Monday, May 23, 2016

Reviews: Sacrifice and End Game by Emersyn. Vallis

These are the last two books of the Fate Series and I was not disappointed at all.


For years my life was in a state of Adjournment… 
Fate had constructed a plan to push me away… to save me… 
There was a danger I never knew existed, one I had never sensed. 
My family positioned themselves around me. 
Like Hanging Pawns, they shielded me from it and I lived blissfully unaware… until now. 
Now, I know there are rules to this game... 
Sacrifices to be made in order to get to End Game. 
What would I Sacrifice for one more moment... one last look? Touch? Kiss? 

My Review:

In book 3 we go more in depth with Simon & Sidney. They have just started seeing each other again and Sidney is trying not to let her heart get too involved after what she went through last time.

We also get the back story of Josh and Mea. We find out how Mea became friends with Molly and Morgan and how she and Josh fell in love.

Old characters that we know and love are also present. Like Grams and Madness. There is a major cliffhanger however! Just be glad book four is already out!

I really enjoyed this book and the series in general so far. I love how Emersyn Vallis combines suspense and romance. A definite must read series!


Once upon time, there were two girls living their lives completely unaware of one another and the dangerous game they had been placed in… 
Until Fate found them… 
Fate saved them, made them stronger & with time, Fate brought them together to become friends rather than enemies… 
Until a cruel Queen made her move, threatened the Knight, 
And an innocent Pawn was sacrificed. 
Now the game is in our hands… 
Fate might have set us up for this… but we control the moves now… 
And we have our own plan. 

My Review:

In End Game it all comes to a head. 

A fantastic end to a must read romantic suspense series. There are twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat. This story definitely kept me guessing and trying to piece  together the whole story.

We learn more about Mea's childhood and the things she had to suffer through, as well as long buried secrets and a nice surprise  as to Mea's true identity.

A fun, suspenseful read that won't let you put the book down until the very last word.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

New Release: Bloodthorn by Tamara Grantham +Giveaway

Crimson Tree Publishing is proud to present Bloodthorn, Olive Kennedy Fairy World MD Book 3, by Tamara Grantham!

Olive Kennedy doesn’t believe in fairy tales.
In a desperate attempt to earn income, fairy world therapist Olive Kennedy resorts to finding clients at the Texas Renaissance Festival. When she discovers the corpse of her client’s husband discarded in her booth, she realizes that earning her next paycheck is the least of her worries.
As more of Olive’s clients fall prey to the killer, the fairy prince and princess arrive from Faythander with troubling news. The starstone—the fairies’ source of magic—has been stolen, and the thief is hiding on Earth. The bloodthorn, a mythical beast born of fairy legends, is rumored to be responsible, but no one is certain if the creature exists.
Of course, the fairy royalty do not travel alone. Their protector happens to be the one man Olive never wanted to see again. Her ex—Kull.
Following a trail of clues, she learns that the killer may be a shape shifter. Worse, she learns the identity of his next target—her.
After months with no contact from Faythander, Olive hoped the magical drama was over, yet it seems she’ll never escape the beings who haunt her nightmares… or be free from the man who took away her happily ever after.
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Bloodthorn Excerpt +Viking Pot Roast Recipe

Hello Friends! I wanted to do a special blog post related to my favorite scene of the book. Bloodthorn is full of heartache and drama, and I felt the reader hardly had a chance to come up for a breath of air, hence my need to write this scene. This takes place at Kull’s grandmother’s cottage. Kull has finally broken down from all the mental and physical heartache he’s endured since book one, so he’s gone off the grid to hide away in a mountain cottage where he spent much of his childhood.
Olive has arrived to beg him to return to the “real world,” but she gets sidetracked when Kull and his grandma start cooking.
For this scene, I researched Viking recipes, and found that they ate a lot of reindeer and venison. Since this scene takes place on Faythander, I changed the recipe to fit the Wult traditions. For those who need a refresher course, Wults are Vikings who came to Fairy World over 1,400 years ago. They still retain much of their Viking heritage, as Faythander has a tendency to preserve cultures and habitats, but they have evolved somewhat from their Viking ancestors. However, much of the Wults’ lives are rooted in tradition, so I found a cultural Norse dish to use in this scene. I also wanted something that would take time and be complicated to prepare, and I was really pleased to find the perfect meal to fit both criteria. The dish is called dyresteg. It’s basically a roast, so for my scene, I added some vegetables found on Faythander, and I also took out the jelly to make it more Wult-ish.
From Bloodthorn, Chapter 24…

“We’re making dyresteg,” Kull said. “It’s an old traditional dish that I’ve cooked with Grandamere many times. I still have yet to get it right.”
“He’s improving,” his grandmother said. “Last year’s was nearly there. Still need to work on getting the bitter out of the roux.”
“It will be perfect this year,” Kull said.
“We will see. Still time yet to improve it. Perhaps the girl can help you this time, yes?”
He turned to me. “Would you like to help?”
“Me?” I glanced around the room. Didn’t we need to go and save the world first? “How long will it take?”
“Not long. You may help me prepare the vegetables if you wish.”
“All right, I guess. I’m not much of a cook.” Why did I say that?
I followed Kull to the island counter where he gave me a butcher knife and instructed me in cutting the vegetables.
“Make sure to cut them evenly and the same size.”
As he chopped a potato-like root plant, I did my best to keep my eyes on the food and not on the way the muscles moved in his arms as he cut the vegetable.
“Would you like to try?”
He held the knife out, and I reached for it. My fingertips brushed his as I took the handle, and my heart rate shot up. Heat rose into my cheeks and made my chest tighten. I wanted to look away from him but found that some compulsion had come over me. I couldn’t move, couldn’t breathe. Finally, he slowly moved his hand away from mine, and I focused on the vegetables.
I began cutting, and after I’d established a rhythm of slicing them lengthwise and keeping them the same size, he placed his hand on my back. Heat rolled through me at his touch.
He leaned close. “Perfectly done,” he said.
“Thanks,” I managed.
He walked away to attend to his grandmother by the hearth. I stayed focused on the vegetables. Heaven help me, his presence was doing all sorts of crazy things to my head, and I shamefully enjoyed every second of it.
“Heat it up, but do not let it boil,” Kull’s grandmother said. “You must get the temperature right, or else it will become bitter. Now, we must prepare the meat. Where are the skewers?”
It all seemed surreal, as if I’d stepped into another time. Worry nagged at the back of my mind—we needed to find the bloodthorn and stop him—yet that world seemed so far away, like a dream I barely remembered.
Kull took Grandamere’s hands in his and guided them to a small shelf beside the hearth. That icy shell covering my heart melted a tiny bit as I watched him help his grandmother. They worked well together, as if they did this sort of thing every day. He guided her hands when she asked and prepared the food as she instructed.
After I’d finished with the vegetables, I stayed where I was, watching as the two worked side-by-side.
“Now add the vegetables,” she said, waving toward me.
I brought the platter to the hearth where they’d placed a cast-iron pot atop the coals. I added the vegetables, careful not to let the broth splash me.
“Good,” Grandamere said. “Now let it simmer down, then add the roux.”
We waited, Kull stirring the broth now and again as the two carried on a conversation. I’d nearly forgotten why I’d come here in the first place. At some point, I’d have to get around to broaching the subject of Kull reclaiming the crown and tracking down the bloodthorn, but not now. Now it seemed time stood still, that there was only him and Grandamere and me, and nothing but good food to worry over.
After the broth was ready, Kull added a small pot of dark roux to the mix.
“Now whisk in the cheese until it dissolves,” said Grandamere. “Is the roast in the warming oven?”
“Yes. Shall I fetch it?”
“Not yet. Slice it first. Then serve it with the sauce and skewers.”
He stood and moved toward the counter.
Grandamere raised a finger. “Thin—”
“Thin slices. Yes, I remember.”
She smiled and leaned her head against the seat cushion. “It’s a good day for dyresteg—the leaves coming down with winter still far enough away. We’ll have to serve it with my cider, of course.”
“Has it always been made the way you’re preparing it?”
“Yes. I made it with my grandstefar, and he with his grandsteforældre. Kull is my only kin who still comes down off the mountain to make it with me. Every year, he comes when the weather is right.”
“That’s because I have yet to perfect it,” he said from the kitchen.
“You will get it soon enough. And then you shall teach your own children.”
“We’ll see. Perhaps I’ll make it poorly on purpose so I may come visit you more often.”
“You visit often enough already. There’s certainly no need to spoil our dinner on account of me.”
“I was jesting, Grandamere. I would only spoil our meal if someone we disliked were visiting.”

I hope you enjoyed the excerpt! There’s more following this that shows Olive eating the meal with Kull and Grandma, and tells how Olive liked the meal, but it also gave away too much of the plot, so I chose to leave it out. But hey, if you’d like to read it all, it’s all in the book ; )
Following is a recipe similar to the recipe I used for the previous scene. I’ve never actually cooked this, but maybe I will and then report back. Or most likely, I’ll make my husband cook it, since he’s the chef in the family anyway.

I found this on

1. Preheat the oven to 475°F. Tie the roast up neatly at ½-inch intervals with kitchen cord so that it will hold its shape while cooking. With a pastry brush, spread the softened butter evenly over the meat.
2. Place the roast on a rack in a shallow open roasting pan and sear it in the hot oven for about 20 minutes. When the surface of the meat is quite brown, reduce the heat to 375°F and sprinkle the roast generously with salt and a few grindings of pepper.
3. Pour the stock into the pan and cook the roast, uncovered, for 1¼ hours. With a large spoon or bulb baster, baste the meat with the pan juices every half hour or so.
4. The interior meat, when finished, should be slightly rare, or about 150°F on a meat thermometer. Remove the roast to a heated platter, cover it loosely with foil and let it rest in the turned-off oven while you make the sauce.
5. Skim and discard the fat from the pan juices. Measure the remaining liquid and either reduce to 1 cup by boiling it rapidly or add enough water to make up 1 cup. In a small, heavy saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon of butter and stir in 1 tablespoon of flour.
6. Stirring continuously with a wooden spoon, cook this roux for 6 to 8 minutes over low heat until it is a nut-brown color. Be careful not to let it burn or it will give the sauce a bitter flavor.
7. Now, with a wire whisk, beat the pan juices into the roux. Next whisk in the jelly and the cheese. Beat until they dissolve and the sauce is absolutely smooth, then stir in the sour cream.
8. Do not allow the sauce to boil. Taste for seasoning, remove the strings from the roast, and carve the meat in thin slices. Pass the sauce separately.

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Dreamthief (Book 1)

Visiting Faythander is a nasty business. Forget the fairies and unicorns, most people come back with lost memories and mental problems. Olive Kennedy knows. She's the therapist who treats patients suffering from Faythander's side effects. Despite her empty bank account, she takes pride in her job as Houston’s only Fairy World medical doctor. She's never failed to cure a client—until now.\

Traveling back to Faythander wasn't on Olive's to-do list. But she has no choice. The fate of both Earth and Fairy depends on her ability to stop an ancient being called the Dreamthief. To complicate matters, she may be losing her heart to someone who can’t love her in return. Saving the world, she can handle. Falling in love—not so much.

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Spellweaver (Book 2)

Olive's to-do list: Feed the cat. Pay the rent. Save Faythander. Again. 
After Olive's last trip through Faythander, she wants nothing more than a nice vacation. But there's never time for relaxation when goblin treachery is afoot. When Geth, a goblin Spellweaver, destroys the Everblossom—a tree containing Faythander's pure magic—the fairy-world utopia begins to die. The bloom of the Everblossom is all that remains of pure magic. Now Olive must travel through Earth and Faythander to find a place where it will flourish. 
As a psychiatrist, her skills are top notch. However, her abilities to handle patients with abnormal mental behaviors will be put to the test when she confronts Geth. Nothing has prepared her for what he reveals to her about goblins and elves. As Olive's quest takes her from her home in Houston through the most dangerous places in Faythander, she learns that history is a muddled subject, especially when elves are involved. 
Her only comfort comes from Kull, her Viking warrior sidekick—who somehow negates her bad fortune. Yet how long can their relationship last when his past is brought to light? Olive will be tested beyond anything she has endured so far, as the secrets of Faythander's sordid and bloody past are exposed—one that could irrevocably alter the future and destroy the lives of everyone she loves.
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 Tamara Grantham was born and raised in Southeast Texas. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in English from Lamar University. After marrying her husband David, she followed him through his training to become a burn surgeon, which consisted of moving from Vidor, Texas to Galveston, Texas, then to Tulsa, Oklahoma, back to Galveston, and they finally settled in Wichita, Kansas. Tamara and David have five active, sweet, and almost always well-mannered children, ages zero to ten years. Their two pets, June—the Jack Russell Terrier, and Chester—a black cat, help to keep the house lively (in addition to the children.)When Tamara isn’t writing or tending her children, she enjoys taking walks through the woods, eating chocolate, and very infrequently, she enjoys a good night’s sleep. Check out Tamara's website at: WWW.TAMARAGRANTHAM.COM 

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Carolina Book Fest 2016

Book Signing
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of Charlotte, North Carolina on 
October 15, 2016. The book signing will
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Monday, May 9, 2016

The Undoer by Melissa J Cunningham Release Day Blitz +Giveaway!


Clean Teen Publishing presents the new release of the third book in The Ransomed Souls Series by Melissa J. CunninghamTHE UNDOER is now available! Readers can order their copy today at a discounted rate that will last through Friday. If you haven't started this amazing young adult paranormal romance series, now is the time since you can get all 3 books for $4.98!!! RELUCTANT GUARDIAN is FREE today, THE ELEMENTALIST is $.99, and THE UNDOER is $3.99 until Friday! Fans of Cassandra Clare's LADY MIDNIGHT will love this series.



They call it The Door to Hell. It’s a blackened crater that never stops spewing up poisonous gas. But gas isn’t the only thing coming from the bowels of the Earth…
They slither out, those malevolent souls—demonic filth that wreak havoc and destroy lives. They don’t even pretend to hide…
Brecken, an ex-demon trying to find redemption, is given the task of closing The Door. It’s a seemingly impossible task. A group of teens who call themselves Cazadors will be his allies. These extraordinary youth can see the demons when no one else can, but Jag, their leader, wants nothing to do with Brecken.
Brecken must earn their confidence and defeat the demon horde infiltrating the Earth.
The Cazadors might not be much… but they are all the world has.

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Author Interview with Melissa J. Cunningham

  • Who is your favorite character in this book. Why?  Dang! I can’t decide. Seriously. I love them all so much. They are all so different, with awesome strengths and weaknesses. I love Brecken, because he’s been such a fun character since the beginning of the series. I love Heidi, as she carries my daughter’s name and becomes a badass warrior princess in this book, and I absolutely love Dean because of his heart and fierce loyalty to his friends.

  • Who is your least favorite character in this book. Why? Lily, because she’s just a mention LOL

  • How is (title of book) different from other books in its genre? It’s not really. The title says something significant about the main character in the book. And Brecken is absolutely The Undoer.

  • What would you say to entice a reader who isn’t familiar with the genre to read your book? That this story had EVERYTHING! Adventure, action, battles, romance, heartbreak. And if you like the paranormal, this book’s for you!

  • What was the most challenging part about writing The Undoer? Going as slow as I had to. I had Lyme Disease, and even though I’m over it now, it left some damage behind, so now I get mentally tired REALLY fast. I was only able to write for short periods at a time.

  • It is said that writers will always put a bit of themselves into whatever they are writing. Is that true for you? Do you relate to any of your characters? Absolutely. Every character is a piece of me in some form or fashion. I thinks it’s impossible to not do this. Everything we write about comes from our own brain. The things we remember, experience, dream about, imagine. So yeah. Since it comes from inside, they are all bits and pieces of me and the people I know, love, and care about.

  • Some authors plan ahead, making a plot outline of how they intend for the story to unfold and some will allow their muse to take over, writing the story as it is revealed to them. What writing method did you use for The Undoer? I definitely write by the seat of my pants. I do have a rough idea where I want the story to go though, and I’ll take notes etc… but I don’t have the patience to completely outline.

  • How long did it take you to write The Undoer? A year! Can you believe that? A freaking year! I would love to right at least two books a year and three would be even better.

  • What was your inspiration for writing The Undoer? My publisher wanted a third book. LOL But the funny this, this has become my very favorite of all the books I’ve written.

  • If you could sum up The Undoer in just two sentences, what would you say? I’d use the tag lines on the front cover. “He has a holy weapon. She has a fearless heart. Together they must save the world.”

The clanking of keys rattles outside my cell door. I’ve been lying here for a while, my throat growing scratchier as the minutes tick by. “Who’s there?” I call, but it only comes out as a croak.
The door squeaks open and Brutus—the guy who kidnapped me—steps in. Yeah, I gave him a nickname. It’s my thing after all. A dim light shines on him from behind. He looks bigger than before, if that’s even possible.
Time to get up,” he says with a smile in his deep, resonating voice.
When I don’t move quickly enough, he grabs me by the arm, yanking me from the metal cot. I bang my knee on a steel bar and barely find my feet before he starts hauling me out of the room. At the end of the hall, we pass through the storage room with the stairs that lead out to the alley.
We don’t go out that door though, but skirt through the storage room that’s lined with shelves of canned goods. Between two of the tall shelves, we stop at what looks like a cement wall. Brutus reaches behind some canned peaches and flicks a switch. The cement wall screeches, sliding open to reveal a long, black corridor.
The oppressive darkness in that space stretches its inky fingers and wraps them around my quivering heart. Like suffocating liana vines, squeezing the life out of its host tree, the life leaches out of me just thinking about what lies beyond this door.
I’m not going in there.” I dig in my heels, pulling back.
Brutus stares at me, his smile wide and his eyes crinkling in humor. His dark hair is slicked back with gel. He looks more like a Mafioso each time I see him. “You’ll be entertaining. You show such defiance! I almost can’t wait.”
As I glare back at him, my fingers curl into fists. Next to him, I look like a pathetic wolf pup rather than something fierce, but I want to hurt this guy. “I’m not your toy.”
No,” he says. “You won’t be. You’ll be the plaything of someone else.”

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Reluctant Guardian (Book 1)

Guarding Brecken Shaefer—a dark and dangerous rebel—is harder than it looks. 

Death was nothing like sixteen-year-old Alisa Callahan thought it would be. Resting on pink, fluffy clouds for eternity with her gram and best friend sounded like a dream come true. After all, enduring one torturous experience after another in her short life deserved some kind of reward, right? Unfortunately, eternal rewards aren't given out so freely when you take your own life. 

Required to pay the debt for her actions, Alisa must become a guardian. It sounds easy enough, but not when the boy she is forced to protect has a dangerous secret and wants absolutely nothing to do with her. 

Brecken Shaefer isn't any normal teenager. He has special gifts that are sure to make Alisa's afterlife miserable. When feelings develop between them, everything spins out of control. Not only must Alisa face her own demons— but to protect Brecken, she must face an evil so heinous that it threatens to destroy their souls completely. 

Alisa is tired of hiding from her past. When the easiest thing to do is run, can Brecken give her the strength to stay?

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The Elementalist (Book 2)

Deceased Alisa Callahan thinks nothing could be worse than watching the boy she loves move on in his life without her… until she is ripped from her less-than-peaceful existence in Elysium to be trapped… in someone’s else’s body.

Seventeen-year-old Claire Balister wants only one thing. To master the art of Elementalism. To accomplish this, she must to learn to control a damned soul. Her old classmate and suicide victim, Alisa Callahan, is the perfect candidate. But when the spell goes wrong, Claire finds herself in the worst possible situation… sharing her body with an unwanted guest.
Everything swirls out of control when Alisa learns her entrapment is all part of a set-up, an elaborate scheme to keep her out of the way while demons take over the realm of Idir Shaol. Her only hope rests with a boy who can’t remember her, his past, or more importantly, who he really is…
One of the bad guys.

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About the Author

Melissa Cunningham (also known as M.E. Cunningham) was born in Oregon but  grew up in Utah, where she was raised on a steady diet of fine literature from Charlotte’s web to the The Trumpeter Swan, and then plenty of romances in her teen years. She now lives with her husband on a little farm in northern Utah where all she can see out of her back door is miles of pasture and stunning sunsets. Not only does she raise horses, dogs, cats, and chickens, but her five kids also. When Melissa is not writing you can find her spending time in the outdoors with her family or dancing wildly to rock music in her living room. She loves running, camping, and all things fiction—scary, mind-numbing stories preferred.

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