Review- Amaranthine by Lanie Jacobs

 

Where to start…. Wow. 

Ok, as stated previously, I am NOT a professional book reviewer. I’m just someone who loves to read. I’m also an author and firmly believe that reading makes us better writers. That being said, I’m going to attempt to give a review of Amaranthine by Lanie Jacobs.

Synopsis:  With Graduation only weeks away, Khalida’s normal,  everyday boring life is turned upside down. Never knowing her past, Khalida is thrown into a world of vampires, but not just any vampires; ones who will hunt to the ends of the earth to kill her. Luke, a boy she could never fully walk away from, is thrust into the chaos, forced to take on the world to save her. Though willing to do anything, can he help Khalida save her from herself?
Genre: YA, paranormal 

First things first. I’ve had this on my to read list for a while. After reading the reviews I decided to move it to the top of my list. At just 229 pages, it is a quick read though admittedly, I wasn’t ready for it to end.

The first novel for Lanie, Amaranthine is a book of teen love, betrayal, forgiveness, vampires, the paranormal world, and good versus evil. 

In the beginning I found myself rooting for Khalida. I sympathized with her awkwardness. The insecurities she felt as a teen, weeks away from graduation. And then enters Luke, the devilishly dark and handsome boy that steals her heart, though her pride won’t allow her to budge. I liked that it wasn’t the typical story of a good girl throwing herself at the bad boy. 

With time, however, and like all good love stories, the two of them found their groove, each needing the other desperately. One unable to live without the other. The protectiveness Luke felt for Khalida was unmistakable and well portrayed. Her stubbornness was at times frustrating (only because I’m a hopeless romantic!) but I understood the why’s of her character. Loving someone means protecting them at all costs, happiness in the moment be damned. 

Vega, Khalida’s best friend, was one of my favorites. We’re also introduced to many vampires within their coven, all as charming as the next. There are, of course, the evil vampires as well, all very vile and each as despicable as the next, making for an interesting clash of good versus evil. The fight scenes are very well written, action packed, and had me on the edge of my seat. 

This wasn’t the typical vampire book for me, which I like. And the world of paranormal is new for me as I tend to lean towards the romance/suspense side, but I am so glad I read this book. As a debut novel, I was blown away by Lanie’s uncanny ability to portray scenes and characters, transporting me into the pages. Very well done and highly recommended.

5 out of 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

P.S. I also happen to know there is a sequel coming out, so Mrs. Jacobs… Get to writing! I need to know how this ends!!! 

If you’d like to purchase a copy of Amaranthine for yourself, and I highly suggest you do, here’s the link! Happy weekend, everyone!

Amazon- Amaranthine by Lanie Jacobs

Friday Feature Author- T.L. Henry

Hello lovelies! I’m so excited to introduce you to this weeks author, T.L. Henry. Please support her by following, liking, buying a copy of her book, and of course sharing! Love her book cover as well!! Have a fabulous weekend! 
 
Hello everyone, I’m T L Henry and I want to give a big thank you to Kelly Miles for giving me this opportunity to introduce myself.
Interview questions:

How long have you known you wanted to be a writer?

I made it through the trials and tribulations of being a teen by writing poetry. None of that work has ever been published so I must be keeping it for myself. I knew then that I loved writing, but was unaware that I would ever be writing for the enjoyment of others.

What novels/works have you released and what are you working on now?

My husband challenged me to write my first novel in 2008. He said I had mentioned it too many times to not give it a try. I got smart and said, “Maybe I will.” After a couple of hours at the computer, my first chapter was written for my first novel, Meadowbrook Summer which was published in 2009. Meadowbrook Summer is a coming of age novel for teens set in a small southern town where young love goes through its challenges; teens learn what it means to mature, take risks and perfect the art of friendship.

My life became a whirlwind and I did not write again until January of 2015. By late spring of 2015 my second novel, Secrets I’ve Been Keeping, was released. This romance/drama coupled with a heaping helping of humor was a blast to write. Rowan is the developer who has a secret he has only shared with two people. Those two people happen to be his wife’s two closest friends. Blathe works for Rowan and would like nothing more than to get wind of this secret and use it against him. What happens to Blathe when she does? What happens to Rowan when Anna, his wife, is made aware? Personalities collide within this upscale development and we find out that people aren’t always who they portray themselves to be. Secrets are not meant to be shared, but in this small town, revenge is sweet.

Currently, I am working on the sequel to Secrets I’ve Been Keeping. In Secrets Revealed, I’ve taken one of the more interesting characters and expanded on their story. Secrets revealed should be released by summer 2016.

Do you have any tips for other authors who are just starting out?

For those authors who are just starting out, I would say to enjoy what you are doing and believe in what you are writing. It is always apparent when I read a novel that is written by an author who truly loves writing. Secondly, don’t worry about being an Indie author/traditional author. Both have their pros and cons.

Is there anyone who has influenced your writing?

Yes, when I was little, I read the Boxcar Children series By Gertrude chandler Warner and she had a way of making me feel as if I could taste the stew being cooked over a fire or feel a character’s emotions. I would say that from early on, I remembered her style of writing and have tried to give my readers a story they could feel, rather than just read.

Any favorite authors or quotes?

Benjamin Franklin once said, “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”

Vivian Greene said, “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.

Those two quotes remind me to do the best that I can and to make the best of what I’m given.

Tell us a little about yourself…

I’m Author T L Henry and I’m an Indie Writer who lives in the Atlanta, Ga metro area. If I’m not reading, I’m probably writing. Along with writing, I am married and have three adult daughters. I’m a registered dental hygienist and the primary caregiver of my 85 years young father. How do I do it? One day at a time coupled with much love and affection. I love to write and studying people gives me great ideas for future characters.

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Great Reviews!

4.0 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

A new author who writes in the Faulkner style., May 1, 2015

By George

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This review is from: Secrets I’ve Been Keeping (Kindle Edition)

Good book. Well written in the Faulker style with lots of detail. Reminded me so much of Dean Faulker Wells style of writing in Every Day By The Sun.

5 out 5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

 I enjoyed the book and can hardly wait until the next …

By ada – June 24, 2015

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I enjoyed the book and can hardly wait until the next book comes out. T.L. Henry’s style of writing is a little different. I like the way she shows what her characters are thinking. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a book that will hold your attention.

5 out of 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Great read!!

By Amazon Customer – May 27, 2015

This book is great. I didn’t want to put it down. It left me wanting more. Patiently waiting on the next.

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 5 out of 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

what a great read!

By Skip Slaughter – August 6, 2015

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My husband ordered this book for me. Knowing I love a good romance novel but the stories seems to be the same. Not this one though! The husband is a good guy and so is his wife! They really love each other. The spin is funny and keeps you turning the pages. Great read. I hope there’s a second book on the other characters in the book, it left me wondering where their live may go.

   

Branding Yourself as an Author

I’ve never really thought about this until I read this fabulous blog post, guest posted by Nichole Severn. When people ask “what I do”, my first response is always to say “I’m a mom” or “I’m a housewife”. And while those things are certainly true and never-ending, I’m also an author. And I always fail to mention that. 

There is some great advice in this article about branding yourself and ways to stand out to readers. Hope it helps you on your journey to becoming an author, or if you already are one, that it helps grow your target audience. Click link to be redirected! 

Branding Yourself as an Author
*reposted from mandywallace.com

Creative and Free Ways to Advertise Your Book

We all know self-publishing is not only a daunting task, but also an expensive one. However, you have to market, market, market if you have any hope of people discovering your work. Here are some examples of free advertising to get you started. Most of these we already know about, but if you’re new to the game, hopefully these will be of help to you! Have a fantastic weekend everyone! 

Click here to read about advertising your book for free!
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Friday Feature- Anna H.

***I do not endorse, nor am I affiliated with any of the following authors. Their works are their own and my opinions have no basis on the author featured. The purpose is to connect writers and readers who may have similar interests. Please be respectful of all authors featured and as always, please feel free to share.***

Hi guys! Another few stressful weeks here, but at least this time I didn’t forget my featured author/blogger. Lol! Hope you all have had a great week and cheers for an even better weekend! Updates are coming soon, as well as a few more excerpts from Blake’s Hope! 

To understand Anna even more, here is a snippet of what she sent. Authors, it is so important to lift one another up. This business is hard enough as it is. I would much rather someone else get the attention and the spotlight, and as such I endeavor to help any way I can. I’m in competition with no one and it simply amazes me those who have no qualms about pushing others aside to get ahead. Be kind. Be thougtful. And be supportive any time the opportunity presents itself. I promise you will get it back ten fold. XX

Please follow and support Anna. She has a lot of great things to say and share! Click the links below to be redirected. 

  
In Anna’s own words! I love her spunk!!

Anna- “These are a lot of important blogs I’m sharing with you. Just to let you know, I am a 1-woman show and turn no profit off these blogs. Some adult viewers may be intimidated by my inflection because I am uncensored, opinionated, sarcastic, and can be very blunt.

It has been extremely hard these last 3 years trying to rebuild an audience, after The Xanga Team re-branded their own blogging community, Xanga. After making it a requirement for everyone to pay to blog on Xanga, while hosting it on WordPress, it caused a huge divide among bloggers. 

It led to friends and subscribers going their separate ways. Most Xangans became discouraged and quit blogging completely.

I was 1 of Xanga’s top bloggers and shared numerous links to other free blogging platforms. However, most Xangans did nothing except nit pick and make excuses for why they disliked each blogging site. Long story short, I have been going it alone for these last 3 years.

You have no idea the amount of blogging communities and social media sites I have joined over the years. Because I created my own website with a website builder, other people have done a number of things. 

Some refuse to share and support the blogs on my website YET they always want favors. Some are opportunistic copycat bloggers. 

Meanwhile, there are others, who act indifferent, standoffish, and/silently begrudge me for simply having my own website. Because it’s not THEIR content and because it’s not them, they don’t care anymore. It’s mostly pettiness.”

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A heated fight ensued and the next thing I knew, he had me pinned against the wall, trapping me with his arms. Never had I feared him. Not until now. But the point when I expected him to hit me, he instead leaned in and kissed me. He kissed me like it was the first time and the last. As if we’d not done this a thousand times before. When he caught his breath , he whispered against my lips. “Don’t ever be mad with me. Don’t ever get angry with me again. Not when I’m trying to save you. Not when I’m so in love with you.” 
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