Secrets of Betrayal by L.K. Shaw

Happy Release Day L.K.!!!!!

There are parts of life that are intense. There are parts of life that are ugly. So please let me warn you if you like to only read books that are not intense and are pretty don’t read this. However, if you like to read books with strong well-developed characters who actually arc, powerful dialog, and a story that will leave you believing in true love then this is the book for you.

It is very easy for authors of adult books to get too consumed in the graphic scenes they forget about the story. The author created the story to be a story FIRST. I haven’t read many dark romances and this is the first book from this author that I’ve read. I felt a strong empathy for the female lead. I cried more than once.

The part I really appreciated in this book was the honest depiction of the world within this story.


Betray (verb): to deliver to an enemy by treachery

Sold to a sex trafficker by her drug-dealing boyfriend, Phebe Lawson possessed first-hand knowledge of the secrets of betrayal. She’d given up all hope. Her life no longer held any meaning. She would have wished for death to come and take her away, except, she knew wishes were wasted on people like her. Until the day he entered her life. He was a beacon of light in the bleakness she called existence. His arrival sparked a longing inside her that, maybe, hope wasn’t a useless emotion after all.

Heal (verb): to make sound or whole

Donovan Jeffries was the charming one. The flirty, social Dom of the local BDSM club, Eden. He thought he’d found the perfect submissive. Until she betrayed him with another. He closed himself off, vowing to never give his heart to another woman. Until the day she entered his life. Her despair touched a part of his soul he’d thought forever lost, and he would move heaven and earth to piece all her broken parts back together.

*this book contains dark elements that may be difficult for some readers*


LK Shaw is a physical therapist assistant by day and writer/social media addict by night. She resides in South Carolina with her high maintenance beagle mix dog, Miss P, who should probably just have her own Instagram account. An avid reader since childhood, she became hooked on historical romance novels in high school. She now reads, and loves, all romance sub-genres, with erotic romance and romantic suspense being her favorite. LK enjoys traveling and chocolate. Her books feature hot alpha heroes and the strong women they love. Her books combine romantic suspense and BDSM.

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Deja Revu #1

This post was inspired by Platpire Reviews On their blog they do this weekly to wrap up a week’s worth of reviews. I’m just randomly selecting posts from all my reviews and reminding you of what great books they are.


Paranormal/ Urban Fantasy

Way Down Below (Way Down Below Series Book 1) by Nicole Thorn & Sarah Hall 

Shiloh Whittaker has spent the last twenty years living under her family’s strict rule. She’s always chafed under their beliefs, and found little ways to break their rules. Now, with her family’s reins tightening, she’s met her match in Luc Bishop.
Luc’s outrageous behavior, wicked smile, and fiery amber eyes draw Shiloh in immediately. Her little rebellions, and desire to break free attract Luc’s attention, but he has secrets that could hurt Shiloh. Luc’s father isn’t human, but the original Fallen Angel, Lucifer, and Luc’s brother was murdered.
The more time Shiloh spends with Luc, the stricter her family’s rules become. To make matters worse, the man who murdered Luc’s brother sets his sights on Shiloh. With danger closing in all sides, Shiloh feels more caged than ever.


I Am Currency by Whitney L. Grady

**2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist**
When a meteor slams into earth causing a shift in the planet’s magnetic core, the age of technology ends and economies across the globe crash. Years later, knowledge is not only power…it is currency. Bookkeepers are invaluable in this post-apocalyptic world.

Nevel can never tell anyone he is a bookkeeper. His photographic memory is his secret. With a dystopian government that keeps all known books under lock and key looming as a constant threat and with parents involved as agents in the U.B.M. (Underground Book Movement) to protect that secretly exist, Nevel is in a dangerous position. Never does this cause an issue until the day a fellow classmate, Quinn, appears at his door and proves to know more than she should.



Clemetine & Claudia by Piper Milton

The First World War is raging and sisters Clementine and Claudia are coping in very different ways. Clementine is a nurse on the front line, doing her best to save the lives of soldiers wounded while serving their country. Claudia, on the other hand, is living the good life in England, deliberately oblivious to the horrors her sister and so many others are living through. When they both meet their perfect man, their already fractured relationship is tested in ways they could never imagine.

The début novel from Piper Milton, Clementine and Claudia is a powerful and beautifully written story of romance and war and a wonderful addition to the romantic traditions of Penny Vincenzi, Soraya Lane, Brief Encounter and Downton Abbey.



I Remember the Time by Kim Hemphill

I want to caution the reader about the child abuse mentioned in this book. It is not thrown in just for effect, but it is a little hard to read.

The train collided into the car on the side that three-year-old Kim was sitting. This split second changed this boy’s life forever. The gash across his face and head took 105 sutures to close. The battle with his demons just started.

Kim shares with you the challenges of severe child abuse, poverty, effects of little parental support, and a rebellious rage within himself. He bought himself his first toothbrush at 14 years old!

He describes the severe pain that he endured when he lost his best friend, mentor, and only brother in the Vietnam War after just 2 weeks of combat.

As a teenager, he was homeless and living in a tent. His living room and kitchen was a campfire and lawn chair. His grocery store was the forest surrounding him.

Despite all the turmoil he went through, Kim turned his life into a rewarding, successful one filled with everything he yearned for in his younger years.

Kim’s life has been filled with huge success, love and acceptance. Without any formal education, he flourished in the banking and real estate industry. Over the past 40 years he founded three companies, all of which are still operating today. He invented numerous products that are sold across the United States and Canada.




The Ghost Slayer by Majanka Verstraete

I’ve been on a streak of love stories, especially HEA’s. I enjoy reading them, but sometimes I just need a get-off-the-couch-and-kick-a$$ paranormal story. The story doesn’t have to be long or involve complicated plots with intense world-building. Some of my favorite urban fantasies are nothing more than good storytelling. That’s why I liked this book. The premise of this book is a slight twist on accepted tropes. The plot increases speed until the end where it ties up the story and could serve as a standalone or a great beginning to a pretty decent series.

The main character is a strong female lead who struggles with her connection to the other world and the human world. A lot of urban fantasy female leads are so excepting of their other worldness, it’s almost as if it’s not that big of a deal that they have super powers and can see creatures that most of us can’t see. That gets old. Kaelyn felt like a real new adult trying to figure out how to get her school work done, pay her bills, date, and, of course, fight ghosts.

This was just a fun book to read and I read it one sitting.

Twenty-one-year-old Kaelyn has spent half her life hunting ghosts and killing them. But she’s not like the other ghost hunters who have to rely on spells and curses to banish ghosts back to where they came from, hoping that they don’t come back. When Kaelyn kills a ghost, they stay dead.

But in Mortimer Hall, a behemoth of a house, Kaelyn is about to face the most powerful and life-threatening ghost she ever met, and what she doesn’t know is that the ghost has been waiting just for her..


Author Majanka Verstraete has written more than twenty unique works of fiction. A native of Belgium, Majanka’s novels explore the true nature of monsters: the good, the bad, and just about every species in between. Her young adult books include the acclaimed Mirrorland (YA Dark Fantasy) and Angel of Death (YA Paranormal) series of novels.
Majanka is currently developing a new YA shifter series with a fresh take on fierce female detectives called THE ADVENTURES OF MARISOL HOLMES which will be published by Monster House Books in October 2018.
Her NA paranormal romance series, Ghost Slayer, has been picked up by Fire Quill Publishing. The first volume will be released in 2018.
When she’s not writing, Majanka is probably playing World of Warcraft or catching up with the dozens of TV series she’s addicted to.
You can find more about my books on

This book is due out April 2018

I received a copy of this through NetGalley

WWW Wednesday #1

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived here on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?




What are you currently reading?

Married. Wait. What?

Picture the scene: You wake up from a night of having too much fun. Things aren’t as clear as they should be…and you’re MARRIED. What would you do?

11 authors—USA Today Bestsellers, Award Winning, fan favorites, and a debut author—show you their take on this unique theme.

11 talented authors bring you 11 BRAND NEW fun-filled, suspenseful, sensual novellas in this first installment. That’s ELEVEN stories sure to make you smile, laugh, cry, and fall in love.

We’ve stirred in a diverse collection of romances into this book bundle! There’s sci-fi, contemporary, paranormal, and gay romance with Alphas, mafia, vampires, shifters, sexy lawyer, and MUCH more. Something for everyone!


On the Road with Janis Joplin

As a road manager and filmmaker, he helped run the Janis Joplin show—and record it for posterity. Now he reveals the never-before-told story of his years with the young woman from Port Arthur who would become the first female rock and roll superstar—and depart the stage too soon.

In 1967, as the new sound of rock and roll was taking over popular music, John Byrne Cooke was at the center of it all. As a member of  D.A. Pennebaker’s film crew, he witnessed the astonishing breakout performances of Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix at the Monterey Pop Festival that June. Less than six months later, he was on a plane to San Francisco, taking a job as road manager for Janis and her band, Big Brother and the Holding Company. From then on, Cooke was Joplin’s road manager amid a rotating cast of musicians and personnel, a constant presence behind the scenes as the woman called Pearl took the world by storm.

Cooke was there when Janis made the difficult decision to leave Big Brother and form a new band. He was with her when the Kozmic Blues Band toured Europe in the spring of 1969, when they performed at Woodstock in August, and when Janis and Full Tilt Boogie took their famous Festival Express train trip across Canada. He accompanied Janis to her friend and mentor Ken Threadgill’s 70th birthday party, and was at her side when she attended her tenth high school reunion in Port Arthur, Texas.

This intimate memoir spans the years he spent with Janis, from her legendary rise to her tragic last days. Cooke tells the whole incredible story as only someone who lived it could.


This all-new definitive guide to writing imaginative fiction takes a completely novel approach and fully exploits the visual nature of fantasy through original drawings, maps, renderings, and exercises to create a spectacularly beautiful and inspiring object. Employing an accessible, example-rich approach, Wonderbook energizes and motivates while also providing practical, nuts-and-bolts information needed to improve as a writer. Aimed at aspiring and intermediate-level writers, Wonderbook includes helpful sidebars and essays from some of the biggest names in fantasy today, such as George R. R. Martin, Lev Grossman, Neil Gaiman, Michael Moorcock, Catherynne M. Valente, and Karen Joy Fowler, to name a few.



What did you recently finish?

Behind the Mask

For Emma Rochester, hookups in bars were less than fulfilling. Oh, the guys she picked up in bars were great for sex, but that’s all it was—sex. Normal, boring, every day sex. Emma wanted more than the normal vanilla ice cream served in careful scoops. She wanted rocky road mixed with turtle mixed with Neapolitan.

Fantasies, we all have them, but Emma Rochester craved for hers to come true, and Trent’s Halloween party, which she was dreaming about for over a year, was her final chance to see it come true.

Jacob Hendricks can’t keep his eyes off Emma. Yet, sneaking furtive glances over his computer monitor is as far as he’s gone in making his desires known. That is, until they’re stuck working together one Saturday. Now, Emma’s not sure if she wants to go to the party or see if Jacob could be the man of her fantasies.

Forged Alliances

Sierra Kanoska fought hard for her position as wolf alpha of the Red Rock pack, and intruders in her territory receive the full brunt of what her claws, fangs, and smarts can accomplish. So when Dax Williams, de facto alpha of the Silver Springs pack, pays an unwelcome visit, Sierra’s ready to toss him out. However, the man’s in a tough spot. The pack elders sabotaged his fight for alpha against his brother, driving him from his lands. Sierra hates underhanded moves like that, so she agrees on an alliance.

As they work together, she witnesses an alpha who wants to do right by his pack, not just the cocky wiseass she first met. Their growing attraction blazes hot, but the moment she and Dax lock lips, a mating bond emerges. Sierra sure as hell isn’t ready to share that intimate connection with a stranger, and the thought of forever sends Dax running.

Before they can talk, the Tribe commanding the East Coast shifters arrives to settle the dispute. Dax and his brother’s punishment for their pack’s civil war is a free-for-all on their lands. Not only does he have to defeat his brother, but any challenger in the region. Despite Dax and Sierra’s initial resistance, his wily charm relaxes her control-freak tendencies while her steadfast support bolsters his strength. Yet every new opponent places their newfound relationship under siege–one misstep, one wrong blow in the ring, and Dax could leave in a bodybag.

Y is for Yesterday

The darkest and most disturbing case report from the files of Kinsey Millhone, Y is for Yesterday begins in 1979, when four teenage boys from an elite private school sexually assault a fourteen-year-old classmate—and film the attack.  Not long after, the tape goes missing and the suspected thief, a fellow classmate, is murdered. In the investigation that follows, one boy turns state’s evidence and two of his peers are convicted. But the ringleader escapes without a trace.

Now, it’s 1989 and one of the perpetrators, Fritz McCabe, has been released from prison. Moody, unrepentant, and angry, he is a virtual prisoner of his ever-watchful parents—until a copy of the missing tape arrives with a ransom demand. That’s when the McCabes call Kinsey Millhone for help. As she is drawn into their family drama, she keeps a watchful eye on Fritz. But he’s not the only one being haunted by the past. A vicious sociopath with a grudge against Millhone may be leaving traces of himself for her to find…

What do you think you’ll read next? (This is what I know for sure)

Maid of Ice

Stalkers and death threats . . .
For Finlay Ryder, danger means playing a racecar driver on a daytime soap. That is, until he’s forced to reckon with his true identity as an Albah, a magical ancient race, by one of his own kind. Someone wants him dead. And worse, an ancient vampire is on the prowl, drawing blood left and right. Now, Finlay has no choice but to hunt enemies with unspeakable powers—or risk being hunted himself . . .

. . . and that’s just the first date
Ice skater Alina Nyx is using her broken wrist as an excuse for a career change. And when she falls for handsome Finlay, Albah drama feels like her new full-time job. Learning about magic and vampires is exciting, until her life is threatened. Now, as she begins to uncover her own mysterious powers, she must combine forces with Finlay to eradicate their foes for good, or all Albah will suffer . . .

Captivated by Crimson

She is the fated one I have been waiting for…
The crimson in her veins will restore me…

My desire for her burns like no other…
I must possess her…
Dare to touch her and you will be the one to suffer…

Nola Blair is a free-spirited photographer sent to cover the party of the century in Elizabeth Bathory’s ruined castle. It was an assignment she’d declined––twice, but when she was offered a hefty sum to indulge the wealthy eccentric, she finally gave in. Little did she know that the guests at this party were centuries old and their desires reached far beyond those of a normal partygoer.

One captivating night will change her life and the two vampires vying for her will fight to the death to get what they want. One wants her to be his and the other wants her blood.

Who will decide Nola’s fate?

And for book club…

Resist the Machine: Dystopian Suspense (Avant Nation Book 1)

A genetically engineered young woman teams up with a rugged soldier to resist the high-tech regime controlling their lives. Spine-tingling adventure for fans of 1984, Person of Interest, and Divergent.

When the government owns the gene pool, what could possibly go wrong? According to the leaders of Avantica, absolutely nothing. If in doubt, just look at the statistics. Their genetically engineered citizens enjoy the highest standard of living in the world. Crime and disease are nearly non-existent. Healthcare and housing are totally free. Why would anyone ever want to leave?

Meet 16-year-old Clara Spinner. By design she is supposed to be compassionate, serious to a fault, and content with her work, but someone at the population factory messed up. How else can she explain her rebellious streak, ability to appreciate a good joke, and the fact that she detests her first job assignment? Hiding her true nature is a daily battle and coworkers are getting suspicious. So when the military shows up, looking for someone with her skill set, Clara ‘volunteers’. Fitting in with ruthless soldiers isn’t easy, but that’s the least of her worries after they land in a place opposed to everything Avantica stands for. Hearts and loyalties will be tested. Dystopian sci-fi with a touch of romance. Recommended for older teens and adults.


Behind the Mask by Robbie Cox

Everyone reads for different reasons. And I would venture to say those reasons change all the time. I read to learn, to escape, and to live vicariously through people who are nothing like me. I have read several of Robbie’s books and each of them spoke to me in a different way. I’m impressed with his broad depth of characters. Emma is no exception. She is a feisty vixen who knows what she wants and feels very uncomfortable when faced with situations that go against her her self-imposed rules. Now I cannot say I will ever be like Emma, but it was so much fun to walk in her shoes. I inhaled this book in an afternoon- it was that good. Emma was introduced in another one of Robbie’s books, Come Halloween, and it was fun to see more about her after reading her sister’s story. I know he released this book in October because of the Halloween party concept. But I think this book would be a great pool-side story when I need to transport myself away from blowing up pool toys, reminding my kids not to run, and timing them to see who can hold their breath the longest.


The romp on the couch took the edge off her building tension, but she wasn’t ready to call it a night yet.
However, she doubted if Jake could satisfy what was in her mind. He was too timid when they first
arrived at his place. She didn’t want timid. She wanted brazen and forceful. She wanted aggressive, not
cautious. She wanted… She sighed. She wanted the impossible. Too many prete

nded to be the
aggressor. She was tired of going home with phonies, fakes. She wasn’t fragile by any stretch of the
word. Far from it. She could handle it. She wanted to handle it. Staring at herself in the mirror, she blew
a frustrated breath out. One day.

Fantasies, we all have them, but Emma Rochester craved for hers to come true. She’s been dreaming of
Trent’s Halloween party for over a year and she finally received her invite. Yet, now there’s Jacob
Hendricks, the quiet, mysterious man at work who keeps casting furtive glances her way. In order to
have one, she has to give up on the other, but which should she choose.



Behind the Mask is a spinoff from Come Halloween, a paranormal romance. Is this story also a paranormal romance?

It’s more of a companion story than a spinoff. It takes place during the same time frame as Come Halloween, giving us the events in Emma’s life and the buildup to the party she was so excited about. It’s not paranormal in anyway, although the coffee shop conversations happen in both books.

What attracted you to pull the story of Emma out of your previous book, Come Halloween?

Emma just seemed spunky. Plus she was so gung-ho about this Halloween party that I just needed to see if she had her fantasy come true.

Where do you most often find inspiration for the stories you write?

On Behind the Mask, the inspiration came from writing Come Halloween. However, most of my stories are based on the what-ifs I see happen around me. I look at people and try to figure out their story. In Come Halloween, I just loved the history and folklore of Savannah and really wanted to put a story of witches there.

What are you reading (or what was the last book you read)?

I’ve been working a story for the Sassy Ever After world of Milly Taiden, so I’ve been reading a lot of the books based in that world. Right now, I’m reading one by Gracen Miller called Kissing Sassy.

Are there any genres you haven’t written in yet that you’d like to explore someday?

I have ideas for stories in every genre. I am working on some mystery stories with unique detectives, which is turning out to be a lot of fun. Plus, I want to combine more genres, like paranormal with mystery or detective stories.

What are your favorite genres (or romance sub-genres) to read?

Fantasy is my go-to genre to read and I love Terry Brooks. He actually is the reason I started writing way back when. Other than that, any genre is great as long as the story is solid.

While writing in one genre, do you read in the same genre during that time?

I do. I can separate my reading and my writing pretty well, which is probably why I can write so many stories at once in so many genres.


Robbie started writing as a way to escape – escape his teachers, escape his fears, even to escape his insecurities and doubts. However, his stories of seduction and adventure, not only allowed him to hide in the lives of his characters, but also captivated those who wanted to escape with him. Now, he enjoys a full-time career as a storyteller and novelist, and invites readers to runaway with him- to escape, getting lost in the seduction of adventure.
When he is not writing, Robbie can be found on his back porch enjoying a cigar, a scotch, and a good story. He derives pleasure from his large family and his crazy group of friends who provide the inspiration for his blog The Mess that Is Me. 
He is the author of the Urban Fantasy series, The Warrior of the Way, along with the paranormal series, The Witches of Savannah. His Contemporary Romance series includes The Rutherford Series, The Harper Twins, and the Fangirls series. 

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Books Published:

  • Warrior of the Way Series (Urban Fantasy)
Reaping the Harvest – published 03/06/13

Lore Master – published 08/31/16

The Warrior’s Blade – to be released 03/27/18

  • The Rutherford Series (Contemporary Romance)

Losing Faith – published 08/27/14

Roll the Dice – published 07/25/15

To be Cherished – to be released 05/29/18

His to Command – to be released 09/25/18

  • The Harper Twins (New Adult Romance)

Sibling Rivalry – published 04/13/15

Taming Karla – to be released 10/27/17

Always Aimee – to be released 01/30/18

Come Halloween (Paranormal Romance) – published 10/14/15

Behind the Mask – to be published 10/03/17

  • The Witches of Savannah (Paranormal)
  • Enter the Witch – published 01/20/17
  • A Witch in Time – to be released 07/31/18

The Best of Both Worlds (Contemporary Romance)

Ribbons & Bows – published 11/30/15

Under the Wrapping- published 11/27/17

Waiting Room – published 08/02/17

Green is the Grass – published 06/27/17

Second Light – published 08/14/17

Circle of Justice (short story – Mystery) – published 05/20/15 (FREE)

Fangirls Series (Short Story – Contemporary Romance)

Fangirls: The Collection – published 09/29/16

  • Fangirls: Nikki – published 09/10/15
  • Fangirls: Lily – published 09/30/15
  • Fangirls: Cassie – published 01/20/16
  • Fangirls: Olivia – published 04/14/16
  • Fangirls: Willow – published 07/14/16

*I want to thank the author for a copy of this book to review

Terri Luvs Change

I started this blog over a year ago. Before that, I diddled around with blogging but I never kept up with it. The indie authors I work with have kept me going this time. I think working with indie authors is incredibly rewarding. All indie authors remind me of salmon when they have to swim upstream. I love cheering on the underdog. When my husband and I first met, I support UCLA over USC because, at that time, they were the underdog (and also because it put me in opposition to my husband but that is for a different post).

In my zeal to help as many as possible, I have neglected my own writing. I also don’t get much of a chance to really enjoy an author. I read the first book in their series and then I don’t get the time to read anymore because I am reading a new book by a different author. It with this in mind that I’m changing my blog a little bit. For the time being, I will not take any new requests.

I want to go back and finish the series I reviewed. I want to take the time to read more works by the authors I have already enjoyed. More than anything though, I want to improve my own writing and develop my editing business. For me evaluating word choice and punctuation is as much fun as riding Space Mountain for the first time with Gerard Butler and a million dollar cash prize waiting for me at the end. I want to post more personal and non-review posts. I think it will help me develop my skills. I want to get to know more bloggers by participating in tagged posts and blog hops.

I think this new focus in a natural progression in the life of a blogger and I’ looking forward to it.

Indigo by Amber Lacie

When I was younger, I read many of my grandmother’s romance books. Though I liked them, I was always frustrated with the wimpy damsel-in-distress female leads. None of us are perfect and we can all use help getting along in life, but the current love stories with stronger females are better. With this book, for example, the author spends a lot of time create a female lead, Indigo, who is strong and independent but is also flawed. She doesn’t NEED saving, but her life becomes a lot better when she finds someone who helps. I like that. The banter between the characters made me laugh a lot. It was easy to see the specific role each character needed to play. There wasn’t any wasted fluff and/or dialog just thrown in to take up space (which seems to happen more and more). I also felt like the author trusted her readers enough to get her point and see the story the way she did without banging us over the head repeating details we already knew. If you are a reader who enjoys love stories with “human” characters who are a perfect match for each other but sometimes needs a little help finding their happy ever after, then this story is great. It makes the reader feel good about love and smile at the characters.


Some girls are born independent and fierce. They constantly shock the world bringing it to its knees. Indigo Bryant is one of them. At the young age of thirty, she has already bought and sold a highly successful design business. Needing a change of pace, she up roots herself from New York City, to move near her best friend in a small town in Alabama. What was supposed to be a relaxing summer, starts to change into something different when she meets Alexander Clark…

Despite his many talents and charming personality, Alexander Clark can’t move forward and let go of the guilt from a horrible accident. His once promising baseball career, has now faded into the shadows. He’s paralyzed by the nightmares of his past. That is until he meets Indigo…

Not every girl needs a knight in shining armor. Not every girl needs to be saved.

Not every boy is a knight. Sometimes they are the ones that need to be saved…


I grew up in the Chicagoland region and now live in a quaint little town in Northwest Indiana. I have two beautiful children and husband who worships the ground I walk on (or at least he should). I’m an avid reader and I absolutely love books. Now I’m expanding that love into writing and looking forward to producing many books.

Sunburner (Moonburner #2) by Claire Luana

Last week I reviewed book one in this series. If you’ve read it, and of course you read it, you will know that I LOVED book one. Well, with book two I need to find an adjective that is stronger than love. This second book was amazing, wonderful, terrific, fantastic, and whatever positive adjective I can use. Before I go on, let me say that even though you could start with this book, but I think you would get way more enjoyment out of it if you read book one first. The other thing I need to let you know you could easily finish both books in a weekend.

The plot of this book is face-paced and will speed the reader to the end. As I read it, I could not read it fast enough because I wanted to know what came next. The characters are so well developed they felt like real people. It was more than just seeing them in my mind’s eye. The author created character paintings using words, dialog, setting, and conflict.

As with every fantasy book, world building is crucial. This world felt like my world. There were times when I knew what happened next, not because it was predictable, but rather because the author set everything up so well I KNEW this world.

There is nothing deep or worldly insight in this story. However, it was completely enjoyable and for a few hours I escape my ordinary life and walked in the shoes of one rockstar queen who will do anything to save her people.

No one said being queen was easy…
Kai, the newly-crowned queen of Miina, finds her reign threatened by a plague of natural disasters that leave death and destruction in their wake. Are the gods truly angry at the peace between the moon and sunburners, or is something more sinister to blame? Kai’s throne and her very life may be forfeit unless she can appease the gods’ anger and her peoples’ superstitions.
Determined to find a solution, Kai and the Sunburner Prince Hiro embark on an extraordinary and dangerous journey to discover the true cause of the plagues. What they find is an ancient enemy determined to plunge their world into eternal darkness — and one desperate chance to save it.
Sunburner, the sequel to Moonburner, is a young adult fantasy that will appeal to fans of Sabaa Tahir, Sarah J. Maas, and Leigh Bardugo.


Claire Luana grew up reading everything she could get her hands on and writing every chance she could. Eventually, adulthood won out, and she turned her writing talents to more scholarly pursuits, going to work as a commercial litigation attorney at a mid-sized law firm. While continuing to practice law, Claire decided to return to her roots and try her hand once again at creative writing. She has written and published the Moonburner Cycle and is currently working on a new trilogy about magical food. She lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband and two dogs. In her (little) remaining spare time, she loves to hike, travel, binge-watch CW shows, and of course, fall into a good book.

The Spark by David Drake

Fantasy is not for every reader but I happen to like it a lot.For me, the most important part of fantasy is world-building. The idea of creating a world from nothing fascinates and challenges me. This author nailed the world-building and created a mesh between high fantasy and techno science fiction. There were some parts I needed to reread to understand all the details but overall it was fun and tickled my imagination.

This is a true hero’s journey where Pal fights to live a life that is to the betterment of mankind. He is an all around good guy. I liked that. He never steered from his focus and lost motivation. It was easy to see his true character in the dialog and the plot development. In fact, I thought every character was well developed and the author stayed true to each of them.

The only issue I have with this story is more a personal preference thing. Pal went on several adventures and had several big fights. However, there wasn’t one big climactic moment. It was a series of smaller moments. I don’t remember much of the literary devices used in a “hero’s journey” story so I that may have been the author’s goal. I don’t think this distracted from the story. It was a good story and I kept turning the pages because I wanted to see how it ended.


NEW STANDALONE NOVEL BY SF MASTER DAVID DRAKE. In a violent world in which civilization has fallen and monsters roam, a young hero will rise.
In the time of the Ancients the universe was united—but that was so far in the past that not even memory remains, only the broken artifacts that a few Makers can reshape into their original uses. What survives is shattered into enclaves—some tiny, some ruined, some wild.
Into the gaps between settlements, and onto the Road that connects all human reality and the reality that is not human and may never have been human, have crept monsters. Some creatures are men, twisted into inhuman evil; some of them are alien to Mankind—
And there are things which are hostile to all life, things which will raven and kill until they are stopped.
A Leader has arisen, welding the scattered human settlements together in peace and safety and smashing the enemies of order with an iron fist. In his capital, Dun Add, the Leader provides law and justice. In the universe beyond, his Champions advance—and enforce—the return of civilization.
Pal, a youth from the sticks, has come to Dun Add to become a Champion. Pal is a bit of a Maker, and in his rural home he’s been able to think of himself as a warrior because he can wield the weapons of the Ancient civilization.
Pal has no idea of what he’s really getting into in Dun Add. On the other hand, the Leader and Dun Add have no real idea of what might be inside this hayseed with high hopes.
THE SPARK: A story of hope and violence and courage. And especially, a story of determination.


The Army took David Drake from Duke Law School and sent him on a motorized tour of Viet Nam and Cambodia with the 11th Cav, the Blackhorse. He learned new skills, saw interesting sights, and met exotic people who hadn’t run fast enough to get away.

Dave returned to become Chapel Hill’s Assistant Town Attorney and to try to put his life back together through fiction making sense of his Army experiences.

Dave describes war from where he saw it: the loader’s hatch of a tank in Cambodia. His military experience, combined with his formal education in history and Latin, has made him one of the foremost writers of realistic action SF and fantasy. His bestselling Hammer’s Slammers series is credited with creating the genre of modern Military SF. He often wishes he had a less interesting background.

Dave lives with his family in rural North Carolina.

This book is due out November 7, 2017.

Witch Wars (The Underlays Book 1) by T.A. Moorman


This was a great start to what should be a fun series to read. The author did a good job creating her world and setting it up so the reader could visualize being a part of it. The dialog between the characters is realistic and serves to move the story along. I especially liked the conversations between the parents. (I’ve heard conversations like that in real life.) There are some awesome fight scenes. The author took the time to create a whole scene and I even found myself fighting along with the characters. There was a lot going on in this story and I’m sure the rest of the series will answer all my questions. (I hope the panther comes back!)


Tialanna is fated to become the queen of all Underlayes witches. She thinks the worst part of her life is the fact that she’s betrothed to a complete stranger while in love with someone else. She’s in for a rude awakening when she discovers who, and what, she truly is.
Tialanna is about to learn the truth behind several lies, because not only does her life depend on it, but so does the fate of the family she never even knew she had. But hey, life would probably just be boring if she didn’t have to deal with elemental witches, vampires, demons, sorcerers, bindings, spells, lust and betrayal. Right?

***This book is intended for mature audiences only as it includes both graphic violence and graphic sex***


When you become a Mom, you begin to put yourself last, and your combat boots begin to collect dust. Going to your child’s PTA meetings in full Gothic, especially industrial, regalia is pretty much frowned upon. Especially by your own children, and your teens would die of a heart attack. But, one should not have to completely stop being themselves, uniqueness is greatness. So all of that darkness is put into words in her books, and designs in her jewelry sold in her Etsy shop, GothicMoms DarkCharms.

A single mother of five beautiful children, but by far more than just that. T. A. Moorman is an artist, a violinist, a lab assistant, a seamstress, a crafter, a writer, a blogger, a reviewer, a dark confidant and a darkly dangerous, fiercely protective friend.