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Cogling by Jordan Elizabeth (Review Tour)

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CoglingCover Artist: Mandie Manzano

Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Steampunk, Young Adult
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Release: January 25, 2016
Pages: 270 (eBook)
My Rating: ★★★★★

When fifteen-year-old Edna Mather tears an expensive and unfamiliar pocket watch off her little brother’s neck, he crumbles into a pile of cogs right before her eyes. Horrified, Edna flees for help, but encounters Ike, a thief who attempts to steal the watch before he realizes what it is: a device to power Coglings—clockwork changelings left in place of stolen children who have been forced to work in factories.

Desperate to rescue her brother, Edna sets off across the kingdom to the hags’ swamp, with Ike in tow. There, they learn Coglings are also replacing nobility so the hags can stage a rebellion and rule over humanity. Edna and Ike must stop the revolt, but the populace believes hags are helpful godmothers and healers. No one wants to believe a lowly servant and a thief, especially when Ike has secrets that label them both as traitors.

Together, Edna and Ike must make the kingdom trust them or stop the hags themselves, even if Ike is forced to embrace his dark heritage and Edna must surrender her family.

I adored Edna. Her natural maternal instinct for her brother rivals that of her own mother. She was a mix of tough and naive, which makes a perfect heroine.
Growing up in a Victorian England-esque era, there wasn’t much hope for her other than working as a maid or much, much worse. She was lucky to get in as a maid and provide her brother of employment as well.
Well, at least until she dismisses the sound of twinkling in the night and awakens to an impostor for a brother. One she knows is an impostor as soon as she removes an expensive pocket watch from around Harrison’s neck and he crumbles into a pile of cogs!
Frantic, Edna races off to try to help him until she runs into would-be thief Ike, who recognizes the pocket watch immediately as a device used to power the Hag’s Cogling’s.
Hags are seen as Fairy Godmother’s, so their pleas are pretty much ignored as they battle towards bringing down the Hag’s and their empire.

Ike, now he is the ultimate bad boy. A thief and someone who may or may not have the best intentions at first with Edna. But over time, he reveals his heart and his own secrets. He comes to trust and even love Edna and Harrison.

I knew Jordan Elizabeth had a knack for writing Steampunk and historical stories as soon as I read Escape from Witchwood Hollow. She is truly a phenomenal story weaver and I place her among my favourite authors.

All of the characters were exceptionally well written. Lady Rachel made me want to smack her. The Hag’s were as terrifying as the word “hag” is almost repulsive. However, I would so love to live among the Foxkin’s and have Silver as a pet!

Well done, Ms. Mierek! I look forward to reading and re-reading this novel again!

Cross posted to Good Reads.

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Meet the Author:

Jordan Elizabeth Jordan Elizabeth, formally Jordan Elizabeth Mierek, writes down her nightmares in order to live her dreams. With an eclectic job history of working as a college professor; historic costumed interpreter at Fort Stanwix, Victorian Leisure Fair, and Mayfaire on the Green; office specialist; sales clerk; election inspector; and trainer, she is now diving into the world of author.It happens to be her favorite one.
When she’s not creating art or searching for lost history in the woods, she’s updating her blog, Kissed by Literature. Jordan is the president of the Utica Writers Club and maintains JordanElizabethMierek.com.

She roams Central New York, but she loves to travel. A great deal of time has been spent in a rural town very similar to Arnn, the setting of her novel ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD HOLLOW.

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Curiosity Quills Press (CQ) is a small hybrid publishing company specializing in genre fiction of the highest quality. With 150+ titles in our catalog already and approximately 6 new books coming out each month, there’s never a dull moment at CQ. We work with major retailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Audible to ensure that you, the reader, can find whatever you are looking for at your convenience.
Founded in 2011 by Eugene Teplitsky and Lisa Gus, CQ was initially a resource portal for writing and publishing, created in an effort to help writers, like themselves, survive the publishing industry. After rapid success, CQ morphed into publishing press that over time has solidified its share in the market. Now we spend our days searching for the next great escape!

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Because of You by RaShelle Workman (Review Tour)

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Because of YouCover Artist: The Cover Lure

Genre: Romance, New Adult, Contemporary-Romance
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Release: January 18, 2016
Pages: 226 (ebook)
My Rating: ★★★★★

“There’s a first time for everything… and sometimes that means a first time at a second chance.

It’s been seven years since Maddie Martin’s parents died. Their killer wasn’t just a random stranger, but her best friends’ father. Kyle Hadley. The boy she’s been in love with since she was old enough to understand the emotion, the boy she promised all of her firsts to. Worst of all, Kyle’s father got away with it, and Maddie hasn’t seen Kyle since.

That changes on her first day of college. Seeing Kyle again brings back all of her childhood feelings of friendship and love for him, but it also brings back the anger, sorrow, and pain she’s been trying to bury because of his father.

Kyle Hadley has no idea why Maddie quit talking to him, especially when he needed her most. But he got over it, refusing to waste his life mourning the only girl he ever loved. There are too many women, too much of life to experience to bother thinking about Maddie. Except he does. And when he sees her again, he knows it.

But there are problems beyond Kyle and Maddie and their old feelings. The two of them are in danger and one or both might end up dead.”

**May Contain Spoilers**

Maddie, having found her parents dead and spending the next seven years believing that her best friend Kyle’s father was responsible, is trying to assume a normal life, attending college with a scholarship and enjoy her music.

Kyle tried to move on after Maddie was whisked away by her Aunt and Uncle and had stopped talking to him. He threw himself into his music as his escape and began to enjoy life. That is until he see’s Maddie again and knows that he never stopped loving her.

At first, it seemed like Kyle was going to be the giant jerk that the college rumours had portrayed.
Maddie, being sheltered and naive about the world, is slow to trust Kyle. Although he does win her trust eventually and they begin to explore their renewed feelings.

I also enjoyed that Maddie had found friendship in her roommate. I think, despite having her family and therapist, that she was quite lonely. I think it was also good for Gina, who at first seemed quite wild and free in her affections.

It seems that I was craving a good love story and I am glad to have read this one. Ms. Workman is a wonderful story weaver.
I did feel more for Kyle as he was completely unaware of why Maddie had stopped talking to him. He held on to the hope she would talk to him again for such a long time. All that pain and he suffered in silence, essentially.
I truly enjoy the early connection of young Maddie and young Kyle. It showed how much Kyle valued his friendship with Maddie and how much of a safe haven Maddie was for the young boy.

For them to survive their past resurfacing, together and get through it still. It does give hope to the world for second chances!

Cross posted at Good Reads. 

Where to Buy:
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Meet the Author: 

RaShelle Workman

RaShelle Workman is the author of the popular Blood and Snow series. She loves to reinvent fairy tales readers can sink their teeth into. Her stories include vampires, werewolves, witches, aliens, and creatures of her own creation. Her books: Sleeping Roses, Exiled, Beguiled, and Dovetailed have foreign rights contracts with a Turkish publisher. RaShelle is also one of the co-founders of IndiePUBCon. Currently, she lives in Utah with her husband, three children, and their three dogs.

Visit http://www.rashelleworkman.com to join RaShelle’s EXCLUSIVE mailing list and be entered to win a signed paperback copy of Blood and Snow volumes 1-4 (Special Edition). And be sure to like her Facebook page for all the latest news: Facebook

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Curiosity Quills Press (CQ) is a small hybrid publishing company specializing in genre fiction of the highest quality. With 150+ titles in our catalog already and approximately 6 new books coming out each month, there’s never a dull moment at CQ. We work with major retailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Audible to ensure that you, the reader, can find whatever you are looking for at your convenience.
Founded in 2011 by Eugene Teplitsky and Lisa Gus, CQ was initially a resource portal for writing and publishing, created in an effort to help writers, like themselves, survive the publishing industry. After rapid success, CQ morphed into publishing press that over time has solidified its share in the market. Now we spend our days searching for the next great escape!

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Deadly Dance by Eliza Tilton

Cover Artist: Eugene Teplitsky

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Release: December 10, 2015
Pages: 48 (ebook)
My Rating: ★★★★

“Talk of war has reached Lakewood and Derrick is busy day and night crafting weapons and armor for his father, which keeps him from thinking of Jeslyn and how she left. When Lucy shows up at his shop, smirking, and talking about Jeslyn’s mysterious disappearance, he’s ready to slice off her head; instead, he decides to see if her claims about Jeslyn and Lucino vanishing together are true.

As Derrick and Lucy embark on a hunt to find Jeslyn and Lucino, their hatred will turn into mutual acceptance as the trail will lead them into Nomad’s land and straight into war.

DEADLY DANCE is a novelette that takes place between Book 2 & Book 3 of The Daath Chronicles”
Deadly Dance by Eliza Tilton Good Reads

**May Contain Spoilers**

I received this book from Curiosity Quills Press in exchange for an honest review.

If anyone was wondering how Derrick was coping and where Lucy went after attacking Avikar and Raven while they were protected by the Order? Well, this novellette will give you a good idea.

Derrick keeps himself busy crafting armor and weapons after news of war has reached Lakewood. Trying to keep his thoughts from Jeslyn and her leaving to Luna Harbour. When Lucy shows up at his shop, looking for his help in finding Jeslyn and Lucino, who have vanished.

Honestly, I always knew Lucy was awesome but this confirms it! She’s ballsy and quick witted. She’s kind of the heroine we’re used to expecting in young adult novels. She clearly cares enough for her sibiling to ask for Derrick’s help. Maybe her concern isn’t as great for Jeslyn, but then again why bring Derrick?

This novellette answers a lot of questions of what happened to the other characters from the main novel.

Lucy and Derrick adventure to Luna Harbour and find out that Jeslyn’s grandfather had been kidnapped by mercenaries of the Nomad King and set out on their own adventure to rescue the elderly man and Jeslyn and Lucino.
It’s Lucy’s quick-wit and balls of steel that keeps herself and Derrick from being captured by the Nomad King and helps them to free Jeslyn’s grandfather.

I look forward to seeing where Lucy and Derrick go next, especially as Lucy did try to kill Derrick a couple of times now.

Will be cross posted at Good Reads.

Meet the Author:
Eliza Tilton
Eliza graduated from Dowling College with a BS in Visual Communications. When she’s not arguing with excel at her day job, or playing Dragon Age 2, again, she’s writing. Her stories hold a bit of the fantastical and there’s always a romance. She resides on Long Island with her husband, two kids and one very snuggly pit bull.
Eliza Tilton Website

Where to Buy:
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Wicked Path by Eliza Tilton

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Release: October 6, 2014
Pages: 287 (ebook)
My Rating: ★★★★★

“In Wicked Path: Book Two of the Daath Chronicles brother and sister are forced to opposite sides of Tarrtainya on a fast-paced adventure where the wildlife isn’t the only thing trying to kill them.

Three months have passed since Avikar defeated the Reptilian Prince, and he still can’t remember his battle with Lucino. On the hunt for answers, he returns to the scene of the fight and discovers a strange connection between his family’s dagger and the mysterious kingdom of Daath, and it seems only his distant father can reveal the truth behind it all.

Before Avikar can travel back home, Lucy assaults him in the market and forces him to flee to Nod Mountains—a place few dare to enter, and even less return from. With Raven and her childhood friend by his side, they must survive the treacherous journey through the pass with a vengeful Lucy hunting them. If they don’t, they’ll never see home again.

Jeslyn’s new life in Luna Harbor is the perfect remedy for her confused and broken heart. But when a group of mercenaries kidnap her beloved Grandfather, interrupting her daily routine as his jewelry apprentice, she’s forced to join forces with the one person from her past she tried to forget.

And his assistance comes with a price.”
Wicked Path by Eliza Tilton (Good Reads)

**May Contain Spoilers**

I received this free copy from Curiosity Quills Press in exchange for an honest review.

So three months have passed now since Lucino was defeated by Avikar. Derrick and Jeslyn returned home while Avikar stayed behind in Daath with his new love Raven. But that wasn’t the only reason, as he stayed to try to remember battling the Reptilian Prince.
I didn’t connect as well with Avikar in the last book but he seemed a little more focused this book. He has lost some of his self-imposed guilt, having been able to rescue his sister as was planned.

I was shocked to find that Jeslyn had not married Derrick and had left home again. She moved to live with her grandfather in Luna Harbour and was learning to make jewelry, and trying to forget the boy/reptilian shape-shifter.

Lucy makes her presence known as well, to Avikar and Raven. Avikar decides it’s time to leave but Raven’s childhood best friend, aptly nicknamed “Blond Boy” (yeah this is because I can’t remember the guy’s name, it works! Ha ha!) encouraged Raven and Avikar to follow him up into the Mountains.
I enjoyed this part of the journey because I’m an avid Guild Wars 2 player, and damn ice spiders!

Jeslyn’s grandfather is kidnapped by mercenaries and at this time Lucino makes his presence known. Somewhat. He does take someone else’s shape and applies it to his own. However, Jeslyn is wise enough to figure out that Edward is actually Lucino. Despite knowing Lucino is a snake and is often out for his own ends, she needs his help to rescue her grandfather. So they team up together and set off to the Nomad King’s area to try to get him back. Their adventure turns into a rather grand one of sorts and begins to bring out “all the feels” for both parties.
It makes you want to try to trust Lucino, just a bit.

Eliza Tilton is a phenomenal story-weaver. The land of Tarrtainya is captivating and the characters continue to pull you in. I’m enjoying seeing Jeslyn blossom into a stronger woman, Avikar is definitely going to have to learn some humility some day.
I’m really glad that this book didn’t suffer from “Second Book Syndrome”. In fact, it’s another second novel where it’s better than the first. Which means, the best is yet to come!

I am more keen on the Lucino/Jeslyn scenario, because I feel that she and him have a long and interesting road ahead of them. Lucino tries to stay with his father’s path but his human side is trying to win out as well and Jeslyn is about to get a lesson in the shape-shifting world of Mirth.

I’m enjoying this journey for sure!

Will be cross posted on Good Reads.

Meet the Author:
Eliza Tilton 
Eliza graduated from Dowling College with a BS in Visual Communications. When she’s not arguing with excel at her day job, or playing Dragon Age 2, again, she’s writing. Her stories hold a bit of the fantastical and there’s always a romance. She resides on Long Island with her husband, two kids and one very snuggly pit bull.
Eliza Tilton website

Where to Buy:
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Broken Forest by Eliza Tilton

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Release: May 1, 2013
Page: 241 (ebook)
My Rating: ★★★★☆

“Hopeless he’ll never be more than the boy who didn’t save his brother, 17-year-old Avikar accepts his life as the family stable boy, trying to forget the past. But when his sister, Jeslyn, is kidnapped, the thought of losing another sibling catapults him on a desperate quest. With his best friend by his side, and using the tracking skills he learned from his father, he discovers Jeslyn has been taken, kidnapped by one Lucino, the young lord of Daath, a mystical place thought only to exist in fables.

And Lucino has plans for Jeslyn.

His shape-shifting brethren feed off the auras of humans, and Jeslyn’s golden hue is exactly what Lucino needs to increase his power. The longer it takes Avikar to reach her, the more entranced she becomes with Lucino’s world, and the harder it will be for Avikar to set her free.

He failed his family once. He won’t fail again.”
Broken Forest by Eliza Tilton (Good Reads)

**May contain spoilers**

I received this book by Curiosity Quills Press in exchange for an honest review.

At first, I struggled to get into this book; it was slow to pick up. I wasn’t even sure I was going to enjoy the book but I was determined to try. I was glad my reluctance to give up on any book was strong enough and well rewarded.

I must applaud Ms. Tilton, because one thing I know is very difficult to write in is separate point of views. Especially when you add a third point of view into the mix. Bravo for her going to that length and succeeding at it! I enjoyed the switch between each character.

We start the book with Avikar, who seems to lead the book a bit. He’s a typical teenage boy, feeling trapped by his parent’s expectations of him and by his own self-imposed guilt of losing his brother to a tragedy.
Jeslyn is Avikar’s sister and the second POV voice in this book. Since the tragedy, she and Avikar have grown apart. Jeslyn seems like the typical, normal teenage girl of her time. Caring for the youngest siblings and planning her future with her beau (who happens to be Avikar’s best friend Derrick). That is until she is kidnapped by strangers.
When Avikar learns of this, he rushes off with Derrick, determined to rescue her and to not fail his family again. It’s too bad his family didn’t share in their grief and help him to see that the loss of his sibling was an accident.

With Jeslyn’s capture, we then meet the third point of view, Lucino and the seemingly mythological city of Daath. Lucino is the reason that Jeslyn and Avikar believed Daath to be a myth.
Lucino is a right creep. Even without knowing about his shape-shifting ability, he’s a snake. He kidnaps pretty girls from all over, looking for a specific golden aura that his species feeds off of and Jeslyn happens to be one of those.
It seemed that Jeslyn was naive and immature in her dealing with Lucino, but Lucino applied all the typical tricks to convince someone who is vulnerable that they’re not wanted by anyone but them. Lucino is also not typical of Jeslyn’s world, so she wouldn’t know what kind of monster really lurked beneath the surface.

However, I had a bit of a love/hate relationship going on for Lucino. I loathed him for keeping Jeslyn from her family but loved him a bit when he started to show his humanity towards Jeslyn.

It will be interesting to see where Jeslyn and Avikar go from here. Will Jeslyn go home and marry Derrick, start her life or has Lucino changed her for life? What of Lucy? Was Lucino strong enough to survive his execution? Ahh answers!

Will be cross posted at Good Reads.

Meet the Author:

Eliza Tilton Eliza graduated from Dowling College with a BS in Visual Communications. When she’s not arguing with excel at her day job, or playing Dragon Age 2, again, she’s writing. Her stories hold a bit of the fantastical and there’s always a romance. She resides on Long Island with her husband, two kids and one very snuggly pit bull.
Eliza Tilton Website

Where to Buy:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Book Depository
Indie Bound