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

 

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.

 

Available now: Rise of the Warlock King

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Here it is! The cover reveal for Rise of the Warlock King. As usual, Susie Poole and JE Purazzi outdid themselves. AND… you can pre-order the eBook here, and be the first to get it when it releases on June 23rd.

Still haven’t read the first part of the series, Rift in the Deep? No worries. You can get it here, and have plenty of time to read it before Part 2 comes out.

Happy reading!

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.

 

Cover Reveal: The Survival Guide for Nursing Students

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Well there you have it. This little guide will be published next month, and Susie at Poole Publishing had done it again with this fantastic cover. Check out the blurb below, and maybe consider either 1) Getting if for yourself if you’re in nursing school or 2) gifting it to someone you know and love who is about to enter or is currently in school. Want to stay updated on when it’s published? Sign up for my mailing list so you don’t miss it (and receive a free fantasy novella for your efforts!)

About to start nursing school? Or maybe you already have, and still don’t know why you are so stressed. Take my word for it: I’ve been there. And you’re in luck. This little guide is what every clinical instructor and floor nurse wished you knew.

A quick, easy read for the busiest student, “The Survival Guide to Nursing School” will give you the unique perspective you will need to actually enjoy nursing school. Written by an RN and for students in the first semester to students about to graduate, this little guide packs a big punch. It dispels with myths and offers straightforward suggestions for how to deal with stress, nerves, and perhaps just the encouragement you need to be successful in your nursing journey.

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!