Monday, January 28, 2019

Camelot is coming

Years ago I had the great idea (or the worst idea). I wanted to create a series of book set in a common universe where I could bend time and blur the lines between my books. That's when Stories from the Veil was born.
Character Bio and details for Merlin


I wanted each book to be a stand alone. Different characters will be at the helm of each story, but they'll also be characters that you know of because they'll be tied together by that one common universe. That's when I wrote the first draft of The Dragon and the Phoenix. After writing it, I knew that the book would be a stand alone, but I could do so much more with the universe that I was creating. I wanted to learn more.
Character Bio and details for Arthur


So that's when I resuscitated my Spheres book from 2009, which was trunked for the billionth time. I rewrote the story to fit the universe, but still... after all the re-writes were done, I still needed something. That something was The Disappearance of Camelot.

And before I forget, if you want to add it to your TBR, https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43693048-the-disappearance-of-camelot
Character Bio and Details for Guinevere

The Disappearance of Camelot, a novella, and the .5 book in the Stories from the Veil series. Through the eyes of Guinevere, Arthur and under Merlin's magical guidance, the reader will take the first steps immersing him/herself in the pocket world of Ixternia, or the world outside of it. The series is filled with magical creatures, not only wizards but also Sphere Catchers, Shadow Guardians, Dragons, Phoenix, Werewolves and Vampires.

I don't have a publication timeline but the working book titles are as follow:

  • The Disappearance of Camelot (.5) (EPD May 31st, 2019)
  • Spheres (1)
  • The Dragon and the Phoenix (2)
  • The Queen of the East (3)
  • The Malgrange Witches (4)
  • The Brickenhall Pack (5)
  • Avalon Rising (6)

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Happy birthday, Interred! And a giveaway!

A day like today in 2013, Iambe Books published, Interred, the first book in the Chronicles of the Interred series. I can't believe it's been six years already.

Time has never been an issue for Baxter Jacobs, but then she never knew she had the ability to Bend it.

As her sixteenth birthday approaches, Baxter inherits a pendant that will change her life. Connected to the pendant is a dark and mysterious young man named Declan Ashdown. Trapped in a Time loop for the past 122 years, Declan needs Baxter’s help to escape. The only problem is, she has no idea how to do it.

To acquire the power she needs to free him, she’ll become one of the Interred, those whose Magical abilities emerge as they come of age. When she does, she’ll discover that Declan isn’t the only one interested in the fact that she’s a Time Bender.

As the Interment arrives, Baxter knows this will be no Sweet Sixteen. A vengeful relative and ruthless Council are determined to control her. Declan’s powerful and charming descendant, Jack Ashdown, claims he can save her. She’ll soon have to decide who she can trust, and how to master her new abilities before Time runs out.


To mark this occasion I would love to giveaway three signed copies of Interred. 

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Updates

Hi Everyone,

Reviews Update 
There'll be no review on Wednesday, because I've neglected the book I'm reading since I've been editing. :( Also baking... I've been trying to perfect my macarons, which is something I do when editing/writing. When things aren't going my way, I just retreat to the kitchen and bake.



Anyway the next review will be up on January 30th, fingers crossed. :)

Publishing Update
For now, I'm working on The Disappearance of Camelot, which I'm hoping to publish by late April beginning of May. This will be a novella, and #.5 of the Stories from the Veil series. Once that book is out of the way, I'll delve once more into Closer to the Edge, hoping that it can be published by the end of 2019.


Other things
Someone was kind enough to email me about the garden work I'm currently doing. It's still a work in progress like most things in life. Though I'm really hoping to quickly finish clearing it, so I can start thinking about the flowers that we want to plant in the front yard.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Wolf Hollow by Nikki Jefford Review

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Wolf-Hollow-Shifters-Book-ebook/dp/B075QVVKFR
Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wolf-Hollow-Shifters-Book-ebook/dp/B075QVVKFR
Barnes and Noble 

Blurb:
An attraction that threatens the future of the pack…

Spirited, stubborn, and deeply loyal wolf shifter, Sasha feels the pressure from her pack to claim another pureblood, yet no one is brazen enough to defy the elders and toy with her . . . no one besides a hotheaded half-breed.

Tabor, a rebellious outcast, is the hollow's only wizard shifter. Constantly overlooked despite his strengths, Tabor believes Sasha is as shortsighted as the rest of the pack until she proves there's more to her than a blindly obedient lapdog.

Unable to resist the proud and sensual pureblood, Tabor would risk everything to claim her. Despite her vanishing bloodline, Sasha can't resist the charismatic half-breed, even as the elders set her up to breed with another pureblood.

Predators are closing in, threatening the strength and stability of their pack, and there are shifters within Wolf Hollow willing to do anything to prevent the pair from mating.

Review: 

4/5 stars


Wolf Hollow by Nikki Jefford has a very interesting and original premise. A dystopian world where wolves live away from what’s left of society, and where they seemingly fight for survival against those humans, wizards, and other predators like the vulhenas.
I have to say that I was hooked from the first page. This is a fresh new take on the werewolves, and it had the promise of something more since it’s set in a dystopian world.
The world building for this particular story was very good, though I needed more explanation about the outside world, far away from the pack. I’m really hoping that we get to find out why the world is the way it is, and when the pack left society and joined the wild. Presumably at some point they must have lived among humans as it seems that they enjoy a few modern cons, since they don’t make their own clothes, and seemed to go on runs to get supplies from the abandoned houses.
As far as developing the story and characters, I loved the way Miss Jefford stuck to her rules and regulations and even though the story developed, a lot of this things were unchanged up to a point.

Pros:
  Amazing new take on the wolves and their pack
 Dystopian world mixed with the right dash of paranormal  
Strong female lead

Cons:
 The romance between the two leads was a bit too quick and insta (for my liking.)
  Lack of info about the state of the world and how it got there. I hope this is broached in the next books.
 Lack of info about the pack’s origins and where they came from.

     A bit of advice:

If you read this book on your phone, tablet etc, you run the risk of wanting to chuck that piece of technology at the wall a few times, due to certain characters that you’ll love to hate. 馃槉


In all, a very good read, can’t wait to read the second book in the series. 


Monday, January 14, 2019

A very late start to Monday :)

One of those things I missed, all the time we lived in London, was a garden. Growing up, we had a very small one. That said, weekends were spent at my grandmother's country house, where we could run like crazy, and help out cutting down sugar cane, bananas, and other things. Looking back, living in the Caribbean do has a lot of perks. :) And Puerto Rico, throughout my childhood, was filled with perks.
Chavo and me
my first puppy. I must have been around 5 years old. This was taken in front of my grandfather's drugstore.


So back in 2012 when we decided to rent, I was really looking forward to having a garden. All that change when I started homeschooling in 2016. For the last two years, the garden was always an afterthought. And even though I have most of the equipment to deal with it, I ended up doing minimal work. 

Yay for gardening, and spending time with this little Gryffindor, the only one my Slytherin heart really loves. :) 

Fast forward to 2019, the year has started with a bang, and also a new to do list, because of the jadeera bugs. If you live in Florida, you'll know these pesky red bugs are everywhere. And when you've not really done a lot of yard work, they tend to multiply like crazy. So one of my resolutions ended up being, gardening and clearing the garden every day. And killing them mother trucker bugs. 


Last week when I started, I armed myself with my leaf blower and began the process of removing the leaves. This gave me ample time to think about the stories that I'm working on. Closer to the Edge, and Widowed need more editing, but I also have to finish writing the Stories from the Veil series. 



Being outside has been a blessing in disguise, since I needed to do a bit more moving around, as I'd been very sedentary for most of 2018. Does this happen to you as well? You start reading, or writing, or gaming, and then since you can't do this often, every little spare time you have, you end up sitting down? Not exercising?



Anyway, being outside really helps me think about not only most of the wips, but especially the Stories from the Veil series. I can see my Dragons, Phoenix, Wolves, Vampires, and my witches, more clearly when I'm outside, because all my characters in that series love the outdoors. 

Also, being outside and doing these tasks reminds me so much of the time I spent with my maternal grandmother, or going to my father's family's farm. Plus, whilst I'm outside doing the yard, my eight-year-old just loves to run around, and spend some of that magical and never-ending energy that he has. 

So here endeth the rambling. Next week, I'll share a bit about the characters I'm working on. For now, have a great week, and don't forget this Wednesday, I'll be posting my review of Wolf Hollow by Nikki Jefford. 

Monday, January 7, 2019

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year! 
I hope 2019 is a great year for you and yours.



The last couple of years, the blog was a little bit unloved by me. It's not easy keeping to a regular blogging routine when you're both writing/editing books and home schooling. So this year, I've been organizing myself a bit better, and decided that after all, I can't post every single day. What I can do is pick some days during the week to post new content, which you will hopefully enjoy.

Today is my first day back writing/editing under a time table. After school broke out for us, I did the sporadic writing and editing, but after all it was Chrismukkah time, and then the celebrations for New Year's Eve, and that took up all of the time that I'd allocated to writing/editing. So this will be the new timetable for posts on the blog. :)

Mondays

I think Mondays are a good day to post any vlogs and updates :) so I'll stick to that. I might blog here as well, but I think I'll be vlogging on Instagram. (Or however that's called XD ) Nothing long. I think it's about a minute long anyway, so I'll be talking about what I'm working on and any release dates that are set in stone.

Also will probably show you the horrible drawings that I make in my bullet journal when jotting things down for the WIPs. :) For example:
Research for The Actor and the Author which is mainly based in Seoul, South Korea


Wednesdays

Wednesdays will be review day starting a week from today on January 16th, and hopefully, I'll be able to keep to the whole, one book read a week, as I used to do.

On January 16th, I'll be posting my review of Wolf Hollow by Nikki Jefford.
Nikki Jefford: https://nikkijefford.com/


Fridays 

Fridays will once more turn into Fit Friday. I used to blog back in the day about my weight loss and healthy life quest. It used to help me with the process, but I fell off the wagon and then stopped blogging all together.

I'll be starting PIYO once more, so expect a lot of updates on that if you follow my Instagram. :)

And if you don't follow me on Instagram, you can do so here: Marilyn Almod贸var Instagram