A Note:


I once told myself: IF I am accepted into grad school, this blog would no longer be updated. As it turns out, in April, I received news of my acceptance for the Fall 2013 semester, where I will attain a Master's degree of Science in Nutrition.

Running a blog, as many of you may already know, is a demanding side job once the excitement wears off. And once I fell out of the blogging community's loop (have you SEEN how many blogs there are now? Wow!), it was like the kiss of death. Despite my best efforts, I couldn't get into a blogging routine once this happened due to the disconnect I felt from the community.

So I took a break. I struggled with the loss and with missing my blog. And then I realized I didn't have to run Book Faery to still be a book reviewer; I could read my books and post reviews online. I'm still a book review blogger, just not in the traditional sense.

I'll still be online. You can chat with me on Twitter, where I'll be posting links to my reviews and talking books. I'll also be posting links to nutrition articles. And if you'd like to connect with me where I guarantee I will post reviews, just add me as a friend on Goodreads.

So that's all, folks! It's been a fun and amazing journey, and I thank you all for listening to my thoughts about books. I hope we all can keep in touch elsewhere :)


Sunday, August 21, 2011

BOTS 2: Leanna Renee Hieber

Vicar Michael Carroll of the Strangely Beautiful saga
by Leanna Renee Hieber

"A Christmas Carroll" featured in A Midwinter Fantasy (Currently available in digital format, coming in Trade Paperback this October)

"Greetings. It is the winter of 1888 and my life is at a precipice...

My name is Michael Carroll, the Heart of the Guard of London. I am in my late thirties, tall, sturdy and broad-shouldered. I have been told I am "affably handsome" - meaning I smile more than your average brooding hero might do. I am not like the leader of the Guard, Professor Alexi Rychman, all scowls and harsh glances, all in black like some Gothic painting come storming to life. I am the Heart. Which means I carry joy in my eyes, in my laugh, in every touch of my warm hands. I have the power to transform the misery of the restless dead into the peace of heaven. And yet, privately, my heart remains heavy.

I have loved Headmistress Rebecca Thompson since the day we met in 1867 on Westminster Bridge. It was a momentous day, that day, for not only were six mortals called to the task of the Grand Work; protecting the balance between the mortal and spirit world, but two souls fell in love that day. I fell for Rebecca, our second in command. She fell for our leader, Alexi.

Misery loves company and our motley crew, for some two decades, labored under the distant banner of Prophecy, battling ghosts and keeping order. Keeping lonely. Alexi waiting for some destined match to drop from the heavens, Rebecca gazing on hopelessly, I hopelessly on her in turn... all of it, quite ridiculous. Thanks to Miss Percy Parker who blazed onto our scene in a very odd mix of timidity and passion, Alexi was out of the way for good; besotted and married off to that strangely beautiful guardian angel. There was a war for the girl. A ghostly, terrible battle. We won.

Yet whether my heart, that instrument I am so renowned for, will win the day or no... My private victory remains to be seen. I have told Rebecca, at long last, how I feel. Amazing how sudden sight will shock the blind.

There are ghosts coming, ghosts who seek to scare us into our better selves... But I am not afraid.

If there is one thing I know, it's that I could never be frightened away. I know my stalwart heart is my best quality. That, and my smile, I know it has its magic. And my faith- I am a parish Vicar after all, what would I have if not faith? I'm far from sweeping drama and searing intensity, hardly dark and brooding, instead, I am the breath of fresh air. I am the rock upon which love shall forever stand."

More about Leanna Renee Hieber, her Strangely Beautiful saga and her upcoming Magic Most Foul saga at http://leannareneehieber.com - http://twitter.com/leannarenee - http://facebook.com/lrhieber


Winner's choice of a STRANGELY BEAUTIFUL book.
Check out your options here!

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* This giveaway ends September 7th
* IMPORTANT: I will not be contacting winners! Be sure to check back after September 7th to see if you've won this or any of the other giveaways!

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  1. Thank you for this chance would love to read the strangely beautiful books they sound great

  2. I read the first book in the series and loved it, but haven't had the chance to read the rest of the series yet. I'm looking forward to catching up though.

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  3. Thanks for teh giveaway. This is a new series for me.

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  4. I absolutely adored the first book. Would love to get The Darkly Luminous Fight For Persephone Parker!


  5. Would love to start reading this series! I love timid heroines like Perry.


  6. This is new to me , but it does sound interesting, thanks for the giveaway.


  7. Ths would be a new series for me but the books sound great. I would pick the first book The Strange Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker.


  8. Hi,
    I would love to get the honor to read a book from your series. They sound just like the type I love reading.
    I thank you for this chance.
    Good luck to all.

  9. I would love to read this series. Thanks for the giveaway.

  10. This series sounds great, looking forward to getting started.

  11. Michael Carroll sounds like such a great character.

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