March Reading

Hello Readers,

Sadly February wasn’t a good month for me and I don’t want to dwell on my excuses but firstly I had a very tired start to the month I have a b12 deficiency which in most cases makes you want to sleep a lot. Secondly and lastly I got my wisdom teeth out although I did recover quickly.

In March I am hoping to read more but I tried to make the list smaller this time around and just maybe I will fulfil it and add more as I go. I will keep you posted.

 

 

 

 

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Water Wrath Cover Reveal

Hello Readers,

I know this may be old school now and of course I’m always behind when revealing covers.

Are you ready for this?

 

Water's Wrath teaser

Series: Air Awakens #4

Release Date: April 26th 2016

Publishers: Silver Wing Press

Format: Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pre-order a copy: Amazon , Barnes & Noble

 

 

Summary:  

Librarian turned sorcerer. Sorcerer turned hero. Hero turned puppet.

The Solaris Empire found victory in the North and, at the cost of her heart and her innocence, Vhalla Yarl has earned her freedom. But the true fight is only beginning as the secret forces that have been lurking in the shadows, tugging at the strings of Vhalla’s fate, finally come to light. Nowhere is safe, and Vhalla must tread carefully or else she’ll fall into the waiting arms of her greatest foe. Or former lover

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My Thoughts

Seeing the cover for first time

And Now

At first I wasn’t sure about the cover but what changed my mind was seeing the full picture and of course really happy to see the prince on the cover again although I haven’t read the series yet but he seems like a character I mite like. Secondly I haven’t read the novels yet and don’t know what happen at the end of Earth’s End but the cover must tell us where they are heading next. And lastly I LOVE the cover now, the artist and the author have done an amazing job working back and forth till the cover was amazing 🙂

Add it on Goodreads: Water’s Wrath

Elise  Thoughts on the Covers’ Symbolism So Far

Six months ago, almost to the day, Air Awakens came out. It was my debut novel as an independent author, no publisher and no agent behind me, and I had no idea what would come of it. Now, six months later, I can’t believe I’m revealing the cover on the fourth book of the Air Awakens series.

I say every cover is my favorite, because it gets harder and harder to pick. Each of the covers, in their own way, has been perfect for the book they belong with. My cover artist, Merilliza Chan, is amazing at taking direction and incorporating my suggestions.

Part of why each cover is perfect is because there are little hints, teasers, and call-outs to the story within. Without giving too many spoilers, here’s a couple notes on each of the Air Awakens covers so far!

Air Awakens

First off, notice how Vhalla’s sash is black. In the book, the sash that goes with her apprentice robes is cerulean. This, combined with her robes slowly turning black around the back of the cover is indicative of sorcery making a mark on her. But she hasn’t yet committed, she has yet to don all-black robes. The wind in her hair and sense of movement is a call-out to her affinity. The book in her hands, is representative of three things: her work in the library, the book she exchanges notes in, and the book she brings to the garden. Which, speaking of, the roses around her… well, if you’ve read the book you know what, or who, those are meant to symbolize. But I told Meril I wanted something ominous, something wicked about them. And the thorns going through them were perfect!

Add it on Goodreads: Air Awaken

Fire Falling

Here is the first cover we see our dark prince on. Fire Falling is named after three incidents in the book… When Aldrik falls to his knees before Vhalla in the Crossroads, the Rites of the FALLen in the Crossroads for another, and the end of the book. Since two of the three aspects of the title of the book

related to Aldrik it was only natural that he had to be on the cover. In Fire Falling, Aldrik is beginning to function as a guiding force for Vhalla and, on the cover, he’s looking over his shoulder at her. He can’t openly admit to their association. Vhalla’s eyes are glowing orange and she’s alight, immersed in flame. This was done to symbolize their Bond and Joining. That not only can his flames not harm her, but that he is connected on a mental and magical level. She is also wearing the armor Aldrik crafted for her.

Add it on Goodreads: Fire Falling

 

Earth’s End

Earth's End cover art

Now, the symbolism is beginning to get heavy. Vhalla is alone again on the cover, venturing into the wilderness. She’s almost facing the camera, symbolizing how she is growing into her own and becoming a more realized person. In the sky above her is a fire bird. We literally see this formed in the book, but it also is symbolic of a phoenix, rising from its own ashes. I think this works for Vhalla and Aldrik in their own ways through Earth’s End. The cloak she’s wearing is the one she receives from Tim with slash marks. The watch in her hand was gifted to her. And, in her other hand, we see a special sort of magic… Finally, one other note… Carved into a tree that’s on the back of printed books is a symbol – that is actually the symbol of Shaldan!

Add it on Goodreads: Earth Ends

 

About the Author

Elise Kova has always had a passion for storytelling. She wrote her first novella, a high-fantasy, in sixth grade. Over the years she’s honed her love of literature with everything from fantasy to romance, science fiction to mystery, and whatever else catches her eye.  Elise lives in Saint Petersburg, Florida, where she’s currently working on the next installment in her debut YA fantasy series: Air Awakens. She enjoys video games, anime, table-top role playing games, and many other forms of “geekdom.” She loves talking with fans on Twitter (@EliseKova) and Facebook (/AuthorEliseKova). Visit her website, EliseKova.com/, for news and extras about her books!

 

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Truthwitch Read-Along Discussion Two

Truthwitch readalong

My fellow Waterbabes have come up with this amazing Truthwitch read-along from Feb 1st till Feb 29th. So make sure you stop by each one, its really fun, get to know other people thoughts and there are giveaways with each stop so make sure you check it out.

Week Two Discussion

Question 1:

Of the lands that we have visited so far in the book, where in the Witchlands would you want to live, given the choice?

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My mind might change as the books progress but if give the choice… Cartorra where Safi is from although I don’t know if I totally believe her uncle but they believe in change from the Great War ending for good and not starting a new war.

 

Question 2

There have been quite a few mottos and words of wisdom used by a few of the characters so far. Which one is your favourite? Do have any special phrases that help you get through your day?

She behaved like she fought, like she danced-pushing people to the edge and testing their limits.

Positive Mind

Positive Vibes

Positive Life

Question 3

Friendship is a main theme that pulses through Truthwitch. Do you have a relationship like Safi and Iseult? Is there someone out there who always has your back and will defend you?

It is wrong for me to say that I prefer to be friends with characters in the books  I read? I find I can relate to the characters the authors have created or is it we relate to those characters in some ways. Always find joining street teams is a amazing way to make friends and talk about anything especially books.

Question 4

If you were inserted into one of the novel’s epic battle scenes, which witchery would you like to have in order to defend yourself?

There are many witches and battle scenes to choose from and choosing the right one. Just thinking like a video game but in the Witchlanders you are born with your witchery. A Waterwitch to heart but would love to have the ability’s of a Glamourwitch that can manipulate what people see and can trick anyone but mostly a Bloodwitch. Imagine having a Glamourwitch when Safi and Isuelt were at the lighthouse fighting the Bloodwitch although Merik came to the rescue but having a Glamourwitch to distract the Bloodwitch. Just think about it, we all have a over-imaginative mind.

Question 5

Do you find Iseult to be a likeable character? How do you feel about the way she is treated like an outcast? Do you think she is a good influence on Safiya?

I have always liked Iseult even before reading Truthwitch, we have too many similarities that I can relate to her. She a character I want to read more about as the story progress and in future novels.

In today’s world everyone is treated differently but we try to accept everyone by there race, class, nationality or colour. I feel like people treat Isuelt from what they heard or what they been brought up to avoid people of her kind. We are all human beings, we have feeling and for Iseult to hid her face from the world because of who she is. They need to give her break, break some rules and accept her just like Merick has.

 She means well for Safiya, they have a bond that is unbreakable like two peas in a pod. I feel like she trying to bring the good in Safiya even through Safiya does make more of a mess.

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Truthwitch Read-Along Discussion One

Truthwitch readalong

 

My fellow Waterbabes have come up with this amazing Truthwitch read-along from Feb 1st till Feb 29th. So make sure you stop by each one, its really fun, get to know other people thoughts and there are giveaways with each stop so make sure you check it out.

Week One Discussion

Question 1:
Safi and Iseult are fantasic fighters. Have you ever wanted to learn how to fight/take self-defense classes or have you already? Tell us about your reasoning/experience!

 

It has crossed my mind, many times over the years to take some lessons on self-defense. Always find reading novels with strong heroine had taught me ways to defend myself or ways to get me out of a situation although taking lessons would show you skills to get out of situations and make you stronger

Personally women should take pre-cautions, we are classed as the gentle sex and are targeted in silly circumstances. (Which I don’t want to mention if anyone has been through a situation and I do apologies in advance) I don’t want to slam women or men personally, as both gender are strong and can defend for themselves but I always think just taking a few lesson in self-defense will put a clearer mind when you sleep at night for yourself or your family.

 

Question 2:
Of those specialized witcheries revealed so far (truthwitch, threadwitch, bloodwitch, wordwitch, windwitch, voicewitch) which power would you like to have and why?
Susan still can’t change my mind although it may have altered just a little. For those who don’t know I have always loved Isuelt. Isuelt and I are very similar. It would be amazing to see the threads that bind our world, people’s threads but the downfall is you can’t see your own.  Another witcherie would be Truthwitch beside me and Safi are hot headed but I’ve been lied to a lot in my life and would love to see if people are telling the truth or not. The downfall is people mite get offended, haha I wouldn’t care because then I’ll know where I stand.
Question 3:
The beginning of the book already features political intrigue, Safi and Iseult trying to get away, and the mystery of cleaving. Which plot point interests you the most so far, and why?
I would love to know more about the Threads that bind, the Threads that build and the Threads that break. We have read a little about the Short Threads that break and are shown on the dead but why are threads shown on the dead. What are Severed Threads has it got something to do with this Puppeteer but really want to know more about these threads and how many are out there.
Question 4:
Share a favourite quote from the book!

 “I see.” She drawled, “that you have learned how to work a button. Congratulations on this no doubt life-altering fear.”

He laughed- a surprised sound- and bowed his head. “And I see you have cleaned the bird crap off your shoulder.”

 

Character Spotlight: Safiya Talk about what you like or dislike about Safi. Do you identify with her in anyway? What do you think about her actions so far?

I find Safi relies on her Threadsister Iseult for the answer, planning, just about everything but she would anything to find her Threadsister. She is a fun character even when she is prone to make mistakes and acts before thinking.

I and Safi want to see the truth in the world, in people we don’t know or who are very close to us. Just want the world to be in harmony with one another and with the truth of course but I think that is asking too much. The truth is better than telling a lie but sadly as whole we all lie through our teeth’s.

Safi is prone to making mistakes and she has made a huge mistake in which it could cost hers and Isuelts life, she wants to fix everything but it could put them in deeper and deeper problems.

 

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The Witch’s Halloween Hero by Kristen Painter

Series: Nocturne Falls Short #4.528668496

Publication Date: January 20th 2016

Publishers: Sugar Skull Books

Pages: 45

Format: e-book

Get a copy: Amazon

 

 

 

 

 

*A Nocturne Falls Short Story*

Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year. The tourists think it’s all a show: the vampires, the werewolves, the witches, the occasional gargoyle flying through the sky. But the supernaturals populating the town know better.

Living in Nocturne Falls means being yourself. Fangs, fur, and all.

When a spell goes wrong on the night of Samhain for witch Corette Williams, her only hope is the man she loves, Bartholomew Stanhill. But time is running out. As the clock ticks toward midnight on Halloween, they grow closer to the moment when magic will erase him from her mind. Can Stanhill become Corette’s Halloween hero?

This short story originally from the anthology Spell of the Ball which was release as a limited edition around October 2015, release on its own and how beautiful is the cover.

A beautiful love story about our two favourite couple Stanhill and Corette. Stanhill is thinking of proposing to his partner of four year on the night of the Black and Orange Ball, and where at the Williams home, a spell has gone horribly wrong. Time is ticking close to midnight and will Stanhill and Corette have their happy ending. Short to the point, Kristen never disappoints with her stories and has every essence of what a love story should be. This story  keep me on my toes till the very last page.

 

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