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What’s in a difference?

Author Katrina Jack talks about The Silver Flute Trilogy. What sets her YA Urban Fantasy series apart from other books in the genre? What makes her characters unique? Read on to find out…

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As an author of YA urban fantasy, I use some of the criteria that applies to fantasy overall. For example, my characters have a goal or quest they must fulfil in order to achieve their destiny. They have certain powers that help them in their journey. They fight mythical creatures and they combat weird and horrifying enemies who get in their way.

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But of course thousands of writers do the same, no matter what genre they write in. So what did I do to make my work different? Well, the lead protagonist in The Silver Flute Trilogy is mute. How did I make him communicate, not only with his fellow characters, but with the readers too? Obviously it was neither practical or desirable to use swathes of description of sign language, apart from the odd gesture. I overcame this by simply not putting inverted comments around his dialogue, but instead…

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Abomination: Book Review

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Abomination

(Pathfinders Book 1)

By Jane Dougherty

As the end of the world begins, Carla and Tully hurtle through a wormhole five years forward in time, only to find they haven’t missed the Apocalypse after all.

Carla and Tully are picnicking in the quad of their international high school in central Paris when the end of the world begins. They are sucked into a wormhole that spits them out five years later to find that the world is a freezing desolation but still hanging on, waiting for something even worse to finish it off. The something worse turns out to be the Burnt Man and his horsemen. Taken prisoner by the Flay Tribe to their lair in the ruins of a shopping mall, Tully is forced to become a warrior, while Carla joins the other girls as a kitchen slave and comfort woman.

Tully might like the idea of playing soldiers, but Carla knows what is waiting for the girls when the food runs out, and it isn’t pleasant. The supermarket holy man’s vision of the return of the Burnt Man and his demon friends drags Tully back to reality. When the four fiends are reunited, the Apocalypse will really begin. Carla and Tully don’t plan on being there when that happens.

But in this post-Abomination world where only the young and brutal have survived, where food and fuel are running out and the climate is plunging into another final ice age, there is nowhere to run—except down another wormhole, with no idea of what might be waiting for them at the other end.

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My Review:

Carla and Tully are there to witness the beginning of the world’s end. When they are sucked into a wormhole that transports them five years into the future, they are stunned to discover a new and horrible version of the world they once knew. A world where violence is a way of life, where strange and terrifying creatures stalk the surviving humans, and where women are treated as lesser beings. They are forced to join a brutal tribe and shoved into the roles befitting their genders. As the story progresses, we learn more about the last five years and how the world they now inhabit came to be. We also learn the worst is yet to come.

Fast-paced and well-written, Abomination is a very strong start to the Pathfinders series. Jane Dougherty has created a desolate, post-apocalyptic world where the worst of human behavior thrives. We meet characters who are courageous, who love and care for others in spite of starvation, fear, and the daily threat of violence. These characters are beautifully drawn and complex. The story also has its share of twists and surprises.

I would recommend this book to teens age 13 and up. Adults will also enjoy the story. I sure did! Fans of dystopian tales and those who enjoy a thought-provoking adventure will love this book. I’m looking forward to book 2.

My Rating:

5 stars

Buy the book:

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Watch for book 2 in the series coming soon!!!!

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Author of the Week: Jennifer Renson

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Our Author of the Week is Jennifer Renson! Welcome, Jennifer. When did you begin writing?

I have been writing since childhood. I am not sure how I started writing but I remember being able to create stories since Middle School and as I got older I was able to expand my writing skills.

What is your chosen genre?

My poetry books and Carousel fall under the genres of young adult/mystery/thriller/fantasy/fiction.

I do not have a specific genre that I stick to. Mostly because I want to see how well I can write in a specific genre.

Can you please tell us about your most recent release?

Carousel is my first published book that started easily enough with the villain of the story. I do not usually write stories of this nature and I wanted to see if I could. Needless to say I was more than pleased that Pulse LLC wanted to publish it. Carousel takes places in a alternative Lucca, Italy. Lucca is a tiny Kingdom ruled by a King and Queen. When news of a plague approaches they abandoned their Kingdom to live in the countryside. Their son, Princio, unbeknownst of his past is raised by his grandfather when his parents die and tells him to return to Lucca but never show his face. Upon his return he meets the mysterious doll maker Feletti at the abandoned carousel knowing all about the prince’s past and refusing to tell him. Princio believes him to be a friend until he meets Marian. Young, beautiful and curious she is terrified of Feletti and as her relationship with Princio develops so does the unanswered questions. Feletti knows everyone’s secrets… What happens when Princio uncovers his as well as Marian’s?

What was the most challenging aspect of writing the book?

The most challenging aspect I had writing Carousel was deciding how the story should end. I had multiple ideas and in the end I am most happy with the result.

Of all your published books, which is your favorite and why?

It is very hard to choose between all of my works. I love them all equally. Each one is a part of me in some way.

Are there certain themes or lessons you tend to explore in your books?

I like to explore a variety of themes. Though my skills mostly reside in the whimsical, story telling, and mystery, I’ve been trying to explore the more historical and scary.

What is your primary goal as an author?

My goal is to have my stories and poems reach as many readers as possible and be able to sustain a career in writing. Writing is my passion, my life and I want to be able to write forever.

Which authors and/or books have inspired you as a writer?

I’ve been inspires by several writers including J.R.R Tolkien, Oscar Wilde, and Thomas Malory. All three have written some of my favorite books.

What projects are you currently working on?

I am currently putting the finishing touches on the prequel to Carousel titled The Cottontail which will  take readers into the lives of the royals before their abandonment of their kingdom, introduce two new compelling characters and provide further insight into Feletti’s past.

What advice would you like to share with new or aspiring authors?

Do not give up on your dreams and passions. If you want to write, write. Tell the stories you want to tell. Be fearless. Be open to advice and criticism. There is no apology for passion.

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About the Author:

Jennifer Renson graduated from Monmouth University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations/Journalism, with a minor in History. While attending Monmouth University, she was the Managing Editor and then Editor-in-Chief of the Monmouth Review Literary Magazine while participating in Open Mic events.

After graduation, she began writing for Lost Treasure Magazine, covering a variety of topics, including that of Captain Kidd, The Library of Alexandria, Richard III, Cesare Borgia, and The Arthur Stone.

Jennifer acquired a Masters Degree in Counselor Education, with a New Jersey State Certificate for School Counselor. Her passionfor writing continued as her poetry was published into three books: Delightfully Dark: A Collection of Poems and Tales, Eo: Go, walk, ride, sail, pass, travel and Uncharted.

Her first published book Carousel through Pulse LLC, follows the life of a young man, returning to the homeland Lucca he never knew, meeting a mysterious doll maker and befriending a beautiful young woman at the site of the old carousel once belonging to royalty. Fascinated by history, she’s been a volunteer archaeologist. Hoping to turn her passion into a career, she continues to write poetry and stories hoping her works will inspire.

Connect with Jennifer Renson:

Twitter:https://twitter.com/JennyRenson

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/booksandpoetrybyJenniferRenson/info?tab=page_info

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Carousel:

Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Carousel-Jennifer-Renson-ebook/dp/B010BTQ41S/

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/carousel-jennifer-renson/1122546076?ean=2940150889392

Googleplay: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Jennifer_Renson_Carousel?id=Efb3CQAAQBAJ

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Delightfully Dark: A Collection of Poems and Tales:

Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Delightfully-Dark-Collection-Poems-Tales/dp/1499285434/

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/delightfully-dark-jennifer-renson/1121244971?ean=9781499285437

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Eo: Go, walk, ride, sail, pass, travel:

Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Eo-Jennifer-Renson-ebook/dp/B00TOM5NPW/

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/eo-jennifer-renson/1120313107?ean=9781500991074

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Uncharted:

Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Uncharted-Jennifer-Renson/dp/1514343576/

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Book of the Day: The Chosen One (Grimsley Hollow)

Today’s Book of the Day is:

THE CHOSEN ONE: GRIMSLEY HOLLOW BOOK ONE

by Nicole Storey

This book is the first in a middle-grade series that features a very unique hero. It’s also #FREE on #Kindle, so grab your copy now before the special promotion ends.

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Eleven-year-old Gage Gilbert is autistic, loves Halloween, and has no friends. He longs to share real adventures – not just those conjured in his head.

A mysterious key leads him to Eve, a young witch from another world called Grimsley Hollow. It’s a place where all magical beings live in safety and peace, but their realm is in trouble. Gage is the only one who can save them from a nefarious witch who has taken control.
And the human world is next on her list.

With Eve’s help (along with a potty-mouthed pixy, a trouble-making werewolf, a half-vampire, and a couple of dragons) Gage travels to Grimsley Hollow and together, they embark on a journey that will change them all.

It’s a deadly race against evil, where extraordinary creatures stalk the land under a harvest moon and nightmarish monsters take form.

Gage wanted friends and adventure, but had no idea they would come at such a dangerous price.

Download free on Kindle from Oct 14th through Oct 18th: http://www.amazon.com/Chosen-One-Grimsley-Hollow-Book-ebook/dp/B00QU8BXBQ/

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The Mark of Noba: Book Review

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I’m thrilled to be part of The Mark of Noba book blitz organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. If you’d like to catch up on earlier stops in the tour, you can view the complete blitz schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours: http://lolasblogtours.net/book-blitz-the-mark-of-noba-by-gl-tomas/. Before I post my review of this wonderful book, let’s have a look at gorgeous cover and the blurb:

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The Mark of Noba (The Sterling Wayfairer Series #1) by GL Tomas

Sterling Wayfairer has one goal for his senior year: make his mark. He’s been slipping into the background his whole high school career—distracted by his mother’s mental health, unsettled by the vivid dreams that haunt him at night, and overshadowed by the athletic accomplishments of his popular best friends. But this year is going to be different. He’s going to break a few rules, have some fun, and maybe even work up the nerve to ask his crush out on a date.

But things don’t go exactly as planned. Students are disappearing, Sterling starts losing time, and it all seems to center around Tetra, a girl no one else seems to notice but him. When he finally tracks her down for answers, they aren’t what he expects: He and Tetra hail from a world called Noba, and they’re being hunted by a Naga, a malevolent shapeshifter that’s marked them for destruction.

Tetra and Sterling have distinct abilities that can help them fight back, but their power depends heavily on the strength of their bond, a connection that transcends friendship, transcends romance. Years apart have left their bond weak. Jumpstarting it will require Sterling to open his heart and his mind and put his full trust in the mysterious Tetra.

If he doesn’t, neither of them will survive.

You can find The Mark of Noba on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25969847-the-mark-of-noba

You can buy The Mark of Noba here:

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My Review: Sterling is always in trouble. His parents are furious he’s broken curfew – again. Something weird happened at school, and he was blamed for it. And there are strange lapses in time he can’t explain. But things are going to get worse. Much worse. When Tetra begins popping in and out of his life, Sterling fears he’s losing his mind. She claims to be from another world and says the two of them share a unique bond. If they are going to defeat their enemy, Sterling is going to have to accept the truth of who he is and learn to control the power inside him.

I loved this book so much, it’s hard to know where to begin with this review. I’ll start with Sterling because it was his unique voice that hooked me from the very beginning. He’s such a fun character. He’s clever, engaging, and easy to relate to. In addition to typical teen struggles (trying to fit it, not being as athletic as his friends, crushing on a hot girl who seems to have him in the friend zone), he’s also dealing with a mentally ill parent. Sterling’s point of view is often amusing and always authentic. His character is very well written.

Tetra is harder to relate to. She’s from another world, so her tone is more formal. Her way of looking at the world and relating to others is the opposite of Sterling, so their alternating points of view really work in this story. As Tetra learns to adjust to the world she’s in, she shows the vulnerability hidden behind her strength.

In terms of diversity, this book earns an easy five stars. It’s refreshing to read a book where diversity is the norm and color of skin has nothing to do with race. Sexuality is dealt with in a matter of fact way, and gender roles are explored through Tetra’s introspection.

The world-building in this book is among the best I’ve ever seen. It’s a very well-written book I would highly recommend. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!!!

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Guest Post by K.C. Tansley

Today, we have a very special guest! K.C. Tansley is here to introduce her new book and to talk to us about her decision to write a novel featuring time travel. Take it away, K.C….

Why I Wrote a Time Travel Novel

by K.C. Tansley

I have always been fascinated by how people’s actions impact each other. Nothing happens in a vacuum. One person’s choice can set off a domino effect across others’ lives. When you trace a consequence back through the actions that led to it, there are always a few places where a few people could have made a different choice and it would have completely altered the outcome.

I wanted to play with the idea that one generation can make a choice that has unforeseen and devastating consequences on another. Time travel was essential to showcase this dynamic in action and have a rich sense of family going back centuries. I think it gave the story a bit of a saga feeling. By having my characters travel 129 years into the past, I could show how the past reached into the present and messed everything up.

What I find fascinating is that even the most researched and thought-out decisions can have a weakness: bad information. There is only so much information available when a decision is being made. Sometimes, what you think is trusted information is actually incorrect, and it brings so many consequences along with it.

We make choices every day. No matter how well thought out they are, the best intentions can lead to the worst outcomes. Sometimes the worst intentions have unexpected results. Many times the effects aren’t visible for years. A decision might seem right for a while. And then the repercussions come around on the next generation. Only then does it become clear that it was a bad choice. A decision made over a century ago can still impact people’s lives today.

In my head, I like to picture all the branches in a decision tree. It’s probably why I often wonder what I would change if I could. So I posed that question to my characters. What if you could go back in time? Would you change things? What if changing things risked your world’s existence? Would you still do it? Those kinds of tough choices show someone’s true nature. And the choices my characters made revealed so much about who they were at their core.

About The Book

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She tried to ignore them. But some things won’t be ignored.

Kat Preston doesn’t believe in ghosts. Not because she’s never seen one, but because she saw one too many. Refusing to believe is the only way to protect herself from the ghost that tried to steal her life. Kat’s disbelief keeps her safe until her junior year at McTernan Academy, when a research project for an eccentric teacher takes her to a tiny, private island off the coast of Connecticut.

The site of a grisly mystery, the Isle of Acacia is no place for a girl who ignores ghosts, but the ghosts leave Kat little choice. Accompanied by her research partner, Evan Kingsley, she investigates the disappearance of Cassie Mallory and Sebastian Radcliffe on their wedding night in 1886. Evan’s scientific approach to everything leaves Kat on her own to confront a host of unbelievables: ancestral curses, powerful spells, and her strange connection to the ghosts that haunt Castle Creighton.

But that is all before Kat’s yanked through a magic portal and Evan follows her. When the two of them awaken 129 years in the past with their souls trapped inside the bodies of two wedding guests, everything changes. Together, Kat and Evan race to stop the wedding-night murders and find a way back to their own time and their own bodies before their souls slip away forever.

About the Author:

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K.C. Tansley lives with her warrior lapdog, Emerson, on a hill somewhere in Connecticut. She tends to believe in the unbelievables—spells, ghosts, time travel—and writes about them.

Never one to say no to a road trip, she’s climbed the Great Wall twice, hopped on the Sound of Music tour in Salzburg, and danced the night away in the dunes of Cape Hatteras. She loves the ocean and hates the sun, which makes for interesting beach days. The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts is the first book in her YA time-travel murder mystery series.

As Kourtney Heintz, she also writes award winning cross-genre fiction for adults.

Connect wtih the Author:

Website: http://kctansley.comhttp://kctansley.com

Blog: http://kourtneyheintz.wordpress.com

Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/kourtneyheintzwriter

Twitter: http://twitter.com/KourHei

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13530245.K_C_Tansley

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Girl-Ignored-Ghosts-Unbelievables-Book-ebook/dp/B00WZOJ028/

 


 

 

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The Beast of Callaire Book Tour

Welcome to the “Beast of Callaire” Mini-Tour featuring author Saruuh Kelsey!

Presented by Diverse Book Tours

For all you Speculative Ficition fans looking to diversify you TBR shelves, check it out on:

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Want to know more?

Here’s the Blurb!

The Beast of Callaire: Yasmin is a descendant of the Manticore. A creature of Persian mythology. A Legendary.

But she doesn’t want to be. Unlike the Legendaries in The Red, Yasmin wants nothing more than an ordinary life. She tries to fool herself into believing that she doesn’t change into a beast every full moon and savagely kill innocent people.

But when Yasmin starts hearing a voice in her head and is drawn into dreams that aren’t her own, she is led to Fray—a girl who once saved Yasmin from hunters, who has shadowy memories that hint at her having Legendary magic—and Yasmin is catapulted into a life of Majick and malevolence.

Despite the danger around her and Fray, Yasmin might finally have a chance at being a normal girl with a normal girlfriend. But with Legendaries being killed, a war between the Gods brewing, and the beast inside Yasmin becoming stronger each moon, her mundane life is little more than a dream.

Check out an Excerpt from The Beast of Callaire!

Symbols have been smeared in red on the wall over my bed—the same language as the words I saw lit up on the building across the alley. The words the original Phoenix confirmed to be the language of Gods.

Without really thinking about it, I start running through my apartment looking for anything else out of place, avoiding what’s in front of me. I feel my breathing quicken and I know I need to calm down but right now calm is elusive.

“It’s a warning,” Guy says, his voice edged in ice.

“How do you know?” I plead with my legs to hold me up as I dizzily return to my room. The liquid used to write the symbols is definitely blood—my Crea nose can smell the tang from here. Thankfully, it’s not human.

“Mavers has been teaching me to read Numina,” Guy tells me. “Do you want to know what it says?”

“No.”

“It says to stay away from the Halfling or more Legendaries will die.”

Air rushes from my lungs all at once. “Fray.”

I disobey the warning without a second thought, rushing outside and tearing across the road, uncaring of traffic. When I reach the wood’s edge, I rip off my talisman and reach out for Fray. Guy catches up just as I’m screaming for her.

The muscles in my thighs strain with how hard I’m pushing myself. I don’t want to admit the truth to myself—that something is irreversibly wrong. I hear no static from Fray’s mind and there isn’t a single scared thought from her.

I unleash the monster I fight so hard to repress and scream a hostile growl into the woods. Guy flinches beside me.

Talons unfurl from my fingers. My vision sharpens all at once and I know I look beastly, that my eyes are the most golden they’ve ever been.

None of that matters.

My link to Fray is gone.

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About The Author

Saruuh Kelsey is the author of several novels for young adults, including the free Lux Guardians series and The Legend Mirror series. Her latest releases include THE BEAST OF CALLAIRE, the first novel of a new YA fantasy series, and a collection of diverse fairy tales in LOVE IN THE GILDED AGE. Find her online at saruuhkelsey.co.uk.

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Realm of the Goddess Book Tour

Today, I’m thrilled to be a part of the Realm of the Goddess book tour hosted by Diverse Book Tours. 

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Realm of The Goddess by Sabina Khan

Seventeen year old Callie discovers she is an avatar of the powerful Hindu Goddess Kali and she has to save the world from Mahisha, the King of Demons. Now Callie has to accept her fate and control her powers. Before she can face Mahisha, she must find the Sword of Knowledge that the Immortals had given Kali five thousand years ago.

As Callie embarks upon the dangerous quest to find this weapon, she must travel deep into the jungles of India to find a temple that time has forgotten. The Rakshakari, who are sworn to protect the Goddess, guide her on this treacherous journey, fraught with demons and mortal conspiracies.

She is accompanied by the gorgeous, enigmatic Shiv for whom she feels an inexplicable but undeniable attraction. Can she trust Shiv with her life or are there dark forces at work that will divide loyalties and leave Callie at the mercy of Mahisha and his army of demons?

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Excerpt from Realm of the Goddess

Ten years before, my parents and I had lived in Kolkata, City of Joy — only I didn’t remember a whole lot of joy, just heat. Intense heat and an unbearable stench. It was everywhere, rising from the open sewers in waves and permeating the air so that it stayed with you wherever you went. And all the people. I was used to big crowds and intense heat, but this was ridiculous. You could barely move, and then only at a snail’s pace. That was bad, because your first instinct was to get out of the crowds and into a secluded spot, preferably in the shade.

But here on the banks of the Hooghly River in Kolkata in the middle of summer there was no escape. We were visiting the temple of the Goddess Kali, one of the oldest, most revered places of worship in the city.

That morning we tried to get an early start to avoid the crowds that were expected later in the day, but judging by the number of people there already, I didn’t know how there could be any more. As we slowly made our way to the temple grounds, the crowd started to thin. I could see many people heading off toward the courtyard while a few entered the main temple that housed the famous statue. Mom had told me that she and Dad had to get special permits to enter the restricted areas on the inside. Apparently some of the worshippers did not come for the Goddess but rather to try to steal the valuable gold ornaments she wore and the ancient artifacts she held in each of her six arms.

“Wow,” I said breathlessly as we approached the main temple. “This is amazing.” The two-thousand-year-old structure stood majestically, its nine spires rising up to meet the sky. The intricate carvings on the outside ran all the way to the top.

Dad put his arm around my shoulder. “Callie, we’ll need about an hour with the head priest to go over our research, but you can look around, okay? Just don’t leave the main building. We don’t want you getting lost.”

I rolled my eyes. “I’ll be fine, Dad. Just don’t take too long. You promised we would go to the mall after.”

Just then the head priest came out to meet us. He was dressed in a cream-colored dhoti and a saffron shawl, typical attire for a man of his position. In the middle of his forehead was a vermillion circle surrounded by three white vertical lines and a Y-shape. I knew that the Y-shape meant he was a devotee of the Goddess Kali and Lord Shiva, her consort.

“Ah, Mr. and Mrs. Hansen. You have arrived at last. I trust your journey was pleasant.” He greeted us warmly and deftly maneuvered his rather large frame down the stone steps that led down from the temple. He joined his hands in a namaste, the traditional Indian greeting, and bowed slightly. After we had all exchanged pleasantries, he led us back up the stairs toward the main temple.

As we entered the inner sanctum, I was struck by how large it was inside. The high ceilings and curved walls gave it a cave-like appearance, while the low, discreet lighting kept the temple cool and dark. After my parents had left with the priest, I looked around first to decide where I was going to start. The main statue stood in the center of the inner temple, while several smaller ones were scattered around the periphery. Each had its own alcove and was cordoned off with thick ropes, no doubt to deter sticky fingers. I decided to leave the Kali statue until the very end and made my way over to some of the smaller ones. I came to a stop in front of a statue of Lord Shiva the Destroyer. There he was in his famous dancing pose as Lord of Dance. I liked this particular version of him, dancing on top of the demon of ignorance. I moved on to the next few statues.

There was one of the Goddess Parvati, Shiva’s wife, as well as other minor gods and goddesses of the Hindu pantheon. Finally I came to a stop in front of the statue of Kali. I’d saved the best for last. It was awesome. She was usually depicted as dark and a little frightening, but here she was, bronze and quite beautiful — if you liked strong, powerful and kick-ass women, that is. She was supposed to elicit terror in the evil-hearted, but to me she was the coolest goddess of them all. She was dressed in a beautiful sari made from red silk with gold threads woven in an intricate pattern. Her eyes were black and fierce. Around her neck she wore a necklace of skulls. They belonged to all the demons she had killed. With each of her six arms she carried a weapon. With her three left arms she carried a bow with arrows, a discus and a mace. With the right she carried a thunderbolt, a trident and her sword. Legend had it that all these weapons were given to her by the gods who created her so that she could vanquish the demon king, Mahisha. The gods had each given her their powers so that she was virtually indestructible. My parents, who were both anthropologists, talked about this sort of stuff all the time, so I was quite well versed in Hindu mythology. I stared at the goddess. She looked right back at me, her piercing eyes unwavering. I shook myself mentally, laughing at my silly imagination.

As my gaze wandered down, I noticed something. Centered on the base of the statue was a rectangular engraved metal plate with the words DO NOT TOUCH. I really wanted to touch the goddess. I looked around furtively to make sure no one was watching then gingerly reached out to touch the cool stone surface of the statue. Instantly a painful jolt shot up my arm.

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Author Biography

 

Sabina Khan is the author of Realm of the Goddess, the first in a series of YA Paranormal Fantasy books based on the gods and goddesses of India. She is an educational consultant and a karaoke enthusiast. After living in Germany, Bangladesh, Macao, Illinois and Texas, she has finally settled down in beautiful British Columbia, Canada, with her husband and three daughters, one of whom is a fur baby. She is passionate about the empowerment of girls and women, hoping to inspire them with the strong female characters in her novel.

 

 

Author Links

Website: Official Blog

Facebook: Realm of The Goddess Page

Twitter: @Sabina_Writer

Goodreads: Author Profile

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The Truth About Mud: Book Review

The Truth About Mud by Christina L Rozelle

When an evil crow snatches a beloved medallion, young trolls Thistle and Fane have one more reason to venture outside the Clearing. Driven by a thirst for adventure, and anger at their King for sheltering them for far too long, they decide to search for a way across Mangleblood River. What they find will change their lives for all eternity.

They soon discover that the ties of friendship are breakable, lies are as real as the mud they stand in, and what they thought would last forever, is nothing more than an illusion.

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My Review:Thistle has already lost her Nan. She can’t bear to lose her medallion too. She’ll do anything to get it back, even if it means defying the troll-king’s orders and crossing the Mangleblood River. Her best friend, Thane, is willing to help her, but will Thistle’s quest change their lives forever?

The Truth About Mud is a yucky, brilliant, enchanting, muddy adventure that readers of any age will love. For me, it was a page-turning story, and though I’m quite a bit older than the intended audience for the book, I absolutely loved it. Kids and teens will love it too because it’s a clever, intelligent book that isn’t afraid to get a little messy. Thistle is a fantastic character. She’s independent, brave, and while she yearns for adventure, she also yearns for a sense of belonging.

I would recommend this book to everyone! It’s a unique, fun, magical story that I’ll probably read again.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Arkaz: Book Review

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Arkaz by Barakat Akinsiku

Genre: YA MultiCultural Adventure

A young princess. A forced betrothal. The quest for survival.

Princess Kaella of Yatz’s serene world comes to a grinding halt when her tiny village is invaded by forces of the Great Sol, an arch rival of Arkaz, under whose rule her village falls.

Fleeing for her life and from a forced betrothal, she teams up with unlikely allies, searches for her kidnapped sister and hopes to bring back help for her village…

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My Review: Princess Kaella is on the verge of being betrothed to the man of her dreams, but upheaval in her kingdom combined with a vicious betrayal threaten all her plans. Now Kaella is forced to choose between love and family, between happiness and duty to her kingdom. With the fate of many resting in her hands, Princess Kaella must grow up far too soon.

Arkaz is the first in a series for young adults. It’s based in an ancient African kingdom where evil witches cast spells, where war is a constant worry, and where young women reach marriageable age at only fourteen. When we meet Kaella, she is preparing for her betrothal ceremony in which she will become officially engaged to marry Yassir, the young man of her dreams. Unfortunately for Princess Kaella, other plans are in the works. She has to make a heartbreaking decision in order to save her family, and as a consequence, she destroys the trust of someone she holds dear.

As the first book in the series, Arkaz leaves a lot unfinished. However, I do find the ending satisfactory. It doesn’t end on a cliffhanger, so I felt the author found a very good stopping point. There’s definitely more adventures in store for Princess Kaella and her entourage and I can see tons of potential with this series and its cast of characters. At times, some of the characters felt a little one-dimensional to me, but I think this is because the plot moved very quickly, particularly toward the ending. I’m looking forward to learning more about Kaella as she faces the challenges ahead.

If you’re looking for a fast-paced, action-packed book with diverse characters and a unique setting, Arkaz might be just what you’re looking for.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Author Information: Barakat lives in Lagos with her husband, twin sons and pretty daughter. An avid writer, she relaxes by reading a good book, watching documentaries and sketching designs. She is the author of The Surrogacy Deal and Arkaz.

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