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Review: The Crown’s Dog by Elise Kova

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The Crown's Dog
The Crown’s Dog
by Elise Kova
(Golden Guard #1)
Young Adult, Fantasy
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Synopsis
A coastal summer is turned upside down by a violent murder, and a quest for lost pirate treasure turns into a hunt for the killer.

Jax Wendyll is the crown’s dog. As punishment for the unspeakable crimes that torment him to this day, his life has been conscripted to the Empire Solaris. However, in an Empire afflicted by peace, his duties are relegated to unquestioningly aiding the antics of the youngest prince, Baldair.

Erion Le’Dan, a nobleman’s son, expects a quiet summer visit to the Imperial Palace, his only agenda to visit with his unlikely friends. But Jax’s discovery the legendary pirate Adela Lagmir’s old workroom inspires a hunt for her long lost treasure.

The pursuit of Adela’s truth takes the three men to the Imperial summer manor, built along the old pirate mainstays. When Adela’s trident is branded into a murdered servant, Prince Baldair’s summer amusement of treasure-hunting becomes a hunt to find the killer. But, as mysteries compound, the ghosts of Jax’s past may not be the only things haunting them.

What I thought
I was kindly given a copy of this book by the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Let me start by saying thank you to the author for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

This is the first book in the Golden Guard Trilogy, which is a prequel to the Air Awakens Series.  The Crown’s Dog is about Jax and I was here for it. I found my love or Jax in Water’s Wrath and this story just solidified my soft spot for him.

This story begins three years after Jax becomes conscripted by the crown. This story tells you how he became part of the Golden Guard and you see how much the events that lead to his really affect him.  In the Crystal Crowned, a good bit of years has passed and he has been able to build up a shell so it seems almost cold when you hear it then but in this book, you get more raw emotion and you see things from his perspective.

This book is full of little details that explain some things in the Air Awakens books more than once I was like “ahh now that makes more sense”.  Don’t get me wrong they is nothing missing from the Air Awakens book these little tibbits are like little easter eggs.

As a bonus in this story, you get to see the creation of the Golden Guard.

Even though the books in this trilogy are prequels I would read them after the Air Awakens series.  They could spoil some things for you that happens in the last two books (Water’s Wrath and Crystal Crowned).

I can not wait to get my hands on the next book in this trilogy!

My Rating: /55 Stars

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Blog Tour: His to Defend by Rhenna Morgan

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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for His to Defend, by author Rhenna Morgan! I’m so excited to share book #1 of the sexy NOLA Knights series, and its gorgeous cover!

Read on for more details and an exclusive excerpt!

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His to Defend
by Rhenna Morgan
(NOLA Knights #1)
Publication Date: October 14, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Carina Press
Length: 384 Pages

Book one of NOLA Knights, the heart-stoppingly sexy spin-off series by Men of Haven author Rhenna Morgan

His world. His rules. Her love.

Though his methods may be rough, when it comes to protecting what’s his, Russian vor Sergei Petrovyh’s heart is always in the right place. That’s never been more true than when the gorgeous Evette Labadie asks him for a job. He knows enough to keep his hands off someone as beloved by the locals as Evie, but there’s something about her that calls to him—no matter how badly he burns to make her his.

Don’t think Evie hasn’t noticed the powerful Russian mafia boss who makes her favorite diner a regular stop. How can she not? He’s as hot as his reputation is dangerous. But everyone in her struggling New Orleans neighborhood knows he’s the man to turn to. And right now she needs money to get her son out of trouble.

Her other needs—needs she knows damn well Sergei can more than satisfy—will have to wait.

Evie soon finds herself playing Cinderella to a man who, despite what people believe, is definitely more prince than villain. She can’t help falling deeper in love with each passing day. But when a turf war between Sergei and a rival brings violence to her doorstep, Evie must come to grips with loving a man who will do anything to defend her…or walk away from her best chance at a happily-ever-after of her very own.

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Excerpt

Evette pinched the business-size check from her former employer a little tighter and glared at the cleaning company’s logo in the top corner. On any other Friday, the money would have meant inching closer to some semblance of security for her and her son, Emerson. A step toward unraveling the mess she’d created for her life. Today, the unexpected termination that had come with her weekly pay felt more like a sucker punch to the gut. Yet another obstacle to overcome after too many damned years running the gauntlet and never even glimpsing the finish line.

Maybe she could get a job cleaning at one of the hotels. God knew the French Quarter was packed with them, and she was pretty sure she could count on regular shift work, like the office cleaning crew she’d been on. Though, how she was going to land one by Monday when it was already close to 4:30 on a Friday afternoon was beyond her. And landing something quick was the only way this latest setback wouldn’t force her into dipping into Emerson’s school fund. Plus, there was the hurdle of what would happen if they called her old company for references and found out she’d been fired for a security breach.

Not. Good.

The commuter bus swung onto Tulane headed toward Mid-City, and Evie’s spirits sunk a little lower. If someone had told her when she was growing up that she’d be a single mom living in one of New Orleans’s rougher parts of town at twenty-eight years old, she’d have laughed in their face. She was going to be a fashion retail buyer—or at least have some kind of career in fashion. She was going to travel the world. See things. Know people. Adventure her way through life and suck it dry.

Then her mom had died, and she’d gone off the rails.

She sighed and slunk a little farther down onto the hard plastic bench, the run-down stores, bars and restaurants along the roadside passing in a blur while the vibrations from the bus’s engine rattled clear to her bones.

Get knocked down seven times, stand up eight.

If she had a dollar for all the times her momma had said it and all the times Evie had echoed it in the last eight years, she’d be driving a Porsche toward the Garden District right now instead of a barely livable apartment.

But her momma had made it.

Mostly.

Raised Evette through her tumultuous preteen years after her daddy’s death and made it look easy. It hadn’t been until a year after Emerson had been born and Evie had found the courage to read some of her mother’s journals that she’d realized just how much of a challenge her mother had really faced. How much she’d given up and how alone she’d felt through every second.

Evie understood it now. Knew to her very marrow the sacrifices that had been made on her behalf.

And she’d thrown it all away nursing her grief.

Resolve and a whole lot of stubbornness revved her energy and forced her taller in her seat. Pity was what had gotten her into this mess to begin with, and she’d be damned if she went that route again. Labadie women didn’t quit. Didn’t give up. They faced whatever they needed to face, and they smiled doing it. Eventually, she was going to find a way to give her and Emerson the world. She just might have to scrimp a little longer and get more creative to make it happen.

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A native Oklahoman, Rhenna Morgan is a certified romance junkie. Whether it’s contemporary, paranormal, or fantasy you’re after, Rhenna’s stories pack romantic escape full of new, exciting worlds, and strong, intuitive men who fight to keep the women they want. For advance release news and exclusive content, sign up for her newsletter at http://RhennaMorgan.com. You’ll also find all of her social links there, along with her smoking hot inspiration boards.

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October 14th
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Vivianna MacKade (Guest Post) https://viviana-mackade.blog/
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Romance Book Binge (Review) https://romancebookbinge.com/

October 15th
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October 16th
The Magic of Wor(l)ds (Spotlight) http://themagicofworlds.wordpress.com
Cup of Books (Review) https://cupofbooksblog.wordpress.com/
Jane Hunt Writer (Review) https://www.jolliffe01.com/blog

October 17th
Dash Fan Book Reviews (Review) https://dashfan81.blogspot.com/
The Bookish Mrs. Harding (Review) http://thebookishmrsharding.home.blog

October 18th
Misty’s Book Space (Review) http://mistysbookspace.wordpress.com
The Cozy Pages (Review) http://thecozypages.wordpress.com/

October 21st
B is for Book Review (Spotlight) https://bforbookreview.wordpress.com
I Love Books and Stuff (Spotlight) https://ilovebooksandstuffblog.wordpress.com
Literary Dust (Review) https://literarydust.wordpress.com/
The Faerie Review (Review) http://www.thefaeriereview.com

October 22nd
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Tranquil Dreams (Spotlight) https://klling.wordpress.com/
Inked and Blonde (Review) https://inkedandblonde.blogspot.com/

October 23rd
Wrong Side of Forty (Review) https://wrongsideoffortyuk.wordpress.com/
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October 24th
Past Midnight (Review) http://pastmidnight.home.blog

October 25th
Jessica Belmont (Review) https://jessicabelmont.wordpress.com/
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Blog Tour: Good Writing is Like Good Sex: Sort of Sexy Thoughts on Writing by C.S. Johnson

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Welcome to the blog tour for Good Writing is Like Good Sex: Sort of Sexy Thoughts on Writing. This cheeky and handy writing guide is by C.S. Johnson, and if you read through to the end, you can try to win a copy of your very own!

Good Writing


Good Writing is Like Good Sex: Sort of Sexy Thoughts on Writing
by C.S. Johnson
Publication Date: March 31, 2019
Genre: Non-Fiction/ Writing Guide

What makes a book sexy?

I’m not talking about erotica, per say, but what is the difference between a book you eagerly devour and a book you slum your way through?

While there are individual exceptions, the most objective difference between a good story and a downright terrible one is simple—it all comes down to the writing.

It’s either good writing, and we can forgive the technical flaws a little more easily, or it’s bad writing, and bad writing is just bad.

Good writing is more than just good writing.
Good writing is sexy.

If you’re a fiction writer looking to improve your writing skills, this is the perfect, provocative read to encourage you to get down to business and write your story.

Inside Good Writing is Like Good Sex, you will find:

  • A titillating perspective on the writing process
  • The secret to why your story is special, and how you can make it sexier
  • Tips on romancing your readers
  • How to write irresistible characters
  • Basic writing and story concepts with advanced insights

… and all in a non-gratuitous fashion with a lot of innuendos.

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Excerpt

*CHAPTER 1*
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Good Writing is Like Good Sex
Intellectual Foreplay

What makes a book sexy?

I’m not talking about erotica. What is the difference between a book you eagerly devour and a book you slum your way through? Sometimes you can see this in movies, too—what is the difference between a movie you can get excited about watching over and over again and a movie that’s more “meh,” or that you put in those “ironically bad” or “watch with friends while high/drinking/avoiding work” categories to make it bearable?

While there are often extenuating circumstances or exceptional conditions regarding each book or individual film, the most objective difference between a really great story and downright terrible story is simple.

It comes down to the writing.

It’s either good writing, and we can forgive the technical flaws a little more easily, or it’s bad writing, and it’s worth every moment of our second-by-second break down of our all-encompassing contempt.

Bad writing is just bad.

Good writing, on the other hand, taunts you, intrigues you, and calls to you; it pulls at your heart and slips inside your soul. It seduces your mind, letting its words grow into your vernacular, giving rise to new, previously unknown daydreams and desires.

Good writing is sexy.

And because of this, there are several parallels between writing and sex that can enhance the enjoyment of the other, but that is more dependent on you than me. This is good news for us who enjoy a good story and enjoy—or hope to enjoy one day after you get married—good sex.

Sex and writing are both intimate acts of creation, acts which begin inside of us and extend outward to others. While one might begin on the physical level, and the other might begin in the mind, sex and writing both end up reflecting the essence of who we are and hint at the fullness and totality of our lives. These are purposeful acts, acts that have a distinct goal in mind—producing a form of pleasure—and just like good sex, the path to producing good writing actually starts long before you start.

In my historical fiction novel, Kingdom of Ash and Soot, one of my characters — Lady Penelope, a spymaster for Queen Victoria — has a scene where she is telling Eleanora, my main character, why it is important for her to learn about sex and how to use it to her advantage as a spy. I enjoy this scene because Lady Penelope is very blunt and outspoken, despite the Victorian era’s modesty and Eleanora’s own obvious discomfort. And while the whole scene is meant to juxtapose their characters while also commencing Eleanora’s hero-transformation, what Lady Penelope says is very true:

“Any simpleton can look at a painting or sculpture and know that it is art. But only a true and trained master knows how to create such a splendid pleasure.”

Michelangelo didn’t come into the world ready to paint the Sistine Chapel, Tolstoy didn’t write War and Peace just after puberty, and Beethoven didn’t just bang his head against the keyboard to write his Moonlight Sonata. Learning begins before doing, even if testing sometimes requires doing before learning.

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Author Bio

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C. S. Johnson
is the award-winning, genre-hopping author of several novels, including young adult sci-fi and fantasy adventures such as the Starlight Chronicles, the Once Upon a Princess saga, and the Divine Space Pirates trilogy. With a gift for sarcasm and an apologetic heart, she currently lives in Atlanta with her family. Find out more at http://www.csjohnson.me

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August 6th
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My 3 Dot Life (Review) http://mythreedotlife.com
The Magic of Wor(l)ds (Review) http://themagicofworlds.wordpress.com

August 7th
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August 8th

B is for Book Review (Spotlight) https://bforbookreview.wordpress.com/
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Reviews and Promos by Nyx (Spotlight) https://nyxblogs.wordpress.com/

August 9th
Sophril Reads (Spotlight) https://sophrilreads.wordpress.com
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