Justice Explained

You know an author’s busy writing their books when their blog is neglected. However, I can’t say that I’m sorry. Priorities, priorities. Not only am I busying writing the Justice short story series, but I’m preparing for the release of Part 3 of the Steward Saga, The Last Steward.

Justice has been quite the challenge to write. If you’re at all familiar with my work, you know I use multiple points of view in my books. Well, Justice is just one. It’s all told from the POV of Trinn Ma’allard, the main character and antihero, if you will. You might recognize her from Rise of the Warlock Kingand she makes various appearances in The Last Steward, too.

Her story isn’t difficult to write just because it’s from one perspective, though. The themes in the stories are deep, concerning issues of revenge, forgiveness, justice, and identity. You might say, “Yeah, but you tackle those issues in The Steward Saga series, Janelle.” And you would be correct. But Trinn Ma’allard is coming from an entirely different place than say, Brate or Graissa. You might just have to grab the series to see what I mean.

Issues like the ones mentioned above can be difficult for a writer to tackle because we all face those same problems in every day life. We’ve all be wronged, in one way or another. We’ve all wronged others. We must face the decision to daily forgive those who treat us poorly, or enact our own righteous revenge fantasies. How often have you plotted how to get even with someone, whether by word or deed? I know I have. When my husband or friend or children lash out, my first inclination is to seek “justice”: lash back out at them, because they started it. But what if there was a different way?

That’s what I try to address in Justice. Check the stories out below (all are available for free through Kindle Unlimited), and pre-order Justice Part 4 – The Dreadwood coming out October 18th. Stay tuned for further details about The Last Steward, including the cover reveal in mid-October!

Justice Part 1 – The Misty Sea

Justice Part 2 – The Palisade Kingdom

Justice Part 3 – The Nomad (available October 4th)

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If you’ve wondered why I’ve been so quite this last month and not posted much… this is why.

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Justice is going to be a 5 part series of short stories based on Justice Ma’allard, a side character from Rise of the Warlock KingYou can still enjoy the series even if you haven’t read the full-length novels, however. And TODAY you can download Part 1: The Misty Sea for only 99 cents, or for FREE with a Kindle Unlimited subscription. Below is the release dates for the rest of them.
Part 2: The Palisade Kingdom pre-order available, releases September 13th
Part 3: The Nomad available October 4th
Part 4: currently untitled available October 18th
Part 5: currently untitled available November 1st 

This will all culminate with the release of the third installment of the Steward Saga, The Last Steward, releasing on November 17th. The fourth and final book will be available sometime in the summer/fall of 2019. In the meantime, enjoy the story of Justice. I hope you love her as much as I do!!

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Yes, that looks fancy. It stands for the “Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off” and it is probably the most prestigious, and coveted,  award for fantasy authors who are self-published. It is hosted by Mark Lawrence, author of several best-selling fantasy novels. Basically, ten of the top fantasy bloggers in the world agree to read 30 novels each, choose their favorite to put forth to the finals, and then all read the final ten novels. One winner is chosen and is then reviewed on all of the bloggers websites.

It’s a self-published authors dream, pretty much.

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Rift in the Deep will be read by Kitty G, a youtube reviewer with over 11k subscribers. I’m super excited.

Book Review: Girl Desecrated

Girl Desecrated: Vampires, Asylums and Highlanders 1984 (The Fergus She) by [Cowtan, Cheryl R]

So I’ll be honest with you. This isn’t the usual type of book that I find myself drawn to. Vampires and demons aren’t my thing. I don’t jump up in down at angsty teenager drama heavy on the romance. I read Twilight cringing, but kept to it because my younger sister liked it. And let’s be honest… Jacob. But I digress.

So when I found this book, I don’t really know why I decided to read it. The cover was appealing. The tagline was clever. Maybe that’s why? Either way, I’m glad I did.

Cheryl Cowtan manages to pull at your sympathies for a truly unlikable hero. Rachel is everything you hope your daughter doesn’t become. Disrespectful. Snarky. Has a chip on her shoulder the size of a bowling ball. But as the layers are pulled back, you realize there is a lot more to her than meets the eye.

And just what IS the Fergus She? As the details are revealed in all their horrible fascination and heart-pounding terror, I realized that I really did care what happened. And it was almost without me even being cognizant of it. I pulled for Rachel, even as I knew that things weren’t going to end well. That’s the beauty of what Cowtan does with the story; she lets you see where the end is going, and much like a car wreck you can see happening even before the collision happens, you very much want it to NOT happen knowing it will regardless. Yet you can’t put the story down.

Angus, the male love interest so to speak, is a stereotypical male heartthrob. That’s one of my only complaints about this book. Why oh why does every romantic interest have to have huge muscles, dreamy looks, and an attitude? But that’s par for the course with this particular genre of writing, I suppose. Part of me wishes the author had branched out of this, but I can also see why she didn’t. Besides, he’s Irish. Everyone knows Irish men are all good looking… right?

Between the complex plot line, fast-paced action, scary scenes that keep you up at night, and clever writing, I’d give this a 4 out of 5 stars. Why is not 5? Three reasons for me. I’m not a huge fan of explicit sex scenes (this one had some). There were a few grammatical errors that were consistent enough to be a bit frustrating (periods in the wrong place, etc). And lastly, the stereotype super sexy hot dude who is the epitome of perfection. But none of those things detracted from the story in the least. Give it a try if you enjoy gothic fantasy!

Link: Girl Desecrated

Authors website: http://www.cherylcowtan.com/

Author’s email list: http://www.cherylcowtan.com/novelnews

 

Book Review: The Raventree Society by J.E. Purazzi

This actually isn’t a book. It’s an ingenious idea, really. J.E. Purrazzi has released a mini-series type of short stories. It gives the impression of being a TV series, with the stories called “episodes”.

I love them. The series is called The Raventree Society. The first four episodes have been released: The Strawberry Lane Hotel, The Haven, The Coal Mansion (my favorite!) and The Cleo (it comes out June 29th). Episode 5, the finale, is set to be released in a couple months.

They are ghost stories, but I’ll just say, they aren’t your typical ghost stories. Are they scary? Oh yes. Are they creepy? Definitely. But the characters are what makes this series shine. When I think of ghost stories, the first thing I DON’T think of is intricate, well-developed characters or impressive plot lines. But this series has them all.

The gist of the story (I won’t give away any spoilers, don’t worry) is set around a man named Kyle. He’s a paranormal investigator on a TV series called (you guessed it) the Raventree Society. His brother disappears, and the stories are set around Kyle trying to find him. Along the way, he runs into all manner of dangerous and scary situations. But that’s all I’ll say.

Seriously. Do yourself a favor and download these. They are only 99 cents each, and even if your not a fan of creepy, scary stuff, you’ll thank me later.

Rift in the Deep is FREE For Five Days

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In anticipation for the release of Rise of the Warlock King being published on June 23rd (pre-order it here), Rift in the Deep is FREE on Amazon for five days. Yes. This is not a cruel joke.

You’re welcome 🙂 And share the love… let your friends know!

-Janelle G.

 

Book Review: The Weaver’s Blessing by Beth Wangler

Do you like fairy tales? Not the Brother’s Grimm type of dark stories, the kind you don’t even want your kids reading. No, this is the feel good, singing princesses with animals all around type of tale.

Beth Wangler, author of The Weaver’s Blessing, spins a story almost as good as a Disney movie. The chapters are short and sweet, the heroine is kind and compassionate, and the hero, although reluctantly, is actually a good man. The evil King and sorcerer curse the land, and only the princess can save it.

It’s quirky and fun. There’s a few stereotypes, and since it’s a fairy tale, I’m willing to overlook them. If you’re looking for something in-depth, you should probably find something else. But if your looking for a quick, fun read to escape reality for a while, this is your book. All in all, I enjoyed it. Check out Beth’s other works on her website.