Giveaway: Dark Faerie Prize Pack

The lovely E.J. Stevens is here with a chance to win an awesome prize pack!

Read below for more details and a look inside the prize! 


Let’s celebrate the holidays and ring in the new year with fabulous prizes.  Today we are giving away a HUGE dark faerie themed prize pack.

Dark Faerie Prize Pack

We are giving away a Dark Faerie Prize Pack, including a coloring book, faerie necklace, book, earbuds, and more!

  • Gothic Dark Fantasy Coloring Book
  • Faerie Necklace
  • Amy Brown Faerie Greeting Card
  • Ivy Granger LED Keychain Flashlight
  • Ivy Granger Button
  • Shadow Sight (Ivy Granger #1) Ebook
  • Signed Ivy Granger Postcard
  • Custom Purple Earbuds
Dark Faerie Prize Pack EJ Stevens Ivy Granger Fantasy Purple

To enter, please use the Rafflecopter form below.  This giveaway is open to the US, UK, and Canada.  Giveaway begins December 15, 2016 and ends December 31, 2016.

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Book Review: Octavia E. Butler by Gerry Canavan

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Enchanted Review

I’ve recently become intrigued by Octavia E. Butler and her award-winning science fiction, so when Gerry Canavan, a professor of English at Marquette University, came out with this book about Butler, I knew I wanted to read it.  Canavan has delved into the Octavia E. Butler archive at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, to illuminate her character and her works in an accessible way for the general public—not the academic one. He details a shy, depressed, and lonely African-American woman who grew up as an only child to a mother who worked as a cleaning lady for white people. Her father had died when she was only seven. She fell in love of reading at an early age, especially comic books, but certainly science fiction, and was an avid reader. She kept journals throughout her life and practiced a “positive obsession” in writing down her goals and dreams. She wanted to be a writer. She wanted to make good money at being a writer. This, however, would be something that she struggled to do throughout her life, performing odd jobs to make ends meet, and always teetering toward bankruptcy. That would change when she won the $295,000 MacArthur Fellowship (aka “Genius Award”) that allowed her to purchase a home and live more comfortably.

Canavan does an excellent job of analyzing Butler’s various novels through the lenses of her journals and other drafts accessible at the Huntington Library. He shows how Butler focused on certain topics over her career: power, racism, sexism, slavery, procreation, and rape. Though her stories can be seen as “bleak,” she did not see a how the societies she explored could lead to a happy ending. She definitely did not write utopian fiction.

This is a must-read book for any Octavia E. Butler fan, or for anyone who is interested in alternate views in science fiction. Canavan proves an excellent guide through Butler’s fiction, and you’ll want to take time with this book, exploring Butler’s books and stories as Canavan moves through them. There is absolutely so much to be explored here, and I’m sure much fruit will be born from the Huntington Library on Octavia E. Butler. I’ll be rereading and enjoying this book for some time to come.

 

Reviewed by Christina


About the Book

I began writing about power because I had so little, Octavia E. Butler once said. Butler’s life as an African American woman–an alien in American society and among science fiction writers–informed the powerful works that earned her an ardent readership and acclaim both inside and outside science fiction. Gerry Canavan offers a critical and holistic consideration of Butler’s career. Drawing on Butler’s personal papers, Canavan tracks the false starts, abandoned drafts, tireless rewrites, and real-life obstacles that fed Butler’s frustrations and launched her triumphs. Canavan departs from other studies to approach Butler first and foremost as a science fiction writer working within, responding to, and reacting against the genre’s particular canon. The result is an illuminating study of how an essential SF figure shaped themes, unconventional ideas, and an unflagging creative urge into brilliant works of fiction.


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Title: Octavia E. Butler

Author: Gerry Canavan

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

Cost: $22.00 (paperback)

Length: 224 pages

Purchase Link: CLICK HERE


Book Review: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

What do you do when you’ve experienced success but are afraid that success will never visit your door again? You write another bestseller…

At least, that’s what Elizabeth Gilbert did. Big Magic is a personal narrative talking about the fear and nervousness she felt after the overnight success of Eat, Pray, Love, a book that wasn’t expected to be nearly as successful as it was.

I really wanted to love this book. The cover is amazing, and as a writer, each acceptance letter brings about those same feelings. Whew. I did it…but can I do it again?

But I didn’t love it. It left me lukewarm. It’s advertised as “Creative Living Beyond Fear” but I never really felt she truly addressed the fear I wanted her to address. Perhaps my fear is different enough that I couldn’t connect. I’m not sure. It simply wasn’t what I had hoped for.

 

3 LampsEnchanted Rating: 3.5


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Title: Big Magic

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert

Publisher: Riverhead Books

Length: 285 pages

Release Date: Sept. 22, 2015

Amazon Link: Buy it HERE*


About the Book

From the worldwide bestselling author of Eat Pray Love: the path to the vibrant, fulfilling life you’ve dreamed of.

Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work,  embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.

— Description from Amazon.com

About the Author

Elizabeth Gilbert is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat Pray Love and several other internationally bestselling books of fiction and nonfiction. Gilbert began her career writing for Harper’s Bazaar, Spin, The New York Times Magazine and GQ, and was a three-time finalist for the National Magazine Award. Her story collection Pilgrims was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway award; The Last American Man was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. The follow-up memoir Committed became an instant #1 New York Times bestseller. Her latest novel, The Signature of All Things, was named a Best Book of 2013 by The New York Times, O Magazine, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, and The New Yorker. Gilbert’s short fiction has appeared in Esquire, Story, One Story, and the Paris Review.

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Cover Reveal: Curse on the Land

Set in the same world as Faith Hunter’s New York Times bestselling Jane Yellowrock novels, the second Soulwood novel tells the story of a woman whose power comes from deep within the earth…
 
Before Nell Ingram met skinwalker Jane Yellowrock, she had no one to rely on, finding strength only in in her arcane connection to the dark woods around her. But now she has friends in the newly-formed PsyLED team to keep her grounded—even if being part of the agency responsible for policing paranormals presents dangers of its own…
 
After training at the PsyLED academy, Nell returns home to her woods to find the land feeling sick and restless. And that sickness is spreading. With the help of her team, under the leadership of agent Rick LaFleur, Nell tries to determine the cause. But nothing can prepare them for the evil that awaits: an entity that feeds on death itself. And it wants more


 

 

Are you ready for the GORGEOUS cover?

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Don’t miss Blood of the Earth on August 2, 2016 and Curse on the Land November 1, 2016! 

Release Party! BIRTHRIGHT by E.J. Stevens

Birthright by E.J. Stevens ~ Release Party Fun! 

Today we are celebrating the release of BIRTHRIGHT, the fourth full-length novel in the award-winning Ivy Granger urban fantasy series by E.J. Stevens.  We have a special book excerpt, commenter prizes, and a HUGE swag giveaway.  So grab a cupcake and some punch.  It’s time to party!

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Birthright (Ivy Granger #4) by E.J. Stevens

Being a faerie princess isn’t all it’s cracked up to be…

Ivy must go to Faerie, but the gateway to the Wisp Court is through Tech
Duinn, the house of Donn—Celtic god of the dead. Just her luck.

Unable to share her secret with Jinx, and with Jenna called away on
Hunters’ Guild business, Ivy must rely on Ceff and Torn to lead her to
Death’s door, literally, and back again. As if that wasn’t dangerous
enough, there’s no saying what horrors lay in store within the Faerie
realm. Too bad the Wisp Court is the one lead Ivy has in the search for
her father—and possible salvation.

Maybe hiding away and dodging sidhe assassins isn’t so bad after all…

Release Date:  July 14, 2015

Genre:  Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Now available (ebook/trade paperback) at
Amazon, Amazon.uk, Kobo, iTunes, and other fine retailers.
Add Birthright to your TBR list:

Birthright Book Excerpt

Wisps buzzed through the air, their musical humming rising in pitch
as they darted in for a closer look.  I sat on the mossy embankment and
smiled, watching the playful wisps.

With my father’s key helping to guide us, we’d left the deadly bog
and its poisonous gas behind.  I breathed deeply, and let out a happy
sigh.

“I don’t know what you’re so happy about,” Torn said, shaking water
from his hair.  “We’re covered in mud and smell like troll farts.”

It was true.  The sulfurous swamp gasses did smell an awful lot
like something that would come out of Marvin after he ate an entire
cauldron of Kaye’s chili, but I didn’t care.  We were alive.  And so
far, my wisp brethren weren’t trying to kill me.

I’m not sure what it said about my life that the lack of fratricide
upon my homecoming made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.  Probably
best not to think too much about it, and just enjoy the moment.

I shrugged, and kept on smiling.

“Well don’t get too comfortable, Fish Breath is on his way over with his pensive face,” Torn said.

He stalked off to sit on a rock a few paces away, but I shrugged
again and closed my eyes, turning my face to the moon and stars above
us.  I wasn’t going to let Torn ruin this moment.

“Are you feeling well?” Ceff asked, settling on the mossy ground beside me.

I cracked an eye open, grinning from ear to ear.

“I feel great, never better,” I said.  In fact, I felt a bit dizzy
and my lips tingled, like I’d had too much to drink.  Only I would get
buzzed off the buzzing of wisps.  “Just buzzed off the buzzing.”

I hiccupped, and giggled, the laugh coming out in an undignified snort that startled the nearest wisps.

“Are you sure that you are not angry, or afraid?” he asked.

I forced myself to look up into Ceff’s face.  His head was titled
to the side, as if listening for something, but his attention was
focused solely on me.

“I’m fiiine, really,” I said, waving a hand.  My eyes widened, and I let out another giggle.  “I’m glowing.”

“Which is probably what has his highness’ panties in a bunch,” Torn
said, coming over to tower above me, arms crossed.  “There is something
weird about seeing you smile like that, especially when you’re
glowing.”

“What?” I asked.  “I smile.”

“Almost never, and when you do, it’s usually because you’re killing
something,” he said.  “Not that I’m judging.  I’m just saying Fish
Breath has a point.  You’re different.”

“She is high on power,” Ceff said, eyes going tight.  “I should
have recognized the signs sooner, but I was focused on our flight
through the bog, and then with releasing the water magic that held our
masks together.”

“You think it’s the wisps?” Torn asked.

“That would be my guess,” Ceff said, rubbing his jaw.

“This didn’t happen after our run in with those wisps in Ocean Overlook cemetery, did it?” Torn asked.

“No,” Ceff said.  “Not that we noticed.  But Ivy was badly wounded
that night, and took days to recover consciousness.  And…I…I was not at
my most attentive.”

That was the night that I’d killed his ex-wife.  Melusine may have
been the raging psychotic bitch who’d murdered his children, and tried
to kill us as well, but that didn’t mean her death had been easy on
Ceff.

The memory of Ceff’s grief flooded me, pushing the giddiness away.

“I think…I think I’m back to normal now,” I said.  I yawned,
covering my mouth with the back of my gloved hand.  Ignoring the
encroaching bone deep fatigue, I tried to pull myself to my feet, but
sank back down when a wave of dizziness nearly toppled me over.  “I just
need a minute.”

“You are exhausted,” Ceff said, brow wrinkling.  “Rest here.  I will keep first watch.”

“But my father’s court…” I said, but my words were cut short by another yawn.

“Will still be there tomorrow,” Torn said.

“Plus, I can scout ahead while you sleep,” Ceff said.  “We will
make better progress if we are rested and certain of the path ahead.”

“Fine,” I said, eyes fluttering closed.  “But just a quick nap.”

The last thing I saw, before losing myself to the darkness of
sleep, was a cloud of wisps hovering over me, lending me their
warmth…and their power.


Birthright Release Day Giveaway

We are giving away a BIRTHRIGHT t-shirt, button, signed postcard, and mini poster to one lucky winner!

To enter, please use the Rafflecopter form below.  This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL. Giveaway ends August 4, 2015.

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About the Ivy Granger Series

The Ivy Granger series is an urban fantasy series written by E.J. Stevens. The series is told in the first-person point-of-view of Ivy Granger, a psychic detective with ties to the paranormal underworld of Harborsmouth—ties that ensnare Ivy and her friend Jinx in the Machiavellian schemes of the city’s teeming population of bloodsucking vampires and psychotic faeries.

Books in this series: Shadow Sight (Ivy Granger #1), Blood and Mistletoe (Ivy Granger #1.5), Ghost Light (Ivy Granger #2), Club Nexus (Ivy Granger #2.5), Burning Bright (Ivy Granger #3).


About the Author


EJ Stevens Author PhotoE.J. Stevens is the author of the Spirit Guide young adult paranormal romance series, the Hunters’ Guild urban fantasy series, and the award-winning Ivy Granger urban fantasy series. She is known for filling pages with quirky characters, bloodsucking vampires, psychotic faeries, and snarky, kick-butt heroines.

When E.J. isn’t at her writing desk, she enjoys dancing along seaside cliffs, singing in graveyards, and sleeping in faerie circles. E.J. currently resides in a magical forest on the coast of Maine where she finds daily inspiration for her writing.

Connect with E.J. on TwitterGoodreadsAmazonBookLikes,Facebook, and on her Blog.


Thank you all for partying with us!

In addition to the huge swag pack giveaway, we are also giving away Ivy Granger series stickers, buttons, and signed postcards.  Each tweet, FB post, and blog comment using the hashtag #BirthrightParty will count as an entry.  Winners will be randomly selected throughout the day.  So party with us and spread the word all day July 14th for a second chance to win!

Review: Unhoppy by Cynthia St. Aubin

About the Author

1be53-cynthiastaubin-author2bpicCynthia St. Aubin is the author of the Dr. Matilda Schmidt, Paranormal Psychologistnovels, which are hilarious, sexy, and so entertaining!

All of the Matilda Schmidt stories will be released soon in an omnibus edition for only $0.99! Be sure to pre-order it so you don’t miss these hilarious stories.


The Enchanted Alley’s Review

Unhoppy is deliriously funny. I kept waking up my family while reading it because I couldn’t stop laughing out loud.

In this installment, we find Matilda being blackmailed by a guy who looks like a ferret. She goes on a rollicking adventure with the Easter Bunny, Adonis, and Crixus. Unfortunately, Liam is out of the picture for most of the story because he’s babysitting…*swoon*

Wait, sorry. Totally Team Liam here at the Alley. (At least for me, anyway.)

What happens when you put a sex god, a demigod, a suicidal rabbit, a ferret man, and a horny psychiatrist together? You get the most entertaining trip to the mall I have ever had.

This book is tad lighter on the steam than the previous ones, but it has its moments, especially when Matilda gets a look at Adonis’s face. Whew…

In all, pick this one up.

Our Rating: 5 Lamps5 Lamps


About the Book

When there’s not a hop in hell…

The day is going to hell in a hurry for Paranormal Psychologist Matilda Schmidt, and that’s *before* a suicidal Easter bunny shows up for treatment.

When pictures surface of Matilda caught in the middle of a hit man-Cupid sandwich, she lands in the oily grip of a ruthless blackmailer, whose motives are as ugly as his mustache. Now Matilda must betray the trust of someone who cares for her to meet the blackmailer’s demands, or she can kiss her reputation, her practice, and even her freedom goodbye. But blackmail is only the beginning when the immortal mystery-client brought to her couch by a seductive demigod causes Matilda to fling caution—along with her panties—to the wind.

Hunted by two jealous goddesses who would gladly use her intestines to lace up their strappy sandals—and with her full-time hit man sometimes lover nowhere to be found—Matilda will have to save herself, or the world will be up River Styx without a paddle.

–Description from Amazon.com


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Title:  Unhoppy

Author: Cynthia St. Aubin

Publisher: C. Olsen

Length: 126 pages

Price: $0.99 Kindle

Release Date: April 17, 2014

Amazon Link: Buy it HERE

Jurassic World (2015)


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US Release – June 12, 2015
PG-13
124 minutes
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Jurassic World (2015) keeps you at the edge of your seat. While the first 20-30 minutes start off slow to set up the difficult relations between Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) and her nephews Zach and Gray and her dysfunctional working relationship with Owen (Chris Pratt), once the genetically modified dinosaur escapes, the movie is non-stop. The main dinosaur is inspired by Michael Crichton’s genetically engineered dinosaurs in his novels Jurassic Park and The Lost World. While in the past movies (Jurassic Park, The Lost World, & Jurassic Park III) we have feared the Velociraptors and T-Rex, named “Rexy,” they have come to be the dinosaurs we cleave to and adore. By incorporating pack mentality training into the movie, we glimpse positive behaviors from the formerly feared velociraptors: Blue, Charlie, Echo, and Delta. I lost count of how many times I jumped, grabbed my husband’s hand, or smacked his leg during the movie when I got excited. There is language in the movie that could make some uncomfortable. No nudity, but a lot of blood and gore. People do get eaten and chomped on by the scary, psychotic, 50-foot dinosaur. It promotes brotherly bonding and love between families who’ve lost track of how to communicate in a technology driven society. It is a great movie with the expected story plot of the people, bad things start happening that that lead to the bad dino escaping, bad decisions by the egotistical people are made (so they die horrible deaths), fighting and escaping the dinosaur(s), and the win with a satisfied ending of everyone safe. What more can you ask from a Jurassic Park movie?

Jurassic World 2015 – IMDB