Book Review: “Ice” by Jessica Wren

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Book Review of “Ice” by Jessica Wren

“Ice” is a book that satisfies on many levels. The story, as a whole, is extremely evocative, creating a strong “small town” feeling like a vintage Ray Bradbury story. The small town atmosphere reminds me of the Americana iconic play “Our town”. Wren is skillful in her development of a small American town complete with portrayals of small town secretiveness and quirky, independent characters.

Just below the surface of this portrayal of rural American life is a paranormal undertone, something else that Wren handles well. The small town of Minterville, in Rural Georgia, has a secret, one that the outside world can’t know: the inhabitants of the town who are descended from the town’s founders can broadcast their thoughts through an entity called “The Minter”. All the other descendants can immediately hear the message in their heads.

It’s the gradual death of “The…

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Presenting a Special Guest-Miranda Shanklin

Meet Miranda Shanklin, author of the Soul Journey series (who’s also celebrating a birthday today). The series revolves around four teens who discover they have power beyond anyone’s wildest imaginations–and some powerful enemies.

And let me just add that these are some of these most beautiful covers I have ever seen.

Miranda Shanklin

Book 1 is Soul Journey. 

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Blurb:

It has been many lifetimes since the cycle began.

The cycle that still haunts Annisa Lawson.

A spell cast in desperation to help, which only caused heartache.

Now, Annisa has found her way out of the varying repeats of her past; only to bring more danger to herself, and those around her. Now she must learn to survive with the help of her friends: Chase, Penelope, and Landon have all gone through each life cycle with Annisa. Sometimes helping, sometimes hindering. Now that Annisa has broken the cycle of their collective punishment, she finds that she needs her friends more than ever to keep their enemies, known, and unknown, at bay. As the group of friends learn of their souls’ journeys through their many life cycles, they must also learn to control the magick they have discovered within themselves and each other, in order to defeat the most feared assassin in their world.

What reviews have said about Soul Journey:

Such an amazing book!!!I don’t even know where to begin… the feels, the conflict & uncertantity of life is almost too much for Annisa, but she recovers beautifully and accecpts her new found lot in life with grace & dignity.” -Amanda Wise

“Fantastic coming of age story with a fun Sci-fi/Fantasy twist! The description of magic and how it’s wielded was absolutely beautiful, it actually gave me chills. Book 2, Soul Redemption is definitely on my TBR!”-K.D

“What a suspenseful book to read. I loved all the characters. They were very well liked. I would recommend this book to anyone that wants to read a book that is a YA book with great characters that you will love to read about.k has it all… mystery, love, conflict, regret, action… I have throughly enjoyed it!”-Tamra Cordery

To check it out: http://www.amazon.com/Soul-Journey-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00N7T7CX4/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Book 2 is Soul Redemption. 

Soul Redemption

Blurb:

Just when Annisa and her friends were starting to think maybe the Counsel would leave them alone, two new students arrive at school. In any other town, new students wouldn’t be a sign that something big was about to happen to Annisa, Chase, Landon, and Penelope; but this wasn’t a normal town and they weren’t normal teenagers. They had come into their powers and defeated the most feared assassin in their world, so the appearance of new witches in their small town could only mean one thing…..the Counsel was ready to make another attempt to destroy them.

After watching the new students alienate them from everyone they know, including their parents, Annisa and her friends break through the spell and things start to calm down for them. It’s not until an old enemy returns with news that will shock them that they realize everything is not as it seems. Now they have to decide whether or not to trust an old enemy claiming to help them, or try and fight against the Counsel’s most trusted Advisors on their own.

The choice the group makes will change their lives forever.

What reviewers are saying:

“This second book in the Soul Series, captures your attention and imagination, even better than the first book. You live through the characters. You feel what they feel, become angry at what happens to them..you know them inside and out. If you like fantasy/romance/suspense/action/and young adult drama, this is the book series for you. 10/10!”-Crystal

Lots of twists here with the witches coming into their powers. Great story!” Pamijo

To check it out: http://www.amazon.com/Soul-Redemption-Series-Book-ebook/dp/B00O3N22GA/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top?ie=UTF8

Book 3 of the Series is Soul Knowledge:

Soul Knowledge

Blurb:

Annisa Lawson and her friends were getting pretty good at surviving. So far, they have defeated every force sent to destroy them. So when they are faced with new forces they had never thought possible, they were not entirely prepared. They were scrambling to catch up their magickal knowledge of the forces that were being sent after them. With their newly strengthened bond, they would have to work together to triumph. Just when they think they have it all figured out, something new pops up.
They are offered help, but will it be enough to once again overcome the forces working against them? The highly misunderstood forces in play will either help or hinder them; the question is, who do they trust?
The collective uncertainty and lack of knowledge could be the downfall of the entire group, testing their ability to trust in their own power, and that of each other. Can they overcome these forces and once again defend their special bond from destruction?

What reviewers are saying:

“A real rollercoaster of a ride. With spells gone wrong, kidnappings, destruction and love put to the ultimate test”-Samaris

“This series is amazing. The way the author portrays witches is very unique. This book was full of action and suspense. It was hard to put down. All the characters are interesting and believable”-Angie Campbell

To check it out: http://www.amazon.com/Soul-Knowledge-Series-Book-ebook/dp/B00PA4JC9Q/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top?ie=UTF8

Book 4 of the series is Soul Freedom

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Blurb:

With the stress of graduation and planning weddings, Annisa and her group of friends want to end things with the Counsel once and for all. They strengthen their bond to the strongest it can be and go on the offensive. After they achieve their goal, they find that was not their only problem. Now they have to figure out who will be the next Counsel, and how to deal with other realms that have found their way in. While the group guards over the Origin, Annisa goes with members of the other realms to track down the wayward travelers, before they cause too much damage in our realm. To prevent this from happeningagain or any damage that may result, the group, along with their newly appointed Counsel, must come up with a system to allow other realms access to our realm, so they don’t have to constantly be on the lookout for trespassers from other realms. Can it be done in time for Annisa and her friends to enjoy graduation, and Annisa’s upcoming nuptials? With the help of friends and family, it just may be possible!

What reviewers are saying:

“This book is probably my favourite of the series so far…This one kept up at a steady pace and had me interested the entire time. I can’t wait to see where Miranda takes them next.”-Caitlin

“I was so engrossed in reading this book that I didn’t even realize I was close to the end until I turned the page to the ‘about the author’ blurb”-Amanda Wise

To check it out: http://www.amazon.com/Soul-Freedom-Series-Book-Volume/dp/1505267560/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top?ie=UTF8

Book 5 of the series is Soul Discovery

Soul Discovery

Blurb:

Annisa and her group have finally made it to the point where they don’t have to watch over their shoulders for someone trying to destroy them. They have put together a system that allows the other realms access to our realm and they are still able to keep an eye on them. Will the faeries and the trolls outsmart them and accomplish their goal? Will Annisa and the others be able to obtain enough support to keep their realm intact? Or will the faeries and trolls destroy all that this realm stands for? Chase and Annisa have taken on a task that they are not sure if they can accomplish without the help of the others who have to stay behind and keep things running smoothly at the passageways. They will have to be creative and convincing to pull this one off and create a truce between all the realms.

What reviewers are saying:

“I really loved the fresh approach to a paranormal story. It was a little slow at start, but, it did not take long for me to become hooked. I can’t wait to find out what happens next.”-V. Hudson

“Miranda did a great job rounding out the ending leaving me satisfied with the complete story. If you haven’t picked up book 1 in the soul saver series and are into paranormal YA I would recommend this series to you.”-Caitlin

To check it out: http://www.amazon.com/Soul-Discovery-Series-Book-Volume/dp/1505892309/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top?ie=UTF8

To connect with Miranda Shanklin:

On Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8526541.Miranda_Shanklin?from_search=true&search_version=service

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mirandashanklinauthor?fref=ts

On Twitter: https://twitter.com/mlshanklin

Her Amazon Page: http://www.amazon.com/Miranda-Shanklin/e/B00N7X1LMI/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

Presenting a Special Guest-P.A. Williams

Meet the saucy, energetic, gregarious Paul Anthony Williams. He is also known as his #PlayBoyPaul for his (completely harmless) flirtatious ways that make him a hit with the ladies.

Paul Williams

Also a prolific horror writer, PlayBoyPaul is the author of the Dark Clown Series, which consists of The Snake of Snowspire, The fires of Al Yon, and The Tides of Time. The first two are free this weekend.

Book 1 of the Dark Clown series is The Snake of Snowspire

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Blurb:

A storm rages in the north region of Neduin. Snowspire sits amongst the snowfields and cold dark forests. It’s two distinct towering spires like great booming gravestones rise high above the city walls, casting its grey dark shadow upon the ground below. A greedy king waits for the arrival of the King from the East with hoards of gold to pay for his services and men. The King of the East seeks men to increase his own army as they venture south toward the High King’s castle to take the throne for his own. But to gain these men he must put a plan into motion with various pieces in place. Unknown to him the High King aware of the army in the north, formulates his own plan which begins with the arrival of a stranger who has traveled from the south toward the kingdom of Snowspire, with murder on his mind . . .
Away from Snowspire a soothsayer watches the events unfold, yet when the time comes will her involvement cause the downfall of Neduin? Or will a more sinister person cast the first stone to bring the Realm down upon its knees . . .

Sounds super-exciting to me. I can’t wait to get on this one. But don’t take it from me. This is what one reviewer had to say about The Snake of Snowspire:

“This is not usually the type of genre that I go for but I was sucked into the story straight away. This is a fabulous book. Shades of George Martin, Narnia and a very, very dark Tolkien. All written in a crisp, economical style which is hard to believe comes from a first time author. Can’t wait for the next in the series.”-Truth42.

Check it out here: http://www.amazon.com/Snake-Snowspire-Dark-Clown-Book-ebook/dp/B00M8JFPAQ/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Book 2 is The Fires of Al Yon.

The fires of Al Yon

Blurb:

Ten years have passed since the Battle of Southwell, peace flitters across the whole of Neduin. But a new deadlier enemy will rise from the shadows, hungry for blood and hungry for revenge, spreading his fires of terror from Snowspire all the way towards the Kingdom of the High King.

Jonas Yale has to make a decision…a decision that could affect the whole of Neduin. Meanwhile, two thieves start an adventure that will lead them to treasures and terror, resulting in the discovery of an ancient evil from Neduin’s past that could destroy them all.

This is what reviewer Rainne had to say about The Fires of Al Yon:

“An interesting and adventurous journey in an imaginative world, with plenty of action, intrigue, and unique characters.”

Check it out here: http://www.amazon.com/Fires-Yon-Dark-Clown-Book-ebook/dp/B00QIR2TZS/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Book 3 is The Tides if Time

The Tides of Time

The Very Poetic Blurb:

From the shadows I will come,
to rip the minds and souls of everyone,
to feast upon the flesh of fools and wench,
to bathe within the blood of the fallen taking in every aroma and stench,
to face the one who holds the key,
to his or my destiny…

From the darkness he will breathe,
from the tomb he will leave,
to begin a journey to watch the flames burn,
everything and all,
as the tides of time start to call,
the tides start to call….

Rumor has it that #PlayBoyPaul has additional books in the works, including a fourth book in the Dark Clown Series.

Check it out here: http://www.amazon.com/TIDES-TIME-Dark-Clown-Book-ebook/dp/B00WRADYU4/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

To connect with #PlayboyPaul: 

On Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2030116.P_A_Williams?from_search=true&search_version=serviceoyPaul:

On Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/P.A.-Williams/e/B00MEQSYCY/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

On Twitter: https://twitter.com/PAWILLIAMSUK36

Happy reading!

MInterville Series

After publishing my debut novel, Ice, I felt the need to tell the entire story of Minterville and its most important characters. Currently, Ice is the only published title, but there will be more to come. Specifically, the sequel, Shivers is in the planning stages and scheduled for publication next year.

About Ice: In Minterville, Georgia, the residents live in relative seclusion, partly to keep crime out of their small, tranquil community, and partly to prevent the world from finding out about The Minter, a form of telepathy that interconnects them and gives them a sense of unity.

Then The Minter, which cannot function in the presence of evil, stops working. Mayor Tom Watson suspects that two families who had recently moved to town have ties to Manuela Escribano (known as the Ice Queen), a prolific drug lord who, unbeknownst to the rest of Minterville, has a deadly score to settle with Tom.

No one, including Tom, has any idea how deep the Manuela’s desire for revenge runs, until one Friday morning, twenty women disappear. When Manuela sends in a video detailing her diabolical plot to get revenge against Tom and the community that has harbored him for thirty years, Minterville must come together as one to rescue the women before time runs out. They must act quickly, or innocent people will die and their beloved community (and along with it, The Minter) will be destroyed forever.

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Check it out here: http://www.amazon.com/Ice-Jessica-Wren-ebook/dp/B00O1CCAU6/ref=sr_1_8?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1440545056&sr=1-8&keywords=ice

About Shivers: Five years after the so-called Minterville massacre, the small Georgia town is still struggling to move on. When Tom Watson gets word that Manuela Escribano is planning another attack on Minterville, he decides to put an end to the reign of the Ice Queen once and for all. Enlisting the help of some of his old friends from Miami, he sets out to teach Manuela a lesson she won’t forget.

Brain to Books Blog Tour – Nancy Lynn Jarvis

Between the Beats

Brain to Books Blog Tour

Fast Facts:

Author: Nancy Lynn Jarvis
Genre:Cozy mystery
Books:  The Murder House of the Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries Series

Bio

Nancy JarvisNancy Lynn Jarvis thinks you should try something new every few years. Writing her Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries series is her newest adventure and she’s been having so much fun doing it that she’s finally acknowledged she’ll never sell another house. She let her license lapse in May of 2013, after her twenty-fifth anniversary in real estate.
After earning a BA in behavioral science from San Jose State University, she worked in the advertising department of the San Jose Mercury News. A move to Santa Cruz meant a new job as a librarian and later a stint as the business manager for Shakespeare Santa Cruz at UCSC.
To keep her writing fresh after four mysteries, she took a time…

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B2B Blog Tour: Marie J. Phillips

The Little Star

Brain to Books Blog Tour

Fast Facts:

Author: Marie J. Phillips
Genre: Science fiction and fantasy
Books:
The Furlites of Aroriel: Curse of Koris
other published works.
The Furlites of Aroriel: Book I- On Matissia Wings
The Furlites of Aroriel: Book II- Earth-bred, Matissia-born
The Furlites of Aroriel: Furlitian Short tales.
Khan: A Maine Coon
Old Gent

The White Dragons of Suvwilur & Other Stories

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MPL AND Elijah the Bloody

Jen Winters is an Indie Author

MPL: I started schooling my kids last week. Leif will be 4 the first week of September, so I just went ahead and started him with Kindergarten. He is having a lot of fun and getting his worksheets done like a BOSS! since school started, I’ve had to cut back on my own promotions, so I will be doing fewer parties and more reading and reviews. With the summer vacation over, it’s nice to be back on a regular schedule.

I am writing a new YAF PNR set in White Sulphur Springs, Montana. I’ve been talking to business owners who live there and they certainly are a friendly bunch! I am so glad that I have gotten the opportunity to get to know of some them. It’s been a fun adventure for me.

i am also going to start a YouTube Channel for Author interviews and I am getting set…

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Thoughts on Beta Reading

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I’m new to this, though without realizing, I had been beta reading for my daughter since before she sent her first book to an editor. I Googled information on what is expected of a beta reader when I began to volunteer to beta read a few books. Even so I still do not fully know what I’ve gotten myself into. How much is expected of me as a beta reader? I know I’m looking for typos and grammar and inconsistencies in tense or the plot, but what else should I be looking for, if anything? Beta reading is not the same as reading for review, that is certain. There is a steep learning curve here and I’m determined to get to the top of that bell.   There will be changes in how I write my responses as I climb that learning curve. I do want to be a valuable asset…

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Can’t Even Begin…

What Lu said!

And please join me in congratulating her on her record sales day. That is the best feeling in the world.

The Little Star

To say thank you!!!

#WeLoveLu, Lu J Whitley, Facebook, Author Promo Coop

The wonderful folks over at the Author Promo Coop threw me a Facebook party fit for a queen! Tons of Indie Authors ? and a few readers ? hung out with me all day? And I mean all day? Like 12 hours in a computer chair, all day!

Games were played? In my pants. Prizes were had. Hot men were ogled. Good times were had by all.

But I want to say a special thanks to a few folks who stuck it out for the long haul and, therefore, deserve a little shout out? Or a book sale. Whichever you prefer :)

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