The Greatest Gift of All


A friend is a gift from God. What then if I received a lot? I wasn’t expecting to be friends with them at all—zesties and the intense squad. In fact, we once had a problem with each other. I had different plans with different people. And guess what? Those plans were burned into ashes. As it turns out, I had the best moments of my life with the people I least expect to be with. Good things really happen when you least expect it.

I was in a different section, away from my 2 best friends—we’re a group of three. It was one of the hardest situations I’ve dealt with my whole life. It was really hard for me to communicate with them, given the fact that we have different schedules. That caused me to lie low, especially to one of us—her. I don’t know what exactly happened to both of us. I just woke up one day and feeling like maybe, just maybe, we’re not matched to be friends.

I had to think and give both of us some space. I gave her time to think and I guess that’s when we decided it’s mutual. We tried to fix us, but unfortunately, it just really didn’t work. That made things harder because we’re a group of three. Although good thing is, we’re not in any way ignoring each other. We still say hi and smile at each other; just not the best of friends we used to be.

I don’t have any close friends in my section who I can really talk about everything. Big thanks to my bestie zesties, they let me join in and accepted me for who I am. Then followed, the intense squad was formed. I thought things were falling apart back then. But then I realized things are just becoming what they should really be–it’s starting to be right. God put change to my life so one day; I can open my eyes and see everything I’ve been trying to find was right beside me all along. I just really have to give it a chance.

A lot of things changed from then on. I started to know how to figure out the right friends I should be with and I became a better person. I guess that’s the greatest gift of all, to be a friend and to be given friends. That’s when I also realized we can’t gain anything without losing something.


Book Release: Blood of Stars and Gods by Melissa A. Petreshock


Welcome to the Release Day Celebration for
Blood Of Stars And Gods (Stars and Souls #2)
by Melissa Petreshock
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Forever does not go on unchanged.

Caitriona Hayden’s destiny as the Dracopraesi dragon’s North Star is no clearer to her than it was weeks ago. However, Cait’s eternal future seems a minor concern while the vengeful elves continue taunting the dragons, now using violence against the human population in their desire for war.

Battles of war aren’t the only ones fought.

King Corrin struggles to make peace with his coming end, and as his family bonds heal, stronger relationships and alliances form among Cait and her dragons. Theo may have won her heart, but Oliver fills a void long left by the passing of her uncle, and each dragon is a part of Cait’s family.

But a darkness bleeds through to change their world.

When faced with decisions of life and death, Cait, Theo, and demigod Dante must choose unpredictable paths, chance outcomes of eternal consequences, and make dubious promises. As Cait displays unexpected abilities, complications arise, more details of her destiny are revealed, and she discovers the inherent risks of fearing change.

Every era has a beginning and an end. There are things in the world no one is meant to stop.

BLOOD OF STARS AND GODS is book two in the exciting Stars and Souls trilogy, sequel to Amazon #1 Contemporary Fantasy: FIRE OF STARS AND DRAGONS!

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Blood Of Stars And Gods (Stars and Souls #2)
by Melissa Petreshock
Publication Date: October 1, 2016
Publisher: Swoon Romance

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Fire of Stars and Dragons


A dragon’s fire cannot be tamed.

In 22nd century sovereign America, women should be seen and not heard. Unfortunately, twenty-one-year-old CAITRIONA HAYDEN didn’t get that memo!

Determined to make her way in the world following the death of her uncle, being “seen” is the least of Cait’s problems.

Someone’s trying to kill her.

Ordained to guard and protect her, when Theo Pendragon claims Cait as his ward, he finds more than he expects as the flames of passion ignite within the dragon for the first time. But Theo is not alone in his desire, and he must learn to fight for what he wants, even if it costs him his best friend.

Dante, a powerful demigod and beloved friend to Theo, has spent centuries pursuing intellectual endeavors rather than indulging in the heat of desire. But everything changes when Cait arouses an attraction he cannot deny.

But Dante isn’t the only one with a vested interest in Cait’s future.

America’s monarch, an ancient vampire named Corrin, puts no stock in the frivolity of love, and yet a proper queen would boost his approval rating amongst the people. Marrying Cait could hold the key to his survival.

Now, love, desire and need force Cait into an impossible situation with dire consequences.

Soon, Cait goes from studying for college exams to fighting for a future she never knew she wanted with a man she never imagined she could love. But the key to her future is held in the one secret she has yet to uncover.

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Melissa A. Petreshock is a full-time wife, mom, and writer returned to her home state of Kentucky after a number of years spent living in Massachusetts. She spends quiet days writing, while her evenings and weekends are often spent involved with her children’s extracurricular activities.

When not busy with her family or writing, she indulges in too much coffee, loud music, random dancing, and lots of fandoms. Melissa favors causes demanding social change such as mental health awareness and teen suicide prevention.

BLOOD OF STARS AND GODS is the sequel to her debut NA Fantasy Romance novel FIRE OF STARS AND DRAGONS, and the second book in the Stars and Souls Trilogy. To learn more about the series, check out her website.

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Book Release: Clanless by Jennifer Jenkins


Welcome to the Release Day Celebration for
Clanless (Nameless #2) by Jennifer Jenkins
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Striker Gryphon has lost his position of honor among the Ram, and is now a hunted man. A traitor.

Zo, the object of his affection, was murdered by members of his former clan. To honor her memory, he journeys to the highly secretive Raven “Nest” to warn strangers of their impending demise—though it could cost him more than just his pride.

He doesn’t know that Zo is very much alive and in another part of the region assisting Nameless refugees over a mountain swarming with wild men known as “Clanless.”

As each struggle to make sense of what their lives have become, they fight and claw to reach the Allied Camp, their last hope in bringing peace to the region.

But the road back to one another is treacherous and uncertain. And freedom will come with a price.

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Clanless (Nameless #2)
by Jennifer Jenkins
Publication Date: October 4, 2016
Publisher: Month9Books

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Four clans have been at war for centuries: the Kodiak, the Raven, the Wolf and the Ram. Through brutal war tactics, the Ram have dominated the region, inflicting death and destruction on their neighbors.

Seventeen-year-old Zo is a Wolf and a Healer who volunteers to infiltrate the Ram as a spy on behalf of the allied clans. She offers herself as a Ram slave, joining the people who are called the “nameless.” Hers is a suicide mission – Zo’s despair after losing her parents in a Ram raid has left her seeking both revenge and an end to her own misery. But after her younger sister follows her into Rams Gate, Zo must find a way to survive her dangerous mission and keep her sister safe.

What she doesn’t expect to find is the friendship of a young Ram whose life she saves, the confusing feelings she develops for a Ram soldier, and an underground nameless insurrection. Zo learns that revenge, loyalty and love are more complicated than she ever imagined in the first installment of this two-book series.

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With her degree in History and Secondary Education, Jennifer had every intention of teaching teens to love George Washington and appreciate the finer points of ancient battle stratagem. (Seriously, she’s obsessed with ancient warfare.) However, life had different plans in store when the writing began. As a proud member of Writers Cubed, and a co-founder of the Teen Author Boot Camp, she feels blessed to be able to fulfill both her ambition to work with teens as well as write Young Adult fiction.

Jennifer has three children who are experts at naming her characters, one loving, supportive husband, a dog with little-man syndrome, and three chickens (of whom she is secretly afraid).

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Book Spotlight: Altered by Amy Stearman

24620571Unassuming law student Sadie Pratt leads a quiet life immersing herself in her books; outside of school, her only real form of excitement is researching the local flour mill and her link to its terrible history. That all changes one fateful night when her employer requests she meet with a mysterious client who will change her life in an unthinkable way.

Vincent Strickland has toured the country attempting to regain his holdings after serving a punishing sentence for his violent past. He is out for revenge when his path unexpectedly crosses Sadie’s, who he believes is his former lover reborn. He will stop at nothing to possess her.

Fallen deity Thayer Aubade has dedicated his life to The Creed, a secret sect charged with protecting the innocent from monsters like Strickland. When his team is dispatched to rescue Strickland’s latest victim, the scene he discovers feels all too familiar and he vows he won’t play by the rules this time.

Desire, possession, and treachery lead Sadie down a crooked path to redemption. She must rely on her intellect and inner strength for her survival… and for that of the man she loves.

by Amy Stearman

Chronicles of the Creed #1

Paranormal Romance
Urban Fantasy


Publication Date
December 2014

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517ilw0jrhl-_ux250_Amy Stearman is an avid reader and writer of stories, hailing from the Midwest. She lives in the liberal mecca of Kansas with her husband, young son, and ornery Sheltie.

Amy holds her bachelors degrees in Human Services and Victim Studies, and a Masters degree in Social Work. That might sound pretty cool, but she accidentally ended up in marketing.

When she’s not chasing her five year old or attempting DIY home improvement, she’s jotting down story ideas and dreaming big.

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Audio Blitz: Frenzy by Casey L. Bond

Title: Frenzy
Author: Casey L Bond
Genre: YA Paranormal
Cover Designer: Cover Me Darling

After the world was ravaged by a viral apocalypse, Blackwater is one of the only colonies that remains. The survivors came together to create this safe haven. Nestled between a fierce river and a city’s flood wall, the well-being of its residents hangs on a long-established treaty with the night-walkers. Sounds simple enough, but lately, the people of Blackwater have been dying, and the humans believe the night-walkers are to blame.

Porschia Grant starves for more than her parents’ affection. Forced to enter the rotation, she will be given extra food rations in exchange for becoming a vampire’s breakfast and dinner for a week. The rotation has an extra responsibility as well: leave the colony and enter the dangerous forest to hunt for food. A night-walker will protect the hunters from the infected that roam the woods. But with the treaty hanging in the balance and tension between the humans and vampires rising, anything could happen in the darkness.

What would you do if your only chance at survival might kill you?

Award-winning author Casey L. Bond resides in Milton, West Virginia with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. When she’s not busy being a domestic goddess and chasing her baby girls, she loves to write young adult and new adult fiction.You can find more information about Bond’s books via the following links:


Book Blitz: The Faction Wars by Martina McAtee

The Faction Wars
Four factions.
Four deserving charities.
Tons of ways to earn points.
 Points you will earn for your faction and for yourself.
 Points you can redeem for swag and other cool prizes.
 And one person who will walk away with a grand prize which will include:
·         15 signed paperbacks
·         Book swag
·         $100 Book Depository Gift Card
·         A ‘walk-on’ role in Book 4 of my Dead Things Series representing your faction.

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Getting Sorted into Your Factions
Step 1: Follow this link:
Step 2: Click the button that says Find Your Faction
Step 3: Take the Quiz or click on your Faction’s Badge
Step 4: Read about your faction and scroll to the bottom and click Join your faction.
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Author Interview: Cory Martin

CORY MARTIN is a graduate of the University of Southern California, Cory has a B.A. in English-Creative Writing, and spent time studying literature at Cambridge University in England. By the age of twenty-five, she had garnered writing credits on the hit television show, “The O.C.” and had been asked by Scholastic to pen three young adult novels based on the same T.V. series. She is the author of “Love Sick” a memoir about dating, life in Hollywood and dealing with MS. Her essays have appeared online with XOJane, The Mighty, and Elephant Journal. As a passionate yogi, Cory Martin is also a 500-hr RYT and a regular instructor at the famed Santa Monica Pier’s run and yoga program, ROGA. She teaches at various studios around Los Angeles and is the writer behind the documentary film “Titans of Yoga” and her book “Yoga for Beginners” was released in August, 2015 by Althea Press.

To find out more about Cory follow her on Instagram at @corymartinwrites or on facebook at fb/corymartinyog



 At 28, Cory Martin thought she had it all, a budding career as a writer in Hollywood, an apartment of her own, and a healthy obsession with yoga. But when she found herself on the floor of her apartment wailing into the phone, ‘but I don’t want to be sick,’ her entire world came crashing down.

A doctor had just revealed that she had multiple sclerosis, a potentially debilitating disease, her good friend was getting married that weekend and the only people she wanted to call were her parents. In a time when she was supposed to be coming into her own as an adult, all she could think was, who’s going to want to marry me now?

As she embarked on a medical quest, subjecting herself to countless MRIs and a painful spinal tap that landed her in the ER, Cory simultaneously threw herself head first into dating. But no matter how many doctors she saw or men she met there would never be a cure for MS or a surefire way to find “the one.”

Praise for Love Sick:

“Unflinchingly honest and vulnerable, Martin’s book says all the things people need to hear and few are brave enough to voice.  Full of humor, absurd situations, and wry observations, her story inspires us to never stop looking for love.” – Stephanie Savage, co-creator Gossip Girl

“I expected Cory Martin’s memoir about a girl’s diagnosis and struggle with multiple sclerosis to be heart-breaking, but I didn’t expect it to also be a hilarious, hip, and sexy trip through her adventures in dating and her unjaded quest for true love. You’ll cry but more importantly you’ll laugh.” – Marianne Wibberley, writer Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, National Treasure

“This is an honest book that does not hesitate in pulling its punches. Packed with emotion, it will leave you turning the pages in anticipation” – New York Journal of Books

“Love Sick is one of those books you start reading and can’t put down. Cory Martin’s story is told in a raw, honest, and raucous manner. She had me laughing out loud and crying all in one sitting.” – Joe Lewis, Head of Comedy, Amazon Studios

“Candid, wise, funny, heartbreaking and ultimately inspirational: in an unpredictable world, Cory Martin’s Love Sick reminds us of what really matters.” – Matt Ward, writerMadam Secretary, Suburgatory, My Name Is Earl

“Many women spend their thirties trying to get settled in their careers, friendships, and love lives, Cory Martin spent hers trying to do all that while dealing with an insane medical curveball. An incredible story told with honesty, humor, and hope.” – Leila Gerstein, creator Hart of Dixie


 What inspired you to write your first book?

The first book I ever wrote was one I was asked by Scholastic to write, so I’m not sure that really counts. When someone gives you a contract and a check and a deadline you can get pretty inspired to start writing fairly quickly. But that’s a very rare situation. So instead, I’ll tell you what inspired me to write my latest book, Love Sick. I wrote this memoir because when I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis I felt completely alone. There were no young women anywhere sharing their stories in a way that I could relate. It was really disheartening, especially because I was an avid reader and lover of words, so I thought maybe a book could be the one thing that helped me get through this all. I wrote about my journey with MS and dating and finding a career in Hollywood in the most honest way I could because I never wanted anyone to feel alone again.

What do you think is the hardest in writing?

The hardest part of writing is staring at a blank screen. You may have great ideas in your head, but when you’re faced with that blinking cursor and a white page something happens and ideas seem to disappear. A lot of times I have to tell myself to just write anything even if it’s terrible so that I can get past that blank screen. Once I do get something on the screen the writing comes a lot easier. Of course, that’s not to say that I never get writer’s block, but having something to look at always helps.

  Do you consider writing & reading the same?

I wouldn’t consider them the same, but I would say that reading is absolutely necessary to being a great writer. I read constantly and I read everything. From chick lit, to literary fiction, to non-fiction self-help type books to memoirs and short stories. I consider reading research. I have to know what’s out there in order to discover what’s missing, plus I love supporting other writers – those I know and those I don’t.

 What attitude must an author have?

I suppose an author has to have a pretty positive attitude. We spend so much time alone, or at least I do, that if I sat around in my office all day with a negative attitude I would be miserable all the time. I also think you have to be positive because you are constantly being rejected and if you can’t take the rejection you will stunt your creativity. I’ve gotten rejected so many times now that I don’t feel like I’m succeeding unless someone’s telling me no on a daily basis. That “no” can come in the form of a review on Goodreads or Amazon or it can be that my book got rejected by a media person for a review, or it can be that an essay I wrote got rejected. I look at rejection as my friend and if I didn’t have a positive attitude I think I’d be screwed and I’d never make it as an author. So, my advice to anyone who wants to be an author is to stay positive.




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Hello guys! How are y’all doing? Guess what? I just discovered the best news today! MY ARTICLE GOT FEATURED ON CANDY MAGAZINE’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE! What could be better? I actually thought it wasn’t accepted to be featured because I checked their website two times when I passed the article and it wasn’t there. It was September 30th when I discovered that they featured my article but they posted it on September 6th.What a surprise! I freaked out when I saw it and I immediately shared it on Facebook and tagged my friends. God knows how happy and proud I am during that moment. It’s not a really big achievement for others, but it is for me.  Add to that, the post got 150 hearts and 5.5k shares/likes! (I don’t care about those. Just a bonus.)

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2016 Fall Reads

I haven’t done this for a very long time and so, I thought why not do it again today? It seems fun and I’m looking forward to the books I’ll read this fall. I have so many books to read but here are the ones I’m in the mood to start. Hopefully, you’ll find them helpful and who knows? You might be interested to read the same books too. 

If you’ve been following me around on Instagram, I often talk about the ‘book I bought from the virgin store’. Here it is! I once borrowed this book from my classmate last year but unfortunately, I wasn’t able to read it due to my schedule. Thus I end up only taking a picture of it. While scanning the bookshelves at the Virgin Store, I suddenly found this book again and guess what? I bought this book for a good deal. Who doesn’t want good deals? Anyway, I’ve read the book’s synopsis and I’m looking forward to reading this bae soon! 

I actually started this book yesterday and I’m by far enjoying it! Oftomes publishing was kind enough to send me a copy to review. So big thanks to them! I’ve been supporting their publishing company since it started and I have read their published books. If you’re into really great and fast read books, be sure to check out the books from Oftomes. Initiate is one of their good books! (Check the reviews on Goodreads)

I received a copy of this book from a book tour company. I should’ve read the book before if not because of my schedule. But anyway, I’m planning to read it this Fall. I also have a copy of the book two! Soon enough, I’ll be posting the review of the two books. So stay tuned!