Saturday, February 6, 2016

Shelf Candy Saturday No. 163: Dragon Frost, by S.J. Wist



Welcome to Shelf Candy Saturday!


This is my weekly feature
showcasing beautiful covers!
It also provides information, 
if available, on their 
very talented creators!


Here's my choice for this week!



Dragon Frost
(Dragon Aster, Book 4)
S.J. Wist
Trade Paperback , 284 pages
Infinity Dreamt
First Edition, October 20, 2015
Fantasy


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17236621-dragon-frost





My Thoughts About This Cover

This is such a GORGEOUS winter cover! The whole scene, and the colors in it, are just perfect for the season (even though down here in Florida, we don't get any snow). Being such a fan of the color blue, I love all the shades of this beautiful color in this image! That blue cloak is magnificent!

The composition is pretty simple, really, but what really enhances it is the artwork around it. I thought at first that the whole thing was painted, but I discovered, on closer inspection, that the main image was actually a photograph. All the flourishes were then added later. These give a very magical feel to this cover! They also frame the main image very nicely.

The figure appears to be that of a young woman, trudging through a snow-covered meadow in a forest. Or perhaps she is approaching a forest. She seems to be on some sort of mission, too. 

This composition is very evenly balanced. Even though the figure is placed in the middle, something which all art students are advised never to do, the billowing folds of the cloak, as well as the ornamental flourishes on the right-hand side of the cover, help to pull the eye to the right. Aside from this, the figure is not really quite in the middle, as her body is leaning slightly to the left. 

The title complements the rest of the cover so beautifully! The font used reminds me a bit of the Art Nouveau style, which I love so much. The capital letters match all the ornamental flourishes, and aee very elegant.

I also love that this image seems to be inviting the reader to walk right into it, following the young girl into whatever mysterious adventures she might be headed for!

When I researched the cover artist, I found out that the author of this novel is also an artist, so she herself created this great image. Kudos to her for this totally beautiful and enchanting composition!     




Online Links


        



What do you think of this 
week's cover?
Please leave a comment
and let me know!










Friday, February 5, 2016

Book Blogger Hop No. 36: Does your significant other share your reading passion?




Welcome to the Book Blogger Hop,
hosted by Billy @


For more information, click HERE.


What to Do

1.) Post on your blog answering this week's
question:

Does your significant other
share your reading passion?

2.)  Enter the link to your post in the
Linky list on Billy's blog.

3.)  Visit other blogs on the list and
comment on their posts. 

4.)  Be sure to find out next week's
question when you visit
Ramblings of a Coffee-Addicted Writer!


My Answer

No, alas, he does not.....My husband is more of a tech nerd, whereas I am a TOTAL book nerd! Lol. In fact, he really can't understand my obsession with books, especially when it comes to buying them. I already have lots and lots of books in our condo that I haven't read, plus many more in storage, since we had to move last March, and our new place is smaller. He can't understand why I haven't read the books I already own, instead of continuing to buy new ones. Well, it's a bookworm thing, as we all know! There's the allure of the book we don't own yet....

As for actually reading books, he doesn't do much of that, either. He prefers to read short articles on the Internet, or watch tech YouTube videos, or play video games. I can immerse myself for hours in a book, losing track of the world at large. He needs some sort of physical action to keep his attention engaged.

Bookstores certainly do not appeal to him, so he can't see himself spending hours and hours in them, which is what I LOVE to do. On the other hand, he can walk into a computer store and spend hours and hours in there, while I am completely bored.

He's also into biking, and just generally being outdoors. Although I love the outdoors, I can't take it for very long, because of such things as mosquitoes (and now I'm worrying about the Zika virus, people!), the heat, and the fact that I really prefer to use our home bathroom to public restrooms (and, depending on  where we are, there might be no indoor plumbing readily available).

So we just respect each other's tastes, and try not to let our different geeky passions stand in the way of marital harmony. 

I'm already looking forward to visiting this year's Miami International Book Fair, scheduled to take place in November! Hubby will drop me off in the morning, and I'll spend the entire day there, blissful in Book Paradise! I'll be browsing, buying, and going to book presentations and signings. Meanwhile, he will probably spend his time tinkering with his laptop's motherboard, biking at Tropical Park, or playing the latest version of "Assassin's Creed", on our living room TV. Or maybe all three, one after the other. Lol.   

   


What are your thoughts?
Please leave a comment along
with a link to your post,
so I can come check it out! 








Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday No.155: Dove Exiled, by karen Bao




This is a weekly event hosted by
It showcases future releases which
we book bloggers
are eagerly anticipating!!


Here's my choice for this week!



Dove Exiled 
(Dove Chronicles, Book 2)
Hardcover, 336 pages
Viking Books for Young Reader
February 23, 2016
Dystopian Fiction, Science Fiction
Young Adult Fiction


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25602380-dove-exiled





The thrilling follow-up to the groundbreaking debut Dove Arising.

Phaet Theta fled the Moon and has been hiding on Earth with her friend Wes and his family. But Phaet’s past catches up with her when the Lunar Bases attack the community and reveal that Phaet is a fugitive. She’s torn between staying on Earth with Wes—whom she’s just discovered her feelings for—and stowing away on a Moon-bound ship to rescue her siblings from the wrath of the government who killed their mother. But when Phaet makes the agonizing decision to return to the Moon, she finds the rebel movement there has turned her into their “Girl Sage,” a symbol of their struggle. She’s the biggest celebrity on the Moon: half the people worship her, and the other half want her dead.




Why I'm waiting on this one!

I've been wanting to read more science fiction, 
and the YA genre has SF stories that
are just as compelling as adult SF.
This one sounds very exciting and full of
plots and counter-plots.
Sounds like my cuppa tea, bigtime!
Hope to be able to visit the Moon,
through the adventures in this book!    





What do you think of my choice?
Leave your link below, so I can
come check out your pick(s)!









Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Dragon Archives Blog Tour: Mini-Review, Excerpt, and Giveaway!!



Welcome to the tour for
The Dragon Archives,
sponsored by
Bewitching Book Tours!!

For my stop, I'm featuring a mini-review with excerpt.
There's also a tour-wide giveaway!!



Bound by a Dragon
(The Dragon Archives, Book 1)
Linda K. Hopkins
Kindle Edition, 260 pages
May 18, 2014
Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Paranormal Romance

Book Synopsis:
At twenty-two, Keira Carver needs to find a husband, and quickly, but the prospects in her small medieval village are not looking too good. So when Aaron Drake, a handsome stranger, takes up residence at Storbrook Castle, set deep in the surrounding mountains, Keira takes notice. Just as interesting is the fact that a fire-breathing dragon has also moved into the neighborhood, and is rumored to live in caves beneath the mountain fortress. What exactly is the connection between Aaron Drake and the dragon? And when the dragon rescues her from the unwanted attentions of some village boys, who will set out to rescue her from the huge, scaly, fire-breathing monster?


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22566644-bound-by-a-dragon

Available for FREE!!



Pursued by a Dragon
(The Dragon Archives, Book 2)
Linda K. Hopkins
Kindle Edition, 195 pages
December 15, 2014
Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Paranormal Romance

Book Synopsis:
Cathryn Forrester is a medieval business woman, the daughter of a successful wool merchant. She has been groomed from a young age to take over the family business, and has been quite content to let her personal life be directed by what is best for the business – including whom she will marry. And as a calmly pragmatic, infuriatingly stubborn and altogether practical young woman, this suits her just fine. She does not believe in love, after all.

So when Cathryn meets Favian Drake, a man who knows that love is worth pursuing, her ideas about love and marriage are put to the test. But Cathryn faces her greatest challenge when she discovers that Favian is not exactly who – or what – he appears to be. Can she learn to trust her heart and allow herself to love a dragon?

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23848902-pursued-by-a-dragon




Loved by a Dragon
(The Dragon Archives, Book 3)
Linda K. Hopkins
Kindle Edition, 257 pages
April 28, 2015
Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Paranormal Romance

Book Synopsis:
Love is the only thing Aaron, Dragon Master, truly fears. And when a scaly, fire-breathing monster loves a frail human being, matters become even more complicated. As Aaron faces a rogue dragon who is terrorizing the city, he and Keira must face their deepest fears about each other and themselves. But danger is always just around the corner, and Anna, Keira’s sister, is not immune. Insecure, immature, and only seventeen, Anna has her own issues to deal with – especially when she meets Max, Aaron’s clansman. Her response to him in immediate, intense and irrational. Will her insecurities lead her to a life of misery, or can she grow up enough to face what she really feels?

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25179602-loved-by-a-dragon




 Dance with a Dragon
(The Dragon Archives, Book 4)
Linda K. Hopkins
Kindle Edition, 343 pages
October 29, 2015
Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Paranormal Romance

Book Synopsis:
Anna cannot forget Max, the dragon shapeshifter she turned away from five years earlier. The memory of the beautiful, winged, fire-breathing monster pursues her, and leaves an ache in her heart that even Garrick Flynn, her childhood friend and ardent lover, cannot heal. When given the chance to travel to the city, Anna jumps at the opportunity. But danger and intrigue are never far away as she joins the royal court and serves as companion to the queen. Will she ever
find the peace and happiness she longs for?


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26055052-dance-with-a-dragon





Oh, fireworks!! This excerpt has definitely caught my attention! I love how quickly the author has placed the reader right in the middle of the drama! We find out right away that Anna has something against dragons, while Max's arrogance seems to be a cover for something else. This is sure going to be a fun read, and I can hardly wait to see how long the dislike these two feel for each other turns to love, as I'm sure it will!
This whole scene plays out like a movie, too, and I hope these books make it to the silver screen!
Making this even more interesting, the guys'
a dragon shifter!  And I sure do love dragons,
whether they shift or not, so this series is
definitely one I need to get and read!
    



From Loved By A Dragon

As Anna neared the room, she could hear Aaron and Keira's voices through the door, but a third voice made her pause. It was a man's voice, but not Thomas's. A visitor, maybe? The door was slightly ajar, and pushing it open with her hand she entered the room, pausing once more when she saw the stranger sitting in a chair directly across from the doorway. She barely heard Aaron speaking as she stared at the man slowly rising to his feet, his gaze locked on hers. A slight smiled played around his mouth, while his eyes held a challenge that Anna could not decipher. Perhaps it was the bold stare, or the challenging smile, or the graceful way he pulled himself up to his full height, but whatever it was, Anna felt a wave of dislike for this stranger sweep over her. She stared back at him, her eyes narrowing as his smile grew wider, taunting her, as though he were fully aware of the immediate, intense and irrational reaction towards him. The smile was meant just for her, she knew that straight away, a silent communication between them, and she disliked him even more for it. And she knew, with unerring instinct, that despite his appearance of youth, this was no inexperienced boy who could easily be dismissed. This person standing before her was the fulfillment of her deepest fears. A man who could easily gain mastery and control over any woman he chose. This knowledge was based on intuition, rather than rational thought -- all she knew in that moment was that she hated him.

As though speaking from far away, Aaron's voice addressed her.

"Anna, this is Max."

"Max?" With an effort, Anna pulled her gaze away from the man standing before her, but not before she saw his lips twist with arrogant humor.

"Yes, Max Brant. He will be staying at Storbrook as our guest."

"I see." Anna nodded as she turned back to the guest. "Max."

"Anna." He was still staring at her, and she dragged her eyes away, biting her lip. Her name rolled off his tongue with an air of familiarity which she immediately resented, but before she could think of an adequate retort, he was speaking again. "I saw you playing in the snow earlier today," he said. His words made her glance back at him. Was he laughing at her?

"Yes," she said. She sat down on one of the chairs near Keira, who was watching their exchange in silence.

"You looked like you were having fun." This time she met his gaze with narrowed eyes. He was definitely taunting her.

"Tell me," she said, "how long will you be visiting Storbrook?" 

Once again Max grinned at her, but it was Aaron who answered.

"As long as he wishes."

"I see." Anna turned to Keira. "When do you wish start decorating?" she asked. Keira opened her mouth to respond, but before she said anything, Max was speaking again. 

"Why do I get the feeling you wish me gone, Anna?" he asked. Out of the corner of her eye, Anna could see both Keira and Aaron look at Max in surprise. 

"I have no idea," she said, "Just stay away from me, and I'm sure we will get along famously!"

Beside her, Keira gasped softly. 

Max's smile widened as he considered Anna. "Well, that shouldn't be a problem. I have no desire to keep company with a shrew!" 

Anna's eyes narrowed again as she rose to her feet. "And I don't fancy being burned by a dragon!"

Max took a few steps forward, closing the distance between them until he stodd right before her. "Perhaps, darling, a little burning is exactly what you need! You might even enjoy it!" 

Anna pulled her hand back, and it flew through the air to land on Max's cheek with a resounding slap. He didn't move, but his expression turned mocking.

"Is that all you've got?"

Anna gasped, and spinning on her heel, walked away from him and towards the doorway. She had only gone a few steps when she paused, then, turning, stalked back to Max, stopping a few inches away as she poked her finger into his chest.

"Don't ever call me 'darling' again," she ground out, then, turning once more, marched out of the room. Her legs were trembling as she walked, while her hands shook with rage. The arrogance! The insolence!  

          




Linda K. Hopkins lives in Calgary, Canada, in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, with her husband and two daughters, but originally hails from South Africa, and also spent a few years living in England. Linda loves reading, dark chocolate, coffee, and travel. Sometimes she even tinkers on the piano, but sadly, her teenage daughter is the better musician! 





To access the entire tour schedule, 
just click 
on the button below!


http://bewitchingbooktours.blogspot.com/2016/02/now-on-tour-dragon-archives-by-linda-k.html