A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire #1) by Jessica Clues book review

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Synopsis

I am Henrietta Howel. The first female sorcerer. The prophesied one. Or am I?

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. When she is brought to London to train with Her Majesty’s sorcerers, she meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, young men eager to test her powers and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her. As Henrietta discovers the secrets hiding behind the glamour of sorcerer life, she begins to doubt that she’s the true prophesied one. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city–and the one she loves?

Review

From the first chapter you are thrown in to non stop captivating action. I originally chose this book due to its immerse and colorful cover. After reading the synopsis I was pulled into a magical fantasy world. With a nice blurb from the queen herself Victoria Aveyard, this book is definitely worth reading. This book brings fourth a certain reminiscent feeling of that first time i read Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. I remember that rush of excitement as I was thrown into a new realm and swept off on an adventure. Jessica Cluess did just that! I truly can’t wait for the next installment in this series! Jessica threw me into my favorite time period of earl Victorian England and sent me on a journey following the Henrietta and a long awaited fulfilled prophecy. Henrietta is such a strong character to me as she discovers her true self and perhaps love (believe me Jessica writes one hell of a triangle). Jessica is very descriptive in her writing and her book plays out in your head and you feel as though you can see the characters she dreamed up come to life. The fight scenes were epic and the world building magnificent. I am glad I gave this book the chance because it deserves a lot of love and appreciation. Thank you to Random House for this book in exchange for my unbiased review. I’d give this book 100 stars if possible. Since however it is based on a 1-5 rating it receives a 5!

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Interview with Heather Sunseri, author of Exposed In Darkness

 

Welcome all.

Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Heather Sunseri, author of Exposed in Darkness.

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Hi Heather thank you for agreeing to this interview.

Thank you so much, Laura! I am thrilled to be here.

     1. So, tell us a little about you first.

I’m a recovering CPA who began writing novels in order to escape the mundane life as a muggle. After twenty years in the corporate world, I decided to use my business savvy and curious mind to start a publishing business anchored by fictional stories. I’m proof that one can be a numbers person and a creative… And that it’s never too late (or too early) to get a do over. I’m married to the love of my life—that I met in the infield of the Kentucky Derby, I’m the mom to two amazing kids, and the caregiver to the best golden retriever and one very, needy cat. When I’m not writing, I’m making homemade pizza and drinking Kentucky bourbon (though I sometimes mix it up with coffee or red wine).

2. How were you in school, were you good in English?

Nope! Hated English. Read Cliff’s Notes (Do these even exist any more?) all the time instead of reading the classics. **Hangs head in shame.**  Pretty sure the only classic I read from start to finish was The Great Gatsby. I liked that one. I was brilliant in math, though. In my own mind, anyway. I went off to college and got myself an accounting degree.

It makes absolutely no sense that I’m a writer, but I’m in love with it!

3. What are some goals for your writing career?

I try to focus on goals I can control, and there are so many outcomes of the writing life that the writer has no control over. I’d say my main mission with my writing is to stay passionate about creating stories, write the best stories I’m capable of writing, get them well-edited, and package them as pretty as I can.

Beyond that, I enjoy interacting with readers and hearing their reactions to the stories I’ve created.

 4. How much research did you do for your book?

For Exposed in Darkness, I did quite a bit of research about the state-run offices of Homeland Security, fusion centers, methods of releasing a biological weapon into the air and just how deadly it could be, domestic terrorism, how Kentucky bourbon is distilled, and many issues related to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  And many other things, I’m forgetting right now.

  5. What made you decide to write this type of book?

Because I once wanted to become an FBI agent. J And with all of the issues affecting Homeland Security and how many homegrown terrorists are affecting and infecting our everyday lives, I began dreaming up “what if” scenarios.

    6. Did you write every day?

Nope. I write every day that I can, but with two very active children and a writing career that requires me to be IT, accountant, marketing director, office custodian, receptionist, web designer, I sometimes take days to do all the other stuff.

    7. Have you ever wanted to get your book turned into a t.v show/movie?

I was approached by a couple of television producers a couple of years ago. They wanted to get the Mindspeak series onto TV. I was flattered, asked them to give it their best shot, but sadly, nothing ever came of it. It’s not a goal of mine, because it’s not something I actually have any control over, but I would love, LOVE, LOVE seeing one of my books or series on the screen.

   8. What was the hardest thing about writing this series?

Making sure everyone knew it was coming out and that they were going to love it! Again, I only have control over so much.

  9. What was the easiest?

Loving it! It’s the best I’ve ever written!

   10. Can we expect more books like this or some anthologies?

Exposed in Darkness is the first in the series. The second in the series – Cut in Darkness – is already up for preorder and is currently with the editor. There will be at least two more stories in this series, but maybe much, much more. The protagonist and her love interest are extremely strong characters with huge backstories. It will take several books to get all of the backstory out into the open.

  11. Did you do your own cover artwork or did you find an artist?

The lovely Jessica Bell designed my covers. Love her and the work she does!

12. Do you edit your own books or do you have an editor?

Oh dear, I can’t imagine publishing without first having at least one editor take a good, long look at what I’ve written. My editor is part of my long-term team. Nothing gets published without going through him first.

13.Have you ever thought of having a street team (people who help get your book out                   and send out promotional stuff)?

I have a Facebook group where fans can be more involved with me and my work.

14. If you have one already, where can fans sign up?

Fans must first sign up for my newsletter. In one of my welcome letters, I invite fans to become part of my Facebook team. You can sign up at http://heathersunseri.com

     15. Do you read a lot?

As much as I can. I actually prefer audio books these days because it gives my eyes a rest from so much screen time.

16. What books are you reading at the moment?

I’m in the middle of Robert Dugoni’s Tracy Crosswhite series. I fell in love with this audio series so much that I worked hard to get the same narrator – Emily Sutton Smith – to read the In Darkness series. So, if you like audio books check out Exposed on audio. All the links are also on my website.  

    17.What is the best way readers can find out more about you and your work?

At my website, for sure! http://heathersunseri.com – I have links for everything. I also enjoy blogging from time to time. Readers can interact with me on Facebook and Twitter. Oh, and Instagram. I love me some Instagram.

     18. Would you like to add anything I haven’t asked?

Thank you so much, for having me on your little space of the internet!! I hope your readers will give Exposed in Darkness a try and come find me in all the places I talk about above. I love hearing from readers. Hearing from readers makes this job so much fun!

 

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Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview. Well that’s it folks. Thank you everyone for taking time to read this interview, and thanks to Heather for being a part of this.

If you would like to check out my review on Exposed In Darkness, you can do so by clicking here.

To find out more about Heather and her works you can click here.

 

 

Exposed in Darkness by Heather Sunseri book review

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Synopsis

Just days before the running of the biggest thoroughbred horse race in the world, an act of bio-terrorism kills Kentucky’s lieutenant governor, and former FBI Special Agent Brooke Fairfax receives a video of the murder from her long-time anonymous source. When Brooke discovers domestic terrorists are actually after the governor—her late husband’s brother—and that the radicals are eyeing more targets, she heads to Kentucky to stop the threat. Shortly after the political assassination, the FBI zeroes in on one person: international mogul Declan O’Roark. Though Brooke has been out of the game since her husband was murdered, her former boss thinks she is the perfect candidate to connect Declan to the crime. Despite the FBI clearly establishing means and opportunity, Declan remains unfazed; his motives have nothing to do with murder, but with getting closer to Brooke Fairfax. And Brooke finds the case becoming even more unclear as she falls for the FBI’s number one suspect.

Review

First off, GORGEOUS cover! The cover and description of this book is what drew me in. I began reading this book immediately and was swept into a fast whirlwind. This being my first book by Heather, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I have to say that her writing skills blew me away! Heather writes with such grace and fluidity, that you can’t stop reading. This book is action packed and page gripping. Heather certainly knows how to entertain and bring forth a very descriptive picture. I loved the characters she wrote for this novel. Brooke is so strong and my heart just ached for her, for what all she had to overcome emotionally stepping back into being an agent. She is a tough as nails character, confident and brilliant! I particularly loved Declan! He just seems so genuine and to really care for Brooke.While this book does contain some adult material, it is kept very clean and for that reason i liked it. This book at the en shook me to my core and am now left waiting for book two. (Like i need this now Heather, so please start writing quickly) This book is full of action, romance and non stop heart pounding, page turning scenes. 5 stars from me! I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

The Pack by L.D. Houghton book review

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Synopsis

‘When you’re in hell, only demons can save you…’

For a thousand suns humanity has lived on this world, a world of advanced knowledge and medieval ways, a world whose history has been lost in a fog of tales and fragments of ancient learning. Upon this planet a young man is betrayed and sold by those he called family. Lost and alone, he discovers a weapon more powerful than anything he could imagine. Now, holding the power to level entire cities, he may be the last hope for a humanity on the edge of extinction. But the howl of the pack has changed, and what was once a sound of comfort and protection brings only terror as it echoes across the mountains. When high technology meets low society, when the natural clashes with the artificial, when the very world itself seems bent on eradicating humankind, those caught in the middle must choose, though every choice brings with it its own loss. A choice between humanity, and the pack.

Review

OH MY GOSH! This book wow! Just Wow! I loved this book so much! This author is truly talented an knows how to write. This book was definitely different. It was nice to read something so new and refreshing. This story was so vastly interesting. A true page turner! I’m glad i was able to receive an ecopy of this in exchange for my honest review!

SPARK by Wren Verlaine (Goodreads Author) (illustrator), Casey Renee Kiser book review

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Synopsis

SPARK is the love child of two bold and enigmatic forces in underground poetry. Love, revenge, madness and parking a car have never been so dark, twisted and fun! This book is a flood of brutally honest emotions that is sure to spark something in everyone. A quirky collection of uncompromising poems that will no doubt haunt you.

Review

This is my 2nd book by Casey an I love it! The words flow beautifully and poetically!  Strong language warning so not for kiddos, but defn well written. There is so much depth that you will be pulled in to every word. I haven’t seen any of Wrens work till now but i thoroughly enjoyed it! The artwork come together as you read the works attached to them. Wonderful read 3.5 stars from me!

Nineteen: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Model* by D.L. Janney book review

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Synopsis

Depressed, broke, and suffering the effects of a brutal childhood; our hero heads to New York City. He leaves behind college life in a small midwestern town to earn a living in one of the most competitive fields in the world. Pushing aside his overwhelming self-doubt and insecurities, he arrives in New York City with only a bag filled with clothes. Nineteen is his story. Enter his world and walk beside him as D.L. paints a portrait of his life as an outsider in the 1980s fashion world. Without help or any contacts, our protagonist attempts to make enough money to go to a good university and change his life forever. Embark on this intimate journey into a world remembered and created from the troubled, yet determined mind of a nineteen year old boy. His pragmatic mind coupled with a tortured soul will lead the way.

Review

Such a remarkable journey! This book was very interesting as i read about his life i kept turning page after page to find out what would happen next. This journey was very well written and truly gave a wonderful insight into an interesting life. This is a definite to be read book and should be on everyones list. 4 stars from me.

The Beyonce Effect: Essays on Sexuality, Race and Feminism by Adrienne Trier-Bieniek book review

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Synopsis

Since her late-1990s debut as a member of the R&B trio Destiny’s Child, Beyonce Knowles has garnered both praise and criticism. While some consider her an icon of female empowerment, others see her as detrimental to feminism and representing a negative image of women of color. Her music has a decidedly pop aesthetic, yet her power-house vocals and lyrics focused on issues like feminine independence, healthy sexuality and post-partum depression give her songs dimension and substance beyond typical pop fare.
This collection of new essays presents a detailed study of the music and persona of Beyonce–arguably the world’s biggest pop star. Topics include the body politics of respectability; feminism, empowerment and gender in Beyonce’s lyrics; black female pleasure; and the changing face of celebrity motherhood.

Review

I found this book to give an interesting look into such a popular cultural icon. This book was well researched and provided an interesting insight into Beyonce and her life. The collection of essays provided were an interesting read. Truly worth a read but i found myself having to re read certain parts as the information started to feel like it was a regurgitation. 3 stars from me.