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Tooth and Blade
by Julian Barr

Parts 1-3 of the legendary TOOTH AND BLADE series together for the first time!

Tooth_and_Blade_KindleTwo worlds. One destiny.

Dóta has dwelled sixteen years among the trolls. She knows nothing but the darkness of her family’s cave. Her mother says humans are beasts who would slay them all. Yet the gods of Asgard whisper in the night: Dóta is a child of men, a monster unto monsters.

To discover her human side, Dóta must take up her bone knife and step into the light above. Secrets await her in the human realm—beauty, terror, the love of a princess.

Soon Dóta must choose between her clan and humankind, or both worlds will be devoured in fire and war.

A monster sheds no tears.


Norse mythology meets historical fantasy in Tooth And Blade. Step into a realm of haunted meres, iron and magic.

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My Review:

I enjoyed this book, made up of the 3 novellas; Foundling, Between Worlds and Well of Fate. They flowed seamlessly from one to the next.

Dota has been brought up alongside her troll brother, Grethor, by Modor, also a troll, and has been taught that humans are beasts. However, as a human herself she wants to know more about her kind.

When things go wrong during a hunting lesson with Grethor, Dota finds herself living in the human world, and discovers she’s the only one with the magic to stop Grethor.

The writing immersed me in the two very different ‘worlds’ that Dota inhabits and I liked being with Dota as she explored the human world, met some wonderful characters, and came to terms with her new identity.

( I received a complimentary copy of the book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.)

 

The Author:

Julian Barr author photoJulian Barr first fell in love with all things ancient and magical in childhood, when he staged his own version of I, Claudius using sock puppets. After his PhD in Classics, he did a brief stint as a schoolteacher, hated being called ‘sir,’ and dived into storytelling. Although he remains open to the possibilities of sock puppet theatre, historical fantasy is his passion. He has published scholarly research on Roman medicine and the gastronomic habits of Centaurs, but prefers to think of himself as an itinerant bard. He is also the author of the Ashes of Olympus trilogy.

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Five on Friday

Five on Friday

 

Five Giveaways

The following five giveaways are free to enter. I’m sending extra good luck your way to combat the fact that it’s Friday 13th!!!

 

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Michelle A Bailey’s BookBub Builder Bash

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Win a $300 Amazon Gift Card!

Follow some amazing authors on Bookbub for a chance to win a $300 Amazon gift card! The more you follow the more chances you have to win! You can also come back every day for special tasks that will earn you daily entry points!

 

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C.L. Cannon’s Urban Fantasy Giveaway!

C.L. Cannon’s Urban Fantasy Giveaway!

Subscribe to today’s bestselling Urban Fantasy authors for a chance to win one paperback of Side Jobs by Jim Butcher, Ghosts of Gotham by Craig Schaefer, Dead Things by Stephen Blackmoore, Supernatural Pop Quiz Cards, one Lucifer Morningstar cup, one Supernatural Castiel plushie, and two Good Omens bookmarks.

 

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Lucky Readers Author 2020 St Pats Giveaway

Lucky Readers Author2020 St Pats Giveaway

Over 30 prizes & chances to win with a GP of $42 Paypal Cash, Gift Cards, Books, Mystery Prizes, Jewelry & More

 

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Authors’ Billboard’s March Contest!

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2 chances for you to win a prize this month…
Win one $25.00 Amazon Gift Card or win an e-copy of any of the collections showing on the Authors’ Billboard Book page.

 

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Win a £25 Amazon gift card. All you have to do is RT and Follow @iBookLuver and they will choose the lucky draw winner from there.

The Dark Valley by Claire Plaisted

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The Dark Valley

Fantasy YA portraying a strong woman and a start to romance.

A dark fairy tale with some not very likeable creatures called Trolls who run mines to source precious gems.

The Crones are witch-like characters who want what every older woman wants – to be young and pretty.

The Crones have magical powers, and they take the soul of the young people to help them achieve this. That is until along came Clarissa who finally breaks the curse on their valley.

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Excerpt:

      “Father,” he grinned. “What’s with the next valley over? It’s like winter over there, all cold and dark.”
      “Evil is there, don’t say you…”
      “No, I stayed in the forest father. I didn’t like the look of it.”
      “Good, remember to stay away, too,” he scolded.
      “Evil? What type of evil lives close to us?”
      “Why so interested Caspian?”
      “I – I heard a girl singing with such a pure voice, it was beautiful.”
      “Pure evil,” he frowned. “Stay away, the witches don’t like strangers, most never come back.”
      “Don’t worry father, I was only wondering.”
      “Remember, curiosity killed the cat.”
      They entered the house, grabbing a drink of ale each as they sat waiting for their dinner.

 

Meet The Author:

19665685_718249235027457_1725033702798672059_nYou want to know who I am? Well, let’s see!

I’m British born and bred, although I have lived most of my life in New Zealand. Sweet as? (Kiwi Saying) I love New Zealand, best little country in the world today, though I’m sure others will have different opinions.

First and foremost, I am a wife and mother of four children, though we lost our youngest 17 years ago. My husband and I have been married for 28 years this year. Our two eldest daughters are in the UK having their OE (Overseas Experience as they call them in Kiwiland). My son is about to start university to study architecture.

This will be the first time my husband and I will have true freedom to do as we wish, when we wish, without the phrase “Get a room” from the kids with our reply of “Don’t need one. Got a house.” And that was just about kissing…lol. Kids these days!

I am a Family History Researcher and have been for the past twenty years. I fell into writing in 2012 and became a multi-genre author because the muses…yeah more than one…wouldn’t shut the up. I have published over thirty books and have over a hundred drafts on my computer. My main genres are Children’s Adventure Stories, Young Fantasy, Young Adult Fantasy, New Adult Murder Mystery Romance under my own name. Under my pen name of Beth Bayley, I write Contemporary Billionaire Romance (reverse aka the woman is the billionaire) as well as a set of Mythical Welsh stories. I also have one wayward muse who I call Chloe King who is an Erotic Author. Pain in the … and a nympho. Meanwhile, I’ll stay prudish, thanks.

In 2014 I set up my own Publishing Company called Plaisted Publishing House Ltd, which now runs an Author Assist program for Formatting, Editing and Book Covers. We’ve helped over 32 clients in various different ways. We also do Family History Books.

I join EE last year, though I have only recently found the time to get my first book sorted. It is called ‘The Dark Valley’ by Claire Plaisted and is about a young woman who is strong in nature.

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Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker.

Welcome to Teaser Tuesday, the weekly Meme that wants you to add books to your TBR! You can also just share what you are currently reading. It’s very easy to play along, as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Grab your current read
  2. Open to a random page
  3. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • -BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

 

Tooth and BladeTwyla assured me tending the goats and fetching water were part of my training, like stargazing and talking of the Norns and the fates, but I suspected she just needed the help. She should have asked, no need for tricks.

~Tooth and Blade by Julian Barr

Saturday Spotlight

saturday spotlight

 

One Green Bottle by Curtis Bausse

One Green Bottle

 

When Magali Rousseau sets out as a private detective, she expects to take pictures of dodgy salesmen and adulterers. Wrong. Her very first case, and it’s murder. Then comes another. And another. Until she finds herself trapped with a killer whose only aim is to make her his tenth – and final – victim.

Set in Provence, One Green Bottle is not just about Magali’s hunt for a serial killer. It’s also the story of a woman recently divorced, in search of a new life. But in a man’s world, she can only succeed by defeating her own doubts.

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My Review:

A well-written page-turner, with action and suspense.

Recently divorced, Magali, needs a new direction in life. As a joke, her daughter-in-law suggests a private investigator and a therapist, and makes her a sign for each.

Magali suddenly has two clients, one for each business – a man seeking therapy and a woman who wants her to investigate her son’s murder.

As more murders come to light, Magali has her own ideas about the crimes, but isn’t taken seriously by the police.

Magali is a strong character who, although she spends some time “in the doldrums”, is intelligent and adapts well to her new circumstances, as well as her career change.

One Green Bottle is a well-crafted and intriguing story, with plenty of twists and surprises.

 

The Author:

Curtis BausseI grew up in Wales, was educated in England and have spent most of my life in France.

I’ve been writing since the age of 10, when my first poem was sent to a competition by my English teacher. After moving to France, I ran a café-theatre till it got demolished, whereupon I scratched my head, wondering what to do next. Eventually I became a university lecturer, specialising in Second Language Acquisition, even though (apart, obviously, from French) I’ve spectacularly failed to learn any languages (I’m currently trying Dutch and can already say ‘The turtle eats the sandwich’, which is very encouraging).

I spent two years in Mayotte, a tiny, unknown island in the Indian Ocean, which France bought for 1000 piastres in 1842.

Magali Rousseau (my heroine) got into a lot of trouble there, but now, like me, she’s back in Provence, where she jogs, paints, and catches murderers.

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Five on Friday

Five on Friday

Five reads for March

These five books are on my to-read list this month.
I have four books to read for blog tours coming up on Just Books, and an ARC from by one of my favourite authors.

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Tooth and Blade
by Julian Barr

Parts 1-3 of the legendary TOOTH AND BLADE series together for the first time!

Tooth and BladeTwo worlds. One destiny.

Dóta has dwelled sixteen years among the trolls. She knows nothing but the darkness of her family’s cave. Her mother says humans are beasts who would slay them all. Yet the gods of Asgard whisper in the night: Dóta is a child of men, a monster unto monsters.

To discover her human side, Dóta must take up her bone knife and step into the light above. Secrets await her in the human realm–beauty, terror, the love of a princess.

Soon Dóta must choose between her clan and humankind, or both worlds will be devoured in fire and war.

A monster sheds no tears.

Norse mythology meets historical fantasy in TOOTH AND BLADE. Step into a realm of haunted meres, iron and magic.

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Helene
by Karl Drinkwater

Dr Helene Vermalle is shaping the conscience of a goddess-level AI.

HeleneAs a leading civilian expert in Emergent AI Socialisation, she has been invited to assist in a secret military project.

Her role? Helping ViraUHX, the most advanced AI in the universe, to pass through four theoretical development stages. But it’s not easy training a mind that surpasses her in raw intellect. And the developing AI is capable of killing her with a single tantrum.

On top of this, she must prove her loyalty to the oppressive government hovering over her shoulder. They want a weapon. She wants to instil an overriding sense of morality.

Can she teach the AI right and wrong without being categorised as disloyal?

Lost Tales of Solace are short side-stories set in the Lost Solace universe.

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Five Minutes, Alfie
by Lily Mae Walters

Five Minutes, AlfieAlfie snuggles down in bed,
dreams still in his little head.

He dreams he’s a king going out for a ride.
“A dragon sleeps in front of the gate,” they cried.

How will they succeed in waking him up?
By helping each other and lots of luck.

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On a Falling Tide
by Georgia Hill

Two women. Connected by heartbreak, separated in time. Can Charity save the man she loves, or will Lydia’s vengeful spirit prove too strong?

On a Falling TideTwo haunting love stories and a hundred and fifty-year-old curse…

When the beloved grandfather who brought her up dies, Charity is left struggling to cope. Alone and rootless, she’s drawn to the sleepy fishing village of Beaumouth near Lyme Regis and begins to research her family tree.

A chance encounter with attractive boat-builder Matt sparks a chain of mysterious and unsettling events and leads Charity to uncover the story of a young girl who lived in the village over a hundred years before.

In 1863 all Lydia Pavey wants to do is follow in Mary Anning’s footsteps and become a ‘fossilist.’ Instead, she is being forced into marriage to a man she barely knows.

Charity’s obsession with Lydia becomes all-consuming and she risks losing everything. With a longed-for family tantalisingly in reach, will Charity find the happy ever after she’s yearned for and, most importantly, can she save the man she loves?

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The Breaking (ARC)
by K.S. Marsden

The BreakingMark thought being a witch would be easy, but it has ruined everything.

Now, he has to fight for his friends and the guy that he loves.

Which would be challenging enough, without school being a living nightmare; more demons than he can handle; and witches that have strayed from the light.

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Wednesday Word

Wednesday words

Scanning one of my bookcases for a word to use for today’s book covers, Covenant jumped out at me. The book in on my shelf was Child of the Covenant by Kim Gravel. A quick Goodreads search came up with 5809 books with ‘covenant’ in the title.

Weeding out the books with plurals, Covenants, and titles with other words, like The Everlasting Covenant, and The Covenant of the Flame narrowed it down to 47.

Of those 47 books, 13 had only blank Bookreads covers, 1 was duplicated, 1 didn’t have the word Covenant on the cover, 2 had only words on the cover and 1 was a film.

I’ve chosen 10 covers from the remaining 30, six of which may make it on to my to-read list.

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Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker.

Welcome to Teaser Tuesday, the weekly Meme that wants you to add books to your TBR! You can also just share what you are currently reading. It’s very easy to play along, as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Grab your current read
  2. Open to a random page
  3. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • -BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

 

One Green BottleSince her arrival in Sentabour, Magali’s mental state had improved no end, to the point where it occurred to her that whatever she’d suffered from before was entirely induced by Dickhead’s ludicrous pronouncements. They weren’t official and she didn’t believe them but he was a doctor after all, and little by little they’d made their way into her psyche.

~One Green Bottle by Curtis Bausse

February Round-up

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Books I Read In February 2019

 
I read my five books from my  Five on Friday (Jan 31st). I also had a review request which I managed to fit in.

 
My Reviews:

Tales of the What the F*ck by D. A. Watson
Rage and Retribution by Lorraine Mace
Dark Secret by Danielle Rose
MISSING, Past and Present by Diana M Jackson
Behind Closed Doors by Karen J. Mossman
Flight of the Spark by Evelyn Puerto

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Saturday Spotlight

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Flight of the Spark by Evelyn Puerto

Book 1 of The Outlawed Myth series


Duty. Desire. Destiny.

How far would you go to be safe… to be free…to be loved?

Flight of the SparkIskra doesn’t question the rules. The rules are there to keep her safe from those who are deemed unsafe or unfair. Anyone who breaks the rules is taken, never to be heard from again. But that’s the price everyone gladly pays for peace and safety. And no one wants to live like the Riskers–barbarians who reject order and justice, and could kill or be killed at any moment.

When a friend is taken because of Iskra, the guilt forces her to do the unthinkable: seek out the Riskers. Iskra’s quest to save her friend quickly entangles her fate with a cryptic prophecy and a young Risker named Xico, who ensnares her heart and is willing to put it all on the line to win her.

With every risk Iskra takes, the closer she gets to true freedom. But every choice carries a consequence. The choices she makes set events she never imagined into motion, and the price of her freedom could very well be her life and the life of the man she loves.

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My Review:

Flight of the Spark is a captivating and fascinating read.

The main populace of the land are ruled by fear and ignorance, and at the start of the book we meet Iskra, a 15 year old, who lives in Gishin. She was an obedient villager until her first trip out of the village goes horribly wrong when she misses the caravan home. Attacked by bandits, then rescued by a trader, Iskra is taken to a Risker camp.

The discovery that Riskers are not the barbarian savages the villagers are taught, sets her on a collision course with the leader of Gishen and changes the direction of her future.

The world building in Flight of the Spark was great and I could see the scenery in my mind. The main characters were multi-demensional and credible. I enjoyed watching Iskra grow from a ‘brainwashed’ teen into someone who questioned her life and started thinking for herself.

An enjoyable read, with plenty of action, intrigue and suspense.

 

Evelyn PuertoThe Author:

Evelyn Puerto reads just about anything and writes in multiple genres. When she married, she inherited three stepdaughters, a pair of step-grandsons, and a psychotic cat. Currently she writes from northeastern Wisconsin, but soon will be heading south for shorter winters.

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