Welcome to March and what is a difficult period for everyone, everywhere. We just need patience while we see this through. Reading is a great way to pass the time and the books below are fun so spend a few hours forgetting what is happening if you can.
I don’t get anything out of recommending them (I have removed any links; I am not interested in profitting from what is a huge weight for all of us) save to show you a good way to pass the time. Stay safe and keep positive, and most of all, stay connected to those you love.
Montana Ash and the Elemental Paladins
This month I am featuring a series by Montana Ash, an Aussie, so Yeah! Her Elemental Paladins has been and continues to be a very entertaining series. I really loved the first three books beginning with Warden (Book 1), and then Paladin (Book 2) and Chade (Book 3). Max, or Mad Max is quite a character and leads our poor hero on a maddening chase because he is a terrible fool until good old common sense comes knocking and he realises he has pure gold in Max. Their relationship is hot and full of tension in the best possible way. After all Max is one awesome chick with some rocking powers, and he is one sexy Alpha male. The books are littered with kick ass men and women that you will love. Lighthearted and fun is a difficult combination to resist.
Shadow Spell Academy -The Culling Trials
This has three books in all and was also an entertaining series from start to finish. There was definitely no shortage of excitement and thrills in the final installment. So much pulse pounding action, in fact, that I confused my FitBit when Wild and party had their trial in the House of Night [I received credit for climbing two flights of stairs for that chapter]. But by far and large, the teammate that gets to pull out all the stops and wow everyone with their skills in this book is our quiet little mouse, Wally. I knew she had it in her. Not to be outclassed though, is the final trial in the House of Wonder undertaken by only part of the team.
One of the best features of this series was the character placement in fight scenes so the reader was not overwhelmed wondering who’s doing what and where did so-and-so go. Some authors tend to do lose readers that way by trying to include all of their characters but this writing duo of K.F. Breene and Shannon Mayer know how to write a fight scene and how to pare it down to who actually needs to be in it to win it.
Consequently I have included the audio because the dramatic elements are highlighted beautifully. I’m sad the series wrapped up but I’m hopeful it will continue on in another avenue now that the trials are finished. There’s a lot to be explored. Plus, my FitBit thinks I’m exercising when I read this series. Win-win.
My last book The Last Letter by Rebecca Yarross is not paranormal but is one that was beautifully written, heartbreaking, and healing all in one exceptional package. The ride Rebecca Yarros took us all on in this book was everything I could have hoped for, and I will hold a special place in my heart for this story and these characters.
Before I move on, I just want to mention Elizabeth Hunter who featured in my Chilling Corner in January. She has a new book Suddenly Psychic and has once again managed a whole different series that engages instantly. Her three characters will each get their turn at a book, and they are wonderfully interesting women who handle newly acquired abilities with humour despite confusion and a tiny bit of fear. It was a lovely read, and I can’t wait for more.
Not sure how this will go but I thought I’d try something new this month as well as the usual sharing of some really good reading. I came across a new blogger to follow the other day. Cassieblog has numerous suggestions for things to enjoy. I decided to follow her because she is industrious in the way she has created her blog. Her fashion suggestions are simple but stylish and her photos quite stunning. She is trying to create a niche and earn a living. I find that enterprising, industrious but most of all inspiring. We can sit back or we can take chances especially when it comes to making a living. So bear with me as I experiment.
I was particularly taken by her suggestions for binging on Amazon Prime. I only chose a couple because I have seen these and they were so enjoyable I thought I would share with you. Too often we miss things because we don’t know about them. The first, Hanna is a full-on action/thriller/coming of age and really good viewing. The second was something I watched by accident and was so glad I did. Love to know what you think. It is all so subjective.
Happy reading or watching,
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