Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Influential Magic by Deanna Chase

3 Stars
Suspenseful and intriguing with a super annoying love triangle. It felt like a forced love triangle while it ended in an obvious and satisfying manner, it didn't need to happen. If Chase would have focused more on fleshing out the actual story instead of putting the reader through the love triangle, I think this story would be 5 stars fantastic. Instead, I had to force myself through the crap to find the good story.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Last minute gift ideas?

Dark Fairy Queen Literary Gift Guide

‘Tis the season to support indie authors and show a little #indieluv. For your shopping pleasure, I have compiled a list of minion books. These are hard-working, talented people and if you can’t buy their stuff, sharing this post so that other shoppers can find it will be so appreciated.
Books are organized by genre and then author last name (books in a series are listed in order). All prices are current to date of post, 12/16/14 and are not guaranteed past 12/18/14. A lot of them are on sale just for this brief time, so snap them up now!
Special thanks to Joni Lynn and Blue Harvest Creative for designing our awesome #DFQ Literary Gift Guide image!
Click on the book cover or the format links (Kindle/Paperback) to buy.

And without further ado…

Cutthroats and Curses: An Anthology of Pirates edited by Michael Wombat, with stories by Michael Wombat, Lisa Shambrook, Boyd Miles, Marissa Ames, Bryan Taylor, Beth Avery, Eric Martell, Michael A. Walker, Alex Brightsmith, et al. Genre: Anthology, adventure.
Kindle: $2.99

Flash Dogs: An Anthology by 34 authors, including Eric Martell and Rebekah PostupakGenre: Anthology, collection of 110 stories, proceeds benefit children’s charity.
Kindle: $2.99

In Creeps the Night: An Anthology edited by Laura Jamez and Marissa Ames, with stories by authors including Ailsa Abraham, Beth Avery, Christine Fitzner, Cory John Eadson, Eric Martell, J. Whitworth Hazzard, Joni Lynn, Kevin Hammond, Laura Jamez, Leslie Fulton, Michael A. Walker, Mary MacFarlane, Marissa Ames, Michael Wombat, Nick Johns, Rebecca Fyfe, Ruth Long, Sorcha O’Dowd, Spencer Stoner and Theresa Miller, et al.A creepy collection of flash fiction for horror lovers.
Genre: Anthology, horror
Kindle: $3.99
Paperback: $13.32

Orange Karen: Tribute to a Warrior by Christina Esdon, Jennifer Gracen, Steven Luna, Mark Ethridge, Anne Baker, Anna Meade, Jeff Tsuruoka, James Hazzard, et al.Laugh. Cry. Swoon. Gasp. All the feels in one book.
Genre: Anthology, proceeds go to medical bills of Karen Delabar
Kindle: $3.99
Paperback: $13.35

Blood on the Ground and other Short Stories by Michael WombatA cornucopia of adventure that absorbs, amuses, thrills and terrifies.
Genre: Anthology, short stories by one author.
Kindle: $2.99
Paperback: $7.33


Minstrel: The First Book of Tir Athair by Marissa AmesHow does playing for the king spark a civil war?
Kindle: $4.99 99 cents (for three days only!)
Paperback: $13.35

Vassal: The Second Book of Tir Athair by Marissa AmesPeasants tell stories of her sacrifice.
Soldiers tell about him.
Kindle$4.99 $3.99 (for three days only!)

Orison by Daniel SwensenThe power to change the world is now in the hands of a sneak thief — if it doesn’t kill her first.
Kindle: $3.99

HORROR/MYSTERY (includes Dystopian, Suspense/Thriller)

Gasher Creek by J. BirchJack Devlin awakes with a shotgun pointed at his face. Sally, a whore, lay dead beside him. Jack remembers nothing; could he really have killed her? And if so, why?
Genre: Mystery, Western.
Kindle: $2.99

Zombie War by Jean BoothWhat began as a cure…became a nightmare.
Genre: Zombie Dystopian.
Kindle Presale price: $3.95 (until Feb. 7)

Viennese Waltz by Alex BrightsmithA calculated dance of duty and deceit.
Genre: Thriller
Kindle: $2.00
Paperback: $11.47

Find the Lady by Alex BrightsmithSomebody’s nightmare, somebody’s dream, but who is Kathryn Blake?
Genre: Thriller
Ebook$2.99 $1.99 (use voucher discount code MD62C)

Countenance by Joy Ross DavisGenre: Cozy Paranormal Suspense
Haunted B&B with secrets, ghosts, demons, and angels.
Kindle$6.00 $5.00
Paperback: $14.99

Church of Bacon by Kevin HammondA man ends up in prison with a transvestite and a supernatural radio
Genre: Horror
Kindle: 99 cents

Dead Sea Games by J. Whitworth HazzardOne year after the Emergency, the island of Manhattan is a prison.  If Jeremy Walters manages not to get killed, he’ll still face every teenager’s greatest fear: an angry mother.
Genre: Zombie Dystopian
Kindle: $5.95 ($1 Kindle MatchBook program + Kindle Lending Library for Prime members)
Paperback: $15.95

Dark Holidays by Jeffrey HollarThe holidays are not always a time of goodness and light. With this collection of tales, you’ll realize just how dark the holidays can be.
Genre: Short story collection, horror with holiday focus.
Kindle: $1.99
Paperback: $6.64

Kitchen Antics & Other Tales by LE JamezCollection of creepy Flash Fiction.
Genre: Flash fiction collection, horror.
Kindle: 99 cents

Not a Whisper (A Klondike Mystery Book 1) by D.B. McNicolCherie finds herself in the middle of a local crime wave where arson, kidnapping, embezzlement and a decades-old murder are just the tip of the iceberg.
Genre: Mystery
Kindle: $4.99 (on sale Dec. 31, 2014 – 7 am PST to Jan. 2, 2015 – 7 am PST for $1.99)

Fog by Michael WombatWhen all you know is to run for your life…
Genre: Supernatural Thriller
Kindle: $2.55
Paperback: $13.72

Beneath the Rainbow by Lisa ShambrookIt’s those silly dreams that keep us alive, and Freya won’t let death stand in her way…
Genre: Contemporary Drama
Kindle: $3.99 or £2.50
Paperback: $9.99

Beneath the Old Oak by Lisa ShambrookMeg thinks her mother is broken. Is she broken too?
Genre: Contemporary Drama YA
Kindle: $3.99 or £2.50
Paperback: $9.79


The Complicated Geography of Alice by Jules Vilmur“I’m always angry because I’m always sad, and I’m always sad because I am a girl.” These were the words that changed everything.
Genre: Memoir/Narrative Non-Fiction
Kindle: $9.99
Paperback: $14.77


Becoming: A Game of Heroism & Sacrifice RPG by Brian EngardOverthrow the tyrant. Survive the woods. What will you become?
Watermarked PDF$9.99 $4.99
Softcover Color Book (Premium)$24.99 $13.99
Hardcover Color Book (Premium)$39.99 $19.99


Choice (Origins of the Supernaturals Book 1) by Jean BoothIt was chance, guided by the hands of a god that brought them together.
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Kindle: $4.99
Paperback: $9.99

Hunted Heart by Alison DeLucaWhen Tali’s hired to cut out the heart of Prince Kas, the huntress can’t refuse. Tali realizes there’s no escape from the dark magic of the queen’s mirror, though her own feelings for the prince are too complex to understand.
Genre: Adult Fairytale, Genrebent Snow White (18+ only). Proceeds go to SavetheChildren.
Kindle: 99 cents

Autumn Getaway (Seasons of Love Book 1) by Jennifer GracenGenre: Romantic Women’s Fiction
Kindle: $3.99
Paperback: $13.79

Winter Hopes (Seasons of Love Book 2) by Jennifer GracenGenre: Romantic Women’s Fiction
Kindle: $3.99
Paperback: $11.17

Love Before Honor by Nicole ZoltackA medieval knight. A Regency lady. The magical Christmas that brings them together.
Genre: Time-travel Romance, Christmas
Kindle: $2.99

The Test of Time by Nicole ZoltackIf Katia can’t master the test of time, she’ll never be reunited with Landon.
Genre: Time-travel Romance
Kindle: $3.99


Captured: A White Road Tales Novella by Jackie CastleHe will lose everything if their secret is found out.
Genre: YA Fantasy
Kindle: 99 cents

Illuminated: The White Road Chronicles Book 1 by Jackie CastleIf the Wizard of Oz swept you away and Narnia enchanted you, then follow the White Road Chronicles for a new kind of adventure
Genre: YA Inspirational Fantasy
Kindle: 99 cents

Storyteller, Book 1: The True World by Lisa T. CresswellLily Lightfoot can make weird things happen while storytelling.
Genre: MG Fantasy
Ebook: $2.99

Storyteller, Book 2: The Quest of Galamar by Lisa T. CresswellThe tale of half-breed fairy Lily continues.
Genre: MG Fantasy
Ebook: $2.99

Swallow Me, Now! by Melissa GijsbersCould life at Sam’s new school get any worse?
Genre: Middle Grade, Age Level 8-12
Kindle: $4.99
Paperback: $15.28

Flight of Blue: Keeper of the Keys Chronicles by A.E. HowardOne boy stands between the Darkness and everyone he loves.
Genre: MG Fantasy
Kindle: $2.99
Paperback: $11.45

Ghostnapped by Ashley HowlandGenre: MG
With the help of a ghost named Susan and her trusty Labrador Thuds, Alex must solve the mysteries of the present – and the past – to rescue her brother from a monster before it’s too late!
Paperback: $8.99

Obi the Super Puppy and the Mystery of the Red Mist by Ashley HowlandWho’s behind the evil red mist, which controls animals and toys? Can Obi and his friends save the day before it’s too late?
Genre: MG
Paperback: $3.61

Bump in the Night by Michael JohnsonA bedtime story for clever children who do not frighten easily
Genre: YA Horror/Dark Fantasy
Kindle: $5.99
Paperback: $13.35

Edgar Wilde and the Lost Grimoire by Paul RameyEverybody needs a hobby. Edgar’s is digging up a town’s dark, forgotten past.
Genre: YA MysteryKindle: $1.99

Thanks so much to The Dark Fairy Queen at Yearning for Wonderland for putting this fantastic list together. <3