Thursday, April 30, 2015

A to Z Challenge: Z is for Zenobia Fox

Ra-ra-ri, I made it to Z!!!! *Cue balloons, confetti, and celebratory trumpets*

It's been a long month. If you've stuck with me through the entire A to Z Challenge, then you deserve a wild round of applause.

To celebrate the letter Z, I'm sharing a character from one of my very favorite steam punk novels.

Z is for Zenobia Fox
from The Kraken King(The Iron Seas #4) by Meljean Brooks

Zenobia is one of my very favorite characters because she's a writer who writes exciting stories based on the exciting adventures of her brother, the legendary Archimedes Fox, but longs for a real life adventure of her own. In The Kraken King, she gets exactly what she's longed for plus much more.

I like Zenobia because she is funny, strong, brave, and lands the handsome Kraken King without the benefit of a beautiful face and body. She's a-typical, which makes me lover her all the more.

Here is the official blurb about the book courtesy of Goodreads:


A former smuggler and thief, Ariq—better known as the Kraken King—doesn’t know what to make of the clever, mysterious woman he rescues from an airship besieged by marauders. Unsure if she’s a spy or a pawn in someone else’s game, Ariq isn’t about to let her out of his sight until he finds out…

After escaping her fourth kidnapping attempt in a year, Zenobia Fox has learned to vigilantly guard her identity. While her brother Archimedes is notorious for his exploits, Zenobia has had no adventures to call her own—besides the stories she writes.

But when she jumps at the chance to escape to the wilds of Australia and acquire research for her next story, Zenobia quickly discovers that the voyage will be far more adventurous than any fiction she could put to paper.

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Have you read Zenobia's story? If not, I'd encourage you to start at the beginning of the series. It makes this book that much more satisfying when you finally get to Zenobia's story.
Did you complete the A to Z Challenge today? Congrats! Way to go! You rock!

Don't forget to check out my novellas: Lost Haven and Road to Nowhere, available on Amazon now.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A to Z Challenge: Y is for Yasmeen

The month of April is all about the A to Z Challenge in the bloggy world. This month bloggers near and far have been posting about a theme shaped after the letters of the English alphabet. If you'd like to know more about it for next year, go here.

My theme is Some of my Favorite Female Characters.

Y is for Yasmeen
from Heart of Steel(The Iron Seas #2) by Meljean Brooks

I love strong, kick ass female characters as you might have noticed if you've been following my A to Z posts this month. Yasmeen is the audacious mercenary captain of an airship. I like that she doesn't take crap from anyone and her brash confidence. Despite her ability to be utterly ruthless, she still feels guilty for her part in the seeming death of the irritating, yet charming Archimedes Fox.

I loved getting to know Yasmeen and can't wait to read more in this world.

Here is the official blurb about the book courtesy of Amazon:


As the mercenary captain of the Lady Corsair, Yasmeen has learned to keep her heart as cold as steel, her only loyalty bound to her ship and her crew. So when a man who once tried to seize her airship returns from the dead, Yasmeen will be damned if she gives him another opportunity to take control.

Treasure-hunter Archimedes Fox isn't interested in the Lady Corsair -- he wants her coldhearted captain and the valuable da Vinci sketch she stole from him. To reclaim it, Archimedes is determined to seduce the stubborn woman who once tossed him to a ravenous pack of zombies, but she's no easy conquest.

When da Vinci's sketch attracts a dangerous amount of attention, Yasmeen and Archimedes journey to Horde-occupied Morocco -- and straight into their enemy's hands. But as they fight to save themselves and a city on the brink of rebellion, the greatest peril Yasmeen faces is from the man who seeks to melt her icy heart

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Have you read Yasmeen's story? Are you participating in the A to Z Challenge? If so, leave the link to your blog in the comments, I'd love to visit.

 Also, don't forget to check out my novellas: Lost Haven and Road to Nowhere, available on Amazon now.




Monday, April 27, 2015

A to Z Challenge: W is for Winter Ihernglass

The month of April is all about the A to Z Challenge in the bloggy world. This month bloggers near and far have been posting about a theme shaped after the letters of the English alphabet. If you'd like to know more about it for next year, go here.

My theme is Some of my Favorite Female Characters.

W is for Winter Ihernglass
from The Thousand Names(Shadow Campaigns Book 1)
by Django Wexler

I love strong, smart, kick ass female characters as you might have noticed if you've been following my A to Z posts this month. Winter is no exception. Though she has tried to remain on the periphery and unnoticed, she finds herself in the spotlight. Rather than cut and run, she rises to the challenge and shows herself to be a quick thinker and a compassionate leader. She risks her own safety to help others and proves that women can succeed in a military setting right along side men.

Here is the official blurb about the book courtesy of Amazon:


Captain Marcus d’Ivoire, commander of one of the Vordanai empire’s colonial garrisons, was serving out his days in a sleepy, remote outpost—until a rebellion left him in charge of a demoralized force clinging to a small fortress at the edge of the desert.

To flee from her past, Winter Ihernglass masqueraded as a man and enlisted as a ranker in the Vordanai Colonials, hoping only to avoid notice. But when chance sees her promoted to command, she must lead her men into battle against impossible odds.

Their fate depends on Colonel Janus bet Vhalnich. Under his command, Marcus and Winter feel the tide turning and their allegiance being tested. For Janus’s ambitions extend beyond the battlefield and into the realm of the supernatural—a realm with the power to reshape the known world and change the lives of everyone in its path.

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Have you read Winter's story? Are you participating in the A to Z Challenge? If so, leave the link to your blog in the comments, I'd love to visit.

 Also, don't forget to check out my novellas: Lost Haven and Road to Nowhere, available on Amazon now.


Saturday, April 25, 2015

A to Z Challenge: V is for Vin

The month of April is all about the A to Z Challenge in the bloggy world. This month bloggers near and far have been posting about a theme shaped after the letters of the English alphabet. If you'd like to know more about it for next year, go here.

My theme is Some of my Favorite Female Characters.

V is for Vin
from Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

Vin is just a girl trying to survive in a world that has kicked her over and over. She is naturally suspicious and slow to trust others. I like Vin because she is smart and observant. She is powerful, but remains true to herself and uncomfortable with the attention her power brings. And ultimately, she sacrifices herself for the good of her world. 

Here is the official blurb about the book courtesy of Amazon:


Brandon Sanderson, fantasy's newest master tale spinner, author of the acclaimed debut Elantris, dares to turn a genre on its head by asking a simple question: What if the hero of prophecy fails? What kind of world results when the Dark Lord is in charge? The answer will be found in the Mistborn Trilogy, a saga of surprises and magical martial-arts action that begins in Mistborn.

For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison. Kelsier "snapped" and found in himself the powers of a Mistborn. A brilliant thief and natural leader, he turned his talents to the ultimate caper, with the Lord Ruler himself as the mark. 

Kelsier recruited the underworld's elite, the smartest and most trustworthy allomancers, each of whom shares one of his many powers, and all of whom relish a high-stakes challenge. Only then does he reveal his ultimate dream, not just the greatest heist in history, but the downfall of the divine despot.

But even with the best criminal crew ever assembled, Kel's plan looks more like the ultimate long shot, until luck brings a ragged girl named Vin into his life. Like him, she's a half-Skaa orphan, but she's lived a much harsher life. Vin has learned to expect betrayal from everyone she meets, and gotten it. She will have to learn to trust, if Kel is to help her master powers of which she never dreamed.

Readers of Elantris thought they'd discovered someone special in Brandon Sanderson. Mistborn proves they were right.

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Have you read Vin's story? Are you participating in the A to Z Challenge? If so, leave the link to your blog in the comments, I'd love to visit.

 Also, don't forget to check out my novellas: Lost Haven and Road to Nowhere, available on Amazon now.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A to Z Challenge: S is for Scout

The month of April is all about the A to Z Challenge in the bloggy world. This month bloggers near and far have been posting about a theme shaped after the letters of the English alphabet. If you'd like to know more about it for next year, go here.

My theme is Some of my Favorite Female Characters.

S is for Scout Finch
from To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Scout is one of my favorite female characters because she is funny, bright and totally real. We've all known or been a tomboyish Scout. This book is fabulous on so many levels, but I truly feel that seeing it through Scout's eyes, makes it magical.

Here is the official blurb about the book courtesy of Amazon:


Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south—and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as an e-book.

One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than thirty million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the twentieth century by librarians across the country. A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father-a crusading local lawyer-risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.

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Have you read Vin's story? Are you participating in the A to Z Challenge? If so, leave the link to your blog in the comments, I'd love to visit.

 Also, don't forget to check out my novellas: Lost Haven and Road to Nowhere, available on Amazon now.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

A to Z Challenge: P is for Pippi Longstocking

The month of April is all about the A to Z Challenge in the bloggy world. This month bloggers near and far have been posting about a theme shaped after the letters of the English alphabet. If you'd like to know more about it for next year, go here.

My theme is Some of my Favorite Female Characters.

P is for Pippi Longstocking
For today's A to Z, I'm going way back to my childhood when the incorrigible Pippi Longstocking gave an angry 8 year old with newly divorced parents an escape from the world around her. Pippi had no parents, no rules, and did exactly as she pleased, including wearing upside down pigtails, shoes too big for her, and letting her horse live on her front porch. Like most children, I fantasized about independence and making my own rules.

I'd go back to being that innocent kid without any real responsibilities in a heartbeat. Being a grown up is highly overrated sometimes.

Here is the official blurb about the book courtesy of Amazon:

The beloved story of a spunky young girl and her hilarious escapades.

Tommy and his sister Annika have a new neighbor, and her name is Pippi Longstocking. She has crazy red pigtails, no parents to tell her what to do, a horse that lives on her porch, and a pet monkey named Mr. Nilsson. Whether Pippi’s scrubbing her floors, doing arithmetic, or stirring things up at a fancy tea party, her flair for the outrageous always seems to lead to another adventure.








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Have you read any of Pippi's Adventures? Did you have a particular story/character that helped you through a tough time in your childhood? Are you participating in the A to Z Challenge? If so, leave the link to your blog in the comments, I'd love to visit.

 Also, don't forget to check out my novellas: Lost Haven and Road to Nowhere, available on Amazon now.