Smashwords Sale

swlogo

The 14th Annual Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale has begun, running now through July 31! My books will be 50% off for that time so feel free to grab this deal!

Follow me on BlogLovin.

Dahlia Part Three has been released!

Dahlia 3

It took way longer than expected but it’s here! Part three to the Angel of Flame series is now available at most major retailers, Smashwords, and my own shop here on this blog.

Eventually I will release a collection of this series with a special extra but next up I will be working on a sequel to an older story of mine as my project for Camp NaNoWriMo. It’s a crazy thing to do but if it gets more content up for sale so I can finally make a living at this, I’ll do it. So, look forward to me complaining about that.

Follow me on BlogLovin.

Lenni Reviews: “Battlecats Vol. 1: Hunt for the Dire Beast” by Mark London, Michael Camelo & Andy King

43623402._SY475_

(Image Source)

Set in the fictional realm of Valderia, The Battlecats, led by Kelthan of Stormholt, are an elite team of warriors who risk their lives to protect the kingdom. However, sinister machinations from behind the scenes but them all in grave danger.

First off, I would have liked if the female cats had the same detailed faces as the males. It just makes more sense to me. Other than that, this was hard to get and stay hooked into. I’ll give this credit being such a little known publisher but this is a pretty generic party of heroes on a mission for the king, corruption, magic, swords, and blood; but it didn’t stick with me at all. I had to push to get through it, forgot everything, then had to go back and read it again. 3 out of 5.

Follow me on BlogLovin.

Lenni Reviews: “Ragna Crimson” Vol. 5, by Daiki Kobayashi

59963652

(Image Source)

As people flee the dragons, Starlia offers them shelter in her compound with the Argentum Corps, insisting Ragna and Crimson help her out. However the Mad Maestro Dragon and Explosive Dragon are gearing up for a full on massacre of any living thing in that base.

This volume sets up the battle and gets it started without much prelude. I like the dynamic between Starlia and Crimson while Ragna fumbles around because he just wants to kill dragons and not deal with all the plotting and planning around him. The new dragons introduced are a crazy threat. I can’t wait to see how this huge battle plays out! 4.8 out of 5.

Follow me on BlogLovin.

Lenni Reviews: “Ragna Crimson” Vol. 4, by Daiki Kobayashi

 

59963633._SX318_

(Image Source)

After failing to defeat Ultimatia, Ragna is saved by Crimson’s intervention; landing them both in custody of the Argentum Corps led by The Silverware Princes, Starlia Lese.

First off I want to address Starlia’s design. She is an amazing character with a very creative look and she is a cool addition to the cast. She throws a wrench into Crimson’s mustache twirling. I find myself hoping Crimson is just forced to deal with Starlia being a presence rather than Crimson finding a way around her because Crimson pulls some psychotic shit in this volume and needs to be checked. 4.5 out of 5.

Follow me on BlogLovin.

Lenni Reviews: “Life of Melody” by Mari Costa

(Image Source)

*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

Fairy Godfather Razz and troll Bon find a human child in the woods. Razz wants to try his hand at raising his own godchild from birth to make sure he can do his job effectively but Bon doesn’t trust him and refuses to just give the child up. They reach a compromise by raising the child together as a family. They have to play at being a couple at first but over time develop feelings.

This is a really cute and sweet story perfect for a quick read. It has just enough emotion to get its point across and doesn’t overplay the angst or overstay its welcome. My only problem is not getting to know as much of this world as I’d like to. Sometimes books this short can feel incomplete but here, I just liked it so much I’d like to learn more. Everything is so warm and charming that I’d love to keep going. 4.9 out of 5.

Follow me on BlogLovin.

Lenni Reviews: “Lupina Book One: Wax” by James Wright, Li Buszka, Bex Glendining & Ariana Maher

(Image Source)

*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

In the coastal town of Kote, young Lupa spends her days getting pushed around by her sister and leaning on her mother for support. One unfortunate day, Kote is attacked by the Inner Light, leaving her all alone. She is found by a wolf named Cora and guided by the Goddess Lupina, Lupa sets out on a journey to take revenge on those who killed her family and destroyed her home.

This is an action-packed start to a fantasy series. It’s light on dialogue, which lets the beautiful art tell most of the story, and keeps some mystery around Lupa’s destiny. The time jump confused me for a minute and there are a ton of implications around Lupa’s origins without giving too much away. I enjoyed it but maybe a little more dialog would have helped flesh things out. 3.8 out of 5.

Follow me on BlogLovin.

Lenni Reviews: “The Bloodprint” by Ausma Zehanat Khan

34017058

(Image Source)

A dangerous extremist group called the Talisman, led by a cruel man named The One-eyed Preacher is sweeping across the land enslaving women and destroying manuscripts. In an attempt to oppose them Arian and her apprentice, Sinnia who are Companions of Hira, intercept their raids using their magic abilities they call the Claim. But individual raids are a drop in the bucket so Arian journeys to find an artifact called The Bloodprint; a Claim so powerful, it was hidden away. Going after The Bloodprint means heading into Talisman territory and they may die before they can try to save the world.

While the concept is interesting and main story is cool to read, there are so many parts where things just slowed to a crawl. The writing is beautiful, the world is alive and robust, it covers some important themes like women’s rights and how important knowledge is in the face of ignorance but sometimes this felt like it got bogged down into too many details. Worldbuilding is important but those parts were dry compared to everything around it. I was skimming those parts to get back to the main story; which ends on one of the most frustrating cliffhangers I’ve read in a LONG time. I managed to put my hands on the sequel right when I finished this book but I’d be pissed if I had to wait so long with that much of a drop. 3 out of 5.

Follow me on BlogLovin.

Lenni Reviews: “The Heart Hunter” by Mickey George & V. Gagnon

54303169

(Image Source)

*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

Envecor is a cursed place where the inhabitants are immortal and carry their hearts outside of their bodies. If someone were to find their soulmate, they would grow old with them and die. As a result, there are people who want to live forever so they would hire a Heart Hunter to eliminate their soulmate. The king, Marius, hires the hunter Psyche to kill his soulmate so he remains on the throne.

This is really creative. It’s a high fantasy journey where the hero, Psyche, has the chance to learn and grow all while exposing some interesting secrets underlying this magical society. This takes a fairy tale notion and turns it on it’s heat for a dark twist without being overly edgy. The characters are well done, the art is lovely, and I had fun reading it. I wonder if this will ever get a sequel or more stories in this world but I certainly hope so. 4 out of 5.

Follow me on BlogLovin.

Lenni Reviews: “Chivalry” by Neil Gaiman & Colleen Doran

(Image Source)

Mrs. Whitaker is a widow set in her routine. One day on her regular visit to a thrift shop, she purchases an interesting cup that turns out to be the Holy Grail. Galahad informs her as much when the knight of legend appears at her door offering her treasures in exchange for the priceless item.

This is a classic Neil Gaiman story; ethereal and dream like. It’s kept small scale and contained, unlike some of his other work but as a fairytale, it’s light hearted and sentimental. A lot of Gaiman’s work can get dark but not this one.

The art complements the story and tone perfectly. Just the right amount of detail and expressive, realistic faces make the soft colors come to life. Just an overall great read. 5 out of 5.

Follow me on BlogLovin.