Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Release Announcement: Solomon's Bell

Albuquerque, NM (January 2, 2017) – World Weaver Press has announced Solomon’s Bell by Michelle Lowery Combs, the second book in the Genie Chronicles series, is available in ebook and paperbacktoday, March 7, 2017. SOLOMON'S BELL follows adopted teen genie Ginn Lawson as she magically transports herself back in time to 16th century Prague to find the only tool that can save her family. 
Ginn thinks she has problems at home until she magically lands herself in 16th century Prague.

To save her family, Ginn uses her newfound genie powers to transport herself and her friends to 16th century Prague. Only one thing there remains the same as at home: she can't let anyone know what she really is.

The Emperor of Prague and those closest to him are obsessed with magic. In pursuit of it, they’ve waged war on the citizens of their city. In the citizens' defense, someone has brought to life a golem, a dangerous being with connections to an artifact capable of summoning and commanding an entire army of genies. Can Ginn escape the notice of the Emperor as she attempts to discover a way to defeat Prague’s golem in time to save her family from a similar creature?

Solomon's Bell is the sequel to Heir to the Lamp and the second book of the Genie Chroniclesseries.

Solomon’s Bell will be available in trade paperback and ebook via AmazonBarnesandnoble.comWorld Weaver Press, and other online retailers, and for wholesale through Ingram.

Michelle Lowery Combs is an award-winning writer and book blogger living in rural Alabama with her husband, one cat and too many children to count. She spends her spare time commanding armies of basketball and soccer munchkins for the Parks & Recreation departments of two cities. When not in the presence of throngs of toddlers, tweens and teens, Michelle can be found neglecting her roots and dreaming up the next best seller. She is a member of the Alabama Writers’ Conclave, Jacksonville State University’s Writers’ Club and her local Aspiring Authors group. Check Michelle out at her website MichelleLoweryCombs.com
Praise for the Genie Chronicles series:

“An exciting new spin on a genie tale. Virginia is a feisty main character who I would love to have as a friend. Captivating!”
— Melissa Buell, author of the YA fantasy series, The Tales of Gymandrol

“Filled with magic, curses, and mystery … a spellbinding journey I couldn’t put down.”
— Kelsey Ketch, author of Daughter of Isis

“Heir to the Lamp is Anne Rice meets Harry Potter: delicious writing, mysterious Southern Gothic, and an inventive, magical world for tweens, teens, and the young at heart.”
—Susan Abel Sullivan, author of
The Haunted Housewives of Allister, Alabama and The Weredog Whisperer
Publication Date: March 7, 2017 • Fantasy • Historical •  Young Adult
 $11.95 trade paperback, 207 pages  • $3.99 ebook
 ISBN-13: 978-0997788877



Sunday, March 12, 2017

Release Announcement: Bugs in the System

We Hunt Bugs
 A Short Story Collection Based on the World and Characters from the RPG, We Hunt Bugs

Pat McNary

Dreaming Big Publications, in collaboration with Orcs Unlimited


 Connor MacDonald, B. Jaymes Condon, Kelly Caldwell, Joel Morgan, Roderick Mitchell, Allen Huffmeier

"It's a tough universe out there with death-by-giant insect waiting around every corner."

Immerse yourself if these short stories based on the role-playing game, We Hunt Bugs, and experience the tales of shaky alliances, backstabbing comrades, and terrifying monsters. 

"It's what we do. We hunt Bugs."

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Review: The Bookminder

Title: The Bookminder
Author: M.K. Wiseman
Page Count: 444
My Rating: 3.5 TURTLES: A very enjoyable read, I recommend you check it out.
*I was given this book in exchange for an honest review

About the Book:

Sired by magick and violence, sixteen-year-old Liara is found guilty of witchcraft and banished from her tiny village by the very priest who raised, then betrayed her. However, a mysterious mage steps forward to assume custody of her: Nagarath, the Wizard of Parentino, whose secret spellwork has long protected both Liara and Dvigrad from the ravages of war.

Despite Liara’s best hopes, Nagarath refuses to apprentice her to his craft but tasks her instead with the restoration of his neglected library. Liara gleans what magickal knowledge she can on the sly, determined to learn, come what may. But the first test of her stolen knowledge goes awry and renews an evil wizard’s interest in the people of the Limska Draga valley.

Only by tapping Liara’s inherent magick and joining it with his own can Nagarath protect Parentino from suffering a horrible fate. However, her discovery of his secrets destroys their fragile trust and ignites the darker tendencies of her gift. Now, he must rescue her from the influence of his mortal enemy before their powerful new alliance destroys them all.

My Review:
The Bookminder had some very interesting world building. I really liked how there were specific rules to the magick in the book and how the reader gets to see the effects and consequences of those rules. Along those lines, I also really enjoyed the appendix at the end that spells out the rules of magick as well as some of the words from the “green” or magickal language, but not the pronunciation -  for the safety of the reader. Liara and Nagarath’s relationship was also really sweet, and I really enjoyed reading the interactions between the two of them.

The plot did seem to slow down quite a bit in the middle of the novel, though. I think part of this had to do that much of the book is just Liara and Nagarath. As much as I like the chemistry between the two of them, it felt a bit odd to me that they were the only two characters with any considerable page time. Many of the other characters had only small roles to play, and even more did not have anything to do with the main plot. I think having just one more character to add a new dynamic, even a sassy talking cat might have done the trick. The pace of the middle also ended up feeling at odds with the quick, gripping ending.

I would recommend this book to all readers of Young Adult Fantasy, but especially fans of Tamora Pierce. The Bookminder has a lot of the themes that I love about Young Adult like self-discovery, budding independence, and making and learning from mistakes. Liara is a complex, dynamic heroine and I really enjoyed getting to know her.

Disclosure: this post contains links to an affiliate program (Amazon), for which I receive a few cents if you make purchases. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Release Announcement: Shattered Fates

Albuquerque, NM (February 22, 2017) – World Weaver Press has announced Shattered Fates, the final installment in the Shards of History trilogy byRebecca Roland, will be released May 23, 2017Shattered Fates follows a tribal woman trying to protect her people from a dangerous colonizer, and
the wife of the colonizers’ leader, who begins a revolution from within.
Praise for the SHARDS OF HISTORY series:

Shards of History and its sequel, Fractured Days, are terrifically entertaining reads from beginning to end clearly establishing and demonstrating author Rebecca Roland’s consummate skills as an original and entertaining storyteller that will leave her enthusiastic readers looking forward to more novels featuring Malia and her world. Very highly recommended as enduringly popular addition to community library Fantasy Fiction collections.”
— Midwest Book Review


Sometimes unlikely alliances are the only way to succeed.

The magic barrier protecting the Taakwa from their enemies, the Maddion, is gone. Malia, who led the Taakwa against the Maddion in the Dragon War, must convince the magical being, the changer, to repair the barrier before the Maddion invade to take revenge on her people and the winged Jeguduns who also call the valley home, even if it means reversing the healing the changer wrought for her.

Chanwa, the wife of the Maddion leader, uses the disorder created by the changer to lead a coup against her husband in a desperate attempt to ensure she and the other Maddion women are treated as equals. Her life, and the future of every Maddion woman, depends on her success.

Both women know the only way to succeed is to come together in an unlikely alliance.

Shattered Fates will be available in trade paperback and ebook via Amazon.comBarnesandNoble.comKoboWorld Weaver Press, and other online retailers, and for wholesale through Ingram.

Rebecca Roland is the author of the Shards of History series, The Necromancer's Inheritance series, and The King of Ash and Bones, and Other Stories. Her short fiction has appeared in publications such as NatureFantastic Stories of the ImaginationStupefying StoriesPlasma Frequency, and Every Day Fiction, and she is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop. You can find out more about her and her work at rebeccaroland.net, her blog Spice of Life, or follow her on Twitter @rebecca_roland.

World Weaver Press is an independently owned publisher of fantasy, paranormal, and science fiction. We believe in great storytelling.

Be sure and check out the newly redesigned covers for the first two books in the series, Shards of History and Fractured Days:
Publication Date: May 23, 2017 • Fantasy
$13.95 trade paperback, 292 pages  • $4.99 ebook

ISBN-13: 978-0997788884