The Witches of Crannock Dale Blog Tour!

The Witches of Crannock Dale
Mara of the League Book 1
by Thomas M. Kane
Genre: Fantasy
When an enemy army
threatens eleven-year old Mara’s home, she makes up her mind to
save her family, one way or another. But when the knights protecting
her village arrest her favorite aunt for witchcraft, she discovers
that the difference between friend and foe may not be as obvious as
she once thought.
This is a story of war and espionage, set in a low fantasy world. It is also
about a child getting to know her mother and father in a new way.
Thomas M. Kane is a fantasy author living high on a wooded hilltop. He
taught international relations at a British university for close to
twenty years and brings his insights concerning real-life war and
politics into his fiction. He takes a character-based approach to
writing, paying attention to his protagonists’ personal relationships
and inner lives.
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Dragon Tear by Lindsay Buroker (Agents of the Crown, #5) – 5 Star Review!!

51JNJQDdfeLStory Rating: *****
Cover: A+

Okay, this book kept me up all night reading and I highly suggest it to everyone. If there was a six star rating, I’d use it. Zenia and Jev are finally together and I just couldn’t be happier. And the dragon? Awesome! The story kept me absolutely enthralled. Dragon Tear was jam-packed with both romance and adventure. It included everything I love in a book and introduced new side characters that were realistic.

The cover was great. It fit the series well, but it’s brighter – giving the idea that better things happen in this final installment. It definitely draws the attention right away, and I can think of no ways it needs improvement.

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Elven Fury by Lindsay Buroker (Agents of the Crown, #4) – 5 Star Review!

51OIiaQ8grL.jpgStory Rating: *****
Cover Rating: A

So, in the fourth volume things heat up some ridiculously evil elves show up and want to kill off Lornysh – an elf that Jev made friends with in the army. Lornysh also becomes a more prominent character and I just absolutely love him. True, he’s probably not meant to be a swoon-worthy character, but I have a thing for elves so there’s that.

Jev and Zenia are once again pushing closer together as a romantic couple, but they still have major obstacles to overcome. Zenia is still kind of reluctant, as she’s proven to be stubborn throughout the previous books. (Stubbornness is something I can totally relate to!) She’s giving in a little at a time, and Jev is pushing for it with everything he’s got.

The cover was exactly what I’d come to expect from the Agents of the Crown series. It drew my attention and accurately depicted what happens in the book.

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The Secrets of Hawthorne House Blog Tour!

The Secrets of Hawthorne House
by Donald Firesmith
Genre: Teen Paranormal Mystery
Matt’s life changes forever when a family of druids moves into the
dilapidated Victorian mansion next door. The story of an unlikely
friendship, the clash of two completely different cultures, secret
magic, and a search for the lost Hawthorne treasure.
Fifteen-year-old
Matt Mitchell was having the worst summer imaginable. Matt’s misery
started when a drunk driver killed his mother. Then his father moved
him and his twin sister to the small town of Hawthorne in rural
Indiana, as far as his grieving father could take from the ocean that
Matt’s mother had loved. At the new high school, three bullies are
determined to make Matt miserable. And to top it off, Matt learns
that the recluse who lives in the ‘haunted house” next door is
none other than Old Lady Hawthorne, the town’s infamous witch and
murderer. Matt’s terrible summer is turning into an awful autumn
when something quite unexpected happens. Old Lady Hawthorne’s niece
and her three children arrive, and Matt meets Gerallt.
**Only .99 cents!!**
A geek by day, Donald Firesmith works as a system and software engineer
helping the US Government acquire large, complex software-intensive
systems. In this guise, he has authored seven technical books,
written numerous software- and system-related articles and papers,
and spoken at more conferences than he can possibly remember. He’s
also proud to have been named a Distinguished Engineer by the
Association of Computing Machinery, although his pride is tempered
somewhat by his fear that the term “distinguished” makes
him sound like a graybeard academic rather than an active engineer
whose beard is still slightly more red than gray.
By night and on weekends, his alter ego writes modern paranormal
fantasy, apocalyptic science fiction, action and adventure novels and
relaxes by handcrafting magic wands from various magical woods and
mystical gemstones. His first foray into fiction is the book Magical
Wands: A Cornucopia of Wand Lore written under the pen name Wolfrick
Ignatius Feuerschmied. He lives in Crafton, Pennsylvania with his
wife Becky, and his son Dane, and varying numbers of dogs, cats, and
birds.
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Duty Bound by Lindsay Buroker (Agents of the Crown, #3) – 5 Star Review!!!

51Imr45XRLLStory Rating:*****
Cover Rating: A

So, this is where the series gets really good. The third volume of the Agents of Crown series is action-packed and starts bringing together some of the foundation-building from the first (and second) volumes. Both Zenia and Jev prove themselves to be dynamic characters as they start to learn and grown together. They also prove to be quite the formidable match when they work together to get things figured out. Bad guys don’t stand a chance?

The romance plot really starts to thicken in the third book, too, and there were a few swoon-worthy moments. I kept rooting for Zenia and Jev to get together, despite all the odds in their way!

The cover fits the series well, draws the eye’s attention, and accurately portrays what the reader should expect when they start reading.

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Blood Ties by Lindsay Buroker (Agents of the Crown, #2) – 4 Star Review!

51cduKeWQ0L.jpgStory Rating: ****
Cover Rating: A

I’m so glad I pushed through the first volume to reach the second. Both the romantic plot and the fantasy adventure side became much more intense, and I started slowly falling in absolute love with both Jev and Zenia. The cast of side characters become significantly more realistic in this book, and definitely added to my overall enjoyment.

The cover art was great. Realistically gave me an idea of what to expect when I read the story, and was very eye-catching. It also fit cohesively with the series and what I came to expect from the first volume.

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Eye of Truth by Lindsey Buroker (Agents of The Crown, #1) – 3 Star Review!!

51hHCXmMGcLStory Rating: ***
Cover Rating: A

The beginning of this book was a little hard to get into, but I did appreciate being thrown directly into the story. I immediately fell in love with the characters, and enjoyed that Zenia Cham was a kick-butt woman who didn’t “need a man,” yet still was willing to start indulging her feelings for Jev Dharrow. And Jev? He’s amazingly likable and far from perfect, which is something I love in my heroes.

The romantic plot and the fantasy plot were well intertwined, and there was a lot of foundation building going on in this first volume of the series that gets readers ready for more action-packed excitement in following books. (To be clear: I have already finished the series.)

The cover is well-done and draws the attention, although I (personally) didn’t quite picture either Zenia or Jev in the way they appear on the cover.

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Lila by Naima Coster – 3 Star Review!

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Cover Rating: A

I received this book free through my Kindle Unlimited Membership. The plot line was fantastic. It explored the intricacies of female friendship in a unique way, but I felt that the execution was a little off. At times, the story was hard for me to follow. One thing is for certain, however, the book was filled with emotion and the author did a great job of portraying every up or down in a way that made me feel something.

The cover was fantastic. It drew my attention and was the reason I chose to read the book in the first place. It gave me an accurate idea of what the book would contain.

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Running Barefoot, by Amy Harmon – 5 star review!

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I honestly had no idea of what to think of Running Barefoot when I first began reading it. I don’t feel the description of the book truly lends an accurate description of the story. Yet from the first few pages, I was hooked. I think, primarily, I love this story because it rings true with me. I also lost my mother, although I was not as young as Josie was in the story, and I also dealt with the tragedy in the exact way our heroin did – by taking care of everyone and everything else. I am also Native American, and although I am not Navajo, I am familiar with many of the stories used in this book. As far as I can tell, Amy Harmon did an excellent retelling. While I definitely sympathized with Josie, I also found I had some things in common with Samuel. Nothing can entrap me in a book better than feeling a deep understanding of the characters.

It wasn’t only these odd similarities, either. Amy Harmon is a very gifted storyteller. The way she writes is relaxed, yet educated. Although she used “big words” to get her point across, I never faltered or trudged through the story. There was an easy flow that came with the storyline – not too much excitement, not too much downtime, no intentionally exaggerated vocabulary, and always something keeping the reader interested in the story.

Admittedly, I have not felt like reading in quite some time. This book pulled me out of my book slump, and I am more than ready to dive into the next story. Thank you, Amy Harmon, for an amazingly told, eloquently written, truly relate-able story. I would recommend this book to anyone who would enjoy a light read (I read it in just about 24 hours), a good coming of age story, or anyone interested in: small town fiction, Native American fiction, or stories of loss and rebirth.

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Home by Rachel Smith- 4 Stars!

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‘Home’ by Rachel Smith was an exciting, action-packed story about a young girl who dreams about becoming a country music singer. When her dreams come true, she finds out that her dream wasn’t all it was cracked up to be.

The main character, Lily, is very likeable and extremely realistic. She might be a big star, but she wasn’t made out to be this all-powerful, perfect woman. She has flaws, she has problems, she has a thousand things to overcome. She also has strength, and a willpower to overcome all the obstacles in her way. A tight-knit, close family and a group of strong friends helps her along her journey.

Then there’s Justin. Oh… my…. goodness! He’s a hunk and a half, and I literally drooled over him. He’s supportive, kind, generous. He’s an Alpha male, but with a soft side and a tendency to let Lily take charge in certain things. PERFECT mixture, because I hate the super-bossy Alpha male types you see in a lot of romance novels these days.

I hated the antagonist with a passion. I both loved and hated the dynamic character who was such a big part of the story. The sex scenes were hot, but with a level of realism in them that made me want to… well, never mind. My husband wouldn’t like me spreading our news all over the place. Haha. It was very easy to get wrapped up in this story.

Do I recommend it. Yes, definitely. You won’t regret grabbing a copy of this book for yourself, but be warned you won’t get much work done. I know my poor house and job have suffered tremendously at the hands of this book.

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