A Stella Review : Yours, Forever After by Beth Bolden

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RATING 4  out of 5 stars

Fifteen years ago, Prince Graham of Ardglass barely escaped from the ancestral castle with his young life. Rescued by a magical creature and spirited off to a faraway valley, he grew into a strong, capable man—never shirking his duties on the farm, but forever bitter over his father’s betrayal. But just when he has finally come to terms with being lost and staying lost, a visitor arrives in his valley and changes everything.

After a lifetime spent lost in his beloved books, Prince Emory awakens to find his villainous aunt working to usurp the throne of Fontaine. When she sends him on a dangerous quest, he’s certain the journey is a trap, but he’s not willing to accept defeat without a fight.

But a fight is something Rory is unprepared and untrained for, until he’s saved by a handsome, unassuming farmhand and his snooty, smug, and surprisingly talkative unicorn.

I have to say I wasn’t expecting to like this story so much, I was engaged from the beginning, when Prince Graham, only eleven years old, needed to leave his life at the castle and escape to  a beautiful valley with the company of the king of the unicorns. Here he will built a new, solitary life and will become a strong young farmer, Gray. Until, fifteen years later, his farm and valley are crowded with Prince Emory and his guards, sent on a fake mission that’s actually a trap. Emory knew nothing about and soon he and Gray discover they have an enemy in common to fight otherwise their reign will be forever lost.

The reading flew easily, although the book is long, I was never bored, I gladly followed these two young men in their adventures with the arrogant unicorn, Evrard. There was some action but not too much, the novel is more about Gray and Rory, the long journeys they took helped them to see how strong was the connection between them, moreover they learnt the future they were fighting for, was possible and real, just there to be claimed.

Your, Forever After is a lovely fairy tales, with the right amount of sweetness, humours and magic. I hope the author will give more titles like this one.

The cover art by Sarah Jo Chreene is super cute, I love it  a lot!

Buy Links – Available on Kindle Unlimited

Universal Link   |  Amazon US   |  Amazon UK

BOOK DETAILS

Kindle Edition, 400 pages

Published September 6th 2019

ASIN B07XBH92N5

Edition Language English

Lisa Henry on Writing Fantasy and her new release Anhaga

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Anhaga by Lisa Henry

Dreamspinner Press
Published July 23rd 2019
Cover Artist: Tiferet Design

Buy links:

Dreamspinner Press: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/anhaga-by-lisa-henry-10641-b

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Anhaga-Lisa-Henry-ebook/dp/B07SX42V87

B&N : https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/anhaga-lisa-henry/1131014878?ean=9781644054642

Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is happy to host a favorite author of ours, Lisa Henry on tour for her latest novel, Anhaga.  Welcome, Lisa.

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Hi! I’m Lisa Henry, and I’m on Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words today to tell you a little about my newest release Anhaga.

I’m surprised it’s taken me so long to publish a fantasy book set in a magical world. I’ve always loved fantasy and, when you think about it, fantasy stories are our first introduction to storytelling. When we’re toddlers, our parents read us fairytales of princes and princesses, of dragons and magic, and of quests and adventures. Fairytales and fantasy worlds are some of the first universes we discover as children.

When I was a kid, my sister and I had a book called Dean’s Gift Book of Fairy Tales. Well, it was my sister’s—mine was Dean’s Gift Book of Nursery Rhymes. And the illustrations in these books were absolutely beautiful, full of beautifully androgynous princes and princess, fairies and knights, and—the most relatable thing of all—children with messy hair and grubby knees. I still have those books. I can’t remember the last time I read the stories, but the pictures still take me to all those magical places I imagined as a child.

Fairytales are archetypes, and fantasy worlds built using those same images are both familiar and new at the same time. There are no dragons in Anhaga, and no knights and princesses either, but there is magic, and there is of course a quest. It’s not a noble quest exactly—my main character Min is strongarmed into agreeing to kidnap my other main character Kazimir in order to save his nephew Harry’s life—but it’s a quest all the same. Min himself is more than aware that he fails to live up to the fairytale standards of the prince or the knight when he says, “Do we survive this, Kaz? In all of Harry’s books, the evil dragon is killed and the hero survives. We’re lacking a hero, I suspect, but I’m quite partial to the idea of survival.”

I had a lot of fun writing Anhaga. It felt a bit like a return to all the stories I’d loved so much as a child—just with more swear words, snark and sex. But if there’s one thing that fairytales and romances have in common, it’s that there has to be a happy ending. The good must be rewarded, and the wicked must be punished. And for someone like Min, who’s mostly good but definitely wicked where it counts, well, he slides through to his happy ending on a technicality I guess. There aren’t any knights and dragons here, but sometimes even rogues on ignoble quests can earn their happy endings as well.

Anhaga was definitely a change of pace for me—my most recent releases have all been contemporaries. It was interesting to have to build an entire world—although that old fairy tale archetype forms a pretty sturdy framework. For anyone who read fairytales as a child and moved onto fantasy novels, the world of Anhaga won’t be too unfamiliar. I hope you enjoy reading about it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

Anhaga Blurb:

Aramin Decourcey—Min to his few friends—might be the best thief in Amberwich, and he might have a secret that helps him survive the cutthroat world of aristocratic families and their powerful magic users, but he does have one weakness: his affection for his adopted nephew, Harry.

When the formidable Sabadine family curses Harry, Min must accept a suicide mission to save his life: retrieve Kazimir Stone, a low-level Sabadine hedgewitch who refuses to come home after completing his apprenticeship… and who is in Anhaga, a seaside village under the control of the terrifying Hidden Lord of the fae. If that wasn’t enough, Kaz is far from the simple hedgewitch he seems.

With the Sabadines on one side and the fae on the other, Min doesn’t have time to deal with a crisis of conscience—or the growing attraction between him and Kaz. He needs to get Kaz back to Amberwich and get Harry’s curse lifted before it kills him. Saving Harry means handing Kaz over to his ruthless family. Saving Kaz means letting Harry die. Min might pride himself on his cleverness, but he can’t see his way out of this one.

The Hidden Lord might see that he never gets the choice.

About the Author

Lisa likes to tell stories, mostly with hot guys and happily ever afters.

Lisa lives in tropical North Queensland, Australia. She doesn’t know why, because she hates the heat, but she suspects she’s too lazy to move. She spends half her time slaving away as a government minion, and the other half plotting her escape.

She attended university at sixteen, not because she was a child prodigy or anything, but because of a mix-up between international school systems early in life. She studied History and English, neither of them very thoroughly.

She shares her house with too many cats, a dog, a green tree frog that swims in the toilet, and as many possums as can break in every night. This is not how she imagined life as a grown-up.

Lisa has been published since 2012, and was a LAMBDA finalist for her quirky, awkward coming-of-age romance Adulting 101.

You can connect with Lisa here:

Website: lisahenryonline.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lisa.henry.1441

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LisaHenryOnline

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/5050492.Lisa_Henry

Email: lisahenryonline@gmail.com

A MelanieM Review: The Prince of the Moon by Megan Derr

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Rating:  3.5 stars out of 5

a-melaniem-review-the-prince-of-the-moon-by-megan-derrAll Solae wants is to be accepted and loved by the family that has always rejected him. But given it was his late mother who cursed the kingdom to eternal winter, the chances of that happening are minimal. If he can find a way to break the curse, however, surely that would be enough to change their minds regarding him.

But Solae is forbidden to practice magic because of his mother, which limits his ability to pursue solutions. Desperate for advice and new ideas, he contacts a famous curse breaker—and has no idea what to do when the unexpectedly shows up, handsome and friendly and dangerously intriguing.

Megan Derr give us another M/M fairy tale in The Prince of the Moon.  Here its a frozen prince in a cursed kingdom.  The one that turned the kingdom into ice?  His mother burned for witchcraft and for being a false second Queen.  Solae is the cursed son of the witch, he’s the son the golden King wants to forget as he has his golden sons from his beloved first Queen.

The setting is ripe for love.  The lonely, gorgeous prince in his tower and the mysterious stranger who comes to town to break the evil curse.

Of course, nothing is ever quite so simple in a Megan Derr story.  There’s the curse itself and its interpretation.  Derr has a lovely twist in store for her readers here.  I wanted more on Solae’s mother’s history, of course.  She’s an intriguing character even by the hole she makes in the story and Solae’s life.  I wanted to know more about such a powerful figure.  There the interaction between Solae and Millio which  feels so natural despite being rushed.  There’s a deadline, and you can feel the pressure each is under to break the curse.  Is it love or the knowledge that it will lead to something deeper if given the chance…either way, I believed in them together.

The ending left me a little frustrated.  I don’t feel that those who did ill to our heroes had anything happen to them.  Instead, they were rewarded in a way.  I can’t go into specifics here because of spoilers but I feel that certain characters should have had repercussions for their actions past and present. That didn’t occur.  That lead to the rating above.

But did I love this couple and most of the story? Absolutely.  The world building  and fantasy surrounding them was marvelous.  Solae was a prince I’m so happy I got to meet.

Cover art by Aisha Akeju is beautiful and perfect for the story.

Sales Links

Less Than Three Press

Book Details:

Publisher Note: This story was previously released in Fairytales Slashed Volume 4

ebook, Second

Expected publication: January 25th 2017 by Less Than Three Press
ISBN139781620049730
Edition LanguageEnglish