Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Beautiful Chaos (Caster Chronicles #3) Review

Book: Beautiful Chaos (Caster Chronicles #3)
Authors:  Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Publisher:  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Rating:  5 Stars
Level:  Young Adult
Source:  Library

Summary from Goodreads:
 Ethan Wate thought he was getting used to the strange, impossible events happening in Gatlin, his small Southern town. But now that Ethan and Lena have returned home, "strange" and "impossible "have taken on new meanings. Swarms of locusts, record-breaking heat, and devastating storms ravage Gatlin as Ethan and Lena struggle to understand the impact of Lena's Claiming. Even Lena's family of powerful Supernaturals is affected - and their abilities begin to dangerously misfire. As time passes, one question becomes clear: What - or who - will need to be sacrificed to save Gatlin?
For Ethan, the chaos is a frightening but welcome distraction. He's being haunted in his dreams again, but this time it isn't by Lena - and whatever is haunting him is following him out of his dreams and into his everyday life. Even worse, Ethan is gradually losing pieces of himself - forgetting names, phone numbers, even memories. He doesn't know why, and most days he's too afraid to ask.
Sometimes there isn't just one answer or one choice. Sometimes there's no going back. And this time there won't be a happy ending.

My Review:
 Beautiful Chaos picks up where Beautiful Darkness leaves off. Ethan and Lena are trying to find John Breed and fix the mess that he left. School is staring and Ridley is joining them. Link is a ladies man now and this causes major problems with Ridley and the cheerleaders. Amma has turned to the dark side and all of Gatlin is drying up and the heat is unbearable. If that wasn't enough, everyone's powers are messed up.

Anything I write in this review is not going to do any justice. I loved everything that was written. There are so many ups and downs, twists and turns and just too many things to write about. The characters come more into their own in this one. The story line is well written and I just love the whole southern vibe.

I love Ethan and Lena's love story and how they stand by each other no matter what. Ridley and Link are just too funny, they are some of my favorite characters in this series. I was pleasantly surprised by a new relationship that develops, you'll have to read the book to find out who it is. I enjoyed learning about Sarafine and who she was before she turned dark. Macon is always popping up when you least except him to which just makes it more interesting. Oh yeah and I can't leave out the cliffhanger ending. Yeah it's the best one yet!

Again, I can't express how much I LOVED reading this. Each time I read the next one it surprises me how much it tops the previous books. If you haven't started reading the Caster Chronicles series you should, it's amazing! I can't wait for the next one!

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Friday, February 24, 2012

In My Mailbox

In my mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristy @ The Story Siren.

This week I learned about a local author who lives in the same town I do.  I went up the street and purchased her book from a local gift shop.  It's a fantasy romance, which I love!  I also had a chance to meet the author, which is so cool.  She told me that this series is going to be a total of seven books.  I wanted to share this with you all and let you know how to purchase her book Fated.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

S. Ravynheart Author Interview & Giveaway

Congratulations to Amber, Emma & Kindlemom1!
Thanks to everyone who entered! 

Please welcome S. Ravynheart to Fantasy Book Chick

Author Interview

Tell us a little about yourself…

A little about myself…I am half of the Ravynheart / Archer team writing the books in the Sidhe series. I am also the cover artist for our stories.

What do you enjoy doing when not writing?

When I’m not writing I’m usually working on book covers. Or talking over the next part of the story with Archer. Or discussing how the next cover should look. Or…well, *chuckles* you get the picture. Our lives pretty much revolve around the stories.

When did you begin writing?

Aftershock is actually my first story to be published. Archer and I role played together, and I kept hearing “Your such a descriptive writer. You should write stories!” So when we decided to turn our role play storyline into a published work I had to write Jhear/Donovan’s first book.

Do you listen to music, drink coffee, etc. while writing?

When I’m writing, or doing anything creative, “I” get fully immersed into what I’m doing. I hear every sound, smell every scent, see every motion going on within the scene I’m writing. I get so “into” the scene that things happening around me for real, can go completely unnoticed.

What book are you currently reading, just finished reading or going to read next?

The only stories I have read recently are those that Archer and I are creating together. With my busy schedule I don’t have much time to read more than maybe a page or two at a time, if that much, so mostly Archer reads the next scene on whatever he is working on and we talk about what might happen next.

Who are some of your favorite authors?

Well, I haven’t had a chance to read much of anything in quite a while. I was a big fan of Stephen King and Dean Koontz way back when, but its been a long time since life got in the way of reading.

What other projects are you working on or having coming out next?

The Sidhe project is the main thing Archer and I are working on right now. We have stories coming out for all three miniseries, Rise of the Unseelie, Champion of the Fey, and Touched, on a regular basis. I consider the stories from all of them to be one project since they are all set in the same world, and the all intertwine multiple times through the big picture.

Why did you choose to write this genre?

I have always been a big fan of fantasy. Dragons, elves, magic, all of it. You have to be creative to think that kind of stuff up, and to follow along, and I’ve always had a creative mind. If I can go out and do it myself in the real world, I don’t want to read about it. When reading, my imagination has to be kept entertained.

If  you could be any paranormal or have a supernatural talent what would it be and why?

That is a tough one to answer. I would love to have the powers that Jhaer/Donovan does, being able to manipulate the ground beneath his, or his enemies, feet. But, I would also love to be a dragon. Being able to fly, soaring high above the ground. Plus the strength and wisdom dragons have, they are just awe-inspiring.

Tell us why readers will enjoy reading your book…

There is plenty to love about Aftershock. The intense story, as the noble Sidhe start the day in celebration, only to find themselves on the brink of extinction before night falls. Being a novelette, it doesn’t take long to read, yet the characters, the world, the entire experience is immersive and detailed. You get a good sense of the characters, and where they are coming from, and since the stories are serialized this is only the beginning for Jhear/Donovan, the lead character. All three storylines are set in the same world, with characters from each line making appearances in the other two.

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 Rise of the Unseelie series.

Aftershock is the first book in the Rise of the Unseelie series by S. Ravynheart & S. A. Archer.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

TASTE Cover Reveal

Taste by Kate Evangelista
At Barinkoff Academy, there's only one rule: no students on campus after curfew. Phoenix McKay soon finds out why when she is left behind at sunset. A group calling themselves night students threaten to taste her flesh until she is saved by a mysterious, alluring boy. With his pale skin, dark eyes, and mesmerizing voice, Demitri is both irresistible and impenetrable. He warns her to stay away from his dangerous world of flesh eaters. Unfortunately, the gorgeous and playful Luka has other plans.
When Phoenix is caught between her physical and her emotional attraction, she becomes the keeper of a deadly secret that will rock the foundations of an ancient civilization living beneath Barinkoff Academy. Phoenix doesn’t realize until it is too late that the closer she gets to both Demitri and Luka the more she is plunging them all into a centuries old feud.

My fellow blogger Kate Evangelista has this awesome book coming out soon.  It sounds good and I'm excited to read it when it comes out. 

Here's the links you'll want to check out her and her book!

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Everlasting (The Immortals #6) Review

Book:  Everlasting (The Immortals #6)
Author:  Alyson Noel
Publisher:  St. Martin's Press
Rating:  3 Stars
Level:  Young Adult
Source:  Library 

Summary from Goodreads:

Their epic love story has captured the hearts of millions and enchanted readers across the world.  In this beautiful finale, their journey draws to a spectacular conclusion—where all will be revealed.
Their darkest enemies now defeated, Damen and Ever are free to embark upon their final quest—to free Damen from the poison lingering in his body.  If they can just find the antidote, they’ll finally be able to feel each other’s touch—and experience the passionate night they’ve been longing for.  But their fight to be together will lead them into the most formidable terrain yet…into the dark heart of Summerland.
Here in a land of scorched earth and endless rain, Ever and Damen will discover their relationship’s hidden origins, expose a secret history they never imagined…and come face to face with the true reason fate keeps tearing them apart.  Only then, when the final mystery is unraveled and the last secret revealed, Ever and Damen’s future will hinge on one ultimate decision that will put everything at stake….even eternity.

My Review:
 Everlasting is the final book in the Immortals Series. I personally was hoping that it was better than some of the previous books. I loved reading the first book in this series. The others were alright. Some I loved and some were just ok, it got to be somewhat boring and frustrating along the way. I thought well I might as well read the last one and see how everything turns out.

It started off a little slow and was seeming to be the same old things happening. It picked up some and there were parts that I enjoyed reading. While in Summerland Lotus tells Ever to make this journey to find the tree which produces one piece of fruit every thousand years. Lotus tells them that Damon is not allowed to make the journey. He stays at home making the antidote. Jude however was part of the journey for some time and then takes off on his own path. I liked seeing the flash backs and learning of Ever and Damon in their beginning as Adeline and Alrik. I thought the whole journey for Ever took to much time in the book. I wanted more time of her and Damon and their friends.

For me I just thought it was ok. There is some romance and a little action but most of it was just boring to me. It mainly focused on Ever, and there wasn't much interaction with the other characters. While some of the characters in previous books I didn't care for I wished they were still around to liven this one up. I didn't care much for the ending either, was hoping for something different. If you have read the other books in this series than I would recommend reading this one to see how it all ends.

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Blood Sisters Review

Book:  Blood Sisters
Author:  Michelle Scott
Publisher:  Michelle Scott
Rating:  2 Stars
Level:  Young Adult
Source:  E-book Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads:
Starla had always imagined that becoming a vampire would make her popular, glamorous and wealthy. But after she and her best friend, Jordan, become undead, Starla realizes one thing: a vampire's life sucks.

Since there's no turning back, she tries to make the best of her situation, but it isn't easy. Especially not after her friend abandons her to serve the oldest, most powerful vampire in the city. Or when she gets on the bad side of a gang of vampires who've taken over the zoo. Or when she meets a really cute boy and ends up falling in love, only to find out that there's a major problem...she's a vampire, and he's a vampire killer.

My Review:
Best friends Starla and Jordan have always dreamed of becoming vampires. They thought it would be all glamorous and they would be wealthy. Turns out they were wrong.

I had high hopes for this when I started reading it. I was looking forward to the friendship and the romance. I was disappointed. I usually love reading vampire books. This one just didn't keep my interest, I found it boring at times.

Once Starla and Jordan become vampires they quickly realize it's not what they thought it would be. Jordan soon leaves Starla so she can serve the oldest most powerful vampire in the city. Starla roams the lonely streets at night deciding whether or not she wants to complete the transformation by feeding. Along the way she meets and falls in love with vampire hunter.

This book was unique in some ways and it had a good story line but it fell flat. It started off slow and I thought it would pick up but it just never really developed into anything. I liked Mercer and the little vampire that Starla becomes friends with. I just wished that their story lines would have developed. I felt that the ending came to quickly. It felt rushed to me.

I have read Uncommon Magic by Michelle Scott and loved it. I will continue to read more books by her though. With authors, there are some books you love and some not so much.

This e-book was given to me as a review copy. This did not affect my review in any way.

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

In My Mailbox

In my mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristy @ The Story Siren.

This week I downloaded for free on Smashwords:
In His Eyes Anthology (Stories from a Cute Guy) by Multiple Authors

This week I won:
Angel Evolution (Evolution Trilogy #1) by David Estes (e-book)
Swirls (The Outsiders Trilogy #1) by F.A. Hershey (e-book)
Hallowed (Unearthly #2) by Cynthia Hand

What did you get this week?

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Updates & How to follow

Hi everyone.  I wanted to take a minute and update you on what's going on.  The beginning of February was my one year blogversary.  I didn't get to post about it, I have been so busy.  I'm trying to juggle my blog, reading, reviewing books, my ebay store and church things.  I put my life in general and my family ahead of all the other things.  My mom told me the other day that I'm taking on too many things at once.  I honestly don't know how some of you do it all.  I'm exhausted by the day's end.  I am trying to get somewhat caught up and hope to be posting reviews soon again.  Ok so enough of my complaining.  :)

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Andy Gavin Author Interview

Please welcome Andy Gavin to Fantasy Book Chick

Tell us a little about yourself...
I’m a lifelong creator and explorer of worlds. As far back as first grade I remember spending most of the school day in one day dream or another. I had a huge notebook stuffed with drawings, story bits, and concepts for an elaborate Sci-Fi/Fantasy world I cobbled together from bits of Star Wars, Narnia, and Battlestar Galactica. By fourth or fifth grade not only was I loosing myself in every fantasy or Sci-Fi novel I could, but I was building Dungeons & Dragons castles and caverns on paper. Then from 1980 on the computer.

Over the following decades I wrote dozens of stories and created and published over a dozen video games all set in alternative universes. And as an avid reader (over 10,000 novels and who knows how many non-fiction volumes) it was no surprise that I eventually decided to write some books of my own.

What do you enjoy doing when not writing?
Spending time with my family. Reading (mostly speculative fiction and history). Food and wine. I’m an incurable gourmand. Photography, video games, technology, history, travel, and archeology are a few of my other passions. I’m particularly fascinated by the ancient western world.

When did you begin to write?
Fairly seriously in ninth grade. In high school, I won several national literary awards for my short stories and I was an editor and contributor to our high school literary magazine. In college, despite being a diehard science guy, I took creative writing classes (sometimes I was the only guy) and submitted stories to Science Fiction and Fantasy magazines (not that they ever bought any!). I co-wrote the stories for many of my best selling video games. But video games aren’t as story driven as novels, so don’t judge these in the same light J.

Do you listen to music, drink coffee, etc. while writing?
I’m a café espresso fiend (cappuccino in the morning) and I always listen to some music when writing. Lyrics interfere with serious writing or editing so trance techno is one of my favorite genres for that. Or something spacy like Miles Davis or Tangerine Dream if I don’t want to pound.

What book are you currently reading, just finished reading or going to read next?
I’m currently in the middle of The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder. So far, this is a really engrossing alternative history steampunk novel with Sir Richard Francis Burton (the explorer, not the actor) as the protagonist.

What are some of your favorite authors?
I have so many, but to start: George R. R. Martin, DanSimons, Tim Powers, Orson Scott Card, Guy Gavriel Kay, Sherri S. Tepper, Octavia Butler, Ian M. Banks, Jack L. Chalker, Robin Hobb, Stephen King, Gene Wolfe, Katherine Kurtz, and Vernor Vinge.

What other projects are you working on or having coming out next?
I have a second finished novel (it’s been through four major drafts and a full line edit). It’s called Untimed and is a YA time travel novel that chronicles the crazy adventures of a boy no one remembers, who falls through a hole in time and finds himself lost in the past. It’s very different with an extremely immediate first person present voice (in this book the only thing anyone can hold on to is the present). It rocks. Seriously rocks.

Why did you choose to write this genre?
I’ve been obsessed with vampires for decades. Not because they are romantic, but because they are undead – and I really mean undead – and because older ones are creatures that have stretched across the centuries. But it always bugs me in stories full of supernatural where they touch on the historical roots of superstitions but don’t bother to do the research. I always felt that, as they say, “truth is stranger than fiction” – if, like me, you count myth as truth – and so I wanted to write a fast paced supernatural action story where the spooky stuff is all based on real spooky stuff. And truly, the real deal is much more creepy.

If  you could be any paranormal or have a supernatural talent what would it be and why?
I’ve thought about this a lot.  Probably I’d be a telepath/pusher like Professor X. The combo of reading minds and controlling them would be totally badass, if horrifically unethical. And I’ve always been keen on having all the information. A vampire wouldn’t be too bad either if I didn’t have to kill my victims, only snack a bit.

Tell us why readers will enjoy reading your book…
I like to think it’s a really crafted story. Not only is there a ton of weird magic and terrible creatures all based on researched occult and superstition, but I tried to ground it with credible characters,rapid pacing, and fantastic scenes. I’m a pretty visual writer, I see each scene in my head shot by shot like a movie and I try and sketch just enough of that detail to rapidly convey my vision. Still, it’s really all about the characters. I tried as best I could – and only the reader can decide if I succeeded – to put myself in each of their heads. This is one of the reasons why two of the villains have points of view. I wanted to show that even cabals of ancient creepy beings out to destroy the world have their reasons.

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Transcendent Anthology & St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Hi everyone.  Author Rita Webb brought this to my attention and asked me to post about this to get the word out.  Right now 50% of February's net sales will go to St Jude Children's Research Hospital to support the care and treatment of children with cancer.  If you can help out by purchasing this book for yourself or giving it as a gift.  Every little bit helps out these children and St. Jude's.

Excerpt from Kiss of Death in the Transcendent Anthology.
Kiss of Death by Lani Woodland & Melonie Piper

Death and I shared a complicated history. During most of my seventeen years of life, it had followed me like a shadow I couldn’t outrun. Its icy fingers had closed around me more than once, but each time, I narrowly escaped. Even thinking about those encounters chilled my soul, but something always intervened. I survived. Not without more than my fair share of scares, though, and the knowledge that every second is precious.
Some sense of foreboding accompanied my dark thoughts, and apprehension haunted me as I stepped from the limo into the balmy Florida heat. The humidity caused my robin-blue gown to cling to my skeletal frame like shrink-wrap. My bald, scarred head was covered by a wig, perfectly styled and immune to the hot, sticky air.
Tall, slender palm trees swayed in the breeze as Nikki and I wove our way from the parking lot and into the hotel’s crowded lobby. Tonight would be perfect. It had to be—because tonight would be the highlight of my short life.
As the doctors had told me, the recent bout of sickness meant the experimental drug had failed. If the tumor returned, they would try another surgery, but there was little hope for a complete recovery. Within the next few months, I would most likely die. The news devastated my family, but as time passed, a sense of acceptance filled me. I decided not to waste one moment of the time I had left.
Tonight was no exception.
I settled into the party, ignoring the ever-present tug of death. Tonight, it seemed harder than usual to push away. I could almost feel its caress on my skin. I shivered. No matter where I moved around the room, it seemed as though something watched me. When I glanced over my shoulder, I half-expected to see the Angel of Death moving in to claim my soul. I rolled my eyes at my own imagination when all I found were the usual happenings at proms: people eating, dancing, and talking.
Enough of that. I’m here to have some fun.
I absorbed the heavy beat of the music while I danced, losing myself in the energy of prom night. It took an hour, but I finally managed to forget my unseen reaper, though the strain of activity after weeks of being bedridden took its toll.
“You’re looking kind of pale, Scarlet. Why don’t we go sit down?” Nikki asked.
“No, it’s okay. I’m fine.” But even as I said it, a wave of dizziness swept over me, and I grabbed a chair to steady myself.
“Sit down, stubborn girl. Your mom made me promise I wouldn’t let you overdo it tonight.”
“Too late, I think,” I muttered, low enough that Nikki didn’t hear, and pressed my hand against my overheated face. I tried not to lean on her arm too much as she walked me towards our table, but dizziness morphed into pain, and for a few moments, I saw double. I flopped into a chair with a thud and winced as the impact set off jackhammers inside my head.
“One of your headaches again?” Nikki frowned when I nodded. “I’m going to get you something to drink.” She turned toward the refreshment table, but not before I saw the worry in her eyes.
My head ached more than it had in a long time, since well before we’d begun the drug trial, and the pounding felt like something cracking its way out of my skull. I had a doctor’s appointment on Monday, a surgeon’s consult. I would have to get a pain prescription.
“Here, have some punch and rest,” Nikki said, pushing a white plastic cup into my hand. “I can sit with you,” she offered, but her eyes strayed to the dance floor where her boyfriend Joe danced.
I smiled at her. “Nikki, go.”
She shook her head. “No, I’m your date.”
“We both know I’m only your date because I missed too much school to buy my own ticket. Joe’s your date. Go dance with him. He looks lost without you.” Joe stood on the fringe of the dance floor with his hands clasped behind his back, swaying off beat to the music.
Nikki bit her lip. “Are you sure? I could stay.”
“I’m okay. Just go.”
She flashed me a quick grin and ran to Joe, and I smiled as I lifted my cup to my mouth. I looked casually around the room as I sipped and my eyes skimmed past a guy who walked through the ballroom doors and stepped off to the side. I gasped as I swallowed a mouthful of punch, which left me sputtering and coughing.
I blinked and looked again, expecting him to have vanished.
But he didn’t.
My heart pounded like the surf on the sand watching him move through the crowd. My cheeks flushed, and I wouldn’t have been surprised if my tongue unrolled from my mouth and thudded to the floor like a cartoon character. But who would have blamed me? It’s not every day the guy who visits you in your dreams strolls out of your REM cycle and into your senior prom. Yet there he was, the guy my mind had created in times of duress, standing casually among us. For a moment, I thought I imagined him, but then Garret O’Neil asked him a question and he nodded in reply.
“He’s real.” I’d spent most of my life living in fantasy novels, wishing magic into the reality of my life, complete with a benevolent knight who would ride into my life and whisk me away from all the pain. I looked at him again, still standing on the side of the room. The sight of him brought me hope. Maybe magic really existed in the world, and maybe I could be a part of it.
I stared at him harder, memorizing every characteristic and mannerism. His hair had the same messy waves I knew so well. My gaze traveled to his lips, remembering what it felt like to stare at them as they offered words of comfort. His sculpted cheeks, his long-lashed eyes, and his quirky smile—exactly the same as my dream guy. He even flicked his bangs back with a toss of his head, in the same absent-minded way. By the time I heard his deep rumbling laugh, my stomach clenched with certainty.
I frowned. Moments like this didn’t happen outside of the movies. Maybe the Make-A-Wish people had really upped their game; how else could Dream-Guy have materialized on the most important night of my life? Maybe it could be explained by the meds my doctor had given me. No, that explanation didn’t make sense. My medicine had side effects, but not the kind that caused hallucinations.
The pressure in my head increased, making my stomach lurch and black stars burst behind my eyes. I took a deep breath, combating the pain, and when it lessened, I immediately checked to see if he had vanished. I breathed a sigh of relief when I saw that he hadn’t disappeared.
Dream-Guy leaned against the wall, his dark eyes scanning the crowd as if looking for someone. My heart fluttered again, and a seed of hope sprouted in my heart that maybe he was searching for me. But the seed withered under the brutal sun of reality.
Me, dateless at prom. That was reality.
A brain tumor the doctor believed would grow back, and painful headaches suggesting it already had. That was reality.
In reality, the odds of surviving another surgery were zero.
I really hated reality.

Transcendent Anthology Blurb:
Discover the secrets of a siren, fly with a hawk girl over the mountains
of Montana, and flee supernatural party-crashers as the décor comes to
life in this magical journey through paranormal stories.

Along the way, watch for ghosts in a haunted house, or ride through the
moonlight with a stranger. Save a comatose boy who has lost his soul, and
don’t forget to bring your garlic and wolfsbane—you never know when the
shadows will snag you.

Transcendent includes eight stories of magic, love, death, and choice by
some of the newest names in young adult fiction.

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

S.A. Archer Guest Post & Giveaway

The three winners are:
Elizabeth, Katherine & Samantha
The winners have been contacted via email.  Thank you to all who entered.

Please welcome S.A. Archer to Fantasy Book Chick

To Be a Champion

The function of Champion in any race is first and foremost diplomatic in nature. As the Champion of the Sidhe, Lugh Samildanach represents the Sidhe race in negotiations with other races, be they fey or dragon or human. To hold such a post requires a deep loyalty and love for all members of one’s race against all outsiders. The Sidhe, as a race, are the pinnacle of magic made manifest. Like all varieties of fey, the Sidhe’s very body is only part physical, but also in equal measure magical in substance. The Sidhe have more magic stored within them than any other creature, which is why they are also referred to as the noble elves and are the ruling class of fey.
As Champion, Lugh sees each Sidhe as precious. Though the Sidhe can live eternally in optimal conditions, and are immune to most diseases, they can be slain. Each fallen Sidhe is a blow to the race as a whole, for they only produce a few offspring in their lifetimes and fertile couples are rare and revered.
Lugh’s unabating love for all his people is but the first prerequisite of the Champion of the Sidhe. The second is the strength, skill, and willingness to do all that must be done to ensure that protection. Lugh’s surname, Samildanach, literally translated to ‘master of all trades.’ Since his youth he studied skills as varied as warfare, metalsmithing, politics and magicraft. At a young age, Lugh’s natural talent caught the attention of Nuada, the king of the Seelie Court. The king ensured that Lugh was trained by the most skilled craftsmen and warriors of the Seelie Court, and with Lugh’s hunger to excel, he quickly mastered them all. After Nuada was wounded in battle, he bestowed the mantle of Champion of the Sidhe upon Lugh. The responsibility weighed heavily upon his young shoulders, but as with all Lugh undertook, he dedicated himself fully to the role.
Lugh was the first, and has been the only, Champion of the Sidhe. For several thousands of years, as others came and left the Seelie throne, Lugh remained ever the Champion of his people. He led the fight in the Sidhe-goblin wars and spearheaded the battle that drove the wizards from Ireland. In negotiation with vampires, humans, and races of lesser fey, the currency has often been blood, sex, or magic; prices he willingly paid to protect his people.
The role of Champion became ingrained so deeply into his personality that he placed this responsibility before all other considerations. It became his identity so utterly, that any disaster to befall the Sidhe he takes upon himself as a personal failing. And failure, for someone who has never accepted less from himself than perfection, is not something he can forgive himself.

Lugh’s first story in the Champion of the Sidhe series is “End of the World,” and it can be downloaded for free from Barnes and Noble, Sony, and Kobo. The Kindle and PDF versions are free from Smashwords.!/The_Sidhe

Giveaway time!
3 Winners will win all 
5 e-books in the Champion of the Sidhe series!
End of the World is the first book in the Champion of the Sidhe series by S.A. Archer

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Free Two Days Only: A Vampire Novel with Actual Bite!

FREE Two Days Only: A Vampire Novel with Actual Bite!

As the modern world establishes itself and pushes the supernatural into the shadows, the supernatural fights back.

The Darkening Dream is a chilling new dark fantasy novel by Andy Gavin, creator of Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter, that has received rave reviews on Amazon and Goodreads and is FREE for two days only on Amazon Kindle (February 7th to 8th)! Download your FREE copy here:

Long-time readers of dark historical fantasy (Tim Powers, Guy Gavriel Kay, Katherine Kurtz) will appreciate the weaving together of mythology, occult, and religion, while younger readers and fans of HBO dramas (True Blood, Carnivàle) or urban fantasy (Laurell K. Hamilton, Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher) will be drawn to the twisted imagination, graphic action, and romantic tension.

About The Darkening Dream

Even as the modern world pushes the supernatural aside in favor of science and steel, the old ways remain. God, demon, monster, and sorcerer alike plot to regain what was theirs.

1913, Salem, Massachusetts – Sarah Engelmann’s life is full of friends, books, and avoiding the pressure to choose a husband, until an ominous vision and the haunting call of an otherworldly trumpet shake her. When she stumbles across a gruesome corpse, she fears that her vision was more of a premonition. And when she sees the murdered boy moving through the crowd at an amusement park, Sarah is thrust into a dark battle she does not understand.

With the help of Alex, an attractive Greek immigrant who knows a startling amount about the undead, Sarah sets out to uncover the truth. Their quest takes them to the factory mills of Salem, on a midnight boat ride to spy on an eerie coastal lair, and back, unexpectedly, to their own homes. What can Alex’s elderly, vampire-hunting grandfather and Sarah’s own rabbi father tell them? And what do Sarah’s continuing visions reveal?

No less than Gabriel’s Trumpet, the tool that will announce the End of Days, is at stake, and the forces that have banded to recover it include a 900 year-old vampire, a trio of disgruntled Egyptian gods, and a demon-loving Puritan minister. At the center of this swirling cast is Sarah, who must fight a millennia-old battle against unspeakable forces, knowing the ultimate prize might be her very soul.

The Reviews Are In

"A vampire novel with actual bite." ~The Kirkus Reviews

"Mr. Gavin has brought something refreshingly new to a genre now suffused with poorly-concealed bodice-rippers which have more in common with Fabio than Bram Stoker: depth. His big baddies are scary, not romantic interests, and the added religious lore is complex and engaging. Don't expect another Twilight -- the story can get downright creepy, so be prepared for a return to the old horror sensibilities of supernatural fiction." ~Amazon Review

"With Mr. Gavin's video-game pedigree, I was expecting something aimed squarely at the 18-25 year old fanboy contingent; what I got in The Darkening Dream was something wholly unexpected: A period novel with a female protagonist, a crash-course on Judaism in the colonial years, and multi-layered series of plot arcs featuring a crazy cast of natural and supernatural characters populating 18th Century Colonial America." ~Amazon Review

"…A perfect blend of mystery, magic and myth. A grown-up Grimm's fairy tale...emphasis on grim."  ~Amazon Review

Read the first two sample chapters here >>

Get your FREE copy of The Darkening Dream for two days only on Amazon here.

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Saturday, February 4, 2012

In my mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristy @ The Story Siren.

This week I downloaded for free on Amazon:
Taken by Charlotte Abel (e-book)
Enchantment by Charlotte Abel (e-book)
Exiled (Immortal Essence #1) by RaShelle Workman (e-book)
Gifts of the Blood (Gifted Blood #1) by Vicki Keire (e-book)
Darkness in the Blood (Gifted Blood #2)  by Vicki Keire (e-book)

I am not accepting review books for a while, just have so many right now. 
So might not have many In my mailboxes for awhile.