Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Kiss That Changed Me - My Review


My Rating: 4 stars

My Review:

A lovely end to an intriguing trilogy!

Kristy Nicolle's final novel in the Tidal Kiss Trilogy expands into the other realms of the mer, whom both Callie and Orion both search for in order to stop the coming war from destroying the balance of their world. From the selkies to the water nymphs, we just get the all too familiar feeling that even though the cultures and beliefs vary, we are all part of the same world.

I enjoyed the growth Callie shows here in the final novel versus the 18 year old American who simply wanted to escape from the first novel. She grows into her own and becomes that ruler that she never believed she could be. Orion's growth is wonderful as well. Coming from the previous novel as someone who nearly strangled Callie with his love, we now see him as someone who has matured and accepted (well, understood would be the true word really, because Orion IS from the old world) that Callie could very well take care of herself. And Azure is still my favorite. She could easily have a series of her own. The inward struggle of self peace versus the darkness of the psiren she became ages ago...simply the best.

Truthfully, each visit to the various culture of mer could have been a novel in itself. I would have loved to see more go on in each realm (but for the sake of the story, I do understand why the pieces had to be the length they were). Also, I look forward to the upcoming story about Vex.

Extra Note:

If you would like to take part of the Tidal Kiss Trilogy, visit Kristy Nicolle's Amazon page! Happy reading!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

10 Reviews! Prologue of Book Three!

MISTRESS OF BLACKWEN got TEN AMAZON REVIEWS!!!! YAY!!!!

Thank you so much to those that reviewed. Every little bit helps, it truly does. As promised, I have the prologue of CHAMPIONS OF ARRYGN here for you all! Please enjoy the start of book three of the Artemis Ravenwing novels. ^_^



Prologue

            It was cool and moist in the antechamber of Eolande, the realm of the goddesses. The clatter of footsteps echoed along the narrow white marble walls. A man with long, black hair and silver eyes stopped at the sight of the carved statues before him in the main chamber. Strange calligraphy was etched into the pale skin of his lithe body, with the exception of the face and neck. He wore elegant black robes that shone a deep shade of blue within the moonlight, and silver crescent moon-shaped earrings dangled from his earlobes.
            He couldn’t help but frown at the sight of the statues. There were five in total—four of which were men, and in the center stood a woman. Each held a unique sword in their grasp, each with different markings carved within the blade. The sword the woman held had the markings that matched that of the man’s that stood before her.
            For as long as the man could remember, he would visit the chamber each night. He cared not for the sight of the four male statues composed of two elves, a vampire, and the final a possible human that stood behind the woman, who was revealed to also be a vampire. He never met her, he did not know if she would ever exist, but if she did…she would be his. She would belong to him, and all that he dreamed of would finally come into fruition.
            “I thought you would be here, raven. You’re growing ever so predictable.”
            The man’s irritation rose as he turned to face his companion. He was joined by another man, only he had long hair the shade of glowing embers within a flame. His tanned skin popped against the golden arm bands with engravings of the sun, and he was of a slightly bigger build. He had markings etched into his skin that matched the blade held by the male vampire statue to the right of the lone female one. Vermillion eyes flashed amusement when he was met with a sudden glare.
            “Why are you here, Alyc?” the silver-eyed man demanded. “Shouldn’t you be out stalking vixens?”
            Alyc laughed as he joined his companion’s side. “How like you, Eclipse, to make terrible jests concerning my true form.”
            “Leave, fox!” Eclipse barked. “I wish to be alone.”
            “You always do,” Alyc said, as he let out a dramatic sigh. He watched how Eclipse stared at the woman. “It’s just a statue, raven. Why are you so intrigued by something that does not even breathe?”
            “It is no concern of yours,” Eclipse answered. Alyc huffed and turned to leave. “Wait. I apologize for the harsh tone.”
            Alyc stopped and raised an eyebrow. “You have an inquiry. Ask it. Perhaps I’ll be inclined to answer.”
            “Aren’t you ever curious about them?” Eclipse asked. “Don’t you ever wonder what they would be like?”
            “It was just a vision from one of Kiare’s vassals, Eclipse,” Alyc replied. “These are just depictions of the Champions of Arrygn, the champions of our mistresses. The races have always waged war against one another, but none have come so far as threatening the goddesses themselves.” Alyc shook his head. “Forget the dream, raven. These people do not exist, nor will they ever.”
            “But what if they will someday?” Eclipse persisted. “According to the vision, someone will challenge the power of the goddesses. The champions will arise and we are to be by their side. We would aid them for as long as the evil lives. Wouldn’t you want to know who you would be tied to once the time comes?”
            Alyc patted Eclipse’s back while he released a heavy sigh. “I find that attachments only bring greater heartache, raven. We familiars are true immortals…we live as long as our mistresses demand. We cannot afford such emotions. We aren’t even allowed them.” Alyc began to walk away and stopped at the mouth of the antechamber. “Whatever urges you have, you’re better off sneaking off into Arrygn and bedding tavern whores. They’re a better substitute than a statue and you’ll never fall prey to attachment.”
            Alyc disappeared and Eclipse let off a string of curses in the language only he and his mistress, Avilyne, spoke.
            “Damned fox…you will see the error in your beliefs! I swear it on Avilyne herself, I will make you see.”


I hope you enjoyed the sneak peek! Also, don't forget that FEATHERS AND FIREFLIES is available for sale too. Pick up your copy today! 

 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

New Release!!! FEATHERS AND FIREFLIES novella now available!


NEW RELEASE!!!

Seventeen year old Rory of Vanora Village dreams of capturing the sacred summer solstice ritual of the animal shapeshifters with her trusty charcoal and parchment. But with only legends and tales to guide her, she cannot even convince her childhood friend, Lucas, that the ritual is real. On the night Rory follows the fireflies, she gets far more than she bargained for.



Kindle version IS coming soon. I will post that link as soon as it comes. In the meantime, happy reading! We love reviews! Please share!


 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

SIBA Voting has begun!!!!


2016 Summer Indie Book Awards voting has officially opened!!!! Both CHILD OF BLACKWEN and MISTRESS OF BLACKWEN are up for vote in the Fantasy category. Please spread the vote and make yo' voice heard! ^_^

Here are the rules:

Readers and fans can vote in any or all genres at the different links. Voters can choose multiple books in a genre as long as they check mark ALL their selections in the genre BEFORE they click vote the first time! Poll Maker will limit voters to one visit per genre per day, so make sure your fans know if they want to choose more than one book, they must mark them all before voting. Voters can return to vote again each day. Voting will cease at midnight Central US time on the early morning of September 11.

Here's the Fantasy voting link: http://www.poll-maker.com/poll533504x87804214-22

Here's more about SIBA as well: https://metamorphpublishing.com/summer-indie-book-awards/

Get out there and support your indie authors! <3

 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

2016 Summer Indie Book Awards! And other news.

CHILD OF BLACKWEN and MISTRESS OF BLACKWEN were nominated to compete in the Fantasy genre for the 2016 Summer Indie Book Awards! It's a really great honor. I thank those who nominated the Artemis Ravenwing novels, it just reminds me that there's a lot of you who are really enjoying my work. It's the best feeling in the world. ^_^ 

Here's some more information about how you can vote for my novels starting September 1st:

"Readers can vote in any and all genres, and they can choose multiple books in a genre as long as they mark ALL those choices BEFORE they click the vote button. Poll Maker will limit voters to a single visit to each genre per day. Voting begins September 1 and ends at midnight the morning of September 11. This is a one-time deal; the top three books in each genre will be declared the winners!"

To follow the Summer Indie Book Awards more closely, voting and all, visit the Facebook page here and the website here. Please tell your friends and vote, vote, VOTE! There's a lot of great authors listed, please check it out and support your indie authors. We love you readers!

To add both CHILD OF BLACKWEN and MISTRESS OF BLACKWEN to your bookshelf, whether it is via paperback or digitally, book one is here and book two is here. Don't forget about SPELLBOUND either! Also, not only am I working CHAMPIONS OF ARRYGN, book three of the Artemis Ravenwing novels, but I am also starting on the first of many prequels, DAUGHTERS OF BLACKWEN, which features both Tamina and Arlina Ravenwing. Time to show just how the two sisters followed the paths they did. I'm really excited. I hope you all are as well.

If you would like the full prologue of CHAMPIONS OF ARRYGN, I just need one more Amazon review for MISTRESS OF BLACKWEN (we're sitting at nine!). The moment that happens, I shall post it! All I can say is that it features the enigmatic raven, Eclipse, that was featured in the epilogue of book two.


“Time to start some chaos, Lady Ravenwing.” - Eclipse

Eclipse has been one of my favorite POVs that I've ever worked on. I don't know when book three will reach publication yet, but when it does, you'll all see why I enjoy him so.

September 1st proves to be a busy day for the author me, as I will also find out if both CHILD OF BLACKWEN and MISTRESS OF BLACKWEN made it through the prelims of the book contest hosted by Readers' Favorite. I submitted them both for the Fantasy genre and MISTRESS OF BLACKWEN already has the 5 star seal provided by Readers' Favorite. I am nervous and thrilled and no matter what happens, I'm still going to be proud of myself. Slowly but surely, my work is being recognized. That's all I could ever ask for.

On a final note, I have MISTRESS OF BLACKWEN bookmarks now! Other merch is coming, yay. October and Santa Fe Comic Con will be here before I know it. There's nothing more fun than meshing my love of cosplay and my love of writing together and then sharing it with you all. I'm playing around with a new look for Artemis Ravenwing just for the occasion. As always, there'll be pictures.

Happy reading, everyone! And don't forget to spread the news and VOTE! We indie authors appreciate you!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

This is Me by C.E. Wilson - My Review.


My Rating: 5 stars

My Review:

**I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review**

C.E. Wilson presents us readers with a new novel blending sci-fi and romance. We are introduced to Chloe, a singer looking to find her big break and trying to move past the substitute teacher status. In exchange for a semi-independent life from her parents and be able to live in the city, they buy her an Asist: an Anthropomorphic Sentient Individualized Servile uniT. They are the "trend" in her world: customized to the desire of the user and programmed with what is deemed "necessary."

Enter Rogan: Chloe's Asist who fulfills her every need. Even with the look she wanted him to have, down to the exact placement of the piercings and tattoos, the only factor that snaps her out of the fantasy is the dead green eyes that greets her at every command.

...until one day Rogan disobeys her. A spark of life is spotted within those normally blank green eyes. And it has happened more the day Niven Adams entered Chloe's life. Is it possible for a robot to have the semblance of a soul?

C.E. Wilson brings out many themes into the novel that is so prevalent in our world today: societal pressures and prejudice being the main two. While it is common in Chloe's world to have humans loving their Asists and having very public relationships with them, there are those who feel that Asists shouldn't exist at all, Niven being one of them. Chloe's mindset struggles thanks to Niven and her fellow teaching friend who thinks she needs to have a normal human life, especially if she wants that full-time job as a music teacher (which interestingly enough, is competing against Niven for!). But she also meets another fellow substitute teacher who is more like her than she knows, and the struggles deepen.

What I've appreciated the most is that Wilson shows that there are more humans in the world who are truly dead inside compared to the Asists who are more human than they are given credit for. Definitely another fun novel to add to the bookshelf.

Extra Note:

If you would like to follow C.E. Wilson's adventures, go here! THIS IS ME will be released tomorrow for 99 cents. If you would like your copy as soon as it is out, click that mouse here. Happy reading!

Monday, July 18, 2016

The booksy spirit fox.


Hello everyone! I hope the summer has been awesome for you all. It's been a very busy (and surprisingly hot) one for me. Spellbound has been doing well, we got another 5 star review yesterday! I'm glad people are enjoying it and meeting such fun authoresses. I have to get started on getting Feathers and Fireflies out there as a single novella too. I've been getting requests to write more about Rory and Lucas and I think that'll just have to happen! Stay tuned for more short stories concerning our favorite fiesty and sarcastic duo. In the meantime, the kindle version of Spellbound is permanently free. Snag it here and have some fun! The paperback version is available too.

I've been getting things rolling for my book booth in October too! For those who don't know, I will have my first booth at the upcoming Santa Fe Comic Con October 21-23rd. I wanted the first one to be local, hence the Santa Fe one. I'm a little nervous, but I think it'll be a great time. I can't wait to show the merch that is being made for this event. I've been checking out the proofs of what's been done so far and I can tell you now, it is fantastic. I'm hoping to have more booths next year too. And of course, I will be in cosplay each day! Right now the plan is to be Peggy Carter (First Avenger movie version), Artemis Ravenwing (because that HAS to happen for the booth), and Tifa Lockhart (Advent Children version). As always, lots of pictures will be taken.

Also, here's a quick fun story:

I went to change the prices of my kindle novels since it was Fan Fest weekend (of which I will post more pictures of in just a moment), and I saw that people in Great Britain and Canada have been buying them. Yes, I squealed. It's really awesome. REALLY awesome. I've been telling others who ask me how things are going that slowly but surely, I'm getting my work noticed out there. It's starting to pay off now and I can't wait to give you all more tales of Artemis Ravenwing and co. I won't forget the SHADOW WALKER loves either! That particular series is quite dark so far and it's exciting. Don't worry, I haven't skimped on the sarcasm either.

For the cosplay lovers, I FINALLY GOT TO BE YOKO KURAMA. It was wonderful. The rose whip and the tail were each a labor of love, but after all of the test builds, I finally got the best version of each. You can bet that the legendary bandit will be making more appearances in the future.


This was Fan Fest's second year and I got to make it this time around. I was excited that a few people knew who I was supposed to be. I went into the event fully believing that people wouldn't know who Yoko was and BAM! A handful of people got it. The tail and the rose whip got a ton of compliments too and that was awesome in itself. I don't get to craft often anymore (especially considering how retail has been taking over more and more of my life), so hearing and seeing others admiring things you've made is nice. I will admit though, the hilt of the whip needs work. A lot of it. I will figure that out before Yoko makes a con return. Here's some fun pictures for you all to enjoy:


Ok, time to get some stuff done before the retail side job takes over later on today. I have an ARC read to finish (more reviews coming your way via the blog), other books on the reading list to get to, and some CHAMPIONS OF ARRYGN work as well. So much work to do, yet so little time. Happy reading and adventures, everyone! ^_^