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Hard-hitting Stories from the Creator of Monster Hunter International. The first short story collection from nationally best-selling author Larry Correia.

Larry Correia, the New York Times best-selling author of the wildly popular Monster Hunter International and Grimnoir Chronicles series of no-holds-barred urban fantasy and the Dead Six trilogy of military adventure novel …more

Source: Target Rich Environment by Larry Correia | Goodreads

Allow me to give you an overview of the main character of my third fantasy book. I have given a lot of thought about what traits my protagonist would have compared to his forebears. I looked to oth…

Source: FANTASY PROTAGONIST TRAITS | Grady P Brown – Author

From the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Resistance Reborn comes the first book in the Between Earth and Sky trilogy, inspired by the civilizations of the Pre-Columbian Americas and woven into a tale of celestial prophecies, political intrigue, and forbidden magic.

A god will return when the earth and sky converge under the black sun

In the holy city of Tova, t …more

Source: Black Sun (Between Earth and Sky, #1) by Rebecca Roanhorse | Goodreads

I rarely sleep anymore My mind is too open Merchandise for the sleep demon Have you met him before? He stilts my legs and won’t allow my eyes to close Despite how hard I try He swaths me in invisib…

Source: Daily Prompts – Sleep Demon – Relax, It’s all Write

EVERYTHING IS AS IT SHOULD BE IN CAMELOT: King Arthur is expanding his kingdom’s influence with Queen Guinevere at his side. Yet every night, dreams of darkness and unknowable power plague her.

Guinevere might have accepted her role, but she still cannot find a place for herself in all of it. The closer she gets to Brangien, pining for her lost love Isolde, Lancelot, fighting to prove her worth as Queen’s knight, and Arthur, everything to everyone and thus never quite enough for Guinevere–the more she realizes how empty she is. She has no sense of who she truly was before she was Guinevere. The more she tries to claim herself as queen, the more she wonders if Mordred was right: she doesn’t belong. She never will…

Source: The Camelot Betrayal – Kiersten White – ARC Review – Worlds Unlike Our Own

I thought I understood power.

My parents taught me that magic attracts equal danger, and everything I’ve seen since becoming a demon contractor confirms it. I’ve witnessed how power twists and corrupts–and I’ve tasted power no human should wield.

I thought I knew greed.Ambition and avarice drove my family into hiding. My parents died for someone else’s greed. I’ve never hun …more

Source: Hunting Fiends for the Ill-Equipped by Annette Marie | Goodreads

And the moon became as blood

A mysterious red moon begins turning thousands of people into vampires and awakening ancient monsters. Annis and Skye must discover the source of the Blood Moon and save the world from being ruled by creatures of darkness. But the price of salvation may require great sacrifice.

Source: Black Annis 5: Blood Moon by Aubrey Law | Goodreads

Long ago, a magical war destroyed the Chosen Empire, and a new republic rose from its ashes. But old grudges still simmer…

Gyre hasn’t seen his beloved sister since their parents sold her to the mysterious Twilight Order. Now, twelve years after her disappearance, Gyre’s sole focus is revenge, and he’s willing to risk anything and anyone to claim enough power to destroy the Order.

Chasing rumors of a fabled city protecting a powerful artifact, Gyre comes face-to-face with his lost sister. But she isn’t who she once was…

Source: Blog Tour: Ashes of the Sun – Django Wexler* ‹ ramblingmads ‹ Reader — WordPress.com

Twelve thousand years ago, heroes and antagonists were made. Civilizations were starting to flourish. Within their social structures, there was love, honor, and friendship. On the other side of the spectrum, there was also greed, fear, and power.Within the last one hundred years, archeologist and palaeontologists have unearthed a new world. After the Ice age, archeologis …more

Source: The Story of Atlandreous by Thomas D. Turner | Goodreads

Welcome to the Friday edition of the Cafe and Bookstore with recent reviews for authors on the shelves. The first author today is James J. Cudney – with a recent review for the sequel to Watching G…

Source: Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore Author Updates – #Reviews #Family James J. Cudney, #WWII Robbie Cheadle and Elsie Haney Eaton, #Fantasy D. Wallace Peach | Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

A Deadly Education is set at Scholomance, a school for the magically gifted where failure means certain death (for real) — until one girl, El, begins to unlock its many secrets.There are no teachers, no holidays, and no friendships, save strategic ones. Survival is more important than any letter grade, for the school won’t allow its students to leave until they graduate… or die! The rules are deceptively simple: Don’t walk the halls alone. And beware of the monsters who lurk everywhere.El is uniquely prepared for the school’s dangers. She may be without allies, but she possesses a dark power strong enough to level mountains and wipe out millions. It would be easy enough for El to defeat the monsters that prowl the school. The problem? Her powerful dark magic might also kill all the other students…

Source: Review: A Deadly Education or an unlikeable character, a killing place and magic everywhere. And things get even better.

Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown. A brutal war of succession has plunged the court of Kingfountain into a power struggle between a charitable king who took the crown unlawfully and his ambitious rival, Devon Argentine. The balance of power between the two men hinges on the fate of a young boy ensnared in this courtly intrigue. A boy befittingly nicknamed Ransom.

When the Argentine family finally rules, Ransom must make his own way in the world. Opportunities open and shut before him as he journeys along the path to knighthood, blind to a shadowy conspiracy of jealousy and revenge. Securing his place will not be easy, nor will winning the affection of Lady Claire de Murrow, a fiery young heiress from an unpredictably mad kingdom…

Source: Knight’s Ransom by Jeff Wheeler- ARC Review – Witty and Sarcastic Bookclub

How did the sequel to a 2½ stars book turn out to be a whooping 4 stars?

I think that The Wicked King picked me up like a rag doll and smashed me on the floor. Violently, viciously, with its plot. For once, I loved being hit.

This was a sequel to The Cruel Prince so I can’t put the full synopsis here as it’ll be a spoiler, but it picks up immediately after The Cruel Prince where Jude, our protagonist: a mortal in the fae world, gains power and learns of dangerous secrets. And of course, risks her life…

Source: The Wicked King (Holly Black) [The Folk of the Air series, book 2] – cherelle the bibliophile

An extract from King of the Asphodels, a fantasy novella written by David Jordan.

When she had hung up, he sighed with relief. It was good to know that he wasn’t alone. But when he looked around him, he was suddenly struck by how empty the apartment was. He began to feel himself being pulled down into the void again. Julia was gone. Without a trace. Not even a whisper…

Source: #Extract from King of the Asphodels by David Jordan #Fantasy @daverayjord |

Thirteen Short Stories from Bold New YA Voices & Writing Advice from YA Icons

Created by New York Times bestselling authors Emily X. R. Pan and Nova Ren Suma, Foreshadow is so much more than a short story collection. A trove of unforgettable fiction makes up the beating heart of this book, and the accompanying essays offer an ode to young adult literature, as well as practical advice to writers.

Featured in print for the first time, the thirteen stories anthologized here were originally released via the buzzed-about online platform Foreshadow. Ranging from contemporary romance to mind-bending fantasy, the Foreshadow stories showcase underrepresented voices and highlight the beauty and power of YA fiction. Each piece is selected and introduced by a YA luminary, among them Gayle Forman, Laurie Halse Anderson, Jason Reynolds, and Sabaa Tahir…

Source: Review of Foreshadow @algonquinyr @exrpan @novaren – Sascha Darlington’s Microcosm Explored

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass series Book 2) by [Sarah J. Maas]

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart…

Source: Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) Book Review ‹ Whispering Stories ‹ Reader — WordPress.com

Andrew “Ender” Wiggin thinks he is playing computer simulated war games; he is, in fact, engaged in something far more desperate. The result of genetic experimentation, Ender may be the military genius Earth desperately needs in a war against an alien enemy seeking to destroy all human life. The only way to find out is to throw Ender into ever harsher training, to chip away and find the diamond inside, or destroy him utterly. Ender Wiggin is six years old when it begins. He will grow up fast…

Source: Ender’s Game (Ender’s Saga, #1) by Orson Scott Card | Goodreads

The Ballad of Mrs. Molony (The Hat Book 3) by [C. S. Boyack]

Lizzie and the Hat are back in another high octane action-adventure! This time, the pair and their band have infiltrated the country-western music scene in search of a group of vampires who’ve captured a young woman to satisfy their thirst for blood.

The missing girl’s brother approaches Lizzie and the Hat asking for help because his sister is missing… there’s only one problem. He’s a vampire! To make matters worse; he has an uncontrollable lisp, pronouncing his name as Kuvun (Kevin). The Hat is ready to stake the poor guy because, well, you know, they kill vamps. But Lizzie is kindhearted. She wants to help save Kevin’s sister from the blood thirsty vamps…

Source: COLLEEN’S 2020 #BOOK #REVIEWS – “The Balad of Mrs. Molony,” BY AUTHOR, C. S. BOYACK, @VIRGILANTE | Word Craft ~ Prose & Poetry

Scorpio is a retired punk-rock singer and the baddest wedding logistics coordinator in the biz. She knows what she wants – and edges aren’t it. They make you bleed.

Harlan’s the big, tough floor manager of Fettered, Seattle’s best BDSM club. Which isn’t anything Scorpio wants, because tats-and-leather bad boys are all about the edges, and she’s done with those.

Except she’s …more

Source: Reveal: Scorpio & Harlan (Fettered #2) by Lilia Moon | Goodreads

Chapter 18 of the Unbound Realm, my work-in-process YA fantasy series, is UP!  Jon navigates the Sytishi mind-trap, living a hellish version of his life on Earth!  Here’s the link:  Chapter 18 of the Unbound Realm

Get Kor’Thank here:  Kor’Thank:  Barbarian Valley Girl.  Get Echo Vol. 1 on Kindle here:  Vol. 1 on Kindle.  Vol. 2 on Kindle here:  Vol.2 on Kindle  Vol. 3 on Kindle here:  Vol. 3 on Kindle  Vol.4 on Kindle here:  Vol. 4 on Kindle  Echo Omnibus here:  Echo Omnibus  Echo Vol. 1 & 2 Combined Edition here:  Combined Edition  Musings, Volume 1 is available here:  Musings, Volume 1  If you wanna hear me babble on about anything and everything, and strain my FREAKIN’ BRAIN, then here’s a link to my podcast:  Strained Brains!  It is on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play!  Please give it a listen and a five-star review!  Here’s the miscellaneous gear that I use to try and become an uber-human:  Optimization!

Source: Chapter 18 of the Unbound Realm is UP! – Dirty Sci-Fi Buddha

In the third installment of the Venators series, Rune, Grey, and their companions Beltran and Verida have set off together to save their mentor Tate from the gladiator games. As their group struggles to stay together under the strain of their situation, Rune’s twin brother Ryker is falling more surely into the clutches of Zio the sorceress, who has her own plots for the future of Eon, and the Venators.

The path will be forged in sweat and blood.

Source: #TheWriteReads #BlogTour Review: Legends Rise by Devri Walls (Venators #3) – Jenny’s Review Blog

When the raiders chase her into a swamp, Rawena falls into the furry claws of Goddess Pandemia. Despite her murderous instincts, Pandemia lets Rawena live—and turns her into a pawn in a mad game.

Only Garux, a warrior who has rejected Rawena for her younger sister, knows how deadly the game is. With the cards stacked against him, he must defeat the jealous Rawena and the cunning Pandemia… while fighting foreign invaders and traitors within his tribe…

Source: #Extract from Celts and the Mad Goddess: The Deathless Chronicle 1 by P.C. Darkcliff #Historical #Fantasy @P_C_Darkcliff |

Team Weird are back causing havoc in the Time Police in this irresistible spin-off series by international bestseller Jodi Taylor, author of The Chronicles of St Mary’s. If you love Doctor Who, Ben Aaronovitch and Jasper Fforde, you’ll love the Time Police.A time slip in Versailles, problems in the Ice Age and illegal time travellers in need of rescue. Must be a job for the Time Police.Luke, Jane and Matthew are back and ready to cause havoc – inadvertently or otherwise – in their latest adventures.

Source: Hard Time, Jodi Taylor – Book Review | Blog Tour – Chain Interaction