Review: Wolfhound Century

Wolfhound Century by Peter Higgins. Read by Neil Dickson
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
ISBN: 9781619693159
Published: March 26th 2013 by Orbit
Rating: 5

Amazon | Goodreads

Investigator Vissarion Lom has been summoned to the capital in order to catch a terrorist --- and ordered to report directly to the head of the secret police.

A totalitarian state, worn down by an endless war, must be seen to crush home-grown insurgents with an iron fist. But Lom discovers Mirgorod to be more corrupted than he imagined: a murky world of secret police and revolutionaries, cabaret clubs and doomed artists.

Lom has been chosen because he is an outsider, not involved in the struggle for power within the party. And because of the sliver of angel stone implanted in his head.


When I first started reading (well, listening) to this book, I got a little confused and disoriented. There were a lot of names and places that, although they were English, they weren’t words or names that I knew, so I had trouble keeping track of what was going on. Part of the problem was I listened to a chapter here, a chapter there. So I put it aside, listened to something else, and went back to it later when I had hours upon hours to invest into it.

Boy am I glad I listened to this story.

I cannot describe to you how beautiful this story was. It was exciting and nerve wracking and terrifying. It was totally new and different and unique from anything else I’ve ever read. It had a love story, but it was an epic love story, not a romance as defined by the modern-day genre. It was sweet and beautiful and enthralling. It’s fantasy, but it’s not “elves and dwarves and fairies” fantasy… it’s fantastical and imaginary and connected with nature, but there aren’t warlocks. Higgins has his own set of creatures, his own city and country, his own history, his own world, and I loved it (though I didn’t want to live there. Read the summary, you wouldn’t either). On top of that, the writing was descriptive and concrete, and I felt like I was a part of the world. I felt like I was Lom an Marucia and Raku (I have no idea how to spell their names because I listened to the audio). I seriously didn’t want it to end.

Man, it’s been a good year for audiobooks! Guys, get this one asap. Give it thirty minutes of your time, and you’ll be sucked in.

Neil Dickson, the narrator, was also wonderful. He’s done a few other audiobooks, including the dramatized edition of The Importance of Being Earnest, and James Patterson’s The Jester. I’m definitely going to keep my eyes open for other work he does.

Content/Recommendation: Some violence, darker themes. Ages 16+

Summer Art Series: Buttoned-UP from Sew Red

It was really hard to pick a project while flipping through this book! I picked this one because I just moved into an apartment and I needed some placemats and napkins and a tablecloth for my kitchen table! (it was a boring dark brown and needed to be lit up a bit). So I made these really cute placemat and napkin set! Now because of my limited supplies, I only made a set of 4, and I did make a few changes (mostly to the measurements, because I didn’t have enough fabric). Also my local Wal-Mart doesn’t sell interfacing (wtf, Wal-Mart?) so they look a little thin.

But they turned out really cute! I love them so much.


All my fabrics: a dusty rose, a light pink, and strawberry print!



Everything cut to size



The back of the napkin is the strawberry print, and it wraps around to the front, and is double-top seamed.
They’re really cute! (also, this picture helped me find my Adapted PE textbook…)


A (blurry) finished project!



I used ribbon instead of fabric, and put the button in the middle instead of on the edge, and there’s space for silverware.



Review – Sew Red

I loved every single pattern in this book. I wish I could share every one with you but that would defeat the purpose of getting your own copy! Some of the projects in here are more complicated (Okay, much more complicated) than others, but every single one is beautiful, unique, and inspiring. There were a good mix of beginner, intermediate, and advanced, but you have to be able to use a sewing machine… I mean, you could hand stitch the Queen of Hearts quilted wall hanging… but it would probably drive you nuts (or make you go blind) before you finished.


Above: Queen of Hearts wall quilt.
Below: Tunic, and Backpack (please note the color is all wrong in these pictures, because I had to use my phone… my camera died –_- )


I’ll admit, I had to make sure I didn’t stare too long—which was really hard because the patterns were so pretty!—because after a while, all the red made my eyes hurt.

Suffice to say I will hang onto this book and will definitely use it for years as a wonderful resource and inspiration. I recommend it to anyone who has done moderate to experienced machine sewing.

Tour: Stardust Summer

I’d like to welcome Lauren Clark to The Life and Lies today! Lauren is on a virtual book tour for her newest release, Stardust Summer!

About the Book

Single mom Grace Mason doesn’t believe in miracles, magic, or love at first sight. She likes the quiet life, complete with her eight-year-old son, their tiny house, and her teaching job. For Grace, happiness means that nothing much ever changes in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Then, one thousand miles away, tragedy strikes. A massive heart attack leaves Grace’s estranged father comatose in an Upstate New York hospital. While a team of doctors fight to keep Henry Mason alive, Grace and Evan rush to his bedside to say their final goodbyes.
Henry’s passing brings little closure for Grace, but she finds herself inexplicably drawn to her new surroundings. What begins as a short trip results in an entire summer spent with Henry’s second wife, Kathleen, and her next-door neighbor, Ryan Gordon, the town doctor. When a series of unlikely events lead to Evan’s disappearance, Grace must face her worst fears to find her son and bring him back home.
Stardust Summer explores the complexities of forgiveness, what it means to be a family, and the fabulous possibility of falling in love—again.
ISBN 9780984725076 | Published February 14th 2013 by Camellia Press| Amazon | Goodreads

About the Author

Lauren Clark has been a voracious reader since the age of four and would rather be stranded at the library than on a desert island. In her former life, she worked as an anchor and producer for CBS affiliates in Upstate New York and Alabama. Lauren adores her family, yoga, her new Electra bike, and flavored coffee. She lives near the Florida Gulf Coast. Visit her website at LaurenClarkBooks.com.


Lauren will be awarding winner's choice of either Dancing Naked in Dixie or Stay Tuned (in .mobi .pdf or .epub) to a randomly drawn commenter at each stop. Also, a $20 gift card to Amazon or BN.com (winner's choice) will be awarded to two randomly drawn commenters during the tour and a signed paperback copy of Dancing Naked in Dixie and Swag will be awarded to two randomly drawn commenters during the tour (USA ONLY). Check out the other stops for more chances to win!
Blurb Blitz
May 13:  Lily Pond Reads
May 14:  Bookgirl Knitting
May 14:  STOP 2  Straight from the Library
May 15:  The Life (and lies) of an inanimate flying object
May 16:  Book 'Em North Carolina
May 17:  Brianna Lee Book Reviews
May 20:  The Dan O'Brien Project
May 21:  review Shelley's Book Case
May 21:  STOP 2 Beyond My Writing Space
May 22:  You Gotta Read Reviews
May 23:  review Kaisy Daisy's Corner
May 24:  Tinas book reviews

Review Tour

May 27:  Musings From An Addicted Reader
May 28:  Writer Wonderland
May 29:  Deal Sharing Aunt
May 30:  Cocktails and Books
May 31:  It's Raining Books

Book Blast: Lucid

Welcome to the Lucid book blast!

About the Book

Disfigured at birth and ostracized at school, Travis Hunter dreams of acceptance and secretly yearns for the affection of a beautiful young woman named Corrine. When a mysterious doctor promises to help Travis through something called lucid dreaming, Travis gets more than he ever bargained for and soon finds himself learning the secrets of love and life in a fantastic unconscious world.
ISBN 9781606190272 | Expected publication: May 15th 2013 by Twilight Times Books | Goodreads

About the Author

Natalie Roers is a veteran writer, voice artist, and on-air personality. A journalist by trade, Lucid is her first work of fiction. She is busy at work on her second novel and hopes to raise money and social awareness for worthy causes with each book she writes. Natalie plans to donate a portion of every sale of LUCID to her favorite anti-bullying organizations. She lives with her husband Cory, and son Austin, in Columbia, South Carolina.


Natalie will be giving away one $10 Amazon gift card to one randomly drawn commenter on the tour. Check out the other tour stops below for more chances to win!
Dawn's Reading Nook Blog
Desiree Holt Tells All
Hope Dreams. Life... Love
4 Book 'Em North Carolina
A to Z Reviews
Brenda Maxfield's Blog
Beckstar Reviews
The Dan O'Brien Project
The Life (and lies) of an inanimate flying object10  My Neurotic Book Affair
11  All in One Place
12  Sandra's Blog
13  My Devotional Thoughts
14  TeacherWriter
15  Farm Girl Books
16 Bunny's Review
17 Lisa Haselton's Reviews and Interviews
18  You Gotta Read Reviews
19  Mom With A Kindle
20  My Paranormal Book Review
21 Out of the Lockbox
22 Lindsay's Scribblings
23 Straight from the Library
24 Books in the Hall
25 Andi's Young Adult Books
26 Loose the Hounds

Interview: Shannon Srock

I’d like to welcome Shannon Srock to The Life and Lies for her book tour of Terri, the second book in her Christian romance series!
Why and when did you begin writing?
As strange as this might seem, I never wanted to be a writer. I love to read, but writing never crossed my mind as a serious vocation. I went to bed one night a reader and woke up the next morning determined to write a book. That was 20+ years ago and I didn’t have much success at it. The desire waned until about five years ago. Some stray words from a friend drove me back to my computer. I can only believe that God thought it was time for me to realize His purpose for me.
Did you base any of your characters on real people?
Not intentionally. In the beginning I think I might have used people I know as physical models, but not to the extent where I expected them to be recognized.
What’s the most exciting part about being a published author? What is the hardest part?
I write Inspirational women’s fiction. The most exciting part is hearing someone say that my story touched them in a positive way. I want to entertain, but the ability to touch someone’s heart is a heady experience. The hardest part? The added work. I have two jobs in addition to the writing. It seems I am always sitting at the computer.
Do you have any other books planned in the future? VBT Terri Book Cover Banner
There are six stories planned in The Women of Valley View series. Book three is contracted. I’m about a third of the way through the writing of book four.
Which of your characters is your favorite? Do you dislike any of them?
I’m fickle. When I wrote the first story, Callie was my favorite. As I got into Terri’s story my affections switched. The same thing happened with Pam and now Samantha. I think you just get into their heads and they become part of you.
What advice can you give to young writers who want to publish their books?
Three things. Write, join a writer’s group, and find a good critique partner.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I like to read. I don’t get to do that as much as I used to.
Do you have any pets?
We have two big Labradors. Sara is Blonde, Ziva is black and brown. We’ve recently been adopted by a stray of unknown origin. She as big as the labs and solid black. We’ve called her Shadow. She is slowly becoming a part of the family.
What are your favorite (and least favorite) foods?
Anything chocolate and anything Mexican. I have two rules when I cook. If it’s sweet add chocolate. If it isn’t sweet add cheese. Least favorite…I don’t know that I have a least favorite food. I’m not a picky eater. I love to go to new places and try new things.
Do you have a specific snack that you have with you when you write?
I’ve never met an activity that cookies and milk didn’t like.AuthorPic
What book are you reading right now?
I just finished Wings of Glass by Gina Holmes. Great book.
Tell us a random fact about you that we never would have guessed.
I detest “reality” TV.
Thanks Shannon!


Sharon Srock lives with her husband, Larry, and two dogs in Rural Oklahoma. She is a mother, grandmother, and Sunday School teacher. Sharon has one and three-quarters jobs and writes in her spare time. Her favorite hobby is traveling with her grandchildren. She is a member of the ACFW and currently serves as treasurer for her local chapter. Sharon’s debut novel, The Women of Valley View: Callie released in October 2012. The second in the series, The Women of Valley View: Terri releases in April 2013.
Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter |Goodreads

perf5.500x8.500.inddAbout the Book:

Despite a bustling day care center and a new foster child, Terri Hayes hungers for a family of her own. Then a plumbing mishap leaves her homeless and questioning God’s plan. Steve Evans’s gracious offer of his basement apartment as a temporary solution is an answered prayer.
Steve is a successful writer and a good father, but Terri is horrified when Steve’s book research leads him to a harsh confrontation with the parents of her foster child. She needs to distance herself from Steve, but her efforts fall short as his two scheming daughters plot to make Terri their new stepmother.
Will harsh words and sneaky plans drive Kelsey’s family further apart and put a wedge between Terri and Steve? Or does God have another plan in store?
ISBN | Pub | Amazon | Goodreads


Sharon will be awarding an e-Book copy of Callie, the first book in the series, to a randomly drawn commenter at each stop, plus a grand prize of a $20.00 gift card to the Pelican Book Group website to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.
Check out the other tour stops below for more chances to win!
May 13:  Uplifting Reads
May 14:  Book 'Em North Carolina
May 14:  The Life (and lies) of an inanimate flying object
May 15:  REVIEW  My Devotional Thoughts
May 16:  Love, Laughter, Friendship
May 16:  REVIEW  Once Upon A Book
May 17:  The Ink Spot

An awesome project, an exciting challenge, and a fabulous prize

Are you ready for this?

Write a community story.

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Here’s how it will work: I’m going to start by writing 100 words at the end of this post. You then have to write 100 more words and to add to it. Kind of like how we used to go around the campfire and write a story together about stupid stuff? Only this one will be more fun because all of you guys are more clever than I was at age 8.


  • This game is open all over the world! You must write your comment in English though.
  • Each comment can only be 100 words. I will check. If it’s 101 I will delete it. So only write 100 words. It’s harder than you think!
  • Each new piece of the story should move the story forward, or be a flashback/memory. No random shifting perspectives or jumping around into new stories!
  • Once you comment, you have to wait until there are 5 new comments after yours before you can write a new piece of the story.

This game runs May 10 (today!) until August 10.

Then, I will pick 1 random comment and that person will receive the following:

  • 3 books from this goodreads shelf (these are all my ARCs! Pick wisely! Also note that a lot of these are audio ARCs… also, note that if I get into my books and realize I no longer have one of the ones you picked, I’m sorry, you’ll have to pick one of the other 114 ARCs.)
  • a beautiful hand-crafted bookbag (pick from my Etsy shop)
  • a hand-bound journal made by yours truly (custom made: you tell me a few of your favorite things, and I make you a journal)

Again, this is open all over the world!

Have fun! Ready? here we go:

In the middle of the night, Cameron woke with a start to a sound that sounded like a cross between a blue whale, fingernails on a chalkboard, and the scream of a dying cat. Tiptoeing around the grimy apartment, Cameron tried not to let the floorboards creak, and pulled out a flashlight. The room was empty, but Cameron was sure the sound came from inside the room.

And… GO!

Book Blast: Hope’s Reign

I’m glad to be a part of Hope’s Reign book blast, the second book in the Memory’s Wake series.

About the Book

Everything is slipping away from Memory. The bond of friendship between her, Eloryn, Roen, and Will, that was formed while running for their lives is tearing. In a world that doesn’t feel like home, with a mind filled with nothing but questions, Memory struggles to be true to herself… whoever that is. When her past self starts haunting her, she knows her sanity could be the next thing she will lose.
ISBN 9780987151193 | Publication: May 10th 2013 by Fairies and Fantasy Pty Ltd| Amazon | Goodreads | Website

About the Author

Born in 1981 to Australian and Maltese parents, Selina lives in Australia with her husband, an unnamed cat, and a lorikeet who’s far too clever. During her life Selina has found ancient Roman treasure, survived cancer, had knights joust at her wedding, been mugged for doughnuts and eaten every bizarre and wonderful food put in front of her. And now, she’s also written and published a novel.

Check out the other tour stops below:
  1. 1. Mythical Books
  2. 2. Lost to Books
  3. 3. Gothic Angel Books Reviews
  4. 4. Bianca2B
  5. 5. Inside BJ's Head
  6. 6. Simply Me
  7. 7. Reading Addiction Blog Tours
  8. 8. Books and Insomnia
  9. 9. Pause Time
  10. 10. I Know that Book
  11. 11. The Life and Lies of an Inanimate Object
  12. 12. Pink Fluffy Hearts
  13. 13. In This World of Books
  14. 14. A Chick Who Reads
  15. 15. My Reading Addiction
  16. 16. Love Liv Life Reviews
  17. 17. Wintry Words
  18. 18. Queen of All She Reads
  19. 19. Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books
  20. 20. The Avid Reader - Magick in Books
  21. 21. Brooke Blogs
  22. 22. Little Library Muse
  23. 23. YA Books of Witchcraft and Wizardry
  24. 24. Love in a Book
  25. 25. Book Briefs
  26. 26. Kindle Obsessed
  27. 27. Whatever You Can Still Betray
  28. 28. Delirious About Books
  29. 29. Happy Indulgence
  30. 30. Pika Pages
  31. 31. Texas Book Nook
  32. 32. Author Ever Leigh
  33. 33. RABT Reviews
  34. 34. Books and Needlepoint
  35. 35. Book Crazy Tours
  36. 36. Princess Paperback
  37. 37. My Devotional Thoughts
  38. 38. Krystal's Enchanting Reads
  39. 39. Sarah Elizabeth's Bookshelf
  40. 40. Bunny's Reviews
  41. 41. We All Make Mistakes in Books
  42. 42. A Bibliophile's Thoughts
  43. 43. Gimme the Scoop Reviews
  44. 44. Pieces of Whimsy
  45. 45. BookWorms Avenue
  46. 46. Mom With a Kindle
  47. 47. Reviews A La Tiffany
  48. 48. Emily Ann Ward
  49. 49. Bookmarks, Spoilers, and Happily Ever Afters
  50. 50. Proserpine Craving Books

Tour: A Matter of Circumstance and Celludrones

I’d like to welcome Claire Robyns to The Life and Lies for her virtual blog tour of A Matter of Circumstance and Celludrones, a Victorian Steampunk/Paranormal adventure romance.

About the Book

Lady Lily d'Bulier is prim, proper, and prefers to think of herself as pragmatic rather than timid. And avoiding life-threatening situations at all costs is just plain practical. But everything changes when Lord Adair tracks her down in London; searching for answers he seems to think she has.
Greyston Adair is a blackguard and a smuggler, although British Customs will have to catch him red-handed to prove the latter. Fortunately, the dirigibles they float around in have never been able to get near his air dust.
Hell is rising, One Demon at a Time...
With Lady Ostrich hunting them, and the mystery of how their lives tie back to Cragloden Castle and the powerful McAllister clan, Lily has no option but to throw propriety to the wind and run off with Greyston to Scotland, away from the immediate danger and toward possible answers.
ISBN 9781479388929 | Self-Published September 24th 2012| Amazon | Goodreads

About the Author

Claire Robyns lives in Berkshire, England, with her husband and twin boys. When Claire isn't thigh-deep in laundry, shopping, cooking and general crowd control, you'll find her head-and-heart-deep in the tangled lives of her characters.
Visit Claire at her website www.clairerobyns.com or on twitter @clairerobyns


Claire will be awarding a $50 Amazon gift card to two randomly drawn commenters during the tour. Check out the tour stops below for more chances to leave comments and win!
May 6:  Out of the Lockbox
May 7:   Readaholic's Reviews
May 8: The Life (and lies) of an inanimate flying object
May 8:  STOP 2  Long and Short Reviews
May 9:  United By Books
May 10:  It's Raining Books
May 13:  Books and Other Spells
May 14:  Ramblings From This Chick
May 15:  Flirting With Romance
May 16:  The LUV'NV
May 17:  All in One Place
May 20:  My Reading Obsession
May 21:  Dawn's Reading Nook Blog
May 22:  Bea's Book Nook
May 23:  Welcome to My World of Dreams
May 24:  Bookgirl Knitting

Waiting on Wednesday

Sounds wacky… and awesome!
Parallel by Lauren Miller
ISBN 978-0062199775| Expected publication: May 14th 2013 by HarperTeen| Amazon | Goodreads
Abby Barnes had a plan. The Plan. She'd go to Northwestern, major in journalism, and land a job at a national newspaper, all before she turned twenty-two. But one tiny choice—taking a drama class her senior year of high school—changed all that. Now, on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, Abby is stuck on a Hollywood movie set, miles from where she wants to be, wishing she could rewind her life. The next morning, she's in a dorm room at Yale, with no memory of how she got there. Overnight, it's as if her past has been rewritten.
With the help of Caitlin, her science-savvy BFF, Abby discovers that this new reality is the result of a cosmic collision of parallel universes that has Abby living an alternate version of her life. And not only that: Abby's life changes every time her parallel self makes a new choice. Meanwhile, her parallel is living out Abby's senior year of high school and falling for someone Abby's never even met.
As she struggles to navigate her ever-shifting existence, forced to live out the consequences of a path she didn't choose, Abby must let go of the Plan and learn to focus on the present, without losing sight of who she is, the boy who might just be her soul mate, and the destiny that's finally within reach.

Tour: The Reason Is You

I’m helping out with a book blast tour for Sharla Lovelace’s new romance novel, The Reason is You! Check it out and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

About the Book

In the small town of Bethany, Texas, Dani never fit in. Being different pushed her to the fringes of society, and even leaving town for two decades didn’t stop the talk. Now she’s back, trying to settle in with her daughter and have a normal life. But the men in her life might not make it that simple. First, there’s her old friend Alex. He’s mischievous, sexy, and still hot enough to melt her shoes. And he’s a ghost—a real one, who’s always been there for her when she most needed him. Of course, there are actual men in Bethany, too. Like Jason with his hard body. Dani seems to have a habit of running into him—literally. Now she must decide between a man who long ago touched her heart and a man she can actually touch.

About the Author

Sharla Lovelace is the National Bestselling Author of THE REASON IS YOU, JUST ONE DAY, and BEFORE AND EVER SINCE. Being a Texas girl through and through, she's proud to say she lives in Southeast Texas with her family, an old lady dog, and an aviary full of cockatiels.
Sharla is available by Skype for book club meetings and chats, and loves connecting with her readers! See her website www.sharlalovelace.com for events and to sign up for her monthly newsletter.
You can follow her as @sharlalovelace on Twitter and Facebook.


Sharla will be awarding a custom tote bag with book swag, a themed recipe card and $20 Amazon gift card to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Check out all the tour stops below!
1.  Storm Goddess Book Reviews and More
2.  Read Your Writes Book Reviews
3.  The Dan O'Brien Project
4.  Cocktails and Books
5.  Shelley's Book Case
6.  United By Books
7.  Simply Ali
8.  The Life (and lies) of an inanimate flying object
9.  Wicked Readings by Tawania
10.  Love, Laughter, Friendship
11.  Musings and Ramblings
12.  Deal Sharing Aunt
13.  Once Upon A Book
14.  Book 'Em North Carolina
15.  Fic Talk
16.  IndieWritersReview
17.  Sugarbeat's Books
18.  Brianna Lee Book Reviews
19.  My Devotional Thoughts
20.  Illustrious Illusions
21.  Stitch Read Cook
22.  As the Pages Turn
23.  My Odd Little World
24.  Queen of All She Reads
25.  Long and Short Reviews
26.  Welcome to My World of Dreams

Tour Stop: Blood Destiny Series

I’d like to welcome Helen Harper to The Life and Lies, who is stopping by today because of her book tour for her series.


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Mackenzie Smith has always known that she was different. Growing up as the only human in a pack of rural shapeshifters will do that to you, but then couple it with some mean fighting skills and a fiery temper and you end up with a woman that few will dare to cross. However, when the only father figure in her life is brutally murdered, and the dangerous Brethren with their predatory Lord Alpha come to investigate, Mack has to not only ensure the physical safety of her adopted family by hiding her apparent humanity, she also has to seek the blood-soaked vengeance that she craves.



After escaping the claws of Corrigan, the Lord Alpha of the Brethren, Mack is trying to lead a quiet lonely life in Inverness in rural Scotland, away from anyone who might happen to be a shapeshifter. However, when she lands a job at an old bookstore owned by a mysterious elderly woman who not only has a familiar passion for herbal lore but also seems to know more than she should, Mack ends up caught in a maelstrom between the Ministry of Mages, the Fae and the Brethren.
Now she has to decide between staying hidden and facing the music, as well as confronting her real feelings for the green eyed power of Corrigan himself.





Mack begins her training at the mages' academy in the hope that, by complying, the stasis spell will be lifted from her old friend, Mrs. Alcoon. However, once there, she finds herself surrounded by unfriendly adults and petulant teenagers, the majority of whom seem determined to see her fail.
Feeling attacked on all fronts, Mack finds it harder and harder to keep a rein on her temper. Forced to attend anger management classes and deal with the predatory attentions of Corrigan, the Lord Alpha of the shapeshifter world, her emotions start to unravel. But when she comes across a familiar text within the walls of the mages' library, which might just provide the clues she needs to unlock the secrets of her background and her dragon blood, she realises that her problems are only just beginning...



About the Author

Helen Harper is an English teacher currently living abroad in Malaysia. As a long time reader of urban fantasy, she finally bit the bullet and began to develop her own series of novels.

Helen has always been a book lover, devouring science fiction and fantasy tales when she was a child growing up in Scotland. "I always loved the escapism provided by those genres," states Helen. "No matter how bad life gets, you can always find a route out, even if only temporarily, in the pages of a good book."

The growth of urban fantasy fascinated her - the mix of reality and fantasy along with strong heroic female characters appealed from the very beginning, and inspired her to write her own.


Helen will be giving away 1 $25 Amazon Gift Card to a random commenter!

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Waiting on Wednesday

This book sounds really promising! You know how I feel about silly mushy happy-land syndrome books… but this could be really good if the execution is good! And with David Levithan doing the executing, I’m hoping it’s a good one.

Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan

Stephen has been invisible for practically his whole life — because of a curse his grandfather, a powerful cursecaster, bestowed on Stephen’s mother before Stephen was born. So when Elizabeth moves to Stephen’s NYC apartment building from Minnesota, no one is more surprised than he is that she can see him. A budding romance ensues, and when Stephen confides in Elizabeth about his predicament, the two of them decide to dive headfirst into the secret world of cursecasters and spellseekers to figure out a way to break the curse. But things don’t go as planned, especially when Stephen’s grandfather arrives in town, taking his anger out on everyone he sees. In the end, Elizabeth and Stephen must decide how big of a sacrifice they’re willing to make for Stephen to become visible — because the answer could mean the difference between life and death. At least for Elizabeth.

ISBN 9780399257605 | Expected publication: May 7th 2013 by Philomel| Amazon | Goodreads


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