Tuesday, May 9, 2017

It's Release Day for Coral And Bone!

Coral And Bone (Book 1 in The Siren Chronicles) is now available with Oftomes Publishing! 

Check out the beautiful new cover and this awesome Goodreads blurb: Halen knows the sparks igniting under her fingertips are dangerous. She has spent her entire life trying to quell the tingly feelings that make her destroy things, but now that she is back in Rockaway Beach, where she watched her father drown, the flames have become impossible to tame. 

Halen is trying to hold on, but when she is thrust into a mysterious new world, the underwater realm of Elosia, she unravels the secrets of her past and can't help but ignite. As she explores Elosia, she realizes her life has been a lie. And when those who have deceived her come to her for help, Halen must choose—walk away or unleash the magick that could destroy them all.

How cool does this book sound you guys? I absolutely adored Daune's books previously so I can only imagine how great they are now! Plus this new cover is to die for! I totally adore Daune's characters and story and I look forward to the series being published through Oftomes Publishing! Daune deserves all the recognition she can get! Her mind is truly something else and she creates the most beautiful characters and worlds. This is a series you guys definitely do not want to miss out on!


In honor of release day, here is a little bit about the author! I've also had the opportunity to include a short interview with her!

Tiffany Daune writes stories about magick, love and dark creatures lurking in the shadows. She is the author of Coral and Bone (The Siren Chronicles) and a Watty award winner. When not lost in Editland, you can find her reading a book from her towering TBR pile or kicking back and watching movies with her family. She lives on an island, in the Pacific Northwest, surrounded by mermaids that are much nicer than the ones found in her books.

Can you tell me a little bit about your series and what inspired it? 
-The Coral & Bone series is filled with mermaids, shifters and otherworldly creatures. It's a story of love, loss and hope. My writing is most influenced by the beloved stories I read as a child, such as Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid and C.S. Lewis's The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I'm drawn to mystical realms and love it even more when magic collides with our world.

The Etlins in the Coral & Bone series are shifters. If you could be a shifter what animal would you want to be and why?
-Definitely a raven because they are wickedly smart and eerie.

What is one of your favorite quotes?
-Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light. ~ Albus Dumbledore

When did you know that you wanted to write professionally and how did you take the leap to get into the business?  
-I started writing with the intent of publishing seven years ago. I faced a lot of rejection letters, but I kept submitting and writing, until I received my first contract for Surface and the sequel Landlocked. Unfortunately, my publisher closed, and I had to start over. So, instead of resubmitting Surface, I wrote Coral & Bone which won a watty award in 2016.

What book is currently on your nightstand? And who are some of your favorite authors? 
-I have five on my nightstand right now. I'm currently lost in the pages of The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey. I'm also reading some great works on Wattpad.
-I could never pick just one, but I a few of my faves are Alyson Noel, Tehereh Mafi, Casandra Clare, John Green, Taran Matharu, Jennifer L Armentrout and Kendare Blake.

What is next on your to read list?
-Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige.

Can you share a little about the current title you are working on? 
-I'm currently editing books two and three of The Siren Chronicles and working on an outline for an exciting new series. Keep an eye on my Instagram account where I'll be posting a sneak peek very soon.

What do you do to recharge your batteries? 
-This is a tough one, I'm kind of a workaholic because let's face it I play all day. I kind of know how Victor Frankenstein felt, crazy obsessed and thrilled when the story comes ALIVE. So when I do need to recharge, I unplug. I have to get away from the screen and then spend time with my family. My family boosts me up and I'm good to go back to my lab—I mean laptop.

Can you see your work on the big screen?
-I think most writers would love to see their work on the big screen. I’m a visual person, so when I write I’m already watching the movie play through my head. I’m just recording what I see. Coral and  Bone is full of rich imagery. It would be amazing to see the three realms and watch the drama unfold within each.

Why mermaids?
-You know when someone reads you a story as a child and it sticks with you forever?  Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid was that story for me.  I love the original and I adore the Disney version. But, it wasn't until I watched Pirates of the Caribbean on Stranger Tides did I find my mermaid muse for Coral and  Bone.

If you could meet one of your characters in real life, who would it be and why?
-Halen. Then I could apologize for all the crap I put her through. I'm not done with her yet, so she may need a big hug.

A biography has been written about you. What do you think the title would be in six words or less?

What was your favorite childhood book?
-I loved so many books as a child, it’s hard to pick one. My top three would have to be The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Are you there God It’s Me Margaret. As a teen, I devoured anything by Stephen King, John Saul & Anne Rice.

What’s your favorite writing food?
-Popcorn, cucumbers, and chocolate.


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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Starting Fires by Makenzie Smith

- Goodreads Synopsis -
I was strong enough. 
My resolve was high.
My walls were higher. 
He was heartache incarnate.
I knew this, but didn't stay away. 
We pushed and pulled, keeping one another at arms length.
But then something changed. 
Something started.
And neither of us were prepared for it.

"You came into my life and started a fire that burned so hot and fast, I was ash, crumbling before I even knew what was happening."

I do not even know where to begin! You guys, I LOVE THIS BOOK! Starting Fires by Makenzie Smith is absolutely amazing and totally blew my mind. It is safe to say that this book is one of my favorite reads this year. I enjoyed every little tiny part of this book. Smith has an amazing mind and I need more books by this lady!

Smith introduces us to a young woman named Marlowe. Marlowe lives in Louisiana where she is stuck in a bad relationship. The day this man breaks up with Marlowe is the day her life truly begins! Marlowe moves in with her best friend Charles. Moving to New Orleans will either be a blessing in disguise or one big mistake. Living with Charles is great, but living across the street from Lucas is a whole different story. Marlowe spotted Lucas the first day she arrived at Charles' house. Lucas immediately spotted her as well. There is only one problem here.. Lucas is a player! Lucas really likes his girls and never stays with one for too long. Can Charles convince Marlowe that liking Lucas is a bad idea? Will Marlowe be just another girl under Lucas' belt? Charles is genuinely worried about Marlowe.

"I thirsted for her. Hungered for her. And I burned for her. My fire was strong, and it was never going out."

Starting Fires has everything a great book needs! There is drama, love, friendship, betrayal, and so much more! The characters are all so complex and well thought out. Smith really brings this story to life. I felt that I was in this book with Marlowe helping her along the way. I cried when she cried, I was frustrated when she was, and I was happy when she was happy! This book really tore at my heart strings! I was crying one minute and then I was all happy and excited the next minute. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time and was not able to put this book down. I felt like there was always something important or intense happening, so there was never a good time to take a break. There was no way I was going to walk away from this book and be able to think straight. Smith's pages had consumed my mind. 

I loved all the characters in this book! Charles, Wally, Ian, Lucas, Marlowe, Nicole, and Lacey were awesome! Ian was the only one I never felt totally connected with, but that is because he was the most quiet out of all the characters. This group of friends is definitely a group you guys do not want to miss out on! 

One thing I noticed and enjoyed the most was that Smith's writing is real. The love in her book was not easy, it was real. The fights in her book were not exaggerated, they were real. The girls in her book were not all skinny and perfect, they were real! While reading this story, I did not feel like I was reading some perfect fairytale romance. Don't get me wrong, I do love perfect romance stories.... but we do live in the real world, and how often do those perfect romance stories really happen? Never. Smith's story is real and could easily happen daily. 

This will always be a book I hold close to me. I really connected with this book for some reason. Makenzie Smith is an awesome writer and I can not wait to start the second book in this series!

Hooked by Christine Manzari

- Goodreads Synopsis -
If you ask the confident and snarky skater girl, and she’s in the mood to share, she’ll tell you her name is Cat. She might even tell you that she’s hooked on graffiti, 80s movies, and having fun—the riskier the better. Cat will share a good time with you, but she won’t ever trust you enough to share her heart. It’s protected by secrets and she’d like to keep it that way. 

Cat knows one thing for certain: Love isn’t really her thing.

If you ask the confident and rich pretty boy, he might tell you his name is Huck. He might even tell you he loves a challenge and is used to getting his way. He won’t tell you that his life is a mess because he risked his heart by trusting the wrong girl. Huck is ready for a change, he just wasn’t ready to get hooked on someone like Cat.

Huck knows one thing for certain: Love hasn’t done him any favors, but Cat just might be worth the risk.

Cat and Huck think a one-night stand seems harmless, but when all the little secrets they didn’t share turn out to be toxic truths, they realize how easily a one-night stand (or a few) could ruin everything. 

The thing is, you can be ruined in more than one way. Once you’re HOOKED, what wouldn’t you risk for the chance at more?

"Love is a funny thing. Once you decide someone is worthy of it, you have to trust that person not to break you. And some people- most people actually- aren't worthy of that trust. I've learned the hard way that it's just easier not to risk love. Broken hearts are too big of a pain in the ass." 

Christine Manzari definitely had me hooked on Hooked! I have read one other book by Manzari, and I immediately fell in love with her writing. Manzari's books just get better and better and I am so glad that I have had the opportunity to read them. 

Manzari introduces us to Cat, a very independent young woman. For most of Cat's life she has only had her mom and her best friend, Jay. That all changes the moment Jay and Cat notice a strange boy staring at Cat on the beach. Cat had no idea that this boy, Huck, would forever change her life. Cat and Huck hit it off right away! Which is normally a good thing, right? But everything starts to go wrong when Cat has a family emergency and has to go away for a while. Will Huck be able to wait for Cat? Will Cat let Huck be there for her? Will Cat actually be able to open up to someone other than her mom and her best friend? 

Manzari writes the most amazing books ever! Her characters are so life like and they all have such history. Whenever I read a book by Manzari I feel as if I am in it, and her characters are all my best friends! I always feel exactly what her characters are feeling and I really enjoy that in a book. You know an author is a good writer when he or she has the power to transport their readers wherever they want to take them. That is exactly what Manzari does! 

I fell in love with Cat immediately. She is a very strong woman and knows exactly what she wants. She does not need a man in her life to complete her and she does just fine on her own. Cat is very work driven but still finds a lot of time to go out and have fun! I also really love Huck and Jay! Jay is the greatest best friend anyone could ask for and he really knows how to take care of Cat. Huck is awesome too! He really cares about Cat and although their relationship is a bit odd, she is really something special to this guy. I feel like the three of them are my friends after reading Hooked. Manzari gave her characters complex backgrounds and just did a fantastic job bringing them to life through her pages.

I really look forward to reading more from Manzari. If you guys have never read one of her books, then you really need to! Christine Manzari is an author you do not want to miss out on!

Friday, May 5, 2017

The Falling by T. Damon

- Goodreads Synopsis -
A drastic change within an enchanted Forest occurs in The Falling, the mystical first volume of The Forest Spirit series. An upheaval of normalcy affects the various kingdoms of mythical beings and animals caused by a Higher Spirit's fall from grace. Now it's up to a group of the smallest and most oblivious of creatures, the nymphs, to save their Forest and reinstate the Forest's spiritual balance of good and evil. Narena, her brother Nyxen, and debonair warrior Kellen join forces with a sassy faery, wise salamander, and human witches to discover that even the tiniest of beings can create an enormous impact on the world around them.

I have read my fair share of fantasy books but I have never read one like The Falling by T. Damon!

T. Damon takes us into a world where trolls, witches, nymphs, faerie, kalpies, ogres, entities, and ghosts are real! Damon has a way with words and really knows how to take her readers into another world! 

Damon's forest is such a beautiful place but bad things start to happen once the spirits, who are in charge of watching over the forest, stop getting along. The yew, the highest spirit of them all, gets banished, and with that, the falling of the forest begins. 

In The Falling we meet Narena, her brother Nyxen, and a few of their friends. The group discovers a great evil in their forest and are determined to figure out what this darkness is and why it is taking over their forest. Narena and her friends, with the help of the forest, a certain parent, and a few witches along the way, head out to save the forest.  What would you do if your home was falling and turning to evil? would you be brave enough to save it? Narena and her friends take part in a difficult journey, one they might not be ready for. Will they make it? Will they figure out what is causing this great evil? The greatest question is.. once they find who is behind all this evil, will they be able to stop him or her? You guys will have to pick this book up to find out for yourselves! This is a story you guys do not want to miss out on!

T. Damon's writing style is perfect! I was hooked since the first page and never did I get bored or want to put this book down. It was definitely a short, awesome read and Damon did not disappoint. It was as if she bought me my own personal airplane ticket to her forest, where I joined up with Narena and Nyxen to help them fight the evil. That is how realistic her writing is. There were times that I completely forgot that I was even reading a book!

I can not wait to read book 2! I need more of T. Damon's beautiful writing!