search of Gods and Heroes
Buried in the scriptures of Ibea lies a story of rivalry, betrayal, stolen love, and the bitter division of the gods into two factions. This rift forced the lesser deities to pledge their divine loyalty either to the shining Eternal Kingdom or the darkness of the Underworld.
When a demon sneaks into the mortal world and murders an innocent girl to get to her sister Chaeli, all pretence of peace between the gods is shattered. For Chaeli is no ordinary mortal, she is a demi-goddess, in hiding for centuries, even from herself. But there are two divine brothers who may have fathered her, and the fate of Ibea rests on the source of her blood.
Chaeli embarks on a journey that tests her heart, her courage, and her humanity. Her only guides are a man who died a thousand years ago in the Dragon Wars, a former assassin for the Underworld, and a changeling who prefers the form of a cat.
The lives of many others – the hideously scarred Anya and her gaoler; the enigmatic and cruel Captain Kerne; the dissolute Prince Dal; and gentle seer Hana – all become entwined. The gods will once more walk the mortal plane spreading love, luck, disease, and despair as they prepare for the final, inevitable battle.
In Search of Gods and Heroes, Book One of Children of Nalowyn, is a true epic of sweeping proportions which becomes progressively darker as the baser side of human nature is explored, the failings and ambitions of the gods is revealed, and lines between sensuality and sadism, love and lust are blurred.







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Touch the Dark
5 of 5 stars
This is my favourite urban fantasy series of all time. Dark, gritty, funny, and with a splash of romance. What I love is that Karen doesn’t make our heroine the milquetoast MC that bumbles about needing a man to set her right. Cassie is …
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Through Violet Eyes
5 of 5 stars
I picked this book up several years ago in a cheap bookstore. I didn’t quite know what to expect, but after reading the novel I immediately ordered the subsequent books in the series. A paranormal mystery surrounding those with violet ey…
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Wit'ch Fire
5 of 5 stars
This series ranks in my top fantasy books of all time. They’re old school fantasy – good vs bad. With a strong female MC and a band of characters who are neither blank or white. James Clemens writes characters that are complex, interesti…
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Empire of the Saviours
5 of 5 stars
A.J Dalton was (I believe) the first author to officially coin the term metaphysical fantasy – where things such as free will and destiny are swayed by external influences such as gods. Where nature nurtures and we consider more than the…
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Autodrome
5 of 5 stars
Not YA, not adult, this fits wonderfully into the NA reading genre. A perfect blend of dieselpunk, dystopia and science fiction, Autodrome is a city in the desert where racing is everything. I liken it to the pod-racing in Star Wars – th…
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Summer Reads Blog Tour – Week 6

Can anyone tell me where the time is going?

I can’t believe it is Week 6 already! Some of you may remember from my own feature last week that I chose a book by Tricia Drammeh. Well, I’m delighted to say that this week features the lovely lady herself….

Summer Reads Blog Tour – Week Six Tricia Drammeh

Super excited to introduce you to Tricia Drammeh! Tricia is another friend that I’ve had the privilege of getting to know over the last several years from a site called Authonomy. It’s a site where writers go to post their manuscripts and have their peers read and critique. I loved her manuscript, her style of writing from the moment I first read her work. It’s really cool to be able to say “I read her original work before it was published!”And now a word from Tricia!

me-3Hi everyone! My name is Tricia Drammeh, and I’m super excited to be a part of the 2014 Summer Reads Blog Tour. I hope you all are finding lots of great books to read this summer. I know I’ve found a bunch and I’d love to share some with you, but first here’s a little about me and my books. Tricia Drammeh is a wife, the mother of four wonderful kids, and the author of four published novels. She currently lives in New Hampshire with her family. When she isn’t writing, she can be found reading, wrangling cats, or drinking lots and lots of coffee. You can connect with Tricia by visiting her Website or following her on Facebook.

Twenty-three-year-old Karlie is in the type of rut some people never escape from. With few friends, no boyfriend, and no plans to graduate from college any time in the immediate future, Karlie is as stuck in her ways as the elderly neighbor she spends all her time with.

When her world is invaded by two surly twins bound for criminal court, a too-good-to-be-true love interest, and a cute cop who keeps showing up at the most inopportune moments, Karlie can either fight against the changes in her life, or embrace them.

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Ninth grade can be a nightmare when you don’t fit in at school, your crush chooses someone else, and your parents tell you they’re having a new baby. Abby was prepared for normal high school problems. She wasn’t prepared for a demon. Abby has always been fascinated by the paranormal, but after an ill-fated séance, she discovers not all Spirits are benign. A dark entity unleashed during the summoning sets out to destroy Abby, and within days, she loses her best friend, incurs the wrath of her parents, and becomes a prisoner in her own home. With time quickly running out, she assembles an unlikely group of helpers: the most hated guy in school, a retired psychic, and the cute clerk from her favorite bookstore. Unless the demon is defeated, Abby and her new baby brother won’t stand a chance. The Séance, a Dark Summons Novel, is a full-length Paranormal book for teens and young adults.

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Tricia’s bookshelf: summer-reads-blog-2014

Blind Sight
5 of 5 stars
Jordan has always known she had a destiny. She always expected to die young. When you’re a seeker (or a slayer) in the Celadon Circle, you put the world’s needs ahead of your own and never dare to question the Angels’ orders. But, Jordan…
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Charlie and Pearl
5 of 5 stars
Charlie runs the local bookshop and looks after the owner who suffers from dementia. He has a close relationship with his mom, is well-liked by locals at the bar, but isn’t really going anywhere with his life–until he meets Pearl. The m…
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Heartbreaker
5 of 5 stars
Bailey’s back in town, ready to face the biggest mistake of her life. Two years ago, she left Cam brokenhearted, and though she knows she can’t expect to be able to take up where they left off, she hopes she can find some peace in her ho…
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The Forever Girl
5 of 5 stars
Sophia has a secret she can’t share. If she tells anyone about the buzzing in her head, they’ll think she’s crazy. And, most of the people in her small town already think she’s crazy and dangerous–and possibly a murderer. She tries to c…
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Hold Her Down
5 of 5 stars
Elizabeth has given so much of herself to others (her husband, children, students, volunteer work) that there’s scarcely anything left of the “Liza” she used to be. Her husband takes her for granted. She can’t say no to the constant bar…
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Summer Reads Blog Tour – Week Ten

How the time flies!!!

Again, slightly late because I didn’t get to post Michel’s week until Monday, but bringing us back online with the rest of the tour.

This week is fellow member of the Alliance of Worldbuilders, AFE Smith, the Spymaster Robin herself :)

Summer Reads Blog Tour – Week Ten
A.F.E. Smith

Drum roll please as we’re already into week ten of our Summer Reads Blog Tour, and welcome A.F.E. Smith!

My name is A.F.E. Smith and I can usually be found online in the form of a robin. But I’ve been categorically told that I have to include a picture of my real face for this blog tour, so here it is …

In human form, I work as an editor and also as a parent, and squeeze writing in around the edges. (My son is two and I have a daughter on the way, so the edges are pretty squeezed.) Things I like include snacks, books, complex maths problems, snacks, animated films and snacks.

My debut novel, DARKHAVEN, is coming soon as an ebook from Harper Voyager. It’s a fast-paced fantasy whodunnit featuring love, murder and obsession, carriage chases, duels to the death and a very angry Wyvern, set in a unique city in the throes of industrial revolution. Here’s a little bit more about it:

Myrren Nightshade has been overlord of Darkhaven for less than a day, and already he has a brutal murder to deal with. Not just any murder, either. His father is the victim – and his sister Ayla is the only suspect.

Born without the shapeshifting abilities specific to his bloodline, Myrren has always considered himself inadequate. But now it’s up to him to prove his sister innocent before the law finds her guilty. Aided by a reluctant priestess, and hampered by a Captain of the Helm determined to block him at every turn, Myrren must navigate his way through a maze of secrets and lies to the truth at the centre – even if it could destroy him.

Meanwhile, Ayla Nightshade has problems of her own. Fleeing from the threat of incarceration for a crime she didn’t commit, unable to take refuge in her other form, she is alone and friendless. The only person willing to offer her aid is the man she despises above all others: the man she holds responsible for her mother’s death.

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And now for the most important part – my book recommendations! As a fantasy reader/writer, I’ve gone for books that have at least an element of fantasy to them. You may not have come across these books before, but they all deserve more readers. I keep my five-star ratings for books I’ve loved enough to read more than once, but I’m pretty sure all five of the following books will join that number someday …

A.F.E.’s bookshelf: summer-reads-blog-2014

The Traitor Game
4 of 5 stars
This is a super-intense YA novel that explores a serious theme (bullying) in the real world as well as creating a fascinating parallel fantasy world. The two strands are well constructed and cleverly interwoven. Recommended for teens and…
Zero Sum Game
4 of 5 stars
I kind of wish I had written this book myself, given that it features a female protagonist whose superpower is being really good at maths. It’s also full of action, well written and just plain awesome. Looking forward to the next in the …
Few Are Chosen
4 of 5 stars
This is comic fantasy, but like all the best comedy, it has a heart. By the end of the book, I defy you not to want to read the other three books in the trilogy (yes, in true Douglas Adams style this is a trilogy of four) to find out wha…
The City's Son
4 of 5 stars
Urban fantasy in the truest sense of the phrase. The author’s alternate London is consistently imaginative and inventive. Aimed at a YA audience but great for adults too, this book is for anyone who likes to be immersed in the familiar-y…
The Golem and the Jinni
4 of 5 stars
A wonderful and atmospheric book, drawing on the mythology of two different cultures to create something new. It’s a romance and a fantasy and a fairytale, yet at the same time it vividly brings to life the experiences of immigrants in t…


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Summer Reads Blog Tour – Week Five, and it’s me!!!

I can’t believe how quickly these weeks are flying by!

We’re into week five of the tour, and the guest author this week is…..me (if the title hasn’t quite given it away :P )

So, what more can I do but handover….

Summer Reads Blog Tour – Week Five
Andrea Baker

It’s week five already, and it’s time to welcome Andrea Baker. I had the privilege of meeting Andrea a number of years ago on a forum, we became fast friends and have watched each other’s work develop over the years. It’s always amazing for me to look back and see all the changes we’ve been through. Take a peek at not only Andrea’s reads list, but also her books. You won’t be disappointed!

Andrea Baker has had ideas for stories, and poems all of her life, and as a child and teenager, many of these were written in one shape or another.  

As she grew older, and graduated University, she convinced herself that writing was a childhood adventure, and something that she should have grown out of – that these daydreams belonged in the realms of childhood.  For many years she stopped herself writing – although her mind continued creating these worlds and stories, she refused to write them down.

Over the last decade however, she has returned to allowing herself to develop these stories, and as a result, the Worlds Apart Series, an idea that has floated around for quite a few years now, has been created.

Nightmares are just dreams aren’t they?

They can’t hurt you, not really…

Leah’s can.

They’re trying to tell her the truth, and won’t stop until she understands.

Nineteen year old Leah struggles to cope with normal life after the recent loss of her mother.

Her heart-broken father decides to uproot them to Little Virginia for a fresh start, so they can bury the past behind them.

At once Leah is captivated by the castle ruins near her new doorstep, and whilst exploring she comes across a mysterious stranger.

Recurring nightmares long thought dead reawaken, and new strains appear in her relationship with her father.

But as Leah attempts to piece together the connection between them, she will find herself thrown into dark and dangerous worlds beyond her wildest dreams…

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Andrea’s bookshelf: summer-reads-blog-2014

The Seance
5 of 5 stars
The Séance is a story about a young girl who, like many others before, decides to try a Ouija Board, without appreciating the possible consequences. Even a smattering of appreciation however would not have led her to expect what we disc…
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Hooking Up
4 of 5 stars
I have to admit, I’ve come to this book pretty late. I’d read “Blood Lust”Blood Lust, so when I saw the new book “Holding On” was released, I went back to read Hooking Up, as it is the first in this story.

It is a fun, somewhat poignan…

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Blood Brothers
5 of 5 stars
I’m writing this review against Book One, although I’ve read and loved the series. NO SPOILERS HERE

I read the series back in Summer 2012, when recovering from major surgery – stuck at home and unable to drive, a friend had chosen it f…

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Morrigan's Cross
4 of 5 stars
Fantastic!!!

Again, although reviewed against Book One, I’ve read all three, and will not post spoilers.

This trilogy was a turning point for me – I’d previously read literary fiction and romance, as well as the odd chick-lit that caug…

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Summer Reads Blog Tour – Week Four

This week, please welcome Will Macmillan Jones, one of the most prolific authors I have ever met, with his Banned Underground series, The Showing and of course the wonderful Snort and Wobbles for children.

So what features on Will’s Summer Reading list?

Summer Reads Blog Tour – Week Four
Welcome Will Macmillian Jones!

Well, week four of the Summer Reads Blog Tour brings us a dear friend and fellow author, Will Macmillian Jones. Will’s the comedic act in our group with his dry sense of humor, I can’t help but smile when I read his posts or chat away in a lively conversation.
Will Macmillan Jones live in Wales, a lovely green, verdant land with a rich cultural heritage. He does his best to support this heritage by drinking the local beer and shouting loud encouragement whenever International Rugby is on the TV. A fifty something lover of blues, rock and jazz he has just fulfilled a lifetime ambition by filling an entire wall of his home office with (full) bookcases.
His major comic fantasy series, released by Safkhet Publishing, can be found at: http://www.thebannedunderground.com and information on his other work and stuff in general at :
http://www.willmacmillanjones.com

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Here are some of Will’s favorite reads:

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A Long Way Down
5 of 5 stars
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The Weirdstone of Brisingamen
5 of 5 stars
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The Iron Hand of Mars
5 of 5 stars
This was the first of the Falco series I came across in a bookshop, and bought it on impulse. Subsequently I’ve invested in all the series, but this is still perhaps my favourite.
Davis’ descriptions of the Ancient World are vivid and …
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Summer Reading Blog Tour – Week Three

So, here we are in Week Three of the Summer Reading Blog Tour – have any of the books and authors given you ideas yet?

This week it is Carrie’s turn – so let’s find out a bit more about her, and her favourite Summer Reads here :)

Summer Reads Blog Tour - Week Three
Welcome Carrie Fetzer!

This week it's our beloved Carrie's turn to share her favorite reads with you. I can't tell you how grateful I am to have her come into my life and support me the way she has. Last November, I half jokingly put it out on the page that I needed a page administrator, and our lovely Carrie messaged me! Not only did she volunteer, but she's run with it wholeheartedly.

She's done an amazing job with keeping the conversation going, and filled a huge gap for me when I needed it most. This was supposed to just be a temporary position, but Carrie wanted to stay on! The best part of having her admin my page? She's become a dear friend in the process. I'm lucky to have her come into my life, thankful for all she's done and continues to do. We love you Carrie!

Hey all, it's Carrie. I'm so excited to take part in the Summer Reads Blog Tour. I love reading, it's a passion, and after finding the Timeless Series, which wasn't easy by the way because I didn't have a kindle at the time, I knew I was hooked on Lisa's work. If you think you've got CATTS bad (chronic addiction to timeless series), then I'm in the final stages that Sam posted about here!

Anyway...

I'm a music addict, love animals, and adore spending time with my girls and husband when I'm not working at Curves.

So enough about me, listed below are the five books that I'd recommend for this summers reads. Enjoy!!

Carrie's bookshelf: summer-reads-blog-2014

Forsaken
5 of 5 stars
If you are looking for a good Young Adult fantacy novel this would be it. It is an easy read and keeps you intrigued. It's a good light read.
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Hush, Hush
5 of 5 stars
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Fallen
4 of 5 stars
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The Perfect Game
5 of 5 stars
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The Hobbit
5 of 5 stars
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Summer Reads Blog Tour – Week Two

Andrea Baker Author:

This week sees the introduction of Sam Dogra.
Sam is a fellow member, in fact the Vice Captain, of the Alliance of Worldbuilders. Although one of the youngest members, she’s also one of the longest serving of the group, and likes to keep us all in check!
I’ve known her virtually for about 4 years now, and finally had the pleasure of meeting her earlier this year, although we all wish it had been under far different circumstances, as it was to attend the funeral of a friend and fellow member.
Sam’s books are gritty, action filled fantasy, and personally I can’t wait to read the end of the Chronicles of Azaria series, as I vividly remember reading one of the first drafts…

Anyway, let’s see what Sam has to say, and find out more about her Summer Reads Recommendations:

Originally posted on Author Lisa L Wiedmeier:

Let’s welcome Sam Dogra!



Hey everyone, this week it’s my turn to feature in Lisa’s Summer Reads Blog 2014! This summer, Lisa will be showcasing the top 5 favorite books of various authors, in the hopes of sharing hidden gems for new readers to get into.

My name is Sam. By day I’m a doctor, running around taking blood samples, saving lives and getting grilled by consultants. When I’m not on duty, I’m also the author of The Chronicles of Azaria Series.



It’s a YA Fantasy Romance with a slight twist. The first two books, The Binding and The Parting, are available on Amazon and Smashwords. If you’re looking for something outside the paranormal genre, I’d definitely recommend it (but I would say that, I wrote it!).


You can find out more about the series, including character artwork, book previews and more, by clicking on the following links:

Now, enough about me, here…

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