on Jan 31, 2013
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Genre(s): Fantasy / Paranormal / Romance

Series: Araneae Nation #2.5

~ Advanced Readers Copy - Release Date: February 28th, 2013

Blurb: Daraja has reached the age where she would strike out on her own to seek her fortune-if she were male. Instead, she is expected to sit patiently, weave her nets and wait for the river to bring a husband to her. Patience, however, has never been her strong suit.

Brynmor haunts the forest surrounding the city of Cathis, his disembodied spirit inextricably bound to the wild canis roaming his lands. Until the day he stumbles across a brazen trespasser in his woods.

Compelled to step in when the canis suspect her of poaching one of their own, Brynmor fears he has lost a piece of his ragged soul to the feisty, adventure-seeking female. And when the canis confront the real poachers, he is forced to choose which life to sacrifice. Hers...or his own.




Review: A Cast of Shadows was amazing!

I really enjoyed the deeper look into Brynmor's character, as I think a lot of readers will, especially as they finish A Feast of Souls. Brynmor's story was very interesting, one reason being that it has so much to do with the past of several important present characters.

I think Brynmor just might have replaced Vaughn as my favorite character of the series. ;)

Brynmor was fascinating in the previous Araneae Nation installment and his own story definitely lived up. I was curious as to how the author would work it out, considering Brynmor was sort of, well, a spirit. But I was so happy to see him get his happily-ever-after!  

The romance between Brynmor and Daraja was steamy and page turning. Daraja was a perfect match for Brynmor and she certainly kept him on his toes! They fit together seamlessly. Daraja's journey of self discovery as she was falling in love with Brynmor was so wonderful to read.

I've been reading and reviewing this series since the first book and it just keeps getting better and better! I cannot wait to read more!



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. Since early 2012, she has been reviewing indie and traditionally published books at runawaypen.com. She enjoys read, drinking tea, gaming, writing, and spending time with her many cousins. M lives in Upstate New York, and works at a library, happily surrounded by thousands of books. Connect with her on twitter and instagram @theprincessmab

on Jan 29, 2013
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Genre(s): Fantasy 

Blurb: A novel of violent magic, intrigue, and statecraft, Ghosts in the Yew is the story of four who are banished beyond the edge of the map to a land of gnarled forests, ancient magic, and the site of a terrible murder. Their struggles to survive will put them at odds with their families, their nation, and the very powers that shaped the world. Ghosts in the Yew is the first book in Blake's Vesteal series and invites the reader as follows: The dark forest hid them from their destroyers. The matriarch of the forest wept a century at their murder. The priests rewrote the songs and rhymes until the world forgot them and the conquerors abandoned their watch. But then it happened that the Zoviyan Empire--bloated by its centuries of glut--sent the last thing it should have into the trees. Ghosts forget nothing, and when the blood of their enemy walked beneath them, they woke, their revenge at hand.



ReviewGhosts in the Yew is a long and intruging tale of adventure, magic and unlikely friendship.

We start out in the midst of a huge amount of action which grabs the readers attention and pulls them right into the story.

The reader follows four misfits as they learn not only about those around them but about themselves, as well and about the land of Enhedu.

The most important main character is Barok, a spoiled and arrogant prince. Probably the most round character, (though all the main characters change quite a lot) Barok endures a long and hard journey throughout the book. But by the time I finished the last page he had become my favorite character.

Only slightly less important is Leger, Barok's alsman. He starts out as a drunk with overwhelming memories of war and battle. During his adventure he rises to challenges and becomes crucial to the success of Barok and his kingdom.

Next is Dia, she caused a lot of conflicting emotions for me. I liked her, then I didn't like her, then I liked her, and so on. At the beginning of the book we really don't know to much about her character but she has a very interesting personality that is revealed as the novel progresses.

And last, but not least, is Geart. A former soldier, with a hidden gift, who spends the majority of the book in a jail cell. Throughout most of the book he was in a different place then the other three main characters which got sort of confusing at times. Geart was certainly the most unexpected character. I was completely, and pleasantly surprised by the large role he ended up playing in the story.

Near to the end an element of philosophy came into play that honestly I hadn't noticed until I went back and read over several pages. Although many readers will probably pick that up right from the start. Ghosts in the Yew presents an interesting take on the battle between good and evil.

This novel is fairly long and while the world Mr. Hausladen has created is fascinating, some readers may become overwhelmed by all of the information contained in the 600+ pages.
To sum it all up, the author has created a vast and detailed world of princes and magic, with characters the reader will find most relatable. Ghost in the Yew is one book you definitely do not want to miss!




About the Author:
Armed with an English degree from Ripon College and an MBA from Chicago’s Stuart School of Business, Blake has enjoyed a sixteen-year career in the shadowed back-office realms of the financial industry. He currently works in Chicago and writes in his free time.





About the Reviewer:
M. A. Bronson is a bookworm, book reviewer, and aspiring author. Since 2012, she has been revieweing indie and traditionally published books at runawaypen.com. She enjoys reading, gaming, drinking tea, writing, and building Legos with her nieces. M lives in Upstate New York, and works at a library surrounded by thousands of stories. Connect with her on twitter and instagram @theprincessmab
on Jan 27, 2013

Hi Everyone! I am happy to share the new cover of Opposites by T. M. Smith. Cover Design by Runaway Book Designs! :)

 

Opposites 

Author TM Smith 
Tentative release date: March of 2013 
Genre: Adult Dystopian 

Calendar year 2081.
 Our planet has finally succumbed to Global Warming. Dr. Anthony Smith, one of only a few thousand people to survive Global Warming Ignition, has come to the conclusion that the destruction of our planet and society had been due to Injudicious Breeding which lead (in his opinion) to over population, WAR, unnatural climate changes, lower intelligence, poor physical health, poverty, lust and greed. Having isolated the Dionysus gene, he decided to start society anew by manipulating Human DNA to ensure all their offspring would be born Gay/ Lesbian. Thus creating a society where Gay/Lesbian is the norm... to be straight labels you an Opposite and makes you an Outkast.

~ Nature Versus Nurture ~ 
 Some 200 years later Dr. Smith’s descendants have maintained control of the Government that rules society. House Gaeland rules their lands, as well as the other 6 countries that survived GWI. Twins, Aiya and Aiyan, are next in line to rule alongside their soon to be wife and husband. There is, however, a growing anomaly; one that threatens to unravel over 200 years of progress. This anomaly is known as Opposites.

About the Author!

 A military brat born and raised at Ft. Benning Georgia; Smith is an avid reader, reviewer and writer. She now calls Texas home from her small town on the outskirts of the DFW Metroplex. Most days you can find her curled up with her kindle and a good book alongside a glass of something aged and red or a steaming cup of coffee! At 42 years young, she’s decided to enter the next phase of her life by adding the title of “author” to her list of accomplishments that includes single mom of three disturbingly outspoken and decidedly different kids, one of which is Autistic. Her two eldest kids and gay best friend were the inspiration for her upcoming new release, Opposites.

A personal note from author TM Smith
I can’t thank all my sister bloggers enough for supporting me by hosting this cover reveal event! I’ve made some wonderful and fascinating friends this past year while working on Opposites; bloggers, reviewers and authors that have made a huge impact on me. I wish I could list you all by name. I hope you all know how very much I appreciate the support. I will say the three most important things in life are Faith, Family and Friends. I have the best of all three! I thank god everyday for my wonderfully dysfunctional family and close knit group of friends. To have family and friends that support you when you are right, wrong or indifferent is a gift!
on Jan 3, 2013
Well, I'm releasing the Volcrian's Hunt book trailer way before the cover has been designed. Lucky youuuu!

Release date: Summer 2013

on Jan 1, 2013
Happy 2013!

With school, dance, and loads of extra studying and dance rehearsals, I realized that I have been falling behind in my book reviewer duties. I have been reading, but it's all for school, and I really don't find myself having much time any more to review. So, I've decided that until I can get more organized and find some time to start reviewing, it's best for me to take a break for now. I really hope you guys don't mind too much-I know M.A. Bronson has been doing an excellent job of reviewing regularly. I haven't had many requests for reviews, and so I've been meaning to review books that I've read, but I just never had enough time to re-read, plot out my reviews, and submit them.

I will be back, I promise!