Author Highlights Six

The-Falconer (1)Author Highlights is a once a month post that focuses on one author’s books.  This month there will be two Highlights because I missed a month.  See the last Author Highlights Here.  Now, who shall the author be for today?  It is….

Elizabeth May

Image result for elizabeth may books author of the vanishing throneShe is the author of the Falconer Series and Toil and Trouble.  In 2019 she will publish a new book called Seven Devils.

I have only read the Falconer series which was amazing.  I loved it because she allowed for evil to win overwhelmingly until the very end of the series where good pulled through to save the world.

Lady Aileana Kameron leads a double life.  The life of a debutante and a killer.  By day she goes to balls and parties while by night she hunts the faeries that plague the human world seeking revenge for her mother’s death.  When an army of faeries threatens the world Aileana is the only one that can save everyone for she is a Falconer descended from a long line of women who have abilities that make it easier to kill the fae.  But, will she save the world in time or lose everything?

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“I’m like him. I’m a monster, too.”                   – The Falconer

“Time won’t fix me. Time allows me to become more skillful at hiding how much I hurt inside. Time makes me a great liar. Because when it comes to grief, we all like to pretend.”                                                          – The Falconer

“I’m not a creature of vengeance any more. I’m not just the girl whose gift is chaos. I’m the girl who endured.”                                   – The Vanishing Throne

“We burn bright, and we burn out. That’s what it means to be human.”                   – The Vanishing Throne

“Most people would be dismayed by an attempted assassination, but Kiaran seems to regard it as either flirtation or flattery – possibly both.”             – The Vanishing Throne

“He loved you so much that when you died, he might as well have died with you.”              – The Fallen Kingdom

Scorn the Witch. Fear the Witch. Burn the Witch                                                                History is filled with stories of women accused of witchcraft, of fearsome girls with arcane knowledge.  Toil and Trouble features sixteen stories of girls embracing their power, reclaiming their destinies and using their magic to create, to curse, to cure, and to kill.

Image result for toil and trouble by elizabeth may imageFor more information visit Elizabeth May at http://www.elizabethmaywrites.com/.  See my post for more information on The Falconer Here.

Sharing Saturday Twenty-Six

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Sharing Saturday is upon us and instead of sharing a story or essay today I will be sharing a short poem.  This poem is called Night Past for it looks at the past and how death slowly approaches us all.

It flies on silent wings

Wings of Night

Night when all light is above

Above us where the past lies in the present

Sharing Saturday Twenty-Three

Saturday is here.  My life is hectic and I have had very little time to post which is annoying.  But today is another Sharing Saturday.  I will be sharing the introduction to an essay I wrote regarding the issue of gun control.  I focused only on one aspect of gun control since it is such a broad topic.  My attention was placed on the complete banning of guns.  Let’s get started.

Gun control is an issue that has been debated across the country since the founding of this nation.   Recently, due to the Parkland School shooting in Florida, talk of gun control is taking the nation by storm.  Many solutions have been proposed, and a strongly argued panacea is the complete banning of guns. This resolution is questionable due to the fact that guns are the basis of American ideals and freedoms.  Hunters use firearms to keep the population of woodland creatures under control and the ecosystem healthy. They are used for protection against robbers, looters, and shooters. Furthermore, it has been proven throughout the hallowed halls of history that banning guns makes it easier for tyrants to reign.  Hitler, Stalin, and the Prohibition are just a few examples of what happens when something is banned that is necessary to the comfort or maintenance of a free nation. However, for some nations, it is possible to almost completely ban guns, but different solutions are needed for dissimilar nations. In the case of the United States of America, the banning of guns will cause great harm to the country and is not the solution to gun control.

Sharing Saturday Twenty-Two

The weeks are simply flying and Saturday is here again.  Today’s post will be more on the creative side instead of research based.  It is a less than three hundred word story telling of a girl who does not know who she is until she meets an evil creature bent on destroying her.  It is called Imaginings.  Let’s get started!

A storm filled the sky, lashing out at the cold, brittle branches of winter.  I huddled by the fire’s dancing flames, praying for an answer to who I was. My fire died, and I was left in a sea of utter loneliness.  I fumbled to restart it when a cold, wet thing slithered around my neck. I tried to scream but was silenced by the creature at my back. A slippery voice hissed in my ear, “At last, my child, you have arrived.  The one destined to fill all of my dreams. To provide the life that is slowly leaking from me.” I stilled, scared but curious Did this creature have information regarding who I was? “You,” the creature continued, “the child who was prophesied to fall from the sky to save this Earth.  Fie! I will have you and your power to myself. I will take it and live beyond the time that this world has ordained. Now, come my pet to the Sacred Lake of Imaginings to begin the transference of your life to mine. I have prepared for this for a long time and at last it is coming to fruition.”  His voice cackled, reaching a pitch that forced me to cover my ears. He lifted me up. I screamed, suspended upside down just inches off the ground. He crawled through the woods, expertly avoiding the branches that grasped at us like papery fingers praying for life. Soon we reached a clearing where a lake lay silently reflecting the moonlight.  I was in the air…falling, falling and hitting the water with a spontaneous splash. I struggled to stay afloat, but the water washed over me, dragging me down to the disastrous depths. As darkness enveloped me, the creature howled in laughter.

 

One Year Anniversary!

1 Year Anniversary AchievementI can not believe it!  I have been writing on this blog for a year!  What?  The time flew by.  It seems like just yesterday that I decided to start blogging about my passion.  So, since today is so special I will share with you the story behind why I started blogging about books.

 

It began when I was young.  My mom taught me how to read and write.  I loved it; the sound of the words flowing haltingly over my tongue and my hand making the shape of the twisted and shaky letters.  From then on reading became an obsession.  If I wasn’t at school or playing outside I was reading. 

Image result for InkheartI remember that one of the first series I ever read was Magic Tree House.  To me it was intriguing and that curiosity about stories and ideas just grew.  In first grade, I read Inkheart and was entranced.  I read every book I could get my hands on and I would constantly tell my friends and family all about the books I read and how I felt about the ending or this one special scene in the book.  Every time I would get told that nobody cared about this book that they had never read but I would continue talking because I needed to rant about books which take up my world.  So, finally, my mom told me that I should start a blog to rant about the books I loved, hated, and didn’t know how to feel about.  I thought about it and finally one year ago on this very day I started a blog and posted my first post.  It worked, I don’t rant often to friends and family about the books I read.  Instead, I do it on this blog and it is one of the best choices I have ever made for this community is awesome.  

My first blog post was very formal and just told the premise of the story without actually giving a review.  I was nervous and I was unsure about what I wanted to say and how to say it.  As time continued I loosened up and now I try to write more detailed posts regarding my opinion on the book not, just the book review.

So, thank you to all of my followers and my family and friends who gave me the idea to start this blog and continue with it.  Thank you!

My first post can be found Here.

My most recent post can be found Here.

Sharing Saturday Eighteen

Sharing Saturday Eighteen is here! Gosh, I can’t believe it has been almost twenty weeks since I started this post.  Time flies.  Today I will be sharing a paragraph I wrote in spanish regarding my hero, Audrey Rose Wadsworth from Stalking Jack the Ripper.  The english version is provided after the spanish.

Audrey Rose Wadsworth es uno de mis personaje de ficción favoritos. Ella es una dama de la alta sociedad de Londres con un pasado secreto. Ella estudia con su tío, que es un científico forense.  Ella tiene cabello castaño oscuro y ojos verdes. Ella es atrevida, ordenada, y muy interesante. Audrey le gusta pasar tiempo con su tio y su amigo, Thomas Cresswell.  Ella es mi héroe porque no tiene miedo de enfrentar la muerte de frente. También me atraía su personaje por su necesidad de ser libre de las restricciones de la sociedad y cómo ella se acercó a ser vista como menos competente que los hombres a su alrededor.

Audrey Rose Wadsworth is one of my favorite fictional characters. She is a high society lady of London with a secret past time.  She studies under her uncle who is a forensic scientist. She has dark brown hair and green eyes. She is daring, organized, and very interesting.  Audrey likes to spend time with her uncle and her friend, Thomas Cresswell. She is my hero because she is not afraid to face death head on. I was also drawn to her character by her need to be free of the restraints of society and how she approached being seen as less competent than the men around her.

Sharing Saturday Seventeen

It is time for another Sharing Saturday.  Today I will be sharing a Rhetorical Analysis Essay on the commercial “Puppy Love” by Budweiser.

A story of an unlikely friendship.  A heart-wrenching tale of a dog and a horse promoting Budweiser beer.  “Puppy Love” is a commercial appealing to logos, ethos, and pathos in such a way that it is one of the most popular ads aired during a Super Bowl.  It efficaciously captivates the audience which is aimed at friends who can legally drink. Furthermore, through the actors, dogs, horses, and the brand, the audience is shown that Budweiser is reliable and trustworthy. The audience is appealed to through the emotions that the commercial displays.  Budweiser effectively sells its products through an engaging story evoking the idea that Budweiser is for friends, has a sense of credibility, and elicits an effective emotional response, which results in higher sales.

Sharing Saturday Sixteen

Another Sharing Saturday is finally here!  Today I will be sharing the first paragraph of a story I wrote based upon a tale as old as time: Cinderella.

Image result for cinderellaI was born on the night when fog crept over the Kingdom of Crestwelen on silent cat feet.  It slithered into every street, alley, and back corner. Never before or since has such a thick fog lain over Crestwelen.  Into this world of blanketed silence, I came, laughing.

Sharing Saturday Thirteen

It’s the thirteenth Sharing Saturday and today I will be sharing a poem that is a part of a novel I wrote.  This novel which has no name is the only one that ever went beyond fifty-pages.  The poem is called Himori and tells of an evil Dragon.

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Over the mountains

Dwells a beast of evil intentions

Who stalks in the night

To devour every soul

 

His fire burns

Deep within the dells

He hoards his stash

Those who dare steal

Their pain may never end

 

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Himori is his name

Quiver in fear from that word

Or your doom will soon come

 

Over the mountains

Dwells a beast

Of evil intentions

Who stalks in the night

To devour every soul

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Author Highlights Three

This is the third month of Author Highlights.  I love this post because I get to share some great authors I’ve read that are perhaps not that well known.  While deciding what author to do I also have a chance to see what some of my childhood authors have written recently.  It is exciting and I enjoy sharing these author’s with you.  Without further ado, today’s author is…..

Kate O’Hearn

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Kate O’Hearn is a children’s fantasy writer.  She has written the Pegasus series, Shadow of the Dragon’s series, and the Valkyrie series.  I have read the Pegasus series, and the first books in the other two series.  I love her books.  They are wonderfully told stories with the Pegasus and Valkyrie series featuring a stunning combination of modern society with that of Norse mythology.

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Emily’s life changes forever when Pegasus, a mythical horse, crashes onto a Manhattan roof.  Suddenly, Emily is thrust into a battle between the Roman gods and the Nirads.  Along with Joel, a mortal, Diana, a goddess, Paelen,a thief, and Pegasus, she must rescue the gods from certain death all while avoiding a governmental agency bent on dissecting Pegasus.  Can she save Olympus before the Eternal Flame burns out?

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Freya is dreading turning fourteen.  Fourteen is when she takes up the full mantle of responsibility that comes with being a Valkyrie – a collector of souls fallen upon the battlefield.  She longs to interact in the human world as a mortal.  To make friends without fear of killing them with one touch.  Her chance comes when a soldier she is reaping asks for a favor that sends Freya to the human world.  On her journey she battles both the ordinary and extraordinary to fulfill her promise.

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Kira is twelve and strong willed. The daughter of a retired dragon knight, she yearns for adventure and dreams of following in her father’s footsteps astride her own magnificent mount.  But this can never happen. According to the laws of the kingdom, all girls must be married by the age of thirteen. Kira hates it, but being a girl, she has no choice.  Kira’s family is taken away by Lord Duncon who has orders to take them to the palace to serve the King.  Kira and her sisters are thrown in jail.  Their only crime is being unmarried girls.  One day they manage to escape but Kira realizes the battle is just beginning.  With the help of a baby dragon she sets out on a mission to save her family and keep her sister safe.

For more information visit

http://www.kateohearn.com/