Jul 19, 2012

High Summer Read aThon



Goldie by KC Shaw, Perchance to Dream by Peter Lukes, The Number by Sheenah Freitas, Moonlight Mayhem by Sherry Soule, The Vampire, The Witch, and The Werewolf by Louisa Bacio, The Guardian of The Seventh Realm J.W. Baccaro

Michelle, The True Book Addict, is hosting High Summer Read-a-Thon July 16 through July 22 with twitter chats, challenges, prizes, and giveaways.


On Twitter using the hashtag #HSreadathon
Wednesday from 4 to 5pm CST
Friday from 8 to 9pm CST
Sunday from 12 to 1pm CST

A week for summer reading is never enough! Though I am late as always getting my start, you can see the TBR book pile has been existing and growing quite well. How am I spending my summer you ask? Thirteen cats, one dog, one bearded dragon, Mom, gardening, working on my first book How The Dragon Bleeds, and reading these wonderful titles with their amazing authors.

Happy Summer everyone and Happy Reading!!!!

Jul 12, 2012

Book Review: The God King


The God King (Book One: Heirs of the Fallen)
James A. West (Author)


Heroes are not born, they are forged in the fires of apocalypse...

For gold enough to buy a throne, mercenary Kian Valara agrees to guard Prince Varis Kilvar during a dull excursion across the realm. He should have known better than to trust a highborn.

Driven by a lust for supremacy, Varis sunders the lost Well of Creation, the veil between his world and the dominion of the dead. He steals powers never meant for mortal hands, at once transforming himself into a living god and unleashing a cataclysm that will change humanity and the face of the world forever.

In the heavens the three moons collide, fire scorches the firmament, and the seas rage as the face of the world trembles. Chaos reigns from the king's city of Ammathor to the forbidding walls of the Black Keep, as a demonic host released from the bowels of the Thousand Hells seeks to possess the flesh of the living.

Bound to Varis by powers he neither wants nor understands, Kian is forced onto a path of defending a world that has ever turned its back on him. As Kian hunts after Varis, his love grows for a Sister of Najihar, who knows in her heart that she is preparing him for a battle no man can win.

Jul 8, 2012

Book Review: Trapped on Draconica

Trapped on Draconica by Dan Wright
Awesome and highly recommended!

Trapped on Draconica
Dan Wright (Author), Alexis M.Centeno (Illustrator)

Ben was just your typical teenager – loud, obnoxious and always getting himself into hot water. Coming from a troubled household, it’s no wonder Ben’s been on the wrong side of the tracks lately. Ben thinks that his troubles can't possibly get any worse.

How wrong he was...

Not long after being mysteriously teleported to the world of Draconica, Ben gets caught up in a Baalarian invasion – who are hell-bent on capturing him. But what did Ben ever do to upset them?

With no idea how he got here – and with intentions only on getting home, Ben embarks on a fantastical journey. Joining forces with the Dragonkin sisters Daniar and Erowin, Ben must help them take down the Empire before their dark grasp tightens across the land.

BUY NOW Trapped on Draconica available at Smashwords

Jul 6, 2012

Piece of Cake



This was my first cheesecake ever that I had to bake in oven. Cheesecake is one of my absolute favorites but I have only made no bake recipes before now. It was not incredibly easy but it was worth it. Only after I had added my maple flavor did I realize I had the wrong bottle in my hand. We still liked it, and it is true, that making it a day early brings out the flavors.

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CHEESECAKE

Filling

    2  8oz boxes cream cheese
    1  cup sugar
    5 large eggs
    16 ounces sour cream
    1/4 cup flour
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    2 teaspoons lemon juice

Crust
     2 Cups Graham Cracker Crumbs
     2 Tablespoons butter melted

Cream the boxes of cream cheese and add each ingredient one at a time while mixing, adding the sour cream last.

Mix Graham Cracker Crumbs and melted butter in a separate bowl, and press the mixture into a deep dish. I layered only the bottom of my glass casserole dish.

Pour the filling over the crust.

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes. It sets best if allowing to cool before completely removing from oven. After turning off my oven, I opened the door and pulled out rack a little, leaving the cheesecake to cool on the rack. Once it has cool, cover and refrigerate. The taste is richer if made a day before eating.

I added a can of cherry pie filling over the top.

Sheenah Freitas


The Number (Zincian Legend #2)
Sheenah Freitas

Kaia disappeared for five years. Now she's back and her planet is on the brink of war.

The new "Numbers" program, created by the Tueors’ leader, tracks and isolates demigods. Kaia's friend, Catrina, refuses to take part, and that makes her the most dangerous Number of all.

It's Kaia's duty to gather and protect the treasures of the gods. But neither the treasures nor Catrina are what they appear to be.

As the day a dire prophesy foresees draws near, will Kaia reverse the gears of fate, or will everything she's ever loved be burned away by the flames of war?

BUY The Number by Sheenah Freitas as Smashwords

Suggested reading for those that enjoy reading, vampires, adventure, fantasy, young adult, epic fantasy, series, ya, mermaids, ya fantasy, demigods, zincian legend 







The Chosen (Zincian Legend #1)    by Sheenah Freitas

Kaia’s entire life has erupted in flames after an assassin appears and burns her village down. She’s rescued by a god from another planet who requests her help because she’s the descendant of their last savior. Together with Reeze — the only other survivor from her village and her appointed guardian — they set off on a quest to find the treasures of the gods in hopes of preventing a dire prophesy.

Kaia and Reeze quickly meet the Tueors, a group of people many thought extinct, who are searching specifically for Kaia. Their intention: to protect the truth. As Kaia discovers more about the truth and her family’s past, she also learns of the Tueors’ bloody secret. Will Kaia be the savior the gods have been waiting for? Or will she let the prophesy come true?

BUY The Chosen by Sheenah Freitas at Smashwords

Suggested reading for those that enjoy reading adventure, young adult, gods, mermaid, epic fantasy, ya, fantasy adventure, high fantasy, merman, demigods







Author Sheenah Freitas

~About The Author~

A neek at heart, Sheenah Freitas has a love for the whimsical and the magical. She looks to animated Disney movies and Studio Ghibli films for inspiration because of their innovative twists on fairytales, strong story structures, and character studies. When not writing, you might find her in a forest where she's yet to find any enchanted castles.

Website/Blog: http://sheenahfreitas.com
Twitter: SheenahFreitas

Jul 5, 2012

The Heart of Faerie Oracle


The Heart of Faerie Oracle (Hardcover) By Wendy Froud, Brian Froud, Robert Gould

From the renowned team of Brian and Wendy Froud comes a delightful and spiritual guide that offer believers a chance to connect with and experience the love and wisdom that comes from the hearts of faeries. The Heart of the Faerie Oracle box set includes 68 oracle cards, illustrated by Brian Froud. The accompanying book provides detailed instructions reading the cards and for the believer to relate to the Faerie World and learn valuable relationship information.Pairs well with How to See Faeries




How to See Faeries (Hardcover)By John Matthews, Brian Froud 

International bestselling artist Brian Froud and New York Times bestselling author John Matthews come together for the first time to create a spectacular interactive book that opens the doors to the enchanted world of Faerie. How does one discover faeries in one’s backyard or a garden, forest, or meadow? Through insets, hidden messages, magical signs, reflective mirrors, and other paper mechanics, Froud and Matthews reveal how anyone may discover the way to the land of Faerie. Pairs well Heart of Faerie Oracle




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Magical Housekeeping: Simple Charms and Practical Tips for Creating a Harmonious Home



Magical Housekeeping: Simple Charms and Practical Tips for Creating a Harmonious Home

Magical Housekeeping: Simple Charms & Practical Tips for Creating a Harmonious Home (Paperback) By Tess Whitehurst

 Let your home nourish your soul and uplift your spirits. Swirl magical botanicals into your cleaning supplies, call fairies into your garden, ask a spider for advice. Clear clutter for clarity, perform the oatmeal cookie ritual for abundance, or make a sweet dreams charm for a good night's sleep. In this delightful book, intuitive counselor Tess Whitehurst reveals how your home can be a powerful catalyst for personal transformation and manifestation. She offers a variety of simple, whimsical ways to create a harmonious home while enhancing your own happiness, intuition, and magical power.

"Filled with valuable information and ancient wisdom to activate sparkling energy and create true sacred space in your home. I recommend it " --Denise Linn, author of Sacred Space





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Jul 4, 2012

A Declaration of Independence



IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

Jul 3, 2012

The American Flag



The American Flag

By Joseph Rodman Drake
(August 17, 1795 – September 21, 1820)

When Freedom from her mountain height
Unfurled her standard to the air,
She tore the azure robe of night,
And set the stars of glory there.
She mingled with its gorgeous dyes
The milky baldric of the skies,
And striped its pure celestial white
With streakings of the morning light;
Then from his mansion in the sun
She called her eagle bearer down,
And gave into his mighty hand
The symbol of her chosen land.

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