Monday, September 21, 2015

Author Interview & Giveaway: Marc Johnson

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Congratulations to Brigman, you are the winner!

Please welcome author Marc Johnson to Fantasy Book Chick 

Marc is the author of one of my favorite fantasy series:
The Passage of Hellsfire

Author Interview Questions

Tell us a little about yourself...

I’m a man who can barely keep up with his own thoughts and whose mind is never in the present.

What do you enjoy doing when not writing?

I read a lot, watch way too much TV and movies, and I also spend a lot of time gaming—board and card gaming mostly. Every weekend, I seem to be a tournament of some sort. While I’m not as good as I used to be because I’m old now, I do enjoy the social aspect of playing games with friends, and I love competing and winning!

When did you begin writing?

I was about 7 or 8 when I began writing. One of my earliest stories was basically The Adventures of Milo & Otis except it was about my turtle who had ran away. Long, sad story.

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

Sometimes I’ll listen to music when I’m writing. More often than not, I’m watching TV while I write. And by watching, I mean, listening. And by listening, I mean, it’s on in the background and only if it’s a good or interesting show do I actually pay attention to it.

How long does it take you to write a book?

Not very long. Maybe two to four months. Of course, editing is what takes me forever. I have to get it right. You should see the early drafts of some of my books. They’re terrible. But I’ll take as long as needed to get the story right. That’s all that matters to me.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

Dreams. All my story ideas come from the dreams I have, which considering stories I’ve written, and plan to write, seems a bit strange. I have an uncanny ability to retain my dreams and control them if I want to. Thanks Kruger for terrorizing me when I was a kid!

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

One of the books I’m currently reading is Brandon Sanderson’s Words of Radiance. It’s good, although I much prefer the first book more, and his other works like the Mistborn trilogy and Warbreaker are much better.

Who are some of your favorite authors?

In no particular order, Kevin J. Anderson, Brandon Sanderson, Stephen King, Joe Hill, Jim Butcher, Sophie Kinsella. I’m sure I’m forgetting some.

Why did you choose to write this genre?

I never think about the genre I choose to write in. I have an idea for a story and then I write. It’s only afterwards do I try to think about the genre it can fit in.

Do you design your own book covers or is there someone that designs them for you?

I currently use Deranged Doctor Design for the covers of my book. I recently went to them after my former cover artist quit doing covers. I completely revamped the covers of my books when I did so. I give them ideas and have the power of veto but it’s all them.

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

I don’t know if it’s a supernatural talent, but if I could, I would have the power of flight. Whether it be with wings, some kind of anti-gravity force, magnetic pushing, or telekinesis, it doesn’t matter to me. It would be the most fun thing I could do and it’s the only ability I could have that wouldn’t corrupt me.

Tell us a little bit about your book or books…

My main work is a young adult, fantasy series called The Passage of Hellsfire. It’s an adventure with magic, romance, and destiny.

Can you tell us a little about the main character or characters in your latest book?

In my latest book, Reawakening, Hellsfire is juggling multiple things. He’s trying to find a cure for the princess, defeat his old enemy, and work together with the wizard council so that there isn’t another war. It’s a lot of responsibility for a young man to handle, and it’s beginning to take its toll on him. Luckily, he’s not alone.

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

As I usually do after writing a The Passage of Hellsfire novel, I’m going to take a break and write another short story/novella. It’s about a young woman who can slip inside bodies and take control of them. She has a bit of fun and some good intentions, but things start to turn ugly.

Tell us why readers will enjoy reading your book...

If they want to go on an adventure full of wonder, magic, fun, hope, romance, and determination, they will enjoy it, and be in for quite a ride.

Where can readers purchase your book or books from?

They can purchase it from whatever’s easiest for them.






Are you on social media?  If so where can readers connect with you and your books?

I’m in the air, everywhere!


 Catalyst (The Passage of Hellsfire, #1)What Once Was One (The Passage of Hellsfire, #2)Reawakening (The Passage of Hellsfire, Book 3)

One winner will receive the first three books (e-books) in the series.
**Open internationally**

One winner will receive the first two books (print books) in the series.
**Open to the Unites States Only**

To enter all you need to do is leave a comment.  Please include your email address and if you live in the United States or International.   

The winners will be chosen and an email will be sent to notify the winners that they have won.  The author Marc Johnson will contact the winners for any additional information  (where to send e-books or print books). 

*Giveaway ends September 28, 2015*

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Review: Girl Steals Guy (Borrowing Abby Grace #2) by Kelly Green

Girl Steals Guy (Borrowing Abby Grace, #2) 

Book: Girl Steals Guy (Borrowing Abby Grace #2)
Author: Kelly Green
Publisher: Backlit Fiction
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book (downloaded - free promotion awhile back)

Summary from Goodreads:
Smart and sassy Abby Grace is a seventeen-year-old with a talent for getting out of trouble. Sent to repair the lives and loves of teenagers on the edge of disaster, Abby is the perfect girl for the job. She has everything going for her… except one thing: a body. 

Girl Steals Guy: Borrowing Abby Grace, Episode 2

Dropped into the life of a gorgeous senior with a heartbroken best friend, Abby Grace must navigate high school keg parties, football games and power couples as she discovers that love and revenge are sometimes the same thing. 

My Review: 
Girl Steals Guy is the second installment in the Borrowing Abby Grace series. I enjoyed it just as much or maybe a little more than the first one. The author has a way of keeping you hooked and guessing until the end.

In this one Abby finds herself in Michelle's body and life. She thinks she must reunite her best friend Heather and her boyfriend Sam. At first I had the same thoughts as Abby/Michelle that Sam is just a jerk quarterback football player. But as the story went on I came to realize that things are not always what they seem. Every time I thought I knew what Abby's real mission was the author put a new twist and the story changed again. I did not see the ending coming and what the real reason Abby was there for.

I really am enjoying this series and they are so quick to read. I loved that Abby got rewarded with a memory from her real life. I hope to get more background on Abby and Will in future installments. I am looking forward to reading more stories from this author.

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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Review: The Shadow (Borrowing Abby Grace #1) by Kelly Green

The Shadow (Borrowing Abby Grace, #1) 

Book: The Shadow (Borrowing Abby Grace)
Author: Kelly Green
Publisher: Backlit
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book (downloaded - free promotion awhile back)

Summary from Goodreads:
Smart and sassy Abby Grace is a seventeen-year-old with a talent for getting out of trouble. Sent to repair the lives and loves of teenagers on the edge of disaster, Abby is the perfect girl for the job. She has everything going for her… except one thing: a body.

This fast-paced and exciting episode is the first installment in an ongoing mystery series with a supernatural twist.

Episode 1

When Abby Grace wakes up in the back of a van, she has no idea who she is, how she got there, or why anyone would want to kidnap her. After escaping her masked captors, she hurries home, only to discover that she unknowingly left her younger brother behind in the van. Unable to answer the police’s questions with her memories gone, she retreats to the safety of her bedroom where she tries to reconstruct her life. Just as she is settling into the belief that things will one day return to normal, she looks in the mirror—and sees a stranger’s face.
As Abby learns next, she has become a Shadow, sent to inhabit the lives of strangers in trouble. With nothing to go on except the vague hints of her cute but maddening Guardian, a 19th century ghostly teenager named Will, Abby sets out to rescue the missing brother. But she will need all of her intelligence, fearlessness, and wit, because if she fails to find him in time, she will remain trapped in this unfamiliar body forever.

My Review:
The Shadow is a short, fast and exciting read. It is a bit of mystery with a supernatural twist. The story flows along at a great pace and gives the reader unexpected twists and turns.

Abby wakes up to find herself in the back of a van with strangers. She also can't remember who she is. When she realizes she has been kidnapped she makes a quick escape out the back. Once the police take her home her father wants to know where her brother Paul is. It's not long before she meets Will and finds out that she is a shadow. She takes over bodies to help the person fix a problem in their life. Abby has taken over Brooke's body and life in this first installment. She thinks this will be easy, just find Paul and maybe she can go back to being Abby, whoever that may be.

The author did a great job of keeping me on the edge of my seat with all the mystery and suspense. I was shocked when the story came to a close. I was way off track of what I thought was going on with the plot. I loved it, it was not predictable at all. But really exciting and unique. I have already started reading the second book because I had to know what happened to Abby next. Readers that love mystery and/or supernatural elements will enjoy this series. 

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Review: Hallowed (Waters Dark and Deep #1) by Monica Leonelle

Hallowed (Waters Dark and Deep #1) 
Book: Hallowed (Waters Dark and Deep #1)
Author: Monica Leonelle
Publisher: Spaulding House 
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book review copy

Summary from Goodreads:
The van Rossum siblings have lost their mother, but little do they know that all her secrets died with her.

Secrets about her magical origins. Secrets that could get them killed.

Brie van Rossum has always been the baby of the family, until she discovers that she is a Hallow, a descendant of humans and archangels. Oh, and that everything her mother has ever told her is a lie. Now, she has to protect her family and there is no room for error; if she makes a single mistake she could lose everything, including the people she loves. But the people who claim they can help her have their own motives, and she has no idea who to trust as she navigates her new reality.

Pilot van Rossum feels like his life is spinning out of control. His mother has passed away recently, his family is constantly hounded by the media, and he can’t figure out how to control his younger sister. He turns to a beautiful stranger for solace and quickly becomes wrapped up in her world. But she has her own demons, demons that threaten to come between them unless Pilot can change her mind.

A broken family, a deadly secret, an impossible romance… Hallowed is the first book in Waters Dark and Deep, a sexy new young adult urban fantasy series by Monica Leonelle (recommended for mature teens 14+).

This short novel is 47,500 words (roughly 225 printed pages).

My Review: 
Hallowed is a fast, fun and well written story. I was pulled in right from the beginning and was left wanting more when I finished reading it.

Brie and her brother Pilot move to Hawaii to live with their rock star dad after their mom is killed in a plane crash. Brie is struggling with making friends, her relationship with her dad, dodging the paparazzi and when finding out that she is a Hallow. She is not just any Hallow though, she is a powerful one. Pilot has his own issues, trying to keep Brie out of trouble and his feelings toward a girl named Kennedy. It doesn't take long before things start getting out of control. Once others, both good and evil find out what Brie is it seems everyone is after her.

The story is told from different view points which I liked. The author did a great job setting up the scenes and giving the reader just enough without giving too much away. It was so good that I didn't want to put it down. I would recommend this young adult fantasy readers. I really enjoyed it and am excited to find out what is in store for rest of the series. This e-book was provided to me for review. This did not affect my review in any other way.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Review: Pisces (Zodiac Twin Flames #1) by Rachel Medhurst

Pisces by Rachel Medhurst 

Book: Pisces (Zodiac Twin Flames #1)
Author: Rachel Medhurst
Publisher: CreateSpace
Level: Young Adult
Source: Paperback - Won @  ReadAways

Summary from Goodreads:
The bracelet around my wrist was a permanent reminder of my mission. The silver charm that was attached to the leather cord was stamped with my birth sign. Mission: Unite with my twin flame soulmate in this lifetime.

My brothers, sisters, and I were each named after the star sign we were born under. We knew that our soul purpose was to fall madly in love and battle through the obstacles that led to that true love.

Antony crept up on me and caught me unaware. He was nothing like I'd imagined my twin flame soulmate to be. When he started to run, I found that I had to give chase. I had to complete my mission.

My Review:
Pisces is the first book in the Zodiac Twin Flames series. It was a fast read and I liked it.

Pisces and her siblings have agreed to come to Earth to find their twin flame soulmates. Their mission is to find their soulmate and bring true love to Earth. There are a group of people, the Dysfunctionals, that have tried to stop them for many lifetimes. Pisces has no idea at first who her twin flame soulmate is but she intends to find out and make it last this time.

The book has a good story line but for me it just didn't live up to what I thought it was going to be. Every time Pisces starts to get close to Antony he leaves and wants nothing to do with her. Then when he starts to show interest she runs away. There were some other things that just kept happening over and over again. It was just a bit too much of this off and on throughout the story.

We get a little bit of background information but I would have liked to learned more about the characters. By the end we are left with lots of answered questions. It felt a bit rushed at times and it seemed like it was all tied up quickly but not really finished by the end.

All this said I did enjoy it and it was a fun, fast read. I would like to read the next book in this series. I am hoping that some of my issues with this book are fixed by the next book. This book was won in a giveaway. This did not affect my review in any way. 

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Review: Reawakening (The Passage Of Hellsfire #3) By Marc Johnson

Reawakening by Marc   Johnson 

Book: Reawakening (The Passage Of Hellsfire #3)
Author: Marc Johnson
Publisher:  Longshot Publishing 
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book review copy

Summary from Goodreads:
To undo a mistake made a thousand years in the past, the wizard Hellsfire used his magic to bring down the Great Barrier that once divided the northern and southern lands. In doing so, he nearly brought war to his own homeland, and he afflicted the love of his life, Princess Krystal of Alexandria, with a potent and deadly curse.

Since then, Hellsfire has been working in Tyree with its Elemental Council, to rebuild its war-torn land and find a way to break Krystal’s curse. Now Krystal’s time is running out. As the princess fights for her life, Hellsfire learns that the wizard responsible for the curse—his old enemy Premier—is heading to the Burning Sands to steal the mysterious Jewel of Dakara.

If Hellsfire can capture Premier and learn the secret of the curse, he can save Krystal. But the Jewel of Dakara holds its own deadly secrets, and the hunt will take Hellsfire farther than he ever imagined, and cost him more than he bargained for.

The past is never gone nor buried... 

My Review:
Reawakening was definitely worth the wait. It is by far the best and my favorite of this series so far. I was on the edge of my seat from the beginning to the end. The author brought so much more to this story and the characters.

Hellsfire and some friends travel to the Burning Sands to try to find Premier and a cure for Princess Krystal. What they find is so much more. From learning about ancient demons to a realm of fairies, Hellsfire has a lot to deal with. He needs to find a cure for Krystal, capture Premier and defeat an ancient, powerful demon. All the while try to figure out ancient runes, survive in the Netherrealm and keep himself and his friends alive.

There is so much excitement that goes on within this story. While it is emotional, suspenseful and full of action, it is so much fun to read. I kept thinking what an incredible adventure Hellsfire is on. But then I thought well I don't think he would see it as an adventure but more as survival. For the reader it is one awesome ride. Every time I thought I knew what was going to happen next the story would take a sharp turn. The author keeps you on your toes, you never know what is going to happen next.

There are so many new characters along with ones from the previous books that I really like. There are so many new things happening. The last part of the book the author throws a major curve ball into the story. I loved reading it and am looking forward to the coming books in this series! This e-book was provide to me for review. This did not affect my review in any way.

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