Cover Reveal: Reflected (Mirrorland #2) by Majanka Verstraete

Title: Reflected (Mirrorland #2)
Author: Majanka Verstraete
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Mystery, Romance, Dark Fantasy

When Alison was stuck in Mirrorland, all she wanted was to be alive again. Now she’s gotten her revenge by inhabiting Piper’s body and trapping her behind the mirror. But pretending to be Piper is more difficult than she imagined it would be.

On top of that, the borders between Mirrorland and the real world are crumbling. Danger abounds, demons appear in high school, and if wasn’t for the help of a new mysterious guy, Alison might not have escaped. But there’s more to this guy than meets the eye, and she’s determined to find out what, especially since it might be related to her own supernatural problems.

Meanwhile, Piper tries to convince the Horseman of Death to help her return to her own world, but he’s got his own hidden agenda, which may cause more serious risks. Can Piper find a way to restore the balance before both worlds collide?

Author Bio

Majanka Verstraete begged her Mom to teach her how to read while she was still in kindergarten. By the time she finished fifth grade, she had read through the entire children’s section of her hometown library.
She wrote her first story when she was seven years old, and hasn’t stopped writing since. With an imagination that never sleeps, and hundreds of possible book characters screaming for her attention, writing is more than a passion for her.

She writes about all things supernatural for children of all ages. She’s tried to write contemporary novels before, but something paranormal always manages to crawl in.
Majanka is currently studying for her Master of Laws degree, and hopes one day to be able to combine her passions for law and writing. When she’s not writing, reading or studying, she likes watching “The Vampire Diaries” and “Game of Thrones,” spending time with her friends, or playing “World of Warcraft.”

Links-

Twitter- https://twitter.com/iheartreads
Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/pages/Majanka-Verstraete/398570476832115
Website- http://majankaverstraete.com/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25162121-reflected

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Liebster Award

Thank you so much, Claire of Coffee*Book*Mom for my Liebster award. It’s such an honor, not to mention a a pleasant surprise, knowing someone out there actually reads my blog. ❤

With that said, it’s my time to nominate. I read book reviews but I’m afraid some of the reviewers I dutifully follow don’t have a blog. Lol. I’ll still mention them here, but first, here are the rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
  2. Display the award on your blog.
  3. Answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
  4. Nominate other blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 200 followers. Make sure you inform them.
  5. Create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.

Jho-sigstyledivAnswers to Claire’s 11 questions:

  1. What is/are your Favorite Book Genre(s)?

My current favorite genre is MM fiction and BL/Yaoi.

  1. Who is/are your inspirations in reading?

Hm. Can’t say it’s a who but what. I just love reading itself. Knowing that there’s another world out there other than mine, it’s what inspired me to read in the first place. Reading takes you to places, it’s what my sister told me when I was four, and she was right. 🙂 Been reading nonstop since.

  1. Who is/are the best new Author you discovered in 2014?

He is not new, but at least to me, he is. Josh Lanyon.

  1. What is/are your most anticipated book of 2015?

I’m a completist, or I try to be. Kinda hard to do that right now since I’m also writing myself, but I’m looking forward to reading the books my favorite authors will release. Josh Lanyon, Megan Derr, A.F. Henley, Jamie Lake, Mina Esguerra included. I’m also waiting for Dormaine G’s second installation of Connor. There are a lot more to that list, but I’m afraid I won’t finish if I try to enumerate all of them.

  1. What is/are your favorite children’s book?
  • The Velveteen Rabbit is a children’s novel written by Margery Williams
  • Hope for the Flowers by Trina Paulus.
  • Brightest by Joanne Crisner and Johann de Venecia with yours truly.

I contributed a bit on Brightest, and I know it seemed biased, and by explaining I feel defensive. *laughs* But, if you’ll look at my first two favorites, I’m actually into these kinds of books. I’m all about hope, the power of friendship and love, discovering one’s self, being real, living freely and being ourselves, never giving up, happiness, and triumph after a fall.

  1. Who is your favorite male fictional character of all time?

Okay. This is hard, and because of that, I won’t choose. 🙂

  1. Who is your current book boyfriend (and from what book?)

Hm. None. I don’t do the current book boyfriend thing. I love pairings, and for me, Sasuke is solely for Naruto (I didn’t read CH700 because I kind of have an idea of how it’ll end lol), Kit is for JX, Adrien is for Jake, Sorin is for Koray, Harry is for Hermione. Wait, that’s not how it happened, but yeah. *Laughs*

  1. Which do you prefer – eBooks or Printed books?

Both, but I’ll try to collect the hard copies of my favorite MM books starting this year. I just want to weep first at the shipping cost which is more bloody expensive than the book itself.

  1. What are you currently reading?

Silas Marner. I’m working on my memoir and it made me remember this book which was actually my deceased mother’s favorite. I’m just rereading it. I read it way back when I was 12, to try to get to my mother’s head—why she thought that book is good. Err, I found it crappy then, to be honest. I thought the story was unrealistic.

Oh, I had no doubt that people can betray their best friend. Just to be clear though, no best friend of mine betrayed me. It’s just that I experienced a lot of horrible things growing up it left no room for me to doubt that people are capable of anything, including betraying (and even killing) the people they profess to love.

At least the part that I couldn’t believe is that a person could love someone. Especially someone unrelated to them. People struggled to love their own flesh and blood, I’d known that first hand, what more a stranger?

I had a messed up childhood. Our father abandoned my siblings and me; and I saw how my uncle beat my cousin within an inch of his life but I’ve grown since. I now know that people are also capable of loving, I just didn’t realize it before all things considering. Because of this, I thought I should reread it and hopefully, this time, I’ll discover why my mother loved this book.

  1. Which do you prefer – Sci-Fi or Fantasy?

Except for my favorite genre which is MM fiction and BL/Yaoi, I hold other genres equal. All other things being equal (ceteris paribus): genre, length, book price, etc: if the prose and the writing style of the author is good, then I will read that book.

  1. Stand-alone or series?

Series, for some reason, if I love the author’s writing style, his/her story telling, I’d love the characters dearly, and it makes it hard for me to let go of them, and I’d feel happier seeing them in a series like their story would never end.

Jho-sigstyledivHere are my nominees (Please note that I didn’t check the number of their followers):

Rise: http://booktrek.blogspot.com/
DC: http://bookreviewsbydc.blogspot.com/
Dia: http://book-junkie-joint.blogspot.com/
Rae: https://downthebookcubbyhole.wordpress.com/
Ella: http://mariaellabetos.blogspot.com/
Jess: http://www.jessicaelarsen.com/search/label/blog?max-results=4
Biena: http://www.librarymistress.com/
Angus: https://bookrhapsody.wordpress.com/
Junying: http://www.junyingkirk.com/
Nibra: https://bluenibra.wordpress.com/
and Kuya D: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/2156200-k-d-absolutely

The last two don’t have blogs or at least don’t post their reviews on a blog, they post it in Goodreads instead. I included them anyway, because I love their reviews.

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My 11 questions:

  1. What is your favorite genre?
  2. What is your earliest memory on reading?
  3. How old were you when you started reading for pleasure?
  4. What is your favorite book of all-time?
  5. What makes you read a book?
  6. Do you read MM fiction? If yes, what made you decide to read one? If not, would you try reading one?
  7. Who is your favorite author and why?
  8. Do you read books with tragic endings? Why or why not.
  9. Ebooks or printed?
  10. Favorite rereads?
  11. Do you read memoirs?
  12. Okay, so I know it should only be 11 questions, but: Standalone or series?

Cover Reveal: Madame Lilly, The Time of Sanura by Dormaine G

History has a way of repeating itself

Madame Lilly journeys back in time to her great-grandmother’s era, the time of Sanura. Both women possess more than a kinship for they are each bound to harmful spirits whom they refuse to relinquish. By the hand of a mysterious being, Elijah, Lilly is transported into the past to witness the dark path Sanura chose—ultimately leading to her demise.

Sanura fights to deny her ability to see the non-living, but the more she refuses the sight, the more the dead flock to her. A dreadful accident takes place, forcing her to finally accept her once unwanted gift. She soon welcomes the dead.

Through Sanura’s struggle of growing up an innocent child forced to take on the burdens no one should carry, she ultimately transforms into a frightfully powerful woman. Lilly watches from afar as Sanura grows more commanding with each act of wickedness, until her final downfall. Even then, Sanura refuses to surrender her bound spirits for they need her as much as she needs them.

Purchase Links:

Amazon US: Madame Lilly, the Time of Sanura Vol. 3

Amazon UK: Madame Lilly, The Time of Sanura by Dormaine G

Release Date: March 10, 2015

Jho-sigstyledivAbout the Author

I may be a nurse by profession but an author by heart. I have been writing stories for many years, both in my head and on paper because I’ve always had a love for books ever since spending Saturdays at the library as a young child. Within a book the mind can travel to worlds of the imagination and the beyond. I finally took the plunge and published my first novel last year, a young adult urban fantasy titled “Connor” and an adult horror short story titled “Madame Lilly, Voodoo Priestess”. Both are the first editions of many to come as I stay locked up in my office in Colorado spinning more tales.

Website: Dormaineg.com
Blog: Dormainegblog.blogspot.com
Twitter: twitter.com/dormaineg
Facebook: Facebook.com/dormaineG
Shelfari: shelfari.com/dormaineg

Cover Reveal Party: A Question of Counsel by Archer Kay Leah

About the Book
Title: A Question of Counsel
Author: Archer Kay Leah
Genre: Fantasy Romance

A Question of Counsel by Archer Kay Leah

Life hasn’t been easy for Aeley since she arrested her brother, and her role as a political leader leaves her feeling isolated and lonely. Days before her brother’s trial, she meets Lira, a quiet and modest scribe who makes Aeley want more than just a professional relationship.

When she attends the trial and leaves with a marriage contract, Aeley doesn’t know what to do. She must choose one of two brothers, marrying into a family she doesn’t know. Then she discovers that Lira is part of the same family—a sister to Aeley’s suitors and the family’s disgrace. And not at all opposed to an intimate relationship.

Except random acts of violence against her people test Aeley’s ability as a leader, and a web of lies and deceit threaten not only her chance at happiness, but her life…

Available on May 27, 2015.
Preorder from the publisher, Less Than Three Press

Author Bio

Archer Kay Leah was raised in Canada, growing up in a port town at a time when it was starting to become more diverse, both visibly and vocally. Combined with the variety of interests found in Archer’s family and the never-ending need to be creative, this diversity inspired a love for toying with characters and their relationships, exploring new experiences and difficult situations.

Archer most enjoys writing speculative fiction and is engaged in a very particular love affair with fantasy, especially when it is dark and emotionally charged. When not reading and writing for work or play, Archer is a geek with too many hobbies and keeps busy with other creative endeavors, a music addiction, and whatever else comes along. Archer lives in London, Ontario with a same-sex partner and their cat.

Website: http://archerkayleah.wordpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Archer-Kay-Leah-Author/170517966489444
Twitter: https://twitter.com/archerkayleah
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/ArcherKayLeah

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Book Review: Jenci’s Trouble by Jessica Larsen

“Humans are shallow. They’ll never keep eyes on you unless you look appealing.” that’s what Jenci’s sister told him when he was having problem figuring out how to get noticed by the cool college girl who seem to be surrounded by good-looking guys he can’t compete, but wait… maybe… just maybe there’s a way.

*Click this link to download this free short story @Smashwords

My Rating: ★★★★★

My Review:

** spoiler alert ** I loved Jenci’s trouble because of the theme and because it was very well-written. It was short and sweet and it ended nicely.

This story is about Jenci, a simple young man who finally got bitten by the love bug. He had been agonizing about how to catch Nevena’s attention for ages when one day, his sister suggested he changed the way he looked (it meant using contacts instead of glasses and changing his wardrobe).

I can identify with Jenci. Not with the dilemma of wanting to catch someone else’s eye but well, in his simplicity in appearance and in pretty much everything in general. I was raised by my grandparents who arrived in this world in early 1900s. It meant living simply and by that I meant wearing simple clothes even when I had a closet full of really nice, ostentatious, and expensive ones. It meant going out not wearing jewelry even if I owned some. It meant not wanting anything that I didn’t need.

Jenci’s trouble made me remember my wedding day. Jihan, one of my best friends and childhood friend (kababata), took one look at me and removed her earrings and necklace. She said that the only reason why she wore those was because she knew I won’t be wearing any.

I was taught to lead a very simple life and I am proud of that. My worldly possessions which I bought myself were practically mostly books. Any other material things I owned (including my laptop, a gift from my husband) were mostly gifts. Even so, I can confidently say that like Jenci, I am loved. By many people. And it’s not because of my looks or my books. 🙂 This story warmed my heart and made me remember this fact. Thank you for writing this, Jess. ^___^

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About Jessica E. Larsen

Jessica Larsen discovered her passion for writing in 2006. She started story blogging in 2009 and joined various writing groups and eventually self-published her work.

When she’s not writing you’ll find her reading contemporary romance, action, fantasy, sci-fi…or anything she feels like reading, if not, she’s out taking nature pictures or creating digital arts.

Jessica was born in the Philippines and has been living in Spain since she was eighteen.

Follow Jessica here:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorJessicaELarsen
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7056160.Jessica_E_Larsen
Twitter:  @jessicaelarsen