Dagger’s Sleep and Disassociate Blog Tour!

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Hey, Y’all! It is such a great pleasure to be a part of Tricia Mingerink’s latest release tour. Any of you who have followed my blog for a while have probably seen my glowing reviews of her Blades of Acktar series. I was so thrilled to get a chance to join the blog tour for her latest novel, an allegory / fairytale retelling!

 

Dagger’s Sleep Spotlight and review: 

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About the Book:

A prince cursed to sleep.
A princess destined to wake him.
A kingdom determined to stop them.
High Prince Alexander has been cursed to a sleep like unto death, a curse that will end the line of the high kings and send the Seven Kingdoms of Tallahatchia into chaos. With his manservant to carry his luggage and his own superior intelligence to aid him, Alex sets off to find one of the Fae and end his curse one way or another.
A hundred years later, Princess Rosanna learns she is the princess destined by the Highest King to wake the legendary sleeping prince. With the help of the mysterious Daemyn Rand, can she find the courage to finish the quest as Tallahatchia wavers on the edge of war?
One curse connects them. A hundred years separate them. From the rushing rivers of Tallahatchia’s mountains to the hall of the Highest King himself, their quests will demand sacrifices neither of them could imagine.
Dagger’s Sleep is available for preorder here on Amazon Kindle.

 

My Review:

Just Around the River Bend. That is the song that comes immediately to mind upon glancing at the first page as our buckskin-clad Princess Roseanna guides her birchbark canoe down the rapids. In a startling twist that I never would have expected, Tricia Mingerink tosses aside all preconceived notions of what a world of fairytale retellings ought to look like.

Best description of this world? Sleeping Beauty meets Davy Crockett and the River Pirates with just a hint of Pocahontas. Seriously, the parallels between this book and the old Davy Crockett movies is ridiculously strong. Coonskin caps? check. Riverboats and pirates? check. Unpronounceable Indian-style names? check. Buffalo hunts? check.

Okay, so maybe the buffalo hunt part isn’t Davy Crockett. But still, if it wasn’t for the castles, lack of guns, and just a hint of something supernatural/magical this could easily be set in the old west.
A large chunk of the story was pretty slow. The bulk of it involves traveing from one point to the next. There isn’t enough excitement to really break up the monotony, and the final battle’s conclusion was abrupt and somewhat anti-climatic.
There is also a bit of a biblical allegory thread woven throughout the tale, which was pretty well done.

Princess Roseanna and Daemyn Rand were both strong and likeable characters. Roseanna was a sweet and big-hearted girl, but rather dull.
Prince Alexander was my biggest sticking point with this novel. I’m sorry, but I didn’t like him. Even after his personality took a serious improvement toward the end, I never connected with him. I know he was not really supposed to be the ‘hero’ of this story, but after spending time with such great Main Characters as Leith Torren and Martyn from Blades of Acktar, I had high expectations for Mingerink’s newest male lead. But even Daemyn, as interesting as he was, couldn’t quite reach that high.

Frankly, I felt that Daemyn got a bit shortchanged. As important as he was to the plot, I would have really liked to have seen a chunk of this book from his POV, just so we could have gotten a chance to really know him and see why he did some of the things he did. He really deserved more than he got in this book.

In the end, even though this one can’t quite stand up to the status Blades of Acktar does in my mind, it’s still an interesting twist on Sleeping Beauty and worth a read.

My Rating: Four Flames

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About the Author:

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Tricia Mingerink is a twenty-something, book-loving, horse-riding country girl. She lives in Michigan with her family and their pack of pets. When she isn’t writing, she can be found pursuing backwoods adventures across the country.

You can connect with her on Facebook, Pinterest, Goodreads, Twitter, Instagram, and her Author Website.

 

Disassociate Spotlight: 

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Freedom begins with finding the truth.

Amidst the turmoil caused by Smyth’s arrest, Celeste is stuck in limbo, stripped of her citizenship, with no choice but to flee to a peaceful Kyraenean hideaway with the tumultuous Amaya Mason.
When bounty hunters threaten the local orphanage, Celeste and Amaya must work together and fight. Even if it means risking what they cherish the most.
His plans in tatters, his career in jeopardy, Mick Haynes is forced to leave Kyraenea with the enigmatic Torrance Kyle, the agent he still can’t trust.
Torrance is good at lying, and even better at hiding his pain, but is he strong enough to deal with the consequences of betraying his own father?
Can Celeste accept the truth, accept her place in the Haynes family or will lies chain her to the past and destroy her chance at a new life?

Dissociate is available for sale on Amazon here. The first two books in the series Disowned and Dissemble are also available on Amazon.

About the Author:

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Sarah Addison-Fox is a New Zealand-born home-schooling mother of two who loves action-packed fantasy with strong heroines. She has an astonishing amount of nail polish, has all her creative writing credentials shoved in a drawer somewhere, and has a husband who, after 27 years, can still make her blush. When she’s not working on her Christian YA fantasy series’, she can be found fangirling on Goodreads or sending GIFs on Twitter.

Website: http://www.sarahaddisonfox.com

 

 

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To celebrate the release of Dissociate and Dagger’s Sleep, Sarah Addison-Fox and Tricia Mingerink are hosting a day-long Facebook Festival. There will be plenty of games and giveaways, not to mention Serena Chase, author of the Eyes of E’veria series, will be the guest of honor. It’s a party you won’t want to miss! You’ll be able to stop by any time during the day to join the fun, no matter what time zone you live in!

Link to the Facebook Festival: https://www.facebook.com/events/244246872802075/

 

GIVEAWAYS!

 

Allegiance Series Giveaway

Sarah Addison-Fox and Tricia Mingerink are each hosting a giveaway for their books for the blog tour.
Sarah Addison-Fox is giving away a paperback set of the first three books in the Allegiance Series. The giveaway is open internationally where such giveaways are permitted and where Createspace ships. The books may or may not be signed depending on where the winner lives.

Enter here: a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

 

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Tricia Mingerink is giving away a paperback of Dagger’s Sleep. The giveaway is open internationally where such giveaways are permitted and where Createspace or the Book Depository ships. The book may or may not be signed depending on where the winner lives.

Enter here: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Blog Tour Schedule: 

If you want to visit the rest of the stops on the tour, head to this link here for the full listing.

Dagger’s Sleep Cover Reveal!

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Good morning, y’all! It is my great pleasure to be part of the cover reveal for Tricia Mingerink’s newest novel: Dagger’s Sleep! I an a tremendous fan of Mingerink’s previous series. The Blades of Acktar is easily one of my favorite series, with a powerful plot, beautifully real and complex characters, and a unique story world. If you haven’t read that series yet – get it! You won’t regret doing so.

Although I do dearly wish to see more of the Blades series, I am quite eager to get my hands on this new tale. Anyone who knows me is aware of my addiction to fairytales, and I’m sure anything written by Mingerink is bound to be awesome.

And now, to the cover….

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About the book: 

A prince cursed to sleep.

A princess destined to wake him.

A kingdom determined to stop them.

High Prince Alexander has been cursed to a sleep like unto death, a curse that will end the line of the high kings and send the Seven Kingdoms of Tallahatchia into chaos. With his manservant to carry his luggage and his own superior intelligence to aid him, Alex sets off to find one of the Fae and end his curse one way or another.

A hundred years later, Princess Rosanna learns she is the princess destined by the Highest King to wake the legendary sleeping prince. With the help of the mysterious Daemyn Rand, can she find the courage to finish the quest as Tallahatchia wavers on the edge of war?

One curse connects them. A hundred years separate them. From the rushing rivers of Tallahatchia’s mountains to the hall of the Highest king himself, their quests will demand greater sacrifice than either of them could imagine.

Release Date: May 28, 2018

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Tricia Mingerink is a twenty-something, book-loving, horse-riding country girl. She lives in Michigan with her family and their pack of pets. When she isn’t writing, she can be found pursuing backwoods adventures across the country.

You can connect with her on FacebookPinterestGoodreadsTwitterInstagram, and her blog.

To make things even more exciting, Tricia Mingerink is going to be co-hosting a blog tour from May 22 to 28 with Sarah Addison-Fox to celebrate the release of both of their latest books. Her next book Dissociate releases May 22. More details about blog tour will be coming in April.

Deliver: a book review

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Can something broken ever heal?

Martyn is broken. After torturing his best friend, he doesn’t belong anywhere in Acktar. No matter how far he runs, he can’t lose his guilt.

Leith is broken. While healing from the torture he received at Nalgar Castle, he struggles to find his new role. But can a Blade ever outrun his past?

The country is broken. Bitterness divides town against town, neighbor against neighbor. What will it take to deliver Acktar from itself?

They face their hardest battle yet.
Peace.

 

My Review: 

Can they ever be more than Blades?

One might think that with the war over and Respen the usurper gone, peace will have settled on the land and everybody lives happily ever after. Right?

Not Quite.

The new Acktar has no place for Blades. Those who were not banished struggle to find a place in a world where they can’t seem to fit, living in constant fear of being discovered for what they are, and killed. Rebuilding what they destroyed might take more than they can give.

Leith, still struggling with healing wounds, takes most of the other Blades to Stetterly to help with rebuilding, but if the villagers learn the truth, will a pardon be protection enough? Forgiveness is slow in coming, but as Rovers and the remains of Respen’s army plague the countryside once again, the Blades skill may be the only thing that saves the people of Stetterly.

Martyn, angry and guilty, has trouble letting go of what was. When King Keevan gives him a chance to get away, scouting the borders for trouble. He takes it. A chance encounter changes his plans abruptly, but is it enough to change his heart? When Martyn uncovers a sinster plot to be rid of the newly crowned King, past secrets come back to haunt him. They may just destroy him.

Deliver was one heck of a finale to the Blades of Ackar! This series is one of my favorites, and I’ve already read it several times over. Most likely I will be re-reading it again soon! Tricia Mingerink never fails to impress. The ending was a happy one, but I’m still a bit sad that the series is finally over. I still find myself wishing for ‘just one more book’! Or at least a little more about how certain things turned out. I would have loved to see the scene with a certain trial and Keevan placing his proposal before the nobles. It could have gotten interesting.

It was wonderful to see Leith and the Faythe sisters again, seeing how much they’ve changed since the beginning. Renna especially has grown a lot, stepping up from timid girl to strong leader. The new addition of Martyn’s POV adds some new tension and plenty of sarcasm. Both plots were beautifully crafted and well paced. Battle scenes were strong and faith is foremost in this story.

The only thing in the story that felt slightly off to me is that one character who was severely injured, did a lot more than he ever should have been capable of considering his injuries. I felt that the author greatly downplayed the injuries. If his wounds were not that serious, it should have been mentioned, nor should his recovery have taken as long as it did.  It’s a minor quibble though, and in no way detracted from my enjoyment of the story.

My Rating: Five Flames

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Heat Advisory:

Romance: clean and sweet. There was one point in the plot where some men attempted to attack a girl, but it was kept very clean.
Language: clean
Drinking/Drugs: Laudanum and whiskey was used for painkiller on an injured character, making him unusually talkative!
Blood/violence: There is a lot of violence and a bit of blood, but Mingerink never goes into detailed descriptions. Though there are several battles, death and a variety of wounds from sword wounds, to arrows, rocks, and severe burns, the author still keeps it clean.

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Happy Reading y’all!

Most Anticipated Books of 2017

Happy New Year Everyone!

I had been planning to post a favorite books of 2016 list but unfortunately there was a bit of a mishap with the post and I lost it. So instead of looking to the past, let’s look to the future and what 2017 will bring. Unfortunately most of them don’t yet have covers, but I guess that’ll just have to be another fun thing to anticipate, right?

Now where to begin? There are just so many awesome books coming up that I hardly know where to start!  Unfortunately, if I tried to put every book I’m anticipating on this list it would be a mile long. So this is really only a handful of the books I’m counting the days ’til they release.

Exiles by Jaye L. Knight

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Deliver by Tricia Mingerink

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Mercy’s King + Mercy’s Joy by Katy Huth Jones

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Fierian and Crown of Souls by Ronie Kendig

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The Noble Servant + The Viscount’s Proposal by Melanie Dickerson

Fuego in the Night by Alicia A. Willis

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The Wounded Shadow (Working Title) by Patrick W. Carr

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Awakened by Morgan L. Busse

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Unraveling by Sara Ella

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Into the Void by Joshua A. Johnson

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A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White

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For Love and Honor by Jody Hedlund

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An Uncommon Protector by Shelley Shepard Gray

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Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer

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Long Time Gone by Mary Connealy

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What about you? What are some of the books you are eagerly anticipating the release of in 2017?

 

Destroy: a book review

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Before the war, before the Blades, before the Leader…

There was a boy and a scullery maid and a secret shame.
One moonlit night of blood and knives destroyed their country and their lives forever.

The Leader failed to die, but will he also fail to lead?

My Review:

(Okay, for those of you who have not yet read Defy, I’ll attempt to avoid giving away any major spoilers. But no promises.)

One of the few characters – aside from the villains – that I never cared much for in the Blades series was The Leader. I knew of his past, sympathized with him a bit, but it was not quite enough to make me like him. In Destroy, we finally get his story, including several scenes from Defy from his point of view which show the real reasons he acted the way he did. By the end of this novella, I was actually able to like him and sympathize. And I do hope to see more of the development of his and Leith’s relationship in the upcoming novel: Deliver.

Destroy starts about a year before the usurper King Respen overtook Acktar. Here we finally get the chance to meet the parents of Brandi and Renna, as well as the royal family. After meeting the King and his heir, I almost didn’t feel so bad about Respen taking the throne. That probably sounds terrible, but while Respen was bad, at the same time, what disasters would that Prince Angus have brought down on Acktar if given the chance? In a weird and slightly twisted kind of way, it was almost rather a good thing that Respen made that coup. Just goes to show that God always has a plan. Even if it does not always look that way.

From the attack the story moves forward through time with glimpses of The Leader’s life as he struggles to live and to overcome both physical limitations and emotional ones, finds love in a place he never would have expected, and fights to forgive the man who wronged him.

Forgiveness is a huge theme in this book. Not just forgiving others, but also finding a way to forgive yourself. The Leader did a lot of things in his youth he is not proud of, hurt some people, and he struggles to get past that. In a way, he feels as though all that happened to him was a deserved punishment of sorts. He fears that he isn’t good enough, that he’ll make an even worse Leader than his predecessor. His fears are as crippling as the physical wounds he received, perhaps more. Only time will tell if he can overcome in time to save Acktar.

I highly recommend Destroy for all Blades of Acktar fans, and now I’m even more excited to get my hands on Deliver, though at the same time I’m a bit afraid to, because I don’t want to see this series end!

My Rating: Five Flames

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Heat Advisory:

Romance: Some kissing, one of which was forced. The main character and his brother’s carousing is briefly mentioned.
Language: Clean
Drinking/drugs: One minor character drank and was said to frequent the taverns. Tried to get Leader to, but was refused.
Blood/Violence: This was probably the bloodiest of the Blades books. The author writes it tastefully, but there are severe wounds and multiple murders as well as two battles and their aftermaths.

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Happy Reading y’all!

The Black Friday Book Sale!

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Like most other bookworms, great books make their way onto my “things I’m thankful for” list every year. It’s hard to choose favorites, but I went ahead and picked five books I read in 2016 and am thankful for.

  • Defy, by Tricia Mingerink

  • Heart of Ice, by K.M. Shea

  • The Lady and the Lionheart, by Joanne Bischof

  • Samara’s Peril, by Jaye L. Knight

  • Prelude for a Lord, by Camille Elliot


I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to another great year of reading! Speaking of more reading, here’s one more thing to be grateful for. Books on sale! In honor of Thanksgiving and Black Friday, a group of independent Christian authors banded together to offer over seventy discounted books on Nov 25-28. There’s literally something for everyone.

Every single book listed on Indie Christian Books is on sale in one or more ways. Find discounted paperbacks, dozens of books offered with free shipping, $0.99 ebooks, package deals and more. Even if you have a budget of $0, new reading material awaits you.

Don’t know what to pick? The fearless Indie Christian Books team created a quiz that will generate a book list perfect for you! Check it out!

What awesome reads of 2016 are you grateful for? What books are you looking forward to reading in 2017?

A note on the Ebooks Only page. All books are listed as “Sold Out.” This only refers to paperback copies of these titles. Please click onto the product pages to find descriptions and links to discounted or free ebooks.Also, some of the authors this year chose to not sell their paperbacks directly through the site. Those books are also marked “Sold Out” but if you click them open, you’ll find a link to the site where they are on sale and a discount code for you to use at check out.
Acknowledgements: Thanks to Leah E. Good and Kendra E. Ardnek for their work organizing this sale, and Hannah Mills for her fantastic design work on the website graphics. Hannah can be contacted at hmills(at)omorecollege(dot)edu for more information about her design services.