Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Update and Reviews

Hey there fellow bloggers and followers, how are you guys doing tonight? I know it has been a while since my last post but things have been a little busy for me between work and writing. As everyone should know both Eternal Light and DarKnight: Ancient Bloodlines are up on Amazon.com and Eternal Light is on BN.com. As of right now I am working on about four different tittles, all of which I am currently in the beginning/middle part of them. I believe I told you the titles but just in case I didn't here they are. The first one is Eternal Earth, which of course is Adien's story and the second book in the hound series. Yup that's right everyone Adien is finally talking to me again and man, oh man, does this book have some surprises in store. I am super excited to finish it. If you liked Radien's story then you are going to love Adien. The second is DarKnight: Dawn of the Red Sun, which, like Eternal Earth , is the second book in a series. DKDRS, is the continuation of Alexos's story and the climax of the battle. If I ever manage to get off the first chapter and merge the chapters I have already written I would probably have half of the book written, but as you know me and my writer's block. I am stuck on the first chapter. The other two stories are new stories that I believe I told you about: SnoWolf and Twisted Midnight. Those are going well and I am excited for everyone to meet these enticing characters. Another thing that I have been working on since coming back from NOLA is my website which is taking me much longer than I expected to get up and running. I had no idea so much could go into creating a website. Hopefully, I can have that done by the end of the year. And that is basically it for what I am doing with my writing.

Now it is time for the fun part, so lets get to the reviews. I have a couple of books that I have to review so lets get to it.... and here we go:

Review: The King by J.R. Ward


I must say that J.R Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series is one of the only series that I am currently up to date with. Which says a lot. I remember when I first heard of this book coming out I was so excited to see what was going to happen next in the Brotherhood. And, as per usual, Ms. Ward did not disappoint. Even though this book is not introducing a new couple as the main characters it is an awesome book that continues not only the brotherhood story but Beth and Wrath's story as well.

Needless to say, as with all J. R Wards books the writing is excellent and well done. Her characters, both the main characters, and secondary characters grip you and have you wondering what is going to happen next. I must say that I love Ms. Ward's ability to write three stories in one novel and yet not take away from the main story. This way of writing gives her more room with her stories and characters, letting her pick and choose which character's book will be next. Granted her next book is another one that I am excited to read about.

Going back to the story of Beth and Wrath, The King was an excellent continuation of seeing how this couple is deal with the stress of not only Wrath's blindness but also his life being in constant danger. While we all know this is a paranormal romance, reading the story and how Ms. Ward shows that even fated couples have issues, makes the characters feel even more real and relate able. Reminding us that they are still individuals even while being mated. That they do not lose themselves to the other but are able to stand strong in the face of danger and everyday life. There are huge surprises and twists and turns in this book that had me at the edge of my seat, or better yet wishing I read faster so I can see what happens next. There is even a new character that is introduced and I have a feeling he is going to fight with Rhage for the first place spot in my heart. This book was definitely worth buying in hardcover and paying the extra money. Which is the way I feel about all Ms. Wards books. The evolution and changes in her world are amazing and getting more complex with each new novel.

There is no doubt that J.R. Ward is my favorite author. If I had the chance to meet her in person I would just tell her how amazing and inspirational her writing is to me.

Rating: 5/5

Would I recommend this to a friend? Yes, definitely

Review: The Last Kiss Goodnight by Gena Showalter

I have mixed feelings about this book. It is definitely not one of my favorite books my Gena but I
have read worse from a author that I like. And it had nothing to do with poor writing or editing or anything like that, because as we all know Ms. Showalter's books are very well written. However, unlike her Lords of the Underworld series and her other Assassins novels, this one failed to pull me in. For this book I was able to put it down for days at a time and come back to it later. Many times I wanted to put it down and start anew book but I forced myself to finish it. I don't know if it was because I female character was too whiny at certain moments or the fact that the majority of the book took place in a cage and the male lead was drugged and weak during a majority of the book. I don't know. I feel there is something missing from this book. I didn't fall in love with the male lead,for me he was lacking the usual pull Ms. Showalter gives with her characters. His heroine just got on my last nerves constantly whining. I didn't truly get a feel for her other than she was an abused woman who seemed to latch on to the first male that showed her true kindness. Also I didn't feel as if there was any real growth between the characters as their relationship progressed. For my it was more interesting reading about the bad guys then it was the main couple.

Being that this is the first in her new series,  it was a let down. But I have brought the second book in the series and I hope it is better than the first. The is one of the first times that I can say that I did not enjoy a book written by Ms. Showalter.

Rating: 2.5 or 3/5

Would I recommend this to a friend? No, not really


Review: Rogue Rider by Larissa Ione

Finally, I have read the last of the four horsemen stories. I must say the Ms. Ione did an amazing job
telling Resph's story. Granted, I never pictured one of the four horsemen and probably one of the most dangerous of them as a house husband and farmer but it worked well for the story. The heroine was well suited and very strong a perfect combination for Resph and the type of woman he needed after everything that happened to him. With him as Pestilence you really couldn't feel to bad for him, granted his darker half was a character I loved even though he threw the world into chaos.

Resph was definite eye candy, and if I found a handsome naked man in the woods I don't know I just might take him home with me too. This book provided a great segment into Reaver's book and also dropped a bombshell on us that I was thinking about but I wasn't too sure about. And because I don't want to give away any spoilers for those who haven't read this book yet I wont say what it is. But it was definitely a nice surprise.

Like always Ms. Ione's world is filled with passion and danger and keeps you entangled in the pages of the book until the very last page.

Rating: 4/5

Would I recommend this to a friend? Yup



Saturday, May 10, 2014

Update: Covers, Bookmarks, and Markings....

Hello there fellow bloggers. How is everyone doing? It has been a little more over a year since my last post. Whew, that's a mighty long time. But I am back now and with awesome news for everyone. Tell me, how do you like my new blog design? I was looking for my own saying and I came up with "Oblivion is just the beginning". Pretty cool right. Anyway moving on. First things first, as you all know I have been constantly telling you guys about Eternal Light (for years now) and DarKnight: Ancient Bloodlines for a while now. And I have been promising you the photos of their books marks and their covers. Well good news is not only am I ready to show you guys the covers and bookmarks, I also have a picture of Radien's and Melody's markings to show you, as well as brief character profiles and blurbs. At the moment Eternal Light is back up on Smashwords:

(Here's the link...go to it) https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/210615.

 Awesome thing is I found this grammar and spell checker program called Ginger and I believe it helped me catch whatever little snags I missed the first couple of times around. So, yeah, go and check it out. A little warning though, there have been minor changes to certain scenes and events in the book. However, the main story stays the same. So no worries. As far as DarKnight: Ancient Bloodlines, I am currently going through the last edit with the program I brought and I hope to have it up and in your hands before I leave for the RT Convention in New Orleans this upcoming week. See, didn't I tell you I was making moves. And I must say I am nervous because I will be going alone to a city I have never been before, but I am also excited because not only to I get the chance to be around people who love books like I do and know the authors I am talking about, and also, getting to meet some of my favorite authors. I am also excited because this is a huge step for me and my chance to network and make new connections that could help me in the future. I just hope I have the courage to not hide from the challenge. I get to explore New Orleans and I have no idea where to go to eat or sight see. But I will figure that out later, lets stay on track. So here we go, these first pics are the book covers (I think they are pretty cool...)

Eternal Light Cover

Eternal Light Back Blurb
DarKnight: Ancient Bloodlines Back Blurb

DarKnight: Ancient Bloodlines Cover
So these are the covers I worked so hard on for the last year or so. I really like them. Its all kind of exciting.
Next are the bookmarks:

Eternal Light Bookmark Back (Radien)

Eternal Light Bookmark (Radien)
DarKnight: Ancient Bloodlines Bookmark Back (Alexios)

DarKnight: Ancient Bloodlines Bookmark (Alexios)
DarKnight: Ancient Bloodlines Bookmark (Tara)

DarKnight: Ancient Bloodlines Bookmark Back (Tara)

So here go the bookmarks. You can't really see what's written on them, but I wanted to show everyone the pictures. The back of the bookmarks say the same thing as the back blurb of the book for the most part.

And lastly, before I get into my reviews, I can finally show you Radien and Melody's markings. Are you ready? The moment has finally come....

Radien's mark that takes up his back. I know it's probably not what everyone was expecting.
However, i think it represents his powers well. Since he can control lightening and energy.
Sharp points and what not. I know it looks rather demonic doesn't it. Lol. I love it though. 

And this is Melody's marking that is on her shoulder. As you can see it is the middle/core section
of Radien's marking. I think her's look more demonic then Radien's but somehow it suites them. As you
can guess the descriptions of their markings have changed to match with these images.
So there you go. This is what I have been working on for the last year or so, along with other projects as well. I hope you guys like them. You have no idea how long I hunted on Google then toyed with Photoshop to get things just the way I wanted, along with the help of my graphic designer and my editors (who are my close friends) I think we did very well. 

Side note: Here are some of my favorite book covers... notice I said book covers not favorite books. 
I've loved this cover since it was first revealed. I think Gena Showalter is an amazing writer. Her books
always pull me and have me wondering what's next and wishing these warriors were real so I could have one lo.
FYI...I haven't actually read this book yet. 

Another awesome Gena Showalter cover that I love. Just look at it,
the power reflected there, the mysteriousness of the man with the hidden face,
and oh, those muscles....add to that the tittle of the book. How can you not
want to read that. For the record I have read this one and it was amazing. I think I did a
review on it a while ago. 

As we all know I love JR Ward and usually her covers are not what draw me to the book, but
their back blurbs and how she is able to capture my attention with just a few words.
However, with her latest and recent covers I must say I do like them. Especially this cover for
The King and the re-released cover for Dark Lover.  

I just love Larissa Ione and while, once again, I haven't read Reaver's story yet, this cover is awesome
mainly because I have a perfect image of Reaver that makes me want to just lick the cover. 

These covers are just a few that I love. There are many more but that would take me all night to post and write about those covers. I guess I can add more on random posts. 

Anyway, now that I am no longer distracted, I was going to do a book review but I am tired now so I will save it for later. Promise it wont be for a year just a few days. With that being said. Enjoy your night, Sweet dreams. 

-Layla-