Jun 24, 2013

Book Blast: Matt Archer: Legend by Kendra C. Highley


Matt Archer: Legend
by Kendra C. Highley

Matt Archer Legend 680x453

Series: Matt Archer #3
Published: June 17, 2013

When Matt Archer was fourteen, he was chosen—by a magic, spirit-inhabited knife—to hunt monsters with a special paranormal division of the Army. When he was fifteen, he was thrown into a global war the rest of the world didn’t know existed.

Now Matt’s sixteen and the war has cost him more than he ever thought it would. He’s also learned that the knife-spirits have an agenda he doesn’t totally agree with. The only problem? The spirits have the upper hand, and they plan to control the fight—and Matt.

Then things get worse: the next lunar eclipse cycle is starting, a prominent physicist has gone missing, and Matt’s best friend is thinking about quitting the team. If he loses Will—after everyone else he’s lost—Matt’s not sure how he’ll fight alone.

As the source of his nightmares starts to creep out of the shadows, Matt knows he’ll need all the help he can get…because being alone could prove deadly.

 Buy Links for Matt Archer: Legend 


Buy Links for Matt Archer: Blade’s Edge

Buy Links for Matt Archer: Monster Hunter
Amazon * Barnes & Noble * Kobo * Smashwords * iTunes

MEET Kendra C. Highley

Kendra C. Highley lives in north Texas with her husband and two children. She also serves as staff to two self-important and high-powered cats. This, according to the cats, is her most important job. She believes chocolate is a basic human right, running a 10k is harder than it sounds, and that everyone should learn to drive a stick-shift. She loves monsters, vacations, baking and listening to bad electronica.

Book Blast Giveaway

$50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash
Ends 7/9/13

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer http://iamareader.com and sponsored by the authors. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Jun 13, 2013

Dishin' It Up with T.C. Southwell, author of The Queen's Blade


I’d like to welcome fantasy author T.C. Southwell to DJ’s Book Corner! Thank you for taking the time to come dish it up with me.

Thank you for this opportunity. I really appreciate it!

First question, when did you first know you wanted to be an author?
It was about 24 years ago, after I finished my first series, the space opera, Slave Empire. I’ve been writing stories since I was in school, but had no ambition to have them published until I completed that series. I wrote for my own enjoyment, so I could read the stories again, as I still do.

When did you write your first book?
My first proper book was Prophecy, Book One of the Slave Empire series, which I wrote when I was 26. Before that, I jotted down my stories long hand in notebooks, but I don’t think I ever finished those. I still have them somewhere. The first draught of Prophecy was pretty awful, and I had to rewrite it several times to improve it. I wasn’t experienced with my method of writing back then, so I kept going off on tangents, and I had to cut all that out. I still have many books that I’ll never publish, which I wrote in those days and that really aren’t good enough.

Jun 6, 2013

The Faerie Prince Blog Tour, Day Two: Review of The Faerie Guardian


The Faerie Guardian 
by Rachel Morgan

Publication Date: Oct. 27, 2012
Genre: YA Fantasy
Series: Creepy Hollow #1
Source: Received from author in exchange for an honest review

DeeJay's Rating: 3.5/5 STARS

Protecting humans from dangerous magical creatures is all in a day’s work for a faerie training to be a guardian. Seventeen-year-old Violet Fairdale knows this better than anyone—she’s about to become the best guardian the Guild has seen in years. That is, until a cute human boy who can somehow see through her faerie glamor follows her into the Fae realm. Now she’s broken Guild Law, a crime that could lead to her expulsion.

The last thing Vi wants to do is spend any more time with the boy who got her into this mess, but the Guild requires that she return Nate to his home and make him forget everything he’s discovered of the Fae realm. Easy, right? Not when you factor in evil faeries, long-lost family members, and inconvenient feelings of the romantic kind. Vi is about to find herself tangled up in a dangerous plot—and it’ll take all her training to get out alive. (Goodreads)

I love fantasy books and I love Fae fantasy even more, so joining a blog tour where faeries were involved was kind of a no brainer for me. This was a pretty fast read for me as I enjoyed the plot and pretty much read it in my every spare moment.

The writing was good, but simple. No big, crazy words or anything. I wish there had been more description of the faerie realm, but I guess we received enough information about it to get through the book and that's what's important.

Besides a bit of foul language, this book felt a little young for me. I LOVE young adult books, but even though the characters were older, I sometimes felt as though the simple plot and dialogue were geared toward a younger audience, like middle grade. Not a major problem at all. Just an observation.

I thought Violet was a pretty fun and kick ass faerie to read about. Though filled with tons of magic and a really cool secret power, she was just like your average teenaged girl. Full of drama. Enter Nate, the human she gets entangled with and multiply the usual drama by infinity. Won't say too much about Nate, 'cause he didn't really tickle my fancy, though there are some interesting plot twists involving him. Ryn, the "bad boy" of the book, did. Young or old, I like 'em "bad". I really liked how despite him and Vi being enemies for years, he became a bigger part of the storyline as the book rolled on. And then when we find out why they're enemies, well that was just awesome. Really liked that part.

Like I said, there are a few intriguing plot twists that happen in this book, and that epilogue really got me thinking about a few things. Nate's at the center of it all, though Violet is still the central character and extremely important to the storyline. I'm really interested in seeing what's going to happen next and I hope that I get more Ryn in The Faerie Prince. This book ended on a bittersweet note, and I'm anxious to see how Vi works through everything that happened. Overall, a good first book in the series that I would recommend to readers who enjoy faeries as much as I do :D

MEET Rachel Morgan

Rachel Morgan was born in South Africa and spent a large portion of her childhood living in a fantasy land of her own making. After completing a degree in genetics, she decided science wasn’t for her—after all, they didn’t approve of made-up facts. These days she spends much of her time immersed in fantasy land once more, writing fiction for young adults.

The Creepy Hollow Series

Rachel's Links

Jun 5, 2013

The Faerie Prince Blog Tour, Day One: Dishin' It Up with Rachel Morgan


I’d like to welcome Young Adult author Rachel Morgan to DJ’s Book Corner. Thank you for taking the time to come dish it up with me.
Thank you for having me!

First question, when did you first know you wanted to be an author?
Hmm. Early high school, perhaps. That was when I first wrote something with the intent of it being an entire novel (even though I didn’t get further than a few chapters!). I always knew I’d write a book one day, I just didn’t know back then that it would be so soon. I thought I’d had to wait till I was old and retired and had lots of time!