Blog Tour Spotlight: The Transparency Tonic by Frank Cole

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When I was asked to participate in the blog tour for The Transparency Tonic by Frank L. Cole, I volunteered to host a spotlight as I haven’t had a chance to read book 1.  This series does sound quite fascinating, and I’m hoping to pick it up someday.  Check out the summary below and see what you think!

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Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: January 16th 2019 by Shadow Mountain

Summary:

It has been nine months since Gordy and his friends, Max and Adilene, Saved B.R.E.W. (the Board of Ruling Elixirists Worldwide) and the Vessel—the power source for the secret society of potion masters. Now, Gordy is starting the eighth grade, and has been trying new potion brewing techniques, but when he starts zoning out during practice, he knows something is wrong.

Gordy and his friends continue to work on their potions, but when Gordy chooses Max as his lab partner, Adilene starts to wonder if she still has a place with her old friends. She turns to a new friend, Cadence, who might know a way to help Adilene become a potion master on her own.

And in Greenland, Mezzarix has a chance to escape his Forbidden Zone—as long as he agrees to work with the mysterious Ms. Bimini and replicate an unusual solution known as “Silt.” It could be just the weapon Mezzarix needs to destroy B.R.E.W. forever.

With both B.R.E.W. and the Vessel in danger, and with the potion world in chaos, it’s up to Gordy, Max, and Adilene to rally the remaining Potion Masters before it’s too late.

frank cole - photo by tia chapman photography

Have you read the first one?  What do you think of the description? Share in the comments.

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Top 10 Tuesday: 2019 Releases I’m Most Excited About

As promised, here is my curated list of the ten books I think I’m most excited for that are coming in 2019!  I mean, this list was super hard to limit.  You have no idea how many awesome SFF books are coming, but I encourage you to definitely check out these 10 for sure.

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Pre-Holiday Book Haul and Kickstarter

With all of the craziness that comes with the end of the year and holidays, I’ve been unable to document all the lovely books that I’ve been blessed with.  Both pre-holiday and as Christmas presents.  In this post, I will focus on the goodies not associated with the holidays.  Another post will deal with all the lovely secret santas that I participated in.  I’m really excited to share all of these wonderful books!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Reads of 2018

Happy Christmas to those of you who celebrate!  And to the rest of you, we’re almost done with 2018!

Today I want to share the top ten books that I’ve read this year, most of them didn’t actually release in 2018, but I’ve been doing a lot of backlog reading, which is great!  These are the ones that really got to me by evoking deep feels or wonderful imagination, vivid images that I made (or will make) into fanart, or just made life a little easier to live.

In no particular order, here are my top ten favorite reads of 2018!

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Waiting on Wednesday Review: In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire

In an Absent Dream (Wayward Children, #4)

Hardcover, 208 pages
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Tor.com

This book feels like me in a nutshell.  A thin, compact tome of distilled essence.  My essence.  How Seanan knew what was hiding in my heart, I may never know.  Perhaps we share a kinship in this.  A little anyway.  Every new Wayward Children novella is a little piece of perfection.

Lundy’s story is one that we learned the overview of in the first book, but I’m so glad that Seanan chose this one to share next.  Even though I knew what the ending had to be, I loved the complete story.  All the bits and pieces that make it special feel like spoilers, so I guess this review will be rather brief.  I’m just incredibly happy to be able to read this series and hope that the publisher keeps it going for a long, long time.

Summary:

This is the story of a very serious young girl who would rather study and dream than become a respectable housewife and live up to the expectations of the world around her. As well she should.

When she finds a doorway to a world founded on logic and reason, riddles and lies, she thinks she’s found her paradise. Alas, everything costs at the goblin market, and when her time there is drawing to a close, she makes the kind of bargain that never plays out well.

For anyone . . .

Fangirl Friday: #squad312 and #terminaluprising with not-the-heroes-you-wanted heroes

2019 is shaping up to be another marvelously fantastic year for new releases in science fiction and fantasy!  The covers are masterfully crafted, the authors are excited to share more and continuing stories, and the pre-order incentives have stepped up their game.

I wanted to bring your attention to two books in particular.  One that’s got some great hype already, and one that’s a little quieter but no less awesome.

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Top 10 Movie/TV Characters I Want a Funko Pop for

I’ve decided to do something a bit different with this post.  It’s actually the first of two three posts (while writing this I discovered there are some fandoms that don’t fit these 2 categories) where I explain why I want Funko Pops of certain characters.  (Spoilers: It’s to feed my Funko addiction collection!)  This post will focus on Movies and TV shows that don’t already have Funkos in existence or announced (that I’m aware of).  These are easier to find photo references for and are more likely to be made someday.  Then the second post will feature favorite book characters that would be auto-buys if Funko ever did make them.  That list is harder to dream about because of the lack of photos, but I’ll talk about that more in that post.  The third will feature whichever ones I’m craving that don’t fit those first two categories.

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