Today I have some fun book news for you, as Eileen Mueller stops by to spill the tea on her new fantasy release, Anakisha’s Dragon, book one in the Riders of Fire Dragon Masters series.
OK Eileen, spill it!
My fans loved my award-winning, bestselling Riders of Fire series so much that they begged me for more adventures in Dragons’ Realm.
Anakisha’s Dragon is the first book in my Riders of Fire Dragon Masters series. I’m taking my readers back in time so they can see how Commander Zens, the power-hungry geneticist who created an army of monstrous tharuks, came through the world gate to Dragons’ Realm.
We’ll uncover the secrets of many familiar characters — Dragon Mage Giddi, Spymaster Tonio, Healer Marlies and Hans, the rider of the bronze dragon, Handel. You’ll also witness the rise of the Scarlet Hand, a notorious pirate who rules the Naobian Sea.
If you love pirates, dragons and mages, and taking flight on dragon back with the wind in your hair and adrenaline rushing through your veins, you’ll enjoy Anakisha’s Dragon.
Sounds great! What about some tea?
I write in New Zealand in a sunny little office with windows on 3 sides. However, on a cold blustery day, there’s nothing I love more than wild berry tea. My Riders of Fire are partial to sipping soppleberry tea when they need a quiet, reflective moment. In Dragon Rift, Riders of Fire book 3, Ezaara’s quick wits and Roberto’s love of soppleberry tea help save their lives.
Today I’ve got some fun book news to share with you, as Sarah Ashwood stops by to spill the tea on her new fantasy release, Repairer of the Breach.
OK Sarah, spill it!
Repairer of the Breach is the fourth and final installment of my Stones of Fire urban fantasy series. It’s the culmination of a story centering around Ellie, an unsuspecting nursing student pulled into the violent, mysterious world of shapeshifters, and Carter, the lethal shifter ordered to keep her alive.
Today I’ve got some fun book news to share with you, as C.J. Brightley from Spring Song Press stops by to spill the tea on their new children’s fantasy preorder, Pangur Bán, The White Cat, by Fay Sampson.
OK, C.J., spill it!
I’m thrilled to announce that Pangur Bán, The White Cat by Fay Sampson is up for pre-order! It will be released March 16. I discovered this book as a child in the late ’80s, and it filled my imagination with fear and wonder. Like the Chronicles of Narnia, it is a Christian allegory with depth and passion, but it seemed to me to be a little wilder and more frightening, but no less true. Set in medieval Ireland, Pangur Bán, The White Cat is a little less familiar and comforting than Narnia. It is one of the main reasons I love Ireland, mythology, and children’s fantasy today, and it’s a perfect example of C.S. Lewis’ statement that “someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again” – because it is a fairytale, with no wasted wordiness that adults might tolerate but children will not, and depth to satisfy all ages. I was delighted when I was able to get in touch with Fay and eventually work out a contract to bring this wonderful book back into print, and into ebook form for the first time. I would be honored if you would check out the book and perhaps help spread the word.
Today I’ve got some fun book news to share with you, as Angelina J. Steffort stops by to spill the tea on her new fantasy release, Shadow Rule (Shattered Kingdom Book 3).
OK Angelina, spill it!
Shadow Rule is the third book in my young adult fantasy series, Shattered Kingdom. The book is the continuation of Gandrett Brayton’s story as the former Child of Vala enters the dormant Fae forests of Ulfray to lift the curse. Of course, like all my books, it has a romantic subplot that might be heart wrenching.
How about some tea?
In the southernmost territory of Neredyn, tea is an innate part of culture. Prince Taghi of Phornes has been sighted in Shadow Rule, drinking tea :)
There are some books you read that you just can’t stop thinking about, and Isoldesse by Kimberly Grymes is one of those books. Due out on March 2, 2021, Isoldesse is YA Sci-fi Fantasy, and Grymes’ debut book! It’s the first book in the Aevo Compendium Series.
Today I’m helping kick off the Isoldesse Blog Tour. You can check out the other stops on the tour here.
Here’s what the book is about:
Friendships are tested, new alliances are made, and the truth of one woman’s actions from over a millennia ago are revealed.
Kenna and Meegan are college students dealing with upcoming finals, needy parents, boy drama, and what to do with their lives after they graduate in a few weeks. What they weren’t expecting was for Kenna to receive a powerful stone necklace that ultimately changes their plans for a relaxing summer.
Strange things begin to happen to Kenna, like being the only one who can see and talk to the mysterious old woman with a golden aura. Or how in her dreams, a man with vibrant orange eyes keeps appearing who may or may not be real. Though, not all of Kenna’s mysterious encounters are pleasant as she’s haunted by massive beings carrying long swords and wearing armor covered in black scales.
Besides solving the mystery of where the stone necklace came from, Kenna, Meegan, and their friends are taken to another world for a routine evolutionary assessment. The assessment gets sabotaged and causes more chaos for Kenna and her friends, especially for Meegan who is forced to open up and reveal her true identity and the magic she hides.
There’s one name that Kenna, Meegan, the Sendarians, and the monsters who’ve been hunting Meegan and her family for over a century all have in common…
Ok, let’s talk about 5 reasons why you should add this book to your TBR:
5. The cover
This is a given. Just look at it, it’s beautiful! The cover for Isoldesse is stunning, with tons of little details and a gorgeous silhouette of the four main characters. And something about the gold on navy is just eye-catching!
4. The cast of characters
Even just from looking at the cover, you can tell this book is character-driven. From the four leading ladies Kenna, Meegan, Ally, and Darci, to well-meaning scientists, to aliens masquerading as humans, you’ll get to see the story from several points of view. One of my favorites was one of the ‘bad guys’, or I should say, alien gals who is at the heart of the conflict.
3. The quest for answers is never-ending
It all starts with a mysterious necklace given to the leading lady Kenna. And from then on, more mysteries begin piling up for these characters, and each person–human, alien, whoever–holds part of an answer. The multiple POV really works well in the unraveling of the story, and it was really exciting when you get to see some of the characters meet for the first time.
2. The unique storyline
Just like the book’s cover, this story is unique and full of rich detail. It mainly focuses on Kenna and Meegan, two best friends who are just about to finish college when strange things start happening. What I really liked was even though I thought I knew where the story might be going, Grymes took it down several surprising plot twists which made for a really fun adventure.
1. It’s a perfect blend of sci-fi and fantasy
Isoldesse meshes both an epic fantasy journey with hard science fiction. The world building is just fantastic, with so much thought put into every little detail. With magic gemstones alongside space colonies, and aliens next to goddesses, it’s a fascinating stage for the epic adventure these friends take.
Giveaway (US Only)
One reader will win a finished copy of Isoldesse. This giveaway starts on February 22nd and ends on March 1st.
When Kimberly Grymes is not writing, reading, or blogging, she’s usually hanging out with her husband and kids, baking treats, or keeping busy with crafts. As much as she enjoys reading books, she loves watching movies and TV, and is always on the lookout for the next great sci-fi or fantasy show to watch. Her favorite part of the day is TV time in the evening with her husband and two min-pins, Jubilee and Cori. She currently lives in Kansas, where her allergies are much better than they were in Connecticut.
Kimberly has a small book blog called the Plum Report in which she reads and reviews science-fiction, fantasy, paranormal, and or dystopian books. She also enjoys taking bookstagram pictures and sharing them with the book community on Instagram.
Today I have some fun book news for you, as Trisha Leigh Shufelt stops by to spill the tea on her new fantasy release, Thorn Apple, book 2 in the Underwood Series.
OK, Trisha, spill it!
I’m excited to share that I’ve just released Thorn Apple, book two in the Underwood Series. Thorn Apple sees Lilly, Queen of Elysia, plagued by horrific nightmares and visions. Meanwhile, a nefarious plot unfolds behind the scenes to strip her power and rebirth a monstrous evil back into the Realm of the Fae. With her grip on reality fading, Lilly must face her deepest fears and the evil she thought she had destroyed long ago.
What about some tea?
I mention Earl Grey tea in my first book Underwood and chamomile and lavender tea in my book, the Promise. Chamomile and lavender is my favorite blend and I drink a cup every night to help me drift off to sleep. Avid tea drinker.
Welcome to my new blog series, Spill the Tea, all about fantasy, sci-fi, and speculative fiction book news.
Today I’ve got some fun book news to share with you, as Bill Olson stops by to spill the tea on his new fantasy release, The Keep.
OK Bill, spill it!
My professional introduction to the arts was through performing, as an actor, a puppeteer, and a juggler. I got back into writing after a long hiatus and The Keep is my first novel. It’s exciting to have it out in the world, and to find out what people think of it. Meanwhile, I am in the midst of juggling a lot of different projects right now. I want to keep exploring The Covenant Cycle, my stories about gods and mortals, get a sequel to The Keep going, finish a couple of other novels . . . You know, the typical to do list.
How about some tea?
I really enjoy Vanilla Tea (Bigelow’s Frech Vanilla to be exact). A scene in my novel is about making willow bark tea!
I’m an immortal magician who only wants a peaceful life with his fiancée. My elemental nemesis was soundly beaten—so I thought—but now she’s back and plans to reign over all humans in the guise of a resurrected Aztec deity.
She will do anything to sway her followers.
Every day, more people are drawn to her earth-worshiping cult at the cost of their lives. Can I stop this self-proclaimed goddess before the entire city is under her dominion?
Release date: November 6, 2020 Sub-genre: YA Epic Fantasy Content rating: PG- 13
The end is here.
Satinka and her friends have finally made it to the Five Stars of the North. There is nothing left but to rescue Memnyir and face Sunne in a battle to the death. In this thrilling conclusion, the team confront Sunne and Āni in a fight they know could cost their lives. The Age of Mankind is tested, and the battle of gods and dragons commences. One way or another, the War of the North will be won, and the fate of the world decided.
Release date: November 6, 2020 Sub-genre: Urban Fantasy Content rating: PG-13
Following a narrow escape from the secret world of warring shapeshifters, Ellie St. James works at building a new life under an assumed identity—until Carter Ballis, head of security for mob boss and shifter leader Sean Costas reenters her life, bringing the perils of his job with him. This time, it’s not just Ellie’s life at stake, but Carter’s too, as Sean’s rivals close in on them both. Far outmatched, Ellie refuses to crumble when it comes to protecting those around her. However, when a partial translation of the magical Stones of Fire, coupled with a terrible misunderstanding, thrust Ellie into the gravest danger she’s faced yet, even the Talos himself may not be able to reach her in time…
Release date: November 10, 2020 Sub-genre: Urban Fantasy Content rating: PG
In the battle to save the world, things have taken a fatal turn.
The elite mages have succeeded in getting ahead of Kashmeru’s shadow army, but now the power has shifted, and the good guys have taken a hit. It’s up to Jae and the rest of the crew to outwit the Pishacha and take back what they’ve lost.
Loyalties are tested and resilience pushed to the limits, as the war continues between the divine and evil.
Release date: November 11, 2020 Sub-genre: Steampunk/Gaslamp Fantasy Content rating: PG
An invention gone wrong. A city buried in snow. And she only has ‘til Christmas to make it right.
Aurelia Sundon has an idea for a brilliant invention that will ensure her family’s financial future. But the elite inventor’s guild has imposed a ridiculous deadline for invention applications: Christmas Day. With only four days until the deadline, Aurelia thinks she can finish it in time.
Until her old love Frederick Grandville steps back into her life when he enters the competition with his own invention. Frederick could be the downfall of Aurelia’s career. Again. But when his invention goes out of control, the wondrous snow it brings down on the ever-sunny city of Soldark turns into an outright blizzard.
With a broken promise between them, she’s not so sure she wants to help him. But the clock is ticking, the snow is getting deeper, and Aurelia must find a way to team up with her rival or risk losing her one chance at a better life.
Release date: November 15, 2020 Sub-genre: Upper Young Adult Content rating: PG-13
When a heist goes terribly wrong and the binding spell holding 17-year-old Neva’s powers at bay is shattered, the half-human thief knows she’s in trouble.
Neva has always hidden her Da’Valian heritage while working risky jobs to make a name for herself and serving at her family’s tavern, but she won’t be able to hide much longer. She can either risk the safety of those she cares about or seek out her mother’s people to gain control over her emerging powers.
The Da’Valia are beautiful, brutal creatures created by the god of war, and the austere Da’Valian soldier Astiand reluctantly agrees to take Neva to his clan under his protection. She makes unexpected friends, including the handsome fighter Emiliand, and a new enemy in the clan’s ruthless leader.
Spying on her guardian, the sly heroine quickly discovers just how deep she has stumbled into a dangerous, developing clan feud.
Will she be able to embrace who she is in time to keep her loved ones safe?
Akira Renée is screwed. Everything that she’d been trying to stop from happening has happened and there’s no turning back. She is now the most wanted witch of the Scarlet Court and has become a beacon of both power and poison.
On the hunt for the Three Relics that could save her and her people, Akira must also outrun the Damned Witches who seek to claim her and her soul. And time is running out.
With the help of Kaden Starling, a handsome Fae warrior who makes her heart race and thoughts blur, Akira struggles to keep a clear head, whilst she tries to save the city from the brink of destruction.
Release date: November 19, 2020 Sub-genre: Fairytale/Dystopian Content rating: PG-13
A savior has awakened. But she might just doom them all.
After Aurianna foils a deadly plot to destroy the capital city, the people believe she has fulfilled the prophecy and prevented the civil war.
However, when Aurianna returns home to the future, she realizes her attempts to thwart the catastrophe failed. Nothing has changed. Yet despite everything, the Arcanes still insist the prophecy is woven into her destiny.
Now Aurianna must work to determine how and where the real event will occur, all while still trying to control her elemental abilities. The fate of time itself is at stake if she can’t learn to control her powers.
The timeline will be forever stuck in an endless loop.
Uncovering the shocking secrets of her own past threatens to shatter Aurianna’s already fragile balance between power and self-restraint. These secrets have the potential to rip apart her connection with the people she now holds dear.
A tragic set of events leads to a battle of wills and a horrifying revelation that threatens to destroy her heart . . . and her home.
She might be the savior. But time is literally counting on her.
Release date: November 23, 2020 Sub-genre: Mythology Content rating: G
Zaz’s life just got weirder.
With her dad long gone and a mom who lost touch with reality long ago, all she wants to do is finish her internship and make enough to look after herself. So when her best friend gives her a statue of justice, the last thing she needs or expects is for it to come alive.
Will she be what a goddess needs to fight evil? Or will the scales tip toward darkness forever?
Release date: November 24, 2020 Sub-genre: Paranormal Content rating: PG-13
On her twentieth birthday, Lynnie Russell—just a little ol’ thing from down in Havana, Arkansas—falls in love under a full silver moon. When she wakes up the next morning naked and caked in blood, Lynnie is faced with a horrifying truth. She’s death incarnate. In a race to unearth what she’s become, Lynnie must hide her beastly thing from those she loves most. If only to keep them alive. When an unexpected ally offers help, how can she refuse?
Release date: November 30, 2020 Sub-genre: Urban Fantasy Content rating: PG
Veronica “Ronnie” Moon’s father was known as one of the best Nightwatchers around. When he mysteriously disappears during a mission, Ronnie’s sole purpose is to find out what happened to him.
Enter Moonshadow Academy: the school for young mages training to become licensed Nightwatchers
Here, Ronnie will put her skills to the test. But she’ll have to face more than just elemental magic lessons, self-defense training and weapons forging. Students are going missing, demons are breaking through the barrier, and a traitor might be hiding at the academy. Could everything be related to her father’s disappearance? Ronnie’s in pursuit to find out!
Yes, this is my second book release in two weeks. Yes, I have a problem taking on lots of projects.
But I’m really excited to share this story with you! It has a wonderful Christmas vibe coming into the holiday season, but it’s also a fun, feel-good story of an ambitious inventor Aurelia, who is just trying to work her way into the elite inventor’s guild. She has the perfect invention, and only a few days left until the Christmas deadline, when her old love Frederick shows up and throws a wrench in the works. His own invention has gone haywire, and Aurelia has to decide if she can team up with her rival in order to help him–before his invention ruins her own chances at a better life.
I’m so excited to share this book with the world. It was my favorite book to write so far, and I think you’ll like it too. Petra and Maisie will be back in another Everturn Chronicles book, coming out in March 2021.
Don’t forget to check out the book’s Blog & Bookstagram Tour all week, with lots of fun things like recipes from the tea shop, interviews with me, and there’s even a giveaway for a hardcover copy.