Book Review: The Outlands by Tyler Edwards

Title: The Outlands (The Outlands Saga #1) Author: Tyler Edwards Publisher: Self-published Publication date: January 24, 2021 Genre: Dystopian Science Fiction, YA One Sentence Summary: Labelled an Undesirable since his parents were murdered when he was six, Jett lives as a thief with a group of others like him, but has the fire in him to want to challenge and tear … Continue reading Book Review: The Outlands by Tyler Edwards

Book Review: The Cousins Crime: Unravelled by Krisha Batra, An Amateur Sleuth by Manasi Patil

Title: The Cousins Crime: Unravelled by Krisha Batra, An Amateur Sleuth Author: Manasi Patil Publisher: Self-published Publication date: May 20, 2020 Genre: Mystery, YA One Sentence Summary: An ordinary trip to a donut shop with her brother unexpectedly pulls teen sleuth Krisha into a mystery that could have disastrous consequences. Going in to The Cousins Crime, I knew it was written … Continue reading Book Review: The Cousins Crime: Unravelled by Krisha Batra, An Amateur Sleuth by Manasi Patil

Novel Excerpt: Stardust Destinies I: Variate Facing by Celinka Serre

The Lily Cafe is thrilled to present author Celinka Serre and her YA High Fantasy novel Stardust Destinies I: Variate Facing! Title: Stardust Destines I: Variate Facing Author: Celinka Serre Publisher: Binky Ink Publication date: May 3, 2019 Genre: Fantasy, YA Prompted by a cryptic message from her deceased master, Niome, a young wizardess, embarks on a journey to … Continue reading Novel Excerpt: Stardust Destinies I: Variate Facing by Celinka Serre

Book Review: Strand: The Silver Radio by Justin Attas

Title: Strand: The Silver Radio Author: Justin Attas Publisher: Self-published Publication date: February 14, 2019 Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian, YA One Sentence Summary: Quincy doesn't fit in in the great tower called Strand no matter what he tries, but, when he's forced into the Nether Layer, he finds adventure, danger, and purpose. I have a love-hate relationship with dystopian sci-fi novels. … Continue reading Book Review: Strand: The Silver Radio by Justin Attas

Book Review: Awkward by Gurpreet Kaur

Title: Awkward Author: Gurpreet Kaur Publisher: Self-published Publication date: June 13, 2020 Genre: YA, Fiction Summary: Awkward is just a normal teen in India. Except she's really awkward. And makes every situation she's in awkward. I'm not really a YA reader, but, when the author contacted me for a review and mentioned it was a comedy with plenty of awkwardness, … Continue reading Book Review: Awkward by Gurpreet Kaur

Novel Excerpt: Umbral Ten by Douglas Murphy (revisited)

This past Thursday I posted my review of this fantasy novel. It was a delightful book and, if you haven't had a chance to take a peek of it, I thought I'd revisit the excerpt the author generously allowed me to post back in May. First published May 19, 2019 The Lily Cafe is thrilled … Continue reading Novel Excerpt: Umbral Ten by Douglas Murphy (revisited)

Novel Excerpt: Umbral Ten by Douglas Murphy

The Lily Cafe is thrilled to present author Douglas Murphy and his first novel Umbral Ten, the first book in his Khaldaia Chronicles series! Title: Umbral Ten Author: Douglas Murphy Publisher: Self-published Publication date: April 21, 2020 Genre: Fantasy, Dark Fantasy A blood moon rises, demons roam, and the Inquisition approaches.Theodosia Archmail wakes up on the towers of Starkwind … Continue reading Novel Excerpt: Umbral Ten by Douglas Murphy

Guest Post: Writing to Express Myself by Idelle Kursman

The Lily Cafe is thrilled to welcome author Idelle Kursman! The author of two novels, True Mercy and The Book of Revelations, her post really speaks to my heart in so many ways and her novels sound absolutely fascinating while also spreading awareness for causes close to her heart. Also, please head over to Reedsy and upvote her … Continue reading Guest Post: Writing to Express Myself by Idelle Kursman

Book Review: Cynetic Wolf by Matt Ward

Title: Cynetic Wolf Author: Matt Ward Publisher: Myrmani Press Publication date: March 22, 2020 Genre: Science fiction, YA, Dystopian Summary: It starts simply enough: something with six claws killed someone. While out hunting for the six clawed thing, wolfish Raek discovers a startling secret about himself. Half animote (human-animal hybrid) and half cynetic (human-machine hybrid), he's something of a freak, and … Continue reading Book Review: Cynetic Wolf by Matt Ward

Guest Post: The Mysterious Teenage Hominid – Writing for Teens by Chris Stevenson

The Lily Cafe is thrilled to welcome Chris Stevenson! He is a YA author and shares here about why he writes in that genre and what the adolescent years offer to a writer.  The Mysterious Teenage Hominid - Writing for Teens There was no question why I wrote YA fiction in the first place. When … Continue reading Guest Post: The Mysterious Teenage Hominid – Writing for Teens by Chris Stevenson