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text 2017-10-16 21:50
Self-Pubs That Shine
The Book of Kindly Deaths - Eldritch Black
Rewinder - Brett Battles
Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper - J.L. Bryan
Paladin - Sally Slater
Haven - A.R. Ivanovich,Michelle Ivanovich
Nightfall Gardens - Allen Houston
Marking Time - April White
Slumber - Samantha Young
Timebound - Rysa Walker
Nefertiti's Heart - A.W. Exley

Most of us these days are aware of the flood of self-pubbed books and how difficult it can be to find a gem in the sea of mediocrity.  We often see reviews of the sub-par and/or reports of unethical marketing schemes or unprofessional behavior on the part of some authors.

But some of us who have stuck a toe or two into those waters have come across a few gems.  I thought it'd be good to share a few self-pubbed & small press books I really enjoyed and that I feel stand well among their trade-pubbed counterparts. 

So here are a few I've discovered that I am proud to recommend.

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review 2016-01-26 19:36
#WagingWar: These are a few of my favorite things...
Waging War (The Immortal Descendants Book 4) - April White,Angela Houle


I can’t remember what made me pick up Marking Time, the first book of The Immortal Descendants series. Whatever the reason, it was most certainly a moment of brilliant insight on my part. Way to go me!


Each book in the series has been great fun to read, and Waging War didn't disappoint. Time travelers, good guys, bad guys, shape shifters, vampires, action, drama, love, happiness, sadness, highs, lows, history, WWII, code breaking, Bletchley Park...seriously, it’s like taking all the coolest things and putting them into one book!




…I wonder if I could talk April into working in some kind of original advanced magic system and sending everyone into space?


Probably not.


With or without magic and space travel, The Immortal Descendants series is great fun.  Start with Marking Time, and then get to Waging War as quickly as possible. I’m certain book 5, Cheating Death, isn't far away. At least, it had better not be—not with that ending!  (Can you really have a true cliff hanger when your book is about time travel? Just saying.)


Did I mention Marking Time is free?  Seriously people.  This isn't a hard decision.


Click here and then email me to say thanks:




Happy reading friends!


The Value of a Star: Ratings Explained

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text 2015-05-11 22:05
Series I Plan on Reading/Finishing This Summer
Cinder - Marissa Meyer
Across the Universe - Beth Revis
Ruby Red - Kerstin Gier
Marking Time - April White
Mistborn: The Final Empire - Brandon Sanderson
Throne of Glass - Sarah J. Maas
Doon - Lorie Langdon,Carey Corp
The Kiss of Deception - Mary E. Pearson
Dorothy Must Die - Danielle Paige
The 100 - Kass Morgan

The summer break is upon us and as I finish up this years course work I am already trying to discern which series' I need to consume over break. I have decided on the following...so far:


The Lunar Chronicles Series (Not Started)     Marissa Meyer

Across the Universe Series (Not Started)        Beth Revis

The Ruby Red Trilogy  (Not Started)               Kerstin Gier

The Marking Time Trilogy (Started)                 April White

The Mistborn Trilogy (Started)                        Brandon Sanderson

The Throne of Glass Series (Started)            Sarah J. Maas

The Doon Series (Not Started)                       Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon

The Remnant Chronicles (Not Started)          Mary E. Pearson

The Dorothy Must Dies Series (Not Started)  Danielle Paige

The 100 Series (Not Started)                         Kass Morgan

The Gone Series (Not Started)                      Michael Grant

The Unwind Series (Not Started)                   Neal Shusterman

The Divergent Trilogy (Started)                     Veronica Roth

The Winner's Curse Series (Not Started)      Marie Rutkoski

The Champion Series (Started)                    Marie Lu

The Raven Cycle Series (Not Started)          Maggie Stiefvater

The Chaos Walking Series (Not Started)      Patrick Ness

The Forensic Mysteries Series (Not Started)Alane Ferguson

The Infernal Devices (Not Started)               Cassandra Clare


Looks like I have a lot to read this summer! This isn't even half of the books I would like to read this summer. I would also like to read the Outlander Series by: Diana Gabaldon. I don't know how much of this I will accomplish, but I am excited to find out! There are also a couple of standalone novels I want to read and a couple of non-fiction books. I will probably hold off on The Book Thief until summer starts as well. I'm finding it a little slow. I would love to participate in a Read-a-thon this summer, as well! Thanks so much for reading!


Have a fabulous day lovelies!


Yours truly, signing off!



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text 2015-05-06 18:38
My First...Top 5 Wednesday!
Throne of Glass - Sarah J. Maas
Heir of Fire - Sarah J. Maas
The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern
Mistborn Trilogy Boxed Set - Brandon Sanderson
Percy Jackson and the Olympians Boxed Set - Rick Riordan
Marking Time - April White
Crown of Midnight - Sarah J. Maas

This is the first, in what I hope will be a long line of T5W's. This originates in a Goodreads group found here: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1608567-complete-list-of-wednesday-ers


I found this group while watching a book-tuber, WhyMermaids. Her channel is found here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd9B5bod9BC9z7nHK4wgV2Q


The Question for this week is (Drum roll please!)


 Books You'd Want to See as TV Shows (NOT movies)


1. Throne of Glass by: Sara J Maas (So much butt kicking!)


2. The Night Circus by: Erin Morgenstern (So enchanting!)


3. Mistborn by: Brandon Sanderson (So Enthralling plus butt kicking!)


4. Percy Jackson Series by: Rick Riordan (I know they have made a couple of movies, but a TV show would be better!)


5. Marking Time Trilogy: April White (This is a Time Travel book with Vampires!)


I loved all of these books and would love a TV show that I can watch weekly! This was a great question! If you haven't already go to the Goodreads link and join the Group. Leave a comment with a link to your blog/booktube channel and you can start T5W! Thanks for reading!


Have a fabulous day lovelies!


Yours Truly, signing off!



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review 2015-03-30 03:40
Tempting Fate
Tempting Fate (The Immortal Descendants, Book 2) - April White

I typically don't review the second book in a series, beyond simply if I enjoyed it or not.  So I'll just say, you know that feeling when you finish a book and you feel like you're saying "good-bye" to good friends?  Yeah, that's how I felt with this one.


Enjoyed it every bit as much as the first, maybe more.  Looking forward to the next one.


I assume there must be a few people out there like me who tend to avoid books with vampire and/or shifter characters, as popular as those seem to be these days.  So for those people I'll say, those elements are handled very differently in this series than what we typically see in YA paranormal books.  So if that's the reason you're avoiding these you might still give them a try.  The first book is free for Kindle.

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