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Ashes of Glass is on Book Sirens!

I am so thankful that Book Siren s has approved Ashes of Glass! If you’re interested in snagging a copy, just follow this link: Ashes of Glass on Book Sirens.

A servant struggling to survive.
A prince becoming a leader.
A snake seeking power.

Arella Marceau, once the daughter of a wealthy merchant, finds herself diminished to a lowly servant who must obey the every whim of her stepmother. Then she meets Freddie who is handsome, kind, strong, and of course, very charming. They spend an afternoon together, exploring ruins, becoming lost in the forest, and dealing with gypsies and Arella begins to fall for the young man. When a mysterious debt arises, it inevitably tears Arella away from what she thought might have been a shred of happiness.

Arella accepts her dismal fate, but working as a scullery maid at the palace is a tumultuous task. For it is soon revealed to her that Freddie is Prince Friederic, heir to the throne of Ormandy. Even though discovery would mean life-shattering consequences, Freddie and Arella defy social expectations and meet in the safety of a secret garden. To complicate things further, Arella’s creditor seems to be frighteningly fascinated with her, as well as with the monarchy. What kind of secrets does he keep behind his black eyes?

As Arella’s life spins out of control, she must hold to her love for Freddie and to her belief that God has a perfect plan.

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Ashes of Glass Revamped

So I have a confession to make… You know that book I wrote? The Cinderella retelling? Well, I’ve been avoiding it. I’ve been telling myself that I need to revisit it and do some editing and whatnot, but I was afraid I’d be disappointed (and maybe a little embarrassed) with it since it was my first attempt at self-publishing. I was wrong. I was actually pleasantly surprised.

I read through the whole book and made some formatting adjustments and fixed some grammar issues. I also tweaked some things that were not explained well or worded awkwardly. All in all, I’m happy with the final result. I mean, obviously, it’s not going to be a book for everyone. I’d say it’s for people who love a clean, sweet, and faith-based fairytale retelling.

If you’re thinking that maybe you’d like to give it a read, but you’re not sure you want to actually buy it, never fear! It is coming soon to Book Sirens (YAY! *does a happy dance*). I’ve uploaded the files and now I’m just waiting for final approval. So keep your eyes peeled for an update. I will be posting about it as soon it’s official. Till then, add it to your Goodreads bookshelves.

Ashes of Glass on Goodreads

Ashes of Glass on Amazon

Back cover blurb:

A servant struggling to survive.
A prince becoming a leader.
A snake seeking power.

Arella Marceau, once the daughter of a wealthy merchant, finds herself diminished to a lowly servant who must obey the every whim of her stepmother. Then she meets Freddie who is handsome, kind, strong, and of course, very charming. They spend an afternoon together, exploring ruins, becoming lost in the forest, and dealing with gypsies and Arella begins to fall for the young man. When a mysterious debt arises, it inevitably tears Arella away from what she thought might have been a shred of happiness.

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Arella accepts her dismal fate, but working as a scullery maid at the palace is a tumultuous task. For it is soon revealed to her that Freddie is Prince Friederic, heir to the throne of Ormandy. Even though discovery would mean life-shattering consequences, Freddie and Arella defy social expectations and meet in the safety of a secret garden. To complicate things further, Arella’s creditor seems to be frighteningly fascinated with her, as well as with the monarchy. What kind of secrets does he keep behind his black eyes?

As Arella’s life spins out of control, she must hold to her love for Freddie and to her belief that God has a perfect plan.

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Top 10 Quotes from Beautiful Beast

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Are curious about that book I keep talking about? You know that one that’s a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, but with the gender roles swapped. Well here are a couple of my favourite quotes along with some pictures from my pinterest board. Maybe that will give you an idea what it’s about. 😉

But honestly, I could not decide on an order so here they are: a jumble of syllables and consonants.

Late night treats by the fireplace. Dark and romantic.

“It is what you imagine the music of faeries to be like; it is ethereal, or like a thousand tiny bells played in melodies as intricate as the patterns of the starry skies.”

“This is my home. It breaks my heart to see it fall to pieces and know that there is nothing I can do to prevent it. I know that I should accept reality, but it is so much easier to live in a dream.”

“This prince, this soldier, sees the true beast and that should frighten me, but it doesn’t. It makes me stronger.”

“As I watch, a single bloody petal breaks from the bud and gently drifts to join its brothers and sisters upon the tabletop.”

“It would be natural for the fear to climb, to sink its talons into my sanity and clamber upwards, but somehow, I suddenly feel calm. Perhaps it is hope. Perhaps it is insanity. ”

Penny Dreadful

“I am a Vayliese and my magic is not a trivial thing that I use to keep my tea warm and turn moths into butterflies.” “We lie there together for what seems like a long while. Perhaps it is only moments, but time stretches its jaws and laughs at us.”

“In all of their portraits, my ancestors always bore themselves with pride and majesty, but I look like a rose that has wilted and been crushed under a gardener’s heel.”

“It whispers and screams and cries out all at the same time. In its tone, I hear something ancient and something darker than the dead of a new moon.”

“It all blurs together in a flurry of howls and blood and steel and brambles, but through the chaos, there is an abstract sort of peace. Because Arawn and I are no longer fighting each other, we are fighting together.”

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And what kind of list would this be without an honourable mention?

“Nearby, my rose is lying upon the ballroom floor. The petals glow softly in the dark and illuminate a piece of glass the size of a tea saucer. Carefully, I pick it up and look into it. Not just a piece of glass. A mirror.
And suddenly I know.
This is no dream. This is no fairy tale. A great beast has been woken from its slumber and has lifted its ugly, vicious head.”

Do you have a favourite? I’d love to know!

That’s all for now!

Emma

Beautiful Beast: Goodreads link and Amazon link.

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Last Chance to Enter Giveaway

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It is not too late to enter my giveaway for a paperback copy of Beautiful Beast!

You can enter here: Rafflecopter

Once the winner is chosen, I will contact them and ask for an address so I can send them the book through Amazon’s gift feature. At this time, I am not able to send a signed copy, but I hope to in the future.

Please note that this giveaway is limited to the United States and Canada. 

All the best!

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Beautiful Beast ARC’s

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Are you all hanging in there? I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to get out and back to normal.

As you have probably seen, I’ve finally finished my second novel and am ready to push it out into the world. The first step with this, though, is ARC’s. I would really love to get some reviews out on Goodreads and/or blogs before the publish day (hopefully June 1st). So if you’re feeling up to it, let me know. I would appreciate your help so much!

You can email me: emmajoyhill20@gmail.com or you can also fill out the form on my Contact Me page. Either one works. 🙂

Here is the blurb for my book:

My name is Kalista. They call me the beast.

Kalista has been cursed by a powerful sorceress and is now a prisoner in her own palace. As petals fall from an enchanted rose, her fate and the sorceress’s victory draw nearer. But Kalista refuses to be defeated so easily and uses her own magic to push against the bindings. Yet what if it is not enough and the only way the curse might be shattered is through the help of another?

When Arawn crosses into the beast’s domain, he has one motive: revenge for his brother’s death. But as he draws nearer to the beast and is surrounded by invisible servants, magical banquets, and an enchanted forest, he realizes that this beast is much more complex and much more human than he first thought.

As their paths intertwine, Kalista must risk opening her heart to another, while Arawn must learn to see past his hate and prejudice. Together, they struggle against spells, wolves, and time itself to break the curse. If they fail, Kalista will fall asleep and will never again wake.

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Stay safe and healthy! ❤

 

Book Reviews

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

This was a rather impulsive read and I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. Overall, I did enjoy it, but let me give you a few more details than that…. Little Mermaid GIFs - Get the best GIF on GIPHY

“In my heart, I’m as wild as the ocean that raised me.”

To begin with, this story is rather dark. Once a year (in their birth month) sirens sing to sailors, lure them into the ocean, then steal their hearts. Our main character, Lira, is called the Princes’ Bane because she only steals the hearts of princes. Then there is Elian who hunts the sirens and kills them. Friends, this is pretty bloody. And at first, I was a little grossed out. This book is about monsters? But wait, things change and… and you’ll have to read it for yourself to find out what happens because I don’t want to spoil. However, I’ll say that I did enjoy the characters. Lira goes from a cold killer to a human (quite literally but also figuratively) and this development was well executed and felt quite natural. I loved how this was mirrored in Elian and how they discovered that they were actually quite similar. Also, I absolutely adored the banter between them. Christo managed to pull this off very well. I don’t think I’ve read a book where the two main characters are sassy to each other for so long and it doesn’t get old. This banter was just the nature of the relationship and it worked. 

The world that Christo created was unique and interesting. Although, Elian’s kingdom was a little confusing. I got Egypt vibes, but there were ships and pirates. Which reminds me, this book totally feels like a mash-up between Pirates of the Caribbean and the Little Mermaid. Of course, it has other elements to it, but I was constantly reminded of these two stories. 

Oh, and I must mention Christo’s writing style. It moves to where it needs to move, yet there were flourishes here and there that still made it colourful. 

“Some people burn so brightly, it’s impossible to put the flames out.”

Lastly, I can’t say this was a clean read. There were a few words here and there (it wasn’t teerrrible) and as I mentioned before, with the whole ripping their hearts out thing, it was a little dark. I did enjoy it, though. It was a captivating twist to a famous fairy tale! 

“And the ocean, calling out to us both. A song of freedom and longing.”

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Stay safe!

 

 

P.S. Check out one of my recent blog posts: Super Exciting Cover Reveal!!!

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Book Reviews

Pirouette by Kenley Davidson

The Andari Chronicles Boxed Set by Kenley DavidsonI’ve read books #1 (Traitor’s Masque) and #4 (Shadow and Thorn by Kenley Davidson) and I absolutely loved them. Then recently, I read book #2 (Goldheart) and, to be honest, I was a little disappointed. To me, the plot and the characters were just not compelling. However, Pirouette was entirely a different story. (haha)

The first thing that really grabbed my attention was our main character, Ilani. At a young age, it was revealed that she had magic, and since in Caelan this is considered a bad thing, she was terribly punished and left crippled. So often in YA, you get beautiful and strong heroines. And there’s nothing wrong with that, but it was so interesting to see Ilani who was physically weak, be strong in other ways. She was brave and daring as she took on people who seemed to be mightier than she was. Honestly, I wish that we had more time with her. Every time the narrative flipped to Kyril, I found myself wishing we could go back to Ilani again. This flawed protagonist was so intriguing, I wish she had been developed more. Also, I wish we had seen more of her magic. I think that it could have complimented her so well and that as she changed her mind about magic, she learned to wield it too. I’m still not completely convinced about Kyril. Sure, he was nice, but I feel like he could have had more strength. He didn’t really have any talents besides his wit and his good looks, which is mentioned repeatedly, and that kind of turned me off. I didn’t have a reason to really like him. Besides, in the end, it was Brenna who saved the day and not Kyril. 

I did like this change of scenery, though. It was fun to see how Davidson developed Andari and added elements that I know will complement the following books. In addition, the writing was fairly good. Davidson has a nice clean style of writing. I think the only thing is that it felt like we got pieces of a larger story. What I mean by that, is that I wish that Ilani’s story had been expanded and that Brenna got her own book. She was such a fascinating character with such an intriguing background!  

Lastly, this was a nice clean read. 

Bye bye! Talk to you soon. ❤

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Book Reviews

Goldheart by Kenley Davidson

I have read Adari Chronicles book #1 and #5 (Traitor’s Masque and Shadow and Thorn) and I loved them. Davidson is a talented writer who always adds her own unique twist to a fairytale.

Goldheart was no different. It followed the story of Elaine who had been kidnapped in the previous book. She was a sweet character who had been terribly traumatized and this allowed for much character development. She started out frightened and timid, but as the story went along, she became stronger and more defiant. 50227172. sy475 Her daring act at the end definitely warranted applause. However, I did find that her weakness made it difficult to feel drawn to her. I wanted more moments of strength. As for the other characters, I loved Blaise! Honestly, I really wish they had ended up together. They seemed to match and complement each other so well. I also found it hard to be drawn to Will. I mean, to be honest, he didn’t do a whole a lot. He just wasn’t overly compelling.    

I don’t want to go into too much more detail in case I bore you because it is much of the same. While it was an interesting twist, it did not steal my attention and drag me into the Andari world like the other books did. However, I am currently reading Pirouette and am quite enjoying it. 

 

 

Book Reviews

Lost Shadow Chanda Hahn

Thats All Folks GIF - Find & Share on GIPHYAaah and that was the great finale! What a crazy, intense, exciting read! I’ve been in love with series since book #1 and in this last book, all the pieces come together to create this insane conclusion. Reading this book made me want to start all over again at book #1 so I can take this journey again. 

As always, I loved the characters and with the stakes so high, they were constantly being thrown into dangerous situations and sacrificing themselves to save the others. Hahn did a fantastic job keeping things going while not making me feel overwhelmed. And wow! Just wow! The way she took elements from the original story and twisted them to create her own unique take on the fairytale was impressive. 

A few notes on the ending… I felt like their time in Hollow Dome could have been drawn out. It was this fantastic, chilling setting that seemed like it could have been developed a little more. That being said, I did read through it all pretty fast, so it may just be me. On the other hand, I loved how Hahn took some time at the end to just calm things down. It wasn’t ok, we win. The End. No, she explained what happened and gave an indication about the future too. Except, hold on. Jeremy! I am not sure what to think of that! I don’t think Wendy and Peter can take anymore. Maybe Hahn just left it open because she felt like it…? 

Lastly, this was also a really sweet clean read. 

I highly recommend this series. And if my gushing isn’t enough to convince you, it only has 71 reviews on Goodreads! It deserves more! A review doesn’t have to be more than a few sentences. Definitely consider it. 😉 

Neverwood Chronicles | Chanda Hahn

 

P.S. Did anyone get this reference?!?! I laughed so hard when I read it!    

“I signed up for a three hour cruise on the tour ship called the Minnow and-” 

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Book Reviews

Beast of Rosemead by Lucy Tempest

I love Beauty and the Beast retellings. In fact, Beauty by Robin McKinley is one of my absolute favourite books. However, with this one, I had a really hard time getting into it. It may have been partly the world-building. I still feel confused about it. The dresses, horses, and swords suggest something more medieval, but the dialogue is modern. Further, on the dialogue. It felt like the characters yelled too much and this was accentuated by the overuse of exclamation marks. I am one for the careful use of exclamation points, so having one almost every other page was a little too much. Lastly, Leander’s treatment of Beauty made me rather uncomfortable. Maybe it was getting a little too close to abusive. I mean this is a tricky subject because some would argue that even Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” carries this (what do you think? Add your thoughts in the comments – I’d be interested to hear them).
So, anyway. This book didn’t go super well and I doubt I will read any more books from this series.

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P.S. I’m not sure if like the cover… The background, dress, and word art are beautiful, but the figure looks a little too much like a Barbie…

Thank you to Netgalley for providing an ARC. All opinions expressed are my own.