Audiobook Review: I am Princess X by Cherie Priest

23399273Title: I am Princess X by Cherie Priest (narrated by Mary Robinette Kowal)
Genre: YA contemporary
Length: 6 hours and 59 minutes
Format: Audiobook via Audible
Publication Date: June 12, 2015
Rating – 5 stars

Once upon a time, two best friends created a princess together. Libby drew the pictures, May wrote the tales, and their heroine, Princess X, slayed all the dragons and scaled all the mountains their imaginations could conjure.

Once upon a few years later, Libby was in the car with her mom, driving across the Ballard Bridge on a rainy night. When the car went over the side, Libby passed away, and Princess X died with her.

Once upon a now: May is sixteen and lonely, wandering the streets of Seattle, when she sees a sticker slapped in a corner window.

Princess X?

When May looks around, she sees the Princess everywhere: Stickers. Patches. Graffiti. There’s an entire underground culture, focused around a webcomic at The more May explores the webcomic, the more she sees disturbing similarities between Libby’s story and Princess X online. And that means that only one person could have started this phenomenon – her best friend, Libby, who lives.

I don’t know, I went on sort of an Audible binge in the past month and decided to listen to a bunch of audiobooks. I listened to I am Princess X, a book I knew next to nothing about when I decided to add it to cart and listen to it.

I am Princess X is about two childhood best friends Libby and May. They do everything together and most notably create a fictional character named Princess X. One day Libby disappears and later is supposedly found dead but throughout the years May has these recurring dreams that make her believe that there is more to the story. After some time passes and May is now a teenager, she randomly spots a sticker of Princess X while she is out and about in the city. With some digging she soon finds out that Princess X is somewhat of a phenomenon now, which seems impossible due to her friend, and only other person who knew anything about the character, is dead. This launches May to research the series which ultimately opens of a world of questions and leads her on a dangerous quest to find the author behind the Princess X series.

I was SUPER surprised by this book. I abso-freaking-lutely loved this book. I had no idea I would, I just decided to purchase it on a whim. I didn’t look at any reviews or read the synopsis or anything. I’m really glad that I didn’t do any of that because I ended up being so surprised by how much I enjoyed this story. It was really fun to listen to and I would bet that it is also really fun to read. I think that the physical copy is illustrated, it certainly looks like a gorgeous book and one that I must purchase in physical format really really soon for my shelves because it was awesome. I haven’t read a book quite like this one ever. It was a really great story of love and loyalty between friends. It has a lot of things going for it: tragedy, friendship, and danger. I love the scavenger hunt aspect to the story and just the idea behind it was really unique and interesting. Five stars! Loved this book, highly recommend it to anyone who is even remotely a fangirl or into graphic novels or anime. This was a really fun book and I can’t wait to buy a physical copy! I read that the author has written more books so I am going to look into those!

Book Review – The Wielder Diaries: My Crystal by Ashley Scheller


Title: The Wielder Diaries: My Crystal by Ashley Scheller
Genre: Fiction – Young Adult –  Fantasy
Length: 329 pages
Format: Ebook
Publication Date: September 10, 2015
Publisher:  Howling Wolf, an imprint of Ravenswood Publishing
Rating – 3/5 – I liked it

At five, her presence alone could transform lions into human-like beings. At nine, she could manipulate everything inanimate, in turn, creating her surroundings to her liking. She is their Saqui, a precious child with awesome power.

Now, if she could only remember.

A 12-year-old girl awakens after a long sleep and, mysteriously, has no recollection of her past. Upon the insistence of four, who claim to be her guardians and friends, Kayla begins to read from a bizarre diary, hoping to gain her memories before she loses her kingdom. A journey of self-discovery, wonder and adventure begins when she opens the covers made of crystal.


Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Wielder Diaries: My Crystal! I want to thank the author and Ravenswood Publishing for giving me the chance to read and review this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Wielder Diaries: My Crystal is about a young girl named Kayla who wakes up in a strange place with no memory of who she is or how she got there. The people in this place are basically shape shifting animals that are separated into tribes that peacefully coexist with each other like zebras, birds and lions. Kayla looks completely different from them and her presence caused them to change. Over time she changes as well.

This story is a fantasy story so I was excited to read it. I was intrigued by the prospect of reading about shapeshifting animals and magic. I want to make sure to mention the gorgeous cover of this book. Isn’t it beautiful? I have fallen in love with and just love looking at it.

I definitely thought that the story itself was promising. The issues I had with it were mostly editing issues but I think maybe it just wasn’t entirely for me, although like I said I did like it. There were a lot of characters which was a good thing. Each chapter was told from alternating perspectives which I typically fall head over heels in love with but it alternated between a lot of different characters at different timeframes. The narrative switched from like past to present and back again and that for me was a little bit confusing. I don’t know if I’ve read a book like that yet so it was interesting to experience but hard to get used to.

I can’t decide on my favorite character because there were quite a few that I liked and enjoyed. One thing about the alternating perspectives that I mentioned above that I loved was getting to know many of the individual characters and then seeing their thoughts about the other people and events in the story.

I ended up giving this book three stars because I liked it and found it to be pretty enjoyable. It is the first book in a series. I would definitely give the second book a read to see where this goes as it does end on a good cliffhanger. I think younger fantasy fans may enjoy this book as some of the characters are younger and grow in the story.


About the Author

asAshley Scheller has always liked creating. Currently residing in Omaha with her family, if she isn’t sewing costumes inspired from medieval times or anime characters she is writing. Passionate about both hobbies, she loves to connect with fellow costumers and writers through social media. The Wielder Diaries: My Crystal is her first book and has planned an exciting trilogy for the title.


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Book Review: Anne & Henry by Dawn Ius

IMG_0704Title:  Anne & Henry by Dawn Ius
Genre:  YA Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster
Length: 289 pages
Format: ARC Paperback
Publication Date: September 1, 2015
Rating – 5/5!!!!!!

In this wonderfully creative retelling of the infamous—and torrid—love affair between Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII, history collides with the present when a sizzling romance ignites in a modern-day high school.

Henry Tudor’s life has been mapped out since the day he was born: student body president, valedictorian, Harvard Law School, and a stunning political career just like his father’s. But ever since the death of his brother, the pressure for Henry to be perfect has doubled. And now he’s trapped: forbidden from pursuing a life as an artist or dating any girl who isn’t Tudor-approved.

Then Anne Boleyn crashes into his life.

Wild, brash, and outspoken, Anne is everything Henry isn’t allowed to be—or want. But soon Anne is all he can think about. His mother, his friends, and even his girlfriend warn him away, but his desire for Anne consumes him.

Henry is willing to do anything to be with her, but once they’re together, will their romance destroy them both?

Inspired by the true story of Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII, Anne & Henry beautifully reimagines the intensity, love, and betrayal between one of the most infamous couples of all time.


Good morning everyone!! Today is Saturday and it’s a three day weekend so I am super excited about that and hoping to get some good reading time in. I started that off by finishing my read of Anne & Henry  by Dawn Ius. I requested this ARC from Simon Pulse and was SO delighted to open my mailbox one day and it was sitting there in all it’s hot pink glory (I love this cover btw) so I want to give a BIG thank you to Simon Pulse for giving me the chance to read this book for an honest review!

I originally encountered this book when searching through upcoming releases on Goodreads’ Listopia feature, as I sometimes do for hours on end. I have to be honest and say that the cover really appealed to me so I decided to click on it and read the description. As soon as I read the description I was hooked. I don’t get around to reading alot of YA contemporary books but after reading this one, I am going to try to read more. When I read that this was a contemporary spin on the romance of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII, I knew that it was a must read for me.

This book is told in the dual perspectives of both Henry and Anne. We meet Henry first and learn that he is the youngest son of the Tudor family which is a highly respected, influential and rich family in his town of Medina. The story opens at a party where Henry is escorted by his long time girlfriend Catherine. He seems to have everything…a rich family, a prospective political future, he’s the quarterback of the football team and the list goes on but we also learn that he has a tragic story as well that leaves him internally conflicted. At this party he sees Anne for the first time. She’s the new, mysterious girl who has just moved to his hometown. She’s rebellious, sexy and bold…successfully spinning Henry’s world off of it’s axis.

Woah. This was a whirlwind of a story and a total hurricane of a romance. I really liked how the romance was adapted to a high school scenario. It definitely seemed very real to me, as though the events that transpired in the book could definitely happen in the high schools of today. I really loved this book and enjoyed it from beginning to end. I enjoyed the romance aspect of it, I did feel like they fell in love really fast but I think for this story it really works. For me this book was a roller coaster ride of emotions that finally ended in my total devastation. I have a book hangover…it was such a good book. Very nicely done. I just love how this story was translated into a modern scenario. I definitely think that if you are a history buff you need to go into this with an open mind, it’s an adaptation so it doesn’t exactly match what we know of the actual romance of Henry and Anne but there are fun tidbits thrown in that you will remember from history class. And the last freaking sentence of this book!!! I just can’t!!!

I’m not going to give any spoilers because you must read this book.  I gave it a five out of five stars.The only issue I had with it was I wasn’t fully satisfied with the little of what we got from Anne’s background. I really wanted to know more about her life before her move to Medina, but even so, I really loved her. That small issue I had with it was far overshadowed by all the feelings I had for this book and all the fun I had when I was reading it. It’s a pretty light read and trust me, you will be so into it that the read will go really fast. This is a book that I definitely recommend and is probably among my favorites of this year. I will definitely be getting a finished copy of it!

If you have read this book, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it. If you read it in the coming days, weeks or months and want to come back and share or fangirl with me, please do!

Happy reading everyone!

(P.S. I hope you like the picture of this ARC I took on my bookshelf the other day. I normally use the Goodreads book covers but this time I decided to take my own pic because it was just too gorgeous to not)

Cover Reveal: Lost (Awaken Series Book #2)!

I am oh so excited to be a part of the cover reveal for the second book in an awesome series. I reviewed the first book Awaken and am super excited to read Lost when it’s released!! Anyway, how gorgeous is this cover?!

Title: Lost (Awaken Series Book #2)

Author: Jaime Guerard

Genre: YA Paranormal Romantic Thriller

Cover Designer: Kimberley Marsot (K-Design)

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Lost Blurb:


There is no other choice

You know what you have to do

Don’t think, Bre, just go

I begin to take my final step forward, feeling the urgency of what I know I should do, but I immediately think of who I will be leaving behind. If I go I won’t be able to say goodbye. I won’t be able to tell him that I love him. I want to tell him that I’m sorry for what’s going to happen to me, and beg him to forgive me for what I’m about to do.

Tears begin to filter from my eyes as I realize there is no other choice. Perhaps I will finally know why I have been given this gift of seeing into the future.

Accepting that this is my lot—my final end—I take a deep breath and run to the boy. As I do, I block out everything and everyone that I love far from my mind.

Time has run out for me.

Don’t think, Bre, just go.

Lost, the electrifying sequel to The Awaken series, will draw you deeper into the world that Bre is beginning to unfold. This riveting novel will prove that true love comes in many forms, that deception is all around us, that the secrets of our opposers are often hidden in plain sight, and that the world in which we dwell holds more than what we see on the surface.


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LOST is the sequel to AWAKEN in the Awaken Series by Jaime Guerard! See what readers are saying about AWAKEN!

“Right when you think you have it all figured out, you are thrown in the opposite direction. The end of the book…my jaw was on the floor!” – Two Sassy Chicks Blog

“The story building was just plain amazing and super intense. When I got to the last page all I could think was, WOW.” – Maria’s Book Blog

“Awaken kept me at the edge of my seat, biting my nails and wondering what would happen next!” – Melanie Dawn, Author of So Much It Hurts




Blog Tour Guest Post & Book Review: The Marian by Taylor Hohulin

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Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Marian written by Taylor Hohulin! I’d like to thank Taylor Hohulin for including me in his blog tour and giving me the opportunity to read and review his book! This blog tour post is a special one for me as I have never had an author guest post and I’m excited to have Taylor as a guest on my blog today as well as excited to share what I thought of his book! In this post you will find the synopsis, Taylor’s guest post where he talks casting (awesome!) and lastly, my review! We hope you enjoy this post!

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000037_00039]Fifteen-year-old Ethan Denby doesn’t know how he got on the Marian. He just woke up one day inside the body of its captain.

The Marian is unlike any ship Ethan has ever seen. It crawls on long, metal legs over dunes of salt in search of water, despite laws granting exclusive harvesting rights to a corrupt organization known as HydroSystems Worldwide.

HydroSystems is closing in, tensions are mounting aboard the Marian, and on top of all that, Ethan is beginning to think the dreams he’s been having aren’t completely harmless. If he doesn’t get home soon, Ethan could die inside someone else’s body in this wasteland of a world. The only way back seems to be through a place known simply as the Cloud, but how can he convince the crew to take him there when it means confronting a dangerous cult and venturing into a place where the very fabric of reality has worn thin?

Casting the Crew of the Marian
Ethan Denby – Tom Hiddleston
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This was a hard role to cast. Whoever played Ethan would essentially spend the movie playing a teenager with a pretty good life trapped in the body of a wasteland-hardened adult. I settled on Tom Hiddleston, mostly based on his portrayal of Loki in the last few Marvel movies. He’s able to handle the action-heavy scenes, but still maintains a youthful glee. Obviously, Loki would need to have much worse skin, and a nice scraggly beard. Dude looks like a Covergirl commercial.
We don’t get to see Ethan in his own body in The Marian, but if we did, he’d totally be Asa Butterfield of Ender’s Game/The Boy in the Striped Pajamas fame.
Jackie Sparks – Dylan O’Brien
I had trouble finding someone for the Marian’s wild, wisecracking teenage engineer, but then my wife suggested Dylan O’Brien. Apparently, he’s best known for his role on the Teen Wolf TV show, and will appear in the film adaptation of The Maze Runner. After a few YouTube clips of him cutting up, I was sold. Give him some crazy red hair and a bag of tools, and he’s got the look I’d imagined, too.
Tucker Frye – Thomas Hayden Church
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Tucker is the Marian’s doctor, unofficial encyclopedia, and voice of reason. He needs to be portrayed by someone is able to appear simultaneously likeable, wise, and exhausted…something that I think Church achieved pretty darn well in Easy A. Should that be a guilty pleasure movie? I don’t care. It was surprisingly fantastic.
Percy Hale – Tom Hardy
Percy was the Marian’s quartermaster until he learned the person inside his captain’s body didn’t have a clue how to run a ship. As second in command, he declared himself captain, much to the dismay of a few members of the crew. Percy is a big, scary man, and there are some who wonder if his loyalty is for sale. It would be interesting to see Tom Hardy take on this role. He’s an imposing physical presence, but he’s also got some real acting chops.
Bonnie Sparks – Emma Stone
Remember the five minutes Emma Stone spent as Hollywood’s “it” girl before Jennifer Lawrence became Katniss Everdeen and dominated our nation’s consciousness? I like Jennifer Lawrence, but I always preferred Emma Stone…and still do. No matter what movie she’s in, she manages to have instant chemistry with every other person on screen. That’s essentially Bonnie’s character. She’s a peacekeeper when tempers flare and a Jill-of-all-trades around the ship.
Lester – Jared Leto
No one knows much about Lester. The crew of the Marian thinks he might have been alive when the bomb was dropped and Earth transformed into a waterless wasteland, but no one can be sure because he rarely speaks. He’s a mean-spirited beanpole of a man, and Jared Leto might seem like an odd casting choice for him…unless you’ve seen Mr. Nobody. Among other things, Leto plays a pretty convincing 120-year old man, thanks to some impressive makeup work. The performance is over-the-top and almost cartoonish at times, but Lester is kind of an over-the-top, cartoonish character.
The Navigator – Bill Murray
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I’m of the firm belief that any film, no matter the genre, benefits from Bill Murray’s presence. The Navigator has been a blast to write. Like Lester, he was alive when the bomb was dropped and the earth changed forever. The only problem is he either didn’t notice the bomb and its effects, or he’s completely blocked the memory from his mind. He thinks the Marian is a deep-sea fishing vessel. Bill Murray’s comedic chops and ridiculously high likeability quotient make him the perfect candidate for the Navigator.
Buddy – Jorge Garcia
Buddy is the Marian’s big, loveable engine operator. He needs to be portrayed by someone who can inspire pity without being a guy who whines all the time, and who can be instantly likeable. Jorge Garcia’s portrayal of Hurley in LOST definitely fits the bill here.

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Taylor Hohulin is a DJ at a Christian rock radio station in Dallas, Texas. He lives in Arlington with his wife, where they are owned by two cats and a dog. His greatest fear is working a job where he is required to shave daily. And spiders.

Title: The Marian written by Taylor Hohulin
Genre: YA – Post Apocalyptic/Steampunk
Page count: 198
Format: Ebook (read on Microsoft Surface Nook App)
Rating – 5/5

When I read the synopsis for The Marian I immediately jumped at the chance to read and review it! Not only do I lack considerable experience with steampunk-esque novels, but the synopsis drew me in and I wasn’t disappointed!

I don’t want to give too much away about the plot because I definitely think this is a book that you’d want to read and I don’t want to spoil it but I did want to talk a little about the story. The Marian is a ship, crawling through the desert of the ocean whose crew specializes in water smuggling under the nose of the government corporation that holds “all” of earth’s remaining water. Ethan Denby suddenly finds himself aboard The Marian and thrust into this life of constant danger as part of this crew, always looking over their shoulder and hoping to make a difference in a world where hope is scarce. The big question is, will he ever get back home?

I gave this book a 5 star rating because I really enjoyed this book and this world. This is my first steampunk novel and I really enjoyed the steampunk influence and being thrust into this world of post apocalyptic machinery. I love how the ship has been outfitted to crawl on the ocean floor and drill into “water wells”. The world building and the history of how the world got this way was so interesting to me and I found myself lost in this world and the characters.

One of the best things about this book, besides the well crafted world, is the cast of characters. I love all of them! I’d have to say my favorite character is Buddy and the sort of conundrum he is to me. I see him as this big burly guy yet he’s this teddy bear of a man who loves reading and writes poetry, I love it! I also love Bonnie, the fierce female of the crew who can hold her own amongst the men in a seemingly all male industry like water smuggling where danger abounds.

The plot of this book is so interesting and definitely different than any other post apocalyptic book I’ve read so far. It made me think of what could happen if one day we found ourselves in a similar predicament. I liked this story because the “pirates” were the good guys and we live in a world where pirates rating is bad so it was good to see a positive spin on pirates in this book!

All in all I loved this story and I can’t wait to continue reading it because, good news, it is the start to what I think is going to be a killer trilogy. If you are a sci-fi or fantasy fan you need to check this book out and embark on a truly interesting and entertaining journey that will leave you at the edge of your seat!

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Book Review: Nameless by Mercedes M. Yardley

namelessTitle: Nameless: The Darkness Comes (The Bone Angel Trilogy) written by Mercedes M. Yardley
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Publisher: Ragnarok Publications
Page count: 227
Format: Epub (read on Microsoft Surface using Nook App) Rating – 4/5


Luna Masterson sees demons. She has been dealing with the demonic all her life, so when her brother gets tangled up with a demon named Sparkles, ‘Luna the Lunatic’ rolls in on her motorcycle to save the day.

Armed with the ability to harm demons, her scathing sarcasm, and a hefty chip on her shoulder, Luna gathers the most unusual of allies, teaming up with a green-eyed heroin addict and a snarky demon ‘of some import.’

After all, outcasts of a feather should stick together…even until the end. (Goodreads)

I received Nameless from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Nameless was definitely a different spin on a young adult fantasy than I have ever read so it was a great change of pace for me. It was very dark, a little gritty and sometimes downright spooky. Like most books there were small things about the main character and the story I could pick out that I didn’t like (like Luna falling in love with Reed so fast although I guess when you know you just really do know maybe?). For some reason that really bothered me. Otherwise I thought this book was great…it was a really interesting and fast paced read. I especially enjoyed the action scenes where Luna has to battle some of the demons she sees, let’s just say I really wouldn’t want to be her.

I really love Luna as a character. I feel like she’s a pretty strong female character (except for when it comes to Reed) and I love that she seems like more of a tragic hero. She’s definitely very flawed but has this amazing compassion and loyalty to her family, seems to draw strength from inside herself and just doesn’t give up no matter how hard the going gets…and for her it seems to be plenty hard. She also has this pretty awesome ability to see and interact with demons…which is kind of freaky but equally cool. It’s always interesting to think that there may be some sort of different plane of existence where beings of some kind are walking amongst us and other similar theories. I think this book did such a great job of making a world like that seem possible.

I would love to read more from this series and I am hoping that we get to learn more about Luna and her family background…maybe see if there is any particular reason that this ability seems to be genetic. I loved the ending to this book, although I was hoping that the book had a different ending for Reed…it really makes me think that there could be some sort of tragic romance brewing between Mouth and Luna. I’m very interested in continuing to read this trilogy…if you are a fan of paranormal fantasy I would definitely recommend this book!!

Lastly, how cool is the book cover? It’s definitely fitting and what I would imagine Luna looking like!

Blog Tour Book Review & Giveaway: Arcanum by M.C. Moulton

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Title: Arcanum written by M.C. Moulton
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Mythos Press (an imprint of GMTA Publishing)
Page count: 216
Format: Epub (read on Microsoft Surface using Nook App)
Rating – 4/5

Between fighting a race of magic-wielding winged monsters, scaling Krakens, blinding Cyclops, running from Sirens, and being abducted by pirates it’s all Arc Arcanum can do to keep his head on straight; literally. After losing the only home he’s ever known, and with nowhere else to turn, Arc enlists with the Human Liberation Front to help fight against a ruthless species known as the Winged Ones and stop them from unleashing a world-wide human holocaust. He quickly finds that he may have bitten off more than he can chew when he’s tasked (completely by accident) with escorting humanity’s last hope, a red-eyed android named Celeste, across the sea to one of the few remaining human safe havens. To make matters worse he’s accompanied by two fellow cadets: the feisty vixen Rose and the polyamorous playboy Prince, both of whom seem entirely set on making sure nothing goes as planned. It’s a magical journey that proves blood isn’t the only bond that makes a family. (Goodreads)

Good morning and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Arcanum. Thank you to M.C. Moulton and GMTA Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book!

Arcanum is a fantasy novel that deals with a group of unlikely friends from very different backgrounds that are soldiers in an army brought together to defend the human race from the wingers, a flying foe that can wield powerful magic on the battlefield. When the three friends discover Celeste, a beautiful silver haired girl beneath their military compound they find out that she may very well be the last hope for humanity…and it is thrust upon their young shoulders to see her to safety.

I really liked this book, I thought it was well-written and the world building was great although sometimes it was hard for me to gauge a timeframe from the things the characters say. I thought the premise of the story was great, it was definitely one of those books where the characters embark on this really important journey and are racing against the clock with the fate of humanity resting upon their shoulders. I love books like that. Arcanum definitely did not disappoint. It was fast paced, super fun and filled with a wonderful amount of humor and action. Our characters meet other interesting characters along the way like a band of pirates and encounter many different trials like a murderous nymph and a terrifying kraken. All of these things and much more make for a wonderfully entertaining story. I gave Arcanum a four star rating since I did have a few  really slight problems with the world building but overall Arcanum was awesome!

I love this book cover by the way, I couldn’t help but picture this as an anime film in my head when I was reading it which just added to the fun I had reading this novel. I can’t wait to read the sequel!

As an added bonus I am giving away 20 free copies of this book to the first 20 people who comment on this blog post with their email.

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M. C. Moulton is currently living in Kansas and trying desperately not to be swept away by a tornado to a magical land of munchkins. In his off time he’s lazily at work on the Arcanum sequels or playing way too many video games. Oh yeah and he’s awesome.

Visit the Author’s Website : On this site you will also find links to where you can purchase the book!