Weekly Wrap Up: March 10th through March 16th, 2019

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Clicking on the pictures under Books I’ve Read, NetGalley Haul,and Email Haul will take you to Goodreads.

Clicking on the pictures under Books with Pending Reviews and Books with Published Reviews will take you to Amazon.

Clicking on the pictures under Freebies I Scored (which were free at the time I got them.) will take you to Amazon, BookFunnel, or Prolific Works (I will say which one under the picture).

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Books I’ve Read

Smitten by the Brit (Sometimes in Love Book 2) by [Johnson, Melonie]
Breaking His Rules by [Mann, Aliza]
Bethlehem: A Novel by [Kelly, Karen]

The Secret of Scroton Hall by Kate Carteret

The Betrayer (Crossing Realms Series Book 3) by [Neely, Rebecca E.]

Books with pending reviews

Breaking His Rules by [Mann, Aliza]
Bethlehem: A Novel by [Kelly, Karen]

Books with published reviews:

The Lich's Heart (The Windhaven Chronicles) by [Davis, Watson]
The Betrayer (Crossing Realms Series Book 3) by [Neely, Rebecca E.]
The Liar's Child: A Novel by [Buckley, Carla]
Moonlight & Whiskey by [Lynne, Tricia]
If, Then: A Novel by [Day, Kate Hope]

NetGalley Haul:

An Unorthodox Match by [Ragen, Naomi]
The Earl Next Door (First Comes Love Book 1) by [Grey, Amelia]

Email Haul

Bloodline Destinies by [Foos, Iuliana]
Bloodline Origins by [Foos, Iuliana]

Freebies I Scored (Free at the time of posting. Please check the price before purchase!!) 

Silk and Shadows (The Silk Trilogy Book 1) by [Putney, Mary Jo]
Sharp Practice: Bourbonland Book 1 by [Bramseth, Jennifer]
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Knocked Up by the Single Dad: A Secret Baby Office Romance (Knocked Up Series Book 2) by [Monroe, Lilian]
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Voyeur by [Cole, Fiona]
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Sparrow by [Shen, L.J.]
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Intense: A Dark Billionaire Romance by [Hamel, B. B.]
From Amazon

Giveaways/Contests I entered:

Force of Nature Cover Reveal Giveaway

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap-Up

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

Top-Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Foodie Friday

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The Lich’s Heart (The Windhaven Chronicles) by Watson Davis

The Lich's Heart (The Windhaven Chronicles) by [Davis, Watson]

5 Stars

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Date of publication: March 14th, 2019

Genre: Dark Fantasy

Series: The Windhaven Chronicles

The Devil’s Library—Book 1 (review here)

The Shepherd Girl’s Necklace—Book 2 (review here)

The Archbishop’s Amulet—Book 3 (review here)

The Snowtiger’s Trail—Book 4 (review here)

The Lich’s Heart—Book 5

Where you can find The Lich’s Heart: Amazon

Synopsis:

A rebellion rising. A land under siege. Can a conflicted priestess defeat an ancient, ruthless magic?

Hanno’s husband is dead. Filled with pain, the priestess and healer questions her faith in the almighty Eternal Council. When she unknowingly aids a wounded rebel, she’s forced to choose between returning to her old life or taking up arms against the rulers she used to worship…

Deep within the heart of the rebel ranks, Hanno witnesses the Council cut down the lives of her new and dwindling allies. But the healer knows a secret. And if she’s able to reach the enemy’s hidden, vulnerable weakness, then the rebels may just have a chance to avoid obliteration.

Can Hanno guide her people to freedom, or will vicious rulers make her pay dearly for her betrayal?

The Lich’s Heart is a thrilling dark fantasy in the sweeping Windhaven Chronicles. If you like determined heroes, mythical lands, and swords and sorcery, then you’ll love Watson Davis’s epic adventure.

Buy The Lich’s Heart to rise up against dark magic today!


My review:

Hanno is a healer in a small village. Once a priestess of Gal-nya, she retired to the village to mourn her husband. Her peaceful life comes to an end when she heals a wounded rebel. She gets caught up in a rebellion that makes her the figurehead. With the rebel forces being decimated, Hanno must go on a journey. Her mission: Find the heart of one of the Eternal Council and destroy it. But it is easier said than done. Can she do it? Can Hanno take down a Council member? Or will she die trying?


Hanno: I liked Hanno and I understood her reluctance to get involved with the rebellion. She was a healer. Her vow was to heal people whenever she could. She wasn’t going to ignore an injured person because they were a rebel. If they needed healing, she was going to do it. She was also a little naive. She kept giving people the benefit of the doubt. But, at the same time, it was refreshing.

What I also liked about Hanno was that she was conflicted. She stayed conflicted for almost the entire book. I got why she was so conflicted. She still believed in the temple and its teachings. But at the same time, she understood why the people were rebelling. Even towards the end of the book, she was still trying to pave the way for communication.


If you have been reading this blog long enough, my love for dark fantasy is well known. I have become picky about what kind of dark fantasy books that I read. When I read the blurb for The Lich’s Heart, I knew that it was going to be a great book. And it was.

The plotlines for The Lich’s Heart were well written. The author did a great job of keeping the pace of the book up for the entire book. There was no lag. There were no dropped storylines. The storylines were also wrapped up in a way that I liked too.

The secondary characters made the book. I was surprised by the appearance of Gartan. I liked seeing this different side to him. He cared for Hanno and she for him. The other characters in the book flushed it out. They added extra depth that was needed.

There is a lot of violence and violent situations in The Lich’s Heart. There were several scenes where I did wince. But I also realized that this book wouldn’t be as good as it is if there wasn’t violence. That whole culture is a violent one. The book couldn’t have been written any other way.

The end of The Lich’s Heart was interesting. While the plotlines were wrapped up, I still had some questions. Mainly after reading the final chapter.


I would give The Lich’s Heart an Adult rating. There is no sex but there are sexual situations discussed in the book. There is no language. There is explicit violence. I would recommend that no one under the age of 21 read this book.

I would reread The Lich’s Heart. I would also recommend this book to family and friends.


I would like to thank the author for allowing me to read and review The Lich’s Heart.

All opinions stated in this review of The Lich’s Heart are mine.


Have you read The Lich’s Heart?

Did you like it or not?

Have you ever been pulled into something against your wishes?

Let me know!!

Weekly Wrap-Up: March 3rd through March 9th, 2019

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Books I’ve Read (clicking on the picture will bring you to Goodreads):

Play to Win: A Wynn Hockey Novel by [Jamieson, Kelly]
An Unfortunate Dimension by [Schunker, Dominic]
The Lich's Heart (The Windhaven Chronicles) by [Davis, Watson]

Books with pending reviews (clicking on pictures will bring you to Amazon):

Inspection: A Novel by [Malerman, Josh]

Play to Win—review coming March 19th, 2019

Play to Win: A Wynn Hockey Novel by [Jamieson, Kelly]

The Lich’s Heart—review coming March 14th, 2019

The Lich's Heart (The Windhaven Chronicles) by [Davis, Watson]

Springtime at Hope Cottage—review coming March 5th, 2019

Springtime at Hope Cottage: Includes a bonus short story (Sweetwater Springs Book 2) by [Rains, Annie]

Between the Lies—review coming March 5th, 2019

Between the Lies by [Adams, Michelle]

Books with published reviews (clicking on pictures will bring you to Amazon):

An Unfortunate Dimension by [Schunker, Dominic]
Springtime at Hope Cottage: Includes a bonus short story (Sweetwater Springs Book 2) by [Rains, Annie]
Ice Hot: A New York Nighthawks Novel by [Goodwin, Tracy]
Between the Lies by [Adams, Michelle]

NetGalley Haul:

Rogue Most Wanted (The Cavensham Heiresses Book 5) by [MacGregor, Janna]
I Know You: A gripping suspense thriller with a heart-stopping twist by [Therme , Erik]
Bright Burning Stars by [Small, A.K.]
Realm by [Weis, Alexandrea]

Email Haul:

The Goal (Off-Campus Book 4) by [Kennedy, Elle]
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Caught on Camera: Part one: Gay Romance by [Harlem, Lily]
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Fatal Lies by [Luciani, Kristen]
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Until You Set Me Free: Book 1 in the Until You Series by [Davis, D.M.]
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Blue Angel (The Doyle Sister Series Book 2) by [Kelly, Kristen]
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Into the Shadows: A Young Adult Paranormal Vampire Romance (The Shadow Vampire Trilogy Book 1) by [Crawford, Sara]

Freebies I Scored:

Rescued By A Viscount (Regency Rakes Book 2) by [Vella, Wendy]
Stripped From You: (Prequal to Strip Me Bare) by [Never, M.]
From BookFunnel
The Brawny Billionaire (Clean Billionaire Beach Club Romance Book 2) by [Johnson, Elana, Bay, Getaway]
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The Brainy Billionaire (Clean Billionaire Beach Club Romance Book 1) by [Johnson, Elana, Bay, Getaway]
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What Fate Portends (The Frost Arcana Book 1) by [Coulson, Clara]
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Her Husband's Harlot (Mayhem in Mayfair Book 1) by [Callaway, Grace]
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The Last Man in London (Rogues and Gentlemen Book 9) by [Leech, Emma V]
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Turn the Tide by [Ruggle, Katie, Anders, Adriana, Rushdan, Juno, Mann, Connie]
From Amazon
When Love Comes (Diamond Creek, Alaska Novels Book 1) by [Croix, J.H.]
From Amazon
Flirting With Death: The Hunted Series: A short story by [Winters, Ali]
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Game Player by [Harvey, BJ]
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Such a Clever Deception: A Stolen Tears Prequel by [Pearson, Cortney]
From BookFunnel (via author’s newsletter)
Shade (Shade Series, #1)
From Prolific Works
Relics and Runes: A Limited Edition Urban Fantasy and Fantasy Anthology by [Adkins, Heather Marie, Dawn, CK, Etherton, Tameri, Lane, Amir, Ember, N.J., Wilson, Muffy, Flinthart, Aiki, Schlag, Jennifer Ann, Hogan, Mirren, French, Lee, Swain, Kimbra , Shand, Tiffany , Jenkins, Robyn]
From Amazon
By Twilight (Vampire Delights Book 1) by [Kallysten]
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The Other by [Peake, Marilyn]
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Curse of the Fae Queen by [Castel, Delia]
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Perfection Unleashed (Double Helix Book 1) by [Kerrion, Jade, Helix, Double]
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Wiccan Wars by [Adkins, Heather Marie]
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The Forever Girl: A New Adult Paranormal Romance Novel (The Forever Girl Series Book 1) by [Hamilton, Rebecca]
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Lord of Pleasure: Regency Romance Novel (Rogues to Riches Book 2) by [Ridley, Erica]
BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON: RISE OF THE ARKANSAS WEREWOLVES by [Vaughn, Jodi]
From BookFunnel
A Wanton Woman (Mail Order Bride of Slate Springs Book 1) by [Vale, Vanessa]
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Finding Cory (Island Escapes Book 1) by [Lynch, Caitlyn]
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Flow (The Flow Series Book 1) by [Littlemore, Clare]
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Mate's Baby: Royal Dragon Curse by [Gabriel, Lola]
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From BookFunnel (No link)
Alien Warrior's Captive Bride: A SciFi Alien Romance by [Wells, Juno]
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Giveaways/Contests I entered:

The Do Not Disturb Book Club Spring Into Books Giveaway

Yoga Retreat in Your Living Room Sweepstakes

Cover Reveals/Blog Tours:

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap-Up

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

Top Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Foodie Friday

WWW Wednesday: February 27th, 2019

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Wars. So here what I have read/are reading/will be reading.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Personal:

Miss R: Things are going good with her. She’s starting to read a little bit. Her writing is getting better. Instead of huge printed letters that are all over the page, her letters are smaller and next to each other. Which thrills me to no end. She also starts T-Ball soon. I’m just waiting for her coach to call me and let me know when practice is.

Miss B.: So, we are getting to the bottom of Miss B’s homework/classwork kerfuffle. Long story short, her ELA teacher isn’t recording the grades. I have the graded paperwork that she passed back to Miss B. BK and I are waiting to see if she updates over the weekend. If she does and it that stuff doesn’t change, we are going to the principal. I know harsh but I have spoken to the teacher several times regarding this. Plus, there are other things going on that I am not thrilled about. I’ll update when I can.

Mr. Z: This boy blows my socks off. On a benchmark test which simulates End of Grade testing (EoG’s). His Reading benchmark was a 100. A 100!!!! I couldn’t believe. I am hoping that he gets into AIG (Advanced classes) next year.

Me: So, I adulted this past weekend. BK and I bought a loveseat and sofa. Expensive loveseat and sofa. A comfy loveseat and sofa. I also started playing a new game. Black Desert Online. I like it. It was hard to get used to the controls.

Reading/Reviews:

Readingwise, I am doing well. Right where I wanted to be.

Reviewwise, I am doing good. I have stuck to my guns and not requested any books from NetGalley. I have gotten a few publisher requests. I am also still getting an influx of requests from indie authors. Including a few that I thought had dropped me as a reviewer…lol.


What I am currently reading:

Between the Lies by [Adams, Michelle]

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The truth is hiding between the lies.

A page-turning psychological thriller with twists that keep the reader guessing until the last page, this addictive read will be loved by fans of Shari Lapena’s A STRANGER IN THE HOUSE and Liz Lawler’s DON’T WAKE UP.

What would you do if you woke up and didn’t know who you were?

Chloe Daniels regains consciousness in a hospital with no memory of how she got there. 
She doesn’t recognize the strangers who call themselves family. She can’t even remember her own name.

What if your past remained a mystery?

As she slowly recovers, her parents and sister begin to share details of her life. 
The successful career. The seaside home. The near-fatal car crash.
But Chloe senses they’re keeping dark secrets – and her determination to uncover the truth will have devastating consequences.

I started this late last night and have only read the first chapter. But, the bit I have read is fantastic. I can’t wait to start reading it again!! Between the Lies is currently on pre-order. It’s expected publication date is March 5th, 2019.


I recently finished reading:

The Queen's Opal: A Stone Bearers Novel (Book One) by [Stevens, Jacque]

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Elves never use magic or leave the forest.

They aren’t supposed to get sick either, but Drynn’s mother just died from a mysterious illness, which has targeted the elven queens for generations. With no female heir left, the symbol of the curse—a green stone called the Queen’s Opal—passes to Drynn. Unwilling to lose another family member, Drynn’s impulsive and overprotective brother drags him out of the forest to search for a cure. And the oft-diseased humans seem the most likely place to start.

But the opal isn’t all that it seems. Once outside the forest, it shows Drynn visions of the first queen—a time when the mortal avatars of the lost gods walked the earth and the humans and elves lived in peace. Much has changed in the human lands since then. It’s a darker world, ruled by power-hungry wizards who covet any kind of magic. Magic like the opal. Magic like the natural energy the wizards can see inside the elves.

More than healing one illness, Drynn’s visions call for him to restore the world’s former peace, but if the wrong wizard learns about the elves’ innate gifts, even the forest will no longer be safe. 

Family bonds will be tested. Friends will become foes. With two kingdoms spiraling into chaos, can a shy bookworm conquer his fears to bring peace to the realm?

The Queen’s Opal is book one in a new high fantasy adventure series set in the same magical and exotic world as The Stone Bearers (2016).

This coming of age story will appeal to teen and young adult fans of the TV show Avatar: The Last Airbender, Cinda Willams Chima (The Demon King), Christopher Paolini (Eragon), and other works of epic sword and sorcery.

Clean Read. Fantasy violence and a few darker themes. Recommended for young adults and teens twelve and up.

This was a fantastic book. I have read the prequel to the book and was interested where this series was going to start. The Queen’s Opal is available for purchase.


What books I think I’ll read next? (click on the pictures for Amazon links)

Springtime at Hope Cottage: Includes a bonus short story (Sweetwater Springs Book 2) by [Rains, Annie]

When opposites attract…

As an editor at a major New York City magazine, Josie Kellum is always on the go…until an injury sidelines her in the small town of Sweetwater Springs. Luckily, her new physical therapist is easy going and easy on the eyes. When their sessions start to heat up, in more ways than one, Josie is intrigued. But she has a city and career she loves waiting for her. So why does the thought of leaving him suddenly feel a lot like leaving home? 

Tucker Locklear is just starting to move on after his wife’s death. While he can’t deny his attraction to the gorgeous, vivacious Josie, he won’t risk the pain of losing someone again. The sooner he gets Josie back on her feet and back to her real life, the safer he’ll be. But in Sweetwater Springs, love has a way of mending even the most damaged heart.

I have had read book 1 in this series and liked it. I’m hoping that I enjoy book 2. Springtime at Hope Cottage is currently available for pre-order. It’s expected publication date is March 5th, 2019.

The Lich's Heart (The Windhaven Chronicles) by [Davis, Watson]

A rebellion rising. A land under siege. Can a conflicted priestess defeat an ancient, ruthless magic?

Hanno’s husband is dead. Filled with pain, the priestess and healer questions her faith in the almighty Eternal Council. When she unknowingly aids a wounded rebel, she’s forced to choose between returning to her old life or taking up arms against the rulers she used to worship…

Deep within the heart of the rebel ranks, Hanno witnesses the Council cut down the lives of her new and dwindling allies. But the healer knows a secret. And if she’s able to reach the enemy’s hidden, vulnerable weakness, then the rebels may just have a chance to avoid obliteration.

Can Hanno guide her people to freedom, or will vicious rulers make her pay dearly for her betrayal?

The Lich’s Heart is a thrilling dark fantasy in the sweeping Windhaven Chronicles. If you like determined heroes, mythical lands, and swords and sorcery, then you’ll love Watson Davis’s epic adventure.

Buy The Lich’s Heart to rise up against dark magic today!

I have been reading this series and enjoying it. I am hoping that The Lich’s Heart is as good as the previous books. The Lich’s Heart is currently available for pre-order. It’s expected publication date is March 14th, 2019.

An Unfortunate Dimension by [Schunker, Dominic]

An Unfortunate Dimension is a psychological thriller with a twist you’ll never see coming. 

Salvador is thrown into battle and intense laser fire. He doesn’t know how he got here or why, and that’s just one of his problems. He’s been experiencing a sort of dimensional schizophrenia, jumping into bizarre scenes past, present and future. Is the universe messing with him, interfering with his only goal, to bring his wife Jemma out of her coma? 

He grows sure Jemma is trying to communicate a solution from her dimension, trying to tell him how to save her, to bring her back round. She tells him to look for signs, find a pattern, and soon he does. His dad’s old car, a song, a demon, and Camille, his lost best friend from school. 

He learns Jemma was the teacher on going-home-duty when a little girl, Ashlen, vanished a few months ago. Why didn’t she tell him about Ashlen? He becomes convinced it’s a clue. The school is quizzed, the police are quizzed but still no answers. His mission races on when he learns they’ll turn off Jemma’s life support in seven days. 

What if Jemma’s goal is not to save herself, but something else? Eventually, he realizes it’s to save Ashlen, to ease her guilt, allow her to recover. That’s the link, here is the reason for the pattern: save Ashen and that will bring Jemma round. 

Between dimensions and interactions with Jemma and Camille, from a VR game, space travel and a distant planet awaiting its foretold enlightenment, Salvador knows what he must do. Nothing is as it seems, and the invasive truth is coming.

The blurb for An Unfortunate Dimension caught my eye and my interest. I am looking forward to reading this book. Hopefully, it lives up to the blurb!! An Unfortunate Dimension is currently available for purchase.

Play to Win: A Wynn Hockey Novel by [Jamieson, Kelly]

After an injury forced Théo Wynn to give up professional hockey, he turned to his second love: numbers. Now, as the general manager of his grandfather’s NHL team, the Los Angeles Condors, Théo is dying to prove to the rest of his family—especially the brother who betrayed him—that he’s just as successful as the rest of them. If only Théo had a gorgeous woman on his arm to complete the picture. . . .

Lacey Olson needs to get out of Las Vegas right now, thanks to her no-good, crooked brother. When a handsome stranger who’s out partying with friends comes to her rescue in the cocktail lounge where she works, they strike up a conversation that leads to a crazy plan: her leaving with Théo for L.A. tomorrow. A few drinks later, the idea gets even crazier: a quickie marriage that works for both of them.

But back in California, Lacey immediately turns Théo’s precise, well-ordered life into one big beach party. And before long, she’s tempting him with her smart mouth, sexy body, and sunny charm. The last thing Théo needs is a real relationship to distract him. Because he only plays to win. . . .

When I saw that Kelly Jamieson had another hockey series out, I was thrilled. From what the blurb says, this book should be good!! Play to Win is currently on pre-order. It’s expected publication date is March 19th, 2019.


So that’s it. Be on the lookout for the reviews of all these books in the near future.

Have you read any of these books?

Let me know what you thought of them!!