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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.

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.

 

Promos Galore!

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Promos are my favorite. I love supporting other indie authors, and one way I do that is hosting promotions here on my blog. Check it out… 75 FREE books. 12 books free on Kindle Unlimited (or under $5). It doesn’t get much better than that.

So check it out, and discover some new authors to love! Happy reading. The books will be available through June 15th.

 

Fantasy for Free Promo is Live!

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Over fifty free eBooks to choose from. YES. You read that right.

Some incredible authors have teamed up with me to offer their books for free, all within the fantasy genre. From epic, to dark, to sci-fi, to paranormal and more. Categorized alphabetically, you can browse the various covers and titles. Just click on the image and you will be taken to the download page and can decide which ones fit your taste. There is no limit…you can download all of them if you want.

This is a great way to support the indie author community. Most authors only ask for your email address. So throughout the month, come back and visit and download to your heart’s content! Just click on the bar at the top of my website where it says “Fantasy for Free Promo.” Or click here.

Happy reading! If you have any issues, just leave a comment. And tell your friends…spread the word on social media!

 

April Promo: Fantasy for Free

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I will be running a promotion through my blog for the month of April for those of you, readers AND authors, who love fantasy. Here is how it will work: authors will submit their fantasy novel (any subgenre), as long as it is free, to the promotion. There are only three rules: First, a link must be submitted for the free book, whether through book funnel or any other website you use 2) If you will be using the promo to get more email subscribers, you must at least have 50 in your mailing list, or the equivalent followers of your blog or twitter and 3) you must share the promo on your social media account and to your mailing list. That’s it.

Readers, check out the links and get access to 75 books for free. For some submissions, this might require signing up for authors mailing lists (but seriously, for a free book? And updates on the authors works? Totally worth it. Just saying.)

If you want to participate, shoot me an email at janellegarrettwriter@gmail.com or leave a comment with your email address, and I will send you the link for further info. Happy reading and writing!

–Janelle G.