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When Shadows Fall Blog Tour

An exciting new blog tour celebrating When Shadows Fall, the final book of the Dark Sun Dawn Trilogy by Stephen Zimmer, is taking place from January 15-22, 2020!  

The tour features interviews, guest posts, top tens, reviews, and even a tour-wide contest sponsored by the author!  The contest offers bonus entries for following participating bloggers on Twitter and includes signed copies of the entire trilogy in paperback editions, among several other prizes!

If you like action-drive fiction, fantasy, sword and sorcery, or heroic tales with a strong female protagonist, this is the trilogy and tour for you!

About the author:  Stephen Zimmer is an award-winning author and filmmaker based out of Lexington Kentucky. His works include the Rayden Valkyrie novels (Sword and Sorcery), the Rising Dawn Saga (Cross Genre), the Fires in Eden Series (Epic Fantasy), the Hellscapes short story collections (Horror), the Chronicles of Ave short story collections (Fantasy), the Harvey and Solomon Tales (Steampunk), and the Faraway Saga (YA Dystopian/Cross-Genre).

Stephen’s visual work includes the feature film Shadows Light, shorts films such as The Sirens and Swordbearer, and the forthcoming Rayden Valkyrie: Saga of a Lionheart TV Pilot.

Stephen is a proud Kentucky Colonel who also enjoys the realms of music, martial arts, good bourbons, and spending time with family.

Book Synopsis for When Shadows Fall:  When shadows fall, the dominion of light reigns.

Rayden Valkyrie and her companions enter the Imperial City, the heart of the rising Teveren Empire.  Never before has her gaze taken in a city so vast, wealthy, and populous.  

Sensual delights, grandiose spectacles, and the spilling of blood enthrall wealthy and poor alike.  Beneath the surface, Rayden senses an undercurrent of a darker nature.

Learning everything she can of the venomous secrets lurking within the shadows, little time remains before a host of northern tribes arrives outside its walls.

Power lies within blood, and dark rituals have unlocked mysteries from the depths of the abyss.

Legions are on the march, a storm is about to unleash, and a dark sun will soon rise.

When Shadows Fall, the conclusion of the Dark Sun Dawn Trilogy.

Author Links:

Website: http://www.stephenzimmer.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/stephenzimmer7

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/sgzimmer

Instagram:  http://www.instagram.com/stephenzimmer7

Tour Schedule and Activities

1/15     MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape      http://mylifemybooksmyescape.wordpress.com       Author interview

1/16     Armed with A Book     http://www.armedwithabook.com     Guest Post

1/17     Armed with A Book     http://www.armedwithabook.com     Top Ten’s List

1/17     Sapphyria’s Books       https://saphsbooks.blogspot.com/     Guest Post

1/18     I Smell Sheep   http://www.ismellsheep.com/            Guest Post

1/19     Jazzy Book Reviews     https://bookreviewsbyjasmine.blogspot.com/           Author Interview

1/20     The Literary Underworld        http://www.literaryunderworld.com  Guest Post

1/20     Beauty in Ruins – She Leads he Reads   https://femledfantasy.home.blog     Guest Post

1/21     Sheila’s Guests and Reviews   http://sheiladeeth.blogspot.com        Guest Post

1/22     The Book Junkie Reads . . .     https://thebookjunkiereadspromos.blogspot.com     Author Interview

1/22     Willow’s Thoughts and Book Obsessions       http://wssthoughtsandbookobsessions.blogspot.com/            Review

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Links for When Shadows Fall

Kindle Version:  https://www.amazon.com/When-Shadows-Fall-Dark-Dawn-ebook/dp/B07ZZJX1K8/

Amazon Print Version:  https://www.amazon.com/When-Shadows-Fall-Dark-Trilogy/dp/1948042908/

Barnes and Noble Link:  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/when-shadows-fall-stephen-zimmer/1135226703?ean=9781948042901

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Enter the When Shadows Fall Blog Tour Contest for a chance at many prizes including a signed trilogy in print! Extra entries available when you follow participating bloggers on Twitter!

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Review: To Come

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Featured Character: Aphrodite LaFont

House of Night is one of my favorite series of all time. For those who don’t know what it is, it’s a vampyre series written by a mother-daughter duo. We follow Zoey Redbird after she gets marked as a vampyre. She then moves into a private school where she will spend four years either learning to become a vampyre or her body will reject the change.

I loved this series very much. I’ve read most of the series more than once. I will definitely read it a couple more times in my lifetime. All of the characters have stuck with me. From Zoey Redbird all the way to Damien. They are all sweet, sassy, and/or dedicated. They all have their own unique personalities.

This series produced one of my favorite characters of all time. Aphrodite LaFont. She starts out as a completely unlikable person. I would love to say she fully changes and becomes lovable, but that would be a lie. Her role changes through the book (all I’ll say to prevent spoilers), but she remains the same personality wise.

Despite her attitude problem, she is one of the most authentic characters to ever exist. If she has a problem with someone, they will know it. In a heartbeat. There will never be any backstabbing from her. She has a phrase in the series that I actually still use to this day. I’ll keep from posting it here due to language, but some of you will know exactly what I’m referring to.

She may not be a role model, but she’s real. That’s why I like her so much. I may not be charmed by what she does or says, but I know that if she says she’s going to do something, she’ll do it. If she tells another character to straighten up, she means it. It’s not just to make a person feel like dirt. Well, at least later in the series. I love it! The series wouldn’t have been the same without her!

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The Best Is Yet To Come Blog Tour (Late)

A great new blog tour featuring a fantastic rising talent in speculative fiction awaits you, celebrating John F. Allen’s The Best Is Yet to Come, an exciting new collection featuring an array of stories in urban fantasy, fantasy, science fiction, horror and more!

Taking place January 13-20, 2020, the new blog tour features reviews, interviews, guest posts, videos, top tens, and more!

About the author: John F. Allen is an American writer born in Indianapolis, IN. He is a founding member of the Speculative Fiction Guild and a member the Indiana Writers Center. He began writing stories as early as the second grade and has pursued various forms of writing throughout his career. John studied Liberal Arts at IUPUI with a focus in Creative Writing and Literature, received an honorable discharge from the United States Air Force and is a current member of the American Legion. John’s debut novel, The God Killers was published in 2013 by Seventh Star Press, and he has had several novellas, short stories and articles published since. He is also an avid reader, accomplished visual artist and Jazz music aficianado.

John currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Book Synopsis for The Best Is yet To Come:   Featuring ten stories collected for the first time ever, The Best Is Yet to Come, presents nine years of creativity spun from the mind of John F. Allen. Action and adventure are ever present in these stories, but be prepared for some drama, horror, fantasy and science fiction as well.

This volume includes a holiday story, “An Ivory Christmas,” featuring Ivory Blaque, Allen’s bold heroine from his acclaimed urban fantasy series The God Killers, and the center of his literary universe, The Ivoryverse.

Also included are:

“Forest of Shadows” the debut of a fabled, ancient warrior named, Jaziri, Prince of Kimbogo Province.

You may want to think twice before venturing out into the dark woods of rural Indiana in “The Legend of Matchemonedo.”

A young, set assistant of a 50’s science fiction serial gets to embark on the journey of a lifetime in “The Adventures of Star Blazer.”

A young woman in late 1970’s Indianapolis, learns to be careful what you wish for in “HoodRatz.”

When a woman struggles to care for her ailing father, she discovers the truth behind her troubled past in “The Sweetest Autumn.”

Long ago, a noble samurai finds forbidden love with a beautiful, ebony skinned princess in “The African Princess.”

A mysterious, military operative is sent on a covert mission in Egypt, when he encounters an alien monster bent on revenge in “Lazarus.”

Forty years ago, a young boy discovers that family means everything in “The Chocolate Malt.”

The Best is Yet to Come also features the special bonus short story, “Witch Way is Up.”

Explore the words of John F. Allen today!

Author Links:

Website: https://johnfallenauthor.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/johnfallenauthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jfa_author

Tour Schedule and Activities

1/13     MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape      http://mylifemybooksmyescape.wordpress.com       Author Interview

1/14     Jazzy Book Reviews     https://bookreviewsbyjasmine.blogspot.com/           Author Interview

1/15     Sheila’s Guests and Reviews   http://sheiladeeth.blogspot.com        Guest Post

1/16     I Smell Sheep   http://www.ismellsheep.com/            Top Ten’s List

1/17     Beauty in Ruins – She Leads he Reads    https://femledfantasy.home.blog    Guest Post

1/18     The Literary Underworld        http://www.literaryunderworld.com     Guest Post

1/19     The Seventh Star Blog             http://www.theseventhstarblog.com             Guest Post

1/20     The Book Junkie Reads . . .     https://thebookjunkiereadspromos.blogspot.com     Author Interview

1/20     Willow’s Thoughts and Book Obsessions       http://wssthoughtsandbookobsessions.blogspot.com/            Review

Links for The Best Is Yet to Come

Kindle Version:  https://www.amazon.com/Best-Yet-Come-John-Allen-ebook/dp/B07YBTFM9P/

Amazon Print Version:  https://www.amazon.com/Best-Yet-Come-John-Allen/dp/1948042851/

Barnes and Noble Link:  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-best-is-yet-to-come-john-allen/1133901519?ean=9781948042857

Review: https://willowwritesandreads.com/2020/01/22/the-best-is-yet-to-come-by-john-f-allen-book-review/

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The Best Is Yet To Come by John F. Allen Book Review

This book is a collection of short stories. Therefore, I feel like it would be best if I give my thoughts on each story individually. I will then give my final thoughts on the book overall. This review will be a tad longer than my normal reviews. My normal reviews focus on stating what the story is about, my thoughts on it and the characters, my thoughts on the narration when possible, and my overall thoughts of all.

The Chocolate Malt: This one was very tragic and sad. Even though I’m saying this, I still wish some details would have been clarified and explained a little better. Other than that, I really did enjoy the story. It covers some real issues.

The Sweetest Autumn: Couldn’t relate to the main character at all. She was full of herself. If she didn’t understand it, then it was horrible. She was full of prejudices about almost everything. The message behind the story was pretty amazing.

Lazarus: This was a pretty interesting story. If it ever turns into a series of novels, I’d definitely read it. I kind of wanted more to the story than was given quite frankly. It definitely could have been a lot longer.

The African Princess: This one was a very tragic story. I believe it could cause a bit of triggering due to some sensitive issues that get brought up in this book. It is definitely not a story to read aloud to your children. Then again, I don’t think any of the stories in here really are.

Forest Of Shadows: This story disturbed me a bit. It also contains a few adult scenes in it. This is also another story that I felt could have been drawn out to add a bit more context to it. Maybe that’s just my opinion.

Hoodratz: This story definitely needs a trigger warning. There are also a few things that I didn’t really care for in the book that I don’t want to discuss publicly. It is a nice little PSA of the dangers we can get ourselves into, but I’ll leave it at that.

The Ivory Christmas: I really enjoyed this story. It was like a fairy tale does adult crime show. It was a refreshing little mix. There was a part that talked about an old tale but gave it a new spin that I thought was nice. The original is super cringy.

The Legend Of MatcheMonedo: This story was completely creepy. I feel like it would be the perfect kind of campfire spooky story. It wouldn’t be appropriate for young children, but for older teens and young adults, it would be great. It kind of reads like a mini horror movie honestly.

The Adventures Of Star Blazer: This was a pretty impressive read. I think this is one of my favorite of the stories, to be honest. In my honest opinion, I believe this would be better suited for a novel or novella at the very least. There’s a lot more of the story that I would have liked to read. I’d of loved to have been able to connect with the characters more and get to know them.

Witch Way Is Up?: This was my favorite one. It had some Buffy vibes. It also had some True Blood Vibes. I also felt a little Night Myst vibes. I’m not sure if anybody is familiar with that book. I absolutely loved it. I need to go back and read the book again and the rest of the series honestly. I need more! That’s all I can say.

I really enjoyed all these stories. I don’t think that any of them are completed by any means. I feel like I was basically reading pitches about novels or movies. I feel like a lot could have been added to all of the stories. I also feel like most of the stories could use a bit of a rewrite. They all have amazing potential. I can’t wait to see what else this author comes up with!

My Rating:

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Posted in Book Haul

Book Haul: January 20th, 2019

This haul will technically be for two weeks. I was unable to post much last week due to some personal home issues. I’d rather not talk about it. Just know that things have settled down. I won’t be including ebooks and audiobooks this time. I’ll start including them next week! There was just too many to include this week!

I’d love to see what you all got this week! Did you have a good reading week? Or two? How was your weekend?

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100 Followers!!!!!

I am beyond thrilled at this milestone. I am so thankful to everybody who takes the time out of their day to read my blogs. You make me dedicated to keep on posting. I promise to get better with consistency.

I feel like I should do a top 100 post to honor this great achievement. If this is something you’d like to see, please feel free to comment the top 100 things you’d like to see. I am so thrilled. I never thought I would get so far! Fear and anxiety kept me from pursuing this. I’m glad I ignored it for once!

Thank you again for following me and reading my blogs. You are the reason I keep posting. A special shout out to those of you who read every single one of my blogs. You are seen and appreciated. You make me feel special!

Thank you for reading!

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Tom's Inheritance by T.J. Green Book Review

Tom’s grandfather suddenly goes missing. The only thing that he says is that he’s going on a trip. Nobody thinks anything of it until he doesn’t return. When Tom starts to worry, a mysterious package shows up from his grandfather stating that he won’t be returning. Tom is left with more questions than he had before. He now thinks that his grandfather may be in danger.

While I wished for a bit more with this book, I really enjoyed it. It was very clever and unique. I love how each of the elements are portrayed as worlds in this book. It’s brilliant in my eyes! The only issue I had with the book was that it was too short for me. I say that about a lot of books. I love long stories. They are my preference. I do adore short stories as well.

I really loved the wit and wisdom of all the characters in the book. I love that a few of the characters in the book are one of my favorite paranormal creatures. Fairies! I can’t get enough of them. I was convinced I was a fairy as a child. I’ll leave it at that. The main character was pretty awesome except for a small part of the book where I wanted to smack him. I’m sure we have that issue with a lot of characters we read about.

This book was narrated by Nick Howden-Steenstra. I really enjoyed hearing the accent. I’m not sure if it’s his own accent or one that he uses for narrating. I do know that it’s very soothing. It made an already enjoyable story that much more enjoyable. I have not listened to anything else by this narrator, but I would definitely be willing to!

While this book was too short for my taste, I really did enjoy it. I am looking forward to picking up the rest of the series and seeing what happens from there. It’s unique and intriguing. I should mention that it is a King Author retelling. So to speak. It’s still very impressive. I loved the way they spun it.

My Rating:

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Anybody Want To Play War? Blog Tour (Late)

Get ready for a great new blog tour celebrating Tommy B Smith’s novel Anybody Want to Play WAR?, a suspense and coming of age tale that could be deemed a “coming of rage” story!

Taking place January 6-13 of 2020, the blog tour will feature opportunities for reviews, reviews, guest posts, video posts, and more!

About the author: Tommy B. Smith is a writer of dark fiction, author of The Mourner’s Cradle, Poisonous, and the short story collection Pieces of Chaos, as well as works appearing in numerous magazines and anthologies throughout the years. His presence currently infests Fort Smith, Arkansas, where he resides with his wife and cats. More information can be found on his website at http://www.tommybsmith.com.

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Book Synopsis for Anybody Want to Play WAR?:   Brutal injuries can leave scars.

As the teenaged survivor of a savage dog’s rampage, it’s a lesson Bryce Gallo will never forget.

Struggling to cope with his damaged appearance, along with a newfound fear of dogs and mounting anxieties at home and school, he flees his suburban home into the moonlit streets of St. Charles.

Along the roads of suburbia and through the shadowed heart of the city, he encounters Wheels, a maintenance worker for a series of apartment buildings; Paloma, known to some by the moniker of Lady Luck; and a woman in a dark house who is, as far as Bryce can fathom, like no one else he has met before.

His new life is not without obstacles or enemies, he learns. The future is a battlefield. Fire and smoke loom on the horizon, and his dangerous course may see the lives of his family and friends forever changed.

Author Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorTommyBSmith/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/penofchaos

Tour Schedule and Activities

1/6       MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape      http://mylifemybooksmyescape.wordpress.com       Author Interview

1/7       The Seventh Star Blog             http://www.theseventhstarblog.com             Guest Post

1/8       Jazzy Book Reviews     https://bookreviewsbyjasmine.blogspot.com/           Author Interview

1/9       The Literary Underworld        http://www.literaryunderworld.com         Guest Post

1/10     Carol Preflatish, Mystery Author        http://carolpre.blogspot.com    Guest Post

1/11     Armed With a Book     http://www.armedwithabook.com     Guest Post

1/12     Sheila’s Guests and Reviews   http://www.sheiladeeth.blogspot.com           Guest Post

1/13     Willow’s Thoughts and Book Obsessions       http://wssthoughtsandbookobsessions.blogspot.com/            Review

1/13     Meghan’s House of Books      https://mhyden.blog/      Review and Interview

Links for Anybody Want to Play WAR?

Kindle Version:  https://www.amazon.com/Anybody-Want-Play-Tommy-Smith-ebook/dp/B07Y45ZYG2/

Amazon Print Version:  https://www.amazon.com/Anybody-Want-Play-Tommy-Smith/dp/1948042843/

Barnes and Noble Link:  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/anybody-want-to-play-war-tommy-b-smith/1133901518?ean=9781948042840

My Review: https://willowwritesandreads.com/2020/01/16/anybody-want-to-play-war-by-tommy-b-smith-book-review/

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