Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Getting to Know the Authors: Featuring J.M. Miller!

Bio:
      J.M. Miller currently consumes her coffee in Florida. When she isn't busy being distracted by social media sites, she writes Young Adult and New Adult romance novels that vary in genre from contemporary to fantasy.
Aside from spending time with her family, she loves to travel and will jump at the chance to go anywhere, whenever life allows.
Social Media Links:
Website- http://www.jmmillerbooks.com
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Pinterest-   http://www.pinterest.com/jmiller907/
Spotify- http://open.spotify.com/user/1298630229

What has she written?
She has written:

 
Excerpt of Fallen Flame:
        While the tingles in my red-orange skin slowly ascended into pain, the air biting as everything started to reform, a hard clanking noise outside the back door drew my attention. I slid into my thin underclothes, grabbed hold of my sword, then rushed toward the door. Knowing that sound was out of the ordinary, I was prepared to scour the garth and small area of trees behind the house, even search the neighbors’ land to find the cause. I hadn’t expected to open the door and find Xavyn standing a mere foot away, hood drawn and arms crossed as if I’d kept him waiting too long at the narrow back doorstep.
       I pointed my sword toward his chest and glanced around him, scanning the darkness. “What are you doing here?”
      “Following up.” The words were slow. As his hand reached up and removed the hood, his human eyes traversed my face, swallowing the details of my reforming skin in an intense, almost penetrating way.
       I realized then that I had no cloak, no mask. And for some reason, I wondered if I should take the time of throwing them on … before ending his life. He’d seen me in this state on Prince’s Night, but that was an instant, a moment amid darkness and chaos. Not this closely. I growled at him, digging the tip of my blade into the black leather at his chest, my regrowth pain dissolving as my anger took control.
      “Are you going to let me in or would you rather call attention to your treason?” he asked, his voice still holding a softness that grated me.
      “Quit staring at me that way and you can come in.”


Now on to the Interview!!!
1) How old were you when you started writing?
      I wrote poetry in high school, but I didn't write my first novel until 29.

2) What do you want a reader to gain from reading your works?
      Entertainment. That's my main goal. If one of my books can get someone out of their own head for a few hours, make them think, feel, and connect with a character from another world, another life, then I'm happy. Anything more is a bonus!

3) What are your three top suggestions on becoming an author, or being a pleasure writer?
     Write. Write. Write. There is no specific method, no real rules to start. Just write. When you determine what direction you want to take, you'll dig for more information. But the most important thing is to write. 
4) What is your favourite novel, why?
      This is always a tough question. But I do favor The Count of Monte Cristo. To me, it's just one of the best stories and the writing is amazing.

5) Who is your favourite author, why?
      I don't think I can choose one. There are so many talented authors, and I'm always happy to find a new favorite.

6) What are your favorite pass times besides writing?
      For the most part, I'm a homebody. I'm content to sit at home and spend time with my family, read a book, or work on my latest project. But I also love going to the movies and to the beach.

7) Who in your life do you credit your imagination to the most?
      Hmm. I'm not really sure, actually. I think my parents are creative in their own way, but I don't believe either wrote creatively. I guess I'd just say myself. I've always been more of an introvert observer, watching everything around me. It usually leads to random thoughts and ideas.

8) What are the top five things on your bucket list?
     Ooh! I love this question. There are things that I've randomly considered, but I've never really made a list, in my head or on paper. Right now, I'll have to go with:
1. Skydive
2. Revisit Europe
3. Visit Iceland
4. Smash some hefty writing goals
5. … There's so much more …

9) What is your funniest childhood memory?
     I have some good ones but this is the first thing hitting me right now. I was maybe 10 years old (probably summer 1990 … yeah, I'm old), riding in my father's station wagon with three of my cousins. We had just gotten ice cream cones. MC Hammer's song "U Can't Touch This" came on the radio and my dad was swerving to the beat (on a back road with no real traffic). If you know the song, you know in the chorus he says "STOP! Hammertime." Well, my dad did a break-check on the "STOP!" and a cousin's ice cream cone smashed into his own face. It was pretty awesome. ;)

10) To the youth of today, if you could tell them one thing, what would it be?
     Believe in yourself and fight for what you want in your life! But know that no one owes you anything. Work hard and you can make things happen.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Fallen Flame (Fallen Flame #1) by J.M. Miller (Review)

        Magic is long dead... or at least it should be. Vala is a sign of a time once thought to be over. A time when magic ruled the world and otherworldly beings lived alongside humans. Vala hard chard, rock-like skin that could only come about in one way... magic. Because of this, Vala has been ostracized her entire life and feared by almost all on her small island. She still has a job though. Because of her skin, she makes the perfect guard for the prince. She is a skilled fighter, on top of her intimidation factor in which she was chosen for, based on her lava rock like skin. When there is an assassination attempt on the prince's life, Vala is thrown into a dangerous mystery where she bears to lose everything: the prince, her position in the guard and her very beliefs. Confronted with this conflicting problem, she will have to figure out friend from foe, and truth from lie. 
        I found this novel surprisingly fun to read. It's hidden plot parts had me wondering where things were going and really what type of novel it would be in the first place. I didn't really characterize it form the starts so most of the plot points were all fun, new and exciting. I liked Vala. Her unique situation was riveting to read about and her characters was fairly well developed, similarly to the plot. The magical element was riveting and had me constantly guessing what Vala's history was. How she got the way she was, and what the full extent of her abilities are.  All in all, I really like Fallen Flame and I give it the rating of FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARS!!!
*Advanced Readers Copy Review*

Getting to Know the Authors: Featuring Chani Lynn Feener!

Bio:
       Chani Lynn Feener has wanted to be a writer since the age of ten during fifth grade storytime. She majored in Creative Writing at Johnson State College in Vermont. To pay her bills, she has worked many odd jobs, including, but not limited to, telemarketing, order picking in a warehouse, and filling ink cartridges. When she isn’t writing, she’s binging TV shows, drawing, or frequenting zoos/aquariums. Chani is also the author of teen paranormal series, The Underworld Saga, originally written under the penname Tempest C. Avery. She currently resides in Connecticut, but lives on Goodreads.com.
Instagram: http://Instagram.com/TempestChani
Twitter: http://Twitter.com/TempestChani
Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5171960.Chani_Lynn_Feener_aka_Tempest_C_Avery
 
What has she written?
She has written (for YA):

Now on to the Interview!
1) How old were you when you started writing, in your opinion?
     When I started seriously writing? Probably 15. I've known I wanted to become a writer since I was 10, but 15 is when I first tried my and at something other than fanfiction and decided to start taking learning and honing my skills seriously.
2) What do you want a reader to gain from reading your works?
     Honestly, I just want them to have a good time and forget about their troubles for a bit. I love classic literature, and Shakespeare. But when I was a teen, reading all of that assigned literature for school, there were many occasions I wanted to read something lighter, that I could immerse myself with and not have to pick apart. Being a teenager is stressful, and I really just want to provide a momentary escape from that with good characters, an interesting plot, and maybe a little magic (or aliens, as the case is for Amid Stars and Darkness).

3) What are your three top suggestions on becoming an author, or being a pleasure writer?
     My first would be to just do it. Stop making excuses about how you're not good enough, or about how you're too busy, or how you'll never make it. The only way to get better is to practice, just like anything else. And now matter how busy you are, you can put aside five minutes a day. It doesn't sound like much, but even if you only get a couple of sentences down, that's still more than nothing. Most authors don't have connections to the business when they start, so they begin the same way you would: writing in their bedroom or their library or their kitchen. If they can get a book published (heck, if I can) you definitely can! You just have to want it badly enough, and do something about that.
     My second suggestion would be not to worry about what people will think, either about your genre choice, or the fact you're reaching for a pretty high goal. Write what you want to write, because if you don't love it, no one will. If you want to write about witches and vampires, do it. The next great American Novel? Go for it. Romance? Why not! You're not the only one who loves these genres, so even if your friends think writing paranormal books are lame, there's an entire community out there who does not!
      Lastly, find a process that works for you. There's no right way to write a book. Some writers like to plot the whole thing out, and some people like to just sit down with no idea what they're doing and go for it (I happen to be the latter). If you're not sure which works for you, try them both. You might even find the process is different for each book you write. Basically, don't think you can look up a "how to" with this. You aren't building furniture from Ikea. It's okay to be unsure how to start, or finish. Just trust your gut, and if later on you don't like something you wrote, that's what the backspace button is for.

4) What is your favourite novel, why?
     I have five, and I cannot choose between them, so I'll list quickly! The Road by Cormac McCarthy, Life of Pi by Yann Martel, The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, and Make You Mine by Jackie Ashenden. All of these books are really different, and aren't all from the same genre either, but I love them because I resonated with the characters in each of these books so deeply. All of these authors have the ability to put you into their characters heads, and surround you in a plot and setting super believable and easy to imagine. They all also make you think about who you are as a person, and I love books that force you to step back and wonder what you would do or how you feel about something.

5) Who is your favourite author, why?
     Again, that's way too hard a question. I'll say I love Shakespeare, Maggie Stiefvater, Jackie Ashenden, and...actually, I'll stop there. The why would be that I've loved (or at least liked) most if not everything by these authors that I've read. If I see their name on something, I'll buy it without having to read the blurb.

6) What are your favorite pass times besides writing?
     I draw a lot. I actually thought I was going to be an artist from the age of five until I really made the decision to just write at 15. I also love watching tv shows and going to the movies, and I'm a big fan of visiting aquariums and zoos. And, obviously, I read. A lot. I wish I could say I have more active pass times but....aside from roller blading, I really don't.

7) Who in your life do you credit your imagination to the most?
     I don't think I can credit any one person. I get inspiration from everyone and from everywhere so...it's not like my mom or one of my favorite authors, or even my favorite show, can take more of the credit than another thing or person. Depending on the book or project I'm doing, my imagination will get sparked by different things.

 8) What are the top five things on your bucket list?
 1. Go parasailing.
 2. Visit Cornwall.
 3. Visit Ireland.
 4. Make the NY Times best sellers list eventually.
 5. Attend Funko Fundays (and SDCC).

 9) What is your funniest childhood memory?
       Most of my funniest childhood memories are of my siblings doing stupid stuff so...I can't say without upsetting them.

10) To the youth of today, if you could tell them one thing, what would it be?
       Explore as much as you can. The sooner you figure out what you want to do with the rest of your life, the sooner you can start making that happen.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Persuasion (Curse of the Gods #2) by Jane Washington and Jaymin Eve (Review)

    The second installment of the Curse of the Gods series, Persuasions keeps on the with the adventures of the every clumsy Willa Knight and her gang of powerful Abcurse brothers. The gods are out to get them, and they are targeting the weakest link, Willa. Ever clumsy, weak and very much mortal Willa. The Abcurse brothers, being as crazy possessive as they are, do not like this at all, and decide to kill anything that tries to hurt what's theirs. Seems simple enough to them. But when the god of chaos himself gets involved and starts showing interest in the enigma that is Willa, things really pick up and the danger ramps up.
      First off, I'm going to state my big problem with this novel before I start listing what I like about it. It contains some pretty sexual content. Way more so then was in the first novel. I don't like the trend this is following. I do not like pornography in my literature and would hope that I don't have to stop reading this series because of it. Also the five way sexual tension seems to be continuing past its time. I'm starting to wonder if the authors actually plan on have a polygamous relationship in the novel instead of simply choosing a specific brother to be the romantic lead. That too would be a deal breaker for me and many of my fellow readers. Now, with all of that stated, what did I like about the book. I find the narrative voice of Willa to be hilarious. I love her sassy inner monologue and commentary. She by far is the best part of this series. Her variety of sassy female narrative is a staple throughout Jaymin Eve's writings, and is one of the reasons I'm a huge fan of her. Plot wise, the story had good pacing and development. It was engaging throughout the full novel, only when things get too sexual did I find myself disengaging from the book. The brothers are actually really hard to distinguish between, but I found I didn't mind all that much. They were all kick-butt and epic alone and as a unit. Their dynamic with Willa is incredibly funny and adds flavor to the novel. All in all, minus the sexual content, this was a good novel and I give Persuasion the rating of FOUR OUT OF FIVE STARS!
*Advanced Readers Copy Review*

Dream Me by Kathryn Berla (Review)

     Time travel and the end of the world. That is what some teenage boy named Zat lives with far into the future. With his world ending, he has three options, stay where he is and die, travel to a new planet to live on or travel back in time and live in the dreams of someone from them past, hoping to someday become corporeal. He decides to travel back in time. His unwitting host is Babe, an average teenage girl who loves tennis and is sick of moving around for her Dad's job. She has her own set of problems with creepy men at her work and trying to make friends in her new town, all the while have these crazy dreams of a very attractive boy.
      Dream Me was severely all around underdeveloped. The plot, the characters, everything. It all was subpar and uninteresting. Lets start with the main characters... you just don't care about them. They are both fairly one dimensional and don't change much or develop throughout the book. Plot wise, this book did not do a good job. I could see the author was clearly undecided if the novel should be a sci-fi, a romance, a high school age drama, a summer vacation story or a story on money and the abuse of power. Because of this, the story had no solid direction or purpose. It was boring and literally almost nothing happened. Boring through and through. I give Dream Me the rating of TWO OUT OF FIVE STARS!
*Advanced Readers Copy Review*

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Angel Tormented (Louisiangel #3) by C.L. Coffey (Review)

   The third instalment in the Louisiangel series, Angel Tormented continues the story of Angel, a red haired ex-human current Angel, in her struggle to sort out her new angel life, to figure out her feelings and relationship with Joshua (her charge to protect) and to stop Lucifer and his minions from ending the world. Just as Angel is getting the hang of this angel thing, she is exposed to the world as angel, which is a HUGE no no. Now in trouble for that, she watches as the cherubim go their own way from the covenant and as Michael tries to balance things without them with the virtues breathing down his back because of Angel's mishap.  
       A little boring, Angel Tormented continues the story, picking up where book two ended. Angel is still a very sassy and witty character, but she seemed less well formed in this novel. It also seemed like there plot jumped around. It opened up a lot of avenues of plot but then really didn't satisfyingly conclude any of them by the end of the novel. I see that this was done to with hopes to lead into a fourth novel, but for the book to be good itself it need to have some form of major plot development. It just did not meet that requirement. That aside, it was still moderately interesting to read, which is why I give Angel Tormented the rating of FOUR OUT OF FIVE STARS!
*Advanced Readers Copy Review*

Queen Fae (NYC Mecca #3) by Jaymin Eve and Leia Stone (Review)

    The third installment of the NYC Mecca series, Queen Fae continues the story of Arianna, the queen of the were-wolves and true mate of Kade, the king of the wolf shifters. Violet has been kidnapped by the Fae and Arianna with do absolutely anything to get her back. She is ready to bring down her wrath on the kidnappers. Sneaking into the Fae lands with her personal guard and king Kade, she goes on a mission to save Violet, stop a war, and to restore the balance to the Mecca. Along the way she will be have to deal with great dangers and fights for their lives.
      Not the best installment in the series, Queen Fae was mediocre. It continued the plot and progressed the romance between Arianna and Kade, but ultimately it was not as incredibly epic as the first book in the series. I really think that all of the novels in the series could have been brought together into one book and have felt more seamless and engaging. The plot development was still very good and it was entertaining to read, it's just not AS interesting as the beginning of the series. Kade is still a very interesting character and the magic/shifter feel of the novel was fun to read on. All in all, I give Queen Fae the rating of FOUR OUT OF FIVE STARS!
*Advanced Readers Copy Review*