No Plain Rebel (No Ordinary Star #2) by M.C. Frank

no plain rebel cover

Published: December 2nd 2015 by CreateSpace

Read Date: Aug 5th 2017

Stars: 5/5

5 star_crop

No Plain Rebel is second installment of ‘No Ordinary Star’.

Blurb (in my words)-

No Ordinary Star– Year 2525. Dystopian world, where no one sleeps, no illness and no hunger, where humanity, feelings and festivals are obsolete, where two person Felix and Astra are born different who are going to change everything. Death of the Clock master bring Felix to his icy shack, where he saved Astra and Both Astra and Felix discovered library in the basement of the shack.

No Plain Rebel– The library that brings out the truth of their life they never knew. Felix is struggling with the truth he just discovered. When Karim, Felix fellow soldier discovers the shack, Astra leaves Felix. With growing feeling for Astra and the truth, Felix cannot concentrate on clock.

Why clock is so important? What’s the truth?

Book Description: Inspired by the short stories of Ray Bradbury, this futuristic novel is set in a world where Christmas -among other things- is obsolete and a Clock is what keeps the fragile balance of peace.

Written in three installments, this is the breathtaking and sensual story of how two unlikely people change the world, and each other, one book at a time.

Immerse yourself into the icy cold world of this scorching hot new novel.

My view: Continue reading

Book Blitz: Myths & Magic

MythsAndMagicBlitzBanner-1.png

Hello Everyone! Today is my stop for the Myths & Magic blitz organized by Xpresso Book Tours. The blitz will run from August 1st to August 5th, 2017.

Book & Author Details:

Myths & Magic: A Science Fiction and Fantasy Collection 
Publication date: August 22nd 2017
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy

MMSynopsis:

MYTHS & MAGIC sends you on a wild ride across universes where a safe return cannot be guaranteed.

Abolished magic returns to Earth. Telekinetic sorcerers, witches, and fairies discover their powers. Humans become cyborgs. Dragons prowl the depths of Iceland’s volcanoes.

All this and more is packed inside one boxed set overflowing with stories from today’s hottest USA Today and International Bestselling authors!

From dystopian thrillers to steampunk romance, from gothic fantasies to paranormal adventures, come journey with unlikely heroes, valiant shifters, rogue vampires, and even a sensual brujo. Dabble in scientific espionage, thwart scheming sorcerers, and challenge hordes of vengeful demons. And maybe fall in love…

If you’re ready for 21 exclusive full-length novels and novellas, including some BRAND NEW material, in a boxed set where vampires, shifters, ghosts, demons, and even Djinn haunt the pages, then fall into MYTHS & MAGIC, a collection of science fiction, fantasy, and a dash of paranormal romance that will take you to the edge of your imagination

Myths and Magic Website:  https://mythsandmagicset.com/

MM_preorder1

Excerpt:

Forbidden Thirteen

Erin Richards

Back Cover Copy:

The number thirteen follows Aria Elle Walker like a bulldog. Lucky or unlucky, it triggers her telekinesis in freaky ways. In an era of banned magic, it could get her jailed…or worse.

One Friday the 13th, Aria’s telekinesis goes wild and she accidentally kills a bounty hunter in her home. Before her freakout begins, in walks Ronan Riley, another “thirteen” telekinetic, and his doppelgänger—a dying Forbidden fairy. Hells bells, everyone knows fairies and the Forbidden are extinct!

After claiming she’s the gateway “key” to releasing ancient magic into the world, the doppelgängers whisk Aria away from the goons Ronan’s father hired to snag her. Dodging bounty hunters and screwy magic, the trio race to fix the damaged Rift before tainted magic kills the doppelgängers…or opens the floodgates to abolished magic. But Aria never expected their desperate alliance to generate a force of a different kind…an uncanny bond and undeniable desire for both doppelgängers.

Destroying Ronan’s father, the mastermind behind the mayhem, is just icing on Aria’s chaos cake. If her luck cooperates and doesn’t kill her first, that is. And will unluck add Ronan to the body count after he betrays Aria?

CHAPTER 1

It figures my natural bad luck and a blind date on Friday the 13th dumped me in the emergency room. I should’ve shied away from the creepy combination of cursed luck and locked myself in a closet. Lucky for me, I was okay. Unlucky for my date, Michael, he’d suffered an allergic reaction after eating Mexican cornbread. Talk about bonehead move. I mean, hello, he has a corn allergy. What part of Mexican cornbread had he missed in that little tip? To top that off, the inept artist had left his epinephrine shot at home. Zoe, my soon-to-be ex-best-friend, swore her cousin was available and smart. No wonder he was single. No sense in pleading the fifth on smart. Just another craptastic date on a merry-go-round of losers.

A guilty sigh pushed out of me as I stepped onto the elevator. I punched the fourteen button and the doors whooshed shut. The fact that Michael had ordered dinner number thirteen and the thirteen sombreros hanging from the ceiling had everything to do with him landing in the hospital. My stomach became a tight fist of unease.

Too many thirteens together equaled crapstorm in my life. Cursed at birth, I’d entered the world on Friday, January thirteen, at one thirteen in the afternoon. Or in military terms, thirteen thirteen. The bad luck number affected everything around me. I controlled some of it if I caught it in time, and fate took a spin on the rest.

Had Michael become an unwitting victim in my jinxed life or what? I certainly hadn’t known he had a corn allergy until after his face nearly exploded. Honestly, I barely paid attention to what he was ordering while he ogled my chest and babbled on about how he’d love to paint me in the nude for an art class project. As if. Knowing it was Friday the 13th, I should’ve paid more attention once I’d counted the sombreros due to my insane need to count everything to avoid the number thirteen. Or my not-so-insane need to use my telekinesis to thwart the inevitable bad luck. Or I could’ve persuaded him to order dish number seven, but he was so freaking obnoxious, he’d left my brain practicing its freedom to terminate the date.

I sucked in my bottom lip. It was just too risky for others to be near me. I mistrusted my ability to control the bad luck side of my telekinesis, and I didn’t know where my so-called freaky gift stemmed from. I wasn’t sure if I had been born with telekinesis or if it’d developed over time. My abilities hadn’t shown up until I’d turned seven years old.

Thank my lucky stars I’d never gotten caught. I mean, seriously, if the government honed in on my abilities, they’d lock me up like Hannibal Lecter, pink mask and all. For the most part, practicing any kind of extra-sensory perception and magic, whether innate or externally created, was illegal. People were scared of ESP abilities and magic, a deeply rooted fear from over three hundred years ago, when Earth was overrun with sorcerers and fairies who’d done the nasty and created a race of powerful fairy-sorcerers. Eventually, the governments eradicated them all and enacted permanent worldwide laws and heavy sanctions on magical use after the Abolishment. Yet, they never defined “extrasensory perception” as magic. That spooked me, so I lived way under the radar.

The elevator stopped on my floor, and I slipped between the doors before they opened all the way. I slid my card key into the security slot and pressed my thumb to the bio-reader. Automatic entry lights flickered on, lighting my way inside the dark condo on top of the Stargazer Casino, San Jose’s newest residential-entertainment complex. The top floor of the residential tower was really the thirteenth floor, but marked fourteen. Like people can’t count.

I kicked my pink pumps off and dumped my jacket on the antique chair in the foyer. My purse clunked on the marble console, the strap leaving tracks in a film of dust. I jiggled the potpourri bowl until a wimpy bouquet of cloves and cinnamon drifted to my nose. Housework hadn’t risen to the top of my To-Do list yet.

“Here, kitty, kitty, kitty.” I yanked my phone from my front pants pocket and hopped the two steps down to the living room. The floor-to-ceiling windows overlooked the glittery amber dots of downtown’s lights. Winds had swept away the clouds, and a soothing star-blazing night greeted me, a far cry from the doom and gloom of my date.

“Cody, Cleo.” My two Himalayans always skittered away from the havoc they wreaked the second they heard my voice. “Where are you?”

Creepy crawlies teased the nape of my neck. I slanted a glance down the two empty hallways. My right pinkie twitched. Oh, hell. If the crawlies advanced to a pinkie twitch, it was bad. Alarm dipped in and squeezed my heart.

Slipping my hand inside the small drawer of the end table, I gripped my stun gun. I tapped in casino security on my cell phone without punching the send button. The wall clock tick-tocking from the dining room eclipsed the sound of my uneven breathing in the quiet-as-a-church space. Not even a mouse stirred.

“Where are you ding-a-ling cats?” My voice trilled unnaturally. “You better not be leaving stinky presents in my new ficus.”

Three halls broke off from the living room. The wide hall led to the foyer, and two narrower halls led left to the kitchen and right to the bedrooms. I tiptoed down the right hallway. The recessed lights automatically winked on. At the first door—the hall bathroom—a whiff of cheap Old Spice cologne assaulted me, reminding me of the casino blackjack dealer who marinated in it. My heart thudded in my ears, and I about hightailed it toward the front door. Gossamer threads of something foreign fluttered in my head. As a telekinetic, I sensed ESP, and I oddly absorbed the intangible energy of other beings through my aura, but never to the point where it invaded my mind.


couple with night scene

Pre-Order MYTHS & MAGIC now and get BONUS GIFTS!

Amazon Nook / Apple / Kobo / Google

BONUS GIFTS:  The Myths and Magic authors are offering FREE gifts to everyone who pre-orders our boxed set. Don’t miss this amazing deal. $.99 pre-order gets you 21 full-length SF&F and paranormal tales in the boxed set, plus 15 FREE eBooks and an exclusive Myths and Magic coloring eBook. Here’s how you can claim these free gifts:

After pre-ordering your copy of Myths and Magic, head to http://www.subscribepage.com/mythsmagic, enter your e-mail address and your confirmation number (or the store name and date, since some vendors don’t have confirmation numbers). You’ll be sent to a “success” page that shows you all the book covers with links to the download sites and then you’ll receive a one-time courtesy e-mail with the download links as well.

Download a sneak peek of each book in this fantastic collection.  

Be sure to like the Myths and Magic Facebook page and join the authors on release day, August 22, 2017, for an all-day release party with tons of giveaways, including a loaded Kindle Fire! https://www.facebook.com/MythsMagicGathering/

GIVEAWAY
Blitz-wide giveaway (INTL)
  • $50 Amazon gift card

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

MythsandMagic4

MORE MYTHS & MAGIC GIVEAWAYS!

Enter to win a KINDLE FIRE HD8: http://www.feliciabeasley.com/mythsmagic-giveaways/

Enter to win a KINDLE FIRE 7, a $25 Amazon gift card and more, courtesy of author Erin Richards:  http://bit.ly/2t510WT

SUPER GIVEAWAY courtesy of author Anne Renwick: http://www.annerenwick.com/super-giveaway/

Enter to win another KINDLE FIRE HD8 courtesy of author Bradon Nave:  http://bit.ly/2unwclB

XBTBanner1


Happy Reading! 🙂

BT&R

BTR signed F_edited

Saturday Short Story Review: Strungballs by Mike Russell

Saturday Short Story Review

Hello everyone! Today’s Saturday short story is very strange science-fiction story- Strungballs by Mike Russell.

STRUNGBALLS COVER

Published: October 31st 2016 by StrangeBooks

Read Date: July 28th 2017

Stars: 2.5/5

2 n half_edited

Blurb (in my words)-

Strungballs Rule: Once a Strungballs is inserted it must never be removed.

Everyone in the city are like- talk Strungballs , hear Strungballs, think Strungballs and work Strungball. When 10-year-old Sydney receives his first Strungball after a cube of his flesh is removed from his body, his father explained him that it is for the good. Donating flesh is good which helps to make a ‘Sphere of Flesh’ and protects them. But curious Sydney, starts questioning everything and goes beyond all the rules and limits to discover the truth about the Strungballs.

What is Strungball? Will Sydney get his all answers?

My view: Continue reading

Avians by Timothy Gwyn

Avians F

Expected publication: August 1st 2017 by Five Rivers Publishing

Read Date: July 27th 2017

Star: 4/5

4 star_crop

Avians is science-fiction with amazing world-building.

Blurb (in my words)-

Avians are Glider pilots who help in trade between mountains. They don’t ask about past. They recruit thieves, orphans, and runaways, any girl with small body.

Raisa, 14-yr-old, is a princess of Wing Dynasty- a powerful silk merchant family. Defiant by nature, she doesn’t want to marry at early age and hates to be used like asset. Avians are the only option to run away from unwanted marriage.

Mel, servant of Wing family, is blamed for Raisa’s run away is hurt by treatment also joins Avians with other two new recruit.

These four new recruits are named ‘Blackbirds squad’. Difficult training and flying and internal dispute of Mel and Raisa makes this squad weak. One accident after their training scatter this squad.

My view: Continue reading

No Ordinary Star (No Ordinary Star, #1) by M.C. Frank

no ordinary star cover

Published: November 25th 2015

Read Date: July 19 2017

Stars: 5/5

5 star_crop

No Ordinary Star is first book of the series. I loved Goodreads blurb so I don’t want to write blurb in my words.

Goodreads Blurb-

A soldier is summoned to the North Pole, days before the year changes, told to fix the great Clock for a celebration. He has no idea what to do.

A girl, hunted for the crime of being born, almost dies out on the ice. She is rescued by the last polar bear left alive.

A library waits for them both, a library built over a span of a hundred years, forgotten in the basement of an ice shack.

The world hasn’t known hunger or sickness in hundreds of years. It has also forgotten love and beauty.

The year is 2525.

Inspired by the short stories of Ray Bradbury, this futuristic novel is set in a world where Christmas -among other things- is obsolete and a Clock is what keeps the fragile balance of peace.

Written in three installments, this is the breathtaking and sensual story of how two unlikely people change the world, and each other, one book at a time.

Immerse yourself into the icy cold world of this scorching hot new novel.

My view: Continue reading