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review 2019-01-20 06:10
Bigfeet
Monster - Frank Peretti

Quick review before I head to bed!

 

Overall, I really enjoyed this. I checked it out on Libby because I wanted a good Bigfoot story and that’s exacrly what I got. The Bigfoot squad were fabulous and I enjoyed learning about their culture and ways. 

 

This one’s a bit of a slow burn but when it did get scary I absolutely got the creeps. It takes some patience but it’s well worth it in my view. The book has Christian overtones but it wasn’t done in a way that felt heavy handed too me. The book is a tad anti-evolution but again, not super heavy handed.

 

Final rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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text 2019-01-05 11:00
Book Tour & Giveaway with Guest Post! The Prospero Chronicles by Fiona J.R. Titchenell!

 

 

https://www.silverdaggertours.com/

 


Welcome Readers! I glad you could join us, so let’s give a great big welcome to Fiona J.R. Tithenell who’s here today to tell us about The Prospero Chronicles and to give us some insight into what she edited out of the newest release – Stitches! Enjoy and don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAY!

 

 

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ABOUT THE BOOKS

 

 

Splinters
The Prospero Chronicles Book 1
by Fiona J.R. Titchenell & Matt Carter
Genre: YA Horror, SciFi

 

Under normal circumstances, Ben and Mina would never have had reason to speak to each other. He’s an easy-going people person with a healthy skepticism about the paranormal; she’s a dangerously obsessive monster-hunter with a crippling fear of betrayal. But the small Northern California town of Prospero, with its rich history of cryptid sightings, miracles, and mysterious disappearances, has no normal circumstances to offer.

 

When Ben’s missing childhood friend, Haley Perkins, stumbles out of Prospero’s surrounding woods and right into her own funeral, Ben and Mina are forced to work together to uncover what happened to her. Different as they are, their unlikely friendship may be the only thing that can save the town, and possibly the world, from its insidious invaders.


“A snapping, crackling, popping homage to classic horror.” —Kirkus Reviews.

“Whip-smart dialogue... genuinely terrifying Splinters, the descriptions of which will have fans of monster films utterly enthralled... A promising series opener, this will satisfy those readers who like their scary stories to be as clever as they are chilling." —KQG, the Bulletin of The Center for Children's Books.

 

“The stakes are high. The action is intense." —Washington Independent Review of Books.

 

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Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34202787-splinters

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/splinters-the-prospero-chronicles-book-1-by-fiona-j-r-titchenell-and-matt-carter

 

Riffle - https://www.rifflebooks.com/books/1031668

 

GBooks - https://books.google.com/books?id=r5HbDgAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=fiona+J.R.+Titchenell+Splinters&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjWju_-kczfAhUICawKHRSBBaYQ6AEIKjAA

 


!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 


Shards
The Prospero Chronicles Book 2

 

When autumn descends on Prospero, California, Ben hopes the normality of the new school year may offer a reprieve from the town’s paranormal horrors. Mina knows all too well that there are no reprieves and no normality to be had in Prospero, but even she can’t prepare for what the coming year holds.

 

On top of the vivid hallucinations that have plagued Mina since the attack on the Warehouse, and the brewing Splinter civil war that threatens all of humanity, inside the walls of Prospero High, Ben, Mina, and their expanding Network face a vicious campaign to destroy their friendship, and a mysterious assassin picking off human rebels – an assassin with powers like no Splinter they’ve fought before.

 

Ben and Mina’s one hope rests with a mysterious old man hiding in the woods outside of town; a living legend who may be able to teach them how to fight this dangerous new breed of Splinter. That is, assuming he doesn’t kill the pair of them himself.


“Titchenell and Carter hold nothing back in this solid sequel that thrills and expands on its predecessor. Aided by swift writing, relatable characters and unexpected scares, Shards is a chill-inducing delight.” —David Powers King, co-author of Woven.

 

“Maintaining the same level of popcorn-munching fun, Titchenell and Carter are taking The Prospero Chronicles in a promising direction.” —Joe Dell'Erb, Washington Independent Review of Books.


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Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34202828-shards

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/shards-by-fiona-j-r-titchenell-and-matt-carter

 

Riffle - https://www.rifflebooks.com/books/1031669

 

GBooks - https://books.google.com/books?id=ZZHbDgAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=fiona+J.R.+Titchenell+Splinters&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjWju_-kczfAhUICawKHRSBBaYQ6AEIMTAB

 

 

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

Slivers
The Prospero Chronicles Book 3


Ben

Growing up is hard, and growing up in Prospero is even harder, but I think we manage. I mean, yeah, my friends and I spend more of our time fighting a race of shapeshifting aliens than we do hanging out, but we have our fun. We go to parties, help each other with our classes, maybe even fall in love… 

 

I’ve no illusions that we live ordinary lives, but they’re our lives, and I’m going to make sure we make the most of them whether the Splinters want us to or not.

 

Mina

The truce is temporary. We will not humor the Splinters forever. It's only until the Slivers can be stopped, until the army of Shards being planted among our classmates can be disassembled, until we get our hands on the thing I'd almost given up believing in.

 

The humanity test.

For the chance to know, once and for all, who can be trusted, some dealings with monsters must be excusable. Inevitable. Just like this feeling between Ben and me.

 

And that has to be temporary too.


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Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34202866-slivers

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/slivers-by-fiona-j-r-titchenell

 

Riffle - https://www.rifflebooks.com/books/1031670

 

GBooks - https://books.google.com/books?id=ipHbDgAAQBAJ&pg=PT1&dq=fiona+J.R.+Titchenell+Splinters&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjWju_-kczfAhUICawKHRSBBaYQ6AEIODAC

 


!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 


Stitches
The Prospero Chronicles Book 4
by Fiona J.R. Titchenell

 

This is Prospero’s darkest hour. The few remaining humans trapped within the quarantine zone are all but defenseless against the multiplying forces of the Sliver Queen, Locusta. With Ben missing, Aldo among the enemy ranks, and more steel plates than bones left in her body, Mina’s passing the hours drowning in morphine and throwing heavy objects at her guards. 

 

Stripped of her weapons, her gadgets, and the Network itself, she has just one card left, hidden somewhere under her oft-sutured skin. It might be powerful enough to complete her life’s work once and for all… or to reach the one person who could make her life into more than a means to an end. But playing it will cost everything she has, or everything she believes in.

 

The final chronicle of Prospero waits in these pages.


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Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42648857-stitches

 

Riffle - https://www.rifflebooks.com/books/1031671

 

GBooks - https://books.google.com/books?id=0aF2DwAAQBAJ&pg=PT2&dq=fiona+J.R.+Titchenell+Splinters&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjWju_-kczfAhUICawKHRSBBaYQ6AEISzAF

 


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AVAILABLE in print or ebook

 

 

~Splinters~
**ebook only 99 cents!!**

 

Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Splinters-Prospero-Chronicles-Book-1-ebook/dp/B06XS6GS3M

 

iBooks - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/splinters/id1203794781

 

B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/splinters-f-j-r-titchenell/1120684596

 

GPlay - https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Matt_Carter_Splinters?id=r5HbDgAAQBAJ

 

Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/splinters-16

 

Smashwords - https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/701694

 


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~Shards~

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XTJMJPX

 

iBooks - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/shards/id1204969454

 

B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/shards-f-j-r-titchenell/1121794901

 

GPlay - https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=ZZHbDgAAQBAJ

 

Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/shards-22

 

Smashwords - https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/702706

 

 

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~Slivers~

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B072336BCM

 

iBooks - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/slivers/id1204972231

 

B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/slivers-fjr-titchenell/1125775358

 

GPlay - https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Matt_Carter_Slivers?id=ipHbDgAAQBAJ

 

Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/slivers-1

 

Smashwords - https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/702709

 


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~Stitches~


Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07K7JRHKY

 

iBooks - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/stitches/id1441378706

 

B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/stitches-fiona-jr-titchenell/1129822462

 

GPlay - https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Fiona_J_R_Titchenell_Stitches?id=0aF2DwAAQBAJ

 

Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/stitches-17

 

Smashwords - https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/905216

 


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Welcome Fiona! I am glad you could join us today to tell readers about The Prospero Chronicles. Are you ready to share what you edited out of the final chronicle?

 

 

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What did you edit out of this book?

 

Stitches probably had the biggest transformation from inception to final draft of any project I’ve ever worked on. I mean, it was originally going to be two books with two authors, so yeah, the cutting room floor got pretty crowded.

 

Maybe I should start at the beginning. My husband-slash-coauthor and I originally plotted out The Prospero Chronicles as a five part series. We signed it with a small publisher who only offered a contract for the first three books, with an option for more at their discretion. Determined but inexperienced authors that we were at the time, we decided we’d face that hurdle when we came to it and proceeded to write the first three books exactly as we’d planned them, with a massive cliffhanger at the end of the third.

 

Well, it turned out not to matter whether the publisher would have wanted books four and five after all, because we split with them shortly before the planned release of book three. The veritable soap opera that led up to the schism could fill more than a few blog posts, full of fishy accounting, name-calling, blame-shifting, unanswered emails, and broken promises, but long story short, the series went dormant for a long time while the rights to the characters were in limbo.

We moved on to other projects. Landed other contracts. Various exciting things happened.

Eventually, our superhero of an agent won back the rights and gave us the go-ahead to republish and finish the series independently. We created our own editions of Splinters and Shards and published the already-written Slivers, but then we had to talk about the finishing part.

 

We tried. We refined our outlines. We tried again. Matt’s heart just wasn’t in it. He’d grown apart from the characters, become attached to new ones in other worlds, and the publishing battle had left a sour taste in his mouth.

 

I, on the other hand, couldn’t let it go. Not the way we’d left it.

We agreed to condense the two planned books into one goliath of a book that would still have been quicker to finish, and Matt tried once more. He tried because he knew what it meant to me, but as any writer knows, if you can’t get excited about your own story, you’ll never excite anyone else with it. All the good intentions in the world couldn’t reignite that spark.

 

So we agreed that I would do it alone. That meant another replotting, to trim the ending down further and gear it more toward my solo strengths.

Things that got pruned in the course of all that include but are not limited to:

Almost an entire book’s worth of Mina and her father globetrotting in search of the Splinters’ weakness.

 

A whole lot of a freshly traumatized Ben trying to figure out how to run a resistance in an occupied town without her.

 

Half a book with the perspective divided three ways instead of two, following a third character’s efforts to stay undercover among the villains.

 

A quest to kill a hive of weaponized parasites.

A mercenary who could turn people to stone.

Two deaths scenes for characters who ended up surviving.
An ending for a character who ended up dying instead.

 

Ultimately, I think the result was a much tighter, punchier finale than we would have had otherwise, but there were some threads that didn’t end up going quite where they were expected to. I actually got as far as approving the cover art for Stitches, found myself staring at this beautifully creepy image of what was supposed to be the big bad of the whole series, and realized that her part of the story had been almost completely sidelined.

 

That meant another round of heavy reworking, to give her more time on the scene instead of just behind it, and a closer relationship with the heroes. The trouble was, we’d already set her up to be so dangerous that it was seriously difficult to put her in a room with anyone and justify how they would walk away alive. Matt was still consulting and editing for the series, so I went to him and said, “I need a power loader scene.”

 

Because when in doubt, invoke the glory of Sigourney Weaver.

What we came up with didn’t look much like a power loader scene, but it was exactly what was needed to give the final confrontation the proper significance, and it became one of the stranger action scenes in a series full of gooey shapeshifter battles, so I’m really excited to share it.


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Wow! That is fascinating! What do you think, readers?

 

 

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$20 Amazon, An ebook copy of Some Side Effects May Occur by Fiona J.R. Titchenell


Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and a giveaway!

 

https://www.silverdaggertours.com/sdsxx-tours/the-prospero-chronicles-book-tour-and-giveaway

 


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F.J.R. TITCHENELL is an author of young adult, sci-fi, and horror fiction, including Confessions of the Very First Zombie Slayer (That I Know of). She graduated from Cal State University Los Angeles with a B. A. in English in 2009 at the age of twenty. She currently lives in San Gabriel, California, with her husband, coauthor, and amazing partner in all things, Matt Carter, and their pet king snake, Mica.



Blog - https://fjrtitchenell.weebly.com/

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/FjrTitchenell

 

Twitter - https://twitter.com/FJR_Titchenell

 

Pinterest - https://www.pinterest.com/FJRTitchenell

 

Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/FionaJRTitchenellAndMattCarter

 

Goodreads - http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4384865.F_J_R_Titchenell

 

 

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https://www.silverdaggertours.com/

 

 

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review 2019-01-04 11:00
New Release Review! Caress of Fire (Dawn of Dragons #2) Mary Auclair!

 

 

 

You are mine, Marielle Jansen. You don't know it yet, but you are mine.

 

With her brother in debt to the biggest crime lord of the slums, Marielle does the only thing she can to save him. She takes the debt on herself. But the only way she can repay it is to be claimed as mate by a Draekon Lord and deliver him an heir.

 

She has no intention of following through with the deal plans to escape as soon as she's received payment. But when Lord Aymond Haal is found dead, Marielle is accused of his murder. Salvation comes in the unlikely form of Fedryc, son of Lord Aymond and the new High Lord.


In the harsh desert landscape, Marielle becomes Lord Fedryc's mate and finds pleasures she never suspected could exist. As Marielle navigates the dangerous world of the Draekons and tries to rescue her brother, an enemy lurks in the shadows; a dark force bent on the destruction of all that she holds dear.


But can a human woman trust an all-powerful Draekon Lord? And will Lord Fedryc's love be enough to protect her?

 

 

Publisher's Note: This gripping sci-fi alien romance has it all: dragons, passion and tension. It also contains explicit themes and is intended for adults only.

 

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The second Dawn of Dragons romance is a gripping and exhilarating read. The setting is futuristic apocalyptic with a feel of historical every once in a while adds a wonderful ambiance to this romance and the strong, vivid characters easily draw readers into their story and holds them prisoner until the very end. The romance between Arielle and Fedryc is full of sizzling chemistry, scorching passion and turbulent emotions and readers can’t help but become caught up in the story, not only in fascination but emotionally as well. Marielle’s tough situation has tensions boiling and finding pleasure that she could never imagine just adds to her emotional turmoil as she fights to rescue her brother. The relationship is further hampered by Fedryc’s need to find a traitor and stop a war which keeps this fast paced plot full of thrilling suspense, exciting events and spine tingling tension.

 

Surprising twists keeps readers guessing until the end and ensures that they stayed glued to pages in expectation of what will happen next. The author has a created an intriguing fantasy world with sexy alien dragons and she brings it all to brilliant life which makes it easy for readers to imagine each and every scene as if they are there as well as mesmerizing them into continuously turning the pages.

 

 


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Author's Book Page - https://www.maryauclair.com/caress-of-fire

 

 

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43300539-caress-of-fire

 

BookLikes - http://booklikes.com/caress-of-fire-mary-auclair/book,13994452

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/caress-of-fire-dawn-of-dragons-book-2-by-mary-auclair

 

Riffle - https://www.rifflebooks.com/books/1031540

 

 

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Caress of Fire is the 2nd book in the Dawn of Dragons series

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07M61TRTK?ref=series_rw_dp_labf

 

 

1 Touch of Ice
2 Caress of Fire

 

3 Kiss of Night

 

 

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AVAILABLE in ebook

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Caress-Fire-Dawn-Dragons-Book-ebook/dp/B07M5HFYM4?_bbid=11253004&tag=bookpage2-20

 

B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/caress-of-fire-mary-auclair/1130032621?ean=2940161193136

 

iBooks - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/caress-of-fire/id1447529769?_bbid=11253001&mt=11

 

Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/caress-of-fire-1

 

 

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Mary grew up in the quiet peace of a small rural village in the heart of Quebec, Canada.

 

She spent her childhood chasing butterflies and catching frogs, playing in the mud and generally being as unladylike as she could. Her love of science led her to complete a mechanical engineering degree at the Ecole Polytechnique of Montreal, where she met the love of her life.

Years later, as she enjoyed the role of full time mom to her two wonderful children, she decided to pursue her dream of becoming a writer.

She now write as much as her busy schedule allows to bring to life her inner world, filled with exotic planets, mysterious creatures and off course, hot, alpha heroes and the women who melt their hearts.

 

When she's not writing, she can be found in the garden, walking her dogs or playing with fire in her kitchen as a part time hit-or-miss chef.


Website - https://maryauclair.com/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15469519.Mary_Auclair

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/profile/mary-auclair

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/authormaryauclair/

 

Twitter - https://twitter.com/mauclairauthor

 

Pinterest - https://www.pinterest.com/maryauclairbooks/

 

 

 

 

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review 2018-12-31 02:26
Review: Saga, Volume 9
Saga Volume 9 - Fiona Staples,Brian K. Vaughan

Are you effing kidding me?!

 

What the hell did I just read?!!!

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review 2018-12-30 04:56
Review: Saga, Volume 8
Saga Volume 8 - Brian K. Vaughan,Fiona Staples

I die a little every time I read a volume.

 

Sweet Boy.

 

Kurti.

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