SWAP: Red – Lilith Mercury, Werewolf Hunter

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Happy Day 19 or Quarantine! Lately I’ve been playing a lot of Minecraft, watching docuseries on Netflix, bullet journaling, and cleaning my house in an attempt to procrastinate at writing. Yet between all these introverted activities, I neglected my love for sitting down with a good book. I’m hoping I’m able to find my next bingeable series in Lilith Mercury, Werewolf Hunter, by Tracey H. Kitts.

I’ve already downloaded the first book in her seven book series on my phone and started giving it a read. I’m only one chapter in and I’m curious to learn more about her world of lycanthropes. I will admit, it’s a bit slow-going at first (most likely from me having a hard time with first person stories) but I think it’s got the potential to really pull me in.

If you’re looking for some extra spice in your reading without going all the way, this New Adult Paranormal series might be up your alley. Fair warning, it is a reverse harem so there will be a lot of suitors to fall head over heels for. Plus, the ENTIRE SERIES (not just book one – ALL SEVEN) books are on Amazon Kindle for FREE. It really can’t get better than that. So why not get them all and spend the next month stuck in your house reading?

AOF: Book One Playlist

Back in 2016, I drafted up my “finalized” playlist for The Art of Falling. Of course, nothing is ever final when you’re constantly tweaking your work. So, while working on the sequel I was able to fine tune my playlist to become what I currently believe is the final playlist. Some songs were removed and replaced with new ones. Others moved to a different chapter that better suited  it. The mood and lyrics are as perfect as I can get to describing the story correctly. Let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions.

  1. Panic! at the Disco: Lying is the Most Fun
  2. The Ballroom Thieves: Vampires
  3. Bring Me the Horizon: Follow You
  4. Circa Survive: Frozen Creek
  5. Kongos: Come With Me Now
  6. The Glitch Mob: Bad Wings
  7. Ellie Goulding: On My Mind
  8. Mieka Pauley: Marked Man
  9. Two Gallants: Despite What You’ve Been Told
  10. Adam Lambert: For Your Entertainment
  11. Snow Patrol: The Lightning Strike
  12. Breaking Benjamin: Evil Angel
  13. A Perfect Circle: Pet
  14. Cover Drive: No One Knows
  15. Sea Wolf: Wicked Blood
  16. Papa Roach: …To Be Loved
  17. Bastille: Flaws
  18. Fall Out Boy: Just One Yesterday
  19. The Classic Crime: Salt in the Snow
  20. The Paper Kites: Willow Tree March
  21. Emarosa: The Weight of Love Blinds Eyes
  22. Barlow Girl: Never Alone
  23. The Bravery: Bad Sun
  24. Kesha: Disgusting
  25. Silverstein: Burning Hearts
  26. Zedd: Clarity
  27. City and Colour: Thirst
  28. Jem: 24
  29. Linkin Park: What I’ve Done
  30. The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus: Your Guardian  Angel 
  31. Radical Face: Welcome Home
  32. Relient K: Devastation and Reform
  33. The Hush Sound: Wine Red

REVIEW/SWAP: Sorceress Awakening

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It’s time for another book review and swap. This time, I’m featuring Sorceress Awakening, by Lisa Blackwood, yet another veteran Urban Fantasy author who has published several works for her series A Gargoyle and Sorceress.

This swap and review is special, because all revenue from the first three books of the Gargoyle & Sorceress series will go to purchase seeds and supplies for the propagation of tree seedlings to help combat climate change.

While reading the free sample of this book, I found it hard to turn off my editor/writer brain and let myself enjoy reading. There were a lot of moments where I had to pause and think of what I would change to “improve” the story. Please do not take this as a negative or as a reason to not give this book a chance – it’s worth the read! But I have a lot to say and won’t hold back on my honest thoughts and opinions. So, without further ado, I will dive into writing style, world building, and characterization.

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LIFE: Come see me at Waycon!

It’s the first convention of the year! I’m excited to say that I will be attending the first ever Waycon held at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. The convention is FREE to attend and will be held on Saturday, March 7th from 10AM to 6PM.

As usual, I’ll be selling signed copies of The Art of Falling, commissions, prints, and buttons. I will also be selling brand new bookmarks feature Regal and Keir! They are sold separately, or provided free with the purchase of a my novel.

Learn more about the convention schedule here! I hope to see you there!

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REVIEW/SWAP: “Lucifer Rising”

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Hi everyone!

It’s been a while since I last posted, thanks to a crazy start to the year. Lots of changes at work have made it tricky to balance my own hobbies. D&D has taken up a large part of my free time thanks to the creativity and social aspect of the game. However, I am slowly making progress on The Art of Falling Sequel when the inspiration strikes; writer’s block has been strong lately. I’ve also started a bullet journal to keep my creative juices flowing! Keep track of that and the rest of my life over at my Instagram.

That being said, I have been missing the relaxation of picking up a good book. I’ve recently joined an Urban Fantasy Writers Facebook group to not only keep me fresh with what’s releasing, but to also get some good reads in. This week, I wanted to share with you a swap that I did with fellow Urban Fantasy author Percival Constantine. He is a veteran who has released several books for his Luther Cross series. However, his newest release Lucifer Rising was the one I was interested in shouting out.

I will preface that I wasn’t able to read nearly as much as I had intended. See: “crazy start to the year” and “D&D has taken up a large part of my free time” as reasons why. However, I did get the chance to read the free sample on Kindle and intend on purchasing the full novel. At this time, my review will be limited to the first few chapters and will focus on character, world building, and writing style. So let’s get into it!

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LIFE: Come See Me at Youmacon!

Next week is Youmacon, and for the first time in a decade of attending, I will be selling my work in the Artist Alley! Come visit me at H19. I’ll be selling signed copies of The Art of Falling, on site commissions, watercolors, digital prints, and buttons. I hope to see you all there if you’re in the Detroit area.

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D&D SESSION 37

It’s the end of an era. After a very long wait, this is the final session of Neebs and Associates. Will we succeed in defeating Lucifer, or will we perish trying? Either way, it will be bittersweet to resolve this three-year long adventure.

SESSION 37

Players:

  • Ciaran (LVL28) and Basile (LVL30)
  • Alkaid (LVL 30)
  • Kass (LVL 30)
  • Rhaegar (LVL 30)
  • Sbeen (LVL30)
  • Lorn (LVL30)
  • Marven  (LVL30)
  • Biff/Dwayne (LVL30)

Before the team goes to the castle of Lucifer, an undead Lorn approaches Basile to tell him that the plans he and Lorn made to defeat Alexander Willard need to change. Basile, who is used to Lorn’s weird magic, is confused and doesn’t remember making a plan. Undead Lorn tells Basile that he has a scroll in a hidden shoulder pocket and to throw it away. He then makes a new Lorn holding an urn and tells him that this simulacrum will follow Basile’s commands. Basile is to make sure the simulacrum is delivered to Alexander Willard. Undead Lorn then turns the simulacrum invisible, and makes it so Basile can permanently see invisible creatures. When Basile asks if the true Lorn knows the plan, Undead Lorn winks and vanishes.

Biff has also prepared a heroes feast and gave everyone witches reservoir to use as during the fight.

Lorn regurgitates a purple boulder, and hands it to Marven. “I made you a gift. I hope it will power you through the castle.” Marven is confused, and Sbeen is jealous and tries to throw up a rock. Lorn explains that it’s 2 years worth of goodberries (438,000 berries.) Marven cries and smashes the goodberry boulder.

The party then ventures out to the castle. As they approach the gates, and the signs of Lucifer on them flash to open them. The castle is made of bone of the god Infernus is built upon. They enter the foyer and find an ostentatious and elaborate room. Standing in the center is a handsome human who the party recognizes as Alexander Willard. Next to him is Caasimolar: an old man with a flaming combover, red eyes and horns, and a forked tail. Around them are ten pitfiends waiting to attack.

“Have you come to offer yourselves to the Lord of Darkness?” Alexander Willard asks.

“You already know the answer,” Lorn replies.

“Then I’m going to have fun.”

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