Arrow of the Mist

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Y’all, I have been SO SO excited to share this book with you!!! It has EVERYTHING: A little bit of romance, some tragedy, and adventure, and one of my favorites: MAGIC and all things magic!
Poor Lia, the girl is kind of an outcast because her family is known to dabble in magic. In fact her grandparents are the only survivors of the forbidden land…as in, they are the only one’s to EVER make it through.
This forbidden land is shrouded in fog, and is full of all kind of ghosties and beasties
I  just love adding “ies” to those two words..ahem…moving on..
So, when a poisonous vine breaks through and starts killing people, her own father included, Lia is not just going to sit around and wait for something to happen! Oh yes!, she is the best kind of heroine, who has the cojones to get a move on and make something happen!
Lia is awesome, she knows all about herbs, what does what, etc. So off she and her grandfather go into the wild yonder…or in this case the Forbidden Lands, as he is the only living person able to enter them and navigate them unharmed.
Only, they aren’t alone! Enter two guys, one is her cousin, Wynn and the other is a dreamy someone who we only get a little time with. Hopefully that changes in the next book, which is out, and is ONLY .99!!! It’s totally on my TBR list!
Back to the story, Wynn and Lia end up alone on this journey through the forest. He’s kind of just along for the ride, because really the story centers around Lia and her destiny, as well as her heritage (and Wynn’s of course), which is such a fun little twist, just stop reading now and GO BUY THE BOOK!!!!
The author really knows her stuff about herbs and such, and tells such a gripping tale, where we get to see Lia grow up into a strong, confident girl. Seriously, I can’t wait to read the next one!

Synopsis

Terror strikes the Celtic inspired kingdom of Nemetona when barbed roots breach the veil of a forbidden land and poison woodsmen, including 15-year-old Lia’s beloved father. Lia and three others embark on a quest to the forbidden land of Brume to gather ingredients for the cure. But after her elder kinsman is attacked and poisoned, she and her cousin, Wynn, are forced to finish the quest on their own. Lia relies on her powerful herbal wisdom and the memorized pages of her late grandmother’s Grimoire for guidance through a land of soul-hungry shades, trickster creatures, and uncovered truths about the origin of Brume and her family’s unexpected ties to it. The deeper they trek into the land, the stronger Lia’s untapped gift as a tree mage unfolds. When she discovers the enchanted root’s maker, it forces her to question everything about who she is and what is her destiny. Ultimately she must make a terrible choice: keep fighting to save her father and the people of the lands or join with the power behind the deadly roots to help nature start anew.

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About The Author

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Christina Mercer is an award-winning author of fiction for children and young adults. She took Writer’s Best in Show at the 2012 SCBWI CA North/Central Regional Conference, was a Semi-Finalist in the 2010 Amazon Breakout Novel Award Contest, and won Honorable Mention in the 21st Annual Writer’s Digest Self Published Book Awards. She holds a degree in
Accounting from California State University at Sacramento and a Certificate in Herbal Studies from Clayton College of Natural Health. Christina resides in Northern California enjoying life with her husband, two sons, four dogs, and about 100,000 honeybees.

Gifted, Burned, & A Giveaway!!!!

Gifted

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GOODNIGHT! It’s been awhile since I have read a book where I didn’t guess the plot almost immediately.!

Seriously, with books and movies 99% of the time I know where it is going within the first 10 minutes, or first chapter. Gifted had me on my toes the whole time! Even at the end of it I wasn’t sure what was going to happen!
Gifted is a book about Lucy, who is a powerful Firestarter. Her parents are dead, and she decides to run off to the circus.
Or rather, run BACK to the circus.
Enter a family of gifted, with Lucy’s family friend Sheffield as the patriarch.
This circus is unlike any “normal” circus, as a majority of the people working there are other gifted people, such as Delia, the Greek Runner, or Gabriel…the, well, you’ll have to read it to find out more about this intriguing, and incredibly arrogant guy.
Lucy isn’t the only Firestarter, but she’s certainly the most powerful, and also a rare female Firestarter. She is an interesting character.
She has a tight hold on her emotions, which makes her great at controlling her power. Unfortunately this power is tested throughout this book, because the crap has hit the fan, and her world and everything she knows is going down the drain.
Then, to top it all off she has two guys vying for her attention. The sweet Keegan, and fellow Firestarter, who is so gentle and kind. Then there is Gabrial, who is kind of an ass, in Lucy’s opinion.

This book is nonstop in it’s twists, turns, and action. I highly recommend it!

Burned

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Geez Louise, Lucy and the gang just can’t catch a break! Poor girl is having some major nightmares right of the bat, still dealing with killing Felix, and now she’s been accosted and threatened by a giant bear. Not just her, the whole Donovan family.

So off the entourage go to a new circus to try and make allies, only to be HORRIBLY betrayed by snarky girl.

Will she ever live in peace?

I am seriously exhausted for her.

Like, I want to hide under the covers in a bed, in a bomb shelter (that’s fully stocked with everything I need), for awhile.

Then Keegan, beautiful soul that he is….well, the boys got a bit of a temper, like any Firestarter, but he is just so sweet to Lucy. He is so patient, and doesn’t push her to make a decision.

Then we have Gabriel…dude is INTENSE! And he’s in love. Poor guy refuses to feel ANYTHING for so long, and fallsd in love with the one girl who is too afraid of emotions and hurting anyone to make a decision.

Until she does.

Who gets hurt?

I’m not sure anyone will be surprised, but I have a feeling things will change in the future at some point.

I like these books. I like the family camaraderie that has developed between the gang. I like that they work together, ad support each other. I like that, yes Lucy is the heroine, and the strongest most powerful of the bunch, but she still needs the others.

There is no hierarchy.

Some might dislike her melodramatic stuff. She kind of wallows in her misery a bit, but I feel like she has the right to. Girl has been through a crap ton of stuff, and she has yet to have some peace where she can just process what the hell she’s feeling, going through, etc.

Just a note: There is a ton of cussing in this book, and the first book is hard to read at first. Or at least I thought so until I realized why Delia’s words were so proper.

Uh, DUH Kat! English isn’t her first language, and when I finally got that through my thick skull, I was able to get in the right frame of mind to read it smoothly. However, you can tell the author’s writing style really grew and she became more comfortable with her writing through the first book, and the second book reflects that well.

I highly recommend this book ,and go check out my Facebook page for a giveaway of the first book!!!!

Also, check out the author at:

http://lizclong.com

or her Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/lizclongauthor

Honey Queen

When I first read the synopsis for this book I was intrigued. I mean, how could I NOT be!?!?! Honey Bee’s and Greek mythology? Huh?
Poor Melaina, she comes from a long line of cursed women, her sisters (the honeybees) don’t know who she is anymore, her mother is an addict, and the next thing she knows she is supposed to be the fulfillment of some prophecy!

Geez.

I thought I had a lot on my plate!

To make matter’s worse, her instincts kick in and she needs to produce an heir quick! Which means those already out of control teenage hormones are insane!

Every man she comes into contact with can’t resist her, she is in love with Sam who has also been affected by her curse, her only choice is to isolate herself.

OH! Let’s not forget her grandma’s genius (yeah right!) idea to have her mate with someone who is already terminal, because the man she DOES mate with will die anyway.

Goodnight.

Only, the plan backfires when she meets this guy, who happens to be gay! The curse doesn’t affect him! Not only that but apparently he is the key to her breaking the curse, and…well..

she’s the key to him staying alive!

All in all I thought this was a good book, and I’d recommend it for a good, easy read! Read on for a blurb and where to buy it!

Love is honey sweet, but it comes with a fatal sting . . .

Melaina Maris needs wings to fly the gap between loving Sam and her family’s ancient curse that forces carnal love and then kills the male lovers. She won’t let the same fate that killed her father befall another. She refuses to allow her goddess-created bloodline to continue. But there’s no easy way out, especially after the curse turns her into the Honey Queen—savior to honey bees—intensifying her charms.

To help her fulfill the curse’s demands in the least harmful way, her grandmother takes her to mate with terminally ill Boyd. But Boyd’s gay. And an expert in mythology. Instead of having sex, Melaina learns how she might summon the goddess who created the first ancestor bee-charmer and cursed her bloodline. Melaina’s magic—tears to save honey bees from endangerment—could be enough to persuade the goddess to end the curse. But an unexpected discovery soon changes that hope,spinning Melaina into a swarm of love, friendship and death.

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About The Author

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Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/christinamercerwrites

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Christina Mercer is an award-winning author of fiction for children and young adults. She took Writer’s Best in Show at the 2012 SCBWI CA North/Central Regional Conference, was a Semi-Finalist in the 2010 Amazon Breakout Novel Award Contest, and won Honorable Mention in the 21st Annual Writer’s Digest Self Published Book Awards. She holds a degree in Accounting from California State University at Sacramento and a Certificate in Herbal Studies from Clayton College of Natural Health. Christina resides in Northern California enjoying life with her husband, two sons, four dogs, and about 100,000 honeybees.
To learn more about her at her writing visit:
www.christinamercer.com

Gathering Water & Giveaway Winner!

Gathering Water

Has anyone read this FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC book? If you haven’t you should go get it right now!

I’ll wait, you can click here and it’ll take you right to it.

Alright! First, I just want to give a shout out to Stormy Smith and Regan Claire, they are AH-MAZING (I refuse to use the word amaze-balls…I just don’t get it, but they are that too)!!!!!!! They have both been instrumental in helping me make this blog successful. Y’all, they are amazing, and have made me feel like not just a street team member (yeah, I know you are jealous), but part of a community that supports and grows together.

Just gives me warm fuzzies all over.

Alright! ENOUGH MUSHY STUFF! Let’s get right to the interview with Dove and Cash from Gathering Water shall we? It was such a blast, and the friendship these two have is just so amazing.

*WARNING*

Do not eat or drink anything prior to reading this interview, and probably you might need to go pee first too. They are that funny (at least I think so)!

Alright Dove and Cash, I am so SO excited to have you both here to chat with! I know y’all have been friends for a long time, I bet you have some good dirt on each other, care to share?

Cash: Dirt? No dirt. Nothing to share…

Dove: That’s a lie.

Cash: Of course it’s a lie, but some secrets are sacred. I guess we can tell her how we became friends. It was second grade and we were in the same class. One day at recess I was racing some of the other kids and winning by a long shot–

Dove: Because you were cheating by using your abilities.

Cash: ­I didn’t have good control of my abilities back then, and would use them by accident when things got emotional!

Dove: And Cash got emotional a lot. Anyway, he lost control of his speed and tripped, breaking his wrist in the fall. One of the other kids had run to get our teacher, and I’d just learned about joint breaks from my dad, so I figured I could help out before the grownup got there.

Cash: Well, he definitely healed my wrist, but the doofus used too much of his own energy to do it, and by the time the teacher got back, I was fine but Dove was passed out on the grass. When he came back to school the next day, I told him that I knew what he’d done for me, and he told me he knew why I always won in footraces, and a friendship was formed.

 *laughing* Oh my gosh, you both are too much! Let’s talk a bit about Della. It must have been quite the shock learning she even existed, let alone had shown up to claim your grandma’s house. Was she anything like you expected?

Cash: Considering I went into my grandma’s house that day expecting to evict a squatter, and ended up being rammed in the nads by a before unknown cousin, I’d say “shock” was an understatement. Really, it was pretty cool finding out about her. Dad was really starting to crack down on me, because of the whole responsibility to mankind thing we have as leaders in the war. I would have been representing both families by myself, where we’d always had two leaders before, so not having that hanging over my shoulders is awesome. Della, well, she’s so closed off half the time, you don’t really know what to expect. I know that Aunt Gabby was so full of life, I even remember her a little; mostly just her laugh when she used to take me for ice-cream. Mom said that she used to draw people to her, like a moth to flame. Della doesn’t realize it, but I think she has that same quality. The more she opens up, the brighter she seems to get.

Dove: Actually, that’s really accurate. Her aura literally gets brighter whenever she actually relaxes and lets loose, it’s fascinating.

Every time I picture that scene I crack up *stops giggling and clears throat* sorry Cash, I am sure that was pretty painful. Cash, her powers are pretty cool, are you even a little bit jealous of how deep her Well is?

Cash: I mean, I guess. But we all have our own strengths, you know? Really, I’m more jealous by her Shielding abilities than how much her Well can hold. I can’t Shield worth crap, and there she is, naturally Shielding her entire life. Just, er, don’t tell her I said that.

Yeah, her shielding abilities are pretty amazing. Which brings us to why she has had to develop such a strong shield. Both of you were present (unbeknownst to Della) when she had that panic attack in her room. I cannot imagine how horrifying her past has been, what has it been like for both of you when you get these glimpses into her past?

Dove: It was a total shock to me. I figured that her childhood wasn’t full of happy memories, but I had no idea the extent. She keeps everything so hidden, I’m still surprised she opened up that much. I felt pretty terrible about it, but it explained so much.

Cash: I knew she had some serious baggage from her past. Her Shielding is proof of that; you don’t create a literal defense mechanism that strong just for the hell of it. But it sucks that it was that bad. I still haven’t told dad, because I’m afraid he’d go out to California and kill every single one of her foster parents for letting something like that happen. It really floored me at first how she would say something devastating as if it were the most natural thing in the world, like having no family, and it’s clear that she’s never had anyone else to rely on or trust.

It’s so great that she has been able to discover what it’s like to have someone to trust, family and friends to rely on. I have really enjoyed that part of her journey. Dove, you are almost always present when Della has a breakdown, what is that like for you?

Cash: Yeah, Dove. Why are you always making my cousin cry?

Dove: Hey, it’s not my fault! I just have good timing. Or bad timing. Or something.

Cash: Yeah, Dove is like the crying-girl whisperer.

Dove: Well, I’ve had a ton of practice comforting the trail of tears that follows you around.

Cash: I can’t help that girls find me irresistible.

Dove: Yeah, you little heartbreaker. Anyway, It’s really humbling to see such a powerful person lose themselves in their emotion like that. She holds herself up so firmly all the time, I think that it’s getting to be too much with all that’s been happening. I’m just glad she lets me be there for her, and hope I’m never the reason she breaks down like that.

Wow…that is just…sooo…..*sigh*…ahem…Dove, it took you FOREVER to finally ask her out! Tell me, what is your favorite thing about her?

Dove: *laughs * Seriously? I don’t know. I guess those moments when she’s not guarding herself. It’s always with something so small, like when we go outside and she automatically raises her face to the sun and absorbs the warmth. It’s how she is affected by nature, I guess. Most people take it for granted, but the only time I see her really relaxed is when she’s surrounded by it.

Cash: Because she’s surrounded by her elements, dude, and elements equal power for her.

Dove: Naw, it’s different, Cash. You can’t see it. I can see Nature, and I can see how it affects her… and how she affects it. It’s like she is life. And life is beautiful…

Cash: I’m going to go throw up now.

 *hands Cash a trashcan*

Sorry, Cash, but I just have to ask Dove some more questions about him and Della. I am just dying to know, was there a specific moment you knew you wanted to date her?

Cash: Do I actually have to be here for this?

Dove: Shut your trap. I don’t know what I’m supposed to say here. Of course, I was interested as soon as I saw her. But the first time I saw her she was at the beach in a bathing suit and she’s h–

Cash: I will literally kill you if you finish that sentence.

Dove: Hah. Well, despite the fact that I found her… ahem, attractive, she was Cash’s cousin, so strictly friend-zone at first. We’d been hanging for a while, the three of us, and one day after helping out at the house she grabbed my arm when I was going to leave. It was the first time she touched me, at all. She’s really careful about that, and I hadn’t realized it until that moment. And that made me realize that I liked her touching me. After the night I healed her, and I found out why she was so resistant, the idea was pretty firmly rooted that I wanted to be more than friends.

Cash, how do you feel about their pending date?

Cash: I’m all ‘whatever’ about it.

Dove: Well, you did sucker punch me in the face when you found out.

Cash: Of course I did. You deserved it, too. But it’s all good, now. I mean, I’ll definitely kill him if he hurts her and all that jazz.

Dove: You could try. I seem to remember breaking your nose that night.

Cash: Well, so-rry I don’t have magical healing abilities that help me cheat in a fair fight.

Dove: sucker-punching is, by definition, not fighting fair. Besides, I healed you too after you calmed down.

Cash: And then we toasted to our health by sharing a couple brewskies. I don’t wanna see them playing tonsil hockey or anything, but other than that I’m okay with it.

Okay, let’s change the subject. Della’s description of the base where y’all met the Elfennol was amazing. Cash, what was your impression of the base?

Cash: Man, it was awesome! I’ve basically been waiting for that day my entire life. Dad had told me about it probably a million times when I was a kid, but nothing could have prepared me for it. We were in a cave in the ocean, a gigantic cave at that, but I would have had a hard time telling you we weren’t at the surface and under the sunshine. There was so much green, and pretty much anything that wasn’t made out of stone was made out of vines or ivy or moss or something naturish like that. Oh, and the actual stonework! Let me tell you, to look at them you’d never think any Elfennol had an ounce of artistic talent. They’re too… stiff to be artists, or that’s what I thought. Going there, and being surrounded by things they created definitely proved me wrong. I guess still waters run deep, or something.

Anything else you would like to share with my readers?

Cash: Only that the next installment in our journey will go down in November. Shiz will really hit the fan!

Well, boys it has been fun! Thanks for chatting! Can’t wait to see what you are up to in November!

THE WINNER IS……

Ginny Gallagher!!!!!! First, I LOVE the way your name is spelled! AND Congratulations and THANK YOU for “liking” Kat’s Indie Reads!

Arlene and Laura

What happens when you take a girl whose life was turned upside down when she was 2,  is still reeling from the effect of her twin sister being kidnapped 14 years ago, and is put her in a boarding school where she comes face to face with said sister, who has no clue who she is?

Talk about an intriguing premise! I was hooked from the book description, and couldn’t wait to dig in to this story!

The Fallout from Finding Emily and Playing Laura  by Ryleigh Berkenpas are the first two books in this series and the second one is FREE!!!!

Go get it, quick!

But you’ll want to buy the first one so you know what’s going on 🙂 AND when you read them, make sure you REVIEW THEM on Goodreads and Amazon!

In this first book, we see the story from Arlene’s perspective. Arlene is a bit of a rebel, which makes sense to me. When you constantly live with the shadow of a long lost identical twin sister, who was kidnapped fourteen years ago, it will have an effect on you!

Her poor family has been through the ringer.

Every time someone who looks like Arlene (Or Leelee to her family), comes in contact with her mother their lives get put through hell as her mother is still obsessively searching for her daughter Emily. Unfortunately, when those girls turn out NOT to be Emily, Arlene’s mother goes into a depression for awhile.

Seriously, there is some major pain in this family, so you’d think it would be a relief for Emily to get away and go to boarding school.

Only, once she gets there people keep calling her Laura. WHO IS LAURA!?!?

Of course they do not believe Arlene when she denies she is Laura  which creates it’s own kind of drama all through the book.

And…of course, Arlene is freaking out because she does NOT want to go through this again!

Then she meets Laura, and not only does Laura look like her, but she is IDENTICAL to her, and Arlene knows…

Oh yes.

She knows.

But how should she handle it?

Telling will cause some major upheaval, not telling would be easiest. The drama that follows is interesting, and I thought understandable. This book is not about trying to FIND Emily, it is about the FALLOUT from finding her.

I saw a reviewer that had a problem with the way this was written, because they felt the plot was too obvious two paragraphs in (or whatever), but this book is about the journey, about understanding herself and the situation and trying to navigate it. I loved it!

Playing Laura (Kelsey O'Brien #2)

 

This brings us to the second book, which I LITERALLY JUST finished. Laura is not the most likeable character, she’s a mean girl but when you have family rules that force you to keep people at a distance and not stand out, her personality makes sense.

I cannot imagine being forced to hide yourself or have to be uprooted with a new identity.

What a crappy choice.

This book is all about self-discovery for Laura. She has literally gone from the top of the social ladder, to not even on it.

Oh yes, everyone knows who she is, but she is being bullied like crazy.

Not to mention there’s a crazy, and violent douche of an ex-boyfriend.

She is dealing with some very hard things in this book.

BUT she also discovers what family is, and what that means.

She discovers she doesn’t have to be a mean girl.

She discovers truth.

She discovers her sister.

I seriously cannot wait for the next one. I don’t know when it’ll be out, but I canNOT wait!

SO, go on! Go get them and DON’T forget to review them! I have said it before, and I’ll say it again, reviews are vital to an indie author’s success! And let me know what you thought about them!

Giveaway!!!

I am so excited to do my first giveaway! My Facebook Page Kat’s Indie Reads 21 “likes” away from 50 “Likes”, and when it gets there I’ll be giving away an e-copy of “Gathering Water” by Regan Claire, (or if you already have it, another The Rebel Writers book of your choice)

AND posting an interview with two of my favorite book guys: Dove and Cash!!!!

I JUST finished the interview, and let me tell you, those two are HYSTERICAL! Seriously, I canNOT wait to share this interview with you!

Here is how you can get your name in the drawing:

1. Share my page (and let me know in the comments)

2. If you are NEW to my Facebook page “Like” it!

3. Share this post on your Facebook page (and let me know)

4. Follow my blog (but you ALSO have to “Like” my Facebook page) !

That’s it! Easy-peasy pumpkin breezy!

FOUR chances to get your name in the pot!

I’ll draw a name when we get to 50 likes, and I’ll post the winner the same day my interview with Cash and Dove post!

So, go ahead…get going and share share share, so I can share the interview!

The Rebel Alliance for Aspiring Authors

Anyone an aspiring writer? Or maybe you have thought about it, but have no clue where to even start? Maybe terrified at the idea of putting something so close to your heart, something YOU created out there for the world to see?
OR MAYBE if you just had someone to guide you through the process you feel like you just might be successful and see your dream of becoming an author come true!!?!?
Then look no further! The Rebel Writers have created exactly what you are looking for:
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Now you can STOP thinking about it and DO it!!!!!

I know the authors who have started this and you have seen some posts on this very blog about their VERY successful books! And you’ll continue to see them on this blog! Here’s a little blurb about the Rebel Alliance from their original blog post:

“Rebel Alliance? What’s this?” you ask. Well, it’s an… alliance. Of writing groups. We’ll put together a writing group for you, complete with your very own Rebel Mentor. But the group is YOURS. You can add more people, give it a cool name, and do basically whatever you want with it. Your mentor will pop in when they have the time, answer questions, and offer some sage advice when the mood strikes, but your REAL learning will come from each other. That’s how it’s worked with us. We just want everyone else to have the VERY special something that we have here.”

So go sign up! Start working towards your dream of becoming an author, and with an AMAZING mentor behind you! Sign up HERE and get the support you are searching for! You can even already be published, or not even have a single word down. No matter where you are in your writing journey, you can sign up to be a part of one of their groups!