A Wish Upon the Stars by T.J. Klune

Title: A Wish Upon the Stars

Series: Tales From Verania 04

Author: T.J. Klune

Genre: High Fantasy

Length: Novel (450 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press(March 27, 2018)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Nearly a year ago, blinded by grief and betrayal, Sam of Wilds made a desperate decision to follow the Great White into the Dark Woods. Now, he emerges to a world changed.

The City of Lockes is a prison. The King has been locked away in the dungeons. The Kingdom of Verania has fallen, and the Dark wizard Myrin sits on the throne.

But soon after his return, Sam learns of a resistance fighting in his name, led by a courageous knight, a defiant prince, a pissed-off unicorn, and a half-giant who wants to smash everything in sight. If he has any hope of defeating the villains who have taken their home, Sam must face the consequences of his choices—and the friends he left behind..

ISBN-13: 978-1-64080-081-6

Product Link: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: The final book in an epic series is always sad to read knowing it is the last. But, The prince’ story will be told in the future so that is major plus. I have loved this series from the start. Sam has grown with each story. The epic adventures and battles throughout were amazing. This story is no exception.

Sam has been gone for a year with the white dragon learning everything he needs to know to defeat Myrin. When he comes back he learns everything has changed. The king has been imprisoned everyone he knew is in hiding and battling the Darks. The reunion between Sam, Tiggy, Gary, The Prince and Ryan is bittersweet and not without a lot of different emotions.

The time has come to put a stop to Myrin and his evil deeds for good. With the help of Sam’s merry band and dragons he will face a battle to the death and in doing so may lose himself to the dark side. I only have one word to describe this story Epic! Intense, humorous and dramatic this story had it all. I loved everything about it. The only thing I didn’t like was that it was the last in the series.

Fantastic ending to an epic series.

Highly recommended.

Captive Wings by Ana Raine Blog Post, Exclusive Excerpt!

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Hi guys! We have Ana Raine popping in today with her upcoming release Captive Wings, we have a great exclusive excerpt so check out the post and enjoy! ❤ ~Pixie~

Captive Wings

(Anima 02)
by

Ana Raine

Liberation from one master might mean enslavement to another.

For centuries, the Kuro swan shifters have been the unwilling servants of the Dryma faeries. That changed when Prince Tristan of the Dryma attempted to sacrifice himself for Royal Kuro Kanji—his lover and mate.

The Sidhee, seeing Tristan’s actions to free the swans as a betrayal, launch a devastating attack that leaves most of the Kuro and Dryma dead or imprisoned. The fate of the swans rests entirely on Kanji’s shoulders, and he must somehow devise a plan that will protect both his partner and his tribe as the war with the Sidhee rages. It won’t be easy for mortal enemies to become allies, and Kanji is beginning to despair of ever waking Tristan from his deathlike slumber. And neither the Kuro nor the Dryma can compete with the Sidhee when it comes to brutal violence.

When Kanji finds a small boy asleep at the bottom of a lake, his hope for reuniting with Tristan is rekindled. But what is the boy, and can his magic turn the tide against a seemingly unstoppable enemy?

Release date: 22nd May 2018
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Magic Runs Deep by Alex Whitehall

Title: Magic Runs Deep

Author: Alex Whitehall

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, High Fantasy

Length: Novel (182 pages)

Publisher: Riptide Publishing (April 9, 2018)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: For the last five years, Veier has been chained to a king’s throne in his bear form. When a neighboring kingdom overthrows the crown, Veier’s imprisonment ends, but true freedom is not so easily earned. With blood on his hands, he needs someone with patience, strength, and trust to help him become the person he was before and prove to the invaders that he isn’t the monstrous king’s loyal pet.

Elrid, the invading king’s brother and a powerful mage, is everything Veier despises. He’s also the only thing between Veier and execution, because he thinks he can help Veier change from an aggressive bear shifter into a reasonable man. While the pair have a rough start, with long talks and mutual leaps of faith, they begin to care for each other.

However, the closer Veier gets to his freedom, the closer he is to losing Elrid. He must find balance in his heart and his life if he wishes to truly claim the freedom he’s been given—and the man he loves.

ISBN: 978-1-62649-747-4

Product Link: Riptide Publishing | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Veier has been a captive of a king for Five years. He’s been in his bear formed chained to a throne. He’s been forced to do some unsavoury things for the king. Then one day invaders come and even though he is ferocious and attacks one decides to show him mercy and take him home when they return.

Elrid is not afraid of Veier as he see’s him for who he really is. I loved the slow romance. The trust building between these two is not instant like in some books. It made sense that Veier would have a hard time trusting anyone after what he has been through.

The plot was wonderfully written with mystery and a dash of suspense thrown into the mix. I loved the story and enjoyed it very much.

Fantastic read.

The Doorway God by Tom Early

Title: The Doorway God

Series: Seasons Rising 02

Author: Tom Early

Genre: Fantasy, Teen Fiction

Length: Novel (284 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press, Harmony Ink (November 14, 2017)

Heat Level: Low – Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: The Seasons are coming to Janus University, and Fay’s and Sam’s lives will never be the same.

Through last year’s deadly Trials, Fay and Sam gained admittance to the magical university, and the coming of autumn signals the start of the school year. But both of them have goals beyond their studies. For Fay, it’s finding a way to contain the ancient and evil spirit of Winter, which has no regard for human life. Fay has vowed to never let Winter kill again—but working with the school’s headmaster, Didas, is a risk. Didas cannot see past the potential power he can draw from Fay, and since Fay’s boyfriend and familiar, Tyler, is away at Tufts University, Fay might have to face his possession—and his dreams of four mysterious figures—on his own terms.

While trying to help Fay, Sam seeks information about her mother’s past in the magical world of Gaia, but will she like what she uncovers? To survive, Fay and Sam must make alliances, but it’s harder than ever to tell friend from enemy.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63533-778-5

Product Link: Dreamspinner PressHarmony Ink Press | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: The continuation of the seasons rising series has Fay and Sam at Janus University. Things become abundantly clear that all is not as it seems and there are those have secrets upon secrets. Headmaster Didas is one such person. I did not trust him from the start and this book was the same feeling for me.

The secrets that come out in this sequel are jaw dropping to say the least. Fay does all he can to help when needed while learning how to use his own power not Winter’s. The end result is a young man whose purpose is to protect those he cares about.

The battle scenes at the end were fierce and strong. I loved that the other seasons were trying to help Fay, though Summer was opposed at first. A lot happens in this story. But I appreciated every word and explanation.

Fantastic read.

Aspect of Winter by Tom Early (2nd Edition)

Title: Aspect of Winter (2nd Edition)

Series: Seasons Rising 01

Author: Tom Early

Genre: High Fantasy, Teen Fiction

Length: Novel (260 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press, Harmony Ink (October 15, 2015)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: High school isn’t easy for any gay teen, and on top of everything, Fay struggles to understand his supernatural powers—and keep them hidden from everyone but his best friend Sam. It’s almost too much for anyone to cope with, and it’s all Fay can do to endure.

Then Fay and Sam come to the attention of a representative from Janus University, a college for people who display magical potential. Along with their classmate Tyler, the two friends are tipped into a precarious world of mystery and magic that they don’t yet understand. Their lives are about to change, but first they must complete—and survive—the university’s Trials. Romantic feelings start to bloom between Fay and Tyler, but before they can explore them, they must learn to deal with a new world that can be both beautiful and terrifying—especially when the dangerous source of Fay’s abilities is discovered.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63476-540-4

Product Link: Dreamspinner PressHarmony Ink Press | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: An amazing story of a young man named Fay who has powers he has no clue as to how he got them. He has to keep them under wraps though as the others at his school would not understand. His best friend Sam is a take charge kind of girl with a kickass attitude. Together they are approached to attend trials at the prestigious magic school Janus University.

I loved the story. The magical aspects and the control it takes to do the spells was breathtaking. The battles were jaw dropping and intense. The only thing I wanted to know was what exactly happened to Fray when he became lost for a short time when he was five. Because that is when he gained his ice powers. It never went into details.

I felt at times that Fay brushed things off that he should have investigated further. Other than these two things I loved the story and am looking forward to more.

Great read.

Hammer of the Witch by Dakota Chase

Title: Hammer of the Witch

Series: Repeating History 02

Author: Dakota Chase

Genre: Teen Fiction, Time Travel

Length: Novel (180 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press, Harmony Ink (January 9, 2018)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: History isn’t dead when you’re living it.

Ash and Grant are about to learn why it was called the Dark Ages, when Merlin, in the guise of their teacher, once again sends them time traveling to reclaim one of the antiquities their prank destroyed: a book called the Malleus Maleficarum, or Hammer of the Witches, which was used to persecute and kill innocent people throughout medieval Europe.

They’ll need to keep their heads down and their wits about them in a Germany ruled by the iron fist of the Inquisition, where anyone who is different is dragged off to horrifying prisons, tortured to confession, and ultimately killed in the worst way imaginable. But it won’t be easy to navigate a frightening and brutal time, secure Merlin’s book, and make it home without attracting attention.

ISBN-13: 978-1-64080-095-3

Product Link: Dreamspinner PressHarmony Ink Press | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: The next item that Grant and Ash are to retrieve in their time traveling punishment to replace artifacts that were destroyed due to their fighting is a book called the Malleus Maleficarum or The Hammer of the Witch. This single book sent hundreds of people to their deaths in the most horrifying ways.

This task will not be easy. It’s the middle ages and a time where all are suspicious of things that are different and quickly dealt with. This task ends up with Ash retrieving the book but Grant being captured. Now Ash has to save Grant, keep the book safe and get all back to their own time before their demise.

Hair raising and adventurous this story has a great history interwoven between the dialogue of the characters. the details were amazing and the characters intriguing.

A great addition to the series.

Magic Runs Deep by Alex Whitehall Blog Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Magic Runs Deep

by

Alex Whitehall

For the last five years, Veier has been chained to a king’s throne in his bear form. When a neighboring kingdom overthrows the crown, Veier’s imprisonment ends, but true freedom is not so easily earned. With blood on his hands, he needs someone with patience, strength, and trust to help him become the person he was before and prove to the invaders that he isn’t the monstrous king’s loyal pet.

Elrid, the invading king’s brother and a powerful mage, is everything Veier despises. He’s also the only thing between Veier and execution, because he thinks he can help Veier change from an aggressive bear shifter into a reasonable man. While the pair have a rough start, with long talks and mutual leaps of faith, they begin to care for each other.

However, the closer Veier gets to his freedom, the closer he is to losing Elrid. He must find balance in his heart and his life if he wishes to truly claim the freedom he’s been given—and the man he loves.

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Cloaked in Shadow by Ben Alderson

Title: Cloaked in Shadow

Series: Dragori 01

Author: Ben Alderson

Genre: Fantasy, Military & Wars

Length: Novel (330pgs)

Publisher: Oftomes Publishing (December 5, 2017)

Heat Level: Low – Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 1/2 Hearts

Blurb: Dragon Shifters. Magick. Elven Royalty.

Zacriah Trovirn is concerned with two things in life: hunting and dodging Petrer, the boy who broke his heart.

Heartbreak becomes a distant concern when Zacriah is taken to the Elven capital of Thessolina, where he is forced into King Dalior’s new legion of shapeshifters. But Zacriah isn’t a shapeshifter. In truth, he doesn’t know what he is.

Zacriah joins forces with new friends and they soon find themselves embroiled in a clash between the three Elven continents. With war on the horizon, Zacriah must learn to use his latent magick to fight and protect those he loves before they are destroyed.

“Romantic tension, heartwarming friendships, thrilling pacing, all wrapped in the fantasy world of elves you’ve been waiting for. Alderson deftly paints a world that’s rich in intriguing magicks and peoples. Once Zachariah’s story pulls you in, you will not be able to put this down!” – Elise Kova, USA TODAY Bestselling author of Air Awakens.

“One word. EPIC!” – Amazon Reviewer ★★★★★

ISBN: B075R773K9

Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: One day Zacriah, an elf, is invited with may other elves to attend a feast at the king’s palace. What he does not expect is for all of them to be poisoned with a sleeping potion. However not all fall asleep. Those that do not are told of an enemy the Morthi, that are attacking villages and that the elves, they are shifters, are being called to arms for the king. This is where the prince Hadrian comes in.

I loved this story. It was magical, secretive and adventerous. Zacriah has a secret. When it comes time to shift he can not. He is taken to Prince Hadrian. Together they figure out some things are not as they seem and set out to find the truth while trying to keep each other and themselves alive.

A wonderful story with a great cast of characters. I found myself riveted to the story awaiting the outcome. The secret Zac and Hadrian have are awesome. The evilness that plagues the palace is scary with it’s intentions and deception.

Fantastic story that I am looking forward to reading more of.

Quickening, Vol. 1 by Amy Lane

Title: Quickening, Vol. 1

Series: Little Goddess | Book Five, Vol. 1

Author: Amy Lane

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal

Length: Novel (316 pages)

Publisher: DSP Publications (May 2, 2017)

Heat Level: Low – Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Cory thought she’d found balance on Green’s Hill—sorceress, student, queen of the vampires, wife to three men—she had it down! But establishing her right to risk herself with Green and Bracken had more than one consequence, and now she’s facing the world’s scariest job title: mother.

But getting the news that she’s knocked up takes a back seat when a half-elf hunts them down for help. Her arrival brings news that the werewolf threat, which has been haunting them for over a year, has finally arrived on their doorstep—and it’s bigger and more frightening than they’d ever imagined.

Cory throws herself into this new battle with everything she’s got—and her men let her do it. Because they all know that whether they defeat this enemy now or later, the thing she’s most afraid of is arriving on a set schedule, and not even Cory can avoid it. The trick is getting her to acknowledge she’s pregnant before she gives birth—or kills herself in denial.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63533-439-5

Product Link: DSP Publications | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: As with all the books in this series there is a lot going on. Cory finds herself pregnant and is not overly happy about it. At the same time she starts school. Then there is the part elf girl wanting their help to rescue a boy in jail that is part of the werewolf issue.

I found myself at times a little bogged down but never the less it was a truly well written, well balanced story with all the usual happenings in this series. A little of this and that drew the reader into the ongoing series like a fish swimming through water with the occasional danger from others.

Intriguing and fascinating this story certainly delivers.

Great read.

Beneath the Scales by Aurora Peppermint

Title: Beneath the Scales

Series: The Knowledge Effect 01

Author: Aurora Peppermint

Genre: High Fantasy, Teen Fiction

Length: Novella (150 pages)

Publisher: Harmony Ink (Dreamspinner Press) (July 9, 2015)

Heat Level: Nil

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

Blurb: Loyalty and truth will be redefined as a young orphan undertakes a quest that will change his life.

Martus is doing all he can to help his magically gifted sister, Elsaben, living with the frustration that it’s never enough. They’re living hand to mouth on what he can steal, and under the table jobs aren’t enough for Martus to fund the training Elsaben needs. He’s desperate to find a way to help her, but he’s getting a reputation as a troublemaker, which will only endanger what meager living he’s already scratching for.

His life changes drastically in the course of a single day when a dragon attacks their village, leaves it in flames, and then carries Elsaben away. Knowing there is nothing else for him to do, Martus swears to rescue her and avenge their home, knowing he’ll either return triumphant… or die.

What he finds in the mountains challenges his perceptions and prejudices, leading him discover that he may have a chance at a better life, including a friend of the likes he never expected. This adventure could change his worldview—including the beliefs he’s always accepted as the norm.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63476-069-0

Product Link: Dreamspinner PressHarmony Ink Press | Amazon US | Amazon UK 

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Martus is doing his best to get the help Elsaban needs for her magic since their parents died in a fire. One day a dragon, Hal, shows up and starts tearing up the town and eventually takes Elsaban away. El eventually returns and Martus sets out to kill the dragon.

Hal is a sweet boy who has no one to help him control his dragon. When he shifts he has no memory of it or the things he does. Due to Martus and a letter he writes, a group of people invade where Hal’s home is. Martus does try to protect his new friend.

I liked the idea of the story but the delivery was lacking as at times as it jumped from one thing to the next with no warning. Martus and Hal are both alone and I liked that despite the rocky start they became friends.

Family of Lies: Sebastian by Sam Argent

Title: Family of Lies: Sebastian

Author: Sam Argent

Genre: High Fantasy, Mystery, Suspense

Length: Novel (324 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 18, 2015)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4 1/2 Hearts

Blurb: Sebastian Orwell did the only thing a smart wizard could do when he stumbled upon the wounded Crown Prince: he healed him and dumped him in a tavern where he could continue not being Sebastian’s problem. Unfortunately, the prince isn’t content with being alive, and he hunts Sebastian down to thank him personally. Not only is Sebastian stuck with the prince’s unwanted affections, he’s also confronted by growing evidence linking the assassination attempt to someone from his father’s past.

Lord Orwell is a lot of things: thief, liar, drunk, and all around horrible father, but Sebastian knows he’s no murderer. In order to prove it, Sebastian has to keep the prince alive long enough to discover the truth—a task made considerably harder because the idiot prince prefers wooing Sebastian over securing his own survival. On top of everything, Sebastian needs to save the day without revealing his magical powers and the real reason he hides his appearance.

Sebastian had no intention of playing the hero, but whoever is stirring up shit in his country will pay for destroying his quiet life.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63216-681-4

Product Link: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Sebastian keeps to himself and does not like being around others. His humor is funny to me. I found his snarkiness lovable. Prince Turrin has a way of trouble finding him in the form of assassination attempts on his life. This is how the two meet when Sebastian saves him.

The prince wants to get to know Sebastian better despite his standoffish vibes. He’s persistent an eventually wears Sebastian down. The two are hot together once they actually get together.

The mystery off the assassination attempts and who is behind and to what degree was fascinating and intriguing. I loved how the story flowed and ultimately ended up. Well written with degrees of romance, suspense, action, drama and hot sex all culminated in a story that had me on the edge of my seat.

Great read.

A Tangle of Secrets by R.G. Thomas

Title: A Tangle of Secrets

Series: The Town of Superstition 04

Author: R.G. Thomas

Genre: Teen Fiction, Urban Fantasy

Length: Novel (260 pages)

Publisher: Harmony Ink Press (Dreamspinner Press) (December 26, 2017)

Heat Level: Low – Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Thaddeus and his family and friends have returned from Iron Gulch and Thaddeus’s summer of magical awakening to a very different life. For one, he has both his parents for the first time, though his mother is still haunted by terrors and powers she can’t yet control. Teofil, Thaddeus’s gnome boyfriend, is consumed with finding Thaddeus’s evil uncle Lucian and answers about what happened to his brother, and he spends his days sequestered in Leopold’s library, pouring over the old wizard’s journals. When Thaddeus starts school and makes friends Teofil doesn’t like, there’s tension between them for the first time ever.

Thaddeus’s problems don’t end there. It’s harder and harder for him to conceal his magic, especially when facing the school bully. He’s lost, confused, and lashing out, and for once, he finds no solace in those closest to him. His enemies are hiding in plain sight, biding their time, until the Bearagon reappears and instigates a fight not everyone will walk away from

ISBN-13: 978-1-64080-044-1

Product Link: Dreamspinner PressHarmony Ink Press | Amz US | Amz UK 

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: This story takes place in superstition as Thaddeus starts another school year he meets another bully. There is tension when Thaddeus starts to mysteriously change. All points to Dillion yet a surprise is in store.

Drama and twists and turns are all throughout this addition the series. We are given a chance to meet some of the characters previously mentioned in the first three books. I have to say I was disappointed that this story lacked the adventure aspect but was still quite good.

I loved seeing all the characters and the new ones as more mysteries were revealed near the end. I would advise reading the books in order as each picks up where the previous one leaves off.

Great read.

The Battle of Iron Gulch by R.G. Thomas

Title: The Battle of Iron Gulch

Series: The Town of Superstition 03

Author: R.G. Thomas

Genre: High Fantasy, Teen Fiction

Length: Novel (230 pages)

Publisher: Harmony Ink, (Dreamspinner Press) (January 10, 2017)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Thaddeus Cane has finally reached the foot of Wraith Mountain. He hopes to find his mother—changed into a dragon by the witch Isadora many years ago—and bring her back to Superstition to live with him and his father. With Teofil, his garden gnome boyfriend, and Teofil’s mother, sister, and their new elf friend, Thaddeus discovers that getting to his mother will not be as easy as they’d hoped. They are forced to shelter in the small town of Iron Gulch where Thaddeus’s father takes a job to secure the equipment they need to climb the mountain.

The longer they stay in Iron Gulch, the more Thaddeus comes to believe things in the town are not as pleasant as they appear. When a new and vicious enemy reveals itself, Thaddeus and his group are thrust into a fight not only for their lives, but for the lives of the Iron Gulch residents. As the battle rages, they discover Thaddeus’s mother and struggle to free her and end Isadora’s tyranny once and for all.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63533-245-2

Product Link: Dreamspinner PressHarmony Ink Press | Amz US | Amz UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Something strange is going on in Iron Gulch. As days turn into weeks the awful truth is slowly revealed. Thaddeus and his group are in a fight for their lives against ghouls, goblins, a mad witch, a dragon and the bearagon.

This story is mysterious and yet again secrets come out about Thaddeus’ family. I loved that despite the danger Thaddeus was determined to help the town as well as his mother. The group sadly loses a member along the way in a battle.

These books should be read in order as each picks up where the other leaves off.

Highly recommended read.

The Well of Tears by R.G. Thomas

Title: The Well of Tears

Series: The Town of Superstition 02

Author: R.G. Thomas

Genre: High Fantasy, Teen Fiction

Length: Novella (127 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 16, 2016)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Thaddeus Cane’s life changed when he learned he is the son of a witch and a wizard, and now he’s undertaken a mission to find his mother, who was cursed not long after Thaddeus was born. He enlists the aid of his father, Nathan; his boyfriend and neighbor, Teofil Rhododendron, a garden gnome; and Teofil’s mother, brother, and sister. As they journey through a world that seems normal on the surface, they meet many magical creatures, some kind and helpful, others evil and dangerous. When Nathan suffers a life-threatening injury, Thaddeus might be forced to abandon the quest to find his mother in order to save his father.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63476-885-6

Product Link: Dreamspinner PressHarmony Ink Press

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: This is a continuation from the first book. Thaddeus, Nathan, Miriam and her children set off on journey to find the dragon. The trek is fraught with danger at every turn. Nathan falls from an injury.

On way to the well of tears they meet a wood elf in trouble and save him. As repayment he takes them to the well. I loved this story. So many things happen to the group that I feared they would not make it. Isador shows up and causes chaos.

Outstanding plot and characters that drew me in and kept me on the edge of my seat. The details were amazing and I felt as though I was there with Thaddeus and the group. I can not wait to read the next book.

Highly recommended.

The Midnight Gardener by R.G. Thomas

Title: The Midnight Gardener

Series: The Town of Superstition 01

Author: R.G. Thomas

Genre: Teen Fiction, High Fantasy

Length: Novella (123 pages)

Publisher: Deamspinner Press (November 12, 2015)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: At fifteen, Thaddeus Cane has moved thirty-two times with his father. Each time he’s displaced without explanation, Thaddeus loses any friends he’s made. The name of their latest town is Superstition, but it seems normal enough, with one exception.

Thaddeus’s bedroom window gives him a view into the beautiful gardens next door. Every night after dark, an attractive guy around Thaddeus’s age appears to tend the plants. When Thaddeus visits his neighbor, he discovers not only how deep his interest in the other man runs, but also that Teofil, the midnight gardener, isn’t human. He’s a garden gnome, a revelation that will lead to more secrets coming to light and an adventure unlike anything Thaddeus ever imagined.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63476-268-7

Product Link: Dreamspinner PressHarmony Ink

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Thaddeus is a young man who has spent a lot of his youth on the move with his father until they move to the town of superstition. Things are not as they seem from the start. Revelations reveal there is more going on that meets the eye and Thaddeus’ world opens up to things he thought were fairytales.

Teofil is Thaddeus’ neighbor and only comes out at night. I found Teofil to be sweet and caring in his devotion to Thaddeus. This story is fraught with adventure and danger as Thaddeus is introduced to the previously unknown. I loved this story even though it does end with a cliffhanger there is plenty of mystery to keep the reader engaged to find out the truth.

Well written and intriguing. Highly recommended.

The Holly Groweth Green by Amy Rae Durreson

Title: The Holly Groweth Green

Series: 2017 Advent Calendar Daily- Stocking Stuffers

Author: Amy Rae Durreson

Genre: Christmas, High Fantasy

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 22, 2017)

Length: Short Story (55 Pages)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

Blurb: When wounded doctor Laurence Payne is stranded in the snowy English countryside on Christmas Eve, 1946, he is surprised to stumble upon Mistle Cottage and its mysterious inhabitant. Avery claims to be an Elizabethan wizard, and Laurence struggles to explain away the atmosphere of the cottage as mere coincidence and trickery. He spends a magical twelve days of Christmas celebrating with Avery, but then wakes to find his lover has vanished and the cottage has fallen to ruin overnight.

Laurence’s investigations lead him to the story of an ancient fairy curse—Avery is doomed to spend only Christmas Eve to Twelfth Night in human form until he finds true love. Laurence sets out to give Avery the greatest gift of all—his heart and with it the chance to live for more than the fleeting winter weeks he’s been sentenced to.

ISBN: 978-1-64080-307-7

Product Link: Dreamspinner Press

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Laurence was a doctor in the war, till an injury took him out of it. Here he was left with not much to do. On the way to London, he is stranded when the train had to stop do to a heavy snowstorm. He finds himself at a cabin where a sexy stranger invited him in. Avery is a magical young man who has been punished for something that happened in the past. Only true love will fix it.

It is a very charming Christmas story. I am not a fan of historical romances so I am afraid that this wasn’t one of my favorite stories. Although for such a short story it has a lot of detail and meat to it. It is a very enjoyable read and the characters are quite sweet. It is a great read for the holidays.

I would recommend it.

The Tale of a Faerie Knight by Tay LaRoi Release Blast, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hi guys! We have Tay LaRoi stopping by today with her new release The Tale of A Faerie Knight, We have a great excerpt and a fantastic giveaway, so check out the post and enter the giveaway! <3 ~Pixie~ 

The Tale of a Faerie Knight

(The Faerie Court Chronicles 02)
by

Tay LaRoi

After the fall of Queen Mab, DJ Suzuki resolves herself to an aimless life of entertaining, drinking, and hooking up within the Faerie Realm. After twenty ageless years, she knows she can’t go back to her family, despite the fact that her brother still searches for her and the small voice telling her that her parents might have had a change of heart about her orientation.

When a young woman named Talia shows up at DJ’s workplace desperate for help, DJ sees a way to rid herself of the guilt of staying away: she’ll take Talia where she needs to go if Talia rids DJ’s family of all memory of her. Talia will be safe and DJ will be free to live in the Faerie Realm with a clear conscience. Everyone wins.

Except there’s more to Talia and her situation than she’s letting on. Her pursuers want more than just her. They want the Faerie Court, and Talia is the key to getting it. If DJ can’t get Talia to safety before they catch up, a guilty conscience will be the least of her worries. She just might have a faerie civil war on her hands.

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The Consumption of Magic by T.J. Klune

Title: The Consumption of Magic

Series: Tales From Verania 03

Author: T.J. Klune

Genre: High Fantasy

Length: Novel (450 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (November 20, 2017)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Sam of Wilds faced the Dark wizard Myrin and lived to tell the tale. Granted, the battle left him scarred, but things could be a hell of a lot worse.

It’s not until he reunites with Morgan of Shadows and Randall that he realizes just how much worse things could be.

Because the scars have meaning and hint at Myrin’s true plans for Sam and the Kingdom of Verania.

With time running out, Sam and his band of merry misfits—the unicorn Gary, the half-giant Tiggy, Knight Commander Ryan Foxheart, and the dragon known as Kevin—must travel to the snowy mountains in the North and the heart of the Dark Woods to convince the remaining dragons to stand against Myrin. Along the way, Sam learns secrets of the past that will forever change the course of the future.

A reckoning is coming for Sam of Wilds, and there is nothing he can do to stop it.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63533-559-0

Product Link: Dreamspinner Press

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: I wish I could give this book more than five stars as it deserve it. Sam of the Wilds is back in this addition with his merry band of friends. But what they face is a darkness so dark that if they can not defeat it terrible things will happen. Among the tasks are finding the Great White dragon. He is not easy to find and even harder still to convince him to help.

The prophecies of many come to a head in this exciting yet heartbreaking story of love, finding ones self and sacrifice. Learning a lesson is not always easy especially when it deals with the possibility of losing someone you love. That could not be truer in this story. I balled my eyes out when the unthinkable happened.

I love this series so much. I love the seriousness, the adventures, antics and the humor that culminate to make an extraordinary series. This story took me by surprise at the end of it. It was a loss and hope I felt keenly. I am on pins and needles awaiting the next book to see what else happens.

Awesome story that I highly recommend.

The Solstice Prince by S.J. Himes

Title: The Solstice Prince

Series: Realms of Love 01

Author: S.J. Himes

Genre: Fantasy

Length: Novella (173 pages)

Publisher: SJ Himes (November 24, 2017)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: .The Solstice Prince is Book #1 in a brand new epic fantasy romance series, Realms of Love, by bestselling author SJ Himes.

Rescued from slavers, healer novice Jaime Buchanan finds himself alone and free in Pyrderi, a kingdom of magic, mythical creatures, and a culture as open and kind as his homeland was cruel and close-minded.

Despite his rescue, Jaime is not left without scars, both mental and physical. Traumatized by his experience and hiding his gift, Jaime struggles to earn his place in the kitchens of Angharad Palace, the heart of Taliesin City. His former life as a student of the healing arts leaves him at a disadvantage in the kitchens, and his damaged state is becoming more apparent by the day.

One day, when necessity and fate intervene, Jaime meets someone unexpected—Prince Maxim, youngest son of the Pyrderian king, a sword master and a devastatingly kind man. Unaccustomed to powerful people with compassion and heart, Jaime flees. A cascade of events reveals Jaime’s hidden talents of healing, and he finds himself not in chains, but at the beginning of a new life.

This swift change of fortune opens Jaime up to new possibilities, including a smitten prince who cautiously courts Jaime, easing him away from his fears and reminding him that compassion and love can make him strong. The winter solstice is quickly approaching, and Prince Maxim shows Jaime the enjoyment and excitement to be found in a land that embraces the ice and cold, and the mysteries of all things magical. He learns to see the man under the royal mantle, and Maxim is more than even Jaime suspected.

The winter solstice is nigh when tragedy strikes, and Jaime learns that his past of grief and sorrow can be a pillar of strength for his solstice prince. If there is one thing that Jaime believes above all else, it is in the healing power of love.

ISBN: B077JCMB8M

Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty & Pixie

Shorty’s Review: I assume this is set up for the rest of the story as not a lot happens in this story. I loved this authors series Wolfkin Saga. This story is not like that one as it’s mostly about Jamie and Maxim getting to know one another and Jamie coming into his own so no action, battles, etc. Never the less it’s a sweet story.

I love how patient Maxim was with Jamie. Jamie for his part was a strong character who learned what he was meant to learn in a timely fashion. I’m awaiting the next book to see what else happens in the series.

Great read.

Pixie: I really enjoyed this story, and I have to agree with Shorty that this book is nothing like S.J. Himes Wolfkin Saga or her The Beacon Hill Sorcerer series. While both those series are filled with danger and thrills The Solstice Prince is a gentle sweet story. 

It’s still filled with amazing details with brilliant characters but it’s more of innocence and discovering ones own worth, with a gentle love story that has just a touch of grief. 

This really is a highly enjoyable story that I would recommend to those seeking a gentle love story in high fantasy setting with wonderful characters.

In Blood and Pain by Aldrea Alien Blog Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hi guys! We have Aldrea Alien visiting today with the tour to her newest Spellster novel In Pain and Blood, we have a great excerpt and an awesome giveaway so check out the post and enter the giveaway! <3 ~Pixie~ p.s. keep an eye out for my review later <3 <3 

In Pain and Blood

(A Spellster Novel)
by

Aldrea Alien

It wasn’t meant to be like this.

Dylan’s life in the spellster tower has everything he should want: magical knowledge, safety from the King’s Hounds and frequent clandestine affairs with women. All at the cost of his freedom. So when the chance to leave the tower—even as a leashed weapon for the King’s Army—arises, he seizes it.

When his first scouting mission goes awry, Dylan is left alone in a hostile world with the tower a distant beacon of safety. Only the flirtatious Tracker, an elven man whose very presence awakens Dylan’s long-repressed desire, can help him return to his old life before the crown discovers his unleashed status.

But the risk of being branded a deserter may be the least of his concerns as whispers of an armed presence in the North threatens his home. Dylan must rely on Tracker to protect him even as everything he thought he knew begins to unravel around them.

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