Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving etc.

First and most importantly: I am not an American, but I'd like to wish all my American friends, followers, fellow authors, and readers a wonderful holiday weekend. With all the horrible things that have been going on in our world, it is imperative that we find time being thankful for the many blessings in our lives. I always look at things like this: "It could always be worse." Be blessed and be safe. XX

Second...I'm working on it: I am far past my original publication deadline for Floozies and Fallout. Life is busy, especially with two kids, a full-time job, and two puppy additions. That being said, it really is on its way. Editing is a monster time killer, but I want it to be perfect before release, so....just sometime around Christmas, it will be released. Sweet Vindication will be released early in 2016 and Remi Wild has a new romance coming out soon...

Third: Yes, I know I have shirked my blogging duties...I will try to be better. Stay tuned for 40 things about turning 40

Good things are happening, but they take time, and I am only one woman. Thank God I'm indie and don't have a publisher breathing down my neck.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Puppies...

As I struggle to get my next book ready for release, I am chasing and being chased by two new additions to our family--Rottweiler x Bernese Mountain Dog puppies.

I had forgotten how much work little critters could be, but they're adorable, so I'm hooked. I may neglect my writing duties for a bit, but it's for a good cause...If you need me, come find me on Twitter of Facebook--I'll answer between naps :)

Gondells' Quest



***I was given a copy of this book from the author but decided to purchase this book via KOBO, so that I can read it again***
When in the mood for an epic fantasy read, I expect to be taken away, absorbing every detail as if I were there. I love a lengthy well-written adventure, the kind that you simply can't put down even though you have things you should be doing. Everyone loves a good adventure and Gondell's Quest delivered and then some.

First, I love Gondell. He is a predictable little gnome,content to go about his life fishing and living a quiet life, never expecting his existence to be of importance to anyone. It is his desire for fish that leads him down a path he didn't expect. Gondell is surprised to learn, via a naughty little fairy, that he is the keeper--the key to winning an impending war.

It was nice that the hero in this story is a gnome and not the usual elf or fairy and there were several different creatures that were new to me. The Guild, an unlikely combination of Elf, Ogre, Dwarf and Nymph partner with a Ghul, and race to rescue Gondell from the clutches of the dark Lord as they struggle to maintain good over evil.

The character development is impeccable and gives the reader insight into the characters intentions, emotions and thoughts. You won't get spoilers from me...you just have to read to find out.

Overall I give this book an easy five stars, for many reasons: the story and character development were on par with what I expect from an epic fantasy--to be engrossed in every aspect of the adventure, the story-line was extremely well-written and professionally presented, and even though it was a long read, the mystery kept me turning the page and left me wanting for more. This book had me from the second I previewed it and it is representative of such great adventures as what Tolkien brought to us. It is exactly the type of read you would snuggle up with on a cold winter night and I will most likely read this book again and again. I look forward to reading the second part of Gondell's Quest and learning how it all plays out.