The Electrical Menagerie: New Cover and Audio book.

Last year I read a really great book it’s called The Electrical Menagerie. I thought the cover was as awesome as the inside. Here’s a picture of my signed paperback alongside my goodreads review of the book.

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Isn’t it cool? So old timey and steampunk.

The Electrical Menagerie by Mollie E. Reeder is the first book in a new Steampunk Fantasy series.

It recounts the struggles of Carthage and Huxley, two entertainers on their last dime and failing to pull in the crowds. Until the Celestial Palace announces auditions are being held to search for an act suitable and fantastic enough for the Princess’s upcoming birthday. These two grab on to what seems like their last hope and bet everything on winning.

I loved this book I was instantly drawn in by the characters, they are so likable and engaging. Watching Carthage and Huxley interact with each other is hilarious; their personalities are both contrary and, strangely, compatible. The robotic butler however, steals the show with his comedic timing.

The World of the celestial isles is unique, but not as hard to grasp as one might think. Surprisingly there is very little world-building dumped on the reader. It all flows smoothly with the story action. You will never notice that there is anything unlike the familiar world nor will you feel like you received a crash course in geo-metric-physics. (yes I know that is not a thing.)

Also, The Electrical Menagerie has the unique distinction of being the only book I have started in electronic format and finished in Paperback.

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Well some people must not have liked that old cover as much as I did because the author decided to have a new cover made.

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And now I’ve died. THE NEW COVER IS EVEN MORE AWESOME!

Just look at that steampunk Elephant! I want a copy with this cover now. But I don’t have room for two copies of the same book. This is so upsetting.

Good News

The audio book just released today too.

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I listened to the sample on audible and I am seriously thinking about getting a subscription just so I can snag this one with the free trial.

Buy links:

eBook/Paperback:
bit.ly/buyTEM

Audiobook:
bit.ly/TEMaudio

An Unexpected Sequel: Cover Reveal and Scavenger Hunt

A while back I wrote a review for Kandi J. Wyatt’s book An Unexpected Adventure. Well today I get to share all about the sequel, An Unexpected Escapade. This post is going to be chocked full of fun, not only am I revealing the cover, but there’s also an exclusive excerpt from the book, and author Kandi J.Wyatt is running a scavenger hunt where you could win a unicorn prize pack. You can scroll all the way to the end for the clue but that wouldn’t be very sporting.

About the Book:

An Unexpected Escapade CoverProtect friendship, family or a creature that’s not supposed to exist?

Ana and Daisy have been friends since third grade, but a rift in the space-time continuum in their little town may change that. When a unicorn waltzes into the pasture with Daisy’s appaloosas, a poacher, who will stop at nothing to gain the unicorn horn and its healing tears, shows up. Daisy is focused on saving the unicorn while Ana’s parents face sudden life-threatening health issues. When Ana learns about the healing tears, she’s forced to choose between friendship and her family’s health. 

Can the girls find the grace to compromise and save Ana’s parents and the unicorn?

 

This Middle Grade Fantasy is releasing on April 9th!

Available for pre-order at just 99 cents now!

Buy Links: https://books2read.com/mythcoastadventures2

Kandi’s Bio:

Even as a young girl, Kandi J Wyatt, had a knack for words. She loved to read them, even if it was on a shampoo bottle! By high school Kandi had learned to put words together on paper to create stories for those she loved. Nowadays, she writes for her kids, whether that’s her own five or the hundreds of students she’s been lucky to teach. When Kandi’s not spinning words to create stories, she’s using them to teach students about Spanish, life, and leadership.

 Website: http://kandijwyatt.com/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/kandijwyatt/

Google: http://plus.google.com/u/0/+KandiWyatt/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/kandijwyatt

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/kandijwyatt

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13817774.Kandi_J_Wyatt

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Kandi-J-Wyatt/e/B00ZTC4T10/

An Expected Escapade Excerpt:

Although Daisy had encountered the unicorn the night before, the sight still stunned her. Ginger’s ears flicked forward, and then the right one twitched back toward her rider.

“It’s okay, girl.” She wasn’t sure if she was reassuring herself or her horse.

“Hey there,” Ana called softly. “Where’d you come from? We won’t hurt you.”

Before Daisy could say anything, Ana slid off Root’s back. She let the lead rope fall to the ground and held her hand out.

“My name’s Ana, and this is Root. I think you already know her. She seems to know you.” Root blew air threw her nostrils. “See? I knew it. My friend over there’s Daisy, and she’s riding Ginger. Will you come meet us?”

To Daisy’s utter surprise, the unicorn complied. Step by wary step, it drew nearer. The shadows played along the pearlescent, twisted horn—the one feature that distinguished it from an ordinary horse. The unicorn paused just shy of Ana’s outstretched hand.

“You’re beautiful.” Ana’s voice was hushed with awe. “How’d you get here? I’ve never seen a unicorn before, and I don’t know anyone who ever has.”

The white head shook, flinging its mane out like an ocean wave breaking against a rock. Ana didn’t flinch. Instead, she kept up her litany of soft, soothing words. When Daisy realized the unicorn wasn’t going to hurt them, she slipped her leg over Ginger’s rump and dropped quietly to the forest floor. The fir needles muted her footsteps as she made her way over to Ana. By the time she reached her friend, Ana had one hand resting on the unicorn’s nose.

Book 1 in the series, An Unexpected Adventure will be 99 cents from

March 11-18 if you would like to catch up on the fun!

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An Unexpected Adventure: https://www.books2read.com/u/3yDLX6

 

GIVEAWAY Scavenger Hunt!

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 Visit all the blogs participating in the cover reveal to gather all the clues and win a prize, a felted unicorn and unicorn charms!!

The Second Clue:

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Make sure you fill out this form to enter! https://goo.gl/forms/UjLD2iJXyjFywNPA3

 Find all the Clues to enter. 

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Cover Reveal: A Dream Within a Dream

Last year I reviewed a book from Author Kristina Mahr called All that We See or Seem. 

It may have ended on a cliffhanger. So I am super excited to be helping with the cover reveal for her sequel, A Dream Within a Dream.

About the book:

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Invisible to the man she loves, Reeve Lennox fights to reclaim him from a dark world.

As her wedding day nears in Acarsaid, her betrothed Arden offers only his wayward soul and saucy tongue. At night she desperately tries to reach Bran, the young soldier of nightmarish Tenebris who holds her heart. However, her king insists that the realms of Tenebris and Acarsaid must remain separate, lest the evil wizard Rancore brutally conquer all.

But the dark magic of Tenebris defies mere distance. A war is coming, one only Reeve may be able to prevent, if she can reunite her family on opposing sides.

With two kingdoms at stake, Reeve must discover her strength and her family’s legacy before all is lost. Yet righting the wrongs of the past may require the sacrifice of her truest love.

Add it toGoodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43636717-a-dream-within-a-dream

About the author:
Kristina Mahr head shotKristina Mahr devotes her days to numbers and her nights to words. She works full-time as an accountant in the suburbs of Chicago, where she lives with her two dogs and two cats, but her true passion is writing. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, and waking up at the crack of dawn every weekend to watch the Premier League.

Website: https://kristinamahr.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Kristina_Mahr

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kristina.mahr/

Okay I’m sure you’re ready for the lovley cover now.

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It’s so amazing! Now that you’ve seen it you must be itching to preorder it. If you read the first book already, I know you were looking forward these links more than the cover.

A Dream Within a Dream pre-order links
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MYR8QFJ/

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-dream-within-a-dream-kristina-mahr/1130335449

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1450130562

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/a-dream-within-a-dream-5

Autographed paperback: https://uncommonuniverses.com/product/a-dream-within-a-dreampaperback-pre-order/

Autographed hardback: https://uncommonuniverses.com/product/a-dream-within-a-dreamautographed-hardback-pre-order/

No let’s see those covers together:

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The release date is March 26th 2019,

Need to catch up?

Get the first book here:

All That We See Or SeemAll That We See or Seem buy links
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/That-Seem-Dreamworld-Duology-Book-ebook/dp/B07BJH8L7J/
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/all-that-we-see-or-seem-kristinamahr/1128233212
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/all-that-we-see-or-seem-2
Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1360731363
Autographed paperback: https://uncommonuniverses.com/product/all-that-we-see-or-seem/
Autographed hardback: https://uncommonuniverses.com/product/all-that-we-see-or-seemautographed-hardback/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39341536-all-that-we-see-or-seem

Retrieve: Cover Reveal

 

Hi, today I’m doing something a a little different. I double booked my blog and for today. so you will get a cover reveal and a Fantastic interview. But I am still making them two posts so if you came for one scroll down to the other. Also, I am going to start linking the latest posts on my home page so lets hope it works.

Okay let’s jump right into the cover reveal:

 

Retrieve
Sarah Addison-Fox
(The Stormers Trilogy #1)
Publication date: December 26, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

What if the job you took to stay alive might be what kills you?

Kade knows what it is to suffer. He knows what it’s like to lose everything and everyone around him.

His job in a Stormer Unit guarantees not just his survival in the decimated country of Azetaria, but his sister Meg’s. Even if it means facing the Numachi warriors baying for his blood, he’ll do what it takes to keep her safe.

Hadley is alone and surviving the only way she knows how. By hiding where predators won’t find her and scavenging enough just to keep her alive.

When desperation drives Hadley to search for her missing brother, she mistakenly accepts the offer of recruitment into the Stormer’s camp, only to be partnered with Kade and sent as a scout into Numachi territory.

The intimidating young Stormer may just know where her brother has gone. But can they stay alive long enough to find him?

About the Author

Sarah Addison-Fox is a New Zealand-born misfit who writes action-packed fantasy with a smattering of punch ups, mega amounts of romance and a dash of family values. She has an astonishing amount of nail polish, has all her creative writing credentials shoved in a drawer somewhere, and has a husband who, after 28 years, can still make her blush. When she’s not working on her YA fantasy romance series’ she can be found binge watching Mission Impossible movies, drinking lager and eating curry.

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Giveaway Time!

Enter to win the Stormers Giveaway and go on a thrilling adventure! With over $100 of bookish goodies and exclusive swag sent from New Zealand, these prizes will certainly give every reader a thrill. Click the entry form below to enter! (Open INT.)

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Rothana Cover Reveal

So you’ve read that title and now you’re wondering what Rothana mean. Well obviously it’s a book title. But what it means is that the sequel to Haladaya is one step closer to being in my hands.

About Rothana:

cover reveal graphicA new queen falls. A death lord rises. An ancient foe looms in the shadows.
Sylvie Imanthiya is desperate to lead Faerie well and deepen the bond with her husband, former
king Taylan Ashkalabek. But all hope of that vanishes when the Winter Solstice ceremony ends
in disaster, stranding her and Taylan in the Deathrealm, and stripping the kingdom from her.
With Faerie in chaos, Zad and Diza are separated once again: Zad to reconcile with an old
mentor to stabilize the kingdom, and Diza to confront the nefarious Casimir in the mortal realm.
But Casimir claims that a greater evil seeks to destroy both realms, an evil that Diza’s unique
death magic can hold at bay—if she could only remember how.
In the Deathrealm, Taylan is succumbing to the lure of specters from his past, and pushing away
Sylvie’s love. Overwhelmed by decay and darkness, Sylvie must summon unexpected magic
from the soul of Kyure to fight for her convictions and her husband’s heart.
Shadows divide them. Their friends are in peril. If Sylvie fails, her marriage and her world will
fall.
Buy links:
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07K6VV5VJ/
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1129820806
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42637351-rothana#

And lastly, my favorite thing about Uncommon Universe Press.

Autographed paperback pre-order:

https://uncommonuniverses.com/product/rothana-star-fae-trilogy-book-2/

 

About the Author:

Sarah Delena White smallSarah Delena White was raised by wolves in an alternate dimension. She writes eclectic speculative fiction that reworks mythology with a fine balance of poetry and snark. She’s an experienced world traveler who loves to weave world folklore and ancient concepts into vibrant, original story worlds. She is the administrative manager for Uncommon Universes Press. When she’s not writing, she can be found making elegant designer bead jewelry, traveling to festivals as a professional ballad singer, drinking tea, and seeking to create the perfect latte. She can be bribed with dark chocolate.

Social media links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SarahDelenaWhite/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sarahdelenawhite/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SarahDelWhite
Website: https://sarahdelenawhite.com/
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And now that your couiosity is at maximum, the cover:

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Oh, isn’t that gorgeous? They kept the Steampunk dragonfly from the first book. And the colors are so pretty. I wants the precious.

So when can the precious be yours too?

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The release date is November 27th. So pre-order now.

One flew through the dragon cover reveal.

Today’s cover reveal is for a steampunk romance that I am looking forward to reading. The author is C.S. Johnson who you may remember from a FAntastic Interview she did about her Sleeping Beauty retelling called Once upon a princess. Read it here. 

 

A Chinese Legend. A British Secret. Star-Crossed Lovers with Incompatible Magic.

cover reveal graphicBrixton Flew works as a professor of wielder instruction at Rembrandt Academy, hoping to erase the regrets of his youth along with the resulting debt. But when he comes face to face with his biggest regret—the woman who broke his heart, Adelaide Favan—Brixton soon realizes his troubles have only begun.

Unable to control her magic, Adelaide knew leaving Brixton was the only way to protect him when they were younger. Now she discovers he is the key to recovering the Dragon Eyes, a legendary treasure connected to her magic and her family’s disgraced legacy—and she knows the risk is great, to both his life and her heart.

With others seeking the power of the Dragon Eyes, Brixton and Adelaide must outwit their foes and face down their families to save London from an ancient legend that sleeps beneath the magic portal in their city.

But the renewed passion growing between them may prove to be the greater peril …

One Flew Through the Dragon Heart is the first book in a new steampunk series by C.S. Johnson, blending together history, romance, mecha-dragons and magic against the glittering backdrop of 1880’s Victorian London.

CS JohnsonC. S. Johnson is the author of several young adult novels, including sci-fi and fantasy adventures such as the Starlight Chronicles series, the Once Upon a Princess saga, and the Divine Space Pirates trilogy. With a gift for sarcasm and an apologetic heart, she currently lives in Atlanta with her family. Find out more at http://www.csjohnson.me.

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Now for the shiny cover:

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 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HRW64SM

The release date is December 21st.

The author graciously allowed me to include an excerpt. Because she knew as soon as you saw the cover you would want to start reading right away.

Excerpt from One Flew through the Dragon Heart:

The door creaked open with the same welcoming familiarity it always had as Brixton stepped inside. He took off his greatcoat, and at once, the small townhouse seemed to reach out with its own essence, bathing him in the scent of oranges and animals, flooding him with the sensation of a million memories. He breathed it in and reveled in it. Deep down, nothing in the world could dislodge his home from his heart—not the Board at Rembrandt, not the government, not even all his secret hopes and dreams—and there was unspeakable comfort in knowing that.

“We’re in the kitchen, Brix. Come on in. I’ve just finished pulling out a rack of biscuits.”

Brixton sighed, both in exasperation and gratitude. His mother was never surprised when he arrived, no matter the hour. He used to wonder if she had a spy in her service, but he knew now, having his own talent for magic, that she was able to sense emotions. Her talent made her one of the most accomplished veterinarians in London.

That was also why the house always smelled of all sorts of creatures. Philippa Flew often brought her work home with her, and today, Brixton saw as he walked into the next room, was no exception.

“Who does that belong to?” he asked, gesturing toward the large peacock sitting on the table.

The large fan of its tail sprouted at his voice, making him jump back as the hundreds of colorful feathers unfolded before him.

The peacock squawked, clearly sore at the disruption.

Luella’s laughter rang through the room as Brixton recovered. He glanced through the feather-fan of exotic bird feathers to see Luella’s blonde curls bouncing as she walked around from the other side of the table.

“It’s Mrs. Fordyce’s,” Luella said. “He has a broken leg, so Mum brought him home for me to help take care of.”

“Why do you need to help him if it’s just a broken leg?” Brixton rolled his eyes. “It seems silly for you to have to use your magic on him.”

“Come on. Don’t be so stuffy.”

“I’m just concerned. You really ought to be more careful when you use your magic.” Brixton sat down on the chair at the far end of the table. “If you’re not, the mage-ragers will realize you have plenty of talent, too, and they’ll come running to sign you up to work at Rembrandt along with me.”

“Oh, Brix. It sounds like you had another hard day. I thought as much when you came in.” Philippa sighed. Her hair, a shade darker than Brixton’s and lined with wispy grays, snapped behind her in a braid as she hurried to press a loving kiss to her oldest child’s forehead.

Brixton might have waved her off when he had been younger, but now he welcomed his mother’s affections. He gave her a quick kiss on the cheek in return as Luella giggled again.

“I would not mind going to Rembrandt, but don’t think they would want me to teach the newbies just yet,” Luella said, jutting her pointed chin forward proudly. “I’m only fifteen.”

“You know as well as I do that some magic comes in early.”

Many of the first wielders experienced it as a secondary trait, one that appeared toward the beginning of adulthood. As Mendel and Darwin’s theories speculated, magic moved down through the bloodlines, and as the talents were able to be recognized earlier, it became generally accepted that most magic began to appear during adolescence.

But there were still the occasional stories of talented children who knew of their magic long before it appeared, and Brixton knew that a great many of those stories were true.

After all, he had been best friends with one of the most powerful wielders London had ever seen.

“There’s no need to brag,” Luella said with a huff. “We all know that you were a prodigy right from birth. The rest of us will bow down to you one day, I’m sure, but in the meantime, the requirements for specialized magical instruction start at sixteen. Even you didn’t have to go until then.”

“I was actually thinking of—”

Brixton went silent as his chest tightened, his heart clenched, and his fingers shook.

He had only just barely stopped himself.

He had come so bloody close to saying her name.

It was appalling to think after nearly four years he still thought of her—thought of her, dreamed of her, but never spoke of her.

How could he? Remembering her was like lighting himself on fire and forgetting how much it burned.

Faithless: a cover reveal

Edited to update preorder links. If you got an error message before, they should work now. Sorry about that.

Hooray the next book in the Ironfire legacy is almost here. Today I get to share the cover with you and tell you where you can pre-order it.

First about the next book:

cover reveal graphicOne wild night, Shance Windkeeper discovers he’s married to a death unicorn.
But that’s the least of his troubles.

As an agent for the Lawless, Shance is working with dragonshifters Kesia Ironfire and Zephryn Nightstalker, trying to end the dragon-human war and the organization that masterminded it. While on a mission in the Scepter of Knowledge, the Lawless is hit with a devastating death unicorn attack.

Out of the wreckage new allies emerge: Lirome Ukerys, and his twin sister Maira, the death unicorn queen—Shance’s long-lost wife.

Recently freed from captivity, Maira is fighting to regain control of her herd. Lurien Alistil, a rogue death unicorn, has bespelled the Scepter of Knowledge and taken Maira’s son. When Kesia unexpectedly challenges Lurien to a public debate, the Lawless has a chance to break the usurper’s hold. To obtain vital information they must infiltrate her lair—and as the husband of the death unicorn queen, Shance Windkeeper is the perfect prize to go in.

But Lurien’s power is stronger and more insidious than they realize. And if the final pieces of her plan fall into place, not even Shance’s newfound Talents and knowledge will be enough to stop her.

A steampunk fantasy adventure with much intrigue, unexpected romance, sudden tragedy, and a snarky cat-dragon.

Janeen-016Author bio:
Janeen Ippolito believes words transform worlds. She creates writing resources and writes steampunk fantasy. She’s also an experienced teacher, editor, author coach, and the editor in chief of Uncommon Universes Press. In her spare time, she enjoys sword-fighting, reading, food, and making brownie batter. Two of her goals are eating fried tarantulas and traveling to Antarctica. This extroverted writer loves getting connected, so find her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and at her website: janeenippolito.com

Social media links:

Website: https://janeenippolito.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/janeenippolitollc/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JaneenIppolito

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That book sounds amazing right? Especially if you have already read the first book Lawless, and the novella Priceless. There is no way you’re not going to instantly pre-order this book right?

Really? You say your only here for the cover, that’s really all you want? Fine have it your way.

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Okay, so now you defiantly want to go pre-order this book now. I mean with a cover like that how can you not?

If you do pre-order, I recommend the following options, because signed books are the best. Also I heard a rumor that the author is sending swag to everyone who pre-orders:

1. Autographed paperback pre-order: https://uncommonuniverses.com/product/faithless-autographedpaperback-pre-order/
2. Faithless/Priceless pre-order bundle: https://uncommonuniverses.com/product/priceless-and-faithlesspre-order-bundle/
3. Lawless/Priceless/Faithless pre-order bundle: https://uncommonuniverses.com/product/ironfirelegacy-pre-order-bundle/

But if you really have to have it in Ebook, you can pre-order from the following sellers:

Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Faithless-Ironfire-Legacy-Book-2-ebook/dp/B07H5TFKRQ/

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/2940156067435

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/faithless-30

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1435665820

Add it to your Goodreads shelf: https//www.goodreads.com/book/show/41743098-faithless

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The release date is October 18th so hurry up and get those pre-orders in.

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