Cover Reveal: The Last Dragon Rider

Reads & Reels Book Tours

Hosted by R&R Book Tours, today I joined in to share a cover reveal for an upcoming book release called The Last Dragon Rider by Errin Krystal. This upcoming book is all about fantasy, adventure and romance.

Without further ado, here it is!!

THE LAST DRAGON RIDER
By: Errin Krystal

The Last Dragon Rider

Synopsis

Trained as an elite warrior from childhood, the elven crown prince Flintathriël fights to bring a stop to a war that began before he was born. With the aid of his betrothed Sairalindë, a skilled mage and dragon rider in her own right, they must find the Book of Souls – an ancient and mysterious tome rumored to have belonged to the god Hath’Raal.

When the missing book turns up in the hands of Mnuvae, the bastard child of the dead king, Flintathriël finds himself fighting to not only save his people from this new threat but also trying to keep Sairalindë safe when Mnuvae takes over the dragons in her attempt to win back the kingdom she believes is rightfully hers.

The love Flintathriël and Sairalindë share shines pure and true, but when the smoke of the battle clears, will their hearts survive the aftermath of war or will their love become a casualty that cannot be revived?

Excerpt

She began wrapping the cloth tightly about her, binding her breasts firmly, criss-crossing the gauzy fabric around her torso and across her stomach, tying it off at her hip. She shimmied into a pair of leather leggings and reached for her foot wraps. To other races—like the dwarves and humans—the elves lack of footwear was strange. The elven people had strong ties to the lands, their magic and mystique were inexplicably linked. Even those who did not practice magic felt the connection to nature, and the elven people had maintained the practice throughout their long history.

After binding her feet and leaving only her toes exposed, she tossed an olive green tunic over her head before quickly weaving her tresses into a thick braid.

Sivath was waiting, and Flintathriël was late. Again.

She was reaching for her leather jerkin when he finally appeared in her doorway.

Arms akimbo, he slouched against the frame, all lean muscle and sharp angles beneath his leathers. Silver-white hair fell across his forehead, hiding the dark arches of his brows as he gazed at her with silvery blue eyes. The mop of hair barely touching his shoulders. His coloring typical of the royal family.

Her gaze traced his tattoos. Sweeping vines encompassed runic symbols, curling downward from his bottom lip, winding and weaving their way down his chin and neck. She knew every line that twisted and spread across his shoulders, and across his back. Etchings that disappeared beneath his tunic and reappeared along his arms. She still remembered the day he received the markings, branding him Nuvian. The day she first gave herself to him, the day she truly became his.

Author Bio

Errin Krystal

Errin Krystal is a fantasy romance writer who has been writing since she was a small child. Her head has always been full of stories. She began work on her first novel when she was sixteen.

She lives with her family in regional Victoria, Australia, and works as a chef. In her quieter moments, she loves to indulge her passion for storytelling, basking in the joy that comes from creating vibrant characters, fantastical worlds and all manner of magical creatures. Dragons and elves, mages and warriors, troubled princes and beautiful princesses, romance, magic, and adventure can all be found in her writing.

Links

Website: http://errinkrystal.weebly.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ErrinKrystal/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ErrinKrystal
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/errin.krystal.bookishwriter/?hl=en
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16828644.Errin_Krystal
Blog: https://errinkrystal.wordpress.com/

A Zombie Christmas 2 (Short Story) by Anthony Renfro

Last week, I shared a short story A Zombie Christmas by our fellow blogger and author Anthony Renfro. You can check out his awesome blog Poetry, Books, Movies and Music. Today we are back to do a little review on his sequel, A Zombie Christmas 2!

Let’s check it out!

A Zombie Christmas 2
by Anthony Renfro

A Zombie Christmas 2

Synopsis

A boy lost. A family desperate. It’s Christmas in a Zombie Apocalypse and Mike Beem is once again aiming for another Holiday miracle. His goal this year isn’t toys for the kids in the neighborhood. His goal this time is trying to save one small life so another family doesn’t have to suffer the way he suffered.

Excerpt

Once inside, Lisa turned around and watched the dead and decaying world disappear behind a solid gate of silver metal. Attached to the gate was a large green Christmas wreath, sparkling with silver and red tinsel. She turned back to the front, and looked at each home (though hard to see clearly in the snow) decorated in muted decorations. Doors and lawns and roofs all displayed some kind of Christmas cheer, and in the center of this peaceful oasis sat the largest Christmas tree she had ever seen. It was kept upright with wooden spikes and strings, and sitting atop of it was a large yellow star spinning like a lighthouse beacon. She looked from the tree to their path, and saw small bags depicting Christmas scenes lining their way. Inside each bag was a small candle, flickering bright in the snow and cold. She flicked her eyes from the candles to the baby carrier and the baby asleep inside of it, kept warm and safe by Mike’s coat draped over her, thankful Mike had given it up so her baby could rest comfortably.

Short review

A Zombie Christmas 2 is a pretty nice addition. It takes the endearing and tough character Mike from the first and continues a year later on Christmas. We now see how he has brought everyone together and in times of desperation, gave everyone around him some hope and even a sense of community. What makes the story great is not only that it focuses on Mike but also on some of the people around him and also on the environment. Zombie stories are a plenty right now but Anthony always puts a neat little twist to add not only danger and action but also remembering that the characters are also human. And to achieve that in a short story, it is why I love his Zombie Holidays series and this addition is great.

Where to get it

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MF4WHII
UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01MF4WHII
AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01MF4WHII
CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01MF4WHII

Nemo’s World (Substrate Wars #2) by Jeb Kinnison

A HUGE thank you to Jeb Kinnison for sending me this novel, his second in  his series The Substrate Wars.  Due to some rather technical issues with e-readers, I hadn’t gotten much ebooks reading done. But, I managed to tough it out in the last month or two with my phone so here I am giving this book 2 and the sequel of Jeb Kinnison’s Red Queen called Nemo’s World.  Recently, he released Book#3 and in anticipation of reading that one, it motivated me to give this one a read (which shouldn’t even be a thing since I had planned to read it a lot earlier this year).

If you missed the review of Red Queen, you can check it out HERE!

Red Queen
By: Jeb Kinnison

Nemo's World

In this thrilling sequel to 2014’s Red Queen, the student rebels have escaped Earth, but the US and Chinese governments continue to try to copy their discovery of quantum gateways to find them and destroy the threat they represent to security interests. The rebels hold off Earth government attacks and continue to develop the new technology, which will change life for everyone and open a million habitable planets for colonization. – Goodreads

Nemo’s World is kind of a half and half deal plot-wise.  We have the first part where they are still settling up the remaining issues from the previous book, Red Queen and then when that is resolved, we start thinking about settling the whole colonization of Earth onto these places in the second part.  Our main characters, Samantha, Justin and Steve all become a key part to lead the story.  It also takes some time to let us get a little more personal with their life and characters. Every time, picking up the world of Substrate Wars series makes me dive into this unreal world.  The dystopian world is believable and the science while being very wordy and full of technical jargon does a decent job to make sure that its readers understand the functions to not hinder from better understanding the progress of the story.

Fact is, Nemo’s World becomes more about politics.  They are trying to iron out the kinks in the political world while ensuring that other countries buy into their idea that this will insure a better future for everyone. When discussing politics, we do start having some more moral issues into this.  Justin turns into the main leader here and in many cases, he does get caught in situations that seems to be a little over his head.  He now has groups together that first agreed to be in this but as would be expected, people and different agendas happen and he has to find a balance to make sure things work out and it won’t end up causing more problems.

The best part of Nemo’s World, aside from the intricate development of the technology and makes me wonder if its believable, because my lack of science knowledge makes me think it could work, is that its about the human nature and morals.  Its about the slippery slope and what to give up and what to not.  In the first book, the characters make a lot of decisions that I agree with.  it felt like we were fighting for the same cause to build a new world where socio-economic-political balance would be there. Nemo’s World is different because this time, I found myself questioning Justin’s logic behind his decisions. I started thinking about how far he would go became he turned exactly into a ruthless political leader.  Extreme measures are needed, threats may be used, even manipulation, perhaps white lies but when does everything start crashing down on you? Its like Jenga, right? He literally controls the most invincible technology in the world that allows teleportation, surveillance and item manipulation from a distance.  How do you manage this power? We come back to a little of the power equals responsibility factor in here. Maybe its because of that, I wonder if it was deliberate that at times, I felt Justin’s character to make some inconsistent decisions.  This colonization is making it hard for him to choose what tactic he wants to use to make sure that everything goes as planned but keeping a certain order and not stepping on too many tails.

Nemo’s World is a sequel well worthy of a read. Its become a rather thought-provoking situation that questions what approach you believe a world like this has and whether it really is all fine and dandy as it first promised or maybe its just really a cycle that will fall right back into what its world has become.  Maybe technology doesn’t change anything, and its the choices we make that have that impact. Because of that, I really think Nemo’s World might evoke different thoughts for other readers. If anything, it makes me wonder what the third book will offer.