The Queen and the Cure – Review

“The Gifts we are given are not given for our benefit but for the benefit of mankind.”

Was Amy speaking of herself with this quote?  Seriously, the woman’s gift of writing is a benefit for mankind.  Every time I read one of her books I am in complete awe of her writing abilities.  She crafts such in depth stories and some of the most romantic scenes I have ever read.  To be honest, I’m not the biggest fantasy fan, but that does not stop me from snatching up Amy’s books as soon as they are released.  Whether I prefer the genre or not, I know I will be getting a beautiful story with some of the most incredible writing out there.  The Bird and the Sword was one of my favorite reads of 2016.

The Queen and the Cure picks up two years later where The Bird and the Sword left off, with Kjell’s story.

SYNOPSIS:

Kjell of Jeru had always known who he was. He’d never envied his brother or wanted to be king. He was the bastard son of the late King Zoltev and a servant girl, and the ignominy of his birth had never bothered him.

But there is more to a man than his parentage. More to a man than his blade, his size, or his skills, and all that Kjell once knew has shifted and changed. He is no longer simply Kjell of Jeru, a warrior defending the crown. Now he is a healer, one of the Gifted, and a man completely at odds with his power.

Called upon to rid the country of the last vestiges of the Volgar, Kjell stumbles upon a woman who has troubling glimpses of the future and no memory of the past. Armed with his unwanted gift and haunted by regret, Kjell becomes a reluctant savior, beset by old enemies and new expectations. With the woman by his side, Kjell embarks upon a journey where the greatest test may be finding the man she believes him to be.

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The Foxe & The Hound by R.S. Grey – Cover Reveal

We are so excited to reveal the gorgeous cover of R.S. Grey’s next release, THE FOXE & THE HOUND! This romantic comedy releases June 1st. See the cover and find out more about THE FOXE & THE HOUND below!

 

About THE FOXE & THE HOUND

When your life is a hot mess at twenty, it’s cute. At twenty-seven…well, not so much.

It’s just that my lofty dreams—making it as a real estate agent, paying rent on time, showering daily—have stayed just that: dreams. Oh, and love? I’ve decided love might be a little ambitious for me at the moment. Instead, I’ve settled for the two guys who will never leave me: Ben & Jerry.

That is, until Dr. Adam Foxe takes up residence as the town’s new vet.

With his strong jaw, easy confidence, and form-fitting scrubs, it’s not long before every housewife in Hamilton is dragging neglected tomcats in for weekly checkups.

Like everyone else, I’m intrigued. Even after I spoil my chance at a good first impression, he still offers me a proposition I can’t refuse: play his girlfriend at a family function and he’ll hire me as his real estate agent. Welcome to love in the 21st century.

It’s too bad I underestimated Adam’s irresistible charm and the undeniable attraction that burns between us. The day he pins me to the wall and silences me with a kiss, the line between reality and ruse begins to blur. Every teasing touch brings me to my knees. Every kiss promises more.

It looks like my hot mess of a life is about to get a little hotter.

Add THE FOXE & THE HOUND to your Goodreads list here!

THE FOXE & THE HOUND releases June 1st – you’ll be able to preorder your copy for .99c starting May 29th!

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About R.S. Grey

R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com

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The Queen & the Cure – Release Day

THE QUEEN AND THE CURE by AMY HARMON

THE QUEEN AND THE CURE

 

Purchase links:

➔ Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2pemj5W
➔ Paperback: http://amzn.to/2pdcpWG
➔ Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2oWCNUa
➔ iTunes: https://itun.es/us/Lobbjb.l
➔ Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/BarnesNobleTQATC
➔ Kobo: http://bit.ly/KoboTQATC

 

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Walden – Review

One early morning, while enjoying the peace and quiet that came with everyone in my house still asleep, I began researching hermits and recluses. The things that go through my mind (and my Google search box) when I have a moment uninterrupted to think are usually quite comical. As strange as it may sound, however, this way of life sounds especially appealing to me at times. Maybe it’s because I have three children that are exceptionally loud during waking hours or because my Myers-Briggs test identified me as 99% introverted, or maybe it’s a mixture of both. Regardless, within my searching and reading, an article (albeit a negative one) about Henry David Thoreau’s book, Walden, came up. I immediately downloaded the book, which was free in Kindle-form on Amazon, and started reading. This is not the typical book we review on this blog, nor does it need my review. It is 163 years old and has stood the test of time. Obviously nothing I say will be able to help or hinder its success. However, I wanted to share my thoughts.

Instantly, I was drawn into the text, written about Thoreau’s time living in a small cabin, alone, on the edge of Walden pond in Massachusetts. He described his desire to escape society and see what living in solitude would be like.

The first half of the book was exceptionally interesting to me, as I found it intriguing to find someone who had lived such a long time before me writing my organic thoughts years before they popped into my mind. It made me feel like nothing we ever do is truly original. Every thought has crossed another brain, every idea has been thought of already. Continue reading “Walden – Review”

Preston’s Honor – Review

prestonshonorMia Sheridan can always be counted on to craft beautiful, intense love stories, and she does not disappoint with Preston’s Honor.  Out of the wonderful 17 books I’ve read in 2017 thus far, Preston’s Honor is my favorite.  I was drawn in from the first chapter, immediately making it a book I didn’t want to put down.  The times I had to do boring adult-y things, I was reliving every word of this story and dying to know what was going to come next. For me, Preston’s Honor is up there with Archer’s Voice as one of Mia’s greatest works, something not to be taken lightly.

Going in, I didn’t know a single detail about this story except for the Gemini connection as it is A Sign of Love novel, which made me suspect the story would feature twins. I was a little nervous there may be a love triangle involved, but my fears were unfounded.  I know Mia writes some of the most alluring novels I have ever read, so it was an easy decision to reach with grabby hands for her newest book.

One of the things that made this book so exemplary to me was being able to relate so personally to Annalia.  Her character came to life for me.  I felt so drawn to her, devastated for her, and proud of her at times.  The heart-breaks and desolation Lia felt throughout the story were described so vividly I felt as if I was there, feeling that pain, wanting to comfort her.  I despaired with her and shed empathetic tears for her through much of the novel.

“As it turned out, financial strife   even financial desperation    was much easier and more pleasant than emotional despair.”

The flashbacks leading up to present time, then merging together were one of my favorite aspects of reading.  I love a good back story, as it leads to a deeper connection for me with the characters.  I like to know the details that made them the “person” they are and to be able to see their growth in the present and future.  Another facet of this story I found surprisingly touching was Lia’s Mexican heritage and the grief her mother faced as an immigrant.  I enjoyed how Mia was able to weave this into the story so effortlessly, while being able to teach readers an important lesson in the process    simply, we are all human no matter where we come from.  I love that readers are able to get a look into two social classes melding together, to show how we really are the same deep down, despite the actions of some of the crappier characters (i.e. Alicia and Mrs. Sawyer) in the book.

Just like the last time I read a Mia Sheridan novel, I want to pick up everything she has ever written and completely binge on it.  She awakens emotions in me that have been dormant for years, and makes me cry over things I would never expect to freaking sob over.

This book is releasing in 3 short days!  I highly recommend 1-clicking this beautiful story.   Continue reading “Preston’s Honor – Review”

Mists of the Serengeti – Review

mistsMists of the Serengeti is not the typical book I would ditch my TBR pile for. However, after a friend gifted me this book and I saw the overwhelming number of positive reviews, I decided to jump in.  This book had everything I look for in a story– beautiful writing, plenty of emotions, educational moments, and love!  What more could a girl ask for?

“…we’re all connected in strange, mysterious ways.  Pull a thread here and a life unravels there.”

Normally, I find stories set in Africa outside of my realm of interest.  I’ve never been very inspired by African culture, environment, or history.  I’m happy to say, Mists of the Serengeti broadened my horizons in ways I wasn’t prepared for.  First, this novel completely caught me off guard by featuring albinism.  The strangest coincidence happened the day I started reading this book.  I was watching television with my husband and he pointed out an Albino basketball player in one of the games he was watching.  Later in the afternoon, he switched it to an episode of Cops (yes, interesting TV choices that day) where one of the police officers was an Albino man.  While I have personally seen a couple of people with albinism in my life, I had never given the condition much thought.  I started wondering what struggles people of African decent may face if their skin is white, and decided to start my own research. At this point, I had yet to reach the description of Scholastica walking out of the shadows in the story    my jaw was on the floor when I read it.  What are the chances of randomly seeing two people with albinism on TV, being curious about it and researching the subject, and then reading about it in a book all in the same day?  It’s not as if this is an everyday topic many of us come face-to-face with.  This odd bit of Kismet had me drawn to the story in an unforgettable way. Continue reading “Mists of the Serengeti – Review”

Our Tips for Making Time to Read in the New Year

reading“Wow, you read 100 books last year?”
“I never have time to read.”
“How can you read so many books?”

We often hear those questions and comments from people when we tell them how much we read. Is it a lot? Yes. Is it too much? No. When you love reading just as much as we do, then it’s never going to be enough. We are the kind of people who have to read a lot because when we don’t, we get antsy and a little crazy.
When people tell us they never have the time to read, we always tell them that this is not true. Everyone has time to read, people usually don’t know how to make time for it. With this being said, here are our tips for making time to read:

  1. Take a book with you everywhere you go.  In our society, there are always moments of waiting. Waiting for our food at a restaurant, waiting to get our oil changed, waiting for kids to get out of school, for class to start, or let’s be honest, even in the bathroom. In those moments when you are tempted to reach for you phone to scroll through Facebook, pull out your book/Kindle instead.
  2. Read every night before bed.  Make a vow to read 30 minutes before bed every night. It gives our bodies the opportunity to get relaxed and wind down before bed better than TV or, again, social media. If you are reading on a screen, choose the inverted text color option to avoid the harsh white light. Often times I find I can’t keep my eyes open much longer than 30 minutes, unless the story is really captivating.  I’ve been able to get much better rest than ever before and sometimes even dream about my current read.
  3. Read during commercial breaks. This is another example of fitting reading in during wasted time. Do we really need to see all of the products society is peddling?  We know what Walmart is selling and we know what car dealerships have to offer and where to go if we’re in the market. Use that time to stimulate your brain or get lost in a fictional reality!
  4. Listen to Audiobooks.  I’m not the biggest fan of audiobooks because I find my mind drifting to other things if my hands are not busy or holding a book, but they can be wonderful for road trips.  Even if you find yourself with a short commute to work each morning and home in the evening, those few minutes can allow you a little listening time.  I have also found I enjoy listening to audiobooks while I cook or clean.  It’s a great way to tune out the noise and chaos that comes with young children, too!
  5. Read in a café. I usually read in my bedroom but every so often I get bored and need a change of scenery. That’s when I grab my Kindle and head to the nearest café. I order my favorite soy latte and start reading. And no, it’s not weird to sit in a café by yourself to read a book. I see so many people doing it and you should give it a try as well. Besides reading and drinking coffee, you can do some people watching, too. 😉
  6. Read during free periods at University. As a student myself I can confirm that we have a lot to do these days: homework, essays, exams, group projects etc. But it’s important to say “Screw it!” from time to time and have a break from all the stress. So instead of heading home during a free period to take a nap (because no student heads home to do housework! 😉 ), go to the Uni’s cafeteria, order a hot drink and read a few chapters in your book. That way you will be relaxed and can conquer the rest of the busy Uni day.
  7. Buddy-read with friends.  We try to read a book we’re both interested in together every few months.  This makes books go by so fast because we are able to discuss them with each other and have the accountability to finish the book in a timely manner.  Find a friend or two and get to reading!

As you can see, there are several moments within the day holding little pockets of unused time.  Find those moments within your own life, and you’ll be well on your way through your to-be-read list.  Let us know if any of these tips have helped you, or any others that may benefit aspiring readers!

Lots of bookish love,
♥ Ashley & Sabrina ♥
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