My 1st Novel – DONE!

I took a little hiatus this summer from my blog.  The main reason was to finish and polish my first novel and enjoy the summer with the family.  I’m happy to report, the novel ‘Magick’ is being published Sept 16, 2016, and is available for pre-order now.

Yahoo! MAGICK is here.

It’s been such an experience and an exciting time for me so far, although I tend to dread the marketing piece of being an indie author, none the less, I’m jumping on the train.  It’s also providing the momentum of writing the 2nd book – I ended up with a series on my hands!

I write under the pen name, Mira Monroe.  A story for another time as to why…  It’s a YA (Young Adult) fantasy novel for ages 14 and up.  If you enjoy a fun adventure check out it out.

Avg. 4-star reviews on Goodreads thus far in ARCs; as one reviewer said:

…I love a good ending and usually, I either remove or add one star to my final rating because of it. It was very tensed, full of action and magick and it all went really well. I was really excited at the end and this fact speaks for itself… – Reviewer

Well worth checking out this new author Mira Monroe!! I was lucky to get an advanced readers copy, but it comes out soon. Magick sets up a delightful maze of alternative realms. It’s ingenious. And just when you are truly frustrated (but in a good way like on the edge of your seat) the story unfolds beautifully. I’d almost describe it as a psychological mind teaser with alternate planes and realms set in the current day and with an almost fairy tale style… – Author of First Born, Janelle Gabay

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MAGICK

Willow and her best friends, Emily and Lucy, are making plans for a great senior year and daydreaming about life away from sleepy Chepstow, Massachusetts. Willow tries for a life under the radar, where her biggest adventure is dating Daniel – voted best all-around guy. Her life is perfect, until a long-lost grandmother reveals that not only does she come from a long line of Wiccans, but she’s also part of the royal family – and next in line for the crown! Not everyone is happy to discover this outsider is about to take the throne, and Willow’s life is in danger – along with those around her. Willow’s world is turning upside-down, as a new realm invades, complete with rogue Guardians and a handsome warrior who’s sworn to stand by her side. Rhydian knows everything she doesn’t, and Willow must learn to use her magick to uncover the dark secrets about her family’s past in order to save the Edayri realm and everyone she’s ever loved before it’s too late.

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Pre-order and join my author page – Mira Monroe that’s where you’ll get the scoop and stay in the inner circle.

Thanks to all my fellow writing peeps for the support over the last 9-12 months.  It’s a fantastic community of support and I love it.  Cheers to a great weekend!

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

My last read of 2014 and it knocked it outta the park!

5 out of 5 stars – easily.

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This is a Young Adult story about Mara Dyer in the aftermath of a tragedy where she is the surviver of a building collapse where three of her friends die, which include her best friend and boyfriend.

Mara’s mind is unraveling as she takes up in a new town and new school with her family.  To see more of my review, click here:

GoodReads Review

My favorite quotes from the story:

“Fix me,” I commanded him. “This thing, what I’ve done – there’s something wrong with me, Noah. Fix it.” Noah’s expression broke my heart as he brushed my hair from my face, and skimmed the line of my neck. “I can’t”

“Why not?” I asked, my voice threatening to crack.

“Because,” he said, “You’re not broken.”  ― Michelle Hodkin, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

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“Did I just see you litter?’
‘I’m driving a hybrid. It cancels out.” ― Michelle Hodkin, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

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“Asscrown,” I muttered under my breath as I headed to my next class. I wasn’t proud of swearing at a complete stranger, no. but he started it.

Noah matched my pace. “Don’t you mean ‘assclown’?” He looked amused.

“No,” I said, louder this time. “I mean asscrown. The crown on top of the asshat that covers the asshole of the assclown. The very zenith in the hierarchy of asses,” I said, as though I was reading from a dictionary of modern profanity.

“I guess you nailed me then.” ― Michelle Hodkin, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

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Have you read this story, what did you think? Would love to hear from you.  If not, certainly put it on your list to read soon.

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Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Allegiant (Divergent Series Book #3) By Veronica Roth

Rating: 3 stars out of 5 stars

Allegiant is the final book in the Divergent YA series written by Veronica Roth. I was so thrilled with the first book in thisAllegiant_DemiJacket_WetProofTest.indd series, in fact it received a 5 star rating from me.  So you can imagine my excitement going into this last book.

However this quote from this last book sums it up well,

“I suppose a fire that burns that bright is not meant to last.” ― Veronica Roth, Allegiant

My Allegiant Goodreads Review

I was ‘meh’ with the book and the story line direction.  Such a promising series and it was still good mine you, as I continued to read it to the end.  I was left unsatisfied with the tragic twists and turn aspect of the plot.  The author does stay true to the main character Tris Prior, but in the end I felt jilted that this was it, kinda like:

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Book Quotes I Enjoyed:

“I wonder if fears ever really go away, or if they just lose their power over us.” ― Veronica Roth, Allegiant

“There is a difference between admitting and confessing. Admitting involves softening, making excuses for things that cannot be excused; confessing just names the crimes at its full severity.” ― Veronica Roth, Allegiant

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Illusion by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Illusion (Chronicles of Nick #5) By Sherrilyn Kenyon

Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars

This is book 5 in the Young Adult series by Sherrilyn Kenyon focusing on a well loved (especially by me) character from artworks-000074210454-qmgxad-originalher adult series Nicholas “Nick” Ambrosius Gautier (pronounced Go-shay). Nick has always wanted to be normal kid and avoid his demon biological side that’s fated to end the world, and in this book he gets to see the flip side of what his normal world would look like. Of course normal isn’t always what it seems cue all other characters from the adult Dark-Hunters Series and twist them into polar opposites. This makes for a heck of an adventure and many laugh out loud moments from a typical sarcastic witty male teenager that is written to perfection. Great addition to the series so far!

If you haven’t read the previous books, I’m not sure how you could love this book, the way die-hard fans such as myself would. So many characters so many twists and turns and fun throughout the series. I really get tickled with this YA series and enjoy the paranormal series that author has weaved so perfectly that we get a second sight of seeing Nick grow up and possibly change plots in future DH books.

GoodReads Review

Rumor has it, movie and TV deals are in the making for this series… I pray they (movie and TV Gods) get this right, it’s too good to not pay it the right attention. None the less, I would highly recommend you enjoy the books prior to the visual entertainment, the mental entertainment is top-notch if you enjoy a good paranormal.

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“There was a reason why there was only a single stairway to heaven, but an entire highway to hell.” ― Sherrilyn Kenyon, Illusion

“When the going gets tough, the tough gets napalm. -Nick” ― Sherrilyn Kenyon, Illusion

“By the power of Grayskull. . . I have the power!” Nick
“By the power of Grayskull, I’m going to cleave your skull from your shoulders if you don’t take this seriously.” Caleb”
― Sherrilyn Kenyon, Illusion

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