Absent Book Review

Absent by Katie Williams is truly an amazing read and one that left me yearning to learn what happened next. My heart ached for Paige, Brooke, and Evan as they had to watch everything continue without them. Of course we know the world moves on without us after we pass on, but no one wants to be stuck watching the world move on without them. No one wants to sit and watch their friends mourn over them, or watch as rumors fly about how they died. No one wants to sit in the same place that they died and think about how they could have done things differently, but for Paige, Brooke, and Evan, they’re doomed to that life.

Or at least that’s what Evan makes them believe when they first die. Paige gets antsy with the situation and does something about it. And I find a lot of myself in Paige, and I enjoy novels where I connect with the main characters. If I was in Paige’s shoes I would have done the same thing. I would have traveled those halls and tried to change everyone’s perspective about my death. I would have tried so hard to change everything, but only to find out the same thing she finds in the end- which I won’t say because I don’t want to spoil the novel. Though there are a few things I would have done differently had I been Paige while she was living- for starters I would have avoided Lucas like he was the plague. But if Paige would have done that the story wouldn’t have transpired the way it did.

I’m curious to know if anything happens next though. I feel a little left hanging. Like there’s more to the story of Paige, Brooke, and Evan. Do they move on into the afterlife? Or is this the afterlife? So there are a few questions that are left unanswered, but unanswered questions are ok because the story was amazing and will definitely lead me to read more of this author’s novels in the future.



Migraines Are no Fun

Suffering from a migraine can render you useless for the entire day. It can keep you in bed with something covering your eyes and ears to block out all light and sound. They prevent you from doing any and all daily activities because you can’t function because everything feels like it’s going to make your head explode. And if that’s not bad enough some migraines come with nausea and others come with the room spinning in circles.

And for a person that suffers from chronic migraines I know these pains all too well. Some months I can go a week a week and not have a migraine, but the next I have one every other day. Or the worse migraines that last for several days that require a trip to the ER because there’s nothing I can do to get rid of them, and I feel like my head is on the verge of exploding.

Now a headache you can typically take a pain reliever and it’ll clear up in an hour or two, or it’s typically bearable. But a migraine isn’t that simple. Sometimes a pain reliever won’t do the trick, and you have to use other methods to help the pain reliever actually work. Here’s a list of things I do in conjunction with taking a pain reliever to help get rid of a migraine.

Lavender Eye Pillow/Unscented Eye Pillow-

This eye pillow contains lavender buds that produce a lavender scent that a both calming and healing that helps relieve the pressure of a migraine. It doesn’t get rid of the migraine completely on it’s own, but it helps. There is also an unscented version of this eye pillow as well. What you do is heat it up in the microwave for 15 seconds and place on your forehead. The heat helps relieve the pain, much like that of a heating pad. It also applies a nice pressure to the forehead and temples, which I think is what helps in conjunction with the heat, because it keeps my head from feeling like it’s about to explode because something is holding it in place.

Lavender Eye Pillow

Unscented Eye Pillow

Migraine Relief Spray-

This spray contains essential oils that help with the relief of migraines. It contains magnesium oil which stimulates blood flow to reduce spasms, lavender to relieve tension headaches and reduce stress, sweet marjoram to ease the nervous system, peppermint to calm and rejuvenate the senses, and rosemary and basil to reduce pain and mental fatigue. You spray it on your forehead and the back of your neck and just relax, it also helps with anxiety.

Migraine Relief Spray

Peppermint Essential Oil-

This is one of the first things I started using with to help relieve migraines. And I find that it works well the majority of the time. I rub it in the middle of my forehead, then temples, and lastly all over my forehead. I do it this way so I know the whole area is covered. My forehead will start to tingle a little, much like when you use IcyHot for muscle aches, and usually I’ll lie down in the dark and cover my eyes and allow it to work before doing anything.

Peppermint Oil

Tiger Balm-

I use this a lot like I use the peppermint oil, I rub it on the center of my forehead, then my temples and lastly all over my forehead to ensure the whole area is covered. It also works much in the same way as the peppermint oil. However, I notice quicker relief with the Tiger Balm and I don’t have to lie down in order for it to really help. I keep this one in my drawer at work, just in case a nasty migraine springs on while I’m at work. It does have a reddish tint but I’ve never noticed it turning my forehead red, and it does have a strong scent as well, I think it smells like gingerbread so I don’t mind the smell since it helps.

Tiger Balm

These are a few things that help me when I have a migraine that just won’t go away. Of course if you have one that lasts for several days, please go see your doctor as it could be signs of something worse. Migraines are nothing to play around with and they should be treated properly. They aren’t a simple headache that you can just take something and get rid of, they really do put you out of commission. I hope some of the things I use may provide some relief to others that suffer from migraines out there and maybe this helps someone to know they aren’t alone in feeling like their head is going to explode every now and again when they have a migraine.



In the Shadow of Satellites
by Amanda Dick

Release date: 22 August 2016

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Memories are precious, and for Sian Bennett, they are fleeting. On 22 February 2011, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake rocks Christchurch, New Zealand. Sian was there, along with her husband and baby son. What happened that day is a mystery; all she remembers is waking up in hospital five months later, alone.

Two long years pass, and the memories continue to disappear into the black hole that was opened up the day of the quake. Life becomes a perilous journey lived on a tightrope that stretches between the past and the present. Retreating to a lakeside cottage in Rotorua, she shies away from a world she no longer understands.

When Luke Lancaster moves into the derelict cottage beyond the trees, he respects his reclusive neighbour’s silent plea for privacy. Now half a world away from his native North Carolina, he has seen war, misery and chaos. Along with his dog, Geezer, he lives with a few ghosts of his own.

What begins as a fragile friendship leads to a much deeper connection, in which truth, lies, love and pain are intimately bound. Even in paradise, shadows lurk.

A slow-burning tale of loss and love, stoked in the flames of fate and superstition, it is ignited by the power of hope.

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Author Interview with Andy Peloquin

Tell us a little about yourself and your background.

That’s always a fun question to answer!

I was born in Japan to missionary parents (French and American step-father), and am a Canadian by nationality. I’ve lived my life abroad (Japan and Mexico), and have spent most of my time traveling–first as a missionary, then as a blogger.

I have no formal training as a writer, but I’ve dedicated myself to learning the craft of not only writing amazing books, but doing my best to market and promote my work to the best of my ability.


Why do you write?

I write because I must. Since I started writing, I feel like a tap has been opened and creativity has simply bubbled out. Writing has given me the voice I never knew I needed, a way to express the thoughts and feelings that are trapped inside me. Without it, I would explode.


Tell us about the cover/s and how it/they came about.

The covers are actually the brilliant inspiration of the artist, Marie Story. The first idea was more of the classic fantasy covers, with the art of the city, the Hunter, his victims, etc. But I had seen a picture (I can’t find it now) from the cover of a heavy metal album, and I sent it to her. She drew the rough sketched lines of the Hunter, with the white, black, and red scheme of the cover. I loved how unique it looked, and the responses from readers have echoed that sentiment.


What are you currently working on right now? Or plan to work on in the future?

I’ve submitted the next book in the series (Titled “Gateway to the Past”) to the publisher, and I intend to have the fourth book completed in early 2017. The six-book series should all be completed and published by 2019 or so.

I’m also working on getting an agent for a side trilogy set in the same world, but following a young girl’s journey from innocent child to vicious thief. It’s as grim and gritty as the Hunter’s story, but from the perspective of a young woman driven to do terrible things in the name of survival.


Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books?

Don’t stop asking! I’ve found most of my readers, reviewers, and guest posters just by asking for help. Most indie authors are incredible people who are more than happy to lend a helping hand to those trying to learn the craft.


Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

I love to read reviews, both the good and the bad. I haven’t responded to any yet, but I’ve found that the bad reviews have actually helped me to improve my work. The bad reviews point out things to tighten up, weak spots in the work, and inconsistencies. Those little details often escape me, so keeping them in mind helps me to make my next work a lot better.


What is your favourite book and why?

I’d have to say my current favorite is The Gentlemen Bastards series by Scott Lynch. They are so complex, with such intricate world, fascinating characters, and mind-bending plots. I aspire to write such amazing works!


Where do you see publishing going in the future?

I intend to find an agent and place my work with the bigger publishing houses, the ones who can get my writing in front of as many eyes as possible. I’m not in it for the money, simply for the sheer joy of telling amazing stories.


How long does it take you to write a book?

From first draft to submission, it’s about 5-7 months of solid work. However, I’ll usually be working on one book while another is with beta readers and another in the rough draft stage, so it takes roughly 9 months of real time before a book is ready to submit.


Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

The idea for the Hunter came from a short piece I wrote years ago. It was about a creature that inspired such terror in its victims that they would do anything to get away. Then I had the idea to make the story from the perspective of the “creature”, but my mind shied away from a monster story. I made the monster a half-human, and the story simply evolved from there.

But I find ideas in everything. I’ll come up with ideas from street signs, billboards, books, newspapers, and TV shows. Heck, I even wrote a poem based on a silly cartoon whale in a kid’s bathtub.


When did you write your first book and how old were you?

I started my first book at the age of 15, and six chapters in I knew it was rubbish. I began writing In the Days: A Tale of the Forgotten Continent when I was 17, and kept working on it until I turned 19. Life happened, and I stopped work until after my 25th birthday. The book was about 60% done, so it was fairly simple to complete it when I started. I self-published it, and in the process learned a lot about the publishing world. It’s thanks to that experience that I’ve come as far as I have.


What does your family think of your writing?

Most of them are proud of the fact that I’m creative, though they don’t truly understand how all-consuming it can be. It’s more than just time spent sitting at the desk, but it’s thinking about it, studying, researching, marketing, and doing everything else that is part of being an author.


What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

I have a lot more depth than I realize!

I’ve always thought of myself as a fairly emotionless person, but through my writing I discovered a depth of character that I never really show anyone except through the pages of my book. A lot of my trials, tribulations, heartbreaks, and emotions are bled into the words I write.


Have you ever gotten into a bar fight?

I have not, though I do think I would like to. Not for the sake of actually fighting, but to have the experience. I’m the “I’ll try anything once” type of person.


If you were an animal in a zoo, what would you be?

Definitely a bear. I’m big, furry, bulky, and wonderful to snuggle.

The Last Bucelarii (Book 2): Lament of the Fallen

Book Cover:

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Tagline/Elevator Pitch:

A faceless, nameless assassin. A forgotten past.  The Hunter of Voramis–a killer devoid of morals, or something else altogether? (The Last Bucelarii–dark fantasy with a look at the underside of human nature)


Book Blurb:

The Last Bucelarii (Book 2): Lament of the Fallen

The Hunter of Voramis is no more.

Alone with the bloodthirsty voices in his head, fleeing the pain of loss, he has one objective: travel north to find Her, the mystery woman who plagues his dreams and haunts his memories.

When he stumbles upon a bandit attack, something within urges him to help. His actions set him at odds with the warrior priests commanded to hunt down the Bucelarii.

Left for dead, the Hunter must travel to Malandria to recover his stolen birthright. There, he is inexorably drawn into direct conflict with the Order of Midas, the faceless, nameless group of magicians that holds the city in a grip of terror. All while struggling to silence the ever-louder voice in his mind that drives him to kill.

From feared assassin to wretched outcast, the Hunter’s journey leads him to truths about his forgotten past and the Abiarazi he has pledged to hunt. His discoveries will shed light on who he really is…what he really is.

Fans of Joe Abercrombie, Brandon Sanderson, and Brent Weeks will love the Hunter…


Book Info:

Title: The Last Bucelarii (Book 2): Lament of the Fallen

Author: Andy Peloquin

Official Launch Date: August 19th, 2016

Publication Date: July 21, 2016

Paperback Price: 15.99

Digital Price: 3.99

Pages: 340

ISBN: 1535388668



Buy Links:

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Andy Peloquin: Lover of All Things Dark and Mysterious


Andy Peloquin–a third culture kid to the core–has loved to read since before he could remember. Sherlock Holmes, the Phantom of the Opera, and Father Brown are just a few of the books that ensnared his imagination as a child.


When he discovered science fiction and fantasy through the pages of writers like Edgar Rice Burroughs, J.R.R Tolkien, and Orson Scott Card, he was immediately hooked and hasn’t looked back since.


Andy’s first attempt at writing produced In the Days: A Tale of the Forgotten Continent. He has learned from the mistakes he made and used the experience to produce Blade of the Destroyer, a book of which he is very proud.


Reading—and now writing—is his favorite escape, and it provides him an outlet for his innate creativity. He is an artist; words are his palette.


His website (http://www.andypeloquin.com) is a second home for him, a place where he can post his thoughts and feelings–along with reviews of books he finds laying around the internet.


He can also be found on his social media pages, such as:


Twitter: https://twitter.com/AndyPeloquin

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andyqpeloquin







10 Things You Need to Know About Me:

  1. Hot wings, ALWAYS!
  2. I never forget a face, but rarely remember a name.
  3. I’m a head taller than the average person (I’m 6′ 6″)
  4. Marvel > DC
  5. I was born in Japan, and lived there until the age of 14.
  6. Selena Gomez, Skrillex, Simon & Garfunkel, Celine Dion, and Five Finger Death Punch are all in my writing playlist.
  7. Aliens are real, but it’s self-centered of us to believe that they would come to visit Earth.
  8. Watching sports: suck. Playing sports: EPIC!
  9. I earned a purple belt in Karate/Hapkido/Taekwondo.
  10. I dislike most Christmas music, aside from Trans-Siberian Orchestra.


A Few of My Favorite Things

Favorite Books: The Gentlemen Bastards by Scott Lynch, The Stormlight Archives by Brandon Sanderson, Sherlock Holmes by A.C. Doyle, Warlord of Mars by E.R. Burroughs

Favorite Songs: Wrong Side of Heaven by Five Finger Death Punch, Prayer by Disturbed, I’m an Albatraoz by AronChupa, Look Down from Les Miserables, Shatter Me by Lindsay Sterling and Lizzi Hale

Favorite Movies: 300, Red Cliff, Shoot Em Up, Love Actually, Princess Bride

Favorite Comics: Anything with Deadpool, Wolverine or Doop in it

Favorite Foods: Hot Wings, Meat-Lover’s Salad, A good sandwich (made by me), Yaki Soba, Sushi

Favorite TV Shows: The Flash, Daredevil, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Hawaii Five-0, Brooklyn 99, Firefly (too soon!), The Last Ship, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones



“Creative, gritty, and beautifully dark…fantasy addicts will love it!” — Peter Story, author of Things Grak Hates — http://peterjstory.com/

“The fantasy world has a compelling new antihero…the Hunter will terrify and captivate you.” – Eve A Floriste, author of Fresh Cut

“From the first words on the page this fantasy holds the reader spellbound even after the book is finished…his character is very well-defined even if his past is a mystery. Root for an assassin? Oh, yes, one must!” — Carol Conley, for InDTale Magazine

“Oh the carnage! Fantastic bloodthirsty carnage! The fight scenes in this book were fast-paced, detailed and thrilling. I love a good sword fight and there is plenty of that here.” — Ami L. Hart

“One could get lost in this novel for its twisting plots, seemingly endless imagination, dark yet irresistible characters, or the mind-numbing paradox of its simultaneously dark and romantic world. One could follow the long and winding road of the dusky, fierce protagonist and fight tooth and nail not to sympathize with him. One could dance in the dizzying, intricate circles of Peloquin’s neo-mythology, or even basque in the black sunlight of a well-crafted gothic novel that both entertains and enlightens.” — Jesse G. Christiansen

Review of Serafina and the Black Cloak




An exciting new mystery-thriller about an unusual girl who lives secretly in the basement of the grand Biltmore Estate and must solve a dark and dangerous mystery. This Disney Hyperion novel became a New York Times Bestseller in the first week of its release, and has been a smash hit ever since.


“Never go into the forest, for there are many dangers there, and they will ensnare your soul.”

Serafina has never had a reason to disobey her pa and venture beyond the grounds of Biltmore Estate. There’s plenty to explore in Mr. and Mrs. Vanderbilt’s vast and oppulent home, but she must take care to never be seen. None of the rich folk upstairs know that Serafina exists; she and her pa, the estate’s maintenance man, have lived in the basement for as long as Serafina can remember. She has learned to prowl through the darkened corridors at night, to sneak and hide, using the mansion’s hidden doors and secret passageways.
But when children at the estate start disappearing, only Serafina knows the clues to follow. A terrifying man in a black cloak stalks Biltmore’s corridors at night. Following her own harrowing escape, Serafina risks everything by joining forces with Braeden Vanderbilt, the young nephew of Biltmore’s owners. Braeden and Serafina must uncover the Man in the Black Cloak’s true identity before all of the children vanish one by one.

Serafina’s hunt leads her into the very forest that she has been taught to fear, where she discovers a forgotten legacy of magic. In order to save the children of Biltmore, Serafina must not only face her darkest enemy, but delve into the strange mystery of her own identity.

My Review:

Five Stars

Serafina and the Black Cloaks cover is what enticed me to want to read the novel in the first place, the blurb made me want the novel more so, and eventually led to me getting the book. And I’m glad that I did. It’s one of those novels that you can’t help but continuously read no matter what you may need to be doing. And it’s that way because every turn of the page holds a new adventure for Serafina. And it leaves you guessing until the very last page what is really going on, none of it is predictable.

The novel starts of off with Serafina and her Pa, explaining a little about their life in the Biltmore Estate. They live in the basement of the estate and no one knows they are living beneath them. Which I find a bit odd that you can live somewhere and no one know you’re there, but the Biltmore is a large place, so it’s possible for someone to go unnoticed, especially a girl like Serafina. To simply put it Serafina is more cat-like and she’s excellent at sneaky around undetected. Which does her good when she’s roaming the halls of the estate at night catching mice.

But one night things change and a girl goes missing. Seraphina sees what happens to the girl and freaks out. She tries to convince her Pa, but he refuses to believe her. I ultimately feel he refuses for more reasons than is let on here, and a lot of that gets wrapped up as the story progresses. So, Serapina does what any child would do, she investigates. Though I don’t think most twelve year old children can say they’ve done what she’s done, and if you can then kudos to you because you’re a bravery twelve year old than I was.

Ultimately Serafina and the Black Cloak is a story of friendship and one girl desperately wanting to belong to the world that doesn’t know she exists. She wants to be seen instead of just see, she wants to interact instead of daydream of interacting. And if you’ve been hidden for your whole life wouldn’t you want that too? And rather than hiding, like her Pa, she takes the challenge, regardless of the danger. And she does it because deep down she knows she’s something different and she knows the woods contains what she is, and she knows she’s the only one that can stop the man in the black cloak.

What Anxiety Means to Me


This is me, Chasity. I look like your average person that has nothing going on and I look fine. I look like I have my life together, right? Wrong. I suffer from something that most people claim to be fake, or all in my head and it’s not- especially when many people suffer from it. We can’t all be making up the same ailment, right? So it isn’t all in our heads. We legitimately have something wrong and have to go about our day differently because some days it’s just hard. At this point you’re probably concerned with what I’m talking about, so here it is- I have anxiety.

Anxiety is defined in the dictionary as a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anxiety)

I’ve always struggled with anxiety but never realized what it was until a few months ago. In fact, I pegged it like everyone else. It was something just in my head, and if I ignored it long enough, it would just go away. I didn’t want to admit that something was wrong because I already face so many issues and I didn’t want something else on my plate. But deep down inside I knew what I was feeling wasn’t normal and that I couldn’t keep denying what was going on. I couldn’t keep suffering with the anxiety I felt every time I stepped out of my  home, every time I was in a crowd, every time something changed in my life, etc. It all became overwhelming, and rather than let people in I shut them out. Basically I shut down.

What I mean by shutting down is that I hide from the world when I get in an anxiety funk. When I hit that anxiety brick wall that takes me down several notches and leaves me on the ground, I hide. I don’t like emotions, or dealing with them, I’d rather bottle them up and forget about them. And I wasn’t raised that way. I don’t like how it makes me feel to be sad, angry, anxious, etc. I wish I could just be happy all the time, but we don’t live in a fairytale where happiness grows on trees. And that’s just the way it is.

I think my anxiety plays a huge role in why I recoil and hide whenever my emotions are running rampant. And the most logical answer I can figure out is that I just don’t know how to state what I’m feeling or how to handle it. My body gets confused and the only thing it knows how to do is shut down. Kind of like when your computer freezes and it freaks out and reboots that’s what my body does. I physically reboot because of my anxiety. I freeze up and then eventually reboot. It takes me a few days after hitting the anxiety brick wall to get back to my normal self, which sucks, but sometimes you need to lie low and just figure it all out. Which is hard when you don’t know what caused you to hit the wall in the first place.

For me what triggered me to seek help was my anxiety causing my tics to be more frequent while at work. I would get nervous about what people thought if they saw me twitching thus making me more anxious and cause me to have more tics throughout the day. So I decided to tell my doctor what was going on. And I feel loads better after doing it, but not completely healed. I still have my moments where I hit that wall and feel like total crap- to be honest as I type this I’m there right now (which is why I’m typing this).

Other things that cause people to hit an anxiety brick wall is stress, and this is big for me. I’m a huge stressor. I allow everything to get under my skin. And right now there’s a lot happening. And my body just said, “Ok, I can’t take anymore it’s time for a reboot,” and I shut down.

Sometimes these shut downs come with tears. Sometimes they come with rage. Most of the time they come with me curled up in a ball in the dark just hiding trying to figure out what the heck I hit- or should I say what hit me. Because literally it feels like being ran over by a semi from time to time. And it sucks! Especially because people don’t see it as a real thing.

Anxiety is just as real as anything else, and it should be treated that way. If a person with anxiety says they don’t want to go out after making plans, it doesn’t mean they’re avoiding you, it means something caused their anxiety to flare up and they literally can’t leave. It means something restricted them from feeling like getting up and putting on pants because sometimes the smallest things like putting on clothes can be the hardest when an anxiety attack kicks in. Sometimes lying in bed is the only thing you can do because it’s the only thing you can do. It’s not because we’re lazy or don’t care. It’s because our bodies physically can’t do it. And we need you to understand that sometimes we just can’t. We want to, and we try, it’s just sometimes we really can’t no matter how hard we try.

In the end we don’t control when these awful attacks occur but we have to face them. And yes, those around us are left to suffer when they occur because they are left to deal with why we canceled, or didn’t do something. But know it isn’t because we didn’t care, or didn’t put in the effort. We tried, and all we want is acceptance for what you can’t see. Acceptance for the battle raging on in our heads as we go through our daily activities praying we won’t have a breakdown because of our anxiety. Praying we can make it out of the house and have a normal day. Praying that something doesn’t cause the anxiety to flare up and leave us shattered on the floor. Praying for those good days where everything goes right and we feel like a normal human being.

Instead of hurting one another with harsh words we need to build each other up. It will make things a lot better if we’re kinder to each other. Be nice, you never know what someone’s going through.


To learn more about Anxiety here are a few links to check out:

Web MD