Thankful Thursday: 2/25/21

I don’t know if anybody else has made this a thing. I also don’t know if anybody else will do this with me. If not, it’s completely fine. It’s something I want to do every week. I’m going to think of at least one thing I’m thankful for for the week. I’ll try to do up to four a week, but at least one. I think this will be very therapeutic. We shall see in time.

Note: There may be some things that get repeated now and then. My intention is to talk about things I’m thankful for that week. So some things may pop up a few times. I’m not attempting to be redundant or repetitive. Just trying to be genuine.

  1. I am thankful for the training that my new job provides. I just started the job last week. They are very straight forward and thorough. They also ease you into the calling process instead of throwing you to the wolves so to speak. I am so thankful that they are giving me a chance.
  2. I am thankful for routine. I’m thankful for the opportunity to make my own routine. I am thankful that I am able to tweak it as I need to. I’m thankful that even when things feel overwhelming for me that I will bounce back and everything will be okay again.
  3. I’m thankful for second chances. It’s nice to know that if I mess up that I will be able to fix it. I will be able to move forward and do the right thing from then on. This is both moral and not. On the same token, I’m thankful for being able to learn from my mistakes.
  4. I’m thankful for having followers. I’ve been doing tis blog thing for a very long time. I never really thought I would make it big. I just wanted to share in what I love the best and connect with people who I have things in common with. I have 258 followers of my blog. I’m beyond thankful! I have almost 500 followers on TikTok. That really shocks me. I just can’t believe it. It grows every day too. I’ve discovered BookTok. I fully recommend it if you are on there. Follow me and I’ll follow you back. Anywhere. My social media links are to the side.

Thursday Quoteables: Splintered

Thank you Lisa for hosting this great meme!

Welcome to Thursday Quotables! This feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotables is where my favorite lines will be, and you’re invited to join in!

Disclaimer: I’m just starting this book. I found the quotes on Goodreads. If they are spoilers, they are spoilers for me too.

No one knows what he or she is capable of until things are at their darkest.

This is a very deep and true statement.

Jen said some guy asked you but you didn’t want to go. Why not?”

I shrug. “I have this character flaw? Called dignity?

No idea what this is referencing, but I have that character flaw too.

Sometimes a flame must level a forest to ash before new growth can begin. I believe Wonderland needed a scouring.

This might be a bit of a spoiler, but it’s a spoiler I am here for and want to know more about.

You crave chaos. You’re happiest when the world is in an uproar. You thrive on madness. Even when your magic is at its best when it’s the catalyst to confusion. You still can’t admit this?

Give. Me. More!

Writing Prompt: Success and Clock

Write as much as you can in fifteen minutes using two words given to you. Words may be reused, but the writing/story will always be different.

*IMPORTANT NOTE: Some of my writing may be more appropriate for mature audiences than for younger audiences or children. Please read with caution.**

Writing Prompt: Success and Clock

Martin couldn’t believe his luck. He had done it. He had finally fixed the clock to the way he wanted to. If this worked, life would change forever. Not just for him, but for the world. He was elated. All of his hard work would finally be paying off. Ten years later and he was finally where he wanted to be. 

“Okay, Myra, let’s see what you can do.”

He promptly set the date and the time he wanted to go to. He wasn’t expecting anything at all. When he felt a vortex around him, his breath caught. What was going on? Did he really mess up after all? What was going to happen? He hoped it wasn’t too bad that he couldn’t reverse it.

He was just putting himself into a panic when the vortex feeling went away. He opened his eyes and was surprised to find that he was still in his lab. He could just tell that it wasn’t the same though. All the clutter surrounding his desk was different. He was just deciding to pilfer through the pile when he glanced up at the blackboard. His breath promptly caught.

It was the date he set on his clock. He looked at the clock and found it was the time as well. He had done it. His project had been a success. He could go back in time. Nobody would believe him. He didn’t care though. He was about to change history as everybody knew it. He was going to take down the tyrant that threatened to rule the world and destroy life as everybody knew it forever. Before he even took any seat of power.

He checked his attire to make sure that nothing he was wearing would give away that he wasn’t from this time. He didn’t have to worry about running into himself. He was still a child at the time and nobody would suspect that the two were the same even if they did. Feeling satisfied that his wardrobe was timeless, he stepped out into the hall ready to explore everything and make his plans.

He was shocked to find that while everything looked familiar to him, it also looked different. It was amazing how much things could change over the years in such subtle ways. Time has a way of just sneaking up on you in a subtle way that before you know it you’re ten years in the future working on the same thing while everything around you has changed. 

Putting the thoughts aside, he walked down the hall and promptly left the building. It was weird to see that the building was empty. In his time, the building was bursting to life with people who thought they would have the next greatest invention. He chuckled at the thought. He couldn’t wait to see those who teased him about his project now.

WWW Wednesday: 2/24/21

My favorite time of the week is here! WWW Wednesdays. This meme was originally hosted by A Daily Rhythm but was revived by Sam from Taking on a World of WordsIt’s a place to talk about the books you’ve been reading, plan to read and have read.

To take part all you have to do is answer the following questions:

What are you currently reading?
What have you recently finished reading?
What are you going to read next?

I also beta read a book for an author friend of mine.

The Cyan Huntress Book Blitz

Book Blitz!  The Cyan Huntress (Prophecy of Caerleon 1)by: USA Today Bestselling Author, Krystal Pena! Genre: YA Fantasy Release Date: June 29th 2021



Summary:
She will avenge her husband’s death, even if she must kill every knight in Caerleon to learn who betrayed him.
Anwyn thought she would finally enjoy comfort and happiness when she married a traveling psychic–that is, until Uthyr Pendragon unleashed a war on all magic-users and had her new husband burned alive.
She’s determined to wreak her revenge, until a Druid boy’s prophecy convinces her to put aside her personal vendetta and learn to hunt the ones who want her dead–harder to do when she’s captured and taken to Caerleon to be tried as a sorceress.
Now, if she can escape with the help of Caradoc, a man whose secrets rival Anwyn’s, she will have to fulfill her vow of revenge while on the run and attempting to find the one leader who can unite three broken kingdoms under a single banner.
Assuming, of course, she can protect herself from burning at the stake, safeguard her heart from the enigmatic Caradoc, and complete her training as the Cyan Huntress.
Fans of Jeffe Kennedy, Grace Draven, and Laura Thalassa will love the blend of Arthurian legend and exciting action in this romantic fantasy adventure!

Buy Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Cyan-Huntress-Adventure-Prophecy-Caerleon-ebook/dp/B08HWT87WF?tag=kpenabooks-20 

Apple Books: https://books.apple.com/us/book/the-cyan-huntress/id1534742537?mt=11&id=1534742537&ign-mpt=uo%3D4 

Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-cyan-huntress-krystal-pena/1137845864;jsessionid=8A779904503FDD1967BF160CC8727485.prodny_store02-atgap16?ean=2940164476687&st=AFF&2sid=Draft2Digital_7968444_NA&sourceId=AFFDraft2Digital 

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-cyan-huntress 

Author Bio:

USA Today bestselling author Krystal Pena resides with her four children near Boston, MA. She writes paranormal romance, urban fantasy and fantasy, and enjoys writing stories about strong women who overcome the greatest obstacles to achieve their dreams or goals. Many of her characters reflect her and the adversities she has overcome, which she wants to relay in her writing to empower the young women of generations to come. Many of her stories have roots in ancient ideals and folklore, and she loves hiding alternate meanings or symbolism in her writing.

Aside from writing, Krystal enjoys photography, archery, horseback riding and MMA. She loves history and art, and frequents historical sites and art galleries in her spare time. Above all else, she loves being at home, baking and cooking with her children, visiting her family and reading bedtime stories.

She works as a personal assistant to other authors by day and writes late into the night, a strong cup of coffee always within reach. 

Krystal is also one-half of USA Today bestseller KM McKenna, which she shares with New York Times bestselling author Margo Bond Collins in writing YA/NA fantasy. She enjoys working alongside Margo as both co-author and PA. 

Author Links:

Website: https://kpenabooks.com/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kpenabooks/ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kpenabooks/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kpenabooks 

Amazon Author: https://www.amazon.com/Krystal-Runkis-Pena/e/B01G470KPM 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/krystalpena 

Blitz created by YA Bound Book Tours 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Made Me Laugh Out Loud

It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday! Thanks Jana from That Artsy Reader Girl for creating this meme.

This Week’s Topic: Books That Made Me Laugh Out Loud

  1. Paranormals of Avynwood series by Micelle Dare: I absolutely love this series. It’s intense, but it’s also so funny. Especially parts involving Solomon. He’s my absolute favorite character in the series!
  2. Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich: This whole series is a riot! Especially all of the mishaps that happen trough the entire series involving Stephanie Plum and whoever is tagging along wit her! I’ve been reading this series for a decade or longer!
  3. The Help by Kathryn Stockett: Being transparent here, this book hits heavy subjects. It’s not a real light and fluffy novel. However, the characters are a great comic relief. It’s been a decade or longer since I’ve read the book, but there were certain characters in the book hat just made it so great!
  4. Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie: I was introduced to this book recently by my girlfriend. It’s one of her absolute favorite books. It pulled me in from the very first line. It was just so quirky and fast paced. I absolutely loved it. I will be reading it again eventually.
  5. The Complications of Pi by RK Phillips: I related so hard to the main character. Other than the character being so smart! She’s quirky and anxious. She’s also a bit of a klutz! Like I am. The whole novel is a riot from beginning to end. I’m glad I got to read it.
  6. The Innkeeper Chronicles by Ilona Andrews: While I really adore all of the books in this series. For this one, I’m mainly going to focus on the first three. I absolutely loved the main character in the first three and I think she’s a riot. Her attitude and sass just make the whole book so enjoyable.
  7. A Bad Day for Sunshine by Darynda Jones: Sunshine is the main character. She just has this personality that I can’t get enough of. I also really love the dynamic between her and her daughter. It’s so witty! I can’t wait to get my hands on the rest of the series!
  8. Stalking Jack the Ripper series by Keri Maniscalco: I got sucked into this book from the very first page. It was humorous and engaging. I definitely have plans to read this book more than once. I especially love Thomas. He just cut’s so much serious out of the story and pretty much adds a great deal of enjoyment to the series.
  9. Daughter of Winter series by Skye McKinnon: I didn’t think I was going to like this book at first. I thought the main character was really whiny and immature. I kept reading though. I’m very glad I did. It gets better as the book goes along. It also helps that the banter between the main character and her guards is so entrancing. They click so fast. You’d think they knew each other for ages instead of mere days.
  10. The Paper Magician by Charlie N Holmberg: I didn’t think this book would be funny in the beginning. Then other characters were added and it’s just hard not to find them absolutely hilarious. I’ll let anybody who wants to read it read it for themselves and not ruin it. I want to own physical copies of these one day so I can read them as many times as I want. I do have them all in audio. But yeah.

There’s my ten! I really hope you enjoyed! Have you read any of them? If not, I fully recommend all of them! Just click on the link and it’ll take you to the page! I recommend hitting CTRL first so you don’t leave this page. What are your top ten funny reads?

Writing Prompts: Hell and Spider

Write as much as you can in fifteen minutes using two words given to you. Words may be reused, but the writing/story will always be different.

*IMPORTANT NOTE: Some of my writing may be more appropriate for mature audiences than for younger audiences or children. Please read with caution.**

Writing Prompt: Hell and Spider

Jade was unsurprised to wake up and find that she had managed to be sent to Hell. It’s not like she lived the best life in the world. She was hired to do many unspeakable things in her life. She had no regret on anything she did. She sat up and stretched. If she was going to be here, she may as well make the most of it. The first thing on her agenda was getting a feel for the place.

As she was walking around, she noticed that Hell wasn’t really much different than Earth itself. It was just a bit hotter than she was used to. Not that that really bothered her much anyway. She was used to living in hot climates. She also noticed that there were a lot more spiders in Hell than there were on Earth. At least she could say she knew where they came from with conviction now. 

After an hour of walking around, she grew bored. She made her way back to her quarters and was surprised to find a note on her bed. She picked it up and read it. Lord Lucifer requests your presence. Please wear the dress I have left with the note. She looked down to notice that there was a box that had been left with the note. Opening the box she found a deep blood red dress sitting neatly in the box. Smiling, she put the dress on and made her way to Lord Lucifer himself.

It didn’t take her long to get to him at all. He was everywhere and nowhere at the same time. Just how he liked it to be. He wanted to be close to all of the chaos he could possibly manage to cause on any unsuspecting person. It was his favorite pastime. When he saw her approaching, he stood up. 

“We meet again.”

“Indeed.”

“I thought I made it clear that you weren’t welcome here.”

“You break my heart, Luce.”

“The last time you were here you caused so much chaos that it took me a decade to get everything back in order. Francine is still recovering from your torment.”

“Oh she’s a spider. She’ll get over it. Besides, I thought you enjoyed chaos and destruction.”

“Even I have my limits, Jade. You are just too much. Until you can learn to tame your ways, I do not want you here.”

“It’s not like I asked to be killed.”

“I’m sure you didn’t. I’m sure that our beloved creator was bored and wanted to give me a reason to stress again. I send you back to Earth. You live there for a while and then he gets bored and sends you back to me. What did I do to deserve this?”

“Do you really want the answer to that?”

“Jade! I don’t need your attitude. Can’t you see the situation I’m in?”

“You’re threatening to send me back to Earth! That’s cruel! Even for you!”

“Fine. I’ll give you a choice then. You can choose to go back to Earth and continue your terror there or you can choose to live here as my wife.”

“Your…. What??”

“You heard me. Don’t play stupid.”

“What I heard was insane. How do you expect me to be your wife to solve anything?”

“It doesn’t, but at least when you cause chaos I can explain that you’re my wife and it’s just in your nature…”

“Low blow.”

“Did you expect anything less from me?”

“Neither of these choices are appealing. You know that, right?”

“Did you expect me to make a pleasant option for you? Do you know who I am?”

“I know exactly who you are. Perhaps better than you think I do.”

“Enough! What’s the decision?”

Shadowspeak Book Blitz

Shadowspeakby Raven EckmanGenre: NA FantasyRelease Date: February 23rd 2021Fox Pointe Publishing
Summary:

Once there was a girl who spoke to shadows… 

Rune’s mother is uncaring and her brother is too young to protect her, so when Rune’s father sells her to the depraved city of Wraith at the young age of ten, no one stops him. His last words to her are of a debt he cannot pay. The shadows who’ve kept Rune company as long as she can remember seem to know what he speaks of and yet they keep their silence.

And so Rune grows up living in servitude to Wraith’s brothel and its manipulative mistress, Agata, all while having only the faintest recollections of her forgotten childhood. Years later when she finally escapes Wraith, a wild place wrapped up in hedonism and old world ritual, she vows to never return…

When a child prince is kidnapped by a masked killer in a neighboring kingdom, however, Rune no longer has a choice. Joined by Weylin, her old love and a fellow Wraith runaway, she returns to the accursed city and the shadows of her past.

Not all is as it seems as threads of memory begin to unravel, revealing old lies and dark secrets.

The debt of her past may be too high to pay.

The shadows are speaking.

Death is waiting.

Buy on Amazon

EXCERPT

There is a moaning sound and the creaking of limbs as the trees settle around us again. From the corner of my eye, I see the cloaked figure toss back his hood and remove his gloves; the shadows gather, mimicking his actions as they pull their threads from the circle’s branches. Two hold up hands curled into fists. One begins to sob before fading away.

Rune.

“Child.”

I turn at the man’s voice, seeing that I am being beckoned to come further into the circle’s middle. A sad smile crinkles his split lips as I obey.

He takes a deep breath, then begins to speak—“Once there was a child who spoke to shadows … ”

A pale face with red lips appears in the fog as he speaks, pressing a finger with a long ragged nail to its lips when I open my mouth to scream.

About the Author

Raven is a freelance editor by night and fangirl at every other available opportunity.

She always knew books were her passion, well after her grandmother’s challenge to read a book a day, and obtained her B.A. in English with a concentration in Creative Writing from Arcadia University.

Over the past four years, she has worked with a range of authors, both self-published and traditionally published, on short stories and novels from horror to contemporary in YA and Adult fiction.

Currently, she’s drowning in her TBR list, drafting her second WIP, brainstorming a new project, and expanding her freelancing business—all while looking for more bookish things to get involved with.

Her debut novel, Shadowspeak, will be published by Fox Pointe Publishing, LLP, in February 2021.

She is active on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook when she remembers.

Social Media Links:

Website – https://anewlookonbooks.com/

Instagram – https://instagram.com/anewlookonbooks

Twitter – https://twitter.com/anewlookonbooks

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/rceckman

Publisher Page – https://www.foxpointepublishing.com/author-raven-eckman
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Music Monday: One Thing

Welcome to Music Monday! I’ll share a song that means a lot to me and why I am sharing it. This meme is hosted by The Tattooed Book Geek.

One Thing by Finger Eleven

Restless tonight
‘Cause I wasted the light
Between both these times
I drew a really thin line

It’s nothing I planned
And not that I can
But you should be mine
Across that line

If I traded it all, if I gave it all away
For one thing, just for one thing
If I sorted it out, if I knew all about
This one thing wouldn’t that be something

I promise I might
Not walk on by
Maybe next time
But not this time

Even though I know
I don’t want to know
Yeah, I guess I know
I just hate how it sounds

If I traded it all, if I gave it all away
For one thing, just for one thing
If I sorted it out, if I knew all about
This one thing wouldn’t that be something

If I traded it all, if I gave it all away
For one thing, just for one thing
If I sorted it out, if I knew all about
This one thing wouldn’t that be something

Even though I know
I don’t want to know
Yeah, I guess I know
I just hate how it sounds

Even though I know
I don’t want to know
Yeah, I guess I know
I just hate how it sounds

If I traded it all, if I gave it all away
For one thing, just for one thing
If I sorted it out, if I knew all about
This one thing wouldn’t that be something

If I traded it all, if I gave it all away
For one thing, just for one thing
If I sorted it out, if I knew all about
This one thing wouldn’t that be something

If I traded it all, if I gave it all away
For one thing, just for one thing
If I sorted it out, if I knew all about
This one thing wouldn’t that be something

If I traded it all, if I gave it all away
For one thing, just for one thing
If I sorted it out, if I knew all about
This one thing wouldn’t that be something

Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Black James Ryan / Anderson Scott
One Thing lyrics © Reservoir Media Music, Reservoir Media Management (ireland) Limited, Bmg Rights Management (ireland) Ltd, Finger Eleven Publishing Inc

Reason I’m posting: This song has been stuck in my head for quite awhile now. I’m not sure if many people listen to this song. I find it very beautiful.

Mailbox Mondays: 2/22/21

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.