Ashael Rising Review and Book Blitz

Ashael is a hunter-gatherer woman, apprenticed to Bhearra, the healer and spiritual leader of their tribe.

The Zanthar are invaders from another world who extend their own lives by stealing the life-force of everything around them. They were last seen on KalaDene 200 years ago. They have returned, looking for The Vessel, a being prophesied to hold the life-force of the land.

Iwan is a slave to the Zanthar, descendant of those taken as slaves the last time the Zanthar visited this world. He is sent out as a spy, while his mother is held hostage to ensure his compliance.

When Ashael meets Iwan in the forest, neither realise that she is the one the Zanthar are looking for. The fate of KalaDene and all of its people rests on her shoulders.

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The Problem With Food Allergies


The problem with food allergies.


I know, this is a book blog, but something you probably don’t know about me, is that we have many food allergies in my family. My eight year old son is highly allergic to milk and egg, and has an FPIES reaction to haddock.


This week there was a commercial put out by Party City. The commercial was poorly done, calling either the crackers that were gluten free, or the woman who was gluten free, “gross.” (It was really hard to tell who/what they were calling gross.)  The allergy community was pissed; they took action, and Party City removed the ad. (You can still find it online if you Google it; some people took video with their phones.)


The next day the Today Show posted an article about it. I skimmed the comments on Facebook. (I know, I’m looking for trouble there.) Of course I see the familiar ones; some people think that ‘the kids need to learn how to live with it’ and ‘calm down, everyone gets offended these days’ and ‘why should my kid adjust his lunch for your kid.’




I hear you people, but here’s the thing.


That commercial was played on Nick Jr. NICK JR!


Believe me, these kids with food allergies know that they need to learn to live with their allergies, in fact, they do every day. At school maybe they eat at a different table than the other kids. Maybe they avoid going to birthday parties that have pizza because they’re allergic to milk. At family holidays, they have to bring their own safe food. Guys, these kids are excluded so much already. So when they are relaxing after a day of school and see a commercial in which adults are having a party and call another adult with an allergy ‘gross,’ it just breaks my heart. It throws it in their face one more time that a child with food allergies is different. And, it was played on a kid’s network, and that’s why this is such a big deal.


And I know, I know, someone thinks I’m overreacting just reading this. But listen. Let’s pretend that commercial was about a child with autism. A child who is in a wheelchair. A child with epilepsy. Can you even imagine Party City putting out a commercial calling someone with autism or epilepsy gross?


No, you can’t. Because it’s awful.


The problem with food allergies is that people don’t see it as a disability; they see it as an annoyance.


Hopefully, that will change.


And even more so, hopefully someone finds a cure.




Truth or Beard by Penny Reid – Review

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Beards, brothers, and bikers! Oh my!

Identical twins Beau and Duane Winston might share the same devastatingly handsome face, but where Beau is outgoing and sociable, Duane is broody and reserved. This is why Jessica James, recent college graduate and perpetual level-headed good girl, has been in naïve and unhealthy infatuation with Beau Winston for most of her life.

His friendly smiles make her tongue-tied and weak-kneed, and she’s never been able to move beyond her childhood crush. Whereas Duane and Jessica have always been adversaries. She can’t stand him, and she’s pretty sure he can’t stand the sight of her…

But after a case of mistaken identity, Jessica finds herself in a massive confusion kerfuffle. Jessica James has spent her whole life paralyzed by the fantasy of Beau and her assumptions of Duane’s disdain; therefore she’s unprepared for the reality that is Duane’s insatiable interest, as well as his hot hands and hot mouth and hotter looks. Not helping Jessica’s muddled mind and good girl sensibilities, Duane seems to have gotten himself in trouble with the local biker gang, the Iron Order.

Certainly, Beau’s magic spell is broken. Yet when Jessica finds herself drawn to the man who was always her adversary, now more dangerous than ever, how much of her level-head heart is she willing to risk?

(Blurb from Goodreads)

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Caressed by the Edge of Darkness by Amanda Greene – Review

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Hardened by centuries of torture, former blood slave, Gabriel Erhard, is driven by an insatiable need to destroy his enemies. Violence darkens his battered soul, leaving no place for mercy in his world. Gabriel’s only desire is vengeance—until he finds her.


Seized by vampires, bound as a slave, and placed on the auction block, Jordan Culver is instantly entranced by the dangerous male who claims her. Jordan’s new captor vows to set her free, but his haunted gaze burns with savage desire and his wicked kiss makes her crave his touch and…complete surrender.


While Gabriel battles his enemies, he will break every sacred law to achieve his ultimate goal—uniting the Outcast Society and creating a new vampire Clan. But the distracting human with mesmerizing violet eyes jeopardizes his plans. With every soft whisper she evokes his tormented memories, testing his sanity and challenging his every boundary. Can Jordan help him overcome the miseries of his past and find a future with her?


(Blurb from Goodreads)


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To Tame a Highland Earl by Tarah Scott – Review

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A man torn between two worlds. Both need him… neither wants him.


Groomed for a life amongst the English aristocracy, Lord Erroll Rushton is unexpectedly thrust back into his father’s Scottish world when the Englishwoman he compromises refuses to marry him.


No gentleman breaks into a lady’s bedchamber…but then, no lady sleeps with a pistol under her pillow.


Miss Eve Crenshaw will marry for love or won’t marry at all. When London’s most notorious rakehell breaks into Eve’s bedroom in the dead of night and compromises her beyond repair, she plans a daring elopement that shocks even the earl.


(Blurb from Goodreads)


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