Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Happy Book Birthday, Secrets and Shadows Boxset!

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This wonderful box set contains novels by Kelly St. Clare, Siobhan Davis, Sophie Davis, Angela Fristoe, DelSheree Gladden, Laxmi Hariharan, Melissa Eskue Ousley, Kristin D. Van Risseghem, Rhonda Sermon and Susan Stec.

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Secrets & Shadows

by Kelly St. Clare, Siobhan Davis, Sophie Davis, Angela Fristoe, DelSheree Gladden, Laxmi Hariharan, Melissa Eskue Ousley, Kristin D. Van Risseghem, Rhonda Sermon and Susan Stec
YA Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy and Science Fiction

30 November, 2016

The Secrets and Shadows Boxed Set is a compilation of TEN not to be missed Young Adult Paranormal, Fantasy and Science Fiction full-length novels that will have you turning the pages faster than ever before.

Packed with fairies, witches, aliens, shifters, ghosts, space soldiers, deadly magic, gritty dystopian worlds, complicated relationships, and the ultimate swoon-worthy love interests, follow ten badass heroines with remarkable powers and gifts as they face extraordinary challenges and decisions with potentially deadly consequences. They will stop at nothing to protect everyone and everything they love. They are fierce!

With over a million words and more than 900 combined four and five-star reviews, this is your ultimate young adult collection of mesmerizing paranormal, action-packed urban fantasy, enthralling time travel, gripping dystopian and captivating space operas from 10 Award Winning, New York Times, USA Today, and International Bestselling authors!

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About the Authors:
Below are the authors who have a book in this box set
USA Today Bestselling Author DelSheree Gladden
USA Today Bestselling Author Angela Fristoe
International Bestselling Author Rhonda Sermon
NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Susan Stec
NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Laxmi Hariharan
International Bestselling Author Kelly St. Clare
USA Today Bestselling Author Kristin D. Van Risseghem
International Bestselling Author Sophie Davis
International Bestselling Author Siobhan Davis
Award Winning Author Melissa Eskue Ousley

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Review: The Breedling & the City in the Garden by Kimberlee Ann Bastian with Giveaway

The Element Odysseys #1
by Kimberlee Ann Bastian
YA Fantasy/Mythology 
280 pages

Absolute obedience, servitude, neutrality.
These were the laws that once governed Bartholomew, an immortal soulcatcher, until one ill-fated night when he was forced to make a choice: rebel against his masters or reveal an ancient, dangerous secret.

He chose defiance.

Imprisoned for centuries as punishment for his decision, Bartholomew wastes away—until he creates an opportunity to escape. By a stroke of chance, Bartholomew finds himself in the human world and soon learns that breaking his bonds does not come without a price. Cut off from the grace that once ruled him, he must discover a new magic in 1930s Chicago.

Armed with only a cryptic message to give him direction, Bartholomew desperately tries to resume the mission he had started so long ago. Relying on the unlikely guidance of the streetwise orphan Charlie Reese, Bartholomew must navigate the depressed streets of the City in the Garden. But in order to solve this riddle, he must first discover if choice and fate are one in the same.

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By mixing elements of mythology, Christianity and imaginative fantasy into the harsher street life of a 1930 Chicago, an intriguing world is formed which promises a fantastic ride.

Bartholomew is a Breedling who has managed to do the impossible--escape the thumb of the Fates. With the help of the mortal and orphaned Charlie Reese, Bartholomew must solve the riddle to remember his own mission before he can bring about the change that might save them all.

If nothing else, this is a book with a wonderfully described world. The 1930 Chicago streets come to life so vividly that the smells, atmosphere and tastes are almost tangible. Not only is this due to lovely--and at times, poetic--descriptions and attention to detail, but also to Charlie Reese's character. As an orphan determined to follow his mother's words that he should watch over those smaller than him, he is simply a character to fall in love with. He's sharp witted, has a heart deeper than the sea and has suffered enough to gain an appreciation for the important things in life.

Bartholomew, aka Buck, is more awkward. Much of this has to do with his several thousand year old age and lack of experience in the 'real' world. His uncertainty comes across so clearly that it hurts. Unlike Charlie, Buck always is an arm reach away and is a little harder to sympathize with. This becomes even more obvious as other characters in Chicago come to life with strong personalities, easy to picture and understand.

Much of Buck's distance also has to do with the complex fantasy world he originates from. The background is multi-layered and complex, making it original and interesting but also, at times, hard to understand. Although several points were left foggy even at the end, it was still a plot worthy to get lost in. There just has to be some acceptance that some things aren't clear, which with fantasy, isn't necessarily out of place.

There is never a boring moment, and the story was a delight to read. It's written in third person and dives without warning from one character's point of view into another's. This was a bit jolting at times, but also made it easier to understand some of the more difficult situations. Plus, it brought some of the side characters to life in a way which enriches the scenes.

This is a story young adults as well as older ones are sure to enjoy and I'm looking forward to see where the story goes next.

And here she is. . .
Kimberlee Ann Bastian has a unique love affair with American nostalgia, mythology, and endless possibilities. This melting pot of elements is what prompted the creation of her epic ELEMENT ODYSSEYS series, starting with the reboot of her debut novel now titled THE BREEDLING AND THE CITY IN THE GARDEN.

When she is not in her writer's room, working her current "day job", or consuming other literary worlds, she enjoys hiking and cycling around the bluffs of your Southeastern MN home and catching up on her favorite pop culture. ​

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Lana's Ex Prom Date

Lana's Ex Prom Date

By Amy Sparling
YA Romance

DECEMBER 6th, 2016!!!

Lana Clarke just got asked out by one of the hottest guys in school. Toby Fitzgerald is undeniably gorgeous, but his charismatic personality makes Lana the envy of every girl at Fawkes High. Senior prom is right around the corner, and although Lana had planned on a stag outing with her friends, Ashlyn and Bennet, Toby asks her to be his date in the most romantic way ever. Her friends are bummed, but support her anyway. After all, Toby Fitzgerald is the boyfriend everyone wants.

Lana’s life is now perfect—until Toby breaks up with her three days before prom.

But he’s a nice guy, and he still wants to take her to prom as a friend. After all, they’d already rented a limo and picked out Lana’s dress together. Her friends think she shouldn’t ditch them for a guy who ditched her, but when she discovers Toby’s secret, she’ll have to choose between lying to her friends, or lying to the whole school.

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Amy SparlingAll about. . .

Amy Sparling is the author of The Summer Unplugged Series, Deadbeat & other awesome books for younger teens. She lives in Texas and has an addiction to sparkly nail polish, taking photos of her cute dog, and swooning over book boyfriends.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Review: The Belgrave Legacy by Zara Hoffman

by Zara Hoffman
YA Paranormal Romance
ZH Press
294 pages

An Ancient Prophecy. A Reluctant Heroine. A Snarky Angel. A Big Mess.
Fawn Belgrave didn’t believe in magic, but she learns her powers are the coveted prize in a bet between God and the Devil, placing her and those she loves in danger. She must navigate a dangerous world of love, lies, and sacrifice—starting when she meets Caleb, the dark angel assigned to romance and seduce her. Can she accept her destiny as the world’s savior before it’s too late?
The Belgrave Legacy is an upper-young adult paranormal romance novel with a feminist twist. Filled with magic, witches, angels, demons, God, and Lucifer, this “coming of age” story will keep you turning the pages until the very end.


Fawn and Caleb are wonderfully interesting characters with so much potential and even the plot begs to be loved. Fawn's predicament is original and demands sympathy. She has no idea who she is or what she's capable of. She's an unexpecting target with a big heart and discovers she does have a lot fight. Caleb, on the other hand, is the perfect bad-boy. Caught in service to Lucifer, he's got a very dark past. He's hot, and he's tough, but with Fawn, he might have met his match.

The premise definitely pulled me in, and I wanted to love this book. Very much so. But the writing just didn't grab me. The characters thoughts and past are laid out, opening the door to who they are and what they're thinking, but it never is close enough to let the reader completely in. The events and happenings are described but not experienced. It's as if the reader is kept at a distance from the story and never drawn in. 

Still, the plot was interesting enough that I fought to like it. . .which is saying something. . .but no matter the effort, I just couldn't get into it. I'm sure someone else might really fall into Fawn and Caleb's world, but this someone simply wasn't me.

Review: The Magical Woods by Leon Sky

Brendan Meets the Fairy on her Unicorn
Book One
by Leon Sky
Children Fantasy
14 pages

In Book 1 of 'The Magical Woods' series, brilliant new Children's author, Leon Sky introduces us to the imaginative world of Brendan and his Grandma, and also to the Magical Woods, where he discovers a Fairy and a Unicorn. What special request will the Fairy ask of Brendan and what is the secret that the Fairy will share with him in return? This heart-warming story concludes with an unexpected twist.


This is the first book in a series, which is a continuous story about Brendan and his adventures with creatures who only appear in fairy tales. In the beginning, the author states the importance of reading a little bit every day and how beneficial and important this especially is for young listeners. This book goes on that principle and offers a short tale to begin the journey.

Brendan is an average kid, who wants to explore outside. While walking between the trees, he discovers the last thing he expected to see.

The writing is great for kids and easy to understand. Descriptions are kept to a minimum, allowing the adventure to move along at a nice pace. There aren't any illustrations, which is too bad but if this is read aloud as a good night tale, that isn't necessarily a problem. The characters are sweet and the happenings come right out of the imagination, letting kids embark on a promising journey. The biggest critique I have is simply the length--it's a bit too short and feels more like a chapter than a book.

Still, it's a good idea and the beginning to a cute adventure.

And here he is. . .

Exciting children’s author, Leon Sky, has had the experience of living in many different countries and cultures. His adventures in the Amazon rainforest, Australasia, Oceania, Europe the Caribbean and the Arctic Circle have allowed insightful and symbolic treasures to be present in the tales he relates, the significances of which are waiting to be revealed to the reader. Leon writes non-fiction as well as fiction and spends his time enjoying walking in nature, breathing fresh air, the company of friends and puppies.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Twenty Four Days to Christmas by Fred Arthur

by Fred Arthur
Illustrated by Paul Winward
Clink Street Publishing
Children's Holiday Fiction
72 pages

Poppy is in agony - it is the First of December and she has twenty-four days to wait until Christmas and she is convinced that she will not be able to contain her excitement and impatience: How can she possibly wait so long for Santa to arrive? Poppy's parents put their heads together and come up with a cunning plan that has Poppy completing a different, Christmas themed activity every day, to keep Her busy until Christmas (and Santa) finally arrives. Twenty-Four Days to Christmas is an Advent Calendar of a book, which can be read one day at a time, or as a complete story, and centres on Christmas, family and the magic of the Christmas season.

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Fred Arthur’s Top 4 Thoughts about Christmas

11)    Christmas is about family and friends

22)   Christmas is about giving to others and engaging with family, friends and other people: It is how we should be all year long!

33) Christmas is about Love; Laughter; Friendship and Generosity.
T4) There is nothing better than the look on the face of someone you love when they open your perfect present.

Christmas is about helping those that can’t help themselves


Through a sweet story, this book offers a terrific way for parents and kids to bridge those last days before Christmas.

Poppy, a little girl with tons of spirit, can't wait for Christmas to come! And twenty-four days is such a long time. Luckily, life doesn't sit around and wait, but rather offers a small adventure every day. 

The book is broken down into short chapters, one for every day from December 1st until that wondrous day of Christmas. Each day, Poppy experiences a fun, little adventure. . .nothing too outlandish, but rather simple happenings of daily life which make the waiting so much more fun. The stories are short, sweet and with a girl as happy as Poppy, simply a treat to read/listen too.

There are two things which really made this book stand out. One are the illustrations. Each day holds a cute picture of Poppy and her adventures. But that's not all. Every couple of paragraphs, a small, Christmasy item is plopped in to keep things colorful and lively. 

The other thing which sticks out is the subtle hint at activities--not that this is a book packed with hobby or bake ideas. As Poppy jumps from one day to the next, sometimes she finds herself creating things (like with a pine cone.) These experiences are just enough to spark ideas in readers'/listeners' heads and offer great inspirations for simple and quick Christmas projects. So be prepared!

Summed up, this is a wonderful read for parents, grandparents and others to share with kids ages four and up during the last count-down to Christmas. 

And here he is. . .

Fred Arthur is the combined pen name for friends Pincher Martin and Mike Dineen who met working in the Royal Navy. Leaving school at the age of fifteen Pincher Martin entered the Royal Navy as an Able Seaman and now holds the rank of Commander. Living with his family in Plymouth but working in Portsmouth writing creative emails and text messages to his young daughter has become part of his daily life. Mike Dineen graduated from St Andrew’s University before joining the Royal Navy, and he too holds the rank of Commander. Mike lives with his wife in Pickering, North Yorkshire and works in Scotland. Both are keen sportsmen and qualified life coaches. Their goal is to become successful authors, so that when the Royal Navy finally forces them to retire, it will enable them to fulfil their shared desire to support local schools and libraries, satisfy their passion for writing and foster a belief in the importance of reading and imagination for children of all ages.
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Sneak Peek: Engaged to an Alien Popstar by Kendra L. Saunders with Giveaway

Engaged to an Alien Pop Star
by Kendra L. Saunders
Alien Pop Star, #2
Crimson Tree Publishing
November 28th 2016
Comedy, Romance, Science Fiction

Daisy Kirkwood and her best friend Kammie have adjusted to life on an alien planet pretty well, all things considered. And thanks to Daisy’s alien pop star boyfriend, Griffin Valentino, she has plenty of sexy new experiences to keep her busy. But it’s not possible to take a massive music nerd away from her home planet and not expect her to pine for a concert or a record store at least in once in a while.
Heading back to Earth with Griffin and his best friend Dev for a brief but much-needed visit, the girls want nothing more than to catch up on the underground music scene of New York City. Unfortunately, thanks to Griffin’s less-than-stellar space traveling skills, they accidentally pick up a hitchhiker. Or three hundred. Their many-legged stowaway beasties take up residence in the darkest, creepiest corners of Manhattan, leaving the gang no choice but to experience a very different underground than they bargained for.
Giant alien bugs aside, Griffin has some epic plans of his own for their trip, plans that involve a concert, an album… and the most outrageous marriage proposal that Earth has ever seen.


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My boyfriend is levitating four inches above our bed, with a cloud of gold sparks floating around his head like a crown. This makes for a pretty normal morning, even with the soft snuffling and clicking noises he makes as he sleeps. And the crown is appropriate, since my boyfriend is an alien prince.
The alien prince in question, Griffin, floats back down to our bed with a yawn, stretching as he hits the blankets. He squirms around until he can slip under the blankets and wriggle closer to me. Despite sleeping uncovered, he’s toasty and warm, a sign of restorative sleep in his people. I return his embrace a bit too eagerly, my hands slipping under his nightshirt and causing him to gasp out loud. “Gods! Daisy, your hands are cold.”
“They’re not cold. They’re room temperature. But you feel nice and warm, so hold still.”
Griffin wriggles a bit more in feigned protest, but we soon settle into a comfortable position, arms and legs entwined.
“Are you excited to go back home?” Griffin asks, his voice husky with sleep as he leans up to nip at my earlobe with sharp teeth. His glowing blue eyes peer at me from under heavy lids and dark lashes, lashes that are unfairly longer than my own.
“If you keep biting my ear or looking at me like that, I’m not going to be able to go back to sleep. And yes. I’m very excited to go back to Earth.”
“Well then, don’t go back to sleep,” Griffin says, running a hand over his recently shorn dark hair. It’s always amazing to me how he can go from sleepy animal cute to dangerously sexy alien rock star in the span of seconds, depending on what he’s doing or saying. That kind of magical ability can get an Earth girl in trouble. “I have much better ideas for what we can do this morning, Wanda…”
Wanda is his pet name for me, a word in his language that means, “Love without end.” Griffin knows very well what he does to me when he calls me that.
“Do these plans involve you miraculously making chocolate appear? I miss chocolate,” I say, in a teasing tone. “When we go back to Earth, I’m going to stock up on junk food. There’s only so much healthy gray goop a girl can eat before she starts to feel like a very deprived post-divorce Gwyneth Paltrow.”
“Chocolate? Don’t be daft, Daisy, I was referring to sex.”


And here she is. . .

Kendra L. Saunders is a time-and-space traveling fashionista author who writes books about magical, dark-haired men, interviews famous people, and suggests way too many bands to you via whatever social media platform she can get her hands on. She writes with good humor because humor is the best weapon for a girl who can't learn karate (or ballroom dancing).
She is the author of DATING AN ALIEN POP STAR, the magic realism novel INANIMATE OBJECTS, dark comedy DEATH AND MR. RIGHT, the upcoming romance THE UNLOVE SPELL, and has conducted interviews with NYT Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout, goth rocker Aurelio Voltaire, and Project Runway winners Dmitry Sholokhov and Michelle Lesniak Franklin among many, many others.



Friday, November 25, 2016

Review: Athena by Jason Sandberg

by Jason Sandberg
Jason Sandberg Ebooks Short Story Book 4
Children Myths

Always unique and bold, Athena stood apart from the rest of the Pantheon by aiding the famous heroes of Greek Mythology. This beautifully illustrated short story provides an exciting overview of Athena’s role in the legendary tales of Odysseus, Hercules, Perseus, and the Argonauts. Young readers will discover why the Goddess Athena has endured as a symbol of wisdom, courage and justice. “Athena” is also an introduction to the pet dinosaurs, pixie wings, and resourceful heroines that populate Jason Sandberg's eBooks. 


This is a short but informative overview of the courageous goddess Athena written in a way kids, who are somewhat versed in Greek mythology, can understand. It points out exactly who Athena was, what she did and how she was perceived. The text on each page is kept to a minimum and sticks to the point. Other Greek gods and places from the myths are mentioned, and if children are not familiar with the basic stories, these will require a bit of explanation or will not make sense.

The illustrations are interesting and well fitting to the topic. Although different from Mr. Sandberg's normally colorful illustrations, these set the scene for Greek myths nicely and are sure to lure younger eyes to gaze through them again and again.

All about. . .

Jason Sandberg, born in Minneapolis in 1971, acquired a love of drawing after discovering the artwork of Jacob Kurtzberg. His paintings have been exhibited in Minneapolis and Manhattan. Art Historian Scott McCloud classified his work as uncategorizable. “I’m a Fine Artist who also wants to produce the ‘missing books’ from my childhood, the books I wished I’d had.”

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Sneak Peek: The Time Traveller's Resort and Museum by David McLain

The Time Traveller's Resort and Museum
by David McLain
Illustrated by Felix Eddy
Time Travel, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Adventure, Romance, Comedy, Steampunk
Release Date: November 17, 2016

 Mirror World Publishing 

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“If you need to know men's secrets
Or if there's something you need to find 
If you want to see the dinosaurs 
Or the insides of your mind.
If you want to watch the earth begin,
Or see what the apocalypse will leave behind,
You need to thank Alice Anderson,
For Alice is the mother of time.”

That was how the rhyme went. Every time traveler knew it. Everyone that is, except of course, for Alice herself, since she hadn’t invented time travel yet. Since returning to London, Alice’s life has been turned upside down. She’s been accused of murder and lost her position in the scientific community. Her only ally in this journey is a strange man who seems to think that Alice may be about to open up a strange new world of possibilities, but is probably not telling her everything he knows.


“Hello,” Alice said, with a certain degree of reluctant enthusiasm.

“You sound American,” an annoyed voice on the other end of the line said.

Alice dropped her bag. “I've been in New York for three years,” Alice said. “You're lucky I don't sound like I'm from the Bronx.”

It was Alice's sister, Wendy, giving what by her standards was a remarkably warm and friendly greeting. “You're lucky I don't steal your passport while you’re here and force you to teach Electrical Engineering at the University of the Orkneys. Electrical Engineering, that's what you do, isn't it?”

“You do realize that I just spent an entire evening in a metal tube, sitting on a very small seat that appeared to have been made from rocks confiscated from terrorists at security?”

“Terrorists use rocks these days?”

“Well, they're harder to spot going through metal detectors, aren't they?”

Ending a sentence with a question apparently sounded appropriately British and Wendy seemed to ease up a little.

“How was the flight, then?” she asked.

“I believe I aged three years,” Alice answered, looking for the way to the exit. “Do you want to have a drink?”

“Is that a rhetorical question?”

“In America, it's considered polite to ask.”

“I believe that the University of the Orkneys has early tenure.”

Wendy took pride in her absolute loathing of all things American. She saw Alice's decampment to New York as nothing less than a complete betrayal.

“Would you mind if we met in at my hotel?” Alice asked, trying to sound as if this were a polite request and not a desperate plea.

“I don't know,” Wendy said. “There aren't going to be a lot of randy outer-space types there, are there?”

“It's an astronomy conference,” Alice insisted. “Not a Sci-Fi convention.”

There was the unmistakable sound of pursing lips on the other end of the phone. “What hotel are you staying at?” Wendy asked.

“The Kensington.”

Wendy thought about it. “I'll meet you, but let's meet somewhere else. There's a pub down that way that I've had my eye on.”


“I have to drive in all the way from Brixton. You can walk a hundred metres out of the hotel lobby.”

Alice sighed. She decided not to point out that in fact she had come quite a bit farther than hundred meters. “What's the name of the place?” she asked.

“The Gristle and Thorn,” Wendy said.

Alice spotted the word “EXIT” on the far side of the hall. “Couldn't find any place with a ghastlier name? Was the ‘Skull and Crossbones’ already booked?”

“Just meet me,” Wendy insisted, and for a moment, she did her best to sound kind. “I've missed you.”

It has been said that all journeys begin with a single step, and while it might seem that Alice's journey began all the way back at JFK, in actuality the first step of Alice's journey began with a decision. It was not a big decision, not the kind of thing that would strike a historian as a significant chapter in the decline and fall of the Western Empire, but for Alice Anderson, it was the equivalent of crossing the Rubicon. It was the simplest thing really – a choice of restaurants.

“The Gristle and Thorn it is,” Alice said, picking up her bag again and shuffling through the crowd.

And here he is. . .

David McLain is the author of the two novels: Dragonbait, and The Life of a Thief. His stories have been published in the anthologies Metastasis, Penny Dread II, and the Doctor Who Anthology Time Shadows, as well as over two dozen magazines. He has been featured on NPR's Off the Page and the History of England podcast. He lives in New York.

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Felix Eddy graduated Magnum Cum Laude from Alfred University. She is the author and illustrator of A Bestiary Alphabet, and has illustrated several book covers and children's books. You can find out more about her at

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Sneak Peek: A Bond of Venom and Magic by Karen Tomlinson with Giveaway

A Bond Of Venom and Magic
by Karen Tomlinson
The Goddess and the Guardians #1
October 14th 2016
YA Fantasy

The Wraith Lord is hunting; his prize, the key to unleashing darkness and Chaos upon the eight Kingdoms.
For Diamond Gillon the war raging in the south seems a remote danger until her home is brutally attacked. Having lost everything she holds dear, Diamond is catapulted into a terrifying new world in which legendary beasts arise, magic is condemned and half blood fae, like her, have no rights. Despite her growing feelings for her saviour, Commander Hugo Casimir, he remains a paradox – not only is he a heartless killer, he is owned by the cruel immortal fae queen; a queen who will murder her own people for magic.
As Diamond’s circumstances become ever more perilous she is drawn deeper into Hugo’s world and discovers the lengths to which he will go to save what he holds dear. Will Hugo become her friend, her protector, or – an enemy not worthy of her trust?
A Bond of Venom and Magic is a tale of two people bound by magic and secrets, but trapped in the complexities of love and betrayal. It is the beginning of an epic journey, one that will test Diamond’s resolve and determination to battle an evil that threatens not only her world but that of Eternity, the land of The Guardians and The Goddess.

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And here she is. . .

Karen Tomlinson is the author of The Goddess and the Guardians series of Young Adult fantasy books. Book one A Bond of Venom and Magic will be released October 14th 2016.
Karen has always been an avid reader. Her taste in books is eclectic but she likes nothing better than an exciting fantasy, set in a new and magical world. She lives in Derbyshire, England, with her husband, twin girls and her dalmatian, Poppy. Karen trained as a nurse and currently works as a resuscitation and clinical skills trainer, this involves training a wide variety of health care professionals and medical students in acute patient care. In addition to writing, and reading whenever she can, Karen likes to keep active. She has been training at Shotokan karate since being thirteen, likes walking, mountain biking and (for something completely different) cake decorating. She is currently working on book two in The Goddess and the Guardians series.
About me!
As soon as I could read I spent hours getting lost in the new worlds books could give me. Spending my pocket money had to be done (obviously) but not on sweets, well, not many…I spent my money on books. Back then it was Enid Blyton’s Famous Five which sparked my young mind. I didn’t rest until I had the whole set, then I migrated to the secret seven…(there was no Harry Potter then) As a teenager I would trawl through all my mum and dad’s discarded books. It was probably highly inappropriate for a thirteen year old to be reading swoony Mills and Boon romances followed by Ian Flemming, Alistair Maclean and Wilbur Smith!
Because I read anything and everything I could get my hands on back then, I now have an eclectic taste in books. I will read anything that catches my eye and absolutely love illustrated book covers! In my late teens I discovered fantasy and that genre has stayed my firm favourite. I am and will always remain a complete sucker for a fantasy with kick ass characters and worlds steeped in magic and romance!