Rapunzel Tour: Diamond

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Hey there, thanks for coming back for my second round on the Rapunzel tour. If you missed my first post, a dive in review of Misfortune click here to check it out.

Today I’m giving you my dive in review of Diamond book #3 in the Once Upon a Twist series.

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This time, Rapunzel’s not the one stuck in the tower, but the secrets he brings with him may cost her own life.

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Diamond leads a quiet life with the woman she calls Mother. There isn’t much to pass the time save for excursions in the forest and one-sided conversations with her pet rabbit, Hobie. Men are cruel beings who care only for themselves and must be avoided at any cost. After all, Diamond’s own father gambled her away once. What other terrible fates might await her if people knew she existed?

 Seth Stendahl is an alchemist with a middling proficiency in the Rohesian tongue. After growing up with and surviving six sisters, there shouldn’t be anything too difficult for him to master – except maybe breaking his leg and being locked in the top of a ruined watchtower.

 This is Rapunzel with a twist like you’ve never seen it before.

Order Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0872MC72P/

Add Book on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48984508-diamond

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Author Bio:

KirstenKirsten Fichter is a twenty-something Christian writer who loves being the wife to her favorite person ever, mommy to two precious blessings, a piano enthusiast, a dragon buff, a serious bookworm, and an INFP synesthete. Fairytales have always fascinated her, and she has made it her goal to rewrite as many as possible and become known as the “Grimm Dickens” (i.e. mixing Grimm fairytales with a Dickens style). Diamond: A Rapunzel Story is her third published fairytale retelling. You can find out more about her on her blog, A Synesthete Writer.

Find her online at:  Blog || Goodreads || Facebook || Twitter || Instagram || Amazon 

Diamond Review:

Not all Diamonds glitter.

This Diamond is a girl. Her mother keeps her hidden away, always obsessing about her nearly eighteen feet of golden hair.

Before you start thinking you’ve seen this Disney movie before, you need to know that this is a non-magical story. Everything it totally plausible, well except for the alchemist, he’s still not magic though, just very fashion forward with the goggles and the foreign accent.

I loved the main characters who are super cute together. Seth, with his six older sisters knows how to say just the right thing. And poor Diamond, who has never spoken to another soul in her life let alone a man, has no idea what to say.

I also loved the gender swapping element of Seth being the one stuck in the tower, even though Diamond still had the long hair. It was an interesting twist that added originality to the story.

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Okay so yes there are nods to everyone’s favorite Disney movie too. The jokes about the horse not acting very horse like were a particular favorite of mine. But Diamond shines (Pun Always Intended) on it’s own as a unique fairy-tale retelling that is sure to remind you why you love Disney movies in the first place.

*I was slipped an electronic copy of this story, secretly in the dead of night, for purposes unknown. I willingly relate to you now my honest opinion of the material so that you may be informed and forewarned about the contents.*

Today’s Tour Stops:

May 18
Kirsten Fichter – Seth Stendahl and his Alchemy
Interviews:
Reality Reflected – Delshad
Reviews:
Morgan Elizabeth Huneke – Misfortune
Fairy Dust on My Pen – Diamond
C.O. Bonham – Diamond

Please visit this page for the full schedule: https://kendrasgiraffecrafts.blogspot.com/p/a-twist-of-rapunzel.html

Reformed: A Dive in Review

So much fun packed into today’s post, you could call it super.

A few weeks ago I featured a book on here titled Reformed. It was kind of a cover reveal / spotlight.

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I’ve been told that it’s okay to print out and color this image.

The book is out now and I want to make sure you all know just how great it is.

Dive in Review: Reformed

Reformed is a different kind of Superhero story.

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It’s main protagonist is Prism, a young, idealistic superhero who believes that there is good in everyone. She is the kind of goody two shoes that usually ruins a good superhero story. Honestly the girl has no flaws, unless being too nice is a flaw, but well it’s not really. At least she uses a ton of sarcasm.

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Thankfully she is perfectly balanced by Fade , a former supervillain and the first subject of Prisim’s new rehabilitation project. Fade is convinced of his own unredeemableness. And it can be argued that Fade’s self doubt is the real villain of the story. Fade is flawed and has a ton to work through which gives him a very dynamic arc. (He’s the one being “reformed,” in case you missed that connection.)

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Other notable members of the team are Tanvi, and Aiden, who are too cute together. There’s also Keeper (not pictured) who has a Scottish accent and an unhealthy obsession with his cat.

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As for villains, Mymic is a mystery. It was so well strung out and so perfectly paced that it had me guessing their identity right up until the end. They are so twisted in their motivation that when you realize who it is, you will want to go back to the beginning and make sure that all the clues add up. (Don’t waste your time, becasue they do.)

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I love the snarky word play, and the witty banter game is strong with these heroes. If you love marvel movies then the fun one liners mixed with serious drama of Reformed will be sure to please you.

But it’s not all fun and games here; H.L. delivers some serious feels.

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After you read it make sure you tag the author and use #chapter17.

No spoilers, just a warning.

I can not wait to read more from these delightful and kick butt heroes. But I’m just not sure if my emotions can take another #chapter17.

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Oh, what could possibly be in chapter 17? Buy it and find out!

*I was given and electronic ARC for review, all opinions are my own.*

Purchase Book here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B085X8N8FL/

About the book:

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Once a villain, always a villain?

Optimistic and idealistic superhero Prism is determined to redeem her father’s legacy by rebooting his supervillain rehabilitation program. To do so, she sets her sights on Fade, the relapsed supervillain who was the reason the government canceled the original program in the first place. However, when she petitions for Fade to be released into her custody, she finds out things might not be as simple as she thought.

Convicted of an unforgivable crime, Fade received a choice: surrender to trial and possible execution or endure a memory erasure so he could start fresh. Now with no recollection of his time before incarceration, Fade doubts he has the ability to be anything but the villain the public believes him to be.

A series of attacks by a mysterious power-swapping villain points back to Fade’s past and the crime that cost him his freedom and memory. With her father’s legacy and her own reputation on the line, even Prism has to wonder: can a villain truly be reformed?

 

 

73159917_686479901848155_4826111242772938752_nAUTHOR BIO:

Born in a small town in north central Oregon, H. L. Burke spent most of her childhood around trees and farm animals and was always accompanied by a book. Growing up with epic heroes from Middle Earth and Narnia keeping her company, she also became an incurable romantic.

An addictive personality, she jumped from one fandom to another, being at times completely obsessed with various books, movies, or television series (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Star Trek all took their turns), but she has grown to be what she considers a well-rounded connoisseur of geek culture.

Married to her high school crush who is now a US Marine, she has moved multiple times in her adult life but believes that home is wherever her husband, two daughters, and pets are.

She is the author of a four part fantasy/romance series entitled “The Dragon and the Scholar,” the Award Winning (2016 Realm Award for Young Adult Fiction) Nyssa Glass Steampunk series, and MG/Fantasy “Cora and the Nurse Dragon,” among others .

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Links:

Author Site: http://www.hlburkeauthor.com

Author Instagram: www.instagram.com/burkesdragons

Author Twitter: www.twitter.com/hlburkewriter

Author Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hlburkewriter/

Lucid a Dive-in Audiobook Review

So a while ago I let you in on my secret for how I get audiobooks. So I am going to start featuring more audiobooks in addition to the other books I spotlight.

Today I am featuring Lucid by L. E. Fred.

Lucid coverDevon Alexander is a 15 year-old teenager coping with the monotonous reality of his average life. His life receives an interesting reprieve as he has his first realistic dream of a spaceship. The strangest thing about the dream is that he seems to be the only one on board who isn’t in a dream-like trance. Before he can figure out anything about the dream or his strange shipmates, he manages to wake up. The next day, Devon catches a news story about inexplicable comas taking place all over the world. Devon’s life becomes increasingly interesting as he recognizes some of the victims from his spaceship trip.

Devon and an unlikely group of other teens start devising a plan to find out who is behind the strange dreams and the comas. Their plan is not only successful but immerses them in to the fantastical world that only resides in dreams. While in the dream world, the teens learn about the power of teamwork, a new world of culture, and their hidden potential to be heroes.

Suspenseful, funny at the worst times, and just a hint of teenage romance, Lucid takes a group of young adults and throws them into a fantasy world that they only thought could exist in their dreams. In a sense, they’re right.

My Dive in Review:

Lucid by L. E. Fred, asks the question, what if lucid dreaming could transport you to another world?

People all over the world are being trapped in comas. and only Devon knows why. Because every night he dreams of the space ship that is stealing them away. Until one night he meets another Lucid Dreamer.

The build up in this book is amazing, the first half is really good at hyping up the mystery and keeping you guessing at what is really happening. But once you have the answers you realize your only about half way through.

The second half is all action and adventure and ancient prophesy. There is so much going on here. There’s not just running and fighting and creating fantastic things from dreams. There is a whole world that exists on the other-side of consciousness. There’s the Nightmares and the Dreamers, and secrets yet to be discovered.

The ending though is unfinished, this is only the first book in a series. While I wouldn’t call it a cliff hanger, that ending leaves me wanting more.

I was surprised the narrator was a woman, as the main characters are all male. The main male character Devon is fifteen so I guess that was the reasoning. After awhile I forgot the narrator’s gender and just got sucked into the story.

Rebecca Roberts does a great job and she uses variation in her voice for different characters, as all good narrators should.

All together Lucid is an entertaining experience and I look forward to checking out further books in the series.

*I was given a copy of this audio-book via Story Origins for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.*

 

Buy the book on Amazon and check that little box for audio narration here: https://www.amazon.com/Lucid-L-Fred-ebook/dp/B00L96KPNQ/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

LEFredL. E. Fred is a perpetual dreamer who writes about worlds both within and without this realm. With a degree in psychology, she tends to get lost in the mind, the greatest adventure of all. L. E. Fred just returned from a tour of Japan, and hopes to have many more adventures to inspire new tales of dreams and beyond. She currently lives in New Orleans, seated at her messy writing desk with her red furred dog at her feet.

An Irish Tale, Dive in review.

Hello, I hope everyone is surviving the epidemic alright. To get you through your forced isolation I have a book to recommend. And since St. Patrick’s day (Aka, everything is Irish day) is tomorrow, I decided to make it an Irish Tale. This story is a fun fantasy that would be great for kids. But it also has a religious message that I think the real St. Patrick would approve of.

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From the back cover:

This tale is about a boy named Yipson Minor who ends up on the island of Evolone Hills with his father, mother and sister. He doesn’t originate from there, but was given a push by a divine King for a divine purpose.

As a child, Yipson was under the oppression of a wicked kingdom. But once on the island, he uncovers a secret dictionary from an odd professor which leads him on a chain of events of discovery. Is it Yipson’s wild imagination or have some things unreal become real?

In the meantime, his sister, Caycee, makes her own discovery of a secret cave and a golden dragon named Frolick. But, little do they realize that her life is in danger and nothing but a miracle can save her.

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You can buy it on Amazon in ebook paperback or audiobook. My review is of the audiobook version.

https://www.amazon.com/Caycees-Cave-An-Irish-Tale/dp/B07CV2DRPR/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?keywords=caycee%27s+Cave+An+Irish+Tale&qid=1584330256&sr=8-1#mediaMatrix_secondary_view_div_1584330266276

My Dive in Review.

Caycee’s Cave: An Irish Tale, is just that. a very Irish Tale.

While the overall book is connected by the same characters and setting, the overall plot is loose. This is very much a fantasy slice of life story recounting various adventures in a young boy’s life. His life contains dragons, guardian cats, angels, and a professor with a very unique dictionary.

I love the dictionary definitions that sprinkle the book. They give the narrative a very Lemony Snicket feel even though I believe these are made up words.

Each chapter felt like a stand alone story, though a loose plot does run through the narrative giving it a sense of continuity.

As for the narrator, Benjamin Fife does a fantastic job. I do not know if the Irish accent is his own or if he is manifesting one for the production, but it adds a great sense of atmosphere and character to this first person narrative.

*I was given a copy of this story for review purposes. The opinions listed above are my own honest evaluation.*

About the author:

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Holly Szurpicki was born in Detroit, Michigan, the car capital of the world. Although she couldn’t drive yet, her imagination had a way of taking her wherever she dreamed to go. Holly wished one day to be a princess, a park ranger, or an entrepreneur. She states, “Two out of three is not too shabby.”

She is passionate about creating stories, screenplays and writing songs. Holly began writing a manuscript in the year 2001 which laid dormant. Holly focused in on raising her two children and when the year 2008 arrived, she teamed up with a virtual animation studio out of New York. That is when the dream came to life, and the Shorty Bean story became her first novel.
Art and individual creativity have tremendously inspired her throughout her career. Holly possesses visual creativity which takes her to places beyond words to live animation in her mind. Being able to envision her characters and their environments is a true gift, and she recognizes this as supernatural. Despite many tragic circumstances she has faced throughout her life, Holly always maintains a positive attitude and loves to encourage others to pursue their God- given dreams.
Her goal for writing children’s books is to create a safe and wholesome environment for imagination. Holly desires for children to DREAM BIG, and never forget that there is nothing impossible with God.  She believes each one of us has a divine destiny and wants others to never be afraid to pursue their dreams. Holly lives in northern Minnesota with her husband and two children and a water dog named Klause.  She loves the outdoors, photography and fishing, to name a few of her passions.
Check out her website:

www.hollykszurpicki.com

Illusionary Review Tour

Today I am coming to you with a review of a Book I have talked about quite a bit.

(Yes I’m feeling better, and no it was not coronavirus.)

Illusionary by Desiree Williams has been featured on the blog a couple times, once when I interviewed the author and again when I previewed her new cover for the book.

Today I am going to post a review so that you all know how much I loved this book and why you should all read it.

From the back cover:

screenshot_20191117-173510 Dorothy got sucked into a tornado.

Alice fell down a hole.

Wendy flew to Neverland.

Kamryn? She tripped down the stairs.

Now, Kamryn Kensington finds herself in a strange new world. Within minutes of her arrival, she dodges an archer’s arrow and avoids getting sliced up by a cosplay reject holding a dagger to her throat. And that’s before the storyteller’s breath brings stories to life.

Home is the mission—to return to her family and pursue her life’s dream of art and travel. Yet the longer she’s in the Land of Ur, the harder it is not to feel for the people she meets. Even her artistic side can’t help but breathe in the beautiful wonder and magic of this new world. So when the Oracle hands her a different quest, she takes it on the condition he sends her home afterward.

No one thought to warn her of a jealous queen and her dragon minions. Or that, by helping her, the cute storyteller would go crazy. Or that her heart would rip in two when she left. Those would’ve been great facts to know ahead of time.

Considering that nothing in Ur is what it seems, the mission proves to be more than she ever imagined. But more than her own future will be in jeopardy if Kamryn doesn’t succeed.

 Book Links

 Goodreads: https://bit.ly/2KchWpg

 Ebook available at:

Amazon: https://amzn.to/34OTdz0

Barnes & Noble: https://bit.ly/2XeMI6d

Kobo: https://bit.ly/32CK8aX

iBooks: https://books.apple.com/us/book/illusionary/id1207467393

Author Bio

Desiree WilliamsDesiree Williams is a dreamer by day and chocoholic by night. She lives in the beautiful state of Kentucky with her husband and daughter, where she juggles life as a wannabe supermom. Desiree is a lover of food and avoider of dirty dishes. She delights in making people laugh and strives to bring hope and love with her wherever she goes.

You can find out more about Desiree and her books at www.desireewilliamsbooks.com

Author Links

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Dive in review of Illusionary:

First of all this story is a book worms dream. So many references! There is no one book that this riffs but rather it is an ode to all the classics of childhood. Peter Pan, Wizard of Oz, and Alice in Wonderland all get their nod.

screenshot_20191117-173642Kamryn Kensington is a wonderfully relate-able heroine. She may be an adult in years but like many she still struggles with ‘adulting.’ Her passion’s and dreams are taking her in a different direction than her older sister would have her go. Unfortunately, when the two siblings butt heads it’s Kam’s head that takes the hit. Right at the bottom of the stairs. When she wakes up in the land of Ur she has some questions. What she gets is a mission from a very shifty Oracle, but few answers.

Together she and Reese, an all powerful storyteller, set out to rescue the Maker of Ur so hopefully he can send her home. No yellow brick roads here though, this journey takes them all over the map, and deep into places inside themselves that they both would rather avoid.

Reese is amazing, he’s like Peter Pan, but he’s actually responsible. I really liked that his version of the lost boys, could look up to him and count on him to take care of them. Seriously, this guy is a girl’s dream come true, dashing, magical, responsible, and good with kids. He has it all, including a super secret past that he doesn’t talk about and Kam suspects he might not even remember.

Gah! I just want to tell you about the ending but I would never forgive myself if I ruined this book for even one person. Please just go read it already.

I loved the adventure and snark but most of all I loved the message. Adulting is not the same as maturing, and growing up is just an illusion.

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An Unexpected Review

Hey many apologies for the long delayed post. I remember sharing the cover revel for An Unexpected Exploit. But I never came back to tell you what I thought of the story.

This is the third novel in the Myth coast adventure series.

Where to find them:

1 An Unexpected adventure

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

Read my reviews for book one here.

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Book two: An Unexpected Escapade: https://books2read.com/mythcoastadventures2

 

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Book three: An unexpected Exploit: https://books2read.com/mythcoastadventures3

 

From the back cover:

An Unexpected Exploit smallProtect a mythical realm or his family?

 Sixteen-year-old Franklin follows a Sasquatch through a portal to the realm of Shinwano and discovers a world full of mythical creatures he never expected to actually exist. Upon returning to Myrtle Beach, Oregon, he vows to protect the land, not realizing how difficult it will be to keep his promise, especially when a poacher, a NSA agent, and his friends are interested in the portal—and all for different reasons.

 When the poacher threatens his family, Franklin must reconsider his vow to protect this new world to keep his family safe. The consequences of his decision reach further than just a rift in the space-time continuum.

 Can Franklin live up to the trust placed on him and save this new world from an even greater danger?

About the author

Kandi_J_Wyatt_Author Picture 2Even 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.

My Dive in Review:

I felt like this was the best of the books. The children from the first two books don’t save a mythical creature, they save a whole world of them.

That’s right, in this book they cross the rift and get to see the world that these creatures come from.

I loved the world of Shinarwo, despite the fact that the plot was to literally stop a human from destroying and exploiting this magic land, there was no environmental preaching or praising of nature over human interests.

The author writes from an understanding that some humans are bad but there are also humans who will always stand up to evil and work to stop it.

Humans like agent Raleigh, he’s my favorite character. Dispute starting out as a pseudo villain in the first book. He’s a government agent who does exactly what a government agent should do, Work with and not against the citizens of his county. He’s also a great way to have “adult supervision” for the young protagonists without having a nervous parent hovering around.

*I was given a pre-release copy of this book for review purposes and was under no coercion to leave a favorable review or to even review. The opinions expressed here are my own and are given willingly and honestly.*

Ice and Fate a Double dive in review.

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Hey there, it’s been a bit so I’m writing to let you know about an awesome series of books I’ve read.

Some of you may have noticed that I absolutely love novels by author H.L. Burke. They are so full of magic and adventure that you completely forget that most of them are romances.

Her newest release is a two book series about a world that is half sunlight and half eternal night. It’s magical adventure and thrilling romance as two young people try to find they’re place in the world. i have included the info for both books below along with my review for each.

To save a kingdom, she must lose her heart.

DOSBOI coverBorn a princess in a land where the sun never sets, Arynne longs for the freedom to use her inborn magic. When an emissary from the dark side of the world requests an alliance sealed by marriage, Arynne jumps at a chance to escape the rules of her homeland, even if it means marrying a prince she’s never met and never seeing the sun again.

The starlit kingdom of Frorheim believes that only a marriage of a Solean Sun Princess to their Star Prince will thwart the return of a feared sorcerer. Arynne meets the qualifications, but the journey is perilous. Even more dangerous to Arynne, however, is her growing attraction to the roguish Frorian soldier, Kajik.

In the throes of true love, Arynne rues her betrothal to the unknown prince. Can she follow her heart knowing that if she forsakes her vow, Frorheim is doomed, and herself along with it?

Buy it on Amazon. Also available in kindle unlimited

Dive in review:

Daughter of Sun Bride of Ice is a unique new fantasy from author H. L. Burke.

The best way I can think of to describe it is magic Vikings need an African princess for a magic wedding ceremony. Much magic happens and much danger and true love makes things a bit sticky. Also there are cat owls so you can’t go wrong there.

I loved the character of Arynne. She is a strong woman who isn’t afraid to speak up and stand her ground. But at the same time she isn’t completely confident. She has doubts and failings, which too many strong heroines lack. Yes to strong women but they need to be human too. Arynne was the perfect mixture of strong yet human.

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Warning! The blurb for book 2 may have potential spoilers for book one.

Obviously if you skip the blurb, skip my review.

To save her life, he must forfeit his own.

POSSOF coverPrince Kajik of Frorheim has known all his life that he was a mistake. The second, unwanted son of a cold and calculating king, Kay’s birth was accompanied by a dire prophecy, that he would bring about the return of the dreaded sorcerer Athan and therefore cause his kingdom’s destruction. When Kay falls in love with the intended bride of his beloved brother, Olyn, his father finally has cause to be rid of him. Banishing Kay from their home upon pain of death, the king proclaims that the Princess Arynne will marry Olyn and unite the kingdom against Athan.Kay is determined to accept his lonely fate to protect those he loves from Athan’s dark magic. However, when he learns that Arynne is in danger, everything within him yearns to save her … even if such an action will cost his life.

Buy it on Amazon. Also available in Kindle Unlimited.

Dive in review:

Prince of Stars, Son of Fate is an emotional rollercoaster. It is also a sequel to Daughter of sun Bride of Ice, please read DOSBOI first or the emotional ride will be derailed.

This book focuses on Kay, the unwanted second son of most evil father ever written. Seriously, Vader is a good parent by comparison.

Poor Kay is in a bad place, to the point where the main villain tries to talk him into suicide and he almost considers it. But Kay is made of stronger stuff and he also has the love of a strong girl.

Characters like Kay are why I read. When everything is stacked against them and they want to give up, they keep going. They fight through the challenges and all for the hope that there’s a better ending waiting for them at the finish.

About the author:

heidi-107Born in a small town in north central Oregon, H. L. Burke spent most of her childhood around trees and farm animals and was always accompanied by a book. Growing up with epic heroes from Middle Earth and Narnia keeping her company, she also became an incurable romantic.

An addictive personality, she jumped from one fandom to another, being at times completely obsessed with various books, movies, or television series (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Star Trek all took their turns), but she has grown to be what she considers a well-rounded connoisseur of geek culture.

Married to her high school crush who is now a US Marine, she has moved multiple times in her adult life but believes that home is wherever her husband, two daughters, and pets are.

 Social Media Links:

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/hlburkewriter/

Facebook Reader Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/hlburkereaders/

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