Jun 7, 2023

Blog Blitz: Excerpt & Giveaway! The Birth of Death by Joseph P. Macolino

The Birth of Death by Joseph P. Macolino
Series: (Evorath, #1)
Publication date: August 11th 2016
Genres: Adult, Fantasy

About the Book:
What you see on the surface is not always what you get.

Meet Artimus, the head investigator for the elvish kingdom of Erathal who begins to notice the flaws in his apparently perfect society. As he develops feelings for Savannah, a beautiful elvish druid hiding an important secret, he struggles to separate his personal feelings from his responsibilities to the kingdom.

In a nearby center village, the young warrior Irontail struggles to distinguish himself in a tribe where independent thought is discouraged. When their paths cross, they both discover that their own people’s shortcomings may be the least of their concerns. Putting aside their own personal troubles, they must fight against the clock to ensure the very survival of their peoples. As they work towards this common goal, they find that they each have their own, unique gifts to offer. But, will they be strong enough to survive?

The second edition of the critically-acclaimed 5-star fantasy epic, The Birth of Death takes readers on an unforgettable fantasy journey. Re-released in collaboration with Free Dragon Press, the second edition brings all the excitement of the initial release in a more refined package. Dark elves, demons, centaur, elves, trolls, and a host of other fantasy creatures, Evorath offers it all!

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EXCERPT - Battle Scene

Tel ‘Shira was growing impatient. It had seemed like an eternity since she had assumed her position here in this oak, and the anticipation was becoming unbearable. The incessant rain, though much lighter than before, didn’t help the situation any.

She had participated in a number of engagements during her time as a warrior. From fighting a centaur tribe, to barghest, lizock, and even an engagement with a band of ogres from the mountains, she had more experience in combat than most. Still, this felt different than any engagement before, and she could not help but feel a certain apprehension.

Then it hit her.

A tingle ran down her spine. A loud shriek followed almost immediately, the sound of a roc in serious distress. She turned her head up towards the sound, catching a glimpse of a dark figure swooping just above the tree line.

One of her allies fell right before her, his spear tumbling to the ground as his lifeless body impacted a lower branch on its way down. His mount followed quickly behind, one of its wings torn clean off. The blood soaked its once regal feathers, pieces of bone and sinew sticking out of its side.

Another shriek followed from above, and another roc rider came tumbling down just across the clearing. Tel’ Shira climbed, swinging branch to branch. Her claws tore into bark as she catapulted herself up.

There was a flash of lightning as she flipped herself over the top branch, arriving safely above to see her four remaining allies. The illumination from the lightning aided her in seeing the two dark figures that were flying just above. Three of her allies were closing in on one of the demons, attempting a three-pronged attack to take out their enemy.

Unfortunately, the second demon had no intention of letting this assault succeed. It quickly dropped down from above, plucking one of the three riders from his mount and tearing his legs off as if pulling a weed. With a quick spin, the demon’s left claw impacted the roc and tore through with just as much ease. The blood and bodies of both its victims tumbled down through the trees and out of sight.

These demons were as large as a small drake, making the rocs that her allies rode upon look like mice by comparison. They appeared to be twins, both having leathery, black skin and demonic, yellow eyes. Each had a short tail with spikes protruding from all sides, giving them a natural weapon. Their pupils were like slits in pools of blood, and as Tel’ Shira locked eyes with the demon who had just torn her ally apart, she felt as if she was trapped in a void of despair. She had to act. Now.

As the cornered demon went to defend against the rider to its left, the first demon swooped up toward the other rider. Tel’ Shira sprang forward, her legs propelling her with speed and power. Flying gracefully through the air towards her unsuspecting prey, she pulled two daggers out from her belt, ready to pounce with precision and take down her much larger foe.

Through her peripherals, she caught a glimpse of the final living rider. He was descending towards the primary demon. Time slowed as the wind ran across Tel’ Shira’s body, each drop of rain flowing across her fur without resistance.

She landed blades first upon her prey, the daggers penetrating through the thick skin of this demon and into the flesh of his back. The demon let out a cry like none she had heard before. Following his cry of pain, he spewed out a great torrent of flame towards the nearest roc rider, instantly incinerating the unsuspecting felite and his mount.

Editorial Reviews:

“Overall, The Birth of Death is definitely recommended to fans of LOTR and Game of Thrones.” – Readers’ Favorite 5-Star Review

“Snappy writing keeps the action moving, and satisfying doses of lore, bolstered by appendices with maps and a glossary, will keep readers wanting to return to the world of Evorath for more.” – The BookLife Prize in Fiction
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About the Author:
Husband, father, and seeker of truth, Joseph Macolino has a passion for nature,
philosophy, and all things fantasy. An unwavering Christian and self-declared anarchist, he dreams of a future human society where people can truly cooperate and voluntarily exchange ideas, goods, and services.

When he’s not writing Evorath, he’s likely outside gardening, spending time watching a show with his family, or reading a book on philosophy. Considering himself a lifelong student of humanity, Joseph enjoys meeting new people and being exposed to new perspectives. He believes each person’s unique gifts can help contribute to stronger communities and hopes his work encourages others to embrace their gifts.

Evorath introduces a rich world full of magic, adventure, and diverse characters trying to find their place in the world.

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Jun 6, 2023

Early Reader Review: The Byways by Mary Pascual

Source: From the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.

The Byways by Mary Pascual 
Publisher: SparkPress
Publication Date:  June 6, 2023

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Format: Ebook


Goodreads Synopsis: 
Neurodivergent high school student CeeCee Harper has a temper, and a reputation for trouble. Angry at the rumors and afraid she’ll never fit in, she makes a wrong move—and lands in the Byways, a world of alleys, magic, and forgotten people . . . some that aren’t even human. And if she doesn’t escape quickly, CeeCee learns, she’ll be trapped for good.

Searching for a way out, she gets lost among monsters, drug pushers, the homeless, and political upheaval, and soon finds there are those who will stop at nothing to keep her from leaving. But the Byways pull people in for a reason. CeeCee must figure out why she got stuck in the first place—before her loved ones are put in danger and she loses them forever.

A dark retelling of Alice in Wonderland meets Neverwhere, this contemporary fantasy will enchant Neil Gaiman and Christina Henry fans.
This book felt like a fever-dream, it is so strange. The Byways follows CeeCee, who is struggling with being labeled and her school and friends only seeing her as those labels. She is neurodivergent, has anger issues, and is seen as a troublemaker and so when things at school start going more out of her control she snaps and storms off, suddenly buying into the labels everyone has placed on her.

I found CeeCee to be difficult. Throughout the book she was really focused on what people thought about her. I know as a high school student, that is where your thoughts are often focused, but it ended up making her fairly unlikable. I found her to be a pretty problematic main character. She often asked the wrong questions and her desire to get out of the Byways was often interrupted by her being impulsive. 

The world-building in this book is so strange and all over the place. Much like Wonderland, the Byways, are a strange in-between/a different world, but this one is not full of whimsical cute things, but creepy, sometimes scary ones. There is a worm-man, a girl that produces dirt from her mouth, and other creatures along the way. CeeCee has to learn about this strange realm in order to escape it. There is a Queen, much like Wonderland, and she is just as bipolar in her rage. The Byways are a place were people go to hide, flee, fall into if they are forgotten, or end up if they are unseen or want to be unseen. It is full of the odd, strange, and problematic. There were a number of drug users and addicted, and the whole place read like a homeless encampment. 

When you are first introduced to the Byways, the author uses a lot of shock-value to pull you in, but after that it becomes more fantastical and I enjoyed it better once CeeCee understands that she is in another place and needs to leave it. It is only at the 50% mark that we get a really good explanation of the world and how it is there. There is also more explanation of how the people are there and what they are like. I was interested to learn how some of the nicer people ended up there and why they stayed in this situation. I felt like the book switched at this halfway point - from a dialogue around liking yourself to a romance of sorts and CeeCee was only able to like herself once other people told her that she could. 

The overall story was an interesting one. It was grittier than I expected, creepy in the right ways, but the story lost me by the halfway mark. I finished the book and it was ok, but I think you will only enjoy this book if you really like the creepy-whimsy that it projects and don't mind waiting a bit for it to all come together. 

On a completely seperate note, I do not think that this cover does it justice.

Jun 5, 2023

Monthly Re-Cap (April and May 23) & TBR Pile (June 23)

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

Here is the progress from April - it was bad. My reading slump coupled with a conference and a family visit limited my reading. 

For May, I decided not to have a TBR and just read books I needed to review and for my mood. I think it worked out well. Now I need to get back to it.

~~Books I Read in April & May 2023~~  

~~Links to Some Reviews~~

 TBR for June

  1. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo - need to finish and pick a new book club book!
  2. The Lost Galumpus by Joseph Helgerson
  3. Neon Gods by Katee Robert
  4. Mystery of the Lost Lynx by Tamra Wight - I need to finish this one!
  5. Love & Resistance by Kara H.L. Chen
  6. A Circle of Stars by Craig Montgomery

How was your May reading? 
Feel free to share it in the comments below! I would love to know what you are reading!

Jun 4, 2023

Building the Book Pile #434

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Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

Happy Sunday folks!

It has been a busy short week, and I think this one will be busy as well. But tonight we are going to see a comedian at the local theater and summer softball starts on Tuesday so YAY! Excited for all the plans but also already exhausted thinking about it. 

Today before the show, I am going to read and garden and we are going to pick up more supplies to work on my bathroom :) so there will be some work too.

and I am happy to say that I am finally making progress with Ninth House - I just needed to be in the mood for it I guess, and I am listening to the Audiobook while doing my puzzle so that makes it better. 

Stay Well

Coming up on the Blog

Monthly ReCap (April & May 23) and TBR Pile (June 23)

Early Reader Review: The Byways by May Pascual (YA)

Blog Blitz: The Birth of Death by Joseph P. Macolino (Adult)

Recent Reads: Hooked by Emily McIntire (Adult, Spicy)

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May 30, 2023

Recent Reads: Lovely Bad Things by Trisha Wolfe

Lovely Bad Things by Trisha Wolfe
Series: Hollow Row #1
Publisher: Lock Key Press
Publication Date:  May 31, 2022

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Format: Ebook
Source: Borrowed from Kindle Unlimited


Goodreads Synopsis: 
He's the devil. And she's his wicked game.

They say eyes are the windows to the soul—but when he looks at me through hues of slate-green and flaring blue embers, I’m terrified of what’s watching me from behind his clashing gaze, something primal and feverish that threatens to melt me like fire in ice.

I fear falling into Kallum Locke’s pitch-black soul.

But after I’m called to a crime scene to investigate the most gruesome act of violence to descend on the legendary town of Hollow’s Row, I have no choice but to turn to Kallum, to the man I had locked away in an asylum for the criminally insane.

He’s the leading expert on all things Nietzsche and occult. And now, to get answers, I’m forced to make a deal with the devil himself.

Really, eyes are the windows to the soul? Then I wonder what little Halen St. James thinks of all the cryptic eyes watching her in the killing fields… I wonder if the hairs on her delicate nape lifted away, if a thrilling shiver raced over her soft skin. She’s desperate for the answer, and she’ll do anything to uncover it—even make a deal with me, dangling freedom like bait on a hook.

But she’s far more tempting to sink my teeth into than any lure.

And the pain will taste twice as sweet.
Trigger Warning: Mention of loss of loved ones, grief, violence and gore
Murder, crime scenes with detail, knifes, blood play , breath play, occult references and rituals 

This book was not what I expected but it was brilliant in a lot of ways. The story follows Halen a profiler. She works on serial killer profiles for the FBI and recently she put away Professor Kallum Locke as the Harbinger murderer. Now she needs his help on a case becuase of his specialty, philiosophy.  Together, they are trying to save 33 missing people. 

This was a slow-ish burn romance of sorts, it took a while to get to the spicy bits for a spicy book. It was very dark and weird. The story is essentially a mystery/psychological thriller. Kallum is super awkward and some of the things are off-putting in not great ways, i.e. not him trying to be creepy or a creep. just more cringe. But his odd obsessive nature was a good driver in the plot and in the more romantic elements. Halen was so damaged, you could tell from the beginning that she is holding onto a lot of trauma and depression, but she tries so hard to pull herself out and push through. 

Overall I was find this an ok read... until the ending and a very big twist. I was in shock and it made sense but also I was thrown on my head. I am going to continue this series to see who the Harbinger is... if it is Kallum or not, and if she is really full on crazy just like him. If you should choose to read this one, please note, it is dark, review the triggers, and it is spicy.

May 28, 2023

Building the Book Pile #433

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Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

I hope you are all doing great and that warmer weather has come to your location. It is finally warm-ish here in NH, we have had a few frosty nights still but during the day it is sunny and nice. We are spending more time outdoors, with Charlie dog and the chickens. I hope to plant my veggies this weekend. We are also working in the garden and making it nicer this year. I also hope to put in a bunch of flowers too...so wish me luck I have lots to do. 

I am hoping that audiobooks will help me through all the work to be done. 

Reading is slow-going lately, but happening which is good.

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Coming up on the Blog

Recent Reads: Lovely Bad Things by Trisha Wolfe (Adult)

Books Received Recently...   

I downloaded a bunch of Dramione fanfictions from Archive of Our Own this week:
A Bloody Idiot by eveningstruggle

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May 25, 2023

Recent Reads: Manacled by SenLinYu

Manacled by SenLinYu 
Series: Fanfiction for Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling


Format: Downloaded FanFiction
Source: Archive of Our Own


Goodreads Synopsis: 
Harry Potter is dead. In the aftermath of the war, in order to strengthen the might of the magical world, Voldemort enacts a repopulation effort. Hermione Granger has an Order secret, lost but hidden in her mind, so she is sent as an enslaved surrogate to the High Reeve, to be bred and monitored until her mind can be cracked.

Fanfiction for Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling.
Words: 370,256
Trigger warnings - rape, attempted rape, violence, torture, murder, mass murder, physical abuse, mental abuse, this is a very dark read.

I have never been into Fanfiction, but I kept hearing about this Draco/Hermione retelling. I finally signed up for an Archive of Our Own account and picked it up. I was so happy that I could download it and email it over to my Kindle in full. I was immediately inthralled by the story and never wanted to put it down. The story broke my heart multiple times but I absolutely loved it.

This fanfic starts at the end of the war, only now, Voldemort has won and all of the characters are pretty much dead. Hermione finds herself in a dark dungeon left to wither away. Suddenly she is pulled out, learns all her friends are dead, and that she will now be a surrogate in the wizarding re-population project. During her initial medical checks, they all realize that she has blocked and locked away memories; memories that the Dark Lord think will help him scoop up the last of the Resistance. And so...Hermione is gifted to Draco, who is his normal antisocial, mean, bully self. 

In the orginal books, I always had a soft spot for Draco. I think a lot of people did. Yes, he was a pain a lot of the time, he was spoiled, but his parents were creepy and rude, and he never felt loved. So during this read, I again felt those things and was really drawn to this Dramione offering.  

From the beginning, I was dubbing this a Harry Potter retelling with a Handmaids Tale theme and concept, and it is certainly that, but so much more. 

I want to leave this as spoiler free as possible - but here are some important notes. This read is not for the faint of heart, there is a lot of violence, some of it graphic, there is rape, also pretty graphic... You will hate main characters like you have never before hated them. Umbridge - still very evil, but you will also want to throat punch Harry, Ron, and the Order. You will swoon over Draco, even when he is being a dick, because he is misunderstood and trying the best he can. 

The fic, starts in 'modern' time with Hermione pulled out of her captivity, and you are with her for a number of months as she lives with Draco. As she starts to recover memories, there are short dreams and flashbacks. The the fic takes a turn and completely goes into full Flashbacks and there are a number of chapters before eventually popping back into the now. It seems like a lot, and you WANT so badly to see how understanding these flashbacks make Hermione feel about her situation, but trust me ... wait it out, read it slowly and when you pop out on the otherside you will be in tears with her. 

I adored everything about this read. It was so lovely. I am going to re-read it. Once you get through the Flashbacks you will want to as well and see if you can pick up on things in those beginning chapters. 

Another wonderful thing is that each chapter has notes - breaking down if there were quotes from the books, adding fan art links, and any other information readers might find useful. 

If you were a fan of Harry Potter, but wanted more adult versions of the slow burn love stories, and were a fan of Draco already, this could be for you. Do not take the trigger warning lightly though, this is a very dark read and could turn your stomach. 

May 21, 2023

Building the Book Pile #432

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Another weekend halfway over ... this weekend I have done stuff in the garden to prepare for planting and just had some time to relax, which is very nice. I read a very length Harry Potter fanfiction this past week, I loved it, and thought it would pull me out of my reading slump. It might have had the opposite effect. Oh well still working on it. 

What are you reading these days? Any fun hobbies you have at the moment?

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May 18, 2023

Spicy Series Review: The Vicious Lost Boys by Nikki St. Crowe

The Vicious Lost Boys by Nikki St. Crowe

Publisher: Blackwell House LLC
Format: Ebooks available on Kindle Unlimited

AUTHOR NOTE: This series is a reimagining of Peter and Wendy. Characters have been aged up for this darker, grittier version. If you like your enemies to lovers romance with hot, ruthless, morally gray love interests, you’ll enjoy this series. You can expect hate kissing, fighting, bickering, and ‘touch her and I’ll unalive you’ vibes. 

Series Rating

The Never King, Book 1

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Goodreads Synopsis: 
The stories were all wrong — Hook was never the villain.

For two centuries, all of the Darling women have disappeared on their 18th birthday. Sometimes they’re gone for only a day, some a week or a month. But they always return broken.

Now, on the afternoon of my 18th birthday, my mother is running around the house making sure all the windows are barred and the doors locked.

But it’s pointless.

Because when night falls, he comes for me. And this time, the Never King and the Lost Boys aren’t willing to let me go.

The Dark One, Book 2

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Goodreads Synopsis: 
I spent most of my life feeling dead inside -- until I met Peter Pan and the Lost Boys.

It wasn't until Pan and Neverland that I finally felt alive.

But things are not all full of magic and sunlight on the island. There's something darker and more sinister haunting the forest.

And worse, the fae queen and Captain Hook are ready to fight for control of Neverland and they will stop at nothing to get what they want. Including using the one thing Pan never thought he wanted or needed -- me. I'm a descendant of the Darling family and now I belong to him and the Lost Boys.

War is brewing -- can the Never King get his shadow back and assume his rightful throne? And if he does, where will I fit?

Or will all of Neverland be in jeopardy right along with my dark, twisted heart?

Their Vicious Darling, Book 3

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Goodreads Synopsis: 
The Dark One has finally accepted me…just in time for everything to change. Because Vane’s brother, The Crocodile, has just arrived on Neverland soil and he’s not alone. He’s brought with him members of the royal Darkland family and they want Vane’s Death Shadow back at any cost.

Of course, Peter Pan, Vane, Kas and Bash, they’re all familiar with war. But war isn’t easy when love is on the line.

I know those vicious Lost Boys would do anything to protect me. But what if I’m not the one that needs saving?

As power shifts on the island and shadows are claimed, all five of us have to let go of who we were, if we have any chance of becoming who we are destined to be.

The Fae Princes, Book 4 

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Goodreads Synopsis: 
I thought Peter Pan was a myth and Neverland a fairytale. A story spun by my mother who had lost her mind a long time ago.

But there was no denying the overwhelming shadow cast by Peter Pan when he was standing in my house.

Pan took me captive to Neverland and I somehow found my place among him and the Lost Boys.

I’ve never looked back.

Now I’m entangled right alongside him in a war we can’t seem to escape. We thought we had defeated our enemies.

We thought we could finally have our happily ever after.

But there was one enemy we never saw coming.

A fairy who has nothing to lose and everything to gain.

The fairy with golden wings and a dark, twisted heart.

She wants Peter Pan and the island and she’ll stop at nothing to have both. Including destroying anyone who stands in her way, even her own flesh and blood.

The Vicious Lost Boys series begins as a struggle. Darling Girls - taken on their 18th birthdays to Neverland by Pan, and Winnie is skeptical of this, but she is about to turn 18. So when Pan does come for her, she is surprised and panicked. All she knows is that Darling women come home mentally broken and she will do anything to avoid that. 

The first book of the series is very much a seduction story, Winnie trying to win over Pan and the Lost Boys, and trying to figure out what they need from her. The books that follow are more about found family as lovers so there is a lot of spice and moral grey in this series. The overall focus becomes Winnie with 4 men, Pan, Vane, and the Fae boys - Kas and Bash. We shift from the abduction to shadows and magic, and then all out war. 

I liked this series, yes it was very spicy, but the story was also an interesting reimagining of Pan and Wendy, and the characters were interesting all in their own ways. Was the writing perfect, no, but they were fast -paced and you could run right by issues. I had a lot of emotions reading and that was the enjoyable part. The characters made me want to scream in anger, I was frustrated, I swooned for the romance... if you could call it that. I think overall this was just a run adaptation overall. 

There are a lot of triggers though, here are some: Child Abuse, Violence & Gore including blood and bones, Drugs & Alcohol abuse, Death, Murder, Kidnapping, Slut shaming, Sexually explicit scenes, Emotional Abuse, Physical and Mental Abuse...

There aren't a lot of things that I won't read, so this series was ok for me, but it might not be for you. It certainly falls in the DARK erotica category. The only really bothersome for me was the slut shaming - it persisted throughout the books and the amount of times the word wh*** was used was far too many, even after they were 'together' and that one irks me. 

They all end on a cliffhanger - so be prepared for that. I flew through books 1-3 in February and then had to wait for book 4 to be released at the end of March. Now I am impatiently awaiting the next series about Roc, Hook... and Wendy. YES THAT WENDY.