Happy book birthday to Pumpkin Spice Pie-Jinks, Reese, and her magical bakery!
If you’re ready for all things fall, pie, and tricky, sweet magic, check out this novella inspired by Hansel & Gretel.
But don’t rely on me. Take a look at the blurb!
When fate comes knocking, feed it pie!
Reese was never a risk-taker…that is, until she quit her job to open a bakery serving magical pies from her home. Now, she has the opportunity of a lifetime to win a contract with the visiting Autumn Court. But when two troublesome Fae appear on her doorstep, determined to find a mate for their prince, Reese’s life is thrown into chaos, and she begins to question every choice she has made. Can she learn to take a risk on her new life, despite the troubles around her? Or will the mischief of the Fae drive her business into ruin-forcing her to move back in with her parents? This light and entertaining tale is inspired by Hansel & Gretel and is a perfect way to celebrate the autumn season.
Need more convincing? How about a quote from the story?
Trouble is brewing…and maybe a little romance! If I’ve convinced you, or if you want to see more, check it out from your favorite retailer here or add it to Goodreads!
And if you read it, I’d love it if you could leave a review! Even something as simple as a single line is enough to help this book be seen.
Guys, it’s time! I don’t have an official buy link for you yet, but I am ready to share the beautiful cover of Pumpkin Spice Pie-Jinks with you!
But first, the blurb.
When fate comes knocking, feed it pie!
Reese was never a risk-taker…that is, until she quit her job to open a bakery serving magical pies from her home. Now, she has the opportunity of a lifetime to win a contract with the visiting Autumn Court. But when two troublesome Fae appear on her doorstep, determined to find a mate for their prince, Reese’s life is thrown into chaos, and she begins to question every choice she has made. Can she learn to take a risk on her new life, despite the troubles around her? Or will the mischief of the Fae drive her business into ruin–forcing her to move back in with her parents? This light and entertaining tale is inspired by Hansel & Gretel and is a perfect way to celebrate the autumn season.
Today is the day! “Of the Clouds” is finally out! That means those of you who have been waiting can finally get your hands on this sweet, adventurous, and hopeful retelling of Rapunzel!
Here’s the blurb:
What would you do to be free?
Shaman-in-training Quri only knows her master’s hut…until the neighboring prince arrives, showing her what life could be. But her master has other plans for Quri, and she will stop at nothing to keep her young apprentice from leaving her, including locking her in an old tomb. Now, Quri must defy her master to learn the magic she needs to free herself or lose her chance for the prince, her own happiness, and the life she wants. Can Quri find the strength she needs to save herself and the prince, or will the shaman keep her locked up forever?
This sweet and exciting retelling of Rapunzel will have you asking what you would do for your freedom.
For the Love of a Word comes out in just two short days! I know I’m a little early to celebrate the release, but I really wanted to focus on this with its own dedicated post at our regularly scheduled time.
Because this book is for us. All of us. The authors. The creatives. The book lovers.
It has the words and hearts of sixteen different authors! Including me. If you’ve been around a while, you know how I love to talk about all things books and my love of writing and storytelling. And this book is just that. Authors sharing their love of story.
Here’s the blurb:
A collection of love letters to creative souls.
For your inspiration and encouragement.
“There is a strange beauty in this lonely work; to create is to realize my connection with things greater than myself, and soon enough the work is not lonely at all, but blessed and beloved.”
Featuring the words of sixteen writers, For the Love of a Word is designed to encourage, inspire, and uplift you in your journey.
It will be out in TWO DAYS!!! But I also wanted to give you guys one last chance to get your hands on the pre-order bundle through Annie’s website.
Pre-orders ONLY through her site can get so many extras: bookmarks from some of the participating authors, photo cards, swag, and a printable 8.5″ x 11″ poster to download, in addition to your beautiful book. And wouldn’t that be a great gift for you or the bibliophile in your life?
Or, if you’re not quite ready, you can always add it to Goodreads! And if the swag pack isn’t for you, that’s fine too. You can still get this book on Amazon!
Whether this interests you or not, I hope you will continue to celebrate the love of storytelling with me here on the blog. 🙂
Today I have the absolute pleasure to share Savannah Jezowski’s newest release, Curse and Consequence. If the title doesn’t give it away, this is a regency-inspired fantasy perfect for fantasy lovers who also love Jane Austen!
Check it out:
When Love visits Ravenhead Hall, sparks fly…quite literally.
Miss Rea Abernathy only wants to honor the family who has taken her under their wing, rescuing her from a life of poverty. But thanks to two determined suitors, she finds herself in a state far worse than the one from which her benefactress saved her.
When Mr. Sedgwick Whitby sets his sights on his mother’s sweet-tempered pig keeper, his orderly life is thrown into chaos: Rea’s station is less–than-desirable, and another gentleman may be pursuing her. Hoping to get his annoyingly charming twin brother out of the way, Sedgwick purchases a simple curse from a disreputable faery which consequently plunges them all into a misfortune far more serious than troubles of the heart.
With time running out to break the curse and tempers flying high, can Sedgwick and Rea set things right and find love after all? Jane Austen meets dragons in this frolicking fantasy romance about a comely pig keeper, two wealthy gentlemen, and the curse binding them all together. Perfect for fans of Diana Wynne Jones and Gail Carson Levine.
Still need more? Here’s a taste!
This book just came out yesterday, in time for July 4th, so you can head over to Amazon to snap up a copy now, or add it to your Goodreads shelf!
About the Author
Savannah Jezowski lives in Amish country with her Knight in Shining Armor and a wee warrior princess. She is the founder of Dragonpen Designs and Dragonpen Press, which offers author services such as cover design, developmental edits, and interior formatting. Her debut novella “Wither” is featured in Five Enchanted Roses, an anthology of Beauty and the Beast, and is a prequel to The Neverway Chronicles, a Christian fantasy series filled with tragic heroes and the living dead. She is also the author of When Ravens Fall, a Norse Beauty and the Beast retelling. She is featured in several Fellowship of Fantasy anthologies, including Mythical Doorways, Tales of Ever After, and Paws, Claws, and Magic Tales. When she isn’t writing, Savannah likes to read books, watch BBC miniseries, and play with cover design. She also enjoys having tea with her imaginary friends.
This truly has been a summer for new releases! Today, I’ll introduce a character who is not all he appears…a dragon shifter!
But first, let’s learn about the book.
Beroan is a shapeshifter, part of the dragon clan. His clan’s Alpha, Sirath, wants to watch the world burn.
For ten long years Sirath has attacked villages, killing thousands of humans and burning towns to the ground. Beroan has had enough, but his resistance will only end in suffering.
Nsi is a human living in a small village with her grandmother and cousin. Her ignorance about the existence of shifters won’t protect her for long. Her family was killed in a dragon attack when she was younger, and now dragons have come again. Now she will stop at nothing until the dragon shifters are stopped, to save humans from suffering the same fate as her family.
Together, Nsi and Beroan will risk everything to save humanity from Sirath.
Darkness is spreading through the galaxy, Corrupting one world after another, and now it has come for theirs. Sirath already belongs to the Corruption of darkness.
He will not stop until he burns down the world and leaves it covered in fire and ash.
Wow, that’s sounds fantastic! If this interests you, you can purchase the book here. It just came out yesterday!
There’s also an AWESOME giveaway running where you could win a book reading light, book holder, toy dragon, a tote bag, and a puzzle of Shifter’s cover!
And now, our special guest!
Hello, Beroan, and welcome to the blog! Why don’t we start off by learning a little bit about you?
Greetings. I am called Beroan and I am one of the dragon changers.
A dragon changer? What’s that? Do you enjoy it? Are you from the only dragon shifter clan?
I can change between my human form and my dragon form at will. Yes, I enjoy it immensely, but I much prefer to be in my dragon form because it allows me to view the earth at a distance; to see it as a whole, than as separate pieces.
Also, I dislike human clothes. They feel… confining. Yes, there is only one dragon clan.
Sirath sounds pretty terrifying. What finally made you decide enough was enough?
Sirath wishes to burn down the world. I cannot let him destroy humankind. When he called upon me and the Ba’sih’aa’n—the ones who breathe fire—to burn a village, I was a witness to all the death and destruction around me. It is not what God wants and it caused a great pain in my heart. Iy-m’aa-rah’t.
What is your biggest dream for yourself?
To fly free among the clouds, to free my clan from Sirath’s Alpha command, and to ensure that the humans may live peacefully. They do not know of the Ba’ny—the ones who change. I believe they should be left to themselves.
What about your biggest fear?
The events that take place are as God wants, though should Sirath win and the humans killed… for the world to be a place of death and destruction that leaves only the ash behind, that is a world I could not live in.
If you could go back and change one thing about your life, what would it be? Why?
I would stop Sirath from killing my father.
Thanks for visiting! It was certainly interesting getting to know you. 🙂
Et’r-ba’an’y. Until we meet again.
Don’t for get to enter the giveaway! (and take a look at the book)
About the Author
Joanna White earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing for Entertainment at Full Sail University. The Valiant Series is her first published work. She lives in the country of Missouri with her husband, where she continues to work on her other upcoming books. Writing has been a passion ever since she was ten, when she wrote her first book. Ever since then, writing has become her life outside of her family, God, and being a nerd. Hunter and Shifter are the first two books of the Valiant Novels to be published.
Today I am very excited to share the newest release in the Steel City Genie series by Janeen Ippolito! I read the first book, If Wishes Were Curses, right around the time my own genie book came out, and it was so good with such a unique set of characters. There are shifters, vampires, genies, and creatures I’d never heard of before! Plus, it’s set in my home state, just out in Pittsburgh instead of the eastern half!
Enough of me, here’s more about the book!
I was done with my Jinn ex-boyfriend—but now I’m the only one who can save his life.
already in enough trouble with my magic going crazy right when I’m opening a
storefront for romantic crimes consulting. The last thing I need is
interference from Kiran Singh, who failed spectacularly as a boyfriend, and now
wants me back with some crappy excuse of helping him track down illegal,
dangerous love potions.
one of his other exes tries to kill me in a fit of jealous, doped-up rage—and
ends up dead herself, with all evidence pointing to Kiran.
vegetarian vampire mate, Cendric, is convinced Kiran is up to something. But
homicide isn’t Kiran’s style, even if he’s starting to show serious
psycho-jealousy of his own. Someone else is pulling the strings, and they don’t
care how many people die from fake love.
If we can’t track down the real mastermind, my ex is going to disappear.And not in the way I’d wish.
This one was already on my pre-orders after I finished book one. You won’t want to miss this urban fantasy series…it’s a ride!
Janeen Ippolito writes steampunk fantasy and urban fantasy, and creates writing resources, including the reference book World Building From the Inside Out and the creative writing guide Irresistible World Building For Unforgettable Stories. She’s an experienced teacher, editor, author coach, marketer, and is the leader of Uncommon Universes Press, a small traditional science fiction and fantasy publishing house. She’s also the cohost of the podcast Indie Book Magic. In her spare time, Janeen enjoys sword-fighting, reading, pyrography, and eating brownie batter. Two of her goals are eating fried tarantulas and traveling to Antarctica.
Summer is upon us! To celebrate, I’m banding together with a bunch of other authors to have some summer fun (and give all of you a chance to win some fantastic prizes!)
Here’s the official info:
FSF Readers Lounge Presents its first ever Solstice Scavenger Hunt. Running from June 16th to June 29th – 19 authors joined forces to offer readers a chance at $75 cash via PayPal and 19 eBooks as a Grand Prize! 38 secondary prizes (an eBook from one of our participating authors) will be given to randomly chosen participants with the correct answer.
To play for a chance to win you must go to each of the authors sites listed below, collect the “hidden” word(s), unscramble them, and then enter to win! Enter Here! Entering does not enter you into anything! You have the option to choose who to subscribe to and who to follow – the only requirements are 1- you must follow the Facebook page for the Readers Lounge in order to get the winners announcement and -2- use the link to enter the giveaway, but I hope you choose to follow the wonderful authors participating in this hunt!
Seriously, check out all these prizes!
$75 Cash via PayPal
eBooks up for prizes:
A Bit of Magic
Curse Breaker: Enchanted
Ian’s Realm Saga
The Fox and The Hunter
The Glass Gargoyle
The Hand of Atua
This Cursed Flame
Witch’s Moonstone Locket
I am also running another giveaway for the book I have as part of the grand prize: This Cursed Flame. Winners will receive an ebook in their preferred format, and US winners will also receive a bookmark in the mail (sorry, international friends. I haven’t quite figured out international mailing yet).
And if that’s not enough for you, how about a free, exclusive short story? (You have the opportunity to use this as an entry in my personal giveaway, too!) All you need to do is subscribe to my newsletter, and a fantasy short story will make its way to your inbox! (just remember to click through to the rafflecopter to actually submit the entry)
And without further ado, here is your secret word:
There you have it! Be sure to continue the scavenger hunt to collect the rest of the words!
(The secret word is “happiness”, just in case anyone is unable to see the image for some reason)
Make sure to visit all the sites to gather all your words!
H.L. Burke’s new book comes out soon…check out her awesome cover!
Today I have another upcoming release for you, this one from the very talented H. L. Burke! I’ve seen her talking about this so much over the past few months, and I am so excited to read it when it releases.
Anyway, before the cover, here’s the blurb:
The secret lies with the Heart.
Born with a magical knack for manipulating emotions, Leodora’s only dream is to ensure her talented little sister dances on the biggest, brightest stage in the Republic: The Curiosity, a grand old theater of tradition and innovation. After escaping a cruel carnival, Leo secures her sister a place in the Curiosity’s chorus line, and herself a job as a professional audience member, swaying the crowd’s mood with her magic. The girls have a home for the first time in their lives.
Then a tragic accident darkens the theater. A greedy businessman begins blackmailing Leo, and financial woes threaten to close the show forever. The Curiosity’s sole hope lies in a mythical power source hidden beneath the maze-like passages and trapdoors of the theater—the Heart. And Leo’s only friend Paxton, nephew of the theater’s stagemistress, is the key to finding it.
While Leo and Paxton hunt for the Heart, the blackmailer’s threats loom larger. Mysterious figures, cryptic clues, and deadly traps hinder the search at every turn. If the friends cannot recover the Heart in time, Leo and her sister will be cast out of the only home they’ve ever known, and the final curtain will fall on The Curiosity.
Enter a world reminiscent of The Greatest Showman, with a puzzle worthy of Sherlock Holmes and National Treasure, in this new Steampunk Fantasy from H. L. Burke.
And now, the moment you’ve been waiting for.
You can find this book in all your favorite places…including an autographed copy from the author herself! It will be out on June 27th.
Born in a small town in north central Oregon, H. L. Burke spent most of her childhood around trees and farm animals and was always accompanied by a book. Growing up with epic heroes from Middle Earth and Narnia keeping her company, she also became an incurable romantic.
An addictive personality, she jumped from one fandom to another, being at times completely obsessed with various books, movies, or television series (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Star Trek all took their turns), but she has grown to be what she considers a well-rounded connoisseur of geek culture.
Married to her high school crush who is now a US Marine, she has moved multiple times in her adult life but believes that home is wherever her husband, two daughters, and pets are.
This book is finally out in the world and touching people’s lives! It’s been such a long journey, and I am so so thankful for all the people who have contributed along the way. There is a full list of people who have helped me in the acknowledgements section of my book, but I absolutely want to take a minute to thank my husband, family, friends, and all the professionals who have worked with me since the book’s story seed in 2011.
And thank you, readers, so much for taking this journey with me. I hope this book means as much to you as it has to me! And I promise, now we are back to our regular posting schedule (until the next release!).
Don’t forget to jump over to Facebook for the party tonight from 4-7 pm eastern, and put in your entries for the giveaways! I have hand-painted genie bottles, signed paperbacks, and signed bookmarks, all just waiting for a new home. Giveaways will be open until Monday April 29th, and then I will be choosing winners!
and Safiyya appeared in a shadowed corner of a loud, crowded city. Cars sped by
with alarming disregard for pedestrians. People rushed about, some intent on
the sidewalk ahead of them, some entirely engrossed in their phones. No one
seemed to take notice of their sudden appearance, and, oddly, Janan couldn’t
see any of the other djinn pouring through the portal with them.
the portal dropped everyone in different sections of the city?
plunged into the sunlight outside the alley, and finally people jumped back. It
wasn’t every day that humans saw an ocelot and a purple-eyed girl covered in
blood and dressed in what looked like a costume. For all they knew, she was a
struggling actress in a remake of Aladdin
in her loose violet dress, embellished with gold embroidery and gemstones.
looked around, trying to find someplace quiet, somewhere away from prying eyes.
Safiyya said, drawing a few puzzled and concerned looks. They ducked back into
the alley before she continued. “Do you still have that bottle?”
placed a hand on the wall of the building to steady herself and opened the bag
slung across her body, feeling around for the wrapped bottle. It felt whole,
somehow unbroken. “Yes, I think so.”
I have an idea! Put the bottle on the ground.”
pulled it out of her bag and placed the unwrapped crystal on the cement between
them. Icy fingers of fear clawed at her heart—fear for her family, fear for
herself. She would never be safe. Never.
sat next to it, turning serious eyes on Janan. “We have to do the Binding.”
Janan exclaimed, unable to control her reaction. Too much had happened, and she
was past her limit. Her stomach turned at even the thought of using her magic,
and she wasn’t sure she was capable of such an extensive spell. And Safiyya
certainly couldn’t do it alone. “Isn’t that too extreme?”
yes, but what choice do we have? The others will find us, and this is our best
chance to evade Ahriman.”
here?” Janan looked around the trash-filled alley.
also glanced around, glaring at a stray cat. The cat glared back at her with
dull yellow eyes. “I can add a protection spell. Move the bottle somewhere
please,” Janan said, her voice barely above a whisper.
reached a paw over the bottle, and Janan grasped it. They closed their eyes,
focusing all their energy, all their magic, on the bottle between them. Then,
they concentrated on weaving their own energy into the crystal lattice.
the attachment grew, their bodies phased out of physical being, becoming a
light vapor that swirled in the weak air currents, mixing lavender and green
smoke where they had been sitting.
the attachment complete, they became physical again and opened their eyes.
just need to hide long enough for the others to find us,” Safiyya said. “And
you can get some rest in here. As soon as we’re inside, the bottle will take us
Janan gave her a small
smile, and they vanished in a swirl of smoke, disappearing into the top of the