on Dec 29, 2012
Blurb: Shiovra has been named High Priestess of the village Tara, but she quickly finds herself hunted by the Milidh, a clan born of war and vengeance. With the safety of Tara at stake, it is decided that she is to seek aid from her betrothed, one she considers the enemy.


At her side is Odhrán, a Milidh warrior sworn to protect her and determined to gain her trust. But their journey is fraught with peril and Shiovra learns that darkness lurks in the hearts of her own kin.



Steeped in ancient Irish myth, this tale is spun of love, war, and DEFIANCE.



Genre: Irish Mythology / Romance





Review: Defiance is a captivating blend of myth, romance, fantasy and adventure!

This novel follows the young priestess Shiovra as she journeys to defend her people. Shiovra is a fascinating main character, with an inner strength and much courage. She resists being lead by others and gradually comes into her own. He friends are equally fascinating and the village of Tara is a wondrous place.

The reader is introduced to an intriguing place of magic and battle. Cunning enemies and a vast detailed landscape. Several secrets remain hidden and I am anxious to read the next book, Betrayal.

The forbidden love between Odhrán and Shiovra is passionate and page turning. They compliment each other very well and make an awesome cover.

Defiance is a definite must read and a beautiful beginning to a trilogy!




About the Author:
Born in 1982 in Cleveland, Ohio, Melissa has always been an avid lover of fantasy. The first book She began to write seriously for publication was The Priestess. It is currently undergoing reediting and will be re-released as both the individual books and as a one book collection, The Priestess: A Complete Collection. Her current book series is The Chronicles of Midgard, which will be a five book collection once completed.








About the Reviewer: M. A. Bronson is a bookworm, book reviewer, and aspiring author. Since early 2012, she has been reviewing indie and traditionally published books at runawaypen.com. She spends her time reading, drinking tea, writing, and going to see the Hobbit movie. M lives in Upstate New York, and works at a library, happily surrounded by thousands of stories. Connect with her on twitter and instagram @theprincessmab
on Dec 8, 2012

CALLING ALL ARTISTS! 


Want to win a signed print copy of Falls the Shadow and some free art? Join the contest!

To celebrate the release of The Chronicles of Midgard, The Runaway Pen is hosting an art contest! If you win, you'll get a signed print copy of the first book, Falls the Shadow, along with free art prints, ebooks and more!

Rules: Draw one or more of the characters from Falls the Shadow. New to the series? Don't worry! We have detailed character descriptions and sample art below! All art mediums are allowed, including photo-manipulations, but must resemble the characters. No extreme gore, violence, or sexual content please. You can leave your signature or website address on your work, just keep it along an edge so that it doesn't interfere with your art. Limit two entries per person. All art must be new and original!

To enter: Send all entries to msasina@zoominternet.net by May 1, 2013 (members of deviantART can send the author, Melissa Sasina, a link via comment or note to the finished entry: www.shiovra.deviantart.com). All entries will be judged on a basis of creativity and likeliness. All skill levels welcome! Please be sure to include your e-mail address so you can be notified upon winning.

Deadline: May 1, 2013.

Judges: authors Melissa Sasina, T.L. Shreffler, and M.A. Bronson from www.runawaypen.com

Prizes!
First Place:
1 signed print copy of Falls the Shadow 1 ebook copy of Sora’s Quest by T. L. Shreffler
1 18 x 24 colored pencil drawing of Maeja
1 photomanipulation by travelthenight
1 feature on my website, my facebook author page, and runawaypen.com (deviantART winner will receive 1 journal feature from me and travelthenight)

Second Place
1 ebook copy of Falls the Shadow
1 8.5 x 11 colored pencil drawing
1 photomanipulation by travelthenight
1 feature on my website, my facebook author page, and runawaypen.com (deviantART winner will receive 1 journal feature from me, travelthenight)

Third Place
1 ebook copy of Falls the Shadow
1 feature on my website, my facebook author page, and runawaypen.com (deviantART winner will receive 1 journal feature from me, travel the night)

Honorable Mention:
25% off Falls the Shadow on Smashwords
Blog/DA Journal features from Melissa Sasina and The Runaway Pen

Characters and Descriptions

Ril'Hounithra (a.k.a. Ril)
Status: pirate
Hair: platinum white with violet dyed tips
Eyes: pale blue
Skin: deep blue tinged gray
Clothing: Ril has a preference for high class clothing: crisp white shirts, simple black jacket with teal trim, light beige pants and leather boots and belt. Wears speak stone earrings: dark blue, light blue, crimson, green, and yellow.
Personality: as a pirate, Ril tends to keep treasure at the front of his thoughts followed by his airship, the Sacred Hart (which is featured on the cover of Falls the Shadow)

Maeja Ragnarr
Status: Valkyrie
Hair: fiery red
Eyes: blue-green like the sea
Skin: fair
Clothing: varies depending on country she's in, but Maeja enjoys wearing dresses with vivid colors.
Personality: Maeja is a strong woman with a bit of a stubborn streak and a troubled past. She wants nothing more than to keep the Empire from winning.


Mjrn
Status: pirate's accomplice
Hair: red-brown of autumn leaves
Eyes: sunset amber
Skin: subtle ashen blue
Clothing: tends to wear pales colors of greens and yellows, very light fabrics--many sheer--all cuts accentuating her curvy body. Wears speak stone earrings: dark blue, light blue, crimson, green, and yellow.
Personality: Mjrn hardly speaks and when she does she can be very blunt. She is the half-sister of Linkyn and Connor, and of a race known as Rhine Maidens.

Linkyn Cuchulainn (a.k.a. Link)
Status: Wolf of Odin
Hair: light brown with a lock of copper on right side
Eyes: piercing blue
Skin: very lightly tanned
 Clothing: tends to wear earth colors: greens, browns, and even some light blues. Will occasionally wear black.
 Personality: Linkyn likes to joke around, but can be extremely serious when it comes to the safety of his friends. Picks fights with his twin brother Connor. Half-brother of Mjrn. Special: Linkyn bears several tattoos, all on the right side of his body: triskle on his neck, tribal wolf on shoulder, Yggdrasil on arm, and the runes for Geri on his hand from thumb to index finger.

Connor Cuchulainn (a.k.a. Conn)
Status: Wolf of Odin
Hair: dark brown
Eyes: piercing blue
Skin: very lightly tanned
Clothing: Connor prefers dark colors with lots of black, grey, and dark blue.
 Personality: While he likes to joke around, Connor is the more serious of the two brothers, though he will not hesitate to pick a fight with his twin brother Linkyn. Half-brother of Mjrn.
 Special: Connor bears several tattoos, all on the left side of his body: triskle on his neck, tribal wolf on shoulder, Yggdrasil on arm, and the runes for Freki on his hand from thumb to index finger.

Amena Evenwood
Status: Lady of High Wood
Hair: golden-blonde hair
Eyes: sapphire blue
Skin: fair
Clothing: Amena tends to wear dresses that have the patterns and appearance of butterfly wings while maintaining a regal air at the same time. Often does barefooted, even though she's basically the queen of High Wood.
Personality: gentle and kind

Severus Valine
Status: Grand Duke of Ragnarr (different in book two)
Hair: brown, often worn pulled back in some manner
Eyes: stormy grey
Skin: normal Caucasian colors
Clothing: As the son of the Emperor of Shilyka, Severus wears very expensive, but simple clothing. He tends to wear the royal blue and on formal occasions will wear his family crest: three crossing swords intertwined with a serpent.
Personality: Severus is a calculating man and a military genius. He will do whatever he deems necessary for the sake of his younger brother. He is seen as the enemy by many, especially Maeja, Connor, and Linkyn.

Ilivarra Vicyrr
Status: Queen of Azrith
Hair: very pale blonde
Eyes: pale ice blue
Skin: deep blue tinged grey
Clothing: Ilivarra wears clothing that shows off her body, legs and bust. She has a tendency to wear deep crimsons and dark purples with either gold or silver trim.
Personality: Arrogant, cruel, and sadistic with a deadly swift mind. She has many people in the Shilykan Empire wrapped around her finger.
on Dec 6, 2012
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Genre(s): Young Adult / Historical / Fantasy

Blurb: Set in England during the early 19th century and told in the first person 
perspective of several characters, Winter is the first part of the trilogy. 
When two young women ( Leah and Chasity ) meet the same mysterious man 
under completely different circumstances neither of the two realize it
 at first. But as time passes and strange events unfold they'll
 discover the ominous secret that surrounds the blue haired 
man only known as Winter.



Review: I absolutely loved Winter by S. D. Rasheed! This novella uniquely alternates between the perspectives of two of the main characters, Leah and Charity. Because of this, we were able to see the story unfold from several different angles, it was told from other perspectives later. While it is often hard to evenly pace novellas or novelettes, S. D. did an awesome job of it.

One slight thing, at the end we received a quick retelling of the story from Winter's point of view. This felt rushed and a little unnecessary. I think his perspective should have been included in the original story or in his own, separate short story.

 A lovely blend of historical and fantasy I can't wait to see where the story goes next! Winter pulls you in with excitement intrigue and doesn't let you go until the last page!





About the Author:
S.D. Rasheed's writing career began in 2012 with the short story Linaje. With continued devotion and dedication to learn the tricks of the trade she's eager to become a memorable author. Look forward to more stories from this aspiring writer in the near future.
Keep in touch with the author on social networks like Twitter ( @Sakinah_R ) and Google Plus. Drop her an email at fleakitten@gmail.com.






About the Reviewer: 
M. A. Bronson is a bookworm, book reviewer, and aspiring author. Since early 2012, she has been reviewing indie and traditionally published books at runawaypen.com. She spends her time reading, gaming, drinking tea, writing, and studying Greek mythology. M lives in Upstate New York. Connect with her on twitter and instagram @theprincessmab
on Nov 18, 2012
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M.A. Bronson's review
May 09, 12
5 of 5 stars false
Genre: Fantasy

No! It can't be over! That's how I felt when I finished this book. Not in a bad way, the ending was great but I had fallen in love with the story that I didn't want it to end. Luckily this is just the first in the series. There was so much I loved about this book that I'm a little unsure where to start.

I guess I'll start with map at the beginning, the gamer in me loved it. It was also a helpful aid to such a complex story. The story itself has an incrdible amount of detail and everything was easy to imagine. Though how Melissa Sasina keeps track of all these characters I don't know but she certainly makes it look easy. The characters are many yet they each have distinct personalities and interesting names. I will admit that at first I had a hard time keeping track of who was who but by chapter three I had everyone sorted. The book follows every characters storyline yet is never slow and the characters paths come together in well thought out ways that utimately bring the story together. I even found myself excited about the 'villians' storyline. The villians you'll discover are more complex than your typical 'bad' guys.

I loved the mystery element of slowly discovering parts of each characters background while other parts were still hidden. Several characters still remain unknown which makes me even more excited to read book 2. I could barely put this book down and I'm looking forward to book 2! If you like the Lord of the Rings Trilogy or The Inheritance Cycle then I'm sure you'll love Falls the Shadow:)
Jane's review
Dec 08, 11
4 of 5 stars false


The cover art to this novel is very pretty and the addition of a map at the beginning of the book is a nice touch. We are given in depth background information at the start about the ‘Life Tree’ the history of the Gods and of Midgard which shows the writer paid a lot of attention to detail and has great understanding of her chosen subject.

This author is very fond of metaphors and similes which can become a bit tiresome, slowing the pace of the story. Another annoyance was the added information on so many sentences i.e.’Imperial mines ran deep through the mountains. Like veins stretching through the stone where mythril, a silvery metal that was harder than steal, and half the weight, was harvested’. It just seemed unnecessary and again slowed the pace and bulked the story without being relevant to the plot. That aside it is clear that MS is a practiced writer, and used all her knowledge to create a world that is easy to visualize without much of your own imagination needed. All the characters are fully developed, and the dialogue is fitting for the time (the year 848)

This, the first book in a five part series, is very well written with a complicated plot, the ending is open but not with a breath taking cliff hanger, (phew!) We are given action, humour, Gods, portals and hidden worlds in this imaginative Norse myth fantasy and I would recommend it to all fans of the genre.

Original review for Lindsay and Jane's views and reviews
Christine Balne's review
Jun 15, 12


5 of 5 stars false


This was a fantastic book that I couldn't put down. The world is well detailed and reminiscent of Norse mythology. Names and characters have a Norse feel to it and it is obvious Melissa read much of the mythology in research to the story. The characters are engaging and it is easy to root for the heroes while still finding the villains enticing. All the names - of places, characters, races - must have been long thought out as they are full of the world's flavor, giving the story a richness and verisimilitude.

The ending, while no great cliffhanger of an ending, reels you in and urges you to start immediately on the next volume. I am eager to read the rest of the story as I can't let the characters go in my head. They have taken on their own lives, Melissa's prose bring bringing them to life beyond the confines of the story.

I cannot recommend this book enough and have already mentioned it to friends. Although I own the PDF copy, I believe I will have to own the hard copy as well - it is worth having a paper copy to add to my collection and will sit on equal terms with my other books.
 N. King

4 of 5 stars false

 October 19, 2012

Format:Kindle Edition
Falls the Shadow was a delightful change from the contemporary pieces read thus far, especially considering my limited familiarity with the Norse mythos. Melissa weaves an engaging tale, with wonderfully faceted characters and a compelling fantastical world.

Though her descriptive passages sometimes lack a personal connection to the scene's main character, it clearly set off her in-depth knowledge of the world, its history, and the future yet to be told. At times the quantity of short scenes left me with a feeling of disappointment, but not so much as to distract me from the story's progression.

There were some misused words sprinkled throughout (i.e. `where' instead of `were', or `surely' instead of `surly'), and some places where the narrative could have used some tightening but, again, it wasn't enough to irritate or distract. My biggest qualm was the sometimes impersonal description, for this really limited the developing relationship between the characters and me as the reader. If she were to weave more of the character's voice into those narrative bits... gold!

All in all, Falls the Shadow is an intriguing fantastical tale and I am eager to read the next installment.

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5. I wanted to love these characters, but the impersonal narrative kept me at arms length. That is pretty much the only reason I don't give this story a 5.

Would I read it again: Yes, I do believe I would.

Would I recommend it to others: Yes. It is a fascinating mythos.
Cristin
5 of 5 stars false
July 23, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I read through this book in a weekend, it was so good! I absolutely recommend it to anyone who loves Fantasy, sky pirates, and rich mythology. Melissa Sasina builds a vibrant world with exciting, inventive characters. If you're a fan of JRR Tolkien or the Final Fantasy videogame series, you WILL LOVE this book!! I don't want to give away any spoilers but yeah, just read it, you will stay awake all night. :)
Heather
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April 22, 2012
Amazon Verified Purchase
This is one of my favorite books! it is definatly worth the money!!! the very beginning is like a history of Midgard and i was sort of confused, lost, and bored, but once i got past that part i couldn't put it down. then when i finished it i immediately bought the sequel. i can't wait for the third book to come out :) and, just saying, Ril is adorable!!! i love him so much! he is funny and hilariously cocky and (obviously) incredibly cute!! lots of adventure and betrayals and it kept me guessing! a great fantasy read, plus i could totally envision everything in my head :)
on Nov 4, 2012
Hi everyone, M. A. Bronson here! So my reviewing doors have been closed for a while but they are now officially re-opened!

I'm really looking forward to reading your books! And I thought I would take this blog post to go into detail about how I do reviews and any other information that you as the author should know. I decided a format of questions you may have and my answers would be best. :)

Please be aware that every reviewing site and book reviewer is different and that these answers speak only for myself.

1. What do I send the reviewer?

Your email to myself at authormabronson@yahoo.com should include the following:
  • Your pen name (if applicable) 
  • The title of your book
  • The genre of your book
  • The word count
  • Synopsis/Blurb of the book 
  • And any other important information such as it being an advanced readers copy or if you want the review posted by a certain day, etc. 
*Please note that they don't have to be in a bullet list like above, they just need to be present somewhere in your email.*

Now I will respond either way if I'm going to review your book or not, If I decide not to review your book, I will send you an email informing you of this, it's probably because I am busy so please do not take it personally. :)

If I do decide to review your book than I will respond to your email, with my acceptance and when I anticipate my review will be posted. Then what you should send me is a kindle/mobi file of your book and a jpeg. of the cover. *Please note that I do not review any other format besides kindle mobi.* If you need to turn your manuscript into a mobi file I recommend http://calibre-ebook.com/ free download. 

2. When will your review by completed? Where will it be posted?

It usually takes me about four to five days to read a book. Please note that this time varies depending on if it is a novel, novella or novelette but that is the general amount and I will inform you if I expect my review to take longer. 

My reviews are posted on this blog, amazon.com and goodreads.com and the occasional smashwords if the author does not publish with amazon. 


What genres of books do you review?

I review the following:
  • Young Adult Fantasy
  • Young Adult Paranormal Romance
  • Paranormal/Fantasy Fiction
  • Urban Fantasy 
  • Historical/Paranormal Fiction
I do have favorite several favorite genres ~ Young Adult Paranormal Romance, Fantasy and my new favorite - Historical/Paranormal. In fact I am really into Historical/Paranormal right now so if you have a book in that genre be sure to send me a request. 

If you're unsure whether your book falls into these categories simply state that in your email along with the genre(s) you think it best falls under. 



Lastly, I know it can be daunting sending your book to someone who could tear you down with their review. But when it comes to my reviews, I'm your friend, I will never bash an author or their book and when I give constructive criticism it is just that, constructive. I'm here to praise you for your good writing and give you some tips on what I think could have been better.

Also I realize that, especially being an indie author and with many of us writers being shy (like myself) it can be nervous sending a request to someone you have never even met but don't worry, the important thing is to remain polite, respectful and remember, there is a pretty good chance that I will love your book. ;)

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Genre(s): Young Adult / Paranormal 


Series: The Ethereal Crossings #2



Blurb: Liv thought she would be able to return to her usual self once everything was taken care of. But she's had to be careful to hide her feelings from Luke; her feelings of disappointment are getting to her, and she can't help but wondwer what the cause of her sudden fevers is. Until Dr. Wineman decides to tell her that she doesn't smell human anymore; he thinks her fevers are a symptom of the change.





Review: After reading the first book in The Ethereal Crossings, Shadeland, I could not wait to read Fenridge!

Fenridge begins a few weeks after Shadeland ended. Liv once again becomes caught up in a murder/mystery, because she just can't resist. ;) 

Liv is still an awesome main character, she's goes through a lot in this book, many changes. Much of what she thought she knew about her family and friends, turns about to be wrong, and the reader feels a lot of sympathy for her. The relationship between her and Jared also takes a step up, which will please readers who have been rooting for this romance. 

We are introduced to some new Eidolons as well. And more of Liv's family, we also learn a few interesting things about her past. 

The paranormal/fantasy elements of this series jump right off the page. The author presents an exciting world of supernatural creatures that blends with our own. There are tons of surprises and unexpected twists. 

D. L. Miles is a great writer who keeps the reader turning pages! I am anxiously awaiting book #3! 




About the Author:
D. L. Miles graduated from Sheridan College and currently resides in Southern
Ontario. She enjoys Doctor Who marathons with her brother or perusing hair dye at the
local drug store with frieds. She is a young adult author, always in fantasy and the like. Currently she has two series on the go, and about two more in the works. 
Connect with her at http://dlmilesbooks.wordpress.com/ :)
on Oct 31, 2012

Guess what hit your digital book store today?

VIPER'S CREED
T. L. SHREFFLER
 

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 "Fantasy that is out-of-the-box!"


 

 THE FANS ARE RAVING!

"I loved the inner-workings of this novel. Every page is written with purpose and each discovery adds richness, depth, and growth to the characters and their journey. I can still picture the cities that the group stumbles through, the smells, the people, the buildings, just brillant." ~Jenna @ Between the Bind
"The Cat's Eye series is riveting. It seemed so different than most books that I have been reading lately. Especially the romance. I loved it and I would put my review pile on hold if I had book 3 right now to read it right away." ~Michelle @ Book Briefs
"After staring at the [last] page and realizing I don't have the magic to summon book 3, I turn back to page one and start over because it's that good!" ~Jessy J. @ Bookend 2 Bookend
"The best part of this whole series is the imagination and creativity that went into building this world.  The different races, the mythology that surrounds them, and the world itself are so well done that you will question whether or not this is real...I questioned my own sanity once, or twice, while reading.  I fell into this world head first and it is now a second home." ~R&M Book Reviews
"I definitely recommend this series for those who like dark fantasy or fantasy that is out-of-the-box." Lizzy @ Lizzy's Dark Fiction




Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Genre(s): Young Adult / Fantasy

Series: The Cat's Eye Chronicles #2

Blurb: Sora is having visions. Strange, terrifying visions brought on by her Cat's Eye necklace, an ancient and magical device. Spurred to action, she leaves her mother's cabin to find Crash, the mysterious assasin who once changed her life. She is certain that together, they can discover what the necklace is trying to tell her.

Crash is still on the run from the dark sorcerer, Volcrian, but now a plague is spreading across the land. Volcrian's quest for vengeance has awakened something far more evil than himslef; a force that could destroy the entire kingdom. Together, he and Sora must harness the power of the Cat's Eye and kill the sorcerer before it's to late.





Review: I was anxiously awaiting Viper's Creed since finishing the first book, Sora's Quest, and it did not disappoint!

This book takes place one year after Sora's Quest ended, in that time Sora has grown up quite a bit since the first book, her fighting skills have improved as well. She finds Crash, and they begin a journey, with friends both old and new.

Crash is just as mysterious and interesting as ever, though parts of his past are beginning to reveal themselves. There are several subtle changes in his and Sora's relationship, they become much closer and Crash will still have fans swooning over his dark and dangerous persona.

We are introduced to new races, as well as taken to new places. The adventure and fantasy elements just jump off the page (err..kindle). There were also more displays of magic, that were pretty incredible. Perhaps a creature of some sort.. that's all I'm saying. ;)

Sora, though older, is still a young woman with a lot of responsibility. She rises to the challenge but comes across as very real in the doubts and worries that she has.

One more thing that I love about this series, is that each book doesn't really end (in an awesome way), that is to say, it comes across as one large story. As opposed to each book ending completely, then the next book having the same characters but some new problem. It reads like one large book seperated into several smaller books, sort of like the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. I really love the way T. L. Shreffler she has made each book flow seamlessly to the next.

Viper's Creed was amazing and this series is definitely one you don't want to miss!





About the Author:
T. L. Shreffler lives in Los Angeles, CA. She loves diversity, fantasy, romance, iced tea, long walks, philosophy, and thrift store shopping. She recently graduated with a BA in Badass (Creative Writing) and her poetry has been published consecutively in Eclipse: A Literary Journal and The Northridge Review. She works as the assistant editor for the funky and fantastic Tinsel Tokyo Magazine!








About the Reviewer: 
M. A. Bronson is a bookworm, book reviewer, and aspiring author. Since early 2012, she has been reviewing indie and traditionally published books at runawaypen.com. She enjoys readng, drinking tea, gaming, writing, and watching Doctor Who. M lives in Upstate New York, and works at a library, happily surrounded by thousands of stories. Connect with her on twitter and instagram @theprincessmab

on Oct 30, 2012
In celebration of the release of Defiance, Book One of the Priestess Trilogy, it will be FREE on Amazon Kindle November 5th thru the 7th! Defiance is an Irish fantasy adult romance with love, war, and DEFIANCE! Be sure to grab your free copy while it lasts!

Also, you can enter to win one of two signed copies of Falls the Shadow, Book One of the Chronicles of Midgard, an epic fantasy adventure with magical items, airships, pirates, mythical creatures and races, an empire seeking to free the dark god Loki from his prison, and the unusual group of friends trying to stop them! Falls the Shadow is the first installment of Melissa Sasina's new five book series!
 

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Falls The Shadow by Melissa Sasina

Falls The Shadow

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on Oct 28, 2012
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Genre(s): Paranormal/Fantasy/Romance

Series: Aranea Nation #2


~ Advanced Readers Copy - Release Date: December 18th 2012~


Synopsis: Born with the ability to communicate with the dead, few things take Mana by surprise. But when a canis lopes into her life, announcing himself as the long-dead father of a childhood friend, she's shocked. Now Mana must face Vaughn, the male who inspired one too many girlish fantasies. When they are both captured, they learn of an even greater threat. The plague devastating the southlands has come to his clan home. And his best-and only- chance to keep his people alive is the female who walks among the dead.




Review: Mana and Vaughn were two of my favorite characters in A Hint of Frost so I was really excited that they have their own story in A Feast of Souls!

A Feast of Souls continues the plot that was begun in A Hint of Frost, the plague is still spreading and there is still debate over what to do with Pascal. Rhys and Lourdes also make an appearance, however brief it is. Pascal also plays a significant role in the beginning and I suspect we'll see more of her as the series continues.

Vaughn and Mana make a great couple. Vaughn, as we saw in the first book is arrogant, a bit of a loner and well, sometimes a jerk. But in this book much of his past is uncovered, and while it isn't pretty, you have to feel a lot of sympathy and understanding for what he has gone through. He proves himself quite the hero in the end. The reader also learns a lot about Mana's abilities as a spirit walker. Which affects her relationship with Vaughn is several ways, both negative and positive. There is the added fact that Mana and Vaughn have known each other since they were children, it made their love story even sweeter because it was a long time coming. :)

A Feast of Souls has all of the incredible fantasy elements that were introduced in A Hint of Frost. This book delves more into the Mimetidae Clan, who were introduced before but this time we see more of the inner workings of this clan that all the others seem to fear so much.

I cannot wait to see what happens in A Cast of Shadows, Areneae Naton #2.5!



About the Author:
Born in the Deep South, Hailey is a lifelong resident of Alabama. Her desire to explore without
leaving the comforts of home fueled her love of reading and writing. Whenever the itch
for adventure strikes, Hailey can be found with her nose glued to her kindles screen
or squinting at her moniter as she write her next happily-ever-after.
Check out her website at http://haileyedwards.net/



About the Reviewer: M. A. Bronson is a bookworm, book reviewer, and aspiring author. She reviews indie and traditionally published books at runawaypen.com. Her time is spent reading, gaming, drinking tea, and writing. M lives in Upstate New York with her family. Connect with her
on twitter and instagram @theprincessmab
on Oct 24, 2012
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Genre(s): Young Adult / Fantasy / Paranormal



Series: The Ethereal Crossings #1




Blurb: It's been one year since the creatures of Shadeland have exposed themselves to the world, but 17-year-old Liv doesn't really care; she knew of them long before anyone elsedid because her best friend Luke is one. But when woman begin dying in her hometown, Luke gets blamed for the killings because he isn't human and it sets Liv on a mission to find out who the real killer is, or what it is.





Review: I totally loved this book! In Liv's world Eidolons (supernatural creatures) revealed themselves a year ago, resulting in a revolution that still causes pain today. The concept of supernatural creatures having willingly and openly revealed themselves was quite different from most fantasy/paranormal novels, and the fact that the reveal resulted in a revolution was especially interesting.

After reading Shadeland, I am fairly certain that Liv is one of my favorite main characters of all time. D. L. nicely avoided the stereotypes that many YA main characters are made of. Liv comes across as a very real, relatable seventeen-year-old girl. I also enjoyed that her best friend Luke was an Eidolon, because of this the two have a very special relationship and compliment each other very well.

The rest of the characters were quite fascinating as well. The bounty hunter, Jared was very awesome and I'm seriously hoping that he is in book two. We meet many other Eidolons as well, both good and bad. D. L. Miles breaks away from the common and presents unique creatures that aren't very well known in the paranormal genre right now.

To sum it up, this book was so good that I couldn't put it down! You definitely want to check out this novel! :)

Shadeland is available on smashwords for free!  


About the Author:
D. L. Miles graduated from Sheridan College and currently resides
in Southern Ontario. She enjoys Doctor Who marathons with her brother
or perusing hair day at the local drug store with friends. She is a young adult
 author, always in fantasy and the like.
She currently has two series in progress and two more in the works.
Check her out at her website: http://dlmilesbooks.wordpress.com/



About the reviewer: M. A. Bronson is a bookworm, book reviewer, and aspiring author. She reviews indie and traditionally published books at runawaypen.com. Her time is spent reading, gaming, drinking tea, and writing. M lives in Upstate New York with her family and six pets. Connect with her on twitter and instagram @theprincessmab
on Oct 22, 2012
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on Oct 10, 2012
Genre: Fantasy / Romance





Review: A Hint of Frost was amazing!

The story revolves around a young woman named Lourdes, who is forced to become the leader of her people, the Areneidae, when her parents are murdered. When the traitor is identified Lourdes must follow her new mate, Rhys, to avenge her parents. 

Lourdes was a lovely main character to follow. It was incredible to see the sacrifices she made for her people. She was very brave and yet you could understand how overwhelmed she was. I really enjoyed the relationship between Lourdes and Rhys. Th fall in love slower than most novels but it was better because you could tell how they made their unexpected situation work. 

The fantasy was quite unlike most books. Mainly the Areneidae Clan, who are able to spin silken thread from their fingertips. The world that Hailey Edwards has created is unique and intriguing! 

One small note, at times I wasn't sure where the characters were, space wise, sometimes I wasn't sure if Lourdes was close to Rhys or far away, that sort of thing. Perhaps a little more description would help the reader picture that a little easier. :)

Overall, I loved A Hint of Frost and will definitely be reading it again! 





About the Author:
Hailey is a lifelong resident of Alabama. Her desire to explore without leaving
the comforts of home fueled her love of reading and writing. Whenever the itch for 
adventure strikes, Hailey can be found with her nose glued to her Kindle's screen
or squinting at her monitor as she writes her next happily-ever-after. 






About the Reviewer: M. A. Bronson is a bookworm, book reviewer, and aspiring author. Since 2012, she has been reviewing indie and traditionally published books at runawaypen.com. She spends her time reading, drinking tea, writing, and ardently shipping RumBelle. M lives in Upstate New York and works at a library, happily surrounded by thousands of stories. Connect with her on twitter and instagram @theprincessmab
on Oct 6, 2012
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Genre(s): Young Adult / Fantasy

Series: Anumal Empire #1

Blurb: 






Review: Anumal Empire: Lazarball is unlike any other book I have ever read. 

The book takes place in a futuristic Earth, only the humans are extinct and Anumals are the reigning species. The story follows Clinton Narfell, a lion, as he fights for survival in this harsh world. 

I really enjoyed reading this book. The fantasy world that the authors have created is very vivid and distinct. There were a lot of mysteries, the biggest, probably being Dallas' hatred of Clinton. It is never really explained until the end of the book. While that was a tad bothersome during the beginning of the book, the way in which it is revealed is great. And overall this is the first book in the series, so it really seemed to be setting up the larger plot. 

Clinton was a interesting main character, no matter how many times he was pushed down, he stood back up. His devotion to his little brother is also really sweet.

Anumal Empire: Lazarball definitely stands out from the crowd! 



About the Authors:
Darren Jacobs
After finishing his A-levels, he studied Performing Arts in London on scholarship. Since then Darren has been lucky enough to travel the world, meet lots of interesting people, and do the kind of acting jobs he always wished he could as a kid. Recently, Darren won a scholarship to study Film Acting in New York City. Afterwards he decided to get his US work papers, and now lives in Los Angeles.
David Ayres
David is one of the authors of Lazarball, which is book one of the Anumal Empire series. Further books in the series are currently in production. Having spent some of his youth on stage and on the TV, he also writes television and film scripts. And is due to be awarded his BA Honours in English Language and Literature very soon.
on Oct 2, 2012
The door of the Valkyrie has been opened...

Maeja and her unlikely band of rebels and sky pirates have finally arrived at Brightstone. They need to get to the next treasure of the Gods, Thor's hammer, before the Empire does. If they can't get the hammer first, then the Empire is one step closer to awakening the dark god, Loki.

Seeking to get their hands on Thor's hammer, brothers Connor and Linkyn agree to enter the Honor Battles and publicly reveal themselves, as well as Maeja, to the Empire which hunts them.

However, the Empire proves to be only part of their troubles. There are murmurs that they have been followed to Brightstone by someone whose heart is far darker then the Empire...someone with eyes set on Maeja....


Genre: Fantasy





Review: Melody of the Dark picks up right where Falls the Shadow left off, Maeja, Ril, Conner, Linkyn and Mjrn are on a mission to save Midgard from a second Ragnarok. 

The epic fantasy continues with all the detail, adventure and mythology that the series began with. In this installment we are lead to more places in Midgard, including Dverdar cities and the Dokkalfar kingdom of Azrith. Many secrets of the empire are revealed, including several things about Severus. Readers will also be captivated by the Valkyrie, an especially intriguing part of the book. 

In this second installment the group has gotten passed introductions and we see them begin to blend together, work together, and occasionally . We learn a lot more about Boss, which was exciting. Also, we learn about Ril's past, the pirate is more than what he seems. 

The pacing was very good and I found this installment to have even more action and adventure than Falls the Shadow. 

The Chronicles of Midgard is a series you can't put down!

By the way, those of you on Team Ril will not be disappointed. ;)      


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About the Author: Born in 1982 in Cleveland, Ohio, Melissa has always been an avid lover of fantasy. 
The first book She began to write seriously for publication was The Priestess. It is currently undergoing reediting and will be re-released as both the individual books and as a one book collection, The Priestess: A Complete Collection. Her current book series is The Chronicles of Midgard, which will be a five book collection once completed.









About the reviewer: 
Mallory Farnham is a bookworm, book reviewer, fangirl, and writer. Since early 2012 she has been reviewing indie and traditionally published books at runawaypen.com. She enjoys reading, drinking tea, gaming, and writing. Connect with her on twitter and instagram @malloryfarnham