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**Awesome Blog** Tempest: All-New Tales of Valdemar (Tales of Valdemar #10) Anthology Edited by Mercedes Lackey (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 Tempest

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Title: **Awesome Blog** Tempest: All-New Tales of Valdemar (Tales of Valdemar #10) 

Author: Edited by Mercedes Lackey  

Published Date: December 6th 2016

Genre: Fantasy / Anthology

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

Synopsis

Twenty-four authors ride with Mercedes Lackey to her magical land of Valdemar, adding their own unique voices to the Heralds, Bards, Healers, and other heroes of this beloved fantasy realm.
The Heralds of Valdemar are the kingdom s ancient order of protectors. They are drawn from all across the land, from all walks of life, and at all ages and all are Gifted with abilities beyond those of normal men and women. They are Mindspeakers, FarSeers, Empaths, ForeSeers, Firestarters, FarSpeakers, and more. These inborn talents combined with training as emissaries, spies, judges, diplomats, scouts, counselors, warriors, and more make them indispensable to their monarch and realm. Sought and Chosen by mysterious horse-like Companions, they are bonded for life to these… Continue reading

**Awesome Blog** – Of Sand and Malice Made (Song of Shattered Sands) by Bradley P. Beaulieu (Review by Gladys – #NerdGirlOfficial)

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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 Gladys’s thoughts on Of Sand and Malice Made

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Title:  Of Sand and Malice Made (Song of Shattered Sands)

Author: Bradley P. Beaulieu

Published Date:  September 6th 2016

Genre: Dark Fantasy

Rating:

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

Synopsis

Çeda, the heroine of the widely anticipated, just-released novel Twelve Kings in Sharakhai, is the youngest pit fighter in the history of the great desert city of Sharakhai. In this prequel, she has already made her name in the arena as the fearsome, undefeated White Wolf; none but her closest friends and allies know her true identity.

But this all changes when she crosses the path of Rümayesh, an ehrekh, a sadistic creature forged long ago by the god of chaos. The ehrekh are usually desert dwellers, but this one lurks in the dark corners of Sharakhai, toying with and preying on humans. As Rümayesh works to unmask the White Wolf and claim Çeda for her own, Çeda’s struggle becomes… Continue reading

**Awesome Blog** Moon Chosen: Tales of a New World by P. C. Cast (Review by Gladys – #NerdGirlOfficial)

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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 Gladys’s thoughts on Moon Chosen: Tales of a New World 

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Title: Moon Chosen: Tales of a New World 

Author:  P. C. Cast

Published Date: October 18th 2016

Genre: Epic Fantasy

Rating:

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

Synopsis

#1 New York Times bestselling author of the House of Night series, P.C. Cast, brings us a new epic fantasy set in a world where humans, their animal allies, and the earth itself has been drastically changed. A world filled with beauty and danger and cruelty…

Mari is an Earth Walker, heir to the unique healing powers of her Clan; but she has cast her duties aside, until she is chosen by a special animal ally, altering her destiny forever. When a deadly attack tears her world apart, Mari reveals the strength of her powers and the forbidden secret of her dual nature as she embarks on a mission to save her people. It is not until Nik, the son… Continue reading

**Awesome Blog** Ross Poldark (Poldark, #1) by Winston Graham (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 Ross Poldark

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Title: Ross Poldark (Poldark, #1) 

Author:  Winston Graham

Published Date: June 9th 2015

Genre: Historical

Rating:

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Synopsis

In the first novel in Winston Graham’s hit series, a weary Ross Poldark returns to England from war, looking forward to a joyful homecoming with his beloved Elizabeth. But instead he discovers his father has died, his home is overrun by livestock and drunken servants, and Elizabeth—believing Ross to be dead—is now engaged to his cousin. Ross has no choice but to start his life anew.

Thus begins the Poldark series, a heartwarming, gripping saga set in the windswept landscape of Cornwall. With an unforgettable cast of characters that spans loves, lives, and generations, this extraordinary masterwork from Winston Graham is a story you will never forget.

 

***Some  Adult Situations. Caution Advised***
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***Melanie – #NerdGirlVamp’s  Review***
I love Poldark, both the original, and the new TV incarnations, and so I felt I needed to go back to where it all began… Continue reading

**Awesome Blog** Heartstone by Elle Katharine White (Review by Melanie V””V #NerdGirlVamp)

Title: Heartstone

Author: Elle Katharine White 

Published Date: January 17th 2017

Genre: Historical Fantasy

Rating:

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

Synopsis

A debut historical fantasy that recasts Jane Austen’s beloved Pride and Prejudice in an imaginative world of wyverns, dragons, and the warriors who fight alongside them against the monsters that threaten the kingdom: gryphons, direwolves, lamias, banshees, and lindworms

They say a Rider in possession of a good blade must be in want of a monster to slay—and Merybourne Manor has plenty of monsters.

Passionate, headstrong Aliza Bentaine knows this all too well; she’s already lost one sister to the invading gryphons. So when Lord Merybourne hires a band of Riders to hunt down the horde, Aliza is relieved her home will soon be safe again.

Her relief is short-lived. With the arrival of the haughty and handsome dragonrider, Alastair Daired, Aliza expects a battle; what she doesn’t expect is a romantic clash of wills, pitting words and wit against the pride of an ancient house. Nor does she anticipate the mystery that follows them from Merybourne Manor, its roots running deep as the foundations of the kingdom… Continue reading

#AwesomeBlog – Nine of Stars by Laura Bickle – Book Blitz & Q&A

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Winter has always been a deadly season in Temperance, but this time, there’s more to fear than just the cold…

From critically acclaimed author Laura Bickle comes the first novel in the Wildlands series

As the daughter of an alchemist, Petra Dee has faced all manner of occult horrors – especially since her arrival in the small town of Temperance, Wyoming. But she can’t explain the creature now stalking the backcountry of Yellowstone, butchering wolves and leaving only their skins behind in the snow. Rumors surface of the return of Skinflint Jack, a nineteenth-century wraith that kills in fulfillment of an ancient bargain.

The new sheriff in town, Owen Rutherford, isn’t helping matters. He’s a dangerously haunted man on the trail of both an unsolved case and a fresh kill – a bizarre murder leading him right to Petra’s partner Gabriel. And while Gabe once had little to fear from the mortal world, he’s all too human now. This time, when violence hits close to home, there are no magical solutions.

It’s up to Petra and her coyote sidekick Sig to get ahead of both Owen and the unnatural being hunting them all – before the trail turns deathly cold.

Releasing Dec 27th, 2016

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**Awesome Blog** Nine of Stars by Laura Bickle (ARC 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 Nine of Stars

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Title: Nine of Stars 

Author: Laura Bickle 

Published Date: Expected – December 27th 2016

Genre: Fantasy

Rating:

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

Synopsis

Winter is the most deadly season in Temperance. And it’s not just because of the fierce cold. Evil is stalking the backcountry of Yellowstone, killing wolves and leaving only their skins behind.

As the snow deepens, Geologist Petra Dee is staring her own death in the face, while former Hanged Man Gabriel struggles with his abrupt transition back to mortality. The ravens and the rest of the Hanged Men are gone, and there are no magical solutions to Petra’s illness or Gabriel’s longing for what he’s lost…and what he stands to lose now.

Meanwhile, there’s a new sheriff in town. Sheriff Owen Rutherford has inherited the Rutherford ranch and the remnants of the Alchemical Tree of Life. He’s also a dangerously haunted man, and his investigation of… Continue reading

#IndyAuthorTalk – Evermore by Alexandra Lee

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    The Era of Dawn Series has been in the making for ten years. I am happy to say that I know where the series will go and how it will inevitably end. I have written many other stories and conjured up numerous ideas along the way. At this point in time, I don’t have plans to go back and finish old stories, though it is possible I could in the future.

All my stories include mythology in one way or another. For Era of Dawn, it was vampires, but I have written stories on everything from dragons to mermaids. When I was younger, I simply loved writing captivating tales of people and fantastical creatures. As an adult, I’ve come to realize I can create complex worlds and stories. I also love to add an element of psychology to my stories to change how we perceive the world.

When it comes to my writing process for the Era of Dawn series, it can be as simple as putting on the right song. I have a vague idea in my mind of what will happen in every book. This is something that tends to happen with my longer stories as I develop them. For shorter stories and single books, such as my romance novel, Melody of the Sea, it’s a little more complicated. I love to look at art, especially on DeviantArt. I will search through many pictures until one just sticks out at me. It plagues my mind while I decide what element of mythology to write about. After enough research on the creature or place, the story just begins to come together. I always listen to music when I write, which helps keep my mind grounded in the world. Lastly, I type up as many details of the story and world as I can, even if I don’t use them all. Though none of my stories take place in a real setting, I do my best to make them feel real. I’ve yet to travel the world; perhaps one day it’ll feel like home to someone.

For me, writing has always been like watching a movie, only I am the actress, director, producer, and screenwriter, and it’s the most incredible feeling.

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#AwesomeBlog – The Fate of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #3) by Erika Johansen (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 Fate of the Tearling

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Title: The Fate of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #3) 

Author:  Erika Johansen

Published Date: November 29th 2016

Genre: YA Fantasy

Rating:

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

Synopsis

“Katniss Everdeen, you have competition.”—Entertainment Weekly

The thrilling conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Tearling trilogy.

In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has transformed from a gawky teenager into a powerful monarch. As she has come into her own as the Queen of the Tearling, the headstrong, visionary leader has also transformed her realm. In her quest to end corruption and restore justice, she has made many enemies—including the evil Red Queen, her fiercest rival, who has set her armies against the Tear.

To protect her people from a devastating invasion, Kelsea did the unthinkable—she gave herself and her magical sapphires to her enemy—and named the Mace, the trusted head of her personal guards, regent… Continue reading

***Awesome Blog *** The Invasion of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #2) by Erika Johansen (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 Invasion of the Tearling 

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Title: The Invasion of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #2)

Author:  Erika Johansen

Published Date:  June 9th 2015

Genre: YA High Fantasy

Rating:

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

Synopsis

With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighboring kingdom of Mortmesne, she crossed the Red Queen, a brutal ruler whose power derives from dark magic, who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion.

But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing, and she finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime. The fate of… Continue reading

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