Book Review: The Night Before Christmas by Rose Collins

The Night Before Christmas by Rose Collins

(I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.)

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It was the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring,
Not even a … BEAR ?

Clement Clarke Moore's much loved poem is brought beautifully to life in this gorgeous picture book with a twist- as Santa visits a family of bears on Christmas Eve.

Share the Christmas magic and experience a whole new retelling of the timeless Christmas classic.

With beautifully illustrated pages, The Night Before Christmas is the perfect gift for any child.


Excerpt: Magic Unveiled: An Anthology by Multiple authors



NAME OF THE BOOK: Magic Unveiled: An Anthology

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Gypsum Jane’s Inkscapes

Review: Magic Unveiled: An Anthology by Multiple authors

Magic Unveiled: An Anthology by Alesha EscobarSamantha LaFantasieH.M.JonesDevorah FoxRaven OakJayme BeddingfieldAlice MarksRonovan Hester and Keith Goodno

( I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to authors Alesha Escobar and Devorah fox for making sure the copy was made available to me on NetGalley.)


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Either the wondrous or the perilous awaits us when we play a hand at magic.

A hard boiled detective chases the supernatural, unveiling a frightening world right alongside modern man's. A mother, able to grant wishes, shows us we must be careful what we wish for. An African Orisha might just pass you in downtown Los Angeles, eager to siphon some of your energy so that he will not fade out of existence.

From heart wrenching, ghostly goodbyes to relatives, to discovering sparks of otherworldly magic permeating contemporary society, these nine tales of magical realism and paranormal fantasy come together to form this enchanting and gripping anthology.


Review: Raven Song by I.A. Ashcroft

Raven Song by I.A. Ashcroft

(I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.)

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A century ago, the world burned. Even now, though rebuilt and defiant, civilization is still choking on the ashes.

Jackson, a smuggler, lives in the shadows, once a boy with no memory, no name, and no future. Ravens followed him, long-extinct birds only he could see, and nightmares flew in their wake. Once, Jackson thought himself to be one of the lucky few touched by magic, a candidate for the Order of Mages. He is a man now, and that dream has died. But, the ravens still follow. The nightmares still whisper in his ear.

Anna’s life was under the sun, her future bright, her scientific work promising. She knew nothing of The Bombings, the poisoned world, or the occult. One day, she went to work, and the next, she awoke in a box over a hundred years in the future, screaming, fighting to breathe, and looking up into the eyes of a smuggler. Anna fears she’s gone crazy, unable to fill the massive hole in her memories, and terrified of the strange abilities she now possesses.

The Coalition government has turned its watchful eyes towards them. The secret factions of the city move to collect them first. And, old gods stir in the darkness, shifting their pawns on the playing field.

If Anna and Jackson wish to stay free, they must learn what they are and why they exist.

Unfortunately, even if they do, it may be too late.

Raven Song is the first of a four book adult-oriented dystopian fantasy series, a story of intrigue, love, violence, and the old spirits in the shadows who wait for us to notice them again. Readers of Neil Gaiman, Holly Black, and Charlie Human will enjoy this dark magic-laced tale rooted on the bones of what our world could become.


Author Interview: Nicole Fitton

(Nicole Fitton is the author of All Tomorrow's Parties. Find my review of the book here )

     When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I think I was very young, maybe 6 or 7. As a child I always had my head in a book. I loved the fact that you could lose yourself completely in a novel written by someone who was from a different time or place – it still gives me a buzz now. I remember I used to write to authors telling them how amazing I found their books!

     How important is research to you when writing a book?
     Research is really important. You want people to believe what you have written, your characters right? In order to do that you need to have a level of credibility. You must do your research; it’s what helps readers really identify with the story.  I don’t think you can write about something if you do not understand it. I don’t mean become an expert, although sometimes that’s what it takes. I would never want someone to read something I’d written and say ‘oh no, I’m in that business, that’s not believable.’ I would be horrified.

Book Review: All Tomorrow's Parties by Nicole Fitton

All Tomorrow's Parties by Nicole Fitton

(I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.)

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Set in the music industry of 1980's London, All Tomorrow's Parties is a journey through life and love. Laine Marshall isn’t a product of the 1980s she is the epitome of it. 18 years of age and working for Vestal records, the hippest label around. She is truly living her dream. Taking the day to day hedonism in her stride, Laine experiences every emotion under the sun except the one she craves the most - love. With a backdrop of eighties classic songs, Laine Marshall's adventures take her to Italy where a chance encounter puts her onto a roller coaster of emotions that twist and turn. Someone is out to derail her 'happy ever after' but who and why? All Tomorrow's Parties will have your thoughts racing and your heart running for cover. Sometimes you have to play the cards you’ve been dealt and hope. Laine Marshall exemplifies hope.

Author Interview: Rich Paz

( Rich Paz is the author of  Enoch and the Stars above. Find my review of the book here. )          

What was the inspiration behind “Enoch and the stars above”? 

The inspiration came from my wife, Dafne. She challenged me to write a book, a life-long dream of mine. And also, the book is about human consciousness which has also always been another thing I´ve always been interested in. I´ve always wanted to help humanity in any way I felt possible, and I hope I can make it a reality through my books.  

 What was the hardest part of writing this book?  


The hardest thing about writing this book were the rewrites and the editing part. I also found it a challenge writing in first person because it was as though I was listening to the character in my head. It´s as though he was telling me when I was right or wrong. I know it sounds crazy, but I swear I could hear his every word. Really strange!

Excerpt: Enoch and the Stars above by Rich Paz

NAME OF THE BOOK: Enoch and the Stars above
AUTHOR: Rich Paz

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Hi Danica. Can you come back later? I'm sleeping!” Yawn! Yawn!

“I’m not going anywhere, ” she responds. “I saw something… strange, in your house and I know I’m not crazy.”

Book Review: Enoch and the Stars Above by Rich Paz

Enoch and the Stars Above by Rich Paz

(I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.)

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How will it all end? It was a night that would change Enoch´s life forever. It was a night like many others, yet strange and unusual. It was a star filled sky put together by uncertainty, yet in a breath of magic. It was a glorious day for Enoch. A dream fulfilled, a wish granted. He is chosen for a mission to save humanity as an alien and his space craft land in his backyard. He is visited by an interstellar caretaker and member of the Archs, Uriel. He comes to warn of his evil android counterparts whose intent is to annihilate the Earth and its every last breath. Enoch is then thrust into a position of great power and forges unlikely alliances to help save the world from its inevitable destruction. Universal reign shall never be the same again.

Book Review: The Glitch by Ramona Finn

The Glitch by Ramona Finn

(I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)

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On the brink of extinction, being human means more than just surviving.

In Lib’s world, it’s dangerous to stray from the Norm. In fact, for someone who doesn’t live up to the AI’s standards, it’s practically a death sentence. Lib learns this the hard way when she wakes up with her memories erased in a barren wasteland, and only one thought lodged in her mind:

It’s all her fault.

Lib is a Glitch—an imperfect human component of the Utopian Norm. Utterly alone, she’ll have to team up with her fellow Glitches Skye and Raj and the mysterious Rogue Wolf and his clan to survive. Wolf only cares about the survival of his group, but Raj thinks they can hack the AI and change the Norm for the better.

Now, Lib will have to decide which path to choose—whether to go with handsome loner Raj or stay with Wolf and his tight-knit group. Her heart is drawn to both, but she’s carrying a deadly secret that could jeopardize them all. Will she be able to save her newfound family and stop the AI before it’s too late?


Book Review: Rise of the Chosen by Anna Kopp

Rise of the Chosen by Anna Kopp

( I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)

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In Sam's world there are two rules. Rule #1: Nobody dies. Protect the living at all costs. Rule #2: Everybody dies. At least once.

The Waking was a global event in which a force called the Lifeblood invaded all humans who died. The few strong enough to control it came back as powerful immortals. The rest let the bloodlust take over and awoke with one goal - to kill.

Newly appointed Watch Guard Samantha Shields has a legacy to uphold. Her father died a hero defending their city and now she wants to follow in his footsteps. Except for the dying part, of course. Unfortunately, fate has other plans as she discovers deep dark secrets that make her choose between her loyalties and the lives of everyone in her city. Both rules are in play as Sam is forced to make hard decisions that could cost her everything - including the person she cares about most.


Book Review: Paths of the Shadow by Hannah Ross

Paths of the Shadow by Hannah Ross


(I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.)



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Meet Nicholas Swift, a determined bachelor and a skeptical historian. His work is made of dispelling myths and shedding light on the solid body of fact. When he is told by the residents of a small village about a strange phenomenon that can be observed in the area, he dismisses these rumors as old wives' tales. Sooner than he knows, however, he is drawn into an adventure he neither expected nor wished for as he discovers a magical link between our world and another quite unlike it.

Nicholas finds himself in a land full of loyalty and courage, but also blood thirst and danger. He meets a king who yearns for an heir, a man who hides a dark secret, and a woman who believes she has what it takes to keep her beloved land safe, but threatens countless lives in the process. In the midst of it all, Nicholas is left to figure out the purpose of his unique fate.


Book Review: Into the Between by Anna Webb

Into the Between by Anna Webb

(I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.)

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Allyra has an affinity for the past – memories, echoes or some combination of both. Her ability means she has never accepted the official story involving her father’s death, and searching for answers, she follows an echo into the Between, a dark and dangerous world she never knew existed, where only the Gifted can enter.

Barely surviving her first encounter with Revenants – the shadow creatures dwelling in the Between – Allyra is saved by the enigmatic Alex. She is forced to confront the fact that she is Gifted, something those closest to her had kept carefully hidden. As she begins to question whether her life has been a beautifully constructed lie, Alex becomes the one person she can trust, or can she?

The Gifted are rare, but Allyra is rare amongst them – an Elemental who can control not just one, but all four elements. Returning from the Between, she realizes her survival is tied to winning the deadly Elemental Trials, against Gifted opponents who will do anything to win. Even as she fights for her survival, Allyra struggles to learn whom she can trust in this new and lethal reality. She begins to understand that she is joining a game that started a long time ago, whose end might just lie with her affinity for the past.


Book Review: Angel of Night by Julie Simons

Angel of Night by Julie Simons

(I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.)

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He could guard an ancient temple or preside over the gates of Hell….

After enduring years of terrifying nightmares, a mysterious figure has begun to appear in Leah’s dreams. He's both grim and glorious--lit with the glory of the sunrise, yet his fierce countenance banishes the horrors that haunt her. She recognizes him as the imposing, enigmatic senior who has drawn her interest since first sight. He’s been frequenting her dreams for months but now seems to be watching her day and night, and Leah can’t resist fantasizing that the aloof boy everyone else is afraid of may actually be protectively watching over her. But her friends warn her that he’s dangerous. When Leah’s worst nightmares begin to materialize around her and her world begins to fray at the seams, her night angel is the only one Leah trusts to help her. Angel or demon, with danger closing in on her, she wants to believe that he can save her. But can anyone save her from herself? If she only knew what awaits her. There’s something Leah’s nightmares have been trying to tell her….


Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K.Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two by J.K. Rowling



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"It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn't much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse omniously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from the unexpected places."


**My Review is slightly biased due to the fact that I love all things Harry Potter**