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📝REVIEW📝: Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco ~🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟~ Genre: #YA #Fantasy #Historical ~Available Now!~

Synopsis:

Two sisters.

One brutal murder.

A quest for vengeance that will unleash Hell itself…

And an intoxicating romance.

Emilia and her twin sister Vittoria are streghe – witches who live secretly among humans, avoiding notice and persecution. One night, Vittoria misses dinner service at the family’s renowned Sicilian restaurant. Emilia soon finds the body of her beloved twin…desecrated beyond belief. Devastated, Emilia sets out to find her sister’s killer and to seek vengeance at any cost-even if it means using dark magic that’s been long forbidden.

Then Emilia meets Wrath, one of the Wicked-princes of Hell she has been warned against in tales since she was a child. Wrath claims to be on Emilia’s side, tasked by his master with solving the series of women’s murders on the island. But when it comes to the Wicked, nothing is as it seems…

My Review:

This might just be my favorite book of all time.

Emilia and her sister Vittoria are twin witches living in Palermo, Sicily. Life is all fun and games until Vittoria turns up brutally murdered with her heart cut out. Turns out someone has been killing witches. But why? Emilia intends to find out. She has turned vengeful after the lost of her sister and she will stop at nothing until she finds the killer and makes them pay. So her brilliant plan includes summoning one of the seven princes of Hell, Wrath, and binding him to her so he is forced to help her solve the mystery. They are mortal enemies but Emilia will cross any line for revenge.

The best way to describe this book was deliciously wicked. I love morally gray characters and this book is full of them. First of all there is Wrath who is literally a prince of Hell so his personality should obviously be evil. But surprisingly he is a lot more well mannered and tolerable than one would think. Then there is Emilia who starts off as a really sweet white witch but slowly becomes twisted by grief and vengeance. Emilia is cunning but still tries to keep to her morals…when she remembers them. I loved both of these main characters so much because they have such an interesting dynamic. They really don’t like each other but for some reason they feel some pull to each other. Wrath will do just about anything to get what he wants and Emilia will do just about anything to find her sister’s killer. Truly a match made in Hell.

There really isn’t too much romance in this book which I loved. The description makes it seem like this book is more of a romance but it really isn’t. This is the story about a girl who lost her twin sister and wants nothing more than to make the murderer pay. Romance is the last thing on her mind. That doesn’t mean that there isn’t some stirrings between certain characters. It was the perfect amount of romance. Not that much but just enough to want more of it.

This book leaves you with a lot of questions but this is a series so that shouldn’t be an issue. I’ll get my answers eventually. My only critique is that I wish we were told more information and not as kept in the dark. It makes sense though because we follow Emilia who is very much kept in the dark about everything from everyone.

I adored the atmosphere of this book. As a Sicilian (American) named Emily who’s family hails from Palermo and always wished she could be a witch you can imagine how much I connected to this book. It was very nostalgic of my culture and it was almost like I could live out a life I always wanted. Well maybe minus the whole summoning demons thing. The food descriptions were incredible and this book made me so hungry. I want nothing more than to go to Sicily right now

I can’t wait for the next book in the series. I highly recommend this book if you are on the fence about checking it out. It’s definitely worth it. 

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#BlogTour ~ “The Hunter And The Bringer” & “Monsters And Mortals” by  Morgan Straughan Comnick, Series: The Hunter And The Bringer Duology, Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Available Now! ~

 

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The Hunter And The Bringer Duology 

Morgan Straughan Comnick
 
 
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Title: The Hunter And The Bringer 
Series: The Hunter And The Bringer Duology #1 
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal 
 
 
 
Can the Hunters and the Bringers ever get along? A hunter will protect the masses from a dark world of monsters, but who will be the bringer of light?

Monsters thrive in our world in the shadows of mortal eyes, living to feed. To keep them away from the knowledge of the world, two groups have been formed: The Hunters, who kill all monsters to save mankind, and The Bringers, who see monsters as living creatures and capture them for study. Val Hemmingway is the top-notch agent for The Hunters. Jeremy Darington is the cocky golden man of The Bringers. With two clashing personalities and differentiating views, the two always end up in an argument. But when a new monster threat appears that can lure humans away without being seen, they must put everything aside and work together. Along the way, the discover secrets and embark on a personal journey that can flip the worlds of their organizations.
 
 


 
 

Title: Monsters And Mortals 

Series: The Hunter And The Bringer Duology #2
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal 
 
 
 

“They protect mortals from monsters. But what now defines a monster has become unclear.”Top agent for The Hunters, Val Hemmingway, and the golden boy of The Bringers, Jeremey Darington, are forced to continue their mission together to locate and stop a homicidal threat from the monster realm and his human puppet. Things are rocky between them as usual as they track down this killing machine through Europe with weapon’s master Galen and timid analyst Kesler. Along this dangerous adventure, storms will brew, monsters will attack, minds will become chaotic, and hearts will shatter, the answers to this mystery changing their lives more than they ever expected or are ready for. Read the conclusion of “The Hunter and The Bringer” duology today.This series is New Adult, so it has content that is 17+.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

What does fantasy mean to you? or how would you describe it?- Fantasy reminds me an incredible world, where reality takes a backseat and nothing is impossible.  I believe that you people can do anything.  That’s why we have creative drive and imaginations. 

 

Where do you get your ideas? I am gifted with an overactive imagination.  But like most authors, I am inspired by the world around me, people in my life, events in my life, and medias that are beloved to me, such as anime, manga, and fairy tales.

 

What is your writing process like? I work as an elementary teacher in addition to Sunday school, running the anime club at my district’s high school, and also summer school.  I write when three beautiful components come together: inspiration, motivation, and time.  Oh goodness, time managing!  I do outline the goals I want each chapter to achieve and key quotes I plan to use, but I also let the characters lead me in certain situations.  

 

What advice do you have for writers? First off, go for it! You are a shining star! Only you can write the story in your soul and the world wants to read it.  Don’t know what to write about?  I suggest to my students start with what you know and what you love.

 

Does a big ego help or hurt writers? In anything in life, if you do your best and have passion in your craft, you should be proud.  However, big egos turn me off when I encounter them in general.  Writers need their fans, people to give them a chance, no matter their experience or level of success.  We should love our work, but be humble and grateful to those who support us, always ready to improve and do our best.

 

What is your writing Kryptonite? Marketing.  I really should have gotten a business degree with my teaching one.  Actually composing a work?  Transitions can be tricky for me for some odd reason.

 

Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want? I have a story and characters that are begging to come into the world, so I write what my soul has created.  I might take certain scenes into consideration for what readers want, but I allow whatever flows out of my being to show itself.

 

Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly? Absolutely! If you have something to share and an urge to write, by George, tally ho! 

 

Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book? I have a writing style for sure with each of my series and works, but I also tweak them to have their own voices thanks to the characters and their target audiences.  I just want my audiences to find some happiness or a connection in any of my works. 🙂

 

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be? Go get a marketing degree! I am partly teasing.  I would tell my younger writer self to not be afraid to write anything you want because you have a rep of being a ‘goody-goody.’  

 

How did publishing your first book change your process of writing? I learned about the process of editing, truly editing and having to take criticisms for someone who wants your work to succeed, but a manuscript is an author’s baby and at first, you are protective of it.  Over time, I am more willing to listen, but also not afraid to defend something I am passionate about.  Like everything, communication is key to everything.  

 

What does literary success look like to you? When I have someone come to a convention to see me and beg for my next book or a selfie.  When I have someone draw fan art of my characters or want to marry Umbra or Jeremey or even be like Val or Stary, my heart is so full, my soul complete.  Seeing students I do book talks with come to me timidly to tell me they are starting a story and wanting to write, asking me for any advice or thanking me for not giving up on my dream, it makes me see that I do belong in this world.

 

Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice? For sure.  I have to get inside other characters’ heads, people I have created from nothing, beings that would not exist without me.  So, I have conversations with imaginary friends in my mind all the time.  And they boss me around and tell me what to do.  Then you have to research types of flamethrowers and how long an intestine would roll out if slashed open then run over by a car and you start to question your morals.  Balancing all this is such a delightful challenge.  How can it not be spiritual? 

 

What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex? I think fully getting into someone’s head is a challenge.  I am lucky that I have brothers and have always gotten along well with guys, gaining insight to how they would handle certain situations.  I think the hardest part of writing as a guy for me is their lingo sometimes, especially in emotional scenes because I know media puts a lot of pressure on men to be these romantic leads, an unrealistic sappy women (like myself) want!

 

How do you select the names of your characters? Names are critical to me.  I always am seeking names that are unique, but still fairly easy to pronounce.  And the meanings for the names have to reflect the character, usually their personality or a deeper destiny for them.

 

If you didn’t write, what would you do for work? I would still teacher, but I also have an interest in voice acting and charity work involving cosplay.  Or a tour guide for Graceland. Elvis is my king.

 

If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you do? Take spelling and grammar a little more seriously earlier in life.  I waited until I was 15, when I decided to try to write a manuscript, that I needed to practice and care for it.

 

Do you believe in writer’s block? I have this often! It’s when my imaginary friends decide they don’t want to talk to me or proper wording fails me.  It is annoying.

Do you Google yourself? *Shyly raises hand* Guilty.  

 

What one thing would you give up to become a better writer? Stress! 

 

What is the most difficult part of your artistic process? We are our own worst critics.  Being proud of your work, the world only you can mold, but still wanting your reader to see all the love and work you put into it.  Knowing what you did was worthwhile.

 

 


 
 


 

Morgan was born and raised in the small, yet big enough town of Farmington, Missouri which has magic hidden within it along with bipolar weather. Before she found her path to teaching and the bridge that connects her to writing, she wanted to be a paleontologist, a teddy bear designer, an actor (which she still dreams about, but in anime voice acting form), and an American J-Pop idol. She had been writing since she was six, but never pondered it until her 6th-grade Communication Arts teacher gave her the title “The Queen of Details” and her 9th grade Communication Arts teacher informed her she would make a fantastic book character for HIS future book, where she laughed, but it triggered the question within her “Why can’t I write one?”

When she is not writing, daydreaming, snuggling with her hubby, or trying to educate and inspire young minds at her local school district, Morgan enjoys singing, acting, drawing, playing video games, organizing things, doing goofy voices, confusing people by making them smile with her cute, but unique fashion choices, engaging in social interaction with her friends, family, co-workers, love of her life, and church family, smiling and laughing to burn calories, having ‘me’ time by listening to music and walking, watching awesome TV shows and movies, and collecting adorable plushies, and geeky buttons and keychains along with buying way too many books, graphic tees, and dresses. She is in love with reading as well. Her guilty pleasure, however, is being a full otaku. Anime, manga, cosplay, Japanese culture, and more help identify and inspire her every day, giving her confidence and happiness.

Morgan’s first book, Spirit Vision, fuses Morgan’s love for her hometown and the people close in life, the world beyond life, finding the magic only you can have inside yourself, the power of love and friendship, and of writing in general. She hopes to make Spirit Vision a series and write many more books, sharing her always-on imagination with the world.

She also has deeply enjoyed writing poems and short stories for her two current collections (more to come in the future) and her new adult monster hunter series, The Hunter and The Bringer, being absorbed in the different type of writing style and colorful cast of characters.

 

#BlogTour ~ “And Death Followed Behind Her” by Author: Russell Nohelty, Genre: Myth And Legend Fantasy, Series: The Godsverse Chronicles #2, is Available Now! ~ @russellnohelty @MyGltyObsess @bemybboyfriend

Title: And Death Followed Behind Her 

Author: Russell Nohelty 

Genre: Myth And Legend Fantasy 

Series: The Godsverse Chronicles #2

 
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All gods are real…they’re just dicks.

Katrina was just a normal person with a simple life. Then, the Apocalypse descended upon her, and she spent two years fighting with and living among monsters.

They were neither pleasant nor polite neighbors, so she snapped and set out to Hell to kill the Devil.

That’s when the carnage started.

Action, adventure, humor, and chaos abound in this mythological fantasy supernatural thriller book box set that’s paced for edge of your seat excitement.

Join Katrina on three hair-raising adventures that pit her against God, the Devil, Zeus, Hera, and Cronos himself as she traipses across the universe breaking as many things as she fixes, fighting her way through Greek, Roman, and Judeo-Christian mythology, and causing trouble at every stop along the way.

If you love action-adventure fantasy stories, monsters, mythology, and heroines with their sass and snark turned up to 11, then this book is for you.

 

 
 



 

The world ended. 

I survived.

Now, I want my life back.

Two years ago, the world went through the end of times, the Apocalypse, or whatever the religious types call it.

God beamed all the good boys and girls up to some giant party in the sky and left the rest of us asking one question: Why not me?

A rift opened in the desert. Hellspawn poured out onto Earth.

They ravaged humanity, ripping us apart for their own pleasure, torturing us in the most grotesquely creative ways possible.

It was bedlam; Hell on earth. And there was nothing we could do to stop it.

Then, one day, the monsters got bored and opted for a quiet life in the suburbs.

They squatted in the homes of the people they had brutally murdered. They were neither pleasant or polite neighbors. They threw raucous parties late into the night and played their guitars too loud. They shot off fireworks in the dead of night. They lived like frat boys.

We lived in constant fear and in a state of perpetual loneliness, expecting to die and scared to live. We tried to get along any way we could, even after we’d lost everything.

I’m sick of living with monsters, working with monsters, and fighting monsters.

I want my old life back. I want peace and quiet. I want the Apocalypse to END. 

There’s only one way to make that happen. Travel to Hell, find the Devil, and kill him. So that’s what I’m gonna do.

My name is Katrina, and I really hate the Apocalypse.

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Russell Nohelty is a USA Today bestselling author, publisher, and speaker. He runs Wannabe Press (www.wannabepress.com), a small press that publishes weird books for weird people. Russell is the author of many novels, including four books in The Godsverse Chronicles, Sorry for Existing, Invasion, The Vessel, and My Father Didn’t Kill Himself, along with the creator of the Ichabod Jones: Monster Hunter, Gherkin Boy, Pixie Dust, and Katrina Hates the Dead graphic novels. He also edited the Monsters and Other Scary Shit and Cthulhu is Hard to Spell, and Cthulhu is Hard to Spell: The Terrible Twos anthologies, all of which raised over $25,000 on Kickstarter. To date, Russell Nohelty has raised over $170,000 on Kickstarter across ten projects.

You can check out his books for yourself by joining his mailing list at www.russellnohelty.com/mail, where he’ll send you a collection of his books for free.

 

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SNEAK PEAK for “A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire” Blood and Ash Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Release Date: September 1st 2020 ~ @JLArmentrout @jennw23

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A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire, an all-new sexy fantasy novel in the A Blood and Ash Series by New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout is coming September 1st and we have an exciting sneak peek!

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“We go home to marry, my Princess.”
As in get married?
To him?
Suddenly, I thought of all those girlish fantasies I’d had before I learned who I was and what was expected of me—daydreams given life because of the love my parents had for one another.
Never once did those little-girl dreams include a proposal that wasn’t remotely an actual proposal. Nor did they incorporate it being announced at a table full of strangers, half of which wanted me dead. And those dreams surely hadn’t involved what had to be the kingdom’s worst—and possibly most insane—non-proposal of marriage to a man currently holding me captive.
Perhaps I had some sort of ailment of the brain. Maybe I was experiencing hallucinations brought on by stress. After all, there had been so much painful death to process. His betrayal to deal with. And I’d just learned I was descended from Atlantia, a kingdom I’d been raised to believe was the source of all the evil and tragedy in the land. Stress-induced hallucinations seemed a far more believable reason than what was actually happening.
All I could do was stare at the larger hand holding my much smaller one. His skin was slightly darker than mine as if kissed by the sun. Years of wielding a sword with deadly, graceful precision had left his palms callused.
He lifted my hand to an indecently well-formed and full mouth. To lips that were somehow soft yet unrelentingly firm. Lips that had spun beautiful words into the air and whispered heated, wicked promises against my bare skin. Lips that had paid homage to the many scars that riddled my body and face.
Lips that had also spoken blood-soaked lies.
Now, that mouth was pressed against the top of my hand in a gesture that I would’ve cherished for an eternity and thought exquisitely tender just days or weeks ago. Simple things like hand-holding or chaste kisses had been forbidden to me. As were being wanted or feeling desire. I had long since accepted that I would never experience those things.
Until him.
I lifted my gaze from our joined hands, from that mouth that was already curving up on one side, hinting at a dimple in the right cheek, and from the slowly parting lips that revealed just a hint of fatally sharp fangs.
His hair brushed the nape of his neck and toppled over his forehead, and the thick strands were such a deep shade of black, it often shone blue in the sunlight. With high and angular cheekbones, a straight nose, and a proud, carved jaw, he often reminded me of the large, graceful cave cat I had seen once in Queen Ileana’s palace as a child. Beautiful, but in the way all wild, dangerous predators were. My heart stammered as my eyes locked onto his, orbs a shade of stunning, cool amber.
I knew I was staring at Hawke—
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Synopsis

Is Love Stronger Than Vengeance?

A Betrayal…


Everything Poppy has ever believed in is a lie, including the man she was falling in love with. Thrust among those who see her as a symbol of a monstrous kingdom, she barely knows who she is without the veil of the Maiden. But what she does know is that nothing is as dangerous to her as him. The Dark One. The Prince of Atlantia. He wants her to fight him, and that’s one order she’s more than happy to obey. He may have taken her, but he will never have her.

A Choice….

Casteel Da’Neer is known by many names and many faces. His lies are as seductive as his touch. His truths as sensual as his bite. Poppy knows better than to trust him. He needs her alive, healthy, and whole to achieve his goals. But he’s the only way for her to get what she wants—to find her brother Ian and see for herself if he has become a soulless Ascended. Working with Casteel instead of against him presents its own risks. He still tempts her with every breath, offering up all she’s ever wanted. Casteel has plans for her. Ones that could expose her to unimaginable pleasure and unfathomable pain. Plans that will force her to look beyond everything she thought she knew about herself—about him. Plans that could bind their lives together in unexpected ways that neither kingdom is prepared for. And she’s far too reckless, too hungry, to resist the temptation.

A Secret…

But unrest has grown in Atlantia as they await the return of their Prince. Whispers of war have become stronger, and Poppy is at the very heart of it all. The King wants to use her to send a message. The Descenters want her dead. The wolven are growing more unpredictable. And as her abilities to feel pain and emotion begin to grow and strengthen, the Atlantians start to fear her. Dark secrets are at play, ones steeped in the blood-drenched sins of two kingdoms that would do anything to keep the truth hidden. But when the earth begins to shake, and the skies start to bleed, it may already be too late.

About Jennifer L. Armentrout
#1 New York Times and #1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. She spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, hanging out with her husband and her Border Jack Apollo. In early 2015, Jennifer was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a group of rare genetic disorders that involve a breakdown and death of cells in the retina, eventually resulting in loss of vision, among other complications. Due to this diagnosis, educating people on the varying degrees of blindness has become of passion of hers, right alongside writing, which she plans to do as long as she can.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Tor, HarperCollins Avon and William Morrow, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her Wicked Series has been optioned by PassionFlix. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. Her adult romantic suspense novel TILL DEATH was an Amazon Editor’s Pick and iBook Book of the Month. Her young adult contemporary THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER is a 2017 RITA Award Winner in Young Adult Fiction. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.
She is the owner of ApollyCon and The Origin Event, the successful annual events that features over a hundred bestselling authors in Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult Fiction, panels, parties, and more.

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