January 2022

Help Me Pick a Title, PLEASE!

Book 4 of the Kingdom War series is nearly complete, but I don’t have a title! Take a look at the list below and let me know what you think. I know, you’re pointing in the dark without having read the story but give it your best shot.

Genghis Khan united a nation and created a vast empire for his heirs. But after 200 years of civil war, his empire has fallen into the dark ages.

Mandukhai dreams of being a fierce warrior woman, but her dreams are shattered when she is forced to become the second wife to the Great Khan.

Unebolod spent his life in the Great Khan’s shadow, preparing for a day when he can seize control of the empire. But when he forms a dangerous alliance with Mandukhai, it swiftly transforms into a passion that could destroy them both.

Just as the two are certain their fate will one day bring them together and make Unebolod the next Great Khan, a young prince surfaces to steal the Great Khan’s attention and the hearts of the nation.

Daughter of the Yellow Dragon is the first book in a gripping, gritty historical fiction series based on the epic life of one of the most underrated women in history. The series draws you into a world of brutal Mongol steppe life, deadly political games, and supernatural beliefs.

Please be advised: This book contains adult situations, graphic violence, assault, and personal loss.

When he searches for an ancient secret, he awakens a dark enemy. Now he needs to stop them to prevent the second apocalypse.

Imprisoned by a power-hungry judge, Finn just wants to keep out of trouble and reach the end of his harsh sentence. Then he accidentally unearths a Manhir, a mythical creature of legend that heralded the apocalypse a thousand years ago.

To his shock, the Manhir helps Finn escape, making him question the stories of its fearsome reputation. Bound by friendship, they go on a quest to discover the truth about the mythical events which gave the Manhir their evil reputation.

The Inquisition’s high priest however, clings to old superstition, and pursues Finn and his new friend across the realm to exterminate them. Then, as they dig for the lost secrets, they awaken an ancient enemy. Finn will need all his wits and willpower to thwart this dark power and avert a second apocalypse.

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The Witcher

Season Two Review

Yes, I was skeptical. I warned you a couple newsletters ago. After season one, I was giving Netflix one last shot to get this right.

After a first season that felt pretty low-budget-CW-teenager-friendly (yes, that’s a real thing), the producers of the The Witcher, based on the books by the legendary Robert Jordan, really stepped up their game.

First, in the initial season, details were a second-hand (if that) thought. Everyone’s clothing was perfectly clean, always, even after a battle or rolling around in a river. Medieval buildings and huts displayed a polished sheen, as if weather or random swords never struck. However, in season two, everything magically aged appropriately. Sets and costumes were believable, and the characters’ faces wore an appropriate level of grime after rolling in muck. Go team!

Above all else, the characters and story ARCs (see how I went all author-y on you there?) were far more believable in their roles this time around. In season one, Henry Cavil, who is perfectly cast, was stiff to the point of dull, over-emphasizing Geralt of Rivia’s flat personality in the books, translating into a lackluster, unlikable lead. Our dear Henry fixed all that in season two, infusing some actual personality into his character, and returns to the top of our list of actors we never want to miss.

All in all, I’m a believer again. Bring on season 3!

Daughter of Magic Giveaway!

Visit my page on Goodreads and enter for your chance to win one of 100 copies of Daughter of Magic we’re giving away in January!

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