Announcement/ Cover Reveal!

Hello, Everyone!

As promised today I have an announcement!

I wrote a new romance. It is called, Dragon Alpha. Yes, it is a shifter romance. Yes, this one is more on the erotic side. And yes, I am very excited for all of you to read it!

Here is the current cover:

Dragon Alpha- Cover H- Front

Description: Sure, he had a bit of a biting problem while we were making out, but I was willing to work with that. Or I was, until I got a tail, big teeth, and a roar that would strike fear into any man. Men, it is not okay to turn the girl you are making out with into a dragon. I was pretty sure doping something like that goes without saying. Now my life is out of control including my hormones. Do they not understand that we are mad at this guy they are screaming for? We hate him, and yet we want to lick every part of him. We want him in all of our fantasies and for those fantasies to become our reality. With a sexually charged period coming, they just might get their wish.

 

Tell me what all of you think? I would love some feedback. As always, I would love some beta readers/ book reviewers. If you are interested in this, click HERE to fill out the form.

That is all for today.

Be free and keep reading!

Ta, ta.

At any time if you think, “Hey, Astrid, you should do a post on [fill in the blank].” Send me an email to penname.books@gmail.com or comment below.
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Writing Prompt

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As always, just because this is a blog does not mean that the writing is free game. I own the rights to my writing and to all of my posts. Also, I love reading what all of you write based off the writing prompt. Make sure to tag or email me a link (penname.books@gmail.com) so I can read what you did!

Writing Prompt: This Picture

Thanks to Voyage_of_Roadkill on Reddit for the suggestion.

To avoid any copyright problems, I made a cover using different photo.

“To be a true hero, one must fight and defeat a demon.” Those were the words my father uttered each year at the start of his hero class.
The online course wasn’t worth the cost, but every year he would find twenty-five suckers to pay for it. The old, worn-out man would drone on and on for hours about how to attack the many different demon classifications. Never would any of the students have to practice these teaching, the only had to listen and take notes. Technically, I had taken the class fifty times. Five classes a year since I was five.
Even after hearing my father iterate that you must never lose your weapon and always asses your enemy for a weak spot, I was not prepared for the massive thing in front of me. He terrifying pointy teeth were accentuated by his beady glowing red eyes. The fat flying beat in front of me had no classification that I could think of. His horns had horns. The thick bone-like wings seemed useless, but the air between his feet and ground proved my assessment wrong.
Warmth spread down my legs as I wet myself. The flimsy helmet and shield were going to be useless in this fight. One hit from the figure’s weapon would be my death. Still, I had to try.
“Find the weak spot.” My father’s voice encouraged. He was nowhere around me, save for my mind.
The beast belly was covered in thick skin. To pierce it I would have to aim my small blade at an even smaller target. It was a near impossible feat for my skill level, which was insignificant at best. I continued my search. After searching his body it dawned on me. The only thing I could hope to do was take out his eyes.
Bent at the knees, in a crouch, I waited for my opponent to attack. The dark creature lifted his massive mace-like weapon above his head. He let out a loud deep screech as he arced it towards me. At the last second I jumped and rolled out of the way. Then I headed back to the grounded weapon and jumped on it. Another ferocious roar later, and I was flung back to the ground. My side ached from the force of the demons hit. The shield had come in hand after all. It was dented away from me now and for sure useless. I dropped it to the ground.
“Come at me!” I shouted. This time I knew I needed to be faster. My speed against his strength.
One deep cleansing breath, which stung my side, was all I had to prepare myself to be faster. As before I dodged his weapon, but this time, I was able to jump onto the end of it. I kept my child-sized sword to my side as I ran up the mace handle. When the creatures big, bumpy hands started towards me, I jumped onto his stomach. One hand had the bumpy scales while the other held my sword. I quickly stuck the sword in its sheath. Then I began to climb.
The beast roared and began frantically patting his stomach. Unlike my father’s real students, I physically prepared for this. I may be sixteen, but I had plenty of muscle. It was lean, but somehow I was still strong. I got to his shoulder before he could squash me like a fly. My grip on my sword was quick as I ran and jumped towards his red eyes. The shining globs gazed at me just before the tip of my blade brought black sludge oozing from one. A fast, nimble climb over his smashed and practically non-existent nose got me to his other eye. The dark blood matched the first eye’s.
Something I hadn’t thought of came to me then. Bleeding eyes wasn’t going to kill my opponent. Frozen by what to do next, I missed the gross hand coming at me.
Then I was free falling. Air woodshed out of me as I hit the ground. Pain radiated from every part of my body. I was done for. I had failed.

I told my dad his classes were useless.

 

That is all for today.

Be free and keep reading!

Ta, ta.

At any time if you think, “Hey, Astrid, you should do a post on [fill in the blank].” Send me an email to penname.books@gmail.com or comment below.
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Book Review (The Weight of Lies by Emily Carpenter)

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If you are following me on Instagram, then you knew this book was coming. I will be trying to do this every week. So follow me there to find out what I am reading! Now onto the review!

The Weight of Lies by Emily Carpenter

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Astrid’s Description: Do you understand what is going on? No, because once you make your guess, BAM, a twist comes. You literally have no idea who did what or what was going on until the end. Then it all came together in a mind blowing experience.

 

Yeah, I feel like I am totally on a roll so far this month. Just like last week, this was a great book. I thought I knew who was the killer, but I so did not. My predictions kept needing to change right to the last chapter. It was insane. Seriously, one of the best suspense novels I have recently read.

I enjoyed Emily’s writing style too. The book was well edited and kept moving at a decent pace. There were a couple of times it felt too slow to me, but it didn’t last long.

Oh, wait! There was something that bothered me. Horses aren’t led by a stallion. While there is a ranking stallion in a group, and they do sometimes take charge, it was thought that there was a Lead Mare that was the real one in charge. But a study came out in 2014 that suggests that any member of the herd can move the heard, but that the higher ranking ones are the usually the ones to suggest and execute it. But it also depends on the situation. Anyway, her horse stuff wasn’t totally wrong, but it was off and that always bugs me.

As for the grammar, I mostly listened to the audio book and therefore do not know how it did on that stand point. I did love the lady’s voice for the book though. Freaking great voices for each of the characters.

That is all for today.

Be free and keep reading!

Ta, ta.

At any time if you think, “Hey, Astrid, you should do a post on [fill in the blank].” Send me an email to penname.books@gmail.com or comment below.
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Please Help

Hello, Everyone!

My state is on fire… again. It is too far from us to effect my day-to-day, but they need help. Here is a link to an LA times post that tells you how you can donate time or money to help. Hubbin and I are trying to see if it would be useful for us to drive over there and help out.

Anyway, I hope all of you are safe wherever you are!

Talk to you again on Monday with our book review!

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Questions #3

Hello, Everyone!

I don’t have anything to say today, so let’s just jump into this!

1. Have you ever gotten READER’S block? -A.J.

All the time. I get bored way to fast. Some of you may have noticed that I never finished the review for the Raven Boys series by Maggie Stiefvater. It is not that I hate the series, I was actually enjoying it, but I just went, meh. I have no explanation.

2. What is next? -Alice

Well, I have Samantha Jane Taylor coming out January 12, 2018. After that I have something that I will be announcing next week! After that will be book three for the Recovering series. That will also be announced soon. Basically, I have a lot of stuff lined up, and starting their final editing stages.

3. When are you going to talk about Absinthe? You totally left the readers hanging! – Alice

SORRY! It was not my intention to ever write more for Absinthe, but I quickly saw how that was going to be a problem. So I wrote book two and was getting to the end of the editing stages and realized that it was hardly 20k words. I was not comfortable publishing something so short. So I am holding onto it for now and letting it sit. I have a semi-plan and will be working on it, but I have no time frame for it. Again, I am sorry.

4. Who is your favorite Tumblr writer? -Anonymous

BrynWrites. He give great advice and he seems like a really pleasant person.

5. Where is your favorite place to write? – Terry P.

I am not a fan of writing in public. I have ADD and find that I am too easily distracted in public. So I mostly write at home on my desktop. However, I do have a tablet that I will use when I want to be on the couch or in bed.

 

That is all for today.

Be free and keep reading!

Ta, ta.

At any time if you think, “Hey, Astrid, you should do a post on [fill in the blank].” Send me an email to penname.books@gmail.com or comment below.
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Writing Prompt

Hello, Everyone!

As always, just because this is a blog does not mean that the writing is free game. I own the rights to my writing and to all of my posts. Also, I love reading what all of you write based off the writing prompt. Make sure to tag or email me a link (penname.books@gmail.com) so I can read what you did!

Writing Prompt: Use this as your first sentence-

“Do you remember the first time we met?” He asked.
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Original Photos- Hearts and Love

“Do you remember the first time we met?” He asked.

“Sure do. My sister called to me. You and her were in the living room and I was in my bedroom. I walked in without even acknowledging your existence, I looked at her and said “bad timing, Sarah.” Then I turned and walked out. You must have thought I was a bitch.”

He laughed. “I did not. How about I tell you what happened on my end?”

“Alright, let’s hear it.”

“Sarah had been talking about her super successful writer sister that was coming to live with her. She talked about you non-stop for the two weeks leading up to you actually moving in. When you finally showed up, I felt as if I already knew you. I was nervous as I drove the way to your sister’s. My hands were literally shaking. My clothes were beginning to stick to me uncomfortably because of my sweat.

“Before I got out of my car, I checked my pits thinking I was going to need to change my shirt. Thankfully I had not sweat for that to be needed. My nerves stuck with me as I walked up to the door. I paused with my hand at the doorknob. I had walked into the house a million times, but I did not know if that needed to change with you now being at the house. I went with what was safe and knocked.

“When Sarah answered she chastised me for not walking in. Then laughed when she realized how nervous I was, “It’s not like we are dating.” She pointed out. Though she was right, what she did not realize is that all the talking we had done about you over the years made me feel something for you. I won’t call it love, because it wasn’t that, but it was something strong.

“Then she yelled for you to come join us. That was when I began to dislike my decision to not change my shirt when I had the chance.

“You eventually made it to us. The first thing I did was look at your eyes. The dark brown had a bit of a glistening gold. They were sad. So droopy and glassy as if you had been trying not to cry. I felt sorry for you. I wanted to give you a hug and tell you it would all be okay. But I could not. We were strangers. So instead I let you slip through my fingers. As we ached together and yet totally separate.

“What I am getting at is, I love you. From the moment I met you, I knew I wanted to be with you. I wanted the chance to steal your heart and to cherish it forever. Thank you, for giving me that opportunity.”

“I love my sappy man.” she said as she pulled the hulky guy to her.

“Clare, will you marry me?”

“I already told you to just ask me and that I would.”

A smile played at the corner of his lips as he pulled something from his pocket.

“Clare, I am asking you for real,” he held a simple ring up for her to see.

“Oh,” tears moistened her eyes. “I hadn’t,” her hand wiped indelicately at her cheeks. “Of course, John, of course I will marry you.”

 

That is all for today.

Be free and keep reading!

Ta, ta.

At any time if you think, “Hey, Astrid, you should do a post on [fill in the blank].” Send me an email to penname.books@gmail.com or comment below.
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Book Review (The Roses of May by Dot Hutchison)

Hello, Everyone!

This book has been on my To-Read list since it came out earlier this year. I had forgotten that I downloaded (via Kindle Unlimited) it. When I saw it on my tablet earlier this week, I had to read it. I did a review for book one The Butterfly Garden last year, you can see it HERE.

Now onto the review.

The Roses of May by Dot Hutchison

Roses of May

Astrid’s Description: Stop trying to guess who it is, the list isn’t long, but by God you aren’t going to be able to figure it out until the very end.

This suspense does just that; keeps you on your toes and questioning. You are met with a few lines such as “Those pictures get plastered everywhere because we’re a culture fascinated with crime, because we think the families’ private pain is for public consumption.” It will have you questioning humanity in an instant and reevaluating your life choices. You will also get beautiful descriptions like, “There’s no Bureau requirement, no order, no generally agreed guideline, nothing official that mandates his presence at the funeral of a girl who killed herself because the seams where she broke the first time were too fragile to stitch together a second time.” Those are things you can chew on and feel radiating inside your very soul. If you can’t tell, I freaking love this book.

There are a few things I was not so impressed with, but that was mostly grammar related. Run-on sentences a plenty here. Not everyone finds them distracting, but I do. Other than the occasional missed word, this was well edited and written. I am happy and will be adding the title to my To-Buy list.

That is all for today.

Be free and keep reading!

Ta, ta.

At any time if you think, “Hey, Astrid, you should do a post on [fill in the blank].” Send me an email to penname.books@gmail.com or comment below.
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