• Book Review: The Ranger of Marzanna by Jon Skovron - the first book in a new fantasy series based on Eastern European folktales

    Book Review: The Ranger of Marzanna by Jon Skovron

    Title: The Ranger of Marzanna Author: Jon Skovron Publisher: Orbit Publication date: April 21, 2020 Genre: Fantasy Summary: After his father is murdered by imperial Aureumian soldiers, Sebastian and his mother are taken to Gogoleth where he is persuaded to join the Aureumian army stationed in his homeland of Izmoroz. As an elemental wizard, the Aureumian commander sees him as vastly useful as they anticipate a Spring invasion by the Uaine. Despite being half Izmorozian and half Aureumian, Sebastian’s loyalties become aligned to the Aureumians. But Sebastian has an older sister, one of the last remaining Rangers of Marzanna who protect Izmoroz, Sonya, who will do everything in her power to liberate her homeland as she…

  • Book Review: All That Will Burn by Judd Mercer

    Title: All That Will Burn Author: Judd Mercer Publisher: Self-published Publication date: June 21, 2017 Genre: Fantasy, Dark Fantasy Summary: Sofia washes ashore on a desolate beach with no memories other than her name. She soon stumbles upon a group of people just like her, but she’s the only one who knows her name. In the wake of their growing distrust of her because of this, she leaves the group to wander the unknown world. Before long, she comes across an angelic figure, falls back in with the group she had initially stumbled across, and discovers she is in the afterlife. But because she is one of the named few, there are many who…

  • Gates to Asphodel, Chapter 22

    Recap: Corey’s parents had an argument about her and were found dead the next morning. Corey then meets Detective Skylar Adams. She is later adopted by Helen and Andy. Two years later, Corey is in school and meets a friend, Terese, and the class bully, Sandra. One day, two students are found dead and Corey meets Detective Adams again. Corey starts 2nd grade, which brings her face to face with a terrifying new teacher. As you can expect, her teacher does not last long. And then neither do her adopted parents, but things look up as Corey may have found a forever family. Corey moves in with Detective Adams and his…

  • My Little Troopers

    My kids amaze me every day, but in times of crisis they are more than amazing. They are my little troopers. This past Saturday, The Husband wrote a post I could not bring myself to do. With love, empathy, and understanding, he crafted a post that not only spoke of what was happening in our family, but also paid tribute to beloved family members. Early last week, my grandma had a stroke. My mom described it as “very bad.” I was shaking since I was familiar with neuroscience and married a man who studied it and knew any outcome was bad. She ended up in the ICU for the rest…

  • Gates to Asphodel, Chapter 8

    Recap: Corey’s parents had an argument about her and were found dead the next morning. Corey then meets Detective Skylar Adams. She is later adopted by Helen and Andy. Two years later, Corey is in school and meets a friend, Terese, and the class bully, Sandra. One day, two students are found dead and Corey meets Detective Adams again. Corey starts 2nd grade, which brings her face to face with a terrifying new teacher. As you can expect, her teacher does not last long.   One and a half years later Corey huddled on her bed, arms wrapped tightly around her teddy bear, face buried in the bear’s fur. Outside, the…

  • What If…?

    What If I took my child to school one day And sent him off with a hug and kiss and “have a good day” And watched him run, carefree and happy and laughing? What if I went home and changed his sheets So he could be surrounded by the soft scent of lavender As he rests his sweet head full of letters and numbers? What if I went out on an errand And picked up that toy or game he had been begging for Just so his smile could light up my soul And bring giggles and smiles into our home? What if I made his favorite treat: cookies and…

  • Gates to Asphodel, Chapter 7

    Recap: Corey’s parents had an argument about her and were found dead the next morning. Corey then meets Detective Skylar Adams. She is later adopted by Helen and Andy. Two years later, Corey is in school and meets a friend, Terese, and the class bully, Sandra. One day, two students are found dead and Corey meets Detective Adams again. Corey starts 2nd grade, which brings her face to face with a terrifying new teacher.   Corey groaned and turned over in bed. The sun was just beginning to rise, so she knew it was early, too early to be awake. But she’d spent most of the night awake. The image of…

  • Gates to Asphodel, Chapter 2

    Chapter 1 recap: Corey’s parents had an argument about her and were found dead the next morning. The police officers had Corey sitting on the porch swing, with a young female office next to her to keep an eye on her, while they poked and prodded around in her home. Corey had her teddy bear tucked under one arm and was happily gnawing away at a banana nut muffin. The officer was casting weird looks her way, but the little girl ignored her. Mrs. Appleton was wailing and wringing her hands as she paced the width of the porch near Corey. Both women seemed to be waiting for Corey to…

  • Gates to Asphodel, Chapter 1

    Darkness was rapidly falling. House and porch lights flickered on, casting shadows left and right. Light posts came to life all along the quiet, tree lined street, illuminating all that lay beneath them. The light pooling in the street streamed through the windows of a little girl’s room, where the girl sat on the floor, back to the windows, playing with a handful of stuffed animals. Four-year-old Corey Fallon sat in the dark, her auburn curls falling just past her shoulders, shining in the faint light coming through her windows. Her small, pale hands toyed with the arms of a large stuffed bear while a white rabbit rested in her…

  • Eve by Patti Larsen

    Title: Eve Author: Patti Larsen Publisher: Patti Larsen Books/Purely Paranormal Press Publication date: July 10, 2018 Genre: Fantasy, YA Please note I received a free copy of this book through the Kindle Scout program. Summary: Being the daughter of Life and Death means Eve has no real place. Her sisters give life and her brothers bring death. Eve just gets things mixed up. But as she turns 16, she decides she wants to find her own path, where she truly belongs. But her birthday also brings an unexpected twist in her relationship with her mother, Life, one that will inevitably lead to her true identity and place in the cosmos.…