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Moonborn by Terry Maggert

The more I review books and get to know authors, the more I see how fun it is to read multiple series by the same author. This is the second series from Maggert that I’ve read. The first series I discovered, Halfway Witchy was fantastical fun filled with witches, shifters, a vampire, and waffles. (Some of my favorite things) I heard the first book in this series, Heartborn, on audio. You can read my review here.

As soon as I finished this book,

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Find Your Strong: How I changed my MIND to change my BODY and heal my HEART by Cassy Roop

 

It’s hard to open up to people who know you. It’s even harder to put yourself out there with people you don’t know. I admire people who share about their struggles in an open, loving, and compassionate way. It is obvious Roop wrote this book out of love. She believes in the power of her book and it’s message. I liked the pictures of her scattered throughout the book. It added a sense of “realness”.

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Heartborn by Terry Maggert

I read Mr. Maggert’s series, Halfway Witchy. I couldn’t read those books fast enough. This series has a completely different type of characters so I wanted to see if he could do it again. I was not disappointed. This book deals with a heavenly war between the angels. That alone fascinated me. He created an angelic world which felt like a complete universe inhabited by ancient beings. So many stories I read with angles create an illusion of differentness. I really liked that these angles felt like people capable of a wide range of emotions and very human actions. Just as in his other series, the plot drew me in fast and I couldn’t get through the book fast enough. Unlike the other series, this book switches back and forth between points of view. Well, not really pov more like it switches back and forth between realities. His reason for doing this makes complete sense by the end of the book. My only complaint is he destroys the stereotypical happily ever after ending. I’m a huge sucker for those. It makes sense, and I don’t want to give away any of this great story, but I’m having a hard time being patient for book two. Moonborn will be out at the end of June. 

The narrator of this book absolutely nailed it. She was so easy to understand and did a fantastic job going back and forth between the characters.

About the Audiobook 

Author: Terry Maggert

Narrator: Julia Whelan

Length: 6 hours 20 minutes

Publisher: Terry Maggert⎮2016

Genre: Fantasy

Series: Heartborn, Book One

Release date: Oct. 3, 2016

Synopsis: Her guardian angel was pushed.
Keiron was never meant to be anything other than a hero. Born high above in a place of war and deception, he is Heartborn, a being of purity and goodness in a place where violence and deceit are just around every corner.
His disappearance will spark a war he cannot see, for Keiron has pierced the light of days to save a girl he has never met, for reasons he cannot understand. Livvy Foster is seventeen, brave, and broken. With half a heart, she bears the scars of a lifetime of pain and little hope of survival.
Until Keiron arrives.
In the middle of a brewing war and Livvy’s failing heart, Keiron will risk everything for Livvy, because a Heartborn’s life can only end in one way: Sacrifice.
Fall with Livvy and Keiron as they seek the truth about her heart, and his power, and what it means to love someone who will give their very life to save you.

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About the Author: Terry Maggert

Born in 1968, I discovered fishing shortly after walking, a boon, considering I lived in South Florida. After a brief move to Kentucky, my family trekked back to the Sunshine State. I had the good fortune to attend high school in idyllic upstate New York, where I learned about a mythical substance known as “Seasons”. After two or three failed attempts at college, I bought a bar. That was fun because I love beer, but, then, I eventually met someone smarter than me (a common event), and, in this case, she married me and convinced me to go back to school–which I did, with enthusiasm. I earned a Master’s Degree in History and rediscovered my love for writing. My novels explore dark fantasy, immortality, and the nature of love as we know it. I live near Nashville, Tennessee, with the aforementioned wife, son, and herd, and, when I’m not writing, I teach history, grow wildly enthusiastic tomato plants, and restore my 1967 Mustang.

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About the Narrator: Julia Whelan

Julia Whelan is an actor, writer, and audiobook narrator. She is perhaps most well known for her acting work on ABC’s Once and Again and her award-winning narration of over 200 audiobooks (including Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl). Her debut novel is forthcoming.

After a healthy career as a child actor, Whelan attended Middlebury College and Oxford University, graduating with a degree in English and Creative Writing.

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

 

The Alpha’s Daughter by Tiffany Shand

Happy release day, Tiffany!

This author continues to rock it with her paranatural, urban-fantasy stories. This series focus on the complexities between dads and daughters. Only Shand twists this idea. This dad and daughter combo are shifters with even more going on than just the ordinary dysfunctional family trouble.

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The Six Month Novel Writing Plan by Caitlin Jans

 

I think sometimes people need to hear the same thing numerous times before it sinks into their head. I can’t say there is nothing new in this book, but what I like about it and why I would recommend it is because of the author has an awesome delivery. The tone of this book is to the point and easy to follow. She does not waste time with long explanations about why something works. It was a quick read and her ideas are very easy to follow for any writer at any level. Books like this help motivate me to “git er dun”.

 

 

 

 

Most authors have heard of National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo, a novel writing challenge to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November. Many famous authors, including John Green and Rainbow Rowell, have participated.

But for many writers who work full time, writing a novel in one month is difficult, if not impossible. Before I had a child or a full-time job, I completed NaNoWriMo twice.

Both times I participated in NaNoWriMo I really enjoyed the process, but I was forced to type at such a pace that both books required a great deal of copy and content editing. I made many typos per page, regularly contradicted myself, and filled the novels with many plot holes. After November, I never managed to make it very far past the first draft because of the amount of work required in terms of editing.

Now that I have a full-time job, a child, a husband, and any number of writing projects on the go, NaNoWriMo is unfeasible. But even if I had the time to do it, I am not sure it is the right challenge for me. It generates a lot of very raw material without giving the writer any time to edit. I thought I could write a much better novel if I had more time to edit as I wrote but still had a strict “must finish by” date.
I believe one of the enemies of novel writing is not having a strict deadline.  If I spend too much time writing a novel I often forget most of the details and plot that were covered in the beginning, so the start of the novel and the end do not merge. I then have to go back and edit large swaths of writing.

I have also noticed that writers who don’t set deadlines for themselves often end up spending a lot more time working on their novels, and many never finish their novels at all. One of my friends just finished his first draft of his first novel – it took him ten years to write that first draft. Another friend has been writing for almost two decades and has yet to complete her novel.
Even if you don’t end up following my plan or making your own plan, at least take this away from this book – create a deadline for yourself! It is important to stick to deadlines. Even famous authors with established fan bases struggle with this. George R.R. Martin, the author of Game of Thrones, is infamous for announcing when his next book is coming out and then delaying it by years.

I gave myself six months to write a novel and outlined a loose schedule – which appears later in this book. I was able to complete not just a first draft of the novel but also a second draft during that time. Only after the third draft was I able to come up with a name for it, The Orphan Smugglers. In just six months, I wrote a novel from scratch that I am very happy with.

The Orphan Smugglers is 63,000 words in length, which is much closer to the length of most published novels than NaNoWriMo’s 50,000-word goal.

This book, The Six-Month Novel-Writing Plan, started out as an article, but I received a great deal of positive feedback and so many questions about it, that I have expanded it into an eBook. While the initial article was just a modified version of this introduction and a very basic version of the plan itself, this eBook gives a more detailed plan and covers all sorts of important details that will help you execute the plan, such as: what you need to do before month one, tips for modifying the plan to suit your personal needs, and many more important pieces of information.
The Six-Month Novel-Writing Plan that lead to the creation of The Orphan Smugglers has already changed my life, even though the book hasn’t been published. The experience itself was so enjoyable and so productive that I could not be more grateful for it. It enabled me to be a parent and a writer. It allowed me to complete the most polished rough draft I have ever written. I really hope The Six-Month Novel-Writing Plan changes your life as well.

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The Gypsy Thorn by Sherry Rentschler

Since the first time I met Sherry, I’ve known about these vampire characters who live inside her head. Over this last year that we’ve worked together, I’ve been able to work with her on bringing this series to life. This prequel sets the stage for the Evening Bower series starting later this year. It is a great overview and introduction of some of the characters. What I really like about this story is that the vampires are real vampires who love everything about being evil. Angst and guilt do not interfere with their true quest for power. Drahomira meets a Phoenix and an Angel of Death and learns her connection to both of them is deeper than just a passing encounter. Dra is saucy and powerful- and “hey that’s ok.” Sherry does a great job of sharing a story taking place over many generations. I also enjoyed learning some new things about this time period. I can’t wait until the rest of the series comes out.

 

When Atlantis fell into the sea, a single creature survived–a scarlet phoenix. She escaped with ancient man’s historical record, The Great Book of Forgetting. This book recorded mankind’s every legend and prophecy. Only the Archangel of Death understood man’s survival depended on the fulfillment of one particular prophecy, that of the scarlet phoenix.

Rhea is the scarlet phoenix, transmuted into human form with wings of fire. She hides The Great Book from those seeking to steal it and prevent the prophecy. The Archangel befriends and protects her as he watches her traverse time and mold history. She is the proverbial rose that blooms in a future garden.

Jean-Louis Riviere is an aristocrat who became a vampire during the American Revolution. He is haunted by an ill wind whispering strange and incredible possibilities. His family ties will lure those who wish to destroy the prophecy; however, the Archangel also knows his blood is all that will save the rose and secure the future

Drahomira is a gypsy, a bastard princess, and a vampire. The Archangel of Death chose her to protect the phoenix because she is an irreverent killer but loyal to family. She will journey across continents and be the catalyst that brings Rhea and Jean-Louis together. First, she must leave her people, her throne, and her lover, cross a continent for vengeance, die, and be reborn. Only then will she discover that she is the rose’s legendary thorn in the Evening Bower.

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Sherry Rentschler’s poetry has appeared online and in print. She’s a previous Assistant Editor, Amateur Poetry Journal (online), and a newspaper photojournalist. She lived in Italy, traveling around Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Puerto Rico, and Greenland.

Sherry’s latest release is a fictional memoir entitled Breaking the Glass Slipper. This is a true story about a woman’s search for a real happy ending and examines the lessons learned through sexual exploits, marital disasters and adventures around the world. This tale will surprise, inspire, and touch you with poignancy and honesty.

Rentschler’s newest fiction release is Midnight Assassin: A Tale of Lust and Revenge. This character novella promises action and a bit of sexy teasing as Rentschler introduces us to two of her favorite vampires while delivering a high-energy drama. Look for her vampires to continue in 2016.

Paper Bones, Rentschler’s first poetry collection, is a 2014 Global Ebook Awards Gold Medalist, a 2014 National Indie Excellence Book Award (NIEA) Finalist, a Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Honorable Mention winner and a 2013 Best Cover Award Gold Medal Winner from AUTHORSdB.

By Light Betrayed is Rentschler’s is gothic poetry release and includes color photography as well as a delicious fiction excerpt of Midnight Assassin, a character novella. In this poetry collection she has a bit of fun poking at the dark side of the vampires, what gives them soul, and insights into their seductive ways.

The Book of Now is Rentschler’s final poetry collection. In this volume, Sherry rips events from the headlines covering current events in Terrorism, Politics, Abuse (domestic and international) and Nature (human and natural). Her hard-hitting insight into our reality offers a key to change which is discovered at the end of the book.

I Wish You Joy is Rentschler’s only photographic compellation and makes a lovely coffee table pictorial.

Among her hobbies are all things vampire, plus dragon collecting, photographing trees, and dancing with faeries. She loves old movies, reading urban and gothic fantasies, fine wine, and consuming rich, dark chocolate. Rentschler is a retired USAF veteran and currently resides in North Carolina with her husband, also a retired USAF veteran. They await the return of the dragons.

 

Red, White, and Blood by Christopher Farnsworth

I reviewed book two yesterday and this is book three from this series.

This has become one of those series where I could read fifty more. This was my favorite of the series. Sadly, there have been no more since 2012 when this one was published. The ending of this book left me with a “WTH” feeling. It was such a cliffhanger. I did not see it coming. What I liked the most about this book is Cade really seems to come to some kind of understanding that he is evil and always will be evil, but that is his role to play. He and only he can do do it. This was another audiobook and like with the other two Bronson Pinchot does a great job.

 

“This is not a man. In almost a hundred years, I have seen it shot, stabbed, drowned, burned, decapitated, dismembered, and buried. And in almost a hundred years, there’s only one thing that’s ever been able to kill it…Me.”

The campaign trail, 2012: A political operative of the incumbent president and a party volunteer are brutally murdered while in a compromising position. A message has been written in their blood…
“IT’S GOOD TO BE BACK”
A centuries-old horror has returned to taunt Nathaniel Cade, the President’s Vampire. Under constant threat of exposure—and with enemies old and new at every turn—he and his handler Zach must stop the one monster Cade has never been able to completely destroy. And they must do it before the creature known as the Boogeyman adds another victim to his long and bloody list: the President of the United States.

 

 

Christopher Farnsworth is a novelist, screenwriter, and journalist. He is the author of FLASHMOB, KILLFILE, THE ETERNAL WORLD, and the President’s Vampire series, as well as the comic book 24: LEGACY — RULES OF ENGAGEMENT. His books have been translated into nine languages, published in more than a dozen countries, and optioned for film and television. His writing has also been published by the Los Angeles Times, the New York Post, The Awl, and The New Republic. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughters. You can find out more at www.christopherfarnsworth.com.

The President’s Vampire by Christopher Farnsworth

This book is the second book in this series. Check here for a review of the first book.

If you like vampires that are heartthrobs and/or glittery. This is NOT the series for you. If however, you like hardcore vampires who understand what they are and accept their evilness, this is the series for you. Book two takes place about a year after book one. Zach and Cade continue to develop some kind of a working relationship. Even though they are complete opposites (in personality and species), they work well together. I like Zach as a foil character. He is just as strong and developed as Cade. I think the author does a great job developing all his characters even the minor ones. I will admit that when I first starting listening to this story, it seemed a little too out there, but it somehow all worked together.  Bronson Pinchot narrated this story like the other one and he does a phenomenal job. None of the characters sound alike. He brings the characters to life.

 

For 140 years, vampire Nathaniel Cade has been bound to protect and serve the United States of America. When an ancient evil is resurrected, the President’s Vampire and his human handler, Zach Barrows, must track down its source. The prime suspect is a shady private defense contractor who may be dealing with powers far deadlier than any mortal weapon. So it’s up to Cade and Zach to drag the forces of darkness into the light…

 

Christopher Farnsworth is a novelist, screenwriter, and journalist. He is the author of FLASHMOB, KILLFILE, THE ETERNAL WORLD, and the President’s Vampire series, as well as the comic book 24: LEGACY — RULES OF ENGAGEMENT. His books have been translated into nine languages, published in more than a dozen countries, and optioned for film and television. His writing has also been published by the Los Angeles Times, the New York Post, The Awl, and The New Republic. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughters. You can find out more at www.christopherfarnsworth.com.