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url 2018-03-14 18:33
Blind the Eyes is competing in Kindle Scout - Please Vote :)
Blind the Eyes - K.A. Wiggins

I have a YA dark fantasy debut coming out this summer and it's currently competing in Kindle Scout. If you go to https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/E9IM6GHX3YIJ and nominate it and it wins, Amazon will send you a free preview copy before it releases to the general public!


So if you're at all interested in the book (or just want to help a newbie out!) please vote. :)


A little more on Kindle Scout:


  • Kindle Scout is the American Idol of publishing
  • Readers vote on pre-published books during a 30 day period
  • Editors read the manuscripts at the end of voting
  • Amazon publishes the best of the combined editor- and fan-approved books in ebook format
  • Amazon sends a free ebook to everyone who voted for (“nominated”) a book that gets published!


So if you want a chance to get a free copy of BTE, head on over to the Kindle Scout website, nominate it and hope it wins! And hey, why not vote for some other faves while you’re at it? You get up to three nominations at a time.


A little more about Blind the Eyes:


In a world where hope kills and dreams are deadly, obedience is the only way to survive. But when one girl learns her society's absolute control and guarantee of safety are both illusions, she risks her hard-won status, her home and her life to rebel and expose its lies.

A YA dark fantasy about identity, trauma & taking back your choices. Ghosts and world monsters in post-eco-disaster Vancouver.

From the back cover:

In the Towers of Refuge, regulation dictates every aspect of life.

Haunted 17-year-old Cole would do anything to shake her reputation as a failure. The only way to survive the nightmarish Mara is absolute obedience, and she's down to her last chance.

But when a charismatic stranger shows up claiming to know her and Cole discovers Refuge's absolute control and guarantee of safety are both illusions, she realizes hers isn't the only life at stake and goes on the run.

In the underground club Freedom, nothing's forbidden.

Cole needs allies to help her expose Refuge's lies and escape execution by nightmare. Too bad the only candidates are a hedonistic rebel, a childish ghost, a stylist with a secret and an imaginary friend with a talent for monster-hunting.

With enforcers in pursuit and the dead invading her dreams, Cole must figure out who to trust and stop the dying before the nightmares eat her alive.

Trusted authorities lie, allies have their own agendas, and even the monsters wear masks in this YA dark fantasy suitable for ages 14 and up. Ebook, audiobook and print editions coming in late spring 2018. Subscribe at https://kaie.space/newsletter for exclusive previews and extended content.

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review 2017-12-17 23:01
Burnt Orange
Burnt Orange - Meiah Shaun
Title: Burnt Orange
Author: Meiah Shaun
Publisher: Redemption Press
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

"Burnt Orange" by Meiah Shaun

My Thoughts.....

I found "Burnt Orange" quite a interesting incredible read that focus on twin girls [fraternal]...Erika and Erin living in Orange, Texas in the 1990's. This coming of age read takes the reader into a emotional read as these twins suffered a type of abuse like no other coming mainly coming from their father. The author takes the story from early childhood, teenagers and on through young womanhood.

It was interesting see their girls grow and mature to womanhood as you continue to read. I love the fact that they had a grandmother around them when they really need her due to that father. I wondered a lot about the father and why he was the way he was in this story and at the end I was able to maybe understand why he had been the way he was toward his children due to what the twins had done. However, it still was no reason for the way he had treated them...especially Erin. Now, I don't want to spoil it for you the reader so you will have to pick up this story that is 'well written novel, detailed, and engaging and see for yourself. It was quite interesting seeing Erin and Erika growing up and even overcoming some of their many difficult s they had endured during their childhood. One thing that was for sure their mother had instilled some wonderful 'Christian' values that had grounded them in their adulthood. Truly forgiveness is a powerful thing! This was a really emotional, powerful journey that Erika and Erin had endured and in the end...well again you will have to pick up this read to see how this author bring it all comes out so well to the reader. Would I recommend? YES!

Thank you to the author for letting me read your novel and giving my honest opinion of this interesting story.
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review 2016-04-02 11:00
The Call of Freedom After Convent School: The Three Marias by Rachel de Queiroz
The Three Marias (Texas Pan American Series) - Rachel de Queiroz,Fred P. Ellison
Die drei Marias - Rachel de Queiroz

This one is a coming-of-age classic from Brazil surrounding the narrator-protagonist Maria Augusta, called Gusta, and her friends Maria José and Maria Glória. First published in 1939 the first-person narrative was quite ahead of its time showing the girl who grows up in the care of a convent boarding school and after her return home to her family abandons step by step her timidity as well as the limitations that religion and society impose on women of her time. Unlike many of her peers she doesn’t marry young, but she convinces her father to allow her to return to Fortaleza where she went to school and still has friends to learn a profession. Before long she is a fully trained typist with a job… and free to discover the world and the ways of men.


To learn more about this intriguing Brazilian novel click here to read the long review on my main book blog Edith’s Miscellany!

Source: edith-lagraziana.blogspot.com
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review 2016-03-12 23:34
House of Cars
House Of Cars (Fairley High Series) - Shelia E. Lipsey

Title:  House of Cars

Author:  Shelia E .Lipsey

Publisher: Bonita  and Hodge Publishing Group

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Four



"House of Cards" by Shelia Lipsey


My Thoughts...


What a interesting read about fourteen year old Nyl's and his family.  This author brings in some very good points showing how children can be so mean and cruel to each other.  Being homeless can be such a stressful situation as it was for the Person family after the death of a mom and wife.  This had been a well kept secret but after Nyl who was a HS freshman and star point guard on a basketball team  is spotted in a local soup kitchen...it all starts to come out about what all is going on in his life.  How will this be dealt with?  I liked how this author was able to bring this all out to the readers as she 'incorporates lessons about tolerance, sensitivity and hardship' in her read.    I found the characters mostly well developed, portrayed and believable giving the reader a well written story with enough twist to keep your attention till the end giving the reader a very thought provoking read.  Truly how we treat people is very important in our everyday life's.

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url 2016-02-28 05:57
Phonogram Volume 3 comes out March 22nd!



I'm in love with this series and I can't wait! 

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