Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Autographed copy of both CHILD OF BLACKWEN and MISTRESS OF BLACKWEN, along with a CHILD OF BLACKWEN bookmark, are up for grabs in this giveaway.
Autographed copy of MISTRESS OF BLACKWEN along with a CHILD OF BLACKWEN bookmark is up for grabs in this giveaway.
Please share with your fantasy lover friends and loved ones! As always, we love reviews! And yup, MISTRESS OF BLACKWEN got a 5 star review from Readers' Favorite (hence the spiffy new seal!). ^_^
Sunday, November 22, 2015
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
Artemis Ravenwing, the rightful heir to the throne of Blackwen City, struggles to accept her dhampir heritage as she plots to confront Arlina, who murdered her mother to usurp the title of Mistress of Blackwen. Artemis and her allies are heading to Westyron, a human-run city with a deep hatred of other races. The matter becomes complicated when her mother Tamina, who’s now in specter form, has a revenge-fueled agenda of her own.
At first I didn’t realize that Mistress of Blackwen (An Artemis Ravenwing Novel) by Melanie Rodriguez is the second installment of the series until the end of my reading. This might explain the way Rodriguez introduces the world building as the story progresses, as opposed to the usual detailed introduction in the beginning chapters. The same method of approach is used for the characters, where readers get to know them and their backgrounds as the plot unravels. This second book is solid enough as a standalone.
There are many main characters, and I think Rodriguez handles them sufficiently well to avoid overwhelming readers. The story is told from Artemis’ perspective and third person point of view. I’m a staunch fan of well developed, strong female leads and, lucky for me, Mistress of Blackwen has a number of them. Nevertheless, I found Jack the outcast elf fascinating and witty. His presence sometimes outweighs Artemis as a vital tie that binds his friends together. On the whole, I’m a new fan of this character-driven fantasy series and I hope that Book Three is well under way.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Morning, everyone! I have some awesome news for you: I have TWO Goodreads giveaways! They will each start November 24th and will end on December 24th. The first Goodreads giveaway will have the autographed paperback versions of CHILD OF BLACKWEN and MISTRESS OF BLACKWEN up for grabs! It will come with a CHILD OF BLACKWEN bookmark. The second Goodreads giveaway will have the autographed paperback version of MISTRESS OF BLACKWEN, and that too, will come with a CHILD OF BLACKWEN bookmark.
This will be the perfect holiday gift for you as a fantasy book lover and for those you know and love! I will keep you guys posted for when the links go live. In the meantime, please keep checking out my blog sidebar where I have the badges for the giveaways listed, and please keep going to my Facebook author page for links too!
I will also post these here if you prefer to refer back to this blog post:
CHILD OF BLACKWEN & MISTRESS OF BLACKWEN Goodreads Giveaway
MISTRESS OF BLACKWEN Goodreads Giveaway
And one more note: I submitted MISTRESS OF BLACKWEN to the same editorial critic site who reviewed CHILD OF BLACKWEN. Wish me luck!!! ^_^
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Friday, November 13, 2015
About the Author
Chess Desalls is the author of the YA time travel series, The Call to Search Everywhen. She's a longtime reader of fantasy and sci-fi novels, particularly classics and young adult fiction. Her non-fiction writing has led to academic and industry publications. She’s also a contributing editor for her local writing club’s monthly newsletter. The California Writers Club, South Bay branch, has awarded two of Chess’ stories first place for best short fiction. When she's not reading or writing, she enjoys traveling and trying to stay in tune on her flute.Twitter Facebook Tumblr Instagram Goodreads Pinterest
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Thursday, November 5, 2015
Before I share these awesome pics, I just wanted to remind you that CHILD OF BLACKWEN is still 99 cents on the kindle! This is to celebrate the upcoming release of MISTRESS OF BLACKWEN. Go here and grab your copy today! As always, reviews would be a great welcome.
Now without further ado, please enjoy the pictures of Artemis Ravenwing and Alucard! Photos are taken and credited by LKN Photography. Anybody in the Santa Fe area who cosplays and are interested in a photoshoot, give Ruben a shout!
FYI, these will be available as prints for sale one day. Stay tuned for when my book booth adventures at Comic Cons will begin! :)
Monday, November 2, 2015
MISTRESS OF BLACKWEN, book two of the Artemis Ravenwing novels, will be out soon! To celebrate its upcoming release, I will have CHILD OF BLACKWEN for 99 cents on the kindle. You can find it here! The sale will go on until November 8th. Please share the news with your friends and loved ones!
Stay tuned for the release of book two! I am super excited for you all to read it. YAY!!!