Book Review: Red Sister

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3.5/5 stars

I’d definitely classify this as dark fantasy. It starts off with the hanging of a child, the capturing and selling of children, and eventually children being sold for ring-fighting. So it’s not a book for those who hate stories about cruelty toward kids. Despite this, it’s a compelling story. Nona is an intriguing main character, with her story coming out in bits and pieces. I generally prefer stories that have more of a deep POV, where the reader knows everything the character does, so the fact that it’s a bit distant took some getting used to. Not a bad thing, but for readers who prefer deep POV, stick with it, because it’s worth it.

As mentioned above, Nona is captured and sold and eventually rescued by Abbess Glass (a fantastically-well done side character) who brings her to a convent to be trained as a warrior. It’s here were Nona learns more about her power and what it entails. I gotta be honest, there were parts of this that were a bit boring, and more than a few scenes that I feel were unnecessary and dragged the narrative a bit. I think what Lawrence was trying to do was let us get to know Nona in more of a normal-type of setting, having inane thoughts and every-day type of experiences. But I feel like there was too much of this. But that’s my preference. I don’t mind slow-building stories, but these scenes didn’t feel important to the plot. But I digress, because there were spurts of genius amid the drudgery.

When the action hits, it HITS, and you go from zero to a thousand miles an hour with barely a blink. The action was so well-written you feel like you are there, experiencing it with Nona as she does (and taking you into that deep POV I enjoy so much).

One interesting thing to note, and that I think Lawrence does very well, is that the word “said” is often left out of the narrative. It gives the story a very distinct feel, with more of a clipped writing style that I don’t think I’ve ever read before. I wonder what the author’s editor thought of that LOL. But it’s unique, and done quite well.

The worldbuilding is phenomenal. The magic system is unique, although I wish we had a better understanding of how it works, but with fantasy, this is par for the course. I’m assuming this comes out more in the following books. And the fact that Nona’s “knives” are like Wolverine from X-men was slightly annoying, but didn’t spoil the story for me.

All in all, this is compelling enough for me to want to keep reading. I really like Nona, and the worldbuilding, and the unique writing-style. I”ll be grabbing book two in the near-future.

Get it on Amazon or add it on Goodreads.

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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SPFBO18

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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.

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.

 

Just a Little Peek

Who doesn’t love book covers? If you don’t, well, you’re strange.

I don’t have the official cover yet… BUT I do have a sneak peak.

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Isn’t Pol beautiful!? I might be biased. Maybe.

Not only does JE Purazzi write amazing dystopian novels, but she is an artist, too. Some people get all the talent!

Rise of the Warlock King comes out June 23rd. So the question is… who wants to read it first? For free? Yes, you read that right. I’m putting together a team of individuals who want to be my advanced readers. So basically, you get to read all my stuff for free before it is published. The only thing you have to do? Write a review of the product and post it on Amazon and Goodreads (if you are on Goodreads, that is.) Just comment on this post that you want to be a part, and I’ll send you a link to the book. For free. AND if you want to be a part of the team, but haven’t read Rift in the Deep, I’ll send that to you as well. So two free books, in exchange for a review. Sound like a deal?

If you don’t want to commit to a review, no worries. Just grab Rift in the Deep here, before Rise of the Warlock King is published. The Tale of Briton’s Fury, the novella, is on Amazon for 99 cents. OR if you want if for free, sign up for my mailing list.

See it, pays to have me as a friend. You get free books all the time.

Now Available: The Survival Guide for Nursing School

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Hitting in at #1 for New Releases in the Nursing Fundamentals and Skills category, The Survival Guide for Nursing Students is now available in eBook and Kindle Unlimited, very soon available in print. Perfect for anyone currently in a program, or thinking about entering a program. Do you know someone who could use it? Gift it to them!

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.