The Hound’s Bite by E.J. Stevens

Audiobook Title: Hound’s Bite

Author: E.J. Stevens

Narrators: Melanie A. Mason and Anthony Bowling

Publisher: E.J. Stevens

Length: TBD

Genre: Paranormal

Series: Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective (#5)

Audio Release Date: March, 2017

Synopsis: Ivy Granger thought she left the worst of Mab’s creations behind when she escaped Faerie. She thought wrong.
In a cruel twist of fate, Ivy has unleashed a powerful horde of Unseelie beasts upon her city, turning her homecoming into a potential slaughter of innocents. Now Ivy must gather her allies to fight a reputedly unstoppable force—The Wild Hunt.
Will the training Ivy received in her father’s court be enough to save her city, or will Harborsmouth be forced to kneel before the Lord of the Hunt? She is willing to risk her own life, but some sacrifices come at a cost worse than death. When an ally is bitten by one of The Wild Hunt’s hounds, Ivy must face the possibility that winning this battle may mean killing the one person she has come to love most.

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The only thing I get upset about is being left high and dry with no time to make up for the defaulted stop. That makes me look bad and will also make me unlikely to consider working with you again.

About the Author: E.J. Stevens

Jessica Meats is a graduate of the University of York and works in the IT industry. She draws on her experiences as a technology specialist and martial arts student to create a unique and interesting fictional community of combat experts and computer geeks.

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About the Narrator: Melanie A. Mason

Melanie A. Mason holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in performance and a Master of Science in Information Science with a Graduate Academic Certificate in storytelling. Her expertise is bringing characters to life, either through performance or direction.  For more than 20 years, Melanie has worked in the performance and voice over industry, including commercials, audiobooks, documentaries, film, and anime. She is currently the voice of Ivy Granger. You can also hear her as Marl in Funimation’s Fairy Tail and Mrs. Shimura in Kodocha.  Learn more about and connect with Melanie on Twitter, IMDB, and at www.MelanieMason.net.

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About the Narrator: Anthony Bowling

Anthony Bowling is an American voice actor who has provided voices for a number of English-language versions of Japanese anime films and television series. Some of his major roles include Ukyo in Samurai 7, Shiro Ashiya / Alciel in The Devil Is a Part-Timer!, Shin Fukuhara in Baka and Test, Orito in Is This a Zombie?, Aoi Torisaki in Absolute Duo, and Jun’ichirō Kagami the title character in Ultimate Otaku Teacher.  Learn more about and connect with Anthony on Twitter, IMDB, and the Anime News Network.
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The Helper

**I received a copy of this book for a review, but then I bought it because I liked it so much**

This is not like any book I have read before. There is an obvious narrator telling the whole story. The narrator is very much a part of the story and his impressions add a unique twist to the plot (no I’m not giving any spoilers). The author creates characters that pulled on my heart strings. I could not wait to get back to this book each time I had to stop for some reason. There is a lot of suspense in this story. I honestly did not know how it was going to end until the end. It’s an original story that is totally worth reading.

A tale that combines contemporary, speculative fiction with an ambiguous spirituality. The book explores relationships between lovers, friends, families, and what Powers of Good there may be.
John Sloan is a Marine Corps veteran with a life-long secret that is haunting him. He is a conduit to a healing light that draws him to people on the brink of emotional disintegration, people who are then healed and Helped by this light. His blue-collar world is shattered when he finds that his connection to this anonymous portal has vanished. He is alone, seemingly beyond aid, and in desperate need of a Helping himself.
The book tracks the intersecting lives of John and two other Helpers. His lifelong friend Dusty Hakalla is a mixed-blood Ojibwe, with a secret of his own. His power to Help is remarkable, but was once destructively misused. A career Marine, his scarred childhood and momentary abuse of power have left him jaded and bereft. Deena Morrison, also a Helper, is John’s girlfriend. Adopted as an infant, she flees John to find her birth-mother, while carrying within herself her own secret. Another character shadows their lives as narrator, Nan’b’oozoo, the trickster god of Ojibwe legend—at times sarcastic and petulant, at others insightful and humorous.
The novel travels from the gritty Lake Superior port-cities and Indian Reservations of northern Wisconsin to the Jewish neighborhoods of North Miami Beach, Florida—from Parris Island to the war zones of Kuwait and Afghanistan.

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Bailey Z. reads… #carolinareads

What’s the first book you remember reading?
Goosed

What’s the most recent book you have read or what are you reading right now?
The Unforgettable Vampire Book 1

Why did you choose that book?
Because I heard great things about it.

If you could meet one book character or one author, who would you like it to be and why?
J.K Rowling because she’s always been an inspiration of mine.

You can only choose five books for your bookshelf. What are they?
The Unforgettable Vampire, The Unforgettable Relationship, A Shade Of Vampire, After, and Fallen

I’m an 18-year-old published author who loves dreaming, Marvel and vampires. Website

Books Can Save the World~Guest Post by Alecia Stone

Thank you for having me as your guest today. My name is Alecia Stone, author of the T.O.E. trilogy (YA Fantasy). I’m here to share my thoughts on the topic of books saving the world – okay, not literally saving the world but rather how they can steer the wheel in a direction that will hopefully result in a brighter future for generations to come. Before I ventured into writing novels, I didn’t really think about the true impact books had on the world. I was aware of the impact they had on people as individuals, whether it be you connecting with characters who are dealing with life experiences similar to your own or maybe you’re inspired to take action, to make a difference to a cause that’s important to you or a loved one, but the notion of how books affect the world never really penetrated my thoughts. After I wrote my trilogy, however, because of the focus of my books, that being Earth and the way in which we perceive the world, I was forced to delve deeper into the significance of books and their role in sustaining a thriving reality. Do books really have a major effect on how our reality is shaped? Do they form the consciousness of our world?

Well, absolutely. There is nothing more motivating or more informative than words. People take books more seriously than almost any other form of writing. After all, Darwin changed the way we think about the world with his book On Origin of Species, not to mention The Bible, the Qur’an, the Oxford Dictionary, to name just a few books that have paved the way for a more detailed exploration of existence, ideologies that we live by today. Could you imagine what the world would be like without these books or doctrines? I imagine you’ll find it hard to visualise a world not conditioned by the dominant philosophies of life as it is being taught today. Just try it. Think of something new. No, morphemes or portmanteaus are prohibited.

To conjure up something remotely original, you’ll have to delve into what you already know. Hence, a world without books is a world without oxygen. You can’t have one without the other. Books are a documentation of life, a timeline of the ages to condition humans towards constant progression. You can always refer to them as guidelines to interpreting reality so we can all communicate and build a world that can sustain our existence. Without books, we would always feel as though we’re floating in outer space, not having a purpose or a destination. Libraries are the earth’s Book of Life. Inside is all the knowledge of the known, and that knowledge allows us to explore the unknown. That exploration into the unknown is what we call change.

Yes, change can be a terrifying ordeal, but, as history has proven, it’s necessary for evolution. That’s not to say I believe that we evolved from apes, mind you. I’m just saying that if we wish to continue with progress (saving the world, so to speak), altering our beliefs occasionally is a necessity. Think about it. If we never embrace change, we’d still be walking around thinking the world was flat. But we’re not. Today, the world is round. Tomorrow, it could be something else. Who knows? If you do, please remember to write it down. Be a part of saving the world.

“All personal breakthroughs begin with a change in beliefs. So how do we change? The most effective way is to get your brain to associate massive pain to the old belief. You must feel deep in your gut that not only has this belief cost you pain in the past, but it’s costing you in the present and, ultimately, can only bring you pain in the future. Then you must associate tremendous pleasure to the idea of adopting an empowering new belief” – Anthony Robbins

Books aren’t merely written to inform and entertain. They instill order, providing a foundation for progression. There is no future in chaos. Chaos is all about the now. Saving the world is about continuity, which has been evident in previous civilisations as we’ve seen inscribed on cave walls and historical landmarks like pyramids and other ancient artifacts. The consciousness of today is the reality of yesterday. We are living by the experiences of ancient civilisations, and we need to continue this mindset for future generations. Books are the fruits of our labour that only future generations can experience. If we do not document our life experiences, then future civilisations will be left in chaos, and out of chaos comes extinction. Ask the animal kingdom. They know a thing or two about extinction.

I can definitely say that past generations have influenced me in regards to acknowledging my environment and documenting my experiences, and in vision of today’s consciousness, I have written a young adult fantasy trilogy titled Talisman Of El (T.O.E.), a series that employs both supernatural agencies and scientific theories to better understand how the world is being shaped and to adjust to inevitability. This series of books is my take on this reality, and I hope it will be useful to future generations when it comes to forming an understanding of their own reality.

Thanks for reading!

Alecia Stone

   About the Author:

Alecia Stone graduated with a BA in Film & TV and has worked in television for a short period before branching out into storytelling. Alecia loves anything and everything paranormal. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys going to the movies, listening to music and traveling. At present, Alecia lives in England, United Kingdom with her family. You can connect with her at her website www.aleciastone.com and her book blog www.cbybookclub.blogspot.com.

The Eye of Nefertiti

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review**

This is the second book in this series. However, both books are standalone stories and the author does a good job of filling in the reader of any important information needed from book one. It is very well written and well developed. I have to say this is one of the most enjoyable light-hearted series I have found. I find Nefertiti a fascinating historical figure, so this book was even more entertaining for me. I think the author does a great job creating a fantasy story that seems almost believable. This cat has more fun and adventure than I do! I’m looking forward to reading more books in this series.

The Eye of Nefertiti is both a stand-alone novel and a sequel to The Pharaoh’s Cat. The time-traveling ancient Egyptian feline with human powers returns together with his beloved Pharaoh and his close friends, the High Priest of Amun-Ra and Elena, an Egyptologist’s daughter.
The cat is quick-witted, wise-cracking narrator as well as free-spirited, ever-curious protagonist, and the story he tells is an exotic, imaginative, spell-binding tragicomedy. The cat travels from present-day New York City to England, both ancient and modern, then to ancient Egypt, where he confronts a horrible demon and experiences a sublime emotion. Once back in England, he descends into a psychological abyss so deep only the Pharaoh can save him.
The Eye of Nefertiti interweaves feline and human, past and present, natural and supernatural. It contains numerous surprises, twists and turns, intriguing characters, both human and animal, fascinating revelations about ancient Egyptian history and culture, and an ingenious application of the Tarot and an Italian opera.

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Book 1 The Pharoah’s Cat

The Pharaoh’s Cat

** I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review**

I am not a cat fan, but if I had a cat like the one in this book, I would buy 100 more. This is a fun book and a new take on historical fiction. I think creating animal characters are twice as hard as creating human characters. The author does an awesome job developing this cat into a round character. I really believed this cat was a real talking person. It was a fun imaginative read. It totally intrigued me and pushed me to read the next book in the series and I hope there are more.

The Pharaoh’s Cat, a tragicomic fantasy narrated in the present tense by the cat himself, tells of a free-spirited, wise-cracking stray in ancient Egypt who suddenly acquires human powers and immediately captivates the young Pharaoh, making him laugh for the first time since his parents’ death.
The cat becomes the Pharaoh’s constant companion and, at the royal palace and on a tour of Egypt, participates in the festivities, developing an insatiable appetite for good food, wine, and gossip. Gradually, he renews the Pharaoh’s ability to enjoy life and inspires him to become a stronger leader. The bond of selfless love they share will change Egypt’s destiny.
The cat has a good friend in the High Priest of the god Amun-Ra and seeks his help in solving the mystery of his human powers and the supernatural manifestations that plague him. He has a mortal enemy in the Vizier—the second most powerful man in Egypt–who hates him for his close relationship with the Pharaoh. The Vizier’s persecution of the cat ultimately results in his fleeing with the High Priest to present-day New York City, where they find an ally in an Egyptologist’s daughter.

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The Magician’s Workshop

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review**

This book quickly transports the reader into a world of magic and fantasy. The story starts as the main characters are getting ready to test for a spot at the Magician’s Workshop. Not everyone on the islands will be able to attend. The story follows several young adults who face some pretty big obstacles. One of the first things I noticed about this story is that even though these characters have to face adult situations, they do it as young adults. Many young adult books these days, have characters who act way older than they should. It is obvious the authors took great care to create a complete world that is different from our world, but very believable. The story evolves with a balance of exposition, conflict, and just plain old excitement. I really liked this book and have added volume two to my TBR and will review it soon.

 

Everyone in the islands of O’Ceea has a magical ability: whatever they imagine can be brought into existence. Whoever becomes a master over these powers is granted the title of magician and is given fame, power, riches, and glory. This volume of books follows the journey of a group of kids as they strive to rise to the top and become members of the Magician’s Workshop.

Layauna desperately wants to create beautiful things with her magical powers, but all she can seem to do is make horrible, savage monsters. For years she has tried to hide her creations, but when her power is at last discovered by a great magician, she realizes that what she’s tried to hide might actually be of tremendous value.
Kai just wants to use his powers to have fun and play with his friends. Unfortunately, nearly everyone on his island sees him as a bad influence, so he’s forced to meet them in secret. When one of the creatures they create gets out of control and starts flinging fireballs at their town, Kai is tempted to believe that he is as nefarious as people say. However, his prospects change when two mysterious visitors arrive, praising his ability and making extraordinary promises about his future.
Follow the adventures of Kai, Layauna, and a boatload of other characters as they struggle to grow up well in this fantastical world.

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Jennah J. reads… #carolinareads

What’s the first book you remember reading?
The Very Hungry Caterpillar

What’s the most recent book you have read or what are you reading right now?
Victoria Novel

Why did you choose that book?
Was for a review but loved it

If you could meet one book character or one author, who would you like it to be and why?
Steven King, he’s my favorite and I’d love to get into his twisted brain

You can only choose five books for your bookshelf. What are they?
Helter Skelter, Shel Silverstein poetry, anything Steven king, ???

 

I’m a SAHM who loves a great book, because if it’s not I won’t be able to read it haha, no time…

Train to the Edge of the Moon by Asper Blurry

**I received a copy of the book in exchange for a review**

 

This is a different book. It’s creative and edgy. The contemporary storyline proves the author is not afraid to take a risk in writing. I’m glad I read this book because the characters are loveable and feel like real people. I will warn the reader that at times it gets dark and may not make the reader comfortable, but stick with it. It is worth it.

 

Punk is no ordinary girl who takes the life as it is. She has a nasty habit of getting in troubles, she shows the middle finger to people’s prejudice and stupidity, fights against her broken identity and the corporation where she works. She always goes against the stream with her heavy, tight shoes, but still tries to be a better person. Punk’s adventurous journey to become a poet starts in a Place Without a Name, continues in Italy and London. Her train is full of laughs, reflections, modern tales about our young lives and relationships and occasional heartbreaks. You will probably love and hate Punk at the same time, but it will be difficult to forget about her wild side of the moon.

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Let’s Chat with Vikki Patis

You talk about your chronic illness on your blog, The Bandwagon. I admit, I never heard of Perthes Disease. I googled it, but could you talk a little about what it is so the readers know?

Perthes Disease is, in layman’s terms, is a disorder which results in inadequate blood supply to the femoral head. It usually occurs in children. When I was diagnosed, in around 1995, my left femoral head was in seven pieces. I was seen at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, but since little was known about the disorder back then, we were advised to go with the “wait and see” method, rather than down the surgery route. My femoral head gradually pieced itself back together, over the course of about 10 years, but it meant my movement was limited as I was growing up, and my activities were restricted.

Little is still known about this disorder. I’m not sure how the methods have progressed since I was a child, but it seems that many people who did not receive surgery have had trouble since their late teens. My initial prognosis was that I would require a hip replacement by the age of 25 (my current age!), but a couple of years ago, I was told that actually that wouldn’t happen until around 55, so just a little bit earlier than the general population.

Your blog, The Bandwagon, is run by a team of two other bloggers and you. What is it like working with a team as opposed to solo? What are the advantages and disadvantages?

It’s great to work with other people – they put their own spin on things, making the blog more unique and refreshing. It’s good to have some variety, and everyone has their strong points. But I definitely had to manage my expectations when I first expanded! I’m usually rather quick, writing several blog posts a week, but others work at a different pace, and that took some getting used to!

This year you added a new feature on your blog, What’s a Girl Gotta Do. Can you tell us a little bit about what it is and why you added it? What are your future plans for this feature?

This feature is all about sexism within the medical world. I’ve been asking to be sterilised for over five years, to no avail (most recently, my GP simply said he hopes I’ll change my mind, and that was the end of the conversation). I’ve found several doctors to be uncooperative when it comes to women’s healthcare. I’m currently suffering with Bartholin’s cysts, and my GP said that it’s unlikely I’ll be able to get the glands removed, as it may cause difficulty during sex. It’s this kind of thing that really hinders women, and is just one more example of things we have to fight for. There’s definitely a bias against women when it comes to healthcare, and it needs to be addressed. So this feature is documenting my experiences, with the aim of connecting with other women, and building a network.

If you’re interested in this topic, there are some great blogs to check out: http://www.misstreated.org/ is a good place to start.

Your first book, I Ink, Therefore I Am: A Critical Analysis From A Criminological Perspective was a dissertation exploring the negative perceptions of tattoos. What influenced this work and how did it come about?

This book is actually my BSc dissertation. I studied Policing, then moved on to Criminology & Criminal Justice Studies at Plymouth University, graduating in 2014. I decided to explore how the perception of tattoos negatively affects tattooed people because, as a tattooed person, I want to erase such beliefs that all tattooed people are deviant. From ex-criminals to indigenous peoples, tattoos can mean a variety of different things, and they aren’t always negative. My dissertation adviser wasn’t convinced at first, but he soon came round!

Your second book, Weltanschauung, is a group of short stories. What does weltanschauung mean and how does this tie all the short stories together?

Weltanschauung’ is a German word for ‘worldview’. All of the stories are written in a way that makes the reader think, and perhaps challenge their long-held perceptions. It’s kind of like Black Mirror, I guess!

You have worked with some pretty big authors and how glowing testimonies on your blog. Who was your favorite interview?

Oh, what a difficult question! I have to admit, I did love interviewing George RR Martin at WorldCon 2014. I had to go to his hotel, which was a yacht! And it was such a pleasure to speak to him. I was so nervous, but he made me feel comfortable, and we ended up chatting about Plymouth and my degree. It was good fun.

What are you working on now?

My next project is Some Girls Do, a YA novel that explores teen rape. This subject has been in the news recently, with a police captain in the US stating that only stranger rape is “abominable”. I want to help erase these misconceptions of what constitutes “real rape”. All rape is real. In Some Girls Do, Jess is out with friends, drunk, and goes off with a guy she’s hooked up with before. But she doesn’t feel too good, and decides that she doesn’t want to have sex, actually. The guy carries on anyway, and, afterwards, snaps a photo of her in an unflattering position, which soon starts circulating on social media. Some Girls Do also explores how social media can affect us, and how insidious cyber-bullying can be.

The story is influenced by something that happened to me as a teenager, so it’s a topic that’s close to my heart. When I was growing up, we were taught that “no means no”, but what happens when you don’t, or can’t, say no?

How do you go about preparing for your interviews?

I always research the interviewee beforehand. I take a look at their social media, and their website, to get an idea of what they do, and to see if I can ask questions that gives us more of an insight into their lives. Preparation is key, for sure.

What advice do you have for those who want to start a book blog?

Just start! Don’t worry about getting loads of followers or writing exclusive content – most writers write simply because they love it. Start writing, and the rest will flow. The Bandwagon is always open to hosting guest writers, so if you want to write but you’re not sure where to start, drop me an email and we can have a chat! thebandwagonreviews@gmail.com

What is one thing you hope to accomplish this year?

So many things! In my personal life, my career is changing, and I want to jump in with both feet. We’ve also got a couple of trips we want to take, namely a long weekend in Edinburgh in March, which we’re really looking forward to. I’m aiming to get Some Girls Do finished this year, and possibly published, but we’ll see. I’m looking for an artist to design the cover for me, so if anyone’s interested, let me know!

My main goal for this year is to stay on course. I want to stay true to myself and my beliefs, and keep raising awareness, promoting feminist goals, and continue to grow as a person.