May 10, 2014

Reviews, promo, e-mails and recommendations

Soooo, I'm not sure if you remember that I debated whether to write to an author or not (because I wanted to gush about that author's book). Well, I did and he answered with a very nice e-mail. I admit I've even saved the e-mail on my computer because I was so happy to receive an answer. :)

Anyway, since then I'm thinking about reviews, necessary and unnecessary promotion, and so on. I've tried different routes with my two new releases, The Wolf and His Diva, and Sacrifices. Plus, I also send the German publisher a few trinkets (buttons of Andrew and Jim) to celebrate the German translation of A Purrfect Match, called Stubentiger wider Willen. (Hey, and did you see how I sneaked in a little bit of promo? *rolls eyes*).

No matter what I try to do, the only thing that really works (for me at least) is word of mouth and reviews. I wanted to use this blog post to thank each of you for buying my books and for helping to spread the word. I'm very grateful for every review. Okay, I'll be honest here--I like the positive reviews much better than the negative ones. Go figure, huh?

I'm not much of a reviewer myself. If I really love a book it's a hard job for me to get my thoughts sorted and put into words what it is that caused me to fall in love with that book. I do try, however, or at least leave a rating on GoodReads.

Lately, I've read some books by Megan Derr and fell in love with them. I read the Princes of the Blood series and I'm eagerly awaiting the third book, which is scheduled for release in July. High fantasy at its best. :)

Since I have to wait for that book, I dug around and after a recommendation from Nikyta decided to try her Lost Gods series. If you love fantasy, you'll love this series! It consists of five books:

Nine gods ruled the world, until the ultimate betrayal resulted in their destruction. Now, the world is dying and only by restoring the Lost Gods can it be saved.

Nine hundred years ago, the Dragons of the Three Storms, gods of chaos, tried to destroy their land of Kundou. Only by rising up and slaying the Dragons and stealing their power was Kundou saved. Now, that power resides in the royal family and grants them the right to rule.

But that power comes at a terrible price, and Prince Nankyokukai is determined that he will be the last to pay it—even if it means surrendering his chance with the man he has waited for his entire life.





 Nine gods ruled the world until the ultimate betrayal resulted in their destruction. Now, the world is dying, and only by restoring the Lost Gods can it be saved.

In the land of Pozhar, the people fear the return of Zhar Ptitsa, the god of souls and rebirth who nearly destroyed them nine hundred years ago in a terrible rage. To prevent his rebirth, the people hunt down and sacrifice Vessels, those born with a piece of Zhar Ptitsa's soul within them.

The Sacred Texts say that one thousand such Vessels will be born and all must be sacrificed to destroy Zhar Ptitsa once and for all. Now, only two pieces remain in the bodies of two thieves who will not go to the Flames without a fight.




 Nine gods ruled the world until the ultimate betrayal resulted in their destruction. Now, the world is dying and only by restoring the Lost Gods can it be saved.

The Kingdom of Piedre has been torn apart by feuding since the Basilisk was found dead. The Brotherhood of the Black Rose seeks to ensure the Basilisk is destroyed forever, while the Order of the White Rose searches desperately for a way to restore him.

The latest mortal incarnation of the Lost God of Death is Prince Culebra, the Basilisk Prince. Plagued by assassins, one lover dead and the other gone, Culebra spends his days in despair, painfully aware that his predecessors died only one of two ways: murder or suicide.





Nine gods ruled the world until the ultimate betrayal resulted in their destruction. Now, the world is dying and only by restoring the Lost Gods can it be saved.

Verde is ruled by the mortal reincarnations of their Lost Gods: the Faerie Queen, the Pegasus, and the Unicorn, slain nine centuries ago at the base of their Sacred Oak. Every one hundred years, the tragedy repeats itself, plunging Verde ever deeper into despair.

Now, the Tragedy of the Oak draws near and Gael, the Unicorn, grows increasingly afraid because of a dark secret kept by the Three: If he cannot find a way to break the tragic cycle, the Twelve White Beasts and his secret lover are cursed to die right alongside him.



  Nine gods ruled the world, until the ultimate betrayal resulted in their destruction. Now, the world is dying and only by restoring the Lost Gods can it be saved.

Sealed off from the world for nine hundred years, Schatten is a country of darkness and mystery. The power of Teufel, Shadow of the Lost Licht, keeps the rest of the world out, and his deadly Sentinels keep the people of Schatten in. Their only hope for salvation lies in a single line of ancient prophecy.

Sasha wakes up with no memory of where he is, how he got there—or who he is. All he remembers is his name, and falling to a terrible beast with burning violet eyes. All he possesses are the clothes he wears, the weapons he carries, and a strange ring. All he can do is venture deeper into the land of snow and ice in which he is lost, hoping that eventually he will find answers.




The setting of the stories is full and rich and in each book you'll follow the paths of two couples. The relationship between the characters was often marked by a deep longing. All characters were sympathetic and the story of each book as well as the overall story arc was gripping. I devoured those books. My only niggle is that the first two books showed a lot of spelling errors. But that didn't stop me from practically inhaling these books. Hell, I even cried while I read the last two of this series. It's been a few days since I finished reading the series and no book has appealed to me since then, which is a sure sign that I'm not ready to let go of the world and the characters Megan Derr has created. I hope some of you will check out this series, it's worth it! 

2 comments:

  1. You're the second (or third) person to recommand this series to me. I'm going to give it a try...

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    1. That's great! I really hope you'll love the books as much as I do. :)

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