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Something Borrowed By Emily Griffin Review

Something Borrowed

By Emily Griffin

Rachel has spent her entire life catering to Darcy’s needs, and always coming in second to the high strung and gorgeous Darcy. Then on Rachel’s thirtieth birthday she drinks a bit too much and finds herself in bed with Darcy’s fiancé. Rachel knows it is wrong but soon she can’t help the feelings that have grown inside of her as she realizes she loves Dex.


For the first time someone has taken the “other woman’s” side and though it may be an interesting perspective she is still the other woman, and with that comes the stigma of “she is such an idiot.” Emily Griffin manages to create such an unlikable character in Darcy you can’t help but side with Rachel no matter how hard you try, and just when you start to sympathize with Darcy and think Rachel is indeed a bad person she pulls something out of her sleeve that will make you rethink taking Darcy’s side to begin with. This wasn’t a bad book, it was certainly well written, I think this is one of those books that will be torn between sections you will either love it or hate it no middle ground.

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Interview with Author Rachel Hunter

Hey guys! I would like to thank Rachel Hunter for a wonderful Interview and I hope you all enjoy! 😀 

Author Bio: Born in 1993, Rachel Hunter has always been fascinated with words and the intricate way in which they combine. Since a child, she has been an avid writer, winding vibrant tales and elaborate stanzas on folded bits of paper.

As the years passed, her love of words never died; her adoration for reading fared no equal. Always with her nose in a book, Rachel took fondly to works spanning all genres. Yet it was the compelling grasp of fantasy and science fiction that wrenched her fascination above all.

In March of 2012, Rachel published her first short story with Trestle Press, titled, “Perfect Nothing”, which recounted her harrowing relationship with an eating disorder and was also fueled by her passion for psychology. But her writing does not end there. While currently pursuing a degree in psychology and in the medical field at the University of Oklahoma, she aspires also to illuminate the creative spark of eager readers. In her desire to incite intrigue, she is simultaneously exploring new worlds and creating vast empires of her own. “Empyreal Fate” is only the first in her Llathalan Annal series. Indeed, it is only the beginning.

Q: How did you come up with Llathala, is it something you envisioned of your own creation or did something inspire you?

A: I’ve been inspired by many stories I’ve read in the past; but, honestly, Llathala just sort of came to me. Actually, one of my main characters – Amarya – came to me first. And then the land materialized around her. I think she whispered about it in my ear and described it for me herself. I had only to listen – and understand.

Q: With such unusual names for your characters and even for the places, how do you come up with what to call them in the first place?

A: Titles, as well as names, seem to come easily for me. Again, it’s almost as if the characters choose their names for themselves. I simply create their personalities, morals, and heritage. They do the rest.

One name that I was always sure I’d include in a novel someday was Nevaeyeh. I hope that – if I ever have a child in the future and she is female – to call her that. I find it to be a beautiful name. And it works well for the being in my story. (Watch out for her. She’s more than she seems.)

Q: I know an author falls in love with their main characters, so one of my favorite questions to ask is which of the side characters did you enjoy the most?

A: So far, I’ve enjoyed writing Pin the most. Pin – short for Pinoque – is a creature I made up, called a Cauychin. He’s a rascally beast, cat-like almost. He is quite the witty creature, and he always insists on wearing a funny hat with a thick plume. Oh, yes, one cannot forget: he is also friend to the elves (Amarya in particular. She is the elf featured on the cover of Empyreal Fate).

Q: In your bio it says you are pursuing a degree in psychology and in the medical field at the University of Oklahoma; do any of your studies play a part in your writing of Empyreal Fate?

A: Indeed! I enjoy implementing my knowledge of psychology and personality into my characters and their environment. I am quite the ‘people-watcher’, so I’ve much to relate between characters in my fictional world and figures in the real world. Besides, I’ve incorporated various motifs in Empyreal Fate that reflect a few of my ideals. Such can be related to my own psychological insight.

Q: You are published through Hydra Publications. What made you decide on that publishing house versus self-publication or other publishing houses?

A: I wanted to go with a publisher that was willing to aid its authors with marketing, editing, and the entire publishing gig – one that was more like a writing family: supportive and ever-helpful. Thus, after several hours of research, I submitted a few query letters out to relevant publishers and was even asked to send more info to some. In the end, I received offers for two contracts – and during the same week! I chose Hydra in the end, for they dealt solely with speculative fiction genres, and their house was growing – indicating positive relationships between publisher and authors. I made the right decision. I couldn’t be happier.

Q: Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring authors?

A:  I say this to everyone – not just writers – but as far as advice…. READ. Seriously. And write to your heart’s content. It doesn’t have to make sense at all (in fact, the more nonsensical, the better). But the Muse must come out somehow; it must be beckoned and tamed, and then it must be heeded and groomed. But without the “experience” of literature under one’s belt – from reading, writing, and even research – the craft of writing will fall in shadow. At least – I find that immersing myself in words helps spark the creative flair. It gets the cogs turning, at the least.

Q: Empyreal Fate is book one of the Llathalan Annals, could you give us a hint as to what we might expect from the next book?

A: I’ve actually written the entire series, and there are five books total. However, the other four are only rough drafts, and I’ve yet to go back through them for heavy edits and rewrites. So in the end, the Llathalan Annal may end up with more – or even fewer – sequels. It all depends on whether I want to rewrite the other four books and incorporate new ideas – or whether the Muse wants to guide me with something different. We’ll see… But my only ‘hint’, if you wish to call it such, is that the world will indeed return. Part Two will be upon us soon. Are you ready?

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A Different Kind of Forever by Dee Ernst Review

A Different Kind of Forever

By Dee Ernst


Diane is on the verge of pulling her hair out as her teenage daughters have been obsessing over a radio give away for free tickets to the concert of NinetySeven, the famous boy band who are scheduled to end their tour in their home town. Soon Diane becomes the coolest mom ever to live as she runs into Michael Carlucci the songwriter and gorgeous youngest member of NinetySeven when Diane is taking a much needed lunch break and his dog comes bounding at her intent on her sandwich to make up for the commotion he offers her tickets to the concert for her daughters and their friends. Soon after this chance meeting Diane and Michael grow close but since Diane is twenty years older than Michael she decides to just go with it and have fun but when she begins to have feelings for him will she be able to overcome her insecurities or will she end up going back to an old flame who comes back into her life.


This was such a beautiful romance, even though I am still in my twenties through Dee Ernst’s fantastic writing I was right there with Diane as she fell in love and I could feel her anxiety at being older than Michael, this to me is the mark of a brilliant writer. When the author introduces an old flame there truly is a point where you wonder who she will end up choosing and you even begin to root for the other guy even though Michael is a heart throb character. This was definitely a remarkable romance a much different than anything out there.


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The Gatekeeper by Jason D. Morrow Review

The Gatekeeper

Book Two of The Marenon Chronicles

By Jason D. Morrow


We return to Marenon in the midst of the war between the Stuhocs and the citizens of Marenon. Silas Ainsley is searching for the gatekeeper in hopes of finding out more of the prophecy that has led to him being the chosen one and find out what exactly he is supposed to be the deliverer of. While this is happening Nalani, a member of the Dunarians, is trying to retrieve the orange pendant from the Nestorians and newly appointed King Jullian Hobbes investigates the corruption within the Dunarians. With all that is happening each character goes through their own individual struggles some more so than others but in the end will what they face bring them any closer to being able to defeat the Stuhocs once and for all?


So much happened in this book I don’t think I did it justice in my brief synopsis. In this book we travel to new places within Marenon and we watch as Silas falls in love, insert girly sigh here. This was definitely a great continuation of the previous book but if you haven’t read the first one you may want to go back and familiarize yourself with the players thus far, the story is very intricate and so far has been a fantastic fantasy series. I loved the progression of Jullian after the death of his brother in the last book I honestly didn’t expect what happened to him and I found it quite entertaining to read, of course I can’t tell you more than that otherwise it would spoil it so I suggest you read it and find out!


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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson Review

The Girl With the Dragon TattooThe Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)

Millennium Trilogy Book One

By Stieg Larsson

 Mikael Blomkvist was a respected financial journalist but after being found liable by the courts is now a pariah in his field with no idea what he will do with his future he is suprised by an offer to ghost write a memoir of the Vanger family and find out what happened to Harriet Vanger in 1966. When he hits a wall with his research he enlists the help of Lisbeth Salander to research possible connections to Harriet’s disappearance what they come across is far more sinister and intriguing than just the disappearance of one girl.

Let me start with the fact that I have never read this book nor seen the movie, that being said though this is an interesting read it is very predictable. From the very beginning I knew what had happened but this also gave me the chance to say “Ha! I knew it!” The story is quite enthralling though and there are several aspects that leave you guessing which make up for the fact that the main plot is so easily figured out. The romance in this novel is subtle and beautiful, I didn’t care much for Mikael’s character he seemed like a womanizer but Salandar is a remarkable character with several depths and such a strong character you cannot help but like her. The only other problem I found with this book is that it is rather slow, the first half of the book is all build up with very little action or even events taking place but if you can make it through this it turns out to be interesting and is well worth the read.

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