Book Review – Dark Tempest by Annette Marie

Book review time! Just so you know, I don’t generally give long, complex reviews so don’t expect something with lots of big, literary words. I’m all about keeping it simple.

Dark Tempest (Red Winter Trilogy Book Two) by Annette Marie

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Oh my holy freaking cow!! I am so in love with this series! Some twists that happened weren’t surprising for me because they had been in the back of my mind the whole time in that “Wouldn’t it be cool if…” kind of way. And then BOOM! I was right and it makes me so happy. ^_^ lol

Once again Annette Marie has woven an exciting, fun tale following Emi’s journey. She was given a mission from Amaterasu at the end of book 1 and now journeys to see it through. I giggled and laughed, held my breath, felt excitement and worry and frustration and, of course, sadness. I’m definitely emotionally attached to these characters.

Annette Marie changes relationships so gradually that I hardly know it’s happening until it’s commented on by one of the characters and then I’m right alongside Emi in her realization that it’s true. Just like real life when things change so gradually we don’t realize they’ve changed until it’s pointed out to us and we take a step back and go “Oh!”

Her take on the mythological details and how they might look/act/etc is so creative! Quite ingenuous in my mind. I’m right there along with everyone else waiting with bated breath for the 3rd book.

I’m just going to add in one last thing that has nothing to do with the book content…OMG! Look at that COVER! It is GORGEOUS!!! When I get my covers redone some day, I want mine to look as freaking awesome as hers do. I’m in love with them!

This author is quickly becoming my author idol. Seriously. An indie author who’s doing a fantabulous job. Definitely my idol. I know who I wanna be when I grow up! wink face tongue

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Psyche – FREE Book!

As a reminder, in honor of Valentine’s Day (which was yesterday, I know, but as I said, this is a reminder), I’m giving away my newest release Psyche (Myths of Olympus Book 1) for FREE on Amazon! Get it now while it’s still on sale because after the 17th, it’ll go back to $0.99 (I know, real bank breaker).

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Psyche is a retelling of the Greek myth of Psyche and Eros (some would argue it’s Roman but I believe it’s interchangeable and I prefer the Greek names so…).

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Psyche is a beautiful maiden reaching the end of her cultural prime. She is flattered and worshiped by men everywhere, but has never received an offer of marriage and despairs she ever will.

Eros is the god of love. He lives to inspire love between mortals and give them their “happily ever afters” but has yet to find his own goddess with whom he can share eternity.

Aphrodite, the goddess of love and Eros’ mother, is jealous of Psyche’s beauty and the love she inspires in mortal men. For this reason, she sends Eros to punish Psyche by making her fall in love with a hideous beast. When Eros sees her, however, he falls in love and risks his mother’s wrath by taking the mortal for his wife.

When a foolish act of doubt separates them, Psyche must gather her courage and find strength to fight for their love and reunite them once more.

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If you do decide to get it and read it, I would greatly appreciate a review. Pretty please! It’s my bread and butter!

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Weekend Writing Warriors 11 – Psyche

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Weekend Writing Warriors / #8sunday / 02/12/17

If you want to read other writer’s work, meet those writers, or participate yourself, stop on by Weekend Writing Warriors. Every week writers get together here to share their work, published or unpublished.

My 8-sentence excerpt this week is from my newest release – Psyche. It’s the first novella in the Myths of Olympus series.

——– Psyche ——–

“Surely you will not deny that your presence there would attract more men to her worship.  What goddess would refuse such an offering as that?”

“And if the men come to place their worship at my feet instead of hers?  What then?”

“Then they are fools and she will curse them.”

Psyche sighed and bent over to rest her head on her mother’s knees.  “I feel she has cursed me in their place,” she admitted. … “What have I done to anger Aphrodite so that she would deny me love?”

——– End of snippet ——–

psyche-1Psyche is a beautiful maiden reaching the end of her cultural prime. She is flattered and worshiped by men everywhere, but has never received an offer of marriage and despairs she ever will.

Eros is the god of love. He lives to inspire love between mortals and give them their “happily ever afters” but has yet to find his own goddess with whom he can share eternity.

Aphrodite, the goddess of love and Eros’ mother, is jealous of Psyche’s beauty and the love she inspires in mortal men. For this reason, she sends Eros to punish Psyche by making her fall in love with a hideous beast. When Eros sees her, however, he falls in love and risks his mother’s wrath by taking the mortal for his wife.

When a foolish act of doubt separates them, Psyche must gather her courage and find strength to fight for their love and reunite them once more.

Psyche (Book 1 of Myths of Olympus) by Kathryn St. John is available for $0.99 on Amazon as an ebook.

*** HOWEVER!!! All through the week of Valentine’s Day (Feb 13 – 17), Psyche will be FREE to download on Amazon!! It’s all in the name of love. You’re welcome! ***

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And if you’re interested in more writing groups, there’s Snippet Sunday on FB. Go check them out to discover more authors!

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Weekend Writing Warriors 10 – Psyche

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Weekend Writing Warriors | #8Sunday | 2/5/17

If you want to read other writer’s work, meet those writers, or participate yourself, stop on by Weekend Writing Warriors. Every week writers get together here to share their work, published or unpublished.

My 8-sentence excerpt this week is from my newest release – Psyche. It’s the first novella in the Myths of Olympus series.

——– Psyche ——–

“Sir, it is not proper,” she protested in a gentle voice, her eyes cast down and away as was expected of her.  “If you would speak to my father….”

She let the sentence die away unfinished, knowing he wouldn’t act on the suggestion.  He was not yet a man to look for a wife and she would no longer waste her time catering to his infantile delusions.

He stood, his body awkward with his sudden luck at having touched her skin.  Psyche noticed the bulge under his tunic a moment before he did and averted her eyes, determined not to look at him again. He saw her reaction and felt the difference in his body, had the grace to blush.  Clasping his hands in front of him and hunching over to hide his disgrace, he pretended to give the requisite bow and save his dignity.

——– End of snippet ——–

psyche-1This snippet happens early on in Psyche as we’re being introduced to her and her situation. This boy-who-would-be-a-man triggers the events to come as Aphrodite happens to catch a word or two…or sentence…at the time of his speaking before he touches Psyche’s hand. Needless to say, this does not make her happy.

Psyche is a beautiful maiden reaching the end of her cultural prime. She is flattered and worshiped by men everywhere, but has never received an offer of marriage and despairs she ever will.

Eros is the god of love. He lives to inspire love between mortals and give them their “happily ever afters” but has yet to find his own goddess with whom he can share eternity.

Aphrodite, the goddess of love and Eros’ mother, is jealous of Psyche’s beauty and the love she inspires in mortal men. For this reason, she sends Eros to punish Psyche by making her fall in love with a hideous beast. When Eros sees her, however, he falls in love and risks his mother’s wrath by taking the mortal for his wife.

When a foolish act of doubt separates them, Psyche must gather her courage and find strength to fight for their love and reunite them once more.

If you haven’t figured it out already, this book is my version of the ancient Greek myth of the love between Psyche and Eros (or Cupid for all the Roman mythology people out there. Actually, I want to call this a Roman myth as it came from a Roman story but it seems a Roman told a Greek story and it can be interchangeable (if you adjust the names of course).

Just so everyone knows, Psyche (Myths of Olympus Book 1) by Kathryn St. John is available as an ebook on Amazon for $0.99. Happy Reading!

And if you’re interested in more writing groups, I recently discovered Snippet Sunday on FB. Go check them out to discover more authors!

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Book Review – Red Winter by Annette Marie

I just finished reading Red Winter by Annette Marie and I’m in love!

red-winterSo far when I’ve read fiction (fantasy, horror, general fiction) books set in Japan, they fall into two categories: 1) fan fiction full of anime stuff, or 2) know-it-all’s who want to shove how much they know about Japan in your face and down your throat. Neither are fun to read. My sister lent me this book telling me how great it was but my expectations were not high because of the past experiences that I just glossed over.

However, I was BLOWN AWAY by this book!! It was AMAZING!!! I was handed so much cultural insight in a way that was interesting, polite and in a way that fit with the story and the characters rather than feeling like the author was boasting, “I know more than you. Look. See? I’m so awesome and cultural.”

The story was smooth without having annoying hiccups in the characters that seem to be placed in them in order to make the story longer and create more difficulties for the characters to overcome. In other words, Emi’s sensible and reacts as anyone would in her situation. She doesn’t do stupid things for no good reason. She doesn’t keep secrets that create tension and relationship difficulties. Her secrets are good to keep and she keeps them from the right people for the right amount of time.

The storyline is fascinating. All we’re given about the Kunitsukami and the Amatsukami is so interesting and full of detail without being overwhelming or intellectually dry. The yokai are awesome too! So full of personality and life and yet the author wrote them so well that you can’t confuse them for humans. I don’t mean how they look because it’s pretty obvious they don’t look human despite having humanoid bodies at times. I mean, they’re personalities. They’re so devoid of humanity. I couldn’t say Yumei was cruel or kind because it seemed to me that the yokai (all the different kinds of mythological entities in fact) were above our human qualities. Even Shiro at times.

Oh my goodness. Shiro. Don’t even get me started on that flaming hot kitsune. HOT DAMN! Jeez.

The story itself is well-told and super fun to read. It had me on tenterhooks more than once and I kept not wanting to go to bed because I just wanted to keep reading. I usually read while I ride bikes or walk on treadmills at the gym and every time I ended up going for way longer than I intended because I’d get so caught up in this book. The machines would actually turn off due to the time limit because I’d be swept away in Emi’s world of Japanese mythology.

OMG! And can I just mention that cover? The artwork is incredible!!

One last thing, the pictures scattered throughout the book are beautiful! They’re manga/anime-ish but don’t let that fool you into thinking you’re reading manga if you don’t like manga. This is a good, solid book that focuses on Japanese mythology. Any mythology fan will find this a good read. I can’t wait to read the second book!! ❤ 😀

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Psyche – a Myths of Olympus novella – RELEASED!

My newest novella, Psyche, is now available on Amazon for 99 cents!! I’m so excited about this because it was so fun to write and, not so very deep down, I’m a sucker for romance. This novella tells the Greek myth of Psyche and Eros.

Love isn’t always easy. Life doesn’t fall into place to suit your love. Sometimes you meet someone and fall in love and nothing stands in the way so you get married (if you want to). Other times, you love someone whom you can’t marry for whatever reason. Perhaps it’s a cultural thing, perhaps it’s a job thing, perhaps it’s a location thing. Whatever the reason, you can’t stay with the person you care about so you part ways never to see the other person again. Your lives are too different.

Other times, you’ve somehow incurred the wrath of a goddess and, well, you’re screwed.

psyche-1Psyche is a beautiful maiden reaching the end of her cultural prime. She is flattered and worshiped by men everywhere, but has never received an offer of marriage and despairs she ever will.

Eros is the god of love. He lives to inspire love between mortals and give them their “happily ever afters” but has yet to find his own goddess with whom he can share eternity.

Aphrodite, the goddess of love and Eros’ mother, is jealous of Psyche’s beauty and the love she inspires in mortal men. For this reason, she sends Eros to punish Psyche by making her fall in love with a hideous beast. When Eros sees her, however, he falls in love and risks his mother’s wrath by taking the mortal for his wife.

When a foolish act of doubt separates them, Psyche must gather her courage and find strength to fight for their love and reunite them once more.

This standalone novella is the first book in the Myths of Olympus series. Be forewarned that it is not suitable for people under 18 due to a sex scene (it is touching on the Romance genre after all).

Psyche by Kathryn St. John is currently available on Amazon for 99 cents ($0.99).

Reviews are GREATLY appreciated!!

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Psyche – Coming February

Editing is almost done. It’s pretty easy with this story considering I knew exactly what I wanted to write. Of course, tweaking is always necessary to get rid of superfluous sentences, correct inconsistencies, and fix typos. That doesn’t take all that long though so 2 days into editing and I’m already over halfway. Yay! My goal is to be finished by Friday and publish on February 1st.

Yep!

Psyche will be released February 1st, 2017!

Yay! Cheers all around!

Here’s the cover:

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It hasn’t changed much from when I introduced it as a cover choice before. I liked it quite a bit already and only changed the size of the font and the placement of my name/series title.

Again, I can’t take credit for the picture. It came from Comfreak on Pixabay.com. Check out his page if you’re interested in seeing more of his work. He has some awesome graphics!

Be sure to pick up your copy of Psyche when it comes out February 1st! It’ll be selling for $0.99. Just 99 cents.

Psyche by Kathryn St. John.

February 1st, 2017.

$0.99.

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