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**Awesome Blog** The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski (Review by Stephenee – #NerdGirlSteph)

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As you know from time to time we will share with you some reviews or musings from the “Non Indie” world so here are Stephenee’s  thoughts on The Wood

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Title:  The Wood 

Author: Chelsea Bobulski 

Published Date: August 1st 2017

Genre: YA

Rating:

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***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***

Synopsis

After her father goes missing in the woods that they protect, Winter tries to seek the truth in what happened, why the wood is changing, and what it all has to do with the arrival of a mysterious stranger in this thrilling YA debut.

When Winter’s dad goes missing during his nightly patrol of the wood, it falls to her to patrol the time portals and protect the travelers who slip through them. Winter can’t help but think there’s more to her dad’s disappearance than she’s being told.

She soon finds a young man traveling in the wood named Henry who knows more than he should. He believes if they can work together to find his missing parents, they could discover the truth about Winter’s dad.

The wood is poisoned, changing into… Continue reading

Hallowread #IndyAuthorTalk with Jean Murray!

Jean Murray – Paranormal Romance Author

Which is better romance or bro-mance?

Often my favorite story isn’t so much the romantic relationship between the hero and heroine. No, it’s the love-hate relationship between the opposition. You know the dynamic I’m talking about. The preoccupation lending to eventual obsession. It’s more than just a battle between good and evil—it’s personal.

Thor and Loki. Harry Potter and Voldemort. Superman and Lex Luther. Captain Kirk and Khan. Batman and the Joker. Care to name a few of your own? I’m sure a few dysfunctional relationships come to mind.

What makes these bro-mances between enemies so great? They have a vestige interest in making each other suffer. A level of obsession and sickness that gets stronger with each passing day the other draws life into their body. A hatred certainly, but also a mutual, I can’t quite say respect, but something equivalent to it. Otherwise they wouldn’t find each other to be a worthy opponent. Perhaps, they are more alike than they would like to admit or see those same very qualities in themselves yet one is successful and the other is not.

Core beliefs and internalized values are the very essence of a bro-mance relationship. Core values influence how the hero and enemy see the world, their wants, needs, relationships, and their health and happiness. Often the other threaten this way of life. These are the key ingredients that pull the two together but also repels them.

In my novel, Soul Awakened, two brothers are at odds. One was birthed, the other created by the blood of Asar, God of the Underworld. At odds from the beginning Bomani and Bakari have lived vastly different lives. Born into the warrior camp Bomani fought for survival day in and day out. Born into a life a luxury Bakari has darker ambitions to gain his power through treachery and deceit, until the fateful day he is captured by their enemies, entombed and tortured for five long years. A beautiful redhead draws him to the light, a path of redemption. The only thing that stand between him and Kendra is his honorable brother, Bomani who will see to his end.

The dynamic between these two was so amazing to write and probably the hardest. Their story is a true bro-mance in the most delectably evil and twisted way.

What is your favorite enemy bro-mance? Share your favorite as a comment here or on my Facebook Page and enter to win an ebook copy of Soul Awakened, book 2 in my Key to the Cursed Series!

THE HUMAN REALM, HIS BATTLEFIELD.

Asar, the Egyptian God of the Underworld, has been tortured and left soulless by a malevolent goddess, relegating him to consume the very thing he was commissioned to protect. Human souls. Now an empty shell of hatred, Asar vows to kill the goddess and anyone involved in her release, but fate crosses his path with a beautiful blonde huntress who has a soul too sweet to ignore.

DEADLY SECRETS BETTER LEFT UNEARTHED.

Lilly, fearless commander of the Nehebkau huntresses, is the only thing standing in the way of the goddess’ undead army unleashing hell on earth. But Lilly has a secret—one she is willing to sell her soul to keep. If the Underworld god discovers her role in the dig that released the goddess, she will lose everything, including his heart.

Start your journey with the Gods of the Underworld today because book 1 is only 99 cents until August 31st!

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**Awesome Blog** Remembrance (The Mediator, #7) by Meg Cabot (Review by Cianna – #NerdGirlSunshine)

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As you know from time to time we will share with you some reviews or musings from the “Non Indie” world so here are Cianna’s  thoughts on Remembrance

Melanie V””V #NerdGirlVamp

Title:  Remembrance (The Mediator, #7)  

Author: Meg Cabot 

Published Date: February 2nd 2016

Genre: Horror

Rating:

1 star1 star1 star1 star1 star

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***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***

Synopsis

The highly anticipated return of Meg Cabot’s bestselling Mediator series featuring fan-favorite ghost whisperer Susannah Simon

You can take the boy out of the darkness.
But you can’t take the darkness out of the boy.

All Susannah Simon wants is to make a good impression at her first job since graduating from college (and since becoming engaged to Dr. Jesse de Silva). But when she’s hired as a guidance counselor at her alma mater, she stumbles across a decade-old murder, and soon ancient history isn’t all that’s coming back to haunt her. Old ghosts as well as new ones are coming out of the woodwork, some to test her, some to vex her, and it isn’t only because she’s a mediator, gifted with second sight.

What happens when old ghosts come… Continue reading

**Awesome Blog** The Half-Drowned King by Linnea Hartsuyker (Review by Melanie V””V – #NerdGirlVamp)

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As you know from time to time we will share with you some reviews or musings from the “Non Indie” world so here are my thoughts on Grave Ransom.

Melanie V””V #NerdGirlVamp

 

Title: The Half-Drowned King

Author: Linnea Hartsuyker

Published Date: August 1st 2017

Genre: Epic Fantasy

Rating:

1 star1 star1 star1 star1 star

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***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***

Synopsis

Since the death of Ragnvald Eysteinsson’s father in battle, he has worked hard to protect his sister Svanhild and planned to inherit his family’s land when he comes of age. But when the captain of his ship tries to kill him on the way home from a raiding excursion, he must confront his stepfather’s betrayal, and find a way to protect his birthright. It is no easy feat in Viking-Age Norway, where a hundred petty rulers kill over parcels of land, and a prophesied high king is rising.

But where Ragnvald is expected to bleed, and even die, for his honour, Svanhild is simply expected to marry well. It’s not a fate she relishes, and when the chance to leave her stepfather’s cruelty comes at the hand of her brother’s arch-rival, Svanhild is… Continue reading

**Awesome Blog** Grave Ransom (Alex Craft #5) by Kalayna Price (Review by Melanie V””V – #NerdGirlVamp)

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As you know from time to time we will share with you some reviews or musings from the “Non Indie” world so here are my thoughts on Grave Ransom.

Melanie V””V #NerdGirlVamp

 

Title: Grave Ransom (Alex Craft #5) 

Author: Kalayna Price

Published Date: July 4th 2017

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Rating:

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***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***

Synopsis

In the thrilling fifth book in the USA Today bestselling Alex Craft series, Alex comes face to face with the walking dead.

Grave witch Alex Craft is no stranger to the dead talking. She raises shades, works with ghosts, and is dating Death himself. But the dead walking? That’s not supposed to happen. And yet, reanimated corpses are committing crimes across Nekros City.

Alex’s investigation leads her deep into a web of sinister magic. When Briar Darque of the Magical Crimes Investigation Bureau gets involved, Alex finds herself with an unexpected ally of sorts. But as the dead continue to rise and wreak havoc on the living, can Alex get to the soul of the matter in time?

 

***Adult Warning – May Contain Graphic Sex, Strong Language, Or Adult… Continue reading

**Awesome Blog** Grave Visions (Alex Craft #4) by Kalayna Price (Review by Melanie V””V – #NerdGirlVamp)

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As you know from time to time we will share with you some reviews or musings from the “Non Indie” world so here are my thoughts on Grave Visions

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Title: Grave Visions (Alex Craft #4) 

Author: Kalayna Price 

Published Date: February 2nd 2016

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Rating:

1 star1 star1 star1 star

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***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***

Synopsis

Grave Visions by Kalayna Price is the much-anticipated fourth installment in the kick-ass urban fantasy series about Alex Craft, a grave witch who can communicate with the dead.

If you want to hear voices from the dead in Nekros City, you call Alex Craft. She’s a Grave Witch with reasonable rates and extraordinary powers, who specializes in revealing the secrets of the dead. But now she’s the one fighting to keep her own secret. She’s not human—and her newly discovered heritage is causing havoc for her both in the human realm and in Faerie. But her status as an unaffiliated fae also makes her an ideal candidate to investigate a new street drug that has surfaced in several of the spaces between the human and fae… Continue reading

**Awesome Blog** The Carnelian Crow (Stoker & Holmes, #4) by Colleen Gleason (Review by Melanie V””V #NerdGirlVamp)

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As you know from time to time we will share with you some reviews or musings from the “Non Indie” world so here are my thoughts on The Carnelian Crow

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Title: The Carnelian Crow (Stoker & Holmes, #4) 

Author: Colleen Gleason

Published Date: July 11th 2017

Genre:  YA Steampunk

Rating:

1 star1 star1 star1 star1 star

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***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***

Synopsis

 Ever since the debacle of the Chess Queen Enigma, Mina Holmes and Evaline Stoker have laid low, trying to settle back into their quiet lives as young ladies of London. But the Holmesian deductive abilities won’t remain dormant for long, and when Mina receives a strange package from a winged, midnight visitor, she is catapulted into a new, dangerous adventure: the search for The Carnelian Crow.

Meanwhile, Evaline has received some very disturbing news–news that will change her life forever. Along with that unpleasant knowledge is the strange disappearance of her nemesis, the disreputable pickpocket Pix.

When it becomes clear the arch-villainess the Ankh has made her next move, it will take all of Mina’s Holmesian ingenuity and Evaline’s courage and determination to stop the… Continue reading

Hallowread Attending Author Exclusive with Kim Alexander!

You’d think after co-producing Sirius XM Book Radio for over 5 years, listening to hundreds of hours of audio, and interviewing both authors and voice actors, I’d be better equipped to have one of my own books turned into audio. You’d be mistaken!

I love audio books. I guess I’m not alone–Audible is setting the world on fire these days, and voice actors and authors are lining up at the ACX website to meet n’ greet and make connections. That’s how I found my actor, William Turbett. I posted my audition script–which included multiple human and non- human characters acting bitchy at a cocktail party–and he killed it. We agreed on terms, and he got to work.

(I should also mention my novel, The Sand Prince, is epic fantasy and typically for the genre runs about 120,000 words, which in the end came out to about 12 hours. That is a BIG commitment on the part of the actor, so when he tells me he loved the book, I hope he means it!)

I’ve listened to many, many audio books, but until this spring, I’d never heard my own words–my characters, who I love fiercely and protectively–my jokes, my sex scenes, my murders–I’d never heard them out loud. And it was an experience! The jokes landed! Tense scenes were absolutely fraught! It was subtle and funny and made sense. And the emotion was turned up to eleven.

Writing a book is usually an intensely personal act. This is a world of your own creation, peopled with characters you bring to life. They turn into so much more than puppets acting out scenes–they have decisions and interior lives of their own, they love and hate and act sometimes (it seems) without any input from the writer. I was trepidatious to say the least to turn my darlings over to someone else. Would William understand why Rhuun is so defensive? Or why Hellne is a great queen but an indifferent mother? Would he be able to pronounce words in the Eriisai dialect which until now have only lived in my head?

He did all those things, and more. To hear them interact, laugh, cry, insult and sometimes be kind to each other was something like a miracle. So now my story of two worlds–torn apart by war and betrayal yet inexorably linked by magic and love is now yours to listen to. I hope you love it, too.

“When the storm came, it was made of magic, not rain, and when it had passed, the life and the city Hellne knew were changed forever.”

Two worlds, divided by a door.

On the war-ravaged demon world of Eriis, Hellne, the fierce young queen, fights to keep her people alive…

On the green and gentle human world of Mistra, the demons have faded into myth. Only a handful of old men and children still guard The Door between the worlds…

Rhuun, the Prince of Eriis, uncovers a forgotten book written by a human, sparking an obsession with the other world. When he is forced to flee Eriis, he must escape through The Door or pay the price in blood.

The humans of Mistra are not what Rhuun was expecting—and one insufferable young woman in particular is about to find out that the demons of Eriis are not mythological after all…

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**Awesome Blog** Omens (Cainsville #1) by Kelley Armstrong (Review by Melanie V””V – #NerdGirlVamp)

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As you know from time to time we will share with you some reviews or musings from the “Non Indie” world so here are my thoughts on Omens.

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Title: Omens (Cainsville #1)

Author: Kelley Armstrong

Published Date: April 13th 2013

Genre: Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Mystery

Rating:

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Synopsis

Twenty-four-year-old Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy, prominent Chicago family, she has an Ivy League education, pursues volunteerism and philanthropy, and is engaged to a handsome young tech firm CEO with political ambitions.

But Olivia’s world is shattered when she learns that she’s adopted. Her real parents? Todd and Pamela Larsen, notorious serial killers serving a life sentence. When the news brings a maelstrom of unwanted publicity to her adopted family and fiancé, Olivia decides to find out the truth about the Larsens.

Olivia ends up in the small town of Cainsville, Illinois, an old and cloistered community that takes a particular interest in both Olivia and her efforts to uncover her birth parents’ past.

Aided by her mother’s former lawyer, Gabriel Walsh, Olivia focuses on the Larsens’ last crime, the one her birth mother swears… Continue reading

**Awesome Blog** Welcome to Night Vale (Night Vale #1) by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor (Review by Melanie V””V – #NerdGirlVamp)

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As you know from time to time we will share with you some reviews or musings from the “Non Indie” world so here are my thoughts on Welcome to Night Vale 

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Title: Welcome to Night Vale (Night Vale #1)

Author: Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor 

Published Date: October 20th 2015

Genre: Science Fiction / Fantasy

Rating:

1 star1 star1 star1 star

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***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***

Synopsis

From the creators of the wildly popular Welcome to Night Valepodcast comes an imaginative mystery of appearances and disappearances that is also a poignant look at the ways in which we all struggle to find ourselves…no matter where we live.

Located in a nameless desert somewhere in the great American Southwest, Night Vale is a small town where ghosts, angels, aliens, and government conspiracies are all commonplace parts of everyday life. It is here that the lives of two women, with two mysteries, will converge.

Nineteen-year-old Night Vale pawn shop owner Jackie Fierro is given a paper marked “King City” by a mysterious man in a tan jacket holding a deer skin suitcase. Everything about him… Continue reading

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