Monday, March 15, 2021

Favorite Books of my Newsletter Subscribers


The bookcase in the image looks very like one in our house. Our bookshelves are less tidy and hold mostly paperback novels. We read several genres, including: mystery, humor, history and historical romance, science fiction and fantasy.  

 

Note: The list below includes my subscribers’ favorite books and/or what they are currently reading.

 

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Bleacke Shifters series by Lesli Richardson

Spider's Bite by Jennifer Estep

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas.

Anita Blake series by Laurell K Hamilton.

Cover My Dreams in Ink by Jessie Dunleavy

Wicked Saints by Emily A Duncan

Ruthless Gods by Emily A Duncan

The Serial Killer's Wife by Alice Hunter

Reginald Bones by Lucien Bane

The Aliomenti Saga by Alex Albrinck

Marnie Baranuik series by AJ Aalto

The Dig by Michael Siemsen

Alastair Stone series by RL King

Children of the Gods by IT Lucas

Graveyard Shift by Angela Roquet

The Myth of Omega by Zoey Ellis

Out of Time  series by Monique Martin

Fallen Immortals series by Alisa Woods

The Gargoyle and Sorceress boxset by Lisa Blackwood

Touched by the Fae by Jessica Lynch

Trapped by the Fae by Jessica Lynch

The Impossible Julian Strande by Kathryn Ann Kingsley

Plum Wine by Angela Davis-Gardner

Mortis Vampire series by JC Diem

Immortal Dragons by Ophelia Bell

The Uncanny Kingdom by David Bussell & Matt Stott

Light Out by Kayelle Allen

The Origin of Pietas by Kayelle Allen

Public Enemy Zero by Andrew Mayne

Station Breaker by Andrew Mayne

Angel Killer by Andrew Mayne

Space Team by Barry Hutchinson

Beyond Dead by Jordaina Robinson

Consequences by Aleatha Romig

Tell Me A Story by Tamara Lush

His Vengeance by Deana Farrady

The Turning Series by JA Huss

Born of Sin by Deanna Richmond

 

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Saturday, March 13, 2021

Too close to a handsome man - snippet from Bridget Bramble and the Wandering Elf for #WeWriWa

 


Welcome to another Sunday with Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday. Reading is a safe pastime during the pandemic. Sample the work of a new author. Read snippets of stories in different genres.

I’m continuing to offer excerpts from my new fantasy, Bridget Bramble and the Wandering Elf. In a few weeks, I hope to begin on snippets from my WIP, Baswin, Book 5 in my Science Fiction series, Taxyon Space.

In last week’s snippet, Windswift has returned to Bridget. The elf says he has found a route and will help her over the landslide.

You can read the snippet at https://auroraspringer.blogspot.com/2021/03/a-thin-rope-snippet-from-bridget.html

The story continues:

For the second time, the elf leaped onto the boulder. Kneeling on the edge, he reached down to her. “Take my hand. I’ll lift you up here.”

Bridget grasped his warm fingers, placed her foot on the side of the rock, and jumped at the same time as he tugged on her hand.

She flew up.

In a supple motion, he straightened his legs and stood erect, drawing her level with him.

Breathless with excitement, she landed on her feet with her breasts almost touching his chest. Her nerves rang alarms. She was standing far too close to a handsome man, a strange elf, yet she dared not step backward and risk falling off the boulder. She blushed and lowered her eyes.

Ten lines and I’m sure you’d like a little more:

Instead of pulling her into an embrace as some men might have done, he dropped her hand and rotated to stand beside her. Gesturing ahead, he said, “Follow my steps. This way is easier.” Without waiting for her reply, he hopped onto the adjacent boulder.

 


Fantasy romance. A young witch escapes the destruction of her home and embarks on a perilous quest for the fabled land where elves and humans live in peace.

In a land threatened by cruel invaders from the east, Bridget Bramble lives in a small village where she barters herbs and carved buttons. When marauders target her village and murder her family, she flees into the woods. Armed with her Granny’s advice and a bag of magic buttons, she sets out on the perilous journey to Oakenwald, the fabled land where elves and men live in harmony. As she travels farther from home, she encounters malicious creatures from the worst kind of folktale.

Lost in the foothills of the mountains, Bridget meets the elf, Windswift the Wanderer. He offers to guide her across the mountain range. But what is the elf doing in human lands? Can an ordinary, or almost ordinary, human girl trust a cold hearted elf to lead her to safety? 

Epic fantasy adventure and romance with darker overtones. This story weaves elements of folklore and a quest for a safe haven in a land where magic is real.  

Available at: AMAZON   iBooks   B&N   Kobo  GooglePlay   Other

I’ll be happy to reply to your comments. 

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Saturday, March 6, 2021

A thin rope - Snippet from Bridget Bramble and the Wandering Elf for #WeWriWa

 


Welcome to another Sunday with Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday. Reading is a safe pastime during the pandemic. Sample the work of a new author. Read snippets of stories in different genres.

I’ll continue with snippets from my new fantasy, Bridget Bramble and the Wandering Elf, for a little longer.  Then, I’ll begin showing you snippets from my WIP, Baswin, Book 5 in my Science Fiction series, Taxyon Space.

In last week’s snippet, the elf Windswift had left Bridget holding his bow while he explores the landslide that is blocking the path. She is still unsure how much he can, or will, help her.

You can read the snippet at https://auroraspringer.blogspot.com/2021/02/hold-my-bow-snippet-from-my-new-fantasy.html

The last lines were: She waited, afraid he might abandon her along with the bow. And even if he found a way into the mountains, how could she follow the same route? She lacked his height and agility. 

We continue: 

After a long and anxious interval, she spotted his lithe figure skipping from one rock to another. He descended the rocks as fast as he had climbed, briefly touching his feet on each surface.

In a short time, he dropped from the final boulder and stood in front of her. His eyes glinting in glee, he sang, “I’ve found the road to the top. A waterfall tumbles over rock steps leading up the cliff.”

Anxiously, she asked, “Is there a path where I can climb to the top?”

“If your heart is stout, you can, with a little help.” His lips curved in a warm smile. “I believe your legs are strong. You have walked many a mile through the woods from your village.”

Ten lines and here’s a little more:

He patted the side of the boulder. “This ascent is by far the most difficult part on the way I’ve scouted.” 

Eyeing the tall boulder dubiously, she asked, “Do you have a rope?”

“Aye.” Reaching under his cloak, he showed her a shiny coil looped over his belt. “My rope is at your service.” His rope, a slender ribbon of smooth cream-colored fiber, looked more suitable for decorating a hat than for carrying a weight.

“It’s very thin,” she said.

“Thin yet strong, My rope is woven of strong elven silk and will hold the weight of two men. I use it to climb trees.” Angling his head to stare at the top of the boulder, he said, “Alas, the rope is too short for a direct ascent. Yet, for this step, you need not use a rope. My strength will suffice.” He pushed his cloak off his shoulder and replaced the rope on his belt.

 


Fantasy romance. A young witch escapes the destruction of her home and embarks on a perilous quest for the fabled land where elves and humans live in peace.

In a land threatened by cruel invaders from the east, Bridget Bramble lives in a small village where she barters herbs and carved buttons. When marauders target her village and murder her family, she flees into the woods. Armed with her Granny’s advice and a bag of magic buttons, she sets out on the perilous journey to Oakenwald, the fabled land where elves and men live in harmony. As she travels farther from home, she encounters malicious creatures from the worst kind of folktale.

Lost in the foothills of the mountains, Bridget meets the elf, Windswift the Wanderer. He offers to guide her across the mountain range. But what is the elf doing in human lands? Can an ordinary, or almost ordinary, human girl trust a cold hearted elf to lead her to safety? 

Available at: AMAZON   iBooks   B&N   Kobo  GooglePlay   Other

I’ll be happy to reply to your comments. 

Please return to http://wewriwa.blogspot.com/ to sample the works of the other writers.

 

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Saturday, February 27, 2021

Hold my bow - snippet from my new fantasy for #WeWriWa and #SnippetSunday

 


Welcome to another Sunday with Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday. Reading is a safe pastime during the pandemic. Sample the work of a new author. Read snippets of stories in different genres.

I’m posting snippets from my new fantasy, which was published early in February. I’m happy with the positive reviews for this book and encouragement to continue the series.

Bridget Bramble has escaped from murderous invaders and is traveling to the fabled land of Oakenwald where elves and men live in harmony. In the foothills of the mountains, she finds the path is blocked by a landslide of huge boulders. Luckily, she meets an elf.

In last week’s snippet, the elf, Windswift the Wanderer, offered to guide Bridget over the mountains. You can read it at: https://auroraspringer.blogspot.com/2021/02/windswift-wanderer-fantasy-romance.html

The elf stepped forward to touch the side of the nearest boulder and gazed upward. Its top reared a handsbreadth above his head. “This landslide has blocked the road to the stairway.” He released his bow from its straps and handed it to her, saying, “Hold my bow while I search for a way over the rocks.”

Taking three paces backward, he sprinted to the boulder and sprang to its top, landing catlike on his hands and feet. Without pausing, he leaped onto the next boulder, and bounded onward, climbing higher and farther away. Once or twice, his gray-cloaked figure disappeared briefly behind a projecting rock. A moment later, he popped into sight again. Finally, he vanished beyond a higher cliff and did not reappear. 

Nine lines and here’s a little more:

Bridget glanced at the bow clutched in her fist, a curved length of ash wood. Why had he given her the bow? It was useless as a weapon without the arrows. Had he deemed the bow an obstacle to his climb? Or did he leave it as a token, a promise of his return?  

She waited, afraid he might abandon her along with the bow. And even if he found a way into the mountains, how could she follow the same route? She lacked his height and agility. 

 

Fantasy romance. A young witch escapes the destruction of her home and embarks on a perilous quest for the fabled land where elves and humans live in peace.

In a land threatened by cruel invaders from the east, Bridget Bramble lives in a small village where she barters herbs and carved buttons. When marauders target her village and murder her family, she flees into the woods. Armed with her Granny’s advice and a bag of magic buttons, she sets out on the perilous journey to Oakenwald, the fabled land where elves and men live in harmony. As she travels farther from home, she encounters malicious creatures from the worst kind of folktale.

Lost in the foothills of the mountains, Bridget meets the elf, Windswift the Wanderer. He offers to guide her across the mountain range. But what is the elf doing in human lands? Can an ordinary, or almost ordinary, human girl trust a cold hearted elf to lead her to safety? 

Available at: AMAZON   iBooks   B&N   Kobo  GooglePlay   Other

I’ll be happy to reply to your comments. 

Please return to http://wewriwa.blogspot.com/ to sample the works of the other writers.

Find a catalog of my published stories HERE.

Join me on Facebook and Twitter 

 

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Windswift the Wanderer - Fantasy Romance - snippet for #WeWriWa and #SnippetSunday

 


Welcome to another Sunday with Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday. Reading is a safe pastime during the pandemic. Sample the work of a new author. Read snippets of stories in different genres.

I’m posting snippets from my new fantasy, which was published this month. After escaping from murderous invaders, Bridget Bramble is traveling to the fabled land of Oakenwald where elves and men live in harmony. She reaches an obstacle, a landslide of huge boulders, and meets an elf. Note, Bridget doesn’t tell him that her buttons include magic charms.  

You can read last week’s snippet at: https://auroraspringer.blogspot.com/2021/02/horrid-memories-snippet-from-bridget.html

The last lines were: He swung his hand in a dismissive gesture. “Few lands are safe in these days. Fewer places offer safety for a maid in a boy’s britches.”

His gray gaze speared dread into her heart. How had he penetrated her disguise so quickly? Did he also pose a threat? She shivered, afraid to speak, and scarcely dared to look at his emotionless face. 

Finally, he flattened his hand on his chest and bowed, saying, “I am called Windswift the Wanderer. Will you grant me the honor of learning your name?”

“Sir, I’m Bridget Bramble. Once I was the chief button maker of the village of Woollensted. But now, I’ve lost the path into the mountains.” 

Nine lines and here’s a little more:

 Giving a tiny nod of acknowledgement, he said, “My journey also lies over the mountains and into Oakenwald. If you wish, I will serve as your guide.” A hint of laughter lightened his voice, “I promise not to harm you, Bridget Bramble, maker of buttons.” 

Scarcely able to believe her luck, she bestowed a beaming smile on him. “Thank you, Windswift. I’ll accept your kind offer.”

Thus, they agreed to travel together across the mountains. In Bridget’s opinion, they made an unlikely couple, a tall fair elf and a young woman disguised as a boy.

 


Fantasy romance. A young witch escapes the destruction of her home and embarks on a perilous quest for the fabled land where elves and humans live in peace.

In a land threatened by cruel invaders from the east, Bridget Bramble lives in a small village where she barters herbs and carved buttons. When marauders target her village and murder her family, she flees into the woods. Armed with her Granny’s advice and a bag of magic buttons, she sets out on the perilous journey to Oakenwald, the fabled land where elves and men live in harmony. As she travels farther from home, she encounters malicious creatures from the worst kind of folktale.

Lost in the foothills of the mountains, Bridget meets the elf, Windswift the Wanderer. He offers to guide her across the mountain range. But what is the elf doing in human lands? Can an ordinary, or almost ordinary, human girl trust a cold hearted elf to lead her to safety? 

Epic fantasy adventure and romance with darker overtones. This story weaves elements of folklore and a quest for a safe haven in a land where magic is real.  

Available at: AMAZON   iBooks   B&N   Kobo  GooglePlay   Other


I’ll be happy to reply to your comments. 

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Saturday, February 13, 2021

Horrid memories - snippet from Bridget Bramble for #WWriWa and #SnippetSunday

 


Happy Valentine's Day!

Welcome to another Sunday with Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday. Reading is a safe pastime during the pandemic. Sample the work of a new author. Read snippets of stories in different genres.

I’m posting snippets from my new fantasy romance, which was published this month. Bridget Bramble has fled from murderous invaders and is traveling to the fabled land of Oakenwald where elves and men live in harmony. She hits an obstacle on the trail, a landslide of huge boulders, and discovers an elf watching her. He speaks gently to her and she explains about the raiders killing her family.

You can read last week’s snippet at: https://auroraspringer.blogspot.com/2021/02/alone-snippet-from-bridget-bramble-for.html

The final lines were: A hint of sympathy entered his voice, “Sad losses in truth. Sad days of warfare among the tribes of men. Elves prefer our peaceful havens.”

Horrid memories flooded into her mind. She squeezed her eyelids shut to stop the flow of tears. But she couldn’t risk ignoring the elf. He was the first sympathetic person she had met in her hasty flight from the pillaged village. She wiped away the tears, nodded and murmured, “I’ve been traveling alone for six days.”  

“Are you seeking the passage through the peaks?”

“Yes,” she replied in growing confidence. “I’m seeking the land of Oakenwald, which lies beyond the mountain range. My great grandparents traveled from Oakenwald to Barringsland. They settled in the village where I was born.”

10 lines and a few more:

His musical voice became grave, “The journey over the mountains is difficult and dangerous.”

She cocked her head, asking, “What are the dangers?”

“Dangers of falling rocks and violent gales. Dangers from vicious beasts and men.”

She chewed her lip. “I have to cross the mountains. It’s not safe for me to stay in this land.”

He swung his hand in a dismissive gesture. “Few lands are safe in these days. Fewer places offer safety for a maid in a boy’s britches.”

 


Fantasy romance. A young witch escapes the destruction of her home and embarks on a perilous quest for the fabled land where elves and humans live in peace.

In a land threatened by cruel invaders from the east, Bridget Bramble lives in a small village where she barters herbs and carved buttons. When marauders target her village and murder her family, she flees into the woods. Armed with her Granny’s advice and a bag of magic buttons, she sets out on the perilous journey to Oakenwald, the fabled land where elves and men live in harmony. As she travels farther from home, she encounters malicious creatures from the worst kind of folktale.

Lost in the foothills of the mountains, Bridget meets the elf, Windswift the Wanderer. He offers to guide her across the mountain range. But what is the elf doing in human lands? Can an ordinary, or almost ordinary, human girl trust a cold hearted elf to lead her to safety? 

Epic fantasy adventure and romance with darker overtones. This story weaves elements of folklore and a quest for a safe haven in a land where magic is real.  

Available at: AMAZON   iBooks   B&N   Kobo  GooglePlay   Other


I’ll be happy to reply to your comments. 

Please return to http://wewriwa.blogspot.com/ to sample the works of the other writers.

 

Find a catalog of my published stories HERE.

Join me on Facebook and Twitter 

 

 

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Alone? Snippet from Bridget Bramble for #WeWriWa and #SnippetSunday

 


Welcome to another Sunday with Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday. Reading is a safe pastime during the pandemic. Sample the work of a new author. Read snippets of stories in different genres.

I’m posting snippets from my new fantasy about a witch and an elf. The book released last week. Bridget Bramble flees her home when invaders plunder the village and kill her brother. She decides to travel to the fabled land of Oakenwald where elves and men live in harmony. After walking for 6 days, she encounters a landslide that blocks the trail. But a mysterious stranger is watching her.

You can read last week’s snippet at: https://auroraspringer.blogspot.com/2021/01/a-stranger-is-watching-snippet-from-new.html

The final lines were: In a flash of insight, she guessed the origin of his weirdness. He must be an elf. How marvelous.

We continue with minor changes from the original.

In a gesture of good will, she released her dagger and twined her fingers over her chest. Her locket and charmed bracelet were within reach. Still wary of his intentions and unsure of the proper etiquette, if any, for addressing an elf, she cocked her head in an unvoiced question and waited for him to speak.

He watched her in silence for an age.

More questions raced through her mind. What was an elf doing on the borders of Barringsland? Would he harm her? Elves were not deemed malevolent, however, she knew little about them in reality. Granny had spoken in hushed tones of the beautiful folk. Other villagers warned of elven magic and their disdain for humans.

End of official 10 lines, and read on…

At last, the elf blinked and said, “Alone? Why are you alone, little one? Alone on the road to the mountains?” His voice was as light and lilting as if he were chanting a melody.

Unwisely or not, she blurted out the truth, “Yes. I’m alone. My family’s gone. My neighbors were killed or captured. Raiders burned our homes.”

A hint of sympathy entered his voice, “Sad losses in truth. Sad days of warfare among the tribes of men. Elves prefer our peaceful havens.”

 

Fantasy romance. A young witch escapes the destruction of her home and embarks on a perilous quest for the fabled land where elves and humans live in peace.

In a land threatened by cruel invaders from the east, Bridget Bramble lives in a small village where she barters herbs and carved buttons. When marauders target her village and murder her family, she flees into the woods. Armed with her Granny’s advice and a bag of magic buttons, she sets out on the perilous journey to Oakenwald, the fabled land where elves and men live in harmony. As she travels farther from home, she encounters malicious creatures from the worst kind of folktale.

Lost in the foothills of the mountains, Bridget meets the elf, Windswift the Wanderer. He offers to guide her across the mountain range. But what is the elf doing in human lands? Can an ordinary, or almost ordinary, human girl trust a cold hearted elf to lead her to safety? 

Epic fantasy adventure and romance with darker overtones. This story weaves elements of folklore and a quest for a safe haven in a land where magic is real.  

Available at: AMAZON   iBooks   B&N   Kobo  GooglePlay   Other



 
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Tuesday, February 2, 2021