Dreams of Winter Book Tour & Giveaway!!

Dreams of Winter
A Forgotten Gods Tale #1
by Christian Warren Freed
Genre: Epic SciFi Fantasy
It is a troubled time, for the old gods are returning and they want the universe back…
Under the rigid guidance of the Conclave, the seven hundred known worlds carve out a new empire with the compassion and wisdom the gods once offered. But a terrible secret, known only to the most powerful, threatens to undo three millennia of progress. The gods are not dead at all. They merely sleep. And they are being hunted.
Senior Inquisitor Tolde Breed is sent to the planet Crimeat to investigate the escape of one of the deadliest beings in the history of the universe: Amongeratix, one of the fabled THREE, sons of the god-king. Tolde arrives on a world where heresy breeds insurrection and war is only a matter of time. Aided by Sister Abigail of the Order of Blood Witches, and a company of Prekhauten Guards, Tolde hurries to find Amongeratix and return him to Conclave custody before he can restart his reign of terror.
What he doesn’t know is that the Three are already operating on Crimeat.
Read Dreams of Winter now and begin your journey into the realm of the Forgotten Gods.
Christian W. Freed was born in Buffalo, N.Y. more years ago than he would like to remember. After spending more than 20 years in the active duty US Army he has turned his talents to writing. Since retiring, he has gone on to publish 17 military fantasy and science fiction novels, as well as his memoirs from his time in Iraq and Afghanistan. His first published book (Hammers in the Wind) has been the #1 free book on Kindle 4 times and he holds a fancy certificate from the L Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest.
Passionate about history, he combines his knowledge of the past with modern military tactics to create an engaging, quasi-realistic world for the readers. He graduated from Campbell University with a degree in history and is pursuing a Masters of Arts degree in Military History from Norwich University. He currently lives outside of Raleigh, N.C. and devotes his time to writing, his family, and their two Bernese Mountain Dogs. If you drive by you might just find him on the porch with a cigar in one hand and a pen in the other.
$25 Amazon gift card
Follow the tour HERE for special content and a giveaway!


Inheritance by Christopher Paolini (Inheritance Cycle, #4) – 4 Star Review!

Inheritance2011.JPGStory Rating: ****
Cover Rating: A

Wow. The conclusion to the four-volume Inheritance Cycle does not disappoint. It packs in a lot of action, ties up loose ends, brings up the final confrontation, and wraps up the story neatly. Still, like any great fantasy story, it leaves readers a bit disappointed that there isn’t more books to come that will throw you into the rich world created by Paolini. Highly recommend this book/series for any lovers of fantasy, and especially for young readers who are just starting to delve into the genre.

The cover is eye-catching and offers readers an accurate idea of what the story has to offer.

Purchase on Amazon

Brisingr by Christopher Paolini (Inheritance Cycle, #3) – 4 Star Review!

51X8sgWXlwL._SX336_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgStory Rating: ****
Cover Rating: A

In this third volume of the Inheritance Cycle, our poor main character is pulled this way and that. He has a lot of confusion as to where his main loyalties need to lay, and his internal struggles show a lot of character growth as he nears closer to coming of age. Along with the thick internal plot line, there is an external plot line of adventure, love, hope, strength, and devastation. Brisingr keeps readers on edge just as much as the previous two volumes, and keeps you waiting to find out what happens in the fourth and final volume.

The cover is eye-catching and offers readers an accurate idea of what the story has to offer.

Purchase on Amazon

Eldest by Christopher Paolini (Inheritance Cycle, #2) – 4 Star Review!

200px-Eldest_book_coverStory Rating: ****
Cover Rating: A

The pace of this series really picks up in the second volume, and the characters begin to flesh out even more – quite a feat, since they were already realistic, likable, and believable. I’m totally in love with Saphira, and our main character is not so all-powerful as to make the plot dull. The adventure continues, keeping readers guessing and reading to find out what comes next. An epic battle in proportions to Tolkien’s keeps you on the edge of your seat.

The cover is eye-catching and offers readers an accurate idea of what the story has to offer.

Purchase on Amazon

Eragon by Christopher Paolini (Inheritance Cycle, #1) – 4

200px-Eragon_book_cover.pngStory Rating: ****
Cover Rating: A

This was a gripping and heart-wrenching tale packed full of excitement and adventure. A coming of age story set in a fantasy world where dragons roam and conspiracies abound. I think this makes the perfect introduction to the genre of fantasy for younger audiences (early teens), with a richly described world and descriptive, believable characters that isn’t as complicated as some others.

The cover is eye-catching and offers readers an accurate idea of what the story has to offer.

Purchase on Amazon

Belgarath the Sorcerer by David & Leigh Eddings – 4 Star Review!

51GuS-95i7L._SX302_BO1,204,203,200_Story Rating: ****
Cover Rating: A

So, this book is a companion to The Belgariad and The Malloreon series, to which Belgarath the Sorcerer plays a vital role. It’s essentially a biography, really, but includes quite a bit of adventures of it’s own – independent of the ones going on in the other two series.

The book, which is quite long, carefully and (I believe) accurately describes the life of a man who is thousands of years old. It is realistic, stays true to the character, and is a great read for anyone either obsessed with the Belgariad/Malloreon series or who enjoy a deeper look into dynamic characters.

The cover is eye-catching and offers a highly accurate idea of what the reader will find inside it’s pages.

Purchase on Amazon

Guardians of the West by David Eddings (The Malloreon, #1) – 4 Star Review!

51QTlHCmlnL._SX302_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgStory Rating: ****
Cover Rating: B

This book picks up a number of years after the end of The Belgariad series, and the only reason is receives four stars instead of five is because the start of this book was incredibly dull in comparison to what I’d come to expect from Eddings. After the first bit, however, Eddings definitely delivered.

The book includes an update on all of our favorite characters and introduces new ones. We also get a chance to see how altered our first primary cast was after such a long break in time. After a low start, the book is full of action, intrigue, romance, and heartache.

The cover is moderately eye-catching and gives the reader a good idea of what they should expect from the story. (Please note: The cover being reviewed is the mass market paperback edition I own. There are other covers on other editions.)

Purchase on Amazon

The Paladin Princess Series Blog Tour & Giveaway!

The Pirates of Moonlit Bay
The Paladin Princess Book 1
by Samaire Provost
Genre: Epic Fantasy
They took her freedom: now it’s personal.
They assaulted her best friend.
They stole her dignity and enslaved her, stripped her of everything she
loved, and ground her into the dirt.
Now it’s sweet payback time.
Jack Ryan meets The Princess Bride in this epic fantasy thriller.
They think they know her; they think they can best her.
They have no idea what they’ve unleashed.
She’s going to teach them a lesson they will never forget.
The first in the addictive, action-packed Paladin Princess series, The
Pirates of Moonlit Bay features never-see-it-coming twists and
razor-sharp dialogue.
Charlotte has never been one to play by the rules. When kidnapped by pirates on
a ship pulled by giant manta rays, she is fearless in facing her
deadly adversaries. She must fight for her life against ruthless
enemies and fantastic beasts, while being thrust into a world of
supernatural alchemy.
Move over Hunger Games and Game of Thrones,
there’s a new epic fantasy thriller in town and it’s non-stop,
pulse-pounding action!
“The amazing, can’t-put-it-down fantasy thriller readers have been raving about.
Gripping & action-packed, it will swallow you whole.”
“If you love to root for the underdog and have a craving for high paced action,
then this book is for you!!”
Don’t miss this electrifying supernatural fantasy thriller!
The Pirate Queen
The Paladin Princess Book 2
The Book of Mysteries.
According to legend, it holds the lost
knowledge of all mankind.
Charlotte wants it. Badly.
She has her trusty troupe, a treasure map, and a worthy ship. But will
that be enough?
The map can’t even begin to hint at what awaits them as they descend a
rocky staircase into the heart of a volcano …
Friendships will be tested.
Lives will be on the line.
They will face challenges even more deadly than the dreaded kraken.
And they will face questions. Questions that go to the heart of their
mission – and the core of their souls …
What do you believe?
Who do you care about most?
Are you worthy?
Worthy to obtain the Book of Mysteries. Within its pages lie the secrets to
navigating the stars and curing deadly diseases.
But can they retrieve it before they wind up dead themselves?
Find out in the exciting sequel to The Pirates of Moonlit Bay, Book 2 of
The Paladin Princess series.
The Lost Treasure
The Paladin Princess Book 3
Decaying corpses of powerful sirens float in the sea, forming a grisly trail
toward the horror that killed them.
Mermaids whisper about a new threat in the ocean, a menace that imperils all
the denizens of the waters, from Swerighe, to Alkebulan, to all the
undiscovered seas.
Charlotte and her troupe, searching for clues, hear whispers of a secret
treasure that might be connected to the siren deaths. An aged merman
who has traveled farther than any other, reveals to them the tale of
a strange, strange land:
There is a faraway land, full of steep mountains, and dangerous creatures.
The forest surrounding the tallest mountain is home to a multitude of
dread monsters, each more terrifying than the last, who hunger for
the flesh of unsuspecting travelers foolish enough to venture into
their realm. At the apex of this tall peak, which rises twenty
thousand feet, past deadly glaciers and a river of fire, is a
sanctuary watched over by a forgotten order of mystics skilled in the
art of battle and devastation. In the rear of the sanctuary is a
passage that leads into the mountain, and deep into the heart of the
Earth. At its end are catacombs guarded by a beast so dreadful that
minds will go mad at the sight of it. The door to the catacombs can
only be accessed by defeating the beast that guards it. Inside,
concealed by a hideous shroud and an ancient poison, lies the lost
treasure of El Dorado.”
The Pirate Prince
The Paladin Princess Book 4
The land is dying.
Great swaths of the northlands are growing warmer at an alarming
Wildlife is suffering.
Monsters from the realm of fable and legend are being released from the
glaciers, attacking villages.
And something – SOMETHING has caused this.
A great evil has emerged from the ice and lain this curse upon the land.
Charlotte’s parents – the queen and prince consort of Swerighe – have been
abducted, and the land is in an uproar. Only Charlotte and her troupe
can save the day.
But this evil is desperate to survive.
It will stop at nothing to take what it wants.
And it wants her baby.
Samaire Provost grew up in a lot of different places, and now happily resides
on the
East Coast of America, laboring away at writing stories every day. She is
an animal lover with far too many pets, yet she still muses how she’d
like to add even more. A lover of all things night and gothic, she
also loves to read and reread her favorite books. Owned by a cat
named Tyrion, she can be found haunting the shadows and mists that
hang low over the hills of southern Virginia.
Follow the tour HERE
for special content and a giveaway!


Enchanters’ End Game by David Eddings (The Belgariad, #5) – 5 Star Review!

51VuM7FndqL._SX302_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgStory Rating: *****
Cover Rating: B

Eddings wraps up this series beautifully in Enchanter’s End Game (and simultaneously sets the scene for the following series, The Mallorean). It is another action-packed book that intricately works the internal workings/struggles of his characters into the overlying plot. The book keeps the reader turning the page to find out what happens next, and wraps up the story with no loose endings. Somehow, however, Eddings manages to leave openings in the plot (without it being loose ends) that allow the reader to still be intrigued to follow-up with The Mallorean.

The cover is moderately eye-catching and gives an accurate depiction of what readers should expect from the story. (Please note: The cover I am reviewing is the mass market paperback cover I own. There are other covers for other editions of this book.)

Purchase on Amazon

Castle of Wizardry by David Eddings (the Belgariad, #4) – 5 Star Review!

91NiCUgrNoL.jpgStory Rating: *****
Cover Rating: B

This is the part where all the loose ends start to add up, and they do so amidst pages filled with non-stop action. Where the previous books were action-packed but focused more on character development, this fourth volume shows fully-developed characters thrown into the midst of one treacherous situation after another. Yet still, even four books into the series, Eddings has quite a few surprises in store for readers.

The cover is moderately eye-catching and offers an accurate description of what readers should expect from the story. (Please note: the cover being rated is the mass market paperback version that I own. There are numerous other editions with their own unique covers.)

Purchase on Amazon