COVER REVEAL: The Queen and the Cure by Amy Harmon

This story is one of my most anticipated reads of 2017! Not only am I in love with this cover (props to Hang Le!), but the blurb as well. I cannot wait for more from this brilliant world and author.

The Bird and the Sword Chronicles Book Two

Release Date: May 9, 2017

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There will be a battle, and you will need to protect your heart.

Kjell of Jeru had always known who he was. He’d never envied his brother or wanted to be king. He was the bastard son of the late King Zoltev and a servant girl, and the ignominy of his birth had never bothered him.

But there is more to a man than his parentage. More to a man than his blade, his size, or his skills, and all that Kjell once knew has shifted and changed. He is no longer simply Kjell of Jeru, a warrior defending the crown. Now he is a healer, one of the Gifted, and a man completely at odds with his power.

Called upon to rid the country of the last vestiges of the Volgar, Kjell stumbles upon a woman who has troubling glimpses of the future and no memory of the past. Armed with his unwanted gift and haunted by regret, Kjell becomes a reluctant savior, beset by old enemies and new expectations. With the woman by his side, Kjell embarks upon a journey where the greatest test may be finding the man she believes him to be.

 

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One of my Top Favorites of 2016

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♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦

Amy Harmon is a Wall Street JournalUSA Today, and New York Times Bestselling author. Amy knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Her books are now being published in fifteen different languages, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Levan, Utah.

Amy Harmon has written eleven novels — the USA Today Bestsellers, The Bird and The Sword, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as From Sand and Ash, The Law of Moses, The Song of David, Infinity + One, and the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue. Her recent release, The Bird and the Sword, is a Goodreads Best Fantasy of 2016 finalist.

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TOP REC & REVIEW: The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon

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Swallow, Daughter, pull them in, those words that sit upon your lips. Lock them deep inside your soul, hide them ‘til they’ve time to grow. Close your mouth upon the power, curse not, cure not, ‘til the hour. You won’t speak and you won’t tell, you won’t call on heav’n or hell. You will learn and you will thrive. Silence, Daughter. Stay alive.

The day my mother was killed, she told my father I wouldn’t speak again, and she told him if I died, he would die too. Then she predicted the king would trade his soul and lose his son to the sky.

My father has a claim to the throne, and he is waiting in the shadows for all of my mother’s words to come to pass. He wants desperately to be king, and I just want to be free.

But freedom will require escape, and I’m a prisoner of my mother’s curse and my father’s greed. I can’t speak or make a sound, and I can’t wield a sword or beguile a king. In a land purged of enchantment, love might be the only magic left, and who could ever love . . . a bird?

 

♦6-STAR REVIEW♦

It takes quite a bit for a book to wow me, and THE BIRD AND THE SWORD managed to rip the words straight from me. It is wholly an immersive experience the way that Harmon’s stunning and cajoling writing puts a reader under her spell, and it isn’t something that is experienced often. I haven’t read every Harmon book–yet–but even I can tell when a writer has managed to find their stride and the story that catapults their written word to something more, something spectacular. I hate the word epic but there are situations that warrant it and this one of them; this fantastically epic fantasy is one of the best I’ve ever experienced. And the experience is where it’s centered and I won’t take away from that by giving anything away.

Set in a world with Gifted individuals, who’re both wanted and ridiculed at the same time, our heroine lives a mute life in a land where pawns are an ever-present existence to battle power and greed. Our heroine may be unable to speak, but everything about her is louder than words could ever be. Her strength came from her heart, from her ability to power forward in the most unlikely of situations. Her story is one of pure beauty. I honestly cannot come up with words to fully describe how captivated I was by both her character and the unbelievable story she was given. The world and its players were distinct and profound; each touching the reader as if they were real. Each circling around our heroine, giving her another layer to be discovered. The unlikely but awe-inspiring love story that found her, which consistently warmed me and left me breathless, is something even words cannot describe.

The beauty lies in the romance. Not just of the actual romance (that is something entirely beautiful on its own), but in the words, the world, and the relationships that Harmon wrote so poetically. I didn’t want it to end and yet I couldn’t put it down in order to make it last longer. I could only read faster, more voraciously, because the story was getting richer and more fast-paced with each page turn. THE BIRD AND THE SWORD was an alluring and addictive read that I would recommend to everyone regardless of if fantasy interests them or not. You’ll know in the first page that this is something amazing because that’s all that it took me, and I truly wish I could experience it for the first time again.

 

♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦

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Amy Harmon is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and New York Times Bestselling author. Amy knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Her books are now being published in thirteen different languages, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Levan, Utah.

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BLOG TOUR w/ REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Blood of the Prophet by Kat Ross

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Fourth Element #2; Not a standalone

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

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Visionary. Alchemist. Savior. Saint.

The Prophet Zarathustra has been called many things. Now he spends his time drawing pictures of weird-looking goats. That’s what happens when you’ve been stuck in a prison cell for two hundred years. But the man who might be mad, and is definitely supposed to be dead, has suddenly become very valuable again…

It’s only been a few weeks since Nazafareen escaped the King’s dungeons with her daēva, Darius. She hoped never to set foot in the empire again, but the search for the Prophet has led them to the ancient city of Karnopolis. They have to find him before Alexander of Macydon burns Persepolae, and Darius’s mother with it. But they’re not the only ones looking.

The necromancer Balthazar has his own plans for the Prophet, and so does the sinister spymaster of the Numerators. As Nazafareen is drawn in to a dangerous game of cat and mouse, her newfound powers take a decidedly dark turn. Only the Prophet understands the secret of her gift, but the price of that knowledge may turn out to be more than Nazafareen is willing to pay…

 

♦5-STAR REVIEW♦

I thought book one was an epic adventure filled with excitement and twists and turns, but BLOOD OF THE PROPHET comes in with double all of that – except now instead of non-stop action there’s a heck of a lot of intrigue and plotting and working of the system. It is, absolutely, a crazy, intense ride of a story that continues Nazafareen’s story. I couldn’t have imagined this second book living up to the level that the first one did, but I was (thankfully) oh so very wrong.

Not only do we get back into Nazafareen’s head again, this time we delve into multiple sides of the story, winding and weaving as it goes, all creating a much more intricate and deeply woven tale. These added elements, along with the time constraint against our group of characters, adds to the excitement making this edge-of-your-seat book become doubly so. There are are a small amount of moments where you may have to reread just to fully understand (there’s a heck of a lot of information), but aside from that it’s easy and fast reading, if only because you have to know what happens right this second.

I really don’t have words for how utterly captivating this story has been and how much this second installment shot this series through the roof. Ms. Ross masterfully pens a fantastical series with a flawed but brave heroine and a ragtag group of heroes that sometimes skirt the line, but always end up finding the right avenue. The beautiful, growing love story between Nazafareen and her daeva, Darius, continues to grow and flourish and accents the tale so nicely. I was blown away by where this story has taken us and how well Ross has led us through it, and I am greatly looking forward to the rest of it. Like, right now – I need it!

 

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Kat Ross worked as a journalist at the United Nations for ten years before happily falling back into what she likes best: making stuff up. She lives in Westchester with her kid and a few sleepy cats. Kat is also the author of the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day (Skyscape, 2014), about a world where the sea levels have risen sixty meters. She loves magic, monsters and doomsday scenarios. Preferably with mutants.

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BLOG TOUR w/ REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Midnight Soul by Kristen Ashley

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Fantasyland Book Five; Not a standalone

Release Date: August 15, 2016

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Against his will, Noctorno Hawthorne, an undercover vice cop, finds himself embroiled in magic, mayhem and parallel universes. Too late, he meets an amazing woman only to find she’s destined for his identical twin in another world.

And things aren’t going real great there.

Noc is recruited to help save that world.

What he doesn’t know is his destined love resides there.

Franka Drakkar wears a mask. A mask she never takes off to protect herself in a world of malice, intrigue and danger.

When Franka meets Noc and he discovers her secrets, convinced she carries a midnight soul, having shielded herself from forming bonds with anyone, she struggles with accepting his tenderness and care.

When Noc meets Franka, over wine and whiskey, her mask slips and Noc knows it’s her—only her—and he has to find a way to get her to come home with him.

And then make her want to stay.

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MIDNIGHT SOUL is full of beauty. Beauty of character, of love, of strength, and of happily ever afters. There is an abundance of resilience woven deep into the heart of the story that it becomes more than just a love story. Kristen Ashley again transports the reader into this fantastical series, starting nearly where the last ended. Throughout, it maintains the same whimsical feeling and hope for one true love that the rest have spectacularly delivered on. With lyrical prose and fleshed-out characters, we immediately see the beauty that is Franka and Noc.

What you expect from Franka is not what you will get; she is diamond to be mined, waiting to be set free. KA beautifully spins her story, taking us into the heartbreaking journey of one very brave woman and the other-world man who can see underneath it all. The bond that grows between the two over time is magical in its strength and the perfect foundation for their love. Noc is like all other KA heroes in that he’s positive that she’s worth it (which is one thing that always warms my heart about the men she writes), and he has no qualms in providing proof for her to acknowledge that. It’s his duty to do so, and it’s Franka’s to accept.

Experiencing the first four in the series with the women adjusting to this parallel universe, KA flips it by having us experience our world from Franka’s perspective which was both fun and comical. I can tell that she enjoyed showing us everything that Franka is because it shows in her writing. The transformation of this once-misunderstood character is awe-inspiring. I fell in love with her spirit immediately, and it wasn’t because Noc opened her eyes to who she truly is, but that she came to admire and accept it wholeheartedly by seeing it herself.

We don’t experience just one love story in MIDNIGHT SOUL; we get many. Both of old and new characters that we’ve come to know and love, and ones that we never expected to see. We get to re-experience the bounty that all characters have amassed and there is no other word for it than pure beauty. I’m a huge fan of this series and what it speaks to, and this book was pure magic. I did not want it to end and I am still not ready to know that I may not see these characters again except in re-reads (which are done fairly often). Whether you love fantasy or not, this is a must-read series. MIDNIGHT SOUL was everything and more, and it does this series justice. Another unputdownable love story that promotes sisterhood, family, adventure, and love. One that I won’t soon forget.

 

♦EXCERPT♦

~Noc~

                “I’m a member of a House, your House, may I remind you,” Franka’s father returned.

“You’re a monster,” Noc clipped.

The man turned his gaze to Noc. “And you’re a peasant who I’ve not given leave to speak to me.”

Noc opened his mouth but Frey got there before him.

“Are you unfamiliar with the Prince of Hawkvale?” he asked.

“I know of these secrets,” the asshole fired back, a sneer twisting his lips, “and this is not the heir to the throne of Hawkvale.” He indicated Noc with his arm. “This man is nothing.”

“This man saved you from slavery at the hands of Minerva and her minions,” Frey retorted. “This man has the ear of the Queen. The Princess. And The Drakkar. This man is twin to the heir of Hawkvale. This man is far from nothing.”

“You can pretty him up as much as you like, nephew, but his manner, his speech. He may look like a prince of our world, but he’s far from that. He’s simply common,” Franka’s father returned.

“Cease speaking,” Frey ordered.

“You are who you are, Frey, but I’m your uncle, your elder, and you never have leave to speak to me in that manner,” Franka’s father retorted.

“Cease…” Frey leaned forward and thundered, “speaking.”

“I—“

That was all the asshole got out before Frey was across the room with his hand wrapped around the guy’s throat, his feel lifted two feet from the ground, and he was slammed into a shelving unit so hard, all the bottles swayed and four crashed to the ground.

“I said…cease speaking,” Frey repeated through clenched teeth.

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♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦

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Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA and nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn’t taken her first breath!). Her mother said they took Kristen away, put her Mom back in her room, her mother looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). Kristen’s Mom remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning.
Nothing’s changed.

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus, she’s blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. They all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. She grew up with Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing, it keeps getting better.

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