Saturday, December 14, 2013

Book Review of The True World, Storyteller Book I

Book Review of The True World
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The Storyteller Series

Storyteller Book I:  The True World

Lily Lightfoot can make weird things happen, just by telling a story. It’s a gift she can’t always control, making her the queen of seventh grade outcasts. She can’t make a million dollars appear out of thin air or make it rain cupcakes, but it’s not for lack of trying. More than anything, she wants to see her mom, who’s left her in the care of her unconventional grandmother, Gwendolyn, and her only friend, Peter.

When Lily finds a strange fairytale book, she’s drawn into a fantasy world where her mother waits for her. When her grandmother admits to Lily they are fairies, hiding in this world from dark forces in another place, Lily is convinced the book she’s been reading is real. According to the book, those dark forces now threaten to destroy her mother. What Lily doesn’t know is they are already hunting her as well. Despite the dire warnings of Gwendolyn and Peter, Lily embarks on a mission to find a way into the fantasy world to save her mom. The events she sets into motion with the telling of a story will change all of their lives forever.

Storyteller Book II: The Quest of Galamar

The second book in the Storyteller Series, “The Quest of Galamar”, continues the tale of Lily Lightfoot and her friends Peter Everheart and Heather Whipple.  Now that they’ve found their way into the True World, the friends must rely on the help of Lord Gabriel, an enchanted elf, now a manticore, to find Lily’s captured grandmother, Gwendolyn.

Gabriel sends the three friends to find the full moon amulet, hidden deep in the mountains and guarded by a fierce dragon.  The amulet, one of four moonstones created ages ago by the fabled elf warrior Galamar, holds the power of the Northern Portal keeper, Ironblood the dragon.  Whoever possesses all four amulets has the power to recreate or destroy the True World.  Gabriel’s brother, Lord Kane, will stop at nothing to have the ancient powers for himself and keep Lily from fulfilling the Prophecy of Galamar.

On their epic journey, Lily learns more about magic, friendship, the power of forgiveness and finding the strength we all possess inside.

Storyteller Book III: The Last Page

When her story began in Storyteller: The True World, Lily Lightfoot didn’t know she was a fairy with the power to make things happen, just by telling a story, but then everything changed. Now she’s on a quest to save the True World with only a few friends to help her. Her mother and her best friend captured, it’s up to Lily to complete the Quest of Galamar – a centuries old fairy tale.  All she has to do is figure out how to turn back time. Easy, right?

In Storyteller Book II: The Quest of Galamar, Gabriel sent the three friends to find the Full Moon Amulet, hidden deep in the mountains and guarded by a fierce dragon. The amulet, one of four moonstones created ages ago by the fabled elf warrior Galamar, holds the power of the Northern Portal keeper, Ironblood the dragon. Whoever possesses all four amulets has the power to recreate or destroy the True World. Gabriel’s brother, Lord Kane, will stop at nothing to have the ancient powers for himself and keep Lily from fulfilling the Prophecy of Galamar.

The amulet recovered, Lily loses her guardian and best friend in the process. The only way to save him is to face the remaining portal keepers, the Griffin and the Harpy, and Lord Kane himself. As the True World prepares for an epic battle, Lily races to find those she loves and fulfill the ancient quest before it’s too late.

Author Bio

Lisa, like most writers, began scribbling silly notes, stories, and poems at a very young age.  Born in North Carolina, the South proved fertile ground to her imagination with its beautiful white sand beaches and red earth.  In fifth grade, she wrote, directed and starred in a play “The Queen of the Nile” at school, despite the fact that she is decidedly un-Egyptian looking.  Perhaps that’s why she went on to become a real life archaeologist?

Unexpectedly transplanted to Idaho as a teenager, Lisa learned to love the desert and the wide open skies out West.  This is where her interest in cultures, both ancient and living, really took root, and she became a Great Basin archaeologist. However, the itch to write never did leave for long.  Her first books became the middle grade fantasy trilogy, The Storyteller Series.  Her first traditionally published work, Hush Puppy, is coming soon from Featherweight Press.

Lisa still lives in Idaho with her family and a menagerie of furry critters that includes way too many llamas!


Pinterest Storyteller Page

Storyteller links

The Quest of Galamar links

The Last Page links


The True World is the first in a trilogy of The Storyteller series.  This is the start of the story of Lily and how she saves both of her worlds.  See Lily doesn’t fit into her life.  She’s different, which means she doesn’t have a lot of friends.  She gets picked on and she makes lots of blunders.  Then on her 13th birthday she finds out she is really a half fairy, half elf princess who is prophesied to save the world.  Kind of a major problem for a girl who can’t even make it through the week without getting in trouble at school.

This story will draw you into both Lily’s life now and the story of her mother, Eleanor until they come crashing together.  It is so well written than it is effortless to believe that both these worlds exist.  Vivid word pictures create a landscape that dances in my mind’s eye.  I cannot wait to see how the rest of the story unfolds.

Return to this blog on December 15 for part 2, Eternal Flame, and on December 16 for part 3, The Quest of Galamar.

I give part one 5 out of 5 clouds.  A truly magical story.

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Release Day Party and Giveaway for The Migrain Mafia

Welcome to the Release Day Party
& Giveaway for
The Migraine Mafia
By: Maia Sepp Genre: Humor, Contemporary,Women's Fiction Release Date: December 13th, 2013
On paper, Viive McBroome lives the perfect life--a key player in a fast-paced, technical field, one promotion away from real success--but that's only if you ignore one little problem.
Sandwiched between one migraine and the next, Viive's life is like those choose-your-own-adventure books you read as a kid, only less fun and with a lot more drugs. And lately, as her bosses politely march her toward a vacation that might never end, even the good days feel like a struggle for survival.
Faced with frustration from her loved ones and the dark machinations of a new colleague, Viive feels herself getting pulled under by guilt, apologies, and workplace shenanigans. But then she meets the Migraine Mafia, a quirky, vibrant support group, and her fragile camouflage begins to crumble. She discovers that a room full of strangers just might be able to change the way she views her illness--and realizes that if she doesn't learn to ask for help, her health isn't the only thing she stands to lose.
Sometimes painful, frequently hilarious, always entertaining, The Migraine Mafia is the story of one woman's life-altering decision to thrive in the face of chronic illness.
Where to Purchase The Migraine Mafia

About the Author ~ Maia Sepp
Maia left the tech sector to write about sock thievery, migraines, and...the tech sector.
The Sock Wars is her debut novel. The first chapter of The Sock Wars was published as a short story/novel excerpt titled Irish Drinking Socks, and became a Kobo bestselling short story. The Sock Wars has been a top-100 digital bestseller on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and the iBookstore, as well as a genre bestseller on Kobo.
Maia's next novel will be released in December 2013: The Migraine Mafia, a story about a nerdy thirtysomething's quest to come to terms with a chronic illness.


There are two giveaways for the Release Day Party...

Giveaway #1 Author Maia Sepp will be giving away a $50 Amazon gift card to a lucky winner via the Rafflecopter below!
Giveaway #2
Plus, one lucky commentor at each stop will win an ecopy of The Migraine Mafia. To enter to win simply leave a comment below. One commentor will be randomly selected!

Good Luck!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Giveaway and Book Review of A Tale of Two Kingdoms

Book Review of A Tale of Two Kingdoms

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Black Swan Collected Tales (Volume 1, Books 1-6)

The Order of the Black Swan is a serial saga including My Familiar Stranger, The Witch’s Dream, A Summoner’s Tale, Moonlight, Gathering Storm, and NEVER BEFORE RELEASED Book 6, A Tale of Two Kingdoms.
Once upon a time a girl lost everything familiar. She escaped death by being forced into an experiment that left her in another world where modern day knights, elves, vampires, werewolves, witches, demons and fae became her allies, friends and family. She discovered a place where adventure intersects fairytales, where honor is more than an ideal, and she learned that love can find you in the strangest places, when you're least expecting it, even when you're far, far from home. This is the story of Elora Laiken's strange and wonderful journey. It is also the story of those whose lives she touches along the way.
If you love romance, paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, contemporary, this series is right for you. 17+
ISBN: 978-1-933320-94-6
523,000 words
The entire box set, which will retail after December 15th for $18.99, will be available during release week for $0.99 and can be preordered at that price from either Smashwords or Kobo.  Buy links to Amazon, B&N, and Apple (iBooks, iTunes) will be available release week. Subscribe to the mail list for a reminder.
Appropriate for 17+
TWITTER: @vdanann


My saga is a cross-genre project with uniquely fresh perspectives on paranormal creatures, characters, and themes. Add a dash of scifi and a flourish of fantasy to enough humor to make you laugh out loud and enough steam to make you squirm in your chair. My heroines are independent femmes with flaws and minds of their own whether they are aliens, witches, demonologists, psychics, or past life therapists. My heroes are hot and hunky, but they also have brains, character, and good manners – usually – whether they be elves, demons, berserkers, werewolves, or vampires.

I have authored and illustrated Seasons of the Witch calendars and planners for fifteen years and teach magickal arts for Seasons in Avalon. I live in The Woodlands, Texas which is why I sometimes joke about being the witch in the woods.

Every book I read in the Black Swan series causes me to fall a little more in love with the characters.  That said, I think A Tale of Two Kingdoms is the least connected to the others, it could be read as a standalone without losing too much of the storyline.  It is the tale of siblings of the original members of the Black Swan members.  It is also very interesting as it brings some history to a long-standing feud in the world of the stories.  I enjoyed the mythology.

I give this story 4 out of 5 clouds as I don’t think it was as perfect as the other stories in the series.  Still an excellent story though.

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Book Review of Cursed

Book Review of Cursed

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Paperback: 258 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 19, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1481276034
ISBN-13: 978-1481276030


When Sarah Carter moves to Boston to escape her past she realizes there's more than meets the eye with the landlord and her mysterious new best friend. What happened to the owner of this Boston brownstone and what secrets lie within its walls and continue to torment? Witchcraft, curses and timeless love are not what Sarah expected to find in Boston, but as she learns more, she wonders is she actually running back to her past instead of from it?

Author Information: 
Writing is a major part of my professional career, however, I wanted to expand beyond financial communications -- and I have done just that by writing and publishing contemporary and paranormal romance novels.  

My debut novel titled The Dating Intervention was released late summer 2012 and a second novel, titled Cursed, was released in December 2012. In addition, a short story, Daydreams (2011), was selected for an anthology published by Outskirts Press and was since published as a featured short story in Signs ~ A Collection of Short Stories (March 2013). Yankee Swap, a lighthearted romance short story was released November 30, 2013 for the holidays.  Cursed, The Dating Intervention, Signs and Yankee Swap are all available in paperback and ebook format and several other novels are underway.

Born and raised in the Greater Boston area, I pursue my writing and artwork every chance I get while enjoying an active family life with my two children and dog, Fenway.


Twitter: LynnRicci


Imagine having lived over 100 years due to a curse?  What you would have seen and the changes that would have occurred.  Then imagine finding true love and having it reversed and being able to start over.  Wouldn’t that be amazing?  This story is a sort of retelling of Beauty and the Beast where the beauty is able to see past the disfigurement of the beast to his true self and love him for that… with a little magic thrown in for fun.

I give this story 4 out of 5 clouds.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Book Review of The Christmas Cats Chase Christmas Rats

Book Review of The Christmas Cats Chase Christmas Rats
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Publisher: Quad City Books (October 22, 2013)
Genres: Children's Picture Book, Christmas
Tour Dates: December, 2013
Available in: Print and ebook 32 pages, with Illustrations


The Christmas Cats Chase Christmas Rats is a Seuss-ical tale for young children which builds upon the moral of the first ChristmasCats book to once again teach children a valuable life lesson.

In this second Christmas Cats adventure the lesson to be learned is:  In life, always keep an open mind.  Don't accept stereotypes as true or let the unfounded opinions of others prevent you from finding out the truth for yourself. We all need to act without prejudice and learn to accept each other as individuals.

The Christmas Cats learn that rats, too, should be judged as individuals. Another message: all of us should try to help others.

Written for the author's four-year-old granddaughters, Ava and Elise Wilson, with the assistance of talented professional illustrator Gary McCloskey, The Christmas Cats continue to have adventures while attired in their familiar silly hats from Book One (The Christmas Cats in Silly Hats).

Learning to accept others in a non-judgmental, open-minded fashion is a lesson we all must learn. If children can internalize this behavior while young, learning to help others and to do good works, the world will be a better place.


CONSTANCE WILSON graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in English and Journalism, but she began writing for her hometown (Independence, Iowa) newspaper at the age of 10 and was Editor-in-Chief of her high school newspaper. She continued her education, including a Ferner/Hearst Journalism Scholarship and a Freshman Merit Scholarship at Iowa, and then at Berkeley, WIU, NIU and the University of Chicago.

Connie holds a Masters (+30) in English, Journalism and Education. Her career path led to teaching 7th and 8th grade language arts (Silvis, Illinois) and teaching writing at 6 IA/IL colleges or universities, including a class teaching film at Black Hawk Junior College. She then established the second Sylvan Learning Center in the state of Iowa and a Prometric Testing site, in conjunction with ETS of Princeton, NJ. She has taught writing and literature classes at all 6 IA/ILQuad City colleges.

"Constance (aka Connie) was Midwest Writing Center Writer of the Year, Content Producer of the Year for Yahoo, and Illinois Women's Press Association Silver Feather Award winner (Chicago chapter.) She was named one of the "10 Most Creative Teachers in America" in a TAB Scholastic Books competition. Her Sylvan Learning Center (#3301) in Bettendorf, Iowa, was named Best Business of the Year by the Bettendorf Chamber of Commerce that year and the free reading program for poor kids she established was the largest scholarship program of its kind among a 900-member chain, for which she was personally awarded a Bi-State Literacy Award by then sitting First Lady Barbara Bush in 1993.

Constance lives in East Moline, Illinois with husband Craig and in Chicago, Illinois, where her son, Scott and daughter-in-law Jessica and their four-year-old twins Elise and Ava reside. Her daughter, Stacey, a graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, recently returned from a year spent living and working in Australia and now lives and works in Nashville, Tennessee.

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This is the cutest book.  I loved it.  I can’t wait to read it to my little nieces and nephew at Christmas.  It is well written and has a sweet moral without being preachy.  Very clever, a new Dr. Suess like book.

I give this book 5 out of 5 clouds.

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