Cover Reveal: The Alchemists of Loom

The Fifth and Final Book of Air Awakens, Crystal Crowned, will be released sooner and now a series will come to an end! With so much hanging feelings with the characters of the Air Awakens Series, with so much devastation and tears, with so much excitement and thrilling experience, I would like to thank Major Kova for giving me an opportunity to see a world that has yet to be discovered by fantasy readers in which I will be forever belonged to.

Air Awakens is one of my favorite fantasy novels that really hooked me up with the world building and its characters.

Now, the a series will end and another series will be brought to life!

The Royal Polar Bear Reads introduces you to the cover of The Alchemists of Loom! This book is all about dragons and I can’t wait to read this book!

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The synopsis for The Alchemists of Loom:

Her vengeance. His vision.

Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds’ resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market. There isn’t a place on Loom that is secure from the engineer turned thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors.

Cvareh would do anything to see his sister usurp the Dragon King and sit on the throne. His family’s house has endured the shame of being the lowest rung in the Dragons’ society for far too long. The Alchemist Guild, down on Loom, may just hold the key to putting his kin in power, if Cvareh can get to them before the Dragon King’s assassins.

When Ari stumbles upon a wounded Cvareh, she sees an opportunity to slaughter an enemy and make a profit off his corpse. But the Dragon sees an opportunity to navigate Loom with the best person to get him where he wants to go.

He offers her the one thing Ari can’t refuse: A wish of her greatest desire, if she brings him to the Alchemists of Loom.

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Cover Reveal: Burned by Fire by Danielle Annett + Giveaway

Aria’s pyrokinetic ability has always been hard to control, and being pulled in so many directions, isn’t making it any easier. Now she has to help Inarus, a foe turned friend who is being targeted by the Human Alliance Corporation—the very organization he once worked for.

But the HAC has more than just Inarus in their sights. Aria finds herself going deep into enemy territory to save a witchling child with never before seen powers, that the HAC has kidnapped to further their own ends.

Aria has been hired to save a child once before, and she failed. That failure has haunted her even to this day and she won’t let herself fail again. With the HAC closing in, and complications between herself and the Pack rising, Aria has no choice but to succeed. A child’s life is on the line and Aria will risk everything to save that life.

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Book Review: Like My Teacher Always Said… by Erin McHugh

“The finish line will always be there. Just finish the run.”

Like My Teacher Always Said… by Erin McHugh gave me nostalgic feelings about my journey from my childhood up to my present college life. It was a mixture of emotion – I was remembering the teachers who have touched my heart, who walked away in our class, who implemented strict rules, who taught me to be tough, who inspired me in my high school days and who have nourished me and helped me along the way.

A classmate of mine raised her hand in class and said, “Dr. C., I don’t have all the information I need to make this decision.”

Dr. C. replied, “If you had all the information you needed, there wouldn’t be a decision to make. Decisions are about making a choice of what to do based on what you know, and what you think is the best course.”

This book is something everyone should read. An ample time to give this book a chance is worth it in every way. It made me look back and reflect on the things that I experienced in the past, it made me appreciate my teachers and professors up to this date, it made me want to touch other people’s heart too. Yes, it is simple but it is definitely a huge difference to a someone who is struggling.

I like every part of this book. A lot of lessons made me goosebumps and it is not bad. Actually, it is really really good – better. Definitely one of the books that I am grateful to have. It tells you the different past about learning, a memory that the authors cherish, and a significant wisdom that they never forget. It’s amazing that a phrase or a single action could affect a person’s life. Wonderful and Terrifying.

In my experience, when I ask parents what they want for their child’s future, many will say they want their child to be happy. Others will say they want their child to be successful. What I have come to believe is that we should strive to want our children to be not happy or successful, but good — that if they are good people, they will find happiness and success.

Like My Teacher Always Said… by Erin McHugh is something different, something that could touch and affect people’s emotion and heart. Everything is good and has an essence but the three stories that I love are Mary Seton on Sister A, Brad on Ms. S, and CHIP, upon reading Mr. P’s obituary. It is a book that needs to be read. You’ll just realize how much teachers sacrifice for the students – for you.

My ratings: 4.5 stars!

Release Blitz: Fated Memories by Joan Carney + Giveaway

Interview with Time Travel Romance Author Joan Carney

What inspired your latest release?

My inspiration for writing Fated Memories came after researching my father’s family tree and finding ancestors from Pennsylvania who fought in the Civil War. Intrigued by these faceless relatives, I read as much as I could find on the daily lives of people from that era. That led me to wonder; what if a woman from our time was thrown into that life with no preparation? Could she live without a supermarket, a car, a microwave oven? After growing up in a world where women demand respect, where a woman can run for president, what resources could she rely on to survive in a time when women had no status?  

Do you outline your books or wing it?  Describe your process.  

My first draft was a complete “seat of my pants” effort. With a firm grasp of the beginning and the end, I let the middle develop and grow on its own. I threw challenges and adventures at the characters, watching them weather every storm. By allowing my imagination to run wild though, I wound up having to slash a third of the story. My mistake taught me that planning form and structure ahead of time is a huge stress saver. You live, you learn. The one good thing that came of that error was a deeper connection to and understanding of my characters.

Have you had other careers before becoming a writer?

I’ve worn many hats. First and foremost I am the mother of four wonderful, beautiful successful grown up kids. For several years I worked as a ward clerk at a hospital where I had to re-apply for my job every so often. It was a tax saver for the hospital, a pain in the butt for me, but a good source of stress for Kitty’s character. I’ve worked in accounting officers, a police department, examined worker’s compensation claims, and ran a day care center. I’m not retired, just tired.

What do you like to read?

My reading tastes are at all ends of the spectrum. Like my character, Kitty, I’m a sci-fi nut. I’ve read almost everything Stephen King has written. Other worlds, black holes, wormholes and other time vortexes fascinate me, but I’m not above curling up with a steamy romance novel or an action packed spy thriller. As long as the players speak to me and transport my imagination to wherever they are, the genre doesn’t matter.

You’re having a party.  What character from your book do you hope attends?  Why?  What character do you hope doesn’t attend?  Why?

I hope it’s Sam—he’s hot!!  He can sweep me off my feet with those piercing eyes and Southern charm any day. Of course I’d have to make sure Kitty wasn’t around. She’d kick my butt from here to next Tuesday for flirting with her man.

The character I’d be least happy to see would be any of the ones named John.

Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks)?

The window in my office faces a serene lake with ducks and seagulls squawking in the distance. When I’m stuck for the perfect word or phrase, I gaze out at the light sparkling on the water and allow the alpha brain waves to flow. If that doesn’t work, I do the opposite and munch on chips, crackers, anything chocolate or high in carbs to stimulate my creativity. The calories are balanced out with long walks around the lake or, if I’ve been especially brilliant, I reward myself with a couple hours trolling the department store racks.

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Release Blitz: Dating an Alien Pop Star by Kendra L. Saunders + Giveaway

“Q&A With Kendra L. Saunders”

DatingAnAlienPopStarBlitzBanner.pngFans and friends recently submitted questions about Dating an Alien Pop Star, sci­fi, and lots of other fun stuff. Here are their questions, and my answers!

Tamar: If Dating an Alien Pop Star was to be filmed, would you prefer a movie or a series? Or would you’d rather have one of your other books filmed?

KLS: I would feel so anxious about someone making bad casting choices that I would find it hard to get excited about either option unless I had some creative say about casting. I’ll still never forgive whoever cast Eric Bana as one of my all time favorite characters, Henry, from Time Traveler’s Wife! If the casting was good, though, I think it would make a fun movie trilogy.

Stephanie: Who would Grif in vote for in the upcoming election?

KLS: Griffin would write in David Bowie’s name. I mean, who else can fix everything going on in this world?

Corey: favorite snack(s) to eat during a long writing session?

KLS: I’m a Cheez­Its fanatic, so I usually have some of those at home. If I’m going to have something sweet, I really like pastries with some kind of fruit. If I’m out I usually have a bagel. As for drinks, lattes of any kind are perfect, including chai, or green tea lattes at Starbucks!

Janelle: What are Grif in’s guilty pleasures? And Daisy’s?

KLS: Griffin has a hard time understanding the concept of guilty pleasures, because he tends to like things very openly. He does get some derision for his choices, especially in fashion and fruity drinks, but it rarely stops him. Daisy’s guilty pleasures are Cosmo magazine (she doesn’t understand why everyone writing in seems to be only 19 years old these days), Lifetime movies, and Duran Duran.

Kate: Who do you want to narrate the audiobook versions of the Alien Pop Star series?

KLS: Tom Hiddleston!

Laura: When did you first know that writing was your passion? What were or are some of your sci­fi inspirations? (Books, shows, movies etc.)

KLS: I’ve known I wanted to be a writer since I was in first grade! I never had any doubt of it, and worked on writing and making jewelry ever since! Some of my biggest sci­fi influences as a kid were the original Star Wars movies, and the book A Wrinkle in Time. Now, I’d add Douglas Adams’ work, Ray Bradbury’s work, the book Dune, the book The Time Traveler’s Wife, and original Twilight Zone and Outer Limits episodes to that list!

Jennifer: How much hair product does Dev use? (giving Dev some love)

KLS: Dev has discovered a nice sticky light brown substance that he can acquire by breaking leaves off of one of his lab plants. He uses that in his hair to make it remain artfully tousled through the day. Griffin is not supposed to know about this, ever, for two reasons: he’d tease Dev mercilessly, and then he’d steal the plant for his own hair usage.

Karmen: Did the characters come to you easily? What’s your favorite thing about this book?

KLS: These characters came to me easier than any I’ve ever written. All of them jumped onto the page already fleshed out. Griffin and Daisy, especially, were super easy to write in that first book.

The second one was a slightly different story…

My favorite thing about this book is that I didn’t hold back being nerdy about things I love: music, fashion, space, and New York!

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Cover Reveal: Fair to Hope by Sam Reed

Every day two groups secretly war for control of souls; a war that fuels the chosen for the Final Battle. A destined death-fight between best friends for the last soul and the fate of the world.

Velma had lived two lives; her first as a former foster kid abandoned by her parents, her second as an unlikely recruit into a secret order full of ritual, lore and punching that satisfied her need for retribution. Her fifteen year old self had given up on hope, but after three years with the Taram, she’d found more than just family, she’d found her life’s purpose.

That is, until she is surprisingly named Kachina, the fabled chosen empowered to fight the last battle for the fate of the world. Having to kill someone she loves was never part of the bargain, even if it means saving everyone else from damnation.  

Attempting the impossible – building a normal life free from the pull of the Taram seems like the only answer to her prayers. Except her best friend, the other Kachina, is coming. The legend is clear that one of them must die. Velma will have to weigh the cost of her life against a world that’s constantly betrayed her, and quite literally decide if she’ll be damned in dying, and take the whole world with her. 

“In Velma, Reed has crafted a complex, strong protagonist with a genuine dilemma far more mature and fascinating than the typical teen angst love story.” – Kirkus Indie Review

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Release Blitz: Tempting Death by Elizabeth Holloway + Giveaway

EXCERPT FROM TEMPTING DEATH BY ELIZABETH HOLLOWAY

The creep is back.

I may not be able to see him, but I know he’s here, somewhere. Call it intuition. Or maybe it’s just the eerie memory of when the guy stared me down last night. I don’t know, but I’m not taking any chances.

I hunch over my history final and release my thick hair from behind my ears. It swings forward like a dark-brown curtain and hides my face.

Show’s over, buddy.

I can’t look around, not with Mr. Winkler on “cheater duty.” Hopefully, the guy will get bored and go wherever the hell he went last night when he took off.

The final is what’s important. I need to focus on this test.

I read the next question on the page, but the loser’s gaze bores through my dark shield of hair and my arms erupt in gooseflesh. Before I can skim the multiple choice answers, my eyes betray me and shoot up to scan the classroom.

Mr. Winkler sits at his desk scratching at some poor schlub’s paper with his red pen of doom. His bald head gleams in the harsh fluorescent light. God, I hope it’s not my paper he’s destroying. I can’t afford another bad grade in this class.

I quickly scan the rest of the classroom through the part in my hair, but everyone is working. Eerie feeling or not, nobody’s looking at me.

But I know someone is watching. Just like last night, I can feel his stalker stare.

This is ridiculous. I shake my head and rub my arms to dispel the goose bumps. This guy has freaked me out so much I’m imagining his eyes on me now. I don’t have time for this. I have an exam to finish.

The tip of my pencil hovers over the letter C, and something in my peripheral vision shifts. I snap my head up and finally see him.

The guy I caught staring at me at the art show last night, the guy who warned me something bad was going to happen to me today, stands at the tiny rectangular window in the door. He tilts his head and his ice-blue eyes lock on mine, sending a shiver through my body.

Shake it off, Libbi, I tell myself. He’s just a crazy boy with a crush.

Actually, with his tousled black hair and his nose pressed against the glass like that, he looks a little like a lost puppy. If he wasn’t so creepy, I’d almost feel sorry for him. But couldn’t he choose a better time than the middle of my history final to eyeball me? Plus, he said he wanted to talk to me alone, and this is most certainly not alone.

I point to my partially finished test and mouth, “Final exam.”

He nods. A half-smile lifts the corners of his lips.

“Bye.” I wave my hand.

“I need to talk to you,” he mouths.

“No,” I reply, but he continues to stand at the door.

Dude, catch a clue already. I spin away from the door, sneak a peek at Mr. Winkler, and shove the eraser of my pencil between my teeth. I yank the eraser out of its metal holder and flick it at the back of Haley’s head. Her chair squeaks as she jumps and whips around to glare at me.

“What?” she whispers.

“Look.” I point over my shoulder with my pencil to the classroom door. “That crazy guy I told you about is at the window.”

We turn to the door together, but the window’s empty. He must be a shy creeper.

“Where?” Haley says.

“Never mind. He’s gone.” I slump back in my chair. At least I can finish my test in peace.

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