Audiobook Review: Evil’s Unlikely Assassin

Author: Jenn Windrow

Narrator: Chelsea Stephens

Length: 8 hours 49 minutes

Series: Alexis Black, Book 1

Publisher: Irreverent Publishing

Released: Jan. 23, 2019

Genre: Urban Fantasy

“Evil’s Unlikely Assassin is a promising urban fantasy debut that features all that’s great about the genre–action, attitude, and ass-kicking.” -Jaye Wells, USA Today bestselling author of The Sabina Kane and Prospero’s War series

Vampire Alexis Black is on a mission – to rejoin the human race.

Coerced into signing an ironclad contract by an Angel-with-attitude, Alexis must hunt down and assassinate at least one vampire, werewolf, or creepy crawly every night for fifty years to become human again. Too bad the contract didn’t mention the badass vampire who now rides shotgun in her brain, insatiable bloodlust, or her new I-hate-everything-with-fangs sidekick. If she can fulfill her end of the bargain, her humanity is restored, if not she will be destroyed.

But when a revenge-seeking bloodsucker threatens her city, Alexis must risk everything to ensure there’s a humanity to return to. Since her vampire nature is her greatest weapon to defeat the monsters that threaten her friends and future, Alexis must choose to accept her inner beast or watch those she loves die.

Jenn Windrow is an award winning author of Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance. Vampires, Greek gods, and a bit of Freak Show fun for everyone.

She loves characters who have a pinch of spunk, a dash of attitude, and a large dollop of sex appeal. Top it all off with a huge heaping helping of snark, and you’ve got the ingredients for the kind of fast paced stories she loves to read and write. Home is a suburb of it’s-so-hot-my-shoes-have-melted-to-the-pavement Phoenix. Where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and a slew of animals that seem to keep following her home, at least that’s what she claims.

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Chelsea Stephens has a long time love and appreciation for the performing arts, with experience in on-stage acting, singing and voice over. Her love for reading books and the pursuit of the story led her to narration. She enjoys unfolding characters and bringing listeners into new worlds. Chelsea is an experienced voice actor with a talent for mystery, fantasy and YA novels. She’s a mom to a gaggle of young ones living in the Midwest with her lumbersexual husband.

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Oh, hello Vampire! I am loving the series so so much! I have just finished with book one and I already want to see more. I was so captivated I didn’t realize when time flew by. Because it’s action and then more action. And later something happens and … yes, more action!

I am a sucker for vampires (haha!), so give me one bloody (literary) story and I am all yours. And our Alexis with her crowd of helpers and enemies is so amazing. She has fighting in her, she has strength and one hell of a vampire to back her up. I liked her resolution to do what it takes to get back her humanity and how firm she is in keeping away from blood.

Refreshing and intense, we have a gathering of beings, each with a special personality. The characters are not alike at all. People, actually beings, from opposite sides must work together to defeat a common enemy. There is so much action, you actually cannot spare a minute. There is something happening all the time… I love it !

I loved the narration as well. Chelsea Stephens is amazing! Her voice acting is superb! She kept me all the way with the characters and her way of being sarcastic, funny, enraged, a vampire, a ghost and all the other personalities, incorporating so many emotions… she does it flawlessly, in my opinion at least! (but others think the same, so … )

Suffice to say I have found a new favorite series and a new favorite author. I do encourage you to read this one, audio is even better. It has a little bit of everything you want. It’s entertaining and awesome. What more can you need? Happy Reading!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jenn Windrow. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Book Review: My Favorite Cowboy

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Title: My Favorite Cowboy (Heart of Texas #3)

Author: Donna Grant

Published: February 26th 2019 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks

Source: Received from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review

Format: ecopy (via NetGalley)

Blurb:

Audrey Martinez is a veterinarian who has devoted her whole life to the care and protection of horses―even if doing so leaves her little time for meeting a man. Who would have thought that a strange case of criminal horseplay would lead her to falling deeply, wildly in love? If only the man who makes her heart race faster than a wild mustang would let his guard down, that is. . .

Caleb Harper is no ordinary cowboy. Sure, he wears his hat, boots, and jeans like a second skin, and displays an easygoing charm that comes from years of working on the ranch. But with his military background, and Army buddies at his side, he is tried-and-true Texas tough. Audrey knows she can trust a man like Caleb to help her save horses. But can Caleb trust himself to resist his attraction to Audrey―or will the sparks of their desire end up getting them burned?

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Happy Release Day!!!

Another nice cowboy story from Donna Grant, one that makes me want to read more of the next books in the series. I liked it but I do have some comments here and there.

After reading “Cowboy, Cross My Heart”, I couldn’t wait to read Caleb’s story. Even from Book 2 he shows some issues which are better explained in “My Favorite Cowboy”. He and Audrey Martinez have to find out why the horses on a friend’s ranch. She is a well-known veterinarian, with a reputation built on hard work and dedication. She loves horses and is willing to do all in her power and more to find out what or who is harming them. Caleb’s interest is piqued by her physique at first, but he cannot stop admiring her passion and commitment.

All is good and well. The mystery is well built and integrated. But here is where my issues come. I loved the romance, but the willingness to commit comes too quick and while I was expecting this after reading book 2, I have to mention it did bother me a little. All the family and friends get involved in this, which is great. There is a great support system in Caleb’s family and everyone is welcoming anyone with open arms. However, there were moments when it seemed too much.

Overall, I cannot say I did not like the book. There are just some items that were not necessarily to my taste. The action kept e reading and reading, just to find out what was going on and it was an interesting reveal in the end. I’ll go with 3.5 stars and looking forward to the next books in the series. Enjoy!

I do invite you to check out the previous books in the series. Even if book 3 can be read as a standalone, the previous two give you an idea about the atmosphere and how the family and friends come together for one another.

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Donna is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over forty-five novels. Her most popular series is the breathtaking Dark King (aka Dragon King) series featuring dragons, immortal Highlanders, and the Fae.

In addition to her novels, Donna has written over forty short stories, novellas, and novelettes for digital-first and print release. She has been dubbed as giving the “paranormal genre a burst of fresh air” by the San Francisco Book Review. Her work has been hailed as having “deft plotting and expert characterization” by Publisher’s Weekly and “sizzling” by RT Book Reviews.

She has been recognized with awards from both bookseller and reader contests including the National Reader’s Choice Award, Booksellers Best Award, as well as the coveted K.I.S.S. Award from RT Book Reviews.

Donna travels often for various speaking engagements, conferences, and book signings. She is also a frequent workshop presenter at national conferences such as RT Book Lovers Convention and Thrillerfest, as well as local chapters.

Born and raised in Texas, she also has ties across the border in Louisiana. Growing up with two such vibrant cultures, her Cajun side of the family taught her the “spicy” side of life while her Texas roots gave her two-steppin’ and bareback riding. She is never far from her faithful 80 pound dog, Sisko, or her three cats. She can often be found at the movies or bookstore with her children. Or buying makeup. And shoes.

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Audiobook Review:Werewolf M.D.

Author: Taylor Haiden

Narrator: Hugh Bradley

Series: The Werewolf M.D. Series, Book 1

Publisher: Brian S. Ference

Released: Jan. 23, 2019

Genre: Paranormal Romance

His medical miracles are too good to be true.

This aloof doctor’s methods are less than conventional. What better way to save a patient, than by biting them?

Fresh out of nursing school, Isabella struggles to save her dying patients while vying for the attentions of a doctor who is too hot to handle.

Will Isabella fall for the charm of this hard-body physician with a kind smile and the “Miracle Doctor” reputation?

Can anything stop the double-edged virus as it courses through the small hospital in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana?

Contains bonus content, high-heat scenes and action-based violence.

 

TAYLOR HAIDEN has three beautiful children and an amazingly supportive spouse and lives with them in Arizona. Tylor’s days are spent enjoying the breathtaking blue skies and pink sunsets while writing a variety of genres. When not writing, Taylor enjoys traveling to new places, tasting new and exciting foods, binging on Netflix, and experiencing everything that life has to offer from barbecues to scuba diving. Taylor is author of the Werewolf M.D. series with more in the works.

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Audiobook narrator Hugh Bradley brings his distinctive voice to titles ranging from romance to history.
Hugh brings characters to life with a distinct voice, with a deep understanding of the character and their motivation. Mr. Bradley doesn’t just tell us the story, he brings us with him on the journey.

From Hugh: “I’m a classically trained actor, and have been on Broadway and toured all over the world in everything from musicals to Shakespearean productions. I still perform on stage from time to time, but most of the time these days I stick to recording, and producing and directing for the stage.”

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Yes, paranormal romance – I was missing that actually – with a shape shifter. I actually do like these books and I like that forever mating and all these things we all Romance Lovers are already used to. This book comes with something that looks fresh but also overlooks some of the items I personally like.

Let’s take them one by one. Isabella comes to Breaux Bridge, Louisiana looking to put to good use her experience as a nurse and hopes to learn as much as possible from the doctor in town who seems to perform miracles. Little did she expect to be surrounded by so much impossible. Luckily, the good doctor is smart, handsome and so much more. The bond between them happens mostly because she just can’t stay away – even if warned. When a local pack seem to want more, things get crazier and crazier.

I liked the idea of using one’s abilities for good and as well Isabella’s persistence. She wants to understand how Doctor Roman performs his healing. When things heat up, she never loses faith. Roman is strong and knows to stand his ground. His mature character is more than visible. The romance between the two starts pretty well, but evolves pretty fast.

And time to mention some items that I did not enjoy that much. Starting with the basics, I do not like the cover – I apologize as well to the young man (probably same age as mine), he is good looking, but I would have expected something different. I missed the fated mate trope, it would have fitted perfectly (I am a fan of tropes, if done properly and in this case I think it could have been very easily included and could have justified how fast these two fall in love). Lastly, I would like to mention that I did not particularly enjoy the narration. I did not dislike it, but the difference between Isabella and Roman was too little when it came to voice acting. Other than that, not many complains.

All in all, I was left wishing to know more of the story and that is a great thing. I cannot wait to start with book two and see what else happens next. We are left with a good cliffhanger so beware! Happy reading and stick around to see more. 3.5 stars for now.

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Audiobook Review: Shadow

Author: Maureen A. Miller

Narrator: Brandy Skelly

Length: 7 hours 37 minutes

Series: Blue-Link, Book 1

Publisher: Maureen A. Miller

Released: Feb. 4, 2019

Genre: Romance, Suspense

From USA Today best-selling author Maureen A. Miller comes this romantic thriller that spans the Atlantic.

Sophie Diem’s boss has skipped town, abandoning their counseling firm and taking her investment money with him. As she seeks to rebuild her professional career, she is distressed by the appearance of a stranger. The man keeps to the shadows, but he is definitely stalking her.

In an attempt to flee him, she accepts a job offer…in London. Surely, crossing the Atlantic would be enough to deter her shadow.

Glenn Barber is a desperate man. He sorely wants answers. The man who can supply them has gone missing, though. Now, all Glenn can do is go after the next best thing: the man’s former employee, Sophie Diem.

Sophie is shocked to spot her shadow in London. What she learns is that Glenn, the shadow, is not a stalker but rather her only protection.

As her attraction to Glenn grows, together, they conspire to locate her former boss and stop him before he can harm others.

USA TODAY bestselling author, Maureen A. Miller worked in the software industry for fifteen years. She crawled around plant floors in a hard hat and safety glasses hooking up computers to behemoth manufacturing machines. The job required extensive travel. The best form of escapism during those lengthy airport layovers became writing.

Maureen’s first novel, WIDOW’S TALE, earned her a Golden Heart nomination in Romantic Suspense. After that she became hooked to the genre. In fact, she was so hooked she is the founder of the JUST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE website.

Recently, Maureen branched out into the Young Adult Science Fiction market with the popular BEYOND Series. To her it was still Romantic Suspense…just on another planet!

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I studied theatre in college, and even participated in storytelling festivals when I was growing up. I’m a practicing attorney, and love to participate in ACX projects to keep my creative side happy and fulfilled. I can perform fiction and non-fiction, in neutral-American or Southern-American accents.

I live in North Carolina with my husband, toddler, and pound puppy. I have a soft spot for romance and I love a good laugh!

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It is so easy to get lost in this book! I started it and did not realize the time until it was over. I loved it so so much and I cannot wait to read more books by this author!

I was sold by the book – a woman having to rebuild her life after being crossed by her boss and also having to run away to escape a lurking man. The blurb is detailed enough to give you a glimpse into what happens here but I’m telling you, the mystery and romance go so well together!

The author does put the right amount of suspense and love that we don’t lose interest for one in favor of the other. This is something that sometimes happens to me when reading this type of stories. I find myself looking forward to see how the couple is doing, while missing some details about the action behind this. We have front row seats to both in this case. Also, I managed to form a connection to both Sophie and Glenn – I cheered for her to rebuild her career and also cheered for Glenn to find his answers.

Brandy Skelly did such a great job narrating the story. She managed to build the suspense, to capture each character’s reactions in the key moments and as well I had no issues understanding who was who.

Even if I am not a fan of the cover, I liked the story very very much and I am so anxious to read more books by this author. If you’ll check her Goodreads’ page, there are many books to read 🙂 And all are already highly rated. I hope you’ll give “Shadow” a try and come back with your opinion 🙂 Happy Reading!

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Audiobook Review: Living Proof

Author: Peter J. Thompson

Narrator: Gary Tiedemann

Length: 10 hours 24 minutes

Publisher: Peter J. Thompson

Released: Dec. 19, 2018

Genre: Suspense

Government secrets. Biological weapons. Human subjects.

In a top-secret complex surrounded by miles of Texas scrubland, the United States military is working on a new form of germ warfare. Taken from homeless shelters and prisons, the subjects, discarded men and women of America, serve their country as unwilling lab rats.

Ramon Willis didn’t commit the murder that put him on death row. But he’s guilty of something worse – surviving the virus and escaping his captors. Knowing he can’t take on the corrupt system alone, there’s only one person he can turn to – Lena Dryer, the reporter who covered his case and watched him die.

With assassins dogging their trail and all their options for survival closed off, they must risk everything to bring this conspiracy to light. But time is short. When an extreme faction in the government pushes forward with the next phase of their plan, the fate of the nation hangs in the balance.

Peter Thompson grew up on the east side of Chicago, in the shadow of the steel mills where the air was sooty and smelled of sulfur. His life wasn’t always so gritty, but the grit and realism finds its way into his thrillers. He has always loved stories of every kind, and one of his joys is finding a way to get inside character’s heads, seeing the world as they see it and feeling their triumphs, pain, and fear. He visualizes his characters when he writes, and they are larger than life in the big screen of his imagination.

Before pursuing his passion and becoming a full-time author, he tried his hand at everything from factory work, breaking cement in a construction crew, running his own pizza shop, and he was a well-regarded presence in the mortgage industry for nearly thirty years. When he isn’t writing, Peter loves, spicy food, live music, and exciting and thought-provoking books and movies. He is a fitness buff who loves to spend time with his grown sons and is looking forward to traveling the world and seeking adventures with his lovely partner.

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Gary Tiedemann is a full-time voice-actor and narrator of audiobooks, with over 60 unabridged titles narrated and counting. He has voiced countless commercials and multimedia productions in addition to spending over 10 years on stage performing improv, sketch comedy and original works of theatre. Gary is a graduate of Tulane University in New Orleans. He currently splits his time between Florida and Chicago. See more at http://www.garytiedemann.com

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If I were to describe in two words this book, those would be: believable and visual. As many other reviewers mention in their comments, the story is very believable and can be related to easily. The author did an amazing job transmitting the scenes. This entire book is like watching a movie. It was a great experience.

We have a main character whose life has gone from bad to worse. He is now struggling to find justice, but quickly realizes he is up against an enemy far greater than he would have ever imagined. With help, he uncovers mystery after mystery and becomes immersed in this political conspiracy and we can see even in our days. Ramon and Lena are amazing together and they work incredibly well. Both brave, intelligent and willing bring the truth to light.

I enjoyed my time with the book so much. The plot caught my attention so fast and the pace was perfect to keep my interest. The narration was as well amazing. Gary Tiedemann’s experience is not easy to ignore. His voice acting is great, his way of expressing emotions is fantastic, I loved it so so much.

All in all, this was a fantastic experience. “Living Proof” is a story that will grip you from the start. It’s a time well spent, I can tell you that! I hope you will consider it for your next read and come back with your opinion J Happy reading!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Peter Thompson. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Audiobook Review: Sail

Author: Lindsey R. Loucks

Narrator: Kamala Alcantara

Length: 9 hours 58 minutes

Series: Haunted Stars, Book 1

Publisher: Evershade Publishing

Released: Nov. 20, 2018

Genre: Paranormal Romance; Science Fiction

Nineteen-year-old Absidy Jones is a ghost magnet, a sensitive person spirits flock to when they can’t cross over. After her brutal past escaping the hordes of ghosts vying for her attention, she spends her reclusive existence melting down iron into bite-sized pieces. Whether alloy or wrought, ancient paper clips or nails, consuming iron is the only thing that keeps the ghosts away.

But when Absidy’s sister goes missing in deep space, a dangerous place brimming with rogue planets, ship-eating nebulas, and vicious aliens, Absidy vows to find her. She leaves her safe haven and boards the first ship she can that’s on a direct route to deep space – a ship that turns out to be haunted.

To keep the malicious ghosts from killing her, the alluring bad boy pilot gifts her a small bundle of all the iron on the ship. But their growing relationship is tested with the crew’s prying eyes and hidden secrets. While the ship sails into deep space, it’s not just her sister’s life that Absidy fears for. It’s her own as well. Especially since her stash of iron has shrunk to zero.

Lindsey R. Loucks is a USA Today bestselling author of paranormal romance, science fiction, and contemporary romance. When she’s not discussing books with anyone who will listen, she’s dreaming up her own stories. Eventually her brain gives out, and she’ll play hide and seek with her cat, put herself in a chocolate-induced coma, or watch scary movies alone in the dark to reenergize.

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Before diving into my review, allow me please to apologize to Jess and the author for the (very) late post of my review. Things have gone from crazy to crazier and I am trying to find a new balance around the many changes.

“Sail” is an incredible book and is even more enjoyable in audio format. I have loved every minute of every chapter and I am so eager to get to the next one in the series. We have an incredible world with exceptional characters and a plot that will keep you guessing.

Absidy is different. She has always been this way – needing iron to keep ghosts away. But now she needs all she can find to save her sister. Disguised as a young boy, helping the ship’s cook, she embarks on a journey to Deep Space, a place full of dangers and many unknown threats, to bring her sister home. Considered a fugitive, she has no way of turning back. She finds a potential ally, when the ship’s pilot discovers who she really is. Mace is a tormented soul himself and is not sure if the girl in a ship full of men can be trusted.

I loved so many things about the characters, but most of all, I loved Absidy’s struggle with being different. She is afraid to reveal her need of iron or her “curse” of attracting ghosts. There is so much to uncover when it comes to this and the book offers so so much. She and Mace (our pilot) evolve so much together and as well individually.

The narration was fantastic to say the least. We have a beautiful voice that can very well illustrate the emotions. Most of the story is about fear, regardless if it’s fear of ghosts, or fear of being discovered. Kamala Alcantara is amazing.

All in all, I loved it so so much and I cannot wait to see where the story takes us. The world building is great, the writing is great and the narration is superb. We have the perfect combination for a 5 star book. Again, I apologize for my delay in posting this review because any amazing story needs to be shared with other readers as soon as possible!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Lindsey R. Loucks. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

 

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Book Review: Song of Sacrifice

Song of Sacrifice
Janell Rhiannon
(Homeric Chronicles, #1)
Publication date: December 26th 2018
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Historical

The heart of the Trojan War belongs to the women.

Mothers and daughters; wives and war prizes, whisper to us across time…

…remember our songs alongside the mighty men of myth.

As the Age of Heroes wanes, the gods gamble more fiercely with mortals’ lives than they ever have before. Women must rely on their inner strength and cunning to survive the wars men wage for gold and glory.

Clytemnestra of Mycenae struggles for control of her life after Agamemnon ruthlessly rips it apart. Leda of Sparta survives a brutal assault by Zeus, shouldering a terrible secret in silence. Penelope raises Ithaka’s sole heir alone, praying for Odysseus’ swift return. Thetis, the sea nymph, despairs of her son’s destiny and resorts to forbidden magic to save him. Hecuba of Troy mourns the loss of her second son to a dark prophesy. And Shavash of Pedasus prepares her daughter to marry the greatest warrior who ever lived.

In a world where love leads to war and duty leads to destruction, the iron hearts of heroines will conquer all.

Sing, Muse, sing their song of sacrifice…

Replaces Song of Princes as the first book in the Homeric Chronicles.

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I am going to spoil the end of this review by mentioning, from the first line, that this is a 5 stars book. Also, I do what to mention that I am very much in love with Greek mythology and especially with this particular story, with Troy and all it represented.

My first real book was one describing Troy and its destiny. I was too little to understand even the meaning of some of the words. Only after finishing the story, I started reading more about the Greek mythology and I loved it so so much. I fell in love with reading with these stories.

Now, back to “Song of Sacrifice”. This book was absolutely amazing. It’s a tribute to this land of gods. It does so much justice to the legends and it brings out the most beautiful elements in it. I have devoured it and could not stop reading. Actually, I don’t understand why it had to end. I know the legend, I would never have imagined it put in a book in this way. And it twists the myth in all angles so that we have an even better picture of how it all went out.

It’s like being there. Honestly, it’s like finding out more things about the characters I’ve grown up with. But my connection with the story is not only due to my childhood experience. Janell Rhiannon has such a captivating way of using words. It’s like a spell, she put a spell on me. And the cover fits so well.

Everything fits here. The poem in the beginning (yes, it has a poem, I’m sorry I’m spoiling a little) it’s like a gateway to this amazing world. Then all the strong women, mothers, queens, goddesses… oh, how many interesting elements. I liked it, ok.

Guys, please read it, please read the legend first and then read “Song of Sacrifice”. This book is beautiful, interesting, has politics and political games, love affairs and many turns. To some, it may come to no surprise what happens, but how we get there is one interesting journey. I am so happy to have read the book and even happier to know that book 2 will be out in March!!!! Excuse me while I try to preorder it! (how do I get a hardback for this series…. ?)

 

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In graduate school, Janell focused on the ancient history of Greece and Rome. Hooked by the “sword and sandal” world, she studied everything she could about mythology and Alexander the Great.

The Homeric Chronicles series is dedicated to merging dozens of Greek myths, including Homer’s epics, with plays, history, and archaeology. Her intent is to raise the heroines’ voices equally alongside the heroes, opening up a traditionally male focused genre to a female audience.

She lives in CA and enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren. She has a pack of two big dogs and two cats.

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