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Centuries of war with aliens threaten the future of human civilization on earth in this gripping, epic science fiction debut…

We never saw them coming.

Entire cities disappeared in the blink of an eye, leaving nothing but dust and rubble. When an alien race came to make Earth theirs, they brought with them a weapon we had no way to fight, a universe-altering force known as thelemity. It seemed nothing could stop it—until we discovered we could wield the power too.

Five hundred years later, the Earth is locked in a grinding war of attrition. The talented few capable of bending thelemity to their will are trained in elite military academies, destined for the front lines. Those who refused to support the war have been exiled to the wilds of a ruined Earth.

But the enemy’s tactics are changing, and Earth’s defenders are about to discover this centuries-old war has only just begun. As a terrible new onslaught looms, heroes will rise from unlikely quarters, and fight back.

J. Patrick Black

J. Patrick Black has worked as a bartender, a small-town lawyer, a homebuilder, and a costumed theme park character, all while living a secret double life as a fiction writer. While fiction is now his profession, he still finds occasion to ply his other trades as well. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts, where he likes to visit the ocean. NINTH CITY BURNING is his first novel. Find out more about J. Patrick Black online at www.jpatrickblack.com

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Excerpt

The Valentine War, Earth 500 Years Ago

It starts with the world how it used to be, with countries and billions of people living everywhere. Back then there was no such thing as thelemity, and people built houses and machines sort of like they have in settlements today, but all of that changed when the Valentines came.

The reason we call them the Valentines is that the day they first attacked, February 14 on the old Western Calendar, was called “Valentine’s Day”. We still don’t know what the Valentines call themselves, because we’ve never been able to talk to them. We don’t even know what they look like. People had all sorts of different names for them early in the war, but “Valentine” is the one that ended up being the most popular. It used to mean something totally different, but not many people remember that now.

We never saw them coming. All at once cities just started disappearing. A city would be there, everything totally normal, and then it would be gone, nothing but rubble and a cloud of dust. By the time we figured out we were under attack, half the cities in the world had already been destroyed. We tried to fight back, but the Valentines had thelemity, and our strongest weapons were next to useless. They probably would have killed every single person on the planet, except for one thing: It turned out we could use thelemity too.

Ninth City Burning will be out for sale on September 6, 2016.

Make sure to keep your eyes out for it.

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Harvest Moon (A New World – 1) by Tonya Coffey

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Seventeen-year-old Jessa lives in the remote mountains of Kentucky and has always found peace in the forest. Close to her eighteenth birthday, her dad buys her a book and things begin to happen. With her dreams leading her, she uncovers a world within her own with Faeries. They look and act like people she grew up with but she quickly finds she is the one who is different. She is the hidden heir to the throne and the Faeries need her to come home and save them from the Trolls.
If it wasn’t difficult enough for Jessa to move to a different world, she has to marry the man who saved her from the Trolls when all she wants to do is run to his best friend, Micha. With so much to worry about, how can she keep the Faery realm from falling into the hands of the evil Trolls and the Ancients?

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My Review

4 stars

Jessa lives with her father where they connect with nature. But she has been plagued with dreams and finds herself meeting a wolf who turns out to be her savior. On Jessa’s eighteenth birthday she learns that she is actually a queen from the Faery realm. From this point forward Jessa is on a break neck pace to learn how to use her power, rule the kingdom, and learn to love her soon to be husband although she finds herself liking his friend too. And if that was not enough then there are the trolls and darkness that are trying to take over. Jessa needs to stop that from happening.

Jessa is a great character. She is not the typical angst filled teen. She has strange dreams that actually lead into a really great ability. Then there is the whole surprise about being queen, here’s your king, and save the kingdom. This happened so fast that I’m impressed that Jessa didn’t freak out sooner for a lot longer.

This is a great story for mid-grade readers and young adults. Although there is romance it is very light and the fighting is pretty mild. It is a wonderful fantasy story and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book Snow Moon.

To purchase Harvest Moon make sure to visit Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

I received Harvest Moon for free from Tonya Coffey in exchange for a honest review.

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Snow Moon (A New World – 2) by Tonya Coffey

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Jessa, the queen of Faeries, finds herself in the midst of disappearances. When she investigates those who have vanished, she discovers a rogue Sylph. He is ridding the realm of the ones he believes are diseased with the help of Trolls.
Together, Micha and Jessa discover their bloodline is more than they thought. They are the descendants of Ancients and Sylphs making them the true Elementals. The very people the Sylph is wanting rid of.

If it wasn’t enough, trying to protect her people, Jessa is forced to let Micha go. She pushes him to go to the Ancients where he will be safe from the Sylph’s wrath.

When Jessa is convicted of meddling in the Sylph’s business, she is sentenced to death. Micha, accepting his new role as the Ancient king, wields their power and frees Jessa from the clutches of the Executioners.
Will Micha and Jessa save the Elementals, and themselves, or will the Sylph take control of the realms?

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My Review

5 stars

Jessa is fitting into her role as Queen of the Faeries. She is even coming around to Micha. It seems that their hidden bloodlines are going to bring change to the kingdom. But when a rouge Sylph joins with a troll and others to keep this from happening, Jessa finds herself in prison being drained of her power and life force. Micha is the only one that can find and save Jessa? Will they be able to join their kingdoms and save everyone?

I really liked how Jessa and Micha are getting along, but clearly not everyone wants this union. Jessa is still stubborn and doing things her way instead of listening to others and finds herself in trouble. But she has a heart of gold and can’t help but do everything she can to save others.

There is lots of action and adventure in this story. There are more prophecies and more happening to the kingdoms than just a union between Jessa and Micha. I love this series and can’t wait for other books from Tonya Coffey.

To purchase Snow Moon make sure to visit Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

I received Snow Moon for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Tonya Coffey

Tonya Coffey

If Tonya isn’t writing or reading, you will find her sitting in front of a canvas painting the landscape around her home. Join Tonya’s mailing list to get exclusive news of the series and new books! Check out her website.

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Synchronicity

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Synchronicity (Scintillate – 3) by Karen Tjebben

(Excerpt from Goodreads) “Hayden is alive.” Those three words hurl Kate and her friends towards a mission unlike any other. While honing Kate’s Asteri powers, Kate and Alex delve deeper into their relationship as they untangle Kate from Sarah’s past. Zoe and Evan are entrusted with the task of destroying a magical ring and finding a cure for a poison that threatens their existence. And Nick is determined to locate and free Hayden from whatever monster imprisons her. Working together, their success will ensure that Hayden will no longer be a ghost sketched on paper, but a woman reborn to thrive in Nick’s arms.

Karen Tjebben

Karen Tjebben lives in central North Carolina with her encouraging and supportive husband, twin daughters, and two hamsters. When her girls left for kindergarten, Karen discovered that she needed to fill her days with something, and that was the beginning of her new career in writing. She loves to create worlds filled with unique creatures that she hopes will delight and raise goose bumps on her readers. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her husband and seeing the world through her daughters’ eyes.

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My Review

5 stars

Things are starting to get worse. After their last fight, Kate and her friends learn that Hayden is still alive and her glow is being kept hidden so Nick and Justin go in search of her. After a demon appears in her house and her father learns about her abilities, Kate and Alex head to the woods to start some serious training. Then it is discovered that the demons are using the fire powder to coat their weapons and there are enough weapons for an army to use. Things are getting tough. Are the friends going to be able to stop the demons?

You would think after the last fight they could catch their breath. But you jump right into the action. Kate is having a hard time adjusting with Sarah’s memories. She also doesn’t know how she feels about Alex although he is happy. I loved watching her get stronger and more confident. Watching Nick go after Hayden gave me the warm fuzzies but discovering all the fire powder weapons and the poor unicorns showed that the upcoming battle was serious.

I love this story. There is lots of action, romance, and beautiful imagery. I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next and yet didn’t want to get to the end of this book. I love this series and can’t wait to read more books from Karen Tjebben.

To purchase Synchronicity make sure to visit Amazon, Goodreads, and Karen Tjebben’s website.

I received Synchronicity for free from Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

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