Book Tours: Starter Day Party Winterskin


I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for dark fantasy “Winterskin”. The tour runs from January 9 to February 9.

Tour Schedule

January 9th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

January 9th: Guest Post @ Tiffany Shand’s Blog

January 9th: Promo Post @ Memories in a Box

January 11th: Promo Post @ Dark Treasury

January 13th: Author Interview @ Indy Book Fairy

January 15th: Guest Post @ Mythical Books

January 16th: Promo Post @ Just Books

January 19th: Promo Post @ Books, Dreams, Life

January 20th: Author Interview @ The Pursuit of Bookiness

January 23rd: Author Interview @ Compelling Beasts Blog

January 27th: Author Interview @ Erika Gardner’s Blog

January 30th: Promo Post @ Laura’s Interests

February 3rd: Promo Post @ Blackwood Blog

February 3rd: Book Review @ A Virtual Hobby Store and Coffee Haus

February 9th: Book Review @ Ms. J. Mentions

About the Book

winterskincoveramazonTitle: Winterskin

Author: C.M. Estopare

Genre: Dark / Epic Fantasy

The Path.

Perilous. Brutal. Deadly.

It is said that if a man journeys in alone, he’ll never return and there will be no corpse to bury.

Thousands of lives hang in the balance. Braving the Path is the key to saving them, but their survival is not guaranteed. For the Path is brimming with flesh ravenous monsters and the threat of a sinister presence known only as “the Lady”, an eerie entity dwelling deep within the confines of the black forest.

Escorted by a chosen few, the Chaperon is prepared to move forward to preserve the lives of a mountain town planted deep within the forest. But even in the dead of winter, the dark creatures prowling the surrounding forest remain unsettled and are bent on decimating any who encroach upon their territory.

Katell Maeva, one of those assigned to escort the Chaperon, will have to prove herself on this journey if she wants to be deemed a full-fledged shieldmaiden. But even her unique abilities may not be strong enough to withstand the brutal attacks they’ll face. Can this young woman, desperate to save her own family, complete her mission to escort the Chaperon and lead the convoy to safety?

For her, this journey is more than just a challenge; it’s the key to her future.

A world frozen within the cusp of winter, teetering upon an age that promises the evolution of mortals into gods, WINTERSKIN weaves the consequences of brutal ambition into the personal tale of shieldmaiden Katell Maeva’s growth into a woman bound in a darkening world gone feral.

WINTERSKIN is book one in the exciting dark fantasy series KINDRED SOULS. A fast-paced read, filled with jaw-dropping action, and savage femme fatales, WINTERSKIN is a riveting page turner that is impossible to put down.

Author Bio

authorphotoC.M. Estopare is a full-time author, avid yoga enthusiast, and veteran of the United States military. She is the author of HEARTFELT SOUNDS, a young adult coming of age fantasy about the enthralling power of one young woman’s voice.

KINDRED SOULS is a five part epic and dark fantasy series hitting Amazon and Kindle Unlimited beginning in February 2017. Look out for the first book, WINTERSKIN, debuting February 9th, 2017.

When not writing, C.M. Estopare enjoys reading about the fantastical worlds in the minds of others. She also enjoys playing around with her puppy,Duke, and adventuring with her husband.



Book Review The Sailweaver’s Son

front-coverTitle: The Sailweaver’s Son
Author: Jeff Minerd
Genre: MG/YA Fantasy
Age Group: Middle Grade and Up
Rating: 4,5 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

The Sailweaver’s Son combines traditional fantasy with a dash of steampunk and takes young readers to a unique world—Etherium. A world where mountains rise like islands above a sea of clouds and adventurers travel the sky in sail-driven airships.

When fifteen year-old Tak rescues the survivor of an airship destroyed by one of the giant flammable gas bubbles mysteriously appearing in the sky of Etherium, the authorities react like a flock of startled grekks.

Admiral Scud accuses Tak of sabotage and treason. Tak’s father grounds him for reckless airmanship. Rumors spread that the bubbles are weapons devised by the Gublins, a race of loathsome but ingenious underground creatures. The King’s advisors call for war, hoping to win much-needed Gublin coal.

To clear his name, solve the mystery, and prevent a misguided war, Tak must do what anyone knows is suicide—visit the Gublins and find out what they’re up to. When the wizard’s adopted daughter, an oddly beautiful and irksomely intelligent girl from the Eastern kingdoms, asks Tak to help her do just that, he can’t say no.

The adventure will take Tak from the deepest underground caves to a desperate battle on Etherium’s highest mountaintop. It will force him to face his worst fears, and to grow up faster than he expected.

When I was a child, I once read a fantasy book about airships. It was amazing, and for years afterward, I fantasized about a vast world where people could travel in airships, and cities existed in the clouds. The Sailweaver’s Son brought those memories back to me, and reminded me of that fantasy world I had once imagined – except this time around, it has some steampunk elements, and it’s called Etherium.

World building is one of the toughest aspects about writing fantasy novels. The sky is the limit, but if you provide no science as to why suddenly ships would be able to sail on the air, or why empires in the clouds exist, that will leave a void in your book. The author handles this well here – the reasons are explained without being too scientific. It’s kept simple and understandable, and gives the world, despite being a fantasy world, a certain sense of realism. The author also provided sufficient background on the history of Etherium without straying too far from the story.

Tak is an intriguing character. He’s accused of sabotage after an airship gets destroyed. If he wants to clear his name, Tak will need to visit the Gublins, ingenious creatures who dwell underground, find out how they’re involved in the air crash he got accused of, and what their ultimate plan is. Luckily, Tak isn’t alone on his journey, but it will force him to face who he truly is, and what choices he’s capable of making.

I liked Tak, but I also enjoyed the secondary characters, in particular Brieze. The writing was fluent, the story creative and imaginative, and I would definitely recommend this book to all middle graders, young adults, and even adults who enjoy fantasy fiction.

Release Blitz In The Tower of the Wizard King


About the Book

IntheToweroftheWizardKingTitle: In The Tower of the Wizard King

Author: Michelle Miles

Genre: Epic Fantasy

In the Age of Wizards, Time is a commodity more valuable than gold. When Aoife (EE-fa) stumbles upon an antique trunk in the attic, it calls to her with an ancient magic. Inside she finds a stairway leading into darkness and cannot resist stepping onto that first stair. It leads her to dark truths her mother never wanted her to uncover and love so powerful she walks through time to save it.

Her magic is dormant.

When Aoife Burke rushes home after the unexpected death of her father, she discovers her mother has vanished amidst inexplicable circumstances. She returns to her childhood home to search for clues of her mother’s whereabouts but another shock awaits her. Sean O’Connell, the object of her girlhood crush, has purchased the family home. She senses Sean is hiding something from her, refuses to let her inside and does everything he can to keep her out. A determined Aoife breaks inside and stumbles upon an antique trunk in the attic. When she opens it, instead of the normal musty clothes and ancient letters, she finds a stairway leading into darkness. It calls to her and she cannot resist stepping into the trunk and onto that first stair where it leads her to magical truths her mother never wanted her to discover.

His magic is dangerous.

Sean O’Connell has been assigned by the Inter-dimensional Portal Protection Agency to keep Aoife and her mother out of Faery. But when she breaks into the house and disappears through the portal in the trunk—like her mother—he has no choice but to follow her, even though stepping into Faery will force him to face his past. Keeping her safe and out of the hands of the Wizard King also becomes a fight to save Aoife’s life from her own mother, who has discovered a time portal in Faery leading her back in time to alter her past mistakes, putting Aoife’s life in peril. Sean is willing to do anything to make sure she’s safe. Even if it means he has to tap into his dangerous magic to do it.

Author Bio

Miles5Michelle Miles grew up in North Central Texas in a rodeo town but was far more interested in nerdy things like Star Trek and Star Wars. She started writing fan fiction in high school. When being an archeologist like Indiana Jones or a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader didn’t work out, she decided writing was her gig and has wanted to write her own stories ever since.

Her love of romance started when she picked up Victoria Holt and Daphne du Maurier and was immediately smitten with the genre. But she also found another love in the fantasies of Patricia A. McKillip and Anne McCaffrey. Since she couldn’t decide which genre to pick—and because she’s a true Gemini—she decided it would be super fun to write contemporary and fantasy romance. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and has served on the board of several chapters as president and treasurer.

In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music, reading, cross-stitching and watching movies. A Native Texan, she loves castles, dragons, fairies and elves and is an avid Game of Thrones fan. She can be found online at Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Goodreads.


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Book Review: Chaos Rising by Perry Morris

Chaos Rising CoverTitle: Chaos Rising (The Lemurian Chronicles #2)
Author: Perry Morris
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 5 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

The Lemurian Chronicles by Perry Morris is an epic fantasy that began in 2015 with the publication of Children of the Blessing.  Readers all over the world have been enthralled with the gripping tale of Renn and Avaris—two boys who were marked by the gods to become powerful magic users.  Chaos Rising, the eagerly anticipated second book of the Lemurian Chronicles, continues the exciting epic story.

Avaris travels into the heart of the Cragg Caves—the home of horrifying beasts, warlocks and demons—to rescue his sister and best friend from slave labor in the mines deep underground.  But getting out of the caves alive is only the beginning of his troubles as he is hunted by an army of evil magic users and blood thirsty beasts who have been given the assignment to kill him before he learns to fully use his powers.

Renn (Demaris) is studying at the castle on Elder Island under the watchful eye and protection of the lore masters.  But a traitor is in their midst who is being blackmailed by Shamael Daro, the new Grand Warlock, to carry out a single task—eliminate Renn.

Shamael’s power has increased significantly since taking on the mantle of Grand Warlock and he discovers the dark secret of how the most powerful Grand Warlock of all time, Nefarian Drakkas, nearly took total control of Lemuria more than two thousand years ago.  He uses this secret to create a group of soulless, magic using spies and killers to do his bidding.  His plan is simple; create chaos across the land so the dark forces of the Aven lore can destroy those who follow the gods of light once and for all.

In the second book in the Lemurian Chronicles, author Perry Morris continues where he left off with the story of Renn and Avaris – two boys marked by the gods to become powerful magic users. Chaos Rising continues their journeys, each of them on their own path, yet forever connected. For my review of book one, Children of the Blessing, go here.

Avaris travels to the heart of the Cragg Caves, home of horrifying beasts and demons ,to rescue his sister and best friend from slave labor in the underground mines. But while getting out of the caves alive is going to be troublesome at best, it’s made even worse because he’s being hunted down by an army of evil magic users, with an assigment to kill him before he can fully learn how to use his powers.

In book one, I loved Avaris the most, and I still feel that way. He has the most intriguing storyline of the both of them, and he has the most depth and personality. Not to say I didn’t like Renn, I just liked Avaris slightly more.

Anyway, in the mean time, Renn is studying at the castle on Elder Island, under the watchful eye of the lore masters. But he too is in danger – a traitor is in their midst, and his job is to eliminate Renn, under command of Shamal Daro, the Grand Warlock.

Again, this book is filled with so much creativity and imagination. The characters are both on a journey, and they develop and change so much, growing into the people they’re meant to be. Meanwhile, the plot is spectacular – fast-paced, with many unexpected twists and turns, and once I started, I couldn’t stop reading.

I can only hope Perry Morris finishes the third book in the series soon.

Book Tours: Starter Day Party for At The Sharp End of Lightning


I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for epic fantasy / magical realism novel “At The Sharp End of Lightning”. The tour runs from August 10 to October 10. I’ll review te book on September 4. Stay tuned for the review, and in the mean time, visit the other tour stops.

Tour Schedule

August 10th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

August 10th: Book Excerpt @ Undercover Book Reviews

August 12th: Book Excerpt @ Indy Book Fairy

August 12th: Book Excerpt @ Nat’s Book Nook

August 17th: Book Excerpt @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

August 19th: Author Interview @ Majanka’s Blog

August 21st: Book Excerpt @ The Single Librarian

August 23rd: Book Review @ Bookish Madness

August 26th: Author Interview @ Books are Forever

August 27th: Book Review @ Books are Forever

August 28th: Book Excerpt and Author Interview @ BooksChatter

August 31st: Book Excerpt @ The Book Daily

September 2nd: Book Excerpt @ The Book Gazette

September 4th: Book Review @ I Heart Reading

September 6th: Book Excerpt @ 365 Days of Reading

September 8th: Author Interview @ Literary Musing

September 10th: Book Review @ Pixies Can Read

September 12th: Book Review @ Hollow Readers

September 14th: Book Excerpt @ The Reading Guru

September 15th: Book Review @ Books, Books and More Books

September 17th: Book Excerpt and Author Interview @ Rising Indies United

September 30th: Book Review @ Beyond The Book Reviews

October 2nd: Book Excerpt @ Bookaholic Ramblings

October 4th: Book Review @ Bedazzled Reading

October 6th: Book Excerpt @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

October 9th: Author Interview @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

October 10th: Book Review @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

About The Book

25324761Title: At The Sharp End of Lightning

Author: Nicholas Bates

Genre: Epic Fantasy / Magical Realism

AT THE SHARP END OF LIGHTNING. The interwoven fantastical tale of family, of loss and sacrifice, of unexpected gifts and coping with disability and new abilities set against the backdrop of climate change occurring across parallel worlds. In Oceanlight, Yalara Narika, a winged Sea Sprite, searches for her lover over immense seas only to find catastrophe and realization that her world is in turmoil. Meanwhile in the safe suburban normality of North Wales, Einion Morgan Alban, a restless youth afflicted by a disease of the blood, is nearly murdered by a man in a white suit. Yalara and Einion must discover the causes of their near-deaths and their as yet unrevealed connections as they both face upheaval to their lives and their worlds. Book One of the OCEANLIGHT series.

Author Bio

NickPictureNR Bates was born in London, grew up in Wales, and lived in Canada and Bermuda. He shares his life with his wife and his house with seven cats, one dog and the subtropical wildlife of lizards, wolf spiders and ant colonies that seek out a better life indoors. He is an oceanographer and scientist, and has published more than one hundred and thirty scientific papers on ocean chemistry, climate change and ocean acidification. He is a Senior Scientist at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences and Professor of Ocean Biogeochemistry at the University of Southampton, UK. His novels focus on epic fantasy and magic realism, and inspired by his deep love of the ocean and environmental sciences. He has also recently published a small book of short-stories set in Paris, entitled “The Fall of Icarus (The Elevator, The Fall of Icarus, and The Girl)”.





Book Tours: Cover Reveal Party for The Fire Mages


I’m hosting the cover reveal party today for epic fantasy adventure / romance “The Fire Mages”. This cover looks amazing! I absolutely love the font – it looks so exotic and fantasy-like.

Here is the cover…

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About The Book

Title: The Fire Mages

Author: Pauline M. Ross

Genre: Epic Fantasy Adventure / Romance

Kyra has always been drawn to the magic of spellpages. She is determined to leave her small village far behind and become a scribe, wielding the power of magic through her pen. Halfway through her training, she has a mage as patron and her ambitions are within her grasp. But a simple favour for her sister goes disastrously awry, destroying Kyra’s dreams in an instant.

Devastated, she accepts an offer from a stranger to help her find out what went wrong. The young man sees growing power within Kyra, potentially stronger than spellpages or any living mage. The answers to unlocking that power may lie within the glowing walls of the Imperial City, but its magic is strong and the unwary vanish without trace on its streets. Thirsty for knowledge and desperate to avoid another accident, she feels compelled to risk it.

While she focuses on controlling her abilities, a storm of greed and ambition boils up around her. Kyra is a pawn in the struggle for dominance between unscrupulous factions vying for rule of her country. Trusting the wrong side could get her killed–or worse, the potent magic she barely understands could be put to unthinkable evil.

Author Bio

Pauline lives in the beautiful Highlands of Scotland with her husband, her grown up daughter and a mad cat. She likes chocolate, whisky, her Kindle, massed pipe bands, long leisurely lunches, watching TV with her daughter, chocolate, going places in her campervan, eating pizza in Italy, summer nights that never get dark, wood fires in winter, chocolate, the view from the study window looking out over the Moray Firth and the Black Isle to the mountains beyond. And chocolate. She dislikes driving on motorways, cooking, shopping, hospitals. ‘The Fire Mages’ is her second published work. ‘The Plains of Kallanash’ was published in September 2014.


Mini-Review: Drowned, Disappeared, Cast in Peril


Time for some mini-reviews! What are mini-reviews, you ask? As the title suggests, these are short reviews, consisting of one paragraph tops, about a book. It’s a way to catch up on the books I’ve read a while ago, but never got around to reviewing.


Title: Drowned

Author: Therese Bohman

Genre: Psychological Thriller, Literary Fiction

Rating: 1,5 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Drowned, set in the idyllic countryside during a short-lived Swedish summer, gets under one’s skin from the first page, creating an atmosphere of foreboding in which even the perfume of freshly picked vegetables roasting in the kitchen becomes ominous.
On the surface, the story couldn’t be simpler. A single young woman visits her older sister, who is married to a writer as charismatic as he is violent. As the young woman falls under her brother-in-law’s spell, the plot unfolds in a series of precisely rendered turns. Meanwhile the reader, anticipating the worst, hopes against hope that disaster can be averted.
More than a mere thriller, this debut novel delves deep into the feminine soul and at the same time exposes the continuing oppression of women in Sweden’s supposedly enlightened society. Mixing hothouse sensuality with ice-cold fear on every page, Drowned heralds the emergence of a major new talent on the international scene.

Review: This is one of the most confusing books I’ve ever read. No idea if it’s the translation, or just the plot. There’s no real conclusion, no side plot to add any action, nothing is resolved, characters are flat.


Title: Disappeared

Author: Anthony Quinn

Genre: Mystery / Thriller

Rating: 4,5 stars

Purchase: Amazon

On the Irish border, Inspector Celsius Daly investigates human trafficking and a scorched corpse

The border between Northern Ireland and the Republic is a rugged place: cold, windswept, and dark. For the girls brought here from Eastern Europe, it may as well be a war zone. Put to work in a farmhouse brothel near South Armagh, the women are forced into a living hell. One night, a pimp takes one of them for a ride. She is just planning her escape when the car explodes. The next morning, there is nothing left but the pimp’s charred body and the woman’s footprints in the snow.

As his forensics specialists turn their attention to the burned corpse, Police Inspector Celcius Daly obsesses over the footprints. Where exactly did the woman come from, and where did she go? It is the sort of question asked only in the borderlands—between North and South, between life and death.

Review: An excellent read. The main character, Celsius Daly, isn’t your usual type of detective. The plot is strong and original, writing is compelling. Very enjoyable, and highly recommended.

Cast in Peril

Title: Cast in Peril

Author: Michelle Sagara

Genre: Epic Fantasy

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

It has been a busy few weeks for Private Kaylin Neva. In between angling for a promotion, sharing her room with the last living female Dragon and dealing with more refugees than anyone knew what to do with, the unusual egg she’d been given was ready to hatch. Actually, that turned out to be lucky, because it absorbed the energy from the bomb that went off in her quarters…. So now might be the perfect time to leave Elantra and journey to the West March with the Barrani. If not for the disappearances of citizens in the fief of Tiamaris–disappearances traced to the very Barrani Kaylin will be traveling with…

Review: I started this series with this book, which was actually number eight, so not a very good idea. However, the characters were enthralling, and I started to enjoy their adventures. Ending was a bit abrupt though, and well, it ends on a cliffhanger. I want the next one!

Book Review: The Thunderstone (The Houses of Storem #1) by Pj Belanger

Cover1-ebook-3Title: The Thunderstone (The Houses of Storem #1)

Author: Pj Belanger

Genre: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Empowered by jewels with various magical qualities – wizards, gemnuns, gemmonks and sapphires – along with the Lords they serve, combine to make up the HOUSES OF STOREM, inhabited by dwarfs, icelanders, elves, catpeople and hillpeople who must unite against the evil ONYX KINGDOM.

It is an adventure that finds an odd group of travelers trying to save the life of a wounded girl who is being pursued by trolls, ogres, pirates, hurks and histians – up rivers, through magical forests and mystical wizard towers, all because she may be the key to preventing the evil one from taking over the DIAMOND KINGDOM.

Don’t miss this, the first in a series that brings Birl, Eauxsage, Hadden, Chellie, Nugs and Tem together for the first time.

The Thunderstone was an intriguing epic fantasy novel with an important role for jewels with magical qualities. I liked the whole jewel thing, I’d never read anything of the sort before, so it was an original spin to the regular fantasy concepts. The book is fast-paced from start to end, following a group of travelers who try to save the life of a wounded girl being pursued by trolls, ogres, pirates, and lots more. The pacing never slows down, and it kept me on the edge of my seat.

We slowly get the background info on the world, and the Onyx Kingdom and Diamond Kingdom. There are no info-dumps, instead the information is revealed gradually.

Birl, aforementioned wounded girl being pursued by just about everything wicked out there, is an intriguing character. She has a sparkly personality, and was easily my favorite character. The other characters in the group of travellers were intriguing too, and they each had a different personality, background story, and were complex enough to be entertaining. The characters were also quite original, not your standard fantasy cast. Tem was probably my second favorite character – I liked his laid back personality.

The prose is clear, and the descriptions are short and to the point. An original epic fantasy recommended to all fans of the genre. I look forward to reading the second book in the series.

Book Tours: Starter Day Party Thunderstone


I’m hosting the starter day party today for epic fantasy “Thunderstone”. The tour runs from July 23rd to August 23rd. I’ll be reviewing the book on July 29. Stay tuned for the review, and meanwhile, check out the other tour stops.

There’s also a tour-wide giveaway for 5 paperback copies of “Thunderstone” (US/CA only) and 5 eBook copies (INT). Scroll down to participate.

Tour Schedule

July 23rd: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

July 25th: Promo Post @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

July 27th: Book Excerpt @ Bookaholic Ramblings

July 29th: Book Review @ I Heart Reading

July 31st: Book Excerpt @ Realm Tramper

August 1st: Author Interview @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

August 2nd:  Promo Post @ The Book Daily

August 3rd: Book Excerpt @ Hollow Readers

August 5th: Promo Post @ Bookish Madness

August 6th:  Book Review @ Forever Book Lover

August 7th: Promo Post @ 365 Days of Reading

August 9th: Author Interview @ The Single Librarian

August 11th: Book Excerpt @ Endazzled Reading

August 12th: Promo  Post @ Plain Talk Book Marketing

August 13th: Book Review @ Books, Books and More Books

August 15th: Author Interview @ Majanka’s Blog

August 16th: Promo Post @ The Book Gazette

August 17th:  Author Interview @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

August 18th: Book Excerpt @ Fantasy Book Lane

August 19th: Promo Post @ Ashley’s Paranormal Book Blog

August 21st:  Book Excerpt @ The Reading Guru

August 23rd: Book Review @ Endazzled Reading

About The Thunderstone

Cover1-ebook-3Title: The Thunderstone

Author: Pj Belanger

Genre: Epic Fantasy

Empowered by jewels with various magical qualities – wizards, gemnuns, gemmonks and sapphires – along with the Lords they serve, combine to make up the HOUSES OF STOREM, inhabited by dwarfs, icelanders, elves, catpeople and hillpeople who must unite against the evil ONYX KINGDOM.

It is an adventure that finds an odd group of travelers trying to save the life of a wounded girl who is being pursued by trolls, ogres, pirates, hurks and histians – up rivers, through magical forests and mystical wizard towers, all because she may be the key to preventing the evil one from taking over the DIAMOND KINGDOM.

Don’t miss this, the first in a series that brings Birl, Eauxsage, Hadden, Chellie, Nugs and Tem together for the first time.

Author Bio

pjbfacePj Belanger has spent a good part of her life in the scenic hills of Connecticut. She was always an avid reader. “My father collected every bit of Science Fiction he could find- we would talk for hours on the subject. The Golden Age of Science Fiction is truly a love of mine.
Great writers from Heinlein to Jose Farmer to Asimov to Bloch were my idols. They were great story tellers something that influences my own work. Of course, then came Tolkien and I was hooked on fantasy too.”

After graduating from St. Francis College (UNE) in Maine, she worked in the fast pace newpaper advertising world but always had been a writer of short stories, novel length books of fiction, romance and general interest. Her work is a mixture of a three volume book series, The Houses of Storem filled with wizards, dwarfs, merrs, elfs, heroic Kings and albino Icelanders. Her Space Dectective series is just plain good sci fi fun as is her short story book.

Pj was deeply involved in writing local NASCAR Driver Profiles and has a book on The History of Stafford Speedway. “I love racing in general, but I really love the short tracks. It was a labor of love to write the racing books and I enjoyed writing a regular racing column for a local sports newspaper.”

Pj lives in Florida with husband. She enjoys time with her two grandchildren. Her life is enhanced by a trouble making miniature beagle and a mischievous cat.






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Book Review: Into the Heart of Evil by Joel Babbitt

Book 2 Final Cover for KindleTitle: Into the Heart of Evil

Author: Joel Babbitt

Genre: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

It was supposed to be an easy journey… a simple first step for a band of new warriors.  But evil has an agenda of its own, and relentless conquest strikes when it chooses.  And what can so few do against so many?  Yet evil is not the only power that stirs in the southern valley; from deep in their prophetic past an ancient power also has returned, nurturing, watching, and helping its paladin.  On the anvils of danger and sacrifice Durik and his small group of companions will be forged by the hammer of their mutual hardships into an able band of heroes, but only if they can survive the journey into the heart of evil…

Into the Heart of Evil is the second installment in a fantasy series by Joel Babbitt, with kobolds palying the main parts. Durik and his group of warriors have to prove themselves. I don’t want to give away too much about the plot, considering this is a second in the series, but the story follows the basic good vs. evil story, although there are several shades of grey here. Durk and his friends have to travel into the heart of evil, a journey almost impossible to survive. With lots trials still waiting for them, an ancient power awakens in the southern valley that decides to help the paladin on his journey.

The writing is as amazing and descriptive as in the first installment. I’m still pretty psyched about these main characters being kobolds. The world Joel Babbitt has crafted in his series grows more and more interesting as we discover more about it. Fantasy sometimes lacks interesting characters – by focusing heavily on plot, character development often gets overlooked. Not so here, the characters are each intriguing, and Durik’s personality changes and grows throughout the book. I highly recommend this book to fantasy fans.