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The Case of the Disappearing Blogger!

““No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”
― Gautama Buddha, Sayings Of Buddha

It is amazing to realize just how long it has been since I last published. As we all know, life has a tendency to get in the way of where we want our present and future to go. Instead, we are at times forced onto other, more winding paths, often into a bleak landscape we fear to tread.

Other times we must put our heads down and hook up to our own personal plow, digging the rows of life, planting crops we wish to one day reap. I can’t say all my rows are planted, but I can say that I am seeing my way through. It will require discipline to start up again, but I can’t tell you all how much I am looking forward to it.

I have been editing books by various authors, Susan Bliler and Michael Angel in particular. If you haven’t checked out their works, I highly recommend them. I have also been editing business manuscripts, as well as supporting COBRA client agents. COBRA is a continuing program which allows employees to continue their benefits after they leave their previous position until they are insured by another employer or health insurance plan. And yes, that does veer wildly away from my love of books, but you do what you can to retain a steady income, right? I have been given the opportunity to work with a publishing house to edit for them, and I am thrilled about it! I will still be soliciting books from Indie Authors, so if you have a book that needs a keen eye, my rates are good! (Hint Hint)

So. I will be posting reviews again, though not steadily I imagine – at least for a while. I have to ‘get my feet under me again’ and get organized, but I am working on it. Currently, I am reading Bad Magic: 10 Novels With Demons, Djinn, Werewolves, Vampires & Rogue Gods . . .”  if you haven’t picked it up yet, I can Highly Recommend it so far. I Have read Chosen The Djinn Wars: Book 1, and Dead Rising The Templar – Book 1 so far, and both were wonderful stories. I am getting ready to start Hidden Blade Soul Eaters #1. I wasn’t familiar with the first story, but I have added the series to my reading list. The second I had already read, as I am a big fan of Debra Dunbar, but that was the only one of the series I had read. Both of these series are going on my “to read” list. If you previously followed my blog you will know that I have widely ranged, very eclectic tastes in books, and a bad case of “Oooooooo! Shiny!!!” so series often drop by the wayside when I find a new toy.

The last anthology I just finished was From the Shadows: 13 Tales of Urban Fantasy, Witches, Werewolves, Magic, Romance, Shifters, Fae, Demons, Vampires, Dark Fantasy & More!  While I can’t say that I will love all the books in any one anthology (who does?) this one was, in a word, stunning. With eleven different authors offering thirteen stories (Annie Bellet offers The First Three!!! of her The Twenty-Sided Sorceress books!) there are plenty of stories here to please anyone with an interest in strong, well-developed female characters, males who don’t run over the top of them but stand by their sides, and storylines that grab your interest and hold it. While I discovered that I am not really a Dannika Dark fan based on the story in the anthology, that is simply a matter of taste, not a snark against the writer. To each her own.

As I have gotten more into reading again after a long drought, I have read books by a wide range of authors, from Margo Bond Collins’ Under Her Skin to Devon Monk’s Ordinary Magic series books one and two.

My favorite stand alone recently was Playing with Fire: A Magical Romantic Comedy (With A Body 

 

Count) by R.J. Blain. I adore R.J. anyway, and this start to a new series is a Hoot!

“You really are a one-track mind when you’re a unicorn.”

Yep. Get it. Read it. Review to follow 😉

Besides, it is free on Kindle Unlimited, and only $0.99 to purchase.

OH! And I read the first three of SM (Sara) Reine’s Preternatural Affairs Series (again!) and purchased the next three books in the series. If you haven’t read it, and you are fond of supernatural policing, this series is wonderful. I know I wouldn’t want to be a witch allergic to magic!

So, that is it for now. Reviews to follow. And if you need an editor or just a beta reader, be sure to drop me a line!

Hugs,

Leiah

 

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• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

 

What are you currently reading?

15757259I am finishing the edit on Terriiitory by Susan A. Bliler today! If you haven’t read her work before, and you like beautifully written Urban Fantasy, I can’t recommend her work highly enough. Check out Territory and Territory: Prequel by clicking the book names or the photos, and watch for Terriiitory, coming soon!!!!


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What did you recently finish reading?

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The Final Target by Marcel Trigueiro. This cyber thriller will also be out soon! I just finished the edit, and we are in negotiations with book tour companies to run a full book tour and giveaway!  There will be an English Language cover, not to fret, LOL.

What do you think you’ll read next?

The Buried is the next on my R4R list. I first found Shelley Coriell when her publisher asked me to read and review The Broken. brokenIt was an exceptional book, and I am sure The Buried will be as well!

So. What are YOU reading now?

 

Back To Work, And A Few Little Things

Hey all. Sorry to disappear for a while. My life took a hammer blow and I am just now getting back on my feet. I am back now.  Spending the day catching up on my edits, but I wanted to let you know about the Simon & Schuster Audio Giveaway.

Click the pic below to go to the site to register to win.

LuLo FanGirl: DOING ALL THE FANGIRL THINGS… posted the blog tour for Somewhere Between Water And Sky by Elora Ramirez, and though I am not on the tour, I thought I would post it as well, just because the book sounds really good, so here’s the info:

Water & SkySomewhere Between Water and Sky Synopsis:

I heard it said once that every human is a story with skin.

If this is true, paragraphs would be etched in the scars on my wrists.

Whole chapters could be written about the way my heart pounds when I startle awake.

And every single one of my tears could fill a book.

But stories, with all their promise, only leave room for disappointment. I don’t have room for that anymore. I left it all—the hope, the love, the promise—back in my old life with the ghosts I’d rather forget: Jude. Emma. Pacey.

Kevin.

This is how I dare to move forward and to believe in a new beginning. I let go of the old. I just grab the new and run. I don’t wait around anymore. I can’t.

Waiting leaves room for the voices.

Somewhere between water and sky, I’ll find a way to burn these voices to the ground.

Somewhere Between Water and SkyBuy Links:

Amazon | Barnes & NobleSomewhere Between Water and Sky Goodreads

Playlist

“Usually, when I’m writing, I’ll create a playlist within Spotify to help me in between sprints and while editing. Music is huge to my process and I had a lot of fun with the songs for Somewhere Between Water and Sky. This book, Stephanie is learning that fun is good and her love of music, touched on briefly in Every Shattered Thing, really reveals itself (even in her lack of other pop-culture knowledge). 

You can follow the playlist here.”

-Elora

  • Hurricane, MS MR
  • Serial Doubter, Penny and Sparrow
  • Medicine, Daughter
  • Empty, Ray LaMontagne
  • Bones, MS MR
  • Things We Lost in the Fire, Bastille
  • I’ll Keep You Safe, Sleeping at Last
  • Ain’t it Fun, Paramore
  • Rescue, Yuna
  • Poison and Wine, The Civil Wars
  • I Knew You Were Trouble, Taylor Swift
  • Try, Pink
  • Feels So Close, Calvin Harris
  • Falling, Haim
  • Farrah Fawcett Hair, Capital Cities
  • Dance Apocalyptic, Janelle Monáe
  • Say Something, A Great Big World
  • Fall in Love, Phantogram
  • Step Out, Jose Gonzales
  • Safe and Sound, Capital Cities
  • Strong, London Grammar
  • Twenty Seven, MS MR
  • Magic, Coldplay
  • Rather Be, Clean Bandit
  • We Might Be Dead by Tomorrow, Soko
  • When We Were Young, Sucre
  • Land of the Living, Matthew Perryman Jones

 Giveaway

CLICK HERE to enter the Somewhere Between Water and Sky Giveaway

 Elora Ramirez Bio:

EloraElora Ramirez lives in Austin, Texas with her chef-husband. At the age of four, she taught herself how to read and write, cutting her teeth on books like Dr. Seuss and writing anywhere she could find the space–including her Fisher Price kitchen set, the pages of picture books and Highlights Magazine. Since then, she’s grown to love the way words feel as they swell within her bones. Writing holy and broken is her calling, and pushing back the darkness and pursuing beauty through story is her purpose. She embraces the power of story and teaches women from all parts of the world how to embrace theirs. She has a knack of calling things out , the truth and the detail, the subversive threads that make a life a story. She loves hip-hop, wishes she lived by the beach and cannot write without copious amounts of coffee, chocolate, music, and her husband’s lavender liqueur.

Here is what I am working on from now to the end of the month. I don’t have a cover for The Black Swan Inheritance by Sarah Thomas, but she is in edit this month as well, as Marcel Trigueiro’s The Next Target and a proof for The Detective and the Unicorn by Michael Angel.  I have several read for reviews that are outstanding, I know, but paying customers get first go, especially now that I have medical and funeral expenses to pay for my best friend who died unexpectedly. So, back to work!

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Edit nearly complete!
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